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Zakanj Wins Spring Tourney in Velika Gorica, Croatia

Sunday May 9, 2010

Local matador Matej Zqakanj 3d easily swept his home Spring tournament in Velika Gorica, Croatia. Zqakanj was the only dan-level player among 13 taking part Saturday May 8. Robert Jovecic 2k of Zagreb won silver on SOS ahead of Lovro Furjanic 4k (r) of Karlovac, who won bronze, and local Stjepan Mistrovic 6k. Click here for full results, uploaded by Furjanic.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent

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Ljubljana Wins Slovenian Team Title in Kranj

Sunday May 9, 2010

Andrej Kralj 3d led veteran Eduard Ekart 5d and Timotej Suc 3d of the Ljubljana team to victory in the Slovenian Team Championships in Kranj, last Saturday, May 8.  Novo Mesto was second,  Ljubljana-2 third, while host Kranj came in last.  Leader Leon Matoh 4d won all games for the silver team and young talent Luka Camernik 1d did the same for bronze winners. Full results here. Also in Kranj on Saturday, local Nenad Denadic 6k won all four in an event which closed the Youth Week.  Katja Bercic 5k from the capital Ljubljana took silver on SOS, ahead of local Andrej Koncilja 10k (bronze) and two guests from Italy, 4th Davide Bertok 9k of Trieste and Anna Marconi 12k of Udinese. Katja uploaded the full results of both events to the European Go Database.
- Peter Dijkema, European correspondent

Karlsruhe Wins German Team Leagues; Eckloff Tops Bochum Blitz

Sunday May 9, 2010

Title defender Karlsruhe won the top division of 2009-2010 season of the Bundesliga — or German Team Leagues — last Thursday, May 6, ahead of Hebsacker of Hamburg and the Leipzig Lions. Kieloben of Kiel and Berlin Blunder dropped back to the second League, which was won by Hannover, while Tenuki Bonn was second in the final table. The Bundesliga numbers six divisions – 4th league is double, while the 5th counts 26 teams – for a total of 76 teams over-all. The top leagues have ten teams each. A team plays on four boards, but line-ups can be longer. Dominated by several strong Chinese players, Karlsruhe seems unbeatable for the German title, yielding the Championship only once to Hebsacker. Click here for the final tables.

In Bochum, Ralph Eckloff 4d lost just one of his eight games at the Spring Blitz last Saturday, May 8, in a field of 17. Jens Behrendt 1k, winner of the Winter Blitz,  came in second. Both are from Cologne.  Alexandr Dinerchtein was co-sponsor of the event with a free Go4Go membership  for the winners. The next Blitz in Bochum is this summer on August 7. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, reporting from dgob.de posts

BGA APRIL NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED

Sunday May 9, 2010

The British Go Association’s April newsletter is now available. It includes reports on the British Go Congress, the British Youth Championships, and events in Arundel, Fife, Nottingham and Cambridge. Also in this issue: news about the BGA’s Annual General Meeting, the Stacey winners, Youth Grand Prix 2010, Brits overseas at the Paris tournament, the Irish Open and BGA League Winners, plus new books in the BGA bookshop, UK club changes and details on upcoming UK events. Click here to download the PDF.

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IN-SEONG HWANG 7D SWEEPS PRAGUE; SILT FLIES TO KOREA

Sunday May 9, 2010

While In-Seong Hwang 7d of Berlin swept the 39th Prague International May 1-2, Ondrej Silt 6d will be going to Korea for this year’s Korean Ambassadors Cup. Silt (l) won the knock-out among the top sixteen Czechs for the Korean Ambassadors Cup, defeating Jan Hora 6d in the KAC qualifier final, but losing to In-Seong in the final round of the Open International to finish for silver on SOS ahead of veteran Vladimir Danek 5d and Hora. 109 players took part.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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US THIRD AMONG EUROGOTV FANS

Wednesday May 5, 2010

The United States is closing in fast on the second-highest number of fans of EuroGoTV’s Facebook page, which recently reached 500. As of April 26, France had a commanding lead 90 fans, while the US at 41 were closing in on Germany’s 44. The Dutch — EuroGoTV’s homebase — were not far behind at 37. Also in the running: Czech (26), Spanish (25), Polish (19) and Fin (18) fans. Next are followers from the UK (16), Belgium (11) and Swiss readers at 10. The race for the top city is very close: Praha 21, Berlin 20, Paris 19, Madrid 18, Amsterdam 16, Helsinki 13 and Boulogne-billancourt 12.
- Peter Dijkema, reporting on EuroGoTV.com

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8-YEAR-OLD PAIR GO PLAYER HELPS GRAB 3RD PLACE IN EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

Wednesday May 5, 2010

Eight-year-old Rada Kamysheva 5k, along with partner Oleg Mezhov 6d, came in third at the recent European Pair Go Championship April 23-25 in St. Petersburg.  “Rada began taking lessons from me on KGS shortly after learning the rules of go” two years ago, reports Svetlana Shikshina 3p.  Kamysheva was unranked at the time and had never played a game on KGS.  “Her only experiences of go came from playing against the computer or against her parents, who were also beginners. Fast-forward two years and she is now ranked 5 kyu on KGS and starting to show signs of real potential,”  Shikshina said.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV.

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WALCH UNDEFEATED AT LUZERN SPRING TOURNEY

Tuesday May 4, 2010

John Walch 3d went undefeated in the Swiss Luzern Spring 2010 tournament on April 24-25. Lorenz Trippel 1d lost only to Walch, while Andreas Hauenstein 2d  lost to them both and won bronze. Organizers invited Hwang In-Seong 8d to comment on the games, in which 40 took part.

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NEW DAILY EJOURNAL LAUNCHES

Monday May 3, 2010

Beginning Monday, May 3, readers of the American Go E-Journal will be able to choose between a brief daily edition or a weekly compilation of the week’s go news. The daily edition — which officially launches tomorrow — is designed to provide more timely go news updates from around the world. Brief clickable stories now link to complete reports on the AGA’s website, which can also be quickly and easily searched by categories like U.S., world or European go news, as well as go classified ads, go books, software and hardware, and the go calendar. “With an increasing volume of reports from a worldwide network of go correspondents and sources, the daily E-Journal will enable its’ more than 14,000 readers to keep on top of the latest go news without being overwhelmed,” says AGA President Allan Abramson. The weekly edition will be a compilation of the daily reports (see below) from the previous week, in the order they were published; both editions are RSS feeds driven by posts on the AGA’s website. The Member’s Edition includes photos and graphics, as well as the usual special members-only content (see below, marked as “Members Only”). The default setting is for the weekly edition; to switch from one to the other at any time, simply click on the “update my profile” link at the bottom of the E-Journal. Also, as we switch EJ distribution to a new system, some people may be receiving this who didn’t before; to unsubscribe, please click the link at the bottom of the E-Journal. To receive the Member’s Edition, join here.

PONOMAREV CAPTURES NOVOSIBIRSK TITLE

Monday May 3, 2010

Valerij Ponomarev 4d became the champion of the district of Novosibirsk last Sunday, edging out Sergej Pavlov 4d in the final round-robin. Ponomarev beat Pavlov head to head which served as the tiebreaker because both had 6-1 records.  Eight players participated in the tournament.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV.

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