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The Power Report (2/4): Fujisawa Rina wins Women’s Honinbo; Takao wins Meijin title, breaks Iyama’s monopoly

Monday November 14, 2016

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal

Fujisawa Rina wins Women’s Honinbo: The fourth game of the 35th Women’s Honinbo title match was held at the2016.11.14_Fujisawa Rina wins game 4 Nihon Ki-in headquarters in Tokyo on October 24. Playing black, Fujisawa defeated the titleholder Xie Yimin by resignation after 147 moves. Fujisawa played positively from the opening on and held on to the initiative, but it was not clear to the spectators how she could wrap up a win. The game ended early when Fujisawa found a deadly technique for killing a corner white group. The players following the game in the anteroom had expected a ko, but Xie’s teacher, Ko Mosei 9P, suddenly exclaimed: “It’s unconditional [death]!” He added: “[If this happens,] it’d be beautiful.” Sure enough, that was how Rina played. Though his disciple lost the game, Ko seemed happy at Fujisawa’s fine play. After losing the first game, Fujisawa won three in a row to regain the title she first won two years ago. At present, she seems to be Xie’s only real rival. This victory perhaps made up for her bitter experience last year, when she won the first two games but lost the next three to Xie. Xie may have lost this title, but she still has four women’s titles to her name. (Note: in Taiwan, her name is Romanized as Hsieh I-min.)

Takao wins Meijin title, breaks Iyama’s monopoly: After starting with three straight losses, Iyama Yuta had clawed his way back into contention with wins in the fourth and fifth games in the 41st Meijin best-of-seven. In view of his bad record in the past against Iyama, Takao Shinji 2016.11.14_takao-41meijin7_09probably found this an ominous development. The sixth game was played at the Imaiso, a traditional inn in the town of Kawazu, Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture on October 26 and 27. Takao turned 40 on the first day of the game, but he didn’t get a birthday present from Iyama. Taking black, Iyama dominated the game and forced a resignation after 185 moves. Takao is known for his fondness for thickness, but in this game centre thickness built by Iyama played a part in his win. Takao was also handicapped by an oversight he made near the end of the game, so he resigned early. Finally, Iyama had drawn even in the title match.
The statistics were now slightly in his favor. This pattern of one player winning the first three games and the other the next three had come up in Japanese go ten times previously, and the player staging the recovery had won the seventh game six times. On the other hand, in the most recent five cases, the player who won the initial three games made a comeback and took the seventh four times. Go reporters like these kinds of statistics, but probably the players themselves don’t pay much attention to them.
The seventh game was played at the Tokiwa Hotel in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture on November 2 and 3. The nigiri was held again, and Iyama drew black. As usual, Takao built thickness on the first day, then on the second day developed it into a vast moyo based on the top left. Next, he succeeded in reducing Black’s moyo and took the lead. He then parried Iyama’s attempts to catch up by playing thickly and maintained a small lead until the end. White won by 2.5 points after 251 moves.
Takao made a comeback as Meijin after a gap of nine years; he had won the title just once, in the 31st term, and at the same time held the Honinbo title. This success was all the more welcome for Takao because he lost two Meijin challenges to Iyama 0-4. He has now won 15 titles.2016.11.14_41meijin7_11

Iyama lost his septuple crown after holding it for a little over half a year — 197 days, to be exact; he lost his monopoly of the top three titles, the Kisei, Meijin, and Honinbo, after 1113 days — he won ten successive top-three title matches. He held the Meijin title for three years in a row and earlier held it for two terms; he needs another five wins to qualify for an honorary Meijin title.
The three vacant seats in the new Meijin league have been decided. On November 3, playing black, Sakai Hideyuki beat Uchida Shuhei 7P, who had dropped out of the 41st league, by half a point. Sakai returns to the league after a gap of three years. On November 7, Hane Naoki 9P (W) beat Ichiriki Ryo 7P by 1.5 points. Hane regained his place immediately after dropping out of the previous league. On November 10, Yo Seiki 7P (W) beat Hirata Tomoya 7P by half a point.
Yo will make his debut in the league. Hirata played in the previous league, but just missed out on regaining his place. He played an adventurous opening, with his first move on the 15-5 point and his third move on the 9-5 point, but Yo kept his nerve. The Kansai Ki-in has three players in the upcoming league: Murakawa Daisuke, Sakai, and Yo. The first round will be played in December.

