Matthew Macfadyen won this GP tournament; due to a mix-up it clashed with the Ukranian GP.
The UK team of Matthew Cocke (since promoted to 5 dan), Alex Selby (now 3 dan), Paul Smith (2 dan) and Mark Wainwright (1 dan) drew all five matches and narrowly avoided a placing. Matthew won all his games including a win over Frank Janssen (6 dan NL).
99 players took part in the 26th Open, the Millennium edition. The four players to make the knockout stage were Victor Chow (6 dan South Africa), Zhongyong Zhang (5 dan China), Valentin Urziceanu (4 dan Romania) and Yoshiyuki Uemura (4 dan France). Zhang beat Chow and then Urziceanu to win the tournament. Second was Urziceanu, and third Victor Chow. On 7/8 were Konrad Scheffler (2 kyu UK) and Gustav Rober (15 kyu UK). On 6 wins were Philip Marshall
146 players from 16 countries attended this at the Highbury Roundhouse in North London. Although part of the European Grand Prix circuit not so many strong players from overseas attended this year, actually all in 1998 this time. After six rounds the GP points were awarded according to the following ranking: 1 Guo Juan, 2 Shutai Zhang, 3 E. Sim (4 dan Singapore), 4 Matthew Cocke (5 dan UK),
Three schools have played so far in the new Schools Go League, played on the Schools Internet Goserver (SIG). Norwich School beat Aston 4-2 early in December 2005. The other school is Finham Park, Coventry.
After the London Open the final placings for 2002 were
What was announced as the last edition of this top European event was held at the European Go and Cultural Centre in Amsterdam. Romanians dominated.
The Chunlan Cup is a World Championship held in Beijin. European representative Guo Juan lost to China's Hu Yaoyu (7 dan). USA's Mike Redmond also lost to a Chinese 7 dan, Gu Li. Six of the 8 winners were Chinese - the exceptions were Cho U representing Japan and Yi Chang-Ho from Korea.
Final places after London Open:
150 players attended the 23rd London Open sponsored again by Hitachi. 92 players were from the UK and of the rest there were 11 French and 19 Germans (most of the latter winning prizes). As last year the GP points were awarded after 6 rounds when the top four players were selected to play knockout. The 10 GP placings went to Guo Juan, Lee Hyuk, Zhang, Danek, S.J.Kim, Macfadyen, Goddard, S. Bae, Cocke and von Arnim. In the semi-finals Guo beat Zhang and
140 players, 40 percent of whom were from overseas, attended the annual four day tournament over the new year period in London. Mr Imamura from Hitachi presented the prizes including the camcorder presented to Matthew Macfadyen for winning the lottery. The event largely went well, run by Harold Lee and his team of helpers, apart from the first day when late registration and a software error on the computer delayed the first round.