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Chinese go authorities ban phones at matches

Sunday November 19, 2017

China’s top authority for the game of go recently announced a ban on phones at go matches in response to the increasing use of artificial2017.11.12_tablet-recording-IMG_8751 intelligence (AI) in the sport. According to a notice released by the Chinese Weiqi Association (CWA) on Tuesday, “during matches, players are not allowed to have or watch mobile phones and any other electronic devices. If they are found with one of the devices, they will be judged losers immediately.” Players are also forbidden from going to their hotel rooms during a break in the matches, unless they have special needs and are accompanied by a judge.

The news has prompted a discussion by the American Go Association’s Board of Directors  about how to address this issue at U.S. go tournaments, where many players now use phones, tablets or laptops to record their games.
- Excerpted/adapted from a report in The Global Times.

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Yinli Wang wins Bingsheng Cup Qualifier

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Yinli (Audrey) Wang has triumphed after a round-robin and elimination qualifier to become the North American representative to the 8th Suzhou Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup World Women Weiqi Tournament. Sixteen women from around the world will be competing at scenic Qionglong Mountain (famous for being the location where Sun Tsu wrote “The Art of War”), from November 6-10 with a top prize of 300,000 RMB (approximately $45,500 US).
- Jeff Shaevel, AGA National Tournament Coordinator
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Go Spotting: Go sculpture in China

Monday October 2, 2017

“Just saw this in Chinese media,” reports Zhiping You. “These are the first go-related sculpture I have ever seen.” At right are Gu Li (right) and2017.10.02_go-sculpture-Lee-Sedol-Gu-Li Lee Sedol (left); in photo at left, Kong Jie (right) and Choe Cheoi-han (left). The sculpture 2017.10.02_go-sculpture2-kong-jie-choe-cheoi-hanis in China, Hunan Province, Fenghuang county. Every two years, beginning in 2003, this county hosts a fight between the top Chinese player and the top Korean player. So far, eight matches have taken place, Korea has won four, China has won three, and there was one tie, between Chang Hao and Lee Changho. “This year’s fight just finished on September 22,” Zhiping You says. “Ke Jie beat Park Junghwan.”

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Shanglv Cup International City Go Tournament in Hangzhou, China

Monday September 11, 2017

The Hangzhou Branch of China Qiyuan is inviting US go players to participate in the Shanglv Cup, to take place between Oct. 27 and Nov. 1. You will need to supply transportation, but they will provide 5-star accommodations at a hotel in Hangzhou. In addition to the main tournament, which features prizes and ranks to players with sufficient standing, there are other side tournaments available: Male Doubles, Female Doubles, Male & Female Mixed Doubles, Family Doubles and Children’s Tournament (below 10 years’ old). Registration deadline is Sept. 30. For more information please e-mail tournaments@usgo.org, or the tournament contact, Di Yang at 616601098@qq.com.
- Jeff Shaevel, AGA National Tournament Coordinator

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Seeking pro or amateur US rep for Bingsheng Cup

Sunday September 10, 2017

The 8th Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup, a women’s weiqi tournament, is seeking a representative from the US. The tournament will be held November 5-11 in Suzhou, China. Professional and amateur women interested in representing the US in this event should send an e-mail to tournaments@usgo.org. Please reply no later than Friday, September 22nd so that we may run a preliminary tournament among the interested players.
- Jeff Shaevel, AGA National Tournament Coordinator
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DeepZenGo wins all-AI go competition

Wednesday September 6, 2017

At an all-AI go competition held in China, Japan’s DeepZenGo took first place and then bested top Chinese pro Kong Jie 9p, who was being assisted by one of the AI runners up, CGI, from Taiwan. Jie was able to choose which AI to use as an assistant, and opted for CGI over the Chinese system FineArt, which had come into the tournament as a favorite. Among the 12 contestant systems, one North American entrant, MuGo by Brian Lee, came in 11th. MuGo was only six or so months old, and not that strong yet, but Lee was pleased to play against other systems, and preparing for this event with a short lead time was good motivation to work harder. “It was good to have a goal. I’d been working on it alone for four months, and it’s difficult to construct imaginary castles when there’s no one looking at it but yourself.” Scheduling conflicts kept other North American Go programmers, like Dave Fotland, away and Facebook has not been working on its system actively. The AlphaGo group did not attend, with the final versions of AlphaGo having retired from competition after the match with Ke Jie 9p in May. The competition took place in Ordos City, China, at the first ever Chinese Go Congress, a well-attended event that brought together 5,000 mostly amateur attendees, according to organizers.
- Andy Okun, Special Correspondent

