Junior Tournament Report
The first online youth event of the autumn was the UK Squad Selection Tournament on Sunday 18th September. Twenty players took part, hoping to attract the attention of the squad manager, most being from Cambridge, London and Edinburgh. The event winner was Scott Cobbold with three wins, with Gene Wong as the runner up. The only player below the bar winning three was Yiliang Liu (16k Cambridge).
The UK youth team is again playing in the European Youth Go Team Championship. This time each match is five games played on OGS (not KGS) with one player U20, two U16 and two U12. Team manager Alison Bexfield made up the team as listed on our EYGTC page. Alison aims to rotate the players on the team, to give all a chance to play, whilst trying to match strengths of opponents and yet giving the team a chance of winning.
The UK Youth Go Team won against Russia B team to finish third overall in the European Youth Go Team Championship. This is an excellent result especially since our team this year had so many new faces. Russia was again champion, with France (who had beaten UK in round one) in second.
The UK Youth Go Team won against Romania in round 3 of the European Youth Go Team Championship this weekend. Player of the Match goes to Edmund for stepping up at very short notice to ensure we did not default a game.
In round 2 of the European Youth Go Team Championship the UK team was drawn against Hungary. Our team had three of the five players making their debut appearance: Claire, Spike and Lukasz. Daniel, one of longer standing players, played a day ahead of the other games and took an easy win setting us up well for the remaining boards. Lukasz's game was a bit of a rollercoaster to watch on board 5, with a large group lacking the required number of eyes for some time. Lukasz held his nerve and capitalised on his opponent's error to save his group.
This year the British Youth Go Championship returned to be played over the board and was held in Leicester. The venue was the County Bridge Club in the New Parks district of the city, a very pleasant building that was until recently a children's nursery. The midlands location attracted players from all corners: Edinburgh, Cambridge and London, Cornwall and Manchester.
The UK youth team is again playing in the European Youth Go Team Championship. As usual each match is five games played on KGS with one player U20, two U16 and two U12. Team manager Alison Bexfield made up the team following the selection tournament, including seven new team members, as announced in the November Youth Go News and listed on our EYGTC page.
The online youth event for July, held on the afternoon of Sunday 4th July on OGS, was the finals of the 2020-2021 UK Go Challenge. 32 young players battled over six rounds on 13x13 boards. This time the winner was Chen Qin from Nottingham who was also top girl. Second equal were Scott Cobbold and Alexander Timperi, both from London, on sos tie-break from Daniel Yang from Birmingham and Jan Kudla from Edinburgh. Results
The age group categories were determined by a knockout system. There were prize vouchers and certificates for winners.
The team from London did very well in the prototype European Youth Team League which featured teams from the UK and Germany. Games were played on OGS and each fixture had a round of handicap games followed by a round of even games, all on 13x13. London had beaten Cheadle Hulme A and Düsseldorf to meet Frankfurt in the final on 15th May.
In the match the first round ended 2-1 to the Germans, and the second round had the same score, meaning Frankfurt were winners 4-2. For London, Scott Cobbold won his handicap game and Gene Wong won his even game. Lea Wong narrowly lost both her games.
The final game of the match, that started on KGS on 7th November, was held on Saturday 10th April. Played using the Supergo format (last team standing) the match came down to the final players, of the fifteen on each team, playing a head-to-head.
The previous weekend the UK's last player, Jayden Ng, had beaten five-game winner Ka Yau Chau. Hong Kong's last player of the team, put together by Liana Ao 4p, was Webber Tse. In a difficult game, Jayden fought bravely against the 5d, but lost a big group and another in time trouble before finally running out of time. This made Hong Kong the winners 15-14.
Match Details with game records and YouTube links.