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Twin Cities Go Club (1): Helping Connect Kids to their Culture

Saturday October 25, 2014

For the past few years, the Twin Cities Go Club has been involved at an annual Chinese culture event in April hosted at the Mall of America. 2014.10.25 TCGO little girl DSC_0749Three years ago at this event we met the organization, Families with Children from Asia-Midwest, a group dedicated to bringing together families with children adopted from Asia. “Part of their goal is to educate the children on various aspects of Chinese culture, to help 2014.10.25 TCGO family weekend DSC_0743them feel more connected to their cultural heritage,” says TCGO’s Aaron Broege.

For the past two years, TCGO has been a part of a retreat weekend at a local hotel that brings together families from the Midwest region. Earlier this month, TCGO’s Xiaoyu Wang, Yanqing Sun and Aaron Broege attended the event to teach the children the basics of capture go.

“Like last year, many of the children were eager to learn and picked up the rules very quickly,” says Broege. “To my delight, some of them even remembered us from the previous year and still remembered the basic rules of the game!” Some of the children picked up the rules quickly, and played game after game of capture go. Others, even if they didn’t completely understand the rules, still loved the feel of placing the stones on the board. “It was just great to see them playing with the game and trying to figure out how to win.”
Part 1 of 2: tomorrow: TCGO hosts a pizza and rated games party!

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The Power Report (Part 3): Murakawa Eliminated From Samsung Cup; Fujisawa Rin Increases Lead In Women’s Honinbo; Iyama Wins Third Agon Kiriyama Cup; Two Landmarks For So Yokoku; Other Promotions; Obituary: Miura Hiroshi

Friday October 24, 2014

by John Power, EJ Japan Correspondent2014.10.24_Tang+Weixing

Murakawa Eliminated From Samsung Cup: The second round of the Samsung Cup was held in Taejon City in Korea on October 14. Tang Weixing 9P (right) of China, the previous winner of the tournament, beat Murakawa Daisuke 7P (W), Japan’s sole remaining player, by resig. The semifinalists are Kim chi-seok 9-dan and Pak Jung-hwan of Korea and Shi Yue and Tang of China. photo: Tang at the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games; photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images AsiaPac

Fujisawa Rin Increases Lead In Women’s Honinbo: The sixteen-year-old 2014.10.24_Fujisawa-RinaFujisawa Rina has made an excellent start in the 33rd Women’s Honinbo title match, beating Mukai Chiaki, the titleholder, in the first two games. If Fujisawa wins one more game, she will become the youngest player to hold this title. The first game was played in Hanamaki Hot Spring on October 8, with Fujisawa drawing black. Mukai Chiaki, the defending champion, took the lead, but Fujisawa played a series of do-or-die moves, one of which eventually paid off. Mukai resigned after 227 moves. The second game was played at the Ichigaya headquarters of the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo on October 17. Fujisawa (W) won by 2.5 points. The third game will be played on November 7.

Iyama Wins Third Agon Kiriyama Cup: The final of the 21st Agon Kiriyama Cup was held at the Kyoto headquarters of the Agon Buddhist sect (Kiriyama is the name of the head priest) on October 18. It’s surprising how often two players engaged in a big title match run into each other in other titles. The final featured a clash between the players vying for the Meijin title. Iyama Yuta drew black and beat Kono Rin by 1.5 points after 309 moves. This is Iyama’s third win in a row against Kono and it secured him his third victory in this tournament.

Two Landmarks For So Yokoku: Recently there have been two landmarks for So Yokoku, one professional, one personal. On October 13,2014.10.24_so-youkoku he scored his 200th win as an 8-dan, so he won promotion to 9-dan. (He beat Cho Sonjin 9P in the first round of the 53rd Judan tournament.) The promotion dates from the following day (when it was confirmed by the Nihon Ki-in tournament office). Very soon after this, So got married. The source of this information is Takao Shinji’s blog on the Nihon Ki-in home page. Takao gives no details, but his blog entry was dated October 17, so presumably So was married on the 14th, 15th or 16th, so the two landmarks could well have come on the same day.

Other Promotions: To 7-dan: Miyazaki Ryutaro (120 wins); To 3-dan: Murakami Akihide (40 wins).

Obituary: Miura Hiroshi
Miura Hiroshi, a top amateur player, died of a cardiac infarction on September 29. He was 68. Miura won nine amateur titles and held the title of Honorary Amateur Honinbo. He took third place in the World Amateur Go Championship in 1988. He was one of the four professional-level amateurs who dominated amateur go in Japan from the 1960s to ‘80s.

