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Go Lessons with Fan Hui

Irish Go Association - Wed, 04/03/2015 - 10:42

The Confucius Institute for Ireland has generously sponsored Go lessons to the Irish Go Association.
Fan Hui 2p will be giving lessons starting next week, March 11th on KGS.

More details can be found here.

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Andy Liu Wins New Jersey Open

AGA news - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 02:09

Andy Liu 1P won the 2015 New Jersey Open last weekend, with Mengchen Zhang 7d taking 2nd place, Michael Zhaonian Chen 7d in 3rd and Eric Lui 7d in 4th. First place prize was $700, second $500, and third and fourth $200 each. Click here for complete results and rating and pairing details.

Although some of the players pre-registered for Sunday didn’t show up, “probably due to weather concerns,” tournament organizer Rick Mott reports that the final turnout for the 2-day tournament was 170, “still about 40 players above our previous record.”

Five game winners ($90 prize) are Meng Zhiyong (5d), Adam Connell (2k), Kasidet Hiranniramol (3k), Monsoon Shrestha (4k), Wan Shen (5k), Richard Cronin (8k) and Eric Swain (16k).

photo: Liu (r) and Zhang review their Round 5 game; photo by Rick Mott. For more photos check out Yingzhi Qian’s album on Facebook.

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Daniel Chou Tops NOVA Chinese New Year Tourney

AGA news - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 01:30

Daniel Chou 6D took top honors at the NOVA Chinese Lunar New Year tournament held on Saturday, February 28, at George Mason Law School in Arlington VA. Twenty-nine players participated in the eighth edition of this annual event. “As usual, the Chinese community provided trophies and prizes for all winners,” reports organizer Allan Abramson. “Ching-Sung Chin, Yeena Liu, and Hank Chau were thanked for their outstanding support of this event.”

The winners were: First place: Daniel Chou, 6D, 3-1; Yunlong Zhang, 1D, 4-0; Zhao Zhao, 5K, 3-1; Gary Smith, 9K, 3-1; Marion Edey, 10K, 3-0; Sean Lin, 23K, 4-0. Second place: Yuan Wang, 3D, 2-2; Mohan Sud, 1D, 2-2; Zongying Qiu, 3K, 3-1; Mike Lash, 6K, 3-1; Steven Manning, 10K, 2-2; Ethan Tung, 30K, 2-2.

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Nihon Ki-in Summer Go Camp Features Ryokan Stay This Year

AGA news - Mon, 02/03/2015 - 19:00

The Nihon Ki-in Summer Go Camp will run August 21 through September 3 at the The Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo. The camp features pro lectures and workshops, pro teaching games and reviews, and, this year, a special 2-day training program. “You will stay overnight at a Ryokan,Sugino Yado’ (left) on August 27-28 and will be trained for a full day from morning to night: pro teaching games, lectures, in-depth commentaries, quiz and problems” says the Nihon Ki-in’s Tom Urasoe. The legendary Fujisawa hosted a go camp at Sugino Yado every year attended by promising young pros.“We want many American players to participate in our go camp this year!” Urasoe adds. Participants can choose a full term camp, semi-full or a one week course. Register before April 1 and get a 10% discount. photo: (right) Michael Redmond 9P lectures

 

 

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Second International Collegiate Go Tournament Set for Summer 2015

AGA news - Mon, 02/03/2015 - 18:00

The Ing Foundation will be hosting the second annual International Collegiate Go Tournament this summer in Taiwan, according to the American Collegiate Go Association.  The event will begin on July 7th and will conclude on the 13th.  “I was lucky enough to attend last year’s event in Hong Kong as a guest and saw that the kids who were there playing had an amazing time,” said AGA president Andy Okun.  The event is open to any current, future, or recently graduated college student, either undergraduate or graduate, who will attend or has attended school in the year 2015. All costs related to room, board, tours, and travel during the event will be covered by the Ing Foundation.  “Players of all skills levels are welcome to participate and there will be separate divisions this year for high dan, low dan, single digit kyu and double digit kyu,” said ACGA’s Mike Fodera.  You can find out more information on the ACGA’s website. If you have any questions about the event, or would like to find out more about previous events hosted by the Ing Foundation, email Mike Fodera.
photos: (left) courtesy ACGA; (right): courtesy Mike Fodera

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Go Spotting: Popular Science

AGA news - Mon, 02/03/2015 - 17:00

A photo of the robot dog Aibo playing go illustrates In Japan, A Funeral For Robot Dogs, a February 28 Popular Science report. “Robot companions are big in Japan, where they can return hugs, gently smack snorers in the face, perform in plays, and greet Presidents.” And, apparently, play go as well.
- thanks to Jon Stewart-Taylor for passing this along.
The EJ has several volunteer editor positions open for go players who want to be part of the team producing the largest English-language publication in the world; email journal@usgo.org if interested. 

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Pandanet City League Round 3 Results

AGA news - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 20:02

A LeagueBoston def San Francisco (2-1), Seattle 1 def Canwa Vancouver (2-1), Los Angeles def Greater Washington (2-1). LA currently leading with 6 points. Greater Washington and Boston just behind them with 4 points each.

B LeaguePrinceton def Bay Area (2-1). Still ongoing: NC Raleigh vs Canwa Vancouver 2, Katy TX 1 vs Washington DC 2

Princeton leading with 6 points, Bay Area trailing with 4 points. Games still ongoing.

C LeagueBoston 2 def Atlanta (2-1), DC Team 3 def New Orleans (2-1), SF Bay Area/Berkeley def Atlanta 1 (2-1). Berkeley leads with 6 points. DC Team 3 in second place with 4 points.
- Steve Colburn

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EuroGo TV Update: Smyrna Go Tournament; Kido Cup; Dutch Championship Playoffs

AGA news - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 19:00

Smyrna Go Tournament: Hataycan Ozgur 1d won the 3rd Smyrna Go Tournament, held Feb 21-22 in Izmir, Turkey. In second was Tugkan Eren 2d and third was Deniz Ekim Aydin 1d. (photo at right: Gozde Taskin 5k, 17th place)

Kido Cup: The Kido Cup, held 2/21-22 in Moscow, Russia, was won by Andrej Cheburakhov 5d, second was Andrej Kashaev 5d and third was Yoshiteru Matsumura 5d.

Kuin Defends Dutch Championship:  Merlijn Kuin 6d won the decisive third game in the playoffs of the Dutch Championship, a best of 3 match was held between defending champion Kuin (at right in photo at left) and Peter Brouwer 6d. The first two rounds were held on Feb 21. Kuin won the first and Brouwer won the second; the deciding game was played Saturday, February 28.
- edited from reports on EuroGoTV. The EJ is seeking a volunteer EuroGo news editor; if interested email journal@usgo.org.           

 

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NJ Open Turnout Blasts Into Record Territory

AGA news - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 18:57

With a registered total of 177 players, turnout at this year’s New Jersey Open “exceeded the previous record by 50!” reports Rick Mott. Here are a couple photos from the first day of the event, held this weekend at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ.
photos by Matthew Herschberger

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Two New Books from Kiseido and Bozuliuch Launches Online Series

AGA news - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 18:30

Kiseido has just released two new books and launched an online series of essays by Richard Bozulich. In The 2014 Ten-Game Match between Gu Li and Lee Sedol Part Two, Michael Redmond 9P and Rob van Zeijst is the second volume of the historic match between two rivals who have dominated go in the first decade of the 21st century.  The contrast in style and strategies “are what make the games in this book especially fascinating and give birth to innovative moves and spectacular fights,” says Kiseido.

Richard Bozulich’s The Road Map to Shodan, Volume Four; A Survey of the Basic Tesujis aims at helping readers develop their intuition, which “plays a role in your ability to instantly find the key move that turns the position in your favor” though of course “Of course the player must confirm that it is indeed the required tesuji by the brute-force reading out of the continuation after the tesuji is played.”

