Thursday April 4, 2013
Junfu Dai 8D (right) successfully defended his title against Lluis Oh 6D in the 41st Paris International Go Tournament at the Lycée Louis Le Grand on April 1. Though it was the first time Spanish player Oh placed, it was Dai’s third victory in four years, a reign broken only by Liu Yuanbo’s win in 2011. However, there may still be hope for Oh, as Dai was runner-up in 1996 and 2008 before he finally became champion. Joining Dai and Oh in the ranks as top Europeans is Romanian player Cristian Pop 7D. No stranger to tournaments, Pop has won the championship in his home country six times. Founded in 1972, the annual Paris International Go Tournament now holds a level 5 ECup rating and is hailed as “one of the largest go events in Europe behind the European Go Congress.” For more information about this year’s tournament including rules, registered players, and results, visit the official Paris 2013 website.
- Annalia Linnan; photo courtesy EuroGoTV, which includes selected game records
Wednesday April 3, 2013
Viktor Bogdanov 4d (photo), won the Yama no Kaze 4 tournament, held March 23-24 in Basssano del Grappa, Italy. In second place was Fausto Predieri 1k and third was Leonardo Giuliato 3k. Click here for results.
- EuroGoTV; click here for all the latest European go news
Tuesday April 2, 2013
While most people probably think about soccer when they hear about the German Bundes League, there’s also an equivalent for go. The German Go Bundes League is one of the biggest western go leagues (the Pandanet-AGA City League just started this year). It was started in 2005 and is organized much like the soccer league. There are currently 83 teams from all over Germany, divided into seven leagues. All leagues but the fifth contain 10 teams who play nine rounds from September to May. At the end of the season the top teams are promoted to the superior league while the worst-performing are demoted. The fifth league is the entry point for new teams, so it contains more teams than the other leagues, currently 29. While every team has up to ten players, only four members play for their team at a tournament. More than 650 players take part in the Bundes League, and nearly all of the strongest German go players can be found on their home town’s team. But the league is not just for the strongest players, it gives everybody the chance to fight for their city and to grow stronger together with the team. Because of the large distances between the teams most of the matches are played online using the KGS go server. However, offline matches are allowed if two teams are closely located or meet each other at a tournament. The large advantage of games played online is that fans can follow the match from their home computers and root for their favorite teams. The current season is about to end: seven of the nine matches have been played and at the moment the ‘Leipziger Loewen’ (Leipzig Lions) team is in first place in the top league, having just beat the formerly leading team in a close match. But the Lions must keep up their good results in the last two matches to hold onto their league; it’s this sort of hotly-contested competition that makes the German Bundes League so popular.
- Jan Engelhardt, E-Journal Correspondent
Sunday March 31, 2013
The British Online League’s fifth season opened on March 22. Eighteen teams of three players each, loosely organized geographically, will compete in three divisions through the end of the year in the “British Room” on KGS. The league was established in October 2009 to encourage interaction between players in different areas of the country and online play among members of the British Go Association (BGA), though only team captains need be members. There is a prize for the winning team in each division, funded from entry fees. The first division winner, which last season was Edinburgh, also holds the GoGoD Shield and each player in that team wins a GoGoD disk as part of their prize. The league is organized by John Collins on behalf of the BGA.
- Tony Collman, Correspondent for the E-Journal, based on reports on the BGA website
Thursday March 28, 2013
Paris is lovely in the springtime and especially so for go players, with the 41th Paris International Go Tournament taking place this weekend at the Lycée Louis Le Grand. With over 200 players are already registered, the 3-day tournament is one of the largest go events in Europe and is set for March 30 through April 1; click here for details and to register. Fans can also follow top-board action on KGS and on EuroGoTV.
Wednesday March 27, 2013
The go9dan.com game this Saturday between Lee Sedol 9P and Gansheng Shi 1P has been postponed “while we move go9dan’s main server to Hong Kong this weekend,” reports Michael Simon. The match will likely be rescheduled for Saturday, April 13 at 10p. Lee is 7-0 in the AGA-Europe Pro vs. Sedol 10-Game Series.
