American Go E-Journal

PrideGo Open Tournament: AGF scholarship fundraiser

Friday October 1, 2021

The first PrideGo Open tournament will take place on October 10th, in observance of LGBT History Month. Live coverage of the tournament will be broadcast on the official AGA Twitch channel, where Eva-Dee Beech (Gooplet) will host three commentators – Vadim Efimenko from Go Magic, Sathya Singh a.k.a. LionGuySai, and Dwyrin.

Artem Kachinovskyi 2p from the European Go Journal is sponsoring the tournament; prizes for top places will be digital subscriptions to the Journal – 6, 4, and 2 months, respectively. The tournament is free to play in, and all participants will be eligible for prizes. Registration for the tournament will be open until October 7th.

Tournament directors will use Devin Fraze’s baduk.club tools for pairings. Time controls are 45 minutes main time plus 5 periods of 30-second byo-yomi.

Over twenty players are already registered to play, including Twitch Go streamers TelegraphGo and thelovingsun who will live-stream their participation.

Donations will be accepted during the broadcast to benefit the AGF’s new PrideGo initiative – a scholarship program for young members of LGBT+ communities to attend Go Congress. Details about the program can be found at the PrideGo website: PrideGo.org. The PrideGo project is spearheaded by Eva-Dee Beech, under the AGA Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. Questions about the program, eligibility, contributions, and volunteering can be sent to her at evadee.beech@usgo.org.

FAQ: How to submit stories to the AGA E-Journal

Sunday August 8, 2021

The American go community is always eager for reports of local tournaments, mentions of go for our Go Spotting column, new tools or study resources, and any go-related news. Please submit all your stories to our E-Journal Article Submission form, which allows us to better manage your article submissions, improve our workflow and publishing turn-around time. You can still get in touch with us by email for any inquiries related to the E-Journal or your subscription at journal@usgo.org!
Letters to the editor can also be sent to journal@usgo.org; please include “Letter to the editor” in the subject line. Letters are subject to editing for length and clarity.

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Registration open for the Canadian Open Online 2021

Thursday October 14, 2021

The Canadian Go Association’s annual Canadian Open tournament will be held online from October 23-31st. Interested players of all levels worldwide are welcome to participate. “I hope to see many of our AGA friends join the tournament!” says TD Ron Mackenzie. All of the tournament information is available on the CGA website.

The tournament will feature an open division for 5d+ players with cash prizes. Other divisions will feature other prizes including those donated by sponsors. There will be six rounds run over 4 days, with rounds at 1PM and 5PM EST each day:
Saturday, Oct 23: Rounds 1 and 2
Sunday, Oct 24: Rounds 3 and 4
Saturday, Oct 30: Rounds 5 and 6
Sunday, Oct 31: Open division playoffs, Pair Go, and Blitz tournaments

Yoonyoung Kim 8p will provide two review periods for players to share their games with her for analysis, which will be broadcast on her twitch stream. Interested players may join the review sessions regardless of whether or not they are playing in the tournament. Ryan Li 3p will also be offering a lecture on the New York Institute of Go Youtube channel on October 23rd at 7:30PM EST, the topic of which will be a review of one of the games from the open division. 

The tournament will be run on OGS and use Baduk Club for coordinating matches. Specific details will updated on the tournament site and sent out to players a week in advance of the event. There have been a number of prizes donated by generous sponsors: the European Go Journal, Awesome Baduk, BenKyo Tutoring, Stoned on the Goban, Go Magic, the New York Institute of Go, and We-Go.

Regular registration is $20 and will close on October 17th. Registration between October 17th and October 22nd will be $25. Any questions after not answered on the tournament page may be sent to TD Ron Mackenzie at ronm.cga@fastmail.com.

-report by Ron Mackenzie

AGF College Scholarship Open

Tuesday October 12, 2021

Applications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarshipThe 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. Applications are due Nov. 5th this year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  

Registration Open for 2021 Youth League

Monday October 11, 2021

“Registration for the annual American Go Honor Society Youth League is now open,” says AGHS Vice President Katherine Xie, “We welcome all players who are citizens of the US, Canada, or Mexico and under the age of 18 to participate. Every month will consist of four to five rounds and players will be paired with opponents of similar strength using a ladder system. All games will be played in the AGHS Tournament room on KGS. Top players of each division will receive awards at the end of each monthly league.”

The registration and dropout deadline is November 1st, 2021, at 11:59 pm PT. The first round will start on November 6th. If you have any questions, feel free to email aghsregister@gmail.com.

For rules and regulations, click here.
To register, click here.

Upcoming Go Events: Temecula

Monday October 4, 2021

October 17: Temecula, CA
Dapu Cup North America Go Open
Ted Terpstra ted.terpstra@gmail.com 619-384-3454

Get the latest go events information.

