UK Tournament Report

British Youth
Aston
22 November 2015

The 2015 British Youth Go Championships (BYGC) featured 34 competitors, aged from 6 to 17 (including two foreign players currently resident in the UK), with strengths from 2 dan to 35 kyu.
King Edward VI (Aston) School, Birmingham, was again the venue, thanks to Andrew Russell.
All games were played on full-sized (19 by 19) boards.

To determine the overall winner, Oscar Selby had to play and beat Alex Terry in a rapid play-off game.

Section Winners (Runners Up)

Youth Champion: Oscar Selby (Alex Terry)
U18: Alex Benton (Kapriel Chiarini)
U16: Alex Terry (Hasan Nisar)
U14: Oscar Selby (Jack Nolan)
U12: Edmund Smith (Aidan Wong)
U10: Alexander Hsieh
U8: Jianzhou Mei (Andreas Ghica)



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Three Peaks
Grange-over-Sands
14 November 2015 - 15 November 2015

The Three Peaks went very well at its current location of the Commodore in Grange-over-Sands, though it was a very wet and windy weekend. 32 players took part.

As organiser Bob Bagot is moving away from the town, next year will either have a new organiser or a new venue. Any volunteers contact Bob.

Jitka Bartova (2d Leamington) won the tournament with five wins out of five. Richard Hunter (2d Bristol) came second with four wins. Other prizes to Eggert Fruchtenicht (10k) for 5/5, Dave Horan (7k Chester) for 4/5 and Anthony Pitchford (10k Chester) for 3/4.

Roger Daniel gallantly declined the wine or chocolates offered to him for being the first to enter.

Results



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Tournament Name: 
Welsh Open
Tournament Date: 
25 June 1994 - 26 June 1994

Partial results reconstructed from player's memories. 44 players in all.



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Wessex
Bath
25 October 2015

Ngoc-Trang Cao (3d), the strong French player from Leamington Club, won the 2015 Wessex. She beat Jim Clare, Sandy Taylor and Richard Hunter to take the title. The only other player of the 34 entrants to win all three games was Roella Smith (9k) from Cambridge Juniors.

As before the venue was St Mark's Community Centre in Bath and the day was very sunny with a chance to explore the city centre or watch the marathon runners at lunch time.

Results



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London International Teams
Young Chelsea Bridge Club
17 October 2015

The twice-yearly London International Teams match was back after a break in the spring. This time it was held at the venue of the new West London Go Club, the Young Chelsea Bridge Club, near to Goldhawk Road underground station in Shepherd's Bush.

North London Go Club was run-away winner, their A-team only dropping one game. This means they have now won the last three such team tournaments. Cambridge was second by virtue of their team captain having more wins than that of the North London B-team, whilst a fierce battle for last place was won by Nippon.



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Sheffield
Greenhill Library
11 October 2015

The first Sheffield Go Tournament was surprisingly well attended (by 39), which meant they could afford to make modest cash prizes to the winner and runner-up. The winner was Alistair Wall (2d) and the runner up was Paul Smith (1d). On three wins were Matt Marsh (5k), Colin Maclennan (9k) and youth player Zaki Betesh (15k). The youth players were also awarded prizes for two wins (Jacob Haynes (15k), Daniel Gascoyne (18k), Tom Bradbury (19k) and Adam Powell (22k)). Lily Danson won a prize for being the youngest female player in the tournament. In a 13 by 13 side tournament, the overall winner was 10-year-old Edmund Smith (8k) and 10-year-old Yusuf Hussain (22k) played the most games – both won small cash prizes.

Results



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British Go Championship
Cambridge
26 September 2015

There was a very exciting start to the British Go Championship Title Match on Saturday 26th September. It was between the top two players from the Challengers' League: Andrew Kay (5d) who is current Champion and Andrew Simons (4d). It was held in Cambridge, thanks to Geoff Kaniuk, with help of others from Cambridge Go Club, and was broadcast live on KGS.

By lunchtime, most people watching felt that Andrew Simons (playing black after winning nigiri) was comfortably ahead. However it was a quite remarkable game, with big exchanges and ko fights continuing right up to move 300.



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Cornwall
The Lugger, Penzance
12 September 2015 - 13 September 2015

Alistair Wall got his third tournament win of the summer by taking the Cornish Open title to add to those for Milton Keynes and the Northern. He won the Devon and Cornwall Go stone trophy for the fifth time by beating the previous winner, Toby Manning, in the final. Of the 21 players the others who won 3 games were West Cornwall players Ashlei Bevington (30k) and Jess Bevington (24k) and Jil Segerman (9k Arundel). Tony Atkins also won three games out of four, having played two games in round one. Results

The Saturday before the Open saw the usual teaching session in the morning, run by Toby Manning and Tony Atkins, and in the afternoon the Cornish Handicap rapid play.



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Northern
Manchester
6 September 2015

Alistair Wall (3d Wanstead) was the overall £100 winner at the 2015 Northern - repeating his victory of 2005. Runner-up (£50) was Mark Baoliang Zhang (1k Manchester). Also awarded prizes for three wins (£15) were David Wildgoose (10k Sheffield) and Daniel Huynh (14k Birmingham). Thirty players took part, including 16 from the Manchester club, and the bar was at 2 kyu. As in 2014, the venue was generously provided by the Bank of East Asia, in the centre of Manchester, and the prizes were sponsored by SAM Properties. About a dozen players gathered after the event for a meal (and some more Go) in Chinatown.

Results



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Isle of Man Go Festival
Port Erin
23 August 2015 - 28 August 2015

The Isle of Man Go Festival has ended for the last time. This edition was the 12th since the event started in 1991, but with the recent sad death of founder Leo Phillips it has been decided this will be the last.

Again the players assembled at the Cherry Orchard in Port Erin, including several families and players from as far away as Sweden and Japan. There were events daytime and evening on most days, including a music evening, and also the chance to explore the island in between. Players competed in the events for unique wooden trophies (illustrated right).

37 players took part in the Main Tournament played over five mornings. Piers Shepperson (4d Epsom) won all his games to take the title for the fourth time. Sandy Taylor (2d Bristol) won four to come second.



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