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Takemasa Miyoshi Wins Groesch Memorial

Sunday March 27, 2011

Takemasa Miyoshi 9k topped the 6-player field at the John Groesch Memorial held on Sunday, March 20 at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Takemasa (l), currently a Research Assistant Professor in the department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at UMD was undefeated in the three-round tournament. “The final game against Nate Eagle 10k was a nail-biter,” reports organizer Steve Mount (r), “which Takemasa won by a half-point.” Other two-game winners were Gurujeet Khalsa 9k and Zarathustra Goetzel 10k.

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U.S. Youth Go Championships Held

Sunday March 27, 2011

The United States Youth Go Championships (USYGC) drew 58 kids and teens on March 26. Contestants vied for the top slot in five different sections.  Dan level youth also competed for entry into a qualifier for the World Youth Go Championships, which will be held next week.  Calvin Sun 7d again topped the Senior Dan Division, with a perfect record.  Sun, who has represented the US four times in a row as USYGC champ, is required to take a year off from the WYGC, and will not be competing in the qualifier.  The Ing Foundation, which sponsors the event, just changed the age limit to under 16 for the Senior Division.  While this unfortunately disqualified several U.S. youth, the tourney allowed all of them to participate in the USYGC Qualifier anyway.  Eligible finalists who will be advancing on for the right to represent the U.S. at the World Youth are Hugh Zhang 7d, Andrew Lu 6d, Vincent Zhuang 5d, and Yunxuan Li 2d (who pulled a surprise upset by defeating several four dans).  In the Junior League (under 12) Aaron Ye 3d, Sammy Zhang 2d, Luke Zhang 1d, and Jeremy Chiu 1d will all compete in the finals next week.  Both Senior and Junior division games will start at 9 am PT, Saturday the 2nd, in the AGA Tournaments room on KGS.  Calvin Sun 7d is the National High Dan Champion, and Yunxuan Li now holds the title for National Low Dan Champion, Senior Division.

The kyu level tourney was equally exciting, with kids ranked from 1k to 19k duking it out in multiple bands.  April Ye 3k is the new Single Digit Kyu (SDK) Champion in the 1-4k bracket, Senior Division, while Larry Qu 4k is the new Junior Division Champ.  In the 6-10 kyu bracket, top honors went to Joey Phoon 6k in the Senior, and  Raymond Liu 10k in the Junior.  Bennett Ji 11k won the Senior in the 11-19k bracket, and Julian Erville 11k won in the Junior.  Winners will be receiving trophy plaques with their names and titles, $400 scholarships to the US Go Camp, and gift certificates for audio go lessons from Guo Juan’s Internet Go School.  The USYGC was run by tournament directors Paul Barchilon and Jeff Shaevel.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

Go Players Rally Support for Japan

Monday March 21, 2011

BELGIANS LAUNCH “GO4JAPAN”: A go club in Belgium has “switched our upcoming tournament to a support rally for the people of Japan” in the wake of the recent earthquake/tsunami, reports local organizer Joost Vannieuwenhuyse. “Already countries like Germany, Spain and Czechia are thinking about, or planning to host similar events,” Vannieuwenhuyse tells the E-Journal. Hoping to make this “a global initiative in the go-playing community,” the Belgium club has launched a Facebook page under the name “GO4 Japan” where others who want to organize their own local events can communicate and coordinate efforts. “Our club, as well as the organization of the Basel tournament in Switzerland will be giving all the registration fees from our tournament to the Japanese Red Cross Society,”adds Vannieuwenhuyse, suggesting that “It would be nice to also see some events there that take place in the US.” “I hope this way we, as go-players, can give back some support, no matter how big or small, to a country that meant and still means so much for this hobby, passion, life of ours. And to offer at least some relief to the people who are suffering from this ongoing disaster.”
ISRAEL HOSTS JAPAN SUPPORT TOURNEY ON MARCH 30: : An “Identifying day with Japan” has been organized for Wednesday, March 30th in Rosh HaAyin, Israel. The home of both current and previous Israeli go champions, Rosh HaAyin’s mayor joined the effort “with enthusiasm,” reports Shavit Fragman, President of the Mind chain of go clubs in Israel. Money collected at tournament will be delivered to the Japanese embassy, and the event will also include a Tree of Wishes, origami crane folding — in Japan, it’s commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a wish come true — and lectures about Japanese culture and the recent disasters in that country.
UK YOUTH EVENT RAISES £150 FOR JAPAN RELIEF: At the just-concluded Youth Championships in Oxfordshire, England, £150 — the result of a collection, together with the proceeds from the event– was sent to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.

Malcolm and Yang Lead Dan Players at Bay Area Go Monthly

Monday March 21, 2011

Twenty five adults and kids escaped the pouring rain this past Saturday to play in the Bay Area Go Players Association monthly ratings tournament. The event, held May 19 at the Ing Goe Center in Menlo Park, CA, drew players ranging from 7 dan to 20 kyu. Four played in a rated tournament for the very first time. The young ones ruled the day, with six of the eight top game winners under the age of 12. In the Dan division, Zhirui Yang 6d and Richard Malcolm 2d each won three games. In the Kyu division, Larry Qu 3k and Ciaran Fitzgerald 20k (right, in photo) won four games apiece. The next Bay Area Go tournament is coming up April 9 in Palo Alto, CA.
- report/photo by Roger Schrag

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Andy Liu 7d Wins 1st Annual New England Open

Saturday March 19, 2011

Andy Liu 7d overcame Jie Liang 7d in the last round of the first Annual New England Open to emerge undefeated and take home the $250 first prize. The tournament was held on Sunday, March 6, at the MIT student center in Cambridge, MA. Forty six players competed across four divisions: 5d+ Open, 1d-4d Open, 1k-15k Handicap, and Beginner. Andy Liu will also receive an invitation to the North American Ing Masters tournament. The 1d-4d division was won by Ruoshi Sun 3d, the 1k-15k division by Yuan Kao 7k, and the beginner division by Qian Long 20k. “Congratulations to all those who participated,” says organizer  Walther Chen, “there were a lot of very well-played and close games, and we hope to see you at next year’s tournament.”
Results: 5d+ Open: Andy Liu 7d (4-0), Yunzhe Zhang 7d (3-1), Jie Liang 7d (3-1). 1d-4d Open: Ruoshi Sun 3d (4-0), Micah Feldman 4d (3-1), Zhonggang Zhang 3d (3-1). Handicap Section: Yuan Cao 7k (4-0), Jingxiao Lu 3k (3-1), Peter Martin 4k (3-1). Beginner’s Section: Qian Long 20k (4-0), Neil Fitzgerald 17k (3-1), Carrie Liang 23k (1-3).

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Curtis Tang 7d Bests Tough Field to Win SoCal Tourney

Monday March 14, 2011

Curtis Tang 7d (8.32) weathered tough competition to take top honors in the 2011 Southern California championship, reports tournament organizer Kevin Chao. The overall turnout of 54 included five 7 dan players, including three with ratings above 8, and many 6 dan players.  Tang (at left) was undefeated in the five-round tournament, held March 5-6 in Alhambra, California, at Mr. Abel Pa’s Southern California Chinese Broadcasting building.   First prize was $600 along with a handsome trophy.  The main event was followed Sunday night by a “youth mini-tournament” won by Ezana Berhane 5k.
Full results: Top three in the open section:  Curtis Tang 7d (5 wins), Danny Ko 7d (4-1), Yixian Zhou 6d (3-2). Dan section: Yunxuan Li, 2d (5 wins), Andrew Okun 1d(4-1), and tied for third, Jerry Shen 4d (3-2) and Tim Chi 1d (3-2). High Kyu section: Preston Hutchins 2k (4-1), Alex Lee 3k (3-2), Jeffery Zhang 4k (3-2). Mid Kyu section: Andrew Hong 5k (4-1), Cyris Sargon 8k (4-1), David Baran 9k (4-1).  Low Kyu section: Raymond Liu 10k (4-1), Jerry Lu  14kyu (4-1), Susanna Pfeffer, 13k (4-1).
photo by Andy Okun

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Feasibility of 2012 Academic Conference on Go Explored

Monday March 14, 2011

Peter Shotwell and Paul Celmer are putting out a preliminary call “for contributors to a conference on the influence of go in international history, art, literature, philosophy, science, education, politics, peace, warfare and more.” The two say they’re “trying to determine the feasibility of an international academic conference at the 2012 Go Congress in North Carolina.” The conference would expand on the highly successful symposium held in Sweden in 2008. “We will be looking for sponsors, but first we need to know how many people would be interested in presenting papers if expenses were fully funded, partially funded or not funded at all except for room and board for the days of the conference. If interested, write pshotwell@gmail.com and be sure to mention possible topics and estimated travel expenses.

GO SPOTTING: Seki on Bar Karma, Triple Ko in Film Comment

Monday March 14, 2011

Bar Karma, a show on Current TV, mentioned seki and discussed it on a recent episode, reports EJ reader Laurie. And in the Jan/Feb issue of Film Comment, Bob Barber reports that a headline on page 8 that says “Triple Ko.” Although Barber says “I couldn’t make out the connection, I’m happy to see go terminology creeping into American English.”

Lee & Ruder Win Austin Wildflower Classic

Sunday March 6, 2011

Simon Lee (r) and John Ruder won the 4th annual Wildflower Classic held March 5 in Austin, Texas. “The host store Great Hall Games was filled with 23 go players, some traveling 3-4 hours from surrounding cities Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio,” reports organizer Andy Olden.

More results: Simon Lee 2k  4-0; John Ruder 6k 4-0; Jonathan Gehrkin 1d 3-1; Mark Penner 1k 3-1;Tracey Su 5k 3-1; Damon Hoffman 17k 3-1
photo by Tracey Su. Click here for more photos

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Felcan Goes for Broke in Middlebury Tourney

Sunday March 6, 2011

David Felcan 1d topped a field of “ten very enthusiastic players from Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York” with a 3-0record at the Go for Broke tournament held in Middlebury, VT on Saturday, March 5th, reports organizer Peter Schumer. Karen Ogg 1d finished second on SOS with a 2 – 1 record; others with 2-1 records were Lihu Ben-Ezri Ravin 4k, Jie Gu 5k, and Laura Wu 8k. Six participants won prizes.
photo: Rich Chalmers plays Karen Ogg; photo by Peter Schumer

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