The 1st European MLily Qualification tournament will start on this friday and finish on saturday. Five european professionals will fight for two places to qualify for the starting field of 64 world class players at the MLily cup. MLily offers two seats to Europe for their competition, round 2, planned for 7th July 2015 in China.
The tournament system is round robin (always with one player pausing), 70 minutes each and Canadian Byoyomi 15 moves - 5 minutes.
In case of 3 players defeating each other in a circle, fast games will be played on saturday evening to decide the winner(s). If the result is not decided by this, lottery will be used. In any other case, lottery will be used as well.
I will try to put results here after I finish my games.
More info here
The tournament was prepared very well by the organisation team from Andalusian Go Association, 2 nice go boards outside in a nice weather with a broadcasting on KGS (under EGFMLily1 & EGFMLily2). One player, Ilya Shikshin 1p was already qualified after round 4, the other player to qualify was decided between me and Alexandre Dinerstein, 3p with a direct game. The game was good for me all the time, until I started to play risky moves for some reason. I was still leading the game, but I missed a simple "throw-in" in byo-yomi and my big dragon died, after that, the game was over and I was forced to resign. Alexandre knew the game is not over until it is over more than me. So in the end 2 Russian players qualified for the MLily Cup this year: Alexandre Dinerstein 3p & Ilya Shikshin 1p. I wish them good luck in July and I really think they have a decent chance to win something there.
Noone finished the tournament with all losses, I had 2 wins, Ali Jabarin 1p and Mateusz Surma 1p had 1 win.