Appropriately, The Interplay of Intuition and Brute-Force Analysis in the Game of Go is the first in a series of essays Richard Bozulich is writing on various go topics. If you are interested in receiving them as they appear, send your email address to kiseido@yk.rim.or.jp.

 

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Your Move/Readers Write: Where to Watch Go? More on That Old Go Photo

AGA news - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 18:00

Where to Watch Go? “I have been playing go since ~2003, when I started playing in college for fun,” writes Ben Scheyer. “As I’ve gotten older, I have less time to play on places like KGS, but I would still like to do things like watch games while eating or on my phone. Unfortunately, I can’t find anywhere with a collection of games to watch online! Your YouTube channel has only a few computer games from a year ago, and it’s very difficult to search for. There must be dozens of go games going on in the world, and I can find hundreds of hours of games like Starcraft II and League of Legends online. If you have any advice for where I can find games that would allow me to watch online on a consistent basis, I would appreciate it.”
Email your suggestions to us at journal@usgo.org

More on That Old Go Photo: “It is ironic that the E-Journal would publish this photo (Go Filmmakers Looking for US Go Congress Photos, Videos 2/16) with the wrong info, since it is originally from the Journal,” writes Keith Arnold. “The August 1985 issue to be precise.  It is a photo of the 1985 Westerns which took place on Labor Day weekend 1985 in San Francisco. Sharp eyes will recognize pros Jimmy Cha and Chun Sam Jho in the center of the picture, while future pro Janice Kim sits in the front, second from the left.  I believe I see Richard Dolen, Hal Small, Ron Snyder, Ned Phipps, Joanne Phipps, Chris Kirschner, Stu Horowitz and Herb Doughty. There is no photo credit, but the ‘St. Clair’ mentioned by Mike Bull (1st US Go Congress, Not 2/19) is referenced as the event’s t-shirt designer.”

 

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Tigersmouth Tourneys for Youth

AGA news - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 01:13

Monthly tournaments are being held in the Tiger’s Mouth room on KGS, with prizes awarded in three categories. The next tourney will be Saturday, March 14th, at 10 am Pacific (1pm East Coast). Sections will vary depending on registration, but they are roughly 9 kyu + (SDK+Dan), 10-19 kyu (DDK), 20-30k (beginner). The latest tournament thread is  here You must be a registered Tiger’s Mouth member to play. Post in the current thread to register. All ages may play, but prizes will only be awarded to those who are under 18 (or 18, but still in high school). Prizes include a complete 23 volume set of the Hikaru no Go manga, Your choice of any book in the Heart of Go series, or the Anime Prize pack. Players must complete all rounds to be eligible for prizes. - Paul Barchilon E-J Youth Editor

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World Journal, AACEA Supporting Southern California Tournament This Weekend, $3k Prize Pool

AGA news - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 12:45

This weekend’s 2015 Southern California Go Championship will boast support from the largest Chinese language newspaper in the US as well as a cultural non-profit, it was announced at a press conference Tuesday.  “The promotion of go is in line with goals of the World Journal,” said World Journal President James J. L. Guo.  “We want to support Chinese culture, and also promote a game that stimulates the potential of children and sustains the character of adults.  As Chinese media in North America, we are happy to see the growth of the go community here.” The tournament is being held in a spacious room in the World Journal’s Monterey Park offices, according to tournament organizer Kevin Chao of the host chapter, Orange County Go Club.  The tri-lingual press conference held by Guo, Chao, AGA President Andy Okun and Los Angeles resident pro Kim Myungwan 9p was reported in, among other media outlets, the World Journal itself and a local Korean TV news show.  “Shirley Lin 1p and strong player/teacher Evan Cho were also in attendance,” Okun told the EJ. “The history of newspaper support for go tournaments is a long and wonderful one, so we are delighted and heartened by the World Journal’s participation.”   The two-day, five-round tournament is also receiving significant support from the American Asia Culture Exchange Association and its president, Jay Zheng, a long-time go player and businessman and recently an AGA volunteer.  The prize pool is $3,000 with a prize of $700 for first place in the open section, and NAMT qualifying points for top finishers.  Click here for more information. photos courtesy the World Journal.

