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AGA GO CAMP UPDATES

Saturday April 10, 2010

The East Coast summer go camp is set for July 17-25, in Somerset, New Jersey, while the West Coast Go Camp is still seeking a Director. Feng Yun 9P will again be the primary teacher at the East Coast camp, with John Mangual taking over as camp director. “The camps have been popular with young players on both Coasts,” said AGA President Allan Abramson, “and we’re looking for someone to organize and run this year’s camp on the West Coast.” Those interested can contact Abramson at President@usgo.org. The AGF is offering partial scholarships to the camps, and USYGC finalists are eligible for a pool of 16 camp scholarships as well.  Click here for  more information and an application.

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TOP YOUTH SET FOR 2ND TRANSATLANTIC MATCH

Saturday April 10, 2010

Youth teams from North America and Europe are set to play a friendship match featuring ten of the strongest youth players from each continent. The North American team took a 6-4 victory in last year’s inaugural event, “but the Europeans have a strong team this year!” says organizer Lawrence Ku. The match, which will be held Sunday April 18 on the KGS go server, will be split into two sessions at 1500 GMT (8a PST, 11a EST) and 1800 GMT. Team Europe features former European youth champions Ali Jabarin and Artem Kachanovskyj, while the North American team is anchored by several US and Canadian WYGC representatives: Curtis Tang, Calvin Sun, Gansheng Shi, and Andrew Huang. Click here for full details.

LEE SEDOL & CHANG HAO TO BATTLE FOR BC CARD CUP

Saturday April 10, 2010

Lee Sedol 9P (r) reviews game with Park Junghwan 7P

Korea’s Lee Sedol 9P will play China’s Chang Hao 9P in the 2nd BC Card Cup finals. Lee defeated Kim Kiyoung 5P on Saturday and Chang defeated Park Junghwan 7P on Sunday. Last year’s title match favored China, with Gu Li defeating Korea’s Cho Hanseung 3-1. This year’s title match, which begins on April 25th, will undoubtedly prove to be a very exciting series with two very strong players battling it out.
- JustPlayGo; click here for more photos and game records

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REDMOND INTO TENGEN 3RD ROUND

Tuesday April 6, 2010

Michael Redmond 9P has made it to the third round of the Tengen, his best result in some time.  He defeated Cho Riyu 7P on March 4th and then Ishida Atsushi 9P on April 1st and is now paired against Yoda Norimoto 9P. Redmond is three years older than Yoda, but both are in the same generation, though Yoda has had a much more successful career in terms of title wins.
- Bill Cobb

EDWARD ZHANG WINS DC CHERRY BLOSSOM

Tuesday April 6, 2010

Edward Zhang 6D, fresh from his win at the recent Carolina Spring Go Tournament, took top honors at the NOVA

Ethan Hsiao, 35k; photo by Allan Abramson

Cherry Blossom tournament in Washington, DC last weekend. Over 40 players participated in the event, which was held amidst perfect weather and blooms at the annual DC Cherry Blossom festival in downtown Washington on Saturday, April 3. “Of special note was young Ethan Hsiao (photo), playing in his first tournament at 35 kyu,” reports TD Allan Abramson. “He went 3-1, and received a special trophy for his efforts. In celebration of the cherry blossoms, no tie-breakers were used for second place, so we had more winners than usual!” Abramson, who has directed local tournaments for two decades, announced his retirement from tournament direction on Saturday and was promptly punished by the go gods with his worst cold in decades, but reports that he’s recovering now.
Winners Report: First place: Edward Zhang 6D, 3-1; Stephen Tung 1k, 4-0; Kelsey Dyer 2k, 4-0; Kevin Chin 4k, 3-1; Raymond Yeh, 6k 3-1; Xiaoting Hu 7k, 3-1; Min Soo Kang 11k, 4-0; Gary Smith 12k, 3-1; and Melody Chao 24k, 4-0. Second place: Zhenying Gu 5D, and Keith Arnold 4D (tie); Justin Teng 3D; Gus Heck 2k, and Yukino Takehara 2k, and Ching-Sung Chin 3k (3-way tie); Jerry Chen 4k; Sam Zimmerman 5k, Bob Ehrlich 5k, and Mike Lash 6k (3-way tie); Joey Phoon 7k, and Gurujeet Khalsa 8k (tie); Alex Yen 9k; and Ethan Hsiao 35k.
photo by Allan Abramson

Categories: U.S./North America
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JANTUNEN TAKES TAMPERE

Saturday April 3, 2010

Markku Jantunen 3d and Oiva Moisio 1d topped a field of only 10 with 5-2 each, March 27-28 in Tampere, Finland, which will host the European Go Congress this summer. Click here for full results.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the EJ

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AKSUT HEADS HACETTEPE

Saturday April 3, 2010

Husrev Aksut 1d won all six rounds in Hacettepe, Turkey, March 27-28, ahead of Eren Karter 1d 5-1 and Kerem Karaerkek 1d, who won bronze on sos. Click here for the full results of 47 participants.
- Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the EJ

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LEE SEDOL ADVANCES TO BC CARD CUP FINALS

Saturday April 3, 2010

Lee Sedol 9P (r) defeated Kim Kiyoung 5P by 4.5 points in the BC Card Cup semifinal to advance to the finals, where he’ll face either Park Junghwan 7P or Chang Hao 9P for the title match.
- JustPlayGo; click here for more photos and game records

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TWO UPSETS IN MINGREN PRELIM

Saturday April 3, 2010

Amateur Hu Yuqing 8d defeated professional Fang Jie 7P by resignation in the first round of the last

Nie Weiping (r) v.s. Tao Xin

preliminary tournament of the 23rd Mingren (Meijin) on March 30. In another surprise win, Tao Xin 4P defeated Nie Weiping 9P by a stunning 8.5 points.

- JustPlayGo
click here for more photos and game records.

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ZHANG TOPS CAROLINA SPRING TOURNEY

Saturday April 3, 2010

Edward Zhang 6D won the first place in the Open section of the 2010 Carolina Spring Go tournament, held in Raleigh, NC on March 28th. Thirty-four players competed in the seventh annual AGA-rated tournament organized by the Cary Go Club.  Zhang, who traveled from the DC area, won four straight games to top the open section.  Winner’s Report: Eric Zhang 5D, Guojun Zhu 3D and Nianci Gan 3D tied for the second place of the open section with 3-1 scores.  Xiaoping Wu 1d and John Moore 2d tied for the first place of Section A (1D-2D), while Wu’s 12-year old son, Brian Wu 7K won Section B (1K-10K) with a perfect score of 4-0.  Warren Lewis 18K, Tom Carlson 11K, Dale Blann 13K and Ralph Abbey 15K tied for the first place of Section C (11K-20K) with the same score of 3-1.  Two young kids, Alvin Chen 24K and Kevin Kwong 25K won Section D (21K-30K) in a tie with a score of 3-1.
- Owen Chen