Archive for May, 2007

China won the tournament with a perfect score: 8-0

Thursday, May 31st, 2007
China defeated Romania in the last round and won the tournament 8-0

Shan Ziteng photo

Shan Ziteng, 14 – China

Best 10 places:

  • 1st place: China
  • 2nd place: South Korea
  • 3rd place: Japan
  • 4th place: Romania
  • 5th place: Taiwan
  • 6th place: Canada
  • 7th place: Netherlands
  • 8th place: USA
  • 9th place: Czech Republic
  • 10th place: Russia

China has 7-0 before the last round of WAGC

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
China has 7-0 after the first 7 rounds (after defeating Netherlands). Following with 6-1 are Korea, Japan and Romania. In the last round China plays Romania, Korea plays Denmark and Japan plays UK.

China is leading WAGC 6-0

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
After defeating Korea in round 6 of the World Amateur Go Championship, China is the sole leader with a perfect score: 6-0. I hope to see a China-Japan game in one of the remaining 2 rounds. Japan had what looked like a difficult game against Germany, but Hironobu Mori managed to kill a big group of the ex-insei Benjamin Teuber in a surprise attack late in the game, and won the game.

WAGC round 5: Korea defeats Japan, China defeats Taiwan

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
Some important results from round 5 of WAGC: Korea defeated Japan by 9.5 points, while China defeated Taiwan by resignation. China and Korea will be matched in the next round, as the only undefeated participants.

New “Sydney Go Journal” issue

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

There is a new “Sydney Go Journal” issue (June 2007).

Enjoy reading it at the usual page:

Bad news for the non-Asian Go world after round 4 of WAGC

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
Bad news for the non-Asian Go world: the only players with 4 wins out of 4 games are: China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. There were several interesting pairings this round:
  • Fernando Aguilar against the Taiwanese representative.
  • Cristian Pop of Romania, ex-insei, against Korea.
  • Ondrej Silt of Czech Republic, ex-insei, against Japan.
  • Canada against China.
Also, Andy Liu of US, as the top placed player after 3 rounds (considering SOS and SOSOS) was matched against the bottom player with 2 wins – which happened to be Victor “Roseduke” Chow of South Africa – only to lose by half a point after 379 (!) moves. Andy Liu’s games so far can be found in the news section of the AGA website. The games of Romania vs. Korea and Czech Republic vs. Japan (where the European representatives are both ex-insei in Japan) can be found on the tournament article page. In the next round we’ll see the first big matches: Japan vs. Korea, and China vs. Taiwan.

World Amateur Go Championship 2007

Monday, May 28th, 2007
The 28th WAGC started in Japan earlier today. This is a very exciting annual event – it’s more of a competition between countries, rather than an individual tournament, since each country is sending one (amateur) representative. This year there are representatives from 68 countries. I am going to write my thoughts on this tournament, which is going to run for 3 more days (there are 8 rounds, 2 per day).

Go meets Tetris…

Friday, May 25th, 2007
Very addictive combination between Go and Tetris:

Honinbo Title: 1-1

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
Yoda Norimoto won the second Honinbo Title game by 1.5 points, and the score so far is even 1-1.

Honinbo Title, game 2, day 1

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

The first day of game 2 in Honinbo is over, and the game will be continued tomorrow. Yoda Sensei played the sealed move in the middle of a complicated fight on the upper side. While Takao Honinbo played 2 unusual moves in the opening of the first game, it was Yoda Sensei who played an unusual variation of the tsuke-nobi joseki in this second game (in the upper-left corner).