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Sun and Ye Sweep Redmond

Wednesday August 3, 2011

Calvin Sun 7d and Aaron Ye 4d both won their second round matches in the Redmond Cup Tuesday, Aug. 2nd, at the US Go Congress.  Sun, who placed second to Gansheng Shi 7d in the qualifiers, ended up sweeping the finals with two wins in a row.  Redmond finals are a best two out of three matches, so there will not be a third round.  In the Junior Division, Sammy Zhang 4d fought valiantly, but was overwhelmed by Ye in both matches.  All four kids won a free trip to congress to compete, and will split a $1,000 prize fund from the AGF.  This year they will receive a special treat as Michael Redmond 9p will present the Redmond Cup in person at the awards banquet at the US Go Congress. Sun’s second round win is below, all of the final matches are on the crosstab – Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Gansheng Shi (l) and Calvin Sun (r).

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Lightning Tourney: 10m, Sudden Death. Start Your Clocks!

Tuesday August 2, 2011

Table winners: Ben Lockhart 6d; Kento Nikaido 5d; Keith Arnold 4d; Mathew Harvit 4d; Roxanne Tam 3d; Hal Small 3d; Kevin Fang 1d; Jeff Horn 1d; Jordan Betcher 2k; Larry Qu 2k; Vincent Ma 3k; David Niu 6k; Mike Lash 6k; Zong Li Huang 11k; Charles Polkiewcz 13k.
90 players at 8 dan tables & 7 kyu tables; directed by Keith Arnold, hka.
- photos/collage by Chris Garlock

Janice Kim on the 3 Rules of Go

Tuesday August 2, 2011

“There are only three rules of go,” said Janice Kim 3P at her Monday afternoon lecture at the ongoing U.S. Go Congress, “and I can’t remember the other two, but if your stones are in trouble make a base on the third line, rather than an outpost on the fourth.”
- report/photo by Brian Allen

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Phil’s Portraits: Monday, August 1

Tuesday August 2, 2011

Here’s the latest collection of portraits of go players at the U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara, CA from E-Journal photographer Phil Straus:

Congress Connects KGS Neighbors

Tuesday August 2, 2011

Two go players who had often played each other on KGS, without knowing much about each other, discovered at the U.S. Go Congress that they have similar names — Bryan and Ryan — and that they live close to each  other.
- report/photo by Brian Allen

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Strong Players’ Open: Photo Gallery

Monday August 1, 2011

This tournament provides a forum for strong players ineligible for the North American Masters Tournament to compete in a high-level tournament at the U.S. Go Congress. The Strong Players’ Open is a 16-person, 4-round Swiss tournament. All players must be rated 4 dan or higher.

Schedule: Sunday, 7/31, Monday, 8/1, Thursday, 8/4 and Friday 8/5, each night at 7p.
Tournament Director: Karoline Burrall

Row 1: Chen Shuo (Cathy) Li 1P, Mingming Yin 1P, Hugh Zhang 7P, Changlong Wu 7d
Row 2: Tengxiao Yang 7d, Xuyu Xiang 7d, Gansheng Shi 7d, Bill Lin 7d
Row 3: Jon Boley 6d, Irene Sha 6d, Ke Lu 6d, Zhirui Yang 6d
Row 4: Masahiro Kawaguchi 5d, Martin Lebl 5d, Jimmy Yang 5d, Jack Shih 5d

Click here for pairings and results.
photos by Steve Colburn; collage by Chris Garlock

PRO GAME COMMENTARY: U.S. Open Round 2, Board 1: Maeda Ryo 6P on Yuan Zhou 7d vs. Dae Hyuk Ko 7d

Monday August 1, 2011

U.S. Open Round 2 Board 1
August 1, 2011

W: Yuan Zhou 7d

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B: Dae Hyuk Ko 7d
Commentary by Maeda Ryo 6P, transcribed by Chris Garlock
Recorded by Dennis Wheeler; photo by Phil Straus

Ladders wind up playing a key role at several crucial points in this game; Maeda Ryo 6P explains why.

PRO GAME COMMENTARY: U.S. Open Round 2, Board 2: Li Ting 1P* on Calvin Sun 7d vs. Yongfei Ge 7d

Monday August 1, 2011

US Open Round 2 Board 2
August 1, 2011
W: Calvin Sun 7d
B: Yongfei Ge 7d
Commentary by Li Ting 1P (& Ryo Maeda 6P), transcribed by Chris Garlock
Recorded by Chris Burg

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Stick to your plan (even if it’s not necessarily the best plan). That’s the lesson of this commentary, in which Sun begins building a moyo only to switch horses in mid-stream. Li Ting 1P (with an assist by Ryo Maeda 6P), shows the costs of inconsistency.

PRO GAME COMMENTARY: U.S. Open Round 1, Board 1: Mingjiu Jiang 7P on Dae Hyuk Ko 7d vs. Bill Lin 7d

Monday August 1, 2011

U.S. Open Round 1 Board 1
July 31, 2011
W: Dae Hyuk Ko 7d
B: Bill Lin 7d
Commentary by Mingjiu Jiang 7P, transcribed by Chris Garlock

It’s not a good idea to leave the scene in the middle of a fight. That’s the lesson of this game commentary by Mingjiu Jiang, who applies his usual sharp eye and dry sense of humor to the game.

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Game recorder: Dennis Wheeler
Broadcast on KGS

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Board Election Winners, Congress Results

Monday August 1, 2011

Celmer, Castanza and Smith Win in AGA Board Elections
Paul Celmer edged out Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang for the Eastern seat on the AGA’s Board of Directors in the just-concluded election; Celmer received 26 votes, or 53%, to 22 – or 44% — for Zhang. Gordon Castanza (Western) and Daniel Smith (central) were unopposed and won with 92% and 87%, respectively.

U.S. Go Congress Tournament Crosstab Links
2011 US Open
2011 North American Masters Tournament
2011 Redmond Cup Junior Division
2011 Redmond Cup Senior Division
2011 Strong Players Open

13×13 Tournament: Seth Wax 5d; Eric Su 4d; Chris Linden 1d; Luke Zhang 1d; Austen Liao 4k; Michael Lash 6k; Julian Erville 10k; Kalinda Fraser 18k. Four tables each of dan players and kyu players. Tournament directed by Jim Hlavka.
- Laura Kolb

9×9 Tournament: Tournament Director: Jay Tabaniag
# of Participants: 54
Table 1 winner: Gansheng Shi 7d 5-0
Curtis Tang 7d 0-5; Matthew Burrall 7d 2-3; Calvin Sun 7d 2-3; Hugh Zhang 7d 2-3; Lionel Zhang 6d 4-1
Table 2 winner: Zhirui Yang 6d 4-1; Table 3 winner: Tony Xie 6d 4-1; Table 4 winner: Jerry Shen 4d 4-1; Table 5 winner: Henry Zhang 1k 4-1; Table 6 winner: Michael Scudder 2k 5-0; Table 7 winner: Sathya Anand 3k 4-1; Table 8 winner: William Fraser 5k 4-1; Table 9 winner: David Niu 6k 4-1

photo: the main room at the U.S. Open on Monday morning; photo by Chris Garlock