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The Power Report (Part 1): Ichiriki Wins Ibero-Japan Cup; Yamashita Repeats As Kisei Challenger: Kanazawa Wins Third Meijin Seat; Motoki Wins Hiroshima Aluminium Cup

AGA news - Sat, 27/12/2014 - 23:09

by John Power, EJ Japan Correspondent

Ichiriki Wins Ibero-Japan Cup: This is a new tournament founded to encourage young players. It is open to players under 18, including inseis (professional trainees), and games are played on the Net. In the final, played on November 11, Ichiriki Ryo 7P (right), taking white, beat Kyo Kagen 2P by 6.5 points.

Yamashita Repeats as Kisei Challenger: The play-off to decide the challenger for the 39th Kisei title was held at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo on November 13. It featured the same players as the previous year, Yamashita Keigo 9P and Murakawa Daisuke 7P, and had the same result: a win for Yamashita. Taking black, Yamashita won by resignation. Yamashita’s previous challenge was rebuffed 4-2 by Iyama, but Yamashita has an affinity for this title: he has won it five times in all, including a run of four terms in a row, and has played in the title match eight times. Aged 36, he will soon qualify as a “veteran,” so he will be hoping to do better this time. The first game will be played in Osaka on January 15 and 16.

Kanazawa Wins Third Meijin Seat: Winning a seat in a league earns you an automatic promotion to 7-dan if you have not already made it. There has been a rash of such promotions in the last year or two (Yo Seiki, Ida Atsushi, Ichiriki Ryo), and now Kanazawa Makoto has joined them. The 4-dan beat O Meien 9P in the final round to win a seat in the 40th Meijin League. The game was played on November 13; taking white, Kanazawa won by 1.5 points. His promotion to 7-dan came the following day. The 22-year-old Kanazawa won the 37th King of the New Stars title in 2012. He looked a little disappointed when he realized he would no longer be able to play in this title or in the Hiroshima Aluminium Cup, both of which are restricted to players under 7-dan. Incidentally, Kanazawa’s father is Kanazawa Moriei, a former top amateur player who is a go writer for the Mainichi Newspaper.

Motoki Wins Hiroshima Aluminium Cup: The Hiroshima Aluminium Cup: Young Carp Tournament is a two-day knock-out tournament for Nihon Ki-in players 30 or under and 6-dan or under. The 9th cup was played at the Central Japan Newspaper Building in Hiroshima City on November 15 and 16. In the final, Motoki Katsuya 3P (aged 19) (W) beat Mutsuura Yuta 1P (aged 15) by 2.5 points to win his first title. Fujisawa Rina made it to the semifinals but lost to Motoki.

Tomorrow, Part 2: Ida Takes Sole Lead In Honinbo League; Suzuki Leads Women’s Meijin League; Iyama Loses Chance For Grand Slam Next Year; Suzuki And Rin Win Pair Go Tournament For Married Couples; Meijin League Starts

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Youth Kyu Championship Feb. 7

AGA news - Sat, 27/12/2014 - 23:03

The North American Kyu Championships (NAKC) returns this year, and will be held on KGS, on Saturday Feb. 7th.   The NAKC will  welcome kids who live in both Canada and Mexico to compete with their counterparts in the US.  Dan level players will be able to compete in the Redmond Cup (including players from Canada and Mexico).  Youth who compete in either event will also be eligible for $400 scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or $200 scholarships to the US Go Congress, courtesy of the AGF, on a first come first served basis.

Brackets in the NAKC will be divided by rank, with a new bracket formed approximately every 5 ranks or so depending on the range of participants. Within brackets, all games will be played even. Depending on the number of entrants in a given bracket, there will be either 3 or 4 rounds. There will be a trophy for the best Junior player (under 13) and the best Senior (under 18) in each bracket. Jr. and Sr. level youth will compete together.  Registration is now open for the NAKC, and more information can be found on the AGA webpage for youth events.  The deadline for the NAKC is Feb. 3rd. to register, click here.   -Story and Photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Kyu players competing at the US Go Congress in NYC.

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Go Spotting: Return of The Hedgehog; ’42 Ozu Film

AGA news - Sat, 27/12/2014 - 21:00

Return of The Hedgehog: “The French movie ‘The Hedgehog’ has a mention of go and a scene showing the game,” writes Bart Lipofsky. “It’s based on the book ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’ by Muriel Barbery, which mentions the game at a dinner table discussion.  The adult is corrected by the young girl concerning rules.”
Previous EJ reports include Go Art: “The Hedgehog” Now Available Online (11/28/2012 EJ) and Your Move/Readers Write: The Elegant Hedgehog Pops Up Again (9/1/2012). 

