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EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Romania Sweeps Euro Team Championships; Giedrojc Wins Lodz; Gerlach ’09 Deutscher Meister; Budahn Beats Berlin; Traxler Sweeps Salzburg; Strong Line-Up For Brussels; Brits Build Online Team League; Big Prize Attracts Top Players To Lille Pandanet

Tuesday October 20, 2009

ROMANIA SWEEPS EURO TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Catalin Taranu 5P led the Romanian team to crush all their opponents 4-0 in at the European Team championships in Pitesti, Romania on October 9-11. Along with Kido-Cup winner Christian Pop on Board 2 and successful six-dans Dragos Bajeneru and Cornel Burzo, the Romanians were heavy favorites, despite strong teams from neighbours like Southern Serbia which took silver and Hungary, which took the bronze. A majority of the teams from 11 nations came from Romania — Romania 3 took 4th, ahead of team 2 — but Bulgaria sent two. Click here for team results and click here for more detailed results.
– Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent

GIEDROJC WINS LODZ: Krzysztof Giedrojc 4d swept the Lodz elimination tourney for the Polish title league on October 17-18, ahead of the only other high-dan player, Radek Jachym 4d. Maciek Lubinski 1d and Krzysztof Urtnowski 1d led a pack of four players on 3-2, but only they made it into the final league of eight. In Lodz 18 players had won the right to take part. Click here for results. The title tourney is set for November 26-29; Leszek Soldan is the defending champion “Mistrz Polski.” The Polish go association’s website go.art.pl has announced three new features: a link to photo galleries, an ability to comment on news and a fast section with mini-news. The Szczecin Go Club took part in the 3-day “Japan Fest” that ended October 17, with go exhibitions.
– Peter Dijkema, based on go.art.pl

GERLACH ’09 DEUTSCHER MEISTER: Christof Gerlach 6d won the German title – “Deutscher Meister” – in the final league of eight in Frankfurt on Main, October 15-17. Gerlach only lost to defending Champ Franz-Josef Dickhut 6d, who took bronze, with Benjamin Teuber 6d collecting the silver medal. Click here for results. This is the third national title for Gerlach, behind Dickhut’s 8; he won his first in 1991 and his second in 1998. Gerlach is also known in Europe as the author of a popular pairing program for large tournaments and as editor-in-chief of the German magzine DGZ as well as EGC bulletins.
– Peter Dijkema, from dgob.de and sensei.xmp.net

BUDAHN BEATS BERLIN: Michael Budahn 3d beat all his Berlin opponents in the “Herbstturnier” (‘Autumn Tourney’) on October 10. Also on the winner’s podium and sharing the prize money: Judith Conradi 2d and Oliver Goerling 9k with 3-1 each. Sixteen players took part, with a quarter of them young female players, who each won a small prize and an official “Urkunde” (= diploma?). Click here  for full results.
– Peter Dijkema, after a report at www.dgob.de

TRAXLER SWEEPS SALZBURG: Yorick Traxler 2d won all five games in Salzburg – Zell am See on October 10-11. Wolfgang Kremes 1d (4-1) and Michael Winkler 2d (3-2) completed an all-Vienna podium. This is Traxler’s first tournament win. Thirty players from Austria, Germany and Italy took part. Click here  for results. In September, Traxler did even better, when he defeated two 4d’s to take second place (4-1) after Viktor Lin 5d, who swept the Seewinkel tourney on September 12-13, where 39 played from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Aoki 9P was present for comments and teaching games. Click here for results.
– Peter Dijkema, based on reports on www.goverband.at

STRONG LINE-UP FOR BRUSSELS: Hwang In-Seong 7d, Dai Junfu 7d, Zhang Yanqi 5d, Antoine Fénech 5d and GoGod’s T. Mark Hall 4d top the 63 early registrants for the 24th Brussels tournament, scheduled for October 24-25 in the “Palais du Midi.” Click here for more information and to sign up.
– Peter Dijkema

BRITS BUILD ONLINE TEAM LEAGUE: The British Go Association (BGA) is following in the steps of their German colleagues at the Deutsche Go-Bund (DGB), which has set up a very successful system of online leagues for club teams. Ten British teams have already registered, while Durham captain Sandy Taylor is recruiting members for an 11th team. Some familiar names among the BGA captains are Matthew Macfadyen at Leamington, Helen Harvey heading up Chester A and Toby Manning managing Tigers Mouth from Leicester. Click here for more teams.
– Peter Dijkema

BIG PRIZE ATTRACTS TOP PLAYERS TO LILLE PANDANET: A prize of 600 Euros in the upcoming Pandanet tournament in Lille, France has attracted top players like Fan Hui 2P, Noguchi Motoki and current “Championne National” Zhang Yanqi. Click here  for details on the December 12-13 tournament or email TD Sébastien Dewidehem at seb.dewi@hotmail.fr
– Peter Dijkema

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Go Designs

Monday December 22, 2008

Italian graphic designer Stefano Giurin has designed some new eye-catching go-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts and bags. A self-described “go addict,” Giurin, a 12-kyu, started playing a year ago. “I’m trying to make go more cool for everyone, not only for players,” Giurin tells the E-Journal.

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European Go News: Burzo Wins Romanian Ambassador Cup; League Updates From Holland & Germany; German Tournament Updates

Monday December 22, 2008

BURZO WINS ROMANIAN AMBASSADOR CUP: Cornel Burzo 6D won the Romanian Ambassador of Japan Go Cup held December 13-14 in Bucharest. Lucian Corlan 5D took 2nd place and Daniel Cioata 5D was 3rd in the second edition of the event in which 150 Romanian Go players from 6 to 60 years old played. The event was also the occasion for the launch of Pro-G0, the new Romanian electronic go publication by Dorin Chis.
– report by Marilena Bara, Romanian correspondent for the E-Journal; photo: Burzo (r) with Ambassador of Japan in Bucharest Yoshinobu Higashi; photo by Liviu

LEAGUE UPDATES FROM HOLLAND & GERMANY: Utrecht’s Team 1 won the top Fall league in Holland and Utrecht’s Michiel Tel 1k won the prize for best progress in the top league with 44 points. Leyden had tied in matches and games, but lost the Leyden-Utrecht match. The top teams from Eindhoven won both the 1st and 2nd leagues; Eindhoven 1 won all five matches, finishing ahead of Utrecht 2 (4-11) and 3 (2-7). Eindhoven 2 won the second league 4-11, where Ivo Creusen gained 72 points, making him overall Best Progress winner. Finally, Almere 2 won 3rd league 5-13, with Huib Olij winning Best Progress. A total of 72 players participated. After three rounds in Germany’s Autumn Leagues – in which 72 teams are playing — only three teams in the top league are still undefeated: Karlsruhe didn’t drop a single game, Dragons from Frankfurt am Main won all matches but lost two games and HH-Hebsacker, the Go publishing house from Hamburg is third. The differences between go leagues in Holland and Germany are interesting and may be instructive for go organizers elsewhere. The Dutch leagues have small teams and meet in person, while the German league teams are larger and meet almost exclusively online.
– Peter Dijkema, European correspondent

GERMAN TOURNAMENT UPDATES: Benjamin Teuber 6D (l) won the Nikolaus tournament in Brauschweig, Germany on December 6-7, with 38 players participating. Lin Hai 4D took 2nd and Stefan Katschick 5D won third place. Stephan Thober 1D of Greifswald won the Mecklenburg-Vorpommeren state championship on November 21-22. Volkmar Liebscher 3D was 2nd and Martin Schidt 1D was 3rd.  Franz-Josef Dickhut 6D won the Japanese Consul-General’s Cup, also held November 21-22. At stake was a ticket to Japan, and Dickhut told the EJ that “My wife is from Korea, so we go there almost every year. But I’ve only been to Japan a few times, representing Germany in the WAGC.” Christoph Gerlach 6d won the ‘Blitzmeister’ title December 13-14 when the final four contestants met in a marathon in which they played each other six times.
– Peter Dijkema

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Go Designs

Monday December 22, 2008

Italian graphic designer Stefano Giurin has designed some new eye-catching go-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts and bags. A self-described “go addict,” Giurin, a 12-kyu, started playing a year ago. “I’m trying to make go more cool for everyone, not only for players,” Giurin tells the E-Journal.

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German Tournament Updates

Monday December 22, 2008

Benjamin Teuber 6D (l) won the Nikolaus tournament in Brauschweig, Germany on December 6-7, with 38 players participating. Lin Hai 4D took 2nd and Stefan Katschick 5D won third place. Stephan Thober 1D of Greifswald won the Mecklenburg-Vorpommeren state championship on November 21-22. Volkmar Liebscher 3D was 2nd and Martin Schidt 1D was 3rd.  Franz-Josef Dickhut 6D won the Japanese Consul-General’s Cup, also held November 21-22. At stake was a ticket to Japan, and Dickhut told the EJ that “My wife is from Korea, so we go there almost every year. But I’ve only been to Japan a few times, representing Germany in the WAGC.” Christoph Gerlach 6d won the ‘Blitzmeister’ title December 13-14 when the final four contestants met in a marathon in which they played each other six times.
– Peter Dijkema

 

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League Updates From Holland & Germany

