American Go E-Journal

Washington Open Baduk Championship Expecting Strong Field This Weekend

Thursday April 24, 2014

Attendance is expected to be near 100 at this weekend’s Washington Open Baduk Championship in Northern Virginia, reports organizer Allan Abramson.  Top players so far include Mingming Yin 9d (right), Zhaonian Chen 8d, Charles Choi 7d, James Park 7d, Changlong Wu 7d, Liang Yu 7d, Yuan Zhou 7d, Xinying Elaine Jiang 6d, Josh Lee 6d and Zhiyuan Edward Zhang 6d, “with plenty of players of all strengths ensuring a good field for everyone,” Abramson promises. He’s also planning to ask strong players to volunteer for simuls, “so everyone who wants a simul will get one on Sunday.” Top boards will be broadcast live on KGS; anyone interested in helping record/broadcast can email journal@usgo.org.

Players are competing for a top prize of at least $1,200 and cash prizes for every section. Myungwan Kim 9P and Sohyun Park 3P will give lectures for both dan and kyu players on Saturday night, followed by a rapid tournament, and the professionals will do game reviews and simuls on Sunday afternoon. The tournament will be held at the Korea-U.S. Science Cooperation Center (1952 Gallows Road, Suite 330) in Vienna, VA and is sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the Korean Cultural Center – DC, and Scorpion Sport Inc. in L.A. It is co-hosted by the Korean Amateur Baduk Association (KABA) and the American Go Association (AGA), and organized by the NOVA Go Club, the Baltimore Go Club, and the Korean-American Go Association. There’s no entry fee but AGA membership is required and lunch is free.

Click here to register. Organizers have negotiated a discounted rate with Extended Stay America (8281 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax VA 22031), 4.5 miles from the playing site; call 703-204-0088 and ask for the NOVA Go Club rate, or email MRD@extendedstay.com.
photo by Chris Garlock 

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AGA City League Round 4 Set for Saturday

Thursday April 24, 2014

The fourth round in the AGA City League is set for this Saturday, April 26th on Pandanet.  Click here for the pairings: A LeagueB LeagueC League. “As always catch the action live on game day at 3PM EST on Pandanet using the new GoPanda2 software,” reports TD Steve Colburn. Games will be played in the AGA City League room.

Go Draws a Crowd at DC Sakura Mat­suri Street Fes­ti­val

Thursday April 24, 2014

The go booth at the 54th Sakura Mat­suri Street Fes­ti­val on April 12 in Wash­ing­ton D.C. was so popular that organizers quickly went through the more than 200 brochures they brought. The event runs in conjunction with the annual Cherry Blos­som Fes­ti­val in Washington. Teachers — including booth coordinator John Goon, Todd Heidenreich and Benjamin Hong — found themselves teaching multiple students while spectators watched and eagerly awaited their turn at the boards. “For all those who have any Japan­ese cul­tural events in your local area, I def­i­nitely encour­age you all to try and set up a booth like we did,” says Hong. “Because at the end of the day, if there was only one thing I learned from this event, it is that go has a real poten­tial to appeal to all types of peo­ple and can even­tu­ally become a house­hold sta­ple like chess or check­ers if we keep spread­ing the word with out­reach ini­tia­tives like this one.”
- photo courtesy Benjamin Hong; read his complete Sakura Matsuri blog post here

Go Spotting: Tonari no Seki-kun

Thursday April 24, 2014

“It is a very random show, but this episode of Tonari no Seki-kun features go. Sort of,” reports Joseph Cua. “‘Don’t lose to your shadow!’ Pretty funny.”

Categories: Go Spotting,Main Page
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The Traveling Board: An Act of Kindness

Wednesday April 23, 2014

by Barry Pasicznyk

Every year go players from the Penn Go Society and Phoenixville Go Club teach go at Philadelphia’s Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Festival. This year an especially poignant moment occurred that I wanted to share with other go players.

While we were teaching people how to play go, a man approached our tables. He said that he wanted to donate a go set so we could pass it on. He mentioned that when he was in the hospital with cancer that someone came to the hospital to play go with him. Now he was cured of the cancer; I was under the impression that he had not expected to survive. He said that he was eternally grateful for the act of kindness in his most desolate time, and that he wanted to pass the go set on so others could enjoy the game.

So we accepted the go set and gave it to a group of young adults who seemed to be enjoying the game. We told them the story of the set so that maybe it would inspire them to acts of kindness.

Sometimes go is more than just a game.

photo courtesy BoomsBeat 

Go Spotting: Disco A-Go-Go!

Wednesday April 23, 2014

People who like disco music may also like the game of go – if  Swede Chris Linn’s 1980 recording, The Game of Go (B-side to Santa Monica Blue Waves) was on the money. The song, whose chorus is: “Let’s play the game of go”, features such lyrics as:

Though you give me three stones,

I have to fight like mad;

You seem to catch up so easily

From the disadvantage that you had

as well as the hookline, Atari! Atari!

