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REGGINOS WINS 2010 CYPRUS CHAMPIONSHIP

Wednesday November 24, 2010

Dimitris Regginos 1d (r) is the 2010 Cyprus Champion, a title he’s held since 2003 when the Cyprus Go Association was formed, with only exception being in 2008. In second place was Argyris Fellas 3k and in third place Nurman Aylanc (l). The Championship was held November 20-21 at the English School Old Boys and Girls Association Clubhouse in Nicosia, Cyprus.
- Nicholas Roussos

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PANDANET’S “BIG BANG” EXPLODES ON EUROPEAN GO SCENE

Monday November 15, 2010

Three hundred players from 29 countries — the strongest tournament ever played in Europe – will participate in the Pandanet Go European Team Championship beginning next week. “This is the greatest push ever seen on the European go scene,” says European Go Federation President Martin Stiassny. “Everyone who knows the European go scene and looks at the players in the A League and B League is overwhelmed” by the number of top players. Strong European players are eligible to play in the tournament, which is a 9-round team tournament in three leagues played on Pandanet IGS with the finals set for the 2011 European Go Congress 2011 in Bordeaux, France. The prize pool is 10,000 euros and the first round is set for November 23rd on IGS – where spectators worldwide will be able to follow the games — but before a single stone has been played, Stiassny says that “It’s already a success, with 29 out of 36 possible countries represented.” Click here for tournament info and news, and here for details on how the tournament is organized. THIS JUST IN! (11/20) The Pandanet Go European Team Championship will be played in a special room on IGS called EuropeanTeamChamp. The first games are scheduled for Sunday, November 21 at 8p (UTC+1). Click here for all Round 1 pairings (14 country-matches on four boards).

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BERLIN GO-WEEK LAUNCHES FRIDAY

Monday November 15, 2010

The annual Berlin Go-week kicks off this Friday in Germany and features two major tournaments and lectures by top professionals. The Go to Innovation tournament runs November 19-21 and features a 3,000-euro prize pool and top players including Seok-Bin Cho 7d, In-Seong Hwang 7d, Viktor Lin 5d and Javier-Aleksi Savolainen 5d. Board 1 games will be broadcast live by EuroGoTV on KGS. Next week there will be a “super mega simul” as well as lectures by Sung-Ji Hong 8P (photo; he defeated Sedol Lee 9P and Changho Yi 9P recently), Young-Sun Yoon 8P and Ju-Yeon Ko 8P. Young-Sun Yoon 8P will do commentary on the 2010 Berlin Championship final, broadcast by EuroGoTV live on KGS. The Kranich tournament, one of the biggest tournaments in Germany, wraps up Berlin Go-week, and includes commentary by strong players like Young-Sun Yoon 8P, a party, calligraphy course, sushi and an Empty Triangle stand.
- Harry Weerheijm, EuroGoTV

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Sunday October 24, 2010

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UK TOURNEY REPORTS, August 22-October 2

Sunday October 24, 2010

Click here for details of forthcoming UK tournaments.

