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Go Quiz: Earliest NJO Appearance

AGA news - Sat, 08/03/2014 - 20:00

Lee Sedol did not need this kiss for luck from his daughter before the first game of his historic jubango with Gu Li, but perhaps it carried over to the second, where he was fortunate to come from behind.  Five out of six of you who ventured into the scary world of no multiple choice did not need luck either, correctly identifying the other pro in last week’s photo (left). “Easy.” comments Brian Kirby,” That’s Cho Hanseung (Hansung) 9P. He’s the current Kuksu, recently beating out Lee Sedol to defend his title. Mr. Cho doesn’t get as much press as Mr. Sedol, but he actually became pro the same year (1995).” Congratulations to Dong Wei of Austin, Texas, our winner this week, selected at random from those answering correctly.

THIS WEEK’S QUIZ: Congratulations to Paul Mathews and Rick Mott for their wildly successful 55th New Jersey Open, attracting a record 125 players March 1-2 in Princeton (including 22 new members and 34 renewals). The oldest continuous tournament in the US (second oldest is the Maryland Open: the 41st is coming up on May 24-25; see you there!), the NJO gathered go players from all over the East Coast.  An informal but 99 44/100% accurate poll of this year’s attendees taken by your quizmaster confirmed the answer to this week’s question: of all those playing in this year’s New Jersey Open, one player held the record for the earliest NJ Open appearance. Did he play in his first NJO in 1973, 1975, 1977 or 1986?  Click here to submit your answer; bonus points if you name the player correctly.

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Go Game Guru Publishes MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango Game Commentary

AGA news - Sat, 08/03/2014 - 19:00

Go Game Guru has just published an excellent detailed game commentary by Younggil An 8P on the second game of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango, which was played on February 23 on the outskirts of Shanghai. “Many people expected that Gu Li (right) would have something of an advantage in this match,” says An, “because most of the games will be played in China. However, it doesn’t seem like Lee Sedol is affected by that so far…Actually, it looks like Gu Li is under quite a bit of pressure from his fans and the Chinese media.”

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Go Spotting: Teen Wolf

AGA news - Fri, 07/03/2014 - 20:05

MTV’s popular drama Teen Wolf features go prominently in the latest episode The  Fox and the Wolf.  Part of the episode is set in a Japanese internment camp, during the second World War, and a character named Satomi uses go throughout the episode, to help control her emotions.  ”You take too frequently, and you take too much,” Satomi tells a younger woman, in a conversation at the go board that is as much about stealing supplies for sale on the black market as it is about the game. “The young fox always knows the rules so she can break them, the older  wiser animal learns the exceptions to the rules,” says Satomi as she captures a stone.  The entire episode can be streamed on the MTV website here, go first appears in the episode at the 9 minute mark. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Satomi studies the board, from Teen Wolf Episode 21.  

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School Teams Deadline March 14th

AGA news - Tue, 04/03/2014 - 18:47
“The 2014 AGHS School Team Tournament is right around the corner, March 22 and 29,” reports tournament organizer Calvin Sun 1P. “Don’t miss the largest annual youth competition in North America. Registration will end on March 14th, so form your teams quickly!  Teams will consist of three players and an optional substitute player. There are thousands of dollars in prizes, and your team can win a prize either by doing well or simply playing all your games,” adds Sun. For more information about the schedule, prizes, and rules, please visit the AGHS website . Registration is here.  All questions should be addressed to aghsregister@gmail.com. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor
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U.S. Go Congress Website Update

AGA news - Tue, 04/03/2014 - 14:02

The 2014 U.S. Go Congress website is undergoing some testing today and may be offline at times. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Double Victory for Cornel Burzo at British Go Congress

AGA news - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 19:19

At the British Go Congress in Bognor Regis, England, Cornel Burzo 6d (right) of Baia Mare, Romania first won the British Lightning on Friday February 28, then followed it up with a sweep of the six-round British Open, March 1-2. In all, 61 players took part in the Open, including nearly 25% from mainland  Europe and beyond. Prizes were awarded in eight separate divisions based on grade, and the runner-up in the first division, Robert Rehm 5d of the Netherlands, also took first prize in the second division, with Bei Ge 5d (UK ) runner-up. Click here for the British Go Association’s (BGA) report giving full list of divisional prize-winners and here for full tournament results. The Stacey Grand Prix, which bestows the Terry Stacey Memorial Trophy on the player with most wins above the McMahon bar in tournaments since the previous Congress, went this year to Toby Manning 2d.

The Congress also took in the BGA’s Annual General Meeting on the evening of  Saturday March 1 and rounded off on Monday March 2 with a teaching day featuring Japanese Nihon Ki-in professionals Minematsu Masaki and Kobayashi Chizu, who have also been teaching and reviewing throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile the European Youth Go Congress, running in parallel at the same venue with eighty-nine players in three age divisions, also finished March 2. The tournament continued at presstime and will be reported soon, but the impatient may click here for full results.

Report by Tony Collman, British correspondent for the E-Journal; photo courtesy of European Go Congress 2014 website.
Update (3/8): there was no communal meal on March 1, as previously reported. 

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Secret Weapon Shi Yue Leads China to Victory at 15th Nongshim Cup

AGA news - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 19:18

China and Korea were the final contenders in the 15th Nongshim Cup after Japan was knocked out at the end of round 2. In round 3, Korea’s Park Junghwan 9p defeated China’s Tan Xiao 7p and Zhou Ruiyang 9p and Korean fans relaxed, thinking Park had secured the cup like last year. However, China’s secret weapon Shi Yue 9p defeated Park in 133 moves. This seems to be a familiar pattern, as Park has only bested Shi once in their five game history.

The Nongshim Cup is a team tournament between China, Japan, and Korea. Since its inception, Korea has won 11 times. This year’s victory puts China at three wins while Japan has only won once.

For more information including photos and game records, please visit Go Game Guru.
— Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article by Go Game Guru; photo courtesy of Go Game Guru

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Jeremy Chiu Sweeps Open Section at Bay Area Go Winter Tournament

AGA news - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 19:17

Forty four kids and adults came to Berkeley, CA on February 22nd to play in the Winter Go Tournament organized by Bay Area Go Players Association. Eleven year old Jeremy Chiu 6d (right in photo at right), winner of the 2013 US Youth Go Championship junior division, led the open section with a 4-0 record. He faced a strong field, however, including 2012 European Women’s Go Championship winner Vanessa Wong 7d, three-time Redmond Cup champion Aaron Ye 6d, and 2012 Korea Prime Minister Cup contestant Matthew Burrall 7d.

Bay Area Go promoted the tournament as appropriate for players of all levels, and in fact a wide range of players participated. Three handicap sections in addition to the open section ensured that all players had a good shot at winning prizes. “It is nice that the really strong players had stiff competition in the open section,” says organizer Roger Schrag, “But I am especially glad that the kyu players, double-digit kyus, and even 20+ kyu players all had people at their level to play.”

Bay Area Go’s Spring Go Tournament is set for Saturday, May 31st in San Francisco’s Japantown Center. Details will be posted soon at www.bayareago.org.

Winners report: Open section: 1st: Jeremy Chiu 6d. 2nd: Vanessa Wong 7d. 3rd: Zhihong Ma 5d. Upper handicap section: 1st: Anbo Chen 3d. 2nd: Linden Chiu 2d. 3rd: Peter de Blanc 1d. Middle handicap section: 1st: Matthew Cheng 7k. 2nd: Yunyen Lee 3k. 3rd: Thomas Rike 6k. Lower handicap section: 1st: Benjamin Yu 10k. 2nd: Sean Wahl 10k. 3rd: Donald Swen 14k.
photos by Zhihong Ma

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EuroGoTV Update: Spain, Czech Republic, Ireland

AGA news - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 19:16

Spain: The 32nd Barcelona Go Seigen Tournament finished on February 23 with Oscar Anguila 4d (left) at the helm. Behind him were Pau Carles 3d and Lluis Oh 6d. Czech Republic: Also on February 23, Pavol Lisy 7d took the 10th International Tournament in Blansko. Jan Simara 6d placed second while Ondrej Silt 6d came in third. Ireland: The 2014 Confucius Cup finished in Dublin on February 16 with Hui Fan 8d in first, Csaba Mero 6d in second, and Antoine Fenech 5d 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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2014 New Jersey Open Standings Posted

AGA news - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 19:02

The complete standings, ratings and pairings for the 2014 New Jersey Open have now been posted online, courtesy of the Feng Yun Go School, reports tournament director Paul Matthews.

NJO Co-Champions Mengchen Zhang 7D (at right in photo at left) and Eric Lui 7D (at left) each received a $400 prize; certificates and cash awards were also given to other players who won four or five games and who played all five rounds, $60 for four wins and $80 for five. A beginner’s prize, a good quality complete go set, was awarded to Sophia Wang by random drawing from players rated 15k and below who completed at least three games. “We had a good field of beginners this year,” said organizer Rick Mott. “Fifteen in the drawing, plus one — Audrey Shin — who was ineligible as a previous winner, and two — Peter and Alana Noehrenberg — who generously asked to be left out of the drawing because they already had equipment.”

A record 135 players participated in the 2014 New Jersey Open held at Princeton University on March 1 and 2, organized by Mott and hosted by the Princeton University Go Club. photos by Frank Huang (left) and by Chris Garlock (right).

 

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Eric Lui & Mengchen Zhang Win New Jersey Open

AGA news - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 02:22

Eric Lui 6D (left) and Mengchen Zhang 6D (top right) won the 2014 New Jersey Open, topping a field that attracted an all-time record 135 players over two days March 1-2 in Princeton, New Jersey. Both players had 4-1 records and their tie-break scores were so close that they were declared co-winners.

One of the earliest regional go events in the US, this year’s NJO was the 55th, reported longtime TD Rick Mott, who shared directing duties with Paul Matthews. In addition to being one of the oldest go events and reliably drawing some of the largest and strongest fields in the country, the NJO may also be the only US go tournament to use Fischer timing (50 minutes, 10 seconds for each move). It’s sponsored by the Princeton Go Club, which meets at Princeton University’s Campus Center Campus Club Wednesdays at 7:30 PM during the academic year. photos by John Pinkerton

Round 3 results: Board 1: Kevin Huang d. Andy Liu; Bd 2: Michael Chen d. Ricky Zhao; Bd 3: Mencheng Zhang d. Eric Lui; Bd 4: Yishen Wang d. Heping Wang; Bd 5: Jing Guo d. Andrew Huang.

Round 4 results: Board 1: Eric Lui d. Kevin Huang; Bd 2: Michael Chen d. Mengchen Zhang; Bd 3: Zhongxia Zhao d. Jun Wang; Bd 4: Lionel Zhang d. Jing Guo; Bd 5: Andrew Huang d. Heping Wang.

Round 5 results: Board 1: Eric Lui d. Michael Chen; Bd 2: Mengchen Zhang d. Kevin Huang.

Game Records:

Round 4, Board 1:_E-Lui-K-Huang

Round 4, Board 2:_M-Chen-M-Zhang

Round 5, Board 1:_E-Lui-M-Chen

Round 5, Board 2:_M-Zhang-K-Huang

 

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Redmond Cup Deadline March 15

AGA news - Sun, 02/03/2014 - 20:11

The 21st annual Redmond Cup will begin in April, and registration is due by March 15th. Preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2014 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids 12 and under, and the Senior league for 17 and under, on August 17th 2014. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of  1 dan or higher.  Redmond tournament director Michael Bull, who ran the event for the past twenty years, has retired this year, and the event will now by run by Paul Barchilon and Justin Teng.  The Junior league has been expanded to include 12 year olds, and both leagues now require a dan rating (kyu players can compete in the North American Kyu Championships instead).  Players who complete the tournament will be eligible for $400 scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or $200 scholarships to the US Go Congress, on a first come first served basis, courtesy of the AGF. Competitors from Mexico are also invited to the event. The participants must be members of the American Go Association or the Canadian Go Association and either residents of the U.S., Canada or Mexico, or citizens of the United States living anywhere in the world, provided that they are also members of the AGA.  For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here. -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: David Lu 6d (l) vs. Aaron Ye 6d (r), while Justing Teng records the game for broadcast, from the 2013 Go Congress in Tacoma.

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35th World Amateur Go Championship — Gyeongju

IGF - Sun, 02/03/2014 - 10:11

The 35th World Amateur Go Championship will be held in Gyeongju, Korea during the week from July 4 (arrival day) to July 11 (departure day). The tournament itself (July 6-9) will be an eight-round Swiss system.

 

Also scheduled are a general meeting of the International Go Federation, an opening ceremony, and a reception (all on July 5), an awards and closing ceremony (July 9), and a sightseeing tour of Gyeongju (July 10).

 

The tournament venue will be the Hyundai Hotel in the Bomun Lake resort area of Gyeongju. Players from 74 countries and territories are being invited.

The WAGC is organized by the IGF. This year the preparatory work is being done at the Korea Baduk Association in Seoul, Korea.

Gyeongju, a former capital of Korea, was once famed far and wide for its architectural and other riches. Now it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major tourist destination. Participants will find much to see, both on and off the go board.

 

 

 

 

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New Jersey Open Attracts Record Crowd for First Day of Play

AGA news - Sat, 01/03/2014 - 22:39

A record 126 players turned out at the 55th annual New Jersey Open for the first day of play on Saturday in Princeton University’s Frist Campus Center, with hundreds more watching online on KGS. See below for Rounds 1 & 2 game records. The E-Journal team of Chris Garlock and John Pinkerton broadcast top-board games live on KGS on Saturday and will broadcast Rounds 4 & 5 Sunday beginning at 10a EST.

Go has a long history at Princeton. The Princeton club was founded by Professor Ralph J. Fox of the Department of Mathematics in 1945, who continued to promote go in Princeton until his untimely death in 1973. “Professor Fox brought a number of Japanese professionals to visit Princeton, and often hosted them at his house,” reports Princeton club organizer Rick Mott. “His late wife Cynthia bequeathed some of his books, photographs and papers to the club archives.” Steve Bretherick, who’s moving to Japan, continued that tradition on Saturday when he donated a table full of go books to anyone who wanted them (below left).

Perhaps the most famous association of Princeton with go is an opening scene in the 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind,” depicting the life of Nobel laureate John Nash Jr., in which Nash – played by Russell Crowe – is challenged to a game by a fellow graduate student. The Princeton club hosted the fifth US Go Congress in 1989. The following year, the long-standing NJO, one of the earliest regional events in the US, moved to the Princeton campus where it has been played ever since. The tournament is usually held in late February and draws players from all over the Eastern Seaboard, from Virginia to Massachusetts, with occasional visitors from as far away as Austria and, this weekend, San Diego, with club organizer Ted Terpstra flying in for the tournament. photos by John Pinkerton (top right) and Chris Garlock (left, bottom right).

Top board results:
Round 1:
Board 1: Andy Liu d. Yishen Wang; Bd 2: Michael Chen d. Kevin Huang; Bd 3: Eric Lui d. Jing Guo; Bd 4: Mengchen Zhang d. Zhongxia Zhao; Bd 5: Heping Wang d. Naoki Awakawa.
Round 2: Board 1: M Chen d. A Liu; Bd 2: Kevin Huand d. Yishen Wang; Bd 3: Eric Lui d. Heping Wang; Bd. 4: Mengchen Zhang d. Jing Guo; Bd 5: Zhongxia Zhao d. Lionel Zhang.
Round 3 results: Board 1: Kevin Huang d. Andy Liu; Bd 2: Michael Chen d. Ricky Zhao; Bd 3: Mencheng Zhang d. Eric Lui; Bd 4: Yishen Wang d. Heping Wang; Bd 5: Jing Guo d. Andrew Huang.  

Game Records
Round 1, Board 1: Yishen Wang vs. Andy Liu

Round 1, Board 2: Kevin Huang vs. Michael Chen

Round 2, Board 1: Andy Liu vs. Michael Chen

Round 2, Board 2: Kevin Huang vs. Yisheng Wang

 

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New Jersey Open Expecting Large Field This Weekend

AGA news - Fri, 28/02/2014 - 17:53

This weekend’s New Jersey Open (NJO) on March 1-2 is expected to draw a large field with players at all levels. Top boards will be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal. The tournament will be in the same site as last year (Frist Campus Center); pregistration is not required but registration opens at 9a and ends at 10a and you must be there by 10a to be paired in the first round. 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. Trains from NY/Phila arrive at 9:42.  You can reach Frist walking or by cab in 10 minutes.

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U.S. Go Congress Coming to the Big Apple

AGA news - Fri, 28/02/2014 - 17:37

“The U.S. Go Congress has never before been in a place so close to so much!” says Congress organizer Matthew Hershberger. As previously reported (’14 US Go Congress To Be Held In Midtown Manhattan, Sources Say 12/4/2013 EJ), the Congress will be held August 9-17 in midtown Manhattan, “just a stone’s throw from landmarks like the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden,” Hershberger tells the E-Journal. “You will be playing on the 18th floor of the world famous Hotel Pennsylvania just across the street from Penn Station. Times Square, Bryant Park, Grand Central Station, and Korea Town are all just minutes away on foot, and the subways will easily get you anywhere in the city.” The hotel, which has been hosting visitors since 1919 boasts that “more guests have stayed with us than in any other hotel in the world.”

The Congress website is now live and though registration is not yet open, “you can check out the prices and start planning your trip now.”

The largest go activity in the United States, the annual U.S. Go Congress features 8 days of go, including tournaments, professional lectures and game analysis, continuous self paired games, and all kinds of go-related activities from morning to midnight.

And while New York is an expensive city, “we’ve worked hard to keep the Congress affordable,” says Hershberger. That means there are a few differences from previous years. This year there is no meal plan provided; instead, players will be free to explore the many local restaurants of all kinds and at all prices. Locals say you can eat reasonably easily for less than $30/day, or, if you’re so inclined, splurge at some of the best restaurants in the world.

Since the Congress is in a hotel this year, there are no dorm rooms available. “We’ve negotiated extra low prices for guests staying in the hotel,” says Hershberger. A typical room with two beds will run around $1,100 per person (including Congress registration), and there are lower-cost options for the more budget-conscious. You are allowed to have extra people in a room, so groups who are willing to share a room with more people than beds can cut costs significantly.

“Come for the go, come for the camaraderie of old friends, come for thrill of the big city!” urges Hershberger. “Whatever your reasons, we are looking forward to seeing you in New York this August!”

 

 

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Go Quiz: Gu Li In Need of a Refresher?

AGA news - Fri, 28/02/2014 - 17:03

While our teacher question was pending, Gu Li dropped the second game of the jubango.  All but the most diehard Lee fans should start rooting for Gu Li, since we want as many of the ten games as possible played.  Eight of 20 of you correctly named Yang Yi 6P as Gu Li’s key teacher.  He is Director of Chongqing Qiyuan and has trained many talented go players since 1979, receiving numerous national and regional awards for his contributions to go.  In 1995, he recommended Gu Li’s induction into the Chinese National Youth Team. Two years later, Yang reserved a spot for Gu Li (age 14 at the time) on the Chongqing Go Team despite objections from many people.  He first came to the North Carolina Go Congress in 2006, following up with visits to Northern Virginia (2009) and Tacoma (2013).  Reader Ke Lu points out that Yang Yi’s rank may not be earned in official pro tournaments, but there is little question that he is honored as 6P in China.  Another eight of you chose  another Yang, our own Yang Yilun 7P, who has been teaching here in the US and attending Congresses since Seattle 1986.  In addition to your quizmaster, known as his “MDS” (“most disapointing student”), he has taught many great players, perhaps most notably Chang Hao 9P.  Four of you recalled that former WAGC champ and 9-dan professional Zhang Wendong attended the first Tacoma Congress.  We are not aware of any of his famous students, but he certainly schooled Congress Director Steve Stringfellow in badminton.  No one chose our final teacher (perhaps because of a lack of Congress attendance), Song Xuelin 9P, Associate Director of Chengdu Qiyuan (Sichuan, China). He placed among the top six several times in Chinese national go tournaments, and his tournament successes earned him the nickname “King of the Southwest”.   Song is well-known for his ability to spot top go talents. In 1992, he trained 2007 LG Cup Champion Chou Chun-Hsun (Zhou Junxun). In 2008, Song recruited 2012 BC Card Cup Runner-Up Dang Yifei (age 14 at the time) into the Sichuan Go Team.  Congrats to this week’s winner Ke Lu of Newton, MA, this week’s winner, selected at random from those answering correctly.

THIS WEEK’S QUIZ: 2-0 jubango leader Lee Sedol is pictured at left in this old photo; who is that pro player with him? Click here to submit your response and please give us your full name; we hope to start honoring our best quizzers next week and we like to keep good records.
- Keith Arnold, HKA, MDS

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World Youth Goe Qualifier March 15 & 16

AGA news - Thu, 27/02/2014 - 02:25

The Ing Foundation has announced US qualifiers for their World Youth Goe Championships (WYGC), reports Mingjiu Jiang 7P.  The qualifiers will be held online, March 15 and 16.  The two highest placing youth in each age bracket will then be invited to compete live in Menlo Park CA, March 29 and 30.  The winners will receive an all expense paid trip to the WYGC in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia.  A third seat has been added as well, which is intended to help promote Goe in the US, and will be open to players 5k or stronger, and under the age of 13.  Application information and registration is attached to this story.  Click on the links here: RequirementsApplication, to load a new webpage, and then click on the titles to download each document to your computer. All inquiries should be addressed to IngsYouthTournament@gmail.com. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, which were the tallest buildings in the world until recently.

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Slots Open for AGA Online Simuls on 2/27 & 3/1

AGA news - Wed, 26/02/2014 - 23:44

Slots in upcoming AGA online simuls on February 27 and March 1 are available to AGA members current through 3/31/2014. Email bobgilman.aga@gmail.com with your AGA ID number and KGS username for access to the room. A schedule is linked in the AGA Tournament Room. “These simuls are a great opportunity test yourself while learning strategy and tactics from a stronger player,” says Gilman. The game is generally followed by a quick review. “Don’t worry about being ‘too weak,’” Gilman adds. The next simul is Thursday, February 27 at 7 pm Pacific time (10p EST), with Dong Ma, AGA 6d, ma2dong on KGS; there’s also one on Saturday, March 1 at 10 pm Pacific time (1a EST) with Ju Zhao, AGA 6d, rainier on KGS.

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Japanese Pros Visit UK This Week

AGA news - Wed, 26/02/2014 - 14:00

Dates have now been fixed for visits to the UK by the Nihon Ki-in’s Minematsu Masaki 6p (right) and Kobayashi Chizu 5p (at left; see Japanese Pros to Attend EYGC, EJ 1/15). They will attend the combined British Go Congress and European Youth Go Championship in Bognor Regis February 28 – March 3, and the previous evening, February 27 (Thursday), they will both be guests at Oxford City Go Club. After the Congress, Kobayashi alone will visit North London Go Club on March 4 then travel up to Scotland to be the guest of Edinburgh Go Club on March 6. The visits are sponsored by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation in cooperation with the British Go Association. Click particular destinations for details, including contact and player profiles.
- Tony Collman, British Correspondent for the E-Journal.

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