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Cotsen pre-registration deadline Tuesday at midnight PDT

Mar, 17/10/2017 - 21:24

The deadline for the discounted registration for this weekend’s Cotsen Open is midnight PDT Tuesday night; click here now to register.  After that, registration is $25 in cash at the door. Cotsen organizers have just added pro simuls with Myungwan Kim 9P and Ahn Dalhoun 9P on Sunday, plus of course the food truck lunch both days (free for pre-registered folks only).  Complete details here. Walk-ins on Saturday will be accepted, but all players who want to play in the first round must be on line to sign in or register by 9:15a on Saturday. Any questions, email  cotsenopen@gmail.com
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hoto: Myungwan Kim 9p at the 2016 Cotsen; photo by Phil Straus

 

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The Power Report (Part 2 of 3): Motoki does well in Kisei knock-out; Chinese pair wins world championship; New Honinbo league starts

Mar, 17/10/2017 - 18:00

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal

Motoki does well in Kisei knock-out: The first game in the irregular knock-out among the various league winners in the 42nd Kisei tournament was played on October 2. Motoki Katsuya 8P, winner of the C League, beat Yo Seiki (Yu Chengqi) 7P, winner of the play-off between the winners of the two B Leagues. Motoki followed up this success by beating the winner of the A League, Takao Shinji Meijin, on October 12. Taking black, Motoki won by resignation. Next, he will meet the second-place-getter in the S League, Yamashita Keigo.

Chinese pair wins world championship: The second part of the Pair Go World Championship 2017 was held at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Shibuya, Tokyo, on October 5. The winning pair in the Stars Tournament, held at the same venue on August 12 and 13, that is, Xie Yimin 6P and Iyama Yuta 9P, representing Japan, met the reigning Pair Go world champions, Yu Zhiying 5P and Ke Jie 9P of China, in the Masters Match. The Chinese pair earned their title in the Pair Go World Cup 2016 Tokyo. Playing white, Yu and Ke defended their title, forcing Xie and Iyama to resign after 198 moves. Like the final in the August event, the game was played in the Noh Theater in the basement of the hotel.
A unique event, the Go AI Research and Goodwill Game by the Pair Go Format, was held on the previous day. Xie, Iyama and the program DeepZenGo were matched against Yu, Ke and DeepZenGo. To fit the Pair Go format, the human players on each team played as one member of the pair with the AI program; they were free to consult each other and together played every second move for their side. This was a lighthearted event, with the players occasionally bursting into laughter. Xie, of course, could also follow what the Chinese players were saying, which she said made the game even more fun. Just for the record, this game was also won by the Chinese pair.

New Honinbo league starts: The first two games in the 73rd Honinbo League were played on October 5. Yamashita Keigo 9P (B) beat Kobayashi Satoru 9P by resig. and Motoki Katsuya 8P (W) beat Shibano Toramaru 7P, also by resig. So far, October has been a good month for Motoki, the previous Honinbo challenger.

Tomorrow: Record age gap in women’s game; Mutsuura wins Agon Kiriyama Cup; Tengen title match starts

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Upcoming Go Events: Los Angeles and Washington, DC

Lun, 16/10/2017 - 21:00

October 21-22: Los Angeles, CA
2017 Cotsen Open with 6th AGA Pro Prelim
Christopher Saenz cotsenopen@gmail.com

October 28: Washington, DC
National Go Center – Pumpkin Classic Tournament
Gary Smith garrett.smith@nationalgocenter.org 703-254-6429

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The Power Report (Part 1 of 3): Korea stars in Nongshim Cup; 22nd Samsung Cup; Meijin Four: Iyama’s brilliancy

