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Everyone a Winner at NOVA Pumpkin Classic (Especially Josh Lee)

Tuesday October 28, 2014

At the annual NOVA Pumpkin Classic, players usually compete for prize pumpkins. At this year’s Classic, on Saturday, October 25, 31 players vied “not to lose a pumpkin,” a result of a surfeit of squash due to what Tournament Allan Abramson admitted was “A massive lack of 2014.10.25-NOVA-pumpkincommunication” between him and NOVA Club President Gary Smith that found them both turning up with armfuls of pumpkins. In the end, every attendee, including visitors, left the George Mason Law School in Arlington VA with a grand pumpkin.  Top section winner Josh Lee upped his game to finish 4-0. New visitor Saki Fujita 5 Dan from Japan, now studying at Johns Hopkins, promises to be a tough addition to the local scene.

The winners were:

First Place: Josh Lee, 5D, 4-0; Frederick Bao, 1D, 3-1; Quinn Baranoski, 3K, 3-1; Bob Crites, 7K, 4-0, tied with Gary Smith, 9K, 4-0; and Dierdre Golash, 13K, 4-0

Second Place: Saki Fujita, 5D, 3-1; Victor Kang, 2D, 3-1; Zongying Qiu, 3K, 3-1; Anderson Barreal, 9K, 3-1; and a three-way tie among Ning-Yuan Ernest Wang, 10K, Sarah Crites, 13K, and Keith Crank, 13K, each with two wins

photo courtesy Allan Abramson

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Justin Chiang Tops Austin Fall Classic

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Justin Chiang topped the Austin Fall Classic Go Tournament on Saturday, October 25th at Great Hall Games in Austin, Tx. Fourteen players 2014.10.28-Austinparticipated in the 4 round, handicap tournament, with prizes going to the following players: Justin Chiang 9K  (4-0); Yue (John) Zhyang 4D (3-1), Cye Stoner 2K (3-1).

photo: (l-r): John Zhang, Cye Stoner, Justin Chiang

- report by TD Bart Jacob

Twin Cities Go Club (2): Playing & Pizza Build Community

Tuesday October 28, 2014

The October 18 Twin Cities Go Club’s Fall 2014 rated games day took place on the University of Minnesota campus, in a building that sits right2014.10.28_Twin-Cities-pizza on the edge of the Mississippi river. “It was a picturesque autumn day – clear skies and a slightly crisp feeling in the air – the trees at the peak of their color, with bright yellow leaves carpeting streets and walkways around campus,” reports Aaron Broege.

The event began at 9am and lasted until 4 pm. Fifteen AGA members, ranging from 21k to 4d, participated in the rated games day. “There 2014.10.28_Twin-Cities-gamewere no set rounds or time limits, so players could play rated games at their leisure,” says Broege. “Many of the stronger players enjoyed taking advantage of the lack of time constraints, and some of the more serious games went on for over 2 hours.”

“Around noon we ordered pizza as part of the AGA’s initiative for free pizza in October. We were so happy and fortunate that this offer coincided with our already-scheduled event. Everyone was happy to enjoy pizza while two 2 dan players reviewed their game. We would like to thank the AGA for having this offer. It really made our local club feel more directly connected to the national organization. I think that this sort of initiative helps to build a stronger community between the national and local organizations.”

photo: Onlookers enjoy their pizza, courtesy of the AGA, while Peter Hansmeier (4d) and Yanqing Sun (2d) (at left) review their game.

Panaccione, Tillberg & Cho Top MGA Go Tourney

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Forty-two players participated in the Massachusetts Go Tournament held in Davis Square, Somerville on October 19, so the tournament was 2014.10.28_MGA-David_Cho_Eric_Tillberg_Alex_Panaccione_winners_of_Section_Adivided into two independent sections with two sets of prizes.  There were twenty players in section A  4 kyu and 2014.10.28_Mass-Tourney_Alexander_Majercik_Gus_Heck_James_Peters_and_Titi_Alailima_William_Luff_and_Eric_Tillberg_Fred_Wardwell_Jasper_Zillerstronger, twenty-two in section B ranging from 5 kyu to 20 kyu.  “Every participant contributed to the success of the tournament. Thanks to each and every one of you!” says TD Eva Casey. “And many thanks to the Boylston Chess Club for lending us their space.”

Section A winners: Alex Panaccione, 1 dan, and Eric Tillberg, 4 kyu, went 4-0, and thus tied for first place. Third place went to David Cho, 3 dan, who only lost to Alex Panaccione.  Honorable mention to the others who went 3-0, Pete Schumer, 2 kyu, Alexander Majercik, 3 kyu (who only lost to Eric Tillberg), and Makio Ogawa, 4 kyu.

Section B winners: Three players went 4-0 and thus the prize money for first second and third was pooled and divided equally. Tied for first were Milan Mladenivic, 6 kyu, Brandan Williams, 18 kyu, and Jacob Zhang, 20 kyu. Honorable Mention to the 3-0 players: Chia Chan 5 kyu, Philip Dreher, 7 kyu, Ralph St. Louis, 7 kyu, and Yuan Yao, 10 kyu.  Chia, Philip, and Ralph all only lost to Milan.

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Cupertino, Portland, Seattle

Monday October 27, 2014

November 2: Cupertino, CA
17th Ing’s Cup Youth Goe Tournament
Mingjiu Jiang mingjiu7p@hotmail.com 650-796-1602

November 2: Portland, OR
New Stars
Peter Freedman pleefreedman1@comcast.net 503-242-4203

November 2: Seattle, WA
Monthly Ratings Tournament
Brian Allen manager@seattlego.org 206-632-1122 206-545-1424

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