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Mark Lee 7d sweeps to win 4th Cotsen Open title

Sunday October 14, 2018

As expected, the key game determining the 2018 Cotsen Open winner was Round 4 on Sunday morning, when defending 2018.10.14_lee-sweeps-cotsenchampion Mark Lee 7d faced Andy Liu 1P, both 3-0. The two players wasted no time getting down to business, beginning playing while the room was still bustling with noisy players finding their seats. The opening played out very quickly, with Liu taking cash and 2018.10.14_liu-leeLee sketching out a large moyo. Liu’s AlphaGo-like move 45, adjacent to the center star point on the very edge of Lee’s right-side moyo, set the tone for the rest of the game, as Lee fiercely attacked Liu’s eyeless dragon and the fighting got ever more complicated as ladders and nets spiraled out across the board (see game record, below). As more than 130 viewers on KGS hotly debated whether Liu’s group would survive, the players moved into an extended and complex endgame battle for sente and the handful of points that would secure a victory, and the championship. In the end, Lee’s endgame tesujis prevailed and Liu resigned, a few points behind on the board, plus komi. “Andy’s very strong,” Lee said, “it was a tough game.” Liu returned the compliment, saying that Lee “played well; it was really a great game.” Lee went on to win the final round against Luan Bo 6d to complete his 5-0 sweep and collect his fourth consecutive Cotsen Open championship. “We may need to re-name this the Mark Lee title,” joked Eric Cotsen, who thanked all the players for turning out for the 29th annual tournament. “You’re what makes this event so special.”

2018.10.14-cotsen-winnersResults
Open section: 1. Mark Lee 5 wins; 2. Andy Liu 4 wins; 3. Bowen Zhang 4 wins; 4. Yufei Jin 3 wins; 5. Bo Luan 3 wins; 6. Qi-Hao Zhou 3 wins
Division A: 1. Yuelun Yang 5 wins; 2. William He 5 wins; 3. King Bi 4 wins
Division B: 1. Josiah Frias 5 wins; 2. Ernest French 5 wins; 3. Kosuke Sato 4 wins
Division C: 1. Anthony Long 5 wins; 2. Han Chung 5 wins; 3. Michael Mei 4 wins
Division D: 1. Lev Marcus 5 wins; 2. Chris Kaynor 5 wins; 3. Luke Belyeu 4 wins
Division E: 1. Tony Yang 5 wins; 2. Kevin Yang 5 wins; 5. Lucia Moscola 5 wins

Club winner: Orange County Go Club

- report/photos by Chris Garlock; click here for the 2018 Cotsen Open album on Facebook

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New York Youth Open registration open

Sunday October 14, 2018

The first AGA-rated youth tournament in New York will be held November 17 in Little Neck, NY. “Players of all strengths are2018.10.13_youth-ranking-nyc welcome!” says organizer Stephanie Yin. Pre-registration is required, please register hereThe deadline for registration is Sunday, November 11, 2018. AGA membership is required; click here to become a member. More info can be found here.

Trophies will be are awarded in each bracket and both elementary group and middle/high school groups. Cash prizes and trophies are awarded in Open sections. Deadline for registration is Sunday, November 11, 2018.
photo: ranking competition, by Stephanie Yin

 

 

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Seattle 23rd Anniversary Tournament

Sunday October 14, 2018

To celebrate its 23rd anniversary, the Seattle Go Center held a 3-round tournament on Sunday, October 7. Notably, among the2018.10.13-Seattle-Anniversary-Tournament-2018-smaller 32 players in attendance, “a quarter have AGA youth memberships,” reports Seattle Go Center Programs Manager Mike Malveaux. Tournament Director Bill Chiles “handled clock malfunctions and consequent pairing delays with aplomb,” Malveaux adds, “and Daniel Top stepped in smoothly to render assistance.” Thanks to the generous assistance of the Seattle AGA Chapter and the AGA Chapter Rewards program, Malveaux reports that six large pizzas were demolished between the first and second rounds.

The “Open” section was limited to eight players vying for the top prize of $150 cash, won by Alex Xinlei Liu 7d with a 3-0 record.  Liu has been a strong contender at Seattle tournaments, winning the Seattle Go Center Spring Tournament Open in 2017. 

The twenty-four players in the “Handicap” section all had games with handicaps of three stones or fewer, and all but two games were at two stones or less.  “Handicap” players who won all three of their games were awarded prizes of go books and equipment.  In addition, there was a cash prize for the under-18 youth player with the best win-loss record, which was divided among three young players who went undefeated.

Open Section 3-game winner: Alex Xinlei Liu (7 dan)
Handicap Section 3-game winners: Yao Zhihong (2 dan), Chen Xiangnan (3 kyu), Frank Brown (6 kyu), Lucas Wu Lu (9 kyu), George Schmitten (9 kyu), Yulissa Wu Lu (10 kyu), Amy Ling (15 kyu)

photo by Brian Allen

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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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