Second of four reports. Tomorrow: Cho U doing well in Kisei knock-out; Women’s Meijin League; Kobayashi Satoru wins 1,100 games

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AGF College Scholarships Available

Sunday November 13, 2016

AGF-logo-smallApplications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarshipThe program  recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the go community . To apply, download and complete the application form here.  Applicants should describe their accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants whose enthusiasm and ambition have helped spread go in under-served areas will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award focuses on promoters and organizers who have made substantial contributions during their go career. Applications are due Dec. 11th this year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  

 

The Power Report (1/4): 72nd Honinbo League; Ichiriki evens score in Tengen; Iyama increases lead in Oza

Sunday November 13, 2016

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal2016.11.13 Honinbo-league

72nd Honinbo League: The first round in the new league was completed on October 20 when Hane Naoki 9P (W) beat Takao Shinji 9P by resignation. Two games in the league were held on November 3. Ko Iso (W) beat Yamashita Keigo 9P by resig., and Cho U (B) beat Mitani Tetsuya 7P by resig. On 2-0, Cho holds the provisional lead, but Motoki Katsuya 7P and Hane Naoki 9P, who are on 1-0, could catch up.

Ichiriki evens score in Tengen: Autumn is a season that called on all of Iyama Yuta’s power of endurance, as he was2016.11.13_tengen1 iyama being attacked on three sides. In the Meijin title match, he had his back to the wall. Most of Iyama’s title matches have been played with older players like Takao, who was 39 (at the start of the Meijin title match) to Iyama’s 27. However, the other two title matches are both against younger players, the 21-year-old Yo Seiki in the Oza and the 19-year-old Ichiriki Ryo in this match. The younger generation is gradually making its presence felt, so Iyama v. his juniors will surely soon become the main pattern in title matches. Already for a few years Ichiriki has been viewed as the top teenager in Japan
and recently his promise has been converted into concrete results (see my report on his winning the Ryusei). This title match would be his biggest test so far.
The first game of the 42nd Tengen title match was played at the Kashikojima Hojoen inn in Shima City in Mie Prefecture on October 21. The challenger drew white, and the game became a contest between Ichiriki’s attack and Iyama’s survival skills. In the middle game, Iyama landed a fierce counterpunch, backed up by deep reading, and at one stroke secured the lead. Ichiriki resigned after Black 139.
This was Iyama’s fourth successive win over the three title matches he was engaged in. He seemed to have recovered from his slump in the first half of the Meijin title match.
The second game was played at the Otaru Asari Classe Hotel on November 11, with Ichiriki playing black. The game was fiercely competitive, starting with a ko fight in the opening. Iyama made a miscalculation late in the middle game and resigned after 205 moves. Ichiriki evened the score and showed he posed a threat to Iyama’s sextuple crown.2016.11.13_64ouza2_05

Iyama increases lead in Oza: The result of the first game of the 64th Oza title match was given in my previous report, but I have some more details below. Challenging the 27-year-old Iyama was the 21-year-old Yo Seiki (Yu Zhengqi in Pinyin), the top player of his age group (low 20s) not only at the Kansai Ki-in but in Japan as a whole. Yo, who had black, acquitted himself very well, and the lead seesawed back and forth during some fierce fighting. After the macro endgame, the spectators all thought that Yo had the lead, but Iyama unleashed a devilish move that made the game tilt in his favor. He picked up a win by 1.5 points after 283 moves. The time allowance is three hours per player: both players were down to their last minute of byo-yomi (to which the last five minutes are allocated). Yu was satisfied that he had been able to go toe to toe with Iyama, but he will have to win games like this if he wants to take a title.
The second game was played at the Naka-no-bo Zuien inn, on November 7. Taking black, Iyama forced a resignation after 169 moves. Once again, Yo played well, and Iyama commented that he was quite worried in the middle game. In an interview after the game, he said: “With correct play by White, I might have collapsed.” The third game will be played on the 18th of this month.

