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Bringing Go to Portland’s Mochitsuki Festival

AGA news - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 13:03

Peter  Freedman (at far right), Hikaru  Saito, Glenn  Peters, Jessie  Jenkins  and Jessie’s friend, Austin,  taught  at  least  50 people  to  play  go  at Portland’s Mochitsuki  Festival  on Sunday  January  25th. Held  at  Portland  State  University from  10  to  4 , thousands came to  celebrate  the  new  year, eat  traditional  food  and  experience  traditional  Japanese  culture. -Photo and story courtesy Peter Freedman

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Jin Chen Tournament Draws Strong Field in Seattle

AGA news - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 23:50

The Open Section of the Jin Chen Memorial Tournament at the Seattle Go Center drew twelve players, including two 7 dans and three 6 dans.  Since the Jan. 4 tournament had only three rounds, there was a tie for first place between Boyang Chen 6d from Oregon, and Chan Chung 5d from the Seattle area.  Edward Kim placed 3rd, after losing one game on time.

Go Center members were intrigued to meet the teacher of Edward Kim 7d, since Edward has taught many of the strong players in the Northwest.   Years ago, Edward’s teacher was his older brother Hong Kim, who also lives in the Seattle area.  This was the first time Hong played in an AGA rated tournament.  He won the handicapped section for players 2 kyu and stronger, playing as a 2d.  Second place went to young Chanseok Oh.  The 3 kyu to 9 kyu band was won by local Frank Brown, with new player Ben Resnick placing second.  The double digit kyu player’s section was won by Elan Ma, with second to California visitor Barry Stiefel.  Elan also won the children’s prize.  There were 30 players at the tournament, which is held on the first Sunday in January every year to mark the birthday of our old friend Jin Chen.  Report and photo illustration by Brian Allen

 

 

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The Power Report: Xie Makes Good Start in Women’s Kisei Defense; Honinbo League Update; Judan challenger: Kobayashi Satoru or Ida

AGA news - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 21:13

by John Power, EJ Japan Correspondent

Xie Makes Good Start in Women’s Kisei Defense: The first game of the 18th DoCoMo Cup Women’s Kisei title match, a best-of-three, was played at the Hotel Sunlife Garden in Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, on January 22. Konishi Kazuko 8P (right) of the Kansai Ki-in is making her first appearance in a title match (she has reached the finals of three knock-out titles but lost each time). Xie has held this title for four of the the last five years. In the nigiri to decide colors, Xie drew white. Konishi played positively in the opening and seized the initiative, but Xie managed to set up the kind of confused fight in which she excels. Konishi failed to find the best move in the crucial middle-game fight, and this gave Xie a chance to upset her lead. Konishi resigned after 136 moves. The second game will be played on January 29. It’s a must-win game for Konishi if she is to take the match to a deciding game on February 2.

Honinbo League Update: Two games were played in the 70th Honinbo League on January 22. Yamashita Keigo 9P (B) beat Takao Shinji 9P by resignation and Kono Rin 9P (W) beat Yo Seiki 7P, also by resignation. Yamashita goes to 3-1, keeping him in second place behind Ida Atsushi 8P (4-0). Kono evened his score to 2-2, and both Takao and Yo, on 1-3, will now have to focus on keeping their league places.

Judan challenger: Kobayashi Satoru or Ida: The second semifinal of the 53rd Judan tournament was held in Nagoya on January 22. It was contested by two of the leading young players at the Central Japan branch of the Nihon Ki-in, Ida Atsushi 8P and Shida Tatsuya 7P (right). Ida was the top new star of last year, winning the Honinbo League on debut. Although he lost the title match to Iyama Yuta, he seems to be on course to challenge again. Shida is older (24 to Ida’s 20) and was the top young player in Nagoya until Ida emerged. Shida won the Hiroshima Aluminium Cup in his second year as a pro (2007) and came second in the Agon Kiriyama Cup in 2013. Shida had won their two previous encounters, but in the last year Ida has gotten a lot stronger. Taking black in this game, he forced a resignation, so he will meet Kobayashi Satoru in the play-off to decide the challenger to Takao Shinji.

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UK Go Updates: Charles Hibbert Wins Maidenhead-Hitachi

AGA news - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 14:20

Maidenhead-Hitachi Tournament: On January 24th, Charles Hibbert 2 dan went on to win all three of his games, claiming the Maidenhead title. Coincidentally, it was also his first-ever tournament. Second and third place were claimed by Alistair Wall and Jitka Bartova. All players winning three or two games received a prize. 55 players took part in the event.
- edited by Amy Su from reports on the BGA website.

