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Pandanet-AGA City League Kicks Off This Weekend

Wednesday January 23, 2013

The Pandanet-AGA City League officially starts this weekend, January 26-27. In its first year, the League features 28 teams from North American cities and regions, divided into four leagues. The teams in each league will play round-robin team matches on the Pandanet Internet Go Server. Each league’s top finisher moves up to the next higher league at the end of the season, while the bottom finisher moves down to the lower league, etc.”Pandanet has provided a generous cash prize fund for the top leagues,” reports Thomas Hsiang.  In addition, the teams are encouraged to seek regional sponsors to pay for the players’ game fees and other team activities.
The inaugural top leagues feature many of the best and strongest North American players. In A-League, they are: Los Angeles, captained by Andy Okun and including Beomgeun (Evan) Cho, Daniel Daehyuk Ko, Curtis Tang, and Seung Hyun (Kevin) Hong; Boston, captained by Ke Lu and including Huiren Yang, Jie Liang, Guochen Xie, and Yunzhe Zhang; DC captained by Keith Arnold and including Jie Li, Eric Lui, Yuan Zhou, and Daniel Chou; NYC, captained by Cole Pruitt and including Andy Liu, Michael Chen, Will Lockhart, and Yingzhi Qian; Vancouver, captained by Cathy Liu and including Matthew (Zi Yang) Hu, David Lu, Qi Zheng, and Bill Lin; Seattle, captained by Michael Cho and including Edward Kim Dong Baek Kim, Son, and Sung-Chul Cho.
In B-League, the teams are Southern California, captained by Yanchen Sun and including Calvin Sun, Rui Wang, Yixian Zhou, and Andrew Lu; DC-2, captained by Edward Zhang and including Lin Lu, Yangang Li and Liang Yu; Toronto, captained by Colin Zheng and including Tiger Gong, Xiaofei Deng, Sarah Yu, and Hank Xie; Massachusetts, captained by Ke Lu and including Di Zhu, Trevor Morris, Yu Zhong, and Ke Lu; San Francisco, captained by Steve Burrall and including Matthew Burrall, Hugh Zhang, Aaron Ye, and Jeremy Chiu; Montreal, captained by Rémi Campagnie and including Rémi Campagnie, Manuel Velasco, Jean-Sébastien Lechasseur, and Vincent Binette.
The League kick-off closely coincides with the unveiling of the new Pandanet client GoPanda-2, “A web-based client that features stunning graphics and works on many platforms,” says Hsiang. Watch for announcement of the schedule of the first round games and future news on the AGA and League   websites.
Categories: U.S./North America
Share Hopes Third Time is Charm for Andy Liu-Lee Sedol Game

Tuesday January 22, 2013

Hopefully the third time with be the charm for Technical snafus on Monday once again derailed the Andy Liu-Lee Sedol game, which had been rescheduled from Sunday, when lag problems on the server caused Lee Sedol’s clock to run out.

The game is now scheduled for this Saturday, January 26 at 8a EST. “We presume that the tech team can get the major bugs out in a few days,” says Michael J. Simon, CFO and Head of English Activities for 82 Limited, which is launching the new server. The Liu-Sedol game is the first in a 10-game series against the two new U.S. professionals, Andy Liu and Gansheng Shi, and Romanian pro Catalin Taranu 5P.

The pressure is on, as the new server is also set to host the first World Go League Invitational game at 7a EST this Sunday, January 27 between Sedol and Chen Yaoye. Ten of the world’s top professionals will play for $100,000 in prizes. Organizers plan to run tests this week “where a bunch of people from different continents will play and bet on the games, chat, and generally stress our system,” says Simon.


AGHS T-Shirt Contest

Tuesday January 22, 2013

The American Go Honor Society is having a t-shirt design contest. Come up with any fun designs for the front of an AGHS t-shirt and yours could be the one worn by AGHS members throughout the nation. There are a few requirements:
1) The design must include “American Go Honor Society” somewhere.
2) Only use up to two colors.
3) The design should be created electronically, or if drawn should be sent in the form of an electronic copy.
The AGHS officers will vote on the best design, and the winner will be notified and given a free t-shirt of their own design. Send your submission to by March 1st to be entered into the contest. -Julian Erville, AGHS Vice President.

Zhou Ruiyang 5P Shuts Out Chen Yaoye 9P in Bailing Cup Final

Monday January 21, 2013

Zhou Ruiyang 5P (at right, in photo) won his first international title in convincing fashion after taking down Chen Yaoye 9P (below left) 3-0 in the Bailing Cup on January 19th.

Despite being rated only 5P, Zhou was one of China’s strongest pros and has played on the Chinese team in the last two Nongshim Cups. However, an international title had eluded him in his ten-year career as a pro, until now.

Chen is another player who is long overdue for an international title after dominant performances in Chinese domestic tournaments like the Chinese Tengen and Chanqi Cup.

His next chance will be against Lee Seedol in the Chunlan Cup final this coming July.

The Bailing Cup is an international go tournament sponsored by the Guizhou Bailing Pharmaceutical Group; it started in 2012 and the winner receives about $300,000 USD. The format is a straight knock-out of 64 players with a best-of-five game final.

Adapted from a report on Go Game Guru; click for game records and more information. Edited by Ben Williams

Categories: U.S./North America

After Server Lag Issues, Liu-Sedol Game Reset for January 21

Sunday January 20, 2013

“Andy Liu 1p and Lee Sedol 9p started off a pretty interesting game this morning in’s 10-game kadoban (Andy Liu 1P Takes on Lee Sedol Sunday on but ran aground when lag problems on the server  caused Lee Sedol’s clock to run out,” reports AGA President Andy Okun. “Andy had already noted the lag problem and asked if there was a way of changing the time settings but there wasn’t.” It was agreed that the two will play a new game tomorrow (Monday, January 21) at 8a EST (5a on the West Coast) with longer byo-yomi settings.  Here’s the SGF of the game up to the point of stoppage.




Edward Kim 7d & Ho Son 7d Tie for First at Jin Chen Memorial Tournament in Seattle

Sunday January 20, 2013

Edward Kim 7d and Ho Son 7d — both undefeated — shared the first place honors for the open section of the 3rd Jin Chen Memorial Tournament, held Jan. 6 in Seattle, WA. Second place went to guest Xingshuo Liu 7d, who is a law student at Indiana University and said that she isn’t playing much now, and that she “was probably a stronger player when she was 12 years old in China.”  The tournament attracted 32 players, with five 7-dans and three 6-dans in the open section.

In the handicapped section, there were three bands for prizes: dan level, 1k-5k, and 6k+. Among the dan players, Daniel Poore placed first, Job Betcher second, and Chang Kim third. For the 1k-5k group, Jordon Betcher was first, Moon Wung Sung second, and Judith Debel third. For the 6k group, Jae Moon Kim placed first, George Schmitten second and Frank Brown third.

Tournament Directors were Daniel Top and Bill Chiles. Dennis Wheeler and Andrew Jackson recorded four top games, which are posted at the Seattle Go Center website.

Photo: Xingshuo Liu and Edward Kim during round 2 of the tournament. Report and photo by Brian Allen.

Categories: U.S./North America

Rising Prodigies Defeat Top Pros in Exhibition Games

Friday January 18, 2013

In a surprising series of upsets, three players, all under 16 and who turned pro earlier this year, have defeated some of the top-rated Korean players.

Byun Sangil 2P (right) was born in 1997 and became a pro in early 2012; he’s currently ranked number 18 in Korea, and recently played in the Bailing and Olleh KT Cups.

Shin Minjoon 1P  (left) and Shin Jinseo 1P (below right) both became pros this July at the “Prodigy Pro Draft qualifier for ‘young talented students under 15.” They were born in 1999 and 2000 respectively.

Top players Lee Changho 9P, Lee Sedol 9P and Choi Cheolhan 9P each agreed to play exhibition matches against the rising stars. Unexpectedly, Lee Changho and Choi lost to their respective opponents, Shin Jinseo and Shin Moonjoon.

Lee began his game with an old-fashioned opening, and took the lead, but had the game reversed through the middle and end games.

“I can’t say that much about Shin after playing only one game,” said Lee afterwards, “but he seems to be very good at making good shape and fighting. He’s already quite strong, so if he keeps studying hard, I’m sure he’ll reach the top in the near future.”

Choi’s style of play is aggressive, and served him well when he defeated Shin in the preliminary rounds of the GS Caltex Cup. However this time Shin was about to seize on an early opportunity and held up through the endgame for a 2.5 point win.

“It’s easy to improve a lot at Shin’s age,” said Choi, “and if he can win some important matches, he’ll become a great player in the future.”

Lee Sedol was the only pro who managed to hold off his opponent, defeating Byun Sangil, his former student, by half a point.

“I was quite surprised to see the results of the other two games. I know the young players are already quite strong, but it’s still very impressive,” said Lee. He added that, “this is kind of event isn’t the same as a real match, so I don’t want the youngsters to become too excited. But they should reflect on this experience and keep going.”

Adapted from a report on Go Game Guru; click for game records and more information. Edited by Ben Williams

Categories: World,Youth

EuroGoTV: January 17

Friday January 18, 2013

12 and Under Russian Championship: The 12 and Under Russian Championship, played from 01/12-13 in Moscow, Russia, was won by Valerij Kulishov 1k, second was Mikhail Dobricyn 6k and third was Kim Shakhov 5k… Barnaul Open Tournament: The Barnaul Open Tournament, played from 01/12-13 in Barnaul, Russia, was won by Evgenij Gorbachev 3d, second was Pavel Pristupa 2d and third was Zoja Gorbacheva 4k… La Carboneria played on 01/12 in Sevilla, Spain, was won by Adrian Dominguez 9k, second was David Ciudad 12k and third was Raul Aguilera 7k… Helsingin Mestaruus 2013 Avoin: The Helsingin mestaruus 2013 avoin, played on 01/12 in Helsinki, Finland, was won by Arto Heikkinen 2d, second was Anttoni Maula 1d and third was Pekka Lajunen 3d (left)Helsingin mestaruus: The Helsingin mestaruus, played from 01/12-13 in Helsinki, Finland, was won by Juri Kuronen 5d, secod was Vesa Laatikainen 5d and third was Javier-Aleksi Savolainen 5d… Campeonato Espana Femenino GO: The Campeonato Espana Femenino GO, played on 01/12 in Sevilla, Spain, was won by Sabina Rodriguez 8k, second was Elena Garrido 14k and third was Susana Ballesta 19k… Turniej o Smoczy Kamien: The Turniej o Smoczy Kamien, played from 01/12-13 in Krakow, Poland, was won by Koichiro Habu 4d, second was Kamil Chwedyna 4d (right) and third was Mateusz Chojnacki 1d… 1st Karlovac mini Tournament 2013: The first Karlovac mini Tournament 2013, played on 01/12 in Karlovac, Croatia, was won by Mladen Smud 1k, second was Vladimir Ribicic 19k and third was Lovro Furjanic 1d… Trys Karaliai 2013: The Trys Karaliai 2013, played on 01/12 in Vilnius, Lithuania, was won by Paulius Almintas 1d, second was Vidas Sadauskas 5k and third was Andrius Petrauskas 4d… Go7 Weekly Ranking 1: The Go7 Weekly Ranking 1, played on 01/12 in Vienna, Austria, was won by Peter Neubauer 5k, second was Matthias Frisch 1d and third was Christian Anderson 4k (photo Viktor Lin 5d place 5 of 11)… Children’s Convention Championship: The Children Convention Championship, played from 01/05-06 in Moscow, Russia, was won by Andrej Tkachuk 13k, secondwas Ksenia Ivanova 18k and third was Ivan Mitjushov 20k… Championship of Cheljabinsk: The Championship of Cheljabinsk, played from 01/04-05 in Cheljabinsk, Russia, was won by Sergej Sonin 2d, second was Oleg Novikov 2d and third was Konstantin Serikov 2k… Essen 2013: The Essen 2013, played from 01/12-13 in Essen, Germany, was won by Jonas Welticke 4d (right), second was Johannes Obenaus 5d and third was Matthias Terwey 4d… Decin Tournament: The Decin Tournament played from 01/12-13 in Decin, Czech Republic, was won by Lukas Podpera 5d, second was Martin Jurek 4d and third was Petr Kouba 2d… Warszawska Liga Go #1: The Warszawska Liga Go #1, played on 01/08 in Warszawa, Poland, was won by Karol Cieslak 1k, second was Dawid Jurkiewicz 1d and third was Bartosz Klimczak 3k…
- adapted from EuroGoTV, which includes winner reports, crosstabs, game records and photos. Edited by Taylor Litteral

Categories: Europe

NA Go Convention Registration Nears 100; Daytrippers Welcomed

Friday January 18, 2013

Registration for the upcoming N.A. Go Convention is nearing 100, reports organizer Edward Zhang. The week-long event February 8-17 spans two weekends, beginning in Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ (2/8-12) and then moving to Arlington, VA (2/13-17); click here for the full schedule. Organizers are welcoming daytrippers by rewarding 3-win and 4-win players, and Zhang says that with $3,170 in cash prizes, plus trophies, books, convention certificates, and rank certificates, “everyone will win something!” Those “who can only make it one day, Saturday or Sunday, may see our event as a traditional one-day-four-round tournament, with a possibility of fifth and sixth rounds in Blitz or Pair Go at your discretion” adds Zhang. The pre-registration deadline for reduced rates has been extended to January 20. “Special thanks to Zhimin Zhang, president of Bei Dou Xing restaurant franchise in Hebei, China, for donating part of the cash prize pool,” Zhang adds. Transportation is being arranged for players traveling from New York to Parsippany; sign up here and “If there are enough requests, we will schedule a shuttle bus to pick up and drop off,” says Zhang.


Myungwan Kim 9P Live Tygem Commentary Friday on Bailing Cup Round 3; Andy Liu 1P Takes on Lee Sedol Sunday on

Thursday January 17, 2013

It’s going to be a busy online go weekend. On Friday, go fans can watch Myungwan Kim 9P comment on the Bailing Cup live on Tygem, as Chen Yaoye 9P (left) — down 0-2 — tries to stay alive in his battle for the title against Zhou Ruiyang 5P. And on Sunday, Andy Liu 1P will play Lee Sedol 9P on

Kim’s commentary starts at 8:30p EST Friday, January 18 on the Tygem World Server, while the Liu-Sedol game is at 8a EST on Sunday, January 20 on

In his online reviews of the first two games, Kim said that although Chen, currently the top player in China and considered one of the strongest players in the world, was expected to have a slight edge, “he was not able to stand up to the pressure of the championship series.” Zhou on the other hand, the number one player in China in 2011, has handled the pressure well, Kim said, “perhaps because he has played in a world championship once before.” In this best-of-five Cup, Chen will have to win all three of the remaining games to win the $300,000 prize and the international title. Whoever prevails in the series, the winner will have his first world championship.

Sunday’s Liu-Sedol game is the first in a 10-game series against the two new U.S. professionals, Andy Liu and Gansheng Shi, and Romanian pro Catalin Taranu 5P, sponsored by the new server (New Go Server Launches With 10 Top Pros in $100,000 Invitational). photo: Andy Liu (right) receiving his professional certificate from Myungwan Kim 9P in August 2012 after winning the AGA-TYGEMGO Pro Tournament; photo by Steve Colburn