Kiseido has just issued Modern Master Games, Volume One, The Dawn of Tournament Go in hard-copy; it was first released in September 2011 (Modern Master Games & More New Releases from SmartGo Books 9/19 EJ) in digital format by SmartGo Books. A survey of Japanese go from the founding of the Honinbo tournament in the 1940s to the Meijin and Judan tournaments in the 1960s, Modern Master Games was written by by Rob van Zeijst and Richard Bozulich, with historical notes by John Power. It includes 11 games, including the “Atomic Bomb Game” between Iwamoto and Hashimoto, analyzed in detail and tied together with a historical commentary by John Power. The games in this book were played in turbulent times. When the first Honinbo tournament was established in 1941, the war had not yet seriously affected the Japanese go world or the daily life of the average Japanese. But by the time of the third Honinbo tournament, Japanese society was in chaos — bullets were whizzing overhead during the first game of the title match and the atomic bomb was dropped just 10 kilometers from where the second game was being played. After the war, life slowly returned to normal. By the 1950s, the go world was again abuzz. Rivalries were flourishing, and newspapers were establishing new tournaments with abundant prize money. As the post-war go world was reorganizing itself, the matches played were of much consequence — it became more than just winning a title. The results were to determine the organizations that governed the game in Japan until today. The pressures on the players were intense, and it exposed their psychological strengths as well as fragilities. Takagawa’s games in this book show how dangerous it is to underestimate an opponent. It was almost unbelievable to some that the mild-mannered Takagawa, whose quiet and laid-back style, never attacking too strongly and lacking the brilliance of a player like Sakata, could hold the Honinbo title against all comers for nearly a decade. Sakata’s games are good illustrations of the slashing style which earned him the moniker Razor-Sharp Sakata. We also see examples of the depth of his analysis when he makes an unorthodox peep (dubbed the tesuji of the century) against Fujisawa Shuko that entails another tesuji 15 moves later whose consequences also have to be analyzed. The fact that both Sakata and Fujisawa could read this deeply and accurately shows that the level of their play was second to none. Fujisawa Hosai was another important player of this era — his power on the go board was likened to that of a bulldozer. He had a penchant for playing imitation go, but this was, as explained in the commentary on one of his games, a well thought-out strategy that he used to take advantage of the komi system that had been recently adopted. photo: Hashimoto Utaro (l) and Go Seigen (r) in 1947; photo courtesy Go Igo Weiqi Baduk blog.
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Tuesday March 20, 2012
Monday March 19, 2012
Guo Juan’s Internet Go School is currently accepting enrollment for group classes for the 2012 second term, which begins April 28/29. “The group class participants will also receive a 20% discount on our Audio Lectures membership,” says Guo Juan. The school’s teaching faculty includes Guo Juan 5P, Jennie Shen 2P and Young Sun 8P and Mingjiu Jiang 7P.
Monday March 19, 2012
Dimitris Regginos 1D (left in photo) won the Cyprus 2012 Friendship Go Tournament, held March 17-18 in Nicosia. Though just nine players participated, the tournament included some tough and interesting games. Runner up was Argyris Fellas 1k and Phedias Christodoulides 3k took third place. In the under-18 category, first place went to Lilia Regginou 12k, second place to Christoforos Kassianides 13k and third place to Markos Merkouris 13k.
- Nicholas Roussos, EJ Cyprus Correspondent
Sunday March 18, 2012
Eighteen youngsters competed in the March 3 Colorado Youth Go Tournament at the Eloise May library in Denver. Playing strengths ranged from 4-dan to 40-kyu and ages from 5 – 14. Matthew Harwit 4D won the dan section, Tim Chang 20k won the kyu section and Andrew Huang won the majority of his games, and was the 5-and-under Colorado state champion. David Weiss and Alex Yavich were the TDs.
Sunday March 18, 2012
Sunday March 18, 2012
Do you know where I could find a copy of “The ABC of Go: The National War-Game of Japan” by W. A. de Havilland, M. A. (Kelly & Walsh, Ltd., Yokohama, 1910)? Paper, hard cover or PDF is fine. Please email Larry J LeJeune at LLeJeune@dynamicmaterials.com
Sunday March 18, 2012
Cyprus: Dimitris Regginos 1d won the Friendship Go Tournament, held March 17-18 in Nicosia, Cyprus. In second was Argyris Fellas 1k, and third was Phedias Christodoulides 3k. Click here for results.
Croatia: The 443th Velika Gorica weekend-go-tournament, played on 3/17 in Velika Gorica, Croatia, was won by Robert Jovicic 2k, in second was Mladen Smud 1k, and third was Mirko Primetica 10k. Click here for results. The first mini Tournament Karlovac 2012, played on 3/10 in Karlovac, Croatia, was won by Mladen Smud 1k; second was Lovro Furjanic 1d, and third was Vladimir Ribicic 20k. Result table .
Slovenia: Kyu turnir, played on 3/17 in Kranj, Slovenia, was won by Peter Gaber 1k; in second was Borut Zaplotnik 1k and third was Dusan Marcetic 5k. Result table .
European Go Congress 2012 update March: The Youth Hostel Bonn has now decided to allow booking of rooms for Go players until April 16th.There are mainly rooms with four beds still available in the Youth Hostel, that can be booked via the accommodation page on the www.egc2012.eu website.
