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“Learn Go Week” rolling in 21 countries with 60+ events; still time to join in!

Tuesday September 16, 2014

Learn Go Week started last weekend, with go players all around the world — 60 events in 21 countries  – running teaching events in their local 2014.09.16_Raleigh-go-weekcommunities. The first-ever event runs through this coming weekend, so if you want to get 2014.09.16_Learn-Go-Week-Canberra-300x401involved, you can still run a beginners’ night at your local go club this week; click here to let Go Game Guru know about it. This weekend, on September 21, 1004 go players in Korea will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous games of Go in one place, the headline event at Seoul’s Street Without Cars festival. Last Saturday, the San Diego Go Club sponsored a go demonstration and teaching event at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park in San Diego. “Dozens of people touring the garden stopped by the koi pond site to play a game or learn the basics of go,” reports club president Ted Terpstra. And in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Triangle Go Club of hosted Yuan Zhou to come from Maryland for a public outreach event (right) on September 13 in the community room of the Earth Fare grocery store. Zhou gave a lecture on the history and cultural aspects of go in China, and also played a simultaneous exhibition match against eight local players. “Triangle Go Club members and Zhou also chatted with onlookers about the game, played friendly demonstration games outdoors, and distributed Way To Go’ booklets,” reports local organizer Paul Celmer. Click here for Go Game Guru’s report on Learn Go Week activities thus far, including lots of cool photos of events in places like Canberra, Australia (left).

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Your Move/Readers Write: More Thoughts on the High/Low Brow Matrix

Tuesday September 16, 2014

History is Not Offensive: “Regarding the ‘offensive’ qualities of the ‘Highbrow’ item (Your Move/Readers Write: High/Low Brow 2014.09.16_Patton_speaking_with_Lt._Col._Lyle_Bernard,_at_Brolo,_circa_1943Matrix Offensive 9/14 EJ), I’d like to rebut on behalf of the long-gone authors,” writes Peter St. John. “The thesis, which I believe was new in that era, is that appreciation of, and interest in, higher levels of abstraction is ‘high-brow’.  Go is more abstract than chess in the sense of being a level further removed from physical combat, the way Eisenhower immersed in logistics was a level removed from George Patton deploying tanks, who was several levels removed from the gunner pulling a trigger.” St. John also notes that “At the time of the article [1949] the only places to find go in America would be in the math and physics departments of universities. My dad learned, around that time, in a science laboratory from a mimeograph of a German article, because German scholars collaborated with Japanese scholars after the Russo-Japanese 2014.09.16_PoloHorsewar. I urge people not to be offended by history. We can learn from it, not in the sense of learning from an Authority but in the sense of learning from an Experience. The grid is a bit of history.”

Celebrating Progress: Noah Doss agrees, saying that the matrix “simply records historically the type of people who, in the time period observed in the matrix, were most fascinated with go.” He goes on to say that “Nowadays, go is not, in America, a game of the elite, but just because modern man has made some progress in quashing these societal imbalances in some respects doesn’t mean we need be offended by the fact that they once existed. I truly believe go is for everyone and, to be honest, if it was the way of polo or lacrosse in that everyone I met playing go had a trust fund, I would probably not love it so much, coming from a dirty farm town and an undersized stucco house. At a point in time, go was ‘highbrow’ but I think we should honor the fact that it used to be ‘highbrow’ and now we, as a society, have fixed that problem.”

This Week’s Go Calendar: Arlington and Raleigh

Monday September 15, 2014

September 20: Arlington, VA
NOVA Back to School Special
Gary Smith gary@novagoclub.org 703-254-6429

September 20: Raleigh, NC
Triangle Memorial Tournament
Bob Bacon bobbacon@earthlink.net 919-732-5184
Paul Celmer pcelmer@earthlink.net

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Updates: Turn-Based INGO Server Growing; Vancouver Go Group Meets Saturdays

Monday September 15, 2014

Turn-Based INGO Server Growing: The International Network Go Organization (INGO) now has about 606 registered members from 24 regions playing nearly 2,000 games. The turn-based server was established in May 2011 and expanded to the US in 2012 (New Turn-Based Go Server Comes to U.S. 9/17/2012 EJ). Links to INGO and other TBG servers – as well as real-time servers – can be found on the AGA’s Internet Go page.

