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Waldron, Ji and Wang top Salt City Go Tourney

Yitian Liu, 9,  of China but living in Manlius for one year, won two of four games in the Open Division.

Yitian Liu, 9, of China but living in Manlius for one year, won two of four games in the Open Division. Richard Moseson

— A record 34 players turned out on Saturday, April 20 for Syracuse’s sixth annual Salt City Go Tournament at Manlius Pebble Hill School. Eight dan-level players participated in the tournament’s first-ever open division, with Phil Waldron (6d) of Ottawa, Xinde Ji (5d) of Syracuse and Changtian Wang (5d) of Ithaca all finishing with identical 3-1 records and receiving a total of $310 in cash prizes. In the B division, Phil Tracy of Syracuse was the sole 4-0 winner, and Jim Gonnella, also of Syracuse and Scott Jankowski of Cheektowaga both finished with 3-1 records and took the second and third place prizes, respectively. In the C division, fifth grader Wyn Pitnick won the first place prize by tie-break ahead of Howard Canaway of Utica; both won all four of their games. Seventh grader Carl Beach took thirrd place in that division with a 3-1 record.

Fifteen prizes, most of them new books provided at a discount by Slate and Shell, were awarded to the top five finishers of each division. Nine-year-old Yitian Liu (2d), who won two of his games in the open division, captured the highly contested cake problem prize, his winning entry selected at random from the other correct submissions. The wife of tournament organizer Richard Moseson has baked a problem cake for the paired competition each of the last six years.

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