Wednesday August 14, 2013
Defending champions Jianing Gan 7d and Aaron Ye 6d both held on to their Redmond Cup titles in the exciting final rounds of the tournament at the US Go Congress last week. Ye won round one (see the E-J from 8-4) and was determined not to lose his title to the challenger David Lu 6d, of Canada. The Redmond finals are a best two out of three match, so the second game is crucial. Ironically, Lu drew Ye as his opponent in the US Open on Tuesday morning, Aug. 6, and defeated him. Going into the afternoon match, the question on everyone’s mind was could Lu do it twice in a row on the same day? The boys played a spirited game, even commenting on each other’s moves before finishing, but Ye showed his full strength and held onto his title. Ye has now won the Redmond Cup three times – putting him in line to be Redmond Meijin if he can win twice more before turning 18. In the 20 year history of the Redmond, Eric Lui 7d and Curtis Tang 7d are the only two players to have successfully crossed that line.
In the Senior Division (ages 12-17) Jianing Gan won round one against Andrew Lu 6d. Lu played a spirited game in round two, determined not to lose two in a row. Playing white, he successfully parried Gan’s Low Chinese opening, reducing or invading at every possible juncture, but found himself with a running line of eyeless stones as a result. The tide turned when he was able to save this group, making the game very close. Gan fought back skillfully, but Lu prevailed to win by 2.5 points. Round three was played on Thursday, and Gan again opened with the Low Chinese. Lu managed to invade on both sides, completely undermining Gan’s original Low Chinese side, but giving Gan massive thickness on the outside as a result. Changing directions, Gan then attacked Lu vigorously on the other side of the board. Lu, behind on time and in byo yomi for most of the game, was forced to resign when he couldn’t find a solution to save his group. Having won the final match, Gan held onto his Redmond title for the second year and will be a force to be reckoned with next year as well. The Redmond Cup has been run by Michael Bull for the past 20 years, with online qualifiers, and a final at congress. All of the final games were broadcast live on KGS, and drew hundreds of spectators. Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Paul Barchilon: David Lu 6d (l) vs. Aaron Ye 6d (r), Justin Teng 6d is recording the game in the background.
Wednesday August 14, 2013
The delicate dance between Hui Fan 7d (left), Pavol Lisy 6d, and Mateusz Surma 6d at this year’s European Go Congress in Olsztyn ended on August 10 when Fan snagged the spotlight after a final showdown with Lisy. It is Fan’s third title in three weeks and the second time he and Lisy have had a face-off. Unfortunately for Lisy, Fan repeated his performance at the Beijing 2013 qualification tournament on July 22 and successfully edged him out.
Though fan favorite Ilja Shikshin 7d fell short of the top five in the main tournament, he won both the weekend tournament and the blitz knock-out. In the U18 tournament, fellow Russian Alexandr Vashurov 5d took first while Jonas Welticke 5d placed second and Roman Lemasson 3d came in third.
For photos and full results from all the go tournaments at this year’s European Go Congress, visit the EGC 2013 official website.
–Annalia Linnan, photo courtesy of EuroGoTV
Wednesday August 14, 2013
Although the MLily Cup final won’t be played until later this year it’s already clear that a Chinese player will be champion. That’s because China claimed all eight quarterfinal places at the first MLily Cup on August 9. Only two Korean players, Choi Cheolhan 9p and Cho Hanseung 9p, (left) and one Japanese player, Yuki Satoshi 9p, made it into the final 16, and all fell to Chinese challengers.
Morale is especially low in Korea as the same circumstances occurred at the 18th LG Cup when Lee Sedol 9p was defeated by Tuo Jiaxi 3p in the second round. In the MLily Cup, Lee was defeated in the second round by seventeen-year-old Mi Yuting 4p. While sharp, young up-and-comers like Mi are one reason China has been slicing up the competition lately, “speculation in Korea is that the ever increasing prevalence of lightning games…is making it harder for their players to compete in these (relatively slower) international matches.”
Among the MLily Cup’s final eight are the formidable Gu Li 9p and Zhou Ruiyang 9p. Considered one of the top players in the world, Gu’s unique style (described as “romantic” by Go Game Guru) makes him especially elusive while Zhou has consistently been one of China’s top players since 2005. In the August 11 quarterfinals, Mi Yuting defeated Dang Yifei, Zhou Ruiyang defeated Lian Xiao, Gu Li defeated Wang Lei and Wang Xi defeated Wu Guangyya. Gu Li will play Zhou Ruiyang and Wang Xi will play Mi Yuting in the semifinals in September 2013. The semifinals will be best of three matches and the final will be best of five. The exact date for the final hasn’t been decided yet.
- Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article on Go Game Guru which includes photos and game records; photo courtesy of Go Game Guru
Tuesday August 13, 2013
This Sunday, August 18 is the deadline to register for the SportAccord-Pandanet Cup Go Online Tournament (SportAccord-Pandanet Cup Online Go Tournament Registration Opens 6/30 EJ). Preliminary rounds will be played August 22 through September 12. This tournament is supported by SportAccord and Pandanet and organized by the International Go Federation and Pandanet. It also concurrently serves as the 18th Pandanet Cup Internet World Amateur Go Tournament. Participants must be amateurs and may choose to enter one of four classes (“bands”): Open, 2d-3k, 4k-7k, 8k-17k. Except in the Open class, players are required to have a registered and Pandanet-confirmed rank. In addition, players may choose one of three geographic regions to play their games. Generous prizes are provided by the sponsors, including a round trip to the third Beijing SportAccord World Mind Games for the Open champion. Further prizes are provided for regional and class winners. Click here for details and registration forms.
Tuesday August 13, 2013
Turkey: The 13th Istanbul Go Tournament will take place September 28 and 29 in Istanbul. Since fall 2001, the Istanbul Go Tournament has made its players its top priority. According to the official homepage, the Istanbul Go Topluluğu has “always been striving to achieve a higher quality of experience…and set a higher standard for other national tournaments in Turkey.” All players are invited to register. Pre-registration is open until September 20 and strongly encouraged. For official rules, full schedule, and more, please visit istanbulgo.org.
Italy: The Higashikita Go Club and Italian Go Federation (F.I.G.G.) will host the 2013 European Student Go Championship and 8th Higashikita Tournament on October 5-6 in Trieste. For the main tournament, any player that is a university student, under 30 years of age, and a citizen of any EGF member countries is invited to participate. There is no entry fee and if a country chooses to elect an official national representative, that player will receive free accommodations. For players who do not qualify for the main tournament, the Higashikita Tournament is open to all players. Players who register for the Higashikita Tournament before September 29 will receive a 30% discount on their entry fee. For more information about or to register for either tournament, please visit the ESGC 2013 official website.
— Annalia Linnan; for complete listings, check out the European Tournament Calendar; photo courtesy of Istanbul Go
Sunday August 11, 2013
University teams from other countries are being invited to take part in the Student Championships in Petrozavodsk, Russia in September. “Participation of university teams from all over the world in the event will make it very respected, dynamic and let us to attract attention of government officers and the public towards spreading go,” says organizer Alexey Lazarev. The event will run September 25-30 and will include both team and individual competitions and will be held in the Hotel Karelia which is offering significantly discounted rates. Email Lazarev for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday August 10, 2013
Despite a nail-biting half-point loss to Beomgeun Cho in the final round Saturday morning, Yuhan Zhang 7d (right) won the 2013 U.S. Open championship on tie-break. Zhang, one of the strongest amateurs in China, placed 8th in a recent amateur tournament there. Click here for complete U.S. Open results and game records. Click here for final results and game records from the NAMT and SPO tournaments.
Saturday August 10, 2013
Row 1: 1st: Zi Yang Hu; 2nd: Mingming (Stephanie) Yin; 3rd: Jie Liang; 4th: Zhi Yuan (Andy) Liu
Row 2: 5th: Tianyu (Bill) Lin; 6th: Hugh Zhang; 7th: Calvin Sun; 8th: Dae Hyuk (Daniel) Ko
Row 3: 9th: Yongfei Ge; 10th: Yuan Zhou; 11th: Aaron Ye; 12th: Jianing Gan
Row 4: 13th: Justin Teng; 14th: Daniel Chou; 15th: Lionel Zhang; 16th: Matthew Harwit
TD: Gurujeet Khalsa; EJ Broadcast Team: Coordinator: Todd Heidenreich; Floor Manager: Dennis Wheeler; Game Recorders: Richard Dolen, Ethan Frank, Andrew Jackson, Logan Lancaster, Brian Leahy, Mike Lepore, Matt Payton, Alex Salazar, Solomon Smilack, David Weimer. Managing Editor: Chris Garlock. KGS Support: Akane Negishi. Photos/collage by Chris Garlock
Saturday August 10, 2013
Row 1: 1st: Cong Li; 2nd: Yuhan Zhang; 3rd: Juyong Koh; 4th: Beomgeun Cho
Row 2: 5th: Maojie Xia; 6th: Peilun Li; 7th: Ho Son; 8th: Andrew Lu
Row 3: 9th: Andrew Huang; 10th: Albert Yen; 11th: Yue Zhang; 12th: David Lu
Row 4: 13th: Steve Stringfellow; 14th: Sung-Chul Cho; 15th: James Sedgwick; 16th: Martin Lebl
TD: Gurujeet Khalsa; EJ Broadcast Team: Todd Heidenreich, Coordinator; Dennis Wheeler, Floor Manager; Game Recorders: Richard Dolen, Andrew Jackson, Solomon Smilack, David Weimer, Logan Lancaster, Brian Leahy, Ethan Frank, Matt Payton, Alex Salazar, Mike Lepore; Managing Editor: Chris Garlock. KGS Support: Akane Negishi.
photos/collage by Chris Garlock
Friday August 9, 2013
Matthew Hu Repeats as NAMT Champ; Cong Li Wins SPO: Matthew Hu 1P (left) repeated as North American Masters Tournament champion Friday night, defeating Stephanie Yin 1P as hundreds watched at the U.S. Go Congress and online on KGS. The main playing area was packed as Takemiya Masaki 9P and Myungwan Kim 9P provided detailed live commentary on the top boards in both the Masters and the Strong Player’s Open. Cong Li 3P (right) won the SPO, defeating Yuhan Zhang 7d. The board the NAMT final was played on — a 2-inch kaya table board donated by Yutopian and signed by Takemiya, Kim and both players — will be auctioned off at the banquet Saturday night to benefit the American Go Foundation. Final results — and game records — are here: NAMT; SPO. Click here for the NAMT commentary and SPO commentary; Frank Fukuda translated for Takemiya and the E-Journal’s Solomon Smilack transcribed both commentaries.
Yuhan Zhang One Win Away From U.S. Open Championship: Yuhan Zhang’s (right) fifth straight win in the U.S. Open — he defeated Peilun Li in Friday morning’s round – makes him the odds-on favorite for this year’s U.S. Open champion. However, hot on his heels are Zi Yang Hu, Beomgeun Cho, Mengchen Zhang and Calvin Sun, all 4-1 going into Saturday’s final round. Latest results — and game records — are here: U.S. Open.
Self-Paired Tourney Update: With 17 games played, Jeff Horn 1d is in the lead for the Dedicated, the player who plays the most games, as well as for the Kyu Killer, the dan player who wins the most games against kyu players, and the Hurricane, for the player who records the greatest number of wins. David Frankel (left) is far ahead in the race for the Dan Killer, the kyu player who wins the most games against dan players. Horn is also leading in the Sensei, for the player who plays the most games against weaker players (also known as the “Teacher” award). With a 6-1 win-loss record, Steffen Kurz is leading the race for Champion — the player who records the greatest excess of wins over losses –in the Self-paired Tournament. Kurz is also leading in the Grasshopper, the player whose rating increases the most during the tournament. Competition is stiff for the Faithful, the player with the smallest rating change, with John Kalb, J.D. Anders, Joshua Guarino, Deborah Niedermeyer and Yoshitomo Nakata all neck-and-neck at 0.0 ratings changes. Click here for complete current standings. Jim Levenick is the Tournament Director. photo by Chris Garlock
Game Commentaries: Mingjiu Jiang 9P comments on the US Open Round 5 Board 1 game between Yuhan Zhang 7d and Peilun Li 7d. Wei Chen 3P comments on the US Open Round 4 Board 1 game between Yuhan Zhang 7d and Calvin Sun 7d. Watch for commentaries this morning on KGS by Huiren Yang and Stephanie Yin, starting around 10a PST.