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Lee Sedol Edges Gu Li to Win 17th Samsung Cup

Thursday December 13, 2012

On December 13, Lee Sedol 9p defeated Gu Li 9p 2-1, to win the match and the title, at the 17th Samsung Cup. Lee Sedol won the first game of the match on December 11 by half a point in an upset win. Gu Li seemed to be dispirited after losing, but he won the next game on the following day (December 12), scoring a one sided victory over Lee. The following day, Lee Sedol played black in the final, and he took an early lead for the first time in the series. However, Gu Li’s middle game was excellent and he managed to reverse the game. After Gu took the lead, however, he made some tiny mistakes in the endgame and Lee was able to claw his way back, little by little. The game became incredibly close, at which point Gu made a crucial endgame mistake, and Lee eventually reversed the game to win by half a point. As a result, Lee won the final series by a total of just 1 point — half a point each in his two wins –to take home the 17th Samsung Cup.
- Adapted from GoGameGuru 

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2012 SportAccord World Mind Games Day 1: The Players Arrive; Press Conference; Opening Ceremony; LIVE from the SAWMG: Redmond, Bogdanov, Missingham & Lin; Game Commentary: Round 1 (China-Korea)

Thursday December 13, 2012

NOTE: Watch the AGA website for our Day 2 Update — including Michael Redmond’s analysis of the Park Jeongghwan (Korea)-Chen Yaoye (China) game — which will be posted later this morning.

The Players Arrive: After months of build-up, go players from Argentina, Canada, China, Czechia, Chinese Taipei, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom began arriving in Beijing around December 10 for the 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG). The first event on their schedule was an evening meeting on December 11 at which they drew for the all-important player numbers that would decide their pairings during the games…click here for Ranka’s complete report.

Press Conference: The popularization of mind games are part of Beijing’s plan to develop into a cultural center and an “intelligent city,” Wu Jingmi, Executive President of the local organizing committee said at the December 12 press conference launching the 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games. Beijing’s all-out approach to the 2008 Olympic Games earned it a permanent Olympic legacy, added Hein Verbruggen, president of SportAccord. This year’s Games have attracted extensive media coverage, reported David Neville, Director of SportAccord’s Multi-Sports Unit, with 24 platforms broadcasting to 64 countries, who noted that the event’s preliminary online tournament attracted 380,000 amateur participants this year, five of whom won trips to Beijing…click here for Ranka’s complete report.

Opening Ceremony: “Mind sports are deeply rooted in Chinese culture” said SportAccord president Hein Verbruggen at the opening ceremony of the SportAccord World Mind Games on December 12 in Beijing, China. The flags of the People’s Republic of China and SportAccord were hoisted to flutter vigorously in an artificial breeze, anthems were played, and the attending athletes, officials, staff, and guests were treated to a succession of speeches…click here for Ranka’s complete report. All photos by Ivan Vigano

LIVE from the SAWMG: Redmond, Bogdanov, Missingham & Lin
The first-day go segment of the SAWMG live web-streaming program featured Michael Redmond 9P’s analysis of the Round 1 game between Russia’s Ilya Shiksin 7d and Japan’s Daisuke Murakawa 7P, as well as visits from Russian Go Federation Vice-President Victor Bogdanov, Taipei player — and official Go Ambassador to the SAWMG — Joanne Jia Jia Missingham (l) and Canadian representative Tianyu (Bill) Lin. Missingham’s tips for tournament prep included “watching television and taking a bath” to relax. American Go E-Journal Managing Editor — and the IGF’s Media Officer for the SAWMG — Chris Garlock hosted the show, which is available on the Mind Games Channel on YouTube.

World Mind Games 2012 Game Commentary: Round 1 (China-Korea)
December 12, 2012, Beijing, China
W: Jiaxi TUO 3P (China)
B: Chulhan CHOI 9P (Korea)
Commentary by Michael Redmond
Edited by Chris Garlock

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Tuo is a relatively young player, very high in the world rankings right now. Choi has been representing Korea for some time now; he’s known for his fighting strength and usually plays an exciting game, as you’ll see here.

This was the most evenly-matched game of the first round, featuring top players from Korea and China.

