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European Go News: Chong Han 5d Wins in Nottingham

Monday February 28, 2011

Chong Han 5d (Loughborough) won his first UK tournament by taking the 8th Nottingham with ease. Also winning three games were Roger Daniel 5k (London), Maria Tabor 6k (Nottingham), David Crabtree 9k (Chester) and Andrew Russell 12k (Birmingham). Mike Charles won the 9×9 prize and Toby Manning the quiz prize. Click here for results.
- Tony Atkins

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Marketing/PR Experience Sought

Monday February 28, 2011

The AGA’s fundraising committee is looking for a volunteer with marketing or PR experience who can “help us with the design, look and feel of the printed materials we use to seek corporate and institutional support,” reports AGA Board member Andy Okun. If you’re interested or would like to know more, get in touch with Okun at abc@okun.name.

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Feng Yun 9P to Lead Workshop in China

Monday February 28, 2011

Feng Yun 9P is conducting a small-group workshop at the Hangzhou Qi Yuan in China this summer. “This is a great opportunity to study in a beautiful setting, and get stronger just before the U.S. Go Congress,” Feng Yun says. Click here for more details.

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Teacher of the Year Nominations

Sunday February 27, 2011

Nominations for the AGF  Teacher of the Year are now open. The award is presented each year at the U.S. Go Congress and recognizes an outstanding American teacher. The winner  will receive an all expenses paid trip to the congress.  To be eligible, a teacher must be a member of the AGA, have been teaching go to children for at least two hours a week for two years, have started a go club or organization for youth, and have helped their students enter appropriate tournaments, if possible.  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, including yourself, e-mail agf@usgo.org.

THE TRAVELING GO BOARD: St. Petersburg, Russia

Saturday February 26, 2011

“I recently traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, for my job,” reports former American Go Association President Mike Lash (r, in photo). “It was my first return since 2006, when I found the International Saint-Petersburg Go Club and met its dedicated manager Maxim Podolayak. He welcomed me back and I visited his club on a very snowy cold night. Since it took me 70 minutes in a taxi while I could have walked there in 35 minutes, I only played one game with a local player. Maxim was kind enough to take me back to my hotel via the subway – a mere 15 minute walk/ride — before he returned home.  Pictured are my game and Maxim (facing the camera, at left) in one of his teaching games.”

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP February 14-21: Piao Wenyao wins game 1 in Lg Cup final; Rui Naiwei wins the Female Myeongin; Cho U evens the Kisei; Xie Yimin wins Female Kisei

Monday February 21, 2011

Piao Wenyao wins game 1 in Lg Cup final. The 15th LG Cup final began on February 21 with two of China’s top players battling for the title. Piao Wenyao 9P won the first game in the three-game series, defeating Kong Jie 9P by resignation after only 123 moves. Kong is the defending LG Cup title holder. Piao, while not having many titles to his name, is still ranked fairly well (12th) among Chinese professionals and is looking for his first international title. Rui Naiwei wins the Female Myeongin. Rui Naiwei 9P (r in photo) successfully defended her title for a sixth straight year on February 18 by defeating Cho Hyeyeon 9P (l) in the third and final round of the the 12th Female Myeongin title match. She won the series 2-1. In the second round, on February 15, Cho defeated Rui by 7.5 points. This will be Rui’s tenth title win in the Female Myeongin since the tournament began in 2000. Her only loss was to Cho in 2004, which is the only time that Cho has won the title. Cho U evens the Kisei. In the fourth round of the 35th Kisei, held February 18, Cho U 9P evened the series to two games each by defeating Iyama Yuta 9P by half a point. The fifth round will be played on February 24-25. Xie Yimin wins Female Kisei. Xie Yimin 5P defeated Umezawa Yukari 5P in the second round of the 14th Female Kisei title match, winning the title 2-0. This is the second year in a row that Xie has won the Female Kisei. Note that the match was played on February 1 and made available (broadcast) on February 16.
- edited by Jake Edge from reports on JustPlayGo

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Boyi Cui 4d Surprise Winner at Columbus Tourney

