Posts Tagged ‘wagc’

Japan lost to Norway in WAGC

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

The 32nd World Amateur Go Championship started yesterday in Matsue, Japan. Nothing unexpected in the first two rounds, but the third round came with a big surprise: Japan lost to Norway!! The Japanese representative this year is Mr. Hironori Hirata who will be 85 next month. He participated several times at this championship in the past, and even won it once. Too bad he made a blunder in this game: he failed to protect against a simple threat and a big group of his died. If he defended, he would have won by a few points (maybe less than komi).

Here is the complete game.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[6.50] PW[Hironori Hirata]PB[Morten Ofstad]WR[8d]BR[4d]DT[2011-05-29]EV[WAGC 2011, round 3]RE[B+Resign]MULTIGOGM[1] ;B[pd] ;W[dc] ;B[pp] ;W[dq] ;B[pj] ;W[nc] ;B[kd] ;W[le] ;B[oc] ;W[nd] ;B[pf] ;W[id] ;B[gc] ;W[he] ;B[ge] ;W[gf] ;B[fe] ;W[ce] ;B[ic] ;W[hc] ;B[hb] ;W[hd] ;B[fb] ;W[jc] ;B[ib] ;W[jd] ;B[jb] ;W[kc] ;B[do] ;W[dl] ;B[eq] ;W[ep] ;B[dp] ;W[fq] ;B[er] ;W[cq] ;B[fr] ;W[eo] ;B[bp] ;W[en] ;B[bq] ;W[gq] ;B[gr] ;W[hq] ;B[mq] ;W[ff] ;B[cf] ;W[df] ;B[be] ;W[cg] ;B[cd] ;W[bf] ;B[kj] ;W[ec] ;B[fc] ;W[ij] ;B[jl] ;W[mj] ;B[jj] ;W[ik] ;B[ll] ;W[ml] ;B[mm] ;W[nl] ;B[lh] ;W[pl] ;B[ni] ;W[lm] ;B[mn] ;W[kl] ;B[lk] ;W[jm] ;B[jh] ;W[qj] ;B[qi] ;W[qk] ;B[ri] ;W[qn] ;B[ro] ;W[qo] ;B[qp] ;W[rn] ;B[rp] ;W[on] ;B[ii] ;W[eb] ;B[dd] ;W[ed] ;B[ee] ;W[de] ;B[cc] ;W[cb] ;B[bb] ;W[ba] ;B[bc] ;W[ea] ;B[ad] ;W[af] ;B[da] ;W[ca] ;B[fa] ;W[ae] ;B[ab] ;W[db] ;B[bn] ;W[kb] ;B[ja] ;W[hr] ;B[ck] ;W[dr] ;B[cp] ;W[ds] ;B[dk] ;W[qc] ;B[qd] ;W[ob] ;B[pb] ;W[pc] ;B[qb] ;W[od] ;B[rc] ;W[bd] ;B[br] ;W[gs] ;B[be] ;W[il] ;B[ln] ;W[bd] ;B[km] ;W[be] ;B[jn] ;W[kq] ;B[sk] ;W[rl] ;B[bi] ;W[jk] ;B[in] ;W[ko] ;B[kn] ;W[lr] ;B[mr] ;W[of] ;B[og] ;W[ng] ;B[oe] ;W[nf] ;B[gm] ;W[gj] ;B[lf] ;W[kf] ;B[kg] ;W[jf] ;B[hi] ;W[gl] ;B[fl] ;W[fm] ;B[em] ;W[fn] ;B[el] ;W[hm] ;B[gk] ;W[gn] ;B[dn] ;W[bh] ;B[ci] ;W[fk] ;B[ip] ;W[ek] ;B[dm] ;W[no] ;B[lq] ;W[kr] ;B[op] ;W[ms] ;B[ns] ;W[ls] ;B[or] ;W[oh] ;B[pg] ;W[nh] ;B[pi] ;W[oc] ;B[ok] ;W[ol] ;B[jp] ;W[kp] ;B[mk] ;W[sl] ;B[sn] ;W[po] ;B[qm] ;W[pm] ;B[oo] (;W[nn]LB[sm:A]C[Losing move: white hallucinates that his group is alive. White should play at A to make two eyes, and let black cut and capture one stone.] ;B[rm]C[White's group is dead after this.]) (;W[sm] ;B[nn] ;W[so]C[Black is ahead on the board, but not enough to give komi.]))

The tournament website is here. You can also read daily reports in the online bulletin Ranka.

31st World Amateur Go Championship Starts

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The 31st World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) will start tomorrow in Hangzhou, China.

31st WAGC Opening

This eight rounds, two games per day championship will be played between May 26th and May 29th.

You can follow the updates on the International Go Federation’s website and on the Nihon Ki-in’s website.

The presence of the young and very strong players from Asia, several ex-insei from Europe and Fernando Aguilar from Argentina will make this a very interesting tournament, I am sure.

China Wins World Amateur Go Championship

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
Yuqing Hu of China repeated his 2005 performance and won this year’s World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) with a perfect 8:0 score!
Yuqing Hu of China, WAGC 2009 champion
Yuqing Hu’s most difficult game, according to a Ranka interview with him, was the one against Shin-Hwan Yoo of South Korea. Here is a photo of the game between the two (Yuqing on the right hand side).
WAGC 2009, S. Korea vs. China

And this is the game record between China and Korea.

Second place was taken by S. Korea, followed by Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Luxembourg, France. Full results here. Some general view from the tournament:
WAGC 2009
Michael Redmond 9p commenting a game:
WAGC 2009
Group photo with the WAGC participants:
WAGC 2009

World Amateur Go Championship

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
The 30th WAGC (World Amateur Go Championship) started in Shizuoka, Japan.
30th WAGC, opening ceremony
This year there are 70 players from 70 countries. The International Go Federation has clearly made a good job in spreading Go and more and more countries over the years. Round one is over. No surprises here: the strong Asian countries (Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan) have all won. Everybody is wondering if any non-Asian country will end up in the top three. If anyone would accomplish this performance, it would be one of the players of US (Eric Lui), Czechia (Ondrej Silt, ex-insei) or Hungary (Csaba Mero, ex-insei) – all these won first round as well. Here are some interesting interviews with some participants on the Ranka webpage. Also, one can follow the tournament results so far here and see the game records here.

Korea Wins WAGC With Perfect Score

Friday, May 30th, 2008
Sung Bong Ha of South Korea won the 29th WAGC with a perfect score, 8-0, after defeating Hong Kong in the last round. The rest of the top places aren’t settled yet, but it looks like Fernando Aguilar of Argentina is assured of 2nd place if he wins against Israel in the last round (due to his high SOS), while China and Japan fight for the 3rd place.

29th WAGC after 4 rounds

Thursday, May 29th, 2008
The 29th WAGC (World Amateur Go Championship) reached its halfpoint after 4 rounds out of 8. The results so far are very surprising: out of the 5 players with perfect score, only 2 are from Asia (the representatives of China and S. Korea) while the other three are from Luxembourg (the WAGC veteran Laurent Heiser), Argentina (the famous Fernando Aguilar), and Czech Republic (Jan Hora). Japan has only 3 points after the loss to Korea, and same for Hong Kong after losing to China. Taiwan lost to both Thailand and Hungary so it’s out of the game this year. Is this going to be a “Revolution WAGC”? We’ll see in the next few rounds.

Teaching game with Kato Masao

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

I wrote a new article: Teaching game with Kato Masao. It is based on a 3-stones handicap teaching game I received from Kato Masao 9p back in 1990 when I was 3 dan and I represented Romania at the WAGC.

What motivated me to write the article at this point was the thread “Asking professionals for serious games” – in particular Tommie’s request there.

I hope you enjoy it!

Alexander Dinerchtein commentaries on WAGC games

Thursday, June 21st, 2007
Alexander Dinerchtein generously offered some of his game commentaries from the very recent WAGC. He commented the following games: China vs. Netherlands, Japan vs. Czech Republic and Romania vs. South Africa. You can visit Alexander’s web page at:

Interview with Cristian “Solaris” Pop

Thursday, June 7th, 2007
I just published an interview with Cristian Pop – know as “Solaris” on some Go servers – the 7 dan from Romania who won an excellent 4th place at the recent World Amateur Go Championship. He also has an online Go school – see his website if you are interested to join:

How to get the kifu from the last WAGC round?

Friday, June 1st, 2007
While WAGC has been over for a couple of days, the organizers still haven’t posted the game records from the last round. They did post links to the games they recorded at this link: but the links don’t work. For instance, I want to see the China-Romania game which is supposed to be at this link, but all I get is an error page. Also, CyberOro – which is the only Go server I know of that did live broadcasts for a couple of games from each round (kudos to them for this!) has unfortunately chosen to upgrade their servers just before the last 2 WAGC rounds or so, and has only updated their Asian client – while all English users have been left in the dark for now. Does anybody know how to find the kifu from the last WAGC round? Or how to communicate with the WAGC organizers to ask them to fix the broken links at the above mentioned web address?