European Fujitsu Finals 1993-1999
The Fujitsu Cup is one of the more prestigious professional Go tournaments in the world. It allows amateurs to play against the top pros. For the first two years of the Fujitsu Cup (1988 and 1989) the European representative could qualify for the Fujitsu Cup by winning a six round Swiss tournament. Ronald Schlemper won both events. In 1989 (for the 1990 Cup) the EGF changed the system: the European Grand Prix would decide the representative. The best three results in one season selected the European cannon-fodder (season 1989 Matthew Macfadyen, 1990 Victor Bogdanov, 1991 and 1992 Alexei Lazarev).
The sponsors were dissatisfied with the system, as one could predict long before which player will win the qualification. So, it was decided to hold a separate knock-out tournament for sixteen players, for which only European passport holders could qualify. This would present more drama and excitement.
These sixteen players were selected as follows: seven players through direct qualification in seven of the larger Grand Prix tournaments; the two best Europeans in the European Championships in Prague, the three first placed in the Grand Prix, and in 1993 four players selected by the EGF.
Fujitsu Finals 1993
The first EGF Fujitsu Finals saw an all-dutch final. In a cracking game Van Zeijst beat Schlemper by 1.5 points.
Alexei Lazarev Lazarev Leon Matoh | Lazarev | | Frank Janssen Janssen | Vladimir Danek | | Van Zeijst Martin Müller Müller | Franz Josef Dickhut | | | | Van Zeijst | Victor Bogdanov V.Zeijst | Rob van Zeijst | | Van Zeijst Ronald Schlemper Schlemper | Thomas Heshe | Schlemper | | | | Yuri Ledovskoi Shepperson | | Piers Shepperson | | Schlemper Frédéric Donzet | Laurent Heiser Heiser | | | Catalin Taranu | Macfadyen Matthew Macfadyen Macfadyen
Fujitsu Finals 1994
In the second Fujitsu Finals, Schlemper and Van Zeijst were joined by Guo Juan, a third 7 dan amateur with Dutch nationality. Before she came to Holland she played as a 5 dan professional in China. Together with Matthew Macfadyen, multiple European Champion, these four seeded players would meet in the semi-final at the earliest. But David Schoffel, from Bonn, and Andrei Gomenyuk, from Moscow, put a halt to two of the seeds in the first round. Gomenyuk forced Macfadyen to an early resignation and Schoffel beat Schlemper by half a point. In the quarter-finals Schoffel again beat his opponent, Catalin Taranu, by only half a point. In the semi-final Van Zeijst proved too strong and so we got the expected final with the expected result.
Ronald Schlemper Schoffel David Schoffel | Schoffel | | Catalin Taranu Taranu | Radek Nechanicky | | Van Zeijst Mark Boon Boon | Rudi Verhagen | | | | Van Zeijst | Gerald Westhoff V.Zeijst | Rob van Zeijst | | Guo Matthew Macfadyen Gomenyuk | Andrei Gomenyuk | Mateescu | | | | Christoph Gerlach Mateescu | | Robert Mateescu | | Guo Vladimir Danek | Pierre Colmez Colmez | | | Victor Bogdanov | Guo Guo Juan Guo
Fujitsu Finals 1995
Compared to 1994 the field lost two strong candidates for the first place. Both Ronald Schlemper and Catalin Taranu are presently residing in Japan. Schlemper works there as an intern and studies a new medical specialism. Taranu is living as a student professional in Nagoya and is doing very well (he turned into professional in 1997 and is now 2 dan). So the favourites were Rob van Zeijst and Guo Juan. Being the 1994 finalists, they qualified immediately for the 1995 edition. The other participants qualified by being the best European at one of the big GP Tournaments or by their three best GP results. The list was completed by some EGF invitations. For the pairing the official rating of the European Go Federation was used. The results were not surprising. Every game had the expected result according to the rating list. And thus the final was a rematch of the year before, with the same result.
Rob van Zeijst (7d, NLD) Van Zeijst Radek Nechanicky (5d, CZE) | Van Zeijst | | Robert Rehm (5d, NLD) Colmez | Pierre Colmez (5d, FRA) | | Van Zeijst Christoph Gerlach (5d, GER) Gerlach | Malte Schuster (5d, GER) | | | | Lazarev | Vladimir Danek (5d, CZE) Lazarev | Alexei Lazarev (6d, RUS) | | Guo Matthew Macfadyen (6d, GBR) Macfadyen | Andrei Gomenyuk (5d, RUS | Macfadyen | | | | Frank Janssen (6d, NLD) Janssen | | Jef Séailles (5d, FRA) | | Guo Victor Bogdanov (6d, RUS) | Leszek Soldan (6d, POL) Bogdanov | | | Cristian Pop (5d, ROM) | Guo Guo Juan (7d, NLD) Guo
Fujitsu Finals 1996
This year four of the participants were of professional strength. The well-known Fujitsu competitors Rob van Zeijst (still living in Tokyo) and Guo Juan were both present. So were Hans Pietsch and Catalin Taranu. With the help of the EGF they both came over from Japan. Hans Pietsch became professional at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo (two months after the tournament) and Catalin Taranu became professional after winning the professional qualifying tournament at the Nagoya branch of the Nihon Ki-in. This was made officially in January 1997.
