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Wheeler & Zhou Join AGA Tourney Team

Thursday December 16, 2010

The AGA Tournament Coordinator team welcomes Dennis Wheeler of Seattle and Yixian Zhou of Los Angeles on board as Assistant National Tournament Coordinators. Wheeler (l) has been actively assisting the AGA for many years, and is a “veteran” director of online qualifiers. Zhou, 7d (r), is both a strong player and a go activist. He assisted in organizing the 2008 Toyota Denso Oza, and co-directed the 2010 N.A. qualifiers of both the Fujitsu Cup and BC Card Cup. Both are active and well-known in their regions. The new Assistant Tournament Coordinators will help bring more tournaments, fun, convenience and value to AGA members.
- Edward Zhang, AGA National Tournament Coordinator

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Andy Liu 7d Wins N.A. Fujitsu Qualifier

Monday December 13, 2010

The online North American Fujitsu Cup Qualifier featured exciting games and a few surprising upsets last weekend on KGS. In the early rounds, 17-year-old Curtis Tang 7d knocked out Feng Yun 9P in a hard-fought match late Thursday night. Huiren

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Yang 1P ran short on time in byo-yomi to advance Dae Hyuk Ko 7d to the final, and Andy Zhiyuan Liu 7d defeated Jie Li 7d by just 1.5 points to advance to the final. On Sunday, Liu defeated Dae Hyuk Ko to win the right to represent North America in the upcoming 2011 Fujitsu Cup. Edward Zhang and Oren Laskin handled the extensive organizing and scheduling logistics for the event and directed the early rounds. Dennis Wheeler was the director for the weekend rounds with Yixian Yhou assisting. Big thanks, as always, to KGS server admins Akane Negishi, Ian Davis and Daniel Short. Click here for full game results and records.

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U.S. Youth Take on Canadians Sunday on KGS

Monday December 13, 2010

The 3rd US-Canada Youth Friendship Tournament will be held Sunday, December 19, on KGS. The popular team tourney pits the best youth in the US against the best youth in Canada. The US won the first tournament, two years ago, but were crushed 6-2 in last year’s event. The matches will be held in the AGA Tournaments Room on KGS, at 4p Eastern time (1pm Pacific), spectators are welcome. The US team features Calvin Sun 7d, Ricky Zhou 7d, Will Zhou 7d, Hugh Zhang 6d, Andrew Lu 6d, Ben Lockhart 6d, and Vincent Zhuang 5d. The Canadians have Ryan Li 7d, Gansheng Shi 7d, Tianyu Lin 7d, Jianing Gan 7d, Andrew Huang 6d, Daniel Gourdeau 6d, and Irene Sha 6d. Tune in this Sunday to catch the action and root for your favorites.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

Volunteer Slots Available At Go Congress

Monday December 13, 2010

Want to be part of the 2011 U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara? Volunteer positions are now available, from Registration Volunteers to Tournament Directors. Click here now to see what’s available! Nearly 150 attendees are already signed up for the 2011 US Go Congress and the Congress site has updated transportation information, photo credits, and contact information. “Watch for more updates, including pricing information, by the New Year,” promises Congress Co-Director Lisa Scott.

Tengxiao Yang 5D Tops Windy City Winter Tourney

Monday December 13, 2010

Despite dire weather warnings, “29 players fearlessly came to the December 11 Chicago Winter Tournament,” reports TD Bob Barber. “New players from Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and even Romania, by way of Northern Ireland,” turned out. “Noticeably absent was Rich Brown from Madison, WI, who chose cautiously to stay at home,” Barber notes. Tengxiao Yang 5d took first place in the dan division. Other results: 1st Place High Kyu:  ROHDE, David, 5k; 1st Place Low Kyu:  MARTINEZ ORTEGA, Jorge, 9k; 2nd Place Low Kyu:  BOYLAND, Peter, 10k. “This was the first AGA tournament for Yang and Boyland,” says Barber. “We hope to see a lot more of them in the future.”
- photo by Mark Rubenstein

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Won Suh 6D Wins NOVA Slate and Shell Open

Monday December 13, 2010

Won Suh 6d (lower left) edged out fellow 6-dans James Park (r in upper right) and Edward Zhang (l in upper right) on tie breaks to take the trophy at the NOVA Slate and Shell Open in Arlington, VA last Saturday, December 11. The field of 22 players battled for books and cash prizes supplied by sponsor Slate and Shell. The top three players in the dan division, all with 3-1 records, split the cash prize and were awarded books. Other winners included undefeated Kelsey Dyer 2k, Gurujeet Khalsa 9k, Joseph Lee 10k, and undefeated Tariq Khan 19k, who also earned trophies, books and cash.  Second place finishers George Wilson 5k, Joey Phoon 7k, and Deirdre Golash 13k received books.
- reported by Garrett Smith; photos by Gen Zhang

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GO SPOTTING: Go Makes Quiz Show

Monday December 13, 2010

The Double Jeopardy round of the quiz show Jeopardy for Monday December 13 had go as one of its categories, reports Joel Sanet. “The head of the column had a go grid and stones in the background,” Sanet told the E-Journal. “The answers in ascending order of value were China, black, samurai, atari, and liberties. The clues are left as an exercise for the student.”

CORRECTIONS: Shotwell Link Updates & E-books on the iPad

Monday December 13, 2010

Our Go Online post on E-Books And Steganography (12/5/2010) has been updated with correct links for Peter Shotwell’s writings and the steganography article as well as to a recently-posted short version of Shotwell’s Appendix V of the Origins article, the one that revamps early go history. Also, in that same post “Amazing Happenings in the Game of Go,” Volumes 1 & 2 are available on the iPad, not the Kindle, as we reported. “In fact,” says author Bob Terry, “I specifically wrote them for the iPad. The Kindle does not display color, and these books are filled with color photographs of Japanese festivals, television programs and other picturesque events that make use of the iPad’s capabilities. I want these books to reach as many people as possible, not just go players, so that they bring more people into the game. I hope that making go attractive in this way will help in that.”

Chit-Chatting About Go

Sunday December 12, 2010

Chicago go organizers Bob Barber and Mark Rubenstein checked out Pecha Kucha recently and Barber thinks it may be “an opportunity for go proselytizers.” Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, Pecha Kucha rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds, a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. “Great fun,” says Barber, who’s going to contact the Chicago Pecha Kucha organizers “and see if they’ll give us a shot.” “We’ll make 20 visually interesting slides about go, tell some amusing anecdotes about the game, and pass out meishi (Japanese business card) when done,” says Barber, who encourages other go organizers to consider this novel method of outreach. Click here for the Chicago Tribune report on the Chicago event.

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MATTHEW & KAROLINE BURRALL TOP DAVIS/SACRAMENTO TOURNEY

Monday December 6, 2010

Matthew and Karoline Burrall topped their respective divisions in the December 4 Davis/Sacramento Winter Quarterly Tournament in Sacramento, CA. A dozen players participated, including one who was playing in his first tournament: Dong Hoang won one game playing as a 12 kyu. Matthew Burrall 7d won the upper division (1kyu and above) with a perfect 4 wins and no losses while his sister Karoline, 5k, won the lower division, also with 4 wins. Jeff Newmiller directed, and when he was called away, Willard Haynes assumed his duties.

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