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Cuba-Mexico Youth Visit “A Beautiful Experience”

Thursday May 1, 2014

The recent Cuba – Mexico go exchange (Cuban Go Community Hosts Visits by Mexican Youth & Japanese Teachers 4/15 EJ) “was a big event and a beautiful experience,” said Rafael Torres Miranda, President of the Academia Cubana de Go. The go competition between Mexican and Cuban school children was held April 14-18 in Havana. Five Mexican children, accompanied to Cuba by a relative, and seven Cubans participated, ranging from age 7 to 11 and from 13 to 20 kyu in strength. The event was featured on Cuban television.
- Bob Gilman; photos courtesy Rafael Torres Miranda; collage by Chris Garlock

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N.A. Player Selection Tourney for Samsung Cup 2014 Announced

Wednesday April 30, 2014

The Korean Baduk Association has once again invited the AGA to send three North American representatives to compete in the World division of the Samsung Cup World Baduk Masters 2014 in Korea. Interested players must be 5D+ citizens or permanent residents of North America, have resided in North America for 6 of the past 12 months, and have maintained continuous AGA membership (does not apply to Canadian players) for the past year. Players will be responsible for their travel and lodging expenses; the tournament will provide a $1,000 incentive to each player to help cover some costs.
To select the players the AGA will hold a flexible scheduling tournament on KGS during the second half of May with default rounds on May 20, 23, 27, and 30. This schedule is designed so that the possible times for each round includes at least one weekend day. The selected players will play in the combined preliminaries set for August 3-6. Those interested and eligible must fill out this electronic form to register by Friday, May 16. Skype will be required for all players.
- Karoline Burrall

Second China-Korea-Japan Professional Pair Go Championship Live on Pandanet-IGS

Wednesday April 30, 2014

On May 1 and 2, the Second China-Korea-Japan Professional Pair Go Championship will be held in Anhui, China, with live broadcast on Pandanet-IGS.  Three new pairs pairs, Rui Naiwei – Yu Bin (China), Yashiro Kumiko – Iyama Yuta (Japan), and Oh Jeong – Jin Siyoung (Korea), will join the reigning champions Wang Chenxing – Changhao for a top prize of 200,000 RMB (~ 35,000 USD).  The venue is the historic Three-Nation Theme Park.

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Updating Your Profile

Wednesday April 30, 2014

If you’re changing your email address, make sure you don’t miss an issue of the E-Journal by clicking on “UPDATE YOUR PROFILE” at the bottom of the EJ (be careful NOT to click on UNSUBSCRIBE!), where you can also choose either the daily or weekly edition and your preferred format. You can also easily share the EJ by clicking on FORWARD TO A FRIEND.

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Player Profile: The Return of Kang

Tuesday April 29, 2014

by Keith L. Arnold, hka

A soft voice slowed me as I rushed past at last weekend’s first Washington Open Baduk Championship, which was organized by Allan Abramson, Gary Smith, Todd Heidenreich, Andy Okun and myself. I turned to see Shin Kang, who embraced me like an old friend. Mr. Kang, of Ellicott City, Maryland, was the hero of Baltimore go players when I began playing back in the 1980′s, and I was extremely honored and touched that he recalled me from our few meetings over the years.

Shin Kang (at left in photo) was the highest-rated player in the U.S. during the late 1970s, above even the legendary Takeo Matsuda of New York, and Young Paeng of Pittsburgh, an old rival he asked about on Sunday. Kang was the Eastern Champion, or “Honinbo” from 1976 to 1978 and won the Maryland Open for its first 5 years, 1974 to 1978, and again in 1980. He lost in the phone relay US Championship to Kyung Kim of San Francisco in 1976, and, for the most part, paid his own way to get out to San Francisco in 1977 to try again face-to-face, but once again was defeated by Mr. Kim; their games were commented on by no less a luminary than Haruyama 9 dan. Meanwhile, he sponsored a teaching tour by Kim In 8P, and was top board in a telex match with Taipei.

In 1978, JAL sponsored the U.S. Championship in New York, but Mr. Kang’s opponent was not Mr. Kim but Shigeo Matsuhara of Los Angeles. Mr. Matsuhara’s victory in the Western Championship was considered quite an upset; after all, he had been defeated that year in the Los Angelos Open by a fifteen-year-old kid named Michael Redmond.

Mr. Kang won two straight games to become US Champion, and went on to represent the US in the first World Amateur Go Championship, along with Mr. Matsuhara, Mr. Kim and team captain Richard Dolen. Sadly for us, work pushed tournament go out Mr. Kang’s life for many years. Now retired, we can only hope we will see more of the 66-year-old former importer and wholesaler.

Kang won his first game at last weekend’s first Washington Open Baduk Championship, lost his second, but then won rounds 3 and 4 and I was excited to see him on board 2 for the final round. I was ecstatic when a re-pairing put him on Board One against the undefeated Andy Liu (at right in photo). I showed E-Journal Managing Editor — and Board 1 game recorder — Chris Garlock a listing on my IPad of Kang’s impressive Maryland Open record as Andy walked by, took a look and softly exclaimed “Oh, wow!” at the record of his fellow Maryland Open champion so many years before his birth.

Mr. Kang greeted Andy with a combination of respect, fellowship and, I think, pride, in his role in bringing American go to a place where this young man could sit across from him, “So, you are the pro,” he smiled. “I look forward to receiving a good lesson.” Liu 1p respectfully but strongly responded “We are equals here.” It was a wonderful moment, one of the first generation of great American go players, enjoying the chance to see what has grown from the seeds he planted, and today’s pioneer, recognizing and appreciating their shared and ongoing journey.
- photos by Chris Garlock (top right) and Phil Straus (bottom left) 

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Mingjiu Jiang 7P Summer Go Camp in CA

Tuesday April 29, 2014

Mingjiu Jiang 7P will lead a Summer Go Day Camp July 7-11 in Mountain View, CA. Attendance is limited to “All interested in go,” with 16 places available, at $300 each. The camp will run 10a-5p daily; lunch and snacks are included. Email mingjiu7p@hotmail.com for more info or click here for a registration form; registration form and checks must be sent in before May 31 to: Mingjiu Jiang, 1289 Lane Ave. Mountain View, CA 94040.

