Sunday, October 7, 2018, the Go Center held a three-rounds tournament to celebrate our 23rd anniversary. 32 players attended, a quarter of whom have Youth memberships in the AGA! The “Open” section was limited to eight players maximum, all vying for the First Prize of $150 cash. It was won by Alex Xinlei Liu 7 dan with a 3-0 record, who has been a strong contender here, even winning the Seattle Go Center Spring Tournament Open in 2017.
Tournament Director Bill Chiles handled clock malfunctions and consequent pairing delays with aplomb, and Daniel Top stepped in smoothly to render assistance.
The twenty-four players in the “Handicap” section all had games with handicaps of 3 stones or less, and all but two games were at 2 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 Youth (under 18) player with the best win-loss record, which was divided among three Youth 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), Brown, Frank (6 kyu), Lu, Lucas Wu (9 kyu), Schmitten, George (9 kyu), Lu, Yulissa Wu (10 kyu), Ling, Amy (15 kyu).