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Redmond Deadline Wednesday

Saturday March 3, 2018

The deadline to register for the Redmond Cup is March 7th. Preliminaries will be played on KGS, with the top two players in each the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) division receiving invitations to the finals, which will be held in July at the 2018 US Go Congress in Williamsburg, Virginia. Courtesy of the American Go Association and the American Go Foundation, finalists will also have all basic expenses covered to attend the 2018 US Go Congress, and any participant who completes all rounds of the preliminary tournament will be eligible for a $400 scholarship to the AGA Go Camp (details TBD) or a $200 scholarship to the 2018 US Go Congress.

Players must have an accredited rank of 1 dan or higher, be residents of the US, Canada, or Mexico, and have an active membership with any of aforementioned countries’ go association to register for the Redmond Cup. Please consult the Rules and Regulations for more information about the tournament. Registration is now open and will close on March 7th.



High schooler upsets defending champ to win 2018 San Diego championship

Saturday March 3, 2018

Yi Wang 6d upset the 7-dan defending champion in the first round and then went undefeated to win the 2018 San Diego Go2018 Champion Yi Wang (6d - Torrey Pines High school) playing 2017 Champion Chengjie Huang (7.2d - UCSD) Championship on February 25 at UCSD. He was the only undefeated player in the Open Section. He prevailed over a strong field that included two 7-dans and three other 6-dans. Wang is a local San Diego player who attends Torrey Pines High School. More than 40 players competed in the seventh annual event for the $400 first prize as well as numerous other cash awards totaling $1,250. Players from 6-years-old to 70+ participated with lots of new young players competing for the first time. The president of the San Diego Chess Club, David Saponara, played in his first go tournament and went 2-1.

There was a five-way tie for second in the Open Section (all at 2-1): Chegjie Huang (2017 Champion), Xiaocheng (Steven) Hu, Many girls  played in the tournament.Yixian Zhou, Jun Kim, and Yifan Zhang.

In the dan/kyu section, Konrad Scheffler (3-0, 1.9d) beat Dan Alvira (2-1, 3.1d) and Christophe Humbert (2-1, 2.6d).

In the mid-kyu section, ChaoShane Chang (3-0, 8.8k)  went undefeated to beat out four players that tied for second (2-1): Shawn Blue, 3.3k; Arunas Rudvalis, 6.1k; Yike Deng, 5.9k; and Warren Andrews, 6.7k.

In the high-kyu section, Xiang Cai (3-0, 14.7k) beat out Lucia Moscola (2-1, 18k).6-year-old Eric Yang played a confident game

In the beginners’ section, Tony Yang (3-0, 25k) edged a group of four who ended up with 2-1 records: Andy Zhou, 31k; Anna Zhou, 33k; Kevin Yang, 23k; and David Saponara 30k.

Justin Lee won the 9×9 championship arranged for youth after their 19×19 tournament games.

photos: (top right) 2018 Champion Yi Wang (6d – Torrey Pines High school) playing 2017 Champion Chengjie Huang (7.2d – UCSD) as UCSD Go Club president Weihan Huai watches; (left): Many girls  played in the tournament; (bottom left): 6-year-old Eric Yang played a confident game.

- report/photos by Ted Terpstra



South Central tournament draws 40 players from 10 states

Saturday March 3, 2018

The third South Central Go Tournament — held February 17-18 near Dallas — drew 40 players from ten states. In the Open GameReview2018.03.03_South Central Go Tournament HandicapSection with 10 entrants, Muzhen Ai,6d, took first place. In the Handicap Section with 30 entrants, Luke Belyeu 5k, took first place in the top band. There were three rounds each day, a full schedule, but still time for a good bit of friendly review of the games played.
- report/photos by Robert Gilman


Go Quiz: Running go players (answers)

Saturday March 3, 2018

E-Journal photographer Phil Straus recently found this photo in his archives and we asked readers if they could identify the 2018.02.24_running-go-playersrunners and the year and location of the U.S. Congress.
First, the answers. The runners (l-r) were: Eric Osman, Jim Kerwin 1P, Anders Kierulf and Bruce Amos. The Congress was the third, in 1987, at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.
The winners: Keith Arnold, Terry Benson, Roy Laird, Trevor Morris and Debbie Siemon.
Close but no tesuji: Andy Okun, who thought Kerwin was Steve Stringfellow and guessed Amos was George Schmitten; Shai Simonson, who thought Amos was Bob High; and Bruce Amos himself, who not only thought Osman was Phil Straus (who took the photo), but guessed it was the 1985 Congress in Westminster, Maryland. Half a point to Bruce, however, for reminding us that “The first US go congress had about 60 players with about 5 at the 5-dan level or higher, and was won by Thomas Hsiang. Curiously, the wikipedia entry doesn’t mention his name. After that, of course, it really took off.”
Bonus points to Trevor Morris, who not only got the names, year and location right, but noted that “I may be the only player responding here who’s played tournament games against all four! I remember well playing (and losing to) James Kerwin in the Fujitsu Qualifier in a cold winter in Winnipeg in the mid-90s.”

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New “Surrounding Game” web store features 9×9 go sets

Thursday March 1, 2018

A new web store associated with The Surrounding Game documentary launched earlier this week. In addition to movie 2018.03.01_Starter Pack DVDmerchandise, the store is introducing custom-made 9×9 go sets, aimed at new players. “A lot of non-players, after watching the film, asked how they could get their hands on a set and try the game out themselves” reports director Will Lockhart. “So we decided to make our own.”

The new 9x9s can be purchased individually, or at a discount together with the film. “We see the movie as a new way to promote the game, and reach people who might not otherwise be interested in go. And now I believe we’ve put together the most complete beginner set out there: a beautiful, laser-engraved cherry wood board, stones, and a new modern rules booklet – our attempt to present the game in the most elegant and beginner-friendly way possible.”

The Go sets and many other web store items are available here.