Just in time for Passover, Shavit Fragman has posted several go items related to the Jewish holiday, including The Go Seder (Pessach) Plate, a Happy Pessach (Passover) card and Let My People GO – New findings on GO Baduk Weiqi history, which explores the linkage between Moses’ exodus from Egypt and the game of go. Fragman is President of the Mind Go Club, an AGA chapter in Israel.
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Monday March 29, 2010
WORLD GO NEWS: Lee Changho Wins Kuksu; Rui Naiwei Sweeps Female Kuksu, Again; Takao Shinji Wins Daiwa Cup; Cho U 2-0 In Judan
Monday March 29, 2010
Lee Changho Wins Kuksu: It took Lee Changho 9P just 145 moves to wrap up his Kuksu title win on March 23. Lee defeated Hong Kipyo 4P by resignation in the fourth game of the 53rd Kuksu to handily win the series 3-1. This is the 10th time in his career that Lee Changho has held the Kuksu title and marks his 140th title win. The last time he won the Kuksu was in 2006.
Rui Naiwei Sweeps Female Kuksu, Again: Rui Naiwei (Female Kuksu) defeated Cho Hyeyeon 8P by a stunning 11.5 points in the second round of the 15th Female Kuksu on March 24. Rui swept the best-of-three series 2-0 to win her seventh Kuksu title.
Takao Shinji Wins Daiwa Cup: Takao Shinji 9P defeated Kono Rin 9P by half a point in the final game of the 3rd Daiwa Cup Grand Champion tournament on Saturday. This is Takao’s first Daiwa Cup Grand Champion title win; he has held the Daiwa Shoken Cup title twice, in 2006 and 2007. Takao Shinji has held 14 major titles in his career, including the Honinbo, Meijin, and the Judan.
Cho U 2-0 In Judan: Cho U (Judan) defeated Yamashita Keigo (Tengen) by 1.5 points in the second round of the 48th Judan on March 25. Cho now leads the best-of- five series 2-0. The third round will be played on April 8th.
Monday March 29, 2010
The deadline for the World Youth Goe Championships (WYGC) qualifier is now March 30th. The qualifier will be held on April 3rd, and the finals on April 10th and 11th. The winners in each bracket will go on to compete at the WYGC in Taiwan, July 22-28. For more information click here.
Monday March 29, 2010
In last week’s report on the recent the 2010 Pair Go World Cup (China’s Song/Xie Win Pair Go World Cup, 3/22 EJ), we failed to mention that U.S. pair Yun Feng and Jie Li were defeated in the first round of the 4 million yen championship by eventual champions Song Ronghui 5P and Xie He 7P of China. “This is an event held by the newly formed World Pair Go Association to celebrate the 20th anniversary of pair go,” reports IGF Vice President Thomas Hsiang. “The sponsors include a new Japanese company ‘Gourmet Navigator,’ or ‘Gurunami’ in Japanese, and All Nippon Airways (ANA).”
Monday March 29, 2010
North America’s Mingjiu Jiang 7P was eliminated in the first round of the Chunlan Cup on Saturday in Beijing, China, as was Europe’s Csaba Mero 6d. After the second round on Sunday, the field was down to eight: Heo Yeongho 7P, Kong Jie 9P, Lee Sedol 9P, Wang Xi 9P, Xie He 7P, Cho Chikun 9P, Gu Li 9P and Gu Lingyi 5P. Lee of Korea and Japan’s Cho are the only non-Chinese players remaining. The Chunlan Cup is sponsored and hosted by The Chunlan Group of China. The beginning 24 players are shortened to 16 after the first round and the top eight players are qualified for the next round while the bottom eight play each other in a knockout tournament. Komi is 5.5 points with 3-hour time limits. The winner’s purse is 1,000,000 Yuan ($150,000). Click here for current standings, courtesy Kin’s Go News, here is the Chunlan Cup tournament line up and team members and here for game records.
