American Go E-Journal

SMUD TOPS BIG MOUNTAIN

Saturday April 10, 2010

Mladen Smud 1k (l) won his local home tournament Veligoricki Go Turnir – or Big Mountain Tournament — in Veligoricki, Croatia. Smud finished ahead of Robert Jovecic 2k on sos.
- Peter Dijkema, from EGD

Categories: Europe
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CORSAGE FOR KORSAK TITLE IN UKRAINE

Saturday April 10, 2010

Viktoriya Korsak 6k was victorious in the Female Champs of the Ukraine, held in Kyiv, April 1-4. She won 6-1, with three 5-2 players at her heels; 8 players took part. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, from EGD

Categories: Europe
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ASSISTANT YEARBOOK CD EDITOR NEEDED

Saturday April 10, 2010

With the 2009 American Go Yearbook – the compilation of the “best of” the American Go E-Journal – nearing completion, Yearbook staff needs immediate assistance to wrap up the Yearbook CD. No experience necessary; the qualifying candidate will receive credit in the Yearbook and an E-Journal staff cap. Email journal@usgo.org if interested

Categories: U.S./North America
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LI SWEEPS NORDIC GO CHAMPS

Saturday April 10, 2010

Martin Li 5d of Sweden swept the 2010 Nordic Go Championship 6-0, held this year in Oslo from April 2-4. Local hero Jostein Flood 4d lost only to Li, for the silver crown. Xia Jie Lin 5d, also from the Norwegian capital won bronze on sos. In Oslo 33 took part. Click here for complete results.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

Categories: Europe
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DAI PEAKS IN PARIS

Saturday April 10, 2010

Dai Junfu 7d (r) of Lyon won the Paris Open in Antony, April 3-5, undefeated 6-0.  Csaba Mero 6d of Hungary lost only to Dai to finish for silver. Favorite Hwang In-Seong 8d had to settle for bronze on sos. Also with four wins: French Championne Yanqi Zhang 6d, Christian Pop 7d (Romania) and Pal Balogh 6d (Hungary). The latter won the overall classement of the Pandanet season this year. The field was very strong, like last week’s Shusaku Cup in Romania and attendance was similarly high: 224 took part. Between rounds, Dai autographed copies of his new book on the middle game. Click here for the full results.
- Peter Dijkema, after EuroGoTV.com

Categories: Europe
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JOSEKI CONTEST LAUNCHED

Saturday April 10, 2010

If you know them, following joseki is easy, but what happens when your opponent veers off course? Will you know how to handle it? Alexander Dinerchtein 3P has teamed up with Josekipedia to offer a joseki contest exploring this problem. The contest contains three real high-level games containing joseki mistakes. “Find the mistakes, then the best refutations, and win fabulous prizes,” says Dinerchtein. “Even if you are not a joseki expert, you will learn a lot from participating in this contest!” The contest ends April 30.

NEW GO SCHOOL IN KOREA

Saturday April 10, 2010

Kim Dongyeop 9P and Kim Seonmi 2P head up “Baduk World,” a new go school in Korea for foreign players.  “We offer a five- and six-day study plan,” reports Jonathan Hop, “where students get the personal guidance of professional and high dan amateur players and also visit Korea. Anyone of any strength is welcome.”

Categories: World
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MAXIM CUP TIED 1-1

Saturday April 10, 2010

Kang Dongyun 9P defeated Choi Cheolhan (Maxim Cup) by resignation in the second round of the 11th Maxim Cup title match on April 5. The series is now tied 1-1 with the third and final round to be played on April 6th.
- JustPlayGo

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GUO JUAN WORKSHOP PREPARES FLORIDA GO COMMUNITY FOR SPRING TOURNAMENT

Saturday April 10, 2010

Twenty students ranging from 10-kyu to 5-dan gathered in Orlando, FL March 27-28 to participate in a workshop with Guo Juan 5P, a top pro and founder of the Guo Juan Internet Go School. The workshop consisted of sessions that were divided into two groups — 5d-3k and 4k-10k — as well as combined sessions.  These included lectures, exercises, games, and game reviews, predominantly covering “Common Mistakes” and emphasizing mid-game fighting.  In addition to in-depth study, there were fun activities such as a spelling-bee style elimination team go game and an outdoor simul with Guo Juan on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning.  Attending players came from all over Florida, including Sarasota, Miami, Orlando, Gainesville, Jacksonville, and Merritt Island, many seeking to hone their skills for the annual Orlando Go Tournament, to be held May 8-9 at the University of Central Florida.  The workshop was organized by Joshua Lee (4d), head of Go Orlando chapter of the AGA.
- R. Paul Wiegand & Joshua Lee; photo by Alex Feldstein

Categories: U.S./North America
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BAY AREA SCHOOLS COMPETE

Saturday April 10, 2010

Top California youth face off in the Bay Area High School Go Tournament on April 25th. The AGF and the Bay Area Go Players Association (BAGPA) are co-sponsoring the event, which was almost canceled after losing Ing funding last year.  Enterprising teen organizer David Su has fought to keep the event going, securing funding from the AGF and taking responsibility for organizing the event.  Nine schools have entered, some with several three-person teams.  Late entries will still be accepted says Su; more info and the entry form are on the BAGPA website.
-Paul Barchilon, E-Journal Youth Editor