The traditional Open Championship of Ljubljana - Memorial of Peter Gaspari was held on December 16th 2006 in Žolna Bar and attracted 18 players from three clubs and two countries. It was won by Gregor Butala 4d (Ljubljana Go Club) with a perfect score of five wins out of five rounds. He was followed by Timotej Šuc 2d, who finished second with one point less, and Andrej Kralj 3d (both from Ljubljana), who had to be content with three victories and the third place. Best kyu player was Jure Jerkovič 1k (Go Club Kranj), who finished fifth, and the best woman player was Ilona Rac 10k (Ljubljana Go Club), who took eighth place with amazing four wins.
The tournament was played for 15th time in a row and the well-known combined pairing system was used: the participants were initially divided in three MacMahon groups according to their categories (dan level and strong/weak kyu players) while the handicap was rank difference reduced by two stones.
One of the most exciting Slovenian Championships over the last years, held in Fiesa between 17th and 19th November 2006, saw the emergence of a new champion, Gregor Butala 4d (Ljubljana), who finally took this title after finishing second for three times. The most important national competition featured many drawn-out battles and surprising results: Leon Matoh 5d (Novo mesto), the defender of the title and nine-times Slovenian champion, was shut out of contention for the top after his losses in the initial two rounds, and on the evening of the second day, the unexpected leader - and the only undefeated player after four rounds - was Timotej Šuc 2d (Ljubljana). However, after Šuc lost his two remaining games, it became clear that the winner will be decided in a final match between Milan Zakotnik 5d (Kranj) and Gregor Butala. In a hard-fought battle that lasted almost four hours, the latter pulled a 2-point win - and the championship.
The winner of 15th Team Championship of Slovenia, that was held on October 21st 2006, is the first team of Go Club Ljubljana (Šiška, Butala, Ekart), which took the title without a single loss during the three rounds of competition. Six teams participated, three from Ljubljana, two from Kranj and one from Maribor, each consisting of three members. Club from Novo mesto didn’t join the championship this year.
Due to peculiarities of Swiss system, it happened that the winning team didn’t meet with the second-placed one – the latter, first team of Go Club Kranj (Zakotnik, Pogačnik, Pintar), probably lost any chances for a final triumph already in the first round, after suffering 1-2 defeat against Ljubljana’s second team (Kralj, Drobež, Šuc), which finished third in the end. Fourth place went to Maribor team (Mastinšek, Rojs, Janža), and the last two places were taken by Kranj’s second team (Furlan, Nonne, Jerkovič) and Ljubljana’s third team (Zamuda, Pergar, Rant).
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