This year's Slovenian Open, the 22nd Memorial of Vladimir Omejc, traditionally started the new season of popular top european competition, Pandanet Go European Cup. As always, there were big names, tough fights and some surprising results, but when the dust settled, the favourites came on the top again: Ondrej Silt 6d of Czechia, runner-up of previous PGEC edition, won the tournament with a perfect 6-out-of-6 score, and last year's PGEC winner Pal Balogh 6d (Hungary) came second. Third place was taken by Vladimir Danek 5d (Czechia), followed by Leon Matoh 5d (Slovenia), Martin Kuzela 4d (Czechia), Gregor Butala 5d, Damir Galic 3d (both Slovenia) and Peter Marko 3d (Hungary) who also got Pandanet points.
Despite some late cancellations, caused by unexpected difficulties in international travel, which resulted in slightly smaller playing field than usual (41 players in all, almost half of it were dan-level toughies), the tournament can be viewed as success – organisation was on high level, playing conditions were perfect and the weather was just great, so the participants could enjoy their time off the board to the fullest. Considering some new attractions announced for the next year's edition, the popularity of Bled tournament will probably flourish even more.
After the finals in the beginning of April 2010 in Paris, the 2010/2011 season of Pandanet Cup will as usually begin in Bled. The 22nd Memorial of Vladimir Omejc will be held from April 16th to 18th. The organizers are hoping to keep the high level of the tournament and will try hard to attract younger players and beginners, too.
Traditional Ljubljana Summer Open, traditionally held in Mostec recreational centre, was for the third year in a row won by Gregor Butala 5d. After exciting five rounds of the 9th edition of this tournament, played on the first Saturday of July, Butala emerged victorious with four wins, just a single SOS point ahead of the runner-up, Timotej Šuc 3d. Third place was taken by another Ljubljana club member, Andrej Kralj 3d, who got one win less, followed by the best kyu player of the occasion, Miran Gorenec 1k.
There were some other interesting performances as well: Marjan Drobež 2d and Eduard Ekart 5d shared 5th place, proving that they are still a force to be reckoned with, Luka Čamernik got a nice result after his return from Korea, playing under the new rank of 1k, and Zdravko Krvavica 1d returned to tournament play after almost ten years of hibernation.
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