“I just listened to one of my favorite podcasts called Freakonomics Radio with Steven Dubner,” writes Aaron Murg. The title of this episode is called “How to Win Games and Beat People,” and it is all about board games. In it, they interview a board game historian who mentions go within the first 5 minutes! The podcast would be very interesting to any board game player and informational as to the economics of board games.
There’s just a week left to register for Padanet’s 13×13 Internet Go Tournament. Registration is free but you must sign up by June 19. “This year we are holding an open tournament in which all games are played on even and a handicap tournament based on Pandanet ratings,” Pandanet’s Keiko Sota tells the E-Journal. The open tournament is for players 3-dan and higher; the winner will earn the right to challenge Yuki Satoshi 9-dan in a 13×13 game and the second place winner will earn the right to challenge Sakai Hideyuki 8-dan, also in a 13×13 game. The handicap tournament is divided into A class (2-dan~2-kyu) and B Class (3-kyu and under); there are no handicap stones; the handicaps will be in komi. Click here for details and applications; if you are not already a member of Pandanet, register and get an ID here first.
Slate & Shell has just re-issued Yilun Yang’s “Whole Board Thinking in Joseki Volume 2.” Long out of print, this is a continuation of Mr. Yang’s exploration of joseki, written in collaboration with former AGA president Phil Straus. “The title of this book is a bit misleading,” notes Slate & Shell. “It does not aim to teach you josekis. It aims to teach you how to decide which joseki to use in a particular situation (assuming you know the relevant josekis). So what it is really about is judging how to play in the early opening. To narrow down this enormous topic and provide a very thorough treatment of it, Yang focuses on situations in which a few opening moves have been made, including in all four corners, and your opponent has approached your 3-4 stone in one corner. The issue is how should you respond: by settling the corner, trying to get out (in the proper direction), or attacking from the outside. It depends on the rest of the board, of course, and this book shows you how to determine the correct response in terms of the whole board situation. This is very useful knowledge even if your understanding of how to achieve the correct goal in that situation is somewhat limited. At least you will know what you should try to do instead of just guessing the proper continuation.” 181 pages, $26
Automatic game recording app “JustGo” will be demonstrated at this year’s US Go Congress. Lei Chen 7d and Yi Tang 2p from WanTong technology will be on hand at the Congress with their newest technology. Click here to see a demo; the app will be available both in iOS and Android.
Save the dates of October 22-23 on your calendar for the 2016 Cotsen Open. The popular tournament returns to the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles this year, thanks to the support of the Korean Consulate and KCCLA. The 2016 tournament will feature all of the things that previous participants have come to expect and look forward to from the Cotsen Open, including roving masseuses, free lunches, gorgeous trophies, a game between Yilun Yang 7p and another top pro, and thousands of dollars in prizes. “This is a tournament you won’t want to miss!” say local organizers. Registration will open soon; stay tuned for more details and get updates on the Cotsen Open Faceboo page. photo: Mark Lee gets a massage at the 2015 Cotsen Open; photo by Chris Garlock
Slate and Shell Go Stones (Used) Needed: Mr. Wan is collecting all types of shell & slate go stones. If you have such stones in good condition and willing to sell, please email email@example.com with your offer price and pictures.
Philadelphia-area go players will want to check out the interesting and unusual go and music event scheduled for this Sunday, June 12. “Introduction to Applied Go Studies” is a day-long workshop in which participants will learn how to play the game, “and we will ask if music, art, improvisation, or philosophy has anything to learn from Go,” say organizers. “What bridges can be built? And which models will we smuggle across?”
The event runs from 12-8pm at the University Arts League, 4226 Spruce Street, and is being put together by Penn Go Society club member Quinn Dougherty. RSVP on Facebook here or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dougherty can be reached for further inquiries at email@example.com or 484 883 9487.
More than 30 participants turned out for the June 5 tournament sponsored by the Huaxia Chinese School of Greater New York held at White Plains High School, NY. Go players came from various cities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for the first AGA-rated tournament organized by Leon Lei and Jie Tang. Attendees included children 6-12 and go students from the Chinese school who competed in a casual round-robin tournament while adults (AGA members) played in rated games.
The tournament featured a special guest, Matthew Hu 2P from California. Along with Yingshyan Ku 3k, the two of them gave a presentation on the highlights of the Lee Sedol v. Alpha Go games. Hu also played simultaneous games with students of the Huaxia Chinese School.
