Go Quiz: A Fujisawa by Any Other Name

“Go Seigen is my favorite player!” comments Albert Yen on last week’s quiz, which asked who was the only player to defeat Go in a jubango match. Longtime quiz players may recall that your quizmaster considers him the greatest player of all time (though the same group may recall I have a different favorite player). A wonderful 43 of you responded. Six chose the razor-sharp Sakata Eio, perhaps confusing his breaking up the dominance of Takagawa Kaku, whose Honinbo dominance may have confused two of you and a solitary, unidentified responder chose a time-traveling TARDIS possessing Shusaku. An impressive 32 correctly chose Fujisawa Kuranosuke, although several shared Richard Jankowski’s concern that “I hope this person is the same as Fujisawa Hosai.” Putting aside existential questions about whether we really are the same person during different times of our lives, Fujisawa did not adopt the name “Hosai” until much later. However you want to refer to him, Fujisawa beat Go Seigen 6-4 in 1942 (right), although, as many pointed out, he took black in each of the no komi games, and he later lost two jubango to Go, also at handicap. Interestingly, Reinhold Burger suggested that this question would be difficult without special resources, while Roland Crowl felt it was “too easy to find online” While the number of correct responses give the nod to Mr. Crowl, I thought I would take a moment to comment on how we structure quiz question choices. Ideally, we first hope to be interesting and topical. After that, your quizmaster personally believes clever, difficult questions will always we appreciated by those interested in this clever and difficult game. However, even if folks easily get online and find an answer, then your interest has been sparked and hopefully you’ll have learned something. Congratulations to David Rohde of Carpentersville, IL this week’s winner, chosen at random from those answering correctly. photo courtesy Go’s Everywhere website.

Let’s learn something about China’s Gu Li (left). While Gu benefitted from instruction by several teachers, one teacher nurtured him since he was a youngster. Is it Yang Yi 6P, Yang Yilun 7P, Song Xuelin 9P or Zhang Wendong 9P? Hint: He has attended the U.S. Go Congress several times. Click here to make your guess by close of business on Thursday.
– Keith Arnold, HKA & AGA Quizmaster

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Your Move/Readers Write: How to Find Iyama

“In response to the question about viewing the rest of the Iyama program (Your Move/Readers Write: Where’s the Rest of Iyama? 2/22/2013 EJ): it is possible but you must pay,” writes Todd Dahlquist. “Click this link and it will ask you to either pay the 210 yen ($2) for just watching this program or 945 ($9.22) for unlimited access for a month. Clicking those links brings you to another page to register. All of it is in Japanese though so it would be difficult for someone who does not know Japanese.”
Editor’s Note: Google Translate may help.

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Lee Sedol races ahead 2-0: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol jubango

The second game of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango got underway on outskirts of Shanghai, on February 23, 2014.

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Lee Sedol 9 dan (pictured) takes a comfortable 2-0 lead in his 10 game match with Gu Li 9 dan.

In what can only be described as a very disappointing game for Gu Li 9p, Lee Sedol 9p snatched the game from the jaws of defeat in the late endgame, to win by 1.5 points.

Lee Sedol now has a 2-0 lead in the best of 10 series, which will increase the pressure on Gu in game 3.

An Younggil 8p commented the game live for viewers at Baduk TV Live and a more detailed game commentary is coming soon.

Gu Li starts well

Gu Li, playing black, started the game with nice opening.

Black 27 showed Gu’s delicate sense of play, and he took the lead up to black 45.

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Gu Li 9 dan got off to a good start playing black.

A failed attack reverses the game

Black 55 looked questionable, and white lived at the bottom fairly easily up to white 64.

Gu had been aiming at black 65 throughout the fight in the bottom left, but white 74 was a nice move, and black’s strategy proved unsuccessful.

White reversed the game up to 78.

A ko fight backfires on Lee

Black 93 was a nice way to attack white’s center group, after which white started a ko with 102-110.

However, it seems like Lee may not have anticipated black’s ko threat at 121, and the game became even again up to 129.

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Lee Sedol (left) and Gu Li – Jubango, Game 2.

Gu regains the lead in the early endgame

White 142 was questionable, and black 143 was a big endgame move, after which black regained the lead.

The game was close, but black 169 was another good (sente) endgame move, and black was still leading up to 189.

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Professional Go players analyze the game together. From left: Chang Hao, Joanne Missingham, Osawa Narumi and Xie Yimin.

Gu Li stumbles at the finish line

Black 209, 229, and 245 were mistakes, and black lost about 2-3 points because of them.

As a result, Lee Sedol was able to turn a probable half-point loss into a win by 1.5 points.

A painful result for Gu Li

This was a very painful defeat for Gu Li, because he lost a ‘won game’ right at the very end.

Gu will have to overcome this disappointment and regain his focus before the next match.

