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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


Graeme Parmenter:

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.

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