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Bonus at This Month’s Bay Area Go Tournament

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Twenty-six kids and adults gathered in Palo Alto, CA, on April 14 for this month’s ratings tournament run by Bay Area Go Players Association. Players ranged in strength from 7 dan to 18 kyu, and four players won three games apiece: Yue Fang 1d, Tai-An Cha 5k, Bryan Tan 12k, and Sybil Fu 15k. As is usual at the Bay Area Go tournaments, go books were handed out as prizes to everyone playing in their first tournament and those who won all of their games.

But everyone was a winner at this tournament, because during the lunch break between the first and second  rounds, local amateur 8 dan Joey Hung gave a lecture. He reviewed game openings, discussed some common joseki, and covered what he calls ‘the first rule of the opening’. “In the front row there was a 7 dan player, and sitting near him an 18 kyu player. It is very challenging to teach such a wide range of players at once,” explained Joey later. “But I think everyone learned something.” Indeed, a lot was learned that day.

Next month’s Bay Area Go tournament will be held on Saturday, May 12, in San Francisco’s Japantown Center.

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Yang Shuang 2P Visits DC-Area Go Clubs

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Chinese Pro Yang Shuang 2P was in the metro Washington DC area last week visiting both the NOVA Go Club in Arlington,VA and the Greater Washington Go Club (GWGC) in Bethesda MD.“Ms. Yang received a warm welcome by AGA President Allan Abramson and club regulars” at the NOVA Go Club on April 16 reports Daniel Chou. “She graciously offered to play simuls with enthusiastic attendees led by Joshua Lee 6D and Haskell Small 4D,” followed by game analysis. The GWGC visit on April 20 “was a great success,” adds Haskell Small. “There were ten players in the simul, a number of others observing, and GWGC was rocking!” Ms. Yang plans to visit the Feng Yun Go School in New Jersey later this month.
photo by Jie Li

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Amsterdam Tourney Includes Speed Go on a Boat

Tuesday April 24, 2012

This year’s edition of the Amsterdam International Go Tournament includes a Rapid (Speed Go) Tournament that will be played on a boat that travels through/around the city of Amsterdam. The tournament – the 41st edition – runs Thursday, May 17th – Sunday, May 20th and is being presented by The Amsterdam Go Club, in cooperation with the European Go Centre – celebrating it’s 20th anniversary — the Dutch Go Association, the EGF and EuroGoTV. This year’s tournament is part of the European Cup, level 5, the highest level, allowing top European finishers to earn points for the European Cup system. A large field is expected, with many players already pre-registered, including players from Belgium,  Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Korea, Poland,  Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. In case of sufficient participants and interest commentary on the top  games will be given by Cho Seokbin 7P from Korea. Discount for online pre-registration before May 1. Free and cheap lodging is available; for details see the tournament site and click here for photos from previous tournaments. photo: at the 2008 Amsterdam Tournament; photo by Judith van Dam

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2012 AGA Board Minutes Posted Online

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Minutes of the American Go Association Board of Director’s 2012 meetings – including the January 21 special meeting to discuss the proposed “tap” on foreign prize winnings – have now been posted online. Click here for all Board minutes 2003-2012 or here for January 4January 21 and February 27 minutes.

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Brooklyn Go Club at Sakura Matsuri Festival

Tuesday April 24, 2012

The Brooklyn Go Club will be staffing go tables at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens’ Sakura Matsuri Festival again this year on April 28-29. “Go doesn’t technically doesn’t start until 1pm, but BGC members can show up at noon at 1000 Washington Ave and help set up,” reports Marc Palmer.

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Kevin Huang Wins Somerset NAIM Qualifier

Monday April 23, 2012

Kevin Huang 7D took first place in the April 21-22 North American Ing Masters (NAIM) Qualifier Tournament in Somerset, New Jersey. Huang’s win qualified him to participate in the NAIM at the 20120 U.S. Go Congress. The second place winner was Xinyu Tu 7D, who received qualifier points to NAIM and the 2012 World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) in France, and third place winner Lionel Zhang 6D also collected qualifier points to the WMSG. The final game to determine the first place winner was appropriately dramatic, reports tournament organizer Ronghao Chen. “Xinyu Tu put his 47th move at the center of the board and made a big moyo. Kevin Huang immediately invaded, attempting to make his group live and reduce Tu’s terRitory. Kevin spent a lot of time trying to solve this very difficult problem, and at the end of his game he only had 31 seconds remaining. Xinyu made big mistakes and retreated several times as Kevin finally broke Tu’s defense line, killed Tu’s 30 more stones and won the game and the tournament.”
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Jiang to Teach Go Camp

Monday April 23, 2012

Mingjiu Jiang 7P will be returning to teach at this year’s AGA Go Camp, reports camp director Amanda Miller. Jiang is an experienced professional player who has represented the United States in a number of international go tournaments. He has extensive teaching experience, and counts many of the strongest youth in the country among his students.  Camp pricing and details can be found on the 2012 Camp Website here. For the convenience of the campers and their families, payments for the camp can be made online, although some forms must still be mailed directly to the organizers. The camp will take place the week before the Go Congress from July 28 to August 4 and will be held at the same location, the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina.  AGF needs based scholarships are again available for players who can’t afford the full cost, and youth who played in the USYGC are eligible for a $400 scholarship to camp.  More details on AGF scholarships can be found here.  Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Jiang, at right, plays a simul in the Youth Room at the 2011 Go Congress.

Steven Wu 3D Wins MGA Spring Tourney

Sunday April 22, 2012

Twenty-two players turned out for the April 15 Massachusetts Go Association’s Spring tournament in Somerville MA. Steven Wu 3D took first, Eric Osman 2D was 2nd and 3rd was split between Eva Casey  4K and Ralph St. Louis 8K. “Good turn out for a warm spring day,” reports TD Wanda Metcalf.

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Go In the News: Syracuse’s Salt City Tournament

Sunday April 22, 2012

“It’s a very deep game, easy to learn how to play, but very hard to get good at,” Syracuse Go Club president Richard Moseson told the Eagle News in a April 6 report  on the recent Salt City Tournament . photo: 94-year-old Milton Sack of Fayetteville was playing in his second-ever go tournament.  He’s pictured playing Syracuse resident Peter Day, who drove up from Columbia University.

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Seattle Go Center Sues Nihon Ki-in

Thursday April 19, 2012

The Seattle Go Center filed suit against the Nihon Ki-in on April 19 in King County Superior Court. The suit charges the Nihon Ki-in with breach of contract and fraud in connection with the Nihon Ki-in’s recent decision to sell the Seattle Go Center building “in order to redirect these resources to the New York Go Center,” said the Center in a press release. The Nihon Ki-in closed the New York Go Center in November 2010, though it still owns the building it was housed in. “The Seattle Go Center deeply regrets that we have been forced to take this action,” the Center’s press release continued. “We are very disappointed that despite more than a month of urging the Nihon Ki-in to enter into negotiations with us, the Nihon Ki-in has not yet done so.  The cloud of uncertainty hanging over Seattle Go Center’s future has severely impaired our ability to conduct fundraising.” The Nihon Ki-in has not thus far given any reason for its apparent decision to revive the New York Go Center at the expense of Seattle’s, either publicly, to Seattle Go Center Directors or to the American Go Association’s (AGA) Board. “While I would have preferred a negotiated settlement,” said AGA President Allan Abramson, “given that the Nihon Ki-in has thus far ignored the AGA’s two letters seeking information on the basis for their decision, we certainly understand why the Seattle Go Center felt it had to take action. The AGA will continue to support the Center, which has been such a success.”  The Seattle Go Center, which opened in 1995 and is now self-supporting, is one of those founded by Kaoru Iwamoto 9P, whose famous atomic bomb go game against Hashimoto Utaro is depicted on the outside of the Seattle Center (above right) and who traveled extensively throughout the West with the aim of spreading go to promote peace, founding go centers in São PauloNew YorkSeattle and Amsterdam. “Iwamoto-Sensei wanted to promote international friendship by providing a place where people of all backgrounds and ethnicities could enjoy learning and playing go together,” said the Seattle Go Center. “We think we are doing a great job of fulfilling that vision.”
photo: at this year’s Jin Chen Memorial Tournament; photo by Brian Allen

 

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