American Go E-Journal

Big Tourney Weekend Coming Up

Monday February 15, 2010

Well over 100 players are expected at the New Jersey Open this weekend in Princeton, NJ. The 51st annual tournament is one of six events this weekend across the country, including the triple-threat Southern Cal Championship, US Youth Qualifier and NAMT/FUJITSU Qualifier in Alhambra, CA, the Chinese Spring Festival tournament in Columbus, OH and the John Groesch Memorial tourney in College Park, MD. “Princeton’s own Zhaonian (Michael) Chen ’11, who missed last year’s 50th anniversary NJO due to a schedule conflict, will play this year,” says NJO TD Rick Mott. “He has won in the past and it should be a great group of strong players contending for the title.” Also, Mott reports, “Feng Yun 9P has cancelled her classes for this weekend in order to allow her students to attend, so the expected total over both days is around 120 players.” Look for top boards to be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal. Look for top boards to be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal. Photo: young players review game at 2009 NJO; photo by John Pinkerton

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Feng Yun-Jie Li Win Pair Go Qualifier As Pair Go Celebrates 20 Years

Monday February 15, 2010

The Pair Go team of Feng Yun-Jie Li will represent North America at the World Pair Go Association’s 2010 World Cup, after defeating Jin Yu-Jing Yang in last week’s North American Qualifier. The Cup is scheduled for March 20-23 in Hangzhou, China. In related news, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the International Amateur Pair Go Championship, the Japanese Pair Go Association has just published ten essays about Pair Go. Manja and Micha Martz won first place with their thorough, entertaining and well-illustrated essay on the history of Pair Go in Europe and longtime U.S. go organizer – and IGS rep –Thomas Hsiang contributed A Few Memories of Pair Go, noting that “Pair Go has not only been accepted but flourished beyond anyone’s imagination. Aside from frequent regional tournaments held worldwide, Pair Go was featured as the only mixed-gender mind-sport in the First World Mind Sport Games in 2008 and will be a medal event in the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games.” Hsiang also points out that “the US go scene that was once almost exclusively male-dominated now sees a much greater participation by female players, especially among the young….Pair Go has brought together many couples in US and Europe, and not a single couple has been broken up by it!” Click here http://www.pairgo.or.jp/event/pairgo20th/index-e.htm to read the Pair Go essays.

Kirschner Hopes to Stage “Honinbo” at Go Congress

Monday February 15, 2010

Plans are afoot once again to stage the world premiere of “The Honinbo” http://www.usgo.org/resources/downloads/Honinbo.pdf go musical at the 2010 U.S. Go Congress. The full-scale parody of “The Mikado” was penned by former AGA president Bob High, and features a cast of go playing characters singing go-themed songs. “We have obtained cooperation from the UCCS Drama department to get facilities and some student assistance,” reports Chris Kirschner, who’s had a longtime dream of producing the musical. “Our job is to get a cast together and prepare to make good use of them.  Plans are just starting, so we are looking for volunteers to launch this production.  Mainly, we need people willing to get up on stage and play the parts.  There are 10 named roles, and several choruses.  Some musical ability is desirable, but don’t hesitate for lack of a voice of gold.  And we will want some production people back-stage as well.” Contact Kirschner at operations@usgo.org for details.

WORLD GO NEWS: Hane Naoki To Play Kono Rin In NEC Cup Final; Lee Changho Advances To Kuksu Finals; Lee Changho And Lee Sedol Play To Help Haiti; Three-Way Tie In Honinbo League

Monday February 15, 2010

HANE NAOKI TO PLAY KONO RIN IN NEC CUP FINAL: Hane Naoki (NEC) and Kono Rin 9P will face each other in the 29th NEC Cup final match after winning their respective semifinal matches against Ko Iso 7P and Yamashita Keigo (K). Both victories were by sizable margins of 7.5 points. Hane was seeded into the second round, where he defeated Cho U http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=19 9P before meeting Ko Iso. Kono started off by defeating Iyama Yuta http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=379 9P, then Kataoka Satoshi http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp Click here http://www.justplaygo.com/ for the games.
- JustPlayGo http://www.justplaygo.com/