 

 

 

 

Samsung Cup Goes Down to Final Round; Live Commentary Wednesday Night on Tygem

Wednesday December 12, 2012

The 2012 Samsung Cup is going to a third and final game to determine this year’s title holder. Lee Sedol won the first game on Monday by a half-point, and Gu Li won the second round Tuesday by resignation (see below for reports). The final round will be broadcast tonight — starting at 9p (EST), with Myung-wan Kim commenting the game on Tygem’s World server (NOT the Korea 1 server, as previously reported) as he has for the previous rounds. Kim’s live English-language commentary will be on the Tygem go server the first 15 minutes of every hour on Tygem’s  ”Korea 1″ server.  The game, which could last four or five hours, is set to start at 6p West Coast time (9p EST), on Dec. 12.

Round 1: In a particularly hard-fought and close match, Lee Sedol 9p of Korea came from behind to win Game 1 of the Samsung Cup final against Gu Li 9p of China by a half point.  “Gu Li played very well in the opening and had many chances to secure the win in the endgame,” said Myung-wan Kim 9P, who did a live English-language commentary of the game on Tygem.  American players were glued to the game.  “It felt like riding a roller coaster without seat belts,” said Southern California’s Curtis Tang 7d. “The easiest might have been to play move 229 at 232, a nothing-to-lose ko threat that would have resulted in a 1.5-point win. The last losing move seems to be 257.”

Round 2: Gu Li 9p avenged his half point loss to Lee Sedol 9p in round one of the Samsung Cup by taking round two with a thumping win.  “He showed outstanding reading power over Lee Sedol today,” said Myung-wan Kim 9p, who covered the game in a live commentary on Tygem.  “It was a perfect win. Lee missed an attack in the beginning then never had a chance. I was amazed to see how Gu Li finished the game. Gu Li didn’t just win. He crushed Lee.”  Added Kim, “Tonight’s game will be the most exciting game in 2012.”

The next world championship English-language live commentary will be the Ing Cup final between 17-year-old Fan Ting-yu 3p and 19-year-old  Park Jung-hwan 9p, which Kim said “might be the first match of a long rivalry like Lee Chang-ho 9p and Chang Hao 9p 10 years ago.”  Kim plans on doing commentary on every world championship final in the coming year.

VA High School Team Bests AGA Team in Friendship Match

Wednesday December 12, 2012

The Hope Chinese School-Fairfax (HCS) bested an AGA team in a December 2 friendship match  in Annandale, VA. Twelve AGA players ranked from 5k-5d participated in two rounds of 10-on-10 non-handicapped games against the HCS team, which scored 12-8 overall, with some games as close as half a point.

HCS-Fairfax principal Ms. Li described the match as “a significant and exciting cultural event,” and welcomed AGA players to come back next year. She and HCS team captain Mr. Gu awarded AGA team a trophy, and each AGA player also received a backpack. Tournament director Edward Zhang (below at left, presenting a gift to Mr Gu) gave a summary of AGA rules at the beginning of the event and introduced the benefits of becoming an AGA member, such as tournaments, ratings and the American Go E-Journal. Click here for photo albums by Yuyan Zhou and Edward Zhang.

Team roster and 2-win players:
HCS-Fairfax: Renjie Wang (2-0), Bin Deng (2-0), Guojun Zu (2-0), Jeffery Yin, Ying Zou, Weiyu Yang, Wei Feng, Chuanyi Cao, Xinran Jian, and Nan Li.

AGA-DC: Haskell Small (2-0), David Reed (2-0), Dan Hiltgen (2-0), Justin Teng, Keiju Takehara, Jim Liu, Xiao Zhang, Kelsey Dyer, Yukino Takehara, Mohan Sud, Robin Kramer and Jonathan Barlow.

