Wednesday December 12, 2012
The 2012 Samsung Cup is going to a third and final game to determine this year’s title holder. Lee Sedol won the first game on Monday by a half-point, and Gu Li won the second round Tuesday by resignation (see below for reports). The final round will be broadcast tonight — starting at 9p (EST), with Myung-wan Kim commenting the game on Tygem’s World server (NOT the Korea 1 server, as previously reported) as he has for the previous rounds. Kim’s live English-language commentary will be on the Tygem go server the first 15 minutes of every hour on Tygem’s ”Korea 1″ server. The game, which could last four or five hours, is set to start at 6p West Coast time (9p EST), on Dec. 12.
Round 1: In a particularly hard-fought and close match, Lee Sedol 9p of Korea came from behind to win Game 1 of the Samsung Cup final against Gu Li 9p of China by a half point. “Gu Li played very well in the opening and had many chances to secure the win in the endgame,” said Myung-wan Kim 9P, who did a live English-language commentary of the game on Tygem. American players were glued to the game. “It felt like riding a roller coaster without seat belts,” said Southern California’s Curtis Tang 7d. “The easiest might have been to play move 229 at 232, a nothing-to-lose ko threat that would have resulted in a 1.5-point win. The last losing move seems to be 257.”
Round 2: Gu Li 9p avenged his half point loss to Lee Sedol 9p in round one of the Samsung Cup by taking round two with a thumping win. “He showed outstanding reading power over Lee Sedol today,” said Myung-wan Kim 9p, who covered the game in a live commentary on Tygem. “It was a perfect win. Lee missed an attack in the beginning then never had a chance. I was amazed to see how Gu Li finished the game. Gu Li didn’t just win. He crushed Lee.” Added Kim, “Tonight’s game will be the most exciting game in 2012.”
The next world championship English-language live commentary will be the Ing Cup final between 17-year-old Fan Ting-yu 3p and 19-year-old Park Jung-hwan 9p, which Kim said “might be the first match of a long rivalry like Lee Chang-ho 9p and Chang Hao 9p 10 years ago.” Kim plans on doing commentary on every world championship final in the coming year.
Wednesday December 12, 2012
The Hope Chinese School-Fairfax (HCS) bested an AGA team in a December 2 friendship match in Annandale, VA. Twelve AGA players ranked from 5k-5d participated in two rounds of 10-on-10 non-handicapped games against the HCS team, which scored 12-8 overall, with some games as close as half a point.
HCS-Fairfax principal Ms. Li described the match as “a significant and exciting cultural event,” and welcomed AGA players to come back next year. She and HCS team captain Mr. Gu awarded AGA team a trophy, and each AGA player also received a backpack. Tournament director Edward Zhang (below at left, presenting a gift to Mr Gu) gave a summary of AGA rules at the beginning of the event and introduced the benefits of becoming an AGA member, such as tournaments, ratings and the American Go E-Journal. Click here for photo albums by Yuyan Zhou and Edward Zhang.
Team roster and 2-win players:
HCS-Fairfax: Renjie Wang (2-0), Bin Deng (2-0), Guojun Zu (2-0), Jeffery Yin, Ying Zou, Weiyu Yang, Wei Feng, Chuanyi Cao, Xinran Jian, and Nan Li.
AGA-DC: Haskell Small (2-0), David Reed (2-0), Dan Hiltgen (2-0), Justin Teng, Keiju Takehara, Jim Liu, Xiao Zhang, Kelsey Dyer, Yukino Takehara, Mohan Sud, Robin Kramer and Jonathan Barlow.
Monday December 10, 2012
Inspired by the announcement of plans to end publication of Go World, the superb quarterly that published top-level instructional material and analysis of more than 1,000 of the most important games over the past 35 years (Endgame for Go World Magazine After 35 Years 11/16 EJ), The American Go Foundation is now offering its massive inventory of the last available issues for sale to all AGA members (shipping within the US only). All proceeds from the sale go directly to the AGF to support their work promoting go in the US. “The response has been stronger than expected,” according to AGF VP Paul Barchilon. “We’re already out of several rare issues, and running low on others.” The Feng Yun Go School alone has ordered more than 500 copies. “We have given back issues of Go World as prizes to better students for years,” Ms. Feng says. “For many, they have never seen anything like it. It’s a real eye opener. The AGF is doing good work that benefits kids and go education in America, so supporting their mission with this purchase is also attractive. ” Never seen GW? The AGF has secured exclusive rights to offer a sample issue for download. More than 30 issues are currently available, but act fast! A collection would make a perfect holiday gift for the go lover in your life. (Please feel free to print this and pass it along.)
