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2012 SportAccord World Mind Games Day 3: Round 4: Final Knockouts; Interview with Bill Lin; Game Commentary: Round 4: Park-Missingham

Saturday December 15, 2012

Round 4: Final Knockouts
After lunch on Friday, December 14, the players began to head for the playing room for the final games of the main men’s and women’s knockouts and six games in the repechage (loser’s) sections.The playing room was set up with the women’s games in the front row and the men’s games in back. The television cameras were trained on the game between Korea’s Park Jieun and Chinese Taipei’s Joanne Missingham in the women’s repechage. In the TV commentator’s booth just outside the playing room, Michael Redmond 9P (at left in photo) and American Go E-Journal Managing Editor — and IGS SAWMG Media Officer — Chris Garlock (right)  were giving a live commentary — available on the SAWMG Channel — on this game for a worldwide audience on 54 platforms in countries from Afghanistan on down. The two players obliged them by playing at a brisk pace in the opening.For the second straight day China’s unbeaten Chen Yaoye found himself facing a Korean opponent. Today it was Choi Chulhan, also unbeaten in the World Mind Games. Click here for Ranka’s full report, which includes Round 4 results. photo by Ivan Vigano

Interview with Bill Lin: Canada’s Bill (Tianyu) Lin was one of the first four players to be eliminated, losing to China’s Jiang Weijie in round 1 and Chinese Taipei’s Lin Chun-yen in round 2. Lin was born in Ningbo, a city south of Shanghai and his family emigrated to Vancouver when he was ten. “My father had been crazy about go in his university days, and there was a go board in the house,” Lin says. “I became very interested in playing five-in-a-row, and then I started playing go. An amateur 5-dan named Fan Jiunling had a go school that I attended twice a week for four and a half years until we emigrated. By then I was an amateur 3 dan in China.” Click here to read James Davies’ complete interview on Ranka. photo: Bill Lin (right) playing against Jiang Weijie; photo by Ivan Vigano

Game Commentary: Round 4: Park-Missingham

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December 14, 2012
W: Jieun PARK 9P (Korea)
B: Joanne MISSINGHAM 6P (Chinese Taipei)
Commentary by Michael Redmond 9P
Edited by Chris Garlock

This is a critical game because whoever loses will be knocked out; this is a double-elimination tournament and both players have one loss.

Joanne Missingham, born in Australia,lived in California for a few years and now represents Taipei; she’s also the official Go Ambassador at the SAWMG.

Park Jieun was one of the first Korean female players to really challenge Rui Naiwei when Rui was playing in Korea. So she’s been one of the top Korean players for quite a while now, and she’d be favored to win this match.

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2012 SportAccord World Mind Games Day 2: Round 2: The Elimination Round; Round 3: Then There Were 24; Game Commentary: Round 3, Chen-Park (China-Korea)

Thursday December 13, 2012

Round 2: The Elimination Round
Round 2 of the SportAccord World Mind Games began at 9:30 a.m. on December 12. Outside, the ground was still covered with snow, but the temperature was pleasantly warm within the playing venue at the Beijing International Convention Center. All 16 men were competing, eight in the main section, eight in the repechage, or loser’s bracket; as this is a double-elimination tournament, four of these players would be out after this round. Eight of the 12 women were competing, including the four seeded players who had byes in the first round and the four who had won their first-round games. In the men’s division, two games promised to be particularly noteworthy. One was the match between China’s Jiang Weijie (left, in photo at right) and Korea’s Kang Dongyoon (right); click here to download the game record, which includes detailed commentary by Michael Redmond 9P. Jiang’s triumphs so far this year have included the LG Cup, the Dachongjiu Cup, and the China-Japan-Korea Mingren-Meijin-Myung-in playoff. Kang won the men’s individual event at the 2008 World Mind Sports Games in Beijing, the 2009 Fujitsu Cup, and the 2009 Korean Chunwon title. The other particularly noteworthy game was the match between Czechia’s Jan Hora (left, in photo at left) and Hungary’s Csaba Mero (right) in the repechage section. The winner of that game would advance to the third round and at least double his monetary prize. In the women’s division, the two Chinese players were playing the two Japanese, and the two Koreans were playing the two from Chinese Taipei. In the men’s repechage section, Russia’s Ilya Shikshin, Argentina’s Fernando Aguilar, and Canada’s Tianyu (Bill) Lin faced tough matches against China’s Tuo Jiaxi and Chinese Taipei’s Lin Chi-han and Lin Chun-yen; for the losers of these games, the tournament would be over. Click here for Ranka’s full report.

Round 3: Then There Were 24
Round 3 started at 3:00 p.m. on December 12th, with twelve men and all twelve women competing. In the undefeated men’s section, China’s Chen Yaoye was matched against Korea’s Park Jeonghwan, and Koreans Choi Chulhan and Kang Dongyoon were matched against each other. In the undefeated women’s section, China’s Rui Naiwei was matched against Korea’s Park Jieun, a player who had occasionally managed to defeat her in title matches when Rui was playing professionally in Korea, and China’s Li He was matched against Korea’s teenaged Myung-in Choi Jeong. Most players took their seats early. Rui Naiwei and Choi Jeong spent the pre-game minutes meditating with closed eyes.In the repechage sections, the eight players who survived to advance into the fourth round were: Lin Chi-han of Chinese Taipei, who eliminated Csaba Mero of Hungary (‘His reading was too fast for me to keep up with,’ commented Mero); Lin Chun-yen (above at left) of Chinese Taipei, who surprisingly eliminated Tuo Jiaxi of China, setting up a match between the two remaining Lin’s in the fourth round, ensuring that at least one player from Chinese Taipei will reach the fifth round; Jiang Weijie of China, who eliminated Murakawa Daisuke of Japan by winning a fight in the middle of the board; Fujita Akihiko of Japan, who eliminated countrymate Uchida Shuhei; Mukai Chiaki of Japan, who eliminated Su Sheng-fang of Chinese Taipei; Joanne Missingham of Chinese Taipei, who stormed back from her morning loss to eliminate Okuda Aya of Japan; Natalia Kovaleva of Russia, who eliminated Irene Sha of Canada in a long fighting game that ended with no groups dead but many groups reduced to just two eyes and Kovaleva slightly ahead; and Vanessa Wong of Great Britain, who eliminated Rita Pocsai of Hungary, whom she had also beaten in the European Women’s Championship this year. Click here for Ranka’s full report.

Game Commentary: Round 3: Chen-Park
December 13, 2012
W: CHEN Yaoye 9P (China)
B: PARK Jeonghwan 9P (Korea)
Commentary: Michael Redmond 9P
Edited by Chris Garlock

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Park is one of the top Korean players; he’s been on the international scene for several years. He’s a steady player with no obvious weak points. Chen’s also a top player from China; he’s very knowledgeable about some of the more complicated josekis so his opening can sometimes be quite interesting. On the whole, I think he’s a strong fighting player, and we certainly will see that in this game.

 

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.

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  

Redmond to Provide Live Commentaries on World Mind Sports Games

Friday December 7, 2012

Michael Redmond 9P will provide live commentaries on the SportsAccord World Mind Sports Games, scheduled for December 12-19. The live broadcasts will take place on the following YouTube channel. The go section of the daily coverage will be anchored by Chris Garlock of the American Go E-Journal, with Redmond providing live commentaries on the matches.

Here’s the schedule of the go section of the live broadcasts:

• 12 December: 15:30 – 17:00 local time; 7:30 – 09:00 GMT
• 13 December: 17:00 – 18:00 local time; 9:00 – 10:00 GMT
• 14 December: 16:30 – 17:15 local time; 8:30 – 09:15 GMT
• 15 December: 16:15 – 17:00 local time; 8:15 – 09:00 GMT
• 16 December: 17:00 – 18:00 and 20:00~ local time; 9:00 – 10:00 and 12:00~ GMT
• 18 December: 17:00 – 18:00 local time; 9:00 – 10:00 GMT

The full schedule of broadcasts is available here.

New SportAccord World Mind Games Website Launched

Thursday November 29, 2012

The SportAccord World Mind Games website has a new and updated design, with a number of useful options to improve user’s experience. Visitors can access the latest news about the upcoming event, results, schedule, players’ biographies, and photos, and the website will also have an option to be read in two languages; English or Chinese. During the event – which runs December 12-19 in Beijing — live broadcast coverage will be available through the website as well. The SportAccord World Mind Games are a multi-sports event which highlights the value of mind sports, including go, bridge, draughts, and Chinese chess, featuring the world’s best players delivering top-level performances and creating “new valuable experiences based on intelligence, strategy and exercise of mind,” says SportAccord, the umbrella organisation for 107 international sports federations and organisations.

SportAccord World Mind Games Set for Dec. 12-19 in Beijing

Sunday November 18, 2012

The second SportAccord World Mind Games (SWMG) will be held December 12-19 in Beijing, China. The multi-sport event is intended to highlight the value of mind sports and features five games: bridge, chess, draughts (checkers), go and xiangqi (Chinese Chess). Coverage will be provided on the SWMG website, Ranka Online and in the E-Journal.

The SWMG go tournament is held under the auspices of the International Go Federation (IGF), and 28 players — 16 men and 12 women — will participate. The competition format includes Men’s Individual and Women’s Individual events and a Pair Go event. The Individual events feature a double elimination in seven rounds, a time limit for each side of 1 hour, with three 30-second byo-yomi periods. Eight pairs will compete in the Pair Go event, a single elimination with two rounds each day and three rounds in total. The time limit is 1 hour each side, with three 30 second byo-yomi periods.

The surprise this year is that nearly 80% of the field is new: the only returnees from last year are Li He (China), Choi Chulhan and Park Jeonghwan (Korea), Mukai Chiaki (Japan), Joanne Missingham (Taipei), and Vanessa Wong (Great Britain). This reflects the astounding rate at which young players have been rising to the top all over the world during the past year or so. Nearly one-third of the contestants are under 20, and all but five of the rest are under 30.

In the Asian zone, China used its internal rating system to select its two best women and two best men, and added LG Cup-winner and world meijin Jiang Weijie as its third man. Korea and Chinese Taipei held qualifying tournaments in which young players did conspicuously well. Japan followed their lead by entering five of its best young players. In the European zone, three men selected in a special qualifier held in Lille in August are joined by the top three finishers in the recent European Women’s Championship. In the North American zone, two young Canadians — Tianyu Lin and Irene Sha — won the men’s and women’s qualifiers, shutting out the United States. Only in South America was youth denied: Argentina’s famed veteran Fernando Aguilar rebuffed five rivals from Argentina, Mexico, and Chile to become the first South American go player to compete in the SportAccord World Mind Games.

Sun Naijing Wins Trip to SportAccord World Mind Games

Saturday November 10, 2012

Sun Naijing of China will join other winners of online tournaments in bridge, chess, draughts, and xiangqi (Chinese Chess) in observing the world’s best players in action at the SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG) in Beijing next month. Sun won the trip in the online adjunct to the upcoming World Mind Games, out of a field of 688 go players from 48 countries, ranging from Argentina to Zimbabwe, with more than half from Japan, which produced last year’s online winner. Sun, who hails from Hefei in Anhui Province, started playing go at age nine and kept it up through university studies and subsequent employment. ‘Go never leaves me,’ he says. In a go career spanning nearly four decades he has won numerous provincial amateur tournaments in Anhui and has thrice finished among the top ten in the massive Evening News Cup, China’s premier amateur event. In 1996 he defeated Chen Linxin 9P in the pro-amateur part of that event. ‘I learn a lot by playing go,’ Mr Sun adds. ‘I like it.’

Sponsored by Pandanet and played on Pandanet-IGS, some 5,400 games were played in this event; other winners include:
Regional winners: Mariya Zakhachenko (Ukraine), Fernando Aguilar
(Argentine), Tamai Kazuki (Japan); each winning a digital camera.
Lottery winners (prize from Pandanet): Dragan Dubakovic (Serbia), Irwin Vinicio Sanchez Chinchuña (Ecuador), Ueda Tatsuya (Japan); each winning an iPad.
Lottery winners (prize from SportAccord): Jeremy Chiu (USA), Igor Burnaevskiy (Russia); each winning a Samsung tablet computer.  Tzvetomir Tzvetanov (France), Nakatomi Nobuo (Japan); each winning a Swatch watch.

This tournament is expected to be held again in 2013 and 2014, possibly with an earlier start time to allow more people to play.  Watch for announcements in the E-Journal, on the IGF website, and on Pandanet website.

- adapted from a report in Ranka Online, the bulletin of the International Go Federation; includes reporting by Thomas Hsiang