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Registration Opens for 2nd YKNOT Tourney; $3,000 in Prizes

Friday February 3, 2012

The second Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YKNOT) is set for March 3, 4, and 10. Registration is free. YKNOT is sponsored by Young Kwon, a former US Open champion dedicated to promoting go in the US (see “The Man Behind the YKNOT Tournament”  12/20/2010 EJ). Players will compete for a total prize purse of nearly $3,000 in one of the largest Western online go tournaments. U.S. players of any strength are eligible for free registration, as long as they are AGA members and have resided in the United States for six of the last 12 months. The tournament will take place on the KGS Go Server. Click here for the YKNOT schedule, tournament rules, and TD contact. Registration closes on Friday February 24th. Players new to KGS are strongly encouraged to review the AGA’s KGS Tutorial and to play a few games on KGS prior to the tournament. THIS JUST IN: The open section of the YKNOT 2 will be scored as the first online North American Ing Masters Qualifier, the players in that section will be able to earn points towards playing in the North American Ing Masters Tournament in Black Mountain, NC in August.
- Karoline Burrall, AGA Tournament Coordinator

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Feb. 25 Atlanta Tourney First Ing Qualifier in Eastern U.S.

Friday February 3, 2012

The February 25 Year of the Dragon Winter Go Tournament in Atlanta, GA will be the first North American Ing Masters qualifying tournament of the year to be held in the East. The tournament starts at 9a at the Peachtree Executive Office Park. Be sure to register at least 4 days in advance; there’s a $15 entry fee, and prizes will be awarded in all divisions. The players of the high dan division are eligible to win points toward competing in the North American Ing Masters Tournament at the 2012 US Go Congress in Black Mountain, NC. See the Atlanta Go Club’s Facebook page, GT Go Club@Atlanta for more details.
- Karoline Burrall, AGA Tournament Coordinator

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Huiren Yang 1P Wins N.A. Ing Cup Selection Tournament

Monday January 30, 2012

Huiren Yang 1P defeated Janice Kim 3P and Feng Yun 9P last weekend to win the right to represent North America at this

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year’s Ing Cup World Professional Goe Championship. Yang, taking White, beat Kim on January 28 (see below left for game record) and then, taking Black, defeated Feng Yun on January 29 (game record at right). The knock-out North American Ing Cup Selection Tournament was held on IGS. Established in 1988, the Ing Cup was the first worldwide international professional tournament. With $500,000 in prizes, it has the largest prize of any international tournament. Every four years, 24 top players from around the world are invited to play.

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Chunlan Cup Spots Still Available; Deadline Thursday, Feb. 2

Monday January 30, 2012

Spots are still available in the Chunlan Cup 2012 Selection Tournament for professionals and amateurs 6-dan and stronger. U.S. citizenship is required. Registration closes at midnight on Thursday, February 2nd. To register for this tournament, email tournaments@usgo.org. Click here for full details on the tournament schedule, rules and procedures.

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Sun Wins U.S. Youth Go Championships

Monday January 30, 2012

Fourteen-year-old Calvin Sun 7d  reasserted his position as the strongest youth player in America this past weekend. He entered the double elimination finals for the US Youth Go Championships as one of four finalists, in the Senior Division, but went on to win every game in a dynamic show of force.    Andrew Lu 6d was the only player to beat Sun in the qualifiers,  also scoring a win against Hugh Zhang 7d, which gave him the top slot as the finals began.  Lu started out well, defeating Zhang again in the first round of the finals, while Sun beat Matthew Harwit 4d.  Round 2 saw Zhang knocking out Harwit, while Sun got even with Lu for his earlier defeat.  Next Lu and Zhang squared off, but Zhang was determined not to lose a third time to Lu, and knocked him out in a strong third round showing.  Zhang was now aiming for Sun again, the two boys have been rivals for years, competing in the Redmond Cup and other events since they were both small children.  Sun stood his ground yet again though, knocking Zhang out in the exciting final match – and claiming the championship.  The games drew over 200 spectators on KGS, and a great deal of enthusiasm from US youngsters who had competed in the qualifiers the week before.  Sun will go on to represent the US at the World Youth Go Championships this summer.  In the Junior Division, Aaron Ye 4d and Jeremy Chiu 4d faced off against Daniel Liu 3d and Justin Ching 1d.  Ching was knocked out,  setting the stage for a showdown between Liu, Chiu, and Ye.  As all three boys live in the Bay Area, they will compete live at the BAGPA ratings tourney on Feb. 11. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Brian Allen: Calvin Sun at the US Go Congress.

Vincent Zhuang 6D Wins Jin Chen Memorial Tournament

Monday January 30, 2012

Fifteen year old Vincent Zhuang 6D won the 2012 Jin Chen Memorial Tournament on Jan. 8.  The annual tournament attracted 42 players, and was the largest AGA-rated event at the Seattle Go Center in several years.

Zhuang is a 10th grader living in Portland, Oregon.  He won the 19×19 Iwamoto Youth Tournament at the Seattle Go Center two and a half years ago, when he was rated as a 1 kyu.  This time he bested several 7 dans in the open section.

The total prize money was $1,000, thanks to a matching donation from the Ourjin Foundation.  Winners in the Open Section were:  Vincent Zhuang – 1st, Dong Baek Kim – 2nd,  Edward Kim – 3rd, Jon Boley – 4th, Dong Ho Kim – 5th.  “A”  Handicap section: Chris Kirschner – 1st, Daniel Top – 2nd, Takehito Furuyama – 3rd. “B” Handicap section: Peter Christensen – 1st, Larry Eclipse – 2nd, Frank Brown – 3rd. “C” Handicap section: Bill Thompson – 1st, Gaurav Oberoi – 2nd, Yuriko Miyake – 3rd.
- report/photo by Brian Allen

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Yearbook Contributors Wanted

Saturday January 28, 2012

If you’d like to help put together the 2011 American Go Yearbook, email journal@usgo.org Experience with InDesign preferred. Be part of the team producing the annual collection of the best material from the American Go E-Journal.

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Lu and Chiu Top USYGC

Monday January 23, 2012

The United States Youth Go Championships (USYGC) pulled in almost 70 players this past weekend on KGS.  Kids and teens competed in five different bands, with players ranging from 7 dan to the double digit kyus.  Dan level kids were also competing for entry into the four player finals, and the right to represent the US at the World Youth Go Championships this summer. Fifteen-year-old Andrew Lu 6d (at left) finished first in the qualifiers for the Senior Division (under 16) while nine-year-old Jeremy Chiu 4d (at right) placed first in the Junior (under 12).  The finals are double-elimination, and the first two rounds were held Sunday.  The finals continue next week on KGS for the Senior Division, while Jr. Division kids will square off in person on Feb. 11th, at the BAGPA ratings tourney in Menlo Park CA.  For full qualifier results, go here; for schedule and results in the finals go here.   Senior finalists are Andrew Lu 6d, Hugh Zhang 7d, Calvin Sun 7d and Matthew Harwit 4d; Junior finalists are Jeremy Chiu 4d, Justin Ching 1d, Aaron Ye 4d, and Daniel Liu 3d. Winners Report: 1st place Sr. 5-8 dan: Andrew Lu 6d; 1st place Jr. dan: Jeremy Chiu 4d; 1st place Sr. 1-4 dan: Matthew Harwit 4d; 1st place Sr. 1-5 kyu: Anurag Varma 3k; 1st place Jr. 1-5 kyu: Austen Liao; 1st place Sr. 6-10 kyu: Louie Liu 7k; 1st place Jr. 6-10 kyu: Raymond Liu 6k; 1st place Sr. 11-15 kyu band: Kalinda Fraser 12k; 1st place Jr. 11-15 kyu band: Bryan Tan 12k.  The tournament was run by Paul Barchilon and Karoline Burrall. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

School Teams Tournament Registration Opens

Monday January 23, 2012

Are you enrolled in a go club at school? If so, this is your chance to challenge other go clubs from all over North America.  Registration is now open for the American Go Honor Society’s (AGHS) 13th annual School Team Tournament.  On March 17th and 24th, go clubs from the United States, Canada, and Mexico will compete for $3,000 in prizes, with some for every club.  Which club will take home the glory of being North America’s strongest go club? Register from now to March 1st to take your shot at being the best. Gather your team mates and play in various divisions ranging from Novice to Varsity level. Teams must be composed of three people who are in high school or below and are all younger than 20. Each member of each team must be enrolled in the same school or learning institution, and each school/learning institution can enter a maximum of 3 teams for the tournament.  For more information and registration, go to www.aghs.cc or contact us at aghsregister@gmail.com. -Viral Kotecha, AGHS Tournament Coordinator

Andy Zalesak 1d Tops Triangle Friendship Tournament

Sunday January 22, 2012

Andy Zalesak 1d (right, in photo, playing Paul Celmer) took top honors in the top band of the Triangle Go Group’s Friendship/Ratings tournament, held on Sunday, January 15, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Zalesak won three of his four games, with four others in this highly competitive band – two 6-dans, a 3-dan, 5-dan, and two 1-dans — tied for second place with 2-2 results. In the second band, Thomas McCarthy was undefeated, going 4-0 for the day.  Stephen Allen came in 2nd, with a 3-1 record.  In the third band, another Zalesak, Matthew, won all 4 of his games.  John Aiken won the three games that he played, but declined prize money, which was awarded to young Alvin Chen. As usual, all entry fees were returned as cash prizes.
- report/photo by Bob Bacon, TD

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