Jimmy Yang 4d (front, left) of Virginia swept the Open section of the annual Carolina Spring Go Tournament, while the Cary Chinese School Team B won the team event. The April 10 event was organized by the Cary Go Club and the Chinese-American Friendship Association of North Carolina and held in Raleigh, attracting 30 go players from 7 to 70 years old.
For the first time in the tournament’s 8-year history, reports organizer Owen Chen, a team event was organized for the youth players. Each team consisted of three players, with each team member’s individual score being accumulated for the team score. Twelve go class students from the Cary Chinese School formed three teams while three students from the Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language formed the remaining team. “The team competition was fierce,” says Chen. “Young players kept reporting and checking the team scores posted on the wall after each round.” For the most part, the team scores were very close and each team had a chance to win the team tournament in the last round. In the end, Cary Chinese School Team B, consisting of Alvin Chen, John Zhu and Byron Qi, won the team event with 7 individual wins.
Winner’s Report: In the individual competition, Jimmy Yang 4d of Virginia swept the open section with 4-0. Jeff Kuang 5d and Owen Chen 5d tied for the second place of the open section, each with one loss. Andrew Zalesak 1k won Section A (7k-1d), Ralph Abbey 13k won Section B (8k-15k) and Samuel Sites 18k won Section C (16k-19k). All three of them went a perfect score of 4-0 to win their sections. Larry Zhang 20k won Section D (20k-25k) with 3-1. Alvin Chen 16k finished second in Section C with 3-1 and Byron Qi went 2-2 and yet still finished in the second place of Section D.