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Edward Kim 7d wins Seattle Pro Prelim

Monday May 7, 2012

Edward Kim (r) won all five of his games  to win the first AGA-Tygem Seattle Pro Prelim, held May 5-6 at the Seattle Go Center.   Ten players competed for the opportunity to go to the AGA-Tygem Pro Final in North Carolina, which will be from July 28th to August 4th.  Second place was earned by Yixian Zhou 6d, who had a 4-1 record.   Third went to David (Dong) Ma 6d, fourth (on a tie breaker) to young Vincent Zhuang 6d and fifth to Nicholas Jhirad 6d.  The second band, which was not competing for the pro position, had six  dan level players.  Kum Kang Lee 4d placed first, Job Betcher 2nd and Louie Liu 3rd.  The tournament also generated points for the 2012 World Mind Sports selection process.

The Seattle Go Center expressed “special thanks” to Tournament Director John Hogan, “who did a great job starting a new tournament tradition.” Bill Chiles was Asst. TD, while  Dennis Wheeler, Oren Laskin, Bill Camp, and Bill Thompson recorded games from the top two boards.  The games are available here.
- photo by Brian Allen

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New Go Films: Tokyo Newcomer & Weiqi Wonders

Monday May 7, 2012

Go features prominently in a couple of new films, one a drama, the other a documentary. In Tokyo Newcomer, Chinese go genius Yoshiryu (Qin Hao) comes to Japan to hone his skills in the game, but finds he’s too busy earning a living to study go at all. One day, he meets an old woman hawking vegetables, who turns out to be a descendant of a prestigious go family. The latest film by Jiang Qinmin – who also directed The Last Sunflower and Sky Lovers – Tokyo Newcomer is “a touching drama about true communication, transcending national borders and generation gaps, through go.” In Weiqi Wonders: Conversations About the Game of Go in China, anthropologist Marc L. Moskowitz (at right, below) interviews people in China in settings ranging from children’s schools to China’s elite Beijing University to a park where retired working class men gather to play, from child educators to those reminiscing about their own youth during the Cultural Revolution. What emerges is a fascinating cultural study as people discuss children’s education, retirement, China forty years ago and today. “As Chinese politics have changed over the last two millennia, so too has the imagery of the game,” Moskowitz notes, “from a tool to seek religious enlightenment to military metaphors, one of the noble four arts, one of the condemned “four olds”, nationalism, transnationalism, historical elitism, and futuristic hyper rationality.” The film is “witness to people’s lives, ranging from university students to working class senior citizens, professional players, people who gave up professional careers to become students, and a range of others who all share a love for this extraordinary game.” Please let us know if you hear about screenings of either of these films, so we can let EJ readers know.

Zavala Wins Mexican Youth Go Championship

Monday May 7, 2012

Lilian Zavala 9k, age 12, defeated Ogam Shakti Rojas 15k, age 11, at the finals for the Mexican Youth Go Championship (MYGC), in Cuautla Morelos, near Mexico City on March 18th.  “A full weekend trip was planned to this beautiful place,” reports organizer Siddhartha Avila, “where kids, parents, teachers and friends could enjoy the natural surroundings and have fun with different activities outdoors. There was intense go activity on Saturday morning, with matches and teaching games, later some of the kids played the first two rounds of the AGHS School Team Tournament online, while on Sunday the MYGC final game was won by Zavala.” More photos are available here
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Siddhartha Avila: Lilian Zavala 9k (l) vs. Ogam Shakti Rojas 15k (r).

Go Book Donation Raises Funds for AGA, Expands Empty Sky Collection

Sunday May 6, 2012

Call it the Joseph Yao tesuji. The ripple effects of his recent donation of his collection of 300 go books to the AGA make Yao’s move a tremendously skillful move, maximizing the use of his books on both a local and global level. A Boeing Jet Propulsion Laboratory retiree who lives in Los Angeles, Yao was a lifelong devotee of go, buying hundreds of books. “Since it was hard to get go books in the US, he sent $100 or more a month to Japan to buy the newest go books,” Andy Okun tells the E-Journal. “He studied the books assiduously, even after having a stroke, but further declines in his health means he can no longer use them, according to his wife, Hong-Dan Zheng, so they made this arrangement with the AGA to get the books into the hands of people who could use them.” The Rochester (NY) -based Empty Sky Go Club (l) was the high bidder in an online auction of the books in April, and the club promptly donated the entire collection to the Greg Lefler Wing of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Library, where over 100 go books are already available via the WorldCat inter-library system. “We hope this extensive collection will be utilized by go players not only around the country, but around the world,” said the Empty Sky’s Steve Colburn. The $2,200 raised by the auction will fund a small go-and-mathematics college scholarship, Okun reports

