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Youth Moscow Championship Under 12 42-2014

Euro Go TV - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 17:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:22 Wed 15 October 2014

Youth Moscow Championship Under 16 42-2014

Euro Go TV - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 17:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:22 Wed 15 October 2014

Interview with Choi Gyubyung

IGF - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 06:34

The Choongam Baduk Dojang (go academy) has been a driving force behind Korean Baduk for the past two decades. In the 1990s it was not only a training place for young aspirants but also a meeting place where some of the strongest Korean players would get together to analyze games and investigate new moves. In 2011 it was reorganized in its present form by the merger of three dojangs. When the players at the 2014 Korea Prime Minister Cup visited it on September 18, they were welcomed by its headmaster Choi Gyubyung, 9-dan. He explained that Choongam was currently the leading baduk academy in Korea, having the largest number of insei and having turned out the largest number of professional players. Photos of these pros adorned the hallways. The 51 KPMC contestants were then matched against a like number of Choongam students for a friendship match. While the match was in progress, Mr Choi kindly consented to an intervew with Ranka.

Ranka: Please tell us a little about the history and organization of Choongam.
Choi: Choongam has a long history, and I've been with it since the beginning. It was founded in its present form in 2011 by Yang Jaeho, Yoo Changhyuk, and Heo Janghoe, all professional 9-dan. It has students of many levels, up to the insei level. There are different rooms for students of different levels. As a pupil advances from level to level, he or she moves up from room to room.

Ranka: How many foreign students do you have?
Choi: At present Benjamin Lockhart, from America, is studying here, and we have students from Taiwan as well. In the recent past we've also had European students, from Czechia, France, and Poland, for example.

Ranka: How was today's friendship match organized?
Choi: We matched the KPMC contestants against the Choongam students in order of rank, for the contestants, and rating, for the Choongam students. We excluded the top twenty Choongam students, so we started with number twenty-one, who was matched against the top ranked KPMC contestant, and then so on down.

Ranka: What do you think are the keys to becoming a good baduk player?
Choi: To start with, memory is important, as it is in any form of education, not just baduk. You have to gain and retain knowledge. But the most important thing in baduk is to develop the ability to figure things out for yourself. To do some original thinking during your games.

Ranka: How do you view the current baduk competition between China and Korea?
Choi: Last year China pulled ahead of Korea, but I think this may be a temporary situation. China has a very good educational system, however. It will be very interesting to see how the contest between China and Korea develops in the future.

Ranka: Thank you very much.

Postscript: Ranka was unable to keep tally of how all the friendship matches turned out, but at the top end, the KPMC contestants had a tough time. Although the KPMC champion-to-be Wei Taewoong won his game, China's Hu Yuqing, twice world amateur champion, lost to Choongam's Cho Namkyun, and Japan's Tsuchimune Yoshiyuki lost to Choongam's Moon Hyojin. At the bottom end, however, where the Choongam side consisted mostly of primary school students who were still near the beginning of their serious baduk studies, it was a different story. Ranka is pleased to report that some of the smallest European countries can still produce players who can defeat some of the kids at Korea's leading baduk academy.

 

Categories: World news

Tenuki 2014

Euro Go TV - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 04:17
Author: Newsbot on 20:32 Sun 19 October 2014

The Ambassador`s Cup 42-2014

Euro Go TV - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 04:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:22 Wed 15 October 2014

Andrew Wins All Four 2014 Internet Tournaments

South Africa* - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 23:00
The 4th Quarter Internet Tournament took place on Saturday. There were seven players, with Max and Chris only joining for the first two and last rounds respectively. The players were fairly diverse in terms of strength, so some games were replaced with teaching games. After the three rounds, Andrew emerged as the overall winner of [...]

9. Pokal des Botschafters von Japan 42-2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 15:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:22 Wed 15 October 2014

14th Istanbul International Go Open 42-2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 15:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:22 Wed 15 October 2014

6. Bremer Shudan 42-2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 15:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Wed 15 October 2014

Berliner Herbstturnier 41-2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 15:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Sun 12 October 2014

Trofeo Milano 7a tappa 41-2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 15:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Sun 12 October 2014

Ukrainian Championship (First League) 2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 15:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Fri 10 October 2014

Korean Council Cup, Group B 41-2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 15:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:41 Thu 09 October 2014

Lantz Keynote Speech Posted Online

AGA news - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 02:34

New York University Game Center Director Frank Lantz’ keynote speech at this year’s US Go Congress (Game Theorist Frank Lantz on why go should be “A little less Tang Dynasty and a little more NASCAR” 8/13 EJ) is now available online. Click here for a video of the talk, here for a Powerpoint version and here for a PDF. Lantz says he’s interested in “continu(ing) to be involved in helping grow and promote go worldwide.”

Categories: World news

San Diego Collects on AGA’s Free Pizza Offer

AGA news - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 02:18

The San Diego Go Club became the first AGA chapter to take advantage of the free pizza offer (AGA Chapter Offer: Play Go, Get Free Pizza! 10/3 EJ) when it held a go party on October 12 at the home of the chapter’s president. Twenty people turned out for the noon-5 p.m. event and seven new members were signed up for the AGA. While many self-paired games were played, only three AGA rated games were played. “At 5 p.m., everyone enjoyed pizza,” reports club president Ted Terpstra. Chapters that meet in October, play at least one rated game, order pizza and send in a photo of the festivities — and the receipt– will have the cost of the pizza reimbursed. This offer only valid for AGA chapters; if your club is not a chapter, click here to sign up as a chapter today. Send your receipts to operations@usgo.org.

 

Categories: World news

European Student Go Championship 2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 16/10/2014 - 22:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:41 Thu 09 October 2014

Match Result

Online League Updates - Thu, 16/10/2014 - 12:00
Match now completed between Glasgow and Billericay Dickies in Division 1. The winner of the match was Billericay Dickies.

Match Result

Online League Updates - Thu, 16/10/2014 - 12:00
Match now completed between Belfast and Glasgow in Division 1. The winner of the match was Belfast.

Hungarian Rapid Cup 41-2014

Euro Go TV - Wed, 15/10/2014 - 07:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:14 Tue 07 October 2014

Helsinki Casual 2014

Euro Go TV - Wed, 15/10/2014 - 07:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:14 Mon 06 October 2014
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