1st US Go Congress, Not: “The group photo said to be of the 1st Go Congress in 1985 is not (Go Filmmakers Looking for US Go Congress Photos, Videos 2/16),” writes Michael Bull. “That photo predates the Congress and was taken in San Francisco, CA at one of the last of the East Coast/West Coast championships. The long time manager of the SF Go Club Shinji Dote is seated in the front and he never attended a US Go Congress, (he was unable to attend the 1999 Congress in SF because of poor health). The photo was taken by a SF Go Club regular known only as St. Clair.”
The American Go Honor Society has announced the 2015 School Team Tournament (STT) will be held March 28 and April 4. “The STT is our annual flagship tournament, played in the classic Hikaru no Go team style where each school sends three representatives to compete against other schools,” said AGHS Co-President Hugh Zhang. All matches will be played online, and schools from Canada, the US, and Mexico are all invited. As a new top prize this year, the American Go Foundation is offering full scholarships (tuition + room/board) to the AGA Summer Go Camp. All three members of the top dan and top kyu team will win the scholarships. Prizes will also be awarded in the other divisions, including $75 cash for first place, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd, as well as medals, and the stylish new AGHS T-Shirt pictured at right. This year’s tournament will be held on March 28 and April 4. To register, fill out the form here, by March 20. More information may be found on the AGHS website. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.
The third round of the Pandanet-AGA City League is this Sunday, February 22. Watch the action live starting at 3pm ET/12pm PT. The games are heating up between all of the teams. The schedules for A League, B League, and C League can be found on the Pandanet site.
by John Power, EJ Japan Correspondent
Iyama close to defending Kisei title: The third game of the 39th Kisei title match was held at the Bella Vista Sakaigahama Hotel in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, on February 5 and 6. Yamashita Keigo 9P (right) held his own in the fighting and in fact finished the middle game with a slight edge over the titleholder, but he slipped up in the endgame. Playing black, Iyama Yuta Kisei secured a win by 1.5 points. This was his third successive win, so Yamashita will face his first kadoban in the fourth game. Fortunately for him, there is a two-week break, so he has time to recover mentally from his bad start. The game will be played on February 19 and 20.
Ida to challenge for Judan title: The play-off to decide the challenger for the 53rd Judan title was held at the Nihon Ki-in in Ichigaya, Tokyo, on February 5. Playing black, Ida Atsushi 8P (left) defeated Kobayashi Satoru 9P by resignation after 137 moves. The title match with Takao Shinji will start on March 5. This will be Ida’s second challenge for a top-seven title.
Meijin League: The February round, which is the third round, of the 40th Meijin League has already been completed. The two undefeated players, Takao Shinji Tengen and Ko Iso 8P, both lost their games, so there is now a four-way tie for first. Takao and Ko are joined by Cho U 9P and Murakawa Daisuke Oza. Third-round results are given below.
(February 5) Cho U (B) beat Takao Shinji by resig.; Kono Rin 9P (W) beat Kanazawa Makoto 7P by resig.
(February 9) Murakawa Daisuke (W) beat Hane Naoki 9P by resig.
(February 12) So Yokoku 9P (B) beat Ko Iso by resig.
Honinbo League: Yamashita Keigo 9P is keeping up the pressure on the leader of the 70th Honinbo League, Ida Atsushi 8P. Yamashita won his fifth-round game, so he goes to 4-1. Ida is undefeated and will meet Kono Rin 9P (right) in the fifth round on February 19. Cho U 9P also won his fifth-round game and, on 3-2, is next in line. Both Yamashita and Cho have already lost to Ida, so they have to rely on other players to pull him back.
(February 12) Cho U 9P (W) beat Takao Shinji Tengen by resig.; Yamashita Keigo (W) beat Mimura Tomoyasu 9P by 3.5 points.
To 8-dan: Rin Shien (150 wins)
To 4-dan: (Ms.) Kim Hyon-jon (50 wins)
“The rare, post-fermented tea called Goishicha is made in the town of Ōtoyo in the mountains of central Kochi Prefecture on the island of Shikoku,” according to the Yunomi tea website. “The name, goishicha (碁石茶), is taken from the Japanese game Igo because the tea is reminiscent of the stones used in the game.” “I haven’t tasted this,” says Richard Simon, who passed this along. “It may not be everyone’s cup of tea.”
