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This Week’s Go Calendar: Arlington, Boulder, Sacramento

Monday December 10, 2012

December 15: Arlington, VA
NOVA presents Slate & Shell Open
Gary Smith gary@novagoclub.org 703-254-6429

December 15: Boulder, CO
Rocky Mountain Winter Go Tourney
Paul Barchilon shimari@comcast.net 303-440-7124

December 15: Sacramento, CA
Davis/Sacramento Winter Quarterly
Willard Haynes willard@emeritus.csus.edu 916-929-6112

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Chen Yaoye to challenge Lee Sedol for Chunlan Cup

Monday December 10, 2012

Lee Sedol 9P (l), the lone Korean to make it to the semifinals of the Chunlan Cup,will defend his title against Chen Yaoye 9P (r), the number one ranked player in China.

Vying for his first international title, Chen was a child prodigy, becoming a pro at 10 years-old. He also broke a record for youngest player to become a 9-Dan professional, coincidentally after losing to Lee in the 2007 Asian TV Cup, the last time they played each other in an international final.

Lee, on the other hand, has won every major international title except the Ing Cup. Last year he defeated China’s Xie He in the final to win the Chunlan Cup.

The quarter finals December 4-5 in Hangzhou, China included Jiang Weijie 9P, Piao Wenyao 9P, Kong Jie 9P, Won Seongjin 9P, Kim Jiseok 8P and Park Junghwan 9P.

Chen defeated Jiang Weije 9P, and Lee bested Kong Jie 9P in the semifinals on December 6th to earn their spots in the final, a best-of-3 match early next year, though the exact dates have not yet been set.

The Chunlan Cup is sponsored by Chunlan Group, a Chinese conglomerate with interests in the air conditioning, domestic appliance, automotive, finance and alternative energy industries. The tournament uses Chinese rules, with a komi of 7.5 points, and offers a prize of $150,000 USD to the winner.

Adapted from a report on Go Game Guru; click for game records and more information. Edited by Ben Williams

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E-Journal Website Team Members Wanted

Monday December 10, 2012

The American Go E-Journal team has a few immediate openings for dedicated, talented volunteers who want to help maintain and expand the American Go Association’s online presence and build the global go community. Positions include System Admin and MailChimp Admin, as well as website authors, editors and technicians. For more details on position duties and qualifications, email journal@usgo.org

 

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Kim Myung-wan 9P to Comment Live on Samsung Cup Final

Saturday December 8, 2012

Kim Myung-wan 9p will be providing live game commentary on the upcoming contest between Gu Li 9P, one of China’s strongest players, and Lee Sedol 9P, Korea’s strongest player, in the final of the 17th Samsung Cup. The match will take place in Shanghai on Dec. 11-13, and Kim’s live English-language commentary will be on the Tygem go server the first 15 minutes of every hour on Tygem’s  “Korea 1″ server.  The games, which could last four or five hours, are set to start at 6p West Coast time (9p EST), on Dec. 10, 11 and 12. In their lifetime record against each other, Gu Li has a slight lead of 15-14. photo: Kim Myung-wan 9p at the 2012 Cotsen Open/AGA-Tygem Pro Qualifier; photo by Chris Garlock

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Sooil Kim Tops Atlanta Mega Mart Go Tournament

Saturday December 8, 2012

Sooil Kim (center) took first place in the December 1 Atlanta Mega Mart Go Tournament A section; Vladimir Rerikh (right) was second and Neirong Xiao (left) was third. The Atlanta Go Club hosted, with the sponsorship of Mega Mart, a local Korean supermarket. “This is the second time Mega Mart has sponsored a go tournament and it plans to continue to support go activity in metro Atlanta in the future,” reports organizer Jeffery Kerlagon. Cash and gift cards totaling $700 were awarded as prizes to top winners winners in four divisions. The one-day, three-round event was attended by 35 players. “While the Georgia Bulldogs were getting defeated by Alabama in football, the Atlanta go community faced strong competition from Tennessee,” says Kerlagon. Yin Huasong & Shawn Ray from Tennessee took 1st place in their respective divisions, while Sooil Kim was a repeat winner from last year in one of the High Dan Divisions. “Everyone had a great time and it was very inspiring to see go players from Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia battle it out over the go boards. Young Brandon Zhou, although not placing in this tournament showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.” The Atlanta Chinese Go Association and the Korean Chess Club bring many strong players to this competition.

