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NEW AGA TOURNAMENT COORDINATORS APPOINTED

Monday May 17, 2010

Edward Zhang (r) has been appointed National Tournament Coordinator for the American Go Association (AGA), President Allan Abramson announced Monday. Zhang — who has been coordinating the Strong Players Online Tournament (SPOT1) — will have two Assistant TC’s, Oren Laskin, and Eric Davidson-Sawyer. “This team of three tournament coordinators brings new faces and energy to this important function, spreads the work load, offers new ideas, and better provides for continuity in case of a vacancy, ” Abramson said. “I am pleased that all three stepped up to serve the AGA membership,” he added.

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EVANSTON GO CLUB TEACHES HUNDREDS AT CHI ANIME CONVENTION

Monday May 17, 2010

The Evanston Go Club’s fifth year at the Anime Central convention (ACEN) in Chicago last Friday and Saturday was so popular that “the crowds never seemed to let up, and we kept teaching until midnight both days!” reports local organizer Mark Rubenstein. “ACEN is a huge event, with 15,000 attendees last year,” says Rubenstein. “The go club has our own room with dozens of 9×9 boards available for learning. The room was full of enthusiastic, costumed first-time go players, some of whom spent hours enjoying their first foray into go.”  The club also held a tournament on Saturday, and gave away 8 full-size go sets, provided by Yellow Mountain, to the top eight winners. For more pictures of the “wacky, wonderful world of ACEN,” check out the club’s photo page. “Thanks also to Bob Barber, Lee Hyunh, David Rohde, and Bob Schattke for their tireless and enthusiastic help!” photo: at the 2006 ACEN

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TREVOR MORRIS SLIPS AHEAD TO WIN IN AMHERST

Monday May 17, 2010

Trevor Morris 7d narrowly won last weekend’s tournament in Amherst, MA. Going into the fourth round of the one-day tourney on Sunday, May 16, there were no three-game winners, so the top spots were up for grabs and Morris eked out the win, besting David Saxner (also 3-1) by a single tie-break point to win the tournament trophy. Eric Reid was the only kyu player to post a 3-1 record, clinching the kyu title. Special mention goes to Richard Buckman (2-1) who volunteered to take a bye in the second round after a first-round loss. Buckman managed to pick up wins in his last two games, for a respectable winning record. photo: (l-r):  Richard Buckman, David Saxner, Trevor Morris, Eric Reid)

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GO CLUBS: Santa Barbara, California

Saturday May 15, 2010

Local club organizer Ed Lee sent along this photo of the May 5 weekly go evening at the Santa Barbara (CA) Go Club meeting. “My friend Gregg (r, with mustache) was visiting from Tahoe,” says Lee. The club — which typically attracts anywhere from one to eight players, from 25 kyu to pro 2-dan — meets Wednesday nights 6-10p at Borders Books in the Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta, at 7000 Market Place Drive. It also meets some Tuesdays, 6-10p, at Jitters Coffee House, at 728 State Street , just below De La Guerra Street, in Santa Barbara, CA. Email bhaber@aol.com (Tuesdays) or EdxLee@gmail.com (Wednesdays).
- photo: Jennie Shen 2P

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DAILY E-JOURNAL REMINDER

Monday May 10, 2010

Many of the stories in the weekly E-Journal originally appeared in our daily edition; if you’d like to get the latest world go news in brief clickable stories linked to complete reports on the AGA’s website, simply click on the “update my profile” link at the bottom of the E-Journal and choose the daily edition (you can switch back and forth at any time). To receive the Member’s Edition – including members-only game commentaries, problems from Yilun Yang and more — join here.

MYUNGWAN KIM 9P ONE WIN FROM SPOT1 TROPHY

Monday May 10, 2010

Thirteen-year-old Jianing Gan 6D showed talent and flexibility in several complicated exchanges in the first round of the best-of-three Strong Player’s Online Tournament (SPOT1) finals on Sunday, May 9, but Myungwan Kim 9P mastered the game with superior control and eventually took 1-0 lead in 151 moves after capturing White’s dragon. Jennie Shen 2P provided live game commentary on KGS and answered questions from fans all over the world. The match resumes with Game 2 on May 22 at 1p on KGS.

In the third-place game between Michael Chen 7D (White, left) and Eric Lui 7D (Black, right), Lui used a vigorous sanrensei opening and Black’s first thirteen moves only have one stone below the fourth line. Click here for game records. Despite a misread in the first battle in the upper left corner, Chen got points in the second battle at lower right. However Lui became very thick and initiated the third battle as he was a bit behind in territory. Chen tried to counter by attacking even when his own dragon lost space to live, but Lui defended wisely and forced Chen to resign at move 189.

