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If the lure of the sunshine and the pleasant surroundings did not tempt you outside there was the 13x13 event between games. Organiser Francis Roads won 9/10 but young Daniel Cox had a game- win product of over 500.
Kyu players winning prizes for 4/6 were: Chris Kirkham (1 kyu Manchester), Mike
Cumpstey (3 kyu Manchester), Tom Blockley (5 kyu Worcester), Jim Edwards (7 kyu
High Wycombe), John Turner (11 kyu Manchester), Paul Callaghan (18 kyu Durham).
Milton Keynes 13/09/97
56 players attended the Open University and played next to the room where the
third and final British Championship game was taking place. 1st was Simon Shiu
(3 dan Bristol) who beat David Ward, Des Cann and John Rickard. On 3/3 were
Geoff Kaniuk (2 kyu CLGC), Mike Russell (2 kyu OU), Richard Mullens (5 kyu
Stevenage), Neil Hankey (15 kyu Epsom Downs). The 13x13 was won and organised by
Emma Marchant (8 kyu Brakenhale).
50 players attended the Severn-side setting of the Gateway Centre. Returning to
claim his normal first prize was Matthew Macfadyen (6 dan Leamington); runner up
was David Ward. On 3/3 were: Nicholai Mandache (1 kyu Bristol), Tom Blockley (5
kyu Worcester), Ron Bell (10 kyu Reading). A special prize went to Kath Timmins
for 10 years of doing the draw. Thames Valley won the team prize despite Toby
Manning not returning the trophy (as he was in Nepal).
International Match 12/10/97
In September Cambridge, as Sonoyama League champions, took on and beat Reading,
Thames Valley Champions, by four boards to two. As they had also won the
previous London International Team Tournament, all eyes were on them at the
autumn edition at the Nippon Club in October. Indeed their top board S. Kim and
Oliver Riordan headed the team to victory by winning all four games. The team's
16 points put them ahead of the 13 of the CLGC Oldies, the 11 of Wanstead and
Reading and 10 of the CLGC Upstarts and Nippon A. Winners of three games were
Messrs. Selby, Shaw, Goss, Leenders, Goddard, Hall, Fairbairn, Ward, Uda, Oe and
Takahashi (Ayzen). In the 1997 Sonoyama League Cambridge were again the
champions beating Wanstead, Stevenage, CLGC and OU scoring 37 wins out of 50.
As tradition the day the clocks went back was the day for the annual pilgrimage
to Marlborough Town Hall for the Wessex. Only 100 players attended this year
despite the arrival of a new batch from Brakenhale School. One of them, Darren
Fairbrother, was rewarded with his first prize by winning the Fred Guyatt 13x13
competition. In the main tournament Tony Goddard showed his strength by winning,
beating John Rickard in the last round. The other division winners were: 2 Simon
Goss (2 dan Bracknell); 3 Gerhard Stettner (1 dan CLGC); 4 Nick Mandache (1 kyu
Bristol); 5 Barry Chandler (2 kyu Reading); 6 David Elsdon (3 kyu West Surrey);
7 Peter Johnson (7 kyu Hursley); 8 George Haig (8 kyu Swindon); 9 Graham Horsley
(16 kyu West Surrey); 10 Emma Fairbrother (30 kyu Brakenhale). Of these Simon,
Barry and Graham won all 4.
On 3/3 were France Ellul (3 kyu High Wycombe), Bill Rivers (3 kyu Oxford) and
Leo Phillips (25 kyu IOM). Ian Marsh won the handicap. 13x13 was won by Gunner
Bertram (3 kyu D), but he lost in the Lightning final to Richard Hunter. Richard
also won the Rengo playing with Manx President John Atherton. The Team Tourney
was won by "Finns and Trinks" who beat the "Dave Phillips Formation Dancers" in
the final. In a kanji test set by Richard Hunter, Junior winner was Emma
Marchant, Kyu winner was Nick Wedd and Open winner was Francis Roads. The Four
Horseman of the Apocalypse won the quiz night. In the Junior event the places
went to: Under 16 Philip Marshall, Graham Brooks, Emma Marchant; Under 14
Samantha Hughes, Alistair Brooks, Richard Atherton; Under 12 Katherine Cooper,
Clare Franklin, Linda Stone; Under 10 Ronald Atherton; special prizes to Alice
Pickering (2/2) and Chris Atherton (3/4); best newcomer Robin Betts.
