American Go E-Journal

MA State Championship: It takes a village

Wednesday November 20, 2019

The 2019 MA State Championship on Saturday, November 16, was a huge success with a healthy turnout of 30 players, the biggest tournament in Western Massachusetts in years. It was hosted by the Western Mass Go Association (WMGC) at Springfield College.  Full results and more pictures available here.

Xu Yilin (6d) on Board 1 in black with glasses, on his way to being undefeated.  Luo Yin (5d, in the white hoody) vs Ruihan Cao (3d). photo by Bill Saltman

A successful tournament requires help from so many people, without whom participants could not have had such a great day:

– The team in Boston for giving the WMGC the opportunity to host the state championship.
– Professor Andrew Perry who suggested and helped arrange for the use of the beautiful space at Springfield College.

Shot of the whole room. In the foreground, Trevor Morris (6d) losing to Cao Ruihan (3d). photo by Bill Saltman

– The AGA for its encouragement and sponsorship of the state championship.
– David Kohn, president of MGA, and Eva Casey, for support in publicity, logistics, and coordination with the other MA tournaments.
– Past Go Congress organizers Micah Feldman, who arranged for snacks and took a voluntary bye in round 1, and Bill Saltman, who photographed the tournament.
– Chris Morse and Micah Feldman both helped teach a beginner’s class at Springfield College the evening before the tournament, with about a dozen students in attendance.
– Martha Marteney, who was on hand all day to manage the technical details of running the tournament.
– An anonymous donor for a very generous $500 donation to help draw in some very strong players, and increase the prize pool all the way down the line.
– Neil Ritter, MA State Championship Coordinate, for all his help in preparing for the tournament.  He also drove in early from Boston with boards, stones and clocks, and orchestrated an efficient setup and teardown.  The tournament would not have been such a success without Neil’s help and encouragement.
– All the players, many of whom pitched in throughout the day to help, especially during setup and teardown.

The picture at right is from the third round, and includes the open section top finishers.  Xu Yilin (6d) on board one in black with glasses, on his way to being undefeated.  Luo Yin (5d) in the white hoody manages to win this hotly contested third round game against Ruihan Cao (3d), standing with the blue jacket.  Luo Yin’s only loss was in the previous round to Xu Yilin, the tournament winner.  Ruihan Cao had battled his way up from below the bar, to lose only to the top two finishers in the tournament, in rounds 3 and 4, after having polished off one 6-dan in round 2, earning himself a special mention prize, with the strongest 2-2 result possible from his starting position.

Other excellent results were put in by three 4-0 winners:
 – Aojie Kong (1k), the AGA’s newest member.
 – Andrew McGowan (2k), who, despite having the pressure of a large crowd of players gathered around his 4th round game – the last one of the tournament to finish, managed to hold on to a 1/2 point win against a strong 1d.
 – Teng Chi-hse (5k).  In this top-heavy tournament, he didn’t play a single even game.  In two games he gave a handicap, and in two he received stones.  A great result, showing off his ability to both give and take handicap stones effectively.

And, in a tough field, there were only two 3-1 winners outside of the open section: Ni Niel (1k) and Choung Jino (2k).

– Trevor Morris, Tournament Director; photos by Bill Saltman

50 years aGO: November 1969

Wednesday November 20, 2019

This month we start a new feature, as we look back fifty years in world Go.

by Keith Arnold, hka, with Patrick Bannister

On November 14, 1968, the Nihon Kiin celebrated Rin Kaiho’s victory as the 8th Meijin. He towers above the dignitaries in our photo , but also notable is the late Go Seigen 9 dan, fourth from the left and , at far right, Rin’s teacher, Goro Fujita 6 dan.

As was his custom, Fujisawa Shuko won the first year the Oza became a title match. He’s shown here, at left, turning aside the challenge of Otake Hideo, then 8 dan, on November 12, 1968. Otake was the first of the Kitani school disciples to make his presence felt.

