Italy: The Trofeo Milano 2015 quarta tappa, played on the 9th of May in Milano, Italy, was won by Gionata Soletti 4k. Second place was for Andrea Failli 8k.
Slovakia: In the village of Liptovský Ján, Slovakia, two national championships took place from 5/6-5/10.
The 24th Slovak Championship was won by Maros Kral 4d, with Xaver Gubas 3d taking second place and Miroslav Poliak 1d ending third. Result table.
The Slovak Female Championship was won by Zuzana Kralikova 8k, with Viera Smolarikova 17k as second and Renata Truchanova 19k on third place. Result table.
Lithuania: The Vilniaus Taure 2015, played from 5/8-5/9 in Vilnius, Lithuania, was won by Andrius Petrauskas 3d. Second came Ernestas Romeika 2d and third was Vladas Zaleskas 2d. Result table.
Croatia: The 500th (!) Velika Gorica weekend tournament, played on the 9th of May in Velika Gorica, Croatia, was won by Matej Zakanj 4d. Second came Lovro Furjanic 2d and third was Zoran Mutabzija 2d.Result table.
Russia: In Russia several regional tournaments took place:
In Magadan, the Cup of the Magadan Region was played from 5/10-5/11. It was won by Vladimir Bal 7k, with Maria Ustjuzhina 6k in second place and third place going to Artem Tingajkin 11k. Result table.
In Novosibirsk, the Championship of the Siberian Federal District was played from 5/9-5/10. The tournament was won by Alexandr Vashurov 5d. Second came Stepan Trubicin 5d and third was Kirill Denisov 4d. Result table. For the lower kyu players a B league of the same tournament took place simultaneously. Maxim Shcherbak 9k was the winner, Mikhail Kopylov 12k second and Maxim Dukov 13k third. Result table.
In Simferopol, the Championship of Simferopol, played from 5/3-5/4, was won by Demjan Zavgorodnij 1k. Second came Oleg Afonin 2d and third was Mikhail Kugaev 9k. Result table.
- Kim Ouweleen, European Correspondent for the E-Journal
After a seven-year hiatus, the Reiyukai America/Yu Go Club’s Traffic Cup returned on Saturday, May 16, when go players representing the Yu Go Club (by Reiyukai America in Pasadena), and the Santa Monica Go Club visited the Atari Go Club in Arcadia for a team tournament.
Each team played two games against other teams. Atari Go Club tied against the Yu Go Club, and defeated Santa Monica, Yu Go tied against both Atari and Santa Monica, while Santa Monica lost to Atari. As a result, the new holder of the Traffic Cup, a traveling trophy plaque, is now in the hands of Atari Go Club members.
“I remember playing the first Traffic Cup against Yu Go Club and can’t believe it’s been seven years since then,” said Andy Okun, President of the American Go Association, who played on the Atari Go Club team. “We should not wait another seven years but perhaps we can do this every seven months!”
“This is such a wonderful local go event,” agreed Evan Cho of the Atari Go Club, who also served as the Tournament Director. “The three biggest go clubs in Southern California competing and interacting with each other – we’ve got to keep it going! Also hopefully, we can have more go clubs and players in the next Traffic Cup! ”
“Inter-club tournaments are a great opportunity to interact between club members,” added Toshiro Obara, organizer of Yu Go Club supported by Reiyukai America. “I look forward to more possibilities like this. Definitely our Yu Go Club will challenge the Atari Go Club to get back the plaque!”
The attending players were Rintaro Miyamoto 6d, Hendrik Rommeswinkel 1k, Stephen McLaughlin 5k, and Greg Kulevich 7k from the Yu Go Club. Andrew Liu 7d, Seth Cardew 2d, Andy Okun 1d, William Kim 8k representing the Atari Go Club. And Norman Tsai 7d, Daniel Su 11k, Derek Su 17k and David Su 19k from Santa Monica Go Club.
The Netherlands: The 44th edition of the Amsterdam International Go Tournament took place from May 14-17 in the European Go Cultural Centre in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. The three top winners were Csaba Mero 6d (left) from Hungary in first place, Tanguy Le Calvé 6d from France in second and Yaqi Fu 6d from China in third. The tournament drew 101 participants and featured culinary bites between rounds by tournament director – and chef — Roel van Kollem. Evening activities included lectures by Guo Juan 5p on ‘Common Mistakes’ and a live Go-Quiz by Peter Brouwer 6d and Kim Ouweleen 4d of BadukMovies. Besides the 6-round main tournament, a Rapid tournament was played on Friday at Games-Centre/Cafe Ludo in IJburg, a fancy new residential area of Amsterdam, an artificial island situated in the IJ-lake. With many sponsors this year, there were many additional prizes: DGT sponsored DGT-timer clocks, HOT Sports sponsored puzzles and games, DNM was the sponsor of the Rapid Tournament prize money, Guo Juan sponsored prizes for her online lessons and BadukMovies sponsored go t-shirts designed by Murugandi and Pro Memberships to their website. Photo albums of the Amsterdam tournament can be found here: Facebook page of the tournament; photos by Herman Hiddema 4d; photo album by Harry van der Krogt 2d; 5th and 6th round photos by EuroGoTV.
photos: (top right) Amsterdam Tournament Director Roel van Kollem handing out the prizes to the top winners; (left) playing area (by Herman Hiddema)
Czech Republic: The V.Valek Memorial, played from 5/16-5/17 in Ostrava, Czech Republic, was won by Ondrej Kruml 5d (right). He did remarkably well by beating the the European Champion of 2012, Jan Simara 6d as well as the.Czech champion of 2013, Lukas Podpera 6d, who ended in second and third place respectively. Result table.
