American Go E-Journal

National Go Center opens “a very good place to play go”

Friday April 28, 2017

The new National Go Center opened Friday in Washington DC with an afternoon event featuring a ribbon-cutting and speeches by 2017.04.28_ngc-ribbondignitaries from as far away as Japan and as near as Northwest DC. Festivities continue today with a tournament starting at 9a (be there by 8:30 to register; follow the Board 1 action live on KGS) and then at 7p tonight a Member’s Access event that includes pianist Haskell Small and another pianist performing Small’s “A Game of Go,” an original composition inspired by a famous game by the legendary Shusaku. Michael Redmond and Chris Garlock will then do a commentary on one of the new games by Master/AlphaGo reprising their roles as commentators on the historic AlphaGo match a year ago. 

Center Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa welcomed the assemblage and American Go Association president Andy Okun called the opening — attended by a full house — “very heartening” and said that “it’s clear that DC has risen to the challenge of building a community and a sustainable institution.” The Go Center, Okun declared, “is going to be e very good place to play go.”

American Go Foundation — and former AGA president — Terry Benson reminded the attentive audience of the long history of Japanese support for American go, noting that “JAL sponsored our first US Championship,” and that Japan’s Go Review was the primary source of go news and instruction in the 1960′s. He also pointed out that “the first U.S. Go Congress was held not far from here and was 2017.04.28_ngc-scrollorganized by some of the same folks who have now helped found this National Go Center.” Benson showed a go fan autographed with “strong heart” by Kajiwara and, choking up slightly, said that “go is not just a game for us, it’s something that can be so much more. The Go Center will be a crossroads for the world and that’s just what Iwamoto would have wanted.”

Nihon Ki-in chairman Hiroaki Dan (right, in photo at left, with Khalsa) — who flew in from Japan just for the opening — and Iwamoto North American Foundation Executive Director Thomas Hsiang (via recorded message) offered their hearty congratulations on the Center’s opening and wished the organizers well. Mr Dan noted that the Nihon Ki-In “is over 90 years old but go has been played in Japan for over 1,000 years and our goal is to help spread it throughout the world.” Also speaking were Mark Hitzig, Executive Director of the Japan-American Society of Washington and the Japan’s Deputy Chief of Mission Atsuyuki Oike, who said that “The go board is a universe of the entire world.”

After officially opening the Center with a ribbon-cutting, everyone headed up to the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre in Silver Spring for a special private screening of the brand-new documentary “AlphaGo,” fresh from its world premiere last Friday at the Tribeca Film festival in New York City, after which many of the players, energized by the epic 2016 Lee Sedol-AlphaGo match, headed back to the NGC to play go.
- report/photos by Chris Garlock



Six Days of Outreach in Seattle

Friday April 28, 2017

winner 13x13 Sakura Con copyThe Seattle Go Center conducted back to back outreach efforts, first at the Sakura Con Anime and Manga event, April 14-16, and then for the Cherry Blossom Festival of Japanese Culture,  April 21-23.  Two volunteers, John Richards and David Snow, put in a total of more than 70 hours  at the two events.  Many other Go Center members contributed as well, with at least 15 volunteers giving instruction and playing teaching games at Sakura Con.  On the Tuesday following the Cherry Blossom Festival, 6 new players came to the Seattle Go Center, showing that we had made some new friends.Cherry Blossom 2017 copy  Top photo:  Sakura Con 13×13 winner Ivan Check with TD Daniel Top; Bottom: Teaching games at Cherry Blossom.  report/photos by Brian Allen

Last call for DC “AlphaGo” tix for Friday’s screening

Friday April 28, 2017

While space is extremely limited for Friday’s grand opening of the National Go Center in Washington, DC, there are still free2017.04.28_AlphaGo_Greg_Kohs_3 tickets available for the 7p private screening of the new must-see “AlphaGo” documentary at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre. Email to get yours. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Michael Redmond 9P and E-Journal editor Chris Garlock, who served as commentators for the AlphaGo-Lee Sedol match last year. Read our report on the film here. The screening is at 7p at AFI, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910. AGA members, their families and members of the go community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

AFTER THE SCREENING: The new National Go Center — 4652 Wisconsin Ave NW in Washington, DC –will  host its first-ever regular go play: help get the Center off to a great start!

photo: still from “AlphaGo”

A few spots left for 2017 International Collegiate Go Tournament

Friday April 28, 2017

The Ing Foundation is hosting the 2017 International Collegiate Go Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand from July 7th through 13th, writes Michael Fodera. The event is open to any current, future, or recently graduated college student attending school sometime in 2017. Room, board, tours, and travel costs incurred during the event will be covered by the Ing foundation. The student is responsible for getting to and from the tournament site, and is expected to cover any personal expenses.
Full tournament schedule and registration can be found here.
There are still a few spots open for the event, but the registration deadline is quickly approaching.
Categories: Main Page,World,Youth

National Go Center opens Friday: free “AlphaGo” tix still available

Wednesday April 26, 2017

With the opening of the new National Go Center less than 48 hours away, excitement is building in the go community 2017.04.26_AlphaGo_Greg_Kohs_smand a full schedule of events is planned, highlighted by Friday night’s “AlphaGo” screening, followed by club play at the Center and then the Cherry Blossom tournament Saturday. See below for complete details.

