American Go E-Journal

Cotsen Drawing Record Crowd in L.A.

Wednesday April 25, 2012

With several days to go, nearly 200 have already registered for this weekend’s Cotsen Open in Los Angeles, one of the year’s biggest and most popular go tournaments in the United States. With thousands of dollars in prizes, the April 28-29 tournament is bringing out players of all strengths, and competition will be especially tough on the top boards as players like Joey Hung 8D, Juyong Koh 8D, Danny Daehyuk Ko 8D, Curtis Tang 8D (at right; click here for the April 24 LA Times story on how this “Child prodigy took a pass on Go”) and Calvin Sun 7D battle it out. The E-Journal will be broadcasting top games on KGS, hopefully with commentary from one of the visiting Korea Baduk Association pros, Cho Hun-hyun 9P, Yang Jae-ho 9P, and Yoo Chang-hyuk 9P. The Cotsen also features big cash prizes for the clubs whose players win the most games, so a number of area clubs are sending teams to compete.
photo by Gary Friedman/LA Times

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Bonus at This Month’s Bay Area Go Tournament

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Twenty-six kids and adults gathered in Palo Alto, CA, on April 14 for this month’s ratings tournament run by Bay Area Go Players Association. Players ranged in strength from 7 dan to 18 kyu, and four players won three games apiece: Yue Fang 1d, Tai-An Cha 5k, Bryan Tan 12k, and Sybil Fu 15k. As is usual at the Bay Area Go tournaments, go books were handed out as prizes to everyone playing in their first tournament and those who won all of their games.

But everyone was a winner at this tournament, because during the lunch break between the first and second  rounds, local amateur 8 dan Joey Hung gave a lecture. He reviewed game openings, discussed some common joseki, and covered what he calls ‘the first rule of the opening’. “In the front row there was a 7 dan player, and sitting near him an 18 kyu player. It is very challenging to teach such a wide range of players at once,” explained Joey later. “But I think everyone learned something.” Indeed, a lot was learned that day.

Next month’s Bay Area Go tournament will be held on Saturday, May 12, in San Francisco’s Japantown Center.

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Yang Shuang 2P Visits DC-Area Go Clubs

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Chinese Pro Yang Shuang 2P was in the metro Washington DC area last week visiting both the NOVA Go Club in Arlington,VA and the Greater Washington Go Club (GWGC) in Bethesda MD.“Ms. Yang received a warm welcome by AGA President Allan Abramson and club regulars” at the NOVA Go Club on April 16 reports Daniel Chou. “She graciously offered to play simuls with enthusiastic attendees led by Joshua Lee 6D and Haskell Small 4D,” followed by game analysis. The GWGC visit on April 20 “was a great success,” adds Haskell Small. “There were ten players in the simul, a number of others observing, and GWGC was rocking!” Ms. Yang plans to visit the Feng Yun Go School in New Jersey later this month.
photo by Jie Li

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Amsterdam Tourney Includes Speed Go on a Boat

Tuesday April 24, 2012

This year’s edition of the Amsterdam International Go Tournament includes a Rapid (Speed Go) Tournament that will be played on a boat that travels through/around the city of Amsterdam. The tournament – the 41st edition – runs Thursday, May 17th – Sunday, May 20th and is being presented by The Amsterdam Go Club, in cooperation with the European Go Centre – celebrating it’s 20th anniversary — the Dutch Go Association, the EGF and EuroGoTV. This year’s tournament is part of the European Cup, level 5, the highest level, allowing top European finishers to earn points for the European Cup system. A large field is expected, with many players already pre-registered, including players from Belgium,  Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Korea, Poland,  Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. In case of sufficient participants and interest commentary on the top  games will be given by Cho Seokbin 7P from Korea. Discount for online pre-registration before May 1. Free and cheap lodging is available; for details see the tournament site and click here for photos from previous tournaments. photo: at the 2008 Amsterdam Tournament; photo by Judith van Dam

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2012 AGA Board Minutes Posted Online

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Minutes of the American Go Association Board of Director’s 2012 meetings – including the January 21 special meeting to discuss the proposed “tap” on foreign prize winnings – have now been posted online. Click here for all Board minutes 2003-2012 or here for January 4January 21 and February 27 minutes.

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Brooklyn Go Club at Sakura Matsuri Festival

Tuesday April 24, 2012

The Brooklyn Go Club will be staffing go tables at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens’ Sakura Matsuri Festival again this year on April 28-29. “Go doesn’t technically doesn’t start until 1pm, but BGC members can show up at noon at 1000 Washington Ave and help set up,” reports Marc Palmer.

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Cotsen Open Set for this Weekend in L.A.

Monday April 23, 2012

The Cotsen Open in Los Angeles this weekend just added another draw: special fans signed by all three attending professionals, Cho Hun-Hyun 9P, Yoo Chang-hyuk 9P and KBA Secretary General Yang Jae-ho 9P, who will be commenting, teaching and observing the opening phase of US pro certification process. That’s in addition to the free food, shoulder massages, six Korea Baduk Association (KBA) rank certificates, sunny weather and field of hundreds of players at the Cotsen this Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29. The Cotsen, one of the biggest tournaments on the American go calendar, is being hosted by the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and this year includes the AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim, which will select two candidates for the AGA’s first-ever professional certification tournament at the U.S. Go Congress in North Carolina this summer. Click here to register now!

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Kevin Huang Wins Somerset NAIM Qualifier

Monday April 23, 2012

Kevin Huang 7D took first place in the April 21-22 North American Ing Masters (NAIM) Qualifier Tournament in Somerset, New Jersey. Huang’s win qualified him to participate in the NAIM at the 20120 U.S. Go Congress. The second place winner was Xinyu Tu 7D, who received qualifier points to NAIM and the 2012 World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) in France, and third place winner Lionel Zhang 6D also collected qualifier points to the WMSG. The final game to determine the first place winner was appropriately dramatic, reports tournament organizer Ronghao Chen. “Xinyu Tu put his 47th move at the center of the board and made a big moyo. Kevin Huang immediately invaded, attempting to make his group live and reduce Tu’s terRitory. Kevin spent a lot of time trying to solve this very difficult problem, and at the end of his game he only had 31 seconds remaining. Xinyu made big mistakes and retreated several times as Kevin finally broke Tu’s defense line, killed Tu’s 30 more stones and won the game and the tournament.”
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U.S. Go Congress Registration Booming; 4/25 Deadline for Free Mealplan Drawing

Monday April 23, 2012

Registrations for the 2012 U.S. Go Congress in Black Mountain, North Carolina, are coming in at a record setting pace, reports Congress Liason Chris Kirschner, with nearly 200 signed up thus far. “This is not surprising,” Kirschner says, “given that the Black Mountain site has many unique aspects, including stunning natural beauty, proximity to Asheville’s craft breweries and vibrant arts scene, relatively modest costs, and numerous recreational opportunities as well as traditional summer camp activities.” In addition, the Congress is hosting the International Go Symposium, an academic conference investigating the educational, cultural, scientific, and literary aspects of the game of go. Given the high demand, Congress Co-Directors Paul Celmer and Peter Armenia warn that “to ensure that you will receive your first choice of accommodation, you must register and pay your Congress balance. Your rooms are not reserved until we receive payment.” They also reminded E-Journal readers that midnight on Wednesday, April 25 is the deadline for the drawing for a free 2012 Congress meal plan, a $225 value, and with just 12 entries so far, “The odds are in your favor!” Click here for details on how to enter the drawing.

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Los Angeles and Seattle

Monday April 23, 2012

 

April 28-29: Los Angeles, CA
2012 Cotsen Go Open with 1st AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim
Jenna Stewart creativemindevents@me.com 818.974.9418

April 29: Seattle, WA
Monthly Ratings Tournament
Brian Allen manager@seattlego.org 206.545.1424

Get the very latest tournament information.

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