Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Alan's purple patch

Alan Merry, our home-grown International Master, is enjoying some excellent results this year.

In early January he entered the Shropshire Congress, where he scored 4½/5 to take the first prize of £1000.   His only draw was against top seed GM Mark Hebden.

Then in the 4NCL in mid-January he won both his games, whilst at the end of the month he played in the Norfolk Rapidplay, winning all six games!

February saw his first loss, when he was beaten by GM Stephen Gordon (2506) in the 4NCL, but bounced back the following day by beating GM Tamas Fodor (2511).   Finally, last weekend he won both his games in the EACU County Championship.

Here's a full list of his results:

Shropshire Congress   (6-8 Jan)T Sygnowski202Win
P Davies167Win
GM M Hebden246Draw
R Maciol202Win
IM J Cox218Win
4NCL   (14-15 Jan)J Blackburn198Win
IM R Bates231Win
Norfolk Rapidplay   (29 Jan)P Walton147Win
D Hall170Win
R Hughes185Win
D Spence203Win
A Brett197Win
M Hughes185Win
4NCL   (11-12 Feb)GM S Gordon241Lost
GM T Fodor245Win
EACU First Team   (19 Feb)FM G Kenworthy204Win
B Van der Velden208Win

That's 15 wins, one draw, and one loss.

Alan's ECF grade is 232 and his grading performance over these 17 games is 250.   Meanwhile, his Elo rating has crept up to 2411.

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