Recently, I interviewed Kim Ouweleen, author of the first yearbook ever to be published by the European Go Federation. I asked him about the project and the ups and downs of his writing process. In this article, however, I focus on the yearbook from my own perspective and report my impressions as the reader. The review
Interview with Kim Ouweleen, author of the EGF-Yearbook 2016
For the first time in the history of European Go, the European Go Federation has published a yearbook. The 2016 European Go Yearbook contains no fewer than 576 pages and reports on the biggest and most prestigious European go happenings of the year. Amongst other things, it features interviews with the new European professionals Artem Kachanovskyi 1p and Antti Törmänen 1p, an extensive chapter on 41 countries and their national championships, descriptions and beautiful photos of major European go events, and 80 pages on AlphaGo and the rise of Artificial Intelligence in our sport. Throughout the book, a total of 200 game records accompany the stories, of which many have been reviewed by top European players. the complete interview can be found here.
International events and European representatives
In December 2017 we'll see three important tournaments in the Far East: a) 28th Amateur Pair Go Championship - Tokyo, 2/3 December 2017 b) 4th Student Pair Go Championship - Tokyo, 2/3 December 2017 c) 2nd IMSA Elite Mind Games - Huai'an (China), 9th - 16th December 2017 For all three events the EGF nominated players according to their excellent performance in recent tournaments in 2017.
Ad a) This tournament is well known since many years. The tournament-system is unchanged over years, 32 pairs compete in a five round tournament (Swiss system). Europe each year gets 8 or 9 seats out of the 32, depends on Canada which gets every two years a guaranteed seat. The right to send a pair to Tokyo is country-oriented. Lorenz Trippel contacted you already if your country got a spot according to our point-system. But Europe can also send one pair besides this country-list, the European Amateur Pair Go Champions. This year's European Pair Go Championship took place in Strasbourg and was won by Natalia Kovaleva and Dmitrij Surin from Russia. So they will join the team of the other European pairs on their way to Tokyo.
Ad b) The Student Pair Go Championship is a rather new event, with 16 student-pairs competing. Europe gets every year two spots. As we don't have a European Student Pair Go Championship we defined our European Student Championship as qualification tournament for this yearly event. So we have to nominate two male and two female players of the just finished Student Championship in Czechia. Nine players participated in Ceske Budejovice, and four of them will play in Tokyo a Pair-Go championship. Four winners out of nine, not so bad. Alexandr Vashurov, 5d (Russia), Valerian Bouette, 2d (France), Joanne Leung, 2d (UK) and Nika Petrashevska, 3k (Ukraine) will build two pairs representing Europe this year in Tokyo. The runner-up of the European Student Championship 2017, Schayan Hamrah, 5d from Austria, prefers to take place in the College Championship 2018, organized by the Shanghai branch of the Ing Foundation. So, here you see 5 winners - in a tournament with 9 player - 55% winners !
Ad c) The 2nd IMSA Elite Mind Games - the most important event of the year 2017 for the International Go Federation (IGF) besides the World Amateur Go Championship. It's an event for Pros and Amateurs, with high prize-money, and 6 (!) different mind sports. Besides the 5 known ones (Chess, Bridge, Go, Draughts, Xiangqi) this year we'll see Mahjong for the first time. There has been a major change compared to the 1. IMSA Mind Games in February 2016: Instead of 30 players for Go this year we'll have only 24 players, 12 male and 12 female. Europe got only 4 seats, two male and two female, for the different competitions (team, lightning, pair) instead of 6 seats for the 2016 Elite Mind Games. The EGF nominated the top 2 from the 2017 European Championships: Ilya Shikshin, 1p (Russia), Mateusz Surma, 1p (Poland), Manja Marz, 3d (Germany) and Natalia Kovaleva, 5d (Russia).
It's a pity that this championship is now played with only 24 Go-players. It has something to do with the available money (now 6 mind sports). In this event all expenses are covered by the organizer. To find the sponsors in China took so much time that the event, originally scheduled for February 2017, had to be postponed to December 2017. Because of this "postpone procedure" and the change from 30 to 24 Go-players we were not able to nominate now the originally planned 6 winners from the 2016 European championships, because IMSA explicitly asked for the actual top players.
Source: EGF Board
16th World Students Go Oza Championship in Tokyo
Reminder:Deadline for registration - 16th October 2017
16th World Students Go Oza Championship - more participants wanted / needed ! The main tournament will be held in Tokyo from Feb 19 to 23, 2018.To select the 16 students, with an online preliminary round on Pandanet starting in 2017. University/College students under the age of 30 can participate in the preliminary round.
On the weekend of 21/22 October the European Go Culture Center (EGCC) in Amstelveen (Netherlands) will celebrate its 25th anniversary. You'll find a lot of details on the EGF webpage under this link. The EGCC is a very important part of the European Go scene, showing the close cooperation between European and Japanese Go. Mr. Yamashiro, 9p and vice-president of the Nihon Kiin, will be our special guest and I hope many of you will find your way to Amstelveen in two weeks.
One more comment on the weekend tournament, which will be the last Bonus Point Tournament of the Grand Prix 2017. On Sunday evening, after the tournament, we will know exactly which 16 players are qualified for the new Grand Prix Final Tournament to be played in January 2018 in Olomouc/Czechia. At the momemnt 11 spots are given (look for yellow marked numbers/players, chart 2017). The 12th one will be decided directly by the tournament in Amstelveen, it will be the best placed player of the tournament not already qualified with an EGF-member passport. But: What about the missing 4 players, because the Grand Prix Final will be played with 16 players ? Now I think it will become very interesting for some not registered players, because the rule for the spots 13 to 16 is very easy: We take the four players with the highest Bonus Point score of the Grand Prix 2017, not already qualified. Again - look at the chart: Under this condition we will for sure get a candidate for Olomouc with less than 10 Bonus Points won in 2017.
The Amstelveen-tournament is a Level C Bonus Point tournament, where we'll get 5 winners with 8/6/4/2/1 points for the final Grand Prix 2017 chart...The online registration for Amstelveen is still open...
After the Grand Prix Final in Olomouc we just start with the Grand Prix 2018. Here you see the actual planning for Bonus Point Tournaments in 2018, where right now 12 spots are already assigned for the Grand Prix Final 2018.
Source: Martin Stiassny
Latest news - Commented Pro Pair Go Games on YouTube
The Japan Pair Go Association today started to publish Professional Pair Go Games on YouTube, commented by Michael Redmond, 9p
1. Game - An Artificial Intelligence Goodwill Pair Go Game Here it is. Japanese Pair : Hshieh Yi Min + Iyama Yuta / DeepZenGo Pair Chinese Pair : Yu Zhiying + Ke Jie / DeepZenGo Pair The human pairs (Yi Min & Iyama and Yu & Ke) can discuss freely and they are considered as one person. Their partner is on both sides DeepZenGo. For more details look here.