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U.S. GO CONGRESS: Thursday Photo Album

Friday August 6, 2010

photos by Gen Zhang & Edward Zhang

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KIDS SCORE BIG IN GO CONGRESS YOUTH ROOM

Friday August 6, 2010

Congress-going youth have had an exciting week in the Youth Room, with pro simuls, mini tournaments and prizes, prizes, and more prizes.  Thanks to the generosity of Winston Jen, every kid at the Congress has won a free set of all seventeen volumes of the Hikaru no Go manga.  DVD sets of popular series like Hunter x Hunter and Fruits Basket, piles of Hikaru no Go merchandise, Audio Go Lessons from Guo Juan, and donations from Art of Problem Solving.com and Wolfram Mathematica rounded out the prize pool as well.  Eight-year-old Aaron Ye 2d (center, in photo at left) enjoyed his game review with Yilun Yang 7p, and so did the crowd that gathered round to watch. Youth also got to play six-on-1 and 8-on-1 simuls with top pros from Korea, China, and Japan.  Mini tournaments were held most days, with prizes for 9×9 table winners, 13×13, and Lightning.  Youth Adult Pair Go remains one of the most popular events, with 44 youth and adults playing this year, paired as one youth and one adult of opposite genders, with a few same-gender pairs thrown in for good measure. The Youth Team Tournament, modeled after Hikaru no Go, was also popular, with nine teams competing.  Top honors went to Keiju Takahara, Oliver Wolf and Takashi Hoshi in the dan division, and Anurag Varma, Albert Hu, and Alvin Hu in the Kyu division. Both teams are playing in the photo at right, while Winston Jen (third from left, standing) observes the match. - Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor, photos by Paul Barchilon (top left) and Chris Garlock (bottom right).

CHEN/TANG WIN U.S. PAIR GO CHAMPIONSHIPS

Friday August 6, 2010

Wan Yu Chen 4D and Curtis Tang 7D are the 2010 U.S. Pair Go champions and will represent the U.S. at the World Pair Go Championships later this year. Yukino Takehara 4k and Keiju Takehara 2d were second in the popular annual event, held Thursday night at the U.S. Go Congress. Table winners: Table 1: Cathy Li 1P & Bill Tian Yu Lin 7d; Table 2: Yinli Wang 6d & Matt Burrall 7d; Table 3: Shigeko Hane 1P & Shoichi Sugita 1d; Table 4: Roxanne Tam 2d & Tom Xu 4d; Table 5: Rachel Small 8k & Ryo Maeda 6P; Table 6: April Ye 3k & Aaron Ye 2d; Table 7: Ranka Hane 1k & Takashi Hoshi 1k; Table 8: Eileen Hlavka 7k & Dave Weimer 3d; Table 9: Michiyo Yamamori 1k & David Rohde 5k; Table 10: Xiao-Feng Ha 3k & Sathya Anand 7k; Table 11: Chris Hlavka 14k & Jim Hlavka 2d; Table 12: Melanie Arnold 30k & Keith Arnold 4d. Todd Heidenreich took a break from his EJ Team duties to once again serve as Tournament Director. photo by Steve Colburn

BONUS ROUND WITH RYO MAEDA 6P

Friday August 6, 2010

“Don’t try to fight too much, some people really like to fight, but go is a peaceful game,” Ryo Maeda 6P said in his lecture on Friday at the U.S. Go Congress. Due to popular demand, a fifth lecture was added — four were originally scheduled — and Maeda picked up where he left off on Thursday with techniques for attaching to the 4-4 point. “The simpler you play, the less mistakes you make, and your chances (of winning) increase — simple is better,” he said.  When faced with an invasion from your opponent, he doesn’t recommend “trying to kill”, because “once they live in your territory, your loss is so large — let them live small instead.”  But “you always want to punish someone who overplays.”  One way to do that is to exploit the weakness of a group with only two liberties. “Two liberties is more dangerous than you think,” Maeda said.  A group with two liberties “makes normal moves for nearby groups dangerous.”  He demonstrated several examples and joked that “if you do this against a 5D player, they cry.”  Translator Yoshi Sawada 6D pointed out several times that Maeda used English phrases: “see he speaks English — very soon I will be out of a job,” he joked.  Not only was it a bonus lecture, but it also went on for more than an hour and a half, and Maeda looked ready to keep on going, but — like the Congress itself — all good things must eventually come to an end. Fortunately, there’s always next year.
- Report/photos by Jake Edge

U.S. GO CONGRESS: Pair Go Photo Album

Friday August 6, 2010

At the Pair Go Tournament, Thursday, August 5. Photos by Steve Colburn

U.S. OPEN ROUND 5, BOARD 1: Cathy Li 1P on Unavoidable Fighting

Friday August 6, 2010

Yongfe Ge 7D unsuccessfully tries to avoid fighting with Myung-Wan Kim 9P in this U.S. Open Round 5 game. Cathy Li 1P (r) shows how two of Ge’s moves early on enable Kim to get a three-way attack going that determines the flow of the rest of this exciting game.

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2010 US Open Round 5
UCCS, Colorado Springs, CO
W: Myung-Wan Kim 9P
B: Yongfei Ge 7DCommentary by Cathy Li 1P, broadcast on the KGS Go Server
Game recorded by Solomon Smilack; commentary transcribed by Chris Garlock

CONGRESS TOURNEY UPDATES: Thursday, August 5

Thursday August 5, 2010

UNDEFEATED: U.S OPEN 4-0 WINNERS: With two rounds to go, the following players are undefeated thus far in the U.S. Open: Terry Benson, Tucker Burgin, Gordon Castanza, William Gundberg, Albert Guo, Albert Hu, Colin Liu, David Niu, Jesse O’brion, Joel Olson, Jeff Putney, Larry Russ, Roger Schrag, Andrew Shang, Daniel Smith, Myron Souris, Darrell Speck, Myung Wan Kim, April Ye, Peter Zhang. Click here for complete standings/results in the U.S. Open through Round 4.
PHILLIPS & FRANKEL DOMINATING SELF-PAIRED: William Phillips and David Frankel together are leading in four of the Self-Paired tourney events. Phillips is still leading for The Champion, increasing his net wins to 9; Frankel and Phillips are currently tied for The Hurricane, with 10 wins each; Frankel has a firm grip on The Giant Killer (Dan Killer) with 8 wins against dan-level players, while Jeffrey Horn’s 4 wins against kyus is holding onto The Keith Arnold (Kyu Killer); The Straight Shooter: Frankel and Phillips both have 5 consecutive wins; Gordon Castanza’s 17 games gives him a good lead on The Dedicated, while Wayne Nelson’s 10 games against weaker players has him in the lead for The Teacher and he’s also leading for The Philanthropist.
NOTE: Watch for a Pair Go report and photo album on the website Friday!

WALL-TO-WALL CONGRESS TOURNEY COVERAGE

Thursday August 5, 2010

The E-Journal’s complete Congress tournament coverage online includes the US Open crosstab and results, including game records, the North American Ing crosstab and results (also including game records) as well as Redmond Cup game records and commented US Open and Ing games: Round 1 – Myung Wan Kim (w) vs Tianyu (Bill) Lin (b), commented by Jennie Shen 2P; Round 2 – Curtis Tang (w) vs Eric Lui (b), commented by Maeda Ryo 6P and Round 4 – Eric Lui (w) vs Myung Wan Kim (b), commented by Cheng Xiaoliu 6P. Also included is a photo album of all 32 Ing players.
- photo by Chris Garlock

13-YEAR-OLD SUN PLACES FOURTH IN WORLD YOUTH

Thursday August 5, 2010

Thirteen-year-old 7 dan Calvin Sun (at right in his match against Korea) placed fourth in the recent World Youth Go Championships, representing the U.S. Nine-year-old Kevin Fang 1d was the Junior Representative, placing eighth.  ”I am happy to have this opportunity to be in the exciting WYGC tournament,” Fang told the E-Journal,  ”I got to play with the top junior players in the world.  I did not reach my goal this time, and ended up with the youngest player award.  I hope I will do better next time.”   The boys won a free trip to Penghu, Taiwan, to compete at the finals, July 22 – 28.  Mingjiu Jiang 7p went as team coach (see below for his commentary on Sun’s critical Round 4 match against Czechia).  ”This was my sixth time representing USA in the WYGC,” writes Sun, “I placed fourth in the senior division this year and Kevin tied for eighth in the junior division–which is a very good outcome considering he was the youngest player participating in the competition. He also got the award for ‘Youngest Player’.  Other than the players from China, Korea, Japan and Taipei, the European Go players were also very strong. My most important game was the fourth round against Czech Republic’s representative, Lukas Podpera, 15. The winner would advance to the finals. Before the game, Mingjiu Jiang 7P helped me study all of Podpera’s games, and I played a fuseki he was not used to, thus leading throughout the game and winning by 17 points.  In the Senior Division, Korea’s Insei Han Seung Joo placed first,

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China’s Baolong Zhao 2P placed second, Chinese Taipei’s Jiayuan Xu 6d placed third, and I placed fourth. In the Junior Division, China Qicheng Li 1P placed first, Korea’s Insei Min-Jun Shin placed second, Chinese Taipei’s Zhengxun Cheng placed third, and Singapore’s Yifei Yue placed fourth.  Penghu is an archipelago made up of 64 small islands west of Taiwan. The tournament took place on Penghu’s largest island, Magog.  The last day we went to another small island and went swimming and crab catching . Unfortunately, it was raining that day so many activities such as snorkeling and fishing were canceled. For dinner, we ate the crabs we caught that afternoon,” said Sun.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor, Photos by Yanchen Sun.  From left, at left, Mingjiu Jiang 7p, Kevin Fang 1d, Calvin Sun 7d

U.S. GO CONGRESS: Wednesday (Day Off) Photo Album

Thursday August 5, 2010

Some of the U.S. Go Congress Wednesday Day Off activities (top left clockwise): Pick-up game; Myung-Wan Kim 9P declares victory over the mule; Deep thinking at the Royal Gorge; EJ Brew Pub & Go Marathon Tour. photos: Pick-up  photo by Akane Negishi; Myung-Wan Kim & Deep thinking by Roy Laird; Bew pub by Chris Garlock; background landscape photo by Steve Colburn.