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LEE SEDOL ADVANCES TO BC CARD CUP FINALS

Saturday April 3, 2010

Lee Sedol 9P (r) defeated Kim Kiyoung 5P by 4.5 points in the BC Card Cup semifinal to advance to the finals, where he’ll face either Park Junghwan 7P or Chang Hao 9P for the title match.
- JustPlayGo; click here for more photos and game records

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TWO UPSETS IN MINGREN PRELIM

Saturday April 3, 2010

Amateur Hu Yuqing 8d defeated professional Fang Jie 7P by resignation in the first round of the last

Nie Weiping (r) v.s. Tao Xin

preliminary tournament of the 23rd Mingren (Meijin) on March 30. In another surprise win, Tao Xin 4P defeated Nie Weiping 9P by a stunning 8.5 points.

- JustPlayGo
click here for more photos and game records.

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ZHANG TOPS CAROLINA SPRING TOURNEY

Saturday April 3, 2010

Edward Zhang 6D won the first place in the Open section of the 2010 Carolina Spring Go tournament, held in Raleigh, NC on March 28th. Thirty-four players competed in the seventh annual AGA-rated tournament organized by the Cary Go Club.  Zhang, who traveled from the DC area, won four straight games to top the open section.  Winner’s Report: Eric Zhang 5D, Guojun Zhu 3D and Nianci Gan 3D tied for the second place of the open section with 3-1 scores.  Xiaoping Wu 1d and John Moore 2d tied for the first place of Section A (1D-2D), while Wu’s 12-year old son, Brian Wu 7K won Section B (1K-10K) with a perfect score of 4-0.  Warren Lewis 18K, Tom Carlson 11K, Dale Blann 13K and Ralph Abbey 15K tied for the first place of Section C (11K-20K) with the same score of 3-1.  Two young kids, Alvin Chen 24K and Kevin Kwong 25K won Section D (21K-30K) in a tie with a score of 3-1.
- Owen Chen

Lee Sedol & Chang Hao To Battle For BC Card Cup

Monday March 29, 2010

Korea’s Lee Sedol 9P (r) will play China’s Chang Hao 9P in the BC Card Cup finals. Lee defeated Kim Kiyoung 5P on Saturday and Chang defeated Park Junghwan 7P on Sunday. Last year’s first BC Card Cup title match favored China, with Gu Li defeating Korea’s Cho Hanseung 3-1. This year’s title match, which begins on April 25th, will undoubtedly prove to be a very exciting series with two very strong players battling it out.
- JustPlayGo; click here for more photos and game records

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“Let My People GO”: Fragman Posts Jewish-related Go Items

Monday March 29, 2010

Just in time for Passover, Shavit Fragman has posted several go items related to the Jewish holiday, including The Go Seder (Pessach) Plate, a Happy Pessach (Passover) card and Let My People GO – New findings on GO Baduk Weiqi history, which explores the linkage between Moses’ exodus from Egypt and the game of go. Fragman is President of the Mind Go Club, an AGA chapter in Israel.

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EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Hwang Tops Shusaku Cup In Romania; Bonn Tenukis To Win: Mazurek-Soldan Pair Champs: Polish Summer Camp Moved To August: Sankin Collects Japanese Council Cup In St Petersburg: Silt Sweeps Linz: Kachanovskyj Wins Kiev: Artem’s Lead Dwindles In KGS League

Monday March 29, 2010

HWANG TOPS SHUSAKU CUP IN ROMANIA: Hwang In-Seong 8d, undefeated in six rounds, swept a very strong field at the Shusaku Cup in Tirgu Mures, Romania March 26-28. Next were Catalin Taranu 7d, Ilya Shjiksin 7d and Christian Pop 7d, atop a field of 150 in the main event. Younger double-digit level players were invited to the Junior Cup. Click here  for the full results. Chinese pro’s were invited for teaching and game comments and EuroGoTV to relay games from the top boards.
- Peter Dijkema, from EuroGoTV.com

GERMAN NEWS: BONN TENUKIS TO WIN: Consistent with their name and track record, the Bonn-based Tenuki Club’s team won the 2009 NordRhein-Westfalen state title last week in Detmold. The club had won the 2009-10 Rhein-Maas (international) league earlier this year, also playing out of town.
- Peter Dijkema, from EuroGoTV

POLISH NEWS: MAZUREK-SOLDAN PAIR CHAMPS: Although TD Marek Kaminski had hired a huge hall at Nature University last weekend in Poznan for the Polish Pair Go Championships, barely enough pairs showed up to fill the winner’s podium. Katarzyna Mazurek 2k and Polish Champ Leszek Soldan 5d took the title, while Klaudia Kleczkowska 4k and Krzysztof Dziolak 1d brought back home silver medals. The bronze pair took last place. Click here for a gallery of photos by the TD. That same weekend, the Poznan club promoted go at a national Fantasy meeting in town.