LEE CHANGHO ADVANCES TO KUKSU FINALS: Lee Changho 9P defeated Joo Hyeongwuk 5P by resignation in the semi-final match of the 53rd Kuksu (National Champion) tournament on February 10. Lee will face either Hong Kipyo 4P or An Hyungjun 2P in the tournament finals. The winner will play current Kuksu title holder Lee Sedol in the title match. Lee Changho has held the Kuksu — Korea’s highest honor in professional tournament play — nine times and played in 16 of the last 20 Kuksu title matches.
- JustPlayGo http://www.justplaygo.com/

LEE CHANGHO AND LEE SEDOL PLAY TO HELP HAITI: Lee Changho and Lee Sedol played a benefit match last week to help the victims of Haiti’s devastating earthquake. Charitable donations for the refugees were raised through the Go TV broadcast of the game and given to the UNICEF South Korea Committee.
The game was the idea of go sponsor Kingsfield Ltd, which has just signed an advertising contract with Lee Sedol. Lee has not met Lee Changho since their three-game match-up in the KBS Cup final 11 months ago, so there was great interest in their first encounter since Lee Sedol’s reinstatement in January. The players waived their usual fees. Although it was a “real game”, the result didn’t really matter, the players said, and they concentrated on producing an entertaining game. Lee Changoho won. Click here http://www.justplaygo.com/ for the game.
- JustPlayGo and CyberOro, with translation assistance from John Fairbairn

THREE-WAY TIE IN HONINBO LEAGUE: With only two more games for the players in the Honinbo League http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/pg_titlelist_detail.php?title=Honinbo to determine the challenger for the title held by Hane Naoki http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=22 9P, three players have records of 4-1. Iyama Yuta http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=379 9P, who had the lead earlier with 4-0, lost to Yamashita Keigo http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=45 9P, who is also at 4-1. The third player is Takao Shinji http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=214 9P. Of these three, only Takao has held this title–he was Honinbo for three years, 2005-2007; he lost the title to Hane in 2008, and Hane defended it successfully in 2009 against Takao as challenger.
- Go News, GoGameWorld, Sensei’s Library

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This Week’s Go Calendar: College Park, Columbus, Princeton & Alhambra

Monday February 15, 2010

February 20: College Park, MD
John Groesch Memorial
http://chapters.usgo.org/umd/Spring.html
Steve Mount 301.405.6934 umd-go-club+owner@googlegroups.com
Jamie Salts

February 20: Columbus, OH
2010 Chinese Spring Festival
http://www.codeiq.net/goclub/tournaments/20100220/index.htm
Corey Sanders 614.876.9081 corey.thecolonel@gmail.com

February 20-21: Princeton, NJ
New Jersey Open 2010
Frist Campus Center, Princeton University
Rick Mott 609.466.1602 rickmott@alumni.princeton.edu

February 20-21: Alhambra, CA
2010 Southern Cal Championship & US Youth Qualifier
Kevin Chao 949.466.1479 pogychao@yahoo.com

February 20-21: Alhambra, CA
NAMT/FUJITSU Qualifier
Kevin Chao 949.466.1479 pogychao@yahoo.com

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Ward Grins In Cheshire:

Monday February 15, 2010

Winner David Ward 3d (Cambridge) had the last grin when the Cheshire tournament returned after a year gap for the British in Chester and ran again alongside the Frodsham Chess Tournament on February 13. Ward beat Sam Aitken 3d (Warwick) in the final. In the Handicap Section, Justin Neeves 7k (Manchester) was the winner at 5-0. On 4/5 were Jack Ley 8k (Warwick) and Brian Timmins 9k (Shrewsbury). Jamie Taylor 5k (York) was the top junior winning 3-2. 28 players took part. Click here http://www.britgo.org/results/2010/cheshire.html for results.
- Peter Dijkema, based on a report on the British Go Association’s website www.britgo.org

