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College Pair Sought for Pair Go in Tokyo

Sunday September 2, 2018

The 5th World Students Pair Go Championship takes place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 in Tokyo this year, held in parallel with the 29th International Amateur Pair Go Championship. We are seeking one North American pair, one man and one woman, who must be US or Canadian citizens, amateur players, enrolled in college, university, or graduate school, and under the age of 30. All food, accommodation, and air fare is covered and the standard of the experience … food, play, company, tourism … is very high. Standard AGA and CGA eligibility rules apply. Please contact Andy Okun at president@usgo.org as soon as possible, but before Sept. 7. Pairs will be given preference, but often we assemble a pair out of interested individuals.

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Redmond to comment pro Pair Go championship games

Thursday August 16, 2018

Michael Redmond, 9-dan professional, will provide live commentaries on YouTube for the 2018 professional Pair Go World 2018.08.16_pair-go-redmondChampionship, which will be held on August 19 and 20.

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Pandanet Cup registration opens

Thursday June 14, 2018

The 23rd Pandanet Cup, an internet world amateur go tournament, is now accepting registration.  Players will be divided into five classes, depending on their strengths.  In the preliminary round of the tournament, players play self-paired games with 2018.06.14_pandanet-cupothers in the same class from anywhere in the world.  For advancement into the final round, the players’ scores are compared with others in the same geographic regions: Asia and Oceania, the Americas, or Europe and Africa.  The scoring in based on the number of wins and the winning percentage.  Regional winners advance to the final round where single eliminations are held until each class produces a champion.  Generous prizes are provided to winners in all classes.

Free registration for the tournament starts immediately and ends on July 17.  Click here for details.

 

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Rengo rules at Seattle Go Center

Tuesday June 12, 2018

Rengo/Pair Go events are consistently popular at the Seattle Go Center, and last Saturday was no exception. Twenty-eight2018.06.12_seattle-pairgo-round-one-600x450 players — fourteen teams of two — competed in the “Rengo with Pie and Coffee” tournament on June 9, organized by Pair Go stalwart Bill Thompson, who brought the fancy pies (strawberry-rhubarb, coconut, wild cherry, and apple), directed the tournament, and even played in it.

The event was run with the International Pair Go Association rules, but with no restrictions to team composition. Thompson used a spreadsheet from longtime Pair Go tournament director Todd Heidenreich to calculate the teams’ handicaps and komi, averaging the individual ratings of the team members.

Time limits were 45 minutes absolute (no byo-yomi). The players at Table 1 had competitive spirt — one of their games finished with 9 seconds on 2018.06.12_seattle-pairgo-table-winners-600x451the clock for Black, and 6 seconds left for White; and another of their games ended in a tie.

Undefeated after two rounds:
Table 1: Lusha Zhou (9k) and Tzu-Jen Chan (3d) (in back).
Table 2: Yulissa Wu Lu (10k) and Lucas Wu Lu (9k) (front center).
Table 3: Hotaka Ozaki (3k) (at far left) and Abigail Chen (20k) (front far right).
Table 4: Joshua Yang (11k) and Shirley Yang (30k) (not pictured).

More pictures will be posted soon on the SeattleGo website.

- report/photos by Mike Malveaux, Seattle Go Center Programs Manager

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Holiday Pair Go in Seattle

Tuesday January 2, 2018

The 5th Annual Gala Pair Go Tournament, held Saturday Dec. 16 in Seattle, had lots of laughter, and stronger players than 2016. Cullen-Lucy-Nick-CatAlthough the 2017 group was a little bit smaller than the previous year, with 11 teams, they managed to eat almost all the cake, and to polish off the raspberries and cream. The first table was won by Lusha Zhou and Tzu-Jen Chan. The second table was won by Cat Mai and Nick Wilmes, while the third table was won by Anne Thompson and Bill Thompson. Winners The games inspired much discussion, and pairs were still replaying their games an hour after the awards ceremony.  photos: (right) Cullen Mott and Lucy Wang in rabbit ears; (left): first table winners on left, second table winners on right, third table winners in center front. Photos and report by Brian Allen.

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AI goodwill match featuring top players and DeepZenGo to stream live Thursday night

Tuesday October 3, 2017

Two world-class pair-go events will be streamed live on Youtube starting Wednesday, October 4 at 9p EDT.  The first is a human pair/DeepZenGo event, pitting 2017 World Pair Go Champion pair Hsieh Yimin/Iyama Yuta teaming up with 2017.10.03_PANDANET2017.10.03_deepzengoDeepZenGo against 2016 World Pair Go Champion Yu Zhiying/Ke Jie, also paired up with DeepZenGo.  The rules are new: on each side, the human pair and the AI alternate moves, with consultation between the two humans allowed.  This competition will start at 9p EDT on Wednesday, October 4 here.  See this page for details.  In the second event, the Hsieh/Iyama pair will compete with Yu/Ke for a special “Masters’ PairGo Match” here.  See this page for details.  For both events, Michael Redmond 9P will provide live commentary for both.
Thomas Hsiang

NOTE: the starting time for this event has been updated; it’s 9p EDT, not 11p as originally reported.

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U.S. Go Congress Tournaments Recap: Day Seven

Saturday August 12, 2017

fullsizeoutput_aafUS Go Congress Tournament Schedule: Saturday 8/12
9:00a: US Open, round 6; US Open Masters Division, round 9
6:00p: Awards Banquet
That’s all, folks.

US Open Masters Division
Wu Hao has won all eight games so far and is going into the final round of the tournament undefeated. Ryan Li 1P who had the second-best record coming out of round seven also won his eighth round against Bao Yun. Stay tuned for the final results for both the US Open and US Open Masters Division tomorrow. Matthew Hershberger, one of the hardest working volunteers at this year’s Go Congress with over 300 players to wrangle, directed both the US Open and the US Open Masters Division for the second time. Check out our Behind the Scenes profile on Matthew from last year’s Go Congress.

Seniors’ Tournament
Shunichi Hyodo and David Baran prevailed in the dan and kyu divisions respectively in this year’s Seniors’ Tournament. Both won all five games. In the kyu division Nick Maffeo took second place with Dave Frankel in third, and in the dan division Masahiro Kawaguchi took second place with Jeff Rohlfs in third. Long-time go player George Schmitten was awarded a special mention by TD Greg Kulevich for sportsmanship.

Women’s Tournament
The final round of the Women’s Tournament took place this afternoon; stay tuned for the final winners report tomorrow. Long-time Women’s Tournament TD and US Go Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott returned to the director’s chair again for this year’s tournament. Check out our Behind The Scenes profile about Lisa from last year’s Go Congress.

North American Pair Go Championship
Gabriella Su 6d and Aaron Ye 7d are headed to Japan after winning the top table at Thursday night’s Pair Go tournament. They first defeated Jessica Wu 3d and Justin Teng 6d to move to the championship match, and then had a whirlwind endgame finish against Sophia Wang 3d and Lionel Zhang 7d to clinch the championship. Su and Ye will represent the U.S. at the International Amateur Pair Go Championships in Tokyo in December. TD Todd Heidenreich would like to thank his assistant TD Patrick Ferl for his help managing the tournament, as well as Steve Colburn and Dennis Wheeler for managing the top table in the strong players room.
Table winners: Yuankun Li 1P and Ziyang Hu 2P, Yuanjing Dong 5d and Quan Sun 7d, Julie Burrall 2d and Matthew Burrall 7d, Yidong Wang 3d and Matthew Hershberger 3d, Jiao Li 5d and Noah Doss 1k, Weiqiu You 5k and Yifei Gal 7d, Youqi Fan 1d and Jaile Chen 2k, Feng Yun 9P and John Crossman 16k, Laura Sparks 10k and Brady Daniels 3d, Liya Luk 6k and Brian Ye 7k, Vivie Truong 7k and Ricky Harper 8k, Isabella Leong 22k and Yiyang Liu 2d, Antonina Perez-Lopez 20k and Tevis Tsai 7k, Lucia Moscola 24k and Ted Terpstra 5k.
-photo (right): Lee Anne Bowie of Seattle managed to play in both the Women’s Tournament and the Seniors Tournament.
-report/photo by Karoline Li, Tournaments Bureau Chief

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Reflections on Pair Go

Wednesday February 22, 2017

by Eric Lui 1P2017.02.22_A Simple Guide to Pair Go

Editor’s note: Lui, who’s now a regular game commentator for the E-Journal, wrote this after attending the second Pair Go World Cup in July 2016 and recently shared it with us. Coincidentally, Hajin Lee recently made a short Pair Go introduction video, saying she hopes “to see more pair go events in the US and Europe in the future.” We hope you enjoy both.

Reflecting upon his legendary career, the great Sakata Eio opined that a necessary prerequisite for go mastery is self-2017.02.22_pair-go-world-cup-411_sreliance, which can only be developed once one fully accepts the game’s solitary nature, specifically the completely isolated state that all players find themselves in during the process of a game.

As far as I can tell, there are two types of people in this world: Pair Go enthusiasts and those who can do without. Takemiya Masaki gushes that Pair Go is “playing catch with the emotions…the instant that love is born.” Ishida Yoshio, on the other hand, says that in Pair Go you have three opponents.

The most anticipated match in the first round of the main knockout tournament saw the departure of powerhouse 2017.02.22_pair-go-world-cupChinese pair Shi Yue and Wang Chenxing, who succumbed to the charming synergy of Choi Cheolhan and Oh Yujin. Our first-round victory against the Thai pair was defined more by relief than pleasure, since it ensured that we would get to play at least one more game. In the second round against Taiwanese superstars Chen Shiyuan and Joanne Missingham, the game became difficult right from the start when a mistake in judgment set the tone for the rest of the way. My partner Sarah Yu fought gamely during many continuous kos and we maintained our chances for a while but were unable to cause an upset.

Our conquerors would go on to score an excellent victory in the semifinal against the Choi-Oh pair, earning themselves a 2017.02.22_lui-pair-gofinal showdown with the Chinese pair of Ke Jie and Yu Zhiying, the male and female world No. 1 respectively.
During the last round of the Shuffle Pair Go friendship match, I was paired with the Thai female player, Pattraporn Aroonphaichitra. As we waited at the board for our opponents, Amy Song, the Australian female player took the seat across from Pattraporn. But who was her partner? I took a quick glance around – there were still a few empty seats and just a couple minutes until game time. I couldn’t help but smile when I noticed Sarah, looking ever so serene, sitting next to Iyama Yuta. My new partner was completely absorbed in her phone, and I opened my mouth to say something when, sensing a disturbance in the Force, we both looked up. Making his way through the large crowd that had gathered around the closed-off playing area with ruthless efficiency was “One Dragon Per Game” Shi Yue, one of the strongest and most universally feared Chinese pros for his aggressive playing style.

2017.02.21_pair-go-eric-luiPattraporn played beautifully and we enjoyed a lead for most of the game. It was a singular experience to watch as Shi Yue struggled to contain his frustration with the position as his plans to deal us pain were disrupted again and again. When the game was over, Shi Yue transitioned seamlessly from executioner to teacher, pointing out missed opportunities and explaining his thought processes at key points while the rest of us sat transfixed by the clarity of his analysis. A while later, only dimly aware that the postmortem had concluded and that the others had started putting the stones away, I slowly and reluctantly joined in.

Later that night, long after Yu Zhiying and Ke Jie had collected their 10 million yen 1st place prize, I would find myself tuning in to the Wimbledon final from my hotel room. During one of Andy Murray’s signature tirades, I realized that Ishida was wrong. Whether you are playing Pair Go, individual go, or tennis, the number of opponents remains the same. One, and it’s not the one on the other side. As Murray sealed the first set with a thunderous forehand and an emphatic fist pump, his fierce visage betraying equal parts triumph and anguish, I was reminded of a timeless image of Sakata, in the midst of his prime, staring at the go board with an expression of utmost intensity and exquisite pain. A formidable, yet lone individual.

Pair Go was invented to popularize the game of go by emphasizing the social aspects of the game. But no matter how many players there are, the game itself remains the same mysterious, fascinating challenge it has been for thousands of years.
photo: US team Sarah Yu and Eric Lui with Cho Chikun

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Kim Sooyoung and Park Jongwook of Korea Win Amateur Pair Go Championship

Sunday December 4, 2016

A Korean pair won this year’s 27th International Amateur Pair Go Championship in Tokyo, besting a Taiwanese team in the 2016.12.04_us-pairfinals.  Kim Sooyoung and Park Jongwook of Korea beat Pai Shin-Hui and Huang Wei of Taiwan.  Pai and Huang had paved the way, however, by beating a strong Chinese pair in round one of the 32-pair five round event.  The US team of Jeremy Chiu and Gabriella Su (right) ended with a solid 3-2 record, losing in rounds one and three to a Japanese pair and the team from China, but beating Germany and Austria before facing a strong Russian pair, Grigorii Fionin and Elvina Kalsberg, also 2-2, in the final round.  In the 3rd edition of the World Students Pair Go Championship, North American pair Amira Song of Canada and Andrew Zalesak of North Carolina went 1-3, beating the Mexican pair but failing to beat the percentages in their other games against a Japanese pair and not one, but two, Korean university pairs.  A Japanese pair took first.
- report by Andy Okun (standing in photo); photo by Thomas Hsiang

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N.A. Student Pair Wanted to Play in World Students Pair Go Championship

Wednesday September 7, 2016

The AGA is seeking a student pair to represent the USA and Canada in the 3rd World Students Pair Go Championship. This event, which features exclusively college/university/graduate students, will be hosted in Japan at the same time as the International Amateur Pair Go Championship from December 2nd to December 7th of this year. To be eligible to compete, a pair of players must meet the following requirements: One male, one female player per pair; Must be current college/university/graduate students (no high school students); Under the age of 30; Must not be a student in a professional go organization (i.e. no insei); Must be an American / Canadian citizen. Note – the players will be responsible for paying 50% of the cost of round-trip airfare to and from Tokyo, Japan. The rest of the costs (lodging and meals) will be provided by the Japan Pair Go Association. There will be an online qualifier to determine the North American representatives on September 17th. Interested players should contact peter.nelson@usgo.org and cherry.shen@usgo.org, or president@usgo.org immediately.

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