The 1st European MLily Qualification tournament will start on this friday and finish on saturday. Five european professionals will fight for two places to qualify for the starting field of 64 world class players at the MLily cup. MLily offers two seats to Europe for their competition, round 2, planned for 7th July 2015 in China.
The tournament system is round robin (always with one player pausing), 70 minutes each and Canadian Byoyomi 15 moves - 5 minutes.
In case of 3 players defeating each other in a circle, fast games will be played on saturday evening to decide the winner(s). If the result is not decided by this, lottery will be used. In any other case, lottery will be used as well.
I will try to put results here after I finish my games.
More info here
The tournament was prepared very well by the organisation team from Andalusian Go Association, 2 nice go boards outside in a nice weather with a broadcasting on KGS (under EGFMLily1 & EGFMLily2). One player, Ilya Shikshin 1p was already qualified after round 4, the other player to qualify was decided between me and Alexandre Dinerstein, 3p with a direct game. The game was good for me all the time, until I started to play risky moves for some reason. I was still leading the game, but I missed a simple "throw-in" in byo-yomi and my big dragon died, after that, the game was over and I was forced to resign. Alexandre knew the game is not over until it is over more than me. So in the end 2 Russian players qualified for the MLily Cup this year: Alexandre Dinerstein 3p & Ilya Shikshin 1p. I wish them good luck in July and I really think they have a decent chance to win something there.
Noone finished the tournament with all losses, I had 2 wins, Ali Jabarin 1p and Mateusz Surma 1p had 1 win.
The first European Go Grand Slam tournament was held in Berlin, from 3rd to 6th of april 2015 This was the first professional tournament in Europe, there is now one grand slam tournament per year. The goal of EGF is to find more sponsors for organising grand slam tournaments, until 2022 EGF wants to help organising 4 grand slam tournaments per year.
This was my tournament number 200, I was hoping to qualify for top 4, but I didn't. I was stopped in the quarterfinal by Cristian Pop, 7 dan. I had a good position, but being ahead is not enough to win a game. I commented all my 3 games from this tournament, they are in My games.
The 5th Equinox Spring Go tournament was held in Hotel Viktor, Bratislava, from 20th to 21st of march 2015. There were 30 players playing in the tournament from 20 kyu to 3 dan strength, this time, only players from Slovakia.
The tournament system was 4 rounds, MacMahon, and all the games were played with handicap (reduced handicap -2). To play with handicap is quite common in Slovakia, that was the reason I did not participate in the tournament. Of course, I played friendly games.
Game, that has decided the winner of the tournament was played between Maros Kral 3 dan and Xaver Gubas 3 dan, nr.3 and nr.4 in Slovak rating. Maros won the game by half a point, which is symbolic, because there was announced a special price in the tournament for losers of a game decided by half point, because of the spring equinox.
If you want to come to play Go in Slovakia, you are welcome, we have yearly about 10 tournaments.
Thanks to my girlfriend for photos, enjoy :)
EYGC 2015, Zandvoort aan Zee, The Netherlands.
The 20th European Youth Goe Championship was held in a small Dutch town, Zandvoort aan Zee, which is also called The beach of Amsterdam, this weekend, from 12th to 15th march, 2015. It is the second time, the EYGC was held there, I still remember the same place from 2007, when I played in the U18 category.
In the U12, U16 and the U20 categories all together 104 youngsters from 12 countries met. Parents and team leaders from many countries were there, officials from the EGF and also a representative of CEGO, Zhao Baolong 2p, from China, was there. This tournament was a good opportunity for EGF and the representatives of CEGO to look for young and promising prodigies, who would like to go to study Go in China in long term maybe even this year. Mr Ge Yuhong from China (one of the bosses of probably the best Go school in China) wants to support young Europeans and help them to be really strong in Go. I don't know what is the result right now, who will go and when. I hope I can inform you as soon as possible.
There are a few big talents who could become professionals in the future. In the U20 category, Grigorij Fionin from Russia, who is only 15 years old, a solid European 6 dan is very promising. In the U16 category there is Valerii Krushelnytskyi from Ukraine a 12 or 13 year old solid European 3 dan is very promising. Also 2 Russian players have talent: Stepan Popov 4 dan and Vjacheslav Kajmin 3 dan. In the U12 category, there were two players who were stronger than the rest of the field. It was Denis Dobranis, 1 dan from Romania, and Arved Pittner, 1dan from Germany. Denis managed to win their encounter. I think these kids have a big potential and are our future in Europe.
I must say, that the organisation was made perfectly by the Dutch organizers. There were announcements before the tournament and in Zandvoort everything was fine. The first board of U16 and U20 category was broadcasted by EuroGoTV (videos on eurogotv.com). You can find the games on KGS under the accounts EuroGoTV1 and EuroGoTV2.
The organizers made more prices for the participants this year. The top players got nice presents from a sponsor. I got a brand new camera Nikon D5500 and Lukas Podpera got an iPad Air. The first two places in U16 and U12 also got very nice presents.
People qualified for the World Youth Goe Championship, Harbin, China (not the first places in the championship):
U12: Arved Pittner 1dan (DE), Virzhinia Shalneva 2kyu (RU), Miklos Csizmadia 7kyu (HU)
U16: Stepan Popov 5dan (RU), Johannes Walka 3dan (DE), Guillaume Ougier 1dan (FR)
After my last European Youth Go Championship, me, as the winner of the U20 category, I will represent Europe at the 2nd Globis Cup, Tokyo, Japan held from 7th to 10th May 2015. I hope I can make a good result and show that the European Go has improved.
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