News from the American Go Association

October 23, 2006
Volume 7, #90

10K BY '07?

LI, HSIANG, JIANG & LIN NOTCH NAMT WINS: Jie Li 9d, Thomas Hsiang 7d, Mingjiu Jiang 7P and Xuefen Lin 1P notched wins in last weekend's rounds of the North American Master's Tournament. In Saturday's games, Li defeated ZhaoNian Chen 8d by resignation and Hsiang edged out Huiren Yang 1P by 1 point; on Sunday, Jiang beat Yilun Yang 7P by 5 points and Lin defeated Huiren Yang by resignation. Defending NAMT champion Jie Li now holds a 5-1 record, Mingiu Jiang is 4-1 (his only loss was to Li), Yang Yilun is 4-2, ZhaoNian Chen is 3-2, Xuefen Lin is 2-4, Thomas Hsiang is 2-4, Huiren Yang is 0-5 and Feng Yun is 0-1. Three more rounds will be played this week: today at 4P PST, Feng Yun vs Thomas Hsiang; Tuesday, 10/24, Feng Yun vs. Xuefen Lin, and Saturday, 10/28, Mingjiu Jiang vs. Huiren Yang. Details, including the full schedule, are online at (click on NAMT on the right).

ERIC LUI 2-2 IN WORLD AMATEUR: Eric Lui 7d from Maryland, the US representative in a new international amateur baduk championship in Korea, is 2 and 2 at the end of the fourth round. Amateur go players from 66 countries and territories around the world are now participating in the 1st Korea Prime Minister Cup International Baduk Championships, being held October 20-27 in Lee Changho's home town of Jeonju City, Korea. Korea, China and the Netherlands are leading after 4 rounds of this new amateur tournament, organized by the Korea Amateur Baduk Association to promote international friendship and cultural exchange. Eric Lui (US) lost to Taiwan in the first round, then beat Finland and Brazil before falling to Japan and now stands 14th, with 4 rounds to go. Yongfei Ge (Canada) is currently 4th, with only one loss. Other notables are T. Mark Hall (Great Britain) in 29th place and Carlos Gonzalez ( Mexico) in 35th place, both with 2 wins. European reps include Cristian Pop 7d of Romania, Ilya Shikshin 6d of Russia, Geert Groenen 6d of Netherlands, Pal Balogh 6d of Hungary, and Ondrej Silt 6d of Chechzia. Details at
- Reported by Bill Cobb and Keith Arnold

COTSEN OPEN SET FOR THIS WEEKEND IN LA: This weekend's Cotsen Open in Los Angeles features $3,000 in prizes, free registration, free lunch, pro game reviews and more. $1,500 goes to the top three players, while another $1,500 goes to the three go clubs whose members rack up the most points overall. All players who turn out both days receive a free limited AGA membership and professional go players Yilun Yang 7P and others will review and comment games; players who pre-register get a free luxury lunch buffet both days. Plus, organizers promise, "While you toil away at your games two masseuses will be making the rounds to ease the tensions that arise in your shoulders (when you discover that your big group really doesn't have two eyes.)" The E-Journal will be on hand to cover the tournament again this year, broadcasting Board 1 games live on IGS and KGS, with live game commentary. Detai ls at

YOUTH GO & PUMPKIN CLASSIC: Just up the coast from the Cotsen, the 9th Ing's Cup Youth Goe Tournament will be held this Sunday in Sunnyvale, CA (in the Bay Area). Click on for details. Meanwhile, East Coast players can join the Pumpkin Classic in Arlington, VA on Saturday, October 28, 2006; contact Allan Abramson 703.684.7676

10K BY '07?: American Go E-Journal readership hit the 9,000 mark last week, as go players around the world continue to sign up for the free weekly go news ezine. First published in April 2000, the E-Journal has steadily expanded both content and readership, adding world go news, game commentaries, go reviews, columnists and a second edition. You can help make the world's largest English-language go publication even bigger and better by passing the EJ along to fellow go players, who can sign up for the free edition at  The Friday Games Edition is just $20 at  (free to members of the AGA or any national go organization; email for details).

HANE TO PLAY KOBAYASHI IN KISEI CHALLENGER FINAL: Hane Naoki 9P and Kobayashi Satoru 9P will play a one-game match to determine the challenger for Kisei title holder Yamashita Keigo 9P. Four players ended up with 4-1 records in the double league to determine the challenger, but Hane and Kobayashi won out over Cho U 9P and Kato Atsushi 8P on tie breaks. Hane held the Kisei title for two years in 2004 and 2005, while Kobayashi held in for a single year in 1995. Yamashita took the title from Hane last year and also held it for a year in 2003.

IT'S LEE VS. CHOI IN KOREAN KBS CUP FINAL: Lee Sedol 9P will face off with Choi Cheolhan 9P in the best-of-three-game finals of the 25th KBS Cup. Along with Lee Changho 9P and Park Yeongeon 9P, these are considered the top Korean players at the moment. Both Lee Sedol and Choi hold current international titles, the Toyota Denso World Oza and the Zhonghuan Cup respectively. Choi defeated Yoo Changhyuk 9P and Lee Changho 9P to get into the finals. Lee Sedol lost to Lee Changho early on and went into the loser bracket where he also had to defeat Yoo Changhyuk to reach the finals against Choi. The first game is today.

