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SIX WIN IN U.S. YOUTH GO CHAMPIONSHIPS

Monday June 14, 2010

Six young go players have won national titles in the recently-completed U.S. Youth Go Championships, which were held online.  Curtis Tang 7d led the High Dan (5-7d) division, narrowly defeating former champion — and current World Youth Representative — Calvin Sun 7d.  In the Low Dan (1-4d) division, which had both senior and junior sections, Justin Shieh 4d took top honors in the senior, while seven-year-old Aaron Ye 1d won the junior.  Van Tran is the new Single Digit Kyu Champion in the 1-4k range, while Larry Qu won in the 5-9k range.  The Double Digit Kyu Champion is Raymond Liu 10k.  The new title holders will receive trophy plaques with their name and title, and partial scholarships to the Go Camp or Go Congress.  Everyone who entered will also receive free audio go lessons, courtesy of Guo Juan’s Internet Go School. Click here for full standings in each division.
- report/photo by Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor; photo: Boulder youth compete at the USYGC Qualifier in April 2010


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TIGER’S MOUTH DEFEATS INSEI EMPIRE IN ONLINE YOUTH TOURNEY

Monday June 14, 2010

U.S. youth competing for Team Tiger’s Mouth eked out a narrow 9-8 victory over Alexandre Dinerchtein’s Insei League Sunday on KGS.  Seventeen youth from the U.S. and Canada faced off against the Inseis, who were mainly European.  The top board featured a close battle between 13-year-old U.S. champ Calvin Sun 7d and 17-year-old Ukranian KGS star Artem Kachanovskyj 7d, with Sun prevailing.  Canadian 13-year-old Jianing Gan 7d, lent a hand to his U.S. friends, scoring a win against a Russian 5 dan, while  Yang Xu 5d, Justin Shieh 4d, Justin Teng 3d,  Aaron Ye 1d, April Ye 3k, Gilbert Feng 3k, and Maher Qandil 5k,  all notched up wins for Tiger’s Mouth as well.  The top board, and full standings, are available here. – Paul Barchilon, E-J. Youth Editor

MICHAEL REDMOND ON STUDYING, IMPROVING YOUR GAME AND HOW THE PROS TRAIN

Monday June 14, 2010

“My study of the endgame actually had more effect on my opening,” Michael Redmond 9P told the E-Journal during a recent interview during the World Amateur Go Championships in Hangzhou, China. Redmond, who this issue becomes a regular game commentary contributor to the E-Journal (Member’s Edition only; click here to join), shared his tips on studying, improving, and thoughts on the differences in professional training in Japan, China and Korea.

Over the last year or so, Redmond has been studying the classic Castle Games,  with special attention to close games. “The result was that I was reviewing very high-quality games, games in which the players were not being greedy, but were going for the balanced moves, and showing very good positional judgment, and I think that reflected onto my game and helped me a lot,” said Redmond. “I’m much more aware of what’s going on.”

Still, Redmond knew he had to focus on improving his endgame. “What happened was that I ended up with this big collection of close games, and I had them in Word and could print them out.” Redmond pulled a small booklet of clipped-together sheets from his pocket. “So what I did last year was to copy game positions about 30 moves from the end of the game. I like the fact that I don’t have the names of the players, because it brings back memories (of the specific players), so it’s better not to be seeing that. I write the result – for instance in this game, White wins by one point – so I have to hold the position in my head and count it, and by doing that, I think I’m improving my reading ability. Not just reading out an endgame, but life and death problems, as well.”

Redmond explained that “The problem is that you can have two endgame moves that are about the same size, but they each lead to a different endgame.” He launched into an analysis involving calculations of moves as small as 1/6th or 1/12th of a point, “so you have very fine points implicit in the seemingly simplest yose moves, including follow-ups and ko threats, which complicate the calculation.” And, he added, “calculating is not good enough; in fact it’s confusing, because there’s no way to see which move is bigger, you just have to read it out, and then it’s very clear. Right now I can do 30 moves, and I have done a 50-move yose.”

Eventually Redmond expects to be able to read out the last 100 moves, “because top players are capable of reading out the last 100 moves in less than an hour. If I can have a picture of what’s happening when I come to the last 100 moves, it’ll make a big difference.” If all of this sounds a bit confusing,” Redmond’s the first to agree, but said that “it shows that just calculating the size of a move, which is what I’ve been doing for years now, is pretty useless. Or I should say it’s useful, but it’s not exact, and it’s the reason why it’s pretty easy to lose a couple of points with that system.”

Asked about how he and other top professional study, Redmond said that “Everyone has their own system,” adding that “I think one of the weaknesses of Japanese go as a whole is that we don’t have any coaches. We all improvise on our own. The Chinese have coaches, and I think the Koreans do too. I think the idea of having coaches is a very good system.” The downside of the coach system that that “it changes the way a person’s game develops at the lower levels, and I think that in China it makes it more difficult (for individual players) to have a lasting strength.”

Conversely, Redmond said, the Japanese system turns out to have a hidden strength, because while Japanese players don’t have an established counter to the new Chinese or Korean moves, “the strength is for the player himself. In all of his personal study, he will be building a feeling for the game, which should last longer. So I think both methods have their strong points.”

