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Wednesday May 29, 2019

Round 2 of the Transatlantic Professional Go TeamChampionship — Calvin Sun 1p vs. Mateusz Surma 2p — has been posted on the AGA’s YouTube page. Game 3 is scheduled to be posted on May 29 and Game 4 on June 1. Game 1 is posted here. Plus, Michael Redmond and Chris Garlock’s AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo commentaries will resume this Friday;  check out the 30-game playlist here.

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UCLA Claims Second Collegiate Go League Championship

Wednesday May 29, 2019

UCLA’s CGL Team: Paul Chin (back left); Ying Ngai Yu 7d (front left); Xinyu Liu 7d (front right); Lionel Zhang 6d (back right)

UCLA continued to display the strength of its premier Go club with a triumphant 2-1 victory over University of Chicago in the 2019 Collegiate Go League Championship Finals. UCLA entered the league in 2014, and has made the finals every year except 2017. They won the title in 2016, but have been seeking the winning magic touch to clinch another title ever since.

For University of Chicago, this was its first Finals appearance after joining the CGL in 2016. Leveraging the strength of first board Zirui Song 1p, 2018 US Open Masters champion, University of Chicago managed to defeat UCLA’s first board, Ying Ngai Yu 7d. However, the depth of UCLA’s roster proved overwhelming with decisive victories by Xinyu Liu 7d and Lionel Zhang 6d over Cheuk To Tsui 4d and Henry Li 4d respectively.

Paul Chin, UCLA’s Team Captain and President of the UCLA Go Club expressed gratitude to the Korean Baduk Association and Ahn Dalhoon 9p in particular for visiting the club to play and teach the members. Paul added, “We welcome anyone in the area to come play with us on Friday nights at 6:30 pm in room 6201 of the Mathematical Sciences building while school is in session.”

Meanwhile, University of Maryland defeated Brigham Young University 2-1 in a series of extremely close games to claim the B League title. This is UMD’s first B League title after having won the A League championship in 2015.

The Collegiate Go League is an online league held on KGS for universities in North America. Matches are 3 against 3 and all undergraduate and graduate students of a university are eligible to participate on their respective school’s roster. Season 9 will start in October 2019 with 10 rounds roughly every two weeks (with a winter break in the middle) and will culminate with the championship playoffs in April 2020. There is both an A League for dan-level teams and a B League for kyu-level teams. Registration for Season 9 will close on September 25th. – Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator

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Alan Huang 7d wins Maryland Open

Monday May 27, 2019

Alan Huang 7d went 5-0 — including a win over Eric Lui 1P — to win the 46th Maryland Open last weekend, topping a field of 75 players. Gurujeet Khalsa and Todd Heidenriech directed and Keith Arnold was the organizer. See below for the Winner’s Report.

Open Section: Champion – Alan Huang 7 dan – 5-0; 2nd – Eric Lui 1p; 3rd – Zhaonian Chen
A Section: 1st – Zhang Quinbo 5 dan; 2nd – Frederick Bao 5 dan
B Section: 1st – Jacky Chong 4 dan; 2nd – David Glekel 3 dan
C Section: 1st – Brian Ye 2 dan
D Section: Kyu Champion – Jiayang Su 1 kyu; 2nd – Jino Choung; 3rd – Jeffrey Losapio 3 kyu
E Section: 1st – Walter “Badger” Zhao 5kyu – 5-0; 2nd – Blair Chisholm 6 kyu – 5-0; 3rd – Bob Crites 6 kyu
F Section: 1st – Edward Caldeira 8 kyu; 2nd – Derek Zhou 9 kyu
G Section: 1st – Patrick Bannister 14 kyu – 5-0; 2nd – Fan Haoquan 28 kyu – 5-0; 3rd – Ashley Qi 11 kyu
Fighting Spirit Prize – Adam Vanderhook 23 kyu
Gregory Lefler Award – Feng Yun Go School
Keith Arnold Go Ambassador Award – Jeffrey Losapio’s friend, for traveling down from New Jersey with him.

