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The Power Report (Part 1 of 3): Japan eliminated in LG Cup; China wins 8th Huanglongshi Cup; Japanese team comes 6th in Chinese B League; Nannami Nao wins Senko Cup

Wednesday July 18, 2018

by John Power, special Japan correspondent for the E-Journal2018.08.18_23lg Shibano eliminated

Japan eliminated in LG Cup: The first two rounds of the 23rd LG Cup were held at the Konjiam resort in Gwangju City in Korea on May 28 and 30. This is a large-scale tournament, with 32 players in the first round, so I’m going to give mainly just the results of Japanese players here (I plan to give full details from the quarterfinals on when they are played). Despite making the final in the previous term, Iyama Yuta was eliminated by a player who’s a new name to me. However, Shibano Toramaru (left) made up for it by beating a previous winner of the Samsung Cup. Apparently this success attracted a lot of attention among Korean fans discussing the tournament on a chat site. However, he ran into the world’s number one player in the second round. Shibano lamented that his score against Park Jeonghwan is now 0-4, but he was happy about his first-round win.
The makeup of the participants in this tournament reflects the status quo in international go: 16 Chinese players, 11 Korean, and just four Japanese, with the last player being from Chinese Taipei. The fierceness of the competition is frightening. Besides Iyama, two other semifinalists from the 22ndCup, Xie Erhao and Ke Jie, were also eliminated in the first round, as was all-time great Lee Sedol and the winner of the recent TV Asia tournament, Kim Jiseok.
In this tournament, the winner of the nigiri chooses the color, and the influence of AI was seen in the fact that most players chose white, as the AI programs “think” the komi gives white the advantage. Actually, white won just over half the games: 13 out of 24.
Round 1. Zhao Chen’u 6P (China) beat Iyama Yuta 9P (Japan) by resig.; Yang Tianxin 6P (China) beat Ida Atsushi 8P (Japan) on time; Ichiriki Ryo 8P (Japan) (B) beat Zhong Wenjing 6P (China) by resig.; Shibano Toramaru 7P (B) beat Tang Weixing 9P (China) by resig.; Jiang Weijie 9P (China) (W) beat Yi Sedol 9P (Korea) by resig.; Weon Seongjin 9P (Korea) (W) beat Ke Jie 9P (China) by resig.
Round 2. Kang Tongyun 9P (Korea) (B) beat Ichiriki by resig.; Park Jeonghwan 9P (Korea) (B) beat Shibano by resig.

China wins 8th Huanglongshi Cup: The second round of this women’s team tournament for five-player teams from China, Korea, and Japan was held in Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province in China from June 5 to 8. The star of the first round was Li He 5P of China, who won five in a row before losing to O Yujin 5P of Korea (Nyu Eiko of Japan won the first game – see my report published on April 17 for more details). The result of the first round was that China had four players left, and Korea and Japan two each. In the second and concluding round, the stars were the world’s number two woman player, Choi Jeong, who won three in a row, and Yu Zhiying of China, the world’s number one, who beat Choi in the final game.
Full results
Game 8 (June 5). O Yujin (Korea) (W) beat Ueno Asami 2P (Japan) by resig.
Game 9 (June 5). Zhou Hungyu 4P (China) (W) beat O Yujin by resig.
Game 10 (June 6). Fujisawa Rina 4P (Japan) (B) beat Zhou by resig.
Game 11 (June 6). Choi Jeong 9P (Korea) (B) beat Fujisawa by resig.
Game 12 (June 7). Choi (W) beat Rui Naiwei 9P (China) by resig.
Game 13 (June 8). Choi beat Wang Chenxing 5P (China) by resig.
Game 14 (June 8). Yu Zhiying 6P (China) (W) beat Choi by 4.5 points.

Japanese team comes 6th in Chinese B League: In China, much of the action in go is to be found in the A, B, and C Leagues, in which teams are sponsored by cities or regions or by corporations. This year, too, a four-player Japanese team, officially called the China-Japan Friendship Team, took part in the 16-team B League and performed creditably by taking 6th place, an improvement on its 11th place last year (the top three teams are promoted into the A League). The league was held from June 11 to 20 in Wuxi City in Jiangsu Province, with each team playing eight matches (presumably it was a Swiss System tournament). The Japanese team won two matches 3-1, lost one 1-3, and drew the other five. Individual results were: Shibano Toramaru 5-3, Ida Atsushi 3-5, Yo Seiki 4-4, and Kyo Kagen 5-3.2018.08.18_Mannami left

Nannami Nao wins Senko Cup: 
Occasionally there’s a title match for women players that doesn’t feature Fujisawa Rina and Xie Yimin. That was the case for the 3rd Senko Cup, in which the finalists were Mannami Nao 3P (left) and Nyu Eiko 2p. The game was played at the Guesthouse Akekure in Higashi Omi City, Shiga Prefecture, on July 15. Taking white, Mannami forced a resignation after 180 moves. This is the 32-year-old Manami’s first title — the Senko Cup is a good one to start with, as it has the top prize money for a women’s title of 8,000,000 yen (about $74,000). I hope it’s not sexist to say that her results have been good since her marriage to Ida Atsushi 8P earlier this year. Nyu missed out again in her second title match, but one consolation is that the second prize of 4,000,000 yen is almost as much as first prize in some other women’s titles. (Just for the record, Mananmi beat Fujisawa in the second round of the main tournament, which starts out with 16 players, and Xie was beaten by Yashiro Kumiko in the first round.

