American Go E-Journal

AGA BOARD ELECTIONS UNDERWAY

Monday July 5, 2010

Voting is now under way in the 2010 AGA Board elections, reports Election Coordinator Arnold Eudell. “All chapters and eligible members should have received their Ballotbin voting codes through email,” says Eudell.  Anyone who has not received their ballot should contact elections@usg.org

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KONG JIE WINS FUJITSU CUP IN A BIG WAY

Monday July 5, 2010

Kong Jie (r) won the Fujitsu Cup Monday, defeating Lee Sedol by a massive 12.5 points in the 23rd Fujitsu Cup title match. This is the first Fujitsu Cup title for Kong Jie, adding to an already impressive list of international titles. Following some unfavorable exchanges early on, Lee Sedol fought to reverse the flow and come from behind. Kong Jie, nevertheless, stayed the course and was successful in shutting him down. This is obviously a major win for Kong Jie, solidifying his #1 status on the international stage.
- JustPlayGo

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YAMASHITA KEIGO WINS FIRST HONINBO

Monday July 5, 2010

Yamashita Keigo 9P won his first Honinbo title on Tuesday, June 29, defeating Hane Naoki 9P by 7.5 points in the fifth and final round of the 65th Honinbo for a decisive 4-1 record.
- JustPlayGo

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LEE CHANGO BREAKS MYEONGIN SLUMP

Monday July 5, 2010

Entering his third game in league play of the 38th Myeongin without a single win, Lee Changho (9P) managed a victory last Tuesday, defeating Baek Hongsuk (7P).  It was a decisive victory for Lee Changho, with Baek Hongsuk resigning after only 103 moves. Lee Changho’s next league game will be against Kim Seongjae (4P), on July 6th, and his final league game will be against Lee Sedol (9P), at a date to be announced.
- JustPlayGo

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FIREWORKS IN THE OLLEH KT CUP

Monday July 5, 2010

Although An Choyeong 9P became disagreeable during the scoring phase of last Tuesday’s match in the Olleh KT Cup, requiring a tournament official to mediate the dispute, he was ruled the winner, defeating Song Taekon 9P by 3.5 points in the game.
- JustPlayGo

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WANTED: MEMORIES OF NAKAYAMA

Sunday July 4, 2010

U.S. Go Congress organizers are putting together a special memorial ceremony in honor of Nakamaya Noriyuki 7P at this year’s Congress. “Many have special memories of Nakayama’s love of go and he will be sorely missed,” says Director Karen Jordan. Send your Nakayama photos, stories, articles and remembrances (max 200 words) to Jordan at  Director@gocongress.org with Nakayama Memories in the subject line. Deadline is July 10 for inclusion in the Nakayama scrapbook. The memorial ceremony is scheduled for the Go Congress on Sunday, August 1 at 3p. “The scrapbook will be available for viewing all week and will be presented as a gift for the Nihon Kiin at the Saturday Awards Banquet,” says Jordan.
photo by Phil Straus

U.S. PAIR GO PLAYERS WANTED

Monday June 28, 2010

“Once again, the AGA is looking for eight pairs to play in a knockout tournament, for the right to play at the International Amateur Pair Go Championships in Tokyo, October 14-19,” Pair Go Coordinator Allan Abramson announced today. The knockout would start with two Sunday online rounds, July 18th and 25th. The final match would take place at the Go Congress in Colorado Springs. Pairs must meet the AGA’s requirements (see below), and the finalists must attend this year’s U.S. Go Congress. Interested pairs should register with tournaments@usgo.org, giving names, AGA member ID’s, telephone numbers, and IGS nicknames, by 11 July. Requirements for International Competitors include: US citizenship ONLY (not or permanent residency, or “Green Card” status, as previously announced); US physical residency of at least six of the last 12 months; Full or youth membership for all candidates, for the entire year prior to the qualifier event or series of events in the US that serve as the selection procedure for the representative; Compliance with all foreign host or sponsor-specific requirements; At least ten rated games, excluding losses by forfeit, over the past 12 months. photo: Pair Go at the 2009 US Go Congress; photo by John Pinkerton

