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BAY AREA SCHOOLS COMPETE

Saturday April 10, 2010

Top California youth face off in the Bay Area High School Go Tournament on April 25th. The AGF and the Bay Area Go Players Association (BAGPA) are co-sponsoring the event, which was almost canceled after losing Ing funding last year.  Enterprising teen organizer David Su has fought to keep the event going, securing funding from the AGF and taking responsibility for organizing the event.  Nine schools have entered, some with several three-person teams.  Late entries will still be accepted says Su; more info and the entry form are on the BAGPA website.
-Paul Barchilon, E-Journal Youth Editor

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18 WIN THROUGH TO WORLD YOUTH QUALIFIER FINALS

Saturday April 10, 2010

Sixteen young players won entry into next week’s World Youth Go Championship (WYGC) Qualifier finals, where they will join Calvin Sun 7d and Ben Lockhart 5d for an 18-player single-elimination tournament. Thirty two youth competed in the online WYGC Qualifier last weekend, with competition fierce in all brackets.  In the junior division, Aaron Ye 1d led the field with four wins.  The senior division was dominated by Curtis Tang 8d, and Zhongxia Zhao 7d, who won all four games.  Several kyu players entered for the chance to play top ranked youth, and dan players gave their kyu opponents game reviews after each match.  The finals will be held on April 10-11 in the KGS AGA Tournaments room, with matches at 9a and 1p Pacific time. Click here for full Qualifier results.
- Paul Barchilon, E-Journal Youth Editor

AGA GO CAMP UPDATES

Saturday April 10, 2010

The East Coast summer go camp is set for July 17-25, in Somerset, New Jersey, while the West Coast Go Camp is still seeking a Director. Feng Yun 9P will again be the primary teacher at the East Coast camp, with John Mangual taking over as camp director. “The camps have been popular with young players on both Coasts,” said AGA President Allan Abramson, “and we’re looking for someone to organize and run this year’s camp on the West Coast.” Those interested can contact Abramson at President@usgo.org. The AGF is offering partial scholarships to the camps, and USYGC finalists are eligible for a pool of 16 camp scholarships as well.  Click here for  more information and an application.

TOP YOUTH SET FOR 2ND TRANSATLANTIC MATCH

Saturday April 10, 2010

Youth teams from North America and Europe are set to play a friendship match featuring ten of the strongest youth players from each continent. The North American team took a 6-4 victory in last year’s inaugural event, “but the Europeans have a strong team this year!” says organizer Lawrence Ku. The match, which will be held Sunday April 18 on the KGS go server, will be split into two sessions at 1500 GMT (8a PST, 11a EST) and 1800 GMT. Team Europe features former European youth champions Ali Jabarin and Artem Kachanovskyj, while the North American team is anchored by several US and Canadian WYGC representatives: Curtis Tang, Calvin Sun, Gansheng Shi, and Andrew Huang. Click here for full details.

REDMOND INTO TENGEN 3RD ROUND

Tuesday April 6, 2010

Michael Redmond 9P has made it to the third round of the Tengen, his best result in some time.  He defeated Cho Riyu 7P on March 4th and then Ishida Atsushi 9P on April 1st and is now paired against Yoda Norimoto 9P. Redmond is three years older than Yoda, but both are in the same generation, though Yoda has had a much more successful career in terms of title wins.
- Bill Cobb

EDWARD ZHANG WINS DC CHERRY BLOSSOM

Tuesday April 6, 2010

Edward Zhang 6D, fresh from his win at the recent Carolina Spring Go Tournament, took top honors at the NOVA

Ethan Hsiao, 35k; photo by Allan Abramson

Cherry Blossom tournament in Washington, DC last weekend. Over 40 players participated in the event, which was held amidst perfect weather and blooms at the annual DC Cherry Blossom festival in downtown Washington on Saturday, April 3. “Of special note was young Ethan Hsiao (photo), playing in his first tournament at 35 kyu,” reports TD Allan Abramson. “He went 3-1, and received a special trophy for his efforts. In celebration of the cherry blossoms, no tie-breakers were used for second place, so we had more winners than usual!” Abramson, who has directed local tournaments for two decades, announced his retirement from tournament direction on Saturday and was promptly punished by the go gods with his worst cold in decades, but reports that he’s recovering now.
Winners Report: First place: Edward Zhang 6D, 3-1; Stephen Tung 1k, 4-0; Kelsey Dyer 2k, 4-0; Kevin Chin 4k, 3-1; Raymond Yeh, 6k 3-1; Xiaoting Hu 7k, 3-1; Min Soo Kang 11k, 4-0; Gary Smith 12k, 3-1; and Melody Chao 24k, 4-0. Second place: Zhenying Gu 5D, and Keith Arnold 4D (tie); Justin Teng 3D; Gus Heck 2k, and Yukino Takehara 2k, and Ching-Sung Chin 3k (3-way tie); Jerry Chen 4k; Sam Zimmerman 5k, Bob Ehrlich 5k, and Mike Lash 6k (3-way tie); Joey Phoon 7k, and Gurujeet Khalsa 8k (tie); Alex Yen 9k; and Ethan Hsiao 35k.
photo by Allan Abramson

