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US-Cuba Thaw Rekindles Hope for Visit

AGA news - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 14:00

The recent resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba has renewed hope that a Cuban delegation will be able to attend this year’s US Go Congress. An effort last year stalled because of problems getting visas from the US State Department. “We are quite hopeful of better success this year,” says Bob Gilman, AGA Director for the Central Region. “We have learned some things from the 2014 effort, and the recent thaw in US – Cuban relations can only be helpful.”

The AGA has invited three Cuban players to the 2015 Go Congress in St. Paul, MN, including Rafael Torres Miranda 2d, President of the Academia Cubana de Go, Roylan de la Torre Marrero 5d and Orlando Mederos Trujillo 5d.

The invitation builds on 2013 visit by US players to Havana, where a friendly competition between US and Cuban players was a great success. “There are Cuban go players in all provinces of the country, and they were a serious and enthusiastic group,” says Gilman, who organized the visit.

Fundraising is now underway to enable the Cuban delegation to attend the Congress. “Cuba is a poor country, and the Cuban players cannot afford this trip without help from the US go community,” says Gilman. “The US go community has received wonderful support from Japan, Korea, and China and we’re now in a position where we can help the growing go community in Cuba.” While the details are worked out and the costs are finalized, those interested in helping can make a pledge here. As in 2014, if donations cannot be used, they will be returned, e.g., if visa problems should again prevent some invitees from coming. Contributions will be made through the American Go Foundation (AGF), and may be taken as a deduction on the donor’s federal income tax. 

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Pandanet to Publish EJ Reports in Japanese

AGA news - Sat, 31/01/2015 - 22:17

Pandanet has begun posting E-Journal articles on their site, translated into Japanese. The first one is the EJ’s recent report on the AGA pro tournament. “We’re tremendously pleased that EJ reporting is now available in Japanese,” said E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock.  Pandanet plans to post a translated EJ article each week.

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Go Spotting: JAG

AGA news - Sat, 31/01/2015 - 22:00

Go drives the plotline in a second-season episode of JAG entitled “The Game of Go.”  “Harm and a Colombian drug lord play a high-stakes game of go, with the prize being a Marine who was left behind during a covert mission, as Webb and the JAG team once again butt heads,“ reports Dave Holland.

“My recollection of the episode is that several moves were spread out over the unfolding of the plot with closeups of the contested part of the board. It represented middle game fighting. A little far-fetched for a US Navy lawyer and a drug kingpin to be such accomplished players but good exposure for the game nevertheless.“ Note that the moves are played inside the board squares rather than on the intersections.

“I enjoy the EJ’s ‘Go Spotting’ column as go has a way of showing up in unexpected places,” says Holland. “I live in Minneapolis and recently met a young player from northern Minnesota whose grandfather learned baduk during the Korean War. He also went to high school with Bob Dylan.“

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Bringing Go to Portland’s Mochitsuki Festival

AGA news - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 13:03

Peter  Freedman (at far right), Hikaru  Saito, Glenn  Peters, Jessie  Jenkins  and Jessie’s friend, Austin,  taught  at  least  50 people  to  play  go  at Portland’s Mochitsuki  Festival  on Sunday  January  25th. Held  at  Portland  State  University from  10  to  4 , thousands came to  celebrate  the  new  year, eat  traditional  food  and  experience  traditional  Japanese  culture. -Photo and story courtesy Peter Freedman

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Jin Chen Tournament Draws Strong Field in Seattle

AGA news - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 23:50

The Open Section of the Jin Chen Memorial Tournament at the Seattle Go Center drew twelve players, including two 7 dans and three 6 dans.  Since the Jan. 4 tournament had only three rounds, there was a tie for first place between Boyang Chen 6d from Oregon, and Chan Chung 5d from the Seattle area.  Edward Kim placed 3rd, after losing one game on time.

