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2022 U.S. Go Congress Tournament Winners

Monday August 8, 2022

US Open Masters: 1st Han Han; 2nd: Alan Huang; 3rd: Jeremy Chiu; 4th: Harrison Sun; 5th: Andy Liu; 6th: Michael Zhaonian Chen
TD: Kevin Chao

N.A. Masters Tournament: 1st: Alan Huang; 2nd: Jeremy Chiu: 3rd: Andy Liu.
TD: Kevin Chao

US Open             
6d+: 1st: Tony Yang; 2nd: Haoze Liu; 3rd: Boyang Kang
5d: 1st: Forrest Song; 2nd: Kosuke Sato; 3rd: Will Lockhart
4d: 1st: Xinqun Lu (Sin Chun); 2nd: Juanshu Lan; 3rd: Joel Kenny
3d: 1st: Wanqi Zhu;  2nd: Nick Sibicky; 3rd: Jerry Ju.
2d: 1st: Xiaoyu Wang; 2nd: David Weimer; 3rd: Robert Hessburg    
1d: 1st: Luis Jorge Palacios Vela;  2nd: Mark Wong; 3rd: Andy Zhou
1k: 1st: Max Fuller;  2nd: Benjamin Gunby; 3rd Jun Wu
2k: 1st Liya Luck; 2nd: Daniel Luo; 3rd: Wilson Lu
3k: 1st Valeriia Smirnova;  2nd Jamie Tang; 3rd Shreya Bhattarai
4k: 1st Luke Belyeu; 2nd Jonathan Chen; 3rd Austin Robinson
5k: 1st Sarah Crites; 2nd Giovanni Ventura; 3rd Abigail Chen
6k: 1st Hunter Tidwell; 2nd Jack Zhang; 3rd Ursa Woodring
7k: 1st Mario Espinoza; 2nd Collin Baker; 3rd Steve Kopp
8k: 1st Hector Lampert-Bates; 2nd Aldric Giacomoni; 3rd Mika Blandy
9k: 1st Nytha Ramanathan; 2nd Richard Newman; 3rd George Schmitten
10k: 1st Joel Chapman; 2nd Bowen Yan; 3rd Regina Kim
DDK 11-15k: 1st Noah Carrafa (11k); 2nd Elizabeth Small (13k); 3rd Lee Belyeu (13k)
DDK 16-30: 1st Xiatiao Wang (16k); 2nd Kyle Huang (16k); 3rd Miles Henry (16k)
TD: Andrew Hall

Die Hard: Dan Division: 1st: David Frankel (Most wins and most games); Kyu Division: 1st: Kacey Saff 5-2; 2nd: Eva Dee Beech (Most games)
TD: Jae Donley

2021 AGA Girls Cup: 1st Tina Li; 2nd: Julia Zhang
TD: Justin Tang

2021 Redmond Cup: Senior Division: 1st Alex Qi; 2nd Kevin Huang
TD: Justin Tang

2022 AGA Girls Cup: 1st Stephanie Tan; 2nd: Samantha Soo
TD: Justin Tang

2022 Redmond Cup: Senior Division: 1st Alex Qi; 2nd King Bi; Junior Division: 1st    Evan Tan; 2nd Eric Yang
TD: Justin Tang

Senior Cup: Dan Division 1st XinQun Lu; Kyu Division: 1st Bob Crites
TD: Mark Rubenstein

Pair Go: 1st Xiaodi Huang, Kevin Chao; 1st – Japan: Tianyi Li, Albert Yen
TD: Lionel Zhang

Women’s: 1st Yunyen Lee; Band A (4k and above) 2nd Samantha Soo Liya Luk (Tie); Band B (5k and below): 1st Laurie Linz; 2nd Regina Kim
TD: Vanessa Sabino

Evening League Prizes    
Champion: most wins minus losses: Bo Luan – all wins
Hurricane: greatest number of wins: Mario Espinoza (12)
Dedicated: most games played   Mario Espinoza (15)
Dan Slayer: most wins against dan players by kyu player  Steve Uhl (1)
Kyu Killer: most wins against kyu players by dan player: Bo Luan, Robert Hessburg & Luis Palacios
Philanthropist: most losses: Ateshi Shellorne (8)
TD: Rich Newman

Baum Prizes       
Badger: most older players (11 & younger): Della Tang & Sarah Zhang (5 each)
Elder Slayer: most wins against adults: Della Tang (2 wins)
Old Hand: adult who plays the most games: Andreas Boerner (11 games)
Encourager: adult who loses the most games: Andreas Boerner (5 games)
Across the age: 1st place adult: Terry Benson (71 years); 2nd place adult Terry Benson  (69 years);
3rd place adult: Betsy Small; Don Karns (twice; 67 years)
1st place child: Kaitlyn Guo; 2nd place child: Jason Li; 3rd place child: Maria Li, Jamie Ma & Della Tang
5 Game Winner: Don Karns

9×9: Kyu Division: Mario Espinoza; Dan Division:                Trevor Morris
TD: Peter Schumer

13×13: Kyu Division: Benjamin Gunby; Dan Division: 3-way tie: Robert Frohardt, Jason Li, Stephanie Tan
TD: Jim Hlavka

Lightning: Dan Division: Llambert Li; Kyu Division: Regina Kim
TD: Keith Arnold

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Upcoming Go Events: San Francisco

Monday August 8, 2022

August 20: San Francisco, CA
Mountain Day Go Tournament
Matthew Barcus matt@sfgo.club 415-316-2953

Get the latest go events information.

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’22 U.S. Go Congress Updates: Han Han 5P wins Masters; King Bi’s $4K bid wins AGF board auction

Sunday August 7, 2022

NOTE: Here are a couple quick updates from the 2022 U.S. Go Congress Awards Banquet Saturday night. Stay tuned for more Congress reports, including complete tournament winners reports, top winner photos, and an exclusive EJ interview with NAMT winner Han Han.

Han Han 5P completed his 7-0 sweep of the 2022 North American Masters on Saturday morning by defeating Andy Liu 1P. In the photo at right, Han Han excitedly showed off his trophy and $5k check at Saturday night’s awards banquet.

The banquet kicked off with a longtime tradition, the auction of a go board — in this case a high quality kaya floor goban from the vintage team at Store.Baduk.Club — the benefit the American Go Foundation, which has long invested in young go players, many of whom were in attendance at the Go Congress. A fierce bidding war broke out for the goban, which had been signed by NAMT players, including newly-minted U.S. pro Alex Qi, and both outgoing AGA president Andy Okun and incoming president Gurujeet Khalsa. In the end, 2022 Redmond finalist King Bi (2nd from right), was the winner with a record $4,000 bid. “My family just wanted to give something back to the organization that has done so much for young go players,” Bi said.

– report by Chris Garlock; photos by Garlock (right) and Phil Straus (left)
In photo at left (l-r): AGA president Andy Okun, AGF VP Paul Barchilon, AGF president Terry Benson, King Bi, E-Journal Managing Editor (and auctioneer) Chris Garlock, auction organizer Solomon Smilack.

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’22 U.S. Go Congress Updates: Li/Yen win U.S. Pair Go Championships; Han Han continues Masters sweep

Friday August 5, 2022

(l-r): Tina Li 5d/Albert Yen 8d & Lliya Yuk 1K/Edward Zhang 7D (photo by Chris Garlock)

Tianyi Li 3d/Albert Yen 7d won the 2022 U.S. Pair Go Championships Thursday night at the U.S. Go Congress, defeating Liya Luk 1d/Edward Zhang 7d, who took second place. In 3rd were Paige Kimball 1d/Jasper Emerton 5d and in 4th were Samantha Soo 3d/Jerry Ju 3d. Li/Yen will represent the US in the IAPGC in Tokyo, Japan on December 10-11, 2022.

Fifty two pairs competed in the main Pair Go Tournament. Winning first place were Xiaodi Huang 6d/Kevin Chao 5d and in second place were Yingzhi Qian 5d/Will Lockhart 5d. Table Winners: Yujie Liu 3d/Wanqi Zhu 3d; Jino Choung 1d/Joel Kenny 4d; Yuki He 1d/Benjamin Gunby 1k; Jonathan Green 1k/Jun Wu 1k; Angel Zhou 2k/Daniel Luo 2k; Kacey Saff 5k/Peter Schumer 2k; Laura Wu 8k/Howard Wong 1d; Sarah Crites 5k/Bob Crites 5k; Maya Boerner 6k/Andreas Boerner 6k; Vivienne Blandy 6k/Mark Fraser 7k; Terri Schurter 9k/Gurujeet Khalsa 6k; Giovanni Ventura 5k/Simon Zhang 13k.

In the North American Masters Tournament, Han Han 5P on Friday morning continued his sweep through the field, defeating Alex Qi 1P for a 5-0 record. In an unexpected bit of offboard drama, Han Han asked TD Kevin Chao mid-game to check Qi’s glasses to make sure the newly-minted young professional was not receiving outside assistance. Play continued after Chao found no such evidence.

Han Han vs Alex Qi in Round 5 of the NAMT (photo by Chris Garlock)

Update: Han Han notched his sixth win Friday night, beating Albert Yen. Round 6 of the NAMT was broadcast on Twitch, with EJ Managing Editor Chris Garlock hosting Michael Redmond 9P for commentary on the top boards. Check out the stream — which includes a discussion on handling allegations of cheating in go — here.

CLICK HERE for the NAMT crosstab.
CLICK HERE for the U.S. Open crosstab.

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Frankel, Saff and Beech prizewinners in Die Hard

Thursday August 4, 2022

While most Go Congress attendees were off taking advantage of local attractions in the Rocky Mountains, seventy nine players played 138 games in the Die Hard Tournament on Wednesday. With eight games played and four wins, David Frankel 1D won the prize for most games and most wins in the Dan division, while Kacey Saff 5K took the prize for most wins in the kyu division with a 5-2 record and EJ Congress Team producer EvaDee Beech 4K’s SOS record for her seven games clinched the most games prize in the kyu division. Jae Donley was the TD.
For the first time, Die Hard Board 1 games were streamed live on the AGA’s Twitch channel; check out the video here (the last one — Yoder-Yi — is especially exciting, with massive attacks and counter-attacks as both players are in byo-yomi).

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’22 U.S. Go Congress Updates: NAMT/US Open crosstabs; Die Hard to be streamed

Tuesday August 2, 2022

After three rounds in the North American Masters Tournament (NAMT) – and four more still to go — just two players are undefeated: Han Han 5P and Zhaonian Chen 7D. Click here for the NAMT crosstab.
Meanwhile, in the U.S. Open, two of the five rounds have been completed; click here for the U.S. Open crosstab.

On Tuesday, in addition to commenting on the top boards in the NAMT, Eric Lui 2P and host Eric Lee 3D reviewed two kyu games from the U.S. Open (check out the streams here). Open players interested in having their games included in the Twitch commentary on Thursday can email their OGS username to journal@usgo.org. Note that you must record your Round 3 games on OGS in a demo board and be sure to name the game “US Open Round 3” and include both player’s actual names.

BREAKING NEWS: On Wednesday, the top board at the Die Hard tournament will be broadcast live — for the first time ever! — on OGS and Twitch by the EJ team, starting at 9a MT. The Die Hard’s format is Arena Style: win the most points by winning the most games. Players are re-paired immediately after their games conclude. See Die Hard under Tournaments in the YAPP app for complete details.

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N.A. players at online World Youth Goe Championship

Tuesday August 2, 2022

The World Youth Goe Championship, going on now online, includes players  representing North America: Jate Greene, Senior player; Kevin Xu, Junior player; Crane Kuo, Junior player, Zifei Gong, Senior player. Greene and Xu are from the U.S., while Kuo and Gong are from Canada. The games are being played on the Tencent Wild Fox server

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Congresses of Yesteryear

Tuesday August 2, 2022

One of the big hits of Sunday night’s opening ceremonies at the 2022 U.S. Go Congress was the slideshow of photos from past Congresses, from the first one in 1985 in Westminster, Maryland, to the last pre-pandemic gathering in 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. Click below to see a video of the show and find out more about the U.S. Go Congress history here. Photos by Phil Straus; slideshow by Eric Wainwright.

