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2011 NAIM Online Qualifiers Scheduled

Monday May 16, 2011

Two online qualifying tournaments for the North American Ing Masters have been set for June 4-5 and June 25-26. “The event will be similar to previous ones,” says National Tournament Coordinator Edward Zhang, noting that this year players will be required to use a web camera. Email tournaments@usgo.org to register. Similar to local qualifiers — Andy Liu 7d and Curtis Tang 7d have won two local qualifiers in Boston, MA and Alhambra, CA — the online qualifier winners will each be guaranteed a place in the NAIM main event. “Professional players in U.S. and Canada should also email tournaments@usgo.org to let us know your playing status in the 2011 NAIM,” Zhang added.

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Blacksburg Go Club Hosts 1st Tournament

Monday May 16, 2011

The Blacksburg (VA) Go Club held its first tournament on April 23, attracting a field of 13. Jimmy Yang 4d took first place in the top bracket and Robert Meyer 7k was first in the second bracket. Keenan Moukarzel 3k took second place in the top bracket and Caleb Vickers 7k was second in the second bracket. “Because of this success, the Blacksburg Go club looks forward to hosting the tournament again next year,” said organizer Dan Monahan.  “We thank Jimmy, Xinlin and their family for coming all the way from Charlottesville to play in our tournament. We expect to have even more people and fun next year.”
photo courtesy Dan Monahan

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Go Expo Day a Hit in NorCal

Monday May 16, 2011

Nearly 100 people of all ages came out to the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on May 14 for the second annual Go Expo Day. The event, organized by Bay Area Go Players Association, is really two go events under one roof. “Go Expo Day is a monthly ratings tournament coupled with our biggest go outreach event of the year,” explains organizer Roger Schrag. Nineteen players arrived in the morning for the all-day AGA-rated tournament. “Players ranged in rank from 30 kyu to 5 dan, and in age from under ten to over 70,” reports tournament director Steven Burrall. Patrick Wang 12k won the most games with a 4-1 record, and six people played in their first tournament ever. Excitement and energy levels rose sharply in the afternoon when the free go lessons began. About 75 eager students of all ages came to learn how to play go and to pick up a free starter go set and copy of The Way to Go. Volunteers talked about go’s rich cultural history and taught the enthusiastic crowd how to play our favorite board game–going over the rules, teaching basic strategy, and playing games one-on-one and in simuls. A good time was had by all, and perhaps our go community just got a little bit larger. Click here to see more photos. The next monthly ratings tournament in Northern California is scheduled for June 11 in San Francisco.

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Seattle Go Center Goes for Pets

Monday May 16, 2011

After ten months without a tenant, the Seattle Go Center has leased the downstairs of their building to Companion Pet Clinic – UDistrict. “This deal does not solve our financial needs by itself,” says SGC Manager Brian Allen, “but it makes our situation a whole lot better, and much more predictable.” Allen adds that with continued support through memberships, donations and volunteering “we will be able to increase our hours and expand our outreach from current levels.”  The veterinary group will be renovating their space this summer and moving in late this fall. The Go Center will be doing outreach at the UDistrict Street Fair this weekend — the third festival that it has attended this spring.
- photo: Tuesday night at the Seattle Go Center; photo by Brian Allen

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Iyama Yuta defeats Lee Sedol

Monday May 16, 2011

This year’s Chongqing International Golden Buddha Mountain Tourism and Cultural Festival (in China) features a three-way invitational tournament between the world’s top pros. The tournament is being called the Bosai Cup and Korea’s Lee Sedol 9P, China’s Gu Li 9P and Japan’s Iyama Yuta 9P are competing. These three are facing one another in a series of three exhibition games. Gu drew a bye in the first round, so Lee and Iyama played today (May 16 2011).

Iyama beat Lee by resignation and took the first spot in the final. In a rematch of last month’s 3rd BC Card, Gu will play Lee for the second spot in the final. The match starts at 1:00pm, May 17, Beijing time (1:00am US Eastern Time) and will be replayed live on Cyberoro. The May 18 match will be replayed the following day, also starting at 1:00pm Beijing time.

