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.
The Pandanet AGA City League has come down to one more match. At the US Go Congress in St Paul, MN, Los Angeles will face off against Greater Washington. Playing for the Los Angeles team (left) will be Mark Lee, Evan Cho, and Daniel Ko. Playing for Greater Washington (right) will be Tim Song, Eric Lui, Yuan Zhou, and Jie Li. These players will face off on Saturday August 1st. Come watch live in person or on Pandanet-IGS.
Huang of China Wins Globis Cup: Huang Yunsong (at right in photo) of China has defeated Na Hyun of Korea to win his first international tournament. Aged 18, he can now claim to be the strongest teenager in the world and his next ambition is to win an open international title. His play in this year’s Globis Cup was so impressive that no one will be betting against him.
On Sunday, May 10, the third day of the tournament, the semifinals were held in the morning and the final and play-off for third place in the afternoon. All four matches were China-Korea pairings, as the Japanese players had been eliminated in the quarterfinals. In the first semifinal, Huang 3P (W) of China beat Lee Donghun 5P of Korea by resignation. This game featured a spectacular fight in which Huang killed a large enemy group. O Meien 9P, who gave a public commentary on the final, praised Huang’s play in the semifinal very highly. According to O, the fight looked like a very perilous one to the onlookers that could have gone either way, but once the fight started Huang played quickly, not bothering to use all of his time of 30 seconds per move. In retrospect, said O, it became clear that Huang had read it all out at the beginning of the fight, which was an awesome feat.
In the other semifinal, Na Hyun 6P of Korea (B), the only player to announce publicly his intention of winning the tournament, defeated Li Qincheng 2P of China by resignation.
The final between Huang and Na started at 1:00 in the afternoon, with Huang playing white. Although no Japanese representative made the final, there were only a few empty seats in the hall. The fans who turned up were treated to an exciting game that was graced by an excellent commentary by O Meien 9P and Mannami Nao 3P. O is the commentator of choice for international games, as he is well informed about international go and is very open-minded. By this, I mean that he is not dogmatic. Although he is well-known for his own distinctive style, a dynamic, influence-oriented way of playing, when players follow a different style, making moves that he doesn’t like personally, he readily admits that they may know better. O’s humor meshed well with the bright, cheerful personality of Mannami Nao, the younger of the two Mannami sisters; she has developed into a very competent and appealing MC and assistant commentator and is a real asset in go events.
After the first major fight in the early middle game, O expressed surprise when Huang played a relatively peaceful move after reducing Black’s right-side position. O hadn’t thought the maneuver was a particular success for White, but Huang’s calm play made him reassess his positional judgement. He admitted that he couldn’t reach a definite conclusion himself, but commented that we could safely trust Huang because of his experience. Na’s subsequent play showed that he felt he was a little behind. He launched an all-out attack on an unsettled white group in the centre, but he was outplayed by Huang in the ensuing fight and resigned early.
In the play-off for third place, Li Qincheng (B) beat Lee Donghun by resignation, so China won three of the four games played today. (photo at left: l-r: Na, Huang & Li)
One of the most interesting points in the commentary on the final was that O kept referring to the ‘experience’ of the players. For example, he would say something like, ‘I don’t know about this move, but my guess is that the player knows from his experience that it works.’ These players are teenagers, and though obviously they can’t have played that many games yet, what O seemed to be talking about was the high level of competition in China and Korea. Even at their young ages, their representatives in this tournament are already top players in their own countries, where star players seem to emerge in their teens. This is not really the case in Japan (with the major exception of Iyama Yuta).
The strength of the Chinese and Korean teams is borne out by their ratings. Hori Masao, the father of the president of Globis University, Hori Yoshito, drew my attention to a Japanese site that rates 900 professionals (if you read characters, click here; it also has historical ratings going back to 1989). The Chinese team is in the lead. Sixteen-year-old Yang Dingshin is rated 18th in the world, tournament winner Huang (aged 18) 46th, and Li Qincheng (aged 16) 37th (probably thanks mainly to winning the CCTV Cup last year). The top Korean is Lee Donghun, aged 17 and 23rd; Na, aged 20, is 27th, and Shin Jin Seo (just 15) is 75th. To take the Japanese, Ichiriki (aged 17) is 128th and Yo Seiki (19) is 195th, and the others are much lower.
Andrew Simons wins Candidates’ Tournament: Andrew Simons won all his games to win the first stage of the British Championship. The Candidates’ Tournament was held this year at The Fulbourn Centre with 24 participants total. The qualifiers for the Challengers’ League are Andrew Simons 4d, Charles Hibbert 3d, Desmond Cann 3d, Tim Hunt 2d, Richard Hunter 2d, James Hutchinson 1d, and Francis Roads 1d. However, Desmond Cann is this year’s UK rep for the World Amateur, so his qualification for the Challengers’ League is deferred for one year. His place is taken by the next placed person: Toby Manning 1d.
Another German Winner for Bar-Low: The winner this year was German 3 kyu Tobias Ungerer from Cambridge University, who won 4 out of 5 games. His only loss was to Bogdan Ghica who came second on tie break.The event was held at the Junior Parlour in Whewell’s Court, Trinity Street.
The Netherlands: The 18th edition of the Apeldoorn tournament, which never sees a dull moment since the playing times are always 30 minutes absolute per player (no byo-yomi), was played on the 3rd of May in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. It was won by endgame master Rudi Verhagen 4d. Second place was conquered by young dog Ruben Cornelissen 3d and in third place trailed the ever friendly Siu Hong Chung 3d. Result table.
Denmark: The Danish Championship 2015, played from 5/1-5/3 in Odense, Denmark, was won by Jannik Rasmussen 3d. Second came Soeren Ohlenbusch 3d and with a remarkable effort, beating several dan players, Mathis Isaksen 1k came in third place. Result table.
Czech Republic: The Czech edition of the Korean Ambassador Cup, a tournament which is held in many countries to determine the national representative player for the Korean Prime Minister’s Cup that usually takes place around September in Seoul, Korea, was played from 5/2-5/3 in Praha. European 1dan professional Pavol Lisy (right) took first place, with Jan Hora 6d coming second and Martin Jurek ending third. In total 71 players participated. Result table.
Germany: The Sankt Augustiner Go-Turnier, played from 5/2-5/3 in Sankt Augustin, Germany, was a strong tournament with 76 participants of which more than 20 dan players. It was won by German champion Lukas Krämer 6d. Second came Bernd Radmacher 4d and third was Christopher Lieberum 3d. Result table.
Russia: Talking about strong tournaments, the Japan Consulate-General Cup, played from 5/1-5/2 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, had some of the strongest players of Europe participating.
Dmitrij Surin 6d (left) managed to cause an upset by beating Alexandr Dinerstein 7d and losing only to freshly promoted European 1dan professional Ilja Shikshin. Because Ilja lost to Alexandr and to the Korean Jung-hyeop Kim 8d, he ended in third place. Alexandr Dinerstein, only losing to Surin, came second. This made Dmitrij Surin 6d the winner. As many as 82 people participated in the main tournament. Result table.
Next to the main tournament a side tournament for beginners was organized, in which 44 players participated. It was won by Ivan Surovcev 14k, second came Artem Kolbasin 11k and third was Anatolij Nikonorov 15k. Result table.
At the same time and in the same country, two and a half thousand kilometers away from Saint-Petersburg, the Championship of the Ural Federal District took place in Cheljabinsk, Russia. It had 46 participants and was won by Nikita Barykin 5d. Second came Tongyuan Yang 4d and third was Evgenij Manakhov 3d. Result table.
Romania: In Braila, Romania, two junior national championships took place on the 2nd of May. In the finals of the category of under 10 years Ioan Alexandru Arsinoaia 12k proved himself to be the champion. Second came Victor Cristian Vasiloanca-Smirnov 15k and third was Daniel Pascu 16k. Result table. The Romanian champion in the category of under 8 was Mihai Matei 16k. Trailing in second and third place were Dragos Boldeanu 17k and Andrei David Decu 16k consecutively. Result table.
Italy: The 21st Mauro Brambilla Memorial, played from 4/25-4/26 in Milano, Italy, was won by Francesco Marigo 4d. Second came Isamu Oka 4k and third was Andrea Failli 8k. Result table.
Austria: The Linzer Go Turnier 2015, played from 4/25-4/26 in Linz, Austria, was won by Pavol Lisy 1p (right). Second came Viktor Lin 6d and third was Michael Forstenlehner 2d. Result table.
- Kim Ouweleen, based on reports from EuroGoTV
The British Go Association (BGA) will sharing its enthusiasm for the game of go at the debut of FestivalAsia, London’s largest indoor festival about all things Asian, which incorporates everything from food, fashion and music to yoga, martial arts and language lessons. The three-day spectacular at Tobacco Dock, which starts this Friday, May 15th and runs through Sunday, May 17th, boasts over 150 exhibitors and a main performance stage along with a cultural room, a spiritual room and children’s entertainment. FestivalAsia embraces the diversity of Asian arts and cultures from many of the 29 countries making up this intriguing continent.
The BGA, which represents all players in Britain, was formed in 1953 and is volunteer-led. At FestivalAsia the BGA will deliver a presentation on the place of go in Eastern culture and give a brief demonstration of the game. “The British Go Association is delighted to bring the Eastern martial art of the mind to the attention of a Western audience,” said BGA council member Roger Huyshe . At the BGA stand interested visitors can find out more and obtain a go starter pack.