American Go E-Journal

KAMINSKI WINS POZNAN OPEN

Sunday April 18, 2010

Local hero Marek Kaminski 3d (r) swept the top section of the Poznan Open 5-0  in Poznan, Poland the weekend of April 10-11,  ahead of Mateusz Chojnicki 1d of Bydgoszcz and Artur Chmielewski 4k of Starogard.  “My toughest game was with Artur,” Marek told the E-Journal. ” I think he is not 4-kyu, but at least 1-dan!” He added that the tournament atmosphere “was very nice… until we heard the news of the tragic crash, in which we lost so many prominent Poles.”  Locals dominated the second section as well: Dariusz Bednarczyk (5-0), Mikolaj Olszanki (both 6k) and Marek Maksimczyk 4k of Lódz (both 3-2). Wojciech Slusarczyk 9k, Marcin Samson 14k (Srodkowa) and Tomasz Nawracala 11k all won four games in group 3 with nine players. Winner Kaminski, whose nickname is Kamyk, added his first video for the channel WOG-Honte with “Go Crazy” as theme song,  compiled from his gallery. Notice how his large white moyo turned into a won endgame. WOG is Wielkopolski Osrodek Go, the Greater Polish Centre of Go. Wielkopolski is a large province in Poland; Poznan is its capital.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

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CHINA DOMINATES FUJITSU QUARTERFINALS

Wednesday April 14, 2010

In the Fujitsu Cup quarterfinal matches Wednesday, April 14, China flexed its muscles and won three of the four matches. Lee Sedol 9P was the only Korean to make the Final 4, defeating Gu Li 9P by resignation and joining China’s Kong Jie 9P, Qiu Jun 8P and Piao Wenyao 5P for the semifinals. With the July 3 semis nearly three months away, it’s difficult to identify any clear favorites, as there’s a lot that can happen in the next few months. Lee’s been on a very solid winning streak, Piao Wenyao has stacked up some impressive wins as of late, and Kong Jie is China’s top player. Whatever the outcomes, it will be an exciting series of matches.
- JustPlayGo for photos & game records

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TOP 10 AGA TOURNEY/GAME PLAYERS LIST DEBUTS

Wednesday April 14, 2010

With 14 tournaments and 62 games, Bay Area Go Players Association organizer Roger Schrag leads the American Go Association’s new running Top-10 lists for rated games and tournaments. Kelsey Dyer is 12 games back, at 50 rated games over the last 12 months, while Gordon Castanza is second in events with 11. The Top 10 will be updated daily; for more tournament data and crosstables, visit the American Go Association Go Database.
- Philip Waldron

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JAPAN OUT OF FUJITSU CUP, KOREA AND CHINA TO BATTLE IT OUT

Wednesday April 14, 2010

With all six of Japan’s players eliminated in the second round of play on Monday, April 12 in the Fujitsu Cup, Korea and China will battle it out for the championship. In the April 14 quarterfinals, it’s Gu Li 9P (CN) vs Lee Sedol 9P (KR), Park Yeonghun 9P (KR) vs Piao Wenyao 5P (CN), Kim Jiseok 7P (KR) vs Kong Jie 9P (CN) and Qiu Jun 8P (CN) vs Kang Dongyun 9P (KR).
- JustPlayGo for photos & game records

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CHEN YAOYE ADVANCES TO CCTV CUP FINALS

Wednesday April 14, 2010

Chen Yaoye 7P (l) defeated Zhou Ruiyang 5P (r) by resignation on Tuesday, April 13 in the semifinal match of the 2010 CCTV Cup. Chen will play the winner of the semifinal match between Gu Lingyi 5P and Piao Wenyao 5P.
- JustPlayGo for the game record

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MYUNGWAN KIM TO PLAY IN U.S.-BASED ONLINE TOURNEY

Tuesday April 13, 2010

Two-time US Open champ Myung Wan Kim 8P leads a field of over 40 highly-ranked players already registered for the first Strong Players’ Online Tournament I. Registration is open through this Thursday, April 15; players must be AGA members, members of the Canadian or Mexican Associations, at least 5.0 AGA rating or equivalent – professionals are welcome — and have a webcamera, Skype and KGS accounts. Undefeated in all AGA tournaments since he moved to L.A. in 2008, Kim currently holds the highest rating in North America, making him the odds-on favorite in the online tourney scheduled to start April 24, although there are seven players registered so far with ratings above 8.0 . Click here for the roster. Registration is free.

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JAN SIMARA PILSNERS IN PLZEN

Tuesday April 13, 2010

Jan Simara 5d (BUM 6d on kgs) swept the Qualifiers in Plzen — the hometown of pilsner beer — one of the events to gain points to enter the Czech Champs Finals later this year. Multiple former Champion Vladimir Danek 5d only lost to Simara. Ivan Kostka 3d won bronze on sos. Last weekend, 59 came to enjoy the beer.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

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KAY WINS BRITISH OPEN

Tuesday April 13, 2010

Cantabrigian student Andrew ‘the great destroyer’ Kay has won the British Open with a perfect score of 6/6. In second place was ex British champion Jon Diamond with five wins. T-Mark Hall edged out Nick ‘the Sloth’ Krempel, (who had bizarrely won the lightning tournament on Friday, ) on SOS. The tournament itself was held in Edinburgh and was very well attended with 74 players. The British Go Association’s Annual General Meeting was also held during the event, but was predictably boring and attracted little interest.
- Javaness on EuroGoTV.com

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HAJA & PITROP TOP BUCHAREST YOUTH

Tuesday April 13, 2010

Daniel Haja 5k won the Under 10 and Alexandru Pitrop 4k (r) the Under 12 at last weekend’s National Youth Championship in Bucharest. Click here for complete results.
- Marilena Bara, Romanian Correspondent for the E-Journal; photo by Titi Ghioc

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CHOI CHEOLHAN WINS 2ND CONSECUTIVE MAXIM CUP

Sunday April 11, 2010

Choi Cheolhan (r) won the Maxim Cup on Tuesday, April 6, defeating Kang Dongyun (l) by resignation in the third and final game to win the 11th Maxim title match 2-1. Choi has now won the Maxim Cup two years in a row. The Maxim is sponsored by Baduk TV and Dong Suh (East-West) Foods Co.
- JustPlayGo & KIN’s Homepage

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