Misc Shogi Correspondences
glad that you replied so fast! i wouldnt be very nervous because this is just to show the japanese people that shogi can be played by non-japanese players and that shogi is becoming popular around the world. so get relaxed! btw, did you go through what the guy at the radio station said to you in the email? you would need to send your profile and photo asap, so they can well prepared for the event. i just want to make sure of that, so you will not miss this opportunity to be famous in japan as the world's leading shogi expert! i made this email cc to kume san at the shogidojo, and if there is anything in communication i can help between you and him, let me know. best chiaki so your name will be properly pronounced and broadcasted throughout Japan! by the way, this radio station has the highest audience rating among all japanese radio stations, so millions of people will know who you are!!! chiaki you made it nearly on time so i think it was no problem. i definitely think you played the best among the 5 players last night. although my student, tarin, won the game, you will know that yonenaga let her win, if you review the kifu, because he missed for 3 te zume 3 times. on the contrary, you were very close to beat him. 66 fu at 46th move was good, so was 55 kei at 64th. but if you played 64 kin not up but from the left at 86th, it would have been you perfect game. because that kin sent stright, it gave him a littel path for the king to escape. but i think you proved yourself a good shogi player to millions of people in japan and you will be remembered as shogi player from ohio, which i think is great. i will get that radio tape very soon and so will pick up some points and comments made by yonenaga regarding your game for you. look forward to it! best chiaki you can check the kifu of all players played with yonenaga. if you go to the kifu check page and enter the player you want to review, it will list all games played on the club 24. the chinese boy actually beat yonenaga. so in terms of quality of game, his game was the 2nd best, while yours was the best, in my opinion. i think george played worse than usual. chiaki This is Chiaki Ito writing from Bangkok, Thailand. It was very nice to know many of you in this mailing list at the World Shogi Tournament, in New York, back in May. Now, I am very happy to inform you that I have been appointed as a translation and foreign correspondent officer for the online Shogi site, the Shogi Club 24. (http://www.shogidojo.com/eng/engindex.htm). Recently, the Club 24 has become more serious about improving its English contents to make it easier for non-Japanese Shogi players to play there because the Dojo hopes to help non-Japanese players to enjoy the same contents as the Japanese players. In fact, there have been a number of tournaments and interesting events on the Dojo over the last few years. This includes several kinds of routine round robin tournaments, team tournaments, lessons and analysis given by professionals, and so forth. Unfortunately, many of them in the past have been limited only to Japanese players or players with Japanese proficiency. However, as more and more non-Japanese players are logged in the Club 24, and Shogi is getting increasingly popular outside Japan, the Club 24 has realized that its English sites should also be compatible with the Japanese sites. It may take some time to improve all Enligish pages, but we will try our best. For this, I really appreciate if you could suggest what kind of specific improvements I should make for the English contents on the Club 24. Or if you notice any English mistake or come up with good ideas that you, as non-native speaker of Japanese, think will improve to attract more people outside Japan, please feel free to email me or post it here on this list. By the way, my handle name on the Club 24 is "wisc-thai". If you find me by chance, feel free to talk to me! Thank you Chiaki Ito shogi@mail.com http://www.shogidojo.com/eng/engindex.htm apparently, you have to be on line to review games. if you download a game and if it is on your screen already, you can be disconnected and still review it. but you cant do this for other games than the one already on the screen. if you want to save your online time, what you could do is to copy the kifu and paste it somewhere as text, so you can read it