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Raleigh tourney to benefit Ukraine

Wednesday November 30, 2022

On December 10th in Raleigh, N.C., local organizer Boris Bernadsky is hosting Go Rebuilds, a tournament to raise funds to benefit Ukraine. “All of the proceeds are going towards providing civilian medical supplies or helping displaced pets in Ukraine,” says Bernadsky. “We are working with two charities, but participants may directly donate to the charity of their choice.” A number of sponsors have already signed on to provide prizes, including (all registrants will receive a basic membership), the European Go Journal (participants will receive a 3-month digital membership) and BadukPop; click here for the full list. Register here or email with questions.


RFP: Relationship between mind sports and cognitive functions

Monday November 28, 2022

The Iwamoto North American Go Foundation (INAF) is seeking to fund one or two university projects for a comprehensive literature survey and review of research linking mind sports to cognitive science. Of particular interest is how mind sports such as go may contribute to the cognitive development of youth and to the cognitive maintenance of senior citizen. The deadline for submitting a proposal is March 31, 2023. CLICK HERE for details.


50 Years aGO – November 1972

Monday November 28, 2022

By Keith L. Arnold, hka, with Patrick Bannister

On November 5, Takao Matsuda, once again, secured the title of U.S. Hon’inbo, winning the telephone match by a half a point over Shigeo Matsubara. Matsuda had never lost this tournament since it began in 1968.

Hashimoto Utarō challenged Sakata Eio for the Ōza title. Sakata won the first game on November 16, but Hashimoto evened the score on November 30. (Game records: Game 1, Game 2.)

The 33rd Anniversary of Shūsai Meijin’s death was memorialized with an exhibition match between Rin Kaihō Meijin and Ishida Yoshio Hon’inbo. Over 2,000 people watched the match. We also share this casual picture of the two men at the top of the Japanese go world.

We lack specific dates on some other events. First, Bruno Rüger passed away in mid November (according to Go Review; Sensei’s Library states September 24). Born in 1886, Rüger (pictured) was one of the leading proponents of go in Germany. He founded the “German Go News” in 1920, and went on to write at least 10 books on the game. He received, along with Edward Lasker, the prestigious Ōkura Prize. Sadly, he passed before he could receive his nidan diploma from the Nihon Ki’in.

Two “Gaijin” leagues took place in Japan. James Davies won the Gaijin Hon’inbo at 6-0, while Manfred Wimmer won the Gaijin Meijin with a 7-0 record. Other members of both leagues were Stuart Dowsey, Horst Müller, Richard Bozulich, William Pinckard and Mark Hall.

Finally, a family match was resumed in New York. Robert Ryder 5d and his son Jonathan Ryder 2d played Mitsuo Horiguchi and his son Tsuneo for the 4th time in their rivalry. The Ryders prevailed to even the series at 2-2. Robert Ryder was a president of the American Go Association and one of the first Western 5 dan players. Horiguchi was the long time manager of the New York Go Club. Here is a picture from the early 1980s of Ryder playing a game at a crowded New York Go Club, with Mr. Horiguchi looking on.

Ishida and Rin

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Photos courtesy of Go Review and Keith Arnold, game records from SmartGoOne


INAF solicits nominations for Lifetime Achievement Award

Sunday November 27, 2022

The Iwamoto North American Go Foundation (INAF) Board has approved establishing a new “INAF Lifetime Achievement Award” to honor individuals who, over their lifetime, have made significant contributions to the advancement of the culture and sport of go in North America. It is expected that up to one award will be made each year. The deadline for submitting a nomination is March 31. CLICK HERE for details.


7th Ing Cup World Collegiate Invitational streams Saturday

Thursday November 24, 2022

The 7th Ing Cup World Collegiate Invitational will be streamed live this Saturday, November 26 on the USGO Twitch channel with commentary starting around 8am EST. Stephanie Yin 1p is organizing the US team and the event and Devin Fraze will manage the AGA E-journal broadcast. Commentators will be Alex Qi 1p and the U.S. youth team from the New York Institute of Go (NYIG) (graphic). The Invitational is organized by the Ing Foundation; the format consists of 8 versus 8 matches between teams across the world. Saturday’s is the first match.   

Board one will be played by Tianhao Li (黎天浩) an AGA 8.5 dan and a graduate student in Chemistry at Princeton. He learned go in Nanjing at the age of 4 and by 10 he had won a championship for children. After that he focused on academic goals and played go on the internet in his spare time. At Tsinghua University he joined the go team and played as one of the principal players going on to win first place in the amateur group of the 25th Ing Cup Go Tournament for Chinese undergraduates. Recently he attended his first tournament in the U.S. and looks forward to playing in more competitions in the future.

For more information on the other players, tune into the stream on Saturday.


Maxwell Chen sweeps Peter Freedman Memorial Oregon Go Championship, takes Oregon State Go Champion title

Wednesday November 16, 2022

1st Place Winners (l-r): Maya S, Maxwell Chen & David Engle

Maxwell Chen swept the Peter Freedman Memorial Oregon Go Championship last weekend to take the title of Oregon State Go Champion. Chen was undefeated in the Open Division after five rounds Saturday and Sunday, November 12-13 in the Yanai Classroom at Portland’s Japanese Garden. The event drew 32 players, with 8 competing in the Open Division, and the rest competing in two additional divisions for cash prizes, Go gear, books and gift certificates from tournament sponsors Baduk.clubs and SmartGo. 
“Competition was tough, but the venue and the games were amazing,” said Chen. The tournament took place at peak foliage season and players took full advantage of garden’s serene and inspiring walks between rounds of intense play.
The Portland Go Club hosted the state championship this year, and dedicated the tournament to Peter Freedman, one of the club’s founders, and a legendary spreader of the game of go to old and young alike, touching the lives of many players. Freedman passed away early this year. “Peter taught me Go at my high school chess club nearly 20 years ago,” says Stewart Towle, “and during the tournament’s award ceremony we celebrated his life and contributions to the go community with warm remembrances.”
Tournament Director Patrick Easley ran a tight ship, coordinating pairings, setting up clocks and troubleshooting issues as they arose. From 11 am to 3 pm both days Karl Keefer and Stew Towle hosted a community outreach area in the main lobby of the Garden’s indoor space. “We taught people the basics of how to play Go, played 9×9 games, and gave presentations on Go history and famous games, such as the oldest recorded game, the infamous ‘Ear-Reddening Game’ and Lee Sedol’s fourth game versus AlphaGo,” said Towle.
“I had never played in a Go tournament before,” said Division 2 participant June Rana. “I had also never been to the Japanese Garden (and) I have to say both made a great impression on me. I will certainly be attending again in the future.“

2022 Peter Freedman Memorial Oregon Go Championship Results

Open Division
1st Place and Oregon Champion: Maxwell Chen
2nd Place: Steve Stringfellow
3rd Place: Jason Wang

Division 1 (2d-6k)
1st Place: Maya S
2nd Place: Jim Levenick
3rd Place: Gordon Marsh
4th Place: Glenn Peters
5th Place: Robert O’Malley

Division 2 (7k-20k))
1st Place: David Engle
2nd Place: Catrina Smith
3rd Place: Aaron Sabolch

– Report/photos by Stewart Towle


2022 Chicago Rapid Championship breaks previous attendance record

Monday November 14, 2022

Top left: tournament winners; Top right: view of the playing room; bottom right: Youth players; bottom left: Open section. photos by Mark Rubenstein and Simon Guo

Last weekend’s Chicago Rapid Championship set a new record for attendance with 92 players and 10 unrated first-time youths. “We went international this time! Dohyup Kim, an EGF 7d, flew from Korea to compete with the best players in the Midwest,” said organizer Albert Yen 8d. “The field was stacked with 16 players 5 dan or stronger, including our newest American pro Alex Qi 1p. And with five rounds in one day… Well, that’s why we called it the Rapid!”

“People in the Main Division were really motivated to play lots of games!” said Main Division TD Mark Rubenstein. “The first place winners in three bands played nine games each. It’s tough to go 5-0 and still only get second place, which happened twice.”

“My favorite fact about the 2022 Chicago Rapid Championship is that our players span multiple generations and communities,” said Yen, “There is a 70-year age gap between our oldest (Guangmin Xu, age 75) and youngest (Winston Yan, age 5) players. The best part was, they were also in the same division! This is the beauty of go on full display, where people of all ages can compete as equals.”   

“Thanks to Eva-Dee’s amazing efforts, Boards 1 and 2 were streamed live on Twitch all five rounds. Our gratitude goes out to Ragnarr Marksen, Aldric Giacomoni, Nate Morse, and Forest Song for being our remote recorders,” said Open TD Cheuk To Tsui.

“Big thanks also to Devin Fraze for his awesome tournament app,” said Rubenstein. “This was the smoothest check-in we’ve ever had, especially considering that we had more players than ever before. Players were able to check themselves in with just a couple clicks on an iPad, freeing up me and co-TD’s to handle special situations. We must also thank Sungsoo Kim, who provided music performance during our opening ceremony, Ginger Persolus, who designed our website logo, and Jamie Tang, who helped tremendously with check-in and sorting out meal plans. Lastly, a special shout-out to Ashley Qi, who volunteered to help with check-in, then continued to give us a full day of outstanding and dedicated help with translation, pairings, and results. Our tournament was made possible by the work that volunteers put in.”

“We had the biggest selection of prizes ever,” said Yen. “We want to thank all our sponsors and prize contributors;, Yellow Mountain Imports, OGS, American Yunguseng Dojang, Alex Qi, Shawn Ray, Jeremiah Donley, and Moon Ki Cho. We had a prize set aside for the first-ever 100th attendee at a tournament… it will just have to wait until the 2023 Chicago Open in May!”

