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ABRAMSON APPOINTED TO SECOND TERM AS AGA PRESIDENT; POHL RE-APPOINTED SECRETARY

Saturday June 5, 2010

Allan Abramson has been re-appointed President for another 2-year term by the American Go Association’s Board of Directors, reports Board Chair Roy Schmidt. “Allan’s initiatives for new, permanent membership cards, cost-reduction measures during the recession, and promotion of online, members-only tournaments won strong support for his re-appointment,” Schmidt told the E-Journal. Abramson pledged to re-double his efforts to promote growth of membership and expand online tournaments to include all AGA members during his next term. Polly Pohl was also re-appointed as AGA Secretary, with the Board expressing its “deepest gratitude for Polly’s accurate record-keeping and tireless fact-checking,” said Schmidt.

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JIE LI 7D WINS MARYLAND OPEN

Tuesday June 1, 2010

An undefeated Jie Li 7D (r) topped a 58-player field to win the 37th annual Maryland Open over the Memorial Day weekend. “Five 7-dans and two 6-dans  fought it out in a very strong open section,” reports organizer Keith Arnold, “but Jie Li emerged as the only player to finish 5-0 in the entire event.” “I am very impressed by the improvement of the younger generation of players, such as Eric Lui, Gus Price and Ricky Zhao,” Li told the E-Journal. “They played well.” The Empty Sky Go Club won the Greg Lefler Award and Kelsey Dyer 2k the Fighting Spirit Prize. Li is four-time US Open champion, has won the North American Ing and Toyota-Denso Oza three times each, and represented North America three times in the Fujitsu Cup. He’s also served as a board member at the American Go Association for the past two years and urges go players of all ages to join the AGA. “Members get a lot of benefits such as the free Yearbook and playing at rated AGA tournaments locally, or playing online in national tournaments,” says Li. Find out more and join online here. Sam Zimmerman directed. Click here for an album of photos from the MD Open.
- includes reporting by Keith Arnold and Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang; photo by Zhang
WINNER’S REPORT: Open Section: 1st Jie Li 7d; 2nd Eric Lui 7d; 3rd Guthrie; Price 7d; A Section: 1st Scott Waldron 4d; 2nd Gregory Rosenblatt 5d; B Section: 1st Keiju Takehara 2d; 2nd Ed Downes 1d; C Section: 1st Stephen Tung 1k; 2ndst Stephen Allen 6k; 2nd Ed Caldiera 7k; E Section: 1st Justin Chiang 10k; 2nd Jamie Birger 9k; F Section: 1st Matt Payton 25k; 2nd Deirdre Golash 13k. Joe Maia 2k; D Section: 1

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AGF SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED

Tuesday June 1, 2010

The deadline for the AGF College Scholarship essay has been extended to June 15th.  “The $1,000 award honors students whose enthusiasm and dedication have contributed to the  go community,” reports AGF Board Member Matthew Mallory.  “All youth organizers and promoters  that are in their junior or senior year of high school should apply as soon as possible,” Mallory urges.  CLICK HERE for more information and the application.

U.S. YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS SET

Tuesday June 1, 2010

The U. S. Youth Go Championships (USYGC) finals are set for June 5 and 6 on KGS.  Although Calvin Sun 7d, and Kevin Fang 1d, have already been chosen as the representatives to the  World Youth Championships, the USYGC will give kids of all ranks a chance to play for a national title.  Best double-digit kyu and single-digit kyu players will vie for the top slots, and dan level kids will also be competing in two separate brackets.  CLICK HERE for full standings, which will be updated after each round.
- Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor

U.S. GO CONGRESS DEADLINE EXTENDED

Sunday May 30, 2010

The early registration deadline for this year’s U.S. Go Congress has been extended to June 15. The original deadline was May 31, but “Due to a programming error, we didn’t have rooms available for about a while,” says Congress Director Karen Jordan. “Sorry about that!” Click here to register and you can visit the Springs Go Club website for more info as well.  Late payment fees will be $50 after 6/15, $75 after 6/30 and $100 after 7/17.

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MYUNGWAN KIM 9P WINS FIRST STRONG PLAYERS ONLINE TOURNEY

Saturday May 22, 2010

Taking advantage of an attack on his opponent’s central group, Myungwan Kim 9P won the first Strong Player’s Online Tournament (SPOT1) Saturday, May 22. Kim won Game 2 Saturday to sweep the match 2-0 against his young Canadian opponent Jianing Gan 6d. The game featured a complicated battle in the bottom-hand right corner in which any mistake would lead immediate collapse. Gan responded correctly, but had a few slow moves and Kim took sente to attack another group and while Gan managed to survive, Kim consolidated a huge territory on the left and  Gan resigned at move 174. Earlier in the day, Eric Lui defeated Zhaonian Chen — once again killing a giant group to seal victory — to take third place. Lui, playing white, succeeded again with a moyo strategy; White 24 and 32 focused on the moyo while Black 25 and 33 stole White’s corner territory. Black invaded by attaching at 73, and White’s attack set up a favorable trade of 28 black stones while only sacrificing 13, keeping a lead of about 15 points and winning by resignation. Kim won the $1,000 top cash prize, runner-up Gan won $400 and Lui won $100. All three players automatically qualify for the Top 32 in the next SPOT tourney. Kuo Yin 3P provided live commentaries again for SPOT1 from Beijing, China, and Jie Li 7D commented game 2 of the finals.
- Edward (Zhiyuan) Zhang; photo by Yixian Zhou

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KUO KIN 3P & JIE LI 7d TO COMMENT ON SATURDAY SPOT1 GAMES ON KGS

Friday May 21, 2010

Kuo Yin 3P, former China Ing Cup Universities Champion, will give live commentaries for both Strong Player Online Tournament (SPOT1) games this Saturday, May 22. First up Saturday morning is the battle for third place between Eric Lui 7d (MD) and Michael Chen 7d (NJ). The game starts at 10a EST on KGS and Lui leads 1-0 in the best-of-three match. Next, at 1p, Jie Li 7d, four-time US Open and three-time NAIM Champion, will comment on Finals Game 2 between Myungwan Kim 9P (r) and Jianing Gan 6d (l) as Kim — on a 19-win streak — tries to close out the best-of-three series and collect the SPOT1 trophy.  
- Reported by Tournament Director Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang

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LIVE FROM THE WORLD AMATEURS!

Monday May 17, 2010

The American Go E-Journal will publish special daily editions next week live from the World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC) in Hangzhou, China. We’re teaming up again with Ranka Online this year to provide complete coverage of the 31st annual competition among top amateur players from around the world, which will run May 24-31. American-born pro Michael Redmond 9P will provide game commentaries for the Ranka/E-Journal effort – which will include ongoing updates on both Ranka and the AGA website , as well as via daily E-Journal reports — while Ivan Vigano, James Davies and Chris Garlock will report and John Pinkerton will provide photos.

COLLEGE STUDENTS GET A BREAK

Monday May 17, 2010

The American Go Foundation (AGF) will be using the Gregory Lefler Memorial Fund to help college students attending U.S. Go Congress this year, reports AGF board member Keith Arnold. “Any student attending college full time this fall can apply for a $50 discount on their registration fees; we have limited funds, so graduating seniors or graduate students will only be considered if funds remain,” Arnold said. To request the discount, send an e-mail with your name, AGA number, name of school, and your fall status (freshman, sophmore etc.) to agf@usgo.org. “We expect available funds to be exhausted so please send your information now, first come, first served,” added Arnold.

JIANING GAN LOOKING TO STAY ALIVE IN SPOT1 TOURNEY SATURDAY

Monday May 17, 2010

Barring an upset win by Jianing Gan 6d, Saturday’s 1p (EST) game could be the final round in the Strong Players Online Tournament (SPOT1), as Myungwan Kim 9P looks to sweep the tournament finals 2-0. Kim is on an 18-game winning streak in AGA tournaments. The game will be broadcast live on KGS. Earlier Saturday, Eric Lui 7d will play Michael Chen 7d at 10a (EST) — also on KGS — in the battle for third place. Lui leads 1-0.  Kim 9P has defeated Hugh Zhang 6d, Daniel Gourdeau 6d, Yongfei Ge 7d, Yue Zhang 7d and Michael Chen 7d. Thiteen-year-old Gan 6D has defeated Patrick Lung 6D, Mengmeng Chen 5D, Yongfei Ge 7D, Hugh Zhang 6D, Sarah Yu 6D, and Eric Lui 7D.
- Edward (Zhiyuan) Zhang, TD