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CHONG TOPS CHI TOURNEY; ZHOU & YANG WIN YOUTH

Sunday April 25, 2010

Chong Lee 6D topped the Chicago Spring Tournament Saturday, while Will Zhou 7D won the Senior Youth Tournament and Haisong Yang 5k the Junior Youth. “After 60 tournaments in the same venue, we took a chance and moved to the new Chicago Go Center for the 61st,” reports longtime tournament director Bob Barber. “By moving to the suburbs, we lost some people, and gained some others.  Everybody was very impressed with the Center, which is the best thing to happen to go in Chicago in 30 years.” There were 34 players.
Winner’s Report: Senior Youth Winner:  ZHOU, Will, 7d; Junior Youth Winner:  YANG, Haisong, 5k. HANDICAP TOURNAMENT: Tie 1st Place Dan: LEE, Chong, 6d
HUYNH, Lee, 1d; 1st Place High Kyu: SOLBERG, Richard, 3k; 1st Place Mid Kyu: NORMAN, Matthew, 9k; 1st Place Low Kyu: FISCHLER, Mark, 11k
Photo: Will Zhou 7D (l) vs. Daniel 10k; Haisong Yang (l) vs. Henry Zhou 13k; photo by Mark Rubenstein

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LEE SEDOL UP 2-0 IN BC CARD CUP

Sunday April 25, 2010

Lee Sedol 9P blanked Chang Hao 9P over the weekend in the two rounds of the BC Card Cup, winning both games by resignation. Sedol has been on an amazing winning streak since his return to professional play in January, and it would come as no surprise to anyone if he swept this year’s BC Card Cup. Game three of the best-of-5 game series will be played on April 27th.
- JustPlayGo

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CHEN YAOYE WINS TIANYUAN, AGAIN

Sunday April 25, 2010

It was déjà vu all over again as Chen Yaoye 9P defeated Gu Li 9P by resignation in the third and final round of the 24th Tianyuan (Tengen) title match on Friday, April 23, winning the title 2-1 and retaining it for the second straight year. He defeated Gu Li in last year’s Tianyuan.
- JustPlayGo

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SPOT1 DOWN TO SWEET SIXTEEN PLAYERS

Sunday April 25, 2010

Thirty two top players battled it out on KGS over the weekend to make the Sweet Sixteen in the inaugural N.A. Strong Players Online Tournament (SPOT1). Over 500 watched Myungwan Kim 9P(CA) play Hugh Zhang 6d (CA) Saturday, with Kim notching his latest victory in a 14-game winning streak in AGA tourneys. Also making the Sweet Sixteen – to be played next Saturday, May 1 – were Yongfei Ge 7D, Yuan Zhou 7D, Yue Zhang 7D, Curtis Tang 7D, Xinyu Tu 7D, Changlong Wu, Yinli Wang 6D, Eric Lui 7D, Jie Liang 7D, Calvin Sun 7D, Sarah Yu 6D, Jung Lee 7D, Jianing Gan 6D and Hugh Zhang 6D. The final slot will be filled by the winner of Monday’s Zhaonian ‘Michael’ Chen- Yixian Zhou game.
Saturday’s “main event” will undoubtedly be the face-off between Yongfei Ge and Myungwan Kim, both two-time U.S. Open Champions. Saturday’s winners proceed to Sunday’s Elite 8 round and winners there qualify for the Final 4 round. Spot1 is sponsored by the American Go Association; a total of $1,500 in prizes will go to the top three players – $1,000 for champion, $400 for runner up, and $100 for third place. Click here for complete results and pairings.
– Zhiyuan “Edward” Zhang, Tournament Director; photo: Yinli Wang 6D (IN) and Sarah Yu 6D (ON), undefeated in the SPOT1 First Round, finished on top of Teams C and G entering the Sweet 16 round

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GOURDEAU, YU & GAN MAKE TOP 32 IN SPOT1