YUN FACES PARK IN KOREAN KUKSU FINAL: Yun Junsang 4P will meet Park Yeonghun 9P in the best-of-three-game finals of the 50th Kuksu. The Kuksu is the oldest Korean tournament. Park is barely in his twenties, but he won the international Fujitsu while a teenager in 2004 and has won several other titles, including the Korean Kisung, which he has held for the last two years. Yun is still a teenager and hasn't won a title yet, but he was the challenger for the Kisung in 2002.

CHO U DODGES ANOTHER BULLET IN MEIJIN: Cho U 9P, down 3-1 in the defense of his Meijin title against Takao Shinji 9P and current Honinbo, came back to win Game Five to keep his hopes alive with a 3-2 score in the best-of-seven-game match. Takao got two of his three wins by a mere half point; if that combined total of one point had gone to Cho he would already have his third year as Meijin safely in hand. The Honinbo is the only one of the big seven titles in Japan that Takao has won. Cho currently holds five Japanese titles, including three of the top seven.

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GO PLAYERS WANTED: Go players in the Lake Tahoe (NV) area. Contact Fred Hopkins or call 916-548-8068 about forming a club. (10/6)

GO PLAYERS WANTED: Monument, CO: Looking for go players in the Monument, CO area. I know of no one that plays around here. Please contact me at Any strength whatsoever. (10/2)

GO PLAYERS WANTED: SW Portland/Beaverton: Ages 10-18 who would be interested in starting a youth go club. Contact Andrew Peterson at (10/2)

PLAYERS WANTED: Southfield, MI. I have been fascinated by go for years, am anxious to learn more. Looking for players in my area. Am probably a high kyu player, with no rating. Please respond to David at (10/2)

BOOK VETTER WANTED: If you could help many frustrated players stick with go, would you jump at the opportunity? Here's your chance! One vetter 5d & stronger is sought for my new book "Improve Fast In Go", designed to help players in the 5-15k range improve more quickly. Vetter receives acknowledgment in the book, an autographed copy on publication and the priceless appreciation of the many players who might otherwise give up the game. Contact Milt Bradley at with a brief description of qualifications. (9/25)
GO PLAYERS WANTED: Syracuse, NY; If you attend Bishop Grimes JR./SR. High School, I might start go club at school if any people at the school play the game. Matt Jones, (9/25)

GO PLAYERS WANTED: Columbus, Indiana; We have moved here for half year. Looks like no one here plays the game. Please contact me with (9/25)

PLAYERS WANTED: Philadelphia, PA; Anyone interested in playing a quick game over lunch hour in Center City? Email Mark at (9/25)

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Complete & up-to-date events listings online at

October 28-29, 2006: Los Angeles, CA
Cotsen Go Tournament
Casie Rizer 310.473.5873
Lauren Madison 310.473.2243

October 28, 2006: Arlington, VA
Pumpkin Classic
Allan Abramson 703.684.7676

October 29, 2006: Sunnyvale, CA
Mingjiu Jiang 650.969.2857

November 2-5, 2006: Lancaster, PA
10th Lancaster Yang Workshop
Sam Zimmerman 717.892.1249
Chuck Robbins 717.682.2667

November 5, 2006: Seattle, WA
Ratings Tournament
Jon Boley 206.545.1424

November 5, 2006: Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Self-Paired Fall Tournament
(come anytime between 10am-7pm)
Larry Rabinowitz 941.922.1000
Dan Moise 941.284.6987

November 5, 2006: New York, NY
Ratings Tournament at N Y Go Center
Sponsored by TOYOTA
Hiroto Suzuki 212.223.0342

November 8, 2006: Tempe, AZ
Arizona Rating Tournament
W Gundberg 480.429.0300

November 11, 2006: Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Autumn Tournament
Mike Malveaux 253.906.0095
Gordon Castanza 253.732.0874

November 11-12, 2006: San Francisco, CA
2006 Dote Memorial SF Go Club Fall tournament
November 11-12
Steve Burrall 916.688.2858

November 11, 2006: Anchorage, AK
1st Ak Baduk Tournament
Ms Oh 207.244.2346
Baduk Club 207.868.3302

November 11, 2006: Tempe, AZ
Arizona Rating Tournament
W Gundberg 480.429.0300

November 12, 2006: Catonsville, MD
UMBC Go Club's Semi-Annual Tournament
First tournament at UMBC
Todd Blatt 443.392.6822
John Hager 410.245.2049

November 12, 2006: Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Fall Go Tournament
Jin Chen 313.643.2888

November 15, 2006: Tempe, AZ
Arizona Rating Tournament
W Gundberg 480.429.0300

November 18-19, 2006: College Park, MD
Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship
Steve Mount 301.405.6934
Ken Koester

November 18, 2006: Syracuse, NY
3rd Annual Fall Ratings Tournament
Richard Moseson 315.682.7720

November 18, 2006: Tempe, AZ
Arizona Go Rating Tournament
W Gundberg 480.429.0300

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