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US Go News: N.A. Fujitsu Players Finalized

Monday November 10, 2008

Sixteen of the continent’s top players, led by Mingjiu Jiang (right) and Jie Li, have been selected to compete for the right to represent North America at the Fujitsu World Go Championship, reports Tournament Coordinator Philip Waldron. The N.A. Fujitsu will be held on the KGS Go Server on November 22-23; the winner of the four-round elimination event will represent North American at the Fujitsu in Japan. Additional notable names in the tournament include professional Huiren Yang, 2009 WAGC representative Eric Lui, past champion and 2008 KPMC representative Thomas Hsiang and 2008 Redmond Cup champion Gan Sheng Shi of Canada. Click here for a full list of players and tournament information.

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Go Quiz: ChicaGO

Monday November 10, 2008

“Finally, a question even an idiot like me can respond to,” was the comment from an anonymous Quiz respondent. Indeed, 23 out of 23 of you knew Chicago was the US Go Congress host city that contains the word has “go” – in consecutive order — in it, though Peter Schumer pointed out the site was technically Chicago suburb Oak Park. Steve Fawthrop and Reinhold Burger both noted that “OreGOn” which has hosted two Congresses would qualify as a state. Congrats to Patrick Rogers, this week’s winner, chosen at random from those (everyone!) answering correctly. THIS WEEK’S QUIZ: Fair warning: this is a tough one. Shonen Jump’s 2004 English edition of Hikaru no Go, Volume One and The Middle Game of Go (Ishi Press 2007) have nearly identical examples of an interesting cultural phenomenon. What is it? Pretty vague, and no multiple choice – but trust me, you will know it when, er, IF, you get it. Click here to submit your explanation.
- Keith Arnold

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Wheeler’s Contributions Recognized

Monday November 10, 2008

Noting that Dennis Wheeler “has served the AGA with distinction in the capacity as online tournament director,” the American Go Association’s Board of Directors issued a special commendation to Wheeler last week, thanking him “on behalf of the nation’s go players.” Wheeler is retiring from his post as the AGA’s main online tournament director after several years on the job. The Board also issued Wheeler complimentary year’s membership in the AGA for his service.

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iPhone Go Apps

Monday November 10, 2008

“There are now 4 iPhone apps relating to go on the App Store,” reports Berlin-based Chuck Smith. “Your readers might be interested in a quick summary of them,” he says, adding “Full disclosure: I’m the developer of Go Player.”

Stones (free): Play Go with someone next to you. Drag stones from two beautiful Go bowls onto the board. Click here.

Tetsuki (free): Play or watch Go on the Internet Go Server (IGS). Click here.

SmartGo touch ($9.99): A full rich-study experience full of options especially suited to stronger players. Click here.

Go Player ($3.99): Geared more toward casual players, randomly chooses from over a thousand games to show which one can either play at a quick pace or slow down and play through move by move by tapping anywhere on the board. Click here.

Jennie Shen to Teach in Philly

Monday November 10, 2008

There’s still time to sign up for the upcoming Jennie Shen (left) 2P workshop in Philadelphia. The workshop – which includes lectures and game December 12 and runs through the afternoon of December 14. Cost is $100 for the whole session, or $50 for youth or Penn Go Society members. Check out the Penn Go Society website for details; contact Matt Bengtson(matt@mattbengtson.com, 215-704-4600) or Peter Nassar (pnassar@vet.upenn.edu, 215-898-6271) for more info. photo by Glenn Peters of the Portland (OR) Go Club; click here for more of his go photos.

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Joey’s Go School Back in Biz

Monday November 10, 2008

AGA 8 dan Joey Hung has re-opened his go school in Fremont, California. Joey’s Go School – which shut down in August 2006 when Hung decided to focus on his MBA and investing – is located at 114 Yucca Court in Fremont and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30-5P. Contact him at egogames@yahoo.com or call 510-659-8220. 

