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The Power Report: Ida fights back in Judan; Yamashita keeps sole lead in Honinbo League; Promotions; Crazy Stone wins computer go tournament

AGA news - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 19:54

by John Power, Japan Correspondent

Ida fights back in Judan: 
Ida Atsushi 8P suffered some setbacks recently but he also won his first open title, as detailed in our last report,
and he seems to be taking his cue from the latter. In the second game of the 53rd Judan title, Ida (W) defeated Takao Shinji Judan (left) by resignation after 220 moves, so he has evened the score in the match at 1-1. Takao fell behind when he missed the best move in a fight: he read a variation out correctly for 17 moves but hallucinated about the result. The game was played on March 26 at the Old Tanaka Family Residence in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture. This is a three-story Western-style brick house built during the Taisho period (1912-26), with a Japanese-style building, tea house and garden being added later. The whole complex was designated a Nationally Registered Tangible Cultural Asset in 2006. The game was played in the teahouse. The third game will be played on April 9.

Yamashita keeps sole lead in Honinbo League: The last game of the sixth round in the 70th Honinbo League was played on March 26. Yamashita Keigo 9P (B, right) beat Ryu Shikun 9P by resignation. He improved his score to 5-1 and hung on to the sole lead. All the games in the final round will be played on April 2. Two other players, Ida Atsushi 8P and Cho U 9P, are on 4-2 and so still have a chance of winning the league. Cho U plays Yamashita in the final round; if Yamashita wins, he becomes the challenger; if Cho wins, he will be tied with Yamashita and could meet him in a play-off. The word is “could,” because if Ida wins his final game against Yo Seiki 7P, creating a three-way tie, only the top two-ranked players qualify for a play-off, which would mean Ida and Yamashita. If a play-off is necessary, it will be held on April 6.

Promotions
To 8-dan (as of March 27): Kurotaki Masanori (150 wins)
To 3-dan (as of March 24): Kyo Kagen (40 wins)

Crazy Stone wins computer go tournament: The 8th UEC Cup Computer Go Tournament was held at the Electrical Communications University in Chofu City in Tokyo on March 14 and 15 with 22 programs competing. In the preliminary tournament, the programs that  won the 6th and 7th cups, Crazy Stone (developed by Remy Coulom of France) and Zen (developed by Team DepZen of Japan) took first and second place in the seven-round Swiss System preliminary tournament, but Zen suffered an upset loss in the quarterfinals of the knock-out stage. Zen is rated 5- or 6-dan on KGS, but it lost to Nomitan, a Japanese program rated as 2- or 3-dan on KGS. In the final, Crazy Stone beat DolBaram, a Korean program developed by Lim Jae-bum. Two commemorative games were played with Cho Chikun (25th Honinbo Chikun) on March 17. Taking four stones, DolBaram won, but on three stones Zen lost.

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Chess Grandmaster Tiger Hillarp Achieves Shodan

AGA news - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 12:00

Chess Grandmaster Tiger Hillarp has become a dan go player on KGS, according to a recent post on Hillarp’s blog, Chess at the Bag of Cats. “It might seem like a rather small step for mankind, but it felt quite big to me and merited a rather bouncy and ungraceful dance around the livingroom,” wrote Hillarp, who also includes two game commentaries. We were alerted to this news by a post by Michael Bacon on his Armchair Warrior blog, which includes GM Peter Heine Nielsen’s comment about “The tradition of the best Japanese board game players to be interested in a game other than their ‘main’ one.” Bacon has been learning go and writes that “Having playing chess most of my adult life, Go is like entering a portal into a completely new and different universe.”

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Zaza cup - U18 13-2015

Euro Go TV - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 07:17
Author: Newsbot on 23:21 Sat 28 March 2015

Discount Amsterdam Go Tournament

Euro Go TV - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 07:17
Author: HW9x9 on 22:09 Sat 28 March 2015

Department of Baduk (Go) Studies welcomes foreign students

Euro Go TV - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 07:17
Author: HW9x9 on 16:37 Wed 25 March 2015

UK Go Updates: European Youth Go Championship

AGA news - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 02:20

EYGC: The UK had six players representing it at the European Youth Go Championships held on March 12-15 in Zandvoort am Zee in the Netherlands. The team ended with a score of 14 points out of 36. 5 members played in the Under 16 section, and 1 in the Under 12 section. Photos and results can be found at the official 2015 European Youth Go Championship website.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship: On March 17, Britain dropped their first point of the season with a draw against Portugal. Bulgaria drew with Croatia and South Africa beat Greece to claim third place. The British team remains at the top of the C League. 

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Nihon Ki-in Summer Camp Offers Discount & Special Programs

AGA news - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 20:24

Students under the age of 25 who register for the Nihon Ki-in Summer Go Camp before May 31 will get 10% off the program fee. The intensive training program for non-Japanese go players who want to raise their level and improve their go skills will receive “excellent lectures and workshops every day by highly-selected and richly-experienced professionals of the Nihon Ki-in.” The camp runs August 21 through September 3 at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo. In includes a special training program on August 27 at ‘Sugi no yado’ where the legendary Fujisawa Shuko hosted his famous ‘Shuko training camp’ each year with promising young professionals.

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The Strasbourg Tournament 2015 and the Qualification Tournament for the Grand Slam

Euro Go TV - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 19:17
Author: thelaura on 13:15 Mon 23 March 2015

Video Interview with Stjepan Medak at EYGC2015

Euro Go TV - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 19:17
Author: HW9x9 on 21:27 Tue 24 March 2015

Erlangen 2015

Euro Go TV - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 19:17
Author: Newsbot on 23:21 Tue 24 March 2015

42e Keizer Karel Toernooi 13-2015

Euro Go TV - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 19:17
Author: Newsbot on 14:13 Tue 24 March 2015

Kani 6 - 2015, Tampere

Euro Go TV - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 19:17
Author: thelaura on 12:32 Tue 24 March 2015

Gosente Mini Handicap Tournament 13-2015

Euro Go TV - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 19:17
Author: Newsbot on 14:14 Mon 23 March 2015

Grand Slam Qualification Strasbourg 13-2015

Euro Go TV - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 19:17
Author: Newsbot on 14:14 Mon 23 March 2015

9th Rabbity Six handicap 13-2015

Euro Go TV - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 19:17
Author: Newsbot on 14:14 Mon 23 March 2015

Club Tournament 13-2015

Euro Go TV - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 19:17
Author: Newsbot on 14:13 Mon 23 March 2015

GO for Luzern 2015

Euro Go TV - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 19:17
Author: Newsbot on 14:13 Mon 23 March 2015

Ivos Pavlik Memorial 12-2015

Euro Go TV - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 19:17
Author: Newsbot on 23:21 Sun 22 March 2015

Spring Equinox Tournament 12-2015

Euro Go TV - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 19:17
Author: Newsbot on 14:18 Sun 22 March 2015

Spring Sale at Kiseido

AGA news - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 17:39

Through May 31, Kiseido is having a sale of all English-language go books; order 3 or 4 books and get free shipping; order 5 books or more and get 10% off the listed price with free shipping. Kiseido has also obtained two kaya go boards with legs, one with tenchimasa grain and the other with tenmasa grain. Also, Chess and Go: A Comparison, the second in a series of essays by Richard Bozulich, is now available.

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