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RECENT EUROPEAN TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Sunday May 9, 2010

Pavol Lisy 3d won his first Slovak title by going undefeated during the seven-round 19th Slovak Championship, held in Terchova April 28 – May 2. Maros Kral 3d took silver 6-1, while 2009 Champion Martin Reindl 3d finished with bronze 5-2.  The Danish Championship, held April 30 – May 2 in Copenhagen ended in a four-way tie, three of whom had the same SOS: Kasper Hornbaek 5d, Uffe Rasmussen 4d, Torben Pedersen 3d, and Thomas Heshe 5d all had 4-2 records.  Vanessa Wong 4d (r) silenced all opposition in the British Candidates Tournament, going 6-0 in Cambridge May 1-3.  The Candidates Tournament is Stage 1 of the British Championship.  Andrew Simons 2d and Matthew ‘Sahara’ Scott 1d both had 5 wins and came in second and third.  In Milan, Italy, May 1-2, Davide Minieri 3d (l) won all four of the games he played to win the 16th Brambilla Memorial tournament.  Carlo Metta 2d and Julian van den Busken 1k took the silver and bronze respectively.  In the Under 1-kyu Romanian Cup tournament, Liliana Iacob 4k finished first in her home town of Braila on May 2, finishing ahead of Teodor Sandu 2k and Costel Pintilie 5k, who were also 4-1. Thomas Kettenring 3d won the 14th Bierseidl in Munich over Norbert Jendruch 3d based on SOS, but Jendruch became the Bavarian State champion based on beating Kettenring head-to-head. Franz Michna 4d was third.  Alexandr Kornjukhin 2d won the Russian Rostov Championship May 1-2. His 4-1 result topped both Igor Chumakov 2d and Alexej Akishin 1d, who were each 3-2.  Paal Sannes 4d finished on top with a 4-1 record in the Oslo Open 2010 on May 2 in Norway.  Vestgaarden Oystein 2d and Kutsukake Toshiya 2d were second and third.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV, where you can find more detailed reports on each event.

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BALKAN GO CONGRESS KICKS OFF MAY 19

Sunday May 9, 2010

Restoring an old tradition, Romania will host the Balkan Go Congress May 19-23 at the historic Mogoşoaia Palace just outside of Bucharest.  Besides the six-round main tournament, there will also be blitz, Pair Go and — this is Europe, after all — beer events.
- Jake Edge, based on a report on EuroGoTV

Zakanj Wins Spring Tourney in Velika Gorica, Croatia

Sunday May 9, 2010

Local matador Matej Zqakanj 3d easily swept his home Spring tournament in Velika Gorica, Croatia. Zqakanj was the only dan-level player among 13 taking part Saturday May 8. Robert Jovecic 2k of Zagreb won silver on SOS ahead of Lovro Furjanic 4k (r) of Karlovac, who won bronze, and local Stjepan Mistrovic 6k. Click here for full results, uploaded by Furjanic.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent

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Ljubljana Wins Slovenian Team Title in Kranj

Sunday May 9, 2010

Andrej Kralj 3d led veteran Eduard Ekart 5d and Timotej Suc 3d of the Ljubljana team to victory in the Slovenian Team Championships in Kranj, last Saturday, May 8.  Novo Mesto was second,  Ljubljana-2 third, while host Kranj came in last.  Leader Leon Matoh 4d won all games for the silver team and young talent Luka Camernik 1d did the same for bronze winners. Full results here. Also in Kranj on Saturday, local Nenad Denadic 6k won all four in an event which closed the Youth Week.  Katja Bercic 5k from the capital Ljubljana took silver on SOS, ahead of local Andrej Koncilja 10k (bronze) and two guests from Italy, 4th Davide Bertok 9k of Trieste and Anna Marconi 12k of Udinese. Katja uploaded the full results of both events to the European Go Database.
- Peter Dijkema, European correspondent

Karlsruhe Wins German Team Leagues; Eckloff Tops Bochum Blitz

Sunday May 9, 2010

Title defender Karlsruhe won the top division of 2009-2010 season of the Bundesliga — or German Team Leagues — last Thursday, May 6, ahead of Hebsacker of Hamburg and the Leipzig Lions. Kieloben of Kiel and Berlin Blunder dropped back to the second League, which was won by Hannover, while Tenuki Bonn was second in the final table. The Bundesliga numbers six divisions – 4th league is double, while the 5th counts 26 teams – for a total of 76 teams over-all. The top leagues have ten teams each. A team plays on four boards, but line-ups can be longer. Dominated by several strong Chinese players, Karlsruhe seems unbeatable for the German title, yielding the Championship only once to Hebsacker. Click here for the final tables.

In Bochum, Ralph Eckloff 4d lost just one of his eight games at the Spring Blitz last Saturday, May 8, in a field of 17. Jens Behrendt 1k, winner of the Winter Blitz,  came in second. Both are from Cologne.  Alexandr Dinerchtein was co-sponsor of the event with a free Go4Go membership  for the winners. The next Blitz in Bochum is this summer on August 7. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, reporting from dgob.de posts

BGA APRIL NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED

Sunday May 9, 2010

The British Go Association’s April newsletter is now available. It includes reports on the British Go Congress, the British Youth Championships, and events in Arundel, Fife, Nottingham and Cambridge. Also in this issue: news about the BGA’s Annual General Meeting, the Stacey winners, Youth Grand Prix 2010, Brits overseas at the Paris tournament, the Irish Open and BGA League Winners, plus new books in the BGA bookshop, UK club changes and details on upcoming UK events. Click here to download the PDF.

