Thursday November 10, 2016
Over forty players from seven different countries competed in the 18th Ibero-American Championship tournament, held at the Pestana Premium City & Conference Hotel in Caracas, Venezuela from October 7-9. The field included 23 Venezuelans and 17 players from other six nations.
Locals including taxi drivers, workers from the bakery, hotel, caretakers, retired players, the Venezuelan players who live abroad, teachers at the Japanese schools and the Embassy of Japan all pitched in to make the event succeed, said Loli Puerta, president of the Venezuelan Association.
Fernando Aguilar 7d (Argentina) won first place; Hisao Uyama 7d (Brazil) finished second and Juan Carlos Carrillo 1d (Chile) was third. “Venezuela is a land of peace and its people are great” said Aguilar.
In every Latin-American Championship friendship and solidarity is celebrated between people of brother counties, Juan Carlos Pachón told the E-Journal. “The beautiful discipline of go proposes perennial values that allow us to be above and beyond borders of ephemeral and changing political situations.”
To close out the XVIII Ibero-American Championships, the first Iberoamerican Go Couples Tournament — sponsored by the World Pair Go Association — was conducted on Monday, October 10th.
- reported by Special Correspondent Francisco d’Albuquerque
Monday November 7, 2016
Artem Kachanovskiy 1p has advanced to the main tournament in the 13th edition of the Sankei Cup. Kachanovskiy won all three games in the preliminaries of the pro division to advance to the main tournament, which will take place next spring. Amongst others, Kachanovskiy defeated Sonoda Yuichi 9p in the final round by half a point. The preliminary rounds were played on October 31 November 2. This is the third time the Kansai Ki-in has invited foreign pros to play in the annual tournament sponsored by the Sankei newspaper. Europe was represented by the EGF pros Artem Kachanovskiy 1p and Mateusz Surma 1p, while Gansheng Shi 1p and Eric Lui 1p played for the AGA. The games were broadcast live on the Kansai Ki-in homepage.
Read the complete report — and check out game records — on the European Go Federation’s website.
Monday November 7, 2016
Go players from Miami, Tampa, and Orlando converged on Rockledge, FL, (near the Kennedy Space Center) to find the 2016
Space Coast Go Tournament on November 5.
The venue was Rockledge Fire Station No. 1, in a conference room often used for EMS training.
Hurricane Matthew had caused a delay of games, but the weather was fine on Saturday. Twenty players competed for prizes donated by Yellow Mountain Imports and Slate and Shell books. After three rounds of play, more than half of the players received awards of books or equipment. Dan Micsa 4d from the Space Coast club, took top honors. He was followed by Nicholas Casaubon 1k from Miami, in the upper kyu division (1k-8k). Tanner Robart 14k from Sarasota ranked first in the lower kyu division (9k – 15k).
Tournament director Bart Lipofsky hosted a pizza party at his home afterwards. Three boards saw continued action until later in the evening.
Division 1 (4D – 1D)
1. Dan Micsa 4D; 2.Michael Choi 4D; 3. Karsten Henckell 4D
Division 2 (1K - 8K): 1. Nicholas Casaubon 1K; 2. Hamilton Vargas Guerra 7K; 3. Aaron Otero 8K; 4. Efrain Davila 2K; 5. Steve Barberi 1K
Division 3 (9K – 15K): 1. Tanner Robart 14K; 2. Arian Inigo 9K; 3. Quinten Goodwin 9K; 4. George Lebovitz 10K; 5. Kevin van Workum 11K
Photos (clockwise from top left): Paul Wiegand 6k (Orlando), making a critical opening move; Dan Micsa trying to read the game; Players and Prizes (l-r): Paul Wiegand, Aaron Otero, Ellis Knickerbocker, Dam Micsa, Steve Barberi, Arian Inigo, Michael Choi, Nicholas Casaubon, Tanner Robart, John Seekins, Hamilton Vargas Guerra, Karsten Henckell, Efrain Davila; Steve Barberi 1k (Tampa); Aaron Otero 8k (Space Coast); an EMS training dummy stored in the venue. photos courtesy Bart Lipofsky
Monday November 7, 2016
Coming up at 9:30p PST (12:30a EST) on Wednesday, November 9th, the AGA broadcast team will cover the Xin’ao Cup Round of 16 on its YouTube channel. Commentary will be led by AGA professional Ryan Li 1p and hosted by Andrew Jackson.
The Xin’ao Cup is a new inaugural international tournament, played in Lang Fang, China. The main competition has a draw of 64 players, 12 of whom are seeded (5 from China, 1 from Taiwan, and 3 each from Japan and Korea). The US representative in the tournament, Jujo Jiang 7p, was defeated by Xia Chenkun 3p of China in the first round. The remaining players are competing for a top prize of 2.2 million RMB, or roughly $325,000 USD.
