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Big Prizes in SportAccord World Mind Games Online Tournament

Friday August 24, 2012

Here’s a chance to win a free trip to the SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing. The International Go Federation is organizing the SportAccord World Mind Games Online Tournament  September 16 through October 26, in cooperation with Pandanet and SportAccord. The winner will be invited to the World Mind Games, being held in Beijing this December, with travel and accommodations provided. There are also generous prizes for sectional winners, as well iPAD’s as lottery prizes for anyone who finished the preliminary round. Registration for the SportAccord World Mind Games Online Tournament is free but you must register by September 12; click here to register.

 

 

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Chinese Taipei Dominating World Mind Sports Games

Sunday August 19, 2012

Chinese Taipei is dominating the World Mind Sports Games, winning six of the 9 medals awarded thus far, including gold, silver and bronze in the Men’s Individual, gold and silver in the Team, and gold in the Women’s Individual.Japan took silver in the Women’s,Canada took bronze in the Women’s, andSingapore took bronze in the Team.

U.S. results in the Men’s Individual: 17th: Zhao, Zhongxia; 28th: Song, Forest; 52nd: Ching, Justin; 57th Xu, Yang.

U.S. results in the Women’s Individual: 14th: Wang, Yinli; 15th: Shen, Cherry; 18th: Zhang, Yan (Tina).

U.S. results in the Team: USA1 was 10th in Group A and USA 2 was 12th in Group B.

Click here for latest WMSG results, medals, players & more. Harry van der Krogt’s album of WMSG photos is posted here.
photo: group shot of 2012 WMSG participants

Kaya Go Server Releasing Beta Version

Sunday August 19, 2012

After 7 months of intensive development, the Kaya Go Server  (Kaya Go Server Aims at Online Audience  9/19/2011) programmers are releasing the beta version. “Kaya has been growing a lot technically in the past six months,” reports lead developer Gabriel Benmergui. “We have made weekly releases improving and adding features, including automatic professional relay games, variation sharing and voiced countdowns, Fischer time system and many more since we came out on Christmas 2011.” The server can now broadcast simultaneous game video and commentary and the system’s been field-tested at several tournaments, with Guo Juan 5P using it for a lecture at this year’s Canadian Open, which was broadcast on Kaya, courtesy of the Quebec Go Association. In addition, “OpenKaya, the open-source side of the project, has had collaboration by many people and contains hundreds of hours of work,” Benmergui adds. Over $13,000 in donations thus far have enabled the team to develop the project full time. “Kaya works in all devices,” Benmergui notes. “Although it’s not optimized yet for Android and iPad, it is usable in those devices, without the need to download anything.”

 

AGA to Hold Tournaments to Select Players for 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games

Saturday August 18, 2012

The AGA will hold simultaneous men’s and women’s selection tournaments to fill two U.S. slots at the 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing, China, from December 12-20. The two selected players – one male and one female — will each compete in the Men’s and Women’s Individual tournaments, and then together as a pair in the Mixed Doubles competition. The sponsors of the tournament will provide travel and accommodation for the players, as well as generous prize money depending upon performance in the tournament.

Each selection tournament will be a 3-round knockout tournament. The rounds are on August 29 – September 1, September 2-4, and September 5-8. The men’s tournament will consist of the six highest-rated players from the US, and two players from Canada. All players must be 7D+ or professional. The women’s tournament will consist of the six highest-ranted players from the US, and two players from Canada. All players must be 4D+ or professional.

In order to compete, players must be citizens of either theUS orCanada, and have been resident in their country of citizenship for at least 6 of the last 12 months. AGA players must have been full or youth continuous members since August 29, 2011. The two selected players will play under theUS flag and colors. The selected players must be able to travel to China and participate in the tournaments from December 12 to 20.

Players may reschedule with mutual consent within those time windows, otherwise they must play at the official game times on KGS in the AGA Tournaments Room: 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on August 30(Thur), September 3(Mon), and September 6(Thur). If the players do reschedule their games within these windows, they must inform the TD immediately of their scheduled time of play.

