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Ilya Shikhin 7d Sweeps Japanese Council Cup in Russia

Thursday March 31, 2011

Ilya Shikshin 7d (l) swept the 8th annual Japanese Council Cup, held March 25-27 in St Petersburg, Russia. Mitsubishi was the tournament’s main sponsor, providing a rich prize purse as well as covering travel and hotel expenses for the top players. This year the top 16 players in the Cup competed in a new A section while the rest of the field — nearly 80 players up to 3d – comprised the B group. As expected, Alex Dinerchtein 3P and Ilya Shikshin 7d wound up battling for the first place; while Shikshin is a bit higher on

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the European rating list, Dinerchtein has better numbers in the Russian ratings and has a favorable score in their head-to-head matches. The two – who both teach online in the KGS Insei League — dominate the current Russian tournament scene, winning half the recent major titles. Shikshin won the showdown (see game record at right) with Dinerchtein at the Japanese Council Cup, sweeping the tournament 6-0, while Dinerchtein took second place. In third was Svetlana Shikshina 7d, who’s not been as active in tournaments recently, occupied with her 4-year-old son Slava. Oleg Mezhov 6d was fourth and Andrej Kashaev 5d fifth. Finns took three of the top five places in the B group, with Samuel Ritakallio 3d from Finland – a former student of Dinerchtein’s – in first place and Pekka Lajunen 2d in second, Dmitrij Kirakosjan 2d of Russia in third, Reino Karttunen 1d (Finland) in fourth and Sergej Vinokurov 1d (Russia) in fifth. “I have the feeling that Finnish 3-dans are able to fight on even with our local 5-dan players,” Dinerchtein tells the E-Journal.

Click here for full results in both the A Group and B Group. For top-board game records, check JPNConsul account on KGS.

This was the deciding game between Shikshin and Dinerchtein for 1st place. “Notice that it was possible to kill Black’s group by playing W 74 at L2,” says Dinerchtein. “After the game Ilya was not able to show me any geta on the right, which I was afraid of, and said that ‘I was very lucky here.’”

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Zhirui Yang 6D Wins 15th Jujo Jiang Youth Goe Cup

Monday March 28, 2011

More than 120 young players turned out for the 15th annual Jujo Jiang Cup Youth Goe tournament last Sunday at the Chinese Culture Center in Sunnyvale, California. The players were all under the age of 21 and ranged in strength from 6 dan to 29 kyu. Zhirui Yang 6 dan, a visitor student from Jilin province, China, led the A division by winning all his games, while local player Aaron Ye 3 dan took 2nd, losing only to Yang.  With a growing go population in the Bay Area, the event also drew local news media, including KTSF26, the World Journal, and SingTao Daily, for onsite reporting. In the 19×19 division, players were divided into nine different groups from Group A (6-3 dan) to Group I (26 – 29 kyu) according to players’ strength. With the goal of prompting interest in go among little children, the tourney also had special 13 x13  board division which attracted 50 beginners around age of 5 or 6.  Trophies were awarded to 1 to 4th place winners for each group and the first six winners of each group could choose their prize a selection of offerings.
Winner’s Report: 19 x 19 Board: Group A (6D-3D): Zhirui Yang, Aaron Ye, Justin Shieh Group B (3D – 2D) Henry Zhang, Daniel Liu, Jeremy Chiu Group C (1D – 5k): Larry Qu, April Ye, Albert Chao Group D(6k-12k): Alan Hwang, Jonathan Ta, Peiken Tien Group E(13k – 16k): Patrick Wang, Eric Liu, Benson Lin Group F(17k-23k): Dyson Ye, Bryan Tan, Ryan Tang Group G(24k-25k): Allison Hwang, Jason Chu, Raymond Chen Group H(26k-29k): Jonathan Mi, Victor Chen, Samantha Meng Group I(26k-29k): David Huang, Jeffrey Mi, Brandan Chu  13 x 13 Board: first place winner for each group: Lilian Zhang,  Timmy Chen, Felix Liu, Catherine Tan. Click here for complete results.

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Michael Redmond 9P Reports from Japan

Monday March 28, 2011

“It is fortunate that Japanese people seem not to be inclined to show their stress and frustration in violent acts,” reports Michael Redmond 9P — who’s just been confirmed as a participating professional in this year’s U.S. Go Congress — from his home in Japan outside Tokyo. “Instead people did hit the stores with heavy shopping, stockpiling basic foods such as rice, milk, bottled water, etc. Most of these are back in the stores now, but water is still difficult to get.

