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Wednesday August 7, 2013

Several readers have written to say that Google’s new inbox format can place the E-Journal in a different category that does not automatically show in your inbox without clicking another button.  The E-Journal is now apparently appearing in the “promotions” category of some people’s gmail accounts.  “Promotions” is one of the new categories that gmail is being separated into when it comes in to your inbox.  If you do not want to have your mail pre-sorted like this, this can easily be fixed by going into your settings. Click on the gear symbol in the upper right part of your screen when you are in your inbox and then click on “settings.”  Once you are in your settings, choose “inbox” from the categories offered.  One of the first options available to you will be the “categories” section.  You can add more categories or reduce the categories that you currently have.  If you delete all of the categories except one, your email will come to you as before – unsorted. The Google Mail help page can help you with more advanced answers.
- Craig Brown and Steve Colburn 

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U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Tuesday, August 6

Wednesday August 7, 2013

Tuesday night is Crazy Go night at the U.S. Go Congress, and the main playing area was filled with players trying out variations, including 3D Go (top right); Galactic Go (middle right); 4-color go (bottom right); Joker Go (bottom left); Rengo Kriegspiel (middle left) and Hex Go (top left). photos by Chris Garlock, except for 4-color go, by Phil Straus
Click here for Phil Straus’ complete photo album of the day. 

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Auto Exec Turns His Sights on Popularizing Go

Wednesday August 7, 2013

Tadaaki Jagawa has built a very successful career selling cars around the world. Now the Toyota executive is hoping to apply some of the same principles to making the game of go more popular around the world. Jagawa, Vice-Chairman of the Nihon-Kiin’s Board of Directors, is visiting the U.S. Go Congress this week. “I think it’s very important to meet the U.S. go community in person,” Jagawa told the E-Journal on Tuesday, in an interview translated by Frank Fukuda of the Seattle Go Center. “The Nihon Ki-in is in critical condition and really needed people with management skills,” Jagawa said. “It’s my goal that our professional go players be able to play go as much as possible, instead of spending their time managing the Ni-hon Ki-in.” As Vice-President of Toyota, Jagawa has been responsible for opening most of the company’s overseas factories in the U.S. Europe, Africa and the Mideast. As a manager used to being on the ground, Jagawa – who joined the Nihon Kiin leadership team in 2012” – says that a visit to the U.S. was “Number one, most important” to underline and explore the Ki-in’s commitment to supporting go in the United States. The immediate idea is for the Ki-in to send a stream of young professionals to the United States to teach and lecture as part of the AGA’s continuing outreach programs in places like the Seattle Go Center. Discussions with the AGA and local organizers are underway about a location on the East Coast. “It’s going to be very important to the success of this plan that ghe Nihon Ki-in be in more regular and frequent official contact with the AGA,” Jagawa said, obliquely alluding to the now-resolved tensions over the future of the Seattle and New York Go Centers. The hope is to have the plan for a new East Coast go center in place by March, 2014. Discussions are also underway with the European go community — and in fact, the other Nihon Ki-in vice chairman, Mr. Yamashiro, is visiting the European Go Congress this week — but the timeline there is expected to be somewhat longer. “Building the base is key to success,” Jagawa said. “You must sell the product through the base. In this case the product is go, which is very different than, say, a car, but perhaps there are some similarities after all.” Localizing is important, he stressed. Toyota became a global success in part by localizing its vehicles for each market. Applying this to go, Jagawa suggested, means adapting the Nihon Ki-in’s support to whatever makes the most sense in each community, rather than trying to impose a “one size fits all” model. “It must be fit to the needs of the people,” he said. Asked what his favorite thing is about the game of go, Jagawa chuckled. “Sometimes, in seeking the truth on the board, however deep you go, you can’t see the bottom. That’s very attractive.” Clearly, this is a man who relishes a challenge, wherever he finds it.
- report/photos by Chris Garlock: top left: Jagawa plays at the Go Congress; bottom right: Thomas Hsiang and Frank Fukuda present Jagawa with a 2013 U.S. Go Congress t-shirt.