Saturday April 24, 2010

Hundreds tuned in Friday night to watch the action in the N.A. Strong Players Online Tournament (SPOT1) Canadian qualifier and Premiere round. Jin “Sarah” Yu 6D, Daniel Gourdeau 6D and Jianing Gan 6D made the SPOT1 Top 32, while Eric Lui 7D (MD), Yuan Zhou 7D (MD) and Carson Tu 7D (NJ) are just one win from the Sweet 16 round after winning their games in the First Round. SPOT1 is sponsored by the American Go Association, with $1,500 in prizes for the top three winners. Forty players from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. registered; after double-elimination in the first round, two players from each team will advance to the Sweet 16 round, scheduled for next Saturday, May 1st. For most of the players, this was the first time playing in front of a web camera, but  Patrick Lung from Canada said “It didn’t matter; I was more concentrated on my board than my opponent.” Nick Jhirad from DC said that opponent Carson Tu’s “responses to my attacks on the right were very good,” adding that “one big mistake at the end cost me the game, but I played better than I thought.” Daniel Gourdeau, a 5th grade high school student from Quebec, said that “I was proud of move 41, and move 93 is the last nail in the coffin.” Gourdeau’s plan for his next game is to “Play thick, leave few weaknesses.” Click here for the SPOT1 First Round schedule.
- Zhiyuan “Edward” Zhang, Tournament Director

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EUROPEAN GO DATABASE REACHES 500,000 GAMES

Saturday April 24, 2010

EGD, the European Go Database, recently broke through the half-million game mark. It now lists 5,571 tournaments and 26,338 players.  It has been gathering data since 1996 and been online since 2005. For comparison purposes, the AGA Go Database has 1,648 tournaments, approximately 180,000 games, and 16,661 players since it went online in 2009.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, from EuroGoTV.

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HAL SMALL HOSTS SASAKI 8P AT DC WORKSHOP

Friday April 23, 2010

Washington go organizer Hal Small is hosting a special 2-day workshop with Japanese professional Tadashi Sasaki 8P on May 15-16. “Those of you who attended last year’s U.S. Go Congress already know that Sasaki-sensei is a fabulous teacher as well as a delightful person,” says Small, “but what may come as a pleasant surprise is that this workshop will be free!” Small reports that the workshop is “a gift to the local DC area go community by the organizers of the past Go Congresses held in the DC area,” and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to DC-area players. Space is limited; contact Small soon if you would like to attend: haskell@haskellsmall.com “Please specify if you would like to come for one or both days, and if you wish to participate or to just audit.” Beginning 10a each day, the workshop will start with 3-on-one simuls with Sasaki, while other players play each other and record their games.  Then after lunch (included), Sasaki will review games. “Saturday evening we will have a banquet in Sasaki-sensei’s honor,” adds Small. “This will be at appropriate cost to participants, details to be worked out later.”

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KACHANOVSKYJ WINS UKRAINIAN CHAMPIONSHIP YOUTH DIVISION

Friday April 23, 2010

Artem Kachanovskyj 6d went undefeated in six rounds to win the Youth (under 25) division of the Ukrainian Championship, which was held April 16-18 in Kiev. Andrij Kravec 5d lost only to Kachanovskyj, while Bohdan Zhurakovskyj 5d lost to both of them, to finish with the bronze. Viktoria Simonenko 11k also won five games, while Jurij Kuznjechykov 18k was undefeated in a 52-member league.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

OGP BEATS POGO FOR FINNISH TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Friday April 23, 2010

In the decisive fourth round, OGP defeated PoGo 3-1 to take first place in the Finnish Team Championship, held April 17-18 in Espoo, Finland.  OGP was led by Su Yang 6d who went undefeated in the five round event, which featured six teams of four players.  PoGo’s second man Juri Kuronen 4d also won all his games. In the open team title, five teams of three players battled for five rounds with Dango defeating PoGo in another decisive fourth round.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

TIANYUAN GOING TO DECISIVE FINAL ROUND

Friday April 23, 2010

With Gu Li 9P and Chen Yaoye 9P tied 1-1, the Tianyuan (Tengen) goes to a decisive third round on April 23. Gu defeated Chen by resignation in the first round of the 24th Tianyuan on Tuesday, and Chen returned the favor on Thursday.
- JustPlayGo for more photos and both game records

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