Lun, 16/10/2017 - 20:38

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal

Korea stars in Nongshim Cup: The opening round of the 19th Nong Shim Spicy Noodles Cup was held in Shenyang City in Liaoning Province in China from September 19 to 22. It was a triumph for Shin Minjun 6P (right) of Korea, who won all four games in this round. He showed that there’s more than one strong player named Shin in Korea. He was born on Jan. 11, 1999 in Busan, became a professional in 2012 and reached 4-dan in 2016. In the same year, he won the 4th King of the New Stars title, which earned him promotion to 5-dan. He was promoted to 6-dan earlier this year. In the Korean qualifying tournament to choose the team for this tournament, he defeated his teacher, Lee Sedol. In the first Nongshim game, he defeated the player, Fan Tingyu, who won seven games in a row in the previous Nongshim Cup.
Results:
Game One (Sept. 19). Shin (W) beat Fan Tingyu 9P (China) by 3.5 points.
Game Two (Sept. 20). Shin (B) beat Yo Seiki (Yu Chengqi) 7P (Japan) by resig.
Game Three (Sept. 21). Shin (B) beat Zhou Ruiyang 9P (China) by resig.
Game Four (Sept. 22). Shin (W) beat Kyo Kagen (Xu Jiayuan) 7P (Japan) by resig.
Time allowance is one hour per player followed by byo-yomi of one minute per move. The remaining members of the Japanese team are Iyama Yuta, Yamashita Keigo, and Ichiriki Ryo. Round Two will be played in Busan, Korea, in November, and Round Three in Shanghai in February.

22nd Samsung Cup: The second and third rounds of the 22nd Samsung Cup were held at the Samsung Confucian Castle Campus in Daejeon City in Korea on September 25 and 26. Two Japanese representatives, Iyama Yuta and Yamashita Keigo, had survived the large-scale opening round, but they were both eliminated in the second round. Iyama (B, at left) was matched against Shin Jinseo 8P of Korea. The game featured fierce fighting from early on. Iyama made an oversight and resigned after 118 moves. Yamashita (black) lost to Tong Mengcheng 6P of China; he resigned after 122 moves. Pairings in the semifinals are Dong vs. Gu Zihao (both of China) and Tang Weixing (China) vs. An Kukhyun (Korea)

Meijin Four: Iyama’s brilliancy
As promised, here is some more detail about the 4th game of the current Meijin title match, played on October 2 and 3. Takao Shinji, the challenger, had black. He slipped up in the opening, neglecting to defend a large group because he overlooked a sequence White had to put it into ko. In effect, he had to give White a free move elsewhere when he played an extra move to secure life. That left him a tempo behind in the game, but he played on tenaciously and succeeded in creating complications by leading the game into a large-scale fight. He then played a clever move with Black 101 that seemed to turn the tables in the fight; if White made the “usual” answer, Black had a clever tesuji with move 16 in an unplayed continuation. “Unplayed,” because Iyama came up with a brilliant counter-intuitive combination that enabled him to capture the key stones in the fight at the cost of a couple of sacrifice stones. That gave him the lead. Takao fought on for another 50 moves or so, but was unable to catch up. Iyama even rubbed salt in the wound by making use of the “sacrifice” stones in a later fight. Takao resigned after White 164. The fifth game is already being played on October 16 and 17. It is Takao’s first kadoban, so the second grand slam in Japanese go could be imminent.

Tomorrow: Motoki does well in Kisei knock-out; Chinese pair wins world championship; New Honinbo league starts

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AlphaGo-AlphaGo Game 11: A calmer game, with hidden reading

Sab, 14/10/2017 - 00:00

“This game is a lot calmer than Game 10,” says Michael Redmond 9p in his game commentary on AlphaGo-AlphaGo Game 11. “There’s a lot of fighting that doesn’t actually come into the game, but I’ll be showing a lot of variations about things that could have happened, so there’s a lot of, you might say, hidden reading. And then there’s a ko at the end, for the life of a group. ”

Click here for Redmond’s video commentary, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock.

The Game 11 video is produced by Michael Wanek and Andrew Jackson. The sgf file was created by Redmond, with editing and transcription by Garlock and Myron Souris.

