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JEN DONATES ANIME FOR YOUTH TOURNAMENTS

Tuesday October 20, 2009

Winston Jen, the same donor who gave the AGA 100 sets of Hikaru no Go, has also donated four popular anime (cartoon) series as prizes for upcoming  tournaments.  Valued at over $225 retail, the Anime Prize Pack contains 28 DVDs and is free for AGA Chapters and at AGHS sponsored tournaments.  Chapters may use these prizes to attract youth to adult events, or for youth specific events.  “Hikaru no Go has contributed so much happiness to my life,” Jen, an Australian anime fan and translator who lives in Hong Kong, told the E-Journal, “I wanted to give something back to as many people as possible.”  100 multi volume sets of Hunter x Hunter, Fruits Basket, Kodocha, and The Girl Who Leapt Through time (both the movie and the graphic novel), were donated.  The AGA is charging $20 to cover shipping and handling, full details are on the Anime Prize Page.  To order, contact Chapter Services.
- Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor

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PRO WORKSHOP A BIG HIT IN NORCAL

Tuesday October 20, 2009

PRO WORKSHOP A BIG HIT IN NORCAL: “We’re going to emphasize the ‘work’ in workshop,” Janice Kim 3P proclaimed at the start of her October 10-11 workshop with professional go players Seung-jun Kim 9P and Diana Koszegi 1P. Kim proceeded to hand out packets of problems specifically geared to each student’s individual level, and students spent time in class and at home solving go problems that were then graded by the pros. Seung-jun Kim and Diana Koszegi traveled from Korea for thre workshop, which was attended by twenty eight students, who participated in lectures, game reviews, team matches, simultaneous play, as well as go problems and homework. Seung-jun Kim and Diana Koszegi then headed to Las Vegas for some fun and games before continuing on to New York to teach another workshop. The Oakland workshop was co-sponsored by the Bay Area Go Players Association and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
- Roger Schrag; photo by Ming Liao

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STUDENT OZA QUALIES TO BE HELD ONLINE

Tuesday October 20, 2009

“Pandanet has announced changes to the 8th Student Igo Oza Championship,” reports Tournament Coordinator Philip Waldron.  Rather than asking national go associations like the AGA to run qualifier tournaments, events will now be played on the Internet Go Server and coordinated directly from Japan.  Two players will now be selected from the North, South and Central Americas to compete against a field of sixteen in Japan in March.  Players interested in competing for an invitation to the international championship tournament should consult the information webpage.  Registration for the qualifiers closes October 25.

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EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Romania Sweeps Euro Team Championships; Giedrojc Wins Lodz; Gerlach ’09 Deutscher Meister; Budahn Beats Berlin; Traxler Sweeps Salzburg; Strong Line-Up For Brussels; Brits Build Online Team League; Big Prize Attracts Top Players To Lille Pandanet

Tuesday October 20, 2009

ROMANIA SWEEPS EURO TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Catalin Taranu 5P led the Romanian team to crush all their opponents 4-0 in at the European Team championships in Pitesti, Romania on October 9-11. Along with Kido-Cup winner Christian Pop on Board 2 and successful six-dans Dragos Bajeneru and Cornel Burzo, the Romanians were heavy favorites, despite strong teams from neighbours like Southern Serbia which took silver and Hungary, which took the bronze. A majority of the teams from 11 nations came from Romania — Romania 3 took 4th, ahead of team 2 — but Bulgaria sent two. Click here for team results and click here for more detailed results.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent

GIEDROJC WINS LODZ: Krzysztof Giedrojc 4d swept the Lodz elimination tourney for the Polish title league on October 17-18, ahead of the only other high-dan player, Radek Jachym 4d. Maciek Lubinski 1d and Krzysztof Urtnowski 1d led a pack of four players on 3-2, but only they made it into the final league of eight. In Lodz 18 players had won the right to take part. Click here for results. The title tourney is set for November 26-29; Leszek Soldan is the defending champion “Mistrz Polski.” The Polish go association’s website go.art.pl has announced three new features: a link to photo galleries, an ability to comment on news and a fast section with mini-news. The Szczecin Go Club took part in the 3-day “Japan Fest” that ended October 17, with go exhibitions.
- Peter Dijkema, based on go.art.pl

GERLACH ’09 DEUTSCHER MEISTER: Christof Gerlach 6d won the German title – “Deutscher Meister” – in the final league of eight in Frankfurt on Main, October 15-17. Gerlach only lost to defending Champ Franz-Josef Dickhut 6d, who took bronze, with Benjamin Teuber 6d collecting the silver medal. Click here for results. This is the third national title for Gerlach, behind Dickhut’s 8; he won his first in 1991 and his second in 1998. Gerlach is also known in Europe as the author of a popular pairing program for large tournaments and as editor-in-chief of the German magzine DGZ as well as EGC bulletins.
- Peter Dijkema, from dgob.de and sensei.xmp.net

