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Member’s Edition: Guo Juan 6P on a 2-dan Game

Mar, 19/10/2021 - 08:00

Commentary: Guo Juan 6P

This game was played during the American e-Congress 2021.

Guo Juan’s internet-based school has just launched a totally new website and it’s really great!  All of the great lessons are still there, but even better.  Short, focused lectures and problems made specifically to practice what you’ve learned until you remember it in your games.  If you haven’t used her site before, there is a two week free trial.  Check it out at internetgoschool.com.

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Tang leads after 1st weekend in Virginia Open

Sab, 16/10/2021 - 22:24

Over forty AGA members competed in the first weekend of the 10th Virginia Open, held on OGS October 9-10. Former Maryland Open and Salt City champion Zhengbokang Tang 8D (3-0) edged Li Yi 7D (2-1), the newly minted NC State Champion in in their Round 3 match, a ‘high note’ to conclude the first weekend of the online tournament directed by Devin Fraze and Jeff Zhang.

The board 1 game remained close throughout the long game, yet Tang steadily kept a half-point lead in the final 80 moves. Shuaiheng Tao 7D and Jimmy Creeks 6D are also contenders for the title with 2-1 records.

An additional 150 players watched the tournament online, where all 70 games are listed on one webpage.

VA Open’s final rounds resumed this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 16 (12p ET and 7p ET) and Sunday, Oct. 17 (12p ET)

Here are the division leaders after 3 rounds.

Open: Zhengbokang Tang 8D (3-0), Li Yi 7D (2-1)

Expert (1-4D): Evan Tan 3D (2-1), Cheuk To Tsui 4D (2-1)

Proficient(1-4K): Derek Zhou 1K (3-0), Massa Jin 3K (3-0)

Intermediate(5-9K): Jim Sandy 6K (2-1), Anna Zhou 9K (2-0)

Novice(10-19K): Chenchen Xiong 10K (2-1), Lucia Moscola 10K (2-1)

Report by the Capital Go Club.

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Redmond on another historic game this Sunday

Sab, 16/10/2021 - 13:58

Tune in to the AGA’s Twitch channel at 8p ET Sunday night for Michael Redmond 9Ps latest live game commentary.
This week he’ll review a historical game between Honinbo Shuei (right) and Tamura Yasuhisa, who later was Honinbo Shusai (left), the last in the Iemoto system.
That’s 8p ET this Sunday, October 17 on the AGA’s Twitch channel.

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Registration open for the Canadian Open Online 2021

Gio, 14/10/2021 - 06:31

The Canadian Go Association’s annual Canadian Open tournament will be held online from October 23-31st. Interested players of all levels worldwide are welcome to participate. “I hope to see many of our AGA friends join the tournament!” says TD Ron Mackenzie. All of the tournament information is available on the CGA website.

The tournament will feature an open division for 5d+ players with cash prizes. Other divisions will feature other prizes including those donated by sponsors. There will be six rounds run over 4 days, with rounds at 1PM and 5PM EST each day:
Saturday, Oct 23: Rounds 1 and 2
Sunday, Oct 24: Rounds 3 and 4
Saturday, Oct 30: Rounds 5 and 6
Sunday, Oct 31: Open division playoffs, Pair Go, and Blitz tournaments

Yoonyoung Kim 8p will provide two review periods for players to share their games with her for analysis, which will be broadcast on her twitch stream. Interested players may join the review sessions regardless of whether or not they are playing in the tournament. Ryan Li 3p will also be offering a lecture on the New York Institute of Go Youtube channel on October 23rd at 7:30PM EST, the topic of which will be a review of one of the games from the open division. 

The tournament will be run on OGS and use Baduk Club for coordinating matches. Specific details will updated on the tournament site and sent out to players a week in advance of the event. There have been a number of prizes donated by generous sponsors: the European Go Journal, Awesome Baduk, BenKyo Tutoring, Stoned on the Goban, Go Magic, the New York Institute of Go, and We-Go.

Regular registration is $20 and will close on October 17th. Registration between October 17th and October 22nd will be $25. Any questions after not answered on the tournament page may be sent to TD Ron Mackenzie at ronm.cga@fastmail.com.

