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Samsung Cup Goes Down to Final Round; Live Commentary Wednesday Night on Tygem

Wednesday December 12, 2012

The 2012 Samsung Cup is going to a third and final game to determine this year’s title holder. Lee Sedol won the first game on Monday by a half-point, and Gu Li won the second round Tuesday by resignation (see below for reports). The final round will be broadcast tonight — starting at 9p (EST), with Myung-wan Kim commenting the game on Tygem’s World server (NOT the Korea 1 server, as previously reported) as he has for the previous rounds. Kim’s live English-language commentary will be on the Tygem go server the first 15 minutes of every hour on Tygem’s  ”Korea 1″ server.  The game, which could last four or five hours, is set to start at 6p West Coast time (9p EST), on Dec. 12.

Round 1: In a particularly hard-fought and close match, Lee Sedol 9p of Korea came from behind to win Game 1 of the Samsung Cup final against Gu Li 9p of China by a half point.  “Gu Li played very well in the opening and had many chances to secure the win in the endgame,” said Myung-wan Kim 9P, who did a live English-language commentary of the game on Tygem.  American players were glued to the game.  “It felt like riding a roller coaster without seat belts,” said Southern California’s Curtis Tang 7d. “The easiest might have been to play move 229 at 232, a nothing-to-lose ko threat that would have resulted in a 1.5-point win. The last losing move seems to be 257.”

Round 2: Gu Li 9p avenged his half point loss to Lee Sedol 9p in round one of the Samsung Cup by taking round two with a thumping win.  “He showed outstanding reading power over Lee Sedol today,” said Myung-wan Kim 9p, who covered the game in a live commentary on Tygem.  “It was a perfect win. Lee missed an attack in the beginning then never had a chance. I was amazed to see how Gu Li finished the game. Gu Li didn’t just win. He crushed Lee.”  Added Kim, “Tonight’s game will be the most exciting game in 2012.”

The next world championship English-language live commentary will be the Ing Cup final between 17-year-old Fan Ting-yu 3p and 19-year-old  Park Jung-hwan 9p, which Kim said “might be the first match of a long rivalry like Lee Chang-ho 9p and Chang Hao 9p 10 years ago.”  Kim plans on doing commentary on every world championship final in the coming year.

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VA High School Team Bests AGA Team in Friendship Match

Wednesday December 12, 2012

The Hope Chinese School-Fairfax (HCS) bested an AGA team in a December 2 friendship match  in Annandale, VA. Twelve AGA players ranked from 5k-5d participated in two rounds of 10-on-10 non-handicapped games against the HCS team, which scored 12-8 overall, with some games as close as half a point.

HCS-Fairfax principal Ms. Li described the match as “a significant and exciting cultural event,” and welcomed AGA players to come back next year. She and HCS team captain Mr. Gu awarded AGA team a trophy, and each AGA player also received a backpack. Tournament director Edward Zhang (below at left, presenting a gift to Mr Gu) gave a summary of AGA rules at the beginning of the event and introduced the benefits of becoming an AGA member, such as tournaments, ratings and the American Go E-Journal. Click here for photo albums by Yuyan Zhou and Edward Zhang.

Team roster and 2-win players:
HCS-Fairfax: Renjie Wang (2-0), Bin Deng (2-0), Guojun Zu (2-0), Jeffery Yin, Ying Zou, Weiyu Yang, Wei Feng, Chuanyi Cao, Xinran Jian, and Nan Li.

AGA-DC: Haskell Small (2-0), David Reed (2-0), Dan Hiltgen (2-0), Justin Teng, Keiju Takehara, Jim Liu, Xiao Zhang, Kelsey Dyer, Yukino Takehara, Mohan Sud, Robin Kramer and Jonathan Barlow.

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News from the BGA: 12/10

Wednesday December 12, 2012

David Lee Wins Edinburgh Christmas Open: After last year’s wobble, the Edinburgh Christmas Open has made a full recovery, with 32 players turning out for the December 8 event. From the five players at the top with three wins, the SOS tiebreak gave the whisky to David Lee (3d Dundee). The day after the tournament, twelve players gathered together for a day of studying (David Lee wins Edinburgh Christmas Tie 12/8). Norway Freezes Out UK in Pandanet Go European Team Championship Match: The United Kingdom’s “disappointing” start to the Pandanet Go European Team Championship continued on December 4, with the UK team still seeking their first win of the season after a disappointing 1-3 loss to Norway on Pandanet, leaving the UK team on the bottom of the League with only one draw in four matches (Norwegians freeze us out 12/6). Martha McGill 200th BGA Dan Player: Martha McGill became the 200th player to be awarded a dan certificate by the BGA in early December (Martha McGill becomes our 200th dan player 12/4).
- all reports adapted from the British Go Association website; edited by Michael Albert

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Live! from the 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games

Wednesday December 12, 2012

The 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG) have begun in Beijing, China. Click here for live coverage — including game commentary by Michael

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Redmond 9P (see right for Redmond’s commentary on the Round 1 game between Russia’s Ilya Shiksin 7d and Daisuke Murakawa 7P) and E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock’s interviews with players and officials on the SAWMG website; live results and schedule here. For Ranka’s reports, click here.

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Second Edition of SportAccord World Mind Games Begins

Tuesday December 11, 2012

The second edition of the World Mind Games is about to start on December 12, with final preparations now in progress. This year’s event, hosted in Beijing, China, will include 8 days of competitions in five mind sports; go, bridge, chess, draughts (checkers), and xiangqi (Chinese chess). Players representing the different mind sports are some of the world’s best, including: GO: Jiang Weijie, Chen Yaone, Park Jeonghwan, Choi Chulhan; BRIDGE: Fu Zhong, Bauke Muller, Peter Bertheau and Fredryk Nystrom, Joe Grue, Ming Sun, Catherine d’Ovidio, Nicola Smith, Lynn Deas; CHESS: Humpy Koneru, Aronyan Levon, Rajabov Teymur, Karyakin Sergey, Hou Yifan, Muzychuk Anna; DRAUGHTS: Alexei Chizov, Alexander Georgiev, Zoja Golubeva; XIANGQI: Wang Tian Yi, Nguyen Hoang Lam, Lei Kam Fun, Ng Jun Ming, Chan, Chun Kit, Chen Li Chun, Jia Dan, Cao Phuong Thanh.

The 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games also have an extensive social, cultural and educational program which will run in parallel with the competitions and involve the local public, especially students. The following five ambassadors will represent the different participating sports and promote them among the public. Go: Joanne “Jia Jia” Missingham; Bridge: Sjoert Brink; Chess: Hou Yifan; Draughts: Alexey Chizhov; Xiangqi: Chan Chun Kit. In addition, the winners of the online tournament will join the SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing to meet and play against the Grand Masters.

Twenty-four media platforms will air the event and the television broadcast will be available in 64 territories around the world. The live web-streaming will be available on the YouTube Mind Games Channel. American Go E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock is part of the team — which includes Michael Redmond 9P and Janice Kim 3P — covering the SAWMG go event; watch for daily reports on the AGA website and in the E-Journal.

The SportAccord World Mind Games are a multi-sports event promoting the value of mind sports, with the world’s best players delivering top-level performances and creating valuable new experiences based on their intelligence, strategy and mental exercise.
photo: in the go playing room at the 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games; photo by Chris Garlock  

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Go Worlds Going Fast

Monday December 10, 2012

Inspired by the announcement of plans to end publication of Go World, the superb quarterly that published top-level instructional material and analysis of more than 1,000 of the most important games over the past 35 years (Endgame for Go World Magazine After 35 Years  11/16 EJ), The American Go Foundation is now offering its massive inventory of the last available issues for sale to all AGA members (shipping within the US only).  All proceeds from the sale go directly to the AGF to support their work promoting go in the US. “The response has been stronger than expected,” according to AGF VP Paul Barchilon. “We’re already out of several rare issues, and running low on others.” The Feng Yun Go School alone has ordered more than 500 copies. “We have given back issues of Go World as prizes to better students for years,” Ms. Feng says. “For many, they have never seen anything like it. It’s a real eye opener. The AGF is doing good work that benefits kids and go education in America, so supporting their mission with this purchase is also attractive. ” Never seen GW? The AGF has secured exclusive rights to offer a sample issue for download. More than 30 issues are currently available, but act fast! A collection would make a perfect holiday gift for the go lover in your life. (Please feel free to print this and pass it along.)

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Chen Yaoye to challenge Lee Sedol for Chunlan Cup

Monday December 10, 2012

Lee Sedol 9P (l), the lone Korean to make it to the semifinals of the Chunlan Cup,will defend his title against Chen Yaoye 9P (r), the number one ranked player in China.

Vying for his first international title, Chen was a child prodigy, becoming a pro at 10 years-old. He also broke a record for youngest player to become a 9-Dan professional, coincidentally after losing to Lee in the 2007 Asian TV Cup, the last time they played each other in an international final.

Lee, on the other hand, has won every major international title except the Ing Cup. Last year he defeated China’s Xie He in the final to win the Chunlan Cup.

The quarter finals December 4-5 in Hangzhou, China included Jiang Weijie 9P, Piao Wenyao 9P, Kong Jie 9P, Won Seongjin 9P, Kim Jiseok 8P and Park Junghwan 9P.

Chen defeated Jiang Weije 9P, and Lee bested Kong Jie 9P in the semifinals on December 6th to earn their spots in the final, a best-of-3 match early next year, though the exact dates have not yet been set.

The Chunlan Cup is sponsored by Chunlan Group, a Chinese conglomerate with interests in the air conditioning, domestic appliance, automotive, finance and alternative energy industries. The tournament uses Chinese rules, with a komi of 7.5 points, and offers a prize of $150,000 USD to the winner.

Adapted from a report on Go Game Guru; click for game records and more information. Edited by Ben Williams

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Kim Myung-wan 9P to Comment Live on Samsung Cup Final

Saturday December 8, 2012

Kim Myung-wan 9p will be providing live game commentary on the upcoming contest between Gu Li 9P, one of China’s strongest players, and Lee Sedol 9P, Korea’s strongest player, in the final of the 17th Samsung Cup. The match will take place in Shanghai on Dec. 11-13, and Kim’s live English-language commentary will be on the Tygem go server the first 15 minutes of every hour on Tygem’s  “Korea 1″ server.  The games, which could last four or five hours, are set to start at 6p West Coast time (9p EST), on Dec. 10, 11 and 12. In their lifetime record against each other, Gu Li has a slight lead of 15-14. photo: Kim Myung-wan 9p at the 2012 Cotsen Open/AGA-Tygem Pro Qualifier; photo by Chris Garlock

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Sooil Kim Tops Atlanta Mega Mart Go Tournament

Saturday December 8, 2012

Sooil Kim (center) took first place in the December 1 Atlanta Mega Mart Go Tournament A section; Vladimir Rerikh (right) was second and Neirong Xiao (left) was third. The Atlanta Go Club hosted, with the sponsorship of Mega Mart, a local Korean supermarket. “This is the second time Mega Mart has sponsored a go tournament and it plans to continue to support go activity in metro Atlanta in the future,” reports organizer Jeffery Kerlagon. Cash and gift cards totaling $700 were awarded as prizes to top winners winners in four divisions. The one-day, three-round event was attended by 35 players. “While the Georgia Bulldogs were getting defeated by Alabama in football, the Atlanta go community faced strong competition from Tennessee,” says Kerlagon. Yin Huasong & Shawn Ray from Tennessee took 1st place in their respective divisions, while Sooil Kim was a repeat winner from last year in one of the High Dan Divisions. “Everyone had a great time and it was very inspiring to see go players from Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia battle it out over the go boards. Young Brandon Zhou, although not placing in this tournament showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.” The Atlanta Chinese Go Association and the Korean Chess Club bring many strong players to this competition.

Winner’s Report: High Dan Division A 1st place – Sooil Kim; 2nd place – Vladimir Rerikh; 3rd place – Neirong Xiao.
High Dan Division B 1st place – Yin Huasong; 2nd place – Won So Choe; 3rd place – Frank Luo
Dan Division 1st place – Shawn Ray; 2nd place – TIE between Danni Chen & Lixian Liu; 3rd place – Seth Cardew
Kyu Division 1st place – Jackson Zhang; 2nd place – Hiroshi Yamane
photo by Jeff Kerlagon 

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Last Call for US–Cuba Friendship Games

Saturday December 8, 2012

Time is running out to join a group of US players traveling to Havana, Cuba February 15 – 21, 2013. The trip is being organized to play go with counterparts in the Cuban go community as part of a “people to people” trip conducted under a US Treasury Department license for such travel. “Using go as a way to forge links between people of different countries, especially countries whose relations are as fraught as Cuba and the US, is very much in line with the vision of Iwamoto-sensei,” says AGA President Andy Okun. “This is a wonderful opportunity.” Besides a go competition February 16-17, the trip will also feature an itinerary of cultural/educational activities such as a visit to Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s home in Cuba. “It is still possible to add additional travelers, but it is necessary to act quickly,” says organizer Robert Gilman. “Though there is not a definite deadline at this time, the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to accommodate additional travelers.” Email goincuba@gmail.com for information.

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