21st Bar Low – a report

21st Bar Low Tournament – London Go Centre

Across the May Day bank holiday weekend the London Go Centre was host to the first round of the competition to see who gets to challenge the current British Go Champion.

More importantly on the Sunday we held the 21st Bar Low tournament. For new readers the tournament is an opportunity for kyu players to enjoy a competition and its success can be judged by the number of double digit kyu (DDK) players that enter.

This year we has 29 entries ranging from 1 kyu to 24 kyu and 16 were DDK.

It is a five round class C tournament with 25 minutes main time and Canadian overtime. It’s a fairly hectic day which relies on most people finishing their games before too many iterations of overtime. Apart from one game giving the organiser timetabling palpitations it all worked.

As a result of anonymous sponsorship we were able to offer a number of prizes:

Winner £25 (Peikai Xue, CLGC)

Second £15 (Alasdair Clarke, no club)

5 wins £10 (Yue Wen, CLGC and Alexander Hsieh, Cambridge)

4 wins £5 (Lueming Yang, Oxford and Caleb Monk, Epsom)

Best result first tournament – box of “Celebrations” chocolates (Maks Gajowniczek, CLGC)

Anyone who looked young enough to deserve them – large bag of Galaxy counters.

Pictures of the event can be found here