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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP February 1-7: Iyama Yuta takes lead in Kisei; Maxim Cup semifinal contenders

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Iyama Yuta takes lead in Kisei. Iyama Yuta 9P (r in photo) took a one-game lead in the 35th Kisei when he defeated Cho U 9P (l) by 1.5 points in the third round on February 3. Iyama now leads the seven-game series 2-1. The fourth round will be played on February 17-18. Maxim Cup semifinal contenders set to go. Lee Changho 9P and Choi Cheolhan 9P each won their respective third-round matches on February 1, rounding out the 12th Maxim Cup main tournament play and setting the stage for the semifinals. Both Lee and Choi defeated their third-round opponents, Cho Hunhyun 9P and Kim Dongyeop 9P respectively, by resignation. The Maxim Cup is a 9-dan only Korean tournament sponsored by Dong Suh Foods. The semifinal match-ups will be the following: Park Yeonghun 9P vs. Choi and Lee vs. Mok Jinseok 9P.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP January 25-31: BC Card Cup begins; Choi Cheolhan wins the Chunwon; Xie Yimin wins game 1 in Female Kisei; Cho U evens the score in Kisei; Choi Cheolhan wins game 3 in Kuksu

Monday January 31, 2011

BC Card Cup main tournament begins. The 3rd BC Card Cup main tournament began January 31 with 64 participants from Korea, China, Japan, and Taiwan all competing to make it through the first round. Several first-round matches resulted in upsets for top contenders. Kong Jie 9P lost to Tan Xiao 5P, Cho Chikun 9P lost to Yan Huan 5P, Kim Hyunseob 2P lost to Korean amateur Hong Moojin and, while not an upset per se, last year’s BC Card Cup runner-up Chang Hao 9P lost to Lee Younggu 8P. Round two will begin on February 17th. Choi Cheolhan wins the Chunwon. Choi Cheolhan 9P (l in photo) won his first national title of the year on January 27, the Chunwon (Tengen). Choi defeated Lee Taehyun 3P (r) by resignation in the the third round of the 15th Chunwon, sweeping the five-game series, 3-0. With his recent international win in the Nongshim Cup, his 2-1 lead over Lee Changho 9P in the Kuksu final, and his strong showing in other ongoing tournaments, 2011 is shaping up very well for Choi. Xie Yimin wins game 1 in Female Kisei. On January 27, defending champion Xie Yimin 5P defeated Umezawa Yukari 5P by 9.5 points in the first round of the 14th Female Kisei title match. This year’s match up between Xie and Umezawa is a repeat of last year’s title match when Xie swept the series – two games to none. With Xie’s first-round win, Umezawa must now win the remaining two rounds if she hopes to take the title away from Xie. Cho U evens the score in Kisei. In the second round of the 35th Kisei, Cho U 9P evened the series to 1-1 by defeating Iyama Yuta 9P by resignation on January 26-27. The third round will be played on February 2-3. Choi Cheolhan wins game 3 in Kuksu. Choi Cheolhan 9P is only one game away from becoming the new Kuksu. He defeated Lee Changho 9P by resignation in the third round of the 54th Kuksu on January 25, and leads the series 2-1. Choi is no newcomer to the Kuksu title. He has won the Kuksu twice before, in 2004 and 2005, and participated in the title match four times including this year. Lee, on the other hand, has won the Kuksu 10 times and participated in the title match 18 times including this year. The fourth round will be played on February 14th.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP January 18-24: Kim Yunyoung vs. Rui Naiwei in Female Kuksu final; Lee Sedol falls to Mok Jinseok in Maxim Cup; Korea wins the Nongshim again

Monday January 24, 2011

Kim Yunyoung vs. Rui Naiwei in Female Kuksu final. Rui Naiwei 9P defeated Kim Hyeoilim 1P by resignation in the 16th Female Kuksu semifinals, which was held on January 20. Rui, the defending Female Kuksu title holder, will face Kim Yunyoung 1P in the title match. This should be an interesting three-game series. Kim has defeated Rui in the past, most recently in the first round of the 4th Female Gisung where Kim went on to capture the title. Lee Sedol falls to Mok Jinseok in Maxim Cup. On January 20, in the third round of the 12th Maxim Cup, Mok Jinseok 9P defeated Lee Sedol 9P by resignation after 163 moves. Mok will play the winner of the third-round match between Lee Changho 9P and Cho Hunhyun 9P, which will be played on February 2nd. Korea wins the Nongshim again. For a third straight year in a row Korea has won the Nongshim Cup. On January 20, Korea’s Choi Cheolhan 9P (l in match photo) defeated China’s Kong Jie 9P (r) by resignation in the final stage of the 12th Nongshim Cup. Choi has been playing very well as of late and gave Team Korea their 10th Nongshim Cup title. On January 19, Japan was eliminated when Choi defeated Yuki Satoshi 9P by resignation in the second round of stage three.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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Missingham Promoted to 5 Dan

