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LACAN WINS IN METZ HANDICAP

Wednesday May 12, 2010

Emerick Lacan 9k took 1st place in the April 24 “Tournoi de Metz” in Metz, France, atop a group of six who finished with 4-1 records. Michael Palant 5d was second and local Lionel Savoca 7k took 3rd in the handicap-minus -two event that drew 32 players. Click here for complete results.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent

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WANG TOPS IN WOKINGHAM

Wednesday May 12, 2010

Felix Wang 3d topped the table at the Bracknell tournament May 9 in Wokingham, UK. British Go Association president Jon Diamond 4d (r) took silver, based on SOS ahead of Francis Roads 3d, who won bronze. Also Helen Harvey 3k, Elinor Bracks 8k, and Malcolm Law 10k went 3-0 in the field of 42.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent


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Kulikovskij wins North-East Federal District Championships in Russia

Tuesday May 11, 2010

Ivan Kulikovskij 5d went undefeated to win the North-East Federal District Championships May 8-9 in Petrozavodsk, Russia. Dmitrij Kornev 3d took second place, losing only to Kulikovskij, but the real surprise was Dmitrij Kirakosjan 1d of St.Petersburg, who won bronze on sos after beating a 4-dan and 3-dan before losing to the top locals. Local veteran former Russian champions like Aleksej Lazarev 6d (also a former European Champion) and Viktor Bogdanov 5d didn’t take part this year; click here for full results. The Team Championship of the Izhevsk District was held March 14-15; click here for results.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

DAILY E-JOURNAL REMINDER

Monday May 10, 2010

Many of the stories in the weekly E-Journal originally appeared in our daily edition; if you’d like to get the latest world go news in brief clickable stories linked to complete reports on the AGA’s website, simply click on the “update my profile” link at the bottom of the E-Journal and choose the daily edition (you can switch back and forth at any time). To receive the Member’s Edition – including members-only game commentaries, problems from Yilun Yang and more — join here.

RANKA & E-JOURNAL TEAM UP AGAIN FOR WAGC

Monday May 10, 2010

The American Go E-Journal will team up again with Ranka this year to provide complete coverage of the World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC). The 31st annual competition among top amateur players from around the world is set for May 24-31 in Hangzhou, China. 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. NOTE: if you have tips about go places to visit in Shanghai — or have go contacts there — please email journal@usgo.org immediately. Click here to see last year’s coverage, and here for this year’s WAGC details, including the schedule. photo: Hall of Hangzhou Tian Yuan Tower, where the WAGC will take place.

KACHANOVSKYJ SWEEPS UKRAINIAN STUDENT CHAMPIONSHIP; KAMINSKI WINS YOUNG MASTERS IN POLAND

Sunday May 9, 2010

Artem Kachanovskyj 6d (r) went 6-0 to take the Ukrainian Student Go Championship, which was held May 1-2 in his hometown of Rivne.   Bohdan Zhurakovskyj 5d took second place with a 5-1 record, while Kostjantyn Lopatjuk 5d took third with 4-2. There were 45 players in the tournament.
Marek Kaminski 3d won the Polish Young Masters League by going 6-1 at the tournament held April 30 – May 2 in Bielsko-Biala, Poland.  Mariusz Pabich 2d took the silver, while Sebastian Pawlaczyk 2d beat out last year’s winner Andrzej Zyzak 3d on SOS for the bronze.  The league is players 23 years old and younger and while Kaminski will be too old to compete next year, the others will return.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

VASHUROV TAKES PRIVOLZHSKIY; DENISOV WINS IN NOVOSIBIRSK

Sunday May 9, 2010

Alexandr Vashurov 5d (r) swept to victory over long-time rival Alexandr Matushkin 3d — who lost only once to Vashurov — in the Privolzhskiy Federal District Championship, which was held May 1-3. Matushkin’s 5-1 record put him in second, while Yuriy Belyaev 3d and Alexander Matushkin were third with two losses to the leaders.

Kirill Denisov 3d also went undefeated in the Siberian Federal District Championship in Novosibirsk May 1-2.  Second place was won by David Klassen 2d (5-1) and Sergej Pavlov 4d took third by edging out last week’s winner of Novosibirsk District Champs, Valerij Ponomarev 4d, on SOS. There were 38 players taking part in the tournament.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

HOME TEAM WINS SERBIAN TEAM TITLE

Sunday May 9, 2010

The Student team defended their Serbian team title at home in Nis on April 24. The team fielded Nikola Mitic 5d and Dragan Mitic 4d, veteran Mijodrag Stankovic 5d, and youngster Mladen Lilic 1k and lost only one game of twenty.  Radnicki of Kragujevac was second and Milentije Popovic and Belgrade was third. Nis hosted the European Go Congress in 1989.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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RECENT EUROPEAN TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Sunday May 9, 2010

Pavol Lisy 3d won his first Slovak title by going undefeated during the seven-round 19th Slovak Championship, held in Terchova April 28 – May 2. Maros Kral 3d took silver 6-1, while 2009 Champion Martin Reindl 3d finished with bronze 5-2.  The Danish Championship, held April 30 – May 2 in Copenhagen ended in a four-way tie, three of whom had the same SOS: Kasper Hornbaek 5d, Uffe Rasmussen 4d, Torben Pedersen 3d, and Thomas Heshe 5d all had 4-2 records.  Vanessa Wong 4d (r) silenced all opposition in the British Candidates Tournament, going 6-0 in Cambridge May 1-3.  The Candidates Tournament is Stage 1 of the British Championship.  Andrew Simons 2d and Matthew ‘Sahara’ Scott 1d both had 5 wins and came in second and third.  In Milan, Italy, May 1-2, Davide Minieri 3d (l) won all four of the games he played to win the 16th Brambilla Memorial tournament.  Carlo Metta 2d and Julian van den Busken 1k took the silver and bronze respectively.  In the Under 1-kyu Romanian Cup tournament, Liliana Iacob 4k finished first in her home town of Braila on May 2, finishing ahead of Teodor Sandu 2k and Costel Pintilie 5k, who were also 4-1. Thomas Kettenring 3d won the 14th Bierseidl in Munich over Norbert Jendruch 3d based on SOS, but Jendruch became the Bavarian State champion based on beating Kettenring head-to-head. Franz Michna 4d was third.  Alexandr Kornjukhin 2d won the Russian Rostov Championship May 1-2. His 4-1 result topped both Igor Chumakov 2d and Alexej Akishin 1d, who were each 3-2.  Paal Sannes 4d finished on top with a 4-1 record in the Oslo Open 2010 on May 2 in Norway.  Vestgaarden Oystein 2d and Kutsukake Toshiya 2d were second and third.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV, where you can find more detailed reports on each event.

BALKAN GO CONGRESS KICKS OFF MAY 19

Sunday May 9, 2010

Restoring an old tradition, Romania will host the Balkan Go Congress May 19-23 at the historic Mogoşoaia Palace just outside of Bucharest.  Besides the six-round main tournament, there will also be blitz, Pair Go and — this is Europe, after all — beer events.
- Jake Edge, based on a report on EuroGoTV