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School Teams Tourney Draws 50 Teams

Monday April 11, 2011

Mandarin Language and Culture School from California took top honors in the 10th annual North American School Team Tournament. Organized by the American Go Honor Society (AGHS), the tournament was held on KGS over the weekends of March 5 and March 12.  More than 50 teams and about 190 players from America, Mexico, and Canada signed up for the largest national youth team tournament, with over $3,000 in prizes provided by the AGF and AGA. Justin Teng, one of the nine officials and a tournament participant, said, “People were pretty excited and pumped up. They were in quite a competitive spirit, encouraging and rallying their teammates while battling against other schools.” More AGHS tournaments, including the Doubles Tournament for Pair Go, are in the works.  AGHS Presidents Jack Ye and Jasmine Yan directed the tournament – many thanks to Meredith Leu, Joshua Wu, Ryan Ngoy, Viral Kotecha, Rebecca Cheng, Eric Chen, Tommy Liu, Justin Teng, and Tim McCaffrey for their invaluable assistance!

Winner’s Report: Varsity: 1st: Mandarin Language and Culture School, 2nd: Richard Montgomery High School, 3rd: SV Chinese School; Junior Varsity: 1st: Richard Montgomery High School, 2nd: Bellaire High School, 3rd: Mission San Jose High; Intermediate: 1st: Klein Oak High School, 2nd: Betcher Home School, 3rd: Escuela de Arte ‘Pipiolo; Novice: 1st: Jasper High School, 2nd: Manlius Pebble Hill School, 3rd: Richard Montgomery High School.  -Special to the E-J by Jasmine Yan, AGHS Co-President. Photos: Mandarin Language Team, with advisor, top; Richard Montgomery Team, with advisor, bottom.

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NOVA Cherry Blossom Raises $702 for Japan Relief

Monday April 4, 2011

The annual NOVA Cherry Blossom tournament on April 2 raised $702 for disaster relief for Japan, “which will be split into equal donations to the Kansai Kiin and Pandanet relief funds,” reports organizer Allan Abramson. Fifty-nine players participated in the NOVA Cherry Blossom tournament, with Daniel Chou 6d topping the field. “This was our first Cherry Blossom in the new George Mason University Founder’s Hall, now that the beautiful Sumner School in DC (longtime Cherry Blossom tourney site) closes on weekends,” Abramson added.

Winner’s Report: First Place: Daniel Chou 6d, 4-0; Hal Small 3d, 3-1; Liu Hong Chun 1d, 4-0; Jacob Lewellen 2k, 4-0; Kevin Chin 3k, 3-1; Baifu Li 5k, 3-1; Caleb Vickers 8k, 4-1; Julian Erville 11k, 4-0; Chris Tolley 15k, 4-0 and Adam Chambers 15k, 4-0 (tie); and Robert Burdsal 17k, 3-1.
Second Place: Jing Guo 7d, 3-1; Keiju Takehara 3d, 2-1; Gary Li 1d, 2-2; Kelsey Dyer 2k, 3-1 and Xiaojing Du 2k, 3-1 (tie); Yukino Takehara 3k, 3-1; Raymond Yeh 6k, 3-1 and Joey Phoon 6k, 3-1 and Michael Lash 6k, 3-1 (tie); Joseph Lee 7k, 3-1 and Gurujeet Khalsa 8k, 3-1 (tie); and Tristan Tran 15k, 3-1

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Zhuang Sweeps World Youth Qualifier

Monday April 4, 2011

Dark horse candidate Vincent Zhuang 5d pulled off a surprise victory in the World Youth Go Qualifier this past weekend on KGS.  Zhuang, who is 14, only narrowly made it to the finals at all.  A last -minute change in the age requirements by the Ing Foundation disqualified two older players with better records, allowing only kids under 16 next August to compete. Interestingly, the AGHS Young Lions Tourney in November of last year foreshadowed this result, with Zhuang beating two of the same finalists who would compete in this year’s WYGC qualifier. On Saturday, April 2, Zhuang got off to a great start by defeating Hugh Zhang 7d, who was the top seed in the four player double elimination finals.  Next he took down Andrew Lu 6d, eking out a 1.5 point win in a complicated fighting game.  Round 3 saw Lu knocking out Zhang, and set the stage for the finals the following day.  With everything on the line, Zhuang and Lu went at it Sunday morning.  They played at a break-neck pace, despite having an hour each, with neither willing to give an inch as the game exploded into heavy fighting again.  Zhuang carved out large territories on the right and left sides, and sacrificed a center group, to pull ahead and win the game.  His victory will carry him all the way to Romania, where he will represent the US in the WYGC.  In the Junior Division (under 12) nine-year-old Jeremy Chiu 1k upset some apple carts in his own right, knocking out Sammy Zhang 2d, and setting the stage for a showdown with 8-year-old Aaron Ye 3d, who is undefeated in the event.  As both players live in the Bay Area, their final matches will be played in person, at the BAGPA ratings tourney on Saturday the 9th. - Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.

Japan Disaster Relief Update (updated 4/3)

Sunday April 3, 2011

(updated with details on the 4/23 NYC tourney and a PayPal account for the Kansai Kiin) “Many go players and clubs have asked where they could send money for disaster relief in Japan,” reports American Go Association President Allan Abramson. “For example, New York City go organizer Boris Bernadsky and other New York players are planning an April 23 Tsunami Relief Tournament to raise funds for relief, and next week’s NOVA Cherry Blossom tournament also will be dedicated to disaster relief.”

“For direct donations, here is what I have learned so far,” Abramson tells the E-Journal:

The Kansai Kiin has a disaster relief fund. Bank name: The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ,  Kawaramachi Branch (Branch Code:003); Account No.: Ordinary Account 311018, Account Name: Kansaikiin. You can also now donate via PayPal: kochi@Kansaikiin.jp

Pandanet also has a disaster relief fund: Bank: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; Branch: Marunouchi Branch (Branch Code: 245); Account Number: 1441312; Swift Code:  SMBC JP JT

The Nippon Foundation has two ways to contribute: through the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (http://www.spfusa.org/care.htm) or directly through the Nippon Foundation. It may be necessary to have routing/Swift numbers for the two banks, and these have been requested for U.S. donations and will be posted as soon as they’re available.

Adspace Available in 2010 Go Yearbook

Sunday April 3, 2011

Advertisers in the American Go Yearbook now have an exciting opportunity to interactively promote their go-related products to readers of the American Go Yearbook. The 2010 Yearbook is being released as a PDF this year, enabling the inclusion of clickable links that take readers directly to websites. “So, for example, an advertiser can now not only include a clickable link to their main website but links to specific product pages they’d like to promote,” reports Yearbook Managing Editor Chris Garlock. Sections of the 2010 Yearbook are being released as they’re complete, with the entire Yearbook to be released upon completion of all the sections, and the Go Tools section — currently in production — will feature a wide selection of the E-Journal articles on go books, software and hardware, and is an especially good location for go-related ads this year. Deadline for ads in the Yearbook Go Tools section is April 17; email journal@usgo.org for rate and ad spec details.

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Zhirui Yang 6D Wins 15th Jujo Jiang Youth Goe Cup

Monday March 28, 2011

More than 120 young players turned out for the 15th annual Jujo Jiang Cup Youth Goe tournament last Sunday at the Chinese Culture Center in Sunnyvale, California. The players were all under the age of 21 and ranged in strength from 6 dan to 29 kyu. Zhirui Yang 6 dan, a visitor student from Jilin province, China, led the A division by winning all his games, while local player Aaron Ye 3 dan took 2nd, losing only to Yang.  With a growing go population in the Bay Area, the event also drew local news media, including KTSF26, the World Journal, and SingTao Daily, for onsite reporting. In the 19×19 division, players were divided into nine different groups from Group A (6-3 dan) to Group I (26 – 29 kyu) according to players’ strength. With the goal of prompting interest in go among little children, the tourney also had special 13 x13  board division which attracted 50 beginners around age of 5 or 6.  Trophies were awarded to 1 to 4th place winners for each group and the first six winners of each group could choose their prize a selection of offerings.
Winner’s Report: 19 x 19 Board: Group A (6D-3D): Zhirui Yang, Aaron Ye, Justin Shieh Group B (3D – 2D) Henry Zhang, Daniel Liu, Jeremy Chiu Group C (1D – 5k): Larry Qu, April Ye, Albert Chao Group D(6k-12k): Alan Hwang, Jonathan Ta, Peiken Tien Group E(13k – 16k): Patrick Wang, Eric Liu, Benson Lin Group F(17k-23k): Dyson Ye, Bryan Tan, Ryan Tang Group G(24k-25k): Allison Hwang, Jason Chu, Raymond Chen Group H(26k-29k): Jonathan Mi, Victor Chen, Samantha Meng Group I(26k-29k): David Huang, Jeffrey Mi, Brandan Chu  13 x 13 Board: first place winner for each group: Lilian Zhang,  Timmy Chen, Felix Liu, Catherine Tan. Click here for complete results.

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Guo Juan 5P Returns to Woodlands for Memorial Day Workshop

Sunday March 27, 2011

Like the Capistrano swallows, Guo Juan 5P is returning to The Woodlands for another workshop Memorial Day weekend. Guo — a popular teacher and longtime E-Journal contributor — has held twelve workshops at The Woodlands in Round Top, New York over the last seven years. The workshop start with a lecture late on Friday evening May 27 and ends Monday, May 30 after lunch. The format is the typical workshop format with a mixture of lectures, games and game analysis. The Woodlands is an informal inn with over 20 bedrooms. Click here for details and to register.

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Takemasa Miyoshi Wins Groesch Memorial

Sunday March 27, 2011

Takemasa Miyoshi 9k topped the 6-player field at the John Groesch Memorial held on Sunday, March 20 at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Takemasa (l), currently a Research Assistant Professor in the department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at UMD was undefeated in the three-round tournament. “The final game against Nate Eagle 10k was a nail-biter,” reports organizer Steve Mount (r), “which Takemasa won by a half-point.” Other two-game winners were Gurujeet Khalsa 9k and Zarathustra Goetzel 10k.

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U.S. Youth Go Championships Held

Sunday March 27, 2011

The United States Youth Go Championships (USYGC) drew 58 kids and teens on March 26. Contestants vied for the top slot in five different sections.  Dan level youth also competed for entry into a qualifier for the World Youth Go Championships, which will be held next week.  Calvin Sun 7d again topped the Senior Dan Division, with a perfect record.  Sun, who has represented the US four times in a row as USYGC champ, is required to take a year off from the WYGC, and will not be competing in the qualifier.  The Ing Foundation, which sponsors the event, just changed the age limit to under 16 for the Senior Division.  While this unfortunately disqualified several U.S. youth, the tourney allowed all of them to participate in the USYGC Qualifier anyway.  Eligible finalists who will be advancing on for the right to represent the U.S. at the World Youth are Hugh Zhang 7d, Andrew Lu 6d, Vincent Zhuang 5d, and Yunxuan Li 2d (who pulled a surprise upset by defeating several four dans).  In the Junior League (under 12) Aaron Ye 3d, Sammy Zhang 2d, Luke Zhang 1d, and Jeremy Chiu 1d will all compete in the finals next week.  Both Senior and Junior division games will start at 9 am PT, Saturday the 2nd, in the AGA Tournaments room on KGS.  Calvin Sun 7d is the National High Dan Champion, and Yunxuan Li now holds the title for National Low Dan Champion, Senior Division.

The kyu level tourney was equally exciting, with kids ranked from 1k to 19k duking it out in multiple bands.  April Ye 3k is the new Single Digit Kyu (SDK) Champion in the 1-4k bracket, Senior Division, while Larry Qu 4k is the new Junior Division Champ.  In the 6-10 kyu bracket, top honors went to Joey Phoon 6k in the Senior, and  Raymond Liu 10k in the Junior.  Bennett Ji 11k won the Senior in the 11-19k bracket, and Julian Erville 11k won in the Junior.  Winners will be receiving trophy plaques with their names and titles, $400 scholarships to the US Go Camp, and gift certificates for audio go lessons from Guo Juan’s Internet Go School.  The USYGC was run by tournament directors Paul Barchilon and Jeff Shaevel.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

Go Players Rally Support for Japan

Monday March 21, 2011

BELGIANS LAUNCH “GO4JAPAN”: A go club in Belgium has “switched our upcoming tournament to a support rally for the people of Japan” in the wake of the recent earthquake/tsunami, reports local organizer Joost Vannieuwenhuyse. “Already countries like Germany, Spain and Czechia are thinking about, or planning to host similar events,” Vannieuwenhuyse tells the E-Journal. Hoping to make this “a global initiative in the go-playing community,” the Belgium club has launched a Facebook page under the name “GO4 Japan” where others who want to organize their own local events can communicate and coordinate efforts. “Our club, as well as the organization of the Basel tournament in Switzerland will be giving all the registration fees from our tournament to the Japanese Red Cross Society,”adds Vannieuwenhuyse, suggesting that “It would be nice to also see some events there that take place in the US.” “I hope this way we, as go-players, can give back some support, no matter how big or small, to a country that meant and still means so much for this hobby, passion, life of ours. And to offer at least some relief to the people who are suffering from this ongoing disaster.”
ISRAEL HOSTS JAPAN SUPPORT TOURNEY ON MARCH 30: : An “Identifying day with Japan” has been organized for Wednesday, March 30th in Rosh HaAyin, Israel. The home of both current and previous Israeli go champions, Rosh HaAyin’s mayor joined the effort “with enthusiasm,” reports Shavit Fragman, President of the Mind chain of go clubs in Israel. Money collected at tournament will be delivered to the Japanese embassy, and the event will also include a Tree of Wishes, origami crane folding — in Japan, it’s commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a wish come true — and lectures about Japanese culture and the recent disasters in that country.
UK YOUTH EVENT RAISES £150 FOR JAPAN RELIEF: At the just-concluded Youth Championships in Oxfordshire, England, £150 — the result of a collection, together with the proceeds from the event– was sent to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.