Wednesday October 21, 2015
Jonathan Fisher 4D topped a field of 18 at the 2015 Cocoa Go Tournament on October 17. The Space Coast Area Go Association hosted
players from West Palm Beach, Sarasota, Orlando, and the local area which is near the Kennedy Space Center. The top division included three 4 dan players while the lower kyu division included the three youngest players rated at 13K, 15K and 26K.
“Due to the generosity of Slate and Shell, Yellow Mountain Imports and our club President, George Lebovitz, there were prizes for all,” reports tournament director Bart Lipofsky. Top winner Jonathan Fisher 4D, who swept all three of his games, took home the 24 inch oil canvas of go stones from Yellow Mountain Imports. Aaron Otero 8K was also undefeated to take first place in the mid kyu division. Heather Crawford 13K had 2 wins, 1 loss, for first place in the lower kyu division.
“It was very nice to see a family team like the Crawfords who also played last year,” said Lipofsky. Paul Wiegand, who directs the Orlando Go Tournament in April, very graciously supplied all the clocks from his club. Afterwards Lipofsky and his wife Judy hosted a pizza party at their home.
Photos by Bart Lipofsky; collage by Chris Garlock
(top right) Winners Heather Crawford 13K (left); Aaron Otero 8K (center) & Jonathan Fisher 4D (right);
(bottom right) Front left – Dan Micsa 4D Front right – Jonathan Fisher 4D, Back left – Steve Barberi 1K Back right, hidden behind Fisher – Karsten Henckell 4D;
(middle bottom) Paul Wiegand 6K, Orlando TD
(bottom left): 3 Crawfords: Front left at table – Eric Crawford 8K Front right at table – Aaron Otero 8K, Back left, standing – Heather Crawford 13K Back right, standing – Eddie Crawford 26K
(middle left): 3 youngest: Front left – Eddie Crawford 26K, Front right – Yuliang Huang 15K, Back left – Kevin van Workum (the older player) 10K Back right – Heather Crawford 13K
(top left): Front left – Dan Micsa 4D Front right – Steve Barberi 1K, Back left – Karsten Henckell 4D Back right – Jonathan Fisher 4D
Wednesday October 21, 2015
East Coast go players who can’t make the Cotsen Open in Los Angeles this weekend can still get their dose of go competition by attending tournaments in Arlington, Virginia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or Rochester, New York. The NOVA Pumpkin Classic will be held Saturday, October 24 in Arlington, the 11th Annual Greg Lefler Memorial Tournament in Rochester will also be held Saturday and the Philadelphia Fall Open – the first AGA-rated tournament organized by The Penn Go Society in many years — will be held Sunday, October 25th in Philadelphia. Anyone attending two of the tournaments should email photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Monday October 19, 2015
Registration for this weekend’s Cotsen Open has topped 120, organizers report. Coming up October 24-25 at the LA Center Studios in Los Angeles, CA, the popular tournament features a free food truck lunch on both days: Komodo Food on Saturday and Kogi BBQ on Sunday. The $20 entry fee is refunded if you play in all five rounds. Yilun Yang 7P will play a match against Qun Wang 8P on Sunday morning, followed by an analysis of the game. Kiseido/Yutopian will have a vendor table on the Saturday of the event.
Volunteers are needed to help set up on Friday and record top-board games during the tournament. To help set up (free pizza!), email CotsenOpen@gmail.com; if interested in recording/broadcasting for the E-Journal (free EJ caps!); email email@example.com.
photo: top board at the 2014 Cotsen; photo by Chris Garlock
Monday October 19, 2015
President Barack Obama learned go in college, reports American Go Association President Andy Okun. In a brief conversation in the meet-and-greet line at a recent fundraiser in California, Okun says he mentioned his position with the AGA and Obama responded, “I learned to play go in college from a guy named Tim” adding that “Tim was a go master.” He asked a nearby aide if the aide had ever played go (he hadn’t), noting that “It’s a very complicated game … non-linear.” As quickly as it started, the discussion ended and staff moved Okun and his son out of the room.
Obama presented then-Chinese President Hu Jintao with an American-made go board and glass bowls (also American-made) during a visit in 2010 (Go Community To Attend White House Event Welcoming Chinese President 1/17/2011).
photo of go board made by Frank Salantrie by Salantrie
Monday October 19, 2015
Last month, a new Chess and Go in the Schools program was launched in Portland, Oregon. Over 100 children signed up in 3 different elementary schools, and 10 more children were placed on a waiting list. All children will learn both chess (from Fritz Balwit) and Go (from Peter Freedman), and then play either, or both games. The program’s first tournament for the year is scheduled for October 24th.
