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Saturday May 30, 2015
Saturday May 30, 2015
British Youth Postponed: Originally planned for May 31, the British Youth Go Championship has been pushed to the fall of 2015. The UK Go Challenge Finals (13×13 boards) is going ahead though on Saturday 18th July in Letchworth Garden City. All young players are welcome to attend.
Challengers’ League: This year’s Challengers’ League, played between the top 8 available players coming out of the Candidates’ Tournament, took place at the Goddard Arms in Swindon on May 23-26. Andrew Kay (the reigning British Champion) won all of his games to lead the field, followed by Andrew Simons who won all of his games except for his game against Andrew Kay. Charles Hibbert, playing in his first Challengers’ League, finished with 4 wins in third place. Andrew Kay and Andrew Simons will now go on to play for this year’s British Championship title.
Tuesday May 26, 2015
The three American Go Association (AGA) regional Board of Director seats are up for election and with just over two weeks to go, no candidates have been nominated. The current terms of office expire this September. Nominations, including self-nominations may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides and must be received by June 15, 2015. Nominations and questions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.
Tuesday May 26, 2015
Lee Hajin 3p, popularly known on YouTube as Haylee, will record one of her signature play-and-explain games at the US Go Congress, the AGA announced. Though the exact format is still to be determined, her opposition will include fellow YouTube broadcaster Nick Sibicky, possibly as part of a team, said AGA VP of Operations Andrew Jackson. “The idea is we stream Hajin in one room telling us about her game while the opponents are debating their fate in another room, probably also recorded. We’ll edit the two videos together later to put on YouTube.” This year’s Congress runs August 1-9 in St Paul, MN.
In her videos, Hajin records as she plays a random player on Tygem, explaining her moves and thinking as she goes along. In Haylee’s gentle but disciplined playing style, games usually proceed rather quietly until her opponent — generally a very strong player — makes a modest mistake and their game disintegrates like an airplane whose rivets turn out to have been made of putty. Lee, a frequent Go Congress attendee, does the Haylee videos as a sideline to her current job as Secretary General of the International Go Federation. She has more than 2,800 subscribers and 214,000 views for her 90 videos. Nick Sibicky started his YouTube channel with recordings of his DDK lessons at the Seattle Go Center, and they have grown in popularity, reaching nearly 9,000 subscribers with more than three quarters of a million views.
- Andy Okun
Tuesday May 26, 2015
The 42nd annual Maryland Open, which was played last Saturday and Sunday, was entered into the ratings system the next day and ratings updated before the players returned to work Tuesday morning, report American Go Association staff. “Our compliments to organizer Keith Arnold, TD Todd Heidenreich and the other volunteers who manage the event every year,” said AGA president Andy Okun. “We received an error-free ratings report on Sunday night and quickly confirmed that all the players had memberships. You can’t ask for better than that. We should all take inspiration from their example.” photo: Arnold (right) at the MD Open; photo by Steve Colburn
Tuesday May 26, 2015
Sweden: The Swedish Championships 2015, played from 5/15-17 in Gothenburg, Sweden, were won by Fredrik Blomback 6d (left). Second came Charlie Aakerblom 5d and third was Yang Huang 5d. Result table.
France: In France several national championships took place in the commune of Cachan, in the weekend of 5/9-5/10.
The French Championships in the category of Under 12 was won by Lexiang Sun 7k. Second came Ismael Fathallah 11k and third was Thibault Morel 16k. Result table.
The French Championships – Under 16 – was won by Guillaume Ougier 1k who managed to beat his rival and big talent Isaac Scribe 3k in the thrilling finals by half a point. Third place was claimed by Leo Teychenne 7k. Result table. Photo: final game of Under 16 in France (left) Isaac Scribe, (right) Guillaume Ougier, with Toru Imamura Cornuejols 4d reviewing
The French Championships – Under 18 – was won by Ariane Ougier 1d (left), big sister of Guillaume. Second place was for Sylvain Bousquet 3k and on third place finished Julien Dartigues 6k. Result table.
The second stage of the Main French Championships were played a week later from 5/16-5/17 in the city of Orsay. The victor was Mathieu Daguenet 3d, with Julien Miralles 2d in second place and Stephan Kunne 1d trailing in third place. Result table.
Clearly investing in their youth players, the French also recently organised the Pau Youth Tournament, played on the 17th of May in Pau. It was won by Kim Schott Dedieu 15k. Second came Jade Rindlisbacher 20k and third was Axel Chadeau 20k. Result table.
Russia: Another country that has recently been organising many local youth tournaments.
