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Dan Avira wins San Diego Summer tourney

Tuesday July 16, 2019

Local San Diego Go players turned out in force for the San Diego Go Club’s Summer Handicap Tournament. Twenty-seven go players, including ten youth, turned out for the 3-round event, which took place in the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park on Sunday, July 7. “The perfect 72-degree and sunny summer day did not discourage anyone from participating,” reports club president Ted Terpstra. “A fried chicken lunch was served to all attending.”

This was the first handicapped tournament for dan players in San Diego in several years so the couple of 6-dan players were severely challenged. Dan Avira 3d prevailed over Bo Luan 6d in the game that decided first and second in the 8-player dan section. “Dan is moving to Irvine, California and will be missed at the normal Tuesday night go gathering,” said Terpstra. Christophe Humbert 3d, with a 2-1 record, edged Tyler Oyakawa 6d by a tie-breaker to take third place.
Paul Margetts 2k won the 8-player single-digit kyu title with a perfect 3-0 score. Arunas Rudvalis 6k edged out teenage-newcomer to San Diego Seth Babauta by a tiebreaker for second place.

Dr. George Spellman, Jr 22k finished 3-0 in the double-digit kyu field. He was followed by the President of the San Diego Chess Club, David Saponara 24k and Jolina Jian who both went 2-1.
The San Diego Go Club will be hosting the Second Annual California State Go Championship on the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving. There will be over $1,000 in prize money over several sections. The winner of the Open section will be crowned the 2019 California Go Champion. Calvin Sun 1P is the defending champion and first on the permanent plaque. 

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Eric Lui, Aaron Ye and Nyu Eiko leading in U.S. Masters

Monday July 15, 2019

Yongfei Ge 7d, who beat Mark Lee Sunday night in the U.S. Masters tournament, fell to Eric Lui 1P on Monday morning on Board 1. That leaves just Lui, Aaron Ye 7d and Japanese pro Nyu Eiko as the only undefeated players so far. The Round 3 game drew another huge Twitch audience, averaging over 9,300 viewers and generating 140,000 unique views. Ryan Li 1p again provided the commentary, hosted by E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. Stephen Hu produced the stream. Round 4 will be broadcast Tuesday morning starting at 10a EDT on the AGA Twitch stream. Latest Masters results are posted here; latest U.S. Open ratings are posted here.
photo by Todd Heidenreich

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Why We Play: Adam Chase 6k

Monday July 15, 2019

Age: 28

Lives in: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Home Club: Madison Go Club

Years playing go: Since freshman year of high school

Favorite thing about go: “Moments of inspiration, complicated problems. Sometimes I’m very lucky and I can think out a 40 move sequence and my opponent acts exactly how I want them to and I somehow kill a whole group and change the entire board from being even to 100 points in my favor.” This is Adam’s first Go Congress.
– Samantha Fede

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U.S. Go Congress Tournaments Recap: Day 2

Monday July 15, 2019

US Go Congress Tournament Schedule: Monday 7/15
9:00a: US Open, round 2; US Open Masters Division, round 3
1:00p: Senior Tournament, round 2
3:00p: Women’s Tournament, round 2
7:00p: 13×13 Tournament

Lightning Tournament
Over 60 players filled the main playing area Sunday night and stones flew from bowls to the board with lightning speed, players raced the clocks and fought to make it to the endgame with enough time to play with a semblance of reason. Expect a new rule next year from TD Keith Arnold: “If both clocks are out you both lose!” Playoffs will continue throughout the week.
Table winners: Taiga Takahashi 25k Tanya Perez Lopez 18k Brad Caber 13k, Ken Schatten 7k, Teus Tsai 6k, Billy Maier 3k, Ben Gunby 2k, Jerry Jaffe 1d, Cong Chen 1d, Daichi Takahashi 5d, Tyler Oyakawa 5d, Shixing Li 5d.

-report by Karoline Li, Tournaments Bureau Chief; photo by Chris Garlock

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Yongfei Ge edges out Mark Lee in Masters before huge Twitch audience

Sunday July 14, 2019

In a dramatic game that drew over 90,000 views on the AGA’s Twitch stream — and an average of over 7,400 viewers — Yongfei Ge (left) edged out Mark Lee by 1.5 points in Round 2 of the Masters Tournament at the 2019 U.S. Go Congress on Sunday night. Lee, whose U.S. tournament record is 75-5, was heavily favored in the championship, and had come from behind to win his first-round game against Jeremy Chiu. But he got in trouble again in his game against Ge, with a floating eyeless group that seemed to have nowhere to run. Lee fought back steadily, saving half the group and catching up slowly but surely, however, Ge kept the pressure on just as steadily and in the end Lee came up just short. Ryan Li 1P, who provided the game commentary with host Julie Burrall, said that Lee’s upset opens up the field, potentially making this year’s Masters one of the most interesting yet. Round 3 is Monday at 10a EDT, with live commentary on the AGA’s Twitch stream.
2-0 winners: Eric Lui, Yongfei Ge, Aaron Ye, An Chen and Nyu Eiko.
– report/photos by Chris Garlock

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New York City team wins the Pandanet AGA City League Finals

Sunday July 14, 2019

The New York City team swept all three games against the Greater Washington team in the finals at the US Go Congress on Saturday. Ryan Li 1p def Tim Song 1p on Board 1, Hanchen Zhang 1p def Eric Lui 1p on Board 2, Stephanie Yin 1p def Yuan Zhou 7d on Board 3. New York City and Greater Washington were playing each other in the finals for the second year and for the second consecutive year New York City shut out Greater Washington, which has been in the finals for five of the seven years of the tournament. The full results for this tournament can be found on the Pandanet site . Game records are linked above.

