American Go E-Journal

Sign Up Online for Congress Pair Go!

Thursday July 21, 2011

The North American Pair Go Championship is not only a great opportunity for people to have fun and play Pair Go, but also a chance for top pairs to compete to represent North America internationally. The top eight pairs will compete to earn a trip to the International Amateur Pair Go tournament in Tokyo from November 18-22. Winners will receive complimentary hotel and meals while there, and must cover only a small portion of their airfare.

Anyone interested in playing in the Pair Go Tournament can sign up online.  Pairs interested in competing for the trip to Japan should also email tournaments@usgo.org to express their interest.  The eight top-rated pairs will play on Tuesday night, during the open Pair Go Tournament, with a final round played later in the week.
photo: U.S. team (l) at the 2010 International Amateur Pair Go tournament in Tokyo

Categories: U.S. Go Congress
Share

Jiang & Li Lead SAMG Qualifier

Tuesday July 19, 2011

Mingjiu Jiang 7P and Jie Li 7d lead the online Sport Accord Mind Games Qualifier, both with three wins and no losses.  There are just two rounds left in the SAMG: Round 4 on July 21-23 and Round 5 on July 24-26. Click here for latest standings.

[link]

Yuan Zhou 7d upset FengYun 9P by just 1.5 points in this July 11 Round 1 game.

Categories: U.S./North America
Share

Excitement Building for Upcoming U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara, CA

Tuesday July 19, 2011

With just twelve days left before the year’s biggest go event on the continent, there’s still time to register for the 2011 U.S. Go Congress July 30-August 7 in Santa Barbara, CA – and to sign up online for Congress tournaments and events! “This year’s Congress is proving truly exciting,” says Congress Director Lisa Scott. “Between tour groups from three countries, new tournaments, tons of trips to local attractions, and nearly 20 pros, we’re beyond pumped!”
- photo of the University of California, Santa Barbara, site of the 2011 U.S. Go Congress

Prabhavalkar & Thompson Top Tacoma Tourney

Monday July 18, 2011

Rohit Prabhavalkar 9k and Bill Thompson 16k topped the July 17 Tacoma (WA) Go Club’s Congress Warm-up tournament, posting 3-1 records. The 4-round tournament, held at the Seattle Go Center, drew “Fourteen intrepid go players, ranging from 6d to 17K, who showed up on a beautiful Sunday morning in Seattle to play go,” reports Gordon Castanza. TD Mike Malveaux was also warming up: he’ll be the US Open TD at the upcoming 2011 US Go Congress in Santa Barbara. The Tacoma Go Club provided lunch-time pizzas for all players.
- photo courtesy Gordon Castanza

Categories: U.S./North America
Share

Canada Edges Out U.S. in Gerry Cup Mixed-Team Tournament

Monday July 18, 2011

It was a rough weekend for U.S. teams. The Japanese women’s soccer team beat the U.S. team in the World Cup and Canada edged out the  U.S. 8-7 in the third Gerry Cup mixed-team tournament. Click here for details on the Gerry Cup; your local sports section has reports on the women’s soccer match.

Categories: U.S./North America
Share

Crumb Takes First at Skip Ascheim Memorial Tournament in Somerville

Monday July 18, 2011

Matthew Crumb 3k topped a field of 24 players at the Massachusetts Go Association’s Skip Ascheim Memorial Tournament, which was held July 17 in Somerville, Massachusetts. Eric Osman 2d (r in photo) was second and John Aspinall 3k (l) was third; Crumb had left by the time the photo was taken. In an email to the Western Massachusetts go club, Osman noted that he upheld the “honor” of the club by going 4-0: “Osman handily felled the honorable Sir Francis Roads of  British Go Association fame, as well as two 7d’s.   ‘I feel my medal is  a bit pre-tarnished’ says Osman, who admits that his first round win was influenced by his 2d opponent putting his own stones in atari at a crucial moment in the game.   ‘These things happen’.”
- Based on a report from Eva Casey and Eric Osman’s email

Categories: U.S./North America
Share

Lee Wins NOVA Congress Tuneup Tournament

Monday July 18, 2011

Josh Lee 4d (in photo at right) went 4-0 to win the top section at the annual NOVA Congress Tuneup tournament held July 16 in Fairfax, VA. Lee says he is ready for Congress now even if his score means he will likely be competing at 5d in Santa Barbara. Second place in that section went to Jimmy Yang 5d 2-2 on a tie breaker with Xinlin Yang 2d. Other sectional winners in the tournament were Don Allison 1k at 3-1, Willis Huang 5k at 4-0, and Tristan Tran 16k with a 4-0 record. The other second place winners were Kabe Chin 1k 2-2, Joey Phoon 6k 2-2, and Michael Rhone 15k 2-2. All winners received certificates good for free internet lessons at Guo Juan’s Go School.
- Gurujeet Khalsa

Categories: U.S./North America
Share

Burned-out Mr. Go Welcomes Helping Hands

Monday July 18, 2011

Multi-talented go promoter Blake Haber (aka Mr. Go) recently lost everything in a house fire at his home in Santa Barbara, California.  Haber was the cartoonist for the American Go Journal (at right), has made go videos (including this one), as well as created go blogs and websites.  In addition to all his other belongings, he lost his go library and equipment including several handmade boards.  Any contributions of go books or equipment, or money to help him get back on his feet, would be much appreciated.  He can be reached at the following email address: .
- From an article at EuroGoTV, which includes links to reports on the fire.

Categories: U.S./North America
Share

Hane Naoki Stages Comeback in 66th Honinbo

Monday July 18, 2011

Hane Naoki 9P has staged a dramatic comeback against Yamashita Keigo 9P in the 66th Honinbo, taking the title match to a 7th game. Yamashita appeared to be on track to defend the title, which he took from Hane last year. He won the first three games of the best-of-seven Honinbo final, needing only one more win to clinch it. However, Hane fought on to win the next three games, leaving the series tied at 3-3 on July 14, 2011. Hane would now appear to be the favorite to win the tournament. Typically players who come back from three down in a title match go on to win the title. Hane himself did this against Takao Shinji in the 63rd Honinbo (2008). One notable exception to this trend is the 28th Kisei in 2004, where Yamashita’s attempted comeback was derailed by none other than Hane Naoki. With the history between these two players, the final match promises to be exciting regardless of the outcome. The decisive 7th game starts at 8:00pm July 19, US Eastern Time and will likely be completed the following day.

- David Ormerod; based on his original report: Hane Naoki fights back in 66th Japanese Honinbo at Go Game Guru. Photo: Yamashita Keigo 9P (left), Hane Naoki 9P (right), Ishida Yoshio 9P watches (standing back-center).

Categories: World
Share

71 Turn Out at Mexican Youth Go Championships

Sunday July 17, 2011

Mexico City drew 71 kids to it’s recent youth tournament, held June 4th.  “The children were from different schools and clubs, and ranged in rank from 30k to 10k,” reports organizer Siddhartha Avila,  “this was a great opportunity to round up the majority of young players in the same place, and to make new friends. After this we’re looking forward to  consolidating the existing go clubs, and to eventually create more go programs for youth in México.  The event wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of go teachers, players, and volunteers who offered their efforts to run the tournament.  We want to thank them as well as the AGF for their donation of 20 sets of  stones, which we needed to make this possible.” Winners Report: 1st: Fernando Álvarez 13k, 2nd: Vicente A. Cortez 17k, 3rd: Adam S. George 13k. Full results here. A retro style photo album from the event, by Alma Juárez is here.  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor, photo by Alma Juárez.