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New Jersey Open Coming Up Feb. 25-26

Monday February 20, 2012

Perhaps the biggest East Coast tournament of the year, the 53rd New Jersey Open Go Tournament is set for February 25/26 in Princeton, NJ. Last year over 100 players entered, from 30 kyu to some of the strongest amateurs in the U.S. While the tournament will be in the same site as last year –FristCampusCenter– it’s starting half an hour earlier than some prior years, and registration ends at 10a. “You must be there by 10a to be paired in the first round,” warns organizer Rick Mott. Pre-registration is not required, “but if you are reasonably sure you will attend please reply with your name and AGA ID, if you have one,” says Mott. “It will help us plan refreshments and speed up our data entry on Saturday morning.” Mott encourages beginning players to come, noting that “We make a special effort to make this event beginner-friendly, and have offered a beginner’s prize for many years.” Contact Mott at rickmott@alumni.princeton.edu to register or for more info.

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Ye Wins USYGC

Monday February 20, 2012

Nine-year-old Aaron Ye 5d, has done it again, defending his title as the US Youth Champion in the under 12 age bracket. Ye entered the finals in third place, having lost a game in the qualifiers to his rival Jeremy Chiu 4d, age 9, but went on to win all other matches and secure his spot on the US team at the World Youth Go Championships this summer. The qualifiers were held on Jan. 21 on KGS, with the top four youth moving on to double elimination finals. In addition to Chiu and Ye, Justin Ching 1d and Daniel Liu 3d also made the finals. Ye got even for his loss in the qualifier, by defeating Chiu in the second round, while Ching was knocked out after losing to Liu and Chiu, which made the final matches a showdown between children who all live in the Bay Area. The last rounds were held live, at the BAGPA ratings tourney on Feb. 11. Chiu played Liu first, drawing black and opening with the High Chinese, which led to a strong win, and set the stage for his  face off with Ye.  With no losses in the finals, Ye was in strong form.  He drew black and opened with the Low Chinese.  Chiu resisted strongly, but had to resign when Ye gained the advantage in a fight between dueling eyeless dragons. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Steve Burrall: Jeremy Chiu 4d (l) vs. Aaron Ye 5d (r).

Portland Elementary Schools Duel

Monday February 20, 2012

On Sunday, Feb. 19th, two eight player teams, from Irvington Elementary School and Sun Montesorri School, in Portland OR, played a two round match.  The score was 8-8.  Irvington was a player short and added a ‘ringer’ in Theo Balwit (organizer Fritz Balwit’s son) to even the playing field.  The players are in the 2nd through 5 grades and this is their first year in team play. Sunstone won 6 games in the opening round, Irvington 6 in the second. In a battle with big swings, Holden Anderson was able to hold out over Ellis Zehnder for a 2 1/2 point win.  It’s not clear which team won the game of tag after the go match. Both teams would like to play again.  Results: Irvington Team: Theo Balwit, 2-0; McCaleb Nesseler-Cass, 1-1; Jordan Reed, 1-1; Ellis Zehnder, 0-2; Aden Corkum, 2-0; Ben Snead, 1-1; Tyler Reed, 1-1; Alton Lechner, 0-2. Sunstone Montesorri Team: Amos Brown, 1-1, Holden Anderson, 2-0; Hanson Lian, 0-2; Ishan Varma, 1-1; Nico Karassik, 0-2; Soren Lindseth, 1-1; Shalem Len, 1-1, Dylan Lian, 2-0.   - Story and photo by Peter Freedman

Josh Lee 5D Wins NOVA Chinese New Year Tournament

Sunday February 19, 2012

Josh Lee 5D (at right in photo) went 3-1 to help usher in the Year of the Dragon at the February 11 NOVA Chinese New Year Tournament, an annual event organized by the Northern Virginia (NOVA) Go Club. Tied for second and also 3-1 were Yuan Zhou 7D and Hsien-Ho Chang 7D. The 1 to 3 dan section was won by Hongchun Liu 2D (3-1) with second place going to Haskell Small 3D (2-2). Pascal Platteborse 1K (3-0) won the 1 kyu section followed by Weiyu Yang 1K and Willis Huang 1K, each with 2-2 records. In the 2 to 3 kyu section Kevin Chin 1K had a perfect 4-0 while seconds went to Yukino Takehara 2k and Jerry Chen 2k at 2-2. Dan Hiltgen 5k (3-1) topped the 5 kyu section with second going to Mike Lash 5k (2-2). 6 to 7 kyu was won by Joey Phoon 6k (4-0) with Ed Caldeira 7k (3-1) in second. In 8 to 9 kyu Mohan Sud 9k was undefeated at 4-0 with Julian Erville 8k (3-1) placing second. Alan Chen 11k (3-1) was first in 10 to 12 kyu followed by Jackson Hergenrather 12k (1-3). Anderson Barreal 13k (4-0) and Emily Hjulstrom 14k (3-1) took the top spots in 13 to 20 kyu. 20 kyu and higher went to Julian Li 22k (4-0) and Benjamin Lin 32k (3-1) with a Special Valor award going to Eugene Yuan 35k, playing in his first tournament. There was also a fun lightning tourney where firsts went to Timothy Koh and Justin Wang. “A special thanks goes to Dr James Whang, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the US, and GEICO for their support in making this a great event,” reports Gurujeet Khalsa.
photo: Ching-Sung Chin (left) presents winner’s trophy to Josh Lee; photo by Gurujeet Khalsa

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Malcolm and Fang Lead Dan Division at Bay Area Go Monthly

Sunday February 19, 2012

Twenty one kids and adults came out February 11 to play face-to-face go at the Bay Area Go monthly ratings tournament held at the home of the Palo Alto Go Club in Menlo Park, CA. Players ranged in strength from 20 kyu to 5 dan, and five players either joined or renewed their AGA membership in order to play in this tournament. In the dan division, Richard Malcolm 3d and Yue Fang 1d went undefeated with two wins apiece. In the kyu division, Bryan Tan 13k, Cieran Fitzgerald 19k, and Ben-Ami Lipkind 20k each won four games. Next month’s Bay Area Go monthly ratings tournament is set for Sunday, March 11, at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in downtown Oakland, CA. Photo by Lisa Schrag.

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YKNOT2 Registration Deadline Friday, Feb. 24

Sunday February 19, 2012

Over 50 players — including a professional — have already registered for the upcoming Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YKNOT). Registration is open until Friday February 24 for the second YKNOT, sponsored by Young Kwon. All AGA members who have lived in the US for six of the last 12 months and all AGA life members regardless of where they live are eligible to register; there’s no citizenship or permanent residency requirement, and even those who have just joined the AGA are eligible. Click here for the tournament schedule and rules. There will be prizes in every division, totaling nearly $3,000, and the open section will be scored as a North American Ing Masters qualifier. Registration closes this Friday, February 24; click here for free registration.

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Jing Yang Tops Tough Field in Win N.A. Chunlan Cup

Monday February 13, 2012

Jing Yang 8D of Winnipeg, Canada has won the North American Chunlan Cup to earn a place in the Chunlan Cup as the North American representative. Yang bested a field of 16 players including two professionals and other strong amateurs to make it to the Feb. 4-5 finals to face Yongfei Ge, also of Canada(see game at right). Yixian Zhou directed the tournament. Jing Yang will represent North America at the 2012 Chunlan Cup, scheduled to take place in Taizhou, in China’s JiangsuProvincein March. The tournament is sponsored by the Chunlan Group.

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- reported by Karoline Burrall, AGA Tournament Coordinator

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Chun-Hong Chen 8D Wins Phoenix Chinese Week Go Open

Monday February 13, 2012

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, Phoenix Chinese Week and the Arizona Go Club jointly sponsored the 2012 Phoenix Chinese Week (PCW) Go Open on January 29.

Twenty two go players ranging in strength from 18k to 8D gathered at the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center to compete in four divisions, Division A (2D and above), Division B (3K to 1D), Division C (8K to 4K) and Division D (9K and below).

After three rounds and nearly six hours of intensive competition, two winners were determined in each division. Chun-Hong Chen 8D demonstrated his superior strength by  sweeping all three games and won 1st place in Division A, while Jeremy Cain 4D won 2nd place. The winners for the other divisions are: Division B: Jonathan Holtrop 1k, 1st place; William Gundberg 1k, 2nd. Division C: Howard Liu 6k, 1st place; Richard Hardy 5k, 2nd place. Division D: Marty Luad 11k, 1st place; Guillermo Molano 11k, 2nd place.

“Another highlight was the outstanding performance of Junior player Howard Liu 6k,” reports local organizer Quan Li. “Liu played solid games and won three straight games to win 1st place in Division C. Two other junior players, Eric Lin 1d, and Jeffrey Luo 3k, also played very well. We also had a senior player, Demir Zoroglu 5k, who played some impressive games. All of us had great time, regardless of winning or losing. We’ll meet again for next year’s Phoenix Chinese Week Go Open.”
photo by Quan Li

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Thawing “The Body Electric” in Chicago

Monday February 13, 2012

“Love was in the air for our Winter tournament,” reports Chicago go organizer Bob Barber, who directed the February 11 “I Sing the Body Electric” tournament. “Three young women playing in the tournament are getting married this year: Laura Kolb, Lisa Scott, and Karoline Burrall. We even got to meet two of the fiances, one of whom, Patrick Allen, also joined in the games.”

The 42-player field was “a record breaking turnout for our new location, the Go Center in Arlington Heights,” Barber told the E-Journal. “For a while, I thought some might have to play outside in the 19 degree weather.  The beauty part, as our pal Chester Zawacki used to say, is that with so many players, the handicaps were small.”

Players attended from Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kentucky and Minnesota. “Those of us who attend the annual U.S. Go Congress were very happy to welcome Karoline Burrall (at left) to Illinois, where she’ll be studying and living for some years at least,” Barber added. “It was also gratifying to note that eight of the forty-two players were female.  Who said that go is an old man’s game?”

 


Results:
1st Place Dan:  ZHOU, Yinan, 5dTie 1st Place High Kyu: PUZAN, Daniel, 1k; SOLBERG, Richard, 2k
Tie 1st Place Mid Kyu:  MUSKOVITZ, David, 7k; BOYLAND, Peter, 8k
Tie 1st Place Low Kyu: ALAWI, Zaid, 10k; ANDERSON, Jennifer, 15k
photos: Daniel Smith (top right, bottom left); Mark Rubenstein (bottom right) 

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LA Go Club Moves to New Location

Monday February 13, 2012

Visitors to the LA Go Club recently might understandably have been worried by the vanished signs and tape over the door. Not to worry. Gary (Gun-ho) Choi’s venerable Koreatown playing location has moved to a new “and nicer” spot, reports local organizer Andy Okun. Although slightly smaller than the old location, the two-story mini-mall housing the club at 1144 S. Western Avenue, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90006, 323-732-7871 — is a much newer building and has more parking available. In addition, the new playing room is non-smoking, Choi says. The regular playing hours are 10a to 9p and the club is “available on request 24 hours.” The club is also available for go events of whatever kind, and is available free for teaching. Until the signage is changed, look for the new club at the one reading “Baby Tomato Photo Studio.”
- photos by Andy Okun

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