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$8,000 Needed to Get U.S. Team to Mind Sports Games

Sunday July 1, 2012

With less than a week to go, the fundraising goal for the U.S. Mind Sports team is $8,000 short, reports American Go Association President Allan Abramson. The U.S. has been invited to compete in five tournaments at the 2012 World Mind Sports Games in Lille, France. “This is a great opportunity for our players to participate in such a high-profile event, but we need your support to get our team there. Please donate online.”

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North America Dominates Transatlantic Youth Match

Monday June 11, 2012

Top players from the US and Canada scored an impressive 8-2 victory against their counterparts in Europe, in the 4th annual Transatlantic Youth Team Tourney, held on KGS June 3rd. Ironically, USYGC champions Calvin Sun 7d and Vincent Zhuang 6d were the only North American players who didn’t win, losing out to Pavol Lisy 5d and Mihai Serban 5d respectively.  The other players from the Americas dominated though, for a convincing finish, with the top board drawing over 300 spectators.  Europe won last year, but North America won the two years prior.  The event was organized and run by Lawrence Ku. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. 

Winners Report: (first player listed is from North America; second is from Europe); (W) Hugh ZHANG d. (B) Alexander VASHUROV; (B) Andrew LU d. (W) Stepan POPOV; (W) Peter ZHANG d. (B) Alexandru PITROP; (B) Aaron YE d. (W) Silvestru STATE; (W) Andrew ZHOU d. (B) Valerii KRUSHELNYTSKYI; (B) Calvin SUN lost to (W) Pavol LISY; (W) Bill LIN d. (B) Lukas PODPERA; (B) Jianing GAN d. (W) Mateusz SURMA; (W) Vincent ZHUANG lost to (B) Mihai SERBAN; (B) Andrew HUANG d. (W) Yurii MYKHALIUK.

AGA Seeks Female Players for 2012 WMSG in France

Monday June 11, 2012

The American Go Association is looking for women who are interested in representing the USin the 2012 World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) in Lille, France, reports Tournament Coordinator Karoline Burrall. The WMSG’s go competition will begin August 13 and end August 23rd, and will not overlap with this year’s US Go Congress. Travel and accommodation expenses will not be provided by the WMSG or the host country. Players must have been continuous AGA members (full or youth) since January of 2011 and be US citizens to be eligible to participate. “At this point, there are still at least two seats specifically open for women,” Burrall tells the E-Journal. Anyone interested must email tournaments@usgo.org by Tuesday, June 18. “Should more players express interest than we have open seats, playoff games will be organized to select the representatives.” If you’re not interested or eligible, but know a female player who might be, Burrall urges you to pass this along to her.

U.S. Invited to Send Team to World Mind Sports Games; Contributions Sought

Monday June 4, 2012

The U.S. has been invited to compete in five tournaments at the 2012 World Mind Sports Games in Lille, France. “This is a great opportunity for our players to participate in such a high-profile event,” said American Go Association President Allan Abramson. Because expenses are not covered, Abramson is asking “every adult AGA member to consider donating $30, or the equivalent of one year’s membership dues,” to support the U.S. Mind Games team. The second such event, the 2012 World Mind Sports Games is limited to amateur players — professionals competed in the previous edition — and the go competitions will be held August 13-23 so as not to conflict with the U.S. Go Congress. The U.S. has been invited to compete in the Men’s Individual, Women’s Individual, Pair Go, Team and Youth events.  ”Please be generous and act soon, as we must name our team members by the end of the month so that they can make travel arrangements,” Abramson urged. Click here to donate.