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Cheng Tops Happy Cup

Ven, 13/10/2017 - 22:43

Matthew Cheng 5d, age 10,  topped the Tenth Sunflower Happy Cup Youth Go Tournament on Oct. 1st in Cupertino, California. “Forty kids from 5 to 15 gathered together on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and played four rounds of 13×13 and 19×19 games,” reports Yanping Zhao, who co-organized the event with Wenguang Wang.  Players earned prize tickets after each round, and then exchanged them for various prizes. “It was our way to ensure a really fun experience for every kid,” reports Zhao.  Each participant was also rewarded with a trophy and at the event’s conclusion, all the kids and their parents enjoyed a refreshing ice cream party. -Report by Wenguang Wang; photo by Melody Chan: Matthew Cheng is in the blue T-shirt.

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Go Spotting: Daniel Kahneman on go and AI

Ven, 13/10/2017 - 18:00

Daniel Kahneman, author of the best-selling book “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” mentions go in a recent “On Being” interview. “On Being” is a Peabody Award-winning public radio show and podcast hosted by Krista Tippett. “At about 1:25:30, he is in the midst of talking about artificial intelligence when he mentions my favorite game — the ancient board game of go,” writes Howard Cornett in a blog post. “He talks about how he is fascinated by the fact that a computer program has finally beaten professional humans at a game that is based largely on System 1 thinking, or intuition.”

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Tokugawa Memorial Go Congress set for February 2017

Gio, 12/10/2017 - 18:00

Taking in a view of Mount Fuji on your way to a go tournament might seem like a dream but for a week next February it’ll be reality at theTokugawa Memorial Go Congress in Shizuoka, Japan. The first-ever event will run from February 11-18, with just one game in the main tournament daily, the rest of the day occupied with other events including instruction and commentaries by professional go players, as well as a 13×13 tournament, go relay, and kids tournament. Tokugawa Ieyasu was the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, which effectively ruled Japan from the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.

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Kai Fugami wins 22nd Anniversary Tournament in Seattle

Gio, 12/10/2017 - 02:19

The Seattle Go Center 22nd Anniversary Tournament attracted 40 players on Oct. 1.  They used newly refinished go boards, and enjoyed pizza provided by the AGA Rewards program. The tournament went smoothly, despite the good-sized crowd, and it has already been rated by the AGA.

The Open Section filled up with eight players. The winner was Kai Fugami, playing his first tournament at the Go Center. Kai grew up in Japan, and for a while he was an insei with the Kansai Ki-in. He is a 8-dan amateur in Japan. Kai’s dad grew up in Seattle, and Kai’s family has now moved to Bellingham.  Kai is in college now.

Second place in the Open Section went to Alex (Xinlei) Liu. He is currently an AGA 7 dan. Alex won the Go Center Spring Tournament this year, and placed second to Yue Zhang last year in the Anniversary Tournament. Third place went to Yichen Li, who currently has an AGA 6 dan rating.

The Children’s Prize went to Austen Li, who won all his games in the Handicapped Section. He also placed first in the Double Digit Kyu Player Group. Young Amy Ling placed second in this group.

Go Center Instructor Larry Eclipse won the Middle Group of the Handicapped Section, with volunteer Christian De Oro taking second, and Thursday afternoon manager Nathan Saritzky taking third.

The Upper Group of the Handicapped Section extended up to 2 dan. It was won by Brendan Roof, who selected both volumes of Cho Chikun’s “All About Life and Death” for his prize.  The books were donated to the Go Center. Former Board member Dan (Denga) Tang placed second.

Friends of the Seattle Go Center should note that the Anniversary Party will held on Sunday, October 15, starting at 4 p.m.
photo: Kai Fugami during one of his games.  Photo/Report by Brian Allen

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Yinli Wang wins Bingsheng Cup Qualifier

Gio, 12/10/2017 - 02:18
Yinli (Audrey) Wang has triumphed after a round-robin and elimination qualifier to become the North American representative to the 8th Suzhou Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup World Women Weiqi Tournament. Sixteen women from around the world will be competing at scenic Qionglong Mountain (famous for being the location where Sun Tsu wrote “The Art of War”), from November 6-10 with a top prize of 300,000 RMB (approximately $45,500 US). - Jeff Shaevel, AGA National Tournament Coordinator
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Redmond AlphaGo Q&A released