Winner’s Report: High Dan Division A 1st place – Sooil Kim; 2nd place – Vladimir Rerikh; 3rd place – Neirong Xiao.
High Dan Division B 1st place – Yin Huasong; 2nd place – Won So Choe; 3rd place – Frank Luo
Dan Division 1st place – Shawn Ray; 2nd place – TIE between Danni Chen & Lixian Liu; 3rd place – Seth Cardew
Kyu Division 1st place – Jackson Zhang; 2nd place – Hiroshi Yamane
photo by Jeff Kerlagon 

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Last Call for US–Cuba Friendship Games

Saturday December 8, 2012

Time is running out to join a group of US players traveling to Havana, Cuba February 15 – 21, 2013. The trip is being organized to play go with counterparts in the Cuban go community as part of a “people to people” trip conducted under a US Treasury Department license for such travel. “Using go as a way to forge links between people of different countries, especially countries whose relations are as fraught as Cuba and the US, is very much in line with the vision of Iwamoto-sensei,” says AGA President Andy Okun. “This is a wonderful opportunity.” Besides a go competition February 16-17, the trip will also feature an itinerary of cultural/educational activities such as a visit to Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s home in Cuba. “It is still possible to add additional travelers, but it is necessary to act quickly,” says organizer Robert Gilman. “Though there is not a definite deadline at this time, the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to accommodate additional travelers.” Email goincuba@gmail.com for information.

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EuroGoTV Update: December 08

Saturday December 8, 2012

La Pedra Diciembre 2012: The La Pedra Diciembre, played on 12/01 in Barcelona, Spain, was won by Carles Mitjans 6k, in second was Gerard Morera 7k and third was Bruno Domenjoud 16k… Serbian women Go championship 2012: The Serbian women Go championship 2012, played on 12/01 in Nis, Serbia, was won by Marta Jorgacevic 9k, second was Maja Mitic 17k and third was Bilijana Mirkovic 20k… 38th Serbian championship: The 38th Serbian championship (r), played from 11/30-12/02 in Nis, Serbia, was won by Dusan Mitic 6d, second was Lazar Manjlovic 5d and third was Milosav Jukic 5d… Ukrainian Championship (Hight League) 2012 (12/05): The Ukrainian Championship (Hight League) 2012, played from 11/24-12/02 in Kyiv, Ukraine, was won by Andrii Kravets 6d (left), second was Bohdan Zhurakovskyi 5d and thrid was Volodymyr Kokozei 4d… Austrian Championship Finals 2012: The Austrian Championship Finals 2012, took place last weekend; Schayan Hamrah 4d and defending his title of Austrian Champion managed to defeat tournament favorite Viktor Lin 5, but Schayan lost to last year’s runner up Martin Unger 3d in a previous round, Schayan and Viktor will play the decisive game in two weeks to determine the Austrian Champion 2012… Offene Trierer Jugendmeisterschaft 2012: The Offene Trierer Jugendmeisterschaft 2012 played on 12/02 in Trier, Germany, was won by Emanuel Schaaf 9k, in second was Ryoichi Katoh 6k and third was Yu-Kai Law 7k… La Carboneria 2012: The La Carboneria, played on 12/01 in Sevilla, Spain, was won by Raul Aguilera 7k, second was Adrian Dominguez 9k and third was Miguel Cases 10k… Cyprus Go Championship 2012 (r): Dimitris Regginos 1d successfully defended Cyprus Go Championship title 12/01-02 in Nicosia, Cyprus (report/photo by EJ Cyprus correspondent Nicholas Roussos). Polish Championship Side Tournament 2012: The Polish Championship Side Tournament, played from 12/01-02 in Katowice, Poland, was won by Dariusz Bednarczyk 3k, second was Marcel Zantman 4k and in thrid was Tomasz Podolec 4k… SirDango-Turnajaiset 2012: The SirDango-Turnajaiset 2012, played on 12/01 in Vantaa, Finland, was won by Eetu Erkkila 1d, second was Olli Pulkkinen 1d and third was Eerika Norvio 1k… 461st Velika Gorica weekend-go-tournament 2012: The 461st Velika Gorica weekend-go-tournament, played on 12/01 in Velika Gorica, Croatia, was won by Mladen Smud 1k, second was Robert Jovicic 2k and third was Nikola Primetica 4k… Polish Championship League 2012: The Polish Championship League, played from 11/29-12/02 in Katowice, Poland, was won by Stanislaw Frejlak 4d, second was Krzysztof Giedrojc 4d and third was Kamil Chwedyna 4d… Korean Ambassador`s Cup 2012: The Korean Ambassador`s Cup, played from 11/24-25 in Espoo, Finland was won by Juri Kuronen 5d, in second was Juusi Nyyssonen 4d (photo) and third was Pekka Lukkari 4d… 6th Nostalgic Cup 2012: The 6th Nostalgic Cup, played from 11/24-25 in Budapest, Hungary, was won by Bulcsu Fajszi 8k, second was Gergely Meszaros 2k and third was Judit Bovizne Detre 19k…
- adapted from EuroGoTV, which includes winner reports, crosstabs, game records and photos. Edited by Taylor Litteral

