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13-YEAR-OLD SUN PLACES FOURTH IN WORLD YOUTH

Thursday August 5, 2010

Thirteen-year-old 7 dan Calvin Sun (at right in his match against Korea) placed fourth in the recent World Youth Go Championships, representing the U.S. Nine-year-old Kevin Fang 1d was the Junior Representative, placing eighth.  “I am happy to have this opportunity to be in the exciting WYGC tournament,” Fang told the E-Journal,  “I got to play with the top junior players in the world.  I did not reach my goal this time, and ended up with the youngest player award.  I hope I will do better next time.”   The boys won a free trip to Penghu, Taiwan, to compete at the finals, July 22 – 28.  Mingjiu Jiang 7p went as team coach (see below for his commentary on Sun’s critical Round 4 match against Czechia).  “This was my sixth time representing USA in the WYGC,” writes Sun, “I placed fourth in the senior division this year and Kevin tied for eighth in the junior division–which is a very good outcome considering he was the youngest player participating in the competition. He also got the award for ‘Youngest Player’.  Other than the players from China, Korea, Japan and Taipei, the European Go players were also very strong. My most important game was the fourth round against Czech Republic’s representative, Lukas Podpera, 15. The winner would advance to the finals. Before the game, Mingjiu Jiang 7P helped me study all of Podpera’s games, and I played a fuseki he was not used to, thus leading throughout the game and winning by 17 points.  In the Senior Division, Korea’s Insei Han Seung Joo placed first,

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China’s Baolong Zhao 2P placed second, Chinese Taipei’s Jiayuan Xu 6d placed third, and I placed fourth. In the Junior Division, China Qicheng Li 1P placed first, Korea’s Insei Min-Jun Shin placed second, Chinese Taipei’s Zhengxun Cheng placed third, and Singapore’s Yifei Yue placed fourth.  Penghu is an archipelago made up of 64 small islands west of Taiwan. The tournament took place on Penghu’s largest island, Magog.  The last day we went to another small island and went swimming and crab catching . Unfortunately, it was raining that day so many activities such as snorkeling and fishing were canceled. For dinner, we ate the crabs we caught that afternoon,” said Sun.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor, Photos by Yanchen Sun.  From left, at left, Mingjiu Jiang 7p, Kevin Fang 1d, Calvin Sun 7d

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP: July 26-August 1

Monday August 2, 2010

GU LI IS THE NEW SUPER MEIJIN: In a close and well-battled final round, Gu Li (l) came out on top defeating Lee Changho by 1.5 points in the first Super Meijin Tournament on July 26. Gu Li had lost to Lee Changho in the first round, defeated Iyama Yuta in the second, and came back in the final round to win (click here for an interview with all three players). LEE CHANGHO ADVANCES TO PRICE INFORMATION CUP FINALS: Lee Changho 9P defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P by 2.5 points in the semifinal match of the 6th Price Information Cup on Saturday. The other semifinal match between Lee Sedol 9P and Won Sungjin 9P will be played on August 8th. The Price Information Cup title match is a best-of-three series. The winner of this tournament will challenge current title holder Kim Jiseok for the 2010 Price Information Cup title. KUKSU UNDERWAY: The 54th Kuksu is now underway. Two of the eight first-round matches were played on July 26th and 28th. The first tournament match was close, with Hong Kipyo 4D defeating Yeom Junghoon 7D by just half a point. In the second match, An Hyungjun 2P defeated Park Jinsol 4D by resignation in a very short game of only 94 moves. The remaining six first-round matches will be played in August. The winner of this tournament will challenge Lee Changho, the current Kuksu title holder. The Kuksu — the longest running competition in South Korea — is held by the Hanguk Kiwon and sponsored by The Dong-a Ilbo. Even though it is no longer the largest tournament in terms of prize money, many people still consider the Kuksu title (Kuksu literally means “hand of the nation” or the best player in the country) to be the most prestigious of all Korean titles, especially given its long tradition. The winner’s prize is 40 million KRW.
- JustPlayGo for full reports, photos and game records; Kuksu report includes reporting from Wikipedia

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YUSUKE OEDA 9P: 1935-2010

Monday July 26, 2010

Yusuke Oeda 9P has died. Born in 1935, he was a student of Nobuaki Maeda, and was Michael Redmond 9P’s dojo mentor. “In addition to his work with young players, he was a prime mover in international go,” says Barbara Calhoun, former director for the International Go Federation. “Through his efforts, the Meijin Tournament came to New York City for the first time, in 1987, and many other such exchanges have followed.” Oeda was a major organizer of the annual World Amateur Go Championship, as well as the IGF. “Mr Oeda was a skilled teacher of professional students,” Michael Redmond tells the E-Journal. “He created a strict and go-centered environment that pushed his students to professional strength. In my case, my years spent living in his house were vital for my future success as a go player. Mr Oeda was also generous with his knowledge of the fine points of Japanese language and culture, and he gave me a basic understanding of the country that I live in.” Adds Calhoun, “He was an emotional man who could relate to and communicate with people culturally different from him. He seemed to thrive on traveling and networking. A natural for the work he was doing.”
- Chris Garlock; photo courtesy Sensei’s Library

Mr Oeda was a skilled teacher of professional students,” Michael Redmond tells the E-Journal. “He created a strict 

and go-centered environment that pushed his students to professional strength. In my case, my years spent living in his house were vital for my future success as a go player. Mr Oeda was also generous with his knowledge of the fine points of Japanese language and culture, and he gave me a basic understanding of the country that I live in.” Adds Calhoun, “He was an emotional man who could relate to and communicate with people culturally different from him. He seemed to thrive on traveling and networking. A natural for the work he was doing.”

