FJ and Smallbird will battle for the title of “KGS Meijin” in a best-of-three final December 15-17 on KGS. Each month this year KGS has run a tournament for dan players that resulted in 16 contenders who played off in two semi-finals in November, which FJ and Smallbird won. The finals will be played on KGS at 8AM GMT on December 15, 16, and 17; the winner will win the 2012 “KGS Meijin” title and get a $500 prize, while the runner up receives $100.
American Go E-Journal
Friday December 14, 2012
Friday December 14, 2012
A professional exhibition match between new American professional go player Andy Liu 1P and Chinese pro Chang Hao 9P highlights the 2013 American Collegiate Go Association’s Spring Go Expo. “We’re really excited to host a large go community-wide event for the first time,” says Michael Fodera 5d, one of the event’s organizers, “and we have lots in store for attendees, including workshops and simuls with professional players as well as lectures and presentations.” The March 23-24 event will be held at Harvard and MIT campuses in Boston, MA. Aimed at both go players and the general public, the Expo will emphasize the importance of cross-cultural education and collaboration, especially as applied to go and its future in America. Organizers include Fodera, Brian Lee 1d, Jasmine Yan 4d, and the co-directors of The Surrounding Game, Will Lockhart 5d and Cole Pruitt 1d, who will present a preview of the first feature-length documentary on go during the Expo. Other Expo attendees include Liu Siming, president of the Chinese Bureau of Games, and Ing Minghao, the president of the Ing Chang-Ki Weiqi Education Association, a philanthropic organization dedicated to worldwide go education, a legacy of business magnate Ing Chang-Ki. The Expo is open free of charge to the general public, and students K-12 and university are especially encouraged to attend. The American Collegiate Go Association is dedicated to promoting go to students as a means for education; travel and accommodation subsidies are available; email firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to RSVP.
2012 SportAccord World Mind Games Day 2: Round 2: The Elimination Round; Round 3: Then There Were 24; Game Commentary: Round 3, Chen-Park (China-Korea)
Thursday December 13, 2012
Round 2: The Elimination Round
Round 2 of the SportAccord World Mind Games began at 9:30 a.m. on December 12. Outside, the ground was still covered with snow, but the temperature was pleasantly warm within the playing venue at the Beijing International Convention Center. All 16 men were competing, eight in the main section, eight in the repechage, or loser’s bracket; as this is a double-elimination tournament, four of these players would be out after this round. Eight of the 12 women were competing, including the four seeded players who had byes in the first round and the four who had won their first-round games. In the men’s division, two games promised to be particularly noteworthy. One was the match between China’s Jiang Weijie (left, in photo at right) and Korea’s Kang Dongyoon (right); click here to download the game record, which includes detailed commentary by Michael Redmond 9P. Jiang’s triumphs so far this year have included the LG Cup, the Dachongjiu Cup, and the China-Japan-Korea Mingren-Meijin-Myung-in playoff. Kang won the men’s individual event at the 2008 World Mind Sports Games in Beijing, the 2009 Fujitsu Cup, and the 2009 Korean Chunwon title. The other particularly noteworthy game was the match between Czechia’s Jan Hora (left, in photo at left) and Hungary’s Csaba Mero (right) in the repechage section. The winner of that game would advance to the third round and at least double his monetary prize. In the women’s division, the two Chinese players were playing the two Japanese, and the two Koreans were playing the two from Chinese Taipei. In the men’s repechage section, Russia’s Ilya Shikshin, Argentina’s Fernando Aguilar, and Canada’s Tianyu (Bill) Lin faced tough matches against China’s Tuo Jiaxi and Chinese Taipei’s Lin Chi-han and Lin Chun-yen; for the losers of these games, the tournament would be over. Click here for Ranka’s full report.
