World Go News from The American Go Association
17, 2008; Volume 9, #3
OZA TURNOUT APPROACHING 400:
With less than 48 hours to go to this weekend’s North
American Oza Go Tournament, last-minute registrations are
soaring. As of presstime Thursday night, 191 are signed up to play in
Baltimore and 151 in Los Angeles. The dual-event tournament -- one of the premiere go tournaments in the
North American go calendar -- provides a fun and challenging six-round
AGA-rated, Swiss-McMahon tournament for players of all strengths and
selects two champions to represent North America in the World
Toyota/Denso Oza Championship in Japan. There’s still
time to register
for either event, and pre-registration is highly recommended, as there
will be a $10 penalty to register at the door and same day registrants
who arrive after 9A will not play in the first round. Check-in is from
8-9:15A Saturday and Round 1 will be at 9:30A sharp; click
here for the complete schedule of events.
BOARD BATTLES: With a $25,000 prize pool, major battles
on the top boards are shaping up on both coasts. In Baltimore, Jie
Liang 8D, Minshan Shou 8D and Yuan Zhou 8D top the list of competitors,
while in LA, Korean insei Bi Jang – undefeated thus far in
U.S. tournaments – will face challenges from Jennie Shen 2P,
Dae Hyuk Ko 8d and Joey Hung 8d, fresh from his recent Jujo Cup win in
San Francisco. Prizes will be awarded in all bands.
NIGHT FUN: Oza festivities kick off with receptions
Friday nights. “A reception in Baltimore
Friday night at 7P will be followed by a 3-round Lightning
tournament,” reports organizer Keith Arnold. “The
playing room will be open late into the evening.” In Los
Angeles the reception is 6-8P, and “go boards will
be set up for impromptu games and an informal jazz band
playing,” reports organizer Andy Okun.
“TERMINATOR” WELCOMES OZA:
“While I haven’t played much go in my day, I am an avid
chess player, and I know the intense mental concentration it
takes to compete in these challenging games,” says California
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in an
official letter of welcome to the North American Oza. “I
applaud the many players who have gathered to demonstrate their great
enthusiasm for go… It’s my hope that all the
players will be able to put their skills and talents to great use and
play to the very best of their abilities.” The Los
Angeles City Council also unanimously passed a
resolution welcoming the Oza to L.A.
OZA ONLINE: Live coverage – including
broadcast of top boards on KGS from both locations, with commentary by
Tadashi Sasaki 8P and Alexandre Dinerchtein 3P – will be
provided by teams from the American Go E-Journal; watch the website
for photos, reports and more.
SPONSORS: The bi-annual event is sponsored by Toyota
organized by the American Go Association and the Nihon Kiin
and hosted by the Gilbert W. Rosenthal Memorial Baltimore Go Club, the
University of Maryland Baltimore County Go Club, the Santa Monica Go
Club and the Hopkins Go Club. Click
here for a complete list of all the sponsors, including GoGoD,
Mountain Imports and Kiseido
SPITZ WINS MASS TOURNEY:
David Spitz, 6k took first place in the January 13 Winter Handicap
Tournament in Somerville, MA. Details Monday.
CONGRESS UPDATE: U.S.
Go Congress organizer Akane Negishi reports that she recently met with
the Nihon Kiin in Tokyo to discuss which Japanese pros will attend this
year’s Congress in Portland, OR. More details Monday.
ING TEAM DEADLINE EXTENDED: The
Ing Team deadline has been extended to February 22. Teams can be formed
by any school with at least three go players, and also by home-schooled
kids who want to play together. Substantial prizes will be awarded in
every bracket. The competition will begin March 1 and all games will be
played on KGS. The tournament is being run by the American Go Honor
Society, in conjunction with the AGA. Click here
http://usgo.org/teamchamp.html for more information and to register.
PARK JIUEN DEFEATS RUI NAIWEI IN YUANYANG CUP:
Park Jieun 8P defeated Rui Naiwei 2-1 on January 17 to win the Yuanyang
Cup, a new international women's tournament.
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