UK Tournament Report

LGC Opening
London Go Centre
17 February 2018 - 18 February 2018

The new London Go Centre was launched on the weekend of 17th and 18th February with an event that featured teaching, a tournament and more.

The previous London Go Centre was in Lambolle Place in London's NW3 between 1975 and 1978, when it closed as it was not financially viable. It had long been a dream of several London players to have a centre again, and when T Mark Hall left his estate to fulfill this aim a rebirth seemed a possibility. Various options were investigated by the trust set up in his name. These included acquiring a building for use as a Mind Sports Centre in conjunction with others such as Chess.



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Cheshire
Frodsham
3 February 2018

Yangran Zhang (3d Manchester), seen seated on the left, won the 20th Cheshire Tournament. A record 46 players took part, thanks to a large group from Cheadle Hulme School, as well as players from Liverpool, Manchester and other local clubs.

Yangran beat Gong Cheng, Mark Zhang and Alistair Wall to take the title.

Also winning three games were Ai Guan (7k Lancaster), Chun Yin Wong (11k Lancaster), Andrew Boyd (13k Liverpool), Gordon Hall (20k Whaley Bridge) and Elliott Barlow (30k CHS).

Hugo Ryan (35k CHS) won the Fighting Spirit prize, Ben Howe (27k CHS) won 6/10 in the 13x13 and Elliott also won a prize for 9/9 in the 13x13.

Results



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Maidenhead-Hitachi
Maidenhead
20 January 2018

Tim Hunt, 2d Milton Keynes, led his team to victory in the 27th Maidenhead Tournament. He beat Jim Clare in the final to win the tournament and he led the winning Milton Keynes team in the team competition. All players on three wins got an envelope and the choice of a game or a bottle, and those on two wins got a choice of one out of the three. The prizes, the great location and the free buffet lunch are all thanks to long term event sponsor Hitachi Europe. However rumours that Brexit is making the company consider moving to Europe proper mean this might be the last such event.

Those on three wins were Geoff Kaniuk (5k Cambridge), Joel Barrett (6k Manchester) and Robert Scantlebury (8k Sheffield). The 13x13 side event prize was not awarded.

Results Press Photos



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London Open
ISH, London
28 December 2017 - 31 December 2017

Of the 94 players from the UK and abroad that played in the 2017 London Open it was the large group of Chinese players currently living in the UK that dominated the event, but also there were two Belgian players in the top 5, Lucas Neirynck in third with 5 wins and Thomas Connor in fifth with 4 wins. The UK's top player, hence winning the David Ward Trophy, was Daniel Hu in fourth place with 4 wins also. In the end it was Weijin Chen who ended unbeaten with seven wins who took the trophy and top cash prize. Second place went to Ho Yeung Woo who only lost in round four to Chen. Chen is shown here in his last round game against Yousun Yang who took sixth.



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Edinburgh Christmas
Edinburgh
16 December 2017

Alistair Wall (1d) from Wanstead Club in London travelled up to Edinburgh for their annual Christmas Tournament. He topped the list of 19 players at the Skyscanner offices by winning three games out of four. He beat local player Boris Mitrovic (2d), but lost to another local Liu Yen-Ting (1d) who won two out of two.

Others winning three games were Roger Daniel (6k Wanstead), Serhii Gavrylov (7k) and Edinburgh players Robin McLean (10k) and Neil Sandford (15k).

Results



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Coventry
University of Warwick
2 December 2017

This year's Coventry Tournament had a new organiser, but the same winner as last year. Taking over the organisation was Norwegian 4d Jonas Egeberg, and local player Philip Leung (4d) again won all three games to top the field of 40 at the event, held in the University of Warwick's Social Sciences Building. Second was Lucretiu Calota, 4d St Albans, and the organiser himself was a creditable third.

Players lower down who won all their games were Andrew Russell (4k Birmingham), Michael Kyle (6k Manchester), Alan Stokes (8k Manchester) and Pierre Oliviere (15k St Albans).

Results



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Three Peaks
Ingleton
4 November 2017 - 5 November 2017

Toby Manning (1d Leicester) won this year's Three Peaks Tournament. Held, as last year, at the Wheatsheaf in the centre of Ingleton in Yorkshire, the two-day event attracted 28 players, a couple down on 2016.

Toby's only loss was to Eetu Erkkila (1d) from Helsinki. Eetu had lost to Matt Reid (1k Cambridge) and so ended second on SOS tie-break. Matt was third with three wins and a noteworthy fourth was James Richards (3k Edinburgh) whose only loss was to Toby in the last round.

Others winning four out of five were Ai Guan (7k) from Lancaster and Alan Stokes (9k) from Manchester. Despite no longer being DDKs, Alan increased his lead in the DDK Grand Prix and Tom Bradbury (5k Cheadle Hulme) moved up to second in both the DDK Grand Prix and Youth Grand Prix.

Results



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Wessex
Bath
29 October 2017

The winner of the 33-player Wessex Tournament was Czech player Bronislav Snidal (3d). He beat the previous winner, Alex Kent, in the final. He is pictured on the left receiving the Wessex Trophy and a cash prize.

The only other player taking part at St Marks Community Centre in Bath who won all three games, a trophy and cash prize was Scott Griffiths (6k) from Bristol.

Results



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Northern
Cheadle Hulme School
14 October 2017

The Northern Go Tournament was honoured to host Romanian-born professional Go player Catalin Taranu (5p). He commented on some of the games, gave a talk at lunchtime, and handed out the prizes. He stayed over to attend a meal and on the following day taught at a workshop in Stockport.

Unfortunately the organiser, Chris Kirkham, committed the first blunder of the day, messing up the registration and therefore starting an hour late! Not making blunders was the overall winner, Eetu Erkkila (1d) from Finland. He beat Yangran Zhang (3d) from Manchester in the final round.

Also winning prizes for winning all their three games were Andrew Russell (4k) from Birmingham, Adrian Abrahams (7k) from Lancaster, Brent Cutts (8k) from Nottingham and Amy Upton (22k) from Cheadle Hulme School. 42 players took part.

As in 2016, Cheadle Hulme School provided an excellent venue for which the organiser was very thankful.

Results



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British Championship
30 September 2017

After winning the first game of the title match on 19th August, Daniel Hu beat Andrew Simons in the second game on 30th September to take the match 2-0. The game was broadcast in the English Game Room on KGS so the very interesting game could be followed as it was played out from 10:00 through to after 19:00. The fuseki was very interesting - with the same joseki played in adjacent corners. On the sealed move for lunch it seemed Andrew as white had claimed the entire top of the board, but black invaded and after a lot of careful thought a ko was fought, after which the group lived. In then relied on each player carefully playing out the rest of the game to be on the right side of a tight finish. In the end, Daniel won by just 3.5 points.



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