American Go E-Journal

Fujitsu Cup Ends After 24-Year Run

Monday December 19, 2011

After a 24-year run, the Fujitsu Cup has ended. The popular international tournament – won this year by Park Junghwan (right), the youngest 9-dan pro in the world — featured top players from the Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese professional go scene, joined by representatives of North and South America and Europe. “The Fujitsu Cup has been the most important event in promoting international go for the longest time,” said Thomas Hsiang, the American Go Association’s representative to the International Go Federation, where he’s vice president. “I personally was fortunate to have been one of the players.  The world of go owes a profound debt of gratitude to the Nihon Kiin and to Fujitsu for supporting and organizing this event for so many years.” Founded in 1988, the Fujitsu was organized by the Nihon Ki-in, the Kansai Ki-in and the Yomiuri Shimbun and sponsored by Fujitsu Ltd. “Many great games were played and recorded during that time,” said T. Urasoe of the Nihon Kiin. “It is a great shame that it will terminate. But we will continue to seek a chance to hold an international tournament in Japan.”

Categories: World

US Youth Go Championships Jan. 21

Monday December 19, 2011

Qualifiers for the United States Youth Go Championships will be held Saturday, January 21st, on KGS.   The tourney will determine National Dan, Single Digit Kyu (SDK), and Double Digit Kyu (DDK) Champions. The winners will receive trophies, and prizes will be awarded in the following brackets: 5-7 dan 1-4 dan, 1-4 kyu, 5-9 kyu, 10-15 kyu, 16-20 kyu, 21-25 kyu, 26 and up kyu.  The qualifiers will use several formats for pairing, and all dan level youth will compete in an open section.  The top four youth will then move on to a double elimination final held on January 22nd, and continuing the following weekend. The winners of the dan sections will go on to represent the US at the World Youth Goe Championships, in August.  All expenses will be paid for the representatives to attend the tournament, in whichever country it is to be held (The Czech Republic was likely, but not confirmed, as of press time). Contestants will also be entered into a pool to receive partial scholarships to either the AGA Summer Youth Go Camp, or the US Go Congress, courtesy of the AGF, 16 Scholarships will be awarded. The Junior Division is for youth under 12, the Senior Division is for youth under 16 as of August 1, 2012.  Only US Citizens under 16 may enter the finals, youth who are under 18 may compete in the qualifiers and kyu brackets, and so may residents who are not citizens.  To register, e-mail with your name, AGA #, date of birth, AGA rating, KGS ID, and citizenship.  You may enter at a rank higher than your official AGA rank, but may not enter at a lower one.  The registration deadline is Sunday, January 15th.  For more info, see the USYGC page. -Paul Barchilon E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: USYGC Jr. Division Champion Aaron Ye 4d, competing against Russia at the 2011 World Youth Go Championships, in Bucharest, Romania.  Photo by Paul Barchilon.

X-Mas Discounts at Go Shop

Monday December 19, 2011

The Go Shop is offering Christmas discounts on selected go-themed tumblers. The shop also offers tote bags with a go theme and – just in – a go keychain.

Your Move/Readers Write: Best Go Teachers?

Monday December 19, 2011

“Assuming a player is serious and wants to make significant improvement with a dedicated effort, whom are the best teachers to partner with for serious improvement,” wonders Joy. “And where are the very best schools in California for making significant improvement for go for adults?”

It’s impossible to say who’s “best,” as that depends on so many unique variables.  Start by asking around at your local club (click here for clubs in California) to see who’s working with which teachers and what their experiences have been. Next, try some lessons with different teachers to get a sense of the fit between their strengths and your goals. Check out the list of US pros here.  Also, a lot of go students these days work with teachers online; KGS is a great source of information on such teachers as well as lectures and more. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!

Go Classified: Go Classes in IL

Monday December 19, 2011

Xinming Simon Guo is offering wei qi (go) classes at the Xilin Chinese School in Skokie, IL.  Click here for a syllabus.

Categories: Go Classified

Jasiek Publishes “Capturing Races”

Monday December 19, 2011

Capturing races are complicated. Really complicated. Just to cite one example, there’s the five basic types of semeai  with 93 possible cases and over 200 principles governing how to determine status and outcome.  Robert Jasiek’s new book, Capturing Races  1 attempts to organize and address some of the basic issues involved in just 272 pages, though more volumes are planned.  “Capturing Races” can be used as either a textbook for study or as a reference dictionary, Jasiek says. The book introduces terms and basic theory before applying it as well as including problems and answers so the reader can check on whether the theory’s been applied correctly. The book serves also as a dictionary, classifying capturing races into two basic groups. Click here to see sample pages and to order.

EuroGoTV-News: December 10-12

Sunday December 18, 2011

SPAIN: Joan Pons 2d won the Dec 10-12 Final del Campeonato de Espana 2011 in Spain. In The Legends Cadiz tournament, played Dec 10 in Cadiz, Arturo De Celis 13k took first place.

HUNGARY: Hungarian Schoolkids Championship Preliminary: Zsigmond Tar 17k topped the December 11 Hungarian Schoolkids Championship Preliminary in Budapest, Hungary.

ROMANIA: Romanian Female Championship: Larisa Popescu 3k (photo) won the Romanian Female Championship, played Dec 10-12 in Bucuresti, Romania.

ITALY: Udine Tournament: Andres Saro 5k won the second Udine Tournament, played Dec 11 in Udine, Italy.

PORTUGAL: Li Dong Fang, the only one to win all five matches, won the 2011 Oporto Open, which featured player participation from China, France, and Spain, besides the national representatives from Portugal. Daniel Tome was the best Portuguese player in the tournament. Click here for details.

POLAND: In the Bydgoszcz tournament, played on Dec 10 in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Maksym Walaszewski 4k took first place.

- Excerpted from reports – including full results — on EuroGoTV

Categories: Europe

“Tony” Wen Wins Davis/Sac Tourney

Sunday December 18, 2011

Hang “Tony” Wen 1d (l) took first place at the December 17 Davis/Sacramento Go Club Winter Quarterly Tournament at the Arcade Library in Sacramento, CA.  Nine competitors attended from the San Francisco bay area to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Five players had two wins, with the results determined by tie breaks. Wen 1d placed first, Jeff Horn 1d was second, and Willard Haynes 1d was third.
- Willard Haynes

Categories: U.S./North America

China Tops World Mind Games Mixed Doubles

Sunday December 18, 2011

China took the gold medal in the SportAccord World Mind Games mixed doubles event, with Korea winning silver and Japan bronze. The U.S. team of Feng Yun and Jie Li (photo) defeated Europe’s Vanessa Wong and Catalin Taranu in the final.

Click here for Ranka Online’s full coverage of the World Mind Games, which ended on December 16th.

20th Jujo Jiang Tourney Jan. 8

Saturday December 17, 2011

Mingjiu Jiang 7P, and the Ing Foundation, are again sponsoring the Jujo Jiang Tournament in San Francisco, CA.  Last year’s event drew 66 competitors, and similar numbers are expected this year.  All levels are welcome, there will be prizes in four divisions: Open, Dan, Kyu, and Novice, this will be an AGA rated tournament..  Jiang Jujo 9P and Rui NaiWei 9P will be in attendance again this year.  To register, and for more information, go to, or e-mail  - Paul Barchilon. Photo: Jujo Jiang (l) plays his brother, Mingjiu Jiang (r) at the 2011 Jujo Tourney.