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP: July 16-25

Sunday July 25, 2010

Gu Li Stays Alive in Super Meijin (7/25): In the second round of the Super Meijin Tournament, Gu Li defeated Iyama Yuta by 4.5 points. The third and deciding round will pit Gu Li against Lee Changho on July 27th. Lee Changho defeats Gu Li in Super Meijin First Round (7/24): In the first game of the new Super Meijin Tournament, Lee Changho defeated Gu Li by resignation. Kang Dongyun Advances to Myeongin Semifinals (7/23): In League A of the 38th Myeongin, Kang Dongyun 9p pulled off a coup by defeating Lee Sedol 9p in their second-to-last league game. Third Round Results in Caltex Cup (7/21): In third-round play of the 15th GS Caltex Cup tournament, Won Sungjin (9d) advanced to the semifinals by defeating An Choyeong (9d) by resignation. Cho U takes 2-1 lead in 35th Gosei (7/20): Cho U 9p is one game away from winning the Gosei for the fifth year in a row. He defeated Sakai Hideyuki 7p by resignation in the third round. The fourth round will be played on August 19th. Mannami Kana Wins Daiwa Ladies Cup (7/18): Mannami Kana (4d) defeated Okuda Aya (2d) by 6.5 points to win the 4th Diawa Ladies Cup title. Price Information Cup Final Begins (7/18): Lee Changho and Won Sungjin both won their respective first round matches in the 6th Price Information Cup. Chen Shiyuan Wins 2nd Round In Qiwang (7/16): In the second round of Taiwan’s 3rd Qiwang title match, the defending champion Chen Shiyuan (8d) defeated Lin Zhihan (9d) by resignation.
- JustPlayGo for full reports, photos and game records

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KANG DONGYUN CONTINUES HIS WINNING STREAK IN MYEONGIN A LEAGUE

Friday July 16, 2010

Like Park Yeonghun 9d in League B, Kang Dongyun 9P remains undefeated in League A of the 38th Myeongin. He defeated Baek Hongsuk 7d by resignation on July 15, which eliminates Hongsuk from a spot in the Myeongin semifinals. Dongyun, however, is facing a significant obstacle in maintaining his undefeated league record: his next opponent is Lee Sedol, who is in a must-win situation if he expects to make it into the semifinals. Sedol currently stands at two wins and one loss in league play and will face Kang Dongyun and Lee Changho in his final two games. At this stage in the tournament, there are four remaining players competing for two semifinal spots in League A: Lee Changho 9P, Lee Sedol 9P, Kang Dongyun 9P, and An Kukhyun 2P.
- JustPlayGo

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PARK YEONGHUN SWEEPING THROUGH MYEONGIN B LEAGUE

Friday July 16, 2010

Park Yeonghun 9P is moving toward accomplishing an undefeated record in League B of the 38th Myeongin. Yeonghun has won all three of his league games so far, notching his latest win against Won Sungjin 8P. He has two league games left to play, one against Cho Hanseung 9P and the other against Kim Kiyoung 5P. Yeonghun is currently ranked #4 among Korean professionals, with Cho Hanseung ranked #6 just behind Choi Cheolhan at #5. A victory against Hanseung would give Yeonghun a solid base going into the Myeongin finals. Park Yeonghun faces Cho Hanseung on August 9th.
- JustPlayGo

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PARK JUNGHWAN WINS CHINA-KOREA TENGEN

Tuesday July 13, 2010

Park Junghwan 8P won the 14th China-Korea Tengen Tuesday, defeating Chen Yaoye 9P by 1.5 points in the final round. This is Park Junghwan’s first C-K Tengen title win and the eighth time Korea has held the title. Chen Yaoye won the title last year, giving China six title wins.
- JustPlayGo for game records and an interview with Park Junghwan

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PARK JUNGHWAN KEEPS KOREA’S HOPES ALIVE IN TENGEN

Monday July 12, 2010

Park Junghwan 8d (r) defeated Chen Yaoye 9d (l) by 2.5 points in the second round of the 14th China-Korea Tengen on Monday, July 12. The series is now tied at 1-1; the final game will be played on July 13th.
- JustPlayGo

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CHINA WINS FIRST GAME IN CHINA-KOREA TENGEN

Sunday July 11, 2010

In the first game of the 14th China-Korea Tengen match, China’s Chen Yaoye 9P defeated Korea’s Park Junghwan 8P by resignation earlier today. The Tengen is an annual best-of-three match between the respective winners of the Chinese Tianyuan and Korean Chunwon tournaments. The second game will be played on July 12th.

- JustPlayGo

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CHINESE AGON CUP GETS UNDERWAY

Sunday July 11, 2010

China’s twelfth annual Agon Cup is now underway. In the set of first-round matches held Thursday, July 8, Sun Tengyu, Qiu Jun, and Gu Li all won their respective games. Sun Tengyu 4d, the defending Agon champion, defeated Sun Li 4d by resignation; Qiu Jun 8d defeated Meng Li 3d by 2.5 points; and Gu Li 9d defeated Cao Xiaoyang 3d by resignation. The Agon Cup is a blitz tournament in which the Chinese winner faces off against Japan’s Agon Cup title holder in an annual China-Japan Agon Cup game between the two go powers. Last year’s winner was Sun Tengyu, defeating Hane Naoki by 3.5 points.
- JustPlayGo

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