-report by Ron Mackenzie

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AGF College Scholarship Open

Mar, 12/10/2021 - 19:16

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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Member’s Edition: Yilun Yang’s October Hard Life and Death Puzzle

Mar, 12/10/2021 - 08:00

Black must save the inside three stones.  How to do it?

Yilun Yang 7P is one of the most popular go teachers in the US. You can reach him at yly_go@yahoo.com.

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Registration Open for 2021 Youth League

Mar, 12/10/2021 - 04:52

“Registration for the annual American Go Honor Society Youth League is now open,” says AGHS Vice President Katherine Xie, “We welcome all players who are citizens of the US, Canada, or Mexico and under the age of 18 to participate. Every month will consist of four to five rounds and players will be paired with opponents of similar strength using a ladder system. All games will be played in the AGHS Tournament room on KGS. Top players of each division will receive awards at the end of each monthly league.”

The registration and dropout deadline is November 1st, 2021, at 11:59 pm PT. The first round will start on November 6th. If you have any questions, feel free to email aghsregister@gmail.com.

For rules and regulations, click here.
To register, click here.

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Member’s Edition: Yilun Yang’s October Easy Life and Death Puzzle

Mar, 05/10/2021 - 08:00

Both Black and White are tight on liberties in the corner.

Yilun Yang 7P is one of the most popular go teachers in the US. You can reach him at yly_go@yahoo.com.

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Yuan Zhou Game Commentary: Nakamura Sumire’s (1p) First International Game

Mar, 05/10/2021 - 08:00

Nakamura Sumire 1p became a go professional at the age of ten and is thought by many to be a true prodigy, continually astonishing the go world. She is the great hope of Japanese go fans eager for a player who can compete with greater success on the international stage. 

Sumire’s first opportunity to prove her mettle on the international stage was  the Go Seigen Cup, a pro tournament for women, held on July 18th of this year. Her opponent in the first round was Kim Cheqyoung 6p of South Korea, winner of last year’s tournament and a formidable first international opponent. Due to the pandemic, this game was played on the internet. 

Chinese rules; Komi is seven and a half points. Nakamura Sumire is White; Kim Cheqyoung is Black.

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Upcoming Go Events: Temecula

Lun, 04/10/2021 - 21:39

October 17: Temecula, CA
Dapu Cup North America Go Open
Ted Terpstra ted.terpstra@gmail.com 619-384-3454

Get the latest go events information.

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Capital Go Club looks at recent history of top players in Virginia in preparation for state championship

Lun, 04/10/2021 - 04:05

“Who won the most Virginia “Major Titles” from 2007-2020?” asks Jeff Zhang 5d. After identifying “major titles” as the Cherry Blossom, Lunar New Year, Pumpkin Classic, VA Open tournaments, the Capital Go Club searched the online EJournal archives for the past 13 years and the top four achievers are: Eric Lui 2P (11 major title wins), Daniel Chou 6d (8 wins, 2 runner-ups), Justin Teng 6d (3 wins, 7 runner-ups) and Joshua Lee 6d (3 wins, 4 runner-ups). “Big applause to the Top Four players!” says chapter representative Edward Zhang 6D (1 win, 3 runner-ups). “Meanwhile we welcome a new generation of players to take over Virginia.”

The next major Virginia tournament will be the 10th VA Open, taking place on OGS on Saturday October 9th. Last year, nearly 100 players competed. Click here to register. For more tournament winners history, visit the Washington Go Festival site.

-report by Jeff Zhang 5D

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North Carolina State Championship and Memorial Go Tournament

Lun, 04/10/2021 - 03:55

The North Carolina State Championship and 20th Annual Memorial Go Tournament was held on September 25 and 26, 2021, at Umstead State Park in North Raleigh. A total of 42 Go enthusiasts from North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Illinois participated. “We were especially impressed by and appreciated the presence of Richard Hugh, a 93 year young Go player who played well and lifted everyone’s spirits,” says Bob Bacon. “He was the unofficial champion of the tournament.”

The games took place in an open air shelter in a beautiful park setting. Masks and hand sanitizer were provided and their use encouraged. All participants were required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Lunch was provided both days courtesy of the Triangle Go Group. Jeff Kuang directed, and trophies and cash prizes were awarded in five sections, topped by a very competitive open section. “The previous NC State Champion, Chen An, was unable to compete due to academic demands,” says Bacon, “but he visited Sunday and played an exciting game against the new State Champion. Well over half of the participants were dan level, which was unusual for our gatherings but extremely enjoyable!”

Section D, with players 9 kyu and lower was won by Bhaskar Bharath and Russell Herman, who tied for top honors. Justin Su came in second. Section C, 6 kyu to 8 kyu, saw Bob Bacon in first, and Tom Roncoli second. Section B, 1 kyu to 5 kyu, was won by Stephen Choung, followed closely by Robert Qi in second place. Section A, 3 dan to 1 dan, enjoyed great competition and the victory of young Huo Sheng. Second place was a tie between veterans Nianci Gan and Suyoung Yoon.

Finally, in the Open Section, 7 dan to 4 dan, Yi Li, an undergraduate student at Duke University, handily won the section and became the new North Carolina State Champion. Second place was secured by Alexander Qi.

“Thank you to all participants and especially to Adam and Arlene Bridges who coordinated and provided the lunch fares,” continues Bacon. “Another outstanding year!”

-report and photos by Bob Bacon


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PrideGo Open Tournament: AGF scholarship fundraiser

Ven, 01/10/2021 - 22:07

The first PrideGo Open tournament will take place on October 10th, in observance of LGBT History Month. Live coverage of the tournament will be broadcast on the official AGA Twitch channel, where Eva-Dee Beech (Gooplet) will host three commentators – Vadim Efimenko from Go Magic, Sathya Singh a.k.a. LionGuySai, and Dwyrin.

Artem Kachinovskyi 2p from the European Go Journal is sponsoring the tournament; prizes for top places will be digital subscriptions to the Journal – 6, 4, and 2 months, respectively. The tournament is free to play in, and all participants will be eligible for prizes. Registration for the tournament will be open until October 7th.

Tournament directors will use Devin Fraze’s baduk.club tools for pairings. Time controls are 45 minutes main time plus 5 periods of 30-second byo-yomi.

Over twenty players are already registered to play, including Twitch Go streamers TelegraphGo and thelovingsun who will live-stream their participation.

Donations will be accepted during the broadcast to benefit the AGF’s new PrideGo initiative – a scholarship program for young members of LGBT+ communities to attend Go Congress. Details about the program can be found at the PrideGo website: PrideGo.org. The PrideGo project is spearheaded by Eva-Dee Beech, under the AGA Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. Questions about the program, eligibility, contributions, and volunteering can be sent to her at evadee.beech@usgo.org.

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10th Virginia Open to be held online next month

Mer, 29/09/2021 - 04:23

The 10th Virginia Open is scheduled to take place online Oct. 9-10 and Oct. 16-17, with a total cash prize pool of about $600.  Award certificates, participation certificates and cash prizes are offered to six divisions: Open Elite, Open, Expert, Proficient, Intermediate and Novice. Youth and female top performers in various divisions will also be recognized. Non-Virginia players can also play. Click here to register. Click here to view the 2020 VA Open Winners Report. Based on the 10th VA Open standings, the 3rd Virginia State Championship will invite four Virginia players to a knockout tournament later in 2021, and two youth players and two female players to compete for Virginia youth champion and women’s champion. The tournament, hosted by the Virginia chapter clubs of the AGA, will be held in the OGS Baduk Club. Registration fee is $10 for AGA members and $20 for non-members.

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The Power Report: Snap inspections planned by the Nihon Ki-in; Upcoming book: “Fuseki Revolution: How AI Has Changed Go”; Promotions; Obituary

Mar, 28/09/2021 - 18:00

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Snap inspections planned by the Nihon Ki-in
On Sept. 16, the Nihon Ki-in decided that in order to maintain the fairness of official tournaments, it would hold snap, unannounced inspections of the personal belongings of players engaged in official games. Led by a member of the board of directors, officials would make a temporary halt to play in a specified area (such as one floor) and examine players’ belongings. Any players with devices with communication functions would forfeit their games, and their names would be made known within the Ki-in. Any players refusing to permit an inspection of their belongings would be treated in the same way.
Some background: As of October 1, 2018, Nihon Ki-in players were forbidden to take electronic devices into playing areas, being required to put them into lockers. As of Jan. 1 this year, players were forbidden to leave the playing area at meal times. A portion of playing areas were set aside as rest areas, and rest rooms were included in the playing area. (See my report of Feb. 25, 2021.)