Gio, 12/10/2017 - 00:00

Michael Redmond’s series of commentaries on the fascinating AlphaGo-AlphaGo games has proven extremely popular, with nearly 90,000 views so far, and lots of comments from viewers. Today Redmond, along with host Chris Garlock, releases his first Q&A video, responding to some of those questions. “It’s been a wonderful challenge, not only trying to understand these complex, historic games, but figuring out how to explain them,” says Redmond, “so the response to the videos has been quite gratifying and we’re pleased to acknowledge and respond in this new series of Q&A videos.”

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Gotham Go tournament registration open, expected to fill fast

Mer, 11/10/2017 - 00:00

Register now for the fourth Gotham Go Tournament, coming up Saturday, November 18th in New York City. “We expect to reach our capacity of 80 players so register early,” says organizer Peter Armenia. You can register and pay online (“Don’t worry,” Armenia says, “if you can’t make it we will give you a refund.”) Players of all strengths welcome; breakfast bagels, snacks, coffee and goodies provided.

 

 

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Santa Fe hosts third tourney of the year

Mar, 10/10/2017 - 18:00
The Santa Fe Go Club held its third tournament of the year on September 30. A dozen players ranging in skill level participated. There were boards and players scattered all over a private home. Jason Stearns was first in the top division; Carolyn Atterbury was first in the second division. Prizes were go books from Slate and Shell, and go-themed t-shirts. “Our club is planning to participate in a regional tournaments in Boulder, Colorado, and to send members to the upcoming Cotsen tournament and another in Plano, Texas early next year,” reports Lewis Geer.
- photo: Steve Uhl and Robert Gilman, past EVP of the AGA; photo by Lewis Geer
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Chen An tops Triangle Memorial Go tournament; Horn and Cha win in Davis-Sac

Lun, 09/10/2017 - 23:42

Chen An tops Triangle Memorial Go tournament: Chen An 7d topped the open section with a perfect 4-0 score at the 17th Triangle Memorial Go tournament, organized by the Triangle Go Club and held on September 30. A total of 40 players participated in the competition. Qingbo Zhang 5d from Virginia won second place. In the 2d to 1k section, Suyoung Yoon 2d won first place and Xiaoping Wu 1d was the runner-up. Sergio Parreiras 3k and Bob Bacon 6k won first place and second place in the 2k-6k section. In the 7k-9k section, Thomas Roncoli 8k won first and Leroy Anderson 8k was secobd. Justin Su 20k and Ellen Zeng 10k won first and second place in the 10k and up section.
- Jeff Kuang; photo: Chen An (left, in blue jacket). Click here for more pictures.

Horn and Cha win in Davis-Sac: The Davis/Sacramento Go Club held its Fall Tournament on September 30 at the Rancho Cordova library in Sacramento. There was a small field of six players. Jeff Horn (left) won the upper division and Tai-An Cha the lower division. Both had 4-0 records.
- Willard Haynes

 

 

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Upcoming Go Events: Berkeley, Rockledge, Cambridge, Los Angeles

Lun, 09/10/2017 - 23:30

October 14: Berkeley, CA
Bay Area Go Fall Tournament
Jay Chan jay@bayareago.org 909-618-8749
Steve Burrall sburrall@comcast.net 916-764-5313

October 14: Rockledge, FL
Space Coast Go Tournament
Bart Lipofsky blipo@yahoo.com 321-301-2962
Aaron Otero astusd@gmail.com

October 15: Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts Go Association’s Fall Tournament
James Peters jamesp30@gmail.com 617-372-6839
Eva Casey eva@theworld.com 617-666-8934

October 21-22: Los Angeles, CA
2017 Cotsen Open with 6th AGA Pro Prelim
Christopher Saenz cotsenopen@gmail.com

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Go Clubs: Walla Walla takes it to the street

Lun, 09/10/2017 - 23:00

The go club in Walla Walla, Washington is small, says Steve Tanner, “but dedicated.” The club, an AGA chapter, has been in continuous existence for several years and local go players gather in a local pizza shop every Wednesday evening. “In an effort to get some new publicity and attention for the club, two of the members decided to set up their goban on the Walla Walla Main Street sidewalk and play a game,” Tanner reports. “The goban gets people looking,” the club reported on its Facebook page, where they posted some shots. They plan to do a similar setup in other public locations around town in the future.

