Two College Students From Americas To Get Free Trip To Japan

With little competition so far for the two open slots, interested university and college students in the Americas have a good shot at getting to compete in the preliminary for the next World Students Go Oza Championship. Application deadline is Nov 16 and applicants must be under the age of 30. Click here for the entry formClick here to read more (Registration Open for World Students Go Oza Championship 10/22 EJ). 

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Weekly Go problems: Week 126

Here are the weekly Go problems for week 126.

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

Easy Go problem

The eye stealing tesuji is useful in life and death problems too.

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Intermediate Go problem

If you focus too much on capturing stones, you’ll often overlook good moves.

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Hard Go problem

Reduce White’s eyespace, then look for a vital point.

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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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Go Commentary: Kang Dongyun vs Ida Atsushi – 16th Nongshim Cup

The 16th Nongshim Cup got started in Beijing, China, from October 21 to 24, 2014.

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What’s in the giant noodle cups? The draw!

The Nongshim Cup

The Nongshim Cup is a team event between China, Japan and Korea.

The sponsor, Nongshim, is a Korean instant noodles company.

The tournament uses a win and continue format, which is common in these team events.

Korea has dominated this event, winning it 11 times. In contrast, Japan has won it only once, while China is slowly catching up with three wins.

Round 1 of the 16th Nongshim Cup is now complete. Round 2 will start on November 28, 2014 in Busan, Korea and round 3 will take place some time in the first half of 2015.

Game 1

Ichiriki Ryo 7p and Byun Sangil 3p kicked off play for the Japanese and Korean teams respectively.

Much to Japanese fans’ delight, Ichiriki defeated Byun to get team Japan off to a good start.

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Byun Sangil 3 dan (left) and Ichiriki Ryo 7 dan at the 16th Nongshim Cup

It was a very one sided game.

Black 33 was a mistake, and White took an early lead.

Black 91 was an overplay, and the game was practically over by move 102.

Byun tried to catch up but Ichiriki didn’t give him any chances.

The last Japanese player to win the opening game in this tournament was Hane Naoki 9p in 2007.

Ichiriki won the 1st Globis Cup earlier this year, in May 2014, and he’s considered to be one of Japan’s most promising players.

Yoda Norimoto 9p was also at the tournament to support team Japan.

Some pros say this is Japan’s best Nongshim Cup team in several years.

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Yoda Norimoto 9p supporting Ichiriki Ryo 7p at the 16th Nongshim Cup

Game 2

Ichiriki also played very well against Tuo Jiaxi 9p, who was the first to step up to the plate for team China, but he didn’t maintain his lead and allowed Tuo to catch up and eventually win the game.

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Tuo Jiaxi 9 dan (left) takes on Ichiriki Ryo at the 16th Nongshim Cup

Game 3

Next, Tuo faced Kang Dongyun 9p, who was the second player for team Korea.

Tuo’s opening in this game was dull. When Tuo invaded in the top left, Kang attacked severely and chased Tuo’s dragon all the way to the bottom of the board.

Kang eventually defeated Tuo with a series of very sharp tesujis.

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Kang Dongyun 9p defeats Tuo Jiaxi 9p at the 16th Nongshim Cup

Game 4

Now we’re going to have a look at the fourth game, between Kang Dongyun 9p and Ida Atsushi 8p, in detail.

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Kang Dongyun 9p and Ida Atsushi 8p at the 16th Nongshim Cup

Kang is currently ranked #4 in Korea.

He made it to the quarter finals of the 2014 Samsung Cup in mid October, but his run was cut short when he was defeated by Tang Weixing 9p.

Ida was born in 1994. He and Ichiriki are considered to be two of Japan’s rising stars.

Ida challenged Iyama Yuta 9p for the 69th Honinbo title in 2014, but he lost 4-1.

However, to earn the right to challenge Iyama, Ichiriki defeated Yamashita Keigo 9p in the challenger decision match, which caused quite a stir among Japanese Go fans.

Let’s have a look at the game!

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Kang Dongyun vs Ida Atsushi – Game 4

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Byun Sangil vs Ichiriki Ryo – Game 1

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Everyone a Winner at NOVA Pumpkin Classic (Especially Josh Lee)

At the annual NOVA Pumpkin Classic, players usually compete for prize pumpkins. At this year’s Classic, on Saturday, October 25, 31 players vied “not to lose a pumpkin,” a result of a surfeit of squash due to what Tournament Allan Abramson admitted was “A massive lack of 2014.10.25-NOVA-pumpkincommunication” between him and NOVA Club President Gary Smith that found them both turning up with armfuls of pumpkins. In the end, every attendee, including visitors, left the George Mason Law School in Arlington VA with a grand pumpkin.  Top section winner Josh Lee upped his game to finish 4-0. New visitor Saki Fujita 5 Dan from Japan, now studying at Johns Hopkins, promises to be a tough addition to the local scene.

The winners were:

First Place: Josh Lee, 5D, 4-0; Frederick Bao, 1D, 3-1; Quinn Baranoski, 3K, 3-1; Bob Crites, 7K, 4-0, tied with Gary Smith, 9K, 4-0; and Dierdre Golash, 13K, 4-0

Second Place: Saki Fujita, 5D, 3-1; Victor Kang, 2D, 3-1; Zongying Qiu, 3K, 3-1; Anderson Barreal, 9K, 3-1; and a three-way tie among Ning-Yuan Ernest Wang, 10K, Sarah Crites, 13K, and Keith Crank, 13K, each with two wins

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Justin Chiang Tops Austin Fall Classic

Justin Chiang topped the Austin Fall Classic Go Tournament on Saturday, October 25th at Great Hall Games in Austin, Tx. Fourteen players 2014.10.28-Austinparticipated in the 4 round, handicap tournament, with prizes going to the following players: Justin Chiang 9K  (4-0); Yue (John) Zhyang 4D (3-1), Cye Stoner 2K (3-1).

photo: (l-r): John Zhang, Cye Stoner, Justin Chiang

– report by TD Bart Jacob

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Twin Cities Go Club (2): Playing & Pizza Build Community

The October 18 Twin Cities Go Club’s Fall 2014 rated games day took place on the University of Minnesota campus, in a building that sits right2014.10.28_Twin-Cities-pizza on the edge of the Mississippi river. “It was a picturesque autumn day – clear skies and a slightly crisp feeling in the air – the trees at the peak of their color, with bright yellow leaves carpeting streets and walkways around campus,” reports Aaron Broege.

