American Go E-Journal

Cyprus Beckons

Monday November 2, 2009

With winter looming across North America and Europe, thoughts turn to the Cyprus Go Championship, as the leaves in that Mediterranean country change color in the Troodos mountains and vineyards take on gold and crimson hues against a backdrop of crystal clear sunlight and even November can feel like summer. The Cyprus Go Championship is set for November 21-22 in the Parnassos Strovolou building. Click here for details and to register.

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Find Pro Mistakes In Go4Go Contest

Monday November 2, 2009

Can you find a pro’s mistakes? That’s the challenge in Go4Go’s new “Best professional game review contest.” Choose from two games – the complicated O Meien vs. Iguchi Toyohide or the more peaceful Kodama Kunio vs. Tokimoto Hajime – and send in your reviews for a shot at prizes that include a teaching game and Go4Go memberships. Contest judges include An Younggil 8P of Korea, Alexander Dinerchtein 3P (Russia), Alexey Lazarev 6d (Russia), Theo van Ees (Holland), the EJ’s own William Cobb and Gabriel Benmergui 6d. Contest deadline is December 1.

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EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Jabarin Wins 3rd Israeli Championship: Chun Poong Jho Pays Surprise Visit; Balogh Wins Vienna Open; 8th ’09 Title For MacFadyen; British League Up; Choi Young Sik Wins Ambassador’s Cup In Berlin; Luethke Sweeps in Kuelungsborn; Europeans Disappoint At KPMC

Monday November 2, 2009

JABARIN WINS 3RD ISRAELI CHAMPIONSHIP: CHUN POONG JHO PAYS SURPRISE VISIT: Ali Jabarin 5d successfully defended his Israeli championship title last weekend in Tel Aviv, scoring six wins to win the title for the third straight year. Daniel Reiter 4d took second and an international participant from China, Jianping Wang 5d, won third place. A highlight of the event was a visit by Chun Poong Jho 8P of Korea, the first time a professional has attended. The surprise visit was arranged by Shavit Fragman, who met Chun when his son Amir Fragman represented Israel in the recent Korean Prime Minister Cup, where he took 24th place – the best Israeli record in this tournament – and was awarded a special prize as the most popular player at the KPMC. “Chun sensei reviewed games, played simul games and made the event unique and special to all,” Shavit Fragman reports. Click here for reports and photos.

BALOGH WINS VIENNA OPEN: Pal Balogh 6d (Hungary) won the Japanese Ambassador’s Cup — aka the Pandanet Vienna Open — on October 31 & November 1. Balogh won on SOS, nudging out Hwang In-seong 7d (Berlin) by one point. The Vienna Open was held in the Museum of Ethnology in conjunction with the museum’s Japan for All Seasons exhibit celebrating 140 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Austria and is one of the highlights of the long teaching stay of Aoki Shinichi 9P. The tourney had a very strong line-up; 40 of the 136 players were dan-level players. Karin Valisova 8k (Slovakia), Ferdinand Glatzl (Austria) and Jaroslav Babek (Czech, both 10k) were the only five-game winners. Click here for full results- Peter Dijkema

8TH ’09 TITLE FOR MACFADYEN: Matthew MacFadyen 6d of Leamington won his eighth title of the year in Milton Keynes — where 35 took part – on October 31. A week earlier he had won the 40th Wessex, topping a field of 43. In both events, Louise Bremner 1k of the Isle of Man won all three games. Earlier last month, MacFaden won in Shrewsbury – his first win there in 12 years – where his wife Kirsten Healey 2k also won all three. The British news site contains links to the tables and to some pictures of a London team tourney. - Peter Dijkema

BRITISH LEAGUE UP: The Cornish Rogues, Durham Ducklings, Oka-Shima Hotaru and 21 other teams are set to play in the inaugural online British league for teams of three, which started on October 28 with 4 divisions of 6 teams each. The Rogues defeated King Edward VI Aston 2-1 in the first game of League two on October 31.Click here to see all 24 teams. The purpose of the league is to encourage interaction between players in different areas of the country and to encourage online play among members of the British Go Association. - Peter Dijkema

CHOI YOUNG SIK WINS AMBASSADOR’S CUP IN BERLIN: Choi Young Sik 3d won the 4th Japanese Ambassador’s Cup in Berlin, October 24-25, his 4-1 score beating Johannes Ebenaus 5d and Alexander Kurz 3d (both of Berlin) on SOS. Of 60 participants no one won all 5. Click here for results.
- Peter Dijkema, based on reports by Tobias Berben on dgob.de

