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EURO GO CONGRESS SIGN-UP PASSES 300; TWO AMSTERDAM TOURNAMENTS

Monday April 26, 2010

Sign-up for the European Go Congress — July 24 – August 8 in Tampere, Finland — has passed 300,  including two Americans (Boris Bernadsky from Manhattan and Paul Bensen of Coral Gables FL). Also signed up are Naoyuki Kai 6d, with his with wife Mihoko 2k and son Keima 5k of Yokohama, the Marz family of Marburg — Manu 4d, Micha 3d, and their young son Ferdinand — and many more from Europe, Japan, and elsewhere.

Two upcoming tournaments of note in Amsterdam are the free blitz tournament on April 29, May 1-2 and the 39th annual Amsterdam International Go Tournament, a major event in the Pandanet Go European Cup series, and will be held May 13-16.

- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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PACE GRABS GRAPPA IN ITALY; ANKARA UPDATE

Sunday April 25, 2010

Alessandro Pace 1k topped a field of 51 on March 27-28 at Yama no Kaze in Bassano del Grappa, Italy.  Davide Minieri 3d took the silver.  Full results from the  Hacettepe University tournament in Ankara, Turkey, held in the same weekend, are now available.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ Euoropean Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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

DICKHUT WINS BADUK BOTSCHAFTER CUP IN BERLIN

Friday April 23, 2010

Franz-Josef Dickhut 6d (l) went undefeated to win the Baduk Botschafter (Ambassador’s) Cup held April 17 in Berlin.  That qualifies Dickhut to participate in the Korea Prime Minister Cup later this year.  Bernd Schütz 4d finished ahead of Robert Jasiek 5d and Matthias Terweij 4d, each with 3 wins.  Ronnie Wilhelm 9k also won all of his games.  48 players took part in the tournament; complete results here.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European  Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

SHIKSIN WINS IN MOSCOW, OGLOBIN IN KIROV

Friday April 23, 2010

Reigning Russian Champion Ilya Shiksin 7d of Kazan won all five rounds at the Spring Youth Festival last weekend in Moscow. Reigning women’s Russian Champion Natalia Kovaleva 5d lost only to Shiksin, but defeated local Oleg Mezhov 6d, who finished third, also with a 5-1 result. In Kirov, Alexej Oglobin 4k beat Alexandr Shishin 4k on strength of schedule to win the Sunday Spring Tournament on April 18 with 16 participants.  In Moscow, 32 played in the 1st league, while 47 played in the 2nd league which was topped by two undefeated players: Aleksandr Tishin 6k and Ksenia Shchipicina 8k.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV

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TANG, DOLEV & QU TOP NORCAL TOURNEY

Tuesday April 20, 2010

David Tang 2d led the dan division with a 3-0 result at the Bay Area Go Players Association’s monthly ratings tournament in Palo Alto, CA, on April 10. Kfir Dolev 5k (r) and Larry Qu 6k each went 4-0 to top the kyu division. Anthony Chiang 2d earned an honorable mention for completing a whopping ten games, a dan division record. “Our flexible tournament format lets people play as many or as few official games as they like,” explains tournament organizer Roger Schrag. Twenty-nine adults and children played, ranging from 24k to 5d, with eight of the 29 playing in their first tournament ever. Click here for more photos. Next month’s ratings tournament will be held May 2 in Oakland, CA.