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LA goes 2-1 in Chinese city league

Monday May 27, 2019

In round one of the Chinese city league Saturday morning in Liuzhou, Los Angeles defeated the team from Jingdezhen. This was a major victory since the opponents were last year’s city league runner-up. In Saturday night’s round two, L.A. lost by five points to last year‘s city league champion, Nanjing. Sunday morning in round three, L.A. was again victorious, this time over the city of Tianjin. In the photo, Captain O Rissei is about to convert what appears to be a massive seki into a kill for black.
Los Angeles will play four more games at the end of August, and if they are able to win at least two of them, they will proceed to the finals.
– reported by Steve Burrall

See also Los Angeles team joins Chinese city league; report from Liuzhou

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Congress to host Teachers’ Workshop

Monday May 27, 2019

Renowned teachers of teachers Toshifumi Mizuma 7P and Yuto Tajiri 5P will lead the Teachers’ Workshop at the upcoming U.S. Go Congress. The workshop is sponsored by the Iwamoto North American Foundation (INAF) and the Nihon-kiin. Open to all go players who want to become more effective in teaching beginners and high-kyu players, the INAF wishes to encourage those who have not previously participated in a Congress teachers’ workshop by providing them with $200 stipends. Those interested in participating in the Workshop should contact Mark Rubenstein.

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Los Angeles team joins Chinese city league; report from Liuzhou

Sunday May 26, 2019

A team from Los Angeles has joined the Chinese city league for the 2019 season,reports Steve Burrall from China. “The expense of fielding a team has historically been prohibitive for most non-Asian countries, but team leader Peter Chang has stepped up with funding for the first-ever team from the US to participate.” There are 32 teams including 24 from Chinese cities and eight international cities. Teams can have up to 12 players, but for each match, teams can be 3 to 6 players who confer on strategy during the match while each takes a turn playing a series of moves against the other team; international teams must include one native player, one female player and one amateur player.“Mr. Chang has filled these slots with Michael Redmond 9P, Shirley Lin 1P and amateurs Cheng C C 7d, Wang Yi Hsin 7d and Luo Qi Peng 7d.  Completing the team are Captain O Rissei, Hsu Chia Yuan 8p and Liu Dhin Shin 3p,” Burrall reports. The first series of matches is currently underway in the city of Liuzhou. Los Angeles is 1-1 as of Saturday night May 25.

photo: team members discuss strategy while one player is playing on a board off to the right. Captain O Rissei 9p is in the center, seated at the board next to Michael Redmond 9p. photo by Steve Burrall
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San Diego End-of-School Spring Soiree

Saturday May 25, 2019

Over 60 people turned out for the San Diego Go Club’s 2019 Spring Soiree at the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park. Forty youth go players competed in either a 13×13 tournament or a 19×19 tournament which were run by Hai Li, a Chinese 5-dan professional. Kevin Charles Yang won the 19×19 tournament with 3-0 record over Evan Tan on tie-breakers. Five players in the 13×13 side earned four victories out of the 5-round non-handicapped competition. Adults playing self-paired games were put in a separate playing room. Both groups combined at 5 p.m. to partake of free pizza provided to both players and spectators. The San Diego Go Club will host the Second Annual 5-Round California Go Championship on the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 30 and December 1, 2019). There will be a prize pool of over $800.

