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PRESIDENTIAL GO: THE VIEW FROM THE TOP

Wednesday May 26, 2010

The view of the famous Hangzhou lake district was obscured by haze but all eyes in the 28th-floor suite at the Tian Yuan Tower were riveted on the go board inside. While preparations for the 31st annual World Amateur Go Championships were underway twenty floors below on Monday afternoon, outgoing International Go Federation President Hideo Otake 9P (l) and incoming IGF President Zhenming Chang  (r) were enjoying a quiet game (below, with commentary by Michael Redmond 9P) before a busy schedule that included the IGF General meeting, a press conference and the WAGC’s opening ceremonies and banquet. Chang is Vice Chairman and President of the CITIC Group, a major Chinese firm dealing in finance, real estate, resource development, manufacturing and telecommunications. He’s been playing since he was 9 years old. His middle school team was coached by players like Yigang Hua and Runan Wang, and he won the third New Physical Education Cup in 1979, which had previously been won by Weiping Nie and Zude Chen. He’s a strong proponent of go because of “it’s great training for the mind, especially for children.” As a businessman, he appreciates the game’s strategic aspects. “You learn that you can lose the battle but win the war. Or in business terms, that you can lose money but still come out ahead. You also learn to adapt to different situations, for example, to use different joseki in different positions.” After the game, the two men briefly discussed a few key points of play, then shook hands and stood up. It was time to turn their attention to other, perhaps less fun, but no less important, aspects of world go.
- includes reporting by James Davies and Chris Garlock; photo by John Pinkerton; game commentary by Michael Redmond 9P. CLICK “link” to download the sgf file or “read more” for an online game viewer

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CHINA TO LEAD IGF INTO NEW ERA

Tuesday May 25, 2010

The election of Chang Zhenming of China as President of the International Go Federation (IGF) highlighted the International Go Federation’s General Meeting (r) on Monday as the 31st edition of the IGF’s flagship event – the World Amateur Go Championship – formally launched in Hangzhou, China. “I will give my best effort to promote go to the whole world,” Chang promised, “Go is a benefit for everyone.” The other major news was that while there have been setbacks in the attempt to achieve recognition for go as an Olympic sport, mind sports are making significant progress. IGF Director Thomas Hsiang reported that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) includes mind sports as a category that has “no realistic chance of entering either the Summer or the Winter Olympics,” and so won’t be recognized. The good news is that SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federation, or GAISF) is expanding its definition of sport to include mind sport and plans to sponsor a number of new events, including Mind Sport Games. Planning for a second World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) in August 2012 is now underway, with Manchester UK as the leading candidate to host. In even more exciting news, the International Federation of Poker has applied to become an IMSA and SA member, which has attracted interest from several major marketing firms, with which the IGF is now in discussions. Upcoming events either sponsored by the IGF or with major IGF involvement are the 21st International Pair Go Championships October 16-17 in Japan, the 16th Guangzhou Asian Games November 12-27 and the 32nd World Amateur Go Championship in Shimane, Japan.
- Chris Garlock; photo by John Pinkerton. Click here for the complete report and more photos on Ranka Online.

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HANDICAPPING THE WAGC

Tuesday May 25, 2010

Sixty players from 60 countries and regions. Eight rounds over four days. For 31 years, the World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC) have assembled a global gathering of top amateurs to compete, meet and spread the game of go around the world. This year’s WAGC is being held this week in Hangzou, China, organized by the China Qiyuan, the Chinese agency responsible for board and card games, under the supervision of the International Go Federation, and co-organized by the Hangzhou Branch of the China Qi-Yuan (Chinese Go Association). After arriving on Monday and participating in the IGF General Meeting and opening ceremonies on Tuesday, the tournament proper commences on Wednesday morning. This year, DPR Korea, playing in the WAGC for the first time since 2006, joins China and the Republic of Korea as top contenders for the title. China’s Chen Wang is just 17 years old but won the Chinese Evening News Cup. Taewon Jo of DPR Korea, a veteran at age 21, won the individual amateur event in the World Mind Sports Games in 2008. And Hongsuk Song, a year older at 22, has been doing well in the Republic of Korea, winning the international Korean Prime Minister’s Cup last October and more recently taking the amateur Kuksoo title and the Korean Sports Cup. Two more 17-year-olds who bear watching are Nai San Chan of Hong Kong, China, and Thomas Debarre of France, who finished third and eighth, respectively, in the World Amateur Go Championship last year. Also hoping to place in the top eight are newcomers Cheng-hsun Chen (age 11, at left) of Chinese Taipei and Yohei Sato (29) of Japan, but they will be vying with a group of twenty other players ranked 5 dan and above, including established stars such as Ondrej Silt (23) of Czechia.
- Based on James Davies’ report on Ranka Online; photo (top right): panel in front of the WAGC playing site with signatures of the players (photo by Ivan Vigano); photo of Cheng-hsun Chen by John Pinkerton

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E-JOURNAL’S WAGC COVERAGE COMMENCES

Tuesday May 25, 2010

The American Go E-Journal‘s special coverage of the World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC) begins with tomorrow’s edition. Each morning’s edition will include our reports through midday local time in Hangzhou, China; click here anytime for the latest live news, posted as it happens by the EJ/Ranka Online team. The daily WAGC E-Journals will also include special game commentaries usually only included in the Member’s Edition, provided as part of our support for world go. We hope you enjoy our complete coverage of the 31st annual competition among top amateur players from around the world, which runs through May 31. The weekly E-Journal will resume next week.
- Chris Garlock; photo: WAGC players warm up Monday morning; photo by John Pinkerton

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LIVE FROM THE WORLD AMATEURS!

Sunday May 23, 2010

The American Go E-Journal will publish special daily editions this week live from the World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC) in Hangzhou, China. We’re teaming up again with Ranka Online this year to provide complete coverage of the 31st annual competition among top amateur players from around the world, which will run May 24-31. American-born pro Michael Redmond 9P will provide game commentaries for the Ranka/E-Journal effort – which will include ongoing updates on both Ranka and the AGA website , as well as via the daily E-Journal reports — while Ivan Vigano, James Davies and Chris Garlock will report and John Pinkerton will provide photos.
- Chris Garlock; photo: WAGC players warm up Monday morning; photo by John Pinkerton

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LIVE FROM THE WORLD AMATEURS!

Monday May 17, 2010

The American Go E-Journal will publish special daily editions next week live from the World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC) in Hangzhou, China. We’re teaming up again with Ranka Online this year to provide complete coverage of the 31st annual competition among top amateur players from around the world, which will run May 24-31. American-born pro Michael Redmond 9P will provide game commentaries for the Ranka/E-Journal effort – which will include ongoing updates on both Ranka and the AGA website , as well as via daily E-Journal reports — while Ivan Vigano, James Davies and Chris Garlock will report and John Pinkerton will provide photos.

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RANKA & E-JOURNAL TEAM UP AGAIN FOR WAGC

Monday May 10, 2010

The American Go E-Journal will team up again with Ranka this year to provide complete coverage of the World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC). The 31st annual competition among top amateur players from around the world is set for May 24-31 in Hangzhou, China. American-born pro Michael Redmond 9P will provide game commentaries for the Ranka/E-Journal effort – which will include ongoing updates on both Ranka and the AGA website , as well as via daily E-Journal reports — while Ivan Vigano, James Davies and Chris Garlock will report and John Pinkerton will provide photos. NOTE: if you have tips about go places to visit in Shanghai — or have go contacts there — please email journal@usgo.org immediately. Click here to see last year’s coverage, and here for this year’s WAGC details, including the schedule. photo: Hall of Hangzhou Tian Yuan Tower, where the WAGC will take place.

