In a surprise announcement, not one but two Lasker Awards were made at this year’s U.S. Go Congress. The recipients were two longtime go organizers, Richard Dolen (middle in photo at right) and Frank Fukuda (right in photo below). As Dolen himself modestly noted, his greatest claim to fame in 60 years in the go community is having taken Michael Redmond to Japan as a young boy, where he was accepted as a pupil by Oeda Yusuke 8P and eventually became the first US-born 9-dan professional go player. Fukuda’s long go history in Seattle includes being part of the Last Exit Go Club’s team that organized the second U.S. Go Congress in Seattle in 1985. Dolen, whose go career has taken him around the world, has played a key role in the Los Angeles go scene for many years, and the Cotsen Open – one of the major events on the U.S. go calendar – is the result of Dolen introducing Eric Cotsen to Yilun Yang 7P. Fukuda was a key player in the creation of the Seattle Go Center, as well as helping ensure its survival and growth. Click here for Dolen’s “Snapshots from 60 Years of Go” and “Chris Kirscher on Frank Fukuda.” The Lasker Award is named after Edward Lasker, a founder of the American Go Association. photos: top right: Dolen (center) with AGA President Andy Okun (left) and E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock; bottom left: Fukuda (right) with 2013 Congress Director Chris Kirschner; photos by Phil Straus
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Saturday August 17, 2013
Wednesday August 14, 2013
Defending champions Jianing Gan 7d and Aaron Ye 6d both held on to their Redmond Cup titles in the exciting final rounds of the tournament at the US Go Congress last week. Ye won round one (see the E-J from 8-4) and was determined not to lose his title to the challenger David Lu 6d, of Canada. The Redmond finals are a best two out of three match, so the second game is crucial. Ironically, Lu drew Ye as his opponent in the US Open on Tuesday morning, Aug. 6, and defeated him. Going into the afternoon match, the question on everyone’s mind was could Lu do it twice in a row on the same day? The boys played a spirited game, even commenting on each other’s moves before finishing, but Ye showed his full strength and held onto his title. Ye has now won the Redmond Cup three times – putting him in line to be Redmond Meijin if he can win twice more before turning 18. In the 20 year history of the Redmond, Eric Lui 7d and Curtis Tang 7d are the only two players to have successfully crossed that line.
In the Senior Division (ages 12-17) Jianing Gan won round one against Andrew Lu 6d. Lu played a spirited game in round two, determined not to lose two in a row. Playing white, he successfully parried Gan’s Low Chinese opening, reducing or invading at every possible juncture, but found himself with a running line of eyeless stones as a result. The tide turned when he was able to save this group, making the game very close. Gan fought back skillfully, but Lu prevailed to win by 2.5 points. Round three was played on Thursday, and Gan again opened with the Low Chinese. Lu managed to invade on both sides, completely undermining Gan’s original Low Chinese side, but giving Gan massive thickness on the outside as a result. Changing directions, Gan then attacked Lu vigorously on the other side of the board. Lu, behind on time and in byo yomi for most of the game, was forced to resign when he couldn’t find a solution to save his group. Having won the final match, Gan held onto his Redmond title for the second year and will be a force to be reckoned with next year as well. The Redmond Cup has been run by Michael Bull for the past 20 years, with online qualifiers, and a final at congress. All of the final games were broadcast live on KGS, and drew hundreds of spectators. Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Paul Barchilon: David Lu 6d (l) vs. Aaron Ye 6d (r), Justin Teng 6d is recording the game in the background.
Your Move/Readers Write: Flummoxed by Crosstabs; Next Best Thing to Being There; More On the Gmail Fix
Tuesday August 13, 2013
Flummoxed by Crosstabs: “I am flummoxed,” writes Jean de Maiffe. “The E-J says ‘Click here for complete U.S. Open results and game records. Click here for final results and game records from the NAMT and SPO tournaments’ but I clicked on each of the three links and never got to any game records. What am I missing? By the way, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed looking through the results of tournaments. My eyes lit up every time I saw a familiar name with a face I could put to it. You and your team have done your usual fine job, and we, your audience, are duly appreciative, I’m sure.”
You need to look for any result that’s underlined. For example, in the US Open Crosstab, Zi Yang Hu’s Round 1 game — W14+ — is underlined, and when you click on it, the game record will come up. Since only top boards were recorded, just click on “Player” at the top left to put them in player order and you should be able to find the game records easily. We’re happy that tracking the results was interesting and useful!
Next Best Thing to Being There: “Thanks so much to the E-Journal staff for the great coverage of the Congress!” writes Laura Kolb Moon. “I wish I could have been there in person, but the E-Journal stories and live KGS coverage of top boards made the week fun anyway. A special thanks to the game recorders who not only shared the games with the world but also provided comments about the players’ actions and appearance that made it possible to imagine being right there watching the game.”
So glad we could bring the Congress to those who could not be there; thanks for reading and watching! photo: The EJ’s Andrew Jackson records a NAMT game; photo by Phil Straus
More On the Gmail Fix: “You can fix gmail going into the wrong tab by simply dragging the email into the right tab,” writes Paul Mitchell. “Gmail will ask you if you want to do that with all email from that source, and if you answer yes then all email from that source will be routed to the tab you selected.”
Saturday August 10, 2013
Despite a nail-biting half-point loss to Beomgeun Cho in the final round Saturday morning, Yuhan Zhang 7d (right) won the 2013 U.S. Open championship on tie-break. Zhang, one of the strongest amateurs in China, placed 8th in a recent amateur tournament there. Click here for complete U.S. Open results and game records. Click here for final results and game records from the NAMT and SPO tournaments.
Saturday August 10, 2013
Row 1: 1st: Zi Yang Hu; 2nd: Mingming (Stephanie) Yin; 3rd: Jie Liang; 4th: Zhi Yuan (Andy) Liu
Row 2: 5th: Tianyu (Bill) Lin; 6th: Hugh Zhang; 7th: Calvin Sun; 8th: Dae Hyuk (Daniel) Ko
Row 3: 9th: Yongfei Ge; 10th: Yuan Zhou; 11th: Aaron Ye; 12th: Jianing Gan
Row 4: 13th: Justin Teng; 14th: Daniel Chou; 15th: Lionel Zhang; 16th: Matthew Harwit
TD: Gurujeet Khalsa; EJ Broadcast Team: Coordinator: Todd Heidenreich; Floor Manager: Dennis Wheeler; Game Recorders: Richard Dolen, Ethan Frank, Andrew Jackson, Logan Lancaster, Brian Leahy, Mike Lepore, Matt Payton, Alex Salazar, Solomon Smilack, David Weimer. Managing Editor: Chris Garlock. KGS Support: Akane Negishi. Photos/collage by Chris Garlock
Saturday August 10, 2013
Row 1: 1st: Cong Li; 2nd: Yuhan Zhang; 3rd: Juyong Koh; 4th: Beomgeun Cho
Row 2: 5th: Maojie Xia; 6th: Peilun Li; 7th: Ho Son; 8th: Andrew Lu
Row 3: 9th: Andrew Huang; 10th: Albert Yen; 11th: Yue Zhang; 12th: David Lu
Row 4: 13th: Steve Stringfellow; 14th: Sung-Chul Cho; 15th: James Sedgwick; 16th: Martin Lebl
TD: Gurujeet Khalsa; EJ Broadcast Team: Todd Heidenreich, Coordinator; Dennis Wheeler, Floor Manager; Game Recorders: Richard Dolen, Andrew Jackson, Solomon Smilack, David Weimer, Logan Lancaster, Brian Leahy, Ethan Frank, Matt Payton, Alex Salazar, Mike Lepore; Managing Editor: Chris Garlock. KGS Support: Akane Negishi.
photos/collage by Chris Garlock
Friday August 9, 2013
Matthew Hu Repeats as NAMT Champ; Cong Li Wins SPO: Matthew Hu 1P (left) repeated as North American Masters Tournament champion Friday night, defeating Stephanie Yin 1P as hundreds watched at the U.S. Go Congress and online on KGS. The main playing area was packed as Takemiya Masaki 9P and Myungwan Kim 9P provided detailed live commentary on the top boards in both the Masters and the Strong Player’s Open. Cong Li 3P (right) won the SPO, defeating Yuhan Zhang 7d. The board the NAMT final was played on — a 2-inch kaya table board donated by Yutopian and signed by Takemiya, Kim and both players — will be auctioned off at the banquet Saturday night to benefit the American Go Foundation. Final results — and game records — are here: NAMT; SPO. Click here for the NAMT commentary and SPO commentary; Frank Fukuda translated for Takemiya and the E-Journal’s Solomon Smilack transcribed both commentaries.
Yuhan Zhang One Win Away From U.S. Open Championship: Yuhan Zhang’s (right) fifth straight win in the U.S. Open — he defeated Peilun Li in Friday morning’s round – makes him the odds-on favorite for this year’s U.S. Open champion. However, hot on his heels are Zi Yang Hu, Beomgeun Cho, Mengchen Zhang and Calvin Sun, all 4-1 going into Saturday’s final round. Latest results — and game records — are here: U.S. Open.
Self-Paired Tourney Update: With 17 games played, Jeff Horn 1d is in the lead for the Dedicated, the player who plays the most games, as well as for the Kyu Killer, the dan player who wins the most games against kyu players, and the Hurricane, for the player who records the greatest number of wins. David Frankel (left) is far ahead in the race for the Dan Killer, the kyu player who wins the most games against dan players. Horn is also leading in the Sensei, for the player who plays the most games against weaker players (also known as the “Teacher” award). With a 6-1 win-loss record, Steffen Kurz is leading the race for Champion — the player who records the greatest excess of wins over losses –in the Self-paired Tournament. Kurz is also leading in the Grasshopper, the player whose rating increases the most during the tournament. Competition is stiff for the Faithful, the player with the smallest rating change, with John Kalb, J.D. Anders, Joshua Guarino, Deborah Niedermeyer and Yoshitomo Nakata all neck-and-neck at 0.0 ratings changes. Click here for complete current standings. Jim Levenick is the Tournament Director. photo by Chris Garlock
Game Commentaries: Mingjiu Jiang 9P comments on the US Open Round 5 Board 1 game between Yuhan Zhang 7d and Peilun Li 7d. Wei Chen 3P comments on the US Open Round 4 Board 1 game between Yuhan Zhang 7d and Calvin Sun 7d. Watch for commentaries this morning on KGS by Huiren Yang and Stephanie Yin, starting around 10a PST.
Friday August 9, 2013
Justin Ching 4d, Willis Huang 3d, and William Xu 2k won the dan section of the Team Tournament in the Youth Room at the US Go Congress Friday, while Ethan Frank 6k, Bryan Tan 8k, and Logan Lancaster 10k won the kyu section. A dozen teams of three players each competed, with each team needing to win two out of three boards in order to win a match. Winning teams scored $25 gift certificates per player, and players who won all three games (regardless of how their team fared) also won $15 gift certificates. Based on the team matches in Hikaru no Go, team go has been quite popular at Congress in recent years, and often draws the highest attendance numbers of youth room events. Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: William Xu, Willis Huang, and Justin Ching, at left, compete against Helen Lu, Oscar Cao, and David Lu, at right).
Friday August 9, 2013
Representatives of the Chinese Weiqi Association (CWA) will visit the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles right after the Go Congress finishes up Saturday in Tacoma, WA. CWA Vice Chairman Yang Yi (right) says he’d like to meet as many go players as he can during the two-week trip. The first event is Sunday, August 11 from 1-5 PM (887 Oak Grove Ave. Menlo Park, Suite 203, CA 94025). The second event is Thursday, August 15 from 7-10 PM at the Westfield Plaza Mall near Topanga Canyon Blvd and Oxnard St (21801 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367). “The Woodland Hills Go Club is very happy to host the Chinese pros,” said organizer Joe Walter, “and we’ve set up the main floor area to get maximum exposure for the public.” Walter also says the Woodland Hills event is free of charge, although donations are fine if a player wants to show appreciation for the simul games. The delegation also include Chen Wei 3P who has trained over two dozen top amateurs and several pros, and Li Cong 3P who is still actively competing in a lot of professional tournaments. “When friends come from afar, isn’t it a joy?” said longtime SF organizer John Kwei from the American Ing Chang-Ki Goe Foundation, quoting Confucius. He plans to have a lecture on pro training besides a simul and group dinner with the players.
- reported by Edward Zhang; photo by Phil Straus
Friday August 9, 2013
Go’s breadth of history is on display this week in the Vendor’s Room at this year’s U.S. Go Congress. Next to the very latest books about go is an exhibit that features old Japanese go books painstakingly hand-copied by internee Giichiro Mizuki at the Minidoka Relocation Camp in 1945. On Yutopian’s heavily-laden table are dozens of books about go, just across the room from a hard-cover copy of Arthur Smith’s “The Game of Go,” first published in 1908. Contrast Yutopian’s shiny new go boards with the age-darkened goban and chipped stones that traveled from Japan in the late 1800′s to Austria and then to the United States during World War II and now rests in Chris Kirschner’s living room. Kirschner, who organized this year’s Congress, marvels at the long and improbable link of events and history that connect us with the “kindly Japanese gentleman” who taught Chris’ seafaring great-uncle how to play go in 1898. “I don’t think he had any idea of what he was accomplishing,” Kirschner says. “I know that I have no idea of what I accomplish when I teach someone, and I’m equally certain that you don’t either. But I am absolutely certain that it is good.” The exhibit was organized with the assistance of the Wing Luke Museum and includes material from Brian McDonald’s extensive collection of go books, as well as from Chris Kirschner and Keith Arnold.
- report by Chris Garlock; photos by Phil Straus