The E-Journal caught up with Myungwan Kim 9P after his victory:
AGA E-Journal (EJ): Congratulations!
Kim: Thanks.
EJ: Can you give an overview of this game?
Kim: He (Gan) is very young. I was surprised how young and good he is. He is very creative too, but he lost some points in the beginning and couldn’t catch up.
EJ: If I remember correctly, this is the first time you killed a dragon in this tourney; when did you decide to do so?
Kim: When he played at J18, which is too much. Normally I don’t like to kill.
EJ: I see. One fan commented “Kim is gentle” Where are you most satisfied with your own play?
Kim: That’s a difficult question. I don’t really think there’s a good move of mine. Every move was so-so.
EJ: You are so humble. Jennie Shen 2P commented that you are so good at controlling the game.
Kim: What I wanted to make sure was I didn’t want to give him any chance to catch me up, so I made the game simple after I got some points in the beginning
EJ: It was noticed that you used a lot time at the beginning, but played much faster afterwards. Why?
Kim: Fighting in the beginning is always important. When you’re leading, everything becomes easy.
- Report/interview by Tournament Director Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang; photo: Michael Chen (left) and Eric Lui (right) have been friends and rivals for many years.

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AGF OFFERS YOUTH DISCOUNTS TO U.S. GO CONGRESS

Monday May 10, 2010

The American Go Foundation (AGF) is offering $200 youth discounts to this year’s US Go Congress.  Interested youth must write an essay on why they want to go; the application deadline is May 30th. Twenty scholarships are available, and up to 15 awardees will be selected by June 1.  Applications received after May 30th will be placed in a lottery with the remaining scholarships  awarded at random from qualifying essays.  The scholarships are available for youth who are under 18.  For more information, and to apply, click here- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Youth Room at the 2009 Congress, photo by Paul Barchilon

CHIU TOPS MORNINGSTAR HAPPY CUP YOUTH TOURNEY

Monday May 10, 2010

Second-grader Jeremy Chiu 1d topped the MorningStar Happy Cup Youth Go Tournament with six wins last Saturday, May 8 in Santa Clara, California. “Thirty-four elementary and middle school kids gathered together on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and played six rounds of 19×19 games,” says Yanping Zhao, who co-organized the third-annual event with Wenguang Wang. To ensure “a really fun experience for every kid,” Zhao reports that players earned prize tickets after each round, “and used these tickets to exchange various fancy prizes.” Each participant was also rewarded with a trophy and at the event’s conclusion, “all the kids and their parents enjoyed a refreshing ice cream party.”
- photo by Wenguang Wang; click here and here for more photos

RANKA & E-JOURNAL TEAM UP AGAIN FOR WAGC

Monday May 10, 2010

The American Go E-Journal will team up again with Ranka this year to provide complete coverage of the World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC). The 31st annual competition among top amateur players from around the world is set for May 24-31 in Hangzhou, China. American-born pro Michael Redmond 9P will provide game commentaries for the Ranka/E-Journal effort – which will include ongoing updates on both Ranka and the AGA website , as well as via daily E-Journal reports — while Ivan Vigano, James Davies and Chris Garlock will report and John Pinkerton will provide photos. NOTE: if you have tips about go places to visit in Shanghai — or have go contacts there — please email journal@usgo.org immediately. Click here to see last year’s coverage, and here for this year’s WAGC details, including the schedule. photo: Hall of Hangzhou Tian Yuan Tower, where the WAGC will take place.

13-year-old Jianing Gan 6D to Play Myungwan Kim 9P in SPOT1 Finals Sunday 5/9 at 1p

Saturday May 8, 2010

Almost 700 watched the Strong Players Online Tournament semifinal game on KGS between Myungwan Kim 9P (CA) (r) and Zhaonian Chen 7D (NJ) on Saturday afternoon. Kuo Yin 3P, the 2006 China Ing Cup University Champion and 2008 US Open runner-up provided live commentaries from Beijing, China. Kim won at move 190 by resignation. Chen used a variation of High Chinese opening and strategically obtained territories in both lower-right and lower-left corner. (Click here for game record) However when defending Black’s dragon Chen “misread badly” per his review and lost an 11-stone dragon. Chen did not give up, but started to operate on his big moyo, which successfully complicated the game. “Chen played well in the second half.” Yin 3P commented, “He simply trailed a bit too much at the beginning”. Kim 9P thrived in the complicated second half and did not give Chen a chance, though the fights were tough and both players were in byo-yomi.
In the other semiifinal, Jianing Gan (ON, Canada) (l) quickly built a lead in territory while Eric Lui 7D (MD) gained thickness. It appeared that Gan defended well on the left side and removed Lui’s potential in the upper-center. Later Lui tried to attack Black with thickness but White (Gan) again made sure to stay connected and sound. In the endgame Gan’s territorial lead seemed untouchable and Lui resigned after move 223.
Beginning in the qualifier three weeks ago, Gan remains undefeated (entire tournament results here) and has won the right to challenge Kim 9P, who has the highest rating in AGA (10.0). No matter what the result, the match is a dream come true for this middle-school student in Winsor as he told EJ last week “I am so lucky that I have the opportunity to challenge top players of North America.”
Game 1 of the SPOT1 best-of-three finals starts Sunday May 9 at 1p EST on KGSJennie Shen 2P will give live commentary -- and will resume on Saturday 5/22. Third-place game series between Chen and Lui have the same schedule.
Reported by Tournament Director Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang; photos by John Pinkerton

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