Mind Sports Olympiad 18/08/97-24/08/97
Four Go events were held over the week of the Olympiad at the Royal Festival
Hall in London. The main event had 20 players. Gold was Guo Juan (7 dan NL),
Silver was Shutai Zhang (7 dan China) and Bronze Tony Goddard (5 dan England);
Vladimir Danek (6 dan Czech) was 4th. The Weekend medals went to Guo, Zhang and
Danek with Goddard 4th (26 players). Players doing well for their grade were:
Geoff Kaniuk (2 kyu England), Patrice Vicente (6 kyu France) and Dong Jianli
(9 kyu China). The medals for 13x13 were incorrectly awarded initially but
finally went to Shutai Zhang, Guo Juan and David Ward (3 dan England). In the
9x9 the medal winners were Guo Juan, David Ward and Paul Margetts (1 dan
England). Go players winning medals in other sections were Piers Shepperson
(Bridge Teams), Paul Smith (Shogi) and Andrea Smith (Jigsaws). The winner of the
Owari Gold was the oddly named Low Ten Que, who obviously thought that a "low 10
kyu" was too weak to play in the Go!
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Many of the prizes were bottles of Riggwelter, which is a strong North Yorkshire beer. It's also a sheep that has fallen on its side. Apparently this is a serious matter for a sheep, as they can't get up again without help. The trophy is miniature go ban donated by Graham Telfer.
UK Tournament Results
Scottish Open Edinburgh 07/07/01-08/07/01Held at Pollock Halls in Edinburgh was a three-way tie (on 4 wins out of five) between John Rickard (4 dan Cambridge), Quentin Mills (3 dan Wanstead) and Dan Micsa (2 dan Reading). Quentin was declared the winner because his opponents had won more games, and he thus retained the Scottish Open title for a second year. Dan was second and John was third. Of the kyu players, Jim Taylor (3 kyu), Roger Daniel (3 kyu London) and Gordon Reid (8 kyu) also scored 4 out of 5. Jim was adjudged the best kyu player by SOS tiebreak. John Rickard won the subsequent 10-player Lightning Tournament with a perfect 3.
European Go Congress 21/07/01-04/08/01The 45th European Go Congress was run jointly by the Irish Go Association and the British Go Association at the Teacher's Club in Parnell Square, Dublin. 16 professionals and around 400 players enjoyed up to two weeks of go. The record number of 132 boards was ten percent over the UK record set in Canterbury in 1992. 325 players from 26 countries took part in the main event.
European Champion is Andrei Kulkov (5 dan from Russia). Second was
Kiyoshi Fujita (6 dan Japan) and third Christoph Gerlach (6 dan
Germany) and fourth Emil Nijhuis (5 dan Netherlands). Matthew
Macfadyen (6 dan) was fifth and Dan Gilder (2 dan) also won 7/10.
Matthew Cocke was fourth and Macfadyen fifth in the Weekend
Tournament, won by Ishida Kazuma (6 dan Japan). Tony Atkins won
the Joker Go. Irish Rapid winner was Cornel Burzo (5 dan Romania) and
Irish Handicap winner was Yoshiyuki Uemura (3 dan Japan). Full results
on the Irish/BGA web sites.
Go players also won in other games, e.g. Matthew Selby Bronze in the
Overseas Tournament Results
Helsinki 30/06/01-01/07/01Matti Siivola, European Secretary and local organiser, won the Finnish Toyota Tour event, including a win over second placed Viktor Bogdanov. There were 22 players in what must be the smallest Tour event so far.
CEMSO 01/07/01-08/07/01The Central European Mind Sports Olympiad was a new event held this year in Prague. Tibor Pocsai won the 62-player main event. Fellow Hungarian Gabor Szabics won the Lightning. Julian Toma of Romania won the Handicap (group A) and Radek Nechanicky won the Czech-only Championship. Pair Go Champions were Kamila Holeckova and Martin Valek, and Petr Nechanicky won the two small board events.
European Team Championship 06/07/01-08/07/01The infrequently fought European Teams was in held in Moscow, Russia. First was the Russia-2 team from Tatarstan with 9 points out of 10. Second was Russia-1. Third was Ukraine, fourth was United Asia, fifth was Germany, then the Russian Juniors, Slovakia and lastly Finland.
Sarajevo Open Bosnia 14/07/01-15/07/01This 19-player event was won by Yugoslavia's Mijodrag Stankovic (5dan); his only loss was to Bosnia's Dragan Baraiac (5 dan).
