Leo Phillips Isle of Man Go Festival

30 July – 4 August 2017

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History

The Isle of Man Go Congress was first held in August 1991. Since then it has been held in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2015.     The first three Isle of Man congresses were held in the Island's capital, Douglas, seat of the world's oldest continuously existing parliament, in the Sefton Hotel.

The 1997 & 1999 congresses were held in Port Erin in the south of the island at the Cherry Orchard Hotel. The 2002 congress was held in the Falcons Nest Hotel, Port Erin.  

In 2004, we moved back to the Cherry Orchard, where we have been since then.   The Cherry Orchard is a comfortable, friendly aparthotel, with good food and bars, and friendly, helpful staff. There are self-catering apartments available to stay in, ideal for families or groups of friends to stay in.

Go Festival 2015

This edition was the 12th since the event started in 1991. Again the players assembled 23-28 August at the Cherry Orchard in Port Erin, including several families and players from as far away as Sweden and Japan. There were events daytime and evening on most days, including a music evening, and also the chance to explore the island in between.

2015 Go IOM Music

Players competed in the events for unique wooden trophies. Piers Shepperson won the main with 5/5, Sandy Taylor was second with 4/5. The afternoon was won by Richard Hunter on 3/3. Roella Smith won the handicap; Edmund Smith won the lightning.

2015 Go IOM Games

The Rengo (Doubles) was won by Oscar Selby and his mother Natasha Regan. In the children’s event Steve Jones (1k) played simultaneous handicap games against all the entrants (Oscar Selby 7k, Charlotte Bexfield 10k, Edmund Smith 11k, Roella Smith 12k, Kelda Smith 17k and Constance Selby 35k) and lost all 6 games.

The sandcastle competition was won by Leo’s Castle, constructed by Constance, Margot, Matthew and Rosalind Selby, Adrienne and Richard Regan and Ingrid Jendrzejewski. In memory of Leo, the builders Constance, Margot, Matthew and Adrienne, together with Oscar Selby and Natasha Regan, will be walking to raise money for Manx Cancer Help. Leo was a big supporter of this charity.

Go Festival Report 2013

The eleventh Go tournament was again held in the Cherry Orchard Hotel, Port Erin 18 - 23 August. It was renamed the Go Festival, to reflect the wide range of additional activities held to celebrate the game of Go. The hotel as always made us extremely welcome. There were 48 players registered to play, an increase on the previous Congress.

There was a welcome meal on Saturday evening, for players to catch up with old friends. On Sunday morning, an introductory Non Players Reception enabled visitors to get to know each other. As usual there was a full programme of events for 5 days from the Sunday to Friday. The format was the main tournament in the morning, with the afternoon or the handicap after lunch.

The results were as follows:

Main Tournament

Winner:  Matthew MacFadyen 6 Dan,  Leamington Spa, 5 wins out of 5

Second place:  Matthew Cocke, 5 Dan, Epsom, 4 wins out of 5

Other Main Tournament prizewinners:

Paul Barnard,  1 Kyu, Swindon,  4 wins out of 5
Richard Wheeldon, 5 Kyu, South London, 4 out of 5
David Cantrell, 5 Kyu, South London, 4 out of 5
Oscar Selby, 9 Kyu, Epsom, 5 out of 5
Jill Segerman, 9 Kyu, Brighton/Arundel 4 out of 5

Afternoon Tournament winner:

Shigehiko Uno,  4 Dan, Tokyo Nihonkiin, 3 wins out of 3

Other Afternoon Tournament prizewinners:

Peter Collins, 1 Kyu, Bristol, 2 out of 2
Brian Timmins, 9 Kyu, Shrewsbury, 3 out of 3.

Handicap Tournament

Winner: Edmund Smith, 15 Kyu, Cambridge

The results of the additional side events are as follows:

Rengo tournament:

Winners Shigehiko (4 Dan) and Keiko (25 Kyu) Uno, both Tokyo Nihonkiin.
Runners up: Paul and Edmund Smith.

13 x 13 tournament

Winner: Richard Hunter, 3 Dan, Bristol,

Continuous lightning

Winner:  Richard Hunter, 3 Dan, Bristol.
Runner up: James Hutchinson, 1 Dan, Belfast

Children's Tournament

This was a team event between 2 teams. Winners Roella, Kelda & Edmund Smith, Phin Jones, and Keiko Uno (who consented to take part in the event as we had odd numbers of children entered)

Other Events

On Sunday evening Steve ran his quiz which was as popular as ever. The Alternative Games evening on Tuesday was very successful with 42 people playing a whole range of games, from Manx Monopolpy. Cathedral, bridge, backgammon, shogi, and many more.

AltGames

Sandcastles

As always the sandcastle competition was keenly fought, and was won by the combined forces of the families Bexfield, Selby and Barnard, when they constructed a major engineering project with water flowing around the various castles on Islands.

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The new competition for this festival was the ‘Decorated Cup Competition’, ably won by Charlotte Bexfield.

