Congratulation to Vanessa Wong on her becoming No. 1 in the UK ratings, replacing Bei Ge who overtook long-time top player Matthew Macfadyen who had a bad tournament at the London Open 2011.
Just a small caution: only the Team event of the three WMSG events Vanessa took part it has so far been included in the rating list...
On the last day of play at the World Mind Sports Games the finals and play-offs were staggered so you could watch more than one on Pandanet and EuroGoTV and so that some of the winners could catch evening flights.
The first event to end was the Pair Go.
In the Youth, Tian Ren Chen won a third game by beating a French 3d. Henry Clay lost to a Brazilian 1d to end on 2 wins. Vanessa Wong lost to a Japanese 6d to end on 2 wins and 23rd place.
Three players form Chinese Taipei and one from Hong Kong qualified for the semi-finals.
We've just been notified that the 3rd Pandanet Go European Team Championship will start soon, the first rounds to be played in September 2012. The previous two years have been very successful and the finals were hard-fought and exciting. The format will be the same: League games played on the Pandanet IGS and the finals in the EGC 2013 in Olsztyn, Poland.
With one round left to go Chinese Taipei were dominating the top of both the Youth and The Pair Go tournaments.
In the Pairs, Martha McGill and Matthew Crosby picked up a second win beating a Romanian pair, whilst Alison and Simon Bexfield remained on 1 win.
The 42 player Youth Tournament and the 20 team Pair Go Tournament got underway at the WMSG in Lille.
In the Youth, the UK players (Vanessa Wong, Henry Clay and Tian Ren Chen) all won one game out of two on the first day.
In A Group of the Pairs, Martha McGill and Matthew Crosby lost their first game against Americans and won their second against a Dutch pair.