US Go Congress 22/07/01-29/07/01The seventeenth US Go Congress was held in York, Pennsylvania. The American Go E-Journal reported that 255 players entered the main tournament from American and around the world. Also 14 professionals were there to provide teaching and there were many side events of course. The Congress Champion was Yongfei Ge; Ke Huang won the American Ing Cup. Thomas Hsiang and Debbie Siemon won the Pair Go and Eric Lui the Junior Handicap.
A party of Russian and Ukrainian players attended on their way to the
World Youth Goe Championships in Hawaii. Victor Bogdanov was third in
the 6 dan section of the Championships and Sergei Ouspenski, Dina
Bourdakova, Ilia Chikchine and Mykhalo Koslov all won at least one prize.
Japan 2001 Go Friendship MatchesIn the autumn there will be a visit by professional go players Magari and Haruyama (both 9 dan), with a team of amateurs, playing matches in London 21/10/01, Cambridge 22/10/01, Bristol 23/10/01, Oxford 25/10/01. Strong kyus/dans will be needed to play the team. There is also a London area match at the Matsuri on 08/09/01 in Gunnersbury Park.
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Young Kim (5 dan London) won for a second time. Also winning
3/3 were London's Roger Daniel (3 kyu), local girl Nicola Hurden (11 kyu
Berks Youth) and young Lasse Jakobsen (18 kyu Epsom). Lasse also won a
tie-breaker to win the Continuous 13x13 prize. The paper folding / Go problems
set by Ian Marsh was won by Brian Brunswick (1 kyu Epsom), who managed a neater
solution than Steve Bailey; junior winner was Ian McAnally.
Pair Go 04/06/01
The Pair Go Championships was held like last year at the Foxcombe Lodge Hotel at
Boars Hill near Oxford. Winners of the championship group were Kirsty Healey /
Matthew Macfadyen. They beat Natasha Regan / Matthew Cocke in the final. Also on
2/3 were Sue Paterson / Granville Wright and Helen / Martin Harvey. The Handicap
Group winners were Nicola Hurden / Shawn Hearn. Prizes for 2/3 went to Lene /
Mogens Jakobsen and youth winners Melissa Hearn / Lasse Jakobsen. Emma Marchant
/ Simon Goss were the best dressed pair.
45 players entered Leicester. Overall winner was Simon Shiu (4 dan Bristol) with
2/3 wins and a SOS of 11. The joint second placed players with 2/3 and SOS of 10
were Young Kim (5 dan London) and David Ward (3 dan Cambridge). Winners with 3/3
were Gerry Mills (1 dan Monmouth), Phil Beck (1 kyu Cambridge), Frank Englemann
(16 kyu IGS player from Germany) and Paul Blockley (22 kyu Worcester). The team
prize went to Epsom with 50 percent. The 13x13 Continuous maximum wins prize
went to Lasse Jakobsen (15 kyu Epsom Downs) and the joint prize for maximum
games played went to Frank Englemann and Claudio Bartolini (16kyu Bristol).
Orient-West Match 17/06/01
The last Anglo-Japanese match to be held at the Daiwa attracted a total of 16
players. We should call this the "Oriental" versus "Western" match as we had a
mixture of Korean, Chinese and 1 Japanese players, with some westerners loaned
to the Oriental team. There were 4 rounds with results per round being: Oriental
6 5 4 3 Western 1 2 4 5 So the Oriental team won 18 to 12 Only Xiang Dong Wang
achieved 4/4. Players on 3/4 were Kiyohiko Tanaka, Michael Zhang, Alex Rix, and
Bill Streeten who floated between the Oriental and the Western teams.
Welsh Open 23/06/01-24/06/01
43 players enjoyed the Barmouth sunshine for the Welsh Open, though there
were 45 entries on the list as two fitted in extra games. Matthew Macfadyen
continued his dominance of the event with a straight five wins. Second on 4/5
was David Ward (3 dan Cambridge) ahead of Francis Roads (4 dan Wanstead), Bob
Bagot (2 dan Devon) and Alistair Wall (4 dan Wanstead). Tom Widdecombe (3 kyu
Devon) was the only other player unbeaten. Peter Fisher (4 kyu Leicester), Ron
Bell (4 kyu Reading), Shawn Hearn (9 kyu Berks Youth) and Mogens Jakobsen (10
kyu Epsom) all won 4/5.