Monday February 21, 2011

Boyi Cui 4d upset Karl Wei 5d to win the Chinese New Year Festival Go/Weiqi tournament February 12 in Columbus, OH. Wei had won the dan division the previous two years and was expected to repeat again this year, but in the second round, he came up against Boyi and in a hard-fought game that came down to time, Boyi took the victory and ultimately 1st place in the dan division. This year marked the third year that the Tesuji Go Club of Columbus has partnered with the the Central Ohio Chinese community to organize the Chinese New Year Festival Go/Weiqi tournament. “This is one of the premier go events in Ohio every year and we had a good turnout of 19 players including road warriors Chris and Peter Martin, John Adams, and Asha Nakaiya who all drove 4 hours from Louisville, KY to participate,” reports organizer Corey Sanders. The event was played over four rounds with players competing for trophies in 2 divisions (dan and kyu), including a strong showing of dan players and a very competitive kyu division. “We had a large cluster of players all around the 10k range, which allowed for a lot of even or close to even games,” reports Sanders. Newcomer Rohit Prabhavalkar survived a tight first round game with a .5 point victory over fellow newcomer Jon Berg and was able to ride the momentum to a perfect 4-0 record and 1st place. Other top finishers included Karl Wei 5d in 2nd and Dajiang He 3d in 3rd in the dan division. Asha Nakaiya 5k took 2nd in the kyu division and Justin Giglio 10k took 3rd.

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Rising Young “Tiger Cubs” Sharpen Claws at 25th Tianyuan

Monday February 21, 2011

Three young Chinese players who reached the Tianyuan semi-finals last week — Zhou Hexi 4P, Li Haojie 4P and Shi Yue 4P — are part of a group of rising young professionals that the Chinese media has affectionately dubbed “the tiger cubs generation.” The three cubs were joined in the semi-final by stalwart Yu Bin 9P. Yu, who has been the Chinese National Coach since 2009, is extremely pleased with the progress of the younger players. He says that the time is ripe for some of these younger players to make their breakthrough. According to Yu, these young guns are very adept in the game, especially in the middle game and endgame where they typically make fewer mistakes than their older counterparts. Yu says the young players can sometimes lack experience in direction of play and vision during the opening, and can sometimes have trouble adjusting psychologically to the intense competition. However, he goes on to say that the best way to combat these challenges is to play in more high profile games such as the upcoming semi finals. This year’s Tianyuan – the 25th — has been full of surprises, with some of the favorites, Gu Li, Kong Jie and Chang Hao all eliminated in the first round. The Tianyuan tournament is one of the major go tournaments on the Chinese domestic circuit, similar to the Chunwon tournament in Korea and Tengen tournament in Japan. All three tournaments use the same characters in their name, which can be roughly translated to “the origin of heaven.” Tianyuan is also the Chinese name of the center point of the go board. In the semi final, Zhou Hexi prevailed over Li Haojie. Shi Yue couldn’t overcome old hand Yu Bin, setting up a final between teacher Yu Bin and student Zhou Hexi.

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Update 2/21: In the final (r), Zhou Hexi defeated teacher Yu Bin. Yu, playing black, was winning for the first half of the game, but there was a reversal after black made an oversight in the top left corner. Zhou held on to the lead to win by 2.5 points. With this tournament win, Zhou becomes the challenger for the Tianyuan title and will take on Chen Yaoye in a three-game match. Chen, another young Chinese star who just turned 21 in December, has already proven himself in top tournament play. In 2009 he took the Tianyuan title from Gu Li and he held it successfully against Gu in 2010. Can he make it three in a row?
- Jing Ning; adapted from her original report on Go Game Guru

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“So You Want to Play Go?” Available as E-Book

Monday February 21, 2011

The 3-volume “So You Want to Play Go?” series is available for Kindle, the Ipad, and the Barnes and Noble Nook, reports author Jonathan Hop. The series provides a general primer on the game, from 9×9 play to the opening, overconcentration, attacking and more. “Gives you a lot to think about in terms of larger strategy,” says Alex Dinerchtein 3P.

Zhang, Chiu and Qu Lead Bay Area Go Monthly

Monday February 21, 2011

Two dozen players ranging from 19 kyu to 7 dan met up in Palo Alto, CA on February 12 for a relaxed but serious ratings tournament. Continuous pairing is used in the Bay Area Go monthly tournaments so that players can play as many or as few games as they want, without having to wait around for slower players to finish their games before the next round can begin. Henry Zhang 1d (right in photo) and Linden Chiu 1d (left in photo) led the dan division with three wins apiece, while Larry Qu 4k swept in the kyu division with a 4-0 record. Next month’s ratings tournament is scheduled for March 19 in Menlo Park, CA. Photo by Lisa Schrag

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