American Go E-Journal

Go9dan.com Hopes Third Time is Charm for Andy Liu-Lee Sedol Game

Tuesday January 22, 2013

Hopefully the third time with be the charm for go9dan.com. Technical snafus on Monday once again derailed the Andy Liu-Lee Sedol game, which had been rescheduled from Sunday, when lag problems on the server caused Lee Sedol’s clock to run out.

The game is now scheduled for this Saturday, January 26 at 8a EST. “We presume that the tech team can get the major bugs out in a few days,” says Michael J. Simon, CFO and Head of English Activities for 82 Limited, which is launching the new server. The Liu-Sedol game is the first in a 10-game series against the two new U.S. professionals, Andy Liu and Gansheng Shi, and Romanian pro Catalin Taranu 5P.

The pressure is on, as the new server is also set to host the first World Go League Invitational game at 7a EST this Sunday, January 27 between Sedol and Chen Yaoye. Ten of the world’s top professionals will play for $100,000 in prizes. Organizers plan to run tests this week “where a bunch of people from different continents will play and bet on the games, chat, and generally stress our system,” says Simon.

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AGHS T-Shirt Contest

Tuesday January 22, 2013

The American Go Honor Society is having a t-shirt design contest. Come up with any fun designs for the front of an AGHS t-shirt and yours could be the one worn by AGHS members throughout the nation. There are a few requirements:
1) The design must include “American Go Honor Society” somewhere.
2) Only use up to two colors.
3) The design should be created electronically, or if drawn should be sent in the form of an electronic copy.
The AGHS officers will vote on the best design, and the winner will be notified and given a free t-shirt of their own design. Send your submission to aghsregister@gmail.com by March 1st to be entered into the contest. -Julian Erville, AGHS Vice President.

Zhou Ruiyang 5P Shuts Out Chen Yaoye 9P in Bailing Cup Final

Monday January 21, 2013

Zhou Ruiyang 5P (at right, in photo) won his first international title in convincing fashion after taking down Chen Yaoye 9P (below left) 3-0 in the Bailing Cup on January 19th.

Despite being rated only 5P, Zhou was one of China’s strongest pros and has played on the Chinese team in the last two Nongshim Cups. However, an international title had eluded him in his ten-year career as a pro, until now.

Chen is another player who is long overdue for an international title after dominant performances in Chinese domestic tournaments like the Chinese Tengen and Chanqi Cup.

His next chance will be against Lee Seedol in the Chunlan Cup final this coming July.

The Bailing Cup is an international go tournament sponsored by the Guizhou Bailing Pharmaceutical Group; it started in 2012 and the winner receives about $300,000 USD. The format is a straight knock-out of 64 players with a best-of-five game final.

Adapted from a report on Go Game Guru; click for game records and more information. Edited by Ben Williams

Categories: U.S./North America
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After Server Lag Issues, Liu-Sedol Game Reset for January 21

Sunday January 20, 2013

“Andy Liu 1p and Lee Sedol 9p started off a pretty interesting game this morning in go9dan.com’s 10-game kadoban (Andy Liu 1P Takes on Lee Sedol Sunday on go9dan.com) but ran aground when lag problems on the server  caused Lee Sedol’s clock to run out,” reports AGA President Andy Okun. “Andy had already noted the lag problem and asked if there was a way of changing the time settings but there wasn’t.” It was agreed that the two will play a new game tomorrow (Monday, January 21) at 8a EST (5a on the West Coast) with longer byo-yomi settings.  Here’s the SGF of the game up to the point of stoppage.

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Edward Kim 7d & Ho Son 7d Tie for First at Jin Chen Memorial Tournament in Seattle

Sunday January 20, 2013

Edward Kim 7d and Ho Son 7d — both undefeated — shared the first place honors for the open section of the 3rd Jin Chen Memorial Tournament, held Jan. 6 in Seattle, WA. Second place went to guest Xingshuo Liu 7d, who is a law student at Indiana University and said that she isn’t playing much now, and that she “was probably a stronger player when she was 12 years old in China.”  The tournament attracted 32 players, with five 7-dans and three 6-dans in the open section.

In the handicapped section, there were three bands for prizes: dan level, 1k-5k, and 6k+. Among the dan players, Daniel Poore placed first, Job Betcher second, and Chang Kim third. For the 1k-5k group, Jordon Betcher was first, Moon Wung Sung second, and Judith Debel third. For the 6k group, Jae Moon Kim placed first, George Schmitten second and Frank Brown third.

Tournament Directors were Daniel Top and Bill Chiles. Dennis Wheeler and Andrew Jackson recorded four top games, which are posted at the Seattle Go Center website.

Photo: Xingshuo Liu and Edward Kim during round 2 of the tournament. Report and photo by Brian Allen.

