London Open Ends in Tie
The 48th London Open ended in a tie. So many of the 70 players were strong that the bar was at 5 dan and the three best players ran out of sensible opponents for the last round. As a consequence the players and organisers agreed that no arbitary tie-break would be applied in the case of a draw. In the end one of the three lost and it was two players, Minseong Kim (7d Korea) and Yaoling Yang (6d Bristol), that were declared joint winners, both on 6/7. Chun Fang (5d Edinburgh) had to be content with third place on 5/7.
Top player below the bar: Kai Hei Chan (4d Nottingham)
Top 1k: Ai Guan (Lancaster)
Top DDK: Nicholas Liddington (10k Nottingham)
6 wins: Haolin Cheng (1d Sheffield), Bjorn Eurenius (6k Lancaster)
David Ward Trophy: Daniel Hu
Pair Go 1st: Yaoling Yang and Peikai Xue
Pair Go 2nd: Dwayne McCormack (5k Stevenage) and Daniel Guest (6k Sheffield Uni)
Lightning 1st: Scott Cobbold (3d Wanstead)
Lightning 2nd: Yike Tang (4d Cambridge)
The professional-in-residence was Stanislaw Frejlak (1p) from Poland.