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Luo Tops Boulder Go Tourney

Thursday December 20, 2012

Thirty players attended the Rocky Mtn. Winter Go Tourney, held Dec. 15 in Boulder, CO.  Ten of the players were youth, and prizes were given in three brackets.  Xian Wu Luo 2d topped the dan division with four wins, while Laurie Linz 8k was undefeated in the Single Digit Kyu Bracket, and Dave Thomas 14k won the double digit kyu bracket with three wins.  Alex Tsalyuk 26k won the newcomers section, for players in the 20-30kyu range, which included both 19×19 and 13×13 games; Tsalyuk won a free go set as his prize.  Winners Report: Dan Division: 1st place: Xian Wu Luo 2d; 2nd place: Yi Yun-Bo 6d; SDK Division: 1st place: Laurie Linz 8k, 2nd place: Kent Evenson 1k; DDK Division: 1st place: Dave Thomas 14k, 2nd place: Akrom Amanov 16k; Newcomers: 1st place Alex Tsalyuk 26k, 2nd place Jimmy Mason 30k.  The TDs were Eric Moakley and Paul Barchilon -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon E-J Youth editor.

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Tournament Go Returns to New York City

Tuesday December 18, 2012

Barely a year old, the Gotham Go Club of Manhattan is hosting its first AGA-rated tournament January 12th. “The go scene when I moved here in 2011 was moribund,” says Club founder and two time Congress Director Peter Armenia. “For a city this big, diverse, talented and wealthy it was almost embarrassing.“ “People are always telling me ‘you can’t do this in NYC, or you can’t have a congress here in the city because it is too expensive,’ Armenia added. “Baloney. Both our weekly Gotham Go Group and our upcoming tournament are in venues that offer the space for free!” The 4-round tournament will be held in Hostelling International New York’s historic building (891 Amsterdam Ave between 103rd & 104th), which offers a “beautiful, clean, quiet space on New York’s Upper West Side.” The hostel offers a range of affordable options for those who need lodging for the tournament. There will be an open section for strong dan players and prizes for all sections; $30 entrance fee (AGA membership required). Click here to register or email Peter Armenia at peter@peterarmenia.com

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Newmiller & Louderback Double Winners in Davis/Sacramento

Tuesday December 18, 2012

Jeff Newmiller 1k Allen Louderback 3k topped their divisions in the Davis/Sacramento Go Club Winter Quarterly Tournament on December 15 at the Arden-Dimick library in Sacramento. There was a field of eleven players, including two new AGA members. Newmiller (right) won the upper division, and Louderback (left) the lower, both with three wins. They were also the winners in their divisions of the annual club championship for having the most wins in the four tournaments this year.
- Willard Haynes

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Justin Ching Tops NOVA Slate and Shell Open

Tuesday December 18, 2012

The malls in Northern Virginia were a little less crowded on Saturday, December 15th, as 22 go players competed in the NOVA Slate and Shell Open for go books donated by Slate and Shell. The four-round tournament was topped by Justin Ching 3D with a 3-1 record. Other division winners were Julian Erville 3K (4-0), Dan Hiltgen 5K (2-2), Gurujeet Khulsa 6K (4-0), and Bob Crites 12K (3-1). Second place winners were Willis Huang 3D (3-1), Yukino Takehara 2k (2-2), Mohan Sud 6k (2-1), and Anderson Barreal 12K (2-0). All first and second place finishers received books.
- report/photo by Gary Smith, TD/Organizer

 

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New Go Server Launches With 10 Top Pros in $100,000 Invitational

Saturday December 15, 2012

A brand new go server — go9dan.com — is launching with a bang, with ten of the world’s top professionals set to play for $100,000 in prizes in the World Go League Invitational. Also, in order to encourage the American Go Association’s new pro system, Lee Sedol will play a ten-game series against the two new U.S. professionals, Andy Liu and Gansheng Shi.

The new browser-based online go platform “aims to bring global go enthusiasts of all skill levels together,” Michael Simon tells the E-Journal. Simon is CFO and Head of English Activities for 82 Limited, an online game company based in Hong Kong and San Francisco that’s operating the new server, which is set to launch its beta version on Sunday, December 16 (at 00:01 PST, 03:01 EST).

“I’m sure a lot of American players and enthusiasts are going to be excited to watch this series,” says American Go Association President Andy Okun, “I know I am.  We’re very grateful to go9dan and Lee Sedol for arranging such a cool contest.”

The league will run from the end of January to April, and includes Lee Sedol, Lee Changho, Kong Jie, Xie He, Chen Yaoye, Park Junghwan, Kim Jisuk, Park Younghoon and Shi Yue.  The 10-game series between Lee Sedol and the new American professionals will run one game per week beginning in January; if the U.S. team is at black or better at the end of the series, they will win $1,000 apiece.

The new server’s features include the ability to observe and play multiple games, a teaching game auction, rated and unrated tournaments, and the opportunity to play against professional world go champions. There will be no need to download a client in order to play, and no limit to the number of players allowed on the server.

Beta launch will be in English and Korean on December 16, with full launch in Chinese and Japanese added on January 20. Members who sign up early will be eligible for events and promotions, including free memberships and virtual currency.

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KBA to Award Certificates at N.A. Go Convention

Saturday December 15, 2012

Top finishers at the upcoming North American Go Convention will earn Korean Baduk Association (KBA) certificates signed by Lee Chang-ho 9P and Cho Hunhyun 9P, which come with a handy wallet-sized KBA rank card. Myungwan Kim 9P has arranged for the certificates in coordination with the KBA.

The N.A. Go Convention Feb. 8-17, 2013 takes place in both Parsippany NJ and Washington DC and will have nine open divisions ranging from 20+k to 6+d. The Convention also features a Blitz Go and Pair Go tournaments. Three professional players will play simul games and give lectures and game reviews. Click here to see the full schedule of the 9-day convention and to register. Pre-register by 12/25/2012; rates will rise 10% after Christmas, and 20% after 1/15/2013.
Photo: Myungwan Kim 9P with the KBA 1-dan certificate awarded to Donald Allison at the 1st Young Kwon National Online Tournament.

 

KGS Meijin Finals Live on KGS This Weekend

Friday December 14, 2012

FJ and Smallbird will battle for the title of “KGS Meijin” in a best-of-three final December 15-17 on KGS. Each month this year KGS has run a tournament for dan players that resulted in 16 contenders who played off in two semi-finals in November, which FJ and Smallbird won. The finals will be played on KGS at 8AM GMT on December 15, 16, and 17; the winner will win the 2012 “KGS Meijin” title and get a $500 prize, while the runner up receives $100.

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Andy Liu 1P – Chang Hao 9P Exhibition Match Highlight of ACGA Spring Expo

Friday December 14, 2012

A professional exhibition match between new American professional go player Andy Liu 1P and Chinese pro Chang Hao 9P highlights the 2013 American Collegiate Go Association’s Spring Go Expo. “We’re really excited to host a large go community-wide event for the first time,” says Michael Fodera 5d, one of the event’s organizers, “and we have lots in store for attendees, including workshops and simuls with professional players as well as lectures and presentations.” The March 23-24 event will be held at Harvard and MIT campuses in Boston, MA. Aimed at both go players and the general public, the Expo will emphasize the importance of cross-cultural education and collaboration, especially as applied to go and its future in America. Organizers include Fodera, Brian Lee 1d, Jasmine Yan 4d, and the co-directors of The Surrounding Game, Will Lockhart 5d and Cole Pruitt 1d, who will present a preview of the first feature-length documentary on go during the Expo. Other Expo attendees include Liu Siming, president of the Chinese Bureau of Games, and Ing Minghao, the president of the Ing Chang-Ki Weiqi Education Association, a philanthropic organization dedicated to worldwide go education, a legacy of business magnate Ing Chang-Ki. The Expo is open free of charge to the general public, and students K-12 and university are especially encouraged to attend. The American Collegiate Go Association is dedicated to promoting go to students as a means for education; travel and accommodation subsidies are available; email acga.organizers@gmail.com for details or to RSVP.

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Samsung Cup Goes Down to Final Round; Live Commentary Wednesday Night on Tygem

Wednesday December 12, 2012

The 2012 Samsung Cup is going to a third and final game to determine this year’s title holder. Lee Sedol won the first game on Monday by a half-point, and Gu Li won the second round Tuesday by resignation (see below for reports). The final round will be broadcast tonight — starting at 9p (EST), with Myung-wan Kim commenting the game on Tygem’s World server (NOT the Korea 1 server, as previously reported) as he has for the previous rounds. Kim’s live English-language commentary will be on the Tygem go server the first 15 minutes of every hour on Tygem’s  ”Korea 1″ server.  The game, which could last four or five hours, is set to start at 6p West Coast time (9p EST), on Dec. 12.

Round 1: In a particularly hard-fought and close match, Lee Sedol 9p of Korea came from behind to win Game 1 of the Samsung Cup final against Gu Li 9p of China by a half point.  “Gu Li played very well in the opening and had many chances to secure the win in the endgame,” said Myung-wan Kim 9P, who did a live English-language commentary of the game on Tygem.  American players were glued to the game.  “It felt like riding a roller coaster without seat belts,” said Southern California’s Curtis Tang 7d. “The easiest might have been to play move 229 at 232, a nothing-to-lose ko threat that would have resulted in a 1.5-point win. The last losing move seems to be 257.”

Round 2: Gu Li 9p avenged his half point loss to Lee Sedol 9p in round one of the Samsung Cup by taking round two with a thumping win.  “He showed outstanding reading power over Lee Sedol today,” said Myung-wan Kim 9p, who covered the game in a live commentary on Tygem.  “It was a perfect win. Lee missed an attack in the beginning then never had a chance. I was amazed to see how Gu Li finished the game. Gu Li didn’t just win. He crushed Lee.”  Added Kim, “Tonight’s game will be the most exciting game in 2012.”

The next world championship English-language live commentary will be the Ing Cup final between 17-year-old Fan Ting-yu 3p and 19-year-old  Park Jung-hwan 9p, which Kim said “might be the first match of a long rivalry like Lee Chang-ho 9p and Chang Hao 9p 10 years ago.”  Kim plans on doing commentary on every world championship final in the coming year.

VA High School Team Bests AGA Team in Friendship Match

Wednesday December 12, 2012

The Hope Chinese School-Fairfax (HCS) bested an AGA team in a December 2 friendship match  in Annandale, VA. Twelve AGA players ranked from 5k-5d participated in two rounds of 10-on-10 non-handicapped games against the HCS team, which scored 12-8 overall, with some games as close as half a point.

HCS-Fairfax principal Ms. Li described the match as “a significant and exciting cultural event,” and welcomed AGA players to come back next year. She and HCS team captain Mr. Gu awarded AGA team a trophy, and each AGA player also received a backpack. Tournament director Edward Zhang (below at left, presenting a gift to Mr Gu) gave a summary of AGA rules at the beginning of the event and introduced the benefits of becoming an AGA member, such as tournaments, ratings and the American Go E-Journal. Click here for photo albums by Yuyan Zhou and Edward Zhang.

Team roster and 2-win players:
HCS-Fairfax: Renjie Wang (2-0), Bin Deng (2-0), Guojun Zu (2-0), Jeffery Yin, Ying Zou, Weiyu Yang, Wei Feng, Chuanyi Cao, Xinran Jian, and Nan Li.

AGA-DC: Haskell Small (2-0), David Reed (2-0), Dan Hiltgen (2-0), Justin Teng, Keiju Takehara, Jim Liu, Xiao Zhang, Kelsey Dyer, Yukino Takehara, Mohan Sud, Robin Kramer and Jonathan Barlow.

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