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Janice Kim Blogs On

Monday February 27, 2012

Teasers from several recent posts on Janice Kim 3P’s Learn To Play Go  blog:

To 3-4, or to starpoint – that is the question
Whether ‘tis better in the endgame to suffer
through gote and komi an outrageous half-point loss
Or to take on a big dragon with only one eye
And by opposing need to resign. To invade, to die…
(The Opening Dilemma; Feb. 6)

Once in a hot pink moon I’ll go on a Go bender, when I throw off the thin, thin, thin mask of normalcy and indulge in ergonomically disastrous, unlimited Go playing and reviewing, a reverse Matrix where I’m plugged into an espresso machine, existential crisis at bay and the good times rolling…
(48 Hours; Jan. 23) 

For the past several days, the immortal lyrics off of They Might Be Giants’ first album have been going through my head: I’ve got two songs in me/And this is/Number three…
(IYDSIYDGI, Jan. 14)

photo courtesy World Poker Tour website

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Zavala, Shakti, Top Mexican Youth Go Championships

Monday February 27, 2012

Lillian Zavala 9k and Ogam Shakti 15k led the top division of the Mexican Youth Go Championships, held Feb. 11 in Mexico City.  44 kids attended the event, which was limited to those under the age of 12. “We had the support of some of the pioneer go players in Mexico,” reports Mexican Youth Coordinator Siddhartha Avila.  “Dr. Marcos Arámbula  helped organize, and Dr. Ricardo Quintero was the referee, both were active  in the 80′s, when the game was almost unknown in Mexico. The kids had a great time at Ekoji Buddhist Temple where the tournament took place, a special thanks goes to Rev. Todaka and the Temple’s staff for kindly hosting the event. Before the tournament we saw kendokas training at their dojo, with them, the garden, the altar, the statues, tatami rooms, go boards, bowls and stones, the atmosphere took us for a moment on a trip to ancient Japan where  Igo  has been practiced for so long. Santiago Dimayuga, a 6 year old child with autism played in Section C, reaching 4th place.  He has been playing for just a couple months, with the support of his Teacher Ana María who taught him the basics;  this is a great achievement, he seems to like go very much. This proves once again the inclusive nature of go, and how we can break barriers through its practice. This experience broadened our vision about teaching, and there are talks about  making a deeper approach in the field of go and autism. In Section A there was a tie between Lilian Zavala 9k and Ogam Shakti 15k each with 4-0 records, the final will be played soon, Vicente A. Cortez 14k came in third place. Omar Zavala 13k won Section B, followed by Hans Torres 20k and Fernando López 20k. Section C was topped by Leonardo Pineda 24k, second place went to E. Amélie Zdeinert 24k and third place to Ximena Tejada 25k.  We would like to thank all the teachers, parents and volunteers for their support in making this event possible, as well as the American Go Association for their prize sponsorship –  the winners had nice sets of Yunzi stones as prizes,” writes Avila.  Full Results are here, a photo gallery is here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo and report by Siddhartha Avila.

ZhaoNian Chen Wins New Jersey Open

Sunday February 26, 2012

ZhaoNian Chen 7d (left) swept the 2012 New Jersey Open on Feb 25-26, winning all five games. The 53rd-annual event attracted a record 125 players to Princeton, New Jersey. See below for the 5th-round game between Chen and Xinyu Tu. photo by John Pinkerton

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Collegiate Go League Forms

Sunday February 26, 2012

The Collegiate Go League, a new competitive league for university go clubs, is attracting new schools and players. Funded by the Ing Foundation, the group was created by  eleven college students from the US, who attended the first ever Shanghai Ing Foundation China Summer Go Camp. The team experienced Chinese culture first-hand and played friendly matches with students at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Beijing Normal University, and Fudan University.   “We organized our US league to create a stronger network of school-based go clubs,” writes Brian Lee.  “We’ve successfully held two rounds of matches, with 4, then 6 schools. We’re in the process of inviting more schools, and we’ve got at least 8 teams slated for our next match on March 3rd.”  Matches are held on the KGS Go Server, in the “Collegiate Go League” club room. Every other week on Saturdays at 1pm EST / 10am PST, school go clubs field a team of five players. “Games are handicapped, and after the matches, strong players will be available to review games, giving a chance for kyu and dan-level players alike to improve and meet other players in the collegiate go community. Current participating schools include: Brown, Brandeis, MIT, Northeastern, Cornell, Princeton, U-Michigan, and U-Maryland.  We are looking to add more teams, and would love for you to join us,” adds Lee.  The next match is March 3rd, more details are  here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.

53rd New Jersey Open Draws Record Crowd

Saturday February 25, 2012

The 2012 New Jersey Open entered Day 2 on Sunday, Feb. 26, with an all-time record 125

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players participating in the longtime tournament, held at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ. Undefeated after the first three rounds are Xinyu Tu and Zhaonian Chen; top players with 2-1 records are Andy Liu, Minshgan Shou and Ricky Zhao.
Top Player results thru Round 3: A Liu: + H Chang; + K Huang, – X Tu; Z Chen: + J Guo; + H Chang; + Z Zhao; X Tu: + K Huang; + J Guo; + A Liu; M Shou: – Z Zhao; + J Wang; + K Huang; K Huang: – X Tu; – A Liu; – M Shou; J Guo: – Z Chen; – X Tu; + H Chang; Z Zhao: + M Shou; + B Lockhart; – Z Chen; B Lockhart: + C Tseng; – Z Zhao; + J Wang; J Wang: + G Shou; – M Shou; – B Lockhart; G Shou: – J Wang; + L Smith; + C Tseng; R Zhang: + J Teng; – C Tseng; + L Smith; C Tseng: – B Lockhart; + R Zhang; – G Shou.
Top boards are being broadcast live on KGS; Round 3 is expected to begin around 10:30a EST on Sunday, Feb. 26. Game records are available on KGS; look under USGO1 and USGO2. 
Here’s the Round 1, Board 1 game between Xinyu Tu (Jimmy Creeks) and Kevin Huang.

 

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School Teams Tourney Deadline March 1

Thursday February 23, 2012

The deadline to sign up for the American Go Honor Society’s School Team Tournament is March 1.  The tournament will be held online, March 17 and 24.  Teams must have three students currently enrolled in the same K-12 school/learning institution, and may include an alternate player in case of no shows.  Prizes include Go sets, Go books, and plaques for division winners, as well as Go bucks for all teams that play their games.  Visit the AGHS website for more info. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Jasmine Yan: First Place plaque for Jr. Varsity Division, from last year.

Tom Boone 11k Wins Harrisburg Tourney

Monday February 20, 2012

Tom Boone 11k won the February 19 “Winter Tournament” in Harrisburg, PA, winning five of seven games played. Sponsored by the Harrisburg Area Go Club and Lancaster Go Club, the tournament attracted nine players, ranging in strength from 15k to 1k, from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The self-paired format allowed players to play as many games as they could handle, and everyone got in at least five rated games. The Harrisburg Area Go Club meets 7-10p Wednesdays at the Giant Marketplace Café, in Camp Hill, PA. The Lancaster Go Club meets 6-10p Mondays in Salunga, PA.

 

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New Jersey Open Coming Up Feb. 25-26

Monday February 20, 2012

Perhaps the biggest East Coast tournament of the year, the 53rd New Jersey Open Go Tournament is set for February 25/26 in Princeton, NJ. Last year over 100 players entered, from 30 kyu to some of the strongest amateurs in the U.S. While the tournament will be in the same site as last year –FristCampusCenter– it’s starting half an hour earlier than some prior years, and registration ends at 10a. “You must be there by 10a to be paired in the first round,” warns organizer Rick Mott. Pre-registration is not required, “but if you are reasonably sure you will attend please reply with your name and AGA ID, if you have one,” says Mott. “It will help us plan refreshments and speed up our data entry on Saturday morning.” Mott encourages beginning players to come, noting that “We make a special effort to make this event beginner-friendly, and have offered a beginner’s prize for many years.” Contact Mott at rickmott@alumni.princeton.edu to register or for more info.

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Ye Wins USYGC

Monday February 20, 2012

Nine-year-old Aaron Ye 5d, has done it again, defending his title as the US Youth Champion in the under 12 age bracket. Ye entered the finals in third place, having lost a game in the qualifiers to his rival Jeremy Chiu 4d, age 9, but went on to win all other matches and secure his spot on the US team at the World Youth Go Championships this summer. The qualifiers were held on Jan. 21 on KGS, with the top four youth moving on to double elimination finals. In addition to Chiu and Ye, Justin Ching 1d and Daniel Liu 3d also made the finals. Ye got even for his loss in the qualifier, by defeating Chiu in the second round, while Ching was knocked out after losing to Liu and Chiu, which made the final matches a showdown between children who all live in the Bay Area. The last rounds were held live, at the BAGPA ratings tourney on Feb. 11. Chiu played Liu first, drawing black and opening with the High Chinese, which led to a strong win, and set the stage for his  face off with Ye.  With no losses in the finals, Ye was in strong form.  He drew black and opened with the Low Chinese.  Chiu resisted strongly, but had to resign when Ye gained the advantage in a fight between dueling eyeless dragons. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Steve Burrall: Jeremy Chiu 4d (l) vs. Aaron Ye 5d (r).

Portland Elementary Schools Duel

Monday February 20, 2012

On Sunday, Feb. 19th, two eight player teams, from Irvington Elementary School and Sun Montesorri School, in Portland OR, played a two round match.  The score was 8-8.  Irvington was a player short and added a ‘ringer’ in Theo Balwit (organizer Fritz Balwit’s son) to even the playing field.  The players are in the 2nd through 5 grades and this is their first year in team play. Sunstone won 6 games in the opening round, Irvington 6 in the second. In a battle with big swings, Holden Anderson was able to hold out over Ellis Zehnder for a 2 1/2 point win.  It’s not clear which team won the game of tag after the go match. Both teams would like to play again.  Results: Irvington Team: Theo Balwit, 2-0; McCaleb Nesseler-Cass, 1-1; Jordan Reed, 1-1; Ellis Zehnder, 0-2; Aden Corkum, 2-0; Ben Snead, 1-1; Tyler Reed, 1-1; Alton Lechner, 0-2. Sunstone Montesorri Team: Amos Brown, 1-1, Holden Anderson, 2-0; Hanson Lian, 0-2; Ishan Varma, 1-1; Nico Karassik, 0-2; Soren Lindseth, 1-1; Shalem Len, 1-1, Dylan Lian, 2-0.   - Story and photo by Peter Freedman