American Go E-Journal

WALDRON WINS “GO FOR ALL” GAME SUMMIT

Monday July 12, 2010

Phil Waldron 6d (r) won the 2010 GO for All Game Summit Open tournament, which drew a diverse field of players triple the size of last year’s event. The event – held amid a gaming convention — was held in Ottawa, Canada on June 13. Waldron withstood fierce challenges from “Summer” Xià 5d of China – who took second place — along with Howard Chang 4d (3rd place), Grigory Poselentsev, a 2-dan from Russia, and Benson Lai 2-dan. Slate & Shell Publishing sponsored the event and provided prizes. “After studying the texts, the competition is sure to be even more fierce next year!” reports Tyler Reynolds of GO for All and Vice-President of the Canadian Go Association  (Grants & Youth).

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SLATE & SHELL ISSUES SPANISH TRANSLATION OF “HOW NOT TO PLAY GO”

Monday July 12, 2010

“Uno de los atractivos de ser un jugador kyu es la facilidad con que puede mejorar su juego—algo mucho más difícil para jugadores dan,” says Yuan Zhou in Como No Jugar al Go, a just-issued Spanish translation of Zhou’s popular How Not to Play Go in which he clarifies the common kyu level misunderstandings of how to play which hold kyu players back from reaching dan level. Brian J. Olive of Orlando, Florida did the translation and Slate & Shell publisher Bill Cobb reports that “there are also plans to translate How Not to Play Go into other languages.”

CHINA WINS FIRST GAME IN CHINA-KOREA TENGEN

Sunday July 11, 2010

In the first game of the 14th China-Korea Tengen match, China’s Chen Yaoye 9P defeated Korea’s Park Junghwan 8P by resignation earlier today. The Tengen is an annual best-of-three match between the respective winners of the Chinese Tianyuan and Korean Chunwon tournaments. The second game will be played on July 12th.

- JustPlayGo

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CHINESE AGON CUP GETS UNDERWAY

Sunday July 11, 2010

China’s twelfth annual Agon Cup is now underway. In the set of first-round matches held Thursday, July 8, Sun Tengyu, Qiu Jun, and Gu Li all won their respective games. Sun Tengyu 4d, the defending Agon champion, defeated Sun Li 4d by resignation; Qiu Jun 8d defeated Meng Li 3d by 2.5 points; and Gu Li 9d defeated Cao Xiaoyang 3d by resignation. The Agon Cup is a blitz tournament in which the Chinese winner faces off against Japan’s Agon Cup title holder in an annual China-Japan Agon Cup game between the two go powers. Last year’s winner was Sun Tengyu, defeating Hane Naoki by 3.5 points.
- JustPlayGo

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SAKAI HIDEYUKI WINS GAME TWO IN GOSEI

Sunday July 11, 2010

Sakai Hideyuki 7P defeated Cho U 9P in the second game of the the 35th Gosei title match. After losing the first game by resignation in late June, Sakai Hideyuki rallied this Friday, winning by 2.5 points.

- JustPlayGo

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RECENT EUROPEAN RESULTS: Germany, Finland & Croatia

Sunday July 11, 2010

Bernd Schütze 4d swept the 2010 German Championship Preliminary, held June 25-27 at the Chinese Culture Centre in Berlin, Germany. That same weekend, Lei Chen 6d won the China Cup, also held at the Chinese Culture Centre. Nils Ole Timm 3d was second and Andre Städtler 2d third. And in Finland, local players warmed up for the upcoming European Go Congress at the Tampere Championship Cup June 17 in EGC host city Tampere. Markku Jantunen 3d won, just ahead of Tuomo Salo 3d and Oiva Moisio 1d. Lovro Furjanic 4k was the winner of the “403. Velikogoricki vikend go-turnir 2010″, a 1-day tournament held June 19 in Velika Gorcia, Croatia. In second place was Stjepan Mestrovic 5k. - EuroGoTV
NOTE: the E-Journal is looking for European go news editors; if interested, email us at journal@usgo.org

