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’22 Go Congress team thanks

Saturday August 13, 2022

The 2022 Go Congress team wishes to thank attendees for coming to this year’s congress in Estes Park, CO.  Your presence has reinvigorated the go community and helped reestablish the yearly tradition of the congress.  For old and new timers alike, we hope that your week was rewarding and memorable.

In particular, we’d like to thank all the hard-working volunteers who made it possible:

Front row, L-R:  Emil Meng (Registrar), Ursa Woodring (A/V), Chris Garlock (E-Journal), Devin Fraze (A/V & E-Journal), Solomon Smilack (Treasurer), Cat Mai (TD Coordinator), Brad Cable (Registration), Matt Murray (Equipment Manager)

Back row, L-R: Keith Arnold (Lightning TD), Neil Ritter (Asst. Open TD), Dave Weimer (Congress advisor), Ginger Persolus (E-Journal), Eric Wainwright (Director), Howard Landman (Director), Laurie Linz (Deputy Registrar), Paul Barchilon (Director), Jordan Hagen (Tours & Transportation), Andrew Hall (Open TD), Chris Kirchner (Congress advisor), Rich Newman (Registration & Self-Pair TD)

Further mention: Ragnarr Marksen (Registration), Terry Benson (Registration), Eva Dee Beech (E-Journal).

photo by Phil Straus

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New England Open set for Labor Day Weekend

Thursday August 11, 2022

Registration for the first New England Open is now open; the new event is scheduled for this coming Labor Day weekend Saturday Sept 3 through Sunday Sept 4 – in Westford, MA. The total prize pool expected to exceed $1,000 in cash and prizes, says organizer Trevor Morris. Nearly a dozen go vendors have contributed to the prize pool, which includes a full year of OGS membership at the highest level.

Organizers throughout the 6-state region are collaborating to bring the first 2-day go tournament in recent memory to New England. Additional funding is being provided by the AGA by combining catchment area funds for all of New England for this special tournament.

The tournament will be taking place at the Westford Regency; book online for the best rate. “This may expire at any time,” say organizers, “so act fast to lock in this rate.”
Stay tuned for more details soon.

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This Weekend: In-Seong Hwang Workshop in DC

Thursday August 11, 2022

There is still space in this weekend workshop with In-Seong Hwang. Many already know In-Seong from participation in his AYD teaching league. The event will be Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday during the day. There will be three lectures. Players will be paired off for games followed by group reviews. Games will be AGA rated if both players are AGA members.

This is a special event in the U.S. before In-Seong returns to Paris. You can register here: In-Seong Hwang Weekend Workshop – 8/12/2022

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2022 N.A. Masters Tournament players

Tuesday August 9, 2022

Top row: BI, King; BURRALL, Matthew; CHEN, ZhaoNian; CHIU, Jeremy; DONLEY, Jae
Second row: GE, Yongfei; HAN, Han; HUANG, Alan; HUANG, Xiaodi; LIU, Andy
Third row: QI, Alexander; SAGNER, Chris; SEDGWICK, James; SUN, Harrison; TU, Xinyu 
Bottom row: YEN, Abert; YODER, Eric; ZHANG, Edward; ZHANG, Hugh; ZHOU, Yixian

2022 US Open Masters winners:
1st Han Han; 2nd: Alan Huang; 3rd: Jeremy Chiu; 4th: Harrison Sun; 5th: Andy Liu; 6th: Michael Zhaonian Chen
TD: Kevin Chao; Photos/collage: Chris Garlock

2022 NAMT Crosstab

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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 Teng

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

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

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

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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’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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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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