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Ilya Shikshin 3P wins 5th European Pro Championship

Wednesday September 30, 2020

After seven rounds, Ilya Shikshin 3P finished with a 6:1 score to win the 5th European Pro Championship played September 24th to 27th and sponsored by Pandanet. Eight players participated and games were streamed with commentary on the EuropeanGoFederation Twitch channel; Antti Törmänen, a European Pro living in Japan, provided some of the commentary.

The 7th round of the tournament featured a true final between Andrii Kravets and Ilya Shikshin. Ilya’s score after round 6 was 5:1 while Andrii had a 4:2 score. “Because of the face-to-face tie-break rule, Andrii would have been champion if he won this match against Ilya, but he lost with 1.5 points,” says European Go Federation President Martin Stiassny. “This was the deciding game of the championship!” 

The players were pleased with their first serious online tournament for single players. The second one, the 2020 European Championship, is currently ongoing on OGS and will run until late October.

Results:
Champion: Ilya Shikshin 3p with a 6:1 score
Runner-Ups: Mateusz Surma 2p, Ali Jabarin 2p, and Andrii Kravets 1p all with a 4:3 score. 
5th place: Alexandr Dinershteyn 3p with a score of 3:4
6th place: Pavol Lisy 2p with a score of 3:4
7th place: Tanguy Le Calve 1p with a score of 2:5
8th place: Artem Kachanovskyi 2p with a score of 2:5 

-report by Martin Stiassny

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Corona Cup 2020 brings over 350 players across Europe together on KGS

Friday March 27, 2020

“On Thursday 12th March I was working in the garden for many hours and I knew my country was going to be in a quarantine soon,” says tournament founder and organizer Lukas Podpera, setting the scene for the tournament’s inception. “Many live tournaments had already been cancelled, therefore I started to think about ideas, what could I do for the Go community. And one of the ideas was to run an online tournament, originally planned only for Czechia, maybe Central Europe.” Originally hoping to gather about 100 participants, news of the tournament spread through international Facebook groups, prompting Podpera to send invitations to all EGF associations. “Corona Cup is an online tournament in the times of coronavirus crisis, when tournaments are cancelled around Europe and most of the Go clubs are not meeting. I’m trying to make it look as much as a live tournament as possible.”

Podpera and his team are using Google Docs to post pairings and disseminate information. The tournament will be a total of six rounds over the next three months, with paired players given a week to meet on their own time to play in the Corona Cup 2020 room on KGS and report results. The tournament is sponsored by Jena International Go School and supported by the Czech association who will also publish registration and results. Over 350 players have registered so far, including three professionals. “You can see that many European top players are participating,” says Podpera, “but I hope I can get a good result myself even in this kind of competition!”

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How AI study helped improve my go

Wednesday March 25, 2020

by Benjamin Teuber 6d (Germany)

For many years, I was considered the “eternal second” of the German championship. I finished as runner-up nine times – while never winning the title. No matter how well I did, I always managed to lose the decisive game.

Until November of last year, when, to my own and everyone else’s big surprise, I finally became German Champion with a perfect 7-0 record. After the tournament, I got a lot of comments like “you clearly improved” or “you must have studied a lot” from people. But, to be honest, I didn’t prepare much for this tournament. I did no go problems at all, I didn’t play many tournaments, I didn’t take any pro lessons. Please don’t get me wrong, I highly recommend these measures and have used them a lot in the past; that’s how I became 6 Dan, after all. They just can’t be responsible for my recent improvement.

What I have been doing though, was creating my own go study website, ai-sensei.com. It allows you to upload your games and quickly get them analyzed by very strong AI. I believe the key feature of this tool is the focus on big mistakes; that way you can work on your biggest weaknesses instead of getting lost in minor details. So while I didn’t spend as much time studying as I had previously, I did use AI Sensei to review every one of my games and find my biggest mistakes. I would also check an old game every now and then to review my past mistakes. Looking back, I believe this was a very efficient way to spend the limited time I had to study, and it might well be the biggest factor of my recent improvements.

So here’s my advice to anyone using go AI to study:
Focus on your biggest mistakes in each game
Don’t waste time exploring all the variations
Think about the AI recommendations in terms of shape, direction, and strength of groups
Revisit your past mistakes

I invite you to try out AI Sensei yourself; it can be used for free. But whatever tool or AI you are using, I think you’ll find these recommendations useful.

