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EJ & Ranka Coverage of 34th WAGC To Start 9/1

Thursday August 29, 2013

China and Korea are favorites again this year to win the 34th edition of the World Amateur Go Championships, which will be held on September 1-4 in Sendai, Japan. Beginning September 1st,  Ranka Online and the American Go E-Journal will provide full daily coverage of the championship.

The field of 62 players from as many countries will range in age from 14 to 57 and in official rank from 7 kyu to 8 dan. Yuqing Hu will represent China and Hyunjae Choi is playing for Korea; those two countries have not dropped a single game to any other country in this event since 2006. The players from perennially strong Chinese Taipei, Japan, and Hong Kong (Wei-shin Lin, Kikou Emura, and King-man Kwan) will also bear watching, particularly 14-year-old Lin, who will move on from the World Amateur to a pro career in Taiwan.

These Asians will be challenged, however, by a strong European contingent, led by Slovakian prodigy Pavol Lisy, who finished runner-up to former Chinese pro Fan Hui in this year’s European Championship. Joining Pavol will be four other young finalists from the European Championship: Thomas Debarre (France), Ilya Shikshin (Russia), Artem Kachanovskyi (Ukraine), and Nikola Mitic (Serbia). Also competing will be such established European stars as Ondrej Silt (Czechia), Csaba Mero (Hungary), Cornel Burzo (Romania), Merlijn Kuin (Netherlands), and Franz-Josef Dickhut (Germany).

Challenging the Asians and Europeans will be a pair of North American students: Curtis Tang (US), a UC Berkeley student who trained for a year at a go academy in China, and Bill Lin (Canada), who played in the World Mind Games last December and is coming off a 3-1 defense of his Canadian Dragon title.

The Southern hemisphere will be represented by Hao-Song Sun (Australia, 11th place at the 2008 World Mind Sports Games), Xuqi Wu (New Zealand, 12th place at the 2009 Korea Prime Minister Cup), and a pack of hopeful new players from South America and South Africa.

In the past the World Amateur Go Championship has been held in the spring, but this year the schedule was moved back because of the effects of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. Thanks to support from all over the world during the past two years, most of the regions hit by the earthquake are now recovering. It is hoped that through the game of go this tournament will give the world proof of the recovery and encourage the local people to press ahead with the long recovery process.
- Ranka Online
NOTE: This report has been updated to reflect Curtis Tang’s status as a college student, not high school.

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Taylor Wins Gold at London’s Mind Sports Olympiad

Wednesday August 28, 2013

Paul Taylor 2d of the St Albans Go Club, UK took the gold medal for 19×19 go by just half a point at the 17th Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) in London on Sunday August 25 (Mind Sports Olympiad Under Way in London, 8/18 EJ).

British Go Association (BGA) VP Tony Atkins 1d (right) of Reading, UK, who also organized the go events and ran a free introduction to the game, as well as acting as arbiter for the games, had to content himself with the second place silver medal. Michael Webster 1d of the Central London Go Club took bronze after a tie-break with Alistair Wall 1d of Wanstead Go Club, UK. Click here for full results.

In the previous afternoon’s 13×13 event, Chris Volk from Germany took gold, while the silver medal went to Jay Rastall. Martyn Hamer won the bronze, but only after a tiebreak playoff with Matthew Hathrell, who nevertheless won medals in several other events. Click here for full results.

Click here for full MSO medal awards.

Tony Collman, British Go Correspondent for the E-J. From a report for the BGA by Tony Atkins. Photos courtesy of Atkins’ website.

MacFadyen Sweeps Isle of Man Go Festival Main Tourney

Monday August 26, 2013

The 11th Isle of Man International Go Festival finished up on Friday August 23, bringing an end to a week of go and social activities for about fifty players. The Festival, which opened on August 18, hosted three tournaments, the Main, Afternoon and Handicap.

The Main was taken with a 5-game sweep by  former British and European  Champion Matthew MacFadyen 6d of Leamington, UK, with Matthew Cocke 5d of Epsom, UK in second and Piers Shepperson 4d, also of Epsom, third. Click here for full results.

In the shorter Afternoon tourney, Shigehiko Uno 4d of the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo prevailed with a full three wins, while James Hutchinson 1d of Belfast took second place and Toby Manning 2d of Leicester, UK third. Click here for full results.

The handicap tournament was won by young Edmund Smith 15k of Milton School, who beat Oscar Selby 11k in the final round. Richard Hunter 3d of Bristol won the 13×13 event. The Japanese husband and wife team of Shigehiko Uno 4d and Keiko Uno 20k won the rengo.

The event took place at the Cherry Orchard Apartments in Port Erin on the Isle of Man, a small island off the west coast of Scotland. Although it is one of the British Isles, it is not strictly part of the UK, being a self-governing British Crown Dependency. It is perhaps most well-known internationally for the TT motorcycle races.

Click here for the preliminary report on the British Go Association website, and here for an updated report of prize-winners and side events.

Tony Collman, British Correspondent for the E-J. photo by Seamus Whelan, courtesy of Cherry Orchard Apartmentswebsite.
NOTE: this post was updated 8/27 with several corrections and the handicap tourney results.

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EuroGoTV Update: Russia, Poland, Sweden

Friday August 23, 2013

Vladimir Open 2013Russia: Less than ten days after his victories at the 2013 European Go Congress, Ilja Shikshin 7d (left) conquered the Vladimir Open in Suzdal on August 18. Igor Nemlij 5d placed second and Dmitrij Surin 6d came in third. Poland: The Summer Go School – Jerzy Sacharewicz Memorial tournament in Przystanek Alaska also finished on August 18 with Cezary Czernecki 3d in first, Stanislaw Frejlak 4d in second, and Marek Kaminski 4d in third. Sweden: Fredrik Blomback 6d bested Yaqi Fu 6d at the Stockholm Open on August 18; Klas Almrot 4d came in third.
— Annalia Linnan, based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news

Mind Sports Olympiad Under Way in London

Sunday August 18, 2013

A 10-day “Festival for the Mind”, the 17th Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) opened in London on Friday 16 August, hosting a myriad of mind sport competitions, including the Creative Thinking World Championship, Hare and Tortoise, Chess – and variations on it, some novel such as Diving Chess – and last, but not least, go.

There will be a free introduction to go on the morning of Saturday, August 24, followed by the 13×13 competition that afternoon. The next day will see the all-day 19×19 go tournament, a 4-round McMahon, 40 minutes each main time + 30 moves in 5 minutes overtime.

Entry is £10 per event (single session) or £15 (double session) and it is being held at the University of London Union, Malet St, London, United Kingdom, WC1E 7HY. Click here for a full schedule of events.

Tony Collman, British Correspondent for the E-Journal. Photo: Mind Map, courtesy of MSO website.

“Play More Go” Releases Two More Videos

Sunday August 18, 2013

The Play More Go project has released two more videos, What is it about? and Master the Game. Professionally produced by Sven and Lars Walther, the brief videos are designed to provoke interest in the game by a broader audience.  All three of the videos are good introductions to go and would be suitable for posting on a go club’s website or Facebook page. “It’s not a game,” the narrator says in “More than a Game,” Play More Go’s first video. “It’s a feeling. An experience. It’s an art. A science…a sport…a craft. “ In “What is it about(left) the narrator says “It’s not about power. It’s not about experience. Nor wealth, nor education…what is it about? Find out. Play it. Go.”  And in the latest, “Master the Game” (right), he says “Know yourself. Master the game. Just go.” While the commercial-like videos have generated some criticism from viewers who feel there’s “not enough go” the general consensus seems to be that they’re effective at making go more accessible to the general public. “I just showed these to my wife, and she thought they were lovely,” said one commenter on GoGameGuru. “’But go IS about friendship!’ she said.”

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EGC Finals: Hui Fan On Fire

Wednesday August 14, 2013

European Go Congress 2013The delicate dance between Hui Fan 7d (left), Pavol Lisy 6d, and Mateusz Surma 6d at this year’s European Go Congress in Olsztyn ended on August 10 when Fan snagged the spotlight after a final showdown with Lisy. It is Fan’s third title in three weeks and the second time he and Lisy have had a face-off. Unfortunately for Lisy, Fan repeated his performance at the Beijing 2013 qualification tournament on July 22 and successfully edged him out.

Though fan favorite Ilja Shikshin 7d fell short of the top five in the main tournament, he won both the weekend tournament and the blitz knock-out. In the U18 tournament, fellow Russian Alexandr Vashurov 5d took first while Jonas Welticke 5d placed second and Roman Lemasson 3d came in third.

For photos and full results from all the go tournaments at this year’s European Go Congress, visit the EGC 2013 official website.
–Annalia Linnan, photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

Upcoming European Tournaments: 13th Istanbul International Go Tournament, 2013 European Student Go Championship

Tuesday August 13, 2013

Istanbul International Go Tournament 2013Turkey: The 13th Istanbul Go Tournament will take place September 28 and 29 in Istanbul. Since fall 2001, the Istanbul Go Tournament has made its players its top priority. According to the official homepage, the Istanbul Go Topluluğu has “always been striving to achieve a higher quality of experience…and set a higher standard for other national tournaments in Turkey.” All players are invited to register. Pre-registration is open until September 20 and strongly encouraged. For official rules, full schedule, and more, please visit istanbulgo.org.
Italy: The Higashikita Go Club and Italian Go Federation (F.I.G.G.) will host the 2013 European Student Go Championship and 8th Higashikita Tournament on October 5-6 in Trieste. For the main tournament, any player that is a university student, under 30 years of age, and a citizen of any EGF member countries is invited to participate. There is no entry fee and if a country chooses to elect an official national representative, that player will receive free accommodations. For players who do not qualify for the main tournament, the Higashikita Tournament is open to all players. Players who register for the Higashikita Tournament before September 29 will receive a 30% discount on their entry fee. For more information about or to register for either tournament, please visit the ESGC 2013 official website.
— Annalia Linnan; for complete listings, check out the European Tournament Calendar; photo courtesy of Istanbul Go

Russian Student Tourney Invites Players From Abroad

Sunday August 11, 2013

University teams from other countries are being invited to take part in the Student Championships in Petrozavodsk, Russia in September. “Participation of university teams from all over the world in the event will make it very respected, dynamic and let us to attract attention of government officers and the public towards spreading go,” says organizer Alexey Lazarev. The event will run September 25-30 and will include both team and individual competitions and will be held in the Hotel Karelia which is offering significantly discounted rates. Email Lazarev for details: lazarev_av@sampo.ru

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BGA Ratings Stay Public as Member’s Area Launches

Tuesday August 6, 2013

The British Go Association’s (BGA)  ratings list and Organisers Handbooks will continue to be publicly available on the BGA’s website, which last week launched a member’s-only section. Plans to remove much previously public information, including ratings, had met with opposition (Brits “Members-Only” Website Move Sparks Debate 7/21 EJ) and following a period of consultation, BGA President Jon Diamond announced that the ratings, handbooks and “some of the Policies which may be clearly relevant to non-members (such as Child Protection)” would remain public. Material on the Members’ Section includes electronic versions of the British Go Journals for the last year, PDFs, SGFs and problems/solutions, Council meetings and Annual General Meeting Minutes, Annual Accounts, Policies and Archive contents. Click here for full details.
-Tony Collman, British Correspondent for the E-Journal.

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