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ZHANG TOPS CAROLINA SPRING TOURNEY

Saturday April 3, 2010

Edward Zhang 6D won the first place in the Open section of the 2010 Carolina Spring Go tournament, held in Raleigh, NC on March 28th. Thirty-four players competed in the seventh annual AGA-rated tournament organized by the Cary Go Club.  Zhang, who traveled from the DC area, won four straight games to top the open section.  Winner’s Report: Eric Zhang 5D, Guojun Zhu 3D and Nianci Gan 3D tied for the second place of the open section with 3-1 scores.  Xiaoping Wu 1d and John Moore 2d tied for the first place of Section A (1D-2D), while Wu’s 12-year old son, Brian Wu 7K won Section B (1K-10K) with a perfect score of 4-0.  Warren Lewis 18K, Tom Carlson 11K, Dale Blann 13K and Ralph Abbey 15K tied for the first place of Section C (11K-20K) with the same score of 3-1.  Two young kids, Alvin Chen 24K and Kevin Kwong 25K won Section D (21K-30K) in a tie with a score of 3-1.
- Owen Chen

“SLOW GO” TOURNEY SEEKS PLAYERS

Monday March 29, 2010

Recruiting has begun for a new tournament, the Wisonet Go Cup. A “slow go” event – 2.5 hours basic time per player plus overtime – the Wisonet is requiring a minimum rating of 1-dan and will select a field of up to 32 players from those registering. Five rounds are planned, the first scheduled for May 8th in Edison, New Jersey. Rounds 2-4 can be sponsored by other go clubs and the final round will return to Edison. Up to $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded (less if the field is smaller). Players invited to participate in the tournament will pay $50 per round for the first three rounds; no fee will be charged for the last two rounds. Wisonet specializes in games and puzzles, says company president and tournament organizer Ronghao Chen. “Our purpose is to dramatically improve the quality of games in tournaments.” Chen expects the tournament to last at least four months. “This type of time arrangement will allow players to have time to prepare games,” he says. “Go fans will have time to discuss games and the tournament. Also, it will attract the general public to learn go and be aware of the tournament. Live game analysis will be arranged at many playing days.” Dan level players interested in a seat in this tournament must sign up by April 15th by e-mailing his/her name, current AGA rating, phone number and e-mail address to chenronghao@yahoo.com. Invitations to all selected players will be sent out on April 25th. For more info call Chen at 609-799-1624 or 908-872-6202.

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NEW N.A. ONLINE TOURNEY TO USE SKYPE

Monday March 29, 2010

Strong players in the U.S., Canada and Mexico are invited to register for the Strong Player’s Online Tournament (SPOT1). a new online tournament with $1,500 in cash prizes organized by the American Go Association. “This tournament will also be an experiment in requiring a web camera and a Skype account, so players will see and hear each other during the games,” says Tournament Director Edward Zhang. Players with AGA ratings of 5.0 and up, or Canadian/Mexican equivalents, are eligible. No requirement for a U.S. Green card or citizenship, but players must have maintained AGA, CGA or MGA membership continuously for the past 12 months; U.S. player must have lived in the U.S. for at least 6 of the past 12 months.. The 26 top-rated AGA players who register automatically qualify, and six places are reserved for Canadian (4) and Mexican (2) players. The tournament will be on weekends, and it is scheduled for four weekends. All players must sign up online for the tournament by midnight EST April 15. First prize is $1000, 2nd prize $400, 3rd prize $100. For further details email Zhang at zhiyuan_zhanggo@yahoo.com

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SCHOOL TEAM TOURNEY HEATS UP

Monday March 29, 2010

After two weeks of intense competition, California teams have trounced the competition, leading many of the standings. In the Open Division, Redwood Shores GC and Orange County GC are holding onto the top spots for the Golden State, but defending champion Stuyvesant HS (NY) is still in the hunt for their third open title by remaining undefeated through two rounds. Richard Montgomery HS (MD), Bellaire HS (TX), Morningstar Chinese (CA), Mason Huaxia Chinese (OH), and Saratoga HS (CA) also lead their divisions with solid 2-0 performances.  In the States Cup standings, New Jersey is looking for their first-ever podium finish, clinging on to the third spot behind California and New York. North Carolina and Texas round out the top five. Saratoga HS (CA) hopes to claim their second sweepstakes title, given to the school team with the highest total score. However, they only hold a two-point lead over last year’s Rookies Cup Champions, Hunter College HS (NY). Fair Oaks ES is currently in third as they attempt to become the first-ever junior team to finish in the top three. Morningstar Chinese’s debut performance has rocketed them to the top of the Rookies Cup as they look virtually untouchable for this award, while Cary Chinese (NC) will seek their second consecutive Junior Cup, as they seek to break the national record they set last year. Third round coverage begins this weekend, and the push to earn medals begins now. Click here www.aghs.cc for complete results.
- Christopher Vu, AGHS Correspondent 

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