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NJ Open Set for This Weekend in Princeton

AGA news - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 03:43

One of the biggest go tournaments on the East Coast is taking place this weekend. The New Jersey Open will be held in Princeton, NJ Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1st. Registration run from 9-10a at the Frist Campus Center, Princeton University, located at the corner of Washington Road and Ivy Lane. You must be there by 10a to be paired in the first round. $38 for full tournament; $28 youth rate under age 23; $25 Sat. only / $20 Sun. only ($20/$15 under-23). Free to Princeton University students with ID. Cell phones don’t work at the site, but if you’re lost or late, call 609-851-6351 during the last half hour of registration. Info: rickmott@princetongoclub.org.
photo: TD Paul Matthews at the 2014 NJO; photo by John Pinkerton

 

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Yilun Yang Visits Sunny Seattle

AGA news - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 03:30

Yilun Yang came to the Seattle Go Center for his yearly workshop last weekend, Feb. 21 and 22.  There were 13 participants, ranging from 12 kyu to 2 dan; a mixture of new students and old friends.  Mr. Yang has been teaching these workshops in Seattle since 2001, and he has fine-tuned his mixture of lectures on theory, reviews of games played by students, and go problems.  He recommends that kyu players do go problems to improve, rather than studying professional games.  This year, students worked on his go problems throughout the workshop, but still  there were very few perfect scores at the end of Sunday.

We had beautiful sunny spring weather during the workshop, with early flowers in full bloom, and we were glad to show Mr. Yang that Seattle is not always cloudy in February.  Photo caption: Now that the young man is playing white, it is harder to make territory. – - photo/report by Brian Allen

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Chess and Go Tourney Pays in Candy

AGA news - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 00:44

Kids in Portland, OR, competed for candy in a Chess and Go Tourney, held at Taborspace, on Feb. 22nd, reports Peter Freedman.  Four elementary schools, Roseland Heights, Richmond, Irvington, and Beverly Cleary, sent a total of 24 kids.  Tommy Boyd Flynn, of Beverly Cleary took the first place trophy in the Go tournament, winning all four games.  In a play-off for second place, Olin Waxler, also from Beverly Cleary, defeated Kieran Cronin, of Irvington.  Both had 3-1 records.  Fourth place was taken by Emmett Mayer with a 3-1 record, one of his wins being a bye.  Games were played on 13×13 boards.  “All the children were either unranked or double digit kyu players,’ adds Freedman, “kudos to Elsa Warner, the only female go player, and to Ai Rose Solomon, the only female chess player.” The top three places in the chess tournament were all taken by Irvington players: Ansel Wallace, 1st, Mason Buchanan, 2nd, and Leo Frankunas, 3rd. Each Go player received a packet of black and white M&M’s, and each chess player received a chocolate king or queen. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

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2nd Irish Women’s Championship

Irish Go Association - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 21:51
(on behalf of Carol Doyle)

It has been 22 years since the women of Ireland competed over the board for the illustrious moniker of Irish Women’s Go Champion.  Naomi Gibson is the long standing holder, taking the title in 1992.  The game of Go has historically had a small following in Ireland, yet on February 7th 2015 the IGA hosted the largest annual Irish Go Congress yet!  Over 60 Go players competed in a strong field, with a contingency of Galwegian youth players making the trip over from the west coast.  This marks a milestone not only in Irish Go, but sets the stage for the next level of Go in Ireland.

