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Your Move/Readers Write: The Order of Things

AGA news - Sun, 01/06/2014 - 17:00

“It always irritates me that reading the weekly Journal in the natural direction, from top to bottom, is reading backwards in time,” writes Roland Crowl. For example, “Powers’ Report #2 before Powers’ Report #1; results of a competition before announcement of its beginning. Please present material chronologically.”
The E-Journal is compiled automatically from WordPress via MailChimp in chronological order from newest to oldest posts; this works best for the daily edition, as we publish the daily posts with the latest news first, but in the weekly compilation, as Crowl notes, this can sometimes result in reports that are in reverse chronological order. Other than reading the weekly from the bottom up, our best suggestion would be to switch to the daily EJ to be sure to receive the reports in chronological order. To change your subscription preferences, just click on “Update Your Profile” at the bottom of the E-Journal and select the appropriate frequency. 

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Alex Kent to Challenge Andrew Kay for British Championship

AGA news - Sat, 31/05/2014 - 22:46

Reigning British Champion Andrew Kay 4d (right) and Alex Kent 3d (below left) will meet in the final of the 2014 British Championship after taking top places at the Challengers’ League, held over the bank holiday weekend, Friday May 24 to Tuesday May 27, at the International Student House in London. The Challengers’ is a round-robin between the eight top players from the first stage of the Championship, the Candidates’ Tournament (see Ge Bei Lead UK Challenger, EJ 5/10), with 105 minutes each main time, and overtime of 15 plays in 5 minutes. Kay won all seven rounds, while Kent won five. Click here for full results.

As it transpired, four of those who qualified to contend for a place in the final in fact did not:  Sandy Taylor 2d, Tim Hunt 3d and Bruno Poltronieri 3d all found they had other commitments which clashed while, most unfortunate of all, Ge Bei (below right) did not confirm his entry in time. Ge had come first in the Candidates’, beating all his opponents, including reigning champion Kay who had once again waived his right to bypass the first stage of the Championship.

The British Go Association’s (BGA) Championship organizer, Jenny Radcliffe explained that Ge “failed to update his contact information with the BGA and didn’t or couldn’t check the email address to which the invitation was sent. We tried to track down alternative modes of contact but failed to find any so eventually, since we really needed to be sure we had eight players, had to call up another reserve. By the time Bei got in touch, the reserve had already booked non-refundable travel and accommodation, and rearranged his personal life.”

BGA Rules state, “It is the responsibility of the qualified players to determine their eligibility for entry to the Candidates’ Tournament and the Challengers’ League and submit their entries to these events.” At the time of going to press we had been unable to contact Ge for comment.

In the circumstances, reserve Alistair Wall 2d was called up along with the next three highly-placed in the Candidates: Alex Rix 3d, Kiyohiko Tanaka 2d and Harry Fearnley 2d.

Radcliffe added “We hope that this will be a reminder to everyone that it really is important to keep the BGA informed of your contact details!”

Details of the final are yet to be arranged, but it will be a best-of-three (or five if so agreed between the finalists) with 180 minutes main time each and is likely to be broadcast live on KGS with professional commentary.

Report by Tony Collman, British correspondent for the E-Journal. Photos: Andrew Kay celebrates retaining the Championship in 2013; Alex Kent, both courtesy of the BGA website; Ge Bei at the Candidates’, by Tanaka Kiyohiko.

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Lee Sedol Retirement Plans Apparently On Hold

AGA news - Fri, 30/05/2014 - 02:10

Lee Sedol 9P’s plans to retire from competitive play and move to the US may not be quite as firm as they seemed last year (In Shocker, Lee Sedol Announces Retirement; May Move to U.S. 2/13/2013).

“One year later, it seems that Lee’s plans are less definite than we originally thought,” Go Game Guru’s David Ormerod reported on May 29. In 2013, according to Ormerod, Lee (at right, with Gu Li) was involved in projects like Go9Dan.com and was missing his daughter, who was studying in Canada. He started to seriously talk about retiring again at that time.

“Unfortunately, Go9Dan didn’t work out as planned, which affected Lee’s other plans,” Ormerod reported. “On a more positive note, the long mooted jubango between Lee Sedol and Gu Li finally became a reality and our source believes this has rekindled Lee’s passion for go. Because of this, Lee has stopped talking about retiring and doesn’t appear to have any plans to do so in the near future.” Lee now leads 3-2 in the jubango.

“If there’s no imminent plan for retirement, then that’s mostly good news for go fans, because we’ll be able to enjoy more of Lee’s spectacular games in the meantime,” Ormerod concludes. “In the long run, Lee will surely do whatever he thinks is best for his family. And North American go players can keep their fingers crossed.”
- based on Ormerod’s longer report on the GGG site.

