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8 Young North Americans Want To Be Next AGA Pro

Thursday November 21, 2013

Who will be the next American pro? Eight young North American go players will battle it out for the honor and opportunity early next year in Los Angeles at the second AGA Pro Certification Tournament. The field includes four Americans and four Canadians, all of whom are quite young. 24-year-old Eric Lui, who used to be among the youngest at tournaments is the oldest participant in this tournament. Lui and Jianing Gan (17) are both seeded players from the previous Pro Qualification Tournament; Calvin Sun (16) and Bill Lin (17) qualified at this year’s US Go Open; Ben Lockhart (20) qualified at the Gotham Go Tournament; Daniel Gourdeau (20) qualified at the Canadian Open, Andrew Lu (16) at the Cotsen Open and Ryan Li (19) was the last qualifier, winning last Sunday’s Online Pro Prelim. The AGA Pro Certification Tournament will be held January 2-8 in Los Angeles and all boards will be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal. photo: at the 2012 AGA-Tygem Pro Tournament; photo by Nam Chi-Hyung

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EuroGoTV Update: Hungary, Italy, Poland

Wednesday November 20, 2013

Hungary: The European Baduk Competition finished November 17 in Budapest with Pal Balogh 6d in first, Csaba Mero 6d in second, and Ondrej Silt 6d in third. Italy: Also on November 17,  2k bested Andrea Mori 3k at the Gladiatore 2013 in Rome. Mika Straka 6k placed third. Poland: Bartlomiej Zuchowski 2k took the title at the Pierwszy Turniej Go Ozarowa Mazowieckiego on November 17. In second and third place were Kamil Konieczny 5k and Piotr Kucharski 11k.
– Annalia Linnan,  based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

Architect Go Fan Donates Use of Restored LA Landmark for Pro Qualifiers

Tuesday November 19, 2013

The architect heading up restoration of the historic Hotel Normandie in Los Angeles has donated use of its function rooms for the upcoming second AGA Pro Qualification Tournament January 2-8 in Los Angeles (more details coming soon; meanwhile check out this Online Qualifier game from last Sunday between Jie Liang and Ryan Li which features lots of fighting spirit and really complicated fighting). The donation is courtesy of Jingbo Lou, a Pasadena architect who is leading the $5 million restoration of the 1926 hotel. The Normandie was designed by Albert Walker and Percy Eisen, whose other buildings include the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills and Downtown LA’s Fine Arts Building. The hotel started life as a modest but dignified residence hotel mostly for men, but also serving as a gathering spot for women’s and civic groups; although the hotel kept its name (hailed on a lit steel sign visible for miles from the roof) over the decades, it gradually went downhill, tile and hardwood floors covered with worn carpets, some windows closed off with drywall, stucco concealing brick and hard times hanging over the clientele. In 2010, it almost turned into a hotel for medical marijuana users. For Lou, who grew up in Beijing and came to the US in the early 90s, the hotel was an opportunity to restore a bit of what LA used to be like, to learn something about US society and to show respect for local culture, custom and history. “I was first introduced to go in college back in China, but stopped playing after I came to America,” Lou tells the E-Journal. “I picked up go again twenty years later, this time was with my five-year-old son, who was born in America. We joined a local club, the YuGo Club, and I also participated in teaching go at the Pasadena Public Library’s youth program. I saw there was much positive influence on American youths from go,” he says. “My passion in architecture and development is to build places for people to live, work and enjoy. Promoting go gives me the opportunity to introduce this rich Asian culture to my American friends.” - Andy Okun

Spain to Host 38th Kisei Final Opener and Side Tournament

Monday November 18, 2013

The first game of the 38th Kisei title match will be hosted in Alcalá de Henares by the Nam Ban Madrid Go Club on January 11-12, in accordance with the tradition that this title’s first game is played outside Japan.

Iyama Yuta 9P (left), current holder of six of the seven major Japanese titles including this most prestigious of them all (see the Power Report (Part 1): Iyama’s New Records, EJ 10/3), will be challenged by  Yamashita Keigo 9P. Yamashita, who won this year’s Kisei A-league, beat B-league winner Murakawa Daisuke 7P on November 14 in a decider for the Kisei challenger.. The game in Spain will be played over two days, with eight hours main time each, and is the first of a best-of-seven series to decide the title.

In addition, there will be a 4-round amateur open side tournament, scheduled so that participants can easily keep up with developments in the Kisei. The top prize, amongst many others, is €1200 and scholarships (not including travel to Madrid) are available for under-20s.

The events will take place in the conference rooms of the Parador de Alcalá de Henares (right), a renovated C17th building which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Click here for full details and application form. US citizens can visit Spain for up to three months without a visa; click here for further info.

Report by Tony Collman. Photos: Iyama Yuta from his Nihon Ki-in player card; Parador courtesy of their website.

Wisonet Go Club Organizing “Slow-Play” Tourney in NJ

Monday November 18, 2013

The Wisonet Go Club in New Jersey is organizing a slow-game tournament November 28-29 in central New Jersey. Unlike most weekend tournaments, the time limits will be two hours per player, two rounds per day and winners will qualify to advance to rounds that will be played in subsequent months. Organizer Ronghao Chen expects the whole event to last “three or four months” and says it’s intended to give dan players a chance to play higher quality games. Kyu level players can join the tournament by special approval only. The tournament will be held at the Madison Suites Hotel in Somerset, NJ. Contact Chen at chenronghao@yahoo.com or call him at 908-872-6202 for more information.

