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Mexico edges out Korea in special cross-cultural tournament

Friday December 28, 2018

Mexico edged Korea, 13-12, in the December 8 cross cultural baduk tournament “Encuentro de Baduk México-Corea 2018.” The 2018.12.08_Mexico-Korea baduk match15-round event was organized by the Korean newspaper “El Coreano.” Playing for Team Mexico was its leader and current Mexican champion Abraham Florencia 5d, followed by Sebastián Ríos, Mario Mercado, Alejandro Curiel and José Chacón. Team Korea consisted of Changha Kim, Jungik Jang, Chaejoong Kook, Sungoh Kim and team leader Nicolas Kim. There were special extra matches for junior players as well: Diego Luciano and Mateo Nava played for Mexico against Chan Kong; the three of them are 12 years old and around 1-2 Dan.

2018.12.08_Mexico-Korea baduk match4Kijin Song, Director of the Korean Cultural Center in Mexico City, where the event took place, welcomed the contestants with praise for baduk – as go is called in Korea — as a valuable cultural element. Sungmin Lim from “El Coreano” then introduced the players and explained the rules. There was a lot of excitement about the event, which Mexico finally clinched by the narrowest of margins after five rounds of intense games. The Fighting Spirit award went to Changha Kim, a korean 5-dan player who went undefeated. Trophies were awarded to all the members of the winning team on behalf of Chun Bee-ho, Korea’s Ambassador to Mexico. International observers included Philipp Neubert, from the Department of Baduk Studies at Myongji University and Alvaro Tirado from the Venezuela Go Association. All agreed the event was very well organized event and the intention is for it to be held annually and attract more players from both countries at future editions.
– reported by Sid Avila

Categories: Latin America,Main Page

Steve Burrall 3d wins Davis/Sacramento Winter Quarterly

Friday December 28, 2018

The Davis/Sacramento Go Club held its Winter Quarterly on December 15th at the Arden-Dimick Library in Sacramento. There 2018.12.15_Steve Burrallwas a field of 12 players including one who flew in from Southern California. Division I was 2018.12.15_Barry Beckerwon by Steve Burrall 3d (left), with a 3-1 result. Barry Becker 6k (right), won Division II on tie breaks over David Barren 7k. Both had 4-0 records.
– Willard Haynes
Correction: Steve Burrall’s rank is 3d, not 6d as we had in the original headline.

Justin Teng 6D wins NGC Winter Warmer

Friday December 28, 2018

A field of 20 came in out of the cold to compete in the Winter Warmer tournament at the National Go Center on December 8. 2018.12.08_DC-Winter WarmerJustin Teng 6D was the overall winner with a 3-1 record. All 4-0 and 3-1 winners received the coveted US Go Congress mug with a colonial design from this year’s Congress in Williamsburg, VA. Other winners were: Shane Tellier 1D, Nathan Epstein 1D, Anderson Barreal 7K, John Christensen(4-0!) 10K, Jonathon Barlow 10K, Janus Chidester 14K.
– Gurujeet Khalsa


Annual Syracuse self-pair tourney has “best-ever” turn-out

Wednesday December 12, 2018

The Syracuse Go Club’s annual self-pair tournament on December 1 had 32 players, “its best turnout ever,” reports organizer 2018.12.12 Syracuse self-pair tournament
Richard Moseson. Twenty students participated, ranging in strength from beginner (eight students from the CNY Chinese School who played their first rated games), to quite strong (local high school senior Zhengbokang “Tony” Tang 8d and two 5d Cornell University students). Out of town players came from all directions (Ithaca, Utica, Rochester, and Oswego).

“Wonderful refreshments were furnished by many of the local players, allowing those who came for the whole day to play on without needing to run out for lunch, and at the end of the day everyone was able to select a new go book or other go-related-prize to take home,” says Moseson.


Historic Mexico-Korea baduk match set for Dec. 8

Friday December 7, 2018

Encuentro de Baduk México-Corea 2018,  a cross cultural baduk (go in Korean) tournament is set for December 8th in Mexico 2018.12.07_Mexico-Korea baduk matchCity.  The match will be held in honor of  South Korea’s ambassador to Mexico, the event will take place at the Korean Cultural Center and the opening ceremony will feature its Director, Mr. Kijin Song. The format is a fast-paced, round robin match consisting of 5 team members, on one side Mexican nationals and on the other Korean residents and/or Korean descendants born in Mexico. Philipp Neubert, a german student from Myongji University who is doing  field research for his Ph.D thesis about go in Latin America is invited as an international observer.

The Korean Cultural Center and a Korean newspaper “El Coreano,” both with established headquarters in Mexico City, are organizing the event. “For many years there have been active Korean players with a limited interaction in their own community,” reports organizer Sid Avila,  “perhaps only Kim Chang-Ha,  a gentle friend and strong player has showed up and participated at the successful Mexican Go Congresses organized so far.”

