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UK Go Updates: Junnun Jiang Wins the British Open

Sunday April 5, 2015

Junnun Jiang Wins the British OpenThe British Open was part of the British Go Congress and it was held this year in the Prince Rupert Hotel in Shrewsbury. The Open was played on Saturday and Sunday, with the BGA AGM held on the Saturday evening in between. 68 players took part. The winner was Junnan Jiang 4d with 6 wins and the runner-up was Alex Kent 3d with 5 wins.

Go to Feature at FestivalAsia in London: Go is featuring at FestivalAsia, a unique three-day spectacular at Tobacco Dock in London, from Friday 15th May to Sunday 17th May. The BGA will be demonstrating and lecturing on the game, with a number of volunteers headed by Roger Huyshe. The press release can be found here.

Alistair Wall Misses Record by Half Point: Alistair Wall 2d scored a massive 45 points to win the Stacey Grand Prix, the grand prix for most games won in the top group at a year’s tournaments. The record of 45.5 points was set in 1996 by Francis Roads. Ironically, the game that cost Alistair the record was against Francis at the 2014 Mind Sports Olympiad, where Alistair passed with a dame point left on the board and lost the game by half a point.

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Grand Slam Berlin Launches; Europe’s Biggest Prize Tourney

Friday April 3, 2015

With 20,000 Euros at stake, Europe’s first Grand Slam tournament launches on Friday in Berlin. Grand Slam Berlin features a dozen top players,2015.04.03_EGF_2_mono including six professionals, competing in Europe’s biggest-prize tournament. All games will be played live on EuroGoTV and KGS; look for EuroGoTV accounts 1-4. Schedule (in CET): Friday 3rd April: 10:15 Preliminary round; Saturday 4th April: 9:30 Quarter-final; Sunday 5th April: 9:30 semi finals; Monday 6th April: 9:30 Final.
- EuroGoTV

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UK Go Updates: European Youth Go Championship

Saturday March 28, 2015

EYGCThe UK had six players representing it at the European Youth Go Championships held on March 12-15 in Zandvoort am Zee in the Netherlands. The team ended with a score of 14 points out of 36. 5 members played in the Under 16 section, and 1 in the Under 12 section. Photos and results can be found at the official 2015 European Youth Go Championship website.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship: On March 17, Britain dropped their first point of the season with a draw against Portugal. Bulgaria drew with Croatia and South Africa beat Greece to claim third place. The British team remains at the top of the C League. 

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UK Go Updates: Charles Hibbert wins Trigantius

Saturday March 28, 2015

Trigantius Tournament: On March 7, the Trigantius Tournament was held in the Cambridge University Social Club. Taking the Trigantius Trophy, and his second title since taking up tournament Go at the start of 2015, was London’s Charles Hibbert (3d) with three straight wins. Other three game winners include Alison Bexfield, Yuji Tanaka, Martin Harvey , Philip Smith, Richard Mullens, Fred Zhu, and Ben Murphy. 52 players participated in all.

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The Power Report: China Beats Japan in Agon-Kiriyama Play-off

Monday March 16, 2015

John Power, Japan Correspondent2015.03.16_Ke Jie

China Beats Japan in Agon-Kiriyama Play-off: The 16th Agon Kiriyama Cup Japan-China Play-off was held at the Kyoto headquarters of the Agon sect of Buddhism on March 14. Representing China, the 17-year old Ke Jie (right), winner of the Chinese version of this title, beat Iyama Yuta of Japan, so China won this title for the 12th time in a row. Holding white, Ke secured a resignation after 146 moves. Iyama seems to be in the worst slump of his career. Besides this defeat, he lost the two title matches he played at the end of last year and he has just lost three games in a row in the Kisei title match. The seventh Kisei game is going to be extremely important for him.

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EuroGoTV News: Hungarian Schoolkids Championship; Trigantius; In-seong’s Spring Go Camp

Monday March 16, 2015

Hungarian Schoolkids Championship: The Hungarian Schoolkids Championship, a class C tournament, played on 3/7/2015 in 2015.03.16_Dominik BovizBudapest, Hungary, was won by Dominik Boviz 4d (photo), second came Viktor Toth 13k and third was Barnabas Kollner 8k. Result table.

Trigantius: The Trigantius, a class A tournament, played on 3/7/2015 in Cambridge, United Kingdom, was won by Charles Hibbert 3d, second came Andrew Simons 4d ( photo ) and third was Alex Rix 3d. Result table.

In-seong’s Spring Go Camp: Set for April 16-19 near Freiburg, Germany. Info/registration here.

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Mateusz Surma & Ilya Shikshin Latest European Professionals

Saturday March 14, 2015

2015.03.14_surmaEurope’s newest professional go players are Mateusz Surma (left)  from Poland and Ilya Shikshin from Russia. Surma took first 2015.03.14_shikshinplace in the European Pro Qualification tournament, held March 6-8 in Pisa; Shiksin was second. They join Pavol Lisy and Ali Jabarin, who were the EGF’s first pros last year. Click here for details on the 2015 tournament, including links to some of the tournament games. The four EGF professionals are now qualified for the Grand Slam Tournament  in Berlin coming up April 3-6.
- Martin Stiassny, EGF President

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European Pro Qualification Tourney This Weekend; Games on KGS

Thursday March 5, 2015

The second European Pro Qualification tournament will be held this weekend in Pisa, Italy. Two games each round will be broadcast on KGS starting March 6 and running through March 8; 2015.03.05_pisalook for EGFPro1 and EGFPro2. Top European players will compete; click here for the player field and bios. Last year’s first tournament resulted in the EGF’s two first home grown pros,  Ali Jabarin and Pavol Lisy.  The tournament is organized by the European Go Federation and supported by CEGO and the Ge Yuhong Go Academy in Beijing. Simultaneously, an open tournament will be held in Pisa; click here for details.

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UK Go Updates: Britain Top of European C League

Thursday March 5, 2015

Britain Go Clear Top of European C League: On February 24th, the UK team won against the Hungarian team, the only other team in the Pandanet Go European Team Championship with six wins. Congratulations to the team for winning all four games to take the top place in the league.
- compiled/edited by Amy Su, based on reports on the BGA website 

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EuroGo TV Update: Romania, Germany & Turkey

Thursday March 5, 2015

Romania: The 6th Radu Baciu Grand Prix, played 2/28-3/1 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, was won by George Chirila 1d (right), in second was2015.03.05_George Chirila 1d Sergiu Dan Iugulescu 3d and third was George Ginguta 3d. Result table.

2015.03.05_Malte Gerhold 3dGermany: The Harburger Mausefalle, played 2/28-3/1 in Hamburg, Germany, was won by Marlon Welter 4d, in second was Malte Gerhold 3d (left) and third was Jonas Welticke 4d. Result table

Turkey: The Istanbul City Tournament, played on 2/28 in Istanbul, Turkey, was won by Ertug Akkol 1d, in second was Gozde Taskin 5k and third was Ozgur Degirmenci 3d. Result table .
- edited from reports on EuroGoTV. The EJ is seeking a volunteer EuroGo news editor; if interested email journal@usgo.org.   

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