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Cotsen Update: 90 registered; Volunteers needed (free pizza & caps!)

AGA news - Tue, 13/10/2015 - 13:00

Over 90 players have already pre-registered for this year’s Cotsen Open, coming up October 24-25 at the LA Center Studios in Los Angeles, CA. The popular tournament features a free food truck lunch on both days: Komodo Food on Saturday and Kogi BBQ  on Sunday. The $20 entry fee is refunded if you play in all five rounds.

Volunteers are wanted to help set up on Friday and record top-board games during the tournament. “Free pizza for helping set up the tournament space on Friday, October 23,” promises Tournament Organizer Samantha Davis. Email her at

If interested in recording/broadcasting for the E-Journal (free EJ caps!); email


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Seattle Go Center 2oth Anniversary Tournament Draws Big Crowd

AGA news - Tue, 13/10/2015 - 02:32

The Seattle Go Center  held a large tournament to celebrate their 20th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 3. It was the largest fall tournament they have had in many years, with 48 players participating. The well organized TD’s, Bill Chiles and Dan Top, kept the event on schedule despite the large crowd. The players were smoothly distributed in terms of strength, so that most of the handicapped games used small handicaps. (88% of the handicapped games used two stones or less.)  The next day, Kuma Sensei 6P from the Nihon Ki-in gave a lecture reviewing tournament games.

The Open Section had 8 players and was won by longtime Northwest champion Edward Kim 7d. Edward bested Chanseok Oh, Jeremiah Donley, and Peter Nelson in his three games. Peter Nelson placed 2nd in the Open Section.

Chris Kirschner won all his games in the Dan Handicapped Section, winning that section. Chris is one of the founders of the Go Center, and one of its most active volunteers. Ben Hakala placed 2nd. Jung Doo Nam won the Single Digit Kyu Player Handicapped Section, with David Snow placing second. Mark Richardson won the Double Digit Kyu Player Handicapped Section, with Lucy Wang placing second.

Photo Captions: (Top)  Andy Okun, President of the AGA, playing Harry van der Krogt of the European Go Cultural Center in a friendly game in the tatami room of the Seattle Go Center. (Bottom) First round of the tournament.  Photos and report by Brian Allen.

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The Power Report (1): Iyama defends Meijin title; Kisei knockout tournament begins; Honinbo League starts; Korea wins 2nd O-kage Cup

AGA news - Tue, 13/10/2015 - 02:28

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Iyama defends Meijin title: The fourth game of the 40th Meijin title match was held at the Kashikojima Hojoen, a traditional inn in Shima City in Mie Prefecture, on October 5 and 6. Playing black, Iyama Yuta (right) forced a resignation after 227 moves and so defended his Meijin title with four straight wins. This is his third Meijin title in a row and his fifth overall. The game started with Iyama playing a little too aggressively. Takao (left) swallowed up an important black stone, but Iyama kept fighting relentlessly, so he didn’t get a chance to take the lead. The game developed into an enormous fight, but Takao missed his best chance to attack. Iyama increased the pressure in a fight among a number of eyeless groups and eventually came out on top. Takao was unable to improve on his score in his challenge to Iyama for the 35th Meijin title. At the moment, Iyama seems unstoppable. He has defended all the titles in his quadruple crown and next will be aiming at restoring his sextuple crown, with Oza and Tengen challenges starting soon. He has improved his chances in these matches by finishing off the Meijin match early. The above win was his 15th in a row, which is a new personal record.

Kisei knockout tournament begins: The first game in the irregular knockout tournament to decide the Kisei challenger was played on October 1. B League-winner Yamada Kimio 9P (B) beat Kyo Kagen 3P, winner of the C League, by resig.

Honinbo League starts: The 71st Honinbo League got off to a start on October 1 with a game between two heavyweights, Yamashita Keigo 9P and Kono Rin 9P. Playing black, Yamashita won by resig. He has made a good start in his bid to repeat as challenger.

