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Strong Players’ Open: Photo Gallery

Monday August 1, 2011

This tournament provides a forum for strong players ineligible for the North American Masters Tournament to compete in a high-level tournament at the U.S. Go Congress. The Strong Players’ Open is a 16-person, 4-round Swiss tournament. All players must be rated 4 dan or higher.

Schedule: Sunday, 7/31, Monday, 8/1, Thursday, 8/4 and Friday 8/5, each night at 7p.
Tournament Director: Karoline Burrall

Row 1: Chen Shuo (Cathy) Li 1P, Mingming Yin 1P, Hugh Zhang 7P, Changlong Wu 7d
Row 2: Tengxiao Yang 7d, Xuyu Xiang 7d, Gansheng Shi 7d, Bill Lin 7d
Row 3: Jon Boley 6d, Irene Sha 6d, Ke Lu 6d, Zhirui Yang 6d
Row 4: Masahiro Kawaguchi 5d, Martin Lebl 5d, Jimmy Yang 5d, Jack Shih 5d

Click here for pairings and results.
photos by Steve Colburn; collage by Chris Garlock

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PRO GAME COMMENTARY: U.S. Open Round 2, Board 1: Maeda Ryo 6P on Yuan Zhou 7d vs. Dae Hyuk Ko 7d

Monday August 1, 2011

U.S. Open Round 2 Board 1
August 1, 2011

W: Yuan Zhou 7d

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B: Dae Hyuk Ko 7d
Commentary by Maeda Ryo 6P, transcribed by Chris Garlock
Recorded by Dennis Wheeler; photo by Phil Straus

Ladders wind up playing a key role at several crucial points in this game; Maeda Ryo 6P explains why.

PRO GAME COMMENTARY: U.S. Open Round 2, Board 2: Li Ting 1P* on Calvin Sun 7d vs. Yongfei Ge 7d

Monday August 1, 2011

US Open Round 2 Board 2
August 1, 2011
W: Calvin Sun 7d
B: Yongfei Ge 7d
Commentary by Li Ting 1P (& Ryo Maeda 6P), transcribed by Chris Garlock
Recorded by Chris Burg

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Stick to your plan (even if it’s not necessarily the best plan). That’s the lesson of this commentary, in which Sun begins building a moyo only to switch horses in mid-stream. Li Ting 1P (with an assist by Ryo Maeda 6P), shows the costs of inconsistency.

Board Election Winners, Congress Results

Monday August 1, 2011

Celmer, Castanza and Smith Win in AGA Board Elections
Paul Celmer edged out Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang for the Eastern seat on the AGA’s Board of Directors in the just-concluded election; Celmer received 26 votes, or 53%, to 22 – or 44% — for Zhang. Gordon Castanza (Western) and Daniel Smith (central) were unopposed and won with 92% and 87%, respectively.

U.S. Go Congress Tournament Crosstab Links
2011 US Open
2011 North American Masters Tournament
2011 Redmond Cup Junior Division
2011 Redmond Cup Senior Division
2011 Strong Players Open

13×13 Tournament: Seth Wax 5d; Eric Su 4d; Chris Linden 1d; Luke Zhang 1d; Austen Liao 4k; Michael Lash 6k; Julian Erville 10k; Kalinda Fraser 18k. Four tables each of dan players and kyu players. Tournament directed by Jim Hlavka.
- Laura Kolb

9×9 Tournament: Tournament Director: Jay Tabaniag
# of Participants: 54
Table 1 winner: Gansheng Shi 7d 5-0
Curtis Tang 7d 0-5; Matthew Burrall 7d 2-3; Calvin Sun 7d 2-3; Hugh Zhang 7d 2-3; Lionel Zhang 6d 4-1
Table 2 winner: Zhirui Yang 6d 4-1; Table 3 winner: Tony Xie 6d 4-1; Table 4 winner: Jerry Shen 4d 4-1; Table 5 winner: Henry Zhang 1k 4-1; Table 6 winner: Michael Scudder 2k 5-0; Table 7 winner: Sathya Anand 3k 4-1; Table 8 winner: William Fraser 5k 4-1; Table 9 winner: David Niu 6k 4-1

photo: the main room at the U.S. Open on Monday morning; photo by Chris Garlock

North American Masters: Player Photo Gallery

Monday August 1, 2011

The North American Ing Masters (NAIM) Championship is the North American continental championship. Featured in a variety of formats over the years, this year’s tournament — which kicked off Sunday night at the U.S. Go Congress — is a 16-person, 4-round Swiss tournament that will determine the North American Masters Champion. This tournament is invitation only, and participants are determined by qualification tournaments played over the six months before Congress begins.

Qualification: All players must be rated 4 dan or higher, be eligible to represent the US internationally, and have earned enough points through qualifier competitions to be listed in the top 16 eligible, interested players.

Top row: Mingjiu Jiang 7P; Zi Yang Hu 1P; Huiren Yang 1P; Calvin Sun 7d
2nd row: Daniel Chou 7d; Dae Hyuk Ko 7d; Yongfei Ge 7d; Guozhong Zhuang 6d
3rd row: Kuo-Ruey Han 6d; Vincent Zhuang 6d; Zhaonian Chen 7d; Juyong Koh 7d
4th row: Curtis Tang 7d; Kevin Chao 5d; Philip London 4d; Yuan Zhou 7d
photos by Steve Colburn; collage by Chris Garlock

Sun and Ye Leading in Redmond Cup

Monday August 1, 2011

Calvin Sun 7d and Aaron Ye 4d both won their first round matches in the Redmond Cup this afternoon.  Sun, who is 14,  battled Gansheng Shi 7d, age 17, in the senior division, while Ye (at left above) squared off against Sammy Zhang 4d (at right) in the Junior Division.  Ye, who is only 9 years old, took his afternoon nap before the 3 pm match against Zhang, who is 11.   The games were broadcast live on KGS, and Redmond Meijin Curtis Tang 7d, provided live commentary.  Tang, who has won the Redmond Cup five times, has competed against both Sun and Shi, and knows their styles well.  Hundreds of observers checked out the action in the English Game Room, where E-J staff broadcast the games on USGO1, 2, and 3.  Tangs commentary is attached in this game, the Jr. Division match is up on the congress crosstab.  Round 2 will be at 3 pm PST on Tuesday, Aug. 2, again with commentary by Tang, the third round will be on Thursday the 4th, at 3 pm. – Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Aaron Ye 4d 9 (l) vs. Sammy Zhang (r) while Redmond Cup founder None Redmond looks on.  

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Your Move: Comments on the 2010 American Go Yearbook

Sunday July 31, 2011

Enjoying the Yearbook: “Just a note to let you know how much I enjoy the PDF of the 2010 Yearbook,” writes Dan Bensky. “Keep up the good work!” Join the AGA and get the brand-new 123-page 2010 American Go Yearbook full-color PDF!

Another Go Tools: “I have not seen the Yearbook but I am sure it will be as great as the youth section I saw earlier,” writes Thomas Wolf. “Just a comment about the use of the words ‘Go Tools section.’ The well-known GoTools tsume-go solving program has been around for many years. A bit of a name clash, but not important; just thought I’d mention it.”

Phil’s Portraits: Sunday, July 31

Sunday July 31, 2011

E-Journal photographer Phil Straus will be posting portraits of go players each day this week; here’s his first collection:

2011 U.S. Open Underway

Sunday July 31, 2011

(7/31/2011; 10a PST) The first round of the 2011 U.S. Open is now underway at the U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara, CA, with the top three boards being broadcast live on KGS every morning starting around 9a PST. Pairings and game records — including game commentaries — can be found online. Check back for updated pairings, results and game records throughout the week!

In Memoriam: Ethan Baldridge

Sunday July 31, 2011

The go community lost Ethan Baldridge (l) last week. The Richmond, Virginia native — who passed away after a short illness on July 20 at just 31 — was a quiet and slender presence at East Coast Tournaments and workshops for many years, and attended several Go Congresses, helping out with the E-Journal staff.  Ethan also logged countless volunteer programming hours for the AGA, especially on the mail systems. He’ll be missed.

Though not as well-known as some of the other folks I’ve written about, Ethan was a unique and positive personality.  He truly loved the game of go and was deeply committed to studying and improving.  Yet what made him different is the way this commitment animated his behavior.  He was not the super-serious guy with his nose buried in a book, or craning over some strong players discussing one of their games.  Ethan shared his passion with a shy grin and a quiet laugh, finding something interesting in every game, helping beginners and kyu players as well as learning from strong players.

When you played a tournament game against Ethan, you were always in for a delightful battle.  He seemed to pour himself into every move.  Yet when the game was over, his joy and mirth about the game was amazing.  He was simply delighted to have spent a couple of hours learning with you.

Now if you didn’t know him, and you lost, this could be a bit off-putting: suddenly this young man is giggling and pointing out what you did wrong – in the most friendly manner – but to the more serious amongst us, the reaction might be to get upset. But if you knew Ethan, you knew that he would be no different if he had lost, chortling at his own mistakes and gleefully reviewing the lessons learned.

This is what I will miss most about Ethan, that we can be serious about our game and improving, but still recognize that this particular game was simply an enjoyable milepost along the way, an opportunity to measure and learn, but nothing to get upset about.
Thank you Ethan for all the times you laughed at me, the times I made you laugh at you, and most of all, for the times we laughed together.

- Keith Arnold, hka; photo by Allan Abramson at the recent NoVa tournament

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