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European Youth Go Yearbook 2019 is released

Wednesday January 29, 2020

This is a story about the beginning of a new future for youth go players in Europe. The European Youth Go Yearbook 2019 with its only 140 pages covers the SEYGO Tour with in depth review of each of its five stages in Vatra Dornei, Jena, Zaostrog, Vienna and Lausanne during 2019, including interviews with the young talents and upcoming stars.

The chapter entitled Go Through the Eyes of Youth shows not just how the youth see go, but also what they feel about it. The book includes country reports from Romania, United Kingdom, Croatia, Germany, Ukraine, and France.

Detailed and easy-to-follow reviews of the semi-finals and finals of the U12, U16 and U20 categories of the tournaments are provided by Catalin Taranu 5P, Alexander Dinerstein 3P, Mateusz Surma 2P, Ali Jabarin 2P, Andrii Kravets 1P, and Sinan Djepov 5d.

The European Youth Go Yearbook was written by Sinan Djepov 5d, who was the European U20 Youth Go Champion in 2018 and is also a creator of the ExploreBaduk project which will soon be re-launched with its new version.

For a preview of the book, check out these two teasers: Why solving life & death is important? and Go Through the Eyes of Youth.

The book is available on sale as E-book or limited paper edition which will be on sale at several events: TIGGRE – Ellie Cup (Grenoble)European Youth Go Championship 2020 (Stubicke Toplice – Zagreb)64th European Go Congress (Kamyanets-Podilskyi) or at all SEYGO 2020 events.

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Dutch artist combines passions to create Go-themed art

Saturday November 9, 2019

Dutch artist, art historian, author and go teacher Kim Ouweleen has created an original series of Go-themed posters and postcards that are available on his website. “I’m very enthusiastic about combining my passions for drawing and Go,” Ouweleen told the E-Journal.  One of his latest efforts was a drawing he did for the Brazilian Nihon Kiin for the recent Latin American Go Congress. “My work has been travelling all over the world this year and has been sold at the Nihon Kiin in Tokyo, given to students by Blackie’s International Baduk Academy (BIBA) in Korea, was used to promote Teach the Teachers (an event for European go teachers in the EGCC), and much more,” he said. “I’ve also started customizing the backs of the cards for go schools and associations, like these for the Cyprus Go Association.”  To purchase one of his original drawings, contact Ouweleen at kim.ouweleen@gmail.com; you can also see more of his work on his Etsy shop and his t-shirts and other clothing designs can be found on his Spreadshirt webshop. Follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

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Go & Ski International Winter Camp in Vaujany, France

Saturday October 5, 2019

If you like mountains, snow, skiing, and (of course) go, you might want to check into this unique opportunity to mix them all together in the French Alps this winter. The Grenoble Go Club and the French Go Federation are teaming up to organize the Go & Ski International Winter Camp January 25th through February 1st, 2020.

The camp will be held in the resort village of Vaujany, France, directly adjacent to the splendid ski area of the Alpe d’Huez. Inseong Hwang 8d, Tanguy Le Calvé 1P, and others will be on hand to teach go and make this go-ski camp an unforgettable experience. More information about the Go & Ski International Winter Camp can be found at http://stage-go-ski.jeudego.org/en/.

If you like competition, you may also want to keep the momentum going and register for the International Grenoble Go Tournament (TIGGRE – Ellie Cup) which will take place in Grenoble on February 1st and 2nd.

-edited by Roger Schrag

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Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship Game 6, 7 & 8 videos posted

Saturday July 27, 2019

The video games and commentaries for Games 6, 7 and 8 of the recent Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship have now been posted (see below). Commentators are as follows:
Game 6 – Eric Lui 1p vs. Pavol Lisy 2p; commentary by Andy Liu 1p and Michael Wanek
Game 7 – Artem Kachanovskyi 2p vs. Eric Lui 1p; commentary by Cornell Burzo 7d and Stephen Hu
Game 8 – Ryan Li 1p vs. Ilya Shikshin 3p; commentary by Stephanie Yin 1p and Stephen Hu

This was a €10,000 EUR, single-elimination team tournament in which five AGA professionals matched up against five EGF professionals.
Credits: Logo: Maria Chaplina; Layout: Mieke Narjes; Graphics: Stephen Hu; Producer: Michael Wanek; North American TD: Hajin Lee; European TD: Natalia Kovaleva; Tournament Sponsors: AGA & EGF
To support this tournament and future tournaments like it, please support the AGA & EGF with donations or membership.

