127 players attended the 30th London Open, held again at ISH, Great Portland Street and successfully run by Geoff Kaniuk and the others from CLGC. The main tournament was again a major in the Toyota-Pandanet European Go Tour and had an exciting climax. After 7 rounds top players with 6 wins were Dutch student Emil Nijhuis and 12 year old Li Shen who lives in London. They had already played each other (Li beat Emil), so had to play others on lower scores. If they lost it was a four-way tie. In fact they did. Emil to France's Lionel Fischer by a half point and Li to Chinese player Wenhao Li. So after SOS tie-break the order was: 1. Wenhao Li (5 dan China), 2. Emil Nijhuis (6 dan NL), 3. Radek Nechanicky (6 dan CZ), 4. Li Shen (5 dan China) all on 6 wins; 5. Ning Li (6 dan USA), 6= Benjamin Tauber (5 dan DE) and Lionel Fischer (4 dan FR), 8. Matthew Cocke (5 dan UK), 9. T.Mark Hall (4 dan UK) all on 5 wins; 10. Young Kim (5 dan UK). Players on 7 wins out of 8 were Dominic Schuhmacher (9 kyu CH), Janne Jalkanen (4 kyu SF) and with 6 wins: Hichem Aktouche (12 kyu FR), Thomas Pototschnig (6 kyu DE), Uwe Glauch (4 kyu DE), Esa Seuranen (2 kyu SF), Per Schachter (1 dan DK). All winning 6 or more got a wooden go stone and all players on 5 wins got a certificate; from the UK: Tim Hunt (3 dan), Jim Sadler (1 dan), Jiri Keller (3 kyu) and Ron Bell (4 kyu). Furthest traveled prize went to David Frankel (1 kyu) from the USA. Ken Dackombe got the youngest player prize.
There were 5 winners of the 24 player Pair Go (doubles) played on 29/12/03: Michael Marz / Manuela Lindemeyer, Jasmin Grossmann / Tobias Klaus, Madeleine Roth / Benjamin Teuber, William Brooks / Hichem Aktouche, Thomas Pototschnig / Dominic Schumacher. About 56 players played groups and then 16 played a knockout in the Lightning on 30/12/03. Jiri Keller and Jim Sadler made the last 16 for the UK. Ari Kauppi and Hichem Aktouche made the semi-finals, but the Lightning winner was Emil Nijhuis (6 dan NL), beating Radek Nechanicky (6 dan CZ) into second by 1 point in an exciting game. In the continuous 9x9 three players dominated. Using the Leiden Squareroot Formula the winner was Hichem Aktouche who won 27.5/36, second was Jiri Keller with 23/36 and third William Brooks with 21/35. Before the close Tim Hunt put his game up for public criticism, led by Radek Nechanicky (6 dan). Afterwards it was off to a Mediterranean restaurant or to various New Year parties/celebrations.
16 players 1 kyu to 20 kyu from Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Newcastle and Strathallan School Perthshire attended the Scottish Barlow in Edinburgh. Professor Iwashita (5 dan) was on hand to play people in between rounds. Nobody won 4/4, so winner on 3/4 was Claas Roever (4 kyu Newcastle) on tie-break from Edinburgh's Shinpei Tanaka (1 kyu) and Jim Cook (2kyu). Jim Cook, Allan Crossman, Donald Macleod and Colin Robertson qualified for the Scottish Championship semi-finals.
32 players plus the organiser Steve Bailey took part. Alan Thornton (2 dan St Albans) won the Tournament. On 4/4 for a second year was Kay Dackombe (25 kyu Bromley). Bill Streeten (4 kyu Wanstead) and Erwin Bonsma (4 kyu Ipswich) were the losing finalists. Also on 3/4 were Brian Brunswick (1 dan Epsom), Geoff Kaniuk (1 kyu London), Malcolm Hagan (4 kyu Winchester), Jonathan Englefield (11 kyu Maidenhead), David Galeano (16 kyu West Surrey) and Ken Dackombe (25 kyu Bromley). Ron Bell (4 kyu Reading) won a prize for the second year running in the 13x13, with 4/5. Malcolm Hagan won the geography quiz and Fred Holroyd won the caption contest. On the previous day some 20 students were taught various subjects by teachers Francis Roads, Alex Selby, Tony Atkins, Simon Goss and Natasha Regan.
