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Wang Chen Wins 2014 World Students Go Oza

IGF - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 23:04

Not long ago, on February 24 to be exact, sixteen globetrotting, go-playing university students gathered at the Hotel Monterey La Soeur Ginza in Tokyo for a reception to kick off the 12th World Students Go Oza (throne) Championship. Half of them, four young men and four young women, came from China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, where go is a major intellectual sport. Another six young men and two young women came from Brazil, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Russia, Thailand, the Ukraine, and the USA. Ahead of them were two days of competition to determine the champion and put the others in their places.

If you imagine a typical go-playing university student to be slight of build, serious, studious, and quiet, then there was one who looked the part perfectly. That was the young man from China: Wang Chen. But for the past few years Mr Wang has also been one of the 'Four Heavenly Kings' who rule China's amateur rating list.

A native of Dalian, Mr Wang learned go at age seven and started taking part in the annual Chinese professional qualification tournament at age ten. After nine straight failures to make pro, he gave up and enrolled at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, where he studies economic reporting and captains the university's go team. In the meantime, he had begun winning major amateur tournaments in China, at least one each year since 2009.

Chinese amateur tournaments have significant monetary prizes. When he won the Chenyi Cup in 2011, Mr Wang earned as much as a white-collar worker in China might make in two years. Essentially he was putting himself through college by playing go. Last July he won the first Chinese International University Weiqi (go) Tournament, and this year in January, after taking fourth place in the Evening News Cup, he beat one of China's top pros in the Evening News pro-amateur team match, so this unassuming economist-to-be landed in Tokyo with excellent prospects of winning yet another championship.

And that's what he did. In the first round on the morning of February 25 he downed Ken (Kai Kun) Xie, who had been New Zealand champion at age twelve in 2006. Playing black, Wang killed two groups of white stones and won by resignation in 175 moves. (When played out to the end, a typical game of go lasts nearly 300 moves.)

In the second round Wang faced Yamikumo Tsubasa, an Osaka University student who has consistently done well in the Japanese Students Top Ten Tournament. Playing white, Wang killed a black group at the 120th move. Mr Yamikumo conceded the game 44 moves later. Next morning Wang defeated the other Japanese player, Ritsumei University coed Go Risa. She came out of the opening badly and resigned after only 90 moves. Wang's last opponent, Chung Chen-En, a student at Taiwan's National Central University, put up more resistance than the other three, but in the end he too resigned, following a futile last-ditch attack on one of Wang's groups.

Yamikumo, Go, and Chung did not lose to anyone else, so they finished as part of the four-way tie for runner-up. Tie-breaking points put Yamikumo second, Chung third, and Go fourth. Taiwan's Hu Shih-Yun also lost only one game and came in fifth. The opponent she lost to was the USA's Maojie Xia, who had played the two Japanese and finished a highly commendable sixth.

In his championship interview Mr Wang said that all of his games had gone well. None of his opponents would argue with that. He added that after graduating he hopes to continue his amateur career and is particularly interested in coaching talented young players.

And what about the rest of the world? Viktor Ivanov (Russia, 9th place) and Kwan King-Man (Hong Kong, 10th place) matched Maojie Xia by winning two games apiece, and although Yanqi Zhang (France, 12th place) won only once, the opponent she beat was Zhou Shiying, the Chinese female player. At both the reception and the awards ceremony, officials in the All Japan Students Go Association, which handled all the organizational work (drinking party included), remarked on the rising level of play in countries outside the Far East.

Complete results and clickable game records can be found here.


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Go Spotting: Teen Wolf Features Go Again

AGA news - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 18:44

MTV drama Teen Wolf again wove go into the latest episode, making two weeks in a row where the game has been featured prominently. Co-star Dylan O’Brien, as Stiles Stilinski, has been possessed by a dark fox spirit, the Nogitsune, who is controlling his mind and body.  Go is alluded to about twelve minutes in, when two werewolves are discussing strategy.  One is trying to use a chess board to figure out what Stiles would do, but the older werewolf observes “Chess is Stiles’ game, it’s not the game of a Japanese fox”.  Later, using psychic werewolf powers, Stiles’ friends are able to enter his mind, where they find him engaged in a game of go with the Nogitsune.  Like all good go players, he is immersed in the game, and deaf to the cries of his friends. It appears that while his mind is trapped in the go game, the Nogitsune has complete control of his body.  We see the board from multiple angles, with Stiles playing white.  Unfortunately, the only move he makes on the board is an empty triangle, although the board position is at least reasonable.  The spell is broken when Tyler Posey, as Scott McCall, transforms into a werewolf and his howl gets through to Stiles.  Suddenly realizing what is going on, Stiles looks up at the Nogitsune, and then sweeps all the stones off the board.  Just as well, nothing good would have come from that empty triangle anyway.  The go match appears at the 35 minute mark, and the entire episode can be viewed on the MTV website here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo from the MTV website.

