Issue 26 January 1999
7th World Women's Amateur 06/11/98-08/11/98
Helen Harvey (1k) was Britain's rep and came 12th with 3/6. Winner of the
Sotetsu Cup was Japan's Chifumi Yamashita, second North Korea, third South
Korea, fourth China and fifth Singapore.
Three Peaks (N.Yorks) 07/11/98 & 08/11/98
Organisers Toby Manning and Sue Pitchford had a record entry of 44.
The prizes were presented by Colin Elsdon of the Marton Arms. He said that
the fund to buy cutting equipment for the fire service had achieved its
objective, but the Marton Arms continues to raise funds, now for the
Ingleton Ambulance Station. All proceeds from this tournament went to this.
Many of the prizes were bottles of Riggwelter, which is a strong North
Yorkshire beer. It's also a sheep that has fallen on its side. Apparently
this is a serious matter for a sheep, as they can't get up again without help.
The trophy is miniature go ban donated by Graham Telfer.
|Winner (5/5)||Francis Roads|
|Runner-up (4/5)||Toby Manning|
|Other 5/5||Alison Ewens (10 kyu, OU)|
|Other 4/5: Tom Joldersma (4 kyu, Lytham St Annes)|
|Paul Kersay (6 kyu, York)|
|Gary Beman (13 kyu, Leamington)|
|Souvenir spoon (not wooden) for 0/5||Paul Cannock
Kirsty Healey was awarded a prize because she won 3 of the first four
rounds. In the fifth round her result proved too difficult to determine,
since her neighbour had been using her prisoners to play on the next
board and nobody thought of counting it Chinese style.
British Small Board @ Cambridge 15/11/98
The 1998 British Small Board Championship had 20 entrants. The winner was
Mike Charles (2d St Albans), who won a rapid play-off game against
Alan Thornton (also 2d St Albans) after both players had finished on
5/6. There were five other prizewinners, all on 4/6: David Ward (3d
Cambridge), Alex Selby (3d Cambridge), Hermann Tittel (16k Cambridge),
Aaron Dixson (22k Brakenhale) and Shawn Hearn (24k Brakenhale).
The competition was held as part of the Cambridge Junior Chess and Go Club
2nd Annual Congress, which also included junior and adult chess sections.
The event as a whole attracted 114 competitors.
There was a 9x9 Go competition as a side event between rounds. This was
very popular - 40 children and 2 adults entered, many of them chess
players who had not played Go before. The top placings were determined by
number of wins. These were Hereward Mills (Bedford) 10 wins; Alexander
Foster (Cambridge) 7 wins; Kristopher Gray (Ely), Aaron Dixson
(Brakenhale) and William Brooks (Cambridge) 6 wins; Hannah Edwards
(Finborough) and Daniel Rowson (Cambridge) 5 wins.
Ing World Computer Championship 21/11/98 & 22/11/98
This was held in Hendon College, London, and was organised by Nick Wedd.
1. Many Faces of Go 2. Wulu 3. Go4++ As usual the wining program was beaten
easily by the Taiwanese boys brought over for that purpose.
Paul Barnard arrived back from Thailand just in time to run it and
he went back to Thailand a week later. 79 players attended the new
venue near the town centre.
|Other 3/3||Dan Gilder (2 dan, Manchester)
|Niculae Mandache (1 dan, Bristol)
|Roger Murby (20 kyu, Bristol)
|Phil White (30 kyu, Plymouth)
|2.5 /3||David Woodnutt (1 dan, OU)
|Dan Micsa (1 dan, Reading)
World Amateur Pair Go 22/11/98 & 23/11/98
Des Cann and Sue Paterson played for Britain and lost in round one. They then
won 2/4 in the special handicap. Norway, Finland and Russia all survived round
one, but China did not. Winners this year against strong Japanese competition
were the Korean pair of Sung-Kyun Park and Miss Se-sil Kim (aged 10). Runners up
were Nagai/Takanashi and third were Taga/Goto. Canadian son and mother pair,
Philip and Jean Waldron, won the special handicap section. Also playing in the
special handicap was Tony Atkins playing with Mrs Seki (formerly of London) who
also won 2/4.
West Surrey Teach-in 05/12/98
31 pupils and 6 teachers assembled at Burpham Village Hall for four hour-long
sessions on various topics. Yajie Liu (2p) analysed some of the pupils' games.
Des Cann studied some professional games, Tony Atkins studied some openings,
Tom Blockley and Paul Margetts taught some life and death, Simon Goss analysed
some middle game positions, plus many other aspects of the game.
