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YKNOT2 Registration Deadline Friday, Feb. 24

Sunday February 19, 2012

Over 50 players — including a professional — have already registered for the upcoming Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YKNOT). Registration is open until Friday February 24 for the second YKNOT, sponsored by Young Kwon. All AGA members who have lived in the US for six of the last 12 months and all AGA life members regardless of where they live are eligible to register; there’s no citizenship or permanent residency requirement, and even those who have just joined the AGA are eligible. Click here for the tournament schedule and rules. There will be prizes in every division, totaling nearly $3,000, and the open section will be scored as a North American Ing Masters qualifier. Registration closes this Friday, February 24; click here for free registration.

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Jiang Weijie Wins LG Cup, Collecting First International Title

Wednesday February 15, 2012

Collecting his first international title, Jiang Weijie 5P of China defeated Lee Changho 9P of Korea on February 15 in the final of the 16th LG Cup. The final started on February 13 and Jiang won the first game by resignation after unexpectedly killing a large white group late in the game. In Game 2, it was Lee who was on the attack. He put the 20-year-old Jiang through a severe test, but eventually resigned after 232 moves.
Jingning; based on her original article: Jiang Weijie wins 16th LG Cup at Go Game GuruPhoto: Jiang Weijie 5P (left) plays go legend Lee Changho 9P.

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Jing Yang Tops Tough Field in Win N.A. Chunlan Cup

Monday February 13, 2012

Jing Yang 8D of Winnipeg, Canada has won the North American Chunlan Cup to earn a place in the Chunlan Cup as the North American representative. Yang bested a field of 16 players including two professionals and other strong amateurs to make it to the Feb. 4-5 finals to face Yongfei Ge, also of Canada(see game at right). Yixian Zhou directed the tournament. Jing Yang will represent North America at the 2012 Chunlan Cup, scheduled to take place in Taizhou, in China’s JiangsuProvincein March. The tournament is sponsored by the Chunlan Group.

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- reported by Karoline Burrall, AGA Tournament Coordinator

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Chun-Hong Chen 8D Wins Phoenix Chinese Week Go Open

Monday February 13, 2012

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, Phoenix Chinese Week and the Arizona Go Club jointly sponsored the 2012 Phoenix Chinese Week (PCW) Go Open on January 29.

Twenty two go players ranging in strength from 18k to 8D gathered at the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center to compete in four divisions, Division A (2D and above), Division B (3K to 1D), Division C (8K to 4K) and Division D (9K and below).

After three rounds and nearly six hours of intensive competition, two winners were determined in each division. Chun-Hong Chen 8D demonstrated his superior strength by  sweeping all three games and won 1st place in Division A, while Jeremy Cain 4D won 2nd place. The winners for the other divisions are: Division B: Jonathan Holtrop 1k, 1st place; William Gundberg 1k, 2nd. Division C: Howard Liu 6k, 1st place; Richard Hardy 5k, 2nd place. Division D: Marty Luad 11k, 1st place; Guillermo Molano 11k, 2nd place.

“Another highlight was the outstanding performance of Junior player Howard Liu 6k,” reports local organizer Quan Li. “Liu played solid games and won three straight games to win 1st place in Division C. Two other junior players, Eric Lin 1d, and Jeffrey Luo 3k, also played very well. We also had a senior player, Demir Zoroglu 5k, who played some impressive games. All of us had great time, regardless of winning or losing. We’ll meet again for next year’s Phoenix Chinese Week Go Open.”
photo by Quan Li

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Thawing “The Body Electric” in Chicago

Monday February 13, 2012

“Love was in the air for our Winter tournament,” reports Chicago go organizer Bob Barber, who directed the February 11 “I Sing the Body Electric” tournament. “Three young women playing in the tournament are getting married this year: Laura Kolb, Lisa Scott, and Karoline Burrall. We even got to meet two of the fiances, one of whom, Patrick Allen, also joined in the games.”

The 42-player field was “a record breaking turnout for our new location, the Go Center in Arlington Heights,” Barber told the E-Journal. “For a while, I thought some might have to play outside in the 19 degree weather.  The beauty part, as our pal Chester Zawacki used to say, is that with so many players, the handicaps were small.”

Players attended from Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kentucky and Minnesota. “Those of us who attend the annual U.S. Go Congress were very happy to welcome Karoline Burrall (at left) to Illinois, where she’ll be studying and living for some years at least,” Barber added. “It was also gratifying to note that eight of the forty-two players were female.  Who said that go is an old man’s game?”

 


Results:
1st Place Dan:  ZHOU, Yinan, 5dTie 1st Place High Kyu: PUZAN, Daniel, 1k; SOLBERG, Richard, 2k
Tie 1st Place Mid Kyu:  MUSKOVITZ, David, 7k; BOYLAND, Peter, 8k
Tie 1st Place Low Kyu: ALAWI, Zaid, 10k; ANDERSON, Jennifer, 15k
photos: Daniel Smith (top right, bottom left); Mark Rubenstein (bottom right) 

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LA Go Club Moves to New Location

Monday February 13, 2012

Visitors to the LA Go Club recently might understandably have been worried by the vanished signs and tape over the door. Not to worry. Gary (Gun-ho) Choi’s venerable Koreatown playing location has moved to a new “and nicer” spot, reports local organizer Andy Okun. Although slightly smaller than the old location, the two-story mini-mall housing the club at 1144 S. Western Avenue, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90006, 323-732-7871 — is a much newer building and has more parking available. In addition, the new playing room is non-smoking, Choi says. The regular playing hours are 10a to 9p and the club is “available on request 24 hours.” The club is also available for go events of whatever kind, and is available free for teaching. Until the signage is changed, look for the new club at the one reading “Baby Tomato Photo Studio.”
- photos by Andy Okun

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Yuan Zhou 7D to Represent U.S. at WAGC in China

Monday February 13, 2012

Yuan Zhou 7D, a popular teacher and frequent competitor in top U.S. tournaments, will be the U.S. representative to this year’s World Amateur Go Championship, which will be held in Guanzhou, China in May. “I am excited to represent the U.S. and play in the WAGC,” Zhou (at right) told the E-Journal. “It took me lots of hard work and many tough matches to earn the right to become the U.S. representative. The competition will be very severe. All WAGC players are strong, and there will be no easy matches.”

This is just the third time in the 33-year history of the WAGC that it will be held outside Japan, “signifying a changing international go scene,” reports Thomas Hsiang, the American Go Association’s representative to the International Go Federation, where he’s vice president. “It’s expected at least half of all future WAGC will be sponsored by a non-Japanese city and it’s not out of the question that we may have it in North America one day.” The venue of this year’s WAGC, the Guangzhou Qiyuan, is a “magnificent, huge, board-game center where the mind-sport competitions of the 2010 Asian Games were held,” Hsiang adds.

The E-Journal will provide full onsite coverage of the event, thanks again to generous support from the IGF, providing the AGA membership glimpses of the venue, along with stories and game records of the event.

AGA Chapters List Returns

Monday February 13, 2012

The American Go Association Chapters List is back up and running, reports Steve Colburn. “Anyone can join and I added all current chapters today,” Colburn said Monday night (2/13). “This is a great new system that will help support chapters in the coming years,” Colburn added. “Please join the list so your message can be promptly posted to the group.” Questions about the list can be sent to lists moderator Arnold Eudell at chapterservices@usgo.org

 

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Euro Go Congress Set for Germany

Monday February 13, 2012

The 2012 European Go Congress is scheduled for July 21 to August 5 in Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany. Nearly 300 have already signed up for the 2-week Congress, which will take place in the Bad Godesberg municipal hall and the city offers all kinds of stores as well as bars, restaurants and hotels, with the Rhine River just a few minutes walk. Several main tournaments and lots of side events, plus pros, local sight-seeing and more.

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EuroGoTV News: Jan. 20 thru Feb. 11

Monday February 13, 2012

Spain: The La Carboneria, a class C tournament, played on 2/11 in Sevilla, Spain, was won by Raul Aguilera 7k; Result table.
Romania: The 3rd Radu Baciu Grand Prix – stage 2, a class A tournament, played 2/4-5 in Giarmata, Romania, was won by Viorel Arsinoaia 2d. (photo Alice Trifu 5k place 4 of 25 ) Result table.  The TrSeverin- Romanian Cup under 9 kyu, a class C tournament, played 2/3-5 in Drobeta TrSeverin, Romania, was won by Ionut Galbenu 9k; Result table. The Drobeta Tr.Severin- Romanian Cup- preliminaries group C, a class C tournament, played from 1/20-22 in Drobeta Tr.Severin, Romania, was won by Vasile Grecu 15k; Result table.
Italy: The Trofeo Milano 2012 – 1a Tappa, a class C tournament, played on 2/4 in Go Club Milano, Italy, was won by Francesco Marigo 4d. Result table.
The Netherlands: The Club Championship, a class A tournament, played from Jan 2 to Feb 6 in Utrecht, Netherlands, was won by Bram Koster 4d; Result table. The Jubileumtoernooi Seki, a class A tournament, played from 2/4-5 in Voorburg, Netherlands, was won by Zeno van Ditzhuijzen 4dResult table. As he did last year, Alex Ketelaars 1d ruled and won all his games and so became the 2012 Dutch Youth Champion Under 18. Yuki de Groot (photo at left) won the 2012 Dutch Youth Championship 2012 Under 12.
Germany: The Emder Hausboot-Turnier 2012, a class A tournament, played from 2/4-5 in Emden, Germany, was won by Willem-Koen Pomstra 5d; Result table.
France: The winner of the 27th Antony tournament and then 40th Paris Tournament is DAI Junfu 8D, Paris Go School Club.
Latvia: The Gosente mini handicap tournament, a class C tournament, played on 2/4 in Riga, Latvia, was won by Dmitrij Kravchenko 4k; Result table.
Ukraine: The Winter`s sonata, a class A tournament, played from 1/28-29 in Kherson, Ukraine, was won by Kostiantyn Pozharov 5k; Result table.
- excerpted from reports on EuroGoTV.com 

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