Vancouver Go Group Meets Saturdays: Austin Freeman has started up a small go group in Vancouver, Washington to teach people interested in learning go. The group meets Saturdays at the Cascade Park Library (next to Firstenburg Center) on Mill Plain and 136th/137th in Vancouver from 4-6pm (though Freeman’s often there as early as 1 or 2p). Reach Freeman at austinjfreeman@live.com.

Phil Straus Wins OGS SDK Tourney

Sunday September 14, 2014

Phil Straus won the Online-Go.com SDK Round Robin tournament that ran February 3 through September 1. Straus, 3k on OGS, swept the 8-2014.09.14_ogslogo-lightplayer field with seven wins and 21 points. Mpopovic 12k was second with 5 wins and 14 points. OGS allows both turn-based and real time play; this was a turn-based tournament. In turn-based play, players make a move, opponents are notified via email and have a set time in which they must respond. This tournament had time limits of about  one day per move. Click here for info on other OGS tournaments.

“Invincible” Re-Issued & Cool Go Stamps

Sunday September 14, 2014

In cooperation with Kiseido, GoShopkeima.com has just issued the fourth printing of John Power’s classic “Invincible: The Games of Shusaku.”2014.09.13_netherland-go-stamps “We still believe that all serious go players eventually want to have this book as a real book,” says GoShopkeima.com’s Peter Zandveld. There’s lots more cool go stuff at the site, including go stamps he designed. Though they can only be used for mail sent within The Netherlands, we’re pretty sure go players can come with other creative uses for them. Zandfeld developed the site with Marianne Diederen and Kim Ouweleen. 

 

Your Move/Readers Write: High/Low Brow Matrix Offensive

Sunday September 14, 2014

“I am probably in a very small minority on this topic, but I found the ‘High Brow – Low Brow’ matrix (Go Spotting: A “Highbrow” Game in 2014.09.14_NYT-highbrow-cropped1949  9/6/2014 EJ) extremely offensive,” writes Gordon Castanza. “As with almost all pseudo sociology that passes as junk science, this crap is another example. Go, if anything is classless, colorblind, and non-age-specific. Besides, the entire matrix applies to any number of people at any given time. Glenmorangie Taghta can be enjoyed by anyone (of legal drinking age); it also knows no class, income level, working condition, color of one’s skin, or country of origin. I know you’re trying to show go in the most positive light possible, and I’ve enjoyed the ‘Go Spotting’ feature in the past. However, to have some C-grade sociologist put go, or any other human endeavor, into a hierarchical range is just plain stupid and intellectually dishonest.”

Your Move/Readers Write: Where to Play Go in Japan

Saturday September 13, 2014

A number of readers responded to Ben Bernstein’s request for information on where to play go in Japan (Looking for Japan Go Tips 9/4 EJ). Be sure to check ahead whenever possible, as clubs often move or close (email journal@usgo.org with updated info). Here’s a run-down:

Click here for Sensei’s Library’s listings of “Places to visit when in Japan, related to Go. Shopping, bookstores, clubs, restaurants, historical 2014.09.13_nihonkiin2places, events, cemeteries, shrines, transport etc. Thanks to Bob McGuigan for the tip.

Nihon Ki-in; email for a tour. “Also ask about the English go class they have,” suggests Devin Flake. “I was able to meet professional players and have them review my games, all so they could practice their English!” photo: the Nihon Ki-in’s top playing room 

7-2 Gobancho Chiyoda-Ku Tokyo Japan – at Ichigaya station — 1st Go Salon inside of Nihon Ki-in

1-7-20 -9F, Yaesu Chuo-Ku Tokyo Japan – at Tokyo station — 2nd Go Salon of Nihon Ki-in

Sunshine City Go Salon 8th or 9th floor

Ueno Go Center; literally a stone’s throw from Ueno Station; the address is Tokyo-to, Taito-ku, Ueno Koen 1-54; phone 03-3831-3137. Look for the big Shouchiku Department Store sign; you’ll be able to see go players in the third-floor windows of the club.

