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TANG TO PLAY IN REDMOND CUP

Monday July 26, 2010

Curtis Tang 7d (r) will be competing in the Redmond Cup at the upcoming U.S. Go Congress.  Gansheng Shi 7d was slated to play, but was unable to attend Congress.  Tang, who placed third in the finals, will face Jianing Gan 6d in a best-of-three match in the Senior Division.  In the Junior, eleven-year-olds Oliver Wolf 2d and Henry Zhang 1d will square off.  All Redmond games will be broadcast live on KGS in the AGA Tournaments room.  The action starts Sunday August 1 at 3p MTN time, with additional matches on Monday at 3p, Tuesday at 7p, and Thursday at 3p.
- Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP: July 16-25

Sunday July 25, 2010

Gu Li Stays Alive in Super Meijin (7/25): In the second round of the Super Meijin Tournament, Gu Li defeated Iyama Yuta by 4.5 points. The third and deciding round will pit Gu Li against Lee Changho on July 27th. Lee Changho defeats Gu Li in Super Meijin First Round (7/24): In the first game of the new Super Meijin Tournament, Lee Changho defeated Gu Li by resignation. Kang Dongyun Advances to Myeongin Semifinals (7/23): In League A of the 38th Myeongin, Kang Dongyun 9p pulled off a coup by defeating Lee Sedol 9p in their second-to-last league game. Third Round Results in Caltex Cup (7/21): In third-round play of the 15th GS Caltex Cup tournament, Won Sungjin (9d) advanced to the semifinals by defeating An Choyeong (9d) by resignation. Cho U takes 2-1 lead in 35th Gosei (7/20): Cho U 9p is one game away from winning the Gosei for the fifth year in a row. He defeated Sakai Hideyuki 7p by resignation in the third round. The fourth round will be played on August 19th. Mannami Kana Wins Daiwa Ladies Cup (7/18): Mannami Kana (4d) defeated Okuda Aya (2d) by 6.5 points to win the 4th Diawa Ladies Cup title. Price Information Cup Final Begins (7/18): Lee Changho and Won Sungjin both won their respective first round matches in the 6th Price Information Cup. Chen Shiyuan Wins 2nd Round In Qiwang (7/16): In the second round of Taiwan’s 3rd Qiwang title match, the defending champion Chen Shiyuan (8d) defeated Lin Zhihan (9d) by resignation.
- JustPlayGo for full reports, photos and game records

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BUDDHIST NUN MARJORIE “SU CO” HEY NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Thursday July 22, 2010

Marjorie “Su Co” Hey has been chosen as the AGF’s Teacher of the Year.  An ordained Buddhist nun, she is in good company, joining Honinbo Sansa, the 16th century founder of the Honinbo House, among notable go playing Buddhists.  Hey, who lives in Medford, MA, has been a dedicated go teacher for the past seven years, with go programs at elementary schools, libraries, and Boys and Girls Clubs, often running five or six separate clubs each week.  “For those people who are afraid I am teaching their kids Buddhism, I point out that go was being played at least a thousand years before Buddhism or Christianity were established,” Hey told the E-Journal, “go teaches us to do our best, treat our opponents with respect and to avoid being greedy (the surest way to lose).”   Hey seems never to have been worried about the competitive aspects of the game, and instead delights in teaching and helping beginners.  She is not a strong player herself, with an AGA rank of 18 kyu, but she possesses a special gift – the ability to fascinate and delight children.  Her main interest is in helping her students, and she enjoys seeing their progress. “Ralph St. Louis (age 14) and I played to see if he would be eligible to play in the Massachusetts Go Association (MGA) tournament. Playing even, he won by a half point,’ said Hey.  “The next morning I loaned him my 10 volume set of Level Up and he set to studying it before the Sunday tournament. I entered him as a 20 kyu. He played me the first game and mowed me down. He went on to play a 6 kyu and won and then lost to a 4 kyu. I only won two and lost two. Last night I checked the new ratings and I had gone from 19+ kyu to 18.9 kyu but Ralph went from 20 kyu to 16.6 kyu. WOW!!!! Ralph is more than 2 kyu stronger than me.”  Tom Bahun, a teenaged 2 dan, tells a similar story:  “the first tournament I went to at the MGA was dull and boring, but the next one was run by Su Co, and we had tons of fun.  All the kids had huge smiles on their faces they were  so happy, including me, even though I had lost.  She is all around a great person and a great teacher of go to children.” The Teacher of the Year Award has become quite competitive in recent years, and many excellent teachers are finding themselves on a waiting list for the honor, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip the annual US Go Congress.  Honorable mention goes to Portland go teacher Fritz Balwit, and Colorado teacher David Weiss, who were also nominated for the award this year. Hey will hold a round-table discussion — for those who teach and those who would like to — at the Congress, on Monday Aug. 2 at 5pm.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Hey, at center, teaching children at Brooks Elementary School in Medford MA.

OUR YOUNGEST MEMBER

Friday July 16, 2010

The American Go Association’s youngest member, 8-month-old Madelyn Terpstra — AGA #18087 – tries out her new go set, a birthday present from proud grandfather Ted Terpstra (AGA #754). Click here for membership info; send your membership stories to us at journal@usgo.org

KANG DONGYUN CONTINUES HIS WINNING STREAK IN MYEONGIN A LEAGUE

Friday July 16, 2010

Like Park Yeonghun 9d in League B, Kang Dongyun 9P remains undefeated in League A of the 38th Myeongin. He defeated Baek Hongsuk 7d by resignation on July 15, which eliminates Hongsuk from a spot in the Myeongin semifinals. Dongyun, however, is facing a significant obstacle in maintaining his undefeated league record: his next opponent is Lee Sedol, who is in a must-win situation if he expects to make it into the semifinals. Sedol currently stands at two wins and one loss in league play and will face Kang Dongyun and Lee Changho in his final two games. At this stage in the tournament, there are four remaining players competing for two semifinal spots in League A: Lee Changho 9P, Lee Sedol 9P, Kang Dongyun 9P, and An Kukhyun 2P.
- JustPlayGo

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PARK YEONGHUN SWEEPING THROUGH MYEONGIN B LEAGUE

Friday July 16, 2010

Park Yeonghun 9P is moving toward accomplishing an undefeated record in League B of the 38th Myeongin. Yeonghun has won all three of his league games so far, notching his latest win against Won Sungjin 8P. He has two league games left to play, one against Cho Hanseung 9P and the other against Kim Kiyoung 5P. Yeonghun is currently ranked #4 among Korean professionals, with Cho Hanseung ranked #6 just behind Choi Cheolhan at #5. A victory against Hanseung would give Yeonghun a solid base going into the Myeongin finals. Park Yeonghun faces Cho Hanseung on August 9th.
- JustPlayGo

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COTSEN TOURNEY SET FOR SEPTEMBER 18-19 IN L.A.

Thursday July 15, 2010

Dates for the annual Cotsen Go Tournament – which features over $5,000 in prizes – have just been announced. The tournament, sponsored by Lloyd Eric Cotsen (r) with the American Go Association, will be held September 18-19 at the Los Angeles Center Studios. The tournament also features a the popular go club competition, free buffet lunch both days, game commentary by Yilun Yang 7P, and – unique among tournaments anywhere else in the world – free shoulder massages by professional masseuses. Plus, all entry fees are fully refunded Sunday afternoon, for those who pre-register. Email GoTournament@thelec.com for more info. photo by Chris Garlock

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PARK JUNGHWAN WINS CHINA-KOREA TENGEN

Tuesday July 13, 2010

Park Junghwan 8P won the 14th China-Korea Tengen Tuesday, defeating Chen Yaoye 9P by 1.5 points in the final round. This is Park Junghwan’s first C-K Tengen title win and the eighth time Korea has held the title. Chen Yaoye won the title last year, giving China six title wins.
- JustPlayGo for game records and an interview with Park Junghwan

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PARK JUNGHWAN KEEPS KOREA’S HOPES ALIVE IN TENGEN

Monday July 12, 2010

Park Junghwan 8d (r) defeated Chen Yaoye 9d (l) by 2.5 points in the second round of the 14th China-Korea Tengen on Monday, July 12. The series is now tied at 1-1; the final game will be played on July 13th.
- JustPlayGo

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JIANPING WANG WINS ASCHEIM MEMORIAL

Monday July 12, 2010

Jianping Wang 3D (r, with son) took first place in the July 11th Skip Ascheim Memorial Tournament at the Massachusetts Go Association in Somerville, MA. In second was Graham Higgins 6k, also with 4-0 and Pete Martin 4k and Brian Lee 1k tied for third, both with 3-1. There were 26 players, including TD Eva Casey and Mary Powers, who played one game apiece to fill in for late arrivals or early departures, so that no one would have to take a bye. photo courtesy Eva Casey

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