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AlphaGo-AlphaGo Game 10 (Part 2): An unexpected trade and a 10-group battle

Dom, 08/10/2017 - 00:00

Part 2 of the Game 10 commentary begins at move 113. “At this point, the game looked ready for a peaceful endgame, with White in the lead.” says Michael Redmond 9p in his commentary. “By move 121, however, White has given away about 20 points, an unexpected trade that transforms the game radically. Back in a wildly dangerous middle game, complications that arise from a fight in the center will put ten groups in danger.”

Click here for Redmond’s video commentary, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock. (For Part 1, click here for the video commentary and here for the sgf file).

“Looking forward to these every week,” Leo Dorst commented on Part 1, echoing the sentiments of many viewers. “Such a great way to start the weekend after a late Friday night at the Amsterdam Go Club. Rereading my old Go World magazines I see Michael moving to Japan. If he had not done so and trained there, we might not now have these wonderful commentaries. Sometimes the world just makes sense…” Watch for a Q&A video here next week with Redmond in which he responds to selected comments.

The Game 10 videos are produced by Michael Wanek and Andrew Jackson. The sgf files were created by Redmond, with editing and transcription by Garlock and Myron Souris.

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AlphaGo-AlphaGo Game 10 (Part 1): An unusual pincer and a new move

Sab, 07/10/2017 - 00:00

“This game is like two games in one, and it starts with an unusual pincer by black and then a new move by white,” says Michael Redmond 9p in his game commentary on AlphaGo-AlphaGo Game 10. “Then there’s a series of fights that goes in a circle around the board, each one contained but each quite exciting.”

Click here for Redmond’s video commentary, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock.

The game is so complex that the commentary is being released in two parts; Part 1 goes through move 112 and Part 2, which will be released Saturday, October 7 at 6p EDT, contains the remainder of the commentary. Enjoy!

The Game 10 videos are produced by Michael Wanek and Andrew Jackson. The sgf files were created by Redmond, with editing and transcription by Garlock and Myron Souris.

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AGF College Scholarship Open

Ven, 06/10/2017 - 23:19

Applications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarshipThe program  recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the go community. To apply, download and complete the application form here.  Applicants should describe their accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants whose enthusiasm and ambition have helped spread go in under-served areas will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award focuses on promoters and organizers who have made substantial contributions during their go career. Applications are due Nov. 5th this year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  

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Register now for Cotsen Open to get discount and free lunches

Ven, 06/10/2017 - 22:28

With less than two weeks to go to this year’s Cotsen Open, registrations are nearing the 100 mark. Pre-registration is required to get the discount on registration and free lunch tickets for Saturday and Sunday. Registration closes on October 19 and the tournament runs October 21-22 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. “Please don’t wait to register,” says Tournament Organizer Christopher Saenz, who also recommends pre-paying using the PayPal link. “This will guarantee making the first round of play as long as you check in with the Tournament Director.”

The annual Cotsen Open is one of the most popular events on the U.S. go calendar, featuring free lunch both days, free shoulder massages, plus a strong field of competitors. Additional attractions this year are a continuous screening of The Surrounding Game on Saturday as well as the pro-pro game with Yilun Yang on Sunday.

Food trucks this year are Kogi Korean BBQ Taco Truck on Saturday and Belly Bombz Korean Wings & Sliders on Sunday.

“This will be a great year. Hope to see you all there!” says Saenz.

photo: enjoying a shoulder massage at 2015 Cotsen Open; photo by Chris Garlock

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