American Go E-Journal


Monday March 29, 2010

After two weeks of intense competition, California teams have trounced the competition, leading many of the standings. In the Open Division, Redwood Shores GC and Orange County GC are holding onto the top spots for the Golden State, but defending champion Stuyvesant HS (NY) is still in the hunt for their third open title by remaining undefeated through two rounds. Richard Montgomery HS (MD), Bellaire HS (TX), Morningstar Chinese (CA), Mason Huaxia Chinese (OH), and Saratoga HS (CA) also lead their divisions with solid 2-0 performances.  In the States Cup standings, New Jersey is looking for their first-ever podium finish, clinging on to the third spot behind California and New York. North Carolina and Texas round out the top five. Saratoga HS (CA) hopes to claim their second sweepstakes title, given to the school team with the highest total score. However, they only hold a two-point lead over last year’s Rookies Cup Champions, Hunter College HS (NY). Fair Oaks ES is currently in third as they attempt to become the first-ever junior team to finish in the top three. Morningstar Chinese’s debut performance has rocketed them to the top of the Rookies Cup as they look virtually untouchable for this award, while Cary Chinese (NC) will seek their second consecutive Junior Cup, as they seek to break the national record they set last year. Third round coverage begins this weekend, and the push to earn medals begins now. Click here for complete results.
– Christopher Vu, AGHS Correspondent 

Categories: U.S./North America


Monday March 29, 2010

Meadowdale High School’s “Team Lightning” from Lynnwood, Washington won the 8th annual Iwamoto School Team Tournament at the Seattle Go Center, winning all of their games but one to best two other teams. First board: Cesar Serra, 2nd: Hayden Sherrill, 3rd: Andrea McCool.
– report and photo by Brian Allen

Categories: U.S./North America


Monday March 29, 2010

Suen Guy 6k from Korea, a senior at Iowa State University studying electrical engineering, won first place and the All-Iowa Go Cup during the Iowa Go Tournament on March 27 in Ames, Iowa.  Returning Iowa Go Tournament champion Louis Schenck 2k from Des Moines, Iowa, took second place. Edward Basom 10k, from Cedar Falls, Iowa, an Iowa State University junior studying chemistry, took third.
-report/photos by Carol Bodensteiner: photos: Suen Guy, tournament winner; Louis Schenck, runner up.

Categories: U.S./North America


Monday March 29, 2010

North America’s Mingjiu Jiang 7P was eliminated in the first round of the Chunlan Cup on Saturday in Beijing, China, as was Europe’s Csaba Mero 6d. After the second round on Sunday, the field was down to eight: Heo Yeongho 7P, Kong Jie 9P, Lee Sedol 9P, Wang Xi 9P, Xie He 7P, Cho Chikun 9P, Gu Li 9P and Gu Lingyi 5P. Lee of Korea and Japan’s Cho are the only non-Chinese players remaining. The Chunlan Cup is sponsored and hosted by The Chunlan Group of China. The beginning 24 players are shortened to 16 after the first round and the top eight players are qualified for the next round while the bottom eight play each other in a knockout tournament. Komi is 5.5 points with 3-hour time limits. The winner’s purse is 1,000,000 Yuan ($150,000). Click here for current standings, courtesy Kin’s Go News, here is the Chunlan Cup tournament line up and team members and here for game records.

EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Ramon Rules Belgium; Hwang, Skipping And Dropping, Wins Berlin Anyway; Three Top Charlemagne But Only One Gets Ukiyo-E; Weekend Winners; March Madness Upsets Abound In KGS League; Zhu Sweeps Erlanger

Monday March 22, 2010

RAMON RULES BELGIUM: With ruling champion Lukas Neirlinck absent from the Belgian championship, François Gonze looked to be the heir apparent, comfortably leading the round-robin field 7-0. But a hungry Jan Ramon defeated Gonze in Round 8 and claimed the crown last Sunday.
– Peter Dijkema, after
HWANG, SKIPPING AND DROPPING, WINS BERLIN ANYWAY: Despite skipping the Sunday morning round and a last-round loss to young Lukas Podpera 3d, defending champion Hwang In-seong 7d won the 11th Go to Innovation tourney in Berlin March 19-21. Zou Jin 6d of Leipzig was second with 1682 (4-4) and Lluis Oh 6d of Barcelona third 1633 (5-3), local Bernd Schütze 5d finished fourth with 1567 (5-3). Young strong emerging Czech stars included Petr Kouba 7k and Ondrej Jurasek 9k, who both won 7-1, while Martin Divis 14k had 6-2. Click here for the full results of 61 participants.
Peter Dijkema, after
THREE TOP CHARLEMAGNE BUT ONLY ONE GETS UKIYO-E: Willem-Koen Pomstra (r), Rudi Verhagen (both 5d) and Michiel Eijkhout 6d took the top of the table in the 37th Charlemagne (‘Keizer Karel’) tournament in Nijmegen last weekend. Last year, Eijkhout had won the challenge cup for good. The new challenge trophy is an ukiyo-e from Hakusai “The Fisherman and the Sea”. Pomstra won it for one year by a single sosos point. The first to win it three times in a row — or five times in total — can keep the trophy. Zeno van Ditzhuyzen 1k made clear he should be at least shodan with wins over both a 2-dan and Bernd Radmacher 5d. Also with 4 wins: Koen Rosendaal 2k, Yvonne Roelofs 4k and 7k’s Jeroen Landolt and Rob Friederichs. No-one of 46 won all five rounds. Click here for full results.
Peter Dijkema and Paulus van Galen illustration tip: the ukiyo-e – see my report at EuroGoTV
WEEKEND WINNERS: In Cyprus capital Nicosia, Cyprus Champ Dimitris Regginos 1d stayed two points clear of the rest of the 10-player field over the 6-round Friendship tourney last Saturday. In Moscow on the same day, the under-18 team tourney fielded six teams of four, with the team from 50Kr victorious. In Braila 17 took part in a preliminary for the Romanian Cup on Sunday, with top-ranked favorite Adrian Becheanu 10k scoring a clear 5-0 clean sweep.
Peter Dijkema, based on tables at
MARCH MADNESS UPSETS ABOUND IN KGS LEAGUE: KGS Insei A-League leader Danigabi dropped back to fourth place after losing unexpectedly to Arlequ1 from France. Fredda added another win and now leads the A-League 9-1. In division B fedor didn’t play last week and still leads 4-0, while Elvina Karlsberg is next with 10-1. More drama has erupted in C-division, where Texmurphy is in the lead after Canadian DRhazar lost one (2-1). US grumbles leads division D 2-0, ahead of Russians Lodurr (7-1) and DarkArhont (4-1), and imagine (5-2) from Turkey. Tarutius (Russia) 5-0 is on top of E with smalltree (US) 1-0.
Peter Dijkema, after
ZHU CLEANT ERLANGER: Zhu Wei 3d engineered a 5-0 sweep in Erlangen at the 24th Erlanger (Germany), March 13-14, ahead of Marlon Welter of Göttingen and Thomas Kettenring from Munich (both 4-1 and also 3d). Zhu is member of Roter Stern Nürnberg (Red Star Neurenburg) team in Bundesliga top-division. Click here for full results of 49 participants.
Peter Dijkema, after

U.S. GO NEWS: Lockhart & Xiong Win Boston Youth; World Youth Deadline March 30; Myungwan Kim 9P Workshop Gives NorCal Players A Boost

Monday March 22, 2010

LOCKHART & XIONG WIN BOSTON YOUTH: Ben Lockhart 5d from New York City won the Senior Division and defending champion Kevin Xiong won the Junior Division again at the 4th annual GBCCA Youth Go Tournament and US Youth Go Championship (USYGC) Qualifier that ended on March 20th.  Runners-up in the Senior Division were Andrew Wang in second place, Henry Li (3rd) and Sam Huang (4th). Zachary Lu took 2nd in the Juniors while Bowen He was 3rd.
report/photos by Ke Lu
WORLD YOUTH DEADLINE MARCH 30: As announced in last week’s E-J, the deadline for the World Youth Goe Championships (WYGC) qualifier is now March 30th.  The qualifier will be held on April 3rd, and the finals on April 10th and 11th.  The winners in each bracket will go on to compete at the WYGC in Taiwan, July 22-28.  For more information click here
MYUNGWAN KIM 9P WORSHOP GIVES NORCAL PLAYERS A BOOST: Thirteen students gathered last weekend to listen to lectures, ask questions, solve problems, have their games reviewed, and play against Myungwan Kim 9P, a top pro from Korea and winner of the U.S. Open two years in a row. At the March 20-21 workshop in Berkeley, CA, Kim took questions from students, and spent a lot of time discussing techniques for assessing the value of different endgame moves, a popular topic among the attendees. The workshop was sponsored by Bay Area Go Players Association, and organizer Roger Schrag plans to schedule two more pro workshops in the area this year.

WORLD GO NEWS: Lee Changho Takes 2-1 Lead In Kuksu; China’s Song/Xie Win Pair Go World Cup; BC Card Cup Semis To Feature Park Junghwan- Chang Hao & Lee Sedol- Kim Kiyoung; Chinese Tournament Roundup; Yuki Retains NHK Title

Monday March 22, 2010

LEE CHANGHO TAKES 2-1 LEAD IN KUKSU: Lee Changho 9P defeated Hong Kipyo 4P by resignation Friday in Round 3 of the 53th Kuksu title match to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five match; Hong had tied the match at 1-1 last Wednesday. Round 4 will be played on March 23rd.

CHINA’S SONG/XIE WIN PAIR GO WORLD CUP: China’s Song Ronghui 5P and Xie He 7P defeated Korea’s Lee Minjin 5P and Mok Jinseok 9P by resignation in the final game of the 2010 Pair Go World Cup on March 22, winning the title.

BC CARD CUP SEMIS TO FEATURE PARK JUNGHWAN- CHANG HAO & LEE SEDOL- KIM KIYOUNG: Park Junghwan 7P defeated Niu Yutian 7P by 3.5 points on Sunday to advance to the BC Card Cup semifinals, where he’ll face Chang Hao 9P, the only player left standing for China. Chang Hao defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P on Saturday to secure his berth in the semis. On Friday, Lee Sedol 9P defeated Park Yeonghun 9P by 4.5 points in the quarterfinal match of the 2nd BC Card Cup, advancing to the semifinal to play Kim Kiyoung 5P, who defeated An Choyeong 9P by 1.5 points in their quarterfinal.

CHINESE TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Wang Xi 9P defeated Piao Wenyao 5P in the final game of the 9th South-West Qiwang, winning the title. Gu Li (Mingren) defeated Shi Yue 4P by 3.5 points in the preliminary final of the 24th Tianyuan (Tengen). Gu Li will now face Chen Yaoye (Tianyuan) in the title match; Chen Yaoye took the title away from Gu Li in last year’s Tianyuan. Li He 2P defeated Wang Chenxing 2P by resignation in both the second and third rounds of the 4th Female Xinren Wang (Shinjin O), winning the title 2-1. Wang Chenxing 2P had defeated Li He 2P by 1.5 points in the first round, while Fan Tingyu 2P defeated Yan Huan 3P by resignation in the first round. Click here for game records for many of these matches.

YUKI RETAINS NHK TITLE: Yuki Satoshi defeated Iyama Yuta by 3.5 points in the final of the 57th NHK Cup on February 22 to retain his title. Click here for the game record.

Corrections: Euro Photo Corrections

Monday March 15, 2010

CORRECTIONS: The photo in last week’s report on the Bosnian tournament (SIMEUNOVIC SWEEPS SAMAC 3/8 EJ) was not of winner Zoran Simeunovic 5d, but of Rado Babic 12k, who uploaded the tourney results. Also, the photo of under-16 European Champion Mateusz Surma 4d with Takemiya Masaki 9P (SURMA AND NG EURO YOUTH-CHAMPS 3/8 EJ) was not taken at the Sibiu tournament.

Categories: Europe

EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Blitzed In Amsterdam; Karlsruhe Back On Top In Bundesliga; Artem92 Takes Over Lead In KGS League; Kid’s Tourney Easy & Fun

Monday March 15, 2010

BLITZED IN AMSTERDAM: The next round in the Amsterdam Blitz Championships is this Thursday, March 18 (“A” on the map ; the next day is Queen’s Day in Holland, when Amsterdam turns into one big party. The club will be open all day and offer free instruction out in the open air and an international tourney as well.
Peter Dijkema

