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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP December 21 – January 10: Korea’s Moon Dowon keeps winning in Jeongganjang; Lee Changho out of Siptan; Kong Jie advances; Women’s Myeongin final set; Kuksu final set; Maxim round 2

Monday January 10, 2011

Moon Dowon continues her winning streak in Jeongganjang Cup: Korea’s Moon Dowon 2P (r in photo) kept Team Korea on top with her win over Japan’s Chinen Kaori 4P (l) in the third round of the 9th Jeongganjang Cup on January 10th. This was another decisive win for Moon, defeating Chinen by 10.5 points. Round four will be played January 11th. Game records from earlier rounds can be found here. Lee Changho knocked out of Siptan: In another of a series of losses, Lee Changho 9P was knocked out of the 6th Siptan by Lee Younggu 8P in the third round of play. Lee lost ground early on and was never able to sufficiently recover and resigned after 152 moves. The Kuksu title match between Lee Changho and Choi Cheolhan 9P is coming up on January 12th, and with Lee’s significant slump and Choi’s strong showing over the past several months, it will be an uphill battle for Lee to retain his title. Kong Jie advances to quarterfinals in RICOH Cup: In the third round of the 11th RICOH Cup, curent title holder Kong Jie 9P defeated Qiu Jun 8P by resignation. Cho Hyeyeon advances to women’s Myeongin final: In the 12th Female Myeongin challenger decision match, Cho Hyeyeon 9P defeated Park Jieun 9P by a decisive 9.5 points. Cho who was recently promoted to 9 dan will now face defending champion Rui Naiwei 9P for the title. This will be the eighth time since 2003 that Rui Naiwei and Cho Hyeyeon have faced each other for the Myeongin title. Cho has won the title only once, in 2004, against Rui. The title match is a best of three series that will begin on January 13th. Lee Changho and Choi Cheolhan in Kuksu Final: In the third and final round of the 54th Kuksu challenger decision match, Choi Cheolhan 9P  defeated Kim Jiseok 7P by resignation. Choi will now face current Kuksu holder Lee Changho 9P in the title match. This will be Choi’s fourth time playing in the Kuksu final. He has won the title twice and lost it once, all three previous matches were against Lee Changho. Lee has played in the Kuksu final eighteen times since 1990 and won the title ten times. Round 2 Maxim Cup Results: Defending champion Choi Cheolhan 9P defeated Yang Jaeho 9P by resignation in second-round play of the 12th Maxim Cup. In other second-round play, Kang Dongyun 9P defeated Won Sungjin 9P by resignation.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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Thursday December 23, 2010

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Path of Go Available on Xbox

Thursday December 23, 2010

“The Path of Go” is now available on Xbox LIVE for 400 Microsoft points ($5). “It looks from the screenshots like it plays a 9×9 game,” reports Chris Hayashida. “It uses your Xbox LIVE avatar. I haven’t tried it yet, but I might over the break.” If you’ve played The Path of Go, we’d love to hear what you think; send us your review at journal@usgo.org!

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP December 14-20: Iyama Yuta takes Daiwa Cup; Lee Sedol vs. Xie He in Chunlan; Chunwon finals set

Monday December 20, 2010

Third time’s a charm for Iyama Yuta’s Daiwa Cup win. Iyama Yuta 9P (r in photo) was finally able to capture his first Daiwa Cup championship by defeating Cho U 9P (l) by resignation in the 6th Daiwa Cup final. This was Iyama’s third Daiwa Cup title match (2007, 2009, 2010) and Cho’s second (2006, 2010). The Daiwa Cup is sponsored by Daiwa Securities Group, with a winners’ purse of 1,500,000 Yen (approximately $18,000). Lee Sedol and Xie He in Chunlan Cup Final. In the 8th Chunlan Cup semifinals, Lee Sedol 9P defeated Gu Lingyi 5P by resignation and Xie He 7P defeated Heo Yeongho 8P by resignation. The title match (TBA) between Lee and Xie is a best of three series, with a top prize of approximately $150,000. This will be the first time that either player has competed in the Chunlan Cup final. Choi Cheolhan and Lee Taehyun in Chunwon final. Choi Cheolhan 9P defeated Kim Jiseok 7P by resignation in the semifinal round of the 15th Chunwon. Choi will now face Lee Taehyun 3P in the Chunwon title match (TBA).
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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“Go On The Go” Photo Contest Announced

Thursday December 16, 2010

The Mind Go Club in Israel is sponsoring a “Go on The Go” photo competition. With many go players traveling for the upcoming holidays, organizer Shavit Fragman anticipates plenty of waiting time due to lines, weather delays and so on. “Playing go is a wonderful way to spend such time,” says Fragman, urging go players around the world to snap photos while playing “on the go” and send them in. Prizes will be awarded and a selection of photographs will be posted online during the contest, which runs through February 28, 2011. Email photos to GoOnTheGO@go-mind.com; click here for full contest details. Playing go while traveling “is also a wonderful way to promote go,” notes Fragman.

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP December 4-13: Gu Li wins Samsung Cup; Korea takes 2nd Stage in Nongshim Cup; JustPlayGo returns

Monday December 13, 2010

China’s Gu Li 9P prevailed against South Korea’s Heo Yeongho 7P to win the 15th Samsung Cup.  In the third and final match held December 10, Gu (r in photo) won by resignation to take the title 2-1.  In the second match on December 9, Heo won by resignation to force the third match. Korea’s Choi Cheolhan 9P defeated Japan’s Takao Shinji 9P by 1.5 points in the final match of the second stage of the 12th Nongshim Cup, giving Korea the stage win.  The match was played December 4. The other remaining players are Lee Changho 9P of Korea, Zhou Ruiyang 5P and Kong Jie 9P of China, and Yuki Satoshi 9P of Japan. The third and final stage will begin on January 19th, with Zhou Ruiyang challenging Choi Cheolhan in the first round. After a month-long hiatus, the JustPlayGo web site is back on the air, with its excellent English-language coverage of the Asian go tournament scene. Welcome back!
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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Couldn’t Hurt, Might Help

Monday December 13, 2010

Notice anything unusual about the female go player in the photo at right? Closer inspection reveals that she’s got acupuncture needles in her head. The photos is from the recent Asian Games, and sources tell us that “Many players on the Korean Pair Go team — Lee Chang Ho included — have used acupuncture needles to improve their performance.”  For the record, the strong Korean team won three gold medals and a bronze at the Asian Games.  The World Anti-Doping Agency does not prohibit acupuncture.

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ISRAEL’S MIND GO CLUB HOSTS JAPAN DAY WORKSHOPS ON 12/13

Monday December 6, 2010

Israel’s Mind Go Club is hosting go presentations, teaching and demonstrations of Japanese arts at the upcoming Japan Day, scheduled for Monday, December 13 at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. “Some interesting lectures by Prof. Ben Ami Shiloni and others will be given,” reports Shavit Fragman. Also featured are workshops on go, tea ceremony, ikebana (flower arranging), sushi making and  origami. Admission is free.

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FIRST SPORTACCORD WORLD MIND GAMES SET FOR 2011

Thursday November 11, 2010

The first SportAccord World Mind Games will be held in Beijing, China, in September 2011. The brand-new event will feature top players from six mind-sport games — bridge, chess, draughts, go, Chinese chess, and duplicate poker — and was announced on November 10 by Hein Verbruggen, President of SportAccord. “This event is different from the World Mind Sport Games in that it features only a small field of top players, rather than the general representation from all nations as in WMSG,” says Thomas Hsiang, Vice President of the International Go Federation and Secretary General of the International Mind Sport Association, “it is also different from the current international go competitions such as the LG Cup or Fujitsu Cup in that the new event will include top Western players, women players, and youth representation.”  The technical details will be worked out in the next few weeks, says Hsiang.

WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP November 1-8: China Sweeps LG Cup 3rd Round; Gu Li & Heo Yeongho in Samsung Cup Final

Monday November 8, 2010

China Locks Up LG Cup Semifinal Slots: After knocking Korea out of LG Cup contention November 8, China now has all four spots in the 15th LG Cup semifinals. The only game that did not pit China against Korea was between Kong Jie and Hu Yaoyu, who are both Chinese players. This is the first time in LG Cup history that the semifinals will be played exclusively among Chinese players. It’s also very possible that we will see two mid-level dan players in the final. Here are the third round results: Kong Jie 9P defeated Hu Yaoyu 8P by resignation; Meng Tailing 5P defeated An Choyeong 9P by resignation; Wang Yao 6P defeated Lee Changho 9P by resignation; and Piao Wenyao 5P defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P by resignation. The semifinals are scheduled for November 10th. Kong Jie will play Meng Tailing, and Wang Yao will play Piao Wenyao. Gu Li 9P & Heo Yeongho 7P Advance to Samsung Cup Finals. In their second-round Samsung Cup semifinal matches, which were held November 3, Gu Li (r in photo) defeated Kim Jiseok 7P by a mere half-point, and Heo Yeongho (l in photo) defeated Park Junghwan 8P by resignation, so both advance to the finals.  In the first round matches, held November 1, both won by resignation.  This will be first time that both players have made it into the Samsung final, and it will be the first international title match for Heo. As the veteran, Gu is the favorite but Heo has demonstrated his skill with some impressive wins lately. The first game of the three-round title match will be played on December 7th.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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