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New York Go Association monthly tournaments going strong

Thursday November 21, 2019

This month 26 go players enjoyed another great weekend of competition in the second NYGA Monthly Tournament held by on November 9 in Little Neck, NY. After 4 rounds of close fighting, Kenny Joel 4d clinched first place by direct win over Dazhi Xu 5 dan after three wins each. Alexander Qi 4d took third place. Tommy Xie 1k and Alastair McLaughlin 17k won divisions 2 and 3 respectively with perfect 4-0 records.

The next NYGA monthly tournament will be held December 14. For more information and the schedule of monthly tournaments visit the NYGA Monthly Tournaments page.

-report and photo by Felipo Jian

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Yoonyoung Kim 8P workshop hosted by Colorado a success

Thursday November 21, 2019

Colorado held its first pro workshop in long time when Yoonyoung Kim, 8p of Korea visited Denver November 2nd and 3rd. Players from both Colorado and Utah, 26 in total, participated. The highlight of the two-day event was when Ms. Kim played everyone in a team simul on the second day. Players gathered into six teams of three to four members each who could combine their Go knowledge on each move. Still, each team fell one-by-one against Ms. Kim, who is ranked in the top ten female players in Korea. “I could see everyone was really enjoying the simul by the wide smiles on their faces,” says organizer Eric Wainwright, “even as they went down in defeat.  I hope we can repeat this event in the near future.”

Yoonyoung Kim now resides in Montreal and teaches Go online and at local clubs.  You can find out more on her website at yybaduk.mozello.com. Find more pictures of the event at Google photos.

-report and photos provided by Eric Wainwright

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Everyone was a winner at the Syracuse Go Club annual tournament

Thursday November 21, 2019

Twenty-two players turned out to play in the Syracuse Go Club’s annual Fall Self-Pair Tournament on November 2nd, including ten past and present students of tournament organizer Richard Moseson.  Every player went home a winner after selecting a new go book to take home at the end of the day. 

-report and photo by Richard Moseson

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Michael Stevenson sweeps 6th Lake Erie Go Tournament

Thursday November 21, 2019

Soren Jaffe directed a field of 19 players in the 6th Lake Erie Go Tournament, held at Lake Erie College in Ohio, on November 2nd. The participates competed for handmade mini goban prizes. Michael Stevenson 2d won the Dan division with the only undefeated record, beating the two favorites of the event, Feifan Jia 6d and Soren Jaffe 5d.

Results:
Dan Division: 1st Michael Stevenson 2d, 2nd Feifan Jia 6d, 3rd Richard Keay 2k.
Kyu Division: 1st David Rohlfing 10k, 2nd Manny Jauregui 12k, 3rd Steve Zilber 13k

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Second Annual California State Championship to offer youth titles and fun for all attendees over Thanksgiving weekend

Thursday November 21, 2019

2018 San Diego Champ, Michael Wang vs. 2018 California Champ, Calvin Sun

The best amateur go player in the state of California in 2019 will be crowned over Thanksgiving weekend. The San Diego Go Club will host the 2nd Annual California State Go Championship at the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1. Although only California amateur go players, including students, are eligible to win the top prize and title of Champion in the Open Division, everyone is welcome to play in the tournament. The top boy and girl under 16 years of age will also be crowned California U16 Champions.

The organizers will run a separate 13×13 youth tournament for youngsters without an AGA rating. For non-players, Balboa Park contains nine museums, the world famous San Diego Zoo, and a free organ concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday all within walking distance from the San Diego Chess Club. Registration, information, and directions are available at https://www.goclubs.org.

-report and photo by Ted Terpstra

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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2019 Cotsen Open wrap-up

Sunday November 10, 2019

A few follow-ups to the Cotsen Open, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with one of the biggest tournaments yet:
Games: Top-board game records are posted here.
Videos: Click here for a playlist of all the Cotsen videos, including a brand-new highlights reel and interviews with founder Eric Cotsen, first-time game recorder Timothy Yu and more.
Results: See below for the complete list of winners.

Credits: The Cotsen is sponsored by Eric Cotsen; this year’s tournament was organized by Ryan Murray and directed by Kevin Chao. The tournament Co-Organizer was Chris Saenz and the Assistant Director was ChiWu (Jack) Chao. Yilun Yang 7P was the resident pro. Leah Wilson was the MG Studio rep, Georgett Cota was the Assistant Organizer and the official tournament photographer was Charles Brewer, who also served as a volunteer. Other volunteers were Wenguang Wu and Devin Fraze. Vendors were Kogi (food truck) and TPT (tables/chairs). Paula and Cindy were the massage therapists.

The E-Journal crew was headed up by Managing Editor Chris Garlock, who also produced the videos. Jeff Fitzgerald was the videographer and video editor. Game recorders were Kevin Hwang, Vince Ma, Yen-Chin Wang, Timothy Yu and Lionel Zhang. Stephen Hu provided technical support.

Special thanks to AGA president Andy Okun.

Winner Mark Lee (r) with Eric Cotsen.
photo by Chris Garlock

2019 Cotsen Winner Report (Final)
Open Section:
 1st: Mark Lee (5-0); 2nd: Andy Liu (4-1); 3rd: Evan Lin (4-1); 4th: Xiaocheng Hu (4-1); 5th: Calvin Sun (4-1); 6th: Ying Ngai Yu (3-2).
Section A (4d-2d): 1st: Kosuke Sato (5-0); 2nd: Zhizhe Zhang (5-0); 3rd: Ashish Varma (4-1)
Section B (1d-2k): 1st: Tony Yang (5-0); 2nd: Tommy Yinhe Liu (5-0); 3rd: Andrew Luo (4-1)
Section C (3k-5k): 1st: Billy Maier (5-0); 2nd: Samuel Kennedy (5-0); 3rd: Shawn Blue (4-1)
Section D (6k-10k): 1st: David Su (4-1); 2nd: Mario Espinoza (4-1); 3rd: Viet Nguyen (4-1)
Section E (11k-30k): 1st: Jiqi Wang (5-0); 2nd: Michael Lee (5-0); 3rd: Xiao Tiao Wang (4-1)Club prize winner: Santa Monica Go Club

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