Fourteen-year-old Calvin Sun 7d reasserted his position as the strongest youth player in America this past weekend. He entered the double elimination finals for the US Youth Go Championships as one of four finalists, in the Senior Division, but went on to win every game in a dynamic show of force. Andrew Lu 6d was the only player to beat Sun in the qualifiers, also scoring a win against Hugh Zhang 7d, which gave him the top slot as the finals began. Lu started out well, defeating Zhang again in the first round of the finals, while Sun beat Matthew Harwit 4d. Round 2 saw Zhang knocking out Harwit, while Sun got even with Lu for his earlier defeat. Next Lu and Zhang squared off, but Zhang was determined not to lose a third time to Lu, and knocked him out in a strong third round showing. Zhang was now aiming for Sun again, the two boys have been rivals for years, competing in the Redmond Cup and other events since they were both small children. Sun stood his ground yet again though, knocking Zhang out in the exciting final match – and claiming the championship. The games drew over 200 spectators on KGS, and a great deal of enthusiasm from US youngsters who had competed in the qualifiers the week before. Sun will go on to represent the US at the World Youth Go Championships this summer. In the Junior Division, Aaron Ye 4d and Jeremy Chiu 4d faced off against Daniel Liu 3d and Justin Ching 1d. Ching was knocked out, setting the stage for a showdown between Liu, Chiu, and Ye. As all three boys live in the Bay Area, they will compete live at the BAGPA ratings tourney on Feb. 11. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Brian Allen: Calvin Sun at the US Go Congress.
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Monday January 30, 2012
Monday January 30, 2012
Fifteen year old Vincent Zhuang 6D won the 2012 Jin Chen Memorial Tournament on Jan. 8. The annual tournament attracted 42 players, and was the largest AGA-rated event at the Seattle Go Center in several years.
Zhuang is a 10th grader living in Portland, Oregon. He won the 19×19 Iwamoto Youth Tournament at the Seattle Go Center two and a half years ago, when he was rated as a 1 kyu. This time he bested several 7 dans in the open section.
The total prize money was $1,000, thanks to a matching donation from the Ourjin Foundation. Winners in the Open Section were: Vincent Zhuang – 1st, Dong Baek Kim – 2nd, Edward Kim – 3rd, Jon Boley – 4th, Dong Ho Kim – 5th. “A” Handicap section: Chris Kirschner – 1st, Daniel Top – 2nd, Takehito Furuyama – 3rd. “B” Handicap section: Peter Christensen – 1st, Larry Eclipse – 2nd, Frank Brown – 3rd. “C” Handicap section: Bill Thompson – 1st, Gaurav Oberoi – 2nd, Yuriko Miyake – 3rd.
- report/photo by Brian Allen
Saturday January 28, 2012
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Monday January 23, 2012
The United States Youth Go Championships (USYGC) pulled in almost 70 players this past weekend on KGS. Kids and teens competed in five different bands, with players ranging from 7 dan to the double digit kyus. Dan level kids were also competing for entry into the four player finals, and the right to represent the US at the World Youth Go Championships this summer. Fifteen-year-old Andrew Lu 6d (at left) finished first in the qualifiers for the Senior Division (under 16) while nine-year-old Jeremy Chiu 4d (at right) placed first in the Junior (under 12). The finals are double-elimination, and the first two rounds were held Sunday. The finals continue next week on KGS for the Senior Division, while Jr. Division kids will square off in person on Feb. 11th, at the BAGPA ratings tourney in Menlo Park CA. For full qualifier results, go here; for schedule and results in the finals go here. Senior finalists are Andrew Lu 6d, Hugh Zhang 7d, Calvin Sun 7d and Matthew Harwit 4d; Junior finalists are Jeremy Chiu 4d, Justin Ching 1d, Aaron Ye 4d, and Daniel Liu 3d. Winners Report: 1st place Sr. 5-8 dan: Andrew Lu 6d; 1st place Jr. dan: Jeremy Chiu 4d; 1st place Sr. 1-4 dan: Matthew Harwit 4d; 1st place Sr. 1-5 kyu: Anurag Varma 3k; 1st place Jr. 1-5 kyu: Austen Liao; 1st place Sr. 6-10 kyu: Louie Liu 7k; 1st place Jr. 6-10 kyu: Raymond Liu 6k; 1st place Sr. 11-15 kyu band: Kalinda Fraser 12k; 1st place Jr. 11-15 kyu band: Bryan Tan 12k. The tournament was run by Paul Barchilon and Karoline Burrall. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor
Monday January 23, 2012
Are you enrolled in a go club at school? If so, this is your chance to challenge other go clubs from all over North America. Registration is now open for the American Go Honor Society’s (AGHS) 13th annual School Team Tournament. On March 17th and 24th, go clubs from the United States, Canada, and Mexico will compete for $3,000 in prizes, with some for every club. Which club will take home the glory of being North America’s strongest go club? Register from now to March 1st to take your shot at being the best. Gather your team mates and play in various divisions ranging from Novice to Varsity level. Teams must be composed of three people who are in high school or below and are all younger than 20. Each member of each team must be enrolled in the same school or learning institution, and each school/learning institution can enter a maximum of 3 teams for the tournament. For more information and registration, go to www.aghs.cc or contact us at email@example.com. -Viral Kotecha, AGHS Tournament Coordinator
Sunday January 22, 2012
Andy Zalesak 1d (right, in photo, playing Paul Celmer) took top honors in the top band of the Triangle Go Group’s Friendship/Ratings tournament, held on Sunday, January 15, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Zalesak won three of his four games, with four others in this highly competitive band – two 6-dans, a 3-dan, 5-dan, and two 1-dans — tied for second place with 2-2 results. In the second band, Thomas McCarthy was undefeated, going 4-0 for the day. Stephen Allen came in 2nd, with a 3-1 record. In the third band, another Zalesak, Matthew, won all 4 of his games. John Aiken won the three games that he played, but declined prize money, which was awarded to young Alvin Chen. As usual, all entry fees were returned as cash prizes.
- report/photo by Bob Bacon, TD
Sunday January 22, 2012
THIS JUST IN: Registration is now open for the 2012 Chunlan Cup Selection Tournament, which will be held on KGS on Saturday Feb. 4 and Sunday Feb. 5. Professionals and amateurs 6-dan or stronger who are citizens of North Americaare eligible. The winner must be able to attend the Chunlan Cup, the first round of which will take place March 26-31 in China. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and KGS name. The Chunlan Cup Selection Tournament is a knockout tournament that will determine the North American representative; there are 12 reserved slots for US players, three for Canada and one forMexico. Should more than 12 players express interest, placing will be chosen by AGA rating. Citizenship is required to participate; besides this stipulation, eligibility to play will be based on the AGA guidelines for international representatives. Registration for the tournament will close on Thursday, February 2.
Monday January 16, 2012
Cole Pruitt 2k took first place in the 2012 Massachusetts Go Association Winter Quarterly Tournament, held January 15th at the Boylston Chess Club Tournament Hall in Somerville, MA. Thirty-three players battled for three place prizes in this handicap tournament directed by Eva Casey 4k. Despite very cold temperatures (-15C) and changes to the nearby subway schedule players between the ages of 11 to 75 participated with people coming from all over New England and a couple of Mid-Atlantic states. MGA President David Kahn declared the tournament a great success. After four rounds, three people rose to the top. Taking 3rd 3 points was Chia Chan 7k; 2nd was won by Ralph St. Louis 9k and taking the top spot was Cole Pruitt 4k, with 4 out of 4 points.
-Reported by Richard “Doc” Kinne 20k, AGA and MGA member.
Sunday January 15, 2012
Jung Hoon Lee 7d topped a field of 40 players competing in the Rocky Mountain Winter Go Tournament, January 14 in Boulder, Colorado. The players ranged in strength from 7 dan to 38 kyu, reports organizer David Weiss.
Winner’s Report: Open Section: The winner of the open section was Jung Hoon Lee, 7d. Dan section: 1st: Luke Zhang 1d; 2nd: Huck Bennett 3d. SDK: 1st: Kent Evenson; 2nd: Robin Luo. DDK: 1st: Andrew Jung 16k; 2nd: Hannah Jung 15k. “In his first tournament, 5-year, 2-month-old Andrew Huang 38k won both of his games by a significant margin against 7- and 11-year-old players,” reports Weiss. “We expect him to become very strong very quickly.”
photo: Huck Bennett (l) 3d vs. Oscar Vazquez Nunez 1d. Photo by Paul Barchilon.
Saturday January 14, 2012
Go makes an appearance in a January 4 Forbes post by Haydn Shaughnessy. The post is about social media influencers and go is employed as a graphic illustration of influence, with Shaughnessy noting that “Social media influencers seem to have alighted on good strategies to build and sustain influence.” Thanks to Peter Kron for passing this along.