To register, please click here. Registration for these selection tournaments closes at midnight on Monday, August 27.

World Mind Sport Games Launch in France

Monday August 13, 2012

The second World Mind Sport Games (WMSG) opened on Friday, August 9 at the Lille Grand Palais in Lille, France. In all, about 2,000 players from five sports will compete in bridge, chess, draughts (checkers), go, and xiangqi (Chinese Chess). Go events started in full force on Monday, August 13. EuroGoTV and IGS-Pandanet are broadcasting daily games from the WMSG. In all, five gold medals will be awarded in the following go events: men’s and women’s singles and teams, pair, and youth. The first medals were awarded during Saturday’s Gala dinner to three long-time contributors to promoting mind games: Timothy Fok for xiangqi, Gianarrigo Rona for bridge, and Thomas Hsiang for go.

As previously reported (“Youthful” U.S. WMSG Team Announced 7/15 EJ), the U.S. is fielding a 21-player WMSG team, over half of whom are under 18.

Shavit Fragman, the EJ’s Special Correspondent in Israel, reports that Israel will be represented by Amir Fragman, a 19- year-old 5-dan from Rosh HAAyin and Reem Ben David, a 16-year-old 3-dan from Petach Tiqwa. Amir Fragman currently serves in the medical corps as a research assistant and is a member of the Israeli go team, which has been doing very well in tournaments this summer. Reem Ben David is in 11th grade at high school in Petach Tiqwa; this is his first international tournament.

Hikaru Trivia Contest Stumps Hotta Yumi

Monday August 6, 2012

Hotta Yumi, author of the award winning Hikaru no Go manga, delighted kids and teens in the Youth Room at the U.S. Go Congress on Monday.  The second annual Hikaru no Go Trivia Contest was a huge success, with Hotta (seated) serving as the official judge.  Fifteen kids competed in teams of three, trying to answer questions that were so difficult even Hotta was often stumped.  Reigning Hikaru trivia champion Bijan Saniee (standing, far right, in photo below) led his team to victory, once again showing his profound knowledge of the most obscure bits of detail from the popular manga.  Ten-year-old Austin Liao (at far left in photo at right) gave him a run for his money though, popping his hand up repeatedly, and correctly answering some of the most challenging questions of the afternoon.  After Team Bijan secured their victory, Hotta Yumi signed autographs and took photos with fans. Winston Jen (at left in photo at left), who donated 1,000 sets of the manga to the AGA, competed on a team as well.  A special moment came when Hotta presented Jen with a thank-you gift , an original hand-drawn picture of Sai and Hikaru, dedicated to Jen by name, and signed by both Hotta and Hikaru artist Takeshi Obata.  Test your own Hikaru knowledge with this HNG Quiz with some of the questions from the contest: A: Who drank his coffee black, even when he was in middle school? B: Who was Isumi’s roommate in China? C: What is Akira’s mother named?  D: How is Hikaru able to take the Insei test, even though he missed the deadline? E: On what day does Sai disappear, and how can you tell? Click here and you could be a winner!
- Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor; photos by Chris Garlock

Maeda Organizing 2013 Go Camp in Osaka

Monday August 6, 2012

Maeda Ryo 6P, the popular Japanese professional who’s a regular attendee at the annual U.S.Go Congress, is organizing a 3-week intensive go camp in Osaka next year. “I guarantee a 3-stone improvement for kyu players,” Maeda (at left) smilingly told the E-Journal Monday, “and one stone for dan players.”  Classes will run five days a week, with two days off for sight-seeing to places like the Shusaku Memorial Museum in Innoshima as well as Kyoto, Nara and Himeji. Campers will play league games in the morning, with teaching games with pros – 4-5 will be available daily — in the afternoon, along with lectures, quizzes and simuls, and in the evening there will be casual games with local amateur players. Li Ting 1P — another popular Congress pro — is also helping organize the camp, along with Hayashi Kouzou 6P, with the support of the Kansai Ki-in. Email Osaka.go.2013@gmail.com for more info or to reserve your space.
photo: Maeda giving a lecture Monday at the U.S. Go Congress; photo by Chris Garlock 

