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In Memoriam: Andrew Grant

Monday November 2, 2009

UK go author and dan player Andrew Grant died in his sleep early on the morning of October 26. “Known throughout the world as the author of ‘400 Years of Go in Japan’, Andrew was well-known for 30 years on the tournament scene as a player and organizer, both at Wanstead and more recently, the Milton Keynes Go Club,” British Go Association Vice-President Tony Atkins tells the E-Journal. Grant had been suffering from cystic fibrosis, which had worsened over the last couple of years, and was on the waiting list for a lung transplant. “He had been in hospital for several weeks before his death,” says Tim Hunt, fellow Milton Keynes Club player, “and although struggling just to breathe, he was still a formidable opponent over the go board.”

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US, Euro Player Databases Linked

Monday November 2, 2009

The new AGA Player Database and the European Go Database have now been cross-referenced with links for those players who have competed in events in both Europe and the United States. The new links are shown in the cards of players who are in both databases: a box appears with a link to the same player’s card in the “foreign” database. Currently, more than 300 players appear in both databases; examples include Ian Davis, Horst Sudhoff and Thomas Derz.

Cyprus Beckons

Monday November 2, 2009

With winter looming across North America and Europe, thoughts turn to the Cyprus Go Championship, as the leaves in that Mediterranean country change color in the Troodos mountains and vineyards take on gold and crimson hues against a backdrop of crystal clear sunlight and even November can feel like summer. The Cyprus Go Championship is set for November 21-22 in the Parnassos Strovolou building. Click here for details and to register.

EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Jabarin Wins 3rd Israeli Championship: Chun Poong Jho Pays Surprise Visit; Balogh Wins Vienna Open; 8th ’09 Title For MacFadyen; British League Up; Choi Young Sik Wins Ambassador’s Cup In Berlin; Luethke Sweeps in Kuelungsborn; Europeans Disappoint At KPMC

Monday November 2, 2009

JABARIN WINS 3RD ISRAELI CHAMPIONSHIP: CHUN POONG JHO PAYS SURPRISE VISIT: Ali Jabarin 5d successfully defended his Israeli championship title last weekend in Tel Aviv, scoring six wins to win the title for the third straight year. Daniel Reiter 4d took second and an international participant from China, Jianping Wang 5d, won third place. A highlight of the event was a visit by Chun Poong Jho 8P of Korea, the first time a professional has attended. The surprise visit was arranged by Shavit Fragman, who met Chun when his son Amir Fragman represented Israel in the recent Korean Prime Minister Cup, where he took 24th place – the best Israeli record in this tournament – and was awarded a special prize as the most popular player at the KPMC. “Chun sensei reviewed games, played simul games and made the event unique and special to all,” Shavit Fragman reports. Click here for reports and photos.

BALOGH WINS VIENNA OPEN: Pal Balogh 6d (Hungary) won the Japanese Ambassador’s Cup — aka the Pandanet Vienna Open — on October 31 & November 1. Balogh won on SOS, nudging out Hwang In-seong 7d (Berlin) by one point. The Vienna Open was held in the Museum of Ethnology in conjunction with the museum’s Japan for All Seasons exhibit celebrating 140 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Austria and is one of the highlights of the long teaching stay of Aoki Shinichi 9P. The tourney had a very strong line-up; 40 of the 136 players were dan-level players. Karin Valisova 8k (Slovakia), Ferdinand Glatzl (Austria) and Jaroslav Babek (Czech, both 10k) were the only five-game winners. Click here for full results- Peter Dijkema

8TH ’09 TITLE FOR MACFADYEN: Matthew MacFadyen 6d of Leamington won his eighth title of the year in Milton Keynes — where 35 took part – on October 31. A week earlier he had won the 40th Wessex, topping a field of 43. In both events, Louise Bremner 1k of the Isle of Man won all three games. Earlier last month, MacFaden won in Shrewsbury – his first win there in 12 years – where his wife Kirsten Healey 2k also won all three. The British news site contains links to the tables and to some pictures of a London team tourney. - Peter Dijkema

