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Young Lions Deadline Saturday

Monday November 20, 2017

6a00d8341c630a53ef01116887fc30970c-800wi-300x226There’s less than a week left to sign up for the American Go Honor Society’s Young Lions Tournament. The deadline is this Saturday November 26th. The AGHS website says “Young Lions is a premier youth tournament for the new generation of go players to earn their first titles. Youth players from the United States, Canada, and South America will earn the right to battle for glory. But this road is full of pitfalls and dangers. Who will emerge as the leader of the Pride?” All youth players 18 and under are welcome to participate in this online tournament. The tournament will be held on the 3rd and 10th of December on KGS. Click here to sign up, and click here to view the rules. 

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The Power Report (1 of 2): Iyama and Xie to meet in LG Cup final; Ida defends Crown title

Sunday November 19, 2017

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal2017.11.19_LG Xie Erhao Iyama

Iyama and Xie to meet in LG Cup final:  A Japanese representative had made the best eight of the 22nd LG Cup, so the Nihon Ki-in offered to host the quarterfinals and semifinals at its headquarters in Tokyo. If one motive was to give its player the advantage of playing on home ground, this worked out just right, as Japan got its first finalist in a world championship since 2007. That year was also the only previous time that Japan hosted LG Cup games. All the games were telecast with live commentary on the Igo & Shogi Channel.

 The quarterfinals were played on November 13. The results were as follows: Ke Jie 9P (China) (W) beat Shin Jinseo 8P (Korea) by resig.; Xie Erhao 5P (China) (W) beat Choi Cheolhan 9P (Korea) by resig.; Jiang Weijie 9P (China) (W) beat Lee Wonyong 7P (Korea) by half a point; Iyama Yuta 9P (Japan) (W) beat Yang Tingxin 6P (China) by resig.

2017.11.19_LG Ke IyamaThe LG Cup is a Korean-sponsored tournament, but no Korean players made the 2017.11.19_LG Ke Jiesemifinals, so perhaps Korean fans didn’t mind the tournament’s being held overseas. Lots are drawn after each round to do the pairings for the next round, and Iyama (at right in photo at left) was paired with Ke Jie (left), who is widely recognized as the world’s number one. In this tournament, the player who wins the nigiri can choose colors; Ke (right) took white—perhaps he was influenced by the fact that White won all the games in the quarterfinals. He started out with two three-three points, showing the influence of AI. In contrast, Iyama played the high Chinese Opening. Initially, Ke took the lead, but in a later fight his play was perhaps a little too aggressive, letting Iyama get back into the game. Later on, Ke made a mistake and resigned after 267 moves. In the all-Chinese semifinal, Xie (W) Jiang beat by resig.

The best-of-three final will be held on February 5, 7, and, if needed, 8. Iyama has won the TV Asia Cup, but this will be his first final in a full-scale international tournament. If he wins, it will be Japan’s first international title since 2005, when Cho U won the LG Cup. Unfortunately, I have no information about Xie Erhao.

Ida defends Crown title: The Crown tournament is open only to players at the Central Japan (Nagoya) branch of the Nihon Ki-in. First prize is 1.7 million yen (about $15,400). Ida Atsushi 8P won this title for the first time last year and was able to defend it this year. The one-game final was played on November 13; taking white, Ida defeated Mutsuura Yuta 7P by resig. after 174 moves.

Tomorrow: Shibano picks up first league win; Fujisawa levels score in Women’s Honinbo; Suzuki makes Tengen main tournament; Iyama increases lead in Oza

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Executive Summary of AGA Board Meeting 11/12/2017

Sunday November 19, 2017

The board discussed the AGA policy for use of computers/electronic devices during tournaments in light of recent advances in Go AI, and moved to form a committee to formulate rules, guidelines, and procedures to ensure fairness while keeping tournaments welcoming. The president’s report included positive feedback on go commentary broadcasts and a potential deal to put go sets on Navy ships. Other business included a status update on the by-law review and ranking system work, as well as how to use the interest in Go AI to expand the AGA and go community in the US.
-Samantha Fede, AGA Secretary

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Life and death on Halloween in Seattle

Sunday November 12, 2017

The Seattle Go Center had eight competitors, all kyu players, in the Contest of Life and Death on Halloween. Halloween Lucy and Nick watchFrank Lam did a great job of curating problems from the Nihon Ki-in that were challenging to our kyu players, and that had a single correct first move. Kyle Burg assisted ably. Lucy Wang won the competition, with 5 out 8 problems solved on the first try.  The prize was a quart of premium ice cream, which Lucy shared.  There was also pumpkin pie.
photo: Lucy Wang and Nick Wilmes watch Zhi Wei Chen try the second set of problems.
- photo/report by Brian Allen

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Boston Winter Open set for December 2

Sunday November 12, 2017

The Boston Winter Open is set for Saturday, December 2 at MIT in Cambridge, MA. The four-round tournament — hosted by MIT, organized by2017.11.11_boston-spring-2017 Cam Wagner and the MIT Go club, the MGA, and The Gojo — is open to up to 80 players, with two divisions, Open and Handicap. Entrants must be AGA 1d+ to play in the Open Division and may opt in on the day of the tournament. Even games with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Anyone can play in the Handicap Division. Games will be handicap – 2 with prizes for 4-0 and 3-1 records. Click here for details and to RSVP.

