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Gangsheng Shi Wins to Join Andy Liu as First AGA Profesionals

Saturday August 4, 2012

Gangsheng Shi (far left) defeated Jianing Gan Saturday morning to become the second US-certified professional in the AGA-TYGEMGO Pro Finals that concluded today in Black Mountain, NC. Shi and Andy Liu won professional certification and $1,500 each in prize money.

“You both played beautifully and really earned this honor,” American Go Association President Allan Abramson (second from left) said at a special welcoming ceremony Saturday afternoon with tournament organizer Myungwan Kim 9P (second from right) and TD Jeff Shaevel (center). Kim outlined the rights and responsibilities of a professional go player to the newly-minted professionals as they sipped organic green tea from US-made cups. “You’re eligible to play in major Korean tournaments as well as other tournaments where US pros are invited,” Kim said. He also discussed the “high expectations” of professional go players, noting that “You are not individual go players any longer, you are now representatives of the AGA and the US go community.” The two nodded solemnly, looking a bit overwhelmed.

“It sounds very exciting,” Liu said, “the KBA has been so very generous to us all.” Added Shi, “I’m very happy for the opportunity to play and I hope that our success will influence more people to play go.” TD Jeff Shaevel agreed, saying that “A lot of people, including right here at the Congress, are looking up to you now. It might seem like the same as a few days ago, but everything’s changed now.”

Here’s the final set of results from the AGA-TYGEMGO Pro Finals, including all standings and prizes. For latest standings and game records, click here and scroll down to Results.

Morning games (8/4):

Promotional League:
7A (Game 2): GANSHENG SHI (W, PRO), Jianing Gan (B, Seed)

Exhibition League:
Game 1: Curtis Tang (W), CALVIN SUN (B)
Game 2: SOOIL KIM (B), Matthew Burrall (W)
Game 3: YUAN ZHOU (B), Edward Kim (W)
Game 4: BILL LIN (B), Andrew Lu (W)
Game 5: JUSTIN TENG (W), Ned Phipps (B)

Final standings and prizes

Promotional League:
PROS: Andy Liu, Gansheng Shi ($1500, each)
SEEDS: Jianing Gan, Eric Lui ($800 each)
ALTERNATES: Jing Yang, Hugh Zhang ($400 each)

Exhibition League:
1st (Final score: 6 points, $300 each) : Curtis Tang, Calvin Sun, Bill Lin
4th (4-4.5 points, $175 each): Andrew Lu, Sooil Kim, Yuan Zhou
7th (3-3.5 points): Justin Teng, Edward Kim, Matthew Burrall, Ned Phipps
11th (2 points): Ben Lockhart

photos: top right: Shi and Liu receive pro certificates from Myungwan Kin 9P and AGA President Allan Abramson as TD Jeff Shaevel looks on (photo by Chris Garlock); middle left: Shi and Liu meet with Kim for a special welcome ceremony  (photo by Chris Garlock); bottom right: the entire AGA-TYGEMGO Pro Finals group; photo by Nik Gonzales, Second Camera, The Surrounding Game

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Andy Liu Wins AGA-TYGEMGO Pro Final to Become First U.S.-Certified Professional

Friday August 3, 2012

Andy Liu defeated Gansheng Shi on Friday morning to become the first US certified go professional, prevailing 2-1 in the final match of the AGA-TYGEMGO Pro tournament. Shi then defeated Jianing Gan Friday afternoon by 1.5 points in the first round of the three-game match to determine the other US certified professional. The second round will be held at 9a Saturday morning, with the third round (if necessary) to be held Saturday afternoon. Both games will be broadcast – with live commentary by Myungwan Kim 9P– on TygemGo Korea1 Server and on KGS. “This was a really exciting Final,” an exhausted Kim told the E-Journal. “All the top finalists were young players, which bodes well for the future of the new American pro system. This Final was not the end,” Kim added. “There’s a lot to do, both domestically and internationally, now that our first two US certified pros have joined the ranks of American professionals.” 

Here are the full results of Friday’s games from the AGA-TYGEMGO Pro Finals. The name in ALL CAPS is the winner (color played, next match). For latest standings and game records, click here and scroll down to Results.

Morning games (8/3):

Promotional League:
4A (Game 3): ANDY LIU (B, PRO), Gansheng Shi (B, 7A)

Exhibition League:
Game 1: CURTIS TANG (W), Andrew Lu (B)
Game 2: CALVIN SUN (W), Sooil Kim (B)
Game 3: BILL LIN (B), Hugh Zhang (W)
Game 4: EDWARD KIM (W), Justin Teng (B)
Game 5: MATTHEW BURRALL (B), Ben Lockhart (W)
Game 6: NED PHIPPS (W), Yuan Zhou (B)

Afternoon games:
7A (Game 1): GANSHENG SHI (B), Jianing Gan (W)

Saturday’s (8/4) schedule:

Morning game:
7A (Game 2): Gansheng Shi, Jianing Gan

Exhibition League
Game 1: Curtis Tang, Calvin Sun
Game 2: Sooil Kim, Matthew Burrall
Game 3: Yuan Zhou, Edward Kim
Game 4: Bill Lin, Andrew Lu
Game 5: Justin Teng, Ned Phipps

Afternoon schedule:
7A (Game 3, if needed): Gansheng Shi, Jianing Gan

photo at right: TD Jeff Shaevel congratulates Liu; photos (left) by Nik Gonzales, Second Camera, The Surrounding Game

International Go Symposium Kicks Off Saturday: Nolan Bushnell Keynotes, Online Streaming Available

Friday August 3, 2012

The International Go Symposium kicks off a full schedule of presentations on the history and culture of the game of go at 9a (EST) Saturday morning in Washburn Hall at the US Go Congress in Black Mountain, NC. The Symposium – sponsored by the International Go Federation, the American Go Foundation and the American Go Association – will also be streamed live online.  Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, the first computer game maker, will deliver the event’s keynote speech at 7:30p. photo: Symposium organizer Peter Shotwell (in flowered shirt) and Symposium Videographer Terry Benson (in cap) setting up Friday; photo by Chris Garlock

International Go Symposium Schedule for Saturday, August 4 (the second and final day is Sunday, August 5); A = Attending Congress; S = Skype presentation

9:00    Chen Zuyuan  History  S
The Evolution of Japanese Territory and Chinese Area Scoring Since the Tang Dynasty

9:45    Jacques Basaldua  Computer  S
Advances in M-eval: A Multivariate Evaluation Function for Opening Positions in Computer Go

10:30  Peter Schumer  Teaching  A
Design of a College Go Course

11:15 IsraelRodriguez Nava  Culture  S
Cultural Considerations in the Spread of Go in Western Countries

12:00-1:00  Lunch break

 

1:00  Bill Spight  Go Theory  S
How to EstimateTerritory: Research into the Influence of Immortal, Partially Immortal, and Dead Stones, and the Estimation of Territory on the 3×3 Board

1:45  Francois van Niekerk  Computer  S
New Work on MCTS Parallelisatio

2:10  Peter Shotwell  Culture
A reading of the short version of “Historical Hypotheses and Facts About the Game of Go inVietnam,” a paper by Konstantin Bayraktarov of Bulgaria

2:15  Peter Shotwell Culture
Some Notes on the Possible Origins in Ancient Greeceand Rome(via Bactria) of the Tibetan Custodial Capture Game Mig Mang That Uses Go Stones and Boards 

2:30  Dalsoo, Kim  History  A
A Study of Flower (Star) Points in Go and Other Games

3:15  Kyle Blocher  Go Theory  A
The Value of Moves: Sente, Gote, and Combinatorial Game Theory

4:00  Ichiro Tanioka  History
The Origin of 19×19 Go-boards inChina

4:45  Dae-won Suh  Greeting

7:30  Nolan Bushnell  Keynote Speech
Peter Armenia, Paul Celmer & Peter Freedman
Moving Go From the Cultural Backgrouond to Center Stage

 

US Go Congress Update: US Open Check-In Required

Friday August 3, 2012

Hundreds of go players will converge on the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC today for eight days of go at the 2012 U.S. Go Congress. Congress registration is in the Blue Ridge Center lobby area. Click here for 2012 Go Congress Handbook, the 43-page guide to the biggest U.S. go event of the year. The pocket-sized handbook – easily viewable online as well as on your handheld device — provides a comprehensive guide to the complete schedule of dozens of activities, from daily tournaments to pro lectures, as well as special events this year, including the first International Go Symposium to be held in North America, the Keith Arnold Challenge, Mountain Top Go, a Friday Night Campfire, pig picking and live bluegrass music. Also included are brief bios of the 17 professionals attending, a handy “Week at a Glance” overview, and site maps.

US Open Check-In: “If you are planning on playing in the US Open, and you are arriving during normal registration hours on Saturday, I’ll be seeing you there to confirm your participation in the tournament,” says U.S. Open TD Karoline Burrall. “You will need to check in with the US Open TD by 9pm. However, if you are arriving late on Saturday (after 9pm), you will need to check in for the tournament by sending me a quick email at tournaments@gocongress.org or by calling at 919-809-7397.” Anyone who does not check in with a TD to confirm participation in the US Open, will not be paired for Round 1 on Sunday morning.

Photo: Congress Directors Paul Celmer (l) and Peter Armenia (r) unload Congress materials on Friday afternoon; photo by Chris Garlock

AGA Announces New Pandanet-AGA City League

Friday August 3, 2012

On the heels of the successful Tygem Pro Test Tournament, which wraps up Saturday, the AGA has just announced another new fully-sponsored tournament.  The inaugural Pandanet-AGA City League will officially kick off during the 2012 US Go Congress, which begins this Saturday in Black Mountain, NC. “This an exciting new event and we expect it’ll become an important part of the American tournament scene,” said AGA President Allan Abramson. Funded by Pandanet, the tournament is formatted similarly to the Chinese and Korean City Leagues: each team consists of three active players, one alternate and one captain, representing a city or region in North America.  Players may be either pros or amateurs.  The top six teams are placed into an “A” League and will play a double round-robin with each other throughout the year on the International Go Server (IGS).  Other teams are placed into a “B” League and possibly a third, “C” League.  The top finisher in the B League moves up to the A League after each season, replacing the bottom A League team.  In addition to generous cash prizes provided by Pandanet, teams are encouraged to seek their own local sponsors to provide the team with travel, training, celebration and community events, and game-fees. “The primary goal of the City League is to provide a new opportunity for pros and strong amateurs to play,” reports AGA Tournament Coordinator Karoline Burrall. “A second goal is to generate regional interest and build up small, grassroots support for go in the North America. Watch for further announcements during the Go Congress and start organizing your own team now!”

AGA-Tygem Pro Finals: Thursday Rounds Report (& Maeda Sneak Peek)

Thursday August 2, 2012

Here are the full results of Thursday’s games from the AGA-TYGEMGO Pro Finals. The name in ALL CAPS is the winner (color played, next match). NOTE: Myungwan Kim 9P is doing live daily game commentaries at 10:30a and 5:30p EST on the TygemGo Korea1 Server; some games are also being broadcast on KGS. For latest standings and game records, click here and scroll down to Results.

Morning games:

Promotional League:
4A (Game 1): ANDY LIU (W), Gansheng Shi (B)
6A (Game 1): Eric Lui (B), JIANING GAN (W)

Exhibition League:
Game 1: Jing Yang (B), CURTIS TANG (W)
Game 2: CALVIN SUN (B), Yuan Zhou (W)
Game 3: Sooil Kim (W), BILL LIN (B)
Game 4: Edward Kim (W), ANDREW LU (B)
Game 5: MATTHEW BURRALL (B), Ned Phipps (W)
Game 6: Ben Lockhart (B), JUSTIN TENG (W)

Afternoon games:

4A (Game 2): Andy Liu (B), GANSHENG SHI (W)
6A (Game 2): Eric Lui (W, Seed), JIANING GAN (B, 7A)

Exhibition League: SURPRISE EXTRA ROUND!
Game 1: CURTIS TANG (W), Bill Lin (B)
Game 2: CALVIN SUN (W), Hugh Zhang (B)
Game 3: SOOIL KIM (B), Edward Kim (W)
Game 4:, ANDREW LU (B), Justin Teng (W)
Game 5: Matthew Burrall (W), YUAN ZHOU (B)
Game 6: Ben Lockhart (W), NED PHIPPS (B)

Tomorrow AM:
4A (Game 3): Andy Liu, Gansheng Shi
(+Exhibition games TBD)

Photo: Professional Maeda Ryo gave lectures and played simuls with players in Boulder and Denver, Colorado this week before continuing to the Go Congress later this week; photo courtesy Karen Jordan

AGA-Tygem Pro Finals: Wednesday Rounds Report

Wednesday August 1, 2012

Results of Wednesday’s games from the AGA-TYGEMGO Pro Finals. The name in ALL CAPS is the winner (color played, next match).

Wednesday morning (8/1): 3B (Game 3): GANSHENG SHI (B, 4A), Hugh Zhang (W, Exhibition)

Wednesday afternoon: Exhibition League
Game 1: Ned Phipps (B), JUSTIN TENG (W)
Game 2: Edward Kim (W), CURTIS TANG (B)
Game 3: BILL LIN (W), Yuan Zhou (B)
Game 4: Matthew Burrall (W), SOOIL KIM (B)
Game 5: CALVIN SUN (B), Ben Lockhart (W)

Thursday, 8/2 AM schedule:

Promotional League:
4A (Game 1): Andy Liu, Gansheng Shi
6A (Game 1): Eric Lui, Jianing Gan

Exhibition League:
Game 1: Jing Yang, Curtis Tang
Game 2: Calvin Sun, Yuan Zhou
Game 3: Sooil Kim, Bill Lin
Game 4: Edward Kim, Andrew Lu
Game 5: Matthew Burrall, Ned Phipps
Game 6: Ben Lockhart, Justin Teng

Thursday, 8/2 PM schedule:
4A (Game 2): Andy Liu, Gansheng Shi
6A (Game 2): Eric Lui, Jianing Gan

U.S. Go Congress Updates: Getting There; MD Team Seeks Players; Game Recorders, Tennis Players and Soccer Fans Wanted; Club Team Tourney Reminder

Wednesday August 1, 2012

With the 2012 U.S. Go Congress just a few days away, organizers are putting the final touches on the biggest go event of the year.

“Be assured there are many industrious, creative, and energetic volunteers (as well as a few tired ones) working every day to make your Congress experience well beyond the ordinary,” says Congress Registrar Arlene Bridges. “Many unique events and activities await you that do not usually happen at a Go Congress.”

“But first,” Bridges adds, “you have to get there.” Click here to review a handy Congress Welcome PDF“to help you get to the Congress site on time and prepared to play!” The 20-page PDF includes info on what to bring, check-in details, Congress contacts, driving directions and a site map of the Blue Ridge Assembly (84 Blue Ridge Circle,  Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711)

Meanwhile, “there are still seats left on the Maryland team for the Wisonet State Team Go Tournament!” reports AGA TD Coordinator Karoline Burrall. “There is room left for one kyu-level player, three dan-level players, and one alternate player between 5k and 4 dan.” If you live in Maryland and want to compete against teams from New York, New Jersey, California, Virginia, and North Carolina, email Burrall at stateteamtournament@gmail.com by Friday, August 3. The 5-round tournament runs afternoons (2:30pm) on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

And American Go E-Journal Managing Editor reports that “The E-Journal has room for a few more game recorders next week at the U.S. Go Congress!” If you’d like to be part of the team that brings the Congress to the rest of the world, email journal@usgo.org. Garlock also invites racquet-wielding go players to join him for stress-relieving tennis sessions early each morning and in the mid-afternoon, when soccer maven Terry Benson will also be organizing pick-up soccer matches. See the Congress handbook for details.

Haskell and Rachel Small, co-directors of the Club Team Tournament, remind Congress-goers that “Any AGA-sanctioned Go club can field three players as a team. This year, clubs can only field one team. All teams will compete in each of the four rounds at 3pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Sign up by 1pm on Sunday the 5th!”


Got Congress updates? Email them to us at journal@usgo.org!

The First AGA-Tygem Pro Finals: A Game Recorder’s View

Wednesday August 1, 2012

The First AGA – Tygem Pro Finals — under way now in Black Mountain, North Carolina — are double-elimination. After the first round the contests are best-of-three matches. After his first loss a player drops to the second band; but the leader of the 2nd band, who at the end will have had only one loss, will play a match with the loser of the championship match, who also will have had only one loss, to determine second place.  That’s important because second place will be the second American certified professional.

Andy Liu has been a steam roller; not only has he won all his matches, but he has won all his games, winning matches two-zip vs Janing Gan and Eric Lui. As I write this, Gan-Sheng Shi (who beat Jing Yang 2-1 the previous round) is playing Hugh Zhang (who beat Yuan Zhou 2-1) in their third-game playoff (they split yesterday) for the right to challenge Andy Liu for the championship. Either way a bloodied veteran will confront a locomotive in what will have to be a great battle.

I can see why recording other’s games is so important in go pedagogy: you have to spot the move before the opponent replies. A few moves played in rapid succession, which can happen abruptly at any time, can make the move order mystifying even if you catch up to the current position. So the recorder must effectively play the game, identifying candidate moves and sorting them, so he can recognize the move and record it before play progresses too far. It’s quite a bit of work, but it’s fascinating. You are putting yourself in the head of another player, as in Rengo (Pair Go). The two games I recorded yesterday wore me out about as much as if I had played two rounds myself.

Fortunately, sitting in a rocking chair on a cottage veranda in the cool night-time breeze at the end of the day, overlooking the wooded ravine passing among the cottages here in Black Mountain, relaxes beautifully.
- Peter St. John, Triangle Go Group; photo: game recorder Terry McIntyre at the AGA-Tygem Finals; photo by Nik Gonzales, Second Camera, The Surrounding Game

Editor’s Note: The E-Journal has room for a few more game recorders next week at the U.S. Go Congress! If you’d like to be part of the team that brings the Congress to the rest of the world, email us at journal@usgo.org

 

 

AGA-Tygem Pro Finals: Tuesday Rounds Report

Tuesday July 31, 2012

NOTE: Myungwan Kim 9P is doing live daily game commentaries at 10:30a and 5:30p EST (note updated times!) on the TygemGo Korea1 Server; some games are also being broadcast on KGS. For latest standings and game records, click here and scroll down to Results.

Here are the full results of Tuesday’s games from the AGA-TYGEMGO Pro Finals.  The name in ALL CAPS is the winner (color played, next match).

Tuesday morning (7/31):
3A (Game 1): ANDY LIU (W), Eric Lui (B)
3B (Game 1): Hugh Zhang (W), GANSHENG SHI (B)
3C: Calvin Sun (B, Exhibition), JING YANG (W, 4B)
3D: Ben Lockhart (B, Exhibition), YUAN ZHOU (W, 4B)
3E: CURTIS TANG (W, 3E), Sooil Kim (B, Exhibition)
3F: Andrew Lu (W, Exhibition), JIANING GAN (B, 4C)

Tuesday evening:
Promotional League:
3A (Game2): ANDY LIU (B), Eric Lui (W) [Andy gets Wednesday off]
3B (Game 2): HUGH ZHANG (B), Gansheng Shi (W)  [Game 3: only morning game tomorrow!]
4B: JING YANG (W, 5A), Yuan Zhou (B, Exhibition)
4C: Curtis Tang (B, Exhibition), JIANING GAN (W, 5B)

Exhibition League (round 4):
Game 1: Calvin Sun (B), BILL LIN (W)
Game 2: Sooil Kim (W), ANDREW LU (B)
Game 3: EDWARD KIM (W), Ned Phipps (B)
Game 4: MATTHEW BURRALL (W), Justin Teng (B)

photo by Nik Gonzales, Second Camera, The Surrounding Game