LUETHKE SWEEPS IN KUELUNGSBORN: On the same weekend, organiser Hans-Eckhart Luethke 1k from Schwerin swept his “Go, Urlaub, Ostsee” (‘Go, holiday, Baltic sea’) tourney in Kuelungsborn. With four wins each, Markus Roelz 3d and Volkmar Liebscher 6k (both from Greifswald) also made the podium. Click here for results.
- Peter Dijkema, based on reports by Tobias Berben on dgob.de

EUROPEANS DISAPPOINT AT KPMC: “No European made the top-ten of the Korean PM Cup,” wrote Herman Hiddema in a Dutch news-mail. “Dmytro Bogackyj 6d of Ukraine was best at 11th place, “ losing to China and Hongkong. Also scoring 5-2 were Leon Matoh 4d of Slovenia, who lost to Korea and Canada, Dusan Mitic 5d of Serbia lost to the U.S. and New Zealand and young Jerome Salignon 5d of France lost to Holland and Germany. Dutch Champ Merlijn Kuin 6d headed the 4-pointers, ahead of Christian Pop 7d of Romania and the rest of the Europeans. Click here for complete results and links to pictures and games. - Peter Dijkema

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WORLD GO NEWS: Cho Hanseung To Challenge For Korean GS Caltex Cup; Cho Hyeyeon To Challenge Rui Naiwei For Women’s Myeongin

Monday November 2, 2009

CHO HANSEUNG TO CHALLENGE FOR KOREAN GS CALTEX CUP: Cho Hanseung 9P (l) defeated An Choyeong 9P in an October 30 playoff match to determine the challenger for Park Yeonghun 9P for the GS Caltex Cup title. Relatively unknown in the West, Cho has not yet won any titles, while An has won a couple, and Park has won the international Fujitsu twice in recent years as well as several Korean titles, as the Caltex Cup, one of the most lucrative Korean titles. Park has held this Cup for the last two years, having taken it from Lee Sedol 9P in 2007. Cho is currently tied with Park for fourth place on the list of Korean pros with the most wins this year; An is in sixth place right behind them. The best-of-five-games title match begins on November 3rd.
- Bill Cobb, from reports in Go News, GoGameWorld & Sensei’s Library; photo: Cho playing Gu Li earlier this year in the BC Cup final.

CHO HYEYEON TO CHALLENGE RUI NAIWEI FOR WOMEN’S MYEONGIN: Cho Hyeyeon 8P defeated Lee Sula 1P on October 27th to win the right to challenge Rui Naiwei 9P for the Korean Women’s Myeongin (J: Meijin) title. Lee is seventeen and has been a pro for just two years. She defeated Cho by 1.5 points in the semi-finals of the challenger’s tournament, but this event has a losers’ bracket which Cho won, giving her the opportunity for a rematch in the finals. Rui has won this title eight of the ten times it has been contested, including the last five consecutive years. Six of those ten matches were between Cho and Rui, with Cho winning only once, in 2003. Cho also defeated Rui in the Women’s Kuksu title match in 2004; in both wins Cho was still in her teens. The Myeongin title match is a best-of-three-games contest.
- Bill Cobb, from reports in Go News, GoGameWorld & Sensei’s Library

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WALDRON STEPS DOWN AS AGA TOURNAMENT COORDINATOR

Tuesday October 20, 2009

Phil Waldron has announced that he’s stepping down as Tournament Coordinator for the American Go Association, effective December 31. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with you over the past year and a bit, and I will miss that in the time to come,” said Waldron in an open letter to other AGA volunteers. “The AGA doesn’t do a great job of supporting its volunteers, so let me say it once from my side: thank you for all of your hard work, both in helping me personally and the nation’s go players.”  Waldron said he’ll “be in this position for a few more months, and even after that I’ll be happy to provide advice to those who care to listen.  I look forward to seeing you all at the next Congress and perhaps a local tournament or two as well.”

