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Kevin Yang 7d new California State Go Champion

Friday December 10, 2021

Kevin Yang (7d, SDGC) went 5-0 to sweep the top boards at the 2021 King Cup California State Go Championship, held at the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park over Thanksgiving weekend. Shuaiheng Tao (7d, Dublin CA) and Kevin Meiqing Huang (5d, Yorba Linda) took second and third place with 3-2 records.
AGA members are invited to challenge the new California State Champion: throughout the pandemic, Yang has been accepting challenges to play on Tuesday nights on KGS in the San Diego Go Club room at 7 pm PST. Games are 30-minute/player (even or handicap), and are reviewed immediately afterwards by the participants.

In the King Cup Open, six of the ten players tied for second place with 3-2 records. Trophy winners were determined by Go Clubs Online tiebreakers. Besides Tao and Huang, the others tying for second place in the King Cup Open were Shang Zhou (7d, SDGC), Yixian Zhou (6d, Corona), 2020 California State Go Champion Bo Luan (6d, Santa Barbara), and King Bi (4d, SDGC).

Over the course of the weekend, more than 70 go players from all over California participated in one of the four King Cup – California Go Championship tournaments, which included the State Championship (with both Open and Handicap sections), the U16 Girls Championship, the U16 Boys Championship, and the U16 13×13 Championship. This was the fourth State Go Championship weekend hosted by the San Diego Go Club.

Complete round-by-round results for all tournaments are available on Go Clubs Online on the ‘Results’ page found under the ‘Tournaments’ menu.

In the King Cup Handicap Sections, first place winners were:
Division I: Jaewoo Go Park (1k, San Jose)
Division 2: Arunas Rudvalis (6k, SDGC)
Division 3: Jiaying Wei (9k, SDGC)

King Cup – 2021 California State U16 Girls Go Championship winner:
Angelina Zhao (4k, Irvine)
King Cup – 2021 California State U16 Boys Go Championship winner:
Zhenxuan Liu (1d, SDGC)
King Cup – 2021 California State U16 13×13 Go Championship winner:
Anna Zhou (9k, SDGC)

Special recognition trophies were given to Hai Li 5P, for being the tournament director in the three U16 tournaments, and Donovan Chen for being the youngest player in the U16 tournaments (6-years-old). He beat out another 6-year-old, Zoe Tan, by a few days.

All four tournaments were sponsored by a generous gift to the San Diego Go Club by King Bi. Rubio’s Coastal Grill provided gift certificates to its restaurants for all the youth players and their parents

Here are all the trophy winners from the four King Cup – California Go Championship go tournaments, November 27 & 28, 2021:

King Cup – 2021 California State Open Go Championship
1st Place – Kevin Yang (7.3d, San Diego)
2nd Place – Shuaiheng Tao (7.1d, Dublin CA)
3rd Place – Kevin Meiqing Huang (5.9d, Yorba Linda)

King Cup – 2021 California State Handicap Go Championship
Handicap: Division I: 1st Place – Jaewoo Go Park (1.0k, San Jose)
Handicap: Division I: 2nd Place – Patrick Lu (1.1d, Cerritos)
Handicap: Division I: 3rd Place – Andy Shunwei Zhou (1.3d, Corona)
Handicap: Division II: 1st Place – Arunas Rudvalis (6.2k, Oceanside)
Handicap: Division II: 2nd Place – Enrique Garcia (3.1k, San Diego)
Handicap: Division II: 3rd Place – David Baran (6.4k, Beverly Hills)
Handicap: Division III : 1st Place – Jiaying Wei (9.3k, San Diego)
Handicap: Division III:  2nd Place – Nick Liddington (10.3k, Escondido)
Handicap: Division III: 3rd Place – Lucia Moscola (10.1k, San Diego)

King Cup – 2021 California State U16 13×13 Go Championship
Handicap:  1st Place – Anna Zhou (9.5k, Corona)
Handicap:  2nd Place – Angel Shunying Zhou (4.9k, Corona)
Handicap:  3rd Place – Xiaomei Sunny Sun (6.7k, 欧文)