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EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Ramon Rules Belgium; Hwang, Skipping And Dropping, Wins Berlin Anyway; Three Top Charlemagne But Only One Gets Ukiyo-E; Weekend Winners; March Madness Upsets Abound In KGS League; Zhu Sweeps Erlanger

Monday March 22, 2010

RAMON RULES BELGIUM: With ruling champion Lukas Neirlinck absent from the Belgian championship, François Gonze looked to be the heir apparent, comfortably leading the round-robin field 7-0. But a hungry Jan Ramon defeated Gonze in Round 8 and claimed the crown last Sunday.
- Peter Dijkema, after gofed.be
HWANG, SKIPPING AND DROPPING, WINS BERLIN ANYWAY: Despite skipping the Sunday morning round and a last-round loss to young Lukas Podpera 3d, defending champion Hwang In-seong 7d won the 11th Go to Innovation tourney in Berlin March 19-21. Zou Jin 6d of Leipzig was second with 1682 (4-4) and Lluis Oh 6d of Barcelona third 1633 (5-3), local Bernd Schütze 5d finished fourth with 1567 (5-3). Young strong emerging Czech stars included Petr Kouba 7k and Ondrej Jurasek 9k, who both won 7-1, while Martin Divis 14k had 6-2. Click here for the full results of 61 participants.
- Peter Dijkema, after dgob.de
THREE TOP CHARLEMAGNE BUT ONLY ONE GETS UKIYO-E: Willem-Koen Pomstra (r), Rudi Verhagen (both 5d) and Michiel Eijkhout 6d took the top of the table in the 37th Charlemagne (‘Keizer Karel’) tournament in Nijmegen last weekend. Last year, Eijkhout had won the challenge cup for good. The new challenge trophy is an ukiyo-e from Hakusai “The Fisherman and the Sea”. Pomstra won it for one year by a single sosos point. The first to win it three times in a row — or five times in total — can keep the trophy. Zeno van Ditzhuyzen 1k made clear he should be at least shodan with wins over both a 2-dan and Bernd Radmacher 5d. Also with 4 wins: Koen Rosendaal 2k, Yvonne Roelofs 4k and 7k’s Jeroen Landolt and Rob Friederichs. No-one of 46 won all five rounds. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema and Paulus van Galen illustration tip: the ukiyo-e – see my report at EuroGoTV
WEEKEND WINNERS: In Cyprus capital Nicosia, Cyprus Champ Dimitris Regginos 1d stayed two points clear of the rest of the 10-player field over the 6-round Friendship tourney last Saturday. In Moscow on the same day, the under-18 team tourney fielded six teams of four, with the team from 50Kr victorious. In Braila 17 took part in a preliminary for the Romanian Cup on Sunday, with top-ranked favorite Adrian Becheanu 10k scoring a clear 5-0 clean sweep.
- Peter Dijkema, based on tables at EuropeanGoDatabase.eu
MARCH MADNESS UPSETS ABOUND IN KGS LEAGUE: KGS Insei A-League leader Danigabi dropped back to fourth place after losing unexpectedly to Arlequ1 from France. Fredda added another win and now leads the A-League 9-1. In division B fedor didn’t play last week and still leads 4-0, while Elvina Karlsberg is next with 10-1. More drama has erupted in C-division, where Texmurphy is in the lead after Canadian DRhazar lost one (2-1). US grumbles leads division D 2-0, ahead of Russians Lodurr (7-1) and DarkArhont (4-1), and imagine (5-2) from Turkey. Tarutius (Russia) 5-0 is on top of E with smalltree (US) 1-0.
- Peter Dijkema, after insei-league.com
ZHU CLEANT ERLANGER: Zhu Wei 3d engineered a 5-0 sweep in Erlangen at the 24th Erlanger (Germany), March 13-14, ahead of Marlon Welter of Göttingen and Thomas Kettenring from Munich (both 4-1 and also 3d). Zhu is member of Roter Stern Nürnberg (Red Star Neurenburg) team in Bundesliga top-division. Click here for full results of 49 participants.
- Peter Dijkema, after dgob.de
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U.S. GO NEWS: Lockhart & Xiong Win Boston Youth; World Youth Deadline March 30; Myungwan Kim 9P Workshop Gives NorCal Players A Boost