- all to a disco beat. Perhaps a Japanese-speaking reader can translate the spoken section halfway through.

Click here to boogie on down to Chris’s groove on Youtube.

Tony Collman, British correspondent for the E-Journal. Thanks to spotter Phil Smith, who says (with perhaps just a touch of British irony), “Can’t think why this wasn’t more popular….”; photo courtesy of Discogs.

 

 

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Your Move/Readers Write: Taking the Cake

Wednesday April 23, 2014

“As always, I enjoy receiving the E-Journal’s news,” writes Jean de Maiffe. “One thing I missed in the article about the Syracuse tournament, however (Jason Bates Tops Syracuse “Salt City Tournament” 4/20 EJ) was credit for the problem cake with the credits for other supporters of the tournament. Items like the cake, the go vest made and worn by a long-ago lovely, female teacher of the year whom I have not seen in years and years, and the go doodads that AGF offers. These sorts of personal efforts are, I think, very interesting and can add cachet to any club’s doings.”
We agree and apologize for the oversight; Syracuse Go Club organizer Richard Moseson’s wife, Chris, “always makes the problem cake,” Moseson says. Still black to move, by the way.

Wang Ma Wins MGA Don Wiener Memorial

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Wang Ma 6d topped a field of 36 players ranging from 20 kyu to 6 dan at the Massachusetts Go Association’s annual Don Wiener Memorial Tournament on April 13 in Somerville MA. “Among the players were a visitor from Scotland, a visiting scholar from China, and contingents from Vermont, Maine, and Western Massachusetts,” reports TD Eva Casey. “An eight year old girl played as did a player in her eight decade.” Casey also extended “thanks to our friends at the Boylston Chess Club for sharing their space.”

Winners Report:
1st Place: Wang Ma 6d (4-0)
2nd Place: Shawn Ligocki 8k (4-0)
3rd Place: Steven Wu 4d (3-1)
photo (l-r): Steven Wu (back to camera), Wang Ma, John Aspinall and David Spitz; photo by Eva Casey. Click here for more photos

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2nd ACGA Go Expo A Success

Tuesday April 22, 2014

The second American Collegiate Go Association (ACGA) Spring Go Expo drew over a hundred participants to MIT’s main campus on March 29. After a two-hour round of simuls with Chinese professionals in the morning, the event opened with speeches from Ing Minghao, president of the Ing Chang-Ki Weiqi Education Foundation, Chang Hao 9P, Hua Xueming 7P, and ACGA organizers Michael Fodera and Cole Pruitt. Current undergraduates Tommy Liu (MIT) and Cherry Shen (Wellesley) emceed the event and provided translation for the Chinese delegation throughout.

Highlights of the afternoon included an exposition match between Chang Hao 9P and strong western amateurs Trevor Morris 7d and Will Lockhart 5d, broadcast on KGS with live commentary from Andy Liu 1P and Hua Xueming 7P. The Expo also featured the premiere of ‘Ring Go’, a new go variant where players form a ring organized by rank and play two games each: one with white and one with black, against a weaker and stronger player respectively.

On the heels of the Expo, the ACGA is formalizing its structure as an organization and looking to include all university community members in its growth over the next year. For more information about how to get involved in college Go, how to participate in the Collegiate Go League, or receive go equipment for your university-based club, visit www.college-go.org for more information, or contact acga.organizers@gmail.com
- Cole Pruitt

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Your Move/Readers Write: How to Submit A Classified? Redmond Remembers the Game of Life; The Origin of Surreal Numbers?

Tuesday April 22, 2014

How to Submit A Classified? “Is there someone out there who can tell me how to list an item in the E-Journal’s Go Classified section?” wonders Marc Palmer. “I’ve searched the site and it’s certainly not obvious.”
Certainly; just send your classified(s) to us at journal@usgo.org; no charge for the listing(s)!

Redmond Remembers the Game of Life: “I enjoyed the Game of Life article,” (Go Spotting: Conway’s Game of Life 4/14 EJ) writes Michael Redmond 9P. “It reminded me that my father once showed it to me. We used white stones for the newborns, and then changed them to black stones after taking away the dead stones, after which we could start a new turn. Some shapes are static, and some move around, so it is interesting to have them scattered about as they interact. One tends to run out of space on a go board, so I guess it works better on a computer.”

The Origin of Surreal Numbers? “Another interesting fact about Conway, according to his biographer in a forthcoming book,” writes British Go Association president Jon Diamond, “is that he invented the concept of ‘Surreal Numbers’ when he was watching a game of go at Cambridge University between Tony Goddard and myself in 1967 or thereabouts…”

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