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Maryland Open Kicks Off Saturday

Friday May 25, 2012

Registration runs from 9-10:30a at the 39th annual Maryland Open Saturday morning, with the first round scheduled for 11a. “Pre-registered or not, all are welcome!” says organizer Keith Arnold. The tournament in Catonsville, MD (just outside Baltimore), is also an AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim event for the AGA-Tygem Pro Final in North Carolina, which will be from July 28th to August 4th. The only other prelim is the AGA-Tygem Pro Online Prelim, also open to all, but sign up by Sunday, May 27. Top contenders this year include Yuan Zhou (who recently competed in the World Amateur Go Championships in China), Eric Lui, and Lin Lu; sources tell the EJ that Andy Liu and Michael Chen will be competing as well, so look for some exciting games on the top boards. The 2-day, 5-round tournament offers prizes at all levels, and top boards will be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal, starting around 11a (EST) Saturday.

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EuroGoTV Updates: May 4-20

Friday May 25, 2012

Rhone-Alpes Challenge (5/24): The Rhone-Alpes Challenge, played on 5/20 in Valence, France, was won by Moran Guennou 1d…Turniej Majowy (5/24): The Turniej Majowy, played on 5/20 in Warszawa, Poland, was won by Pawel Koziol 7K…Scottish Open (5/24): The Scottish Open, played 5/19-20 in Dundee, United Kingdom, was won by Matthew Crosby 3d…Nevers Spring Tournament (5/24): The Nevers Spring Tournament, played on 5/12 in Nevers, France, was won by Augustin Avenel 2k…Bracknell (5/22): The Bracknell, played on 5/20 in Wokingham, United Kingdom, was won by Andrew ‘the Great Destroyer’ Kay 4d…Deutsche Damen-Go Meisterschaft: The Deutsche Damen-Go Meisterschaft, played 5/19-20 in Giessen, Germany, was won by Barbara Knauf 3d…ATARI Cup Braila-Junior (5/22): The ATARI Cup Braila-Junior, played on 5/19 in Braila, Romania, was won by Theodor Toma 2d (photo at right)…Vetruse Cup (5/22): The Vetruse Cup, played 5/19-20 in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, was won by Ondrej Silt 6d (photo at left)…ATARI Cup Braila- Catholic School (5/17): The ATARI Cup Braila- Catholic School, played on 5/15 in Braila, Romania, was won by Dan Andrei Staicu 16k…Cambridge Barlow (5/17): The Cambridge Barlow, played on 5/6 in Cambridge, United Kingdom, was won by Florian Borchers 3k…Paluba Club Handicap (5/16): The Paluba Club Handicap, played on 5/13 in CZ Praha, Czech Republic, was won by Lukas Kucera 17k…Youth Week Tournament (5/16): The Youth Week Tournament, played on 5/12 in Kranj, Slovenia, was won by Sreco Camernik 2k…21st Slovak Championship (5/16): The 21st Slovak Championship, played 5/4-8 in Stakcin, Slovakia, was won by Pavol Lisy 5d…
- excerpted from EuroGoTV, which includes complete winner reports, crosstabs and photos.

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Go Photo: Top of the World

Friday May 25, 2012

Dr. Frank Krause and Chul Wha Kim, M.D. played go at the North Pole in July 2006. Krause is a 66-year-old 1-dan who lives in Munich, Germany, and Kim is a lawyer in Washington, DC.
- photo courtesy Dr. Krause

 

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Maryland Open Field “Shaping Up Nicely”

Thursday May 24, 2012

With pre-registrations already running ahead of last year’s – 47 as of Wednesday night – “the field is shaping up quite nicely” at the Maryland Open and AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim this weekend, reports organizer Keith Arnold. In addition the expected turnout of top amateurs, the low- and mid-dan ranks are well-represented, as are kyu players of all levels. The 39th annual Open will be held again in the Catonsville Senior Center in Catonsville, MD and this year includes the first AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim, in which the top finishing player with qualifying citizenship earns the right to compete for pro certification this summer in North Carolina. The 2-day, 5-round tournament offers prizes at all levels, and top boards will be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal. Click here to register, see who’s coming, and for more information.

Liu and Malcolm Top Bay Area Go May Tournament

Thursday May 24, 2012

Twenty six players ranging from 26 kyu to 5 dan came out to San Francisco’s Japantown Center on May 12 to play in this month’s Bay Area Go tournament. Qiangang Liu 4d and Richard Malcolm 3d led the dan division with undefeated records, while Martin Field 5k and Sybil Fu 14k led the kyu division. “Only three young children played in this tournament and less than one third of the players were under the age of 23,” reports organizer Roger Schrag. “This is very unusual for the monthly Bay Area Go tournaments.” Next month’s tournament will be held in Palo Alto, CA, on June 9. “Bay Area Go’s tournaments held in the Palo Alto / Menlo Park area usually have closer to 50% players under the age of 23,” Schrag adds.

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Commemorative Pin for AGA TygemGo Online Pro Qualifier Participants

Wednesday May 23, 2012

All participants in the AGA TygemGo Online Pro Qualifier will receive a pin commemorating this first-ever Pro Qualifier competition. ”The design is pretty neat,” said President Allan Abramson. “Thanks to the Pro Committee for the idea, and the design.” Register here “and be sure to practice on Tygem for the June Qualifier!” adds Abramson. The pro qualifier is the American Go Association’s pioneering effort to establish AGA pros in the international scene, supported by the Korea Baduk Association and Tygem. “Our joint view is a long one, creating the pros and opportunities for international competition and training, which will ultimately improve all US players,” says AGA President Allan Abramson. “The goal is people who will be able to win internationally, in major tournaments. This may take years to achieve, but 2012 is the beginning.”

Spring Crop of Go Books: 300 Tesuji Problems, Modern Master Games, Punishing and Correcting Joseki Mistakes, Five Hundred and One Tesuji Problems, Joseki Dictionary Vol. 3 & Life of Honinbo Shuei

Wednesday May 23, 2012

Spring has brought an early crop of go books, some brand new and others re-issued in new formats. Here are  six that have just been released, two each on joseki and tesuji, a historical look at tournament go in Japan and a bio of “Meijin of Meijins” Honinbo Shuei.

Don’t let the “4-dan to 7-dan” subtitle of Kiseido’ s 300 Tesuji Problems scare you off. Though the problems in this book, Volume 5 of the Graded Go Problems for Dan Players series, are quite challenging, “even if you are unable to solve them, contemplating the problems, then studying the solutions will broaden your tactical horizons by revealing new possibilities in fighting techniques,” says go publisher Richard Bozulich. Also new from Kiseido is Modern Master Games, Volume One, The Dawn of Tournament Go by Rob van Zeijst and Richard Bozulich with historical notes by John Power. A survey of Japanese go from the founding of the Honinbo tournament in the 1940s to the Meijin and Judan tournaments in the 1960s, Modern Master Games contains eleven exciting games with detailed commentaries that chronicle the Japanese go scene during the Second World War, including the “Atomic Bomb Game” between Iwamoto and Hashimoto, and the rise of Sakata and Takagawa’s dominance of the Honinbo title in the post-war era. Kiseido notes that many of their books “are now available on the iPad and iPhone through Smart Go.” Available books  can be purchased by downloading the free SmartGo Books app from the App Store, then use in-app purchase. New titles are being added regularly.

SmartGo Books has been updated with two new books, and the added feature of being able to play arbitrary moves in diagrams, which is especially valuable for problem books. The new books are Punishing and Correcting Joseki Mistakes by Mingjiu Jiang 7 dan and Adam Miller, a popular Slate & Shell book that has been out of print, and Five Hundred and One Tesuji Problems by Richard Bozulich, featuring a large variety of tesuji problems. SmartGo Books for the iPad and iPhone has always allowed users to replay moves in diagrams. “In version 1.5, you can also play your own moves directly in the diagram,” says author Anders Kierulf. “This is especially helpful for problem diagrams, where SmartGo Books will provide feedback on whether your move is right or wrong.” For problem books like 501 Opening Problems or the newly added Five Hundred and One Tesuji Problems, Kierulf says, “this is a game changer.”

Volume 3 of Robert Jasiek’s Joseki Dictionary completes the German 5-dan author’s joseki series. Jasiek’s intent is to make learning joseki easier with a method of evaluation that enables players to “distinguish equal from one-sided results correctly” and emphasizes understanding strategy and judgment. His dictionary explains the strategic choices in each joseki, evaluating the territory and influence of each sequence, identifying types of josekis, from “finished thick settling” to “lean and attack.” Using databases of professional games, Volume 3 includes modern josekis and 130 mostly professional game examples. Click here for a sample and Jasiek’s overview.

GoGoD is releasing a new e-book for the Kindle, The Life of Honinbo Shuei, Volume 1 of a trilogy, The Life, Games and Commentaries of Honinbo Shuei, by John Fairbairn. A famous go player in Japan at the end of the 19th century, Shuei was known as the “Meijin of Meijins” and is still revered by many modern professionals. Overcoming a life full of hardship and controversy, Shuei rose to dominate the go world in his forties, a classic example of “great talents mature late.” This first volume covers Shuei’s biography, with forthcoming volumes to provide detailed commentaries on about eighty of his games and commentaries by Shuei himself on games by other players. Volume 1 covers Shuei’s own life in detail, and sets it firmly in the context of the go scene and the social and political scene at the time, especially the long-running spat between the Honinbos and the Hoensha. Included are juicy tidbits like the tragic end of Honinbo Shuwa, Shuetsu’s breakdown, the fate of the Driftwood Board, the sordid truth about Shusaku’s Castle Games and why Shuei disappeared from the go scene for years at a time.

Your Move: Readers Write: Nakazono Report Sparks Nice Memories

Wednesday May 23, 2012

“The only time I went to Kyushu, I visited Kumamoto,” writes Bob Barber in response to our May 16 report, The Nakazono Fan Club’s Road Trip to Guangzhou. “I played in a tiny club there.  They were pleased to show me a picture of Michael Redmond.  Nice memories.”

MD Open Drawing Players of All Strengths

Monday May 21, 2012

Just back from his appearance at the recent World Amateur Go Championship in China, Yuan Zhou 7d (at right) is among the top amateurs — others include Eric Lui 7d and, coming down from Canada, Phil Waldron 6d — who’ll be competing this weekend in the Maryland Open and AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim. Dozens of players ranging from 7-dan to 18-kyu have already registered for the 39th annual Open, which this year includes the first AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim, in which the top finishing player with qualifying citizenship earns the right to compete for pro certification this summer in North Carolina. The 2-day, 5-round tournament offers prizes at all levels, and top boards will be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal. Click here to register, see who’s coming, and for more information. photo by John Pinkerton

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Chin, Zimmerman & Barreal Top NOVA May Tournament

Monday May 21, 2012

Proving their “madness” by forgoing the day’s perfect spring weather to play in a windowless classroom all day, 15 players turned out for the NOVA May Madness tournament May 12 in Arlington, VA at George Mason U. Winners were: First place (all at 3-1): Kevin Chin 1K, Sam Zimmerman 5K, and Anderson Barreal 13K. Second place (all at 2-2): Kabe Chin 3D, Baifu Li 5K, and Gary Smith, 9K.
- Allan Abramson

 

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