Lukas Kraemer, 5d from Bonn, won the London Open with a perfect 7 out of 7. Second was the UK's own Matthew Cocke, 5d, who only lost to Lukas. The third player to win European Cup points was Volkmar Liebscher, 3d, from Germany who topped the group on 5 wins on tie break from Lucian Nicolaie, 2d, from Romania.
Guo Juan, the teaching pro at the London Open, won the London Pair Go Tournament again. This time she played with French 6k Claude Brisson. They beat Andrew Kay, 4d, and Klaudia Kleczkowska, 1k from Poland, in the finals. 16 pairs took part in the event held on the second evening of the London Open.
David Lee has become Scottish Champion for the third year running, beating Matt Crosby in the final. The games were played on KGS on the 7th and 21st November.
In the semi-finals, David defeated Boris Mitrovic while Matt defeated Martha McGill.
43 players took part in the Coventry Tournament at Warwick University. Winner was Andrew Simons (3d) who beat Siu Fung Cheung (4d) from Bournemouth in the final. In third was Francis Roads (1d Wanstead) on 3/3.
Matthew Cocke won a three way tie at the Three Peaks. Andrew Simons and Richard Hunter were the two losing out by SOS when three top players ended on four wins. Also on 4 wins were Roger Huyshe (3k), Mike Cumpsty (3k), Dave Crabtree (8k) and Brian Timmins (9k).
Richard Hunter was the winner of this year's Wessex Tournament. He beat Sandy Taylor in the last round to collect the trophy and one of the bottles of wine donated by Bob Hitchens. Also winning three and being similarly rewarded were Dylan Carter and young Oscar Selby.
Cambridge A won all four matches, including beating unbeaten hosts Nippon A in the final round, to win the the autumn edition of the London International Teams. In the Handicap Division it was the South London Go Club team that won all their matches, and only lost one game, to win for the third time in a row.
The East Midlands was again held at the Space Centre in Leicester and as usual players were able to visit the exhibition between rounds. Unfortunately the Leicester marathon was on, which caught out one player who had to miss the first round. Running out the winner this year was Jon Diamond; he beat Warwick's Bruno Poltronieri in the last round.
Here are the updated scores in the DDK Grand Prix, after the Shropshire tournament.
The erstwhile Shrewsbury Tournament was moved to a country location this year, the little village of Hinstock, just south of Market Drayton. The Memorial Hall proved to be a spacious and pleasant venue, and it should be even better next year when the extension has been completed.