First held in 1988 this is the premier South Island Go tournament with the top four finishers receiving points to decide the NZ representative at international tournaments.
But this is a tournament for everyone with trophies and prizes to be won in three sections.
The Otago Open trophy Titanium disc with mounted bone and greenstone stones. Cash prize.
The Invincible trophy 1-9kyu players. 1st Edition of Invincible – The games of Shusaku by John Power, the finest book of go commentaries in English. The trophy is inscribed with the winner's name and they receive a copy as their prize.
The 10 kyu trophy 10 kyu-30 kyu. Winners name added to the classic Shalbury Games kauri board, which they get to keep for a year and the winner also receives a book prize.
Venue, OUSA Recreation Centre, 84 Albany St, Dunedin
This year we had only 11 at the open, with only 2 dan players (me and Jason). Most pleasingly we had 5 players under 15, including 2 sets of brother & sister.
I lost in the first round to Caillan Crowe-McAuliffe (an endgame blunder that reversed a 30 point lead!) but it made for an interesting tournament [he plays as CAILLANCM on KGS) .
We ended up with a 3-way tie for 1st between Caillan, Me and Jason (Equal on SOS) so we have 3 Otago Open Champions this year. Caillan also won the kyu players section.
The remaining WAGC point was shared between Rui Li (Balclutha) and Emma Reynolds (Christchurch) who both scored 3 points.
Masayuki is a Japanese citizen. Jin not yet a NZ citizen (next year he and Patrick, his son, will become citizens).
So by my reckoning WAGC points would have been Jimmy 10, Graeme 6, Jason 3, Jonathon 1.