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News from the BGA: 12/10

Wednesday December 12, 2012

David Lee Wins Edinburgh Christmas Open: After last year’s wobble, the Edinburgh Christmas Open has made a full recovery, with 32 players turning out for the December 8 event. From the five players at the top with three wins, the SOS tiebreak gave the whisky to David Lee (3d Dundee). The day after the tournament, twelve players gathered together for a day of studying (David Lee wins Edinburgh Christmas Tie 12/8). Norway Freezes Out UK in Pandanet Go European Team Championship Match: The United Kingdom’s “disappointing” start to the Pandanet Go European Team Championship continued on December 4, with the UK team still seeking their first win of the season after a disappointing 1-3 loss to Norway on Pandanet, leaving the UK team on the bottom of the League with only one draw in four matches (Norwegians freeze us out 12/6). Martha McGill 200th BGA Dan Player: Martha McGill became the 200th player to be awarded a dan certificate by the BGA in early December (Martha McGill becomes our 200th dan player 12/4).
- all reports adapted from the British Go Association website; edited by Michael Albert

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Live! from the 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games

Wednesday December 12, 2012

The 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG) have begun in Beijing, China. Click here for live coverage — including game commentary by Michael

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Redmond 9P (see right for Redmond’s commentary on the Round 1 game between Russia’s Ilya Shiksin 7d and Daisuke Murakawa 7P) and E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock’s interviews with players and officials on the SAWMG website; live results and schedule here. For Ranka’s reports, click here.

Second Edition of SportAccord World Mind Games Begins

Tuesday December 11, 2012

The second edition of the World Mind Games is about to start on December 12, with final preparations now in progress. This year’s event, hosted in Beijing, China, will include 8 days of competitions in five mind sports; go, bridge, chess, draughts (checkers), and xiangqi (Chinese chess). Players representing the different mind sports are some of the world’s best, including: GO: Jiang Weijie, Chen Yaone, Park Jeonghwan, Choi Chulhan; BRIDGE: Fu Zhong, Bauke Muller, Peter Bertheau and Fredryk Nystrom, Joe Grue, Ming Sun, Catherine d’Ovidio, Nicola Smith, Lynn Deas; CHESS: Humpy Koneru, Aronyan Levon, Rajabov Teymur, Karyakin Sergey, Hou Yifan, Muzychuk Anna; DRAUGHTS: Alexei Chizov, Alexander Georgiev, Zoja Golubeva; XIANGQI: Wang Tian Yi, Nguyen Hoang Lam, Lei Kam Fun, Ng Jun Ming, Chan, Chun Kit, Chen Li Chun, Jia Dan, Cao Phuong Thanh.

The 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games also have an extensive social, cultural and educational program which will run in parallel with the competitions and involve the local public, especially students. The following five ambassadors will represent the different participating sports and promote them among the public. Go: Joanne “Jia Jia” Missingham; Bridge: Sjoert Brink; Chess: Hou Yifan; Draughts: Alexey Chizhov; Xiangqi: Chan Chun Kit. In addition, the winners of the online tournament will join the SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing to meet and play against the Grand Masters.

Twenty-four media platforms will air the event and the television broadcast will be available in 64 territories around the world. The live web-streaming will be available on the YouTube Mind Games Channel. American Go E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock is part of the team — which includes Michael Redmond 9P and Janice Kim 3P — covering the SAWMG go event; watch for daily reports on the AGA website and in the E-Journal.

The SportAccord World Mind Games are a multi-sports event promoting the value of mind sports, with the world’s best players delivering top-level performances and creating valuable new experiences based on their intelligence, strategy and mental exercise.
photo: in the go playing room at the 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games; photo by Chris Garlock  

Historians and Anthropologists at the 2012 International Go Symposium

Tuesday December 11, 2012

The 2012 International Go Symposium in Black Mountain, North Carolina attracted leading scholars and researchers from around the world for two days of presentations and discussions on the many aspects of the game of go. Hours of footage have now been edited down and posted online to accompany the conference papers. This 3-part series covers highlights of Symposium presentations by teachers, scientists, historians and anthropologists. 

Students of the long and fascinating history of go who attended the 2012 International Go Symposium were richly rewarded with presentations on anime, poetry, and history, while also learning about the development of the game itself, such as why and when the 19×19 board came into use, and the challenges involved in developing a universal set of rules.

The most well-attended event of the Symposium took place on Sunday afternoon, when Hikaru No Go fans packed the lecture hall to see Hotta Yumi, the author of the wildly popular series. Ms. Hotta, interviewed by go teacher and E-Journal Youth Editor Paul Barchilon with  translation by longtime AGA volunteer Akane Negishi, answered questions ranging from how she came up with the idea for Hikaru to who’s her favorite character.

