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LEE SEDOL ADVANCES TO BC CARD CUP FINALS

Saturday April 3, 2010

Lee Sedol 9P (r) defeated Kim Kiyoung 5P by 4.5 points in the BC Card Cup semifinal to advance to the finals, where he’ll face either Park Junghwan 7P or Chang Hao 9P for the title match.
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TWO UPSETS IN MINGREN PRELIM

Saturday April 3, 2010

Amateur Hu Yuqing 8d defeated professional Fang Jie 7P by resignation in the first round of the last

Nie Weiping (r) v.s. Tao Xin

preliminary tournament of the 23rd Mingren (Meijin) on March 30. In another surprise win, Tao Xin 4P defeated Nie Weiping 9P by a stunning 8.5 points.

- JustPlayGo
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Lee Sedol & Chang Hao To Battle For BC Card Cup

Monday March 29, 2010

Korea’s Lee Sedol 9P (r) will play China’s Chang Hao 9P in the BC Card Cup finals. Lee defeated Kim Kiyoung 5P on Saturday and Chang defeated Park Junghwan 7P on Sunday. Last year’s first BC Card Cup title match favored China, with Gu Li defeating Korea’s Cho Hanseung 3-1. This year’s title match, which begins on April 25th, will undoubtedly prove to be a very exciting series with two very strong players battling it out.
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“Let My People GO”: Fragman Posts Jewish-related Go Items

Monday March 29, 2010

Just in time for Passover, Shavit Fragman has posted several go items related to the Jewish holiday, including The Go Seder (Pessach) Plate, a Happy Pessach (Passover) card and Let My People GO – New findings on GO Baduk Weiqi history, which explores the linkage between Moses’ exodus from Egypt and the game of go. Fragman is President of the Mind Go Club, an AGA chapter in Israel.

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WORLD GO NEWS: Lee Changho Wins Kuksu; Rui Naiwei Sweeps Female Kuksu, Again; Takao Shinji Wins Daiwa Cup; Cho U 2-0 In Judan

Monday March 29, 2010

Lee Changho Wins Kuksu: It took Lee Changho 9P just 145 moves to wrap up his Kuksu title win on March 23. Lee defeated Hong Kipyo 4P by resignation in the fourth game of the 53rd Kuksu to handily win the series 3-1. This is the 10th time in his career that Lee Changho has held the Kuksu title and marks his 140th title win. The last time he won the Kuksu was in 2006.
- JustPlayGo 

Rui Naiwei Sweeps Female Kuksu, Again: Rui Naiwei (Female Kuksu) defeated Cho Hyeyeon 8P by a stunning 11.5 points in the second round of the 15th Female Kuksu on March 24. Rui swept the best-of-three series 2-0 to win her seventh Kuksu title.
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Takao Shinji Wins Daiwa Cup: Takao Shinji 9P defeated Kono Rin 9P by half a point in the final game of the 3rd Daiwa Cup Grand Champion tournament on Saturday. This is Takao’s first Daiwa Cup Grand Champion title win; he has held the Daiwa Shoken Cup title twice, in 2006 and 2007. Takao Shinji has held 14 major titles in his career, including the Honinbo, Meijin, and the Judan.
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Cho U 2-0 In Judan: Cho U (Judan) defeated Yamashita Keigo (Tengen) by 1.5 points in the second round of the 48th Judan on March 25. Cho now leads the best-of- five series 2-0. The third round will be played on April 8th.
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WORLD YOUTH DEADLINE MARCH 30

Monday March 29, 2010

The deadline for the World Youth Goe Championships (WYGC) qualifier is now March 30th.  The qualifier will be held on April 3rd, and the finals on April 10th and 11th.  The winners in each bracket will go on to compete at the WYGC in Taiwan, July 22-28.  For more information click here.

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PAIR GO WORLD CUP UPDATE

Monday March 29, 2010

In last week’s report on the recent the 2010 Pair Go World Cup (China’s Song/Xie Win Pair Go World Cup, 3/22 EJ), we failed to mention that U.S. pair Yun Feng and Jie Li were defeated in the first round of the 4 million yen championship by eventual champions Song Ronghui 5P and Xie He 7P of China. “This is an event held by the newly formed World Pair Go Association to celebrate the 20th anniversary of pair go,” reports IGF Vice President Thomas Hsiang. “The sponsors include a new Japanese company ‘Gourmet Navigator,’ or ‘Gurunami’ in Japanese, and All Nippon Airways (ANA).”

