Justin Ching 4d, Willis Huang 3d, and William Xu 2k won the dan section of the Team Tournament in the Youth Room at the US Go Congress Friday, while Ethan Frank 6k, Bryan Tan 8k, and Logan Lancaster 10k won the kyu section. A dozen teams of three players each competed, with each team needing to win two out of three boards in order to win a match. Winning teams scored $25 gift certificates per player, and players who won all three games (regardless of how their team fared) also won $15 gift certificates. Based on the team matches in Hikaru no Go, team go has been quite popular at Congress in recent years, and often draws the highest attendance numbers of youth room events. Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: William Xu, Willis Huang, and Justin Ching, at left, compete against Helen Lu, Oscar Cao, and David Lu, at right).
American Go E-Journal » Youth
Friday August 9, 2013
Wednesday August 7, 2013
Miein Kurebayashi 2P, and her son Eiryu 1d won the top table at the Youth Adult Pair Go Tourney at the US Go Congress. Twelve pairs competed in the event, and winners received prizes at each table. AGA Pair Go Coordinator Rachel Small was on hand, with t-shirts, fans, and other goodies from the World Pair Go Association, who have agreed to sponsor next year’s pair go events at the Go Congress. She also debuted the new international Pair Go Passports, which have places for stamps for each pair go event a player attends. Rubber stamps were designed for this year’s Youth Adult Pair Go and the North American Pair Go Championship.
Table winners were Miein 2P and Eiryu Kurebalyashi 1d; Kevin Cho 3k and Jesy Felicca 7k; single game winners were: April Ye 1k and Willis Huang 3d, Justin Ching 4d and Wan Chen 4d; Mizuki Masuda 15k and Kaoru Hidaka 18k; Sarah Amano 20k and Weitan Liu 18k; Yukino Takehara 2k and William Xu 2k; Rengo winning pairs were Justin Teng 6d and Robert Tirak 5d, and Bob Liu 13k and Samuel Suastegui 18k. More photos can be seen on the AGA Pair Go Facebook page. - Story and photos by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Top left: Jay Chan and Yukino Takehara vs. Sammy Zhang and Yunyen Lee; Lower right: Miein and Eiryu Kurebayashi vs. Wan Chen and Hugh Zhang.
Monday August 5, 2013
Today’s tournaments in the Youth Room at the US Go Congress included 9×9 and 13×13 tournaments, run by Fritz Balwit, and a little impromptu frisbee go on the ten foot by ten foot 9×9 board as well. Table winners in the 9×9 were: Willis Huang 3d, Job Betcher 2d, Julie Burrall 4k, Bryan Tan 8k, and Bob Liu 13k; 13×13 table winners were Justin Ching 4d, Daniel Puzan 1k, and Eric Liu 5k. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor; photo by Phil Straus
Sunday August 4, 2013
Jianing Gan 7d and Aaron Ye 6d both won their first round matches in the Redmond Cup Finals at the US Go Congress Sunday afternoon. Gan, who is from Canada, was undefeated in the qualifiers, and is the defending champion in the Senior Division of the Redmond (under 18). His opponent Andrew Lu 6d is the current US Youth Champion, and lost only to Gan in the qualifiers. Lu was out for a win, and played strongly throughout today’s match, but ran into time trouble and ultimately had to resign. In the Junior Division (under 12) defending champion Aaron Ye, age 11, faced off against Canadian David Lu 6d, also 11. Lu is new to the Redmond, entering for the first time this year, and was undefeated in the qualifiers. Ye lost only to Lu, and was out for revenge in the finals. Lu stumbled early in the game, when Ye killed a large group in the corner, but kept up his resolve and created tremendous complications for Ye throughout the rest of the game, which hinged on a ko that almost turned the tide. Ye played steadily throughout though, and ultimately won by a large margin. The game was broadcast live on KGS, and drew 150 observers. Round two will be broadcast on Tuesday at 3pm PT, in the AGA Tournaments Room.
In the Youth Room at the Go Congress, today’s event was a lightning tournament, with ten minutes per player. 32 kids and teens played in the match, and table winners won $10 gift certificates to Congress go vendors. Shirley Lin 3P and Andy Liu 1P also held simuls. Justin Teng 6d won at the top lightning table, which included some of the strongest young players at congress. Jimmy Yang 5d, April Ye 1k, Yukino Takehara 2k, Austen Cao 9k, and Anson Hu won the other tables. Tomorrow’s events will be 9×9 and 13×13 tourneys, and professionals Myungwan Kim 9p and Mingjiu Jiang 7P will also hold simuls. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photos: top left: Andrew Lu 6d (l) vs. Jianing Gan 7d (r), photo by Phil Straus; bottom right: Youth Lightning Tourney, photo by Paul Barchilon.
Thursday July 25, 2013
Friday July 19, 2013
Thursday July 18, 2013
Saturday July 13, 2013
The American Go Honor Society (AGHS) has published their officer applications for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. “Are you interested in joining the core team of one of the largest youth organizations dedicated to go,” asks Eric Chen, outgoing Co-President. The officer positions include Vice President, Treasurer, Promotion Head, Tournament Organizer, and Secretary. “This dedicated board of members will run the renowned annual School Team Tournament, in addition to several other events, and strive to spread the game of go amongst the youth of the U.S. Come join us in our go-craze frenzy! You never know where you might go,” adds Chen. Applications are due August 18th, and can be downloaded on the aghs website. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.
Thursday July 11, 2013
Oscar Selby was the overall winner at the UK Go Challenge 2013 finals, played Saturday July 6. Selby (right), a 10-kyu from Epsom recently featured in the “Ultimate Child Genius” Competition (UK Youth Champ Oscar Selby In “Ultimate Child Genius” Competition, 6/22 EJ) also won the U10 Boys’ category. Roella Smith 13k of Cambridge was Top Girl, also coming first in the U14 Girls’. David Robson and Melchior Chiu were second and third respectively overall.
The UK Go Challenge is a 13×13 nationwide event mounted by the British Go Association (BGA) since 2004 and modeled on the similar UK Chess Challenge, with the aim of encouraging youngsters to take up the game. Heats were run in schools through the year culminating in this weekend’s finals, in which children not taking part in the heats could also participate. They were held at Milton Church of England Primary School in Milton, near Cambridge, and were organized by BGA VP Tony Atkins. Click here for full results.
Though Selby was given a good chance of winning the (British) Channel 4 TV Child Genius competition, he lost out in the final to 11-year-old wordmeister and world Scrabble champion Shrinidhi Prakash. Click here for the episode, with playback (total playing time about 45mins with commercials; may not play everywhere), including footage (at about 5:30) of Selby at this year’s British Youth Go Championship.
- Tony Collman, British correspondent for the E-Journal; photo by Tony Atkins; courtesy of British Go Association website
Monday July 8, 2013
Both divisions of the Redmond Cup will come down to a showdown between the US and Canada at the Go Congress this year, with Jianing Gan 7d and David Lu 6d leading their age divisions, while Americans Andrew Lu 6d and Aaron Ye 5d placed second. In the Jr. Division, 11 year old David Lu, from Vancouver is new on the scene, and proved to be a force to be reckoned with, scoring a perfect record in the online finals. Lu’s skillful play left last year’s Redmond Champ, Aaron Ye, and this year’s current US Youth Go Champion Jeremy Chiu 5d to duke it out for second. Ye prevailed and will face Lu in a best two-out-of-three final live at the Go Congress in Tacoma. For an exciting match between Lu and Ye in the qualifiers, check out Guo Juan 5P’s insightful commentary on the members only game record included with this weeks E-J. Ye gets off to an early lead, but Lu stays the course and makes a big comeback in the end. Youth members can join the AGA for only $10, and receive free commentary like this every week.
“David started learning go when he was six, and loved the game immediately,” says Lu’s mother Jessie Fan. “Almost every summer, he goes to Beijing for go camp, where he has studied with Tian Feng Fang 9P for the last two summers. Currently, he doesn’t have much time for studying go, except for participating in the CGA (Canadian Go Association) Dragon League, as well as the City League. He just came back from the Canadian Open, where he was ranked 12th, and is the only one in the open division (6 – 7 Dan) who is under 15 years old.”
In the Senior Division, defending champion Jianing Gan is intent on holding his title. His showdown last year, with Calvin Sun 7d, resulted in two consecutive losses for Sun. Gan also fought superbly in the Tygem AGA pro certification test at the same time, and came within a match of going pro. Gan again has a perfect record going into the finals, having already faced and defeated his two biggest rivals: Calvin Sun and Andrew Lu 6d. Lu is having a good year, having finally overcome his longtime rival Calvin Sun, to take this year’s US Youth Go Championship title, and now also finishing second in the Redmond qualifier. Lu will get his chance against Gan again at congress, with a live broadcast on KGS, at 3 pm PST on August 4th, 5th and 8th in the AGA Tournaments Room. The Jr. Division matches will also be broadcast. The Redmond Cup is now in its 20th year, and was directed by Michael Bull. Twenty-three players competed in the Senior Division (12-17) with another ten competing in the Junior (under 12). -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photos: Upper Left, David Lu, by Jessie Fan; Lower Right Jianing Gan cementing his Redmond win at last year’s finals, by Paul Barchilon.