Irish Go Congress: On February 6 to 8, the Irish Go Congress took place in Gresham Hotel, Dublin. For the first time, it featured a Chinese Chess tournament alongside the traditional Confucius Cup (Irish Open) and Irish Rapid Play. Chinese guests from the Go and Chinese Chess organisations attended, including 7p Go professionals Hua Xueming and Huang Yizhong. The winner of the main event, the Confucius Cup, was Kim Young-Sam, and the Friday night Irish Rapid was won by Oh Chi-Min 7d.
Alistair Wall Wins Largest Cheshire Tournament: Alistair Wall 2d beat the previous winner, Mark Elliot (1d Manchester), in the last round of the Cheshire Tournament, thus winning first place. Tony Pitchford and Tony Atkins organized the event. 34 people attended in total.
Russia: The Chinese Consulate General Cup finished on February 2 in Sankt-Peterburg with Zhen Wang 7d in first, Jung-hyeop Kim 7d in second, and Ilja Shikshin 7d in third. Ireland: Also on February 8, Young-Sam Kim 7d bested Chi-Min Oh 7d at the 2015 Irish Confucius Cup Go Tournament in Gresham while Cristian Pop 7d placed third. Czech Republic: Adriana Tomsu 3k (left) took the Czech Youth Go Championship in Praha. Behind her were Samuel Havelka 3k in second and Tereza Salajkova 10k 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
The European Go Cultural Centre (EGCC) and the Dutch Go Association will host the 2015 European Youth Go Championship on March 12 through March 15 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. It will be split into three categories: under 12, under 16, and under 20 age. Each group can qualify for either the World Youth Go Championship (under 12, under 16) or the Globis Cup in Japan (under 20). Nikon will sponsor prizes including a quality camera for the top player in each group. To register or for more information including rules, a full schedule, and accommodations, please visit the EYGC 2015 official website.
—Annalia Linnan; for complete listings, check out the European Tournament Calendar
Registration has just launched for the 2015 US Go Congress, the biggest go event of the year. The Go Congress will take place August 1-9 at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota in the Anderson Student Center. “St. Thomas is nestled along the Mississippi River, with easy access to both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul,” reports Congress Co-Organizer Aaron Broege. “At St. Thomas, you’ll be just two blocks away from over 100 miles of bike and running paths that run along the river, through the cities, and around the region’s urban lakes, which are bustling with activity during the summer.”
Click here to register or follow @tcgocongress for latest updates.
The Anderson Student Center (left) is a state-of-the-art facility, opened in 2012, “with beautiful rooms for competitive play, professional lectures, and other Congress activities,” Broege adds. The main playing room in the Woulfe Alumni Hall, with carpeted flooring and natural lighting, “will provide a great environment for competitive play in the U.S. Open Tournament.” The three-floor structure houses the cafeteria where attendees will take their meals, as well as numerous locations throughout the building for socializing and enjoying time with friends. For housing, attendees can choose between standard dorm rooms or suite-styled (pictured) housing on campus.
“When you are taking a break from playing go, the Twin Cities offer many activities for enjoyment and relaxation,” says Broege. “Minneapolis and St. Paul boast an attractive balance between urban living and the joys of nature. The easy-to-use Nice Ride bike sharing system will allow you to easily jump on a bike and see the beauty of the Twin Cities. Catch a Twin’s game at Target Stadium. Take the light rail down to the Mall of America and enjoy a rollercoaster ride at Nickelodeon Universe. Check out the great theater, music, and art that the Twin Cities has to offer. There is so much to experience that is easily within reach from our home base at St. Thomas University.”
“The Surrounding Game” filmmakers are looking for old photos of the annual U.S. Go Congress. “The story of American go is a central element of the film,” co-director Cole Pruitt tells the E-Journal. “We’ve accumulated archival photos from the AGA archives, courtesy of David Doshay, but we want to petition the American go community to send us old media — physical photos, digitized photos, videos and cassettes — from any of the Congresses. The best stuff would be wide shots of playing halls or crowds, or top AGA officials in attendance at the Congress.”
