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KOVALEVA-SURIN REPEAT AS EURO PAIR CHAMPS

Tuesday April 27, 2010

European Pair Champions Natalia Kovaleva 5d and Dmitry Surin 6d kept their title with a 6-1 record in St. Petersburg April 23-25. Challengers Elvina Karlsberg 5d and Alex Dinerchtein 3p lost the mutual encounter Sunday morning and finished with silver. Unexpectedly, Russia also collected bronze when Kamysheva/Mezhov (2k), who only lost to  Laura Avram and Lucian Corlan (2d) of Romania, took third. The Romanians were the best foreign team at fourth place. Only four other teams from Europe could reach St.Petersburg in time, due to the volcano-related flight restrictions over most of Europe. Romania and Turkey flew in, while next-door neighbours Poland, Belorussia and Finland made their way there by car and ferry. Organizers filled out the field with local pairs.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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EURO GO CONGRESS SIGN-UP PASSES 300; TWO AMSTERDAM TOURNAMENTS

Monday April 26, 2010

Sign-up for the European Go Congress — July 24 – August 8 in Tampere, Finland — has passed 300,  including two Americans (Boris Bernadsky from Manhattan and Paul Bensen of Coral Gables FL). Also signed up are Naoyuki Kai 6d, with his with wife Mihoko 2k and son Keima 5k of Yokohama, the Marz family of Marburg — Manu 4d, Micha 3d, and their young son Ferdinand — and many more from Europe, Japan, and elsewhere.

Two upcoming tournaments of note in Amsterdam are the free blitz tournament on April 29, May 1-2 and the 39th annual Amsterdam International Go Tournament, a major event in the Pandanet Go European Cup series, and will be held May 13-16.

- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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PACE GRABS GRAPPA IN ITALY; ANKARA UPDATE

Sunday April 25, 2010

Alessandro Pace 1k topped a field of 51 on March 27-28 at Yama no Kaze in Bassano del Grappa, Italy.  Davide Minieri 3d took the silver.  Full results from the  Hacettepe University tournament in Ankara, Turkey, held in the same weekend, are now available.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ Euoropean Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

EUROPEAN GO DATABASE REACHES 500,000 GAMES

Saturday April 24, 2010

EGD, the European Go Database, recently broke through the half-million game mark. It now lists 5,571 tournaments and 26,338 players.  It has been gathering data since 1996 and been online since 2005. For comparison purposes, the AGA Go Database has 1,648 tournaments, approximately 180,000 games, and 16,661 players since it went online in 2009.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, from EuroGoTV.

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KACHANOVSKYJ WINS UKRAINIAN CHAMPIONSHIP YOUTH DIVISION

Friday April 23, 2010

Artem Kachanovskyj 6d went undefeated in six rounds to win the Youth (under 25) division of the Ukrainian Championship, which was held April 16-18 in Kiev. Andrij Kravec 5d lost only to Kachanovskyj, while Bohdan Zhurakovskyj 5d lost to both of them, to finish with the bronze. Viktoria Simonenko 11k also won five games, while Jurij Kuznjechykov 18k was undefeated in a 52-member league.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

OGP BEATS POGO FOR FINNISH TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Friday April 23, 2010

In the decisive fourth round, OGP defeated PoGo 3-1 to take first place in the Finnish Team Championship, held April 17-18 in Espoo, Finland.  OGP was led by Su Yang 6d who went undefeated in the five round event, which featured six teams of four players.  PoGo’s second man Juri Kuronen 4d also won all his games. In the open team title, five teams of three players battled for five rounds with Dango defeating PoGo in another decisive fourth round.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

PEREZ NEW SEVILLA CHAMPION

Friday April 23, 2010

Orestes Pérez 5k of Madrid became the lucky thirteenth Champion of Sevilla last weekend, sweeping all six rounds of the April 17-18 handicap tournament. Hakuba Kuwano 3d won the silver cup and local Luis Salgado 8k took bronze. A total of 56 players took part.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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18-KYU LIBRONT SWEEPS IN BYDGOSZCZ

Friday April 23, 2010

Local player Dawid Libront 18k became a club hero after a clean sweep of the full handicap tournament in Bydgoszcz, Poland held on Sunday, April 18. Libront defeated two 10k club colleagues on his way to victory. Roman Kamynski, one of the 10k players, won silver after a tie-breaker with Robert Oczkowski 4k (photo) of Torun. Twelve played in the tournament.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European  Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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FANTI EDGES OUT MINIERI TO WIN IN FAENZA, SOLETTI UNDER HOUSE ARREST

Friday April 23, 2010

Mirco Fanti 2k of Bologna earned an extremely close victory in the Primo Torneo A Faenza on Saturday, April 17 in Faenza, Italy. Fanti’s deciding win in the handicap tournament came against Italian vice-Champion Davide Minieri 3d of Padova, after they both finished even on all tie-breakers. Leonardo Dal Zovo 2k (r) of Forleone won bronze 3-1.  Mario Fava 11k of Treviso and local hero Stefano Giurin 13k also won three games each. Sixteen players participated. Click here for complete results.  In other Italian go news, Javaness reported last Sunday that Gionata Soletti, long-time FIGG (Italian Go Federation) Secretary — and organizer of two European Go Congresses – is under house arrest. Javaness cites Italian newspaper reports detailing allegations about Soletti’s financial involvement with a politician who has pleaded guilty.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European  Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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DICKHUT WINS BADUK BOTSCHAFTER CUP IN BERLIN

Friday April 23, 2010

Franz-Josef Dickhut 6d (l) went undefeated to win the Baduk Botschafter (Ambassador’s) Cup held April 17 in Berlin.  That qualifies Dickhut to participate in the Korea Prime Minister Cup later this year.  Bernd Schütz 4d finished ahead of Robert Jasiek 5d and Matthias Terweij 4d, each with 3 wins.  Ronnie Wilhelm 9k also won all of his games.  48 players took part in the tournament; complete results here.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European  Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV