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“Why We Play” videos wanted

Wednesday July 8, 2020

The E-Journal team will be covering the upcoming e-Congress in the E-Journal and on our Twitch channel; watch for a program schedule soon. In addition to covering some of the e-Congress events, we want to hear from you, our readers and viewers. Why do you play go? What’s your most memorable go experience? Share your story with us – just record a brief video on your phone or webcam – and we’ll share it with the world during the e-Congress! Videos must include your name, where you’re from, how long you’ve been playing go, and should be no longer than 3 minutes; send them to journal@usgo.org

2020 e-Go Congress schedule released (7/4)

2020 e-Go Congress announced (6/30)

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AGA ratings lookup & information changes coming

Tuesday July 7, 2020

The AGA Web Team has been working make some “quality of life” changes to our ratings reporting, reports Steve Colburn. “Part of that involves removing old code from our systems” as ratings reporting moves to the AGAGD. “We have worked to make sure all of the information is replicated to the new site,” says Colburn. The full information post can be found on the Chapters Email List.

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The Power Report: Shibano starts fightback in Honinbo; S & Meijin League reports; Fourth-generation player loses first game

Tuesday July 7, 2020

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Shibano starts fightback in Honinbo

The fourth game of the 75th Honinbo title match was played at the Imai Villa, Kawatsu Town, Shizuoka Prefecture on June 30 and July 1. For the challenger, Shibano Toramaru Meijin (photo), it was his first kadoban, that is, a game that can lose a series. With Shibano having won the Judan title two days after the third Honinbo game, this game became a clash between two triple crowns: Iyama Kisei, Honinbo & Tengen vs. Shibano Meijin, Oza & Judan. Go Weekly didn’t mention if this was the first such pairing.

In this game, Shibano, who played white, followed a consistent policy of making strong groups so that he would not come under attack. Iyama was able to build a moyo and seemed to take a small lead (according to AI), but Shibano used his thickness to stage an upset late in the middle game. Black resigned after 166 moves. The fifth game will be played on July 8 and 9.

S League

An important game in the second round of the 45th Kisei S League was played on July 2. Taking white, Takao Shinji 9P beat Ichiriki Ryo 8P by resig. Having reached the play-off to decide the challenger in the previous tournament, Ichiriki was considered one of the favorites, but it’s hard to recover from an early setback in a small league (just five rounds).

Meijin League

One game in the 45th Meijin League was played last week. On June 30, Yamashita Keigo 9P (W) beat Murakawa Daisuke 8P by resig.

Fourth-generation player loses first game

Nakamura Sumire is not the only young female player who is attracting attention from the go media. Cho Kosumi 1P (photo), the daughter of Cho U 9P and Kobayashi Izumi 6P, who in turn is the daughter of Kobayashi Koichi 9P and Kobayashi (Kitani) Reiko 7P, who was the daughter of Kitani Minoru 9P, made her debut as a professional in April, but didn’t get to play her first official game until July 6. Playing black, she lost to Seki Kotaro 3P in Preliminary B of the 30th Ryusei tournament. She resigned after 148 moves. Incidentally, a reporter asked Kosumi if she was thinking of her father in choosing her navy-blue shirt and she answered, yes. Cho U is fond of black and navy-blue clothing; maybe Kosumi will make it a family tradition.

Promotions

To 8-dan: Mizuma Toshifumi (150 wins, as of July 3)
To 5-dan: Ms. Osawa Narumi (70 wins, as of July 3)

Obituary: Sakai Isao

Sakai Isao 7P died on June 3. He was born on July 9, 1939, and became a disciple of his father, Sakai Michiharu 9P (three of whose brothers were also professionals in Nagoya). He qualified for 1-dan at the Nagoya branch of the Nihon Ki-in in 1961, reached 6-dan in 1983 and was promoted to 7-dan after his retirement in 2005.

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2020 e-Go Congress schedule released

Saturday July 4, 2020

Following hard on the heels of the announcement earlier this week (2020 e-Go Congress announced) of the online 2020 e-Go Congress August 1-9, organizers have now released a preliminary schedule of events. “While a few events may still be added, you can plan on attending any of the events below,” says AGA Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott. Keep an eye on the Congress website for the schedule and updates as details are finalized. Events will be held on OGS, KGS, and Pandanet.

