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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

SHIKSIN WINS IN MOSCOW, OGLOBIN IN KIROV

Friday April 23, 2010

Reigning Russian Champion Ilya Shiksin 7d of Kazan won all five rounds at the Spring Youth Festival last weekend in Moscow. Reigning women’s Russian Champion Natalia Kovaleva 5d lost only to Shiksin, but defeated local Oleg Mezhov 6d, who finished third, also with a 5-1 result. In Kirov, Alexej Oglobin 4k beat Alexandr Shishin 4k on strength of schedule to win the Sunday Spring Tournament on April 18 with 16 participants.  In Moscow, 32 played in the 1st league, while 47 played in the 2nd league which was topped by two undefeated players: Aleksandr Tishin 6k and Ksenia Shchipicina 8k.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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KARLSRUHE INCREASES LEAD IN GERMAN TEAM LEAGUES

Tuesday April 20, 2010

Karlruhe increased their lead over runners-up Hamburg Hebsacker on April 15 in the penultimate round of the German Bundesliga (Team League).  Hebsacker won on only one board of four, just enough to keep their hopes alive for a miracle next month. They would not only need to crush the Frankfurt Dragons, but Karlsruhe – which has won the title all but one year – would have to lose badly to Berlin Igoist, for Hebsacker to win their second national title. Igoist defeated the Dragons to take over third place from Hamburg Pauli, which also lost 1-3, to Kieloben of Kiel. In tenth place, the aptly-named Berlin Blunders are beyond hope, while Red Star Nuremberg in ninth needs a win over Pauli to stay in the top league.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

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SILT SWEEPS PANDANET SEASON OPENER

Monday April 19, 2010

While Europe was closed for air traffic last weekend due to the ongoing volcanic activity, the 2010-11 Pandanet Tour launched in Bled, Slovenia, which the players — who hail from Central Europe — could reach by car. Ondrej Silt 6d swept all six rounds of the Tour’s first tournament April 16-18, while Pal Balogh 6d won five for silver and veteran Vladimir Danek 5d’s four games earned him bronze. The same names topped last season’s tour, which ended last month in Paris. The season opener, the Vladimir Omejc Memorial, attracted 41 participants, of whom youngsters Luka Camernik 1d and Nenad Denadic 7k – both of Slovenia – also did well with 5-1 each.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

POMSTRA TIPS MARTINI IN GRONINGEN

Monday April 19, 2010

Willem-Koen Pomstra 5d of Arnhem won all rounds to take first place in the Martini Cup April 17-18 in Groningen, The Netherlands. Herman Hiddema 4d of Delft lost only once, to take second place. Torsten Knauf 4d of Cologne finished third with three wins. In Groningen 46 took part.  Also Hakan Dagli 3k of Almere and Maria Nyström 7k of Umela won all five of their games.  Young-sun Yoon 5P provided game commentaries. The tournament’s name derives from the Martini Tower, which dominates the city’s historic center.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

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TIEBREAK WIN GIVES NORTH AMERICA EDGE IN TRANSATLANTIC YOUTH MATCH

Monday April 19, 2010

Victory in this year’s dramatic Transatlantic Youth Go Match (TYGM) hinged on the tiebreaker that had to be played after the teams from North America and Europe tied at five wins each. The tiebreaker captain’s game between Curtis Tang, who has represented the U.S. many times at the World Youth Go Championship (WYGC), and Artem Kachanovskyj, a perennial contender at the WYGC for Europe , handed victory to North America again – the team won 6-4 last year — when Tang was able to hold onto his lead through the endgame. Over 600 online spectators showed up Sunday, April 18 to watch the TYGM’s second edition, in which twenty players from ten countries in North America and Europe played in a friendship exchange between the two continents.  The success of this event, both last year and this year, ensure that it will continue to be a venue for North American and European players to mingle and make new friends. Full details and game records can be found here.
- Lawrence Ku, US West Coast Reporter

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SURIN WINS IN ST PETERSBURG, KLJUEV IN JAROSLAVL

Sunday April 18, 2010

Dmitrij Surin 6d won the St Petersburg Open Cup April 10-11 in Russia, topping a field of 16.  Runners-up were Ivan Kulikowskij 5d, Natalia Kovaleva 5d and Alexei Lazarev 6d.  That same weekend in St Petersburg, Stepan Trubicin 4d swept the Under 25 Russian Championship, ahead of Igor Nemlij 5d of Kazan, Sergej Efimov 2k (Ekaterinaburg) and Dmitrij Kirakosjan 1d of St Petersburg. Elsewhere in Russia, during that weekend, in Jaroslavl with its center on the list of UNESCO World Heritage, Andrej Kljuev won Jaroslavl Championship while Daria Koshkina 4k (r) took silver with her 4-1 result.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

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