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Modern Master Games & More New Releases from SmartGo Books

Monday September 19, 2011

SmartGo Books has just released “Modern Master Games, Volume One: The Dawn of Tournament Go,” a new Kiseido book by Rob van Zeijst and Richard Bozulich. “Master Games” features detailed commentary on eleven masterpieces by some of the great players of the post-war era. It starts with the atomic-bomb game between Iwamoto and Hashimoto, Takagawa’s dominance of the Honinbo title, the rise of Sakata and Fujisawa Shuko, Fujisawa Hosai and his imitation go strategy, and more. The book is priced at $11.99, using in-app purchase on your iPad or iPhone. Even if you don’t have a device running SmartGo Books, you can check out a PDF of the commentary of one of the games here. Unlike a PDF, SmartGo Books lets you replay the moves directly in the diagram. Other recent releases include the first three volumes of Janice Kim’s acclaimed “Learn to Play Go” series (volumes IV and V will be added in the coming months), and “The Go Consultants” by John Fairbairn and T Mark Hall (published by Slate & Shell), “one of my all-time favorite go books,” says SmartGo Books publisher Anders Kierulf. SmartGo Books now includes 18 titles, from beginner to advanced, with more to come.

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Kaya Go Server Aims at Online Audience

Monday September 19, 2011

Those who have attended Congresses will be familiar with seeing top board games computer projected onto a large screen, relayed to on-line audiences around the world. Many more people will have played on-line. A new go server aims at these online fans. The Kaya Go Server aims to improve accessibility, especially for newcomers, by making it simple to play in a web browser. There is also an emphasis on making community features readily available. For details there’s an interesting interview with Kaya’s lead developer, Gabriel Benmergui , a leading Argentine player, as well as comments in Finnish champion Anntii Törmänen’s blog and there’s also overall information on on-line go servers.
- Bob Gilman

Changlong Wu 7d Sweeps Triangle Memorial in NC

Monday September 19, 2011

Changlong Wu 7d swept the 11th Triangle Memorial Tournament, held at the traditional outdoors setting at Umstead State Park in Cary, North Carolina. A total of 38 players participated, and as is customary for this event sponsored by the Triangle Go Group, all the entry fees were returned as cash prizes. In addition the players were treated to a full lunch and daylong snacks prepared by tireless Arlene Bridges, “who added to the warmth of Southern hospitality by stoking a blazing fire in the fireplace of the picnic shelter to fend of an early fall chill,” reports TD Charles Alden. All players scoring at least three wins in the four rounds of play received cash prizes, led by Changlong Wu (seated at right), who topped the Open section with a perfect 4-0 score despite having to give three handicap stones in each of his first three games.  Second place in the Open section went to Frank Salantrie (seated at left) with a 3-1 score.

Other prize winners were Rodney Keaton and the father-son team of Xiaoping Wu and Brian Wu, all scoring 3-1 in the 1D-1k section.  Alex Panaccione topped the 2k-3k section with score of 3-1, and in the highly populated 5k-6k section Neil Bernstein scored a perfect 4-0, followed by Justin Blank and England’s Alice Bradley at 3-1.  Seth Cardew and John Aiken tied for first in the 8k-9k section at 3-1, and Alvin Chen won the double-digit kyu section, also at 3-1.
- photo courtesy Bob Bacon

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Tacoma Back-To-School Tourney Features Free Pizza

Monday September 19, 2011

Fourteen players competed in the September 18 Tacoma (WA) Go Club’s annual Back-To-School Tournament at the Seattle Go Center. “Players from as far away as Portland, Oregon, braved the I-5 slog to participate,” reports club organizer Gordon Castanza. For this tournament the Tacoma Go Club inaugurated its use of Go Clubs On-Line for pre-registrations, lunch orders, and beta testing of the GCOL pairings program. The Tacoma Go Club provided free lunch pizzas for all the players. Peter Mooyman 2k won three straight games to take first place. Tacoma’s favorite son, Solomon Choe 5d, and Portland’s Chen Yung-Pin 8k both won three games and even after SOS and SODOS tied for second place honors. Bert Hallonquist 6d and Portland’s Peter Drake 6k tied for third place. The Tacoma Go Club will host its annual Veterans’ Day Tournament on Saturday, November 12th at the beautiful Tacoma Art Museum. The TGC will again use Go Clubs On-Line for pre-registration.

