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KOVALEVA-SURIN REPEAT AS EURO PAIR CHAMPS

Tuesday April 27, 2010

European Pair Champions Natalia Kovaleva 5d and Dmitry Surin 6d kept their title with a 6-1 record in St. Petersburg April 23-25. Challengers Elvina Karlsberg 5d and Alex Dinerchtein 3p lost the mutual encounter Sunday morning and finished with silver. Unexpectedly, Russia also collected bronze when Kamysheva/Mezhov (2k), who only lost to  Laura Avram and Lucian Corlan (2d) of Romania, took third. The Romanians were the best foreign team at fourth place. Only four other teams from Europe could reach St.Petersburg in time, due to the volcano-related flight restrictions over most of Europe. Romania and Turkey flew in, while next-door neighbours Poland, Belorussia and Finland made their way there by car and ferry. Organizers filled out the field with local pairs.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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SEATTLE GO CENTER BLOSSOMS AT FESTIVAL

Monday April 26, 2010

The Seattle Go Center participated in the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival April 16-18, doing outreach to festival attendees all three days. “In the mornings we had time for a few 13×13 games among our volunteers, but on Saturday and Sunday afternoon it got very busy” reports Center Manager Brian Allen. The AGA-rated Cherry Blossom Tournament on Saturday April 17 “was a little bit larger than last year,” Allen reports, with 18 players.  Ben Hakala won the Dan Section, Abe Taylor the First Kyu Section, Frank Brown the Second Kyu Section, and Job Betcher the Third Kyu Section. Job went on to win the Children’s 13×13 Handicapped the next day.  Owen Gow placed 2nd, and Jordon Betcher placed 3rd in the youth tournament.
- photos by Brian Allen; volunteers Bill Thompson (l) and Sam Wilhide at the Cherry Blossom Festival; Yuriko Miyake at the Cherry Blossom Tournament

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HARWIT AND ZHANG TOP BOULDER USYGC

Monday April 26, 2010

Nathan Harwit 3d and Luke Zhang 1d topped their divisions at the Boulder, CO, United States Youth Go Championship (USYGC) this past Saturday, April 24. Harwit, age 12, beat his twin brother Matthew to take the regional title. The boys have alternated as champion for the past four years, and this is their first year in the Senior Division.  Nine-year-old Luke Zhang 1d took top honors in the Junior Division. Six-year-old Robin Luo 7k, also made a strong showing, winning a special trophy in the under 12 division.  Winners Report:  1st: Nathan Harwit 3d; 2nd: Luke Zhang 1d; 3rd: Matthew Harwit 4d; 4th: Erwen Yu 13k; Special Under 12: Robin Luo 7k; Newcomers Award: Lenny Den 18k.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor; photo: Prize winners relax after their matches at the Boulder USYGC. From left to right: Erwen Yu, Luke Zhang, Robin Luo, Lenny Den; photo by Dave Weiss

EURO GO CONGRESS SIGN-UP PASSES 300; TWO AMSTERDAM TOURNAMENTS

Monday April 26, 2010

Sign-up for the European Go Congress — July 24 – August 8 in Tampere, Finland — has passed 300,  including two Americans (Boris Bernadsky from Manhattan and Paul Bensen of Coral Gables FL). Also signed up are Naoyuki Kai 6d, with his with wife Mihoko 2k and son Keima 5k of Yokohama, the Marz family of Marburg — Manu 4d, Micha 3d, and their young son Ferdinand — and many more from Europe, Japan, and elsewhere.

Two upcoming tournaments of note in Amsterdam are the free blitz tournament on April 29, May 1-2 and the 39th annual Amsterdam International Go Tournament, a major event in the Pandanet Go European Cup series, and will be held May 13-16.

- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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PACE GRABS GRAPPA IN ITALY; ANKARA UPDATE

Sunday April 25, 2010

Alessandro Pace 1k topped a field of 51 on March 27-28 at Yama no Kaze in Bassano del Grappa, Italy.  Davide Minieri 3d took the silver.  Full results from the  Hacettepe University tournament in Ankara, Turkey, held in the same weekend, are now available.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ Euoropean Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