“Go Public” Takes Go Into the Streets

Sunday June 3, 2012

Imagine a group of go players walking – or driving — through their community, stopping here to play for a while, then continuing to another place to play some more, finishing the evening playing in a local restaurant or pub. That’s the idea of “Go Public,” a project proposed at the European Go Centre that aims to literally bring go to the general public. “Places can include shopping streets, bars, restaurants etc.” says Andreas Neumann of the Bochum Go Club in Germany, who proposed the project. “It is important though that these places attract public attention…People on the streets or people in bars/restaurants are expected to be at least curious about what is going on. Therefore the players should be prepared for any interested person to provide explanation or information material. The impact of the project increases with the number of players who implement the idea… The passion for go is enough to illuminate the flame which can spread this project.” Bochum Club members successfully tried out the idea on April 15, playing in the street, in a bookstore and in a pub; click here for the Bochum report and photos.
- photos by Sascha Hempel 

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EuroGoTV Updates: May 4-20

Friday May 25, 2012

Rhone-Alpes Challenge (5/24): The Rhone-Alpes Challenge, played on 5/20 in Valence, France, was won by Moran Guennou 1d…Turniej Majowy (5/24): The Turniej Majowy, played on 5/20 in Warszawa, Poland, was won by Pawel Koziol 7K…Scottish Open (5/24): The Scottish Open, played 5/19-20 in Dundee, United Kingdom, was won by Matthew Crosby 3d…Nevers Spring Tournament (5/24): The Nevers Spring Tournament, played on 5/12 in Nevers, France, was won by Augustin Avenel 2k…Bracknell (5/22): The Bracknell, played on 5/20 in Wokingham, United Kingdom, was won by Andrew ‘the Great Destroyer’ Kay 4d…Deutsche Damen-Go Meisterschaft: The Deutsche Damen-Go Meisterschaft, played 5/19-20 in Giessen, Germany, was won by Barbara Knauf 3d…ATARI Cup Braila-Junior (5/22): The ATARI Cup Braila-Junior, played on 5/19 in Braila, Romania, was won by Theodor Toma 2d (photo at right)…Vetruse Cup (5/22): The Vetruse Cup, played 5/19-20 in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, was won by Ondrej Silt 6d (photo at left)…ATARI Cup Braila- Catholic School (5/17): The ATARI Cup Braila- Catholic School, played on 5/15 in Braila, Romania, was won by Dan Andrei Staicu 16k…Cambridge Barlow (5/17): The Cambridge Barlow, played on 5/6 in Cambridge, United Kingdom, was won by Florian Borchers 3k…Paluba Club Handicap (5/16): The Paluba Club Handicap, played on 5/13 in CZ Praha, Czech Republic, was won by Lukas Kucera 17k…Youth Week Tournament (5/16): The Youth Week Tournament, played on 5/12 in Kranj, Slovenia, was won by Sreco Camernik 2k…21st Slovak Championship (5/16): The 21st Slovak Championship, played 5/4-8 in Stakcin, Slovakia, was won by Pavol Lisy 5d…
- excerpted from EuroGoTV, which includes complete winner reports, crosstabs and photos.

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BadukMovies Launches Weekly Webcast

Thursday May 10, 2012

Dutch go players Peter Brouwer 6d (‘danoontje’ on KGS) and Kim Ouweleen 4d (‘Murugandi’) have launched a weekly webcast on their BadukMovies website. The short videos — 10 min. max — clearly explain and cover a wide variety of go topics, ranging from “A trick play without drawbacks” to “A Chinese tesuji against moyo” as well as detailed explanations about securing or destroying bases. Every Monday a new screencast is uploaded, with eight posted since the launch on March 20. The free videos are in English and Brouwer and Ouweleen say “Comments, feedback or new ideas for videos are more than welcome. Let us know what you think!” You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

