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36th World Amateur Go Championship Launches June 7

AGA news - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 20:30

Players from six continents and assorted islands will gather at the Montien Riverside Hotel in Bangkok for this year’s World Amateur Go Championship June 7-10. The Asian contingent will be young, including 12-year-old contestants from Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, and Malaysia and teenagers from China, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Singapore, and host country Thailand. Japan will field a two-time former world champion, and Europe will field several players who have placed high in past years. Danny Ko represents the US and Juyong Koh is playing for Canada. Click here for video self-introductions by sixteen of the fifty-eight players. Click here for the list of players and the event schedule. The events main sponsors are CP All, The Siam Commercial Bank, and Red Bull. Seven games each round will be broadcast on Pandanet. Ranka Online will carry reports of the entire event.
- Ranka Online 

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Samsung Cup Selection Tournament Planned for North American Players

AGA news - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 20:10

The AGA is selecting three players to represent North America in the 2015 Samsung Cup World Baduk Masters World Division. The 12-player World Division will be played August 2nd – 5th in Seoul, Korea. Interested players should be available to play in the online selection tournament on the third and fourth weekend of June. Eligibility: AGA/CGA member and US/Canada citizenship, AGA 6.0 minimum rating required, amateur or certified professional by the AGA; US players must meet the AGA overseas eligibility criteria. The selection tournament will be held on KGS Go Server. Interested players should send their names, AGA number and rating and country of citizenship to cherry.shen@usgo.org by midnight, Sunday, June 14th. Note that the format of the tournament is single elimination so players may be out earlier than August 5.

The three selected players will each receive a $1,000 stipend toward their expenses traveling to Korea, but must arrange their own air travel and lodging. The World Division winner will play in the Main Round of the Samsung Cup, so there is a chance that players will go back to Korea in the second week of September. The winning player will also receive approximately $5,000 in Main Round prize money. Note that AGA professionals can participate in the Samsung Cup General Division at the end of July although there are no monetary subsidies. Interested AGA professional players should email Cherry Shen for Main Division details.

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New AGA Chapter Rep — and Name — for Seattle

AGA news - Fri, 05/06/2015 - 02:53

The local chapter of the American Go Association met at the Seattle Go Center on Tuesday, May 26, and unanimously elected Peter Nelson 5d (right) as the new Chapter Representative.  They also changed the name of their chapter to “Seattle AGA Chapter” from “Seattle Go Center”.  The Seattle AGA Chapter is organizationally distinct from the nonprofit that runs the Seattle Go Center, although many local players are members of both groups.  The name change was intended to reduce confusion between the two groups.  The Seattle AGA Chapter sponsored the Tacoma Go Congress in 2013.

Nelson will be attending the U.S. Go Congress in Minnesota this August, and the Annual Meeting of Chapter Representatives.  He has been a regular at the Go Center  since moving to Seattle from Minnesota in 2014.  He has given many teaching games at the Go Center, and he also teaches online as longstridebaduk.  Nelson has done well in local tournaments, winning the Seattle Pandanet Team Qualifier in September of 2014, and placing second in the Open Section of the 2015 Spring Tournament, losing only to Edward Kim 7d.  He may be contacted by email.
- Brian Allen

 

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Apply for Free Pro Lessons by June 15th

AGA news - Fri, 05/06/2015 - 01:02
There is still time for AGA members to apply for free lessons, with Andy Liu 1P or Calvin Sun 1P. “Thanks to a generous donor, the AGF is making lessons available to High School and College students as a thank you for their efforts promoting go,” reports AGF Board Member Keith Arnold. Candidates will be selected based on their efforts for the community at large. “We are looking for a brief statement describing your efforts running a school go club, as well as any other contributions to the go community,” says Arnold, “we know this is exam time – this will not be graded – we simply want the facts, your submission should be less than a page.” The winners will receive six lessons online, from one of the AGA’s new pros.  To apply for the lessons,  fill out the form here, by June 15th. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photos: Calvin Sun 1P (l); Andy Liu 1P (r).

