Our poor run of form continues, but this time we have a really tough match against the table-topping Finns.
Vanessa again had problems with connecting to Pandanet-IGS and dropped out at the last minute, leaving Jon Diamond on top board to face Antti Törmänen (7 dan on Pandanet), who's just had a fantastic result in the World Students Oza, coming third.
Despite the venue having staffing problems that caused a change from the Sunday to the Saturday, 40 players attended the Cambridge Trigantius at Parkside Community College. Andrew Simons (3d) was again the winner. This time he beat the new organiser, David Ward (2d) in the last round. Equal second with David was local student Jamie Taylor (1d), a former under-18 champion.
38 players attended the 2013 Irish Go Congress, held in Dublin. Csaba Mero, 6d Hungary, won the main tournament, The Confucius Cup, for the second time with a perfect 5/5 score. In second place was Zebin Du, 4d China, and third was Antoine Fenech, 5d France.
Roger Daniel, 6k UK, and Mikulas Kubita, 15k Czech Republic, won all five of their games, while Thomas Shanahan won four.
Due to a venue problem, the Trigantius has now moved from the Sunday to Saturday 9th March. Same details otherwise.
Full PDFs for issues 157 and 158 are now available online
26 players attended the 3rd Welwyn Garden City Go Tournament, held in the Bridge room of the Gosling Stadium.
With a surprise win over Andrew Simons in round 3, the tournament winner was Michael Webster (1D London).
The 2013 Oxford-Cambridge Match was held in St Edmund Hall, Oxford, on Sunday 17th February, the day after the Oxford Tournament.
The Match consisted of two rounds, 50 mins each, with 30/5 Canadian overtime, and 7.5 komi for even games.
All games were played using handicaps - one less than the normal correct handicap, so giving the advantage to the stronger player/team.
Between March 31 and April 7 Michael Redmond, professional 9 dan, will be visiting the UK. Michael was born in the USA. but has been living in Japan for several years.
Michael will be hosting several events during that week.
Congratulations to the top three players in the 2012 Youth Grand Prix, who receive cash prizes thanks to the family of the late John Rickard. First was Edmund Smith, 19k Milton, with 748 points. Second was Adan Mordcovich, 1d Wanstead, with 611 points, and third was Oscar Selby, 14k Epsom, with 590 points.
The winners of the first Grand Prix for Double Digit Kyu players has been announced. Top player who started in the 10k - 19k range was Colin Maclennan and the top player who started in the range 20k-40k was Edmund Smith. They receive vouchers to Guo Juan's Internet Go School as prizes. The 2013 event is well under way with many poeple scoring points at Oxford.