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Matthew Burrall Wins Davis/Sac Fall Tourney

Notizie AGA - 8 ore 48 min fa

The Davis/Sacramento Go Club held their Fall Tournament on September 17 at the Arcade Library in Sacramento. There was a very small field of six players ranging from 1kyu to 7dan. It was won by Matthew Burrall, 7d, with a perfect 4-0 score.
- Willard Haynes

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The Power Report (1): Honinbo Monyu; Takao sweeps to 3-0 lead in Meijin challenge; Yuki wins Kisei B League play-off

Notizie AGA - 8 ore 52 min fa

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal

Honinbo Monyu: When he won the Honinbo title for the fifth year in a row this year, Iyama Yuta qualified for the title of eternal Honinbo, though he can use it only afterhe turns 60 or retires, whichever comes first. At the title award ceremony, held at the Ritz Carleton Osaka hotel on September 9, Iyama unveiled the name he will assume: Monyu. The “mon” is a less common reading of the character “bun,” which means “writing” or “literature” and is part of the word “bunka,” meaning “culture;” the ”yu” is from his given name of Yuta. He will be known as “26th Honinbo Monyu.” Iyama mentioned that he consulted Okawa Teishin, the abbot of the Jakkoji Temple in Kyoto, which is the source of the name Honinbo. The character for “bun” has family significance for Iyama, as it was part of the name of his grandfather, who taught him to play go. Okawa also gave a speech at the award ceremony and mentioned another good association: “mon” is part of the name of the bodhisattva Monju, who is known as the “receiver of wisdom.”

Takao sweeps to 3-0 lead in Meijin challenge, sextuple crown in danger: The second game of the 41st Meijin title match was held at the Kakujoro, a traditional Japanese inn, in Tahara City, Aichi Prefecture on August 14 and 15.
Playing black, Iyama Yuta set up a large moyo. Takao made an invasion, so the game became a contest between Iyama’s attack and Takao’s shinogi (ability to save a group under attack). In the end, Takao secured his group and took the lead. Iyama resigned after 236 moves. Iyama had made a bad start to the title match with two losses. In the past, he had played 17 best-of-sevens and 18 best-of-fives, but this was the first time he had lost the first two games. However, worse was to come. The third game was played at the hotel Thousand Pine Trees: The Numazu Club in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture on September 20 and 21. Taking white, Iyama played aggressively, but Takao keep his cool and fended off the attack, building a lead in the middle game. In a desperate attempt to catch up, Iyama embarked on a shinogi strategy, taking profit and leaving a weak group for the opponent to attack. However, he was unable to narrow the gap; when Iyama resigned after Black 169, he was about ten points behind on the board. Takao seems to be in his best form for a while. He has a bad record against Iyama in the past and must be very pleased to make such a good start. He needs just one more win to make a comeback as Meijin after a gap of a decade (he beat Cho U in the 31st title match and became Meijin Honinbo). The fourth game will be played on October 4 and 5.

Yuki wins Kisei B League play-off: In the play-off between the winners of the 41st Kisei B Leagues, Yuki Satoshi
9P (W), winner of the B2 League, defeated Cho Chikun 9P, winner of B1, by resig. The game was played on September 19. Yuki earns a place in the irregular knock-out (“paramasu”) tournament to decide the challenger; he will need to win five games in a row to make the title match. At present, this is how the knock-out looks. Shida Tatsuya 7P, C League winner, plays Yuki, B winner; the winner will played Cho U, A League winner; the winner will play either Yamashita Keigo 9P or Kono Rin 9P, second in S League; the winner will play either Kono or Murakawa Daisuke 8P, first in S League. The latter will start the nominal “best-of-three” with a one-game advantage, so he will need only win to become the challenger (although it’s called a “best-of-three,” three games can never be played: the first-place getter just needs to win the first or second game; the second-place winner can become the challenger only by winning the first two games).

Tomorrow: Fujisawa has sole lead in Women’s Meijin; King of the News Stars begins; Agon Kiriyama Cup; Chen makes good start in Bailing final

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Go Classified: Go Paintings for Sale

Notizie AGA - Dom, 25/09/2016 - 18:00

For Sale: Seven Go game themed original oil paintings, 12×16″, on canvas with wood frames. Purchased new from yunnan-arts.com about eight years ago. Email gerratt5@aol.com and I will send photos. All for $80 plus expedited shipping. Payment by PayPal only to confirmed address.

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Invito alla "Shanglv Cup"

Home Page sito FIGG - Sab, 24/09/2016 - 17:18

Dal 26 al 31 Ottobre si terrà il più grande torneo amatori cinese, lo "Shanglv Cup International Go Tournament", che da quest'anno inviterà i rappresentanti di ogni nazione, Italia compresa, offrendo loro l'alloggio e la partecipazione gratuiti.

Il torneo sarà l'evento principale della 4th China Go Culture Exposition, un grande festival totalmente dedicato al Go.

First New York Youth Team Go Championship Set for Saturday

Notizie AGA - Ven, 23/09/2016 - 04:43
This Saturday, the first New York Youth Team Go Championship will be held, reports Stephanie Yin. “This should be a regular yearly tournament for kids,” says Yin. This year, there were 15 teams that wanted to register, “however, we couldn’t fit them all so that I had to select ten stronger teams instead. Next year, I will definitely look for a bigger place.”The tournament is being hosted by the New York Institute of Go, “which is my go school,” says Yin, and is co-sponsored by the Queens Library, which is providing the space, and the Peking University Alumni Association of Greater New York, which provided the flyers.

“I hope this will help the youth go community in the US,” says Yin, adding that she hopes to hold some more tournaments in New York areas “in order to motivate people to play more go.”

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N.A. Rep Wanted for Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup World Women Weiqi Competition

Notizie AGA - Ven, 23/09/2016 - 04:33
“We have just been invited to send a representative to the 7th Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup World Women Weiqi Competition,” reports Cherry Shen. The tournament will take place from November 11th-17th (actual tournament dates: 12th-16th with single-knockout system). Eligible female players must be North American citizens or permanent residents. Flight and accommodation expenses will be provided to the player by the tournament organizers.

If you are eligible and interested in representing North America at this tournament, please email cherry.shen@usgo.org with your name, rank, KGS name, and the best contact info to be reached at by no later than Wednesday September 28th. The online qualifier will take place on KGS with Skype on the weekend of October 1-2. The format of the selection games will depend on the number of players interested.

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Chicago Schools Learn Art of Go

Notizie AGA - Ven, 23/09/2016 - 01:01

“About 3000 students in the Chicago Public Schools, and another 2,500 students from suburban districts,  learned weiqi (go) during the last school year,” reports Xinming Simon Guo, 2015 AGF Teacher of the Year and founder of Go and Math Academy in Illinois. “Weiqi is not only an educational manipulative in the math classroom, but also a new way to extend the horizon of students in the language classroom,” adds Guo. September 17th was an Artist In Residence workshop day for Chinese language teachers in the Chicago schools.  “We organize this annual workshop at the beginning of every new school year, to bring culture into Chinese language classrooms, and enhance language teaching and learning, ” says Jane Lu, director of the Confucius Institute in Chicago and the coordinator of the CPS Chinese World Language Program. Local artists are invited to present and demonstrate different types of Chinese cultural activities, including Kung Fu, Chinese folk dancing, Chinese painting, paper cutting, and weiqi. Teachers in the workshop can apply to introduce these cultural and art activities to their classrooms if they want to. “Weiqi has been the most popular project among Chinese teachers in Chicago Public Schools since its debut in 2013,” says Guo, “during the last three years, about half of the Chinese teachers have chosen weiqi for their students. After the latest workshop, several new teachers also showed great interest and planned to apply for more classroom instruction.” -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor Photo by Xinming Simon Guo: students in Arlington Heights learn go.

 

 

 

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Bailing Cup Final commentary by Myungwan Kim 9P Wednesday night

Notizie AGA - Mer, 21/09/2016 - 04:00

Myungwan Kim 9P will comment the second game in the Bailing Cup Final live on Wednesday, September 21 on the AGA’s YouTube Channel. The players are Ke Jie and Chen Yaoye, currently ranked number 1 and 2 in China. The commentary will start at 11p PST (2a EST). The Bailing Cup is a Chinese international tournament created in 2012.

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More game records added to 2016 US Open crosstab; Go Congress survey

Notizie AGA - Mer, 21/09/2016 - 02:43

Nearly two dozen game records have now been added to the 2016 US Open crosstab and the AGA is conducting its annual Go Congress survey. The Open is held at the US Go Congress, the single biggest go event in North America each year, drawing hundreds of go players from across the country for a week of go events. Whether you’ve attended a Congress or not, the AGA would like your opinions on a few basic questions “so that we can make the Congress an even better annual event,” says AGA president Andy Okun. Click here now; survey participants will be eligible for cool go prizes.