The Cambridge Junior Chess and Go Club were again the hosts of this event at Whittlesford near Cambridge. 16 players competed for the national title on 13x13 boards. The top 8 players played a double elimination for the title. Third was Tony Atkins (3 dan Bracknell), second was Toshio Oshima (4 kyu Cambridge) and winner was Simon Goss (2 dan Bracknell), taking a national title to add to his Cornish one. Toshio's grade was only estimated, but it would seem at least on a 13x13 he is much better than the estimate; he won 6 games in all to win one of the prizes. Also winning six in the handicap section was Jonathan Englefield (10 kyu Maidenhead). Top handicap players winning 7 each were Nicola Hurden (10 kyu Bracknell) and Garry Sturley (12 kyu Cambridge). Two of the 40 junior Chess players won prizes in the adhoc beginners Go event: Matthew Blythe and Julian Hackett.
Francis Roads (4 dan Wanstead) became the first player to win this event for the third time. He won all 5 games at the tournament held as usual in the Marton Arms in the beautiful North Yorkshire country. Second with 4/5 was Alan Thornton (2 dan St. Albans) with a group of 2 and 3 dans in third. The others from the 50 players doing well were: Robin Hobbes (3 kyu Manchester), Frank Visser (4 kyu Cambridge) and John Herman (5 kyu Manchester) who won 4/5 and Jonathan Englefield (11 kyu Maidenhead) who won 5/5.
On a sunny autumn day 79 players took part in the Wessex at Marlborough. Winner of the Fred Guyatt 13x13 was Nicola Hurden (10 kyu Bracknell) and Winchester Blue won the team prize. Winner was Young Kim (5 dan London) for the second time. Winners of the other divisions (some by tie-break) were: 2 Paul Christie (2 dan Bath), 3 David M King (1 kyu Swindon), 4 Martin Solity (3 kyu Wanstead), 5 Steve Bailey (4 kyu West Surrey), 6 John Creed (8 kyu Bristol), 7 Toby Anderson (9 kyu Bournemouth), 8 Fergus Hinds (12 kyu Winchester), 9 Earl Campbell (15 kyu Bristol). Only Young, Toby and Earl won all 4 games, Earl having only played his first game on a board at the Bristol Go Club four days previously.
This twice yearly event moved to the new venue of the ISH, new home of the Central London Go Club. The Out of Town team took an early lead with 5 wins, but the Korean team played steadily winning 4 games each round to win the match. Their J.K. Shim (5 dan) was unbeaten, as was Paul Margetts (1 dan). Final scores Korea 12 (4+4+4), CLGC 9 (2+3+4), Out of Town 9 (5+2+2), Orientals 6 (1+2+3).
51 players (34 BGA and 17 Koreans) attended the first day of this new event in South-West London. Split into dan division (21) and kyu division (30), they played all-play-all in groups of 5 or 6. After play-offs the top 8 in each division returned on the Sunday for another group stage, before finals and third-fourth play-offs. The event was sponsored by Hanil Herald Korean newspaper and Mrs Kang of the Red Ox restaurant, so all got great Korean lunches and the top prize was 300 pounds. Making the second day were kyu-players: S. Lim, J.W. Kim, David Silver, William Brooks, J.R. Kim, B.R. Lee, Sue Paterson and Phillippe Bourrez; dan-players J.K. Shim, Piers Shepperson, Y.K. Kim, B.L. Kim, Li Shen, H.S. Hwak, J.T. Lee and Francis Roads. Kyu winner was S. Lim beating J.R. Kim and B.R. Lee beat J.W. Kim for third. Dan's third was taken by H.S. Hwak beating Piers Shepperson. Organiser J.K. Shim lost to the young Chinese boy, Li Shen, who was a popular winner.
54 players attended Wanstead. Winner was Young Kim (5 dan Central London). Also winning 4/4 were Phil Beck (1 dan Cambridge), Matthew Reid (2 kyu Cambridge), Erwin Bonsma (5 kyu Ipswich), Patrick Donovan (9 kyu Eastbourne) and Kay Dackombe (23 kyu Bromley). The following got prizes for 3/4: Li Shen (5 dan London), Tony Atkins (3 dan Bracknell), Tim Hunt (3 dan Milton Keynes), Weed (1 kyu Billericay), James Aspden (1 Kyu Oxford), Martin Solity (3 kyu Wanstead), Martin Harvey (3 kyu Chester), Steve Bailey (4 kyu West Surrey), Shaun Hearn (6 kyu Sleaford), Pablo Marco (8 kyu Spain) and Ken Dackombe (25 kyu Bromley).
67 players attended the Open University for the 15th Milton Keynes Tournament. Unbeaten winner was Lei Chen (5 dan GLGC). He beat Young Kim (5 dan London) and then Alistair Wall (4 dan Wanstead) in the last round. Second with 3/3 was Toby Manning (3 dan Leicester). Also on 3/3 were Alison Bexfield (2 dan Letchworth), Niall Cardin (1 dan Oxford), Matt Piatkus (2 kyu Oxford), Craig Young (9 kyu North London), Paul Blockley (14 kyu Worcester) and Zachary Tsai (17 kyu Warwick). The Sandbaggers won Oxford the team prize for a second year running. Alex Beman (19 kyu Leamington) and Ian Davis (7 kyu Cambridge) won prizes for 7/15 and 6.5/8 on the MK Map Go Board.
12 players took part in the Cornish Handicap Tournament
on the Saturday in Penzance.
Winner of the Go Bowls trophy on 4.5/5 was Hennie Groot Lipman (2 dan Netherlands). Many players scored 3/5 to
be second, of whom the prize winner was junior player Jonathan Englefield (11 kyu High Wycombe).
20 players took part in the Cornwall Tournament on the Sunday. Winner of the Devon Go Stone for the first time was Simon Goss (2 dan) who beat fellow Bracknell player Ian Marsh (1 dan) in the final. Last years winner was third, Alistair Wall (4 dan Wanstead). The player winning a wooden stone was local lad Jake Finnis (16 kyu).
28 players attended the Northern at Renold Building, UMIST, in Manchester. It was held as part of the MSO. Gold medal winner with 6/6 was Li Haiou, a Chinese 6 dan who has been studying in Liverpool. Second and third were two more young Chinese players: Chen Lei with 5/6 and Han Zhongwei with 4/6. Paul Taylor (1 kyu Cambridge) took fourth with 4/6 and 5th was Tim Hunt (3 dan Open Uni) and 6th Dan Gilder (3 dan Manchester) on 3/6. On four wins were: Martin Harvey (3 kyu Manchester), Bill Streeten (4 kyu Wanstead) and Mihoko Isoda (15 kyu Oxford).
Held at the Renold Building at UMIST in Manchester the 7th MSO had Go events on both weekends. The
first weekend tournament was the Northern. Matthew Macfadyen (6 dan Leamington) won games 2 and 3 of
the British Championship during the same weekend. Go players winning non-Go medals were Paul Smith who
took Gold at Oware, Nick Wedd gold at Skat and Piers Shepperson at Puerto Rico. There were 4 Go events the Bank Holiday
Go Rapidplay on 23/08/03 was won by Li Haiou (6 dan China) with 6/6. Silver was Dan Gilder (3 dan Manchester) and Bronze was Masashi Sugiyama (2 dan Japan). Jonathan Englefield (11 kyu) won 4/6; 15 players took part.
On 24/08/03 the 7 player Lightning was won by Piers Shepperson (5 dan) with 5/6, second was Masashi Sugiyama (4/6) and third Natasha Regan (1 dan Epsom) with 3/6. Mihoko Isoda (15 kyu) also won 4/6.
