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Osman Tops Small But Spirited Field in VT

Monday October 3, 2011

A small — 8 players – field nonetheless enjoyed “a fun and spirited go tournament” in Middlebury, VT on October 2. The eight players represented Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, reports TD Pete Schumer. Three players finished with 3-1 records.  Based on SOS tie breaking, 1st place went to Eric Osman 2d, second place to Josh Ackerman 1k, and third to David Felcan 1d. Lunch and snacks were provided as well as trophies and prizes for all participants.

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Ing’s Youth Cup October 23rd

Monday October 3, 2011

The 14th annual Ing’s Youth Cup Goe tournament will be held October  23rd, at the Chinese Cultural Center, in Sunnyvale California.  The popular tourney is organized by Mingjiu Jiang 7p, and sponsored by the Ing Foundation.  Last year’s event drew over 100 youth, who enjoyed prizes and trophies in ten different bands, sorted by rank.  There is also a 13×13 tournament for newer players.  Registration is $35, including lunch, but goes up by $10 if you register after October 10th.  For more information, and to register, go to Gomasters.com.  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo:  Last year’s tourney, from the Go Masters site.

Teaching Go at the Anime Syracuse 2011 Festival

Monday October 3, 2011

by James Howard

It was a lot of fun teaching go at the recent Anime Syracuse 2011 Festival.  Ten of our members helped to teach at the festival. We were given a room with four 8′ tables, and had a minimum of 7 beginner sets and three full size sets throughout the day.  Several of our members brought along their go sets.  On one full size set we set up Richard Moseson’s “Basic Life and Death Shapes”.  Dick and Breck Borges brought some beginner go books, Eric Hookway brought along a beginner go book, Hikaru no Go vol.1, and a Hikaru no Go dvd, and Jim Gonnella also brought a Hikaru no Go manga.

A lot of people were dressed up at the festival.  It was really interesting seeing the various characters; some of the costumes were quite elaborate!  I joined in on the playful spirit and went as Hikaru (of Hikaru no Go), and Kathy wore anime cat ears and a tail.  I hope next year, we can have someone dress as Sai and Akira too.

Although there were slow periods (mostly in the morning), there were also periods where everyone was busy, and people had to wait or come back.  There were a few times when people looked interested as they slowly walked by, but didn’t stick around long enough.  I did my best to watch out for those people.  During those times when I walked around, I kept an eye out for them, and I did end up seeing and talking to some of them later on at various places throughout the festival.  I gave them some info about go and the club, and they ended up coming back later on for lessons and more info.

Some of those we taught came back and played several games against each other.  Some of them even played on the full-size boards.  And at one point, at least seven games were going on at once and I was really glad Anime Syracuse provided us with so much space.

Our presence definitely generated a lot of interest.  There were approximately 700 people at the festival and I’d estimate that we taught approximately 150 to 200 people.

Some of the people we taught – who came from places like Binghamton NY, PA, MA, etc — live too far away to come to our weekly club meetings but I think its important to remember that even if those people can’t join our club, they could join another club closer to where they live, which –by supporting go– indirectly helps us in a number of ways.  I told them about KGS, and how to find a local club on the AGA website www.usgo.org.

Overall I would say we reached a good number of people, especially local people.  There were at least a couple dozen very promising local area prospects. Eric, one of the very promising players Richard Moseson taught at the festival came to our club the following Monday night and did very well.

We definitely accomplished spreading knowledge about go, and also awareness of the Syracuse Go Club; it was a lot of fun and I believe well worth the effort.

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Portland Tournament Attracting Strong Field

Monday September 26, 2011

This year’s Portland Go Tournament – set for October 29-30 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR — will involve no less than four 6-dans, reports organizer Peter Drake. “Guozhong Zhuang, his son Vincent — who recently represented the U.S. in the World Youth Go Championship –  Nicholas Zhirad, and Solomon Choe (self-promoting from 5.9),” says Drake. “Lesser dans and single- and double-digit kyu players should also be present in abundance.” The two-day, five-round handicap tournament is the largest annual tournament in Oregon and is again being held at Lewis & Clark College, recently ranked as the second most beautiful campus in the country by the Princeton Review. The tournament director is experimenting with the new software from goclubs.org, which was used successfully at the Tacoma Go Club’s recent Back-To-School tournament. Click here for details on online registration.

