The U.S. Go Congress t-shirt modeled by Congress Director Chris Kirschner in our recent report (7/20 EJ) is actually the “Early Bird T-shirt” reports Congress Handbook Editor and t-shirt/logo designer Lee Anne Bowie. “The actual T-shirt for the Congress will have the design that appears on the website,” Bowie tells the EJ. “Attendee’s t-shirts will look more like the photo at right if they selected the dark shirt.” The 2013 U.S. Go Congress is set for August 3-11 in Tacoma, WA.
American Go E-Journal » Events/Tournaments
Wednesday July 24, 2013
Tuesday July 23, 2013
The United States has been invited to send five players – three men and one woman – to the 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG) in Beijing, China. The team will be selected in an online tournament in August, except for the winner of the North American Master’s Tournament (NAMT), who will be automatically selected if eligible and able to participate. All eligible male players who have two or more wins in the NAMT will be seeded into the online men’s selection tournament, a 16-player, 5-round double elimination tournament taking place on KGS over two weekends in August. The remaining slots in the tournament are open to professionals and amateurs who did not participate in SAWMG, prioritized by rating. The men’s online selection will take place on the evenings of August 16, 17, 18, 24, and 25. The women’s online selection will be an 8-player 3-round single elimination. Eligibility is based on the AGA’s policy for international representatives: full or youth AGA membership for at least one year from selection, residency in the US for 6 of the last 12 months, and for this event, US citizenship is required. If you are eligible and interested in participating in this year’s SportAccord World Mind Game selection, whether you are attending NAMT or not, email email@example.com. The deadline for registrants who are not participating in NAMT is Wednesday August 14.
- Karoline Burrall, AGA Tournament Coordinator
UPDATE: this post has been updated to reflect that there will be three men and one woman selected for the team, not two women, as originally reported. The second place female finisher would be an alternate in case the selected rep has to be replaced.
Monday July 22, 2013
Fitness can be key to both mental and physical endurance on the go board, which is why many attendees at the annual US Go Congress pull themselves away from the go board for a few hours each day to play soccer or tennis. “Bring your cleats and shorts,” Terry Benson urges soccer players, while former tennis club organizer Lisa Schrag says “Bring your racquet!” Benson is organizing soccer games every afternoon at 4:30 except for Saturday and Wednesday, while Schrag and Chris Garlock will be organizing round robin doubles in the afternoons. “All ages come and play,” says Benson. “Let your body loose and your mind run free!” Listen to morning announcements and watch for signs posted at the main players room to get the details once you arrive.
- photo by Lisa Schrag
Monday July 22, 2013
Germany: At the Stuttgarter Turnier in Stuttgart on July 14, Thomas Kettenring 3d (right) bested Jonas Fincke 4d and Jochen Tappe 1d placed third. Netherlands: Sjoerd Koolen 2d took the District Groningen tournament on July 13 with Heike de Rijk 1k in second and Frenk Arnold 1k in third. Czech Republic: The Moyo Open finished July 14 in Pardubice with Pavol Lisy 6d in first, Ondrej Silt 6d in second, and Jan Prokop 5d in third.
— Annalia Linnan, based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news
Saturday July 20, 2013
In the end, Iyama Yuta 9P’s hold on the Honinbo title came down to 4.5 points. That was Iyama’s margin of victory over Takao Shinji 9P in the final game of the 68th Honinbo title, which concluded on July 18 at 7:42p after 262 moves in Hadano, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. This is the third time in three years that the Honinbo has gone the full 7-game distance, including last year when Iyama took the title from Yamashita Keigo 9P. Iyama and Takao began their grueling duel in mid-May with Iyama winning the first game. Takao quickly made up the loss by controlling the next two games. However, Iyama (right) was not intimidated and fought back in games four and five, giving himself a chance to capture the match in game six, but Takao quickly extinguished those hopes in just 194 moves to set up yet another dramatic final game for the match. In the decisive seventh game (left), Iyama, taking black, used almost half of his eight-hour time allowance during the first day alone. When Takao sealed the move (W74) at 5:07p on July 17, he had four hours and forty-eight minutes remaining while his opponent only had four hours and five minutes. At 9a the next morning, the tricky sealed move was revealed and
“[changed] the flow of the game,” according to live game commentator Rin Kanketsu 7P. Yet up until move 70, either player could have taken the title. It was white’s tenuki at move 82 that was the crucial misstep that allowed black to secure thickness and give Iyama the advantage. White attempted to complicate the game at move 92 but Iyama stayed unfazed through the endgame and claimed victory with only two minutes left on his clock. In a post-game interview, Iyama said he felt fortunate to have held on to the title after such a challenging series. Takao felt lucky he made it to the end but was disappointed in his own performance. Since his most recent Honinbo title in 2007, Takao has tried to “reclaim the crown” three times to no avail. Iyama, on the other hand, holds five of the seven major Japanese titles (Kisei, Honinbo, Tengen, Oza, and Gosei) and also won the 25th Asian TV Cup at the end of June, proving his international prowess.
