Tuesday November 15, 2016
AGA president Andy Okun’s father, music producer-arranger Milton T. Okun, who worked with John Denver, Placido Domingo and Peter, Paul and Mary among other artists, died Tuesday in Beverly Hills. He was 92. Okun died at home five weeks shy of his 93rd birthday.
A child prodigy pianist, Okun became a music teacher in the New York public school system, before his love for folk music — he was part of the folk quartet The Skifflers and also recorded several albums of his own in the 1950s — drew him into arranging and conducting, including two seasons with Harry Belafonte.
Okun was fired by Belafonte, but the parting proved to be a blessing in disguise, kick-starting his multi-decade career as a music producer. Under his guidance, Peter, Paul and Mary would become one of the music industry’s most successful folk ensembles. Okun also worked with The Brothers Four, The Chad Mitchell Trio and soloists such as Odetta, Laura Nyro, Tom Paxton and John Denver, whom he discovered and guided until the singer’s 1997 death in a plane crash. Okun was known for bringing classical arrangements into the folk/pop idiom, as evidenced with “Perhaps Love,” a gold record duet pairing Denver and opera great Domingo.
PBS named Okun as one of the three most important music producers of all time, along with Quincy Jones and Sir George Martin, and he would collect more than 75 gold and platinum records and 16 Grammy Award nominations for his work.
In 1960, Okun and his wife, Rosemary, founded Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., which grew into one of the largest independent music publishers. He sold Cherry Lane to Sony BMG in 2010. With his wife, Okun was a founding member and major supporter of the Los Angeles Opera and pivotal in bringing Domingo to Los Angeles as the LAO’s artistic director. Okun’s career is detailed in a 2011 memoir, “Along the Cherry Lane: Tales from the Life of Music Industry Legend Milt Okun.” Adapted from a longer obituary in the Beverly Hills Patch. Read Okun’s obit in Billboard here.
Funeral services will be private. Post condolences on Andy Okun’s Facebook page.
Monday November 14, 2016
The Syracuse Go Club held its annual fall self-pair tournament on Saturday, November 12. Nineteen players participated, and“everyone was able to select a new book from Slate and Shell at the end of the day,” reports organizer Richard Moseson. Player strength ranged from 23k to 8d.
photos: (right) Tony Tang 8d (left) and Yiteng Li 7d consider Yunhan Li’s single large group of stones; (left): Jim Sutliff 18k, and Joe Fratianni 14k, playing in their first tournament. photos by Richard Moseson
Monday November 7, 2016
Go players from Miami, Tampa, and Orlando converged on Rockledge, FL, (near the Kennedy Space Center) to find the 2016
Space Coast Go Tournament on November 5.
The venue was Rockledge Fire Station No. 1, in a conference room often used for EMS training.
Hurricane Matthew had caused a delay of games, but the weather was fine on Saturday. Twenty players competed for prizes donated by Yellow Mountain Imports and Slate and Shell books. After three rounds of play, more than half of the players received awards of books or equipment. Dan Micsa 4d from the Space Coast club, took top honors. He was followed by Nicholas Casaubon 1k from Miami, in the upper kyu division (1k-8k). Tanner Robart 14k from Sarasota ranked first in the lower kyu division (9k – 15k).
Tournament director Bart Lipofsky hosted a pizza party at his home afterwards. Three boards saw continued action until later in the evening.
Division 1 (4D – 1D)
1. Dan Micsa 4D; 2.Michael Choi 4D; 3. Karsten Henckell 4D
Division 2 (1K - 8K): 1. Nicholas Casaubon 1K; 2. Hamilton Vargas Guerra 7K; 3. Aaron Otero 8K; 4. Efrain Davila 2K; 5. Steve Barberi 1K
Division 3 (9K – 15K): 1. Tanner Robart 14K; 2. Arian Inigo 9K; 3. Quinten Goodwin 9K; 4. George Lebovitz 10K; 5. Kevin van Workum 11K
Photos (clockwise from top left): Paul Wiegand 6k (Orlando), making a critical opening move; Dan Micsa trying to read the game; Players and Prizes (l-r): Paul Wiegand, Aaron Otero, Ellis Knickerbocker, Dam Micsa, Steve Barberi, Arian Inigo, Michael Choi, Nicholas Casaubon, Tanner Robart, John Seekins, Hamilton Vargas Guerra, Karsten Henckell, Efrain Davila; Steve Barberi 1k (Tampa); Aaron Otero 8k (Space Coast); an EMS training dummy stored in the venue. photos courtesy Bart Lipofsky
Monday October 31, 2016
The NOVA Pumpkin Classic was held last Saturday, October 29, at George Mason Law School in Arlington VA. Over 30
participated, including 13 dan-level players. As usual, the winners took home fine pumpkins, selected by NOVA President Gary Smith. Of note is top winner Dairong Xu, who marched firmly through his top opposition.
The winners were:
First place: Dairong Xu, 5D, 4-0; Zehua Zhao, 4D, 3-1; Joseph Craig, 4K, 4-0; Gary Smith, 10K, 3-1; Robert Cole, 12K, 3-1 and Qidi Xu, 16K, 3-1 (tied); and Andrew Browning, 25K, 3-1.
Second place: Justin Teng, 6D, 3-1; Yanqing Sun, 3D, 2-2; Ryan Hunter, 1D, 3-1; Bob Crites, 7K, 3-0 and Sarah Crites, 9K, 3-1 (tied!); and Antonina Perez-Lopez, 20K, 2-2.
photo: the happy pumpkin crowd; report/photo by Allan Abramson
Monday October 31, 2016
Gansheng Shi 1P (l) made it through to the second round of the Sankei Cup before losing to Tetsuya Kiyonari 9p. He defeated Yosuke Shintani 1p in the first round. Eric Lui 1P (r) lost to Mika Yoshida 8p in the first round. Click here for complete results.
- photos courtesy the Kansai Kiin
Thursday October 27, 2016
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nihon Ki-in, Mr. Hiroaki Dan, gives a greeting in Japanese at the beginning of Nick Sibicky’s latest YouTube lecture. Mr. Dan was in the United States on personal business, and he had a one day layover in Seattle. He spent the afternoon and evening with Seattle Go Center board members, and attended the beginning of Nick Sibicky’s class, which was on Go Seigen (Lecture #223). Later, while enjoying Dungeness crab, he said he was impressed with the quality and amount of teaching done by volunteers at the Seattle Go Center. report/photo by Brian Allen.
Tuesday October 25, 2016
Myungwan Kim 9p will give live commentary on exciting final round of the 8th Ing Pro Cup finals. Park Junghwan 9p and Tang Weixing 9p play the fifth and final match of the best of five series on Tuesday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. PDT. The players are tied 2-2 and the winner of this round will take home the grand prize of $400,000. The commentary will start at 11 p.m. PDT on the AGA’s YouTube and Twitch channels.
Sunday October 23, 2016
Mark Lee won the 2016 Cotsen Open, scoring a decisive 5-0 sweep in which the only real threat came in Round 3 when he faced “a very hard situation” against Dae Hyuk “Danny” Ko. In the end he prevailed against Ko by resignation, a similar end for most of the rest of his games, earning a second straight Cotsen title. Lee (center) missed this year’s US Open and says he’s been hard at work studying, but not go. He’s a freshman in college now, where he says his favorite subject is geography. “I like it, but it’s not nearly as much fun as go,” he laughed.
In addition to tournament sponsor Eric Cotsen (right), AGA president Andy Okun (left) thanked Ambassador Lee Key Cheol, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles for his strong support for the Cotsen Open. He also thanked Kim Nakjung, Director of the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and Seunghoan Roh, General Manager of the KCCLA, which hosted the Cotsen Open this year. “We really appreciate the longstanding support, not just for this great event, but for promoting go throughout the United States,” said Okun. Cotsen, in addition to thanking all the players for showing up, expressed special appreciation to his tournament team, “who handled this year’s challenges incredibly well.”
See below for the Cotsen winner report. Click here for the 2016 Cotsen crosstab, where we’ll be posting the top-board games broadcast this weekend on KGS. If you’d like your game record included, please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org; be sure to complete all the game information.
Six more videos have been posted on the AGA’s YouTube channel, including the Day Two preview with Chris Garlock and Andrew Jackson; Myungwan Kim 9P on the Round 3 game between Mark Lee 7d and Danny Ko 7d, Jennie Shen 2P on the Round 4 game between Mark Lee and Luo Qipeng, Yang Yilun 7p on his exhibition game against Liao Guiyong 9p, Jennie Shen 2P on the Round 5 game between Mark Lee and Chang Duek Je and a wrap-up interview with AGA president Andy Okun. You can check out all the Cotsen Open video reports on this handy 2016 Cotsen playlist.
2016 Cotsen Winner Report
Open winners: 1st: Mark Lee; 2nd: Qiping Luo; 3rd: Aaron Ye; 4th: Andrew Lu; 5th: Danny Ko; 6th: Deuk Je Chang.
Division A: 1st: Qi-Hao Zhao; 2nd: Mellisa Xuning Zhang; 3rd: Kevin Chao
Division B: 1st: Tim Chang; 2nd: Jesse Jenskins; 3rd: Seowoo Wang
Division C: 1st: Kevin Blaw; 2nd: Yunjen Lee; 3rd: Angelo Orlando Cafazzo
Division D: 1st: Daniel Su; 2nd: Jung Ho Lee; 3rd: Raghavendra Morthy
Division E: 1st: Zongren Huang; 2nd: Alexander Guru; 3rd: Lucia Moscola
Club winners: 1st: Santa Monica, 2nd: Orange County, 3rd: Bay Area
- report/photos by Chris Garlock