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“Kuma Sensei” Visits Seattle

Tuesday November 25, 2014

Kuma by Thane WilliamsOn November 15th and 16th, the Seattle Go Center welcomed Yu Hou 6 P from the Nihon Ki-in for a workshop event. “Kuma Sensei” provided instruction on a variety of basic go techniques to a group of eager students. As the participants learned about go, Kuma Sensei had the opportunity to practice English, giving everyone a chance to study. For both days, the workshop followed the same routine, with the morning schedule starting at 9:00am. Kuma Sensei began by holding a lecture, followed by review of participant games, and then with everyone going to eat lunch. In the afternoon, after playing simultaneous teaching match with the participants, Kuma Sensei reviewed the games.

Saturday’s lecture on about the Double Approach was truly great, captivating the attention of all of the students. Even though the lecture covered basic techniques, not only beginners, but also dan players thought it was a very interesting lecture. Thanks to Kuma Sensei’s way of speaking and sense of humor, everyone was delighted. Personally, I especially enjoyed the time after the event on Saturday – while eating dinner with Kuma Sensei, we could discuss a variety of cross-cultural topics outside of go. It was truly enjoyable. The workshop, being only two days, really seemed to end too quickly.

Through this workshop, covering a variety of topics ranging from Go Lectures to matches with Kuma Sensei, we “enjoyably” learned a lot. Through this rare opportunity of having a pro come from Japan, participants deepened their interest in go, and could boost their go abilities. The Kuma Sensei Workshop went quite well, so Seattle Go fans hope for events of the same kind to happen in the future.  Report by Brian Kirby/photo by Thane Williams

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Students Swell Syracuse Turnout

Tuesday November 25, 2014

A record 35 players participated in the Syracuse Go Club’s Fall Self-Paired Tournament on November 22, “the high count due in no small part to the twelve primary and secondary students who came to play,” reports organizer and TD Richard Moseson. Eight players drove in from outside of Syracuse, including three from the Utica club, three from Cornell University’s club, and two from Rochester.  A wide assortment of free refreshments, some homemade, were available throughout the day, and every player was able to choose a prize to take home at the end of the day. Prizes included new books provided at a discount by Slate and Shell and boxed anime donated by the American Go Foundation. photo (far left): 8th grader Rachel Liu 19k, playing in her first tournament. photos by Richard Moseson

Chimin Oh Wins 15th “Go to Innovation”

Tuesday November 25, 2014

Chimin Oh 7D, a former go instructor from Korea who now lives in England, won the €1000 first place prize in the November 14-16 “Go to SONY DSCInnovation” tournament which drew fifty-five players from around the world to Berlin, Germany.  Viktor Lin (5-dan, Austria) came in second and won €500 and Zebin Du (6-dan, China) won €250 for third place. Rita Pocsai (4-dan, Hungary) won  €500 from Omikron Data Quality GmbH, for best performance by a female player. She also won the €100 prize for her 10th place finish. No one won the jackpot prize for winning eight games. In fact no one managed to win seven games. Click here for complete results and a photo gallery.

There were eight rounds and the Hahn Pointing system, developed by Professor Sang-Dae Hahn of Myongji University, was used to determine tournament winners. Instead of assigning 1 or 0  for a win or loss , the Hahn system awards points from 0 to 100 based on the difference in game counts. Close games with a  difference between .5 to 10 points in game counts results in the winner receiving 60 points and the loser 40 points, but a decisive win with a difference of 40 points or more  results in the winner receiving all 100 points and the loser receiving nothing. This encourages fighting, aggressive games.

– Larry Eclipse, based on a report by James Davies on the IGF News Feed; photos by Jaromir Sir

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