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Go Quiz: Gu Li In Need of a Refresher?

Fri, 28/02/2014 - 17:03

While our teacher question was pending, Gu Li dropped the second game of the jubango.  All but the most diehard Lee fans should start rooting for Gu Li, since we want as many of the ten games as possible played.  Eight of 20 of you correctly named Yang Yi 6P as Gu Li’s key teacher.  He is Director of Chongqing Qiyuan and has trained many talented go players since 1979, receiving numerous national and regional awards for his contributions to go.  In 1995, he recommended Gu Li’s induction into the Chinese National Youth Team. Two years later, Yang reserved a spot for Gu Li (age 14 at the time) on the Chongqing Go Team despite objections from many people.  He first came to the North Carolina Go Congress in 2006, following up with visits to Northern Virginia (2009) and Tacoma (2013).  Reader Ke Lu points out that Yang Yi’s rank may not be earned in official pro tournaments, but there is little question that he is honored as 6P in China.  Another eight of you chose  another Yang, our own Yang Yilun 7P, who has been teaching here in the US and attending Congresses since Seattle 1986.  In addition to your quizmaster, known as his “MDS” (“most disapointing student”), he has taught many great players, perhaps most notably Chang Hao 9P.  Four of you recalled that former WAGC champ and 9-dan professional Zhang Wendong attended the first Tacoma Congress.  We are not aware of any of his famous students, but he certainly schooled Congress Director Steve Stringfellow in badminton.  No one chose our final teacher (perhaps because of a lack of Congress attendance), Song Xuelin 9P, Associate Director of Chengdu Qiyuan (Sichuan, China). He placed among the top six several times in Chinese national go tournaments, and his tournament successes earned him the nickname “King of the Southwest”.   Song is well-known for his ability to spot top go talents. In 1992, he trained 2007 LG Cup Champion Chou Chun-Hsun (Zhou Junxun). In 2008, Song recruited 2012 BC Card Cup Runner-Up Dang Yifei (age 14 at the time) into the Sichuan Go Team.  Congrats to this week’s winner Ke Lu of Newton, MA, this week’s winner, selected at random from those answering correctly.

THIS WEEK’S QUIZ: 2-0 jubango leader Lee Sedol is pictured at left in this old photo; who is that pro player with him? Click here to submit your response and please give us your full name; we hope to start honoring our best quizzers next week and we like to keep good records.
- Keith Arnold, HKA, MDS

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World Youth Goe Qualifier March 15 & 16

Thu, 27/02/2014 - 02:25

The Ing Foundation has announced US qualifiers for their World Youth Goe Championships (WYGC), reports Mingjiu Jiang 7P.  The qualifiers will be held online, March 15 and 16.  The two highest placing youth in each age bracket will then be invited to compete live in Menlo Park CA, March 29 and 30.  The winners will receive an all expense paid trip to the WYGC in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia.  A third seat has been added as well, which is intended to help promote Goe in the US, and will be open to players 5k or stronger, and under the age of 13.  Application information and registration is attached to this story.  Click on the links here: RequirementsApplication, to load a new webpage, and then click on the titles to download each document to your computer. All inquiries should be addressed to IngsYouthTournament@gmail.com. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, which were the tallest buildings in the world until recently.

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Slots Open for AGA Online Simuls on 2/27 & 3/1

Wed, 26/02/2014 - 23:44

Slots in upcoming AGA online simuls on February 27 and March 1 are available to AGA members current through 3/31/2014. Email bobgilman.aga@gmail.com with your AGA ID number and KGS username for access to the room. A schedule is linked in the AGA Tournament Room. “These simuls are a great opportunity test yourself while learning strategy and tactics from a stronger player,” says Gilman. The game is generally followed by a quick review. “Don’t worry about being ‘too weak,’” Gilman adds. The next simul is Thursday, February 27 at 7 pm Pacific time (10p EST), with Dong Ma, AGA 6d, ma2dong on KGS; there’s also one on Saturday, March 1 at 10 pm Pacific time (1a EST) with Ju Zhao, AGA 6d, rainier on KGS.

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Japanese Pros Visit UK This Week

Wed, 26/02/2014 - 14:00

Dates have now been fixed for visits to the UK by the Nihon Ki-in’s Minematsu Masaki 6p (right) and Kobayashi Chizu 5p (at left; see Japanese Pros to Attend EYGC, EJ 1/15). They will attend the combined British Go Congress and European Youth Go Championship in Bognor Regis February 28 – March 3, and the previous evening, February 27 (Thursday), they will both be guests at Oxford City Go Club. After the Congress, Kobayashi alone will visit North London Go Club on March 4 then travel up to Scotland to be the guest of Edinburgh Go Club on March 6. The visits are sponsored by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation in cooperation with the British Go Association. Click particular destinations for details, including contact and player profiles.
- Tony Collman, British Correspondent for the E-Journal.

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This Weekend’s New Jersey Open to be NAMT Qualifier

Wed, 26/02/2014 - 02:45

This weekend’s New Jersey Open (NJO) will be the first Eastern region North American Master’s Tournament (NAMT) qualifier, reports AGA Tournament Coordinator Karoline Burrall. “All players in the top section will be awarded qualifier points based on tournament performance,” Burrall adds.  The March 1-2 event in Princeton, NJ is expected to draw one of the biggest fields on the East Coast and also honors Bob Ryder, formerly of Bell Labs and a longtime AGA organizer who held the NJO at Rutgers for many years, with a memorial Beginner’s Prize. Registration Sat. 3/1, 9AM-10AM at Frist Campus Center, Princeton University. Click here for tournament details. Top boards will be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal.
Still from the 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind”, in which Russell Crowe (left) portrays mathematical genius John Nash Jr. being challenged to a game of go by one of his fellow graduate students at Princeton.  

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Canwa Vancouver 1, Raleigh & Canwa Vancouver 2 Lead in Pandanet-AGA City League

Tue, 25/02/2014 - 14:23

Canwa Vancouver 1 leads the Pandanet-AGA City A League after the second round games were played last weekend. Boston

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 and Greater Washington are tied for second in the A League, with LA in 4th and Seattle 1 in 5th. Raleigh leads in the B League, while CanwaVan2 leads the C League. “Our selected game for this round is from the B League,” reports TD Steve Colburn. “Changlong Wu 7d (Tallis) of NC Raleigh defeated Aaron Ye 5d (G0dnPoppy) of San Francisco played a very interesting game. They both went all out in their match. The game will keep you on your seat till the end.” Click here for complete standings, teams and more. 

Round 2 Results:
A League: Greater Washington def Los Angeles (2-1), Canwa Vancouver 1 def Boston (3-0), Seattle 1 def Toronto (3-0)
B League: Washington DC 2 def Washington DC 1 (2-1), NC Raleigh def San Francisco (2-1)
Currently playing: Chicago vs New York City (2-0)
C League: West Tennessee/Memphis def Central New York/Syracuse (2–1), Katy TX 1 def Brentwood/Nashville (2-1), Katy TX 2 def Lincoln (3-0), Canwa Vancouver def Seattle 2 (3-0)

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GoGoD Goes Online Only

Tue, 25/02/2014 - 13:00

Though the “D” now stands for “Download,” GoGoD is continuing, following the death of T Mark Hall last December (In Memoriam: T Mark Hall, 1947-2013, EJ 12/12/2013), who originated the massive go game collection. Originally an acronym for Games of Go on Disc, GoGoD is no longer available on disk but will continue to be available online as Games of Go on Download. Surviving GoGoD partner John Fairbairn expects the collection of go games – currently at 79,000 — to reach at least 100,000. The only item being offered now is the database of sgf games. The Encyclopaedia (including the Names Dictionary) has been removed from the download package and the price has been significantly reduced. The GoGoD database is and will continue to be incorporated in various SmartGo products, along with the Names Dictionary.
- Tony Collman, British correspondent for the E-Journal, based on a report by the British Go Association

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Princeton and Seattle

Mon, 24/02/2014 - 14:00

March 1-2: Princeton, NJ
New Jersey Open 2014
Rick Mott rickmott@alumni.princeton.edu 609-466-3306

March 2: Seattle, WA
Monthly Ratings Tournament
Brian Allen manager@seattlego.org 206-632-1122 206-545-1424

Get the latest go event invormation.

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Lee Sedol Races Ahead 2-0 in Jubango Against Gu Li

Sun, 23/02/2014 - 21:22

In what can only be described as a very disappointing game for Gu Li 9P, Lee Sedol 9P (left) snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the late endgame to win the second game of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango by 1.5 points. Lee now has a 2-0 lead in the best-of-10 series, increasing the pressure on Gu in Game 3, which will be played in Chengdu on March 30. Game 2 was played on the outskirts of Shanghai on February 23.

Gu Li, playing black, started the game with nice opening and he took the lead up to black 45, but Lee reversed the game up to 78. The lead exchanged hands several times in the middle game but Gu regained the lead in the endgame and was still leading up to 189. Several subsequent mistakes by Gu, however, enabled Lee to turn a probable half-point loss into a 1.5 point win.
- based on the report by David Ormerod and An Younggil 8P on GoGameGuru. Check their Lee Sedol – Gu Li jubango page for more news and commentary.

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Go Quiz: A Fujisawa by Any Other Name

Sun, 23/02/2014 - 21:07

“Go Seigen is my favorite player!” comments Albert Yen on last week’s quiz, which asked who was the only player to defeat Go in a jubango match. Longtime quiz players may recall that your quizmaster considers him the greatest player of all time (though the same group may recall I have a different favorite player). A wonderful 43 of you responded. Six chose the razor-sharp Sakata Eio, perhaps confusing his breaking up the dominance of Takagawa Kaku, whose Honinbo dominance may have confused two of you and a solitary, unidentified responder chose a time-traveling TARDIS possessing Shusaku. An impressive 32 correctly chose Fujisawa Kuranosuke, although several shared Richard Jankowski’s concern that “I hope this person is the same as Fujisawa Hosai.” Putting aside existential questions about whether we really are the same person during different times of our lives, Fujisawa did not adopt the name “Hosai” until much later. However you want to refer to him, Fujisawa beat Go Seigen 6-4 in 1942 (right), although, as many pointed out, he took black in each of the no komi games, and he later lost two jubango to Go, also at handicap. Interestingly, Reinhold Burger suggested that this question would be difficult without special resources, while Roland Crowl felt it was “too easy to find online” While the number of correct responses give the nod to Mr. Crowl, I thought I would take a moment to comment on how we structure quiz question choices. Ideally, we first hope to be interesting and topical. After that, your quizmaster personally believes clever, difficult questions will always be appreciated by those interested in this clever and difficult game. However, even if folks easily get online and find an answer, then your interest has been sparked and hopefully you’ll have learned something. Congratulations to David Rohde of Carpentersville, IL this week’s winner, chosen at random from those answering correctly. photo courtesy Go’s Everywhere website.

THIS WEEK’S QUIZ:
Let’s learn something about China’s Gu Li (left). While Gu benefitted from instruction by several teachers, one teacher nurtured him since he was a youngster. Is it Yang Yi 6P, Yang Yilun 7P, Song Xuelin 9P or Zhang Wendong 9P? Hint: He has attended the U.S. Go Congress several times. Click here to make your guess by close of business on Thursday.
- Keith Arnold, HKA & AGA Quizmaster

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Your Move/Readers Write: How to Find Iyama

Sun, 23/02/2014 - 16:33

“In response to the question about viewing the rest of the Iyama program (Your Move/Readers Write: Where’s the Rest of Iyama? 2/22/2013 EJ): it is possible but you must pay,” writes Todd Dahlquist. “Click this link and it will ask you to either pay the 210 yen ($2) for just watching this program or 945 ($9.22) for unlimited access for a month. Clicking those links brings you to another page to register. All of it is in Japanese though so it would be difficult for someone who does not know Japanese.”
Editor’s Note: Google Translate may help.

