American Go E-Journal

Your Move/Readers Write: Promoting Manga Piracy?

Saturday April 27, 2013

“Your article (New Go Manga Fansubbed 4/9/2013) shocked me that an organization I respect as much as the AGA would promote reading scanlations and/or watching fansubs,” writes John Koniges. “This is a serious issue that is killing the American Manga and Anime industry…While your intentions are to show information about a new Manga that is promoting go, you should write articles that do not encourage piracy…Whether or not someone in the United States has purchased those rights, it is still protected under copyright. Just because the Japanese companies don’t often directly sue US fansubbers doesn’t make it ok. This article clearly outlines these legal gray areas.”
Editor’s Note: The E-Journal is committed to reporting go-related news. The story notes clearly that “Pandascans reminds readers that they do not own the rights to this manga, and ask that people support the author and the publisher by purchasing the manga when/if it becomes available in the US.” and “As with Hikaru no Go, this can help build a market for a series that might not otherwise get translated.” The E-Journal similarly reported on fansubs of Hikaru no Go before it was translated, and it was a letter-writing campaign from AGA members that helped convince Shonen Jump to translate Hikaru (it was not originally going to be included in the US Shonen Jump).

 

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GoGoD to Sponsor KGS Meijin April Qualifier

Friday April 26, 2013

GoGoD (Games of Go on Disk) will be sponsoring the KGS Meijin April qualifier. “Werfeus” of Finland, a longtime KGS user, won the March qualifier. “Many strong players are joining every month and you can find fun and exciting games in the qualifiers,” says KGS’ Akane Negishi.  The single-elimination qualifier will be held on April 27-28; Round 1 starts at 12p EDT/9a PDT. Registration is still open to those who qualify for tournament entry.
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Remembering German Go Professional Hans Pietsch

Friday April 26, 2013

by Jan Engelhardt

While a number of western countries have begun hosting professionals from Japan, Korea and China to teach and promote go, westerners who have become professional go players are still very rare. So rare that thus far it’s only happened eleven times.

The only German who ever became a professional go player was Hans Pietsch, who became a professional 1-dan at the Nihon Ki-In in 1997. Born in 1968 in Bremen, Germany, Pietsch discovered go at the relatively late age of 12 but after great sucess in German and European tournaments he decided to try to become a professional in Japan. In 1990 he started as an Insei at the Nihon Ki-in Go Scool in Chiba, studying with Kobayashi Chizu, who supported him a lot from the very beginning. After seven long years he finally made pro and was promoted to 4-dan in just three years.

Pietsch’s most famous game was his 1997 half-point victory against Yoda Norimoto. An Youngil 8P recently published a very detailed commentary  about that game.

Tragically, Pietsch’s blossoming career was cut short when he was murdered 10 years ago during an armed robbery while on a promotional tour for the Nihon Ki-In in Guatemala. He was posthumously promoted to 6-dan. The German go community honors his memory annually at the ‘Hans Pietsch Memorial’ tournament, a team tournament in which schools from all over Germany take part. This year there will also be a large international tournament in Budapest. The main goal of the organizers around Csaba Mero is to keep the memory of Hans Pietsch alive

It’s impossible to know that the German go scene would look like today if it had a native professional. We can just try to follow his example in realising our dreams, keeping in mind that the time to do so can be much shorter than you think.
- Jan Engelhardt is the E-Journal’s German correspondent.Click here to see more photos.

Categories: Europe
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Jiseok Kim 9P Sweeps Lee Sedol 9P to Win GS Caltex Cup

Thursday April 25, 2013

Jiseok Kim 9pOn April 22, 23-year-old Jiseok Kim 8p made his breakout victory at the 18th GS Caltex Cup when he conquered reining champion Lee Sedol 9P. Though he had previously only won one title as an individual (the 2009 Price Information Cup), Kim swept the Caltex with a convincing 3-0 record. With three Korean Baduk League Most Valuable Player awards and his new 9-dan status, international success may not elude Kim too much longer. Lee, on the other hand, seems to be struggling: aside from this most recent defeat, he also lost the final match for the Maxim Cup to fellow 9P Junghwan Park on March 16. Whether or not he will be in top form for his rumored jubango with friend and rival Li Gu 9P, only time will tell. For more information on the GS Caltex Cup including rules and game records, visit Go Game Guru.
-Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article on Go Game Guru

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Gilman to Stand for Central Region AGA Board Seat

Thursday April 25, 2013

“Robert Gilman alone has stepped up to fill Bob Barber’s shoes for the remainder of the 2012-2014 Central Region AGA Board seat term,” reports Arnold Eudell. Central region chapters should have received their voting rights count via the AGA chapters list, Eudell adds. Ballots will be emailed April 22 and must be cast by May 1.

