The Seattle Go community is fortunate to have frequent strong visitors, teaching and competing at the Go Center. A good example — Feb. 29 – March 3, 小野慎吾 (Ono Shingo) will be here.
Mr. Ono is a strong Japanese amateur and friend of Chris Scribner’s. He’s ranked as a Japanese amateur 7 dan, but in tournaments he plays at a 12d rating. He’s not an accredited pro, but his strength is close to pro 1 dan. Chris listed a few of Mr. Ono’s achievements from his profile page:
Won the central Japan Meiyo Honinbou (amateur) tournament 7 times in a row
Won the amateur Ryusei (national) tournament in 2015
As a senior in college, won the national Jikketsu tournament (a tournament for college students)
In his third year of middle school, won the national boy’s and girl’s tournament
He’s also placed highly in many amateur tournaments. Recently he placed in the top 16 for the national amateur Honinbou tournament
Mr. Ono has generously offered to play simultaneous games, with up to 4 players at a time. He also will be competing in the monthly AGA ratings tournament on March 1, which is an outstanding opportunity for a up-and-coming dan level players! Further, he’s interested in getting together with other strong players. If you’re interested, please email and I’ll pass it along to Chris and Mr. Ono.
(Stay tuned for info on the upcoming visit of Japanese 3 Dan pro, Mr. Daiki Komatsu, March 9 – March 12!)
Seattle Go Center held the annual Jin Chen tournament on January 5, 2020. There were 41 players — 33 in the Handicap section, and 8 in the Open. Nick Wilmes, Seattle’s AGA Chapter Representative, was Tournament Director; and pizza lunch from Pudge Bros. was provided for all players, thanks to the generosity of Seattle AGA Chapter and the AGA Chapter Rewards program.
Youth players made a strong showing. Overall, 39% (16 out of 41) of the players were Youth, including two in the Open section — including the Open winner, Xinlei Liu 7d.
One advantage to having a relatively large field in the Handicap section is that most games were played even or at a low handicap. Out of 88 games played, all but 3 had a handicap of three stones or less.
Players who won three games: Xinlei Liu, 7d Chris Scribner, 1d Alex Hu, 2k Yulissa Wu Lu, 7k Brian Allen, 9k Quincy Costello, 19k