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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP March 1-7: Lee Sedol Advances to Siptan Semifinals; Cho U Wins NEC Cup; Li He Wins Female Mingren; Cho U Takes Game 1 in Judan; Mukai Chiaki Wins First Round in Female Meijin

Monday March 7, 2011

Lee Sedol Advances to Siptan Semifinals: In the 6th Siptan quarterfinals on March 6, Lee Sedol 9P defeated Jen Youngkyu 5P by resignation. The Siptan is Korea’s equivalent to Japan’s Judan and is sponsored by the Wonik Group. Cho U Wins NEC Cup: Cho U 9P defeated Yamashita Keigo 9P by resignation in the 30th NEC Cup final on March 5. This is the third NEC Cup title for Cho. His first was in 2005 and the second in 2007. In addition to the NEC Cup, Cho currently holds three other titles, the Oza, Judan, and Kisei. Yamashita, only one title short of Cho, holds the Honinbo, Agon Cup, and Ryusei. Li He Wins Female Mingren: Li He 3P (r in photo) defeated Chen Yiming 1P (l) in the 2nd Female Mingren final, which was held March 2. This is the first Mingren title for Li as last year’s title winner was Zheng Yan 2P. Li currently holds the Female Xinren Wang title, which she will defend against Li Xiaoxi 1P sometime in March. Cho U Takes Game 1 in Judan: On March 3, defending Judan champion Cho U 9P defeated Iyama Yuta 9P by resignation in the first round of 49th Judan title match. Cho has held the title for the past two years and this is Iyama’s first Judan title match. The Judan is a best of five-game series and the second round will be played on March 24th. Mukai Chiaki Wins First Round in Female Meijin: In the first round of the 23rd Female Meijin title match, which was held March 2, Mukai Chiaki 4P defeated defending Female Meijin champion Xie Yimin 5P by resignation. Mukai and Xie faced each other in last year’s title match, with Xie winning the series 2-0. Xie has held the title for the last three years and is arguably the strongest female professional in Japan. The second round will be played on March 11th.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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Lee & Ruder Win Austin Wildflower Classic

Sunday March 6, 2011

Simon Lee (r) and John Ruder won the 4th annual Wildflower Classic held March 5 in Austin, Texas. “The host store Great Hall Games was filled with 23 go players, some traveling 3-4 hours from surrounding cities Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio,” reports organizer Andy Olden.

More results: Simon Lee 2k  4-0; John Ruder 6k 4-0; Jonathan Gehrkin 1d 3-1; Mark Penner 1k 3-1;Tracey Su 5k 3-1; Damon Hoffman 17k 3-1
photo by Tracey Su. Click here for more photos

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Felcan Goes for Broke in Middlebury Tourney

Sunday March 6, 2011

David Felcan 1d topped a field of “ten very enthusiastic players from Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York” with a 3-0record at the Go for Broke tournament held in Middlebury, VT on Saturday, March 5th, reports organizer Peter Schumer. Karen Ogg 1d finished second on SOS with a 2 – 1 record; others with 2-1 records were Lihu Ben-Ezri Ravin 4k, Jie Gu 5k, and Laura Wu 8k. Six participants won prizes.
photo: Rich Chalmers plays Karen Ogg; photo by Peter Schumer

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Sung Yeo 4d Solves Chi Riddle

Sunday March 6, 2011

Sung Yeo 4d solved the “Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery” tournament held March 5 in Chicago, Ill, taking top honors. “I asked everyone to play in the spirit, and with the enthusiasm, of Yoshi Sawada (IN MEMORIAM: Yoshi Sawada 2/28). To remember that go is fun,” reports TD Bob Barber. “Although on crutches, and dulled by painkillers, Mark Rubenstein managed to win four of his five games,” Barber notes. “Adding a bit of color to the tournament, Peter Martin and Asha Nagaiya drove in from Louisville, KY to compete,” Barber added. “Finally, over pizza and local brew Half Acre, Kyle Blocher entertained us with the endgame theories of Elwyn Berlekamp.” Each player was given a copy of O Rissei’s book Catching Scent of Victory, furnished by the publisher Hinoki Press.
WINNER’S REPORT: 29 players; 1st Place Dan:  YEO, Sung 4d; 1st Place High Kyu:  ROHDE, David 5k; Tie 2nd Place High Kyu:  KOLB, Laura 2k;  RUBENSTEIN, Mark 4k; 1st Place Low Kyu:  BROWN, Duncan 12k.

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2011 N.A. Ing Masters Qualifiers Start on March 5-6

Sunday March 6, 2011

Two early qualifiers for the 2011 North America Ing Masters Qualifiers (NAIM) are being held in Boston, MA and Alhambra, CA this weekend, March 5-6. Click here for the southern California event and contact Ben Lerner at mitgoclub-tournament@mit.edu for the MIT tournament.

Every year, top players from Canada, Mexico and United States are invited to the NAIM, which is getting more competitive each year, as recent NAIM champions are either professional players, or have had to defeat a few pros to win.