later. but i guess you dont have that much trouble with online time in the states, unlike here. here the internet is expensive. i also reviewed the other 3 games which you played after yonenaga's game. you were playing quite well. i think many of your moves are very solid and make good sense. obviously, you have improved very much since i played you the last time a few years ago. i hope you will keep improving like this and reach the 4 dan level soon, so you will start really "feeling" the moves of pros. chiaki as i mentioned, my impression in general was that yonenaga played relatively seriously. however, i think there was obviously his pre-set intention that he will let one or two players which he thinks have future shogi career win. they were tarin and the chinese guy who aimed at becoming a pro in the future. i cant really blame yonenaga for this, giving the circumstances that he had to "perform" on the radio, to make it more interesting for millions of radio audience in japan. overall, i think your game and the chinese guy's game were good among 5 games. anyway, you must have learned beating a pro is really a tough thing to do regardless how much handicap you get. chiaki Hello. I'm Yuichi Ochi, Nippon Broadcasting System,Inc.Staff of coming shogi radio program(Yonenaga vs you), on July 25th.This is our first try, and it will make record in history of shogi.Thank you for join us.Before July 25th, we need you three things.<>Have you ever play the shogidojo.com ?If you haven't, let you know how to play.<>We'll make homepage for this program, please send me your photo(E-mailattachment). If you don't have digital your photo, please tell me. <>Birthday,birthplace,job,hobby,and so on.We need data for your introducing.If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me at mailto:y-ochi@jolf.co.jp___Y_u_i_c_h_i__O_c_h_iQQNippon Broadcasting System,Inc(Tokyo Japan)Digital Contents Dept.TEL 81+3-5500-3341FAX 81+3-5500-3917E-mail y-ochi@jolf.co.jp Hello!I am Hiroshi Kume is webmaster of Shogi Club 24.http://www.shogidojo.com/eng/engindex.htmDo you have your account of Internet Shogi Dojo.If you have not your account, please register.http://internet2.shogidojo.com/members/registration/registration.htm If you did not play in the Internet Shogi Dojo, please play shogi.http://internet2.shogidojo.com/dojo/edojo.htmThe procedures of the Shogi Radio Program is described the following URL. Please refer the URL.http://www.shogidojo.com/eng/yone/descrip.htmBest Regard, ****************************Hiroshi KumeFuji Xerox Co., Ltd.2346-1 Hongo, Ebina-shi, Kanagawa 243-0417Tel. +81-46-237-2016Fax. +81-46-237-1754http://www.shogidojo.com/E-mail kume@shogidojo.com Hello.We would like to thank you for your great participation in the lastnight's event with simultaneous games by Yonenaga on the radio. We aresorry that we were not able to have the after-game discussions because ofthe radio broadcasting. Yet, our staff members are very glad that it wentwith a huge success. We hope to keep our good relationship, as it hasdeveloped from this event, with non-Japanese Shogi players on the ShogiClub 24.Thank you again. Hiroshi Kume*************************************The following is a quote from Yonenaga's website regarding the event:The July 25th was the memorial day for me which I can never forget in myentire life. This day was when this special event of playing Shogi on theInternet came true with live radio broadcasting, connecting with 38 localradio stations throughout Japan. With your great supports, it finishedwith a resounding success. I would really like to appreciate forparticipants like you as well as the players from around the world.Kunio Yonenaga************************************* doug, hello. it was very nice to see you again in london. i came back to thailand safely two days ago. how was your returning trip? here is your photo i took with my digital camera. i hope you can open the file without difficulty. after that event, nakao san, sato san, and I played a lot of hirate matches among ourselves and we tied scores against each other. that was also very fun for me. nakao san said with regards to your game with yamato that you are a good player. i told him that you have just started shogi recently and have been very passionate about the game. he seemed to be impressed to hear that. i would say that the real challenge