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The Power Report (Part 1): Honinbo League’s Second Round Nearly Completed; Xie Catches Up In Women’s Honinbo Title Match; Big Week Coming Up; Three Promotions And A Retirement

Monday November 11, 2013

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal

Honinbo League’s Second Round Nearly Completed: The first round of the 69th Honinbo League was completed on the last day of its specified month of October. In the fourth game, Cho U 9P (B) defeated Sakai Hideyuki 8P by resignation. Three of the four games in the second round were played on November 6. Yamashita Keigo 9P (B) beat Cho U by resig.; Takao Shinji 9P (B) beat Sakai Hideyuki by resig. and Kono Rin 9P (B) beat Yo Seiki 7P by resig. Yamashita and Kono lead the league with two wins each. Takao and Cho are 1-1; Ida Atsushi 7P is 1-0; Yuki Satoshi 9P is 0-1; and Yo and Sakai are both 0-2. When he set a new record by winning a place in the league at the age of 18, Yo Seiki (right) was hailed as a coming star, but he has had a tough initiation into top-level play.

Xie Catches Up In Women’s Honinbo Title Match: In the fourth game of the 32nd Women’s Honinbo title match, Xie Yimin faced a kadoban (a game that might lose a series) for the first time ever in this title. Xie had black and played steadily, forcing the challenger Mukai Chiaki to resign after 189 moves. That means that the title will be decided in the fifth game on November 27.

Big Week Coming Up: There are some big games coming up this week. In the third round of the LG Cup, scheduled for November 11, Iyama Yuta will play Chen Yaoye of China and Takao Shinji will meet Tuo Jiaxi, also of China. The semifinals follow on the 14th. Back in Japan, the play-off to decide the Kisei challenger, between Yamashita Keigo and Murakawa Daisuke, will be held on the 14th.

Three Promotions And A Retirement: A win by forfeit on October 31 secured Kato Tomoko a promotion to 6-dan with 90 wins as a 5-dan. The promotion took effect the following day. Born in 1969, Kato won the Women’s Honinbo in 1992, the Women’s Meijin in 1995, the Women’s Strongest Player in 2000, and the Women’s Kakusei in 2001. Wins on November 7 earned Fujita Akihiko a promotion to 4 dans (after 50 wins) and Takeda Yoshinori a promotion to 2-dan (after 30 wins). Both promotions took effect on November 8. Kawamoto Noboru 9P, born in 1941, retired as of October 31. He was a disciple of Masubuchi Tatsuko 8P, became 1-dan in 1961 and 9-dan in 1989. He won the 8-dan section of the 9th Kisei tournament in 1984.
Tomorrow: Precise Counting At The Spicy Noodles Cup; Yuki Satoshi Breaks Losing Streak To Win Seat In New Meijin League; Kyo Wins Nakano Cup; Globis To Sponsor New International Tournament 

Categories: Japan,John Power Report
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China vs Korea: Tang Weixing to Play Lee Sedol in 2013 Samsung Cup Final

Sunday November 10, 2013

Tang Weixing secured his place in the 2013 Samsung Cup Final when he defeated Shi Yue 9p in Daejeon, Korea on November 7. Though he lost his first match, Tang’s keen eye and perseverance through games two and three led him to victory. Meanwhile, Lee Sedol 9p (left) had a similar journey on his route to the final. Korean fans worried when a misread in his first match caused Lee to surrender to opponent Wu Guangya 6p. However, he quickly recovered and sailed through games two and three.

The finals will be held December 9-12 in Suzhou, China and broadcast live on Baduk TV. Defending champion Lee will be going for his fifth Samsung Cup title while Tang will be making his international debut. If Tang wins, China will close the year as winner of all the 2013 major international tournaments. Will Lee’s veteran status be enough to carry the flag for Korea? Tune in to find out!