 

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The Rennes Tournament: Easter Eggs and Games

AGA news - Thu, 04/06/2015 - 14:00

Note: this is a translation from the French Go Review, with which the E-Journal is now exchanging reports. It’s a bit longer than our usual reports but we wanted to give you a sense of their style. You can find the original report here.

The village of Guitte, hidden in the countryside half an hour outside the Breton capital welcomed anew the Rennes Tournament during Easter weekend. Irene, the manager of the Ker Al Lann holiday camp still doesn’t know the rules of go, but she understands one thing very well, that the regulars who descend there every year to put stones on a board require only a few things: a room to play quietly and repose until nightfall and some good meals to reset their clocks to zero.

Forty-odd players came together to do battle, but the duel was limited to a battle in fuseki, joseki, or tesuji. Because the fabric of the Rennes Tournament is not based on the diverse range of drinks consumed, nor the korrigans (French leprechauns) who tickle the feet of those who go to bed late to wake them up in time for the next round; it is made from the innumerable activities and games that the organizers offer to the participants. Thus, we have presided over a second Olympiad of go and outdoor games, won this year by an all-female team, the Gazelles, composed of Christèle Derrien (whose cakes we enjoyed all weekend), Brigitte Doisneau and Élise Cherbonnel. They lead the competing teams in a programme mixing skill and endurance : pétanque, Möllky and Go-Athlon (10 minute blitz on a 13×13 board). The prize for our three winners: a magnificent chocolate goban!

In the evening, the place was filled with games large and small, the more athletic passed the time with table tennis, whilst the rest amused themselves at the carrom table. Meanwhile, the former winner of the blitz tournament played all the while, whilst serving drinks at the bar.

At midnight, the poker players made their appearance and the sound of chips announced that the night would not finish until all accounts were settled at Ker Al Lann.

For the other nocturnal side events, Alban Granger defeated Mael Rabase to win this year’s Phantom Go World Championship, the famous Blitz (is Wrong) Championship passed into the hands of Tanguy Le Calvé (who faced Jean-Loup Naddef in the final), and the backgammon tournament was energetically won by Emeric Salmon who faced a very combative Florence.

And what about the go? We are getting there.  Forty participants and 5 rounds full of surprises, notably Remi Vannier, our president, who in a style as thoughtful as the thought he put into succeeding to beat successively Tanguy Le Calvé and Mathieu Delli-Zotti, the joint winners of the tournament (4 points each, Mathieu winning on tiebreak while also being the official barman). We can equally cite Emmanuel Nadeau, a young player who arrived in Canada and for whom the Breton air seemed to suit very well, since he managed to score 4 points in his category and shone brilliantly in the egg chase of Saturday morning.

In conclusion, it was a very beautiful weekend, and we are able to give you the dates of the 5th to 8th of May 2016 to book in your diary for next year’s event.

Translated from the French by Mathieu Delli-Zotti, Ian Davis & Olivier Dulac; photos by Sébastien Cordrie and Bertrand Vachon

 

 

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Cuba to Host 17th Ibero-American Championship in Havana in October, Welcomes US Players

AGA news - Thu, 04/06/2015 - 13:00

The Academia Cubana de Go has announced that it will host the 17th Ibero-American Championship tournament in Havana October 9-11. US players are very welcome, organizers say.  “I had a great time,” says Bob Gilman, who was one of four US players at last year’s Ibero-American Championship in Quito, Ecuador in 2014

The relaxation of restrictions on travel to Cuba by US citizens should make it easier for US players to travel to Havana for this tournament, says Gilman, who visited Havana in 2013 with a group of US players. “Travel for a competition is now permissible under a ‘general license.’” While prior government approval is not necessary, travelers must maintain documentation for five years that this travel meets the specifications in the Treasury Department regulations. “I am doubtful whether a trip extending much before or after the tournament would meet the regulatory standards for travel for a competition,” says Gilman. “Another possibility would be a ‘people to people’ group trip such as in 2013.” While this would permit seeing more of Cuba, it “requires more organization and has its own set of regulatory standards to meet,” notes Gilman, who adds “I would be interested in hearing from US players interested in making the trip.” Write Gilman here.

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Cuban Guests to Participate in St. Paul Go Congress: AGF Raising Funds for Visit

AGA news - Thu, 04/06/2015 - 02:00

The AGA, together with the American Go Foundation (AGF), will bring two Cuban players to the US Go Congress in St. Paul this August and is raising funds to support the effort . “Cuba has a very active go community,” says AGA Director Bob Gilman, who has taken the lead in organizing this visit, “Bringing these Cubans to the Go Congress will help build links with players in the United States and is very timely as relationships between the US and Cuban governments continue to improve.”

The players are Rafael Torres Miranda, President of the Academia Cubana de Go, Cuban 2 dan, and Professor Lazaro Bueno Perez from the province of Camaguey, Cuban 8 kyu. Professor Bueno has been active in teaching the game in his home province. Because the Cuban players cannot afford the trip on their own, the AGF is conducting an independent fund-raising campaign to bring them to the Congress. For more on how to support the effort, see the additional information here.

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E-Journal and French Go Review to Exchange Reports

AGA news - Thu, 04/06/2015 - 01:59

Thanks to a new reciprocal agreement between the American Go E-Journal and the French Go Review, readers of both publications will benefit. The FGR is translating longtime go journalist John Power’s reports for the E-Journal into French and publishing them on the Revue Française de Go blog (three have been published so far ; click here for the most recent one). In return, they will be providing English translations of selected reports on the FGR blog for publication in the E-Journal.

“Go is a global game and we’re tremendously excited to launch this cooperative publishing venture with our colleagues in France,” said E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock.

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Ireland end league campaign with victory

Irish Go Association - Wed, 03/06/2015 - 11:22

Ireland secured victory in their final league match of the campaign with a 3-1 win over Greece. The top two boards were shared in early games over the weekend, whilst reputation alone was enough to secure boards 3 and 4, as the Greeks were obviously too frightened to face John and Tibi. This victory secured our position as the best team in the bottom half of the division!

Final league standings here
Some stats here

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EuroGoTV Shuts Down After 8 Years

AGA news - Wed, 03/06/2015 - 02:54

After eight years, EuroGoTV has shut down. “We started just as a place where the go-player could watch instruction videos and video reports, but soon EuroGoTV changed to a real go-news site with live video streaming,” writes founder Harry Weerheijm in the final edition of EuroGo TV’s email newsletter on May 27.

Nearly 3,000 tournament reports were published on the EuroGoTV website, including tens of thousands of photos of go events across Europe. EuroGoTV regularly streamed live video of tournament games and posted “over 900 videos” on YouTube, according to Weerheijm (right). EuroGoTV’s newsletter was widely ready by go players throughout Europe and was a reliable source of European go news for the E-Journal.

Ultimately, the burdens of the time and energy necessary to run EuroGoTV combined to make continuing the service untenable for Weerheijm, who also expressed disappointment that more go players didn’t pay to access the videos and that tournament organizers rarely used EuroGoTV as a tool to attract sponsors. He thanked his partner Judith van Dam, Catalin Taranu 5p, Peter Dijkema, Olivier Dulac, and EuroGoTV’s VIP members for their support for the project.

“Harry has been a tireless member of our small band of Western go journalists,” said E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. “He has single-handedly set a very high bar for the rest of us and we owe him a great debt for all his hard work promoting go. We are very sad to see the end of EuroGoTV but wish Harry all the best in the future.”

The EJ plans to continue covering the European go scene through the efforts of European Correspondent, Kim Ouweleen. Anyone interested in joining that team can email journal@usgo.org. The EJ is also in the process of developing plans for video coverage from this year’s US Go Congress; stay tuned for updates on that effort soon.

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GoClubsOnline Adds PayPal Option

AGA news - Wed, 03/06/2015 - 01:55

With the latest release of GoClubsOnline attendees can now pay their tournament or event fees via PayPal. Look for payments due and PayPal prompts during online registration for a tournament or event to see if this convenient option is offered by organizers. When PayPal is offered by the hosting club and payments are due, attendees can pay either via PayPal or with a credit card. GoClubsOnline (GCOL) doesn’t handle any of these funds and organizers can manage their PayPal account completely independently. “Organizers can set whatever fees they wish to charge, especially if they want to supplement a prize pool!” says GCOL’s Robert Cordingley.  “Club organizers can separately and simply set up a club PayPal account, then include the account name in the Payment Method section of a tournament or event profile and it’s good to go.”