“The program’s continued success has sparked an effort by the AGF, with assistance from the SF Ing Foundation, as well as funds from a private donor, in hopes of spreading interest in chess and go to other schools,” says Freedman. “Start up funds will help organizers get off the ground, but the program is self-supporting, generating revenue to pay teachers, buy club T shirts, run tournaments with trophies, provide snacks, and purchase equipment. Projects in two cities are currently underway, with a possible third in the works.” For more information contact: Peter Freedman at: firstname.lastname@example.org. -Story by Amy Su, Picture by Peter Freedman: Kids learning both games in Portland.
Tuesday October 13, 2015
Over 90 players have already pre-registered for this year’s Cotsen Open, coming up October 24-25 at the LA Center Studios in Los Angeles, CA. The popular tournament features a free food truck lunch on both days: Komodo Food on Saturday and Kogi BBQ on Sunday. The $20 entry fee is refunded if you play in all five rounds.
Volunteers are wanted to help set up on Friday and record top-board games during the tournament. “Free pizza for helping set up the tournament space on Friday, October 23,” promises Tournament Organizer Samantha Davis. Email her at CotsenOpen@gmail.com
If interested in recording/broadcasting for the E-Journal (free EJ caps!); email email@example.com
Monday October 12, 2015
The Seattle Go Center held a large tournament to celebrate their 20th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 3. It was the largest fall tournament they have had in many years, with 48 players participating. The well organized TD’s, Bill Chiles and Dan Top, kept the event on schedule despite the large crowd. The players were smoothly distributed in terms of strength, so that most of the handicapped games used small handicaps. (88% of the handicapped games used two stones or less.) The next day, Kuma Sensei 6P from the Nihon Ki-in gave a lecture reviewing tournament games.
The Open Section had 8 players and was won by longtime Northwest champion Edward Kim 7d. Edward bested Chanseok Oh, Jeremiah Donley, and Peter Nelson in his three games. Peter Nelson placed 2nd in the Open Section.
Chris Kirschner won all his games in the Dan Handicapped Section, winning that section. Chris is one of the founders of the Go Center, and one of its most active volunteers. Ben Hakala placed 2nd. Jung Doo Nam won the Single Digit Kyu Player Handicapped Section, with David Snow placing second. Mark Richardson won the Double Digit Kyu Player Handicapped Section, with Lucy Wang placing second.
Photo Captions: (Top) Andy Okun, President of the AGA, playing Harry van der Krogt of the European Go Cultural Center in a friendly game in the tatami room of the Seattle Go Center. (Bottom) First round of the tournament. Photos and report by Brian Allen.
Wednesday October 7, 2015
The latest edition of the American Go Association Tournament Regulations have been posted on the AGA’s Tournament Resources page, where you’ll find everything local organizers need to run a tournament. “The essence of go is competition, and tournament play takes that rivalry to its highest level,” says the AGA. “Running a tournament will strengthen your club. You will get to know new players from your area, and you may even build your club’s treasury!”
Organizing a tournament is probably easier than you think, especially if you can put some of local club members to work. Size doesn’t matter. A “tournament” can be held with as few as two players, and there are several interesting formats for as few as four players. Tournament game results can be submitted for AGA rating, a major attraction many tournament players.
Tuesday October 6, 2015
With the October 20 deadline approaching, over 65 players have already pre-registered for this year’s Cotsen Open
, October 24-25 at the LA Center Studios
(note new location). In addition to one of the largest and strongest fields on the West Coast, the tournament features free food truck lunch on both days, a full refund of the $20 entry fee if you play in all five rounds and the hallmark of the Cotsen, free massages for all players. Davis adds. Yilun Yang 7P will play a match against Qun Wang 8P on Sunday morning, followed by an analysis of the game. Kiseido/Yutopian will have a vendor table on the Saturday
of the event.
As an added bonus, “We will be printing new ‘Cotsen Open’ branded products, including never before seen playmat travel go boards with original art,” reports Tournament Organizer Samantha Davis.
photo: Yilun Yang 7P plays pro-pro game at the 2014 Cotsen Open; photo by Chris Garlock