Fortunately, he has about five weeks to do so. Game 3 will be played in Chengdu on March 30, 2014.

More news and commentary are coming soon! Check our Lee Sedol – Gu Li jubango page, or subscribe to our newsletter for all the latest updates.

David Ormerod, with An Younggil 8p.

Gu Li vs Lee Sedol photos

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Game record

Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Game 2

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Fan Hui Wins Ireland’s 2014 Confucius Cup

Fan Hui 2P of France swept the Confucius Cup at the 2014 Irish Go Congress, posting a perfect 5-0 score. Fan (right) topped a field of 44 players over the February 15-16 weekend in a surprisingly sunny Dublin. Celebrating 25 years of go in Ireland, the main tournament, the third Confucius Cup, was well represented with a strong field of players. Csaba Mero 6d (Hungary) took second place, Antoine Fenech 5d (France) was third, and Ondrej Silt 6d (Czech Republic) was fourth, with Kim Ouweleen 4d (The Netherlands) fifth. In an interesting historical note, Professor Liming Wang, Director of the UCD Confucius Institute, played in both this Confucius Cup and the first Irish Open in 1989. 

Winning four games were Julia Bohle 19k (Austria), Josefa Kubitova 8k (Czech Republic) and Gabriel Aussibal 1k (France). The Rapid Tournament was won by Karol Janyst 2k (Poland), with 5 wins, followed by Marek Gutkowski 7k (Poland), who edged out four other players with four wins. Click here for full results, game records and photos by Tiberiu Gociu.
– adapted from a report by the Irish Go Association 

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Go Spotting: Boxing Fuseki

In the manga Ashita No Joe — also known as Tomorrow’s Joe in America — the main character Joe Yabuki talks about fuseki. The manga isn’t about go at all — its about boxing — but here Joe is in the middle of a brutal match and in danger of losing. His coach wants to take him out of the match but Joe uses the concept of fuseki to explain his plan.
Thanks to Henry Hathaway for passing this along.

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AGA City League Round 2 Set for Feb 22

The second round of the AGA City League is set for February 22. The first round concluded on February 10 with a win by Katy TX 1 defeating Syracuse to complete the round. “As always catch the action live on game day at 3PM EST on Pandanet using the new GoPanda2 software,” says TD Steve Colburn. Games will be played in the AGA City League room.

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Weekly Go problems: Week 114

Here are the weekly Go problems for week 114.

Black plays first in all problems and all solutions are labeled ‘correct’. Have fun!

Easy Go problem

You can’t let white have more than two liberties.

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Download the solutions to the easy problem as an SGF or PDF file.


Intermediate Go problem

How can black make use of his captured stone?

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Download the solutions to the intermediate problem as an SGF or PDF file.


Hard Go problem

Sometimes you need to ask a question before answering one.

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Discuss other possible moves

If you have any questions or want to discuss any of these problems, please leave a comment below at any time. You can use the coordinates on the problem images to discuss a move or sequence of moves.

You can also download the solutions as a PDF or SGF file by clicking the links below each problem.

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Upcoming European Tournament: Swiss Go Championship

The 38th Swiss Go Championship will be April 4-6 at the Hotel Ascona as part of the Ascona Mind Games. Prizes include cash prizes for the top three players and qualification for World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) and Korea Prime Minister Cup (KPMC). Players who also choose to stay at the Hotel Ascona will receive discounted rates as well as two meals per day. Hwang In-Seong 7d will analyze games throughout the tournament and give a two day’s stage prior to the tournament. To register or for more information, please visit the official Swiss Go Championship website.
—Annalia Linnan; for complete listings, check out the European Tournament Calendar

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Kyu Players Win Big

48 kids and teens competed in the AGA’s new North American Kyu Championships (NAKC) for youth, held Feb. 15th on KGS.  The event was dominated by younger players, with 41 kids competing in the Junior Division (12 and under) and just 7 players in the Senior (13-17). Mexico made a strong showing, with 17 players, competing from the Biblioteca de Mexico (a public library in Mexico City), with 11-year-old Valeria Gonzalez 17k (r) taking top honors in the 16-20k bracket.  Everyone who entered became eligible for AGF scholarships to Go Camp or Go Congress, and first place winners will receive personalized trophies with their names engraved.

Nine-year-old Raymond Feng 1k was the Jr. winner in the 1-5k bracket, while Yukino Takehara 2k won in the Sr.  For complete results in all brackets, click here.  The event was run by Paul Barchilon, with very able support from new Assistant Youth Coordinator Justin Teng. The NAKC replaces the former US Youth Go Championships, while the Redmond Cup will provide dan level players in Canada, the US, and Mexico with the chance to compete (dan players can register here).  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photos by Siddhartha Avila: top: Valeria Gonzalez 17k contemplates her next move; bottom: at the Biblioteca de Mexico.

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