China vs Korea: Tang Weixing to Play Lee Sedol in 2013 Samsung Cup Final

Sunday November 10, 2013

Tang Weixing secured his place in the 2013 Samsung Cup Final when he defeated Shi Yue 9p in Daejeon, Korea on November 7. Though he lost his first match, Tang’s keen eye and perseverance through games two and three led him to victory. Meanwhile, Lee Sedol 9p (left) had a similar journey on his route to the final. Korean fans worried when a misread in his first match caused Lee to surrender to opponent Wu Guangya 6p. However, he quickly recovered and sailed through games two and three.

The finals will be held December 9-12 in Suzhou, China and broadcast live on Baduk TV. Defending champion Lee will be going for his fifth Samsung Cup title while Tang will be making his international debut. If Tang wins, China will close the year as winner of all the 2013 major international tournaments. Will Lee’s veteran status be enough to carry the flag for Korea? Tune in to find out!

For more information on the 2013 Samsung Cup semifinals including photos, game records, and post-game interviews, please visit Go Game Guru.
- Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article on Go Game Guru; photo courtesy of Go Game Guru

EuroGoTV Update: Russia, Spain, Sweden

Sunday November 10, 2013

2013 spanish openRussia: Ilja Shikshin 7d defeated rival Alexander Dinerchtein 7d in the Japan Ambassador Cup in Moscow on October 27 while Dimitrij Surin 6d placed third. Spain: The XIV Spanish Open finished on November 3 with Yue Li 5d (left) in first, Shizuo Kato 6d in second, and Ignacio Cernuda 3d in third. Sweden: Also on November 3, Antti Tormanen 6d bested Yaqi Fu 6d and Klas Almrot 4d came in third at the Gothenburg Open.
Annalia Linnan,  based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

Korean Pair Wins 24th International Amateur Pair Go Championship

Sunday November 10, 2013

A photo of Kim Sooyong and Jeon JunhakKim Sooyang and Jeon Junhak, representing Korea, won the 24th International Amateur Pair Go Championship, held in Tokyo, Japan from November 2-3. The pair (at right) won with five straight wins, after a close final-round game with Oda Ayako and Nagayo Kazumori from Japan.

Lin Hungping and Lo Shengchieh, from Taiwan, were the runners up. Japan’s Oda and Nagayo finished in third place and were crowned the Japanese Amateur Pair Go Champions.

The highest finishing team from outside of Asia were Natalia Kovaleva and Dmitry Surin, from Russia, who finished 4th. Olga Silber and Benjamin Teuber, representing Germany, and Irina Davis (née Suciu) and Lucretiu Calota, from Romania, also finished strongly – in 9th and 11th place respectively.

Rita Li and Bill Lin, who represented Canada, finished in 19th place and the USA’s Amy Wang and Justin Ching finished 25th. Full results are available on the International Amateur Pair Go page.

- David Ormerod, based on a longer article at Go Game Guru. Photo: Kim Sooyong (left) and Jeon Junhak, Korean representatives.

Hwang In-seong To Guest At London Open

Sunday November 10, 2013

Hwang In-seong (left) will be special guest this year at the London Open, the UK’s  largest go tournament, which runs from December 28-31, ending with a New Year’s Eve meal and drinks (Upcoming European Tournament: London Open Go Congress, EJ 10/30).

Hwang, a Korean national, was a yeongusaeng – the equivalent of a Japanese insei – although he never made pro status. He is now resident in Europe, where he is the second highest-ranked player on the European Go Database (after Fan Hui), graded at 8d* with a GoR of 2802.

Eurogotv reported this week that Hwang will be in Berlin, Germany to play in the 16th Go to Innovation tournament November 22-24 – which he has previously won six times in a row – and the Berliner Kranich the following weekend.

Click here for Hwang’s interview with Eurogotv in May this year, where he discusses, amongst other things, his decision to quit yeongusaeng, his move to Europe and his teaching activities, including his own Yunguseng internet go academy.

Report by Tony Collman, British correspondent for the EJ. Photos: (left) Hwang teaching, courtesy of Belgian Go Federation website; (right) Hwang gives a presentation on approaching life-and-death issues at an invitational event in October at the home of Oxford City Go Club Secretary Harry Fearnley; photo by Ruth Davis.

*Although graded at 8d in Europe, Hwang styles himself as 7d since, as Harry Fearnley explains, in his native Korea no amateur is allowed a higher grade.

 

 

 

 

MGA Tournament Organizer Demonstrates Flexibility

Friday November 8, 2013

A calendar mix-up resulted in a bonus meal at the Massachusetts Go Association’s Fall Tournament on October 20 in Somerville. When TD Eva Casey discovered at the last minute that the Boylston Chess Club was double-booked, she arranged for the tournament’s first round to be held at the Dragon Garden Chinese Restaurant across the street. The only “catch” was that players would have to lunch at the Dragon Garden, which they gladly did.

” It turned out the Chess Tournament had low turnout and was over at 2pm,” Casey reports, “so we were able to share the chess space for Round 2, and had it to ourselves for Rounds 3 and 4.” A total of 27 players ranging from 20 kyu to 4 dan participated, and the three four-game winners were Steven Wu 4d (in striped blue shirt at front left), John Uckele 10 k and Chia Chan 5k.