The final buffet and prizegiving was a suitable finale to a most enjoyable  week. The original prizes were individually crafted by IOM Go member Roger Kent.
Celia Marshall  5/9/2013

Congress Report - 2010

Main tournament
Winner: Alex Selby, 4d, Cambridge
2nd: Matt Cocke, 5d Epsom
3rd Alex Rix, 3d London
Other prizewinner: Danielle Ward (4 out of 5), 10k Cambridge

Afternoon tournament
Winner:  Toby Manning, 2d, Leicester
Other prizewinners:
Peter Collins 3 out of 3, 2k Bristol
Elinor Brooks 3 out of 3), 8k Swindon
Kathleen Timmins (3 out of 3), 14k Market Drayton

Handicap tournament:
Winner:  Peter Collins, 2k, Bristol
Other prizewinners:
Luke Humphreys 4 out of 5, 11k Durham
Barney Shiu 4 out of 5, 10k Bristol
Roella Smith 4 out of 5, 13k Cambridge
Rengo:  Oscar Selby (40k) & Matt Cocke (5d)
13 x 13 Oscar Selby (now 35k)

Continuous Lightning:
Barney Shiu, 10k Cambridge

Sandcastle competition:
The Selby family and the Bexfield family

Congress Report - 2008

The ninth congress was again held in the Cherry Orchard Hotel, Port Erin 17 – 22 August. 47 players came, a slight drop in numbers from last time. However about 20 family and friends accompanied the players, attracted by the free Transport and Manx National Heritage Passes donated by the Isle of Man Government.

An introductory Non Players Reception enabled visitors to get to know each other. As usual there was a full programme of events for 5 days from the Sunday to Friday. The format was as usual the main tournament in the morning, and the afternoon or the handicap after lunch.

We were fortunate that Matthew Macfadyen (6D Leamington) gave two lectures, and also provided post game analysis and played some continuous games. Winners of the side tournaments were: Rengo: Jenny Radcliffe and Edmund Stephen-Smith 13X13: Jenny Radcliffe, Continuous Lightning: Jenny Radcliffe, Die Hard: Paul Barnard.

The evening events included the quiz, the musical evening, and the popular buffet prize giving. A ‘Bring your own strategy game’ evening was a new event which proved very popular. The rest day guided tour of the Life Boat Station was very interesting, showing the importance of the RNLI to life on a small island.

Congress Report - 2006

The eighth congress was held in the Cherry Orchard Hotel, Port Erin 20 – 25 August. With 54 players and about 16 accompanying family and friends it was one of the most successful IOM Congresses to date. They enjoyed a fun week of seaside, sunshine, walking, relaxing, games and friendship. As usual there was a full programme of events for 5 days from the Sunday to Friday. The format was as usual the main tournament in the morning, and the afternoon or the handicap after lunch. The evening events included the quiz, the musical evening, and the popular buffet prize giving. The Cosy Nook Cafe Barbecue was also well attended. Many enjoyed the steam train excursion to Castletown and Douglas on the rest day. Winners of the side tournaments were: Rengo: Jenny Radcliffe and Matthew Cocke 13X13: Jonathan Englefield, Continuous Lightning: Demian Walvisch.

Congress Report - 2004

The seventh congress was held in Falcons Nest Hotel, Port Erin and was considered a great sucess.More than 45 Go players and family attended the seventh Isle of Man Go Week at the Cherry Orchard Hotel in Port Erin. They enjoyed a fun week of seaside, sunshine, walking, relaxing, games and friendship. As usual there was a full programme of events for 5 days from the Sunday to Thursday, leaving the opportunity for people to go on the Mind Sports Olympiad if they wished. The format was as usual the main tournament in the morning , and the afternoon or the handicap after lunch. The evening events were the quiz (won by Bracknell’s Table Three Team), the 13X13 won by , a music evening, Rengo, and the popular buffet prize giving. Also included were Geoff Kaniuk’s referees’ workshop, a popular Cosy Nook Cafe Barbecue, and cake for all to celebrate Tony Atkins birthday. Winners of the side tournaments were: Rengo: Mother and son Pauline and Steve Bailey 13X13: Tim Hunt 3 Dan Milton Keynes) Continuous Lightning: William Brooks (1 Kyu Cambridge)

Congress Report - 2002

The sixth Isle of Man Go Congress was held at the Falcon’s Nest Hotel in the seaside village of Port Erin. About 50 Go players and family attended including Joe and son Miguel from Lisbon. The events ran from Sunday to Friday, with the Rest day on Wednesday. The format was as usual the main tournament in the morning, and the afternoon or the handicap after lunch. The evening events were the quiz, the 13X13, a music evening, Rengo, and the popular Prize Giving Buffet Dinner. The free coach trip to Peel and Ramsey proved very popular on the rest day.

Congress Report - 1999

54 players took part in the main event and two more in the afternoon. Winner of the main event was Francis Roads (4d) ahead of Des Cann (4d). Neil Moffatt (8k Portsmouth) and Shawn Hearn (14k Brakenhale) won all 5. On 4/5 were Eric Hall (3k Swindon), Emma Marchant (8k Brakenhale), Gernot Belger (13k D), Ian McAnally (17k Manchester) and Gary White (26k Wildridings).