First place winners are shown here. The complete results are viewable on the AGA Player Ratings Database.

Open; Albert Yen 8d (5-0)
Dan: Mike Neigebauer 1k (4-1)
High Kyu: John Kirschenheiter 4k (7-2)
Mid Kyu: Henry Hsueh 9k (5-1)
Low Kyu: Jeffrey Jiao 11k (9-0)
Novice: Dino Wang 15k (9-0)
Youth: Belle Chao 
Most Games Played (9): John Kirschenheiter 4k, Dino Wang 15k, Jeffrey Jiao 11k, Jason Cheng 15k


Jerry Jaffe 1D tops Lake Erie Go Tournament

Monday November 14, 2022

photos: Top right: Dan winners Yoder, Jerry Jaffe & Kim with TD Soren Jaffe (left); bottom right: Kyu winners Brentlinger, Kaplan & Rolhfing with TD; at left: tournament player shots

Jerry Jaffe 1D took top honors at the Lake Erie Go Tournament, held November 5 at the Lake Erie College campus, in Painesville Ohio. Originally planned for Spring 2020, the seventh edition of the event had been postponed due to the pandemic, and with 26 players wound up attracting the highest turnout of players for the tournament series.

Dan Winners
1st Jerry Jaffe 1D
2nd Eric Yoder 6D
3rd DoHyup Kim 7D

Kyu Winners
1st Steve Brentlinger 8K
2nd Joe Kaplan 5K
3rd David Rolhfing 3K


Upsets and Big Wins during the Pandanet AGA City League Finals

Monday November 7, 2022

The 10th year of the Pandanet AGA City League brought some of its strongest competition yet. The final rounds were played after the US Go Congress this year. Ithaca faced off against Canwa Vancouver 2 and Chicago faced New York City. Results and games are linked below, bold denotes winner.

Ithaca defeated Canwa Vancouver 2 in this years finals by 2-1. The B League has changed in the last few years as the number of strong players playing has changed in the last few years. The 10 team League duked it out through seven rounds this year. As not all of the teams played each other, by the time the season came to close the top two teams had not played each other. With almost matching results during the season, a final round was scheduled. Canwa Vancouver has played teams from the A and B leagues over the years. With the perennially strong Canwa Vancouver 1 team so close it is easy for them to train. Ithaca on the other hand came out of the gorges to run through their opponents. Over the years these three have shown their strength at many tournaments, as a team they have become formidable. The finals showed this off and it was close. Canwa Vancouver scored a strong win on the first board (W+R). Ithaca came back on the other boards with good wins over their opponents (W+33.5 and B+4.5).
Board 1: Alan Huang 7d (B) vs Leo Tian 6d (W)
Board 2: Hongkui Zheng 7d vs Nick Jin 5d
Board 3: Aaron Ye 7d vs Kevin Wang 5d

Chicago upset New York City this year by 2-1. New York City has won the previous three years and were the favorites going in this year. As the final round approached it showed Chicago out front with NYC and Canwa Vancouver 1 at their heels. After a very close set of tie breaks NYC took on Chicago. This is Chicago’s second year in the A League after being in the B League for a few years. Some important changes to their top boards have brought a renewed strength with their wins. The three final games were slow and carefully played out. Boards 2 and 3 (B+R and B+11.5) were finished within a few minutes of each other. Both teams and viewers watched Board 1 finish out its exciting finish (B+5.5).
Board 1: Tim Song 1p (B) vs Ryan Li 3p (W)
Board 2: Calvin Sun 1p vs Stephanie Yin 1p
Board 3: Albert Yen 8d vs Michael Chen 8d


Registration for SDGC 13×13 Go Tournament now open

Monday November 7, 2022

By popular demand, the San Diego Go Club has added a 13×13 go tournament to the upcoming King Cup – California State Go Championship weekend.

photo: perfect setting for small-board go

The 13×13 five-round tournament will be played on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, November 27, 2022, at the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park. The tournament is intended for beginner go players (20+ kyu), both adults and youth, to give them experience in tournament competition on a smaller board with faster games. No handicaps will be given in games.

Click here for registration and complete information; registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

There is no entry fee for this tournament, but American Go Association membership is required. “Costs for this tournament will be borne by the San Diego Go Club which believes in encouraging participation in go,” says club president Ted Terpstra. All players will get a free pizza lunch as well as two free go books. Youth will also get a coupon for a free meal at Rubio’s Coastal Grill. Noted Southern California go professional and go teacher, Hai Li, will be the tournament director.

Check-in on Sunday, November 27 is from 9:30-9:45 a.m. Rounds will be at 10 & 11 a.m. and 1, 2, & 3 p.m. An awards ceremony for all sections will follow competition.

The Open and Handicap sections of the King Cup – California State go Championship on Saturday and Sunday, November 26 & 27 already have more than 30 entrants including a 7-dan and four 6-dans competing for the $400 first prize (total prize pool of over $1,000). There is a separate registration for these sections here.