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Chen An 7d first North Carolina State Champion

Monday October 15, 2018

The first North Carolina State Champion Tournament was held at Umstead State Park in Raleigh, NC on 2018.10.14_NC-champ-IMG_4851September 22.  Forty two players turned out and Ying Shen 2P offered game reviews onsite.
 
Chen An 7d earned the first North Carolina State Champion 2018.10.14_NC-Ying Shen 2p reviewed games-IMG_4844with a perfect 4-0 score and Chengyu Fu 7d and Brian Wu 3d share second place in Open section.  Tao Ma 2k swept all four games to take first place in Division A (2d-2k) and 8-year old Sheng Hou 1d and Peter St. John 1k took second.  Bob Bacon 6k managed to not only serve as one of the tournament organizers but also won first place with a perfect score in Division B (3-6k) while Harrison Pedigo 4k, LeRoy Anderson 5k, and Justin Blank 3k shared second place. First-time tournament player Ki Y. Kim 8k collected the top award in Division C (7-11k) and Tom Roncoli 7k and Andrew Thieman 7k shared second place. Justin Su 15k was first in Division D (12k & up) and Janus Childester was second.
Jeff Kuang, Tournament Director
photos: (top right) Chen An 7d receives NC State Champion trophy from tournament organizer Bob Bacon; (bottom left): Ying Shen 2p reviews games
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Mark Lee 7d sweeps to win 4th Cotsen Open title

Sunday October 14, 2018

As expected, the key game determining the 2018 Cotsen Open winner was Round 4 on Sunday morning, when defending 2018.10.14_lee-sweeps-cotsenchampion Mark Lee 7d faced Andy Liu 1P, both 3-0. The two players wasted no time getting down to business, beginning playing while the room was still bustling with noisy players finding their seats. The opening played out very quickly, with Liu taking cash and 2018.10.14_liu-leeLee sketching out a large moyo. Liu’s AlphaGo-like move 45, adjacent to the center star point on the very edge of Lee’s right-side moyo, set the tone for the rest of the game, as Lee fiercely attacked Liu’s eyeless dragon and the fighting got ever more complicated as ladders and nets spiraled out across the board (see game record, below). As more than 130 viewers on KGS hotly debated whether Liu’s group would survive, the players moved into an extended and complex endgame battle for sente and the handful of points that would secure a victory, and the championship. In the end, Lee’s endgame tesujis prevailed and Liu resigned, a few points behind on the board, plus komi. “Andy’s very strong,” Lee said, “it was a tough game.” Liu returned the compliment, saying that Lee “played well; it was really a great game.” Lee went on to win the final round against Luan Bo 6d to complete his 5-0 sweep and collect his fourth consecutive Cotsen Open championship. “We may need to re-name this the Mark Lee title,” joked Eric Cotsen, who thanked all the players for turning out for the 29th annual tournament. “You’re what makes this event so special.”

2018.10.14-cotsen-winnersResults
Open section: 1. Mark Lee 5 wins; 2. Andy Liu 4 wins; 3. Bowen Zhang 4 wins; 4. Yufei Jin 3 wins; 5. Bo Luan 3 wins; 6. Qi-Hao Zhou 3 wins
Division A: 1. Yuelun Yang 5 wins; 2. William He 5 wins; 3. King Bi 4 wins
Division B: 1. Josiah Frias 5 wins; 2. Ernest French 5 wins; 3. Kosuke Sato 4 wins
Division C: 1. Anthony Long 5 wins; 2. Han Chung 5 wins; 3. Michael Mei 4 wins
Division D: 1. Lev Marcus 5 wins; 2. Chris Kaynor 5 wins; 3. Luke Belyeu 4 wins
Division E: 1. Tony Yang 5 wins; 2. Kevin Yang 5 wins; 5. Lucia Moscola 5 wins

Club winner: Orange County Go Club

- report/photos by Chris Garlock; click here for the 2018 Cotsen Open album on Facebook

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New York Youth Open registration open

Sunday October 14, 2018

The first AGA-rated youth tournament in New York will be held November 17 in Little Neck, NY. “Players of all strengths are2018.10.13_youth-ranking-nyc welcome!” says organizer Stephanie Yin. Pre-registration is required, please register hereThe deadline for registration is Sunday, November 11, 2018. AGA membership is required; click here to become a member. More info can be found here.

