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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

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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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WAGC GAME COMMENTARIES: Round 4 (China-US; Hong Kong-Sweden; South Korea-Poland)

Friday May 28, 2010

Michael Redmond 9P has picked out a single significant point to comment on in each of these three Round 4 game records (click on “link” to download the sgf or “read more” for the online viewer):
China-US; Hong Kong-Sweden; South Korea-Poland

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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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Pro Game Commentaries On Go Sensei Project

Monday November 17, 2008

Jay Tabaniag’s new Go Sensei Project now has 15 sample pro game commentaries from Russian player and teacher Alexander Dinerchtein; click here to download these game commentaries.

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