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EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Pedersen Wins Ambassador’s Cup In Denmark; Karlsruhe Narrows Gap With Hebsacker In German League; Blanchard Brooms Antony; Bogaerts Tops Leuven; Danek Dominates Erdinger; Bochum Blitz; Macfadyen Wins Wanstead; Danigabi Keeps Lead In KGS Insei League

Monday February 15, 2010

PEDERSEN WINS AMBASSADOR’S CUP IN DENMARK: Torben Pedersen 1d won the Japanese Ambassador’s Cup in Copenhagen February 13-14, undefeated in six rounds. This full handicap tournament offered chances to kyu players: Jeppe Juul 4k lost only to Pedersen and took silver, while Rasmus Bisschop-Larsen 7k won bronze, with best SOS of those with four wins. All winners and a majority of the 24 participants came from the organizing Kobenhavn Go Klub. Click here http://www.kgok.dk/res/ambcup10r.html for results.
- Peter Dijkema

GERLACH GRABS GÖTTINGEN: Current German Champion Christoph Gerlach 6d swept the A-group of the 19th Göttingen Open last weekend, ahead of Willem-Koen Pomstra 5d (4-1) from Holland and local Marion Welter 3d (3-2). From B-group Dutchmen Gijs van Swaaij and Zeno van Ditzhuizen (both 1k from Utrecht) moved to A-group on Sunday, where they continued to win. Click here http://www.dgob.de/tourn/tourn.cgi?f=10degoe1.txt&mode=cml for the A-table with 18 and here http://www.dgob.de/tourn/tourn.cgi?f=10degoe2.txt&mode=cml for the B-table with 34.
- Peter Dijkema, from www.dgobe.de

KARLSRUHE NARROWS GAP WITH HEBSACKER IN GERMAN LEAGUE: Karlsruhe defeated Hamburg St. Pauli in the sixth round of the German Bundesliga on February 11, while leader Hebsacker (also from Hamburg) drew Berlin Blunders. With three rounds left to play, Hebsacker leads Karlsruhe by a single match-point. With two lost matches and a draw, the Frankfurt Dragons are third. Next month, Frankfurt meets Karlruhe. The Hebsacker-Karlsruhe top-match is scheduled for April. In the final round in May, Hebsacker will face the Dragons and Karlsruhe Berlin Igoist, now in 4th place.
- Peter Dijkema, based on www.dgob.de

BLANCHARD BROOMS ANTONY: Benjamin Blanchard 1d from Tours won – with a perfect record – the jubilee 25th edition of the tourney in Antony, near Paris in France on February 6-7. Mathieu Dagenet 1d and Dai Junfu 7d finished 2nd and 3rd with 4-1 each. In Antony 118 took part. Also Antonin Vivès 3k and youngsters Lina Nguyen, Nicolas Richard (both 15k) and César Simonot (16k) won all five games. For full results, click here http://ffg.jeudego.org/resultats/afficheTournoi.php?idt=12435
- Peter Dijkema, after a tip found at Facebook

THREE TOP LEUVEN: Despite losing the last round to emerging star Kim Ouweleen 1d from Amsterdam (Holland), Jan Bogaerts 3d from Le Pantin (Brussels) still finished first on SOS in the jubilee 20th Leuven Open – celebrated with home-baked cakes  – in Belgium on February 6-7. Huang Yong Sen 3d also won four, to take silver. Marie Jémile 4k and BGF-President Cédric Declerfayt 5k (both Le Pantin) won all five. 43 players participated. Click here http://www.gofed.be/tournament/results&tournament=LEU&year=2010 for results.
- Peter Dijkema