Tomorrow: Iyama defends Honinbo title; Fujisawa defends 5th Hollyhock Cup

 

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Baum Prizes Launch at US Go Congress

Monday July 16, 2018

20160515B001An all new fund to promote play between kids and adults has been set up through the AGF, the Baum Prizes.  Leonard Baum passed away last August (see EJ 6-19-18) his daughter Stefi wanted to do something to honor her father’s love of go, and approached the AGF about setting up a long term endowment. “Leonard Baum loved playing (and often losing to) young kids,” writes AGF President Terry Benson. “The idea of the Baum Prizes is to encourage play across generations. Grandfathers often are the most successful teachers of go (and other games) to children. Thus, all games considered for these prizes must have a minimum age difference of 40 years.”  Games will all be self paired at the US Go Congress, and any games that meet the criteria are eligible, both rated and non. Kids (and adults) who rack up the most games will win $50 in gift certificates to the go vendors at congress (kids will also get a medal).  The prizes will begin at this year’s congress, and will be held every year.  The full rules can be found in the official Go Congress App, under Special Events on the schedule.  There are eight prize categories:

1) Youth under 12 who plays the largest number of adults – The Badger
2) Youth age 12 to 15 who plays the largest number of adults – The Grasshopper
3) Young player who beats the largest number of adults – The Elder Slayer
4) Young player who beats the largest number of dan level adults – The Dan Destroyer 5) Adult who plays the most games – The Old Hand
6) Adult who loses the most games – The Encourager
7) Adult who gives the most 9 stone (or higher) teaching games – The Teacher
Reach Across the Ages prizes:
8A, 8B, 8C) Three prizes of $20 Go Bucks each ($10 per player) and a medal for the youth player for the three games with the greatest age diference – Reach Across the Ages A, B, & C. -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. 

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Go Spotting: Kanda House in Shirakawa-go

Monday July 16, 2018

After participating in the 6th annual Osaka Go Camp, Vermont go player Peter Schumer headed to the remote mountain village of Shirakawa-go. 2018.07.16_Shirakawa-go Japan Go board-IMG_3426“Due to the recent rains and landslides it was difficult to get there since no trains are operating in the area at this point,” reports Schumer (below, left, in blue shirt). “The village is known for its old A-framed thatch-roofed homes that are well suited for their snowy winters. One that I entered was a four-story structure known as 2018.07.16_schumer-osaka-camp-IMG_3166the Kanda House.  Inside along with other special household items on display was the family’s go board and stones.  Suddenly I felt very much at home!”

Schumer says the Osaka Go Camp, run by Ryo Maeda 6P, who will be attending this year’s U.S. Go Congress, “was a great success as always,” with about 30 participants from Japan, China, Thailand, Australia, France, Germany, Canada and the United States. “This was my fourth time attending and it’s always fun and very worthwhile.”

 

 

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U.S. Go Congress: Tennis yes, ping pong no, soccer maybe

Monday July 16, 2018

Tennis courts are available at this year’s US Go Congress and EJ Managing Editor Chris Garlock welcomes players of all levels for2018.07.16_phil-chris-football field early-morning and afternoon sessions during the Congress (email him at journal@usgo.org to coordinate). While there is, sadly, no ping pong, there is an excellent soccer field available if someone wants to coordinate the usual 4:30pm games; email journal@usgo.org if you’re interested!

photo: preparing for the 2022 World Cup; photo by Phil Straus

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Mr. and Mrs. Clossius, officially

Monday July 16, 2018

Shawn Ray and Kara Whitney – AKA Mr. and Mrs. Clossius online – officially tied the 2018.07.11_ray-wedding-cakeknot on June 16. “We had a go-themed 2018.07.16_mr-mrs-clossiuswedding, including a black and white go stone cake with cherry blossoms,” Shawn — a popular YouTube teacher — tells the E-Journal. “We picked it because go has been such a major part of my life.”

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Go Spotting: “Escape Plan 2: Hades”

Wednesday July 11, 2018

Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista are shown playing go in the trailer for the new film “Escape Plan 2: Hades,” in which they 2018.07.11_stallone-filmmust figure out how to break into the world’s best hidden prison, release their kidnapped team, and make it out alive. Not clear how playing go helps; let us know if you’ve seen it and have the answer.

Thanks to Daniel Chou for flagging this.

