To keep a good pace and have a little (a wee ?) go reading moment, we decided to revive the IGA newsletter.
We are happy to publish here the 2015-Q1 edition ! You will find a biting editorial, some news of the latests events (not including the Dublin Confucius Cup which will be covered in the next Newsletter), a technical note on how to organize a go event and some games comments.
Of course to make it more and more complete, feel free to contribute in any way, the easiest one being probably to review one of the last game you found interesting and to send it to be published in the newsletter.
To read it, it’s here : IGA Newsletter, Q1 – 2015
Philippe, in the name of all the happy contributors of the Newsletter
There is still time to sign up for two of the major youth events of the year: the Redmond Cup and the School Teams Tournament. Registration for the Redmond is due by March 15th, School Teams by March 20th.In the Redmond, preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2015 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids 12 and under, and the Senior league for 17 and under. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of 1 dan or higher. Players who complete the tournament will be eligible for $400 scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or $200 scholarships to the US Go Congress, on a first come first served basis, courtesy of the AGF. For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here.
The 2015 School Team Tournament (STT) will be held March 28 and April 4. All matches will be played online, and schools from Canada, the US, and Mexico are all invited. As a new top prize this year, the American Go Foundation is offering full scholarships (tuition + room/board) to the AGA Summer Go Camp. All three members of the top dan and top kyu team will win the scholarships. Prizes will also be awarded in the other divisions, including $75 cash for first place, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd, as well as medals, and the stylish new AGHS T-Shirt. To register, fill out the form here, by March 20. More information may be found on the AGHS website. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Siddhartha Avila: Mexican youth compete in a team tourney.
On March 13th, Philippe won by resignation against Tom.
On March 11th, Noel won by resignation against John.
On March 8th, Philippe won a lost game against James.
On March 5th, 2015 the first of the remaining TOP8 games was played: Philippe Renaut vs. Tiberiu Gociu.
It was a very tense game until White managed to live in Black’s territory. Philippe won by Resign.
The remaining games are as follows:
Philippe Renaut 1 - 0 Tiberiu Gociu
Philippe Renaut 1 - 0 James Hutchinson
Philippe Renaut 1 - 0 0 Thomas Shanahan
Thomas Shanahan 0 – 0 Tiberiu Gociu
Thomas Shanahan 0 – 0 James Hutchinson
James Hutchinson 0 – 0 Tiberiu Gociu
Roman Pszonka 0 – 0 John Gibson
Roman Pszonka 0 – 0 Noel Mitchell
Roman Pszonka 0 – 0 Peter Kasko
John Gibson 0 – 1 Noel Mitchell
John Gibson 0 – 0 Peter Kasko
Noel Mitchell 0 – 0 Peter Kasko
The second European Pro Qualification tournament will be held this weekend in Pisa, Italy. Two games each round will be broadcast on KGS starting March 6 and running through March 8; look for EGFPro1 and EGFPro2. Top European players will compete; click here for the player field and bios. Last year’s first tournament resulted in the EGF’s two first home grown pros, Ali Jabarin and Pavol Lisy. The tournament is organized by the European Go Federation and supported by CEGO and the Ge Yuhong Go Academy in Beijing. Simultaneously, an open tournament will be held in Pisa; click here for details.
The Sharon Go Club, which usually meets Monday nights at the Barnes and Noble in Walpole, Massachusetts, met this week at the Panda Express, where local organizer William Luff 4D works. “We had a nice small gathering,” says Luff. Shai Simonson 3D, Julian Sirkin 6K and Joe Chaves 6K joined Luff, and Chun Sun 5D made a surprise appearance as well. “A few games were played and good conversations were shared,” says Luff. “I was working so I could only play a quick blitz game during my 30 minute break. But I was happy to host the club. Everyone enjoyed the food.”
Britain Go Clear Top of European C League: On February 24th, the UK team won against the Hungarian team, the only other team in the Pandanet Go European Team Championship with six wins. Congratulations to the team for winning all four games to take the top place in the league.
- compiled/edited by Amy Su, based on reports on the BGA website
Romania: The 6th Radu Baciu Grand Prix, played 2/28-3/1 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, was won by George Chirila 1d (right), in second was Sergiu Dan Iugulescu 3d and third was George Ginguta 3d. Result table.
Turkey: The Istanbul City Tournament, played on 2/28 in Istanbul, Turkey, was won by Ertug Akkol 1d, in second was Gozde Taskin 5k and third was Ozgur Degirmenci 3d. Result table .
- edited from reports on EuroGoTV. The EJ is seeking a volunteer EuroGo news editor; if interested email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Confucius Institute for Ireland has generously sponsored Go lessons to the Irish Go Association.
Fan Hui 2p will be giving lessons starting next week, March 11th on KGS.
More details can be found here.