American Go E-Journal

Jujo Jiang Goe Tournament Jan. 8

Monday December 27, 2010

The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, Guo, and ZhiQiang, are sponsoring the 2011 Jujo Jiang Tournament. This will be an AGA rated, one day, four round tournament, with prizes in 5 divisions: Open, High Dan, Expert, Intermediate, and Novice. The entry fee is $35 for all ages, with a $10 discount for current AGA members. More information can be found on the GoMasters website.

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Thursday December 23, 2010

The American Go E-Journal is your best source for keeping up with the go news happening 24/7 around the world: now you don’t have to wait for the weekly or daily E-Journal or even have to check the website for updates: follow the EJ on Twitter and you’ll get a tweet whenever we post a report on the AGA’s website! Click here to sign up or follow us @theaga or text “follow theaga” to 40404 in the United States (click here for codes for other countries)

Path of Go Available on Xbox

Thursday December 23, 2010

“The Path of Go” is now available on Xbox LIVE for 400 Microsoft points ($5). “It looks from the screenshots like it plays a 9×9 game,” reports Chris Hayashida. “It uses your Xbox LIVE avatar. I haven’t tried it yet, but I might over the break.” If you’ve played The Path of Go, we’d love to hear what you think; send us your review at journal@usgo.org!

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Tron, Captured

Thursday December 23, 2010

The appearance of go in Tron: Legacy (GO SPOTTING: Tron: a Legacy of Go 12/20) has generated a lot of excitement and email from the go community. Several EJ readers sent in screencaps of the board position in the game (r). “It definitely looks like an actual amateur game, with 103 moves, black to play,” writes Linden Chiu, who notes that it doesn’t match any pro games in his database. “White seems to have an overwhelming lead in territory, especially with black’s top left group having only one eye. There’s some aji in the bottom left, and I think black’s corner group there can live in gote, but the moyo potential on the right is too thin. The black stone on the edge of the top right corner seems to have been moved a line, as I’m guessing it was originally an atari.” If anyone has insight into how the game wound up in the movie, let us know at journal@usgo.org

Holiday Break: Next EJ January 11, 2011

Monday December 20, 2010

This is the last edition of the American Go E-Journal for the year; we’ll be on holiday break for the next two weeks. The first edition of 2011 will appear on Tuesday, January 11. Special thanks to all our dedicated contributors this year, who continue to make the E-Journal required reading for go players around the world. In addition to bringing you the latest go news, features and instructional material in the New Year, we’ll be introducing more regular contributors as we work to make the EJ ever more useful to you (send in your games for professional analysis! They can be anonymous if you prefer; all strengths welcome!). Thanks for your interest and support: from all of us at the EJ and the American Go Association, we wish you happy, relaxing and safe holidays, and good aji in the New Year.
- Chris Garlock, Managing Editor
American Go E-Journal

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The Man Behind the YKNOT Tournament

Monday December 20, 2010

Open to U.S. players of all levels and featuring a prize purse of nearly $3,000, the new Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YKNOT) is being billed as one of the largest western online go tournaments yet. “Even if you just joined the AGA or renewed your membership, you’re eligible to play as long as you’ve resided in the U.S. for six months in the past year and you can play online (KGS)” Tournament Director Yixian Zhou told the E-Journal. Click here for free registration. A former U.S. Open Champion, Mr. Kwon (r) is a 7-dan from Pearl River, NY. A retired data processing executive, he’s enjoying his golden years playing tennis, traveling and playing go. Though he was exposed to the game as a youngster watching his father play, he didn’t formally learn go until his freshman year at Seoul National University. While he thinks his go strength has gradually weakened in recent years, he tries to “maintain the fire” in him by continuing to play. “My goal is to promote go in the United States through increasing the AGA’s membership,” Young Kwon told the EJ. “I am committed to supporting this tournament as an annual event.” He adds that “Go has helped me in shaping my thought process, life style and career. Go forces you to apply strategic thinking and problem resolution at the same time. The combination of the two elements changes throughout the game, and that is why we love the game so much. It is simply an application of the economic principle– the most gains with the smallest resources.” Mr Kwon also has a broader vision of go activities in North America, noting that “Matches between two countries are very healthy for spreading go, so I hope that we can set up ‘country to country’ matches in the future. European and South American countries are strong potential candidates.”
- Edward Zhang

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Canada Wins 3rd Youth Friendship Match

Monday December 20, 2010

Over 300 go fans showed up on KGS to watch the future of North American go display their talent at the 3rd US-Canada Youth Friendship Match. Neither team disappointed, with many exciting games featuring intense fighting. The 7-player Canadian team won all but the last two boards, repeating their dominance of the U.S. in last year’s edition of the friendship match. On the top board, Calvin Sun, the U.S. WYGC representative, battled Ryan Li, the runner-up in the 2010 Canadian Open. Li gained an early edge, claiming a lot of territory, but a weak group during the midgame gave Sun a chance. However, Li squeaked out life, and Sun could not gain any advantage while attacking the group, giving Li the victory. The Canadians asserted their dominance in the next few boards as well, with Gansheng Shi, Tianyu (Bill) Lin, Jianing Gan, and Andrew Huang all claiming commanding victories, leaving Ben Lockhart and Vincent Zhuang as the only victorious members of the U.S. team. With such a strong showing from both teams, the North American team will definitely make for an exciting matchup against European youth in the 3rd Transatlantic Youth Go Match in Spring 2011. Full results are here.
- Special report by Lawrence Ku

Bordeaux To Host ’11 Euro Go Congress

Monday December 20, 2010

Go players and wine-lovers alike are rejoicing that the 2011 European Go Congress – the 55th edition — will take place in the city of Bordeaux, France from July 23rd to August 6th. “Aside from the main tournament, the usual side tournaments will be organized, and professional players will be available to give workshops or simultaneous games,” reports main organizer Astrid Gaultier. And for those who might want to take a break from two weeks of go, Gaultier assures that “sightseeing will be organized during the days off.” Nearly 250 have already registered; click here for more info and details.

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP December 14-20: Iyama Yuta takes Daiwa Cup; Lee Sedol vs. Xie He in Chunlan; Chunwon finals set

Monday December 20, 2010

Third time’s a charm for Iyama Yuta’s Daiwa Cup win. Iyama Yuta 9P (r in photo) was finally able to capture his first Daiwa Cup championship by defeating Cho U 9P (l) by resignation in the 6th Daiwa Cup final. This was Iyama’s third Daiwa Cup title match (2007, 2009, 2010) and Cho’s second (2006, 2010). The Daiwa Cup is sponsored by Daiwa Securities Group, with a winners’ purse of 1,500,000 Yen (approximately $18,000). Lee Sedol and Xie He in Chunlan Cup Final. In the 8th Chunlan Cup semifinals, Lee Sedol 9P defeated Gu Lingyi 5P by resignation and Xie He 7P defeated Heo Yeongho 8P by resignation. The title match (TBA) between Lee and Xie is a best of three series, with a top prize of approximately $150,000. This will be the first time that either player has competed in the Chunlan Cup final. Choi Cheolhan and Lee Taehyun in Chunwon final. Choi Cheolhan 9P defeated Kim Jiseok 7P by resignation in the semifinal round of the 15th Chunwon. Choi will now face Lee Taehyun 3P in the Chunwon title match (TBA).
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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Dundee Tops BGA League Tourney

Monday December 20, 2010

Dundee won the top division of the British Go Association’s online League Tournament’s second season, edging out the Central London Go Club (GLGC) Team A when Yohei Negi beat Yangran Zhang on December 15th. In Division 2 the Billericay Dickies took top honors, while the GLGC Team B won Division 3 and Edinburgh 3 topped Division 4. The BGA’s League Tournament was originally a team-based go league designed to be played mainly over the Internet to encourage interaction between players in different areas of the country and to encourage online play among members of the BGA. Thanks to its success, the BGA is starting up an individual league in January 2011.
- reported by John Collins

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