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SUN AND FANG WIN WORLD YOUTH SLOTS

Sunday April 18, 2010

Thirteen-year-old Calvin Sun 7d and ten-year-old Kevin Fang 1d won their divisions at the World Youth Go Championships qualifiers on April 10 and 11.  In the Senior Division, Sun faced stiff challenges from Curtis Tang 8d and Zhongxia Zhao 7d.  Zhao bested Tang in the semi-final, but then lost to Sun at the finals.  The qualifier was held on KGS, and drew over 300 viewers on the top boards.  In the Junior Division, all four youth happened to live in the Bay Area and were able to compete live at the Bay Area Go Players monthly ratings tournament.  In the first round Aaron Ye 1d, 7,  was top seeded, but lost to Sammy Zhang 1d (9), while Kevin Fang 1d (9), beat out Henry Zhang.  Fang and Sammy Zhang faced off in the finals, with Fang emerging the victor.  Both boys will be off to Taiwan to compete in the World Youth Championships in July, along with their teacher and team coach Mingjiu Jiang 7p.
- Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor; photo: Henry Zhang (l) vs. Kevin Fang (r) and Aaron Ye  (l) vs Sammy Zhang (r) at the World Youth Qualifier in Palo Alto, CA.  Photo by Stanley Fang

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US YOUTH GO CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER SCHEDULE SET

Sunday April 18, 2010

The US Youth Go Championship, now separated from the World Youth Go Championship, will feature both regional and online qualifiers over the next few weeks.  Boulder and Chicago are both holding events on April 24th, and the American Go Honor Society (AGHS) is hosting an online qualifier on May 1st.  The finals, on June 5 and 6, will determine National Dan, Single Digit Kyu (SDK), and Double Digit Kyu (DDK) Champions. Any youth living in the US may enter, citizenship is not required. The winners will receive trophies, and prizes will be awarded in the following brackets: 1-5 dan, 1-4 kyu, 5-9 kyu, 10-15 kyu, 16-20 kyu, 21-25 kyu, 26 and up kyu. Contestants will also receive free audio go lessons courtesy of Guo Juan 5P.
- Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor

TOP 10 AGA TOURNEY/GAME PLAYERS LIST DEBUTS

Wednesday April 14, 2010

With 14 tournaments and 62 games, Bay Area Go Players Association organizer Roger Schrag leads the American Go Association’s new running Top-10 lists for rated games and tournaments. Kelsey Dyer is 12 games back, at 50 rated games over the last 12 months, while Gordon Castanza is second in events with 11. The Top 10 will be updated daily; for more tournament data and crosstables, visit the American Go Association Go Database.
- Philip Waldron

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MYUNGWAN KIM TO PLAY IN U.S.-BASED ONLINE TOURNEY

Tuesday April 13, 2010

Two-time US Open champ Myung Wan Kim 8P leads a field of over 40 highly-ranked players already registered for the first Strong Players’ Online Tournament I. Registration is open through this Thursday, April 15; players must be AGA members, members of the Canadian or Mexican Associations, at least 5.0 AGA rating or equivalent – professionals are welcome — and have a webcamera, Skype and KGS accounts. Undefeated in all AGA tournaments since he moved to L.A. in 2008, Kim currently holds the highest rating in North America, making him the odds-on favorite in the online tourney scheduled to start April 24, although there are seven players registered so far with ratings above 8.0 . Click here for the roster. Registration is free.

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AMERICAS, EUROPE OUT IN FUJITSU 1ST ROUND

Sunday April 11, 2010

The players from Europe, North and South America went down fighting in the first round of the 23rd Fujitsu Cup Saturday in Tokyo. China’s Piao Wenyao 5P (l) defeated amateur Li Jie 7D (r) of the United States by resignation after 219 moves, Japan’s Takao Shinji 9P defeated Argentina’s amateur Fernando Aguilar 6D by resignation after 172 moves, and Kim Jiseok 7D of Korea beat a very strong effort by Russia’s Alexandre Dinerstein 3P, who resigned after 243 moves. Round 2 is scheduled for Monday, April 12. Click below for more photos, game records and Round 2 pairings.
- JustPlayGo

ASSISTANT YEARBOOK CD EDITOR NEEDED

Saturday April 10, 2010

With the 2009 American Go Yearbook – the compilation of the “best of” the American Go E-Journal – nearing completion, Yearbook staff needs immediate assistance to wrap up the Yearbook CD. No experience necessary; the qualifying candidate will receive credit in the Yearbook and an E-Journal staff cap. Email journal@usgo.org if interested

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GUO JUAN WORKSHOP PREPARES FLORIDA GO COMMUNITY FOR SPRING TOURNAMENT

Saturday April 10, 2010

Twenty students ranging from 10-kyu to 5-dan gathered in Orlando, FL March 27-28 to participate in a workshop with Guo Juan 5P, a top pro and founder of the Guo Juan Internet Go School. The workshop consisted of sessions that were divided into two groups — 5d-3k and 4k-10k — as well as combined sessions.  These included lectures, exercises, games, and game reviews, predominantly covering “Common Mistakes” and emphasizing mid-game fighting.  In addition to in-depth study, there were fun activities such as a spelling-bee style elimination team go game and an outdoor simul with Guo Juan on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning.  Attending players came from all over Florida, including Sarasota, Miami, Orlando, Gainesville, Jacksonville, and Merritt Island, many seeking to hone their skills for the annual Orlando Go Tournament, to be held May 8-9 at the University of Central Florida.  The workshop was organized by Joshua Lee (4d), head of Go Orlando chapter of the AGA.
- R. Paul Wiegand & Joshua Lee; photo by Alex Feldstein

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BAY AREA SCHOOLS COMPETE

Saturday April 10, 2010

Top California youth face off in the Bay Area High School Go Tournament on April 25th. The AGF and the Bay Area Go Players Association (BAGPA) are co-sponsoring the event, which was almost canceled after losing Ing funding last year.  Enterprising teen organizer David Su has fought to keep the event going, securing funding from the AGF and taking responsibility for organizing the event.  Nine schools have entered, some with several three-person teams.  Late entries will still be accepted says Su; more info and the entry form are on the BAGPA website.
-Paul Barchilon, E-Journal Youth Editor

18 WIN THROUGH TO WORLD YOUTH QUALIFIER FINALS

Saturday April 10, 2010

Sixteen young players won entry into next week’s World Youth Go Championship (WYGC) Qualifier finals, where they will join Calvin Sun 7d and Ben Lockhart 5d for an 18-player single-elimination tournament. Thirty two youth competed in the online WYGC Qualifier last weekend, with competition fierce in all brackets.  In the junior division, Aaron Ye 1d led the field with four wins.  The senior division was dominated by Curtis Tang 8d, and Zhongxia Zhao 7d, who won all four games.  Several kyu players entered for the chance to play top ranked youth, and dan players gave their kyu opponents game reviews after each match.  The finals will be held on April 10-11 in the KGS AGA Tournaments room, with matches at 9a and 1p Pacific time. Click here for full Qualifier results.
- Paul Barchilon, E-Journal Youth Editor

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.