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Pair GO results of 4th World Mind Games 2014 (16th-17th Dec, Beijing)

… here it comes as promised before Xmas 2014. You get the results now with all Kifus (game transcriptions) of the Pair Go Tournament as part of the 4th World Mind Games in Beijing. (Rec.: You already got acces to all 68 games of Team men and Individual woman competition on 21st Dec.).

Today we take a closer look at the Pair GO/Rengo games being played by eight pairs from Asia (4), North America (1) and Europe (3) on 16th and 17th December, in total eleven (11) game records. 

Zhiying Yu (f, 5p, born 1998) and Yuting Mi (m, 9p, born 1996) from China took home the win overall. – Congrats ! (pics of the price giving see bottom)

I have discovered three Ni-Rensei openings (two star points), but no single San-Rensei 😦 … astonishingly all NRS being played by the European team Natalia Kovaleva (5d/Russia) and Hui Fan (2p/France) as white against

(A) … Svetlana Shikshina (3p/Russia) with Ilya. Shikshin (7d/Russia)… result: b+2.5
(B) … Diana Burdakova (5d/Russia) with Alexandre Dinershteyn (3p/Russia)… result: w+res
(C) … Kai-Hsin Chang (4p/Ch. Taipei) with Shih-Iuan Chen (9p/Ch. Taipei)… result: b+res

Interesting the game against Diana and Alexandre (as black) which looks very strange for me (as beginner) as black had setup its fuseki (opening) with rarely seen Q18, N7 and G13 combination as three first moves. White answered with Ni-Rensei on left side plus N13.

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In following overview  you can take an individually review of all the games (as SGFs) with your web browser on Eidogo (and as backup on OGS available). You can download from there the reformatted SGF files for offline view (e.g. with MultiGo 4 or Drago (freeware)), too. – Have fun with GO ! 🙂


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GO Players (in total) of the 4th World Mind Games 2014 in Bejiing (11th-17th Dec)

(*) = Pair Go players

Japan Men Satoshi YUKI 9p Atsushi IDA 3p (*) Taiki SETO 7p
Women Aya OKUDA 3p Rina FUJISAWA 2p (*)
China Men Yuting MI 9p (*) Jiaxi TUO 9p Yue SHI 9p
Women Naiwei RUI 9p Zhiying YU 5p (*)
Korea Men Young Hoon PARK 9p Dong Yoon KANG 9p Hyun NA 5p (*)
Women Jeong CHOI 5p (*) Chaeyoung KIM 2p
Chinese Taipei Men Shih-Iuan CHEN 9p (*) Li-Hsiang LIN 6p Che-Hao CHANG 5p
Women Joanne MISSINGHAM 6p Kai-Hsin CHANG 4p (*)
North America Men Ming Jiu JIANG
7p [USA]
Huiren YANG
1p [USA] (*)
Daniel Daehyuk KO
7d [USA]
Women Irene SHA
6d [Canada] (*)
Europe Men Alexandr DINERSHTEYN 3p
[Russia] (*)
Hui FAN
2p [France] (*)
Ilya SHIKSHIN
7d [Russia] (*)
Women Svetlana SHIKSHINA
3p [Russia] (*)
Natalia KOVALEVA
5d [Russia] (*)
Dina BURDAKOVA
5d [Russia] (*)

8 pairs ( 4 from Asia, 3 from Europe, 1 from North America ) for Pair GO. – Single Knock-out system was applied, with a total of three (3) rounds. Chinese Weiqi rules were  adopted, with black giving 3 and 3/4 stones. The time allowance was 1 hour per player, followed by three (3) renewable 30-seconds overtime periods

Pair GO Tournament Chart… 

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Results of games on 17th Dec 2014…
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Final:
Zhiying Yu 5p / Yuting Mi 9p (China) – Jeong Choi 5p / Hyun Na 5p (Korea)… result: China w+res ( Eidogo | OGS )

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3rd place:
Rina Fujisawa 2p / Atsushi Ida 8p (Japan) – Kai-Hsin Chang 4p / Shih-Iuan Chen 9p (Ch. Taipei)… result: Ch. Taipei w+res ( Eidogo | OGS )

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5th place:
S. Shikshina 3p / I. Shikshin 7d (Europe3) – N. Kovaleva 5d / Hui Fan 2p (Europe1)… result: Europe3 b+2.5 ( Eidogo | OGS )

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Results of games on 16th Dec 2014…
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Semi Final:
Rina Fujisawa 2p / Atsushi Ida 8p (Japan) – Zhiying Yu 5p / Yuting Mi 9p (China)… result: China b+res ( Eidogo | OGS )
Jeong Choi 5p / Hyun Na 5p (Korea) – Kai-Hsin Chang 4p / Shih-Iuan Chen 9p (Ch. Taipei)… result: Korea b+res ( Eidogo | OGS )

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Round 2:
Irene Sha 6d / D. Daehyuk Ko 7d (North America) – S. Shikshina 3p / I. Shikshin 7d (Europe3)… result: Europe3 w+14.5 ( Eidogo | OGS )
D. Burdakova 5d / A. Dinershteyn 3p (Europe 2) – N. Kovaleva 5d / Hui Fan 2p (Europe1)… result: Europe1 w+res ( Eidogo | OGS )

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Round 1:
Rina Fujisawa 2p / Atsushi Ida 8p (Japan) – S. Shikshina 3p / I. Shikshin 7d (Europe3)… result: Japan b+res ( Eidogo | OGS )
Zhiying Yu 5p / Yuting Mi 9p (China) – Irene Sha 6d / D. Daehyuk Ko 7d (North America)… result: China w+res ( Eidogo | OGS )
Jeong Choi 5p / Hyun Na 5p (Korea) – D. Burdakova 5d / A. Dinershteyn 3p (Europe2)… result: Korea b+res ( Eidogo | OGS )
Kai-Hsin Chang 4p / Shih-Iuan Chen 9p (Ch. Taipei) – N. Kovaleva 5d / Hui Fan 2p (Europe1)… result: Ch. Taipei b+res ( Eidogo | OGS )

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(Rec.: PANDA-EGG (for Windows) or Panda-Tetsuki (for iPad/iPhone/Android) is required to watch the games as seen in the screenshots. The Viewer software can be downloaded for Windows (*.exe file) and for iPhone, iPad / Android . You get the UGI files from here. – Or send a direct email if the website of Pandanet should be down we can send you a ZIP file with all eleven (11) game records for Panda-Egg.) 


Photo gallery….

Tks to Pandanet-IGS and its parters for the live stream !

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(Source: 12/17/2014 – Pandanet (Japan))

GO: All 68 games of Team Men / Individual Woman @ 4th SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 (11th-17th Dec)

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Have you noticed of the Go competitions during the 4th World Mind Games (11th-17th December 2014)  which took place for over four days  from 1st day till 15th Dec ?

On my own I am curious about what has been played by 30 players (male: 18, female: 12) who came from only 8 countries (CAN, CHN, FRA, JPN, KOR, RUS, TPE and USA) to Beijing (China).

In the Men’s teams had been two amateurs, both 7 Dans (Ilya Shikshin and Ko Daehyuk) and three amateurs within the women group (Natalya Kovaleva (5d), Irena Sha (6d) and Dina Burdakova (5d)). At all 83% have been professional Go players, e.g. 9P Dan Rui Naiwei from China (born 1963 and student of GO Seigen in Japan from 1898 on) who is still seen as one of the strongest female GO players in the world.

(Image Source: 4th World Mind Games 2014 – Photo Archive)

Following you get the games collection in whole as overview with links to the SGFs (kifus) you can do some individual reviews on your own or download them for offline studies. (Rec.: My personal tks go to Marce (aka macelee) who is 6 Dan player and maintaining since more than 10 years (since 2002) the games archive Go4Go from whom I got the SGF transcriptions.)

I will post next days a selective collection of those games which had been played with SanRenSei and centre oriented style… (Rec.: As I am big fan of Rengo (Go Pair) I will postin next days seperately the Rengo games of WMG2014, in total eleven (11) being played by eight (8) Go Pairs.)


4th SportAccord World Mind Games: Go results of 11th till 15th Dec 2014.