WORLD GO NEWS: Lee Changho Takes 2-1 Lead In Kuksu; China’s Song/Xie Win Pair Go World Cup; BC Card Cup Semis To Feature Park Junghwan- Chang Hao & Lee Sedol- Kim Kiyoung; Chinese Tournament Roundup; Yuki Retains NHK Title
Monday March 22, 2010
LEE CHANGHO TAKES 2-1 LEAD IN KUKSU: Lee Changho 9P defeated Hong Kipyo 4P by resignation Friday in Round 3 of the 53th Kuksu title match to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five match; Hong had tied the match at 1-1 last Wednesday. Round 4 will be played on March 23rd.
CHINA’S SONG/XIE WIN PAIR GO WORLD CUP: China’s Song Ronghui 5P and Xie He 7P defeated Korea’s Lee Minjin 5P and Mok Jinseok 9P by resignation in the final game of the 2010 Pair Go World Cup on March 22, winning the title.
BC CARD CUP SEMIS TO FEATURE PARK JUNGHWAN- CHANG HAO & LEE SEDOL- KIM KIYOUNG: Park Junghwan 7P defeated Niu Yutian 7P by 3.5 points on Sunday to advance to the BC Card Cup semifinals, where he’ll face Chang Hao 9P, the only player left standing for China. Chang Hao defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P on Saturday to secure his berth in the semis. On Friday, Lee Sedol 9P defeated Park Yeonghun 9P by 4.5 points in the quarterfinal match of the 2nd BC Card Cup, advancing to the semifinal to play Kim Kiyoung 5P, who defeated An Choyeong 9P by 1.5 points in their quarterfinal.
CHINESE TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Wang Xi 9P defeated Piao Wenyao 5P in the final game of the 9th South-West Qiwang, winning the title. Gu Li (Mingren) defeated Shi Yue 4P by 3.5 points in the preliminary final of the 24th Tianyuan (Tengen). Gu Li will now face Chen Yaoye (Tianyuan) in the title match; Chen Yaoye took the title away from Gu Li in last year’s Tianyuan. Li He 2P defeated Wang Chenxing 2P by resignation in both the second and third rounds of the 4th Female Xinren Wang (Shinjin O), winning the title 2-1. Wang Chenxing 2P had defeated Li He 2P by 1.5 points in the first round, while Fan Tingyu 2P defeated Yan Huan 3P by resignation in the first round. Click here for game records for many of these matches.
YUKI RETAINS NHK TITLE: Yuki Satoshi defeated Iyama Yuta by 3.5 points in the final of the 57th NHK Cup on February 22 to retain his title. Click here for the game record.
Monday March 8, 2010
KONO RIN WINS NEC CUP: Kono Rin 9P took the NEC Cup from Hane Naoki on Saturday, winning the final game of the 29th Cup by resignation. This is Kono Rin’s second NEC Cup title win; the first was in 2008 against Cho Sonjin.
LEE CHANGHO WINS ROUND 1 IN KUKSU: Lee Changho 9P defeated Hong Kipyo 4P by resignation in the first round of the 53th Kuksu title match last Saturday, March 6. This is Hong’s first national title match; he was 43rd in the Korean professional standings in 2009. The Kuksu is Korea’s highest Baduk title, the winner of which is commonly considered to be Korea’s strongest player. Last year’s Kuksu champion was Lee Sedol. Round 2 will be played on March 17th.
GU LI SUFFERS ANOTHER DEFEAT: Gu Lingyi 5P defeated Gu Li 9P by resignation on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the 10th RICOH Cup. This was the second straight tournament loss by Gu Li in the three days (see GU LI, KONG JIE ELIMINATED FROM CCTV CUP below). Mid-level dan players have been showing their strength as of late, giving 9-dans a run for their money. At just 18, Gu Lingyi is one of China’s rising stars, reaching China’s top ten this past August. The RICOH Cup semifinals will pit Wang Lei 8P against Kong Jie 9P and Gu Lingyi 5P against Xie He 7P.