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Ooteai League Season 1 Part 2 11-2014

Euro Go TV - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:17
Author: Newsbot on 23:21 Tue 11 March 2014

Ireland triumph over Spain in drawn match

Irish Go Association - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:11

The Irish team were full of the joys of spring, as they totally dominated the Spanish team in a 2-2 draw on IGS last night. In what was a marathon match, with all 4 games entering overtime, and with multiple disconnections to boot, the squad never looked troubled. Ireland once again are proudly holding onto 8th position in the league.

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Go Classified: Players Wanted in Vancouver, WA

AGA news - Tue, 11/03/2014 - 23:27

Austin Freeman 2k, is looking for players in the Vancouver, WA, area. “I want to be able to play others in person instead of only over the computer, and I know there are others that feel like this too,” says Freeman. Interested parties can contact Freeman at his e-mail: , or on KGS, where he plays as AffyTaffyC.

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European Youth Go Championship (under 16) 11-2014

Euro Go TV - Tue, 11/03/2014 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Mon 10 March 2014

14. Harburger Mausefalle 10-2014

Euro Go TV - Tue, 11/03/2014 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:21 Mon 03 March 2014

Warszawski Weekend Go 10-2014

Euro Go TV - Tue, 11/03/2014 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:20 Mon 03 March 2014

European Youth Go Championship (under 16) 11-2014

Euro Go TV - Tue, 11/03/2014 - 01:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Mon 10 March 2014

Slovak Youth Championship 10-2014

Euro Go TV - Tue, 11/03/2014 - 01:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:20 Mon 03 March 2014

Northern California Yilun Yang Workshop April 5th and 6th

AGA news - Mon, 10/03/2014 - 17:00

Popular go teacher Yilun Yang 7P will teach a two-day weekend workshop in Berkeley, California on April 5th and 6th. Author of many go books including Whole Board Thinking in Joseki and Fundamental Principles of Go, Mr. Yang is also a regular participant in the U.S. Go Congress, Cotsen Open, and other major go events.

The workshop is open to go players of all strengths; Mr. Yang’s unique teaching format enables students at all levels to get a lot out of the workshop. Mr. Yang will present a series of lectures addressing such topics as how to fight, when to invade versus reduce, how to determine the biggest point in the opening, how to handle crosscuts and many other situations that occur in every game you play. These algorithmic approaches are integrated with games, game analysis, and problem-solving sessions.

More information is available on the Bay Area Go website. Register early as capacity is limited, and advanced registration is required. Photo by Lisa Schrag.

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Seattle, Burlington, Portland

AGA news - Mon, 10/03/2014 - 14:00

March 15-16: Seattle, WA
Yilun Yang 7p Workshop
Brian Allen 206-632-1122 206-545-1424

March 16: Burlington, VT
Queen City Go Tourney Spring 2014
David Felcan 802-860-9587

March 16: Portland, OR
Hikaru No Go Child and Youth Tournament
Peter Freedman 503-242-4203

Get the latest go events information.

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14th Folka go-tournament 09-2014

Euro Go TV - Mon, 10/03/2014 - 12:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:26 Sun 02 March 2014

La Carboneria 09-2014

Euro Go TV - Mon, 10/03/2014 - 12:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:14 Wed 26 February 2014

XXXII Barcelona Go Seigen Tournament 09-2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 09/03/2014 - 23:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:13 Wed 26 February 2014

10th International Tournament 09-2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 09/03/2014 - 23:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:22 Tue 25 February 2014

Kido Cup 09-2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 09/03/2014 - 23:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Tue 25 February 2014

35. Bonner Go-Turnier 09-2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 09/03/2014 - 23:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Tue 25 February 2014

Het Steenen Kruis toernooi 2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 09/03/2014 - 23:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Mon 24 February 2014

Second Spring Go Expo Set for MIT

AGA news - Sun, 09/03/2014 - 22:35

The American Collegiate Go Association (ACGA) — in conjunction with the Ing Foundation — is hosting its second annual Spring Go Expo on March 29 at MIT in Cambridge, MA, featuring simuls with professional go players. “Events include go variants and a brief history of go outreach around the world,” reports organizer Cole Pruitt, as well as “donation of several unique Ing Foundation-commissioned ‘trick boards’ to US universities, simuls before and after lunch, and a 2-3 person simul with Chang Hao 9P against American mid-dans with live commentary.” In addition to former world champion Chang Hao 9P, Hwa Xueming 7P and US pro Andy Liu 1P will be on hand, along with a delegation from China. “And as a special bonus, everyone who pre-registers  will receive a fan signed by Chang Hao 9P upon their arrival at the Expo!” Pruitt adds/ “We still have slots available for the simul, so if anyone is interested in playing a serious game against Chang Hao, they can contact us for more info.” Lunch will be provided, and the entire event is free of charge.
Read about the first Expo here: “Something For Everyone” at First Spring Go Expo 3/27/2013 EJ
photo: Chang Hao 9P (left) with ACGA co-founder Mike Fodera, one of the Expo’s main coordinators  

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