Vanessa Wong was second at the EYGC for a second year running. She lost, as last year, to Mateusz Surma from Poland who retained the under-16 title. Also travelling to the beautiful setting of the lakeside Santon Hotel in Brno, Czechia, were sisters Kelda and Roella Smith from Cambridge. In the under-12s Roella won 2 games at 11k to place 13th and Kelda won 3 at 20k to place 41st.
The bar was at 2d. Handicap and no-komi games are in red.
There will be a meeting of BGA Council on 13th March 2011.
Finland's Antti Tormanen (6 dan) tied with Wei Wang (6dan) in the 62 player Irish Open. This was Antti's fourth tournament win of the Pandanet Go European Cup, which put him top in the points table with 57.
As usual, many of the players in Dublin for the Irish Open congregated in the Teachers' Club on the Friday night for the Irish Rapid handicap tournament. The 26 players had to cope with the decreasing time limits and the handicap-plus-one games. Best at coping was Ian Davis (1 dan) from Belfast. Second, losing to Ian in the fifth round, was Jan Reichelt (1 kyu) from Germany.
The Irish Rapid handicap tournament on the Friday evening before the 22nd Irish Open was won by Ian Davis from Belfast.
All games played at handicap plus 1, with decreasing time limits.
Team leader Will Brooks lost again, but the team still beat Croatia thanks to wins from Matthew Madfadyen, Andrew Simons and Nick Krempel.
The 3-1 win puts the UK in a much safer position for avoiding relegation, nearing the end of the season.
The tournament was a Pandanet Super Tournament in the Pandanet Go European Cup.
The Irish Rapid handicap tournament was played on the Friday evening before the 22nd Irish Open.
The top 8 players formed a supergroup. Games played at handicap minus 2 and no-komi games are in red.