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Shikshin clinches first Transatlantic Championship for EGF

Sunday July 7, 2019

In round eight of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship, played on July 7, Ilya Shikshin 3P of the EGF defeated the AGA’s last standing player, Ryan Li 1P. With this critical victory, the EGF team claimed the first Transatlantic Championship and the €10,000 Euro prize.
Black (Shikshin) opened by building a strong moyo on the right side, while white secured territory at the top and lower left. White (Li) split a left-side black group into two parts, and a fight ensued. White’s attack seemed severe, but black managed to live without incurring too much damage to his right-side territory. After the black group secured its life, the two players were neck-and-neck. White stumbled with move 152, a sente push played under time pressure, which forced white spend another move on O5 instead of responding to black on the left side. An intense endgame followed. Black wrapped up the game, winning by 3.5 points in the end.
The Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship was the first team match between professional players of the European Go Federation and American Go Association. Each team was represented by five players in a win-and-continue format. All games were broadcast live on the American Go Association’s Twitch channel, including commentary by strong players from both North America and Europe. This last round, featuring players Ilya Shikshin and Ryan Li, attracted more than 4,400 simultaneous viewers, a record for the Transatlantic Championship.
– report by Hajin Lee

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Artem Kachanovskyi ends Eric Lui’s winning streak in Transatlantic Team Championship

Sunday June 30, 2019

In round seven of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship, played on June 30, EGF pro Artem 2P defeated Eric Lui 1P, ending Lui’s streak at three wins. The AGA team now has only one player remaining – Ryan Li 1P – while the EGF team has Artem Kachanovskyi 2P and Ilya Shikshin 3P.

In the opening, Eric Lui, playing black, built up a wide area on the right side. White approached lightly, trying to limit black’s potential. Black launched a full-on attack of white’s group, surrounding it from the outside. However, black’s shape had some weaknesses. White allowed black a small ponnuki, then cut on L16, forcing black to give up one or the other of his surrounding groups. Black chose to give up both, and instead swallowed the upper-left corner, keeping game balanced. Complicated fights ensued, but white was slightly ahead. White then successfully invaded the upper-left corner, leading black to resign.

The EGF has announced that Ilya Shikshin 3P will substitute for Artem in the next round under the wildcard rule*. Kachanovskyi is unable to play next round due to his upcoming wedding in Romania. If Shikshin defeats Ryan Li, the AGA’s last remaining player, this championship will be over. If Ryan Li wins, he will face Artem Kachanovskyi in the final game.

The next round, Ryan Li 1P vs. Ilya Shikshin 3P, will take place on July 7, starting at 14:00 US Eastern time. The game will be played on OGS and live-streamed on Twitch.

*Wildcard rule: Each team has one wildcard that can be used in an emergency. When a currently winning player is not able to play the next round, a team can nominate any not-yet-defeated teammate to substitute for one game. The original winning player must come back in the following round, regardless of the substitute player’s result.

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Eric Lui evens score to 3-3 in Transatlantic Team Championship

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Eric Lui 1P defeated Pavol Lisy 2P by 1.5 points in the 6th round of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship played June 9 on OGS.

Lisy (Black) took an early advantage by capturing white’s group on the lower side. When white attempted to reduce black’s moyo on the top, black chose an aggressive strategy, leading to a critical ko in the center. The game seemed clearly in black’s favor when black’s group lived in the upper-left corner. But, pressed by byo-yomi, Lisy didn’t realize his group was already alive, and missed a chance to solidify his advantage. The game became close as white captured a small black group in the center, but black was still leading by a narrow margin. Black’s final mistake was move 217, which allowed white to start an advantageous ko. White gained a few points from this ko fight, and managed to finish the game 1.5 points ahead.

The next round will take place on June 30, starting at 14:00 US Eastern time. Artem Kachanovskyi 2P will challenge Eric Lui. The game will be played on OGS and live-streamed on Twitch.

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