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Cotsen Open Day 1: A surprise player, delays, dignitaries and free tacos

Sunday October 14, 2018

A surprise walk-in Saturday morning may be all that stands between Mark Lee 7d and his fourth consecutive Cotsen Open title. 2018.10.13_mark-lee-relaxingAndy Liu, the East Coast-based 1P, decided to make the trek to Los Angeles with some friends, and, like Lee (right, relaxing between rounds), was 3-0 at the end of a long day that started 90 minutes late due to delays following Friday night’s downpour and pairing issues. Neither top player had any trouble dispatching their opponents, however, and the clash of titans could occur 2018.10.13 Korean-dignitariesas soon as Round 4 Sunday morning, set for 10:30, and, failing that, almost certainly the final round, unless one of the other strong players manages to pull off an upset.

Despite the delays and overcast skies, the 155-strong field was in good spirits, enjoying casual games and of course the free Korean tacos from the Kogi food truck as well as free shoulder massages throughout the day. Tournament founder Eric Cotsen personally greeted each player as they waited on line to register and explained his mysterious Cotsen Go Tournament poster.

Local go fans who are early risers can check out the pro-pro game Sunday morning starting at 8a at the Korean Cultural Center, featuring Yilun Yang 7P.

The day began with a visit by visiting Korean dignitaries (left), who welcomed the assembled go players to the Korean Cultural Center, which has hosted the annual Cotsen Open for a number of years now. On hand were Kim Wan-joon, Consul General of Korea in Los Angeles, Kim Nakjung, Director of the KCCLA, Oh Seung Keol, President of the Korean Education Center, Los Angeles, Sen Neung-uk 9P, Na Jong Hoon 8P and Ahn Dal Hoon 9P.

- report/photos by Chris Garlock

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Registration Open for 2018 Young Lions Tournament

Saturday October 13, 2018

young_lions“Registration for the 2018 American Go Honor Society Young Lions Tournament is now open,” says AGHS Vice President Jeremy Chiu,  “The Young Lions Tournament, one of the longest running AGHS events, is a premier youth title tournament for go players of ages 18 and under. All young players from the United States, Canada, and Mexico – whether you’re a high dan or a complete beginner – are welcome to participate in this online tournament. There will be $600 in cash, trophies, and other prizes.” - EJ Youth Correspondent Lionel Zhang

For more detailed rules, please click here.

For registration, please click here.

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Registration Open for 2018 American Youth Go League

Saturday October 13, 2018

youth_go_league“Playing games regularly is crucial for young go players to improve,” says AGHS Vice President Jeremy Chiu, “The American Youth Go League gives the opportunity for young players to participate in online monthly leagues consisting of 4-5 rounds each. Using a ladder system, players will be matched against others of similar strength to play friendly but competitive games, while learning from each other. All players from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico of ages 18 and under are invited. This is a great way for young players to practice playing more serious online games. Rewards will be given to participating players.” - EJ Youth Correspondent Lionel Zhang

For more detailed rules, please click here.

For registration, please click here.

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Strong field to vie for 2018 Cotsen Open title this weekend

Friday October 12, 2018

Looking to collect his fourth consecutive Cotsen Open title, Mark Lee 7d is facing a tough field of strong players this year, 2018.10.12_cotsen-set-upincluding Andrew Lu 7d, Bowen Zhang 7d, Hoon Jo 6d, William Lee 6d, Bo Luan 6d, Yi Wang 6d, Yixian Zhou 6d and Shengjie Zhou 6d. Registration for the 2-day tournament October 13-14 is already at 155, with players from 30 kyu to 7 dan, and walk-ins Saturday morning will be permitted: all players who want to play in the first round must be on line to sign in or register by 9:15a on Saturday. The tournament is held at the Korean Cultural Center (5505 Wilshire Blvd). Any questions, email cotsenopen@gmail.com. In addition to two days of competition, the Cotsen features free food truck lunches both days, roving masseuses and a pro-pro game Sunday morning. Follow the Board 1 action via the E-Journal on KGS and photos and news on AGA social media @thegaga on Twitter and @AmericanGoAssociation on Facebook.
photo: setting up on Friday; photo by Chris Garlock

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AGF College Scholarships

Saturday October 6, 2018

AGF-logo-smallApplications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarshipThe program  recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the go community. To apply, download and complete the application form here.  Applicants should describe their accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants whose enthusiasm and ambition have helped spread go in under-served areas will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award focuses on promoters and organizers who have made substantial contributions during their go career. Applications are due Nov. 5th this year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  

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Cotsen registration deadline coming up soon

Wednesday October 3, 2018

Registration for the upcoming Cotsen Open closes on October 9th; click here now to register. The tournament is October 13-14 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. In addition to the usual free shoulder massages, Kogi BBQ is 2018.10.03_2015-cotsen-IMG_0219catering both Saturday and Sunday; free lunch for all pre-registered attendees. Three Korean professionals — Dalhoon Ahn 9P, Seo Nungwuk 9P, and Na Jonghoon 8P — will be on hand for simul games on Saturday. “We will be streaming Hikaru No Go on the 3rd floor for anyone who wants to watch,” says TD Christopher Saenz.

Volunteers wanted for set-up, registration, game recording and post-tourney takedown; volunteers get a special dinner invitation and game recorders get E-Journal caps. Email cotsenopen@gmail.com ASAP if interested.

photo: 2015 Cotsen; photo by Brian Ferrari

 

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Newcomer Alan Ai wins San Diego Go Club’s “Back-to-School” Tournament

Tuesday October 2, 2018

Thirty-seven players showed up last Sunday to take part in the San Diego Go Club’s “Back-to-School” Tournament.2018.10.02_SanDiegoOpen.players
A new resident to the area, Alan Ai (7.2-dan) won the Open section with a 3-0 record over a strong field including two 6-dans and a 5-dan. “The last time Ai was seen in San Diego, he took second place in the 2017 Redmond Cup at the U.S. Go Congress here,” reports San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra. “He is now enrolled at UCSD, so hopefully, he will become a familiar face at San  Diego Go Club events.” The club was honored to have two Chinese pros who now live in Southern California stop by to watch the competition: Hai Li and Weihan Hua, who is the president of the UCSD Go Club.
Players going 3-0 in the Handicap Sections were Seowoo Wang (2.5-dan) in the 3D-5K bracket, Warren Andrews (6.7-Kyu) in the 5K-10K bracket, Tony 2018.10.02_SanDiego-Handicap.playersMorgan Yang (12-Kyu) in the 10K-20K bracket, and Eric Green Yang (25-Kyu) and Andy Shunwei Zhou (20-Kyu) in the 20K-30K bracket.
The tournament was held at the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park, which will also be the site for the 2018 California State Go Championship. The first annual event will be a 5-round tournament to be held on the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 24&25. Free registration for the California Championship is now open here.
photos by Henry You
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First Texas State Championship set for Oct 20-21 in Austin

Saturday September 29, 2018

The first Texas State Championship will be held October 20-21 in Austin, Texas. The tournament is part of the new system of state championships being developed by the American Go Association.

The Texas tournament — a five round Swiss format — is open to any player who is an AGA member and residing in Texas. The winner will be awarded a State Championship trophy, and have their name engraved on a separate perennial trophy that will be passed from year to year with winners names engraved. In addition, there will be other prizes awarded.
“In addition to the State Championship tournament (which will NOT be handicapped), we will in parallel run a handicap tournament for others wishing to play in a tournament but NOT compete for the Texas State Champion title,” reports Bart Jacob. Click here for details and here to register.
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10/1 deadline for pro or amateur tepresentative for Bingsheng Cup

Friday September 28, 2018

The 8th Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup, a women’s weiqi tournament, is seeking a representative from North America, all expenses covered. The tournament will be held October 30-November 5 in Suzhou, China. Professional and amateur women interested in representing North America in this event should send an e-mail to tournaments@usgo.org. Please reply no later than Monday, October 1st, so that we may run a preliminary tournament among the interested players prior to the registration deadline.
- Jeff Shaevel, AGA National Tournament Coordinator 
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How to get to the top boards at the Cotsen Open

Monday September 24, 2018

What’s the fastest way to the top boards at the upcoming Cotsen Open? Volunteer as a game recorder! No previous 2018.09.22_cotsen-2016-IMG_2015experience necessary but you do need a laptop with KGS on it and must be available all day Saturday and/or Sunday, October 13/14 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Free E-Journal caps and lunch for all game recorders, plus credit in all our coverage. Email journal@usgo.org ASAP if interested.

photo: top-board game recording at 2016 Cotsen; photo by Chris Garlock

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