Saturday March 3, 2012
“In the latest issue of Newsweek there is a mention of go,” reports San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra. A sidebar to “Why Stephen Breyer and Other Power Players Love Bridge” lists games that celebs play, including bridge, scrabble backgammon, go and chess. Actor Omar Sharif (right) was so successful a bridge player “that he built a bridge empire, writing a column on the game for the Chicago Tribune and launching the traveling Omar Sharif Bridge Circus,” the article reports. Under go, Newsweek notes that “The ancient Chinese board game ensnared Rod Stewart, Paul Giamatti, and Ursula K. Le Guin.” photo courtesy Central Press-Getty Images
Wednesday February 29, 2012
A tournament report – including updated ratings and all game results — for the 2012 New Jersey Open (NJO) has been posted online. The final count for the NJO – held February 25-26 at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ — was a record-shattering 131 registered players, including college students from Stony Brook, Cornell, Rutgers, and Princeton. Many current and former students of the Feng Yun Go School participated, including the overall winner, Michael Chen, and runner up, Ricky Zhao. Chen is a recent graduate of Princeton University, where the tournament is held and Zhao has been accepted by Princeton. In addition, the Bob Ryder Memorial Beginner’s Prize, a fine complete go set, was given by random drawing to Daheng Shen 23k. The New Jersey Open was organized by Rick Mott and the Princeton Go Club. The tournament director was Paul Matthews.
Certificates and cash prizes were given to the following winners: New Jersey State Championship ($500/$250/$150): 1st: Zhaonian (Michael) Chen 7d; 2nd: Zhongxia (Ricky) Zhao 7d; 3rd: Minshan Shou 7d. 5 Game Winners ($80): Forest Song 5d; Gyuhyeon (David) Sim 3d; Julian Erville 6k. 4 Game Winners ($50): William Lockhart 5d; Sudhir Vel 4d; Kelsey Dyer 2d; Nathan Borggren 2d; Joshua Guarino 1d; G. Nicholas D’Andrea 2k; David Shin 4k; Ilhee Kim 5k; William Xu 5k; Gurujeet Khalsa 7k; Joyce Hong 9k; Quentin Berthet 10k; Sean Burton 10k; Zeshi Du 11k; Zachary Rudi Schanne 12k; Christopher Cho 17k; Zhi Liu 17k.
Complete tournament standings, including updated ratings and all game results, can be found at the Go Tourney Ratings website. photo: possible future NJO champion Yvette Lapidus, daughter of Carrie & Saul Lapidus, practices her two-handed tesuji Sunday, Feb. 26 at the NJO; photo by John Pinkerton.
The E-Journal broadcast top-board games live on KGS: check account user info for USGO1 & 2 on KGS for game records or download below:
Tuesday February 28, 2012
The first three rounds of the second Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YKNOT) will kick off this weekend. A field of 70 players from 16 kyu to professional will vie for nearly $3,000 in prizes sponsored by former US Open Champion Young Kwon. The tournament will provide high-level competition for participants, and the open section will be scored as a North American Ing Masters (NAIM) Qualifier. The player field will include professional players Mingming Yin and last year’s YKNOT champion, Zhanbo Sun, both of New York. Tune into the AGA Tournaments Room on KGS this weekend and next to watch the games. The tournament will be directed by a team including TD for Pairings Chris Kirschner, and online TDs Dennis Wheeler, Tina Zhang, Kevin Hwang, and Karoline Burrall. Tournament schedule and rules can be found at the tournament website.
Monday February 27, 2012
Teasers from several recent posts on Janice Kim 3P’s Learn To Play Go blog:
To 3-4, or to starpoint – that is the question
Whether ‘tis better in the endgame to suffer
through gote and komi an outrageous half-point loss
Or to take on a big dragon with only one eye
And by opposing need to resign. To invade, to die…
(The Opening Dilemma; Feb. 6)
Once in a hot pink moon I’ll go on a Go bender, when I throw off the thin, thin, thin mask of normalcy and indulge in ergonomically disastrous, unlimited Go playing and reviewing, a reverse Matrix where I’m plugged into an espresso machine, existential crisis at bay and the good times rolling…
(48 Hours; Jan. 23)
For the past several days, the immortal lyrics off of They Might Be Giants’ first album have been going through my head: I’ve got two songs in me/And this is/Number three…
(IYDSIYDGI, Jan. 14)
photo courtesy World Poker Tour website
Sunday February 26, 2012
ZhaoNian Chen 7d (left) swept the 2012 New Jersey Open on Feb 25-26, winning all five games. The 53rd-annual event attracted a record 125 players to Princeton, New Jersey. See below for the 5th-round game between Chen and Xinyu Tu. photo by John Pinkerton
Saturday February 25, 2012
The 2012 New Jersey Open entered Day 2 on Sunday, Feb. 26, with an all-time record 125
players participating in the longtime tournament, held at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ. Undefeated after the first three rounds are Xinyu Tu and Zhaonian Chen; top players with 2-1 records are Andy Liu, Minshgan Shou and Ricky Zhao.
Top Player results thru Round 3: A Liu: + H Chang; + K Huang, – X Tu; Z Chen: + J Guo; + H Chang; + Z Zhao; X Tu: + K Huang; + J Guo; + A Liu; M Shou: – Z Zhao; + J Wang; + K Huang; K Huang: – X Tu; – A Liu; – M Shou; J Guo: – Z Chen; – X Tu; + H Chang; Z Zhao: + M Shou; + B Lockhart; – Z Chen; B Lockhart: + C Tseng; – Z Zhao; + J Wang; J Wang: + G Shou; – M Shou; – B Lockhart; G Shou: – J Wang; + L Smith; + C Tseng; R Zhang: + J Teng; – C Tseng; + L Smith; C Tseng: – B Lockhart; + R Zhang; – G Shou.
Top boards are being broadcast live on KGS; Round 3 is expected to begin around 10:30a EST on Sunday, Feb. 26. Game records are available on KGS; look under USGO1 and USGO2.
Here’s the Round 1, Board 1 game between Xinyu Tu (Jimmy Creeks) and Kevin Huang.
Thursday February 23, 2012
The deadline to sign up for the American Go Honor Society’s School Team Tournament is March 1. The tournament will be held online, March 17 and 24. Teams must have three students currently enrolled in the same K-12 school/learning institution, and may include an alternate player in case of no shows. Prizes include Go sets, Go books, and plaques for division winners, as well as Go bucks for all teams that play their games. Visit the AGHS website for more info. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Jasmine Yan: First Place plaque for Jr. Varsity Division, from last year.
Monday February 20, 2012
Tom Boone 11k won the February 19 “Winter Tournament” in Harrisburg, PA, winning five of seven games played. Sponsored by the Harrisburg Area Go Club and Lancaster Go Club, the tournament attracted nine players, ranging in strength from 15k to 1k, from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The self-paired format allowed players to play as many games as they could handle, and everyone got in at least five rated games. The Harrisburg Area Go Club meets 7-10p Wednesdays at the Giant Marketplace Café, in Camp Hill, PA. The Lancaster Go Club meets 6-10p Mondays in Salunga, PA.