Reflecting a growing general Western interest in China, several presentations centered on Chinese themes. Stephanie Mingming Yin, now one of America’s resident pros, described Growing up Pro in China, while Joshua Guarino reminisced about his recent visit there, offering tips to go players who might be planning a trip, and Symposium organizer Peter Shotwell recalled his visit in 1985, making the first official contact between the AGA and the newly formed Chinese Weiqi Association. Documentary filmmaker Marc Moskowitz shared highlights of his new film on Chinese go, Weiqi Wonders.

Intertwining history and art, Dr. Chen Zu-yan , a professor of Asian and Asian-American Studies at Binghamton University, spoke on The Art of Black and White: Weiqi in Chinese Poetry.  In a fascinating example of the global nature of the game, Konstantin Bayraktarov of Bulgaria’s research into Vietnamese go was presented by American go writer – and Symposium organizer — Peter Shotwell. Shotwell also updated his longtime inquiry into the origins of go with “The Origins of Go Strategies in Classical Chinese Grammar: Why the Chinese Play Go and the West Plays Chess” Noting that fundamental differences in the structure and purpose of language can impact a society’s development, Shotwell showed how in the case of the West they pose a barrier to grasping go. In a second talk, Shotwell muses about so-called “custodial capture” games in ancient Greece and Rome, and in a Tibetan game known as Mig-Mang.

Other speakers looked at the special nature of the game itself, which is ephemeral yet universal. The rules were never even written down until the 20th century, and to this day there are several seemingly irreconcilable rule sets — yet everyone knows how to play. Chen Zu-Yuan, a leading rules expert, reviews the history and merits of Japanese (territory) and Chinese (area) counting. Potentially infinite, go is occasionally played on boards of various sizes, especially 9×9 and 13×13, but could be played on a grid of any size, and has even been played on a special board with no edges at all. At the 2012 US Go Congress it was played on a US-shaped board. So why 19×19? Ichiro Tanioka has studied this question concluding that the change probably happened during the 4th century AD along with other fundamental changes, for instance in the Chinese calendar. Mr. Tanioka goes on to speculate on other questions, such as why Chinese boards are perfectly square while Japanese boards are slightly rectangular. Continuing the inquiry into why the board is the way it is, Dalsoo Kim gave a history of the board’s “star points”, which at various times has ranged as high as 17.

The AGA and the 2012 US Go Congress are extremely grateful to the for financial support that made this event possible, and to the American Go Foundation for supporting the video recording.  Links to all the videos and to associated papers, links and contact information be found at the Symposium website. NEXT: Scientists at the Symposium.

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Go Worlds Going Fast

Monday December 10, 2012

Inspired by the announcement of plans to end publication of Go World, the superb quarterly that published top-level instructional material and analysis of more than 1,000 of the most important games over the past 35 years (Endgame for Go World Magazine After 35 Years  11/16 EJ), The American Go Foundation is now offering its massive inventory of the last available issues for sale to all AGA members (shipping within the US only).  All proceeds from the sale go directly to the AGF to support their work promoting go in the US. “The response has been stronger than expected,” according to AGF VP Paul Barchilon. “We’re already out of several rare issues, and running low on others.” The Feng Yun Go School alone has ordered more than 500 copies. “We have given back issues of Go World as prizes to better students for years,” Ms. Feng says. “For many, they have never seen anything like it. It’s a real eye opener. The AGF is doing good work that benefits kids and go education in America, so supporting their mission with this purchase is also attractive. ” Never seen GW? The AGF has secured exclusive rights to offer a sample issue for download. More than 30 issues are currently available, but act fast! A collection would make a perfect holiday gift for the go lover in your life. (Please feel free to print this and pass it along.)

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Arlington, Boulder, Sacramento

Monday December 10, 2012

December 15: Arlington, VA
NOVA presents Slate & Shell Open
Gary Smith gary@novagoclub.org 703-254-6429

December 15: Boulder, CO
Rocky Mountain Winter Go Tourney
Paul Barchilon shimari@comcast.net 303-440-7124

December 15: Sacramento, CA
Davis/Sacramento Winter Quarterly
Willard Haynes willard@emeritus.csus.edu 916-929-6112

Get the latest go events information.

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