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MYUNGWAN KIM 9P WINS FIRST STRONG PLAYERS ONLINE TOURNEY

Saturday May 22, 2010

Taking advantage of an attack on his opponent’s central group, Myungwan Kim 9P won the first Strong Player’s Online Tournament (SPOT1) Saturday, May 22. Kim won Game 2 Saturday to sweep the match 2-0 against his young Canadian opponent Jianing Gan 6d. The game featured a complicated battle in the bottom-hand right corner in which any mistake would lead immediate collapse. Gan responded correctly, but had a few slow moves and Kim took sente to attack another group and while Gan managed to survive, Kim consolidated a huge territory on the left and  Gan resigned at move 174. Earlier in the day, Eric Lui defeated Zhaonian Chen — once again killing a giant group to seal victory — to take third place. Lui, playing white, succeeded again with a moyo strategy; White 24 and 32 focused on the moyo while Black 25 and 33 stole White’s corner territory. Black invaded by attaching at 73, and White’s attack set up a favorable trade of 28 black stones while only sacrificing 13, keeping a lead of about 15 points and winning by resignation. Kim won the $1,000 top cash prize, runner-up Gan won $400 and Lui won $100. All three players automatically qualify for the Top 32 in the next SPOT tourney. Kuo Yin 3P provided live commentaries again for SPOT1 from Beijing, China, and Jie Li 7D commented game 2 of the finals.
- Edward (Zhiyuan) Zhang; photo by Yixian Zhou

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KUO KIN 3P & JIE LI 7d TO COMMENT ON SATURDAY SPOT1 GAMES ON KGS

Friday May 21, 2010

Kuo Yin 3P, former China Ing Cup Universities Champion, will give live commentaries for both Strong Player Online Tournament (SPOT1) games this Saturday, May 22. First up Saturday morning is the battle for third place between Eric Lui 7d (MD) and Michael Chen 7d (NJ). The game starts at 10a EST on KGS and Lui leads 1-0 in the best-of-three match. Next, at 1p, Jie Li 7d, four-time US Open and three-time NAIM Champion, will comment on Finals Game 2 between Myungwan Kim 9P (r) and Jianing Gan 6d (l) as Kim — on a 19-win streak — tries to close out the best-of-three series and collect the SPOT1 trophy.  
- Reported by Tournament Director Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang

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LIVE FROM THE WORLD AMATEURS!

Monday May 17, 2010

The American Go E-Journal will publish special daily editions next week live from the World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC) in Hangzhou, China. We’re teaming up again with Ranka Online this year to provide complete coverage of the 31st annual competition among top amateur players from around the world, which will run May 24-31. 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.

COLLEGE STUDENTS GET A BREAK

Monday May 17, 2010

The American Go Foundation (AGF) will be using the Gregory Lefler Memorial Fund to help college students attending U.S. Go Congress this year, reports AGF board member Keith Arnold. “Any student attending college full time this fall can apply for a $50 discount on their registration fees; we have limited funds, so graduating seniors or graduate students will only be considered if funds remain,” Arnold said. To request the discount, send an e-mail with your name, AGA number, name of school, and your fall status (freshman, sophmore etc.) to agf@usgo.org. “We expect available funds to be exhausted so please send your information now, first come, first served,” added Arnold.

JIANING GAN LOOKING TO STAY ALIVE IN SPOT1 TOURNEY SATURDAY

Monday May 17, 2010

Barring an upset win by Jianing Gan 6d, Saturday’s 1p (EST) game could be the final round in the Strong Players Online Tournament (SPOT1), as Myungwan Kim 9P looks to sweep the tournament finals 2-0. Kim is on an 18-game winning streak in AGA tournaments. The game will be broadcast live on KGS. Earlier Saturday, Eric Lui 7d will play Michael Chen 7d at 10a (EST) — also on KGS — in the battle for third place. Lui leads 1-0.  Kim 9P has defeated Hugh Zhang 6d, Daniel Gourdeau 6d, Yongfei Ge 7d, Yue Zhang 7d and Michael Chen 7d. Thiteen-year-old Gan 6D has defeated Patrick Lung 6D, Mengmeng Chen 5D, Yongfei Ge 7D, Hugh Zhang 6D, Sarah Yu 6D, and Eric Lui 7D.
- Edward (Zhiyuan) Zhang, TD

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

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