The US Go Congress includes the largest go tournament of the year and also the smallest. Literally. The 9×9 Tournament kicked off right after the Congress opening ceremonies concluded Saturday night. Over 50 players – nine tables with 6 players at each table — battled it out on tiny boards to claim the table winner title and advance to the 9×9 playoffs. Table winners will play off in a single elimination format throughout the week to choose the ultimate 9×9 kyu and dan champions. Joshua Lee directs the tournament.
Saturday night’s winners included:
Kyu table winners: Matt Mo 10k; Ann Wu 10k; Bob Crites 8k; Jim Fienup 3k; Ben Peng 1k.
Dan table winners: Dirk Riedeman 3D; Andy Olsen 3D; Zheng Xiangnan 5D; Matthew Burrall 7D
- report/photo by Karoline Li, EJ Tournament Reporter; photo: 9×9 top board players Matthew Burrall and Lionel Zhang