Thursday August 22, 2013
The Hu family won twice on the night of the North American Masters Tournament final when Alex Hu, father of 2013 NAMT winner Zi Yang (Matthew) Hu was the winning bidder at the NAMT board auction at the U.S. Go Congress awards banquet. The senior Hu had narrowly lost out last two years ago when Rachel Small and Eileen Hlavka outbid him for the board on which Matthew Hu defeated Curtis Tang, and clearly came prepared this year, outlasting a hot bidding war for the 2-inch kaya board (confirmed by 2013 Lasker winner Richard Dolen’s nose) donated by Katherine and Sidney Yuan of Yutopian, with the proceeds going to the American Go Foundation. With American Go E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock serving as fast-talking auctioneer — ably assisted by AGF President Terry Benson and AGA President Andy Okun — more than half a dozen bidders vied for the board, which had been signed by both players – Matthew Hu and Mingming (Stephanie) Yin – as well as by professionals Takemiya Masaki 9P and Myung-wan Kim 9P, who had provided live commentary on the game for hundreds of U.S. Go Congress attendees, as well as hundreds more watching on KGS. A last-minute surge pushed the bidding over $1,000 but in the end Alex Hu’s all-time record $1,300 winning bid guaranteed that he and his son would be taking the historic board home while supporting the American Go Foundation’s many projects to help youth go.”The AGF and the AGA have been very good for my son and I want to give something back,” said an elated Hu.
- photo (l-r): Garlock, Kim, Takemiya, Alex Hu, Okun, Yin, Benson and Zi Yang Hu; photo by Phil Straus
Sunday August 18, 2013
A 10-day “Festival for the Mind”, the 17th Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) opened in London on Friday 16 August, hosting a myriad of mind sport competitions, including the Creative Thinking World Championship, Hare and Tortoise, Chess – and variations on it, some novel such as Diving Chess – and last, but not least, go.
There will be a free introduction to go on the morning of Saturday, August 24, followed by the 13×13 competition that afternoon. The next day will see the all-day 19×19 go tournament, a 4-round McMahon, 40 minutes each main time + 30 moves in 5 minutes overtime.
Entry is £10 per event (single session) or £15 (double session) and it is being held at the University of London Union, Malet St, London, United Kingdom, WC1E 7HY. Click here for a full schedule of events.
Tony Collman, British Correspondent for the E-Journal. Photo: Mind Map, courtesy of MSO website.
Saturday August 17, 2013
In a surprise announcement, not one but two Lasker Awards were made at this year’s U.S. Go Congress. The recipients were two longtime go organizers, Richard Dolen (middle in photo at right) and Frank Fukuda (right in photo below). As Dolen himself modestly noted, his greatest claim to fame in 60 years in the go community is having taken Michael Redmond to Japan as a young boy, where he was accepted as a pupil by Oeda Yusuke 8P and eventually became the first US-born 9-dan professional go player. Fukuda’s long go history in Seattle includes being part of the Last Exit Go Club’s team that organized the second U.S. Go Congress in Seattle in 1985. Dolen, whose go career has taken him around the world, has played a key role in the Los Angeles go scene for many years, and the Cotsen Open – one of the major events on the U.S. go calendar – is the result of Dolen introducing Eric Cotsen to Yilun Yang 7P. Fukuda was a key player in the creation of the Seattle Go Center, as well as helping ensure its survival and growth. Click here for Dolen’s “Snapshots from 60 Years of Go” and “Chris Kirscher on Frank Fukuda.” The Lasker Award is named after Edward Lasker, a founder of the American Go Association. photos: top right: Dolen (center) with AGA President Andy Okun (left) and E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock; bottom left: Fukuda (right) with 2013 Congress Director Chris Kirschner; photos by Phil Straus
Wednesday August 14, 2013
Defending champions Jianing Gan 7d and Aaron Ye 6d both held on to their Redmond Cup titles in the exciting final rounds of the tournament at the US Go Congress last week. Ye won round one (see the E-J from 8-4) and was determined not to lose his title to the challenger David Lu 6d, of Canada. The Redmond finals are a best two out of three match, so the second game is crucial. Ironically, Lu drew Ye as his opponent in the US Open on Tuesday morning, Aug. 6, and defeated him. Going into the afternoon match, the question on everyone’s mind was could Lu do it twice in a row on the same day? The boys played a spirited game, even commenting on each other’s moves before finishing, but Ye showed his full strength and held onto his title. Ye has now won the Redmond Cup three times – putting him in line to be Redmond Meijin if he can win twice more before turning 18. In the 20 year history of the Redmond, Eric Lui 7d and Curtis Tang 7d are the only two players to have successfully crossed that line.
