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TARANU DEFEATS POP FOR BALKAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Tuesday May 25, 2010

Catalin Taranu 7d defeated Cristian Pop 7d in an exciting Balkan Go Championship 4th-round game that led to Taranu’s sweep of the May 19-23 event. Pop was second at 5-1 and Cornel Burzo 6d took third.  Burzo did take first in the Blitz event, with Mihai Serban 4d second and Pop third. In the Pair Go event, Serban and Laura Avram 2d went 4-0 and captured first place.  The tournament took place  just outside of Bucharest, Romania.
- EuroGoTV

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HWANG UNDEFEATED TO WIN PANDANET MADRID

Tuesday May 25, 2010

Hwang In-Seong 8d went 5-0 to take top honors at the 13th Madrid Go Tournament, held May 15-16. Lluis Oh 6d was second with four wins, while Mao Feng 4d came in third at 3-2, including a surprising upset of Li Yue 5d.  Hwang is currently third in the European Go Federation rankings.  63 players took part in the tournament.
- EuroGoTV

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DEBARRE TAKES FIRST IN CLOSE FRENCH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP

Tuesday May 25, 2010

Thomas Debarre 5d (r) won the French Youth Championship, held May 8-9 in Cachan, France. Debarre — who will represent France in this week’s World Amateur Go Championships in Hangzhou, China — edged out three other players with only one loss in the under-18 group. Debarre lost to Benjamin Dréan-Guénaïzia 4d, who lost to Paul Bivas 3d, who lost to Debarre. David Horowitz 1d came in second, while Dréan-Guénaïzia and Bivas came in third and fourth. In the under-15 group, Tanguy Le Calvé 1d took first for the second year in a row, Florian Melcer 2d was second, and Osmin Lacombe 1k finished third.  For the youngest, under-12, group, Hector de Framond 14k took his first title after coming in second last year, Guillaume Ougier 20k, and Anais Khenniche 17k were second and third.
- EuroGoTV

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KAZANC DEFEATS KILIC FOR TURKISH YOUTH TITLE

Friday May 21, 2010

Omer Kazanc 1k defeated his main rival Selman Kilic 1d in the final fifth round of the Turkish Youth Championship, held in Istanbul May 15-16. Kazanc swept the tourney. Kilic took silver, while Muhammet Emin Kucuk 16k won bronze.  20 players took part in the tournament.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent

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BLOMBACK KEEPS SWEDISH TITLE IN NORRKÖPING

Friday May 21, 2010

Fredrik Blomback  5d defended his title in the 2010 Svenska Mästerskapen in Norrköping, May 14-16. After three rounds in the Championship Tournament, he defeated John Karlsson 4d 2-0 in a play-off for the National Title.  Weiying Sörlin 5d went 6-0 for third place in the tournament with 63 participants.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent

TIAN YE 1P TAKES PANDANET AMSTERDAM OPEN

Wednesday May 19, 2010

Despite being upset by Benjamin Teuber 6d (l) of Hamburg in the last round, Tian Ye 1P (r) from Beijing led three 5-1 players to win the Pandanet Amsterdam Open held May 13-16.  Dai Junfu 7d of France, who lost to Tian by a half-point in the fifth round, came in second based on SOSOS, while Teuber was third based on SOS. “Junfu’s lesson on his book about the middle game paid off, although I went against his advice in my game against the pro!” Teuber told the E-Journal, savoring my first victory over a pro in an official game.” Teuber was a student of the late Hans Pietsch 6P. More than 100 players took part in the tournament, which was held at Iwamoto Kaoru’s European Go Culture Centre.  Peter Liu 2P commented all of the Board 1 games.  This is the 39th year of the Amsterdam Open, making it among the oldest continuously-held events on the European calendar.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent; photo by Judith van Dam, EuroGoTV

LIVE FROM THE WORLD AMATEURS!

Monday May 17, 2010

The American Go E-Journal will publish special daily editions next week live from the World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC) in Hangzhou, China. We’re teaming up again with Ranka Online this year to provide complete coverage of the 31st annual competition among top amateur players from around the world, which will run May 24-31. American-born pro Michael Redmond 9P will provide game commentaries for the Ranka/E-Journal effort – which will include ongoing updates on both Ranka and the AGA website , as well as via daily E-Journal reports — while Ivan Vigano, James Davies and Chris Garlock will report and John Pinkerton will provide photos.

KAMINSKI’S FLOW EARNS HIM FLIGHT TO KOREA

Monday May 17, 2010

Marek Kaminski 3d (r) of Poznan swept the Korean Ambassador’s Cup in Warsaw last weekend, qualifying for the Korean Prime Minister Cup later this year in Korea. Polish Champion Leszek Soldan 5d finished second with one loss and Agnieszka Kacprzyk 1d of Bebnów won bronze on sos. Kaminski won the Young Masters League last month at the age of 23, making this his last year in the League. In the second round the Young Master defeated current Polish Champion Soldan.  “This win gave me the flow to fly to Korea; all my games were tough,” he told the E-Journal. “But our real Young Master is Mateusz Surma, the European Youth Champion. I hope to meet and play him in Korea!” where Surma currently studies go. The tournament was organised by the club Kawangarda in the South of the capital Warsaw. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, E-Journal European Correspondent

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ODORIZZI WINS TORNEO GO A GOGO IN BARI, ITALY

Monday May 17, 2010

Federico Odorizzi 3k won the Torneo Go a GoGo in Bari, Italy last weekend, May 15-16. His 4-1 result bested a group of five who won three. Local Francesco Cutrone 5k had best sos for silver while Luigi Morrone 6k of Napels won bronze. None of the 19 participants won all five rounds of this handicap-minus-two event. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, E-Journal European correspondent

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DEMAKOV SWEEPS CENTRAL DISTRICT IN RUSSIA

Monday May 17, 2010

Vladimir Demakov 1k was the surprise winner at the Central Federal District of Russia’s Championship, held in Jaroslavl last weekend, May 15-16.  Demakov won all his games, leaving silver in the hands of favorite Innokentij Dmitriev 3d (both of Moscow), while Sergej Vinokurov 1d of Petrozavodsk won bronze on sos. The Central Federal District of Russia is large, stretching from St Petersburg in the West and Petrozavodsk in the North beyond Jaroslavl in the East, where 25 took part. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, E-Journal European correspondent