Saturday March 23, 2013
Tim Klancisar 4k won the Kyu Turnir tournament, played on March 23 in Kranj, Slovenia. Pavel Kos 4k was second and in third was Peter Gaber 1k. NOTE: The photo of Jin Zou 6d in our 3/20 China Cup report (Jin Zou 6d Repeats as China Cup Winner in Berlin) was courtesy EuroGoTV.
- adapted from a report on EuroGoTV; click here for all their latest reports; photo: Anna Marconi 11k, who placed 4 of 17. Result table.
Wednesday March 20, 2013
Former German go champion Jin Zou 6d won the 4th China Cup in Berlin on March 17.
Zou (left), who lives in Leipzig, won last year and defended his Golden Challenge Cup against Ma Xiao 5d, who took second place, and Johannes Obenaus 5d, who was third. The Cup was held in the Chinese Cultural Center Berlin, surrounded by Chinese culture, enabling local participants to meet go players from China. Free tournament admission has been granted to players of Chinese nationality since the very first China Cup. The tournament also serves to build a bridge between Berlin, capital of Germany, and Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province. The Cup is supported by some local companies from Hangzhou and Chinese professionals sometimes make an appearance. A highlight this year was the presence of Hang Tianpeng 4P from China. Hang is the director of the Weiqi school in Hangzhou, where last year three students successfully became new go professionals. Hang commented tournament games for Cup participants, gave a short workshop and promised to give additional workshops especially for kids and teens in Berlin. Click here for complete tournament results.
- Jan Engelhardt, E-Journal Correspondent; photo courtesy EuroGoTV
Wednesday March 20, 2013
Tian-Ren Chen retained his British Youth Go Championship title on March 17, defending the title he won last year. Second was Matei Mandache, a fellow-student at Loughborough School. The Castledine Trophy was won this year by Loughborough, who beat Aston 2-1. The Best Primary School award went to Sandilands, Manchester, who entered five 8- and 9-year-olds, who enjoyed some successes in this their first-ever tournament away from their school. This year’s event was held at the new venue of King Edward VI (Aston) School, Birmingham, attracting 27 competitors aged 7 to 18, with strengths from 37 kyu to 1 dan. An Easter egg prize was awarded to each of the winners and runners-up in each age group, as well as those with 3 or 4 wins. There were also prizes for the three children who correctly answered all the go puzzles on a hand-out. Tony Atkins was again the master of ceremonies, organizing the pairings for each of the 5 rounds, and presenting the prizes. Click here for complete results.
- adapted from a report on the British Go Association website
Tuesday March 19, 2013
The first Tula Go Cup went down to the wire March 16-17 as Dmitriy Surin 6d, Igor Nemliy 5d and Andrey Kashaev 5d battled it out in the final rounds. Kashaev won against Surin in the first round, then Nemliy defeated Kashaev, and later in the fourth round Surin won against Nemliy. Vasiliy Andrienko 4d, who defeated Andrey Kashaev in the fourth round, had a shot at getting into the top three; the final standings depended on the last round and the Berger and Buchholz scores also had major impact. Dmitry Surin defeated Vasiliy Andrienko in the last round to clinch the title win, with Nemliy in second and Kashaev taking third. The tournament was held in the ancient historical city of Tula, Russia, and was the first major event in this region. First mentioned in 1146, Tula is connected with many historic events and important battles of Russian history. The Russian go community was not active here until 2010 when Innokentiy Dmitriev 3d started to promote the game and work with students. His successful work allowed him to organize last weekend first big tournament, attracting 30 participants, including some top Russian top players. Ilya Shikshin 7d – the strongest Russian player – also attended but did not take part in the tournamen, instead playing two simuls. Tula has made a bid to host the Championship of Russian Central Federal District. Click here for results and a photo album.
- Daria Koshkina, E-Journal Russia Correspondent; photo: Surin (grey sweater) plays Nemliy; photo by Michail Krylov/Russian Go Federation