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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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8-YEAR-OLD PAIR GO PLAYER HELPS GRAB 3RD PLACE IN EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

Wednesday May 5, 2010

Eight-year-old Rada Kamysheva 5k, along with partner Oleg Mezhov 6d, came in third at the recent European Pair Go Championship April 23-25 in St. Petersburg.  “Rada began taking lessons from me on KGS shortly after learning the rules of go” two years ago, reports Svetlana Shikshina 3p.  Kamysheva was unranked at the time and had never played a game on KGS.  “Her only experiences of go came from playing against the computer or against her parents, who were also beginners. Fast-forward two years and she is now ranked 5 kyu on KGS and starting to show signs of real potential,”  Shikshina said.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV.

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WALCH UNDEFEATED AT LUZERN SPRING TOURNEY

Tuesday May 4, 2010

John Walch 3d went undefeated in the Swiss Luzern Spring 2010 tournament on April 24-25. Lorenz Trippel 1d lost only to Walch, while Andreas Hauenstein 2d  lost to them both and won bronze. Organizers invited Hwang In-Seong 8d to comment on the games, in which 40 took part.

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NEW DAILY EJOURNAL LAUNCHES

Monday May 3, 2010

Beginning Monday, May 3, readers of the American Go E-Journal will be able to choose between a brief daily edition or a weekly compilation of the week’s go news. The daily edition — which officially launches tomorrow — is designed to provide more timely go news updates from around the world. Brief clickable stories now link to complete reports on the AGA’s website, which can also be quickly and easily searched by categories like U.S., world or European go news, as well as go classified ads, go books, software and hardware, and the go calendar. “With an increasing volume of reports from a worldwide network of go correspondents and sources, the daily E-Journal will enable its’ more than 14,000 readers to keep on top of the latest go news without being overwhelmed,” says AGA President Allan Abramson. The weekly edition will be a compilation of the daily reports (see below) from the previous week, in the order they were published; both editions are RSS feeds driven by posts on the AGA’s website. The Member’s Edition includes photos and graphics, as well as the usual special members-only content (see below, marked as “Members Only”). The default setting is for the weekly edition; to switch from one to the other at any time, simply click on the “update my profile” link at the bottom of the E-Journal. Also, as we switch EJ distribution to a new system, some people may be receiving this who didn’t before; to unsubscribe, please click the link at the bottom of the E-Journal. To receive the Member’s Edition, join here.

PONOMAREV CAPTURES NOVOSIBIRSK TITLE

Monday May 3, 2010

Valerij Ponomarev 4d became the champion of the district of Novosibirsk last Sunday, edging out Sergej Pavlov 4d in the final round-robin. Ponomarev beat Pavlov head to head which served as the tiebreaker because both had 6-1 records.  Eight players participated in the tournament.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV.

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ZHANG YI SURPRISES ZOU JIN IN 50TH MESSETURNIER

Wednesday April 28, 2010

Favorite Zou Jin 6d was twice surprised in the Messeturnier in Hannover, Germany on April 24-25, losing to the winner, Zhang Yi 5d, who went undefeated, as well as to Marlon Welter 3d, who took silver with only one loss. Dieter Rasche, who created the yearly Messeturnier, took part in the 50th edition of the event. 95 players participated in the tournament which also saw the Nihon Ki-in award diplomas to the three group winners.  In addition to Yi, Tijmen van Wettum 1d and Stefan Junger 4k (each with 4-1 records) won the diplomas.  Yoon Young-sun 5P was also present to comment on the games.
- based on Peter Dijkema’s report on EuroGoTV

KOVALEVA-SURIN REPEAT AS EURO PAIR CHAMPS

Tuesday April 27, 2010

European Pair Champions Natalia Kovaleva 5d and Dmitry Surin 6d kept their title with a 6-1 record in St. Petersburg April 23-25. Challengers Elvina Karlsberg 5d and Alex Dinerchtein 3p lost the mutual encounter Sunday morning and finished with silver. Unexpectedly, Russia also collected bronze when Kamysheva/Mezhov (2k), who only lost to  Laura Avram and Lucian Corlan (2d) of Romania, took third. The Romanians were the best foreign team at fourth place. Only four other teams from Europe could reach St.Petersburg in time, due to the volcano-related flight restrictions over most of Europe. Romania and Turkey flew in, while next-door neighbours Poland, Belorussia and Finland made their way there by car and ferry. Organizers filled out the field with local pairs.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

EURO GO CONGRESS SIGN-UP PASSES 300; TWO AMSTERDAM TOURNAMENTS

Monday April 26, 2010

Sign-up for the European Go Congress — July 24 – August 8 in Tampere, Finland — has passed 300,  including two Americans (Boris Bernadsky from Manhattan and Paul Bensen of Coral Gables FL). Also signed up are Naoyuki Kai 6d, with his with wife Mihoko 2k and son Keima 5k of Yokohama, the Marz family of Marburg — Manu 4d, Micha 3d, and their young son Ferdinand — and many more from Europe, Japan, and elsewhere.

Two upcoming tournaments of note in Amsterdam are the free blitz tournament on April 29, May 1-2 and the 39th annual Amsterdam International Go Tournament, a major event in the Pandanet Go European Cup series, and will be held May 13-16.

- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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PACE GRABS GRAPPA IN ITALY; ANKARA UPDATE

Sunday April 25, 2010

Alessandro Pace 1k topped a field of 51 on March 27-28 at Yama no Kaze in Bassano del Grappa, Italy.  Davide Minieri 3d took the silver.  Full results from the  Hacettepe University tournament in Ankara, Turkey, held in the same weekend, are now available.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ Euoropean Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

EUROPEAN GO DATABASE REACHES 500,000 GAMES

Saturday April 24, 2010

EGD, the European Go Database, recently broke through the half-million game mark. It now lists 5,571 tournaments and 26,338 players.  It has been gathering data since 1996 and been online since 2005. For comparison purposes, the AGA Go Database has 1,648 tournaments, approximately 180,000 games, and 16,661 players since it went online in 2009.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, from EuroGoTV.

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