Monday August 26, 2013
Joey Phoon 5k is the winner of the American Go Foundation’s College Scholarship. Phoon is off to college on familiar turf this month, as he starts the fall term at George Mason University, site of the 2009 Go Congress, which he attended when he was 14. “Walking through campus brings back memories of running through the rain to get to simuls and occasionally getting lost in the huge campus,” Phoon told the E-Journal. Phoon started a go club at George C. Marshall High, in his junior year. “At first it was only me and a couple of friends that I had taught in preparation for the club,” said Phoon, “but we slowly gained momentum and gained member after member. At the end of the year we had 11 members. Every Wednesday we would play a few games then review life and death problems. From just these sessions, the students learned quickly and got to 20 kyu within a couple weeks. I took two of the members to their first AGA rated go tournament and one of them won first place in the 25 kyu division. The go club carried on the following year and we gained 3 new members.” Phoon says running his club “made me understand that teaching a complete stranger is different from teaching a friend. They may be complete novices when it comes to the game but they show great potential. I hope now that I have graduated they will continue the club, and promote go to other people.”
Phoon says going to the Go Congress as a young man had a big impact on him: “Us Eastern shore kids finally got a chance to participate in one of the largest go events in the Western hemisphere. Naturally, my friends from the Great Falls Go Club and I decided to attend as it was a once in a life time chance for us. The Go Congress gave me a chance to meet children around my age throughout the United States that had an interest in go. Not only that, but I met many famous pros along the way like Ryo Maeda and Feng Yun. Their lectures were not only compelling but also gave me a glimpse into the pro go world. Overall, go has changed the way I look at life and how I treat every situation. Rather than focusing on a particular aspect of life, stepping back sometimes can help you find a better solution, because then you can see life from a broader point of view.”
The AGF College Scholarship is presented annually, usually to one male and one female student. There were no female applicants in this past cycle though, so only one scholarship was awarded. Applications for the AGF Scholarship are open through November 20th, and interested students can find more information on the AGF Website. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Joey Phoon.
Wednesday August 14, 2013
Defending champions Jianing Gan 7d and Aaron Ye 6d both held on to their Redmond Cup titles in the exciting final rounds of the tournament at the US Go Congress last week. Ye won round one (see the E-J from 8-4) and was determined not to lose his title to the challenger David Lu 6d, of Canada. The Redmond finals are a best two out of three match, so the second game is crucial. Ironically, Lu drew Ye as his opponent in the US Open on Tuesday morning, Aug. 6, and defeated him. Going into the afternoon match, the question on everyone’s mind was could Lu do it twice in a row on the same day? The boys played a spirited game, even commenting on each other’s moves before finishing, but Ye showed his full strength and held onto his title. Ye has now won the Redmond Cup three times – putting him in line to be Redmond Meijin if he can win twice more before turning 18. In the 20 year history of the Redmond, Eric Lui 7d and Curtis Tang 7d are the only two players to have successfully crossed that line.
In the Senior Division (ages 12-17) Jianing Gan won round one against Andrew Lu 6d. Lu played a spirited game in round two, determined not to lose two in a row. Playing white, he successfully parried Gan’s Low Chinese opening, reducing or invading at every possible juncture, but found himself with a running line of eyeless stones as a result. The tide turned when he was able to save this group, making the game very close. Gan fought back skillfully, but Lu prevailed to win by 2.5 points. Round three was played on Thursday, and Gan again opened with the Low Chinese. Lu managed to invade on both sides, completely undermining Gan’s original Low Chinese side, but giving Gan massive thickness on the outside as a result. Changing directions, Gan then attacked Lu vigorously on the other side of the board. Lu, behind on time and in byo yomi for most of the game, was forced to resign when he couldn’t find a solution to save his group. Having won the final match, Gan held onto his Redmond title for the second year and will be a force to be reckoned with next year as well. The Redmond Cup has been run by Michael Bull for the past 20 years, with online qualifiers, and a final at congress. All of the final games were broadcast live on KGS, and drew hundreds of spectators. Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Paul Barchilon: David Lu 6d (l) vs. Aaron Ye 6d (r), Justin Teng 6d is recording the game in the background.
Sunday August 11, 2013
University teams from other countries are being invited to take part in the Student Championships in Petrozavodsk, Russia in September. “Participation of university teams from all over the world in the event will make it very respected, dynamic and let us to attract attention of government officers and the public towards spreading go,” says organizer Alexey Lazarev. The event will run September 25-30 and will include both team and individual competitions and will be held in the Hotel Karelia which is offering significantly discounted rates. Email Lazarev for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday August 9, 2013
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).
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.