Chess: Trio of young English experts impress at Pula Open in Croatia

Joseph McPhillips, Andrew Horton and Ravi Haria are all aiming to qualify for global titles through the right results

The unlikely backdrop of the Pula Open in Croatia has seen a splendid performance this week by three young English experts, who have dominated the event as it reaches its final round (of nine) on Saturday. Their games are viewable, live and free with move-by-move computer commentary, on starting 3.30pm.

Joseph McPhillips, 20, of Bolton, Andrew Horton, 20, of Marple, Cheshire, and Ravi Haria, 19, of Elstree, Hertfordshire, are aiming to qualify for global titles. Haria is already an international master with one of the three required norms for grandmaster, and now looks to improve his Fide world rating to the 2500 GM level. McPhillips and Horton are close to the IM title. They both have the stipulated 2400 rating and two of the three IM norms, so are hoping to complete the job in Croatia.

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