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IN-SEONG HWANG 7D SWEEPS PRAGUE; SILT FLIES TO KOREA

Sunday May 9, 2010

While In-Seong Hwang 7d of Berlin swept the 39th Prague International May 1-2, Ondrej Silt 6d will be going to Korea for this year’s Korean Ambassadors Cup. Silt (l) won the knock-out among the top sixteen Czechs for the Korean Ambassadors Cup, defeating Jan Hora 6d in the KAC qualifier final, but losing to In-Seong in the final round of the Open International to finish for silver on SOS ahead of veteran Vladimir Danek 5d and Hora. 109 players took part.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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13-year-old Jianing Gan 6D to Play Myungwan Kim 9P in SPOT1 Finals Sunday 5/9 at 1p

Saturday May 8, 2010

Almost 700 watched the Strong Players Online Tournament semifinal game on KGS between Myungwan Kim 9P (CA) (r) and Zhaonian Chen 7D (NJ) on Saturday afternoon. Kuo Yin 3P, the 2006 China Ing Cup University Champion and 2008 US Open runner-up provided live commentaries from Beijing, China. Kim won at move 190 by resignation. Chen used a variation of High Chinese opening and strategically obtained territories in both lower-right and lower-left corner. (Click here for game record) However when defending Black’s dragon Chen “misread badly” per his review and lost an 11-stone dragon. Chen did not give up, but started to operate on his big moyo, which successfully complicated the game. “Chen played well in the second half.” Yin 3P commented, “He simply trailed a bit too much at the beginning”. Kim 9P thrived in the complicated second half and did not give Chen a chance, though the fights were tough and both players were in byo-yomi.
In the other semiifinal, Jianing Gan (ON, Canada) (l) quickly built a lead in territory while Eric Lui 7D (MD) gained thickness. It appeared that Gan defended well on the left side and removed Lui’s potential in the upper-center. Later Lui tried to attack Black with thickness but White (Gan) again made sure to stay connected and sound. In the endgame Gan’s territorial lead seemed untouchable and Lui resigned after move 223.
Beginning in the qualifier three weeks ago, Gan remains undefeated (entire tournament results here) and has won the right to challenge Kim 9P, who has the highest rating in AGA (10.0). No matter what the result, the match is a dream come true for this middle-school student in Winsor as he told EJ last week “I am so lucky that I have the opportunity to challenge top players of North America.”
Game 1 of the SPOT1 best-of-three finals starts Sunday May 9 at 1p EST on KGSJennie Shen 2P will give live commentary -- and will resume on Saturday 5/22. Third-place game series between Chen and Lui have the same schedule.
Reported by Tournament Director Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang; photos by John Pinkerton

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CLOSE WIN FOR PARK YEONGHUN 9P IN MEIJIN LEAGUE

Thursday May 6, 2010

Park Yeonghun 9P defeated Hong Sungji 8P by half a point in the 38th Myeongin (Meijin) League play on Thursday, May 6.
- JustPlayGo

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SPOT1 FINAL FOUR SET TO PLAY SATURDAY

Thursday May 6, 2010

THIS JUST IN (5/7, 7:51p): Live from Beijing, Kuo Yin 3P will provide game commentary for the SPOT1 games begining at 1P Saturday. Runner-up at the 2008 US Open, Kuo only lost to Kim; Kuo holds a BA from Fudan University, and won the China Ing Cup University Championship in 2006.
It’s perhaps no coincidence that the Final Four players in the Strong Players Online Tournament I (SPOT1) are all students. Leading contender MyungWan Kim 9P – a two-time U.S. Open champion — studies accounting at UCLA and besides school he focuses on sharpening his go skills.  “I  really enjoy teaching go,” Kim tells the E-Journal, and, with his summer break starting soon, “I can also teach outside of L.A. , especially before the US Congress.” Kim likes to teach principles instead of techniques, because one can self-study techniques. “The principles I teach apply to both high-kyu and dan players.” About the final four games ahead Kim said “I am studying Lee Se-dol’s games these days, and and I feel I am getting back my strength.” Kim’s semi-final opponent is Michael Chen 7D, 2006 NAIM champion and 2009 US Open runner-up. Chen is a junior at Princeton University, with an emphasis in finance, who’s hoping to get some experience in an investment bank before entering his senior year this fall. Chen has improved his game rapidly during the last few years while maintaining an excellent GPA at Princeton, providing a great example to youth players that one can play go well and do well in school at the same time. The other semi-final match-up is between Jianing Gan 6D and Eric Lui 7D. Just 13 years old, Gan is a bit shy in face-to-face play, and plays much better online. The only Canadian in the Final 4, Gan says that “I am so lucky that I have the opportunity to challenge the top players of North America. I will take each game seriously.” Lui 7D attends the University of Maryland, and has represented United States internationally for the last four years: World Amateur Go Championship (2009), World Student Oza (2008), International Amateur Pair Go Championship (2007) and Korea Prime Minister’s Cup (2006). SPOT1 is sponsored by American Go Association. The Strong Players Online Tournament I resumes this Saturday, May 8 at 1p EST on KGS.
- Reported by Tournament Director Zhiyuan “Edward” Zhang

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