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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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KAMINSKI WINS POZNAN OPEN

Sunday April 18, 2010

Local hero Marek Kaminski 3d (r) swept the top section of the Poznan Open 5-0  in Poznan, Poland the weekend of April 10-11,  ahead of Mateusz Chojnicki 1d of Bydgoszcz and Artur Chmielewski 4k of Starogard.  “My toughest game was with Artur,” Marek told the E-Journal. ” I think he is not 4-kyu, but at least 1-dan!” He added that the tournament atmosphere “was very nice… until we heard the news of the tragic crash, in which we lost so many prominent Poles.”  Locals dominated the second section as well: Dariusz Bednarczyk (5-0), Mikolaj Olszanki (both 6k) and Marek Maksimczyk 4k of Lódz (both 3-2). Wojciech Slusarczyk 9k, Marcin Samson 14k (Srodkowa) and Tomasz Nawracala 11k all won four games in group 3 with nine players. Winner Kaminski, whose nickname is Kamyk, added his first video for the channel WOG-Honte with “Go Crazy” as theme song,  compiled from his gallery. Notice how his large white moyo turned into a won endgame. WOG is Wielkopolski Osrodek Go, the Greater Polish Centre of Go. Wielkopolski is a large province in Poland; Poznan is its capital.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

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JAN SIMARA PILSNERS IN PLZEN

Tuesday April 13, 2010

Jan Simara 5d (BUM 6d on kgs) swept the Qualifiers in Plzen — the hometown of pilsner beer — one of the events to gain points to enter the Czech Champs Finals later this year. Multiple former Champion Vladimir Danek 5d only lost to Simara. Ivan Kostka 3d won bronze on sos. Last weekend, 59 came to enjoy the beer.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

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KAY WINS BRITISH OPEN

Tuesday April 13, 2010

Cantabrigian student Andrew ‘the great destroyer’ Kay has won the British Open with a perfect score of 6/6. In second place was ex British champion Jon Diamond with five wins. T-Mark Hall edged out Nick ‘the Sloth’ Krempel, (who had bizarrely won the lightning tournament on Friday, ) on SOS. The tournament itself was held in Edinburgh and was very well attended with 74 players. The British Go Association’s Annual General Meeting was also held during the event, but was predictably boring and attracted little interest.
- Javaness on EuroGoTV.com

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HAJA & PITROP TOP BUCHAREST YOUTH

Tuesday April 13, 2010

Daniel Haja 5k won the Under 10 and Alexandru Pitrop 4k (r) the Under 12 at last weekend’s National Youth Championship in Bucharest. Click here for complete results.
- Marilena Bara, Romanian Correspondent for the E-Journal; photo by Titi Ghioc

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AMERICAS, EUROPE OUT IN FUJITSU 1ST ROUND

Sunday April 11, 2010

The players from Europe, North and South America went down fighting in the first round of the 23rd Fujitsu Cup Saturday in Tokyo. China’s Piao Wenyao 5P (l) defeated amateur Li Jie 7D (r) of the United States by resignation after 219 moves, Japan’s Takao Shinji 9P defeated Argentina’s amateur Fernando Aguilar 6D by resignation after 172 moves, and Kim Jiseok 7D of Korea beat a very strong effort by Russia’s Alexandre Dinerstein 3P, who resigned after 243 moves. Round 2 is scheduled for Monday, April 12. Click below for more photos, game records and Round 2 pairings.
- JustPlayGo

PAL BALOGH WINS PANDANET CUP

Sunday April 11, 2010

Pal Balogh 6d of Hungary won the Pandanet European Cup at the Paris Open closing the 2009-2010 season. Balogh collected 66 points from six of the 21 Pandanet European Cup tourneys. Czech Ondrej Silt 6d finished with 58 from 7, while both Christian Pop 7d (56, Romania) and Csaba Mero 6d (53, Hungary) played only in 5 events on tour.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal
photo: Pal Balogh (l) winning the Austrian Open last November, a Japanese Ambassadors Cup event and part of the Pandanet Go European Cup

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WORLD MIND SPORTS GAMES ON FILM

Saturday April 10, 2010

French filmmaker and go player Fred Donzet 5d has just posted his film about the 2008 World Mind Sports Games. Donzet, a French representative to the WMSG, shot a lot of material about all the games played at the event in Beijing, China.
- Peter Dijkema

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SMUD TOPS BIG MOUNTAIN

Saturday April 10, 2010

Mladen Smud 1k (l) won his local home tournament Veligoricki Go Turnir – or Big Mountain Tournament — in Veligoricki, Croatia. Smud finished ahead of Robert Jovecic 2k on sos.
- Peter Dijkema, from EGD

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