Redmond said he doesn’t play much on the internet these days. “I wasn’t sure it was improving my game. It’s very hard to play at my best when I can’t see my opponent; it makes a difference in my feeling for the game. I think I concentrate better if I have an opponent in front of me. And I enjoy it more.” Redmond added that playing in person is the best way to improve your game. “Someone close to your own strength, a little stronger or even a bit weaker. Gives you a different viewpoint. And review your games. “
- Chris Garlock; photos by John Pinkerton

IN MEMORIAM: Edmund Havens

Monday June 14, 2010

Edmund Havens was killed in an automobile accident in Spain on May 28. Greater Washington Go Club (GWGC) organizer Haskell Small says Havens was a “kind, elderly gentleman who has come to the club several times in the past year or so. I knew him from way back in the GWGC’s early years, and I was happy to see him return. I will miss him.” Havens was a “Proud father, devoted husband, intrepid traveler, avid reader, movie buff, puzzle addict, veteran Marine, retired civil servant, arts patron, and Past Master,” according to Haven’s obituary in the Washington Post, which includes details about calling hours Tuesday night, the memorial service on Wednesday and interment Thursday.

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GIANT-KILLER GU LI KNOCKED OUT IN LG CUP

Wednesday June 9, 2010

Korea exacted a measure of revenge Wednesday when Korea’s An Choyeong defeated China’s Gu Li by a half point in the second round of the 15th LG Cup. Gu Li had defeated Lee Sedol in the first round, eliminating Korea’s strongest player in this tournament. Lee Changho, who defeated China’s Tuo Jiaxi by resignation, is now Korea’s leading hope in winning this year’s LG Cup. Choi Cheolhan is also a strong contender for Korea and is currently playing extremely well. In a rather surprising outcome, China’s Hu Yaoyu defeated fellow teammate Chang Hao by resignation. Of course, China’s Kong Jie is the defending title-holder and the favorite to win the LG Cup for a second year in a row. He defeated Korea’s Mok Jinseok by resignation and will face his fellow teammate Hu Yaoyu in the third round, which will be played on November 8th.
- JustPlayGo for Round 2 game records, photos and the Round 3 match-ups

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BRITISH GO JOURNAL BACK ISSUES NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

Wednesday June 9, 2010

The British Go Association (BGA) has recently completed a project to get all issues of the British Go Journal into an on-line archive.   Each issue since 1967 is available as a PDF file, with many issues having some of their content translated into web pages.  Making article web pages is an ongoing project, and issues will only become available to the general public once they become a year old.  There are 148 issues currently available with games and instructional articles for kyu through dan-level players.

Early issues were produced on typewriters and used an algebraic notation to describe games and positions.  Starting with issue number 4, pictures were added and the web page versions include SGF and GO format game records.  News from the local, national, and international go scenes in the issues as well as 40+ years of  “internal wranglings” of the BGA provide an amazing resource for anyone interested in go history, or just in improving their game.
- EuroGoTV; photo: Jon Diamond, creator of the first BGA journal prototype in 1967; he was British Champion at the time and is the current BGA President

TARUMI TOPS IN DARMSTADT

Wednesday June 9, 2010

Jun Tarumi 5d (l) topped a field of 113 players to win the Darmstaedter Go-Tage 2010, played June 5-6 in Darmstadt, Germany.  Tarumi was undefeated in the five-round tournament, while Torsten Knauf 4d and Thomas Kettenring 3d came out on top of six players with 3 wins for second and third places.  There were 80 kyu level players in the huge field.
- EuroGoTV

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KRUSHELNYCKYJ SWEEPS RIVNE UNDER-12 OPEN

Wednesday June 9, 2010

Valerij Krushelnyckyj 7k went 6-0 to top the field of 19 at the Rivne (Ukraine) Open Championship for those under 12.  Vladyslav Verteleckyj 8k was second at 5-1 and Andrij Pylypchuk 11k was third at 4-2.  The tournament was held June 5-6.
- EuroGoTV

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TARANU WINS THIRD CONSECUTIVE ROMANIAN CUP

Wednesday June 9, 2010

Catalin Taranu 7d (c) swept the finals of the 2010 Romanian Cup to notch his third consecutive title.  Cristian Pop 7d (r) went 5-1 to come in second, while Cornel Burzo 6d (l) was one of four with a 4-2 record and came in third.  The tournament was held June 4-6 in Pitesti.
- EuroGoTV

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QUALIFIERS SET FOR 2010 N.A. ING CUP

Monday June 7, 2010

Qualifiers for this year’s North American Ing Cup (NAIM) tournament have been scheduled. The NAIM features the largest prizes in North America as 32 of the continent’s top players meet each year at the US Go Congress for an exciting week of competition.  First up is the June 12 Santa Monica Coffee Cup in Santa Monica, CA. Pre-registration required; abc@okun.name THIS JUST IN: also on June 12, the KGC Summer Tournament will be held in Kalamazoo, MI; register at paul@kzoogo.info The New York Go Center NAIMT Qualifier will be held June 13 in New York City; pre-register at badukboris@gmail.com The first KGS NAIM Qualifier is set for June 19 (note: rescheduled from 6/5!) ; pre-registration is required; deadline 6/17 by midnight EST. Email badukboris@gmail.com The second KGS NAIM Qualifier will be held June 26-27; pre-registration required by midnight (EST) June 24: badukboris@gmail.com photo: at the 2009 Santa Monica NAIM Qualifier; photo by Andy Okun

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