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GO IN THE NEWS: Go Kinect, TechCrunching Go, Go Q&A, Augmented Reality Go, Zatoichi & The Two Blind Go Players

Sunday October 24, 2010

Go Kinect: A mini go board and stones appears in the very first scene of the October 19 TV ad launching Kinect for Xbox 360  (Paul Barchilon) TechCrunching Go: The major tech blog TechCrunch recently featured a website called Go vs Go in an article about RoR development; CLICK HERE to check it out. (Jonathan Tien) Go Q&A: A new Go Q&A stack exchange site is looking for critical mass to get started.  (Nicholas Roussos) Augmented Reality Go: An MIT conference featured two go systems similar to that reported on at the recent Digital Contents Expo 2010 in Tokyo (GO IN THE NEWS: Playing Lightly 10/14 EJ): Augmented Reality Go game version 2 for TEI’10 demo and ARGO: Go augmentation for beginner’s training support (Ramon Mercado) Zatoichi & The Two Blind Go Players: “Last night we were watching the pulp samurai flick, Zatoichi and the Festival of Fire (1970, directed by Kenji Misumi), and there was a short but amusing go scene towards the end between two blind contestants.” reports Mark Gilston

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Sunday October 24, 2010

Are you just finding out that ‘Killer Of Go” Sakata Eio died last Thursday? Or that there’s still time to sign up for the upcoming workshops with Tadashi Sasaki 8P? Switch your E-Journal subscription to get the EJ whenever news is posted! Just click on “Update your profile” at the bottom of the E-Journal and you can choose either the daily (much shorter updates several times a week) or weekly editions, as well as your preferred format. That way you’ll be the first to know when U.S. REP JIE LIANG 7D TAKES FOURTH IN KOREAN P.M. CUP or XIE HE 7P GIVES CHINA 1ST STAGE IN NONGSHIM CUP (both reported in yesterday’s EJ). PLUS: Member’s Edition content is often published several days ahead of the weekly EJ, and you’ll get that early as well.

XIE HE 7P GIVES CHINA 1ST STAGE IN NONGSHIM CUP

Sunday October 24, 2010

Xie He 7P defeated both Lee Sedol 9P and Japan’s Sakai Hideyuki 8P last week in rounds three and four of the 12th Nongshim Cup. Both games were won by resignation, giving China the first stage in this three stage international tournament. The second stage will begin on November 29th.
- JustPlayGo for game record

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U.S. REP JIE LIANG 7D TAKES 4TH IN KOREAN P.M. CUP

Sunday October 24, 2010

Jie Liang 7D (r), the U.S. representative to the Korean Prime Minister’s Cup, finished in fourth place with a 6-1 record, reported American Go Association President Allan Abramson on Sunday, October 24. Liang defeated Italy, Hungary, Serbia, Indonesia, Israel, and Slovakia, losing to 18-year-old Artem Kachanovskyy of the Ukraine in the sixth round. Artem played for the championship, but lost to the undefeated champion, Sang-Hun Lee of Korea. Yoshiyuki Tschimune of Japan took second, and Yuqing Hu of China took third, both also with 6-1 records. Kachanovskyy was fifth, followed by 13-year-old Hung Yuan Yeh of Tapei in sixth, 16-year-old Ryan Li of Canada in seventh, Guyu Liu of Australia in eighth, Juri Kuronen of Finland in ninth, and Ondrej Silt of the Czech Republic in tenth place. This year, the 72-player KPMG took place in Changwon, near the South Coast of South Korea. It is a “new” town of about a million, with a governmental focus on industry and green policies. “About 400 other players participated in a one-day district tournament,” Abramson adds, “including many children, and a women’s section. The Korean press was much in evidence.” Click here for official news and results and here for Abramson’s photos. photo: Jie Liang (r) plays Italy’s Allessandro Scolavino in the first round

‘KILLER OF GO” SAKATA EIO DIES AT 90

Saturday October 23, 2010

The legendary Sakata Eio 9P died Thursday, October 21 at the age of 90. Perhaps best-known in the West as the author of the indispensable Killer of Go, Sakata — nicknamed “The Razor” — became a professional go player in 1935. In his first title match — the 1951 Honinbo – Sakata was under pressure to win the title back for the Nihon Ki-in and though he won the first three matches, Hashimoto Utaro fought back and won the final four games to keep the Honinbo title. Afterwards, Sakata went on to win a couple of small titles which were the start of a meteoric run of major wins in which he won almost all of the titles in Japan except the Honinbo. In 1961 he once again challenged for the Honinbo, this time winning and taking it from Takagawa Kaku, who had held the title for nine straight years straight. Sakata then captured the Meijin in 1963, making him the first player to simultaneously hold both titles, which at the time were the biggest titles in Japan. Sakata’s strongest year was 1964, when he won 30 games, lost just two and held seven major titles: Meijin, Honinbo, Nihon Ki-in Championship, Asahi Pro Best Ten, Oza, Nihon Kiin#1, and NHK Cup. Sakata’s professional career waned in 1965, when he lost the Meijin to 23-year-old Rin Kaiho. Sakata challenged two years in a row but could not win the Meijin back and though he then lost the Honinbo to Rin as well, Sakata went on to win many other titles, including the Judan and Oza. In addition to Killer of Go, Sakata’s books in English include Modern Joseki and Fuseki, The Middle Game of Go, and Tesuji and Anti-Suji of Go. In his LifeIn19x19 memory of Sakata’s 1986 visit to the U.S. Go Congress, Keith Arnold recommends “the late Nakayama’s essay regarding a game between Sakata and Shuko – a wonderful game and a wonderful story that truly makes you feel like you are in the room with him. The moment when he exclaims in frustration ‘This shows how hopeless I am at go’ and his genuine anger when the players at the next board burst out in laughter is priceless. As was he.”
- Chris Garlock, adapted from Wikipedia