GU LI, KONG JIE ELIMINATED FROM CCTV CUP: Top players Gu Li and Kong Jie went down to defeat in the CCTV Cup last week as Zhong Wenjing 5d eliminated Kong Jie in the first round on March 4 and Zhang Wei 6P defeated Gu Li 9P by resignation in the second round on March 6. Kong Jie was last year’s CCTV Cup winner and was expected to defend his title in the final round. Gu Li was the second of China’s top players to be eliminated by mid-level dan players. Of the eight players left in the tournament, three are 9 dan and the remaining five are either 5 or 6 dan. At least one of these mid-level dan players will advance to the final.
XIE YIMIN WINS ROUND 1 IN FEMALE MEIJIN: Xie Yimin (Female Meijin) defeated Mukai Chiaki 4P by resignation in the first game of the 22nd Female Meijin on March 3. The second round will be played on March 10th.
PARK YEONGHUN ADVANCES TO MAXIM CUP SEMIS: Park Yeonghun 9P defeated Yoo Changhyuk 9P by half a point in the third round of the 11th Maxim Cup on March 3. He will face Choi Cheolhan, the current Maxim Cup title holder, in the semifinal.
CHINA’S MENG WINS STUDENT OZA: Meng Xiao-long of China defeated Seo Yutae from Korea in the final of the 8th World Student Oza Championship, held March 1-3 in Tokyo, Japan. The Americas were represented by Argentina’s Gabriel Benmergui, who finished 2-2 and Mexico’s Emil Garcia, who went 1-3. Europe’s Artem Kachanovsky (Ukraine) went 2-2 and Anna Prokopova (Czech Republic) finished 0-4. Click here for the results and the game-record of the final.
- Peter Dijkema
KARLSBERG BREAKS SHIKSIN’S WINNING STREAK IN KGS INSEI LEAGUE: Russian Women’s Champion Elvina Karlsberg finally broke KGS Insei League (KILL) co-founder Ilya Shiksin’s 199-game winning streak in the B-E divisions. Karlsberg beat Shiksin by half a point in a 6-player simul on March 3, collecting the prize of a collection of trick moves. Click here for the game. Results from the February League: A League: danigabi (Argentina) swept the title 13-0, ahead of artem92 (Ukraine) 11-1. B: Latmir (Ru) 7-1, Maroncsan (Hu) 11-3, Teamrocket (NL) 11-4 (all 3 moved up to A). C: azorod (Ru) 1-0, Sinprejic (US) 7-3. D: DarkArhont (Ru) 7-1, Badukboris (Germany) 7-3. E: Srgej (Ru) & lighthouse (Ger) 14-2.
- Peter Dijkema, after www.gosensations.com
WORLD GO NEWS: Yamashita Stays Alive In Kisei; Kong Jie Wins Round 1 In LG Cup; Kang, Park & Heo Advance In Chunlan Cup Prelim; Lee Younggu Advances In Caltex Cup Challenger; Xie Blanks Umezawa In Female Kisei
Monday February 22, 2010
YAMASHITA STAYS ALIVE IN KISEI: Yamashita Keigo managed to avoid a sweep by defeating Cho U by 7.5 points in the fourth round of the 34th Kisei. It will be an uphill battle for Yamashita to retain his title, with Cho U leading 3-1. Round 5 will be played on February 18th and 19th.
KONG JIE WINS ROUND 1 IN THE LG CUP: Kong Jie defeated Lee Changho by 2.5 points in the first round of the 14th LG Cup title match. This is Lee Changho’s sixth appearance, winning four of his five LG Cup title matches. The last time Lee Changho played as a finalist was in 2004. This is Kong Jie’s first appearance. The second game will be played on February 24th.
KANG, PARK & HEO ADVANCE IN CHUNLAN CUP PRELIM: Kang Dongyun, Park Yeonghun, and Heo Yeongho each won their respeective games in the preliminary tournament of the 8th Chunlan Cup and will advance to the next and final round.
