A multinational team, the Orientals (sic), took the Autumn London International Teams event at the Nippon Club in London, UK on October 6, winning all three rounds. The team was comprised of one Korean player, Young Kim 5d, one Chinese player, Yangran Zhang 4d, and one Japanese player, Kiyohiko Tanaka 3d.
Six teams in all, including an Asia team (which placed fourth) competed in this handicap tournament, for which the prize is a trophy donated by Yukata Kobayashi. The Central London Go Club, which organizes the event, fielded A and B teams, which came third and second respectively. Last season’s winners, Cambridge (Cambridge Wins London International Teams Trophy 4/19 EJ), was unable to defend their
trophy when team captain Andrew Simons — who called the event “one of my favourites’ — was traveling and couldn’t organize a team. Click here for full results.
The entry fee also covered a choice of bento lunch (left), pre-ordered from Taro.
- Report by Tony Collman, British correspondent for the EJ. Photo by Kiyohiko Tanaka. Click here for photo journal of the day.
Registration is still open for this weekend’s KGS 2013 Meijin tournament qualifier, the last one for the 2013 season. The single-elimination qualifier will be held on October 12-13, in American daytime schedule. Round 1 starts at 1p EDT/10a PDT. In this tenth qualifier, the winner will become a contender for the finals which will start in November. The runner-up may also become a contender if there are six or more rounds in the Qualifier. The final KGS Meijin winner will receive a minimum cash prize of $500 and a special Meijin icon. Click here for details and to register.
This Saturday’s Gotham Tournament in New York City is “basically full up,” reports organizer Peter Armenia. The space holds 82 and there are already 83 registered. There may be some no-shows or last-minute cancellations though, so if you’re interested in playing, go ahead and register here and if you’re registered but not able to attend, email Armenia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent, there’s still time and space to sign up for the popular Cotsen Open in Los Angeles, CA (free lunches, massages, pro commentaries, etc), October 26-27. Click here to register.
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News has belatedly reached us of the death of two former Philadelphia go players, Hugh Albright and John Bender.
Albright, who died of heart failure at 82 in 2011, “was an avid go player in the ’80′s and ’90′s,” says former AGA President Phil Straus. He “played regularly at the Philadelphia Go Club, which met in my house in the 80′s, and was a very active participant in East Coast tournaments.” A retired professor of mathematics and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at La Salle University, Albright was a Christian Brother who lived for 40 years in the Christian Brothers community in Mount Airy, Philadelphia. “Never did he show anger or impatience of criticism,” said fellow Brother Edward Davis. “He had a wonderful sense of humor and a passionate enjoyment of life.” Albright “enjoyed chess and played basketball in his younger years,” according to his obituary. He also played the piano and studied Gregorian chant.
The 44-year-old Bender – ”the fastest-learning go player” Straus ever taught – ”known on Wall Street as the troubled genius who’d quit the billionaire track without explanation in 2000 and retreated to a fortified compound in the Costa Rican jungle” died there mysteriously on January 8, 2010, reports Ned Zeman in “Love and Madness in the Jungle,” published May 7, 2013 in Outside Magazine. Originally thought a suicide, authorities have since charged Bender’s wife with his murder. Bender “went from beginner to 4-dan very quickly,” says Straus. Bender “Gave a talk about go attitude at the 1987 Go Congress,” Straus says. “Didn’t think blunders were important. Only plans were important. ” “His progress in the game was amazing,” agrees Wing Luk, who knew Bender when he was a student at Penn in 1985. “John and I together went to North Philadelphia to play against the Koreans a number of times.” This and other remembrances of Bender are on Jonathan Kaplan’s blog. photo: John and Ann Bender at their 1999 wedding; photo courtesy Outside Magazine
The Irish Final finally kicked off last night in the new venue of the Dublin club – the Baggot Inn. Noel Mitchell (black) lived inside of Roman Pszonka’s moyo to clinch the first game. Will he manage to find a second victory to move to 16 titles? Read on to see the game
[Embedded SGF File: IGA Final Game 1]