Saturday December 8, 2012
Sooil Kim (center) took first place in the December 1 Atlanta Mega Mart Go Tournament A section; Vladimir Rerikh (right) was second and Neirong Xiao (left) was third. The Atlanta Go Club hosted, with the sponsorship of Mega Mart, a local Korean supermarket. “This is the second time Mega Mart has sponsored a go tournament and it plans to continue to support go activity in metro Atlanta in the future,” reports organizer Jeffery Kerlagon. Cash and gift cards totaling $700 were awarded as prizes to top winners winners in four divisions. The one-day, three-round event was attended by 35 players. “While the Georgia Bulldogs were getting defeated by Alabama in football, the Atlanta go community faced strong competition from Tennessee,” says Kerlagon. Yin Huasong & Shawn Ray from Tennessee took 1st place in their respective divisions, while Sooil Kim was a repeat winner from last year in one of the High Dan Divisions. “Everyone had a great time and it was very inspiring to see go players from Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia battle it out over the go boards. Young Brandon Zhou, although not placing in this tournament showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.” The Atlanta Chinese Go Association and the Korean Chess Club bring many strong players to this competition.
Winner’s Report: High Dan Division A 1st place – Sooil Kim; 2nd place – Vladimir Rerikh; 3rd place – Neirong Xiao.
High Dan Division B 1st place – Yin Huasong; 2nd place – Won So Choe; 3rd place – Frank Luo
Dan Division 1st place – Shawn Ray; 2nd place – TIE between Danni Chen & Lixian Liu; 3rd place – Seth Cardew
Kyu Division 1st place – Jackson Zhang; 2nd place – Hiroshi Yamane
photo by Jeff Kerlagon
Saturday December 8, 2012
Time is running out to join a group of US players traveling to Havana, Cuba February 15 – 21, 2013. The trip is being organized to play go with counterparts in the Cuban go community as part of a “people to people” trip conducted under a US Treasury Department license for such travel. “Using go as a way to forge links between people of different countries, especially countries whose relations are as fraught as Cuba and the US, is very much in line with the vision of Iwamoto-sensei,” says AGA President Andy Okun. “This is a wonderful opportunity.” Besides a go competition February 16-17, the trip will also feature an itinerary of cultural/educational activities such as a visit to Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s home in Cuba. “It is still possible to add additional travelers, but it is necessary to act quickly,” says organizer Robert Gilman. “Though there is not a definite deadline at this time, the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to accommodate additional travelers.” Email email@example.com for information.
Thursday December 6, 2012
Sun Montesorri School beat Irvington Elementary School in a five person, three round, two team match, 11 wins to 4, on Sunday, Dec. 2nd. Peter Freedman and Fritz Balwit, Irvington and Sun Montesorri’s coaches, respectively, co-directed the tournament. Irvington School Chess and Go Club Parent Coordinator Jessica Nesseler-Cass transported four of the Irvington players, and Ellis’ mom contributed a loaf of banana bread. Leading the way for Sun Montesorri with three wins was Amos, with Holden and Hansen winning twice. Rakan, Hikaru, and Tessa played in a tournament for the first time. Rakan and Hikaru are both brand new to the game, and Tessa just began playing this summer. Hikaru’s dad is very into Manga, which is where Hikaru found Hikaru no Go and wanted to learn the game. The venue was Mt. Tabor Church’s Taborspace, where the church generously lets us play for free on Sunday afternoons. Full results: Round 1: Amos b. McCaleb, Hansen b. Ellis, Holden b Noah, Niko l. to Sam, Dylan b. Rakan (1st player is Montesorri, 2nd, Irvington; Round 2: Amos b. Ellis, Hansen b. McCaleb, Holden b. Sam, Nick b Noah, Hikaru (YES! A local Go player named Hikaru!) b. Rakan; Round 3: Holden l. to McCaleb, Dylan l. to Ellis, Hansen l. to Tessa, Amos b. Sam, Niko b. Hikaru. -Tourney report by Peter Freedman
Thursday December 6, 2012
There are just two weeks left to join the new Pandanet-AGA City League. This new event features year-round regional competitions between teams of players from different North American cities or regions, with a prize pot of $15,000 for the A-League. Deadline to register is December 20, with the first season set to begin January 1, 2013 and concludes with a final round in Seattle during the 2013 US Go Congress. There are already teams registered from Brentwood TN, Memphis TN, Syracuse NY, Research Triangle NC, Boston, and Southern California. Additional teams are being formed in DC-NOVA, the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Monica and Vancouver. “Those from other cities and regions in US, Canada, and Mexico and interested in joining should get organized soon,” say League organizers. “We look forward to a full slate of exciting competitions from many teams!” Click here for more information, rules and registration. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday December 6, 2012
Joanne “Jiajia” Missingham (r) has been named Go Ambassador at the upcoming SportAccord World Mind Games, which begin next week in Beijing, China. Other ambassadors include Hou Yifan (chess), Sjoert Brink (bridge), Chan Chun Kit (Xiangqi) and Alexey Chizhov (draughts). Missingham will also participate in the North American Go Convention next February.