LEE YOUNGGU ADVANCES IN CALTEX CUP CHALLENGER: Lee Younggu 8P defeated Park Seunghyun 6P by 1.5 points in Round 2 of the 15th GS Caltex Cup Challenger Tournament. The winner of the Challenger Tournament will face Cho Hanseung 9P, the current Caltex Cup title holder.
XIE BLANKS UMEZAWA IN FEMALE KISEI: Xie Yimin defeated Umezawa Yukari by resignation on January 28 to sweep the Female Kisei 2-0. Xie now has the distinction of holding all three of Japan’s female professional titles, the Kisei, Honinbo and Meijin, as well as the Daiwa Ladies Cup.
- based on reports on JustPlayGo
Friday February 19, 2010
Nakayama Noriyuki 6P died on February 16. The prolific author, reporter and go writer was well-known to American go players who met him during his many trips to the United States over the last three decades. “Nakayama’s deep and abiding love for the game of go and his irrepressible sense of humor endeared him to everyone who was fortunate enough to cross his path over the years,” said American Go Association President Allan Abramson. “He’ll be missed by his many friends around the world.” Said Ji Li 7D, one of the top American amateur players, “Nakayama made significant impacts and contributions to the American go community.” One of Nakayama’s most popular books in the West, The Treasure Chest Enigma, was re-issued in 2005; he ghost wrote books for many top professionals and authored several for himself. Well known as one of the professionals who most toured the West to spread and teach go, Nakayama – born September 3, 1932 — loved to play amateurs and – a twinkle in his eye – would respond to their questionable moves by saying, with a quizzically cocked head, “Ah! New Joseki, neh?!”, or “Oohh! Strong move! But maybe… this (playing his move…) better!!!” Although Nakayama never won a title, “He was funny and approachable,” said longtime fan Keith Arnold 5d. “There was an unmistakable quiet dignity that did not ask for, yet clearly demanded respect. Respect for a dedication to the game, to teaching, and to spreading its joys, winning players with a smile.”
- Chris Garlock, includes reporting on Sensei’s Library; photo by Phil Straus; click here for his album of Nakayama photos
NAKAYAMA’S LAST LECTURE: Longtime Congress favorite Noriyuki Nakayama 6P announced at the 2006 US Go Congress that it would be the last year he’d be attending the U.S Go Congress. His wife had been ill recently and it was a great hardship for him to be away for the month it took to attend both the U.S. and European Congresses. At a standing-room only lecture at the Congress, the irrepressible Nakayama said that “I’m afraid the answer might be ‘jigo’ if my wife asks me which is more important, my American go friends or her.” Much-loved for his cherubic delight in teaching go to players of all strengths, Nakayama said “The best thing about go is that you make many friends.” At the lecture, he set up two life and death problems and invited members of the audience to come up and try to solve them, gleefully refuting the wrong moves until somebody solved the problem correctly. For the game section of the lecture, he showed part of the game he won to get promoted to 2P.
- Chris Garlock; Photo by Jian Zhang
LETTER FROM JAPAN: Goodbye, The Congress I Love
By Noriyuki Nakayama 6P
I participated in the US Go Congress this year (2006) as I have for last 21 years. The US Go Congress, which started in 1985, could just as well be described as “the US Open Go Festival.” Participants include players from European countries, Japan and many other countries who love this “Festival” as well as go enthusiasts and go maniacs from every corner of the United States. For many participants, these events are a vacation involving spouses and other members of the family. Many wives and children learn go and participate in events like Pair Go, the 9×9 tournament and Kid’s Go.
I have been engaged in activities to introduce and popularize the game of go in the USA before the US Go Congress was organized, but unfortunately, this year’s visit will be the last one due to my wife’s health problems. I know that I will miss the Go Congress and my friends there very much since I started this journey when I was 49 and it has lasted a full quarter-century since then.
On August 19, 2006, my last lecture started after all the Congress events were finished. It had become a kind of Congress custom for me to present a lecture as the final event but this year’s — literally “the last lecture” – attracted most of the approximately 250 people at the Congress. In the standing ovation which lasted long after I finished, overwhelmed by the emotion, I could not find the words to say Goodbye Go Congress, Goodbye America, Goodbye my dear American go friends!
