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Lantz Keynote Speech Posted Online

Friday October 17, 2014

New York University Game Center Director Frank Lantz’ keynote speech at this year’s US Go Congress (Game Theorist Frank Lantz on why go 2014.10.17_FrankLantz-videoshould 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.”

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Upcoming European Tournaments: Bratislava Solstice, London Open

Monday October 13, 2014

Go Club Tango and the Slovak go association will host the 2014 Winter Solstice Bratislava on December 27 and 28 at Hotel Viktor. The 13 EU fee must be paid-on site but organizer Julius Masarovic requests that all players register online before December 10. Players who wish to stay at Hotel Viktor for the duration of the tournament will enjoy a discount. Cash and material prizes will be available for top players. To register or for more information, please visit the Klub Taogo website.

The British Go Association and Central London Go Club will host the 41st London Open Go Congress 2014 from December 28 to December 31 at the International Students House. Cash prizes will be available for the top 4 players, the top 2 players “below the bar,” and the top player who started the tournament with a GoR of 10 kyu or below. In addition to the main tournament, there will be lectures, pair go, and lightning games as well as a rengo tournament and New Year’s Eve meal for those who wish to stay for celebrations. Students and junior players (under age 18) will receive discounts. Players who wish to play only for one or two days will also receive lower rates but all players must register before December 15. To register or for more information, please visit the official London Open website.

—Annalia Linnan; for complete listings, check out the European Tournament Calendar

Upcoming European Tournament: 17th “Go To Innovation” Tournament

Saturday October 11, 2014

Go-Verband Berlin and fm-one Management Services GmbH will host the 17th annual “Go To Innovation” Tournament in Berlin from November 14 through November 16 at the “Manfred von Ardenne – Gewerbezentrum.” Cash prizes will be available for the top 10 players, the best female player, and for players with 8 wins; book prizes will be available for players 11-20 and as consolation. Players who register before November 11 will receive a 10 EU discount. A steep discount is also available for youth players under age 16. To register or for more information, please visit the official 17th “Go To Innovation” website
—Annalia Linnan; for complete listings, check out the 
European Tournament Calendar

EuroGoTV Update: Spain, United Kingdom, Austria

Monday October 6, 2014

Jitka Bartova 1dSpain: Juan Sampedro 3k bested Antonio-Eloy Martin 6k at the VI Open Cadiz on September 27 while Juan-Domingo Martin 10k placed third. United Kingdom: Jitka Bartova 1d (left) took The Swindon on September 28. Behind her were Richard Hunter 2d in second and Toby Manning 2d in third. Austria: Also on September 28, The Seewinkel Go tournament finished in Apetlon with Ondrej Kruml 5d in first, Dominik Boviz 4d in second, and Michael Forstenlehner 1k in third.
– Annalia Linnan, based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

19x19x19 Tournament at Seattle Go Center This Sunday

Thursday October 2, 2014

The Seattle Go Center is celebrating its 19th anniversary  with a tournament this Sunday, Oct. 5.  Titled “19×19x19“, the AGA event will have an open section and several handicapped sections.  Registration is from 10:00- 10:30 at the Go Center, and the total purse for prizes will be $500.  Last year they had 24 players, with six players who were 5 dan or stronger.  Anniv TournMore information is available at the Go Center website.    Photo: Dong Ma 6d plays Edward Kim 7d at the 17th Anniversary Tournament in 2012, with Dennis Wheeler recording the game.  Photo/Report by Brian Allen.