Korea wins 2nd O-kage Cup: The O-kage (gratitude) Cup is an international tournament for players 30 or under sponsored by Hamada Sogyo and the tourist shops in Okage-Yokocho (Gratitude Alley) in the city of Ise. This year the scale was expanded from three-player to five-player teams from Japan, Korea, China, and Chinese Taipei. The extra two places went to women players. Korea showed overwhelming strength. In the first section, an all-play-all league, it lost only two games out of 15, beating Japan 4-1, Chinese Taipei 5-0, and China 4-1. The other three teams tied for second place, each with one win and two losses, but Japan took second place, thanks to having scored seven individual wins to China’s six. On the top board, Ida Atsushi 8P won all his games.  Chinese Taipei took fourth place, but it will be satisfied with a rare victory over the Chinese team (3-2). In the final, Korea was awesome, beating Japan 5-0. In the play-off for 3rd place, China took revenge on Chinese Taipei, not dropping a game. There were five prizes for top individual performances; these were all won by Koreans. In an interview, the Korean coach Yang Keon 9P commented: ‘I think we did too well. But I did feel that our activity since setting up a national team has borne fruit little by little.’ He said that the members of the national team study from 10 to 5 every day, playing games and studying the opening. As a result, he said, he felt that they were beginning to catch up with China. Concerning the Japanese team, he commented: ‘Their level is extremely high. I think that one factor in our getting this kind of result is there’s a gap in research into the opening.’ In Korea, a lot of time is devoted to studying the opening; rivals will study together and try to work out definitive openings. The accumulation [of knowledge] makes a big difference. ‘We believe that, with the deluge of information (game records), selecting the best patterns and doing research at a more advanced level is important.’ photo: Okage with the sponsors

Tomorrow: Fujisawa Rina makes good start in title defense; Women’s Meijin League; Iyama wins Agon Kiriyama title

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The 2nd Xian Tournament

European Go Federation - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 13:34
The 2nd Qinling Mountains Cup Silk Road International City Weiqi Tournament will start tomorrow! The tournament is held in Xi'an, China from October 9th till October 11th 2015. Today, 20 representatives from Europe, our president Martin Stiassny and 19 players have attended the opening ceremony of the 2nd edition of this tournament. Together,players from 21 cities from 13 countries will participate in this team competition.
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Three US Players to Compete at 17th Ibero-American Tournament in Havana

AGA news - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 03:19

Three U.S. players will participate in the 17th Ibero-American Championship Tournament October 9-11 in Cuba, where leading Latin American players will compete to determine a champion. Last year in Quito, Ecuador there were 47 players of all levels from eleven countries. Besides Latin America, players also came from  Korea, the United Kingdom and the U.S. “Havana is a city rich in history all the way from the 16th century to modern times,” says attendee Bob Gilman, who’s organized several US-Cuba exchanges. “I am eagerly looking forward to playing and extending my relationships with Latin American players.” There is information about the tournament here, and Gilman says people wanting to learn more are welcome to write him at
photo: Cuban Go Federation Rafael Torres Miranda (left) and Cuban go organizer Lazaro Bueno Perez at the 2015 US Go Congress; photo by Phil Straus

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Latest AGA Tournament Regs Posted; How to Run a Tourney

AGA news - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 03:00

The latest edition of the American Go Association Tournament Regulations have been posted on the AGA’s Tournament Resources page, where you’ll find everything local organizers need to run a tournament. “The essence of go is competition, and tournament play takes that rivalry to its highest level,” says the AGA. “Running a tournament will strengthen your club. You will get to know new players from your area, and you may even build your club’s treasury!”

Organizing a tournament is probably easier than you think, especially if you can put some of local club members to work. Size doesn’t matter. A “tournament” can be held with as few as two players, and there are several interesting formats for as few as four players. Tournament game results can be submitted for AGA rating, a major attraction many tournament players.

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French Championship 2015 + Lyon tournament

European Go Federation - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 13:59
The final stage of the French Championship awards the honor of the best French player in 2015, as well as the qualification of the World Amateur Championship the next year. It therefore gathered many of the strongest French players to Lyon.
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Cotsen Open Deadline Approaching

AGA news - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 00:04
With the October 20 deadline approaching, over 65 players have already pre-registered for this year’s Cotsen Open, October 24-25 at the LA Center Studios (note new location). In addition to one of the largest and strongest fields on the West Coast, the tournament features free food truck lunch on both days, a full refund of the $20 entry fee if you play in all five rounds and the hallmark of the Cotsen, free massages for all players. Davis adds. Yilun Yang 7P will play a match against Qun Wang 8P on Sunday morning, followed by an analysis of the game. Kiseido/Yutopian will have a vendor table on the Saturday of the event.

As an added bonus, “We will be printing new ‘Cotsen Open’ branded products, including never before seen playmat travel go boards with original art,” reports Tournament Organizer Samantha Davis. 

photo: Yilun Yang 7P plays pro-pro game at the 2014 Cotsen Open; photo by Chris Garlock

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Tom Chen Sweeps First Australian Digital Championship

AGA news - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 23:53

With five straights victories, Tom Chen 5D of Sydney swept the 2015 Australian Digital Championship. Open to players from Australia and New Zealand, the tournament was the first from either country held on the internet (KGS and OGS), and took place during the month of September. The reserve champion in second place was Ken Xie of New Zealand 5D with four victories, beating out third place Xin Lei 3D of UNSW by half a point of SOS. Kudos to the pack of players on four victories, including also Steven Yang of Sydney and Graeme Parmenter of Otago, and thanks to the other 18 survivors who competed through to the end of the tournament. Click here for final results, including SGF game records.

In the second division (handicap stronger than 4k) there was again one player with five victories, the Australian Digital Handicap Champion, Stephen Yang 4D. Second place was Rhys Davies 1D with four victories (except where he went up against Stephen Yang). In this division the peleton starts with Johnny Jiang 1D of Adelaide at third place on three victories, and Yanis Newman-Pache 3D of Southern Cross University Go Club, Harvey Wang 2D of Victoria Go Club, and Graeme Parmenter 4D of Otago University Go Club. Thanks also to the other half-dozen survivors for participating.

In the third division (beginners’ handicap) the winner was Zhenyu Liu 10k (!) of Melbourne University Go Club. Second place was Justin Luafutu 16K from Brisbane Go Club on four victories (crushed by the winner in the third round) and third place was Pan Zhao 8K from Melbourne (also on four victories, also went up against the winner). Thanks to the eleven other competitors who also played through to the end.

Tom Chen wins a free admission to the 2016 Australian Go Congress in January 2016, which handily enough is in his hometown of Sydney. Stephen Yang and Zhenyu Liu win free admission to the 2015 Australian Championships in December 2015 in Brisbane.
- Horatio Davis, Australian correspondent for the E-Journal 

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Junfu Dai Wins French Championship

AGA news - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 23:39

Junfu Dai 8D (Paris) won the French Championship on October 3-4 in Lyon, topping the field of right of the strongest active amateur French players and becoming the French representative to the next World Amateur Go Championship. Thomas DeBarre 6D (Strasbourg) and Alban Granger 4D (Rennes) took second and third places. Click here for complete details

Meanwhile, the tournament of Lyon, with about 80 players, was won by Motoki Noguchi 7D (Grenoble), ahead of Florent Labouret 3D (Lyon) and Florent Rioland 3D (Marseille).

- Laurent Coquelet, FFG secretary and French Correspondent for the E-Journal; photo: Dai, at left, in the final, playing Thomas DeBarre

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Last chance to sign up for Columbus Day Go Workshop in the Catskills

AGA news - Sun, 04/10/2015 - 16:14
Head teacher Will Lockhart 5-dan will lead the Brooklyn Go Club’s annual ‘Woodlands Go Workshop’ in the Catskills next weekend, October 9-12. There’s room for up to 15 kyu players at the Woodlands house — a converted inn in Roundtop, NY co-owned by Brooklyn Go Club founder Jean-Claude Chetrit — for an intensive workshop to bring their game to the next level. “In this temporary go commune, we’ll play games, review, do puzzles, eat home-cooked meals and talk politics and philosophy, and play some more,” says Lockhart. The workshop cost is $225 ($75/room, $75/food & $75/instruction). Students should plan to arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning. To join or inquire, write to both Will Lockhart and Jean-Claude Chetrit
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World Students Go Oza Seeks Entrants

AGA news - Sun, 04/10/2015 - 12:26

University/college students under the age of 30 are invited to participate in an online preliminary competition for the 14th World Students Go Oza Championship. Click here for details and here for the entry form. Application deadline is October 19. Note that students living in China, Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei cannot participate in the online preliminary round.

The World Students Go Oza Championship will be held February 22-26, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan, where 16 students from around the world will compete to determine the world’s number one student player.

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2015 Cork Go Tournament – Nov 21st-22nd

Irish Go Association - Thu, 01/10/2015 - 10:46

We are pleased to announce The Cork Go Tournament of 2015 – 21st ~ 22nd of November. More information about can be found here.

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Seattle Go Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary this Saturday

AGA news - Wed, 30/09/2015 - 16:00

The Seattle Go Center will have a grand 20th Anniversary Party on Saturday, Oct. 3. with food, refreshments, short speeches and music by three different groups.  Hiroshi Yamashiro 9P and Shiung Feng 6P (“Kuma-Sensei”) will be coming from the Nihon Ki-in in Japan, as well as the Manager of the  European Go Center in Holland,  Harry van der Krogt.   The Japanese Consul for Seattle, Consul General Masahiro Omura, and the President of the American Go Association, Andy Okun, will also be attending.

The performers will be Songs of Hope (Fumi Tagata – soprano, and Shiho Kurauchi – koto);  Okinawan Mushic by Mako & Noriko (Mako Willet – sanshin/vocal, and Noriko Inafuku – taiko); and the Sound Singers (Mixed chorus group with 15 singers).  The Sound Singers include long time Go Center volunteers Frank (Kohya) Fukuda, and Hikojiro Katsuhisa.

All friends of the Seattle Go Center are welcome to attend. The party begins at 6:00 p.m., please send a note to the Go Center Manager if you plan to come.

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2015 French Open Championship

AGA news - Wed, 30/09/2015 - 15:00

The French Open Championship took place on the 21st to the 23rd of August. Motoki Noguchi, of the Grenoble club, gave a brilliant performance to win the title.

26 players were present to compete for the title. Amongst them, Motoki Noguchi(7d) was the big favourite, but two pretenders to watch were Tanguy Le Calvé(6d) and Benjamin Dréan-Guénaizia(6d). As is normal in a Swiss System, the results from the first 2 rounds on Friday were mostly as expected.

Then on Saturday, more crucial games for the title took place. We note in round 4, the victory of Motoki against Jérôme Salignon(5d), in a game filled with fighting. At the same time, in the battle of the 6 dans, it was Benjamin Dréan-Guénaizia who dominated Tanguy Le Calvé.

In round 5, what was essentially the final took place between the 2 so-far unbeaten players, Motoki and Benjamin. But Benjamin wilted under the pressure of the day, and ended up resigning rather quickly.

In the other rounds on Sunday, Motoki secured his victory by beating Tanguy and then Benjamin Blanchard(3d). Benjamin Dréan-Guénaizia was assured of second place with his win over Jérôme Salignon, who ended up taking third place.

Thus Motoki pocketed his fourth title, equaling the number of wins of Pierre Colmez and Jeff Séailles. It should be noted that he chose non-standard fuseki, playing no komoku or hoshi throughout the championship!

Based on the article originally published in Revue Française de Go by Simon Billouet

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Qiu Jun 9P and Lian Xiao 7P Advance to Chang Qi Finals

AGA news - Tue, 29/09/2015 - 23:42

Qiu Jun 9P and Lian Xiao 7P won their Chang Qi Cup semifinal third-round decider matches Monday to advance to the tournament’s final rounds later this year. The games followed the pattern of the first two matches, with Lian Xiao (right) defeating Li Qincheng 1P in just 161 moves, while Qiu Jun (left) prevailed over Tuo Jiaxi 9P in yet another marathon match — this one 331 moves — in which he used a ko threat to cleverly bring a group of dead stones back to life, forcing a resignation for the first time in the series.

Game records: Rd3 QiuJun v. TuoJiaxi, Rd3 LianXiao v. LiQinCheng (also available on KGS, look under ChangQi1 and ChangQi2); special thanks to the Chinese recording team, who generously broadcast the games on KGS as well as on their Chinese servers.