KARLSRUHE BACK ON TOP IN BUNDESLIGA: Karlsruhe has taken over the lead in the top division of the German Bundesliga – or Team League — with their win last week over the Frankfurt Dragons. Karlsruhe is just 2 board-points, or one won game ahead of HH-Hebsacker and the two teams will meet next month. Hamburg Pauli defeated the Berlin Blunders, moving into third place and next face the Dragons to battle over the bronze medal. The final round will be in May. Hebsacker has won the Bundesliga once, while Karlsruhe — a mostly Chinese team with Guo Shengda 4d as captain and Wei Xi 6d at board 1 — has dominated all other years. German Go Journal editor Tobias Berben 4d leads Hebsacker and Benjamin Teuber 6d is their top player. Former German champion Egbert Rittner 6d is Pauli’s top-board player, with EGF President Martin Stiassny 3k on the bench in the dugout. Teamleader Per Kannengiesser 4d of Berlin Igoist enjoys the luxury of having Hwang In-seong topping his line-up, the only 7d in the league.
Peter Dijkema, after stats at

TERWEY & KRÄMER WIN IN CASTROP: Matthias Terwey 4d topped the 26th Castroper Turnier and Lukas Krämer 4d narrowly kept his national youth title — his third consecutive — at last weekend’s Youth championships in Castrop-Rauxel. Krämer won his third title in a row as national youth champ. Click here for youth results and main tourney results
Peter Dijkema, after

LAATIKAINEN TOPS JAAKKO MUNKKI MEMORIAL: Vesa Laatikainen 5d topped the Jaakko Munkki Memorial last weekend in Helsinki, Finland, with a 4-1 score. Lauri Paatero 4d was second and Tuomas Hella 3d third. Click here for full results.
Peter Dijkema, after EGD, where Laatikainen uploaded results

TWO LOCALS TOP FRYDEK-MISTEK: Locals Petr Valasek 2d and Ivan Kostka 4d topped the A-group round robin in Frydek-Mistek (Czech republic) last Saturday, 4-1 each. Young Lukas Podpera 3d from the capital Prague was third at 3-2. ‘Outsiders’ also took top honors in B-group – Ondrej Kachyna 4k of Brno won 5-0, ahead of Tomas Bartonek 7k of Ostrava (4-1) and local Michal Zubalik 5k. Young local hopeful Petr Miculka 19k also went home undefeated. Click here for full results.
Peter Dijkema, after ‘Flatline’ submitted tables to EGD

MACFADYEN SKYE HIGH: Matthew Macfadyen finished two points clear of nearest rivals Francis Roads and Yohei Negi at the Skye go club’s first tournament. Skye is an island in the Inner Hebrides chain, just off the coast of Scotland. The newly formed go club held its first tournament this year and attracted 32 players. Top local was Jurriaan Dijkman in 17th place.”
Ian Davis, Irish Correspondent for the E-Journal

SMUD SWEEPS BIG MOUNTAIN: Local strongman Mladen Smud 1k went undefeated 4-0 in the Veliki zimski velickogoricki go-turnir, or ‘large global big-mountain tourney’, a one-day event in Velika Gorica (‘Big Mountain’) in Croatia last Saturday, where 20 Croatians played. The tourney is part of the Croatian League. Vigor Grego 1k lost only to Smud to finish in second place. Click here for full results.
Peter Dijkema, after EGD, where Smud uploaded results

STATE RULED BUCAREST SCHOOL-179: Silvestru State swept the first week of the school-179 tourney in the Romanian capital of Bucarest last month. Alexandru Nae was second with 4-1. Also Andreea Crit 20k went undefeated. Click here for full results. The following week, State was undefeated again, ahead of Rares Ghioc (4-1) and Nae (3-2). All are 6k and from the capital. Click here for full results of 28 children.
– Peter Dijkema, after EGD, where Iulian Toma (‘dr. Toma’) uploaded results

ARTEM92 TAKES OVER LEAD IN KGS LEAGUE: Artem92 from Ukraine has grabbed the lead in the March Korean Insei League on KGS. Artem had won the first league in January, but in February he was second to danigabi (Argentina), who skipped in March. While Fredda from Sweden built an early 4-0 lead, Artem92 took revenge for his unexpected loss last month to ha of France and played League founder and teacher Alex Dinerchtein, winning both lessons. Next a win over Maroncsan (Hungary) brought him on even and he next challenged Fredda and won. Artem now leads 5-0, but has not yet played OohAah (Israel), who follows at 6-1. Fredda 4-1 is third. Ha 3-3 and Hungarian Maroncsan 2-2 are on even. In the B League, Fedor (Russia) leads 4-0, ahead of Elvina Karlsberg (rus172) at 6-1 and remake (Sweden) with 12-4. AGA e-journal editor Chris Garlock is in fourth place at 2-1.
Peter Dijkema, from

