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Latest AGA Tournament Regs Posted; How to Run a Tourney

Wednesday October 7, 2015

The latest edition of the American Go Association Tournament Regulations have been posted on the AGA’s Tournament Resources page, where you’ll find everything local organizers need to run a tournament. “The essence of go is competition, and tournament play takes that rivalry to its highest level,” says the AGA. “Running a tournament will strengthen your club. You will get to know new players from your area, and you may even build your club’s treasury!”

Organizing a tournament is probably easier than you think, especially if you can put some of local club members to work. Size doesn’t matter. A “tournament” can be held with as few as two players, and there are several interesting formats for as few as four players. Tournament game results can be submitted for AGA rating, a major attraction many tournament players.


Cotsen Open Deadline Approaching

Tuesday October 6, 2015

With the October 20 deadline approaching, over 65 players have already pre-registered for this year’s Cotsen Open, October 24-25 at the LA 2015.10.06_cotsen-yang-DSC_0066Center Studios (note new location). In addition to one of the largest and strongest fields on the West Coast, the tournament features free food truck lunch on both days, a full refund of the $20 entry fee if you play in all five rounds and the hallmark of the Cotsen, free massages for all players. Davis adds. Yilun Yang 7P will play a match against Qun Wang 8P on Sunday morning, followed by an analysis of the game. Kiseido/Yutopian will have a vendor table on the Saturday of the event.

As an added bonus, “We will be printing new ‘Cotsen Open’ branded products, including never before seen playmat travel go boards with original art,” reports Tournament Organizer Samantha Davis. 

photo: Yilun Yang 7P plays pro-pro game at the 2014 Cotsen Open; photo by Chris Garlock

Last chance to sign up for Columbus Day Go Workshop in the Catskills

Sunday October 4, 2015

Head teacher Will Lockhart 5-dan will lead the Brooklyn Go Club’s annual ‘Woodlands Go Workshop’ in the Catskills next weekend, October 9-12. There’s room for up to 15 kyu players at the Woodlands house — a converted inn in Roundtop, NY co-owned by Brooklyn Go Club founder Jean-Claude Chetrit — for an intensive workshop to bring their game to the next level. “In this temporary go commune, we’ll play games, review, do puzzles, eat home-cooked meals and talk politics and philosophy, and play some more,” says Lockhart.
The workshop cost is $225 ($75/room, $75/food & $75/instruction). Students should plan to arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning.
To join or inquire, write to both Will Lockhart and Jean-Claude Chetrit

Seattle Go Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary this Saturday

Wednesday September 30, 2015

The Seattle Go Center will have a grand 20th Anniversary Party on Saturday, Oct. 3. with food, refreshments, short speeches and music by three different groups.  Hiroshi Yamashiro 9P and Shiung Feng 6P (“Kuma-Sensei”) will be coming 2015.09.30_seattle-party-collagefrom the Nihon Ki-in in Japan, as well as the Manager of the  European Go Center in Holland,  Harry van der Krogt.   The Japanese Consul for Seattle, Consul General Masahiro Omura, and the President of the American Go Association, Andy Okun, will also be attending.

The performers will be Songs of Hope (Fumi Tagata – soprano, and Shiho Kurauchi – koto);  Okinawan Mushic by Mako & Noriko (Mako Willet – sanshin/vocal, and Noriko Inafuku – taiko); and the Sound Singers (Mixed chorus group with 15 singers).  The Sound Singers include long time Go Center volunteers Frank (Kohya) Fukuda, and Hikojiro Katsuhisa.

All friends of the Seattle Go Center are welcome to attend. The party begins at 6:00 p.m., please send a note to the Go Center Manager if you plan to come.

Qiu Jun 9P and Lian Xiao 7P Advance to Chang Qi Finals

Tuesday September 29, 2015

Qiu Jun 9P and Lian Xiao 7P won their Chang Qi Cup semifinal third-round decider matches Monday to advance to the tournament’s final 2015.09.28_Qiu-Lian-collagerounds later this year. The games followed the pattern of the first two matches, with Lian Xiao (right) defeating Li Qincheng 1P in just 161 moves, while Qiu Jun (left) prevailed over Tuo Jiaxi 9P in yet another marathon match — this one 331 moves — in which he used a ko threat to cleverly bring a group of dead stones back to life, forcing a resignation for the first time in the series.

Game records: Rd3 QiuJun v. TuoJiaxi, Rd3 LianXiao v. LiQinCheng (also available on KGS, look under ChangQi1 and ChangQi2); special thanks to the Chinese recording team, who generously broadcast the games on KGS as well as on their Chinese servers.

Special bonus: click here to see the video of E-Journal’s Steve Colburn demonstrating the custom-built Ing table with built-in go board and stones, shot by Andrew Jackson.
- report, photos/collage by Chris Garlock

VA Elementary School Go Club Grows in its Second Year

Monday September 28, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 12.15.09 PMThirty-six eager third through fifth graders came to school an hour early last Tuesday to begin their second year of go instruction at Neabsco Elementary School in Woodbridge, VA, reports club organizer Carolyn Dyer. “We plan to hold the Go Club every Tuesday morning as the children are much more alert first thing.”
The club got started when Kelsey Dyer 1d posted on her Facebook page that her mother wanted to start a school go club.  “I had only known Carolyn as Kelsey’s Mom as she had brought Kelsey to NOVA Go Club tournaments for years”, says go club “expert” Gary Smith 9k.  “When I found out that her school was only 10 minutes from my house, I knew I had to help out!”
Last year, the club started off with a four week introductory class after school.  This was well received, and the club continued as a weekly after-school activity.  Last year’s roster of 12 students has grown to 36 today.  “The resources provided by the AGF have been a big help,” Smith writes, referring to the American Go Foundation’s club starter kit and a Hikaru No Go set.  “There are many ways to spread Go into our communities; we just have to be open to the opportunities.” - Julian Erville, photo by Carolyn Dyer.

Qiu Jun 9P and Li Qincheng 1p Even the Score in Chang Qi Cup Semifinal, Forcing Monday Deciders; Seo Joon Jung Wins Inaugural American Chang Qi Tournament

Sunday September 27, 2015

Qiu Jun 9P and Li Qincheng 1p evened their Chang Qi Cup semifinal matches Sunday, defeating Tuo Jiaxi 9P (left, below right) and Lian Xiao 7P, respectively, to 2015.09.27-qiuforce third-game deciders on Monday (these should be broadcast live on KGS, IMG_7597starting at 9:30a EST). Once again the two younger players, Li and Lian — who are good friends as well as fierce competitors — finished first, with Li winning by resignation not long after the lunch break, while the Qiu-Tuo game again went the distance, a 7-hour, 231-move marathon that drew nearly 300 spellbound viewers on KGS (Qiu is at right, in light shirt) . There were also professional game commentaries broadcast on the AGA’s YouTube channel, which are available for review. Here are links to the four Round 1 and 2 game records: Rd1 LiQinCheng v. LianXiao , Rd1 TuoJiaxi v. QiuJun , Rd2 LiQinCheng v. LianXiao , Rd2 TuoJiaxi v. QiuJun . (you can also find them on KGS; look under ChangQi1 and ChangQi2)

In the inaugural American Chang Qi amateur tournament, Seo Joon Jung (right in photo above left) prevailed over Evan Cho in a dramatic final round Sunday afternoon, with Cho taking second place. Other top winners and a complete cross tab will be published later this week.

“This was a wonderful event that showed off the Ing Foundation’s commitment to go in North America, the strength of the North American go community and the vibrant go life here in Boston,” said American Go Association President Andy Okun.

This pro matches were played live at the Student Organization Center at Hilles, Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA, and were sponsored by the American Collegiate Go Association and the Shanghai Ing-Changki Weiqi Education Foundation in conjunction with the Chinese Chang Qi Cup and the American Go Association. The Changqi Cup is one of China’s most generously sponsored tournaments, with a winner’s prize of about $70,000 USD. It’s jointly hosted by the Chinese Go Association and the Shanghai Branch of the Ing Foundation. The tournament first started in 2004 in memory of Ing Chang-ki.
- report by Chris Garlock; photos by Chris Garlock (right) and Andy Okun (left), Photo at left: Will Lockhart, Cole Pruitt, Liu Siming and  Seo Joon Jung

Categories: U.S./North America

Chang Qi Cup Round 2 Games Live Now on KGS and YouTube

Sunday September 27, 2015

The Chang Qi Cup Round 2 semifinal games are underway now and being broadcast live on KGS and YouTube. Qiu Jun 9P and Li Qincheng 1p2015.09.27_Chang Qi Cup Day 2 - YouTube are battling to force deciding matches; both lost their first-round matches yesterday, to Tuo Jiaxi 9P and Lian Xiao 7P, respectively.

The matches are being played live at the Student Organization Center at Hilles, Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA. Area go players are welcome to stop by and check out the action, including the Chang Qi amateur tournament also underway, sponsored by the American Collegiate Go Association and the Shanghai Ing-Changki Weiqi Education Foundation in conjunction with the Chinese Chang Qi Cup and the American Go Association.
- Chris Garlock

Categories: U.S./North America

Tuo Jiaxi 9P, Lian Xiao 7P Notch Wins in Chang Qi Cup Semifinal; Round 2 Sunday

Saturday September 26, 2015

In a nice bit of timing, the semi-finals of China’s Chang Qi Cup were held on US soil on Saturday, the day after Chinese President Xi Jinping2015.09.26_ChangQiTopBoardCollage capped his first U.S. visit with a meeting with President Obama and a black-tie state dinner at the White House. Four of the world’s strongest go players competed for the coveted title; Qiu Jun 9P, Lian Xiao 7P, Li Qincheng 1P and Tuo Jiaxi 9P. Lian Xiao 7P, playing black, won his game against Li Qincheng in 161 moves, shortly after the lunch break. One of the rising stars of the go world, Lian is ranked #11 in China (as of March 2015), has already won several domestic titles and continues to climb the rankings. This would be the biggest title of his career so far. Just after 4pm, Tuo Jiaxi 9P, playing white, edged out Qiu Jun 9P by a single point — the game is scored with Ing counting — in a 241-move nail-biter that had the more than 200 KGS viewers on the edge of their collective seats wondering who would triumph. Tuo Jiaxi is one of the top players in China. He won the 2014 LG Cup, has reached several quarter- and semifinals, and was ranked #1 in the country for a while back in 2013. He won this tournament in 2010, and should be one of the favorites this year to win the Chang Qi Cup. Tuo is #6 in the world, while Qiu is #23, according to Remi Coulom’s “It was a very close game for a long time,” Tuo told the EJ after the game, “but as a professional I’m used to playing long games so it was no problem.” He and Qiu know each other’s games so well that Tuo said he planned no special preparation, “just rest and relaxation.”

The semifinals are a best-of-three series, so the players will meet again on Sunday, September 27; the games will be broadcast live on KGS (starting at 9:30a EST) with commentary on the AGA’s YouTube channel. Depending on the results, there may be final round(s) on Monday.

The semifinals were held in Cambridge, MA at Harvard’s Student Organization Center at Hilles, sponsored by the American Collegiate Go Association (ACGA), the Shanghai Ing-Changki Weiqi Education Foundation and the American Go Association (AGA), which also hosted the inaugural American Chang Qi Tournament, drawing over 200 go fans to both play and watch on a gorgeous sunny fall day.
The Changqi Cup is one of China’s most generously sponsored tournaments, with a winner’s prize of about $70,000 USD. It’s jointly hosted by the Chinese Go Association and the Shanghai Branch of the Ing Foundation. The tournament first started in 2004 in memory of Ing Chang-ki.
- report/photos/collage by Chris Garlock; translation assistance by Cheng Hao; tech support by Steve Colburn

Boston Buzzes on Eve of Chang Qi Cup

Thursday September 24, 2015


East Coast go players — especially those in the Boston area — are counting down the hours to this weekend’s first 2015.09.24_Chang-Qi-dinnerAmerican Chang Qi tournament. The tournament is being held September 26-27 in conjunction with the semi-finals of the 2015 Chang Qi Cup, at which four top pros from China will compete for a berth in the Chang Qi Cup finals. The weekend promises a go bonanza for both players and observers, who will be able to compete in the amateur tournament as well as watch the pro games; for those who can’t make it in-person, there will be full coverage of the entire weekend’s events on the AGA’s live broadcast channel (starting at 9a EST on Saturday), on KGS and in the E-Journal.  Online registration (free) is continuing, but there will be on-site registration from 8:30 to 9:30 on Saturday. Visit the ACGA’s website for more details.
Photo: Chinese Chang Qi delegation at dinner at the Yenming restaurant near Harvard Square Thursday night.  Standing (l-r): Qiu Jun, Lian Xiao, Li Qin Cheng, Tuo Jia Xi (click here for their profiles) and AGA President Andy Okun. Seated (l-r): Shao Weigang 9p, Ying Ming-haw, son of the founder of the Ing Foundation, Hua Yigang 8p, former president of China Qiyuan, currently VP of Chinese Weiqi Association  and Wang Yi 5p, captain of the Chinese National Weiqi team.