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2011 NZ Championships
 New Zealand Go Championships
The NZ Go championships were held on September 10 and 11. Just like Wellington's last tournament entries on the day were slow. At the scheduled start time I thought we were going to have the smallest NZ championships for years, however people kept coming and a half an hour later we had 23 people, about normal. Mile Gu, who again came from Singapore and John Chen from Napier were very welcome out-of-town visitors.
Once again Kevin showed his strength, winning all his games. Longyang Li beat everyone he played - except Kevin and finished second. Ken Xie, John Fan, Juhua Zhou, Mile Gu and David Wu all won 4 games.
On Sunday the NZ Go society AGM was held. The major issues were finding a new committee and discussing a possible visit by Chinese professional Nie WeiPing next year. In the end Mike Taler was elected president with Kevin Liu as his assistant. Colin Grierson secretary with Peter Chen assisting. Ira Turvey, finally resigned as treasurer passing this role to Kevin. Many thanks Ira for the years you have done this and done it well. The full AGM minutes will be posted in a few days times.
Here are the full tournament results Media:NZ Champs 2011 Results.xls
 Tournament details
The venue and tournament conditions will be as usual. The entry details follow.
If you live outside Auckland, this would be a great weekend to visit, come early and catch the Rugby world cup opening on Friday. As always let us know you are coming and we will find a place for you to stay.
I hope to see you then. Contact: Colin Grierson 09 5329996 hm 09 5808745 wk
9:00 Registration 9:30 Round 1 12:00 Lunch 12:30 Round 2 15:15 Afternoon Tea 15:30 Round 3 18:30 End of play 19:00 Social function – to be advised
9:30 Round 4 12:00 Lunch / AGM 13:00 Round 5 15:30 Afternoon Tea 15:45 Round 6 18:30 Presentation of Prizes 19:00 Finish
Clocks will be started punctually at the commencement of each round.
Systems Advisory Services Ltd (SAS) 520 Great South Rd, Greenlane.
Parking and entrance are on Woodbine Street
Colin Grierson, phone (09) 532 9996 Home or (09) 580 8745 Work
Du Shiyong, phone (09) 534 5619 Home or (09) 539 7611 Work
NZ rules will be in use throughout the tournament.
Time limit: 1 hour 15 minutes per player plus 30 second byo-yomi.
Black's clock will be started at the time scheduled for the round.
The release rule will be strictly adhered to. That is, once the stone is placed and released it cannot be moved.
Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the open division.
Non-cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the handicap division.
The Club will use all profits for prizes in an effort to encourage entries.
Top place-getters in the Open Division will be awarded WAGC points, subject to being fully paid up members of the NZGS and NZ permanent residents.
 DRAW CONSTRAINTS
All players will start with an opening McMahon score of 0.
Winners advance their score by 1 point.
There will be a handicap division if there are sufficient entrants.
The initial starting rank will not change with game results. However, estimated ranks may be varied at the discretion of the tournament director.
Unranked players will be permitted to register in the handicap division only at the discretion of the director.
No player is to have more than 1 bye.
Whenever possible, players shall not be paired more than once and pairing of players from the same club will be avoided.
NZGS members $20
Other contenstents $25
Please advise Colin or Du if you will be attending the tournament. Especially if you need transport from the airport or billeting! Payment and registration will be done on Saturday morning.