American Go E-Journal

Team of four North American women players needed for Wu Qingyuan Cup

Monday March 4, 2019

American and Canadian women players 5D and stronger are invited to submit their names by March 5 for a chance to represent North America in the second Wu Qingyuan Cup, to be played April 26-30 in Fuzhou, China. North America and Europe have each been invited to send a team of four players, pro or amateur, to the event. The standard AGA and CGA eligibility rules will apply. The tournament will continue with semifinals in November for the top finishers. Please submit to tournaments@usgo.org with questions or your entry.

Registration open for World Youth Goe Tourney

Monday March 4, 2019

Screen Shot 2019-03-04 at 4.15.08 PMThe  Ing Foundations annual World Youth Goe Championship will be held in Xian, China, July 22-27, and registration for the preliminaries is now open, reports Mingjiu Jiang 7P.  “The tournament is open to US citizens, resident in the US for at least 6 of the past 12 months; Senior Group (Age 12—15) Junior Group (Age under 12). Players cannot attend in the same group more than twice in 3 years, for instance, if you obtain the seat this year, you cannot join the US team again for 3 years,” says Jiang.
 
The qualifier games will be played on KGS, with Ing rules, 1 hour 3/30 each. Skype video call will be required for all games. “We will pick the top four players of each group,” said Jiang. The final winner of each group will be invited to play this year’s Ing’s World Youth Cup in China.  The qualifier will be  Mar. 23 and 24. At 9:00am PST and 1:00pm PST.  To register email mingjiu7p@hotmail.com or call (650-796-1602) by Mar.17, 2019.  Please include your name, date of birth, rank, KGS ID, phone number and address. - Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo: Last year’s team, Elwin Li, Mingjiu Jiang, and Melissa Cao.  Photo by Mingjiu Jiang.

Solve weekly go problems for prizes

Monday March 4, 2019

50679378_244541053115103_3218971554767437824_n“Besides playing go games, it is also important for players to solve go problems regularly,” says American Go Honor Society Vice President Jeremy Chiu, “This year, the AGHS has implemented weekly go problems for players to solve on our webpage. This will give players of all levels an opportunity to solve problems and earn prizes as they climb up the leaderboard. The problems include different topics such as life and death, tesuji, and endgame. To participate, first create an account on the AGHS website with your AGA rank. Then, complete the problem that corresponds to your rank and submit a JPG, PNG, or SGF file in the Google Forms link on the AGHS webpage by every Saturday (11:59 pm EST) of the week the problems are posted.” -Lionel Zhang, EJ Youth Correspondent

Upcoming Go Events: Seattle

Monday March 4, 2019

March 5: Seattle, WA
Pro Simuls – Mr. Tajiri 5 Dan
Mike Malveaux programs@seattlego.org 206-545-1424

March 7: Seattle, WA
Pro Lecture with Mr. Yuto Tajiri, 5P
Mike Malveaux programs@seattlego.org 206-545-1424

March 9: Seattle, WA
Seattle Speed League – March!
Mike Malveaux programs@seattlego.org 206-545-1424

Get the latest go events information.

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NGC’s Pair Go/Paella Night a big hit

Tuesday February 26, 2019

The National Go Center’s first ever Pair Go and Paella Night last Friday was a big hit. Nearly 30 turned out to sample E-Journal 2019.02.26-ngc-paellaManaging Editor Chris Garlock’s vegetable paella with garlic sauce and then thirteen 2019.02.26-ngc-pair-gopairs competed with strong contingents from University of MD and the Baltimore Go Club, including the undefeated pair of Blair Chisholm and Keith Arnold. Organizer and TD Hal Small also went undefeated with his wife Betsy.

“There was a strong sentiment for a monthly Friday night social with interest in either Pair Go or a Lightning Tourney – and of course paella!” reports organizer Haskell Small.

In other NGC news, last week’s snowed-out Community Meeting will be held this Wednesday. “This month we’ll be discussing social media and promotion to get the word out about the NGC,” says Gurujeet Khalsa. “We’ll talk about our first 2-day Cherry Blossom tournament coming up on 3/30-3/31 as well.” The meeting starts at 7p on Wednesday Feb. 27; “bring your best ideas, then stay and play some Go.” Pizza will be served.
photos by Chris Garlock

International Collegiate Go Tournament deadline approaching

Sunday February 24, 2019

The deadline for the 2019 International Collegiate Go Tournament is fast approaching. Hosted by the Ing Foundation, the tournament will be held at the University of Sydney, in Australia this summer. The event runs July 7-13 and is open to any current, future, or recently graduated college (both undergraduate and graduate) student who will, or has attended school in the year 2019. All costs related to room, board, tours, and travel during the event will be covered by the Ing foundation. The student is responsible for getting to and from the tournament site (both international and domestic travel costs), and for any personal expenses.

Links for more info and to register: Facebookscheduleregulationsregistration form.

Players of all skill levels are welcome to participate. There will be five divisions this year: a high dan, low dan, single digit kyu, double digit kyu and women’s division. “There is currently no deadline for applying, but please apply early as there are a limited number of spots available,” says Mike Fodera, who notes that “The selection process will be on a first come first serve basis.” You can send your registration forms directly to him at mdf116@gmail.com.

