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Hwang to Teach at Go-Ski

Monday November 16, 2009

In the latest winter go holiday event, Hwang In-seong 7d (right) will teach go ‘apres-ski’ during six nights at the traditional Go-Ski in Pragelato – host of the cross-country race during Winter Olympics of 2006 – in the Italian Alps near the French border. The event will take place between December 27 and January 2, organized by AGI, an independent Italian Go Association. Other European holiday go events include the Dutch Wintergo with Yoon Young-Sun 5P and the December 28-31 London Open where Zhang Yanqi 6d – current French Champion – is one of the favorites.
- Peter Dijkema, after an announcement on swissgo.org

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In Memoriam: Andrew Grant

Monday November 2, 2009

UK go author and dan player Andrew Grant died in his sleep early on the morning of October 26. “Known throughout the world as the author of ‘400 Years of Go in Japan’, Andrew was well-known for 30 years on the tournament scene as a player and organizer, both at Wanstead and more recently, the Milton Keynes Go Club,” British Go Association Vice-President Tony Atkins tells the E-Journal. Grant had been suffering from cystic fibrosis, which had worsened over the last couple of years, and was on the waiting list for a lung transplant. “He had been in hospital for several weeks before his death,” says Tim Hunt, fellow Milton Keynes Club player, “and although struggling just to breathe, he was still a formidable opponent over the go board.”

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US, Euro Player Databases Linked

Monday November 2, 2009

The new AGA Player Database and the European Go Database have now been cross-referenced with links for those players who have competed in events in both Europe and the United States. The new links are shown in the cards of players who are in both databases: a box appears with a link to the same player’s card in the “foreign” database. Currently, more than 300 players appear in both databases; examples include Ian Davis, Horst Sudhoff and Thomas Derz.

Cyprus Beckons

Monday November 2, 2009

With winter looming across North America and Europe, thoughts turn to the Cyprus Go Championship, as the leaves in that Mediterranean country change color in the Troodos mountains and vineyards take on gold and crimson hues against a backdrop of crystal clear sunlight and even November can feel like summer. The Cyprus Go Championship is set for November 21-22 in the Parnassos Strovolou building. Click here for details and to register.

EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Jabarin Wins 3rd Israeli Championship: Chun Poong Jho Pays Surprise Visit; Balogh Wins Vienna Open; 8th ’09 Title For MacFadyen; British League Up; Choi Young Sik Wins Ambassador’s Cup In Berlin; Luethke Sweeps in Kuelungsborn; Europeans Disappoint At KPMC

Monday November 2, 2009

JABARIN WINS 3RD ISRAELI CHAMPIONSHIP: CHUN POONG JHO PAYS SURPRISE VISIT: Ali Jabarin 5d successfully defended his Israeli championship title last weekend in Tel Aviv, scoring six wins to win the title for the third straight year. Daniel Reiter 4d took second and an international participant from China, Jianping Wang 5d, won third place. A highlight of the event was a visit by Chun Poong Jho 8P of Korea, the first time a professional has attended. The surprise visit was arranged by Shavit Fragman, who met Chun when his son Amir Fragman represented Israel in the recent Korean Prime Minister Cup, where he took 24th place – the best Israeli record in this tournament – and was awarded a special prize as the most popular player at the KPMC. “Chun sensei reviewed games, played simul games and made the event unique and special to all,” Shavit Fragman reports. Click here for reports and photos.

BALOGH WINS VIENNA OPEN: Pal Balogh 6d (Hungary) won the Japanese Ambassador’s Cup — aka the Pandanet Vienna Open — on October 31 & November 1. Balogh won on SOS, nudging out Hwang In-seong 7d (Berlin) by one point. The Vienna Open was held in the Museum of Ethnology in conjunction with the museum’s Japan for All Seasons exhibit celebrating 140 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Austria and is one of the highlights of the long teaching stay of Aoki Shinichi 9P. The tourney had a very strong line-up; 40 of the 136 players were dan-level players. Karin Valisova 8k (Slovakia), Ferdinand Glatzl (Austria) and Jaroslav Babek (Czech, both 10k) were the only five-game winners. Click here for full results- Peter Dijkema

8TH ’09 TITLE FOR MACFADYEN: Matthew MacFadyen 6d of Leamington won his eighth title of the year in Milton Keynes — where 35 took part – on October 31. A week earlier he had won the 40th Wessex, topping a field of 43. In both events, Louise Bremner 1k of the Isle of Man won all three games. Earlier last month, MacFaden won in Shrewsbury – his first win there in 12 years – where his wife Kirsten Healey 2k also won all three. The British news site contains links to the tables and to some pictures of a London team tourney. - Peter Dijkema

BRITISH LEAGUE UP: The Cornish Rogues, Durham Ducklings, Oka-Shima Hotaru and 21 other teams are set to play in the inaugural online British league for teams of three, which started on October 28 with 4 divisions of 6 teams each. The Rogues defeated King Edward VI Aston 2-1 in the first game of League two on October 31.Click here to see all 24 teams. The purpose of the league is to encourage interaction between players in different areas of the country and to encourage online play among members of the British Go Association. - Peter Dijkema

CHOI YOUNG SIK WINS AMBASSADOR’S CUP IN BERLIN: Choi Young Sik 3d won the 4th Japanese Ambassador’s Cup in Berlin, October 24-25, his 4-1 score beating Johannes Ebenaus 5d and Alexander Kurz 3d (both of Berlin) on SOS. Of 60 participants no one won all 5. Click here for results.
- Peter Dijkema, based on reports by Tobias Berben on dgob.de

LUETHKE SWEEPS IN KUELUNGSBORN: On the same weekend, organiser Hans-Eckhart Luethke 1k from Schwerin swept his “Go, Urlaub, Ostsee” (‘Go, holiday, Baltic sea’) tourney in Kuelungsborn. With four wins each, Markus Roelz 3d and Volkmar Liebscher 6k (both from Greifswald) also made the podium. Click here for results.
- Peter Dijkema, based on reports by Tobias Berben on dgob.de

EUROPEANS DISAPPOINT AT KPMC: “No European made the top-ten of the Korean PM Cup,” wrote Herman Hiddema in a Dutch news-mail. “Dmytro Bogackyj 6d of Ukraine was best at 11th place, “ losing to China and Hongkong. Also scoring 5-2 were Leon Matoh 4d of Slovenia, who lost to Korea and Canada, Dusan Mitic 5d of Serbia lost to the U.S. and New Zealand and young Jerome Salignon 5d of France lost to Holland and Germany. Dutch Champ Merlijn Kuin 6d headed the 4-pointers, ahead of Christian Pop 7d of Romania and the rest of the Europeans. Click here for complete results and links to pictures and games. - Peter Dijkema

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EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Romania Sweeps Euro Team Championships; Giedrojc Wins Lodz; Gerlach ’09 Deutscher Meister; Budahn Beats Berlin; Traxler Sweeps Salzburg; Strong Line-Up For Brussels; Brits Build Online Team League; Big Prize Attracts Top Players To Lille Pandanet

Tuesday October 20, 2009

ROMANIA SWEEPS EURO TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Catalin Taranu 5P led the Romanian team to crush all their opponents 4-0 in at the European Team championships in Pitesti, Romania on October 9-11. Along with Kido-Cup winner Christian Pop on Board 2 and successful six-dans Dragos Bajeneru and Cornel Burzo, the Romanians were heavy favorites, despite strong teams from neighbours like Southern Serbia which took silver and Hungary, which took the bronze. A majority of the teams from 11 nations came from Romania — Romania 3 took 4th, ahead of team 2 — but Bulgaria sent two. Click here for team results and click here for more detailed results.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent

GIEDROJC WINS LODZ: Krzysztof Giedrojc 4d swept the Lodz elimination tourney for the Polish title league on October 17-18, ahead of the only other high-dan player, Radek Jachym 4d. Maciek Lubinski 1d and Krzysztof Urtnowski 1d led a pack of four players on 3-2, but only they made it into the final league of eight. In Lodz 18 players had won the right to take part. Click here for results. The title tourney is set for November 26-29; Leszek Soldan is the defending champion “Mistrz Polski.” The Polish go association’s website go.art.pl has announced three new features: a link to photo galleries, an ability to comment on news and a fast section with mini-news. The Szczecin Go Club took part in the 3-day “Japan Fest” that ended October 17, with go exhibitions.
- Peter Dijkema, based on go.art.pl

GERLACH ’09 DEUTSCHER MEISTER: Christof Gerlach 6d won the German title – “Deutscher Meister” – in the final league of eight in Frankfurt on Main, October 15-17. Gerlach only lost to defending Champ Franz-Josef Dickhut 6d, who took bronze, with Benjamin Teuber 6d collecting the silver medal. Click here for results. This is the third national title for Gerlach, behind Dickhut’s 8; he won his first in 1991 and his second in 1998. Gerlach is also known in Europe as the author of a popular pairing program for large tournaments and as editor-in-chief of the German magzine DGZ as well as EGC bulletins.
- Peter Dijkema, from dgob.de and sensei.xmp.net

BUDAHN BEATS BERLIN: Michael Budahn 3d beat all his Berlin opponents in the “Herbstturnier” (‘Autumn Tourney’) on October 10. Also on the winner’s podium and sharing the prize money: Judith Conradi 2d and Oliver Goerling 9k with 3-1 each. Sixteen players took part, with a quarter of them young female players, who each won a small prize and an official “Urkunde” (= diploma?). Click here  for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, after a report at www.dgob.de

TRAXLER SWEEPS SALZBURG: Yorick Traxler 2d won all five games in Salzburg – Zell am See on October 10-11. Wolfgang Kremes 1d (4-1) and Michael Winkler 2d (3-2) completed an all-Vienna podium. This is Traxler’s first tournament win. Thirty players from Austria, Germany and Italy took part. Click here  for results. In September, Traxler did even better, when he defeated two 4d’s to take second place (4-1) after Viktor Lin 5d, who swept the Seewinkel tourney on September 12-13, where 39 played from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Aoki 9P was present for comments and teaching games. Click here for results.
- Peter Dijkema, based on reports on www.goverband.at

STRONG LINE-UP FOR BRUSSELS: Hwang In-Seong 7d, Dai Junfu 7d, Zhang Yanqi 5d, Antoine Fénech 5d and GoGod’s T. Mark Hall 4d top the 63 early registrants for the 24th Brussels tournament, scheduled for October 24-25 in the “Palais du Midi.” Click here for more information and to sign up.
- Peter Dijkema

BRITS BUILD ONLINE TEAM LEAGUE: The British Go Association (BGA) is following in the steps of their German colleagues at the Deutsche Go-Bund (DGB), which has set up a very successful system of online leagues for club teams. Ten British teams have already registered, while Durham captain Sandy Taylor is recruiting members for an 11th team. Some familiar names among the BGA captains are Matthew Macfadyen at Leamington, Helen Harvey heading up Chester A and Toby Manning managing Tigers Mouth from Leicester. Click here for more teams.
- Peter Dijkema

BIG PRIZE ATTRACTS TOP PLAYERS TO LILLE PANDANET: A prize of 600 Euros in the upcoming Pandanet tournament in Lille, France has attracted top players like Fan Hui 2P, Noguchi Motoki and current “Championne National” Zhang Yanqi. Click here  for details on the December 12-13 tournament or email TD Sébastien Dewidehem at seb.dewi@hotmail.fr
- Peter Dijkema

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Go Designs

Monday December 22, 2008

Italian graphic designer Stefano Giurin has designed some new eye-catching go-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts and bags. A self-described “go addict,” Giurin, a 12-kyu, started playing a year ago. “I’m trying to make go more cool for everyone, not only for players,” Giurin tells the E-Journal.

