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The Power Report: Kido Prizes & more (UPDATED!)

Wednesday March 30, 2022

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

EDITOR’S NOTE: The previous report has been updated holus-bolus with the latest results and also includes new reports.

Ichiriki wins Kisei after Iyama saves two kadobans (NEW)

Ichiriki looks happy

Ichiriki Ryo’s chances of winning his first big-three title looked good when he took a 3-1 lead (see my report of Feb. 28), but Iyama made him work hard to pull it off. The final three games are described below.

The fifth game of the 46th Kisei title match was played at the Hotel Kagetsuen in the town of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture on March 3 and 4. Taking black, Iyama played brilliantly and survived his first kadoban. Ichiriki resigned after 213 moves.

The sixth game was played at the same venue on March 10 and 11. Iyama (W) took the lead, but complications ensued when Ichiriki set his sights on a large white group. Iyama just barely managed to save it, and that decided the game. Ichiriki resigned after White 236. Iyama had now saved two kadobans, which must have put a lot of pressure on Ichiriki. Last year, he had taken the lead over Iyama in both his Gosei defence and his Meijin challenge, but each time had fallen victim to an Iyama fightback.

The deciding game was played at the Ninnaji temple in northeast Kyoto on March 17 and 18. The nigiri was conducted again, and Ichiriki drew black. He took a small lead in the middle-game fighting, putting a lot of pressure on Iyama. At a crucial point in a large-scale fight, Ichiriki thought for exactly one hour and found a move that kept the initiative. Iyama went wrong in his continuation here, playing two moves that Yamada Kimio 9-dan called “probably the losing moves.” Ichiriki took a lead of over ten points on the board. Iyama couldn’t get back into the game, so he resigned after move 199.

This is Ichiriki’s third top-seven title and his first top-three title. All told, he has won 15 titles. Winning the Kisei makes him the top-ranked player in Japan. First prize is 45,000,000 yen (about $364,845). Incidentally, this is 50% more than the number two title, the Meijin. Iyama missed out on becoming the first player to win the Kisei for ten years in a row. Ichiriki is the tenth player to have won the Kisei title.

Kido Prizes

The magazine Kido is defunct, but the Kido Prizes live on. The 55th Kido Prizes for the outstanding Nihon Ki-in players of 2021 were decided by a committee of go journalists, including staff on TV go programs, on February 7. Details follow.

Most outstanding player: Iyama Yuta, for holding on to the top three titles, the Kisei, Meijin, and Honinbo, and adding the Oza and Gosei, to give him a quintuple crown. The choice was unanimous, and he was picked for the 10th year in a row. Even in his 30s, Iyama continues to dominate Japanese go.

Outstanding player: Kyo Kagen, for winning the Judan
New Star: Nakamura Sumire
Woman’s Prize: Fujisawa Rina
International Prize: Iyama Yuta
Most wins: Ueno Asami (54-25)
Best winning percentage: Tsuneishi Takashi (76.9%, 30-9)
Most successive wins: Ichiriki Ryo (14)
Most games: Ueno Asami (79)

Kyo Kagen Judan

Kyo starts well in Judan (UPDATED)

The Daiwa House Cup 60th Judan title match featured a clash between two Taiwanese players: Kyo Kagen Judan (Hsu Chiayuan or Xu Jiayuan) (aged 24) and Yo Seiki 8-dan (Yu Chengch’i or Yu Zhengqi) (aged 26), the latter being a member of the Kansai Ki-in. Kyo led 10-5 in past encounters, including a win in the play-off to decide the Judan challenger last year.

The first game was played at the Osaka University of Commerce on March 1. Taking black, Kyo played strongly and seized the initiative, but Yo fought back and made the game a very close endgame contest. However, he fell short by half a point.

The second game was played at the “Hotel & Resorts NAGAHAMA” (the official English name) in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture, on March 23. The venue is a tourist hotel that overlooks Lake Biwa. Taking white, Kyo won by resignation after 210 moves. The game started with fierce fighting in which neither side was able to take the lead. However, clever play in two interrelated ko fights enabled Kyo to edge ahead of his opponent. Yo finished off one of the kos, but at the price of having a center group come under attack. He was unable to save it.

The third game will be played on April 7.

77th Honinbo League (UPDATED)

Yo Seiki’s chances of becoming the challenger are looking better and better. He enjoys the sole lead on 5-0 and has played and beaten his closest rival, Ichiriki Ryo, who is on 4-1. Yo’s remaining game is against  Shibano Toramaru.

(Feb. 17) Tsuruyama Atsushi 8-dan (W) beat Hane Naoki 9-dan by resig.
(March 10) Kyo Kagen Judan (W) beat Shibano Toramaru 9-dan by resig.
(March 14) Yo (W) beat Tsuruyama by resig.; Sada Atsushi 7-dan (W) beat Motoki Katsuya 8-dan by resig.

47th Meijin League (UPDATED)

Two players are undefeated in the current Meijin League: Shibano Toramaru and Shida Tatsuya, who are both on 2-0. However, all of the other players are still in the running.
(Feb. 15) Yo Seiki 8-dan (B) beat Ichiriki Ryo 9-dan by resig.
(March 7) Yo (B) beat Motoki Katsuya 8-dan by resig.
(March 14) Ichiriki Ryo 9-dan (W) beat Hane Naoki 9-dan by resig.
(March 17) Kyo Kagen (B) beat Ida Atsushi 8-dan by resig.

Sumire leads 33rd Women’s Meijin League (NEW)

With four of the seven players in this league having completed their games, Nakamura Sumire 2-dan has the provisional lead on 5-1. Her only rival is Xie Yimin 7-dan, who is on 4-1. If she can win her final game with Ueno Asami, she will draw level with Sumire and meet her in a play-off to decide the challenger to Fujisawa Rina. Results since my previous report follow.

(Feb. 14) Xie Yimin 7-dan (B) beat Mukai Chiaki 6-dan by resig.
(Feb. 17) Suzuki Ayumi 7-dan (B) beat Nakamura Sumire 2-dan by 4.5 points.; Nyu Eiko 4-dan (W) beat Omori Ran 1-dan by resig.
(Feb. 23) Ueno Asami Women’s Kisei (B) beat Mukai Chiaki 6-dan by 7.5 points.
(Feb. 24). Nakamura (B) beat Xie Yimin 7-dan by 2.5 points.
(Feb. 28) Nyu (B) beat Ueno by resig.; Mukai (B) beat Omori by resig.
(March 7) Xie (W) beat Nyu by resig.
(March 10) Nakamura (B) beat Ueno by resig.; Suzuki (W) beat Mukai by 4.5 points.
(March 17) Nakamura (W) beat Nyu by resig.; Suzuki (W) beat Omori by resig.
(March 24) Nakamura (B) beat Mukai by half a point; Xie (B) beat Omori by resig.

Teikei Cup New Stars

Teikei New Stars

Some details of the three new Teikei tournaments can be found in my report of January 29. The New Stars is limited to players 25 and under. The pairing in the final was predictable: Kyo Kagen Judan v. Shibano Toramaru, a former Meijin. They are members of the top group in Japanese go, so it feels a little funny to find them playing in a self-proclaimed “junior” tournament, but this is possible because there is no dan ceiling, unlike most junior tournaments. Kyo has started well in the best-of-three final, winning the first game.

Game 1 (March 4). Kyo Kagen Judan (B) beat Shibano Toramaru 9-dan by half a point. (This was Kyo’s second half-point win in four days: he won the first Judan game by the same margin.)

Teikei Cup Legends Tournament (NEW)

Sonoda Yuichi

The final of this new tournament was held in the Ryusei TV studio in the basement of the Nihon Ki-in on March 18. Taking white, Sonoda Yuichi 9-dan of the Kansai Ki-in beat Aoki Kikuyo 8-dan by resignation. He noted wryly that this was his first tournament victory since 1995. First prize is ¥5,000,000 (about $40,500). (Aoki qualified for this tournament by winning the Teikei Cup Women Legends Tournament, in which first prize is ¥2,000,000.)

New Stars International Team Tournament

This is a new tournament for players 19 and under from Japan, Korea, China, and Chinese Taipei. According to the Nihon Ki-in’s HP, the full name is the Parliamentary Government International Go New Stars Team Tournament. Games, of course, were played on the net. The time allowance was one hour, followed by 40-second byo-yomi x 3. For extra details, please see the excellent report by Daniela Trinks on March 10 (she calls the tournament Uijeongbu after the Korean city that sponsors it) .

