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Championship of Karelia 48-2018

EuroGoTV - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:51
Author: Newsbot on 22:07 Sun 02 December 2018
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Cup of Permskij Krai 48-2018

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Championship of Tomsk Region 48-2018

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Championship of Novgorod Region 48-2018

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Belarus Championship 48-2018

EuroGoTV - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:51
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Istanbul City Tournament 201822

EuroGoTV - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:51
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Campionul de GO Caracal 2018

EuroGoTV - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:51
Author: Newsbot on 15:26 Sat 01 December 2018
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6th ITU Go Tournament 48-2018

EuroGoTV - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:51
Author: Newsbot on 15:26 Sat 01 December 2018
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Northern League 48-2018

EuroGoTV - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:51
Author: Newsbot on 00:36 Sat 01 December 2018
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Open Students Championship of SanktPeterburg 48-2018

EuroGoTV - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:51
Author: Newsbot on 00:53 Thu 29 November 2018
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Coventry 48-2018

EuroGoTV - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:51
Author: Newsbot on 00:53 Thu 29 November 2018
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26th Slovenian Team Championship 48-2018

EuroGoTV - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:51
Author: Newsbot on 00:53 Thu 29 November 2018
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Cup of Cheljabinsk 20182019 III Stage

EuroGoTV - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:51
Author: Newsbot on 01:12 Wed 28 November 2018
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Tournament of Club Leader Senior Group 48-2018

EuroGoTV - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:51
Author: Newsbot on 01:12 Wed 28 November 2018
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PeterPassowKranich 48-2018

EuroGoTV - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:51
Author: Newsbot on 01:11 Wed 28 November 2018
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Hungarian Open Championship 48-2018

EuroGoTV - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:51
Author: Newsbot on 01:10 Wed 28 November 2018
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Bozulich on “Attacking and Defending Weak Groups”

AGA news - Thu, 29/11/2018 - 14:00

“Attacking and Defending Weak Groups,” a new book by Richard Bozulich, is now available both as paperback and in digital form in the Go Books app. Weak groups are a crucial factor in the middle game of go, and this book covers all the techniques of attacking and defending weak groups. Each of the first nine chapters starts with a few examples of the technique under study, then continues with a few problems showing how that particular technique was used in a professional game. The tenth chapter presents additional problems whose solutions draw upon the techniques studied in the preceding nine chapters. The book is available in paperback from Kiseido and in digital form in the Go Books app for iPad, iPhone, and Mac. Regardless of which version you get, you can download the professional games used for the problems here.

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Traveling Go Board: Montreal, Canada

AGA news - Thu, 29/11/2018 - 14:00

by Peter Schumer

Montreal is just north of the border for go players in New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. They have a thriving go community and a full time place to play go and enjoy some quality tea, baked goods, soups, and sandwiches at Senthe Tea House located at 6547 Saint-Hubert. They also hosted the 41st Canadian Open at College Jean-de-Brebeuf in early September. I often play in their tournaments; Americans are warmly welcomed!

But I recently discovered an interesting place to play go that the folks in Montreal might not even be aware of. While walking around Old Montreal I found a restaurant, The Keg Steak House and Bar, located at the corner of Saint Paul and Saint Jean-Baptiste that has an outdoor terrace with chairs and tables with full-sized go boards inscribed on them! This is probably unknown to the proprietors as well.

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The Empty Board: Philosophical Reflections on Go #12

AGA news - Wed, 28/11/2018 - 14:00

By Bill Cobb

As in life, there is a color issue in go that has an impact on most players’ experience. The fact that Black plays first has an obvious effect. Most players, at least in the early years of playing, find it more comfortable to be Black in a game. It provides a certain comfort to feel like you are in control of the game for at least the first few moves. This preference is particularly evident in handicap games, especially high handicap games where the player with the black stones starts with an enormous advantage but feels like the white stones are invincible. No matter how isolated or surrounded by black stones, a white stone just seems inherently strong and dangerous. “The white stones never die” is a saying familiar to weaker players. I’m not sure that this ever goes away completely, though players who are especially successful with Black may feel differently. The fact that AlphaGo won slightly more often with White than with Black when playing itself makes many feel that part of the problem is that the komi has gotten to be too large. At any rate, this is not a real problem in enjoying the game, but it would be nice if we could at least sometimes in life try a policy of Black goes first.

photo by Phil Straus; photo art by Chris Garlock

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The Power Report (2 of 2: Iyama takes lead in Oza and Tengen; Fujita wins Young Carp; Youngest players & one veteran share lead in Honinbo League; Xie picks up first win in Women’s Honinbo; Ida defends Crown

AGA news - Mon, 26/11/2018 - 23:00

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Iyama takes lead in Oza and Tengen: This report is a contrast to my reports of November 2 and 3, which told of losses by Iyama in three different titles. His Meijin title is now gone, reducing him to “just” five top-seven titles, but he has turned the tide in the Oza title match, in which the challenger, Ichiriki Ryo 8P, won the first game. The second and third games were held in quick succession at the same venue, a relatively rare practice but seen occasionally in recent years because of Iyama’s tight schedule. The games were played at the Shima Kanko Hotel (“Kanko” means “sightseeing,” but the hotel doesn’t translate the word in its English name) in Shima City, Mie Prefecture, on November 17 and 19. In the second game, Iyama, taking white, secured a resignation after 196 moves, so he evened in the score. This ended a losing streak of four games for him. In the third game, Iyama, playing black, forced a resignation after 175 moves. Ichiriki will face a kadoban in the fourth game, scheduled for November 30. The third game of the 44th Tengen title match was held at the Yutoku Imari Shrine in Kashima City, Saga Prefecture, on November 23. Taking white, Iyama forced the challenger Yamashita Keigo 9P to resign after 140 wins, so he now leads 2-1. The fourth game will be played on December 10.

Fujita wins Young Carp:  The main section of the 13th Hiroshima Aluminum Cup Young Carp Tournament was held at the Central Japan Newspaper Building in Hiroshima on November 17 and 18. Sixteen players took part in a knock-out tournament. In the final, Fujita Akihiko 6P (aged 27, at right) (B) beat Koike Yoshihiro 3P (aged 20) by resignation. These two are both disciples of Takabayashi Takuji 6P. Third place was shared by Fujisawa Rina 4P and Adachi Toshimasa 5P. Shibano Toramaru 7P was probably the favorite, but he lost to Koike in the quarterfinals. This tournament is open to professionals 30 and under and 7-dan and under. The time allowance is 30 seconds per move plus ten minutes’ thinking time to be used in one-minute units. First prize is three million yen (about $26,600).

Youngest players & one veteran share lead in Honinbo League: In my previous report, I mentioned that Shibano Toramaru, who just turned 19 on November 9, and Ichiriki Ryo (aged 21) shared the lead in the 74th Honinbo League, on 2-0. They were joined by the 23-year-old Yo Seiki, so the three youngest players in the league shared the lead at this point. Yo improved his score to 2-0 on November 15, when, taking black, he beat Ko Iso 8P by resignation. The final game of the second round was played on November 22. Hane Naoki 9P (W) beat Kono Rin 9P by 2.5 points, so the veteran player (aged 42) joins the above three young players in the lead. Four players are on 2-0 and four on 0-2, so fortunes have been cleanly divided so far. That will change in the third round in December, when Yo will play Ichiriki and Hane will play Shibano.

Xie picks up first win in Women’s Honinbo: The third game of the 37th Women’s Honinbo title match was played at the Honinbo Shusaku Memorial Hall on In-no-shima Island, which is part of the mainland city of Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture, on November 24. Taking white, Xie won by resignation after 284 moves. Fujisawa Rina won the first two games, but Xie has survived her first kadoban. The fourth game will be played on December 5.

Ida defends Crown: The Crown title is a tournament limited to the 40 members of the Central Japan branch of the Nihon Ki-in in Nagoya. In the final, Nakano Hironari 9P challenged the title-holder Ida Atsushi 8P. Playing white, Ida won by 2.5 points. He has now held this title three years in a row.

Promotions
To 3-dan: Bian Wenkai (40 wins, as of Nov. 16). Bian, who was born in China, is a member of the Central Japan (Nagoya) branch of the Nihon Ki-in. He became a professional in 2013 at the age of 20.
To 5-dan: Takekiyo Isamu (70 wins, as of Nov. 23). Born in 1979, Takekiyo became a professional in 2001.
To 9-dan: Takanashi Seiken (200 wins, as of Nov. 23). Takanashi was promoted to 8-dan in 2002, so it has taken him 16 years to accumulate the wins required to make 9-dan. He is the 78th (active) 9-dan at the Nihon Ki-in (there are 31 at the Kansai Ki-in).

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