European Go News: Burzo Wins Romanian Ambassador Cup; League Updates From Holland & Germany; German Tournament Updates

Monday December 22, 2008

BURZO WINS ROMANIAN AMBASSADOR CUP: Cornel Burzo 6D won the Romanian Ambassador of Japan Go Cup held December 13-14 in Bucharest. Lucian Corlan 5D took 2nd place and Daniel Cioata 5D was 3rd in the second edition of the event in which 150 Romanian Go players from 6 to 60 years old played. The event was also the occasion for the launch of Pro-G0, the new Romanian electronic go publication by Dorin Chis.
- report by Marilena Bara, Romanian correspondent for the E-Journal; photo: Burzo (r) with Ambassador of Japan in Bucharest Yoshinobu Higashi; photo by Liviu

LEAGUE UPDATES FROM HOLLAND & GERMANY: Utrecht’s Team 1 won the top Fall league in Holland and Utrecht’s Michiel Tel 1k won the prize for best progress in the top league with 44 points. Leyden had tied in matches and games, but lost the Leyden-Utrecht match. The top teams from Eindhoven won both the 1st and 2nd leagues; Eindhoven 1 won all five matches, finishing ahead of Utrecht 2 (4-11) and 3 (2-7). Eindhoven 2 won the second league 4-11, where Ivo Creusen gained 72 points, making him overall Best Progress winner. Finally, Almere 2 won 3rd league 5-13, with Huib Olij winning Best Progress. A total of 72 players participated. After three rounds in Germany’s Autumn Leagues – in which 72 teams are playing — only three teams in the top league are still undefeated: Karlsruhe didn’t drop a single game, Dragons from Frankfurt am Main won all matches but lost two games and HH-Hebsacker, the Go publishing house from Hamburg is third. The differences between go leagues in Holland and Germany are interesting and may be instructive for go organizers elsewhere. The Dutch leagues have small teams and meet in person, while the German league teams are larger and meet almost exclusively online.
- Peter Dijkema, European correspondent

GERMAN TOURNAMENT UPDATES: Benjamin Teuber 6D (l) won the Nikolaus tournament in Brauschweig, Germany on December 6-7, with 38 players participating. Lin Hai 4D took 2nd and Stefan Katschick 5D won third place. Stephan Thober 1D of Greifswald won the Mecklenburg-Vorpommeren state championship on November 21-22. Volkmar Liebscher 3D was 2nd and Martin Schidt 1D was 3rd.  Franz-Josef Dickhut 6D won the Japanese Consul-General’s Cup, also held November 21-22. At stake was a ticket to Japan, and Dickhut told the EJ that “My wife is from Korea, so we go there almost every year. But I’ve only been to Japan a few times, representing Germany in the WAGC.” Christoph Gerlach 6d won the ‘Blitzmeister’ title December 13-14 when the final four contestants met in a marathon in which they played each other six times.
- Peter Dijkema

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Go Designs

Monday December 22, 2008

Italian graphic designer Stefano Giurin has designed some new eye-catching go-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts and bags. A self-described “go addict,” Giurin, a 12-kyu, started playing a year ago. “I’m trying to make go more cool for everyone, not only for players,” Giurin tells the E-Journal.

German Tournament Updates

Monday December 22, 2008

Benjamin Teuber 6D (l) won the Nikolaus tournament in Brauschweig, Germany on December 6-7, with 38 players participating. Lin Hai 4D took 2nd and Stefan Katschick 5D won third place. Stephan Thober 1D of Greifswald won the Mecklenburg-Vorpommeren state championship on November 21-22. Volkmar Liebscher 3D was 2nd and Martin Schidt 1D was 3rd.  Franz-Josef Dickhut 6D won the Japanese Consul-General’s Cup, also held November 21-22. At stake was a ticket to Japan, and Dickhut told the EJ that “My wife is from Korea, so we go there almost every year. But I’ve only been to Japan a few times, representing Germany in the WAGC.” Christoph Gerlach 6d won the ‘Blitzmeister’ title December 13-14 when the final four contestants met in a marathon in which they played each other six times.
- Peter Dijkema

 

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