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Youwhan Kim Drinks Deep at Santa Monica Coffee Cup

AGA news - Mon, 01/06/2015 - 18:29

Youwhan Kim 7d, former Korean insei and winner of last year’s Cotsen Open (10/26 EJ), will be sipping his coffee from the 9th annual Santa Monica Coffee Cup.  Kim (right) took top honors by going 3-0 in the one-day tournament, beating fellow Korean visitor Seunghee Ryu 7d in the final.  Ryu and Kim were the strongest of a strong “Espresso” section; eight of the 48 competitors were 5d or stronger.   Other 3-0 winners were Tyler Oyakawa 3d in the Java Section, Jeff McLellan 4k in the Mocha Section, Greg Kulevich 8k in the Latte Section and Jeremy Cook 17k and Ryan Kim 23k in the Decaf section.  In addition to hand-painted mugs and tiles for first through fourth place, winners and placers got bags of organic Peruvian light-roast coffee ground and packed by owner Pam Stollings of the UnUrban Coffeehouse.   Players with no wins received a portable go board courtesy of the Korean Baduk Association as a consolation prize.  TD Joe Cepiel also awarded one of the KBA boards to the youngest player attending, six-year-old Oliver Williams (at left, with Andy Okun and Myungwan Kim 9p), who completed a game in good form.  The turnout, close to the Coffee Cup’s highest, was boosted not only by visitors from Korea, but by large contingents from San Diego and Arizona and a player from Hamburg, as well as the cool, sunny weather.
- report/photos courtesy Andy Okun

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ACGA & Shanghai Ing Foundation to Host Chang Qi Cup Semi-Finals, American Chang Qi Tournament

AGA news - Mon, 01/06/2015 - 15:00

The first American Chang Qi tournament will be held this fall in conjunction with the semi-finals of the 2015 Chang Qi Cup, which will be held in the US in September, the first time a professional go tournament semi-final will be held in North America. A major Chinese go tournament, the Chang Qi Cup semis will feature four of the world’s top go professionals, live review and commentary from the legendary Chang Hao 9P and a major American amateur tournament, all held at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, September 26-28.

“This tournament is a great opportunity to see top pros battling it out in person,” says local organizer Cole Pruitt. “We expect to draw many of the strongest players in North America to compete” in the inaugural American Chang Qi tournament which  will offer a total prize pool of at least $15,000 distributed across several divisions. “Every part of the event is free for the public and online registration is coming soon!”

Supported by the Shanghai Ing Foundation, the event is organized by the American Collegiate Go Association. the tournament will be AGA-rated and will be jointly hosted with the American Go Association. The American Chang Qi tournament will include a special ‘university showdown’ where students can win prize money for having the best turnout from their school, the best record during the tournament, and more. “On Saturday night, we’re planning a special ‘Students and Professionals’ night out, where students at the event can hang out with and get to know professional players visiting from China,” adds Pruitt.

“As we gear up for the event, we want to bring on university students to help us organize it and make it an incredible event. We encourage all interested students to apply to be an organizer. In exchange for helping us run the event, we’ll cover your travel, room, and board in Boston during the event and you’ll get behind-the-scenes access, wine-and-dine the visiting pros from China, and more.”

photo: Chang Hao 9p competes at the 10th Chang Qi Cup back in 2013 (credit: Go Game Guru)

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Act Now to Get Discount on US Go Congress Registration

AGA news - Sun, 31/05/2015 - 00:26
“There’s still time to take advantage of the early registration discount for this year’s US Go Congress,” says Congress Director Josh Larson. “Prices go up June 1st, so sign up and pay to take advantage of the discount.” Click here for details on the biggest annual US go event, which runs August 1-9 in St Paul, Minnesota. “We’ve got a great Congress planned this year!”

 

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UK Go Updates: British Youth Postponed

AGA news - Sat, 30/05/2015 - 19:00

British Youth Postponed: Originally planned for May 31, the British Youth Go Championship has been pushed to the fall of 2015. The UK Go Challenge Finals (13×13 boards) is going ahead though on Saturday 18th July in Letchworth Garden City. All young players are welcome to attend.

