I'm pleased to be able to announce that the following people have been appointed as Officials of our organisation:
- Gerry Gavigan as the London Open Organiser
- Maria Tabor as our new Marketing Manager
I'd like to welcome both of them on board - Please give them all they help they need.
From Martin Stiassny, President EGF
International University Go Tournament (for students only)
Just now this tournament is running in Hongkong for the first time. About 10 seats were reserved for Europe in this completely new tournament under the lead of the Ing-Foundation. As far as I know at least 4 players from Europe are participating. Similar to the WAGC the organizers don’t pay the travelling expenses, but all local costs. This tournament is not only reserved for strong players, every student can participate. In Korea I talked to Mr. Minghaw Ying, the son of the late Mr. Ing Chang-ki. He explained that this tournament would happen every year in the first half of July, 2015 in Taiwan (city is not decided yet). After 2016 he plans to organize this tournament in other countries than Japan, Korea and China.
At various times there have been people who've asked about changing the rating system (the European Go Database) to have their club games included. Actually, it's always been possible for you to do so, provided you follow a few rules.
The EGD description allows for a Class C event as follows:
pre> Casual or club tournament recognized by EGF member Time limit requirements: adjusted time minimum 30 minutes, basic time minimum 25 minutes; (Fischer time: basic time 20 mins, adj.
Chan of Chinese Taipei was the winner of the 35th WAGC on SOS tie-break from China and Korea, all on 7 wins. This is the first time since 1986 that the WAGC was won by a country ouside the big three - China, Japan and Korea. On six wins were Hong Kong, Bogdan Zhurakovskyi of the Ukraine and Lukas Podpera ofthe Czech Republic. The other places went to Russia, Sweden, Japan and USA.
UK's Francis Roads was 44th with three wins, beating Argentina and Switzerland on day 3, but losing to Belarus and Turkey on the final day. Ireland's John Gibson won two games, against Brazil and Argentina.
The World Amateur Go Championship has reached halfway. It is being held in Gyeongju, Korea, and being competed for by 54 players from around the world. China, Chinese Taipei and Lukas Podpera of the Czech Republic are the only ones on four wins, as Korea lost to Chinese Taipei and Japan lost twice. Notable among the players on three wins is Suzanne D'Bel Low from Malasia who played for a while in the UK.
The UK representative, Francis Roads, lost to Slovakia, Australia and Poland, and then beat Azerbaijan in round four.
The promised sunshine took a long time to arrive, but 25 players enjoyed themselves at the Milton Keynes tournament overlooking the Open University cricket pitch. The overall winner was Alistair Wall, who beat French player Ngoc-Trang Cao (Nyoshi) in the final. The only other player on thee wins was young Spike Shamoon (20k London City).
St Albans (Alistair Wall as guest member, Peter Harold-Barry and Alan Thornton) won the team prize, and Tim Hunt was the best of ten in the Milton Keynes Go side event with 5 wins out of 6. Paul Barnard was awarded a special prize for taking all the sets away with him back to Swindon.
23 Go players and their friends descended on Barmouth in mid-Wales for the Welsh Open last weekend. In a gloriously sunny weekend, the 5 round tournament was won narrowly (on tie break) by Alastair Wall from Toby Manning, both of whom had 4/5.
The players all thanked Tony and Sue Pitchford, who between them had run the tournament for many years, and who were handing over to Martin and Helen Harvey.
This year the Durham Tournament was held in the Pemberton Rooms on Palace Green, between the historic Cathedral and Castle. There were 25 entrants ranging from 28k to 4d, including eight who had never played in a tournament before, and with the youngest player being 8 years old. On the Saturday night there was an all-you-can-eat Go BBQ, which had almost 30 people eating, drinking, and playing Go - some until gone midnight.
Durham alumnus Alex Kent (3d) won the Go Tournament, winning a Goat Ornament, and a 6 month subscription to Baduk TV English, kindly donated by Go Game Guru, retaining the title he won in 2013. Lightning and Small Board side events were won by Silas Maughan and Jonathan Teddy McManus. Prizes were also given for 4 or more wins, including James Milne, who won all 6 of his games.
As you were informed of the Summer Go School, we will host and organise it from 26th August till 4th September 2014.
Thanks to your posting on the Summer Go Camp in your website, we have got a few applicants from Britain so far.
1) Daily Schedule the latest daily schedule of the Nihon Ki-in Summer Go Camp 2014 is at the following website: http://www.summer-go-school.info/#/planning
2) Online Registration Please be informed that now you can make online registration from the following website as well: http://www.summer-go-school.info/#/apply
We still want to seek more participants from UK.
We thank you very much in advance for your kindness.
The Challengers' League was held again at ISH in London over the bank holiday weekend, but this time it started a day later, on the Saturday, and ran to the Tuesday. Eight of the top players from the Candidates' Tournament, who were both available and managed to confirm their attendance, took part under the watchful eye of Jenny Radcliffe.
Reigning British Champion Andrew Kay won all his seven games to win the League. Alex Kent won five games, losing to Andrew and also to Harry Fearnley, to become the other player in the forthcoming title match. Third were Des Cann and Boris Mitrovic with 4 wins, fifth were Harry Fearnley and Alistair Wall with 3, Alex Rix was seventh with 2 and Kiyohiko Tanaka was eighth.