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Saturday April 3, 2010

Edward Zhang 6D won the first place in the Open section of the 2010 Carolina Spring Go tournament, held in Raleigh, NC on March 28th. Thirty-four players competed in the seventh annual AGA-rated tournament organized by the Cary Go Club.  Zhang, who traveled from the DC area, won four straight games to top the open section.  Winner’s Report: Eric Zhang 5D, Guojun Zhu 3D and Nianci Gan 3D tied for the second place of the open section with 3-1 scores.  Xiaoping Wu 1d and John Moore 2d tied for the first place of Section A (1D-2D), while Wu’s 12-year old son, Brian Wu 7K won Section B (1K-10K) with a perfect score of 4-0.  Warren Lewis 18K, Tom Carlson 11K, Dale Blann 13K and Ralph Abbey 15K tied for the first place of Section C (11K-20K) with the same score of 3-1.  Two young kids, Alvin Chen 24K and Kevin Kwong 25K won Section D (21K-30K) in a tie with a score of 3-1.
- Owen Chen



Monday March 29, 2010

Recruiting has begun for a new tournament, the Wisonet Go Cup. A “slow go” event – 2.5 hours basic time per player plus overtime – the Wisonet is requiring a minimum rating of 1-dan and will select a field of up to 32 players from those registering. Five rounds are planned, the first scheduled for May 8th in Edison, New Jersey. Rounds 2-4 can be sponsored by other go clubs and the final round will return to Edison. Up to $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded (less if the field is smaller). Players invited to participate in the tournament will pay $50 per round for the first three rounds; no fee will be charged for the last two rounds. Wisonet specializes in games and puzzles, says company president and tournament organizer Ronghao Chen. “Our purpose is to dramatically improve the quality of games in tournaments.” Chen expects the tournament to last at least four months. “This type of time arrangement will allow players to have time to prepare games,” he says. “Go fans will have time to discuss games and the tournament. Also, it will attract the general public to learn go and be aware of the tournament. Live game analysis will be arranged at many playing days.” Dan level players interested in a seat in this tournament must sign up by April 15th by e-mailing his/her name, current AGA rating, phone number and e-mail address to Invitations to all selected players will be sent out on April 25th. For more info call Chen at 609-799-1624 or 908-872-6202.

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Monday March 29, 2010

Strong players in the U.S., Canada and Mexico are invited to register for the Strong Player’s Online Tournament (SPOT1). a new online tournament with $1,500 in cash prizes organized by the American Go Association. “This tournament will also be an experiment in requiring a web camera and a Skype account, so players will see and hear each other during the games,” says Tournament Director Edward Zhang. Players with AGA ratings of 5.0 and up, or Canadian/Mexican equivalents, are eligible. No requirement for a U.S. Green card or citizenship, but players must have maintained AGA, CGA or MGA membership continuously for the past 12 months; U.S. player must have lived in the U.S. for at least 6 of the past 12 months.. The 26 top-rated AGA players who register automatically qualify, and six places are reserved for Canadian (4) and Mexican (2) players. The tournament will be on weekends, and it is scheduled for four weekends. All players must sign up online for the tournament by midnight EST April 15. First prize is $1000, 2nd prize $400, 3rd prize $100. For further details email Zhang at

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Monday March 29, 2010

After two weeks of intense competition, California teams have trounced the competition, leading many of the standings. In the Open Division, Redwood Shores GC and Orange County GC are holding onto the top spots for the Golden State, but defending champion Stuyvesant HS (NY) is still in the hunt for their third open title by remaining undefeated through two rounds. Richard Montgomery HS (MD), Bellaire HS (TX), Morningstar Chinese (CA), Mason Huaxia Chinese (OH), and Saratoga HS (CA) also lead their divisions with solid 2-0 performances.  In the States Cup standings, New Jersey is looking for their first-ever podium finish, clinging on to the third spot behind California and New York. North Carolina and Texas round out the top five. Saratoga HS (CA) hopes to claim their second sweepstakes title, given to the school team with the highest total score. However, they only hold a two-point lead over last year’s Rookies Cup Champions, Hunter College HS (NY). Fair Oaks ES is currently in third as they attempt to become the first-ever junior team to finish in the top three. Morningstar Chinese’s debut performance has rocketed them to the top of the Rookies Cup as they look virtually untouchable for this award, while Cary Chinese (NC) will seek their second consecutive Junior Cup, as they seek to break the national record they set last year. Third round coverage begins this weekend, and the push to earn medals begins now. Click here for complete results.
- Christopher Vu, AGHS Correspondent 

