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EuroGo TV Update: Smyrna Go Tournament; Kido Cup; Dutch Championship Playoffs

Sunday March 1, 2015

Smyrna Go Tournament: Hataycan Ozgur 1d won the 3rd Smyrna Go Tournament, held Feb 21-22 in Izmir, Turkey. In second was Tugkan2015.03.01_smyrna-ozgur 2015.03.01_dutch-championEren 2d and third was Deniz Ekim Aydin 1d. (photo at right: Gozde Taskin 5k, 17th place)

Kido Cup: The Kido Cup, held 2/21-22 in Moscow, Russia, was won by Andrej Cheburakhov 5d, second was Andrej Kashaev 5d and third was Yoshiteru Matsumura 5d.

Kuin Defends Dutch Championship:  Merlijn Kuin 6d won the decisive third game in the playoffs of the Dutch Championship, a best of 3 match was held between defending champion Kuin (at right in photo at left) and Peter Brouwer 6d. The first two rounds were held on Feb 21. Kuin won the first and Brouwer won the second; the deciding game was played Saturday, February 28.
- edited from reports on EuroGoTV. The EJ is seeking a volunteer EuroGo news editor; if interested email journal@usgo.org.           

 

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NJ Open Turnout Blasts Into Record Territory

Sunday March 1, 2015

With a registered total of 177 players, turnout at this year’s New Jersey Open “exceeded the previous record by 50!” reports Rick Mott. Here are 2015.02.28_NJO1a 2015.02.28_NJO2couple photos from the first day of the event, held this weekend at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ.
photos by Matthew Herschberger

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Two New Books from Kiseido and Bozuliuch Launches Online Series

Sunday March 1, 2015

Kiseido has just released two new books and launched an online series of essays by Richard Bozulich. In The 2014 Ten-Game Match between Gu2015.03.01_Kiseido-Ten-Game Match Li and Lee Sedol Part Two, Michael Redmond 9P and Rob van Zeijst is the second volume of the historic match between two rivals who have dominated go in the first decade of the 21st century.  The contrast in style and strategies “are what make the 2015.03.01_Kiseido-Tesujisgames in this book especially fascinating and give birth to innovative moves and spectacular fights,” says Kiseido.

Richard Bozulich’s The Road Map to Shodan, Volume Four; A Survey of the Basic Tesujis aims at helping readers develop their intuition, which “plays a role in your ability to instantly find the key move that turns the position in your favor” though of course “Of course the player must confirm that it is indeed the required tesuji by the brute-force reading out of the continuation after the tesuji is played.”

Appropriately, The Interplay of Intuition and Brute-Force Analysis in the Game of Go is the first in a series of essays Richard Bozulich is writing on various go topics. If you are interested in receiving them as they appear, send your email address to kiseido@yk.rim.or.jp.

 

Your Move/Readers Write: Where to Watch Go? More on That Old Go Photo

Sunday March 1, 2015

Where to Watch Go? “I have been playing go since ~2003, when I started playing in college for fun,” writes Ben Scheyer. “As I’ve gotten older, I have less time to play on places like KGS, but I would still like to do things like watch games while eating or on my phone. Unfortunately, I can’t find anywhere with a collection of games to watch online! Your YouTube channel has only a few computer games from a year ago, and it’s very difficult to search for. There must be dozens of go games going on in the world, and I can find hundreds of hours of games like Starcraft II and League of Legends online. If you have any advice for where I can find games that would allow me to watch online on a consistent basis, I would appreciate it.”2015.03.01_US-Westerns
Email your suggestions to us at journal@usgo.org

More on That Old Go Photo: “It is ironic that the E-Journal would publish this photo (Go Filmmakers Looking for US Go Congress Photos, Videos 2/16) with the wrong info, since it is originally from the Journal,” writes Keith Arnold. “The August 1985 issue to be precise.  It is a photo of the 1985 Westerns which took place on Labor Day weekend 1985 in San Francisco. Sharp eyes will recognize pros Jimmy Cha and Chun Sam Jho in the center of the picture, while future pro Janice Kim sits in the front, second from the left.  I believe I see Richard Dolen, Hal Small, Ron Snyder, Ned Phipps, Joanne Phipps, Chris Kirschner, Stu Horowitz and Herb Doughty. There is no photo credit, but the ‘St. Clair’ mentioned by Mike Bull (1st US Go Congress, Not 2/19) is referenced as the event’s t-shirt designer.”

