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AGA Master Review Series: Game 17; Master vs. Lian Xiao 7P

Wednesday March 22, 2017

In the latest in the AGA Master Review Series,  Michael Redmond 9P, hosted by Chris Garlock, takes a look at the game between Master 9P and Lian Xiao 7P (click here or below). “Lian Xiao is ranked among the top ten players in the world,” Redmond says. “He has a 2017.03.22_AGA Master Review Series, Game 17strong fighting style. In this game Master/AlphaGo plays a truly unorthodox move early in the game, and goes ahead to take control.”

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“I could not find any obvious mistakes to blame for Lian losing the game,” says Redmond, “but think that he placed too much emphasis on local fights while falling behind in the overall position.” As usual, the sgf file here has additional variations.

 

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Park Jeong Hwan 9P and Mi Yuting 9P win first round in Nihon Kiin World Go Championship

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Park Jeong Hwan 9P and Mi Yuting 9P prevailed in the first round of the Nihon Kiin’s “World Go Championship,” held on March 21; the video commentary by Michael Redmond and 2017.03.21_1st World Go Championship2017.03.16_World GO ChampionshipAnti Tourmanen has been posted. This round features Deep Zen Go vs Mi Yuting 9P and Park Jeong Hwan 9P vs Iyama Yuta 9P; click here for commentary Part 1 and commentary Part 2. The tournament continues through March 23 in Osaka, Japan.  The Nihon Kiin is providing live commentaries on YouTube (LIVE as of 11p EST 3/21) by Redmond and Tourmanen.
Note: this post has been updated to reflect that Park Jeong Hwan won in the first round, not Iyama Yuta, as initially reported. 

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The Power Report: Latest news from Japan

Tuesday March 21, 2017

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal

Fujisawa and Hane win Pair Go: The final of the Professional Pair Go Championship 2017 was held at the Nihon Ki-in’s Tokyo headquarters on March 5. Taking black, the pair of Fujisawa Rina, Women’s Honinbo, and Hane Naoki 9P beat Suzuki Ayumi 7P and Cho Chikun, 25th Honinbo, by 1.5 points.  An estimated 1350 go fans somehow managed to fit
into the Nihon Ki-in to view the tournament.

Iyama makes good start in Judan defence: The first game of the 55th Judan title match was held at Osaka 2017.03.21_55Judan1 Yo left Kiyonar sitting Yuk IyamaiUniversity of Commerce on March 7. Winning this title last year was what secured Iyama his grand slam of the top seven titles. Having lost the Meijin title, he is now down to six, but he will looking for a chance to repeat his grand slam, so he needs to hang on to all his current titles. He faces the challenge of one of the new stars of Japanese go, Yo Seiki 7P. Aged 21, Yo is a member of the Kansai Ki-in and hails from Taiwan, where he is known as Yu Cheng-ch’i (Yu Zhengqi in Pinyin). Playing black, Iyama Yuta defeated Yo by resignation after 197 moves. Apparently Yo had winning chances in the middle game but was unable to make the most of them. The second game will be played on March 30.

2017.03.21_Fujisawa wins WMeijinFujisawa Rina wins Women’s Meijin: The second game of the 29th Women’s Meijin title match was held at the same venue as the first Judan game on March 8. Playing white, Fujisawa Rina, Women’s Honinbo, beat the defending champion Xie Yimin by 1.5 points. This gave Fujisawa her second concurrent title and reduced Xie to three titles. She had held this title for nine years in a row but missed out on becoming the first woman to win a title for ten years in a row.

Iyama defends Kisei title: The sixth game of the 41st Kisei title match was held at2017.03.21_41Kisei6 Iyama Ryugon, a high-class Japanese inn in Minami Uonuma City, Niigata Prefecture, on March 9 and 10. In the middle game, Kono Rin 9P (B) launched a challenge but made a miscalculation, so at one stroke the game turned in Iyama Yuta Kisei’s favor. Kono made a fierce attack in an attempt to catch up, but was parried by Iyama. Kono resigned after 150 moves, so Iyama defended his title with a 4-2 score. Having held the Kisei title for five successive terms, he qualified for the title of Honorary Kisei (to be assumed when he turns 60 or retires, whichever comes first). He is the third player to earn the honorary title, after Fujisawa Shuko (Hideyuki) and Kobayashi Koichi. Iyama also maintained his sextuple crown. The Kisei prize money is 45 million yen (just under $400,000).

Iyama finally wins NHK Cup: The NHK Cup was the only official title that Iyama Yuta had not won. He finally put that to rights in the final of the 64thCup, telecast on March 19, when, playing white, he defeated Ichiriki Ryo by resignation after 184 moves. This was his third final, but his first for four years. It is his 42nd title, which puts him in 6th place in the all-time lists. Ichiriki also came second in the 62nd NHK Cup.

Honinbo League (March 8) Takao Shinji Meijin (W) beat Mitani Tetsuya 7P by resig.; Motoki Katsuya 7P (B) beat Cho U 9P by 4.5 points. Thanks to his win, Motoki improved his score to 5-1, giving him the sole lead. His main rivals are Hane Naoki 9P and Ko Iso 8P, who are both on 4-2. In the final round, scheduled for April 6Motoki plays Ko and Hane meets Cho. Even if he loses, Motoki will qualify for a play-off.

Meijin League: (March 9) Ko Iso 8P (W) beat Murakawa Daisuke 8P by resig. (March 13) Yo Seiki 7P (B) beat Cho U 9P by resig. Kono Rin 9P and Iyama Yuta share the lead on 2-0. Yo Seiki is in last place, but he finally picked up his first win, making his score 1-3.