KID’S TOURNEYS EASY & FUN: In the latest German Go Journal, Steffi Hebsacker writes about how easy it is to organize a youth event. Hebsacker had noticed the joy of many children and their parents at the Kido-cup last September and the Rahlstedt Tengen in November, both held in Hamburg. To keep the rhythm until the March Harburg event (see last week’s report) she proposed holding another tourney on January 17. It took her less than seven hours of preparation and ten hours during the tournament, which drew over 30 kids. Divided into round-robin groups of up to six, the best four, all single-digit kyu players — played slower games. Hebsacker’s helpers were TD’s for every group and a few parents to help with catering. A small investment of time and energy, Hebsacker concludes for so much fun.
Peter Dijkema, after DGoZ 85-1

Categories: Europe,Go News

WORLD GO NEWS: Lee Changho Overcomes Odds To Clinch Nongshim Cup; Xie Yimin Retains Title As Female Meijin; Lian Xiao Wins Ricoh Cup; Choi Wins First Round In Maxim; Rui 1-0 In Female Kuksu; Lian Xiao Wins Ricoh Cup

Monday March 15, 2010

LEE CHANGHO OVERCOMES ODDS TO CLINCH NONGSHIM CUP: Lee Changho 9P, the last player on the Korean team, overcame a rough flight and three top opponents to win the Nongshim Cup title on March 12. “Lee Changho’s condition is not good” said one ominous news report early last week after Lee – who does not like air travel — arrived in Shanghai for the third and final stage of the 11th Nongshim Cup suffering from migraine headaches after his flight had experienced severe turbulence. China’s Liu Xing 7P eliminated Japan in the first round on Tuesday, defeating Hane Naoki 9P, but then lost by resignation to Lee on Wednesday. That still left China with a 2-1 advantage, however, with Chang Hao 9P and Gu Li 9P between Lee and the title. In an exciting game, with ko fights all over the board, Lee defeated Gu Li by resignation in the third round on Thursday and clinched the title on Friday with his win over Chang Hao by resignation in the final round of the Nongshim Cup.
– based on reports on JustPlayGo which also has the game records

XIE YIMIN RETAINS TITLE AS FEMALE MEIJIN: Xie Yimin defeated Mukai Chiaki 4P last Wednesday to retain her Female Meijin title. Xie won the second round by 2.5 points to sweep the 22nd Female Meijin 2-0. With all three of Japan’s female professional titles – Meijin, Kisei, Honinbo – and the Daiwa Ladies Cup firmly in her possession, Xie is clearly the top female professional in Japan.

LIAN XIAO WINS RICOH CUP: Lian Xiao 3P defeated Li Haojie 3P by resignation in the final game of the 4th Ricoh Cup (Xinxiu) last Wednesday. Lian Xiao is a 15-year-old Chinese professional player who was promoted to 1 dan in 2007 and 3 dan in 2009. Xinxiu means “new talent” and this Chinese tournament for youth players is currently sponsored by Ricoh. From 1998 through 2001, a tournament under the same name was sponsored by NEC. Prizes are 30,000 Yuan [ca. 4,400 USD] for the winner and 10,000 for the runner-up.
– – JustPlayGo & Sensei’s Library

CHOI WINS FIRST ROUND IN MAXIM: Defending champion Choi Cheolhan 9P defeated Kang Dongyun 9P by resignation on March 15 in the first round of the 11th Maxim Cup. This is Kang Dongyun’s first Maxim Cup title match. The Maxim is a 9P-only Korean tournament sponsored by Dong Suh Foods. The second round will be played on April 5th.

RUI 1-0 IN FEMALE KUKSU: Rui Naiwei 9P defeated Cho Hyeyeon 8P by resignation in the first round of the 15th Female Kuksu (National Champion) on March 15. Rui has played in the Kuksu finals eight times, including this year’s match. Her only Kuksu title loss was to Cho Hyeyeon in 2003 at the 9th Kuksu. The second game will be played on March 24th.

Categories: Events/Tournaments