“The tournament was a great success, and there are plans to host another tournament in the Tri-State Area next year,” reports organizer Leon Lei. “The attendees provided positive feedback on their experiences and appreciated the opportunity to play go at this convenient location.”
photos courtesy Leon Lei
Park Junghwan 9p and Lee Sedol 9p face off tonight in the first game of a best of three for the quarterfinals of the 8th Ing Cup Professional. Myungwan Kim 9p will give his commentary on the AGA YouTube channel starting at 8 p.m. PDT tonight, hosted by Andrew Jackson. After the Ing match, probably around 11pm, if time permits, Myungwan and Andrew will continue with the final match of 6th 黄龙士双登杯 (HuangLongShi ShuangDengBei), the Nongshim Cup for women. The final players are Choi Jung 6p of Korea and Wu Zhiying 5p of China. Both of them are the strongest women professionals in their country and whoever wins will bring the trophy home.
Making good on their promise to support both go and educational initiatives, the developers of AlphaGo Monday announced the division of the $1 million prize fund they won in March’s historic match with Lee Sedol 9p, including grants to both the American Go Association and the American Go Foundation.
“Pleased to confirm the recipients of the #AlphaGo $1m prize! @UNICEF_uk, @CodeClub, and the American, European and Korean Go associations,” tweeted DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis. “@theaga, EGF and KBA will use the #AlphaGo donation to raise awareness of Go worldwide and encourage participation especially at youth level.”
The biggest recipient, UNICEF UK, will receive $450,000 to support global education work including girls’ education and gender equality, while $100,000 will be granted to Code Club UK for the creation of more clubs around the world for children to learn to program. The go community grant is $150,000 each to European Go Federation, the Korea Baduk Association and the American go entities. The AGF will receive $60,000 and the AGA $90,000, DeepMind said.
“It has become clear that the AlphaGo match was the biggest promotional boost the game of go has received in many years, and most of the credit for that is due to DeepMind’s people and how hard they worked from the start to make sure the match gave the widest and most positive exposure possible to the game,” said AGA President Andy Okun. “The announcement of these grants shows they are continuing that good work. I am happy to express to them the thanks of our whole North American go community for the love and respect they have shown for the game.”
“Go is good for kids and the Google grant will help us reach and teach more of them. Broaden the base!” said AGF President Terry Benson.
AGA’s proposal to DeepMind was to use the AGA grant as the basis of a North American pro championship tournament over six years, and for AGF to use the grant to explore methods of more effectively spreading go in schools, said Okun.
Register for the 2016 US Go Congress by midnight Monday and save $50! The $25 registration will increase to $75 Monday, 6 June at 11:59 pm EST. The US Go Congress is the largest go activity in the United States. It happens once a year and runs July 30 – August 7 in Boston, MA this year. Events include the US Open, the largest annual go tournament in the US, professional lectures and game analysis, continuous self-paired games, and all kinds of go-related activities from morning to midnight. “Come for the go. Come for the camaraderie of old friends,” says Congress Director Walther Chen. “Whatever your reason, we are looking forward to seeing you there.”
Henceforth, May 21 will be a memorable date in the history of Russian go. On that date, more than 200 go fans gathered in Saint Petersburg, Russia, for a massive simultaneous go game. The event took place on the street near architectural masterpiece the Kazan Cathedral. Even cold wind and drizzling rain did not deter players who turned out to challenge their country’s strongest go masters, including Alexander Dinerchtein 3P, Ilya Shikshin 1P and Natalia Kovaleva, who’s been European Female Champion. Some passersby got intrigued and played go for the very first time in their life, adding to the game’s fanbase. Every participant got a memorable souvenir and anyone who could defeat a master got an additional prize. Overall 218 people played on 191 boards, setting a national record. Click here for a video of the event (added 6/9).
- report by Daria Koshkina; photos by Mikail Krylov
Candidates have come forward for each of the four available seats on the AGA board. Current candidates are: Eastern – Gurujeet Khalsa, Central – Doc Sade, Western – Andrew Jackson, At-Large – Ed Zhang, Steve Colburn. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.
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 email@example.com. The Advanced Study Room can be found under the heading “lessons” in the room list on KGS.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Quotes and photos by Nano Rivera.
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.
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.