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Aaron Ye achieves Redmond Meijin; Ary Cheng and Matthew Cheng tied in Junior Division

Thursday August 10, 2017

2017 Redmond Cup Senior Division15-year old Aaron Ye 7d (at left) defeated Muzhen (Alan) Ai 7d (right) 2-0 to claim his fifth Redmond Cup title, making him the third Redmond Meijin (following Eric Lui 1p in 2001 and Curtis Tang 8d in 2010). Ai put up a good fight throughout the match, having held a large territorial lead for most of Game 1 until a decisive mistake in the endgame gave Ye the opportunity to just barely reverse the game and win by 1.5. Determined to cement his title in Game 2, Ye played a solid game, establishing an early territorial advantage and holding it until Ai was forced to resign after miscalculating the life and death of one of Ye’s groups. Ye has been a dominant force in the Redmond Cup ever since he  started playing in it at the age of 9, winning the Junior Division four times in a row from 2011-2014. While the competition grew tougher once he aged into the Senior Division (13-17), Ye has remained at the top of the North American youth scene.

In the Junior Division, 11-year old Ary Cheng 6d came out swinging against 10-year old Matthew Cheng 5d, slaying a dragon in what would be a swift Game 1 victory that took just over an hour and only 139 moves. However, Matthew was not deterred and came back in Game 2, able to kill a large group himself and bring the series to a tie. Ary is trying to win his third consecutive Junior title, but this year could be the most difficult yet. He won both of his previous titles with clean 2-0 sweeps.  The third and deciding game will take place on Thursday, 8/10 at 3 pm PDT and will be broadcast live on KGS, Youtube, and Twitch, with live video commentary by Michael Chen 8d and Lionel Zhang 7d. Missed any of the games? You can watch recordings of the two Senior Division games with video commentary by former Redmond Cup champions and finalists below: Game 1 (commentary by Eric Lui 1p and Julie Burrall 1d) Game 2 (commentary by Gansheng Shi 1p and Ricky Zhao 7d) - Story and photo by AGA Youth Coordinator Justin Teng.

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Meet the 2017 Redmond Cup Finalists

Wednesday August 2, 2017

After a preliminary tournament spanning nearly three months, Muzhen Ai 7d and Matthew Cheng 5d emerged at the top of the pack in the Senior (13-17) and Junior (12 and under) divisions respectively to compete in their first Redmond Cup Finals. However, they will face stiff competition against 4-time champion Aaron Ye 7d and 2-time champion Ary Cheng 6d, who placed second in their respective divisions. The first round of the best-of-3 Finals will take place at the 2017 US Go Congress on August 6th, with live commentary for the Senior Division by Eric Lui 1p and Julie Burrall 1d on the AGA Youtube channel. Learn more about the young finalists below:

Screen Shot 2017-08-02 at 3.45.10 PM17-year old Muzhen “Alan” Ai (at left) is from Dallas, Texas and is looking for his first Redmond Cup title after barely failing to qualify for the Finals last year. Despite sweeping the preliminaries 6-0, Ai told the EJ that he was “surprised to have made the finals after not studying go for a long time.” Ai started playing go at the age of 5 in Hebei, China after his mother accidentally took him to the wrong room of an apartment, which just so happened to be a go classroom. Studying with Zhao Yuhong 5p, Ai managed to achieve 5 dan in 3 years after barely passing the promotion tournament. On the last day of the tournament, he recalls, “I left early after losing my last game and thought I had no chance to get to 5 dan. When my mom was blaming me, she received a phone call from a teacher and was told that I was the last one on the promotion list.” Having moved to the US in 2015, Ai says that he “regrets not putting enough effort into studying go when he was little” but looks forward to playing some good games in the Finals.

Screen Shot 2017-08-02 at 3.44.57 PM15-year old Aaron Ye (at right) from Cupertino, California is a familiar face in the Redmond Cup, having won the Junior division title four times in a row from 2011-2014. However, this is his first Finals in the Senior Division, and he is looking to achieve the honorary title of Redmond Meijin, which is granted to those who win the Redmond Cup at least 5 times. So far, this has only been achieved by Eric Lui 1p in 2001 and Curtis Tang 8d in 2010. Going 5-1 in the preliminaries, Ye told the EJ that he is happy to have made the Finals, and would like to thank the AGF and the volunteers who run the tournament every year for so many years. In addition, he looks forward to having fun in San Diego with his go friends. When Ye was 5 years old, he stumbled upon go when a family friend’s son happened to have an extra spot in a group lesson. He currently studies with Myungwan Kim 9p and while he barely has time to play games due to schoolwork, he watches pro games while doing homework to keep himself in shape. Outside of go, Ye enjoys cooking and enjoying good food.

Screen Shot 2017-08-02 at 3.44.36 PM10-year old Matthew Cheng (at left) is from San Jose, California. He is qualifying for the second time this year, but only competing for the first.  Last year he was busy attending the World Youth Go Championships as the US Junior representative and had to cede his spot in the Redmond.  Matthew started playing go at the age of 5, and first learned by watching Youtube videos and then attending a local go class. In addition to learning from several teachers in the past (currently he studies by himself over the internet), Matthew also plays on IGS/KGS, does tsumego often, and reads many Chinese and English go books. Outside of go, Matthew also enjoys playing table tennis.

Screen Shot 2017-08-02 at 3.44.25 PM11-year old Ary Cheng (at right – no relation to Matthew) is from Sunnyvale, California and is the only returning finalist from last year’s tournament. Having held the Junior title for the last two years in a row, Ary is looking to defend his title once again. Ary started playing go at the age of 6 after attending a group lesson in a Chinese school, and has never stopped playing since. Currently, he is studying with Mingjiu Jiang 7p and practices by playing on IGS and doing life and death problems. Outside of go, Ary also enjoys playing table tennis.

The Redmond Cup is a premier youth tournament named after Michael Redmond 9p for dan players under the age of 18. Players compete in an online preliminary tournament in April to determine two finalists in both a Junior (under 13) and Senior (under 18) division. Finalists are given a free trip to the US Go Congress to compete in a best-of-three finals. - Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator

 

 

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Yang Shuang 2P a hit at Northern VA summer camp

Sunday July 23, 2017

Yang Shuang 2P’s go class has been a big hit among kids attending the Hope Chinese School’s summer camp in Northern Virginia. In the first 2017.07.23_yang-nova-kidsweek of the 10-day program, two dozen students learned the basic s of the game, including liberties, how to capture, snap-backs, ladders, the double-atari, and life and death. Yang’s 2017.07.23_yang-nova-kids-closeinteractive teaching style has been effective at getting all the students involved, said camp director Dinny Li. “I am a bit surprised at how well kids respond to abstract go concepts taught by Ms. Yang,’ Li said. A leader at the Hope Chinese School and an advocate of go, Ms. Li thinks summer camp is a great place for kids to learn go.

Yang cofounded a go school in Shenyang, China over a decade ago. She has taught all levels, and will host a simul this Wednesday, July 26, 8p at the National Go Center in DC. She will also visit the NOVA Go Club next Monday, July 31, 7p in Arlington, VA and will be at the upcoming US Go Congress — August 5-12 — in San Diego.

The Hope Chinese School will continue offer afternoon go classes at the school’s summer camp August 14-25, where other Chinese arts will be offered, including fine art, music, kungfu. Contact 703-371-3414hcscamp.va@gmail.com

- reported by Edward Zhang

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Report from the World Youth Goe Championship

Wednesday July 19, 2017

In the second round of the World Youth Goe Championship, Gabriella Su defeated Andrey Mramorov 4dan from Russia and Frederick Bao 2017.07.19_worldYouthdefeated Ahn Dongkyeong 5dan from Korea. The 34th edition of the World Youth Goe Championship is being held in in Chiangmai, Thailand. The tournament includes 22 players from more than 10 countries and runs from July 18th to July 22nd. This year’s participants from America include Gabriella Su 6dan for the senior division and Frederick Bao 5dan and Nina Oliver 15kyu for the junior division. The team is being led by Mingjiu Jiang 7p.

photos courtesy Mingjiu Jiang

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NoVA go class offered for kids

Saturday July 1, 2017

Yang Shuang 2P has agreed to teach a two-week afternoon class in the summer camp at McLean High School in Northern Virginia. Camp 2017.07.01 Yang Shuangdirector Dinny Li welcomes kids to join the go class –likely during 3-4:30pm, for the week of 7/17-7/21 and 7/24-7/28 — contact her at 703-371-3414, hcscamp.va@gmail.com

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Go Classified: Go teacher needed

Sunday June 25, 2017

McLean, VA: Hope Chinese School’s McLean campus is looking for a go instructor for the 6-week summer camp during Jun 28 – Aug 11, 2017. It is a paid position. Contact: 703-371-3414, hcscamp.va@gmail.com. The summer camp has an emphasis on Asian culture, and the camp director Dinny Li hopes the instructor can teach 2 hours in the afternoon, two to four times a week.

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A few spots left for 2017 International Collegiate Go Tournament

Friday April 28, 2017

The Ing Foundation is hosting the 2017 International Collegiate Go Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand from July 7th through 13th, writes Michael Fodera. The event is open to any current, future, or recently graduated college student attending school sometime in 2017. Room, board, tours, and travel costs incurred during the event will be covered by the Ing foundation. The student is responsible for getting to and from the tournament site, and is expected to cover any personal expenses.
Full tournament schedule and registration can be found here.
There are still a few spots open for the event, but the registration deadline is quickly approaching.
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Young players invited to kids’ Baduk Festival in Korea

Monday April 24, 2017

Young American go players are invited to participate in the 4th Kuksu Mountains International Children Baduk (Go) Festival,2017.04.15_korea-kids which will be held from July 28 to August 1 in Korea. Some 400 kids are expected at the the 2017.04.15_korea-kids2festival, which is hosted by the Korea Baduk Association (KBA), which covers room and board costs. Contact Jubae Lee at the KBA overseas department for details if interested: lcs8431@daum.net

The Festival includes a friendship match with Korean children, three tournaments, side events and sight-seeing. There will also be opportunities to meet professional go players, including Lee Sedol 9P.

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Teacher of the Year Nominations Sought

Saturday April 22, 2017

photo-3-552x600Nominations for the American Go Foundation’s  Teacher of the Year award are due by May 21st. Presented each year at the U.S. Go Congress, the award  recognizes an outstanding American teacher. The winner  will receive an all expenses paid trip to the US Go Congress.  To be eligible, a teacher must be a member of the AGA, have been teaching go to children for at least two hours a week (during the school year) for two years, have started a go club or organization for youth, and have helped their students enter appropriate tournaments, if possible.  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, including yourself, e-mail mail@agfgo.org.  Nominations are due by May 21st and should include a description of the teacher’s activities,  how long they have been teaching, and how many students attend their program. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo:  Paul Lockhart, 2016 AGF Teacher of the Year, working with students in New York.  Read more about Lockhart’s work here.

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Tourney Updates: Michael Chen wins Philly Open; Yen-Ta Huang tops in Bay Area tourney; Diverse turn-out for CIRU tourney; NH high-schoolers trek to Boston tourney

Saturday April 15, 2017

Michael Chen wins Philly Open: Michael Chen 8d won the 2017 Philadelphia Spring Open, held March 12th at theOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA University of Pennsylvania. More than 50 players participated. Click here for a full report.

2017.04.15-bay-area-tourneyYen-Ta Huang tops in Bay Area tourney: Yen-Ta Huang 3d topped the 28-player field at the Bay Area Go Spring Tournament held April 1st, in Berkeley, CA. Winner Report: 3d-6d 1st Yen-Ta Huang 3d, 2nd Youfei chen 6d; 1k-2d 1st Chao Zhang 2d, 2nd Daniel Jeppson 1k; 5k-2k 1st Yunyen Lee 2k, 2nd Xiaofei Long 2k; 24k-6k 1st Nathan Bouscal 6k, 2nd Shanthanu Bhardwaj 6k.

Diverse turn-out for CIRU tourney: Seventy six players participated in the April 1 tournament hosted by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU) and the Feng Yun Go School. The players represented “a wide spectrum 2017.04.15_feng-yun-DSCN2569of ages, strengths, and ethnic heritage, girls and boys, men and women,” reports TD Paul Matthews. Feng Yun 9P reviewed players games and signed performance rank certificates for players who won all three of their games: Alan Huang 7d, Amy Su 5d, David Glekel 4d, Andrew McGowan 1k, Ted Lin 2k, Katherine Xie 3k, Seth Liang 5k, Sarah Crites 6k, Micah Murphy 10k, Kaden Li 21k, and John Crossman 25k. Complete tournament data, including all performance ratings and pairings, are available online at Go Tourney Ratings and there’s also a tournament photo gallery. Complete report here.

2017.04.15_4_of_the_5_High_School_girls_who_came_all_the_way_from_Franklin_NH_to_play_in_their_first_Go_tournamentNH high-schoolers trek to Boston tourney: This year’s Don Wiener Memorial Tournament included five high school students who were participated in their first go tournament. The students are members of the Franklin High School in Franklin, NH, and were brought to the April 9 tournament in Cambridge, MA by club advisor Charles Chapple, an English teacher at Franklin High. “Mr. Chapple, 7 kyu, plans to enter the next MGA tournament himself,” reports TD Eva Casey. Winner Report: Matthew Clarke 3k (4-0); Mark Nahabedian 12k (4-0); David Cho 4d ( 3-1); Runner up: Wayne Yee Mon 15k (3-1); Second Runner up: Wanda Metcalf 4k (3-1). photo: four of the Franklin High students. More photos here.

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