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Secret Weapon Shi Yue Leads China to Victory at 15th Nongshim Cup

Monday March 3, 2014

China and Korea were the final contenders in the 15th Nongshim Cup after Japan was knocked out at the end of round 2. In round 3, Korea’s Park Junghwan 9p defeated China’s Tan Xiao 7p and Zhou Ruiyang 9p and Korean fans relaxed, thinking Park had secured the cup like last year. However, China’s secret weapon Shi Yue 9p defeated Park in 133 moves. This seems to be a familiar pattern, as Park has only bested Shi once in their five game history.

The Nongshim Cup is a team tournament between China, Japan, and Korea. Since its inception, Korea has won 11 times. This year’s victory puts China at three wins while Japan has only won once.

For more information including photos and game records, please visit Go Game Guru.
— Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article by Go Game Guru; photo courtesy of Go Game Guru

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Jeremy Chiu Sweeps Open Section at Bay Area Go Winter Tournament

Monday March 3, 2014

Forty four kids and adults came to Berkeley, CA on February 22nd to play in the Winter Go Tournament organized by Bay Area Go Players Association. Eleven year old Jeremy Chiu 6d (right in photo at right), winner of the 2013 US Youth Go Championship junior division, led the open section with a 4-0 record. He faced a strong field, however, including 2012 European Women’s Go Championship winner Vanessa Wong 7d, three-time Redmond Cup champion Aaron Ye 6d, and 2012 Korea Prime Minister Cup contestant Matthew Burrall 7d.

Bay Area Go promoted the tournament as appropriate for players of all levels, and in fact a wide range of players participated. Three handicap sections in addition to the open section ensured that all players had a good shot at winning prizes. “It is nice that the really strong players had stiff competition in the open section,” says organizer Roger Schrag, “But I am especially glad that the kyu players, double-digit kyus, and even 20+ kyu players all had people at their level to play.”

Bay Area Go’s Spring Go Tournament is set for Saturday, May 31st in San Francisco’s Japantown Center. Details will be posted soon at www.bayareago.org.

Winners report: Open section: 1st: Jeremy Chiu 6d. 2nd: Vanessa Wong 7d. 3rd: Zhihong Ma 5d. Upper handicap section: 1st: Anbo Chen 3d. 2nd: Linden Chiu 2d. 3rd: Peter de Blanc 1d. Middle handicap section: 1st: Matthew Cheng 7k. 2nd: Yunyen Lee 3k. 3rd: Thomas Rike 6k. Lower handicap section: 1st: Benjamin Yu 10k. 2nd: Sean Wahl 10k. 3rd: Donald Swen 14k.
photos by Zhihong Ma

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EuroGoTV Update: Spain, Czech Republic, Ireland

Monday March 3, 2014

Spain: The 32nd Barcelona Go Seigen Tournament finished on February 23 with Oscar Anguila 4d (left) at the helm. Behind him were Pau Carles 3d and Lluis Oh 6d. Czech Republic: Also on February 23, Pavol Lisy 7d took the 10th International Tournament in Blansko. Jan Simara 6d placed second while Ondrej Silt 6d came in third. Ireland: The 2014 Confucius Cup finished in Dublin on February 16 with Hui Fan 8d in first, Csaba Mero 6d in second, and Antoine Fenech 5d in third.

– Annalia Linnan,  based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

 

 

2014 New Jersey Open Standings Posted

Monday March 3, 2014

The complete standings, ratings and pairings for the 2014 New Jersey Open have now been posted online, courtesy of the Feng Yun Go School, reports tournament director Paul Matthews.

NJO Co-Champions Mengchen Zhang 7D (at right in photo at left) and Eric Lui 7D (at left) each received a $400 prize; certificates and cash awards were also given to other players who won four or five games and who played all five rounds, $60 for four wins and $80 for five. A beginner’s prize, a good quality complete go set, was awarded to Sophia Wang by random drawing from players rated 15k and below who completed at least three games. “We had a good field of beginners this year,” said organizer Rick Mott. “Fifteen in the drawing, plus one — Audrey Shin — who was ineligible as a previous winner, and two — Peter and Alana Noehrenberg — who generously asked to be left out of the drawing because they already had equipment.”

A record 135 players participated in the 2014 New Jersey Open held at Princeton University on March 1 and 2, organized by Mott and hosted by the Princeton University Go Club. photos by Frank Huang (left) and by Chris Garlock (right).

 

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Eric Lui & Mengchen Zhang Win New Jersey Open

Sunday March 2, 2014

Eric Lui 6D (left) and Mengchen Zhang 6D (top right) won the 2014 New Jersey Open, topping a field that attracted an all-time record 135 players over two days March 1-2 in Princeton, New Jersey. Both players had 4-1 records and their tie-break scores were so close that they were declared co-winners.

One of the earliest regional go events in the US, this year’s NJO was the 55th, reported longtime TD Rick Mott, who shared directing duties with Paul Matthews. In addition to being one of the oldest go events and reliably drawing some of the largest and strongest fields in the country, the NJO may also be the only US go tournament to use Fischer timing (50 minutes, 10 seconds for each move). It’s sponsored by the Princeton Go Club, which meets at Princeton University’s Campus Center Campus Club Wednesdays at 7:30 PM during the academic year. photos by John Pinkerton

Round 3 results: Board 1: Kevin Huang d. Andy Liu; Bd 2: Michael Chen d. Ricky Zhao; Bd 3: Mencheng Zhang d. Eric Lui; Bd 4: Yishen Wang d. Heping Wang; Bd 5: Jing Guo d. Andrew Huang.

Round 4 results: Board 1: Eric Lui d. Kevin Huang; Bd 2: Michael Chen d. Mengchen Zhang; Bd 3: Zhongxia Zhao d. Jun Wang; Bd 4: Lionel Zhang d. Jing Guo; Bd 5: Andrew Huang d. Heping Wang.

Round 5 results: Board 1: Eric Lui d. Michael Chen; Bd 2: Mengchen Zhang d. Kevin Huang.

Game Records:

Round 4, Board 1:_E-Lui-K-Huang

Round 4, Board 2:_M-Chen-M-Zhang

Round 5, Board 1:_E-Lui-M-Chen

Round 5, Board 2:_M-Zhang-K-Huang

 

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Redmond Cup Deadline March 15

Sunday March 2, 2014

The 21st annual Redmond Cup will begin in April, and registration is due by March 15th. Preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2014 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids 12 and under, and the Senior league for 17 and under, on August 17th 2014. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of  1 dan or higher.  Redmond tournament director Michael Bull, who ran the event for the past twenty years, has retired this year, and the event will now by run by Paul Barchilon and Justin Teng.  The Junior league has been expanded to include 12 year olds, and both leagues now require a dan rating (kyu players can compete in the North American Kyu Championships instead).  Players who complete the tournament will be eligible for $400 scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or $200 scholarships to the US Go Congress, on a first come first served basis, courtesy of the AGF. Competitors from Mexico are also invited to the event. The participants must be members of the American Go Association or the Canadian Go Association and either residents of the U.S., Canada or Mexico, or citizens of the United States living anywhere in the world, provided that they are also members of the AGA.  For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here. -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: David Lu 6d (l) vs. Aaron Ye 6d (r), while Justing Teng records the game for broadcast, from the 2013 Go Congress in Tacoma.

New Jersey Open Attracts Record Crowd for First Day of Play

Saturday March 1, 2014

A record 126 players turned out at the 55th annual New Jersey Open for the first day of play on Saturday in Princeton University’s Frist Campus Center, with hundreds more watching online on KGS. See below for Rounds 1 & 2 game records. The E-Journal team of Chris Garlock and John Pinkerton broadcast top-board games live on KGS on Saturday and will broadcast Rounds 4 & 5 Sunday beginning at 10a EST.

Go has a long history at Princeton. The Princeton club was founded by Professor Ralph J. Fox of the Department of Mathematics in 1945, who continued to promote go in Princeton until his untimely death in 1973. “Professor Fox brought a number of Japanese professionals to visit Princeton, and often hosted them at his house,” reports Princeton club organizer Rick Mott. “His late wife Cynthia bequeathed some of his books, photographs and papers to the club archives.” Steve Bretherick, who’s moving to Japan, continued that tradition on Saturday when he donated a table full of go books to anyone who wanted them (below left).

Perhaps the most famous association of Princeton with go is an opening scene in the 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind,” depicting the life of Nobel laureate John Nash Jr., in which Nash – played by Russell Crowe – is challenged to a game by a fellow graduate student. The Princeton club hosted the fifth US Go Congress in 1989. The following year, the long-standing NJO, one of the earliest regional events in the US, moved to the Princeton campus where it has been played ever since. The tournament is usually held in late February and draws players from all over the Eastern Seaboard, from Virginia to Massachusetts, with occasional visitors from as far away as Austria and, this weekend, San Diego, with club organizer Ted Terpstra flying in for the tournament. photos by John Pinkerton (top right) and Chris Garlock (left, bottom right).

Top board results:
Round 1:
Board 1: Andy Liu d. Yishen Wang; Bd 2: Michael Chen d. Kevin Huang; Bd 3: Eric Lui d. Jing Guo; Bd 4: Mengchen Zhang d. Zhongxia Zhao; Bd 5: Heping Wang d. Naoki Awakawa.
Round 2: Board 1: M Chen d. A Liu; Bd 2: Kevin Huand d. Yishen Wang; Bd 3: Eric Lui d. Heping Wang; Bd. 4: Mengchen Zhang d. Jing Guo; Bd 5: Zhongxia Zhao d. Lionel Zhang.
Round 3 results: Board 1: Kevin Huang d. Andy Liu; Bd 2: Michael Chen d. Ricky Zhao; Bd 3: Mencheng Zhang d. Eric Lui; Bd 4: Yishen Wang d. Heping Wang; Bd 5: Jing Guo d. Andrew Huang.  

Game Records
Round 1, Board 1: Yishen Wang vs. Andy Liu

Round 1, Board 2: Kevin Huang vs. Michael Chen

Round 2, Board 1: Andy Liu vs. Michael Chen

Round 2, Board 2: Kevin Huang vs. Yisheng Wang

 

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New Jersey Open Expecting Large Field This Weekend

Friday February 28, 2014

This weekend’s New Jersey Open (NJO) on March 1-2 is expected to draw a large field with players at all levels. Top boards will be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal. The tournament will be in the same site as last year (Frist Campus Center); pregistration is not required but registration opens at 9a and ends at 10a and you must be there by 10a to be paired in the first round. Cell phones don’t work at the site, but if you’re lost or late, call 609-851-6351 during the last half hour of registration. Trains from NY/Phila arrive at 9:42.  You can reach Frist walking or by cab in 10 minutes.

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U.S. Go Congress Coming to the Big Apple

Friday February 28, 2014

“The U.S. Go Congress has never before been in a place so close to so much!” says Congress organizer Matthew Hershberger. As previously reported (’14 US Go Congress To Be Held In Midtown Manhattan, Sources Say 12/4/2013 EJ), the Congress will be held August 9-17 in midtown Manhattan, “just a stone’s throw from landmarks like the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden,” Hershberger tells the E-Journal. “You will be playing on the 18th floor of the world famous Hotel Pennsylvania just across the street from Penn Station. Times Square, Bryant Park, Grand Central Station, and Korea Town are all just minutes away on foot, and the subways will easily get you anywhere in the city.” The hotel, which has been hosting visitors since 1919 boasts that “more guests have stayed with us than in any other hotel in the world.”

The Congress website is now live and though registration is not yet open, “you can check out the prices and start planning your trip now.”

The largest go activity in the United States, the annual U.S. Go Congress features 8 days of go, including tournaments, professional lectures and game analysis, continuous self paired games, and all kinds of go-related activities from morning to midnight.

And while New York is an expensive city, “we’ve worked hard to keep the Congress affordable,” says Hershberger. That means there are a few differences from previous years. This year there is no meal plan provided; instead, players will be free to explore the many local restaurants of all kinds and at all prices. Locals say you can eat reasonably easily for less than $30/day, or, if you’re so inclined, splurge at some of the best restaurants in the world.

Since the Congress is in a hotel this year, there are no dorm rooms available. “We’ve negotiated extra low prices for guests staying in the hotel,” says Hershberger. A typical room with two beds will run around $1,100 per person (including Congress registration), and there are lower-cost options for the more budget-conscious. You are allowed to have extra people in a room, so groups who are willing to share a room with more people than beds can cut costs significantly.

“Come for the go, come for the camaraderie of old friends, come for thrill of the big city!” urges Hershberger. “Whatever your reasons, we are looking forward to seeing you in New York this August!”

 

 

Go Quiz: Gu Li In Need of a Refresher?

Friday February 28, 2014

While our teacher question was pending, Gu Li dropped the second game of the jubango.  All but the most diehard Lee fans should start rooting for Gu Li, since we want as many of the ten games as possible played.  Eight of 20 of you correctly named Yang Yi 6P as Gu Li’s key teacher.  He is Director of Chongqing Qiyuan and has trained many talented go players since 1979, receiving numerous national and regional awards for his contributions to go.  In 1995, he recommended Gu Li’s induction into the Chinese National Youth Team. Two years later, Yang reserved a spot for Gu Li (age 14 at the time) on the Chongqing Go Team despite objections from many people.  He first came to the North Carolina Go Congress in 2006, following up with visits to Northern Virginia (2009) and Tacoma (2013).  Reader Ke Lu points out that Yang Yi’s rank may not be earned in official pro tournaments, but there is little question that he is honored as 6P in China.  Another eight of you chose  another Yang, our own Yang Yilun 7P, who has been teaching here in the US and attending Congresses since Seattle 1986.  In addition to your quizmaster, known as his “MDS” (“most disapointing student”), he has taught many great players, perhaps most notably Chang Hao 9P.  Four of you recalled that former WAGC champ and 9-dan professional Zhang Wendong attended the first Tacoma Congress.  We are not aware of any of his famous students, but he certainly schooled Congress Director Steve Stringfellow in badminton.  No one chose our final teacher (perhaps because of a lack of Congress attendance), Song Xuelin 9P, Associate Director of Chengdu Qiyuan (Sichuan, China). He placed among the top six several times in Chinese national go tournaments, and his tournament successes earned him the nickname “King of the Southwest”.   Song is well-known for his ability to spot top go talents. In 1992, he trained 2007 LG Cup Champion Chou Chun-Hsun (Zhou Junxun). In 2008, Song recruited 2012 BC Card Cup Runner-Up Dang Yifei (age 14 at the time) into the Sichuan Go Team.  Congrats to this week’s winner Ke Lu of Newton, MA, this week’s winner, selected at random from those answering correctly.

THIS WEEK’S QUIZ: 2-0 jubango leader Lee Sedol is pictured at left in this old photo; who is that pro player with him? Click here to submit your response and please give us your full name; we hope to start honoring our best quizzers next week and we like to keep good records.
- Keith Arnold, HKA, MDS

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