’42 Ozu Film: In the 1942 movie There Was a Father (“Chichi ariki”), directed by Ozu Yasujiro, “There are views of a go parlor at minute 35, then further mention of the game later,” reports Bob Barber.

For more about go on film, check out the European Go Federation’s Go Filmography.

 

 

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Tournament of 50 parallel 51-2014

Euro Go TV - Sat, 27/12/2014 - 11:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Fri 19 December 2014

39th Serbian Championship 51-2014

Euro Go TV - Sat, 27/12/2014 - 11:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Fri 19 December 2014

XV Spanish Open 51-2014

Euro Go TV - Sat, 27/12/2014 - 11:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Fri 19 December 2014

Croatian Champiomship 2014. Final Match

Euro Go TV - Fri, 26/12/2014 - 09:17
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5� Torneo di Udine 2014

Euro Go TV - Fri, 26/12/2014 - 09:17
Author: jojo1 on 19:48 Tue 16 December 2014

EdinburghChristmas 51-2014

Euro Go TV - Fri, 26/12/2014 - 09:17
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Go Spotting: Go and International Relations Theory

AGA news - Thu, 25/12/2014 - 13:00

Former AGA Board Chair David Weimer tipped us off about a forthcoming book with a go-themed cover. International Relations Theory, The Game-Theoretic Approach is by Andrew H. Kydd, a colleague of Weimer’s in the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. “Written for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, this is the first textbook on international relations theory to take a specifically game theoretic approach to the subject,” according to the book’s description on the Cambridge University Press website. “International relations theory is presented and analysed using simple games, which allow students to grasp the concepts and mechanisms involved with the rationalist approach without the distraction of complicated math.” The book is due out in March.

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In-seong Hwang 8D’s Online Go School Welcomes New Students

AGA news - Thu, 25/12/2014 - 12:00

In-seong Hwang 8D’s online go school starts its fourth American season – and 11th European season – next month and is accepting new students now. Click here for details on the American Yunguseng Dojang and here for the European Yunguseng Dojang. A well-known top player in Europe, Hwang Inseong 8D trained at the Korean Yunguseng Academy, studied Go in Myong-ji University and worked for a baduk TV channel as commentator. The program consists of interactive online lectures, student league-play and game reviews on KGS. Students have access to all past lectures and reviews — more than 100 lectures and over 2,000 game review videos — as well as “personal go reports” to help students assess the progress they are making and the areas which need most work. “After just one year, the American league already has the biggest number of players, thanks to the members who bring their friends,” says Hwang. “Since we have more members, the next season league will be much more interesting and competitive!” Click here for details on the program, schedule and pricing.

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Austrian Championship Finals 2014

Euro Go TV - Wed, 24/12/2014 - 18:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:13 Wed 24 December 2014

2014 Hannuka Tournament

Euro Go TV - Wed, 24/12/2014 - 05:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Tue 23 December 2014

S11 Yunguseng Dojang opens up! (93% of spots filled up!)

Euro Go TV - Wed, 24/12/2014 - 05:17
Author: In-seong Hwang 8d on 12:46 Tue 16 December 2014

Polish Championship Side Tournament 51-2014

Euro Go TV - Wed, 24/12/2014 - 05:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:14 Tue 16 December 2014

Polish Championship League 51-2014

Euro Go TV - Wed, 24/12/2014 - 05:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:14 Tue 16 December 2014

Istanbul City Tournament 2014/12

Euro Go TV - Wed, 24/12/2014 - 05:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:14 Sun 14 December 2014

Trofeo Milano 2014 Tappa 8

Euro Go TV - Wed, 24/12/2014 - 05:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Sun 14 December 2014

494th Velika Gorica weekend go-tournament 50-2014

Euro Go TV - Wed, 24/12/2014 - 05:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Sun 14 December 2014

EuroGoTV: Romania, Ukraine, Serbia

AGA news - Tue, 23/12/2014 - 13:30

Romania: Liviu Oprisan 4d bested George Chirila 1d (left) at the 6th Radu Baciu Grand Prix in CSRB on December 14 while Mihai Lita 2d came in third. Ukraine: Also on December 14, the Tournament of 50 parallel finished in Kharkiv with Oleksandr Hiliazov 1d in first, Anton Parafilo 8k in second, and Leonid Shumakov 5k in third. Serbia: Lazar Manojlovic 5d took the 39th Serbian Championship on December 14 in Kragujevac. Mijodrag Stankovic 5d placed second and Dragan Mitic 4d was third. 
– Annalia Linnan, based on reports from 
EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

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