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Redmond Cup Deadline Sunday

Friday March 17, 2017

Any last minute players who want to join the Redmond Cup,  registration is due March 19th. Preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2017 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids 12 and under, and the Senior league for 17 and under. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of  1 dan or higher.    For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here.

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Chicago High School Runs First Tourney

Friday March 17, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-17 at 4.40.14 PMDisney II Magnet High School, in Chicago, IL, held their first go tournament on Feb 7th, to celebrate the Spring Festival, or Lunar New Year of 2017. More than 30 students from 7th to 12th grade registered for the 4-week single-elimination tournament. The final four winners were Calvin Huang, Edgar Venegas, Isaac Smith and Alejandro Hernandez, from 9th and 11th grade.

“We bring different cultural activities into our world language classrooms,” reports Ming Laoshi, Chinese teacher and tournament organizer at the school. “I chose this game from Go and Math Academy in 2015, and then my students fell in love with it. Nowadays, I even use go as the classroom activity when I need a substitute teacher.”

“Go can be used to support goals in the Chinese curriculum,” adds Xinming Simon Guo, of Go and Math Academy, “particularly to enhance understanding of Chinese culture and to reinforce learning language skills (numbers, colors, shapes, positions and locations, timing, etc). Research shows that nonlinguistic representation can have a powerful effect on students’ vocabulary development. Go has numerous vocabularies that can be visually represented on the board and playing go can be aligned with the five major language learning standards — Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.”

“Organizing a tournament in the school setting turned out to be really easy,” reports Laoshi, “it started with a small budget. After setting up, all I needed to do was email students a pairing notice every week and enter the results in a Google spreadsheet.” The school plans to organize another  tournament next year, when every student can have an opportunity to play in every round. -Paul Barchilon EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Xinming Guo:Disney II tournament winners and Chinese language teacher Ming.

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Yuta Iyama, Mi Yu Ting, Park Jeong Hwan & DeepZenGo to battle in Nihon Ki-in’s new “World Go Championship” next week

Wednesday March 15, 2017

A brand-new event, the “World Go Championship”, will be held next week, March 21-23 in Osaka, Japan.  Four top players, Iyama2017.03.16_World GO Championship Yuta (Japan), Park Jeon Hwan (Korea), Mi Yuting (China), and DeepZenGo (representing AI) will fight it out for the title.  The Nihon Kiin will provide streaming and live commentaries on YouTube by Michael Redmond and Anti Tourmanen.  Click here for details and the broadcast schedule.

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AGA Master Review Series: Game 4; Master vs. Xie Erhao 4p

Wednesday March 15, 2017

In the latest video in this new series Michael Redmond 9p and Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal provide commentary and analysis of the fourth game of Master (AlphaGo). The opening in this game, in which Master plays white against Xie Erhao 4p, resembles the Kobayashi opening.

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“However,” says Redmond, “Master plays the move that we thought to be bad, and goes ahead and makes it work.” Check out the sgf file at right for additional commentary. Xie Erhao was born in 1998, and went to the Mlily Cup semifinals in 2012. “He has since been in the top group of Chinese players, and is a player worth watching in the next few years,” says Redmond.

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Zhao and Frias Top 2017 North American Kyu Championships

Tuesday March 14, 2017

Patrick Zhao 1k and Josiah Frias 1k topped the 2017 North American Kyu Championships held on KGS on February 4th in the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) divisions respectively. Mateo Nava 11k from Mexico also earned the Fighting Spirit Award with his stellar performance.

42 young kyu players participated in the 4th edition of this tournament across five divisions, with the top Junior and Senior player in each division winning trophies engraved with their names. In addition, all players who completed the tournament earned an AGF scholarship to either the AGA Go Camp or the US Go Congress. For full tournament results, click here.

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AGA releases latest Master Review Series: Game 18: Master [B] vs. Ke Jie 9p [W]

Monday March 13, 2017

Jennie Shen 2P, hosted by Andrew Jackson, translates Meng Tailing 6P’s commentary and adds her own analysis of Master’s 2017.03.13_AGA Master Review Series, Game 18(AlphaGo) 18th game. In this game, Master plays black against one of the strongest players in the world, Ke Jie 9P. Click here to see the video.

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National Go Center heading for April 29-30 opening

Sunday March 12, 2017

With work on the new National Go Center in northwest Washington DC “coming along nicely,” the Center is on track for its2017.03.13_NGC-collage grand opening the weekend of April 29-30, reports Center executive director Gurujeet Khalsa. “Area go clubs and volunteers have come together with sponsorship from the Iwamoto North America Foundation to make the new Center a reality,” Khalsa (right) told the E-Journal during a tour of the Center on Sunday, March 12. The photo at left shows the main playing space as demolition work concluded just over a week ago; in the photo at right, from March 12, finishing work has progressed rapidly.

Plans for the grand opening include a 4-round AGA-rated tournament, a children’s 12-and-under friendship match over Skype with children from Mexico City, and a performance by composer Haskell Small of composition “A Game of Go,” setting a classic Shusaku game to two pianos and a video.

More events are planned for the NGC’s grand opening but with just over six weeks to go, Khalsa says “volunteers of every stripe are urgently needed,” including carpenters to help build shelving, and anyone willing to donate tables, chairs, go books and equipment. Contact him at gurujeet.khalsa@nationalgocenter.org.

photos by Gurujeet Khalsa (left) and Chris Garlock (right)

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AGA Master Review Series, Game 2: Master[W] vs. bandari(P) (Zhang Ziliang 2p)[B]

Saturday March 11, 2017

Latest Master commentary by Michael Redmond 9P with Chris Garlock, Managing Editor of the American Go E-Journal. In this game, Master shows how it resembles — and how it differs — from the great master Go Seigen.

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While Go Seigen emphasized quick development to the sides and center, Master in some of its’ games seems to go directly for the center, almost as if it ignores the sides.

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Mexico City Bests Portland

Friday March 10, 2017

16998114_1440257079341097_2454253918191914373_n14 children from Mexico City and Portland, OR. played a two round match on Saturday, February 25, on KGS.  Mexico City won the match 8-4. “Our players are from two elementary schools in Mexico City,  Escuela de Arte Pipiolo and Colegio Serapio Rendón,” says team leader Siddhartha Avila.  Diego, 5 kyu, Bruno, 10 kyu, and Javier, 18 kyu all won both their games. Oliver, 23 kyu, won two games for Portland.  Portland and Mexico City have been playing one or more matches a year for the past several years. - Peter Freedman, Portland organizer.  Photos by Siddhartha Avila and Peter Freedman: The teams meet via Skype to set up the match.

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AGA launches Master review series

Thursday March 9, 2017

The American Go Association has launched a new series of video commentaries on the recent games between between Master — the latest version of AlphaGo — and top professionals. The series on the AGA’s YouTube channel  features 2017.03.09_Master#1commentaries by Michael Redmond 9P, Jennie Shen 2P and Ryan Li 1P. Some two dozen videos are now in production and are expected to be released each Wednesday and Saturday.

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In the first commentary, Michael Redmond 9P and AGA E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock review the first game in the series, which took place in early January (Is AlphaGo the Master? Mystery Player Sweeps Top Pros and AlphaGo confirmed as Master/Magister, both  1/4/2017). In this game, Master plays white against Pan Tingyu 1P (username “manhan7″).

The series is produced by Andrew Jackson and Michael Wanek.

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