Round 3: Then There Were 24
Round 3 started at 3:00 p.m. on December 12th, with twelve men and all twelve women competing. In the undefeated men’s section, China’s Chen Yaoye was matched against Korea’s Park Jeonghwan, and Koreans Choi Chulhan and Kang Dongyoon were matched against each other. In the undefeated women’s section, China’s Rui Naiwei was matched against Korea’s Park Jieun, a player who had occasionally managed to defeat her in title matches when Rui was playing professionally in Korea, and China’s Li He was matched against Korea’s teenaged Myung-in Choi Jeong. Most players took their seats early. Rui Naiwei and Choi Jeong spent the pre-game minutes meditating with closed eyes.In the repechage sections, the eight players who survived to advance into the fourth round were: Lin Chi-han of Chinese Taipei, who eliminated Csaba Mero of Hungary (‘His reading was too fast for me to keep up with,’ commented Mero); Lin Chun-yen (above at left) of Chinese Taipei, who surprisingly eliminated Tuo Jiaxi of China, setting up a match between the two remaining Lin’s in the fourth round, ensuring that at least one player from Chinese Taipei will reach the fifth round; Jiang Weijie of China, who eliminated Murakawa Daisuke of Japan by winning a fight in the middle of the board; Fujita Akihiko of Japan, who eliminated countrymate Uchida Shuhei; Mukai Chiaki of Japan, who eliminated Su Sheng-fang of Chinese Taipei; Joanne Missingham of Chinese Taipei, who stormed back from her morning loss to eliminate Okuda Aya of Japan; Natalia Kovaleva of Russia, who eliminated Irene Sha of Canada in a long fighting game that ended with no groups dead but many groups reduced to just two eyes and Kovaleva slightly ahead; and Vanessa Wong of Great Britain, who eliminated Rita Pocsai of Hungary, whom she had also beaten in the European Women’s Championship this year. Click here for Ranka’s full report.
Game Commentary: Round 3: Chen-Park
December 13, 2012
W: CHEN Yaoye 9P (China)
B: PARK Jeonghwan 9P (Korea)
Commentary: Michael Redmond 9P
Edited by Chris Garlock
Park is one of the top Korean players; he’s been on the international scene for several years. He’s a steady player with no obvious weak points. Chen’s also a top player from China; he’s very knowledgeable about some of the more complicated josekis so his opening can sometimes be quite interesting. On the whole, I think he’s a strong fighting player, and we certainly will see that in this game.
Thursday December 13, 2012
On December 13, Lee Sedol 9p defeated Gu Li 9p 2-1, to win the match and the title, at the 17th Samsung Cup. Lee Sedol won the first game of the match on December 11 by half a point in an upset win. Gu Li seemed to be dispirited after losing, but he won the next game on the following day (December 12), scoring a one sided victory over Lee. The following day, Lee Sedol played black in the final, and he took an early lead for the first time in the series. However, Gu Li’s middle game was excellent and he managed to reverse the game. After Gu took the lead, however, he made some tiny mistakes in the endgame and Lee was able to claw his way back, little by little. The game became incredibly close, at which point Gu made a crucial endgame mistake, and Lee eventually reversed the game to win by half a point. As a result, Lee won the final series by a total of just 1 point — half a point each in his two wins –to take home the 17th Samsung Cup.
- Adapted from GoGameGuru
2012 SportAccord World Mind Games Day 1: The Players Arrive; Press Conference; Opening Ceremony; LIVE from the SAWMG: Redmond, Bogdanov, Missingham & Lin; Game Commentary: Round 1 (China-Korea)
Thursday December 13, 2012
NOTE: Watch the AGA website for our Day 2 Update — including Michael Redmond’s analysis of the Park Jeongghwan (Korea)-Chen Yaoye (China) game — which will be posted later this morning.
The Players Arrive: After months of build-up, go players from Argentina, Canada, China, Czechia, Chinese Taipei, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom began arriving in Beijing around December 10 for the 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG). The first event on their schedule was an evening meeting on December 11 at which they drew for the all-important player numbers that would decide their pairings during the games…click here for Ranka’s complete report.
Press Conference: The popularization of mind games are part of Beijing’s plan to develop into a cultural center and an “intelligent city,” Wu Jingmi, Executive President of the local organizing committee said at the December 12 press conference launching the 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games. Beijing’s all-out approach to the 2008 Olympic Games earned it a permanent Olympic legacy, added Hein Verbruggen, president of SportAccord. This year’s Games have attracted extensive media coverage, reported David Neville, Director of SportAccord’s Multi-Sports Unit, with 24 platforms broadcasting to 64 countries, who noted that the event’s preliminary online tournament attracted 380,000 amateur participants this year, five of whom won trips to Beijing…click here for Ranka’s complete report.
