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Korean Go School Accepting Foreign Students

Monday November 16, 2009

KOREAN GO SCHOOL ACCEPTING FOREIGN STUDENTS: Foreign students have until November 31 to apply at the department of Baduk Studies, Myongji University in Yongin, Korea. Check the pages of the admission office as well as the department’s homepage for details, or email Daniela Trinks.

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LIVE FROM JEONJU: Yuan Zhou on the 4th Annual Korea Prime Minister Cup

Monday November 2, 2009

By Yuan Zhou 7d
The matches at the just-concluded Korea Prime Minister Cup (KPMC) World Go Championship – the 4th annual — were very exciting, with representatives from 68 nations fighting hard for their countries. I was pleased to finish fifth, the best result yet for the United States in this tournament. Held in Jeonju, Korea, the hometown of famous world champion Lee Changho 9P, the event — which ran October 23-27 — is well organized by the Korean Baduk Association and a special bonus was that Lee Changho himself attended. My only losses were to the Korean representative (on right in photo), who won the championship this year, and the Chinese Taipei representative, a 1-dan professional who was allowed to play because he doesn’t officially become a pro until 2010. The match with the Korean representative was a very complicated game, and we were both down to our last byo-yomi period and one time we only had a couple seconds left on our clock. None of my games were easy, and the Europeans I played were all strong and played well. The New Zealand player I defeated in the last round would have placed 4th place if he had won; Canada’s Gangsheng Shi – this year’s Redmond Cup winner — did also did well, finishing in 8th place. 2009 KPMC World Go Championship official final result (top 16 finishers): 1. Korea; 2. China; 3. Chinese Hong Kong; 4. Japan; 5. USA; 6. Singapore; 7. Chinese Taipei; 8. Canada; 9. South Africa; 10. Thailand; 11. Ukraine; 12. New Zealand; 13. Slovenia; 14. Serbia; 15. France; 16. Netherlands. Click here for complete resultsPhoto: Yuan Zhou, US (left) and Song Hong-suk, Korea; group photo with Lee Changho 9p (center)

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Go School Updates

Monday November 2, 2009

Go teacher Joey Hung 7d is shuttering his Fremont, CA-area school “for a while” he tells the E-Journal, to focus on business opportunities. Meanwhile, Gabriel Benmergui 6d and Ali Jabarin 6d have just started up the online Atsumi Go School, which offers lessons, study groups and free game commentaries of games played between students. Benmergui is a top Argentinian player who has studied in Lee SangHun’s school, at Kim Sung-Rae 4p’s KBC school in Korea and represented Argentina at the World Amateur Go (WAGC) Championships and the World College Go Championship, where he defeated both Korean amateurs. Jabarin, Israeli champion for the last three years, placed 13th in the WAGC and represented Israel in the 2008 World Mind Sports Games, and is the current European Youth Champion.

WORLD GO NEWS: Cho Hanseung To Challenge For Korean GS Caltex Cup; Cho Hyeyeon To Challenge Rui Naiwei For Women’s Myeongin

Monday November 2, 2009

CHO HANSEUNG TO CHALLENGE FOR KOREAN GS CALTEX CUP: Cho Hanseung 9P (l) defeated An Choyeong 9P in an October 30 playoff match to determine the challenger for Park Yeonghun 9P for the GS Caltex Cup title. Relatively unknown in the West, Cho has not yet won any titles, while An has won a couple, and Park has won the international Fujitsu twice in recent years as well as several Korean titles, as the Caltex Cup, one of the most lucrative Korean titles. Park has held this Cup for the last two years, having taken it from Lee Sedol 9P in 2007. Cho is currently tied with Park for fourth place on the list of Korean pros with the most wins this year; An is in sixth place right behind them. The best-of-five-games title match begins on November 3rd.
- Bill Cobb, from reports in Go News, GoGameWorld & Sensei’s Library; photo: Cho playing Gu Li earlier this year in the BC Cup final.

CHO HYEYEON TO CHALLENGE RUI NAIWEI FOR WOMEN’S MYEONGIN: Cho Hyeyeon 8P defeated Lee Sula 1P on October 27th to win the right to challenge Rui Naiwei 9P for the Korean Women’s Myeongin (J: Meijin) title. Lee is seventeen and has been a pro for just two years. She defeated Cho by 1.5 points in the semi-finals of the challenger’s tournament, but this event has a losers’ bracket which Cho won, giving her the opportunity for a rematch in the finals. Rui has won this title eight of the ten times it has been contested, including the last five consecutive years. Six of those ten matches were between Cho and Rui, with Cho winning only once, in 2003. Cho also defeated Rui in the Women’s Kuksu title match in 2004; in both wins Cho was still in her teens. The Myeongin title match is a best-of-three-games contest.
- Bill Cobb, from reports in Go News, GoGameWorld & Sensei’s Library

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Kong Jie To Take On Lee Sedol In Samsung Finals

Monday December 22, 2008

Kong Jie (l) 7P will face titleholder Lee Sedol 9P in theSamsung Cup finals. The best-of-three-games semi-finals of the international Cup featured one Korean, Lee Sedol 9P, and three Chinese representatives, Huang Yizhong 7P, Kong Jie 7P, and Zhou Ruiyang 5P, the only teen in the group. Lee kept Korea’s hopes alive by defeating Huang 2-0 and Kong got the privilege of facing Lee in the finals by defeating Zhou 2-0. Both players won their first semi-final game by a mere half point, and Kong took the second by only 1.5 points.  Lee won this event last year, as well as in 2004, and currently holds three international titles. Kong’s most notable achievement is winning the national Chang-ki Cup twice, in 2005 and 2007. Overall, the Japanese and Chinese have won the Samsung twice, and the Koreans the other eight times. The finals are set for mid-January.

