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The Power Report (Special Edition): Iyama wins Judan, scores grand slam

Thursday April 21, 2016

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Iyama wins Judan, scores grand slam: The third game of the 54th Judan title match was played at the Kuroyon 2016.04.20_Iyama showing sevenRoyal Hotel in the town of Omachi in Nagano Prefecture on April 14. The title holder, Ida Atsushi, was facing a kadoban, as he had lost the first two games. There were about 60 reporters and photographers from 22 media organizations in attendance hoping to witness the first simultaneous grand slam in go; this was too many to fit in the playing room at the start of the game, so they had to draw lots. The game was fairly even for the first 100 moves, but Ida thought he was a little behind. The decisive fight came when Ida, playing black, invaded a corner position and, instead of trying to live small, set up a ko that gave him a chance of capturing some of the enclosing stones. The ko was an approach-move ko for Black, but Ida fought tenaciously and won it, securing the lead. Iyama was two and a half points behind when he resigned after move 269. Ida picked up his first win and stopped Iyama’s winning streak in title matches at 18.

2016.04.20_54judan3_3The fourth game was played at the Nihon Ki-in in Ichigaya, Tokyo on April 20. The game started at 9:30 and finished at 5:21 pm. Playing black, Iyama forced Ida to resign after 163 moves. That gave Iyama the title 3-1 and secured him the first-ever grand slam in Japanese go. Iyama has held six of the top seven titles twice, but this is the first time he has held all seven at the same time. It is his first Judan title for four years and his 37th title overall. That puts him in seventh place, just two titles behind Cho U. It is not an exaggeration to say that the possibility of this achievement has been the centre of attention in the go media for the last couple of years. Iyama has been the first player for whom this feat has appeared possible; more than “possible” perhaps, it has sometimes seemed just a matter of time. Apparently the Nihon Ki-in’s magazine Go Weekly put out an extra in the evening of the 20th. The regular newspapers sometimes put out extras concerning the tournament they sponsor, but this is the first time I can recall Go Weekly doing it.

There will be a lot of celebrating going on, but soon another title match will start, so the pressure will be on Iyama to maintain this unique distinction as long as he can.

Tomorrow: Cho U beats the odds; Korea starts well in Huang Longzi Shuangdeng; Meijin League: Murakawa drops back; 280 million watched AlphaGo match

 

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Breaking News: American pros Andy Liu & Eric Lui to play Lee Sedol & Hane Naoki tonight

Tuesday April 19, 2016

The E-Journal has just gotten word that US players Andy Liu 1p and Eric Lui 1p will play two of the top players in the world2016.04.19_sedol-liu-IMG_1365tonight, starting at 9:30p EST. Liu (right) will play Lee Sedol 9p (left) of Korea and Lui will play Hane Naoki 9p of Japan in the first round of the 8th Ing Pro tournament in Shanghai.  The games start at 9:30a local time April 20 in Shanghai, which is tonight, April 19, at 9:30 p.m. EST6:30 PST.  The games will be watchable on Sina.com, Tygem and wbaduk, various sources say.  The tournament, which is single elimination, gives each player three hours main time and two extra 20-minute periods to be bought for two points each.  Please post to the AGA’s Facebook page or tweet us @theaga if you have better information about viewing the games. 
– Andrew Okun, President, American Go Association; photo courtesy XIAO Qiang and SHENG Hongli, organizers in the Shanghai Ing Foundation

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Cupertino High Wins School Team Tourney

Monday April 18, 2016

saibook-53-sCalifornia’s Cupertino High School became the champion of the open division, after 4 hard fought rounds, reports American Go Honor Society President Yunxuan Li. “This year’s school team tournament (STT) drew 13 teams from every part of the country consisting of all kinds of educational institutions,” says Li. “The STT is an annual tournament for school aged kids to compete as a team against teams from other schools. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet young go lovers from other schools. Many participants enjoyed the competitive and friendly atmosphere of the STT. Want to be the next winner of the biggest youth team tournament? Tune in for our event next year!” The top two teams won a full scholarship to the AGA Go Camp, winners in all brackets are receiving cash prizes, t-shirts, and trophies as well – courtesy of the the AGA and the AGF. For a complete list of winners, click here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: The Haze Middle School Team, from Hikaru no Go, © 1998 Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata/Shueisha Inc.

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Liu Wins One More in Japan, to Face Murakawa Immediately

Saturday April 16, 2016

Andy Liu 1p won his next Sankei Cup game against amateur Shingo Ono in Osaka Saturday.  Liu, taking white with no komi, won by six by taking a large central territory.  The win puts him in a game today with Murakawa Daisuke 8p, among whose accomplishments are winning the 62nd Oza and two previous Sankei Cups.  The game will be 12:30 p.m. Sunday Japan time, evening or night in the US.  The broadcast can be found at http://kansaikiin.jp/subpage/live.html. 12994401_1036941069722438_4892171184931627426_n

Liu v. Ono Game Record

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Eric Lui and Andy Liu to Play in Ing Cup, Liu in Sankei Cup

Friday April 15, 2016

Eric Lui 1p and Andy Liu 1p are headed to Shanghai to play in the opening rounds of the 8th Ing Pro Cup.  The Ing Foundation’s quadrennial tournament is considered one of the most prestigious international titles in the go world, with a top prize of more than $400,000.  The opening ceremony is on April 19 and the first game on April 20.  The EJ will update with details about broadcasts from the tournament.  Lui and Liu won the representation spots in an online qualifier in January against Feng Yun 9p and Yang Huiren 1p.