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TEAM POSCO CHEMTECH TIES TEAM TBROAD IN KB LEAGUE

Monday June 28, 2010

Team Posco Chemtech — Kang Changbae 2P, Park Yeonghun 9P and Baek Hongsuk 7P — defeated Team Tbroad in KB League play on June 26. They won three out of their five games, putting them dead even with Team Marble in second place. Kang Changbae’s win over veteran pro Mok Jinseok was somewhat of a surprise: Changbae was an amateur player from 2005 to 2008 and the South Korean representative in the 2007 Korea Prime Minister Cup World Baduk Championship, winning the tournament undefeated.
- JustPlayGo for the game record between Park Yeonghun and An Choyeong

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SEVENTH-GRADER ON QUEST FOR GO CREDIT

Monday June 28, 2010

Will Hamilton, a 7th grader at Crane School in, Montecito, CA, scored big with go this year.  Students were assigned a Quests Explorations Discoveries (QED) project,  which is an “opportunity to explore an interest, embrace a challenge, make a ‘quest’ into a new area of interest, or work toward a personal goal,” according to the school’s website. Will contacted Ed Lee of the Santa Barbara Go club, who agreed to act as his mentor, and the two met weekly for five months.  ”Early on, like many others who first discovered Hikaru no Go, Will was very enthusiastic,” reports Lee, ”Then, little by little, like many other teenagers before him, he found out for himself that go is deep and the journey is very long and that it takes tremendous hard work to improve.”  Hamilton persevered though, and continued his studies. ”I explained to Will that studying go in many ways is like studying a musical instrument  or a foreign language: just as a 3-hour intense Spanish lesson once every Sunday is not as good as a daily 30-minute class from Monday to Saturday, a little bit of go every day is better than cramming all on Saturday,” Lee said.  Crane School held a ceremony for all the QED students to share their projects on June 1, and Hamilton and Lee scored an extra bonus by bringing Jennie Shen 2P along.  Shen wrote about the project on her blog,  it is in Chinese, but can be translated roughly by going here.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor;  Photo by Ed Lee (l-r):  Jennie Shen, Will’s parents, Will Hamilton, Ed Lee

JIAN LIU 1D & GREAT FALLS GO CLUB WIN NOVA CONGRESS TUNE-UP

Monday June 28, 2010

Jian Liu 1d (r) topped the NOVA Congress Tune-up Team Competition in Arlington, VA on June 26. The Great Falls Go Club C Team — Ching-Sung Chin 3k, Jerry Chen 4k and Ethan Hsiao 33k — won the team competition, a new feature of the quarterly 4-round handicap tournament in which 3-6 players can form a team and the team with the most wins per player wins $100 cash prize. The team competition — sponsored by NGOL.US — inspired players to check team scores frequently and come up creative team names like Muse, Richmond Rogues and Bamfs. The NOVA and GFGC-A Team were close behind with seven wins each. Click here for more photos.  Winners were awarded a NOVA trophy and/or five hours of Guo Juan 5P’s audio go lessons. After serving as a Tournament Director for nearly 20 years, Allan Abramson retired as an TD earlier this year, but coached Garrett Smith, NOVA Go Club president and Edward Zhang to run this NOVA tourney. New Asia Market catered lunch from Rockville, MD, and players liked the combo of lunch box and bubble tea.
Winners Report: 1-6D, 1st: Jian Liu 1d, 2nd: Daniel Chou 6d and Ray Hunley 1d; 2-3K, 1st: Hua Lin, 2nd: Ching-Sung Chin 3k; 4K, 1st: Kevin Chin, 2nd: Jerry Chen; 7-12K, 1st: Gurujeet Khalsa 9k, 2nd: Joey Phoon 7k and Garrett Smith 12k; 15-20K, 1st: Marcus Phoon 17k, 2nd: Tristan Tran 17k; 21K+, 1st: Ethan Hsiao 33k.
- Report/photo by Tournament Director Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang