Chimin Oh Wins Go to Innovation Was it the lure of the thousand-euro first prize or the chance to play some serious handicap go? Whatever it was, on November 14-16, 2014 the annual Go to Innovation tournament drew fifty-five players from far and wide to Berlin. An eight-round Hahn system was used, which meant that starting scores were assigned according to the players' EGF ratings. Additional points were earned in amounts that depended not only on who won or lost each game but also on how much he or she won or lost by and whether he or she had won in the previous round. All games were played with appropriate handicaps or komi according to the players' current scores.
The highest-rated contestant was former Korean go instructor Chimin Oh, 7-dan, who currently resides in England. His starting score immediately put him in the lead. In his first game he beat German champion Lukas Krämer (6-dan), but then he lost a two-stone handicap game to Austrian champion Viktor Lin (5-dan). Next day he lost to Hungarian champion Pal Balogh (6-dan) and then to Lluis Oh (6-dan, Spain). Following these defeats, however, he rebounded with a string of victories over Nordic champion Yaqi Fu (6-dan, Sweden), Zebin Du (6-dan, China), Jan Hora (6-dan, Czechia, with a two-stone handicap), and Jan Prokop (5-dan, Czechia, with a three-stone handicap). His final Hahn score put him far ahead of Viktor Lin, whose four wins were good enough for the 500-euro second place prize. Zebin Du won six games and finished third (250 euros). The best performance by a female player was turned in by by Rita Pocsai (4-dan, Hungary), who earned a 500-euro prize from Omikron Data Quality in addition to her 100-euro tenth-place prize. Complete results are here.
There was also a jackpot prize for winning eight games, but nobody claimed it. In fact, no one managed to win even seven games. The Hahn system does not give anyone an easy time in any round, and in some sense it rewards the players according to how well they played, regardless of how many games they won. Jan Hora, for example, won only three games, but all his opponents ended among the top ten and he finished seventh. Perhaps next year more 7-dans will try this system out.
- James Davies
The Irish squad for the European Team Championships continued their strategy of starting slow, in order to end with a glorious late run. Up against the Springboks on Tuesday 18th November, they ended the match with a considered 1-3 deficit. James Hutchinson performed well to topple the 3-dan playing top board for South Africa, but the other squad members failed to follow his lead, despite having some good chances in all 3 games. Next up in the league will be the United Kingdom.
The Nihon Ki-in recently celebrated its 90th anniversary in Japan. As part of the celebration, they sent Frank (Kohya) Fukuda, Director Emeritus of the Seattle Go Center, an “Appreciation Diploma”, signed by their President Norio Wada. The text stated in Japanese, “Residing outside of Japan, you have been working hard for introducing and popularizing the game of Go, and you have contributed greatly to make Go prosper in your area. Through your activity, the success of international friendship was achieved.” Frank Fukuda is one of the founders of the Seattle Go Center, and he has been helping the Go Center ever since it opened in 1995. Report and photo by Brian Allen
Four of China and Korea’s best faced off at the 19th LG Cup quarter and semifinals on November 17 through November 19 in Gangwon, Korea. Though they performed poorly last year, team Korea (left) dominated this year’s tournament with each player knocking out their Chinese counterpart including Kim Jiseok 9p’s win against defending champion Tuo Jiaxi 9p. Kim will play good friend Park Junghwan 9p in the finals from February 9 through February 12 at Seoul National University. For more information about the 19th LG Cup including photos, game records, and commentary by An Younggil 8p, please visit Go Game Guru.
–Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article by Go Game Guru; photo courtesy of Go Game Guru
Italy: Andriy Zakharzhevskyy 1d bested Carlo Metta 2d at the Torneo del Gladiatore on November 16 in Rome while Andrea Mori 1k came in third. Hungary: Also on November 16, Dominik Boviz took the PaGoda Go Cup in Budapest. Gabor Szabics 5d was second and Gyorgy Csizmadia 4d placed third. Austria: The Salzburg 2014 finished on November 9 in HausDerNatur with Lothar Spiegel 5d (left) in first, Schayan Hamrah 5d in second, and Dominik Boviz 4d in third.
– Annalia Linnan, based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV
Eleven children from four different schools attended the first New Stars Youth Go Tournament, in Portland, OR on Nov. 2nd, reports organizer Peter Freedman. In the round robin upper division three kyu ranked players competed, with adult Bill Corry participating to make the number of players four. Hikaru Sato won first prize, a traveling Go set, with a 2-1 record. Eight children competed in the unranked division, with one child having a rank of KGS 22kyu. The $25 first prize was won by 2nd grader Olin Waxler, with a record of 3-0. Second place was split between Tommy Flynn, 2-0, and Emmett Mayer, 3-1, winning $12.50 each. “The tournament had a special structure, used last year, that is particularly favorable to new young players,” says Freedman. “Players had to play at least either 4 9×9 games, 3 13×13 games, 2 19×19 games, or any combination of the above.”
Portland kids again got a chance to compete on Nov. 18, when ten kids in the Beverly Cleary chess and Go club participated in their own tourney. Prizes were award for; most games played; most wins; and most opponents played. Winning players got to put one hand in a jar filled with change, and keep whatever they could grasp. Ms. Kendrick Dahlin dipped three times, once for tie for most wins, once for playing the most different opponents, and once for tie for most games played. Tommy Flynn, Olin Waxler and Beckett Jacobs also dipped for tie with most wins (4), and Spencer Vassal dipped for tie in most games played. Almost all games were played on 9×9 boards. -Paul Barchilon E-J Youth Editor. Photo and reports by Peter Freedman
San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra has been seeing go everywhere lately. On senet, an Egyptian board game that’s older than go by 3,000 years, but lost for millennia before being reborn, “‘GO’ can be seen in a couple of places on the side of the board,” he writes. A recent New Yorker cover “that at first glance seemed to have many white go stones scattered in it,” turned out to be raindrops on a taxi window as it approaches the Empire State Building, which Terpstra points out “is near the 2014 Go Congress site.” The UCSD Go Club combined with the San Diego Go Club to sponsor Go Night at UCSD on Saturday, November 8. Japanese language students turned out to learn go at a Study Abroad event. Twenty student showed up for the beginners class and although it was supposed to end at 8:30 p.m., “the students kept playing until they were thrown out at 10 p.m.,” says Terpstra.
The Internet is filled with cats, so Steve Colburn wasn’t too surprised to come across this piece by Tango that combines cats and go. “The tumblr this came off of has a lot of fun images for simple perspective and jokes,” Colburn adds.