Currently training in Taiwan, Missingham 6P was the runner-up at the first Bingsheng Cup Women’s World Championship in 2010. Her ranking in Taiwan Go Association has risen rapidly, putting her within striking range of top male Taiwanese players. Next year Missingham will be the only Taiwanese female playing in the Chinese Women’s A League, arguably the world’s top women’s go league. Missingham, born in Australia, lived in California for several years before moving to China in 2008 to study go, and joined the Taiwan Qiyuan in 2010. She’s also known as an artistic performer, especially in music and calligraphy; click here for a video of her recent lute solo. Also famous for her philanthropy and battles against sexism, in 2011 she led a tremendous charity effort for Japan after the Fukushima earthquake and she led a protest against unfair rules on female players’ tournament fees in a tournament in Taiwan.
Missingham will return to the U.S. and teach go in both New York/New Jersey and Washington DC during the North American Go Convention (NAGC) February 8-17, 2013. The NAGC website has been updated to clarify tournament schedule and locations, and information is also available in Chinese and Korean. While the two open championship tournaments, as well as the Pair Go and Blitz championship are all in the weekends of Feb. 9-10 and Feb 16-17, there are also rated games and teaching activities during weekday evenings 2/8, 2/12-2/15.
The NAGC organizing committee has been joined by two ‘veteran’ U.S. Go Congress tournament directors, Sam Zimmerman and Christopher Sira. Pre-register before 12/25 to avoid the upcoming 10% price increase.
- reported by Edward Zhang; photo: Missingham at the 2010 Bingsheng
Wednesday December 5, 2012
Yang Yu Chia, general secretary of the Ing Chang Ki Goe Foundation, will introduce his innovative method of teaching go to children and beginners on Saturday Dec. 15, 2012 at the American Ing Goe Center in Menlo Park, CA. Yang has years of experience with teaching kids, and organizes and supervises the World Youth Go Championships every year. The seminar is free and open to anyone teaching or interested in teaching go, and begins at 2:00 pm. The American Ing Goe Center is at 887 Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park, CA.
Tuesday December 4, 2012
The United States Youth Go Championships will be held Saturday, January 19th, on KGS. The tourney will determine National Dan, Single Digit Kyu (SDK), and Double Digit Kyu (DDK) Champions. The winners will receive trophies, and prizes will be awarded in the following brackets: 5-7 dan 1-4 dan, 1-4 kyu, 5-9 kyu, 10-15 kyu, 16-20 kyu, 21-25 kyu, 26 -30 kyu (depending on number of registrants). The qualifiers will use several formats for pairing, and all dan level youth will compete in an open section. The top four eligible youth will then move on to a double elimination final held on January 20th, and continuing the following weekend. Contestants will also be entered into a pool to receive partial scholarships to either the AGA Summer Youth Go Camp, or the US Go Congress, courtesy of the AGF, 16 Scholarships will be awarded.
The Junior Division is for youth under 12, the Senior Division is for youth under 16 as of August 15, 2013. Only US Citizens under 16 may enter the finals, youth who are under 18 may compete in the qualifiers and kyu brackets, and so may residents who are not citizens. To register, e-mail email@example.com with your name, AGA #, date of birth, AGA rating, KGS ID, and citizenship. You may enter at a rank higher than your official AGA rank, but may not enter at a lower one. The registration deadline is Sunday, January 13th. For more info, see the USYGC page. -Paul Barchilon E-J Youth Editor. Photo: USYGC Sr. Division Champion Calvin Sun 7d, (at left) competing against Alexandru-Petre Pitrop, of Romaniam at the 2012 World Youth Go Championships, in Luoyang, China. Photo by Abby Zhang.