Issue 24 September 1998
Only 16 people attended this new biennial event in East Anglia's premier city.
The venue was an old city centre church, a cool venue on a hot day, a location
hoped to be good at attracting passers by. Winner of the dan section was Paul
Smith (2 dan Cambridge) on 3/3. Matthew Woodcraft (2 kyu Cambridge) won the kyu
section with 3/3 and also on 3/3 was Philip Beck (4 kyu Cambridge).
Mind Sports Olympiad
Held between 24/08/98 and 30/08/98 at the Novotel Hotel, Hammersmith London,
some 2500 players from 45 countries took part in many and various games.
Events ranged from the ever popular bridge, chess and crossword solving, to
the less popular mind mapping, creative thinking and puzzle solving. Media
event of the week was the Rummikub Champion insisting on defending his title
whilst relaxed in a bath and sipping champagne. Go was of course featured
with a sales and teaching stand, manned by Adam Atkinson and friends, all week,
four different tournaments and as one of the written tests in the decamentathalon.
Unfortunately, due to lack of publicity, the numbers in the go events
were rather low: Main 14, 13x13 6 (4 at first), 9x9 18 and weekend 22. Winners
of non-go medals were Piers Shepperson (mixed pairs bridge), Ezra Lutton
(Continuo and Junior Pentamind), Josiah Lutton (Junior Pentamind), Demis
Hassabis (Continuo and Pentamind) and Paul Smith (Puzzle Solving, Decamen-
tathalon, IQ, Entropy and Pentamind). The Go medal winners were:
|Main||Zhang Shutai||Shoichi Sakagi||Vladimir Danek
|Weekend||Migaku Hayashi||Shoichi Sakagi||Vladimir Danek
|13x13||Vladimir Danek||Gerhardt Stettner||Reiko Monna
|9x9||Migaku Hayashi||Des Cann||Francis Roads
|9x9 Junior||Ezra Lutton||James Heppell||Josiah Lutton
Worthy of special mention were Pavel Spacek (18 kyu) with 6/6 and arbiter
Seong-June Kim's second placing (medal exempt) in the weekend event.
European Go Congress
Only 360 people attended the 42nd European Go Congress in Mamaia Romania from
25/07/98 to 07/08/98. This was a hot holiday resort on the Black Sea adjacent to
Constantza, with no air conditioning and the occasional mad dog that attacked
some players. None of the 7 British players won more than half their games.
Winner of the main event was Lee Hyuk, the Korean from Moscow, who scored 10/10.
On 8/10 were Robert Mateescu (Romania) who is the European Champion now and
Franz-Josef Dickhut (Germany). Next placed on 7/10 were Sumikura, Gerlach,
Khmyrov and Jannsen. The Weekend event was also won by Lee Hyuk on tie-break
from Sumikura Yasuyuki.
US Go Congress
3 Brits attended the 14th US Go Congress in Santa Fe, New Mexico. High altitude
meant dry heat to accompany the beautiful views, but the lack of air did not
dampen the Brit's results. Tony Atkins won the 2 dan section, Francis Roads
came 3rd in the 4 dan section and Jim Clare came 3rd in the 5 dan section,
despite being British 3 dan. Britain won the Team Tournament beating Canada
in the final. Francis Roads was second in the lightning from Jie Li (China)
who also won the Open, ahead of Martin Mueller. No less than 16 professionals
were present. Francis Roads also won first prize in the Bob High Memorial Song
contest. Joanne Phipps won the World Amateur Women's Championship place and also
the Pair Go with husband Ned.
The results of the World Amateur held in June in Tokyo have not been reported
here yet. The full results are at: http://www.joy.or.jp/nihonkiin/news/jal/index-e.htm
[ but they are not there any more ]
But a summary is:
1. Kim Chan Woo Korea 8-0 (first time Korea won),
2. Hiraoka Japan 7-1,
3. Zhao China 6-2,
4. Chou Chinese Taipei 6-2,
5. Mun DPR Korea 6-2,
6. Wang Hong Kong 6-2,
7. Janssen Netherlands 6-2,
8. Hsiang USA 5-3,
24. T.Mark Hall UK 4-4,
47. Chris Rafferty Ireland 2-6.
50 countries took part.
T.Mark Hall's wins were Portugal, Norway, Brazil and Croatia, and losses were
Mexico, Taipei, Singapore and Hungary. Japan lost to Netherlands and China lost
to USA and Canada.
On 22/08/98 at the Chess and Bridge Shop, Euston Road, near to Regent's Park in
London, Matthew Macfadyen beat Challenger Edmund Shaw in the first game of the
British Championship title match. Edmund resigned on move 145. Commentary on
the game was provided by T.Mark Hall and the players. The third of the best of
five series will be on 26/09/98 at the Milton Keynes Tournament.
Stacey Grand Prix
After Devon the points table leaders were: Matthew Macfadyen (14), Michael
Marz (9) and Francis Roads (8).
European Grand Prix
Final placings for 1997-1998 after the European Congress:
1 Viktor Bogdanov (86),
2 Vladimir Danek (81),
3 Guo Juan (76),
4 Csaba Meroe (69),
5 Lee Hyuk (57),
12 Matthew Macfadyen (32.5),
15 Shutai Zhang (27).
The 1998 GP Tournament winners were: Russia - Lee Hyuk, Finland
- Bogdanov, Poland - Danek, Croatia - Matoh, Germany
- Guo, Netherlands - Guo, Hungary - Bogatskiy, Italy
- Bogdanov, Slovenia - Meroe, Austria - Danek, Ireland
- Macfadyen, Spain - Kong, Czech - Soldan.
This will be held at the Northern Go Congress Manchester on 12/09/98. The agenda
item is a change to the constitution.
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