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Garlock’s Mother Passes

Sat, 04/06/2016 - 04:47
E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock’s mother passed away on Tuesday in Pueblo, CO. “Tetsuko of Cold Mountain, formerly Susan Garlock, passed peacefully, surrounded by loving family and friends,” Garlock reports. “Thanks so much to everyone who’s reached out to express their support.” You can read more, and send condolences, on Garlock’s Facebook page.
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Mitic to Lecture on Direction of Attack in KGS Advanced Study Room

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 03:29

On June 5, at 9 am EST, Nikola Mitic of the Nordic Go Academy, currently a class A insei at the Nihon-Kiin, will give a lecture on the direction of attack in the early game. The lecture will take place in the Advanced Study Room of KGS and it is free to attend.  Mitic, whose user name on KGS is nidza92, can be reached at mitic375@gmail.com.  The Advanced Study Room can be found under the heading “lessons” in the room list on KGS.

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Mexican Go Congress Hosts US Pro Teachers

Tue, 31/05/2016 - 04:39

The Mexican Go Association’s 3rd Annual Go Congress in Mexico City will be host to three professional teachers, including one each from the US and Canada.  With the aid of AGA, Stephanie (Mingming) Yin 1p from NY and William (Gansheng) Shi 1p from Vancouver will be visiting Mexico, and with the support of the Korea Amateur Baduk Association, Cho Hye-yeon 9p from Seoul will teach as well.  This is the first time a Mexican Congress will have this many pros.

“Western go is developing in a tremendous way. While America and Europe already have pro systems, in Latin America we don’t even have a Congress type of event.  We can’t lag behind compared to other regions,” said Emil García, Mexican Go Association president. “The main purpose of the event is letting the local players grasp some of the deep insight pros have and for them to teach us through lectures, game reviews and simul games.”

Airfare for the two North American players is courtesy of the American Go Foundation, said AGA president Andy Okun. “When we received an invitation from the Mexican Go Association for pro teachers for their event,” said Okun, “I thought about the projects on which we’ve cooperated with Mexico and their success in promoting the game to kids.  I also thought about the many years of generous support we have received from the go associations in Asia and thought this would be a chance for us to ‘pay it forward’ for the good of the game.”

The three-day event will also hold the 3rd Mexican Go Open with a prize pool near $1,000 US and will take place in the Tlatelolco University Cultural Center, Mexico City, Mexico. You can check more info about this event in its webpage.

 

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AGA Summer Go Camp: Serious Kids Play

Mon, 30/05/2016 - 23:10

The AGA Summer Go Camp includes a week of go learning in a friendly kid’s summer camp setting,” says Co-Director Fernando Rivera. “Campers enjoy morning and evening go lessons with a professional teacher throughout the week, and outside of the daily lessons enjoy more traditional summer camp activities.” Matthew Qiu writes “at go camp [last] year I made a lot of good friends, and played a lot of go. Go camp is a fun way to meet new people, and improve your game.” With a mix of lessons, outdoor activities, tournaments, and other Go related activities, the camp is an ideal place for kids to make friends and have fun while also improving their go skills. “Outside of the go classroom, we did many fun-filled outdoor activities,” writes camper Leon Chang, “we went canoeing in the lake, shot arrows at the archery range, climbed ropes courses, and much more!”

Perhaps 12-year-old Joe does the best job of summing up everyone’s feelings after a great week at camp: “When I left camp I was sad that I will miss all my new friends, but when I came back home I was happy because I was beating everyone and showing that I improved.” Go Camp will take place from July 3-9 at YMCA Camp Campbell Gard in Hamilton, Ohio. The camp will be run by Nano Rivera and Frank Luo. Youth who played in the NAKC or the Redmond Cup are eligible for a $400 scholarship, and need-based scholarships of up to $250 are also available courtesy of the American Go Foundation. For more information on the latest camp-related news, and to download the registration forms, visit the camp website, or e-mail Nano Rivera at agagocampeast@gmail.com. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Quotes and photos by Nano Rivera.

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Kim YouTube Commentary Tuesday as Ke Jie and Park Junghwan Contend in LG Cup

Mon, 30/05/2016 - 23:05

The AGA YouTube channel will broadcast a live commentary as China’s Ke Jie 9p and Korea’s Park Junghwan 9p face off in the round of 16 of the LG Cup tomorrow night in Korea.  The game starts at 5 p.m. PDT on Tuesday May 31 in the US.  Each player has three hours main time and there will be no lunch break.  Commentary by our own Myungwan Kim 9p, hosted by Andrew Jackson, will begin at 7 p.m. PDT and last likely until 11 p.m. PDT.

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Zhangbokang Tang 7d wins Maryland Open after 4-way tie

Mon, 30/05/2016 - 06:25

Zhengbokang Tang  7d won the 2016 Maryland Open Sunday, after the event ended in a four-way tie at the top on 4-1 and a two way tie on both SOS and SODOS tiebreakers. Tang topped the field by virtue of winning the head-to-head match with Shiuyao Qiao 1p.  Tang (at left in photo) also bested the other pro in the field, Calvin Sun 1p, while falling only to Zhaonian Chen 7d. Seventy one players, including two professionals, attended the 43rd Maryland Open, directed by Gurujeet Khalsa, assisted by Todd Heidenreich.

Open Section:   1st – Zhangbokang Tang 7 dan; 2nd- Shiyao Qiao 1p; 3rd- Zhaonian Chen 7 dan; 4th – Calvin Sun 1p
A Section: 1st – Gabriella Su 5 dan; 2nd- Ashish Varma 4 dan
B Section: 1st- Muyuan Wang 3 dan; 2nd – Jared Beck 3 dan
C Section: 1st-  Adam Jiang 2 dan; 2nd – John Wang 1 dan
D Section: 1st – Terry Luo 1 kyu – Kyu Champion; 2nd- Neil Ritter 2 kyu
E Section: 1st- Chenzi Wang 6 kyu (only player to go 5-0); 2nd – Tevis Tsai 7 kyu; 3rd – Amanda Miller 8 kyu
F Section: 1st – Jimmy Yang 15 kyu; 2nd- Sarah Crites 10 kyu
G Section: 1st – Antonina Perez-Lopez 20 kyu; 2nd – Tianfeixue Han 28 kyu
Fighting Spirit Prize – Justin Ching 6 dan
Greg Lefler Award – Feng Yun Go School
- reported by Keith Arnold (at right in photo). photo by Gurujeet Khalsa; click here for more photos.

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Congress Flies Past 400 Attendees; Next Price Rise Soon

Mon, 30/05/2016 - 04:14

If you are planning to attend the US Go Congress in Boston this year but haven’t signed up or paid, you’d best get cracking!  The early bird price expires at the end of May, i.e. Tuesday, with the registration fee going from $375 to $425.   And if you haven’t decided yet to come to Congress this year, why not?  Aside from a location steeped in history, culture and seafood, this Congress boasts an illustrious complement of pro teachers, a powerful lineup of strong players and a tremendous roster of attendees, swelled by the work of the Congress team as well as all the exciting new developments in the world of go.  Sign-ups are well into record territory with more than 330 paid attendees already and nearly 430 altogether in the process.   See the Congress website for more details and to sign up.

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Mingjiu Jiang 7P, Cathy Li 1P and all N.A. pros confirmed for Go Congress

Sun, 29/05/2016 - 15:28

Popular teacher Mingjiu Jiang 7P will talk about “Tricky Moves in Josekis” at the upcoming US Go Congress July 30-August 7 in Boston. Also joining the professional line-up at the Congress are Ryan Li 1P, Eric Lui 1P and Calvin Sun 1P; together with previously announced Andy Liu 1P and William Shi 1P, all the young North American pros will be in attendance at the Congress. Longtime Congress favorite Cathy Li 1P has also confirmed she’ll be there. A special guest, An Yan 7P from China, will also attend; he’s taught many strong players in the US, including 2016 Congress director Walther Chen 5d. Over 300 have already registered for the Congress; see who’s coming here.

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AGA Seeks New Treasurer

Sat, 28/05/2016 - 19:18

The AGA is looking for a new treasurer. After six years of tireless service, longtime AGA stalwart Roy Schmidt is coming to the end of his third term as treasurer. The new treasurer must be willing to work, be good at detailed work, patient and able to keep good financial records. He or she should also be someone who does their own tax return and finds reconciling checking and credit card accounts easy. It would be good as well to have had a course in managerial accounting (bookkeeping), experience with Quickbooks and experience with small business transactions. After board approval, the new treasurer designate will receive full training and assistance from the incumbent. Please get in touch with Andy Okun at president@usgo.org.

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Evanston Hits Anime Convention

Fri, 27/05/2016 - 06:46

Members of the Evanston Go Club took the game of go to Anime Central last weekend, teaching hundreds of attendees how to play, reports club president Mark Rubenstein.  “This event is so much fun!” said Rubenstein. “We were there for 14 hours on Friday and 12 hours on Saturday, and we were teaching non-stop. I’m sure many of the kids we taught will continue to learn and play.”  Evanston Go Club has been teaching go for many years at ACEN, the largest anime convention in the midwest, with over 31,000 attendees last year.  “I think I’m finally catching up on my sleep now!” mused Rubenstein four days after the convention.

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San Diego Go Club hosts Spring Soiree

Mon, 23/05/2016 - 22:28

Nineteen go players showed up the San Diego Go Club’s Spring 2016 Go Soiree, an informal quarterly gathering of players from all the go clubs in San Diego County, with other visitors from southern California. The match of the day featured AGA president Andy Okun matched up with UCSD freshman Weihan Huai, a 2-dan professional from China. Okun fought gamely but was no match for the student in a handicapped game.

The go party was at the club president’s house which gave the players the opportunity to peruse a 200+ go book library and borrow tomes that would improve their game. After playing for five hours, players socialized over pizza provided under the AGA rewards program.
- report/photos by Ted Terpstra. photos: (right) action shot of a game and problem analysis; (left) Weihan Huai (left) and Andy Okun 

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John Tromp and the Big Numbers of Go

Mon, 23/05/2016 - 21:00

Some years ago, Dutch computer scientist John Tromp (right) and his colleagues reported that the longest possible game of go would last longer than the universe is likely to. Now, the culmination of their work on Go Combinatorics—the science of counting—is reported on in Peter Shotwell’s latest essay, “John Tromp and the Big Numbers of Go: The Possible Positions, Games and the Longest.” One finds that the number of possible games “is more than a googolplex, which is a number that cannot physically be written down in the available space of the universe.” Also, with highly advanced computer power since that last report, Tromp and his team finally found the exact 171-digit number for 19 x 19 boards. “A 13×13 board has as many possible positions as the approximately 1080 atoms in the universe and the ‘L19’ number is more than 1090 times greater than this.” In other words, as one science writer quipped, “Saying that there are more go positions or games than atoms in the universe is like saying the national debt is more than a penny.”

 

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AGA Election Update: Khalsa & Zhang re-nominated; no nominees yet for Central or Western Regions

Mon, 23/05/2016 - 20:53

Eastern and At-Large board members Gurujeet Khalsa and Ed Zhang have been nominated to retain their seats while Bob Gilman has said he will not run to retain his central region seat. Nominations, including self-nominations, may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides or nationwide for the At-Large seat and must be received by June 15. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

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Wall Wins Bracknell

Mon, 23/05/2016 - 20:38

Alistair Wall (2d Wanstead) won all his games to win the 38th Bracknell, the first time he has won the event. He beat Christian Scarff, Jim Clare and last year’s winner Des Cann. Also winning all three were Eric Hall (5k Swindon) and John Cassidy (8k Belgium). Among the 26 players taking part were Be Gei’s two very young daughters, playing their first game not among the family. Bournemouth won the team prize. As usual there was the fun selection of side events set by organiser Ian Marsh. The 13×13 was easy to judge as nobody entered and the Go puzzle competition was won by Peter Collins, the only player brave enough to enter. The caption competition was won by Neil Cleverly, Paul Barnard was best at paper folding and Tony Atkins made the best jumping frog.
- British Go Association website

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The Power Report: Globis Cup report & commentary

Sun, 22/05/2016 - 18:57

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal

A report on this year’s Globis Cup appeared earlier this month in the E-Journal (China’s Li wins 3rd Globis Cup  5/9). Here is a commentary on the final, based on Go Weekly and the live commentary by O Meien 9P (click on link below). This year the finalists were Li Qincheng 1P of China (aged 17) and Kyo Kagen (also known as Hsu Chiayuan or Xu Jiayuan) 3P of Japan (aged 18). In the nigiri, Li drew black. Playing conditions are the NHK format (30 seconds per move plus ten minutes). As last time, O was assisted by Mannami Nao 2P.

