48 players sat down in eight groups to play the British Lightning. This was the first event at the combined BGC and EYGC weekend at Bognor Regis.
The winners of the groups went on to the knock-out stage: Paul Barnard, Cornel Burzo, Francisco Divers, Anton Kriese, Andrei Mramorov, Des Cann, Jonas Welticke and Richard Hunter.
Mark Elliot (1d Manchester) won the Cheshire Tournament. This was his first tournament for 30 years and a good test of whether his grade from the 1980s was still accurate. He beat Helen Harvey (1k Manchester) in the final of the 8-player top group. Two players of the 12-player handicap group ended on four wins.
Toby Manning (2d Leicester) won the Maidenhead Tournament with a surprise win over Andrew Simons (4d Cambridge) in the last round. Also winning all three games to claim two prizes were: Francis Roads (1d Wanstead), Paul Barnard (1k Swindon), Adam Heslop (4k Edinburgh), Malcolm Walker (7k No Club), Daniel Peace (9k Oxford), Colin Lee (11k North London) and Charlotte Bexfield (16k Letchworth).
The 4d from Nottingham, Yuanbo Zhang, came out top of the list of 109 players at the 40th London Open. His only loss was in round 6 to Benjamin Drean-Guenaizia, 5d, from France. Benjamin had already lost in round 1 to Andre Stadtler, 3d Germany, but lost on SOS tie-break to Yuanbo. Pierre Paga, 4d France, won 5 games to come third on tie-break from the UK's Andrew Simons, 4d.
A new UK player called Tethys, 17k, won 6 games out of six and all on 5 wins won prizes too: Doerte Rueten-Budde, 8k Germany, Patrick Pitters, 1k Germany, Francisco Divers, 1k London, and Stephan Kunne, 1d Germany. All on 4 wins received a certificate. Results
Also getting prizes were the Finnish winner and runner up in the Lightning: Mikko Siukola, 4d, and Janne Nikula, 1d.
Two teams representing Oxford and Cambridge came together at the venue of the London Open for a two round match. This was at the invitation of WBaduk who sponsored the match and broadcast the games on Korean Go Server with the aid of BGA game recorders.
18 players made it to this year’s Edinburgh Christmas Open, the lowest entry for many years, with none from “furth” of the border.
David Lee (3 dan Dundee) won all his games and was champion for a second year running. He was joined on 4 wins by Rob Payne (7k Edinburgh) and Joseff Thomas (17k Glasgow). The remaining prize went to the furthest travelling player on 3 wins, which was Carel Goodhe
The South London teaching day and tournament went ahead today with 24 students and 3 teachers - Andrew Kay, Tim Hunt, and Francis Roads, to whom we are very grateful that they gave up their time for us. Students were split into groups of similar strength and spent some time with each of the teachers in the morning.
In the afternoon was a three round tournament.
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.