The event began at 9am and lasted until 4 pm. Fifteen AGA members, ranging from 21k to 4d, participated in the rated games day. “There 2014.10.28_Twin-Cities-gamewere no set rounds or time limits, so players could play rated games at their leisure,” says Broege. “Many of the stronger players enjoyed taking advantage of the lack of time constraints, and some of the more serious games went on for over 2 hours.”

“Around noon we ordered pizza as part of the AGA’s initiative for free pizza in October. We were so happy and fortunate that this offer coincided with our already-scheduled event. Everyone was happy to enjoy pizza while two 2 dan players reviewed their game. We would like to thank the AGA for having this offer. It really made our local club feel more directly connected to the national organization. I think that this sort of initiative helps to build a stronger community between the national and local organizations.”

photo: Onlookers enjoy their pizza, courtesy of the AGA, while Peter Hansmeier (4d) and Yanqing Sun (2d) (at left) review their game.

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Panaccione, Tillberg & Cho Top MGA Go Tourney

Forty-two players participated in the Massachusetts Go Tournament held in Davis Square, Somerville on October 19, so the tournament was 2014.10.28_MGA-David_Cho_Eric_Tillberg_Alex_Panaccione_winners_of_Section_Adivided into two independent sections with two sets of prizes.  There were twenty players in section A  4 kyu and 2014.10.28_Mass-Tourney_Alexander_Majercik_Gus_Heck_James_Peters_and_Titi_Alailima_William_Luff_and_Eric_Tillberg_Fred_Wardwell_Jasper_Zillerstronger, twenty-two in section B ranging from 5 kyu to 20 kyu.  “Every participant contributed to the success of the tournament. Thanks to each and every one of you!” says TD Eva Casey. “And many thanks to the Boylston Chess Club for lending us their space.”

Section A winners: Alex Panaccione, 1 dan, and Eric Tillberg, 4 kyu, went 4-0, and thus tied for first place. Third place went to David Cho, 3 dan, who only lost to Alex Panaccione.  Honorable mention to the others who went 3-0, Pete Schumer, 2 kyu, Alexander Majercik, 3 kyu (who only lost to Eric Tillberg), and Makio Ogawa, 4 kyu.

Section B winners: Three players went 4-0 and thus the prize money for first second and third was pooled and divided equally. Tied for first were Milan Mladenivic, 6 kyu, Brandan Williams, 18 kyu, and Jacob Zhang, 20 kyu. Honorable Mention to the 3-0 players: Chia Chan 5 kyu, Philip Dreher, 7 kyu, Ralph St. Louis, 7 kyu, and Yuan Yao, 10 kyu.  Chia, Philip, and Ralph all only lost to Milan.

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Cupertino, Portland, Seattle

November 2: Cupertino, CA
17th Ing’s Cup Youth Goe Tournament
Mingjiu Jiang mingjiu7p@hotmail.com 650-796-1602

November 2: Portland, OR
New Stars
Peter Freedman pleefreedman1@comcast.net 503-242-4203

November 2: Seattle, WA
Monthly Ratings Tournament
Brian Allen manager@seattlego.org 206-632-1122 206-545-1424

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2014 Cotsen Go Tournament & AGA Pro Prelim Winner’s Report

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Click here for top-board game records and complete results. Additional photos are on the AGA’s Facebook page.

Special Awards: Richard Dolen (top right) and Larry Gross received special awards from tournament sponsor Eric Cotsen for their longtime support and promotion of the game of go.

Open
1. Youwhan Kim 7d
2. Calvin Sun 8d*
3. Mark Lee 7d*
4. Qipeng Luo 7d*
5. Beomgeun Cho 9d*
* Sun & Lee were tied for 2nd; Sun was awarded 2nd place by default when Lee missed the award ceremony; Luo and Cho were tied for 4th place and Luo won 4th place in a rock-paper-scissors shoot-out conducted by Eric Cotsen.

A – 3d-5d
1. Jerry Shen 4d
2. Michael Wanek 4d
3. Nathan Harwit 4d2014.10.27_yang-DSC_0066

B – 1d-2d
1. James Lou 2d
2. Tina Bai 2d
3. Dan Alvira 2d

C – 1k-5k
1. Ryan Kierulf 1k
2. Clement Wong 3k
3. Yunyen Lee 3k

D – 6k-11k
1. Greg Kulevich 8k
2. Christopher Rumsey 9k
3. Chris Kaynor 8k

E – 12k+2014.10.27_cotsen-club-prize
1. Dowson Yang 19k
2. James Maloney 25k
3. Victoria Blue 26k

CLUBS
1. Orange County
2. Bay Area
3. YuGo*
* YuGo was tied with Arizona and won 3rd in a rock-paper-scissors shoot-out (at right)

Cotsen Staff: Samantha Davis & crew.
E-Journal Team: Richard Dolen (Board 2), Nick McNelis (Board 3), Joe Cepiel (Board 4); team coordination (& Board 1 recording) by Chris Garlock

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