photo: at the 2017 Boston Spring Open

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In Memoriam: John Goon

Wednesday November 8, 2017

John Goon, a longtime go organizer and tireless promoter of the game, died recently. A memorial will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 2:30 to 5 at a familiar location: Rockville United Church, 355 Linthicum Drive, Rockville, home of2017.11.08_John-Goon-DC-SakuraMatsuri-2014.04 the Friday night gatherings of the Rockville Go & Chess (and lots of other things) Group. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in John’s name to WETA-TV and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “John was one of my first go friends when I started to play go about 35 years ago,” says Haskell Small. “I have fond memories of playing go with John into the wee hours at the Greater Washington Go Club . He worked tirelessly promoting go in our area.”

photo: John Goon (in hat) teaching at the 2014 DC Sakura Matsuri festival

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Everyone’s a winner at Syracuse Fall Self-Pair

Tuesday November 7, 2017

Eighteen players, ranging in strength from 8 dan to 20 kyu, participated in Syracuse Go Club’s Fall Self-Pair Tournament this past Saturday,2017.11.07 Syracuse1 2017.11.07 Syracuse2November 4. “Every player left as a winner at the end of the day,” says organizer Richard Moseson, “getting to select a new go book from Slate and Shell to take home.” The date for Syracuse Go Club’s annual four-round Salt City Tournament has already been set for Saturday, March 24.

photos by Richard Moseson: (r) Joe Fratianni 11k ponders his move; (l) Wayne Nelson 1k, right, and Allen Noe 1k decide on their new take-home books.
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Suh Won Suk 6D tops NGC’s Pumpkin Classic

Friday November 3, 2017

The National Go Center held its Pumpkin Classic Tournament on Saturday, 28 October. Forty players participated, including longtime teacher2017.11.03_NGCPump17Yuan Zhou’s son, Derek, in his first tournament.

The winners were:

First Place: Suh Won Suk, 6D, 3-1; Ryan Hunter, 2D, 3-1; Jiayang Su, 2K, 3-1; Joon Lee, 7K, 4-0; Hyungwook Lee, 8K, 4-0; Julian Turim, 16K, 4-0; and John Christensen, 20K, 4-0.
Second Place: Josh Lee, 6D, 3-1; Nate Eagle, 1D, 3-1; Diego Pierrottet, 4K, 3-1; James Funk, 5K, 3-1; Gary Smith, 9K and Javier Innerarity, 10K, Tied at 2-2; Raymond Luo, 12K, 3-1; and Jac de la Beaujardiere, 17K and Antonina Perez-Lopez, 19K, Tied at 2-2.
- report/photo by Allan Abramson
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Undeterred by hurricanes, Space Coast Go Tournament continues

Monday October 30, 2017

The 2017 Space Coast Go Tournament was held on October 14 in the Community Resource Center in Rockledge, Florida. Rockledge is on the2017.10.29 Space Coast collage mainland near the Kennedy Space Center and Cocoa Beach.  Last year Hurricane Matthew delayed the games; this year Hurricane Irma blew through earlier.  Rockledge suffered a large amount of mostly minor damage.

The three round tournament drew 16 players including folks from Orlando, Sarasota, Port Orange, and the Palm Beaches.  A wide range of ranks split nicely into three groups: Dans, 1 to 8 kyu, and 8 to 28 kyu.

Top honors went to Jonathan Fisher, 4D, who won all three of his games.  Aaron Otero was the winner of the upper kyu division, also with three wins.  Joel Kickbusch, 10k, won two out of three to finish first in the lower kyu division.  He also won the raffle for a new Go set generously donated by Yellow Mountain Imports along with other prizes.  The first three players in each division chose books from Slate and Shell as their prizes.  Bart Lipofsky was the tournament director.
- report/photos by Bart Lipofsky

Results:
Dan division: Jonathan Fisher, 4D (3-0), Chris Sagner, 3D (1,2), Karsten Henckell, 4D (1,2)
Upper kyu: Aaron Otero, 7k (3,0), Lanny Searcy,3k (2,1), Efrain Davila 2k (2,1)
Lower kyu: Joel Kickbush, 10k (2,1), Peyton Duncan, 28k (2,1), Yuliang Huang, 15k (2,1)

photos (clockwise, starting in upper left):
Karsten Henckell 4D (L) vs Jonathan Fisher 4D (R), Dan Micsa, 4D looks on from the side
Winners: (left to right) Jonathan Fisher, Aaron Otero, Joel Kickbusch, Peyton Duncan, Efrain Davila, Yuliang Huang, Chris Sagner
Joel Kickbusch 10k with Yellow Mountain Go set
Eddie Crawford 27k (L) vs Peyton Duncan 28k (R)

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“Surrounding Game” announces student discount

Monday October 30, 2017

Starting this month, students and university clubs are now eligible for a major student discount on screening packs of “The Surrounding Game2017.10.29_SurroundingGame screening pack documentary.

“We want to make it easy and affordable for campus groups to host screenings” says director Will Lockhart. “I think young people will enjoy the film more than anyone, and screening the film is an excellent way to interest new students in Go and Go clubs.” The screening pack includes several copies of the film, posters and flyers, and a custom 9×9 set, “perfect for teaching newcomers after the show,” notes Lockhart.

If you’d like to organize a screening of the film on your campus, check out the screening pack here, or contact the team for more information.

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