SHREWSBURY, 2 October.  Charles Fisher and his brother Freddie won half of the prizes at Shrewsbury.  Charles, 1 dan London, was the event winner, beating the organiser, Gerry Mills, in the final. Freddie, 10 kyu Shropshire, was one of two players on 2.5. The other was Pat Ridley, 11 kyu Chester. Pauline Bailey won a special prize for being Pauline. 32 players took part.
SWINDON
, 19 September.  Alistair Wall (3 dan Wanstead) won Swindon Tournament. The only other of the 28 players to win all three was Xinyi Lu (4 kyu Maidenhead). Two Swindon players, Aidan Putman (14 kyu) and Michael Fotheringham (30 kyu), got special prizes for their jigo.
CORNWALL
, Penzance, 11 – 12 September.  The two BGA teachers from the Saturday morning teaching session were the winners in the Cornish Go weekend’s two tournaments. In the 16-player Cornish Lightning Handicap on the Saturday afternoon, Tony Atkins (2 dan Reading) was the winner in the final against John Culmer (1 kyu, West Cornwall) despite having to give a four-stone start. On the Sunday, Toby Manning (2 dan Leicester) won the 20-player Cornish Open. Again, John Culmer was the player beaten in the last round. Toby collected the Devon and Cornwall Go Stone trophy, whilst Tony collected a new similar trophy (but serpentine and not wood) given in memory of a local player, Dominic Taylor, who had died recently.
NORTHERN
, Stockport, 5 September.  Ivan Wong, a Chinese 1 dan research student at Manchester University, won the Northern Tournament. Unusually Ivan was the only player of the 24 there to win all three games and so was the only prize winner.
MIND SPORTS OLYMPIAD
, London, 21 – 30 August.  The MSO was held at the Soho Theatre in the centre of London and had restricted space, meaning fewer events than normal. Six players played the 13×13 on the Friday afternoon, with Gold going to Spain’s Paco Garcia de la Banda (3 dan). Silver went to Xinyi Lu (4 kyu) and silver to Vincent Frochot (8 kyu) from France. In the 12-player Open on the final Sunday, the Gold was won by Turkish 1 dan, Bulent Tuncel. Silver went to Paco and Bronze on tie-break to Alistair Wall (3 dan).  Go players took part in other games too, throughout the event, with some awards, such as Natasha Regan’s Silver at Hare and Tortoise and Matthew Hathrell’s Golds at Lost Cities, Continuo and Poker.
ISLE OF MAN
, Port Erin, 22 August – 26 August  Oscar Selby, aged 7, became the youngest winner of a Manx Go event at the recent Isle of Man Go Week. He won the 13×13 and also the Rengo (doubles) with Matthew Cocke. Not much older was the winner of the Lightning Tournament, Barney Shiu.  Matthew Cocke just missed out on a top spot, losing the Open on tie-break to Alex Selby. Winning 4 out of 5 was another young player, Danielle Ward. Toby Manning won the Afternoon tournament, in which Peter Collins, Elinor Brooks and Kathleen Timmins also won 3 out of 3. In the Handicap, the winner by tie-break was Peter Collins; also on 4 out of 5 were Luke Humphreys, Barney Shiu and Roella Smith (also a junior).  The Sandcastle competition was won jointly by the Bexfield Castle and Selby-Regan Castle. Special awards went to Elinor Brooks and Francis Roads for attending all 10 Isle of Man weeks.
- as reported in the October edition of the BGA Newsletter; click here for more on the British Go Association

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CYPRUS UPDATE: Cyprus Championship Set; Fellas at KPMC

Sunday October 24, 2010

The Cyprus Go Championship is set for November 20-21. The venue will be the new ESOBGA club house, in the same premises where the old club house used to be. Argyris Fellas 3k is in Korea to represent Cyprus in the 5th Korea Prime Minister Cup, taking place in Changwon City October 21-27.
- Nicholas Roussos, Cyprus Correspondent for the E-Journal
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NEW GO GAME VIEWER DEVELOPED

Monday October 4, 2010

Neil Moffatt reports that he’s developed an “HTML5 canvas based go game viewer and rudimentary editor.” Says Moffat, Secretary of the Cardiff Go Club in Wales, UK, “It embraces ideas such as access to key moments in games via a list of clickable position descriptions, and a list of alternative move sequences by description.” The site includes games for beginners, josekis, “guess the next move” and game commentaries. In most games, a list of key game positions is presented. Click on ‘Black has now created a large moyo’, for example, and you will be taken you to that exact board position. Moffatt adds that “The site as it stands is in essence a kind of go blog, but it may develop beyond this” and notes that it does not work with Internet Explorer. “It may or may not be palatable to a large audience,” he says, “The user testing to date seem to be relatively happy with it.” Click here to check it out and let Moffatt know what you think at moffatt.neil@gmail.com

PHILLIPS WINS BELFAST OPEN

Monday September 27, 2010

The Belfast Open saw a fair crowd of 18 players and 1 ghost turning out to do battle September 25-26 in Belfast, Ireland. The winner was David Phillips 1d of the Isle of Man, who gracefully lost his last round game thus creating a four way tie for second. Claas Roever 1k and James Hutchinson 1k shared second place on SOS, just ahead of Daniel Paraschiv 1d and then Colin MacSweeny 2k. On 4 wins was Julian Dragomir 7k, visiting from Romania, and Costin Camarasu 15k.
- Ian Davis, Irish Correspondent for the E-Journal

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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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