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EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Munster Novices Best Ulster in Interprovincials

Monday September 13, 2010

The 2010/11 Interprovincials — a competition based around Ireland’s four traditional provinces, or kingdoms — kicked off on KGS last weekend. Munster’s coach had sacked the entire team after their wooden spoon finish in last year’s competition, bringing in a novice squad full of fresh blood. Ulster meanwhile had chosen much the same team, the only new player being Karl Irwin, currently teaching maths in China. The novice Munster squad, captained by Anthony Durity, used their handicap stones very well and pulled off a well-earned victory 2-1. Dangerously for them though, they suffered some rank promotions in the course of their victory. Perhaps this will tell in their games against Leinster and Connaught. In other Irish go news, the Belfast Open is coming up in two weeks.
- Ian Davis, Irish Correspondent for the E-Journal

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EUROPEANS FORM PRO LEAGUE

Monday September 13, 2010

Twenty of Europe’s top players have decided to form The European Professional Go Organization, in partnership with EuroGoTV, according to a press release that followed a meeting at this year’s European Go Congress. The founders include four players with Asian pro certification –Guo Juan 5P, Catalin Taranu 5P, Alexandre Dinerchtein 3P and Diana Koszegi 1P – along with sixteen other top players. EPGO will organize a yearlong European Professional Go League, resulting in annual certification certification of 12 EPGO “pros.” As we understand it, this will differ from the semi-permanent certification process in Japan, China and Korea. Pros will have to re-earn their status each year or face decertification.

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EUROPEAN GO NEWS ROUND-UP: Romanian Masters, Leksand Open, Reporters Wanted

Monday August 30, 2010

TARANU WINS ROMANIAN MASTERS: Catalin Taranu 5p won the 2010 Romanian Masters, held August 25-29 in Iasi, capital of the Romanian province Moldavie. Artem Kachanovskyj won the first edition of the Iasi Cup, held August 27-29 in the same place.
SHIKSHIN NARROWLY WINS LEKSAND OPEN: Ilya Shikshin won the August 10-12 Leksand Open in Sweden, just a point ahead of Kyoungnang Kang.
EUROPEAN CORRESPONDENTS WANTED! The E-Journal is seeking correspondents to report on European go news; if interested, email journal@usgo.org
- based on reports on EuroGoTV

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IGOLOCAL, GROWING RAPIDLY, YET TO HIT CRITICAL MASS

Thursday August 26, 2010

Barely a month after launching, IgoLocal already has more than a thousand users. IgoLocal enables players to find and contact each other, and there are now 1131 users in 62 countries, with 449 of those in North America and 570 in Europe. The network is growing at 35 new members each day, reports founder Chuck Thomas, “and that number is trending upwards.” Users “are still figuring out how to use the system to the best benefit of their communities,” says Thomas. “1,100 users may sound like a lot of go players, but it’s actually an absurdly tiny number when spread throughout the entire planet.” Thomas says he can “easily envision a quarter million users on this system,” and says that “At the current rate, it may be another two months before we begin to reach critical mass.  This is fine – the users who are already on the system are able to go about their business, and one day they’ll receive a PM or even a game challenge from a previously-unknown rival, who is well matched to their rank.” Thomas points out that “Igolocal keeps working for you even if you forget about it for a while,” and admits that “Even I have only the faintest idea what the end result will be. This has never been done before.” Two hundred of the IgoLocal users are dan-level or stronger and two professionals are also registered, Jennie Shen 2p in Santa Barbara, and An Young-gil 8p in Sydney, Australia. The site supports six languages, English, French, German, Dutch, Russian and Japanese, and volunteers are now working on Italian, Polish and Chinese translations.

EURO GO CONGRESS UPDATE

Friday July 30, 2010

Ilya Shikshin 7D is leading the European Go Championship after the first week of the European Go Congress in Tampere, Finland. Click here for results through Round 5, as of July 30. Shikshin also won Wednesday’s 13×13 Tournament (r). Chin-seok Mok 9P and Klára Žaloudková 3D are the 2010 EGC Pair Go Champions, after forcing Laura Avram 2D and Ilia Shikshin 7D to resign. Click here for EGC news and results and here for EuroGoTV reports.

