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Jan Simara Surprise Winner at Euro Championship; The Red Dress Tesuji; U.S. Women’s Tournament Crosstab

Sunday August 26, 2012

Jan Simara Surprise Winner at Euro Championship: Jan Simara 6D was the surprise winner of this year’s European Championship title when he won the deciding game against Ilya Shikshin (click here for the game) at the recent European Go Congress. Simara lives in Zlin in the Czech Republic and just finished university, where he majored in teaching IT. He learned go in chess camp when he was 14 – he’d been playing chess since the age of six — and about two years later quit chess and started to play go. “I studied seriously only once about six years ago for an year when I was about 1-dan,” Simara said, “Mostly reading the Shusaku book Invincible. otherwise I sometimes replay top pro games and do tsumego when I’m in a train going to a tournament.” In an interview with EuroGoTV, Simara’s advice for new players was “Play mainly for joy, never be stressed about results.” Click here for pairings and game records. Final standings for the 2012 European Championship: 1st: Jan Simara; 2nd: Ilya Shikshin; 3rd: Pavol Lisy; 4th: Thomas Debarre; 5th: Ondrej Silt; 6th: Antti Tormanen; 7th: Mateusz Surma; 8th: Gheorghe Cornel Burzo.
- Alain Cano, special European correspondent for the E-Journal; photo by Olivier Dulac

The Red Dress Tesuji: A very stylish and hip 60-second video promoting the upcoming European Women’s Go Championship has been released. The Women’s Go Championship and a side tournament are being organized as part of the 2012 European Go Cup Brno, which is being held September 7-9 in Brno, South Moravia in the Czech Republic.

U.S. Women’s Tournament Crosstab: Tournament Director Lisa Scott has just sent in the crosstab for the recent Women’s Tournament at the U.S. Open, which was won by Kelsey Dyer 1D.

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Simara, Debarre, Lisy and Shikshin in EC Championship Final 4

Friday August 3, 2012

The European Championships are down to their Final 4. In the latest sound, Simara (top left) defeated Burzo, Debarre (top right) won against Tormanen, Lisy (bottom left) beat Silt in a surprise upset, as Silt was favored to go to the final, and Shikshin (bottom right) won against Surma by 1.5 points after a very close game in which many strong onlookers had counted Surma ahead (game records are posted on the eurogotv1 account on KGS). Click here for latest results.
- Alain Cano, special European correspondent for the E-Journal; photos by Olivier Dulac

 

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Down to Final 8 for European Championship

Wednesday August 1, 2012

The knock-out rounds for the European Championship begin Thursday at the European Go Congress in Bonn, Germany. The eight players who have qualified for the quarters are Shikshin (Russia), Silt (Czech Republic), Burzo (Romania), Debarre (France), Tormanen (Finland), Surma (Poland), Simara (Czech Republic) and Lisy (Slovakia). Click here for latest EGC news, including top board games. Russia has won the European Pandanet team tournament, defeating the Czech Republic, Ukraine and France.
- Alain Cano, special European correspondent for the E-Journal

Collage: Lisy (top left), Tormanen (top right), Samara (right, second from top), Burzo (right, third from top), Shikshin (bottom right), Silt (bottom left), Debarre (left, second from bottom), Surma (left, second from top); photos by Olivier Dulac, collage by Chris Garlock

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International Submissons Flood Go Art Contest

Monday July 23, 2012

The second International Children’s Go Art Painting Contest has received almost seventy entries.  Submitting countries include Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, The Philippines, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Argentina, Mexico and the United States (including Hawaii).  The deadline was July 13th, and the artworks are being exhibited at Espacio Japón, the Japanese embassy in Mexico city’s cultural center. Go workshops, talks and an Ukiyo-e Go prints exhibition are also featured. The panel of judges was composed of members devoted to arts and education, including Fumiko Nakashima, Alma G. Juárez, Yuko Kosaka (Yuro), Daniella Campirano, Miguel A. Ramírez and Lilian R. Romero.  The judges made a final decision on three top places and two notable submissions for each category. The results will be announced August 5th at the International Go Symposium in Black Mountain, NC and the artworks will be on display during the U.S. Go Congress. The Mexican Youth Go Players Association would like to thank Japan’s Cultural Attaché in Mexico Miwa Yoshizawa; Ph.D Marcela Zepeda Zaleta,  the Principal at the Pipiolo Educational and Artistic Research Center; Israel Rodríguez Nava, President of Asociación Mexicana de Baduk-Igo-Weiqi; A.C. and the volunteers that supported us. Special recognition goes to all the enthusiastic children around the world that expressed their love for go through painting, they have many things to share with us at the International Go Symposium. -Siddhartha Avila, Comunidad Mexicana de Go Infantil y Juvenil. Photo:  Art by Aaron Ye 5d, 2nd place winner from last year’s A section.

$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.”

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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