World Go News from the American Go Association

April 27, 2007
Volume 8, #35 (Member's Edition)

Houston, Hartford & Rochester
GAME COMMENTARY: Jie Li’s Losing Move Against Yoda
GO QUIZ: Good News And Bad
ATTACHED FILES: 2007.04.27 JLi-YNorimoto Fujitsu Commented; 2007.04.27 LCorlan-CBurzo Walter Schmidt Cup; 2007.04.27 CBurzo-DBajenaru Walter Schmidt Cup

Starting next Monday, the E-Journal Member’s Edition will return to Monday publication. Members will continue to receive all the extra material – game commentaries, reviews and more – while the EJ staff will streamline the HTML formatting process and work on developing new and expanded content in both the Member and non-member edition, as well as on the website. Stay tuned for further updates!

ROCHESTER LIVE: Watch the top board games live online at Sunday’s Empty Sky Spring Tournament in Rochester. The games will be broadcast live on KGS, starting around 9:30A EST.

CHO THREEPEATS IN JUDAN: Cho Chikun 9P defeated Yamashita Keigo 9P 3-2 to threepeat in the Japanese Judan. Details on Monday.

GU LI WINS 5TH TIANYUAN, TYING RECORD: Gu Li 9P defeated Liu Shizhen 6P 2-1 to win the Chinese Tianyuan title for a fifth consecutive time, tying Chang Hao 9P's record. Details Monday.

YODA LEADING MEIJIN LEAGUE: Already the challenger for the Hononbo title, Yoda Norimoto 9P is also leading the league to determine the challenger for the Meijin. Details on Monday.

WON AND PAEK TIE UP BC CARD CUP: Won Sungjin 7P and Paek Hangsuk 5P are 1-1 in the finals of the Korean new pro BC Card Cup finals. Details on Monday.

COMING UP MONDAY: Go Bumped From 2010 Asian Games; Kerwin's Road Map For Beginners & Steve Burrall on the secret of getting kids interested in go. Plus: Hot Off the Press & the latest Questions From Actual Play.

WEEKEND ACTION: Houston, Hartford & Rochester
- April 28-29, 2007: Houston, TX
Houston Spring Go Tournament
Robert Cordingley 281.333.1614
- April 28, 2007: Hartford, CT
CCC Spring Tournament
Bill Fung 860.906.7398
- April 29, 2007: Rochester, NY
Empty Sky Spring Tournament
Nick Blake 339.364.0933

GAME COMMENTARY: Jie Li’s Losing Move Against Yoda
“According to analysis by Rin Haiho 9p, O Rissei 9p, and Gu Li 9p, black (Yoda Norimoto 9P) is only ahead by a margin of less than 2 points after komi at this point,” says Jie Li in today’s thrilling game commentary. “However, my next move is probably the losing move.” See if you can find the biggest move for white in the diagram at right and then check out Li’s commentary on his recent Fujitsu game with one of the world’s top players in the attached file.
Our bonus files today are a pair of uncommented games from last weekend’s Walter Schmidt Cup in Romania (Dragos Bajenaru Wins Schmidt Cup In Romania 4/23 EJ). In Round 1, Cornel Burzo 6d – a frequent US Go Congress attendee and E-Journal contributor -- plays Lucian Corlan 5d and in Round 2 he plays eventual winner Dragos Bajenaru 6d. The games feature plenty of exciting play and are a great opportunity to see some of Europe’s top players in action.
To view the attached .sgf file(s), simply save the file(s) to your computer and then open using an .sgf reader such as Many Faces of Go or SmartGo. Readers who need .sgf readers can click here to get them for most platforms at Jan van der Steen's Gobase.

GO QUIZ: Good News And Bad
While it’s nice being mentioned in a Washington Post report on the first board of a big go tournament, it’s not so nice being described as "middle aged". When EJ Managing Editor Chris Garlock suggested this quiz question, I had hoped that the "middle aged" reference would throw you off, but 10 ou
t of 12 knew it was me. And Phil Waldron's well-intentioned comment that I am not middle aged but "well settled" does not make me feel any better. Two folks picked Mike Lash, who should take it as a compliment that someone thought he might be at Board One. And though Allan Abramson sometimes plays at his own tournaments, he is far too busy to play while directing the Cherry Blossom. And Steve Fawthrop - DrStraw on KGS -- is strong enough, but was not there. Up-and-comer Grant Kerr (7/7) detailed his interesting detective work "Keith is the only one rated 5.0 or better whose rating was updated (downward) April 1...(also he wears) a baseball cap on his KGS picture (my proud Journal cover)" Another entrant had an easier route "My Grandad said it was my Dad" remarks Melanie Arnold (2/2) Phil, Kim and Grant all knew the teenager disrespecting his elder was Eric Lui. Congrats to JASON WON, this week's winner, drawn at random from those answering correctly.
THIS WEEK’S QUIZ: The other clue last week was that I was wearing an "I LOVE GO" pin, which is based on the license plate at left. What’s the name of the go player whose car had this plate? Click here to enter your answer (and, Grant, last time I checked there’s only one rated player listed from Maine, and it’s NOT him!).
- Go Quiz Editor: Keith L. Arnold, hka

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