Germany: The 28th edition of the Dresdner Go-Turnier, played from 5/9-5/10 in Dresden, Germany, was won by Jin Zhou 6d. Second came Marc Landgraf 3d and third place was for Luxiaoji Chen 3d. Result table.
Spain: The La Carboneria tournament, played on the 9th of May in Sevilla, Spain, was won by Jose-Manuel Pavon 7k. Second came Juan-Domingo Martin 10k and third was Alvaro Gutierrez 13k. Result table photo: Andreas Urban 4k place 8 of 19
The 18th edition of the Madrid tournament, played from 5/9-5/10 in Madrid, Spain, was won by Lluis Oh 6d. Second came Yaqi Fu 6d and in third place ended Oscar Vazquez 2d. Result table.
France: Ze Grenoble Tournament, played from 5/1-5/3 in Grenoble, France, had 91 players participating and was won by Tanguy le Calvé 6d (right). In second place trailed Toru Imamura-Cornuejols 4d and third was Huu Phuoc Nguyen 2d. Result table.
Another tournament in Grenoble, the ‘Grenoble Internal’, took place a few days before, on the 29th of April, and saw Toru Imamura-Cornuejols 4d as the victor. Second came Longteng Chen 1d and third was Dominique Cornuejols 1d. Result table.
In the city of Toulouse, the Toulouse Continuous Tournament – Round 6 was played on the 8th of May. It was won by Thomas Dufour 3k, with Laurent Belmonte 4k on second place and Laurent Lamole 4k on third. Result table.
Tomorrow: Italy, Slovakia, Lithuania, Croatia and Russia.
- Kim Ouweleen, European Correspondent for the E-Journal
We are looking for an assistant to help write youth related stories for the E-Journal. An interest in reporting on youth activities, and helping spread go among kids and teens, is required. Duties would include editing submissions, and reporting on youth events. Some experience writing is preferred, but not essential. We will pay $10 per published article. If interested, contact E-J Youth Editor Paul Barchilon at email@example.com.
Students from Andrew Jackson Language Academy(AJLA), in Chicago, just finished their first go tournament for kids in the Chinese program, reports organizer Xinming Simon Guo. “Students first played with opponents in the same grade, and then the winners in each grade competed for the school championship, which was won by Winston from, the 7th grade,” said Guo. A year ago, few students at AJLA had ever heard of go (weiqi in Chinese). “We started to introduce this game to our students in March of 2014. The kids loved this game. I still remember that they were chanting ‘Weiqi Weiqi’ while waiting outside of the classroom after the first lesson”, said Christina Xu, the Chinese language teacher at the school, who also ran the tournament.
The weiqi class is part of the Chinese Artists-In-Residency Program, co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute in Chicago and Guo’s own GoAndMath Academy. “We support teachers in integrating weiqi into language teaching classrooms,” says Guo, “participating and learning are more important than winning. Weiqi is also an innovative tool for teaching elementary math. Our research shows that there exists a natural connection between weiqi and the Common Core State Standards of math. During the game, students experience numerous math concepts without even noticing them.” The school is considering bringing more weiqi classes to the students, and planning to organize a 2nd weiqi tournament next year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Semi-final between 4th and 5th graders at AJLA; photo by Christina Xu
At the 36th World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) this year, Pandanet will broadcast up to seven games live each round. The venue this year is at the Montien Riverside Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. The games will be broadcast from June 7 through 10. Click here for detailed schedule and tournament and player information. Note that the Thailand time zone is US EST +11.
- Thomas Hsiang
Among the professionals teaching at this year’s US Go Go Congress in St. Paul, MN, are long-time favorites Myungwan Kim 9P, Yang Yilun 7P and Jennie Shen 2P, according to Congress organizers. Although the Japanese and Korean visitors have not been decided yet, the delegation from the China Qiyuan will be Wang Qun 8P, who came to the 2011 Congress in Santa Barbara, and Cao Youyin 3P (right), who according to GoGameWorld.com was second in the National Women Go Individual in 2003 and won the Women Xinren Wang championship in 2007. Also on the attendance list are Ryan Li 1P, the AGA’s newest in-house certified pro, and Lee Hajin 3P, popular for her “Haylee” game videos on Youtube, in her role as Secretary General of the International Go Federation.
