American Go E-Journal

Fan Hui Recaptures Paris Meijin

Monday December 15, 2008

Fan Hui (right in photo at left) 2P swept all five rounds to win back his Paris Meijin title on November 29-30, reports Jérome Hubert 3D on the French Federation of Go’s (FFG) website. Fan has now won this title six times, losing it last year to to Junfu Dai, who won it in 1995 when he was just 12. Prominent Japanese players also attended the 26th annual event, including Kobayashi Chizu 5P, who has been resident in Europe since last year, when she became the Nihon Kiin’s cultural ambassador to Austria and Nobuchi Motoki 7D , who placed 5th. Click here for more pictures, some games and the full results. The FFG site also has a video by Fred Donzet 5D about Fan Hui, combining footage from the last Paris Pandanet with Fan — a national teacher in France and regular contributor to the EJ — teaching. Donzet took 8th place in the recent Korean PM Cup, and was one of Youth Champ Thomas Debarre 5D’s — who won 6th place — first teachers. Debarre also takes lessons from Guo Juan 5P and told the EJ that he’s “eager to play the best anywhere in Europe”.
-Report by Peter Dijkema, European correspondent; photo by Jérome Hubert

Categories: Europe,Go News
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Computer Defeats Pro At 7 Stones

Monday December 15, 2008

The Crazy Stone go program apparently defeated Kaori Aoba 4P with a 7-stone handicap at last weekend’s Computer Go UEC Cup in Tokyo. “This would make Crazy Stone 4 or 5 dan, by Japanese standards,” wrote Darren Cook on a computer-go discussion group, “Maybe 2-3 dan European?” The UEC results were: 1st: Crazy Stone; 2nd: Fudogo; 3rd: Many Faces; 4th: Katsunari; Mogo apparently had time trouble and pulled out. Click here for the unofficial .sgf of the computer-pro game.

Top Pros To Attend Jujo Jiang Tournament

Monday December 15, 2008

A team of players from Shanghai, China will be attending the annual Jujo Jiang Goe Tournament, to be held January 3rd and 4th in San Francisco, CA. They’ll be led by Jujo Jiang (right) 9P and Rui NaiWei 9P. The tournament is sponsored by the Ing Goe Foundation and the San Francisco Chinese Culture Center; all levels are welcome at the AGA-rated event and there will be prizes in four divisions: Open, Dan, Kyu and Novice. Click here to register (there’s a $10 discount for current AGA members).

GoClubsOnline Offers Help For Local Organizers

Monday December 15, 2008

Harried volunteer go club organizers worldwide will be delighted to hear that online software is now available to help run a club and local tournaments. “GoClubsOnline makes it easy for players to register for your tournaments online,” says Robert Cordingley, “as well as to export player lists to popular pairings programs, track club memberships, monitor club libraries, keep results of club games, submit rated club games to the AGA and take care of book-keeping.” The site is free for subscribers and club members and club organizers can open a Club Account for as little as $95 per year. Other features include email facilities to communicate with tournament attendees and club members, profit and loss reports for each tournament or the club as a whole, membership analysis and tournament registration trends. The system is an upgrade from HGC-Online, developed for Cordingley’s Houston Go Club, which has been in use since February “and has saved us tons of time,” he says. GoClubsOnline also includes a growing list of productivity tools including printing winners certificates and club membership cards. “The most important benefit though is that it saves club organizers and volunteers tons of time so that they can play more go!” For more information visit the GoClubsOnline website or email admin@goclubs.org

Go In The News: Go Makes Linux Mag

Monday December 15, 2008

“There is a picture taken by BGA member David Cantrell of a go game on the Swiss-Australian border in the December 2008 Linux Pro Magazine on page 92,” reports Bob Bacon. “The scene is described as an international go tournament that was part of the Linux Bier Wanderung. Looks like a great place to play go…. more than a mile higher than Black Mountain!” Click here for the article

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Newsletter For Go Teachers Launched

