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E-Journal Announces “Spirit of Yoshi Sawada” Award

Monday March 14, 2011

by Chris Garlock, Managing Editor, American Go E-Journal
Like so many of you, I have been mourning the untimely and sudden recent loss of Yoshi Sawada (IN MEMORIAM: Yoshi Sawada 2/28/2011). One of Yoshi’s greatest gifts was his indefatigable cheerfulness and his unbridled enthusiasm about the game of go and everyone who plays it, from the newest beginner to the strongest pro. Yoshi was living, smiling, joking proof that this game is always about the people first and the game itself second. Yoshi had a very special place in the hearts of everyone who met him, but especially those of us on the Go Congress E-Journal team, which made him an official member a few years ago – complete with EJ cap and Congress Staff t-shirt – thanks to his indispensable role as translator, pro wrangler, drinking buddy and all-round fixer. Yoshi made much of our expanded coverage in recent years possible by making the EJ office the unofficial pro hangout and arranging for the translations necessary for game commentaries and interviews. And it was Yoshi who arranged the pro simul with EJ staff at the end of each Congress, often the only game any of the hardworking staff got to play. Although we’re going to miss our dear friend and colleague terribly, it’s become clear to me that Yoshi’s last and greatest gift is that he left so much of his spirit behind. So I’m very pleased to announce that this year the E-Journal will bestow the first annual Spirit of Yoshi Sawada Award on the Congress E-Journal team member who best exemplifies Yoshi’s cheerfulness, generosity and enthusiasm for the people and game of go. To inquire about being on the 2011 Congress EJ team, email me at
photo: Yoshi (far right), with Maeda Ryo 6P (l), Garlock (2nd from l) and Takemiya Masaki 9P (2nd from r); photo by Phil Straus

NOTE: Anyone wishing to send condolences to Yoshi’s wife, Keiko Komura, can mail them to her at 4027 Ionian Sea Lane, Sacramento, Ca 95834.

Categories: U.S. Go Congress

’11 Congress: Early Registrants Get Lower Price

Monday March 7, 2011

“By far we’ve received more questions about the Congress pricing than anything else” say organizers Lisa Scott and Andrew Jackson. “We want to bring unprecedented levels of transparency to Go Congress pricing, and we understand that can make it a bit difficult to budget.  In our ‘worst-case’ scenario, adult registration will be $365.  Students (19-25) will be $315, youth between 13 and 18, $265, and kids under 13 are $215.” As sponsorships, fundraising, and costs finalize in the coming months, Scott and Jackson say, “we will be able to cut these prices, perhaps by as much as $100!  However, only those who register before May 1st will receive these discounts — the sooner we know our numbers the better we can make this for everyone, so register online today!” Comments and feedback are welcome at

Categories: U.S. Go Congress

’11 Go Congress: Register Early, Save More

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Organizers are working to make the 2011 Go Congress “as affordable as possible.” How affordable? That depends on how many sign up. “The sooner we know how many people we’ll have, the cheaper we can make it for everyone,” organizers Andrew Jackson and Lisa Scott tell the E-Journal. “Bottom line: if you register by May 1st, you’ll get the greatest discount.” Click here for more info and to register online.

2011 U.S. Go Congress Registration Launches

Monday January 31, 2011

Registration for the 2011 US Go Congress launched last weekend. The Congress website — where nearly 200 have pre-registered – is now accepting registrations, and a $75 deposit will confirm registration. Pre-registrants have received advanced notification that they may now register, and all others interested in attending the Congress – which runs July 30 – August 7 in Santa Barbara, CA – may also do so as well. “Information on tournaments, events, and room and board prices has also been updated,” reports Congress Co-Director Lisa Scott. “Look for room and board registration later in February!” Information for ensuring the well-being of registered youth (children under 18) is available as well. Email questions about registration to “We look forward to seeing you this summer!” adds Scott.

Volunteer Slots Available At Go Congress

Monday December 13, 2010

Want to be part of the 2011 U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara? Volunteer positions are now available, from Registration Volunteers to Tournament Directors. Click here now to see what’s available! Nearly 150 attendees are already signed up for the 2011 US Go Congress and the Congress site has updated transportation information, photo credits, and contact information. “Watch for more updates, including pricing information, by the New Year,” promises Congress Co-Director Lisa Scott.


Monday November 29, 2010

To make the 2011 U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara, CA easier — and more affordable — for those attending from far away, the Congress has contracted discounts with major airlines. Discounts of 5-10% are now available with American Airlines and United Airlines for anyone flying into Santa Barbara — and in some cases LAX — within three days of the start or end of the July 30-August 7 Congress.  Additionally, rental car discounts of up to 20% are available when booked at the time of flight reservations.  Arrangements have also been made for those interested in flying on Southwest for any groups of 10 or more with the same itinerary.  Look for sign-ups for airports coming soon and check out the 2011 Congress website for more details.
- reported by Lisa Scott, 2011 Go Congress Co-Director


Thursday November 11, 2010

The first SportAccord World Mind Games will be held in Beijing, China, in September 2011. The brand-new event will feature top players from six mind-sport games — bridge, chess, draughts, go, Chinese chess, and duplicate poker — and was announced on November 10 by Hein Verbruggen, President of SportAccord. “This event is different from the World Mind Sport Games in that it features only a small field of top players, rather than the general representation from all nations as in WMSG,” says Thomas Hsiang, Vice President of the International Go Federation and Secretary General of the International Mind Sport Association, “it is also different from the current international go competitions such as the LG Cup or Fujitsu Cup in that the new event will include top Western players, women players, and youth representation.”  The technical details will be worked out in the next few weeks, says Hsiang.


Monday November 1, 2010

The 2011 U.S. Go Congress has just passed its first 100 registrants, including 41 dan and 52 kyu players, ranging from 7-dan to 20-kyu (click here to see who’s coming). The Congress is set for July 30 – August 7, 2011 in Santa Barbara, CA. The U.S. Go Congress is the largest go tournament in the United States, an annual 8-day event. Events include the US Open — the largest annual go tournament in the US – the North American Ing Masters — 32 of the strongest amateur and professional players in North America — the Redmond Youth Cup, pro lectures, simuls and more.


Monday September 20, 2010

Dae Hyuk Ko 7d (l) won the Cotsen Open last weekend in Los Angeles, California, besting a very tough Open section in which a lot of hard-fought games were played over the course of the two-day tournament. More than 150 players turned out for the 20th annual competition, one of the biggest and richest on the annual American Go Association tournament calendar. The popular event, founded and run by longtime local go fan and entrepreneur Eric Cotsen, is also a unique tournament, the only one to feature free shoulder massages from roaming masseuses, a free catered lunch on both days, a club competition with a $1,500 prize pool and full refund of registration fees to players who attend both days of the tournament. Another highlight was the online pro-pro game Sunday morning between Yilun Yang 7P and Yigang Hua 8P in China, which Yang then commented on afterward. In addition to being available to review player games, Yang ran a competition to correctly solve life and death problems that had players clustered over boards throughout the playing area working on the problems. This year’s tournament also hosted a planning meeting for the 2011 U.S. Go Congress, which will be held July 30-August 6 in nearby Santa Barbara, California and already has close to 100 pre-registered. The American Go E-Journal once again broadcast top-board games on KGS, some of which were commented by Jennie Shen 2P; EuroGoTV also hosted a live video feed of Board 1.
RESULTS (Open Section): 1st: Dae Hyuk Ko 7d ($1,000); 2nd: Juyong Ko 7d ($500); 3rd: Deuk Je Chang 7d ($250); 4th: Curtis Tang 7d ($125); 5th: Seung Hyun (Kevin) Hong 7d ($75); 6th: Rui (Ray) Wang 7d ($50). A 3d-5d: 1st Haibo Zhou $500; 2nd Brett Kelly $250; 3rd Jack Shih $125. B 1k-2d: 1st Aaron Ye $400; 2nd Ross Wolf $200; 3rd Sammy Zhang $100. C 2k-4k: 1st Clark Brooks $500; 2nd Alex Chau $250; 34d Jay Chan $125. D 5k-8k: 1st Roger Schrag $200; 2nd Alf Mikula $100; 3rd Ezana Berhane $60. E 9k-11k: 1st Daniel Davis Jr. $100; 2nd Jiayue Li $80; 3rd Reese Anschultz $50. F 12k-18k: 1st Gordon Castanza $80; 2nd Scott Nichols $60; 3rd Luis Armendariz $40. G 19k+: 1st Shuai Weng $60; 2nd Bryan Liu $40; 3rd Alex Ledante $30. Club prize: 1st Santa Monica Go Club $1000; 2nd Orange County Go Club $300; 3rd Yu GO Go Club $20.
CREDITS: Eric Cotsen, Sponsor; Casie Rizer, Organizer; Chris Hayashida, TD;  assisted by La Nida Cedeno, Lauren Madison-Jamar & Patricia Wang with special thanks to Alex Ledante; Friday set-up volunteers: Sue Gisser, AJ Laprix, Bobbie Rizer, Samantha Rizer, Sara Bergman. Photography by Tony Lau. E-Journal broadcasting team: Chris Garlock, Managing Editor & lead broadcaster; Chris Burg, Board 2 broadcaster & video stream manager; Nick McNelis, Board 3 broadcaster; Richard Dolen, Board 4 broadcaster; KGS, broadcasting host; EuroGoTV, video stream host. photo: reviewing the final round game between Dae Hyuk Ko 7d and Curtis Tang 7d; photo by Chris Garlock

Categories: Cotsen Open

2010 COTSEN OPEN: Pro-Pro Game

Monday September 20, 2010