Issue 13. November 1996
The annual two day go bash at Manchester had an entry of 57 plus a
couple more who went to see the sights of the North-west rather
than playing. In an exciting finish three top players ended up on
5/6 having beaten one of the others. On tie break Matthew
Macfadyen (6 dan Leamington) behind the two 4 dans who were joint
winners: T.Mark Hall (Bristol) and Matthew Cocke (Norwich). Other
prize winners for 4/6 were: Peter Yim (1 kyu Manchester), Ed
Blockley (2 kyu Malvern), John Walsh (4 kyu Manchester), Richard
Thompson (6 kyu Leicester), Mike Vidler (6 kyu Manchester), Adam
Atkinson (9 kyu Brighton), Tom Summerscales (9 kyu Culcheth),
Jason Fisher (12 kyu Manchester) and Adrian Abrahams (15 kyu). A
special prize went to Catherine Schille (25 kyu Chester) for
beating all within 11 grades of herself.
Milton Keynes 14/09/96
56 players attended the Open University for this years tournament,
though only a few were wise enough to play their games outside in
the sun. Winner was T.Mark Hall (4 dan Bristol). Others on 3/3
were Tony Atkins (2 dan Reading), Alex Selby (2 dan Cambridge),
Geoff Kaniuk (2 kyu CLGC), Joe Beaton (5 kyu Furze Platt) and
George Haig (10 kyu Swindon). Elinor Brooks (8 kyu Swindon) won
2.5/3. Also thanks to the tournament subsidy prizes were awarded
to the large number of players on 2/3. Prizes also went to the
winners in the youth writing and drawing competition: Laura Coe,
Neil Ings and Anna Griffiths.
Bank of China Cup London 22/09/96
Thanks to very generous sponsorship by the Bank of China, this
tournament was able to be held in empty office space in the London
Branch in Cannon Street. A very nice buffet lunch was provided and
all entrants came away with a free compact disc and details of the
bank's services. 88 players was a lucky number, but it was not so
lucky for the sponsors who were not among the prize winners.
Another unusual feature was the McMahon bar being set a five dan
not the usual four. Winner was Shutai Zhang (7 dan) taking the cup
and cash prize. Second place on 3/3 also was Harold Lee (4 dan
CLGC), third was H. Nishikawa (4 dan Nippon) and fourth was T.Mark
Hall (4 dan Bristol). Prizes went to all on two wins and the
following on 3/3: Alex Selby (2 dan Cambridge), Vic Morrish (1 kyu
CLGC), Martin Smith (1 kyu Middlesex), Jackie Chai (3 kyu
Bournemouth), George Haig (10 kyu Swindon), Denis Rowntree (13 kyu
Baldock), Andrea Smith (15 kyu Cambridge) and Nicola Hurden (22
kyu Brakenhale). Cambridge won the team prize.
The sighting of a kingfisher on the adjacent River Severn must
have been an omen as the reign of Leamington Club at the top of
this event finally came to an end. Matthew Macfadyen did not
defend his title as he had played Shutai Zhang in a title match
the previous day and Des Cann did not come either. Leamington's
hope laid with Toby Manning (3 dan), but he dropped a game as did
Wanstead 4 dan Alistair Wall. This left two 2 dans in the final:
Bob Bagot of Manchester and Jo Hampton of West Wales. It was the
latter who went away with the go ban trophy, but Leamington were
consoled by the Midland Muddlers winning the team trophy. Tankards
for those of the 40 players who won 3/3 went to Kunio Kashiwagi (1
dan Bradford), Henry Segerman (6 kyu Manchester) and Jamie Harrod
(12 kyu Brakenhale).
International Teams 13/10/97
Seven teams of six players played in this event held at the Nippon
Club in London. Unfortunately there was no Korean team and the
Chinese had to borrow a few of the weaker Londoners. Playing for
the first time Reading surprised themselves by winning 16/24 games
to take the trophy. Second on 13 points were Nippon 1, Nippon 2
and CLGC 2; Wanstead got 12, CLGC 1 got 10 and China 8. The only
player to win four was Shutai Zhang (7 dan China). Those on 3/4
were K. Okubo, B. Okamura, N. Uda, H. Naka, U. Nagoa, Piers
Shepperson, David Ward, Martin Smith, Andrew Jones, Jim Clare,
Tony Atkins, Simon Goss and Clive Hendrie.
106 players battled through the drizzle to a newly refurbished
Marlborough Town Hall for the 27th Wessex. Winner was John Rickard
of Cambridge (4 dan) whose stamina coped with the four rounds and
the end of summer time. The other 9 division prizes (engraved
tankards) went to: Jo Hampton (2 dan West Wales); John Hobson (1
dan Bath); Christian Scarff (1 kyu Swindon); Jackie Chai (2 kyu
Bournemouth); Pauk Clarke (3 kyu High Wycombe); David Stephenson
(6 kyu HP Bristol); Pete Johnson (8 kyu Hursley); Keith Osborne
(12 kyu Reading); Michael Talyanski (15 kyu High Wycombe). Of
these winners divisions 5, 8, 9 and 10 won all 4 games. Not
suprisingly High Wycombe won the team prize. Yound Carl Bate (25
kyu Brakenhale) won thw Fred Guyatt prize for 13x13. Both Jackie
and Christian qualified for the 1997 Candidates' Tournament.
British Championship 1996
The first two games of the best of five final have been played.
Matthew Macfadyen won the first, whilst Shutai Zhang won the
second. Future games are planned for during the Swindon Tournament
and West Surrey teaching day.
Having had a tour of four European countries one of the top lady
players from Japan, Kusunoki Teruko (pro 7 dan), visited
Leamington Spa Go Club on 08/10/96. She beat four players at
simultaneous and saw Warwick Castle in the rain.
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