The 8-player 13x13 was won by Tim Hunt (3 dan Open University) with 4.5/6. Masashi Sugiyama took another silver with 4/6 and Simon Goss (2 dan Bracknell) took the bronze. Mihoko Isoda won 4.5/6 and Jonathan Englefield 4/6.
On 25/08/03 the Pair Go was won by Natasha Regan and Tim Hunt, paired for the first time. Second were Helen and Martin Harvey (Manchester) and third were Anna Griffiths and Tony Atkins (Berks). Fourth were Mihoko Isoda and Masashi Sugiyama.
39 players attended the second tournament at Letchworth Garden City, with a new venue of the 1907 Meeting House. Winner was Alistair Wall (4 dan Wanstead). Organiser Simon Bexfield was again a prize winner with two out of two. The players of 3 wins were Erwin Bonsma (5 kyu Ipswich) and Azan Mahwah (19 kyu LSE). Tony Pitchford (7 kyu Chester) won 2.5. The Junior Prize went to Jonathan Englefield (11 Kyu High Wycombe). Chris Goldsmith (7 kyu Cambridge) won the continuous 9x9.
The Scottish Open was again held at Pollock Halls at the Edinburgh University (last year missed because of the British). 26 players took part from Scotland, England, Isle of Man and Japan. Three 4 dan players beat each other to end on 5 wins at the top. Split by sos, winner for the third time was Wanstead's Francis Roads, second was Tokyo's Tatsushi Akiya and third Wanstead's Quentin Mills. Winning prizes for 4/6 were Reading's Ron Bell (4 kyu) and local player Allan Crossman (3 kyu). Shinpei Tanaka (2 kyu Edinburgh) won 3.5.
The 11th Welsh Open at Barmouth was won as always by Matthew Macfadyen (6 dan Leamington). Second was Tatsushi Akiya (4 dan) who travelled from Tokyo for the event. Winning 5 out of 5 was Alistair Brooks (20 kyu Swindon) and on 4 out of 4 was organiser Philip Ward-Ackland (6 kyu Barmouth). On 4/5 were Tom Widdecombe (2 kyu devon), Gary Beman (6 kyu Leamington) and Jonathan Englefield (12 kyu High Wycombe). Continuous 9x9 winner was Shawn Hearn (6 kyu Sleaford). Wayne Walters and Philip Ward-Ackland jointly won the Backgammon tournament. 52 players took part.
Kirsty Healey and Matthew Macfadyen retained the Pair Go Championship for a third year. This year they beat Alison and Simon Bexfield in the final by half a point. Third were Natasha Regan and Matthew Cocke who lost to the winners in round 2. In the handicap group a three way tie was split by CUSS to give new winners Elinor Brooks and Erik Hall from Swindon. Second were Nicola Hurden and Shawn Hearn, and third Annie Hall and Jonathan Englefield. Best dressed pair again was Alison and Simon Bexfield. Quiz winners were Jil Segerman and Tony Pitchford.
Best of the 52 players was Jon Diamond (6 dan) who beat T.Mark Hall (4 dan), Alan Thornton (2 dan) and Piers Shepperson (5 dan). Winners of 3 games were Harry Fearnley (2 dan Oxford), Clive Hendrie (1 dan Bracknell), Steve Bailey (3 kyu West Surrey), Alec Edgington (5 kyu Wanstead) and Erwin Bonsma (6 kyu Ipswich). Natasha Regan (1 dan Epsom) won the 13x13. Jil Segerman won the anniversary Go quiz and puzzles. Jonathan Englefield won the caption competition and Jim Clare (3-time winner) cut the 25th Anniversary cake.
32 kyu players (plus a ghost) played the Bar-Low.
Winner was Paul Taylor (1 kyu Cambridge) with 5/5. Last year's winner, Edward Blockley (2 kyu Worcester),
was second with 4/5. On 5/5 was Hoi-Ping Mok (12 kyu Cambridge), and on 4/5 was
Thomas Ford (14 kyu Cambridge). The 5-player Junior event was won again by
William Brooks (Cambridge).