If you’d like your 2016 US Open game records added to the crosstab, email them to journal@usgo.org. Please make sure that all the game info is completely filled out. Thanks to Steve Colburn and Dennis Wheeler for posting the records.

 

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Registration opens for World Students Go Oza Championship prelim

Notizie AGA - Mer, 21/09/2016 - 02:23

An online preliminary round will be held on Pandanet to select the 16 students who will participate in the 15th World Students Go Oza Championship February 20-24, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan to decide the world’s number one student player.
Click here for details and here for the entry form.

University or college students under the age of 30 can participate in the preliminary round, although students living in China, Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei cannot participate in the online preliminary round. The application deadline is Oct 17. For further information, email sota@pandanet.co.jp or the All-Japan Students GO Association at world.sgo.oza@gmail.com.

photos: at the 14th World Students Go Oza

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Incontro settimanale: Tre Olmi (MO)

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mar, 20/09/2016 - 14:25

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri incontri di studio e gioco.

L’appuntamento è per giovedì 22 settembre alle ore 20:30 presso la birreria Keller in località Tre Olmi a Modena in strada Barchetta 411/A.

Trovate la posizione sulla cartina cliccando qui.

Ricordiamo che siamo sempre disponibili a spiegare il gioco a tutti gli interessati, sedetevi con noi e chiedete pure!

Come sempre fate cosa gradita lasciando un commento a questo post per segnalare la vostra presenza o meno.  A giovedì!

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Upcoming Go Events: Raleigh and Seattle

Notizie AGA - Lun, 19/09/2016 - 21:27

September 25: Raleigh, NC
16th Annual Triangle Memorial Go Tournament
Bob Bacon bobbacon@earthlink.net 919-732-5184

October 2: Seattle, WA
Anniversary Tournament
Brian Allen manager@seattlego.org 206-545-1424 or 206-632-1122

Get the latest go events information.

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Go Photo: Underwater Go at “The Woodlands”

Notizie AGA - Lun, 19/09/2016 - 01:53
Location: Cairo, New York 
Date: Labor Day 9/5/16
Photographer: Felice Simon  felicesimon.com Felice Simon’s Instagram: @goldenfelice
Go players: Micah Feldman and Alexandra Patz
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The Traveling Board: Pete Schumer on the Nihon Kiin Summer Go Camp

Notizie AGA - Lun, 19/09/2016 - 01:41

The Nihon Kiin Summer Go Camp, an intensive training program targeted at non-Japanese go players, was held from August 21st through September 3rd at the Nihon Kiin in Tokyo. Vermont go player Peter Schumer was among those attending; here’s his report.

The 2016 Nihon Ki-in Summer Go Camp was attended by around 20 go enthusiasts from all over the world, all of whom were warmly welcomed and got to participate fully in all activities. World renowned professionals including Kobayashi Koichi 9d, Ishida Yoshio 9d, O Meien 9d, and Michael Redmond 9d gave regular lectures, went over famous games, and played several simultaneous games with the attendees. Sometimes you really had to pinch yourself that you were actually there hanging out with these stars of the go world. In addition to pro instruction, the daily routine was packed with go activities, including games, problems, tournaments, social events, and sightseeing to Kamakura, Asakusa, and Yokohama.

Camp attendees had ample opportunity to play many games throughout the two weeks, participating in goodwill matches with college students, insei, and go clubs from around the city. Notably, attendees were given the unique chance to play in the Takara Shuzo Cup, the most popular amateur go tournament in Japan, which featured over 1,400 people this year.

The night before the first game of the Meijin title match, camp participants joined go legends including Cho Chikun 9d, Cho U 9d, Takemiya Masaki 9d (at right, with Schumer), Otake Hideo 9d, Iyama Yuta 9d, and Takao Shinji 9d to enjoy a lavish reception at the 5-star rated Hotel Chinzanso. The following day they were allowed to sit in the same room as the players for a few minutes during the match itself, which was truly a special honor and very exciting.

The camp featured its own league system with participants playing against one another in a double-elimination tournament. The winner, a 4-dan from Europe, was given the honor to play a 3-stone handicap game against none other than O Meien 9d, with Michael Redmond providing live commentary.

