American Go E-Journal

Phoon Wins AGF Scholarship

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.


Big Turnout for Bay Area Go Summer Tournament

Monday August 26, 2013

Forty six kids and adults came out to San Francisco’s Japantown Center on August 17th for the Summer Go Tournament organized by Bay Area Go Players Association. Players ranged in strength from 7 dan to 21 kyu, and 13 people joined or renewed their AGA memberships in order to play in the event. Naoyuki Kai 7d (in photo at right) led the pack with an impressive 4-0 record.

“Some folks traveled three hours or more to get here, so I’m glad we could offer them a full day of competitive face-to-face go,” said Tournament Director Steve Burrall. Reports event organizer Roger Schrag, “Longtime local go leader and past US Go Congress co-director Ernest Brown took lots of pictures and made a beautiful slide show. I hope people who haven’t yet experienced playing in a go tournament will watch it to get an idea of how rewarding, fun, and social it is to play go over a physical board with dozens of other go players all around you.” Bay Area Go’s Fall Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, November 2 in Berkeley.

Winners report: First Division (7d-2d): 1st: Naoyuki Kai 7d. 2nd: Norman Tsai 5d. 3rd: Marshall Quander 2d. Second Division (1d-4k): 1st: Roger Schrag 4k. 2nd: Peter de Blanc 1d. 3rd: Daniel Yoo 4k. Third Division (5k-21k): Douglas Miller 16k. 2nd: James Lee 10k. 3rd: John Lengyel 8k.

Photos by Ernest Brown. 

Categories: U.S./North America

Park Younghun Falls to Chen Yaoye at 2013 Tengen

Sunday August 25, 2013

China Korean Tengen 2013Much was riding on this year’s China Korean Tengen tournament on August 24 in Hangzhou, China. After Chinese player Chen Yaoye 9p (left) defended his title last year, the score of wins per country was tied at 8-8. During their match, when Chen won the first game and Park won the second, creating another tie, the stakes were even higher. Korean fans hoped Park’s Chunwon win in January and killer endgame skills would give him the advantage – not so. Chen edged Park out, taking not only his third win in three years but also giving China the lead in total victories for the first time in the tournament’s history. For more information about Chen, Park, and this year’s China Korean Tengen including photos and game records, please visit Go Game Guru.
– Annalia Linnan, based on a longer report by Go Game Guru; photo courtesy of Go Game Guru

U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Thursday (8/7), Friday (8/8) & Saturday (8/9)

Sunday August 25, 2013

The previously-published Congress Photo Scrapbooks (below) have now been updated with full-size slideshows of EJ photographer Phil Straus’ albums for each day. We’ve also published three all-new albums of Straus’ photos. Enjoy!
- The Editors

U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Saturday, August 3  
Click here to see the new daily slideshow.
U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Sunday, August 4 
Click here to see the new daily slideshow.
U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Monday, August 5 
Click here to see the new daily slideshow. 
U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Tuesday, August 6 
Click here to see the new daily slideshow.
NEW! Thursday, August 7:
Click here for Phil Straus’ complete album of the day.
NEW! Friday, August 8: Click here for Phil Straus’ complete album of the day.
NEW! Saturday, August 9: Click here for Phil Straus’ complete album of the day.


Categories: U.S. Go Congress

Go Game Guru Celebrates 3rd Year Anniversary and Looks Ahead

Sunday August 25, 2013

Congratulations to Go Game Guru, which recently celebrated its third birthday. “When we started this project, we set out with the idea of building a sustainable business that exists to promote go worldwide,” writes GGG founder David Ormerod. While conceding that “I didn’t fully anticipate exactly how much work that would be, or how long it would take to get certain things done,” Ormerod says the GGG team and systems “are running very smoothly at last, which frees up a lot of time to improve how we’re doing things and to work on new stuff.” That includes new go equipment in the GGG store, more articles for beginners and intermediate players, and affordable, basic equipment for beginners. Perhaps GGG’s most ambitious idea is one that the E-Journal strongly supports as well: worldwide go demonstrations on the same weekend in 2014. Stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile, happy birthday to Go Game Guru and best wishes to the team for many happy returns!
- Chris Garlock, Managing Editor, American Go E-Journal 

2013 U.S. Go Congress at a Glance: Report/Game Index

Saturday August 24, 2013

From before the Opening Ceremonies to the closing Awards Banquet, the American Go E-Journal once again provided comprehensive coverage of the annual U.S. Go Congress, this year held August 3-11 in Tacoma, WA. In addition to broadcasting and posting dozens of top games, many with commentary by professional go players, the EJ published daily tournament recaps and previews (a new feature this year), interviews, features and scrapbooks of photos from the biggest event on the US go calendar. Here’s a selection of our coverage, organized into a handy overview. All the coverage is available online: click on U.S. Go Congress under Categories or search for specific keywords. Game records are posted on the US Open, NAMT  and Strong Players Open; also see below for clickable links to the professional game commentaries. 