Opening Ceremony: “Mind sports are deeply rooted in Chinese culture” said SportAccord president Hein Verbruggen at the opening ceremony of the SportAccord World Mind Games on December 12 in Beijing, China. The flags of the People’s Republic of China and SportAccord were hoisted to flutter vigorously in an artificial breeze, anthems were played, and the attending athletes, officials, staff, and guests were treated to a succession of speeches…click here for Ranka’s complete report. All photos by Ivan Vigano
LIVE from the SAWMG: Redmond, Bogdanov, Missingham & Lin
The first-day go segment of the SAWMG live web-streaming program featured Michael Redmond 9P’s analysis of the Round 1 game between Russia’s Ilya Shiksin 7d and Japan’s Daisuke Murakawa 7P, as well as visits from Russian Go Federation Vice-President Victor Bogdanov, Taipei player — and official Go Ambassador to the SAWMG — Joanne Jia Jia Missingham (l) and Canadian representative Tianyu (Bill) Lin. Missingham’s tips for tournament prep included “watching television and taking a bath” to relax. American Go E-Journal Managing Editor — and the IGF’s Media Officer for the SAWMG — Chris Garlock hosted the show, which is available on the Mind Games Channel on YouTube.
World Mind Games 2012 Game Commentary: Round 1 (China-Korea)
December 12, 2012, Beijing, China
W: Jiaxi TUO 3P (China)
B: Chulhan CHOI 9P (Korea)
Commentary by Michael Redmond
Edited by Chris Garlock
Tuo is a relatively young player, very high in the world rankings right now. Choi has been representing Korea for some time now; he’s known for his fighting strength and usually plays an exciting game, as you’ll see here.
This was the most evenly-matched game of the first round, featuring top players from Korea and China.
Wednesday December 12, 2012
The 2012 Samsung Cup is going to a third and final game to determine this year’s title holder. Lee Sedol won the first game on Monday by a half-point, and Gu Li won the second round Tuesday by resignation (see below for reports). The final round will be broadcast tonight — starting at 9p (EST), with Myung-wan Kim commenting the game on Tygem’s World server (NOT the Korea 1 server, as previously reported) as he has for the previous rounds. Kim’s live English-language commentary will be on the Tygem go server the first 15 minutes of every hour on Tygem’s ”Korea 1″ server. The game, which could last four or five hours, is set to start at 6p West Coast time (9p EST), on Dec. 12.
Round 1: In a particularly hard-fought and close match, Lee Sedol 9p of Korea came from behind to win Game 1 of the Samsung Cup final against Gu Li 9p of China by a half point. “Gu Li played very well in the opening and had many chances to secure the win in the endgame,” said Myung-wan Kim 9P, who did a live English-language commentary of the game on Tygem. American players were glued to the game. “It felt like riding a roller coaster without seat belts,” said Southern California’s Curtis Tang 7d. “The easiest might have been to play move 229 at 232, a nothing-to-lose ko threat that would have resulted in a 1.5-point win. The last losing move seems to be 257.”
Round 2: Gu Li 9p avenged his half point loss to Lee Sedol 9p in round one of the Samsung Cup by taking round two with a thumping win. “He showed outstanding reading power over Lee Sedol today,” said Myung-wan Kim 9p, who covered the game in a live commentary on Tygem. “It was a perfect win. Lee missed an attack in the beginning then never had a chance. I was amazed to see how Gu Li finished the game. Gu Li didn’t just win. He crushed Lee.” Added Kim, “Tonight’s game will be the most exciting game in 2012.”
The next world championship English-language live commentary will be the Ing Cup final between 17-year-old Fan Ting-yu 3p and 19-year-old Park Jung-hwan 9p, which Kim said “might be the first match of a long rivalry like Lee Chang-ho 9p and Chang Hao 9p 10 years ago.” Kim plans on doing commentary on every world championship final in the coming year.
Wednesday December 12, 2012
The Hope Chinese School-Fairfax (HCS) bested an AGA team in a December 2 friendship match in Annandale, VA. Twelve AGA players ranked from 5k-5d participated in two rounds of 10-on-10 non-handicapped games against the HCS team, which scored 12-8 overall, with some games as close as half a point.