Can Iyama Yuta bring a win home for Japan?

- Jingning; based on her report Lee Sedol, Iyama Yuta and Gu Li go head-to-head at Go Game Guru, which includes the game record. Photo: (from left) Lee Sedol, Gu Li and Iyama Yuta.

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Go Spotting: Don Winslow’s Novel “Satori”

Saturday May 14, 2011

Don Winslow’s Satori is based on Trevanian’s Shibumi so it’s not surprising that the novel has go references. “The whole book uses references to go for all its plot twists and turns,” reports Rusty Brown. “The author learned go in college, but said he wasn’t proficient at the game.” A sample from the novel: “When the immediate situation is untenable, Nikko, what do you play for? Time, Otake-sama. Play for the long game.”

8 Top Players to Vie in 1st Wisonet Cup

Saturday May 14, 2011

Andy Liu 7d (l) heads up an 8-player field in the invitation-only Wisonet Cup Go Tournament, which starts Sunday, May 22 at the Quakerbridge Learning Center in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The tournament features a longer playing time – 2 hours per player – and just three rounds played over several months. The second round will be held in June, and the final round may be held in September, says Ronghao Chen, president of Wisonet and tournament organizer. The longer time is intended to permit greater preparation time for the players as well as allowing the audience “to learn and discuss more about the tournament. We hope that we can achieve very interesting games with good quality,” Chen tells the E-Journal. Doors open at 9:30a and tickets for watching the games are $5 each. The pairings for the May 22 round are: Minshan Shou 7d (2011 New Jersey Open Champion) v.s. 12-year-old Forest Song; Xinyu Tu 7d v.s. Xirou Liu 7d; Kevin Huang 7d v.s. Benjamin Lockhart 6d; Andy Liu 7d v.s. Qiyun Zhu.

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GO SPOTTING: Go on the History Channel

Friday May 13, 2011

GO SPOTTING: Go on the History Channel: Reader Drew Chuppe recently caught a go reference on a History Channel program called “The Art of War.” “They were talking about how the teaching of Sun Tzu could have helped Robert E. Lee win the Civil War,” Chuppe writes. “To my surprise, the narrator remarked that on the final day at Gettysburg, ‘Lee abandoned his go strategy and reverted to chess strategy’ and stated that the charge up Cemetery Ridge was dictated by chess strategy.” Go “teaches us to stay away from the opponent’s thickness and look for weaknesses in his position,” says Chuppe, noting that “Ordering a charge across a broad, open field into cannon fire is the battlefield expression of placing a stone next to your opponent’s strong wall. As an aside, I have read The Art of War but I do not recall any overt reference to go (though) there are a few strategic statements that could apply.” In a related go connection, graphic designer and longtime American go community contributor Mike Samuel – who designed many of the annual U.S. Go Congress logos — designed the History Channel’s iconic logo.

Congress registration passes 220: Only 3 weeks left for discounted price!

Monday May 9, 2011

“The 2011 congress has blown past 200 registered attendees, on a record setting pace!” say organizers Lisa Scott and Andrew Jackson. “We’re really looking forward to giving discounts to our early registrants, so be sure to register before June 1 to be eligible for the discount!”  Professional go players who have confirmed their attendance so far include Michael Redmond 9P, Feng Yun 9P, Mingjiu Jiang 7P, Guo Juan 5P, and Jennie Shen 3P, say the organizers, “but keep an eye on the Congress website to see if your favorite pros have registered yet!” Click here to register online.

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2011 EJ Game Collection Editor Wanted

Monday May 9, 2011

The E-Journal is seeking a volunteer to help post the 2011 collection of game commentaries online as part of the 2011 American Go Yearbook. No coding involved; all the files have already been uploaded, and you’ll be working with 2010 collection editor Brian Kirby and Yearbook Managing Editor Chris Garlock. This is a great opportunity to provide a great service to the go community with a small investment of time. If interested, send us a note at journal@usgo.org

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