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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP October 12-18: Samsung Cup Rounds 1 & 2

Monday October 18, 2010

Three Koreans & One Chinese Player Advance to Samsung Cup Semis. In second-round play on October 14, Kim Jiseok 7P, Park Junghwan 8P, and Heo Yeongho 7P of Korea and Gu Li 9P of China advanced to the semi-finals.  The semi-finals will be played November 1-4 as three-game series with Kim Jiseok playing Gu Li and Heo Yeongho playing Park Junghwan.  In the second round, Kim Jiseok defeated Kong Jie 9P, Gu Li defeated Lee Sedol 9P, Park Junghwan defeated Won Sungjin 9P, and Heo Yeongho defeated Wang Lei 6P (game records).  In the first round, played on October 13, there were no major surprises. Kong Jie defeated Lee Changho 9P by resignation in a fairly short game of 142 moves. Lee Sedol defeated Yamashita Keigo 9P by resignation after coming back from a deficit during the middle game. Kim Jiseok defeated Park Jiyeon 2P, and Gu Li defeated Han Sanghoon 5P. In other first round results, Heo Yeongho defeated Wang Tao 3P, Won Sungjin defeated Zhou Ruiyang 5P, Wang Lei defeated Park Yeonghun 9P, and Park Junghwan defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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U.S. 15TH IN INT’L PAIR GO CHAMPIONSHIPS

Monday October 18, 2010

The US team of Curtis Tang and Wanyu Chen (left) placed 15th — out of 32 — in the the 21st annual International Amateur Pair Go Championships in Tokyo, finishing with a record of 3-2. Canada finished 3-2 in 10th place. Tang and Chen won against Slovakia, Sweden and Thailand, and lost to two strong Japanese pairs. The overall winners were the Korean pair of Song Hong Suk and Lee Yeongju. Second and third went to two Japanese pairs.
- report/photo by Allan Abramson; click here for more photos

IYAMA YUTA SWEEPS MEIJIN

Monday October 11, 2010

Iyama Yuta 9P (l) defeated Takao Shinji 9P by resignation on October 6 and 7 in game four of the 35th Meijin title match, winning the title 4-0. This is Iyama’s second consecutive Meijin title win.
- JustPlayGo

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP October 5-11: Won Sungjin Wins Round 1 in Caltex Cup; Park Yeonghun vs. Won Sungjin in Myeongin Title Match

Monday October 11, 2010

Won Sungjin Wins Round 1 in Caltex Cup. Won Sungjin 9P defeated Park Yeonghun 9P by resignation in the first round of the 15th GS Caltex Cup challenger decision match. The winner of this best-of-three series will face Cho Hanseung 9P who is the current Caltex Cup title holder. Last year’s Caltex Cup title match was between Cho Hanseung and Park Yeonghun, with Cho winning 3-1. Park Yeonghun vs. Won Sungjin in Myeongin Title Match. In the third and final round of the 38th Myeongin semifinals, Park Yeonghun 9P (r in photo) defeated Lee Changho 9P (l) by resignation after 253 moves. Park will now face Won Sungjin 9P for the title in a best of five series. This will be Park’s first Myeongin title match and Won’s second attempt at securing the title. Won lost to Lee Changho 3-1 in last year’s Myeongin.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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CHOW WINS SOUTH AFRICA CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIP

Monday October 11, 2010

Victor Chow won the 2010 South Africa Closed Championship last month. The tournament was held in the library of Bergvliet High School in Cape Town September 24th to 26th. Of the 8 players who qualified, four were based in the Cape and four in Gauteng. Chow, being so much stronger than the others, was given special permission to play his games beforehand, and as usual, there were a number of upsets, time pressure finishes, wins against the run of play and exciting battles. Notably Konrad Scheffler finished most games in byo-omi, his game against John Leuner requiring 8 moves in just 12 seconds. Second-place finisher Welile Gogotshe also won the 2010 Soweto Open Go Tournament, held on September 12.There was a great friendly atmosphere to the tournament which contrasted with the intense competitive spirit in which the games were played. On Saturday night the players and wives/children went to a local restaurant for a meal together. Click here for more news from South African go clubs.
WINNER’S REPORT: Champion: Victor Chow; 2nd: Welile Gogotshe (promoted to 2d); 3rd: Konrad Scheffler; 4th: John Leuner; Andre Connell, Andrew Davies, Sam Scott had 2 points each and Chris Welsh had one point.
- Lloyd Rubidge, South African Correspondent for the E-Journal

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP September 28 – October 4: Xie He wins Quzhou-Lanke Cup; Lee Changho stays alive in Myeongin

