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Dundee Tops BGA League Tourney

Monday December 20, 2010

Dundee won the top division of the British Go Association’s online League Tournament’s second season, edging out the Central London Go Club (GLGC) Team A when Yohei Negi beat Yangran Zhang on December 15th. In Division 2 the Billericay Dickies took top honors, while the GLGC Team B won Division 3 and Edinburgh 3 topped Division 4. The BGA’s League Tournament was originally a team-based go league designed to be played mainly over the Internet to encourage interaction between players in different areas of the country and to encourage online play among members of the BGA. Thanks to its success, the BGA is starting up an individual league in January 2011.
- reported by John Collins

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UK TOURNAMENT REPORTS: October 17 – December 4

Monday December 20, 2010

WEST SURREY HANDICAP: December 4. Despite the snow the tournament happened, a small cosy affair with only 13 entrants and 3 power cuts. It was won by Sue Paterson with 4/4; she beat Jonathan Reece (3/4) in the final round. Also on 3 were Philippe Bourrez and Max Bourget, and on 2.5 Dawn Street. The 13*13 was won by Xinyi Lu on 9/9 wins. Pits was won by Sue Paterson and the ‘identify the birds quiz’ by Tony Atkins. After the tournament, 6 of the players had a pleasant and filling meal at a nearby curry restaurant. West Surrey Go club wishes to thank all those who made the effort to attend in the face of the all the snow.
EAST MIDLANDS: November 27. Despite overnight snow, 61 players managed to take part in the East Midlands Tournament at the National Space Centre in Leicester. Top of the list of prize winners was Jon Diamond. The list also contained Helen Harvey, Andre Cockburn, Matei Mandache, Matt Marsh, Ben Haines, Mark Wrangham, Mark Eddy and Andrew Russell. Winners of the 13×13 side competition were Aston’s Hamzah Reta and Ibraheem Mustafa.
BRITISH SMALL BOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Cambridge, November 21. Andrew Simons took the national Small Board Champion’s title and £50 prize at the 17-player tournament in Cambridge, winning 6 out of 8. Prizes for 5 out of 8 went to Anna Griffiths, Pauline Bailey, Steve Bailey, Langdon Truscott and Peran Truscott. There were special prizes for juniors. Top junior was Adan Mordcovich (5kyu Wanstead) winning the £20 prize and second was Roella Smith (Cambridge) winning the £10 prize.
THREE PEAKS: Grange-over-Sands, November 13-14. The Three Peaks Tournament stayed for a second time down by the sea in Grange-over-Sands. 48 players took part and Matthew Cocke topped the results list for a third time in a row. Brian Timmins was the only other player to win all 5 games. Alex Kent and Ben Riddell from Durham, and Adrian Abrahams from Lancaster won 4 games each.
COVENTRY: November 6. Matthew Macfadyen held on to his local title by winning the Coventry Tournament. Andrew Kay was second and Nick Krempel was third. Winning 3/3 were Mike Charles (1 kyu St Albans), Jack Ley (4 kyu Warwick), Ben Falconer (5 kyu Warwick), Jonathan Green (6 kyu Leamington) and James Brownrigg (9 kyu Chester). 44 took part.
WESSEX: October 31. 34 players took part in the 41st Wessex. It was won by Andrew Kay (4 dan Durham). Division 2 was won by Christian Scarff (1 dan Swindon), Division 3 by Helen Harvey (2 kyu Manchester) and Division 4 by Dick Norton (7 kyu Manchester).
SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP: KGS, October 24. David Lee beat Matt Crosby in the 2010 Scottish Championship. The third game was played on KGS on 24th October and a win on time gave David the title 2-1.
LONDON INTERNATIONAL TEAMS (AUTUMN): October 17 Mannami Kana, 4p, helped the Nippon Club team win the Autumn London International Teams. Miss Mannami was in London to help the Nippon Club celebrate its 50th anniversary and was honoured guest at the tournament. As well as helping Mr Tanaka and Mr Nao win the event, she gave a commentary on the previous week’s British Title game two (the first of two wins for Matthew Macfadyen against Vanessa Wong). Winning the new handicap sections were the St Albans team and the South London/City team.
- as reported in the December edition of the British Go Association newsletter;
more information on upcoming UK tournaments is available here.

