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Shusaku Cup

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

The third edition of the Romanian Shusaku Cup has ended. In-Seong Hwang 7d of Korea won all six rounds. Catalin Taranu 5p or Romania came second as he lost just one game, against In-Seong Hwang, by half a point. Ilja Shikshin 7d of Russia was third, leading the block of players who had two losses (the others were Cristian Pop 7d of Romania, Artem Kachanovskyj 6d of Ukraine, and Ondrej Silt 6d of Czechia.

EuroGoTV did an awesome job broadcasting the videos of the top two tables live as video as well as on KGS (archives here and here).

Here is the game that In-Seong Hwang, playing black, won by half point against Catalin Taranu.

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You can find the final results here.

European and US Go Congresses

Saturday, August 9th, 2008
Both the European and the US Go Congresses are over. Catalin Taranu 5p of Romania won the European Champion title this year as the best placed European, even if his overall place was 6th. His score was 7-3, same as Alexander Dinerstein 3p, Ilia Shishkin 7d and Pal Balogh 6d, but Catalin came ahead on SOS (sum of opponents scores). Otherwise, the congress was dominated by guests from Asia as usual in the last few years: first 5 places overall were taken by Park Jong Wook 7d of Korea (9-1), Hong Seok Ui 7d of Korea (8-2), Lai Yu-Cheng 7d of Taiwan (7-3, after a very good 6-0 start), Kim Joon Sang 7d of Korea (7-3) and Hong Seul-Ki 7d of Korea (7-3). Full results here. European professionals don’t seem to be a match for the Asian top amateurs, unfortunately. On the other hand, the US Go Congress was dominated by professionals – Asian professionals, that is. The winner of the open tornament was Kim Myungwan 8p of Korea (who also played the demonstration match against computer program Mogo) after defeating Jiang Mingjiu 7p of China in the final round. You can see the final results here. Feng Yun 9p of China won Ing Masters after defeating Yang Yilun 7p of China – the game was commented live and extensively by Takemiya Masaki 9p of Japan who was the star guest professional at the US Congress. You can downlowd the commented game record from KGS. Final results are here. It’s too bad that these major events in the non-Asian Go world are overlapping so many players and guest professionals have to choose one or the other – the two Go federations should work together to schedule them better.

New Record in Computer-Go

Friday, August 8th, 2008
After defeating a 5 dan professional on 9×9 in an even game earlier this year, the computer-Go program Mogo broke a record on the normal, 19×19 size board, by winning against an 8 dan professional with 9 stones handicap. During a demonstration match at this year’s US Go Congress, a 19×19, 1 hour thinking time game was arranged between Mogo and Kim MyungWan 8p of Korea. The computer program took 9 stones handicap and won by 1.5 points. Here is the game record with a few variations shown by Kim MyungWan after the game. (You can also download it).
A similar 19×19/9 handicap game was played also at the time of the 9×9 match earlier this year; at that time, though, Catalin Taranu 5p won easily with 9 stones.

The Game of Go Mentioned in Financial Results

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
The game of Go is mentioned in the financial results of the French company Bull, which is an “expert in open, flexible and secure information systems and one of Europe’s leading players in the IT industry”:
“And for the first time ever, a supercomputer has recorded an official victory against a grand master in the game of Go. The game is more complex than chess, with more different possibilities than the number of particles in the known Universe. So this world first – which combined the use of a NovaScale supercomputer and artificial intelligence software developed by INRIA (the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control) – represents a real achievement.”
The reference seems to be to the 9×9 match between Catalin Taranu 5p and the computer-Go program Mogo, about which I wrote an article a while ago, when Mogo won one game of the 3. There will be soon another match between Mogo and a professional player, this time Kim Myungwan 8p of Korea. The match will be played on August 7th on KGS, at 1:00 PM PST in the Computer Go room. The board will be the normal 19×19 this time, and there will be some preliminary games to establish what the proper handicap should be (Catalin previously won against Mogo on 19×19 by giving it 9 stones handicap). Link to complete Bull financial results article.

Ing Cup 2008

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
First round of the Ing 2008 international tournament was played yesterday in Shanghai, China. Only Cho Chikun survived from the Japanese team: he defeated Cho U who played for Taiwan in this tournament.

Takao Shinji Honinbo lost to Wang Lei of China, Yamashita Keigo Kisei lost to Gu Li of China. The only other Japanese player to play in round 2 is O Meien, who is seeded into the second round. You can see O Meien in the following photo, analyzing games from the first round (together with Otake Hideo of Japan and Cho Hunhyun of Korea, both standing).

Lee Sedol of Korea won against Hu Yaoyu of China by 5 points, but only after winning 6 points through the special Ing rule (one loses points by using extra time in the Ing Cup). Chang Hao of China and Lee Changho of Korea will be also seeded into the second round (to be played tomorrow). The most interesting game for me though was the one played by Catalin Taranu 5p of Romania (the European representative at this Ing Cup) against Piao Wenyao 5p of China. After the dust settled from a violent fight in the center of the board, Catalin (Black) ended up capturing a group of Piao’s and I thought he is ahead, but lost a large area himself in the upper left (Black 39 in the diagram eliminates the possibility of White starting a ko fight for his dead stones on the lower side, while White 40 makes sure Black cannot live in the upper left).

Catalin lost in the end, unfortunately (by 11 points). You can replay the game below.

The American representative, Jiang Mingjiu 7p, lost as well (against Liu Xing 7p of China). Can you recognize the 9p photographer from the following tournament photo?

Tournament schedule and results at Go Topics.

Catalin Taranu 5p vs. Mogo Computer-Go bot

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
During the Paris Go Tournament this weekend there was a demonstration match between Catalin Taranu 5 dan professional and Mogo which is one of the best Computer-Go programs in the world. They played a “best of 3″ match on 9×9 with all games on even, 7.5 points komi. Catalin won by 2-1, but the game won by Mogo shows that there was very much progress in Computer-Go during the past few years. I wrote an article about this match, where you can also replay the game records.

Catalin Taranu

Thursday, February 8th, 2007
I think every Go player knows about Catalin Taranu – one of the very few Europeans to became professionals in Asia. He is 5 dan pro at Nihon Ki-in (in Japan). Catalin is currently living in Romania, on an extended leave from Nihon Ki-in, in order to promote Go. I recently discovered Catalin’s website. What I like in particular is his concentrated Guide to Go – which summarizes in very few words and examples a lot of key concepts – make sure you read it! While I was insei starting in early 1994, Catalin came as an insei to Japan next year, in 1995, together with Mirel “Tsurukame” Florescu. There was quite some concentration of Romanian insei at Nihon Ki-in that year :-) They literally came to Japan together (I picked them up from the airport in Narita) – but while Mirel stayed, just like me, at the Igo Kenshu Center near Tokyo, Catalin was to become an insei at the Western branch of Nihon Ki-in, in Nagoya. We did meet, all three of us, during the summer vacation in 1995 for a great vacation in Kyushu – thanks to the wonderful, late Nishimura-san – I am sure many European players remember him from several European Go Congresses. (Mirel and I also met Catalin during the same summer of 1995 at the annual insei Go camp at Hakone). Soon after that great summer of 1995 I returned home from Japan, after a little more than 18 months as an insei – to continue my University studies – while Mirel and Catalin enjoyed many more years in Japan.