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Go Congress Photo Album: Pair Go

Friday August 10, 2012

At the 2012 U.S. Pair Go Championships, August 9 at the U.S. Go Congress (Dyer-Zhou Win 2012 U.S. Pair Go Championships 8/10/12 EJ). photos by Chris Garlock except center photo by Phil Straus; collage by Chris Garlock

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Zi Yang Hu & Andy Liu Headed for Showdown in U.S. Open & Ing Masters

Thursday August 9, 2012

Call it our very own Go Olympics. Top-seeded Zi Yang Hu (below right) and #2 seed Andy Liu (below left), already scheduled to play for the 2012 North American Ing Masters (NAIM) title tonight – 7p on KGS, with live commentary by Mingjiu Jiang 9P (top right) and Yilun Yang 7P (top left) – are 4-0 in the U.S. Open and thus likely to be paired in this morning’s 5th round action, which will be broadcast on KGS starting at 9:30a (EST) with live professional commentary. Mingming “Stephanie” Yin will play Beomgeun Cho in the Strong Players Open (SPO) final, which will be broadcast live on KGS starting at 7P. Other 4-0 winners in the Open are Jeremy Chiu, Aaron Ye, Yunxuan Li, Forest Song, Frank Salantrie, Linden Chiu, Jared Beck, Willis Huang, Vivek Chavda, April Ye, Raymond Jiang, Zihang Yin, Jason Preuss, Theodore B. Terpstra, Elliot Stern, Amanda Miller, Bryan Tan, Caroline Scheck, Edward James Lane and Zongren Huang. Click here for latest results in the US Open,  NAIM and Strong Player’s Open.

Congress Updates: August 9: Andrew Lu Sweeps Congress Die Hard Tournament; California1 Leads Wisonet Team Tourney

Thursday August 9, 2012

Andrew Lu Sweeps Congress Die Hard Tournament: Nearly a quarter of the Congress attendees — 93 players — participated in the Die Hard tournament instead of taking the day off Wednesday. Andrew Lu swept all his games, going 4-0 in the top section to win the tournament. The other 4-0 players were: Sun Daqiang 2D, E-Journal Tournaments reporter Lee Huynh 1D, Anand Sathya 2K, Yin Zihang 3K, and Rohde David 5K.
- Andy Olsen, TD; photo: Lee Huynh (r) and friends study life and death problems Thursday night.

California1 Leads Wisonet Team Tourney: The California1 team led the Wisonet Cup State Team Go Tournament after the third round, with 3 major points. California II and Virginia were tied with 2 major points each, but California II’s minor score of 17 was ahead of Virginia’s 6. The winning team (most wins over losses) in each head-to-head match gets one major score point, and also earns minor score points based on the win-loss record for the team overall. The rest of the scores: New Jersey 1 major, 12 minor, New York no major, 8 minor, and North Carolina no major, 5 minor.

Fraser & Huang Win 13×13: Kalinda Fraser 8k won the 13×13 Kyu Division and Willis Huang 1D won the Dan Division on Tuesday night.
- Jim Hlavka, TD

 

Go Congress Photo Album: Crazy Go

Thursday August 9, 2012

Top right: spiral go; middle right: Galactic Go; Bottom Right: 4-color Go; Bottom left: Blind Go; Middle left: TD Terry Benson being interviewed by The Surrounding Game documentary crew; Top left: 3-color Go.
all photos by Phil Straus except Terry Benson and Blind Go by Chris Garlock

Go Congress Photo Album: Day Off Activities

Thursday August 9, 2012

Top right: dancing to bluegrass music at the Wednesday night Live Bluegrass and Dessert event; bottom right: playing “Big Brother” go with Chinese professionals; middle bottom: playing in the Midnight Madness Tournament; bottom left: enjoying music at the Wednesday night Live Bluegrass and Dessert event; middle left: playing poker; top left: practicing for the Pair Go tournament; middle: playing go and picnicking atop High Windy Mountain. photos by Phil Straus, Chris Garlock & Steve Colburn. 

Liu and Su Top Youth Adult Pair Go

Wednesday August 8, 2012

Amy Su 4d and Ge Liu 6d won the top table of Youth Adult Pair Go at the US Go Congress on Tuesday afternoon.  Su is the daughter of Feng Yun 9P, and looks like she is becoming a strong player in her own right.  Thirty-two players competed in the event this year, which included a few male/male pairs as well. The event often serves as a warm up for the regular Pair Go tourney on Thursday night, where pairs will compete for the right to represent the US at the World Pair Go Championships.  Youth Adult Pair Go is one of many events in the Youth Room, which features daily prize tourneys.  Thursday’s events are relay Go and a 13×13 tourney,  the Youth Team Tourney will be on Friday.  Congress youth attendance has been increasing steadily, and 100 kids and teens are attending this year – almost a full quarter of registrations.  Other Pair Go winers included: Kelsey Dyer 1d and Sam Zimmerman 5k; Melissa Zhang 1d and Jeff Horn 1d; Peter Zhang 5d and Julie Burrall 6k; Ethan Frank 6k and William Xu 4k; Jia Jia 7k and Winston Jen 8k, Erandi Lozano 15k and Phillip Brix 6k.  Story/photo: Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Sathya Anand 2k attributes the divine move to his partner Kalinda Fraser 8k, their opponents Ethan Frank 6k (front) and William Xu 4k (rear) were nonplussed and went on to win the game.

Congress Updates (Tuesday, August 7): U.S. Open Round 3 Results; NAIM Final: Andy Liu vs. Zi Yang Hu; Strong Players Open Final: Stephanie Yin vs. Beomgeun Cho; Frankel & Horn Leading in Self Paired Tourney; Midnight Madness; Twice As Much Fun; Kirschner Tapped to Complete Castanza’s Term on AGA Board

Tuesday August 7, 2012

U.S. Open Round 3 Results: Zi Yang Hu, Andy Liu and Ge Liu head up the list of undefeated players in the U.S. Open after three rounds, setting up some tough match-ups later in the week when the Open continues after the traditional Day Off on Wednesday. Click here for all results — and top-board game records – through Round 3. Click here for Shirley Lin 1P’s commentary on the Round 3, Board 1 game between Zi Yang Hu and Pengwang Song.

NAIM Final: Andy Liu vs. Zi Yang Hu
New American pro Andy Liu will face Zi Yang Hu on Friday night in the final round of the 2012 North American Ing Masters (NAIM). The game will be broadcast live on KGS with pro commentary and video streaming. Click here for latest NAIM game results and pro game commentaries, including Yilun Yang’s commentaries on Round 2 Boards 1 and 2. photo: Yang commenting Monday night; photo by Chris Garlock

Strong Players Open Final: Stephanie Yin vs. Beomgeun Cho
Mingming “Stephanie” Yin plays Beomgeun Cho in the Strong Players Open (SPO) final, which will be broadcast live on KGS.

Frankel & Horn Leading in Self Paired Tourney: David Frankel is leading in four categories in the Self Paired Tournament, with Jeffrey Horn leading in three. Latest standings: Champion: David Frankel; Dedicated: Kelsey Dyer; Faithful: Yoshitomo Nakata; Giant Killer: David Frankel; Grasshopper: David Frankel; Hurricane: David Frankel; Kyu Killer: Horn, Jeffrey; Optimist: John Redford; Philanthropist: Kelsey Dyer; Sensei Jeffrey Horn; Straight Shooter: Jeffrey Horn. Click here for latest standings.

Midnight Madness: Andrew Lu 6d and Edward Lane 19k, both undefeated, lead after the first three rounds.
- Andy Olsen

Twice As Much Fun: “Ever wish you had another brain to play go?” asks Todd Heidenreich. “Join us for Pair Go this Thursday and bring a friend!” Two dozen male-female pairs have already signed up to compete in the 2012 US Pair Go Championship, which starts at 7P in the Main Playing Space. “In a week of great events, this is one of the most fun,” promises Heidenreich.  Sign up in the Blue Ridge Center Lobby by 11pm Wednesday night to avoid having to wait on the alternates list. 2011 Pair Go photo by Steve Colburn 

Kirschner Tapped to Complete Castanza’s Term on AGA Board: In a very short special meeting on August 7th, the board selected Chris Kirschner (at right in photo) to fill the seat left vacant by Gordon Castanza’s resignation. Kirschner, runner-up in the recent election, will serve the remaining 13 months of the term. According to the bylaws, the board is obligated to select a replacement within 30 days should the number of directors drop below seven. photo by Chris Garlock

Correction: The email address for details on the 2012 Osaka go camp (Maeda Organizing 2013 Go Camp in Osaka 8/6 EJ) is Osaka.go.2013@gmail.com

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Kyu-Killer Keith Arnold Falls to Kyu Players, 19-1

Tuesday August 7, 2012

Despite professional-level trash-talking – “Yeah, yeah, you got that wrong, didn’t you? But then you had so little time to think” – Keith Arnold won just one of his 20 games in the Keith Arnold Kyu-Killer Challenge Tuesday afternoon. “It was harder than I thought,” Arnold admitted to the E-Journal Tuesday night as he played multi-color go at Crazy Go with his daughter Melanie and friends. “I’d have been happy to win five games, but I didn’t expect to win only one. I do think, however, that some of those ranks were a bit suspect,”Arnold said, beaten but unbowed. photos by Phil Straus (left) & Chris Garlock (right)

Gan and Ye Shut Out Rivals in Redmond

Tuesday August 7, 2012

Jianing Gan 7d and Aaron Ye 5d swept their divisions in the 2012 Redmond Cup.  Fifteen-year-old Jianing Gan 7d, from Canada, placed first in the Cup’s online qualifiers and proved unstoppable, with a perfect record. His opponent in the finals at the US Go Congress was defending champion Calvin Sun, 7d, age 15, who has won the Redmond three times. Both boys also competed in the AGA Tygem professional tourney, last week, and Gan proved exceptionally strong, placing third in the event.  His opponent, and new American pro, Ganshing Shi 1P provides commentary on the exciting final match in the game record below.  In the Redmond Junior Division ten-year-olds Aaron Ye 5d and Austen Liao 2d duked it out.  Ye, who is also the reigning US Youth Champion in the under-12 division, played solidly in both rounds, winning by convincing double-digit margins.  Liao, competing in the Redmond for the first time, did his best, but was overwhelmed by the defending champion. -Report/photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Jianing Gan 7d (l) vs. Calvin Sun 7d (r). 

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U.S. Go Congress Lightning Tournament Table Winners

Tuesday August 7, 2012

Dan: Brandon Zhou 2d; Andrew Zalesak 1d; Peter Zhang 3d; Willis Huang 1d; Amy Su 4d
Kyu: Sathiya Anand 2k; John Redford 7k; Justin Cheng 4k; Alvin Chen 12k; Philip Brix 6k; Alex Kuang 22k; Zihang Yin 3k; Jerry Lu 10k. TD: Keith Arnold
- Lee Huynh; photos/collage by Chris Garlock