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EuroGoTV Update: Russia, Romania, Poland

AGA news - Fri, 30/05/2014 - 01:52

Russia: Ruslan Dmitriev 5d took the Championship of Moscow on May 18 while Vjacheslav Kajmin 4d placed second and Vadim Khavin 4d was third. Romania: The Romanian Championship Semifinal also finished on May 18 with (left) in first, George Chirila 1d in second, and Liviu Oprisan 4d in third. Poland: Stanislaw Frejlak 4d championed the Turniej w Ozarowie Mazowieckim on May 18. Behind him were Kamil Konieczny 5k in second and Dawid Libront 7k 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 Quiz Reminder: Name That Problem

AGA news - Thu, 29/05/2014 - 23:00

The go problem on this year’s US Go Congress logo is from a collection of classic Chinese problems and like most such problems it has a name. Is it: The Warrior EscapesAn Ambush of Five Stones; or A Pearl Emerging from the SeaClick here to submit your answer. And, for a chance to win $50 off your Congress registration, email your solution to the problem to registrar@gocongress.org before midnight on Saturday, May 31. In any case, if you’re definitely planning on coming to the US Go Congress in New York City this August you’ll want to register by the May 31 deadline to save $50 off your registration fee.

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Ireland triumph in League C

Irish Go Association - Tue, 27/05/2014 - 22:41

Tonight is a historic moment in the history of the game in Ireland. Ours is a long game, in which sacrifices must be made in order to reach the final glorious target of victory. This evening we continued to execute the plan we set in motion from day 1. The road saw defeats against Turkey and Switzerland which were hard to bear, and brought sorrow to our isle. Yet these were necessary to reach our ultimate goal.

This evening as we sat down to play Portugal, every member of the team was determined to bring happiness to our people. The scoreline quickly reached 2-0 in our favour, a dangerous moment, which was skillfully brought under control by Eoghan ceding his own game on board 4. This brought too much pressure to bear on Portugal’s board 3. As James laid the final stone, cementing the perfect 3-1 result, tears began to form in my eyes with the sudden realisation of the great work we had accomplished. The irish team had finished in 4th place in the league, 1 place above the UK.

Cast a cold Eye
On Life, on Death.
Horseman, pass by!

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Leinster 6 Clermont 6

Irish Go Association - Sun, 25/05/2014 - 20:31

It might look like a rugby result but in fact was the final score in a Go match last Wednesday played at Collegians new home in The Baggot Inn, Baggot St, Dublin. A group of players from Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne region in France were on holiday in Ireland and wanted to play a local selection. They varied from 2D to 12 k in strength so we matched a group of roughly equal players from our regulars. We played IOM handicap at 40 minutes plus 25/5 overtime.

Clermont won the first match comfortably 4-1 with Carol the only local winner against Eudeline. However Leinster stormed back in round 2 winning 5-2 with Aurelien, Marie, Chris, Peter Kron and Sheena winning to equalize the match overall at the last moment.

Thanks to Rory, Julia, Arthur and the others who helped run the match and Eddie,Alan etc. from The Baggot Inn who have welcomed us royally since our move from Larry Murphy’s
Scenes from the match

 

Round 1: Leinster Select-v- Clermont-Ferrand Aurelien Journet-Brochet 0-1 Pierre Techio(2d) Marie Julien(4k) 0-1 Chantal Gajdos(5k) Chris Rafferty(5k) 0-1 Celestin Bernard(7k) Julia Bohle(16k) 0-1 Patrick Bossut(10k) Carol Doyle(16k) 1-0 Eudeline Arnaud(12k) Round 2: Leinster Select-v- Clermont-Ferrand Peter Kron(3k) 1-0 Pierre Techio(2d) Aurelien Journet-Brochet(1d) 1-0 Laurent Aigouy(2k) Chris Rafferty(5k) 1-0 Etienne Crubellier(4k) Peter S(8k) 0-1 Chantel Gajdos(5k) Alex Delogu(7k) 0-1 Celestin Bernard(7k) Marie Julien(4k) 1-0 Patrick Bossut(10k) Sheena Walsh(16k) 1-0 Eudeline Arnaud(12k)
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France captures Galway

Irish Go Association - Tue, 20/05/2014 - 22:28

The Galway tournament took place on the weekend of the 17th and 18th of May, and was again a handicap swiss. This year there was a new winner, Marie Julien. She hails from the Compiègne club in France, and took first place with a perfect 5 wins out of 5. In second place was Aurelien Journet-Brochet from the same club. In third was Julia Bohle, who edged out the local favourite, Rich Brennan, on SOS points.

Full results can be viewed here

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