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N.A. & EUROPE OUT IN CHUNLAN CUP

Monday March 29, 2010

North America’s Mingjiu Jiang 7P was eliminated in the first round of the Chunlan Cup on Saturday in Beijing, China, as was Europe’s Csaba Mero 6d. After the second round on Sunday, the field was down to eight: Heo Yeongho 7P, Kong Jie 9P, Lee Sedol 9P, Wang Xi 9P, Xie He 7P, Cho Chikun 9P, Gu Li 9P and Gu Lingyi 5P. Lee of Korea and Japan’s Cho are the only non-Chinese players remaining. The Chunlan Cup is sponsored and hosted by The Chunlan Group of China. The beginning 24 players are shortened to 16 after the first round and the top eight players are qualified for the next round while the bottom eight play each other in a knockout tournament. Komi is 5.5 points with 3-hour time limits. The winner’s purse is 1,000,000 Yuan ($150,000). Click here for current standings, courtesy Kin’s Go News, here is the Chunlan Cup tournament line up and team members and here for game records.
- JustPlayGo 

WORLD GO NEWS: Lee Changho Takes 2-1 Lead In Kuksu; China’s Song/Xie Win Pair Go World Cup; BC Card Cup Semis To Feature Park Junghwan- Chang Hao & Lee Sedol- Kim Kiyoung; Chinese Tournament Roundup; Yuki Retains NHK Title

Monday March 22, 2010

LEE CHANGHO TAKES 2-1 LEAD IN KUKSU: Lee Changho 9P defeated Hong Kipyo 4P by resignation Friday in Round 3 of the 53th Kuksu title match to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five match; Hong had tied the match at 1-1 last Wednesday. Round 4 will be played on March 23rd.

CHINA’S SONG/XIE WIN PAIR GO WORLD CUP: China’s Song Ronghui 5P and Xie He 7P defeated Korea’s Lee Minjin 5P and Mok Jinseok 9P by resignation in the final game of the 2010 Pair Go World Cup on March 22, winning the title.

BC CARD CUP SEMIS TO FEATURE PARK JUNGHWAN- CHANG HAO & LEE SEDOL- KIM KIYOUNG: Park Junghwan 7P defeated Niu Yutian 7P by 3.5 points on Sunday to advance to the BC Card Cup semifinals, where he’ll face Chang Hao 9P, the only player left standing for China. Chang Hao defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P on Saturday to secure his berth in the semis. On Friday, Lee Sedol 9P defeated Park Yeonghun 9P by 4.5 points in the quarterfinal match of the 2nd BC Card Cup, advancing to the semifinal to play Kim Kiyoung 5P, who defeated An Choyeong 9P by 1.5 points in their quarterfinal.

CHINESE TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Wang Xi 9P defeated Piao Wenyao 5P in the final game of the 9th South-West Qiwang, winning the title. Gu Li (Mingren) defeated Shi Yue 4P by 3.5 points in the preliminary final of the 24th Tianyuan (Tengen). Gu Li will now face Chen Yaoye (Tianyuan) in the title match; Chen Yaoye took the title away from Gu Li in last year’s Tianyuan. Li He 2P defeated Wang Chenxing 2P by resignation in both the second and third rounds of the 4th Female Xinren Wang (Shinjin O), winning the title 2-1. Wang Chenxing 2P had defeated Li He 2P by 1.5 points in the first round, while Fan Tingyu 2P defeated Yan Huan 3P by resignation in the first round. Click here for game records for many of these matches.

YUKI RETAINS NHK TITLE: Yuki Satoshi defeated Iyama Yuta by 3.5 points in the final of the 57th NHK Cup on February 22 to retain his title. Click here for the game record.

WORLD GO NEWS

Monday March 8, 2010

LEE CHANGHO WINS KBS CUP: Lee Changho 9P notched his 11th KBS Cup title win on March 4, defeated Kang Dongyun 9P by resignation to win the title 2-0. This is Lee’s first title win of the year.