Saturday, August 1
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Opening Ceremony
4pm-7pm EDT/1pm-4pm PDT e-Go Congress Open Round 1
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT 9×9 Tournament

Sunday, August 2
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT e-Go Congress Open Round 2
4pm-6pm EDT/1pm-3pm PDT Game Review
7pm-10pm EDT/4pm-7pm PDT e-Go Congress Open Round 3
10pm-11pm EDT/7pm-8pm PDT Hangouts

Monday, August 3
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Blitz Tournament Round 1
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT City League Championships Game 1
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Beginner Drop in Teaching

Tuesday, August 4
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Blitz Tournament Round 2
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Beginner Official Teaching Event
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Double-Digit Kyu Tournament Day 1

Wednesday, August 5
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Youth Event
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT City League Championships Game 2
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Double-Digit Kyu Tournament Day 2

Thursday, August 6
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Blitz Tournament Round 3
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Pair Go Tournament

Friday, August 7
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Blitz Tournament Round 4
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT City League Championships Game 3

Saturday, August 8
1pm-3pm EDT/10am-12pm PDT e-Go Congress Open Round 4
6pm-9pm EDT/3pm-6pm PDT Game Review
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT TBD Broadcast Event

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Redmond on Go Seigen vs Kitani, The Tengen Game, and AlphaGo vs The World

Saturday July 4, 2020

Tune in to the AGA’s Twitch channel at 8p Sunday night for Part 2 of Michael Redmond 9Ps live commentary on the 1939 game between Go Seigen and his friend and rival Kitani Minoru. If you need your Redmond fix sooner, not to worry, check out the latest Redmond Review featuring The Tengen Game between Honinbo Dosaku and Yasui Santetsu, which originally aired back on May 3. “What a treat!” says Sev.

And Redmond’s brand-new series, AlphaGo vs. The World — in which he and AlphaGo to Zero co-author Chris Garlock do short reviews of the 2016-17 Master vs human games — is now up to Game 11. “Some really beautiful moves by white in this great game,” says Rory Mitchell. “The placement of stones looks so calm, light, and impressive. Thanks so much for the video!”

Also, for the French Redmond fans, jonathan4055 has just posted subtitles in French for Redmond’s recent AlphaGo to Zero: Revisiting AlphaGo vs Lee Sedol, Game 2 commentary. And of course there’s always Redmond’s YouTube channel, as well.

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Durham and Cleveland face off in online Friendship match Sunday

Friday July 3, 2020

With many traditional July 4th activities — attending professional sports events and traveling, for example — restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic, longtime Go teacher Yuan Zhou is coordinating a Friendship Team Go tournament between the Triangle Go Group (Durham, NC) and the Cleveland Go Club this Sunday, July 5. “Let this be Go players’ way to celebrate our Independence Day!” says Zhou. The tournament will take place on KGS starting at 10a EDT; pairings and more info is posted here. “You all are welcome to observe the team matches and kibitz in the games!” says Zhou, adding “Hopefully there will be more online events like this!”

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AGA election ballots emailed

Wednesday July 1, 2020

Both chapter and individual ballots in the American Go Association’s elections have been emailed to all eligible members. If it is not in your inbox please check in spam. Candidate statements, if submitted, are available on the AGA elections page: AGA Board Elections | American Go Association. If you did not receive a ballot and believe you should have or have any questions, please contact elections@usgo.org.

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The Power Report: Ichiriki to challenge for Gosei; Tournaments canceled; Retirement: Honda Kunihisa

Wednesday July 1, 2020

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Ichiriki to challenge for Gosei

   The play-off to decide the challenger for the 45th Gosei title was held at the Nihon Ki-in on June 29. Taking white, Ichiriki Ryo 8P beat Cho U 9P by 4.5 points, so he will make his first Gosei challenge. The first game with Hane Naoki Gosei will be played on July 18.

Tournaments canceled

   The Nihon Ki-in has announced that two Japanese-sponsored international tournament have been cancelled for this year. They are the World Go Championship 2020 and the Senko Cup World Go Women’s Strongest Player 2020. These tournaments had already been postponed and it had been hoped to hold them in the autumn, but that came to look less and less feasible. 

Retirement: Honda Kunihisa

   Honda Kunihisa 9P of the Kansai Ki-in retired as of June 15, which was his 75th birthday. Born in Ishikawa Prefecture, he became a disciple of Hashimoto Utaro 9P and qualified for 1-dan in 1961. He reached 9-dan in 1973. Back in the late Showa period (1926-89), he was one of the mainstays of the Kansai Ki-in. He was also known as probably the least talkative player in the go world. He won the rating tournament four times, the Kansai Ki-in No. One Position tournament four times, and the 31st NHK Cup in 1984. He played in the Kisei leagues three times, the Meijin League seven times, and the Honinbo League once. He also won a number of Kansai Ki-in prizes.

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2020 e-Go Congress announced

Tuesday June 30, 2020

If you’re disappointed that this year’s US Go Congress has been canceled, mark  your calendar for the 2020 e-Go Congress. Scheduled for August 1-9, the e-Go Congress will be held online and includes a weekend “Open” tournament, a weekday daytime “blitz” tournament, evening 9×9, Pair Go, Double-Digit Kyu tournaments, professional events, a daytime youth event and the City League Tournament Championships. 

This “taste of” Congress event “will hopefully give you a chance play a little go and reconnect with old friends —or make new ones—while you eagerly await the more immersive experience of the 2021 US Go Congress, which will have even more tournaments, events, lessons, and youth activities!“ says AGA Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott. More details — including a schedule of events — are expected to be announced soon.

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The Power Report: Iyama extends lead in Meijin League; Kisei S League; Suzuki to challenge for Women’s Hollyhock Cup

Tuesday June 30, 2020

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Iyama extends lead in Meijin League

   With Iyama maintainaing his unbeaten record in the 45th Meijin League, it’s looking more and more as if he will be the one to challenge the new Meijin, Shibano Toramaru. Shibano has won their only previous title match, but he is finding Iyama a different proposition in two-day games. We shouldn’t make any predictions, however, as Ichiriki Ryo is following hard on Iyama’s heels with just one loss. Recent results follow. Incidentally, Iyama’s win below is his ninth in a winning streak that started on March 5.

(June 15) Ichiriki Ryo 8P (W) beat Kono Rin 9P by 3.5 points.

(June 18) Kyo Kagen 8P (W) beat Rin Kanketsu 8P by resig.

(June 25) Iyama Yuta Kisei (B) beat Kyo Kagen by resig.; Kono Rin 9P (B) beat Hane Naoki Gosei by resig.; Ichiriki (B) beat Rin Kanketsu 8P by resig.

Kisei S League

   The S League in the 45th Kisei tournament completed its first round with the games below.

(June 18) Kono Rin (W) beat Takao Shinji 9P by resig.

(June 22) Kyo Kagen 8P (W) beat Murakami Daisuke Judan by resig.

Suzuki to challenge for Women’s Hollyhock Cup

   Suzuki Ayumi, holder of the Women’s Kisei title, won the play-off to decide the challenger to Fujisawa Rina for the 7th Hollyhock Cup. At the age of 36, she seems to be enjoying a renaissance in her career. Her opponent in the play-off was the 23-year-old Iwata Saeka 1P, who is a new name to me. Though born in Tokyo and a disciple of Ishida Yoshio, she is a member of the Kansai Ki-in. She let slip her first chance at glory.

Semifinals (June 20) Suzuki Ayumi, Women’s Kisei, (B) beat Xie Yimin 6P by half a point; Iwata Saeka 1P (W) beat Nyu Eiko 2P by half a point.

Final (June 21) Suzuki (W) beat Iwata by resig. 

Tomorrow: Ichiriki to challenge for Gosei; Tournaments canceled; Retirement: Honda Kunihisa

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