Go Center members were intrigued to meet the teacher of Edward Kim 7d, since Edward has taught many of the strong players in the Northwest.   Years ago, Edward’s teacher was his older brother Hong Kim, who also lives in the Seattle area.  This was the first time Hong played in an AGA rated tournament.  He won the handicapped section for players 2 kyu and stronger, playing as a 2d.  Second place went to young Chanseok Oh.  The 3 kyu to 9 kyu band was won by local Frank Brown, with new player Ben Resnick placing second.  The double digit kyu player’s section was won by Elan Ma, with second to California visitor Barry Stiefel.  Elan also won the children’s prize.  There were 30 players at the tournament, which is held on the first Sunday in January every year to mark the birthday of our old friend Jin Chen.  Report and photo illustration by Brian Allen

 

 

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The Power Report: Xie Makes Good Start in Women’s Kisei Defense; Honinbo League Update; Judan challenger: Kobayashi Satoru or Ida

AGA news - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 21:13

by John Power, EJ Japan Correspondent

Xie Makes Good Start in Women’s Kisei Defense: The first game of the 18th DoCoMo Cup Women’s Kisei title match, a best-of-three, was played at the Hotel Sunlife Garden in Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, on January 22. Konishi Kazuko 8P (right) of the Kansai Ki-in is making her first appearance in a title match (she has reached the finals of three knock-out titles but lost each time). Xie has held this title for four of the the last five years. In the nigiri to decide colors, Xie drew white. Konishi played positively in the opening and seized the initiative, but Xie managed to set up the kind of confused fight in which she excels. Konishi failed to find the best move in the crucial middle-game fight, and this gave Xie a chance to upset her lead. Konishi resigned after 136 moves. The second game will be played on January 29. It’s a must-win game for Konishi if she is to take the match to a deciding game on February 2.

Honinbo League Update: Two games were played in the 70th Honinbo League on January 22. Yamashita Keigo 9P (B) beat Takao Shinji 9P by resignation and Kono Rin 9P (W) beat Yo Seiki 7P, also by resignation. Yamashita goes to 3-1, keeping him in second place behind Ida Atsushi 8P (4-0). Kono evened his score to 2-2, and both Takao and Yo, on 1-3, will now have to focus on keeping their league places.

Judan challenger: Kobayashi Satoru or Ida: The second semifinal of the 53rd Judan tournament was held in Nagoya on January 22. It was contested by two of the leading young players at the Central Japan branch of the Nihon Ki-in, Ida Atsushi 8P and Shida Tatsuya 7P (right). Ida was the top new star of last year, winning the Honinbo League on debut. Although he lost the title match to Iyama Yuta, he seems to be on course to challenge again. Shida is older (24 to Ida’s 20) and was the top young player in Nagoya until Ida emerged. Shida won the Hiroshima Aluminium Cup in his second year as a pro (2007) and came second in the Agon Kiriyama Cup in 2013. Shida had won their two previous encounters, but in the last year Ida has gotten a lot stronger. Taking black in this game, he forced a resignation, so he will meet Kobayashi Satoru in the play-off to decide the challenger to Takao Shinji.

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UK Go Updates: Charles Hibbert Wins Maidenhead-Hitachi

AGA news - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 14:20

Maidenhead-Hitachi Tournament: On January 24th, Charles Hibbert 2 dan went on to win all three of his games, claiming the Maidenhead title. Coincidentally, it was also his first-ever tournament. Second and third place were claimed by Alistair Wall and Jitka Bartova. All players winning three or two games received a prize. 55 players took part in the event.
- edited by Amy Su from reports on the BGA website.

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EuroGoTV Update: Ukraine, United Kingdom, Russia

AGA news - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 14:19

Ukraine: Oleksandr Hiliazov 1d bested Anton Boreiko 4k at the Kharkiv Championship on January 25 while Leonid Shumakov 5k placed third. United Kingdom: The Maidenhead finished on January 24 with Charles Hibbert 2d in first, Alistair Wall 1d in second, and Jitka Bartova 1d (left) in third. Russia: Mikhail Dobricyn 3k took the Russian Championship Under 12 in Cheljabinsk on January 18. Behind him were Egor Arsentjev 2k in second and Savva Mezin 6k in third. 
– Annalia Linnan, based on reports from 
EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

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Go Classified: Players Wanted; Free Baduk TV Offer

AGA news - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 13:45

Phoenixville, PA: Players wanted for the Phoenixville Go Club.  We meet Sunday afternoons and Wednesday nights at Artisan’s Cafe in downtown Phoenixville.  Free mug of coffee for each first time visitor!  Contact Craig at scorelessdraw@gmail.com with questions.

Join the American Go Association and get two months of Baduk TV English for freeWant to try Baduk TV English for free? From now until the end of January, you can get two months of free access to Baduk TV English (valued at $40) when you join the American Go Association…click here to read more.

