UK Go News Updates: Gerry Gavigan Takes Second Place in Cork;President Closes Out the Spanish Inquisition; 12 Tapped for European Youth Online Team Tourney;Fun and Games at Letchworth Rapid Play; Matthew Cocke Regains Three Peaks Title

Gerry Gavigan Takes Second Place in Cork: Gerry Gavigan 13k from South London took second place in the 2014 UCC Tournament, held in the Mardyke Pavillion of University College Cork.

President Closes Out the Spanish Inquisition: In the Pandanet Go European Team Championship, the UK’s match against Spain on 18th November was split 1-1, so Board 1 was played a day later, with BGA President Jon Diamond winning to give the UK it’s third win of the season and second place in the C-League behind Bulgaria.

12 Tapped for European Youth Online Team Tourney: A dozen young players have been selected to represent the UK at the first 2014.11.22_UK-letchworthEuropean Youth Go Team Tournament on KGS. They played their first match against Romania on 15th November, posting a 1-4 loss. The second match is against Italy on 29th November.

Fun and Games at Letchworth Rapid Play: 26 players attended the first Letchworth Rapid Play event held at the Central Methodist Church in Letchworth Garden City. Tim Hunt 2d took first with six wins in the Open Section, the Major Section was won by Ben Ellis 3k, Minor Section winner was John Collins 10k, Junior Section winner was Melchior Chui 9k, and Greg Briscoe won the Novices Tournament. photo: Paul Smith losing to Tim Hunt

Matthew Cocke Regains Three Peaks Title: Matthew Cocke won the Three Peaks title for the fifth time, sweeping all five games at the Commodore Inn in Grange-over-Sands. Runners-ups were Roger Huyshe 4k and David Cantrell 6k, each with four wins. 31 players took part, including organizer Bob Bagot.
– compiled/edited by Amy Su, based on reports on the BGA website 

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Weekly Go problems: Week 127

Here are the weekly Go problems for week 127.

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

Easy Go problem

When both players have weak stones, the best moves are usually those that combine attack and defense.

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Intermediate Go problem

This shape is the result of a joseki. A lot of players don’t realize that Black can still live in the corner.

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Hard Go problem

If you allow White to maximize her eyespace, she’ll live easily.

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Nihon Ki-in Gives Award to Frank Fukuda of Seattle

Head shot of Frank smallThe Nihon Ki-in recently celebrated its 90th Anniversary in Japan.  As part of the celebration, they sent Frank (Kohya) Fukuda, Director Emeritus of the Seattle Go Center,  an “Appreciation Diploma”, signed by their President Nori Wada.  The text stated in Japanese, “Residing outside of Japan, you have been working hard for introducing and popularizing the game of Go, and you have contributed greatly to make Go prosper in your area.   Through your activity, the success of international friendship was achieved.”  Frank Fukuda is one of the founders of the Seattle Go Center, and he has been helping the Go Center ever since it opened in 1995.  Report and photo by Brian Allen

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Korea Shuts Out China at the 19th LG Cup

19th LG Cup 2014Four of China and Korea’s best faced off at the 19th LG Cup quarter and semifinals on November 17 through November 19 in Gangwon, Korea. Though they performed poorly last year, team Korea (left) dominated this year’s tournament with each player knocking out their Chinese counterpart including Kim Jiseok 9p’s win against defending champion Tuo Jiaxi 9p. Kim will play good friend Park Junghwan 9p in the finals from February 9 through February 12 at Seoul National University. For more information about the 19th LG Cup including photos, game records, and commentary by An Younggil 8p, please visit Go Game Guru.
–Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article by Go Game Guru; photo courtesy of Go Game Guru

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EuroGoTV Update: Italy, Hungary, Austria

Lothar Spiegel 5dItaly: Andriy Zakharzhevskyy 1d bested Carlo Metta 2d at the Torneo del Gladiatore on November 16 in Rome while Andrea Mori 1k came in third. Hungary: Also on November 16, Dominik Boviz took the PaGoda Go Cup in Budapest. Gabor Szabics 5d was second and Gyorgy Csizmadia 4d placed third. Austria: The Salzburg 2014 finished on November 9 in HausDerNatur with Lothar Spiegel 5d (left) in first, Schayan Hamrah 5d in second, and Dominik Boviz 4d in third.
– Annalia Linnan, based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

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Portland Grade Schoolers Shine

