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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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Follow the E-Journal on Twitter!

Thursday December 23, 2010

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Path of Go Available on Xbox

Thursday December 23, 2010

“The Path of Go” is now available on Xbox LIVE for 400 Microsoft points ($5). “It looks from the screenshots like it plays a 9×9 game,” reports Chris Hayashida. “It uses your Xbox LIVE avatar. I haven’t tried it yet, but I might over the break.” If you’ve played The Path of Go, we’d love to hear what you think; send us your review at journal@usgo.org!

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP December 14-20: Iyama Yuta takes Daiwa Cup; Lee Sedol vs. Xie He in Chunlan; Chunwon finals set

Monday December 20, 2010

Third time’s a charm for Iyama Yuta’s Daiwa Cup win. Iyama Yuta 9P (r in photo) was finally able to capture his first Daiwa Cup championship by defeating Cho U 9P (l) by resignation in the 6th Daiwa Cup final. This was Iyama’s third Daiwa Cup title match (2007, 2009, 2010) and Cho’s second (2006, 2010). The Daiwa Cup is sponsored by Daiwa Securities Group, with a winners’ purse of 1,500,000 Yen (approximately $18,000). Lee Sedol and Xie He in Chunlan Cup Final. In the 8th Chunlan Cup semifinals, Lee Sedol 9P defeated Gu Lingyi 5P by resignation and Xie He 7P defeated Heo Yeongho 8P by resignation. The title match (TBA) between Lee and Xie is a best of three series, with a top prize of approximately $150,000. This will be the first time that either player has competed in the Chunlan Cup final. Choi Cheolhan and Lee Taehyun in Chunwon final. Choi Cheolhan 9P defeated Kim Jiseok 7P by resignation in the semifinal round of the 15th Chunwon. Choi will now face Lee Taehyun 3P in the Chunwon title match (TBA).
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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“Go On The Go” Photo Contest Announced

Thursday December 16, 2010

The Mind Go Club in Israel is sponsoring a “Go on The Go” photo competition. With many go players traveling for the upcoming holidays, organizer Shavit Fragman anticipates plenty of waiting time due to lines, weather delays and so on. “Playing go is a wonderful way to spend such time,” says Fragman, urging go players around the world to snap photos while playing “on the go” and send them in. Prizes will be awarded and a selection of photographs will be posted online during the contest, which runs through February 28, 2011. Email photos to GoOnTheGO@go-mind.com; click here for full contest details. Playing go while traveling “is also a wonderful way to promote go,” notes Fragman.

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP December 4-13: Gu Li wins Samsung Cup; Korea takes 2nd Stage in Nongshim Cup; JustPlayGo returns

Monday December 13, 2010

China’s Gu Li 9P prevailed against South Korea’s Heo Yeongho 7P to win the 15th Samsung Cup.  In the third and final match held December 10, Gu (r in photo) won by resignation to take the title 2-1.  In the second match on December 9, Heo won by resignation to force the third match. Korea’s Choi Cheolhan 9P defeated Japan’s Takao Shinji 9P by 1.5 points in the final match of the second stage of the 12th Nongshim Cup, giving Korea the stage win.  The match was played December 4. The other remaining players are Lee Changho 9P of Korea, Zhou Ruiyang 5P and Kong Jie 9P of China, and Yuki Satoshi 9P of Japan. The third and final stage will begin on January 19th, with Zhou Ruiyang challenging Choi Cheolhan in the first round. After a month-long hiatus, the JustPlayGo web site is back on the air, with its excellent English-language coverage of the Asian go tournament scene. Welcome back!
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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Couldn’t Hurt, Might Help

Monday December 13, 2010

Notice anything unusual about the female go player in the photo at right? Closer inspection reveals that she’s got acupuncture needles in her head. The photos is from the recent Asian Games, and sources tell us that “Many players on the Korean Pair Go team — Lee Chang Ho included — have used acupuncture needles to improve their performance.”  For the record, the strong Korean team won three gold medals and a bronze at the Asian Games.  The World Anti-Doping Agency does not prohibit acupuncture.

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ISRAEL’S MIND GO CLUB HOSTS JAPAN DAY WORKSHOPS ON 12/13

Monday December 6, 2010

Israel’s Mind Go Club is hosting go presentations, teaching and demonstrations of Japanese arts at the upcoming Japan Day, scheduled for Monday, December 13 at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. “Some interesting lectures by Prof. Ben Ami Shiloni and others will be given,” reports Shavit Fragman. Also featured are workshops on go, tea ceremony, ikebana (flower arranging), sushi making and  origami. Admission is free.

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