 

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Tigersmouth Tourneys for Youth

Saturday February 28, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-28 at 5.07.43 PMMonthly tournaments are being held in the Tiger’s Mouth room on KGS, with prizes awarded in three categories. The next tourney will be Saturday, March 14th, at 10 am Pacific (1pm East Coast). Sections will vary depending on registration, but they are roughly 9 kyu + (SDK+Dan), 10-19 kyu (DDK), 20-30k (beginner). The latest tournament thread is  here You must be a registered Tiger’s Mouth member to play. Post in the current thread to register. All ages may play, but prizes will only be awarded to those who are under 18 (or 18, but still in high school). Prizes include a complete 23 volume set of the Hikaru no Go manga, Your choice of any book in the Heart of Go series, or the Anime Prize pack. Players must complete all rounds to be eligible for prizes. - Paul Barchilon E-J Youth Editor

World Journal, AACEA Supporting Southern California Tournament This Weekend, $3k Prize Pool

Friday February 27, 2015

This weekend’s 2015 Southern California Go Championship will boast support from the largest Chinese language newspaper in the US as 2015.02.27_SoCal-Tourneywell as a cultural non-profit, it was announced at a press conference Tuesday.  “The promotion of go is in line with goals of the World Journal,” said World Journal President James J. L. Guo.  “We want to support Chinese culture, and also promote a game that stimulates the potential of children and sustains the character of adults.  As Chinese media in North America, we are happy to see the growth of the go community here.” The 2015.02.27_SoCal-Tourney-Okun-Lintournament is being held in a spacious room in the World Journal’s Monterey Park offices, according to tournament organizer Kevin Chao of the host chapter, Orange County Go Club.  The tri-lingual press conference held by Guo, Chao, AGA President Andy Okun and Los Angeles resident pro Kim Myungwan 9p was reported in, among other media outlets, the World Journal itself and a local Korean TV news show.  “Shirley Lin 1p and strong player/teacher Evan Cho were also in attendance,” Okun told the EJ. “The history of newspaper support for go tournaments is a long and wonderful one, so we are delighted and heartened by the World Journal’s participation.”   The two-day, five-round tournament is also receiving significant support from the American Asia Culture Exchange Association and its president, Jay Zheng, a long-time go player and businessman and recently an AGA volunteer.  The prize pool is $3,000 with a prize of $700 for first place in the open section, and NAMT qualifying points for top finishers.  Click here for more information. photos courtesy the World Journal.

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NJ Open Set for This Weekend in Princeton

Thursday February 26, 2015

One of the biggest go tournaments on the East Coast is taking place this weekend. The New Jersey Open will be held in Princeton, NJ Saturday 2015.02.26_NJO-2014-DSC_0360February 28 and Sunday March 1st. Registration run from 9-10a at the Frist Campus Center, Princeton University, located at the corner of Washington Road and Ivy Lane. You must be there by 10a to be paired in the first round. $38 for full tournament; $28 youth rate under age 23; $25 Sat. only / $20 Sun. only ($20/$15 under-23). Free to Princeton University students with ID. Cell phones don’t work at the site, but if you’re lost or late, call 609-851-6351 during the last half hour of registration. Info: rickmott@princetongoclub.org.
photo: TD Paul Matthews at the 2014 NJO; photo by John Pinkerton

 

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Yilun Yang Visits Sunny Seattle

Thursday February 26, 2015

Yang Workshop with StevenYilun Yang came to the Seattle Go Center for his yearly workshop last weekend, Feb. 21 and 22.  There were 13 participants, ranging from 12 kyu to 2 dan; a mixture of new students and old friends.  Mr. Yang has been teaching these workshops in Seattle since 2001, and he has fine-tuned his mixture of lectures on theory, reviews of games played by students, and go problems.  He recommends that kyu players do go problems to improve, rather than studying professional games.  This year, students worked on his go problems throughout the workshop, but still  there were very few perfect scores at the end of Sunday.

We had beautiful sunny spring weather during the workshop, with early flowers in full bloom, and we were glad to show Mr. Yang that Seattle is not always cloudy in February.  Photo caption: Now that the young man is playing white, it is harder to make territory. – - photo/report by Brian Allen

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Chess and Go Tourney Pays in Candy

Wednesday February 25, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 4.32.22 PMKids in Portland, OR, competed for candy in a Chess and Go Tourney, held at Taborspace, on Feb. 22nd, reports Peter Freedman.  Four elementary schools, Roseland Heights, Richmond, Irvington, and Beverly Cleary, sent a total of 24 kids.  Tommy Boyd Flynn, of Beverly Cleary took the first place trophy in the Go tournament, winning all four games.  In a play-off for second place, Olin Waxler, also from Beverly Cleary, defeated Kieran Cronin, of Irvington.  Both had 3-1 records.  Fourth place was taken by Emmett Mayer with a 3-1 record, one of his wins being a bye.  Games were played on 13×13 boards.  “All the children were either unranked or double digit kyu players,’ adds Freedman, “kudos to Elsa Warner, the only female go player, and to Ai Rose Solomon, the only female chess player.” The top three places in the chess tournament were all taken by Irvington players: Ansel Wallace, 1st, Mason Buchanan, 2nd, and Leo Frankunas, 3rd. Each Go player received a packet of black and white M&M’s, and each chess player received a chocolate king or queen. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

MIT Moves To Make Chess More Accessible To Spectators

Wednesday February 25, 2015

“Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab are trying to turn chess into a spectator sport like American football or2015.02.24_bbc-report poker,” reports the BBC. “The group wants to make the game more accessible to the uninitiated, by presenting complex information on matches in a simple, visually appealing way and give an expert insight into the state of a game.” “Can’t we do this as well?” wonders EJ reader David Matson, who sent this along.

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