POLISH SUMMER CAMP MOVED TO AUGUST: The traditional July Polish Summer School has been rescheduled to August 8-22. Click here for details in English and links to a gallery of photos. PABICH TO YOUNG MASTERS LEAGUE: Mariusz Pabich 2d from Pabianice won the March 20-21 qualifier in Lódz and moves to the Young Masters League, 2 points clear of six youngsters with three wins each. BEREZA BEAT ALL AT MIKULÓW: On the same weekend, Jan Bereza 2k swept the event in Mikulów 4-0, topping the 10-player field.
- Peter Dijkema, Marek Kaminski and Vit Brunner (and EGD)

SANKIN COLLECTS JAPANESE COUNCIL CUP IN ST PETERSBURG: Timur Sankin 5d took the Japanese Council Cup March 20 in St Petersburg, Russia, winning all six rounds. Ivan Kulikovskij 4d was second. Also with 5-1 results: Makar ‘killer’ Zabijakov 5k and Anton Pleshakov 13k in a field of 59. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, after EGD

SILT SWEEPS LINZ: Czech Champ Ondrej Silt easily swept the Linz tourney in Austria March 20-21, topping the table with a two-point margin over three Austrians. Wolfgang Kremes 2d (silver) and Lothar Spiegl 4d (bronze) also made the podium. In the field of 29, only local Ronald Schatz 5k had a 4-1 result.
- Peter Dijkema (EGD)

KACHANOVSKYJ WINS KIEV: Young Artem Kachanovskyj 6d (artem92 in KILL A-league) from Rivny scored a victory at the Viktor Tishenko Memorial in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on March 20-21, topping 44 players. Veteran Dmytro Jacenko 5d won 4-1 to take silver. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema (EGD)

ARTEM’S LEAD DWINDLES IN KGS LEAGUE: Artem Kachanovskyj is hanging onto his lead in the KGS Insei League’s A-league by a thin 1% threat. His 89% wining record barely leads Fredrik Blomback’s 88%, attained since organizer Alex Dinerchtein introduced bonuses for those who play more. Danigabi follows at 81%. In division B last week leader Fedor added two wins (one over Dinerchtein) for 100% and Elvina Karlsberg is close behind with 95%. Remake from Sweden is third at 81%. In C-league, Texmurphy (Hungary) is on top with 112%, closely followed by DRhazar from Canada with 118%.
- Peter Dijkema, from insei-league.com

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WORLD GO NEWS: Lee Changho Wins Kuksu; Rui Naiwei Sweeps Female Kuksu, Again; Takao Shinji Wins Daiwa Cup; Cho U 2-0 In Judan

Monday March 29, 2010

Lee Changho Wins Kuksu: It took Lee Changho 9P just 145 moves to wrap up his Kuksu title win on March 23. Lee defeated Hong Kipyo 4P by resignation in the fourth game of the 53rd Kuksu to handily win the series 3-1. This is the 10th time in his career that Lee Changho has held the Kuksu title and marks his 140th title win. The last time he won the Kuksu was in 2006.
- JustPlayGo 

Rui Naiwei Sweeps Female Kuksu, Again: Rui Naiwei (Female Kuksu) defeated Cho Hyeyeon 8P by a stunning 11.5 points in the second round of the 15th Female Kuksu on March 24. Rui swept the best-of-three series 2-0 to win her seventh Kuksu title.
JustPlayGo 

Takao Shinji Wins Daiwa Cup: Takao Shinji 9P defeated Kono Rin 9P by half a point in the final game of the 3rd Daiwa Cup Grand Champion tournament on Saturday. This is Takao’s first Daiwa Cup Grand Champion title win; he has held the Daiwa Shoken Cup title twice, in 2006 and 2007. Takao Shinji has held 14 major titles in his career, including the Honinbo, Meijin, and the Judan.
JustPlayGo 

Cho U 2-0 In Judan: Cho U (Judan) defeated Yamashita Keigo (Tengen) by 1.5 points in the second round of the 48th Judan on March 25. Cho now leads the best-of- five series 2-0. The third round will be played on April 8th.
JustPlayGo 

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WORLD YOUTH DEADLINE MARCH 30

Monday March 29, 2010

The deadline for the World Youth Goe Championships (WYGC) qualifier is now March 30th.  The qualifier will be held on April 3rd, and the finals on April 10th and 11th.  The winners in each bracket will go on to compete at the WYGC in Taiwan, July 22-28.  For more information click here.

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PAIR GO WORLD CUP UPDATE

Monday March 29, 2010

In last week’s report on the recent the 2010 Pair Go World Cup (China’s Song/Xie Win Pair Go World Cup, 3/22 EJ), we failed to mention that U.S. pair Yun Feng and Jie Li were defeated in the first round of the 4 million yen championship by eventual champions Song Ronghui 5P and Xie He 7P of China. “This is an event held by the newly formed World Pair Go Association to celebrate the 20th anniversary of pair go,” reports IGF Vice President Thomas Hsiang. “The sponsors include a new Japanese company ‘Gourmet Navigator,’ or ‘Gurunami’ in Japanese, and All Nippon Airways (ANA).”

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“SLOW GO” TOURNEY SEEKS PLAYERS

Monday March 29, 2010

Recruiting has begun for a new tournament, the Wisonet Go Cup. A “slow go” event – 2.5 hours basic time per player plus overtime – the Wisonet is requiring a minimum rating of 1-dan and will select a field of up to 32 players from those registering. Five rounds are planned, the first scheduled for May 8th in Edison, New Jersey. Rounds 2-4 can be sponsored by other go clubs and the final round will return to Edison. Up to $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded (less if the field is smaller). Players invited to participate in the tournament will pay $50 per round for the first three rounds; no fee will be charged for the last two rounds. Wisonet specializes in games and puzzles, says company president and tournament organizer Ronghao Chen. “Our purpose is to dramatically improve the quality of games in tournaments.” Chen expects the tournament to last at least four months. “This type of time arrangement will allow players to have time to prepare games,” he says. “Go fans will have time to discuss games and the tournament. Also, it will attract the general public to learn go and be aware of the tournament. Live game analysis will be arranged at many playing days.” Dan level players interested in a seat in this tournament must sign up by April 15th by e-mailing his/her name, current AGA rating, phone number and e-mail address to chenronghao@yahoo.com. Invitations to all selected players will be sent out on April 25th. For more info call Chen at 609-799-1624 or 908-872-6202.

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