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DAVIS THREEPEATS AT IRISH CHAMPS; POMSTRA SLEDS TO WIN IN CORK

Wednesday December 8, 2010

Irish Go Association President Ian Davis 1d beat clubmate James Hutchinson 1k 2-0 on November 27 in Belfast to take his third Irish Championship title. A week later, Willen-Koen Pomstra 5d (r, in red shirt) of the Netherlands won the UCC Cork tournament. The Cork tournament continues to be plagued by natural disasters. Several years ago the playing room was damaged by storm winds, and the entire city was flooded the next year. This year, record snowfall brought the entire country to a standstill. Still, nearly 30 stouthearted go players braved the storm and cold for the December 5 tournament, making it the biggest go tournament to be held in Cork. In addition to the usual Irish and British players, a whole host of nationalities turned out, including five players from the Netherlands, three from Poland, as well as Chinese, Vietnamese, German, Romanian, Zimbaween and Taiwanese players who are living locally. Pomstra snatched the Cork title from three-time winner Wei Wang 6d (l in photo), who has moved to London to study engineering. In second place for the fourth time was Cao Tong-Yu 4d, a local lecturer at the University. The best female player was Karen Pleit, also from the Netherlands. The best kyu player came from Poland, Przemyslaw Dyszczyk who scored 4 wins from 5. All agreed that Justyna Kleczar did a great job organizing her first tournament. Click here for full results; click here for photo album. photo by Rory Wales

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DINERCHTEIN WINS RUSSIAN CHAMPIONSHIP; NEW PAY-PER-VIEW SYSTEM DEBUTS

Saturday December 4, 2010

Alexandre Dinerchtein 3P has won his first Russian Championship. Playing in the Russian Championships for the first time in several years, Dinerchtein swept the tournament with a perfect 7-0 score. Ilya Shikshin was second with 6-1 and will represent Russia in the 2011 World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC), and Oleg Mezhov took third with 5-2 and will play for Russia in the 2011 Korean Prime Minister’s Cup (KPMC). All three are teachers on Insei-League.com. Dinerchtein had bypassed the tournament in recent years because as a pro he couldn’t win the right to represent Russia in international events like the WAGC or KPMC, but as of 2010 he could play for a place on the Russian team in the European Team Championship. The Russian Championships – held November 27-28 in St Petersburg — also premiered a new type of live broadcast on KGS, with one board each round open for all to watch (check the EuroGoTV3 account on KGS for game records) and the other — commented live in Russian by dan player – limited to members of the Russian Go Federation or Insei-League.com, or those who paid a $15/year fee. “A lot of Russian go fans were very unhappy because it was not possible to access this (commented) game live,” reports Dinerchtein, who suggested the idea. However, with less than 10% of players attending Russian go tournaments members of the Russian Go Federation, Dinerchtein hopes the special access for members to live game will help the Federation to increase membership. “It’s a very bad situation,” adds Dinerchtein.”Go fans like to watch games of top players free of charge, but they don’t want to support the Federation in any form.” He says that he hopes that other countries will also consider this idea as a method of increasing membership. Click here to view the Championship’s deciding game between Dinerchtein and Shikshin, with live commentary (in Russian) by Timur Sankin (SanKingTim on KGS), courtesy of the Russian Go Federation and KGS.

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GAME COMMENTARY: Russian Championship Final: Dinerchtein-Shiksin

Saturday December 4, 2010

2010 Russian Championship

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Round 5
November 27, 2010
W: Alexander Dinerchtein 3P
B: Ilya Shikshin 7d
Commentary (in Russian) by Timur Sankin (SanKingTim on KGS).

010 Russian Championship

Round 5

November 27, 2010

W: Alexander Dinerchtein 3P

B: Ilya Shikshin 7d

Commentary (in Russian) by Timur Sankin (SanKingTim on KGS).

REGGINOS WINS 2010 CYPRUS CHAMPIONSHIP

Wednesday November 24, 2010

Dimitris Regginos 1d (r) is the 2010 Cyprus Champion, a title he’s held since 2003 when the Cyprus Go Association was formed, with only exception being in 2008. In second place was Argyris Fellas 3k and in third place Nurman Aylanc (l). The Championship was held November 20-21 at the English School Old Boys and Girls Association Clubhouse in Nicosia, Cyprus.
- Nicholas Roussos

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PANDANET’S “BIG BANG” EXPLODES ON EUROPEAN GO SCENE

Monday November 15, 2010

Three hundred players from 29 countries — the strongest tournament ever played in Europe – will participate in the Pandanet Go European Team Championship beginning next week. “This is the greatest push ever seen on the European go scene,” says European Go Federation President Martin Stiassny. “Everyone who knows the European go scene and looks at the players in the A League and B League is overwhelmed” by the number of top players. Strong European players are eligible to play in the tournament, which is a 9-round team tournament in three leagues played on Pandanet IGS with the finals set for the 2011 European Go Congress 2011 in Bordeaux, France. The prize pool is 10,000 euros and the first round is set for November 23rd on IGS – where spectators worldwide will be able to follow the games — but before a single stone has been played, Stiassny says that “It’s already a success, with 29 out of 36 possible countries represented.” Click here for tournament info and news, and here for details on how the tournament is organized. THIS JUST IN! (11/20) The Pandanet Go European Team Championship will be played in a special room on IGS called EuropeanTeamChamp. The first games are scheduled for Sunday, November 21 at 8p (UTC+1). Click here for all Round 1 pairings (14 country-matches on four boards).