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Peter Drake edges out Daniel Wagner to win Portland handicap championship

Sunday March 19, 2017

The Portland (Oregon) Go Club 2017 Handicap Championship wound up on March 14 after one and a half months of weekly 2017.03.20_portland-peter-drakematches.  Peter Drake took first place on tie-break over Daniel Wagner, both scoring 4-1.  Six players competed.

photo:  Peter Drake (left), with Daniel Wagner standing in the background. photo by Roy Schmidt
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“Surrounding Game” to premiere at Palm Springs docfest

Sunday March 19, 2017

The long-awaited premiere of the go documentary The Surrounding Game is less than a month away, reports 2017.03.14_surrounding-game-Poster_smalldirector/producer Will Lockhart. The world premiere of the film will take place at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, CA, on April 3

AmericanDoc_2016_Laurels“I’m so grateful to the many hundreds of players in the community who have supported this project over the years” Lockhart, who has overseen the project since its inception in 2012, tells the EJ.   “We’re very excited to finally show the finished product, and we encourage anyone in the Los Angeles area who’s free on April 3 to make the trip!” Click here for tickets to the screening.

If you can’t make it to Palm Springs, don’t worry – the film team assures us that many other screenings around the country are currently in the works, including showings at this year’s US Go Congress in San Diego and European Go Congress in Germany. Check here for more screenings to be announced.
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Master takes on Park Junghwan and Meng Tailing in latest AGA Master Review Series

Sunday March 19, 2017

The latest in the AGA Master Review Series features Jennie Shen 2P’s translation of Meng Tailing 6p’s commentary on Master’s game against Park Junghwan 9p – Game 24 in Master’s 60-game series — and Michael Redmond 9P’s commentary on Master’s game against Meng Tailing (Game 9). At right is Redmond’s sgf commentary, which includes additional variations.

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“I have taken note that some people are requesting longer videos in the comments, and I can assure you that in some cases I will be doing longer commentaries,” Redmond posted  last week. “In the case of the Master games, Master is outstanding in the opening, and the power of it’s different yet effective moves has the potential to change how we pros think about fuseki. One of my motives in making these videos was to voice my opinion about these new ideas, and therefore I want to focus on the early parts of the games. Master usually takes the lead early in the game, so that also is a factor in my choice to comment on the openings. I also believe that while I could squeeze in a lot of information, it can be difficult for the viewer to digest a lot of new ideas at once, and a large number of short videos is more effective as a learning tool than a small number of long videos.” Redmond added that “In my Redmond Reviews, I will be commentating more on human games, some of them my own. Humans make mistakes, which can be painful for the players but will give me more opportunities to go through to later stages in the games, and more drama late in the games for the viewers to enjoy.”

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Redmond Cup Deadline Sunday

Friday March 17, 2017

Any last minute players who want to join the Redmond Cup,  registration is due March 19th. Preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2017 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids 12 and under, and the Senior league for 17 and under. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of  1 dan or higher.    For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here.

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Chicago High School Runs First Tourney

Friday March 17, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-17 at 4.40.14 PMDisney II Magnet High School, in Chicago, IL, held their first go tournament on Feb 7th, to celebrate the Spring Festival, or Lunar New Year of 2017. More than 30 students from 7th to 12th grade registered for the 4-week single-elimination tournament. The final four winners were Calvin Huang, Edgar Venegas, Isaac Smith and Alejandro Hernandez, from 9th and 11th grade.

“We bring different cultural activities into our world language classrooms,” reports Ming Laoshi, Chinese teacher and tournament organizer at the school. “I chose this game from Go and Math Academy in 2015, and then my students fell in love with it. Nowadays, I even use go as the classroom activity when I need a substitute teacher.”

“Go can be used to support goals in the Chinese curriculum,” adds Xinming Simon Guo, of Go and Math Academy, “particularly to enhance understanding of Chinese culture and to reinforce learning language skills (numbers, colors, shapes, positions and locations, timing, etc). Research shows that nonlinguistic representation can have a powerful effect on students’ vocabulary development. Go has numerous vocabularies that can be visually represented on the board and playing go can be aligned with the five major language learning standards — Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.”

“Organizing a tournament in the school setting turned out to be really easy,” reports Laoshi, “it started with a small budget. After setting up, all I needed to do was email students a pairing notice every week and enter the results in a Google spreadsheet.” The school plans to organize another  tournament next year, when every student can have an opportunity to play in every round. -Paul Barchilon EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Xinming Guo:Disney II tournament winners and Chinese language teacher Ming.

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Yuta Iyama, Mi Yu Ting, Park Jeong Hwan & DeepZenGo to battle in Nihon Ki-in’s new “World Go Championship” next week

Wednesday March 15, 2017

A brand-new event, the “World Go Championship”, will be held next week, March 21-23 in Osaka, Japan.  Four top players, Iyama2017.03.16_World GO Championship Yuta (Japan), Park Jeon Hwan (Korea), Mi Yuting (China), and DeepZenGo (representing AI) will fight it out for the title.  The Nihon Kiin will provide streaming and live commentaries on YouTube by Michael Redmond and Anti Tourmanen.  Click here for details and the broadcast schedule.

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AGA Master Review Series: Game 4; Master vs. Xie Erhao 4p

Wednesday March 15, 2017

In the latest video in this new series Michael Redmond 9p and Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal provide commentary and analysis of the fourth game of Master (AlphaGo). The opening in this game, in which Master plays white against Xie Erhao 4p, resembles the Kobayashi opening.

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“However,” says Redmond, “Master plays the move that we thought to be bad, and goes ahead and makes it work.” Check out the sgf file at right for additional commentary. Xie Erhao was born in 1998, and went to the Mlily Cup semifinals in 2012. “He has since been in the top group of Chinese players, and is a player worth watching in the next few years,” says Redmond.

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