Eric Lui topped a field of 58 players to win the Maryland Open on Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore. Keith Arnold was the event organizer and the Tournament Director was Todd Heidenreich. photos by Steve Colburn
First: Eric Lui 7 dan; Second: Zhaonian Chen 7 dan; Third: Andrew Huang 7 dan; Fourth: Ricky Zhao 7 dan
A Section: First: Michelle Zhang 5 dan; Second Jacky Chong 4 dan
B Section: First: Eric Lee 3 dan; Second: Victor Kang 3 dan
C Section: First: David Edgar 2 dan; Second Frederick Bao 1 dan
D Section: First: Isaac Wiener 3 kyu – Kyu Champion; Second: Jeremy Young 4 kyu
E Section: First: Kyle Cutler 6 kyu; Second: Bob Crites 7 kyu
F Section: First: Antonina Perez-Lopez 21 kyu (undefeated); Second: Sarah Crites 13 kyu; Third: Jin Wu 10 kyu; Fourth: Kilin Tang 11 kyu
Fighting Spirit Prize – Laurie Ensworth 17 kyu
Gregory Lefler Prize – Feng Yun Go School ( 9 players)
2nd Globis Cup final: Huang vs. Na
White: Huang Yunsong 3P (China)
Black: Na Hyun 6P (Korea)
Played on May 10, 2015
See: The Power Report: Huang of China Wins Globis Cup 5/10 EJ
Click here for the SGF.
Venue: Graduate School of Management, Globis University
Commentary by O Meien 9P, translated by John Power, Japan E-Journal correspondent
It was no surprise that Na Hyun made the final of this tournament for players under 20, as he is one of the top young players in Korea. Among the Chinese players, one might have expected Yang Dingshin, rated 18th in the world, or Li Qincheng, who won the CCTV Cup, a TV tournament like Japan’s NHK Cup, last year, but Huang proved to be a dark horse. Actually, at 18 he is two years older than the other two Chinese representatives, so you could say he pulled rank.
The following commentary is an amplified version of the report in Go Weekly of the public commentary conducted by O Meien, with Mannami Nao 3P acting as his assistant.
The opening, with Black ignoring 8 to switch to the approach move of 9, is very popular these days. There are many examples of it from actual play. The same opening appeared in the play-off for third place.
O: “In the old days, Black would have captured 16 instead of playing 21, but now this is the mainstream move. I don’t know which is better . . .” Formerly the moves to 21 were like a set opening, but now you often see the pattern to 25. The amount of research that has been carried out on this opening in China and Korea is incalculable. “But I don’t play it as White. I can’t understand why White burrows into the [top right] corner. Actually, this result gives a good contest, so probably my feel for go is out of whack.’ [Laughter from the audience]
The two-space jump to 29 is also common. The hane of White 32 is also a vital point. O, on seeing Black 33: “This is a strong, calm move.” Instead of 33, you are tempted to play at A, but White has the attachment of B, so perhaps Black thinks this territory won’t amount to much. After gazing at 33 for a while, O expressed admiration. “I get it. He’s strong.”
White 36. White thinks that the exchange for 37 will make 36 a forcing move when he attaches across the knight’s move with C.
Black 39 and 40 seem to be the par moves. O: “According to my feel for go, 39 should be at D. Na’s assessment is that the exchange for 40 makes 39 a forcing move rather than a bad move.”
When Black expands the bottom with 41, White attacks inside by attaching at 42. The move at 21 leaves White with scope to play this move. O: “That’s why capturing the ladder stone is best.”
Black responds by solidifying his side territory with 43 on. If instead Black hanes on top with 1 in Dia. 1 (left), White plays 2 and 4, then slides to 6; this will be more than Black can handle. After the game, Huang rapidly laid out the continuation to 19 and said that this was not bad for White. Huang: “I’ve finished researching the attachment of 43. I have confidence in the local variations.”