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Fan Hui Wins Ireland’s 2014 Confucius Cup

Sat, 22/02/2014 - 22:23

Fan Hui 2P of France swept the Confucius Cup at the 2014 Irish Go Congress, posting a perfect 5-0 score. Fan (right) topped a field of 44 players over the February 15-16 weekend in a surprisingly sunny Dublin. Celebrating 25 years of go in Ireland, the main tournament, the third Confucius Cup, was well represented with a strong field of players. Csaba Mero 6d (Hungary) took second place, Antoine Fenech 5d (France) was third, and Ondrej Silt 6d (Czech Republic) was fourth, with Kim Ouweleen 4d (The Netherlands) fifth. In an interesting historical note, Professor Liming Wang, Director of the UCD Confucius Institute, played in both this Confucius Cup and the first Irish Open in 1989. 

Winning four games were Julia Bohle 19k (Austria), Josefa Kubitova 8k (Czech Republic) and Gabriel Aussibal 1k (France). The Rapid Tournament was won by Karol Janyst 2k (Poland), with 5 wins, followed by Marek Gutkowski 7k (Poland), who edged out four other players with four wins. Click here for full results, game records and photos by Tiberiu Gociu.
- adapted from a report by the Irish Go Association 

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Your Move/Readers Write: Where’s the Rest of Iyama?

Sat, 22/02/2014 - 17:00

“Just wondering if the NHK program on Iyama (Go Spotting: Iyama Yuta on NHK 2/15 EJ) is available online in its entirety,” wonders Brian Olive.
Perhaps one of our readers who reads Japanese can check out the NHK site and let us know. email journal@usgo.org

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Go Spotting: Boxing Fuseki

Fri, 21/02/2014 - 12:00

In the manga Ashita No Joe — also known as Tomorrow’s Joe in America — the main character Joe Yabuki talks about fuseki. The manga isn’t about go at all — its about boxing — but here Joe is in the middle of a brutal match and in danger of losing. His coach wants to take him out of the match but Joe uses the concept of fuseki to explain his plan.
Thanks to Henry Hathaway for passing this along.

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AGA City League Round 2 Set for Feb 22

Thu, 20/02/2014 - 14:00

The second round of the AGA City League is set for February 22. The first round concluded on February 10 with a win by Katy TX 1 defeating Syracuse to complete the round. “As always catch the action live on game day at 3PM EST on Pandanet using the new GoPanda2 software,” says TD Steve Colburn. Games will be played in the AGA City League room.

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$50 Off for Osaka Go Camp Pre-Registrants

Wed, 19/02/2014 - 14:00

Save $50 USD by registering by February 28 for Maeda Ryo 6P’s 3-week  intensive go camp in Osaka, which runs June 29 through July 19.  Osaka Go Camp activities include intensive training by Kansai Kiin professionals, the opportunity to play go at the Kiin with professionals, play against top amateurs and former inseis, as well as sightseeing, cultural trips and making new go friends. The camp is sponsored by Kansai Kiin and the Osaka University of Commerce. Email osaka.go.2014@gmail.com for more info or to reserve your space.

