A nail-biting last round in the Open with no fewer than five players on the leading score of 4½/6 at start of play, ended with 14-year-old Sacha Brozel taking 1st place with a win over Viktor Stoyanov. IM Richard Pert and Rhys Cumming drew, while the fifth, John Merriman, lost to FM Bob Eames. =2nd, Rhys Cumming, IM Richard Pert, FM Bob Eames, Alan Punnett.
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FOR YOUR DIARY: The 63rd Southend Congress will take place 19-22 April 2019.
Southend 2018 Full Prize List
SOUTHEND FIDE OPEN
1st Sacha Brozel 5½/7; £800.00
=2nd Rhys Cumming, IM Richard Pert, FM Robert Eames, Alan Punnett, 5/7; £175.00 each
Under 2000 Rating Prize Stephen Prior, 4/7; £50.00
LEIGH ON SEA U170
1st Martin Fogg, 4½/7; £150.00
2nd Alexander Tsiapouris, 3/7; £75.00
3rd Michael Tsiapouris, 2½/7; £40.00
=1st David Smith, David Newell, 5½/7; £112.50 each
3rd Jeremy Brockes, 5/7; £40.00
Under 130 Grading Prize Urbi Modhura, 4/7; £50.00
=1st Timothy Allen, Purba Audhora, 5½/7; £112.50 each
3rd Levi Weston, 5; £40.00
U100 Grading Prize Madison Bowden, 5/7; £50.00
THORPE BAY U95
1st Christopher Willoughby, 6/7; £150.00
2nd Olga Latypova, 5½/7; £75.00
3rd Ethan Yau, 5/7; £40.00