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The Power Report (Part 2): Murakawa Wins Kisei B League; Mukai Leads Women’s Meijin League; Iyama Rebounds In Meijin Defense; Iyama Off to Good Start In Judan

Thursday October 23, 2014

by John Power, EJ Japan Correspondent2014.10.23_Murakawa Daisuke

Murakawa Wins Kisei B League: All the fifth-round games of the 39th Kisei Leagues were played on October 2. In the B League, Murakawa Daisuke 7-dan (right) of the Kansai Ki-in had stumbled in the fourth round, but he made no mistake in the fifth: taking black, he beat Cho Chikun, 25th Honinbo, by 3.5 points and secured first place. His only remaining rival, Yoda Norimoto 9P, also won his final game, so he ended up with the same score, 4-1, as Murakawa, but the latter’s number one rank in the league gave him priority. In the A League, Yamashita Keigo made a clean sweep. He will meet Murakawa in a play-off on November 13.
Full results:
(A League) Yamashita (W) beat Yamashiro Hiroshi 9P by resig.; Takao Shinji Judan (W) beat Ichiriki Ryo 7P by resig.; Yuki Satoshi 9P (B) beat Kobayashi Satoru 9P by resig.
(B League) Murakawa (B) beat Cho Chikun by resig; Yoda Norimoto 9P (B) beat Cho Riyu 8P by 5.5 points; Kono Rin 9P (W) beat Hane Naoki 9P by resignation. Hane and Ichiriki drop out of the A League and the two Chos drop out of the B League.

2014.10.23_mukai chiakiMukai Leads Women’s Meijin League: Mukai Chiaki, Women’s Honinbo, retains the lead on 3-0. Kato Keiko 6P and Aoki Kikuyo 8P are in second place on 3-1.
(Oct. 2) Kato Keiko 6P (W) beat Ishii Akane 2P by resig.
(Oct. 10) Aoki Kikuyo 8P (B) beat Mannami Nao 3P by 4.5 points.

Iyama Rebounds In Meijin Defense: Fans were starting to speculate about the possibility of a new Meijin when the challenger Kono Rin took a lead after the third game, but Iyama Yuta Meijin (right) has bounced back with two wins, so he is now in the better position. The fourth game was played at the Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto in Kyoto City on October 6 and 7. This was a very important game for Iyama, as a loss would put him in a very disadvantageous position. Although there was no 2014.10.23_IyamaYutamove by Kono (white) that could be labeled a mistake, Iyama gradually took the lead in the second day’s play. In retrospect, Kono’s strategy in pulling out some stones inside Iyama’s territory may have been dubious. Although the way he pulled them out was clever, he provided Iyama with a weak group to target. This let Iyama build up strength in the centre that turned the game in his favor. Iyama secured a safe lead — a few points more than the komi on the board — but as usual he didn’t let up. He set up a ko and used his superiority in ko threats to force a resignation after 217 moves.

With the match tied 2-all, it had become a best-of-three. The fifth game was played at the Atami Sekitei inn in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture on October 15 and 16. It was a very interesting game, with Kono (black) playing an unusual variation of a joseki and Iyama coming up with a new move in the same joseki. The game developed into a contest between Kono’s territory and Iyama’s thickness. It was decided by a lapse in reading on Kono’s part: he overlooked a move with the double threat of a two-approach-move ko for one of his groups and a direct ko for another. The move wasn’t actually played, as Kono woke up to it belatedly and amended his play, but he had to let Iyama set up the two-approach-move ko. Such a ko would not usually be a big problem, but in this game Iyama had an overwhelming advantage in ko threats. Kono had to ignore a ko threat, but that let Iyama eventually kill a group. Kono resigned after White 176. The sixth game will be played on October 29 and 30.

Iyama Off to Good Start In Judan: If Iyama manages to defend his Meijin title, he will once again have a chance to aim at a simultaneous (that is to say, a genuine) grand slam next year. He needs to keep defending his six current titles, of course, and also to win the Judan title. He has made a good start in the 53rd Judan tournament. On October 10, playing white, he defeated Yoda Norimoto 9P by resig. in the first round (which has 20 players, four of whom are seeded into the second round). He needs to win three more games to become the challenger.

Second of three reports. Tomorrow: Murakawa Eliminated From Samsung Cup; Fujisawa Rin Increases Lead In Women’s Honinbo; Iyama Wins Third Agon Kiriyama Cup; Two Landmarks For So Yokoku; Other Promotions; Obituary: Miura Hiroshi

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Go, Tea & Gardens in Portland (OR) This Sunday

Thursday October 23, 2014

If you like go, tea and gardens – and are in the Portland, Oregon area – you’ll want to stop by the fifth annual Tea & Arts in the 2014.10.05_Tea-ArtsGarden celebration at the Teahouse & Lan Su Chinese Garden this Sunday, October 26 from 11a to 4p. “We’ll spend Sunday drinking great tea and introducing go to people wandering in the garden and stopping at the tea house,” says the Portland Go Club’s Peter Freedman.