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Upcoming European Tournament: Swiss Go Championship

Wed, 19/02/2014 - 11:30

The 38th Swiss Go Championship will be April 4-6 at the Hotel Ascona as part of the Ascona Mind Games. Prizes include cash prizes for the top three players and qualification for World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) and Korea Prime Minister Cup (KPMC). Players who also choose to stay at the Hotel Ascona will receive discounted rates as well as two meals per day. Hwang In-Seong 7d will analyze games throughout the tournament and give a two day’s stage prior to the tournament. To register or for more information, please visit the official Swiss Go Championship website.
—Annalia Linnan; for complete listings, check out the European Tournament Calendar

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Kyu Players Win Big

Wed, 19/02/2014 - 01:40

48 kids and teens competed in the AGA’s new North American Kyu Championships (NAKC) for youth, held Feb. 15th on KGS.  The event was dominated by younger players, with 41 kids competing in the Junior Division (12 and under) and just 7 players in the Senior (13-17). Mexico made a strong showing, with 17 players, competing from the Biblioteca de Mexico (a public library in Mexico City), with 11-year-old Valeria Gonzalez 17k (r) taking top honors in the 16-20k bracket.  Everyone who entered became eligible for AGF scholarships to Go Camp or Go Congress, and first place winners will receive personalized trophies with their names engraved.

Nine-year-old Raymond Feng 1k was the Jr. winner in the 1-5k bracket, while Yukino Takehara 2k won in the Sr.  For complete results in all brackets, click here.  The event was run by Paul Barchilon, with very able support from new Assistant Youth Coordinator Justin Teng. The NAKC replaces the former US Youth Go Championships, while the Redmond Cup will provide dan level players in Canada, the US, and Mexico with the chance to compete (dan players can register here).  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photos by Siddhartha Avila: top: Valeria Gonzalez 17k contemplates her next move; bottom: at the Biblioteca de Mexico.

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Lee Sedol-Gu Li Jubango Commentary US Broadcast Date Saturday, Feb 22 (not 2/24)

Tue, 18/02/2014 - 16:05

The date for the live commentary on the second game of the Lee Sedol-Gu Li jubango is this Saturday, February 22, not the 24th, as originally reported (Lee Sedol-Gu Li Jubango Game 2 Broadcast Set for Feb 24 (US time) 2/17 EJ). Also, the correct name for the location of Myungwan Kim 9P’s game commentary broadcast is GoPanda2.

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Evan Cho Repeats as Dado 2014 SoCal Go Champion

Mon, 17/02/2014 - 20:11

Defending champion Evan Cho 7D held onto his title last weekend at the Dado 2014 SoCal Go Championship. Nearly 60 players attended the Orange County championship on a beautiful sunny weekend in Southern California. Players came from as far as Arizona and a large contingent came from the San Francisco Bay Area. The Open section consisted of 14 strong players 6d-7d and above, including Cho. “Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Dado (大道) Cultural Exchange Association, the tournament enjoyed an excellent venue, refreshments and substantial cash prizes,” reported Steve Burrall. Kevin Chao directed. photo: (l-r): Aaron Ye, Andrew Lu, Danny Ko, Kevin Hong, Evan Cho, Kevin Chao (in background) and Jay Zheng, president of the Dado Assosociation.
Winner’s Report:
Open Section: Champion Evan Cho 7D; 2nd: Kevin Hong 7D; 3rd: Danny Ko 7D; 4th: Andrew Lu 7D; 5th: Aaron Ye 6D.
Dan handicap: 1st: Wensheng Wang 4D; 2nd: April Ye 1D; 3rd: Steve Burrall 3D; 4th: Alex Lee 1D; 5th: Wai-to Char 1D.
Upper Kyu Handicap: 1st: Hendrick Rommeswinkel 3K; 2nd: Ted Terpstra 5K; 3rd: Preston Hutchins 2K
Mid Kyu Handicap: 1st: Ben Matthews 7K; 2nd: Jerry Lu 8K; 3rd: Susanna Pfeffer 10K
Low Kyu Handicap: 1st: Daniel Su 15K; 2nd: Chris Lin 13K; 3rd: Scott Nichols 12K

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