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.
This year’s Slovenian Open, traditional Vladimir Omejc Memorial, started the 2009/2010 edition of Pandanet European Go Cup in an exciting way: at the end of a six-round tournament, held in Hotel Astoria in Bled, there were no unbeaten players left at all - and two of them, In-seong Hwang 7d (Korea/Germany) and Ting Li 6d (China/Austria), tied for the first place after some heavy fighting in the last day’s games, while Pal Balogh 6d (Hungary) finished as third in this tough competition, followed by his compatriot Csaba Mero 6d and Czech stars Vladimir Danek 5d and Ondrej Šilt 6d, the winner of previous PGEC season.
All in all, 53 players from eight countries took part in the competition; more than 20 of them were holders of dan level, including a handful of ex-inseis. The duels below the top group were no less fierce than those between the big guns, and eventual winners in different categories had to work hard for their success: at the end, the best 3d became Andrej Kralj (Slovenia), the prize for the best 2d went to Damir Galić (also Slovenia), best shodan/1k was Peter Marko 1d (Hungary) and Vigor Grego from Croatia finished at the top of the group of players 2k or lower. Last but no least, the experienced veteran Borut Zaplotnik 1k (Slovenia) received a special award for 5 wins, upsetting a couple of dan players on his way to this notable result.
There are only a few days left until the start of this year’s Slovenian Open: the traditional Memorial of Vladimir Omejc, which will be held for the 20th consecutive time, will kick off the 2008-2009 season of Pandanet Go European Cup, which is sponsored by the popular go server Pandanet. The tournament will be held from April 18th to 20th in Bled, one of the major tourist centres in Slovenia, and some of the best European players have already confirmed their participation. More than 70 players of all strengths are already registered for the event, almost half of them are dan level holders. This alone promises an exciting tournament, not to mention the attractive side-possibilities that Bled has to offer for anybody.
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