- Annalia Linnan, based on a more detailed report — including more photos and game records — on Go Game Guru; photos courtesy Go Game Guru
Saturday July 20, 2013
Registration for this year’s US Go Congress is nearing 400, including 22 professional go players. The Congress runs August 3-11 in Tacoma, WA. Among the highlights are the Pentathlon, a new event “for the truly dedicated competitors” that includes the US Open, 9×9, 13×13, lightning, and self-paired tournaments. Also new this year is the Teacher’s Workshop, which will provide teachers with a certificate that will identify them as officially recognized AGA Go Teachers. Takemiya Masaki 9P will lead a session on “The teaching game,” and Lee Dahye 4P, a specialist in teaching teachers in Korea, will run several sessions on teaching single digit kyu players. “Many of us have taught someone to play; now is the time to learn how to do it better,” says Congress Director Chris Kirschner. “The original theme of aiming just at beginners has been left in the dust,” adds workshop director Bill Camp. Anyone may attend any of the 16 workshop sessions, but only registered participants earn a certificate; click here for details and to sign up.
photo: Kirschner models the 2013 Congress t-shirt; photo by Phil Straus
Thursday July 18, 2013
Wednesday July 17, 2013
The American Go Association (AGA) Board of Directors approved the AGA budget for fiscal 2014 at its meeting on July 7; the budget includes funds for a pro certification tournament to be completed by the end of 2013. The AGA will continue to look for new sponsors to replace Tygem, but will run this year’s tournament from reserves and from money earmarked for the AGA’s new professional system. In other actions, the Board approved the creation of a pilot program for AGA ratings of online games, which would parallel the ratings system now in place for in-person games. President Andy Okun will be pursuing implementation plans along with completion of plans to issue formal Rank Certificates to players who have demonstrated achievement at a particular rank level. The first such certificates will be awarded to top finishers in most brackets at the 2013 US Go Congress. Additionally, Bob Gilman and Royce Chen have been authorized to investigate the feasibility of bringing a Cuban player — or players — to the 2014 US Go Congress. The Board will assess options for fundraising and implementing such an effort after the committee reports back.
Tuesday July 16, 2013
It’s East Coast versus West Coast as Greater Washington is set to battle Los Angeles in the first-ever 2013 Pandanet-AGA City League finals. The two are the top finishers in the A League and will face off in the finals at the upcoming US Go Congress. Vancouver finished third, Seattle was fourth, in fifth place was Boston and New York finished in sixth. Click here for details. The rest of the leagues are expected to be completed by the end of the month.
Monday July 15, 2013
The 2013 German Championship wrapped up in Darmstadt on July 7. The first round to determine the final eight contenders was played mid-June in Kassel. On July 4, round-one winners Lucas Krämer, Bernd Radmacher 4d, Marlon Welter 4d, and Matthias Terwey 5d joined last year’s final four Franz-Joseph Dickhut 6d, Johannes Obenaus 5d, Jun Tarumi 5d, and Benjamin Teuber 6d at “game mecca” Gastspielhaus. Although Franz-Joseph was the oldest and most experienced player at age 44 with 11 previous German Championship titles, 20-year-old Kramer (left) defeated him in the first match. Radmacher also secured his first win against 2006 German youth champion Obenaus. The remaining games were played at the Bertolt-Brecht School. In the end, Kramer triumphed with six wins while Radmacher placed second with five and Obenaus third with four and a draw. For full results, pictures, and more information (in German), click here.
– Annalia Linnan, based on a report by the International Go Federation, photo courtesy of EuroGoTV