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Our First Chamisa Flower Go Tournament

Aldea Community Center: photo by Robert Cordingley

A gentle but temperate desert breeze ruffled the Results Slips while players from northern New Mexico vied for a place in the first Chamisa Flower Go Tournament. Held on Saturday September 22nd at the Aldea Community Center the tournament brought in players from across northern New Mexico. In the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos mountains where the Chamisa blooms and the Aspens are golden this time of year, the Santa Fe Go Club is working hard to build up the active Go playing community by holding such handicap tournaments and teaching beginners.

After round two we repaired with our Lunch Vouchers in hand to the local Cafe Aldea for a hearty lunch. Rounds three and four brought the tournament to a close and there was a three way tie for the top 3 places. Sorensen (4d) won on the first tiebreaker followed by Skinner (1k) and Cordingley (2k) for 2nd and 3rd respectively. Interestingly, if head-to-head results had been relied on it could have been a problem, because while Sorensen beat Skinner who beat Cordingley, Cordingley beat Sorensen. As well as award certificates and cash the top two enjoyed gift certificates generously underwritten by Slate and Shell, publishers of many Go books. Full details including the cross tab and final placings are available to all players and subscribers of GoClubsOnline (goclubs.org) where the tournament was managed and rounds paired.

(A version of this article was first submitted to the AGA eJournal).

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