In-seong Hwang 8D’s American Yunguseng Dojang still has spaces available for students for the online go school’s next session, which starts April 20. Last session there were 40 participants in six leagues, ranging from 12 kyu to 4 dan. A well-known top player in Europe, In-seong Hwang 8D will teach at this year’s U.S Congress. “His enthusiasm is infectious,” says one student, “his energy and his dedication show why he is such a strong go player.” Click here for In-seong Hwang ‘s recent post in Life in 19×19.
A Call for Papers has just been issued for the 3rd Hangzhou International Go Culture Conference. The conference, sponsored by the Hangzhou Branch of the China Qi-Yuan (Qi, or Go department) will be held in October 2015 in Hangzhou, China. The conference will invite famous go players, specialists in go culture, principals of go organizations “and people of insight from all walks of life” who will discuss go culture to enrich go’s cultural resources and promote the development of go culture. Click here for details on the conference topics and submission guidelines (scroll down the page for the English version). Proposals for papers must be submitted by April 30th, and the full paper must be submitted by August 1st, 2015.
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Eric Osman sent in this snapshot from a recent meeting of the Western Massachusetts Go Club. The club meets Thursdays at 7:00 pm at Rao’s Coffeehouse in Amherst, MA. “All ages are welcome!” says Osman.
Mok Jinseok 9p (left) won the 20th Caltex Cup on April 2 in Seoul, Korea, defeating Choi Cheolhan 9p with a 3-1 score. This was Mok Jinseok’s second career title, and his first in 15 years: he won the KBS Cup in 2000, defeating Lee Changho 9p. Choi Cheolhan won game 1 of the Caltex, but Mok won the next three games to take the best-of-five match. Mok’s nickname is “Boy Wonder” because he defeated Nie Weiping in the 1995 China Korea Lotte Cup when he was just 15 years old, and many Korean baduk fans thought that he would take the torch from Lee Changho. But after winning the KBS Cup when he was 20, Mok never took another title, until now. When the last game was over, Mok burst into tears as his emotions got the better of him, and it took him some time to calm down and give a post-game interview. Choi Cheolhan has now taken second place in the GS Caltex Cup two years running: he was defeated 3-0 by Kim Jiseok last year and lost to Mok this year.
- adapted from a report on Go Game Guru, which includes more details on Mok’s long road back to winning a title, as well as the Caltex game records.
The deadline to apply for the 2015 Collegiate Go Tournament being held in Taiwan this summer has been extended to May 1st. This event is opento any current, future, or recently graduated college(both undergraduate and graduate) student, who will or has attended school in the year 2015. All costs related to room, board, tours, and travel during the event will be covered by the Ing foundation. Organizer Mike Fodera says that the event is meant for students of any playing strength to participate, and will have four divisions so that everyone will be able to play someone around their rank. Find out more information about the tournament — and the forms to register — on the ACGA’s website.
Players at the March 28 Boston Spring Open were greeted by a beautiful spring day: bright sun, birds chirping, warm breezes… wait, is that snow I see outside? So, players at the Boston Spring Open braved another harsh Boston spring to compete at the Microsoft NERD center overlooking a frozen Charles River. However, the atmosphere inside heated up quickly, as participants battled through four rounds to top their division.
The Boston Open is the first in a new series of tournaments that introduces a new format: players are split into divisions about five ranks wide and play all even games, except for the 6k – 15k range who play with handicap. This led to many competitive games and a few upsets, although this time the highest ranked players won their divisions. Full results are below.
Special thanks to Andrew Hall, who willed the tournament into existence, and Chun Sun, who arranged for space at the NERD center and dealt with much of the logistics. Also, thanks to Kate Baxter for helping to pick up coffee and donuts, as well as Neil Ritter for generously making his boards, stones, and clocks available for general use.
- Walther Chen; photos by Chun Sun 5d and Chanho Park; click here for the complete album.
Division 2: 2k to 3d, even games, 8 players
1st place: Xiaocheng Hu 3d (4-0), $100
2nd place: Brian Lee 2d (3-1), $80
3rd place: Greg Pongraz 2k (3-1), $60
Division 3: 5k to 3k, even games, 14 players
1st place: Mike Sherman 4k (4-0), $60
2nd place: Titi Alailima 5k (3-1), $50
3rd place: Laurent Xu 5k (3-1), $40
Division 4: 15k to 6k, handicap games, 15 players
Tie, 1st place: Chi-Hse Teng 6k (4-0), $45
Tie, 1st place: Andy Wei 15k (4-0), $45
3rd place: Steve Berthiaume 10k (3-1), $30
Junnun Jiang Wins the British Open: The British Open was part of the British Go Congress and it was held this year in the Prince Rupert Hotel in Shrewsbury. The Open was played on Saturday and Sunday, with the BGA AGM held on the Saturday evening in between. 68 players took part. The winner was Junnan Jiang 4d with 6 wins and the runner-up was Alex Kent 3d with 5 wins.