“After the quake there was a local gas shortage including the Kanto (Tokyo) area as well as the earthquake-damaged northeast. In the damaged areas the problem was compounded by difficulty in the logistics of getting it there. Since the victims in the disaster area need fuel to keep warm and to evacuate they will be helped first, and we will be waiting a bit longer for the gasoline to arrive. Apart from the logistics, the gas shortage is caused by the fact that some important gas depots/refineries were hit by the tsunamis that attacked the whole Pacific coast. The earthquake damage was not so bad actually, but the tsunami was off the expected scale and nothing could stop it. Gas stations in my area, which have been closed since the  earthquake hit, re-opened last Sunday. They apparently are getting gas and other necessities to the disaster areas now also.

“Since the nuclear energy plant has shut down, there’s obviously also a shortage of electric energy in northern Japan, not including Hokkaido, and we are subjected to scheduled power cutoffs. I’m not sure how far south this goes, but it’s at least as far as
Tokyo. The main inconvenience caused by the power cutoffs is that the trains are limited, in my case making travel to Tokyo less easy than usual.

“As to the go scene, people didn’t know about the power cutoffs or that the trains would slow down until March 14, so there were games as scheduled on that day, and some players didn’t manage to arrive in time and lost by forfeit. They postponed the March 17 games in Tokyo. Games were played on schedule on 3/24 and after, though some events have been postponed. Supposedly things will return close to normal next month.”
A boy waits in a line in front of a gas station in Kamaishi, northern Japan Monday, March 14, 2011 following the March 11 massive earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Asahi Shimbun, Naoko Kawamura)

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP March 22-28: Iyama Yuta Evens the Judan; Park Yeonghun Takes Game 1 in Maxim Cup Final

Monday March 28, 2011

Iyama Yuta Evens the Judan. In the second round of the 49th Judan final on March 24, Iyama Yuta 9P tied the series 1-1 by defeating Cho U 9P by resignation. The third round will be played on April 7th. Park Yeonghun Takes Game 1 in Maxim Cup Final. In the first round of the 12th Maxim Cup final on March 21, Park Yeonghun 9P (l in photo) defeated Lee Changho 9P (r) by resignation. The Maxim Cup final is a best of three series and the second game will be played on April 7th.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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Park Jieun and team Korea win 9th Jeongganjang Cup

Monday March 28, 2011

The 9th Jeongganjang Cup ended today with a final showdown between Rui Naiwei 9P (playing for China) and Park Jieun 9P of Korea.

Rui resigned after 160 moves, but not before plenty of middle game excitement. With this, the Korean women’s baduk team have won their fourth Jeongganjang Cup. Last week Rui stood alone against four Korean opponents and managed to fight her way to Park in a three game streak. Unfortunately for Rui she fell just short of making it four wins (in four days) and taking the Cup back for China.

Rui Naiwei (left) and Park Jieun review the game

A special mention needs to go to Moon Dowon 2P, who set a new record by winning seven consecutive matches in stage one of this tournament. Moon single handedly eliminated most of the Japanese and Chinese teams, setting things up nicely for Korea.

The whole story: 9th Jeongganjang Cup

There’s been quite a lot written by the Go blogging community about this particular tournament. Here is An Younggil’s commentary of the 9th Jeongganjang Cup final (this game). And here are some of Go Game Guru‘s other articles about the 9th Jeongganjang Cup.

To highlight some other Go bloggers and let you enjoy the story as it unfolded, here are some links that you might be interested in:

- David Ormerod; a condensed version of his full report on Go Game Guru

Guo Juan 5P Returns to Woodlands for Memorial Day Workshop

Sunday March 27, 2011

Like the Capistrano swallows, Guo Juan 5P is returning to The Woodlands for another workshop Memorial Day weekend. Guo — a popular teacher and longtime E-Journal contributor — has held twelve workshops at The Woodlands in Round Top, New York over the last seven years. The workshop start with a lecture late on Friday evening May 27 and ends Monday, May 30 after lunch. The format is the typical workshop format with a mixture of lectures, games and game analysis. The Woodlands is an informal inn with over 20 bedrooms. Click here for details and to register.

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Takemasa Miyoshi Wins Groesch Memorial

Sunday March 27, 2011

Takemasa Miyoshi 9k topped the 6-player field at the John Groesch Memorial held on Sunday, March 20 at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Takemasa (l), currently a Research Assistant Professor in the department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at UMD was undefeated in the three-round tournament. “The final game against Nate Eagle 10k was a nail-biter,” reports organizer Steve Mount (r), “which Takemasa won by a half-point.” Other two-game winners were Gurujeet Khalsa 9k and Zarathustra Goetzel 10k.