BUDAHN BEATS BERLIN: Michael Budahn 3d beat all his Berlin opponents in the “Herbstturnier” (‘Autumn Tourney’) on October 10. Also on the winner’s podium and sharing the prize money: Judith Conradi 2d and Oliver Goerling 9k with 3-1 each. Sixteen players took part, with a quarter of them young female players, who each won a small prize and an official “Urkunde” (= diploma?). Click here  for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, after a report at www.dgob.de

TRAXLER SWEEPS SALZBURG: Yorick Traxler 2d won all five games in Salzburg – Zell am See on October 10-11. Wolfgang Kremes 1d (4-1) and Michael Winkler 2d (3-2) completed an all-Vienna podium. This is Traxler’s first tournament win. Thirty players from Austria, Germany and Italy took part. Click here  for results. In September, Traxler did even better, when he defeated two 4d’s to take second place (4-1) after Viktor Lin 5d, who swept the Seewinkel tourney on September 12-13, where 39 played from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Aoki 9P was present for comments and teaching games. Click here for results.
- Peter Dijkema, based on reports on www.goverband.at

STRONG LINE-UP FOR BRUSSELS: Hwang In-Seong 7d, Dai Junfu 7d, Zhang Yanqi 5d, Antoine Fénech 5d and GoGod’s T. Mark Hall 4d top the 63 early registrants for the 24th Brussels tournament, scheduled for October 24-25 in the “Palais du Midi.” Click here for more information and to sign up.
- Peter Dijkema

BRITS BUILD ONLINE TEAM LEAGUE: The British Go Association (BGA) is following in the steps of their German colleagues at the Deutsche Go-Bund (DGB), which has set up a very successful system of online leagues for club teams. Ten British teams have already registered, while Durham captain Sandy Taylor is recruiting members for an 11th team. Some familiar names among the BGA captains are Matthew Macfadyen at Leamington, Helen Harvey heading up Chester A and Toby Manning managing Tigers Mouth from Leicester. Click here for more teams.
- Peter Dijkema

BIG PRIZE ATTRACTS TOP PLAYERS TO LILLE PANDANET: A prize of 600 Euros in the upcoming Pandanet tournament in Lille, France has attracted top players like Fan Hui 2P, Noguchi Motoki and current “Championne National” Zhang Yanqi. Click here  for details on the December 12-13 tournament or email TD Sébastien Dewidehem at seb.dewi@hotmail.fr
- Peter Dijkema

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U.S. GO NEWS: Huang Tops Portland; Chamberlain Wins MGA Fall Tourney; Odhner & Wong Win In Pittsburgh

Tuesday October 20, 2009

HUANG TOPS PORTLAND: Vincent Zhuang took top honors in the Portland Tournament October 17-18. Thirty-three players participated. Winners were: Dan division: Vincent Zhuang (5-0), Jim Levenick (4-1), Zhuang Guozhong (2-3). Single-digit kyu division: Ben Sharvy (4-1), Jeremy Nelson (4-1), James Moore (3-2). Double-digit kyu division: Gordon Castanza (5-0), Jim Johnson (3-2), David Tweet (3-2). Youth: Vincent Zhuang (5-0). New AGA member: James Moore (3-2); Female: Cynthia Gaty (2-3).
- Peter Drake

CHAMBERLAIN WINS MGA FALL TOURNEY: John Chamberlain 1d won the Massachusetts Go Association’s Fall Tournament on October 18th, topping 24 players with a 4-0 record. David Saxner and Pete Schumer came in second and third, entering at 1-dan and 2-kyu respectively.
-Eva Casey, Tournament Director

ODHNER & WONG WIN IN PITTSBRGH: Josiah Odhner 11k and Mark Wong 1k both went 3-0 to win their respective divisions in the October 19 Pittsburgh Fall tournament. The field of eight players ranging from 17 kyu to 1 dan was split into a double-digit kyu division and a single-digit kyu / dan division, and each group played a 3-round round robin.
- Kim Warzinski

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WORLD GO NEWS: Iyama Beats Cho Decisively To Become Youngest Meijin; Hane Wins Agon Cup; Samsung Cup Quarters Results

Tuesday October 20, 2009

IYAMA BEATS CHO DECISIVELY TO BECOME YOUNGEST MEIJIN: Challenger Iyama Yuta 8P (right) won Game 5 of the 34th Japanese Meijin to take the title from Cho U 9P with a decisive 4-1 score. At the age of just 20 years and 4 months Iyama also becomes the youngest major title holder in Japanese history and breaks the record that Cho Chikun 9P held for 23 years; Cho Chikun won his Oza Title at the age of 20 years and 5 months. The final game took place October 14-15, with Iyama taking White and defeating Cho by resignation.
- GoGameWorld

HANE WINS AGON CUP: In the 16th Japanese Agon Cup final held on 10/17, Hane Naoki 9p defeated Cho U 9p by resignation, winning the title and title prize of 10 million Yen. This was the second title Cho had lost that week.
- GoGameWorld

SAMSUNG CUP QUARTERS RESULTS: In the quarter-final of the 14th Samsung Cup, held on 10/14 in Taejon, South Korea, Lee Changho defeated Zhou Ruiyang by a half point, Kong Jie knocked out Park YuongHoon by resignation, Qiu Jun eliminated Heo Youngho by resignation and Gu Li beat his teammate Chen Yaoye by resignation. The semi final will take place from 11/2 to 11/5 in Shanghai, China, the parings are Gu Li vs. Kong Jie and Lee Changho vs. Qiu Jun.
- GoGameWorld

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Jennie Shen Teaches Fighting

Monday December 22, 2008

Look out for more fighting from attendees of the recent Jennie Shen workshop. The Penn Go Society organized a 3-day workshop with the Santa Barbara, CA-based 2-dan professional on December 12-14 at the University of PA. “She was a wonderful teacher full of wisdom and lighthearted humor,” organizer Matt Bengtson tells the E-Journal, “with special excellence in the area of the middle game, where she encouraged everyone to fight more.” The workshop was attended by about 20 participants ranging from 20k to 5d, with a focus on game review over the course of the workshop. “We are very grateful to the Ing Foundation Professional Teaching Program for their generous grant, which has made the event possible and affordable for all,” Bengtson added. Click here for event photos. photo courtesy of the Penn Go Society

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Go Designs

Monday December 22, 2008

Italian graphic designer Stefano Giurin has designed some new eye-catching go-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts and bags. A self-described “go addict,” Giurin, a 12-kyu, started playing a year ago. “I’m trying to make go more cool for everyone, not only for players,” Giurin tells the E-Journal.

European Go News: Burzo Wins Romanian Ambassador Cup; League Updates From Holland & Germany; German Tournament Updates

Monday December 22, 2008

BURZO WINS ROMANIAN AMBASSADOR CUP: Cornel Burzo 6D won the Romanian Ambassador of Japan Go Cup held December 13-14 in Bucharest. Lucian Corlan 5D took 2nd place and Daniel Cioata 5D was 3rd in the second edition of the event in which 150 Romanian Go players from 6 to 60 years old played. The event was also the occasion for the launch of Pro-G0, the new Romanian electronic go publication by Dorin Chis.
- report by Marilena Bara, Romanian correspondent for the E-Journal; photo: Burzo (r) with Ambassador of Japan in Bucharest Yoshinobu Higashi; photo by Liviu

LEAGUE UPDATES FROM HOLLAND & GERMANY: Utrecht’s Team 1 won the top Fall league in Holland and Utrecht’s Michiel Tel 1k won the prize for best progress in the top league with 44 points. Leyden had tied in matches and games, but lost the Leyden-Utrecht match. The top teams from Eindhoven won both the 1st and 2nd leagues; Eindhoven 1 won all five matches, finishing ahead of Utrecht 2 (4-11) and 3 (2-7). Eindhoven 2 won the second league 4-11, where Ivo Creusen gained 72 points, making him overall Best Progress winner. Finally, Almere 2 won 3rd league 5-13, with Huib Olij winning Best Progress. A total of 72 players participated. After three rounds in Germany’s Autumn Leagues – in which 72 teams are playing — only three teams in the top league are still undefeated: Karlsruhe didn’t drop a single game, Dragons from Frankfurt am Main won all matches but lost two games and HH-Hebsacker, the Go publishing house from Hamburg is third. The differences between go leagues in Holland and Germany are interesting and may be instructive for go organizers elsewhere. The Dutch leagues have small teams and meet in person, while the German league teams are larger and meet almost exclusively online.
- Peter Dijkema, European correspondent

GERMAN TOURNAMENT UPDATES: Benjamin Teuber 6D (l) won the Nikolaus tournament in Brauschweig, Germany on December 6-7, with 38 players participating. Lin Hai 4D took 2nd and Stefan Katschick 5D won third place. Stephan Thober 1D of Greifswald won the Mecklenburg-Vorpommeren state championship on November 21-22. Volkmar Liebscher 3D was 2nd and Martin Schidt 1D was 3rd.  Franz-Josef Dickhut 6D won the Japanese Consul-General’s Cup, also held November 21-22. At stake was a ticket to Japan, and Dickhut told the EJ that “My wife is from Korea, so we go there almost every year. But I’ve only been to Japan a few times, representing Germany in the WAGC.” Christoph Gerlach 6d won the ‘Blitzmeister’ title December 13-14 when the final four contestants met in a marathon in which they played each other six times.
- Peter Dijkema

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Go Designs

Monday December 22, 2008

Italian graphic designer Stefano Giurin has designed some new eye-catching go-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts and bags. A self-described “go addict,” Giurin, a 12-kyu, started playing a year ago. “I’m trying to make go more cool for everyone, not only for players,” Giurin tells the E-Journal.