British Go Journal No. 56. June 1982. Page 8.
Report: Andrew Grant
Game Comments: Jim Barty
This year's Challengers tournament, held as usual in the congenial but rather noisy surroundings of Covent Garden, was the strongest ever, despite the fact that the total entry of 25 was one down on last year. Added interest was lent to the proceedings by the fact that, although the winner would be the challenger as usual, the players placed second, third and fourth would enter a renovated version of the Challengers League next year, along with the loser of this years title match and the top four from next years Candidate's tournament. The winner of that league will become next years Challenger.
Terry Stacey was expected to win the tournament for the fourth time, but in the very first round he lost to Adam Pirani and the contest suddenly seemed much more open. The days other major upset was Richard Granvilles win by one point against Frank May, who had a disappointing tournament.
The second day produced no major excitements, but after four rounds the front runners were beginning to pull away from the pack. Jim Barty and Jim Bates had four wins apiece, followed by five players on three. The next day saw both perfect records spoilt, as Jim Bates beat Jim Barty only to lose to Terry Stacey; Adam Pirani won his fifth game out of six and so these four started the last day in joint first place with everything to play for.
In the seventh round Jim Bates beat Adam Pirani, and Terry Stacey, still tipped to win by those in the know, lost to Jim Barty so it began to look as if we would soon have a new challenger.
Jim Bates fell at the last hurdle, losing to Richard Granville, who finished with six wins (quite respectable for a supposed 2 dan) and so with Stacey and Pirani both winning their last games. Jim Barty had only to beat Desmond Cann to become challenger and avoid a five way tie for first place.
The game took a long time to finish, and seemed close but, fortunately for the Tournament Organisers sanity, Jim did win and will play Matthew Macfadyen later in the year. The places in next years Challengers league went to Jim Bates, Adam Pirani and Terry Stacey.
While, in the rarified heights of IVCs upper floor, the best players in the Kingdom clashed in the Challengers tournament, another, less exalted event was taking place downstairs.
"Not the Challengers Tournament", organised to cater for those who were too weak or too unlucky to play in the Challengers Tournament, attracted about twenty players. I say about because there were enough mid tournament entries and droppings out (and re-entries and re-droppings out) to confuse even those clever chaps upstairs.
The first prize, the Geoffrey Gray Go Ban, was eventually won by Mark Cumper (1 kyu, Hammersmith), who will keep it for one year. An Honourable mention should go to Tim Hazelden (1 dan, CLGC) who won his first four games but then had to be transferred to the Challengers tournament as a replacement for the official reserve, who had scratched from the tournament.
The main problem with this tournament was the near-total absence of anyone weaker than 8 kyu, showing yet again the regrettable attitude that tournaments are only for strong players.
Finally, thanks are due to David Vine and IVC for the use of their premises for both this and the Challengers Tournament.
This is one of the crunch games from this years Challengers Tournament. The protagonists are two Jims, Bates and Barty. This is the only game the latter lost, though he lost it very thoroughly. Comments are by Jim Barty.
Black: Jim Barty, 4d
White: Jim Bates, 4d
The game-file in SGF format.
Figure 1 (1-50) |
Figure 2 (51-100) |
Figure 3 (101-186) |
White 156 at 151.