American Go E-Journal

DIGITIZED “GO REVIEW” TROVE NOW AVAILABLE

Friday May 14, 2010

A digitized version of Go Review, one of the very first English go publications, is now available. Go Review was published monthly by the Nihon Ki-in from January 1961 to March 1973, then quarterly through Spring 1977. The 160 issues — comprising some 15,000 pages –  are available on three DVDs ($75 each) from Kunaki. The early issues on disks 1 and 2 — 60 issues each, from January 1961 through December 1965 and January 1966 through December 1970 — “represent the halting attempts of the Japanese go world in the early 60s to start spreading the game internationally,” reports Bob Myers of Kiseido Digital on GoDiscussions. “The content is basic and written in poor English. However, it’s still very interesting. There are more handicap games (often with famous Japanese pros) than tournament games, apparently in the belief that pro-pro games might be too hard for foreigners to understand. There’s lots of go news, including about foreigners we all know well now. There are great teaching series by big names. Even the ads from big Japanese companies (which are included in the PDFs) are interesting.” Disk 3, — 40 issues from January 1971 through Spring 1977 — contains the last few years of monthlies and then the “meatier quarterly issues,” which are roughly equivalent to Go World (which succeeded Go Review) in terms of quality and content. A sample of the June 1963 issue of Go Review is available for download at Kiseido DigitalNOTE: Disc 1 is shown as “Go Review Archive”, and the DVD cover art could mistakenly imply that this item contains all three discs. It does not. This item is Disc 1, and contains only the first 60 issues.
- includes reporting by Sensei’s Library

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14-YEAR-OLD GIRL SWEEPS BULGARIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Thursday May 13, 2010

Magdalena Mladenova 2k of Sofia is the first female to win the title of Bulgarian Champion, sweeping the championship May 6-7. At 14, Mladenova — ‘Maggie Young’ in English — is also the youngest Bulgarian Champion ever. In second place was Alexander 1k Ivanov; Ivan-Nikolaev Ivanov 4k took 3rd and Ivan-Tzvetanov Ivanov 5k was 4th. Last year’s Champion – Bojan Alexandrov 1k – slipped to 6th this year. Click here for full results, as well as the history of Bulgarian Championships tournaments, as reported by ‘Kamyszyn’ in Poland, who keeps records of all European Championships.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal


LACAN WINS IN METZ HANDICAP

Wednesday May 12, 2010

Emerick Lacan 9k took 1st place in the April 24 “Tournoi de Metz” in Metz, France, atop a group of six who finished with 4-1 records. Michael Palant 5d was second and local Lionel Savoca 7k took 3rd in the handicap-minus -two event that drew 32 players. Click here for complete results.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent

Categories: Europe
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WANG TOPS IN WOKINGHAM

Wednesday May 12, 2010

Felix Wang 3d topped the table at the Bracknell tournament May 9 in Wokingham, UK. British Go Association president Jon Diamond 4d (r) took silver, based on SOS ahead of Francis Roads 3d, who won bronze. Also Helen Harvey 3k, Elinor Bracks 8k, and Malcolm Law 10k went 3-0 in the field of 42.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent


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CHEN YAOYE WINS CCTV CUP

Wednesday May 12, 2010

Chen Yaoye 9P defeated Gu Lingyi 5P by 1.5 points to win the 2010 CCTV Cup on Tuesday, May 11. This is Chen Yaoye’s second major title win in as many months; he won the Tianyuan against Gu Li on April 23rd.
- JustPlayGo

Categories: World
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Kulikovskij wins North-East Federal District Championships in Russia

Tuesday May 11, 2010

Ivan Kulikovskij 5d went undefeated to win the North-East Federal District Championships May 8-9 in Petrozavodsk, Russia. Dmitrij Kornev 3d took second place, losing only to Kulikovskij, but the real surprise was Dmitrij Kirakosjan 1d of St.Petersburg, who won bronze on sos after beating a 4-dan and 3-dan before losing to the top locals. Local veteran former Russian champions like Aleksej Lazarev 6d (also a former European Champion) and Viktor Bogdanov 5d didn’t take part this year; click here for full results. The Team Championship of the Izhevsk District was held March 14-15; click here for results.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

DAILY E-JOURNAL REMINDER

Monday May 10, 2010

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SAKAI HIDEYUKI 7P TO PLAY CHO U 9P IN DAVID-AND-GOLIATH MATCH FOR THE 35TH GOSEI

Monday May 10, 2010

In his first professional title match, Sakai Hideyuki 7P will play Cho U 9P in the 35th Gosei after defeating Yamashita Keigo 9P by resignation in the Gosei challenger decision match on Friday, May 7. The Gosei begins on June 24th.
- JustPlayGo

Categories: World
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PARK JUNGHWAN 7P BEATS LEE SEDOL 9P TO ADVANCE TO PRICE INFORMATION CUP FINALS

Monday May 10, 2010

Park Junghwan 7P defeated Lee Sedol 9P by resignation in League play last Saturday, May 8, for the 6th Price Information Cup. With a 2-0 record, Junghwan advances to the final championship tournament, along with Park Yeonghun 9P, Choi Cheolhan 9P and Won Sungjin 9P. With a 1-1 record, Sedol will face Kim Jiseok, last year’s Price Information Cup winner, for one of the four remaining spots left in the final tournament lineup.
- JustPlayGo for the game record

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MYUNGWAN KIM 9P ONE WIN FROM SPOT1 TROPHY

Monday May 10, 2010

Thirteen-year-old Jianing Gan 6D showed talent and flexibility in several complicated exchanges in the first round of the best-of-three Strong Player’s Online Tournament (SPOT1) finals on Sunday, May 9, but Myungwan Kim 9P mastered the game with superior control and eventually took 1-0 lead in 151 moves after capturing White’s dragon. Jennie Shen 2P provided live game commentary on KGS and answered questions from fans all over the world. The match resumes with Game 2 on May 22 at 1p on KGS.

In the third-place game between Michael Chen 7D (White, left) and Eric Lui 7D (Black, right), Lui used a vigorous sanrensei opening and Black’s first thirteen moves only have one stone below the fourth line. Click here for game records. Despite a misread in the first battle in the upper left corner, Chen got points in the second battle at lower right. However Lui became very thick and initiated the third battle as he was a bit behind in territory. Chen tried to counter by attacking even when his own dragon lost space to live, but Lui defended wisely and forced Chen to resign at move 189.

The E-Journal caught up with Myungwan Kim 9P after his victory:
AGA E-Journal (EJ): Congratulations!
Kim: Thanks.
EJ: Can you give an overview of this game?
Kim: He (Gan) is very young. I was surprised how young and good he is. He is very creative too, but he lost some points in the beginning and couldn’t catch up.
EJ: If I remember correctly, this is the first time you killed a dragon in this tourney; when did you decide to do so?
Kim: When he played at J18, which is too much. Normally I don’t like to kill.
EJ: I see. One fan commented “Kim is gentle” Where are you most satisfied with your own play?
Kim: That’s a difficult question. I don’t really think there’s a good move of mine. Every move was so-so.
EJ: You are so humble. Jennie Shen 2P commented that you are so good at controlling the game.
Kim: What I wanted to make sure was I didn’t want to give him any chance to catch me up, so I made the game simple after I got some points in the beginning
EJ: It was noticed that you used a lot time at the beginning, but played much faster afterwards. Why?
Kim: Fighting in the beginning is always important. When you’re leading, everything becomes easy.
- Report/interview by Tournament Director Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang; photo: Michael Chen (left) and Eric Lui (right) have been friends and rivals for many years.

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