American Go E-Journal

Peter Nelson Wins Seattle Pandanet Team Qualifier

Monday September 22, 2014

Pandanet Qualifier Simon Yu watchingPeter Nelson, a recent arrival to Seattle from Minnesota, was selected for the Seattle 1 Pandanet-AGA  City League Team, after winning the Qualifier Tournament at the Seattle Go Center by a narrow margin.  Longtime Northwest player Edward Kim placed second at the tournament, with the same win/loss record, and will also join the team.  Returning first team members are Simon (Ximeng) Yu, and Ho Son.  The Seattle Pandanet-AGA team placed second last August in the A League competition, losing to the team from neighboring Vancouver B.C.  The board order for the teams in the  online tournament is determined by AGA ratings, so Nelson will probably have the alternate position.  Nelson had an AGA rating of 3 dan last month, and has a 4 dan rating at present.  However, he won two even games against a 7 dan at the tournament, plus a game against Xiaowu Li, who is a 5 dan in China, so observers expect his rating to continue to improve.

The open tournament was a challenge to both players and Tournament Directors Sonny Cho and Dennis Wheeler.  Due to “circular wins” four players had identical records after four rounds, necessitating a playoff round.  The tournament lasted 9 hours and some players had five games.  In addition to Peter Nelson and Edward Kim, Dong Baek Kim and Xiaowu Li were finalists.  This was the first Seattle event for Xiaowu Li, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington Law School, and former director of the faculty go club at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.  Photo: Simon (Ximeng) Yu watches the game of Peter Nelson and Xiaowu Li.  Report/photo by Brian Allen

 

 

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1-Day SAWMG Qualifier set for Monday on KGS

Sunday September 21, 2014

The AGA is holding a 1-day tournament on KGS on Monday, September 22 to select the replacement for Gansheng Shi, who was selected to represent North America at the SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG) but could not go. Mingjiu Jiang will play Eric Lui on Monday at 12 noon EDT in the AGA tournament room, and the winner will later play a deciding game with Jie Liang. The time for the second game is yet to be determined, but we’ll try to post it on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Arnold Tops NOVA Back to School Tourney

Sunday September 21, 2014

Keith Arnold 4D took top honors in the NOVA Back to School Special tournament held on Saturday, September at GMU Law School in 2014.09.20_NOVA-Arnold 2014.09.20_NOVA-critesArlington VA.

Winner’s Report:
First place: Keith Arnold 4D (at right, in cap), 3-1; Yukino Takehara 1K, 4-0; Bob Ehrlich 5K, 4-0; Bob Crites 8K, 4-0; and Sarah Crites 15K, 4-0. “Bob and Sarah (left) are father and daughter,” reports Allan Abramson, “Sarah is done with 15K and probably will be 12K by the Pumpkin Classic next month!

Second place: Kabe Chin 2D, 3-1; Frederick Bao 1D, Julian Erville 1D, Quinn Baranosky 3K, and Weisong Kong 3K, all tied at 2-2; Diego Pierrottet 5K, 3-1; Keith Krulack 9K and Tevis Tsai 8K, tied at 3-1; and Keith Crank 13K, 2-2.

photos by Gurujeet Khalsa

Categories: U.S./North America
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Cotsen Open Registration Opens

Sunday September 21, 2014

Registration for this year’s Cotsen Open is now open. The 2-day tournament will be held on October 25-26 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los 2014.09.21_CotsenAngeles. Sponsored by Eric Cotsen (at right), the tournament is one of the biggest on the annual U.S. go calendar and features thousands of dollars in prizes, an extremely competitive Open Division, live KGS commentary on top board games, free masseuses for players, and free food truck lunches to all those who pre-register for both days of the tournament. There will also be a demonstration game between Yilun Yang 7P and Yigang Hua 8P. As usual, everyone who pre-registers and plays in all five of their matches will have their full entry fee refunded; click here to register. Follow the Cotsen on Twitter and Facebook for the latest tournament news.

Go Takes Over Seoul Streets

Sunday September 21, 2014

Hundreds of people gathered to play Go in Korea’s Gwanghwamun Square, on September 21. The event was part of Seoul’s Street Without Cars 2014.09.21_Simultaneous-Go-Games-Seoul-550x367Festival and Learn Go Week. Go fans got autographs from players like Lee Changho, Lee 2014.09.20_Simultaneous-Go-Games2Sedol and Kim Hyojeong, president of the Korean Baduk Professionals’ Union. One hundred professional go players played simultaneous games with attendees, including international visitors from the 51 countries participating in the 9th Korean Prime Minister’s Cup. Over 1,000 people attended, including many families with children. However, because not everyone played games, the goal of 1,004 simultaneous games was not achieved, and the Guinness World Record – 1,000 players at Take-machi-dohri and Chuo-cho Shopping Streets, Oita, Japan on June 6, 1999 — remained unbroken this year.
- Younggil An, Go Game Guru; right: 100 professional Go players play simultaneous games in Seoul, Korea; left: Seo Neungwuk plays international visitors, including AGA president Andy Okun (3rd from right) and Andrew Jackson (far right). 

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EuroGoTV Update: Hungary, Luxembourg, Croatia

Sunday September 21, 2014

Yaqi Fu 6dHungary: Pavol Lisy 1p took the Hungarian Open Go Championship on September 14 in Budapest while Pal Balogh 6d was second and Viktor Lin 6d placed third. Luxembourg: Also on September 14, Yaqi Fu 6d (left) bested Jonas Welticke 5d at the 7th Luxembourg Go Tournament in Hollenfels. Andreas Goetzfried 4k came in third. Croatia: The 491st Velika Gorica weekend go tournament finished on September 13 with Mladen Smud 1 in first, Marko Popovic 7k in second, and Filip Galekovic 20k 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

Korea’s Wei TaeWoong Sweeps Korean World Amateur Championship, Besting U.S. in Final

Saturday September 20, 2014

Korea’s Wei TaeWoong (right) swept the 9th Korean World Amateur Championships (KPMC), winning all six games on September 19-20 in2014.09.20_BenLockhart Seoul. US representative Ben Lockhart scored an impressive 5-1 record, losing only to Wei in the final round (photo)China came in second, followed by Taiwan, Japan, the US, Mexico and Russia. The key game was Wei’s fifth-round match against Hu YuChing from China; Hu led slightly from the beginning, but Wei hung in and succeeded in turning the game around. “I am very happy to win the KPMC,” said Wei, “and I will prepare with my best for next year’s pro qualification tournaments.”
- wbaduk.com

Your Move/Readers Write: Going With The Flow

Thursday September 18, 2014

“You mention that you’re looking for a January 2002 article about go by Katy Kramer (Go Spotting: Northeastern University Magazine 6/7 2014.09.16_GoWithTheFlow-amsterdamEJ),” writes Harald Zellerer. “I really liked that article also and republished it on the website of the Amsterdam Go Club.” Click here to read “Go: With the Flow.”

Bob Joyce also sent us a copy of the article, noting that “featured is Sangit Chatterjee, who authored Cosmic Go, Galactic Go, and provided game commentaries for the book Go! More Than a Game by Peter Shotwell.  He describes the game’s complexity as ‘Go is like six chessboards joined together, with all six games happening at the same time.’” Joyce extended special thanks to Joan Lynch, Managing Editor, Marketing and Communications, Northeastern University,who provided a copy of the article.
Editor’s Note: This terrific article would make an excellent handout for local clubs to beginners or at public events.

Go Classified: Shell & Slate Stones

Thursday September 18, 2014

I’ve got a set of new-in-box, size 34 (9.5mm) Yuki (snow) graded shell & slate stones I’m letting go for $750.  Serious inquiries only please. goishi.san@gmail.com

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Mexico-Chile-Ecuador Youth Tourneys a First

Wednesday September 17, 2014

 

DSC_0868 copy“Go is getting interesting in Latin America,” reports Mexican organizer Siddhartha Avila, “we’ve been organizing online tournaments for kids with Chile and Ecuador, and they have been a great success. I’ll be at the Iberoamerican Go Tournament in Quito, Ecuador (Oct 9-12) and I hope to meet some of the other organizers in person. We held the very first children’s online match between Chile and Mexico on June 28th, with the participation of twenty children from both countries! We used the OGS Go Server for this match. Go servers like KGS, OGS, IGS are widely used for tournaments or matches between countries in Latin America, and locally, the biggest of them being the Iberoamerican Online Go Tournament organized by Federación Iberoamericana de Go, its 15th edition last year drew more than 100 players.”

For the Chile-Mexico match, there where kids from 5 different schools in Punta Arenas, Chile: Colegio Luterano, Escuela Pedro Pablo Lemaitre, Escuela Juan Williams, Escuela Contardi, Escuela Manuel Bulnes. The match was organized by Club de Go Aonken and their teacher, Sebastián Montiel. On the Mexican side, all the players were from Escuela de Arte Pipiolo and Gimnasio de Go in Mexico City. “It was a great experience, that fills us with joy and enthusiasm to continue sharing go with children of our city, and around the world,” said Montiel

“We’ve had online matches with other schools in the US and Canada before,” said Avila, “especially with Peter Freedman’s students (Portland, OR) and in tourneys like Tiger’s Mouth, the School Team Tournament by the AGHS, or the AGA’s NAKC. We were glad to receive Sebastián’s invitation to play the Chile-Mexico match, and we have in mind inviting more countries where we know there are go programs, or go is taught to children. Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Brasil and Cuba, all come to mind,” adds Avila. Mexico won the matches 8 – 2, full results, and pictures, can be seen here. A report on the first Chile-Ecuador-Mexico match will run in next week’s E-J. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: kids from Gimnasio de Go enjoy themselves playing against Chile.