EuroGoTV Updates: May 4-7

Tuesday May 8, 2012

Britain Seeks New Leader: (5/7) After racking up 25 British Championship titles, Matthew Macfadyen has decided, for now, to retire from the UK Championship. The race is now on to see who will replace him…Apeldoorn 2012: The Apeldoorn 2012, a class C tournament, played May 6 in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, was won by Rudi Verhagen 5d (left)Danish Championship 2012: The Danish Championship 2012, a class A tournament, played May 5-6 in Copenhagen, Denmark, was won by Per Marquardsen 2d…Korean Ambassador Cup 2012: The Korean Ambassador Cup, a class A tournament, played May 5-6 in Praha, Czech Republic, was won by Pal Balogh 6d (right)449th Velika Gorica weekend-go-tournament 2012: The 449th Velika Gorica weekend-go-tournament, a class C tournament, played on May 5 in Velika Gorica, Croatia, was won by Zvonko Bednjanec 3k…Gosente Mini Handicap Tournament 2012: The Gosente Mini Handicap Tournament, a class C tournament, played on May 4 in Riga, Latvia, was won by Karina Stanislavska 10k…
- excerpted from EuroGoTV, which includes complete winner reports, crosstabs and photos.

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EuroGo Updates: April 1-15

Sunday May 6, 2012

Croatia: Robert Jovicic 2k won the 448th Velika Gorica Weekend Go Tournament, played on 4/21 Velika Gorica; second was Mladen Smud 1k and in third Nikola Primetica 4k. Result table.

France: The Ile-de-France League organized the Youth Championship on March 24. This competition is the qualifier for the French Youth Championship held on May 5-6 in Cachan, a suburb of Paris. The League decided to call this event the “Zaza Cup” in honor of the memory of Michel “Zaza” Zaltzman; this edition of the Zaza Cup was accommodated by the Antony Club which was a big supporter of the organisation. Every player won a diploma and lessons for participating and  the winner in each category won a private lesson with one of the official teachers of the French Go Federation, Fan Hui or Motoki Noguchi. Cups were also awarded to the first three players in each category. The “Under 12″ category was won by Guillaume Ougier 5k, second came Jin-De Takashi Jen 14k, third was Alexandre Pauvers 15k. The two first players qualified for the National competition. Result table.  

14286129Germany: The China Cup Berlin, played from 4/14-15 in Berlin, Germany, was won by Jin Zou 6d (l); second was Johannes Obenaus 5d and third was Michael Palant 5d. Result table.

Italy: Alessandro Pace 2d won the 2012 Campionato Italiano Rapid, played 4/14-15 in Reggio Emilia, Italy. In second was Julian van Den Busken 1k and third was Andriy Zakharzhevskyy 2d. Result table .

Poland:  Stanislaw Frejlak 3d won the Young Masters League – Qualification, played on 4/14 in Bielsko-Biala, Poland. In second was Marcin Majka 2d and third was Stanislaw Zambrzycki 4k. Result table.  The Side Tournament, also played on 4/14 in Bielsko-Biala, was won by Pawel Stepnowski 2k, second was Bogdan Kruk 4k and third was Lukasz Oles 5k. Result table.

Russia: The three winners of the 17th European Youth Championship 2012, held April 12-16 in St. Petersburg Russia, are Lukas Podpera 5d, Czech Republic (Under 20); Valerii Krushelnytskyi 2k, Ukraine (Under 12):  Yurii Mykhalyuk 3d, Ukraine(Under 16).

Slovakia: The Spring Tournament, played 4/14-15 in Porac, Slovakia, was won by Pavol Lisy 5d (r); in second was Bronislav12686597 Snidal 2d and third was Jakub Berka 10k. Result table.

Spain: The second Nam-Ban Cup 2012, played from 4/13-14 in Madrid, Spain, was won by Andres Dominguez 1k, second came Fernando Holgado 4k and third was Antonio Egea 3d. Result table .

Slovenia:  Ondrej Silt 6d won the Slovenian Open 2012, played from 4/13-15 in Maribor, Slovenia; second came Guochen Xie 6d and third was Lothar Spiegel 4d. Result table.

- excerpted from reports on EuroGoTV.com

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Kay Sweeps British Go Congress

Saturday May 5, 2012

Winning both the main event and the lightning tournament at the 2012 British Go Congress, held in Durham on April 20-22, Andrew Kay 4d now has four British tournament triumphs for the year. Second and third places in the Open went to Andrew Simons 3d and Toby Manning 2d. Full results of the British Open are here; results of other events and further details are here.
- adapted from reports by the BGA and IGF.

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