In the Senior Division (ages 12-17) Jianing Gan won round one against Andrew Lu 6d. Lu played a spirited game in round two, determined not to lose two in a row. Playing white, he successfully parried Gan’s Low Chinese opening, reducing or invading at every possible juncture, but found himself with a running line of eyeless stones as a result. The tide turned when he was able to save this group, making the game very close. Gan fought back skillfully, but Lu prevailed to win by 2.5 points. Round three was played on Thursday, and Gan again opened with the Low Chinese. Lu managed to invade on both sides, completely undermining Gan’s original Low Chinese side, but giving Gan massive thickness on the outside as a result. Changing directions, Gan then attacked Lu vigorously on the other side of the board. Lu, behind on time and in byo yomi for most of the game, was forced to resign when he couldn’t find a solution to save his group. Having won the final match, Gan held onto his Redmond title for the second year and will be a force to be reckoned with next year as well. The Redmond Cup has been run by Michael Bull for the past 20 years, with online qualifiers, and a final at congress. All of the final games were broadcast live on KGS, and drew hundreds of spectators. Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Paul Barchilon: David Lu 6d (l) vs. Aaron Ye 6d (r), Justin Teng 6d is recording the game in the background.
Wednesday August 14, 2013
The delicate dance between Hui Fan 7d (left), Pavol Lisy 6d, and Mateusz Surma 6d at this year’s European Go Congress in Olsztyn ended on August 10 when Fan snagged the spotlight after a final showdown with Lisy. It is Fan’s third title in three weeks and the second time he and Lisy have had a face-off. Unfortunately for Lisy, Fan repeated his performance at the Beijing 2013 qualification tournament on July 22 and successfully edged him out.
Though fan favorite Ilja Shikshin 7d fell short of the top five in the main tournament, he won both the weekend tournament and the blitz knock-out. In the U18 tournament, fellow Russian Alexandr Vashurov 5d took first while Jonas Welticke 5d placed second and Roman Lemasson 3d came in third.
For photos and full results from all the go tournaments at this year’s European Go Congress, visit the EGC 2013 official website.
–Annalia Linnan, photo courtesy of EuroGoTV
Wednesday August 14, 2013
Although the MLily Cup final won’t be played until later this year it’s already clear that a Chinese player will be champion. That’s because China claimed all eight quarterfinal places at the first MLily Cup on August 9. Only two Korean players, Choi Cheolhan 9p and Cho Hanseung 9p, (left) and one Japanese player, Yuki Satoshi 9p, made it into the final 16, and all fell to Chinese challengers.
Morale is especially low in Korea as the same circumstances occurred at the 18th LG Cup when Lee Sedol 9p was defeated by Tuo Jiaxi 3p in the second round. In the MLily Cup, Lee was defeated in the second round by seventeen-year-old Mi Yuting 4p. While sharp, young up-and-comers like Mi are one reason China has been slicing up the competition lately, “speculation in Korea is that the ever increasing prevalence of lightning games…is making it harder for their players to compete in these (relatively slower) international matches.”
Among the MLily Cup’s final eight are the formidable Gu Li 9p and Zhou Ruiyang 9p. Considered one of the top players in the world, Gu’s unique style (described as “romantic” by Go Game Guru) makes him especially elusive while Zhou has consistently been one of China’s top players since 2005. In the August 11 quarterfinals, Mi Yuting defeated Dang Yifei, Zhou Ruiyang defeated Lian Xiao, Gu Li defeated Wang Lei and Wang Xi defeated Wu Guangyya. Gu Li will play Zhou Ruiyang and Wang Xi will play Mi Yuting in the semifinals in September 2013. The semifinals will be best of three matches and the final will be best of five. The exact date for the final hasn’t been decided yet.
- Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article on Go Game Guru which includes photos and game records; photo courtesy of Go Game Guru
Tuesday August 13, 2013
This Sunday, August 18 is the deadline to register for the SportAccord-Pandanet Cup Go Online Tournament (SportAccord-Pandanet Cup Online Go Tournament Registration Opens 6/30 EJ). Preliminary rounds will be played August 22 through September 12. This tournament is supported by SportAccord and Pandanet and organized by the International Go Federation and Pandanet. It also concurrently serves as the 18th Pandanet Cup Internet World Amateur Go Tournament. Participants must be amateurs and may choose to enter one of four classes (“bands”): Open, 2d-3k, 4k-7k, 8k-17k. Except in the Open class, players are required to have a registered and Pandanet-confirmed rank. In addition, players may choose one of three geographic regions to play their games. Generous prizes are provided by the sponsors, including a round trip to the third Beijing SportAccord World Mind Games for the Open champion. Further prizes are provided for regional and class winners. Click here for details and registration forms.
Tuesday August 13, 2013
Flummoxed by Crosstabs: “I am flummoxed,” writes Jean de Maiffe. “The E-J says ‘Click here for complete U.S. Open results and game records. Click here for final results and game records from the NAMT and SPO tournaments’ but I clicked on each of the three links and never got to any game records. What am I missing? By the way, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed looking through the results of tournaments. My eyes lit up every time I saw a familiar name with a face I could put to it. You and your team have done your usual fine job, and we, your audience, are duly appreciative, I’m sure.”
You need to look for any result that’s underlined. For example, in the US Open Crosstab, Zi Yang Hu’s Round 1 game — W14+ — is underlined, and when you click on it, the game record will come up. Since only top boards were recorded, just click on “Player” at the top left to put them in player order and you should be able to find the game records easily. We’re happy that tracking the results was interesting and useful!
Next Best Thing to Being There: “Thanks so much to the E-Journal staff for the great coverage of the Congress!” writes Laura Kolb Moon. “I wish I could have been there in person, but the E-Journal stories and live KGS coverage of top boards made the week fun anyway. A special thanks to the game recorders who not only shared the games with the world but also provided comments about the players’ actions and appearance that made it possible to imagine being right there watching the game.”
So glad we could bring the Congress to those who could not be there; thanks for reading and watching! photo: The EJ’s Andrew Jackson records a NAMT game; photo by Phil Straus
More On the Gmail Fix: “You can fix gmail going into the wrong tab by simply dragging the email into the right tab,” writes Paul Mitchell. “Gmail will ask you if you want to do that with all email from that source, and if you answer yes then all email from that source will be routed to the tab you selected.”
Tuesday August 13, 2013
Turkey: The 13th Istanbul Go Tournament will take place September 28 and 29 in Istanbul. Since fall 2001, the Istanbul Go Tournament has made its players its top priority. According to the official homepage, the Istanbul Go Topluluğu has “always been striving to achieve a higher quality of experience…and set a higher standard for other national tournaments in Turkey.” All players are invited to register. Pre-registration is open until September 20 and strongly encouraged. For official rules, full schedule, and more, please visit istanbulgo.org.
Italy: The Higashikita Go Club and Italian Go Federation (F.I.G.G.) will host the 2013 European Student Go Championship and 8th Higashikita Tournament on October 5-6 in Trieste. For the main tournament, any player that is a university student, under 30 years of age, and a citizen of any EGF member countries is invited to participate. There is no entry fee and if a country chooses to elect an official national representative, that player will receive free accommodations. For players who do not qualify for the main tournament, the Higashikita Tournament is open to all players. Players who register for the Higashikita Tournament before September 29 will receive a 30% discount on their entry fee. For more information about or to register for either tournament, please visit the ESGC 2013 official website.
— Annalia Linnan; for complete listings, check out the European Tournament Calendar; photo courtesy of Istanbul Go
Saturday August 10, 2013
Despite a nail-biting half-point loss to Beomgeun Cho in the final round Saturday morning, Yuhan Zhang 7d (right) won the 2013 U.S. Open championship on tie-break. Zhang, one of the strongest amateurs in China, placed 8th in a recent amateur tournament there. Click here for complete U.S. Open results and game records. Click here for final results and game records from the NAMT and SPO tournaments.