As a woman playing Go in Ireland, I am buoyed by the surge of excitement surrounding my beloved game in recent years.  The IGA can now be proud to boast a club in each province of the island – the cities of Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway – yet the feeling of one close-knit group of Go players.  Prestige takes second place to shared exploration of themes and ideas which make you better in ways that often seem entirely unrelated to Go.  The Irish Women’s Go Championship 2015 forges ahead with the goal of increasing opportunities for players at any level to discover the joy in the game and feel confident in the hard work required to advance their skill.

Entry is open to any and all females who are resident in Ireland for a period of at least 6 months or who hold an Irish passport.

Register by emailing the IGA Committee: committee [at] irish [dash] go [full stop] org  Closing date for applications 31/03/2015

All entrants must be a member of the Irish Go Association.  You can sign up during the registration process.

System:  League format.  Each player will play one game against each person in the league. Winner:  The champion will be decided in a best-of-3 game between the top two players in the league table. Rules:  Japanese Rules with no handicap, komi at 6.5.  Main time 60 minutes, byoyomi 5 periods of 30 seconds. Playing:  Games may be played live online using a Go server such as KGS, or face-to-face.  It is the responsibility of the winner to report the result to the tournament organiser.

All league games must be played before 31/10/2015.
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MIT Moves To Make Chess More Accessible To Spectators

AGA news - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 20:00

“Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab are trying to turn chess into a spectator sport like American football or poker,” reports the BBC. “The group wants to make the game more accessible to the uninitiated, by presenting complex information on matches in a simple, visually appealing way and give an expert insight into the state of a game.” “Can’t we do this as well?” wonders EJ reader David Matson, who sent this along.

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Go Spotting: Dynasty Warriors 8

AGA news - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 18:00

Go is mentioned while developing a friendship with the character named Yu Jin in the game “Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, Complete Edition,” reports Tyler Keithley.

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The Power Report: Ida loses sole lead in Honinbo League; Yamashita keeps his Kisei challenge alive

AGA news - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 15:00

by John Power, EJ Japan Correspondent

Ida loses sole lead in Honinbo League: Ida Atsushi 8P (right) seemed to be heading inexorably for a rematch with Iyama Yuta Honinbo, but he finally stumbled in the fifth round of the 70th Honinbo League. In a game played on February 19, Kono Rin 9P (W) beat him by resignation. Ida’s loss means that Yamashita Keigo 9P pulls even with him on 4-1; we might see another play-off between these two. Cho U 9P and Kono, both on 3-2, are also in contention. In another game played on the same day, Yo Seiki 7P picked up his second win when he beat Ryu Shikun 9P; playing white, he forced a resignation. Yo improves to 2-3 and has an outside chance of keeping his league place. Ryu and Takao Shinji 9P, both on 1-4, have lost their places.

Yamashita keeps his Kisei challenge alive: Yamashita Keigo (left) finally picked up his first win in the 39th Kisei title match and survived his first kadoban (a game that can lose a series). The fourth game was held at the Zagyoso. The Zagyoso (which literally means ‘fishing-while-seated-villa’) was the retirement villa of a famous statesman, Saionji Kinmochi, who led the Japanese delegation at the Versailles peace conference; it was moved from its original location in Shizuoka to Meiji Village, a theme park in Inuyama City in Aichi Prefecture that recreates traditional Japanese buildings. The game was played on February 19 and 20. Iyama (White) took the lead in the middle game when Yamashita made a misreading about a life-and-death position. His group didn’t die, but he had to add an extra stone and so fell behind. However, Iyama slipped up with an oversight of his own when he tried to wrap up the game. Yamashita played a brilliant atekomi tesuji and pulled off an upset. He won by 2.5 points after 224 moves. Yamashita will be greatly encouraged by this win, but, on 1-3, he is still in a tough position. The fifth game, to be played on February 25 and 26, will show whether he has really changed the flow of the match.

Promotion
To 2-dan: Komatsu Daiki (30 wins). Komatsu is the son of Komatsu Hideki 9P and Komatsu Hideko 4P. The promotion took effect on the 17th.

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