Senkai Cup Games Set for Thursday Night, Friday Morning

The exchange match between Kansai Kiin young professionals and American and European reps takes place in Osaka, Japan, during the day Friday, late Thursday or the middle of the night Friday US time. Andy Liu’s (below, right) game will be at 10a Japanese time (9p Thursday East Coast US time), against Sinntani Yousuki 1p. Gansheng Shi (below, center and left) will play at 2p (1a Friday East Coast US time), against Yinaba Karinn 1p. The games should be broadcast on Pandanet.
– photos courtesy of Kansai Kiin
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17th Ibero-American Championship in Cuba Draws 37 Players from 8 Countries

Just over three dozen players players from eight countries competed in the 17th Ibero-American Championship tournament held at the Cuban Go Academy in Havana from2015.10.28_Ibero-Am-group 2015.10.28_Ibero-Am-winnersOctober 9 to 11. Hisao Uyama 7d (Brazil) won first place; Fernando Aguilar 7d (Argentina) finished second and Santiago Alvarez 5d (Cuba) was third. “It was a nice occasion to foster international friendship through go,” Aguilar told the E-Journal.

The field included 19 Cubans and 18 players from other nations. John Harriman 2d (US) finished 10th with a 4-2 record. Other US players competing were Bob Gilman and Tania Tadakia.  High officials from the Cuban Ministry of Sport attended the event, and it was covered on Cuban television. photo: (l-r) Fernando Aguilar, Hisao Uyama & Santiago Alvarez.
– report/photos by Bob Gilman

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New AGA Members Dominate Philadelphia Fall Open

“Considering we were novice organizers and pulled it together in under two months, the Philadelphia Fall Open went smoothly,” reports 2015.10.28_Philly-CollageBenjamin Sauerhaft Coplon, Penn Go Society Treasurer and Chief Tournament Organizer. Twelve players participated in the October 25 tournament, ranging from from 6 dan to 17 kyu.

“The winners all happened to be new AGA members,” Coplon adds. They shared $100 in prizes: First place, Summer (Yuting) Yue, Second place, Amber Jain, Third place, John Deming. Full results available here.

“Thank you to all the players for making this event a success, and having patience with our minor difficulties,” says Coplon. “Thank you to Evan Zou for remaining calm under pressure as TD. Thank you to Matt Bengtson, our club president, for providing his expertise and keeping the Penn Go Society running. And finally, thank you to Redcap’s Corner, Gaming Emporium which hosted us for free.” With renewed momentum from the tournament, “The Penn Go Society is looking forward to planning our next tournament within the next few months and expanding the presence of go in the Greater Philadelphia Area,” Coplon said.
photos: (top): The final game of the tournament between Antong Chen and Summer (Yuting) Yue attracts a crowd; (bottom right): The winners; 1st Place Summer (Yuting) Yue (center), 2nd Amber Jain (right) 3rd John Deming (left); (bottom left): John Deming and Henry Hathaway begin the game. photos by Isaiah Coplon

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Why We Play: Edward Zhang 6d

Age: 362015.10.28_Edward Zhang-self
Years playing go: 26
Lives in: McLean, VA
Home club: Capital Go Club

Life is unpredictable: could be great, could go south. Playing go for nearly three decades has taught me strategies that have benefited me tremendously in my current career in financial planning. Reading out the variations helps me understand which is a manageable trade and which is an unfavorable battle. It’s also important to keep a couple byo-yomi periods for the uncertainties at the end. That said, it’s still impossible to predict a go game or life, but we can always plan to avoid the unnecessary pains, taking only the calculable risks.

Why do you play? Tell us in 100 words or less your favorite thing about the game of go, include your name, age, how long you’ve played go, where you live and your home go club, and email to Be sure to include a current photo!

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Ichiriki Ryo wins first three games at 17th Nongshim Cup

The first round of the 17th Nongshim Cup was played from October 20 to 23, 2015, in Chongqing, China.

Ichiriki Ryo 7p, the first player from team Japan, won three games in the first round.

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Ichiriki Ryo 7p, the hero of the first round from the 17th Nongshim Cup.

Ichiriki Ryo 7p, the hero of the first round of the 17th Nongshim Cup.

Ichiriki Ryo defeated Baek Chanhee 1p, Fan Yunruo 4p and Min Sangyoun 4p consecutively, and it was impressive and hopeful news for team Japan.

Even though Ichiriki lost to Wu Guangya 6p in the fourth game, he’s already done very well for Japan.

Ichiriki was also the first player to step up to the plate at the 16th Nongshim Cup in 2014, where he defeated Byun Sangil 4p and lost to Tuo Jiaxi 9p.

Over the last decade or so, Team Japan sometimes struggled in the Nongshim Cup. However, they’re off to an excellent start this year, due to Ichiriki’s excellent performance.

Interview with Lee Sedol 9 dan, Gu Li 9 dan and Kono Rin 9 dan, at the opening ceremony.

An interview with Lee Sedol 9 dan, Gu Li 9 dan and Kono Rin 9 dan, at the opening ceremony.

17th Nongshim Cup Teams

Team China

Gu Li 9p (1oth Chunlan Cup) and Ke Jie 9p (2nd Bailing Cup) were selected as current world champions, and Lian Xiao 7p was also selected as the last man standing in last year’s Nongshim Cup.

Wu Guangya 6p and Fan Yunruo 4p are making their debut on China’s Nongshim Cup team, along with Ke Jie.

Team Japan

Iyama Yuta 9p, Kono Rin 9p, Ida Atsushi 8p, Murakawa Daisuke 7p and Ichiriki Ryo 7p are representing Japan.

The team is exactly the same as the last year, when they survived until the final round.

In 2014, Ichiriki Ryo won one game, and Iyama Yuta won two games as the anchorman for Japan, but they’ve already notched up three wins this year.

Team Korea

Park Junghwan 9p was selected for Team Korea as the current #1 (based on domestic ratings), and Lee Sedol 9p was selected as a wildcard.

Choi Cheolhan 9p, Min Sangyoun 4p and Baek Chanhee 1p qualified through the preliminaries, but many Korean fans are worried that the two younger players (Min and Baek) aren’t strong enough to compete with the top players from the other teams.

Because of this, there’s currently a debate in Korea about changing the domestic qualification system for the Nongshim Cup (within Korea).

As you can see, Team Japan has selected their strongest players, which is more strategic, and Korean fans were disappointed when Baek and Min were knocked out.

Game records

Baek Chanhee vs Ichiriki Ryo – Game 1

Black 43 was questionable, and White 44 was painful for Black.

Black 49 was the result of a misread, and White took the early lead up to 58.

White 68 was an overplay, and the game became complicated up to Black 95.

Black 109 was slack, and the position became better for White again with 110.

White 126 and 128 were a brilliant combination, and White’s continuation up to 144 was flawless.

White was winning up to 154, and the game was decided by White 162.

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Baek Chanhee 1 dan (left) and Ichiriki Ryo 7 dan, reviewing just after the game.

Baek Chanhee 1 dan (left) and Ichiriki Ryo 7 dan, reviewing just after the game.

Ichiriki Ryo vs Fan Yunruo – Game 2

White 24 was questionable, and Black 25 was a sharp jab.

The result up to Black 39 was slightly favorable for Black.

Black 55 to 57 were a nice tesuji combination to connect underneath, and the game was still playable for Black up to 67.

Black 69 to 77 were skillful followups, and Black 79 was appropriate reduction.

Black 91 was too greedy; it should have been at Black 117.

White 96 to 100 were sharp, and White 104 to 124 were also severe and powerful.

However, Black 143 to 147 were a good decision, and Black 157 was the winning move.

Black 171 hit White’s vital point, and Black’s responses afterwards were perfect.

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Ichiriki Ryo 7 dan (left) and Fan Yunruo 4 dan with Kono Rin 9 dan (middle right).

Ichiriki Ryo 7 dan (left) and Fan Yunruo 4 dan with Kono Rin 9 dan (middle right).

Ichiriki Ryo vs Min Sangyoun – Game 3

White 32 and 34 were a well timed invasion, and defending with White 36 and 38 was a good decision.

Black 39 was slack, and White was happy to settle comfortably from 40 to 46.

White 50 was too gentle, and it would have been better at Q17.

White 80 was a gentle attack, and the game up to White 94 was slightly better for White.

White 128 was a mistake, and playing at White 130 would have been preferable.

After Black 129, White 130 and Black 131 became miai, and White was in trouble.

Black 133 to 147 comprised an excellent technique for escaping, and the game was reversed up to Black 157.

White 190 was the last losing move. White should have attacked at Black 191 instead.

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Min Sangyoun 4 dan (left) and Ichiriki Ryo 7 dan from the 17th Nongshim Cup.

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Ichiriki Ryo vs Wu Guangya – Game 4

White 30 and Black 31 showed fighting spirit.

Black 33 was questionable, and White 34 was a strong counter.

White Black 47 to Black 51 were a tesuji combination, and the game became more exciting.

White 76 was slack, and Black 77 was a strong response.

White 88 was safe but passive, and the result up to Black 89 was satisfactory for Black.

White 118 and 120 formed a light sabaki sequence, but Black 123 resisted strongly.

Black 125 was the losing move. Black F9, White E10 and Black G11 would have been correct.

White’s sequence from 130 to 142 was exquisite and, all of a sudden, Black resigned.

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Wu Guangya 6 dan (left) and Ichiriki Ryo 7 dan, last game of the first round.

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Andy Liu 1P Scores Two Wins in Japan Pro Tournament Prelim

American professional Andy Liu 1p has won his way into the final round of the Kansai Kiin’s 12th Sankei Cup pro preliminary in Osaka, Japan. Liu defeated Imayi Kazuhiro 6p by resignation in his first game and won against Takashima Yougo 1p by a half-point in the second round. He plays Ha Yonnyiru 6p on Monday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. Japanese time.

Fellow AGA pro Gansheng Shi lost in the first round to Mine Yasuhiro 3p, and the two EGF pros, Mateusz Surma 1p and Ali Jabarin 1p lost their matches as well. Shi and Liu will also play in an exchange match with young Kansai pros on Friday, Oct. 30, Liu at 10 a.m. Japanese time against Sinntani Yousuki 1p and Shi at 2 p.m. against Yinaba Karinn 1p. All matches will be broadcast on Pandanet. The EJ will update with photos and game records as soon as they are available.
– Andy Okun

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AGF College Scholarship – Deadline Nov. 14th

AGF-logo-smallApplications 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. 14th this year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  

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Nihon Ki-in Pros Join Seattle’s 20th Anniversary Party

Anniversary Party CompositeThe recent 20th anniversary celebration at the Seattle Go Center attracted over 100 people, including two professionals from Japan, Hiroshi Yamashiro 9P, vice president of the Nihon Ki-in, and Yuma 6P, who is also known as Kuma-sensei in Seattle.  The October 3 evening reception and concert featured a short speech from Consul General Masahiro Omura from the Seattle Japanese Consulate, who noted that Kaoru Iwamoto’s purchase of the Go Center building for use by the U.S. go community was a good symbol of the continuing reconciliation between Japan and the United States since WWII.  Go Center Board President Lee Anne Bowie reported that the late Iwamoto-sensei’s vision to extend go internationally and promote mutual understanding and friendship through the game of go has been upheld at the Seattle Go Center.  Harry van der Krogt, Manager at the European Go Cultural Center, another Iwamoto-funded center, extended his congratulations to the Seattle Go Center, and hoped for increased international cooperation to promote go in the future.  Andy Okun, president of the AGA, noted that the Seattle Go Center has a strong base of volunteers.

While Mr. Yamashiro had to return to Japan the day after the party, Kuma-sensei gave lectures and played simultaneous games for the next four days at the Seattle Go Center.  This was his second visit to Seattle.  Sunday’s lecture consisted of reviews of games from the Saturday tournament (Seattle Go Center 2oth Anniversary Tournament Draws Big Crowd  10/20 EJ).  His Monday lecture was for the “Double Digit Kyu Class,” which is usually taught by Nick Sibicky.  Kuma-sensei explored the double low approach to the 4-4 stone, and did a very good job of keeping his explanations simple enough for kyu players.  On Tuesday, he played simultaneous games with eight players while others watched, and then gave short lessons as each game finished. As usual on Tuesdays, there were more than 30 players visiting the center. On Wednesday, Kuma taught the “Single Digit Kyu Class”, with Andrew Jackson hosting.  Kuma-sensei also had time to see more of Seattle, and to enjoy Northwest seafood.  Photos: (top) Hiroshi Yamashiro 9P giving greetings from the Nihon Ki-in, (left) Fumi Tagata soprano, (right) Kuma-sensei playing simultaneous games.   More photos here.
– Report/photos by Brian Allen

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Space Limited for Gotham Go Tournaments; Register Now

Space is limited at the upcoming Gotham Go Tournament, so register soon. The November 14-15th event is really two tournaments, a one-day, 4-2015.10.26_Gotham2013-DSC_6943round AGA-rated tournament on Saturday, November 14, followed by a Pair Go tournament  on Sunday, November 15. Both events will be held at the Hostelling International New York, at 891 Amsterdam Ave (btw 103rd & 104th), which can only handle 84 players. “Breakfast, snacks, coffee and goodies both days!” promises organizer Peter Armenia, “And a Gotham Go surprise for all who participate!”
photo: January 2013 Gotham Tournament; photo by John Pinkerton

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Fujita Harvests NOVA Pumpkin Field

Saki Fujita 5D was undefeated in four rounds against a field of 29 at the October 24 NOVA Pumpkin Classic in Arlington, VA.  Other division 2015.10.26_NOVA-pumpkinwinners include Quinn Baranoski 1K (undefeated), Patrick Sun 6K, Jeff Martyn 10K, Sara Crites 11K, and Kurt Haldeman 15K.  Second place winners include Josh Lee 6D, Victor Kang 3D, Zhao Zhao 5K, Garrett Smith 9K, Deirdre Golash 11k (tie), Robert Cole 12K (tie), and Amber Boyden 20K.
While the go was very serious, the prizes were fun.  All first and second places with a better than even record won a pumpkin.  Gurujeet Khalsa was the TD.Photo by Garrett Smith; champion Saki Fujita is in the front, second from the right.

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