Bringing Go to Portland’s Mochitsuki Festival

20150125_111905Peter  Freedman (at far right), Hikaru  Saito, Glenn  Peters, Jessie  Jenkins  and Jessie’s friend, Austin,  taught  at  least  50 people  to  play  go  at Portland’s Mochitsuki  Festival  on Sunday  January  25th. Held  at  Portland  State  University from  10  to  4 , thousands came to  celebrate  the  new  year, eat  traditional  food  and  experience  traditional  Japanese  culture. -Photo and story courtesy Peter Freedman

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Jin Chen Tournament Draws Strong Field in Seattle

The Open Section of the Jin Chen Memorial Tournament at the Seattle Go Center drew twelve players, including two 7 dans and three 6 dans.Jin Chen Posterized  Since the Jan. 4 tournament had only three rounds, there was a tie for first place between Boyang Chen 6d from Oregon, and Chan Chung 5d from the Seattle area.  Edward Kim placed 3rd, after losing one game on time.

Go Center members were intrigued to meet the teacher of Edward Kim 7d, since Edward has taught many of the strong players in the Northwest.   Years ago, Edward’s teacher was his older brother Hong Kim, who also lives in the Seattle area.  This was the first time Hong played in an AGA rated tournament.  He won the handicapped section for players 2 kyu and stronger, playing as a 2d.  Second place went to young Chanseok Oh.  The 3 kyu to 9 kyu band was won by local Frank Brown, with new player Ben Resnick placing second.  The double digit kyu player’s section was won by Elan Ma, with second to California visitor Barry Stiefel.  Elan also won the children’s prize.  There were 30 players at the tournament, which is held on the first Sunday in January every year to mark the birthday of our old friend Jin Chen.  Report and photo illustration by Brian Allen

 

 

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Go Commentary: Fujisawa Rina vs Mukai Chiaki – 33rd Women’s Honinbo

This is game 3 from the 33rd Japanese Women’s Honinbo final. The game was played between Mukai Chiaki 5p and Fujisawa Rina 2p on November 7, 2014, in Tokyo, Japan.

Mukai Chiaki

Mukai Chiaki vs Fujisawa Rina Womens Honinbo picture

Mukai Chiaki 5p (left) and Fujisawa Rina 2p at the 33rd Women’s Honinbo

Mukai Chiaki 5p was born in 1987, and became a pro in 2004.

She’s challenged Women’s Honinbo and Women’s Meijin five times altogether from 2010 to 2012. Her opponents in those finals were all Xie Yimin 6p, and Chiaki was defeated them all.

However, in 2013, Chiaki eventually defeated Xie Yimin by 3-2 to win the 32nd Women’s Honinbo which was her first career title.

Therefore, this final against Fujisawa Rina was her first defensive final match.

Fujisawa Rina

Fujisawa Rina Womens Honinbo picture

Fujisawa Rina 2 dan at the 33rd Women’s Honinbo

On the other hand, Fujisawa Rina 2p was born in 1998 and became a pro in 2010 at the age of 11 years and 6 months. It was the youngest age to become a pro in Japan, and the previous record for the youngest age was Cho Chikun’s 11 years and 9 months.

In June 2014, Rina won the 1st Aizu Center Hospital Cup by defeating Okuda Aya 3p in the final, and it was her first career title.

Rina is the most prospect young women player in Japan, and this final was her first challenge for a major women’s title in her career.

She is also well known as a grand daughter of Fujisawa Shuko 9p (passed away in 2009).

Women’s Honinbo

Women’s Honinbo is the ranked #1 title for Women’s tournament in Japan. The winner’s prize is ¥5,800,000, which is around US$49,000. Let’s have a look at game 3 from the 33rd Japanese Women’s Honinbo final.

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The Power Report: Xie Makes Good Start in Women’s Kisei Defense; Honinbo League Update; Judan challenger: Kobayashi Satoru or Ida

by John Power, EJ Japan Correspondent

Xie Makes Good Start in Women’s Kisei Defense: The first game of the 18th DoCoMo Cup Women’s Kisei title match, a best-of-three,2015.01.27_Kazuko was played at the Hotel Sunlife Garden in Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, on January 22. Konishi Kazuko 8P (right) of the Kansai Ki-in is making her first appearance in a title match (she has reached the finals of three knock-out titles but lost each time). Xie has held this title for four of the the last five years. In the nigiri to decide colors, Xie drew white. Konishi played positively in the opening and seized the initiative, but Xie managed to set up the kind of confused fight in which she excels. Konishi failed to find the best move in the crucial middle-game fight, and this gave Xie a chance to upset her lead. Konishi resigned after 136 moves. The second game will be played on January 29. It’s a must-win game for Konishi if she is to take the match to a deciding game on February 2.

Honinbo League Update: Two games were played in the 70th Honinbo League on January 22. Yamashita Keigo 9P (B) beat Takao Shinji 9P by resignation and Kono Rin 9P (W) beat Yo Seiki 7P, also by resignation. Yamashita goes to 3-1, keeping him in second place behind Ida Atsushi 8P (4-0). Kono evened his score to 2-2, and both Takao and Yo, on 1-3, will now have to focus on keeping their league places.

Judan challenger: Kobayashi Satoru or Ida: The second semifinal of the 53rd Judan tournament was held in Nagoya on January 22. It2015.01.27_shida tatsuya was contested by two of the leading young players at the Central Japan branch of the Nihon Ki-in, Ida Atsushi 8P and Shida Tatsuya 7P (right). Ida was the top new star of last year, winning the Honinbo League on debut. Although he lost the title match to Iyama Yuta, he seems to be on course to challenge again. Shida is older (24 to Ida’s 20) and was the top young player in Nagoya until Ida emerged. Shida won the Hiroshima Aluminium Cup in his second year as a pro (2007) and came second in the Agon Kiriyama Cup in 2013. Shida had won their two previous encounters, but in the last year Ida has gotten a lot stronger. Taking black in this game, he forced a resignation, so he will meet Kobayashi Satoru in the play-off to decide the challenger to Takao Shinji.

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UK Go Updates: Charles Hibbert Wins Maidenhead-Hitachi

Maidenhead-Hitachi Tournament: On January 24th, Charles Hibbert 2 dan went on to win all three of his games, claiming the Maidenhead title. Coincidentally, it was also his first-ever tournament. Second and third place were claimed by Alistair Wall and Jitka Bartova. All players winning three or two games received a prize. 55 players took part in the event.
– edited by Amy Su from reports on the BGA website.

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EuroGoTV Update: Ukraine, United Kingdom, Russia

Jitka Bartova 1dUkraine: Oleksandr Hiliazov 1d bested Anton Boreiko 4k at the Kharkiv Championship on January 25 while Leonid Shumakov 5k placed third. United Kingdom: The Maidenhead finished on January 24 with Charles Hibbert 2d in first, Alistair Wall 1d in second, and Jitka Bartova 1d (left) in third. Russia: Mikhail Dobricyn 3k took the Russian Championship Under 12 in Cheljabinsk on January 18. Behind him were Egor Arsentjev 2k in second and Savva Mezin 6k 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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Go Classified: Players Wanted; Free Baduk TV Offer

Phoenixville, PA: Players wanted for the Phoenixville Go Club.  We meet Sunday afternoons and Wednesday nights at Artisan’s Cafe in downtown Phoenixville.  Free mug of coffee for each first time visitor!  Contact Craig at scorelessdraw@gmail.com with questions.

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Kyu Tourney Deadline Feb. 3

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 3.14.21 PMThe deadline for young kyu players who want to compete in the North American Kyu Championships is Feb. 3rd, with the tourney itself held Feb. 7th, on KGS.  Kids and teens (under the age of 18) who are members of the AGA, CGA, Gimnasio de Go, or MGA, may all enter in the event.  With thousands of dollars in scholarships available, to both the AGA Go Camp, and US Go Congress, kyu players of any rank should enter.  Prizes will be awarded roughly every five ranks, starting at 25 kyu, and working up to 1 kyu.  The registration form is here, more information is available here.

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