The Dan's event was won by its organiser, Alex Selby (3 dan Cambridge) on 5/5 and second was Francis Roads (4 dan Wanstead) on 4/5; 6 took part.
The first two days saw the field split in two, as on the first day four players won all their games. After the second day Matthew Cocke was on 4, Des Cann and David Ward were on 3 and Quentin Mills was on 4 with the top 3 others to play. After seven rounds the ordering was sorted so that every player had lost to every player above him, thanks to Des "Houdini" Cann escaping from an impossible ko fight against Alex Rix. Matthew Cocke (5 dan Norwich) won all 7, Des 6 and David Ward 5. Quentin won 4, Andrew Jones 3, Alex Rix 2, Alistair Wall 1 and John Hobson 0. The event was part of the Cambridge MSO weekend.
Four teams competed at the Nippon Club. Wanstead won 5 games, London and Reading 10, but winners with 11 points were the Oriental team which contained players of 5 nationalities. On 3/3 were Quentin Mills, Stuart Barthropp, Geoff Kaniuk, Young Kim and Li Shen.
Six teams competed for the Broken Go Stone Trophy and a handmade chocolate egg by Annie Hall. High Wycombe's Paul Clarke (1 dan), David Denholm (5 kyu) and Jonathan Englefield (11 kyu) won aided by David winning 3/3. Also on 3/3 were Andre Cockburn (7 kyu Bracknell) and Alistair Wall (4 dan Royal Standard of England). Tony Atkins (3 dan Reading) won the 10x10 and Emma Marchant solved the word quiz.
John Culmer and the West Cornwall Go Club welcomed 50 players to a very sunny weekend of seaside and Go playing at the Queen's Hotel. The weekend featured the British Lightning, British Open and the BGA AGM.
The British Lightning had 34 players and was dominated
much of the way by Bracknell Club who had 3 out of 4 semi-finalists. It turned out, however,
that nobody could beat T.Mark Hall, 4 dan from London, and he took the title on 5 wins. Those
on 4 wins were Tony Atkins (3 dan Bracknell), Toby Manning (3 dan Leicester), Clive Hendrie
(1 dan Bracknell), William Brooks (6 kyu Cambridge) and Francis Roads (4 dan Wanstead).
The British Open had 50 players and was dominated for much of the way by related Go players. A pair of Harveys and Mills were unbeaten after the first day, but again none could beat T.Mark Hall (4 dan) who convincingly won the British Open with a straight 6. Quentin Mills (3 dan London) won 5 to come second (ahead of Francis Roads). Fourth was 1 kyu player, David M. King from Swindon on 5. Others on 5 were Martin Harvey (4 kyu Manchester), James Collier (4 kyu Devon), Bill Streeten (5 kyu Wanstead) and William Brooks (6 kyu Cambridge). The local junior player Jake Finnis (17 kyu) won all 6 games. Best team for the third year were Wanstead and Tim Hunt collected the Terry Stacey Trophy for most wins in the last year.
41 players took part in the second four round rapid play event to be held at the Oddfellows in Leamington. Winner was Des Cann (4 dan Milton Keynes). Second and third with three wins were Alan Thornton (2 dan St Albans) and Niall Cardin (1 dan Oxford). Both Ben Swann (7 kyu Manchester) and Tim Lamont-Smith (18 kyu Worcester) won all four games. Others on three wins were: Kyeong Yun Jeong (1 kyu Leicester), Matthew Piatkus (3 kyu Oxford), Malcolm Walker (7 kyu Worcester), Emma Marchant (8 kyu Bracknell) and Alex Beman (25 kyu Leamington). Between games National Trainer Matthew Macfadyen analysed games from the Candidates (Hunt v Hall and Hobson v Cockburn).
