American Go E-Journal

U.S. REP JIE LIANG 7D TAKES 4TH IN KOREAN P.M. CUP

Sunday October 24, 2010

Jie Liang 7D (r), the U.S. representative to the Korean Prime Minister’s Cup, finished in fourth place with a 6-1 record, reported American Go Association President Allan Abramson on Sunday, October 24. Liang defeated Italy, Hungary, Serbia, Indonesia, Israel, and Slovakia, losing to 18-year-old Artem Kachanovskyy of the Ukraine in the sixth round. Artem played for the championship, but lost to the undefeated champion, Sang-Hun Lee of Korea. Yoshiyuki Tschimune of Japan took second, and Yuqing Hu of China took third, both also with 6-1 records. Kachanovskyy was fifth, followed by 13-year-old Hung Yuan Yeh of Tapei in sixth, 16-year-old Ryan Li of Canada in seventh, Guyu Liu of Australia in eighth, Juri Kuronen of Finland in ninth, and Ondrej Silt of the Czech Republic in tenth place. This year, the 72-player KPMG took place in Changwon, near the South Coast of South Korea. It is a “new” town of about a million, with a governmental focus on industry and green policies. “About 400 other players participated in a one-day district tournament,” Abramson adds, “including many children, and a women’s section. The Korean press was much in evidence.” Click here for official news and results and here for Abramson’s photos. photo: Jie Liang (r) plays Italy’s Allessandro Scolavino in the first round

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‘KILLER OF GO” SAKATA EIO DIES AT 90

Saturday October 23, 2010

The legendary Sakata Eio 9P died Thursday, October 21 at the age of 90. Perhaps best-known in the West as the author of the indispensable Killer of Go, Sakata — nicknamed “The Razor” — became a professional go player in 1935. In his first title match — the 1951 Honinbo – Sakata was under pressure to win the title back for the Nihon Ki-in and though he won the first three matches, Hashimoto Utaro fought back and won the final four games to keep the Honinbo title. Afterwards, Sakata went on to win a couple of small titles which were the start of a meteoric run of major wins in which he won almost all of the titles in Japan except the Honinbo. In 1961 he once again challenged for the Honinbo, this time winning and taking it from Takagawa Kaku, who had held the title for nine straight years straight. Sakata then captured the Meijin in 1963, making him the first player to simultaneously hold both titles, which at the time were the biggest titles in Japan. Sakata’s strongest year was 1964, when he won 30 games, lost just two and held seven major titles: Meijin, Honinbo, Nihon Ki-in Championship, Asahi Pro Best Ten, Oza, Nihon Kiin#1, and NHK Cup. Sakata’s professional career waned in 1965, when he lost the Meijin to 23-year-old Rin Kaiho. Sakata challenged two years in a row but could not win the Meijin back and though he then lost the Honinbo to Rin as well, Sakata went on to win many other titles, including the Judan and Oza. In addition to Killer of Go, Sakata’s books in English include Modern Joseki and Fuseki, The Middle Game of Go, and Tesuji and Anti-Suji of Go. In his LifeIn19x19 memory of Sakata’s 1986 visit to the U.S. Go Congress, Keith Arnold recommends “the late Nakayama’s essay regarding a game between Sakata and Shuko – a wonderful game and a wonderful story that truly makes you feel like you are in the room with him. The moment when he exclaims in frustration ‘This shows how hopeless I am at go’ and his genuine anger when the players at the next board burst out in laughter is priceless. As was he.”
- Chris Garlock, adapted from Wikipedia

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STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR NORCAL WORKSHOPS WITH TADASHI SASAKI 8P

Saturday October 23, 2010

What if you had the chance to play tennis with Andy Roddick? Or have Lebron James critique your basketball game? Go players in Northern California will have such an opportunity the first weekend of November when Tadashi Sasaki 8P of the Nihon Ki-in comes to San Francisco for the first time in 20 years to teach two one-day workshops. “I would have thought we would have sold out by now,” reports organizer Roger Schrag, “but we still have some seats available.” The workshops take place Saturday, November 6 in Menlo Park and Sunday, November 7 in San Francisco. Students can sign up for one day or both days. The earlybird registration pricing has been extended through October 24. More information is available here.