Challengers’ League: This year’s Challengers’ League, played between the top 8 available players coming out of the Candidates’ Tournament, took place at the Goddard Arms in Swindon on May 23-26. Andrew Kay (the reigning British Champion) won all of his games to lead the field, followed by Andrew Simons who won all of his games except for his game against Andrew Kay. Charles Hibbert, playing in his first Challengers’ League, finished with 4 wins in third place. Andrew Kay and Andrew Simons will now go on to play for this year’s British Championship title.

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No Nominees Yet For 2015 AGA Board Elections

AGA news - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 01:21

The three American Go Association (AGA) regional Board of Director seats are up for election and with just over two weeks to go, no candidates have been nominated. The current terms of office expire this September. Nominations, including self-nominations may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides and must be received by June 15, 2015. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

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YouTube’s Haylee to Play Live Against Nick Sibicky at US Go Congress

AGA news - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 23:31

Lee Hajin 3p, popularly known on YouTube as Haylee, will record one of her signature play-and-explain games at the US Go Congress, the AGA announced.  Though the exact format is still to be determined, her opposition will include fellow YouTube broadcaster Nick Sibicky, possibly as part of a team, said AGA VP of Operations Andrew Jackson. “The idea is we stream Hajin in one room telling us about her game while the opponents are debating their fate in another room, probably also recorded.  We’ll edit the two videos together later to put on YouTube.” This year’s Congress runs August 1-9 in St Paul, MN.

In her videos, Hajin records as she plays a random player on Tygem, explaining her moves and thinking as she goes along.  In Haylee’s gentle but disciplined playing style, games usually proceed rather quietly until her opponent — generally a very strong player — makes a modest mistake and their game disintegrates like an airplane whose rivets turn out to have been made of putty. Lee, a frequent Go Congress attendee, does the Haylee videos as a sideline to her current job as Secretary General of the International Go Federation.  She has more than 2,800 subscribers and 214,000 views for her 90 videos.  Nick Sibicky started his YouTube channel with recordings of his DDK lessons at the Seattle Go Center, and they have grown in popularity, reaching nearly 9,000 subscribers with more than three quarters of a million views.
- Andy Okun

 

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Maryland Open, Played Memorial Day Weekend, Rated Memorial Day Weekend

AGA news - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 23:20

The 42nd annual Maryland Open, which was played last Saturday and Sunday, was entered into the ratings system the next day and ratings updated before the players returned to work Tuesday morning, report American Go Association staff.  “Our compliments to organizer Keith Arnold, TD Todd Heidenreich and the other volunteers who manage the event every year,” said AGA president Andy Okun.  “We received an error-free ratings report on Sunday night and quickly confirmed that all the players had memberships.  You can’t ask for better than that.  We should all take inspiration from their example.” photo: Arnold (right) at the MD Open; photo by Steve Colburn

 

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EuroGoTV Update: Sweden, France, Russia, Romania, Turkey, Switzerland and Austria

AGA news - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 13:00

Sweden: The Swedish Championships 2015, played from 5/15-17 in Gothenburg, Sweden, were won by Fredrik Blomback 6d (left). Second came Charlie Aakerblom 5d and third was Yang Huang 5d. Result table.

France: In France several national championships took place in the commune of Cachan, in the weekend of 5/9-5/10.
The French Championships in the category of Under 12 was won by Lexiang Sun 7k. Second came Ismael Fathallah 11k and third was Thibault Morel 16k. Result table.
The French Championships – Under 16 – was won by Guillaume Ougier 1k who managed to beat his rival and big talent Isaac Scribe 3k in the thrilling finals by half a point. Third place was claimed by Leo Teychenne 7k. Result table. Photo: final game of Under 16 in France (left) Isaac Scribe, (right) Guillaume Ougier, with Toru Imamura Cornuejols 4d reviewing
The French Championships – Under 18 – was won by Ariane Ougier 1d (left), big sister of Guillaume. Second place was for Sylvain Bousquet 3k and on third place finished Julien Dartigues 6k. Result table.
The second stage of the Main French Championships were played a week later from 5/16-5/17 in the city of Orsay. The victor was Mathieu Daguenet 3d, with Julien Miralles 2d in second place and Stephan Kunne 1d trailing in third place. Result table.
Clearly investing in their youth players, the French also recently organised the Pau Youth Tournament, played on the 17th of May in Pau. It was won by Kim Schott Dedieu 15k. Second came Jade Rindlisbacher 20k and third was Axel Chadeau 20k. Result table.