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EuroGoTV Update: Ukraine, United Kingdom, Russia

AGA news - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 14:19

Ukraine: Oleksandr Hiliazov 1d bested Anton Boreiko 4k at the Kharkiv Championship on January 25 while Leonid Shumakov 5k placed third. United Kingdom: The Maidenhead finished on January 24 with Charles Hibbert 2d in first, Alistair Wall 1d in second, and Jitka Bartova 1d (left) in third. Russia: Mikhail Dobricyn 3k took the Russian Championship Under 12 in Cheljabinsk on January 18. Behind him were Egor Arsentjev 2k in second and Savva Mezin 6k in third. 
– Annalia Linnan, based on reports from 
EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

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Go Classified: Players Wanted; Free Baduk TV Offer

AGA news - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 13:45

Phoenixville, PA: Players wanted for the Phoenixville Go Club.  We meet Sunday afternoons and Wednesday nights at Artisan’s Cafe in downtown Phoenixville.  Free mug of coffee for each first time visitor!  Contact Craig at scorelessdraw@gmail.com with questions.

Join the American Go Association and get two months of Baduk TV English for freeWant to try Baduk TV English for free? From now until the end of January, you can get two months of free access to Baduk TV English (valued at $40) when you join the American Go Association…click here to read more.

 

 

 

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Kyu Tourney Deadline Feb. 3

AGA news - Mon, 26/01/2015 - 22:15

The deadline for young kyu players who want to compete in the North American Kyu Championships is Feb. 3rd, with the tourney itself held Feb. 7th, on KGS.  Kids and teens (under the age of 18) who are members of the AGA, CGA, Gimnasio de Go, or MGA, may all enter in the event.  With thousands of dollars in scholarships available, to both the AGA Go Camp, and US Go Congress, kyu players of any rank should enter.  Prizes will be awarded roughly every five ranks, starting at 25 kyu, and working up to 1 kyu.  The registration form is here, more information is available here.

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Simsbury

AGA news - Mon, 26/01/2015 - 14:29

January 31: Simsbury, CT
3rd Simsbury Open Scholastic Go Championship
Michael Scudder michael.j.scudder@gmail.com 860-294-1983
Gert Hilhorst gert@hilhorst.onmicrosoft.com

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Atlanta Celebrates MLK Day with Stone Mtn. Hike

AGA news - Sat, 24/01/2015 - 23:52

 

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015, the Atlanta Go Club and the Atlanta Chinese Go Association organized a hike up Stone Mountain, in memory of Dr. King, who referred to the mountain in his I Have a Dream speech — “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.” Feijun (Frank) Luo 7d, led young kids to play go at both the shelter in the middle of the mountain, and the pavilion on the top of the mountain. “The kids greatly enjoyed mountain climbing, playing go during the trip, and the spectacular view on top of Stone Mountain,” said Luo. Brandon Zhou 4d, who won the Ing Foundation’s World Youth Goe Qualifier in the U.S. junior division in 2014, was among the participants. “Playing go on Stone Mountain is a good way to pay tribute to Dr. King,” said Luo, “go is a board game that best displays equality and freedom — it represents equality because every stone has an equal value by itself, and it expresses freedom because playing styles are unrestricted and free.” -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Frank Luo: Clockwise: Ryan Dong, Edwin Lin, Brian Zhou, Ryan Li, Brandon Zhou, Feijun (Frank) Luo, Daniel Luo, and Ethan Zhou. Kids not pictured above: Alex Lin, Vicki Gu, Eileen Chen, and Jerry Chen.

 

 

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Your Move/Readers Write: BGC Bullseye; More on Studying Pro Games

AGA news - Sat, 24/01/2015 - 16:56

BGC Bullseye: “Although I left Brooklyn behind several years ago, the description of the Brooklyn Go Club (Go in NYC: An Insider’s Guide 1/21 EJ) is disturbingly accurate,” writes Solomon Smilack. “Thank you for the laugh.”

More on Studying Pro Games:
“This is a widely debated and discussed topic (Your Move/Readers Write: How Do You Study Pro Games? 1/20 EJ),” writes Dennis Wheeler, “and one can find numerous discussion threads on this very topic in the Life in 19×19 discussion forum. There also may not be just one answer, as I believe the answers can be as varied and personal as the people who give them. And I too would love to hear opinions from EJournal readers who are professional players themselves.” Wheeler goes on to suggest that “Professional games show us how the game should be played, as opposed to the jumbled misguided (yet fun) mess we often play. Why not try to learn from the best? Or just simply enjoy the beauty of a well played game.”

 

 

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Galway .Warming Up. Tournament 04-2015

Euro Go TV - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:13 Thu 22 January 2015

Russian Championship Under 12 04-2015

Euro Go TV - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Thu 22 January 2015

Russian Championship Under 16 04-2015

Euro Go TV - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Thu 22 January 2015

Russian Championship Under 20 04-2015

Euro Go TV - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Thu 22 January 2015

New Improved Search Function

Euro Go TV - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 14:17
Author: HW9x9 on 19:23 Wed 21 January 2015

This weekend: Live relay of the Dutch Championship

Euro Go TV - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 14:17
Author: HW9x9 on 19:12 Wed 21 January 2015

Jusandan 2015

Euro Go TV - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:14 Mon 19 January 2015

2nd Istanbul City Championship Finals 03-2015

Euro Go TV - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:16 Sun 18 January 2015

5th Decin Open Tournament 04-2015

Euro Go TV - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:14 Mon 19 January 2015

Winter Tournament 04-2015

Euro Go TV - Fri, 23/01/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:13 Mon 19 January 2015
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