CHO U WINS GAME 1 IN JUDAN: Cho U (Judan) defeated Yamashita Keigo (Tengen) by resignation in the first round of the 48th Judan-sen on March 4. This is Cho U’s third Judan title match since 2004. He lost the title match to O Rissei (3:1) in 2004 and won the title against Takao Shinji (3:1) in 2009. This also is Yamashita Keigo’s third Judan title match. He lost to Cho Chikun in 2006 (3:1) and in 2007 (3:2). The 2nd round will be played on March 25th.

KONO RIN WINS NEC CUP: Kono Rin 9P took the NEC Cup from Hane Naoki on Saturday, winning the final game of the 29th Cup by resignation. This is Kono Rin’s second NEC Cup title win; the first was in 2008 against Cho Sonjin.

LEE CHANGHO WINS ROUND 1 IN KUKSU: Lee Changho 9P defeated Hong Kipyo 4P by resignation in the first round of the 53th Kuksu title match last Saturday, March 6. This is Hong’s first national title match; he was 43rd in the Korean professional standings in 2009. The Kuksu is Korea’s highest Baduk title, the winner of which is commonly considered to be Korea’s strongest player. Last year’s Kuksu champion was Lee Sedol. Round 2 will be played on March 17th.

 

GU LI SUFFERS ANOTHER DEFEAT: Gu Lingyi 5P defeated Gu Li 9P by resignation on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the 10th RICOH Cup. This was the second straight tournament loss by Gu Li in the three days (see GU LI, KONG JIE ELIMINATED FROM CCTV CUP below). Mid-level dan players have been showing their strength as of late, giving 9-dans a run for their money. At just 18, Gu Lingyi is one of China’s rising stars, reaching China’s top ten this past August. The RICOH Cup semifinals will pit Wang Lei 8P against Kong Jie 9P and Gu Lingyi 5P against Xie He 7P.

GU LI, KONG JIE ELIMINATED FROM CCTV CUP: Top players Gu Li and Kong Jie went down to defeat in the CCTV Cup last week as Zhong Wenjing 5d eliminated Kong Jie in the first round on March 4 and Zhang Wei 6P defeated Gu Li 9P by resignation in the second round on March 6.  Kong Jie was last year’s CCTV Cup winner and was expected to defend his title in the final round. Gu Li was the second of China’s top players to be eliminated by mid-level dan players. Of the eight players left in the tournament, three are 9 dan and the remaining five are either 5 or 6 dan. At least one of these mid-level dan players will advance to the final.

XIE YIMIN WINS ROUND 1 IN FEMALE MEIJIN: Xie Yimin (Female Meijin) defeated Mukai Chiaki 4P by resignation in the first game of the 22nd Female Meijin on March 3. The second round will be played on March 10th.

PARK YEONGHUN ADVANCES TO MAXIM CUP SEMIS: Park Yeonghun 9P defeated Yoo Changhyuk 9P by half a point in the third round of the 11th Maxim Cup on March 3. He will face Choi Cheolhan, the current Maxim Cup title holder, in the semifinal.
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CHINA’S MENG WINS STUDENT OZA: Meng Xiao-long of China defeated Seo Yutae from Korea in the final of the 8th World Student Oza Championship, held March 1-3 in Tokyo, Japan. The Americas were represented by Argentina’s Gabriel Benmergui, who finished 2-2 and Mexico’s Emil Garcia, who went 1-3. Europe’s Artem Kachanovsky (Ukraine) went 2-2 and Anna Prokopova (Czech Republic) finished 0-4. Click here for the results and the game-record of the final.
- Peter Dijkema

KARLSBERG BREAKS SHIKSIN’S WINNING STREAK IN KGS INSEI LEAGUE: Russian Women’s Champion Elvina Karlsberg finally broke KGS Insei League (KILL) co-founder Ilya Shiksin’s 199-game winning streak in the B-E divisions. Karlsberg beat Shiksin by half a point in a 6-player simul on March 3, collecting the prize of a collection of trick moves. Click here for the game. Results from the February League: A League: danigabi (Argentina) swept the title 13-0, ahead of artem92 (Ukraine) 11-1. B: Latmir (Ru) 7-1, Maroncsan (Hu) 11-3, Teamrocket (NL) 11-4  (all 3 moved up to A). C: azorod (Ru) 1-0, Sinprejic (US) 7-3. D: DarkArhont (Ru) 7-1, Badukboris (Germany) 7-3. E: Srgej (Ru) & lighthouse (Ger) 14-2.
- Peter Dijkema, after www.gosensations.com

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