American Go E-Journal

Ali Jabarin 6d Leading Euro Pro Go Qualies

Monday April 28, 2014

Twenty-year-old Israeli Ali Jabarin 6d (right) is leading the field at the end of the second series of online training leagues for the upcoming competition to qualify two players as the first European Go Professionals (see European Go Federation and CEGO Launch Online Training for Pro Students – 4/1 EJ).

Thirteen players have been competing in two online leagues and the A-league of the second series of five ended as scheduled  last Friday, April 25, with Jabarin (“OohAah”) winning four out of five games, losing only to CEGO teacher Zhao Baolong 2P. Austrian Viktor Lin 6d (“Sandmann”) and Slovakian Pavol Lisy 7d (“cheater”) were demoted to the B-league, to be replaced by promoted Romanian Cornel Burzo 6d (“Cornel”) and Serbian Dusan Mitic 6d (“shinobi90″). Lisy is in fact temporarily withdrawing from training to devote himself to studying for his high school final exams. The B-league was not decided until Sunday April 27, as many players, along with teacher Zhao Baolong, attended the Korean Ambassador Cup 2014, 43rd Prague Go Tournament at the weekend.

All the training games are played in a public room, “Euro Dream Team”  on KGS, default start-time 20:00 CEST, and European Go Federation (EGF)  Secretary Lorenz Trippel, who manages the leagues, has noted up to 400 spectators watching the games at one time, and 100 – 200 typical.

The fourth series ends on May 21 and the double knockout qualification competition kicks off with the 1st round CEGO Pro Qualification on May 23 at the Strasbourg Tournament. Then at the Amsterdam Tournament, on May 29, the 2nd round CEGO Pro Qualification will see a player with four straight wins (two games per round) certified as the first ever European Professional. Finally, after a fifth training series May 2-13 and a “Power-week” of special teaching June 16-20, those with only one loss will compete in the 3rd Round CEGO Pro Qualification at the Vienna Tournament, running June 20-22, to select a second European Professional.

Click here for full details, including league tables, player profiles, game records and more.

Report by Tony Collman; photo courtesy of  CEGO/EGF



$200 Go Congress Youth Scholarships Offered

Monday April 28, 2014

The American Go Foundation (AGF) is offering $200 youth scholarships to this year’s US Go Congress.  Interested youth must write an essay on why they want to go; the application deadline is May 30th. Twenty-five scholarships are available, and up to 15 awardees will be selected by June 1. Five scholarships are available to residents of Canada or Mexico. Applications received after May 30th will be placed in a lottery with the remaining scholarships  awarded at random from qualifying essays.  The scholarships are available for youth who are under 18.  For more information, and to apply, click here.  - Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Calvin Sun 7d  plays Lionel Zhang 6d, in the Youth Room at the  2013 Congress.

Gu Li Evens the Score in Jubango with Lee Sedol

Sunday April 27, 2014

Gu Li 9P won game 4 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango on April 27, drawing even with Lee Sedol 9P at two all for the match so far. Game 4 was held on Jeungdo (Jeung Island) in Shinan County, near Lee Sedol’s hometown, and was the first and only game scheduled in Korea. Before the game, the players paid their respects to the hundreds who died when a ferry tragically capsized on April 16. The ferry incident occurred near the venue for this match. Go fans who like to follow the Lee Sedol – Gu Li rivalry will already know that this is Gu’s fourth consecutive victory against Lee in the last two months. Game 5 will be held in Yunnan Province, China, and is shaping up to be a crucial turning point in the match. Click here to download the game record or click on the link below to see An Younggil 8P’s  preliminary comments on the game.
- David Ormerod, Go Game Guru 


Categories: World

Andy Liu 1P Sweeps Washington Baduk Open

Sunday April 27, 2014

Andy Liu 1P took the first Washington Open Baduk Championship with a 5-0 sweep on April 26-27. Displaying his customary sharp and speedy play — rarely using more than half the 60-minute basic time — Liu (right) dominated his opponents, winning most of his games by resignation. The young American pro was characteristically modest, however. When retiree Kang Shin 7D, a powerhouse who won multiple titles in the 1970′s, cheerfully told Liu “You’ll give me a lesson” as they sat down to play in the final round, Liu quietly replied, “We’re all equals here.”   Organizers were pleased with the turnout and the venue at the Korean U.S. Science Cooperation Center in Vienna, VA, as well as the addition of a new major East Coast tournament to the annual go calendar. “We’re especially grateful to Scorpion Sports, the Korean Embassy, the Korea Amateur Baduk Association and all the volunteers and sponsoring organizations who put on this great event,” said AGA President Andy Okun. “Ambassador Suh Daewon’s vision of all the different go communities coming together took a great first step with the successful launch of the Washington Open,” said Allan Abramson, who directed the tournament. “I’m looking forward to many more years of joint efforts with him and KABA.” Todd Heidenreich was the Assistant TD. See below for the winner’s report, link to the crosstab, and the Board 1 game records for rounds 4 & 5.
- photos by Phil Straus (right) and Chris Garlock (left); click here for Straus’ tournament photo album.

Winner’s Report (click here for tournament crosstab):
Open Section (7d+):
1st: Andy Liu 1P; 2nd: Michael Chen 7d; 3rd: Li Siyuan 7d; 4th: Kevin Huang 7d; 5th: Changlong Wu 7d.
Dan A (4-6d): 1st: Bo Huang 5d; nd: Chang S Lee 4d; 3rd: Justin Ching 5d
Dan B (1-3d): 1st: Kuo Hung Ton 2d; 2nd: Julian Erville 1d; 3rd: Chenchen Luo 2d
Kyu A (1-5k): 1st: Benjamin Hong 3k; 2nd: John Q Zhao 3k; 3rd: Weixin Wang 4k
Kyu B (6-10k): 1st: Bob Crites 9k; 2nd: Kyung Up Moon 8k
Kyu C (11-15k): Dierdre Golash 13k; 2nd: Alvin Chen 11k
Kyu D (16k+): 1st: Sophia Wang 21k; 2nd: Alex Kuang 16k

Game Records, Board 1, Rounds 4 & 5



Categories: U.S./North America

VT Spring Tourney Small But Fun

Sunday April 27, 2014

Attendance at the Vermont Spring Go Tournament ”was sparse, with just 9 players,” reports organizer Peter Schumer, “but everyone brought their ‘A’ game and made for a fun and exciting day.” The event was held on campus at Middlebury College on Saturday, April 26. Prizes were awarded to the top four finishers plus two “fighting spirit” awards “to those whose results might have seemed disappointing,” adds Schumer.  The top finishers were:  1st: Milan Mladenovic 7k (3-0); 2nd: David Felcan 2d (2-1); 3rd: Daniel Steinbrook 3k (2-1).

Categories: U.S./North America

Go Quiz: Historic Hosts

Sunday April 27, 2014

Quizmaster Learns Something: Half of you came up with 15, the correct answer, although Steve Burrall insists there are 16, but only listed 13 in his comments. Here’s Grant Kerr’s list, in a rare moment of only almost correctness, in order of their proness.
1: Manfred Wimmer 1978 (Austria/Japan, left)
2: James Kerwin 1978 (USA/Japan, right)
3: Michael Redmond 1981 (USA/Japan)
4: Janice Kim 1987 (USA/Korea)
5: Catalin Taranu 1997 (Romania/Japan)
6: Hans Pietsch 1997 (Germany/Japan)
7: Svetlana Shikshina 2002 (Russia/Korea)
8: Alexandre Dinerstein 2002 (Russia/Korea)
9: Diana Koszegi 2008 (Hungary/Korea)
10: Joanne Missingham 2008 (Australia/Taiwan)
11: Mariya Zakharchenko 2012 (Ukraine/Korea)
12: Andy Liu 2012 (USA)
13: Gangsheng Shi 2012 (USA)
14: Calvin Sun 2013 (USA)
15: Francis Meyer 2014 (USA/Korea, left)
Your quizmaster did not know that Francis Meyer (left) of North Carolina had made pro in February, but sorry Grant, it is with the Kansai Kiin, not Korea. Congrats to this week’s winner, Robert Tirak of The Dalles, OR, chosen at random from among those answering correctly.

This Week’s Quiz: It’s time to make your plans to go to the 2014 U.S. Go Congress, the nation’s biggest go event of the year in its biggest location ever, New York City! Your challenge this week is historical: New York City joins San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle as the fourth US city to hold a Go Congress and what other noteworthy historic event? Click here to submit your best guess; as usual, points will be given for creative answers.
- Keith Arnold, HKA, Quizmaster
Wimmer photo courtesy Helmut Wilschek’s Go Stories blog; Kerwin photo courtesy Nihon Ki-in; Meyer photo from 2010 US Go Congress by Chris Garlock 

Categories: Go Quiz

Andy Liu 1P & Kevin Huang 7D Lead Washington Open Baduk Championship

Saturday April 26, 2014

Andy Liu 1P (right) leads the first Washington Open Baduk Championship, 3-0 going into the final two rounds in Vienna, VA this weekend. Kevin Huang 7D is also 3-0 so the two are sure to meet on Sunday. Top-board games will be broadcast on KGS starting at 9:30a EST. Other top 2-game winners were Elaine Jiang 6D, Li Siyuan 7D, Zhaonian Chen 7D, Wu Changlong 7D (left in photo), Stephanie Yi and Kang Shin 7D. Click here for standings as of Round 3: Andy Liu 8d-Park In 2D and Liu Jian 2D-Stephen Webb 25k. See below for game records for Board 1 Rounds 1-3. 88 players turned out for the first day of play at the newest major AGA event, co-hosted by the Korean Amateur Baduk Association (KABA) and the American Go Association (AGA), and organized by the NOVA Go Club, the Baltimore Go Club, and the Korean-American Go Association.
- report/photo/game records by Chris Garlock


Categories: U.S./North America

Ambassador Suh Dae-won Receives First Washington Open Baduk Award

Saturday April 26, 2014

The first award of the Washington Open Baduk Championship was announced after just one round on the first day of play. Tournament Director Allan Abramson (right) presented retired Ambassador Suh Dae-won of Korea with an award recognizing his work promoting the game of go. Ambassador Suh played a key role bringing the annual Cotsen Open to the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles in recent years (dates were recently confirmed for 2014-2016), facilitated the organizing of the first Washington Open Baduk Championship this weekend in Northern Virginia – where nearly 100 players turned out Saturday — and is now in discussions about an event in Europe. “Bringing together the various go communities in our country has long been a dream of ours and efforts like this show just how far we have come,” said American Go Association president Andy Okun. “I’m very honored to receive this award,” said Ambassador Suh. “The Korean Amateur Baduk Association is committed to developing baduk in the United States. As the world’s largest economy and because of its huge influence worldwide this is a very important place to grow this global game. Thanks to all the organizers of this event for your dedication and hard work to make this event a success.” In addition to Abramson, Keith Arnold of the Baltimore Go Club was recognized, as was Myungwan Kim 9P. Also on hand was Korean Minister for Economic Affairs Gheewhan Kim, who declared himself “Very happy to see so many people playing the game in this country,” adding that “our embassy hopes to see this event continue next year and on into the future.”
- report/photo by Chris Garlock

Categories: U.S./North America

EuroGoTV Update: Ukraine, Norway, Romania

Friday April 25, 2014

Ukraine: The Second League Ukrainian Championship finished on April 13 in Kiev with Andrii Kravets 6d in first, Volodymyr Kokozei 5d in second, and Bohdan Zhurakovskyi 5d in third. Norway: Yaqi Fu 6d took the 2014 Nordic Championship in Bergen on April 20. Behind him were Paal Sannes 3d in second and Severin Hanevik 1d in third. Romania: Silvestru State 2d (left) led the Roman Youth Championship U 16 Final on April 13. Elian Ioan Grigoriu 1d placed second and Mircea Nitu 12k came 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

Upcoming European Tournaments: Open IGC 2014, Scottish Open

Friday April 25, 2014

The Ishi Go Club will host the Open IGC 2014 on May 17 and 18 at the Polytechnic School of Lausanne in Switzerland. Amateur and experienced players are welcome to play. Registration is 30 CHF for adults and 15 CHF for youth (under 18) and students. In addition to the tournament, Hwang In-Seong will provide lessons and lectures. For more information, please visit the official Open ICG 2014 website.

The Scottish Open Go Tournament will be May 24 and 25 at the University of Glasgow. Registration for non-BGA members is 9 GBP while BGA-members will receive a 3 GBP discount. In addition to the tournament, there will be an informal lightning event on Friday, May 23 for players already in town. Accommodations are available through local players or For more information, please visit the official Scottish Open tournament page.
—Annalia Linnan; for complete listings, check out the European Tournament Calendar