American Go E-Journal » U.S./North America Hopes Third Time is Charm for Andy Liu-Lee Sedol Game

Tuesday January 22, 2013

Hopefully the third time with be the charm for Technical snafus on Monday once again derailed the Andy Liu-Lee Sedol game, which had been rescheduled from Sunday, when lag problems on the server caused Lee Sedol’s clock to run out.

The game is now scheduled for this Saturday, January 26 at 8a EST. “We presume that the tech team can get the major bugs out in a few days,” says Michael J. Simon, CFO and Head of English Activities for 82 Limited, which is launching the new server. The Liu-Sedol game is the first in a 10-game series against the two new U.S. professionals, Andy Liu and Gansheng Shi, and Romanian pro Catalin Taranu 5P.

The pressure is on, as the new server is also set to host the first World Go League Invitational game at 7a EST this Sunday, January 27 between Sedol and Chen Yaoye. Ten of the world’s top professionals will play for $100,000 in prizes. Organizers plan to run tests this week “where a bunch of people from different continents will play and bet on the games, chat, and generally stress our system,” says Simon.


AGHS T-Shirt Contest

Tuesday January 22, 2013

The American Go Honor Society is having a t-shirt design contest. Come up with any fun designs for the front of an AGHS t-shirt and yours could be the one worn by AGHS members throughout the nation. There are a few requirements:
1) The design must include “American Go Honor Society” somewhere.
2) Only use up to two colors.
3) The design should be created electronically, or if drawn should be sent in the form of an electronic copy.
The AGHS officers will vote on the best design, and the winner will be notified and given a free t-shirt of their own design. Send your submission to by March 1st to be entered into the contest. -Julian Erville, AGHS Vice President.

Zhou Ruiyang 5P Shuts Out Chen Yaoye 9P in Bailing Cup Final

Monday January 21, 2013

Zhou Ruiyang 5P (at right, in photo) won his first international title in convincing fashion after taking down Chen Yaoye 9P (below left) 3-0 in the Bailing Cup on January 19th.

Despite being rated only 5P, Zhou was one of China’s strongest pros and has played on the Chinese team in the last two Nongshim Cups. However, an international title had eluded him in his ten-year career as a pro, until now.

Chen is another player who is long overdue for an international title after dominant performances in Chinese domestic tournaments like the Chinese Tengen and Chanqi Cup.

His next chance will be against Lee Seedol in the Chunlan Cup final this coming July.

The Bailing Cup is an international go tournament sponsored by the Guizhou Bailing Pharmaceutical Group; it started in 2012 and the winner receives about $300,000 USD. The format is a straight knock-out of 64 players with a best-of-five game final.

Adapted from a report on Go Game Guru; click for game records and more information. Edited by Ben Williams

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After Server Lag Issues, Liu-Sedol Game Reset for January 21

Sunday January 20, 2013

“Andy Liu 1p and Lee Sedol 9p started off a pretty interesting game this morning in’s 10-game kadoban (Andy Liu 1P Takes on Lee Sedol Sunday on but ran aground when lag problems on the server  caused Lee Sedol’s clock to run out,” reports AGA President Andy Okun. “Andy had already noted the lag problem and asked if there was a way of changing the time settings but there wasn’t.” It was agreed that the two will play a new game tomorrow (Monday, January 21) at 8a EST (5a on the West Coast) with longer byo-yomi settings.  Here’s the SGF of the game up to the point of stoppage.



Edward Kim 7d & Ho Son 7d Tie for First at Jin Chen Memorial Tournament in Seattle

Sunday January 20, 2013

Edward Kim 7d and Ho Son 7d — both undefeated — shared the first place honors for the open section of the 3rd Jin Chen Memorial Tournament, held Jan. 6 in Seattle, WA. Second place went to guest Xingshuo Liu 7d, who is a law student at Indiana University and said that she isn’t playing much now, and that she “was probably a stronger player when she was 12 years old in China.”  The tournament attracted 32 players, with five 7-dans and three 6-dans in the open section.

In the handicapped section, there were three bands for prizes: dan level, 1k-5k, and 6k+. Among the dan players, Daniel Poore placed first, Job Betcher second, and Chang Kim third. For the 1k-5k group, Jordon Betcher was first, Moon Wung Sung second, and Judith Debel third. For the 6k group, Jae Moon Kim placed first, George Schmitten second and Frank Brown third.

Tournament Directors were Daniel Top and Bill Chiles. Dennis Wheeler and Andrew Jackson recorded four top games, which are posted at the Seattle Go Center website.

Photo: Xingshuo Liu and Edward Kim during round 2 of the tournament. Report and photo by Brian Allen.

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NA Go Convention Registration Nears 100; Daytrippers Welcomed

Friday January 18, 2013

Registration for the upcoming N.A. Go Convention is nearing 100, reports organizer Edward Zhang. The week-long event February 8-17 spans two weekends, beginning in Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ (2/8-12) and then moving to Arlington, VA (2/13-17); click here for the full schedule. Organizers are welcoming daytrippers by rewarding 3-win and 4-win players, and Zhang says that with $3,170 in cash prizes, plus trophies, books, convention certificates, and rank certificates, “everyone will win something!” Those “who can only make it one day, Saturday or Sunday, may see our event as a traditional one-day-four-round tournament, with a possibility of fifth and sixth rounds in Blitz or Pair Go at your discretion” adds Zhang. The pre-registration deadline for reduced rates has been extended to January 20. “Special thanks to Zhimin Zhang, president of Bei Dou Xing restaurant franchise in Hebei, China, for donating part of the cash prize pool,” Zhang adds. Transportation is being arranged for players traveling from New York to Parsippany; sign up here and “If there are enough requests, we will schedule a shuttle bus to pick up and drop off,” says Zhang.

Myungwan Kim 9P Live Tygem Commentary Friday on Bailing Cup Round 3; Andy Liu 1P Takes on Lee Sedol Sunday on

Thursday January 17, 2013

It’s going to be a busy online go weekend. On Friday, go fans can watch Myungwan Kim 9P comment on the Bailing Cup live on Tygem, as Chen Yaoye 9P (left) — down 0-2 — tries to stay alive in his battle for the title against Zhou Ruiyang 5P. And on Sunday, Andy Liu 1P will play Lee Sedol 9P on

Kim’s commentary starts at 8:30p EST Friday, January 18 on the Tygem World Server, while the Liu-Sedol game is at 8a EST on Sunday, January 20 on

In his online reviews of the first two games, Kim said that although Chen, currently the top player in China and considered one of the strongest players in the world, was expected to have a slight edge, “he was not able to stand up to the pressure of the championship series.” Zhou on the other hand, the number one player in China in 2011, has handled the pressure well, Kim said, “perhaps because he has played in a world championship once before.” In this best-of-five Cup, Chen will have to win all three of the remaining games to win the $300,000 prize and the international title. Whoever prevails in the series, the winner will have his first world championship.

Sunday’s Liu-Sedol game is the first in a 10-game series against the two new U.S. professionals, Andy Liu and Gansheng Shi, and Romanian pro Catalin Taranu 5P, sponsored by the new server (New Go Server Launches With 10 Top Pros in $100,000 Invitational). photo: Andy Liu (right) receiving his professional certificate from Myungwan Kim 9P in August 2012 after winning the AGA-TYGEMGO Pro Tournament; photo by Steve Colburn


Jujo Jiang Ing Cup First 2013 North American Ing Masters Qualifier

Thursday January 17, 2013

At the upcoming January 26 Jujo Ing Cup, sponsored by Ing’s Goe Foundation and organized by the Bay Area Go Players Association, players can not only compete for $3,000 in prizes, but strong players also have the chance to earn points to qualify for this year’s North American Ing Masters (NAIM) tournament. This year’s NAIM will be held at the 2013 US Go Congress, set for August 3-7 in Seattle-Tacoma, WA. The Jujo Jiang Ing Cup will serve as the first Western region qualifier. Register online before the event and receive a $10 discount:  click here to register.

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Fast Times in Gotham City: A Game Recorder Tries to Keep Up

Wednesday January 16, 2013

By John Pinkerton

I knew I was in trouble as a game recorder when I saw the draw for Board 2 in the final round of the Gotham Go Tournament last Saturday.

On one side of the board — or I should say, “in one corner, with a quick right,” playing white — was Lee Kyoung 7D, whose lightning-fast game had left me in the dust two rounds earlier. In that game, before I had time to enter a well-known joseki in one corner, the players finished josekis in two other corners and started a fight. At the same time, we lost our internet connection, so the live broadcast was dead and catching up became a largely moot point. Hardwired to KGS now, and with another round under our belt, I’d thought I was ready for the final round.  However…

In the other corner is the champion of speed himself, Andy Liu 1P, who often uses his speed as a lethal weapon. In the World Amateur Go Championships a few years back, where each side got an hour and a half of basic time, Andy’s strategy was never to use more than 10 minutes, keeping his opponents under constant time pressure. On top of that, Andy loves to play ko’s. In a ko, every third move is obvious, but the recorder still has to enter it. The ko threat may be in almost any area of the board, so if you miss it, it can be hard to find. Then the response is also obvious—another chance for a quick move.

As expected, the game starts fast and doesn’t let up. At move 47, Chris Garlock, recording on Board 1, says to his audience, “Wow, stones are flying on Board Two…John’s gonna have his hands full keeping up.” An accurate assessment, but things were about to get even more interesting.

Kyoung holds up the clock and says, “You don’t need this, do you?” He starts to explain, adding “I mean, you play fast.” But without a moment’s hesitation, Andy has already shot back “Absolutely not.” In other words, game on.

As Kyoung turns off the clock, I’m mentally groaning, thinking uh-oh, someone’s going to crash and I just hope it isn’t me again. Eighty moves fly by in the blink of an eye before there’s a pause as Kyoung says “Oh my god…I made a reading mistake.” As he and Andy begin their review I breathe a silent sigh of relief as I type in the words “White resigns” and wrap up our KGS game broadcast.

NOTE: Complete Gotham Tournament standings/results have now been posted on the Gotham Go Group’s Facebook page.

Pinkerton is a regular game recorder and photographer for the American Go E-Journal.  Anyone interested in volunteering as a game recorder at AGA tournaments or events can email



Jason Clancy Tops MGA Winter Tourney

Monday January 14, 2013

Jason Clancy 6k (at left, in green sweater) took first place at the January 13 Massachusetts Go Association Winter Tournament, topping a 24-player field that ranged from 4 dan to 20 kyu. “Twenty three players pre-registered,” reports  Tournament Director Eva Casey. “Three of those were no-shows, so twenty players got the pre-registration discount.   The majority of the players joined or renewed membership in the Massachusetts Go Association, thus meriting an additional discount.” Casey thanked the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville for use of their premises.
Winners: First  Place: Jason Clancy 6k; Second Place: Elliot Stern 7k; Third Place: Alex Linden 12k.
photo courtesy Eva Casey: left to right: Clancy-Peters; DaSilva-Linden; Nahabedian-Yamkovoy



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