American Go E-Journal

’11 Go Congress: Register Early, Save More

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Organizers are working to make the 2011 Go Congress “as affordable as possible.” How affordable? That depends on how many sign up. “The sooner we know how many people we’ll have, the cheaper we can make it for everyone,” organizers Andrew Jackson and Lisa Scott tell the E-Journal. “Bottom line: if you register by May 1st, you’ll get the greatest discount.” Click here for more info and to register online.

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Long Sweeps Lancaster “Bye Week” Tourney

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Jason Long 8k swept the January 30 “Bye Week Tournament” in Harrisburg, PA, winning all five games played. Sponsored by the Harrisburg (PA) Area Go Club and Lancaster Go Club, the tournament attracted seven players, ranging in strength from 12k to 3d. The self-paired format allowed players to play as many games as they could handle, and 8-year-old Willis Huang 9k’s seven games was the record for the event. Huang was also the furthest traveled, coming from New Jersey, with the rest of the players residents of Pennsylvania. The Harrisburg Area Go Club has seven active participants and meets 7-10p Wednesdays at the Borders Bookstore Café, in Camp Hill, PA.

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Harwit Twins Top Colorado Youth Tourney

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Nathan and Matthew Harwit took top honors in the Colorado Youth Go Tournament, held Saturday, February 5 at the Eloise May Public Library in Denver, Colorado. Two dozen youngsters aged 7 – 17 competed, including kids from the Boulder, Highlands Ranch, Denver, and Colorado Springs clubs. Tournament directors were David Weiss and Alex Yavich. Winner’s Report: Dan Division: 1st: Nathan Harwit; 2nd: Matthew Harwit. Kyu Division: 1st: Akrom Amanov; 2nd: Adrian Fisher.
- photo courtesy David Weiss

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP February 1-7: Iyama Yuta takes lead in Kisei; Maxim Cup semifinal contenders

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Iyama Yuta takes lead in Kisei. Iyama Yuta 9P (r in photo) took a one-game lead in the 35th Kisei when he defeated Cho U 9P (l) by 1.5 points in the third round on February 3. Iyama now leads the seven-game series 2-1. The fourth round will be played on February 17-18. Maxim Cup semifinal contenders set to go. Lee Changho 9P and Choi Cheolhan 9P each won their respective third-round matches on February 1, rounding out the 12th Maxim Cup main tournament play and setting the stage for the semifinals. Both Lee and Choi defeated their third-round opponents, Cho Hunhyun 9P and Kim Dongyeop 9P respectively, by resignation. The Maxim Cup is a 9-dan only Korean tournament sponsored by Dong Suh Foods. The semifinal match-ups will be the following: Park Yeonghun 9P vs. Choi and Lee vs. Mok Jinseok 9P.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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AGA Offers Volunteer Assistance

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Recognizing that local chapter organizers may feel like the American Go Association is more focused on ranks, large tournaments and funding than small tournaments and club atmosphere, AGA Volunteer Coordinator Nicholas Jhirad says “We also strive to meet chapter personnel needs” that “may be as simple as a coder to develop a club website, a few people to help with outreach, or those vital extra hands at a tournament. If you have an idea for your chapter and you want a few boots on the ground, let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate and put you in touch with those resources that we have!” Reach Jhirad at volunteer@usgo.org, which is also where go players interested in volunteering should contact him.

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GO CLASSIFIED: Go-Playing Spanish Speaker With Web Skills

Tuesday February 8, 2011

With or without web skills, Spanish speaking go players are invited to participate in translating usgo.org materials. The response from those with web skills from recent ad was great so the project has expanded to trying to translate the whole site. If interested, please email Peter Shotwell at pshotwell@gmail.com

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GO CLASSIFIED: Players Wanted: Silverdale, WA

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Looking for players in the Silverdale, WA area. Contact Pat at barrauss@hotmail.com

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2011 U.S. Go Congress Registration Launches

Monday January 31, 2011

Registration for the 2011 US Go Congress launched last weekend. The Congress website — where nearly 200 have pre-registered – is now accepting registrations, and a $75 deposit will confirm registration. Pre-registrants have received advanced notification that they may now register, and all others interested in attending the Congress – which runs July 30 – August 7 in Santa Barbara, CA – may also do so as well. “Information on tournaments, events, and room and board prices has also been updated,” reports Congress Co-Director Lisa Scott. “Look for room and board registration later in February!” Information for ensuring the well-being of registered youth (children under 18) is available as well. Email questions about registration to registrar@gocongress.org. “We look forward to seeing you this summer!” adds Scott.

WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP January 25-31: BC Card Cup begins; Choi Cheolhan wins the Chunwon; Xie Yimin wins game 1 in Female Kisei; Cho U evens the score in Kisei; Choi Cheolhan wins game 3 in Kuksu

Monday January 31, 2011

BC Card Cup main tournament begins. The 3rd BC Card Cup main tournament began January 31 with 64 participants from Korea, China, Japan, and Taiwan all competing to make it through the first round. Several first-round matches resulted in upsets for top contenders. Kong Jie 9P lost to Tan Xiao 5P, Cho Chikun 9P lost to Yan Huan 5P, Kim Hyunseob 2P lost to Korean amateur Hong Moojin and, while not an upset per se, last year’s BC Card Cup runner-up Chang Hao 9P lost to Lee Younggu 8P. Round two will begin on February 17th. Choi Cheolhan wins the Chunwon. Choi Cheolhan 9P (l in photo) won his first national title of the year on January 27, the Chunwon (Tengen). Choi defeated Lee Taehyun 3P (r) by resignation in the the third round of the 15th Chunwon, sweeping the five-game series, 3-0. With his recent international win in the Nongshim Cup, his 2-1 lead over Lee Changho 9P in the Kuksu final, and his strong showing in other ongoing tournaments, 2011 is shaping up very well for Choi. Xie Yimin wins game 1 in Female Kisei. On January 27, defending champion Xie Yimin 5P defeated Umezawa Yukari 5P by 9.5 points in the first round of the 14th Female Kisei title match. This year’s match up between Xie and Umezawa is a repeat of last year’s title match when Xie swept the series – two games to none. With Xie’s first-round win, Umezawa must now win the remaining two rounds if she hopes to take the title away from Xie. Cho U evens the score in Kisei. In the second round of the 35th Kisei, Cho U 9P evened the series to 1-1 by defeating Iyama Yuta 9P by resignation on January 26-27. The third round will be played on February 2-3. Choi Cheolhan wins game 3 in Kuksu. Choi Cheolhan 9P is only one game away from becoming the new Kuksu. He defeated Lee Changho 9P by resignation in the third round of the 54th Kuksu on January 25, and leads the series 2-1. Choi is no newcomer to the Kuksu title. He has won the Kuksu twice before, in 2004 and 2005, and participated in the title match four times including this year. Lee, on the other hand, has won the Kuksu 10 times and participated in the title match 18 times including this year. The fourth round will be played on February 14th.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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YKNOT Draws Large Online Field

Monday January 31, 2011

Over 20 players remained undefeated after first two rounds of Young Kwon National Online Tournament, held January 22-23 on KGS. Topping the all-time largest AGA online tournament in the 7d+ division are Dae Hyuk Ko, Zhanbo Sun, Jie Liang and Jing Guo. Suo and Sun are first time players in an AGA national event. In other dan and kyu sessions, AGA rookies Tommaso Mason 12k, Tengxiao Yang 6d and Travis Neil 2k have perfect scores thus far. Click here (ngol.us/Downloads) for complete results and Round 3 pairings. YKNOT resumed last weekend on KGS; watch the AGA website (www.usgo.org) for latest updates.

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