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Tam-Zhou to Play Su-Zhang in Pair Go Playoff

Thursday August 4, 2011

Roxanne Tam 3d and Yuan Zhou 7d (top left) will play Amy Su 2d and Lionel Zhang 6d (top middle) for the North American Pair Championship on Saturday, August 5. 43 pairs participated in Tuesday night’s popular Pair Go Tournament at the U.S. Go Congress. Yoshi Sawada’s widow Keiko Komura played with Japanese pro Ryo Maeda 6P (top right). Todd Heidenreich directed, with Jessy Felicia.
- photos by Steve Colburn; collage by Chris Garlock

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106 Clock in for Die Hard Tourney

Thursday August 4, 2011

While other Go Congress attendees were taking advantage of Southern California’s great weather and many attractions on Wednesday, 106 players put in a full day on the boards in the 4-round Die Hard Tournament.  Five players scored a perfect 4-0 result: Oliver Wolf 3d; Yunxuan Li 2d ; Linden Chiu 1d; Jeffrey  Zhang 4k and Garrett Smith 11k.
- Andy Olsen, Die Hard Tournament Director; photo by Daniel Smith

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U.S. Go Congress Game Records, Pro Commentaries, Pairings & Results (thru 8/4)

Thursday August 4, 2011

Tournament Crosstabs: Pairings & Results

U.S. Open Pro Game Reviews
Round 1 Board 1 reviewed by Mingjiu Jiang 7p
Round 2 Board 1 reviewed by Maeda Ryo 6p
Round 2 Board 2 reviewed by Li Ting 1P and Maeda Ryo 6P
Round 3 board 1 reviewed by Jennie Shen 2P
Round 4 Board 1 reviewed by Jennie Shen 2P
Round 4 Boards 2 and 3 reviewed by Michael Redmond 9P

North American Masters’ Tournament Pro Game Reviews

Round 1 Board 1 reviewed by Hajin Lee
Round 2 Board 1 reviewed by Li Ting and Maeda Ryo
Round 2 Board 4 reviewed by Jennie Shen and Maeda Ryo

Redmond Cup
Round 1 Senior Division by Curtis Tang

Pair Go Tournament
Round 1 Board 1 – Hugh Zhang & Jasmine Yan vs Aaron Ye & April Ye
Round 1 Board 2 – Dae Hyuk Ko & Wan Chen vs Patrick Allen & Lisa Scott
Round 2 Board 1 – Yuan Zhou & Roxanne Tam vs Hugh Zhang & Jasmine Yan
Round 2 Board 2 – Dae Hyuk Ko & Wan Chen vs Lionel Zhang & Amy Su

photos: Main playing area (left); Michael Redmond 9P (r) and Jennie Shen 2P (l) do live game commentaries (r) on top U.S. Open games Thursday morning on KGS with EJ Managing Editor Chris Garlock; photo by Todd Heidenreich

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Brian’s Go Photo: Go Congress Moves Outdoors

Thursday August 4, 2011

The Youth/Adult Pair Go Tournament strong room was held outdoors on Monday afternoon. photo by Brian Allen

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Brian’s Go Photo: Go Players Hit the Beach

Thursday August 4, 2011

Go players at the U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara, CA enjoyed the nearby beach, sunshine, a light breeze, perfect temperatures — and of course a game of go — on Wednesday, the traditional Congress mid-week rest day. Other beach-going go players watched porpoises, sea lions, and pelicans diving for fish.
- photo: Congress Director Lisa Scott (l) enjoys a rare moment of relaxation; photo by Brian Allen

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Phil’s Portraits: Familiar Faces

Wednesday August 3, 2011

Tuesday’s gallery of photos from EJ photog Phil Straus:

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PRO GAME COMMENTARY: NAIM Round 2, Board 4: Maeda & Shen on Hu-Chen

Wednesday August 3, 2011

2011 US Go Congress
North American Masters Tournament
Round 2 Board 4

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W: ZiYang Hu 1p
b: ZhaoNian Chen (Mike) 7d
Commentary by Maeda Ryo 6P, Jennie Shen 2P, transcribed by Chris Garlock
Recorded by Solomon Smilack

Pandanet-IGS Announces New Client

Wednesday August 3, 2011

Next February, IGS (the Internet Go Server) will be twenty years old. In those two decades, IGS has gone through many major changes, especially since it was acquired by Pandanet. These days, in addition to hosting hundreds of players at any hour of the day or night,  IGS simulcasts many major tournaments, attracting as many as 1,500 online observers, hosts two of its own online events (The Pandanet Cup and the Cho Chikun Tournament.)  On Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Go Congress, nearly forty Congress attendees gathered for a presentation from Pandanet-IGS on the latest upgrade.IGS President Hiroko Taki (in E-Journal hat and Pandanet t-shirt in photo) and Pandanet staffers Hidekazu Hirai and Keiko Sota , who had traveled from Japan announce that PandaGo, a new, improved, Java-based client, was released in April. They also noted that a client, Tetsuki,  is available for the iPod/iPhone/iPad, a feature not currently available from KGS, the other server prominently used by Western players. Click here or here to view a Tetsuki video that Mr. Hirai and Ms.Sota presented.  A client for the Android is scheduled to roll out in November. A general discussion of IGS followed; players were especially interested in the ranking system. AGA International Liaison Thomas Hsiang explained that the system is extremely transparent, and is explained at length here. It’s a conservative system, moving slowly through a large numbers of grades – each level is split in half, so for instance a 3K must earn their way to 3K+ before advancing to 2K. Grades tend to run about 3 ranks below AGA ratings. Attendees were also interested to know how IGS handles the problem of “escapers.” Mr. Hirai responded that players who log off their games forfeit within five minutes. A bug that currently boots iPhone users offline when their phone rings is being fixed. With 75,000 active users, Pandanet-IGS hopes to attract more interest from Western players and urged online players to take the new clients out for a test drive, and write to developer@pandanet-igs.com with comments and suggestions.
- Roy Laird; photo by Phil Straus

Brian’s Go Photo: Outdoor Lesson with Yilun Yang 7P

Wednesday August 3, 2011

Brian’s Go Photo: Li Ting from the Kansai Kiin

Wednesday August 3, 2011

Living in the corner for double digit kyu players.  Prizes were joseki handkerchiefs from Kansai Kiin. photo by Brian Allen