American Go E-Journal

Amberly Elementary Gets Go

Sunday March 6, 2011

Kids at Amberly Elementary School, in Portage MI,  learned about go this year. “Each year Amberly offers an opportunity for parents and members of the community to teach classes for an after school enrichment program,” writes Jason Preuss, whose daughter attends the school. “I decided it would be a great opportunity to introduce go.  The class met once a week for six weeks and had six students ranging from 1st to 5th grade.  It was enough time to cover the material in the first Level Up book.  The students enjoyed the class and the parents gave positive feedback. For my first time out I was pleased with how the class went. I would like to thank the AGF for their support, in particular the classroom start up kit.”
- EJ Youth Editor Paul Barchilon.  Photo by Jason Preuss
photo (l to r): Jason Preuss, Deidra Preuss, Alyson Koh, Jonathan Koh, Jonathan Ballard, Jacob Ballard. Not pictured: Zyad Wallace.
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USYGC and World Youth Updates

Sunday March 6, 2011

The United States Youth Go Championships will be held March 26, with finals on the first weekend in April. The tournament will be held online, and will select the US representatives to the World Youth Goe Championships, in Bucharest, Romania.  The Ing Foundation has just announced that the Senior Division will be limited to under 16, not under 18, as has been the case in the past.  The USYGC will still allow youth under 18 to compete for the US titles, and will determine National Dan, Single Digit Kyu (SDK), and Double Digit Kyu (DDK) Champions. The winners will receive trophies, and prizes will be awarded in the following brackets: 5-7 dan 1-4 dan, 1-4 kyu, 5-9 kyu, 10-15 kyu, 16-20 kyu, 21-25 kyu, 26 and up kyu.  Contestants will be entered into a pool to receive $400 scholarships to  this year’s AGA Summer Youth Go Camp, courtesy of the AGF, 16 Scholarships will be awarded. The Junior Division is for youth 11 and under, the Senior Division is for youth under 16 as of August 17, 2011. Only US Citizens may enter the finals, residents may compete in the qualifier; the winners must be able to travel to Romania for the finals, August 12-19 (expenses are covered for the youth players, but not for parents).  To register, e-mail youth@usgo.org with your name, AGA #, date of birth, AGA rating, KGS ID, and citizenship.
- Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor

AGF College Scholarship Apps Being Accepted

Sunday March 6, 2011

Applications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarship. The program  recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the go community . To apply, download and complete the application form here. Applicants should describe their accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants whose enthusiasm and ambition have helped spread go in under-served areas will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award focuses on promoters and organizers who have made substantial contributions during their go career.  To read about former winners, check out Sensei #6.
- EJ Youth Editor Paul Barchilon.  Photo: 2010 scholarship recipient Cherry Shen.

New Go Camp Offers Chance to Study in Shanghai

Sunday March 6, 2011

If three weeks of studying go in China sounds good to you, check out the new Shanghai Go Camp. The intensive program runs June 24 to July 18 at the Shanghai International Studies University and is being organized by a 20-person team including Chinese professionals and 6-dan and 5-dan Chinese amateurs, including Zhao Fan 5d (r). “These guys really know their go and can really help you improve quickly,” writes Antonio Egea in a guest post on Go Game Guru. Egea was the Spanish representative to the 2010 World Amateur Go Championships in Hangzhou, China. The planned schedule includes focused study and play as well as visits to local go clubs, traveling and sightseeing. And with over 300 restaurants near the camp venue, there will plenty of opportunities to explore Chinese cuisine. Click here to download the registration form with full details.

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UK TOURNAMENT REPORTS: December 28 – February 12

Saturday March 5, 2011

OXFORD TOURNAMENT: On February 12, after a two year gap, the Oxford Tournament returned, on the same day as the Cheshire, and attracted 51 players. Andrew Simons beat three London players to win the event. Others winning three games were Sue Paterson 4k, Brook Roberts 6k, Peter Harold-Barry 6k, Richard Wheeldon 9k, Julia Woewodskaya 9k, and Kieran Smith 24k.
CHESHIRE TOURNAMENT
: Also on February 12, the Cheshire tournament was rather small this year, thanks to a clash with the Manchester football derby and other factors, but much enjoyed by those who attended. In the top group Alex Rix (3D London) was the winner, beating Tony Atkins (2D Reading) in the final. In the Handicap Section, the winner, with a 4-1 record, was Matt Marsh (7k Sheffield). Going 3-2 were Brian and Kathleen Timmins (9k/14k Shrewsbury) and Reg Sayer (13k Stafford). 14 players took part.
EDINBURGH CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT
: The postponed Edinburgh Christmas Open, which was held February 5, saw a slightly reduced turnout at 33 players.  Having earlier been presented with the 2010 Scottish Championship trophy, David Lee (2D Dundee) also triumphed on the day. Runners up with 3-1 records were Andrew Kay (4D Durham) and Matthew Scott (2D Newcastle). Also receiving prizes for 3 wins were Jenny Radcliffe (4k Durham), Eevi Korhonen (7k Tampere), Rob Payne (9k Edinburgh), Andrew Bate (10k Durham), and William Grayson (12k Edinburgh), who was 3/3 as a ghost.  The Scottish championship 2011 semi-finals were decided to be David Lee v Martha McGill and Piotr Wisthal v Glynn Forsythe.
MAIDENHEAD
: On January 22,  Andrew Simons 3D from Cambridge won the tie-break that separated the top players at the 56-player Maidenhead-Hitachi Tournament. Second was Tom Brand 3D from Reading and third was Nick Krempel 3D from London. Winning all three games were David Ward 2D, Baron Allday 1k, David Hall 8k, Pat Ridley 11k, and Jan Poslusny 9k from Prague. The DAGG team from Cambridge won the team prize, but nobody won the 13×13 prize.
BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP
:  On Sunday January 16, Matthew Macfadyen beat Vanessa Wong in the fourth game of the 2010 British Championship match. This put Matthew 3-1 ahead in the 5-game match. Matthew is therefore the 2010 British Champion.
LONDON OPEN
: The London Open was again sponsored by Pandanet and WintonCapital Management and was held at the International Student House in London December 28-31,but attendance was a little down this year, no doubt due to the extremely cold weather and snow-related travel difficulties that immediately preceded Christmas. Luckily this had disappeared by the time the London Open started and 99 players turned up to play in this, by now traditional 4 day event, finishing on New Year’s Eve. Wang Wei 6D, who had just moved from Cork to London (but is originally from China) was thought to be the favourite for the Open being the previous year’s runner up. Indeed after four rounds only Wang Wei and Antti Tormanen 6D from Oulu in Finland were unbeaten at the top – they played in round 5; Antti won after an epic battle. Annti then won his last two games to be unbeaten and take first place. Wei Wang also won the rest of his games to end with 6 wins and take second place. Guo Juan from Amsterdam was the resident professional, providing game commentaries and lectures throughout the time, but not playing in the Open. However, she played in the Pair Go Tournament and won, partnered by Ian Davis from Belfast. Guo has also kindly provided €100 sponsorship for this year’s London Open on her audio site. Certificates are given to 5 young deserving players, each worth 20 audio lectures. The Lightning was won by Jukka Jylanki (9k Finland), who beat Andrew Kay (4D UK) in the final. The prizes were presented by Emma Watkins from Winton, with thanks extended to all those involved, especially Geoff Kaniuk and Jenny Radcliffe as main organisers, ably supported by chief referee Nick Wedd, Tony Atkins and many others. In parallel with the London Open was the Man-Machine Challenge, sponsored by the British Go Association, which ended in a comprehensive 4-0 victory for the Man – John Tromp, 2D, who went away $1000 richer courtesy of Darren Cook, who was using Many Faces of Go on his laptop. John said that he wasn’t going to repeat his bet, as he expected to probably lose in a couple of years time if the computer was going to continue improving at the current rate. He felt that the result didn’t reflect the closeness of the games. The final Go event was a casual Rengo event after the tournament proper had been closed, and before the New Year party, which was won by Frenchmen Arnaud Knippel and Michael White; they attribute their success to brand new hats worn throughout! This was Geoff Kaniuk’s last year as London Open Tournament Director, after many years of extraordinarily dedicated service and hard work. Congratulations to him on his retirement.
- as reported in the February of the British Go Association newsletter; E-Journal article edited by Jake Edge

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IN MEMORIAM: Yoshi Sawada

Monday February 28, 2011

Yoshi Sawada (l) passed away last Friday after a brief and unexpected illness. “Many Go Congress participants will remember Yoshi best for the extremely popular lecture series he gave every year with Maeda Ryo 6P (r),” says Steve Burrall. “The lectures were on ‘The Maeda Method,’ and the term ‘translator’ does not begin to describe the way in which Yoshi brought the concepts to life for the audience. Those of us who were blessed to have him as a close part our lives know that his constant desire was to help people and make them happy, and he was amazing at it.” American Go Association President Allan Abramson called Sawada an “invaluable asset, working behind the scenes to avoid and to smooth over many problems. His honesty was unparalleled. His willingness to help unexcelled. His laughter a delight. This is both a personal loss and a great loss for the go community.” Sawada is survived here by his wife Keiko, two sisters and nieces and nephews back in Japan. “Bring your favorite pictures of and stories about Yoshi to the Santa Barbara Congress,” adds Burrall, “and we will have a time and place to share them.”
- photo by Jake Edge

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Minshan Shou 7d Wins NJ Open

Monday February 28, 2011

Minshan Shou 7d is this year’s New Jersey Open champion, topping a field of 109 players competing for $1,600 in prizes last weekend in Princeton, New Jersey. Xiruo Liu 7d took second place and Andy Liu 7d was third. Click here for the complete list of winners.
photo: Xiruo Liu (l) and Minshan Shou (r) were the only players with 4-1 records going in to the last round.  Zhaonian (Michael) Chen has white on Board 2 (center), playing Kevin Huang (not visible, at right, behind Minshan Shou). Both are former New Jersey State champions, as is Andy Liu on board 3 (to Chen’s right, behind water jug). Photo courtesy Rick Mott

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Daniel Chou 6d Tops NOVA Tourney

Monday February 28, 2011

Daniel Chou 6d (l) took top honors in the NOVA Chinese Lunar New Year tournament on on Saturday February 26 at the George Mason campus in Arlington, VA. Over 50 participated, including many youngsters. “As usual, Master Ching-Sung Chin (r) brought out many from the Chinese community,” reports organizer Allan Abramson. Sponsors included the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, AXA Advisors of Falls Church, GEICO, and the Hui Hua Community Center. “Ching-Sung also produced his annual booklet for the tournament,” adds Abramson; email chin8673@yahoo.com for a copy.
Winner’s Report: 1st place: Daniel Chou 6d, 4-0; Odie Hestnes 1d, 4-0; Hong Chun Liu 1k, 4-0; Kevin Chin 3k, 3-1; Robert Ehrlich 5k, 3-0; Daniel Monahan 6k, 3-1; Gary Smith 11k, 4-0; Danny Topp 14k, 3-1; and Julian Li 25k, 4-0.
Second place winners: Gary Li 1d, 2-2; Jacob Levellen 2k, 3-1; Jerry Chen 3k, 3-1; Baifu Li 5k, 3-1; Joey Phoon 6k and Joseph Lee 6k (tie, both 3-1); Alan Chen, 11k, 3-1; Caleb Vickers, 12k and Jake Altizer 12k (tie, both 2-2); Ron Barbaro 21k, 3-1; and Alex Lin 35k, 3-1
- photo courtesy Allan Abramson

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP February 22-28: Kong Jie’s slump continues; BC Card Cup 2nd round; Cho U takes Kisei lead; Piao Wenyao wins LG Cup; Rui Naiwei 1-0 in Female Kuksu; Park Yeonghun vs. Lee Changho in Maxim Cup; Zhou Hexi in Tianyuan finals

Monday February 28, 2011

Kong Jie’s slump continues. Kong Jie 9P suffered another loss on February 27 when Wang Lei 6P defeated him by resignation after only 103 moves in the quarterfinals of the 11th RICOH Cup. This loss eliminates Kong from the tournament and from defending his RICOH Cup title. BC Card Cup 2nd round.  There were no big surprises over the February 26-27 weekend in the second round of play in the 3rd BC Card Cup tournament. Of the 16 players left in the tournament, Korea enjoys a considerable advantage with 11 players going into the third round while China has only 5 players left in competition. This does not at all suggest that China is out of the picture. On the contrary, in the 1st BC Card Cup, China went into the third round with only four players and Gu Li 9P won the title 3-1 against Korea’s Cho Hanseung 9P. China remains strong with veteran Gu Li, Zhou Ruiyang 5P who is currently ranked #1 in Chinese rankings (as of December 31, 2010), and Chen Yaoye 9P. The third round will be begin on March 10th and continue through March 20th. Cho U takes Kisei lead. In the fifth round of the 35th Kisei title match, Cho U 9P defeated Iyama Yuta 9P by 2.5 points on February 25, taking a 3-2 lead in the series. With two rounds left to play, Cho is only one game away from winning the Kisei title for a second year in a row. Iyama, however, must win the remaining two games if he hopes to become the next Kisei. The sixth round will be played on March 10,11. Piao Wenyao wins LG Cup. In the second round of the 15th LG Cup final, held February 23, Piao Wenyao 9P (l in photo) defeated defending LG Cup champion Kong Jie 9P (r) by resignation, sweeping the series 2-0. This is Piao’s first international title win and his third title as a professional. Given this win according to the Chinese promotion system, Piao is now a 9 dan. Click here for both game records on GoGameGuru. Rui Naiwei 1-0 in Female Kuksu. In the first round of the 16th Female Kuksu title match, Rui Naiwei 9P defeated Kim Yunyoung 3P by resignation on February 22. Rui has won the Female Kuksu eight times and this is Kim’s first Kuksu title match. The second round of the three-game series will be played on March 8th. Park Yeonghun vs. Lee Changho in Maxim Cup. In the last semifinal round of the 12th Maxim Cup, held on February 22, Lee Changho 9P defeated Mok Jinseok 9P by resignation. Lee now advances to the Maxim Cup finals to face Park Yeonghun 9P who defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P in their semifinal match on February 21. With this win, Lee is keeping hopes alive that his present title-less state will soon be reversed. In order to do that, however, Lee will need to defeat Park who won the Maxim Cup title in 2008. The Maxim Cup is one title that has eluded Lee. In fact, this will be his first time competing in a Maxim Cup title match. Zhou Hexi in Tianyuan finals. In the final round of the 25th Tianyuan challenger decision match, held February 21, Zhou Hexi 4P defeated veteran Yu Bin 9P by 2.5 points. Zhou will now face defending Tianyuan champion Chen Yaoye 9P for the title.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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European Go News: Chong Han 5d Wins in Nottingham

Monday February 28, 2011

Chong Han 5d (Loughborough) won his first UK tournament by taking the 8th Nottingham with ease. Also winning three games were Roger Daniel 5k (London), Maria Tabor 6k (Nottingham), David Crabtree 9k (Chester) and Andrew Russell 12k (Birmingham). Mike Charles won the 9×9 prize and Toby Manning the quiz prize. Click here for results.
- Tony Atkins

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