On the 16th of May the third stage of the Youth Moscow Grand Prix took place in Moscow. 36 youngsters competed in the tournament, which was won by Anatolij Khokhlov 12k, with Roman Kolgushkin 14k in second place and Ivan Afanasjev 17k in third place. Result table. In the city of Tolyatti, the Cup of Tolyatti took place on the 17th of May. It was won by Robert Gorbunov 5k. Second came Nikita Semenov 9k and Nikita Allin 6k was third. Result table. The Children’s Group of the same tournament had sixteen kids fighting for the crown. Ivan Peshkov 10k came out as the winner, with Stanislav Arefjev 15k as second best and Alexandr Gurevich 15k in third place. Result table.
The Championships of the Crimean Federal District, played from 5/15-5/17 in Simferopol, was won by Gleb Kajro 1k. Second came Demjan Zavgorodnij 2k and third was Nikolaj Zareckij 3k. Result table.
Romania: The 6th Radu Baciu Grand Prix – stage 3, played from 5/16-5/17 in Bistrita, Romania, was won by Viorel Arsinoaia 2d. Second came George Ginguta 2d and third was Adrian Nedan 1k. Result table.
Turkey: Turkey has been rapidly developing as a go country over the past few years, with more and more tournaments seeing the light of day and a big group of students playing the game. The 10th Hacettepe Tournament, played from 5/16-5/17 in Ankara, Turkey, had a total of 76 participants. The best of them all was Engin Serkan Solmazoglu 1d who won all his games. Second place was claimed by Fatih Sulak 2d and third was Ilyas Tanguler 1d. Result table.
Switzerland: The Veyrier-Ko Go Club Tournament, played from 5/16-5/17 in Club de Bridge des Bergues (CBB), Switzerland, was won by Chunyang Xiao 2d. Second came Semi Lee 2d and third was Longteng Chen 2d. Result table.
Austria: The Go7 Samstagsturnier, played on Sunday the 16th of May 16-05-2015 in Vienna, Austria, had professional player Baolong Zhao competing as well as top Austrian player Lothar Spiegel 5d. As is often the case with handicap games, it does not mean that the strongest players automatically win. The tournament was won by Christian Bernscherer 5k who used his handicap stones to their maximum efficiency, with Alexander Huber 8k in second place and Lisa Mayer 3k in third place. Result table.
- Kim Ouweleen, European Correspondent for the E-Journal, based on reports from EuroGoTV
Tuesday May 26, 2015
Mexico City triumphed over Portland, OR in a friendly children’s tourney held May 16th on KGS, reports organizer Peter Freedman. Each city fielded a team of six children, ranked from 10-21k. They participated in a three-round tournament using 19×19 boards and KGS handicaps. “Luke Helprin’s parents hosted the Portland team at their house, and his dad Ted graciously provided snacks and helped with Spanish,” said Freedman. Portland got off to a good start in round one by winning 4 out of 6 games. Round two was a tie with each team winning 3 matches, setting the stage for a decisive showdown. In the third round, Mexico City came up from behind by winning 5 out of 6 matches. -Austin Freeman with Paul Barchilon. Photo by Siddhartha Avila: Members of the Mexican team Skyping with Portland.
Winners Report: Overall Wins: Mexico 10, Portland 8; 3 game winner: Luke Helprin 20k; 2 game winners: Hikaru Saito 10k, Diego Ali Manjarrez 14k, Leonardo Valdovinos 14k, Daniela Luciano 22k, Almudena Espinosa 21k.
The Power Report: Lead changes in 40th Meijin League; Kisei S League starts; Cho U moves to Taiwan; Yamashita to challenge Iyama Gosei
Monday May 25, 2015
by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal
Lead changes in 40th Meijin League: A game in the 40th Meijin League was played on a Monday, May 4, instead of the usual Thursday. Cho U 9P (B) beat Murakawa Daisuke Oza by 2.5 points, thus scoring what was only his second win in five games. Murakawa dropped to 3-3 and will probably have to focus on keeping his league place rather than on becoming the challenger. An important game was played on May 7 between the two players who were close on the heels of the provisional leader of the league, Ko Iso 8P. Kono Rin 9P (B) beat Yamashita Keigo 9P by resig. Kono (right) improved his score to 4-1 and shares the lead with Ko. Yamashita dropped to 3-2. On May 21, Takao (W) beat Ko Iso by resig. This completed the sixth round. The lead is now shared by Kono and Takao, who are both on 4-1. For the first time since the league began, Ko Iso has dropped out the lead or a share of it, but on 4-2 he is well placed if the above two falter; he hasn’t played either of them yet, so he doesn’t have to rely on other players to drag them down. Yamashita is next on 3-2.