 

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Lee Changho And Chang Hao In Chunlan Finals

Monday December 22, 2008

Lee Changho 9P (r) and Chang Hao 9P will meet in a best-of-three finals of the 7th international Chunlan Cup. In the semifinals on December 11th Lee Changho 9P of Korea defeated Kong Jie 7P while Chang Hao 9P defeated Zhou Heyang 9P. Chang came in second last year, losing to fellow countryman Gu Li  9P, which is the only time the Chinese have won this event. Lee has won it twice, in 2003 and 2005. Overall, Koreans have won it four times and the Chinese and Japanese once each. The winner’s purse is about $150,000 US. Lee is also the only Korean ever to take second place, in the first Chunlan in 1999 when he lost to his teacher Cho Hunhyun 9P.

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Lee Changho and Chang Hao in Chunlan Finals; Kong Jie to Take on Lee Sedol in Samsung Finals

Monday December 22, 2008

LEE CHANGHO AND CHANG HAO IN CHUNLAN FINALS: Lee Changho 9P (r) and Chang Hao 9P will meet in a best-of-three finals of the 7th international Chunlan Cup. In the semifinals on December 11th Lee Changho 9P of Korea defeated Kong Jie 7P while Chang Hao 9P defeated Zhou Heyang 9P. Chang came in second last year, losing to fellow countryman Gu Li 9P, which is the only time the Chinese have won this event. Lee has won it twice, in 2003 and 2005. Overall, Koreans have won it four times and the Chinese and Japanese once each. The winner’s purse is about $150,000 US. Lee is also the only Korean ever to take second place, in the first Chunlan in 1999 when he lost to his teacher Cho Hunhyun 9P.

KONG JIE TO TAKE ON LEE SEDOL IN SAMSUNG FINALS: Kong Jie (l) 7P will face titleholder Lee Sedol 9P in the Samsung Cup finals. The best-of-three-games semi-finals of the international Cup featured one Korean, Lee Sedol 9P, and three Chinese representatives, Huang Yizhong 7P, Kong Jie 7P, and Zhou Ruiyang 5P, the only teen in the group. Lee kept Korea’s hopes alive by defeating Huang 2-0 and Kong got the privilege of facing Lee in the finals by defeating Zhou 2-0. Both players won their first semi-final game by a mere half point, and Kong took the second by only 1.5 points. Lee won this event last year, as well as in 2004, and currently holds three international titles. Kong’s most notable achievement is winning the national Chang-ki Cup twice, in 2005 and 2007. Overall, the Japanese and Chinese have won the Samsung twice, and the Koreans the other eight times. The finals are set for mid-January.

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Mok Jinseok Fights Back In Korean Kuksu

Monday December 15, 2008

Challenger Mok Jinseok (right) 9P stayed alive in his bid for the Kuksu, winning Round 3 on December 10. It looked like Lee Sedol 9P was going to sail to another title when he took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five-game finals against Mok in the 52nd Kuksu; although Lee only has two national titles at the moment, he still holds four current international titles, and is definitely the favorite in this match against a player with only a few minor titles and the most recent of those in 2004. Lee won this oldest and prestigious Korean title for the first time last year. The title was swapped back and forth between Lee Changho 9P and his teacher Cho Hunhyun 9P for a number of years until Rui Naiwei 9P made history by being the first woman to win an open title by defeating Cho in 1999. Since then no one has dominated this event the way Lee and Cho did in the past. Cho took it back from Rui in 2000 and Lee has held it three times since then, most recently in 2005. The next game in the title match is scheduled for January 5th.

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Computer Defeats Pro At 7 Stones

Monday December 15, 2008

The Crazy Stone go program apparently defeated Kaori Aoba 4P with a 7-stone handicap at last weekend’s Computer Go UEC Cup in Tokyo. “This would make Crazy Stone 4 or 5 dan, by Japanese standards,” wrote Darren Cook on a computer-go discussion group, “Maybe 2-3 dan European?” The UEC results were: 1st: Crazy Stone; 2nd: Fudogo; 3rd: Many Faces; 4th: Katsunari; Mogo apparently had time trouble and pulled out. Click here for the unofficial .sgf of the computer-pro game.

Chess Doping Scandal

Monday December 15, 2008

“Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk refused to submit a urine sample for a drug test at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden and is now considered guilty of doping,” reports Maik Grossekathöfer in Spiegel Online. “The world of chess is outraged that he could face a two-year ban. The incident in Dresden and the possibility of a professional ban for Ivanchuk has caused outrage in the chess world. The players, who fraternize with one another, say that accusing one of them of doping is an insult to their honor and intelligence. Letters of protest were issued, and players are accusing bureaucrats in the world of championship chess of destroying the game, because, as they insist everyone should know, doping provides no benefits in chess.” Click here for the complete report. Photo: Vassily Ivanchuk, photo by Dimitri Papadopoulos/QuebecPress.com

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