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Monday March 29, 2010

Meadowdale High School’s “Team Lightning” from Lynnwood, Washington won the 8th annual Iwamoto School Team Tournament at the Seattle Go Center, winning all of their games but one to best two other teams. First board: Cesar Serra, 2nd: Hayden Sherrill, 3rd: Andrea McCool.
- report and photo by Brian Allen

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Monday March 29, 2010

Suen Guy 6k from Korea, a senior at Iowa State University studying electrical engineering, won first place and the All-Iowa Go Cup during the Iowa Go Tournament on March 27 in Ames, Iowa.  Returning Iowa Go Tournament champion Louis Schenck 2k from Des Moines, Iowa, took second place. Edward Basom 10k, from Cedar Falls, Iowa, an Iowa State University junior studying chemistry, took third.
-report/photos by Carol Bodensteiner: photos: Suen Guy, tournament winner; Louis Schenck, runner up.

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Monday March 29, 2010

North America’s Mingjiu Jiang 7P was eliminated in the first round of the Chunlan Cup on Saturday in Beijing, China, as was Europe’s Csaba Mero 6d. After the second round on Sunday, the field was down to eight: Heo Yeongho 7P, Kong Jie 9P, Lee Sedol 9P, Wang Xi 9P, Xie He 7P, Cho Chikun 9P, Gu Li 9P and Gu Lingyi 5P. Lee of Korea and Japan’s Cho are the only non-Chinese players remaining. The Chunlan Cup is sponsored and hosted by The Chunlan Group of China. The beginning 24 players are shortened to 16 after the first round and the top eight players are qualified for the next round while the bottom eight play each other in a knockout tournament. Komi is 5.5 points with 3-hour time limits. The winner’s purse is 1,000,000 Yuan ($150,000). Click here for current standings, courtesy Kin’s Go News, here is the Chunlan Cup tournament line up and team members and here for game records.
- JustPlayGo 

U.S. GO NEWS: Lockhart & Xiong Win Boston Youth; World Youth Deadline March 30; Myungwan Kim 9P Workshop Gives NorCal Players A Boost

Monday March 22, 2010

LOCKHART & XIONG WIN BOSTON YOUTH: Ben Lockhart 5d from New York City won the Senior Division and defending champion Kevin Xiong won the Junior Division again at the 4th annual GBCCA Youth Go Tournament and US Youth Go Championship (USYGC) Qualifier that ended on March 20th.  Runners-up in the Senior Division were Andrew Wang in second place, Henry Li (3rd) and Sam Huang (4th). Zachary Lu took 2nd in the Juniors while Bowen He was 3rd.
- report/photos by Ke Lu
WORLD YOUTH DEADLINE MARCH 30: As announced in last week’s E-J, the deadline for the World Youth Goe Championships (WYGC) qualifier is now March 30th.  The qualifier will be held on April 3rd, and the finals on April 10th and 11th.  The winners in each bracket will go on to compete at the WYGC in Taiwan, July 22-28.  For more information click here
MYUNGWAN KIM 9P WORSHOP GIVES NORCAL PLAYERS A BOOST: Thirteen students gathered last weekend to listen to lectures, ask questions, solve problems, have their games reviewed, and play against Myungwan Kim 9P, a top pro from Korea and winner of the U.S. Open two years in a row. At the March 20-21 workshop in Berkeley, CA, Kim took questions from students, and spent a lot of time discussing techniques for assessing the value of different endgame moves, a popular topic among the attendees. The workshop was sponsored by Bay Area Go Players Association, and organizer Roger Schrag plans to schedule two more pro workshops in the area this year.

U.S. GO NEWS: Qu Sweeps Norcal Tourney; World Youth Qualifier Moved Up To April 3; Northeast Interclub Tourney Invites Teams; School Team Tourney Setting New Records; Agf Accepting Apps For College Scholarships; Aga Ratings Updated; New AGA Database Feature Links Players; Why Host A Pro Workshop?

Monday March 15, 2010

QU SWEEPS NORCAL TOURNEY: Larry Qu 7k topped the Bay Area Go Players Association monthly ratings tournament in Palo Alto, CA on March 6, finishing with a perfect 5-0 record. In the Dan division, Bogdan Dobrescu 5d, Lucas Baker 3d, Samuel Gross 1d, and Sammy Zhang 1d each won three games apiece. The playing field consisted of 33 players, ranging from 7d to 24k, with eight playing in their first AGA-rated tournament ever. The next monthly ratings tournament takes place April 10 in Palo Alto. PHOTOS AT BAY AREA GO

WORLD YOUTH QUALIFIER MOVED UP TO APRIL 3: The selection process for the World Youth Go Championships has just been dramatically accelerated, with an online qualifier to be held April 3 and the finals held on April 10-11. “The Ing Foundation has just notified the AGA that our representatives to the World Youth Go Championships must be selected by April 15th, a sudden change from last year’s policy,” reports AGA Youth Coordinator Paul Barchilon. Since this is before the previously-scheduled USYGC Qualifiers will have chosen winners, a new schedule has been established. Youth players who wish to enter must e-mail to register by March 30th. The top sixteen players in each bracket will advance to the finals. The Junior Division is for youth 11 and under, the Senior Division is for youth under 18 as of August 1, 2010. Only US Citizens may enter the qualifier; the winners must be able to travel to Taiwan for the finals (expenses are covered for the youth players, but not for parents). “The previously-scheduled USYGC Qualifiers around the nation will all be held as planned, and the prizes will remain the same, but as those events will no longer select our WYGC representatives, the citizenship requirement will be waived,” says Barchilon.

NORTHEAST INTERCLUB TOURNEY INVITES TEAMS: Go clubs in the Northeast are invited to participate in the upcoming Northeast Inter-club Go Tournament in the Boston area. The team tournament is being organized by the MIT Go Club and the Massachusetts Go Association on March 27 in Somerville MA starting at 9:30a. Teams will have three members and each club may send multiple teams. Clubs must preregister by March 20th with a complete list of participants and their ranks; email

SCHOOL TEAM TOURNEY: A record breaking 92 teams and 307 individuals are competing in the ninth annual American Go Honor Society (AGHS) School Team Tournament, representing 15 states and 3 provinces in Canada. Two schools, Fair Oaks ES (CA) and Saratoga HS (CA), are entering five teams each, matching Clear Lake HS (TX)’s record, back in 2004. Stuyvesant HS (NY) will seek their second consecutive and third national title in the Open Division. However, they will have to overcome JP Stevens HS (NJ), last year’s silver medalists, along with seven California teams, including all three teams from CA’s 2008 medal sweep, who will seek a spot on the podium after being shut out last year. East Meadows HS (NY) fell just short in their bid to become the second team in AGHS history to win both the Rookies Cup and the School Sweepstakes title, awarded to the best new school and best overall school in the tournament, finishing in second place in the final standings. However, two California schools, Morningstar Chinese School and Redwood Shores GC, hope to accomplish this feat after stunning performances in the first round. In addition, fourteen elementary and middle schools will fight for the Junior Cup title this year, including reigning Junior Champions Cary Chinese School (NC). who are expected to put up a stiff fight to retain their title. Yet they were barely able to hold off a surge from Fairs Oaks ES (CA), who will seek to add the Junior title to their long list of achievements under AGHS competitions. Readers can keep track of the teams on the AGHS ” title=”website” target=”_blank”>website http://aghs.c>. All games are played on KGS, in the AGHS Tournament Room (under Tournaments), and observers are welcome.
- Tim Savoie, AGHS Correspondent

AGF ACCEPTING APPS FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS: The American Go Foundation is now accepting applications for its College Scholarship, reports AGF board member Matthew Mallory. “The scholarship is intended to reward organizers who create new, or help existing, go programs in their school or community, playing strength is less important than community service,” Mallory says. Applicants must be at least in their junior year of high school; winners will receive $1,000 and will be announced at the US Go Congress. “Last year Lawrence Ku, a model youth organizer, received the scholarship,” Mallory adds. The deadline is May 15: Click here to learn more and download the application form.
- Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor

AGA RATINGS UPDATED; NEW AGA DATABASE FEATURE LINKS PLAYERS: AGA ratings were updated March 12 and include a number of recent tournaments, including the NOVA Chinese Lunar New Year, New Jersey Open, John Groesch, From the Word Go, and Bay Area Tournament. The ratings – which former Tournament Coordinator Phil Waldron did a tremendous amount of work on — are linked to the AGA Go Database, which includes the records of every game and player in all tournaments played in the United States since 1991. A new FindPath feature

AGA Games Database shows how players are linked through opponents. For example, AGA Database creator Jonathan Bresler 14k is just four players from Feng Yun 9P: Bresler played Stephen Leslie 14k in 1994, Leslie played Eric Lui 7k in 1996 and Lui played Feng Yun in 2007. The search can be unlimited across all games in the database, limited by date, or limited to a particular tournament.

WHY HOST A PRO WORKSHOP? The Portland Go Club hosted two pro workshops in the past year, one by Jennie Shen in the fall and one by Yi Lun Yang in the spring. Both were attended by about 20 dan/low kyu players and middle/double kyu players. Jennie’s workshop was short on lectures and long on game review. Most of the weekend was spent with one group playing while the other group reviewed games, and then switching. Jennie’s tone was light and relaxed – she often cracked jokes, asking “You really played that move?” — teasing the players and making them feel at ease. Mr. Yang’s workshop was more balanced between lectures on various aspects of the game – opening, extensions, attacking, defending, life and death – and game review. Many of the kyu players took notes and Mr. Yang was serious and intense, expressing his strong passion for teaching. He also has a well-developed formal methodology for teaching go. As different as the flavor and structure of these workshops were, they were both excellent and well-received by the players. As a double-digit kyu player I had no idea about direction of play in the opening, let alone a systematic way to approach life and death problems. As a dan player, issues about crosscuts and opening strategy were clarified for me. I’d have either of them back in a Portland minute. Based on these two workshops I’d be equally happy bringing new pros in or bringing either of these two pros back.
- Peter Freedman coordinates the Portland Go Club in Portland, Oregon, and co-directed the 2008 U.S. Go Congress.


Monday March 8, 2010

MILLING, BOEHEM & HADDAD TOP AUSTIN WILDFLOWER CLASSIC: Chris Milling 4k, William Boehem 9k and Geoffrey Haddad 20k shared top honors at the March 6 Wildflower Classic in Austin, TX. The three emerged undefeated 4-0 to top the 24-player field, reports TD Andy Olsen. Photo by Steven Morris.

AGA BOARD APPROVES CONTINUATION OF FUJITSU CUP & NAIM; SEEKS 2010 HOSTS: American Go Association Tournament Coordinator Boris Bernadsky reports that the AGA Board has voted to continue holding the Fujitsu Cup and North American Ing Masters (NAIM) tournaments as two separate events. “Despite the suspension last year of Ing funding, the Board voted to continue using the Ing name and rules out of respect and in appreciation for Ing’s previous and long-term financial support and commitment to go,” Bernadsky says. Bernadsky also reports that there are still NAIM hosting opportunities for interested clubs and players. “So far the Boston Go Club and the Southern California Go Club have agreed to host qualifiers,” he says. Email if you’re interested, or visit NAIM’s Facebook page 

ZHANG WINS MONTREAL WINTER TOURNEY: Hanxi Zhang 6D of Ottawa won the 31st Winter Tournament on February 28. The one-day, three-round event, officially known as the Tounoi d’hiver, was held at the Jean-de-Brébeuf College, in Montreal and attracted 41 players. Winner’s Report: Group A: Hanxi Zhang, 6D, Ottawa; Group B: Jean-Sébastien Lechasseur, 4D, Quebec; Group C: Ying-Chu Chen, 1D, Montreal; Group D: Aida Harumitsu, 5K, Montreal; Group E: Timon Sun, 18K, Montreal.