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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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Zhaonian Chen Wins Gotham Open as Tournament Go Returns to Big Apple

Saturday January 12, 2013

Zhaonian (Michael) Chen 7D (right) won the Gotham Go Tournament January 12, topping a capacity crowd that filled the Soho Room at the historic Hostelling International New York on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Chen’s 4-0 sweep earned him the $300 top prize and included a convincing win over Andy Liu 1P (left) in the second round. Liu took second place and Kim Dae Yol was third in the open section.  The field included a healthy mix of new players and “old-timers” who were happy to see tournament go returning to the New York go scene after a multi-year drought. The tournament drew from as far away as Washington, with DC organizer Haskell Small 2D making the journey up to play, and as near as 106th Street, as former AGA President Roy Laird 3K walked over to join the festivities. The American Go E-Journal’s Chris Garlock and John Pinkerton  broadcast top-board games (see links below) on KGS with live commentaries by Gansheng Shi 1P — who also did live audio commentary, which was very well-received by nearly 200 players — as well as Hugh Zhang.

Tournament organizer Peter Armenia — who even got a round in himself — pronounced himself “pleasantly surprised and very pleased” at the turnout, which included a half-dozen top-ranked players. “Thanks to everyone for coming out,” Armenia added, “we hope to make this a regular event, so stay tuned!” Matthew Hershberger directed the 4-round tournament.

Other section winners were: 3D-1D: Willis Huang 3D; 1K-4K: Todd Blatt 1K; 5K-9K: Gino Choung 5K; 10K+: Yuga Suzuki 12K. Look for complete results to be posted soon.

Round 1, Board 1: Chen-Kim
Round 1, Board 2: Lee-Hong
Round 2, Board 1: Liu-Chen
Round 3, Board 1: Lee-Chen
Round 3, Board 1 (Lee-Chen) Commentary by Gansheng Shi 1P
Round 3, Board 2: Liu-Creeks
Round 4, Board 1: Chen-Lockhart
Round 4, Board 2: Liu-Lee

 photo by John Pinkerton

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Tourney/Event Updates: Live From Gotham; Berlekamp Confirmed for ACGA Spring Go Expo; Save $10 on Jujo Ing Cup Registration

Friday January 11, 2013

Live From Gotham: With 64 players — including six 7-dans –registered, this Saturday’s Gotham Go Tournament has maxed out, reports organizer Peter Armenia, “due to space and equipment limitations.” However, you can follow the top-board action live on KGS starting at 10a EST, as the E-Journal broadcasts games with commentary by pros and top players, including Gansheng Shi 1P, Justin Teng and Hugh Zhang. Players will be competing for cash prizes and books from Slate and Shell.

Berlekamp Confirmed for ACGA Spring Go Expo: Dr. Elwyn Berlekamp, co-author of ‘Mathematical Go’, has been confirmed as a featured speaker at the upcoming ACGA Spring Go Expo, which has now officially begun registration. More speakers and the expo schedule will be confirmed in the next couple weeks, reports organizer Cole Pruitt. “Because another event (the Penny Arcade Expo) will be held in Boston at the same time, March 23-24, hotel space is already filling up quickly, so we’re recommending that anyone interested in attending sign up now,” Pruitt urges.

Save $10 on Jujo Ing Cup Registration: Pre-register for the January 26 Jujo Ing Cup on-line for a $10 discount. The one-day, 4-round tournament is sponsored by Ing’s Goe Foundation of California and organized by the Bay Area Go Players Association. Forty players of all levels and ages from the Jiang Zhu Jiu Goe School in Shangahi are expected to attend, led by Yu Bin 9P, former Fujitsu Title holder and Jiang Zhu Jiu 9P, competing for $3000 in prizes.

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