 

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Go Classified: Help with Leela Zero

Sunday February 24, 2019

Help with Leela Zero: Looking for assistance in installing Leela Zero on my MacBook Air (Mid 2013) running Mac OS X 10.13.5. Contact Arunas Rudvalis at rudvalis@math.umass.edu or call 619-985-4048

 

 

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Redmond’s Reviews, Episode 14: Honinbo Shuwa vs Inoue Genan Inseki

Saturday February 23, 2019

Michael Redmond 9p and the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock take a break from their AlphaGo commentaries to take a look at a 2019.02.15_shuwa_genan_thumbnailgame that’s hundreds of years old, between Honinbo Shuwa and Inoue Genan Inseki (click here for the video). It was chosen because a position in 2019.02.15_shuwa_genan_redmond-thumbnailthe game reminds Redmond strongly of one in AG-AG 27. “Its not so much that they played the same moves, as that they got into a very similar game.” Redmond also considers Honinbo Shuwa “One of the greatest players in the history of go, even though his style wasn’t flashy and he wasn’t as popular as some other players.”

“Wow finally a historical match! I’m so glad right now,” said Alperen Yaşar. “I love the AlphaGo reviews (what I can understand of them) and I love when Michael reviews his own games,” said Synecdoche09, “but I think historical games are my favorite series on here.” “I’d love to hear more Go history!” adds Bill Dugger.

These videos are made possible by the support of the American Go Association; please consider joining today!

Video produced by Michael Wanek & Andrew Jackson.

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The Power Report: Murakawa to challenge for Judan; Park wins NY’s Cup; Honinbo League; Meijin League: Iyama falters

Friday February 22, 2019

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal2019.02.22_57judan Murakawa

Murakawa to challenge for Judan: 
The play-off to decide the challenger to Iyama Yuta for the 57th Judan title was held at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo on January 31. It matched Takao Shinji 9P, who was aiming at a comeback as Judan after a gap of four years, and Murakawa Daisuke 8P (right) of the Kansai Ki-in, who was aiming at making his second successive challenge. The two players seemed to be evenly matched, as past results were 6-6. Murakawa drew black in the nigiri and won the game by resignation after 173 moves. He will be hoping to improve on his performance last year, when he was unable to take a game off the titleholder. He did beat Iyama 3-2 in the 62nd Oza, which so far is the only top-seven title he has won. He commented that his style has changed since last year, through his study of AI go. The title match starts on March 5.

Park wins NY’s Cup: The 7th CCTV New Year’s Cup is an invitational tournament 2019.02.22_Shibano (R) loses to Parkfounded by the Chinese TV channel to commemorate the Chinese New Year. This year the world’s number one and number two, Park Junghwan 9P of Korea and Ke Jie 9P of China, were joined by Shibano Toramaru 7P of Japan, who was standing in for Iyama Yuta, who was too busy with title games to take part. The tournament is an irregular knockout, with the players drawing lots to decide who plays in the first game. The loser of that game meets the third player, with the winner going on to the final. The loser of the second game is the only one who doesn’t get two chances. Park, who in recent months, has regained his former position as the world’s top-rated player, stumbled in the opening game but resurfaced in the final and took revenge. Games are played by the NHK format, and first prize is 800,000 yuan (about $118,000). Park also won this tournament last year.
(Jan. 31) Ke (B) beat Park by 1.5 points.2019.02.22-honinbo-league
(Feb. 1) Park (B) beat Shibano by resig.
(Feb. 2) Park (B) beat Ke by 7.5 points.

Honinbo League: No one has an unbeaten record in the 74th Honinbo League, so six of the eight players are probably still in contention. Having played one more game and scored 4-1, Ichiriki Ryo 8P is doing well, but of the three players on 3-1, two are ranked higher than he is. Those two, Yo Seiki 8P and Shibano Toramaru 7P, will clash in the 6th round in March.
Most recent result:
(Jan. 31) Ichiriki Ryo 8P (W) beat Anzai Nobuaki 7P by resig.2019.02.22-meijin-league

Meijin League: Iyama falters: With only two and a half rounds out of nine in the 44th Meijin League played, it’s early days yet, but it’s beginning to look tough for Iyama Yuta to become the challenger. In his third game, with new star Shibano Toramaru, he suffered his second loss. One consolation for him, though, is that only one player is undefeated. That’s Kono Rin, who will play Suzuki Shinji in his third-round game. If the other members of the league cooperate by beating each other, Iyama may yet have a chance.
Recent results:
(Feb. 7) Shibano Toramaru 7P (W) beat Iyama Yuta by 1.5 points; Hane Naoki 9P (B) beat Yamashita Keigo 9P by half a point.

Fang Jia Hsu wins 2019 Jujo Ing Cup

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Fang Jia Hsu topped a field of 62 players competing for $3,000 in prizes at the 27th Jiang Zhu Jiu Ing Cup on February 10 in San Francisco, California.  The annual event is sponsored by Ing’s Goe Foundation of California.  Players competed for four rounds in five sections with Fang Jia Hsu winning the top section. Prizes in each section were given to fourth place.2019.02.19_JujoCup-collage-updated

Once again several players came from China for the tournament, including the family of Rui Naijian, the brother of Rui Nai Wei 9P. You can find the complete tournament summary here.

Section summary of prize winners:

Open Section
1.    Hsu, Fang Jia
2.    Tao, Shuaiheng
3.    Xie, Chao
4.    Rui, Naijian

Dan Section
1.    Steven Chen
2.    Jin Yao
3.    Christopher
4.    Linden Chiu

Expert Section
1.    Nan Zhong
2.    Ke Yan Rui
3.    Jay Chan
4.    Hojin Lee

Intermediate Section
1.    Tai-An Cha
2.    Ryan Lear
3.    Ke Xin Rui
4.    Tyler Moore

Novice Section
1.    Eric Yang
2.    David Baran
3.    Steven Scher
4.    Michal sawicki-ciuk

report/photos by Ernest Brown; collage by Chris Garlock