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Report from the 2013 British Go Congress

The 2013 British Go Congress took place last weekend, April 5-7, at the Cromwell Hotel, Stevenage in Hertfordshire, England. Special guest, Japanese/American professional Go player, Michael Redmond, started events on Friday with a teaching session and a spot-the-move competition…

Crazy Stone computer Go program defeats Ishida Yoshio 9 dan with 4 stones

Crazy Stone, a computer Go program by Rémi Coulom, defeated Ishida Yoshio 9p with a four stone handicap, as part of the inaugural Denseisen at the 6th Computer Go UEC Cup in Japan (March 20, 2013). It was an ironic showdown between the computer and ‘The Computer’…

Fan Tingyu’s record breaking 7th Ing Cup victory

Fan Tingyu defeated Park Junghwan to win the 7th Ing Cup on March 6, 2013. After the semifinals took place in September 2012, the stage was set for a showdown between these two precocious teenagers. The Ing Cup is the Go world’s most prestigious event and it’s only held once every four years…

Korea wins 14th Nongshim Cup

On March 1, 2013, the 14th Nongshim Cup concluded with Park Junghwan defeating Jiang Weijie and reclaiming the Cup for Korea. With this win, Korea continues its undisputed dominance in this team tournament – this is the Korean team’s 11th win in the history of the Nongshim Cup.

Trading blows at the 3rd Huang Longshi Cup

On February 20, 2013, the 3rd Huang Longshi Cup kicked off with China, Japan and Korea each showcasing a team of five of their strongest women. Kim Chaeyoung gave Korea a running start, quickly dispatching Japan’s Osawa Narumi and Ishii Akane, and China’s Song Ronghui and Chen Yiming…

How do we get more people to play Go?

As we all know, Go is a totally fascinating game. Playing (or even watching) a game and seeing how groups evolve, come to life or die, is a thrilling experience – well, it is if you already know the game. Not knowing Go and watching two players stare at a piece of wood covered in black and white marbles? Not so much…

Shi Yue’s international breakthrough – 17th LG Cup champion

On February 20, 2013, Shi Yue ended the 17th LG Cup early, defeating Won Seongjin 9p in two straight games. Coming into this final, Shi’s game seemed to be dangerously strong against the Korean style.
His record in 2012 was 17-2 against Korean pros – ‌including a win against Lee Sedol in the 2nd round of this tournament…

Zhou Ruiyang wins 1st Bailing Cup with 3 hit combo

The first few weeks of 2013 saw the end of the 1st Bailing Cup, as Zhou Ruiyang defeated Chen Yaoye 3-0 to win the final – and his first international title – on January 19. When we last checked in on the Bailing Cup, you could have been forgiven for thinking that it was just another domestic Chinese tournament…

Prodigies upset top pros in exhibition Go games

Exhibition matches between some of Korea’s top professional Go players and some of its rising stars were held in Seoul from January 11-13, 2013. Representing the top pros, were Lee Changho, Lee Sedol and Choi Cheolhan. On the other hand, the young players were Shin Minjoon, Shin Jinseo and Byun Sangil…

Lee Sedol wins 40th Myeongin

On December 26, 2012, Lee Sedol defeated Baek Hongseok 3-2 to become the 40th Myeongin title holder (the Myeongin is the Korean Meijin title). This is 41st title of Lee’s career so far. Lee unexpectedly lost the first two games in the title match series on December 17 and 18…