Upcoming book: “Fuseki Revolution: How AI Has Changed Go”
A book on the influence of AI on go theory will be published soon by Kiseido. The title is “Fuseki Revolution: How AI Has Changed Go” and the author is Shibano Toramaru. (Full disclosure: I am the translator.)

Promotions
To 9-dan: Katayama Yasuo (200 wins; as of Sept. 17). Katayama is a member of the Nagoya (Central Japan) branch of the Nihon Ki-in. He was born on July 28, 1964 and became 1-dan in 1981. His career score is 491 wins to 471 losses, 11 jigo and 1 no-contest. It’s interesting to see that the 200 wins required for promotion to 9-dan make up just over 40% of all his lifetime wins.  To 8-dan: Mitani Tetsuya (150 wins; as of Sept. 17). His lifetime tally is 330 wins to 216 losses and 2 no-contests. The wins for his latest promotion are just 27% of his career wins.  
To 7-dan (120 wins): Kobayashi Izumi (as of Aug. 17); Ohashi Hirofumi (as of Aug. 17); Xie Yimin (as of Aug. 20)
To 2-dan (30 wins): Ikemoto Ryota (30 wins; as of Aug. 6); Kondo Toshiki (as of Sept. 7)

Obituary
Saijo Masataka 9-dan died on August 6. Born on Jan. 5, 1941 in Chiba Prefecture, Saijo became a disciple of Sakai Yasuo 8P. He became 1-dan at the Central Japan (Nagoya) branch of the Nihon Ki-in in 1964 and reached 8-dan in 1981. He retired in 2004 and was promoted to 9-dan. Saijo made many trips overseas to teach go and in particular was a familiar face at the European Go Congress for many years.

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Member’s Edition: Albert Yen Commentary on a Game from a Tournament in Evanston, IL.

Mar, 28/09/2021 - 08:00

Commentary: Albert Yen
Game Editor: Gordon Fraser

This is a game from the July tournament in Evanston, IL. My opponent was Alex Qi, a strong 14 year old who is AGA 7d and has made several strong showings in the Redmond Cup. He was also scheduled to participate in the AGA pro qualification tournament which has now been postponed.

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The Power Report: Sumire’s progress; Most wins; Most successive wins; Kiyonari reaches 1,000 wins

Mar, 28/09/2021 - 02:23

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Sumire’s progress
(August 2) Sumire (B) beat Antii Tormanen 1P by 6.5 points (Prelim. C, 48th Tengen tournament).
(Aug. 5) Sumire (W) lost to Muramatsu Daiki 6P by resig. (Prelim. A, 60th Judan tournament).
(Aug. 12) Sumire (B) lost to Suzuki Ayumi 7P by 3.5 points (round 2, main tournament, 6th Senko Cup)
(Aug. 19) Sumire (B) lost to Abe Yoshiki 3P by resig. (C League, 46th Kisei tournament). This was her third loss, so Sumire dropped out of the league.
(Aug. 26) Sumire (B) lost to Iguchi Toyohide 8P by 3.5 points. (Prelim. C, 48th Tengen tournament).
(Aug. 30) Sumire beat Kato Tomoko 6P (Prelim. A, Women’s Kisei). This win secured a seat in the main tournament (the top 16). (= 31-13)
(Sept. 2) Sumire beat Komatsu Hideko 4P (Prelim. C, 70th Oza tournament).

Most wins
As usual, we give this list after the Sumire update, as it shows how well she and other female players are doing. There are five women in the top ten.
1. Ueno Asami, Women’s Kisei: 39-18
2. Nakamura Sumire 2P: 34-14
3. Fukuoka Kotaro 2P: 32-9
4. Kyo Kagen Judan: 30-12
5. Seki Kotaro 7P: 29-9; Motoki Katsuya 8P: 29-12
7. Fujisawa Rina, Women’s Honinbo: 28-10
8. Tsuneishi Takashi 4P: 27-6; Ichiriki Ryo Tengen: 27-9
10. Nyu Eiko 3P: 26-13; Xie Yimin 7P: 26-16
12. Iyama Yuta Kisei: 24-11; Shibano Toramaru Oza: 24-17

Most successive wins
8: Kyo Kagen
7: Seki Kotaro
6: Fujisawa Rina
The above winning streaks are ongoing. Onishi Kenya had a streak of 7 that stopped last week.

Kiyonari reaches 1,000 wins
Kiyonari Tetsuya 9-dan of the Kansai Ki-in scored his 1,000th official win on August 4. His record at that point was 1,000 wins to 514 losses, a winning rate of 64%. He is the 29th Japanese player to reach this mark and the 6th at the Kansai Ki-in. Kiyonari will turn 60 on November 27, so a professional mile stone is being closely followed by a personal one.  Kiyonari took second place in the NHK Cup in 1995. He won the Kansai Ki-in No. One Position title twice. He also came second in the King of the New Stars in 1980. His predecessors at the Kansai Ki-in are: Hashimoto Shoji, Honda Kunihisa, Yuki Satoshi, Imamura Toshiya, and Sonoda Yuichi.

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50 Years aGO – September 1971

Sab, 25/09/2021 - 08:00

by Keith L. Arnold, hka, with Patrick Bannister

Two early matches in the TV tournaments attracted attention because of interesting match ups. First, on September 5, Kitani Reiko 6d, daughter of the great Kitani Minoru (and future wife of Kobayashi Koichi and mother of Kobayashi Izumi) upset Takagawa Shukaku 9d in the 4th Quick Go Tournament. (Game record: Kitani-Takagawa.)

Second, on September 12, the new Hon’inbo Ishida Yoshio faced off against the legendary Go Seigen in the 19th NHK Tournament. Go Review remarked that Go “overwhelmingly defeated” the young star. See for yourself in the game record: Go-Ishida.

But the month was dominated by Rin Kaihō’s attempt to get the Meijin title back from Fujisawa Shūkō. The second game was postponed for a day due to the title holder’s health and he lost the game to go down 0-2. Shūkō then came back to win the 3rd and 4th games, played from September 9 to 10 and September 17 to 18 respectively, to even the series. But we offer a photo of a smiling Rin after his victory in the 5th game, played from September 27 to 28, to lead the series 3-2. (Game records: Game 2, Game 3, Game 4, Game 5.)

[See image gallery at www.usgo.org]

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The Power Report: Fujisawa wins Senko Cup; The 79-year age gap; New Honinbo league members; Three-way tie in international tournament; Shin Jinseo wins Chunlan Cup

Gio, 23/09/2021 - 23:38

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Fujisawa wins Senko Cup
The final rounds of the 6th Senko Cup were held in the Guest Pavilion Akekure (Dawn and Dusk) at the Crefeel Koto hotel in East Omi City, Shiga Prefecture, on September 10 and 12. This tournament is a little unusual in that the previous winner does not defend the title but starts out again in the main tournament. The winner of the 5th Cup was Ueno Asami; she reached the final, so the result was the same as if she were defending the title. She was joined in the final by her main rival, Fujisawa Rina. The latter prevailed in the final, so she won this title for the third time. First prize is 8,000,000 yen (just under $73,000 at $1 = 109.62 yen), which makes this the most lucrative domestic female title. Second prize of 4,000,000 yen is also quite generous. Fujisawa now holds five of the six women’s titles, the other four being the Women’s Honinbo, the Women’s Meijin, the Women’s Hollyhock, and the Hakata Kamachi Cup. The lone hold-out is the Women’s Kisei, held by Ueno. Fujisawa also holds the Young Carp title. This is her 19th title; she is rapidly catching up with XieYimin (27 titles).

Results:
Semifinals (Sept. 10). Ueno Asami (B) beat Xie Yimin 7P by resig.; Fujisawa (B) beat Suzuki Ayumi 7P by resig.
Final (Sept. 12). Fujisawa (W) beat Ueno by resig.