First of four reports. Tomorrow: Fujisawa Rina wins Women’s Honinbo; Takao wins Meijin title, breaks Iyama’s monopoly

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Pandanet Cup Registration Opens

Thursday November 10, 2016

Registration is now open for the 21st Pandanet Cup Internet World Amateur Go TournamentA main division and four 2016.11.10_pandanet-title-top_eranked division will be held. All the participants in each division will compete in the preliminary round; players who win their way through the preliminaries will compete in a round to choose regional representatives, followed by the finals. Eight players (Asia & Oceania 4, Europe & Africa 2, North, Central & South America 2) will compete in the main division and four players in each of the other divisions. 
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Venezuela Hosts 18th Ibero-American Championship

Thursday November 10, 2016

Over forty players from seven different countries competed in the 18th Ibero-American Championship tournament, held at2016.11.13_venezuela-go the Pestana Premium City & Conference Hotel in Caracas, Venezuela from October 7-9. The field included 23 Venezuelans and 17 players from other six nations.

Locals including taxi drivers, workers from the bakery, hotel, caretakers, retired players, the Venezuelan players who live abroad, 2016.11.13_venezuela-go2teachers at the Japanese schools and the Embassy of Japan all pitched in to make the event succeed, said Loli Puerta, president of the Venezuelan Association.

Fernando Aguilar 7d (Argentina) won first place; Hisao Uyama 7d (Brazil) finished second and Juan Carlos Carrillo 1d (Chile) was third. “Venezuela is a land of peace and its people are great” said Aguilar.

In every Latin-American Championship friendship and solidarity is celebrated between people of brother counties, Juan Carlos Pachón told the E-Journal. “The beautiful discipline of go proposes perennial values ​​that allow us to be above and beyond borders of ephemeral and changing political situations.”

To close out the XVIII Ibero-American Championships, the first Iberoamerican Go Couples Tournament — sponsored by the World Pair Go Association — was conducted on Monday, October 10th.

- reported by  Special Correspondent Francisco d’Albuquerque

 

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Artem Kachanovskiy 1P Advances to Main Tournament in Sankei Cup

Monday November 7, 2016

Artem Kachanovskiy 1p has advanced to the main tournament in the 13th edition of the Sankei Cup. Kachanovskiy won all 2016.11.07_Artem Kachanovskyithree games in the preliminaries of the pro division to advance to the main tournament, which will take place next spring. Amongst others, Kachanovskiy defeated Sonoda Yuichi 9p in the final round by half a point. The preliminary rounds were played on October 31 November 2. This is the third time the Kansai Ki-in has invited foreign pros to play in the annual tournament sponsored by the Sankei newspaper. Europe was represented by the EGF pros Artem Kachanovskiy 1p and Mateusz Surma 1p, while Gansheng Shi 1p and Eric Lui 1p played for the AGA. The games were broadcast live on the Kansai Ki-in homepage.
Read the complete report — and check out game records — on the European Go Federation’s website. 

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Top Honors for Dan Micsa 4d at Space Coast Go Tournament