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BERLIN GO-WEEK LAUNCHES FRIDAY

Monday November 15, 2010

The annual Berlin Go-week kicks off this Friday in Germany and features two major tournaments and lectures by top professionals. The Go to Innovation tournament runs November 19-21 and features a 3,000-euro prize pool and top players including Seok-Bin Cho 7d, In-Seong Hwang 7d, Viktor Lin 5d and Javier-Aleksi Savolainen 5d. Board 1 games will be broadcast live by EuroGoTV on KGS. Next week there will be a “super mega simul” as well as lectures by Sung-Ji Hong 8P (photo; he defeated Sedol Lee 9P and Changho Yi 9P recently), Young-Sun Yoon 8P and Ju-Yeon Ko 8P. Young-Sun Yoon 8P will do commentary on the 2010 Berlin Championship final, broadcast by EuroGoTV live on KGS. The Kranich tournament, one of the biggest tournaments in Germany, wraps up Berlin Go-week, and includes commentary by strong players like Young-Sun Yoon 8P, a party, calligraphy course, sushi and an Empty Triangle stand.
- Harry Weerheijm, EuroGoTV

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Sunday October 24, 2010

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UK TOURNEY REPORTS, August 22-October 2

Sunday October 24, 2010

Click here for details of forthcoming UK tournaments.

SHREWSBURY, 2 October.  Charles Fisher and his brother Freddie won half of the prizes at Shrewsbury.  Charles, 1 dan London, was the event winner, beating the organiser, Gerry Mills, in the final. Freddie, 10 kyu Shropshire, was one of two players on 2.5. The other was Pat Ridley, 11 kyu Chester. Pauline Bailey won a special prize for being Pauline. 32 players took part.
SWINDON
, 19 September.  Alistair Wall (3 dan Wanstead) won Swindon Tournament. The only other of the 28 players to win all three was Xinyi Lu (4 kyu Maidenhead). Two Swindon players, Aidan Putman (14 kyu) and Michael Fotheringham (30 kyu), got special prizes for their jigo.
CORNWALL
, Penzance, 11 – 12 September.  The two BGA teachers from the Saturday morning teaching session were the winners in the Cornish Go weekend’s two tournaments. In the 16-player Cornish Lightning Handicap on the Saturday afternoon, Tony Atkins (2 dan Reading) was the winner in the final against John Culmer (1 kyu, West Cornwall) despite having to give a four-stone start. On the Sunday, Toby Manning (2 dan Leicester) won the 20-player Cornish Open. Again, John Culmer was the player beaten in the last round. Toby collected the Devon and Cornwall Go Stone trophy, whilst Tony collected a new similar trophy (but serpentine and not wood) given in memory of a local player, Dominic Taylor, who had died recently.
NORTHERN
, Stockport, 5 September.  Ivan Wong, a Chinese 1 dan research student at Manchester University, won the Northern Tournament. Unusually Ivan was the only player of the 24 there to win all three games and so was the only prize winner.
MIND SPORTS OLYMPIAD
, London, 21 – 30 August.  The MSO was held at the Soho Theatre in the centre of London and had restricted space, meaning fewer events than normal. Six players played the 13×13 on the Friday afternoon, with Gold going to Spain’s Paco Garcia de la Banda (3 dan). Silver went to Xinyi Lu (4 kyu) and silver to Vincent Frochot (8 kyu) from France. In the 12-player Open on the final Sunday, the Gold was won by Turkish 1 dan, Bulent Tuncel. Silver went to Paco and Bronze on tie-break to Alistair Wall (3 dan).  Go players took part in other games too, throughout the event, with some awards, such as Natasha Regan’s Silver at Hare and Tortoise and Matthew Hathrell’s Golds at Lost Cities, Continuo and Poker.
ISLE OF MAN
, Port Erin, 22 August – 26 August  Oscar Selby, aged 7, became the youngest winner of a Manx Go event at the recent Isle of Man Go Week. He won the 13×13 and also the Rengo (doubles) with Matthew Cocke. Not much older was the winner of the Lightning Tournament, Barney Shiu.  Matthew Cocke just missed out on a top spot, losing the Open on tie-break to Alex Selby. Winning 4 out of 5 was another young player, Danielle Ward. Toby Manning won the Afternoon tournament, in which Peter Collins, Elinor Brooks and Kathleen Timmins also won 3 out of 3. In the Handicap, the winner by tie-break was Peter Collins; also on 4 out of 5 were Luke Humphreys, Barney Shiu and Roella Smith (also a junior).  The Sandcastle competition was won jointly by the Bexfield Castle and Selby-Regan Castle. Special awards went to Elinor Brooks and Francis Roads for attending all 10 Isle of Man weeks.
- as reported in the October edition of the BGA Newsletter; click here for more on the British Go Association

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