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PONOMAREV CAPTURES NOVOSIBIRSK TITLE

Monday May 3, 2010

Valerij Ponomarev 4d became the champion of the district of Novosibirsk last Sunday, edging out Sergej Pavlov 4d in the final round-robin. Ponomarev beat Pavlov head to head which served as the tiebreaker because both had 6-1 records.  Eight players participated in the tournament.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV.

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DRAMATIC FINISH IN KGS INSEI LEAGUE FOR APRIL

Monday May 3, 2010

In the A group of the Korean-style Insei League on KGS, Ali Jabarin’s 17-0 record was not enough to overcome the bonus points awarded for Gabriel Benmergui’s (r) 25 games played (23-2), which led to a tie at the top.  Both players were awarded $162.50, while third place winner Fredrik Blomback (13-1) won $75.  In the B group, DrHazar took first and $100 with a 19-4 record, while Syptryn (22-7) and Kalmah (20-5) tied for the two third-place spots.  In the C group,  imagine was first and AYOCZI placed second. D group: first: Srgey, second: Macheeide. E group: first: Suitengu, second: Calwen72.  A new league starts up in May.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV.

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INSEI LEAGUE TO START ON DRAGON GO SERVER

Sunday May 2, 2010

After complaints that “as guys with jobs and kids there’s just no way we could ever play 12 games a month” plus lectures and teaching games “without getting divorced or fired,” Korean-style Insei League founders Alexander Dinerchtein and Ilya Shikshin have started an Insei League on the turn-based Dragon Go Server (DGS). The DGS League will run three months, with just two games between each insei and two  games with each teacher, for a total of 10 games. “All members get access to the Insei League room on KGS,” says Dinerchtein, “where they can watch all lectures and simuls. Regular membership for the 3-month DGS Insei League is $95; a $195 all-inclusive membership provides more game reviews.
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OC GO CLUB WINS SCHOOL TOURNEY

Sunday May 2, 2010

The Orange County Go Club (CA) took top honors in the American Go Honor Society (AGHS) School Team Tournament, which concluded last week after two months of competition.  The OC Go Club — featuring Curtis Tang 8d, Calvin Sun 7d, and Jerry Shen 4d, who were undefeated in the event — jumped up to first place after having finished second last year.  On the opposite coast, New Jersey’s East Meadow High fielded four teams, and moved up from last year’s runner-up position to win the National Sweepstakes Championship, given to the school with the best overall performance from all teams entered. Nationwide, 92 schools or youth clubs entered the competition, each with 3-person teams, totaling 276 youth of all ages.  Now in its 9th year, the event continues to be run primarily by high school students, with guidance from previous AGHS officers. Winners report: Team Champions: Grand National Champions: Orange County Go Club, California; Varsity Division: Jasper High School, Texas; Junior Varsity Division: Bellaire High School, Texas; Intermediate Division: Morningstar Chinese School, California; Novice Division: Mason Huaxia Chinese School, Ohio; Beginner Division: Morningstar Chinese School, California; Sweepstakes Champions: Grand National Champions: East Meadow High School, New York; Rookies Sweepstakes: Morningstar Chinese School, California; Junior Sweepstakes: Fair Oaks Elementary School, California.  Click here for full results.
- Paul Barchilon, E-Journal Youth Editor; photo: 3rd grader Natalia Loosli of the Fair Oaks Go Club, CA, playing her final round. photo by Vincent Eisman

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 4 AGA BOARD SEATS

Sunday May 2, 2010

Four American Go Association (AGA) Board of Director seats are up for election this year, reports Arnold Eudell, who’s coordinating this year’s election process. The terms of four seats – one in each region and the at-large position – expire this September. Nominations are now being accepted and close on June 15; nominations must be made in writing by full members of the AGA. Send to elections@usgo.org Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

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LEVENICK TOPS CORVALLIS SPRING TOURNEY

Sunday May 2, 2010

Jim Levenick 3d topped the Corvallis Go Club’s April 24 Spring Tournament, held at the Willamette University Campus in conjunction with Willamette University Go Club. There were 23 participants ranging from 6-dan to 20-kyu. Winner’s Report: Dan division: 1st: Jim Levenick 3d; 2nd: Ray King 1d. Single digit kyu: 1st: Glenn Peters, 2nd: Zack Garrett, 3rd: Dylan Wiggins. Double digit kyu: 1st: Michael Isaac, 2nd: Wendy Gleason, 3rd: Jason Cowsill.
- report by Cynthia Gaty, TD; photo: Glen Peters (l) gets a game review; photo by Dylan Wiggins

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CHOI, WON & PARK ADVANCE TO PRICE INFORMATION CUP CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday May 1, 2010

Undefeated in their respective League matches, Choi Cheolhan, Won Sungjin, and Park Yeonghun were the first to secure spots Saturday in the 6th Price Information Cup Championship Tournament. Click here for game records, including Yoo Changhyuk-Park Yeonghun and Won Sungjin-Kang Dongyun, as well as Park Jeonggeun’s Friday loss, which ended his hopes to make the finals. Click here for pairings and more game records.
- JustPlayGo

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JIE LI TO COMMENT LIVE ON ON SPOT1 TOP BOARD

Thursday April 29, 2010

Four-time US Open Champion Jie Li 7D will provide live commentary on the key game between top seeds Myungwan Kim 9P and Yongfei Ge 7D — both two-time US Open winners themselves — in the Sweet 16 round of the Strong Players Online Tournament (SPOT1) at 1p this Saturday, May 1 on KGS. Ge lost to Kim at the 2009 US Go Congress and tells the E-Journal “I will try my best.  To me, Kim is best at endgame, and I will try to make it complicated in mid-game.” Ge, who works as a software architect, spent some time studying go every day to prepare for his 2007 U.S. Open win after his first Open win in 2001. Over 500 watched Kim’s game on KGS last Saturday, and our sources say that he’s studying hard as well. Five of top eight seeds are in SPOT1’s upper half, while two are in the lower half due to first round upsets. Click here for the complete Sweet 16 matchups. An innovation of SPOT1 is the use of web cameras, enabling the players to see each other on Skype, which “was proposed by the sponsor of SPOT1, AGA President Allan Abramson,” reports TD Zhiyuan “Edward” Zhang. Players describe the web camera play as both “close to face-to-face playing” and “more formal than regular online games.” While it makes some “feel nervous but excited” the players also says it’s an “interesting experience” that “feels real.”

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U.S. GO CONGRESS SIGN-UP NEARS 100

Thursday April 29, 2010

Sign-up for the 2010 US Go Congress in Colorado Springs is nearing the 100 mark, “over 20% of the way to our goal of 400+ attendees,” reports Congress Director Karen Jordan. Click here for details and here to register: “Plans are underway for the July 31-August 1 event and many of them depend on how many paid registrations we have,” says Jordan. Click here to see who’s coming.

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13-YEAR-OLD WINS TAIWAN’S ZHONGHUAN CUP

Wednesday April 28, 2010

Thirteen-year-old Taiwanese professional Jian Lichen 2P (r) won the 17th Zhonghuan Cup when he defeated Zhou Junxun 9P by just 1.5 points in the final match on Monday, April 26. His win earned Jian Lichen promotion to 5-dan, continuing a meteoric rise that began when he became a professional in 2008 at 12 and was then promoted to 2-dan at the end of 2009 for obtaining 20 wins as a 1-dan.
- Based on a report on JustPlayGo

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