James Hutchinson 1d represented Ireland over the last week at the 36th World Amateur Go Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. He finished in 45th place after wins against Azerbaijan, Belarus, Portugal, and Costa Rica, and losses against Switzerland, Cyprus, Mongolia, and Lithuania. James’ most notable game was his 7.5 win point against Bahadur Tahirbayov 6d from Azerbaijan. Full results are available here. Well done James!
Ireland secured victory in their final league match of the campaign with a 3-1 win over Greece. The top two boards were shared in early games over the weekend, whilst reputation alone was enough to secure boards 3 and 4, as the Greeks were obviously too frightened to face John and Tibi. This victory secured our position as the best team in the bottom half of the division!
Connaught took the first place in the interprovincial final with Philippe Renaut defeating Geoffrey Crespino on KGS to secure a 2-1 victory over Leinster. They will play the winners of the Ulster Munster match. Ulster currently hold a 1-0 lead with 2 games left.
In other news Roger Clarke defeated Tiberiu Gociu over two very exciting and keenly contested games in the semi final of the Ulster championship. He will now play James Hutchinson in the final.
Ireland have emerged victorious once again, storming to victory against Kazakhstan. John’s opponent resigned after losing a mere 13 stone group. Tom, with a magnificent 25 stone sacrifice, managed a comfortable 18.5 point win. James had a comparatively dull win with no killing whatsoever. The piece de resistance, however, was surely Tibi’s delayed fixture. With 150 dead stones in the game, Tibi correctly calculated that he was heading for a 2.5 point loss, and resigned. Final score Ireland 3 Kazakhstan 1.
There will be a five round tournament in Belfast on August 8th and 9th.
For full details see here
John Gibson secured final victory for Ireland in the latest match in league C of the PGETC. Playing in a postponed match, his opponent had no answers for his famed high chinese moyo strategy.
His victory secured a 3-1 win, after Tiberiu Gociu and James Hutchinson had secured wins earlier in the week.
Next up, Kazakhstan in a 2pm Sunday match due to extreme differences in the time zones.