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American Yunguseng Dojang Enrolling for New Season

Tuesday April 29, 2014

A new season of American Yunguseng Dojang (AYD) starts on May 5. This will be the second season in American time zones, the ninth season in Europe, for the internet go school from top-rated European player, Korean-born Hwang Inseong 8d (below, reviewing). About 20 students, from 12k to 3d, are already signed up for AYD but there is still plenty of room for more. About 70%  are in the United States, with others in Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.

The program consists of interactive online lectures, student league-play and game reviews on KGS. Students have access to all past lectures and reviews, including those from the European sister-school. In addition, this season Hwang is introducing “personal go reports” to help students assess the progress they are making and the areas which need most work. Each student will receive a report after the first three months and every six months thereafter. Click here to see an imaginary sample report in  Hwang’s posting on lifein19x19.

Go blogger Ben “Go” Zen is signed up and says, “I’ve started dig­ging into the lec­tures on Yun­guseng Dojang and really have loved what I have been able to watch so far. I can only imag­ine what it will be like when I’m actu­ally par­tic­i­pat­ing in the reviews and hav­ing my own games reviewed. So excited for the sea­son to start!”

Report by Tony Collman, British correspondent for the E-Journal; photo: Hwang reviews a game at a Berlin tournament, November 2013

 

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Boulder Kids Club Turns Ten

Monday April 28, 2014

The Boulder Kids and Teens Go Club celebrated its tenth anniversary on Easter.  “Dave Weiss and I are both Jewish,”  says Paul Barchilon, who co-founded the club with Weiss, “so we had no idea it was Easter when we scheduled our first meeting, back in 2004. A few kids actually did show up though, and since then, we have grown and thrived.  We still try to celebrate each anniversary with cake – it is a kids club after all.”

“We are proud of all of our students, and even though not everyone sticks with it, we love introducing the game to kids who have never heard of it.  The library has been an integral part of our success – promoting our events, giving us resources, and letting us store equipment there.  We play in a very visible area, so passersby often stop and ask about go, and many of them end up learning to play.”

This year’s cake was decorated with Junior Mints and Mentos (right), and is pictured with three longtime veterans.  Kellin Pelrine 6d (left) first came to the club when he was 11.  Now 18, he gives stones to almost everyone at club. Matthew Harwit 5d (in red) and his twin brother Nathan 4d (in green) both started around the age of 8.  Many kids have come and gone over the years, and the club has at times attracted as many as 30 players in a given session.
- photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

Ali Jabarin 6d Leading Euro Pro Go Qualies

Monday April 28, 2014

Twenty-year-old Israeli Ali Jabarin 6d (right) is leading the field at the end of the second series of online training leagues for the upcoming competition to qualify two players as the first European Go Professionals (see European Go Federation and CEGO Launch Online Training for Pro Students – 4/1 EJ).

Thirteen players have been competing in two online leagues and the A-league of the second series of five ended as scheduled  last Friday, April 25, with Jabarin (“OohAah”) winning four out of five games, losing only to CEGO teacher Zhao Baolong 2P. Austrian Viktor Lin 6d (“Sandmann”) and Slovakian Pavol Lisy 7d (“cheater”) were demoted to the B-league, to be replaced by promoted Romanian Cornel Burzo 6d (“Cornel”) and Serbian Dusan Mitic 6d (“shinobi90″). Lisy is in fact temporarily withdrawing from training to devote himself to studying for his high school final exams. The B-league was not decided until Sunday April 27, as many players, along with teacher Zhao Baolong, attended the Korean Ambassador Cup 2014, 43rd Prague Go Tournament at the weekend.

All the training games are played in a public room, ”Euro Dream Team”  on KGS, default start-time 20:00 CEST, and European Go Federation (EGF)  Secretary Lorenz Trippel, who manages the leagues, has noted up to 400 spectators watching the games at one time, and 100 – 200 typical.

The fourth series ends on May 21 and the double knockout qualification competition kicks off with the 1st round CEGO Pro Qualification on May 23 at the Strasbourg Tournament. Then at the Amsterdam Tournament, on May 29, the 2nd round CEGO Pro Qualification will see a player with four straight wins (two games per round) certified as the first ever European Professional. Finally, after a fifth training series May 2-13 and a “Power-week” of special teaching June 16-20, those with only one loss will compete in the 3rd Round CEGO Pro Qualification at the Vienna Tournament, running June 20-22, to select a second European Professional.

Click here for full details, including league tables, player profiles, game records and more.

Report by Tony Collman; photo courtesy of  CEGO/EGF

 

$200 Go Congress Youth Scholarships Offered

Monday April 28, 2014

The American Go Foundation (AGF) is offering $200 youth scholarships to this year’s US Go Congress.  Interested youth must write an essay on why they want to go; the application deadline is May 30th. Twenty-five scholarships are available, and up to 15 awardees will be selected by June 1. Five scholarships are available to residents of Canada or Mexico. Applications received after May 30th will be placed in a lottery with the remaining scholarships  awarded at random from qualifying essays.  The scholarships are available for youth who are under 18.  For more information, and to apply, click here.  - Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Calvin Sun 7d  plays Lionel Zhang 6d, in the Youth Room at the  2013 Congress.