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Takemiya Masaki 9P & Chihiro Chujo 1P Teach at Seattle Go Center

Friday August 23, 2013

During the week following the U.S. Go Congress, Takemiya Masaki  9p from the Nihon Ki-in and Chihiro Chujo 1p from the Kansai Ki-in each taught three times at the Seattle Go Center.  Ms. Chujo was an enthusiastic go teacher, and an eager student of the English language.  Her English vocabulary increased notably during her week-long visit. In his first lecture, Takemiya gave commentary on two of his games; one from the beginning of his career in 1969 and one with his friend and competitor Cho Chikun from 1988.  Takemiya’s second lecture was for kyu players, and stressed that “those who play where they want lose more games but get stronger faster”.  He admitted that sometimes there is only one move on the board, and showed an example of this situation, but he reassured the audience of 22 players that usually there are options to try out.  Both Chujo and Takemiya played simultaneous games on Tuesday, Aug. 14,  the busiest day of the week at the Go Center.  Two of Takemiya’s games with strong players were recorded and broadcast on KGS, and then shown in the kitchen with a digital projector.  At one point there was a roar from the kitchen when the internet connection was temporarily lost, puzzling the players in the main room who did not know what had happened.  The games are posted in the news section of the Go Center website, along with the two games Mr. Takemiya presented in his lecture.

There was also time for sight-seeing, and for good seafood dinners.  Miss Chujo went for a canoe ride, while Mr. Takemiya had a fine round of golf, with three birdies, and also went tango dancing after one of his lectures.  Top photo: Takemiya Masaki; bottom: Chihiro Chujo. Report/photos by Brian Allen


Everyone’s A Winner at NAMT Board Auction

Thursday August 22, 2013

The Hu family won twice on the night of the North American Masters Tournament final when Alex Hu, father of 2013 NAMT winner Zi Yang (Matthew) Hu was the winning bidder at the NAMT board auction at the U.S. Go Congress awards banquet. The senior Hu had narrowly lost out last two years ago when  Rachel Small and Eileen Hlavka outbid him for the board on which Matthew Hu defeated Curtis Tang, and clearly came prepared this year, outlasting a hot bidding war for the 2-inch kaya board (confirmed by 2013 Lasker winner Richard Dolen’s nose) donated by Katherine and Sidney Yuan of Yutopian, with the proceeds going to the American Go Foundation. With American Go E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock serving as fast-talking auctioneer — ably assisted by AGF President Terry Benson and AGA President Andy Okun — more than half a dozen bidders vied for the board, which had been signed by both players – Matthew Hu and Mingming (Stephanie) Yin – as well as by professionals Takemiya Masaki 9P and Myung-wan Kim 9P, who had provided live commentary on the game for hundreds of U.S. Go Congress attendees, as well as hundreds more watching on KGS. A last-minute surge pushed the bidding over  $1,000 but in the end Alex Hu’s all-time record $1,300 winning bid guaranteed that he and his son would be taking the historic board home while supporting the American Go Foundation’s many projects to help youth go.”The AGF and the AGA have been very good for my son and I want to give something back,” said an elated Hu.
- photo (l-r): Garlock, Kim, Takemiya, Alex Hu, Okun, Yin, Benson and Zi Yang Hu; photo by Phil Straus


Categories: U.S. Go Congress

Dolen & Fukuda Receive Lasker Awards

Saturday August 17, 2013

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


Defending Champs Hold Onto Redmond Cup Titles

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.”


U.S. Go Congress Recap: Yuhan Zhang Wins U.S. Open

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.


2013 North American Masters Tournament: Final Results

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


2013 Strong Players Open: Final Results

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


U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Matthew Hu Repeats as NAMT Champ; Cong Li Wins SPO

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: NAMTSPO. 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. 


Ching, Huang, and Xu Top Youth Team Tourney

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).