American Go E-Journal

GO SPOTTING: Yojiro Takita’s New Film

Saturday June 25, 2011

Yojiro Takita’s next film has an interesting historical connection to the game of go. Takita (r) – who won an Oscar in 2009 for Okuribito (Departures) – is adapting the novel ‘Tenchi Meisastsu,’ about a 17th century astronomer and mathematician. The film is an adaptation of To Ubukata’s novel of the same name, based on the life of Shibukawa, who later took on the name of his father, champion go player Yasui Santetsu, first head of the Yasui house. The novel has won literary awards in Japan on its way to selling 380,000 copies. It was published by Kadokawa, which is collaborating with Shochiku on the movie. Tenchi Meisastsu — which roughly translates as “insights into the universe” — is being shot at Shochiku’s Kyoto studio until the middle of August, and is slated for an autumn 2012 release.
- based on Gavin J. Blair’s story in The Hollywood Reporter, with thanks to Ramon Mercado for spotting the reference.

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Mexico City to Host 13th Iberoamerican Go Tourney in October

Saturday June 25, 2011

The 13th Iberoamerican Go Tournament will be held in Mexico City October 8-10. “The Ibero Tournament is the biggest event in the Latin America go scene, and we would be really happy to have visitors from the USA,”  Mexican Go Association President Vladimiro González tells the E-Journal.

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U.S. Go Congress Attendees Can Pre-Register for Tournaments Now

Monday June 20, 2011

Starting this week 2011 U.S. Go Congress attendees will be able to register online for tournaments, the first time this has been possible. “We really want TDs and attendees to get a better idea of what tournaments there are and how they can participate in as many as possible before the Congress starts,” Congress Director Lisa Scott tells the E-Journal. “Attendees will be able to sign up for other events in the next few weeks as well.” In addition to these new features, the Congress transportation information has been updated to include more airline discount codes, resources for land travel, and information about bikes and other rentals in Santa Barbara. “We are so excited about everything that this year’s Congress has to offer … we can’t wait for it to start!” says Scott. Reach her at lisa.scott@gocongress.org with any questions.

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Feng Yun 9P Offers Summer Go Workshop

Monday June 20, 2011

Registration is now open for Feng Yun 9P’s August 22-26 Summer Go Workshop in New Jersey. “This is a good opportunity for players of all ages to study go with a 9 dan pro in a relaxed atmosphere with a lot of personal attention,” reports Paul Matthews. Workshop registration is limited; click here for more details.

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U.S. to Send Team to Sport Accord Mind Games in December

Monday June 20, 2011

The American Go Association has been invited to send a team to the Sport Accord Mind Games in December in Beijing. “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to participate in such a prestigious event, and look forward to it with great anticipation,” said AGA President Allan Abramson. Six teams will play in the December 8-17 tournament in Beijing: China, Japan, Kore, Chinese Taipei (representing Asia-Pacific), the U.S. (representing the Americas) and the European Union (representing Europe). Each team will have five members, with at least one female, and there are two medals: team and pair go. The U.S. team selection process will consist of inviting 16 AGA players with 6.0+ rating, including at least two female players, and four CGA players. A 5-round qualifier tournament will be held July 10-12, July 13-16, July 17-20, July 21-23, and July 24-26. Email tournaments@usgo.org for complete SAMG qualifier details and requirements or to register; include your commitment to play in the full qualifier and to travel to Beijing in December. Registration deadline is 8p EST on July 4. Prizes include $10,000-80,000 (USD) for teams and $2,000-12,000 (USD) for pair go. Each team is guaranteed at least the minimum amount. For all players, airfare, hotel, meals, and local transportation are sponsored by Sport Accord. Click here to stay tuned for more details.