Friday, April 28
3:30p: Grand Opening ribbon-cutting: Featured guests include Nihon Ki-in Chairman Hiroaki Dan and his wife Yasuko and Michael Redmond 9P. This is event is open to the public but space is very limited; register here.
7:00p: “AlphaGo” screens at AFI Silver Theatre: This is private event and free tickets are still available; email AGA members, their families and members of the go community are strongly encouraged to attend. The screening is at 7p at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910. (btw Chinese readers can check out this nice translation of our recent article on the AlphaGo movie)
AFTER THE SCREENING: The new National Go Center — 4652 Wisconsin Ave NW in Washington, DC –will  host its first-ever regular go play: help get the Center off to a great start!
photo: still from “AlphaGo”

Saturday, April 292017.04.26_ngc-in-process
9:00a: Cherry Blossom 2017, a 4-round AGA rated tournament. Pre-register here; space is limited and pre-registration for this historic first NGC tournament is strongly encouraged.
7:30p: Haskell Small’s “A Game of Go” and commentary by Michael Redmond 9P with Chris Garlock (Member Priority event; see note below)
The evening’s program begins with pianist Haskell Small and another pianist performing Small’s “A Game of Go,” an original composition inspired by a famous game by the legendary Shusaku.
Michael Redmond and Chris Garlock will then do a commentary on one of the new games by Master/AlphaGo reprising their roles as commentators on the historic AlphaGo match a year ago. Audience questions and comments are welcome! photo: the NGC’s main playing area during renovations earlier this month; photo by Chris Garlock

NOTE: Saturday night’s event is a “Member Priority” event. Space is limited and first priority will be given to those who have made a membership commitment to the NGC at the basic level of $60/year or more. Click here to join (note “membership” in message).

DC “AlphaGo” doc screening update

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Friday’s screening of the new “AlphaGo” documentary as part of the Grand Opening of the National Go Center in Washington, DC is now a2017.04.25_AlphaGo_Greg_Kohs_1
2017.04.25_AlphaGo_Greg_Kohs_1private free event; those interested in attending should email AGA members, their families and members of the metro DC area go community are encouraged to attend. The screening is at 7p at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.

AGA Master Review Series, Game 32: Master [W] vs. Gu Li 9p [B]

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Michael Redmond 9p and Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal provide commentary and analysis of the thirty-second game 2017.04.25_AGA Master Review Series, Game 32of Master (AlphaGo). In this game, Master plays white against Gu Li 9p. “Gu Li plays for a moyo with the Sanrensei opening,” says Redmond. “Master defies common knowledge with White 18 and 20, and goes on to skillfully reduce the moyo in the fighting on the upper and right sides.”


Shogi meets go in Mexico City

Monday April 24, 2017

The Shogi and Go Meeting was held on March 25 in collaboration with Shogi Mexico, the Mexican Go Association and the 2017.04.24_mexico-shogiJapanese Embassy-located at one of the main avenues in Mexico City, Paseo de la Reforma. The Japanese ambassador to Mexico, Akira Yamada, happens to be a passionate Shogi player, board member of the International Shogi Popularization Society and a go player too, and his support made this successful event possible.Mr. Yamada gave a presentation on “Shogi and Go in the Japanese Culture,” which was attended by more than 100 people followed by a beginner go workshop  given by Siddhartha Avila, the current Youth Coordinator for the MGA. The event also included a Shogi workshop for beginners by José Martínez, President of Shogi Mexico and a talk about Shogi and Anime by Yrvinn Campos, a Shogi Mexico organizer, there was a group of instructors2017.04.24_mexico-go of both disciplines who arranged free games for the newcomers, while existing players played simultaneous games and reviewed games.

“It was really great to see people from all ages at the meeting,” said Amaury Olivo, Shogi Mexico organizer. “The biggest impact we had was with the kids. I’d be really happy if among them we have a strong Shogi player in the future.”

Encouraged by the success of this event, the participating organizations  are ready to start a new collaboration between Mexico and Japan to promote go, Shogi and both cultures, with the support of the Nihon Kiin and the Nihon Shogi Renmei. There is a brief report and gallery in Spanish here. There’s an album of photos here.
Categories: Latin America,Main Page

Young players invited to kids’ Baduk Festival in Korea

Monday April 24, 2017

Young American go players are invited to participate in the 4th Kuksu Mountains International Children Baduk (Go) Festival,2017.04.15_korea-kids which will be held from July 28 to August 1 in Korea. Some 400 kids are expected at the the 2017.04.15_korea-kids2festival, which is hosted by the Korea Baduk Association (KBA), which covers room and board costs. Contact Jubae Lee at the KBA overseas department for details if interested:

The Festival includes a friendship match with Korean children, three tournaments, side events and sight-seeing. There will also be opportunities to meet professional go players, including Lee Sedol 9P.

Categories: Korea,Main Page,Youth

Upcoming Go Events: Washington DC, Seattle, Stony Brook

Monday April 24, 2017

April 29: Washington, DC
National Go Center – Cherry Blossom
Gary Smith 703-254-6429

May 7: Seattle, WA
Spring Tournament
Brian Allen 206-632-1122 or 206-545-1424

May 7: Stony Brook, NY
Stony Brook Sakura Matsuri 2017
Manan Singh 631-944-0173
Joy Abasolo

Get the latest go events information.

Categories: Calendar,Main Page