American Go E-Journal

After Server Lag Issues, Liu-Sedol Game Reset for January 21

Sunday January 20, 2013

“Andy Liu 1p and Lee Sedol 9p started off a pretty interesting game this morning in go9dan.com’s 10-game kadoban (Andy Liu 1P Takes on Lee Sedol Sunday on go9dan.com) but ran aground when lag problems on the server  caused Lee Sedol’s clock to run out,” reports AGA President Andy Okun. “Andy had already noted the lag problem and asked if there was a way of changing the time settings but there wasn’t.” It was agreed that the two will play a new game tomorrow (Monday, January 21) at 8a EST (5a on the West Coast) with longer byo-yomi settings.  Here’s the SGF of the game up to the point of stoppage.

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Edward Kim 7d & Ho Son 7d Tie for First at Jin Chen Memorial Tournament in Seattle

Sunday January 20, 2013

Edward Kim 7d and Ho Son 7d — both undefeated — shared the first place honors for the open section of the 3rd Jin Chen Memorial Tournament, held Jan. 6 in Seattle, WA. Second place went to guest Xingshuo Liu 7d, who is a law student at Indiana University and said that she isn’t playing much now, and that she “was probably a stronger player when she was 12 years old in China.”  The tournament attracted 32 players, with five 7-dans and three 6-dans in the open section.

In the handicapped section, there were three bands for prizes: dan level, 1k-5k, and 6k+. Among the dan players, Daniel Poore placed first, Job Betcher second, and Chang Kim third. For the 1k-5k group, Jordon Betcher was first, Moon Wung Sung second, and Judith Debel third. For the 6k group, Jae Moon Kim placed first, George Schmitten second and Frank Brown third.

Tournament Directors were Daniel Top and Bill Chiles. Dennis Wheeler and Andrew Jackson recorded four top games, which are posted at the Seattle Go Center website.

Photo: Xingshuo Liu and Edward Kim during round 2 of the tournament. Report and photo by Brian Allen.

Categories: U.S./North America
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Go Classified: Players Wanted in Palm Coast, FL

Sunday January 20, 2013

Living on their sailboat in Palm Coast, Florida, Mike and Daphne Ryan are looking for Gg players in Palm Coast, St. Augustine, and Daytona Beach. Contact them at dmryan7@mac.com

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Kiseido Offering 10-15% Off English-language Go Books

Saturday January 19, 2013

Kiseido has announced a sale of 10-15% off selected English-language go books, including Cho Chikun’s Go: A Complete Introduction to the Game, Kano Yoshinori’s Graded Go Problems for Beginners series, Graded Go Problems for Dan Players and more. Order three or four books and get 10% off the listed price with free shipping; order five books or more and get 15% off the listed price with free shipping. Sale books include the Mastering the Basics Series and the Get Strong at Go Series. The sale runs through February 28, 2013

Go Classified: Players Wanted in Alexandria, VA

Saturday January 19, 2013

Looking for players at the US Patent Office, Alexandria (VA) Campus. Contact Ramon A. Mercado at rmercado@iastate.edu

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The Traveling Go Board: Blackie’s International Baduk Academy

Saturday January 19, 2013

by Lisa Schrag As visiting Americans who help run the Bay Area Go Players Association, Roger Schrag and I wanted to see first-hand how go is taught in South Korea, a country where the population is as familiar with go (called baduk in Korean) as Americans are with chess.

We visited Blackie’s International Baduk Academy (BIBA), where we were greeted by friendly teachers Kim Seung-jun 9P “Blackie” (right) and Diana Koszegi 1P (left). Two years ago, they opened BIBA’s doors in the bustling Sanbon neighborhood of Seoul. The school only accepts international students, yet the system of learning go is traditional Korean. While a student there, you are living and breathing go with a daily schedule that runs from 11 in the morning to about 10 at night. All coursework is conducted in English, and people come  from places such as Canada, Singapore, France, Germany, Serbia, the U.K., and the U.S. Students may also attend events, meet pro players at tournaments, and visit the Korean Baduk Association.