Categories: U.S./North America
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Go Classified: Players Wanted in Palm Coast, FL

Sunday January 20, 2013

Living on their sailboat in Palm Coast, Florida, Mike and Daphne Ryan are looking for Gg players in Palm Coast, St. Augustine, and Daytona Beach. Contact them at dmryan7@mac.com

Categories: Go Classified
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Kiseido Offering 10-15% Off English-language Go Books

Saturday January 19, 2013

Kiseido has announced a sale of 10-15% off selected English-language go books, including Cho Chikun’s Go: A Complete Introduction to the Game, Kano Yoshinori’s Graded Go Problems for Beginners series, Graded Go Problems for Dan Players and more. Order three or four books and get 10% off the listed price with free shipping; order five books or more and get 15% off the listed price with free shipping. Sale books include the Mastering the Basics Series and the Get Strong at Go Series. The sale runs through February 28, 2013

Go Classified: Players Wanted in Alexandria, VA

Saturday January 19, 2013

Looking for players at the US Patent Office, Alexandria (VA) Campus. Contact Ramon A. Mercado at rmercado@iastate.edu

Categories: Go Classified
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The Traveling Go Board: Blackie’s International Baduk Academy

Saturday January 19, 2013

by Lisa Schrag As visiting Americans who help run the Bay Area Go Players Association, Roger Schrag and I wanted to see first-hand how go is taught in South Korea, a country where the population is as familiar with go (called baduk in Korean) as Americans are with chess.

We visited Blackie’s International Baduk Academy (BIBA), where we were greeted by friendly teachers Kim Seung-jun 9P “Blackie” (right) and Diana Koszegi 1P (left). Two years ago, they opened BIBA’s doors in the bustling Sanbon neighborhood of Seoul. The school only accepts international students, yet the system of learning go is traditional Korean. While a student there, you are living and breathing go with a daily schedule that runs from 11 in the morning to about 10 at night. All coursework is conducted in English, and people come  from places such as Canada, Singapore, France, Germany, Serbia, the U.K., and the U.S. Students may also attend events, meet pro players at tournaments, and visit the Korean Baduk Association.

“Even if you are at BIBA for a short time, the value is in learning how to study,” explained Koszegi. The pair told us that Korean go study focuses significantly on life and death problems. “Foreigners are weak on life and death,”  Koszegi continued. “They might come in as a 3d but play more like a 5k in life and death. Korean kids who are 3d play like a 5d in life and death.” Blackie plays go professionally in addition to teaching, and I asked him if doing so much teaching weakens his game. “You don’t get weaker teaching,” he responded.  “Maybe you don’t have as much time to study, but you don’t get weaker.” The key is to not overplay during teaching games. Instead, Blackie waits for opponents to make mistakes. There is a traditional Korean go school for children just down the hall from BIBA, and BIBA students sometimes connect with the kids there for competitive games. There’s also plenty of sightseeing available when you aren’t studying go or playing foot volleyball and soccer with the BIBA gang: palaces, parks, biking along the Han River… For more information, visit BIBA’s website. For more about Seoul, check out Visit Seoul. Photos by Lisa Schrag.

Categories: Traveling Go Board
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Rising Prodigies Defeat Top Pros in Exhibition Games

Friday January 18, 2013

In a surprising series of upsets, three players, all under 16 and who turned pro earlier this year, have defeated some of the top-rated Korean players.

Byun Sangil 2P (right) was born in 1997 and became a pro in early 2012; he’s currently ranked number 18 in Korea, and recently played in the Bailing and Olleh KT Cups.

Shin Minjoon 1P  (left) and Shin Jinseo 1P (below right) both became pros this July at the “Prodigy Pro Draft qualifier for ‘young talented students under 15.” They were born in 1999 and 2000 respectively.

Top players Lee Changho 9P, Lee Sedol 9P and Choi Cheolhan 9P each agreed to play exhibition matches against the rising stars. Unexpectedly, Lee Changho and Choi lost to their respective opponents, Shin Jinseo and Shin Moonjoon.

Lee began his game with an old-fashioned opening, and took the lead, but had the game reversed through the middle and end games.

“I can’t say that much about Shin after playing only one game,” said Lee afterwards, “but he seems to be very good at making good shape and fighting. He’s already quite strong, so if he keeps studying hard, I’m sure he’ll reach the top in the near future.”

Choi’s style of play is aggressive, and served him well when he defeated Shin in the preliminary rounds of the GS Caltex Cup. However this time Shin was about to seize on an early opportunity and held up through the endgame for a 2.5 point win.

“It’s easy to improve a lot at Shin’s age,” said Choi, “and if he can win some important matches, he’ll become a great player in the future.”

Lee Sedol was the only pro who managed to hold off his opponent, defeating Byun Sangil, his former student, by half a point.

“I was quite surprised to see the results of the other two games. I know the young players are already quite strong, but it’s still very impressive,” said Lee. He added that, “this is kind of event isn’t the same as a real match, so I don’t want the youngsters to become too excited. But they should reflect on this experience and keep going.”

Adapted from a report on Go Game Guru; click for game records and more information. Edited by Ben Williams

Categories: World,Youth
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