“Since the  Korean Cultural Center opened their baduk workshop two years ago, there has been a steady increase in public interest for go. There have been two Baduk Festivals, workshops at universities, exhibitions and even international events like the recent Pan-american Baduk Championship 2018 where Aaron Ye, from the US claimed the title.  The Korean community seems to be welcoming the exciting idea that there are strong Mexican players who can compete with them. They are also surprised that baduk is taught at elementary schools, and played at universities, and that there are quite well organized events by the Mexican Go Association,” adds Avila. -Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.



GO Without Borders seeks beta testers

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Bill Frezza and his colleague John Gaby have developed an online go variant called GO Without Borders that they say is perhaps2018.11.26_GO Without Borders torus the first practical online implementation of Toroidal GO, the concept of removing the edges of a go board by allowing the board to “wrap around” both horizontally and vertically.

“What is most fascinating about playing GO Without Borders is the fresh approach required regarding tactics and strategy because every joseki you ever learned is useless,” Frezza, a 12 kyu player, tells the E-Journal. “There is also a premium on good fighting skills. And yet it is still go with all the same rules.”

Frezza and Gaby are actively recruiting a small circle of beta testers to help debug and fully feature the program before public launch. Email if interested.



Go in the News: Game Enthusiasts Gather Weekly in Brentwood to Play Ancient Board Game; Baduk Drives Success of Nongshim Noodles in China

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Game Enthusiasts Gather Weekly in Brentwood to Play Ancient Board Game: Every weekend, you’ll find a group of people playing an ancient board game called Go at Fulin’s in Brentwood. Shawn Ray, of the Middle TN Go Club, spoke with us about the game and how the Middle TN Go Club came to be. The Club plays at Fulin’s in Brentwood every Saturday from 12p-4p and Sunday 5p-9p. Read more here.

Baduk Drives Success of Nongshim Noodles in China: Instant noodle giant Nongshim has capitalized on the popularity of go to drive sales of $280 million in China this year. In cooperation with the Korea Baduk Association, Nongshim founded a world championship known as the Nongshim Cup when it entered the country in 1999. Nongshim chairman Shin Chun-ho is a go enthusiast and wanted to link local fever for the game to the brand. When the tournament is held in China (the 20th edition was held there last month), fans gather in front of the venue or at large outdoor televisions to watch the match, which further promotes the brand. Read more here and here.


Calvin Sun 1p wins inaugural California State Go Championship

Monday December 3, 2018

An undefeated Calvin Sun 1p topped a field of 45 players to win the first annual California State Go Championship on 2018.12.03_CA-state-IMG_5605November 24-25. The two-day, 5-round event was sponsored by the San Diego Go Club and held amid the beautiful surroundings of the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park. Players came from as far as the San Francisco Bay area to compete for the title.

Sun not only won the title of 2018 California Go Champion and collected a cash award and an individual trophy but will be the first to have his name engraved on a permanent state go champion plaque. Following him in the Open Section were Yi Wang (6-dan 2018 San Diego Champion) and Yufei Jin 6-dan.

“It was a special treat when American Go Association President Andy Okun, was present to help award the prizes to the winners,” reports organizer Ted Terpstra, president of the San Diego Go Club.

2018.12.03_CA-state-DSCN5583Other Section winners were:

Dan Section: 1st Dan Alvira 3-dan; 2nd Zhihong He 3.3-dan; 3rd Seowoo Wang 2.6-dan
Single-Digit Kyu Section: 1st Paul Margetts 2.4-kyu; 2nd Warren T Andrews 6.7-kyu; 3rd Kevin Charles Yang 7-kyu
Double-Digit Kyu Section: 1st Lucia Moscola 17.9-kyu; 2nd Wade Michael Smith 10.5-kyu; 3rd Alexander Niema Moshiri 11.5 Kyu

In conjunction with the California State Go Championship, a 5-round, 13×13 California Go Championship was held on Sunday, also at the SD 2018.12.03_CA-state-13x13-PlayersChess Club. Competing were 32 players many of whom were from the Hai Li Go School. All players earned a playing certificate with their rating as well as a medal with the logo of the San Diego Go Club on one side and the logo of the California Go Association on the other. Hai Li, a Chinese pro who has recently moved to Southern California, was the tournament director for the 13×13 tournament. He is also the president of the California Go Association which rated the 13×13 tournament.

2018 Girl’s State California Go Champion: Angelina Zhao (4-1)
2018 Boy’s California State Go Champion: Kai Yi; who was the only 5-0 player.

“With almost 80 go players competing, the 2018 California Go Championship was a huge success,” said Terpstra. To encourage participation, the San Diego Go Club paid all entry fees and cash prizes out of the profits from the 2017 U.S. Go Congress, which it hosted.

photos: (top right, l-r): Okun, Sun and Terpstra; (bottom right) 13×13 players; photos by Bochen Li and Henry You

Correction: Calvin Sun’s rank has been updated to 1p; the AGA’s top amateur rank is 7d.