Please visit our Picture Gallery for many photos of this event.
Hopefully the 89 young players in the 19th European Youth Go Championship went away with happy memories of their time at the event. Inevitably there was the odd tear or two when a blunder was made in a game and unfortunately one girl had to withdraw due to sickness, but most players had a really good time both on and off the board. By holding the event at the Butlins holiday centre there was a lot to amuse the children between and after games and very few were seen at the venue after the second game of the day was over.
Vanessa, who's now studying in California, has been nominated to represent Europe in the 2nd Bailing Aitou Cup in Beijing starting on 13th March.
The event is a mixed amateur and professional one, with a total of 64 players in the Main competition phase (16 professionals are seeded into this), and is held every two years.