Japan came fourth, with the only player to come out of the tournament with reputation enhanced being Nakamura Sumire, who won two games. One of the wins was over Zhou Hongyu, who is one of the top woman players in China; she won the 3rd Go Seigen Cup in 2020.

Results follow (all Chinese names are given in Pinyin). In the first match, Fukuoka forfeited his game because of illness. He was replaced by Sakai Yuki in the other matches.

Round One (March 3): Chinese Taipei beat Japan 2-1: Lai Junfu 7-dan (B) beat Miura Taro 2-dan by resig.; Xu Jingen 4-dan beat Fukuoka Kotaro 3-dan by forfeit; Lin Yuting 1-dan lost to Nakamura Sumire 2-dan (B) by resig; China beat Korea 2-1: Tu Xiaoyu 7-dan lost to Moon 5-dan (W) by resig; Wang Xinghao 6-dan (W) beat Han 3-dan by resig; Zhou Hongyu 6-dan (W) beat Kim Eunji 2-dan by resig.

Round 2 (March 4): China beat Japan 2-1: Tu (W) beat Miura by resig; Wang (B) beat Sakai Yuki 3-dan by resig; Zhou Hongyu 6-dan lost to Nakamura (B) by 1.5 points. Korea beat Chinese Taipei 3-0: Moon (B) beat Lai on time; Han (B) beat Xu by resig; Kim (W) beat Lin by resig.

Round 3: Korea beat Japan 3-0: Moon (B) beat Miura by 6.5 points; Han (B) beat Sakai by resig; Kim (W) beat Nakamura by resig. China beat Chinese Taipei 3-0: Tu (B) beat Lai by resig; Wang (W) beat Xu by resig; Zhou (W) beat Lin by resig.

Placings: 1st: China (3-0); 2nd: Korea (2-1); 3rd: Chinese Taipei (1-2); 4th: Japan (0-3).

Ichiriki wins NHK Cup (NEW)

The final of the 69th NHK Cup was telecast on March 13. Ichiriki Ryo beat Takao Shinji by half a point and won this tournament for the second year in a row and the third time overall. His record in NHK finals is now 3-3. Surprisingly, this was Takao’s first appearance in the final. This was the start of a good week for Ichiriki: he also stopped a losing streak in the Meijin League and won the Kisei title.

Japan eliminated from 14th Chunlan Cup (NEW)

Chunlan Cup: Sada beats Mi

The Chunlan Cup is a Chinese-sponsored international tournament for 24 players. It was founded in 1999 and since its 4th term has been held every two years. First prize is $150,000. The time allowance is two hours 30 minutes, with the last five minutes being used for byo-yomi (according to the Nihon Ki-in HP—Go Weekly says the byo-yomi comes after all the time is used up). Five Japanese representatives took part this year, but just one player made the second round, where he too was eliminated. Results of the opening rounds follow.

Round 1 (March 22). Byan Sangil 9-dan (Korea) (W) beat Ichiriki Ryo 9-dan (Japan) by resig.; Kim Jiseok 9-dan (Korea) (W) beat Iyama Yuta 9-dan (Japan) by resig.; Li Qincheng 9-dan (China) (W) beat Seki Kotaro 8-dan (Japan) by resig.; Ding Hao 9-dan (China) (B) beat Shibano Toramaru 9-dan (Japan) by resig.; Sada Atsushi 7-dan (Japan) (W) beat Mi Yuting 9-dan (China) by resig.; Li Weiqing 9-dan (China) (W) beat Ilya Shikshin 4-dan (Europe) by resig.; Kim Myounghoon 9-dan (Korea) (B) beat Shi Yue 9-dan (China) by resig.; Li Xuanhao 8-dan (China) beat Ryan Li 3-dan (North America) by 1.5 points.

Round 2 (March 24) Tang Weixing 9-dan (China) (W) beat Sada by resig.; Byan (W) beat Gu Zihao 9-dan (China) by resig.; Li Xuanhao (W) beat Xu Haohong 7-dan (Chinese Taipei) by resig.; Ke Jie 9-dan (China) (W) beat Kim Myounghoon by resig.; Tang (W) beat Sada by resig.; Shin Minjun 9-dan (Korea) (W) beat Ding by resig.; Yang Dingxin 9-dan (China) (B) beat Kim Jiseok by resig.; Shin Jinseo 9-dan (Korea) (B) beat Li Qincheng by resig.; Li Weiqing (B) beat Park Junghwan 9-dan (Korea) by resig.

