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Yuan Zhou 7d wins DC Fall Open; Redmond inaugurates EJ broadcast center at NGC

Saturday September 8, 2018

Yuan Zhou 7d won the 2018 DC Fall Open, held on September 8 at the National Go Center in Washington, DC. The 4-round 2018.09.08_yuan-zhou-winnertournament was one of a series of events held at the NGC featuring Michael Redmond 9P, thanks to the support of the Nihon Ki-In and the Iwamoto North America Foundation. On Friday, Redmond visited Great Falls and Fox Mill Elementary Schools, Japanese language immersion 2018.09.08_redmond-commentaryelementary schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, to students to go and its culture and to share his story about becoming a professional player. Friday night he and E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock did an AlphaGo game commentary at the NGC and then on Saturday the two inaugurated the brand-new NGC E-Journal broadcast center with live commentaries on Twitch from the top board at the Fall Open (click here to check them out), watched by viewers around the world. Redmond will review game records at 11a Sunday at a special brunch on Sunday morning (register here; email sgf game records to journal@usgo.org).

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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 22: A big upheaval, plus Redmond in DC!

Wednesday September 5, 2018

AlphaGo’s self-play game 22 features a big attacking game for black, “and it’s interesting to see how white handles these attacks,”2018.09.05_AG22-thumb says Michael Redmond 9P in his latest game commentary, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock. “And then when it looks like the game is settling down we’re going to see a big upheaval that takes another 120 moves to resolve. And in case that’s not exciting enough, then there’s a big ko fight.” “Absolutely beautiful game,” says viewer GerSHAK. “Beautiful to watch it almost settle and then spill all over again, haha,” adds oncedidactic.

2018.09.05_AG22-Redmond-Garlock-thumbRedmond will be at the National Go Center in Washington DC this weekend for a series of events, beginning with an AlphaGo commentary with Garlock at 7:30p on Friday night (RSVP here). Then on Saturday he and Garlock will do live commentaries on Twitch on the top-board games at the NGC’s Fall Open (register here), wrapping up with an 11a game review brunch on Sunday morning (register here).

“Don’t miss this rare chance to see Michael Redmond — who’s coming all the way from Japan — in person!” says NGC Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa. “We’re especially excited to have Michael here to help launch our brand-new E-Journal broadcast facility this weekend,” said Garlock.

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Brand-new E-Journal broadcast facility to launch for Redmond National Go Center visit

Monday September 3, 2018

With Michael Redmond 9P’s visit to the National Go Center less than a week away, preparations for a dedicated broadcast 2018.09.03_NGC-studioroom at the NGC reached a fever pitch last weekend. After live Twitch broadcasts at the recent US Go Congress attracted audiences of over 12,000, E-Journal broadcast team members Nathan Epstein, Joel Cahalan and Jeff Fitzgerald – who worked with director Stephen Hu — enlisted the E-Journal and the NGC to see if a year-round home could be found for the E-Journal’s broadcasting efforts. “We really upped our broadcasting capabilities at the Congress,” Epstein said. “Having a dedicated space will allow us to continue to develop that outreach capability.” Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa added that “The National Go Center is excited to support this outreach by the E-Journal and the AGA,” with the donated space at the Center.

This Saturday’s tournament at the NGC will mark the launch of the new E-Journal broadcast facility, as Redmond teams up with EJ Managing Editor Chris Garlock for live-streaming game commentary on the tournament top board. “We are absolutely thrilled that Michael Redmond – who was here last year when we opened the National Go Center 2018.09.03_NGC-framing– is returning to help us launch this exciting new venture,” said Khalsa. “We deeply appreciate the ongoing support by the Nihon Ki-In and the Iwamoto North America Foundation, who are sponsoring this visit by Redmond.”

Pre-register for the 4-round AGA-rated tournament here and get a 20% discount on the registration fee. “With fun prizes including cash prizes in the top section and Michael and Chris commenting, it should be a great event,” said Khalsa.

“Special thanks to the team that spent so much of last weekend making this broadcast room a reality,” Khalsa added.

photos: (right) Khalsa and Garlock test out new EJ broadcast facility; (left) Epstein, Garlock and Cahalan framing ceiling supports for cameras and lights; photos by Epstein (right) and Gurujeet Khalsa

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College Pair Sought for Pair Go in Tokyo

Sunday September 2, 2018

The 5th World Students Pair Go Championship takes place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 in Tokyo this year, held in parallel with the 29th International Amateur Pair Go Championship. We are seeking one North American pair, one man and one woman, who must be US or Canadian citizens, amateur players, enrolled in college, university, or graduate school, and under the age of 30. All food, accommodation, and air fare is covered and the standard of the experience … food, play, company, tourism … is very high. Standard AGA and CGA eligibility rules apply. Please contact Andy Okun at president@usgo.org as soon as possible, but before Sept. 7. Pairs will be given preference, but often we assemble a pair out of interested individuals.

