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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

WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP September 7-13: Bingshen Cup final set; Samsung Cup final 16

Monday September 13, 2010

Park vs. Hei in Bingshen Cup finals. In the 1st Binshen Cup (AKA the Qionglong Cup), Park Jieun 9P (r) of Korea and Hei Jiajia 1P representing Oceania (Australia) both won their semifinal matches and will face each other in the title match September 14th. Park defeated China’s Tang Yi 2P by 7.5 points, and Hei defeated China’s Zheng Yan 2P by resignation. One of the more notable first-round matches was between Rui Naiwei 9P and Tang Yi, with Rui losing to Tang by 5.5 points. The Qionglong Cup is a women only international tournament. (game recordsSamsung Cup down to 16 players. The final sixteen players for the 15th Samsung Cup (tournament bracket) were decided on September 10. Korea’s Choi Cheolhan 9P, Park Jiyeon 2P, Lee Changho 9P, and Park Yeonghun 9P all won their respective games, giving Korea a total of 10 players in the main tournament. China’s Gu Li 9P, Zhou Ruiyang 5P, Wang Tao 3P, and Kong Jie 9P all won their respective games, giving China a total of 5 players. Yamashita Keigo 9P clinched his spot in the main tournament on September 9th, and is the only Japanese representative in this year’s final tournament. Keigo incidentally was the only Japanese player in last year’s final tournament as well. Of the eight remaining block-tournament matches, several are worth noting. Park Jiyeon, the only female player to advance to the main tournament, defeated Tuo Jiaxi 3P by resignation. Lee Changho was able to redeem himself against Tan Xiao 5P, after losing to him in the first round, and defeated Xiao by resignation. Xiao lost his second-round match against Han Sanghoon 5P, which then put him back into the losers bracket to face Changho. Despite his loss, Xiao played very well in this game. And finally, Gu Li defeated Korean amateur Min Sangyoun by resignation after 133 moves. (game records and more game records)
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP August 31 – September 6: Myeongin Semis; Yamashita Keigo Advances; Lee Sedol Defeats Lee Changho; Iyama Yuta takes Meijin Lead; Tuo Jiaxi Upsets Kong Jie; Kim Jiseok Advances; Jiang Weijie vs. Gu Li in Mingren

Monday September 6, 2010

Myeongin Semifinals in Place. Lee Changho 9P defeated An Kukhyun 2P by 1.5 points in the 38th Myeongin League A playoff match. He now advances to a three-round semifinal match against Park Yeonghun 9P. In League B, Won Sungjin 9P defeated Kim Kiyoung 5P by resignation in their playoff match. Sungjin also advances to a three-round semifinal match against Kang Dongyun 9P. The winners of each semifinal best-of-three series will face one another for the Myeongin title. Yamashita Keigo Advances to NEC Cup Semifinals. Yamashita Keigo 9P defeated Yuki Satoshi 9P by a convincing 11.5 points in the second round of the 30th NEC Cup to advance to a semifinal matchup with O Meien 9P.  The remaining second-round match will be played on September 6 between the current NEC Cup title holder Kono Rin 9P and challenger So Yokoku 8P. The winner of that game will advance to the semifinals to play Cho U 9P. Lee Sedol Defeats Lee Changho in First Round of Price Information Cup. Lee Sedol 9P (l in photo) takes a 1-0 lead in the Price Information Cup by beating Lee Changho 9P (r) by resignation.  The second round in the best-of-three series will be held September 15. Iyama Yuta takes 1-0 lead in Meijin. Defending Meijin title holder Iyama Yuta 9P defeated Takao Shinji 9P by 6.5 points in the first round of the 35th Meijin title match. Takao held the title in 2006, after defeating Cho U 4-2. The second round will be played on September 16-17. Tuo Jiaxi Upsets Kong Jie in Qiwang Second Round. In the 6th Qiwang, Tuo Jiaxi 3P defeated current title holder Kong Jie 9P by resignation. In other second-round matches: Li Zhe 6P defeated Piao Wenyao 5P; Wu Guangya 6P defeated Tan Xiao 5P; Peng Liyao 5P defeated Nie Weiping 9P; Gu Lingyi 5P defeated Chang Hao 9P; Xie He 7P defeated Shi Yue 5P; Zhang Li 5P defeated Ding Wei 9P; Qui Jun 8P defeated Chen Yaoye 9P. Kim Jiseok Advances to Caltex Semifinals. In the third round of the 15th GS Caltex Cup challenger tournament, Kim Jiseok 7P defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P by resignation to advance to the semifinals.  That round will have Kim against Won Sungjin 9P on September 29th and Park Yeonghun 9P against Lee Younggu 8P on September 15th. Jiang Weijie vs. Gu Li in Mingren. Jiang Weijie 5P defeated Li Zhe 6P by resignation in the third and final match to decide the challenger for the 23rd Mingren title. Jiang will face Gu Li 9P for the title.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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