 

 

 

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Kyu Tourney Deadline Feb. 3

AGA news - Mon, 26/01/2015 - 22:15

The deadline for young kyu players who want to compete in the North American Kyu Championships is Feb. 3rd, with the tourney itself held Feb. 7th, on KGS.  Kids and teens (under the age of 18) who are members of the AGA, CGA, Gimnasio de Go, or MGA, may all enter in the event.  With thousands of dollars in scholarships available, to both the AGA Go Camp, and US Go Congress, kyu players of any rank should enter.  Prizes will be awarded roughly every five ranks, starting at 25 kyu, and working up to 1 kyu.  The registration form is here, more information is available here.

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Simsbury

AGA news - Mon, 26/01/2015 - 14:29

January 31: Simsbury, CT
3rd Simsbury Open Scholastic Go Championship
Michael Scudder michael.j.scudder@gmail.com 860-294-1983
Gert Hilhorst gert@hilhorst.onmicrosoft.com

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Atlanta Celebrates MLK Day with Stone Mtn. Hike

AGA news - Sat, 24/01/2015 - 23:52

 

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015, the Atlanta Go Club and the Atlanta Chinese Go Association organized a hike up Stone Mountain, in memory of Dr. King, who referred to the mountain in his I Have a Dream speech — “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.” Feijun (Frank) Luo 7d, led young kids to play go at both the shelter in the middle of the mountain, and the pavilion on the top of the mountain. “The kids greatly enjoyed mountain climbing, playing go during the trip, and the spectacular view on top of Stone Mountain,” said Luo. Brandon Zhou 4d, who won the Ing Foundation’s World Youth Goe Qualifier in the U.S. junior division in 2014, was among the participants. “Playing go on Stone Mountain is a good way to pay tribute to Dr. King,” said Luo, “go is a board game that best displays equality and freedom — it represents equality because every stone has an equal value by itself, and it expresses freedom because playing styles are unrestricted and free.” -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Frank Luo: Clockwise: Ryan Dong, Edwin Lin, Brian Zhou, Ryan Li, Brandon Zhou, Feijun (Frank) Luo, Daniel Luo, and Ethan Zhou. Kids not pictured above: Alex Lin, Vicki Gu, Eileen Chen, and Jerry Chen.

 

 

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Your Move/Readers Write: BGC Bullseye; More on Studying Pro Games

AGA news - Sat, 24/01/2015 - 16:56

BGC Bullseye: “Although I left Brooklyn behind several years ago, the description of the Brooklyn Go Club (Go in NYC: An Insider’s Guide 1/21 EJ) is disturbingly accurate,” writes Solomon Smilack. “Thank you for the laugh.”

More on Studying Pro Games:
“This is a widely debated and discussed topic (Your Move/Readers Write: How Do You Study Pro Games? 1/20 EJ),” writes Dennis Wheeler, “and one can find numerous discussion threads on this very topic in the Life in 19×19 discussion forum. There also may not be just one answer, as I believe the answers can be as varied and personal as the people who give them. And I too would love to hear opinions from EJournal readers who are professional players themselves.” Wheeler goes on to suggest that “Professional games show us how the game should be played, as opposed to the jumbled misguided (yet fun) mess we often play. Why not try to learn from the best? Or just simply enjoy the beauty of a well played game.”

 

 

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Venkata triumphs in Galway

Irish Go Association - Thu, 22/01/2015 - 19:26

Venkata Velpuri of the Belfast club secured victory in the recent ‘Warming up’ tournament in Galway. Second place went to Philippe Renaut with James Hutchinson in third.

Full results can be found here

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Go in NYC: An Insider’s Guide

AGA news - Wed, 21/01/2015 - 14:00

Just because the Gotham Go Group at the Hungarian Pastry Shop on Tuesday evenings 7-11p - 1030 Amsterdam Ave - between 110th and 111th – “is the hottest go scene in New York City does not mean it’s the only option,” reports local organizer Peter Armenia. Here are four other places to play go in the Big Apple, along with Armenia’s pithy descriptions:

Go at Pie by the Pound - Wednesday evenings 6:00 - 124 4th Avenue between 12th and 13th St. “The healthy alternative.”

Go at the Fat Cat - Sunday afternoons 12:30 - 75 Christopher St, at 7th Ave. “The jazzy afternoon bar option.”

