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Euro Go Updates: March 10-18

Sunday March 18, 2012

Cyprus: Dimitris Regginos 1d won the Friendship Go Tournament, held March 17-18 in Nicosia, Cyprus. In second was Argyris Fellas 1k, and third was Phedias Christodoulides 3k. Click here for results.

Croatia: The 443th Velika Gorica weekend-go-tournament, played on 3/17 in Velika Gorica, Croatia, was won by Robert Jovicic 2k, in second was Mladen Smud 1k, and third was Mirko Primetica 10k. Click here for results. The first mini Tournament Karlovac 2012, played on 3/10 in Karlovac, Croatia, was won by Mladen Smud 1k; second was Lovro Furjanic 1d, and third was Vladimir Ribicic 20k. Result table .

Slovenia: Kyu turnir, played on 3/17 in Kranj, Slovenia, was won by Peter Gaber 1k; in second was Borut Zaplotnik 1k and third was Dusan Marcetic 5k. Result table .

European Go Congress 2012 update March: The Youth Hostel Bonn has now decided to allow booking of rooms for Go players until April 16th.There are mainly rooms with four beds still available in the Youth Hostel, that can be booked via the accommodation page on the www.egc2012.eu website.

Hungary: The Kondor Dragon Cup Group 3 tournament, played on 3/11 in Budapest, Hungary, was won by Bulcsu Fajszi 15k; second was Csongor Sebestyen Katona 15k, and third was Miklos Csizmadia 15k. Result table . The Kondor Dragon Cup Group 4 tournament, played on 3/11 in Budapest, Hungary, was won by David Fazekas 20k; second was Nikoletta Toth 20k, and third was Aniko Tothne Temesvari 20k. Result table . Kondor Dragon Cup Group 2 tournament, played on 3/11 in Budapest, Hungary, was won by Laszlo Boviz 9k; second was Csaba Katona 12k, and third was Janos Fiala 12k. Result table . Kondor Dragon Cup Group 1 tournament, played on 3/11 in Budapest, Hungary, was won by Dominik Boviz 1d; second was Renato Tolgyesi 2k, and third was Domonkos Albrecht 1d. Result table .

Romania: The CSRB Club tournament, played on 3/10 in Bucuresti, Romania, was won by Sergiu Dan Iugulescu 2d; second was Constantin Ghioc 5d (photo at left), and third was Rares Ghioc 3k. Result table . The Drobeta Tr. Severin- Romanian Cup- local competition, played from 3/3 to 3/4 in Drobeta Tr. Severin, Romania, was won by Irina Stefania Ionica 9k; second was Vasile Grecu 15k, and third was Cosmin Tutunaru 11k. Result table .

United Kingdom: The Trigantius, played on 3/10 in Cambridge, United Kingdom, was won by Andrew Simons 3d; second was Alex Rix 3d, and third was Jon Diamond 4d.
( photo Francis Roads 2d place 4 of 51 ) Result table .

Turkey: The 7. Hacettepe Go Tournament, played from 3/10 to 3/11 in Ankara, Turkey, was won by Ozgur Degirmenci 2d; second was Bertan Bilen 2d, and third was Giray Erdi 1d. Result table .

Serbia: The Radnicki Club Tournament, played on 3/10 in Kragujevac, Serbia, was won by Lazar Manojlovic 5d; second was Zoran Jankovic 4d, and third was Misa Alimpic 3d. Result table .

Germany: The Berliner Winterturnier 2012, played on 3/10 in Berlin, Germany, was won by Tobias Wahl 4k; second was Timon Dohnke 20k (photo at right), and third was Daniel Krause 1k. Result table .
- excerpted from reports on EuroGoTV.com; edited by Wayne Schmittberger

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Nihon Ki-in Representative To Seattle Go Center Resigns

Tuesday March 13, 2012

Frank Fukuda has tendered his resignation, effective immediately, as the Nihon Ki-in’s representative to the Seattle Go Center, a responsibility he accepted in 1995 as a condition for the Nihon Ki-in to create the Go Center.  Mr. Fukuda’s resignation comes on the heels of an official letter from the Nihon Ki-in to the Seattle Go Center indicating their intention to sell the Go Center premises in the near future.  The Seattle Go Center Board of Directors is currently determining how to respond to this notice.