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JEN DONATES ANIME FOR YOUTH TOURNAMENTS

Tuesday October 20, 2009

Winston Jen, the same donor who gave the AGA 100 sets of Hikaru no Go, has also donated four popular anime (cartoon) series as prizes for upcoming  tournaments.  Valued at over $225 retail, the Anime Prize Pack contains 28 DVDs and is free for AGA Chapters and at AGHS sponsored tournaments.  Chapters may use these prizes to attract youth to adult events, or for youth specific events.  “Hikaru no Go has contributed so much happiness to my life,” Jen, an Australian anime fan and translator who lives in Hong Kong, told the E-Journal, “I wanted to give something back to as many people as possible.”  100 multi volume sets of Hunter x Hunter, Fruits Basket, Kodocha, and The Girl Who Leapt Through time (both the movie and the graphic novel), were donated.  The AGA is charging $20 to cover shipping and handling, full details are on the Anime Prize Page.  To order, contact Chapter Services.
- Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor

PRO WORKSHOP A BIG HIT IN NORCAL

Tuesday October 20, 2009

PRO WORKSHOP A BIG HIT IN NORCAL: “We’re going to emphasize the ‘work’ in workshop,” Janice Kim 3P proclaimed at the start of her October 10-11 workshop with professional go players Seung-jun Kim 9P and Diana Koszegi 1P. Kim proceeded to hand out packets of problems specifically geared to each student’s individual level, and students spent time in class and at home solving go problems that were then graded by the pros. Seung-jun Kim and Diana Koszegi traveled from Korea for thre workshop, which was attended by twenty eight students, who participated in lectures, game reviews, team matches, simultaneous play, as well as go problems and homework. Seung-jun Kim and Diana Koszegi then headed to Las Vegas for some fun and games before continuing on to New York to teach another workshop. The Oakland workshop was co-sponsored by the Bay Area Go Players Association and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
- Roger Schrag; photo by Ming Liao

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STUDENT OZA QUALIES TO BE HELD ONLINE

Tuesday October 20, 2009

“Pandanet has announced changes to the 8th Student Igo Oza Championship,” reports Tournament Coordinator Philip Waldron.  Rather than asking national go associations like the AGA to run qualifier tournaments, events will now be played on the Internet Go Server and coordinated directly from Japan.  Two players will now be selected from the North, South and Central Americas to compete against a field of sixteen in Japan in March.  Players interested in competing for an invitation to the international championship tournament should consult the information webpage.  Registration for the qualifiers closes October 25.

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EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Romania Sweeps Euro Team Championships; Giedrojc Wins Lodz; Gerlach ’09 Deutscher Meister; Budahn Beats Berlin; Traxler Sweeps Salzburg; Strong Line-Up For Brussels; Brits Build Online Team League; Big Prize Attracts Top Players To Lille Pandanet

Tuesday October 20, 2009

ROMANIA SWEEPS EURO TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Catalin Taranu 5P led the Romanian team to crush all their opponents 4-0 in at the European Team championships in Pitesti, Romania on October 9-11. Along with Kido-Cup winner Christian Pop on Board 2 and successful six-dans Dragos Bajeneru and Cornel Burzo, the Romanians were heavy favorites, despite strong teams from neighbours like Southern Serbia which took silver and Hungary, which took the bronze. A majority of the teams from 11 nations came from Romania — Romania 3 took 4th, ahead of team 2 — but Bulgaria sent two. Click here for team results and click here for more detailed results.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent

GIEDROJC WINS LODZ: Krzysztof Giedrojc 4d swept the Lodz elimination tourney for the Polish title league on October 17-18, ahead of the only other high-dan player, Radek Jachym 4d. Maciek Lubinski 1d and Krzysztof Urtnowski 1d led a pack of four players on 3-2, but only they made it into the final league of eight. In Lodz 18 players had won the right to take part. Click here for results. The title tourney is set for November 26-29; Leszek Soldan is the defending champion “Mistrz Polski.” The Polish go association’s website go.art.pl has announced three new features: a link to photo galleries, an ability to comment on news and a fast section with mini-news. The Szczecin Go Club took part in the 3-day “Japan Fest” that ended October 17, with go exhibitions.
- Peter Dijkema, based on go.art.pl

