Monday August 29, 2011
The group stage of the 16th Samsung Cup finished on August 26. Unlike other go tournaments, the Samsung Cup doesn’t use a straight knockout in the round of 32. Instead, the players compete in groups of four, with two players advancing from each group. Go Game Guru has a more detailed explanation of how the Samsung Cup round of 32 works. Lee Changho 9P made it through to the next round after receiving a wildcard qualification for the group stage, which he initially expressed reservations about accepting. Unfortunately for Park Junghwan 9P (recent winner of the 24th Fujitsu Cup) and Piao Wenyao 9P (who won the 15th LG Cup in February 2011), luck was not on their side and they’ve both been eliminated. Park and Piao faced very strong competition in a group with Chen Yaoye 9P and Li Zhe 6P. Soccer fans would call this the ‘Group of Death’. The Chinese tiger cub generation are making their presence felt, as are young pros from Korea. In particular Li Xuanhao 3P and Na Hyun 1P are both only 16 years old! This promises to be a very exciting tournament. Here’s the draw for the round of 16, which will be played in Korea starting on October 4 (that’s October 3, US time).
Lee Changho 9P vs Gu Li 9P
Lee Sedol 9P vs Kong Jie 9P
Kim Junghyun 3P vs Chen Yaoye 9P
Kim Jiseok 7P vs Li Zhe 6P
Won Seongjin 9P vs Li Xuanhao 3P
Na Hyun 1P vs Peng Liyao 5P
Lee Younggu 8P vs Tan Xiao 5P
Park Younghun 9P vs Guo Wenchao 5P
- Jingning; based on her Samsung Cup reports at Go Game Guru. Photo: Li Zhe 6P (left) plays Park Junghwan 9P.
Tuesday August 23, 2011
Go Game Guru — a frequent contributor to the E-Journal — celebrated its first anniversary on August 22. A collaboration between two go players, Younggil An and David Ormerod – with regular contributions by Jingning – Go Game Guru provides reliable and well-produced international go news, as well as tips for how to improve at go, including lessons for beginners, study techniques, go problems and commentaries. Younggil An is an 8-dan professional go player with the Korean Baduk Association who won the ‘Prize of Victory of the Year’ in 1998. After completing compulsory military service, Younggil left Korea to teach and promote go around the world. He now runs Young Go Academy in Sydney, Australia and writes for Go Game Guru. Ormerod is a go enthusiast who has been playing the game for nearly ten years. In 2010, he represented Australia at the 31st World Amateur Go Championship in Hangzhou, China.
Sunday August 21, 2011
Park Younghun 9P took the World Meijin title for Korea on Saturday (August 20), defeating China’s Jiang Weijie 5P and Japan’s Iyama Yuta 9P. The 2nd World Meijin tournament – officially called the China Changde Cup, World Mingren Championship – was a contest between the domestic Meijin title holders in China, Japan and Korea. In China and Korea the titles are called Mingren and Myeongin respectively. The format of the tournament was similar to the recent Bosai Cup. There were three rounds and two wins were required to take the title. In the first round, Park defeated Iyama, securing a place in the final. Jiang, who drew a bye in round 1, eliminated Iyama in round 2. Park won the final in 132 moves, after successfully fending off Jiang’s last ditch attempt to kill one of his groups. Congratulations Park Younghun!
Correction: While we’re on topic of Park Younghun, in last week’s article: Park Junghwan Wins Fujitsu Cup, Breaks Record we incorrectly reported that Park Junghwan 9P had broken Lee Sedol 9P’s record as the youngest ever winner of the Fujitsu Cup. While it’s true that Park Junghwan now holds that record, one sharp-eyed E-Journal reader pointed out that it was in fact Park Younghun’s record that was broken. Park Younghun broke Lee’s record by almost two months when he won the Fujitsu Cup in 2004. The original article has been updated.
- Jingning; based on her original article: Park Younghun wins 2nd World Meijin at Go Game Guru. Photo: Park Younghun 9P.
Sunday August 21, 2011
American go players are being invited to participate in the 2011 Hangzhou Commercial Cup City Invitational Go Tournament, which will be held in Hangzhou October 28-November 1. One of the biggest annual amateur go tournaments in China, the Hangzhou Commercial Cup City Invitational features top competitors from all over the world, with the top prize of about $4,000. Spots are limited; if you’re interested, please contact Xingshuo Liu 7d at email@example.com. Players must pay for their own transportation and accommodation.
Saturday August 20, 2011
Cherry Shen 6d reports on her experiences this summer:
I’ve traveled to China several times before but none of my trips were quite as insightful or fun as this one. On July 22-30, a team of 11 American undergraduates and graduates had the amazing opportunity to attend the 1st U.S.-China Go Camp/College Student Exchange, simultaneously playing go and learning about China’s rich culture and history. The group consisted of 10 students (William Lockhart, Steven Palazola, Cherry Shen, David Glekel, Zachary Winoker, Michael Haskell, Michael Fodera, Dan Koch, Brian Lee, and Cole Pruitt) and one team leader (Walther Chen), most of them hailing from the East Coast . Exploring China with a group of go enthusiasts was hilarious, eye-opening, and extremely memorable. As soon as we landed from the airport, we were showered with generosity and overwhelming hospitality from the members of the Ing foundation, Mrs. Lu, translators, other go players, and everyone else. The university hotels we stayed at were great and the authentic Chinese food was incredible. Aside from the mind-blowing go-themed hotel, go schools, and go lectures hall, I also learned about the many cultural aspects of China during our trips to the Great Wall of China, Yu Garden, Shanghai Financial District, and more. The presence of go in China was so impressive, especially when we were introduced to numerous 4-5 dans who were 7/8 year-olds at the Hangzhou Go School. We also had unique opportunities to receive teaching games from professionals, meet other college go students, and tour go facilities. This journey has been unbelievably amazing and enriching; and I hope we can reciprocate this experience to future visiting Chinese college students. - Special E-J Report by Cherry Shen. Photo: At Fudan University, with various college go players.
Wednesday August 17, 2011
Thirteen-year-old Ki Jie 2p and his compatriot, ten-year-old Liao Yuanpei have conquered the World Youth Go Championships, shutting out 11 other nations who sent representatives to Bucharest, Romania, to compete. The semi finals, held this morning, August 17th, saw Ke take down Chen Cheng-Hsung 7d of Chinese Taipei in a pay-back match. Chen was the only player to beat Jie in the previous rounds, but couldn’t do it a second time. Meanwhile, Korea’s Song Sang-Hun knocked out Japan’s Koyama Kuya, setting the stage for the final showdown this afternoon. Song (at left above), was overwhelmed by Jie (at right), and forced to resign in just 102 moves. In the Junior Division US champ Aaron Ye 4d did his best against China’s Liao Yuanpei 5d, but had to resign when the situation became hopeless. Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chi-Jui 6d rose to the occasion to defeat Korea’s Lee Ye-Chan 4d, and then went on to face Liao again in the finals. Chen drew black and opened with the Low Chinese, fitting in a game with two Chinese boys under 4.5 feet tall, and seemed to be getting everything he wanted. Liao seemed perfectly happy to crawl on the second line in his own moyo, perhaps planning on demolishing Chen’s third line stones even then, ultimately forcing him to resign. SGF game records of all of these matches are available on EuroGoTV. With all the fighting on the go board, the kid’s all got a chance to have some fun on yesterday’s sightseeing tour. Everyone was delighted with Peles and Bran Castles, and the kids found time to blow of some steam playing soccer as well . New friends have been made all across the globe now, and international barriers seem small when kids like this can come together from all over the world. No one seemed happier than Yang Yu-Chia of the Ing Foundation himself, who jumped right in to play soccer with the kids even after a long day of sightseeing. The Ing Foundation has sponsored the WYGC for the past 28 years, and has made it possible for strong children to compete live internationally. Winners Report: Junior Division: 1st: Liao Yuanpei (China), 2nd: Chen Chi-Jui (Chinese Taipei), 3rd: Lee Ye-Chan (Korea), 4th: Aaron Ye (US); Senior Division: 1st: Ke Jie (China), 2nd: Song Sang-Hun (Korea), 3rd: Chen Cheng-Hsun (Chinese Taipei), 4th: Koyama Kuya (Japan). Story and photos by E-J Youth Editor Paul Barchilon, who is covering the event from Romania. Photos: Top: Song Sang-Hun 4d, Korea (l) vs. Ke Jie 2P, China (r); bottom: Liao Yuanpei 5d, China, waves to the camera while visiting Bran Castle on the day off.
Sunday August 14, 2011
Park Junghwan 9P (below) won the 24th Fujitsu Cup on August 14, defeating Qiu Jun 8P by resignation in 223 moves. The game, which was full of creative moves and severe fighting, ended in an enormous life and death struggle that Qiu lost. At just 18 years old, Park has not only taken his first major international title, but has also broken
Lee Sedol Park Younghun 9P’s record as the youngest player to win the Fujitsu Cup. However, he is not the youngest ever to win an international title; that record is still held by Lee Changho 9P. En route to the final, Park also defeated Ogata Masaki 9P, Chen Shiyuan 9P, Piao Wenyao 9P and Iyama Yuta 9P. Qiu, for his efforts, will be promoted to 9P for reaching this final.
- Jingning; based on her original reports on the 24th Fujitsu Cup, at Go Game Guru. Photos: Upper right; Qiu Jun 8P (left) and Park Junghwan 9P. Below; Park Junghwan 9P holds the Fujitsu Cup.
Saturday August 13, 2011
E-J Youth Editor Paul Barchilon reports live from Romania.
Some of the strongest kids in the world have gathered here in Bucharest, Romania, for the 28th annual World Youth Go Championship, which began this morning August 13. 22 children, from 13 different countries, have all come to the beautiful Parcul Herestrau, Bucharest’s equivalent of Central Park, with the sponsorship of the Ing Goe Foundation. Players arrived from all over the world on Friday, some as late as midnight local time. Activities began with a Team Leader meeting in the morning, where first round opponents were selected by lottery, this was followed by a presentation on the Ing Rules from Yang Yu-Chia. The first round began at 3 pm, and was broadcast live on both KGS and EuroGoTV. The opening ceremonies were held after the first round, and organizer Catalan Taranu has set a new standard by which to measure the event. Three different Romanian dance troupes performed, ranging from break dance to traditional folk dancing, and representatives from the Chinese, Korean, and Canadian Embassies were all on hand to show their support for Romanian go. Romania is at GMT +2, which makes the start time 11 pm PST in the US, but game records are available on EuroGoTV. We will be broadcasting both rounds daily (look for EuroGo TV in the English Game Room) 2 and 3 are Aug. 14, 4 & 5 will be on the 15th, and the finals will be on the 17th. I will be updating daily, with commented game records whenever possible. US Junior Champion Aaron Ye 4d, age 9, drew Liao Yunpei 5d, age 10, of China for the first match, while Senior Champion Vincent Zhuang 6d, age 15 drew Vanessa Wong 5d, also 15, of the UK. Both US players lost their first match, but spirits remain high. The Chinese team leader, Huang Yizhong 7p, was kind enough to comment both game records for the E-J – which are included here as a freebie. To get great benefits like this, join the AGA for weekly game records, a steal at only $10 for a youth membership. Photo: Liao Yuanpei 5d, China (l) vs. Aaron Ye 4d, US (r), by Paul Barchilon.
Monday July 25, 2011
Ten of America’s young players competed against Japanese insei online last Thursday, July 21, in the first-ever youth friendship matches between the two countries. The insei, who are studying professionally at the Nihon Kiin, walloped the US team with a 7-3 record. The insei played live from the Nihon Kiin, while their US counterparts were competing from all across the country. The matches were held on the Japanese Yugen no Ma Go Server, which is accessible in English through wBaduk.com. On the top board, US favorite Calvin Sun 7d lost against Shodai Hirano 6d, both boys are 14 years old. The two youngest competitors were both 9, Asami Ueno 6d (in pink bow above) and Aaron Ye 4d. Ueno got off to a good start, with a large capture in the corner, and then proceeded to create living groups effortlessly everywhere she invaded, before Ye was forced to resign. It wasn’t all losses though, Vincent Zhuang 6d, Andrew Lu 6d, and Ashish Varma 4d pulled out all the stops to win their games. Zhuang, who along with Ye will represent the US at the World Youth Go Championships in Romania next month, scored a commanding win by resignation against 11-year-old Kazuma Yamaguchi 6d, while Lu bested Saeka Iwata 6d. The darkhorse victory went to 16 year old Ashish Varma 4d, who vanquished Tomohiro Watanabe 6d, age 15. A full players gallery, with pictures, results and game records is available on Tigersmouth.org. The members edition of this story contains a commented game record on Varma’s win, by Feng Yun, 9P. AGA youth membership is a steal at only $10, and gets you commented games every week in your mailbox, click here to join.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Japanese insei at the Nihon Kiin, by Tom Urasoe.