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World Students Go Oza deadline coming up

Sunday October 14, 2018

Attention students, the deadline for entering the World Students Go Oza Championship is coming up October 21. Students under the age of 30 and currently enrolled in an American university/college are eligible to participate in the online preliminary round, irrespective of nationality. Airfare and accommodations for the World Students Go Oza Championship — Feb 18 to 22, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan – will be covered by the event organizers. Click here  for details and here for the entry form.

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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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The Power Report: Hirose wins King of New Stars; Iyama eliminated from Samsung; New tournament for non-winners; Ichiriki wins Agon Kiriyama Cup; Onishi wins again in Kisei knock-out

Saturday October 13, 2018

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Hirose wins King of New Stars: 
Fittingly enough, the younger player prevailed in the 43rd King of the New Stars (Shinjin-2018.10.13_King Hirose right beats Onishi leftO) title match, with the 17-year-old Hirose Yuichi 2P (right) beating the 23-year-old Onishi Kenya 3P (left). The first game was played on September 21; taking white, Hirose won by resignation after 144 moves. The second game was played on October 1. Hirose (B) won by 4.5 points. The venue for both games was the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo. Prize money is 2,000,000 yen (about $18,000). This tournament has traditionally been regarded as a stepping stone for future champions. Recent winners include Shibano Toramaru (2017), Kyo Kagen (2015), and Ichiriki Ryo (2014). You won’t find Iyama Yuta’s name in the list, because at the age of 16 he was promoted to 7-dan for winning the Agon Kiriyama Cup. The conditions for participation are that you be 6-dan or under and 25 or under, both as of August 1.

Iyama eliminated from Samsung: The best eight in the 2018 Samsung Cup was as far as Iyama Yuta could go. He was2018.10.13_Iyama left Xie right matched against the player who beat him in this year’s LG Cup final and he failed to take revenge. Full results in the quarterfinals follow (games played on October 2).
Xie Erhao 9P (China, right) (W) beat Iyama Yuta 9P (Japan, left) by resig.; Ke Jie 9P (China) (B) beat Shin Jinseo 9P (Korea) by resig.; Tang Weixing 9P (China) (W) beat Shin Minjun 9P (Korea) by resig.; Ahn Kukhyun 8P (Korea) (B) beat Lian Xiao 9P (China) by resig.
Pairings in the semifinals are Ke v. Xie and Tang v. An. The semis are best-of-three and are scheduled for Nov. 5, 6, and 7.
Correction. I got the name of Iyama’s opponent in the second round wrong. It should be Li Xuanhao, not Li Jianhao.

New tournament for non-winners: The Masters Cup is a tournament for senior players who have won a top-seven title. Now a new tournament has appeared that is the reverse: it is for players at the Nihon Ki-in aged from 31 to 60 who have not won a top-seven title or the Ryusei or the Agon Kiriyama Cup. The tournament is the 1st SGW Cup: Golden Mean Tournament. The golden mean is a Confucian term referring to acting without bias; I don’t know what the significance of the term is here, and an enquiry with the Nihon Ki-in did not enlighten me. The main sponsor is a real-estate company called St. Grande W. First prize will be 2,000,000 yen (about $18,000) and second prize is 500,000 yen. Preliminaries will be held on the Nihon Ki-in’s Net site in October and November; time allowance will be 20 seconds per move plus 1 minute x 5. The top 162018.10.13_Agon Ichiriki will play in the main tournament, which will be a four-round Swiss System held at the Nihon Ki-in on December 8 and 9. Here the time limit will be 30 seconds per move plus 1 minute x 5. The winner will “graduate” from the tournament.

Ichiriki wins Agon Kiriyama Cup: The final of the 25th Agon Kiriyama Cup featured a clash between two of the top players in the post-Iyama generation: Ichiriki Ryo 8P (left), the top player among those in their early 20s, and Shibano Toramaru 7P, the top teenager. The game was played at the Mt. Shaka Bodai Temple, the Kyoto headquarters of the Agon Buddhist sect. Taking black, Ichiriki won by resig. after 213 moves. First prize is a handsome 10,000,000 yen (about $90,000), which is more than for two top-seven titles (the Gosei, with 8,000,000, and the Judan, with 7,000,000). Financially, Ichiriki is undoubtedly doing better than his classmates at Waseda University, where he is a “full-time” student, as recently he also won the Ryusei title (worth 6,000,000 – see my October 1 report).

Onishi wins again in Kisei knock-out: The second game in the irregular knock-out to decide the Kisei challenger was held on October 8. Taking white, Onishi Ryuhei 3P, winner of the C League, beat Murakawa Daisuke 8P, winner of the A League, by resig. Next, he will face Kono Rin 9P, who came second in the S League. The winner of that game will meet Yamashita Keigo 9P, winner of the S League.

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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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Newcomer Alan Ai wins San Diego Go Club’s “Back-to-School” Tournament

Tuesday October 2, 2018

Thirty-seven players showed up last Sunday to take part in the San Diego Go Club’s “Back-to-School” Tournament.2018.10.02_SanDiegoOpen.players
A new resident to the area, Alan Ai (7.2-dan) won the Open section with a 3-0 record over a strong field including two 6-dans and a 5-dan. “The last time Ai was seen in San Diego, he took second place in the 2017 Redmond Cup at the U.S. Go Congress here,” reports San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra. “He is now enrolled at UCSD, so hopefully, he will become a familiar face at San  Diego Go Club events.” The club was honored to have two Chinese pros who now live in Southern California stop by to watch the competition: Hai Li and Weihan Hua, who is the president of the UCSD Go Club.
Players going 3-0 in the Handicap Sections were Seowoo Wang (2.5-dan) in the 3D-5K bracket, Warren Andrews (6.7-Kyu) in the 5K-10K bracket, Tony 2018.10.02_SanDiego-Handicap.playersMorgan Yang (12-Kyu) in the 10K-20K bracket, and Eric Green Yang (25-Kyu) and Andy Shunwei Zhou (20-Kyu) in the 20K-30K bracket.
The tournament was held at the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park, which will also be the site for the 2018 California State Go Championship. The first annual event will be a 5-round tournament to be held on the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 24&25. Free registration for the California Championship is now open here.
photos by Henry You
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Pandanet AGA City League Registration

Monday October 1, 2018

2017.10.03_PANDANETPandanet AGA City League registration continues. Join some of the strongest players in the US and Canada in competing throughout the year. Compete for $14,000 in prizes in the multiple leagues. This tournament will run from November to May. Check the rules  for full tournament details . Any questions contact TD Steve Colburn. Show off your city’s strength this year! It could be your team joining us for the finals at the US Go Congress next year in Madison, Wisconsin.

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