American Go E-Journal

MYUNGWAN KIM 9P CRUISES INTO FINAL 4 TO REMATCH WITH 2009 US OPEN RUNNER-UP MICHAEL CHEN 7D

Monday May 3, 2010

Two-time US Open Champion Myungwan Kim 9P (CA) extended his winning streak to 16 games after defeating Canadian champion Yongfei Ge 7D (ON) and former China Hebei Province champion Yue Zhang 7D (OH) last weekend in the Strong Players Online Tournament (SPOT1). Three other top amateurs made the Final Four, including Zhaonian “Michael” Chen 7D, Jianing Gan 6D and Eric Lui 7D. Chen (NJ), defeated Changlong Wu 7D (NC) and Xinyu Tu 7D (NJ), while Gan 6D (ON) prevailed over Hugh Zhang 6D (CA) and Sarah Yu 6D (ON), and Lui 7D (MD) outplayed Yinli Wang 6D (IN) and Calvin Sun 7D (CA). Jie Li 7D and Jennie Shen 2P gave live commentaries on the two games separately on KGS. Shen’s audio lecture attracted a large audience of almost 400, while Li managed his commentary despite a busy weekend before finals week in law school. The semi-final match-up schedule on KGS next weekend: MyungWan Kim 9P vs Zhaonian Chen 7D: Saturday, May 8, 1p; Eric Lui 7D vs. Jianing Gan 6D: Saturday, May 8, 1p.
SPOT1 Notes: “I think he is a pretty good player,” said Kim of Ge. “There were some very smart moves, like R2 and S15.” Chen was the 2006 North America Ing Masters Champion and the 2009 US Open runner-up, where he only lost to Kim (click here for game record ). “I was lucky to have come out ahead in the last battle,” Chen admitted. “It is very tough to play Kim 9P,” yet Chen’s plan for the next game is “play well, have patience.” Four other Sweet 16 matches: Yue Zhang 7D (OH) defeated Yuan Zhou 7D (MD); Xinyu Tu 7D (NJ) defeated Curtis Tang 7D (CA); Calvin Sun 7D (CA) defeated Jie Liang 7D (NH);
Sarah Yu 6D (ON) defeated Jung Lee 7D (CO).
- Reported by Tournament Director Zhiyuan “Edward” Zhang
Photo: Four-time US Open champion Jie Li 7D gave commentaries to over 600 fans on KGS during the Sweet 16 game between Kim and Ge.

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PONOMAREV CAPTURES NOVOSIBIRSK TITLE

Monday May 3, 2010

Valerij Ponomarev 4d became the champion of the district of Novosibirsk last Sunday, edging out Sergej Pavlov 4d in the final round-robin. Ponomarev beat Pavlov head to head which served as the tiebreaker because both had 6-1 records.  Eight players participated in the tournament.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV.

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DRAMATIC FINISH IN KGS INSEI LEAGUE FOR APRIL

Monday May 3, 2010

In the A group of the Korean-style Insei League on KGS, Ali Jabarin’s 17-0 record was not enough to overcome the bonus points awarded for Gabriel Benmergui’s (r) 25 games played (23-2), which led to a tie at the top.  Both players were awarded $162.50, while third place winner Fredrik Blomback (13-1) won $75.  In the B group, DrHazar took first and $100 with a 19-4 record, while Syptryn (22-7) and Kalmah (20-5) tied for the two third-place spots.  In the C group,  imagine was first and AYOCZI placed second. D group: first: Srgey, second: Macheeide. E group: first: Suitengu, second: Calwen72.  A new league starts up in May.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV.

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NEW GO WEBSITE LAUNCHED

Monday May 3, 2010

AllAboutGo.com is a new website dedicated to promoting the knowledge, culture and beauty of go worldwide.  Organized both as a blog and as collection of useful links and articles, the site will feature blog posts from an international team that includes Alexandre Dinerchtein 3P, Hajin Lee 3P, and Youngil An 8P, with  Tyler Reynolds from the Canadian Go Association, and Paul Barchilon from the AGA rounding out the contributors. A downloadable toolbar offers instant RSS updates from several go sites, as well as the ability to search on Sensei’s Library.

GO QUIZ: 37th Champions

Monday May 3, 2010

Folks found this one tough, with just four realizing that this year’s 37th Maryland Open Champion would join 37th Honinbo Cho Chikun, 37th Judan Kobayashi Koichi and 37th Oza Kato Masao as winners of the 37th version of the their respective titles.
THIS WEEK’S QUIZ: KATO MASAO – TO TELL THE TRUTH: We will return to multiple choice for this quiz about the late Kato Masao (r).  Which of these statements, if said by Kato, would be untrue – “I was one of the ‘three crows’ of the Kitani Dojo,” “I was known as “Killer” in the early part of my career,” “I won all the top seven titles, except the Honinbo,” “I was Director of the Nihon Kiin when I died”.  Click here to vote now.
- Keith Arnold

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INSEI LEAGUE TO START ON DRAGON GO SERVER

Sunday May 2, 2010

After complaints that “as guys with jobs and kids there’s just no way we could ever play 12 games a month” plus lectures and teaching games “without getting divorced or fired,” Korean-style Insei League founders Alexander Dinerchtein and Ilya Shikshin have started an Insei League on the turn-based Dragon Go Server (DGS). The DGS League will run three months, with just two games between each insei and two  games with each teacher, for a total of 10 games. “All members get access to the Insei League room on KGS,” says Dinerchtein, “where they can watch all lectures and simuls. Regular membership for the 3-month DGS Insei League is $95; a $195 all-inclusive membership provides more game reviews.
Click here for details

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OC GO CLUB WINS SCHOOL TOURNEY

Sunday May 2, 2010

The Orange County Go Club (CA) took top honors in the American Go Honor Society (AGHS) School Team Tournament, which concluded last week after two months of competition.  The OC Go Club — featuring Curtis Tang 8d, Calvin Sun 7d, and Jerry Shen 4d, who were undefeated in the event — jumped up to first place after having finished second last year.  On the opposite coast, New Jersey’s East Meadow High fielded four teams, and moved up from last year’s runner-up position to win the National Sweepstakes Championship, given to the school with the best overall performance from all teams entered. Nationwide, 92 schools or youth clubs entered the competition, each with 3-person teams, totaling 276 youth of all ages.  Now in its 9th year, the event continues to be run primarily by high school students, with guidance from previous AGHS officers. Winners report: Team Champions: Grand National Champions: Orange County Go Club, California; Varsity Division: Jasper High School, Texas; Junior Varsity Division: Bellaire High School, Texas; Intermediate Division: Morningstar Chinese School, California; Novice Division: Mason Huaxia Chinese School, Ohio; Beginner Division: Morningstar Chinese School, California; Sweepstakes Champions: Grand National Champions: East Meadow High School, New York; Rookies Sweepstakes: Morningstar Chinese School, California; Junior Sweepstakes: Fair Oaks Elementary School, California.  Click here for full results.
- Paul Barchilon, E-Journal Youth Editor; photo: 3rd grader Natalia Loosli of the Fair Oaks Go Club, CA, playing her final round. photo by Vincent Eisman

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 4 AGA BOARD SEATS

Sunday May 2, 2010

Four American Go Association (AGA) Board of Director seats are up for election this year, reports Arnold Eudell, who’s coordinating this year’s election process. The terms of four seats – one in each region and the at-large position – expire this September. Nominations are now being accepted and close on June 15; nominations must be made in writing by full members of the AGA. Send to elections@usgo.org Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

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LEVENICK TOPS CORVALLIS SPRING TOURNEY

Sunday May 2, 2010

Jim Levenick 3d topped the Corvallis Go Club’s April 24 Spring Tournament, held at the Willamette University Campus in conjunction with Willamette University Go Club. There were 23 participants ranging from 6-dan to 20-kyu. Winner’s Report: Dan division: 1st: Jim Levenick 3d; 2nd: Ray King 1d. Single digit kyu: 1st: Glenn Peters, 2nd: Zack Garrett, 3rd: Dylan Wiggins. Double digit kyu: 1st: Michael Isaac, 2nd: Wendy Gleason, 3rd: Jason Cowsill.
- report by Cynthia Gaty, TD; photo: Glen Peters (l) gets a game review; photo by Dylan Wiggins

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CHOI, WON & PARK ADVANCE TO PRICE INFORMATION CUP CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday May 1, 2010

Undefeated in their respective League matches, Choi Cheolhan, Won Sungjin, and Park Yeonghun were the first to secure spots Saturday in the 6th Price Information Cup Championship Tournament. Click here for game records, including Yoo Changhyuk-Park Yeonghun and Won Sungjin-Kang Dongyun, as well as Park Jeonggeun’s Friday loss, which ended his hopes to make the finals. Click here for pairings and more game records.
- JustPlayGo

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