Playtime is over! London’s first Go Tournament was a blast!

So, this weekend I ran a little thing called the Forest City Cup- London, Ontario’s very first Go tournament. We had 18 people turn out to play from as far away as St. Cathrines, and had a great time playing Go all day.

Well, I didn’t get to play, as I was too busy troubleshooting and organizing, but everyone else did. There were three organizers, and only two could play, so I volunteered to work instead of play. To give you an idea of how busy I was, when I got home I realized that in nine hours, I had only sat down a total of about 15 minutes. Still, it was all totally worth it, and so damn satisfying.

A little over a year ago, I was dreaming of a Go club in London, then I ended up being the organizer of our city’s largest club, and now I’ve also helped organize a whole bloody tournament! It’s funny where life takes you sometimes. 🙂

Playing Go!

The winners of three divisions (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)

Rob steals the spotlight in the group shot!

More details here:

Tournament Report: Forest City Cup- November 19th, 2011 | Forest City Go Club.

Forest City Cup- London’s First Go Tournament!

It’s amazing how some things progress in life. A year ago I was just a single player dreaming of there being a Go club here in London. Now, I’m not only the organizer of a successful Go Club, I’m also working with the Chinese Canadian National Council’s London Chapter, and our local Chinese Newspaper to help put on a full tournament!

Come check it out!

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When: Saturday, November 19th, 2011.

Where: Chinese Canadian National Council London, Ontario. Located at 1701 Trafalgar Street, London, Ontario N5W 1X2.

Cost: $8 per person. Pizza lunch can be made available upon registration.

Registration: Please register before hand, as seating is limited to 40 participants. Please see the Event Brite page http://forestcitycup.eventbrite.com/ to pre-register online, or email the Forest City Go Club to register.

Transportation: The LTC bus system will be able to take anyone to and from the location. The one bus route, which goes to the tournament, ends at 6PM on Saturday, so please make sure to have other means to depart from the tournament. This bus in question is the Trafalgar route.

Schedule:

8:30-9AM            Setup

9:30-10:30AM    Round 1

11-12PM              Round 2

12-1PM               Lunch

1:30-2:30PM       Round 3

3-4PM                   Round 4

4:30-5PM             Award Ceremony

Rules:

CGA rules, minus the scoring system.

-The scoring system (Japanese or Chinese) will be determined by the players. If each player wants to use a different system, a flip of a coin will be used to decide.

-Komi is 6.5 points.

-Handicap: handicap -1 stone, no handicap for the Dan division.

Time per games: 25 Minutes Main Time, and 25 stones/5 minutes Canadian.

Prizes: Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each division.