King Cup – 2021 California State U16 Girls Go Championship
Handicap:  1st Place – Angelina Zhao (4.4k, Irvine)
Handicap:  2nd Place – Xiaomei Sunny Sun (6.7k, 欧文)
Handicap:  3rd Place – Abigail Wanyu Chen (5.8 k, Yorba Linda)

King Cup – 2021 California State U16 Boys Go Championship
Handicap: 1st Place – Zhenxuan Liu (1.7d, Irvine )
Handicap: 2nd Place – Jason He (3.5d, Cupertino)
Handicap: 3rd Place – Tom Liu (5.5k, Irvine)

photos by Hai Li and Jaiying Wei; report by Ted Terpstra, former SDGC president; editing by Kyle Fenimore.


Redmond on AlphaGo vs AlphaGo this Friday

Friday December 10, 2021

AlphaGo vs AlphaGo Game 52 Redmond commentary screenshot

Tune in on the AGA’s Twitch channel this Friday, December 10 at 7p ET for another AlphaGo vs AlphaGo live commentary by Michael Redmond 9P, hosted by E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. “I’ve gone through all of Redmond’s AG vs AG game reviews in the last few months and this one is one of the most wild,” said Chris Davis about the last AG-AG game (#52), “Very exciting.” Added Steve Carson, “Thanks Michael and Chris for bringing us this commentary. Otherwise it would just be a bewildering sequence of moves that made no sense.”
NOTE: Here’s an updated link for Redmond’s 2022 go calendar (autographed).


The Power Report: Latest international go news

Wednesday December 8, 2021

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

NOTE: There has been quite a lot of action in international go over the past month or two. This report is an attempt to catch up.

Nong Shim Cup: honors shared in first round
Each of the participating countries have picked up a win in the opening round of the 23rd Nong Shim Spicy Noodles Cup even though only four games were played, so the honors were shared more or less evenly. This round was held on the net in mid-October. The only surprise so far is that in Game 4 Korea fielded its second highest-ranked player. Just for the record, game conditions are: one hour per player, followed by one-minute byo-yomi. The second round, which consists of five games, started on November 26 (report follows soon). Details of the first round follow.

Game 1 (Oct. 11). Weon Seoung-jin 9P (Korea) (B) beat Shibano Toramaru 9P (Jap
an) by resig.
Game 2 (Oct. 12). Li Weiqing 9P (China) (W) beat Weon by resig.
Game 3 (Oct. 13). Kyo Kagen (Xu Jiayuan) 9P (Japan) (B) beat Li by resig.
Game 4 (Oct. 14). Park Junghwan 9P (Korea) (W) beat Kyo by resig.

Park wins his first Samsung Cup
The 26th Samsung Cup World Baduk Masters was held on the net with 32 players competing. The tournament started on October 20 and was completed by November 2. It climaxed in an all-Korean final, with Shin Jinseo playing Park Junghwan. Shin is rated no. 1 in the world, and Park no. 3 (Ke Jie is no. 2). Recently, Park has done badly against Shin; in all games played to date, Shin leads 25-20. More ominously, in multi-game matches, like this final, Shin has overwhelmed Park 14-0. When Shin won the first game convincingly, most fans would have written off Park’s chances. However, he fought back tenaciously, taking the next two games and winning this title for the first time. This is his fifth international title, the others being the Fujitsu Cup (2011), the LG Cup (2018), the MLily Cup (2018), and the Chunlan Cup (2019). For Shin, this was his second successive loss in the Samsung final (the winner last year was Ke Jie). First
 prize is 300,000,000 won (about $251,000). Japan had four players taking part. Two of them, Kyo Kagen and Yamashita Keigo, were the Japanese seeds; Onishi Ryuhei won the Japanese qualifying tournament and Yamashiro Hiroshi won the Japanese qualifying tournament for senior players. Tournament conditions: two hours per player, followed by byo-yomi of 60 seconds x 5. First prize is 300,000,000 won (about $250,000). Below are selected results from Round One and full results thereafter.

