Wednesday April 27, 2016
The AGA East Coast Go Camp will feature Myungwan Kim as this year’s teacher. Kim is a 9-dan professional, and the only player dispatched to the United States by the Korean Baduk Association since 2008. Kim has more than 10 years of teaching experience, and his students include several US youth champions, such as Aaron Ye, Andrew Lu, and Brandon Zhou. He is also three-time US Go Congress Open division winner and currently holds the second highest player ranking in the AGA.
If you’re a go player between the ages of 8 and 18 and would like an opportunity to study go for a week with a professional teacher, then the AGA Go Camp is for you. Camp directors Nano Rivera and Frank Luo welcome all campers to join them for a week of go-playing and fun.
Anyone who participated in the North American Kyu Championships or the Redmond Cup is eligible to receive $400 off the price of the Go Camp, courtesy of the American Go Foundation. Youth who did not participate in either tournament, but still need financial assistance, are eligible for need-based scholarships here. Visit the camp website for general information, pictures from past camps, and news regarding this year’s upcoming Go Camp. Any questions about camp should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday April 25, 2016
The surge in interest in go following the recent match between AlphaGo and Lee Sedol 9p has apparently led to a worldwide shortage of go equipment. Go Game Guru reports that their stocks of go equipment have been significantly depleted “and some products have been removed from our catalog after completely selling out.” In addition, “The factories that make the equipment we sell are facing an even heavier surge in demand,” Go Game Guru reports, “because AlphaGo has caused an even larger ‘go boom’ in Asia. Given that they are struggling to keep up with domestic demand, it’s extremely difficult for them to satisfy the export market.” GGG’s report ends with the warning that “This is not an April Fools’ joke, we deliberately withheld this post for over 48 hours to avoid confusion.”
- Noah Doss, based on a report in Go Game Guru
Monday April 25, 2016
April 30: Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Spring Open
Henry Hathaway email@example.com
April 30: Portland, OR
3 schools chess and Go Tournament
Peter Freedmann firstname.lastname@example.org 503-242-4203
April 30: Toronto, Canada
Toronto Go Open (Spring 2016)
Johnny Lau email@example.com 416-392-6874
May 1: Seattle, WA
Brian Allen firstname.lastname@example.org 206-545-1424 or 206-632-1122
May 1: Stony Brook, NY
Stony Brook University Sakura Matsuri Go Tournament
Marlene Shankar email@example.com 845-242-5383
Benjamin Yu firstname.lastname@example.org
May 7: Pittsburgh, PA
2016 Spring Pittsburgh Tournament
Vincent Zeng email@example.com 412-837-9833
May 7: Seattle, WA
Li Hai 5P Workshop
Gordon Castanza firstname.lastname@example.org 253-517-5715
Get the latest go events information.
Monday April 25, 2016
The University of Toronto and UCLA go teams will face off in the Collegiate Go League Championship finals on Saturday April 30 at 1pm ET / 10am PT. Michael Gallucci (InSente) and William Shi 1p will provide live commentary on KGS and Twitch. Eight top schools — RPI, UCLA, Cornell, UMichigan, UAlberta, UMaryland, UCSD, and UToronto — have been whittled down to the final two in this fifth season championship. U Michigan and Cornell will play for third and fourth.
Friday April 22, 2016
American professionals Andy Liu 1p and Eric Lui 1p fought bravely earlier this week in an unsuccessful attempt to make it through the first round of the 8th Ing Pro Cup in Shanghai. The two notched strong games but succumbed in the end to the legends they were paired against in the top drawer international tournament. Both played well, according to Kim Myungwan 9p. Eric Lui built up a strong position but his opponent, Hane Naoki 9p, “was such an experienced player that he controlled the game, avoiding Eric’s provocation.” Andy Liu, facing Lee Sedol 9p, actually started ahead. “Andy was winning in the beginning, up until around fifty moves,” Kim said. “I think that Lee Sedol was a little bit nervous because Andy started well. It’s not so surprising because Andy has played very well recently at pro tournaments. Andy later pursued territory too much which eventually backfired.” Hane Naoki fell in the second round, but Lee Sedol made it through and plays Kang Dongyoon on Sunday in the Ing’s third round. Other third round match ups are Park Junghwan 9p v. Ke Jie 9p, Shi Yue 9p v. Chen Youye 9p, and Tang Weixing 9p v. Kim Jiseok 9p. The winners will continue on to June finals in Tibet. Meanwhile, over the weekend, Liu (left in photo at right) came to the end of his run in the Kansai Kiin’s Sankei Cup. After four wins, perhaps the best pro tournament run a Western player has had in Asia, he came up short against Daisuke Murakawa 8p, a very strong opponent. All three games available below.
- report by Andy Okun and Ted Terpstra
2016.04.21_eric lui v hane naoki
2016.04.21_Andy Liu v murakawa
2016.04.21_andy liu v lee sedol