The filmmakers are on the final stretch of editing and are “on track to complete narrative editing by the end of the summer, followed by film festival submissions starting in the fall,” says Pruitt. “We’re working with an LA-based animator and NY-based composer on animated sequences and the score for the film and are incorporating them into current cuts.”
photo: at the first US Go Congress in 1985; photographer unknown
The Tacoma Go Club promoted go at the 17th Annual Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s New Year’s Celebration of the Year of the Ram, on Saturday, February 14. “The table was on a high traffic corner past which walked hundreds of people observing various activities such as Korean, Japanese, and Chinese martial arts,” reported TGC president Gordon Castanza (wearing hat in photo). “Many stopped by the table to inquire about the game.” Castanza said the event “was a successful opportunity for demonstrating go to hundreds of people” and adds that the club generated a dozen or more sign-ups.
photo by Lin Young.
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“36 Hours in Koreatown, Los Angeles,” the video accompanying the February 11 New York Times What to Do in Koreatown, Los Angeles article, starts with two men playing go. Also featured is the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, which hosts the annual Cotsen Open. Thanks to David Matson for passing this along.
Maui HI: Players wanted for the Maui Go Club. We meet Thursday evenings every two weeks. Contact Danny at Maui.Go.Club@gmail.com wit 2015.02.12_maui-go-clubquestions and our current meeting time and location. You can also get time and location information at our website or on our Facebook page, Maui Go Club.
Cambodian Go Contact: “Sensei’s Library has a listing for Cambodia; contact ghislain on KGS,” writes Edward Cherlin in response to the February 6 Your Move/Readers Write: Cambodian Go Wanted posting. “I do not know whether that is a current connection,” adds Cherlin, a long-time go player who’s an adviser to the Cambodian Mathematical Society. Dalsoo Kim, secretary of the Asian Go Federation, also wrote in to ask that “If you find any connection in Cambodia, just let me know for my promotion in that area.” Reach him at email@example.com.
The 22nd 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 2015 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. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of 1 dan or higher. 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: Bill Lin 7d (l) vs. Jianing Gan 7d (r), in the foreground, while the Jr. League players compete in the background, at the 2014 US Go Congress in New York..
Park Junghwan 9p has defeated Kim Jiseok 9p to win the 19th LG Cup 2-1. This was Park’s first LG Cup title, and only his second international title since winning the 24th Fujitsu Cup in 2011. Though Park is currently ranked #1 in the world according to the rating system used by the Korean Baduk Association, in recent years many go fans doubted his ranking, because Park hadn’t won any international titles since 2011. The LG Cup final was held on February 9, 10 and 12 in Gangneung, Gangwon-do, Korea.
- based on Youngil An’s longer report on Go Game Guru
SyFy’s “12 Monkeys”: The latest episode of SyFy’s “12 Monkeys” is titled “Atari.” “A character describes a dire post-apocalyptic predicament as being ‘in atari,’” reports Steve Berthiaume. “The character describes go (and) how he used to play it.” Adds Jeffrey McLellan, “He and his friend are in rather desperate straits and he tells his friend that they are in atari. They only have one more move or they are finished. ‘Being in atari is bad.’” Click here to watch the episode.
“The Academia Cubana de Go is organizing a tournament in Havana at the beginning of April and is encouraging US players who want to compete to come,” Bob Gilman writes. “Under President Obama’s new Cuba policies, travel restrictions for US citizens going to Cuba have been liberalized.” Write firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more information about this tournament and travel possibilities.
Canada’s WAGC Player TBA: “The AGA web page says ‘North America will be represented by Danny Ko’ (at the WAGC), but of course Canada also sends a player,” James Sedgwick writes. “Who Canada will send is still up in the air, as our selected rep Ryan Li is no longer eligible due to his now pro status.”
Gambian Go Stamp: “This picture of a stamp, I think it might be from Gambia, was sent to me by my friends at the Beijing Go Club,” writes Gordon Castanza.
Hikaru Cosplay in LA: This year at Anime Los Angeles, held January 9-11, Samantha Davis cosplayed Hikaru from Hikaru no Go. “My friend Kazuki Deng cosplayed Sai (and) we had a little impromptu photo shoot in the hotel lobby.” photo by Cecilia Nguyen.