The 2011 John Groesch Memorial was held on Sunday, March 20.
This year, only six players participated in the three-round tournament. Takemasa Miyoshi (9 kyu) was the undefeated winner, 3-0, of the single section, fully handicapped, three round tournament. Takemasa is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland. The final game vs. Nate Eagle (10 kyu) was a nail-biter, which Takemasa won by a half-point. Other two game winners were Gurujeet Khalsa (9 kyu) and Zarathustra Goetzel (10 kyu). By the way, Takemasa's family in Japan is all OK (living in Osaka).
This year, the John Groesch Memorial prize for the best performance by a player under the age of 20 who is new to tournament go (defined by less than two years of tournament play) was not awarded because we had no eligible players. However, John's mother provided ample refreshments, some of which we will be sharing at club meetings for weeks to come (but no meeting this week, because it's spring break at the University of Maryland).