The quarterfinals are to held later in the year, but I don’t have a date yet. Unfortunately, the two outstanding favorites, Shin Jinseo and Ke Jie meet each other in this round. The other pairings are: Yang v. Li Xuanhao, Shin v. Tang, and Li Weiqing v. Byan.

Sumire’s progress (UPDATED)

As of the end of March, Nakamura Sumire’s record was 12-5, but if you included the unofficial games she played in an international team tournament for young players (see above), her record is 14-6.  She is also sitting on a winning streak of seven games (see below).

(Feb. 17 & 24 and March 10, 17 & 24) Sumire won four games and lost one in the Women’s Meijin League—see above.
(Feb. 28) Sumire (B) beat Terayama Rei 6-dan by resig. (Prelim. B, 78th Honinbo)
(March 14) Sumire (B) beat Rin Shien 8-dan by 1.5 points; Sumire (W) beat Yamada Takuji 8-dan by 2.5 points (both games in Prelim. B, 29th Agon Kiriyama Cup). Beating two 8-dans in one day shows how far Sumire has come.

Most successive wins (UPDATED)

Go Weekly is not yet publishing a most-wins list, but the most likely candidates for top place are  given below (as of March 27).

Kyo Kagen: 12-1; Nakamura Sumire: 12-5; Ichiriki Ryo: 12-7

Best winning streaks
12: Kyo Kagen (since Jan. 13)
7: Nakamura Sumire (since Feb. 24)
6: Kimu Shujun 9-dan, Shimojima Yohei 8-dan, Han Zenki 8-dan

The following players have seen their streaks come to an end recently.
8: Ikemoto Ryota 2-dan
7: Fujisawa Rina, Ueno Asami, Sakai Yuki 3-dan, Ida Atsushi 8-dan
6: Nyu Eiko 4-dan, Kono Mitsuki 8-dan

Iyama awarded 60th Shusai Prize (NEW)

This prize honoring the 21st and last hereditary Honinbo is awarded to the outstanding player of the previous year. Iyama Yuta won it for the 10th time.

Okura Kishichiro Prizes (NEW)

The Okura Kishichiro Prizes (previously referred to just as the Okura Prizes) are awarded to people, professional or amateur, who have made major contributions to popularizing go. This year’s prizes were announced on March 23 and went to Fukuda Yasuhisa, president of Senko Group Holdings, which sponsors the two Senko tournaments, and Takemiya Masaki 9-dan, who became famous for his center-oriented “cosmic style” and who won the Honinbo title six times and Meijin title once.

Promotions (UPDATED)

To 4-dan (50 wins): Komatsu Daiki (as of March 15). Komatsu is the son of Komatsu Hideki 9-dan and Komatsu Eiko 4-dan. Also, Kikkawa Hajime (as of March 29).

To 3-dan: (Ms.) Tanemura Sayuri (40 wins; as of Feb. 25)


Yang, Kang & Huang top Gotham tourney

Tuesday March 29, 2022

Kevin Yang, Boyang Kang and Alan Huang topped the Gotham Go Tournament 2022 last weekend at The Glow Community Center in Flushing, NY as in-person tournament go returned to New York City. “We had 74 players and gave out over $1,800 in cash prizes, lots of good food, and even Gotham Go Group tee-shirts and magnets for all participants,” reports Peter Armenia. “Thank you Joel Kenny, Jino Choung, Gretchen Hanser, and Howard Wong for helping make this tournament a great success!”

Pictures and full results are posted here.


Midwest Open Tournament returns

Sunday March 27, 2022

The Midwest Open Tournament on March 12-13 attracted 53 players from throughout the region, from home state Ohio, as well as Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and even Virginia. This was the second edition of the event, the first having taken place in January 2020, just before the pandemic.

Casual Games: Eric Yoder plays James Funk & Patrick Kidwell plays Samual Blyveis. photo by Devin Fraze.

The Midwest Open was held at the new Yokoso Center in Columbus’s Japan Marketplace, and participants were greeted with custom, high-quality name tags and a welcome by the Columbus Kyoto Ensemble, who kicked things off with a performance of Japanese music in traditional kimono dress. 