US Go Congress Tournament Ratings Expected to be Posted Soon

Monday September 29, 2014

The 2014 US Open Masters tournament has now been rated, and the other Congress tournaments are expected to follow suit soon. “We are2014.09.29_US-Open-2014-DSC_0095
cleaning up the last few membership issues and glitches in the data,” said AGA President Andy Okun.  “I hope to have the games from the US Open rated within the coming week, with the Die Hard, Self-Paired and Midnight Madness very close behind.  I am grateful for everyone’s patience.” Okun said that the kinds of issues that sometimes delay ratings “…errant digits in AGA ids, getting everyone’s renewals and new memberships processed, handling overseas guests and the like…” are amplified in a tournament with more than 300 players like the US Open. Watch the EJ for news about Congress ratings.
photo of the 2014 US Open main playing area by Chris Garlock

 

Park Junghwan Breaks Chen Yaoye’s China Korea Tengen Streak

Sunday September 28, 2014

Chen Yaoye 9pKorea’s Jeju Island hosted the 18th China Korea Tengen from September 23 to September 26. Defending champion China’s Chen Yaoye 9p (left) has won the tournament for the past three years. With four total wins, Chen matches the accolades of Gu Li 9p and Lee Changho 9p. However, Park Junghwan 9p seemed determined to seek revenge for fellow Korean player Park Younghun 9p who was unable to stop Chen in last year’s tournament. As the only person to defeat Chen at the Tengen in the past, the pressure on Park Junghwan was high but he prevailed. Park won games one and two by resignation and restored the game record for overall wins to 9-9.

The China Korea Tengen is an annual tournament where the winners of Korea’s Chunwon and China’s Tianyuan play a best of three match. For more information about this year’s Tengen including photos and game records, please visit Go Game Guru.
Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article by Go Game Guru; photo courtesy of Go Game Guru

EuroGoTV Update: Romania, Russia, Switzerland

Sunday September 28, 2014

RomSylvain Praz 1dania: The 5th Radu Baciu Grand Prix — stage 6 Sibiu finished on September 14 with Adrian Nedan 1k in first, Alexandru Acsinte 4k in second, and Sorin Padurariu 3k in third. Russia: Igor Nemlij 5d bested Andrej Kulkov 6d at the Russian Championship Semifinal in Moscow on September 21. Grigorij Fionin 5d placed third. Switzerland: Also on September 21, Sylvain Praz 1d (left) took the Veyrier-Ko Go Club 2014. Behind him were Semi Lee 3d in second and Sebastien Ott 2d in third.
– Annalia Linnan, based on reports from 
EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

Last week to sign up for the Pandanet-AGA City League

Monday September 22, 2014

pandalogo-4885cf7392ac5bc75a68d553b7287b04This is the last week to sign up your city’s team for the upcoming year of the Pandanet-AGA City League. “We almost have a full roster for this season,” reports League Coordinator Steve Colburn. Any information can be found on the rules page or at steve.colburn@usgo.org.

Peter Nelson Wins Seattle Pandanet Team Qualifier

Monday September 22, 2014

Pandanet Qualifier Simon Yu watchingPeter Nelson, a recent arrival to Seattle from Minnesota, was selected for the Seattle 1 Pandanet-AGA  City League Team, after winning the Qualifier Tournament at the Seattle Go Center by a narrow margin.  Longtime Northwest player Edward Kim placed second at the tournament, with the same win/loss record, and will also join the team.  Returning first team members are Simon (Ximeng) Yu, and Ho Son.  The Seattle Pandanet-AGA team placed second last August in the A League competition, losing to the team from neighboring Vancouver B.C.  The board order for the teams in the  online tournament is determined by AGA ratings, so Nelson will probably have the alternate position.  Nelson had an AGA rating of 3 dan last month, and has a 4 dan rating at present.  However, he won two even games against a 7 dan at the tournament, plus a game against Xiaowu Li, who is a 5 dan in China, so observers expect his rating to continue to improve.

The open tournament was a challenge to both players and Tournament Directors Sonny Cho and Dennis Wheeler.  Due to “circular wins” four players had identical records after four rounds, necessitating a playoff round.  The tournament lasted 9 hours and some players had five games.  In addition to Peter Nelson and Edward Kim, Dong Baek Kim and Xiaowu Li were finalists.  This was the first Seattle event for Xiaowu Li, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington Law School, and former director of the faculty go club at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.  Photo: Simon (Ximeng) Yu watches the game of Peter Nelson and Xiaowu Li.  Report/photo by Brian Allen