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2011 Wellington Open
Ken Xie came out champion in the 2011 Wellington Open on the 3rd and the 4th of December by SOS, with Barry Phease in 2nd place.
 The Report
Our turnout was sadly well down on last year with only 12 people compared to last year's 24.
In the first round we had Ken Xie (2006 NZ Champion) defeat Chahine (who beat Ken in 2010). Ken defeated Edwin Phease (who beat Ken in 2008) in the 2nd round. He drew with Barry Phease (4-time former New Zealand go champion and current Go Kichi title holder) in the 3rd round, leaving him and Barry behind Manda Wang, who was undefeated going into the 2nd day.
Most of the players then went to a restaurant, courtesy of the Chinese embassy, where we were struck by an earthquake.
The 2nd day, we were honoured by a visit from the esteemed Chinese ambassador, who played some friendly games of go with the tournament's players. Only Edwin, Manda, Ken and Barry had any chance of winning, on 2, 3, 2.5 and 2.5 points respectively.
We went down to SOS (sum of opponents' scores) and Ken came 1st, with Barry 2nd, Manda 3rd and Edwin 4th. It was a great tournament and we look forward to doing it all again next year.
 Date, Venue and Entry Fee
Date: 3rd and 4th of December 2011
Venue: Room CO350, Cotton Building, Victoria University, Wellington
Entry Fee: $20
 Playing Conditions & Draws
1 hour each, 30 seconds byo-yomi. NZ rules apply (7 points komi)
- 5 round McMahon. Draws will be made based on the following rules
- (1) No same two players shall meet more than once
- (2) Players on the same score will be matched up in the next round where possible
- (3) The draw will try to ensure that each player will get to play black 3 times or white 3 times
- (4) Players from different cities will be matched up where possible
Each player’s McMahon starting score will be determined by the tournament organiser.
There are Dan and Kyu sections unless the number of entries is not sufficient. The Kyu section will have handicaps to ensure fair games.
Tie-breaking: A tournament winner shall be determined by SOS in the event of a tie.
 Time Table
|Saturday, 3rd of December||Sunday, 4th of December|
|9:00 - 11:30||Round 1||9:30 - 12:00||Round 4|
|11:30 - 12:20||Lunch||12:00 - 12:50||Lunch|
|12:20 - 2:50||Round 2||12:50 - 3:20||Round 5|
|2:50 - 5:20||Round 3||3:25- 3:40||Prize Giving|
Teruhisa Yanagihashi 04-9721867 (home), 04-8902287 (work), 02102672608 or email@example.com
Basic accommodations can be arranged. Please contact us well in advance.