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In Memoriam: Rick Peterson, 1958-2011

Monday October 10, 2011

Virginia and Washington DC players mourn the passing of longtime player Rick Peterson, who passed away at his home earlier this year. Rick first learned go from his fraternity brothers as a student at Northwestern University. He played throughout his life and is remembered fondly by players who knew him in Milwaukee, San Francisco, Durham, Chapel Hill and finally in Lexington, VA. He was especially proud to teach go to his son Cobb in the last few years of his life while battling brain cancer; Cobb now plays regularly. One of his last projects was refinishing a gorgeous old goban he bought on eBay, to pass down to his son. From his obituary: “In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you hug the people you love and make a donation to your favorite charity.” Rick’s wife Mary sent a “Go Angel” donation of $1000 in his memory to The American Go Foundation. “We are honored to get Rick’s help; now we can spread his go legacy even further.” said AGF President Terry Benson.

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Jung Hoon Lee 7d Wins Rocky Mountain Fall Go Tournament

Monday October 3, 2011

Jung Hoon Lee 7d won the Rocky Mountain Fall Go Tournament on Saturday, October 1, which was held at the Highlands Ranch Public Library in Colorado. The 41 players ranged from 25 kyu to 7 dan.In the top section, Jerry Mao 7d took 2nd place. In the dan/single-digit-kyu group, Michael Wanek 3d took 1st place, George Angelos 8k was 2nd, and and Larry LeJeune 3k was 3rd. In the double-digit-kyu section, Hannah Jung 17k was 1st, Abby Cupec 25k was 2nd, and Alan Newman 25k was 3rd.  Both Cupec and Newman were playing in their first tournaments. “The Springs Go Club donated money for the tournament prizes in memory of  their long time member Leonard Kane who passed away last week,” reports organizer David Weiss.
photo: dan section, by Larry LeJeune

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Osman Tops Small But Spirited Field in VT

Monday October 3, 2011

A small — 8 players – field nonetheless enjoyed “a fun and spirited go tournament” in Middlebury, VT on October 2. The eight players represented Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, reports TD Pete Schumer. Three players finished with 3-1 records.  Based on SOS tie breaking, 1st place went to Eric Osman 2d, second place to Josh Ackerman 1k, and third to David Felcan 1d. Lunch and snacks were provided as well as trophies and prizes for all participants.

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Ing’s Youth Cup October 23rd

Monday October 3, 2011

The 14th annual Ing’s Youth Cup Goe tournament will be held October  23rd, at the Chinese Cultural Center, in Sunnyvale California.  The popular tourney is organized by Mingjiu Jiang 7p, and sponsored by the Ing Foundation.  Last year’s event drew over 100 youth, who enjoyed prizes and trophies in ten different bands, sorted by rank.  There is also a 13×13 tournament for newer players.  Registration is $35, including lunch, but goes up by $10 if you register after October 10th.  For more information, and to register, go to Gomasters.com.  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo:  Last year’s tourney, from the Go Masters site.

Teaching Go at the Anime Syracuse 2011 Festival

Monday October 3, 2011

by James Howard

It was a lot of fun teaching go at the recent Anime Syracuse 2011 Festival.  Ten of our members helped to teach at the festival. We were given a room with four 8′ tables, and had a minimum of 7 beginner sets and three full size sets throughout the day.  Several of our members brought along their go sets.  On one full size set we set up Richard Moseson’s “Basic Life and Death Shapes”.  Dick and Breck Borges brought some beginner go books, Eric Hookway brought along a beginner go book, Hikaru no Go vol.1, and a Hikaru no Go dvd, and Jim Gonnella also brought a Hikaru no Go manga.

A lot of people were dressed up at the festival.  It was really interesting seeing the various characters; some of the costumes were quite elaborate!  I joined in on the playful spirit and went as Hikaru (of Hikaru no Go), and Kathy wore anime cat ears and a tail.  I hope next year, we can have someone dress as Sai and Akira too.

Although there were slow periods (mostly in the morning), there were also periods where everyone was busy, and people had to wait or come back.  There were a few times when people looked interested as they slowly walked by, but didn’t stick around long enough.  I did my best to watch out for those people.  During those times when I walked around, I kept an eye out for them, and I did end up seeing and talking to some of them later on at various places throughout the festival.  I gave them some info about go and the club, and they ended up coming back later on for lessons and more info.

Some of those we taught came back and played several games against each other.  Some of them even played on the full-size boards.  And at one point, at least seven games were going on at once and I was really glad Anime Syracuse provided us with so much space.

Our presence definitely generated a lot of interest.  There were approximately 700 people at the festival and I’d estimate that we taught approximately 150 to 200 people.

Some of the people we taught – who came from places like Binghamton NY, PA, MA, etc — live too far away to come to our weekly club meetings but I think its important to remember that even if those people can’t join our club, they could join another club closer to where they live, which –by supporting go– indirectly helps us in a number of ways.  I told them about KGS, and how to find a local club on the AGA website www.usgo.org.

Overall I would say we reached a good number of people, especially local people.  There were at least a couple dozen very promising local area prospects. Eric, one of the very promising players Richard Moseson taught at the festival came to our club the following Monday night and did very well.

We definitely accomplished spreading knowledge about go, and also awareness of the Syracuse Go Club; it was a lot of fun and I believe well worth the effort.

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