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Zhangbokang Tang 7d wins Maryland Open after 4-way tie

Monday May 30, 2016

Zhengbokang Tang  7d won the 2016 Maryland Open Sunday, after the event ended in a four-way tie at the top on 4-1 and a 2016.06.09_MD-Open-winnertwo way tie on both SOS and SODOS tiebreakers. Tang topped the field by virtue of winning the head-to-head match with Shiuyao Qiao 1p.  Tang (at left in photo) also bested the other pro in the field, Calvin Sun 1p, while falling only to Zhaonian Chen 7d. Seventy one players, including two professionals, attended the 43rd Maryland Open, directed by Gurujeet Khalsa, assisted by Todd Heidenreich.

Open Section:   1st – Zhangbokang Tang 7 dan; 2nd- Shiyao Qiao 1p; 3rd- Zhaonian Chen 7 dan; 4th – Calvin Sun 1p
A Section: 1st – Gabriella Su 5 dan; 2nd- Ashish Varma 4 dan
B Section: 1st- Muyuan Wang 3 dan; 2nd – Jared Beck 3 dan
C Section: 1st-  Adam Jiang 2 dan; 2nd – John Wang 1 dan
D Section: 1st – Terry Luo 1 kyu – Kyu Champion; 2nd- Neil Ritter 2 kyu
E Section: 1st- Chenzi Wang 6 kyu (only player to go 5-0); 2nd – Tevis Tsai 7 kyu; 3rd – Amanda Miller 8 kyu
F Section: 1st – Jimmy Yang 15 kyu; 2nd- Sarah Crites 10 kyu
G Section: 1st – Antonina Perez-Lopez 20 kyu; 2nd – Tianfeixue Han 28 kyu
Fighting Spirit Prize – Justin Ching 6 dan
Greg Lefler Award – Feng Yun Go School
- reported by Keith Arnold (at right in photo). photo by Gurujeet Khalsa; click here for more photos.

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Congress Flies Past 400 Attendees; Next Price Rise Soon

Sunday May 29, 2016

2016.03.18_go-congress-logoIf you are planning to attend the US Go Congress in Boston this year but haven’t signed up or paid, you’d best get cracking!  The early bird price expires at the end of May, i.e. Tuesday, with the registration fee going from $375 to $425.   And if you haven’t decided yet to come to Congress this year, why not?  Aside from a location steeped in history, culture and seafood, this Congress boasts an illustrious complement of pro teachers, a powerful lineup of strong players and a tremendous roster of attendees, swelled by the work of the Congress team as well as all the exciting new developments in the world of go.  Sign-ups are well into record territory with more than 330 paid attendees already and nearly 430 altogether in the process.   See the Congress website for more details and to sign up.

Mingjiu Jiang 7P, Cathy Li 1P and all N.A. pros confirmed for Go Congress

Sunday May 29, 2016

Popular teacher Mingjiu Jiang 7P will talk about “Tricky Moves in Josekis” at the upcoming US Go Congress July 30-August 2016.05.29-pro-collage7 in Boston. Also joining the professional line-up at the Congress are Ryan Li 1P, Eric Lui 1P and Calvin Sun 1P; together with previously announced Andy Liu 1P and William Shi 1P, all the young North American pros will be in attendance at the Congress. Longtime Congress favorite Cathy Li 1P has also confirmed she’ll be there. A special guest, An Yan 7P from China, will also attend; he’s taught many strong players in the US, including 2016 Congress director Walther Chen 5d. Over 300 have already registered for the Congress; see who’s coming here.

AGA Seeks New Treasurer

Saturday May 28, 2016

The AGA is looking for a new treasurer. After six years of tireless service, longtime AGA stalwart Roy Schmidt is coming to the end of his third term as treasurer. The new treasurer must be willing to work, be good at detailed work, patient and able to keep good financial records. He or she should also be someone who does their own tax return and finds reconciling checking and credit card accounts easy. It would be good as well to have had a course in managerial accounting (bookkeeping), experience with Quickbooks and experience with small business transactions. After board approval, the new treasurer designate will receive full training and assistance from the incumbent. Please get in touch with Andy Okun at president@usgo.org.

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Evanston Hits Anime Convention

Friday May 27, 2016

EVANSTON PICMembers of the Evanston Go Club took the game of go to Anime Central last weekend, teaching hundreds of attendees how to play, reports club president Mark Rubenstein.  “This event is so much fun!” said Rubenstein. “We were there for 14 hours on Friday and 12 hours on Saturday, and we were teaching non-stop. I’m sure many of the kids we taught will continue to learn and play.”  Evanston Go Club has been teaching go for many years at ACEN, the largest anime convention in the midwest, with over 31,000 attendees last year.  “I think I’m finally catching up on my sleep now!” mused Rubenstein four days after the convention.

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San Diego Go Club hosts Spring Soiree

Monday May 23, 2016

Nineteen go players showed up the San Diego Go Club’s Spring 2016 Go Soiree, an informal quarterly gathering of players 2016.05.24-san-diego2from all the go clubs in San Diego County, with other visitors from southern California. The match of the day featured AGA president 2016.05.24-san-diego1Andy Okun matched up with UCSD freshman Weihan Huai, a 2-dan professional from China. Okun fought gamely but was no match for the student in a handicapped game.

The go party was at the club president’s house which gave the players the opportunity to peruse a 200+ go book library and borrow tomes that would improve their game. After playing for five hours, players socialized over pizza provided under the AGA rewards program.
- report/photos by Ted Terpstra. photos: (right) action shot of a game and problem analysis; (left) Weihan Huai (left) and Andy Okun 

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John Tromp and the Big Numbers of Go

Monday May 23, 2016

Some years ago, Dutch computer scientist John Tromp (right) and his colleagues reported that the longest possible game of go 2016.05.24_johnTrompwould last longer than the universe is likely to. Now, the culmination of their work on Go Combinatorics—the science of counting—is reported on in Peter Shotwell’s latest essay, “John Tromp and the Big Numbers of Go: The Possible Positions, Games and the Longest.” One finds that the number of possible games “is more than a googolplex, which is a number that cannot physically be written down in the available space of the universe.” Also, with highly advanced computer power since that last report, Tromp and his team finally found the exact 171-digit number for 19 x 19 boards. “A 13×13 board has as many possible positions as the approximately 1080 atoms in the universe and the ‘L19’ number is more than 1090 times greater than this.” In other words, as one science writer quipped, “Saying that there are more go positions or games than atoms in the universe is like saying the national debt is more than a penny.”

 

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AGA Election Update: Khalsa & Zhang re-nominated; no nominees yet for Central or Western Regions

Monday May 23, 2016

Eastern and At-Large board members Gurujeet Khalsa and Ed Zhang have been nominated to retain their seats while Bob Gilman has said he will not run to retain his central region seat. Nominations, including self-nominations, may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides or nationwide for the At-Large seat and must be received by June 15. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

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Wall Wins Bracknell

Monday May 23, 2016

Alistair Wall (2d Wanstead) won all his games to win the 38th Bracknell, the first time he has won the event. He beat 2016.05.24_wall-wins-bracknellChristian Scarff, Jim Clare and last year’s winner Des Cann. Also winning all three were Eric Hall (5k Swindon) and John Cassidy (8k Belgium). Among the 26 players taking part were Be Gei’s two very young daughters, playing their first game not among the family. Bournemouth won the team prize. As usual there was the fun selection of side events set by organiser Ian Marsh. The 13×13 was easy to judge as nobody entered and the Go puzzle competition was won by Peter Collins, the only player brave enough to enter. The caption competition was won by Neil Cleverly, Paul Barnard was best at paper folding and Tony Atkins made the best jumping frog.
- British Go Association website

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The Power Report: Globis Cup report & commentary

Sunday May 22, 2016

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal2016.05.22_globis-diagrams

A report on this year’s Globis Cup appeared earlier this month in the E-Journal (China’s Li wins 3rd Globis Cup  5/9). Here is a commentary on the final, based on Go Weekly and the live commentary by O Meien 9P (click on link below)This year the finalists were Li Qincheng 1P of China (aged 17) and Kyo Kagen (also known as Hsu Chiayuan or Xu Jiayuan) 3P of Japan (aged 18). In the nigiri, Li drew black. Playing conditions are the NHK format (30 seconds per move plus ten minutes). As last time, O was assisted by Mannami Nao 2P.

This tournament was founded to give young Japanese players more experience against top-level competition. In China and Korea, it’s not unusual for a teenager to be winning top titles. The best example of that is Ke Jie 9P of China. He is still only 18 (he turns 19 on August 2), but he has already won three international titles. So far, no teenager in Japan has won a top domestic title; the biggest prodigy, of course, has been Iyama Yuta, who started winning titles when he was 16, but he did not win a top-seven title, the Meijin, until he had turned 20. Why the difference? In my view, the explanation is simple: the Korean and Chinese players come out of a much bigger pool, because of the much greater popularity of go among young people in these countries.

2016.05.22_Globis3_final-commentary

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