 Andrew Gross, Chairman of the Board of the Go Center, said “The Board of Directors wishes to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Fukuda, whose name is synonymous not only with the Seattle Go Center, but with the broader Seattle area Go community.  His dedication and commitment to spreading the joy of Go through teaching, community outreach, and organized competitive play has laid an unshakable foundation which will support the Seattle Go Center into the next decade and beyond.  We are grateful that Mr. Fukuda has indicated that his resigning as representative of the Nihon Ki-in will not prevent his continued involvement with the Go Center.”   photo by Brian Allen: Frank Fukuda at Bunka no Hi Culture Day, Seattle

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Mingming Yin 1P Sweeps 2012 YKNOT

Tuesday March 13, 2012

After two weekends of fierce competition, Mingming Yin 1P of New York emerged as the champion of the Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YKNOT). Mingming Yin was the only player to win all five rounds in the tournament, which was hosted on KGS. Andy Liu 7D took second place, with third place going to last year’s YKNOT champion Zhanbo Sun, both with 4 wins. Other division winners included Nick Jhirad 6D, Meng Lu 4D, Louie Liu 1k, Stephen Allen 6k, and Julian Erville 8k. TDs were Karoline Burrall, Chris Kirschner, Dennis Wheeler, Tina Zhang, and Kevin Hwang. “Thanks very much to Young Kwon of Pearl River, NY for sponsoring a successful tournament, and also to KGS for hosting and KGS admins for announcements and providing tournament support!” says Burrall. photo from the Strong Player’s Open at the 2011 U.S. Go Congress, which Lin won.

GAME RECORDS (click to download sgf file):
Round 3: Andy Liu vs. Mingming Yin
Round 4 Andy Liu vs. Zhanbo Sun
Round 5: Mingming Yin vs. Lie Liang

 

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Mero Wins Confucius Cup in Ireland

Saturday March 10, 2012

Hungary’s Csaba Mero 6D (at right in photo) won the Confucius Cup at the Irish Go Congress, held March 2-4 at the Teachers’ Club in Parnell Square, Dublin. The Confucius Cup is sponsored by the UCD Confucius Institute. A total of 48 players took part in the tournament, with Mero’s 5-0 wins extending his lead in the European Cup. In second place was Guochen Xie 8D, who is studying in Boston. Kim Ouweleen 4D of the Netherlands edged out UK student Chu Lu 4D by 1 SOS point to take third place. Players winning 4 games were Diana Blaszczyk, Frank Tan, Marek Gutkowski and Paul Kelly. Julien Renaud 1D won the Rapid Tournament on Friday night. The hard work of organisers Rory Wales, Arthur Cater, and Colin MacSweeny was much appreciated by all. Full results are available at this link. Click here for a photo album.
- reported by Ian Davis, EJ Irish Correspondent

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SmartGo Books Releases “Fundamental Principles of Go” E-Book

Saturday March 10, 2012

SmartGo Books has released Yilun Yang’s “Fundamental Principles of Go (published by Slate & Shell), bringing the total number of e-books to 28. “Be prepared,” warns veteran player Joel Sanet, “Your approach to the game of go is about to be transformed.” Adds SmartGo’s Anders Kierulf, “The basic principles illustrated in the book cover virtually every situation and enable a player to find the best play with a minimum of reading.” SmartGo Kifu has been updated to be a universal app, working on both iPad and iPhone, and is up to 35,000 pro games, including 1,700 played in 2011. “New features make it easy to find a particular move in a game, and to correct a wrongly entered move,” says Kierulf. Click here for details on the latest SmartGo updates.

Easy Way to Support the U.S. Mind Sports Team

Saturday March 10, 2012

With fundraising efforts underway to send the U.S. team to the Second World Mind Sports Games, American Go Association President Allan Abramson has an easy way for anyone to help. “Just apply for the AGA credit card and as soon as you use it once, the AGA gets $50!” CapitalOne also donates a percentage of all charges on each card, which has already generated $1,500, but with over $15,000 raised in 2008 to send the team to the first Mind Games, there’s a way to go yet this year. Another way is to donate directly to the AGA: click here to do so easily online. “Please help,” Abramson urges, “Whatever you can do makes a difference and is appreciated.”

 

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YKNOT Finals Set for Saturday, March 10 on KGS

Friday March 9, 2012

The final rounds of the Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YKNOT) will be played Saturday, March 10 on KGS in the AGA Tournaments Room. After three exciting rounds of play, seven players of the YKNOT 2, sponsored by Young Kwon, remain undefeated. The three undefeated players of the open section are Zhanbo Sun, a 2-dan professional and champion of last year’s YKNOT, Mingming Yin 1- dan professional and winner of the Strong Players Open of the 2011 Go Congress, and Yue Zhang 7D.  Other undefeated players include Meng Lu, Yunxuan Li, April Ye, and Julian Erville. “Special thanks to the tournament directors, Young Kwon for sponsoring, and KGS for hosting and tournament support!” says AGA Tournaments Coordinator Karoline Burrall.
3/11: Updated: Yue Zhang 7D was the third undefeated top player, not Andy Liu 7D, a past winner of the North American Ing Masters tournament and US representative overseas, who was 2-1. 

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NAIM Qualifier & Self-Paired Tourneys Set for Somerset, NJ

Friday March 9, 2012

Go players of all levels will be able to play or watch top-level play April 21-22 when the Wisonet Go Club hosts both a North American Ing Masters (NAIM) Qualifier and a self-paired tournament at the Madison Suites Hotel in Somerset, New Jersey. The NAIM Qualifier will provide high-level competition for strong dan players, as well as qualification points for the 2012 North American Ing Masters Tournament, which will be held at the US Go Congress in Black Mountain, NC in August. Meanwhile, players of all strengths will be able to play in a simultaneous self-paired tournament organized by Wisonet Go Club President and Tournament Director Ronghao Chen. To be eligible for the Qualifier, players must US citizenship or a green card, full AGA membership for the past year, and have lived in the US for six of the last 12 months. Players in this section may attend one or both days to play AGA-rated games. Players who would like to compete in the Qualifier must register by April 12; the registration fee is $45. For the self-paired tournament, the fee is $35 for both days, $22 for Saturday only, and $15 for Sunday only. Tournament prizes will be based on attendance after venue costs. The Somerset Madison Suites Hotel is also offering a special rate for visiting go players at the tournament. Click here for details, tournament registration form, and directions. Contact Ronghao Chen with any questions at chenronghao@yahoo.com.

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Limited Seats Left for Janice Kim Workshop in Portland, OR

Friday March 9, 2012

With 20 players already signed up for Janice Kim 3P’s April 6-8 workshop in Portland, OR, there are just five seats left, reports Portland Go Club organizer Peter Freedman. Workshop participant strength ranges from 12kyu to 2 dan. “Workshop size limited to 25,” Freedman tells the E-Journal, “so there are still a few more slots.”  Email peter.freedman@comcast.net for more information.

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Park Junghwan Wins 13th Maxim Cup

Tuesday March 6, 2012

On March 5, 2012, Park Junghwan 9P defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P to take the 13th Maxim Cup two games to zero. The Maxim Cup is a 9 dan only invitational tournament in Korea. Like last year, the finals took place at the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage listed Jeju Island. It seems that reporters make a habit of giving the players a hard time at the Maxim Cup finals. Last year, Lee Changho was asked how he felt about losing his dominance over the Go world. This time, Choi was in the hot seat and got grilled about his upcoming wedding. Park was not spared either. Asked about his disappointing first round loss in the 4th BC Card Cup, where he started as one of the favorites, Park said that hopefully with this win, his performance will improve in future tournaments. Both games featured creative openings, followed by hard fighting.

Jingning; based on her original article Park Junghwan wins 13th Maxim Cup at Go Game Guru.

Photo: Park Junghwan 9P.