- A longer version of this letter appeared in the October 9, 2006 edition of the Nihon Ki-in’s weekly Go magazine. Translated by Frank Fukuda and edited by Chris Garlock. This letter also appears in the 2006 American Go Yearbook.
As it turned out, Nakayama was able to attend one last U.S. Go Congress, in 2007…
“There are three steps to get better,” Noriyuki Nakayama 6P said at a lecture at the 2007 U.S. Go Congress. “Step 1: buy a book. Step 2: read it! Step 3: practice!” As entertaining as always, Nakyama kept the attentive crowd laughing appreciatively as he mixed game analysis of Takemiya’s games with fascinating and amusing anecdotes from the go world. “Replay professional games,” Nakyama advised. “Eventually you will start playing better moves because your fingers will know where to play. Not your mind, your fingers.”
“Ah, The Clam Shells Are Heavy”
Excerpted from The Treasure Chest Enigma; A Go Miscellany, by Nakayama Noriyuki
A little before six in the evening, Kajiwara, who had been glaring at the board hard enough to bore a hole in it, suddenly raised his head and glanced at the scenery outside in the gathering dusk. Not surprisingly, he bore signs of considerable fatigue.
The game recorder’s voice rang out. “Time is up. Kajiwara Sensei, please seal the next move.”
Kajiwara gave a deep nod of assent, then shifted his gaze back to the board. Some five minutes passed by. Suddenly he called out in a flurried tone, “What? The next move’s the sealed move.” His eyes were riveted on the board.
With his whole being concentrated on the go board, Kajiwara had only half taken in the game recorder’s words when he first spoke.
“Yes. The next move – is – the sealed move.” The game recorder replied slowly and carefully, enunciating each syllable clearly.
Kajiwara finally seemed to have grasped that the next move was the sealed move. He let out a long sigh. “Oh? The sealed move?” After a little while he sighed again. “I’m tired out,” he muttered. Preoccupied though he was with his own game, Tainaka happened to overhear these words. Glancing over at the neighboring board, he commented sarcastically: “Why? You’ve only played four stones.”
Kajiwara’s reply to this was a masterpiece. Glaring at the board with a look of complete exhaustion on his face, he muttered: “The clam shells are heavy today.”
Photo: Nakayama and Yoshiaki Nagahara 6P watch a casual game at the 2007 Congress; photo by Roy Laird
IN MEMORY OF NAKAYAMA SENSEI: A number of Nakayama appreciations, tributes and memories has been posted on GoDiscussions.com http://www.godiscussions.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11152 , including a record of a game between Nakayama and Kojima Takaho, which made the Kido yearbook’s section on noteworthy games, posted by John Fairbairn.
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Monday February 15, 2010
The Pair Go team of Feng Yun-Jie Li will represent North America at the World Pair Go Association’s 2010 World Cup, after defeating Jin Yu-Jing Yang in last week’s North American Qualifier. The Cup is scheduled for March 20-23 in Hangzhou, China. In related news, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the International Amateur Pair Go Championship, the Japanese Pair Go Association has just published ten essays about Pair Go. Manja and Micha Martz won first place with their thorough, entertaining and well-illustrated essay on the history of Pair Go in Europe and longtime U.S. go organizer – and IGS rep –Thomas Hsiang contributed A Few Memories of Pair Go, noting that “Pair Go has not only been accepted but flourished beyond anyone’s imagination. Aside from frequent regional tournaments held worldwide, Pair Go was featured as the only mixed-gender mind-sport in the First World Mind Sport Games in 2008 and will be a medal event in the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games.” Hsiang also points out that “the US go scene that was once almost exclusively male-dominated now sees a much greater participation by female players, especially among the young….Pair Go has brought together many couples in US and Europe, and not a single couple has been broken up by it!” Click here http://www.pairgo.or.jp/event/pairgo20th/index-e.htm to read the Pair Go essays.