  • Go Team MEN

/ 15th Dec 2014…

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– Ilya Shikshin 7d (Black) vs. Kang Dongyun 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Zhang Zhehao 5p (Black) vs. Seto Taiki 7p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Na Hyun 5p (Black) vs. Alexander Dinerchtein 3p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Fan Hui 2p (Black) vs. Park Yeonghun 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Ida Atsushi 8p (Black) vs. Lin Lixiang 6p (White) W+R (7.5 komi) … OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Chen Shiyuan 9p (Black) vs. Yuki Satoshi 9p (White) W+0.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Ko Daehyuk 7d (Black) vs. Tuo Jiaxi 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Mi Yuting 9p (Black) vs. Yang Huiren 1p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Jiang Mingjiu 7p (Black) vs. Shi Yue 9p (White) W+10.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo


/ 14th Dec 2014…

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– Shi Yue 9p (Black) vs. Chen Shiyuan 9p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Kang Dongyun 9p (Black) vs. Ko Daehyuk 7d (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Yang Huiren 1p (Black) vs. Na Hyun 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Park Yeonghun 9p (Black) vs. Jiang Mingjiu 7p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Seto Taiki 7p (Black) vs. Ilya Shikshin 7d (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Alexander Dinerchtein 3p (Black) vs. Ida Atsushi 8p (White) W+14.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Yuki Satoshi 9p (Black) vs. Fan Hui 2p (White) B+7.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Tuo Jiaxi 9p (Black) vs. Zhang Zhehao 5p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Lin Lixiang 6p (Black) vs. Mi Yuting 9p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo


/ 13th Dec 2014…

– Ko Daehyuk 7d (Black) vs. Ilya Shikshin 7d (White) B+7.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Alexander Dinerchtein 3p (Black) vs. Yang Huiren 1p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Jiang Mingjiu 7p (Black) vs. Fan Hui 2p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Zhang Zhehao 3p (Black) vs. Kang Dongyun 9p (White) W+6.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Na Hyun 5p (Black) vs. Lin Lixiang 6p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Chen Shiyuan 9p (Black) vs. Park Yeonghun 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Tuo Jiaxi 9p (Black) vs. Seto Taiki 7p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Ida Atsushi 8p (Black) vs. Mi Yuting 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Shi Yue 9p (Black) vs. Yuki Satoshi 9p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo


/ 12th Dec 2014…

– Park Yeonghun 9p (Black) vs. Shi Yue 9p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Kang Dongyun 9p (Black) vs. Tuo Jiaxi 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Ilya Shikshin 7d (Black) vs. Zhang Zhehao 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Lin Lixiang 6p (Black) vs. Alexander Dinerchtein 3p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Fan Hui 2p (Black) vs. Chen Shiyuan 9p (White) W+6.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Seto Taiki 7p (Black) vs. Ko Daehyuk 7d (White) B+7.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Yang Huiren 1p (Black) vs. Ida Atsushi 8p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Yuki Satoshi 9p (Black) vs. Jiang Mingjiu 7p (White) B+5.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Mi Yuting 9p (Black) vs. Na Hyun 5p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo


/ 11th Dec 2014…

 

– Zhang Zhehao 5p (Black) vs. Ko Daehyuk 7d (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Yang Huiren 1p (Black) vs. Lin Lixiang 6p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Chen Shiyuan 9p (Black) vs. Jiang Mingjiu 7p (White) B+3.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Tuo Jiaxi 9p (Black) vs. Ilya Shikshin 7d (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Alexander Dinerchtein 3p (Black) vs. Mi Yuting 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Shi Yue 9p (Black) vs. Fan Hui 2p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Kang Dongyun 9p (Black) vs. Seto Taiki 7p (White) B+3.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Ida Atsushi 8p (Black) vs. Na Hyun 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Park Yeonghun 9p (Black) vs. Yuki Satoshi 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo 


  • Individiual Woman

/ 15th Dec 2014

– Yu Zhiying 5p (Black) vs. Kim Cheayoung 2p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo


/ 14th Dec 2014…

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– Zhang Kaixin 4p (Black) vs. Hei Jiajia* 6p (White) B+3.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Rui Naiwei 9p (Black) vs. Kim Cheayoung 2p (White) W+0.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Kim Cheayoung 2p (Black) vs. Hei Jiajia 6p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Zhang Kaixin 4p (Black) vs. Rui Naiwei 9p (White) W+4.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo


/ 13th Dec 2014…

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– Rui Naiwei 9p (Black) vs. Yu Zhiying 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Zhang Kaixin 4p (Black) vs. Svetlana Shikshina 3p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Hei Jiajia* 6p (Black) vs. Choi Jeong 5p (White) B+3.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Kim Cheayoung 2p (Black) vs. Fujisawa Rina 2p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo


/ 12th Dec 2014…

Natalya Kovaleva 5d (Black) vs. Fujisawa Rina 2p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Okuda Aya 3p (Black) vs. Hei Jiajia* 6p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Irena Sha 6d (Black) vs. Zhang Kaixin 4p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Dina Burdakova 5d (Black) vs. Svetlana Shikshina 3p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Choi Jeong 5p (Black) vs. Yu Zhiying 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Rui Naiwei 9p (Black) vs. Kim Cheayoung 2p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo


– Okuda Aya 3p (Black) vs. Rui Naiwei 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Natalya Kovaleva 5d (Black) vs. Choi Jeong 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Fujisawa Rina 2p (Black) vs. Yu Zhiying 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Kim Cheayoung 2p (Black) vs. Hei Jiajia* 6p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo


/ 11th Dec 2014…

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– Svetlana Shikshina 3p (Black) vs. Okuda Aya 3p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Dina Burdakova 1p (Black) vs. Kim Cheayoung 2p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Yu Zhiying 5p (Black) vs. Irena Sha 6d (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
–  Zhang Kaixin 4p (Black) vs. Natalya Kovaleva 5d (White) W+4.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo

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*) … better known in the Go world as (Australian born) Joanne Missingham (6 Pro Dan)

(Source: 12/2014 – Go4Go.net)

1st GO Day @ World Mind Games 2014 (11th-17th Dec, Beijing)

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As announced in November today started in Beijing (China) the 4th edition of the World Mind Games
with Bridge, Chess, Draughts,  Go and Xianqi with players from 130 countries.

… with 1st Go round of Team Men and of Women individual on Day 1.


Here a pic of match 2 with Hul Fan (age: 32, rank: 2Pro Dan / 8D EGF, European Go Champion (French)) part of European team playing against China (Source: 11th Dec 2014 / WMG @ Facebook)

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Natalia Kovaleva (age: 27, rank: 5D EGF, Russian), member of the Europe Team, manages a rare win in the women’s individual Go match No. 4 against Kai-Hsin Chang (Chinese Taipe). – South Korea comes back from the brink to beat Japan in 1st round match of Men’s Team competition (see table Go Results).

Photo : Vianney THIBAUT

There were a few furrows on the faces of players of the South Korean team after the result of the first board in the men’s team match against Japan came out. Quite unexpectedly, the Japanese had managed to draw first blood. Park Yung Hun, a last-minute replacement for the original draftee into the team, Park Jung Hwan, who had unfortunately suffered an accident just a day before the team left for the World Mind Games in Beijing, had resigned to Yuki Satoshi of Team Japan. The margin of the loss- a mere half point.

The stage for the exciting clash had been set up and maybe the Japan team was finally sniffing its chance against the Koreans, who have dominated proceedings at all editions of the World Mind Games thus far, along with the China. And they had reasons to be confident. Up in the second match was Ida Satoshi against Na Hyun, a weaker opponent.

19 years of age, Na Hyun hails from Jeonju, a city in the south-west of South Korea. It is better known as the birthplace of Lee Chang-ho, considered one of the strongest Go players in the modern history of the sport. However, the 39-year old with the 9-dan rank was far from the mind of Na Hyun, who had a battle of his own to wage. He started brightly, setting up a strong position on the board for himself. However, mistakes were committed and he fell behind to the Japanese player, stronger than himself. An unlikely defeat for the Koreans loomed large.

Upon conversation, Na Hyun comes across as a confident and friendly person, who radiates the persona of a mature mind beyond his physical age. Perhaps this is why he got attracted to Go in the first place. In his own words ‘it fits his personality’. A personality that has been shaped by the pursuit of Go since the age of 6. Three years later, he moved to Seoul to study Go at senior academy. Such was his devotion to the sport. His years of training seem to be paying off as he has very quickly risen to number 7 in the Korean Go rankings. It is not a statistic to be dismissed lightly, given that South Korea has almost 2 million Go players, 300 of whom qualify for the professional rankings.

His training lends him great self-belief to stand firm in the face of challenges during a match, but even this self-belief requires luck to support the player possessing it. And it came Na Hyun’s way. Ida Satoshi had an easy option available to him on the board at one point but he chose a complicated maneouver. Fate presented the Korean with an opportunity and he was not naïve enough to squander it away. He made the Japanese pay for his mistakes. And quite simply, won.