Monday March 22, 2010

LOCKHART & XIONG WIN BOSTON YOUTH: Ben Lockhart 5d from New York City won the Senior Division and defending champion Kevin Xiong won the Junior Division again at the 4th annual GBCCA Youth Go Tournament and US Youth Go Championship (USYGC) Qualifier that ended on March 20th.  Runners-up in the Senior Division were Andrew Wang in second place, Henry Li (3rd) and Sam Huang (4th). Zachary Lu took 2nd in the Juniors while Bowen He was 3rd.
- report/photos by Ke Lu
WORLD YOUTH DEADLINE MARCH 30: As announced in last week’s E-J, the deadline for the World Youth Goe Championships (WYGC) qualifier is now March 30th.  The qualifier will be held on April 3rd, and the finals on April 10th and 11th.  The winners in each bracket will go on to compete at the WYGC in Taiwan, July 22-28.  For more information click here
MYUNGWAN KIM 9P WORSHOP GIVES NORCAL PLAYERS A BOOST: Thirteen students gathered last weekend to listen to lectures, ask questions, solve problems, have their games reviewed, and play against Myungwan Kim 9P, a top pro from Korea and winner of the U.S. Open two years in a row. At the March 20-21 workshop in Berkeley, CA, Kim took questions from students, and spent a lot of time discussing techniques for assessing the value of different endgame moves, a popular topic among the attendees. The workshop was sponsored by Bay Area Go Players Association, and organizer Roger Schrag plans to schedule two more pro workshops in the area this year.
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WORLD GO NEWS: Lee Changho Takes 2-1 Lead In Kuksu; China’s Song/Xie Win Pair Go World Cup; BC Card Cup Semis To Feature Park Junghwan- Chang Hao & Lee Sedol- Kim Kiyoung; Chinese Tournament Roundup; Yuki Retains NHK Title

Monday March 22, 2010

LEE CHANGHO TAKES 2-1 LEAD IN KUKSU: Lee Changho 9P defeated Hong Kipyo 4P by resignation Friday in Round 3 of the 53th Kuksu title match to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five match; Hong had tied the match at 1-1 last Wednesday. Round 4 will be played on March 23rd.

CHINA’S SONG/XIE WIN PAIR GO WORLD CUP: China’s Song Ronghui 5P and Xie He 7P defeated Korea’s Lee Minjin 5P and Mok Jinseok 9P by resignation in the final game of the 2010 Pair Go World Cup on March 22, winning the title.

BC CARD CUP SEMIS TO FEATURE PARK JUNGHWAN- CHANG HAO & LEE SEDOL- KIM KIYOUNG: Park Junghwan 7P defeated Niu Yutian 7P by 3.5 points on Sunday to advance to the BC Card Cup semifinals, where he’ll face Chang Hao 9P, the only player left standing for China. Chang Hao defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P on Saturday to secure his berth in the semis. On Friday, Lee Sedol 9P defeated Park Yeonghun 9P by 4.5 points in the quarterfinal match of the 2nd BC Card Cup, advancing to the semifinal to play Kim Kiyoung 5P, who defeated An Choyeong 9P by 1.5 points in their quarterfinal.

CHINESE TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Wang Xi 9P defeated Piao Wenyao 5P in the final game of the 9th South-West Qiwang, winning the title. Gu Li (Mingren) defeated Shi Yue 4P by 3.5 points in the preliminary final of the 24th Tianyuan (Tengen). Gu Li will now face Chen Yaoye (Tianyuan) in the title match; Chen Yaoye took the title away from Gu Li in last year’s Tianyuan. Li He 2P defeated Wang Chenxing 2P by resignation in both the second and third rounds of the 4th Female Xinren Wang (Shinjin O), winning the title 2-1. Wang Chenxing 2P had defeated Li He 2P by 1.5 points in the first round, while Fan Tingyu 2P defeated Yan Huan 3P by resignation in the first round. Click here for game records for many of these matches.

YUKI RETAINS NHK TITLE: Yuki Satoshi defeated Iyama Yuta by 3.5 points in the final of the 57th NHK Cup on February 22 to retain his title. Click here for the game record.

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