A blog about the Ft. Myers Go Club, a registered chapter of the AGA, American Go Association.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

First Ever Ft. Myers Go Club Rating Tournament

First Ever Ft. Myers Go Club Rating Tournament a Sounding Success.
By Kent Secor
kent1956, President of the Ft. Myers Go Club and Club Reporter.

The First Ever Ft. Myers Go Club Rating Tournament was a sounding success.

We had 23 people show up to play in the tournament. Boys, girls, and men.Of that group, 6 were already AGA members and 17 were new to the AGA and will earn their first rank from this tournament.

Joshua Fallon, 8 kyu, and Shaun Sullivan, 2 kyu, from West Palm Beach Go Club, came over to lend their support and play in the tournament.

It was our privelege to have Dan Moise, 4 dan visit us in the afternoon to play teaching games and address the tournament players.

We greatly appreciate the support of these fine Go players.

The event was sponsored by Mrs. Linda Ponader, who supplied much needed snacks and bottled water for the tournament players. Thanks Go Mom!

Thanks to all the parents that support their youths' go activities and all the players for coming out and having fun playing Go!

We were able to play 5 rounds with a 45 minute sudden death time periods. We used the 45 minute sudden death because of the time restraints with using the free meeting room in the Cape Coral Public Library. We had by 5PM to meet our clean up and clear out deadline of 5:30 PM.All went according to schedule.

We did get a 15 minute delailed start because of a computer virus, a trojan horse, that decided to pop up as we were inputting the registered players.

We used the PyTD software, and as a new TD I found it really easy to use. I did have Chuck Saint to help us, Chuck is the IT man at the University. We recommend using this software for pairings.

Dan Moise was very impressed with the facilities and the turn out and said that we have a good start in this tournament. Thanks Dan for all your support and advice. It was your tournament in Sarasota last fall, as well as the club activities at Border's, that has encouraged me to get something going with Go in my city.

Next month we are talking about a Go in the Park event, should be fun.

Our next Rating Tournament will be in August, we are looking to hold it at the Gulfcoast University, and it will be a fee tournament with prizes.