Na Hyun felt ‘really happy’ when he won the Prices Information Cup a few months ago, his first title. ‘I feel really happy’ is how he describes his state of mind when quizzed about a win that ultimately led to South Korea winning the match (Korean Kang Dong Yoong won the 3rd board by a comfortable margin of 5.5 points in an otherwise closely contested game against Taiki Seto of Japan). Upon first glance, he would come across as a regular 19 year old who would be at home with a round of Playstation games with his friends. But what draw Na Hyun to Go is the cerebral nature of the sport that requires hours of thinking, immense concentration and the computing power that is even beyond the reach of computers (a computer programme is yet to be devised that can defeat a human, but more on that at some other time). It is what keeps him going. It is what kept South Korea from going down to Japan. It is what kept a country, where Go is a way of life and a tradition, alive in the contest for a gold medal.


In other team matches of the day, China defeated Team Europe and Chinese Taipei defeated North America.

In the women’s individual 1st round matches, Russian Natalia Kovaleva sprung a major surprise to beat Kai-Hsin Chang of Chinese Taipei. Given that only 4 Europeans have ever won matches at the World Mind Games in the Go category, this was a rare and important result. There was no such luck for her compatriot Svetlana Shikshina as she went down to Aya Okuda of Japan. China stayed strong with Yu Zhiying beating Irene Sha of Canada in the last women’s match of the day.

Go Results overall on Day 1… (for next days pls visit the schedule + results page directly)

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4 Hours video of 11th Dec 2014…

Highlights of 11th Dec 2014…


(Official) WMG Trailer…

You can follow the event live on the website: http://www.worldmindgames.net/en/live/
…and on Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mindgameschannel

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Full Go Player List 2014 (direct PDF download)

(Source: 12/11/2014 – World Mind Games)

World Mind Games 2014: Count down till 11th Dec… still 28 days to go till start in Bejing!

Counting down till 11th December: World Mind Games 2014. – Still 28 days to go till start in Bejing!

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How is Go like travelling? – Watch the international Go ambassador, Hajin Lee (Go Pro from Korea) of the IGF (Intern. Go Federation), explaining it to you…

Go at the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014

The Go events at the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 are held under the auspices of the International Go Federation (IGF). Thirty players (18 men and 12 women) will participate.

The competition format will comprise a Men’s Team and Women’s Individual event and Pair event. For all matches, the China Weiqi Competition Rules are used.

The Men’s Team event is composed of 6 teams and each one has 3 players. Single Round Robin system will be applied with a total of 5 rounds. The time allowance is 2 hours per player, followed by 5 renewable 60-seconds overtime periods.

The Women’s Individual event is composed of 12 players. Double Knock-out system will be applied with a total of 7 rounds. The time allowance is 1 hour per player, followed by 3 renewable 30-seconds overtime periods. The top 4 teams in the 1st edition team event are allowed to have one player receiving a bye in first round. Players’ will be matched according to numbers determined by drawing during the Technical Meeting before the competition starts. Players from the same country or region may be matched against each other except in the 1st round.

The Pairs event is composed of 8 pairs (4 from Asia, 3 from Europe, 1 from North America), single knock-out system will be applied, with a total of 3 rounds. The time allowance is 1 hour per player, followed by 3 renewable 30-seconds overtime periods.

Mor infos on the offficial website and facebook


Participate in the Online Tournament 2014 of the 4th Edition of tthe WMG …

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Come play in the Go Online Tournament. Different divisions for all levels of play. Cash prizes, Samsung Tablets, Rado Watches for the winners and some great lottery prizes for those who register and participate. Click below to get playing!


Introduction to Go

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Go is a board game that combines a very simple rule set, an ancient history, and yet a level of sophistication unrivaled by any mind sports. Played on a 19×19 grid, players alternate in placing stones (black and white) on the intersection points of the grid. The object of the game is to surround the most empty grid intersections (points) by surround them or by capturing the opponent’s stones that occupy these grid points.

Go is the most popular game in Asia where it originated. In China and Korea, Go exceeds golf and ALL other sports in capturing TV audiences. Go players command prize moneys enjoyed in the West only by the top golf, football, and basketball players.

Perhaps the most challenging aspect of Go is that to this day Go remains the ONLY mind sport as yet unsolved by artificial intelligence. Computer playing programs, for example, remain unmatched by even the modestly strong amateur players. As such, it can be said that Go is the last stronghold of “human intelligence” against its “artificial” counterpart.

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