Staking his claim as the best go player in the world, Park Jeong Hwan 9P of Korea has won the 2017 World Go Championship, defeating Mi Yu Ting 9P of China in the final on March 24. In third place was DeepZenGo with one win and Yuta Iyama 9P of Japan took fourth place. Details, including the tournament results table and game records, are here. The Nihon Kiin sponsored the tournament to decide “the best go player in the world.” Park called the opportunity to compete in the tournament “an honor” and said that it was “a good opportunity to improve my skills.”a good opportunity to improve my skills.a good opportunity to improve my skills.think that this is a good opportunity to improve my skills.
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Friday March 24, 2017
Thursday March 23, 2017
The 34th World Youth Goe Championship is open for registration, reports Mingjiu Jiang 7P. The event is open to US citizens only. The Senior Division is for youth aged 12—15, and the Junior for kids under 12 by July 23rd, 2017. Players cannot be on the team, in the same age division, more than twice within 3 years. The initial qualifiers will be held on KGS with Ing rules, April 8th and 9th. The top two players of each group will play final games face to face, place to be determined, on May 20th and 21st. Final winners will represent the US to this year’s World Youth Goe Championship on July 18-23 in Chiangmai, Thailand. Ing’s Goe Foundation and the American Ing’s Goe Foundation will pay round trip airfare and hotel.
Registration is due by April 3, 2017. To register, email your name, date of birth, division, rank, KGS id, phone and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call Mingjiu at (650-796-1602) Sponsored by: Ing’s Goe Foundation. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Youth competing at a previous WYGC final.
Wednesday March 22, 2017
Park Jeong Hwan 9P and Mi Yuting 9P are facing off for the title in the Nihon Kiin’s “World Go Championship.” The final matches are being broadcast live now (10p EST) on YouTube, with commentary by Michael Redmond 9P and Anti Tourmanen 1P. has been posted. Park Junghwan beat DeepZen and Mi Yuting beat Iyama Yuta in the second round, leaving both 2-0. Click here for Round 2 commentary (Part 1); Part 2 is here.
Wednesday March 22, 2017
In the latest in the AGA Master Review Series, Michael Redmond 9P, hosted by Chris Garlock, takes a look at the game between Master 9P and Lian Xiao 7P (click here or below). “Lian Xiao is ranked among the top ten players in the world,” Redmond says. “He has a strong fighting style. In this game Master/AlphaGo plays a truly unorthodox move early in the game, and goes ahead to take control.”
“I could not find any obvious mistakes to blame for Lian losing the game,” says Redmond, “but think that he placed too much emphasis on local fights while falling behind in the overall position.” As usual, the sgf file here has additional variations.
Tuesday March 21, 2017
Park Jeong Hwan 9P and Mi Yuting 9P prevailed in the first round of the Nihon Kiin’s “World Go Championship,” held on March 21; the video commentary by Michael Redmond and Anti Tourmanen has been posted. This round features Deep Zen Go vs Mi Yuting 9P and Park Jeong Hwan 9P vs Iyama Yuta 9P; click here for commentary Part 1 and commentary Part 2. The tournament continues through March 23 in Osaka, Japan. The Nihon Kiin is providing live commentaries on YouTube (LIVE as of 11p EST 3/21) by Redmond and Tourmanen.
Note: this post has been updated to reflect that Park Jeong Hwan won in the first round, not Iyama Yuta, as initially reported.
Tuesday March 21, 2017
by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal
Fujisawa and Hane win Pair Go: The final of the Professional Pair Go Championship 2017 was held at the Nihon Ki-in’s Tokyo headquarters on March 5. Taking black, the pair of Fujisawa Rina, Women’s Honinbo, and Hane Naoki 9P beat Suzuki Ayumi 7P and Cho Chikun, 25th Honinbo, by 1.5 points. An estimated 1350 go fans somehow managed to fit
into the Nihon Ki-in to view the tournament.
Iyama makes good start in Judan defence: The first game of the 55th Judan title match was held at Osaka University of Commerce on March 7. Winning this title last year was what secured Iyama his grand slam of the top seven titles. Having lost the Meijin title, he is now down to six, but he will looking for a chance to repeat his grand slam, so he needs to hang on to all his current titles. He faces the challenge of one of the new stars of Japanese go, Yo Seiki 7P. Aged 21, Yo is a member of the Kansai Ki-in and hails from Taiwan, where he is known as Yu Cheng-ch’i (Yu Zhengqi in Pinyin). Playing black, Iyama Yuta defeated Yo by resignation after 197 moves. Apparently Yo had winning chances in the middle game but was unable to make the most of them. The second game will be played on March 30.