The 79-year age gap
On September 9, Sugiuchi Kazuko 8P, at 94 the oldest active go player, was paired against Fukuoka Kotaro 2P, at 15 one of the youngest professionals at the Nihon Ki-in. The gap between the two was 79 years. Taking black, Fukuoka won by resignation. After the game, he commented: “Sugiuchi Sensei’s posture and movements were very natural and struck me as beautiful. I’m glad I had a chance to play her.’ The biggest gap ever in a professional game was 80 years, set when her husband, the late Sugiuchi Masao, then 95, played Onishi Ryuhei 1P, then 15.

New Honinbo league members
The four vacant seats in the 77th Honinbo League have been decided, and two have gone to Kansai Ki-in players. On August 26, Sada Atsushi 7P (KK) (W) beat Koyama Kuya 4P by 2.5 points. Sada makes a comeback to the league immediately after dropping out of the previous league.
On September 2, Yo Seiki 8P (KK) (W) beat Ko Iso 9P by resig. and won a seat for the sixth time after a gap of two terms. On the same day, Motoki Katsuya 8P (W) beat Koike Yoshihiro 6P by resig. This will be his fourth appearance in the league; he won the 72nd league.
In the game for the last open seat, played on September 9, Tsuruyama Atsushi 8P (B) beat Anzai Nobuaki 7P by resig. Tsuruyama also made an immediate come back to the league. He commented that he was happy to make his second league; one appearance could be dismissed as a fluke, but not two.

Three-way tie in international tournament
The 2021 6th Hulu Island Weiqi Cultural Festival China-Japan-Korea Tournament was held from September 12‾14 on the net. It is a team tournament, with three-player teams from China, Japan, and Korea competing. It features former top players, though one member of the Japanese team might object to the first adjective. Each team won one match and lost one and each scored three individual wins, so the result was a three-way tie for first. Chinese rules were used, and the time allowance was one hour plus one minute x 5. Prizes were 300,000 yuan (about $18,450 at one yuan = 15.3 cents), 200,000, and 100,000. Results follow:

Round One) Korea 2-China 1
Yoo Chang-hyeok 9P (B) lost to Yu Bin 9P by half a point.
Lee Chang-ho 9P (B) beat Chang Hao 9P by resig.
Cho Hun-hyeon 9P (B) beat Nie Weiping 9P by resig.

Round Two) China 2-Japan 1
Nie Weiping 9P (W) lost to Kobayashi Koichi 9P by resig.
Yu Bin (B) beat Kobayashi Satoru 9P by resig.
Chang Hao 9P (W) beat Takao Shinji 9P by half a point.

Round Three) Japan 2-Korea 1
Kobayashi Koichi (W) beat Cho Hun-hyeon by 4.5 points.
Kobayashi Satoru (B) beat Yoo Chang-hyeok by resig.
Takao Shinji 9P (B) lost to Lee Chang-ho by 2.5 points

Shin Jinseo wins Chunlan Cup
Shin Jin-seo 9P of Korea, the world’s top-rated player, beat Tang Weixing 9P of China 2-0 in the best-of three final of the 13th Chunlan Cup (the tournament started in July last year). In the first game, played on the net on Sept. 13, Shin (W) upset his opponent’s lead and won by half a point. The second game was played on Sept. 15; taking black, Shin won by resig. after 173 moves. First prize is $150,000.
Shin was born on March 17, 2000, and this is his fourth international title (see below for the other three). The other three are given below. Shin has a reputation for surpassing AI, which has earned him an interesting nickname: “shinko chino,” which means “Shin-built intelligence.” That is a pun on the term “jinko chino,” which means “artificial intelligence.”
Shin’s other titles: 4th Globis Cup (2017); 31st TV Asia (2019); 24th LG Cup (2020, this tournament began in 2019).