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U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Wednesday, August 7

Tuesday August 6, 2013

Tournament Recap: It was an exciting morning at the U.S. Open on Tuesday. The games on both top boards — both being broadcast live on KGS and drawing a crowd in the playing room as well — were half-pointers, and TD Karoline Burrall and other officials were called in to help adjudicate the scoring in the Board 1 game between the undefeated Zi Yang (Matthew) Hu 1P  and Yuhan Zhang 7d because of a question about how to count points in seki. Zhang got the win, snapping an impressive winning streak in the U.S. Open by Hu that goes back to 2011. Hu was back in form in his Masters tournament Round 3 game Tuesday night, handily defeating Jie Liang, while Stephanie Yin dispatched Hugh Zhang and Andy Liu 1P notched his second 2013 NAMT win by defeating Justin Teng. In the Strong Player’s Open, Cong Li continued his run by beating Ho Son, as did Yuhan Zhang, winning against Juyong Koh, and Beomgeun Cho, defeating Andrew Huang. Latest results — and game records — are here: U.S. OpenNAMTSPO.

Pro Game Commentaries: Two more pro commentaries today: Yilun Yang 7P on the Masters Round 2, Board 1 game between Calvin Sun 7d and Zi Yang (Matthew) Hu 1P and Shirley Lin 1P on the U.S. Open Round 3, Board 1 game between Hu and Yuhan Zhang 7d. - photo: Lin (left) and Yang (right) with EJ Managing Editor Chris Garlock; photo by Todd Heidenreich

Wednesday Schedule: While most Congress attendees will be off exploring the Seattle area today on the traditional day off, many will stay for the 4-round Die Hard, which is also expected to attract local players who can just come for the day. Players must register by 8:30a in order to play in the first round, which starts at 9a; pre-registrants must check in by 8:45. The tournament will be played in the main playing area.

Madness Declining at Congress: Attendance is down at the Midnight Madness tournament “due to campus-wide outbreak of board gaming, poker, and 7 am tennis,” reports TD Martin Lebl. Just six players turned out Monday night, but “as always, games are available nightly,” Lebl promised. photo by Martin Lebl

Seen & Heard: “If white gets all four coasts, black should resign,” said Paul Barchilon when he came across Vincent Ma 2d and Jeffrey Zhang 2d playing on this go board in the shape of the United States, created by Frank Salantrie. Ma won, 126-60. photo by Paul Barchilon

Online Coverage: There will be no live broadcasts Wednesday; our coverage of top boards at the U.S. Open resumes at 9a (PST) Thursday on KGS (look for the USGO accounts); professional commentary by Myungwan Kim 9P and Chujo Chihiro 1P begins at 10a. Redmond Cup coverage on KGS will begin at 3p. Our live coverage of the North American Ing Masters and Strong Players Open begins at 7p. Results — and game records — are here: U.S. OpenNAMTSPO.

 

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BGA Ratings Stay Public as Member’s Area Launches

Tuesday August 6, 2013

The British Go Association’s (BGA)  ratings list and Organisers Handbooks will continue to be publicly available on the BGA’s website, which last week launched a member’s-only section. Plans to remove much previously public information, including ratings, had met with opposition (Brits “Members-Only” Website Move Sparks Debate 7/21 EJ) and following a period of consultation, BGA President Jon Diamond announced that the ratings, handbooks and “some of the Policies which may be clearly relevant to non-members (such as Child Protection)” would remain public. Material on the Members’ Section includes electronic versions of the British Go Journals for the last year, PDFs, SGFs and problems/solutions, Council meetings and Annual General Meeting Minutes, Annual Accounts, Policies and Archive contents. Click here for full details.
-Tony Collman, British Correspondent for the E-Journal.

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Prelim Wins by Lui & Lockhart Guarantee U.S. Seat in Samsung

Tuesday August 6, 2013

Eric Lui and Ben Lockhart both won in the second round of the Samsung preliminary (U.S. 2-3 in Samsung Prelims After First Round 8/5 EJ). They will play each other on Wednesday with the winner advancing to the 32-player main tournament in September.
- Thomas Hsiang

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U.S. Go Congress Recap/Preview: Tuesday, August 6