Special bonus: click here to see the video of E-Journal’s Steve Colburn demonstrating the custom-built Ing table with built-in go board and stones, shot by Andrew Jackson.
- report, photos/collage by Chris Garlock

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VA Elementary School Go Club Grows in its Second Year

AGA news - Mon, 28/09/2015 - 18:19
Thirty-six eager third through fifth graders came to school an hour early last Tuesday to begin their second year of go instruction at Neabsco Elementary School in Woodbridge, VA, reports club organizer Carolyn Dyer. “We plan to hold the Go Club every Tuesday morning as the children are much more alert first thing.” The club got started when Kelsey Dyer 1d posted on her Facebook page that her mother wanted to start a school go club.  “I had only known Carolyn as Kelsey’s Mom as she had brought Kelsey to NOVA Go Club tournaments for years”, says go club “expert” Gary Smith 9k.  “When I found out that her school was only 10 minutes from my house, I knew I had to help out!” Last year, the club started off with a four week introductory class after school.  This was well received, and the club continued as a weekly after-school activity.  Last year’s roster of 12 students has grown to 36 today.  “The resources provided by the AGF have been a big help,” Smith writes, referring to the American Go Foundation’s club starter kit and a Hikaru No Go set.  “There are many ways to spread Go into our communities; we just have to be open to the opportunities.” - Julian Erville, photo by Carolyn Dyer.
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2016 Irish Confucius Cup Date Announced

Irish Go Association - Mon, 28/09/2015 - 15:52

Ireland’s largest Go and Chinese Chess tournament, The Confucius Cup, will occur next year the weekend of March 4th-6th 2016. More details to follow soon.

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Round 1 of the 6th PGETC

European Go Federation - Mon, 28/09/2015 - 14:08
Round 1 of the 6th PGETC The 6th Pandanet Go European Team Championship has started in September 2015. In this EGF-tournament 34 countries/teams fight for their placements in Leagues A,B,C. The best 4 teams from League A qualify for the Finals of the PGETC that will be held during the EGC in St. Petersburg. The games are played on internet on Pandanet-IGS in the EuropeanTeamChamp room generally Tuesday evenings (20:00 CET).
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The Power Report: Aoki makes good start in Women’s Meijin; Awaji scores 1000th win; Yuki wins 24th Ryusei; Grand slams update

AGA news - Mon, 28/09/2015 - 13:00

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal

Aoki makes good start in Women’s Meijin League: The last game of the third round of the 28th Women’s Meijin League was played on September 24. Taking black, Aoki Kikuyo 8P beat Chinen Kaori 4P by resig. Aoki is now 2-0 (she had a bye in the second round), so she shares the provisional lead with Fujisawa Rina, also on 2-0 (she has a bye in this round).

Awaji scores 1000th win: A win in Preliminary B of the 64th Oza tournament on September 24 was Awaji Shuzo 9P’s 1000th official win. Awaji (right) is the 17th player at the Nihon Ki-in to reach this landmark. His record is 592 losses, 3 jigo, and 1 no-result, a winning percentage of 62.6. Awaji was born on August 13, 1948 in Tokyo. He became a disciple of Ito Tomoe 7P, made 1-dan in 1968 and reached 9-dan in 1984. He also graduated from the College of Law (note that this is not the same as a law school in the US) of Aoyama Gakuin University. He has won four minor titles, but challenged unsuccessfully for the Gosei, Tengen, Honinbo and Meijin titles.

Yuki wins 24th Ryusei tournament: Yuki Satoshi 9P won the 24th Ryusei tournament by default. On the day of the final, Cho Chikun’s wife fell critically ill (she died the following day), so he was unable to play. The result was just revealed in this week’s Go Weekly because the organizers took a while to make their decision. Nonetheless, this counts as a title for Yuki and is his 13th (he is now 21st on the all-time list).

Grand slams update: With the theoretical revival of Iyama’s chance of achieving a simultaneous grand slam of the top seven titles, Go Weekly published some statistics. Three players have scored a cumulative grand slam: Cho Chikun, Cho U, and Iyama Yuta. Three players have won six of the top seven: the late Kato Masao (missing the Kisei), Rin Kaiho (missing the Kisei), and Yamashita Keigo (missing the Judan despite three challenges). Next is Kobayashi Koichi with five (missing the Honinbo and the Oza). They are followed by three players who have won four: Otake Hideo, Takao Shinji, and Hane Naoki. Note that this list refers only to current titles. Sakata Eio won seven titles in 1961 and 1964 (in the latter year the only open title he missed out on was the Judan). The final stage of the 54th Judan tournament starts on October 1. Both Iyama and Yamashita have made the final 20.

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