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Cotsen Pre-registration Deadline Tuesday; Game Recorders Wanted

Tuesday October 18, 2016

Pre-registration for this year’s Cotsen Open — this weekend, October 22nd-23rd in Los Angeles — closes at 11:59p Tuesday, 2016.10.18_cotsen-P1000211October 18th (not Thursday, 10/20 as previously posted). Players who pre-register get a discounted $20 entry fee, free food truck lunch on both days and a full refund of the entry fee if they play in all five games; click here to register. Day-of registration will also be available for $25. The Cotsen Open features thousands of dollars in prizes, an extremely competitive Open Division, free masseuses (right) to massage players during their games, and a demonstration game between Yilun Yang 7p and Guiyong Liao 9P on Sunday. 

The E-Journal will provide live KGS commentary on top board games as well as posting video reports on the AGA’s YouTube channel. If you’re interested in being a game recorder — a great way to get stronger — please email journal@usgo.org
photo: 2015 Cotsen Open; photo by Chris Garlock

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Matthew Cheng 4d Tops Bay Area Fall Tourney

Saturday October 15, 2016

Matthew Cheng 4d topped a field of 27 players at the Bay Area Go Player’s Fall tournament, held in Berkeley Oct. 8.  In the2016.10.15_Bay-Area-tourney 7k+ division second place was Colin Grant 10k and first place was Jeremy Wang 16k.  In the 1k-6k division second place was Yunyen Lee 2k and first place was Roger Schrag 4k.  In the 1d-3d division second place was Hezheng Yin 1d and first place was Jay Chan 1d.  In the 4d-7d division second place was Daniel Liu 6d and first place was Matthew Cheng 4d.
- report/photo by Steve Burrall; photo: On the top board Naoyuki Kai 7d (right) faces off against Daniel Liu 6d (left).

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Myungwan Kim to Run Teacher Training in LA This Weekend

Thursday October 13, 2016

Myungwan Kim 9p is running a teacher training workshop in Los Angeles this weekend, aiming to enable attendees to teach beginners especially in group settings like high school go clubs and after-school programs.  The course will go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a lunch break, either Saturday and Sunday, or Sunday and Monday at the attendees’ choice, at the Joong-ang Newspaper company in Koreatown LA, 2nd floor conference room.  Topics includes teaching with concepts, images and stories, liberty races and cross cuts.  Successful attendees rated 7k or stronger will receive an AGA Teacher Certificate; this is the first time the teaching program has been offered outside the US Go Congress. Tuition is $100 for adults, $75 for under 17, but tuition is waived for students who pledge to open a club in their high school. Contact Kim at bigtory@gmail.com or 213-210-1577 if you want to attend or find out more.

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San Diego Go Club Fall Soiree a “Huge Success”

Thursday October 13, 2016

The San Diego Go Club’s Fall Soiree at the club president’s home, overlooking Mission Bay on October 9 was a “huge2016.10.12_san-diego success,” reports Ted Terpstra, who hosted the event. Over 35 players of all strengths from beginner to 6-dan enjoyed an afternoon of competition and camaraderie. The quarterly event drew college students from UCSD, USI, UCLA as well a bevy of grammar school players from as far away as Pasadena. New players were recruited from the local Korean and Chinese communities. As usual, pizza and drinks were given to the competitors at the end of the day as part of the AGA Rewards program. The star of the day, who beat back all comers, was a new student from UC -Irvine, a Chinese 6-dan, JZ Sheng. After seven hours of intense playing, the crowd slowly diminished as the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
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“Don’t Have A Cow!” Tournament Results

Wednesday October 12, 2016

The Evanston Go club hosted its third quarterly tournament on Saturday, October 8. Attendance was good at 30 players. 2016.10.12_don't-have-a-cow“We’re so glad we were able to use the Immanuel Lutheran Church again”, said club president and TD Mark Rubenstein. “It’s a great space, with lots of tables and plenty of light. And if you step outside the playing room, you can faintly hear the organist practicing. We will continue to have four tournaments a year; the next one will be in January. If you’re not on our email list, hop on over to our website and click the link to sign up!”

Winners were:
Albert Yen 7d, Daniel Dowell 2d, Richard Solberg 2k, Adrien Wolkowiak 7k, and Daniel Lambert 12k. Kudos to Adrien Wolkowiak and Daniel Lambert for winning 5 of 5 games each. Special thanks to Yellow Mountain Imports for supplying prizes.
The name of this tournament was “Don’t Have A Cow!” because it was on this day in 1871 that the Chicago Fire started. Legend has it that the fire was started by a cow kicking over a lantern in Mrs. O’Leary’s barn.
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4-Way Tie at MGA Fall Tourney

Monday October 10, 2016

Ming Li 5D, Dan Schmidt 3K, Graham Higgins 5K and Mark Nahabedian 12K, each with with three wins and one loss, tied 2016.10.09-Dan_Schmidt_vs_Shawn_Ligocki_Ed_Gillis_Graham_Higgins_Fred_Wardwell_Wanda_Mecalf_Mark_Nahabedian_for first place at the Massachusetts Go Association’s Fall Tournament on October 9, topping a field of 18. James Peters directed the Tournament.
- Eva Casey, Tournament Coordinator of the Massachusetts Go Association.
photo: Dan Schmidt vs Shawn Ligocki; Ed Gillis, Graham Higgins, Fred Wardwell, Wanda Mecalf and Mark Nahabedian; photo by Eva Casey
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Chiang Tops Sunflower Happy Cup

Monday October 10, 2016

IMG_099612th-grader Anthony Chiang 6d topped the Ninth Sunflower Happy Cup Youth Go Tournament, with all three wins, on Sep 26 in Cupertino, California. “Forty-three kids from 5 to 17 gathered together on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and played three to five rounds of 13×13 and 19×19 games,” reports Yanping Zhao, who co-organized the event with Wenguang Wang.  Players earned prize tickets after each round, and then used them to exchange various fancy prizes. “It was our way to ensure a really fun experience for every kid,” reports Zhao.  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.  - Report by Wenguang Wang; photo by Yu Hsiu Chiou: A young contestant studies the board earnestly.
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Hurricane Cancels Space Coast Tourney; Go Congress Water Bottle Mystery Solved

Thursday October 6, 2016

Hurricane Cancels Space Coast Tourney: The Space Coast Go Tournament scheduled for October 8 in Rockledge, FL is cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew. “We’ll try to reschedule,” says TD Bart Lipofsky. “We had 24 signed up including four 4 Dan players.”

Go Congress Water Bottle Mystery Solved: Thanks to the many EJ readers who wrote in to solve the mystery of 2016.10.06_2010-posterthe water bottle reading “My God! It’s full of water” at the 2010 Go Congress.  “I assumed that it was a reference to a line in the film ’2010: The Year We Make Contact’ (since it was the 2010 Go Congress),” wrote Ken Crumpler. “I believe the line was ‘Oh my god. It’s full of stars!’ But since this was a water bottle rather than a monolith, the quote was changed from ‘stars’ to ‘water.’ I have not been to a Go Congress in awhile,” Crumpler continues, “but of the myriad of things I used to enjoy about Congresses was the clever ‘themes,’ such as the James Bond theme at the 2007 Congress.” Zaid Alawi at the Chicago Go Club notes that “Originally a line from Arthur C. Clarke’s ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ novel, it later appeared in the sequel film ’2010′ and subsequently became a minor Internet meme.” Marcel suggests “Maybe it’s a pun on someone’s reaction to a nine-stone handicap game, where are all the star points are occupied by Black stones.” And Bram Vandenbon says that “the only time that I ever heard somebody refer to water in the context of Go” was Janice Kim in a proverb in one of her books about “The river runs out” which he says “refers to a situation where you have tried to defend your territory by creating a wall. Unfortunately the shape is too weak and the opponent is able to push through your wall. Janice Kim compares this situation to a dam that is breaking, “and then the river runs out.’”

 

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Go Updates: Peters Talks Go on Podcast; Go on “No Such Thing as a Fish”; Shawn Ray’s “How to Play Go” Series; Kiseido’s Go Book Sale

Tuesday October 4, 2016

Catching up on a bunch of go reports and updates; here goes…

Peters Talks Go on Podcast: Glenn Peters appeared on the “Giving The Mic to the Wrong Person” podcast recently, discussing go, its history, appearances in American pop culture and significant games.

Go on “No Such Thing as a Fish”: The podcast No Such Thing as a Fish run by the QI elves is a general trivia podcast, reports Steve Colburn. “QI may resonate more with our British friends who love panel shows, but some of us in the US love 2016.10.04_How to Play Gothem too. Their 128th episode’s last fact is about go. They mention a few famous games from the past and a bit of AlphaGo. Skip forward to 27m 55sec to hear the facts about go.”

Shawn Ray’s “How to Play Go” Series: Shawn Ray’s free “How to Play Go” series  is now available. The 14 brief videos cover all the basics, from liberties to false eyes, ko and how to count the game. Ray says the videos can be shared widely “since these videos are aimed at helping spread Go. However, I must state that these videos cannot be sold or profited from. They are free and should remain free.”

Kiseido’s Go Book Sale: Kiseido is having a sale of all English-language go books; order 1 or 2 books and get free shipping, 3 to 9 books gets you 10% off with free shipping and 10 books or more are 15% off with free shipping. The sale runs through December 1, 2016.

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College Students Dominate 16th North Carolina Memorial Go Tournament

Monday October 3, 2016

The 16th annual North Carolina Memorial Go Tournament was held on September 25 at Umstead State Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. The tournament attracted 40 players, with some of the go fans driving all the way from Tennessee, Virginia and Charlotte, NC. “The competition was fierce and everyone enjoyed the fun of playing,” freports TD Jeff Kuang.

One of the highlights was the participation of ten college students from North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Their performances were outstanding,” says Kuang. Brian Wu 2D from NCSU won the top prize in the open section by sweeping all 4 games. Andrew Zalesak 3D from UNC at Chapel Hill earned second place along with Yiyu Wang 5D from VA and local strong player Owen Chen 5D. Alex Parrott 4K won 1st place and Justin Blank 4K came in 2nd place in the 1K-6K section. Alvin Chen 7K won 1st place, Kerianne Squitire 7K and Alex Kuang 8K tied for 2nd place in the 7K-9K section. Ralph Abbey 10K came in 1st place and Ben Parrott 12K and Don Nonini 15K tied for 2nd place in the 10K-15K section. Ganning Xu 17K won 1st place with a perfect 4-0 score and Russell Herman 16K was 2nd place in the 16K-17K section. Joshua Mu 20K and Justin Su 21K swept all 4 games and tied for 1st place and Bhaskar Bharath 18K and Daniel Lee 19K shared 2nd place in the 18K and up section.

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