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OUR YOUNGEST MEMBER

Friday July 16, 2010

The American Go Association’s youngest member, 8-month-old Madelyn Terpstra — AGA #18087 – tries out her new go set, a birthday present from proud grandfather Ted Terpstra (AGA #754). Click here for membership info; send your membership stories to us at journal@usgo.org

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KANG DONGYUN CONTINUES HIS WINNING STREAK IN MYEONGIN A LEAGUE

Friday July 16, 2010

Like Park Yeonghun 9d in League B, Kang Dongyun 9P remains undefeated in League A of the 38th Myeongin. He defeated Baek Hongsuk 7d by resignation on July 15, which eliminates Hongsuk from a spot in the Myeongin semifinals. Dongyun, however, is facing a significant obstacle in maintaining his undefeated league record: his next opponent is Lee Sedol, who is in a must-win situation if he expects to make it into the semifinals. Sedol currently stands at two wins and one loss in league play and will face Kang Dongyun and Lee Changho in his final two games. At this stage in the tournament, there are four remaining players competing for two semifinal spots in League A: Lee Changho 9P, Lee Sedol 9P, Kang Dongyun 9P, and An Kukhyun 2P.
- JustPlayGo

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PARK YEONGHUN SWEEPING THROUGH MYEONGIN B LEAGUE

Friday July 16, 2010

Park Yeonghun 9P is moving toward accomplishing an undefeated record in League B of the 38th Myeongin. Yeonghun has won all three of his league games so far, notching his latest win against Won Sungjin 8P. He has two league games left to play, one against Cho Hanseung 9P and the other against Kim Kiyoung 5P. Yeonghun is currently ranked #4 among Korean professionals, with Cho Hanseung ranked #6 just behind Choi Cheolhan at #5. A victory against Hanseung would give Yeonghun a solid base going into the Myeongin finals. Park Yeonghun faces Cho Hanseung on August 9th.
- JustPlayGo

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COTSEN TOURNEY SET FOR SEPTEMBER 18-19 IN L.A.

Thursday July 15, 2010

Dates for the annual Cotsen Go Tournament – which features over $5,000 in prizes – have just been announced. The tournament, sponsored by Lloyd Eric Cotsen (r) with the American Go Association, will be held September 18-19 at the Los Angeles Center Studios. The tournament also features a the popular go club competition, free buffet lunch both days, game commentary by Yilun Yang 7P, and – unique among tournaments anywhere else in the world – free shoulder massages by professional masseuses. Plus, all entry fees are fully refunded Sunday afternoon, for those who pre-register. Email GoTournament@thelec.com for more info. photo by Chris Garlock

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PARK JUNGHWAN WINS CHINA-KOREA TENGEN

Tuesday July 13, 2010

Park Junghwan 8P won the 14th China-Korea Tengen Tuesday, defeating Chen Yaoye 9P by 1.5 points in the final round. This is Park Junghwan’s first C-K Tengen title win and the eighth time Korea has held the title. Chen Yaoye won the title last year, giving China six title wins.
- JustPlayGo for game records and an interview with Park Junghwan

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PARK JUNGHWAN KEEPS KOREA’S HOPES ALIVE IN TENGEN

Monday July 12, 2010

Park Junghwan 8d (r) defeated Chen Yaoye 9d (l) by 2.5 points in the second round of the 14th China-Korea Tengen on Monday, July 12. The series is now tied at 1-1; the final game will be played on July 13th.
- JustPlayGo

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JIANPING WANG WINS ASCHEIM MEMORIAL

Monday July 12, 2010

Jianping Wang 3D (r, with son) took first place in the July 11th Skip Ascheim Memorial Tournament at the Massachusetts Go Association in Somerville, MA. In second was Graham Higgins 6k, also with 4-0 and Pete Martin 4k and Brian Lee 1k tied for third, both with 3-1. There were 26 players, including TD Eva Casey and Mary Powers, who played one game apiece to fill in for late arrivals or early departures, so that no one would have to take a bye. photo courtesy Eva Casey

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DIVERSE PLAYING FIELD IN NORCAL

Monday July 12, 2010

Thirty five players came out for the Bay Area Go monthly ratings tournament in Palo Alto, CA on July 10. Lucas Baker 3d topped the Dan division with three wins, while Larry Qu 5k and Eric Sumner 17k led the Kyu division with three wins apiece. “Players ranged from seven years old to 72, and from 7d to 30k,” reports Tournament Organizer Roger Schrag, “making for quite a diverse playing field.” The next Bay Area Go monthly ratings tournament is scheduled for August 14 again in Palo Alto. photo by Rene Griffith

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WALDRON WINS “GO FOR ALL” GAME SUMMIT

Monday July 12, 2010

Phil Waldron 6d (r) won the 2010 GO for All Game Summit Open tournament, which drew a diverse field of players triple the size of last year’s event. The event – held amid a gaming convention — was held in Ottawa, Canada on June 13. Waldron withstood fierce challenges from “Summer” Xià 5d of China – who took second place — along with Howard Chang 4d (3rd place), Grigory Poselentsev, a 2-dan from Russia, and Benson Lai 2-dan. Slate & Shell Publishing sponsored the event and provided prizes. “After studying the texts, the competition is sure to be even more fierce next year!” reports Tyler Reynolds of GO for All and Vice-President of the Canadian Go Association  (Grants & Youth).

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SLATE & SHELL ISSUES SPANISH TRANSLATION OF “HOW NOT TO PLAY GO”

Monday July 12, 2010

“Uno de los atractivos de ser un jugador kyu es la facilidad con que puede mejorar su juego—algo mucho más difícil para jugadores dan,” says Yuan Zhou in Como No Jugar al Go, a just-issued Spanish translation of Zhou’s popular How Not to Play Go in which he clarifies the common kyu level misunderstandings of how to play which hold kyu players back from reaching dan level. Brian J. Olive of Orlando, Florida did the translation and Slate & Shell publisher Bill Cobb reports that “there are also plans to translate How Not to Play Go into other languages.”