Last weekend we held the 2018 Auckland Open Go tournament. 

It was held at our new venue, Zhou's furniture shop which proved to be a comfortable and convenient location. We reused last year's format of having 7 rounds instead of the traditional 5. This too worked well - more games are better!

Our near professionals, Kevin Lui and Laris Du, did not enter. We had a small field of  just 12 entries but it was very open with no clear favourite. The even field and 7 rounds made for an interesting and dramatic tournament.

After 4 rounds Longyang Li was clear ahead - could he prove himself champion and stay there?
He won his fifth round beating Tony Li, while his other near rivals, Juhau Zhou and Richard Kim, drew their game, and was a game and a half clear of the field.
But he could not hold on losing his sixth game to Roger Li and the last to Richard Kim. 

Juhau Zhou and Richard Kim ended up top with 5 and a half wins each. Having drawn to each other if ever there was a case for awarding first equal this was it, but after a clear majority decision at the NZGS AGM in favour of finding a champion regardless, SOS was used. Richard's opponents between them won 28.5 games. Juhua's won 25.5 so Richard was declared 2018 Auckland champion. Very well done Richard - and Not bad Juhau!

Here are the full results...
 

Auckland Open 2018

 Num   Pl   Name   Rank   Co   Club   NbW  R 1  R 2  R 3  R 4  R 5  R 6  R 7  NBW SOS SOSOS
Kim Richard 5D NZ Akl 3- 10+ 6+ 5+ 2= 8+ 4+ 28½ 176½
Zhou Juhau 5D NZ AKL 10+ 3+ 5+ 4- 1= 7+ 12+ 25½ 179½
Li Roger 4D NZ Akl 5 1+ 2- 9- 8+ 11+ 4+ 5+ 5 27 176½
Li Longyang 5D NZ AKL 5 11+ 6+ 8+ 2+ 7+ 3- 1- 5 27 174½
Xu Rui 3D NZ AKL 4 7+ 8+ 2- 1- 9+ 6+ 3- 4 29 171½
Grierson Colin 4D NZ Akl 4 9+ 4- 1- 11+ 12+ 5- 7+ 4 22½ 173½
Li Tony 5D NZ AKL 3 5- 12+ 10+ 9+ 4- 2- 6- 3 24½ 167½
Bo Cheng 4D NZ AKL 3 12+ 5- 4- 3- 10+ 1- 11+ 3 23½ 178
Tang Zhong 1D NZ AKL 3 6- 11+ 3+ 7- 5- 12- 10+ 3 20 169½
10  10  Tang Haidong 1D NZ AKL 2 2- 1- 7- 12+ 8- 11+ 9- 2 22 166½
11  11  Kevin Yang 2D NZ AKL 1 4- 9- 12+ 6- 3- 10- 8- 1 23 163½
12  12  Gantois Sylvain 1K NZ Akl 1 8- 7- 11- 10- 6- 9+ 2- 1 21½ 161
13  13  Wu Danny 4D NZ AKL 1 14+ 0- 0- 0- 0- 0- 0- 1 0 1
14  14  Zhang Wenggang 2D NZ AKL 0 13- 0- 0- 0- 0- 0- 0- 0 1 0

OpenGotha 3.46
22-09-2018 23:10

Round 6 games

Round 6 games


Lunch after the AGM on Sunday

Lunch after AGM on Sunday

Prizegiving

1st Richard Kim


Second Juhau Zhou


Third equal Roger Li and Longyang Li




It was a fun tournament. Thanks to all who attended.
Colin Grierson

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