Go to Feature at FestivalAsia in London: Go is featuring at FestivalAsia, a unique three-day spectacular at Tobacco Dock in London, from Friday 15th May to Sunday 17th May. The BGA will be demonstrating and lecturing on the game, with a number of volunteers headed by Roger Huyshe. The press release can be found here.
Alistair Wall Misses Record by Half Point: Alistair Wall 2d scored a massive 45 points to win the Stacey Grand Prix, the grand prix for most games won in the top group at a year’s tournaments. The record of 45.5 points was set in 1996 by Francis Roads. Ironically, the game that cost Alistair the record was against Francis at the 2014 Mind Sports Olympiad, where Alistair passed with a dame point left on the board and lost the game by half a point.
With 20,000 Euros at stake, Europe’s first Grand Slam tournament launches on Friday in Berlin. Grand Slam Berlin features a dozen top players, including six professionals, competing in Europe’s biggest-prize tournament. All games will be played live on EuroGoTV and KGS; look for EuroGoTV accounts 1-4. Schedule (in CET): Friday 3rd April: 10:15 Preliminary round; Saturday 4th April: 9:30 Quarter-final; Sunday 5th April: 9:30 semi finals; Monday 6th April: 9:30 Final.
Registration for the 2015 AGA Go Camp is now open. The Go Camp will be held from July 18th to July 25th at YMCA Camp Kern in Oregonia, OH, about half an hour from Cincinnati. Camp directors Amanda Miller and Nano Rivera invite campers of all skill levels, between the ages of 8 and 18 to join them for a week of go-playing and fun. Youth who played in the NAKC or the Redmond Cup are eligible for a $400 scholarship, and need-based scholarships of up to $250 are also available. For more information on the latest camp-related news, and to download the registration forms, please visit the camp website. Any questions can be e-mailed to Amanda Miller at email@example.com.
- Story and photo by Amanda Miller: Yilun Yang 7P plays a simul at last year’s camp.
Kellin Pelrine 6d took top honors at the Colorado All-State Go tournament, held March 21st, in Denver. “The inaugural tournament conducted by the Littleton Go Club was a huge success,” said TD Stuart Horowitz. “Thirty players participated in the event, which was sponsored by the Confucius Institute, who graciously provided a lovely venue along with a catered Chinese lunch.” Winner’s report: Dan Section: 1st place Kellin Pelrine (4-0); 2nd place Eric Wainwright (3-1); Upper Kyu Section: 1st place Stanisslav Irisov (4-0); 2nd place tie Kent Evenson (3-1), Christopher Annanie (3-1); Mid/Lower Kyu Section: 1st place Tae Kim (3-0); 2nd place tie Rich Newman (3-1), Akron Amanov (3-1). All winners received go books. -Paul Barchilon. Photo by Laurie Linz.
Su Guangyue, a fourth-year law student who had been runner-up in 2013, won the 13th World Students Go Oza Championship, held February 24-25 at the Ginza Internet Forum in Tokyo. The contestants were sixteen university students: ten from the Far East, three from Europe, two from the Americas, and one from Oceania. For the eighth time, the winner was Chinese. The event was organized by the All-Japan Students Go Association, Nikkei Inc., and Pandanet, with the cooperation of the Nihon Kiin and the International Go Federation.
- based on James Davies report in Ranka; photo courtesy of the Nihon-Kin
by John Power, Japan Correspondent
Ida fights back in Judan: Ida Atsushi 8P suffered some setbacks recently but he also won his first open title, as detailed in our last report,
and he seems to be taking his cue from the latter. In the second game of the 53rd Judan title, Ida (W) defeated Takao Shinji Judan (left) by resignation after 220 moves, so he has evened the score in the match at 1-1. Takao fell behind when he missed the best move in a fight: he read a variation out correctly for 17 moves but hallucinated about the result. The game was played on March 26 at the Old Tanaka Family Residence in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture. This is a three-story Western-style brick house built during the Taisho period (1912-26), with a Japanese-style building, tea house and garden being added later. The whole complex was designated a Nationally Registered Tangible Cultural Asset in 2006. The game was played in the teahouse. The third game will be played on April 9.