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Euro Tourney Updates; Amsterdam Youth Tourney

Monday November 3, 2008

Manja MarzEURO TOURNEY UPDATES: Hong Seul-ki 7D won the November 1-2 Groningen tournament in The Netherlands. Rudi Verhagen 5D took second place. The new venue featured several adjacent small bars in the old center of town and ’09 Euro Congress co-organiser Réné Goedhart 3D smilingly acknowledged that “It was my idea to test these pubs as a possible venue for unofficial evening lightning tourneys during next year’s European Championship. It worked very well. We can easily have a hundred people here for an exciting side event in town.” In other recent European tournaments, Rudi Verhagen 5D (NL) won the mid-October ‘Bamboo’ tourney in Bochum, Germany, besting Matthias Verwey 4D, while Mark Ostendorf 8K was the only other player to remain undefeated. A week later, Jin Zou 6D won in his hometown Leipzig 5-0 ahead of countryman Yi Zhang 4D, also of Leipzig. Only Andreas Melzer 15K won all his games as well. Both tourneys attracted some 50 participants. Another weekend later, in Berlin with 68 players, Bernd Schütze 5D took home the 3rd Japanese Ambassadors Cup with a clean slate, ahead of Manja Marz (left, in purple) 4D from Leipzig. The latter did not lose in Berlin, though she did not play all rounds. She also did well in the German Pair Go Championship: In St. Augustin ten pairs took part and three of them tied for the podium with 4-1. Opponent’s points decided the final outcome: 1st: Olga Silber 1K – Benjamin Teuber 6D (Hamburg); 2nd: Manuela Marz 4D – German Go Federation President Michael Marz 3D (Leipzig); 3rd: Judith Conradi 2D – Michael Budahn 3D. Click here for full reports (in German). - reported by Peter Dijkema, European E-Journal CorrespondenAmsterdam Youth 2

AMSTERDAM YOUTH TOURNEY: The Autumn Kids Championship of Amsterdam took place on October 31, with twelve kids under 12 participating, many of them pairs of brothers or sisters. In the first kids tourney, held last Spring, identical twins Nelson and Mozes van der Kar, now 10, had done well, as had Simone Admiraal, 11. After four games at the Autumn event, Nelson looked likely to Amsterdam Youth 1repeat his Spring success, with a come-from-behind victory against his twin brother in the 4th. However, he then lost to 7-year-old Yuki de Groot, who with his 5-year-old sister Aya were the only participants from outside Amsterdam, all the way from Rijswijk, some 40 miles way. “Yuki started to play only six months ago”, explained his proud father Ger. That left three players leading with 4-1. Of the leaders, only Simone and Yuki hadn’t met yet, but their play-off didn’t clarify the lead and in the end, TD Leo Dorst declared the three as equal winners. With only one winner’s cup available, Dorst awarded it to Yuki, as “the youngest of the winners; also he traveled the farthest, so he can take this cup home, while Simone and Nelson will receive their copies later.” All the kids got prizes for taking part and had a happy Halloween kick-off. - report/photos by Peter Dijkema

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Xie Yimin Takes Lead In Honinbo Defense; Gu Li Wins Chinese Agon Cup; Kang Dongyun Vs Lee Sedol In Chunwon

Monday November 3, 2008

Xie WienXIE YIMIN TAKES LEAD IN HONINBO DEFENSE: Xie Yimin (left) 3P leads 2-1 in her best-of-five-game defense against challenger Suzuki Ayumi 4P for the Women’s Honinbo title. Still a teenager, Xie also holds the Women’s Meijin title. She lost her first title, Strongest Woman, to Kato Keiko 6P back in July, though she made it to the finals, losing 2-0. At this point Kato has the best record in the League to determine the challenger for the Meijin. The fourth game in the Women’s Honinbo title match is scheduled for November 5th.

Gu LiGU LI WINS CHINESE AGON CUP: Gu Li (right) 9P defeated Chang Hao 9P by 5.5 points to win the 10th Agon Cup in China (Ahan Tongshan Cup). This is the third time Gu has won this event, more than any other player. Liu Xing 7P won it in 2006 and 2007, and Zhou Heyang 9P in 2000 and 2004. Gu will play the winner of the Japanese Agon Cup in a dual international meet. The Japanese event has reached the finals, which will be between Takanashi Seiken 8P and Cho U 9P. Gu won this event in 2004 and 2005. Every time he has won the Chinese event, he has also won the match against the Japanese winner. Cho won the Japanese event the last two years and was defeated by Liu both times.

Kang DongyunKANG DONGYUN VS LEE SEDOL IN CHUNWON: Teen Kang Dongyun (left) 8P, who won a gold medal in the recent World Mind Sports, will play a best-of-five-game match with Lee Sedol 9P for the Korean Chunwon (Japanese: Tengen) title. Last year Kang took the King of Kings (aka Electron-Land Cup) title from Lee Changho 9P by a score of 2-1. Now he has a chance to do the same thing to the other of the two top Korean players, Lee Sedol. It would be quite a feat. Lee Sedol holds four international titles currently and two nationals. Only Gu Li 9P of China comes close to that level; he has two international titles and five Chinese nationals. Cho U 9P may soon have that kind of dominance in national Japanese titles, but holds no international ones. Kang played in the finals of the Chunwon last year, as well, losing to Won SeongJin 9P.

