The European Women's Goe Championship in Leipzig took place on 1st and 2nd October 2005 for the first time after many years.
The result is a surprise and a little sensation. Starting point was the unexcepted win of Rita Pocsai, (4d, Hungary) vs. Sventlana Shikshina in round 3. Zhao Pei (6d, Germany) beat Rita Pocsai in round 4 and at the begin of the final round the outcome of the championship was still open.
Rita had to play against Manuela Lindemeyer (3d, Germany) - the winner would be under the first three for sure. With the pairing between Sventlana and Zhao Pei the strongest women of the tournament were fighting for the championship.
In the end Rita beat Manuela and Svetlana could win her game against Zhao Pei by 3 points.
European Woman Champion 2005 are - with identical scoring - in alphabetical order
Congratulation all winners!
Events during the championship
On 29th and 30th September 2005 Go workshops and seminars for everybody were held. The following go professionals from the Nihon Kiin were presented at the European Women's Championship:
- Haruyama Isamu, 9 dan from Japan
- Shigeno Yuki, 2 dan from Japan/Italy
Mr. Haruyama and Mrs. Shigeno offered workshops and simultaneous games as well as game commentaries.
Having European citizenship, Miss Shikshina (1-Dan Professional, Russia/Korea) took part at the championship.