GERMANY UPDATES: Danek Dominates Erdinger: Veteran Vladimir Danek 5d (Prague) swept the 13th Erdinger tournament in Bavaria, Germany the first weekend of February, ahead of Jonas Fincke 4d (Munich), while 15-year-old fellow townsman Lukas Podpera 3d took home bronze on SODOS, ahead of Thomas Kettenring 3d (Munich). In the field of 128, only Stefan Fischmeister 5k (Linz, Austria) also won all five. On top of 128 in the main, five more players showed up in Erdingen just to compete in the 13×13-marathon. 1st Bochum Blitz: The Bochum club, already famous for its yearly Bambus (‘Bamboo’) tournament, now lays more claim to fame with their seasonal Bochum Blitz. The first Blitz will be this Saturday, February 20. Participation is free. For details, or to sign up, click here http://www.dgob.de/lv-nrw/bochum/?Blitzturnier:2010 and then click on “mailformular”.
- Peter Dijkema, after www.dgob.de

MACFADYEN WINS WANSTEAD: Matthew Macfadyen got his first tournament win of the year at Wanstead, which returned to its early-year spot on January 30) at the same Wanstead House venue in East London. Other players winning all three were: Mike Cumpstey 3k (Manchester), Eric Hall 5k (Swindon) and Gary Gibson 7k (Wanstead). 32 players participated. Click here http://picasaweb.google.com/igokailondon/Wanstead100130?feat=directlink# for a gallery of photos.
- Peter Dijkema, after www.britgo.org

DANIGABI KEEPS LEAD IN KGS INSEI LEAGUE: Argentina’s ‘danigabi’ has increased his unbeaten lead in the February KGS Insei League to 13-0, while ‘ha’ had moved into second place with 4-2, ahead of 2-1 by both ‘Artem92′ and ‘malexander’. Like ‘ha, ‘Arlequ1′ is from France. Meanwhile, a debate has begun on go-sensations about whether the winning percentage is a fair measure. “A 20-2 result should be better than 12-0,” according to  ‘danigabi’, while others argue that a player might be inclined to stop competing after a good initial score, while others would like to challenge him and play as much as possible, because of the free commentaries earned for every four games played in the league.
- Peter Dijkema

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Go Spotting: The Taste Of Tea

Monday February 8, 2010

Go figures prominently in Katsuhito Ishii’s 2004 film, The Taste of Tea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Taste_of_Tea (Cha no Aji). “Although go is not the only focus of the film, it is one of its essential ingredients and appears more often than in other films like Pi and A Beautiful Mind,” reports Pete Schumer. “It’s worth checking out!” According to Wikipedia, “The film is concerned with the lives of the Haruno family, who live in rural Tochigi prefecture, the countryside north of Tokyo. Nobuo is a hypnotherapist who teaches his son, Hajime, to play go. Hajime becomes an excellent go player, but he has a rough time with girls and puberty. Nobuo’s wife, Yoshiko refuses to be an average housewife, and works on animated film projects at home. She uses assistance from Grandfather Akira, an eccentric old man who is a former animator and occasional model. Uncle Ayano, a sound engineer and record producer, moves in with the family. He is looking to restart his life again after living in Tokyo for several years. Meanwhile, Yoshiko’s daughter Sachiko, believes that she is followed around everywhere by a giant version of herself, and searches for ways to rid herself of it.” “Katsuhito also directed the film Promises of August (1995) and Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl (1999) as well as providing some animation in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill vol. I,” adds Schumer.

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U.S. GO NEWS: Feng Yun/Jie Li Win North American Pair Go 1st Round; USYGC Season Opens; Kirby Sweeps N. California Tourney; SmartGo In S. Korea And Coming Soon To Ipad.