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RECENT EUROPEAN RESULTS: Germany, Finland & Croatia

Sunday July 11, 2010

Bernd Schütze 4d swept the 2010 German Championship Preliminary, held June 25-27 at the Chinese Culture Centre in Berlin, Germany. That same weekend, Lei Chen 6d won the China Cup, also held at the Chinese Culture Centre. Nils Ole Timm 3d was second and Andre Städtler 2d third. And in Finland, local players warmed up for the upcoming European Go Congress at the Tampere Championship Cup June 17 in EGC host city Tampere. Markku Jantunen 3d won, just ahead of Tuomo Salo 3d and Oiva Moisio 1d. Lovro Furjanic 4k was the winner of the “403. Velikogoricki vikend go-turnir 2010″, a 1-day tournament held June 19 in Velika Gorcia, Croatia. In second place was Stjepan Mestrovic 5k. - EuroGoTV
NOTE: the E-Journal is looking for European go news editors; if interested, email us at journal@usgo.org

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EUROPEAN RESULTS: June 18-20

Sunday July 11, 2010

Jie Guo 4d won the 31st Kieler Go Tournament, played June 19-20 in Kiel, Germany. Bernd Lewerenz 2d came second and Hans Nelki 1k 3rd. In Freiburg, Leon Stauder 3d won the Freiburger Go Turnier. Tommy Schladitz 3d took 2nd and Michael Palant 5d was 3rd. Bruno Walaszewski 6k took top honors in the kyu players-only Bydgoszcz Tournament on June 19 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Ignacy Przech 15k came second and Maksym Walaszewski 8k third. In the 3-round Katowice Tournament on June 20, Radoslaw Jachym 4d was the winner in Katowice, Poland, followed by Bronislav Snidal 2d from the Czech Republic and Tomasz Slazok 2d of Poland. Sejichi Nemoto 6d won the June 19 Siberia-Hokkaido Cup in Novosibirsk, Russia. In the June 19-20 Turun Monni in Turku, Finland, Miika Nikula 4d was the winner, with Samuel Ritakallio 3d in second and Oiva Moisio 2d third. Jan Hora 6d notched a perfect score to win the Slovak Go Festival June 18-20 in Piestany, Slovakia. Radek Nechanicky 5d was second and Petr Cipra 3d third. All three are from the Czech Republic; the first Slovak was Pavol Lisy 4d in fourth.
- EuroGoTV

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BBC ON “WHY GO?”

Saturday July 10, 2010

After go, says the British Museum’s Dr Irving Finke, “you could argue that the world’s board games went downhill.” BBC Radio aired a 30-minute program on “Why Go?” on May 13 in which reporter Chris Ledgard “explores the world of Go, talking to experts in the East and West about the game’s history and culture, and examining some its ancient artifacts.” Although the audio is no longer available online, an overview of the show is available.

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RECENT UK TOURNAMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday July 10, 2010

Recent UK tournament highlights previously unreported: YOHEI NEGI IN A JAM AT SCOTTISH OPEN: Yohei Negi from St. Andrews made it three in a row with his win at the 2010 Scottish Open, May 29–30 in Dundee. Second was Chi Pan Yau from Hong Kong, who only lost to Yohei. All players with three wins won cash prizes plus a bottle of Cairn O’Mohr local fruit wine and all 27 players took away a traditional pot of marmalade. In the Friday evening rapidplay, Jennie Radcliffe got the prize for the best win/games ratio with 5/7, and Robbie Goetschalckx took the endurance prize having played a dozen or more games. “ORIENTAL” WINS LONDON INTERNATIONAL TEAMS SPRING MATCH: With Cambridge withdrawing on short notice, only the “Oriental” and “Occidental” teams competed in the April 25 London International Teams Spring Match at the Nippon Club in London. The “Oriental” team of Chinese and Japanese players prevailed, with Felix Wang and Gunji Takao winning all five games and the team winning 17 games overall. BRACKNELL TOPS THAMES VALLEY TEAM TOURNAMENT: Bracknell won the April 5 Thames Valley Team Tournament at the Bourne End Community Centre. Runners up were Maidenhead (2/3) and players winning 3/3 were Ian Marsh, Edmund Shaw and France Ellul. Tony Atkins won the 10×10 side tournament.
- from the June edition of the British Go Association Newsletter; edited by Jil Segerman, jil.segerman@gmail.com for subscription information

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EUROPEAN RESULTS: Turin, Vienna, Stockholm & Bohemia

Thursday June 24, 2010

Carlo Metta 2d won the 2010 Turin Go Tournament, held June 12-13 in Torino, Italy, with a 5-0 record.   Alberto Zingoni 4k (4-1) was second, while Mirco Fanti 1k (3-2) was third.  In Vienna, Austria, Viktor Lin 5d swept the Alfred Nimmerrichter Gedenk Turnier 2010 which was also held on June 12th and 13th.  Bernhard Scheid 5d was second at 4-1 and Ondrej Kruml 4d was 3-2 for third place.  Weiying Soerlin 5d won the Stockholm Open 2010 by going undefeated in the tournament held in that Swedish city.  Victor Damberg 2d only lost to Soerlin for second, while Erik Ouchterlony 3d lost to Soerlin and Damberg for third.  Karel Kral 20k won the Northern Bohemia Cup, which is a handicap tournament that was held June 12-13 in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic.  Kral had 4 wins in 5 rounds as did Katerina Babicka 8k, who came in second, and Martin Cech 4k, who came in third.

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