Monday November 7, 2016

Go players from Miami, Tampa, and Orlando converged on Rockledge, FL, (near the Kennedy Space Center) to find the 2016 2016.11.07_spacecoastgotournament-collageSpace Coast Go Tournament on November 5.  The venue was Rockledge Fire Station No. 1, in a conference room often used for EMS training.
Hurricane Matthew had caused a delay of games, but the weather was fine on Saturday.  Twenty players competed for prizes donated by Yellow Mountain Imports and Slate and Shell books.  After three rounds of play, more than half of the players received awards of books or equipment.  Dan Micsa 4d from the Space Coast club, took top honors.  He was followed by Nicholas Casaubon 1k from Miami, in the upper kyu division (1k-8k).  Tanner Robart 14k from Sarasota ranked first in the lower kyu division (9k – 15k).
Tournament director Bart Lipofsky hosted a pizza party at his home afterwards.  Three boards saw continued action until later in the evening.
Winners:
Division 1  (4D – 1D)
1. Dan Micsa  4D; 2.Michael Choi  4D; 3. Karsten Henckell  4D
Division 2 (1K  - 8K): 1. Nicholas Casaubon  1K; 2. Hamilton Vargas Guerra  7K; 3. Aaron Otero  8K; 4. Efrain Davila  2K; 5. Steve Barberi 1K
Division 3 (9K – 15K): 1. Tanner Robart  14K; 2. Arian Inigo  9K; 3. Quinten Goodwin  9K; 4. George Lebovitz  10K; 5. Kevin van Workum  11K
Photos (clockwise from top left): Paul Wiegand 6k (Orlando), making a critical opening move; Dan Micsa trying to read the game; Players and Prizes (l-r): Paul Wiegand, Aaron Otero, Ellis Knickerbocker, Dam Micsa, Steve Barberi, Arian Inigo, Michael Choi, Nicholas Casaubon, Tanner Robart, John Seekins, Hamilton Vargas Guerra, Karsten Henckell, Efrain Davila;  Steve Barberi 1k (Tampa); Aaron Otero 8k (Space Coast);  an EMS training dummy stored in the venue. photos courtesy Bart Lipofsky
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Xin’ao Cup Round of 16 Live Commentary on AGA’s YouTube Channel

Monday November 7, 2016

Coming up at 9:30p PST (12:30a EST) on Wednesday, November 9th, the AGA broadcast team will cover the Xin’ao Cup Round of 16 on its YouTube channel. Commentary will be led by AGA professional Ryan Li 1p and hosted by Andrew Jackson.

The Xin’ao Cup is a new inaugural international tournament, played in Lang Fang, China. The main competition has a draw of 64 players, 12 of whom are seeded (5 from China, 1 from Taiwan, and 3 each from Japan and Korea). The US representative in the tournament, Jujo Jiang 7p, was defeated by Xia Chenkun 3p of China in the first round. The remaining players are competing for a top prize of 2.2 million RMB, or roughly $325,000 USD.

It’s not yet clear who will play on Wednesday, because the tournament is still being played and R16 will be decided with a random draw, but there are some exciting players in the running: An Sungjoon 7d, Shi Yue 9p, Tang Weixing 9p, Ke Jie 9p, Kim Kiyong 6d, Lee Sedol 9p, and Chen Yaoye 9p. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.
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Young Lions Tourney Open for Registration

Monday November 7, 2016

14794103_1807097989502517_1019931161_nRegistration for the annual Young Lions Tournament is now open, through November 26th. Organized by the American Go Honor Society (AGHS),  the tournament  welcomes kids 18 and younger who have not graduated from high school yet. “This is a great platform for talented young players to compete with and learn from each other,” says AGHS Promotions Head Albert Yen. The tournament will be on December 4th and 11th. There will be four rounds and trophies will be awarded to the top finishers of each bracket. In addition, AGHS t-shirts will be given to the top four finishers of each bracket. Players do not need to compete in all of the four games to participate. For more info, click here; to register, click here.

Upcoming Go Events: Syracuse, Berkeley, Sacramento, Wailuku

Monday November 7, 2016

November 12: Syracuse, NY
Syracuse Go Club Fall Self-Pair Tournament
Richard Moseson syracusegoclub@gmail.com 315-682-7720

November 19-20: Berkeley, CA
Go Workshop with Yilun Yang 7P
Jay Chan jay@bayareago.org 909-618-8749

November 19: Sacramento, CA
Davis/Sacramento Winter Quarterly
Willard Haynes willard@emeritus.csus.edu 916-929-6112

November 19: Wailuku, HI
Maui Go Club Tournament
Danny Topp maui.go.club@gmail.com 719-200-7300

Get the latest go events information.

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