The Open Division, consisting of 16 players, was a traditional bracket system of four intense rounds. The Main Division featured an innovative “Arena Style” pairing: participants were paired for the first round by the tournament director, but the remainder of the games were self-paired and managed with custom software, which will be available soon to organizers via This allowed players to take breaks and manage their own availability, get food as needed, and record their games using the software app. Division winners all received medals, and the Open winners were able to select among rare, high-value go-related prizes. Albert Yen swept the section; click here for his analysis of his Round 2 game.

Sunday morning also saw the final match of the Ohio State Championship, a lively showdown between a father and son. The winner, Soren Jaffe, was crowned Ohio State Champion.

Organizers extended special thanks “to all the members of the Baduk House, who assisted greatly to the success of the tournament.” To learn more about the Baduk House residency program and volunteering for future events, click here. See below for the winners list, and information about the tournament—and next year’s Open—is available here.

  • reporting/photos by Devin Fraze, edited by Hailey Renner. TD/Open winners photo (below left) by Eva-Dee Beech.

Ohio State Champion: Soren Jaffe

Juggernaut Award (most games and most wins): Jamin Kochman

Open: 1st Albert Yen; 2nd Edward Zhang; 3rd Alex Qi

Dan: 1st Shawn Ray; 2nd Jerry Jaffe; 3rd Mitchell Schmeisser
High SDK: 1st Dylan Jian; 2nd David Rohlfing; 3rd Manny Juargegui
Low SDK: 1st Richard Crawley; 2nd Angelo Di Lorenzo; 3rd Steven A Zilber
High DDK: 1st Joe Miller; 2nd Kara Ray; 3rd Winston Yan
Low DDK: 1st Jamin Kochman; 2nd Paul Mendola; 3rd Abhinav Gadde


Supporting Ukrainian go

Thursday March 24, 2022

Editor’s note: The global go community is a small one, and many of us have met Ukrainian go players across the board either in person or virtually. As the war there moves into its second month, I am reminded of how the horror of Hiroshima inspired renowned go master Kaoru Iwamoto to dedicate his life to a more peaceful future, becoming an ambassador for the game around the world to bring people together. In that spirit, here are two ways to take action now to support Ukrainian go players and their families.
Chris Garlock, Managing Editor, American Go E-Journal

Play Go for Ukraine: Go teacher In-seong Hwang and his fellow teachers at have organized Play Go for Ukraine. “We heard that a group of Ukrainian go families (about 25 people, mostly mothers and kids) escaped their country and participated in the EYGC (European Youth Go Championship) in the Czech Republic a couple of weeks ago,” they write. “However, they couldn’t go back to their country after that event and are now staying in different countries. Therefore, we’d like to help them pay for their living expenses.” Even though “many people feel powerless” against the war, “we can provide entertaining and educational games” while raising money for the Ukrainian go families. Participants make a small donation for each game and all the funds go to help the families. “Please come to enjoy the games and help our Ukrainian friends at the same time!” Click here for details.

Artem Kachanovskyi

Support the European Go Journal: As reported previously, European Go Journal editor Artem Kachanovskyi, a resident of Kyiv, has posted movingly on Facebook about how the Russian war on Ukraine has affected the go community and his own life and work as EGJ editor. When the war started, Kachanovskyi had to leave Kyiv and was forced to stop printing and distributing physical copies of the journal. He plans to continue producing the journal and distribute it digitally as a PDF until he is able to distribute hardcopies again. He takes subscriptions through Patreon and has about 235 subscribers right now. It’s $6.50 a month for a personal subscription to the monthly PDF version of the journal, and he offers a $3.50 per-person club subscription to groups participating in a Go club. 
– Spencer Rank.

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Categories: Europe,Main Page

Who wants to play a 7-dan?

Thursday March 24, 2022

Kevin Yang (right) takes on his brother, Tony (5-dan), in a friendly game.

For more than a year now, 2021 California Go Champion Kevin Yang 7d has been playing games against challengers online. The two players immediately analyze the game afterwards, while San Diego Go Club (SDGC) members watch and learn. This has been a volunteer project for Kevin ever since he started high school.