“Even if you are at BIBA for a short time, the value is in learning how to study,” explained Koszegi. The pair told us that Korean go study focuses significantly on life and death problems. “Foreigners are weak on life and death,”  Koszegi continued. “They might come in as a 3d but play more like a 5k in life and death. Korean kids who are 3d play like a 5d in life and death.” Blackie plays go professionally in addition to teaching, and I asked him if doing so much teaching weakens his game. “You don’t get weaker teaching,” he responded.  “Maybe you don’t have as much time to study, but you don’t get weaker.” The key is to not overplay during teaching games. Instead, Blackie waits for opponents to make mistakes. There is a traditional Korean go school for children just down the hall from BIBA, and BIBA students sometimes connect with the kids there for competitive games. There’s also plenty of sightseeing available when you aren’t studying go or playing foot volleyball and soccer with the BIBA gang: palaces, parks, biking along the Han River… For more information, visit BIBA’s website. For more about Seoul, check out Visit Seoul. Photos by Lisa Schrag.

Categories: Traveling Go Board
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Rising Prodigies Defeat Top Pros in Exhibition Games

Friday January 18, 2013

In a surprising series of upsets, three players, all under 16 and who turned pro earlier this year, have defeated some of the top-rated Korean players.

Byun Sangil 2P (right) was born in 1997 and became a pro in early 2012; he’s currently ranked number 18 in Korea, and recently played in the Bailing and Olleh KT Cups.

Shin Minjoon 1P  (left) and Shin Jinseo 1P (below right) both became pros this July at the “Prodigy Pro Draft qualifier for ‘young talented students under 15.” They were born in 1999 and 2000 respectively.

Top players Lee Changho 9P, Lee Sedol 9P and Choi Cheolhan 9P each agreed to play exhibition matches against the rising stars. Unexpectedly, Lee Changho and Choi lost to their respective opponents, Shin Jinseo and Shin Moonjoon.

Lee began his game with an old-fashioned opening, and took the lead, but had the game reversed through the middle and end games.

“I can’t say that much about Shin after playing only one game,” said Lee afterwards, “but he seems to be very good at making good shape and fighting. He’s already quite strong, so if he keeps studying hard, I’m sure he’ll reach the top in the near future.”

Choi’s style of play is aggressive, and served him well when he defeated Shin in the preliminary rounds of the GS Caltex Cup. However this time Shin was about to seize on an early opportunity and held up through the endgame for a 2.5 point win.

“It’s easy to improve a lot at Shin’s age,” said Choi, “and if he can win some important matches, he’ll become a great player in the future.”

Lee Sedol was the only pro who managed to hold off his opponent, defeating Byun Sangil, his former student, by half a point.

“I was quite surprised to see the results of the other two games. I know the young players are already quite strong, but it’s still very impressive,” said Lee. He added that, “this is kind of event isn’t the same as a real match, so I don’t want the youngsters to become too excited. But they should reflect on this experience and keep going.”

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

Categories: World,Youth
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EuroGoTV: January 17

Friday January 18, 2013

12 and Under Russian Championship: The 12 and Under Russian Championship, played from 01/12-13 in Moscow, Russia, was won by Valerij Kulishov 1k, second was Mikhail Dobricyn 6k and third was Kim Shakhov 5k… Barnaul Open Tournament: The Barnaul Open Tournament, played from 01/12-13 in Barnaul, Russia, was won by Evgenij Gorbachev 3d, second was Pavel Pristupa 2d and third was Zoja Gorbacheva 4k… La Carboneria played on 01/12 in Sevilla, Spain, was won by Adrian Dominguez 9k, second was David Ciudad 12k and third was Raul Aguilera 7k… Helsingin Mestaruus 2013 Avoin: The Helsingin mestaruus 2013 avoin, played on 01/12 in Helsinki, Finland, was won by Arto Heikkinen 2d, second was Anttoni Maula 1d and third was Pekka Lajunen 3d (left)Helsingin mestaruus: The Helsingin mestaruus, played from 01/12-13 in Helsinki, Finland, was won by Juri Kuronen 5d, secod was Vesa Laatikainen 5d and third was Javier-Aleksi Savolainen 5d… Campeonato Espana Femenino GO: The Campeonato Espana Femenino GO, played on 01/12 in Sevilla, Spain, was won by Sabina Rodriguez 8k, second was Elena Garrido 14k and third was Susana Ballesta 19k… Turniej o Smoczy Kamien: The Turniej o Smoczy Kamien, played from 01/12-13 in Krakow, Poland, was won by Koichiro Habu 4d, second was Kamil Chwedyna 4d (right) and third was Mateusz Chojnacki 1d… 1st Karlovac mini Tournament 2013: The first Karlovac mini Tournament 2013, played on 01/12 in Karlovac, Croatia, was won by Mladen Smud 1k, second was Vladimir Ribicic 19k and third was Lovro Furjanic 1d… Trys Karaliai 2013: The Trys Karaliai 2013, played on 01/12 in Vilnius, Lithuania, was won by Paulius Almintas 1d, second was Vidas Sadauskas 5k and third was Andrius Petrauskas 4d… Go7 Weekly Ranking 1: The Go7 Weekly Ranking 1, played on 01/12 in Vienna, Austria, was won by Peter Neubauer 5k, second was Matthias Frisch 1d and third was Christian Anderson 4k (photo Viktor Lin 5d place 5 of 11)… Children’s Convention Championship: The Children Convention Championship, played from 01/05-06 in Moscow, Russia, was won by Andrej Tkachuk 13k, secondwas Ksenia Ivanova 18k and third was Ivan Mitjushov 20k… Championship of Cheljabinsk: The Championship of Cheljabinsk, played from 01/04-05 in Cheljabinsk, Russia, was won by Sergej Sonin 2d, second was Oleg Novikov 2d and third was Konstantin Serikov 2k… Essen 2013: The Essen 2013, played from 01/12-13 in Essen, Germany, was won by Jonas Welticke 4d (right), second was Johannes Obenaus 5d and third was Matthias Terwey 4d… Decin Tournament: The Decin Tournament played from 01/12-13 in Decin, Czech Republic, was won by Lukas Podpera 5d, second was Martin Jurek 4d and third was Petr Kouba 2d… Warszawska Liga Go #1: The Warszawska Liga Go #1, played on 01/08 in Warszawa, Poland, was won by Karol Cieslak 1k, second was Dawid Jurkiewicz 1d and third was Bartosz Klimczak 3k…
- adapted from EuroGoTV, which includes winner reports, crosstabs, game records and photos. Edited by Taylor Litteral