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Shieh Wins Enlighten Youth Tourney

Wednesday April 24, 2013

Justin Sheih 6d took top honors in the A division at the First Enlighten Youth Go Tournament, with a perfect record of 4 wins. The tournament was held in San Jose, CA, and was organized by the Enlighten Chinese School, go teacher Joe Lee, and the Santa Clara Youth Go Club.   With over 70 young go players attending,  it was one of the largest youth go tournament in the US.   The top six players in each group took home a prize, and the top four were awarded a trophy.  Thirty beginners played in the 13×13 sections, and each of them got a trophy and a prize. Report by Wenguang Wang, of the Santa Clara Youth Go Club.  Photo by Ping Yeh.

The Power Report: Iyama Catches Up in Judan Title Match

Tuesday April 23, 2013

by John Power,  Japan Correspondent for the American Go E-Journal
After losing two games in a row in the 51st Judan title match, Iyama Yuta 9P has stopped the rot and evened the series against Yuki Satoshi 9P.

The fourth game was played on Iyama’s home ground of the Kansai headquarters of the Nihon Ki-in in Kita Ward, Osaka, on April 18. This was the day that Iyama could lose his sextuple crown, so there was an unusually large press contingent in attendance, just in case.

Playing black, Iyama (right) started with a good opening and secured a slightly favourable position. He then turned this into a decisive lead by playing a sharp attacking move in the latter half of the middle game. This is Iyama’s forte: whether he is ahead or behind, he is very dangerous in the middle game, as he is always looking for the most aggressive move. He doesn’t just try to coast to
a win. In this case, he played a clamp with move 113 that cut off four white
stones and put the game out of Yuki’s reach. Yuki resigned after move 179.

After the game, the photographers from various media had to jostle with each
other to get photos of Iyama — not a sight you often see with go matches. In
an interview, Iyama expressed his relief at getting a win after two games in which ‘my play was hopeless’.

Yuki has another chance to take his second top-seven title, but psychologically this convincing win may have tilted the balance in Iyama’s favour. The final game will be played at the Kansai Ki-in, Yuki’s home ground, on Friday, April 26.
photo courtesy European Go Congress 2014 website 

Categories: Japan,John Power Report
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Pandanet AGA City League Games This Weekend

Tuesday April 23, 2013

Pandanet AGA City League rounds 4 and 5 will be played this Sunday, April 28. Leagues A and B will play their Round 5 games at 2p EST, while Leagues C and D will play their round 4 games starting at 1p EST. Find the pairings on the Pandanet schedule page.

First China-Korea-Japan Pair Go Championship Set for Next Week

Tuesday April 23, 2013

A new event, the first China-Korea-Japan Pair Go Championship, will be held next week, April 30 through May 2, in Anhui, China. The event will be broadcast on Pandanet. Three male veterans are paired with three new female stars to play in this unique event. The players are Suzuki Ayumi and Yuki Satoshi from Japan, Wang Chenxing and Chang Hao from China, and Choi Jeong and Yoo Changhyuk from Korea. Originally scheduled for early 2012 to coincide with the opening of a theme park in Anhui built on a site from the ancient “Three Nation” (san-guo) period, the China-Japan tension and the political uncertainty on the Korean Peninsula caused the postponement until now.
- Thomas Hsiang

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Waldron, Ji & Wang Top Syracuse’s Salt City Tourney

Monday April 22, 2013

A record 34 players turned out on Saturday, April 20 for Syracuse’s 6th annual Salt City Go Tournament at Manlius Pebble Hill School. Eight dan-level players participated in the tournament’s first-ever Open Division, with Phil Waldron 6d of Ottawa, Xinde Ji 5d of Syracuse, and Changtian Wang 5d of Ithaca all finishing with identical 3-1 records and receiving a total of $310 in cash prizes. In the B Division, Phil Tracy of Syracuse was the sole 4-0 winner, and Jim Gonnella, also of Syracuse and Scott Jankowski of Cheektowaga both finished with 3-1 records and took the 2nd and 3rd place prizes, respectively. In the C Division, 5th grader Wyn Pitnick won the first place prize by tie-break ahead of Howard Canaway of Utica; both won all four of their games. Seventh grader Carl Beach took 3rd place in that division with a 3-1 record.

Fifteen prizes, most of them new books provided at a discount by Slate and Shell, were awarded to the top five finishers of each division. Nine-year-old Yitian Liu 2d, who won two of his games in the Open Division, captured the highly coveted cake problem prize, his winning entry selected at random from the other correct submissions. The wife of tournament organizer Richard Moseson has baked a problem cake (above; black to move) for the paired competition each of the last six years.
- report/photos by Richard Moseson; photo: Xinde Ji (front left in vest) playing Phil Waldron (front right), Changtian Wang (to Waldron’s right). 

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