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NIGOT ON TOP IN MED LEAGUE; FURUTA SWEEPS AVIGNON

Monday May 17, 2010

Pierre Nigot 2k swept the Mediterranean League in Chateauneuf de Gadagne, April 24,  the regional second stage of the French Championships. Manuel Valles 3k was second and Bernard Coppe 1d was third.  Ten players took part. The yearly “Tournoi d’Avignon” took place there as well, with 25 players. The best-ranked three filled the podium: Teruhisa Furuta 3k went 4-0 for first,  Julien Delacroix 3k (3-1) was second, and Pierre Derrier 3k (2-2) was third. Also undefeated were Guillaume Giffard 8k, Quentin Vinge 14k, and Mathieu Gomez 15k.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent

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SULAK RETAINS TITLE IN ANKARA

Friday May 14, 2010

Fatih Sulak 2d (l) successfully defended his title as Turkish Champion in his home town, Ankara, May 8-9, for his fourth national title in a row.  He went 5-1 over Erin Kurter 1d who went 4-2 for second place and Giray Erdi 1d came in third. In the title tournament 60 people took part. The history of the Turkish titles is available from the Polish ‘kamyszyn’ database.
- Peter Dijkema,  EJ European Correspondent

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14-YEAR-OLD GIRL SWEEPS BULGARIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Thursday May 13, 2010

Magdalena Mladenova 2k of Sofia is the first female to win the title of Bulgarian Champion, sweeping the championship May 6-7. At 14, Mladenova — ‘Maggie Young’ in English — is also the youngest Bulgarian Champion ever. In second place was Alexander 1k Ivanov; Ivan-Nikolaev Ivanov 4k took 3rd and Ivan-Tzvetanov Ivanov 5k was 4th. Last year’s Champion – Bojan Alexandrov 1k – slipped to 6th this year. Click here for full results, as well as the history of Bulgarian Championships tournaments, as reported by ‘Kamyszyn’ in Poland, who keeps records of all European Championships.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal


LACAN WINS IN METZ HANDICAP

Wednesday May 12, 2010

Emerick Lacan 9k took 1st place in the April 24 “Tournoi de Metz” in Metz, France, atop a group of six who finished with 4-1 records. Michael Palant 5d was second and local Lionel Savoca 7k took 3rd in the handicap-minus -two event that drew 32 players. Click here for complete results.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent

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WANG TOPS IN WOKINGHAM

Wednesday May 12, 2010

Felix Wang 3d topped the table at the Bracknell tournament May 9 in Wokingham, UK. British Go Association president Jon Diamond 4d (r) took silver, based on SOS ahead of Francis Roads 3d, who won bronze. Also Helen Harvey 3k, Elinor Bracks 8k, and Malcolm Law 10k went 3-0 in the field of 42.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent


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Kulikovskij wins North-East Federal District Championships in Russia

Tuesday May 11, 2010

Ivan Kulikovskij 5d went undefeated to win the North-East Federal District Championships May 8-9 in Petrozavodsk, Russia. Dmitrij Kornev 3d took second place, losing only to Kulikovskij, but the real surprise was Dmitrij Kirakosjan 1d of St.Petersburg, who won bronze on sos after beating a 4-dan and 3-dan before losing to the top locals. Local veteran former Russian champions like Aleksej Lazarev 6d (also a former European Champion) and Viktor Bogdanov 5d didn’t take part this year; click here for full results. The Team Championship of the Izhevsk District was held March 14-15; click here for results.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

DAILY E-JOURNAL REMINDER

Monday May 10, 2010

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RANKA & E-JOURNAL TEAM UP AGAIN FOR WAGC

Monday May 10, 2010

The American Go E-Journal will team up again with Ranka this year to provide complete coverage of the World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC). The 31st annual competition among top amateur players from around the world is set for May 24-31 in Hangzhou, China. American-born pro Michael Redmond 9P will provide game commentaries for the Ranka/E-Journal effort – which will include ongoing updates on both Ranka and the AGA website , as well as via daily E-Journal reports — while Ivan Vigano, James Davies and Chris Garlock will report and John Pinkerton will provide photos. NOTE: if you have tips about go places to visit in Shanghai — or have go contacts there — please email journal@usgo.org immediately. Click here to see last year’s coverage, and here for this year’s WAGC details, including the schedule. photo: Hall of Hangzhou Tian Yuan Tower, where the WAGC will take place.

KACHANOVSKYJ SWEEPS UKRAINIAN STUDENT CHAMPIONSHIP; KAMINSKI WINS YOUNG MASTERS IN POLAND

Sunday May 9, 2010

Artem Kachanovskyj 6d (r) went 6-0 to take the Ukrainian Student Go Championship, which was held May 1-2 in his hometown of Rivne.   Bohdan Zhurakovskyj 5d took second place with a 5-1 record, while Kostjantyn Lopatjuk 5d took third with 4-2. There were 45 players in the tournament.
Marek Kaminski 3d won the Polish Young Masters League by going 6-1 at the tournament held April 30 – May 2 in Bielsko-Biala, Poland.  Mariusz Pabich 2d took the silver, while Sebastian Pawlaczyk 2d beat out last year’s winner Andrzej Zyzak 3d on SOS for the bronze.  The league is players 23 years old and younger and while Kaminski will be too old to compete next year, the others will return.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

VASHUROV TAKES PRIVOLZHSKIY; DENISOV WINS IN NOVOSIBIRSK

Sunday May 9, 2010

Alexandr Vashurov 5d (r) swept to victory over long-time rival Alexandr Matushkin 3d — who lost only once to Vashurov — in the Privolzhskiy Federal District Championship, which was held May 1-3. Matushkin’s 5-1 record put him in second, while Yuriy Belyaev 3d and Alexander Matushkin were third with two losses to the leaders.

Kirill Denisov 3d also went undefeated in the Siberian Federal District Championship in Novosibirsk May 1-2.  Second place was won by David Klassen 2d (5-1) and Sergej Pavlov 4d took third by edging out last week’s winner of Novosibirsk District Champs, Valerij Ponomarev 4d, on SOS. There were 38 players taking part in the tournament.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV