Issue 34 May 2000
Oxford vs Cambridge 11/03/00
The annual Varsity match was held in Cambridge this year. Previous years have
seen four person teams, but this time Oxford turned up with 9 players plus
three beginners who tagged along to see the city and maybe catch a few games.
Cambridge mustered 8 players. The final score was 10-7 to Oxford, thus
maintaining the tradition of visiting side winning now in its third year.
Candidates' Tournament 18/03/00-19/03/00
22 players, 6 dan - 1 kyu, selected under the new qualifying system, played
at the Nippon Club. Final ordering: 1 Young Kim 2. David Ward (both on 4/4);
3. Alistair Wall, 4. Alex Selby, 5. T.Mark Hall, 6. Francis Roads,
7. Bob Bagot (all on 3/3). The top 5 expected to go forward to the
Challenger's League in May.
73 players met as usual at the Tile Hill Sports Centre. Winner Seong-June Kim
(6 dan Cambridge) stopped Matthew Macfadyen's unbeaten run, by beating him by
a small margin in round one, despite a Macfadyen fight-back. Second place went
to the loser of the final, Toby Manning (3 dan Leamington). On 3/3 were Paul
Clarke (1 dan High Wycombe), Mike Cockburn (2 kyu St Albans), Richard Hellyer
(5 kyu Oxford), Richard Thompson (6 kyu Leicester), Laurent Chane (6 kyu
Cambridge), Gustav Rober (11 kyu St Albans), Stephen Streater (18 kyu Epsom).
The UB50s from St Albans won the team prize with 80%. 13x13 winner was Nicola
Hurden (13 kyu Berks Youth) and Ben Blockley received the youngest player
The 11th Irish Open was attended by 33 players.
Winner was Richard Hunter (4 dan Tokyo). Second on tie-break was
Des Cann (4 dan Leamington). Third was David Ward (3 dan Cambridge).
Winners on 5/5 were Alan Held (3 kyu Switzerland) and Roger Murby
(7 kyu Cambridge), and on 4/5 Natasha Regan (5 kyu Epsom) and Gerry
Mills (1 dan South-East Wales).
Rapid Tournament winner was Konagai (7p) with 5/5. Second was David
Ward (4/5 including beating Saijo 8p) and third was Michael Marz
(2 dan Germany). Handicap Champion was Des Cann.
In the Spring Team Match in London, Cambridge showed their usual good
form, winning ahead of Central London, Nippon, Wanstead and Oxford go clubs.
Despite lack of advertisement, 24 players from 2 dan to 25 kyu attended
the Bournemouth Tournament, held at the same West Parley Village Hall
as in 1997 and 1998. Unfortunately the pub in the directions had changed
name leading to a minor road accident. Oddly nobody won all three games.
Alan Thornton (2 dan St Albans) held the title by a SOS tie-break. The
best 2/3 in each third of the draw collected engraved glasses, others
got sticks of rock.
Thames Valley Team Tournament 24/04/00
8 teams of three met at St Paul's in Bracknell for the tournament
famous for the large numbers of "T"s in its announcement (21 this year).
Reading saw of challenges from Royal Standard, Berks Youth and Bracknell
to win the Broken Stone Trophy yet again.
British at Ipswich 28/04/00-30/04/00
26 players met at the Novotel in Ipswich for the Friday evening British
Lightning. Nobody won all five and despite T.Mark Hall winning the first four
the winner was Tim Hunt (1 dan Cambridge). Others on 4/5 were Des Cann,
Francis Roads, Jonathan Chin, Chris Dawson and Tony Atkins. Continuous 13x13
winner was Des Cann and best youth was Shawn Hearn.
Winner of the 59 player British Open was T.Mark Hall (4 dan Bristol) with 6/6.
Second was Alistair Wall (4 dan Wanstead) on 5/6. Others on 5/6 were Tim Hunt
(Cambridge 1 dan), Vince Suttle (5 kyu Ipswich) and Shawn Hearn (12 kyu Berks
Youth). The Bracknell Berks Youth team won the Nippon Club Cup as best team.
Francis Roads won the Stacey Trophy with 36 points and Des Cann was second
on 31, and third were T.Mark Hall and Seong-June Kim on 26. Simon Goss (2 dan)
won the Weak Knee Dan trophy with 33 points.
Alison Jones (BGA President) became Alison Bexfield by marrying Simon Bexfield
(CLGC President) on 11/03/00.
Annual General Meeting
The annual general meeting of the BGA was held on 29/04/00 at the Novotel
Ipswich during the British Go Congress. The same officers were re-elected
with Chris Dawson taking the empty council position. Brian Timmins work
over the last 15 years (publicity, membership and BGJ Editor) was recognised
with a presentation.
The 2000 Paris was won by Du Jingyu (7 dan China) with 6/6; 2. Pei Zhao (6
dan China), 3. Miyakawa Wataru (6 dan Japan) both 5/5; 4 Erik Puyt (5 dan NL),
5. Jeff Seailles (5 dan F), 6. Frank Janssen (6 dan NL), 7. Guo Juan (7 dan
NL). 6 of the 239 players were from UK, best scorer being Malcolm Schonfield
(1 kyu London) with 4/6.
Milan TT 29/04/00-30/04/00
Best of the 73 players at the first ever European Toyota Go Tour event was
Vladimir Danek (Czech) on 5/5. On 4/5 was Viktor Bogdanov (Russia) and best of
the group on 3/5 was Leon Matoh (Slovenia).
5th European Youth
This was held in picturesque mountain town of Sinaia in Romania from 3rd to
5th March. A large number of Romanian children took part in the two McMahon
system sections. Professional Yuki Shigeno was on hand to teach and encourage
them. In the Under-18 section there were 64 players, the winner being
Hungarian 5 dan Diana Koszegi. On 5/6 were Andreii Kulkov (3 dan Russia)
and Timour Douguine (2 dan Russia). In the Under-12 section there were
only 61 players. Winner was Ilia Chikchine (2 kyu Russia) and runner up
on 5/6 was Mykola Gluschenko (1 dan Ukraine).
Ing Chang Ki Memorial Cup
24 players from 12 countries in strength from 4 to 7 dan responded to the
invitation to attended the Ing Chang Ki Memorial in Helsinki from 10th to
12th March. Unbeaten in first place was the Korean from Moscow: Lee Hyuk.
On 5/6 was second placed Alexander Dinerstein (Russia) who only lost to the
winner. Guo Juan (Netherlands) lost to both the top players to come third.
Also on 4/6 were Robert Mateescu (Romania), Matthew Macfadyen (UK), Felix
von Arnim (Germany), Christian Pop (Romania) and Gert Groenen (Netherlands).
Matthew's results were +Soldan, +Florescu, -Mateescu, +Eijkhout, -Hyuk and
+Lazarev to give him fifth equal.
European Pair Go
Brno in Czech Republic was the venue for the 2000 event. 15 counties attended.
As usual Germany won with 5/5. Next came Hungary and the Netherlands on 4 and
Romania and the UK lead the group on 3/5. Jackie Chai and Francis Roads won
the furthest traveled pair prize and had results +Yugoslavia, +Czechia B,
-Germany, +Croatia, -Hungary.
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