This tournament was founded to give young Japanese players more experience against top-level competition. In China and Korea, it’s not unusual for a teenager to be winning top titles. The best example of that is Ke Jie 9P of China. He is still only 18 (he turns 19 on August 2), but he has already won three international titles. So far, no teenager in Japan has won a top domestic title; the biggest prodigy, of course, has been Iyama Yuta, who started winning titles when he was 16, but he did not win a top-seven title, the Meijin, until he had turned 20. Why the difference? In my view, the explanation is simple: the Korean and Chinese players come out of a much bigger pool, because of the much greater popularity of go among young people in these countries.

2016.05.22_Globis3_final-commentary

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Maryland and Virginia Square Off in Team Relay Game May 26

Sun, 22/05/2016 - 15:22

Teams from Virginia and Maryland will face off on Thursday, May 26 as Edward Zhang 6d and the Capital Go Club host a Team Relay go event and a simul with Qiao Shiyao 1P in McLean, VA. “Team Relay Go features excitement, suspense, substitutions, timeouts and coaching,” Zhang says. “Let’s learn together!” The evening begins at 6:30p with a simul with Qiao Shiyao 1P, who took second place in the 2004 National Women Go Individual Competition, first in the 2008 Ing Cup University Championship and was a special envoy and teacher for thef Chinese Go Association at the 2010 US Go Congress. Each Team needs 6-8 players and 1-2 coaches. Sign up FREE today at agatd1@gmail.com with name and strength. The simul teaching game is free, first come first serve, AGA membership required. Event location: 2010 Corporate Ridge, Ste 700, McLean VA.
photo: Team Relay Go, Team Europe, 2013. Photo: Sohu Sports

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Want to Host a Go Congress?

Sun, 22/05/2016 - 15:22

With this year’s US Go Congress in Boston on track to be the largest-ever, American Go Association president Andy Okun wants to hear from communities that would like to put on a Congress in the coming years. “We are trying to fix a venue for a California Congress in 2017, but we need to look further ahead, or possibly consider returning to one or two of our successful Congress sites from the past.” Interested chapters should contact Okun at president@usgo.org; a future Congress organizers meeting will be held in Boston as well.

photo: at the 2015 US Go Congress in Minneapolis/St Paul; photo by Chris Garlock 

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US Go Congress Announces More Professionals & Topics

Sun, 22/05/2016 - 13:00

More pros and their lecture topics have just been announced for this year’s US Go Congress, set for July 30- August 7 in Boston, MA.

Feng Yun 9P will talk about: “Invading,” Jennie Shen 2P will co-host with Myungwan Kim 9P, and they will have a joint session on “AlphaGo 5 games summarized commentary” and William Shi 1P will talk about “Star point josekies and recent developments (strong kyu to weak dan)” and “Avalanche Opening Joseki (lower dan and up)”

Click here for details and to register.

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UCLA wins CGL Season Five Championship

Sat, 21/05/2016 - 20:07

UCLA triumphed earlier this month in the Collegiate Go League (CGL) Season Five Championships, defeating U Toronto to claim first place. The winners took home $250 to spend on their club. Although UCLA was unable to overcome Ryan Li 1P on Toronto’s first board, their second and third boards won the day. Cornell University took third place.

YouTube commentary on the final was provided by Gansheng Shi 1P and Michael Gallucci.

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Go Photos: DC Sakura Matsuri

Sat, 21/05/2016 - 19:42

At the National Cherry Blossom Festival Sakura Matsuri on April 16. DC area go club volunteers have supported the Sakura Matsuri Go Workshop every year since 1998.
- report/photos by John Goon; collage by Chris Garlock

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