White 54 is a good, calm move. O: “Moves like this reflect the player’s experience. “ At first, O had thought that the result to 52 was not interesting for White, but he started to revise his opinion on seeing 54 on the grounds that Huang was obviously satisfied and we could rely on his perception.
White 60 is another calm move. Having played a forcing sequence on the right side, White believes that this is good enough. O commented at first that he couldn’t play 60, but White 62 convinced him that Huang knew what he was doing. It turned out later that both the players agreed that the game was good for White at this point. That’s why Black plays 61: he has to harass White’s sole weak group to get back into the game.
When White ignores 61, 63 looks like the natural follow-up, but the players agreed later that attaching at 65 instead would have made the game more difficult. White’s solid extension of 64 works well. O: “This may have been the decisive point of the game.” That’s not to say that’s it’s a won game for White by any means, but he has an edge.
Black 77, forestalling White E, is big, but so is White 78.
Black 79 is an all-out move that clearly shows that Black feels he is behind. O commented that it may have been an overplay. It immediately struck O as being too deep.
White 84. If White answers the peep at 90, Black intends to push down with 84, so countering with 84 is natural.
The cut of White 92 is a good move. If Black answers at 97, White has the threat of F, so Black goes all out with 93.
Black 99 extricates the center stones. If White cuts at 103, Black cuts at 102 and at this point Black is ahead in the capturing race. When White plays 100, however, Black has no choice but to reinforce at 103.
White 112 is the knock-out punch: it makes miai of G and H, so Black has to resign.
Huang: “There was a lot of pressure, but [winning] feels good. Next, I want to win a bigger international tournament.”
Na: “I lost without being able to do a thing. I have regrets.”
During his commentary, O commented that the strength of the top young Chinese and Korean players came from a mixture of reading ability and perception.
Incidentally, the day of the final was the first day that Huang wore a jacket instead of just a jersey. O commented that in China go is regarded as a sport, so the young players all wear jerseys. Often their training camps are held at the same venues as soccer training camps, so the players would feel funny if they dressed differently. O joked that they switch to suits when they turn 30. During this tournament, Ichiriki and the other Japanese representatives were turned out in natty suits and ties. One advantage of the Japanese system that struck me, however, is that the Japanese players are “socialized” earlier than the Chinese players. It was hard to get a word out of the Chinese teenagers in interviews, but the Japanese teenagers were already adept at public speaking. During the reception on the Thursday, Mannami called them up on to the stage at different times for mini “talk shows” TV-style and they all acquitted themselves well.
Mannami had an interesting comment about Korean players. She visited Korea to study go not long ago, and she said she was surprised by the way the young players chatted with each other until the start of the game. In Japan the players psych themselves up before the game, so there’s no chatting; the contest begins as soon as the players take their seats. (She used the sumo term “shikiri,” which refers to the long face-off before a bout begins.)
“The Divine Move,” last year’s Korean action movie about go (Korean Action Go Movie Opens in US & Canada 7/23/2014 EJ), is now on Netflix under its Korean name, Sin-ui Hansu, reports Matthew Hershberger. Click here.
Portable Go Board? “What kind of goban are the kids in your Chicago tournament story (Chicago Kids Compete in First Tourney 5/21 EJ) using?” writes Chris Uzal. “Who makes it? And how did they make stones for it? It looks perfect. Right size for a backpack and a place for your fingers if you have to move the board. We need more of these in the United States and Europe. The traditional board size is due for a break in tradition.”
Small magnetic sets like that are readily available in the US. Yellow Mountain and Yutopian both carry them.
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
Connaught took the first place in the interprovincial final with Philippe Renaut defeating Geoffrey Crespino on KGS to secure a 2-1 victory over Leinster. They will play the winners of the Ulster Munster match. Ulster currently hold a 1-0 lead with 2 games left.
In other news Roger Clarke defeated Tiberiu Gociu over two very exciting and keenly contested games in the semi final of the Ulster championship. He will now play James Hutchinson in the final.
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.