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U.S. OPEN ROUND 5, BOARD 1: Cathy Li 1P on Unavoidable Fighting

Friday August 6, 2010

Yongfe Ge 7D unsuccessfully tries to avoid fighting with Myung-Wan Kim 9P in this U.S. Open Round 5 game. Cathy Li 1P (r) shows how two of Ge’s moves early on enable Kim to get a three-way attack going that determines the flow of the rest of this exciting game.

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2010 US Open Round 5
UCCS, Colorado Springs, CO
W: Myung-Wan Kim 9P
B: Yongfei Ge 7DCommentary by Cathy Li 1P, broadcast on the KGS Go Server
Game recorded by Solomon Smilack; commentary transcribed by Chris Garlock

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U.S. OPEN ROUND 4, BOARD 1: Cheng Xiaoliu 6P on The Cost of Unusual Josekis

Thursday August 5, 2010

Cheng Xiaoliu 6P (center) was born in 1949 and became a 6-dan pro in 1982. His achievements include 5th place in the 1977 National Individual Championship, 3rd place in the 1981 National Individual Championship, Challenger in the 4th New Sports Cup, Top 4 in the 1988 Meijin Tournament.

2010 US Open Round 4, Board 1

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August 5, 2010
W: Lui, Eric 7D
B: Kim, Myung Wan 9P
Commentary by Cheng Xiaoliu 6P, translated by I-han Lui, transcribed by Chris Garlock
Game recorded by Solomon Smilack on KGS

U.S. OPEN ROUND 2, BOARD 2: Ryo Maeda 6P on “Mysterious and interesting moves”

Monday August 2, 2010

“This is a really interesting and exciting game,” says Ryo Maeda 6P in his U.S. Open Round 2 game commentary, “with many mysterious and interesting moves.” The game features a non-joseki variation that winds up being an even trade and then a ladder plays a critical role in the fighting that follows, with an attack on Black’s central group, more ladders and finishing with a nailbiting semeai with just one period of overtime left. (NOTE: this is not the complete game record, which will be published on the Congress Crosstabs page) Game recorded by Chris Burg; published in the American Go E-Journal.

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POGO’S PROBLEMS: White To Move

Monday August 2, 2010

“I told Pogo (yes, that’s his real name) that I’m going to the 2010 Go Congress,” says Weekly Go Problem Editor Myron Souris. “After doing his happy dance over being rid of me for a week, he gave us a couple of his favorite tsumego problems as exercises. By the way, Pogo is the one on the left.” Adds Souris, “You might be impressed with Pogo’s go playing ability, but he’s not that good. With three stones, I can beat him more than half the time. Even worse, a rabbit in the yard interrupts a game for 5 minutes.” See below for this week’s problems. Be the first kyu-rated, active AGA member to submit correct solutions to both problems and win the prize of a back issue of Go World magazine. Plus: another Go World will is available to the first kyu-rated 2010 Go Congress attendee to submit solutions. Email solutions to potw@usgo.org; the Problem Editor’s judgment is final. “And no fair asking your dog for help!” says Souris.

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U.S. OPEN ROUND 1, BOARD 1: Jennie Shen 2P on why “I hate this opening”

Sunday August 1, 2010

“This opening has been going on and on for over 15 years,” says Jennie Shen 2P in her U.S. Open Round 1 game commentary, “I think they should do something else.” Youngster Tianyu (Bill) Lin 7d (r) comes up with an unusual move in a common joseki and dukes it out with Myung Wan Kim 9P (l) in the Board 1 game from the first round of the 2010 U.S. Open on Sunday morning. There are two versions of the game below: a partial game record with commentary by Shen and the complete game record including KGS kibitzes. Game recorded by Solomon Smilack; published in the American Go E-Journal.

US Open Round 1, Board 1, WITH JENNIE SHEN COMMENTARY

US Open Round 1, Board 1: uncommented full game record

THE “IMPOSSIBLE” TIAN YUAN TOWER PROBLEM, SOLVED

Monday June 7, 2010

The “Impossible” Tian Yuan Tower problem (5/27 EJ) is “Far from impossible,” writes John Fairbairn, “especially once

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you know the name of the problem, Shenlong Guotu, or Divine Dragon Shedding Its Bones. The Daoist phrase ‘shedding bones,’ or variants such as ‘shedding a skin’, always signify it’s an under-the-stones problem,” says Fairbairn, a longtime go writer and co-author of the Games of Go on Disk encyclopedia (GoGoD). Fairbairn was one of just eight readers to correctly solve the problem:  Steven Burrall, who also knew it was an ishi no shita, or “under the stones” problem; Daniel Gourdeau, Jimmy Guo, Marek Kamiński, Carlo Metta, Solomon Smilack and our very own weekly AGA go problem-meister Myron Souris. We won’t mention the name of the reader who wanted to know “is the problem black to play and kill or white to play and live?”

WAGC GAME COMMENTARIES: Round 8

Sunday May 30, 2010

See below for Michael Redmond 9P’s commentaries on three Round 8 game records (click on “link” to download the sgf or “read more” for the online viewer): Song Hong Suk 7d (S Korea) vs Ondrej Silt 6d (Czechia) (photo at right); Wang Chen 7d (China) vs Nai San Chan 6d (Hong Kong); Fredrik Blomback 5d (Sweden) vs Cheng-Hsun Chen 6d (Chinese Taipei). CLICK HERE for James Davies’ complete Ranka online report on the Round 8 action & CLICK HERE for latest standings, courtesy of Alain Cano

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WAGC GAME COMMENTARIES: Round 7

Saturday May 29, 2010

See below for Michael Redmond 9P’s commentaries on four Round 7 game records (click on “link” to download the sgf or “read more” for the online viewer): Nai San Chan 6d (Hong Kong) vs Yongfei Ge 7d (Canada, at right); Alexey Lazarev 6d (Russia) vs Song Hong Suk 7d (S Korea); Ondrej Silt 6d (Czechia) vs Yohei Sato 6d (Japan); Jo Tae Won 7d (N Korea) vs Wang Chen 7d (China).
CLICK HERE for latest standings, courtesy of Alain Cano

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WAGC GAME COMMENTARIES: Round 6

Saturday May 29, 2010

See below for Michael Redmond 9P’s commentaries on five Round 6 game records (click on “link” to download the sgf or “read more” for the online viewer): Ondrej Silt 6d (Czechia, at right) vs Fredrik Blomback 5d (Sweden); Song Hong Suk 7d (S Korea) vs Chan Nai San 7d (Hong Kong); Wang Chen 7d (China) vs Cheng-Hsun Chen 6d (Chinese Taipei); Gerardus Petrus Gronen 6d (Netherlands) vs Fernando Aguilar 7d (Argentina); Yohei Sato 6d (Japan) vs Kasper Hornbaek 5d (Denmark)
CLICK HERE for latest standings, courtesy of Alain Cano.

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WAGC GAME COMMENTARIES: Round 5

Friday May 28, 2010

See below for Michael Redmond 9P’s commentaries on four Round 5 game records (click on “link” to download the sgf or “read more” for the online viewer): Cheng-Hsun Chen 6d (Chinese Taipei) vs. Nai San Chan 6d (Hong Kong); Fernando Aguilar 7d (Argentina) vs. Yohei Sato 6d (Japan); Leszek Soldan 5d (Poland) vs. Yongfei Ge 7d (Canada); Alexey Lazarev 6d (Russia) vs. Bogdan Zhurakovskyi 5d (Ukraine).
CLICK HERE for latest standings, courtesy of Alain Cano.

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