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U.S. Youth Go Championships Held

Sunday March 27, 2011

The United States Youth Go Championships (USYGC) drew 58 kids and teens on March 26. Contestants vied for the top slot in five different sections.  Dan level youth also competed for entry into a qualifier for the World Youth Go Championships, which will be held next week.  Calvin Sun 7d again topped the Senior Dan Division, with a perfect record.  Sun, who has represented the US four times in a row as USYGC champ, is required to take a year off from the WYGC, and will not be competing in the qualifier.  The Ing Foundation, which sponsors the event, just changed the age limit to under 16 for the Senior Division.  While this unfortunately disqualified several U.S. youth, the tourney allowed all of them to participate in the USYGC Qualifier anyway.  Eligible finalists who will be advancing on for the right to represent the U.S. at the World Youth are Hugh Zhang 7d, Andrew Lu 6d, Vincent Zhuang 5d, and Yunxuan Li 2d (who pulled a surprise upset by defeating several four dans).  In the Junior League (under 12) Aaron Ye 3d, Sammy Zhang 2d, Luke Zhang 1d, and Jeremy Chiu 1d will all compete in the finals next week.  Both Senior and Junior division games will start at 9 am PT, Saturday the 2nd, in the AGA Tournaments room on KGS.  Calvin Sun 7d is the National High Dan Champion, and Yunxuan Li now holds the title for National Low Dan Champion, Senior Division.

The kyu level tourney was equally exciting, with kids ranked from 1k to 19k duking it out in multiple bands.  April Ye 3k is the new Single Digit Kyu (SDK) Champion in the 1-4k bracket, Senior Division, while Larry Qu 4k is the new Junior Division Champ.  In the 6-10 kyu bracket, top honors went to Joey Phoon 6k in the Senior, and  Raymond Liu 10k in the Junior.  Bennett Ji 11k won the Senior in the 11-19k bracket, and Julian Erville 11k won in the Junior.  Winners will be receiving trophy plaques with their names and titles, $400 scholarships to the US Go Camp, and gift certificates for audio go lessons from Guo Juan’s Internet Go School.  The USYGC was run by tournament directors Paul Barchilon and Jeff Shaevel.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

Go Players Rally Support for Japan

Monday March 21, 2011

BELGIANS LAUNCH “GO4JAPAN”: A go club in Belgium has “switched our upcoming tournament to a support rally for the people of Japan” in the wake of the recent earthquake/tsunami, reports local organizer Joost Vannieuwenhuyse. “Already countries like Germany, Spain and Czechia are thinking about, or planning to host similar events,” Vannieuwenhuyse tells the E-Journal. Hoping to make this “a global initiative in the go-playing community,” the Belgium club has launched a Facebook page under the name “GO4 Japan” where others who want to organize their own local events can communicate and coordinate efforts. “Our club, as well as the organization of the Basel tournament in Switzerland will be giving all the registration fees from our tournament to the Japanese Red Cross Society,”adds Vannieuwenhuyse, suggesting that “It would be nice to also see some events there that take place in the US.” “I hope this way we, as go-players, can give back some support, no matter how big or small, to a country that meant and still means so much for this hobby, passion, life of ours. And to offer at least some relief to the people who are suffering from this ongoing disaster.”
ISRAEL HOSTS JAPAN SUPPORT TOURNEY ON MARCH 30: : An “Identifying day with Japan” has been organized for Wednesday, March 30th in Rosh HaAyin, Israel. The home of both current and previous Israeli go champions, Rosh HaAyin’s mayor joined the effort “with enthusiasm,” reports Shavit Fragman, President of the Mind chain of go clubs in Israel. Money collected at tournament will be delivered to the Japanese embassy, and the event will also include a Tree of Wishes, origami crane folding — in Japan, it’s commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a wish come true — and lectures about Japanese culture and the recent disasters in that country.
UK YOUTH EVENT RAISES £150 FOR JAPAN RELIEF: At the just-concluded Youth Championships in Oxfordshire, England, £150 — the result of a collection, together with the proceeds from the event– was sent to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.

Malcolm and Yang Lead Dan Players at Bay Area Go Monthly

Monday March 21, 2011

Twenty five adults and kids escaped the pouring rain this past Saturday to play in the Bay Area Go Players Association monthly ratings tournament. The event, held May 19 at the Ing Goe Center in Menlo Park, CA, drew players ranging from 7 dan to 20 kyu. Four played in a rated tournament for the very first time. The young ones ruled the day, with six of the eight top game winners under the age of 12. In the Dan division, Zhirui Yang 6d and Richard Malcolm 2d each won three games. In the Kyu division, Larry Qu 3k and Ciaran Fitzgerald 20k (right, in photo) won four games apiece. The next Bay Area Go tournament is coming up April 9 in Palo Alto, CA.
- report/photo by Roger Schrag

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