A Google doodle on June 6 honoring the 185th birthday of Honinbo Shusaku sparked a bit of a kerfuffle in the UK when Google hastily replaced it with links to letters, photos and maps of the Normandy landings to honor the 70th anniversary of D-Day. “What were you thinking #Google?” chided a tweet. “Unfortunately a technical error crept in and for a short period this morning an international doodle also appeared,” said Peter Barron, Google’s director of communication. “We’re sorry for the mistake, and we’re proud to honour those who took part in D-Day.” The Shusaku doodle remained in some countries, including Japan and Hong Kong, honoring one of the greatest go players of the 19th century. Click here to read Go Game Guru’s report, which includes Shusaku’s famous Ear-reddening Game, and here to read the BBC’s report. Click here for an interesting discussion on Board Game Geek about which countries the doodle appeared in.
Thanks to readers around the world who sent in sightings and links to reports.
Iyama Increases Lead in Honinbo Title Match: Iyama Yuta (right) is now just one win away from defending his Honinbo title. In the third game of the 69th title match, played at the Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort in Abashiri City, Hokkaido, on June 4 and 5, Iyama (B) beat Ida Atsushi by resignation after 201 moves. Iyama had one minute left and Ida 18 minutes.
The game started with an innovation by Ida. After making a small-knight approach move to a star-point stone in the top right corner on move 6, answered by Iyama with a knight’s-move enclosure, Ida invaded on the 18-3 point (instead of the usual 17-3, that is, the 3-3 point). Iyama didn’t know what to do, so he switched elsewhere, for a while, but later there was complicated fighting linked to this move that continued for a large part of the game. On the first day, there was a trade on the left side that seemed reasonable for Ida, and many observers thought that he had made the better start. On the second day, however, Ida seemed to miscalculate after launching an attack on Black; Iyama settled his group satisfactorily and took the lead. Ida started a ko fight, but was unable to catch up. In the end, Iyama had an unshakeable lead of ten points on the board, so Ida had to resign.
In this game, Iyama showed what a skillful all-round player he is: he attacks well, defends well, and does everything in-between well. Ida is now down to his last chance. The fourth game will be played on June 18 and 19.
Yamashita Closer to Becoming Meijin Challenger: Three games in the 39th Meijin League were played on June 5. Yamashita Keigo (B) beat Yuki Satoshi by resig.; Cho U (B) beat Ko Iso by half a point; and Hane Naoki (B) beat Ryu Shikun by 1.5 points. Yamashita (left) has maintained his two-point lead over the rest of the field, so he is edging closer and closer to a return match with Iyama Yuta Meijin. He just has to win one of his last two games, which are with Cho U and Murakawa Daisuke, to win the league outright. Both Cho U and Kono Rin have just two losses, so they still have an outside chance of making a play-off.
There are currently no nominees for the At-Large and Western region seats on the AGA Board of Directors, while incumbents Bob Gilman (Central) and Gurujeet Khalsa (Eastern) have been nominated to run to retain their seats. Help determine the direction of play for the American Go Association by joining the AGA Board of Directors. “This is a very exciting time for American go,” says AGA President Andy Okun. “Our new professional system, more local events and increased participation in major events make input from the American go community more important than ever.” Nominations are now open for four AGA Board seats, including the three regional seats and the At-Large seat. Nominations are being accepted through June 15 and must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for candidate statements and complete election information and qualifications.
“May is over, and with it comes the end of our contest!” reports 2014 US Go Congress Director Matthew Hershberger. Throughout May, anyone who sent in the correct solution to the go problem featured in this year’s Congress logo was entered for a chance to win $50 off their Congress registration. More than 300 are already registered for the Congress, which runs August 9-17 in New York City.
The problem proved difficult for many, while others were already familiar with it from books or lessons. It’s a famous Chinese problem titled 明珠出海, which translates to “Pearl Emerging From the Sea”. The goal is simply for white to escape the net of black stones. Some two dozen players submitted their solutions. Of those, all but one answered correctly.
The contest winner is Shigeo Hidaka 2d. “Congratulations, Shigeo, and thank you to everyone who submitted their solution!” says Hershberger.
One possible solution is shown here. There are other slight variations that are also acceptable.
