So long, Kevin!

May 24, 2011 1 comment

Kevin has recently graduated with his Master’s in Aerospace Engineering, and will be returning to Singapore.

He has been very active in the UM go club: he was our Vice President, helped organize the 2010 tournament and has attended our meetings regularly. He’s an enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable player, and we’ll definitely miss him.

We got him a cake, though the problem on it might have been a little below his level.

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2010 United Way Tournament results

December 5, 2010 1 comment

The tournament was a success, with players ranging from 18 kyu to 7 dan. We had plenty of food, and though clock-compliance was a bit tricky, we finished only ten minutes over without having to rush. So our tournament was quite a success!

Dan winners:

  • 1st place: Thomas Lam
  • 2nd place: Seung Jin
  • 3rd place: Alexander Nelson

Kyu winners:

  • 1st place: Xavier Wei Zhu
  • 2nd place: Ben Morris
  • 3rd place: Clark Wierda

Other awards:

  • Kyu Killer: Jon Hop
  • Giant Killer: Jeff Head
  • Grasshopper: Michael Zhang
  • Underdog: Clark Wierda

Raffle winners for Jon Hop’s books:

  • Yizao Wang
  • Kevin Lim
  • Jeff Head

Won access to Alexander Dinerchtein’s Insei League private KGS room: Jon Hop!

Congrats to all the winners!

Thank you for everyone who participated, and special thanks to those who traveled from Toledo, Columbus and Cleveland, and for those of you who took time off from family, studying and work to join us!

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Preregistration for United Way Tournament

November 13, 2010 Leave a comment

We decided to offer a preregistration package. For $22, you get:

  • registered for December tournament
  • an awesome t-shirt
  • entered into drawing for one of three copies of one of Jonathan Hop’s books.

And of course, you get to eat food and play go like everyone else.

Please visit our 2010 United Way Tournament page to view the details and register!

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UM Go Club United Way Tournament on Saturday, December 4th

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

The first ever University of Michigan Go Club United Way Tournament will be held Saturday, December 4th  from noon until 6pm in room 3909 of the Michigan Union.

We offer two registration packages: $15 to enter the tournament or $25 to enter the tournament plus an event tshirt. Registration is at the door. Food will be included, and there will be prizes for bracket winners.

We encourage anyone of any strength to participate! If you are interested in participating but aren’t very experienced in go, we encourage you to join us for our regular meetings as well as our forthcoming study groups. Our club always welcomes new members.

All net proceeds will go to the United Way of Washtenaw County.

Update (11/9): The tournament was also announced on the United Way of Washtenaw County site.

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Announcing the University of Michigan Go Club Study Group!

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

In an effort to organize members interested in improving their go, we are starting a study group one hour before regular club meetings. (In other words, we’ll meet at Espresso Royale at 6pm on Thursdays and noon on Sunday.)

The format will vary. We will solve problems (fuseki, tesuji, life and death), review professional games, review club member games, share books and websites, and discuss theory.

The first study group will be Sunday, November 14th at noon. Kevin Lim has volunteered to lead this group.

If anyone is interested in presenting a specific topics (or have material like good problem books for high-level kyu), they can contact Bryan (

These meetings are open to the public, and for players of all strengths or anyone interested in learning the game.

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Life and death farewell cake for Mike

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Yellow to play... can yellow kill?

One of our most active members is moving to Japan next week, so we celebrated his last Sunday with cake.

Can you solve this problem? [Problem source:]

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9×9 life and death problem

October 25, 2010 2 comments

White to play. Can white kill black?

This came up today in a 9×9 game between Bryan and Thomas. Is black alive, or can white kill?

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