Bruno Poltronieri, 3d, organised a successful Coventry Tournament again, a very successful one for him in that he was the winner. Second was Andrew Kay, 4d, and third Yuanbo Zhang, 3d.
Andrew Kay won the first game by resignation and the second game on time to retain the British Championship, winning 2-0 verses Andrew Simons.
The four qualifiers from the various events played the semi-finals of the Scottish Championship. David Lee (Dundee) beat Piotr Wisthal (Aberdeen) in the first and Matt Crosby beat Martha McGill (both Edinburgh) in the second. In the best of three final, played on KGS, David beat Matt by two games to one to hold on to the title for a fourth year running.
The bar was at 8k. Handicap and no-komi games are in red.
Alex Kent (3d Bristol) won the 44th Wessex tournament in Bath. He beat another Bristol player - Simon Shiu (2d) - in the last round. Also winning all three games were Chris Volk (3k Reading) and James Lepoittevin (21k Bristol). Paul Atwell has been involved in organising the event for 44 years and managed to be one of the 36 players as well this year, but was not one of the prize-winners.
Though the number of attendees was down, the players at the East Midlands Tournament liked the new venue of the Thorpe Astley Community Centre. This is a new wood-clad building in a suburb to the west of Leicester, just in the shadow of Leicester Forest East motorway services. Despite the pouring rain, you could watch the dog-walkers in the surrounding playing fields through the glass wall.
The Autumn London International Teams was won by the Oriental team consisting of Young Kim (5d), Yangran Zhang (4d) and Kiyohiko Tanaka (3d), from Korea, China and Japan respectively. CLGC B finished next, ahead of CLGC A, Asia, Wanstead and Twickenham. Players winning all three games were: Young Kim (5d), Mark (Baoliang) Zhang (1d), Stephen Martingale (6k) and Colin Maclennan (9k).
Numbers were up on last year, likely due to Catherine's homemade lunches. As an experiment, they had a formal game review session at tiered levels, between rounds two and three, and most players chose to attend, enjoy and debate. The schedule accommodated this with the main time preserved, but byoyomi made more aggressive.
Toby Manning was again the overall winner.
After 13 years of trying, John Culmer (1k Cornwall) won the event he organises, the Cornish Open. He topped the list of 22 players by beating Ian Marsh (1k Bracknell) in the final. Also winning 3/3 were Cornish players Robert Churchill (11k) and Matt Dodkins (20k).
Eric Hall, 5k from Swindon, was again the winner of the rapid play Cornish Handicap Tournament. He beat local player Sam Foster, 2k, in the final. Others of the 20 players who won 3/4 were Tony Atkins (1d Reading), John Culmer (1k Cornwall), Ian Marsh (1k Bracknell), Sue Paterson (4k Arundel) and Elinor Brooks (8k Swindon).