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Jie Li Wins N.A. Student Oza; Saul Lapidus Tops Rochester Tourney; Zhang Repeats At Ing Youth Cup

Monday November 3, 2008

JIE LI WINS N.A. STUDENT OZA: Jie Li swept to victory in this weekend’s North American Student Oza online qualifier on KGS, winning all four rounds and the opportunity to represent North America in the upcoming 2009 World Oza in Japan. Yue Zhang (2-2) was the runner-up, losing to Li and Jeffery Fung (1-3) of Canada. And in a nail-biting battle for third place, Kwo-Ping Ho (2-2) forced Xingshuo Liu (1-3) to resign in Sunday’s final round. “Many thanks to Phil Waldron, the AGA’s new Tournament Coordinator for organizing this event,” says online Tournament Director Dennis Wheeler, “and a terrific job by newly-installed Online Tournament Directors Daniel Short, Oren Laskin and Lawrence Ku, as well as our favorite KGS admin, Akane Negishi.”

SAUL LAPIDUS TOPS ROCHESTER TOURNEY: Saul Lapidus 1D topped the fourth annual Greg Lefler Memorial Tournament , held October 25-26 in Rochester, NY. Thirty-three players from five states and Canada gathered at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus. “Two of the winners were deaf players,” notes TD Steve Colburn. Winner’s Report: Dan Division: 1st: Saul Lapidus 1D, 2nd: Phil Waldron 6D, 3rd: Dan Short 3D. Single Digit Kyu Division: 1st: Carrie Lapidus 6K, 2nd: Victor Kostyuk, 3rd: Peter Wynn 5K. Double Digit Kyu Division: 1st: Jesy Felecia, 2nd: Kevin King, 3rd: Brandon Chan.

ZHANG REPEATS AT ING YOUTH CUP: Hugh Zhang 6D repeated as champion of the Ing’s Cup Youth Go Tournament on October 26. The 11th annual event attracted 110 kids — including 36 first-time tourney players — to the Chinese Cultural Center of Sunnyvale, CA, where youth ranging from 6D to 30K vied for prizes and trophies. This year, tournament organizers Mingjiu Jiang 7P and Reid Augustin 5D decided to combine all of the 13×13 players into one large division, which Darren Huang won, sweeping all five of his games. Winner’s Report: Division A (Open): 1st: Hugh Zhang, 2nd: Justin Shieh, 3rd: Albert Chen. Division B: 1st: Anthony Su, 2nd: Brandon Lin, 3rd: David Su. Division C: 1st: Daniel Liu. Division D: 1st: Binjih Lin. Division E: 1st: Alex Zhu. Division F: 1st: Matthew Fu. Division G: 1st: Aaron Ye. Division H: 1st: Alan Hwang. Division I: 1st: Kevin Hung.

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Iyama Fights Back In Meijin; Cho U Takes First Game In Oza

Monday November 3, 2008

IYAMA FIGHTS BACK IN MEIJIN: Down 2-3 in his challenge for the Meijin, Iyama Yuta (right) 9P came roaring back after losing three straight to make the score 3-3 and take the match to a final Game 7 showdown. Defeating defending champion Cho U 9P by resignation after less than a hundred moves, the teen will now try to ride the momentum in his quest to be the first teenager ever to hold one of the top three titles in Japan. The final game of the best-of-seven-game match is scheduled for November 4th and 5th (U.S. time), and will be carried live on IGS starting at 7 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday night, enabling those interested in the U.S. Presidential election to follow two historic contests. 

Cho UCHO U TAKES FIRST GAME IN OZA: Cho U (left) 9P got off to a good start in his challenge of Yamashita Keigo 9P for the Oza title, winning the first game by resignation. Yamashita is hoping for a three-peat in the Oza, which he first took from Cho U in 2006. Cho had held the title for three years. Yamashita’s only other current title is the Kisei. Cho also holds the Meijin, which he is currently defending against Iyama Yuta 8P, and the Gosei among the top seven, and he is the challenger for the Tengen. Cho will quite likely be engaged in three top-seven title matches at the same time. He is also the current holder of the Agon Cup and the NHK Cup. In terms of current titles Cho is clearly number one in Japan. The next game in the Oza match is scheduled for November 13th.

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