For more information on the 2013 Samsung Cup semifinals including photos, game records, and post-game interviews, please visit Go Game Guru.
- Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article on Go Game Guru; photo courtesy of Go Game Guru

EuroGoTV Update: Russia, Spain, Sweden

Sunday November 10, 2013

2013 spanish openRussia: Ilja Shikshin 7d defeated rival Alexander Dinerchtein 7d in the Japan Ambassador Cup in Moscow on October 27 while Dimitrij Surin 6d placed third. Spain: The XIV Spanish Open finished on November 3 with Yue Li 5d (left) in first, Shizuo Kato 6d in second, and Ignacio Cernuda 3d in third. Sweden: Also on November 3, Antti Tormanen 6d bested Yaqi Fu 6d and Klas Almrot 4d came in third at the Gothenburg Open.
Annalia Linnan,  based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

Korean Pair Wins 24th International Amateur Pair Go Championship

Sunday November 10, 2013

A photo of Kim Sooyong and Jeon JunhakKim Sooyang and Jeon Junhak, representing Korea, won the 24th International Amateur Pair Go Championship, held in Tokyo, Japan from November 2-3. The pair (at right) won with five straight wins, after a close final-round game with Oda Ayako and Nagayo Kazumori from Japan.

Lin Hungping and Lo Shengchieh, from Taiwan, were the runners up. Japan’s Oda and Nagayo finished in third place and were crowned the Japanese Amateur Pair Go Champions.

The highest finishing team from outside of Asia were Natalia Kovaleva and Dmitry Surin, from Russia, who finished 4th. Olga Silber and Benjamin Teuber, representing Germany, and Irina Davis (née Suciu) and Lucretiu Calota, from Romania, also finished strongly – in 9th and 11th place respectively.

Rita Li and Bill Lin, who represented Canada, finished in 19th place and the USA’s Amy Wang and Justin Ching finished 25th. Full results are available on the International Amateur Pair Go page.

- David Ormerod, based on a longer article at Go Game Guru. Photo: Kim Sooyong (left) and Jeon Junhak, Korean representatives.

Hwang In-seong To Guest At London Open

Sunday November 10, 2013

Hwang In-seong (left) will be special guest this year at the London Open, the UK’s  largest go tournament, which runs from December 28-31, ending with a New Year’s Eve meal and drinks (Upcoming European Tournament: London Open Go Congress, EJ 10/30).

Hwang, a Korean national, was a yeongusaeng – the equivalent of a Japanese insei – although he never made pro status. He is now resident in Europe, where he is the second highest-ranked player on the European Go Database (after Fan Hui), graded at 8d* with a GoR of 2802.

Eurogotv reported this week that Hwang will be in Berlin, Germany to play in the 16th Go to Innovation tournament November 22-24 – which he has previously won six times in a row – and the Berliner Kranich the following weekend.

Click here for Hwang’s interview with Eurogotv in May this year, where he discusses, amongst other things, his decision to quit yeongusaeng, his move to Europe and his teaching activities, including his own Yunguseng internet go academy.

Report by Tony Collman, British correspondent for the EJ. Photos: (left) Hwang teaching, courtesy of Belgian Go Federation website; (right) Hwang gives a presentation on approaching life-and-death issues at an invitational event in October at the home of Oxford City Go Club Secretary Harry Fearnley; photo by Ruth Davis.

*Although graded at 8d in Europe, Hwang styles himself as 7d since, as Harry Fearnley explains, in his native Korea no amateur is allowed a higher grade.

 

 

 

 

MGA Tournament Organizer Demonstrates Flexibility

Friday November 8, 2013

A calendar mix-up resulted in a bonus meal at the Massachusetts Go Association’s Fall Tournament on October 20 in Somerville. When TD Eva Casey discovered at the last minute that the Boylston Chess Club was double-booked, she arranged for the tournament’s first round to be held at the Dragon Garden Chinese Restaurant across the street. The only “catch” was that players would have to lunch at the Dragon Garden, which they gladly did.

” It turned out the Chess Tournament had low turnout and was over at 2pm,” Casey reports, “so we were able to share the chess space for Round 2, and had it to ourselves for Rounds 3 and 4.” A total of 27 players ranging from 20 kyu to 4 dan participated, and the three four-game winners were Steven Wu 4d (in striped blue shirt at front left), John Uckele 10 k and Chia Chan 5k.