Brooklyn Go Club - Intermittent Fridays (email Jean-Claude Chetrit (jc.chetrit@gmail.com) for time and location. “The social club of NYC go lore in someone’s home. Good food, good conversation, and maybe even some go.”

Korea Baduk Club - Daily 11AM-12 Midnight  - 36-18 Union Street (Flushing) – Call Sammy Park (718-353-4646) for more info. “The seriously smoky, less healthy option. English sporadically spoken, strong players routinely humbled.”
photo: at the Gotham Go Group, November 2014; photo by Chris Garlock

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UK Go Updates: South Africa Makes Go Moku for the UK

AGA news - Wed, 21/01/2015 - 04:42

Pandanet Go European Team Championship: On January 13th, the UK secured a win against the South African team with a score of 3 wins to 1 loss, making it their fifth win in the league. A commentary by Andrew Simons of his own game against Victor Chow 7d can be found in the news article on the BGA website. The UK team currently ranks second to Bulgaria in their league. The two teams will play on February 24th.
- edited by Amy Su from reports on the BGA website.

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Your Move/Readers Write: How Do You Study Pro Games?

AGA news - Wed, 21/01/2015 - 04:00

How Do You Study Pro Games? “We often hear ‘study professional games to help you improve,’” writes Eric Osman. “But how do you actually do that in practice?” Osman says he plays through pro games on his phone.  “At each move, I think for a few seconds about what move I’d make next, then I click to see what the professional did.  If the professional’s move differs from mine, I try to see if I can think of a reason the professional’s choice was better than mine.” Osman is a KGS 2k/AGA 2d living in Amherst, MA who’s been playing go since 1976. Send your suggestions/comments to journal@usgo.org

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New Joseki, Endgame Books from Robert Jasiek

AGA news - Tue, 20/01/2015 - 14:00

Robert Jasiek, German 5D and author of eight go books aiming to clarify various aspects of the game for kyu players, has released his ninth and tenth instructional books. With Endgame 1 – Fundamentals Jasiek begins a study of the last phase of the game, where “most moves of a scored game belong,” he writes. Most endgame instruction focuses on calculating the value of each remaining sequence. Jasiek takes a more strategic approach. Have you ever wondered how to avoid premature or worthless endgame moves? How can you prepare for the end earlier in the game? Jasiek looks at these considerations while also delving into other strategic factors such as forcing moves, timing, sente/gote and importance of reading. These principles are reinforced with 229 problems. Click to view the table of contents or some sample pages. Volume Two will address how to calculate the value of endgame plays.

Jasiek describes his fourth book on josekis, Easy Learning – Joseki, as a summary of his three-volume joseki series. It is intended as the first or second book on the topic for the aspiring new player. Each of its 196 pages addresses a specific joseki or topic in simple bite-size lessons. Jasiek begins by discussing a dozen or so of the most common patterns, then begins his standard approach of interspersing one- or two-page essayson topics such as “Why To Cut,” “What Is Efficiency?” and “What Group To Defend?” Click to view the table of contents or some sample pages.

These two books are worthy additions to Jasiek’s growing collections of books for aspiring mid-level players. Don’t expect any “New Moves” or groundbreaking strategic concepts, but Jasiek’s books present familiar concepts that appear well-founded in standard thinking. They are organized in a way that is thoughtful and easy to follow. Some of the brief essays seem especially useful in their simplicity and clarity. If you find other mid-level books overly problem-focused and want more explanatory content, have a look at Jasiek’s growing catalog.
- Roy Laird, EJ book review editor

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Middlebury and Portland

AGA news - Tue, 20/01/2015 - 00:33

January 24: Middlebury, VT
Vermont Winter Go Tournament
Peter Schumer schumer@middlebury.edu 802-388-3934

January 25: Portland, OR
Mochitsuki Celebration
Peter Freedman pleefreedman1@comcast.net 503-242-4203
Glenn Peters aenigma@gmail.com

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Pandanet City League this Sunday!

AGA news - Mon, 19/01/2015 - 22:57

This Sunday is the second round of the Pandanet-AGA City League. Watch heavyweights from the A League including professionals like Ximeng Yu and Ryan Li, the AGA’s newest pro. “Don’t discount our B and C Leagues; they will be duking it out with the other teams,” says Steve Colburn. Check the schedules for your local team.

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