May 2011 World Go Round Up

36th Kisei League

On 24 May 2011, the Nihon Ki-in announced players who will take up the last four spots in the 36th Kisei League.

Cho U, Kisei

Seto Taiki 7p of the Kansai Ki-in, Akiyama Jiro 8p, Kono Rin 9p and Kobayashi Koichi 9p. These players were selected based on playing through single knock out preliminary matches and will join top performers from the 35th Kisei League.

The winner of the 36th Kisei League will earn the right to challenge Kisei title holder, Cho U 9p, in 2012 for the 36th Kisei. The 36th Kisei League players are Iyama Yuta 9p, Yamashita Keigo 9p, Hane Naoki 9p, Kato Atsushi 8p, Kono Rin 9p, Seto Taiki 7p, Takao Shinji 9p, Yamashiro Hiroshi 9p, Yoda Norimoto 9p, Ryu Shikun 9p, Kobayashi Koichi 9p and Akiyama Jiro 8p.

Joanne Missingham turns 17

Joanne Missingham (Hei Jiajia) turns seventeen

On 26 May 2011, Joanne Missingham 5p, who plays professionally under her Chinese name, Hei Jiajia, turned 17 while playing in the 4th Taiwan Qiwang, a Taiwanese Go tournament.

She received a received birthday cake in the shape of a Go board as a surprise gift from fans. The cake even had edible stones! Missingham’s rapid promotion (she was promoted to 2p in late 2010 and 5p in early 2011) has not escaped the notice of international Go bodies.

Japan has invited her to take part in this year’s Nakano Cup, a prestigous tournament for under-20s. Previous winners of this tournament include none other than this year’s Judan and Bosai Cup winner, Iyama Yuta, who won the Nakano Cup in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

32nd World Amateur Go Championships begin

Ohara Moeka (left) plays a ceremonial game with Otake Hideo (9 dan) at the 32nd WAGC

On 28 May 2011, as a prelude to the 32nd World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC), Otake Hideo 9p played an exhibition match with local school girl Ohara Moeka in a Castle Game reenactment at Matsue Castle in Shimane Prefecture.

Ohara was a quarter finalist at the Japanese Girls High School Go Tournament in the individual division and received a 3 stone handicap from Otake. Both players donned elaborate kimonos to evoke the Edo period, during which the famous Castle Games took place.

Shimane Prefecture was the birth place of two famous players – Honinbo Dosaku in 1645 and Iwamoto Kaoru in 1902.

Get ready for more coverage of the 32nd World Amateur Go Championship, with the AGA E-Journal and Ranka online teaming up once again this year.

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  1. Jonathan says:

    Nice cake! Too bad they didn’t place the stones realistically.

    • Yes it is too bad. It seems the person who made it was an expert patissier, but not a go player. I’m sure Joanne was very gracious about it. 😉

      I made a cake like this once. It wasn’t as elaborate, but it was based on a real game.