West Surrey Handicap 06/12/98
58 players took part this year and it is always interesting to see if the
pupils and teachers from the day before do well. Certainly some of the teachers
were amongst the winners and Tony Atkins (2d Reading) was the tournament
winner. Also winning 4/4 were France Ellul (3k High Wycombe), Graham Horsley
(12k West Surrey) and Elizabeth Wayte (32k Brakenhale). Three clubs dominated
those on 3/4: Epsom Downs' Rolland Halliwell (16k), Philip Tedder (7k), David
Pemberton (3k) and Paul Margetts (1 dan); Worcester's Tom Blockley (4k) and
Ed Blockley (2k); Bournemouth's Neil Cleverly (5k), Kevin Drake (1k) and
Marcus Bennett (1d losing finalist). Also on 3/4 were Geoff Kaniuk (1k CLGC),
Dave Cohen (5k Hursley), Roger Daniel (4k Hampstead), Shawn Hearn (23k Braken-
hale), Nigel Peters (30k u/a) and Lucie Elliott (30k Brakenhale). In the event's
continuous 13x13 the highest number of wins were scored by Steve Ashing, the
best percentage by Theo Elliott and for persistence Aaron Dixson. Winners in
the code breaking quiz were Alex Bruckner and 22.214.171.124 (Tony Atkins).
Brakenhale School Party 09/12/98
28 kids battled on 13x13 boards, solved problems, ate and enjoyed this year's
raffle. Tournament winners were Claire May (now 30k), Theo Elliott (now 24k)
and Lucie Elliott (now 28k). Quiz winners were Elizabeth Wayte and her 8 year
old sister Laura.
25th London Open 31/12/98-03/01/99
This was again sponsored by HITACHI and attended by 150 players at the usual
venue the Highbury Round House community centre. This year two lady
professionals were present: Liu Yajie from China and Nam Chihyoung from Korea.
The top group of players was quite strong this year. After six rounds the
European GP points were awarded to Lee Hyuk (15), Guo Juan (12), F. von Arnim
(10), V. Chow (8), J. Finke and M. Cocke (5.5), E. Nijhuis (4), S. Zhang (3),
M. Macfadyen (2), and J. Rickard (1).
Lee, Guo, Zhang and von Arnim made the cut. Guo beat her earlier vanquisher
Lee in an exciting final so top five places went to: 1 Guo, 2 Lee,
3 Felix von Arnim, 4 Emil Nijhuis, 5 Vincent Chow.
Players on 7/8 were Theo Elliott (24k UK) and P-E. Martin (3k S). On 6/8: Shawn
Hearn (23k UK), Walter Wandel (4k NL), G. Kreutz (4k D), D. Mechtenberg (3k D),
David Woodnutt (1d UK). All players on 5/8 got a certificate.
The Lightning Tournament was won by South Africa's Vincent Chow (5d), second
was last winner Emil Nijhuis (5d NL). Continuous 9x9 winners were Kai Gogl,
Jonathan Chetwynd, Tim Hunt and Shawn Hearn (Under 13).
Belgrade was won by Ion Florescu (Romania), with second Viktor Bogdanov
(Russia) and 3rd Csaba Mero (Hungary).
Brussels was by Geert Groenen (Netherlands), second equal were Vladimir
Danek and Franz-Joseph Dickhut (Germany), fourth was Guo Juan
(Netherlands). Britain's T.Mark Hall (4d) was 12th.
Gothenburg was won by Dickhut ahead of Emil Nijhuis (Netherlands) and Ulf
Kiev was won by Dmitry Jatsenko ahead of Dmitry Bogatskiy and third his
father Arkadiy Bogatskiy (all Ukraine).
Fujitsu Cup in Amsterdam was won by Guo Juan who beat Catalin Taranu (3p)
in the final. Losing semi-finalists were Gerlach (5d) and Pietsch (2p).
Game one of this will be held on 13/01/99 and 14/01/99 at the Maison de la
Culture du Japon, Quai Branly, Paris. The players are Cho and Kobayashi and
many other professional players will attend.
Niculae Mandache has been promoted to 2 dan. The following are all now 1 dan:
Kirsty Healey, Paul Clarke, Christian Scarff, Simon Bexfield, Henry Segerman.
Pro Teaching Tour
Yajie Liu from China is undertaking a three month visit to Britain to teach
go and learn better English. She has visited Oxford, Cambridge, Surrey and
plans more trips in January.
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National Trainer Matthew Macfadyen is running
private seminar days and a scheme to teach by email. He hopes to be teaching a
Summer School Course at Marlborough School again in 1999.
New York Times
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