American Go E-Journal

2013 Strong Players Open: Final Results

Saturday August 10, 2013

Row 1: 1st: Cong Li; 2nd: Yuhan Zhang; 3rd: Juyong Koh; 4th: Beomgeun Cho
Row 2: 5th: Maojie Xia; 6th: Peilun Li; 7th: Ho Son; 8th: Andrew Lu
Row 3: 9th: Andrew Huang; 10th: Albert Yen; 11th: Yue Zhang; 12th: David Lu
Row 4: 13th: Steve Stringfellow; 14th: Sung-Chul Cho; 15th: James Sedgwick; 16th: Martin Lebl
TD: Gurujeet Khalsa; EJ Broadcast Team: Todd Heidenreich, Coordinator; Dennis Wheeler, Floor Manager; Game Recorders: Richard Dolen, Andrew Jackson, Solomon Smilack, David Weimer, Logan Lancaster, Brian Leahy, Ethan Frank, Matt Payton, Alex Salazar, Mike Lepore; Managing Editor: Chris Garlock. KGS Support: Akane Negishi.
photos/collage by Chris Garlock


U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Matthew Hu Repeats as NAMT Champ; Cong Li Wins SPO

Friday August 9, 2013

Matthew Hu Repeats as NAMT Champ; Cong Li Wins SPO: Matthew Hu 1P (left) repeated as North American Masters Tournament champion Friday night, defeating Stephanie Yin 1P as hundreds watched at the U.S. Go Congress and online on KGS. The main playing area was packed as Takemiya Masaki 9P and Myungwan Kim 9P provided detailed live commentary on the top boards in both the Masters and the Strong Player’s Open. Cong Li 3P (right) won the SPO, defeating Yuhan Zhang 7d. The board the NAMT final was played on — a 2-inch kaya table board donated by Yutopian and signed by Takemiya, Kim and both players — will be auctioned off at the banquet Saturday night to benefit the American Go Foundation. Final results — and game records — are here: NAMTSPO. Click here for the NAMT commentary and SPO commentary; Frank Fukuda translated for Takemiya and the E-Journal’s Solomon Smilack transcribed both commentaries. 

Yuhan Zhang One Win Away From U.S. Open Championship: Yuhan Zhang’s (right) fifth straight win in the U.S. Open — he defeated Peilun Li in Friday morning’s round – makes him the odds-on favorite for this year’s U.S. Open champion. However, hot on his heels are Zi Yang Hu, Beomgeun Cho, Mengchen Zhang  and Calvin Sun, all 4-1 going into Saturday’s final round. Latest results — and game records — are here: U.S. Open.

Self-Paired Tourney Update: With 17 games played, Jeff Horn 1d is in the lead for the Dedicated, the player who plays the most games, as well as for the Kyu Killer, the dan player who wins the most games against kyu players, and the Hurricane, for the player who records the greatest number of wins. David Frankel (left) is far ahead in the race for the Dan Killer, the kyu player who wins the most games against dan players. Horn is also leading in the Sensei, for the player who plays the most games against weaker players (also known as the “Teacher” award). With a 6-1 win-loss record, Steffen Kurz is leading the race for Champion — the player who records the greatest excess of wins over losses –in the Self-paired Tournament. Kurz is also leading in the Grasshopper, the player whose rating increases the most during the tournament. Competition is stiff for the Faithful, the player with the smallest rating change, with John Kalb, J.D. Anders, Joshua Guarino, Deborah Niedermeyer and Yoshitomo Nakata all neck-and-neck at 0.0 ratings changes. Click here for complete current standings. Jim Levenick is the Tournament Director. photo by Chris Garlock

Game Commentaries: Mingjiu Jiang 9P comments on the US Open Round 5 Board 1 game between Yuhan Zhang 7d and Peilun Li 7d.  Wei Chen 3P comments on the US Open Round 4 Board 1 game between Yuhan Zhang 7d and Calvin Sun 7d. Watch for commentaries this morning on KGS by Huiren Yang and Stephanie Yin, starting around 10a PST. 

Ching, Huang, and Xu Top Youth Team Tourney

Friday August 9, 2013

Justin Ching 4d, Willis Huang 3d, and William Xu 2k won the dan section of the Team Tournament in the Youth Room at the US Go Congress Friday, while Ethan Frank 6k, Bryan Tan 8k, and Logan Lancaster 10k won the kyu section.  A dozen teams of three players each competed, with each team needing to win two out of three boards in order to win a match.  Winning teams scored $25 gift certificates per player, and players who won all three games (regardless of how their team fared) also won $15 gift certificates.  Based on the team matches in Hikaru no Go, team go has been quite popular at Congress in recent years,  and often draws the highest attendance numbers of youth room events.  Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: William Xu, Willis Huang, and Justin Ching, at left, compete against Helen Lu, Oscar Cao, and David Lu, at right).

Yang Yi 6P, Chen Wei 3P and Li Cong 3P To Bring Go Congress Excitement to California

Friday August 9, 2013

Representatives of the Chinese Weiqi Association (CWA) will visit the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles right after the Go Congress finishes up Saturday in Tacoma, WA. CWA Vice Chairman Yang Yi (right) says he’d like to meet as many go players as he can during the two-week trip. The first event is Sunday, August 11 from 1-5 PM (887 Oak Grove Ave. Menlo Park, Suite 203, CA 94025). The second event is Thursday, August 15 from 7-10 PM at the Westfield Plaza Mall near Topanga Canyon Blvd and Oxnard St (21801 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367). “The Woodland Hills Go Club is very happy to host the Chinese pros,” said organizer Joe Walter, “and we’ve set up the main floor area to get maximum exposure for the public.” Walter also says the Woodland Hills event is free of charge, although donations are fine if a player wants to show appreciation for the simul games. The delegation also include Chen Wei 3P who has trained over two dozen top amateurs and several pros, and Li Cong 3P who is still actively competing in a lot of professional tournaments. “When friends come from afar, isn’t it a joy?” said longtime SF organizer John Kwei from the American Ing Chang-Ki Goe Foundation, quoting Confucius. He plans to have a lecture on pro training besides a simul and group dinner with the players.
- reported by Edward Zhang; photo by Phil Straus

Go History Lessons on Display at Congress

Friday August 9, 2013

Go’s breadth of history is on display this week in the Vendor’s Room at this year’s U.S. Go Congress. Next to the very latest books about go is an exhibit that features old Japanese go books painstakingly  hand-copied by internee Giichiro Mizuki at the Minidoka Relocation Camp in 1945. On Yutopian’s heavily-laden table are dozens of books about go, just across the room from a hard-cover copy of Arthur Smith’s “The Game of Go,” first published in 1908. Contrast Yutopian’s shiny new go boards with the age-darkened goban and chipped stones that traveled from Japan in the late 1800′s to Austria and then to the United States during World War II and now rests in Chris Kirschner’s living room. Kirschner, who organized this year’s Congress, marvels at the long and improbable link of events and history that connect us with the “kindly Japanese gentleman” who taught Chris’ seafaring great-uncle how to play go in 1898. “I don’t think he had any idea of what he was accomplishing,” Kirschner says. “I know that I have no idea of what I accomplish when I teach someone, and I’m equally certain that you don’t either. But I am absolutely certain that it is good.” The exhibit was organized with the assistance of the Wing Luke Museum and includes material from Brian McDonald’s extensive collection of go books, as well as from Chris Kirschner and Keith Arnold.
- report by Chris Garlock; photos by Phil Straus

U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Friday, August 9

Friday August 9, 2013

Tournament Recap: With his 4th-round win over Calvin Sun (left) in the U.S. Open Thursday morning, Yuhan Zhang (right) moved into the lead for this year’s championship, his 4-0 record giving him the edge over other top players with 3-1 records like Zi Yang Hu, Cong Li and Beomgeun Cho. Latest results — and game records — are here: U.S. OpenNAMTSPO. photo by Peter Mooyman

Seen & Heard: “Can’t believe you guys didn’t broadcast the Board 8 ko fight between Daniel Ko and Juyong Koh,” said Keith Arnold.

Pro Game Commentaries: Click here for Myungwan Kim 9P’s commentary on the US Open Round 3, Board 2 game between Calvin Sun 7d and Peilun Li 7d and Chujo Chihiro 3P’s commentary on the US Open Round 3, Board 1 game between Zi Yang (Matthew) Hu 1p and Yuhan Zhang 7d. (NOTE: this file has been corrected)

Today’s Schedule: Friday morning’s pro live game commentary on KGS will be by Mingjiu Jiang 7P and Chen Wei 3P; Friday night’s commentary — also on KGS and in the main playing area — on the NAMT and SPO finals will be by Takemiya Masaki 9P and Myungwan Kim 9P, starting around 8p. photo by Phil Straus

Madness Returns, Briefly: Midnight Madness TD Martin Lebl reports “generally improved attendance on Tuesday night,” with six boards. But by Wednesday, with “everyone feeling the strain of the Day Off fun,” Madness attendance dipped to just two boards. “More midnight than madness,” said Lebl. “More pairings available every night,” Lebl added. “Everyone is welcome.” photo by Martin Lebl

Categories: U.S. Go Congress

Amy Wang and Justin Ching Win Pair Go Tourney

Friday August 9, 2013

Amy Wang and Justin Ching (at left) won the Pair Go Tournament Thursday night, earning themselves a trip to the International Amateur Pair Go Championship this Fall in Tokyo. They defeated April Ye and Willis Huang (at right) in the first round and beat Wan Chen and Dae Hyuk (Daniel) Ko in the second round. Todd Heidenreich directed, Yuan Zhou assisted, with support by Pair Go Coordinator Rachel Small. The Round 1 game between Wan Chen/Daniel Ko and Julie Burrall/Lionel Zhang and the final round between Chen/Ko and Wang-Ching were broadcast live on Pandanet by the E-Journal’s Dennis Wheeler.

Takemiya on Teaching

Friday August 9, 2013

“Try to give your students the bigger concept of the game, not small ideas and techniques,” urged Takemiya Masaki 9P Thursday afternoon at a Teachers’ Workshop lecture at the U.S. Go Congress. “It’s very important to keep them enthusiastic about the game.” Takemiya, who had just arrived at the Congress Thursday morning, explained how his father taught him go and then turned over his training to a professional when Takemiya had learned everything his father had to teach him. “My teacher never praised me and that was smart, I think,” Takemiya said. He added that “Teaching is challenging, but sometimes maybe the problem is with the teachers, not the students.” The Teacher’s Workshop is new this year, and has attracted nearly 50 participants, who have been meeting each day to learn new teaching techniques from professionals like Lee Dahye 4P, who has taught Korean soldiers, students and multicultural youth, and is co-author of “Falling in Love with Baduk.” Takemiya said that “technique and tactics are where most players and teachers start but there’s so much more to the game.” Patting his heart, he said “It’s about how you look at the game, how you love it. This is the most important thing. It’s the key to opening the door to go further ahead.” One thing professionals and amateurs have in common, Takemiya said, “is that we both have only one life to live, so we must all make it count!”
- report by Chris Garlock, photo by Phil Straus

Korean Leaders visit Seattle Go Center

Thursday August 8, 2013

Early Tuesday night was slow at the Seattle Go Center, with only about 20 players, since so many members were at the U.S. Go Congress in nearby Tacoma.   But then a meeting organized by Dae-won Suh, President of the Asian Go Federation, and former Korean Ambassador to the U.N., doubled the attendance, as Suh met with the leadership of the Center, including president Lee Anne Bowie, and local Korean players.  Also attending from the U.S. Go Congress were three Korean professional players, and KBA General Manager Jong-Ryeol Kim.  A reporter from the Korea Times, and staff from the Seattle Korean Consulate also attended.

While no specific events were scheduled at the meeting, Mr. Suh strongly encouraged the group to plan medium-sized events in the future that attract players from all backgrounds, according to local organizer Sonny (Sung-Chul) Cho.   Mr. Suh seemed pleased with the diversity in the Board and in the  membership of the Seattle Go Center.  After the meeting, an official photo was taken, and the group broke into lively discussions of  teaching methods, go equipment, and trips to Korea.  Story and photos by Brian Allen. Top photo: Local business leader Seok-Dong Kang greets Dae-won Suh.  Bottom: Pros Hyunghwan Kim, Dahye Lee,  Myungwan Kim and Go Center organizer/teacher Sonny Cho. 



GoGoD Summer 2013 Update Released

Thursday August 8, 2013

The Summer 2013 update of the GoGoD (Games of Go on Disk) Database and Encyclopaedia has been issued and now contains a total of over 77,000 games with extra games from Hashimoto Utaro, Kitani Minoru and Go Seigen, to add to their “complete collections”, reports T Mark Hall.