We're planning to block book some bedrooms for players in the British Open in one of the Durham colleges close to the venue.
The rooms will be bed and breakfast for the Friday and Saturday nights, and will cost £55pp (standard) / £70pp (ensuite) for the entire weekend.
Other accommodation will be available, but if you would like to make use of this block
Csaba Mero, 6d Hungary, won the European Cup event in Dublin. This year the Irish Open was the Confucius Cup, because of a new sponsor. Second with four wins out of five was Guochen Xie, 6d China. Kim Ouweleen, 3d Amsterdam, was third and Chu Lu, 4d Warwick, was fourth, both on 3 wins. Taken the fifth place and final grand prix place was Vit Brunner, 4d Brno.
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Sin Voon Chin, 3d Birmingham, won the 9th Nottingham Tournament. The student from Brunei beat Toby Manning in an exciting game in the last round. Out of the 34 players the others winning all three were Laurence Ogden, 4k Manchester, David Wildgoose, 11k Sheffield, and local players Carl Roll, 5k, and Brent Cutts, 8k. Jonathan Green got a special mention for entering the quiz.
Full details are now available and Registration is also open for the British Go Congress being held in Durham from 20th to 22nd April at http://www.dur.ac.uk/go.club/britishopen/index.php.
6 people have already registered, so why don't you do so now!
It's round 6; we're still seeking a win and now we're playing the second team in the League, Finland, relegated from Division 1 last year, so it's going to be tough.
Chong Han leads off with a quickish victory on Board 1.
A new policy has been introduced to encourage young players to join and improve their Go:
"The first three prizewinners of the European and the US Youth Go Championships under 12 and 18 (totally 12 people) get free places at the Insei League. Go Champions under 12 and 18 of any country get 3 months of the League instead of 1 for $95.
Did you know that the Nihon Kiin has a presence on Facebook, providing updates on their tournaments etc in English? Just search for Nihon Kiin.
They have also released Tsumego Master for the iPad/iPhone.
Since the 1960s Oxford has not done very well in its Go matches against Cambridge. Even by normal standards, 2011 was a particularly bad year -- Oxford lost 6-0. However, in the run-up to this year's match, Oxford's spirits were high. Their line-up included a 5 dan undergraduate, and a 4 dan chef, from China, as well as a 4 dan visiting professor from Korea.
This year's Oxford was the largest UK tournament apart from the London Open for 4 years. 87 players of all strengths took part, including a large contingent from Cambridge who would play the varsity match the following day and many young players encouraged by the included novices' event. Winner in a Cambridge-Oxford final was Lingjun Miao (4d) who beat Korean player Yousang Baik (4d).