BRITISH LEAGUE UP: The Cornish Rogues, Durham Ducklings, Oka-Shima Hotaru and 21 other teams are set to play in the inaugural online British league for teams of three, which started on October 28 with 4 divisions of 6 teams each. The Rogues defeated King Edward VI Aston 2-1 in the first game of League two on October 31.Click here to see all 24 teams. The purpose of the league is to encourage interaction between players in different areas of the country and to encourage online play among members of the British Go Association. - Peter Dijkema

CHOI YOUNG SIK WINS AMBASSADOR’S CUP IN BERLIN: Choi Young Sik 3d won the 4th Japanese Ambassador’s Cup in Berlin, October 24-25, his 4-1 score beating Johannes Ebenaus 5d and Alexander Kurz 3d (both of Berlin) on SOS. Of 60 participants no one won all 5. Click here for results.
- Peter Dijkema, based on reports by Tobias Berben on dgob.de

LUETHKE SWEEPS IN KUELUNGSBORN: On the same weekend, organiser Hans-Eckhart Luethke 1k from Schwerin swept his “Go, Urlaub, Ostsee” (‘Go, holiday, Baltic sea’) tourney in Kuelungsborn. With four wins each, Markus Roelz 3d and Volkmar Liebscher 6k (both from Greifswald) also made the podium. Click here for results.
- Peter Dijkema, based on reports by Tobias Berben on dgob.de

EUROPEANS DISAPPOINT AT KPMC: “No European made the top-ten of the Korean PM Cup,” wrote Herman Hiddema in a Dutch news-mail. “Dmytro Bogackyj 6d of Ukraine was best at 11th place, “ losing to China and Hongkong. Also scoring 5-2 were Leon Matoh 4d of Slovenia, who lost to Korea and Canada, Dusan Mitic 5d of Serbia lost to the U.S. and New Zealand and young Jerome Salignon 5d of France lost to Holland and Germany. Dutch Champ Merlijn Kuin 6d headed the 4-pointers, ahead of Christian Pop 7d of Romania and the rest of the Europeans. Click here for complete results and links to pictures and games. - Peter Dijkema

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Go Designs

Monday December 22, 2008

Italian graphic designer Stefano Giurin has designed some new eye-catching go-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts and bags. A self-described “go addict,” Giurin, a 12-kyu, started playing a year ago. “I’m trying to make go more cool for everyone, not only for players,” Giurin tells the E-Journal.

European Go News: Burzo Wins Romanian Ambassador Cup; League Updates From Holland & Germany; German Tournament Updates

Monday December 22, 2008

BURZO WINS ROMANIAN AMBASSADOR CUP: Cornel Burzo 6D won the Romanian Ambassador of Japan Go Cup held December 13-14 in Bucharest. Lucian Corlan 5D took 2nd place and Daniel Cioata 5D was 3rd in the second edition of the event in which 150 Romanian Go players from 6 to 60 years old played. The event was also the occasion for the launch of Pro-G0, the new Romanian electronic go publication by Dorin Chis.
- report by Marilena Bara, Romanian correspondent for the E-Journal; photo: Burzo (r) with Ambassador of Japan in Bucharest Yoshinobu Higashi; photo by Liviu

LEAGUE UPDATES FROM HOLLAND & GERMANY: Utrecht’s Team 1 won the top Fall league in Holland and Utrecht’s Michiel Tel 1k won the prize for best progress in the top league with 44 points. Leyden had tied in matches and games, but lost the Leyden-Utrecht match. The top teams from Eindhoven won both the 1st and 2nd leagues; Eindhoven 1 won all five matches, finishing ahead of Utrecht 2 (4-11) and 3 (2-7). Eindhoven 2 won the second league 4-11, where Ivo Creusen gained 72 points, making him overall Best Progress winner. Finally, Almere 2 won 3rd league 5-13, with Huib Olij winning Best Progress. A total of 72 players participated. After three rounds in Germany’s Autumn Leagues – in which 72 teams are playing — only three teams in the top league are still undefeated: Karlsruhe didn’t drop a single game, Dragons from Frankfurt am Main won all matches but lost two games and HH-Hebsacker, the Go publishing house from Hamburg is third. The differences between go leagues in Holland and Germany are interesting and may be instructive for go organizers elsewhere. The Dutch leagues have small teams and meet in person, while the German league teams are larger and meet almost exclusively online.
- Peter Dijkema, European correspondent