Yamashita keeps sole lead in Honinbo League: The last game of the sixth round in the 70th Honinbo League was played on March 26. Yamashita Keigo 9P (B, right) beat Ryu Shikun 9P by resignation. He improved his score to 5-1 and hung on to the sole lead. All the games in the final round will be played on April 2. Two other players, Ida Atsushi 8P and Cho U 9P, are on 4-2 and so still have a chance of winning the league. Cho U plays Yamashita in the final round; if Yamashita wins, he becomes the challenger; if Cho wins, he will be tied with Yamashita and could meet him in a play-off. The word is “could,” because if Ida wins his final game against Yo Seiki 7P, creating a three-way tie, only the top two-ranked players qualify for a play-off, which would mean Ida and Yamashita. If a play-off is necessary, it will be held on April 6.
To 8-dan (as of March 27): Kurotaki Masanori (150 wins)
To 3-dan (as of March 24): Kyo Kagen (40 wins)
Crazy Stone wins computer go tournament: The 8th UEC Cup Computer Go Tournament was held at the Electrical Communications University in Chofu City in Tokyo on March 14 and 15 with 22 programs competing. In the preliminary tournament, the programs that won the 6th and 7th cups, Crazy Stone (developed by Remy Coulom of France) and Zen (developed by Team DepZen of Japan) took first and second place in the seven-round Swiss System preliminary tournament, but Zen suffered an upset loss in the quarterfinals of the knock-out stage. Zen is rated 5- or 6-dan on KGS, but it lost to Nomitan, a Japanese program rated as 2- or 3-dan on KGS. In the final, Crazy Stone beat DolBaram, a Korean program developed by Lim Jae-bum. Two commemorative games were played with Cho Chikun (25th Honinbo Chikun) on March 17. Taking four stones, DolBaram won, but on three stones Zen lost.
Chess Grandmaster Tiger Hillarp has become a dan go player on KGS, according to a recent post on Hillarp’s blog, Chess at the Bag of Cats. “It might seem like a rather small step for mankind, but it felt quite big to me and merited a rather bouncy and ungraceful dance around the livingroom,” wrote Hillarp, who also includes two game commentaries. We were alerted to this news by a post by Michael Bacon on his Armchair Warrior blog, which includes GM Peter Heine Nielsen’s comment about “The tradition of the best Japanese board game players to be interested in a game other than their ‘main’ one.” Bacon has been learning go and writes that “Having playing chess most of my adult life, Go is like entering a portal into a completely new and different universe.”
EYGC: The UK had six players representing it at the European Youth Go Championships held on March 12-15 in Zandvoort am Zee in the Netherlands. The team ended with a score of 14 points out of 36. 5 members played in the Under 16 section, and 1 in the Under 12 section. Photos and results can be found at the official 2015 European Youth Go Championship website.
Pandanet Go European Team Championship: On March 17, Britain dropped their first point of the season with a draw against Portugal. Bulgaria drew with Croatia and South Africa beat Greece to claim third place. The British team remains at the top of the C League.
Students under the age of 25 who register for the Nihon Ki-in Summer Go Camp before May 31 will get 10% off the program fee. The intensive training program for non-Japanese go players who want to raise their level and improve their go skills will receive “excellent lectures and workshops every day by highly-selected and richly-experienced professionals of the Nihon Ki-in.” The camp runs August 21 through September 3 at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo. In includes a special training program on August 27 at ‘Sugi no yado’ where the legendary Fujisawa Shuko hosted his famous ‘Shuko training camp’ each year with promising young professionals.
Through May 31, Kiseido is having a sale of all English-language go books; order 3 or 4 books and get free shipping; order 5 books or more and get 10% off the listed price with free shipping. Kiseido has also obtained two kaya go boards with legs, one with tenchimasa grain and the other with tenmasa grain. Also, Chess and Go: A Comparison, the second in a series of essays by Richard Bozulich, is now available.
Trigantius Tournament: On March 7, the Trigantius Tournament was held in the Cambridge University Social Club. Taking the Trigantius Trophy, and his second title since taking up tournament Go at the start of 2015, was London’s Charles Hibbert (3d) with three straight wins. Other three game winners include Alison Bexfield, Yuji Tanaka, Martin Harvey , Philip Smith, Richard Mullens, Fred Zhu, and Ben Murphy. 52 players participated in all.