Saturday July 21, 2012
Saying “Welcome to our little gathering in the mountains,” U.S. Go Congress organizers today released a downloadable PDF of the 2012 Go Congress Handbook, the 43-page guide to the biggest U.S. go event of the year, coming up August 4-12 in Black Mountain, NC. The pocket-sized handbook – easily viewable online as well as on your handheld device — provides a comprehensive guide to the complete schedule of dozens of activities, from daily tournaments to pro lectures, as well as special events this year, including the first International Go Symposium to be held in North America, the Keith Arnold Challenge, Mountain Top Go, a Friday Night Campfire, pig picking and live bluegrass music. Also included are brief bios of the 17 professionals attending, a handy “Week at a Glance” overview, and site maps. “If you’re already registered, download the Handbook PDF now to begin planning how to get the most out of the week,” say Co-Directors Paul Celmer and Peter Armenia. “If you haven’t signed up yet now, check it out to see all the great go activity and then register online!”
Monday July 16, 2012
In case playing go isn’t thrilling enough, Go Congress organizers are offering a Zipline Adventure among the Day Off options. The course’s mile of suspended cable features ten zip lines, including one soaring 200 feet above the forest floor and one that is 1100 feet long, artfully-crafted platforms that nest seamlessly in large native trees, two rappelling experiences, two suspended sky bridges that span forest sections teeming with flora and fauna, and three short hikes. Participants “will enjoy a thrilling ride while learning about local culture, history, the natural environment, and perhaps more about themselves.” Other Day Off options include a tour of the Biltmore Estate, Whitewater Rafting, a Guided Waterfall Hike, Fly Fishing, Asheville On Your Own and Crafts At Your Own Pace. “Be sure to sign up early to ensure your place,” encourages organizer Cynthia Gaty.
Sunday July 15, 2012
Six states — New Jersey, North Carolina, California, New York, Virginia, and Maryland — have been invited to compete in the first-ever Wisonet Cup State Team Go Tournament at this year’s U.S. Go Congress. “This is an exciting new addition to the Congress tournament schedule,” says AGA Tournament Coordinator Karoline Burrall. If you’re a resident of NC, CA, NY, VA, or MD who’s attending the US Go Congress and interested in participating in this tournament, email email@example.com by July 20, with your home state in the subject line. The 5-round tournament will take place at 2:30p on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at the Go Congress. Each state may select a team of six players: three dan players, two kyu players, and an alternate between 5k and 4d who can play in any of the five team seats should a player be unavailable. The team from New Jersey has already been formed and is captained by Kevin Huang 7D and Larry Russ 3K. Other players on the team are Lionel Zhang 6D, Forest Song 4D, Steven Brethrick 2K, and Justine Ching 3D. The tournament is sponsored by Wisonet, Inc, which is providing $1500 in prizes and a free Super Pentominoes Puzzle for each participant.
Sunday July 8, 2012
The winners in the recent AGA-Tygem Online Pro Prelim were Soo-il Kim, Matthew Burrall, Eric Lui, Daniel Chou, Bill Lin, Will Gan and Juyong Koh. With the final qualifier over, invitations have now been sent out for the first AGA-TygemGo Pro Qualification Tournament, which will be held the week prior to the upcoming U.S. Go Congress. In addition to the Online Prelim winners, Cotsen winners Calvin Sun and Curtis Tang, Maryland Open winner Andy Liu and Seattle prelim winner Edward Kim have also been invited to compete in the Final. The Canadian Go Association selected Gansheng Shi and Jing Yang to receive invitations and the AGA picked Jie Li, ZhaoNian Chen and Danny Ko from its active high-ranked players. Curtis Tang, Calvin Sun, Gansheng Shi, Bill Lin and Jing Yang have already indicated they will play; stay tuned for updates.
