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U.S. Go Congress tournaments rated in record time

Friday August 18, 2017

Less than a week after the conclusion of the 33rd US Go Congress last Saturday, the US Open, US Open Masters Division, Redmond Cup, and the Die Hard 2017.08.18_us-open-IMG_8746tournaments have all been rated, in what Ratings Coordinator Jonathan Bresler believes to be record time. “Mmmm,” said AGA president Andrew Okun, contentedly, adding “On behalf of the Congress attendees and the entire go community, my thanks and compliments to TDs Matthew Hershberger, Andy Olsen, and Justin Teng, along with Jonathan Bresler, Treasurer Roy Schmidt, Membership Coordinator Charles Alden, the Congress directors and staff, for their diligence.” Players can see their results reflected in the AGA Games Database.
- photo by Chris Garlock

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Terry Benson receives Lasker Award

Friday August 18, 2017

Longtime go organizer Terry Benson was awarded the Edward Lasker Award at the 2017 Go Congress closing banquet for his lifetime of service2017.08.17_benson-award-cropped to the American Go Association and the go community. Completely surprised but obviously pleased, Benson was visibly moved by the recognition and received a standing ovation. “Terry has been organizing and helping and working tirelessly for the organization and the game since before I was born,” said AGA president Andy Okun. “It is not only a real privilege and honor to be able to give him this award, but humbling to see the very high bar he’s set for the rest of us.”

Benson served as president of the AGA from 1977-1989 and as Managing Editor of the American Go Journal from 1976-1998. He is currently the president of the American Go 2017.08.17_lasker-awardFoundation and during his tenure the AGF has raised over a half million dollars to promote go. From time to time he’s hosted the longtime floating Brooklyn Go Club, which moves from apartment to apartment throughout New York City. He began playing go in 1960 with a cardboard and plastic Christmas present set his parents bought at a New Jersey mall. He taught himself and a couple of high school buddies. One of them found Arthur Smith’s go book and “tried to steal a march” on him, but Terry found Lasker’s Go and Go-moku. “The games were horrible, long kyu slugfests, jidorgo, but great fun,” he remembers.  He played occasionally through high school and college. In 1975 he stumbled into Games Gallery where then-AGA President  John Stephenson and Treasurer Matthias Thim were playing across the counter. He was quickly drawn into the game and almost immediately recruited a succession of other enthusiasts who helped create the AGA of today. “I get too much credit,” he says, “but I’ll do whatever bit I can to get more people playing go.”

The Lasker Award is named after Edward Lasker, a founder of the American Go Association. Other awardees include Richard Dolen and Frank Fukuda in 2013.

Thomas Hsiang on IMSA past, present and future

Friday August 18, 2017

International Mind Sports Association Secretary General Thomas Hsiang discusses IMSA’s short- and long-term plans in a recent interview2017.08.16_Thomas-Hsiang-150x150 with Sports Destination Management. IMSA, which started with Bridge, Go, Draughts and Chess, added Xiangqi in 2015, just added Mahjong this year. Other games under consideration for membership include “electronic games, duplicate poker and cue sports,” Hsiang says. Next up on the IMSA calendar are the IMSA Elite Mind Games, Hsiang says, which “will be held in China in the second week of December.”

xkcd: Computers vs Humans

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Latest from xkcd:  make sure you hold your mouse over the comic2017.08.16_xkkcg-computers_vs_humans

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Your Move/Readers Write: More on go libraries; Redmond on Kobayashi? Clued in

Wednesday August 16, 2017

More on go libraries: “As a retired librarian, I was very pleased to read about go books in various libraries (Go books go global…and local,” writes Robert Barber. “When I worked at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I prevailed upon the Collections Development people to purchase at least 20 books for the library.  Later, Mark Rubenstein and I gave a dozen books to the Evanston Public Library.  And recently, Mark 2017.08.16-crossword‘inherited’ the library of our friend Ian Feldman.  Mark plans to make the books available to the members of his club.”

Redmond on Kobayashi? “I hope you can get Michael Redmond to do a review of his recent game with Kobayashi Koichi, either for the EJ Members Edition or as a You Tube video,” writes Bob Gilman.
A Redmond video commentary on the game with Kobayashi is in production, as is the next set of Redmond’s Alphago-AlphaGo commentaries.

Clued in: In the New York Times crossword no. 0705 (Wed, Aug. 9th), the clue for 43-across is “Travel edition of a classic board game?” reports Roy Schmidt. “Partial spoiler,” Schmidt adds, “our game is part of the answer!”

