American Go E-Journal

POMSTRA TIPS MARTINI IN GRONINGEN

Monday April 19, 2010

Willem-Koen Pomstra 5d of Arnhem won all rounds to take first place in the Martini Cup April 17-18 in Groningen, The Netherlands. Herman Hiddema 4d of Delft lost only once, to take second place. Torsten Knauf 4d of Cologne finished third with three wins. In Groningen 46 took part.  Also Hakan Dagli 3k of Almere and Maria Nyström 7k of Umela won all five of their games.  Young-sun Yoon 5P provided game commentaries. The tournament’s name derives from the Martini Tower, which dominates the city’s historic center.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

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TIEBREAK WIN GIVES NORTH AMERICA EDGE IN TRANSATLANTIC YOUTH MATCH

Monday April 19, 2010

Victory in this year’s dramatic Transatlantic Youth Go Match (TYGM) hinged on the tiebreaker that had to be played after the teams from North America and Europe tied at five wins each. The tiebreaker captain’s game between Curtis Tang, who has represented the U.S. many times at the World Youth Go Championship (WYGC), and Artem Kachanovskyj, a perennial contender at the WYGC for Europe , handed victory to North America again – the team won 6-4 last year — when Tang was able to hold onto his lead through the endgame. Over 600 online spectators showed up Sunday, April 18 to watch the TYGM’s second edition, in which twenty players from ten countries in North America and Europe played in a friendship exchange between the two continents.  The success of this event, both last year and this year, ensure that it will continue to be a venue for North American and European players to mingle and make new friends. Full details and game records can be found here.
- Lawrence Ku, US West Coast Reporter

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MORRIS WINS MASS. SPRING TOURNEY

Sunday April 18, 2010

Trevor Morris 7D took first place out of 30 players in the Massachusetts Spring tournament, held April 11 in Somerville, MA. In second place was Pete Martin 4k and Matt Mallory 1k was 3rd.
- Wanda Metcalf

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SUN AND FANG WIN WORLD YOUTH SLOTS

Sunday April 18, 2010

Thirteen-year-old Calvin Sun 7d and ten-year-old Kevin Fang 1d won their divisions at the World Youth Go Championships qualifiers on April 10 and 11.  In the Senior Division, Sun faced stiff challenges from Curtis Tang 8d and Zhongxia Zhao 7d.  Zhao bested Tang in the semi-final, but then lost to Sun at the finals.  The qualifier was held on KGS, and drew over 300 viewers on the top boards.  In the Junior Division, all four youth happened to live in the Bay Area and were able to compete live at the Bay Area Go Players monthly ratings tournament.  In the first round Aaron Ye 1d, 7,  was top seeded, but lost to Sammy Zhang 1d (9), while Kevin Fang 1d (9), beat out Henry Zhang.  Fang and Sammy Zhang faced off in the finals, with Fang emerging the victor.  Both boys will be off to Taiwan to compete in the World Youth Championships in July, along with their teacher and team coach Mingjiu Jiang 7p.
- Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor; photo: Henry Zhang (l) vs. Kevin Fang (r) and Aaron Ye  (l) vs Sammy Zhang (r) at the World Youth Qualifier in Palo Alto, CA.  Photo by Stanley Fang

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US YOUTH GO CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER SCHEDULE SET

Sunday April 18, 2010

The US Youth Go Championship, now separated from the World Youth Go Championship, will feature both regional and online qualifiers over the next few weeks.  Boulder and Chicago are both holding events on April 24th, and the American Go Honor Society (AGHS) is hosting an online qualifier on May 1st.  The finals, on June 5 and 6, will determine National Dan, Single Digit Kyu (SDK), and Double Digit Kyu (DDK) Champions. Any youth living in the US may enter, citizenship is not required. The winners will receive trophies, and prizes will be awarded in the following brackets: 1-5 dan, 1-4 kyu, 5-9 kyu, 10-15 kyu, 16-20 kyu, 21-25 kyu, 26 and up kyu. Contestants will also receive free audio go lessons courtesy of Guo Juan 5P.
- Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor

SURIN WINS IN ST PETERSBURG, KLJUEV IN JAROSLAVL

Sunday April 18, 2010

Dmitrij Surin 6d won the St Petersburg Open Cup April 10-11 in Russia, topping a field of 16.  Runners-up were Ivan Kulikowskij 5d, Natalia Kovaleva 5d and Alexei Lazarev 6d.  That same weekend in St Petersburg, Stepan Trubicin 4d swept the Under 25 Russian Championship, ahead of Igor Nemlij 5d of Kazan, Sergej Efimov 2k (Ekaterinaburg) and Dmitrij Kirakosjan 1d of St Petersburg. Elsewhere in Russia, during that weekend, in Jaroslavl with its center on the list of UNESCO World Heritage, Andrej Kljuev won Jaroslavl Championship while Daria Koshkina 4k (r) took silver with her 4-1 result.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

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JABARIN LEADS KGS A-LEAGUE

Sunday April 18, 2010

Almost halfway through the April KGS Insei League, Ali Jabarin (OohAah) has taken the lead with a perfect score of 8 wins, including one against KILL founder Aleksander Dinerchtein 3P (Breakfast), his main teacher there.  Jabarin lives in Israel and is a former Youth Champion of Europe. Argentinan danigabi is undefeated with 5-0, while Fredda (Fredrik Blomback 5d) from Sweden has won one. Artem92 (Artem Kachanovskij 6d, Ukraine), who won the first league, is at 2-1. DRhazar (Canada) 8-0, fantastigo (Germany) 3-0 and Maroncsan (Hungary) 1-0 lead in the B-league, with Kalmah (Finland) at their heels with 90%.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

PARK YEONGHUN WINS MYEONGIN PRELIM

Sunday April 18, 2010

Park Yeonghun 9P (r) defeated amateur Park Youngryong 7d by resignation in the 38th Myeongin (Meijin) Preliminary Tournament Finals on April 17. The Myeongin consists of 12 players divided into two leagues who compete in several stages. Last year’s Myeongin was Lee Changho 9P, who has won the title 13 times.
- JustPlayGo

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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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