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Easy Way to Support the U.S. Mind Sports Team

Saturday March 10, 2012

With fundraising efforts underway to send the U.S. team to the Second World Mind Sports Games, American Go Association President Allan Abramson has an easy way for anyone to help. “Just apply for the AGA credit card and as soon as you use it once, the AGA gets $50!” CapitalOne also donates a percentage of all charges on each card, which has already generated $1,500, but with over $15,000 raised in 2008 to send the team to the first Mind Games, there’s a way to go yet this year. Another way is to donate directly to the AGA: click here to do so easily online. “Please help,” Abramson urges, “Whatever you can do makes a difference and is appreciated.”

 

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YKNOT Finals Set for Saturday, March 10 on KGS

Friday March 9, 2012

The final rounds of the Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YKNOT) will be played Saturday, March 10 on KGS in the AGA Tournaments Room. After three exciting rounds of play, seven players of the YKNOT 2, sponsored by Young Kwon, remain undefeated. The three undefeated players of the open section are Zhanbo Sun, a 2-dan professional and champion of last year’s YKNOT, Mingming Yin 1- dan professional and winner of the Strong Players Open of the 2011 Go Congress, and Yue Zhang 7D.  Other undefeated players include Meng Lu, Yunxuan Li, April Ye, and Julian Erville. “Special thanks to the tournament directors, Young Kwon for sponsoring, and KGS for hosting and tournament support!” says AGA Tournaments Coordinator Karoline Burrall.
3/11: Updated: Yue Zhang 7D was the third undefeated top player, not Andy Liu 7D, a past winner of the North American Ing Masters tournament and US representative overseas, who was 2-1. 

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NAIM Qualifier & Self-Paired Tourneys Set for Somerset, NJ

Friday March 9, 2012

Go players of all levels will be able to play or watch top-level play April 21-22 when the Wisonet Go Club hosts both a North American Ing Masters (NAIM) Qualifier and a self-paired tournament at the Madison Suites Hotel in Somerset, New Jersey. The NAIM Qualifier will provide high-level competition for strong dan players, as well as qualification points for the 2012 North American Ing Masters Tournament, which will be held at the US Go Congress in Black Mountain, NC in August. Meanwhile, players of all strengths will be able to play in a simultaneous self-paired tournament organized by Wisonet Go Club President and Tournament Director Ronghao Chen. To be eligible for the Qualifier, players must US citizenship or a green card, full AGA membership for the past year, and have lived in the US for six of the last 12 months. Players in this section may attend one or both days to play AGA-rated games. Players who would like to compete in the Qualifier must register by April 12; the registration fee is $45. For the self-paired tournament, the fee is $35 for both days, $22 for Saturday only, and $15 for Sunday only. Tournament prizes will be based on attendance after venue costs. The Somerset Madison Suites Hotel is also offering a special rate for visiting go players at the tournament. Click here for details, tournament registration form, and directions. Contact Ronghao Chen with any questions at chenronghao@yahoo.com.

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Limited Seats Left for Janice Kim Workshop in Portland, OR

Friday March 9, 2012

With 20 players already signed up for Janice Kim 3P’s April 6-8 workshop in Portland, OR, there are just five seats left, reports Portland Go Club organizer Peter Freedman. Workshop participant strength ranges from 12kyu to 2 dan. “Workshop size limited to 25,” Freedman tells the E-Journal, “so there are still a few more slots.”  Email peter.freedman@comcast.net for more information.

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Park Junghwan Wins 13th Maxim Cup

Tuesday March 6, 2012

On March 5, 2012, Park Junghwan 9P defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P to take the 13th Maxim Cup two games to zero. The Maxim Cup is a 9 dan only invitational tournament in Korea. Like last year, the finals took place at the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage listed Jeju Island. It seems that reporters make a habit of giving the players a hard time at the Maxim Cup finals. Last year, Lee Changho was asked how he felt about losing his dominance over the Go world. This time, Choi was in the hot seat and got grilled about his upcoming wedding. Park was not spared either. Asked about his disappointing first round loss in the 4th BC Card Cup, where he started as one of the favorites, Park said that hopefully with this win, his performance will improve in future tournaments. Both games featured creative openings, followed by hard fighting.

Jingning; based on her original article Park Junghwan wins 13th Maxim Cup at Go Game Guru.

Photo: Park Junghwan 9P.

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.

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