The 22nd Trigantius Tournament - 1998

Tournament Directors Account

This is supposed to be a general introduction to what happened at Trigantius but in fact I was so busy running around organising that I have very little impression of what went on at all. This must be partly due to using a computer to do the draw for the first time because doing the draw by hand a certainly a good way to discover who is winning and who is loosing and indeed who is there in the first place. I was quite surprised when I saw some of the names on the list of results. However using the computer has its advantages when you go into overtime in round 2 and leave yourself minus two minutes to do the draw for round three.
The tournament was won jointly by the defending champion Matthew Cocke (5 dan) and Des Cann (4 dan, Leamington Spa). They both beat Seong-June Kim (6 dan, Cambridge) and Yongcheol Shin (4 dan, Cambridge). Matthew's third win was against Francis Roads (4 dan, Wanstead) and Des's was against Charles Matthews (3 dan, Cambridge). The best kyu player was Ian Marsh (1 kyu, Bracknell) and the other prize-winners on three out of three where Martin Harvey (2 kyu, Manchester), Jim Edwards (7 kyu, High Wycombe), Sarah Jackson (8 kyu, Hursley) and James Murray (18 kyu, Cambridge). The team competition was won yet again by a Cambridge team "Untouchables III". They were Mark Dalgarno (5 kyu), Matthew Woodcraft (2 kyu), Mark Worthington (7 kyu) and Robert Salkeld (1 kyu). They finished on exactly 50% which was enough to beat the other 2 teams. It is a pity that there were not a few more teams entered, at this rate Cambridge is going to win it every year. The 13×13 competition was won by William Brooks (14 kyu, national under 10 champion) from the Cambridge Junior Chess and Go Club. He wiped out all comers with a massive 15 wins out of 18. He came close to winning a prize in the main tournament too. Full details of the results are also available.
As usual there are a large number of people to thank. First I must thank Hitachi, our sponsors. They make it possible to have such a nice venue and award such generous prizes. I would also like to thank Tony Atkins for bringing all of the equipment; Gerry Mills from bringing the book-shop; Geoff Kaniuk for writing the godraw program, bringing the computer and providing advice on its use; Charles Matthews for writing this booklet; Seong-June Kim for giving a commentary on his game against Matthew Cocke at lunch-time; Paul Smith for running the beginners tournament; Matthews Reid and Woodcraft for registering everybody; Robert Jack and others for helping me with the draw; Everyone who helped to set up and clear away; The University Centre and its staff for providing the venue and being helpful during the day.
I would like to apologise for the fact that the tournament ran a little bit late. This is partly the fault of people who do not register in advance. 21 people arrived without warning and it takes time to type that many names and clubs into a computer. If you are one of the evil people who did not register in advance then I want you to retire to a quite corner, consider the time and stresses involved in running a go tournament and contrast this with the effort required to fill in one small slip of paper, pop it in an envelope, and post it to me. Thank you.
Finally I hope that you all enjoyed the day as much as I did. I am always interested if people have ideas about how the tournament can be run better. Trigantius exists for you to come and play go in and so it should be run in the way that you want it to be. Feel free to send me an E-mail about this or accost me at some time.
I look forwards to seeing you all at Trigantius again next year.
Tim Hunt,
Tournament Director.

Beginners Competition Account

There were 11 players in the novices' competition. There were five rounds, played on 13x13 boards with handicaps. Handicaps were altered between rounds as there were several players unsure of their grade.
Usually all games are played without clocks and are over very quickly. This year a couple of the players tended to think a bit longer about their moves and we had to have a few timed games. The game to decide first and second place was still in progress when we had the prize-giving; the players paused while they received their prizes and then carried on playing. By the time they had finished, most of the other competitors had left!
The winner was Simon Bray (allegedly 22-kyu) from the Parkside Go evening class in Cambridge; Simon won all five of his games. Second was Ruediger Kneissl of Cambridge Go Society with 4/5.
There was a three-way tie for the best junior prize. Boxes of chocolates were won by Luise Wolf (30-kyu), Alistair Brooks (22-kyu) and Sam Wakeford (20-kyu) who all finished on 3/5. Luise did especially well considering that she was the youngest ever competitor in this event - she is still only five and a half years old. Alistair was in a quandary as to what to do with his prize as he had given up chocolate for Lent!
The novices' competition has now been running for three years, and we always try to keep it as friendly and informal as possible. The format of the competition is chosen to fit in as far as possible with the strength of the players who have entered. Beginners who have not played a competitive game of Go before are especially welcome. We hope next year that more partners and children of players in the main tournament will take up the challenge and enter.
Paul Smith, Competition Organiser.

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