Saturday January 22, 2011

Teen go prodigy Joanne Missingham, better known in China as Hēi Jiā Jiā, has had a very good year. She took 2nd place in the first Bing Sheng World Ladies cup, scored 2-1 at the Asian New Star Cup — where she was the only Taiwanese player to win in the Korea-Taiwan match — and won the qualification league of the 3rd Qisheng cup with a perfect 5-0 score. The Taiwan Qi-Yuan has now promoted her to 5 dan in recognition of her accomplishments. Missingham turned pro in 2008, at the age of 14, (E-J 7-28-08) and is proving herself a formidable international competitor. UnlimitedGo has reported on her activities several times, and one can see her recent victory against Lin Yuxiang here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Hei Jiajia at the 1st Bingsheng Cup

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Go Community To Attend White House Event Welcoming Chinese President

Monday January 17, 2011

When President Hu Jintao of China arrives at the White House this Wednesday, the U.S. go community will be there. President Obama brought President Hu a go board and glass bowls when he visited China last year, and has invited Feng Yun 9P, who donated a set of go stones given to her when she left China, North Carolina’s Frank Salantrie – who made the board — the West Coast glass blower who made the bowls, and American Go Association President Allan Abramson and AGA Board member Paul Celmer to participate in the arrival ceremony. “Obviously, we’re incredibly thrilled and honored that go is playing such a visible role in this high-profile event,” said Abramson. “With the game emphasizing the long view, as well as trades between the players instead of all-out victory, we think go is the perfect metaphor for better relations among all people.” photos by Peter Armenia
For more on this, see Kitty Felde’s Go” diplomacy to be used with China’s President Hu?

WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP January 11-17: Moon Sweeps Stage 1 in Jeongganjang Cup; Iyama Yuta Wins Game 1 in Kisei; Kuksu final tied at 1-1; KBS final shaping up

Monday January 17, 2011

Moon sweeps stage 1 in Jeongganjang Cup. Moon Dowon 2P (r in photo) swept the first stage, seven-game series in the 9th Jeongganjang Cup. In the last game on January 14, she defeated Japan’s Suzuki Ayumi 5P (l) by 3.5 points, leaving Team Japan with only one player (Yoshida Mika 8P) left going into the second stage. Moon’s seven straight wins leaves Team Korea intact with all five players, while Team China remains with only two players (Rui Naiwei 9P and Tang Yi 2P). Moon will play China’s Tang in the first round of stage two on March 22nd. Regardless of how the second stage unfolds, the remarkable rise of Moon Dowon throughout this tournament is one of those career markers that will be remembered for some time. Earlier results: round 6, round 5, round 4, and last week’s round-up. Iyama Yuta wins game 1 in Kisei. Day two in the first round of the 35th Kisei final gave Iyama Yuta 9P the win by resignation over defending Kisei champion Cho U 9P. Iyama thus takes a 1-0 lead in this seven-game series. Cho won the title last year for the first time in his career, which also marked his first time contending for the title. Likewise, this is Iyama’s first Kisei title match. The second round will begin on January 26th. Kuksu final tied at 1-1. On January 14, Choi Cheolhan 9P defeated Lee Changho 9P by resignation in the second round. The five-game series is now tied at 1-1. The third round will be played on February 14th. In the first round, Lee defeated Choi by resignation after only 136 moves on January 12. This was a significant win for Lee given the difficulties with his game over the past several months and the need to defend his title. KBS final shaping up. In the final round of the 29th KBS Cup winner’s bracket on January 10, Park Junghwan 9P defeated Baek Hongsuk 7P by resignation, thus advancing Park to the KBS title match while pushing Baek into the loser’s bracket. Because the KBS tournament is divided into two brackets, Baek’s loss to Park in the winner’s final does not mean that Baek is out of KBS title contention. He will have a second chance to advance to the title match in the loser’s final on January 31st when he faces Lee Sedol 9P who defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P by resignation in semifinal play. The winner of that match will then face Park Junghwan for the KBS title.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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Flying Finn wins London Open

Monday January 17, 2011

Antti Tormanen 6d (l) of Finland bested favorite Wang Wei 6d in the London Open at the end of December. Wang, who had just moved from Cork to London, but is originally from China, was favored for the Open – held December 28-31 — after being the previous year’s runner up, and indeed, after four rounds only he and Tormanen were unbeaten at the top. But when the two players faced off in round 5, the Fin won after an epic battle, and then won his last two games to complete his sweep and take first place. Wei Wang also won the rest of his games to end on six wins and take second place. CLICK HERE for the full results.

Man triumphed decisively in the Man-Machine Challenge, sponsored by the British Go Association and held in parallel with the London Open. John Tromp 2d won 4-0 and went away $1000 richer courtesy of Darren Cook, who was using Many Faces of Go on his laptop. Tromp, who felt the result didn’t reflect the closeness of the games, said that he wasn’t going to repeat his bet, as he expected to lose in a couple of years if the computer continues improving at the current rate.

The 2010 London Open was again sponsored by Pandanet and Winton Capital Management, but attendance was down slightly, no doubt due to the extremely cold weather and snow-related travel difficulties that immediately preceded Christmas. Luckily this had disappeared by the time the London Open started and 99 players turned up to play in this by now traditional 4-day event, which finishes up on New Year’s Eve.

Tormanen, who hails from Oulu in Finland, also won at least one blitz game against Guo Juan 5P at the New Year’s Eve party, during a series of games that was a serious treat to watch and listen to for those attending. Guo, from Amsterdam, was again resident professional, providing game commentaries and lectures throughout the tournament. Although she didn’t play in the Open, she played in the Pair Go Tournament and won, partnered by Ian Davis from Belfast. She also kindly provided a €100 sponsorship for this year’s London Open on her audio site; certificates are given to five young deserving players, each worth 20 audio lectures.

The Lightning was won by Jukka Jylanki 9k from Finland, who beat Andrew Kay 4d from the UK) in the final. The final event was a casual Rengo event after the tournament proper had been closed, and before the New Year’s party, which was won by Frenchmen Arnaud Knippel and Michael White, who attributed their success to brand new hats worn throughout. Geoff Kaniuk and Jenny Radcliffe were the tournament’s main organizers, supported by chief referee Nick Wedd, Tony Atkins and many others. This was Kaniuk’s last year as London Open Tournament Director, after many years of extraordinarily dedicated service and hard work.
- excerpted from Jon Diamond’s report on the British Go Association’s website, which includes all top-board game records and photo galleries of both the main and Pair Go tournaments

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Go Featured at Japan Day at Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Sunday January 16, 2011

By setting up tables in the corridor at Hebrew University’s mid-December “Japan Day” in Jerusalem, go organizers Shavit Fragman and Barak Gluska “trapped many of them in ‘geta’ and made them stop, look, ask and learn about go,” reports Fragman. A Hebrew University graduate, Fragman said the school’s spacious Maiersdorf building – where the Japan Day activities were held – was “an ideal place to promote go.” Some students were new to game, while others had played it years ago, and Fragman says that “Some were very enthusiastic about opening a club at the campus.” Nearby, a group of students sang some Japanese songs, a tea ceremony workshop attracted interest, and an artist named Noda gave a lecture about Japanese wood printings. Officials from the Japanese embassy’s culture department visited the Japan Day events, and Professor Ben Ami Shiloni lectured about the relations and differences between Japanese and Jewish traditions, featuring many anecdotes and insights. “Special thanks go to Hadas Kushelevich, a Masters student at the East Asia studies, who organized the event and supported our success,” adds Fragman, “As Hadas proposed, we will organize a go evening at the student’s Bar-Aton club.” Click here www.go-mind.com/gallery.php for a gallery of event photos.

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP December 21 – January 10: Korea’s Moon Dowon keeps winning in Jeongganjang; Lee Changho out of Siptan; Kong Jie advances; Women’s Myeongin final set; Kuksu final set; Maxim round 2

Monday January 10, 2011

Moon Dowon continues her winning streak in Jeongganjang Cup: Korea’s Moon Dowon 2P (r in photo) kept Team Korea on top with her win over Japan’s Chinen Kaori 4P (l) in the third round of the 9th Jeongganjang Cup on January 10th. This was another decisive win for Moon, defeating Chinen by 10.5 points. Round four will be played January 11th. Game records from earlier rounds can be found here. Lee Changho knocked out of Siptan: In another of a series of losses, Lee Changho 9P was knocked out of the 6th Siptan by Lee Younggu 8P in the third round of play. Lee lost ground early on and was never able to sufficiently recover and resigned after 152 moves. The Kuksu title match between Lee Changho and Choi Cheolhan 9P is coming up on January 12th, and with Lee’s significant slump and Choi’s strong showing over the past several months, it will be an uphill battle for Lee to retain his title. Kong Jie advances to quarterfinals in RICOH Cup: In the third round of the 11th RICOH Cup, curent title holder Kong Jie 9P defeated Qiu Jun 8P by resignation. Cho Hyeyeon advances to women’s Myeongin final: In the 12th Female Myeongin challenger decision match, Cho Hyeyeon 9P defeated Park Jieun 9P by a decisive 9.5 points. Cho who was recently promoted to 9 dan will now face defending champion Rui Naiwei 9P for the title. This will be the eighth time since 2003 that Rui Naiwei and Cho Hyeyeon have faced each other for the Myeongin title. Cho has won the title only once, in 2004, against Rui. The title match is a best of three series that will begin on January 13th. Lee Changho and Choi Cheolhan in Kuksu Final: In the third and final round of the 54th Kuksu challenger decision match, Choi Cheolhan 9P  defeated Kim Jiseok 7P by resignation. Choi will now face current Kuksu holder Lee Changho 9P in the title match. This will be Choi’s fourth time playing in the Kuksu final. He has won the title twice and lost it once, all three previous matches were against Lee Changho. Lee has played in the Kuksu final eighteen times since 1990 and won the title ten times. Round 2 Maxim Cup Results: Defending champion Choi Cheolhan 9P defeated Yang Jaeho 9P by resignation in second-round play of the 12th Maxim Cup. In other second-round play, Kang Dongyun 9P defeated Won Sungjin 9P by resignation.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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Thursday December 23, 2010

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