 

 

 

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The Empty Board: Philosophical Reflections on Go #8

Wednesday July 11, 2018

by William Cobb2018.07.11-empty-go-board-with-bowls-and-stones-night-vision

Go is like life, but it’s not like every part of life. Take war, for example, or a political election. You may have certain sorts of respect for your opponent in such cases, but you don’t really wish them well. Not only do you want to defeat them, you want to put them in a place where they won’t be a threat in the future. Go is not like this. Instead of wanting to permanently defeat them, you want your opponent to become stronger since that will make for more interesting games. Of course, you hope to become stronger at the same time. Both players are primarily interested in becoming better players. Winning games is part of the path to that end, but so is losing games. Just winning is not the goal we have in playing this game. It is very frustrating to find yourself having to play an opponent who cannot possibly win (being say, ten ranks weaker than yourself in an even game—like in one of my Dragon Go games at the moment). I don’t want to just win; I want to become a better player. Playing even games against much weaker players does not help me learn to play better. And it doesn’t help the much weaker player either, who just gets demolished and has little idea why. I’m happy to help much weaker players by playing handicap games. Those are a teaching process and something we all can benefit from. We should all try to do our share of playing on both sides of handicap games. My main point here is that while I don’t want my opponent to win this game, I do want to have a good challenge and to learn something, and that is more important than winning. Of course, I enjoy winning, but go is an odd game in this regard. I have no interest in leaving my opponent completely devastated. I want my opponent to become stronger so I can do so as well. Please, show me my weaknesses so I can correct them. That’s why the loser so often says, “Thank you for the game.”

photo by Phil Straus; night vision photo art by Chris Garlock

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Game recorders wanted

Wednesday July 11, 2018

The American Go E-Journal has a few openings on its 2018 US Go Congress team. Anyone interested in helping 2018.07.11_2016Congress-IMG_0359record/broadcast top-board games at the US Open/Masters should email journal@usgo.org. Prior experience is useful but not absolutely necessary. You must be available either mornings (Sun-Sat) or evenings (Sunday, Monday, or Friday). “We also need a couple recorders for the Pandanet City League Finals at 3pm on Saturday (July 21) afternoon,” says E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. “This is a great chance to get an up—close look at top-board games at a major tournament and be a part of the team bringing this event to the world.”
photo: Board 1 at the 2016 US Go Congress

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Andy Liu and Ryan Li to team up with Facebook’s ELF OpenGo in Pair Go exhibition

Wednesday July 11, 2018

Facebook’s OpenGo, which defeated top-30 professional players 14-0 before its debut in May, will join forces with humanity in 2018.07.11 andy-ryanan Andy+OpenGo vs. Ryan+OpenGo Pair Go Match at the upcoming U.S. Go Congress. Liu and Li will be competing for a substantial $3000 prize. American players will be familiar with both players, who have provided spectacular matches at major North American tournaments and U.S. Go 2018.07.11_open-goCongresses for years, even before they became professionals and distinguished themselves in international tournaments. This event will provide a fascinating window into how each of them adapts to playing alongside OpenGo. The match will take place at the Go Congress on Tuesday, July 24th, at 7 PM in the Commonwealth auditorium in the Sadler Center. There will be plenty of seats available. The match will be covered by a commentary team of Chris Garlock partnered with a to-be-determined pro.

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Terpstra Named Teacher of the Year

Monday July 9, 2018

Mt.Everest.GoTed Terpstra has been named the American Go Foundation’s Teacher of the Year in recognition of his work with children in the San Diego, CA area.  Terpstra has been actively coordinating programs for kids, in as many as six different locations, for several years. “There is great joy in teaching someone to play go, especially a youth,” says Terpstra, “and there is no greater reward in teaching the game than to see the enthusiasm of a student as he or she learns and finally becomes better than the teacher.”  Terpstra’s most recent program, held for the sixth year, was at the Jing Institute of Chinese Martial Arts and Culture, where members of the San Diego Go Club came to teach go to the summer day campers. “Thirty youngsters, from kindergarten to sixth-grade, listened attentively as I explained the game,” said Terpstra. “They then grabbed boards and stones to spread out over the floor to play. Several of the students had attended the go class in previous summers and helped the new players learn the game.  Hikaru No Go books had already been read by many of the students, as the American Go Foundation had provided them to the school several years ago.” Terpstra has also run programs at a K-12 school, a high school, a Chinese language school, and a public library.

DSCN5449Terpstra is coordinating the Go Teachers’ Workshop at the 2018 U.S. Go Congress in Williamsburg, Virgina in July. Prospective go teachers can be certified by the American Go Association if they attend eight-hours of instruction at the Congress. Several go professionals as well as other seasoned go teachers have agreed to teach the classes.  Sign-up for the Workshop can be done at Congress registration on July 21. Terpstra will also hold a special session entitled “How I Started Teaching Go,” on July 23rd, at 4 pm, which will be open to everyone. -Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.  Photos by Ted Terpstra: Top: Terpstra teaching 4th graders how to play; Bottom:  Go Class at the 2018 Jing Martial Arts School Summer Camp

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