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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

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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

Zakanj Wins Spring Tourney in Velika Gorica, Croatia

Sunday May 9, 2010

Local matador Matej Zqakanj 3d easily swept his home Spring tournament in Velika Gorica, Croatia. Zqakanj was the only dan-level player among 13 taking part Saturday May 8. Robert Jovecic 2k of Zagreb won silver on SOS ahead of Lovro Furjanic 4k (r) of Karlovac, who won bronze, and local Stjepan Mistrovic 6k. Click here for full results, uploaded by Furjanic.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent

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Ljubljana Wins Slovenian Team Title in Kranj

Sunday May 9, 2010

Andrej Kralj 3d led veteran Eduard Ekart 5d and Timotej Suc 3d of the Ljubljana team to victory in the Slovenian Team Championships in Kranj, last Saturday, May 8.  Novo Mesto was second,  Ljubljana-2 third, while host Kranj came in last.  Leader Leon Matoh 4d won all games for the silver team and young talent Luka Camernik 1d did the same for bronze winners. Full results here. Also in Kranj on Saturday, local Nenad Denadic 6k won all four in an event which closed the Youth Week.  Katja Bercic 5k from the capital Ljubljana took silver on SOS, ahead of local Andrej Koncilja 10k (bronze) and two guests from Italy, 4th Davide Bertok 9k of Trieste and Anna Marconi 12k of Udinese. Katja uploaded the full results of both events to the European Go Database.
- Peter Dijkema, European correspondent

Karlsruhe Wins German Team Leagues; Eckloff Tops Bochum Blitz

Sunday May 9, 2010

Title defender Karlsruhe won the top division of 2009-2010 season of the Bundesliga — or German Team Leagues — last Thursday, May 6, ahead of Hebsacker of Hamburg and the Leipzig Lions. Kieloben of Kiel and Berlin Blunder dropped back to the second League, which was won by Hannover, while Tenuki Bonn was second in the final table. The Bundesliga numbers six divisions – 4th league is double, while the 5th counts 26 teams – for a total of 76 teams over-all. The top leagues have ten teams each. A team plays on four boards, but line-ups can be longer. Dominated by several strong Chinese players, Karlsruhe seems unbeatable for the German title, yielding the Championship only once to Hebsacker. Click here for the final tables.

In Bochum, Ralph Eckloff 4d lost just one of his eight games at the Spring Blitz last Saturday, May 8, in a field of 17. Jens Behrendt 1k, winner of the Winter Blitz,  came in second. Both are from Cologne.  Alexandr Dinerchtein was co-sponsor of the event with a free Go4Go membership  for the winners. The next Blitz in Bochum is this summer on August 7. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, reporting from dgob.de posts

BGA APRIL NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED

Sunday May 9, 2010

The British Go Association’s April newsletter is now available. It includes reports on the British Go Congress, the British Youth Championships, and events in Arundel, Fife, Nottingham and Cambridge. Also in this issue: news about the BGA’s Annual General Meeting, the Stacey winners, Youth Grand Prix 2010, Brits overseas at the Paris tournament, the Irish Open and BGA League Winners, plus new books in the BGA bookshop, UK club changes and details on upcoming UK events. Click here to download the PDF.

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IN-SEONG HWANG 7D SWEEPS PRAGUE; SILT FLIES TO KOREA

Sunday May 9, 2010

While In-Seong Hwang 7d of Berlin swept the 39th Prague International May 1-2, Ondrej Silt 6d will be going to Korea for this year’s Korean Ambassadors Cup. Silt (l) won the knock-out among the top sixteen Czechs for the Korean Ambassadors Cup, defeating Jan Hora 6d in the KAC qualifier final, but losing to In-Seong in the final round of the Open International to finish for silver on SOS ahead of veteran Vladimir Danek 5d and Hora. 109 players took part.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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US THIRD AMONG EUROGOTV FANS

Wednesday May 5, 2010

The United States is closing in fast on the second-highest number of fans of EuroGoTV’s Facebook page, which recently reached 500. As of April 26, France had a commanding lead 90 fans, while the US at 41 were closing in on Germany’s 44. The Dutch — EuroGoTV’s homebase — were not far behind at 37. Also in the running: Czech (26), Spanish (25), Polish (19) and Fin (18) fans. Next are followers from the UK (16), Belgium (11) and Swiss readers at 10. The race for the top city is very close: Praha 21, Berlin 20, Paris 19, Madrid 18, Amsterdam 16, Helsinki 13 and Boulogne-billancourt 12.
- Peter Dijkema, reporting on EuroGoTV.com

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