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U.S. Go Congress Tournaments Recap: Day 1

Sunday July 14, 2019

US Go Congress Tournament Schedule: Sunday 7/14
9:00a: US Open, round 1; US Open Masters Division, round 1 & 2
1:00p: Self-paired tournament begins; Senior Tournament, round 1
3:00p: Women’s Tournament, round 1
7:00p: US Open Masters, round 1; Lightning Tournament

9×9 Tournament
Players met on tiny fields of battle to kick off the 35th US Go Congress with the 9×9 tournament Sunday night following opening ceremonies. Games were competitive with 30 dan level players and 46 kyu and wraped up close to 11:00 pm. “Table winners will be paired up throughout the next couple of days until we’ve crowned the kyu and dan quarter board champions,” says TD Pete Schumer.

-report by Karoline Li, Tournaments Bureau Chief

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Congress at Sunset

Sunday July 14, 2019

by Samantha Fede
You’ve read about the exciting tournament action. You’ve watched the top boards and streamed the commentary. You’ve heard of the simuls and game commentaries and lectures. But Go Congress is about more than just the game. It’s a place to make new friends and see old ones. That may sound corny, but it’s the reason that I come back year after year. This year is shaping up to be a particularly relaxing experience. Congress Director Dave Weimer did an excellent job selecting an amazing lake-front venue. The first floor of the Memorial Union, where most of the Congress activities take place, includes Der Rathskeller (German for “basement of a town hall”). Decorated like a German beer hall, this sprawling venue spills out onto a terrace overlooking sparkling Lake Mendota . After the opening ceremony Saturday night, many attendees joined the crowd of locals to cluster around tables and pitchers of local beer. I sat with some old friends, like Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott and Brady Daniels of “Brady’s Blunders,” as well as new friends like Congress IT volunteer Greg Steltenpohl and first-time attendee Max Peterson. We watched the spectacular sunset turn the sky pink and purple while live music played on the waterfront stage. As it got dark, Jennie Shen 2p observed fireflies flicker around the trees and friends finishing the 9×9 tournament pulled up chairs. The day had been hot, but a cool breeze off the water made us forget any lingering worries. Every year, each Congress location has its charms; this year is downright magical.

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2019 U.S. Go Congress: Day 1

Sunday July 14, 2019

The 2019 U.S. Go Congress got underway Saturday in Madison, WI as hundreds of go players registered and immediately began gathering around go boards in the main playing area for unofficial games (the U.S. Open begins Sunday morning). The annual City League finals were held Saturday afternoon (look for a full report soon) and broadcast live on OGS and Twitch. Follow all the Masters top-board action on Twitch starting at 9a Sunday, plus updates on the Congress on Twitter and Facebook.
– report/photos/collage by Chris Garlock

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Stage set for Youth Tournament Finals: El Classico Match-up in Redmond Cup Senior Division

Saturday July 13, 2019

Ye (left) and Chiu (right) playing in their first Redmond Cup Finals against each other in 2014 in New York.

17-year old Aaron Ye 7d and 17-year old Jeremy Chiu 6d defeated Melissa Cao 3d and Zhixiang Lou 5d respectively to earn their berths into the Finals of the 26th Redmond Cup Senior Division. This is a repeat match-up from last year’s Finals, and will be the last time for the two young superstars to clash in this tournament as they will both be ineligible to participate due to age starting next year. Both Ye and Chiu are from the Bay Area, and have had a long rivalry competing against each other since 2010 at a local Bay Area tournament. Since then, both have won numerous US Youth titles and represented the US at international tournaments.

Chiu (left) and Ye (right) playing in their second Redmond Cup Finals against each other in 2018 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

When asked about the upcoming match, Ye responded saying, “I think Jeremy is a very talented Go player. From past games, I know he has put in a lot of effort into Go. I wish him good luck for the games.” Chiu shared a similar sentiment, telling the EJ, “Aaron and I have been playing for years; it does feel a bit surreal that this is our last Redmond match together. Aaron is and has always been a tough but fun opponent to play against; his aggressive style and precise reading often launches our games into intense fights. I’m hoping we’ll play some exciting games!” You can learn more about Ye and Chiu from last year’s player profile interview.

In the Junior Division, 6 players were still in contention for finalist spots at the beginning of the last preliminary round. Kevin Huang 6d defeated Yuxin Fu 5d in the battle to decide the first finalist, while Frederick Bao 4d defeated Ben Gong 3d, tying both players at 4 wins and 2 losses. Meanwhile, Duc Minh Vo 2d defeated Boya Hou 1d, and Alex Qi 3d defeated Kosuke Sato 3d to also end the preliminary tournament at 4 wins and 2 losses. While normally there would have been a tiebreaker playoff to decide the second finalist, Bao had defeated all of the other players in the tie, so he earned the second finalist spot. Bao was also a finalist in last year’s tournament, while this is Huang’s first appearance.

In the 2nd AGA Girls Cup, nearly 20 players competed for two finalist spots. Participation was more than double compared to last year’s field, which bodes well for the future of this tournament. Defending champion Tianyi Li 3d swept the preliminary rounds 5-0 to earn the chance to defend her title in the Finals, while Ruyan Fan 4d, Sophia Wang 2d, and Ruogu Lin 1d ended the preliminaries at 4-1, resulting in a 3-way tiebreaker playoff. Fan defeated both of the other tied players to earn her first appearance in the AGA Girls Cup Finals.

The best-of-3 Finals in each event will take place at the 2019 US Go Congress on 7/14, 7/15, and 7/18 (if necessary). Tune in to the live broadcasts of the games on KGS at 3 pm on those days to catch the action. Both the Redmond Cup and the AGA Girls Cup are sponsored by the American Go Foundation. – Justin Teng AGA Youth Coordinator and TD for both events.

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