GERMAN TOURNAMENT UPDATES: Benjamin Teuber 6D (l) won the Nikolaus tournament in Brauschweig, Germany on December 6-7, with 38 players participating. Lin Hai 4D took 2nd and Stefan Katschick 5D won third place. Stephan Thober 1D of Greifswald won the Mecklenburg-Vorpommeren state championship on November 21-22. Volkmar Liebscher 3D was 2nd and Martin Schidt 1D was 3rd.  Franz-Josef Dickhut 6D won the Japanese Consul-General’s Cup, also held November 21-22. At stake was a ticket to Japan, and Dickhut told the EJ that “My wife is from Korea, so we go there almost every year. But I’ve only been to Japan a few times, representing Germany in the WAGC.” Christoph Gerlach 6d won the ‘Blitzmeister’ title December 13-14 when the final four contestants met in a marathon in which they played each other six times.
- Peter Dijkema

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Go Designs

Monday December 22, 2008

Italian graphic designer Stefano Giurin has designed some new eye-catching go-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts and bags. A self-described “go addict,” Giurin, a 12-kyu, started playing a year ago. “I’m trying to make go more cool for everyone, not only for players,” Giurin tells the E-Journal.

German Tournament Updates

Monday December 22, 2008

Benjamin Teuber 6D (l) won the Nikolaus tournament in Brauschweig, Germany on December 6-7, with 38 players participating. Lin Hai 4D took 2nd and Stefan Katschick 5D won third place. Stephan Thober 1D of Greifswald won the Mecklenburg-Vorpommeren state championship on November 21-22. Volkmar Liebscher 3D was 2nd and Martin Schidt 1D was 3rd.  Franz-Josef Dickhut 6D won the Japanese Consul-General’s Cup, also held November 21-22. At stake was a ticket to Japan, and Dickhut told the EJ that “My wife is from Korea, so we go there almost every year. But I’ve only been to Japan a few times, representing Germany in the WAGC.” Christoph Gerlach 6d won the ‘Blitzmeister’ title December 13-14 when the final four contestants met in a marathon in which they played each other six times.
- Peter Dijkema

 

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League Updates From Holland & Germany

Monday December 22, 2008

Utrecht’s Team 1 won the top Fall league in Holland and Utrecht’s Michiel Tel 1k won the prize for best progress in the top league with 44 points. Leyden had tied in matches and games, but lost the Leyden- Utrecht match. The top teams from Eindhoven won both the 1st and 2nd leagues; Eindhoven 1 won all five matches, finishing ahead of Utrecht 2 (4-11) and 3 (2-7). Eindhoven 2 won the second league 4-11, where Ivo Creusen gained 72 points, making him overall Best Progress winner. Finally, Almere 2 won 3rd league 5-13, with Huib Olij winning Best Progress. A total of 72 players participated. After three rounds in Germany’s Autumn Leagues – in which 72 teams are playing — only three teams in the top league are still undefeated:  Karlsruhe didn’t drop a single game, Dragons from Frankfurt am Main won all matches but lost two games and HH-Hebsacker, the Go publishing house from Hamburg is third. The differences between go leagues in Holland and Germany are interesting and may be instructive for go organizers elsewhere. The Dutch leagues have small teams and meet in person, while the German league teams are larger and meet almost exclusively online.
- Peter Dijkema, European correspondent

 

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Burzo Wins Romanian Ambassador Cup

Monday December 22, 2008

Cornel Burzo 6D won the Romanian Ambassador of Japan Go Cup held December 13-14 in Bucharest. Lucian Corlan 5D took 2nd place and Daniel Cioata 5D was 3rd in the second edition of the event in which 150 Romanian Go players from 6 to 60 years old played. The event was also the occasion for the launch of Pro-G0, the new Romanian electronic go publication by Dorin Chis.
- report by Marilena Bara, Romanian correspondent for the E-Journal;photo: Burzo (r] with Ambassador of Japan in Bucharest Yoshinobu Higashi; photo by Liviu

 

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