Go Congress Updates: U.S. Open crosstab updated; Pro game commentaries, Masters Rounds 4-9; 2017 U.S. Go Congress coverage links

Monday August 14, 2017

U.S. Open crosstab updated: The 2017 U.S. Open crosstab is now completely updated through Round 6 and all game records that have been2017.08.14_PS- flamingo-go sent in have been posted as well. To include yours, send in your sgf file by this Sunday, August 20. Be sure to complete the info section, including names of both players and the result. Send to journal@usgo.org

Pro game commentaries, Masters Rounds 4-9: Click here to download the following pro commentaries:
On Sojin on the Round 4, Board 2 game between Wu Hao and Ryan Li
Stephanie Yin on the Round 5, Board 2 game between Tim Song and Michael Chen
Stephanie Yin on the Round 5, Board 3 game between Ryan Li and Gansheng Shi
Feng Yun 9P on the Round 6, Board 2 game between Yongfei Ge and Andy Liu
Yilun Yang 9P on the Round 7, Board 2 game between Ryan Li and Andy Liu
Cathy Li 2P on the Round 9, Board 1 game between Wu Hao and Yongfei Ge

2017 U.S. Go Congress coverage links: If you missed any of the 2017 U.S. Go Congress coverage, click here for our comprehensive website reports, including tournament updates, profiles and more, and click here for our extensive video coverage, including daily previews, game commentaries and wrap-ups.

- report Chris Garlock; flamingo go photo by Phil Straus

Upcoming Go Events: Mason

Monday August 14, 2017

August 26: Mason, OH
2017 Cincinnati Tri-State Go Tournament
Frank Luo frank.luoy@gmail.com 513-787-0202
Fang Yan fangyan@hotmail.com 513-767-1424

Get the latest go events information.

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Yang Hong wins U.S. Open top division; Eric Feiveson tops 1-kyu division

Sunday August 13, 2017

Yang Hong won the 2017 U.S. Open at the U.S. Go Congress in San Diego last week, winning all six rounds. Eric Feiveson took first place in the 1-kyu2017.08.13_us-open-IMG_8744 division. Click here for a PDF of the final standings (down to the DDKs) and a DDK multiband PDF.

Click here for the complete U.S. Open crosstab, which includes some game records; if you’d like yours included, send your sgf file to us by next Sunday, August 20. Be sure to complete the info section, including names of both players and the result. Send to journal@usgo.org

- report/photo by Chris Garlock

Wu Hao 2p sweeps 2017 U.S. Masters; N.A. pros take next three places

Saturday August 12, 2017

2017.08.12_Hao-WuWu Hao 2p of China swept the 2017 U.S. Masters tournament, scoring a perfect 9-0 record. North American pros were close behind with Ryan Li 1p second at 8-1, Andy Liu 1p in third (7-2) and Eric Lui 1p taking fourth (6-3). The rest of the top-10 finishers were: 5th: Zhaonian (Michael) Chen 7d; 6th: Zirui Song 7d; 7th: Yongfei Ge 7d; 8th: Bao Yun 7d; 9th: Albert Yen 7d; 10th: Zhongxia (Ricky) Zhao 7d.2017.08.12_Masters-player-collage

Click here for the Masters crosstab, with complete results and top-board game records. Here’s a PDF with the final standings.

Top row (l-r): Ai, Muzhen; Chen, Zhaonian; Chui, Jeremy; Gao, Yifei; Ge, Yongfei; Gourdeau, Daniel
Row 2: Hao, Wu; Huang, Alan; Ko, Daehyuk (Daniel); Li, Ryan; Liu, Zhi Yuan (Andy); Lockhart, Ben
Row 3: Lui, Eric; Luo, Qipeng; Naddef, Jean-Loup; Shi, Gangsheng; Song, Zirui; Sun, Quan
Row 4: Xiaoran, Liu; Yang, Hu Zi; Ye, Aaron; Yen, Albert; Yoder, Eric; Yu, Sarah
Row 5: Yun, Bao; Zhao, Zhixun; Zhao, Zhonxia (Ricky); Zhou, Erica; Zhou, Sean; TD Matthew Hershberger & Assistant TD Jiao Li

photos by Phil Straus; collage by Chris Garlock

Your Move/Readers Write: Crosstabs, explained

Saturday August 12, 2017

“I’m looking at the Crosstabs page on the AGA web site but there is insufficient information to make heads or tails of it,” writes Chuck Bell. “Is 2017.08.12_crosstab-screengrabthere an explanation of these tables anywhere? They don’t appear to me to be self-explanatory.”

The AGA Crosstab system is a very odd duck. It was really something that was semi-cobbled together and since then has had very few changes. In the current/existing system the page reads as: Player – ## (this is the number from the TD system), Rounds and results (Try hovering your cursor over the numbers, it will show you the name of their opponent), and overall result for the tournament. In the rounds columns the numbers display as something like “4B+”. This means that the the player’s row you’re looking at played player #4, they played as Black, and they won the game. If you look at player 4, it will show they played player X, played as White, and lost the game. Hovering over the result will again show you the name of the opponent.
The system is far from perfect but the reality is that we’re an all-volunteer organization and often have to settle for “good enough.” That said, we’d welcome anyone who’d like to jump in and help. Most of the software that the AGA uses is on GitHub. This set of code can be found here. Anyone who would like to work on projects like these, please email us at operations@usgo.org or journal@usgo.org
- Steve Colburn