The afternoon event was won by Shigehiko Uno (5d London). On 3/3 were Ian McAnally and Emma Fairbrother (20k Brakenhale). On 2 and a jigo were Eric Hall and France Ellul (3k High Wycombe). Prizes for two and a bye went to Graham Brooks (12k Swindon) and Gustav Rober (17k IOM).

Pairs champions were Michael Marz and Gernot Rober, who beat Simon Goss and Chris White in the final.

After a play-off the team winners were the Fish, Spoon and Tea Set, ahead of Derby Leamings. Shawn Hearn beat William Brooks in the final to win the Continuous Lightning. 13x13 winner was Francis Roads (beat France Ellul in last round). Chris White (29k Brakenhale) was the best in the 35 player Handicap event. Tom Blockley (3k Worcester) was Junior champion.

Congress Report - 1997

This time the go week was held in the small southerly resort of Port Erin. As well as go there was the usual fun and games, with an outing to Peel, a quiz night and a music night, concluding with the banquet and prize giving. 47 players took part in the main event. Winner was Vesa Laatikainen (5 dan SF) with 5/5. Tie-break split the next positions into: Tony Atkins (2 dan Reading), Bob Bagot (2 dan Manchester), Richard Hunter (4 dan Japan), David Phillips (2 dan IOM). On 5/5 were John Walsh (4 kyu Bolton) and Anne Trinks (18 kyu D). On 4/5 was Ian Marsh (1 kyu Bracknell). The three round afternoon event was won again by Francis Roads (4 dan Wanstead), second Richard Hunter, third Bob Bagot.

On 3/3 were France Ellul (3 kyu High Wycombe), Bill Rivers (3 kyu Oxford) and Leo Phillips (25 kyu IOM). Ian Marsh won the handicap. 13x13 was won by Gunner Bertram (3 kyu D), but he lost in the Lightning final to Richard Hunter. Richard also won the Rengo playing with Manx President John Atherton. The Team Tourney was won by "Finns and Trinks" who beat the "Dave Phillips Formation Dancers" in the final. In a kanji test set by Richard Hunter, Junior winner was Emma Marchant, Kyu winner was Nick Wedd and Open winner was Francis Roads. The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse won the quiz night. In the Junior event the places went to: Under 16 Philip Marshall, Graham Brooks, Emma Marchant; Under 14 Samantha Hughes, Alistair Brooks, Richard Atherton; Under 12 Katherine Cooper, Clare Franklin, Linda Stone; Under 10 Ronald Atherton; special prizes to Alice Pickering (2/2) and Chris Atherton (3/4); best newcomer Robin Betts.

Congress Report - 1995

The third biannual Isle of Man Go Week was a success. 48 players attended the main tournament and others played in the Pair Go and 13x13. Andrew Jones (3 dan Wanstead) surprised the reigning champion and club mate Francis Roads (4 dan) by beating him. Andrew went on to win the title despite losing to Tony Atkins (2 dan Wokingham) in the final round. 1. Jones (4/5) 2. Roads (4/5) 3. Atkins (3/5). Francis Weaver (22 kyu Brakenhale) won all five games. Players on 4/5 were Paul Smith (1 dan Cambridge), Claude Burvenich (1 kyu Belgium), Bart Fondour (2 kyu France), Paul Clarke (8 kyu Swindon) and Edward Marshall (16 kyu IOM).

Francis Roads managed to hang on to his afternoon title. Others win 3/3 were Bill Streeten (3 kyu London), Dave King (8 kyu Swindon), Paul Marshall (25 kyu IOM). Paul Hankin (1 kyu Cambridge) won 2.5/3.

In the handicap a four-way tie on five wins was resolved as weakest player wins: Francis Weaver (22 kyu) from Mark Harrod (10 kyu Brakenhale), Paul Donnelly (1 dan Belfast). Alison Jones (2 dan Wanstead). Pair Go champs were Paul and Andrea Smith who beat Colin Adams and Paul Hankin in the final. The Team Champs were the Wall Of Paul 2: Donnelly, Margetts, Barnard and Hankin. 13x13 Mike Charles (2 dan Stevenage) beat Jo Hampton (1 dan West Wales) and the play-off for the Continuous Lightning Mark Harrod beat Jo Hampton despite Jo winning more continuous games and beating Mark twice already. Note that all handicap games were Manx style with handicap plus one and 7 komi/grade if over 9 stones.

The social event this year was a coach trip and walk to the official go club cafe on a remote headland. The Wanstead Mushrooms won the quiz despite sitting in a dark conservatory. The day out saw trips to Peel and St Johns (official) and to Snaefell, Castletown and the southern cliffs (unofficial). Professional player Saijo Masataki was present until the Tuesday and worked very hard on teaching games, analysis and in lectures to the players. Our thanks go to the Isle Of Man players for a successful week and extending a warm welcome to any go players that drop in at any time.