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Youwhan Kim Wins 2014 Cotsen Open

Sunday October 26, 2014

Dark horse Youwhan Kim 7D, a former Korean insei, won the 2014 Cotsen Open, upsetting 2014 Masters champion Mark Lee in the second round 2014.10.26_M-Kim-cotsen-champ-DSC_0103and going on to sweep the rest of the tournament, 5-0. Kim’s play was consistently sharp and tough and he was unfazed by the speedy 20-second overtime, which added pressure to some of his opponents. Tournament sponsor Eric Cotsen congratulated the new tournament champion, saying “I like change. Anything that shakes things up at the top, that works for me.” Click here for top-board game records and complete results. Additional photos are on the AGA’s Facebook page.

Kim is part of an informal dojo at Myungwan Kim 9P’s home in Los Angeles, where2014.10.27_myungwan-teaches-DSC_0092 Beomgeun “Evan” Cho and Mark Lee also live. Youwhan Kim arrived three months ago to study English and says Myungwan Kim (no relation) “has been a big help with advice about life in Los Angeles.” Although Youwhan Kim and Mark Lee did not know each other back in Korea — Lee is of a younger generation — the two have played at Myungwan Kim’s, where they split games 1-1. Youwhan Kim was in the second insei league, “close to professional,” says Myungwan Kim, but is now too old to become a professional in Korea. He’s studying go at Myongji University and had many friends in Korea who spoke English, and realized he’d need to learn English too. He has one more semester of study at Myongji and will return to finish up in a few months. His advice to amateur players who want to improve: “Review your own games carefully; this is the best way to get better.”
- report/photos by Chris Garlock

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2014 Cotsen Go Tournament & AGA Pro Prelim Winner’s Report

Sunday October 26, 2014

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Click here for top-board game records and complete results. Additional photos are on the AGA’s Facebook page.

Special Awards: Richard Dolen (top right) and Larry Gross received special awards from tournament sponsor Eric Cotsen for their longtime support and promotion of the game of go.

Open
1. Youwhan Kim 7d
2. Calvin Sun 8d*
3. Mark Lee 7d*
4. Qipeng Luo 7d*
5. Beomgeun Cho 9d*
* Sun & Lee were tied for 2nd; Sun was awarded 2nd place by default when Lee missed the award ceremony; Luo and Cho were tied for 4th place and Luo won 4th place in a rock-paper-scissors shoot-out conducted by Eric Cotsen.

A – 3d-5d
1. Jerry Shen 4d
2. Michael Wanek 4d
3. Nathan Harwit 4d2014.10.27_yang-DSC_0066

B – 1d-2d
1. James Lou 2d
2. Tina Bai 2d
3. Dan Alvira 2d

C – 1k-5k
1. Ryan Kierulf 1k
2. Clement Wong 3k
3. Yunyen Lee 3k

D – 6k-11k
1. Greg Kulevich 8k
2. Christopher Rumsey 9k
3. Chris Kaynor 8k

E – 12k+2014.10.27_cotsen-club-prize
1. Dowson Yang 19k
2. James Maloney 25k
3. Victoria Blue 26k

CLUBS
1. Orange County
2. Bay Area
3. YuGo*
* YuGo was tied with Arizona and won 3rd in a rock-paper-scissors shoot-out (at right)

Cotsen Staff: Samantha Davis & crew: Wenguang Wu, Katie Dicus, Matthew Jarrell, Torey Byrne was photographer, and Jerry Miller. Chris Sira was the Tournament Director.
E-Journal Team: Richard Dolen (Board 2), Nick McNelis (Board 3), Joe Cepiel (Board 4); team coordination (& Board 1 recording) by Chris Garlock

Eric Cotsen, Happy Warrior

Saturday October 25, 2014

You can tell how some go players feel about their game by the expression on their face, nervous if they’re losing or cheerful if they’re winning. But not Eric Cotsen. He always looks happy and excited to be playing, no matter what the situation is on the board.2014.10.25_Cotsen-Yang-DSC_0040

“It’s just the way I am, I guess,” Cotsen told the E-Journal in an interview Saturday morning at the Los Angeles Korean Cultural Center as players registered for the Cotsen Open, which he’s been sponsoring for “about 25 years now.” Cotsen’s proud of the tournament’s “different vibe,” pointing out the free lunches and team of masseuses for players, the refundable entry fee for players who attend both days, and the club team prizes. “I wanted it to be something out of the ordinary,” he says.

The 2-kyu started playing in the mid-80’s and while he admits that “sure, I’d love to have a higher rating,” that would mean more intensive studying at the expense of his family, work and other interests. After some three decades, the ancient game continues to fascinate and entertain Cotsen (center in photo), a longtime student of Yilun Yang 7P (at left). “I do feel like I’ve gotten stronger,” Cotsen said thoughtfully. “I can see things I couldn’t see before, though often they’re just shapes and sequences and I have to figure out how they go together.”

Cotsen also says the game has helped him in his business dealings, “though of course my strengths and weaknesses tend to manifest themselves in similar ways.” But his go rank seems to concern Cotsen as little as appearances, whose preferred attire is a comfortable t-shirt, shorts and Crocs. “I learn something new every single time I play,” said Cotsen. “That’s something that never gets old.”
- report/photo by Chris Garlock; check us out on Facebook and @theaga on Twitter for more photos.

Twin Cities Go Club (1): Helping Connect Kids to their Culture

Saturday October 25, 2014

For the past few years, the Twin Cities Go Club has been involved at an annual Chinese culture event in April hosted at the Mall of America. 2014.10.25 TCGO little girl DSC_0749Three years ago at this event we met the organization, Families with Children from Asia-Midwest, a group dedicated to bringing together families with children adopted from Asia. “Part of their goal is to educate the children on various aspects of Chinese culture, to help 2014.10.25 TCGO family weekend DSC_0743them feel more connected to their cultural heritage,” says TCGO’s Aaron Broege.

For the past two years, TCGO has been a part of a retreat weekend at a local hotel that brings together families from the Midwest region. Earlier this month, TCGO’s Xiaoyu Wang, Yanqing Sun and Aaron Broege attended the event to teach the children the basics of capture go.

“Like last year, many of the children were eager to learn and picked up the rules very quickly,” says Broege. “To my delight, some of them even remembered us from the previous year and still remembered the basic rules of the game!” Some of the children picked up the rules quickly, and played game after game of capture go. Others, even if they didn’t completely understand the rules, still loved the feel of placing the stones on the board. “It was just great to see them playing with the game and trying to figure out how to win.”
Part 1 of 2: tomorrow: TCGO hosts a pizza and rated games party!

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Go, Tea & Gardens in Portland (OR) This Sunday

Thursday October 23, 2014

If you like go, tea and gardens – and are in the Portland, Oregon area – you’ll want to stop by the fifth annual Tea & Arts in the 2014.10.05_Tea-ArtsGarden celebration at the Teahouse & Lan Su Chinese Garden this Sunday, October 26 from 11a to 4p. “We’ll spend Sunday drinking great tea and introducing go to people wandering in the garden and stopping at the tea house,” says the Portland Go Club’s Peter Freedman.

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2014 US Open Ratings Released

Tuesday October 21, 2014

The 2014 US Open has now been rated. Click here for the AGA ratings page where you can search by name or AGA membership number. You can also see the final wall list here.

Cotsen Open Pre-Registration Closes Thursday at Midnight

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Pre-registration for the Cotsen Open will be closing at midnight on Thursday night.  After that, players will have to register at the door on Saturday morning. The 2-day tournament will be held on October 25-26 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los2014.10.17_Cotsen-2013 Angeles. “We will also be printing hats with the Cyclops Killer logo on them,” reports organizer Samantha Davis. “They will be for sale at the tournament.” Organizers are still looking for more volunteers for setup on Friday from 11am-5pm.  “All volunteers will get a free hat and a pizza lunch,” says Davis. Email her at cotsenopen@gmail.comSponsored by Eric Cotsen, the tournament is one of the biggest on the annual U.S. go calendar and features thousands of dollars in prizes, an Open Division, live KGS commentary on top board games, free masseuses for players, and free food truck lunches to all those who pre-register for both days of the tournament. There will also be a demonstration game between Yilun Yang 7P and Yigang Hua 8P. As usual, everyone who pre-registers and plays in all five of their matches will have their full entry fee refunded; click here to register. Follow the Cotsen on Twitter and Facebook for the latest tournament news.

AGA Rules at Portland Tournament

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Two unusual occurrences highlighted details of the AGA rules at the Portland Go Tournament last weekend.

One game involved a seki with points: two black groups, each with one eye, separated by a white group with none. The white group shared one liberty with each black group, which neither player wanted to fill. The Japanese rules give no points in seki, but the AGA rules make no such special exception; black’s eyes are territory. These two points did not affect the outcome of that game.2014.10.22_portland-tourney

A second game was resolved by mathematical proof. At the end of the game, the score was a tie on the board, so white won by the half-point komi. (This was a “one stone handicap” game). Later, black discovered a stone on the floor that he claimed was a prisoner of his. Could it be determined if that stone came from this game? Another player argued that the tie on the board was impossible, given that there was no seki and both players played the same number of moves. Working with several players, the tournament director constructed a proof of this fact. If both players played the same number of moves, the total number of stones on the board (after filling prisoners into territory) must be an even number. Since there are 361 points on the board, the total amount of territory (i.e., the number of vacant points) must be odd. Both players therefore cannot have the same score, so a stone did disappear from this game. White bowed to this logic and the result was reversed.

The tournament was held October 18-19 on the picturesque campus of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. 32 players participated.

The winners, from first to third in each division, were:

Open division: Kaichi Suzuki (5-0), Boyang Chen (founding the University of Oregon Go Club), Xudong Zhao
Dan division: Ben Hakala, Maxwell Chen, Troy Wahl
Single-digit kyu division: Daniel Takamori, Sam Levenick (president of the Lewis & Clark Go Club), Robert O’Malley
Double-digit kyu division: Ethan Zhuang (5-0), Roger LaMarche, Vivienne Blandy
Top youth player: Ethan Zhuang
Top female player: Vivienne Blandy

The tournament director wishes to thank Yellow Mountain Imports for a discount on prizes, GoClubs.org for their outstanding tournament software, the Lewis & Clark College Go Club for access to the rooms, and the various volunteers who brought boards, snacks, etc.
- Peter Drake, TD

photo: Daniel Takamori (left) and Thor Dodson enjoy a bonus game in the 75-degree October sun while waiting for the end of the last round.

 

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4 US Players Participate in 16th Ibero-American Championship in Quito, Ecuador

Tuesday October 21, 2014

The 16th Ibero-American Championship was held in Quito, Ecuador, from October 10 to 12. Forty-seven players from 11 countries participated: 2014.10.22_quito-tourneyArgentina (4), Brazil (5), Columbia (2), Ecuador (23), Guatemala (1), Mexico (1), Korea (1), Peru (2), the United Kingdom (1), USA (4), and Venezuela (3). Players ranged in strength from 6d to 10k. Fernando Aguilar (6d) of Argentina won the championship with a 7-0 score. Click here for complete results.

“I had a great time,” said Bob Gilman, one of the US players. The other US players were John Harriman 2D, Devin Fraze 3k and Tania Kadakia 5k. “The games were good ones; the players friendly; and the event well organized. Quito is a lively and interesting city. I was able to get along well despite my poor Spanish.”

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Barberi, Vick & Crawford Top Cocoa Go Tourney

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Eighteen players entered the September 18 Cocoa Go Tournament in Cocoa, Florida, with ranks from 4-dan to 25-kyu and ages that spanned more than 60 years.  The two youngest players are shown below (top left) facing off in Round 2.  Eddie Crawford 25k is on the left and Yuliang Huang 15k is on the right.  Lu Mueller-Kaul 16k and Lewis Hyman 14k are

at the back of the table.  The event was a one-day Swiss with three rounds and three categories, hosted by the Space Coast Area Go Association.  First place winners were Steve Barberi 1k, Tony Vick 6k, and Heather Crawford 14k.  Prizes were donated by Slate and Shell and Yellow Mountain Imports and were awarded to the first three places in each category.  Cocoa is located in Brevard County on the east central coast of Florida, near the Kennedy Space Center.  The Central Brevard Library provided a free meeting room for the event.  A pizza party followed the event at the home of Bart and Judy Lipofsky.
- report by Bart Lipofsky

WINNERS
Category 1 (above 5K)
1 Steve Barberi 1K AGA 2323
2 Johnathan Fisher 3D AGA 21138
3 Joseph Carl 2K AGA 7767

Category 2 (above 11K)
1 Tony Vick  6K AGA 19856
2 Paul Wiegand 7K 8204
3 Anthony Yon 6K 15880

Category 3 (above 30K)
1 Heather Crawford 14K AGA 18750
2 Yuliang Huang 15K (tie) AGA 20387
2 Lu MuellerKaul 16K (tie) AGA 20961
3 Eddie Crawford 25K 21449

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