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The Power Report (Part 1): Nihon Ki-In Celebrates 90th Anniversary; Yo Seiki Wins 1st Yucho Cup; Ryusei Cup Winner Kono Gets Another Chance; 70th Honinbo League Starts

Wednesday October 22, 2014

by John Power, EJ Japan Correspondent2014.10.17_nihon-kiin-celebration

Nihon Ki-In Celebrates 90th Anniversary: The Nihon Ki-in held a party on October 3 at the Grand Hill Ichigaya hotel to celebrate its 90th anniversary with about 350 people in attendance. The Nihon Ki-in was founded in 1924 under the leadership of Baron Okura Kishichiro. It started out with 40 members and now has 320. There are a large number of domestic tournaments, some with very impressive prize money. The Nihon Ki-in has also played a major role in realizing Baron Okura’s dream of spreading go around the world. All the top professionals were in attendance and introduced on the stage, but the first to appear was Yo Seiki 7-dan of the Kansai Ki-in, who had won a tournament final played earlier this day (see item below). photo: Wada Norio, Pres. of the Board of Directors of the Ki-in, Iyama
Yuta (on his right) and other worthies cracking over a wood barrel of sake with mallets. This is a custom on auspicious occasions, on achieving landmarks etc. and especially at the New Year. They will drink some of the sake with square wooden cups.

Yo Seiki Wins 1st Yucho Cup: This was an unofficial tournament held to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Nihon Ki-in, though2014.10.22_yo-seiki the numbering suggests it will continue. It is organized by the Nihon Ki-in and the main sponsor is the post office bank, the Yucho Bank, with assistance from the Asahi newspaper. It is open to professionals and inseis (apprentice professionals) 20 and under and 7-dan and under. Rules are NHK style (30 seconds per move plus ten minutes’ thinking time to be used in one-minute units). Thirty-one professionals and 11 inseis played in the qualifying tournament, which started on June 11. One insei, Shibano Toramaru, who made his debut as a 1-dan pro in July, won a place in the 16-seat main tournament. In the final, Yo Seiki 7-dan (right) of the Kansai Ki-in beat Motoki Katsuya 3-dan to claim the one million yen first prize.

2014.10.22_kono-rinRyusei Cup Winner Kono Gets Another Chance: The final of the 23rd Ryusei tournament was held a couple of weeks ago (the game is recorded, then telecast, and Go Weekly is coy about the date it was played). Kono Rin 9P (B, at left) beat Yo Seiki 7P by resignation. This is Kono’s second win in this tournament. There was a surprise waiting for Kono after the game. The sponsors also sponsor a Chinese version of the title, and they have arranged for a Japan-China Ryusei tournament.  Kono will play Gu Li, winner of the 5th Chinese Ryusei tournament, in December.

2014.10.22_Mimura-Tomoyasu70th Honinbo League Starts: The 70th Honinbo League got off to a start on October 2. The first game matched two players in their 40s who were making a comeback after a period out in the cold. Victory went to Mimura Tomoyasu 9P (back after an absence of four years, at right), who beat Ryu Shikun 9P (out for 11 years). Mimura had black and won by resig. Other results are given below. The most notable is perhaps Ida’s win over former Honinbo Cho U; Ida may have lost the title match to Iyama Yuta, but he is one of the favorites in the league.
(Oct. 9) Yamashita Keigo 9P (W) beat Yo Seiki 7P by resig.
(Oct. 10). Takao Shinji 9P (W) beat Kono Rin 9P by resig.
(October 16) Ida Atsushi 8P (W) beat Cho U 9P by 3.5 points

First of three reports. Tomorrow: Murakawa Wins Kisei B League; Mukai Leads Women’s Meijin League; Iyama Rebounds In Meijin Defense; Iyama Off to Good Start In Judan

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Registration Open for World Students Go Oza Championship

Wednesday October 22, 2014

University and college students under the age of 30 are invited to compete in the preliminary for the next World Students Go Oza 2014.10.12_world_youthChampionship. The 13th World Students Go Oza Championship will be held February 23-27, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan, where 16 students from around the world will compete to decide the world’s number one student player. To select the 16 students, an online preliminary round will be held on Pandanet. Click here for the entry form. The application deadline is Nov 16. Note: students living in China, Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei cannot participate in the online preliminary round.
photo from 2014 World Students Go Oza Championship by Nikkei Asia Review 

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China and Korea Even After Samsung Cup Quarter Finals

Wednesday October 22, 2014

The 2014 Samsung Cup semifinals took place in Daejeon, Korea on October 14. Because the “elite eight” consisted of four Chinese players and four Korean players, the sponsor arranged the draw so there would be four “China vs Korea” matches. Though Korea might have had the advantage with its top four players in the semifinals, the Chinese players had high rankings as well, with Shi Yue and Zhou Ruiyang as number one and number two.