Monday October 4, 2010

Xie He wins the Quzhou-Lanke Cup. On September 30, Xie He 7P (r in photo) defeated Jiang Weijie 5P by resignation to become the new Quzhou-Lanke Cup Champion. The tournament, which started in 2006, is held in alternating years, with total prize money at one million Yuan. The winner receives 500,000 Yuan (approximately $75,000) and the runner-up 150,000 ($23,000). In 2006 and 2008, the Quzhou-Lanke Cup champions were Yu Bin 9P and Gu Li 9P, respectively.  In the semifinals, held on September 28, Xie defeated Zhou Ruiyang 5P by resignation, while Jiang had a 2.5 point victory over Yang Dingxin 2P. Lee Changho stays alive in Myeongin. In the Myeongin semifinals, Lee Changho 9P evened the series at 1-1 by defeating Park Yeonghun 9P by resignation on September 30.  The first game of the match was won by Park by resignation on September 28.  The final game to decide who will play Won Sungjin 9P for the Myeongin title will be played on October 5.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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COMPUTER GAME OLYMPICS HELD IN JAPAN

Monday October 4, 2010

The International Conference on Computers and Games (ICGA) Computer Game Olympics, which included a computer go championship, were just held in Kanazawa, Japan. There were 9×9, 13×13, and 19×19 tournaments, with professional commentary and an exhibition match against a pro on Saturday, the last day of the conference. Many Faces of Go won the 13×13 tournament; stay tuned for results of the 9×9 and 19×19.

WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP September 21-27: Quzhou-Lanke Cup Semifinalists; Iyama Yuta 3-0 in Meijin

Monday September 27, 2010

Quzhou-Lanke Cup Semifinalists. Xie He 8P, Zhou Ruiyang 5P, Jiang Weijie 5P, and Yang Dingxin 2P each won their respective 3rd round matches in in the 3rd Quzhou-Lanke Cup and now advance to the semifinals, which will be played on September 28th. Iyama Yuta 3-0 in Meijin. Iyama Yuta 9P defeated Takao Shinji 9P by resignation in the third round of the 35th Meijin. Yuta has won all of the first three matches in the best of seven series. The next round will be played on October 6th and 7th.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP September 14-20: Won Sungjin in Myeongin finals; Kuksu 2nd round; Iyama Yuta 2-0 in Meijin; Lee Sedol wins Price; Park Jieun takes Qionglong

Monday September 20, 2010

Won Sungjin Advances to Myeongin Finals. In the 38th Myeongin semifinals, Won Sungjin 9P defeated Kang Dongyun 9P by resignation to take the series 2-0. Won will now face either Lee Changho 9P or Park Yeonghun 9P in the title match. This could certainly be a repeat of last year’s title match between Won and Lee, when Lee prevailed by winning the title series 3-1. Park has been playing very strongly of late, though, so it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he defeated Lee in their semifinal bout, which begins on September 29th. Kuksu Round 2 Results. In the second round of the 54th Kuksu, Lee Sedol 9P and Heo Yeongho 7P advanced by defeating their respective opponents, Mok Jinseok 9P and Hong Kipyo 4P. Iyama Yuta takes 2-0 lead in Meijin. Iyama Yuta 9P handed another defeat to Takao Shinji 9P, this time by 5.5 points, in the second game of the 35th Meijin title match. Iyama and Takao have both held the title only once, Takao in 2006 and Iyama, who is the current title holder, in 2009. The third game will be played on September 22-23. Lee Sedol wins Price Information Cup. Lee Sedol 9P defeated Lee Changho 9P by resignation in the second game of the 6th Price Information Cup title match, sweeping the series 2-0. This is the third Price Information Cup title for Lee Sedol, as he won it in 2006 and 2007. Park Jieun wins Qionglong Cup. Korea’s Park Jieun 9P (r in photo) defeated Australia’s Joanne Missingham (Hei Jiajia) 1P (l) by resignation in the 1st Qionglong Cup title match. The Qionglong Cup is an all-women’s international tournament, also known as the Bingsheng Cup. The winner receives 200,000 RMB (approx. $30,000) while the runner-up receives 70,000 RMB (approx. $10,000).
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge
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CATHY LI 1P KNOCKED OUT OF BINGSHEN CUP

Monday September 13, 2010

North American representative Cathy Li 1p was knocked out by Park Jieun (Chieun) 9P in the first round of the Bingsheng Cup, a new international women’s tournament. The Bingsheng Cup is held at Qionglong Mountain in Suzhou, China. Click here for standings, game records and more on the tournament, which wraps up on September 14. Li, of Vancouver, Canada won the right to represent North America in online qualifiers held last month on KGS. The online qualifying matches were dominated by Canadian players, as disputed AGA tournament regulations (AGA’s 10-Game Rule Assailed By Feng Yun 9P 9/6 EJ) and little advance notice for this new event prevented many US women from being eligible to participate.
- Dennis Wheeler