Diamond Go Salon; “This one was a little expensive and its mainly for women but it was still fun to try out!” says Devin Flake.
4 floor building Kojimachi Scripture 3-4-7, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083 〒 03-3263-0620 TEL/Fax directly. Exit 3 “Kojimachi station” ○ 2014.09.13_kaz-roger-sunshineTokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, Hanzomon “○ Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line “5-minute walk from the train station 7 minutes walk from the “Yotsuya Station ○ JR, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Nanboku”

Email E-Journal contributor Kazunari Furuyama cickazu@gmail.com “He was very good to me and introduced me to the Sunshine City Go Salon,” says Flake. “He even reviewed my games and took me out for lunch and dinner – great guy!” photo: Kaz (left) with the Bay Area Go Players Association’s Roger Schrag at the Sunshine Club; photo by Lisa Schrag

“Many train stations have go clubs nearby,” says Lee Freedman. “Look for the kanji for IGo.” He adds that “Westerners frequent a go club near the Takadananobaba train station in Tokyo.” He also reports that “There is a go club in Shinjuku open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.” That’s confirmed by Bob Barber, who just returned from Tokyo. “It’s across the street from the Shinjuku Prince Hotel (in Shinjuku, of course). On the 4th (or 6th) floor. In any case, you can see the kanji for Go from street level. The Japanese have a word for it: shibui. Well-worn tables, perhaps a dozen. Probably not smoke free.”

Freedman says that senior centers often have go clubs. “Expect to pay a fee at clubs, to be asked your playing rank, and to be flooded with requests for games, especially if your rating is shodan or higher. If you want to be fair, inflate your US rating one stone.”

Sportaccord Set To Launch Biggest-Yet World Mind Games Online Tournament

Wednesday September 10, 2014

Registration for the 2014 SportAccord World Mind Games – Pandanet Online Tournament continues through September 30.The winner will 2014.09.10_SAWMG-header1participate in the 4th edition of the SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG), scheduled for December 11-17 in Beijing. Following last year’s success with participation in the SAWMG reaching 700,000 players worldwide, SportAccord — in partnership with RSportz, the community-based global sports network, and online platforms Bridge Base Online, Chess.com and Pandanet — is launching the World Mind Games Online Tournament Portal, a community-based destination for all participants featuring information on the online games’ rules, mind sports’ news and tournaments’ results. Follow the games on Twitter at WorldMindGames, hashtag #mindgames2014

The Bridge, Chess and Go online games will be operated and hosted by platform partners Bridge Base Online, Chess.com and Pandanet respectively. Registration is open for players from all levels, advanced to beginner. All participants get a chance to win prizes including Samsung TVs, tablets, Rado watches, and more. 12 000$ prize money will be shared among the winners of the tournaments. The tournaments will start from September 15 on all platforms.

SportAccord, the Union of International Sports Federations, operates four Multi-Sports Games, the World Combat Games, the World Beach Games, the World Urban Games and the World Mind Games. The 4th edition of the SportAccord World Mind Games will once again feature bridge, chess, draughts, go and xiangqi (Chinese Chess) in cooperation with the respective International Sports Federations. “The SportAccord World Mind Games reunites the world’s best players who compete for glory and prize money,” said SportAccord. “SportAccord is constantly looking to engage more people in mind sports in a fun and exciting way through cultural programs and online games.”

EuroGoTV Update: Netherlands, United Kingdom, Russia

Wednesday September 10, 2014

Ngoc-Trang Cao 1dNetherlands: Rene Aaij 4d bested Robert Rehm 5d at the Delfts Toernooi on September 7 while Willem-Koen Pomstra 5d came in third. United Kingdom: Also on September 7, Ngoc-Trang Cao 1d (left) took The Northern in Manchester. Behind her were Ewa Mos 1d and Alistair Wall 2d. Russia: The Russian Female Championship finished on September 7 with Natalia Kovaleva 5d in first, Elvina Kalsberg 3d in second, and Anastasia Khlepetina 1d 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