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Moments from the MLily Cup: Days three and four

Saturday August 26, 2017

fullsizeoutput_c0dHua Xueming 7P’s Go philosophy is familiar
“No matter who I play with, if I’m playing a game of Go I am enjoying myself,” Hua Xueming 7P said through a translator during the Ruilong Primary School visit. “Even just last night I played four games, until midnight!” In the discussion room during the top eight round, she played a four-stone game with Jeff Shaevel (photo top right). Competition Officer Liu Jing 8P expressed similar feelings at the event, emphasizing that when he sees children playing and enjoying Go it makes him happy, because it reminds him of when he played as a child and how much he enjoyed it.

fullsizeoutput_c10Players began the top eight round with choosing for color
All in unison, following announcements of Wang Runan 8P, President of the Chinese Weiqi Association, players took stones from their bowls to choose for color, arranged the bowls appropriately, and started their clocks to begin the top eight round games. Park Jungwhan 9P and Chen Zijian 4P chose black and white respectively (photo top left).

Nie Weiping 9P joins the discussion room
In the discussion room during the top 16 matches, Hua Xueming played a go game with tournament sponsor Ni Zhanggen while everyone watched the tournament games projected on a fullsizeoutput_c1ascreen at the front of the room. During the top eight matches Hua Xueming 7P, Nie Weiping 9P, and Yu Bing 9P focused on a lively review of the tournament games in progress (photo bottom right).

fullsizeoutput_c16Semi-finalists chosen and paired
Competition Officer Liu Jing 8P introduced each of the four semi-finalists and prepared the box from which each player would choose their position and opponent for the best-of-three semi-final round (photo bottom left).
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report/photos by Karoline Li, EJ Tournaments Bureau Chief

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MLily Cup: Final four players chosen and paired

Saturday August 26, 2017

fullsizeoutput_c0cPark Jungwhan 9P, Park Yonghun 9P, Li Xuanhao 6P, and Xie Ke 3P were victorious in their top eight games on Saturday afternoon 8/26. After all the games were finished, the players drew lots to choose their matches for the next round, which will be best of three matches; games will take place on November 17th, 19th, and 20th.

Pairings for the top four best of three matches (photo, left to right):
Li Xuanhao 6P vs Park Yonghun 9P
Xie Ke 3P vs Park Jungwhan 9P
-report/photo by Karoline Li, EJ Tournaments Bureau Chief

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Adventures in Tongling City and a very short birthday

Saturday August 26, 2017

IMG_0792by Karoline LiIMG_0799

Down the street from our hotel Jeff Shaevel and I found the One Two Book Cafe, where we hoped to find good coffee to complement our otherwise local – and entirely delicious – culinary adventures here in Tongling. The cafe is also a bookstore and local hangout for young people to come and play games, on top of being a lovely coffeehouse. Jeff and I found ourselves there a couple of mornings when our schedule allowed, and were delighted – but not surprised – to find a Go set at one of the tables, on which he promptly trounced me two games in a row. However, our time there was not only a celebration of Go and good coffee; a room at the back of the cafe is festooned with balloons and stuffed animals and is specially designated as the Happy Birthday room. We looked no further for how to properly acknowledge Jeff’s recently under-celebrated birthday, which had begun only a few minutes prior to the boarding of our flight on Monday August 21 and as a result lasted only a few hours and was over by the time we landed.
-report/photos by Li, EJ Tournaments Coordinator

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MLily Cup top eight matches begin

Saturday August 26, 2017

IMG_0975The final top eight players of the MLily Cup begun their games the morning of August 26th in Tongling at 12:30 on the dot. A clock issue that interrupted the game between Fan Yunruo 6P and Park Yonghun 9P in the first few minutes was quickly rectified by the competition officer and the game progressed smoothly.
-photo: Park Jungwhan 9P begins his top eight match against Chen Zijian 4P
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report/photo by Karoline Li, EJ Tournaments Bureau Chief

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