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GoGrinder Released for Android

Monday March 21, 2011

GoGrinder has just been released for Android, reports Tim Kington. “Practicing your reading is one of the best ways to get stronger,” Kington says, “Now you can have thousands of go problems in your pocket and fit a little practice in whenever you have a few minutes to kill.” GoGrinder uses problems in SGF format, and lets you easily add your own problem sets.

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YOUR MOVE: Where’s the WAGC?

Monday March 21, 2011

“When and where will the next WAGC be held?” wonders Joel Sanet. The 2011 World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC) are scheduled to be held May 27 through June 1 in Matsue City in Japan’s Shimane Prefecture. At press-time we don’t have any post-quake updates on the status of plans for the tournament; we’ll keep you posted as we learn more. Eric Lui 7d will be the U.S. rep at the WAGC, where 70 amateur players from 70 countries and territories compete, and which will be covered in the E-Journal again this year with daily reports, photos and game records.
photo: Matsue Castle, built by the first Lord and founding father of Matsue, Yoshiharu Horio in 1611

BC Card Cup Quarterfinalists Set

Sunday March 20, 2011

Gu Li 9P (l) has taken the final spot in the quarterfinals of the BC Card Cup, defeating Cho Hanseung 9P (r) in the round of 16. The quarterfinals are scheduled to start on March 31 2011.

The other quarterfinalists include Lee Sedol 9P, Park Junghwan 9P, Heo Yeongho 8P and Kim Jiseok 7p of Korea and Chen Yaoye 9P, Zhou Ruiyang 5P and Zhong Wenjing 5P of China.

- Jingning; adapted from her original report on Go Game Guru (which includes the game record) For all 8 of the third-round match game records, go to JustPlayGo

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Andy Liu 7d Wins 1st Annual New England Open

Saturday March 19, 2011

Andy Liu 7d overcame Jie Liang 7d in the last round of the first Annual New England Open to emerge undefeated and take home the $250 first prize. The tournament was held on Sunday, March 6, at the MIT student center in Cambridge, MA. Forty six players competed across four divisions: 5d+ Open, 1d-4d Open, 1k-15k Handicap, and Beginner. Andy Liu will also receive an invitation to the North American Ing Masters tournament. The 1d-4d division was won by Ruoshi Sun 3d, the 1k-15k division by Yuan Kao 7k, and the beginner division by Qian Long 20k. “Congratulations to all those who participated,” says organizer  Walther Chen, “there were a lot of very well-played and close games, and we hope to see you at next year’s tournament.”
Results: 5d+ Open: Andy Liu 7d (4-0), Yunzhe Zhang 7d (3-1), Jie Liang 7d (3-1). 1d-4d Open: Ruoshi Sun 3d (4-0), Micah Feldman 4d (3-1), Zhonggang Zhang 3d (3-1). Handicap Section: Yuan Cao 7k (4-0), Jingxiao Lu 3k (3-1), Peter Martin 4k (3-1). Beginner’s Section: Qian Long 20k (4-0), Neil Fitzgerald 17k (3-1), Carrie Liang 23k (1-3).

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Michael Redmond 9P OK in Post-Quake Japan

Monday March 14, 2011

“I survived the earthquake!” Michael Redmond 9P told the E-Journal on Friday from Japan. We’ve also heard from our colleague at Ranka, editor Ivan Vigano, who says “Everything is OK here (in Nagoya), just a very long shake,” though he adds that he’s very concerned about the rapidly-developing situation at Fukushima’s nuclear power station. Popular EJ columnist Kaz Furuyama say’s “In Tokyo we are not out of power fortunately… at least so far.” And on the day of the earthquake (March 11), Cho U 9P was able to capture his second Kisei title in a row against Iyama Yuta 9P, winning the series 4-2; see Cho U Wins the 35th Kisei in today’s World Go News section for the complete report. We’ll continue to post updates here and on Twitter about how the go community in Japan is managing post-quake; please email us your news at journal@usgo.org

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Curtis Tang 7d Bests Tough Field to Win SoCal Tourney

Monday March 14, 2011

Curtis Tang 7d (8.32) weathered tough competition to take top honors in the 2011 Southern California championship, reports tournament organizer Kevin Chao. The overall turnout of 54 included five 7 dan players, including three with ratings above 8, and many 6 dan players.  Tang (at left) was undefeated in the five-round tournament, held March 5-6 in Alhambra, California, at Mr. Abel Pa’s Southern California Chinese Broadcasting building.   First prize was $600 along with a handsome trophy.  The main event was followed Sunday night by a “youth mini-tournament” won by Ezana Berhane 5k.
Full results: Top three in the open section:  Curtis Tang 7d (5 wins), Danny Ko 7d (4-1), Yixian Zhou 6d (3-2). Dan section: Yunxuan Li, 2d (5 wins), Andrew Okun 1d(4-1), and tied for third, Jerry Shen 4d (3-2) and Tim Chi 1d (3-2). High Kyu section: Preston Hutchins 2k (4-1), Alex Lee 3k (3-2), Jeffery Zhang 4k (3-2). Mid Kyu section: Andrew Hong 5k (4-1), Cyris Sargon 8k (4-1), David Baran 9k (4-1).  Low Kyu section: Raymond Liu 10k (4-1), Jerry Lu  14kyu (4-1), Susanna Pfeffer, 13k (4-1).
photo by Andy Okun