- Andy Okun
“I question whether it’s a good sign when one of the greatest go players of all time is making commercials for Candy Crush soda,” (Go Spotting: Cho Hunhyun Crushes It 5/15 EJ) writes Terry Benson. “It’s amusing and well shot. (Cho Hunhyun) may have done it as a fun ‘why not?’ or because he knows the president of the company, but think Placido Domingo for Halls lozenges or an aging football great selling Depends. I’m sure he was well compensated.”
“When people ask me, ‘how was your summer,’ I tell them it was wonderful, because of the AGA Go Camp,” writes 14-year-old Elan, “I had an amazing time playing go and hanging out with other kids, learning from our teacher, and enjoying fun summer camp activities.” Go Camp strives to provide young go players a unique experience, allowing them to foster their love of the game in a traditional summer camp setting. “Camp does involve a lot of go,” says Director Amanda Miller, “and campers spend both their mornings, and part of their afternoons, studying, but these lessons include a creative mix of lectures, life and death problems, games, and game reviews to kep things interesting.”
Many campers love the opportunity, and as 8-year-old Yuga remembers, “I learned go from morning to evening and that was my first time studying go so long. I spent time with a great teacher and lots of friends and played go and talked about go with them. It makes me want to play more and want to improve more.”
“Camp is about more than just go, however, “says Miller, “it’s about giving kids the chance to meet and make friends with other kids who love the game just as much as they do. Part of the magic of camp is the wide variety of campers who attend, and in the past few years, the camp has welcomed kids from as far away as Hawaii and Canada.The camp has been growing every year, and we’re always trying to make it better. Last year was one of our best summers yet, because we got to try so many different activities. The kids had a great time with hiking, archery, boating, swimming, and rock climbing in addition to playing go.” Boating was a general favorite, and as Elan remembers, “A mega splashing competition ensued and everyone was soaked wet!
With a mix of lessons, outdoor activities, tournaments, and other go-related activities, the camp is an ideal place for kids to make friends and have fun while also improving their go skills. Perhaps 12-year-old Joe does the best job of summing up everyone’s feelings after a great week at camp: “When I left camp I was sad that I will miss all my new friends, but when I came back home I was happy because I was beating everyone and showing that I improved.”
Go Camp will be held July 18-25, at YMCA Camp Kern in Oregonia, OH, with Myungwan Kim 9P as this summer’s professional teacher. 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 courtesy of the American Go Foundation.
For more information on the latest camp-related news, and to download the registration forms, visit the camp website at or e-mail Amanda Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. -Paul Barchilon with Amanda Miller.
American Go E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock and his wife Lisa are walking 200 miles along the coast of Wales this July to celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary and raise funds for the American Go Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting go in the U.S. With the AGF’s support, thousands of American children have learned go in hundreds of schools, libraries and community centers across the country, as well as at the annual Go Camp (AGA Go Camp a Favorite with Kids 5/16 EJ). The AGF also provide scholarships and resources for youth who play go, and supports go in institutional settings such as prisons, and senior centers. Click here to donate what you can: .25/mile = $50; .50/mi = $100; $1/mi = $200; or whatever amount you like, it’ll go to help promote go across the United States. “Chris likes sitting still a long time and also walking a long way,” says AGF President Terry Benson. “We hope players will encourage him and help go by going as far as they can to help us spread the game.”
photo: Garlock on a training walk earlier this year; photo by Lisa Garlock
Korean 9-dan professional go player Cho Hunhyun crushes it in this amusing short video. Considered one of the greatest players of all-time, Cho reached professional level in Korea in 1962. Since then, Cho has amassed 150 professional titles, more than any player in the world.
Ishi Press Archives is reprinting five long out-of-print Ishi Press go books. The reprints include Breakthrough to Shodan by Naoki Miyamoto 9-dan, Enclosure Josekis by Masaki Takemiya 9-dan, Kato’s Attack and Kill by Masao Kato 9-dan, The Power of the Star-Point, The Sanren-Sei Opening by Shukaku Takagawa 9-dan and All About Thickness, Understanding Moyo and Influence, by Yoshio Ishida 9-dan.
“Minnesota, home of the 2015 US Go Congress, celebrated its’ annual fishing opener over the weekend,” reports Congress Director Josh Larson. A guided fishing tour is among the traditional day-off options for this year’s Go Congress. Discounted Go Congress registrations will expire June 1st. Click here to register and pay now to take advantage of early bird rates “and while you’re there, vote for your favorite day-off activities,” Larson urges.
photo courtesy Pioneer Press Archives
“Reading is the process of imagining tactical sequences of well-chosen moves,” says Robert Jasiek. “Besides strategy, reading determines a player’s skill.” “Tactical Reading,” Jasiek’s latest book – his 11th– uses the holistic approach of general theory applicable to all tactical problems. “Powerful principles develop every essential aspect of the theory of tactical reading,” Jasiek says. “Various kinds of simplifications and techniques reduce a large and unmanageable set of choices to the smallest possible number of necessary variations.” The book explains in detail a general method which Jasiek says will lead to “correct and efficient reading.” Application of the theory to 100 problems and their exhaustive answers demonstrates “the best way to distinguish inferior from the interesting moves.” Click here to order from Jasiek or go to Goshop Keima.