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EUROPEAN RESULTS: June 18-20

Sunday July 11, 2010

Jie Guo 4d won the 31st Kieler Go Tournament, played June 19-20 in Kiel, Germany. Bernd Lewerenz 2d came second and Hans Nelki 1k 3rd. In Freiburg, Leon Stauder 3d won the Freiburger Go Turnier. Tommy Schladitz 3d took 2nd and Michael Palant 5d was 3rd. Bruno Walaszewski 6k took top honors in the kyu players-only Bydgoszcz Tournament on June 19 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Ignacy Przech 15k came second and Maksym Walaszewski 8k third. In the 3-round Katowice Tournament on June 20, Radoslaw Jachym 4d was the winner in Katowice, Poland, followed by Bronislav Snidal 2d from the Czech Republic and Tomasz Slazok 2d of Poland. Sejichi Nemoto 6d won the June 19 Siberia-Hokkaido Cup in Novosibirsk, Russia. In the June 19-20 Turun Monni in Turku, Finland, Miika Nikula 4d was the winner, with Samuel Ritakallio 3d in second and Oiva Moisio 2d third. Jan Hora 6d notched a perfect score to win the Slovak Go Festival June 18-20 in Piestany, Slovakia. Radek Nechanicky 5d was second and Petr Cipra 3d third. All three are from the Czech Republic; the first Slovak was Pavol Lisy 4d in fourth.
- EuroGoTV

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BBC ON “WHY GO?”

Saturday July 10, 2010

After go, says the British Museum’s Dr Irving Finke, “you could argue that the world’s board games went downhill.” BBC Radio aired a 30-minute program on “Why Go?” on May 13 in which reporter Chris Ledgard “explores the world of Go, talking to experts in the East and West about the game’s history and culture, and examining some its ancient artifacts.” Although the audio is no longer available online, an overview of the show is available.

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RECENT UK TOURNAMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday July 10, 2010

Recent UK tournament highlights previously unreported: YOHEI NEGI IN A JAM AT SCOTTISH OPEN: Yohei Negi from St. Andrews made it three in a row with his win at the 2010 Scottish Open, May 29–30 in Dundee. Second was Chi Pan Yau from Hong Kong, who only lost to Yohei. All players with three wins won cash prizes plus a bottle of Cairn O’Mohr local fruit wine and all 27 players took away a traditional pot of marmalade. In the Friday evening rapidplay, Jennie Radcliffe got the prize for the best win/games ratio with 5/7, and Robbie Goetschalckx took the endurance prize having played a dozen or more games. “ORIENTAL” WINS LONDON INTERNATIONAL TEAMS SPRING MATCH: With Cambridge withdrawing on short notice, only the “Oriental” and “Occidental” teams competed in the April 25 London International Teams Spring Match at the Nippon Club in London. The “Oriental” team of Chinese and Japanese players prevailed, with Felix Wang and Gunji Takao winning all five games and the team winning 17 games overall. BRACKNELL TOPS THAMES VALLEY TEAM TOURNAMENT: Bracknell won the April 5 Thames Valley Team Tournament at the Bourne End Community Centre. Runners up were Maidenhead (2/3) and players winning 3/3 were Ian Marsh, Edmund Shaw and France Ellul. Tony Atkins won the 10×10 side tournament.
- from the June edition of the British Go Association Newsletter; edited by Jil Segerman, jil.segerman@gmail.com for subscription information

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AGA ISSUES NEW MEMBERSHIP CARDS

Saturday July 10, 2010

New permanent membership cards are now in the mail to members of the American Go Association. “These cards will replace the old paper cards we have all received over the years,” says AGA membership staffer Sam Zimmerman. “The new card will be issued only once for each member, so please, hang onto it.” Because the new cards are permanent, they no longer include the player’s rating or membership expiration date. To find your AGA rating and/or the date of your membership expiration, click on the AGA’s rating page. If you have comments or questions, contact Zimmerman at  szimmerman@ctipc.com

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LEE CHANGHO NOW 2-2 IN MYEONGIN LEAGUE PLAY

Thursday July 8, 2010

Lee Changho increased his chance of reaching the 38th Myeongin semifinals on Tuesday, defeating Kim Seongjae 4P by resignation. Changho now stands at 2-2, and will play his final league game against Lee Sedol. Kang Dongyun is currently in the strongest position with a 2-0 record, but he too has yet to play against Lee Sedol. With two players anticipating potentially critical games against him, it will be interesting to see if Lee Sedol’s recent loss to Kong Jie has any visible effect on his game.
- JustPlayGo

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AGA BOARD ELECTIONS UNDERWAY

Monday July 5, 2010

Voting is now under way in the 2010 AGA Board elections, reports Election Coordinator Arnold Eudell. “All chapters and eligible members should have received their Ballotbin voting codes through email,” says Eudell.  Anyone who has not received their ballot should contact elections@usg.org

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KONG JIE WINS FUJITSU CUP IN A BIG WAY

Monday July 5, 2010

Kong Jie (r) won the Fujitsu Cup Monday, defeating Lee Sedol by a massive 12.5 points in the 23rd Fujitsu Cup title match. This is the first Fujitsu Cup title for Kong Jie, adding to an already impressive list of international titles. Following some unfavorable exchanges early on, Lee Sedol fought to reverse the flow and come from behind. Kong Jie, nevertheless, stayed the course and was successful in shutting him down. This is obviously a major win for Kong Jie, solidifying his #1 status on the international stage.
- JustPlayGo

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YAMASHITA KEIGO WINS FIRST HONINBO

Monday July 5, 2010

Yamashita Keigo 9P won his first Honinbo title on Tuesday, June 29, defeating Hane Naoki 9P by 7.5 points in the fifth and final round of the 65th Honinbo for a decisive 4-1 record.
- JustPlayGo

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LEE CHANGO BREAKS MYEONGIN SLUMP

Monday July 5, 2010

Entering his third game in league play of the 38th Myeongin without a single win, Lee Changho (9P) managed a victory last Tuesday, defeating Baek Hongsuk (7P).  It was a decisive victory for Lee Changho, with Baek Hongsuk resigning after only 103 moves. Lee Changho’s next league game will be against Kim Seongjae (4P), on July 6th, and his final league game will be against Lee Sedol (9P), at a date to be announced.
- JustPlayGo

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FIREWORKS IN THE OLLEH KT CUP

Monday July 5, 2010

Although An Choyeong 9P became disagreeable during the scoring phase of last Tuesday’s match in the Olleh KT Cup, requiring a tournament official to mediate the dispute, he was ruled the winner, defeating Song Taekon 9P by 3.5 points in the game.
- JustPlayGo

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