A lot of people know about Atari, the arcade games and video games company, founded in 1972.
Also, a lot of people know the term “atari” from Go, meaning a group with only one liberty, in danger to be captured. There is also a simplified variation of Go, called “Atari-Go” or “Capture-Go” – one can play that online here.
But not some many people know that the arcade game company borrowed the name from Go! I just found that out myself today, when I learned about this video interview of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell where he declares Go as the favorite game of his!
I found also an April 2009 interview with him where he declares that Go is his favorite game in “Inc. Magazine”.
And here’s a photo of Nolan Bushnell in front of a goban (the fuseki looks strange though, there is a stone on the 2nd line on the left side):
I learned today about this video documentary from a study group meeting of the famous Fujisawa Shuko, Honorary Kisei (he won the Kisei title 6 consecutive years, 1976 to 1982):
In this video we can see several famous Japanese players training together: Takemiya Masaki, Takao Shinji, O Meien, Yuki Satoshi, Sakai Hideyuki.
Original youtube link here.
(Found about this via twitter, thanks to Marcel Grünauer.)
Game 6 of the Kisei Title started today. The score is 3:2 in favor of the title holder, Yamashita Keigo.
The challenger, Yoda Norimoto (playing the first move in the photo below) needs to win both this and the last game in order to capture the title.
Here is another photo of the two players, enjoying the sound of the thick goban on the day before the match started, and taking photos for the press, while Rin Kaiho (seated) and Takemiya Masaki (standing in the back) are watching.
For more photos from this title see the Yomiuri online page.
See the match page here, including the moves up to now.
Good news: WIRED recently published an article about Computer-Go.
Bad news: WIRED article author doesn’t understand how “handicap” makes a big difference in Go, and claims “a program called MoGo beat two professionals. At an exhibition in Chicago, the Many Faces program beat another pro”.
Actually it’s true, Computer-Go made a very surprising and quick progress recently, but still, 7 stones handicap is… a lot of handicap.
The heroes of this year’s Jeongganjang Cup are two very young shodan players from China: Song Ronghui and Li He.
Song Ronghui 1p eliminated Lee Daehyeoi 3p of Korea, Kato Keiko 6p of Japan, Lee Hajin 3p of Korea, Mannami Kana 4p of Japan, Kim Hyeoimin 5p of Korea and Aoki Kikuyo 8p of Japan – an AMAZING winning streak!
You can see Song Ronghui in the following photo.
Then Li He eliminated Park Jieun 9p of Korea, Umezawa Yukari 5p of Japan and Lee Minjin 5p of Korea.
Li He defeated Lee Minjin 5p of Korea in the final game. As Japan has already been eliminated earlier, and Lee Minjin was the last standing player from the Korean team, Li He won the victory for China with this win. China had 3 more players who didn’t have to play even one move in this tournament!
Rui Naiwei 9p defeated Lee Hajin 3p 2:0 in the Korean Women Kuksu final.
In case you don’t know already, Lee Hajin keeps a very nice English Go/Baduk website. Make sure to have a look at the commented games as well.
Choi Cheolhan won the third game of the Ing Cup final against Lee Changho by resignation, thus leading the match 2:1. He needs one more win to capture Ing Cup, which is the best paid international tournament: USD 400,000 for the winner, and USD 100,000 for the loser.