American Go E-Journal

RANKA’S WAGC LAST THOUGHTS (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

Sunday June 6, 2010

“I’m only sorry that it had to end,” says 2010 World Amateur Go Championship winner Hongsuk Song in an interview just published on Ranka Online, along with several other post-event reports. Song says “the games against the Chinese player in the fifth round, and against the Czech player in the last round” were his toughest. “I would like to become a professional player,” says Song. “If that’s not possible, I may go to work for a company, but I would still like to be active in go. There’s much to be done, including publicity and teaching the game to children, so if I can’t be a professional player, that’s all right too.” Check out Ranka Online for Song’s take on the current competition between China and Korea, his favorite pro and hobbies, as well as brief post-event interviews with a number of WAGC players and officials, including U.S. player Thomas Hsiang, who said “China made it everything we hoped for and then some. The pairing system was very dynamic, better than the system used before. If there had been ten rounds it would have been perfect; then there would have been no accidents. I also liked the tie-breaking system. Of course I’m not satisfied with my own results, but what was absolutely great was the emerging new IGF structure, and the plans of the new IGF president for the future.”

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WEST COAST JANICE KIM 3P WORKSHOP SCHEDULED FOR JULY

Saturday June 5, 2010

Professional go player Janice Kim 3P (r) will teach a two-day workshop in San Francisco the weekend of July 24-25. The workshop is open to all players 15 kyu and stronger. A unique feature of this workshop is that students will submit game records prior to the workshop so that Kim can customize workshop content to the needs of each student. “Students are to comment their game records before submitting them,” says organizer Roger Schrag, “and Janice will pick the best one, on the basis of quality of level-appropriate questions and clear reasoning, and will award a special prize.” Workshop details are available from the Bay Area Go Players Associationphoto by Ernest Brown

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ABRAMSON APPOINTED TO SECOND TERM AS AGA PRESIDENT; POHL RE-APPOINTED SECRETARY

Saturday June 5, 2010

Allan Abramson has been re-appointed President for another 2-year term by the American Go Association’s Board of Directors, reports Board Chair Roy Schmidt. “Allan’s initiatives for new, permanent membership cards, cost-reduction measures during the recession, and promotion of online, members-only tournaments won strong support for his re-appointment,” Schmidt told the E-Journal. Abramson pledged to re-double his efforts to promote growth of membership and expand online tournaments to include all AGA members during his next term. Polly Pohl was also re-appointed as AGA Secretary, with the Board expressing its “deepest gratitude for Polly’s accurate record-keeping and tireless fact-checking,” said Schmidt.

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IGOWIN BRINGS “MANY FACES” TO IPHONE, IPOD & IPAD

Saturday June 5, 2010

The new Igowin Pro brings the features of “The Many Faces of Go” to the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Igowin’s apps include Igowin Tutor – a free introduction to go– Igowin — 9×9 play — Igowin 13×13 — 13×13 play — Igowin Life – solve life and death problems — and Igowin Joseki, a joseki dictionary and tutor. “The playing apps adjust to your rank and can play a good even game against anyone from 19 kyu to 1 dan,” says author David Fotland. “The knowledge-based engine allows the program to play human-like moves at the weaker settings, generally with good shape,” while the Monte Carlo engine from the latest Many Faces of Go “gives the program great strength.” $4.99. available in the iTunes App Store.

CHO DEFEATS DAI IN STRASBOURG

Saturday June 5, 2010

Cho Seok-Bin 7d of Korea (r) defeated Dai Janfu 7d of China in the final round to sweep the second annual Strasbourg Go Tournament, held May 29-30 in that city in eastern France.  Dai was the winner of the first Strasbourg last year and came in second this year after his loss with a 3-1 record. Noguchi Motoki 6d came in third, while Viktor Lin 5d of Austria was the highest finishing European in fourth place.
- EuroGoTV

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MACFADYEN & WONG TO PLAY FOR BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday June 5, 2010

Matthew Macfadyen 6d (r) was a perfect 7-0 in the British Go Association’s Challengers’ League, held in London May 28-31.  The league determines which two players will play for the British Championship, which Macfadyen has won 23 times.  Vanessa Wong 5d and Richard Hunter 4d were tied with five wins each at the end of the 8-player round robin, but Wong won the playoff and will face Macfadyen in the championship, which will be a five-game title match.
- EuroGoTV

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LEE SEDOL EVENS SCORE IN MYEONGIN A LEAGUE

Saturday June 5, 2010

Lee Sedol 9P (r) defeated Kim Seongjae 3P (l) by resignation on Tuesday, June 1 in League A play of the Thirty-Eighth Myeongin. Sedol is now 1-1 and Seongjae is 1-2.
- JustPlayGo

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KONG JIE WINS ASIAN TV CUP

Saturday June 5, 2010

For the second year in a row, Kong Jie (r) has won the Asian TV Cup, defeating Yuki Satoshi by resignation on Thursday, June 3 after 176 moves. Satoshi was somewhat of a surprise finalist, given the very strong showing of Korea and China over the past five years. Satoshi played extremely well throughout the tournament but could not prevail against China’s top player.
- JustPlayGo for details and game records

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JINS WIN IN OLLEH KT CUP

Saturday June 5, 2010

Jin Donggyu 5P defeated Hong Sungji 8P by resignation in tournament play Monday, May 31 at the 2010 Olleh KT Cup, and Jin Siyoung 4P defeated Kang Yootaek 3P by half a point.
-JustPlayGo

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JIE LI 7D WINS MARYLAND OPEN

Tuesday June 1, 2010

An undefeated Jie Li 7D (r) topped a 58-player field to win the 37th annual Maryland Open over the Memorial Day weekend. “Five 7-dans and two 6-dans  fought it out in a very strong open section,” reports organizer Keith Arnold, “but Jie Li emerged as the only player to finish 5-0 in the entire event.” “I am very impressed by the improvement of the younger generation of players, such as Eric Lui, Gus Price and Ricky Zhao,” Li told the E-Journal. “They played well.” The Empty Sky Go Club won the Greg Lefler Award and Kelsey Dyer 2k the Fighting Spirit Prize. Li is four-time US Open champion, has won the North American Ing and Toyota-Denso Oza three times each, and represented North America three times in the Fujitsu Cup. He’s also served as a board member at the American Go Association for the past two years and urges go players of all ages to join the AGA. “Members get a lot of benefits such as the free Yearbook and playing at rated AGA tournaments locally, or playing online in national tournaments,” says Li. Find out more and join online here. Sam Zimmerman directed. Click here for an album of photos from the MD Open.
- includes reporting by Keith Arnold and Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang; photo by Zhang
WINNER’S REPORT: Open Section: 1st Jie Li 7d; 2nd Eric Lui 7d; 3rd Guthrie; Price 7d; A Section: 1st Scott Waldron 4d; 2nd Gregory Rosenblatt 5d; B Section: 1st Keiju Takehara 2d; 2nd Ed Downes 1d; C Section: 1st Stephen Tung 1k; 2ndst Stephen Allen 6k; 2nd Ed Caldiera 7k; E Section: 1st Justin Chiang 10k; 2nd Jamie Birger 9k; F Section: 1st Matt Payton 25k; 2nd Deirdre Golash 13k. Joe Maia 2k; D Section: 1

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