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EuroGo Updates: April 1-15

Sunday May 6, 2012

Croatia: Robert Jovicic 2k won the 448th Velika Gorica Weekend Go Tournament, played on 4/21 Velika Gorica; second was Mladen Smud 1k and in third Nikola Primetica 4k. Result table.

France: The Ile-de-France League organized the Youth Championship on March 24. This competition is the qualifier for the French Youth Championship held on May 5-6 in Cachan, a suburb of Paris. The League decided to call this event the “Zaza Cup” in honor of the memory of Michel “Zaza” Zaltzman; this edition of the Zaza Cup was accommodated by the Antony Club which was a big supporter of the organisation. Every player won a diploma and lessons for participating and  the winner in each category won a private lesson with one of the official teachers of the French Go Federation, Fan Hui or Motoki Noguchi. Cups were also awarded to the first three players in each category. The “Under 12″ category was won by Guillaume Ougier 5k, second came Jin-De Takashi Jen 14k, third was Alexandre Pauvers 15k. The two first players qualified for the National competition. Result table.  

14286129Germany: The China Cup Berlin, played from 4/14-15 in Berlin, Germany, was won by Jin Zou 6d (l); second was Johannes Obenaus 5d and third was Michael Palant 5d. Result table.

Italy: Alessandro Pace 2d won the 2012 Campionato Italiano Rapid, played 4/14-15 in Reggio Emilia, Italy. In second was Julian van Den Busken 1k and third was Andriy Zakharzhevskyy 2d. Result table .

Poland:  Stanislaw Frejlak 3d won the Young Masters League – Qualification, played on 4/14 in Bielsko-Biala, Poland. In second was Marcin Majka 2d and third was Stanislaw Zambrzycki 4k. Result table.  The Side Tournament, also played on 4/14 in Bielsko-Biala, was won by Pawel Stepnowski 2k, second was Bogdan Kruk 4k and third was Lukasz Oles 5k. Result table.

Russia: The three winners of the 17th European Youth Championship 2012, held April 12-16 in St. Petersburg Russia, are Lukas Podpera 5d, Czech Republic (Under 20); Valerii Krushelnytskyi 2k, Ukraine (Under 12):  Yurii Mykhalyuk 3d, Ukraine(Under 16).

Slovakia: The Spring Tournament, played 4/14-15 in Porac, Slovakia, was won by Pavol Lisy 5d (r); in second was Bronislav12686597 Snidal 2d and third was Jakub Berka 10k. Result table.

Spain: The second Nam-Ban Cup 2012, played from 4/13-14 in Madrid, Spain, was won by Andres Dominguez 1k, second came Fernando Holgado 4k and third was Antonio Egea 3d. Result table .

Slovenia:  Ondrej Silt 6d won the Slovenian Open 2012, played from 4/13-15 in Maribor, Slovenia; second came Guochen Xie 6d and third was Lothar Spiegel 4d. Result table.

- excerpted from reports on EuroGoTV.com

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World Amateur Championship Set for May 11-17

Sunday May 6, 2012

Top amateur go players will compete in the 33rd World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) May 11-17 in Guangzhou, China, the first time that this event will take place in South China (click here for last year’s reports from Japan). The American Go E-Journal and Ranka online are teaming up again this year to provide daily coverage.

