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The Power Report: Iyama close to defending Kisei title; Ida to challenge for Judan title; Meijin League; Honinbo League; Promotions

AGA news - Wed, 18/02/2015 - 02:15

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.

Promotions
To 8-dan: Rin Shien (150 wins)
To 4-dan: (Ms.) Kim Hyon-jon (50 wins)

Categories: World news

Go Spotting: Goishicha Tea

AGA news - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 15:00

“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.”

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UK Go Updates: Irish Go Congress

AGA news - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 14:30

 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.

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EuroGoTV Update: Russia, Ireland, Czech Republic

AGA news - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 14:15

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

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Upcoming European Tournament: EYGC 2015

AGA news - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 14:00

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

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SRETENJE 2015

Euro Go TV - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 03:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:23 Tue 17 February 2015

Rhone Alpes Challenge - 2nd stage 08-2015

Euro Go TV - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 03:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:22 Tue 17 February 2015

2015 US Go Congress Registration Launches

AGA news - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 19:53

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.”

 

 

 

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Go Filmmakers Looking for US Go Congress Photos, Videos

AGA news - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 16:02

“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

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Tacoma Go Club Tables at Year of the Ram Celebration

AGA news - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 15:30

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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This Week’s Go Calendar: Montreal, Seattle, Columbus, Portland

AGA news - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 15:19

February 21: Montreal, Canada
36th Winter Cup
Jean-Sébastien Lechasseur goaqjg@gmail.com 514-278-5502

February 21-22: Seattle, WA
Yilun Yang Workshop
Brian Allen manager@seattlego.org 206-632-1122 206-545-1424

February 22: Columbus, OH
2015 Chinese Festival Tournament
Tim Kington timkington@gmail.com 614-560-1708
Evan Hale silverumbro@gmail.com

February 22: Portland, OR
Sunday Chess and Go Tournament
Peter Freedman pleefreedman1@comcast.net 503-242-4203

Get the latest go events information.

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Go Spotting: NYT Koreatown Video

AGA news - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 14:30

“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.

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EYGC2015 - - - European Youth Championship 2015 - - - update

Euro Go TV - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 14:17
Author: HW9x9 on 20:29 Wed 11 February 2015

EGF Academy

Euro Go TV - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 14:17
Author: sandmann on 11:36 Wed 11 February 2015

Csiki Go Tournament 07-2015

Euro Go TV - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Wed 11 February 2015

Chiness Consulate General Cup, Main Group 07-2015

Euro Go TV - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Wed 11 February 2015

Larix-2015

Euro Go TV - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 17:52 Wed 04 February 2015

Hungarian Youth and Children Championship 07-2015

Euro Go TV - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Tue 10 February 2015

Cheshire Open 07-2015

Euro Go TV - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 17:52 Mon 09 February 2015

2015 Irish Confucius Cup Go Tournament

Euro Go TV - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 17:52 Mon 09 February 2015
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