American Go E-Journal

The First AGA-Tygem Pro Finals: A Game Recorder’s View

Wednesday August 1, 2012

The First AGA – Tygem Pro Finals — under way now in Black Mountain, North Carolina — are double-elimination. After the first round the contests are best-of-three matches. After his first loss a player drops to the second band; but the leader of the 2nd band, who at the end will have had only one loss, will play a match with the loser of the championship match, who also will have had only one loss, to determine second place.  That’s important because second place will be the second American certified professional.

Andy Liu has been a steam roller; not only has he won all his matches, but he has won all his games, winning matches two-zip vs Janing Gan and Eric Lui. As I write this, Gan-Sheng Shi (who beat Jing Yang 2-1 the previous round) is playing Hugh Zhang (who beat Yuan Zhou 2-1) in their third-game playoff (they split yesterday) for the right to challenge Andy Liu for the championship. Either way a bloodied veteran will confront a locomotive in what will have to be a great battle.

I can see why recording other’s games is so important in go pedagogy: you have to spot the move before the opponent replies. A few moves played in rapid succession, which can happen abruptly at any time, can make the move order mystifying even if you catch up to the current position. So the recorder must effectively play the game, identifying candidate moves and sorting them, so he can recognize the move and record it before play progresses too far. It’s quite a bit of work, but it’s fascinating. You are putting yourself in the head of another player, as in Rengo (Pair Go). The two games I recorded yesterday wore me out about as much as if I had played two rounds myself.

Fortunately, sitting in a rocking chair on a cottage veranda in the cool night-time breeze at the end of the day, overlooking the wooded ravine passing among the cottages here in Black Mountain, relaxes beautifully.
- Peter St. John, Triangle Go Group; photo: game recorder Terry McIntyre at the AGA-Tygem Finals; photo by Nik Gonzales, Second Camera, The Surrounding Game

Editor’s Note: The E-Journal has room for a few more game recorders next week at the U.S. Go Congress! If you’d like to be part of the team that brings the Congress to the rest of the world, email us at journal@usgo.org

 

 

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Down to Final 8 for European Championship

Wednesday August 1, 2012

The knock-out rounds for the European Championship begin Thursday at the European Go Congress in Bonn, Germany. The eight players who have qualified for the quarters are Shikshin (Russia), Silt (Czech Republic), Burzo (Romania), Debarre (France), Tormanen (Finland), Surma (Poland), Simara (Czech Republic) and Lisy (Slovakia). Click here for latest EGC news, including top board games. Russia has won the European Pandanet team tournament, defeating the Czech Republic, Ukraine and France.
- Alain Cano, special European correspondent for the E-Journal

Collage: Lisy (top left), Tormanen (top right), Samara (right, second from top), Burzo (right, third from top), Shikshin (bottom right), Silt (bottom left), Debarre (left, second from bottom), Surma (left, second from top); photos by Olivier Dulac, collage by Chris Garlock

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AGA-Tygem Pro Finals: Tuesday Rounds Report

Tuesday July 31, 2012

NOTE: Myungwan Kim 9P is doing live daily game commentaries at 10:30a and 5:30p EST (note updated times!) on the TygemGo Korea1 Server; some games are also being broadcast on KGS. For latest standings and game records, click here and scroll down to Results.

Here are the full results of Tuesday’s games from the AGA-TYGEMGO Pro Finals.  The name in ALL CAPS is the winner (color played, next match).