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Xuyu Xiang 6d Tops Chicago Tourney

Sunday September 18, 2011

Xuyu Xiang 6d (l) took first place in the September 3 Form Follows Function Tournament in Chicago, IL. “We had some new players and some old players,” reports organizer and TD Bob Barber (at right in photo at left). “In particular, Jeff Pratt took a short break from raising four boys to join in the fun.  And Steven Harris reappeared after a hiatus of fifteen years.  Great to reconnect.”
Winner’s Report: 1st Place Dan:  XIANG, Xuyu, 6d; 1st Place Hi Kyu:  WALL, Philip, 4k; Tie First Place Low Kyu: LIN, Crystal, 17k & LIU, Amy, 20k. 33 players participated.
photos by Dan Smith (wearing his official E-Journal cap)

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Registration Opens for New SportAccord World Mind Games Online Tournament

Sunday September 18, 2011

Want to win a free trip to the SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing this December? Enter the brand-new SportAccord World Mind Games Online Tournament for your chance at the trip! Registration is now open for the tournament, which will be held on the Internet Go Server (IGS) under the auspices of SportAccord, supported by Samsung and Rado and organized by the International Go Federation and Pandanet. The winner of this all-amateur event will be invited to observe the first SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG), scheduled for December 8-17 in Beijing (RANKA online will present reports and up-to-date news from the venue on game results and other items). SportAccord will provide an SAWMG entry ticket, round-trip airfare, local transportation and accommodations. In addition, the Online Tournament winner will be presented with a medal during the SAWMG official banquet. Registrants must be amateurs and members of an association affiliated with the IGF (or recognized by such an association), must be able to communicate in English by email, and must play all tournament games on IGS. The tournament will run from early October to mid November. Click here for application information and forms.

1st WBaduk Intercontinental Team Cup Recruiting Players

Sunday September 18, 2011

The first WBaduk Intercontinental Team Cup — another new online tournament — is now recruiting players from three continents, including the Americas. The Team Cup “is a last-man-standing tournament with five representatives from each participating continent,” Semi Lee of the Cyberkiwon Corps’ WBaduk Team tells the E-Journal. “Each player who wins continues to play opponents from the other two teams, alternating between them, until there are no more opponents left. The last surviving team wins the Cup!” Registration — open through the end of the month — is free, over $10,000 has been budgeted for the tournament and organizers are offering “special prizes.”

Harrisburg Tourney Canceled!

Thursday September 8, 2011

The go tournament scheduled for this Sunday, September 11 in Harrisburg PA has been canceled. “The heavy rainfall has caused flooding in the city,” reports Jason Long, “and that has made our venue unavailable.”

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Joanne Missingham Stands up for Gender Equality in Go

Wednesday September 7, 2011

Go player Joanne Missingham 5P, who plays professionally in Taiwan as Hei Jiajia, is protesting against discrimination in the professional go world. Missingham has been photographed (right) carrying a fan with the words ‘protest gender discrimination’ inscribed on it in Chinese calligraphy. The catalyst for this was the recent Qiandeng Cup. The Taiwanese Go Association decided not to pay female go players the match fee of 2000 Yuan, while the men still received payment for their games. All four of the women involved withdrew from the competition in protest and Joanne can be seen in the photo taking the ‘protest fan’ to games a week later.

You can join the discussion about Joanne Missingham’s protest at Go Game Guru.

- Jingning, based on her original article at Go Game Guru. Photo: Joanne Missingham 5P plays Ding Wei 9P.

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Hoboken Open Canceled

Tuesday September 6, 2011

The Hoboken Open scheduled for September 18 has been canceled, reports organizer Larry Russ.

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