Royston Shogi Congress - 1998 Results


The Royston Shogi Congress was held on Saturday 12th September at the Coombes Community Centre in Royston, Herts, UK. The Congress was quite well attended, with 13 players altogether competing in the 2 tournaments: Shogi and Mini-Shogi. Unfortunately the British Tori-Shogi Championships had to be cancelled as there was only 1 entrant, Phil Holland!

As a result of the moderate entry, the 1999 Shogi Congress will be held in Cambridge at around the same time of the year. Hopefully the Tori-Shogi Championship will be held again there.

I hope I will see you all in Cambridge in 1999!!


The prizes awarded were as follows:

Doug McGown Memorial Shogi Tournament
Dan Group Winner - Les Blackstock - 3 wins
Kyu Group Winner - Mike Brewer - 2 wins
Junior - Rachel Holland - 0 wins

Mini-Shogi Competition (2pts for a win, 1pt for a defeat)
1. Nick Langford - 20pts (6 wins)
2=. Matthew Woodcraft - 19pts (6 wins), Yukio Hirata - 19pts (9 wins),
4=. Matthew Reid - 16pts (6 wins), Tony Hosking - 16pts (6 wins)


1998 Doug McGown Memorial Shogi Tournament - Dan Group

Round 1:
Hideki Tanaka vs Yukio Hirata 1-0
Ian Spence vs Les Blackstock 0-1
Steven Cain vs Tony Hosking 0-1
Round 2:
Ian Spence vs Hideki Tanaka 0-1
Tony Hosking vs Les Blackstock 0-1
Steven Cain vs Yukio Hirata 1-0
Round 3:
Hideki Tanaka vs Les Blackstock 0-1
Tony Hosking vs Yukio Hirata 1-0
Ian Spence vs Steven Cain 0-1

Final Table

Pos. Player's name (Club) Grade Pl. W. SOS
1. Les Blackstock (London) 3-dan 3 3 4
2. Tony Hosking (Stratford) 3-dan 3 2 5
3. Hideki Tanaka (Japan) 1-dan 3 2 3
4. Steven Cain (London) 2-dan 3 2 2
5. Ian Spence (Surrey) 1-kyu 3 0 7
6. Yukio Hirata (Japan) 4-dan 3 0 6


1998 Doug McGown Memorial Shogi Tournament - Kyu Group

Round 1:
Matthew Reid vs Mike Brewer 1-0
Matthew Woodcraft vs Alan Baker (Bishop) 0-1
Rachel Holland vs Nick Langford (Rook+Lance) 0-1
Round 2:
Alan Baker vs Matthew Reid 1-0
Nick Langford vs Mike Brewer (2 pieces) 0-1
Rachel Holland vs Matthew Woodcraft (2 pieces) 0-1
Round 3:
Alan Baker vs Mike Brewer 0-1
Nick Langford vs Matthew Woodcraft (Lance) 1-0
Rachel Holland vs Matthew Reid (4 pieces) 0-1

Final Table

Pos. Player's name (Club) Grade Pl. W. SOS
1. Mike Brewer (London) 2-kyu 3 2 6
2. Alan Baker (Cambridge) 5-kyu 3 2 5
3. Matthew Reid (Cambridge) 4-kyu 3 2 4
4. Nick Langford (Cambridge) 10-kyu 3 2 3
5. Matthew Woodcraft (Cambridge) 8-kyu 3 1 4
6. Rachel Holland (Royston) 15-kyu 3 0 5


Email: Phil Holland <phil.holland@bcs.org.uk>