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Eric Lui (1P) sweeps Chinese Lunar New Year tourney in DC

Monday February 18, 2019

Forty four players turned out for the annual Chinese Lunar New Year Tournament at the National Go Center last weekend, which Eric Lui 1P (left) swept 4-0. There was continued great support and prizes from the local Chinese community and organization by 2019.02.18_NGC-Chinese-New-Year-Eric-LuiChing-Sung Chin including an additional beginner’s tourney for children in the afternoon.

The National Go Center is planning its first ever 2-day tournament on March 30-31. This 5-round event will be an annual Cherry Blossom celebration and an AGA State Championship for the Greater DC Area.

The prize winners were:
5D-8D – 1st Eric Lui (1P), 2nd Justin Teng (6D)
1D-4D – 1st Shane Tellier (1D), 2nd Alexander Qi (3D)
1K-2K – 1st Jacob Lewellen (1K), 2nd Yizhan Ao (1K)
3K-5K – 1st Stephanie Zhou (5K), 2nd Erik Rodriguez (5K)
7K-9K – 1st Barreal Anderson (7K), 2nd Jack de la Beaudarjiere (7K)
11K-14K – 1st Qidi Xu (14K), 2nd Julian Turim (14K)
15K-19K – 1st Antonina Perez-Lopez (19K), 2nd Amber Boyden (15K)
20K+ – Justin Wang (29K), 2nd Ethan Li (28K)
In the children’s beginner tourney – 1st Adrian Yang, 2nd William Lu

- reported by Gurujeet Khalsa

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The Power Report: Kisei: Yamashita evens score, Iyama takes lead again; Fujisawa Rina attains historic goal; World Go Championship preliminaries; Ueno Asami defends Women’s Kisei

Monday February 18, 2019

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal2019.02.18_43kisei2 Yamashita

Kisei: Yamashita evens score, Iyama takes lead again: The second game of the 43rd Kisei title match was played at Yumeminato Tower in Sakaiminato City, Tottori Prefecture, on January 21 and 22. The name of the tower translates as Dream Port Tower; it is a sightseeing facility with an observation deck (details can be found on the Net under the English or the Japanese name). The key to this game was the opening: Yamashita Keigo (right), who had white, took advantage of a slack move by Iyama Kisei to seize the lead and was able to rebuff Iyama’s attempts to get back into the game. Black resigned after 164 moves. It’s unusual for Iyama, who usually starts slowly and carefully, to fall behind on the first day.
The third game was played at the Olive Bay Hotel in the city of Saikai in Nagasaki Prefecture on February 2 and 3. Taking white, Iyama won by resignation after 252 moves. Iyama seemed to take an edge in the opening; Yamashita attacked aggressively, but Iyama kept control of the game. Yamashita eventually managed to start a large ko, but didn’t have enough ko threats to win it.
The fourth game was played at the Former Tanaka Residence in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture, on February 13 and 14. The venue is a house with a Western wing built in 1921 and a Japanese wing built in 1934. It was designated a cultural treasure in 2006. Taking black, Iyama won by resignation after 183 moves. Yamashita will face his first kadoban in the fifth game, scheduled for February 27 and 28.

Fujisawa Rina attains historic goal: Fujisawa Rina reached a goal that has long been a target for women players. In a 2019.02.18_Fujisawa Maingame in the first round of the main tournament (a knockout) of the 45th Tengen title, played on January 21, she became the first woman professional to win a game in the final section of a top-seven title. Playing white, she beat Takahashi Masumi 3-dan by resig. Starting with Honda Sachiko in 1979, ten women players had reached the final section, called “the main tournament,” a total of 12 times, but had lost in the first round each time. For Fujisawa, the 13th time was “third time lucky”; she had reached the main tournament in the 43rd and 44th Gosei tournaments. Four more wins and she will be the challenger. Incidentally, the number of seats in the main tournament varies according to the tournament from 16 to “around 32” (which means that some players may be seeded into the second round of the knockout).

World Go Championship preliminaries:  The international preliminaries for the thirdWorld Go Championship were held at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo from January 25 to 29. Eight-nine players vied for the three seats in the eight-player main tournament that were at stake.
The senior preliminary was won by Yu Chang-hyeok 9P of Korea, who beat Yuki Satoshi 9P (Japan) in the final. Incidentally, Jimmy Cha (Cha Minsu) played in this preliminary; as far as I know, this is his first international appearance for some time. The gener2019.02.18_Ueno defends WKiseial preliminary was split into two sections, both of which were won by Chinese players: Jiang Weijie 9P and Liao Yuanhe 7P. The eight-player tournament will start on March 18.

Ueno Asami defends Women’s Kisei: As the current women’s number one, Fujisawa Rina looked like a tough challenger for the 17-year-old Ueno Asami (left), but the titleholder had other ideas. The second game of the 22nd Women’s Kisei title match was held in the Ryusei Studio at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo on January 28. Taking black, Ueno forced Fujisawa to resign after 243 moves. The game featured fierce fighting from start to finish, but Ueno showed that her surprise victory in this title last year was no fluke. Xie Yimin is still going strong, so the Japanese women’s go world looks like entering a period of three strong rivals.

Tomorrow: Murakawa to challenge for Judan…

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Upcoming Go Events: Montreal, Painesville, Seattle

Monday February 18, 2019

February 23: Montreal, QC
40th Winter Tournament
Lydia Gallant goaqjg@gmail.com 514-445-3819

March 2: Painesville, OH
5th Lake Erie Go Tournament
Soren Jaffe sorenjaffe@gmail.com

March 3: Seattle, WA
Seattle Go Center Monthly Ratings Tournament
Mike Malveaux programs@seattlego.org 206-545-1424

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Registration Open for the 26th Redmond Cup

Thursday February 14, 2019

51966196_545908055910977_7621509304582930432_nThe 26th edition of the Redmond Cup is open for registration, and strong young players are invited to compete in the most prestigious North American youth tournament of the year.  Online preliminary competition will begin on March 11th, with the top two players in the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) divisions receiving invitations to a best-of-3 finals that will take place between July 13-20 at the  US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin. Finalists win a free trip to the Congress, courtesy of  the American Go Foundation, and all participants who complete the preliminary tournament will also be eligible for a $200 scholarship to congress.

Competitors must have an accredited rank of 1 dan or higher to enter the Redmond Cup, reside in either the US, Canada, or Mexico, and be a member of his or her respective national go association. Registration is open until March 6th; for more details about the tournament, please read the Rules and Regulations. -Story and photo by Justin Teng.  Photo: 2018 Finalists Jeremy Chiu 7d (l) vs. Redmond Meijin Aaron Ye 7d (r).

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DC hosts Chinese Lunar New Year Tournament

Wednesday February 13, 2019

This Saturday, February 16 is the annual tournament celebrating the Lunar New Year. “This is always a great event with prizes 2019.02.13_nga-new-yearsponsored by the Chinese cultural community of the DC area,” says the National Go Center’s Gurujeet Khalsa. This will be a 4-round AGA rated event. Doors open at 8:30 AM.

Pre-register now for the Lunar New Year Tournament to guarantee your place and receive the 20% pre-registration discount ($16/adult, $12/youth)

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Wang and Polara top record-breaking turnout in North American Kyu Championships

Wednesday February 13, 2019

12-year old Terry Wang 2k and 16-year old Kiren Polara 2k topped a record-breaking field of 84 players from the US, Canada, and Mexico to respectively become the Junior and Senior champions of the 6th North American Kyu Championships, held on February 2nd on KGS. Both champions have also earned the right to play in the 26th Redmond Cup, for which registration will be opening soon. Final tournaments results and the crosstab can be found here. The division winners in each of the 6 brackets received personalized crystal trophies, and all participants are eligible for a $200 scholarship to the 2019 US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin.

Special thanks to Jeremy Chiu for assisting in directing the tournament, as well as to Stephanie Yin from the New York Institute of Go and Sid Avila from the Mexican Go Association for helping the tournament run smoothly. - Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator

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Pair Go/Paella Night in DC

Tuesday February 12, 2019

The February 22 edition of the National Go Center’s regular Friday Night Go evening will feature the Center’s first-ever Pair 2019.02.12_pair-go-paellaGo/Paella Night, beginning at 7 PM.

For those not familiar with Pair Go, it is played with partners who make alternating moves but are not allowed to converse and communicate strategy. “We’ll explain all the rules when you come,” says Haskell Small. “Come with a partner, or we can pair you with someone else when you arrive.” Mixed pairs are fine in addition to the traditional M-F pairings.

To make this a festive social occasion, Chris Garlock, Managing Editor of the AGA e-Journal and a former professional chef, has volunteered to make paella for the evening (vegetarian option included). Pictured is Michael Redmond 9P making paella under Chris’s tutelage last year.

Please RSVP by 2/20 to Haskell Small (haskell@haskellsmall.com, 202-244-4764). There will be a $5 donation at the door to cover the cost of the paella.

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Pandanet AGA City League Round 4

Tuesday February 12, 2019

2017.10.03_PANDANETThis Sunday is the Pandanet City League Round 4. Follow along with your local team to see them win their league! Watch from many of the AGA and US based Professionals. Games will played LIVE at 3PM on Pandanet in the “AGA City League Room”.

Steve Colburn, Tournament Director
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Brandon Zhou edges out Willis Huang to win Globis Cup Qualifier

Monday February 11, 2019

In an exciting 1.5 point game, Brandon Zhou (playing black) defeated Willis Huang on KGS Monday night to become the North American representative to the 2019 Globis Cup in Tokyo, Japan, April 18-22.
- Jeff Shaevel, Tournament Director, 2019 Globis Cup Qualifier

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Upcoming Go Events: Chandler, Dallas, Irvine, Montreal

Monday February 11, 2019

February 16: Chandler, AZ
2019 Phoenix Chinese Week Go Tournament Open
Quan Li qb081449@gmail.com 602-326-7556

February 16-17: Dallas, TX
South Central Go Tournament
Bob Gilman bobgilman.aga@gmail.com 505-842-5541

February 16-17: Irvine, CA
2019 Zheng Cup (formerly known as Southern Cal Go Championship)
Yixian Zhou missbear@gmail.com 626-617-5870
Kevin Chao kevingochao@gmail.com 949-616-4423

February 23: Montreal, QC
40th Winter Tournament
Lydia Gallant goaqjg@gmail.com 514-445-3819

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