20141102_132802Eleven children from four different schools attended the first New Stars Youth Go Tournament, in Portland, OR on Nov. 2nd, reports organizer Peter Freedman.  In the round robin upper division three kyu ranked players competed, with adult Bill Corry participating to make the number of players four. Hikaru Sato won first prize, a traveling Go set, with a 2-1 record. Eight children competed in the unranked division, with one child having a rank of KGS 22kyu. The $25 first prize was won by 2nd grader Olin Waxler,  with a record of 3-0. Second place was split between Tommy Flynn, 2-0, and Emmett Mayer, 3-1, winning $12.50 each. “The tournament had a special structure, used last year, that is particularly favorable to new young players,” says Freedman.  “Players had to play at least either 4 9×9 games, 3 13×13 games, 2 19×19 games, or any combination of the above.”

Portland kids again got a chance to compete on Nov. 18, when ten kids in the Beverly Cleary chess and Go club participated in their own tourney. Prizes were award for; most games played; most wins; and most opponents played. Winning players got to put one hand in a jar filled with change, and keep whatever they could grasp. Ms. Kendrick Dahlin dipped three times, once for tie for most wins, once for playing the most different opponents, and once for tie for most games played. Tommy Flynn, Olin Waxler and Beckett Jacobs also dipped for tie with most wins (4), and Spencer Vassal dipped for tie in most games played. Almost all games were played on 9×9 boards. -Paul Barchilon E-J Youth Editor. Photo and reports by Peter Freedman

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Korean comeback at the 19th LG Cup

The quarter and semifinals of the 19th LG Cup were played on November 17 and 19, 2014, in Gangwon, Korea.

And then there were four

When we last reported on the LG Cup, Korea and China were evenly pegged – with four players each in the quarter finals.

Korean fans were quietly optimistic after last year’s disastrous 18th LG Cup and the Korean players more than redeemed themselves!

Park Junghwan 9p dispatched Chen Yaoye 9p without too much fuss.

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Chen Yaoye 9 dan (left) couldn’t overcome Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 19th LG Cup.

 

Meanwhile, Choi Cheolhan 9p proved too strong for Fan Tingyu 9p.

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Fan Tingyu 9 dan and (left) Choi Cheolhan 9 dan nigiri at the 19th LG Cup.

 

Park Younghun 9p taught youngster Xie Erhao 2p a lesson or two.

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Park Younghun 9 dan (left) in his 19th LG Cup quarter final match against Xie Erhao 2 dan.

 

And Kim Jiseok 9p knocked out the defending champion, Tuo Jiaxi 9p.

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Defending champion Tuo Jiaxi 9 dan (left) and Kim Jiseok 9 dan at the 19th LG Cup.

Two friends in the finals

While Korean fans were celebrating prematurely, with the title secured for Korea, there was more work to be done for the Korean players.

But first things first – reviewing their wins from the quarter finals!

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19th LG Cup semifinalists, from left: Park Junghwan 9 dan, Kim Jiseok 9 dan, Choi Cheolhan 9 dan and Park Younghun 9 dan.

 

Kim’s sharp reading and perfect endgame secured his second international final appearance.

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Kim Jiseok 9 dan (right) on his way to a second international final after defeating Choi Cheolhan 9p.

Kim will be joined by his good friend, Park Junghwan, who outlasted Park Younghun.

The finals

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Two Parks – Park Younghun 9 dan (left) and Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 19th LG Cup.

The finals will be played at Seoul National University, from February 9 to 12, 2015.

Park Junghwan and Kim Jiseok will face one another in a best of three match.

The LG Cup

The LG Cup is a major international Go tournament. It started in 1996 and the prize money is currently 300 million Won (approximately $270,00 USD at the time of writing). The runner up receives 100 million Won.

The main draw of 32 players is part invitational, comprising of 5 Korean players, 5 Chinese players, 4 Japanese players, 1 Taiwanese player and including the previous year’s winner and runner up.

The rest of the main draw is determined through a preliminary tournament. The format is single knockout, with the final played as a best of three games.

The tournament is sponsored by LG Electronics, a multinational consumer electronics company whose headquarters are in South Korea.

The time limit is 3 hours and 5 x 40 sec byo-yomi for each player.

Game records

Park Junghwan vs Chen Yaoye

Brief comments by An Younggil 8p:

White 36 was slack, and the fighting on the right side wasn’t favorable for Chen.

Black 55 was a brilliant move, which allowed Black to take a clear lead in the game.

Black 61 to 67 were very creative and Black was satisfied up to move 77.

In a desperate attempt to reverse the game, White went all out with 136 and 138, but Black 139 and 141 were excellent responses and the game was decided at move 149.

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Tuo Jiaxi vs Kim Jiseok

Brief comments by An Younggil 8p:

The opening of this game was unusual, but the result up to White 32 was even.

Black 59 and 61 were good moves, which resulted in Black taking the lead up to move 81.

Black 101 was the wrong direction of play which allowed White to catch up through to White 112.

White 136 was very brave, because it forced Black to attack White’s center group.

White 144 to 148 were clever moves to make eye-shape, and White 162 was the finishing blow.

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Park Younghun vs Park Junghwan

Brief comments by An Younggil 8p:

White 36 to 40 were interesting, and the result up to Black 57 was even.

Black 99 was a mistake and White 100 was a very good response.

White 106 to 120 was a wonderful sequence to reduce Black’s territory, which allowed White to reverse the game.

White 156 was very sharp and Black was in trouble.

Black went all out with 177, but White’s responses were flawless.

Black 207 and 209 were very strong, but sadly for Black there weren’t enough ko threats.

White was leading by a small margin by move 226, after which there were no more chances for Black.

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Kim Jiseok vs Choi Cheolhan

Brief comments by An Younggil 8p:

The first fight at the bottom, up to White 44, ended with Black slightly ahead.

White 74 was a nice move and the game became very complicated.

White 92 was the vital point, which allowed White to live on the right side up to White 106. However, Black 107 and 109 were also very strong.

There was a seemingly endless ko fight on the right side, with excellent ko threats made by both players.

But Black had more ko threats so White had to capture Black’s left side group.

Unfortunately, it didn’t provide enough compensation, and Kim wrapped up the game with some flawless endgame play.

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Go Spotting: Go On His Mind

San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra has been seeing go everywhere lately. On an Egyptian board game that’s older than go by 3,000 years,2014.11.17_terpstra-collage but lost for millennia before being reborn, “‘GO’ can be seen in a couple of places on the side of the board,” he writes. A recent New Yorker cover “that at first glance seemed to have many white go stones scattered in it,” turned out to be raindrops on a taxi window as it approaches the Empire State Building, which Terpstra points out “is near the 2014 Go Congress site.” The UCSD Go Club combined with the San Diego Go Club to sponsor Go Night at UCSD on Saturday, November 8. Japanese language students turned out to learn go at a Study Abroad event. Twenty student showed up for the beginners class and although it was supposed to end at 8:30 p.m., “the students kept playing until they were thrown out at 10 p.m.,” says Terpstra.

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Playing many games will not make you strong. Acquiring basics will.

I always think adults play too many games.

Adults need to learn basics.

I know there is a myth that “you have to play lots of games if you want to be strong”.
But that’s wrong. That’s for pros and children at 5dan, 6dan, or 7dan level.

They learned basics when they were 8, 10, or 12 years old. They already knew all the basics.

Not adults. Adults lack a lot of basics.

In my 15-year teaching experience tells me that adults play too many games
and learn too little basics.

Without having basics, adults play too many games. Then they keep acquiring their
own styles, which is far from basics.

I have taught many adults for many years in Japan. Many of them are full of common amateur mistakes and of very little basics. They had played 10 or 20 years with their own stysles. Then I started teaching basics. Even if I taught them for 5 years, it was still very hard to acquire basics for them because their own styles were completely ingrained in their mind.

I once learned karate as an adult and repeated practices 6 hours or 8 hours a week
and did a fighting only once in a while. Fighting doesn’t last long. It’s usually a minute for 5 or 10 bouts.

Yet, I have improved quickly and got the black belt in 5 years.

When I studied English, I practiced speaking by myself for many
hours everyday without speaking with native speakers. Yet, I learned
basics and learned English well.

If you ask someone who knows me, I speak much better English than
many Japanese people who speak English fluently in terms of intonation and
pronunciation because I learned basics for many hours.

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In my experience, playing one game a week is good enough for adults.

If they have time to play games, they should learn basics.

If adults have 10-hour free time, I believe that adutls should study 9 hours and play 1 hour a game.
That’s my suggestion. If you want to improve fast, if you want to win, that’s what I suggest.

Of course, adults don’t have time to study Go for a long time.
Then studying an hour a day is still very good. One of my students, George, is making a big progress by studying an hour or an hour and a half every day.

He started playing Go in his 30s. Now he is in the 60s. He started taking my offline lessons in July, 2014. At that time his KGS rating was bouncing around between 4-6 kyu. In November he is currently a 2 or 3 kyu player.

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