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Insei League Expands

Monday March 5, 2012

Alexandre Dinerchtein’s Insei League is reaching out to youth with discounts and free memberships.  The league is run on KGS, and is structured  the same way Korean kids train to become professionals.  “We call for young players who are ready to devote themselves to the game and to compete later with Asian professionals,” writes Dinerchtein 3P. “We have changed our pricing policy to encourage participation in the League for any promising children.  The first three prizewinners of the European and the US Youth Go Championships, under 12 and 18, get free places in the Insei League. Go Champions under 12 and 18 of any country get 3 months in the League instead of 1 for $95. Young players who took second through fifth place during the last youth go championship of their country can play for 2 months instead of 1 for $95. Young go players under 18 and stronger than 10 kyu get a 15% discount.”  As another incentive, Dinerchtein has set up a prize jackpot, which increases by $250 each month.  Insei League members can win the jackpot if they place in the top three at the World Youth Go Championship, in either age group,  or top three at the World Amateur Go Championship, or  at the Korean Prime Minister Cup. “Every year the League will store about $3000 and we hope that this jackpot helps to develop a more serious approach to go studies,” adds Dinerchtein. For more information, visit the Insei League website. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.

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Nihon Kiin Urged Not to Sell Seattle Go Center

Sunday March 4, 2012

Calling it “active and successful,” and “a gateway to/from Asia,”  top leadership of the American Go Association on Feb. 27 urged the Nihon Kiin not to sell the Seattle Go Center (SGC), after rumors to that effect began to circulate. “The Center regularly hosts many tournaments, and provides playing space, teaching games, and lessons for both beginners and advanced players,” wrote Allan Abramson, AGA President, Andrew Okun, AGA Board Chairman and Thomas Hsiang, AGA International Vice President in a letter to Otake Hideo, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Nihon Kiin. “In addition, the Center regularly conducts public outreach at festivals and other events, provides teachers for school go clubs, runs special tournaments for young players, and sponsors workshops by visiting professionals.”  The SGC had just celebrated its 16th anniversary last September, and the Jin Chen Memorial Tournament on Jan. 8  attracted 42 players, the largest AGA-rated event at the Seattle Go Center in several years. In the AGA’s letter to the Nihon Kiin, Abramson wrote that he remembered “the first time I walked through the door into the Center. Within five minutes, I felt the energy and spirit of the people working there. Most important, I felt the warmth and spirit of Iwamoto-Sensei, and his desire to promote Go around the world, in one great community.” Adding that “We would consider the loss of the Seattle Go Center to be a major blow to Go in the US, and hurtful to the many volunteers who have worked so hard and so long to make it a success,” Abramson, Okun and Hsiang urged that “In the spirit of Iwamoto-Sensei, we suggest that it would be best to continue to enjoy the success of the Seattle Go Center, rather than sell it.” The Nihon Kiin has not thus far responded to either the 2/27 letter, a subsequent email on Mar. 2 from Abramson, or the E-Journal’s request for comment. photo: at the September 18 Tacoma (WA) Go Club’s annual Back-To-School Tournament at the Seattle Go Center

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EuroGoTV News: Feb. 18-26

Sunday March 4, 2012

Czech Republic: The Paluba Club Handicap tournament, played on 2/18 in Prague, Czech Republic, was won by Petr Sykora 12k. Results.
Denmark: The OGK-SATURDAY tournament, played 2/18 inOdense,Denmark, was won by Ari Hietanen 2k. Results.
Hungary: The 6th Rabbity Six handicap tournament was played on 2/25 in Budapest, Hungary. Domonkos Albrecht 1k topped the A Group and David Fazekas 20k won Group B. A Group results; B Group results. (photo at left: Gyorgy Zahonyi 9k place 4 of 23 )
Poland: The zjAva tournament, played on 2/19 in Warszawa, Poland, was won by Kamil Chwedyna 4d. Results.
Spain: The 30th Barcelona Go Seigen tournament, played 2/18-19 in Barcelona, Spain, was won by In-seong Hwang 8d (right), in second was Csaba Mero 6d and third was Cornel Burzo 6d. Results. The ETSII Semana Cultural tournament, played 2/22 inSevilla,Spain, was won by Jaime Cornejo 2k, second came Victor Ramirez 7k and third was Javier Rodriguez-Vivas 14k. Results. The La Carboneria tournament, played on 2/18 in Sevilla, Spain, was won by Ulrich Gottwald 2k. Result.
Sweden: The Vaesteraas Open tournament, played from 2/18-19 inVaesteraas,Sweden, was won by John Karlsson 4d. Results.
Ukraine: The Open Championship of Rivne, played 2/25-26 inRivne,Ukraine, was won by Vladyslav Verteletskyi 2d. Results.
UK: The Nottingham, played on 2/25 in Nottingham, United Kingdom, was won by Sin-Voon Chin 3d. Results. The Oxford tournament, played on 2/18 inOxford,United Kingdom, was won by Lingjun Miao 4d. Results.
- excerpted from reports on EuroGoTV.com 

 

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Teacher of the Year Nominations

Saturday March 3, 2012

Nominations for the American Go Foundations  Teacher of the Year award are now open. The award is presented each year at the U.S. Go Congress and recognizes an outstanding American teacher. The winner  will receive an all expenses paid trip to the congress.  To be eligible, a teacher must be a member of the AGA, have been teaching go to children for at least two hours a week for two years, have started a go club or organization for youth, and have helped their students enter appropriate tournaments, if possible.  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, including yourself, e-mail mail@agfgo.org.  Nominations are due by April 15 and should include a description of the teacher’s activities,  how long they have been teaching, and how many students attend their program. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Last year’s winner Fritz Balwit, with his son Theo. Photo by Fritz Balwit.

Go Spotting: Go Newsweek

Saturday March 3, 2012

“In the latest issue of Newsweek there is a mention of go,” reports San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra. A sidebar to “Why Stephen Breyer and Other Power Players Love Bridge” lists games that celebs play, including bridge, scrabble backgammon, go and chess. Actor Omar Sharif (right) was so successful a bridge player “that he built a bridge empire, writing a column on the game for the Chicago Tribune and launching the traveling Omar Sharif Bridge Circus,” the article reports. Under go, Newsweek notes that “The ancient Chinese board game ensnared Rod Stewart, Paul Giamatti, and Ursula K. Le Guin.” photo courtesy Central Press-Getty Images

 

Peepo Uses Go to Visualize Complex Relationships

Thursday March 1, 2012

Jonathan Chetwynd’s Peepo.com is a fascinating tool designed to visualize the complex relationships of real world objects. Using go as the delivery vehicle, Peepo uses each element to represent data relationships; e.g. shadows are stones in Atari, etc. Now ready for user testing on 9×9 and full-size boards, Peepo provides maps, hints, comments and score as you play against the pachi engine. “It works best with Firefox browser (version 9 or later) and has many features under development,” Chetwynd says.