Trophies will be are awarded in each bracket and both elementary group and middle/high school groups. Cash prizes and trophies are awarded in Open sections. Deadline for registration is Sunday, November 11, 2018.
photo: ranking competition, by Stephanie Yin

 

 

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Seattle 23rd Anniversary Tournament

Sunday October 14, 2018

To celebrate its 23rd anniversary, the Seattle Go Center held a 3-round tournament on Sunday, October 7. Notably, among the2018.10.13-Seattle-Anniversary-Tournament-2018-smaller 32 players in attendance, “a quarter have AGA youth memberships,” reports Seattle Go Center Programs Manager Mike Malveaux. Tournament Director Bill Chiles “handled clock malfunctions and consequent pairing delays with aplomb,” Malveaux adds, “and Daniel Top stepped in smoothly to render assistance.” Thanks to the generous assistance of the Seattle AGA Chapter and the AGA Chapter Rewards program, Malveaux reports that six large pizzas were demolished between the first and second rounds.

The “Open” section was limited to eight players vying for the top prize of $150 cash, won by Alex Xinlei Liu 7d with a 3-0 record.  Liu has been a strong contender at Seattle tournaments, winning the Seattle Go Center Spring Tournament Open in 2017. 

The twenty-four players in the “Handicap” section all had games with handicaps of three stones or fewer, and all but two games were at two stones or less.  “Handicap” players who won all three of their games were awarded prizes of go books and equipment.  In addition, there was a cash prize for the under-18 youth player with the best win-loss record, which was divided among three young players who went undefeated.

Open Section 3-game winner: Alex Xinlei Liu (7 dan)
Handicap Section 3-game winners: Yao Zhihong (2 dan), Chen Xiangnan (3 kyu), Frank Brown (6 kyu), Lucas Wu Lu (9 kyu), George Schmitten (9 kyu), Yulissa Wu Lu (10 kyu), Amy Ling (15 kyu)

photo by Brian Allen

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Cotsen Open Day 1: A surprise player, delays, dignitaries and free tacos

Sunday October 14, 2018

A surprise walk-in Saturday morning may be all that stands between Mark Lee 7d and his fourth consecutive Cotsen Open title. 2018.10.13_mark-lee-relaxingAndy Liu, the East Coast-based 1P, decided to make the trek to Los Angeles with some friends, and, like Lee (right, relaxing between rounds), was 3-0 at the end of a long day that started 90 minutes late due to delays following Friday night’s downpour and pairing issues. Neither top player had any trouble dispatching their opponents, however, and the clash of titans could occur 2018.10.13 Korean-dignitariesas soon as Round 4 Sunday morning, set for 10:30, and, failing that, almost certainly the final round, unless one of the other strong players manages to pull off an upset.

Despite the delays and overcast skies, the 155-strong field was in good spirits, enjoying casual games and of course the free Korean tacos from the Kogi food truck as well as free shoulder massages throughout the day. Tournament founder Eric Cotsen personally greeted each player as they waited on line to register and explained his mysterious Cotsen Go Tournament poster.

Local go fans who are early risers can check out the pro-pro game Sunday morning starting at 8a at the Korean Cultural Center, featuring Yilun Yang 7P.

The day began with a visit by visiting Korean dignitaries (left), who welcomed the assembled go players to the Korean Cultural Center, which has hosted the annual Cotsen Open for a number of years now. On hand were Kim Wan-joon, Consul General of Korea in Los Angeles, Kim Nakjung, Director of the KCCLA, Oh Seung Keol, President of the Korean Education Center, Los Angeles, Sen Neung-uk 9P, Na Jong Hoon 8P and Ahn Dal Hoon 9P.