Monday December 22, 2008

Utrecht’s Team 1 won the top Fall league in Holland and Utrecht’s Michiel Tel 1k won the prize for best progress in the top league with 44 points. Leyden had tied in matches and games, but lost the Leyden- Utrecht match. The top teams from Eindhoven won both the 1st and 2nd leagues; Eindhoven 1 won all five matches, finishing ahead of Utrecht 2 (4-11) and 3 (2-7). Eindhoven 2 won the second league 4-11, where Ivo Creusen gained 72 points, making him overall Best Progress winner. Finally, Almere 2 won 3rd league 5-13, with Huib Olij winning Best Progress. A total of 72 players participated. After three rounds in Germany’s Autumn Leagues – in which 72 teams are playing — only three teams in the top league are still undefeated:  Karlsruhe didn’t drop a single game, Dragons from Frankfurt am Main won all matches but lost two games and HH-Hebsacker, the Go publishing house from Hamburg is third. The differences between go leagues in Holland and Germany are interesting and may be instructive for go organizers elsewhere. The Dutch leagues have small teams and meet in person, while the German league teams are larger and meet almost exclusively online.
– Peter Dijkema, European correspondent

 

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Burzo Wins Romanian Ambassador Cup

Monday December 22, 2008

Cornel Burzo 6D won the Romanian Ambassador of Japan Go Cup held December 13-14 in Bucharest. Lucian Corlan 5D took 2nd place and Daniel Cioata 5D was 3rd in the second edition of the event in which 150 Romanian Go players from 6 to 60 years old played. The event was also the occasion for the launch of Pro-G0, the new Romanian electronic go publication by Dorin Chis.
– report by Marilena Bara, Romanian correspondent for the E-Journal;photo: Burzo (r] with Ambassador of Japan in Bucharest Yoshinobu Higashi; photo by Liviu

 

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Fan Hui Recaptures Paris Meijin

Monday December 15, 2008

Fan Hui (right in photo at left) 2P swept all five rounds to win back his Paris Meijin title on November 29-30, reports Jérome Hubert 3D on the French Federation of Go’s (FFG) website. Fan has now won this title six times, losing it last year to to Junfu Dai, who won it in 1995 when he was just 12. Prominent Japanese players also attended the 26th annual event, including Kobayashi Chizu 5P, who has been resident in Europe since last year, when she became the Nihon Kiin’s cultural ambassador to Austria and Nobuchi Motoki 7D , who placed 5th. Click here for more pictures, some games and the full results. The FFG site also has a video by Fred Donzet 5D about Fan Hui, combining footage from the last Paris Pandanet with Fan — a national teacher in France and regular contributor to the EJ — teaching. Donzet took 8th place in the recent Korean PM Cup, and was one of Youth Champ Thomas Debarre 5D’s — who won 6th place — first teachers. Debarre also takes lessons from Guo Juan 5P and told the EJ that he’s “eager to play the best anywhere in Europe”.
-Report by Peter Dijkema, European correspondent; photo by Jérome Hubert

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Euro Winter Go School

Monday December 8, 2008

Over the upcoming holidays, go players in Northwest Europe will get together for the Winter-Go event on the border of Germany and Holland. Lecturers include Frank Janssen and Geert Groenen, both 6-dan, as well as Willem-Koen Pomstra 5d, who has attended all winter and summer Dutch Teaching Schools. Manuela Marz 4d will also give lectures on go, including “The seven dwarfs and other fairy tales” and “Why basketballs have bad shape and bicycles are dangerous.” German families participating include the “First Family” of German Go, Deutscher Go-Bund President Michael Marz 3d, his wife Manuela 4d, and their young child. With students from all over Western Europe, the Summer and Winter Classes have become one of the major seasonal schooling opportunities in this part of Europe. Click here for more info.
– reported by Peter Dijkema, European EJ correspondent

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Minieri Tops In Italian Championships Report

Monday December 8, 2008

2008.12.08 Italian Tourney Davide Minieri 3D took 1st place at the 29th annual Italian Open Championships (pictured), held at the 11th Italian Go Congress, which ran November 28-30 in Milan, Italy. The field of 87 included a large group of participants from Kiev in the Western Ukraine. Four players finished on top with 4 wins each: Minieri (Padova), Vasyl Skochko 4D (Kiev), Giordano D’Obici 1D (Rome) and local strongman Francesco Marigo 4D. Dmytro Korolov 7K and Mykola Antonov 20K from Kiev were the only other undefeated players. Roman Korolov 2K of Kiev topped the 9×9 Tournament, Borys Baydenko 4K took 2nd and Carlo Metta 2K was the 9×9 Italian Champ, finishing 3rd (the highest-placing Italian player wins the championship title). Vasyl Skochko of Kiev took first place in the Lightning Championships, ahead of his countryman Roman Ruzhanskyy 1K, while Davide Minieri placed 3rd to win the Italian title, ahead of Gionata Soletti 2K, the main organizer of the 1996 and 2006 European Go Congresses in Italy. – reported by Peter Dijkema, European EJ correspondent

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