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Capital Go Club looks at recent history of top players in Virginia in preparation for state championship

Sunday October 3, 2021

“Who won the most Virginia “Major Titles” from 2007-2020?” asks Jeff Zhang 5d. After identifying “major titles” as the Cherry Blossom, Lunar New Year, Pumpkin Classic, VA Open tournaments, the Capital Go Club searched the online EJournal archives for the past 13 years and the top four achievers are: Eric Lui 2P (11 major title wins), Daniel Chou 6d (8 wins, 2 runner-ups), Justin Teng 6d (3 wins, 7 runner-ups) and Joshua Lee 6d (3 wins, 4 runner-ups). “Big applause to the Top Four players!” says chapter representative Edward Zhang 6D (1 win, 3 runner-ups). “Meanwhile we welcome a new generation of players to take over Virginia.”

The next major Virginia tournament will be the 10th VA Open, taking place on OGS on Saturday October 9th. Last year, nearly 100 players competed. Click here to register. For more tournament winners history, visit the Washington Go Festival site.

-report by Jeff Zhang 5D

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North Carolina State Championship and Memorial Go Tournament

Sunday October 3, 2021

The North Carolina State Championship and 20th Annual Memorial Go Tournament was held on September 25 and 26, 2021, at Umstead State Park in North Raleigh. A total of 42 Go enthusiasts from North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Illinois participated. “We were especially impressed by and appreciated the presence of Richard Hugh, a 93 year young Go player who played well and lifted everyone’s spirits,” says Bob Bacon. “He was the unofficial champion of the tournament.”

The games took place in an open air shelter in a beautiful park setting. Masks and hand sanitizer were provided and their use encouraged. All participants were required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Lunch was provided both days courtesy of the Triangle Go Group. Jeff Kuang directed, and trophies and cash prizes were awarded in five sections, topped by a very competitive open section. “The previous NC State Champion, Chen An, was unable to compete due to academic demands,” says Bacon, “but he visited Sunday and played an exciting game against the new State Champion. Well over half of the participants were dan level, which was unusual for our gatherings but extremely enjoyable!”

Section D, with players 9 kyu and lower was won by Bhaskar Bharath and Russell Herman, who tied for top honors. Justin Su came in second. Section C, 6 kyu to 8 kyu, saw Bob Bacon in first, and Tom Roncoli second. Section B, 1 kyu to 5 kyu, was won by Stephen Choung, followed closely by Robert Qi in second place. Section A, 3 dan to 1 dan, enjoyed great competition and the victory of young Huo Sheng. Second place was a tie between veterans Nianci Gan and Suyoung Yoon.

Finally, in the Open Section, 7 dan to 4 dan, Yi Li, an undergraduate student at Duke University, handily won the section and became the new North Carolina State Champion. Second place was secured by Alexander Qi.

“Thank you to all participants and especially to Adam and Arlene Bridges who coordinated and provided the lunch fares,” continues Bacon. “Another outstanding year!”

-report and photos by Bob Bacon


10th Virginia Open to be held online next month

Tuesday September 28, 2021

The 10th Virginia Open is scheduled to take place online Oct. 9-10 and Oct. 16-17, with a total cash prize pool of about $600.  Award certificates, participation certificates and cash prizes are offered to six divisions: Open Elite, Open, Expert, Proficient, Intermediate and Novice. Youth and female top performers in various divisions will also be recognized. Non-Virginia players can also play. Click here to register. Click here to view the 2020 VA Open Winners Report. Based on the 10th VA Open standings, the 3rd Virginia State Championship will invite four Virginia players to a knockout tournament later in 2021, and two youth players and two female players to compete for Virginia youth champion and women’s champion. The tournament, hosted by the Virginia chapter clubs of the AGA, will be held in the OGS Baduk Club. Registration fee is $10 for AGA members and $20 for non-members.

The Power Report: Snap inspections planned by the Nihon Ki-in; Upcoming book: “Fuseki Revolution: How AI Has Changed Go”; Promotions; Obituary

Tuesday September 28, 2021

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Snap inspections planned by the Nihon Ki-in
On Sept. 16, the Nihon Ki-in decided that in order to maintain the fairness of official tournaments, it would hold snap, unannounced inspections of the personal belongings of players engaged in official games. Led by a member of the board of directors, officials would make a temporary halt to play in a specified area (such as one floor) and examine players’ belongings. Any players with devices with communication functions would forfeit their games, and their names would be made known within the Ki-in. Any players refusing to permit an inspection of their belongings would be treated in the same way.
Some background: As of October 1, 2018, Nihon Ki-in players were forbidden to take electronic devices into playing areas, being required to put them into lockers. As of Jan. 1 this year, players were forbidden to leave the playing area at meal times. A portion of playing areas were set aside as rest areas, and rest rooms were included in the playing area. (See my report of Feb. 25, 2021.)

Upcoming book: “Fuseki Revolution: How AI Has Changed Go”
A book on the influence of AI on go theory will be published soon by Kiseido. The title is “Fuseki Revolution: How AI Has Changed Go” and the author is Shibano Toramaru. (Full disclosure: I am the translator.)

Promotions
To 9-dan: Katayama Yasuo (200 wins; as of Sept. 17). Katayama is a member of the Nagoya (Central Japan) branch of the Nihon Ki-in. He was born on July 28, 1964 and became 1-dan in 1981. His career score is 491 wins to 471 losses, 11 jigo and 1 no-contest. It’s interesting to see that the 200 wins required for promotion to 9-dan make up just over 40% of all his lifetime wins.  To 8-dan: Mitani Tetsuya (150 wins; as of Sept. 17). His lifetime tally is 330 wins to 216 losses and 2 no-contests. The wins for his latest promotion are just 27% of his career wins.  
To 7-dan (120 wins): Kobayashi Izumi (as of Aug. 17); Ohashi Hirofumi (as of Aug. 17); Xie Yimin (as of Aug. 20)
To 2-dan (30 wins): Ikemoto Ryota (30 wins; as of Aug. 6); Kondo Toshiki (as of Sept. 7)

Obituary
Saijo Masataka 9-dan died on August 6. Born on Jan. 5, 1941 in Chiba Prefecture, Saijo became a disciple of Sakai Yasuo 8P. He became 1-dan at the Central Japan (Nagoya) branch of the Nihon Ki-in in 1964 and reached 8-dan in 1981. He retired in 2004 and was promoted to 9-dan. Saijo made many trips overseas to teach go and in particular was a familiar face at the European Go Congress for many years.

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The Power Report: Sumire’s progress; Most wins; Most successive wins; Kiyonari reaches 1,000 wins

Monday September 27, 2021

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Sumire’s progress
(August 2) Sumire (B) beat Antii Tormanen 1P by 6.5 points (Prelim. C, 48th Tengen tournament).
(Aug. 5) Sumire (W) lost to Muramatsu Daiki 6P by resig. (Prelim. A, 60th Judan tournament).
(Aug. 12) Sumire (B) lost to Suzuki Ayumi 7P by 3.5 points (round 2, main tournament, 6th Senko Cup)
(Aug. 19) Sumire (B) lost to Abe Yoshiki 3P by resig. (C League, 46th Kisei tournament). This was her third loss, so Sumire dropped out of the league.
(Aug. 26) Sumire (B) lost to Iguchi Toyohide 8P by 3.5 points. (Prelim. C, 48th Tengen tournament).
(Aug. 30) Sumire beat Kato Tomoko 6P (Prelim. A, Women’s Kisei). This win secured a seat in the main tournament (the top 16). (= 31-13)
(Sept. 2) Sumire beat Komatsu Hideko 4P (Prelim. C, 70th Oza tournament).

Most wins
As usual, we give this list after the Sumire update, as it shows how well she and other female players are doing. There are five women in the top ten.
1. Ueno Asami, Women’s Kisei: 39-18
2. Nakamura Sumire 2P: 34-14
3. Fukuoka Kotaro 2P: 32-9
4. Kyo Kagen Judan: 30-12
5. Seki Kotaro 7P: 29-9; Motoki Katsuya 8P: 29-12
7. Fujisawa Rina, Women’s Honinbo: 28-10
8. Tsuneishi Takashi 4P: 27-6; Ichiriki Ryo Tengen: 27-9
10. Nyu Eiko 3P: 26-13; Xie Yimin 7P: 26-16
12. Iyama Yuta Kisei: 24-11; Shibano Toramaru Oza: 24-17

Most successive wins
8: Kyo Kagen
7: Seki Kotaro
6: Fujisawa Rina
The above winning streaks are ongoing. Onishi Kenya had a streak of 7 that stopped last week.

Kiyonari reaches 1,000 wins
Kiyonari Tetsuya 9-dan of the Kansai Ki-in scored his 1,000th official win on August 4. His record at that point was 1,000 wins to 514 losses, a winning rate of 64%. He is the 29th Japanese player to reach this mark and the 6th at the Kansai Ki-in. Kiyonari will turn 60 on November 27, so a professional mile stone is being closely followed by a personal one.  Kiyonari took second place in the NHK Cup in 1995. He won the Kansai Ki-in No. One Position title twice. He also came second in the King of the New Stars in 1980. His predecessors at the Kansai Ki-in are: Hashimoto Shoji, Honda Kunihisa, Yuki Satoshi, Imamura Toshiya, and Sonoda Yuichi.

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