Monday December 15, 2008

The American Go Foundation has created a newsletter targeted at go teachers. The “Sensei” newsletter addresses an audience of “enthusiasts who are teaching go in after-school programs, at libraries or community centers or during classroom visits,” editor Roy Laird tells the E-Journal, “professional educators who recognize that go is a valuable classroom enrichment activity that links naturally to core curriculum content; and anyone else interested in go instruction.” With an estimated 200 active teaching programs in the US, the AGF hopes the newsletter will enable this growing community to network with each other. “The intention is that teachers themselves will provide most of the content,” says Laird. The first issue, published last week, describes the AGF’s partnership with the One Laptop Per Child Project and reports the results of the AGF’s annual program survey. Also featured are several new resources for teachers, including the AGF Lesson Plan Cooperative — a clearinghouse for go-related lesson plans – and the new “Go In The Classroom” page, which explores the effects of go on cognitive and personal development. “It’s a sort of ‘sales pitch’ for teachers who are discovering go for the first time,” said Laird. Teachers may also be interested in 200 Go Puzzles For Beginners created by Paul Smith for the British Go Association, which Smith recently agreed to allow the AGA to publish online for the first time. Click here to view the first issue of Sensei; to subscribe, email agf@usgo.org

Chess Doping Scandal

Monday December 15, 2008

“Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk refused to submit a urine sample for a drug test at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden and is now considered guilty of doping,” reports Maik Grossekathöfer in Spiegel Online. “The world of chess is outraged that he could face a two-year ban. The incident in Dresden and the possibility of a professional ban for Ivanchuk has caused outrage in the chess world. The players, who fraternize with one another, say that accusing one of them of doping is an insult to their honor and intelligence. Letters of protest were issued, and players are accusing bureaucrats in the world of championship chess of destroying the game, because, as they insist everyone should know, doping provides no benefits in chess.” Click here for the complete report. Photo: Vassily Ivanchuk, photo by Dimitri Papadopoulos/QuebecPress.com

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Women Creating Stir In Japanese Ryusei

Monday December 15, 2008

Two female players have created a bit of a stir in the popular Ryusei tournament, now underway. With two wins each, Suzuki Ayumi (left) 4P and Xie Yimin 4P have a good chance to advance to the second round in an event where women players rarely win more than one game. The Ryusei is a fast-play — 30 seconds per move plus 10 one-minute thinking periods — event that’s broadcast on TV and draws a large audience. The play begins with eight groups of twelve players each who play a win-and-continue round; the winner and the player who wins the most games in each group then join a sixteen player single elimination tournament. Women players are always included though it is rare for them to win more than one game and this year Suzuki Ayumi 4P has defeated two men in Block G, Kuwamoto Shinpei 6P and Furuya Masao 3P, while Xie Yimin 4P has defeated a fellow female player Kim Hyunjung 3P as well as Miyasaki Ryutaro 6P who is male. Xie next faces Ko Iso 7P and Suzuki’s next opponent is Sakai Hideyuki 7P. These two male opponents are better-known because they have good records in tournament play and will be a real challenge for Suzuki and Xie. Since it’s possible to make it into the final event by winning three games, both women have a chance to reach the next level. Last year Rin Kaiho 9P made it into the final event with only two wins; he outranked the two other two-game winners in his group. Kono Rin 9P won this event last year, and Cho U 9P the two years before that.

Categories: Go News,Japan
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Lee Changho And Chang Hao In Chunlan Finals

Monday December 15, 2008

In the semifinals of the 7th international Chunlan Cup on December 11th there were three Chinese players and one Korean. Lee Changho 9P of Korea defeated Kong Jie 7P while Chang Hao 9P defeated Zhou Heyang 9P, so Lee and Chang will meet in the best-of-three-game finals. Chang came in second last year, losing to fellow countryman Gu Li 9P, which is the only time the Chinese have won this event. Lee has won it twice, in 2003 and 2005. Overall, Koreans have won it four times and the Chinese and Japanese once each. The winner’s purse is about $150,000.00 US. Lee is also the only Korean ever to take second place, in the first Chunlan in 1999 when he lost to his teacher Cho Hunhyun 9P.

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Korean Pro Launches English Blog

Monday December 15, 2008

With few Asian professional go players blogging in English, Lee Hajin (right) 3P new blog about her go career is notable. Assisted by her father, Hajin includes her personal diaries and essays, as well as photos on the blog. “It is very cool how members can comment and participate in the discussion, and I have personally signed up and spoken with Hajin; I find her to be very kind,” reports Tigersmouth news editor Tom Bahun. “The site is set up well and very easy to use; the news section is great because you get the latest articles before anywhere else. Who better to report them, than someone who is right there?” adds Bahun. For updates on go news by teenagers, check out the new Tigersmouth News section

Categories: Go News,Youth
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