Any AGA member who would like to challenge Kevin to an even or handicap game can do so at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays on KGS (SDGC room). If more than one challenger would like to play, the higher rated player is usually given the game. Or a player can email to reserve a specific Tuesday.

As a special incentive/bonus, if a player beats Kevin, she will be sent a San Diego Go Club T-shirt.

Ted Terpstra, San Diego Go Club


New home for the oldest go club in North America

Wednesday March 23, 2022

by Paul Goodman 2D

The first wave of Japanese immigration to San Francisco came after the Civil War, in 1869. Legend has it that in the 1880’s a group of Japanese fisherman wanted a place to play go, and founded the San Francisco Go Club. That story may be apocryphal, but the club is certainly the oldest in North America. In 1936, the Nihon Kiin was so impressed that it made the club its first overseas chapter.

Since then the peripatetic club has had six homes. Our newest, and by far the nicest, had its official opening on March 19, with a three-game tournament and a grand opening party. Our new home is located in San Francisco’s Nihonmachi (Japan Town) in a spacious and comfortable suite in the Japan Center next to the Kabuki Hotel.

The past two years have been difficult, but with the help of many people — especially the vision of Matthew Barcus, the energy of Mishal Awadah, and the financial foresight of Aaron Rosen — an empty storefront has been transformed into a warm, comfortable, inviting place to enjoy a game of go. We have new furniture and equipment for playing, a small kitchen area for snacking, and a comfortable lounge area for shmoozing. The walls are decorated with historical mementos of the club, including a calligraphy by Honinbo Shusai from 1936 commemorating the acceptance of the club into the Nihon Kiin. 

And let’s not forget the enticing sounds and smells wafting into the club from Nihonmachi, where in between games you and your friends can enjoy some ramen or sushi.

About forty people participated in the 3-game tournament at the grand opening. The tournament winner in the Dan Division was Jay Chan who walked away with a $150 prize as well as a seat at the 3-person simultaneous table with Hajin Lee (4P) on April 23 at the club. Tied for 2nd place in the Dan Division were Yuelun Yang, James Lou, Jason He, Cole Pruitt, and Lukasz Lew. In the Kyu Division four people tied for first: Yunyen Lee, Youchen Zhao, Joseph Marino, and Keelan Gardner 

We’re a friendly bunch, so if you’re ever in San Francisco, do come to the club. Everyone is welcome, beginners to experts. Even better, become a member: help support go in San Francisco and keep the tradition alive. Check the club website for information about membership and playing times.


Chinese Go player gets one-year ban for using AI during national competition

Monday March 21, 2022

photo by VCG

The Chinese Weiqi Association on March 15 suspended Liu Ruizhi from attending competitions overseas for a year after he violated the “no use of AI” rules when participating in a national chess competition earlier that day. According to the statement, Liu Ruizhi used an AI program during the first round of the Chinese professional Go Championship preliminaries, and his supervisors did not fulfill their supervisory responsibilities. According to the rules of the competition, the use of AI is strictly prohibited, and players who break this rule will be banned for one year. If the player is a member of the national training team, they will be expelled from the team immediately.

Zuo Shiquan, head of the equipment manufacturing research institute under the China Center for Information Industry Development, told the Global Times on Wednesday that AI can guide a player by calculating the next step after analyzing the historical data of contestants input in advance and that this counts as cheating during a match.

Liu Ruizhi was born in 1996; his career began in 2019, but he had not won any major matches during his career, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The Chinese Professional Go Championship is a professional tournament with the longest history and the largest participation in China. A total of 231 people signed up for the competition – a new record – of which 194 participated in the preliminaries.

– adapted from a report by Chen Xi in the Global Times

Categories: China,Main Page

50 years aGO – March 1972

Sunday March 20, 2022

By Keith L. Arnold, hka, with Patrick Bannister

We start this month with a report from the former editor of Go World, author of Invincible and translator of many go books, John Power. If you go back to the team match photo from last month’s column, I only identified the first three boards. Power’s sharp eye offers that Board 4 was Horst Mueller of Austria, Board 5 was Stuart Dowsey “cofounder of Ishi Press and founder of the London Go Centre,” and Board 6 was William Pinckard whose book on go art is one my favorites. I myself recognized Dowsey, but did not want to make everyone squint, but I am happy to offer this addendum simply out of pride that Mr. Power takes the time to read my efforts.

Speaking of Stuart Dowsey, on March 10 Dowsey and Manfred Wimmer taught Max Euwe, the President of the World Chess Federation and former World Chess Champion, how to play go during a visit to the Nihon Ki’in.

March 19 saw the start of the the Amateur Best 10 tournament. James Davies 4d made it to the second round, while Wimmer 5d made it to the third.

Mr. Wimmer had a busy month, here we see him playing on NHK TV. His opponent is the female junior high champion, Endō Keiko. According to Go Review, Wimmer demonstrated his knowledge of the taisha jōseki on his way to a three and a half point win.

On March 22, Ishida Yoshio began his defense of his Asahi Pro Best Ten title. The challenger, Iwata Tatsuaki 9d, was not a frequent challenger for top titles. Indeed, responding to the surprise of the go world, Iwata responded “That’s right, it is indeed a fluke.” Iwata, known for calm courtesy, was perhaps being modest, you do not defeat fellow senior Kitani disciple Ōtake Hideo, Hashimoto Shōji, Sugiuchi Masao and Sakata Eio in succession and not be worthy. Still the challenge created an almost modern style pregame show with various pros opining as to who would win. Katō Masao 7d backed Ishida, while Kanō Yoshinori 9d (author of Graded Go Problems for Beginners) believed Iwata had a very good chance because of the similarity of their styles. Rin Kaihō diplomatically and prudently suggested that in his experience, the winner of the first game usually won. Ishida took the first game by a half a point, but Iwata leveled the match on March 28. (Game records: Game 1, Game 2.)

As of March 23, the former title holders were still holding on to the lead in the leagues. Rin was 5-0 in the Hon’inbo, and Fujisawa Shūkō was 3-0 in the Meijin. Ishida had bounced back from his poor start in the Meijin League to level his result at 2-2.

Game records courtesy of SmartGo, photos from Go Review


U.S. Go Congress registration opens

Friday March 18, 2022

Registration for the 2022 U.S. Go Congress is now open. The 38th annual event will be held July 30th – August 7th at the YMCA camp near Estes Park, Colorado. The main playing site is Assembly Hall in the center of the Y camp, which is surrounded by many indoor and outdoor amenities, “plus the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains,” say organizers. “It’s the perfect setting for both players and non-players alike — an ideal vacation destination.  So, bring the whole family!”

The camp is just outside Estes Park, about 1.5 – 2 hours from Denver International Airport (DIA).  You can sign up for the airport shuttle during registration, or rent a car at the airport.  The Congress has a number of rooms reserved on-site, or you can choose from many off-site locations, though organizers say anyone interested should “act soon as summer fills up quickly.”  

To register, click here, then click the Start Here tab to create a login and sign up for lodging and meal plans, the banquet, and the day-off activities. 

“There are official tours to please almost everyone, from open-air trollies servicing Rocky Mountain National Park, ghost tours at the historic Stanley Hotel, cable-car rides to the top of Prospect Mountain, and horseback riding”, says Congress Co-Director Eric Wainwright. “If any of these don’t appeal to you, there’s an abundance of informal tours and other activities as well.”


Member’s Edition: Midwest Open, Round 2; The “broken ladder” game

Friday March 18, 2022

We’re very pleased to offer E-Journal readers a special bonus today: a hot-off-the-boards game commentary by regular Member’s Edition (ME) contributor Albert Yen. ME subscribers receive these weekly commentaries and problems by from a team of pros and top amateurs that includes Michael Redmond, Yilun Yang, Guo Juan, Kaz Furuyama, Yuan Zhou and Albert Yen. Click here to find out more about other benefits of joining the AGA, including participating in local and national tournaments, the national rating system and in the annual US Go Congress – the largest go event in North America – at member rates.

Today’s game commentary — The “broken ladder” game — is by Albert Yen, who swept last weekend’s Midwest Open 4-0. For this game review we also have comments from his opponent, Eric Yoder, so readers can see perspectives from both players. We hope you enjoy it and again, please consider joining the AGA to get Member’s Edition content every week! Speaking of which, ME subscribers are receiving the game records for Albert’s Round 1, 3 and 4 games, as well.

Midwest Open, Round 2
White: Albert Yen 8d
Black: Eric Yoder
Commentary: Albert Yen