The field of 58 players will range in age from 13 to 67 and in official rank from 8 kyu to 8 dan. Nearly half will be newcomers to the WAGC, and eleven will still be in their teens. One teenager to watch will be 16-year-old Qiao Zhijian who has been cutting a wide swath through the Chinese tournament scene, winning the Evening News Cup to earn the right to represent China at the WAGC and then defeating the legendary Nie Weiping in the annual Evening News pro-amateur match. Three others will be Hong Kong’s 14-year-old Chan Chi-Hin, who took 15th place in the WAGC last year and then worked up to a 9-dan rating on the Kiseido Go Server, Chinese Taipei’s 7-dan Chen Cheng-Hsun, the youngest in the field, and the Czechia’s Lukas Podpera, who won the U20 division of the recent European Youth Go Championship. These four will be battling for top spots with formidable opponents from Japan, the two Koreas, Southeast Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Oceania. Well-known go teacher Yuan Zhou 7d is this year’s U.S. representative.

Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is the capital city of Guangdong Province. It is enjoying great economic prosperity, flourishing development, cultural diversity and dynamic modernization. With a history of more than 2800 years, Guangzhou is forging its way ahead between its cultural heritage and fashionable skyscrapers. It offers tourists and visitors a feast of sights with unique charm, including the Flowery Pagoda, the Pearl River, the Baiyun Mountain, and the Temple of Six Banyan Trees. In 2010, when Guangzhou hosted the 16th Asian Games, the whole city improved itself comprehensively and impressed guests from all over the world with its ebullience and hospitality.

Guangzhou Chess Institute (left) has been chosen as the venue of the 33rd WAGC. Located in scenic surroundings near the Baiyun Mountain, Guangzhou Chess Institute was rated “the most culturally attractive venue of the Asian Games”. Listening to the ripple of the stream, looking around at the traditional Lingnan houses, you may think you are in a famous garden. The simple and natural design of the playing hall speaks of calmness and harmony to the players and audience.
- excerpted from Ranka Online’s report 

Yang Shuang 2P Visits Princeton Go Club

Saturday May 5, 2012

Yang Shuang 2P from Shenyang, China visited the Princeton Go Club on April 25 where she played simul games against allcomers during the evening. Earlier in the day, Yang Shuang visited her colleague Feng Yun 9P in Bridgewater, New Jersey and discussed her interest in teaching in the United States.
photo: Yang Shuang 2P plays Jim Fredrickson at the simul; photo courtesy Feng Yun

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Kay Sweeps British Go Congress

Saturday May 5, 2012

Winning both the main event and the lightning tournament at the 2012 British Go Congress, held in Durham on April 20-22, Andrew Kay 4d now has four British tournament triumphs for the year. Second and third places in the Open went to Andrew Simons 3d and Toby Manning 2d. Full results of the British Open are here; results of other events and further details are here.
- adapted from reports by the BGA and IGF.

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Go Photo: King of the Goban

Saturday May 5, 2012

Atop Roy Laird’s goban in New York City is flame-point Siamese Kibi’s favorite perch.
photo by Mary Laird

Got go photos? Send them to us at journal@usgo.org!

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May Madness Kicks Off This Weekend

Friday May 4, 2012

Go players looking for competition will find it every weekend this month, from coast to coast, and plenty of places in-between. From Seattle, WA to Santa Fe, NM and Chicago, IL to Baltimore, MD, no less than nine tournaments are being held, including several at which the top-finishing player with qualifying citizenship will earn the right to compete for pro certification this summer in North Carolina the week before the US Go Congress. Here’s a quick overview of the line-up:

May 5, Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe Spring Tournament
May 5, Stony Brook, NY: Stony Brook Sakura Matsuri Go Tournament
May 5-6, Seattle, WA: 1st AGA-Tygem Seattle Pro Prelim
May 12, San Francisco, CA: Bay Area Go Players Association Monthly AGA Ratings Tournament
May 12, Boulder, CO: Rocky Mountain Spring Go Tournament
May 12, Chicago, IL: It Was 20 Years Ago Today
May 20, Seattle, WA: Iwamoto Youth 19×19 Tournament
May 26-27, Baltimore, MD: 39th Maryland Open/TYGEMGO Pro Prelim
May 28, Cupertino, CA: Bay Area High School Go Tournament 2012
Check the AGA Tournament Calendar for latest postings
photo: at the April  28-29 Cotsen AGA-TygemGo Pro Prelim; photo by Chris Garlock