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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.

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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

NIGOT ON TOP IN MED LEAGUE; FURUTA SWEEPS AVIGNON

Monday May 17, 2010

Pierre Nigot 2k swept the Mediterranean League in Chateauneuf de Gadagne, April 24,  the regional second stage of the French Championships. Manuel Valles 3k was second and Bernard Coppe 1d was third.  Ten players took part. The yearly “Tournoi d’Avignon” took place there as well, with 25 players. The best-ranked three filled the podium: Teruhisa Furuta 3k went 4-0 for first,  Julien Delacroix 3k (3-1) was second, and Pierre Derrier 3k (2-2) was third. Also undefeated were Guillaume Giffard 8k, Quentin Vinge 14k, and Mathieu Gomez 15k.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent

SULAK RETAINS TITLE IN ANKARA

Friday May 14, 2010

Fatih Sulak 2d (l) successfully defended his title as Turkish Champion in his home town, Ankara, May 8-9, for his fourth national title in a row.  He went 5-1 over Erin Kurter 1d who went 4-2 for second place and Giray Erdi 1d came in third. In the title tournament 60 people took part. The history of the Turkish titles is available from the Polish ‘kamyszyn’ database.
- Peter Dijkema,  EJ European Correspondent

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14-YEAR-OLD GIRL SWEEPS BULGARIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Thursday May 13, 2010

Magdalena Mladenova 2k of Sofia is the first female to win the title of Bulgarian Champion, sweeping the championship May 6-7. At 14, Mladenova — ‘Maggie Young’ in English — is also the youngest Bulgarian Champion ever. In second place was Alexander 1k Ivanov; Ivan-Nikolaev Ivanov 4k took 3rd and Ivan-Tzvetanov Ivanov 5k was 4th. Last year’s Champion – Bojan Alexandrov 1k – slipped to 6th this year. Click here for full results, as well as the history of Bulgarian Championships tournaments, as reported by ‘Kamyszyn’ in Poland, who keeps records of all European Championships.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal


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