Go Tournament To Be Part Of Second Las Vegas Mind Sports Festival

Thursday November 7, 2013

The AGA and the Las Vegas Go Club are hosting a two-day, four-round AGA-rated go tournament as part of MSI’s second Las Vegas Mind Sports Festival in December. The festival also features chess, scrabble and Magic: The Gathering, Dec. 7-8 at the Palazzo. To register or find out more information, contact Andy Okun at president@usgo.org. “It was a fun event back in July and should be better this time,” said Okun. “Lots of gamers in attendance and we even had the chance to teach go to some kids and some chess players.” Arrive by 9:30 a.m. Saturday, rounds at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. $100 top prize, others based on attendance. Best hat worn by a go player wins a box of Bendicks Bittermints.

Go Art: xkcd’s latest

Thursday November 7, 2013

Go makes another appearance in xkcd, “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.” Thanks to our many readers who tipped us off. “Don’t forget to hover over the comic (on the xkcd site) for more joke,” says Steve Colburn.

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Lee, Meyer, Jung Win Colorado Tourney

Wednesday November 6, 2013

Jung Hoon Lee 7d, Robert Meyer 5k, and Andrew Jung 11k, all won their divisions at the Rocky Mountain Fall Go Tournament, held Nov. 2nd in Aurora, CO.  25 players competed, including 13 youth, who kept the affair lively.  The tournament was run by Alex Yavich, 3d.  Lee was back in prime form this time around (after an uncharacteristic loss at last April’s tournament), with a perfect record.  Solomon Smilack 3d also scored a perfect record, but lost to Lee on a tiebreaker.  Meyer, up from the Colorado Springs Go Club, won his first three rounds, but lost the fourth.  He also won on a tiebreaker though, narrowly edging out pint sized terror Robin Luo 1k, who is only nine years old. In the double digit kyu bracket Andrew Jung 11k fought neck and neck with Stas Irisov 12k.  Both won three games, but Jung defeated Irisov to win his section.  -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Stas Irisov (l) looks on in horror as Hannah Jung (r) demonstrates her fighting prowess.

Yunxuan Li On How His LA School Club Pulled in 100 Teens

Tuesday November 5, 2013

“I started a go club in my school this year, and more than 100 people signed up in the first week,” reports Yunxuan Li 6d, a sophomore at Diamond Bar High, a suburb in the LA metro area. Li, who has won the Young Lions Tournament for the past two years in a row, is well known on the AGA circuit, having also been a Redmond Cup finalist, and representing the US at the 2013 Samsung World Baduk Masters Championship. “In the game of go, there are no formulas or equations,” says Li, “it is all about creating your own tactics and solutions to everything. In a way, it is very similar to life. I was very happy to see my club be successful because it showed that people appreciate and are interested in this wonderful game. We have had five meetings so far, with 30-50 people showing up and participating actively. I have taught everyone the basic steps slowly and they all seem to understand the process very well.” Li has a few tips for youth who want to start a club at their school. “First, I think it is necessary to make an attractive poster, it will give people a reason to join your club.* Second, I think it is necessary to make good flyers and handouts that introduce the game. These make people think your club is organized and give them detailed ideas about what will happen. Third, don’t take out the go boards and play on the first meeting. The first meeting is better if it is a lot of fun and gives people a reason to stay in your club. Fourth, it is a good idea to use a large demonstration board when teaching; it makes people understand the concepts so much easier than going around with a small board. If you don’t have a demonstration board, you can use KGS with a projector. Fifth, hold some tournaments, so members develop a competitive mindset” *Editor’s note: Posters, playing sets, and everything you need to launch a school club, are all included in the AGF Classroom Starter Set, which is free for any US school that wants to launch a go program. Details on the AGF website here.
-Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photos by Yunxuan Li: Upper left: Yunxuan Li 6d talks about tengen; Lower right: More students than chairs, at a recent meeting.