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Maryland Open Kicks Off Saturday

Friday May 25, 2012

Registration runs from 9-10:30a at the 39th annual Maryland Open Saturday morning, with the first round scheduled for 11a. “Pre-registered or not, all are welcome!” says organizer Keith Arnold. The tournament in Catonsville, MD (just outside Baltimore), is also an AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim event for the AGA-Tygem Pro Final in North Carolina, which will be from July 28th to August 4th. The only other prelim is the AGA-Tygem Pro Online Prelim, also open to all, but sign up by Sunday, May 27. Top contenders this year include Yuan Zhou (who recently competed in the World Amateur Go Championships in China), Eric Lui, and Lin Lu; sources tell the EJ that Andy Liu and Michael Chen will be competing as well, so look for some exciting games on the top boards. The 2-day, 5-round tournament offers prizes at all levels, and top boards will be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal, starting around 11a (EST) Saturday.

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Maryland Open Field “Shaping Up Nicely”

Thursday May 24, 2012

With pre-registrations already running ahead of last year’s – 47 as of Wednesday night – “the field is shaping up quite nicely” at the Maryland Open and AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim this weekend, reports organizer Keith Arnold. In addition the expected turnout of top amateurs, the low- and mid-dan ranks are well-represented, as are kyu players of all levels. The 39th annual Open will be held again in the Catonsville Senior Center in Catonsville, MD and this year includes the first AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim, in which the top finishing player with qualifying citizenship earns the right to compete for pro certification this summer in North Carolina. The 2-day, 5-round tournament offers prizes at all levels, and top boards will be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal. Click here to register, see who’s coming, and for more information.

Liu and Malcolm Top Bay Area Go May Tournament

Thursday May 24, 2012

Twenty six players ranging from 26 kyu to 5 dan came out to San Francisco’s Japantown Center on May 12 to play in this month’s Bay Area Go tournament. Qiangang Liu 4d and Richard Malcolm 3d led the dan division with undefeated records, while Martin Field 5k and Sybil Fu 14k led the kyu division. “Only three young children played in this tournament and less than one third of the players were under the age of 23,” reports organizer Roger Schrag. “This is very unusual for the monthly Bay Area Go tournaments.” Next month’s tournament will be held in Palo Alto, CA, on June 9. “Bay Area Go’s tournaments held in the Palo Alto / Menlo Park area usually have closer to 50% players under the age of 23,” Schrag adds.

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Commemorative Pin for AGA TygemGo Online Pro Qualifier Participants

Wednesday May 23, 2012

All participants in the AGA TygemGo Online Pro Qualifier will receive a pin commemorating this first-ever Pro Qualifier competition. “The design is pretty neat,” said President Allan Abramson. “Thanks to the Pro Committee for the idea, and the design.” Register here “and be sure to practice on Tygem for the June Qualifier!” adds Abramson. The pro qualifier is the American Go Association’s pioneering effort to establish AGA pros in the international scene, supported by the Korea Baduk Association and Tygem. “Our joint view is a long one, creating the pros and opportunities for international competition and training, which will ultimately improve all US players,” says AGA President Allan Abramson. “The goal is people who will be able to win internationally, in major tournaments. This may take years to achieve, but 2012 is the beginning.”

MD Open Drawing Players of All Strengths

Monday May 21, 2012

Just back from his appearance at the recent World Amateur Go Championship in China, Yuan Zhou 7d (at right) is among the top amateurs — others include Eric Lui 7d and, coming down from Canada, Phil Waldron 6d — who’ll be competing this weekend in the Maryland Open and AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim. Dozens of players ranging from 7-dan to 18-kyu have already registered for the 39th annual Open, which this year includes the first AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim, in which the top finishing player with qualifying citizenship earns the right to compete for pro certification this summer in North Carolina. The 2-day, 5-round tournament offers prizes at all levels, and top boards will be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal. Click here to register, see who’s coming, and for more information. photo by John Pinkerton

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Chin, Zimmerman & Barreal Top NOVA May Tournament

Monday May 21, 2012

Proving their “madness” by forgoing the day’s perfect spring weather to play in a windowless classroom all day, 15 players turned out for the NOVA May Madness tournament May 12 in Arlington, VA at George Mason U. Winners were: First place (all at 3-1): Kevin Chin 1K, Sam Zimmerman 5K, and Anderson Barreal 13K. Second place (all at 2-2): Kabe Chin 3D, Baifu Li 5K, and Gary Smith, 9K.
- Allan Abramson

 

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Lee Wins Rocky Mtn. NAIM Qualifier

Monday May 21, 2012

Jung Hoon Lee 7d won the top division of the Rocky Mountain Spring Go Tournament, in Boulder, CO, May 12.  Forty players competed in three sections, 10 of the players were under the age of 18.

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Chiang Wins Happy Cup Youth Tourney

Monday May 21, 2012

Sixth-grader Anthony Chiang 2d topped the Fifth Sunflower Happy Cup Youth Go Tournament, with four wins, on May 20 in Cupertino, California. “A record number of over fifty elementary and middle school kids gathered together on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and played four to five rounds of 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 Andrew Tung: Anthony Chiang is in the blue shirt.

Go Photo: Federal Computer Week

Monday May 21, 2012

Go is the centerpiece of the cover art for the May 15 edition of the magazine “Federal Computer Week.” Apparently there’s no go-related story, the image illustrates a mobile strategy article. Thanks to Peter Wynn of the Syracuse Go Club for passing this along.

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“This is a Pilgrimage”: Kids Write About Go Camp

Monday May 21, 2012

With the deadline for early registration coming up on May 28, kids across the country are signing up for the AGA summer go camp.  “To me this is not a vacation: this is more like a pilgrimage that I need to take, not just for fun or to improve my skills, but as a young go player who wishes to be a part of the go community as much as possible,” writes Marcus Gould. The AGF is committed to helping youth who want to go but can’t afford it, and is holding a fund raising drive to support the camp.  Youth must write an essay if they want a scholarship, and their passion is evident from their submissions. “I want to go to the AGA Go Camp in order to advance my own game, and to meet other people who love go as much as I do.  Lately, I haven’t had too many chances to play go in real life, as opposed to online.  I see this as an awesome opportunity to play other players my level in real life,” writes David Gillule.  “My plane ticket is all the way from Salt Lake City, and is more expensive than the camp itself; it’s my summer job that’ll be paying this off,” writes Benson Merrill. The camp will take place the week before the Go Congress from July 28 to August 4 and will be held at the same location, the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina.  AGF needs based scholarships are  available for players who can’t afford the full cost, and youth who played in the USYGC are eligible for a $400 scholarship to camp.  More details on AGF scholarships can be found here.  Sign up before May 28 and save $50 off the price of camp.  Details are on the camp website. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Kids take a break from studying to bury one of their counselors in pillows, photo by Amanda Miller (who is at the bottom of the pillow pile) from the 2010 Go Camp.