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First Amateur Player Turns Pro Under New System

Sunday September 25, 2011

An otherwise normal game in the main tournament of the 39th Myeongin has become a sensation. This is because amateur go player, Cho Insun 7D, just turned pro under the Korean Baduk Association’s new points system. On September 20, 2011, Cho Insun began his Myeongin game with Park Jeonggeun 4P in more or less the usual way. However, he knew that if he won the game he would be allowed to turn professional. And so did everyone else. Despite the pressure and anticipation of others, Cho played an excellent game, grabbing a win as well as the points he needed to take his tally to the crucial number, 100. Under the new system, amateur players can accumulate points for performing well in the professional tournaments that allow amateurs to qualify and compete. Some examples of these are the LG Cup, the Samsung Cup and, of course, the Myeongin. Cho is the first player to reach 100 points under this system and become pro. Perhaps his story will inspire other aspiring amateurs worldwide? Congratulations Cho Insun 1P.

See Cho Insun’s game and join the discussion at Go Game Guru.

- Jingning; based on her original article at Go Game Guru. Photo: Cho Insun 1P.

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Seattle Go Center Gets Matching Grant

Sunday September 25, 2011

All donations made to the Seattle Go Center in the month of September will be matched by another  donor, reported Manager Brian Allen at the Center’s 16th anniversary party.  “Our anonymous benefactor will match donations up to a total of $10,000″, he said.  Some donors may also trigger matching grants from their employers, since the Go Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit.  Center supporters can donate online using the website donation page: donate. Now that the downstairs of their building is rented out, the Go Center has been gradually increasing programming and outreach, often with volunteer help.  The Seattle Center is open 5 days a week; two days a week for classes, and three days a week for games and informal lessons.  It is also open on Sundays for tournaments about twice a month.  “This is a great time to support the Center and help us get back to teaching and promoting go full time”  noted Allen.  Photo: Dennis Wheeler plays out a famous game with M&M’s on a  cake for the Go Center Anniversary Party.  Photo/report by Brian Allen

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Calling Female Players: N.A. Qualifier This Weekend for the 2nd Qiong-Long-Shan World Women Championship

Thursday September 22, 2011

The American Go Association will host a qualifier on KGS this weekend for the Second Qiong-Long-Shan World Women Championship. China is hosting the Qiong-Long-Shan Championship October 8-14. Sixteen strongest female players throughout the world are being invited to attend in Suzhou China. Top prize is RMB 200,000 (about $30,000). Prize per game is RMB 6,000.

The AGA will host a qualifier on KGS this weekend. All female players with ratings above 5.0 are welcome. AGA membership and US citizenship are required (UPDATE: green card holders are now eligible!) except for CGA representatives. Web camera and KGS accounts are required. The tournament will be during September 25-28 with flexible schedule as long as both players agree, otherwise players must be available to play 3 rounds on 8 PM ET/5 PT on 9/26, 9/27 and 9/28. Basic time is 1 hour. Overtime is 5 periods of 1 minute.

Please write to tournaments@usgo.org to register by 8 PM ET on Saturday 9/24.

 

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Piao Wenyao Wins 13th Ahan Tongshan Cup

Tuesday September 20, 2011

Piao Wenyao 9P won the 13th Ahan Tongshan Cup yesterday, defeating Chen Yaoye 9P in the final (on September 20, 2011). The Ahan Tongshan Cup is a rapid tournament in China, which is also sometimes referred to as the Agon Cup, because it shares a sponsor with the Japanese Agon-Kiriyama Cup. The time allowed for play is slightly unusual, with players receiving 30 seconds per move and 10 x 60 second byo yomi periods. The byo yomi can be used if  the players need more than 30 seconds on a particular move. Those who follow professional go may recall that Piao also won the 15th LG Cup, in February 2011.

- Jingning; based on her original article: Piao Wenyao defeats Chen Yaoye to win 13th Ahan Tongshan Cup on Go Game Guru. Photo: Piao Wenyao 9P reviews the final game.

Upcoming European Event Calendar

Monday September 19, 2011

September 24th, Master Lim Cup (French Club Championship, held in Piriac)
October 29th, French Championship Finals (held in Dijon)
October 29th, 26th Brussels Tournament
November 10th, Rennes Tournament
November 19th and 26th, Paris Meijin
- Nicolas Puyaubreau, special to the E-Journal

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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.

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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