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Redmond to Provide Live Commentaries on World Mind Sports Games

Friday December 7, 2012

Michael Redmond 9P will provide live commentaries on the SportsAccord World Mind Sports Games, scheduled for December 12-19. The live broadcasts will take place on the following YouTube channel. The go section of the daily coverage will be anchored by Chris Garlock of the American Go E-Journal, with Redmond providing live commentaries on the matches.

Here’s the schedule of the go section of the live broadcasts:

• 12 December: 15:30 – 17:00 local time; 7:30 – 09:00 GMT
• 13 December: 17:00 – 18:00 local time; 9:00 – 10:00 GMT
• 14 December: 16:30 – 17:15 local time; 8:30 – 09:15 GMT
• 15 December: 16:15 – 17:00 local time; 8:15 – 09:00 GMT
• 16 December: 17:00 – 18:00 and 20:00~ local time; 9:00 – 10:00 and 12:00~ GMT
• 18 December: 17:00 – 18:00 local time; 9:00 – 10:00 GMT

The full schedule of broadcasts is available here.

Sun Bests Irvington in Portland

Thursday December 6, 2012

Sun Montesorri School beat Irvington Elementary School in a five person, three round, two team match, 11 wins to 4, on Sunday, Dec. 2nd. Peter Freedman and Fritz Balwit, Irvington and Sun Montesorri’s coaches, respectively, co-directed the tournament. Irvington School Chess and Go Club Parent Coordinator Jessica Nesseler-Cass transported four of the Irvington players, and Ellis’ mom contributed a loaf of banana bread.  Leading the way for Sun Montesorri with three wins was Amos, with Holden and Hansen winning twice. Rakan, Hikaru, and Tessa played in a tournament for the first time.  Rakan and Hikaru are both brand new to the game, and Tessa just began playing this summer.  Hikaru’s dad is very into Manga, which is where Hikaru found Hikaru no Go and wanted to learn the game. The venue was Mt. Tabor Church’s Taborspace, where the church generously lets us play for free on Sunday afternoons.  Full results: Round 1: Amos b. McCaleb, Hansen b. Ellis, Holden b Noah, Niko l. to Sam, Dylan b. Rakan (1st player is Montesorri, 2nd, Irvington; Round 2: Amos b. Ellis, Hansen b. McCaleb, Holden b. Sam, Nick b Noah, Hikaru (YES! A local Go player named Hikaru!) b. Rakan; Round 3: Holden l. to McCaleb, Dylan l. to Ellis, Hansen l. to Tessa, Amos b. Sam, Niko b. Hikaru. -Tourney report by Peter Freedman

Pandanet-AGA City League Registration Deadline 12/20

Thursday December 6, 2012

There are just two weeks left to join the new Pandanet-AGA City League.  This new event features year-round regional competitions between teams of players from different North American cities or regions, with a prize pot of $15,000 for the A-League.  Deadline to register is December 20, with the first season set to begin January 1, 2013 and concludes with a final round in Seattle during the 2013 US Go Congress. There are already teams registered from Brentwood TN, Memphis TN, Syracuse NY, Research Triangle NC, Boston, and Southern California.  Additional teams are being formed in DC-NOVA, the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Monica and Vancouver. “Those from other cities and regions in US, Canada, and Mexico and interested in joining should get organized soon,” say League organizers. “We look forward to a full slate of exciting competitions from many teams!”  Click here for more information, rules and registration.  Email questions to cityleague@usgo.org.