Saturday November 26, 2016
The 19th Ing’s Cup Youth Go Tournament was held Sunday, November 6 at the Kungfu Fei SiFu Academy in San Jose, CA. One of the most prominent youth go tournaments in the US, the tournament is directed annually by Mingjiu Jiang 7P and sponsored by the Ing’s Goe Foundation. This year, the top division included current Redmond Cup champions Jeremy Chiu and Ary Cheng, former Redmond champion Aaron Ye, as well as former US representatives to the World Youth Go Championship Matthew Cheng, Raymond Feng, and Eric Liu. Jeremy Chiu 7d won Division A with a perfect 3-0 record; Daniel Liu came 2nd and Aaron Ye 3rd with 2-1 records each.
Winner’s report: Division A: 1st place: Jeremy Chiu, 2nd place: Daniel Liu, 3rd place: Aaron Ye; Division B: 1st place: Tina Li, 2nd place: Steven Chen, 3rd place: Yi Co Deng; Division C: 1st place: Delin Fang, 2nd place: Jessica Liu, 3rd place: Brian Kui; Division D: 1st place: Feiyun Chen, 2nd place: Kevin Zhang, 3rd place: Jingfan Feng
- report by Mingjiu Jiang; photos courtesy Jeremy Chiu
Tuesday November 15, 2016
Go teams from the University of Miami and Florida International University played against each other on Saturday, November 5th in their third-round match of the AGA’s Collegiate Go League, live in the Miami Go Club at a Miami Lakes Panera. “The South Florida go scene has recently been galvanized,” reports local organizer Andrew Smith. “On top of entering the AGA City League for the first time, and organizing our first ever AGA-rated event this coming December 10, we have organized two go teams for the Collegiate Go League: one at the University of Miami and the other at the Florida International University. At the November 5 match, the UM team ultimately edged FIU two games to one. The first and second boards finished quickly, with a resignation on each side. It all came down to the third board, which featured a heated back-and-forth played to the bitter end. When the dust settled, UM emerged the victor by 20.5 points.
photo by Andrew Smith
Tuesday November 15, 2016
AGA president Andy Okun’s father, music producer-arranger Milton T. Okun, who worked with John Denver, Placido Domingo and Peter, Paul and Mary among other artists, died Tuesday in Beverly Hills. He was 92. Okun died at home five weeks shy of his 93rd birthday.
A child prodigy pianist, Okun became a music teacher in the New York public school system, before his love for folk music — he was part of the folk quartet The Skifflers and also recorded several albums of his own in the 1950s — drew him into arranging and conducting, including two seasons with Harry Belafonte.
Okun was fired by Belafonte, but the parting proved to be a blessing in disguise, kick-starting his multi-decade career as a music producer. Under his guidance, Peter, Paul and Mary would become one of the music industry’s most successful folk ensembles. Okun also worked with The Brothers Four, The Chad Mitchell Trio and soloists such as Odetta, Laura Nyro, Tom Paxton and John Denver, whom he discovered and guided until the singer’s 1997 death in a plane crash. Okun was known for bringing classical arrangements into the folk/pop idiom, as evidenced with “Perhaps Love,” a gold record duet pairing Denver and opera great Domingo.
PBS named Okun as one of the three most important music producers of all time, along with Quincy Jones and Sir George Martin, and he would collect more than 75 gold and platinum records and 16 Grammy Award nominations for his work.
In 1960, Okun and his wife, Rosemary, founded Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., which grew into one of the largest independent music publishers. He sold Cherry Lane to Sony BMG in 2010. With his wife, Okun was a founding member and major supporter of the Los Angeles Opera and pivotal in bringing Domingo to Los Angeles as the LAO’s artistic director. Okun’s career is detailed in a 2011 memoir, “Along the Cherry Lane: Tales from the Life of Music Industry Legend Milt Okun.” Adapted from a longer obituary in the Beverly Hills Patch. Read Okun’s obit in Billboard here.
Funeral services will be private. Post condolences on Andy Okun’s Facebook page.
Monday November 14, 2016
The Syracuse Go Club held its annual fall self-pair tournament on Saturday, November 12. Nineteen players participated, and“everyone was able to select a new book from Slate and Shell at the end of the day,” reports organizer Richard Moseson. Player strength ranged from 23k to 8d.
photos: (right) Tony Tang 8d (left) and Yiteng Li 7d consider Yunhan Li’s single large group of stones; (left): Jim Sutliff 18k, and Joe Fratianni 14k, playing in their first tournament. photos by Richard Moseson
Monday November 7, 2016
Go players from Miami, Tampa, and Orlando converged on Rockledge, FL, (near the Kennedy Space Center) to find the 2016
Space Coast Go Tournament on November 5.
The venue was Rockledge Fire Station No. 1, in a conference room often used for EMS training.
Hurricane Matthew had caused a delay of games, but the weather was fine on Saturday. Twenty players competed for prizes donated by Yellow Mountain Imports and Slate and Shell books. After three rounds of play, more than half of the players received awards of books or equipment. Dan Micsa 4d from the Space Coast club, took top honors. He was followed by Nicholas Casaubon 1k from Miami, in the upper kyu division (1k-8k). Tanner Robart 14k from Sarasota ranked first in the lower kyu division (9k – 15k).
Tournament director Bart Lipofsky hosted a pizza party at his home afterwards. Three boards saw continued action until later in the evening.
Division 1 (4D – 1D)
1. Dan Micsa 4D; 2.Michael Choi 4D; 3. Karsten Henckell 4D
Division 2 (1K - 8K): 1. Nicholas Casaubon 1K; 2. Hamilton Vargas Guerra 7K; 3. Aaron Otero 8K; 4. Efrain Davila 2K; 5. Steve Barberi 1K
Division 3 (9K – 15K): 1. Tanner Robart 14K; 2. Arian Inigo 9K; 3. Quinten Goodwin 9K; 4. George Lebovitz 10K; 5. Kevin van Workum 11K
Photos (clockwise from top left): Paul Wiegand 6k (Orlando), making a critical opening move; Dan Micsa trying to read the game; Players and Prizes (l-r): Paul Wiegand, Aaron Otero, Ellis Knickerbocker, Dam Micsa, Steve Barberi, Arian Inigo, Michael Choi, Nicholas Casaubon, Tanner Robart, John Seekins, Hamilton Vargas Guerra, Karsten Henckell, Efrain Davila; Steve Barberi 1k (Tampa); Aaron Otero 8k (Space Coast); an EMS training dummy stored in the venue. photos courtesy Bart Lipofsky
Monday October 31, 2016
The NOVA Pumpkin Classic was held last Saturday, October 29, at George Mason Law School in Arlington VA. Over 30
participated, including 13 dan-level players. As usual, the winners took home fine pumpkins, selected by NOVA President Gary Smith. Of note is top winner Dairong Xu, who marched firmly through his top opposition.
The winners were:
First place: Dairong Xu, 5D, 4-0; Zehua Zhao, 4D, 3-1; Joseph Craig, 4K, 4-0; Gary Smith, 10K, 3-1; Robert Cole, 12K, 3-1 and Qidi Xu, 16K, 3-1 (tied); and Andrew Browning, 25K, 3-1.
Second place: Justin Teng, 6D, 3-1; Yanqing Sun, 3D, 2-2; Ryan Hunter, 1D, 3-1; Bob Crites, 7K, 3-0 and Sarah Crites, 9K, 3-1 (tied!); and Antonina Perez-Lopez, 20K, 2-2.
photo: the happy pumpkin crowd; report/photo by Allan Abramson
Monday October 31, 2016
Gansheng Shi 1P (l) made it through to the second round of the Sankei Cup before losing to Tetsuya Kiyonari 9p. He defeated Yosuke Shintani 1p in the first round. Eric Lui 1P (r) lost to Mika Yoshida 8p in the first round. Click here for complete results.
- photos courtesy the Kansai Kiin