23 players graced Cork with their presence this year. The tournament took place in the rather beautiful main campus of University College Cork. Top of the bunch was Kim Ouweleen, 3d, from Amsterdam, with a perfect 5/5. In second place was Ian Davis, 1d, who edged out Spain's Matei Garcia, 4k, on tiebreak, despite his 5/5 score. Also scoring 5/5 was Thomas Shanahan, 15k, from Galway.
We are almost at the halfway point now of 2011's Shodan Challenge. I'd like to take this opportunity to appeal for any dan players who are interested in becoming mentors to come forward, as there is an unfortunate lack of such mentors available, meaning some strong kyu players have not been able to have a mentor.
The British Pair of Alison and Simon Bexfield topped the group on 2 wins to come 17th in the 22nd IAPGC. They beat pairs from Philippines and Spain, but lost to Korea and two Japanese pairs. For the 6th time in a row Korea won, with Chinese Taipei in second this time. The top European pairs were Hungary in 9th and Czechia in 12th, both with 3 wins.
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Andrew Kay stopped Matthew Macfadyen's run of three titles in a row at the Coventry Tournament at the University of Warwick. Andrew beat Matthew in their third-round game to allow Andrew to increase his current titles to five. Matthew Macfadyen got the prize for second and Chu Lu, from the University club, was third.
17th November 2011 marked a historic moment for UK Mind Sports with the first festival of all the games who are members of the International Mind Sports Association.
The International Federation of Poker had booked the entire EDF Energy London Eye for the evening for their first interna
Thomas Hsiang (Vice President of the International Go Federation and Executive Director of the International Mind Sports Association) and Oscar Selby teaching Amy Handelsman from the USA Mind Sports Association how to play Go