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China and Korea Even After Samsung Cup Quarter Finals

Wednesday October 22, 2014

The 2014 Samsung Cup semifinals took place in Daejeon, Korea on October 14. Because the “elite eight” consisted of four Chinese players and four Korean players, the sponsor arranged the draw so there would be four “China vs Korea” matches. Though Korea might have had the advantage with its top four players in the semifinals, the Chinese players had high rankings as well, with Shi Yue and Zhou Ruiyang as number one and number two.

The results: two Chinese players and two Korean players will proceed, with Park Junghwan 9p against defending champion Tang Weixing 9p and Shi Yue 9p facing Kim Jiseok 9p. Daejeon will host the semifinals from November 5 through November 7. For more information about the the quarter finals including game records, photos, and Shi Yue’s defeat of recent jabango champion Lee Sedol 9p, please visit Go Game Guru.
—Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article by Go Game Guru

2014 Samsung Cup Semifinalists: Tang Weixing, Park Junghwan, Shi Yue, Kim Jiseok

2014 Samsung Cup Semifinalists: Tang Weixing, Park Junghwan, Shi Yue, Kim Jiseok

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2014 US Open Ratings Released

Tuesday October 21, 2014

The 2014 US Open has now been rated. Click here for the AGA ratings page where you can search by name or AGA membership number. You can also see the final wall list here.

Cotsen Open Pre-Registration Closes Thursday at Midnight

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Pre-registration for the Cotsen Open will be closing at midnight on Thursday night.  After that, players will have to register at the door on Saturday morning. The 2-day tournament will be held on October 25-26 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los2014.10.17_Cotsen-2013 Angeles. “We will also be printing hats with the Cyclops Killer logo on them,” reports organizer Samantha Davis. “They will be for sale at the tournament.” Organizers are still looking for more volunteers for setup on Friday from 11am-5pm.  “All volunteers will get a free hat and a pizza lunch,” says Davis. Email her at cotsenopen@gmail.comSponsored by Eric Cotsen, the tournament is one of the biggest on the annual U.S. go calendar and features thousands of dollars in prizes, an Open Division, live KGS commentary on top board games, free masseuses for players, and free food truck lunches to all those who pre-register for both days of the tournament. There will also be a demonstration game between Yilun Yang 7P and Yigang Hua 8P. As usual, everyone who pre-registers and plays in all five of their matches will have their full entry fee refunded; click here to register. Follow the Cotsen on Twitter and Facebook for the latest tournament news.

AGA Rules at Portland Tournament

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Two unusual occurrences highlighted details of the AGA rules at the Portland Go Tournament last weekend.

One game involved a seki with points: two black groups, each with one eye, separated by a white group with none. The white group shared one liberty with each black group, which neither player wanted to fill. The Japanese rules give no points in seki, but the AGA rules make no such special exception; black’s eyes are territory. These two points did not affect the outcome of that game.2014.10.22_portland-tourney

A second game was resolved by mathematical proof. At the end of the game, the score was a tie on the board, so white won by the half-point komi. (This was a “one stone handicap” game). Later, black discovered a stone on the floor that he claimed was a prisoner of his. Could it be determined if that stone came from this game? Another player argued that the tie on the board was impossible, given that there was no seki and both players played the same number of moves. Working with several players, the tournament director constructed a proof of this fact. If both players played the same number of moves, the total number of stones on the board (after filling prisoners into territory) must be an even number. Since there are 361 points on the board, the total amount of territory (i.e., the number of vacant points) must be odd. Both players therefore cannot have the same score, so a stone did disappear from this game. White bowed to this logic and the result was reversed.

The tournament was held October 18-19 on the picturesque campus of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. 32 players participated.

The winners, from first to third in each division, were:

Open division: Kaichi Suzuki (5-0), Boyang Chen (founding the University of Oregon Go Club), Xudong Zhao
Dan division: Ben Hakala, Maxwell Chen, Troy Wahl
Single-digit kyu division: Daniel Takamori, Sam Levenick (president of the Lewis & Clark Go Club), Robert O’Malley
Double-digit kyu division: Ethan Zhuang (5-0), Roger LaMarche, Vivienne Blandy
Top youth player: Ethan Zhuang
Top female player: Vivienne Blandy

The tournament director wishes to thank Yellow Mountain Imports for a discount on prizes, GoClubs.org for their outstanding tournament software, the Lewis & Clark College Go Club for access to the rooms, and the various volunteers who brought boards, snacks, etc.
- Peter Drake, TD

photo: Daniel Takamori (left) and Thor Dodson enjoy a bonus game in the 75-degree October sun while waiting for the end of the last round.

 

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4 US Players Participate in 16th Ibero-American Championship in Quito, Ecuador

Tuesday October 21, 2014

The 16th Ibero-American Championship was held in Quito, Ecuador, from October 10 to 12. Forty-seven players from 11 countries participated: 2014.10.22_quito-tourneyArgentina (4), Brazil (5), Columbia (2), Ecuador (23), Guatemala (1), Mexico (1), Korea (1), Peru (2), the United Kingdom (1), USA (4), and Venezuela (3). Players ranged in strength from 6d to 10k. Fernando Aguilar (6d) of Argentina won the championship with a 7-0 score. Click here for complete results.

“I had a great time,” said Bob Gilman, one of the US players. The other US players were John Harriman 2D, Devin Fraze 3k and Tania Kadakia 5k. “The games were good ones; the players friendly; and the event well organized. Quito is a lively and interesting city. I was able to get along well despite my poor Spanish.”

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Barberi, Vick & Crawford Top Cocoa Go Tourney

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Eighteen players entered the September 18 Cocoa Go Tournament in Cocoa, Florida, with ranks from 4-dan to 25-kyu and ages that spanned more than 60 years.  The two youngest players are shown below (top left) facing off in Round 2.  Eddie Crawford 25k is on the left and Yuliang Huang 15k is on the right.  Lu Mueller-Kaul 16k and Lewis Hyman 14k are

at the back of the table.  The event was a one-day Swiss with three rounds and three categories, hosted by the Space Coast Area Go Association.  First place winners were Steve Barberi 1k, Tony Vick 6k, and Heather Crawford 14k.  Prizes were donated by Slate and Shell and Yellow Mountain Imports and were awarded to the first three places in each category.  Cocoa is located in Brevard County on the east central coast of Florida, near the Kennedy Space Center.  The Central Brevard Library provided a free meeting room for the event.  A pizza party followed the event at the home of Bart and Judy Lipofsky.
- report by Bart Lipofsky

WINNERS
Category 1 (above 5K)
1 Steve Barberi 1K AGA 2323
2 Johnathan Fisher 3D AGA 21138
3 Joseph Carl 2K AGA 7767

Category 2 (above 11K)
1 Tony Vick  6K AGA 19856
2 Paul Wiegand 7K 8204
3 Anthony Yon 6K 15880

Category 3 (above 30K)
1 Heather Crawford 14K AGA 18750
2 Yuliang Huang 15K (tie) AGA 20387
2 Lu MuellerKaul 16K (tie) AGA 20961
3 Eddie Crawford 25K 21449

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Lantz Keynote Speech Posted Online

Friday October 17, 2014

New York University Game Center Director Frank Lantz’ keynote speech at this year’s US Go Congress (Game Theorist Frank Lantz on why go 2014.10.17_FrankLantz-videoshould be “A little less Tang Dynasty and a little more NASCAR” 8/13 EJ) is now available online. Click here for a video of the talk, here for a Powerpoint version and here for a PDF. Lantz says he’s interested in “continu(ing) to be involved in helping grow and promote go worldwide.”

San Diego Collects on AGA’s Free Pizza Offer

Friday October 17, 2014

The San Diego Go Club became the first AGA chapter to take advantage of the free pizza offer (AGA Chapter Offer: Play Go, Get Free Pizza! 10/3 2014.10.17_SanDiego-Pizza-partyEJ) when it held a go party on October 12 at the home of the chapter’s president. Twenty people turned out for the noon-5 p.m. event and seven new members were signed up for the AGA. While many self-paired games were played, only three AGA rated games were played. “At 5 p.m., everyone enjoyed pizza,” reports club president Ted Terpstra. Chapters that meet in October, play at least one rated game, order pizza and send in a photo of the festivities — and the receipt– will have the cost of the pizza reimbursed. This offer only valid for AGA chapters; if your club is not a chapter, click here to sign up as a chapter today. Send your receipts to operations@usgo.org.

 

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Promoting Go at Chinese Cultural Festival in Chicago

Tuesday October 14, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 4.01.19 PM“Thousands of students, parents, and residents from the Chicago area visited a 4-hour Chinese Cultural Festival on Sept. 27th,” reports organizer Xinming Simon Guo. “This fun and educational event is held to promote Chinese culture and art, and also to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Confucius Institute Day. It is organized by the Confucius Institute in Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, and the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University. Weiqi/go is one of the most popular booths among 20 different Chinese cultural and art activity booths. As one of the organizers, I couldn’t stay at the booth to promote weiqi as usual. So I turned to the AGA for help. An E-J announcement soliciting help drew two volunteers from the Chicago weiqi community, Nathan and Nicole. They were put in charge of an activity called “Weiqi in 5 minutes” to introduce fundamental rules to passersby. Participants who could solve 80% of the go problems got gift tickets which could be redeemed during the event,” said Guo. CCTV (China Central Television),  the largest network in China, broadcast the cultural festival on its international channel. A one-minute video clip featuring the weiqi booth, is here.  “It is said that CCTV plans to promote more weiqi on their channels,” says Guo. “I believe the major reason is that Xi Jinping, the President of China, knows how to play weiqi, which was confirmed by Nie Weiping 9P.” - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor, Photo by Xinming Simon Guo: Nathan and Nicole teach kids how to play go.

 

AGA Twitter Account Nears 1,000-Follower Mark

Monday October 13, 2014

The American Go Association’s Twitter account is about to cross the 1,000-follower mark. Those following @theaga are the first to get the 2014.10.13_aga-twitterAGA’s go news, like Monday’s posting that the 2014 US Open ratings had been released or the Cotsen Open’s request for “Volunteers Needed to help with setup on Friday,October 24, 11am -5pm. Pizza lunch provided.Please contact Samantha at CotsenOpen@gmail.com” Please follow us now @theaga and retweet widely.

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