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Michael Redmond coming to National Go Center next weekend

Friday August 31, 2018

Michael Redmond 9P is coming to the National Go Center in Washington DC September 7-9. The teaching visit by the popular American-born pro is being 2018.08.31_redmondsponsored by the Nihon Ki-In in association with the Iwamoto North America Foundation. The main public events are an AlphaGo game analysis Friday night, a tournament Saturday and game reviews on Sunday. To guarantee a seat in the 4-round tournament — which has cash prizes in the open section — pre-register here and get a 20% discount off the tournament fee. Redmond and E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock will be doing live game commentaries on Twitch on Saturday from the NGC’s brand-new broadcasting facility. Friday night Redmond and Garlock will do a live AlphaGo game analysis at the NGC, which will also be broadcast on Twitch. On Sunday, Redmond will do game reviews of select games from the previous day’s tournament. Other activities include a visit to two Japanese language immersion schools in Fairfax County and a visit to the satellite NOVA Go Club in Arlington; stay tuned for more details soon.

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Local Ning Shao wins 4th annual Cincy Go Tournament

Tuesday August 28, 2018

On August 11, about 40 go players gathered in Mason, Ohio, for the 4th annual Cincy/Tri-state go tournament.  The tournament’s impact reached beyond Ohio and neighboring states like Kentucky and Indiana, as passionate go players 2018.08.28 cincy-tourneytraveled from Wisconsin and Tennessee to the south-western corner of Ohio.

Local resident Ning Shao won the tournament champion by defeating Shawn Ray 4D from Tennessee. “This is the first time in the past four years that a local go player won the title,” reports local organizer Frank Luo. Since no youth played in the dan level open division, Shawn Ray also won a trophy. In order to encourage participation, trophies have always been awarded to both adult and youth winners in each division in the 4-year history of this tournament. Other winners of the tournament include: Matthew Qiu (9K, youth division B), a Mason Middle School student; Wilson Parks (6K, Division B) from Middle Tennessee Go Club; Kyler Huang (18K, Division C) a UC Berkeley student and Cincinnati resident; and Manny Jauregui (18K, youth Division C) from Cleveland, Ohio.

During the main 4-round tournament, a fun-mini-game tournament was also held in the middle of the day, attracting seven local young players. Both William Xiang (9 years old) and Ethan Tu (10 Years old) achieved four wins. Although no trophy was awarded for winners, every kids left with a medal and a go-themed T-shirt designed by Claire Meng, a local high school student.

photos courtesy Frank Luo

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Redmond to provide live English commentary on 1st Meijin match

Monday August 27, 2018

For the first ti2018.08.27_redmond-headshotme, Michael Redmond 9P will be providing an English live commentary on the first game of the Meijin title 2018.08.27_Cho U and Iyama Yutamatch between Cho U and Iyama Yuta. The match will be held on August 28-29 in Tokyo, starting at 9am local time each day, making it about 8pm EDT in the US. “I will be providing an English live commentary for the first time,” Redmond tells the E-Journal, “and it will be mostly text comments, with a few videos at chosen times during the game.” Check it out on the Asahi newspaper digital site, “which will be mostly Japanese, but there will be an English link to my commentary.”
Michael Redmond will visit the National Go Center the second week in September, with a full schedule of commentaries, simuls and other appearances; stay tuned for further details soon.

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Mingjiu Jiang defeats Andy Liu to take second N.A. slot at Tianfu Cup

Sunday August 26, 2018

In the final round of the Tianfu Cup Preliminary, Friday night on KGS, Mingjiu Jiang 7P defeated Andy Liu 1P to be the second North American representative. Jiang will join Eric Lui 1P the end of next month in China for the first Tianfu Cup. “Thanks to all the participants who have played this week,” said  Tianfu Cup Preliminary Tournament Director Jeff Shaevel: Dalhoon Ahn 9P, Feng Yun 9P, Ming-jiu Jiang 7P, Andy Liu 1P, Eric Lui 1P, Huiren Yang 1P, Ryan Li 1P, and Stephanie Yin 1P.

Click here for the crosstab, including game records.

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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 21: Less alien, plus exciting fighting

Saturday August 25, 2018

In AlphaGo self-play game 21, the AI’s play is “a little less alien,” says Michael Redmond 9P in his latest game commentary, 2018.08.26 AG-Game 21-chris-michaelhosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock, adding that the game features some moves that human 2018.08.26 AG-Game 21players have been playing recently. “And then towards the end of the games there’s just a lot of exciting fighting.” Redmond’s commentaries return after a late-summer break; he’ll also be doing some live commentaries on Twitch in early September during a visit to the National Go Center in Washington DC; stay tuned for more details soon.

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Ming-jiu Jiang 7P vs. Andy Liu 1P Friday night for 2nd berth in Tiangfu Cup

Friday August 24, 2018

Over 100 people watched online Thursday night as Ming-jiu Jiang 7P eliminated Ryan Li 1P in the 4th round of the Tiangfu Cup Preliminary. Jiang will play Andy Liu 1P Friday night at 7p — also on KGS — in the final game. The winner will be the second North American representative to the Tiangfu Cup, joining Eric Lui, who secured the first spot earlier in the week.
– Jeff Shaevel, Tiangfu Cup Preliminary Tournament Director

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