Hungary: The Kondor Dragon Cup Group 3 tournament, played on 3/11 in Budapest, Hungary, was won by Bulcsu Fajszi 15k; second was Csongor Sebestyen Katona 15k, and third was Miklos Csizmadia 15k. Result table . The Kondor Dragon Cup Group 4 tournament, played on 3/11 in Budapest, Hungary, was won by David Fazekas 20k; second was Nikoletta Toth 20k, and third was Aniko Tothne Temesvari 20k. Result table . Kondor Dragon Cup Group 2 tournament, played on 3/11 in Budapest, Hungary, was won by Laszlo Boviz 9k; second was Csaba Katona 12k, and third was Janos Fiala 12k. Result table . Kondor Dragon Cup Group 1 tournament, played on 3/11 in Budapest, Hungary, was won by Dominik Boviz 1d; second was Renato Tolgyesi 2k, and third was Domonkos Albrecht 1d. Result table .
Romania: The CSRB Club tournament, played on 3/10 in Bucuresti, Romania, was won by Sergiu Dan Iugulescu 2d; second was Constantin Ghioc 5d (photo at left), and third was Rares Ghioc 3k. Result table . The Drobeta Tr. Severin- Romanian Cup- local competition, played from 3/3 to 3/4 in Drobeta Tr. Severin, Romania, was won by Irina Stefania Ionica 9k; second was Vasile Grecu 15k, and third was Cosmin Tutunaru 11k. Result table .
United Kingdom: The Trigantius, played on 3/10 in Cambridge, United Kingdom, was won by Andrew Simons 3d; second was Alex Rix 3d, and third was Jon Diamond 4d.
( photo Francis Roads 2d place 4 of 51 ) Result table .
Turkey: The 7. Hacettepe Go Tournament, played from 3/10 to 3/11 in Ankara, Turkey, was won by Ozgur Degirmenci 2d; second was Bertan Bilen 2d, and third was Giray Erdi 1d. Result table .
Serbia: The Radnicki Club Tournament, played on 3/10 in Kragujevac, Serbia, was won by Lazar Manojlovic 5d; second was Zoran Jankovic 4d, and third was Misa Alimpic 3d. Result table .
Germany: The Berliner Winterturnier 2012, played on 3/10 in Berlin, Germany, was won by Tobias Wahl 4k; second was Timon Dohnke 20k (photo at right), and third was Daniel Krause 1k. Result table .
- excerpted from reports on EuroGoTV.com; edited by Wayne Schmittberger
Tuesday March 13, 2012
Frank Fukuda has tendered his resignation, effective immediately, as the Nihon Ki-in’s representative to the Seattle Go Center, a responsibility he accepted in 1995 as a condition for the Nihon Ki-in to create the Go Center. Mr. Fukuda’s resignation comes on the heels of an official letter from the Nihon Ki-in to the Seattle Go Center indicating their intention to sell the Go Center premises in the near future. The Seattle Go Center Board of Directors is currently determining how to respond to this notice.
Andrew Gross, Chairman of the Board of the Go Center, said “The Board of Directors wishes to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Fukuda, whose name is synonymous not only with the Seattle Go Center, but with the broader Seattle area Go community. His dedication and commitment to spreading the joy of Go through teaching, community outreach, and organized competitive play has laid an unshakable foundation which will support the Seattle Go Center into the next decade and beyond. We are grateful that Mr. Fukuda has indicated that his resigning as representative of the Nihon Ki-in will not prevent his continued involvement with the Go Center.” photo by Brian Allen: Frank Fukuda at Bunka no Hi Culture Day, Seattle
Tuesday March 13, 2012
After two weekends of fierce competition, Mingming Yin 1P of New York emerged as the champion of the Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YKNOT). Mingming Yin was the only player to win all five rounds in the tournament, which was hosted on KGS. Andy Liu 7D took second place, with third place going to last year’s YKNOT champion Zhanbo Sun, both with 4 wins. Other division winners included Nick Jhirad 6D, Meng Lu 4D, Louie Liu 1k, Stephen Allen 6k, and Julian Erville 8k. TDs were Karoline Burrall, Chris Kirschner, Dennis Wheeler, Tina Zhang, and Kevin Hwang. “Thanks very much to Young Kwon of Pearl River, NY for sponsoring a successful tournament, and also to KGS for hosting and KGS admins for announcements and providing tournament support!” says Burrall. photo from the Strong Player’s Open at the 2011 U.S. Go Congress, which Lin won.
GAME RECORDS (click to download sgf file):
Round 3: Andy Liu vs. Mingming Yin
Round 4 Andy Liu vs. Zhanbo Sun
Round 5: Mingming Yin vs. Lie Liang
Saturday March 10, 2012
Hungary’s Csaba Mero 6D (at right in photo) won the Confucius Cup at the Irish Go Congress, held March 2-4 at the Teachers’ Club in Parnell Square, Dublin. The Confucius Cup is sponsored by the UCD Confucius Institute. A total of 48 players took part in the tournament, with Mero’s 5-0 wins extending his lead in the European Cup. In second place was Guochen Xie 8D, who is studying in Boston. Kim Ouweleen 4D of the Netherlands edged out UK student Chu Lu 4D by 1 SOS point to take third place. Players winning 4 games were Diana Blaszczyk, Frank Tan, Marek Gutkowski and Paul Kelly. Julien Renaud 1D won the Rapid Tournament on Friday night. The hard work of organisers Rory Wales, Arthur Cater, and Colin MacSweeny was much appreciated by all. Full results are available at this link. Click here for a photo album.
- reported by Ian Davis, EJ Irish Correspondent