All in all the go camp was enjoyable, highly educational, and well worth it; the price of the camp was very reasonable. The camp was a first-rate experience where you can improve your go, meet wonderful people from around the world, and get to enjoy some Japanese sites and culture.
- Edited by Brian Kirby

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Torneo di Pisa 2016

Home Page sito FIGG - Dom, 18/09/2016 - 19:12

Sono aperte le iscrizioni al Torneo di Pisa, che si terrà il 22-23 Ottobre 2016, al Palazzo dei Congressi di Pisa (dove si terrà il Congresso Europeo 2018).

Torneo di Pisa 2016

Home Page sito FIGG - Dom, 18/09/2016 - 19:12

Sono aperte le iscrizioni al Torneo di Pisa, che si terrà il 22-23 Ottobre 2016, al Palazzo dei Congressi di Pisa (dove si terrà il Congresso Europeo 2018).

La quota di partecipazione è di 10Euro, e non è necessario essere iscritti ad alcuna associazione o federazione.

Tutte le info : http://www.toscanago.org/drupal/?q=node/185

Pandanet AGA City League Registration opens

Notizie AGA - Sab, 17/09/2016 - 02:28

The fifth year of the Pandanet AGA City League is starting soon. Register your team before October 16th to ensure your team is able to play. Please make sure to read the latest rules for the tournament. Email Steve Colburn to register or re-register your team. Any questions can also be sent to this address.

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AGHS Applicants Wanted

Notizie AGA - Ven, 16/09/2016 - 22:21

The American Go Honor Society (AGHS) is looking for volunteers. “For all you high school students out there: Are you looking for ways to promote go?” asks new Co-President Brandon Ho. “The AGHS is still looking for applicants, and you’re free to join. The AGHS runs youth tournaments like the School Team Tournament and Young Lions, and by joining, you can help us run them.” Fill out the application here 2016AGHSOfficerApp (3) and email it to aghspresident@gmail.com. Applications are due by September 19 and officers will be selected by September 26.

 

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Cotsen Game Recorders Wanted

Notizie AGA - Ven, 16/09/2016 - 01:51

The American Go E-Journal has several openings for game recorders for the upcoming Cotsen Open, the annual go tournament sponsored by go-lover Eric Cotsen, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA October 22-23 at the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles. Game recorders will get a chance to broadcast top boards on KGS — an excellent learning opportunity — and each will receive an E-Journal cap. Experience not required but helpful; volunteers with their own laptops (with KGS already installed) preferred. Email Chris Garlock at journal@usgo.org for details.

photo: at the 2015 Cotsen; photo by Chris Garlock

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The Power Report (2): Cho U wins Kisei A League; Yo to challenge for Oza title; Xie makes good start in Women’s Honinbo defence

Notizie AGA - Ven, 16/09/2016 - 01:39

Cho U wins Kisei A League: So Yokoku 9P was a little unlucky in the Kisei A League. He had won six games in a row and held the lead all the way (enjoying the sole lead in the 5th and 6th rounds), but he lost his final game to Cho U 9P on September 8 (taking black, Cho won by resignation). That left them tied on 6-1, but there is no play-off in the Kisei Leagues. Cho was ranked 4th to So’s 7th, so Cho won the league. He gets a seat in the irregular knock-out tournament to decide the challenger.

Yo to challenge for Oza title: A week after the Tengen challenger was decided, another play-off between a veteran player and a new star was held and resulted in a win for the latter. On September 8, the 21-year-old Yo Seiki 7P of the Kansai Ki-in beat Takao Shinji in the play-off to decide the 64th Oza challenger. Taking white, Yo had white and secured a resignation after 190 moves. He commented that he was inspired by Ichiriki’s success. Yo had a frustrating history in play-offs, having lost to Iyama Yuta both in the Oza play-off last year and in the Judan play-off the year. As that shows, Yo played a crucial role in giving Iyama the opportunity to secure his Grand Slam. The first game of the Oza match will be played on October 17.
The Oza and Tengen challenges are perhaps signs that the post-Iyama generation is getting ready to move up. Before Iyama, the go scene was dominated by the “four stars of the Heisei era.” Of the four, Cho U and Hane Naoki haven’t
challenged for a while, but Yamashita and Takao had been doing a good job of holding back the younger players (except for Murakawa Daisuke). There could be big changes in the make-up of the tournament scene in the next few years.

Xie makes good start in Women’s Honinbo defence: The first game of the 35th Women’s Honinbo title match was held at the Kashoen, a Japanese-style inn, in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture on September 13. The challenger is Fujisawa Rina 3P. Playing black, Xie (right) forced a resignation after 151 moves. The second game will be played on September 26.

Promotion
To 3-dan: Fujimura Yosuke (40 wins)

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