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A day at the Go Congress

Tuesday August 2, 2022

One of the big attractions of the U.S. Go Congress – now underway in Estes Park, CO – is the opportunity for total immersion in the game. For most attendees, the day begins with a round of the U.S. Open, the “main event” of the Congress, with 240 players this year competing in a 5-round Swiss-McMahon tournament, with 90 minutes of basic time for each player. For regular tournament players, this is a chance to test their skills against the largest field of the year, while for others this may be their only chance to compete at an in-person event.

After lunch, where you’ll usually hear players talking about how their morning games went, there’s a wide menu of options available. Pro simuls provide an opportunity to test your skills against top players, who take on multiple opponents and then offer pointers after the games. Lectures this year cover a wide range of go-related subjects like “How to play against a strange move” by Yilun Yang, Ryan Li on Lessons from the Past, Learning from Go Seigen, or Four Trendy Ideas by In-Seong Hwang.

In addition to being the site of the pro simuls, the main playing area is where you’ll find Congress attendees playing go, sometimes just casual pick-up games but often Self-Paired Tournament games, offering a chance not only for more “serious” competition, but also to score some rating points. Here is also where you’ll find knots of players reviewing games, sometimes with a pro or stronger player who happened to drop by, sometimes just among themselves.

This is also where the go vendors set up shop in the evenings, setting out wares that include go books (and software too, these days), equipment and more, including, this year, go-related art.

In addition to the hub of activity at the main playing area, there are lectures and study sessions scattered about the playing site. Tuesday afternoon a go player wandering among the YMCA cabins could dip into both kyu and dan game analysis sessions, lectures by Stephanie Yin, In-Seong Hwang and the Teacher of the Year. Simultaneously, young players faced off in the Redmond Cup.

There are also non-go options in the afternoons, from hikes in the mountains to this year’s newly-popular sport, pickleball.

After dinner, attendees can of course find self-paired and casual games, there are more lectures available, and there’s always a special activity in the main playing area, Sunday night it was the Lightning Tournament, Monday it was 13×13 and Tuesday it’s Crazy Go. Gradually, players drift away, perhaps to lectures, perhaps to bed, and the main playing area slowly empties out until just a few solitary pairs remain bent over the board. “Just one more game,” they say.

Report/photos by Chris Garlock

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In other news: Western Mass in-person play picks up; SF tourney report

Tuesday August 2, 2022

Western Mass Go Club in-person play picking up
“I am happy that in-person go playing is picking up again,” reports Eric Osman. “The Western Mass Go club had five enthusiastic members playing last night, July 21, 2022 at the Homewood Suites Hotel in Holyoke Massachusetts.” 
Pictured here are Micah Feldman, Seungly Oh, and Chris Morse. Also present were Bill Saltman and Eric Osman.

Jeremy Chiu tops San Francisco Go Club Ocean Day Tournament
Jeremy Chiu 6D prevailed in a heated Division 1 battle at the July 23 San Francisco Go Club tournament. The three-round tournament drew 30+ players who competed for cash prizes and Pro subscription codes to BadukPop, while enjoying a complementary lunch of Chinese food. Arthur Yeh 4D and Qilu Chen 2D came in second and third in Division 1. Division 2 was won by Wilson Lu 3-kyu with Aaron Lin 4-kyu in second place and Casey Dahlin 5-kyu in third place. Then from Division 3, Youchen Zhao 8-kyu came in first with Jiaying Wei 8-kyu in second and Simon Choi 6-kyu in third. “The SF Go Club thanks all those who attended and contributed to the success of the tournament,” says club president Matthew Barcus. The SF Go Club plans to host its next tournament on Saturday 20 August 2022 with details and sign up information to be provided soon. 

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