“Except for professionals and seeded players, US players must accumulate points through a series of qualifier events throughout the US and/or two online qualifiers.” Says National Tournament Coordinator Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang.  “Clear (untied) winners of qualifiers though, are guaranteed a place in the NAIM main event in the 2011 US Congress at Santa Barbara, CA July 30 to August 7,” Adds Zhang. Click here for details. Contact tournaments@usgo.org if your chapter club wishes to hold a sanctioned NAIM qualifier.

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Tiger Cubs Storm into Ricoh Cup Final

Sunday March 6, 2011

The march of the Chinese “tiger cubs” continues in China as Tan Xiao 4P and Li Zhe 6P stormed into the final of the 11th Ricoh Cup last week. Li Zhe 6P (l) defeated Wang Lei 6P in the semi-finals to reach the final, while Tan Xiao 4P (r) – a student of Nie Weiping 9P (playing Tan Xiao, at right) – defeated Hu Yaoyu 8P in the other semi-final. This is the first Ricoh Cup final where the tiger cubs have reached the final and yet another milestone for the group of rising young go professionals that the Chinese media has affectionately dubbed “the tiger cubs generation.” Earlier last month, Zhou Hexi 4P, another tiger cub, became the challenger for the 25th Tianyuan title. The Ricoh Cup final will be held in late April in China; the Ricoh Cup is a Chinese domestic tournament, not to be confused with Ricoh Pair Go, which is a Japanese tournament.
- Jing Ning; adapted from her original report on Go Game Guru, which includes game records of both semi-finals.

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Amberly Elementary Gets Go

Sunday March 6, 2011

Kids at Amberly Elementary School, in Portage MI,  learned about go this year. “Each year Amberly offers an opportunity for parents and members of the community to teach classes for an after school enrichment program,” writes Jason Preuss, whose daughter attends the school. “I decided it would be a great opportunity to introduce go.  The class met once a week for six weeks and had six students ranging from 1st to 5th grade.  It was enough time to cover the material in the first Level Up book.  The students enjoyed the class and the parents gave positive feedback. For my first time out I was pleased with how the class went. I would like to thank the AGF for their support, in particular the classroom start up kit.”
- EJ Youth Editor Paul Barchilon.  Photo by Jason Preuss
photo (l to r): Jason Preuss, Deidra Preuss, Alyson Koh, Jonathan Koh, Jonathan Ballard, Jacob Ballard. Not pictured: Zyad Wallace.

USYGC and World Youth Updates

Sunday March 6, 2011

The United States Youth Go Championships will be held March 26, with finals on the first weekend in April. The tournament will be held online, and will select the US representatives to the World Youth Goe Championships, in Bucharest, Romania.  The Ing Foundation has just announced that the Senior Division will be limited to under 16, not under 18, as has been the case in the past.  The USYGC will still allow youth under 18 to compete for the US titles, and will determine National Dan, Single Digit Kyu (SDK), and Double Digit Kyu (DDK) Champions. The winners will receive trophies, and prizes will be awarded in the following brackets: 5-7 dan 1-4 dan, 1-4 kyu, 5-9 kyu, 10-15 kyu, 16-20 kyu, 21-25 kyu, 26 and up kyu.  Contestants will be entered into a pool to receive $400 scholarships to  this year’s AGA Summer Youth Go Camp, courtesy of the AGF, 16 Scholarships will be awarded. The Junior Division is for youth 11 and under, the Senior Division is for youth under 16 as of August 17, 2011. Only US Citizens may enter the finals, residents may compete in the qualifier; the winners must be able to travel to Romania for the finals, August 12-19 (expenses are covered for the youth players, but not for parents).  To register, e-mail youth@usgo.org with your name, AGA #, date of birth, AGA rating, KGS ID, and citizenship.
- Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor

AGF College Scholarship Apps Being Accepted

Sunday March 6, 2011

Applications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarship. The program  recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the go community . To apply, download and complete the application form here. Applicants should describe their accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants whose enthusiasm and ambition have helped spread go in under-served areas will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award focuses on promoters and organizers who have made substantial contributions during their go career.  To read about former winners, check out Sensei #6.
- EJ Youth Editor Paul Barchilon.  Photo: 2010 scholarship recipient Cherry Shen.

New Go Camp Offers Chance to Study in Shanghai

Sunday March 6, 2011

If three weeks of studying go in China sounds good to you, check out the new Shanghai Go Camp. The intensive program runs June 24 to July 18 at the Shanghai International Studies University and is being organized by a 20-person team including Chinese professionals and 6-dan and 5-dan Chinese amateurs, including Zhao Fan 5d (r). “These guys really know their go and can really help you improve quickly,” writes Antonio Egea in a guest post on Go Game Guru. Egea was the Spanish representative to the 2010 World Amateur Go Championships in Hangzhou, China. The planned schedule includes focused study and play as well as visits to local go clubs, traveling and sightseeing. And with over 300 restaurants near the camp venue, there will plenty of opportunities to explore Chinese cuisine. Click here to download the registration form with full details.

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