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Improving, One Stitch at a Time

Wednesday August 27, 2014

Terri Schurter 9K posted her best-ever US Go Congress tournament results this year, taking second place in the 9K division. The2014.08.25_Schurter-artwork 2014.08.25_Terri-Schurter-DSC_0091retired high school art teacher (at left) from Ewing, New Jersey, is a longtime go player who’s taken up fiber arts in retirement and could be seen calmly stitching together hexagonal pieces of fabric throughout the weeklong Congress. “I decided to document my stitching by photographing my progress each day on a go board,” she writes on her Hexy Lady blog. “I think that stitching throughout the week calmed my nerves,” Schurter told the E-Journal. “I find it to be a form of meditation, so it may have helped me to maintain a calm mind.  Stitching during games is of questionable value, though sometimes I could not resist the urge with adequate time on my clock.”
photos by Chris Garlock (left) and Terri Schurter

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US Open & Masters Division Crosstabs Updated; Game Records Still Wanted

Monday August 25, 2014

The 2014 US Open crosstab has been updated with nearly 60 game records sent in by players. Deadline for submitting 2014.08.24_Dahye-Lee-US-Open-photogame records is this Friday, August 29; email them to journal@usgo.org. Games must be in sgf format with all game info complete, including both players’ full names, and the round number(s); also be sure to name the file in this format: US-Open_Rd1-Su-Kierulf (white player first). The US Open Masters Division crosstab has also been updated with game records of the top-board games.
photo: at the US Open; photo by Dahye Lee

Pair Go Photo Album Posted

Sunday August 24, 2014

Photographer Sarah Small’s album of 31 images of the 2014 US Pair Go Championships is now posted on the AGA’s Facebook page. 2014.08.24_PairGo-Small_0107Small brings an original and creative eye to the highly popular go variant first introduced in 1990.
photo by Sarah Small  

SAWMG/Pandanet Online Tournament Registration Opens

Saturday August 23, 2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 SportAccord World Mind Games – Pandanet Online Tournament. This year’s go tournament, 2014.08.23_wmg online tournament_all_platforms_v2held jointly with Chess.com and BridgeBase.com, includes different bands and multiple winners in each band.  Generous cash prizes will be awarded, along with other prizes such as tablet computers, Swatches, digital cameras, etc.  In addition, SportAccord will provide weekly lottery prizes for all players who played in any given week, including computers, TV’s, etc.  Click here for details.

Deadline Extended for Submitting US Open Game Records

Friday August 22, 2014

Response to our request for US Open (or Masters Division) game records from last week’s US Go Congress has been so enthusiastic that we’re extending the deadline 2014.08.22_US-Open-players-Nate-Eagleone week. Over 50 games have already been sent in for posting to the official US Open crosstab, so you can check out how your friends (and/or opponents) played (sometimes with variations and comments from pros at the Congress). Games must be in sgf format with all game info complete, including both players’ full names, and the round number(s); also be sure to name the file in this format: US-Open_Rd1-Su-Kierulf (white player first). Email game records by midnight next Friday, August 29 to journal@usgo.org.
- photo by Nate Eagle

More US Open Game Records Wanted

Wednesday August 20, 2014

Reminder to players in last week’s US Open (or Masters Division) tournaments to send in your game record(s) and we’ll add it (them) to the 2014.08.20_Kierulf-Nate-Eagleofficial US Open crosstab. Thanks to Anders Kierulf (at right), Keith Arnold, Andrew Hall and William Luff for sending in their games. Games must be in sgf format with all game info complete, including both players’ full names, and the round number(s); also be sure to name the file in this format: US-Open_Rd1-Su-Kierulf (white player first). Email game records by this Friday, August 22 to journal@usgo.org.
- photo by Nate Eagle

E-Journal Congress Team Credits

Monday August 18, 2014

The 2014 E-Journal Congress Team provided expanded coverage of this year’s US Go Congress, from top player previews before a single Congress stone was played to live online broadcasts of top boards at all nine rounds of the new US Open Masters Division, as well as more in-depth reporting on other non-US Open/Masters Congress 2014.08.18_EJ Team 5 mediumtournaments. This year for the first time the EJ added social media, posting lots of updates and photos on Twitter @theaga and on Facebook, attaining an almost 10,000 reach on Facebook over the course of the week, an impressive 600% increase. Click here for all the EJ Go Congress reports.

This year’s EJ Congress team was led by Managing Editor Chris Garlock, with Todd Heidenreich,  Assistant Managing Editor and  Steve Colburn, Tech/Game Recorder Support. Joining the team this year was Tournament Liaison/Reporter Karoline Li, who brought much-needed depth and breadth to the EJ’s coverage of other Congress tournaments. Paul Barchilon once again coordinated youth coverage, including both EJ reporting and KGS broadcasts of youth games. KGS continues to be a tremendous partner, with admin extraordinaire Akane Negishi (sweety) and her team of KGS admins, including Sadaharu Wakisaka onsite at the Congress. Masters Division games with audio commentary are available for a limited time free on KGS Plus; look under “Recent Lectures” under USGO5.

The EJ game recording team was anchored as usual by the indefatigable Dennis Wheeler, who, along with Richard Dolen and Nathan Borggren, broadcast the morning US Open Masters Division games.  The evening broadcast team included Andrew Jackson, Bart Jacob, Dave Weimer, Nate Eagle and Diego Pierrottet, as well as Wheeler, Dolen and Borggren. Solomon Smilack was on the evening recording team and also did the Friday night live pro commentary simulcast.

Photographer Phil Straus did his usual fabulous job capturing indelible images of the Go Congress, and this year we were able to feature many more of them in a terrific series of albums on the AGA’s Facebook page. Sarah Small covered the Pair Go tournament and her album is also posted on the AGA Facebook page.

Many thanks to the professional go players who participated in the E-Journal’s live audio commentaries on KGS this year; this was a new and very well-received effort, thanks to He Xie 9P, Feng Yun 9P, Myungwan Kim 9P, Jungsang Park 9P, Yilun Yang 7P, Jennie Shen 2P, Stephanie (Mingming) Yin 1P and Shirley (Xuefen) Lin 1P.  Thanks to Pro Coordinator I-Han Lui for smoothly coordinating everything and to Daniel Chou and Kevin Hwang for translations.

Special thanks to the tournament directors who worked hard on the Congress tournaments and worked closely with the EJ team to report results throughout the week: Chris Sira for the US Open; Boris Bernadsky, Jon Boley, and Chris Kirschner, US Open Masters Division; Joshua Lee for 9×9; Jim Hlavka for 13×13; Keith Arnold for the Lightning; Todd Heidenreich for Pair Go; Will Lockhart for the Die Hard; Lisa Scott for the Women’s Tournament; Nader Goubran for Midnight Madness; Michael Fodera for the Self-Paired; and Terry Benson for Crazy Go.
- photos (and collage) by Phil Straus, except for the photo of Straus, which is by Steve Colburn, and the photos of Hwang and Pierrottet, by Chris Garlock.
Photo (top row, l-r): Garlock, Negishi, Dolen, Jacob; second row: Jackson, Colburn, Wheeler, Wakisaka; third row: Heidenreich, Sira, Borggren, Barchilon; fourth row: Weimer, Kevin Hwang, Nate Eagle, Diego Pierrottet; fifth row: Boley, Li, Small; bottom row: Smilack, Bernadsky, Straus.

Remembering Sasaki Tadashi 8P

Sunday August 17, 2014

A large crowd of somber friends shared memories of a great teacher at a memorial held last Friday evening for Sasaki Tadashi 8P, who2014.08.17_Sasaki-memorial-service died last month at 51 (In Memoriam: Sasaki Tadashi 8P 7/28 EJ & The Power Report 7/30 EJ). Players loved the bubbly humor underneath Sasaki sensei’s stoic exterior. Teaching never seemed like work to him, such was his love of the game. Players will also remember him for Baseball Go and his way of comparing territory to countries. During simultaneous games he would give away stones for komi when students made mistakes, and ask for it back when they made good moves. Sasaki sensei brought a lightness to go in the US, and he will be missed.
- Solomon Smilack; photo by Phil Straus

US Open Game Records Wanted

Sunday August 17, 2014

Send in your US Open (or Masters Division) game record(s) in sgf format with all game info complete, including both players’ full names, and the round 2014.08.17_Game-Recording-DSC_0021number(s), and we’ll add it (them) to the official US Open crosstab. Email game records – by Friday, August 22 – to journal@usgo.org.
- photo by Chris Garlock

Mark Lee 7D Sweeps 9-0 to Win US Open Masters; Go Congress Wrap-Up

Saturday August 16, 2014

2014.08.16_Lee, MarkMark Lee 7D (Lee Sang Hyeop) defeated Songyan Jiao 7D in just 208 moves on Saturday morning to sweep the 2014 US Open Masters2014.08.16_Lee-Myungwan Division, 9-0. Conner Li 3P took second with 7 wins followed by Matthew Hu 2P in third place also with 7 wins. With 6 wins each, fourth place went to Songyan Jiao 7D, Ryan Li 7D took fifth, Andy Liu 1P took sixth, and Calvin Sun 1P took 7th. “My opponents were very tough but I think maybe I was a little lucky,” the modest 17-year-old former insei from Korea told the E-Journal after his final win. “After my first couple of wins I was able to build my confidence.” Lee (left) said that he was so focused on playing his best in each game that “I wasn’t really thinking about winning the championship, so it’s just now starting to sink in.” The Masters is the first title that Lee, who studied with Myungwan Kim 9P (at left, with Lee, reviewing Saturday’s game) when he was younger, has won since he was 11. “It was clear to me (back then) that he was very talented and smart and had a lot of potential,” said Kim. Lee, who’s thinking about moving to the US, will be visiting Kim in Los Angeles for a few months this autumn,  teaching go and studying English, and plans to compete in the Cotsen Open at the end of October. “As a former insei, he dedicated his whole life to studying go to be a pro,” said Kim. “While it may be still an ongoing project he hopes to find some other meaningful work in his new life in the US.” Click here for the Masters crosstab. NOTE: Masters Division games with audio commentary are available for a limited time free on KGS Plus; look under “Recent Lectures” under USGO5. photos by Phil Straus (right) and Chris Garlock (left)

US Open: top winners (6/7D): 1st: (tie) Xiaotian Hu & Xuyu Xiang; 3rd: Daniel Chou; click here for complete winner’s list. NEW THIS YEAR: Send us your US2014.08.16_13x13 Open game record in sgf format with all game info complete, including both players’ full names, and the round number, and we’ll add it to the official US Open crosstab. Email them – by Friday, August 22 – to journal@usgo.org.


Other Events:
Jeff Wu 5k won the 13×13 kyu championship in a final game with Ann Wu 10k, while April Ye 1D took the dan championship. In the 9×9 tournament, Dirk Riedeman 3D won the dan division, while Matt Mo 10k won both of his playoff games to win the kyu division. Speedy players Yukino Takehara 1k and Will Lockhart 5D progressed furthest in Lightning Tournament’s kyu and dan divisions respectively. Julian Erville 1D took first place in the Midnight Madness, followed by Yukino Takehara 1k in second place, and Jeremy Chiu 6D won first place in the Die Hard Tournament on Wednesday with a perfect four-win record. In the Women’s Tournament: Top Bracket: 1st: Chen Jiahui (4-0); 2nd: Wan Yian; 3rd: April Ye. Middle Bracket: 1st: Kelly Liu (4-0); 2nd: Yoko Ohashi; 3rd: Amanda Miller. Bottom Bracket: 1st: Marjorie Hey; 2nd: Alexandra Platz; 3rd: Kaoru Hidaka. 13×13 photo by Karoline Li
NOTE (8/17): the US Open results PDF has been updated to the correct final report and the 9×9 dan winner has been added.