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Kurebayashi’s Top Youth-Adult Pair Go

Wednesday August 7, 2013

Miein Kurebayashi 2P, and her son Eiryu 1d won the top table at the Youth Adult Pair Go Tourney at the US Go Congress. Twelve pairs competed in the event, and winners received prizes at each table.  AGA Pair Go Coordinator Rachel Small was on hand, with t-shirts, fans, and other goodies from the World Pair Go Association, who have agreed to sponsor next year’s pair go events at the Go Congress.  She also debuted the new international Pair Go Passports, which have places for stamps for each pair go event a player attends.  Rubber stamps were designed for this year’s Youth Adult Pair Go and the North American Pair Go Championship.

Table winners were Miein 2P and Eiryu Kurebalyashi 1d; Kevin Cho 3k and Jesy Felicca 7k; single game winners were: April Ye 1k and Willis Huang 3d, Justin Ching 4d and Wan Chen 4d; Mizuki Masuda 15k and  Kaoru Hidaka 18k; Sarah Amano 20k and Weitan Liu 18k; Yukino Takehara 2k and William Xu 2k;  Rengo winning pairs were Justin Teng 6d and Robert Tirak 5d, and Bob Liu 13k and Samuel Suastegui 18k.  More photos can be seen on the AGA Pair Go Facebook page. -  Story and photos by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Top left: Jay Chan and Yukino Takehara vs. Sammy Zhang and Yunyen Lee; Lower right: Miein and Eiryu Kurebayashi vs. Wan Chen and Hugh Zhang.

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U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Tuesday, August 6

Wednesday August 7, 2013

Tuesday night is Crazy Go night at the U.S. Go Congress, and the main playing area was filled with players trying out variations, including 3D Go (top right); Galactic Go (middle right); 4-color go (bottom right); Joker Go (bottom left); Rengo Kriegspiel (middle left) and Hex Go (top left). photos by Chris Garlock, except for 4-color go, by Phil Straus
Click here for Phil Straus’ complete photo album of the day. 

Auto Exec Turns His Sights on Popularizing Go

Wednesday August 7, 2013

Tadaaki Jagawa has built a very successful career selling cars around the world. Now the Toyota executive is hoping to apply some of the same principles to making the game of go more popular around the world. Jagawa, Vice-Chairman of the Nihon-Kiin’s Board of Directors, is visiting the U.S. Go Congress this week. “I think it’s very important to meet the U.S. go community in person,” Jagawa told the E-Journal on Tuesday, in an interview translated by Frank Fukuda of the Seattle Go Center. “The Nihon Ki-in is in critical condition and really needed people with management skills,” Jagawa said. “It’s my goal that our professional go players be able to play go as much as possible, instead of spending their time managing the Ni-hon Ki-in.” As Vice-President of Toyota, Jagawa has been responsible for opening most of the company’s overseas factories in the U.S. Europe, Africa and the Mideast. As a manager used to being on the ground, Jagawa – who joined the Nihon Kiin leadership team in 2012” – says that a visit to the U.S. was “Number one, most important” to underline and explore the Ki-in’s commitment to supporting go in the United States. The immediate idea is for the Ki-in to send a stream of young professionals to the United States to teach and lecture as part of the AGA’s continuing outreach programs in places like the Seattle Go Center. Discussions with the AGA and local organizers are underway about a location on the East Coast. “It’s going to be very important to the success of this plan that ghe Nihon Ki-in be in more regular and frequent official contact with the AGA,” Jagawa said, obliquely alluding to the now-resolved tensions over the future of the Seattle and New York Go Centers. The hope is to have the plan for a new East Coast go center in place by March, 2014. Discussions are also underway with the European go community — and in fact, the other Nihon Ki-in vice chairman, Mr. Yamashiro, is visiting the European Go Congress this week — but the timeline there is expected to be somewhat longer. “Building the base is key to success,” Jagawa said. “You must sell the product through the base. In this case the product is go, which is very different than, say, a car, but perhaps there are some similarities after all.” Localizing is important, he stressed. Toyota became a global success in part by localizing its vehicles for each market. Applying this to go, Jagawa suggested, means adapting the Nihon Ki-in’s support to whatever makes the most sense in each community, rather than trying to impose a “one size fits all” model. “It must be fit to the needs of the people,” he said. Asked what his favorite thing is about the game of go, Jagawa chuckled. “Sometimes, in seeking the truth on the board, however deep you go, you can’t see the bottom. That’s very attractive.” Clearly, this is a man who relishes a challenge, wherever he finds it.
- report/photos by Chris Garlock: top left: Jagawa plays at the Go Congress; bottom right: Thomas Hsiang and Frank Fukuda present Jagawa with a 2013 U.S. Go Congress t-shirt.

U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Wednesday, August 7

Tuesday August 6, 2013

Tournament Recap: It was an exciting morning at the U.S. Open on Tuesday. The games on both top boards — both being broadcast live on KGS and drawing a crowd in the playing room as well — were half-pointers, and TD Karoline Burrall and other officials were called in to help adjudicate the scoring in the Board 1 game between the undefeated Zi Yang (Matthew) Hu 1P  and Yuhan Zhang 7d because of a question about how to count points in seki. Zhang got the win, snapping an impressive winning streak in the U.S. Open by Hu that goes back to 2011. Hu was back in form in his Masters tournament Round 3 game Tuesday night, handily defeating Jie Liang, while Stephanie Yin dispatched Hugh Zhang and Andy Liu 1P notched his second 2013 NAMT win by defeating Justin Teng. In the Strong Player’s Open, Cong Li continued his run by beating Ho Son, as did Yuhan Zhang, winning against Juyong Koh, and Beomgeun Cho, defeating Andrew Huang. Latest results — and game records — are here: U.S. OpenNAMTSPO.

Pro Game Commentaries: Two more pro commentaries today: Yilun Yang 7P on the Masters Round 2, Board 1 game between Calvin Sun 7d and Zi Yang (Matthew) Hu 1P and Shirley Lin 1P on the U.S. Open Round 3, Board 1 game between Hu and Yuhan Zhang 7d. - photo: Lin (left) and Yang (right) with EJ Managing Editor Chris Garlock; photo by Todd Heidenreich

Wednesday Schedule: While most Congress attendees will be off exploring the Seattle area today on the traditional day off, many will stay for the 4-round Die Hard, which is also expected to attract local players who can just come for the day. Players must register by 8:30a in order to play in the first round, which starts at 9a; pre-registrants must check in by 8:45. The tournament will be played in the main playing area.

Madness Declining at Congress: Attendance is down at the Midnight Madness tournament “due to campus-wide outbreak of board gaming, poker, and 7 am tennis,” reports TD Martin Lebl. Just six players turned out Monday night, but “as always, games are available nightly,” Lebl promised. photo by Martin Lebl

Seen & Heard: “If white gets all four coasts, black should resign,” said Paul Barchilon when he came across Vincent Ma 2d and Jeffrey Zhang 2d playing on this go board in the shape of the United States, created by Frank Salantrie. Ma won, 126-60. photo by Paul Barchilon

Online Coverage: There will be no live broadcasts Wednesday; our coverage of top boards at the U.S. Open resumes at 9a (PST) Thursday on KGS (look for the USGO accounts); professional commentary by Myungwan Kim 9P and Chujo Chihiro 1P begins at 10a. Redmond Cup coverage on KGS will begin at 3p. Our live coverage of the North American Ing Masters and Strong Players Open begins at 7p. Results — and game records — are here: U.S. OpenNAMTSPO.

 

U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Tuesday, August 6

Tuesday August 6, 2013

Tournament Recap: In the second round of the North American Masters Tournament Monday night at the U.S. Go Congress, Zi Yang Hu defeated Calvin Sun on Board 1, while Jie Liang (left in photo)  handed Andy Liu 1P (right) his second defeat in the NAMT and Mingming Yin beat Tianyu Lin. In the Strong Players Open, Li Cong beat Peilun Li on Board 1, while Yuhan Zhang defeated Beomgeun Cho and Juyong Koh won against Albert Yen. Click here for full results — and game records — of each round: U.S. OpenNAMTSPO. photo by Phil Straus

Pro Game Commentaries: We’ve got three pro game commentaries so far: Jennie Shen 2P on the U.S. Open Round 1 game Sunday between Zi Yang (Matthew) Hu and Tianyu [Bill] Lin; Cathy Li 1P on the U.S. Open Round 2 game Monday between Zi Yang Hu and Jianing Gan, and a special bonus: Myungwan Kim 9P’s (left) commentary on the Pandanet-AGA City League A-League final between Beumgeon (Evan) Cho and Jie Li, which was played last Saturday. photo by Chris Garlock

Midnight Madness Welcomes Hardcore Players: “Join the ranks of the truly hard core go players where the go never ends,” urges Midnight Madness TD Martin Lebl. “Five tables of midnight fun and madness daily in the main playing hall.” Just show up between 11:30 and 11:50 to sign up for the round each day; pairings after 11:55, with games starting at midnight.

Online live coverage of top boards at the U.S. Open begins at 9a (PST) on KGS (look for the USGO accounts), and Board 1 will also be simulcast on IGS; professional commentary by Yilun Yang 7P and Shirley Lin 1P begins at 10a. Redmond Cup coverage on KGS will begin at 3p. Our live coverage of the North American Ing Masters and Strong Players Open begins at 7p. Results — and game records — are here: U.S. OpenNAMTSPO.

Lightning Go Table Winners: Jeremy Chiu 6d, Jimmy Yang 5d, Sammy Zhang 4d, Linden Chiu 3d, Daniel Liu 3d, Chenchen Luu 2d, Daniel Puzan 1k, Yukino Takehara 2k, Yuku Sakurai 3k, Devin Fraze 4k, Eric Liu 5k, Austin Cao 9k, Maxwell Chen 16k. 76 players participated; Keith Arnold was the TD, of course. photo by Chris Garlock

Go Quiz Answer: Greg, Gary and Garrett share more than the initial “G”; their last name is Smith (though none are related).

Correction: Yuhan Zhang defeated Cong Li 3p in the first round of the U.S. Open; we mistakenly reported that Li won.

U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Monday, August 5

Monday August 5, 2013

Monday’s Snapshots: center: Lightning Go Tournament (Chris Garlock); top right: Yang Yi 6P lectures on the san-ren-sei opening (Peter Mooyman); middle right: in the Youth Room (Phil Straus); bottom right: top boards being broadcast in the main playing area; bottom left: Maeda Ryo 6P lecture (Straus); middle left: at the Teacher’s Workshop; top left: Ozdal Barkan with shirt & sign (Straus). Got Congress photos? Email ‘em to us at journal@usgo.org
Click here for Phil Straus’ complete album.  

Frisbee Go – Youth Room Style

Monday August 5, 2013

Today’s tournaments in the Youth Room at the US Go Congress included 9×9 and 13×13 tournaments, run by Fritz Balwit, and a little impromptu frisbee go on the ten foot by ten foot 9×9 board as well.  Table winners in the 9×9 were: Willis Huang 3d, Job Betcher 2d, Julie Burrall 4k, Bryan Tan 8k, and Bob Liu 13k; 13×13 table winners were Justin Ching 4d, Daniel Puzan 1k, and Eric Liu 5k.  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor;  photo by Phil Straus

 

U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Monday, August 5

Monday August 5, 2013

Tournament Recap: Top players get two bites at the competitive apple at the U.S. Go Congress, playing in both the U.S. Open in the morning and then in either the North American Masters Tournament (NAMT) or the Strong Players Open (SPO). In an upset win, Jianing Gan 7D forced a resignation by Andy Liu 1P in yesterday’s first-round action at the U.S Open (USO), but Liu — who conducted a simul in the afternoon (right) — notched a decisive win against Yuan Zhou 7D in the evening round of the NAMT.   In other top-board USO action, Canadian pro Zi Yang Hu 1P beat Tianyu (Bill) Li, Chinese pro Cong Li 3P lost to Yuhan Zhang 7D and Beomgeun Cho (9.2 AGA) defeated Andrew Lu (7.5 AGA). In other NAMT top results, Hugh Zhang 7D scored an upset against Yongfei Ge 8D, Zi Yang Hu 1P defeated Jianing Gan 7D and Andy Liu 1P beat Yuan Zhou 7D. In the SPO, Cong Li defeated James Sedgwick 7D of Canada, while Beomgeun Cho beat Andrew Lu and Juyong Koh 7D defeated Maojie Xia 6D. Track results — and check out game records, where available — of each round here: U.S. OpenNAMTSPO. For Congress tourney crosstabs going back to 2008, click herephoto by Chris Garlock

Today’s online live coverage of Round 2 of the U.S. Open begins at 9a (PST) on KGS (look for the USGO accounts); professional commentary by Myungwan Kim 9P and Cathy Li 1P begins at 10a. Our coverage of the second round in the North American Ing Masters and Strong Players Open begins at 7p.

Seen & Heard:  A top player in the US Open was late to his game because he was found trying to get into the wrong room, which turned out to be a locked storage closet, not the playing room.

Attention Congress Attendees: Exercise sharpens your mind: pick-up tennis and soccer games are at 4p this afternoon: see the signs outside the main playing area for details. Don’t forget to send us your Congress reports, sightings and photos. Got something all Congress attendees should know? Email it to us at journal@usgo.org!

Correction: This report has been corrected to reflect Chinese pro Cong Li 3P’s loss to Yuhan Zhang 7D in the US Open; our original report said that Li won.

U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Sunday, August 4

Monday August 5, 2013

Sunday’s snapshots: top right: Yilun Yang 7P lectures (by Phil Straus); middle & bottom right: strong players review their games (Chris Garlock); bottom left: Cathy Li 1P plays in a simul (Peter Mooyman); top left: the main playing area during the US Open (Phil Straus).
Plus: Click here for Phil Straus’ complete album of the day.

Gan and Ye Score in Redmond Cup; Lightning Tourney in Youth Room

Sunday August 4, 2013

Jianing Gan 7d and Aaron Ye 6d both won their first round matches in the Redmond Cup Finals at the US Go Congress Sunday afternoon.  Gan, who is from Canada, was undefeated in the qualifiers, and is the defending champion in the Senior Division of the Redmond (under 18).  His opponent Andrew Lu 6d is the current US Youth Champion, and lost only to Gan in the qualifiers.  Lu was out for a win, and played strongly throughout today’s match, but ran into time trouble and ultimately had to resign.  In the Junior Division (under 12) defending champion Aaron Ye, age 11, faced off against Canadian David Lu 6d, also 11.  Lu is new to the Redmond, entering for the first time this year, and was undefeated in the qualifiers.  Ye lost only to Lu, and was out for revenge in the finals.  Lu stumbled early in the game, when Ye killed a large group in the corner, but kept up his resolve and created tremendous complications for Ye throughout the rest of the game, which hinged on a ko that almost turned the tide.  Ye played steadily throughout though, and ultimately won by a large margin.  The game was broadcast live on KGS, and drew 150 observers.  Round two will be broadcast on Tuesday at 3pm PT, in the AGA Tournaments Room.

In the Youth Room at the Go Congress, today’s event was a lightning tournament, with ten minutes per player.  32 kids and teens played in the match, and table winners won $10 gift certificates to Congress go vendors.  Shirley Lin 3P and Andy Liu 1P also held simuls.  Justin Teng 6d won at the top lightning table, which included some of the strongest young players at congress.  Jimmy Yang 5d, April Ye 1k, Yukino Takehara 2k, Austen Cao 9k, and Anson Hu won the other tables.  Tomorrow’s events will be 9×9 and 13×13 tourneys, and professionals Myungwan Kim 9p and Mingjiu Jiang 7P will also hold simuls. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photos: top left: Andrew Lu 6d (l) vs. Jianing Gan 7d (r), photo by Phil Straus; bottom right: Youth Lightning Tourney, photo by Paul Barchilon.