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U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Monday, August 5

Monday August 5, 2013

Tournament Recap: Top players get two bites at the competitive apple at the U.S. Go Congress, playing in both the U.S. Open in the morning and then in either the North American Masters Tournament (NAMT) or the Strong Players Open (SPO). In an upset win, Jianing Gan 7D forced a resignation by Andy Liu 1P in yesterday’s first-round action at the U.S Open (USO), but Liu — who conducted a simul in the afternoon (right) — notched a decisive win against Yuan Zhou 7D in the evening round of the NAMT.   In other top-board USO action, Canadian pro Zi Yang Hu 1P beat Tianyu (Bill) Li, Chinese pro Cong Li 3P lost to Yuhan Zhang 7D and Beomgeun Cho (9.2 AGA) defeated Andrew Lu (7.5 AGA). In other NAMT top results, Hugh Zhang 7D scored an upset against Yongfei Ge 8D, Zi Yang Hu 1P defeated Jianing Gan 7D and Andy Liu 1P beat Yuan Zhou 7D. In the SPO, Cong Li defeated James Sedgwick 7D of Canada, while Beomgeun Cho beat Andrew Lu and Juyong Koh 7D defeated Maojie Xia 6D. Track results — and check out game records, where available — of each round here: U.S. OpenNAMTSPO. For Congress tourney crosstabs going back to 2008, click herephoto by Chris Garlock

Today’s online live coverage of Round 2 of the U.S. Open begins at 9a (PST) on KGS (look for the USGO accounts); professional commentary by Myungwan Kim 9P and Cathy Li 1P begins at 10a. Our coverage of the second round in the North American Ing Masters and Strong Players Open begins at 7p.

Seen & Heard:  A top player in the US Open was late to his game because he was found trying to get into the wrong room, which turned out to be a locked storage closet, not the playing room.

Attention Congress Attendees: Exercise sharpens your mind: pick-up tennis and soccer games are at 4p this afternoon: see the signs outside the main playing area for details. Don’t forget to send us your Congress reports, sightings and photos. Got something all Congress attendees should know? Email it to us at journal@usgo.org!

Correction: This report has been corrected to reflect Chinese pro Cong Li 3P’s loss to Yuhan Zhang 7D in the US Open; our original report said that Li won.

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European Go Congress Update: Hui Fan Strikes Again

Sunday August 4, 2013

European Go Congress 2013Hui Fan 7d (left) is on fire lately. On top of his recent Leksand Open and EGF Qualification for Beijing 2013 wins, Fan has climbed to the top of the leader board for the main tournament at the 2013 European Go Congress underway in Poland. Behind him are Antti Tormanen 6d and former first place holder Mateusz Surma 6d. However, formidable contenders Ilja Shikshin 7d, Alexandr Dinerchtein 7d, and Ondrej Silt 6d hold sixth, seventh, and eighth. Twenty-year-old Lukas Kräemer 5d is also closing in on the top ten. The main tournament recommences on August 5 at 10 A.M. local time.

Meanwhile, the weekend tournament finished August 4 with Shikshin in first, Fan in second, and Ali Jabarin 6d in third. For the latest updates, full results, photos, and more, visit the official 2013 European Go Congress website.
– Annalia Linnan; photo courtesy EuroGoTV

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Gan and Ye Score in Redmond Cup; Lightning Tourney in Youth Room

Sunday August 4, 2013

Jianing Gan 7d and Aaron Ye 6d both won their first round matches in the Redmond Cup Finals at the US Go Congress Sunday afternoon.  Gan, who is from Canada, was undefeated in the qualifiers, and is the defending champion in the Senior Division of the Redmond (under 18).  His opponent Andrew Lu 6d is the current US Youth Champion, and lost only to Gan in the qualifiers.  Lu was out for a win, and played strongly throughout today’s match, but ran into time trouble and ultimately had to resign.  In the Junior Division (under 12) defending champion Aaron Ye, age 11, faced off against Canadian David Lu 6d, also 11.  Lu is new to the Redmond, entering for the first time this year, and was undefeated in the qualifiers.  Ye lost only to Lu, and was out for revenge in the finals.  Lu stumbled early in the game, when Ye killed a large group in the corner, but kept up his resolve and created tremendous complications for Ye throughout the rest of the game, which hinged on a ko that almost turned the tide.  Ye played steadily throughout though, and ultimately won by a large margin.  The game was broadcast live on KGS, and drew 150 observers.  Round two will be broadcast on Tuesday at 3pm PT, in the AGA Tournaments Room.

In the Youth Room at the Go Congress, today’s event was a lightning tournament, with ten minutes per player.  32 kids and teens played in the match, and table winners won $10 gift certificates to Congress go vendors.  Shirley Lin 3P and Andy Liu 1P also held simuls.  Justin Teng 6d won at the top lightning table, which included some of the strongest young players at congress.  Jimmy Yang 5d, April Ye 1k, Yukino Takehara 2k, Austen Cao 9k, and Anson Hu won the other tables.  Tomorrow’s events will be 9×9 and 13×13 tourneys, and professionals Myungwan Kim 9p and Mingjiu Jiang 7P will also hold simuls. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photos: top left: Andrew Lu 6d (l) vs. Jianing Gan 7d (r), photo by Phil Straus; bottom right: Youth Lightning Tourney, photo by Paul Barchilon.

 

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AGA Announces Plans for Second Pro Certification Tournament

Sunday August 4, 2013

The AGA’s second pro certification tournament is being planned for this coming December, AGA President Andy Okun tells the E-Journal.  “We had hoped to announce earlier in the year, but the sponsor of our first tournament, Tygem, decided for internal reasons not to continue their support, so we spent some time on the search for a replacement sponsor.”  The AGA’s pro system committee felt strongly that a 2013 tournament should be held and so a smaller tournament is being planned for early or mid-December, with eight competitors competing for one pro position.  The competitors will include the two runners-up from last year’s certification, two from the top finishers of the US Open at this year’s U.S. Go Congress, one chosen in an online tournament, one from the Cotsen Tournament tentatively scheduled for late October, one from a tournament in New York, and the top-rated eligible AGA player not selected by these events.  The finals will be held in Los Angeles and will include a modest travel subsidy. photo: Myungwan Kim 9P congratulates Andy Liu 1P, the first pro certified by the AGA in 2012; photo by Steve Colburn

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East-West Duel at 2013 Amateur Meijin

Sunday August 4, 2013

2013 Amateur MeijinWu Poyi carried the flag for Taiwan at this year’s Japanese Amateur Meijin. Coming to Tokyo by way of Miaoli County, he represented Hong Mal-geun-saem’s dojo in the final face-off against Korean-born Osaka resident Hong Suk-eui (left). More than an east vs. west grudge match, though, Poyi had everything to gain. This was his first major amateur tournament in Japan and Suk-eui has held the title for the last two years.

As if that were not enough, Suk-eui has also enjoyed extreme success in the Agon Kiriyama Cup when he defeated seven pros including a victory over a 9-dan that put him in the top 16, not to mention the half dozen amateur titles he has won in his home country. A tall order for any challenger. “If I lose to him, it will be only natural,” Poyi said.

Though Poyi fought hard in the first game and had a decent lead in the second game, Suk-eui won both games by resignation. He is the first player to win the Amateur Meijin three times and hopes next year to make it four. For more about Poyi and the 2013 Amateur Meijin, visit the official IGF website.
– Annalia Linnan, based on a report by the International Go Federation

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Los Angeles Tops Inaugural Pandanet-AGA City League

Sunday August 4, 2013

Team Los Angeles won the Pandanet-AGA City League A-League finals Saturday at the U.S. Congress in Tacoma, WA, defeating the Washington team 2-1 in hard-fought games (click here for game records). Beumgeon (Evan) Cho defeated Jie Li on Board 1, while Seung Hyun (Kevin) Hong beat Yuan Zhou on Board 3 in the afternoon games, broadcast live on Pandanet. Eric Lui, playing via Pandanet from Seoul Korea, where he’s playing in the Samsung Cup preliminaries for the AGA, scored DC’s only win by defeating Dae Hyuk (Daniel) Ko. Andy Okun captained the LA team.  “We’re tremendously pleased with the results of our first year of the Pandanet AGA City League,” League Project Co-Manager Jon Boley reported to Congress attendees Saturday night at a brief awards ceremony. Twenty eight teams competed in four leagues: LA won the A League, Toronto won the B League, Chicago won in C League, and Brentwood, TN won the D League. Karoline Burrall was the League Manager, Steve Colburn was the League webmaster and support was provided by Andy Okun and Thomas Hsiang. The EJ’s Andrew Jackson and Dennis Wheeler recorded the Board 1 and Board 3 games. photo (l-r): Jon Boley, Evan Cho, Andy Okun, Daniel Ko, Steve Colburn, Kevin Hong and Karoline Burrall; photo by Phil Straus

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U.S. Sends 4 Players to Samsung Prelims

Sunday August 4, 2013

Four U.S. players are participating in the preliminaries of the 18th Samsung Cup, being held August 2-8 in Korea. A total of 345 players will be divided into 19 groups and the winner of each group will advance and join the 13 seeded players in the main tournament, which will start in September. The 19 groups include 14 open groups, two for senior pros, two for women. The last group, called the “world group”, is formed with four North American and four European players. The pairings in this group will start with Yinli Wang (US) vs. Oleg Mezhov, Benjamin Lockhart (US) vs. Rob Van Zeist, Yunxuan Li (US) vs. Jan Hora, and Eric Lui (US) vs. Cristian Pop.

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U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Saturday, August 3

Saturday August 3, 2013

Hundreds of go players are converging on Pacific Lutheran University in Takoma, WA today as the 29th annual U.S. Go Congress gets underway. Here are some snapshots by EJ photographer Phil Straus: top right: Yuan Zhou plays Seung Hyun Hong in the Pandanet-AGA City League Finals on Saturday afternoon; bottom right: early arrivals waste no time getting on the board; bottom left: Congress Registrar Judy Debel prepares early Saturday for the onslaught of go players from around the world; top left: E-Journal staffers Todd Heidenreich (right) and Steve Colburn prep for the EJ’s Congress coverage.
- photos by Phil Straus; collage by Chris Garlock
Plus: Click here Phil Straus’ complete album of the day. 

 

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Pandanet AGA City League Finals this Saturday

Friday August 2, 2013

Team Los Angeles, captained by Andy Okun, will play Team Washington DC, led by I-han Lui, in the inaugural Pandanet AGA City League finals this Saturday at the U.S. Go Congress in Tacoma, WA.

Schedule: Saturday, August 3, 3:00 p.m. (PST): Beumgeon Cho vs Jie Li on Board 1 and Seung Hyun Hong vs Yuan Zhou on Board 3; at 8:30 p.m. (PST) Dae Hyuk (Daniel) Ko vs Eric Lui (Eric Lui is in Seoul Korea to play in the Samsung Cup preliminaries as a representative of the AGA.  Due to this special circumstance, organizers, working with Myung-wan Kim 9P, arranged for a monitor for Eric and a place for him to play in Seoul at the KBA in Pro Room A)All games will be broadcast on IGS: Board 1 on on AGACL1; Board 2 (Daniel Ko vs Eric Lui) will be played directly against each other online; Board 3 will be broadcast on AGACL2.

Player Notes:
Team Los Angeles
Beungeum Cho
 was undefeated in League play with a score of 10-0. Started playing Baduk at the age of 8.  When he was 13 he turned serious and attempted to become a professional Korean Baduk player. At the age of 18 he had to choose between becoming an Yeonguseng (Insei) at KBA and going to University.  He decided to study English in school with an eye towards teaching Baduk internationally.  He is now in Los Angeles teaching Baduk with Kim Myung-wan 9p.
Dae Hyuk Ko learned Baduk at the age of 5 from his parents.  He started actively playing at the age of 15.  In 1998 he moved to the US to study English and go to college.  In 2006, he joined the AGA and started playing in AGA Tournaments.  His wins include the 2008 Korea Times Myung-In Championship in Los Angelese, 2009 Samsung North Americca qualifier, and 2010 the Cotsen Open in Los Angeles. Three time winner of the Santa Monica Cup.
Seung Hyun Hong is substituting for Curtis Tang who was unable to make the finals.  Seung Hyun starting playing Baduk at the age of 6 from his father a 10 kyu.  In middle school, he was a Yeonguseng at KBA for one year.  In 2006 he came in third place in the US Open. Seung Hyun is now focusing on teaching his daughter to play Baduk.  She is 2 years old.

Team Washington DC
Jie Li has represented the United States nearly a dozen times in top international invitational championships, and has won 11 North American titles, 7 U.S. national titles, and 13 regional titles. Though not holding a professional certificate, he is one of the strongest go players in the United States, playing at an equal level with many American professionals and has earned the all-time-most North American and US titles combined.
Yuan Zhou 7D
was born in Tianjin, China. His father taught him to play go at the age of six and he was twice invited to represent Tianjin in the All China Go Prodigy Cup. In 1989 Zhou immigrated to the USA, joined the American Go Association (AGA) and became a US citizen. Zhou was the president of the University of Maryland Go club, from which he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering, and became increasingly involved in AGA events, winning many go tournaments, including 30 U.S. go titles and has represented USA in international tournaments many times (WAGC, Korea Prime Minister Cup, World Pair Go Championship, etc). Zhou was also elected to be the AGA board of directors in 2005. Zhou is also a popular author, teacher and lecturer; he lives in Germantown, Maryland.
Eric Lui achieved amateur one dan at the age of 6, representing the US internationally in Seoul, Korea a year later. To date, he has had about a dozen international representations to the World Youth Go Championship, WAGC, Korean Prime Minister Cup, World Student Go Oza, Pair Go, and the Samsung. Eric holds Japanese go in high esteem, citing Kobayashi Satoru and Takemiya Masaki among his favorite players. He also has great admiration for Ma Xiaochun and Yoo Changhyuk.

 

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Seattle Go Center Expecting Visitors Around Go Congress

Friday August 2, 2013

With the U.S. Go Congress happening just an hour’s drive away in Tacoma, the Seattle Go Center is preparing for special events before and after the Congress.   Professional Ryo Maeda will be visiting the Go Center before the Congress, on Aug. 1 and 2, while Masaki Takemiya 9p and Chihiro Chujo 1p will be giving lectures and playing simultaneous games Aug. 12-15 after the Congress.  The calendar on the Go Center website has the details.

The Seattle Go Center will be closed during most of Go Congress, but it will be open on Tuesday, Aug 6, from 3 – 10 p.m.  “Tuesdays are our biggest day, so it’s always great time for visitors to drop by; everybody can find a game, from beginners to 6 dan players,” reports Manager Brian Allen.  Photo: Brian Allen washing the Go Center sign.  Photo by Luke Allen.

 

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