Round 1 (Oct. 20, 21). Yamashita Keigo 9P (Japan) (W) beat Cho Seunga 4P by resig.; Lee Changseok 8P (Korea) (W) beat Onishi Ryuhei 7P (Japan); Han Seongjoo 8P (Korea) (B) beat Yamashiro Hiroshi 9P (Japan) by resig.; Fan Yuting 9P (China) beat Kyo Kagen 9P (Japan) by resig.; Kim Jiseok 9P (Korea) (W) beat Ke Jie 9P (China) by half a point; Park Junghwan 9P (Korea) (W) beat Li Weiqing 9P (China) by resig.; Shin Jinseo 9P (Korea) (W) beat Xie Erhao 9P (China) by resig.; Zhao Chenyu 8P (China) beat Lee Changho 9P (Korea) by resig.

Round 2 (Oct. 22, 23). Han (B) beat Dang Yifei 9P (China) by resig.; Lee Donghoon 9P (Korea) (W) beats Xie Ke 9P (China) by resig.; Park (W) beat Mi Yuting 9P (China) by 1.5; Lee (W) beat Peng Liyao 8P (China) by 0.5; Zhao (W) beat Ya
mashita by resig.; Shin (W) beat Fan by resig.; Lian Xiao 9P (China) (W) beat An Seungjun 9P (Korea) by 0.5; Yang Dingxin 9P (China) (B) beat Kim by resig.

Round 3 (Oct. 25, 26). Yang (W) beat Lee Changseok by resig.; Shin (W) beat Han by resig.; Zhao (B) beat Lee Donghoon by resig.; Park (W) beat Lian by 2.5.

Semifinals (Oct. 27, 28). Park (W) beat Zhao by resig.; Shin (B) beat Yang by resig.

Game 1 (Nov. 1). Shin (B) by resig.
Game 2 (Nov. 2). Park (B) by resig.
Game 3 (Nov. 3). Park (W) by resig.

Japan wins three-way team tournament
Japan scored its first international victory for a while in the “2021 3rd China-Japan-Korea Nie Weiping Cup Weiqi Masters.” This is an unusual tournament in more than one respect. It is fought between five-player teams from the a
bove countries; these teams are made up (judging by the Japanese team) of celebrated players from the past, present, and future, and include one female player. The Japanese players were Takemiya Masaki 9P, who turned 70 on Jan. 1 this
 year, Yamashita Keigo 9P, Kono Rin 9P, Ms. Aoki Kikuyo 8P, and Fukuoka Kotaro 2P (aged 15, he represents the future in my formulation). The Chinese team was made up of Nie Weiping 9P (as far as I know, the first time a player has com
peted in a named in his honor), Chang Hao 9P, Gu Li 9P, Zhang Xuan 8P (the wife of Chang Hao), and Tu Xiaoyu 6P 6P (Tu won the Chinese King of the News Stars title and took second place in this year’s Globis Cup). Members of the Chinese team were: Cho Hunhyun 9P, Lee Changho 9P, Cho Hanseung 9P, Ms. Lee Changen (“en” is just a guess) 3P, and Mun Minjong 4P. Japan beat at China 3-2 and came second. In his own tournament, Nie was unable to pick up a win. Full results follow.

Round 1 (Oct. 30). Japan v. China
Takemiya (B) beat Nie by resig. Yamashita (W) beat Chang by half a point. Kono (B) lost to Gu by half a point. Aoki (B) beat Zhang by resig. Fukuoka (W) beat Tu by half a point.

Round 2 (Oct. 31). Japan v. Korea
Takemiya (W) beat Cho HH by 4.5. Yamashita (W) beat Lee CH by resig. Kono (B) lost to Cho HS by 4.5. Aoki (W) beat Ms. Lee by 8.5. Fukuoka (W) beat Mun by resig.

Round 3 (Nov. 1). Korea vs. China
Cho (B) beat Nie by resig. Lee CH (B) beat Chang by resig. Cho HS (B) beat Gu by resig. Ms. Lee (W) lost to Zhang by resig. Mun (W) lost to Tu by resig.

Ichiriki eliminated from LG Cup
After a gap of a little over five months, the quarterfinals and semifinals of the 26th LG Cup were played on the net on November 7‾10. Unfortunately for Japanese fans, Ichiriki Ryo 8P was eliminated. Results follow.

Quarterfinals (Nov. 7 & 8)
Shin Jinseo 9P (Korea) (B) beat Ichiriki Ryo 9P (Japan) by resig.; Yang Dingxin 9P (China) (W) beat Shin Minjun 9P (Korea) by resig.; Ke Jie 9P (China) (W) beat Park Junghwan 9P (Korea) by resig.; Mi Yuting 9P (China) (W) beat Byun Sa
ngil 9P (Korea) by resig.

Semifinals (Nov. 9 & 10). Yang (W) beat Mi by resig.; Shin (W) beat Ke by resig.

Yang Dingxin vs. Shin Jinseo: The best-of-three final will be played on February 7, 9, and, if necessary, 10.

Nong Shim Cup: Iyama dominates second round
The second round of the 23rd Cup was held in the last five days of November. At the end of the first round, Korea had surprised fans by fielding its number two player, Park Junghwan. In an interview, the Korea team captain, Mok Jinseok 9P, revealed that the reason for this was that in recent years Korea had done badly in the middle round, falling behind China and putting too much pressure on their final player or players in the final round. The strategy seemed to work at first, when Park won the final game of the first round (see above), but then he was eliminated in the next game when he lost to Fan Tingyu of China. Fan was another player fielded a little earlier than expected. He has been a hero for China in recent years, twice winning seven games in a row (18th and 20th Cups).
Japan seemed to follow a similar strategy, fielding its top player Iyama Yuta next. This turned out to be a good decision, as Iyama was in excellent form. He won the remaining four games in this round, Japan’s best-ever winning streak in this tournament. Results follow.

Game 5 (Nov. 26). Fan Tingyu 9P (China) (B) beat Park by resig.
Game 6 (Nov. 27). Iyama Yuta 9P (Japan) (W) beat Fan by resig.
Game 7 (Nov. 28). Iyama (W) beat Byun Sangil 9P (Korea) by resig.
Game 8 (Nov. 29). Iyama (W) beat Lin Qincheng 9P (China) by resig.
Game 9 (Nov. 30). Iyama (B) beat Shin Minjun 9P (Korea) by resig.

The final round starts on February 21. Iyama will play Mi Yuting 9P of China. (A team has to inform the organizers who will be its next player before the preceding game is concluded.) After Mi, China’s last player is Ke Jie. Korea is down to its last player, Shin Jinseo; any one of these three is quite capable of winning the tournament single-handed. Japan still has Yo Seiki and Ichiriki Ryo.


Go Spotting: Turtle Bun

Sunday December 5, 2021

Colin Williams reports that the Turtlebun store features go equipment in many of its product photographs.

-photo and editing by Derek McGuire

Categories: Go Spotting,Main Page

NAGF announces Next-Generation exhibition match

Sunday December 5, 2021

The North American Go Federation (NAGF) is hosting exhibition games for North American players. The matches will be between promising young players and professionals. The event details are also available on the NAGF website.

Saturday December 11th, at 7PM EST (4pm PST)

The games will be played online on OGS, and broadcast on the AGA twitch channel.