Sunday July 8, 2012
Eighteen scholars and experts from around the world will convene next month on August 4-5, the opening weekend of the US Go Congress, at the AGA’s 2012 International Go Symposium, principal organizer Peter Shotwell announced recently. Nolan Bushnell, who started the computer-gaming movement when he founded Atari in 1972, will deliver the keynote address on Saturday evening, August 4. Hotta Yumi, the creator of Hikaru No Go (see graphic), will also give a talk and answer questions. Other featured speakers will include filmmaker Marc Moskowitz and Chinese pro Stephanie Yin 1P, who will discuss go in China today, with some clips from Moskowitz’s film Weiqi Wonders. Chen Zuyuan, a leading expert on rules, will describe the evolution of “territory” and “area” scoring. On Sunday, a panel of experts will discuss the unique positive benefits of go on development, showing how and why every community can have a go program. Other presenters will address a wide range of topics, from multivariate analysis for computer programs to several essays on go history to how go can serve as a context for the emergence of minority leadership. The conference — which is sponsored by the International Go Federation – will conclude with the unveiling of the winners of The 2nd International Go Art Contest late Sunday afternoon, August 5. “Almost 100 people have registered for the Symposium, but for those who can’t make it to North Carolina, we plan to stream the conference live, and make the presentations available in a video archive,” Shotwell said. Click here for a list of presenters and descriptions of what they plan to say.
- Roy Laird
Thursday June 28, 2012
The 2012 U.S. Go Congress is running a special registration promotion from now until July 15th. If you register and pay your bill by July 7th, you will receive your choice of either one hour of private game review and/or a lesson with a pro, or a Congress certificate for one book of your choice from Slate and Shell (up to $30 dollars in value). Each registrant should also send an email to the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating they are using the promotion and what reward they are choosing.
And don’t forget to check out the exciting trailer for “The Surrounding Game” documentary that will be filming at Black Mountain as well!
“Thanks again, and hope to see you soon at the Congress!” say Co-Directors Peter Armenia and Paul Celmer.
NOTE: this offer good only for those who registered after 7/1/2012.
Wednesday June 27, 2012
The field in the TygemGo Online Pro Prelim has been narrowed down to the final 21 players, six of whom are Canadians. The tournament’s last round will be this weekend, with the last seven players qualifying to go to North Carolina in late July for the ‘face to face’ final rounds with the other nine finalists. The top two winners in North Carolina will be the first American-certified pros. Myung-wan Kim 9P will provide live commentary on Tygem on Saturday and Sunday starting at 12:30p EST at Korea1 server. “I think observers will see very interesting games in this final round since the competition is getting tougher,” Kim tells the E-Journal. “I really enjoy the interactive live commentary with observers. If you come to my commentary, be sure to vote for the next move. It’s not only fun but also the better way to learn from my commentary. And of course, questions are always welcome.”
The final 21 players:
U.S.: Matthew Burrall, Wei Chen, Daniel Chou, Bert Hallonquist, Kevin Hong, Dae Kim, Sooil Kim, Ben Lockhart, Andrew Lu, Eric Lui, Daniel Puzan, Cherry Shen, Justin Teng, Aaron Ye, , Vincent Zhuang.
Canada: Will Gan, Juyong Ko, Bill Lin, David Lu, Jing Yang, Oliver Wolf.
Sunday June 17, 2012
Hundreds of go players gathered in one place. Professionals from around the world playing simultaneous games with amateurs of all strengths. Tournament games daily. Professional lectures and game analysis. Eight days of all kinds of go-related activities from morning to midnight. It’s the annual U.S. Go Congress, of course, and nearly 400 have already signed up for this year’s Congress, which will be held August 4-12 in Black Mountain, NC. There’s still time to register and to give you a better idea of what to expect, the E-Journal has just released the 2011 U.S. Go Congress Overview, which compiles all our reports, photos, games and commentaries from last year’s Congress in Santa Barbara, CA. Special features include “Getting Frank with MingJiu Jiang 7P,” “Janice Kim on the 3 Rules of Go,” and a whole lot more, all just a click away. We hope you enjoy this special collection and look forward to seeing you at the Congress!
- Chris Garlock, Managing Editor
American Go E-Journal
Friday June 15, 2012
Myung-wan Kim 9P (r) will provide live video and audio commentary Saturday on the AGA-Tygem Pro Online Prelim game between ‘regular456′ 9-dan and ‘CptJack’ 5-dan.The live commentary will be in Tygem’s World room starting at 12:30P (EST). “The live commentary feature is one of the favorite things Korean go players love in Tygemgo and I think US go players will also enjoy it,” Myung-wan Kim tells the E-Journal. “Regular456 seems to be much stronger than CptJack but observers will still enjoy the game, especially as regular456 is a somewhat famous and serious go player in the US who wants to be a pro.”
photo: Myung-wan Kim doing online game commentary at the 2012 Cotsen AGA-Tygem Go Pro Prelim; photo by Chris Garlock