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The Traveling Board: “Pi” to app to local club: a blogger’s journey

Monday August 20, 2018

“This is a game that has serious appeal to me,” writes independent filmmaker, website designer “and sometimes teacher” Chris Knight in recent blog post, “Do Not Pass Go: An evening with the world’s oldest board game.” “I’m looking 2018.08.20 Chris Knight lesson2018.08.20 Chris Knight Leo-Mike gameforward to playing again, and trying to improve.”

Knight, who lives in North Carolina, first saw go in “Pi,” Darren Aronofsky’s 1998 directorial debut. His curiosity about the game portrayed in the film led him to an iPad app and then to his local go club in North Carolina, where a lesson with Brendan got him hooked. “Go seems to have a really good community around it, and quite a diverse player base,” Knight says. “And I can’t help but think that in time, though it may be decades from now, it’s going to become as popular among Americans as is already chess, checkers, and Cards Against Humanity!” In additional to a number of cultural references, the blog post includes a description of how to play, with helpful photos.

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Upcoming Go Events: Montreal and Seattle

Monday August 20, 2018

August 31-September 3: Montréal, Canada
41st Canadian Go Open
Lydia Gallant lydia.gallant@senthe.ca 514-445-3819

September 2: Seattle, WA
Seattle Go Center Monthly Ratings Tournament September 2018
Mike Malveaux programs@seattlego.org 253-906-0095
TD tournaments@seattlego.org 206-545-1424

Get the latest go events information.

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Go Spotting: Hardcore Leveling Warrior webtoon

Monday August 20, 2018

Episode 80  of the Hardcore Leveling Warrior webtoon includes an appearance by a character named “Bubble,” a former pro go player whose skill is controlling bubbles.2018.08.20 manga screenshot

Thanks to James Richard Spriggs for the tip!

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Your Move/Readers Write: Go or go?

Monday August 20, 2018

“Thank you for all your hard work at Congress,” writes Bob Barber. “Although I don’t play anymore (much), I like to keep up with my pals and the world of Go. Speaking of which, I noticed in a recent New Yorker (July 23, page 47), this: ‘…and gigantic sets of chess and Go.’ For what it’s worth, I (and the New Yorker) think Go should be capitalized.”
The style here at the E-Journal is not to capitalize. Our colleagues at BoardGameGeek summarize the reason  nicely: “We capitalize the names of published games like Twilight Struggle because they’re proper nouns. But according to Webster’s, we don’t usually capitalize the names of public-domain games like chess, poker, and backgammon.”

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1st Tianfu Cup Prelim set for 8/20-24 on KGS

Saturday August 18, 2018

Two professional representatives will be chosen to represent North America in the first Tianfu Cup in China. Eight professionals have signed up, so there will be a five-round double-elimination tournament (without the final round) taking place on KGS at 7 PM, US Eastern time, Monday through Friday, 8/20 – 8/24. “This promises to be an exciting event with four games on Monday and Tuesday, then as needed to complete the brackets,” reports AGA National Tournament Coordinator Jeff Shaevel.  All games will be played on KGS in the AGA Tournaments Room. Participants are: Dalhoon Ahn 9P, Feng Yun 9P, Ming-jiu Jiang 7P, Ryan Li 1P, Andy Liu 1P, Eric Lui 1P, Huiren Yang 1P and Stephanie Yin 1P.
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Problem of the Week

Obsolete Joseki II

Black to play