- report/photos by Chris Garlock

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Registration Open for 2018 Young Lions Tournament

Saturday October 13, 2018

young_lions“Registration for the 2018 American Go Honor Society Young Lions Tournament is now open,” says AGHS Vice President Jeremy Chiu,  “The Young Lions Tournament, one of the longest running AGHS events, is a premier youth title tournament for go players of ages 18 and under. All young players from the United States, Canada, and Mexico – whether you’re a high dan or a complete beginner – are welcome to participate in this online tournament. There will be $600 in cash, trophies, and other prizes.” - EJ Youth Correspondent Lionel Zhang

For more detailed rules, please click here.

For registration, please click here.

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Registration Open for 2018 American Youth Go League

Saturday October 13, 2018

youth_go_league“Playing games regularly is crucial for young go players to improve,” says AGHS Vice President Jeremy Chiu, “The American Youth Go League gives the opportunity for young players to participate in online monthly leagues consisting of 4-5 rounds each. Using a ladder system, players will be matched against others of similar strength to play friendly but competitive games, while learning from each other. All players from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico of ages 18 and under are invited. This is a great way for young players to practice playing more serious online games. Rewards will be given to participating players.” - EJ Youth Correspondent Lionel Zhang

For more detailed rules, please click here.

For registration, please click here.

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Strong field to vie for 2018 Cotsen Open title this weekend

Friday October 12, 2018

Looking to collect his fourth consecutive Cotsen Open title, Mark Lee 7d is facing a tough field of strong players this year, 2018.10.12_cotsen-set-upincluding Andrew Lu 7d, Bowen Zhang 7d, Hoon Jo 6d, William Lee 6d, Bo Luan 6d, Yi Wang 6d, Yixian Zhou 6d and Shengjie Zhou 6d. Registration for the 2-day tournament October 13-14 is already at 155, with players from 30 kyu to 7 dan, and walk-ins Saturday morning will be permitted: all players who want to play in the first round must be on line to sign in or register by 9:15a on Saturday. The tournament is held at the Korean Cultural Center (5505 Wilshire Blvd). Any questions, email cotsenopen@gmail.com. In addition to two days of competition, the Cotsen features free food truck lunches both days, roving masseuses and a pro-pro game Sunday morning. Follow the Board 1 action via the E-Journal on KGS and photos and news on AGA social media @thegaga on Twitter and @AmericanGoAssociation on Facebook.
photo: setting up on Friday; photo by Chris Garlock

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AGF College Scholarships

Saturday October 6, 2018

AGF-logo-smallApplications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarshipThe program  recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the go community. To apply, download and complete the application form here.  Applicants should describe their accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants whose enthusiasm and ambition have helped spread go in under-served areas will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award focuses on promoters and organizers who have made substantial contributions during their go career. Applications are due Nov. 5th this year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  

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Cotsen registration deadline coming up soon

Wednesday October 3, 2018

Registration for the upcoming Cotsen Open closes on October 9th; click here now to register. The tournament is October 13-14 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. In addition to the usual free shoulder massages, Kogi BBQ is 2018.10.03_2015-cotsen-IMG_0219catering both Saturday and Sunday; free lunch for all pre-registered attendees. Three Korean professionals — Dalhoon Ahn 9P, Seo Nungwuk 9P, and Na Jonghoon 8P — will be on hand for simul games on Saturday. “We will be streaming Hikaru No Go on the 3rd floor for anyone who wants to watch,” says TD Christopher Saenz.

Volunteers wanted for set-up, registration, game recording and post-tourney takedown; volunteers get a special dinner invitation and game recorders get E-Journal caps. Email cotsenopen@gmail.com ASAP if interested.

photo: 2015 Cotsen; photo by Brian Ferrari

 

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