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP October 12-18: Samsung Cup Rounds 1 & 2

Monday October 18, 2010

Three Koreans & One Chinese Player Advance to Samsung Cup Semis. In second-round play on October 14, Kim Jiseok 7P, Park Junghwan 8P, and Heo Yeongho 7P of Korea and Gu Li 9P of China advanced to the semi-finals.  The semi-finals will be played November 1-4 as three-game series with Kim Jiseok playing Gu Li and Heo Yeongho playing Park Junghwan.  In the second round, Kim Jiseok defeated Kong Jie 9P, Gu Li defeated Lee Sedol 9P, Park Junghwan defeated Won Sungjin 9P, and Heo Yeongho defeated Wang Lei 6P (game records).  In the first round, played on October 13, there were no major surprises. Kong Jie defeated Lee Changho 9P by resignation in a fairly short game of 142 moves. Lee Sedol defeated Yamashita Keigo 9P by resignation after coming back from a deficit during the middle game. Kim Jiseok defeated Park Jiyeon 2P, and Gu Li defeated Han Sanghoon 5P. In other first round results, Heo Yeongho defeated Wang Tao 3P, Won Sungjin defeated Zhou Ruiyang 5P, Wang Lei defeated Park Yeonghun 9P, and Park Junghwan defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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MIAMI GO CLUB MARKS “END OF AN ERA”

Monday October 18, 2010

“The Borders bookstore where we have met for the last 15 years or so has closed its doors permanently, another victim of the recession (and the Kindle),” reports Miami go club organizer Joel Sanet. “We are still looking for a replacement site. Stay tuned.”
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NY GO CENTER LAUNCHES LEAGUE

Monday October 18, 2010

The New York Go Center has just announced the New York Go Center League. The League is a month-long competition meant to encourage serious games as well as to push participants to improve. League games will be held every Wednesday and Sunday evenings starting at 5PM and 3PM, respectively. Click here for details.

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U.S. 15TH IN INT’L PAIR GO CHAMPIONSHIPS

Monday October 18, 2010

The US team of Curtis Tang and Wanyu Chen (left) placed 15th — out of 32 — in the the 21st annual International Amateur Pair Go Championships in Tokyo, finishing with a record of 3-2. Canada finished 3-2 in 10th place. Tang and Chen won against Slovakia, Sweden and Thailand, and lost to two strong Japanese pairs. The overall winners were the Korean pair of Song Hong Suk and Lee Yeongju. Second and third went to two Japanese pairs.
- report/photo by Allan Abramson; click here for more photos

SCHUMER TOPS MASS FALL TOURNEY

Monday October 18, 2010

Pete Schumer 2k took first prize in the October 17 Massachusetts Go Association’s Fall Tournament, topping at 26-player field. Second prize to Jed Strohm 8k, and third was Becci Torrey 1d. “Pete and Jed both won all their games,” reports TD Eva Casey, “Becci lost only to Pete.” Players ranged in age from 8 (Kevin Xiong, 9kyu) to over 70. Two 4-dan’s participated (Keith Crews and Micah Feldman), and five women (Becci Torrey, Karen Ogg, Wanda Metcalf, Su Co Chon Duc, and Eva Casey). The Massachusetts Go Association’s next tournament will be held Sunday January 16, 2011.

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GO IN THE NEWS: Playing Lightly

Thursday October 14, 2010

At the Digital Contents Expo 2010 in Tokyo – which goes through October 17 – a man plays go as the images of the pieces are placed and moved by a projector with motion-sensitive camera sensors. Photo courtesy Reuters. Thanks to Mark Gilston for passing this along.

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IYAMA YUTA SWEEPS MEIJIN

Monday October 11, 2010

Iyama Yuta 9P (l) defeated Takao Shinji 9P by resignation on October 6 and 7 in game four of the 35th Meijin title match, winning the title 4-0. This is Iyama’s second consecutive Meijin title win.
- JustPlayGo

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