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NA Go Convention Registration Nears 100; Daytrippers Welcomed

Friday January 18, 2013

Registration for the upcoming N.A. Go Convention is nearing 100, reports organizer Edward Zhang. The week-long event February 8-17 spans two weekends, beginning in Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ (2/8-12) and then moving to Arlington, VA (2/13-17); click here for the full schedule. Organizers are welcoming daytrippers by rewarding 3-win and 4-win players, and Zhang says that with $3,170 in cash prizes, plus trophies, books, convention certificates, and rank certificates, “everyone will win something!” Those “who can only make it one day, Saturday or Sunday, may see our event as a traditional one-day-four-round tournament, with a possibility of fifth and sixth rounds in Blitz or Pair Go at your discretion” adds Zhang. The pre-registration deadline for reduced rates has been extended to January 20. “Special thanks to Zhimin Zhang, president of Bei Dou Xing restaurant franchise in Hebei, China, for donating part of the cash prize pool,” Zhang adds. Transportation is being arranged for players traveling from New York to Parsippany; sign up here and “If there are enough requests, we will schedule a shuttle bus to pick up and drop off,” says Zhang.

Myungwan Kim 9P Live Tygem Commentary Friday on Bailing Cup Round 3; Andy Liu 1P Takes on Lee Sedol Sunday on go9dan.com

Thursday January 17, 2013

It’s going to be a busy online go weekend. On Friday, go fans can watch Myungwan Kim 9P comment on the Bailing Cup live on Tygem, as Chen Yaoye 9P (left) — down 0-2 — tries to stay alive in his battle for the title against Zhou Ruiyang 5P. And on Sunday, Andy Liu 1P will play Lee Sedol 9P on go9dan.com.

Kim’s commentary starts at 8:30p EST Friday, January 18 on the Tygem World Server, while the Liu-Sedol game is at 8a EST on Sunday, January 20 on go9dan.com.

In his online reviews of the first two games, Kim said that although Chen, currently the top player in China and considered one of the strongest players in the world, was expected to have a slight edge, “he was not able to stand up to the pressure of the championship series.” Zhou on the other hand, the number one player in China in 2011, has handled the pressure well, Kim said, “perhaps because he has played in a world championship once before.” In this best-of-five Cup, Chen will have to win all three of the remaining games to win the $300,000 prize and the international title. Whoever prevails in the series, the winner will have his first world championship.

Sunday’s Liu-Sedol game is the first in a 10-game series against the two new U.S. professionals, Andy Liu and Gansheng Shi, and Romanian pro Catalin Taranu 5P, sponsored by the new go9dan.com server (New Go Server Launches With 10 Top Pros in $100,000 Invitational). photo: Andy Liu (right) receiving his professional certificate from Myungwan Kim 9P in August 2012 after winning the AGA-TYGEMGO Pro Tournament; photo by Steve Colburn