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The Power Report: Hoshiai’s first challenge; Ichiriki takes lead in Meijin; Ichiriki wins Kisei S League

Mer, 22/09/2021 - 23:04

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Hoshiai Shiho 3P

Hoshiai to make first challenge
The play-off to decide the challenger to Fujisawa Rina for the 40th Women’s Honinbo was held at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo on August 23. Taking black, Hoshiai Shiho 3P (right) beat Koyama Terumi 6P by resignation. She will make her first challenge for a title. She may be a new name for some readers, but actually she is one of the best-known women players in Japan, as she has been serving as the MC of NHK’s TV tournament telecast on Sundays. Hoshiai turned 24 on September 4. The title match begins on September 28. Her opponent, Koyama Terumi, deserves praise for reaching the play-off. In an era of domination by young stars, the 51-year-old Koyama revived memories of her younger days when she won the Women’s Meijin title four times (1996‾98, 2005).

Shiki-sai Ichiriki or Four Seasonal Colors Ichiriki

Ichiriki takes lead in Meijin title match
This year’s 46th Meijin title match features what is undoubtedly the strongest pairing in current tournament go in Japan. Iyama held the top three titles and has continued to lord it over the go world despite entering his 30s. The challenger, Ichiriki Ryo, has been the in-form player in recent months and has looked the most likely to dethrone Iyama. However, although he has won 14 titles, he has not yet won one of the big three, unlike his closest rival, Shibano Toramaru. This match is his chance to rectify that.
The first game of the match was held at its customary venue of the Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, on August 26 and 27. Iyama drew white in the nigiri. Both players played aggressively, so the game featured fierce fighting throughout, making this a spectacular start to the title match. However, Ichiriki’s strategy at an important point in the middle game was a little dubious, so Iyama took the lead. Ichiriki made an all-out attempt to capture a large group, but White cut off a black group and won the capturing race with a brilliant combination, one that he apparently worked out 25 moves in advance. Ichiriki resigned after move 212.
The second game was played at the Shiki-sai Ichiriki or Four Seasonal Colors Ichiriki in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, on September 8 and 9, Ichiriki being written with the same characters, “one strength,” as in the player’s name. Although there’s no connection between the family that founded the inn and Ichiriki’s family, it was a pleasant coincidence for Ichiriki (the venue would have been chosen before the organizers knew who the challenger would be). The game was a real rough-and-tumble affair, with various moves supposed to be bad style, such as empty triangles and moves pushing through a knight’s move, appearing in the messy infighting. Iyama (B) delivered what Go Weekly called “unlimited punches,” with Ichiriki sometimes absorbing the impact, sometimes dodging lightly. Ichiriki had an edge, but in the endgame he missed a move that would have secured a win, so the game became a half-pointer. However, Iyama later made a mistake, so the half point went in Ichiriki’s favor. This was Ichiriki’s first win in a two-day game?he lost 0-4 when he challenged Iyama for the 42nd Kisei title in 2018.
The third game was played at Kakujoro inn in Tahara City, Aichi Prefecture, on 15 & 16 September, with Hane Naoki acting as referee. Ichiriki (B) got into trouble when he came under a severe attack, but he was able to pull off an upset. Iyama resigned after move 225. The fourth game will be played on September 28 and 29.  

Ichiriki wins Kisei S League
In a repeat of his Meijin League performance, Ichiriki Ryo has won the S League of the 46th Kisei tournament without dropping a game. Second place was taken by Yo Seiki 8P of the Kansai Ki-in. Results since my last report are given below.
(Aug. 16) Murakawa Daisuke 9P (W) beat Yamashita Keigo 9P by resig.
(Aug. 23) Ichiriki (B) beat Takao Shinji by resig.
(Sept. 16) Yo Seiki 8P (W) beat Murakawa Daisuke 8P by 2.5 points.
The final-round game between Kono Rin and Yamashita Keigo has yet to be played.

The winners of the other leagues have also been decided, though not all the games have been played yet. In the B League play-off, Son Makoto 7P, who won the B2 League with 6-1, defeated Shida Tatsuya 8P, who won the B1 League with 5-2. The game was played on September 6, and Son, taking black, won by resignation. The knock-out to decide the challenger looks like this: Numadate Sakiya 7P, winner of the C League, plays Son Makoto; the winner then plays Shibano Toramaru, winner of the A League; the winner plays Yo Seiki 8P, who came second in the S League; the winner then plays Ichiriki in a “best-of-three” in which Ichiriki has a one-win advantage, so he needs to win only one game to become the challenger.

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