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Players Converge on Beijing for the 4th SportAccord WorldMind Games

IGF Ranka - Thu, 11/12/2014 - 04:06

Thirty go players representing the best of China, Chinese Taipei, Europe, North America, Japan, and Korea are preparing to compete with each other and rub shoulders with some of the world’s best bridge, chess, draughts, and xiangqi players at the fourth SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing. Counting all five disciplines, there will be 150 contestants, drawn from nearly forty countries and territories on six continents. The action will start on December 11 and end on December 17.

Opening Press Conference at the 2014 SAWMG

In go at the past three SportAccord World Mind Games, Korean players dominated the men’s competition, Chinese players dominated the women’s competition, and Chinese and Korean pairs and teams divided the top honors in mixed competition. This year the Chinese men’s team will be thirsting to add a gold medal to the gold won by China’s mixed team in 2011, which was largely a men’s event. Their chances appear good; the Korean team will be handicapped by the absence of their leading player Park Jeonghwan, who was injured in a traffic accident shortly before his scheduled departure for Beijing.

Turning to the other disciplines, not surprisingly, Chinese players have also dominated the xiangqi competition in previous years, and Chinese women have demonstrated considerable prowess at bridge and chess. What is surprising is that Chinese women have been making striking progress in draughts as well, and are currently approaching the top level in that game. Just how close they are will be seen during a week of rapid, blitz, and super-blitz competition on the international standard 10 x 10 board. In men’s draughts competition, two of the players to watch will be from Africa: Cameroon’s Jean Marc Ndjofang, who will challenge Aleksandr Georgiev for the world championship next month, and the Ivory Coast’s N’cho Joel Atse, last year’s blitz sensation. Devotees of the 8 x 8 game will also get a chance to see several world champions in action as this form of draughts returns to the men’s competition.

At a press conference held on December 10, no one ventured to predict the outcome of this year’s mind games, but go ambassador Lee Hajin reminisced about her bronze medal at the World Mind Sports Games in 2008, and her subsequent university career. ‘The concentration and discipline I gained from go worked for my other studies,’ she said, ‘and I graduated at the head of my class.’

Viktoriia Motrichko, a draughts player and ambassador from the Ukraine, said ‘I consider myself an emotional person, and the emotions I feel here are all good.’

Women’s chess champion Hou Yifan said, ‘This fast-paced tournament is interesting for the spectators and it favors my style of play.’

Tang Sinan, a young Chinese xiangqi player said, ‘The SportAccord World Mind games are a super-platform for us to demonstrate our xiangqi skills. I hope all the publicity will encourage more people to get interested in the game.’

Bridge ambassador Fulvio Fantoni, a member of the crack Monaco team, said ‘When I visited the schools in Beijing during this event last year I was touched by the students’ passion and enthusiasm. It took me back to my own youth, when I felt that way too.’

Gianarrigo Rona, president of the World Bridge Federation, echoed his sentiments by saying ‘In my opinion, the enthusiasm that Beijing schoolchildren are showing for mind games is the real measure of the SportAccord’s success.’

- James Davies

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UK Go Updates: Andrew Kay Holds British Championship; Local Winner at Warwick; UK Youth Go team triumphs over Italy; Race for 2014 Youth Grand Prix reaches final month

AGA news - Wed, 10/12/2014 - 16:00

Andrew Kay Holds British Championship: November 29, Andrew Kay defeated Alex Kent to retain the British Championship by three games to nil. The game will be made available shortly, with commentary from Matthew Macfadyen.

Local Winner at Warwick: The Coventry Tournament at the University of Warwick had a local winner for the second year in a row. Philip Leung (5d) took first at the tournament organized by former winner Bruno Poltronieri. Second was Wu Ruizhu (5d) also from Warwick and third was Alison Bexfield from Letchworth. 32 players took part.

UK Youth Go team triumphs over Italy: The UK Youth Go team is one of 13 teams signed up to the European Youth Go Team Championship 2014/15. In the second round of matches, the UK team beat Italy on Sat. 29th November. Congratulations to the team for their 4-1 win, which places the UK currently 6th out of the 13 teams taking part. The next round is scheduled for Saturday 13 December.

Race for 2014 Youth Grand Prix reaches final month: December – the final month of the 2014 Youth Grand Prix. The three winners, who will receive cash prizes of either £50, £30 and £20, are predicted to be among four talented youths. There are still 3 tournaments in UK, with plenty of opportunities for other players to rise to the top.
- compiled/edited by Amy Su, based on reports on the BGA website 



Sincerely,
Amy Su

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Your Move/Readers Write: Peter Freedman Urges Support for AGF

AGA news - Wed, 10/12/2014 - 14:00

“I just received a request from the American Go Foundation for a contribution towards their work,” writes Portland Go Chapter Organizer Peter Freedman. “I will again this year donate $100, and urge everyone who reads this to donate something. While about 130 donors are listed on this year’s request, there’s no reason why we cannot double that number this year!  There are lots of you out there, and, what go player does not appreciate the AGF’s efforts to bring go to children?  Please celebrate the holidays this year with a gift to the AGF…and while you are at it, thank the AGF people for all their efforts to bring go to children and youth.”

 

 

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Electronic Go Board Inventor Seeking N.A. Partners

AGA news - Tue, 09/12/2014 - 15:00
The inventor of a physical go board that records moves and enables online play on an actual board is looking for North American partners to market it in the West. According to Sihong Zhou, the board, which lights up to show where your opponent has played, is compatible with some go servers, like Tygem/eWeiqi or Sina. Additional features, Zhou says, include joseki and tesuji training, games against a computer program up to 4d, and a built-in game clock. More details are available, in Chinese, on the RuiQi Tech website. Those interested may email Zhou in Shenzhen China at 1838349552@qq.com.
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Galway go tournament announced

Irish Go Association - Sun, 07/12/2014 - 15:36

There will be a one day tournament in Galway on Sunday January 18th. See the Galway Club’s Facebook Group for up to date details. The expected format is also given below:

Date : Sunday 18th of January
Location : St-Mary’s College, St-Mary’s Road Galway City
https://goo.gl/maps/OAzJU

30mn by player + 2x30s byoyomi
4 rounds
Handicap Swiss tournament

Registration/Welcoming of the players : 9h15-9h45

First round : 10h – 11h30
Second round : 11h45 – 13h15
-lunch break-
Third round : 14h00 – 15h30
Fourth round : 15h45 – 17h15

Prize ceremony : 17h30

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Ulster Championship

Irish Go Association - Sun, 07/12/2014 - 13:15

This year the Belfast Club created an Ulster Championship, in which 4 players took part. Losing out in the semi-finals were Paul Kelly and James Aitken. The final was won by James Hutchinson, who beat Tiberiu Gociu by the score of 2-0. The games from the final are attached for you to play through.

Round 1 of the final:

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Round 2 of the final:

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Since EidoGo seems not to work with the latest wordpress, I am using the Glift plugin to display the games instead.

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2015 Irish Go and Chinese Chess Congress

Irish Go Association - Sat, 06/12/2014 - 14:54

The Irish Go Association in association with The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland is pleased to present the 2015 Irish Go & Chinese Chess Congress. The events will take place from February 6th to 8th. While this will be the 26th annual Open Go tournament, it will also host Ireland’s first ever Chinese Chess tournament. The Congress will take place at its new location at The Gresham Hotel right in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, and will be comprised of three tournaments:

– The Rapid Go Tournament
– The Confucius Cup Go Tournament
– The Confucius Cup Chinese Chess Tournament

Full details here

 

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