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2003 Wellington Open
The annual Wellington Open Championship was held on the weekend of 29th and 30th of November. Our timing could have been better – it was only three weeks after the National champs and about three weeks before Christmas, so out of a field of ten players, only one travelled to the event from outside Wellington: 13 year old Jimmy Yuan, who now lives in Christchurch. Because of the low numbers, we didn’t have a separate field for the kyu grade competition, but used starting scores based on known rank, so that the draw would produce the closest possible matches. After the five rounds (three on Saturday, two on Sunday), Jimmy Yuan emerged as the Wellington Open Champion 2003, to add to his string of wins for the year.
The placings were:
1st Wellington Open Champion 2003
On Saturday evening we held the traditional Go Party at Stanley’s house, where we admired the Go Kichi go-ban and played some games of Hex and even a bit of go. A few people took on Jimmy at the go exercise where white is to play and live on a board whose entire perimeter is occupied by black stones – try it!