Fujisawa Rina wins Women’s Meijin: The second game of the 29th Women’s Meijin title match was held at the same venue as the first Judan game on March 8. Playing white, Fujisawa Rina, Women’s Honinbo, beat the defending champion Xie Yimin by 1.5 points. This gave Fujisawa her second concurrent title and reduced Xie to three titles. She had held this title for nine years in a row but missed out on becoming the first woman to win a title for ten years in a row.
Iyama defends Kisei title: The sixth game of the 41st Kisei title match was held at Ryugon, a high-class Japanese inn in Minami Uonuma City, Niigata Prefecture, on March 9 and 10. In the middle game, Kono Rin 9P (B) launched a challenge but made a miscalculation, so at one stroke the game turned in Iyama Yuta Kisei’s favor. Kono made a fierce attack in an attempt to catch up, but was parried by Iyama. Kono resigned after 150 moves, so Iyama defended his title with a 4-2 score. Having held the Kisei title for five successive terms, he qualified for the title of Honorary Kisei (to be assumed when he turns 60 or retires, whichever comes first). He is the third player to earn the honorary title, after Fujisawa Shuko (Hideyuki) and Kobayashi Koichi. Iyama also maintained his sextuple crown. The Kisei prize money is 45 million yen (just under $400,000).
Iyama finally wins NHK Cup: The NHK Cup was the only official title that Iyama Yuta had not won. He finally put that to rights in the final of the 64thCup, telecast on March 19, when, playing white, he defeated Ichiriki Ryo by resignation after 184 moves. This was his third final, but his first for four years. It is his 42nd title, which puts him in 6th place in the all-time lists. Ichiriki also came second in the 62nd NHK Cup.
Honinbo League (March 8) Takao Shinji Meijin (W) beat Mitani Tetsuya 7P by resig.; Motoki Katsuya 7P (B) beat Cho U 9P by 4.5 points. Thanks to his win, Motoki improved his score to 5-1, giving him the sole lead. His main rivals are Hane Naoki 9P and Ko Iso 8P, who are both on 4-2. In the final round, scheduled for April 6, Motoki plays Ko and Hane meets Cho. Even if he loses, Motoki will qualify for a play-off.
Meijin League: (March 9) Ko Iso 8P (W) beat Murakawa Daisuke 8P by resig. (March 13) Yo Seiki 7P (B) beat Cho U 9P by resig. Kono Rin 9P and Iyama Yuta share the lead on 2-0. Yo Seiki is in last place, but he finally picked up his first win, making his score 1-3.
Sunday March 19, 2017
The Portland (Oregon) Go Club 2017 Handicap Championship wound up on March 14 after one and a half months of weekly matches. Peter Drake took first place on tie-break over Daniel Wagner, both scoring 4-1. Six players competed.
Sunday March 19, 2017
“I’m so grateful to the many hundreds of players in the community who have supported this project over the years” Lockhart, who has overseen the project since its inception in 2012, tells the EJ. “We’re very excited to finally show the finished product, and we encourage anyone in the Los Angeles area who’s free on April 3 to make the trip!” Click here for tickets to the screening.
If you can’t make it to Palm Springs, don’t worry – the film team assures us that many other screenings around the country are currently in the works, including showings at this year’s US Go Congress in San Diego and European Go Congress in Germany. Check here for more screenings to be announced.
Sunday March 19, 2017
The latest in the AGA Master Review Series features Jennie Shen 2P’s translation of Meng Tailing 6p’s commentary on Master’s game against Park Junghwan 9p – Game 24 in Master’s 60-game series — and Michael Redmond 9P’s commentary on Master’s game against Meng Tailing (Game 9). At right is Redmond’s sgf commentary, which includes additional variations.
“I have taken note that some people are requesting longer videos in the comments, and I can assure you that in some cases I will be doing longer commentaries,” Redmond posted last week. “In the case of the Master games, Master is outstanding in the opening, and the power of it’s different yet effective moves has the potential to change how we pros think about fuseki. One of my motives in making these videos was to voice my opinion about these new ideas, and therefore I want to focus on the early parts of the games. Master usually takes the lead early in the game, so that also is a factor in my choice to comment on the openings. I also believe that while I could squeeze in a lot of information, it can be difficult for the viewer to digest a lot of new ideas at once, and a large number of short videos is more effective as a learning tool than a small number of long videos.” Redmond added that “In my Redmond Reviews, I will be commentating more on human games, some of them my own. Humans make mistakes, which can be painful for the players but will give me more opportunities to go through to later stages in the games, and more drama late in the games for the viewers to enjoy.”
Friday March 17, 2017
Any last minute players who want to join the Redmond Cup, registration is due March 19th. Preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2017 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids 12 and under, and the Senior league for 17 and under. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of 1 dan or higher. For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here.