Zhou/Chou Top DC/VA NAIM Qualie

Monday June 20, 2011

Last weekend’s DC-area North American Ing Masters (NAIM) qualifier spanned two states and as many days. The battle between six strong players commenced Friday night, June 18 as more than a dozen players gathered at the Greater Washington Go Club in Bethesda to watch Yuan Zhou 7d, Daniel Chou 6d, Zhengying Gu 5d, Juan Pablo Quizon 5d, Keith Arnold 4d and Justin Teng 4d play. Tournament Director Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang did the pairings with a set of fans signed by professionals, which the players were allowed to keep. The Board 1 game between Zhou and Teng was broadcast live on KGS by E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock; see below for the game record. Three rounds were scheduled across the river on Saturday in the Northern Virginia (NOVA) Go Club, and the “1+3” schedule was favored by many players, who felt it was more physically manageable, allowing for a higher quality of games. Yuan Zhou 7d and Daniel Chou 6d both finished 3-1, with Keith Arnold 4d and Justin Teng 4d tied in 3rd place. Photos by Yang Jiao

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IN MEMORIAM: Tim Huang

Monday June 20, 2011

Tim Huang, longtime member of the Vermont Go Club and a tireless promoter of the game of go passed away June 14 after a long battle with leukemia and its after-effects. Tim attended several U.S. Go Congresses and included many of his students – he was a Associate Professor of Computer Science at Middlebury College — in AI studies of the game. His contributions to AI research helped lead to many of the critical developments in computer science and artificial intelligence, according to Middlebury President Ron Liebowitz. Huang is survived by his wife, Chae Sim Huang, and daughter, Lydia; his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Charles and Karen Huang; two sisters, Judy Huang and Jennifer (Huang) Stiller; and eight nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on June 18 at Mead Memorial Chapel. “Here in Vermont we are mourning of our colleague and friend,” reports Pete Schumer.

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Go Camp Discounts Offered

Monday June 20, 2011

The AGA East Coast Go Camp is still on, but time is running out for kids to register. With the AGF needs-based scholarships, kids can attend camp for as little as $500. Every summer since 1998, kids from 8 to 18 from all over the US and abroad, have met for a week to study and have fun at the AGA Go Camp. Play and instruction are supplemented by many typical camp activities. Experienced camp organizers are in charge, so the children who attend camp are safe and well cared for. Everything is organized to the last detail, beginning from the pickup at the airport to the last moment when staff take kids to the home-bound flight.  This year’s camp will be held at the Madison Suites Hotel in Somerset, New Jersey, July 23-30. Mingjiu Jiang 7p and Yuan Zhou 7d will be the primary teachers.   “The camp is an exciting chance to play go face to face, instead of just online,” says camp director John Mangual. For more information, visit the camp page here, or e-mail Mangual at agagocampeast@usgo.org -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

BruGo Releases iPad Joseki App

Saturday June 18, 2011

The author of the BruGo online joseki dictionary has just released an iPad Joseki application, BruGo Joseki.  “The Brugo Joseki iPad version is fast and reliable and contains more sequences than you could ever dream of,” says author Bram Vandenbon.
NOTE: we’re always interested in your thoughts on how go tools work — or don’t; email us at journal@usgo.org

LG Cup Yields More Surprises

Saturday June 18, 2011

The 16th LG Cup has continued to defy the predictions of go fans, creating a very interesting tournament going into the quarter finals. As we mentioned last week, Lee Sedol 9P, Gu Li 9P and Kong Jie 9P were all knocked out in the first round of the main tournament. Round two took place on June 15, 2011. Piao Wenyao 9P – the defending LG Cup champion – was eliminated by rising Korean star Kim Jiseok 7P. Some readers may remember Kim Jiseok’s explosive play against Gu Li in the BC Card Cup. Many are expecting Kim, who turned 22 last week, to break through on the international stage any day now. Qiu Jun 8P and Xie He 7P also defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P and Park Younghun 9P respectively.

Meanwhile the anticipated game between Iyama Yuta 9P and Lee Changho 9P concluded with Lee’s convincing win in 102 moves. The eight players who made it to the quarter finals are: Qiu Jun 8P, Jiang Weijie 5P and Xie He 7P of China. Kim Jiseok 7P, Won Seongjin 9P, Lee Changho 9P and Heo Youngho 9P of Korea. And Chen Shiyuan 9P of Taiwan. Of these eight, Lee is the only one with a solid track record in international tournaments, but he faces competition from a number of young and talented players to win this one.

Just to maintain the suspense, we’ll have to wait until November 2011 for the next two rounds to be played. The final will be in February 2012.

- Jingning; based on her original report on the 16th LG Cup at Go Game Guru. Photo: Lee Changho at the 16th LG Cup.

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