Tuesday August 6, 2013

Tournament Recap: In the second round of the North American Masters Tournament Monday night at the U.S. Go Congress, Zi Yang Hu defeated Calvin Sun on Board 1, while Jie Liang (left in photo)  handed Andy Liu 1P (right) his second defeat in the NAMT and Mingming Yin beat Tianyu Lin. In the Strong Players Open, Li Cong beat Peilun Li on Board 1, while Yuhan Zhang defeated Beomgeun Cho and Juyong Koh won against Albert Yen. Click here for full results — and game records — of each round: U.S. OpenNAMTSPO. photo by Phil Straus

Pro Game Commentaries: We’ve got three pro game commentaries so far: Jennie Shen 2P on the U.S. Open Round 1 game Sunday between Zi Yang (Matthew) Hu and Tianyu [Bill] Lin; Cathy Li 1P on the U.S. Open Round 2 game Monday between Zi Yang Hu and Jianing Gan, and a special bonus: Myungwan Kim 9P’s (left) commentary on the Pandanet-AGA City League A-League final between Beumgeon (Evan) Cho and Jie Li, which was played last Saturday. photo by Chris Garlock

Midnight Madness Welcomes Hardcore Players: “Join the ranks of the truly hard core go players where the go never ends,” urges Midnight Madness TD Martin Lebl. “Five tables of midnight fun and madness daily in the main playing hall.” Just show up between 11:30 and 11:50 to sign up for the round each day; pairings after 11:55, with games starting at midnight.

Online live coverage of top boards at the U.S. Open begins at 9a (PST) on KGS (look for the USGO accounts), and Board 1 will also be simulcast on IGS; professional commentary by Yilun Yang 7P and Shirley Lin 1P begins at 10a. Redmond Cup coverage on KGS will begin at 3p. Our live coverage of the North American Ing Masters and Strong Players Open begins at 7p. Results — and game records — are here: U.S. OpenNAMTSPO.

Lightning Go Table Winners: Jeremy Chiu 6d, Jimmy Yang 5d, Sammy Zhang 4d, Linden Chiu 3d, Daniel Liu 3d, Chenchen Luu 2d, Daniel Puzan 1k, Yukino Takehara 2k, Yuku Sakurai 3k, Devin Fraze 4k, Eric Liu 5k, Austin Cao 9k, Maxwell Chen 16k. 76 players participated; Keith Arnold was the TD, of course. photo by Chris Garlock

Go Quiz Answer: Greg, Gary and Garrett share more than the initial “G”; their last name is Smith (though none are related).

Correction: Yuhan Zhang defeated Cong Li 3p in the first round of the U.S. Open; we mistakenly reported that Li won.

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U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Monday, August 5

Monday August 5, 2013

Monday’s Snapshots: center: Lightning Go Tournament (Chris Garlock); top right: Yang Yi 6P lectures on the san-ren-sei opening (Peter Mooyman); middle right: in the Youth Room (Phil Straus); bottom right: top boards being broadcast in the main playing area; bottom left: Maeda Ryo 6P lecture (Straus); middle left: at the Teacher’s Workshop; top left: Ozdal Barkan with shirt & sign (Straus). Got Congress photos? Email ‘em to us at journal@usgo.org
Click here for Phil Straus’ complete album.  

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Frisbee Go – Youth Room Style

Monday August 5, 2013

Today’s tournaments in the Youth Room at the US Go Congress included 9×9 and 13×13 tournaments, run by Fritz Balwit, and a little impromptu frisbee go on the ten foot by ten foot 9×9 board as well.  Table winners in the 9×9 were: Willis Huang 3d, Job Betcher 2d, Julie Burrall 4k, Bryan Tan 8k, and Bob Liu 13k; 13×13 table winners were Justin Ching 4d, Daniel Puzan 1k, and Eric Liu 5k.  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor;  photo by Phil Straus

 

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Celmer, Lebl & Kirschner Elected to AGA Board

Monday August 5, 2013

Paul Celmer defeated write-in candidate Barack Obama to win the election for the Eastern Region seat on the American Go Association Board of Directors. Martin Lebl and Chris Kirschner, both unopposed, won in the Central and Western regions, respectively. Congratulating all three, AGA President Andy Okun thanked Kirchner and Celmer “for their willingness to continue serving the American go community” and extended “a very special welcome to Martin, whose enthusiasm, good humor and organizing skills will make him an exciting addition to the Board.”
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