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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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FIRST SPORTACCORD WORLD MIND GAMES SET FOR 2011

Thursday November 11, 2010

The first SportAccord World Mind Games will be held in Beijing, China, in September 2011. The brand-new event will feature top players from six mind-sport games — bridge, chess, draughts, go, Chinese chess, and duplicate poker — and was announced on November 10 by Hein Verbruggen, President of SportAccord. “This event is different from the World Mind Sport Games in that it features only a small field of top players, rather than the general representation from all nations as in WMSG,” says Thomas Hsiang, Vice President of the International Go Federation and Secretary General of the International Mind Sport Association, “it is also different from the current international go competitions such as the LG Cup or Fujitsu Cup in that the new event will include top Western players, women players, and youth representation.”  The technical details will be worked out in the next few weeks, says Hsiang.

WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP November 1-8: China Sweeps LG Cup 3rd Round; Gu Li & Heo Yeongho in Samsung Cup Final

Monday November 8, 2010

China Locks Up LG Cup Semifinal Slots: After knocking Korea out of LG Cup contention November 8, China now has all four spots in the 15th LG Cup semifinals. The only game that did not pit China against Korea was between Kong Jie and Hu Yaoyu, who are both Chinese players. This is the first time in LG Cup history that the semifinals will be played exclusively among Chinese players. It’s also very possible that we will see two mid-level dan players in the final. Here are the third round results: Kong Jie 9P defeated Hu Yaoyu 8P by resignation; Meng Tailing 5P defeated An Choyeong 9P by resignation; Wang Yao 6P defeated Lee Changho 9P by resignation; and Piao Wenyao 5P defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P by resignation. The semifinals are scheduled for November 10th. Kong Jie will play Meng Tailing, and Wang Yao will play Piao Wenyao. Gu Li 9P & Heo Yeongho 7P Advance to Samsung Cup Finals. In their second-round Samsung Cup semifinal matches, which were held November 3, Gu Li (r in photo) defeated Kim Jiseok 7P by a mere half-point, and Heo Yeongho (l in photo) defeated Park Junghwan 8P by resignation, so both advance to the finals.  In the first round matches, held November 1, both won by resignation.  This will be first time that both players have made it into the Samsung final, and it will be the first international title match for Heo. As the veteran, Gu is the favorite but Heo has demonstrated his skill with some impressive wins lately. The first game of the three-round title match will be played on December 7th.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP October 25-29: Yuki Satoshi Wins First Round in Tengen; Tuo Jiaxi New Changqi Cup Champion; Won Sungjin Takes Lead in Myeongin; Lee Changho Weds

Monday November 1, 2010

Yuki Satoshi Wins First Round in Tengen: Yuki Satoshi 9P defeated defending title holder Yamashita Keigo 9P by resignation in last Friday’s first round of the 36th Tengen. This is the first Tengen title match for Yuki and the seventh for Yamashita, who has won it twice. The second round will be played on November 9th. Tuo Jiaxi New Changqi Cup Champion: In his first national title win Tuo Jiaxi 3P defeated Zhou Ruiyang 5P – who was charged with a penalty — in the third and final round of the 7th Changqi Cup title match by three points last Friday, October 29, winning the title match 2-1. Won Sungjin Takes Lead in Myeongin: Won Sungjin 9P defeated Park Yeonghun 9P by resignation last Wednesday, October 27in the in the 38th Myeongin title match third round of play, giving him a 2-1 lead. The fourth round will be played on November 9th. Lee Changho Weds: Lee Chango 9P married Cyberoro reporter Yi Doyun last Friday, October 29.
- JustPlayGo

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CONFERENCE EXPLORES EFFECTS OF GO

Sunday October 31, 2010

Exciting new research on the effect of go in the social sciences were among the presentations at the 7th International Conference on Baduk (ICOB) in South Korea on October 24. “Although there have been numerous academic studies involving baduk in the mathematics, artificial intelligence and computer science fields,” Dr. Ernest Brown (l) told the E-Journal, “this conference presented exciting research in social science, psychological and cognitive areas of study.” The conference is sponsored by the Myong-ji University Department of Baduk Studies and took place concurrently with the 5th Korea Prime Minister’s Cup (below). In recent years, Brown – clinical director of a day treatment program for adolescents in San Francisco, who presented a paper at the conference — reports, “American psychotherapists that play baduk have reported anecdotal data to suggest that baduk is useful in working with therapy clients, particularly troubled/dis-enfranchised adolescents.  However, the research being conducted in Korea and Japan is very promising for American go players who are interested in similar fields and provides an opportunity for research in America.” Brown also reports that “I also heard of a German study that demonstrated improvement in reading ability (text) as a result of playing go. The researchers in that study were looking for improvement in mathematics, but found instead that the students’ reading scores improved.” Cognitive behavioral treatments of aggressive adolescents is currently the most promising and evidence-based treatment of successful rehabilitation, Brown adds. “However, treatments of this sort are also related to the motivation of the client to practice the activities that are suggested.  This study suggests that using activities such as baduk, which students may be easily attracted to and willing to pursue, can be an aide to enhancing their cognitive processes.  Additionally, there is evidence that there is frontal lobe deficiency in aggressive adolescents.  This study is promising in pointing to the use of baduk in improving frontal lobe activity.” During his visit to Korea, Dr. Brown also visited a baduk school for children. “They have developed a sensational curriculum with many materials for teachers, including workbooks, powerpoint and cartoon/interactive video, and a huge data-base of problems and technique instruction that levels up systematically.  Some of this information is already available in English.  The information, in addition to providing a very proficient baduk curriculum, also creates a professional presentation that is would be extremely persuasive for parents.” Click here for more information. photos by Allan Abramson

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

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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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