Yuanbo Zhang wins London Open
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.
Winning the Pair Go was one of the male pairs let in to balance the numbers: Boris Mitrovic / Fynn Bachmann. Second were Andre Stadtler / Chris Volk and third were Andrew Russell / Jonathan Green. 14 pairs took part. Pair Go Photos and Results
Also held was the 1st WBaduk Varsity Match which Oxford and Cambridge tied 2-2.
Finally there was a Rengo competition before a New Year's eve meal.