Russia: Another country that has recently been organising many local youth tournaments.
On the 16th of May the third stage of the Youth Moscow Grand Prix took place in Moscow. 36 youngsters competed in the tournament, which was won by Anatolij Khokhlov 12k, with Roman Kolgushkin 14k in second place and Ivan Afanasjev 17k in third place. Result table. In the city of Tolyatti, the Cup of Tolyatti took place on the 17th of May. It was won by Robert Gorbunov 5k. Second came Nikita Semenov 9k and Nikita Allin 6k was third. Result table. The Children’s Group of the same tournament had sixteen kids fighting for the crown. Ivan Peshkov 10k came out as the winner, with Stanislav Arefjev 15k as second best and Alexandr Gurevich 15k in third place. Result table.
The Championships of the Crimean Federal District, played from 5/15-5/17 in Simferopol, was won by Gleb Kajro 1k. Second came Demjan Zavgorodnij 2k and third was Nikolaj Zareckij 3k. Result table.

Romania: The 6th Radu Baciu Grand Prix – stage 3, played from 5/16-5/17 in Bistrita, Romania, was won by Viorel Arsinoaia 2d. Second came George Ginguta 2d and third was Adrian Nedan 1k. Result table.

Turkey: Turkey has been rapidly developing as a go country over the past few years, with more and more tournaments seeing the light of day and a big group of students playing the game. The 10th Hacettepe Tournament, played from 5/16-5/17 in Ankara, Turkey, had a total of 76 participants. The best of them all was Engin Serkan Solmazoglu 1d who won all his games. Second place was claimed by Fatih Sulak 2d and third was Ilyas Tanguler 1d. Result table.

Switzerland: The Veyrier-Ko Go Club Tournament, played from 5/16-5/17 in Club de Bridge des Bergues (CBB), Switzerland, was won by Chunyang Xiao 2d. Second came Semi Lee 2d and third was Longteng Chen 2d. Result table.

Austria: The Go7 Samstagsturnier, played on Sunday the 16th of May 16-05-2015 in Vienna, Austria, had professional player Baolong Zhao competing as well as top Austrian player Lothar Spiegel 5d. As is often the case with handicap games, it does not mean that the strongest players automatically win. The tournament was won by Christian Bernscherer 5k who used his handicap stones to their maximum efficiency, with Alexander Huber 8k in second place and Lisa Mayer 3k in third place. Result table.
- Kim Ouweleen, European Correspondent for the E-Journal, based on reports from EuroGoTV

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Mexico Bests Portland in School Match

AGA news - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 12:30

Mexico City triumphed over Portland, OR in a friendly children’s tourney held May 16th on KGS, reports organizer Peter Freedman. Each city fielded a team of six children, ranked from 10-21k. They participated in a three-round tournament using 19×19 boards and KGS handicaps. “Luke Helprin’s parents hosted the Portland team at their house, and his dad Ted graciously provided snacks and helped with Spanish,” said Freedman.  Portland got off to a good start in round one by winning 4 out of 6 games.  Round two was a tie with each team winning 3 matches, setting the stage for a decisive showdown.  In the third round, Mexico City came up from behind by winning 5 out of 6 matches. -Austin Freeman with Paul Barchilon.  Photo by Siddhartha Avila: Members of the Mexican team Skyping with Portland.  

Winners Report: Overall Wins: Mexico 10, Portland 8; 3 game winner: Luke Helprin 20k; 2 game winners: Hikaru Saito 10k, Diego Ali Manjarrez 14k, Leonardo Valdovinos 14k, Daniela Luciano 22k, Almudena Espinosa 21k.

 

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