for you is to come near future because, from my shogi experiences, it is getting tougher to get better from 4 dan onwards. but i believe you will be a very competitive player if you keep playing hard like this. hope to see you soon! chiaki p.s. if there is any picture you have taken which i am in, would you please email or mail me? my address is arcm, institute of asian studies 7th floor, prajadhipok rambhai barni building chulalongkorn university phyathai, bangkok, 10330 thailand Your report on Shogi-L and your overflowing hormones in the message below made me again feel very sad about not being able to attend the MSO. Yamato is indeed very pretty and unusually outgoing for a Japanese. For the sake of Western shogi, someone should marry this girl! (Plenty of bachelors around.) This being said, you might want to have a look at the September issue of Shogi Sekai. It has a couple of nice pictures of Funato, which made me change my opinion a little. She has become a very attractive woman in the couple of years I wasn't looking (^-^). One final warning: women and strong play do not go well together! I will let you in on a secret: Yamato is a devilish plot by the Shogi Renmei to distract us from becoming stronger than the Japanese professionals. Don't tell anybody else, or my live will be in serious danger! (^-^) Reijer Hi Theeuwen-san, I took great interest in dissecting your Dutch Championship 2000 tournament. It was very interesting to see how it unraveled. I believe this format will do me well in running tournaments. However, I want to point something out. I believe that the 3rd round was paired incorrectly. I know this because of my work with the Swiss system. This tournament is pretty complex, so my argument may also seem a little complex, too. First, here's a key that shows the seed of a player and his initials: 1-FR 2-JO 3-AvO 4-MT (you) 5-HS 6-ML 7-RH 8-RK 9-MB 10-TG 11-PJ 12-JT 13-KW 14-JB The pairings for round one are simple enough. Round two is also easy because there is an even number of eliminated players who all have 0 points and have not faced each other. Round 3, however, is another story. In round three, these were the score groups: 1 point {1, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14} = 7 players 0 points {11, 12, 13} = 3 players The way the Swiss system works is that an "odd" score group drops its lowest rated player down a group, ceteris paribus. That means that #14 should drop down and play the highest rated player in the next class. Thus, the pairings should be: 1-7 5-9 6-10 AND 14-11 12-13 This is not the way the pairings worked out in the tournament, though. Here's how it actually went: 1-9 5-10 6-14 7-11 12-13 That's a big difference. I believe this may be what the director did (you can pretend each number is on its own pairing card): 1 9 5 10 6 14 7 I think at this point he dropped 7 down to play the highest-rated player with 0 points, #11, like this: 7 11 12 13 Is this true? If it is, that would of course affect the 4th round pairings so that they would also be incorrect. The way I would have done it would be like this: 1 7 5 9 6 10 #14 drops... 14-11 12 13 Let me know if this makes sense and if possibly the pairings were a little incorrect. These things happen. I'm only inquiring so that this whole system makes sense to me. Thanks! Doug Dysart Hi Sam, I have been investigated what's gone on at the US Championships for the last 4 years. So far, everything looks OK at the ones from 1996 thru 1998 (although it's pretty complex, and one could say it's too subjective, but that's another story). However, in 1999, things become fishy. So far, I've found that 4 people were allowed to play in the "A Class" KO that were NOT SUPPOSED to, while 3 people were dropped down to the "B" league that were NOT SUPPOSED to be! Let's take a look: To qualify for the top KO, you enter a quad and play 2 games - only! Confusing yet? (Well, I have no problem with this format, but to a Westerner it is quite weird. Anyway...) Now, you go 2-0, you're in. Simple enough. If you lose one, you play a playoff game against a player selected randomly from the 1-1 field. Thus, a record of 2-0 or a record of 2-1 gets you in. Anything else eliminates you. George Fernandez (NY) went 1-1, then lost the playoff to Te. Asada. Fassil Bekele (NY) went 1-1, then lost the playoff to Koike. Hayashi (NY) went 1-1, then lost the playoff to Koyama. Mark Ono (LA) went 1-1, then lost the playoff to Doug Dysart. All these players went 1-2. Were they eliminated? NO! They played in the KO anyway. Notice that 3 players are from NY, the other from LA. Now, for those who were slighted: Ray Kaufman went 1-1, then WON the playoff vs. George Marino. Ogihara went 2-0, as did Komatsu. One player went 2-1, while the others went 2-0! Did they get in the top KO. NO! Komatsu is from Illinois, Ogihara is from NY, and Ray is from DC. One thing I did not know at the tournament was that winning the B class got you a trip to Japan. This was a new thing, and somehow I missed that announcement. Is it possible that someone would volunteer to be dropped down to have a better shot of going? That's another interesting little question. Well, Fernandez made the Semifinal, while Bekele the Quarterfinal. Next year, both will probably be seeded players (according to the formats of 1996 thru 1998). Yet, neither one was even supposed to be playing!! Cheers, Doug Dysart Old Emails You Sent From: "Philippe Tran" Subject: Tr: Rf. : Tr: Shogi email >here are some little comments. >I put moves of the endgame, but just one move of promoted rook is missing (not >important). >I hope you can rebuild that hope the end of the game. > >Please correct my poor English if needed :) > >Yours, >Phil > >>49. S7g-7f >If 50...P*7e 51. S6e 52.Sx6e 53. Px6e 54.B7c 55.P*7d 56. B5a 57.B4f > >>53. P*7c >Sente gives a pawn to (counter)push Gote's pieces (no attack) > >>57. G6g-6f >Defends 7e and attacks 5e > >>63. B6h-7g >Taking the important diagonal! > >>64. P-3e >Its Gote's hope attack, but it seems to be a bit risky and slow. > >>67. P-5e >>[Sente enters byoyomi.] >But no problem I like it :) > >>84. R5ax5c >If 84. Gx5c 85. G*4d > >>93. Gx3e >Without a pawn in hand, it would be lost :) > >>94. S8c-7b >Because of R*6b > >End of the game: > >95. +Rx5b 96. Sx5b 97. P*3d 98. Nx2e 99. Gx2e 100. S7b6a 101.G3e 102.S4c 103. >N*2e 104. G*4b >105. P3c+ 106. Gx3c 107.Nx3c+ 108. Kx3c 109. R*3a 110. P*3b 111. Rx6a+ >112. G4d (must be drop) >113. Gx4d 114. Kx4d 115. +Rx6c 116. G*6b >117. +R plays somewhere but its not dangerous for Gote's King >118. B7c 119. P7d 120. B5a 121. P*5f 122. K3d 123. Bx5e 124. B3c 125. P*3e 126. >K2d >126. Bx3c+ 127. Px3c 128. S*2b > >129. N*2e >Builds the grave... > >130. S2f 131. B4d 132. P5e 133. Bx5e >134. N7g 135. R*5f > >136. G*4f >B*4f is perhaps better because the gold can defend. > >137. Px4f 138. G*3f 139. Bx7g+ 140. Kx7g >141. N*1c > >142. Sx2e ?! >Gx2e! was slighty better because Night mates! > >143. Nx2e 0-1 >Because 144. N*1f 145. K1e 146. B*2g mates > >*** END OF THIS SUPERB GAME *** Hello Dough, here are some little comments. I put moves of the endgame, but just one move of promoted rook is missing (not important). I hope you can rebuild that hope the end of the game. Please correct my poor English if needed :) Yours, Phil p.s. does your email on hotmail work? >49. S7g-7f If 50...P*7e 51. S6e 52.Sx6e 53. Px6e 54.B7c 55.P*7d 56. B5a 57.B4f >53. P*7c Sente gives a pawn to (counter)push Gote's pieces (no attack) >57. G6g-6f Defends 7e and attacks 5e >63. B6h-7g Taking the important diagonal! >64. P-3e Its Gote's hope attack, but it seems to be a bit risky and slow. >67. P-5e >[Sente enters byoyomi.] But no problem I like it :) >84. R5ax5c If 84. Gx5c 85. G*4d >93. Gx3e Without a pawn in hand, it would be lost :) >94. S8c-7b Because of R*6b End of the game: 95. +Rx5b 96. Sx5b 97. P*3d 98. Nx2e 99. Gx2e 100. S7b6a 101.G3e 102.S4c 103. N*2e 104. G*4b 105. P3c+ 106. Gx3c 107.Nx3c+ 108. Kx3c 109. R*3a 110. P*3b 111. Rx6a+ 112. G4d (must be drop) 113. Gx4d 114. Kx4d 115. +Rx6c 116. G*6b 117. +R plays somewhere but its not dangerous for Gote's King 118. B7c 119. P7d 120. B5a 121. P*5f 122. K3d 123. Bx5e 124. B3c 125. P*3e 126. K2d 126. Bx3c+ 127. Px3c 128. S*2b 129. N*2e Builds the grave... 130. S2f 131. B4d 132. P5e 133. Bx5e 134. N7g 135. R*5f 136. G*4f B*4f is perhaps better because the gold can defend. 137. Px4f 138. G*3f 139. Bx7g+ 140. Kx7g 141. N*1c 142. Sx2e ?! Gx2e! was slighty better because Night mates! 143. Nx2e 0-1 Because 144. N*1f 145. K1e 146. B*2g mates *** END OF THIS SUPERB GAME *** The 2000 U.S. Shogi Championship Story by George Fernandez The 2000 U.S. Shogi Championship and 5th U.S. Amateur Ryu-O tournament was held at Oikawa Restaurant in New York City on 3-5 November 2000. Twenty-two amateur players from six states were joined by two visiting professional players, Mr. Akio Ishikawa, 6 Dan, and Mr. Masakatsu Kondo, 4 Dan. On Friday evening, the tournament got underway with the 1st U.S. Blitz Championship. A 14 player, 8 round Swiss event where each player had only 8 minutes per/game and no byoyomi! In the end, Yasufumi Fujiwara 4 Dan, from the New York Shogi Club, emerged as the winner with a score of 7-1. Larry Kaufman 5 Dan (DC Shogi Club) and the reigning U.S. Champion Yoshihisa Suzuki, also a 4 Dan from NY, tied for 2nd place with 6-2 scores. Raymond Kaufman 2 Dan had an excellent and exciting tournament, scoring wins over his father Larry, Mr. Fujiwara [in both of these he was ONE move away from being mated but won on time!] and myself, en route to a 5-3 score and the Top 2 Dan and below prize. Little sleep and/or excessive drinking the night before a shogi event has never really bothered me. However, this time, I was nearly sleepwalking after working 15 hours on no sleep at all! After my 7-1 score, at the recent MSO Blitz event in London, I had thought that even on a bad day I would do alright in a Blitz... I was wrong, played poorly and was never in contention after my 4th round loss to Ray. On Saturday morning, the qualifying round-robins were held. These determined who would play in the "A" and "B" groups. When compared to years past, none of the groups were particularly strong. Group #2 (see chart below) was perhaps the strongest overall and #3 the most interesting, in that BOTH of the lower rated players managed to advance to the finals! Doug Dysart, my houseguest from the Ohio Shogi Club, who arrived late at night on Friday and I missed our 1st round game due to oversleeping. We were both exhausted and slept, cleanly I may add, right through TWO alarms. Had Mr. Fujiwara not called us, I have a feeling that we'd have slept 'till the afternoon! We both had to win two-in-a-row in order to advance to the A Group and did. Doug had two tough opponents while I was lucky to draw two lower rated opponents. During the afternoon, the 2000 U.S. Team Championship was held. This year, the LA Shogi Club team was not represented due to slightly insufficient notice and conflicting schedules. In addition, both the DC (4 players) and Midwest (3 players) teams were smaller than usual. The NY Shogi Club used their top five players to form the "NY A" team and supplied the DC and Midwest teams with their next three highest rated players [6th(to MW), 7th(to DC) & 8th(to MW)] as fill-ins. The remaining NY players formed the "NY B" team and received Bishop handicap [kaku-ochi] from all of the other teams. The NY "A" team enjoyed a substantial rating advantage over all of their rivals and was still confident of victory, their first since 1996, even after the team's narrow defeat to the DC Team in the 2nd Round. It all came down to the 3rd and final round, with the NY "A" team needing a 3 wins over the Midwest team to secure a win. The first board match had already been played, earlier in the day, in order to accommodate Mr. Tsuruoka's schedule, so, the Midwest team had a 1-0 lead going into the deciding match. Boards #2 and #3 went in NY's favor first and all eyes were on the remaining boards, #4 & #5, with the NY Team needing just one more win. Unfortunately for NY, there was not much to root for in either game and both games were decided soon after in favor of the NEW Team Champions, the Midwest Team! No doubt the contribution of the NY fill-ins, Mr. M. Hayashi and Mr. H. Inoue, with a combined score of 5-1, helped the Midwest team to achieve the win. Likewise, Mr. Ishida performed well for the DC team, winning a pivotal 2nd round game against the NY "A" team. However, the use of fill-ins is a tradition that goes back many years and is necessary until all teams can field sufficiently large teams. The Elimination phase of the event began on Sunday. There were 11 players in the "A" Group and 10 in the "B" Group. Only 3 games were played in the 1st Round of the "A" Group to narrow the field to eight players. Ray Kaufman, who continues to improve steadily, provided a rapid exit for the U.S. Champion, Mr. Suzuki 4Dan, in yet another big upset. Mr. Yoshinari 4Dan made a mistake in the opening, after exchanging Bishops, and almost got back into the game against me, but he missed his best variations in the endgame. In the Quarterfinals, Mr. Ogihara outplayed me in a double ranging rook [Ai-furibisha] game and favorites Larry Kaufman and Mr. Fujiwara also advanced. The showdown of the young and rapidly-improving "gaijins" ended in Doug's favor. Perhaps this was their first really "big" game, but many more are sure to come. In the Semi-Finals Larry ended Doug's streak and Mr. Fujiwara got pass Mr. Ogihara setting up a final among the two highest rated players. Ogihara san beat Doug for 3rd place and we started to setup the room for the finals. Both Mr. Ishikawa, Pro 6Dan, and Mr. Kondo, Pro 4Dan, commented on the Final game. It was a well-played Side-pawn opening [Yokufodori], with Mr. Fujiwara gaining a clear advantage in the late opening. Larry's Rook [Hissha] was very cramped and there were many traps for both sides. Mr. Kondo, in particular, was extremely funny in his assessments after playing out some possible variations. They had to conduct the whole game analisis virtually without speaking, due to the close proximity of the actual game, but still got their many points across very well! Entering the endgame, Mr. Fujiwara gave Larry a few chances that only the pros saw and examined. In the end, Larry could not muster enough of a counter-attack and had to give up. During the review, both players were very surprised to see all that they had missed! A great lesson, indeed, for all of us. The "B" Group was played using handicaps. Unlike previous years, the rating range was very narrow, resulting in many games being played Even or at Lance [Kyo] handicap. Mike Lamb, a Shodan from Maryland, went all the way to the finals again, repeating his feat from the 1999 Eastern Open Handicap. However, he couldn't overcome the very experienced Minoru Hayashi 4Dan in the finals. This year, mostly cash prizes were awarded, in addition to the main prize of a round-trip ticket to Japan for each the "A" and "B" group winners, courtesy of H.I.S. Travel agency. Nihon Shogi Renmei donated several trophies for the event as well, in addition to the special ones already in circulation as perpetual trophies. Numerous shogi computer programs and books were donated by Mr. M. Hayashi's friend in Japan, Mr. Kaneki. Shukan Shogi also donated many shogi books. We greatly appreciate Mr. Oikawa for making the large Party Room at his excellent restaurant available, free of charge, for the event. Special thanks also go out to Mr. M. Hayashi for arranging the Pro's visit and to Mr. Ogihara for hosting them during most of their stay in NY. Mr. Fujiwara was an excellent Tournament Director, keeping everything going smoothly from start to finish. He was assisted by Mr. Ishida, Mr. Inoue and myself. Next year's 2001 U.S. Championship and 6th U.S. Amateur Ryu-O Tournament will be held in Washington DC. We'll make every effort to provide a more ample notice for that event and hope to have, at least, double the number of participants. Result charts for all events are listed below. This first chart is a summary of all rated games by each player. # Name State Rank Rating Qualifier [Elim. "A" or "B"] Team Score 1.Kaufman, L. MD 5D 2287 Seed[W17,W16,W8,L2] W3,L2,W14(-B) <6-2> 5-2 2.Fujiwara, Y. NY 4D 2221 W14F,W14[W15,W7,W1] W14(-B),W1,L3 <7-1> 6-1* 3.Tsuruoka, Y. IL 4D 2217 [] L1,W14(-B),W2 < > 2-1 4.Suzuki, Y. NY 4D 2210 Seed[L9] W16(-B),L5,W8 <6-2> 2-2 5.Yoshinari, J. VA 4D 2124 W22,W21[L6] W8,W4,W16(-B) < > 5-1 6.Fernandez, G. NY 4D 2112 L21F,W22,W21[W5,L7] W17(-B),L9,W11 <3-5> 5-2* 7.Ogihara, S. NY 4D 2050 W15,W18[W6,L2,W8]W18(-B),L12,L13 <5-3> 5-3 8.Dysart, D. OH 2D 1947 L9F,W13,W11[W9,L1,L7] L5,W16(-B),L4 < > 4-4* 9.Kaufman, R. MD 2D 1882 W8F,W11[W4,L8] L11,W6,L17(-B) <5-3> 3-3* 10.Pustilnik, M. NY 2D 1834 L16,L17[L11] W21(-B),W19,L15 < > 2-4 11.Hayashi, M. NY 4D 1827 W13,L9,L8[W10,W20(-R),W18(-L),W19(-L)] W9,W17(-B),L6 <5-3> 7-3 12.Ishida, S. NY 2D 1810 W17,L16,L17[W14,L19(-L),W18(-L)] L13,W7,L18(-B) < > 4-5 13.Inoue, H. NY 2D 1787 L11,L8[L18(-m)] W12,W18(-B),W7 <4-4> 3-3 14.Hamaguchi, M. NJ 1D 1771 L2F,L2[L12] L2(+B),L3(+B),L1(+B) < > 0-5* 15.Nakano, J. IL 1D 1763 L7,W19,W18[L2] W19,L22(-B),W10 <2-6> 4-3 16.Matsumura, S. NY 1D 1760 W10,W12[L1] L4(+B),L8(+B),L5(+B) <4-4> 2-4 17.Masui, S. NY 2D 1748 L12,W10,W12[L1]L6(+B),L11(+B),W9(+B)<4-4>3-4 18.Hayashi, S. NY 1D 1699 W19,L7,L15[W13(+m),L11(+L),L12(+L)] L7(+B),L13(+B),W12(+B) < > 3-6 19.Lamb, M. MD 1D 1697 L18,L15[W21(-R),W22(-L),W12(+L),L11(+L)] L15,L10,W21(-B) <3-5> 4-5 20.Ikou NY 2K 1442 [L11(+R)] <2-6> 0-1 21.Trotter, A. NY 4K 1315 W6F,L5,L6[L19(+R)] L10(+B),L19(+B) < > 0-5* 22.Yasuda, A. NY UNR ---- L5,L6[L19(+L)]W15(+B) <0-8> 1-3 * Unrated forfeits, denoted by an "F", are not included in results. The Blitz Tournament was not rated. Player results are listed in brackets < >. Key: Handicaps used are shown in parenthesis, using the symbols listed below. -= Handicap giver [Uwate]; += Handicap receiver [Shitate]. m=Move [Sente]; L=Lance [Kyosha]; B=Bishop [Kaku]; R=Rook [Hissha]. -------------------------------- 2000 U.S. Blitz Championship 3 November 2000 # Name Ratings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Result 1L.Kaufman 2287 8W 4W 3W 2L 6L 7W 10W 5W 6-2 2nd 2Y.Fujiwara 2221 9W 5W 7W 1W 3W 6L 8W 4W 7-1 1st 3Y.Suzuki 2210 10W 6W 1L 7W 2L 8W 12W 13W 6-2 2nd 4G.Fernandez 2112 13W 1L 9W 6L 8L 5L 14W 2L 3-5 5S.Ogihara 2050 11W 2L 10W 8L 12W 4W 6W 1L 5-3 6R.Kaufman 1882 12W 3L 11W 4W 1W 2W 5L 7L 5-3 T.2D 7M.Hayashi 1827 14W 8W 2L 3L 11W 1L 9W 6W 5-3 8H.Inoue 1787 1L 7L 13W 5W 4W 3L 2L 14W 4-4 9J.Nakano 1763 2L 12W 4L 11L 13L 14W 7L 10L 2-6 10S.Matsumura 1760 3L 13W 5L 12L 14W 11W 1L 9W 4-4 11S.Masui 1748 5L 14W 6L 9W 7L 10L 13W 12W 4-4 12M.Lamb 1697 6L 9L 14W 10W 5L 13W 3L 11L 3-5 13Ikko 1442 4L 10L 8L 14W 9W 12L 11L 3L 2-6 14A.Yasuda N/A 7L 11L 12L 13L 10L 9L 4L 8L 0-8 ---------------------------------------- 2000 U.S. Team Championship 4 November 2000 # Team Rating 1 2 3 4 Match Games 1. NY "A" 2085 X 2 2 5 1-2 9-6 2. DC 1960 3 X 2 3 2-1 8-7 3. Midwest 1908 3 3 X 4 3-0 10-5 4. NY "B" 1659* 0 1 2 X 0-3 3-12 Rating= Average Pan-Atlantic team ratings. *= 1859 When the Bishop handicap value (200 points) is added. 1st Round: DC Team Midwest Team 1. L. Kaufman 5 Dan 2287 W L 1. Y. Tsuruoka 4 Dan 2217 2. J. Yoshinari 4 Dan 2124 W L 2. D. Dysart 2 Dan 1947 3. R. Kaufman 2 Dan 1882 L W 3. M. Hayashi [NY] 4 Dan 1827 4. S. Ishida [NY] 2 Dan 1810 L W 4. H. Inoue [NY] 2 Dan 1787 5. M. Lamb Shodan 1697 L W 5. J. Nakano Shodan 1763 Midwest Team wins 3-2 NY "A" Team [-B handicap] NY "B" Team [+B handicap] 1. Y. Fujiwara 4 Dan 2221 W L 1. M. Hamaguchi Shodan 1771 2. Y. Suzuki 4 Dan 2210 W L 2. S. Matsumura Shodan 1760 3. G. Fernandez 4 Dan 2112 W L 3. S. Masui 2 Dan 1748 4. S. Ogihara 4 Dan 2050 W L 4. S. Hayashi Shodan 1699 5. M. Pustilnik 2 Dan 1834 W L 5. A. Trotter 4 Kyu 1315 NY "A" Team wins 5-0 2nd Round: NY "A" Team DC Team 1. Y. Fujiwara 4 Dan 2221 W L 1. L. Kaufman 5 Dan 2287 2. Y. Suzuki 4 Dan 2210 L W 2. J. Yoshinari 4 Dan 2124 3. G. Fernandez 4 Dan 2112 L W 3. R. Kaufman 2 Dan 1882 4. S. Ogihara 4 Dan 2050 L W 4. S. Ishida [NY] 2 Dan 1810 5. M. Pustilnik 2 Dan 1834 W L 5. M. Lamb Shodan 1697 DC Team wins 3-2 Midwest Team [-B handicap] NY "B" Team [+B handicap] 1. Y. Tsuruoka 4 Dan 2217 W L 1. M. Hamaguchi Shodan 1771 2. D. Dysart 2 Dan 1947 W L 2. S. Matsumura Shodan 1760 3. M. Hayashi [NY] 4 Dan 1827 W L 3. S. Masui 2 Dan 1748 4. H. Inoue [NY] 2 Dan 1787 W L 4. S. Hayashi Shodan 1699 5. J. Nakano Shodan 1763 L W 5. A. Yasuda UNR Midwest Team wins 4-1 3rd Round: NY "A" Team Midwest Team 1. Y. Fujiwara 4 Dan 2221 L W 1. Y. Tsuruoka 4 Dan 2217 2. Y. Suzuki 4 Dan 2210 W L 2. D. Dysart 2 Dan 1947 3. G. Fernandez 4 Dan 2112 W L 3. M. Hayashi [NY] 4 Dan 1827 4. S. Ogihara 4 Dan 2050 L W 4. H. Inoue [NY] 2 Dan 1787 5. M. Pustilnik 2 Dan 1834 L W 5. J. Nakano Shodan 1763 Midwest Team wins 3-2 DC Team [-B handicap] NY "B" Team [+B handicap] 1. L. Kaufman 5 Dan 2287 W L 1. M. Hamaguchi Shodan 1771 2. J. Yoshinari 4 Dan 2124 W L 2. S. Matsumura Shodan 1760 3. R. Kaufman 2 Dan 1882 L W 3. S. Masui 2 Dan 1748 4. S. Ishida [NY] 2 Dan 1810 L W 4. S. Hayashi Shodan 1699 5. M. Lamb Shodan 1697 W L 5. A. Trotter 4 Kyu 1315 DC Team wins 3-2 ------------------------------------- 2000 U.S. Championship Qualifying Quads 4 November 2000 No.1 Name 1st 2nd 3rd Result 1 G.Fernandez 2LF 3W 2W 2-1 2 A.Trotter 1WF 4L 1L 1-2 3 A. Yasuda 4L 1L - 0-2 4 J.Yoshinari 3W 2W - 2-0 No.2 Name 1st 2nd 3rd Result 5 M.Hayashi 6W 7L 8L 1-2 6 H.Inoue 5L 8L - 0-2 7 R.Kaufman 8WF 5W - 2-0 8 D.Dysart 7LF 6W 5W 2-1 No.3 Name 1st 2nd 3rd Result 9 S.Masui 10L 12W 10W 2-1 10 S.Ishida 9W 11L 9L 1-2 11 S.Matsumura 12W 10W - 2-0 12 M.Pustilnik 11L 9L - 0-2 No.4 Name 1st 2nd 3rd Result 13 S.Ogihara 