Jim Morrison of Glasgow, Kentucky won the GAYP World Qualifier held in Prague, Czech Republic, on October 10-14th. The men's tournament consisted of 9 rounds with two games per round. Jim has won challenging rights to play Ron King of Barbados for GAYP World title at a date and venue to be determined.
Jim Morrison was first with 26 points. Turkmenistan's Bagtiyar Durdyev was 2nd (24 points), followed by Mustafa Durdyev (24 points, 3rd on honor points). Rounding out the top 7 were Rich Beckwith (23, USA), Michael Holmes (20, USA), Rawle Allicock (19, Eng.), and Ingo Zachos (18, Ger.). The remaining order of finish was Dave Harwood (Eng.), Tommy Canning (Ire.), Dennis Pawlek (Ger.), Tomas Novotny (Cz.), Igor Keder (Cz.), Jaroslav Tichy (Cz.), and Sune Trane (Den.).
There were 14 entrants in the men's division covering USA, Turkmenistan, Germany, Czech republic, England, Ireland, and Denmark. The top three finishers in each division were awarded medals. Jim Morrison also received a trophy. There were five women entrants and six youth.
The women's event was won by Amangul Durdyeva of Turkmenistan. Runner-up was Jan Mortimer (N.Z.), and Kim Willis (USA, 3rd). The youth champion was Lukas Valenta of Czech Republic. He was followed by Bashim Durdyev (Turkmenistan) and Shane McCusker (Ire.) in 3rd place.
Additional info for standings and round-by-round results is shown under the ACF Results, or under the menus at http://qt.ceskauniedamy.com
Many thanks to Igor Keder for organizing event on behalf of WCDF. Prague is indeed a beautiful city, and I was sorry to leave. I enjoyed meeting the European Players (and also one New Zealander, Jan Mortimer). I will be writing a lengthy article about my experiences in Prague and the World Qualifier tournament, which I hope to have available soon on this site. Again, congratulations to Jim, Amangul, and Lukas!
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