The results: two Chinese players and two Korean players will proceed, with Park Junghwan 9p against defending champion Tang Weixing 9p and Shi Yue 9p facing Kim Jiseok 9p. Daejeon will host the semifinals from November 5 through November 7. For more information about the the quarter finals including game records, photos, and Shi Yue’s defeat of recent jabango champion Lee Sedol 9p, please visit Go Game Guru.
—Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article by Go Game Guru

2014 Samsung Cup Semifinalists: Tang Weixing, Park Junghwan, Shi Yue, Kim Jiseok

2014 Samsung Cup Semifinalists: Tang Weixing, Park Junghwan, Shi Yue, Kim Jiseok

2014 US Open Ratings Released

Tuesday October 21, 2014

The 2014 US Open has now been rated. Click here for the AGA ratings page where you can search by name or AGA membership number. You can also see the final wall list here.

Cotsen Open Pre-Registration Closes Thursday at Midnight

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Pre-registration for the Cotsen Open will be closing at midnight on Thursday night.  After that, players will have to register at the door on Saturday morning. The 2-day tournament will be held on October 25-26 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los2014.10.17_Cotsen-2013 Angeles. “We will also be printing hats with the Cyclops Killer logo on them,” reports organizer Samantha Davis. “They will be for sale at the tournament.” Organizers are still looking for more volunteers for setup on Friday from 11am-5pm.  “All volunteers will get a free hat and a pizza lunch,” says Davis. Email her at cotsenopen@gmail.comSponsored by Eric Cotsen, the tournament is one of the biggest on the annual U.S. go calendar and features thousands of dollars in prizes, an Open Division, live KGS commentary on top board games, free masseuses for players, and free food truck lunches to all those who pre-register for both days of the tournament. There will also be a demonstration game between Yilun Yang 7P and Yigang Hua 8P. As usual, everyone who pre-registers and plays in all five of their matches will have their full entry fee refunded; click here to register. Follow the Cotsen on Twitter and Facebook for the latest tournament news.

AGA Rules at Portland Tournament

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Two unusual occurrences highlighted details of the AGA rules at the Portland Go Tournament last weekend.

One game involved a seki with points: two black groups, each with one eye, separated by a white group with none. The white group shared one liberty with each black group, which neither player wanted to fill. The Japanese rules give no points in seki, but the AGA rules make no such special exception; black’s eyes are territory. These two points did not affect the outcome of that game.2014.10.22_portland-tourney

A second game was resolved by mathematical proof. At the end of the game, the score was a tie on the board, so white won by the half-point komi. (This was a “one stone handicap” game). Later, black discovered a stone on the floor that he claimed was a prisoner of his. Could it be determined if that stone came from this game? Another player argued that the tie on the board was impossible, given that there was no seki and both players played the same number of moves. Working with several players, the tournament director constructed a proof of this fact. If both players played the same number of moves, the total number of stones on the board (after filling prisoners into territory) must be an even number. Since there are 361 points on the board, the total amount of territory (i.e., the number of vacant points) must be odd. Both players therefore cannot have the same score, so a stone did disappear from this game. White bowed to this logic and the result was reversed.

The tournament was held October 18-19 on the picturesque campus of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. 32 players participated.

The winners, from first to third in each division, were:

Open division: Kaichi Suzuki (5-0), Boyang Chen (founding the University of Oregon Go Club), Xudong Zhao
Dan division: Ben Hakala, Maxwell Chen, Troy Wahl
Single-digit kyu division: Daniel Takamori, Sam Levenick (president of the Lewis & Clark Go Club), Robert O’Malley
Double-digit kyu division: Ethan Zhuang (5-0), Roger LaMarche, Vivienne Blandy
Top youth player: Ethan Zhuang
Top female player: Vivienne Blandy

The tournament director wishes to thank Yellow Mountain Imports for a discount on prizes, GoClubs.org for their outstanding tournament software, the Lewis & Clark College Go Club for access to the rooms, and the various volunteers who brought boards, snacks, etc.
- Peter Drake, TD

photo: Daniel Takamori (left) and Thor Dodson enjoy a bonus game in the 75-degree October sun while waiting for the end of the last round.

 

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