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Mok Jinseok Wins GS Caltex Cup to Take First Title in 15 Years  

AGA news - Sun, 05/04/2015 - 21:51

Mok Jinseok 9p (left) won the 20th Caltex Cup on April 2 in Seoul, Korea, defeating Choi Cheolhan 9p with a 3-1 score. This was Mok Jinseok’s second career title, and his first in 15 years: he won the KBS Cup in 2000, defeating Lee Changho 9p. Choi Cheolhan won game 1 of the Caltex, but Mok won the next three games to take the best-of-five match. Mok’s nickname is “Boy Wonder” because he defeated Nie Weiping in the 1995 China Korea Lotte Cup when he was just 15 years old, and many Korean baduk fans thought that he would take the torch from Lee Changho. But after winning the KBS Cup when he was 20, Mok never took another title, until now. When the last game was over, Mok burst into tears as his emotions got the better of him, and it took him some time to calm down and give a post-game interview. Choi Cheolhan has now taken second place in the GS Caltex Cup two years running: he was defeated 3-0 by Kim Jiseok last year and lost to Mok this year.
- adapted from a report on Go Game Guru, which includes more details on Mok’s long road back to winning a title, as well as the Caltex game records. 

Categories: World news

Collegiate Go Tournament Deadline Extended

AGA news - Sun, 05/04/2015 - 21:50

The deadline to apply for the 2015 Collegiate Go Tournament being held in Taiwan this summer has been extended to May 1st. This event is opento any current, future, or recently graduated college(both undergraduate and graduate) student, who will or has attended school in the year 2015. All costs related to room, board, tours, and travel during the event will be covered by the Ing foundation. Organizer Mike Fodera says that the event is meant for students of any playing strength to participate, and will have four divisions so that everyone will be able to play someone around their rank. Find out more information about the tournament — and the forms to register — on the ACGA’s website.

 

Categories: World news

Snowy Day, Hot Games at Boston Spring Open

AGA news - Sun, 05/04/2015 - 21:49

Players at the March 28 Boston Spring Open were greeted by a beautiful spring day: bright sun, birds chirping, warm breezes… wait, is that snow I see outside? So, players at the Boston Spring Open braved another harsh Boston spring to compete at the Microsoft NERD center overlooking a frozen Charles River. However, the atmosphere inside heated up quickly, as participants battled through four rounds to top their division.

The Boston Open is the first in a new series of tournaments that introduces a new format: players are split into divisions about five ranks wide and play all even games, except for the 6k – 15k range who play with handicap. This led to many competitive games and a few upsets, although this time the highest ranked players won their divisions. Full results are below.

Special thanks to Andrew Hall, who willed the tournament into existence, and Chun Sun, who arranged for space at the NERD center and dealt with much of the logistics. Also, thanks to Kate Baxter for helping to pick up coffee and donuts, as well as Neil Ritter for generously making his boards, stones, and clocks available for general use.
- Walther Chen; photos by Chun Sun 5d and Chanho Park; click here for the complete album.  

Winner Report: 47 people participated in the tournament, divided into four divisions, with cash prizes for the top three places in each.

Division 1: 4d and up, even games, 10 players
1st place: Justin Ching 6d (4-0; photo at right), $160
2nd place: David Cho 5d (3-1), $120
3rd place: Ruoshi Sun 4d (3-1), $80

Division 2: 2k to 3d, even games, 8 players
1st place: Xiaocheng Hu 3d (4-0), $100
2nd place: Brian Lee 2d (3-1), $80
3rd place: Greg Pongraz 2k (3-1), $60

Division 3: 5k to 3k, even games, 14 players
1st place: Mike Sherman 4k (4-0), $60
2nd place: Titi Alailima 5k (3-1), $50
3rd place: Laurent Xu 5k (3-1), $40

Division 4: 15k to 6k, handicap games, 15 players
Tie, 1st place: Chi-Hse Teng 6k (4-0), $45
Tie, 1st place: Andy Wei 15k (4-0), $45
3rd place: Steve Berthiaume 10k (3-1), $30

Categories: World news

Josh Lee Tops NOVA Cherry Blossom 15

AGA news - Sun, 05/04/2015 - 21:48
Josh Lee 5D topped the March 28 NOVA Cherry Blossom 15 tournament, held at the George Mason University Law School in Arlington VA. Twenty five players participated.The winners were:

First place:  Josh Lee, 5D, 4-0; Quinn Baranoski, 2K, 4-0; Neel Brown, 6K, 3-1; Tonhy Blagrove, 10K, 3-1; and Deirdre Golash, 11K, 2-2 Second place: Keith Arnold, 4D, 2-1; Frederick Bao, 1D, 3-1; Gurujeet Khalsa, 6K, 2-2; Louise Ingram, 9K, 3-0; and Sarah Crites, 13K, tied with Antonia Perez-Lopez, 21K, 2-2.
Categories: World news

Grand Slam Berlin - - - Quarter Finals - - -

Euro Go TV - Sun, 05/04/2015 - 21:17
Author: HW9x9 on 07:48 Sun 05 April 2015

Grand Slam Berlin - - - opening and preliminary round - - -

Euro Go TV - Sun, 05/04/2015 - 21:17
Author: HW9x9 on 00:34 Sat 04 April 2015

Istanbul City Tournament 2015/6

Euro Go TV - Sun, 05/04/2015 - 21:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:13 Sun 29 March 2015

2nd Jornada Liga AGOCA 2015

Euro Go TV - Sun, 05/04/2015 - 21:17
Author: HW9x9 on 00:04 Sun 29 March 2015

UK Go Updates: Junnun Jiang Wins the British Open

AGA news - Sun, 05/04/2015 - 15:35

Junnun Jiang Wins the British Open: The British Open was part of the British Go Congress and it was held this year in the Prince Rupert Hotel in Shrewsbury. The Open was played on Saturday and Sunday, with the BGA AGM held on the Saturday evening in between. 68 players took part. The winner was Junnan Jiang 4d with 6 wins and the runner-up was Alex Kent 3d with 5 wins.

Go to Feature at FestivalAsia in London: Go is featuring at FestivalAsia, a unique three-day spectacular at Tobacco Dock in London, from Friday 15th May to Sunday 17th May. The BGA will be demonstrating and lecturing on the game, with a number of volunteers headed by Roger Huyshe. The press release can be found here.

Alistair Wall Misses Record by Half Point: Alistair Wall 2d scored a massive 45 points to win the Stacey Grand Prix, the grand prix for most games won in the top group at a year’s tournaments. The record of 45.5 points was set in 1996 by Francis Roads. Ironically, the game that cost Alistair the record was against Francis at the 2014 Mind Sports Olympiad, where Alistair passed with a dame point left on the board and lost the game by half a point.

Categories: World news

Grand Slam Berlin - - - Quarter Finals - - -

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French Championship, stage 1 : Bayonne 13-2015

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