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Redmond Cup Champions Return to Defend Their Titles Against New Challengers

Sunday July 22, 2018

Aaron Ye pictureThe 25th Redmond Cup preliminaries, for the strongest young players in North America, were held on KGS between March and June and ended with both of last year’s champions, Aaron Ye 7d and Ary Cheng 6d sweeping the Senior and Junior divisions respectively. Their challengers this year are Aaron’s longtime rival Jeremy Chiu 7d, and a newcomer to the Finals in the Junior, Frederick Bao 4d. Ye and Chiu competed against each other in the Finals of the Junior Division in 2014, with Ye taking the crown. Both kids have represented the US in international tournaments numerous times, and are the current stars of the North American youth scene. Learn more about the two Senior Division players below:

Aaron Ye (at left) is 16-years old and from Cupertino, California. He started playing go at the age of 6, and won the Junior Division of the US Youth Go Championships for three years in a row from 2010-2012. He went on to represent the US at the World Youth Go Championships three times, where he achieved 4th in 2011 and 6th in 2012 in the Junior Division ,and 3rd place in the 2016 Senior division. In addition, he represented the US in the Liming Cup and the World Amateur Go Championships. To add even further to his list of achievements, he achieved the title of Redmond Meijin in 2017 for winning the Redmond Cup five times–a feat that had only been accomplished by two other players in the history of the tournament. If he can hoist the championship trophy once more this year, he will have won the title more years than anyone else.

These days, Aaron doesn’t have much time to study go, but he plays casual games with his friends in his spare time and teaches go at a local Chinese school. For this upcoming match, Aaron told the EJ, “[Jeremy and I] had played many games in the past and through those games, I can tell that Jeremy is a talented player. I respect him a lot and wish him good luck for the game.” Outside of Go, Aaron enjoys playing tennis and watching Chinese dramas, particularly recommending Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms.

Jeremy Chiu pictureJeremy Chiu (at right) is 16-years old and from San Jose, California. He started playing go at the age of 5 through a class at his local Chinese school, and studies under Mingjiu Jiang 7p. While under the shadow of Aaron Ye’s dominance for many years in the US Youth Junior scene, he finally managed to defeat his rival in the Junior Division of the US Youth Go Championships, and placed 5th later that year in the World Youth Go Championships Junior Division. Chiu later represented the US again in the Senior Division of the World Youth Go Championships in 2015, where he placed 6th, as well as in the 2016 Korean Prime Ministers Cup and the 2016 International Amateur Pair Go Championships. Chiu is no stranger to success in the Redmond Cup, having won the Senior Division in 2016. He now has another chance to take down his rival this year.

Aside from taking lessons from Mingjiu Jiang 7p, Jeremy studies go by playing on Tygem and Fox and using AI to assist him with reviewing his games. When tournaments are coming up, he also does some tsumego and watches commentated games from his favorite pro, Meng Tailing 6p, on WeiqiTV. Jeremy credits AI for being an invaluable tool for analyzing positions, and says that it has had a large influence on his tendencies in the opening. He hopes to be able to perform better in tournaments, represent the US more in international tournaments, and one day become a professional Go player. When asked for his thoughts about this match, he said, “Aaron is and has always been a tough but fun opponent to play against; his aggressive style and precise reading often launches our games into intense fights. I’m hoping we’ll play some exciting games!” Outside of go, he participates in math competitions, the Future Business Leaders of America club, and enjoys playing the violin, piano, and video games.

In the Junior Division, 12-year old Ary Cheng 6d from Sunnyvale, California is defending his title for the 4th consecutive year, holding a dominating 6-1 record across his previous Finals matches. His 4th unique opponent, 11-year Frederick Bao 4d from Bethesda, Maryland, will take his first shot at dethroning the current king of the Junior scene.

The first round of the best-of-three Redmond Cup Finals kicks off at the 2018 US Go Congress on 7/22 at 3 pm with live video commentary by Eric Lui 1p and the Honorary Keith Arnold 4d, as well as a live broadcast of both divisions’ Finals games on KGS. Stay tuned to find out whether Aaron Ye can distinguish himself as a legend, or if Jeremy Chiu can close the curtains on Aaron’s reign. -Justin Teng, Redmond TD

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Sudden death at the 9×9 tournament

Sunday July 22, 2018

The evening unrated tournament series at the U.S. Go Congress kicked off Saturday night with the 9×9 tournament, directed by 2018.07.21 9x9 tourneyPete Schumer, who just returned from Maeda’s summer go camp in Japan. Fifty three players, with ranks ranging all the way from 30 kyu to 7 dan, were split into tables of six to play a round robin of five games to determine a winner for each table to move on to the playoff rounds. 9×9 games are generally pretty short, but with just an hour to complete the tournament (the building was closing at 10pm), the time limit on the games was just 6 minutes for each player, with no overtime. Moving on to the playoffs will be: Aaron Ye 7d, Do Khanh Bing 5d, Nick Sibicky 4d, Vo Minh Duy 4d, Jake Game 1d, Terry Wong 2 k, Eli Fenster 5k, John Christensen 13k, and Bethany Nyborg 18k. Stay tuned for updates on playoff results.
- Matt Burrall; photo by Chris Garlock

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2018 U.S. Go Congress launches in Williamsburg

Sunday July 22, 2018

Heavy daylong rains may have slowed the arrival in Williamsburg, VA of some of the hundreds of go players at the 2018 U.S. Go 2018.07.21_go-congress-fife-drumCongress, but it didn’t dampen their spirits in the slightest, as old friends and new connected and hit the boards. New York City swept DC in the finals of the Pandanet City League — watch for full details soon — and the first round of the 9×9 tournament was held after the opening ceremonies. The U.S. Open commences at 9a sharp Sunday morning;  watch live on Twitch or YouTube and there will also be live pro commentary on KGS.  Plus check out lots of photos and reports on Facebook and Twitter and the free Congress mobile app not only has all the information attendees need  — including latest schedule updates, pairings and more — but a cool social stream as well, where we’ll be posting additional photos and reports, handy for anyone in the world who wants to see what’s going on at this popular event. photo: a fife and drum corps welcomes go players to historic Williamsburg; report/photo by Chris Garlock

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U.S. Go Congress coverage on all platforms

Saturday July 21, 2018

The 34th U.S. Go Congress gets underway this weekend in Williamsburg, VA. Follow all the action on the AGA website, on our2018.07.21_USGC_EJThumbnail Facebook and Twitter pages, in the daily E-Journal and be sure to check out our video broadcasting coverage of all major tournaments, including the 9-round US Masters, Redmond Cup Finals, Pandanet AGA City League Finals and Pair Go Finals, on our official Twitch channel – where the USGC broadcasts will be featured — as well as on our YouTube channel. “This year, we will be mainly focusing on the Twitch chat, so make sure you join the conversation there!” says Stephen Hu. 

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Boot-camp for absolute beginners at Go Congress

Wednesday July 18, 2018

If you’re spouse, friend, or parent of a go player attending the U.S. Go Congress this year, the annual gathering is offering 2018.07.18_AndyLiusomething new: a way for beginning go players to rapidly get up to speed. Led by Andy Liu 1P (left), building on techniques he has evolved in teaching beginners2018.07.18_congress-app, the boot-camp strives to get brand new players near the single-digit kyu level by the week.

Perhaps you’ve wanted to learn and participate but felt intimidated; this is a friendly environment just for you. The camp meets every afternoon (except Wednesday) between lunch and dinner. Come for the entire experience or drop in for a day or two.

There’s still time to register for Congress. You can find more details about this event and all the great things happening at Congress too by downloading the free mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

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Baum Prizes Launch at US Go Congress

Monday July 16, 2018

20160515B001An all new fund to promote play between kids and adults has been set up through the AGF, the Baum Prizes.  Leonard Baum passed away last August (see EJ 6-19-18) his daughter Stefi wanted to do something to honor her father’s love of go, and approached the AGF about setting up a long term endowment. “Leonard Baum loved playing (and often losing to) young kids,” writes AGF President Terry Benson. “The idea of the Baum Prizes is to encourage play across generations. Grandfathers often are the most successful teachers of go (and other games) to children. Thus, all games considered for these prizes must have a minimum age difference of 40 years.”  Games will all be self paired at the US Go Congress, and any games that meet the criteria are eligible, both rated and non. Kids (and adults) who rack up the most games will win $50 in gift certificates to the go vendors at congress (kids will also get a medal).  The prizes will begin at this year’s congress, and will be held every year.  The full rules can be found in the official Go Congress App, under Special Events on the schedule.  There are eight prize categories:

1) Youth under 12 who plays the largest number of adults – The Badger
2) Youth age 12 to 15 who plays the largest number of adults – The Grasshopper
3) Young player who beats the largest number of adults – The Elder Slayer
4) Young player who beats the largest number of dan level adults – The Dan Destroyer 5) Adult who plays the most games – The Old Hand
6) Adult who loses the most games – The Encourager
7) Adult who gives the most 9 stone (or higher) teaching games – The Teacher
Reach Across the Ages prizes:
8A, 8B, 8C) Three prizes of $20 Go Bucks each ($10 per player) and a medal for the youth player for the three games with the greatest age diference – Reach Across the Ages A, B, & C. -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. 

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Go Spotting: Kanda House in Shirakawa-go

Monday July 16, 2018

After participating in the 6th annual Osaka Go Camp, Vermont go player Peter Schumer headed to the remote mountain village of Shirakawa-go. 2018.07.16_Shirakawa-go Japan Go board-IMG_3426“Due to the recent rains and landslides it was difficult to get there since no trains are operating in the area at this point,” reports Schumer (below, left, in blue shirt). “The village is known for its old A-framed thatch-roofed homes that are well suited for their snowy winters. One that I entered was a four-story structure known as 2018.07.16_schumer-osaka-camp-IMG_3166the Kanda House.  Inside along with other special household items on display was the family’s go board and stones.  Suddenly I felt very much at home!”

Schumer says the Osaka Go Camp, run by Ryo Maeda 6P, who will be attending this year’s U.S. Go Congress, “was a great success as always,” with about 30 participants from Japan, China, Thailand, Australia, France, Germany, Canada and the United States. “This was my fourth time attending and it’s always fun and very worthwhile.”

 

 

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U.S. Go Congress: Tennis yes, ping pong no, soccer maybe

Monday July 16, 2018

Tennis courts are available at this year’s US Go Congress and EJ Managing Editor Chris Garlock welcomes players of all levels for2018.07.16_phil-chris-football field early-morning and afternoon sessions during the Congress (email him at journal@usgo.org to coordinate). While there is, sadly, no ping pong, there is an excellent soccer field available if someone wants to coordinate the usual 4:30pm games; email journal@usgo.org if you’re interested!

photo: preparing for the 2022 World Cup; photo by Phil Straus

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Game recorders wanted

Wednesday July 11, 2018

The American Go E-Journal has a few openings on its 2018 US Go Congress team. Anyone interested in helping 2018.07.11_2016Congress-IMG_0359record/broadcast top-board games at the US Open/Masters should email journal@usgo.org. Prior experience is useful but not absolutely necessary. You must be available either mornings (Sun-Sat) or evenings (Sunday, Monday, or Friday). “We also need a couple recorders for the Pandanet City League Finals at 3pm on Saturday (July 21) afternoon,” says E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. “This is a great chance to get an up—close look at top-board games at a major tournament and be a part of the team bringing this event to the world.”
photo: Board 1 at the 2016 US Go Congress

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Andy Liu and Ryan Li to team up with Facebook’s ELF OpenGo in Pair Go exhibition

Wednesday July 11, 2018

Facebook’s OpenGo, which defeated top-30 professional players 14-0 before its debut in May, will join forces with humanity in 2018.07.11 andy-ryanan Andy+OpenGo vs. Ryan+OpenGo Pair Go Match at the upcoming U.S. Go Congress. Liu and Li will be competing for a substantial $3000 prize. American players will be familiar with both players, who have provided spectacular matches at major North American tournaments and U.S. Go 2018.07.11_open-goCongresses for years, even before they became professionals and distinguished themselves in international tournaments. This event will provide a fascinating window into how each of them adapts to playing alongside OpenGo. The match will take place at the Go Congress on Tuesday, July 24th, at 7 PM in the Commonwealth auditorium in the Sadler Center. There will be plenty of seats available. The match will be covered by a commentary team of Chris Garlock partnered with a to-be-determined pro.

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