Monday February 8, 2010

FENG YUN/JIE LI WIN N.A. PAIR GO 1ST ROUND: Feng Yun and Jie Li defeated Wan Chen and Curtis Tang Sunday night in the first round of the North American World Pair Go Qualifier, played on IGS. “One pair withdrew at the last moment, and one member of another pair did not show up, so two games were not played,” reports Allan Abramson. Feng Yun and Jie Li will have a bye for the second round, and play the final game on Thursday night. Jing Yang and Jin Yu will play White vs Yuan Zhou and Yinli Wang on Tuesday night – also on IGS, in Round Two.

USYGC SEASON OPENS:  The 2010 United States Youth Go Championship is kicking into gear, with qualifiers now scheduled across the country.  First up is the Orange County Go Club, in Los Angeles, on Feb. 21-22.  New Qualifier locations have been added as well, with Boston, New Jersey, Colorado, and San Francisco all hosting events.  There will also be an online qualifier, hosted by the AGHS <http://aghs.cc>.  This year, the AGA is also adding National Single Digit Kyu (SDK) and Double Digit Kyu (DDK) championships to the event.  The winners will receive trophies, and prizes will be awarded in the following brackets: 1-4 kyu, 5-9 kyu, 10-15 kyu, 16-20 kyu, 21-25 kyu, 26 and up kyu.  In the dan brackets, the strongest kids in the country will be competing for the right to represent the US at the World Youth Go Championships this summer.  Low dan youth will have a chance at prizes and trophies too, with prizes for 1-5 dan as well.  The event is sponsored by the AGA and the AGF, and Guo Juan has donated audio go lessons <http://internetgoschool.com/> as bonus prizes for youth in all categories.  For more information, visit the tournament webpage <http://www.usgo.org/tournaments/USYGC/2010/>
-Paul Barchilon; photo: young players study at the 2009 U.S. Go Congress; photo by Chris Garlock

KIRBY SWEEPS NORCAL TOURNEY: Brian Kirby topped February’s monthly ratings tournament in Northern California, February 6 in Menlo Park, CA. There were 25 players, ranging from 25 kyu to 7 dan, and two played in their first tournament ever. The next monthly ratings tournament will be March 6 in Palo Alto, CA. Winners report: Four game winner: Brian Kirby 2k 4-0. Three game winners: Lucas Baker 2d 3-1, Samuel Gross 1d 3-0, Roger Schrag 7k 3-0, Larry Qu 15k 3-1.
- Roger Schrag

SMARTGO IN SOUTH KOREA AND COMING SOON TO IPAD: SmartGo Pro for the iPhone/iPod touch is now available in South Korea under the name “Smartgo Pro Baduk,” http://itunes.apple.com/kr/app/smartgo-pro-baduk/id353159718?mt=8 reports SmartGo author Anders Kierulf. “It comes with over 15,000 professional games and 2,000 problems.” Search for Baduk in the iTunes App Store. Kierulf also tells the EJ that “I’m working on a version of SmartGo optimized for Apple’s upcoming iPad.”

WORLD GO NEWS: Rui Naiwei Retains Female Myeongin Title, Again; Cho U 3-0 In Kisei; Japan Knocked Out Of BC Cup; Korea Takes Women’s Team Match Cup; Iyama Yuta Holds Lead In Honinbo League; Youngest-Ever Pro Is Female.

Monday February 8, 2010

RUI NAIWEI RETAINS FEMALE MYEONGIN TITLE, AGAIN: Rui Naiwei 9P http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=85 defeated Cho Hyeyeon 8P http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=104 by resignation in the third and final round of the 11th Female Myeongin (Meijin) http://senseis.xmp.net/?WomensMyeongin on February 8. Rui and Cho Hyeyeon have faced each other for the Female Myeongin title three years in a row now, and Rui has come out ahead each time. She has held this title for six straight years and won 9 out of the 11 Myeongin title matches.
- Go News, GoGameWorld, Sensei’s Library, JustPlayGo

CHO U 3-0 IN KISEI: Cho U http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=19 9P defeated Yamashita Keigo http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=45  by a whopping 8.5 points in the third round of the 34th Kisei http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/pg_titlelist_detail.php?title=Kisei title match on February 3-4. Cho U leads the series 3-0. This is the first time Cho has played in the Kisei title match and the Kisei is the only one of the top seven Japanese titles he has never held. Yamashita has held this title five of the last seven years, including the last four in a row. The fourth round in the best-of-seven match will be played on February 18-19.
-  Go News, GoGameWorld, Sensei’s Library, JustPlayGo

JAPAN KNOCKED OUT OF BC CUP: Japan’s Iyama Yuta and Yamada Kimio were both eliminated in the second round of the BC Card Cup, ending any hopes of Japan entering into the finals. China’s Niu Yutian 7P defeated Iyama Yuta 9P by resignation and Korea’s Yoo Changhyuk 9P defeated Yamada Kimio 9P by resignation as well.
Game Record (Niu Yutian vs. Iyama Yuta B+R)
Game Record (Yoo Changhyuk vs. Yamada Kimio B+R)
- JustPlayGo http://www.justplaygo.com/

KOREA TAKES WOMEN’S TEAM MATCH CUP: Korea’s Park Jieun 9P http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=86 swept the 3rd stage of the Jeongganjang Cup http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/pg_titlelist_detail.php?title=Jeongganjang%20Cup%20Women%20Go%20Contest, winning all four rounds and giving Korea their win on February 4. Park Jieun defeated China’s Li He 2P by resignation in the final round. Korea has now won five of the eight Jeongganjang Cup titles. The Jeongganjang Cup http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/pg_titlelist_detail.php?title=Jeongganjang%20Cup%20Women%20Go%20Contest is a win-and-continue tournament between five member women teams from China, Japan, and Korea. Last year the Chinese won for the third time, and it looked like they would repeat this year when the third stage started with one Japanese representative, one Korean, and three Chinese. However, the Korean rep was Park Jieun http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=86 9P and she won four games in a row to give Korea its fifth win of this Cup. The Japanese won one game this year (Mukai Chiaki http://senseis.xmp.net/?MukaiChiaki 3P beat Kim Hyeoimin http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=405 5P of Korea), which was better than last year and allowed them to at least appear in the third round.
- Go News, GoGameWorld, Sensei’s Library, JustPlayGo

IYAMA YUTA HOLDS LEAD IN HONINBO LEAGUE: Iyama Yuta http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=379 9P, current Meijin, holds the lead in the Honinbo League with a 4-0 record. The challenger for the Japanese Honinbo title is determined by an eight-player round robin league, which is about half over at this point. Everyone else has lost at least one game. In second place are Takao Shinji http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=214 9P and Yamashita Keigo http://www.gogameworld.com/gophp/playerinfo.php?id=45 9P, both at 3-1. Iyama’s next game is against Yamashita on February 11th.
- Go News, GoGameWorld, Sensei’s Library, JustPlayGo

YOUNGEST-EVER PRO IS FEMALE: The youngest ever pro 1-dan is about to emerge in Japan and she is female. On April 1, Fujisawa Rina will be inducted at the age of 11 years 6 months, three months younger than Cho Chikun when he became 1-dan, and far ahead of Xie Yimin who was the previous youngest female 1-dan at 14 years 4 months. Rina is the daughter of Fujisawa Kazunari 8-dan, and thus the granddaughter of Fujisawa Hideyuki. She says her style is quite different from grandad’s, she likes territory and he liked thickness. Her teacher was Hong Mal-keun Saem, a Korean long time resident in Japan who himself qualified as a pro just last year. Rina qualified in the women’s section of the Nihon Ki-in’s qualification system, which is not quite as tough as the open section, but women in the Nihon Ki-in have been posting some good results lately; Mukai Chiaki beat Kudo Norio 9-dan in the Oza a fortnight ago.
- John Fairbairn, on godiscussions.com

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