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TYGEM Launches English Go Server

Monday March 14, 2011

The Korean go server TYGEM’s English version has been launched. It’s still in its beta stage, “so events and contests are still not that common,” reports Anthony Daniel Adria, who notes that “there will be many updates and eventually more events and contests down the line.” You can check it out – and download the client – on TYGEM’s English website.

Feasibility of 2012 Academic Conference on Go Explored

Monday March 14, 2011

Peter Shotwell and Paul Celmer are putting out a preliminary call “for contributors to a conference on the influence of go in international history, art, literature, philosophy, science, education, politics, peace, warfare and more.” The two say they’re “trying to determine the feasibility of an international academic conference at the 2012 Go Congress in North Carolina.” The conference would expand on the highly successful symposium held in Sweden in 2008. “We will be looking for sponsors, but first we need to know how many people would be interested in presenting papers if expenses were fully funded, partially funded or not funded at all except for room and board for the days of the conference. If interested, write pshotwell@gmail.com and be sure to mention possible topics and estimated travel expenses.

E-Journal Announces “Spirit of Yoshi Sawada” Award

Monday March 14, 2011

by Chris Garlock, Managing Editor, American Go E-Journal
Like so many of you, I have been mourning the untimely and sudden recent loss of Yoshi Sawada (IN MEMORIAM: Yoshi Sawada 2/28/2011). One of Yoshi’s greatest gifts was his indefatigable cheerfulness and his unbridled enthusiasm about the game of go and everyone who plays it, from the newest beginner to the strongest pro. Yoshi was living, smiling, joking proof that this game is always about the people first and the game itself second. Yoshi had a very special place in the hearts of everyone who met him, but especially those of us on the Go Congress E-Journal team, which made him an official member a few years ago – complete with EJ cap and Congress Staff t-shirt – thanks to his indispensable role as translator, pro wrangler, drinking buddy and all-round fixer. Yoshi made much of our expanded coverage in recent years possible by making the EJ office the unofficial pro hangout and arranging for the translations necessary for game commentaries and interviews. And it was Yoshi who arranged the pro simul with EJ staff at the end of each Congress, often the only game any of the hardworking staff got to play. Although we’re going to miss our dear friend and colleague terribly, it’s become clear to me that Yoshi’s last and greatest gift is that he left so much of his spirit behind. So I’m very pleased to announce that this year the E-Journal will bestow the first annual Spirit of Yoshi Sawada Award on the Congress E-Journal team member who best exemplifies Yoshi’s cheerfulness, generosity and enthusiasm for the people and game of go. To inquire about being on the 2011 Congress EJ team, email me at journal@usgo.org
photo: Yoshi (far right), with Maeda Ryo 6P (l), Garlock (2nd from l) and Takemiya Masaki 9P (2nd from r); photo by Phil Straus

NOTE: Anyone wishing to send condolences to Yoshi’s wife, Keiko Komura, can mail them to her at 4027 Ionian Sea Lane, Sacramento, Ca 95834.

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP March 8-14: Park Junghwan Defeats Choi Cheolhan in Siptan; Cho U Wins Kisei; Rui Naiwei Wins Female Kuksu

Monday March 14, 2011

Park Junghwan Defeats Choi Cheolhan in Siptan. In a relatively short match, Park Junghwan 9P defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P by resignation after 133 moves in the quarterfinals of the 6th Siptan on March 12. Park now advances to the semifinals to face Kang Yootaek 3P. Park is the defending Siptan champion after he defeated Lee Changho in last year’s title match, two games to one.  Cho U Wins the 35th Kisei. On the day of Japan’s strongest recorded earthquake (March 11), Cho U 9P (r in photo) was able to capture his second Kisei title in a row against Iyama Yuta 9P (l), winning the series 4-2. It was a close match with Cho defeating Iyama by only a point and a half. The match was played in the town of Izu in the Shizuoka Prefecture, which is south of Tokyo and a little over 500 kilometers from Sendai, the city closest to the epicenter and one of the worst hit areas.  Rui Naiwei Wins Female Kuksu. Rui Naiwei 9P defended her title on March 8 by defeating Kim Yunyoung 3P by resignation in the 16th Female Kuksu. Rui swept the series 2-0. This is the third year in a row that Rui has won the title, which brings her career total to nine Female Kuksu titles.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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