Andy Liu is travelling to Shanghai by way of Osaka, Japan, for the next round of the Sankei Cup.  Liu pleased his American fans last fall by winning all three of his games against Japanese pros in the Sankei Cup prelim.  He will play on April 16 at 12:30 Japanese time against amateur player Shingo Ono.  If he wins, there will be another game the following day at 12:30 again.  According to the Kansai Kiin, the games can be watched online here.

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AGA Summer Go Camp Set for July

Thursday April 14, 2016

52c35f5a79dec2748dd1e2389c8adb0aThe AGA Summer Go Camp will be held from July 3 to July 9 at YMCA Camp Campbell Gard in Hamilton, OH (45 minutes South of Dayton). Camp directors Nano Rivera and Frank Luo invite campers of all skill levels, between the ages of 8 and 18 to join them for a week of go-playing and fun.  Professional instruction, and fun outdoor activities, will both be on the schedule. Youth who played in the NAKC or the Redmond Cup are eligible for a $400 scholarship, and need-based scholarships of up to $250 are also available. For more information on the latest camp-related news, and to download the (soon to be available) registration forms, please visit the camp website. Any questions can be e-mailed to Nano Rivera at agagocampeast@gmail.com.  Photo: Campers trying their hand at archery at last year’s Go Camp.

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21 Ties at NOVA Cherry Blossom tourney

Monday April 11, 2016

The NOVA Cherry Blossom tournament was held on Saturday, April 9, at the George Mason University Law School in Arlington VA. Fifty-seven players participated, including Andy Liu, 1P, Michael Chen, 7D, and Xinying Jiang, 7D. Four members of the Han family also participated: father, Tongwei Han, and children, Tienfeixue, Xueqi, and Luyao. Unusual results included twenty-one people tied for either first or second place trophies. “IOU’s were given after the trophies ran out!” reports TD Allan Abramson.
The winners were:
First place: Zhaonian Chen, 7D, (4-0); Victor Kang, 3D, (3-1); Quinn Baranoski, 1D, and Jacob Lewellen, 1K, (tied at 3-1); Joey Phoon, 3K, (4-0); Neel Brown, 6K, and Tevis Tsai, 6K, (tied at 4-0); Chris Harzer, 12K, (4-0); Andy Crump, 15K, Matthew Marks, 16K, and Amber Boyden, 19K (tied at 3-1); and Tianfeixue Han, 28K, (2-2)
Second place: Andy Liu, 1P, (3-1); Kabe Chin, 2D, Frederick Bao, 2D, and Tongwei Han, 2D, (all tied at 2-2); Nathan Epstein, 1D, and Zongying Qiu, 2K, (tied at 2-2); John Gibson, 5K, Chris Johnson, 5K, and Caleb Vickers, 5K, (all tied at 2-2); Michael Lash, 6K, and Anderson Barreal, 8K, (tied at 3-1); Luke Schafer, 10K and Ning-Yuan Wang, 12K, (tied at 3-1); and Erik Fagerstrom, 25K, and Luyao Han, 28K (tied at 2-2)
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Inseong Hwang’s New Classes Begin April 25

Monday April 11, 2016

Registration is now open for the American Yunguseng Dojang 15th season of on-line classes. Taught by former Korean insei 2016.04.11_AYD_at_2015Congressand EGF 8-dan Inseong Hwang, the program each month offers members five games of league play, three lectures of about an hour each on topics such as opening theory, local techniques, and positional evaluation, and a weekly highlights video. The American program began in January 2014 with three six player leagues. The season just concluded had seven six player leagues. There are video reviews of all league games available on-line.

Starting in the 15th season, the winner of the top league each month will get that month free. As of the moment there are 37 registered players for the 15th season, which kicks off April 25. “If you are looking for a training program to sharpen your game, this is something for you to check out,” suggests Bob Gilman.
- photo: AYD members at the 2015 US Go Congress

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Congress Scholarships for Youth

Monday April 11, 2016

0807151358aThe American Go Foundation (AGF) is offering $200 youth scholarships to this year’s US Go Congress.  Interested youth must write an essay on why they want to go; the application deadline is May 31st. Twenty-five scholarships are available, and up to 15 awardees will be selected by June 1. Five scholarships are available to residents of Canada or Mexico. Applications received after May 31st will be approved on a space available basis.  The scholarships are available for US youth who are under 18. Youth who competed in either the NAKC or the Redmond Cup are eligible for an additional $200 scholarship, for $400 total. For more information, and to apply, click here.  - Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: The Youth Team Tournament is one of the many activities in the Youth Room at Congress.

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Google DeepMind team members confirmed for US Go Congress

Saturday April 9, 2016

Google DeepMind team members Aja Huang 7d and Hui Fan 2P have just confirmed that they’ll attend this year’s US Go 2016.04.09_aja-huang-congressCongress in Boston. “This is an exciting opportunity for the American go community to meet some of the team behind AlphaGo, which attracted global attention to go,” said Congress Director Walther Chen. The Congress runs July 30-August 7; click here for details. Dr. Huang (right), who was seen by millions worldwide last month playing for AlphaGo against Lee Sedol 9P, will give the keynote speech — together with European champion Hui Fan 2p — at the Congress opening ceremony on July 30. They’ll also attend a “Computer Go Afternoon” session on August 4. In other Congress updates, the attendance of the following professional players have been confirmed: Myungwan Kim 9P, An Yan 7P, Hajin Lee 3P, Yi Tang 2P and Shuang Yang 2P.
- Chun Sun

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