Alexander Qi  vs  Mingjiu Jiang (7p)
Kevin Yang  vs  Ryan Li (3p)
Val Lewis  vs  Cathy Li (1p)
Chih Rong (James) Sun  vs  Calvin Sun (1p)

30 minutes main time with 3 periods of 40 seconds byo-yomi
Reverse Komi

Hajin Lee and Nick Prince

– Report by Hajin Lee, editing by Derek McGuire


2022 South Central Go Tournament Online Open for Registration

Wednesday December 1, 2021

The 2022 South Central Go Tournament Online will be held on the KGS go server the Saturday and Sunday before Presidents’ Day (February 19-20, 2022). From 2016 to 2020, the tournament was played live in Dallas. In 2021—and now again in 2022—the pandemic has made it necessary to hold the tournament online. There are no geographic restrictions for who may play, but all participants must be current AGA members (including any players from outside the United States). The best-placed Texas resident in the Open Section will become the 2022 Texas State Champion. The 2021 tournament had 16 Open Section players and 60 Handicap Section players. Players can find more details and register for the 2022 tournament at You can also find the South Central Go Tournament on Facebook. Email Bob Gilman at with questions about the tournament.

-report by Bob Gilman, edited by Hailey Renner


The New York Go Honor Society League Returns

Wednesday December 1, 2021

“After a prolonged break, the New York Go Honor Society (NYGHS) is excited to announce the return of the New York Go league!” says organizer Joshua Wong. The first rounds of the league will begin on December 11th with a registration deadline of December 9th.

The league is two months long and will feature a round-robin style format, with each division having 8-10 players. For more information about the league, you can check out the rules and regulations document.

All players are welcome to register here. Like past iterations of the league, the only prerequisite is to have a rank, either certified by a Go organization, or to have a stable rank on a Go server. “We hope to see you there!” says Wong.

-report by Joshua Wong, edited by Derek McGuire


Inaugural Quzhou Lanke Go Supermatch

Wednesday December 1, 2021

Ke Jie 9p vs. Lian Xiao 9p

This evening, Wednesday, Dec. 1st at 10pm EST/7pm PST, Game 1 of the Quzhou Lanke Go Supermatch will be streamed live on the official AGA Twitch channel. Stephen Hu will host commentary by Michael Redmond 9p starting at 10:30pm EST, and the broadcast will be produced by Eva-Dee Beech.

The match is between Ke Jie 9P (China) vs. Lian Xiao 9P (China). Time controls are 2 hours main time, followed by 5 periods of 1-minute byo-yomi.

The event is taking place in Quzhou, China, where the Legend of the Rotten Axe took place, in which a woodcutter observed two immortals playing a game of Go.


San Diego Go Club holds Go Soiree

Wednesday December 1, 2021

On Sunday November 21, the San Diego Go Club celebrated the joining of many new members by holding a Go Soiree at club president Ted Terpstra’s home. Over 25-players showed up including two professionals (Hai Li 5P and Han Han 5P) and three 7d amateurs. One player arrived on the new trolley line that opened earlier that day and now stops at the bottom of the hill.

Players were asked to be masked except while eating and drinking and for the occasional photograph. Plenty of hand sanitizer was available for participants.

Go boards were scattered over three floors of the house and also in the Japanese garden backyard as players sought competition or a teaching game. Kibitzing was the order of the day.

After 7 hours of playing Go and socializing with pizza and drinks, the last players were shooed out at 8:00 p.m. Things will not be as convivial Thanksgiving Saturday and Sunday, as many of these players will meet in the King Cup – California State Go Championships hosted by the SDGC.

-report and photo by Ted Terpstra

Photo: SDGC members Tony 7d (Left) and Kevin 7d Yang enjoying a brotherly game on a 7.5-inch kaya board.
Also in photo, their sensei, Han Han 5p, and a future Harvard student. Special note: Between the bowls of stones can be seen a 1986 American Go Journal with a young Michael Redmond on the cover. The Journal referred to him as “the strongest Westerner in the entire history of Go.” Inside that issue was an interview of Redmond by Les Lanphear: Soiree attendee, long-time SDGC member, and a current member of the AGA Board of Directors.