GERLACH ’09 DEUTSCHER MEISTER: Christof Gerlach 6d won the German title – “Deutscher Meister” – in the final league of eight in Frankfurt on Main, October 15-17. Gerlach only lost to defending Champ Franz-Josef Dickhut 6d, who took bronze, with Benjamin Teuber 6d collecting the silver medal. Click here for results. This is the third national title for Gerlach, behind Dickhut’s 8; he won his first in 1991 and his second in 1998. Gerlach is also known in Europe as the author of a popular pairing program for large tournaments and as editor-in-chief of the German magzine DGZ as well as EGC bulletins.
- Peter Dijkema, from dgob.de and sensei.xmp.net

BUDAHN BEATS BERLIN: Michael Budahn 3d beat all his Berlin opponents in the “Herbstturnier” (‘Autumn Tourney’) on October 10. Also on the winner’s podium and sharing the prize money: Judith Conradi 2d and Oliver Goerling 9k with 3-1 each. Sixteen players took part, with a quarter of them young female players, who each won a small prize and an official “Urkunde” (= diploma?). Click here  for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, after a report at www.dgob.de

TRAXLER SWEEPS SALZBURG: Yorick Traxler 2d won all five games in Salzburg – Zell am See on October 10-11. Wolfgang Kremes 1d (4-1) and Michael Winkler 2d (3-2) completed an all-Vienna podium. This is Traxler’s first tournament win. Thirty players from Austria, Germany and Italy took part. Click here  for results. In September, Traxler did even better, when he defeated two 4d’s to take second place (4-1) after Viktor Lin 5d, who swept the Seewinkel tourney on September 12-13, where 39 played from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Aoki 9P was present for comments and teaching games. Click here for results.
- Peter Dijkema, based on reports on www.goverband.at

STRONG LINE-UP FOR BRUSSELS: Hwang In-Seong 7d, Dai Junfu 7d, Zhang Yanqi 5d, Antoine Fénech 5d and GoGod’s T. Mark Hall 4d top the 63 early registrants for the 24th Brussels tournament, scheduled for October 24-25 in the “Palais du Midi.” Click here for more information and to sign up.
- Peter Dijkema

BRITS BUILD ONLINE TEAM LEAGUE: The British Go Association (BGA) is following in the steps of their German colleagues at the Deutsche Go-Bund (DGB), which has set up a very successful system of online leagues for club teams. Ten British teams have already registered, while Durham captain Sandy Taylor is recruiting members for an 11th team. Some familiar names among the BGA captains are Matthew Macfadyen at Leamington, Helen Harvey heading up Chester A and Toby Manning managing Tigers Mouth from Leicester. Click here for more teams.
- Peter Dijkema

BIG PRIZE ATTRACTS TOP PLAYERS TO LILLE PANDANET: A prize of 600 Euros in the upcoming Pandanet tournament in Lille, France has attracted top players like Fan Hui 2P, Noguchi Motoki and current “Championne National” Zhang Yanqi. Click here  for details on the December 12-13 tournament or email TD Sébastien Dewidehem at seb.dewi@hotmail.fr
- Peter Dijkema

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U.S. GO NEWS: Huang Tops Portland; Chamberlain Wins MGA Fall Tourney; Odhner & Wong Win In Pittsburgh

Tuesday October 20, 2009

HUANG TOPS PORTLAND: Vincent Zhuang took top honors in the Portland Tournament October 17-18. Thirty-three players participated. Winners were: Dan division: Vincent Zhuang (5-0), Jim Levenick (4-1), Zhuang Guozhong (2-3). Single-digit kyu division: Ben Sharvy (4-1), Jeremy Nelson (4-1), James Moore (3-2). Double-digit kyu division: Gordon Castanza (5-0), Jim Johnson (3-2), David Tweet (3-2). Youth: Vincent Zhuang (5-0). New AGA member: James Moore (3-2); Female: Cynthia Gaty (2-3).
- Peter Drake

CHAMBERLAIN WINS MGA FALL TOURNEY: John Chamberlain 1d won the Massachusetts Go Association’s Fall Tournament on October 18th, topping 24 players with a 4-0 record. David Saxner and Pete Schumer came in second and third, entering at 1-dan and 2-kyu respectively.
-Eva Casey, Tournament Director

ODHNER & WONG WIN IN PITTSBRGH: Josiah Odhner 11k and Mark Wong 1k both went 3-0 to win their respective divisions in the October 19 Pittsburgh Fall tournament. The field of eight players ranging from 17 kyu to 1 dan was split into a double-digit kyu division and a single-digit kyu / dan division, and each group played a 3-round round robin.
- Kim Warzinski

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