UK Tournament Report

Cornwall Tournaments
Penzance
9 January 2007 - 10 January 2017

The Cornwall Tournaments have a regular following and it was some of those regulars who won the two tournaments. 14 players from 1d to 12k took part in the Cornish Lightning Handicap on the Saturday afternoon. Winner for the third time in four years was Paul Massey, 1k from Mid Cornwall, who is shown with the Dominic Taylor Trophy. On the Sunday there were 16 players in the Open; Toby Manning, 1d Leicester, was the winner for the second year running and the sixth time in all. The others winning wooden Go stone prizes were Tony Atkins (1k Reading) who was runner up in both events, Eric Hall (6k Swindon) who won all three in the Open and 6/7 overall, and Peter Collins (4k Bristol) won won 5/7 overall.



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MSO
20 August 2017 - 21 August 2017

This year the Go events at the Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO), held again at JW3 in London, were at the start of the games festival rather than at the end. This meant lower attendance than the previous year, and the promised party of Chinese children under Sai Sun cancelled through terror worries.

On the opening Sunday of MSO, the MSO Open attracted 14 players from 5d to 8k to play a four round McMahon system event (bar at 3k). Winner of the gold medal and the top prize money was Gong Cheng (3d) who won all four, including beating the favourite Chang Han on time. Silver was shared by Lucretiu Calota (4d) and Chong Han (5d). Three of the below-bar players won two games, so no prize was needed lower down. Results

On the Monday afternoon 12 players entered the 9x9 event.



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British Championship
19 August 2017

In the first game of the best-of-three 2017 British Go Championship title match, Daniel Hu beat Andrew Simons to go one up. Played at Geoff Kaniuk's house in Cambridge, they played a long game that lasted well into the evening. With live broadcast in the British Room on KGS, and parallel live commentary by Matthew Macfadyen, more than 60 spectators could be found enjoying the game at any one time.

Eventually Andrew had to resign, having battled against time difficulties for over a hundred moves. The game record, with and without Matthew's analysis, and also a version with Daniel's post-game comments, is in the British Championship section.



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Arundel
13 August 2017

Jon Diamond was the winner at the Arundel Tournament four years after his last win there. He won all four games, including beating Alistair Wall in the final, and is pictured receiving his prize from organiser Sue Paterson.

22 players met up at the usual event venue of the football club, in the shadow of the castle. They mostly came from southern England, including nine from the local club, but also one came from Lincoln Club and one from Paris (though actually currently living in Horsham). The latter, Stephane Gros-Lemesre (10k), made the trip memorable by winning all three games.

Results



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Isle of Man
30 July 2017 - 4 August 2017

The Leo Phillips Isle Of Man Go Festival was held at the Cherry Orchard in Port Erin, in memory of its former organiser, thanks to the efforts of Paul Smith. 35 people took part in the various Go events and there was sandcastle building, an eight-team quiz (won by team Marklom), a reading by Ingrid Jendrzejewski of some of her very enjoyable flash fiction stories and a chance to explore the island.



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Belfast
22 July 2017 - 23 July 2017

Lucretiu Calota, the Romanian 4d from St Alban's Club, won this year's Belfast Tournament with a perfect score of five. Second place was taken by Karl Irwin, 4d from Belfast Club. Local organiser James Hutchinson (2d) took third. In all 15 players took part in the friendly event, held as usual at the Boat Club. Lower down the rankings Kevin Farrell (8k Galway) did very well winning all five games and Rachel Plomp (16k Dublin) won three games.

Results



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Welsh Open
Barmouth
24 June 2017 - 25 June 2017

The 25th Welsh Open – held in its constant, coastal town of Barmouth since 1993 (when Matthew Macfadyen gained the first of his 16 consecutive wins) – was held on the weekend of 24-25 June 2017. Organised again by Helen & Martin Harvey, the event passed off smoothly and enjoyably, despite Martin's sun dance needing improvement, although the rainy periods meant it was a good time to be indoors. 31 played in at least 1 of the 6 rounds, including two 3-dans, two 2-dans, 4 shodans and down to a 13-kyu. Participants could take a bow for having travelled from across the UK – from as far away as the Isle of Man, Durham and Winchester. Numbers at the evening meals were further-swelled by non-playing partners.

The now-customary venue – the large Min y Mor hotel and restaurant – once more provided draught Abbot Ale, 2 quiet playing rooms and an analysis lounge for game reviews.



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Durham
10 June 2017 - 11 June 2017

Report from Andrew Ambrose-Thurman:

The rain was falling heavily as people made their way to the first morning of Durham Go Tournament 2017, this year held at Durham's Oriental Museum. Despite the downpour there was a reasonable turnout of 29, with this being several people's first tournament, and ranks ranged from 20k to 3d.

This year we decided to video the games on the top board and stream them live over the internet. We also projected the video onto a big screen in the side room, where people were reviewing games and playing in the side events.



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British Pair Go
Hatfield
3 June 2017

The British Pair Go Championship was again held at the Red Lion in Hatfield and the organisers, Francis Roads and Jenny Rofe-Radcliffe, were again pleased as there was an increase to 17 pairs, despite several of the stronger pairs not taking part this year. Most of this number was a large group from Cheadle Hulme School (CHS) and Manchester, which was recognised by the organisers presenting Martin and Helen Harvey with a special prize for arranging this.

In the top group the 2016 champions, Joanne Leung and Bruno Poltronieri, did not do so well and it came down to a final between Alison and Simon Bexfield and Natasha Regan and Matthew Cocke.



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Challengers' League
West London
27 May 2017 - 30 May 2017

Both Daniel Hu and Andrew Simons won six games out of seven to top the list at the Challengers' League. Andrew won in their mutual game, but lost to Charles Hibbert on time, when his flag fell earlier than expected. Charles was third with 5 wins, Tim Hunt won 4, Andrew Kay and Alex Rix 3, Joanne Leung won 1 and Des Cann took eighth place.

Daniel and Andrew now go on to play the title match over the coming months.

Results



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