International Submissons Flood Go Art Contest

Monday July 23, 2012

The second International Children’s Go Art Painting Contest has received almost seventy entries.  Submitting countries include Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, The Philippines, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Argentina, Mexico and the United States (including Hawaii).  The deadline was July 13th, and the artworks are being exhibited at Espacio Japón, the Japanese embassy in Mexico city’s cultural center. Go workshops, talks and an Ukiyo-e Go prints exhibition are also featured. The panel of judges was composed of members devoted to arts and education, including Fumiko Nakashima, Alma G. Juárez, Yuko Kosaka (Yuro), Daniella Campirano, Miguel A. Ramírez and Lilian R. Romero.  The judges made a final decision on three top places and two notable submissions for each category. The results will be announced August 5th at the International Go Symposium in Black Mountain, NC and the artworks will be on display during the U.S. Go Congress. The Mexican Youth Go Players Association would like to thank Japan’s Cultural Attaché in Mexico Miwa Yoshizawa; Ph.D Marcela Zepeda Zaleta,  the Principal at the Pipiolo Educational and Artistic Research Center; Israel Rodríguez Nava, President of Asociación Mexicana de Baduk-Igo-Weiqi; A.C. and the volunteers that supported us. Special recognition goes to all the enthusiastic children around the world that expressed their love for go through painting, they have many things to share with us at the International Go Symposium. -Siddhartha Avila, Comunidad Mexicana de Go Infantil y Juvenil. Photo:  Art by Aaron Ye 5d, 2nd place winner from last year’s A section.

U.S. Fields 21-Player WMSG Team

Monday July 23, 2012

Four additions bring this year’s U.S. World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) team to a total of 21 players.  “Some will be flying direct from the U.S. Go Congress in North Carolina to London or Paris and then by train to Lille, France,” reports Chris Kirschner, “arriving just in time to start Round 1 of the individual competition at 2 PM local time on August 13. As previously reported (“Youthful” U.S. WMSG Team Announced 7/16 EJ) the U.S. team is young – over half are under 18 – which Kirschner called “A good portent for our future competition in these games.  Unlike in 2008, professionals are not permitted to participate this year, so our team has a good chance to do well.”

The U.S. WMSG team line-up: Men’s Individual: Hugh Zhang, Forest Song, Yang Xu, Justin Ching, Ricky Zhou; Women’s Individual: Jasmine Yan, Yinli Wang, Tina Zhang and Cherry Shen; Team Go: Matthew Burrall, Guozhong Zhuang, Li Zhang, Philip London, Jerry Shen & Cherry Shen; Pair Go: Guozhong Zhuang, Wan Chen, Lionel Zhang, Amy Su; Youth Team: Andrew Lu, Vincent Zhuang, Gabriella Su, Kellin Pelrine, Justin Teng.

 

Iyama Yuta Wins 67th Honinbo in Exciting 7th Game Showdown

Sunday July 22, 2012

Yamashita Keigo and Iyama Yuta - 67th Honinbo photoIyama Yuta 9P won his first Honinbo title on July 19. Iyama bested the defending title holder Yamashita Keigo 9P, 4-3 in the title match series. Go fans who’d been anticipating the game were not disappointed. The pair produced an exciting and highly unusual game that kept observers on the edge of their seats, providing serious competition for the Tour de France. A series of kos in the early middle game resulted in a division where white (Iyama) took over 70 points of solid territory and black took thickness across the remainder of the board. White went on to win by 7.5 points after some impressive shinogi (fending off black’s severe attacks). This year is also the 400th anniversary of the formation of the Honinbo house, making the tournament even more special than usual.
David Ormerod; based on his original article Iyama Yuta becomes Honinbo at Go Game Guru. An Younggil 8P has commented game 5 and game 7 of the Honinbo title match. Photo: Yamashita Keigo 9P (left) and Iyama Yuta 9P prepare to play the final game.