Sunday May 1, 2016
The early bird discount for this year’s US Go Congress has been extended to midnight Monday night. Click here now to save $25 on registering for the Congress, which runs July 30-August 7 in Boston, MA.
In other Go Congress news, “Super Brain” Bao Yun 7d, the blindfold go master has just confirmed he’ll be attending this year’s Go Congress, where he will challenge an American professional in an even game blindfolded at 1p on Monday August 1.
Also, there will ba a Q&A session right after the AlphaGo team’s keynote address, please submit your questions here.
Sunday May 1, 2016
Fourteen year-old Tony Tang 7d of Syracuse swept all four of his games in the Salt City Tournament’s A division in Syracuse, NY on April 24, and claimed the $100 1st place prize, with Yan Zou 1d and Yuan-Chao Wang 5d (both from Rochester) taking the prize money for 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Syracuse’s 9th Salt City Tournament on April 16 had 38 players participate, tying its record from a year ago. Players ranged from 9 to 98 years old and from 30 kyu to 7 dan.
Don Cram 4k of Oswego took the 1st place award in the B division as the only four game winner. Buffalo’s Matt Mullins 4k and Sarah Crites 11k from Harrisburg finished in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively (Melissa Harkins of Buffalo and Sarah’s dad Bob also finished with 3-1 records). The top four finishers in the C division all compiled 3-1 records. Tony Sege of Utica took 1st place, followed by Stefan Wang, Theo Eckert-Budis, and Richard Li, all of Syracuse.
All players present at the end of the day were able to select nice prizes for themselves, mostly new books that Slate and Shell provided to the tournament at discount. Allen Noe served as tournament director, and organizer Richard Moseson’s wife Chris once again baked and decorated the tournament’s always-popular problem cake (left; black to play).
Wednesday April 27, 2016
The AGA East Coast Go Camp will feature Myungwan Kim as this year’s teacher. Kim is a 9-dan professional, and the only player dispatched to the United States by the Korean Baduk Association since 2008. Kim has more than 10 years of teaching experience, and his students include several US youth champions, such as Aaron Ye, Andrew Lu, and Brandon Zhou. He is also three-time US Go Congress Open division winner and currently holds the second highest player ranking in the AGA.
If you’re a go player between the ages of 8 and 18 and would like an opportunity to study go for a week with a professional teacher, then the AGA Go Camp is for you. Camp directors Nano Rivera and Frank Luo welcome all campers to join them for a week of go-playing and fun.
Anyone who participated in the North American Kyu Championships or the Redmond Cup is eligible to receive $400 off the price of the Go Camp, courtesy of the American Go Foundation. Youth who did not participate in either tournament, but still need financial assistance, are eligible for need-based scholarships here. Visit the camp website for general information, pictures from past camps, and news regarding this year’s upcoming Go Camp. Any questions about camp should be addressed to email@example.com.
Monday April 25, 2016
The University of Toronto and UCLA go teams will face off in the Collegiate Go League Championship finals on Saturday April 30 at 1pm ET / 10am PT. Michael Gallucci (InSente) and William Shi 1p will provide live commentary on KGS and Twitch. Eight top schools — RPI, UCLA, Cornell, UMichigan, UAlberta, UMaryland, UCSD, and UToronto — have been whittled down to the final two in this fifth season championship. U Michigan and Cornell will play for third and fourth.
Friday April 22, 2016
American professionals Andy Liu 1p and Eric Lui 1p fought bravely earlier this week in an unsuccessful attempt to make it through the first round of the 8th Ing Pro Cup in Shanghai. The two notched strong games but succumbed in the end to the legends they were paired against in the top drawer international tournament. Both played well, according to Kim Myungwan 9p. Eric Lui built up a strong position but his opponent, Hane Naoki 9p, “was such an experienced player that he controlled the game, avoiding Eric’s provocation.” Andy Liu, facing Lee Sedol 9p, actually started ahead. “Andy was winning in the beginning, up until around fifty moves,” Kim said. “I think that Lee Sedol was a little bit nervous because Andy started well. It’s not so surprising because Andy has played very well recently at pro tournaments. Andy later pursued territory too much which eventually backfired.” Hane Naoki fell in the second round, but Lee Sedol made it through and plays Kang Dongyoon on Sunday in the Ing’s third round. Other third round match ups are Park Junghwan 9p v. Ke Jie 9p, Shi Yue 9p v. Chen Youye 9p, and Tang Weixing 9p v. Kim Jiseok 9p. The winners will continue on to June finals in Tibet. Meanwhile, over the weekend, Liu (left in photo at right) came to the end of his run in the Kansai Kiin’s Sankei Cup. After four wins, perhaps the best pro tournament run a Western player has had in Asia, he came up short against Daisuke Murakawa 8p, a very strong opponent. All three games available below.
- report by Andy Okun and Ted Terpstra
2016.04.21_eric lui v hane naoki
2016.04.21_Andy Liu v murakawa
2016.04.21_andy liu v lee sedol
Tuesday April 19, 2016
The E-Journal has just gotten word that US players Andy Liu 1p and Eric Lui 1p will play two of the top players in the worldtonight, starting at 9:30p EST. Liu (right) will play Lee Sedol 9p (left) of Korea and Lui will play Hane Naoki 9p of Japan in the first round of the 8th Ing Pro tournament in Shanghai. The games start at 9:30a local time April 20 in Shanghai, which is tonight, April 19, at 9:30 p.m. EST, 6:30 PST. The games will be watchable on Sina.com, Tygem and wbaduk, various sources say. The tournament, which is single elimination, gives each player three hours main time and two extra 20-minute periods to be bought for two points each. Please post to the AGA’s Facebook page or tweet us @theaga if you have better information about viewing the games.
– Andrew Okun, President, American Go Association; photo courtesy XIAO Qiang and SHENG Hongli, organizers in the Shanghai Ing Foundation
Monday April 18, 2016
California’s Cupertino High School became the champion of the open division, after 4 hard fought rounds, reports American Go Honor Society President Yunxuan Li. “This year’s school team tournament (STT) drew 13 teams from every part of the country consisting of all kinds of educational institutions,” says Li. “The STT is an annual tournament for school aged kids to compete as a team against teams from other schools. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet young go lovers from other schools. Many participants enjoyed the competitive and friendly atmosphere of the STT. Want to be the next winner of the biggest youth team tournament? Tune in for our event next year!” The top two teams won a full scholarship to the AGA Go Camp, winners in all brackets are receiving cash prizes, t-shirts, and trophies as well – courtesy of the the AGA and the AGF. For a complete list of winners, click here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: The Haze Middle School Team, from Hikaru no Go, © 1998 Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata/Shueisha Inc.
Saturday April 16, 2016
Andy Liu 1p won his next Sankei Cup game against amateur Shingo Ono in Osaka Saturday. Liu, taking white with no komi, won by six by taking a large central territory. The win puts him in a game today with Murakawa Daisuke 8p, among whose accomplishments are winning the 62nd Oza and two previous Sankei Cups. The game will be 12:30 p.m. Sunday Japan time, evening or night in the US. The broadcast can be found at http://kansaikiin.jp/subpage/live.html.
Liu v. Ono Game Record
Friday April 15, 2016
Eric Lui 1p and Andy Liu 1p are headed to Shanghai to play in the opening rounds of the 8th Ing Pro Cup. The Ing Foundation’s quadrennial tournament is considered one of the most prestigious international titles in the go world, with a top prize of more than $400,000. The opening ceremony is on April 19 and the first game on April 20. The EJ will update with details about broadcasts from the tournament. Lui and Liu won the representation spots in an online qualifier in January against Feng Yun 9p and Yang Huiren 1p.
Andy Liu is travelling to Shanghai by way of Osaka, Japan, for the next round of the Sankei Cup. Liu pleased his American fans last fall by winning all three of his games against Japanese pros in the Sankei Cup prelim. He will play on April 16 at 12:30 Japanese time against amateur player Shingo Ono. If he wins, there will be another game the following day at 12:30 again. According to the Kansai Kiin, the games can be watched online here.
Thursday April 14, 2016
The AGA Summer Go Camp will be held from July 3 to July 9 at YMCA Camp Campbell Gard in Hamilton, OH (45 minutes South of Dayton). Camp directors Nano Rivera and Frank Luo invite campers of all skill levels, between the ages of 8 and 18 to join them for a week of go-playing and fun. Professional instruction, and fun outdoor activities, will both be on the schedule. Youth who played in the NAKC or the Redmond Cup are eligible for a $400 scholarship, and need-based scholarships of up to $250 are also available. For more information on the latest camp-related news, and to download the (soon to be available) registration forms, please visit the camp website. Any questions can be e-mailed to Nano Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo: Campers trying their hand at archery at last year’s Go Camp.