In the Irish Open nobody could beat Matthew Macfadyen (6 dan) who became the first person to win the event twice. Second on 4/5 was Christoph Gerlach and third was young Dutchman Emil Nijhuis (4 dan) on tie break from Des Cann (4 dan), neither of whom could beat the top two. Fifth was Tony Atkins (2 dan), sixth was Michael Marz (1 dan), seventh and eighth were top Irish players Noel Mitchell (2 dan) and Stephen Flinter (1 dan), ninth was Colin Adams (1 dan) and tenth was Scott Hopkins (1 kyu). Prizes went to EGF vice-president Alan Held (3 kyu) for 4/5, to Mathias Kegelmann for the best 2/5 and to those on 3/5: Scott Hopkins, Bernard Palmer (1 kyu), Paul Brennan (7 kyu) and Fergus O'Connell (15 kyu). Colin Adams and Fred Holroyd were rewarded for constantly supporting the event and Ernad Mulaomerovic (16 kyu) for best improvement despite only playing for a couple of weeks.
Monday's Handicap Tournament attracted 10 die-hards. First on 3/3 was the
American living in Dublin, Scott Hopkins. Second was Des Cann, third was Colin
Adams and fourth equal were pals from Birmingham Michael Marz and Mathias
Kegelmann. Scott was awarded the overall weekend prize.
No player stronger than 2 dan entered this year's Bournemouth at West Parley
Village Hall. Alan Thornton (2 dan St. Albans) got his first ever tournament
win. The others of the 38 going away with engraved drinking glasses were Alex
Bell (4 kyu Portsmouth), Jim Edwards (6 kyu Wycombe) and D. Smeed (14 kyu
Hursley) for 3/3, and Peter Fisher for entering first.
International Teams 08/03/98
The London International Team event saw tests for five teams of 6. Reading and
Wanstead could only manage an honourable equal fourth on 9 points. The hosts
Nippon Club scored 11, but the top tussle was between title holders Cambridge
and the Central London Go Club. The very last game to finish determined that
Cambridge were to win again by 16 points to 15. Only player on 4/4 was S.J. Kim
of Cambridge. Those on 3/4 were Alex Selby, Alan Thornton, Dan Micsa, Shutai
Zhang, John Fairbairn, Gerhard Stettner and T. "Ayzen" Takahashi.
The TTTTTT (Tony's Tideless Thames'n' Tributaries Team Tournament) held again at
Burpham on Easter Monday. Ten teams of three took part. Holders Reading went
down to Swindon Beehive in round 2, so it was to be a new winner as the other
team unbeaten was High Wycombe who had managed a full team for the first time.
In the third round they wiped out the Beehive to take the Broken Go Stone Trophy
for the first time. Second equal on board difference were Reading and the
"SSSSSSSS" (two of the "S" were "Scratch Side"). There were Easter eggs for all,
special eggs going to the Wycombe team of Paul Clarke, France Ellul and Jim
Edwards; to those on 3/3: Simon Goss, Tony Atkins and Paul Barnard; to Shaun
Hearn (32 kyu) for winning the 10x10 and runner up Aaron Dixson (26 kyu), both
British Go Congress 17/04/98 - 19/04/98
For the 31st British Go Congress a break was made with tradition, abandoning
schools and colleges and venturing into industry. British Aerospace, Chester,
provided the venue allowing use of their spacious work's dining hall. The
congress was also the first ever held in Wales (about two miles across the
border) and also the first not to provide on site accommodation. Battle
commenced with the British Lightning run by Tony Atkins and his playing card
draw system; exactly 32 players made this work especially well. All vied to get
the Ace of Hearts and for the second year the player with this lucky card at the
end of five rounds was Des Cann (4 dan Leamington). Others with the cards for
four wins were losing finalist Michael Marz (1 dan Birmingham), Michael Zhang (2
dan London), Paul Barnard (1 dan Swindon), T. Mark Hall (4 dan London) and Baron
Allday (1 dan West Wales).
74 players took part in the British Open. This year the grade range was remarkably small, from 6 dan to 12 kyu only. Nine of the players this year had an added interest as the top eight women would score points towards trips to the Women's World amateur. The separate qualifying tournament of previous years was replaced by the Ladies Go and Social Weekend held in March in Leamington Spa and featuring training by Guo Juan. Matthew Macfadyen won all six to take the British Open title to go with his British one. Francis Roads won five to hold second place. Three players of the top group ended on four out of six. As the top four places received trophies from KNTO a tie break had to be done. Third went to Chinese 3 dan from Scotland Xiaoning Shi, fourth was Des Cann and fifth was T.Mark Hall. Patrice Vicente (4 kyu) won 4 with one draw to win a prize. Two players won a creditable five namely Ron Bell (9 kyu Reading) and Dave Skidmore (12 kyu Nottingham). The Nippon Club Team Cup went to Leamington Spa who narrowly squeezed out Reading into second. Runaway winner in the continuous 13x13 was Anna Griffiths (8 kyu Maidenhead) with 10/12; Joe Hampton (2 dan West Wales) was rewarded too for scoring 9.5/18 in a vain attempt to catch Anna.
An innovation was voting for the level at which the bar should be set.
The organisers found that they could reasonably set it at either 3-kyu or
at 5-kyu, so they asked the 4- and 5-kyus to vote. They voted nem. con.
to put themselves above the bar; and justified this by playing well against
62 players found their way to the Brownlow Memorial Hall. Winner was Michael
Zhang (3 dan CLGC). On 3/3 were Eric Hall (3 kyu Swindon), Bill Streeten (4
kyu Wanstead), Graham Lamont (7 kyu Portsmouth), Nick Gonzalez (15 kyu Reading)
and James Taylor (20 kyu Epsom Downs). Winner of the 13x13 based on a points
system was David Grimster (16 kyu Bracknell).
[ This service is no longer available. ]National Trainer Matthew Macfadyen is running private seminar days during and a scheme to teach by email.
Other events: Summer School Course at Marlborough School starting 19/07/98