Go-moku, not Go in HBR: “The board in the Go Spotting: HBR article (6/2 EJ)shows a position of the game ‘five in a row,’” writes Nin Lei. “It is not a go game position. If you pay attention, you will see there are a few areas where four consecutive black stones (in any directions) are blocked by white. The more obvious give away is that they play the game in the center of the board.” David Doshay adds that in the game of Go-moku “the word ‘go’ means 5, not the game we play.” Thanks to everyone who caught this and wrote in.
Classified Ads Work: “I purchased my first go set on Friday thanks to the classified ad in the E-Journal,” writes Daniel Acheson. “Thank you!”
Classifieds are free; email them to email@example.com
To demo and teach go at the Smithsonian Folk Festival on the National Mall in Washington DC on 6/28/14, 6/29/14, 7/5/14, and 7/6/14. This will be an open air venue and 200+ people a day are expected. Hours: 10a to 4p. Contact John Goon, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details.
“The AGA Go Camp would like to extend a hearty thanks to both Slate and Shell and Kiseido for their donation of books to the 2014 camp,” says Camp Director Amanda Miller. “Every evening we run small tournaments or other fun Go-related activities, including 13 x 13, pair Go, and team tournaments, and we plan to use these books as prizes in those events. We’ve received some especially generous donations this year, and we have more than enough to go around, so we can promise that every camper will get at least one prize.” Donations include popular titles, such as books from Yuan Zhou’s Master Play series, Yilun Yang’s Workshop Lectures series, the Elementary Go Series, and many more!
This year’s camp will take place the week before the Go Congress from August 3 to August 9 and will be held at YMCA Camp Kresge in White Haven, PA, about 2 hours outside of New York City. Yilun Yang 7P is back as this summer’s professional teacher, after a successful run last year. Anyone who participated in the NAKC or the Redmond Cup is eligible for a $400 scholarship, and need-based scholarships are also available from the AGF. “Our registered campers are between the ages of 9 and 17, and within a strength range of 20-kyu to 3-kyu, so camp should be a lot of fun, regardless of age or rank,’ adds Miller. For more information, visit the camp website (www.gocampeast.org) or e-mail Amanda Miller at email@example.com. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Amanda Miller: Pair Go Tourney at last year’s camp.
New York City. In other A League results, Greater Washington won 3rd place and Boston was 4th. New York City took first place in the B League, and Chicago was second. Play is still ongoing in the C League, where Katy TX 1 is currently leading with an undefeated score. They are followed by Canwa Vancouver 2, Katy TX 2, and Brentwood/Nashville. Round 6 will be played on Saturday June 17th. The game at right is the one that put Seattle 1 into the finals, with Seattle’s Ho Son (B) defeating Greater Washington’s Jie Li (W) in what turned out to be the tie-break game; as this game was played both cities had won a game (Board 1 – Seattle 1, Board 3 – Greater Washington).
- Steve Colburn, TD
This position comes from Go World #15 in a game between Kato Masao 9P and Rin Kaiho 9P.
Black’s play in this position is just one example of how pros think strategically, while most amateurs think locally.
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- Myron Souris, POTW Editor
Players in the top section of the upcoming fourth annual Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YKNOT) will be eligible to win points towards NAMT qualification, which this year means eligibility for the 9-round US Invitational tournament at this year’s US Go Congress; NAMT qualifiers in the US Invitational will be eligible for $2,000 more in prizes reserved for the NAMT players.
“We also encourage kyu players to register for the YKNOT,” says AGA Tournament Coordinator Karoline Burrall. “We want good strong competition at all levels! Every single player, including kyu players, can win part of the nearly $3,000 in prizes that the tournament offers.”
The Young Kwon National Online Tournament is the largest annual online tournament in North America. Registration is free and open to all levels, with nearly $3,000 in total prizes, which will be awarded to all levels. The tournament will take place on June 21, 22, and 28th. Click here to see the tournament webpage with registration details and rules and click here to register. Players have until Friday, June 20th to register. There are no citizen or permanent residency requirements; AGA members living in the US or AGA life members living anywhere are eligible, and even players who join the AGA the day before the start of the tournament are welcome to participate.
The YKNOT is the second online qualifier; the first is the June 7-8 Age of the Fabulist tournament, which is limited to players 4D+; register here.