Go Review also heralded the “Big Three’ of the younger generation, 50 years ago this month, but these three – Ishida Yoshio “the Computer”, Kato Masao “ the Killer”, and Takemya Masaki would become better known as the “Three Crows “ of the Kitani school.

Finally, William Pinckard returned home to New York after a 6-month stay in Tokyo, with a 2 dan diploma from Iwamoto 9 dan. Pinckard is well known in the west for his writings about go history and culture, particularly his wonderful “Japanese Prints and the World of Go” available from Kiseido.

Please forward any ideas for future months to the journal, ejournal@usgo.org. Photos are borrowed from Go Review.

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In Memoriam: Ogawa Tomoko 6P

Tuesday November 19, 2019

Ogawa Tomoko 6 dan passed away on November 18 at age 68. A pupil of Kitani, she is perhaps best known in the West as the author of “The Endgame” part of the Ishi Press Elementary Go Series. I will always remember her as the ofttimes host of the NHK matches I watched on my VCR. She was the winner of the Women’s Honinbo in 1986 and the Women’s Kakusie in 1987.
– Keith Arnold, HKA

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Upcoming Go Events: San Diego, Santa Fe, Sacramento, Seattle

Monday November 18, 2019

November 21: San Diego, CA
Hai Li (5P) Thursday Evening Go Class
Ted Terpstra ted.terpstra@gmail.com 619-384-3454

November 23: Santa Fe, NM
2019 NM State Go Championship
Robert Cordingley rjcord1@gmail.com 281-989-6272

November 30: Sacramento, CA
Davis/Sacramento Winter Tournament
Willard Haynes cwillardhaynes2@gmail.com 916-601-0829

November 30-December 1: San Diego, CA
2019 California State Go Championship
Ted Terpstra ted.terpstra@gmail.com 619-384-3454

December 1: Seattle, WA
Monthly Tournament – December
Mike Malveaux programs@seattlego.org 206-545-1424

Get the latest go events information.

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Evanston Go Club tournament hosts Open section with players from six states

Sunday November 17, 2019

The Evanston Go Club hosted its semi-annual tournament on November 9th, drawing 33 players from Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. In addition to the normal handicap section, the tournament included an Open section for dan players. “We’ve never had more than one section before,” says club president and TD Mark Rubenstein, “so I was a little nervous about it. I have my hands full running the self-paired section, so I knew I’d need someone to run the Open section. Thanks to the outstanding help of Lee Huynh, it went smooth as silk!” 

Rubenstein uses his own custom software for running the club’s tournaments, which are always self-paired. Huynh used OpenGotha to manage the Open section. The response of the dan players was unanimous; they greatly prefer to play even games, regardless of the difference in rank… even knowing they’d be up against Albert Yen 8d!
“Special thanks to our Central board members Lisa Scott and Devin Fraze (all the way from Columbus Ohio) for joining us!” says Rubenstein.

Results:
Open Section: 1st place Albert Yen 8d (4-0), 2nd place Meng Wang 6d (3-1)
Handicap A Section: Nathan Beecher 2d (4-0)
Handicap B Section: Daniel Lambert 4k (4-0)
Handicap C Section: 1st Place Alicia Seifrid 14k (5-0), 2nd Place David Bireta 15k (4-1) playing in his first tournament.

Andy Liu 1P wins “certified organic” Gotham Go Tournament in a three way tie

Sunday November 17, 2019

Andy Liu 1P took the top prize by tie-breaks after a three way tie in the top division of the Gotham Go Tournament on November 2nd. “Thanks to everyone who participated,” says organizer Peter Armenia, “and thanks so much to our fabulous tournament director David Glekel, his assistant Jino Choung, and my beautiful wife Gretchen Hanser for keeping the coffee warm, feeding us, and making beautiful ceramic go mugs for the top prizes!”