Tournament Reports
U.S. Go Congress Recap: Yuhan Zhang Wins U.S. Open
2013 North American Masters Tournament: Final Results (includes player photos)
2013 Strong Players Open: Final Results (includes player photos)
Los Angeles Tops Inaugural Pandanet-AGA City League
Amy Wang and Justin Ching Win Pair Go Tourney
Andrew Lu Repeats As Die Hard Winner

Daily Recaps/Previews

U.S. Go Congress Preview: Sunday, August 4
U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Monday, August 5
U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Tuesday, August 6
U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Wednesday, August 7
U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Friday, August 9
U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Matthew Hu Repeats as NAMT Champ; Cong Li Wins SPO

Congress Photo Scrapbooks
U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Saturday, August 3 
U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Sunday, August 4 
U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Monday, August 5 
U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Tuesday, August 6

Other Reports
Everyone’s A Winner at NAMT Board Auction
Dolen & Fukuda Receive Lasker Awards
Go History Lessons on Display at Congress
Takemiya on Teaching
Korean Leaders visit Seattle Go Center
Auto Exec Turns His Sights on Popularizing Go
Go Quiz: Something In Common

Youth Reports
Defending Champs Hold Onto Redmond Cup Titles
Ching, Huang, and Xu Top Youth Team Tourney
Kurebayashi’s Top Youth-Adult Pair Go
Frisbee Go – Youth Room Style
Gan and Ye Score in Redmond Cup; Lightning Tourney in Youth Room

Game Commentaries: The E-Journal team broadcast 15 professional commentaries during the 2013 U.S. Go Congress. In addition to the U.S. Open, the North American Masters and the Strong Players Open, we also covered the Pandanet-AGA City League A-League final as well as the Samsung Qualifier taking place in Korea.

U.S. Open Round 1, Board 1: Jennie Shen 2P on Zi Yang (Matthew) Hu vs. Tianyu (Bill) Lin
U.S. Open Round 2, Board 1: Cathy Li 1P on Zi Yang Hu vs. Jianing Gan
U.S. Open Round 3, Board 1: Shirley Lin 1P on Zi Yang Hu vs. Yuhan Zhang 7d
U.S. Open Round 3, Board 1: Chujo Chihiro 3P on Zi Yang Hu 1p vs. Yuhan Zhang 7d
U.S. Open Round 3, Board 2: Myungwan Kim 9P on Calvin Sun 7d vs. Peilun Li 7d
U.S. Open Round 4 Board 1: Wei Chen 3P on Yuhan Zhang 7d vs. Calvin Sun 7d
U.S. Open Round 5 Board 1: Mingjiu Jiang 9P on Yuhan Zhang 7d vs. Peilun Li 7d
NAMT Round 1 Board 1: Yang Yi 6P on Matthew Hu 1p vs Jianing Gan 7d
NAMT Round 2, Board 1:  Yilun Yang 7P on Calvin Sun 7d vs. Zi Yang Hu 1P
NAMT Round 4 Board 1: Takemiya Masaki on Stephanie Yin 1p vs. Zi Yang Hu 1P
NAMT Round 4 Board 2: Mingming Yin 1p on Hugh Zhang 7d vs Andy Liu 1P
SPO Round 2 Board 2: BeomGeun (Evan) Cho 7d vs Yuhan Zhang 7d (player commentary)
SPO Round 4 Board 1:  Myungwan Kim on Cong Li 3P vs Yuhan Zhang 7D
SPO Round 4 Board 2:  Huiren Yang 1p on Peilun Li 7d vs Evan Cho 7d
Pandanet-AGA City League A-League final: Myungwan Kim 9P on Beumgeon (Evan) Cho and Jie Li
Samsung Qualifier: Mingjiu Jiang 7P on Eric Lui 7d vs Ben Lockhart

Managing Editor: Chris Garlock; Assistant Manager: Todd Heidenreich; Broadcast coordinator: Steve Colburn and Dennis Wheeler; Photography: Phil Straus; KGS admin: Akane Negishi, with Sadaharu Wakisaka; Youth Editor: Paul Barchilon; Myron Souris (off-site support). Simulcast Manager: Solomon Smilack; US Open Game Recorders: Dennis Wheeler, Richard Dolen, Mike Lepore, Frank Lam. NAMT Game Recorders: Dennis Wheeler, Richard Dolen, Andrew Jackson, Solomon Smilack, David Weimer, Logan Lancaster, Brian Leahy, Ethan Frank, Matt Payton, Alex Salazar, Mike Lepore. Professionals: Cathy Li, Myunyan Kim, Yilun Yang, Shirley Lin, Huiren Yang, Mingjiu Jiang, Takemiya Masaki & Pro Coordinator I-Han Lui. photo by Phil Straus

Upcoming European Tournament: V.A. Trost Memorial in Odessa

Saturday August 24, 2013

Sergii Rydzel and the UFGO will host the fourth Trost Memorial Vitaly Anatolievich TrostInternational Go Tournament in Odessa (Ukraine) on October 19-20. In memory of the “permanent head of the Odessa Go Club” Vitaly Anatolievich Trost, this annual tournament honors the trainer, educator, and tournament organizer who inspired generations of players including Alexander Falixon and Elina Serebryakova. This year, the main prize will be 100 EU with additional prizes for second, third, and others to be announced. Players who register online before October 9 will receive a discount. Youth players (under 18) who register by the same date can participate for free. To register or for more information about the tournament including rules, schedule, and accommodations, please visit the Trost Memorial official website.
— Annalia Linnan; for complete listings, check out the European Tournament Calendar; photo courtesy of Kosumi Go Club

Categories: Events/Tournaments

Takemiya Masaki 9P & Chihiro Chujo 1P Teach at Seattle Go Center

Friday August 23, 2013

During the week following the U.S. Go Congress, Takemiya Masaki  9p from the Nihon Ki-in and Chihiro Chujo 1p from the Kansai Ki-in each taught three times at the Seattle Go Center.  Ms. Chujo was an enthusiastic go teacher, and an eager student of the English language.  Her English vocabulary increased notably during her week-long visit. In his first lecture, Takemiya gave commentary on two of his games; one from the beginning of his career in 1969 and one with his friend and competitor Cho Chikun from 1988.  Takemiya’s second lecture was for kyu players, and stressed that “those who play where they want lose more games but get stronger faster”.  He admitted that sometimes there is only one move on the board, and showed an example of this situation, but he reassured the audience of 22 players that usually there are options to try out.  Both Chujo and Takemiya played simultaneous games on Tuesday, Aug. 14,  the busiest day of the week at the Go Center.  Two of Takemiya’s games with strong players were recorded and broadcast on KGS, and then shown in the kitchen with a digital projector.  At one point there was a roar from the kitchen when the internet connection was temporarily lost, puzzling the players in the main room who did not know what had happened.  The games are posted in the news section of the Go Center website, along with the two games Mr. Takemiya presented in his lecture.

There was also time for sight-seeing, and for good seafood dinners.  Miss Chujo went for a canoe ride, while Mr. Takemiya had a fine round of golf, with three birdies, and also went tango dancing after one of his lectures.  Top photo: Takemiya Masaki; bottom: Chihiro Chujo. Report/photos by Brian Allen

GoGameGuru to Sponsor KGS Meijin August Qualifier

Friday August 23, 2013

GoGameGuru – which just celebrated its third birthday — will be sponsoring the August qualifier for the KGS 2013 Meijin tournament. GoGameGuru’s August round has 34 entrants thus far, with ranks up to 8 dan. The single-elimination tournament will take place August 24-25, the registration is still open; see the tournament web page for more details.

EuroGoTV Update: Russia, Poland, Sweden

Friday August 23, 2013

Vladimir Open 2013Russia: Less than ten days after his victories at the 2013 European Go Congress, Ilja Shikshin 7d (left) conquered the Vladimir Open in Suzdal on August 18. Igor Nemlij 5d placed second and Dmitrij Surin 6d came in third. Poland: The Summer Go School – Jerzy Sacharewicz Memorial tournament in Przystanek Alaska also finished on August 18 with Cezary Czernecki 3d in first, Stanislaw Frejlak 4d in second, and Marek Kaminski 4d in third. Sweden: Fredrik Blomback 6d bested Yaqi Fu 6d at the Stockholm Open on August 18; Klas Almrot 4d came in third.
— Annalia Linnan, based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news