Tuesday morning (7/31):
3A (Game 1): ANDY LIU (W), Eric Lui (B)
3B (Game 1): Hugh Zhang (W), GANSHENG SHI (B)
3C: Calvin Sun (B, Exhibition), JING YANG (W, 4B)
3D: Ben Lockhart (B, Exhibition), YUAN ZHOU (W, 4B)
3E: CURTIS TANG (W, 3E), Sooil Kim (B, Exhibition)
3F: Andrew Lu (W, Exhibition), JIANING GAN (B, 4C)

Tuesday evening:
Promotional League:
3A (Game2): ANDY LIU (B), Eric Lui (W) [Andy gets Wednesday off]
3B (Game 2): HUGH ZHANG (B), Gansheng Shi (W)  [Game 3: only morning game tomorrow!]
4B: JING YANG (W, 5A), Yuan Zhou (B, Exhibition)
4C: Curtis Tang (B, Exhibition), JIANING GAN (W, 5B)

Exhibition League (round 4):
Game 1: Calvin Sun (B), BILL LIN (W)
Game 2: Sooil Kim (W), ANDREW LU (B)
Game 3: EDWARD KIM (W), Ned Phipps (B)
Game 4: MATTHEW BURRALL (W), Justin Teng (B)

photo by Nik Gonzales, Second Camera, The Surrounding Game

AGA-Tygem Pro Finals: Monday Rounds Report

Monday July 30, 2012

NOTE: Myungwan Kim 9P is doing live game commentaries at 10:30a and 5:30p EST (note updated times!) on the TygemGo Korea1 Server each day; some games are also being broadcast on KGS. For latest standings and game records, click here and scroll down to Results.

Here are the full results of Monday’s games from the AGA-TYGEMGO Pro Finals being held in Black Mountain, NC. The name in ALL CAPS is the winner (color played, next match).

Morning session: Monday, 7/30
2A (Game 2): ANDY LIU (W, 3A), Jianing Gan (B, Exhibition)
2B (Game 2): Sooil Kim (B), ERIC LUI (W)
2C (Game 2): HUGH ZHANG (B, 3B), Yuan Zhou (W, 3D)
2D (Game 2): GANSHENG SHI (W, 3B), Jing Yang (B)
2E: Edward Kim (W, Exhibition), CALVIN SUN (B, 3C)
2F: BEN LOCKHART (W, 3D), Matthew Burrall (B, Exhibition)
2G: CURTIS TANG (W, 3E), Justin Teng (B, Exhibition)
2H: ANDREW LU (W, 3F), Bill Lin (B, Exhibition)

Afternoon session: Monday, 7/30

Promotional League:
2B (Game 3): Sooil Kim (W, 3E), ERIC LUI (B, 3A)
2D (Game 3): GANSHENG SHI (W, 3B), Jing Yang (B, 3C)

Exhibition League:
Game 1: EDWARD KIM (B), Matthew Burrall (W)
Game 2: BILL LIN (W), Ned Phipps (B)

Tuesday morning schedule (7/31):
3A (Game 1): Andy Liu, Eric Lui
3B (Game 1): Hugh Zhang Gansheng Shi
3C: Calvin Sun, Jing Yang
3D: Ben Lockhart, Yuan Zhou
3E: Curtis Tang, Sooil Kim
3F: Andrew Lu, Jianing Gan

Photo by Terry McIntyre

This Week’s Go Calendar: Black Mountain

Monday July 30, 2012

August 4-12: Black Mountain, NC
28th Annual US Go Congress
Paul Celmer paul@gocongress12.org
Peter Armenia parmenia@earthlink.net

Get the very latest tournament information.

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AGA-Tygem Pro Finals Report: Rounds 1 & 2

Monday July 30, 2012

Broadcast of the AGA-Tygem Pro Finals continues today, on both Tygem and, as of today, selected games on KGS as well. Myung-wan Kim 9P will provide live commentary starting at 10:30AM and 5:30PM (EST), an hour and a half after the games game start.

Here are the results from the first two rounds on Sunday; the winner is indicated by all caps, the number is their seed position, followed by color played:

MORNING GAMES (Sunday, 7/29):
1A: ANDY LIU (1,W), Edward Kim (9, B)
1B: Calvin Sun (5, B), JIANING GAN (13, W)
1C: SOOIL KIM (7, B), Ben Lockhart (15, W)
1D: ERIC LUI (3, B), Matthew Burrall (11, W)
1E: Curtis Tang (4, B), HUGH ZHANG (12, W)
1F: YUAN ZHOU (8, B), Justin Teng (16, W)
1G: GANSHENG SHI (6, B), Andrew Lu (14, W)
1H: JING YANG (2, B), Bill Lin (10, W)

EVENING GAMES (Sunday, 7/29):
2A (Game 1): ANDY LIU (B), Jianing Gan (W)
2B (Game 1): SOOIL KIM (W), Eric Lui (B)
2C (Game 1): HUGH ZHANG (W), Yuan Zhou (B)
2D (Game 1): Gansheng Shi (B), JING YANG (W)

MONDAY MORNING GAME PAIRINGS:
2A-D, second game; same players, colors reversed.
2E: Edward Kim, Calvin Sun
2F: Ben Lockhart, Matthew Burrall
2G: Curtis Tang, Justin Teng
2H: Andrew Lu, Bill Lin

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AGA-TygemGo Pro Finals Launch Sunday

Saturday July 28, 2012

Players have arrived at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain NC for the first AGA-TygemGo Pro Finals.  Play starts Sunday morning with two rounds a day starting at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET.  The plan is to broadcast four games in each round live in the AGA room on Tygem and then post game records of all the games, along with photos and the current tournament chart, each evening.

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Hop Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Video Series

Wednesday July 25, 2012

With 17 days left to go, Jonathan Hop is almost a third of the way to his $800 goal to fund his go video series. The author of the “So You Want to Play Go?” books recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $800 to finish up his go studio, set up a website and advertise the online series. “The videos will be aimed at people of all levels and go over a variety of different topics to improve your game,” says Hop (at left in photo), who studied at the Yu Changhyuk Go Dojo in S. Korea for a year and runs a blog, Sunday Go .

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Android Go Programs

Wednesday July 25, 2012

It has been a while since the E-J reviewed go programs available on the Android platform, and given that not all of us have iPhones, I thought it was time to do an update.  I should note first that I love Apple, and have three Apple computers in my home.  However, I hate the iPhone and iPod touch for go.  Why? One simple reason:  the screens are so tiny it makes me go cross-eyed; as for the iPad, it is too big to fit in my pocket.  I have had several Android devices, and my current one is a Samsung Galaxy player with a 5″ screen.  It is small enough to carry easily, but big enough to see what I am doing.  Another advantage Android offers is that it is open-source, which means people can develop and change apps very quickly.  On the whole, I have found Android developers incredibly responsive, and three programmers actually changed their application based on user comments, in some cases overnight! I also have no need for a cell phone contract, or expensive data plans, what I wanted was a wireless only device, and I got mine specifically to record go games.  There are a ton of apps out there, so I thought letting our readers know which ones I found most helpful would be useful. A tip for searching, don’t bother with “go”, search for “baduk” or “weiqi” on the Google Play Store. I will review three game recording apps this week, and then review apps for Go Problems next week. I am not reviewing KGS for Android as it requires a data connection, so I can’t use it to record games if I don’t have internet access.  People who play on KGS, and want to do so on their phone, or watch games, will love the app though – it is beautiful and functions very well. Continue reading…)

Chiu Sweeps Bay Area Go Monthly in San Francisco

Tuesday July 24, 2012

Bay Area Go’s monthly ratings tournament was held July 14 in San Francisco’s Japantown Center. This month’s event featured a field of 39 players ranging from 18 kyu to 7 dan. Linden Chiu 2d, who was awarded an honorary dan-level certificate from the Korean Baduk Association at last year’s US Go Congress, swept the dan division with a 4-0 record. In the kyu division, Jay Chan 1k, Allen Louderback 4k, Cameron Yu 7k, and Ciaran Fitzgerald 18k all led with 3-1 records. “Next month’s ratings tournament is scheduled for August 18 in Palo Alto, CA,” reports organizer Roger Schrag.  Photo by Karoline Burrall.

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