Report/photo by Ted Terpstra, President, San Diego Go Club; photo: Hai Li, Chinese 5P, and his wife, Ya Wen giving awards to some of the twenty 19×19 players.
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Redmond Cup prelims down to the wire entering final round

Saturday May 25, 2019

The final round of the 26th Redmond Cup Preliminaries has just started, and the race for the finalist spots in both the Junior and Senior divisions are still up for grabs, with no guaranteed finalists yet. In the Senior division, 3rd Redmond Meijin Aaron Ye 7d remains undefeated at 5-0, but will have to overcome 2018 AGA Girls Cup runner-up Melissa Cao 3d (currently 4-1) to guarantee a spot in the finals. Cao has had a fantastic tournament so far, defeating 4-time Junior Redmond Cup Champion Ary Cheng 6d and 2018 US Open Champion Brandon Zhou 5d in the previous two rounds. 2018 Redmond Cup runner-up Jeremy Chiu 6d and Richie Lou 5d also have a 4-1 record as well, and will play each other to move into a likely finalist position.  A victory for Melissa Cao in this round would result in a 3-way tie for first place, so a playoff would determine the two finalists the week following the final round. For both Ye and Chiu, this is the last year that they are eligible to compete in the Redmond Cup as both will turn 18 in 2020. Both of them have participated in the Redmond Cup since 2011 and combined taken 9 of the 16 finalist spots over their 8 years of competing. Should they both qualify for the finals this year, it would be Chiu’s final chance to defeat Ye in this tournament, having lost the two previous encounters in 2014 and 2018. 

The Junior division preliminaries is about as exciting as it can get. After Ary Cheng 6d’s four-year reign over the tournament before graduating to the Senior division, the field has been left wide open for new blood to take the throne. After 5 rounds, no player is undefeated and there is potential for a 6-way tie at a 4-2 score. Currently, Kevin Huang 6d and Ben Gong 3d lead the pack at 4-1, but Yuxin Fu 5d, Frederick Bao 4d (2018 Junior Redmond Cup runner-up), Kosuke Sato 3d, Duc Minh Vo 2d, and Alex Qi 2d are all chasing them at 3-2 records. The final round will pit Huang against Fu and Gong against Bao, and it will be up to Fu and Bao to force a tiebreaker playoff with victories.

When the dust settles, four finalists will be invited to the 2019 US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin in July to compete in a best-of-3 Finals. Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of this year’s preliminary tournament. – Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator

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Evanston Go Club teaches beginners at Anime Central

Friday May 24, 2019

The Evanston Go Club taught scores of first-time go players at Anime Central (ACen) over two days last weekend. ACen is the largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention in the Midwest, with over 30,000 attendees.

“This event is the most fun we have all year!” said club president Mark Rubenstein. “This is our 11th year at ACen. We teach all day Friday and Saturday and run a 9×9 tournament exclusively for beginners. Our mission is to impart our enthusiasm for Go to as many people as we can, and to get new-comers playing as quickly as possible. Most of the people we teach stay long enough to play a few games, but some stay for hours!”

Rubenstein is directing the Teacher’s Workshop at the U.S. Go Congress this year, which will be taught by two professionals from the Nihon Ki-in. Scholarships are available for participants who have not previously attended a Congress Teachers’ Workshop and teach, or have plans to teach, beginners. For more information contact Mark at mark@evanstongoclub.org.

“If you are interested in teaching Go, don’t miss the Teacher’s Workshop at the Congress!” said Rubenstein.

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Yunshe Zhang 6d & Benjamin Gunby 2k tie atop MGA’s Don Wiener Memorial

Friday May 24, 2019

Four-game winners Yunshe Zhang 6d and Benjamin Gunby 2k tied for first place in the Massachusetts Go Association’s annual Don Wiener Memorial Tournament held April 7, at the Boylston Chess Club in Cambridge, MA. Two dozen players competed. Six three-game winners tied for third place: Javier Gonzales 1d; Sean Patrico 2k; Katerina Hrycyna 3k; Igor Pikovets 5k; David Kahn 8k; Albert Brox 9k. The players ranged in age from seven to octogenarian. “Five women participated (that includes you, Zooey),” says organizer Eva Casey. “We had one foreign visitor, Nils van der Blaar of Germany.” Click here for photos.
This report got lost in our system; apologies for the delay.

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