American Go E-Journal

Albert Yen 7d on World Amateur Go Championship

Wednesday July 17, 2019

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White: Albert Yen, 7D
Black: Xie Kai Kun, 7D
June 4, 2019, in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
Comments by Albert Yen, 7D
Game editors: Kiren Polara, Myron Souris

Albert Yen’s next commentary here is from his 6th round win against New Zealand’s Xie Kai Kun. Albert gives us another peek at how games can develop from his favorite pincer opening. For the game moves, Albert also includes LeelaZero’s (AI) winrates.

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U.S. Go Congress Tournaments Recap: Day 4

Wednesday July 17, 2019

Haskell “Hal” Small – organizer of the very first US Go Congress in 1985 – plays Vladimir Danek in the Senior Tournament.

US Go Congress Tournament Schedule: Wednesday 7/17
9:00a: Die Hard Tournament
That’s all for today, folks!

Senior Tournament
One of the youngest annual Go Congress tournaments, and quickly becoming one of the most popular, is reserved for players 55 and older. Now in its fourth year, the Senior Tournament is a favorite of long-time congress attendees and is directed this year by Eva Casey, herself a returning player and current Tournament Coordinator for the Massachusetts Go Association. “[In the next round] three of the Senior Tournament games will be between 3-0 contestants,” reports Casey. The six undefeated players so far are Frank Brown 5k, Jim Conyngham 4k, Bart Jacob 3k, Paul Magretts 2k, Moon Oh 1d, and David Cho 5d. Tune in for more results as the Senior Tournament progresses!

photos by Eva Casey
-report by Karoline Li, Tournaments Bureau Chief

Senior Tournament players Rich Brown and Stefen Kurz are descending the staircase. Mark Nahabedian is playing Bart Lipofsky. Wanda Metcalf has a proprietary arm on Mark.

Nyu and Lui 4-0 in U.S. Masters

Wednesday July 17, 2019

And then there were two. Four-game winners, that is. Japanese pro Eiko Nyu notched a comfortable win over Aaron Ye 6d on Board 1 in the fourth round of the 2019 U.S. Masters on Tuesday, while Eric Lui eked out a 1.5 win over Alan Huang. Complete Masters results here, and U.S. Open results here. Check out the video of Mingjiu Jiang’s commentary on the Nyu-Ye game on the AGA Twitch stream here. Round 5 will be broadcast starting at 10a EDT on Thursday.
– report by Chris Garlock, photo by Todd Heidenreich

Annual Teacher’s Workshop wraps at Go Congress

Wednesday July 17, 2019

The 2019 Teacher’s Workshop concluded its third day at this year’s U.S. Go Congress on Tuesday afternoon. Attendees had been taught the Mizuma Method in the previous two sessions, and were given the opportunity to try their newfound teaching skills on actual beginners who had never played go before. “Teaching this way was way more fun than I imagined it could be!” said attendee Terri Schurter. Everyone agreed that this approach was very effective and lots of fun for both teacher and student. Several attendees will receive $200 stipends as first-time attendees of a teacher’s workshop. The AGA is grateful to the Iwamoto North American Foundation for Go for subsidizing this workshop. “Special thanks to Toshifumi Mizuma, Tajiri Yuto and Tomotaka Urasoe for sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with us!” said Mark Rubenstein.

Return of a go congress tradition

Tuesday July 16, 2019

After a several-year hiatus, afternoon soccer has returned! A large group of players ranging in age from kids to adults gathered Monday afternoon to enjoy the beautiful weather and share in some physical competition. “It’s important to exercise the muscles, give the mind a break, and get some fresh air”, says Terry Benson, who provided the equipment.

-photos by Terry Benson
-report by Karoline Li, Tournaments Bureau Chief

U.S. Go Congress Tournaments Recap: Day 3

Tuesday July 16, 2019

US Go Congress Tournament Schedule: Tuesday 7/16
9:00a: US Open, round 3; US Open Masters Division, round 4
1:00p: Senior Tournament, round 3
7:00p: Crazy Go!

13×13 Tournament
Players gathered to duke it out on not-quite-as-tiny boards Monday evening to produce 10 table winners. Playoffs will continue throughout the week to produce the overall 13×13 champion.
Table winners: Dallas Amunrud 18k, Phil Marshall 12k, Mario Espinoza 7k, Sarah Crites 6k, Paul Margetts 2k, Jonathan Crew 2k, Chen Cong 1d, Mingjian Li 2d, Kunxuan Li 4d, James Sedgwick 6d.

-report by Karoline Li, Tournaments Bureau Chief

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. 

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

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

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