Monday November 15, 2010
Vincent Zhuang 5d took top honors in the 2010 Young Lions Tournament on Saturday, November 6. Organized by the American Go Honor Society (AGHS), the tournament was held on KGS. More than sixty youth go players signed up for the tourney. There were four divisions: Dans, Low Kyus, Middle Kyus, and High Kyus. One of the participants described the tournament as “a hectic but fun experience” and another described it as the “highlight of my week.” More AGHS tournaments, including the annual School Teams Tournament, are in the works. AGHS Presidents Jack Ye and Jasmine Yan directed the tournament, and were assisted by Rebecca Cheng, Eric Chen, Tommy Liu, and Viral Kotecha. - Eric Chen and Jasmine Yan
Winner’s Report: Dan: 1st place, Vincent Zhuang 5d; 2nd place, Andrew Lu 6d, 3rd place: Yunxuan Li 3d , and Aaron Zhang 2d; Low Kyu (1k-5k) division: 1st place, Jeremy Chiu 1k; 2nd place, Jeffrey Yan 2k, 3rd place, Kfir Dolev 2k, and Haisong Yang 5k; Middle Kyu (6k-10k) division: 1st place, Justin Oh 6k; 2nd place, Raymond Liu 10k; 3rd place, Eugene Lee 9k, and Eric Chen 8k; High Kyu (11k-30k) division: Terry Luo 11k; 2nd place, Daniel Zhang 12k; 3rd place: Viral Kotecha 12k, and David Hao 17k.
Thursday November 11, 2010
The first SportAccord World Mind Games will be held in Beijing, China, in September 2011. The brand-new event will feature top players from six mind-sport games — bridge, chess, draughts, go, Chinese chess, and duplicate poker — and was announced on November 10 by Hein Verbruggen, President of SportAccord. “This event is different from the World Mind Sport Games in that it features only a small field of top players, rather than the general representation from all nations as in WMSG,” says Thomas Hsiang, Vice President of the International Go Federation and Secretary General of the International Mind Sport Association, “it is also different from the current international go competitions such as the LG Cup or Fujitsu Cup in that the new event will include top Western players, women players, and youth representation.” The technical details will be worked out in the next few weeks, says Hsiang.
Monday November 8, 2010
China Locks Up LG Cup Semifinal Slots: After knocking Korea out of LG Cup contention November 8, China now has all four spots in the 15th LG Cup semifinals. The only game that did not pit China against Korea was between Kong Jie and Hu Yaoyu, who are both Chinese players. This is the first time in LG Cup history that the semifinals will be played exclusively among Chinese players. It’s also very possible that we will see two mid-level dan players in the final. Here are the third round results: Kong Jie 9P defeated Hu Yaoyu 8P by resignation; Meng Tailing 5P defeated An Choyeong 9P by resignation; Wang Yao 6P defeated Lee Changho 9P by resignation; and Piao Wenyao 5P defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P by resignation. The semifinals are scheduled for November 10th. Kong Jie will play Meng Tailing, and Wang Yao will play Piao Wenyao. Gu Li 9P & Heo Yeongho 7P Advance to Samsung Cup Finals. In their second-round Samsung Cup semifinal matches, which were held November 3, Gu Li (r in photo) defeated Kim Jiseok 7P by a mere half-point, and Heo Yeongho (l in photo) defeated Park Junghwan 8P by resignation, so both advance to the finals. In the first round matches, held November 1, both won by resignation. This will be first time that both players have made it into the Samsung final, and it will be the first international title match for Heo. As the veteran, Gu is the favorite but Heo has demonstrated his skill with some impressive wins lately. The first game of the three-round title match will be played on December 7th.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge
Monday November 8, 2010
Francis Meyer 7d won last weekend’s Rocky Mountain Fall Go Tournament, topping a field of 64, which included 22 kids. Winner’s Report: Open Section: 1st Francis Meyer 7d; 2nd Jung Hoon Lee 7d. Main Section: 1st Philip London 5d; 2nd Nathan Harwit 3d; 3rd Ted Brandt 2k. Handicap Section: 1st Matthew Cahn 25k; 2nd Lionel Di Giacomo 12k; 3rd Anthony Zhang 26k. David Weiss directed.
Monday November 8, 2010
Sixteen top players will face off this weekend in the North American BC Card Cup qualifier. The 4-round online tourney starts at 1p (EST) this Saturday, November 13 on KGS, with Round 2 set for 6p Saturday, Round 3 at 1p Sunday 11/14 and Round 4 at 6p on Sunday. The winner will go on to compete in the preliminary tournament in Korea in mid-January 2011, and winners there will join a large group of professional players to fight for the 54 places in the main tournament. The BC Card Cup World Baduk Championship is one of the six major world championships, with prize money of $270,000, and $90,000 for the runner-up. The players in this weekend’s qualifier are: Zhiyuan Liu, Eric Lui, Sorin Gherman, Curtis Tang, Jie Liang, Seung Hyun Hong, Yuan Zhou, Jung Lee, Guthrie Price, Jason Gu, Hugh Zhang, Daniel Chou, Yun-Bo Yi, Yong Chen, Yinli Wang, Martin Lebl. AGA National Tournament Director Edward (Zhiyuan) Zhang is the NA BC Card Cup Tournament Director.
Sunday November 7, 2010
Tadashi Sasaki 8P will give two separate teaching events this week in Los Angeles as part of his West Coast tour. Sasaki, a professional go player from the Nihon Kiin, was a pupil of the late Eio Sakata. Both events will feature simultaneous 3-on-1 games with Sasaki, followed by a game analysis. Players not involved in a teaching game are free to watch, or to play a game with others which will be analyzed later. “Those who have attended Sasaski’s lectures at the annual U.S. Go Congress or at his previous workshops in Washington and Los Angeles will testify to his straightforward answers to questions and his gentle sense of humor,” says organizer Richard Dolen. “His comments are useful for all levels of go strength.” Come early for the best chance to play Sasaki. The events are organized by Andy Okun, Tom Oki of the New Gardena Hotel, Joe Cepiel of the Santa Monica Go Club and others. For more info, contact Dolen at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first LA Sasaki event begins at 7p this Tuesday, November 9th at the Santa Monica Go Club at the Unurban Coffee House (3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA); there’s no charge for club members, and $10 for others (there may be a nominal surcharge for playing Sasaki).
The second event begins at 7p Wednesday, November 10th, at the basement level of the New Gardena Hotel (1641West Redondo Beach Blvd # 1, Gardena, CA); the charge for attendance is $20 per person and again, there may or may not be a nominal surcharge for playing a teaching game with Sasaki.
photo: Sasaki at the 2009 U.S. Go Congress; photo by Gurujeet Khalsa
Sunday November 7, 2010
Andrew Lu 6d won the 13th Ing’s Cup Youth Goe Tournament on Sunday, October 24 in Sunnyvale, Northern California. The tournament — an annual one-day event organized by Mingjiu Jiang 7P (below) and Joe Lee — drew more than 135 young go players under the age of 21, including players from neighboring states and China. Players were divided into ten 19×19 sections and multiple groups for 13×13 play according to player’s rank. Trophies were awarded to the top four winners for each section while each section’s top six winners could pick from prizes including scooters, skating boards, basket balls and more. Andrew Lu 6d, coming all the way from Los Angeles, snapped up the top prize by defeating local Hugh Zhang 6d, placing first out of 13 players in section A. The tournament is sponsored by Ing’s Goe Foundation.
WINNER’S REPORT: 19X19 Section A (6D-3D) 1st place: Andrew Lu; Section B (2D-1D) 1st place: Daniel Liu; Section C (1k-5k) 1st place: April Ye; Section D (6k–13k) 1st place: Alan Hwang; Section E (14k-17k) 1st place: Patrick Wang; Section F (18k-20k) 1st place: Oscar Li; Section G (21k-27k) 1st place: Dyson Ye; Section H (28k-29k) 1st place: Raymond Chen; Section I (29k) 1st place: Jason Chu; Section J (29k) 1st place: Jeffrey Chu. 13X13 Section A, 1st place: Dikaios Wang; Section B, 1st place: Jeffrey Xiong; Section C, 1st place: Andrew Korea; Section D, 1st place: Valerie Kuo.
Thursday November 4, 2010
ACCESSING MEMBER’S CONTENT (I): “I became an AGA member yesterday online,” writes Benoît Cordoba. “I think the notice said that I would receive membership credentials in the mail but I was also under the impression that I could browse existing magazine issues online, presumably with a logon credential. Is there such a logon credential for members. I am especially interested in reading the article by Michael Redmond that was advertised on the site.” Thanks for your query and thanks also for becoming a member of the American Go Association. We’re currently compiling all our 2010 member content so that it can be easily accessed by our members; currently each week’s material must be separately accessed. The compilation — including the Redmond commentaries — is due to be published soon; we appreciate your patience.
ACCESSING MEMBER’S CONTENT (II) “How do you download the Special Editions?” writes an AGA member. The Yearbook Special Editions are PDFs, so you need to click on the link provided and then when the PDF opens on your computer, you can review it and then save it on your computer for later use.
Wednesday November 3, 2010
The competition was fierce for large orange vegetables as a field of 43 competed at the NOVA Pumpkin Classic in Arlington, Virginia on October 30. Justin Teng 4d (r) won the dan division with a 4-1 record, while the 2009 winner, Jing Guo 7d, came in second. First places in the kyu divisions included an undefeated Kelsey Dyer 2k, David Reed 6k (also undefeated), Joey Phoon 7k, Kenny Huynh 10k, Joseph Lee 15k (undefeated), Tristan Tran 17k (undefeated), and Tariq Khan 26k (undefeated). Second places in the kyu divisions included Kevin Chin 3k, Robert Ehrlich 5k, Daniel Monahan 8k, Julian Erville 11k, Jake Altizer 14k, and Jordan Howar 17k. The popular Team Tourney was back and Team Phoooon (below) decimated the competition by winning 15 out of their 16 games. NOVA organizer Gary Smith was “delighted that we signed up 10 new AGA youth members at the event.” Tournament Director Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang managed to schedule five rounds for players interested, adding an option for fast players to enjoy more go and have more fun. The final score is calculated by winning percentage, with is uniform for traditional four-round players (i.e. 4-1 record is better than 3-1; 3-1 better than 3-2). This new approach not only reduced wait time for some players, but also encouraged a competitive spirit of going the extra mile by playing a fifth game to be the clear winner instead of settling on a tie-breaker.
- Garrett Smith; photos by Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang
Monday November 1, 2010
The 2011 U.S. Go Congress has just passed its first 100 registrants, including 41 dan and 52 kyu players, ranging from 7-dan to 20-kyu (click here to see who’s coming). The Congress is set for July 30 – August 7, 2011 in Santa Barbara, CA. The U.S. Go Congress is the largest go tournament in the United States, an annual 8-day event. Events include the US Open — the largest annual go tournament in the US – the North American Ing Masters — 32 of the strongest amateur and professional players in North America — the Redmond Youth Cup, pro lectures, simuls and more.