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Bled Pandanet tournament: Li and Hwang shared the honors

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.


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