16 players of grade 1 dan to 4 dan took part in the first stage of the British Championship at the Oddfellows Hall in Leamington. Winner of all four games was Quentin Mills (3 dan London) who beat Alex Rix in the fourth round. Players with three wins were Alistair Wall (4 dan Wanstead), Alex Rix (4 dan London), David Ward (4 dan Cambridge) and Andrew Jones (3 dan Wanstead). Because Seong-June Kim will not be playing the championship this year as he is back in Korea, there were six places available in the next stage. The Challenger's League will be held in Cambridge in May, where the above five will be joined by Des Cann and Matthew Cocke (prequalified), and by John Hobson (2 dan Bath) who won the nigiri against Tim Hunt (3 dan Milton Keynes) to decide the best player on two wins.
75 players attended. Winner was Young Kim (5 dan London) who beat Tim Hunt (3 dan Open University) in the last round. Also on 3/3 having arrived late was Li Shen (4 dan London). The others winning all three were Niall Cardin (1 dan Oxford), Bernt Schmidt (2 kyu Cambridge), Erwin Bonsma (6 kyu Ipswich), William Brooks (7 kyu Cambridge), Andrew Gardner (7 kyu Cambridge), Ian Davis (12 kyu Cambridge), Pauline Bailey (14 kyu West Surrey). James Aspden (Oxford) won the best 1 kyu prize. In the continuous 13x13 Stephen Burgess (7 kyu Cambridge) won with 7/8. Oxford won the team prize with 10/12. The Beginners' Tournament was won by Ken Dackombe (Bromley).
The 2003 Varsity match took place in Cambridge, with Cambridge beating Oxford 6-4 over two
rounds, one more (even) less serious round taking place after that (reports Charles Matthews).
Cambridge players first. Most games played even.
Round 1: (3-2) Paul Taylor (1k) beat Niall Cardin (1d)
Andrew Walkingshaw (4k) lost to Matthew Piatkus (4k)
Phil Hand (6k) lost to Chris Pooley (5k)
Simon Frankau (8k) beat Greg Pallis (11k)
Stephen Burgess (7k) beat Daisy Wan (18k) (9 stones)
Round 2: (3-2) Linus Lee Zhi Juan (1k) lost to Niall Cardin
Paul Taylor beat Matthew Piatkus
Andrew Walkingshaw beat Chris Pooley
Stephen Burgess lost to Greg Pallis
Liwei Deng (14k) beat Daisy Wan
85 players attended the Oxford Tournament at St. Edmund Hall. Winner was the Chinese boy Li Shen (4 dan North London). Players on 3/3 were Michael Charles (2 dan St Albans), Claas Roever (4 kyu Newcastle), Malcolm Hagan (5 kyu Winchester), John Pusey (5 kyu Oxford), Phil Hand (7 kyu Cambridge), Steve Burgess (9 kyu Cambridge), George Leach (10 kyu Liverpool), Jonathan Englefield (13 kyu High Wycombe) and Abhijat Saraswat (28 kyu Maidenhead).
Held during the Crewe Chess Congress, Saturday 8th February 2003 at Bentley Motors Works Restaurant, Pyms Lane, Crewe, Cheshire, 22 players attended. Winner of the open section was Tony Atkins (2 dan Bracknell); second was Tim Hunt (3 dan Milton Keynes). Winner of the handicap section was Robin Hobbes (3 kyu Manchester). Also on 4/5 were Ben Swann (9 kyu Manchester) and Chris Kirkham (2 kyu Manchester). George Leach (10 kyu Liverpool) won the 10x10.
22 children attended this event at Meadows Community Centre Cambridge.
There were 10 locals, 6 from Bloxham and 6 others from around the country.
Winners [runners up] were:
83 players attended the HQ of HITACHI Europe Ltd for the 12th Furze Platt. Winner was 11-year Chinese boy Li Shen (4 dan London) who forced Des Cann to take second again. Winning 3/3 were Steve Bailey (3 kyu West Surrey), Matt Piatkus (5 kyu Oxford), Chris Price (7 kyu Oxford), Pauline Bailey (16 kyu West Surrey) and Chris Dunthorne (17 kyu Reading). Thanks to generous sponsorship from HITACHI all on 2/3 got prizes too. Team winners were Reading (90 percent) and William Brooks (7 kyu Cambridge) with 14 wins.