Division winners were Yong Chen 7d, Niel Ni 1d, Alexander Yu 2k, and Micah Murphy 10k, with Amari Gonzales 20k and Zhihan Huang 29k also undefeated in Murphy’s division. Peter Armenia’s eight year old daughter, Veronica, played in her first official tournament and he reports that she took her losses in stride with grace and composure.

Complete winner’s list
Open Division (all 3 wins)
1st Andy Liu; 2nd Alan Huang; 3rd Michael Chen
A: 1st Yong Chen; 2nd Lei Sun; 3rd Jianjin Lin
B: 1st: Niel Ni (undefeated); 2nd Sophie Lin; 3rd Afa Zhou
C: 1st Alexander Yu; 2nd Alex Fan-Cui; 3rd Luke Luo
D: 1st Micah Murphy (undefeated); 2nd Amari Gonzales (undefeated); 3rd Zhihan Huang (undefeated)

U.S. Go Congress Survey Closing Soon

Friday November 15, 2019

U.S. Go Congress organizers would love to thank everyone who has filled out the Congress Survey – nearly 200 responses already.  The feedback they’ve received has been extremely valuable, especially since over half of the responses came from people who couldn’t attend the 2019 Congress, and nearly a quarter of respondents have never been able to attend a Congress. 

Ryan Li 1p playing simul at the 2019 US Go Congress; photo by Chris Garlock

Among the responses so far were two from people who haven’t attended since the late 1990s, as well as four from people who have attended 26 or more Congresses. Over half of respondents rate playing in tournaments as their favorite thing about Congress, while 28% of attendees say their favorite part is learning from pros, and 27% say their favorite part is spending time with friends (people seem to have multiple favorites).

Interestingly, 36% of respondents would like to attend the European Go Congress and 34.5 say they’d maybe like to, but only 8.5% actually have attended.

Feedback from everyone – longtime attendees, new players, and everyone in between – will help the AGA make the next U.S. Go Congress in Estes Park (August 1-9, 2020) a better event for everyone!  Click here now to complete the survey if you haven’t already.

Do you have what it takes?

Friday November 15, 2019

To put the time in and help this great organization? The AGA is continually looking for new talented leaders to help with our programs. We are a small core group that wears many hats. Our listing of open positions is always growing.

If you are interested please email volunteer@usgo.org for more information

Here are a few of the folks that are on the top of our search list:

AGA Treasurer
Looking for someone with a minimum 2-3 years Accounting/CPA experience. Will assist the organization in day-to-day operations with members and chapters for payment issues. Person will help run reports for various administrators for operations activities. Person will work on tax documents yearly. This position has a two year commitment.

AGA Ratings Officer
Assist current Ratings Officer. Knowledge of how ratings works is advantageous. This person will be communicating with membership and other AGA officers to answer member issues relating to tournaments. Required: programming ability including perl, mysql, version control, and linux. This person will work with our current Ratings Officer and potentially take over the position.

Drupal Developer
Looking for someone to help with our drupal upgrade. Looking to take our install to v9 and make it more efficient. Help drive the look of the AGA’s web presence. Knowledge of Drupal 7/8 needed, Helpful to have include PHP, WordPress, Drupal 8 front end development.

Pandanet AGA City League Round 1 this weekend

Thursday November 14, 2019

This Sunday November 17th starts the 8th year of the Pandanet City League in the US and Canada. This year brings four sets of leagues with 30 different teams. Check the teams listing to find your closest city to root for. Watch at least nine different pros in the top three leagues. Games can be found in the AGA City League rooms using the GoPanda2 client. Watch on any platform whether it be at your computer or on a mobile device. Games start LIVE at 3PM unless otherwise noted.

Registration Open for 2019 Young Lions Tournament

Sunday November 10, 2019

“The American Go Honor Society is hosting its annual Young Lions Tournament, ” says Promotion Head Sophia Wang, “All go players under age 18 of any rank are welcome. It is a great tournament where youth players can compete against others from the United States, Canada, and Mexico for prizes. There is a total prize pool of $600 in cash, trophies, and other awards.”

For registration, click here.
For detailed rules, click here.