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BLOMBACK KEEPS SWEDISH TITLE IN NORRKÖPING

Friday May 21, 2010

Fredrik Blomback  5d defended his title in the 2010 Svenska Mästerskapen in Norrköping, May 14-16. After three rounds in the Championship Tournament, he defeated John Karlsson 4d 2-0 in a play-off for the National Title.  Weiying Sörlin 5d went 6-0 for third place in the tournament with 63 participants.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent

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TIAN YE 1P TAKES PANDANET AMSTERDAM OPEN

Wednesday May 19, 2010

Despite being upset by Benjamin Teuber 6d (l) of Hamburg in the last round, Tian Ye 1P (r) from Beijing led three 5-1 players to win the Pandanet Amsterdam Open held May 13-16.  Dai Junfu 7d of France, who lost to Tian by a half-point in the fifth round, came in second based on SOSOS, while Teuber was third based on SOS. “Junfu’s lesson on his book about the middle game paid off, although I went against his advice in my game against the pro!” Teuber told the E-Journal, savoring my first victory over a pro in an official game.” Teuber was a student of the late Hans Pietsch 6P. More than 100 players took part in the tournament, which was held at Iwamoto Kaoru’s European Go Culture Centre.  Peter Liu 2P commented all of the Board 1 games.  This is the 39th year of the Amsterdam Open, making it among the oldest continuously-held events on the European calendar.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent; photo by Judith van Dam, EuroGoTV

KAMINSKI’S FLOW EARNS HIM FLIGHT TO KOREA

Monday May 17, 2010

Marek Kaminski 3d (r) of Poznan swept the Korean Ambassador’s Cup in Warsaw last weekend, qualifying for the Korean Prime Minister Cup later this year in Korea. Polish Champion Leszek Soldan 5d finished second with one loss and Agnieszka Kacprzyk 1d of Bebnów won bronze on sos. Kaminski won the Young Masters League last month at the age of 23, making this his last year in the League. In the second round the Young Master defeated current Polish Champion Soldan.  “This win gave me the flow to fly to Korea; all my games were tough,” he told the E-Journal. “But our real Young Master is Mateusz Surma, the European Youth Champion. I hope to meet and play him in Korea!” where Surma currently studies go. The tournament was organised by the club Kawangarda in the South of the capital Warsaw. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, E-Journal European Correspondent

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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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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