Seven Suffolk players have travelled to Southend for their annual Easter Congress. Five of these are playing in the seven-round four-day FIDE Open, alongside four GMs, three IMs and seven FMs.
After five rounds, Alan Merry and Andy Lewis are doing well on 3½ points, with David Spence and Ed Player close behind on three points. Steve Gregory has 1½ points. Ed Player was joint leader after three rounds, but then faced the two top seeds, both GMs, in Rounds 4 and 5.
Keith Woodcock finished on 3/5 in the weekend u145 event, whilst Roger Smith scored 2½/5 in the u120 section.
Full results will be published here tomorrow.