Kisei S League starts: The S League is at the top of the pyramid of five leagues in the revamped Kisei tournament, and its winner has the best chance of becoming the Kisei challenger, as he gets a seat in the play-off and an automatic one-game lead as well. The first two games were played on May 7. Murakawa Daisuke Oza (left) started the week badly (see Meijin League report above), but did better here. Playing white, he beat Takao Shinji by 4.5 points. In the other game, Yoda Norimoto 9P (B) beat Kobayashi Satoru 9P by resig. The other players in the six-man league are Yamashita Keigo and Yamashiro Hiroshi. I was planning to report in detail only on the S League, but there was an interesting game in the A League on the 4th. Veteran player Kono Rin 9P (W) beat the up-and-coming new star Ichiriki Ryo 7P by resignation. On 2-0, Kono shares the lead in the eight-player A League with Cho Riyu 8P.
Cho U moves to Taiwan: Cho U 9P has revealed that he is moving to his homeland of Taiwan this month, though he will remain a member of the Nihon Ki-in and keep playing in Japanese tournaments. The reason is his dissatisfaction with his results in recent years; he is hoping that a change in environment will bring about an improvement in his play. Many top players have come to Japan from Taiwan (Rin Kaiho, O Rissei, and O Meien, just to mention three), but this is the first time a top player has taken the reverse course. Cho is 35, an age at which even a top player usually sees a falling off in his results, but Cho is obviously not prepared to accept this. His inspiration may be Cho Chikun, who won his second triple crown (Kisei, Meijin, and Honinbo) at the age of 40. Cho U came to Japan at the age of ten and in 2009 became the first player to hold five top-seven titles simultaneously. He has seats in the top three leagues (though in the A League in the 40th Kisei, not the top S League), but he hasn’t won a title since losing the Kisei title in 2013. In an interview in the Yomiuri Newspaper, he said: ‘I can’t show [go fans] games of which I am ashamed. I think that changing my environment will have a positive effect on my go.’ A brief news item in Go Weekly stated that Kobayashi Izumi was taking a break from tournament play after her game on May 14 so that her children could study in Taiwan. Cho’s desire to see his children master Chinese is obviously an additional motive for moving back to Taiwan. It’s a bit unfortunate that Kobayashi Izumi (aged 37), who just made a comeback to active play last year, once again has to sacrifice her own career for her family.
Yamashita to challenge Iyama Gosei: Yamashita Keigo is doing his level best to make a breach in Iyama’s quadruple-crown citadel. In the play-off to decide the challenger for the 40th Gosei title, held at the Nihon Ki-in in Ichigaya, Tokyo on May 18, Yamashita (W) beat Kono Rin 9P by resignation. The game lasted 194 moves. Yamashita has won the Gosei title once, way back in 2000 (the 20th Gosei); in 2008 he unsuccessfully challenged Cho U, losing 1-3. This will be the third title match this year between Yamashita and Iyama; it is only the third time two players have played three top-seven matches against each other in the same year. Moreover, the Gosei is only the fourth title match of the year, so the two could well set a new record (Yamashita is still in the running to become the challenger in the Meijin and Tengen tournaments). The first game of the title match will be played on June 26.
Monday May 25, 2015
The Celerity Go League is a brand-new women’s go training league hosted on the KGS Go Server . Founder Peggy Yang had “a light-bulb moment” at the recent San Diego Go Championship when it occurred to her that female go players “should all get together to play more games, encourage each other, and spend more time together!” On the first of each month, members will be paired together, encouraged to study go and assigned a mentor teacher for that month. Members and teachers will then gather together at the end of the month to discuss their methods of study, share what they have learned, and talk about how to grow further. Membership is free and female players of all ranks are welcome. “Let’s all have fun and improve together!” says Yang. Celerity, by the way, means “swiftness of movement.” Find the club under Social Rooms on KGS and on Facebook.
photo: Yang (left), with her friend Whitney Cotter 25k
Sunday May 24, 2015
John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared a Nobel Prize in 1994 for work that greatly extended the reach and power of modern economic theory and whose long descent into severe mental illness and eventual recovery were the subject of a book and a film, both titled “A Beautiful Mind,” was killed, along with his wife, in a car crash on Saturday in New Jersey. He was 86.
Dr. Nash was widely regarded as one of the great mathematicians of the 20th century, known for the originality of his thinking and for his fearlessness in wrestling down problems so difficult few others dared tackle them.
He invented a game, known as Nash, that became an obsession in the Fine Hall common room at Princeton, where he also played go. He also took on a problem left unsolved by Dr. von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern, the pioneers of game theory, in their now-classic book, “Theory of Games and Economic Behavior.”
Adapted from Erica Good’s obituary in The New York Times. photo (right): John F. Nash Jr. at his Princeton graduation in 1950, when he received his doctorate; (left) Russell Crowe, as Nash, playing go in the 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind”