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Portland Tournament Attracting Strong Field

Monday September 26, 2011

This year’s Portland Go Tournament – set for October 29-30 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR — will involve no less than four 6-dans, reports organizer Peter Drake. “Guozhong Zhuang, his son Vincent — who recently represented the U.S. in the World Youth Go Championship –  Nicholas Zhirad, and Solomon Choe (self-promoting from 5.9),” says Drake. “Lesser dans and single- and double-digit kyu players should also be present in abundance.” The two-day, five-round handicap tournament is the largest annual tournament in Oregon and is again being held at Lewis & Clark College, recently ranked as the second most beautiful campus in the country by the Princeton Review. The tournament director is experimenting with the new software from goclubs.org, which was used successfully at the Tacoma Go Club’s recent Back-To-School tournament. Click here for details on online registration.

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Seattle Go Center Celebrates 16th Anniversary with Go, Music, Food & More

Monday September 26, 2011

To mark their 16th anniversary, the Seattle Go Center had a party on Sept. 10, and a tournament on Sept 17.  About 40 people came to the party, which featured sushi, fresh bread from longtime local organizer Chris Kirschner, a go game cake by Vicki Wheeler, a silent auction, and a mesmerizing koto concert by Shiho Kurauchi and Chiyusa Kitai. All the music had been composed since 1970.  The next Saturday, 12 players competed in three sections.  Both dan winners were new arrivals to Seattle. First place went to Yu Zhou, a high school student from China playing his first AGA games,  while Daniel Poore from Washington D.C. placed 2nd.  The upper kyu section was won by Brian Allen, with Frank Brown 2nd.  The lower kyu section was won by youth player Josh Hall, with Anne Thompson 2nd.  Photo/report by Brian Allen

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Seattle Go Center Gets Matching Grant

Sunday September 25, 2011

All donations made to the Seattle Go Center in the month of September will be matched by another  donor, reported Manager Brian Allen at the Center’s 16th anniversary party.  “Our anonymous benefactor will match donations up to a total of $10,000″, he said.  Some donors may also trigger matching grants from their employers, since the Go Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit.  Center supporters can donate online using the website donation page: donate. Now that the downstairs of their building is rented out, the Go Center has been gradually increasing programming and outreach, often with volunteer help.  The Seattle Center is open 5 days a week; two days a week for classes, and three days a week for games and informal lessons.  It is also open on Sundays for tournaments about twice a month.  “This is a great time to support the Center and help us get back to teaching and promoting go full time”  noted Allen.  Photo: Dennis Wheeler plays out a famous game with M&M’s on a  cake for the Go Center Anniversary Party.  Photo/report by Brian Allen

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Calling Female Players: N.A. Qualifier This Weekend for the 2nd Qiong-Long-Shan World Women Championship

Thursday September 22, 2011

The American Go Association will host a qualifier on KGS this weekend for the Second Qiong-Long-Shan World Women Championship. China is hosting the Qiong-Long-Shan Championship October 8-14. Sixteen strongest female players throughout the world are being invited to attend in Suzhou China. Top prize is RMB 200,000 (about $30,000). Prize per game is RMB 6,000.

The AGA will host a qualifier on KGS this weekend. All female players with ratings above 5.0 are welcome. AGA membership and US citizenship are required (UPDATE: green card holders are now eligible!) except for CGA representatives. Web camera and KGS accounts are required. The tournament will be during September 25-28 with flexible schedule as long as both players agree, otherwise players must be available to play 3 rounds on 8 PM ET/5 PT on 9/26, 9/27 and 9/28. Basic time is 1 hour. Overtime is 5 periods of 1 minute.

Please write to tournaments@usgo.org to register by 8 PM ET on Saturday 9/24.

 

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Modern Master Games & More New Releases from SmartGo Books

Monday September 19, 2011

SmartGo Books has just released “Modern Master Games, Volume One: The Dawn of Tournament Go,” a new Kiseido book by Rob van Zeijst and Richard Bozulich. “Master Games” features detailed commentary on eleven masterpieces by some of the great players of the post-war era. It starts with the atomic-bomb game between Iwamoto and Hashimoto, Takagawa’s dominance of the Honinbo title, the rise of Sakata and Fujisawa Shuko, Fujisawa Hosai and his imitation go strategy, and more. The book is priced at $11.99, using in-app purchase on your iPad or iPhone. Even if you don’t have a device running SmartGo Books, you can check out a PDF of the commentary of one of the games here. Unlike a PDF, SmartGo Books lets you replay the moves directly in the diagram. Other recent releases include the first three volumes of Janice Kim’s acclaimed “Learn to Play Go” series (volumes IV and V will be added in the coming months), and “The Go Consultants” by John Fairbairn and T Mark Hall (published by Slate & Shell), “one of my all-time favorite go books,” says SmartGo Books publisher Anders Kierulf. SmartGo Books now includes 18 titles, from beginner to advanced, with more to come.

Changlong Wu 7d Sweeps Triangle Memorial in NC

Monday September 19, 2011

Changlong Wu 7d swept the 11th Triangle Memorial Tournament, held at the traditional outdoors setting at Umstead State Park in Cary, North Carolina. A total of 38 players participated, and as is customary for this event sponsored by the Triangle Go Group, all the entry fees were returned as cash prizes. In addition the players were treated to a full lunch and daylong snacks prepared by tireless Arlene Bridges, “who added to the warmth of Southern hospitality by stoking a blazing fire in the fireplace of the picnic shelter to fend of an early fall chill,” reports TD Charles Alden. All players scoring at least three wins in the four rounds of play received cash prizes, led by Changlong Wu (seated at right), who topped the Open section with a perfect 4-0 score despite having to give three handicap stones in each of his first three games.  Second place in the Open section went to Frank Salantrie (seated at left) with a 3-1 score.

Other prize winners were Rodney Keaton and the father-son team of Xiaoping Wu and Brian Wu, all scoring 3-1 in the 1D-1k section.  Alex Panaccione topped the 2k-3k section with score of 3-1, and in the highly populated 5k-6k section Neil Bernstein scored a perfect 4-0, followed by Justin Blank and England’s Alice Bradley at 3-1.  Seth Cardew and John Aiken tied for first in the 8k-9k section at 3-1, and Alvin Chen won the double-digit kyu section, also at 3-1.
- photo courtesy Bob Bacon

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Tacoma Back-To-School Tourney Features Free Pizza

Monday September 19, 2011

Fourteen players competed in the September 18 Tacoma (WA) Go Club’s annual Back-To-School Tournament at the Seattle Go Center. “Players from as far away as Portland, Oregon, braved the I-5 slog to participate,” reports club organizer Gordon Castanza. For this tournament the Tacoma Go Club inaugurated its use of Go Clubs On-Line for pre-registrations, lunch orders, and beta testing of the GCOL pairings program. The Tacoma Go Club provided free lunch pizzas for all the players. Peter Mooyman 2k won three straight games to take first place. Tacoma’s favorite son, Solomon Choe 5d, and Portland’s Chen Yung-Pin 8k both won three games and even after SOS and SODOS tied for second place honors. Bert Hallonquist 6d and Portland’s Peter Drake 6k tied for third place. The Tacoma Go Club will host its annual Veterans’ Day Tournament on Saturday, November 12th at the beautiful Tacoma Art Museum. The TGC will again use Go Clubs On-Line for pre-registration.

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Xuyu Xiang 6d Tops Chicago Tourney

Sunday September 18, 2011

Xuyu Xiang 6d (l) took first place in the September 3 Form Follows Function Tournament in Chicago, IL. “We had some new players and some old players,” reports organizer and TD Bob Barber (at right in photo at left). “In particular, Jeff Pratt took a short break from raising four boys to join in the fun.  And Steven Harris reappeared after a hiatus of fifteen years.  Great to reconnect.”
Winner’s Report: 1st Place Dan:  XIANG, Xuyu, 6d; 1st Place Hi Kyu:  WALL, Philip, 4k; Tie First Place Low Kyu: LIN, Crystal, 17k & LIU, Amy, 20k. 33 players participated.
photos by Dan Smith (wearing his official E-Journal cap)

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1st WBaduk Intercontinental Team Cup Recruiting Players

Sunday September 18, 2011

The first WBaduk Intercontinental Team Cup — another new online tournament — is now recruiting players from three continents, including the Americas. The Team Cup “is a last-man-standing tournament with five representatives from each participating continent,” Semi Lee of the Cyberkiwon Corps’ WBaduk Team tells the E-Journal. “Each player who wins continues to play opponents from the other two teams, alternating between them, until there are no more opponents left. The last surviving team wins the Cup!” Registration — open through the end of the month — is free, over $10,000 has been budgeted for the tournament and organizers are offering “special prizes.”

Harrisburg Tourney Canceled!

Thursday September 8, 2011

The go tournament scheduled for this Sunday, September 11 in Harrisburg PA has been canceled. “The heavy rainfall has caused flooding in the city,” reports Jason Long, “and that has made our venue unavailable.”

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