American Go E-Journal

NIGOT ON TOP IN MED LEAGUE; FURUTA SWEEPS AVIGNON

Monday May 17, 2010

Pierre Nigot 2k swept the Mediterranean League in Chateauneuf de Gadagne, April 24,  the regional second stage of the French Championships. Manuel Valles 3k was second and Bernard Coppe 1d was third.  Ten players took part. The yearly “Tournoi d’Avignon” took place there as well, with 25 players. The best-ranked three filled the podium: Teruhisa Furuta 3k went 4-0 for first,  Julien Delacroix 3k (3-1) was second, and Pierre Derrier 3k (2-2) was third. Also undefeated were Guillaume Giffard 8k, Quentin Vinge 14k, and Mathieu Gomez 15k.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent

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GO QUIZ: CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

Monday May 17, 2010

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’:  With plans for next year’s Los Angeles Congress well underway, California will join Pennsylvania, Colorado and Washington as states that have held three Go Congresses.  Most of you knew that Washington (Seattle, Seattle, Tacoma) was the first.

GUESS WHO CAME TO DINNER:  This week I ask a very simple question, who did I have dinner with Friday night?  I suppose a few clues would be helpful.  He is an increasingly prolific go author, he acted as translator for several Ishi Press books, is a huge baseball fan, and ordered the German mixed grill with russett potatoes (not much of a clue, but it was delicious).  The first 4 letters of his last name rhyme with the next 4 letters of his last name.  With a hint like that, it cannot be multiple choice – CLICK HERE to send in your best guess.

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HEO YEONHO & KANG DONGYUN ADVANCE TO PRICE INFORMATION CUP FINALS

Sunday May 16, 2010

In the ongoing Price Information Cup preliminaries, Heo Yeongho 7P defeated Kim Kangkun 6P by resignation in the final game of League C play, and Kang Dongyun 9P beat Hong Minpyo 7P by 3.5 points in the final game of League D play on Friday, May 14,. Both Heo and Kang advance to the 6th Price Information Cup tournament finals. The two remaining League games are between Lee Changho and Yoo Changhyuk in League A, and Lee Sedol and Kim Jiseok in League B.
- JustPlayGo

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HANE NAOKI WINS HONINBO FIRST ROUND

Sunday May 16, 2010

Hane Naoki defeated Yamashita Keigo by 3.5 points on Wednesday, May 12, in the first round of the 65th Honinbo. The second round will be played on May 26-27.
- JustPlayGo

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LEE SEDOL TO BATTLE GU LI IN $500,000 JUBANGO

Sunday May 16, 2010

Lee Sedol 9P and Gu Li 9P will reportedly battle it out in a $500,000 10-game match (jubango), according to Oro News. No details yet on when the match will begin.
- JustPlayGo

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GO CLUBS: Santa Barbara, California

Saturday May 15, 2010

Local club organizer Ed Lee sent along this photo of the May 5 weekly go evening at the Santa Barbara (CA) Go Club meeting. “My friend Gregg (r, with mustache) was visiting from Tahoe,” says Lee. The club — which typically attracts anywhere from one to eight players, from 25 kyu to pro 2-dan — meets Wednesday nights 6-10p at Borders Books in the Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta, at 7000 Market Place Drive. It also meets some Tuesdays, 6-10p, at Jitters Coffee House, at 728 State Street , just below De La Guerra Street, in Santa Barbara, CA. Email bhaber@aol.com (Tuesdays) or EdxLee@gmail.com (Wednesdays).
- photo: Jennie Shen 2P

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SULAK RETAINS TITLE IN ANKARA

Friday May 14, 2010

Fatih Sulak 2d (l) successfully defended his title as Turkish Champion in his home town, Ankara, May 8-9, for his fourth national title in a row.  He went 5-1 over Erin Kurter 1d who went 4-2 for second place and Giray Erdi 1d came in third. In the title tournament 60 people took part. The history of the Turkish titles is available from the Polish ‘kamyszyn’ database.
- Peter Dijkema,  EJ European Correspondent

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DIGITIZED “GO REVIEW” TROVE NOW AVAILABLE

Friday May 14, 2010

A digitized version of Go Review, one of the very first English go publications, is now available. Go Review was published monthly by the Nihon Ki-in from January 1961 to March 1973, then quarterly through Spring 1977. The 160 issues — comprising some 15,000 pages –  are available on three DVDs ($75 each) from Kunaki. The early issues on disks 1 and 2 — 60 issues each, from January 1961 through December 1965 and January 1966 through December 1970 — “represent the halting attempts of the Japanese go world in the early 60s to start spreading the game internationally,” reports Bob Myers of Kiseido Digital on GoDiscussions. “The content is basic and written in poor English. However, it’s still very interesting. There are more handicap games (often with famous Japanese pros) than tournament games, apparently in the belief that pro-pro games might be too hard for foreigners to understand. There’s lots of go news, including about foreigners we all know well now. There are great teaching series by big names. Even the ads from big Japanese companies (which are included in the PDFs) are interesting.” Disk 3, — 40 issues from January 1971 through Spring 1977 — contains the last few years of monthlies and then the “meatier quarterly issues,” which are roughly equivalent to Go World (which succeeded Go Review) in terms of quality and content. A sample of the June 1963 issue of Go Review is available for download at Kiseido DigitalNOTE: Disc 1 is shown as “Go Review Archive”, and the DVD cover art could mistakenly imply that this item contains all three discs. It does not. This item is Disc 1, and contains only the first 60 issues.
- includes reporting by Sensei’s Library

14-YEAR-OLD GIRL SWEEPS BULGARIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Thursday May 13, 2010

Magdalena Mladenova 2k of Sofia is the first female to win the title of Bulgarian Champion, sweeping the championship May 6-7. At 14, Mladenova — ‘Maggie Young’ in English — is also the youngest Bulgarian Champion ever. In second place was Alexander 1k Ivanov; Ivan-Nikolaev Ivanov 4k took 3rd and Ivan-Tzvetanov Ivanov 5k was 4th. Last year’s Champion – Bojan Alexandrov 1k – slipped to 6th this year. Click here for full results, as well as the history of Bulgarian Championships tournaments, as reported by ‘Kamyszyn’ in Poland, who keeps records of all European Championships.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal


LACAN WINS IN METZ HANDICAP

Wednesday May 12, 2010

Emerick Lacan 9k took 1st place in the April 24 “Tournoi de Metz” in Metz, France, atop a group of six who finished with 4-1 records. Michael Palant 5d was second and local Lionel Savoca 7k took 3rd in the handicap-minus -two event that drew 32 players. Click here for complete results.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent

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