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LIVE FROM THE WORLD AMATEURS!

Monday May 17, 2010

The American Go E-Journal will publish special daily editions next week live from the World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC) in Hangzhou, China. We’re teaming up again with Ranka Online this year to provide complete coverage of the 31st annual competition among top amateur players from around the world, which will run May 24-31. American-born pro Michael Redmond 9P will provide game commentaries for the Ranka/E-Journal effort – which will include ongoing updates on both Ranka and the AGA website , as well as via daily E-Journal reports — while Ivan Vigano, James Davies and Chris Garlock will report and John Pinkerton will provide photos.

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COLLEGE STUDENTS GET A BREAK

Monday May 17, 2010

The American Go Foundation (AGF) will be using the Gregory Lefler Memorial Fund to help college students attending U.S. Go Congress this year, reports AGF board member Keith Arnold. “Any student attending college full time this fall can apply for a $50 discount on their registration fees; we have limited funds, so graduating seniors or graduate students will only be considered if funds remain,” Arnold said. To request the discount, send an e-mail with your name, AGA number, name of school, and your fall status (freshman, sophmore etc.) to agf@usgo.org. “We expect available funds to be exhausted so please send your information now, first come, first served,” added Arnold.

JIANING GAN LOOKING TO STAY ALIVE IN SPOT1 TOURNEY SATURDAY

Monday May 17, 2010

Barring an upset win by Jianing Gan 6d, Saturday’s 1p (EST) game could be the final round in the Strong Players Online Tournament (SPOT1), as Myungwan Kim 9P looks to sweep the tournament finals 2-0. Kim is on an 18-game winning streak in AGA tournaments. The game will be broadcast live on KGS. Earlier Saturday, Eric Lui 7d will play Michael Chen 7d at 10a (EST) — also on KGS — in the battle for third place. Lui leads 1-0.  Kim 9P has defeated Hugh Zhang 6d, Daniel Gourdeau 6d, Yongfei Ge 7d, Yue Zhang 7d and Michael Chen 7d. Thiteen-year-old Gan 6D has defeated Patrick Lung 6D, Mengmeng Chen 5D, Yongfei Ge 7D, Hugh Zhang 6D, Sarah Yu 6D, and Eric Lui 7D.
- Edward (Zhiyuan) Zhang, TD

NEW AGA TOURNAMENT COORDINATORS APPOINTED

Monday May 17, 2010

Edward Zhang (r) has been appointed National Tournament Coordinator for the American Go Association (AGA), President Allan Abramson announced Monday. Zhang — who has been coordinating the Strong Players Online Tournament (SPOT1) — will have two Assistant TC’s, Oren Laskin, and Eric Davidson-Sawyer. “This team of three tournament coordinators brings new faces and energy to this important function, spreads the work load, offers new ideas, and better provides for continuity in case of a vacancy, ” Abramson said. “I am pleased that all three stepped up to serve the AGA membership,” he added.

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KAMINSKI’S FLOW EARNS HIM FLIGHT TO KOREA

Monday May 17, 2010

Marek Kaminski 3d (r) of Poznan swept the Korean Ambassador’s Cup in Warsaw last weekend, qualifying for the Korean Prime Minister Cup later this year in Korea. Polish Champion Leszek Soldan 5d finished second with one loss and Agnieszka Kacprzyk 1d of Bebnów won bronze on sos. Kaminski won the Young Masters League last month at the age of 23, making this his last year in the League. In the second round the Young Master defeated current Polish Champion Soldan.  “This win gave me the flow to fly to Korea; all my games were tough,” he told the E-Journal. “But our real Young Master is Mateusz Surma, the European Youth Champion. I hope to meet and play him in Korea!” where Surma currently studies go. The tournament was organised by the club Kawangarda in the South of the capital Warsaw. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, E-Journal European Correspondent

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ODORIZZI WINS TORNEO GO A GOGO IN BARI, ITALY

Monday May 17, 2010

Federico Odorizzi 3k won the Torneo Go a GoGo in Bari, Italy last weekend, May 15-16. His 4-1 result bested a group of five who won three. Local Francesco Cutrone 5k had best sos for silver while Luigi Morrone 6k of Napels won bronze. None of the 19 participants won all five rounds of this handicap-minus-two event. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, E-Journal European correspondent

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DEMAKOV SWEEPS CENTRAL DISTRICT IN RUSSIA

Monday May 17, 2010

Vladimir Demakov 1k was the surprise winner at the Central Federal District of Russia’s Championship, held in Jaroslavl last weekend, May 15-16.  Demakov won all his games, leaving silver in the hands of favorite Innokentij Dmitriev 3d (both of Moscow), while Sergej Vinokurov 1d of Petrozavodsk won bronze on sos. The Central Federal District of Russia is large, stretching from St Petersburg in the West and Petrozavodsk in the North beyond Jaroslavl in the East, where 25 took part. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, E-Journal European correspondent

EVANSTON GO CLUB TEACHES HUNDREDS AT CHI ANIME CONVENTION

Monday May 17, 2010

The Evanston Go Club’s fifth year at the Anime Central convention (ACEN) in Chicago last Friday and Saturday was so popular that “the crowds never seemed to let up, and we kept teaching until midnight both days!” reports local organizer Mark Rubenstein. “ACEN is a huge event, with 15,000 attendees last year,” says Rubenstein. “The go club has our own room with dozens of 9×9 boards available for learning. The room was full of enthusiastic, costumed first-time go players, some of whom spent hours enjoying their first foray into go.”  The club also held a tournament on Saturday, and gave away 8 full-size go sets, provided by Yellow Mountain, to the top eight winners. For more pictures of the “wacky, wonderful world of ACEN,” check out the club’s photo page. “Thanks also to Bob Barber, Lee Hyunh, David Rohde, and Bob Schattke for their tireless and enthusiastic help!” photo: at the 2006 ACEN

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TREVOR MORRIS SLIPS AHEAD TO WIN IN AMHERST

Monday May 17, 2010

Trevor Morris 7d narrowly won last weekend’s tournament in Amherst, MA. Going into the fourth round of the one-day tourney on Sunday, May 16, there were no three-game winners, so the top spots were up for grabs and Morris eked out the win, besting David Saxner (also 3-1) by a single tie-break point to win the tournament trophy. Eric Reid was the only kyu player to post a 3-1 record, clinching the kyu title. Special mention goes to Richard Buckman (2-1) who volunteered to take a bye in the second round after a first-round loss. Buckman managed to pick up wins in his last two games, for a respectable winning record. photo: (l-r):  Richard Buckman, David Saxner, Trevor Morris, Eric Reid)

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NIGOT ON TOP IN MED LEAGUE; FURUTA SWEEPS AVIGNON

Monday May 17, 2010

Pierre Nigot 2k swept the Mediterranean League in Chateauneuf de Gadagne, April 24,  the regional second stage of the French Championships. Manuel Valles 3k was second and Bernard Coppe 1d was third.  Ten players took part. The yearly “Tournoi d’Avignon” took place there as well, with 25 players. The best-ranked three filled the podium: Teruhisa Furuta 3k went 4-0 for first,  Julien Delacroix 3k (3-1) was second, and Pierre Derrier 3k (2-2) was third. Also undefeated were Guillaume Giffard 8k, Quentin Vinge 14k, and Mathieu Gomez 15k.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent