Posts Tagged ‘o meien’

O Meien Defeats Computer-Go Program

Sunday, August 16th, 2009
O Meien, 9 dan professional player, played a game with Zen, a computer-Go program. O Meien gave Zen 7-stones handicap and won easily – white was ahead by a huge margin when black resigned. O Meien 9p vs computer-Go program Zen Zen’s current KGS rating is here. More information about this match can be found on the Go Discussions forum. Here is the game record.
O Meien is the author of the “Zone Press Park” book, the recently translated into English. He is also the brother of Tei Meiko 9p, who was the official instructor while I was insei in Japan. More information about O Meien on Sensei’s Library.

Video from Fujisawa Shuko’s Study Group

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
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 GrĂ¼nauer.)

Cho Chikun defeats Chang Hao in Ing Cup

Friday, May 2nd, 2008
Cho Chikun eliminated Chang Hao of China (previous Ing Cup winner) in round 2.

Cho Chikun vs. Chang Hao, Ing Cup 2008

Looks like Cho Sensei is back in shape after his loses in Kisei and Judan earlier this year. He will play against Lee Changho in round 3. The only other Japanese player, O Meien, was eliminated by Liu Xing of China.

Next round will be played in 2 days. There are 4 players from Korea, 3 from China, and 1 from Japan.

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.