14W 16W - 2-0 14 J.Nakano 13L 15W 16W 2-1 15 M.Lamb 16L 14L - 0-2 16 S.Hayashi 15W 13L 14L 1-2 No.5 Name 1st 2nd 3rd Result 17 Y. Fujiwara 18WF 18W - 2-0 18 M. Hamaguchi 17LF 17L - 0-2 ----------------------------------------------- 2000 U.S. Championship "A" Group 5 November 2000 1st Round Quater-finals Semi-finals Finals Champion Bye 1 Dysart 2D 1)Dysart 2D 2 R Kaufman 2D R Kaufman 2D 3 Suzuki 4D --------------------- 1)L Kaufman 5D 4 L Kaufman 5D L Kaufman 5D 5 Masui 2D 2)L Kaufman 5D Bye 6 Matsumura 2D --------------------- ************************************************ * Fujiwara 4D --------------------- Bye 7 Ogihara 4D 3)Ogihara 4D 8 Yoshinari 4D Fernandez 4D 9 Fernandez 4D --------------------- 2)Fujiwara 4D Bye 10 Fujiwara 4D 4)Fujiwara 4D Bye 11 Nakano 1D ------------------------------------------------ Mr. Ogihara won the 3rd place game over Mr. Dysart. ------------------------------------------------ 2000 U.S. Championship "B" Group 5 November 2000 1st Round Quater-finals Semi-finals Finals Champion Bye 1 Yasuda UNR <1500> [+L] 1)Lamb 1D [+L] 2 Lamb 1D [-R] Lamb 1D [-L] 3 Trotter 4K [+R] --------------------- 1)Lamb 1D [+L] Bye 4 Hamaguchi 1D [=] 2)Ishida 2D [-L] Bye 5 Ishida 2D [=] --------------------- ************************************************ * M Hayashi 4D --------------------- Bye 6 Inoue 2D [=] 3)S Hayashi 1D [+L] Bye 7 S Hayashi 1D [=] --------------------- 2)M Hayashi 4D [-L] Bye 8 Ikou 2K [+R] 4)M Hayashi 4D [-L] 9 Pustilnik 2D [=] M Hayashi 4D [-R] 10 M Hayashi 4D [=] ------------------------------------------------ Mr. Ishida [-L] won the "B" Group 3rd Place game over Mr. S. Hayashi [+L]. ------------------------------------------------ George I. Fernandez President United States Shogi Federation With the European Championship Shogi 2000, the 1999/2000 Grand Prix has come to an end. Winner this year is Tony Hosking: European Shogi Grand Prix 1999 ? 2000 RVM GO N BO EC Total 1) Tony Hosking 16 32 48 2) Arend van Oosten 16 16 14 46 3) Ichiyanagi Kei 16 22 38 4) Marc Theeuwen 11 2 11 4 28 5) Tadashi Mieki 11 11 Les Blackstock 11 11 Stephen Lamb 7 4 11 8) Frans Roquas 2 7 9 9) Carl-Johan Nilsson 8 8 10) Hans Secelle 7 7 Boris Mirnik 7 7 Theo Gorissen 7 7 Hans Segers 7 7 14) Matt Casters 4 4 Chris Bekker 4 4 Guillaume Schmidt 4 4 Jan Oosterwijk 4 4 Frederic Pottier 4 4 19) Steven Cain 2 2 20) Joost Blommers 1 1 Thomas Majewski 1 1 Jochen Drechsler 1 1 Alan Baker 1 1 RVM: Richard Verkouille Memorial, Gent, Belgium, 18 & 19 September 2000 GO: German Open, Hannover, Germany, 9 & 10 October 2000 N: Nijmegen Tournament, Netherlands, 28-30 December 2000 BO: British Open, Cambridge, England, 6 & 7 May 2000 EC: European Championship, London, England, 25-27 August 2000 >How are defined which tournament compose the European Shogi Grand >Prix ? > There is a maximum of one GP tournament in each FESA country. Typically, if a national organization has an national open championship, that tournament is their GP tournament. If not, then the national organization often selects another tournament. If that does not happen (I think France has no GP tournament) then I suppose the organizers of a tournament should approach their national organization and request their tournament get GP status. There are some conditions that a tournament must meet to obtain GP status, but I don't have them handy. These conditions may refer to time limits, pairing systems, etc. You can bring this issue up on the FESA list if you want to get more details. Pieter 16 is the limit of games played for each player. The number of 0- (and 0+) does not count, so a 17 player round-robin for instance is ok. Asle Olufsen Doug, Thanks for the games. Sorry I haven't replied. I've been quite busy with school work. I hope to be in Cincinnati soon and get a few games in. I noticed from your game against Alan that you have trouble attacking a central rook. I've been running into the same vs. internet players. I usually play a climbing silver but I seems that my opponents open up the center and leave it stranded. They also have the stronger castle. Any ideas? I looked at alternatives in "The Art of Shogi" but couldn't find much that looked good. The analysis of the King's Vanguard Pawn variation looked promising but that idea seemed sort of crazy to me. Let me know what you think. Kellan

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