It’s not yet clear who will play on Wednesday, because the tournament is still being played and R16 will be decided with a random draw, but there are some exciting players in the running: An Sungjoon 7d, Shi Yue 9p, Tang Weixing 9p, Ke Jie 9p, Kim Kiyong 6d, Lee Sedol 9p, and Chen Yaoye 9p.
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Wednesday November 2, 2016
By Peter Schumer
The North American Go Instructors’ Workshop was held at the Nihon Ki-in and other sites around Tokyo, Japan from October 18-25. Nine highly motivated participants from the United States and Mexico were selected to participate. The cost of travel, housing, most meals, and all the professional instruction fees were generously donated by the Nihon Ki-in and the Iwamoto North American Foundation (INAF). The workshop was a huge success and all the participants feel freshly energized and motivated to build on their new knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching go and sharing go more broadly.
Participants each gave extended lectures on their own local efforts at teaching go and spreading an awareness of the game more widely. We also visited several schools from first grade up to the university level to see go instruction both within the school curriculum as well as an after-school extracurricular activity. We learned about the history of go, go etiquette, the status of go instruction in Japanese schools, as well as the craftsmanship involved in making beautiful go boards, bowls, and stones. One highlight was learning more about the Mizuma method (Toshifumi Mizuma – 7 dan pro) for teaching beginners on small boards (6×6 and 7×7). We also had several opportunities to play simultaneous games with both Toshifumi Mizuma and Michael Redmond 9P. We would also like to thank Michael’s younger daughter Yumi Redmond for her expert and wonderful help with accurate real-time translations of the many lectures.
All the participants learned a huge amount from the Japanese teachers and go professionals as well as from one another. We are all re-dedicating our efforts and plan on making ever greater contributions to educating children and the public at large how to play go as well as its pleasures and importance. We hope there will be similar workshops either in Japan or elsewhere in East Asia or perhaps back home in North America. Thank you Nihon Ki-in and INAF for a wonderul workshop and experience!
top right: (left to right front): Xinming Guo, Lew Geer, Siddhartha Avilasa, Toshifumi Mizuma (7p), Peter Schumer, Ito Yasunari (manager of Nihon Kiin)
left to right back: Michael Cooley, Daniel Gentry, Ted Terpstra, Ze-li Dou, Gurujeet Khalsa, Tom Urasoe (overseas department of Nihon Kiin)
bottom left: (left to right): Lew Geer, Ted Terpstra, Siddhartha Avilasa, Michael Redmond 9P, Gurujeet Khalsa, Peter Schumer, Zi-Le Dou.
Monday October 31, 2016
The NOVA Pumpkin Classic was held last Saturday, October 29, at George Mason Law School in Arlington VA. Over 30
participated, including 13 dan-level players. As usual, the winners took home fine pumpkins, selected by NOVA President Gary Smith. Of note is top winner Dairong Xu, who marched firmly through his top opposition.
The winners were:
First place: Dairong Xu, 5D, 4-0; Zehua Zhao, 4D, 3-1; Joseph Craig, 4K, 4-0; Gary Smith, 10K, 3-1; Robert Cole, 12K, 3-1 and Qidi Xu, 16K, 3-1 (tied); and Andrew Browning, 25K, 3-1.
Second place: Justin Teng, 6D, 3-1; Yanqing Sun, 3D, 2-2; Ryan Hunter, 1D, 3-1; Bob Crites, 7K, 3-0 and Sarah Crites, 9K, 3-1 (tied!); and Antonina Perez-Lopez, 20K, 2-2.
photo: the happy pumpkin crowd; report/photo by Allan Abramson
Monday October 31, 2016
Gansheng Shi 1P (l) made it through to the second round of the Sankei Cup before losing to Tetsuya Kiyonari 9p. He defeated Yosuke Shintani 1p in the first round. Eric Lui 1P (r) lost to Mika Yoshida 8p in the first round. Click here for complete results.
- photos courtesy the Kansai Kiin
Saturday October 29, 2016
Lee Sedol 9p will take on Ke Jie 9p in the Samsung Cup semifinals, in a reprise of last year’s match, when they also met in the semis. The match starts this Sunday, and Myungwan Kim 9p will provide commentary on the three-game series live on the AGA’s YouTube and Twitch channels, starting at 9p Pacific time on Sunday, October 30 (PDT, UTC-7). Game 2′s commentary will begin at 9p PST on Monday, 10/31, and if necessary, Game 3′s commentary will start at 9p PST on 11/1.