At the Fujitsu Finals Dmitri Bogatskii is a talented newcomer. He is just 16 years old. Apart from him, the players in the finals are the ones who have been dominating the European tournaments for years. Among the strongest were Gherman from Romania, Gerlach from Germany, Heiser from Luxembourg and Alexei Lazarev from Russia. Lazarev has been very successful before the introduction of the new system with the Grand Prix Finals in 1993. In 1991 as well as 1992 he won the Fujitsu Grand Prix Tournament cycle. This year he unexpectedly lost in the first round against Pierre Colmez.
The four 'semi-professionals' all reached the semi-finals. However not without difficulties as can be seen from the game-records. In the semi-finals Hans Pietsch surprised everyone except maybe himself. Guo Juan was unable to keep up with him. Pietsch was the first to reach the final. For a good part of the other semi-final most spectators (but not Rob van Zeijst) thought the other finalist would be Catalin Taranu. However Rob van Zeijst managed to pull through and reach his fourth successive final.
In the final Rob van Zeijst beat Hans Pietsch by 5.5 points. So after beating Schlemper in '93 and losing to Guo in '94 and '95, Van Zeijst is again the winner. He will have another try at reaching the second round in this year's Fujitsu Cup. Till now, the European representative has always had little success in the Fujitsu Cup. Not one of them ever reached the second round. Small wonder since the Cup is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. However things may change for the better. Rob van Zeijst last year beat strong opponents in the preliminaries of two separate Korean professonial tournaments, Samsung and Tongyang.
Guo Juan (7d, NLD) Guo Radek Nechanicky (5d, CZE) | Guo | | Mark Boon (6d, NLD) Boon | Sorin Gherman (6d, GER) | | Pietsch Christoph Gerlach (5d, GER) Gerlach | Vladimir Danek (5d, CZE) | | | | Pietsch | Andrei Gomenyuk (5d, RUS) Pietsch | Hans Pietsch (7d, GER) | | Van Zeijst Catalin Taranu (7d, ROM) Catalin | Dmitriy Bogatskii (6d, UKR) | Catalin | | | | Victor Bogdanov (6d, RUS) Heiser | | Laurent Heister (6d, LUX) | | Van Zeijst Alexei Lazarev (6d, RUS) | Pierre Colmez (5d, FRA) Colmez | | | Egbert Rittner (6d, GER) | Van Zeijst Rob van Zeijst (7d, NLD) Van Zeijst
Fujitsu Finals 1997
With a similair line-up as last year, four players of professional strength and the rest renowned European top players, many people expected again an interesting tournament. However, nobody could expect the excitement and the upsets as they were this time.
Round 1 saw the biggest upset, Hans Pietsch, strong favorite for a
final place (like last year), lost by resignation to the
seventeen-year old Emil Nijhuis. This was a huge dissappointment for
Hans Pietsch, because he came to win this time, after being runner-up
Catalin Taranu (2p, ROM) Taranu Farid BenMalek (6d, FRA) | Taranu | | Victor Bogdanov (6d, RUS) Gherman | Sorin Gherman (6d, ROM) | | Taranu Alexei Lazarev (6d, RUS) Soldan | Leszek Soldan (6d, POL) | | | | Guo | Radek Nechanicky (6d, CZE) Guo | Guo Juan (7d, NLD) | | Taranu Rob van Zeijst (7d, NLD) Van Zeijst | Ruslan Saifullin (6d, RUS) | Yatsenko | | | | Dmitrii Yatsenko (6d, UKR) Yatsenko | | Vladimir Danek (6d, CZE) | | Pop Cristian Pop (6d, ROM) | Matthew Macfadyen (6d, GBR) Pop | | | Emil Nijhuis (5d, NLD) | Pop Hans Pietsch (1p, GER) Nijhuis
Fujitsu Finals 1998
Guo Juan (7d, NLD) Guo Leszek Soldan (6d, POL) | Guo | | Vladimir Danek (6d, CZE) Danek | Alexei Lazarev (6d, RUS) | | Guo Robert Mateescu (6d, ROM) Gerlach | Christoph Gerlach (5d, GER) | | | | Gerlach | Dmitriy Bogatskiy (6d, UKR) Van Zeijst | Rob van Zeijst (7d, NLD) | | Guo Juan Hans Pietsch (2p, GER) Pietsch | Csaba Mero (6d, Hun) | Pietsch | | | | Victor Bogdanov (6d, RUS) Khmyrov | | Andrei Khmyrov (6d, RUS) | | Taranu Franz-Josef Dickhut (6d, GER) | Cristian Pop (6d, ROM) Pop | | | Emil Nijhuis (5d, NLD) | Taranu Catalin Taranu (3p, ROM) Taranu
Fujitsu Finals 1999Report of 1999 Finals
Guo Juan (7d, NLD) Guo Emil Nijhuis (5d, NLD) | Guo | | Dmitrij Surin (5d, RUS Florescu | Ion Florescu (6d, ROM) | | Alexandr Dinerstein (6d, RUS) Bogdanov | Bogdanov Victor Bogdanov (6d, RUS) | | | | Bogdanov | Felix von Arnim (5d, GER) Pietsch | Hans Pietsch (3p, GER) | | Van Zeijst Catalin Taranu (4p, ROM) Taranu | Dmitriy Yatsenko (5d, Ukr) | Taranu | | | | Vladimir Danek (6d, CZE) Danek | | Christoph Gerlach (6d, GER) | Van Zeijst | Franz-Josef Dickhut (6d, GER) | Dmitriy Bogatskiy (6d, UKR) Dickhut | | Van Zeijst Radek Nechanicky (6d, CZE) | Rob van Zeijst (7d, NLD) Van Zeijst