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EUROPEAN RESULTS: June 18-20

Sunday July 11, 2010

Jie Guo 4d won the 31st Kieler Go Tournament, played June 19-20 in Kiel, Germany. Bernd Lewerenz 2d came second and Hans Nelki 1k 3rd. In Freiburg, Leon Stauder 3d won the Freiburger Go Turnier. Tommy Schladitz 3d took 2nd and Michael Palant 5d was 3rd. Bruno Walaszewski 6k took top honors in the kyu players-only Bydgoszcz Tournament on June 19 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Ignacy Przech 15k came second and Maksym Walaszewski 8k third. In the 3-round Katowice Tournament on June 20, Radoslaw Jachym 4d was the winner in Katowice, Poland, followed by Bronislav Snidal 2d from the Czech Republic and Tomasz Slazok 2d of Poland. Sejichi Nemoto 6d won the June 19 Siberia-Hokkaido Cup in Novosibirsk, Russia. In the June 19-20 Turun Monni in Turku, Finland, Miika Nikula 4d was the winner, with Samuel Ritakallio 3d in second and Oiva Moisio 2d third. Jan Hora 6d notched a perfect score to win the Slovak Go Festival June 18-20 in Piestany, Slovakia. Radek Nechanicky 5d was second and Petr Cipra 3d third. All three are from the Czech Republic; the first Slovak was Pavol Lisy 4d in fourth.
- EuroGoTV

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BBC ON “WHY GO?”

Saturday July 10, 2010

After go, says the British Museum’s Dr Irving Finke, “you could argue that the world’s board games went downhill.” BBC Radio aired a 30-minute program on “Why Go?” on May 13 in which reporter Chris Ledgard “explores the world of Go, talking to experts in the East and West about the game’s history and culture, and examining some its ancient artifacts.” Although the audio is no longer available online, an overview of the show is available.

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RECENT UK TOURNAMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday July 10, 2010

Recent UK tournament highlights previously unreported: YOHEI NEGI IN A JAM AT SCOTTISH OPEN: Yohei Negi from St. Andrews made it three in a row with his win at the 2010 Scottish Open, May 29–30 in Dundee. Second was Chi Pan Yau from Hong Kong, who only lost to Yohei. All players with three wins won cash prizes plus a bottle of Cairn O’Mohr local fruit wine and all 27 players took away a traditional pot of marmalade. In the Friday evening rapidplay, Jennie Radcliffe got the prize for the best win/games ratio with 5/7, and Robbie Goetschalckx took the endurance prize having played a dozen or more games. “ORIENTAL” WINS LONDON INTERNATIONAL TEAMS SPRING MATCH: With Cambridge withdrawing on short notice, only the “Oriental” and “Occidental” teams competed in the April 25 London International Teams Spring Match at the Nippon Club in London. The “Oriental” team of Chinese and Japanese players prevailed, with Felix Wang and Gunji Takao winning all five games and the team winning 17 games overall. BRACKNELL TOPS THAMES VALLEY TEAM TOURNAMENT: Bracknell won the April 5 Thames Valley Team Tournament at the Bourne End Community Centre. Runners up were Maidenhead (2/3) and players winning 3/3 were Ian Marsh, Edmund Shaw and France Ellul. Tony Atkins won the 10×10 side tournament.
- from the June edition of the British Go Association Newsletter; edited by Jil Segerman, jil.segerman@gmail.com for subscription information

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AGA ISSUES NEW MEMBERSHIP CARDS

Saturday July 10, 2010

New permanent membership cards are now in the mail to members of the American Go Association. “These cards will replace the old paper cards we have all received over the years,” says AGA membership staffer Sam Zimmerman. “The new card will be issued only once for each member, so please, hang onto it.” Because the new cards are permanent, they no longer include the player’s rating or membership expiration date. To find your AGA rating and/or the date of your membership expiration, click on the AGA’s rating page. If you have comments or questions, contact Zimmerman at  szimmerman@ctipc.com

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