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP October 12-18: Samsung Cup Rounds 1 & 2

Monday October 18, 2010

Three Koreans & One Chinese Player Advance to Samsung Cup Semis. In second-round play on October 14, Kim Jiseok 7P, Park Junghwan 8P, and Heo Yeongho 7P of Korea and Gu Li 9P of China advanced to the semi-finals.  The semi-finals will be played November 1-4 as three-game series with Kim Jiseok playing Gu Li and Heo Yeongho playing Park Junghwan.  In the second round, Kim Jiseok defeated Kong Jie 9P, Gu Li defeated Lee Sedol 9P, Park Junghwan defeated Won Sungjin 9P, and Heo Yeongho defeated Wang Lei 6P (game records).  In the first round, played on October 13, there were no major surprises. Kong Jie defeated Lee Changho 9P by resignation in a fairly short game of 142 moves. Lee Sedol defeated Yamashita Keigo 9P by resignation after coming back from a deficit during the middle game. Kim Jiseok defeated Park Jiyeon 2P, and Gu Li defeated Han Sanghoon 5P. In other first round results, Heo Yeongho defeated Wang Tao 3P, Won Sungjin defeated Zhou Ruiyang 5P, Wang Lei defeated Park Yeonghun 9P, and Park Junghwan defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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U.S. 15TH IN INT’L PAIR GO CHAMPIONSHIPS

Monday October 18, 2010

The US team of Curtis Tang and Wanyu Chen (left) placed 15th — out of 32 — in the the 21st annual International Amateur Pair Go Championships in Tokyo, finishing with a record of 3-2. Canada finished 3-2 in 10th place. Tang and Chen won against Slovakia, Sweden and Thailand, and lost to two strong Japanese pairs. The overall winners were the Korean pair of Song Hong Suk and Lee Yeongju. Second and third went to two Japanese pairs.
- report/photo by Allan Abramson; click here for more photos

IYAMA YUTA SWEEPS MEIJIN

Monday October 11, 2010

Iyama Yuta 9P (l) defeated Takao Shinji 9P by resignation on October 6 and 7 in game four of the 35th Meijin title match, winning the title 4-0. This is Iyama’s second consecutive Meijin title win.
- JustPlayGo

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP October 5-11: Won Sungjin Wins Round 1 in Caltex Cup; Park Yeonghun vs. Won Sungjin in Myeongin Title Match

Monday October 11, 2010

Won Sungjin Wins Round 1 in Caltex Cup. Won Sungjin 9P defeated Park Yeonghun 9P by resignation in the first round of the 15th GS Caltex Cup challenger decision match. The winner of this best-of-three series will face Cho Hanseung 9P who is the current Caltex Cup title holder. Last year’s Caltex Cup title match was between Cho Hanseung and Park Yeonghun, with Cho winning 3-1. Park Yeonghun vs. Won Sungjin in Myeongin Title Match. In the third and final round of the 38th Myeongin semifinals, Park Yeonghun 9P (r in photo) defeated Lee Changho 9P (l) by resignation after 253 moves. Park will now face Won Sungjin 9P for the title in a best of five series. This will be Park’s first Myeongin title match and Won’s second attempt at securing the title. Won lost to Lee Changho 3-1 in last year’s Myeongin.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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CHOW WINS SOUTH AFRICA CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIP

Monday October 11, 2010

Victor Chow won the 2010 South Africa Closed Championship last month. The tournament was held in the library of Bergvliet High School in Cape Town September 24th to 26th. Of the 8 players who qualified, four were based in the Cape and four in Gauteng. Chow, being so much stronger than the others, was given special permission to play his games beforehand, and as usual, there were a number of upsets, time pressure finishes, wins against the run of play and exciting battles. Notably Konrad Scheffler finished most games in byo-omi, his game against John Leuner requiring 8 moves in just 12 seconds. Second-place finisher Welile Gogotshe also won the 2010 Soweto Open Go Tournament, held on September 12.There was a great friendly atmosphere to the tournament which contrasted with the intense competitive spirit in which the games were played. On Saturday night the players and wives/children went to a local restaurant for a meal together. Click here for more news from South African go clubs.
WINNER’S REPORT: Champion: Victor Chow; 2nd: Welile Gogotshe (promoted to 2d); 3rd: Konrad Scheffler; 4th: John Leuner; Andre Connell, Andrew Davies, Sam Scott had 2 points each and Chris Welsh had one point.
- Lloyd Rubidge, South African Correspondent for the E-Journal

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