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Friday January 1, 2016

“With regard to the ‘Top US Players to Compete in 4th AGA Pro Tourney January 3-9 in LA’ report (12/29),” writes Ted Terpstra, “shouldn’t this be ‘North American’ go players instead of US go players as some of the 8 are from Canada?”
Quite right, thanks for the correction. Canada will be represented by Daniel Gourdeau, Manuel Velasco, and Jin (Sarah) Yu. Gourdeau is a returning contender, but for Velasco and Yu it will be their first attempt.

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Top US Players to Compete in 4th AGA Pro Tourney January 3-9 in LA

Tuesday December 29, 2015

Eight top US go players will gather in Los Angeles next week to determine the next US professional. Play in the 4th AGA Pro Qualification starts2015.12.23_aga-pro-2015-DSC_0026 on Sunday, January 3 and ends on January 9. The games will be broadcast live on KGS from the Hotel Normandie by the E-Journal; morning rounds will begin at 9:30 AM and afternoon rounds will begin at 4:30 PM. The players are Eric Lui 7d, Ben Lockhart 7d, Aaron Ye 7d, Jeremy Chiu 6d, Sarah Yu 6d, Andrew Lu 7d, Daniel Gourdeau 6d and Manuel Velasco 5d. The tournament will be played in two parts, a Round Robin Prelim Sunday through Wednesday, followed by the Championship Thursday and Friday. Myungwan Kim 9P is the tournment referee, Jeff Shaevel is the Tournament Director, AGA President Andy Okun will be on hand and Chris Garlock and Dennis Wheeler will head up the EJ recording team, which will also broadcast game commentaries on the AGA’s YouTube stream.
photo: at the 2015 pro tourney; photo by Chris Garlock

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Oregon updates: Mochitsuki volunteers wanted; Janice Kim coming to Corvallis

Sunday December 27, 2015

Oregon go player alert: the Portland Go Club is looking for volunteers to help host a table at Mochitsuki at PSU on January 31st and Corvallis 2015.12.25_Mochi-Banner-color-webwill host a workshop with Janice Kim 3P February 13-14.

The Portland Go Club will host a table at Mochitsuki at PSU on January 31st, the 20th anniversary of the Japanese American New Year celebration. “Last year was a great success 2015.12.25_JaniceKimand four of us introduced many, many adults and children to go,” reports Peter Freedman. “This is a well-attended event!” Volunteers get free access; email pleefreedman1@comcast.net.

Corvallis will host their third visit from Janice Kim 3P with a workshop scheduled for February 13 and 14. “The workshop is being aimed at the 9 kyu to 3 dan strength range of the Corvallis Go Club ‘regulars,’ many of whom you will be familiar with from the annual Lewis & Clark tournaments, as well as participation on Braindog,” reports Bob O’Malley. For details and to register, email omalleyr@science.oregonstate.edu.

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Yuan Zhou Leads Go Workshop in North Carolina

Saturday December 26, 2015

Yuan Zhou 7d instructed, enlightened and entertained members of the Triangle Go Group over a warm, sunny North Carolina weekend December 2015.12.25_yuan-zhou-workshop13-14 in Raleigh. In addition to extremely helpful reviews of participants’ games, Zhou (right) also 2015.12.25_yuan-zhou-workshop-team2introduced attendees to a new style of play called Team Play. Team Play (left) is competition between groups, rather than individuals, played on a single board maintained by the TD, with each team located in a separate room.  

In his lectures, Zhou illustrated guidelines for play with examples from the style of Go Seigen, Kabayashi Koichi, Cho Chikun, Lee Changho and others. This year, marking his ninth annual visit to North Carolina, Yuan Zhou treated the attendees to an inspiring deep analysis of the recent Chunlan Cup final game in June between Gu Li and Zhou Rui Yang.

Zhou also reminded workshop participants of the philosophical elements of go, and mentioned some of the underlying principles and basic elements. Introducing a review of a 9-stone handicap game, Zhou encouraged our strong players to welcome high handicap games and to teach those who want to become stronger.
- report/photos by Bob Bacon

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2016 Online Go Sessions Start Up

Saturday December 26, 2015

With the New Year fast approaching, online go classes are starting new sessions:

Guo Juan’s Internet Go School’s online group class starts on January 9th. “Meet friends, have fun and learn much from pro teachers,” says Go 2015.12.22_guo-juan-logoJuan 5P. Pro teachers include Guo, YoungSun Yoon 8P, Jennie Shen 2P and Mingjiu Jiang 7P. Cost is 135 euros for 8 x 1,5h classes and seven weeks full access to the school’s pro lecture site and the training system.

2015.12.22_American Yunguseng dojang Lecture in US Go congress 2015Inseong Hwang’s new season — the 14th — of his online go academy ‘Yunguseng Dojang’ starts on January 4. The American Yunguseng dojang has been going to two years. It started with three leagues and 20 people and has now increased to seven leagues and 50 participants, with members from AGA 7dan to 12 kyu. “I attended this year’s US Go Congress,” says Hwang. Check out the Yunguseng Doajng Youtube channel.

 

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Yoonyoung Kim 4P visits Seattle

Friday December 25, 2015

yoonyoung at simuls Two baduk teachers visited Seattle in December,  courtesy of the Korean Amateur Baduk Association (KABA).  Yoonyoung Kim 4P, a Korean tournament winner, and Hyunwoo Kim, who is completing the Baduk Studies program at Myongji University, taught a weekend workshop, played simultaneous games, and attended the Pair Go Gala.  The weekend workshop on Dec. 12-13 was attended mostly by single digit kyu players, and was taught in English.  The well prepared teachers led the students through tesuji problem sets, and gave lectures on invasions and reductions.  They also reviewed student games and questions, and presented one of Yoonyoung Kim’s professional games.  Sonny (Sung-Chul) Cho 6d said he “was very much impressed by their sharp analysis of Go games and theory”.

Not much has been written about Yoonyoung Kim in English, but she is a tournament player to watch for.  She became a pro in 2007, and is now 26 years old. Just days before she came to Seattle, she beat Ahn Jo Young 9P in the GX Caltex Qualified.  He is the known as the “Half Point Magician” since he defeated many top players including Lee Sedol and Gu Li by the smallest margin.  In 2014, Yoonyoung Kim made the top 32 in the Samsung Masters World Championship.  She defeated Fan Yunuo, a young Chinese prospect, but lost to Murakawa Daisuke only by two and a half points and did not move to the best of 16 round.   In 2010 she was on the Korean female team for the Asian Games, and won a gold medal as part of that team.  She also won the Women’s Kisung tournament in 2010, and was first runner up in the 2011 Women’s Kook-Soo  Tournament.

Hyunwoo Kim, a former Korean insei,  is finishing coursework at Myongji University, and actually needed a written excuse for missing one of his classes.  His excellent excuse was written by Lee Anne Bowie, who is President of the Seattle Go Center, and a former high school teacher.  Hyunwoo has taught go in many places, including ten months in New Zealand.  Yoonyoung and Hyunwoo were warm and friendly teachers, able to help students at many levels.  Photo: Yoonyoung Kim reviewing simul game.  Photo and Report by Brian Allen.

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Hu, Cheng and Cha Top Davis/Sac Winter Tournament

Friday December 25, 2015

The Davis/Sacramento Go Club held its Winter Tournament at the Rancho Cordova Library in Sacramento on December 12. The event drew 16 2015.12.22_Davis-Sac-winnersplayers from San Jose to Grass Valley. There was a tie between Yufei Hu 4d (right) and Matthew Cheng 1d (left), for Division I. Tai-an Cha 4k (center), won Division II.
- Willard Haynes

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North American Kyu Championship Open for Registration

Thursday December 24, 2015

Crystal TrophyThe annual North American Kyu Championship (NAKC) is returning for the third time this coming January. Any kyu players under the age of 18, from Canada, the United States, or Mexico are welcome to play and fight to become 2016’s North American Kyu Champion. Junior (under 13) and Senior (under 18) players will compete with each other, but crystal trophies will be awarded to both the best Junior player and the best Senior player in each bracket – all the way down to double digit kyu. The winner of the top bracket will also be allowed to join the Redmond Cup, a youth tournament traditionally only open to dan players. Thanks to the AGF, any participant who competes in every round, win or lose, will be eligible for the choice of a $400 scholarship to the summer AGA Go Camp or a $200 scholarship to the 2016 Go Congress.

All four rounds will be held on KGS on January 30. For more details, visit the NAKC’s official Rules and Format page. To register, click here-Julian Erville, E-J Youth Correspondent.

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Jeremy Chiu 7d wins Record-setting AGHS Tournament

Wednesday December 23, 2015

Chiu.JeremyJeremy Chiu 7d won the annual Young Lions Tournament, held November 14-15 on KGS.  “A record-setting 54 participants from the US, Canada and Mexico joined the 4-round event,” reports American Go Honor Society (AGHS) Promotion Head Stephen Hu. “It feels great knowing that I was able to come out on top of the tournament,” said the 13-year-old Chiu, who is pictured at right.  “The tournament was larger than I expected, and there were many strong players in the open division. I felt the challenge and thrill of a strong playing field, and there were many good games played throughout.  I watched parts of the stream after the tournament, and it was quite entertaining. To be honest, I felt that I was lucky to win the entire tournament, and that it could have gone any direction”

Winners of each of the five divisions received trophies and 2nd/3rd places earned medals. “Most notably,” adds Hu,  “a total of 6 strong youth players formed an open division with no handicap, producing games of very high quality. In the end Chiu triumphed, and clinched victory with a 4-0 record.”

The tournament was made possible by the young officers of the AGHS, with support from the AGA, and the AGF.  Yunxuan Li, AGHS president, coordinated the entire event; Brandon Ho, Katherine Zhang, Joseph Resch and Amy Su helped out as tournament directors; Yixin Song worked on ordering and delivering prizes to their recipients; Stephen Hu (xhu98), the promotion head, helped advertise the tournament on various go servers and communities. Hu also streamed the top board games on Twitch together with secretary April Ye; recordings can be found on Youtube. -Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor

Winners Report: Open Division: 1st – Jeremy Chiu 7d (4-0), 2nd – Daniel Liu 5d (3-1), 3rd – Alan Huang 6d (2-2); Division A: 1st – Daniel Puzan 2d (4-0), 2nd (tied) – Eden Chen 2d, Gilbert Feng 2d (3-1); Division B: 1st – Terry Luo 3k (4-0), 2nd – Lazaro Lopez 6k (3-1), 3rd – Andrew Zhang 6k (3-1); Division C: 1st – Steve Zhang 13k (4-0), 2nd – Alex Kuang 10k (3-1), 3rd – Sarah Crites 11k (3-1); Division D: 1st – Matthew Ho 20k (3-1), 2nd – Gillian Chu 20k (3-1), 3rd – Alana Noehrenberg 22k (3-1)

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Pair Go Gala at Seattle Go Center

Tuesday December 22, 2015

The Third Annual Pair Go Tournament at the Seattle Go Center on December 12 featured cake, raspberries, fancy punch, and friendly competition between 10 pairs of players.  Table one winners were Peter Nelson 5d and Lily Berger 17k, besting Brian Allen 9k and Deborah Niedermeyer 10k.  The same foursome played last year, but with opposite results.  Lily has gotten stronger since last year, according to the other three players.  A graduate student at UW, she said that she only started practicing a week before the tournament, by playing a 9×9 game every day with Peter, and then reviewing the game.  She is pleased with how much that helped.

The table two winners were Tzu Jen Chan 2d and Winnie Gu 22k, who also played last year,  while the table three winners were new players Carissa Thornock 25k and Julian Banbury 18k.  In the winner’s photo, going left to right, the players are Chan & Gu, Thornock & Banbury, Berger & Nelson.  Report by Brian Allen, photos by Huei-Ling Shiang

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