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Go Filmmakers Looking for US Go Congress Photos, Videos

Monday February 16, 2015

“The Surrounding Game” filmmakers are looking for old photos of the annual U.S. Go Congress. “The story of American go is a central element 2015.02.16_US-Go-Congress-surrounding-gameof the film,” co-director Cole Pruitt tells the E-Journal. “We’ve accumulated archival photos from the AGA archives, courtesy of David Doshay, but we want to petition the American go community to send us old media — physical photos, digitized photos, videos and cassettes — from any of the Congresses. The best stuff would be wide shots of playing halls or crowds, or top AGA officials in attendance at the Congress.”

The filmmakers are on the final stretch of editing and are “on track to complete narrative editing by the end of the summer, followed by film festival submissions starting in the fall,” says Pruitt. “We’re working with an LA-based animator and NY-based composer on animated sequences and the score for the film and are incorporating them into current cuts.”
photo: at the first US Go Congress in 1985; photographer unknown

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Tacoma Go Club Tables at Year of the Ram Celebration

Monday February 16, 2015

The Tacoma Go Club promoted go at the 17th Annual Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s New Year’s Celebration of the Year of the Ram, on Saturday, 2015.02.16_TGC Table with GEC at the APCC 2015 New Year's Celebration with Li YiFebruary 14. “The table was on a high traffic corner past which walked hundreds of people observing various activities such as Korean, Japanese, and Chinese martial arts,” reported TGC president Gordon Castanza (wearing hat in photo). “Many stopped by the table to inquire about the game.” Castanza said the event “was a successful opportunity for demonstrating go to hundreds of people” and adds that the club generated a dozen or more sign-ups.
photo by Lin Young.

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Redmond Cup Registration Opens

Friday February 13, 2015

IMG_3470The 22nd annual Redmond Cup will begin in April, and registration is due by March 15th. Preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2015 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.    The Junior league has been expanded to include 12 year olds, and both leagues now require a dan rating (kyu players can compete in the North American Kyu Championships instead).  Players who complete the tournament will be eligible for $400 scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or $200 scholarships to the US Go Congress, on a first come first served basis, courtesy of the AGF. Competitors from Mexico are also invited to the event. The participants must be members of the American Go Association or the Canadian Go Association and either residents of the U.S., Canada or Mexico, or citizens of the United States living anywhere in the world, provided that they are also members of the AGA.  For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here. -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Bill Lin 7d (l) vs. Jianing Gan 7d (r), in the foreground, while the Jr. League players compete in the background, at the 2014 US Go Congress in New York..

Breaking International Title Drought, Park Junghwan Wins LG Cup

Thursday February 12, 2015

Park Junghwan 9p has defeated Kim Jiseok 9p to win the 19th LG Cup 2-1. This was Park’s first LG Cup title, and only his second international 2015.02.12_Park-Junghwan-19th-LG-Cup-300x448title since winning the 24th Fujitsu Cup in 2011. Though Park is currently ranked #1 in the world according to the rating system used by the Korean Baduk Association, in recent years many go fans doubted his ranking, because Park hadn’t won any international titles since 2011. The LG Cup final was held on February 9, 10 and 12 in Gangneung, Gangwon-do, Korea.
- based on Youngil An’s longer report on Go Game Guru

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Go Tournament in Havana in April Welcomes US Participants

Thursday February 12, 2015

“The Academia Cubana de Go is organizing a tournament in Havana at the beginning of April and is encouraging US players who want to compete to come,” Bob Gilman writes. “Under President Obama’s new Cuba policies, travel restrictions for US citizens going to Cuba have been liberalized.” Write bobgilman.aga@gmail.com if you want more information about this tournament and travel possibilities.

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Ho and Cheng Top Youth Kyu Tourney

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Crystal-trophyBrandon Ho 2k, age 13, and Matthew Cheng 2k, age 8, won the top division of the North American Kyu Championships, held Feb. 7th, on KGS.  41 kids and teens, including 8 from Mexico, and one from Canada, joined in the event.  First place winners, in all brackets down to 25 kyu, will be receiving engraved crystal trophies, in both Junior (under 13) and Senior (under 18) brackets, and everyone who entered becomes eligible for AGF scholarships to either the AGA Go Camp, or the US Go Congress. Dan players will get their chance to shine in the upcoming Redmond Cup, which will open registration later this week.  For full tournament results click here. - Paul Barchilon, AGA Youth Editor

UK Go Updates: Youth Team’s Narrow Loss to Czechia

Friday February 6, 2015

 European Youth Go Team Championship: In round four of the European Youth Go Team Championship, the UK’s youth team narrowly lost to Czechia 2-3. They currently rank 11th out of 13 teams.
- edited by Amy Su from reports on the BGA website.

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2015 WAGC Set for Bangkok in June

Thursday February 5, 2015

The 36th World Amateur Go Championship will be held in Bangkok, Thailand June 5-12. North America will be represented by Danny Ko. More details will be forthcoming soon.

An Interview with Top European Players Studying in China

Thursday February 5, 2015

Six top European players are currently studying in Beijing, China under a program sponsored by CEGO China. The Chinese Go magazine Qi-Shi recently published an interview with five of the players: Pavol Lisy (Slovakia),  Ali Jabarin (Israel), Lukas Podpera (Czech Republic), Jan Simara (Czech Republic), Dusan Mitic (Serbia). Andrii Kravets of the Ukraine was not available. Lisy and Jabarin are two new European pros. The report was translated by Jennie Shen and Kevin Huang and edited by Chris Garlock.

Qi-Shi: What’s the status of go in your countries?2015.02.04_beijing-go school

Podpera: There are about 250 active go players in Czechia, and their level is getting stronger and stronger. Last year, for example, the Czech team won the European team championship. There are four European 6ds in Czechia; we (Lucas and Jan) are two of them.

Lisy: I’m from Slovakia. There are about 50 active players there, including eight dan players.

Jabarin: Israel has about 50 players. I feel like the talent level is pretty high, because even though some countries have more players, we can beat them. We have some promising young players.

Qi-Shi: How long have you been playing go? What’s your background?

Podpera:  I started to play go at the age of 7. My father introduced me to the game because he used to play the game in the university.

Simara:  I started [to play go] because I played chess, then I met go. When I was about fifteen, I switched from chess to go.

2015.02.04_pro review-1Qi-Shi: Why is go more interesting to you?

Simara: Go has much more possibilities.

Mitic: It’s the same as with Lukas — I learned go from my father.

Lisy: I started to play go at the age of five. My father taught me.

Ali: I got introduced to the game by a friend. I just started to play when I was twelve, started going to the tournaments, then kept playing since then.

Qi-Shi: You came to Bejing to study at the Ge’s Academy. What did you learn here? Do you have a goal?

Podpera: The European pro qualification which I would like to try to pass. Otherwise I don’t have any real future planning; let’s see how it will go.

Simara: I think I’m improving in all areas.

Lisy:  I feel like I’m improving in the school because I spend lots of time on go.  I improved mostly at the endgame I think.

Qi-Shi: Do you have a plan for your future? Do you want to be a pro or want to do things related to go?

Podpera: Of course I would like to be a pro.2015.02.04_pro review-2

Simara: About the future, not exactly sure…come back and see, play some games..

Mitic: I have no plans for the future,  except I’ll try to become pro.

Lisy: My plan for the future: to get good results at the international tournaments, win some games against Asian pros, but that’s just a dream.

Jabarin: I was in university and I stopped before I came here, and I told myself I that for at least two or three years, let’s see what I can do with go. The dream is to be able to play competitively in Asia. It’s not a plan; I would say it’s a dream, but that’s the end goal. I hope I can improve as well, I know it’s not very easy.

Qi-Shi: What do you think is the most interesting thing about go?

Podpera: The endless numbers of variations.

Qi-Shi: Which part of go is the most difficult to improve?

Podpera: For me the most difficult thing to improve is the endgame. It’s very hard to count the points exactly, most of the games are decided by the endgame. But here they found how to improve in those go schools with practice.

Simara: The most difficult part to improve I think is reading.

Mitic:  I agree with most of the things Jan said, I think the most difficult part of go is reading.

Lisy: The most difficult part of go, maybe the judgement, I don’t know.

Jabarin:  I think something which is very important is mentality. When you play and also when you study. Having the will to win, the will to try hard, so you’ll study a lot, staying calm while playing is very important, that’s one of the things that I’m trying to improve here. Other than that, I feel like I gained a little bit of knowledge also. I always learn new moves, not just josekis, but new techniques. Then something which I learned about the game, I can just say that to me go is very deep, just feels different from all the other games. It’s not just a game.

Qi-Shi: Who is your go idol?

Podpera and Simara: Iyama Yuta
Mitic: Ali
Pavol: Chen Yaoye
Ali: Tanxiao

2015.02.04_silk road tournamentThe six players played the Silk Road Amateur Tournament in Xian, China (left). Lisy won first place and Jabarin won second place.
Qi-Shi: How did you feel after you won the tournament?

Lisy: I was very happy. The tournament was very good. I enjoyed it, I think, For example the time setting helped me, because I’m used to playing fast games. It was not so difficult to overcome the pressure.

Jabarin: We (Pavol and Ali) just came back from Japan from a tournament, (where) we had decent results. For me, I was feeling a bit more confident. And I was quite proud of some of the games I played in the [Silk Road] tournament. I regret the game I lost to Pavol. The tournament was a lot of fun, so it was good, of course I was happy with the prize money.

Qi-Shi: People think westerners and Asians think differently. Do you think that western go players and Asian go players think differently?

Pavol: I don’t know how they think. I think there’s a difference that they care more about the beginning of the game, they know how to finish the game, that’s the difference.

Qi-Shi: Some Asian pros think the feeling/instinct is very important. Do you play more with your       feeling/instinct or reading and judgement?

Ali: Both. I think I understand what he means. The feeling is somehow much more important. Sometimes we play much less territorial, play more for a moyo,  maybe not myself, but I think many players in Europe, they play much more moyo style. Sometimes t’s just like ‚Oh wow, this move looks good, feels good,“ not saying it like it is much more precise.

Qi-Shi: What do you want to do for European Go?

Podpera: We can bring some knowledge from China to Europe, open go schools and teach.

Simara: We are all part of the [pro] system. So if some of us are successful, naturally this system is also successful, that’ll be good for everyone.

photos: top right: the Go school in Beijing; 2nd left/3rd right: pro lesson with WangYao 6P; bottom left: Silk Road (also called 1st Qinling Mountains Cup) amateur tournament awards,  Pavol won first place, the prize money was 60,000 RM, (US$10,000).
Click here for more info and photos.

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EuroGoTV Update: Ukraine, France, Turkey

Thursday February 5, 2015

Ertug Akkol 1d Ukraine: Svitlana Tarasenko 5k took the Open Championship of Rivine on January 31 while Yaroslav Malko 8k placed second; Andrii Pylypchuk 3k came in third. France: Manuel Frangi 1d bested Guillaume Attia 3d at the 19th Orsay tournament on January 25 while Mathieu Daguenet 3d placed third. Turkey: The 1st Istanbul City Handicap Go Championship Finals finished on January 31 with Ertug Akkol 1d (left) in first, Dogac Kose 1d in second, and Hande Olgar 14k in third.  
– Annalia Linnan, based on reports from 
EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV