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Mark Lee wins 3rd Cotsen title

Sunday October 22, 2017

Sweeping all five games, Mark Lee (left, with Eric Cotsen) won his third consecutive Cotsen Open title October 22 at the Korean Culture Center in Los 2017.10.22_cotsen-MarkLee-awardAngeles. All five wins were by resignation, including the exciting Round 4 game Sunday morning against Mateusz Surma. The European professional fell behind early but made skillful use of two weak groups to generate a thrilling game for viewers watching live on KGS as Surma chased a one-eyed dragon across the board. “Mateusz’ attack was a bit stronger than I expected,” said Lee. “I met him four years ago when we studied at the same school and he’s improved a lot since then.” See below for the game record, with commentary and variations by Lee.
Lee donated his $1,000 prize to the American Go Foundation, “to support its work training a new generation of go players.”

Winner’s Report:
Open: Mark Lee (5-0), Aaron Ye (4-1), Andrew Lu (4-1), Xiaocheng Hu (4-1), Mateusz Surma (3-2), Daniel Liu (3-2)
2-4d: Tyler Oyakawa (5-0), Jinming Pan (4-1), Pei Guo (4-1)
1d-2k: Kim In (4-1), Jay Chan (4-1), Irving Lai (4-1)
3k-7k: Matthew Hecht (4-1), Barnett Yang (4-1), Jonathan Zhang (4-1)
8k-19k: Heung Suh (5-0), Choashane Chang (4-1), Zongren Huang (4-1)
20-30k: Xiang Cai (5-0), Kyungsoo Lim (4-1), Alex Ledante
Club prizes: 1st: Santa Monica, 2nd: Orange County; 3rd: San Diego
- report/photo by Chris Garlock

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Mark Lee goes for “three-peat” at Cotsen Open

Saturday October 21, 2017

To say that defending Cotsen Open champion Mark Lee dominated his opponents in the first three rounds Saturday would not do justice to2017.10.21_MarkLee-right Lee’s play. “This is a slaughter,” said one viewer on KGS as Lee (right) effortlessly erased Daniel Liu’s (left) territory, leaving the 5-dan’s groups struggling pointlessly in Round 2. In the first round, Wang Yi 5d attacked Lee strongly, but was forced to resign after just 134 moves when his eyeless group came up short against Lee’s one-eyed group. In the third round, Aaron Ye, in a tenacious display of fighting spirit, threw everything he had at Lee — despite the relentless pressure of the overtime clock — but was unable to find a way to victory and, like Liu and Yi, was forced to resign.

Lee’s sweep Saturday puts him in position to capture the title for the third year in the final two rounds on Sunday, although Poland’s Mateusz Surma, also 3-0, may have something to say about that. Surma was just in Mexico for the Mexican Go Congress and decided to come up for the Cotsen. The top-board games will be broadcast live on KGS, and see photos on Twitter @theaga.

- report/photo by Chris Garlock

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Cotsen Open draws top players this weekend

Friday October 20, 2017

Defending champion Mark Lee 7d faces a strong field of top players at this weekend’s Cotsen Open in Los Angeles, including Andrew Lu 7d, 2017.10.20_2016-cotsen-IMG_2019Aaron Ye 7d, Yuefeng Zhao 7d and Vincent Zhuang 7d. Top boards will be broadcast live on KGS starting around 10a PDT on Saturday. The popular annual tournament is also a prelim for the 6th AGA Pro tournament, so competition is expected to be even fiercer than usual. The action takes place at the Korean Cultural Center (5505 Wilshire Blvd) and includes pro simuls and a pro-pro game.
NOTE: pre-registration has closed but walk-ins on Saturday will be accepted; all players who want to play in the first round must be on line to sign in or register by 9:15a on Saturday. Any questions, email
cotsenopen@gmail.com
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hoto: top board at 2016 Cotsen; photo by Chris Garlock

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Cotsen pre-registration deadline Tuesday at midnight PDT

Tuesday October 17, 2017

The deadline for the discounted registration for this weekend’s Cotsen Open is midnight PDT Tuesday night; click here now to register.  After that, registration is $25 in cash at the door. Cotsen organizers have just added pro simuls with 2017.10.17_myungwan kimMyungwan Kim 9P and Ahn Dalhoun 9P on Sunday, plus of course the food truck lunch both days (free for pre-registered folks only).  Complete details here. Walk-ins on Saturday will be accepted, but all players who want to play in the first round must be on line to sign in or register by 9:15a on Saturday. Any questions, email  cotsenopen@gmail.com
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hoto: Myungwan Kim 9p at the 2016 Cotsen; photo by Phil Straus

 

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Register now for Cotsen Open to get discount and free lunches

Friday October 6, 2017

With less than two weeks to go to this year’s Cotsen Open, registrations are nearing the 100 mark. Pre-registration is required to get the2017.10.06_2015-cotsen-P1000216 discount on registration and free lunch tickets for Saturday and Sunday. Registration closes on October 19 and the tournament runs October 21-22 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. “Please don’t wait to register,” says Tournament Organizer Christopher Saenz, who also recommends pre-paying using the PayPal link. “This will guarantee making the first round of play as long as you check in with the Tournament Director.”

The annual Cotsen Open is one of the most popular events on the U.S. go calendar, featuring free lunch both days, free shoulder massages, plus a strong field of competitors. Additional attractions this year are a continuous screening of The Surrounding Game on Saturday as well as the pro-pro game with Yilun Yang on Sunday.

Food trucks this year are Kogi Korean BBQ Taco Truck on Saturday and Belly Bombz Korean Wings & Sliders on Sunday.

“This will be a great year. Hope to see you all there!” says Saenz.

photo: enjoying a shoulder massage at 2015 Cotsen Open; photo by Chris Garlock

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Clock ticking on Cotsen Open registration

Sunday September 24, 2017

The pre-registration deadline for this year’s Cotsen Open is now less than a month away. Pre-register here by October 19 for one of the go 2017.09.24_cotsen-2016-IMG_2036calendar’s biggest and most popular events. In addition to the 2-day, 5-round tournament October 21-22 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, this year’s event features a screening of The Surrounding Game, food trucks (free lunch for pre-registered players), the ever-popular masseuses and the Sunday game between Yilun Yang 7P and Qun Yang 8P.

Cotsen organizers are looking for volunteers to help with set-up, check-in and and take-down; email cotsenopen@gmail.com if interested. As usual, the E-Journal will broadcast top-board games; if interested in being on the recording team, email journal@usgo.org (must have laptop with KGS).

photo: Tournament sponsor Eric Cotsen (second from right) considers a move at the 2016 Cotsen Open as Yilun Yang (far right) looks on); photo by Chris Garlock

 

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Cotsen Open registration now open

Thursday June 29, 2017

Registration for the 2017 Cotsen Open is now open. The tournament is set for October 21-22 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. “As 2017.06.28_2016-cotsenalways, you get your registration fee back if you show up to both days, lunch is provided by Eric, and masseuses are available,” reports Tournament Organizer Christopher Saenz. “We are also working on getting a screening of the Surrounding Game.”
photo: at the 2016 Cotsen Open; photo by Chris Garlock

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2017 Cotsen Open dates set

Saturday May 13, 2017

The 2017 Cotsen Open dates have been confirmed for October 21-22 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Registration will open soon,2017.05.13_cotsen-IMG_2035 says Tournament Organizer Christopher Saenz. As usual registration fees will be refunded for all players who show up both days, free lunch is provided by tournament sponsor Eric Cotsen (right), and of course free shoulder massages.

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Cotsen Open seeks local organizer

Sunday April 16, 2017

The Cotsen Open is seeking an organizer for this year’s tournament, coming up in October in Los Angeles. “We need 2017.04.16_cotsen-P1000919someone who is organized, has follow-through, and who loves go,” says previous organizer Samantha Davis, who has moved to Chicago. “I’ll be able to train the right applicant, so you won’t be thrown in the deep end,” Davis adds. This is a paid position. If interested, email CotsenOpen@gmail.com.
photo: 2016 Cotsen Open; photo by Chris Garlock

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Mark Lee Wins Cotsen Open, Sweeping 5-0

Sunday October 23, 2016

Mark Lee won the 2016 Cotsen Open, scoring a decisive 5-0 sweep in which the only real threat came in Round 3 when he2016.10.23_mark-lee-trophy faced “a very hard situation” against Dae Hyuk “Danny” Ko. In the end he prevailed against Ko by resignation, a similar end for most of the rest of his games, earning a second straight Cotsen title. Lee (center) missed this year’s US Open and says he’s been hard at work studying, but not go. He’s a freshman in college now, where he says his favorite subject is geography. “I like it, but it’s not nearly as much fun as go,” he laughed.

In addition to tournament sponsor Eric Cotsen (right), AGA president Andy Okun (left) thanked Ambassador Lee Key Cheol, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles for his strong support for the Cotsen Open. He also thanked Kim Nakjung, Director of the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and Seunghoan Roh, General Manager of the KCCLA, which hosted the Cotsen Open this year. “We really appreciate the longstanding support, not just for this great event, but for promoting go throughout the United States,” said Okun. Cotsen, in addition to thanking all the players for showing up, expressed special appreciation to his  tournament team, “who handled this year’s challenges incredibly well.”

See below for the Cotsen winner report. Click here for the 2016 Cotsen crosstab, where we’ll be posting the top-board games broadcast this weekend on KGS. If you’d like your game record included, please email it to us at journal@usgo.org; be sure to complete all the game information.

2016.10.23Myungwan-Mark Lee 7d vs Danny Ko 7dSix more videos have been posted on the AGA’s YouTube channel, including the Day Two preview with Chris Garlock and Andrew Jackson; Myungwan Kim 9P on the Round 3 game between Mark Lee 7d and Danny Ko 7d, Jennie Shen 2P on the Round 4 game between Mark Lee and Luo Qipeng, Yang Yilun 7p on his exhibition 2016.10.23-tourney-shotgame against Liao Guiyong 9p, Jennie Shen 2P on the Round 5 game between Mark Lee and Chang Duek Je and a wrap-up interview with AGA president Andy Okun. You can check out all the Cotsen Open video reports on this handy 2016 Cotsen playlist.

2016 Cotsen Winner Report
Open winners: 1st: Mark Lee; 2nd: Qipeng Luo; 3rd: Aaron Ye; 4th: Andrew Lu; 5th: Danny Ko; 6th: Deuk Je Chang.
Division A: 1st: Qi-Hao Zhao; 2nd: Mellisa Xuning Zhang; 3rd: Kevin Chao
Division B: 1st: Tim Chang; 2nd: Jesse Jenskins; 3rd: Seowoo Wang
Division C: 1st: Kevin Blaw; 2nd: Yunjen Lee; 3rd: Angelo Orlando Cafazzo
Division D: 1st: Daniel Su; 2nd: Jung Ho Lee; 3rd: Raghavendra Morthy
Division E: 1st: Zongren Huang; 2nd: Alexander Guru; 3rd: Lucia Moscola
Club winners: 1st: Santa Monica, 2nd: Orange County, 3rd: Bay Area
- report/photos by Chris Garlock
Update: this post has been updated to correct the spelling of Qipeng Luo’s name. 

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