CHONG TOPS CHI TOURNEY; ZHOU & YANG WIN YOUTH

Sunday April 25, 2010

Chong Lee 6D topped the Chicago Spring Tournament Saturday, while Will Zhou 7D won the Senior Youth Tournament and Haisong Yang 5k the Junior Youth. “After 60 tournaments in the same venue, we took a chance and moved to the new Chicago Go Center for the 61st,” reports longtime tournament director Bob Barber. “By moving to the suburbs, we lost some people, and gained some others.  Everybody was very impressed with the Center, which is the best thing to happen to go in Chicago in 30 years.” There were 34 players.
Winner’s Report: Senior Youth Winner:  ZHOU, Will, 7d; Junior Youth Winner:  YANG, Haisong, 5k. HANDICAP TOURNAMENT: Tie 1st Place Dan: LEE, Chong, 6d
HUYNH, Lee, 1d; 1st Place High Kyu: SOLBERG, Richard, 3k; 1st Place Mid Kyu: NORMAN, Matthew, 9k; 1st Place Low Kyu: FISCHLER, Mark, 11k
Photo: Will Zhou 7D (l) vs. Daniel 10k; Haisong Yang (l) vs. Henry Zhou 13k; photo by Mark Rubenstein

LEE SEDOL UP 2-0 IN BC CARD CUP

Sunday April 25, 2010

Lee Sedol 9P blanked Chang Hao 9P over the weekend in the two rounds of the BC Card Cup, winning both games by resignation. Sedol has been on an amazing winning streak since his return to professional play in January, and it would come as no surprise to anyone if he swept this year’s BC Card Cup. Game three of the best-of-5 game series will be played on April 27th.
- JustPlayGo

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CHEN YAOYE WINS TIANYUAN, AGAIN

Sunday April 25, 2010

It was déjà vu all over again as Chen Yaoye 9P defeated Gu Li 9P by resignation in the third and final round of the 24th Tianyuan (Tengen) title match on Friday, April 23, winning the title 2-1 and retaining it for the second straight year. He defeated Gu Li in last year’s Tianyuan.
- JustPlayGo

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SPOT1 DOWN TO SWEET SIXTEEN PLAYERS

Sunday April 25, 2010

Thirty two top players battled it out on KGS over the weekend to make the Sweet Sixteen in the inaugural N.A. Strong Players Online Tournament (SPOT1). Over 500 watched Myungwan Kim 9P(CA) play Hugh Zhang 6d (CA) Saturday, with Kim notching his latest victory in a 14-game winning streak in AGA tourneys. Also making the Sweet Sixteen – to be played next Saturday, May 1 – were Yongfei Ge 7D, Yuan Zhou 7D, Yue Zhang 7D, Curtis Tang 7D, Xinyu Tu 7D, Changlong Wu, Yinli Wang 6D, Eric Lui 7D, Jie Liang 7D, Calvin Sun 7D, Sarah Yu 6D, Jung Lee 7D, Jianing Gan 6D and Hugh Zhang 6D. The final slot will be filled by the winner of Monday’s Zhaonian ‘Michael’ Chen- Yixian Zhou game.
Saturday’s “main event” will undoubtedly be the face-off between Yongfei Ge and Myungwan Kim, both two-time U.S. Open Champions. Saturday’s winners proceed to Sunday’s Elite 8 round and winners there qualify for the Final 4 round. Spot1 is sponsored by the American Go Association; a total of $1,500 in prizes will go to the top three players – $1,000 for champion, $400 for runner up, and $100 for third place. Click here for complete results and pairings.
– Zhiyuan “Edward” Zhang, Tournament Director; photo: Yinli Wang 6D (IN) and Sarah Yu 6D (ON), undefeated in the SPOT1 First Round, finished on top of Teams C and G entering the Sweet 16 round

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GOURDEAU, YU & GAN MAKE TOP 32 IN SPOT1

Saturday April 24, 2010

Hundreds tuned in Friday night to watch the action in the N.A. Strong Players Online Tournament (SPOT1) Canadian qualifier and Premiere round. Jin “Sarah” Yu 6D, Daniel Gourdeau 6D and Jianing Gan 6D made the SPOT1 Top 32, while Eric Lui 7D (MD), Yuan Zhou 7D (MD) and Carson Tu 7D (NJ) are just one win from the Sweet 16 round after winning their games in the First Round. SPOT1 is sponsored by the American Go Association, with $1,500 in prizes for the top three winners. Forty players from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. registered; after double-elimination in the first round, two players from each team will advance to the Sweet 16 round, scheduled for next Saturday, May 1st. For most of the players, this was the first time playing in front of a web camera, but  Patrick Lung from Canada said “It didn’t matter; I was more concentrated on my board than my opponent.” Nick Jhirad from DC said that opponent Carson Tu’s “responses to my attacks on the right were very good,” adding that “one big mistake at the end cost me the game, but I played better than I thought.” Daniel Gourdeau, a 5th grade high school student from Quebec, said that “I was proud of move 41, and move 93 is the last nail in the coffin.” Gourdeau’s plan for his next game is to “Play thick, leave few weaknesses.” Click here for the SPOT1 First Round schedule.
- Zhiyuan “Edward” Zhang, Tournament Director

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