HCS-Fairfax principal Ms. Li described the match as “a significant and exciting cultural event,” and welcomed AGA players to come back next year. She and HCS team captain Mr. Gu awarded AGA team a trophy, and each AGA player also received a backpack. Tournament director Edward Zhang (below at left, presenting a gift to Mr Gu) gave a summary of AGA rules at the beginning of the event and introduced the benefits of becoming an AGA member, such as tournaments, ratings and the American Go E-Journal. Click here for photo albums by Yuyan Zhou and Edward Zhang.
AGA-DC: Haskell Small (2-0), David Reed (2-0), Dan Hiltgen (2-0), Justin Teng, Keiju Takehara, Jim Liu, Xiao Zhang, Kelsey Dyer, Yukino Takehara, Mohan Sud, Robin Kramer and Jonathan Barlow.
Wednesday December 12, 2012
David Lee Wins Edinburgh Christmas Open: After last year’s wobble, the Edinburgh Christmas Open has made a full recovery, with 32 players turning out for the December 8 event. From the five players at the top with three wins, the SOS tiebreak gave the whisky to David Lee (3d Dundee). The day after the tournament, twelve players gathered together for a day of studying (David Lee wins Edinburgh Christmas Tie 12/8). Norway Freezes Out UK in Pandanet Go European Team Championship Match: The United Kingdom’s “disappointing” start to the Pandanet Go European Team Championship continued on December 4, with the UK team still seeking their first win of the season after a disappointing 1-3 loss to Norway on Pandanet, leaving the UK team on the bottom of the League with only one draw in four matches (Norwegians freeze us out 12/6). Martha McGill 200th BGA Dan Player: Martha McGill became the 200th player to be awarded a dan certificate by the BGA in early December (Martha McGill becomes our 200th dan player 12/4).
- all reports adapted from the British Go Association website; edited by Michael Albert
Wednesday December 12, 2012
The 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG) have begun in Beijing, China. Click here for live coverage — including game commentary by Michael
Redmond 9P (see right for Redmond’s commentary on the Round 1 game between Russia’s Ilya Shiksin 7d and Daisuke Murakawa 7P) and E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock’s interviews with players and officials on the SAWMG website; live results and schedule here. For Ranka’s reports, click here.
Tuesday December 11, 2012
The second edition of the World Mind Games is about to start on December 12, with final preparations now in progress. This year’s event, hosted in Beijing, China, will include 8 days of competitions in five mind sports; go, bridge, chess, draughts (checkers), and xiangqi (Chinese chess). Players representing the different mind sports are some of the world’s best, including: GO: Jiang Weijie, Chen Yaone, Park Jeonghwan, Choi Chulhan; BRIDGE: Fu Zhong, Bauke Muller, Peter Bertheau and Fredryk Nystrom, Joe Grue, Ming Sun, Catherine d’Ovidio, Nicola Smith, Lynn Deas; CHESS: Humpy Koneru, Aronyan Levon, Rajabov Teymur, Karyakin Sergey, Hou Yifan, Muzychuk Anna; DRAUGHTS: Alexei Chizov, Alexander Georgiev, Zoja Golubeva; XIANGQI: Wang Tian Yi, Nguyen Hoang Lam, Lei Kam Fun, Ng Jun Ming, Chan, Chun Kit, Chen Li Chun, Jia Dan, Cao Phuong Thanh.
The 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games also have an extensive social, cultural and educational program which will run in parallel with the competitions and involve the local public, especially students. The following five ambassadors will represent the different participating sports and promote them among the public. Go: Joanne “Jia Jia” Missingham; Bridge: Sjoert Brink; Chess: Hou Yifan; Draughts: Alexey Chizhov; Xiangqi: Chan Chun Kit. In addition, the winners of the online tournament will join the SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing to meet and play against the Grand Masters.
Twenty-four media platforms will air the event and the television broadcast will be available in 64 territories around the world. The live web-streaming will be available on the YouTube Mind Games Channel. American Go E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock is part of the team — which includes Michael Redmond 9P and Janice Kim 3P — covering the SAWMG go event; watch for daily reports on the AGA website and in the E-Journal.
The SportAccord World Mind Games are a multi-sports event promoting the value of mind sports, with the world’s best players delivering top-level performances and creating valuable new experiences based on their intelligence, strategy and mental exercise.
photo: in the go playing room at the 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games; photo by Chris Garlock