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Seattle Go Center Celebrates 16th Anniversary with Go, Music, Food & More

Monday September 26, 2011

To mark their 16th anniversary, the Seattle Go Center had a party on Sept. 10, and a tournament on Sept 17.  About 40 people came to the party, which featured sushi, fresh bread from longtime local organizer Chris Kirschner, a go game cake by Vicki Wheeler, a silent auction, and a mesmerizing koto concert by Shiho Kurauchi and Chiyusa Kitai. All the music had been composed since 1970.  The next Saturday, 12 players competed in three sections.  Both dan winners were new arrivals to Seattle. First place went to Yu Zhou, a high school student from China playing his first AGA games,  while Daniel Poore from Washington D.C. placed 2nd.  The upper kyu section was won by Brian Allen, with Frank Brown 2nd.  The lower kyu section was won by youth player Josh Hall, with Anne Thompson 2nd.  Photo/report by Brian Allen

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MacFadyen Retains British Open Crown

Monday September 26, 2011

In a nail-biting game, Matthew Macfadyen beat Nick Krempel on September 17 in London to retain the title of British Go Champion.  “In an exciting third and deciding game, Macfadyen killed a group early on and held on against everything Nick Krempel could throw at him,” reports Tony Atkins. “Eventually Nick had to resign allowing Matthew to be champion for another year.” Game records of the championship match are available in the KGS Archives. Other recent news from the British tournament scene is available here.

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France: Strasbourg Wins Master Lim Cup

Monday September 26, 2011

With 22 dan players lined up on their team, it came as no surprise that the Strasbourg Go Club kept the French Champion title last Sunday, September 25 at the Master Lim Cup. Motoki Noguchi 6d, Thomas Debarre 6d, Frédéric Donzet 5d and Antoine Fenech 5d led Strasbourg and only Nantes and Toulouse managed to score a win with the defeat of Donzet against Desvaux and Noguchi against Fan (see the game record below).

The ninth edition of the Master Lim Cup was considered a success in all respects, with  no less than 14 teams present in Piriac-sur-Mer, and the clubs sending their best players to fight under the bright sun, including François Mizessyn, Alain Kerbrat, Bernard Helmstetter, Toru Imamura-

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Cornuejols and Tanguy Le Calvé.

Strasbourg, Grenoble, Toulouse, Dijon and Nantes have already qualified for the 2012 edition of the Cup; the other clubs will have to participate in the regional qualifications first.
- report/photo by Alain Cano, French Correspondent for the E-Journal

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First Amateur Player Turns Pro Under New System

Sunday September 25, 2011

An otherwise normal game in the main tournament of the 39th Myeongin has become a sensation. This is because amateur go player, Cho Insun 7D, just turned pro under the Korean Baduk Association’s new points system. On September 20, 2011, Cho Insun began his Myeongin game with Park Jeonggeun 4P in more or less the usual way. However, he knew that if he won the game he would be allowed to turn professional. And so did everyone else. Despite the pressure and anticipation of others, Cho played an excellent game, grabbing a win as well as the points he needed to take his tally to the crucial number, 100. Under the new system, amateur players can accumulate points for performing well in the professional tournaments that allow amateurs to qualify and compete. Some examples of these are the LG Cup, the Samsung Cup and, of course, the Myeongin. Cho is the first player to reach 100 points under this system and become pro. Perhaps his story will inspire other aspiring amateurs worldwide? Congratulations Cho Insun 1P.

See Cho Insun’s game and join the discussion at Go Game Guru.

- Jingning; based on her original article at Go Game Guru. Photo: Cho Insun 1P.

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Seattle Go Center Gets Matching Grant

Sunday September 25, 2011

All donations made to the Seattle Go Center in the month of September will be matched by another  donor, reported Manager Brian Allen at the Center’s 16th anniversary party.  “Our anonymous benefactor will match donations up to a total of $10,000″, he said.  Some donors may also trigger matching grants from their employers, since the Go Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit.  Center supporters can donate online using the website donation page: donate. Now that the downstairs of their building is rented out, the Go Center has been gradually increasing programming and outreach, often with volunteer help.  The Seattle Center is open 5 days a week; two days a week for classes, and three days a week for games and informal lessons.  It is also open on Sundays for tournaments about twice a month.  “This is a great time to support the Center and help us get back to teaching and promoting go full time”  noted Allen.  Photo: Dennis Wheeler plays out a famous game with M&M’s on a  cake for the Go Center Anniversary Party.  Photo/report by Brian Allen

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Calling Female Players: N.A. Qualifier This Weekend for the 2nd Qiong-Long-Shan World Women Championship

Thursday September 22, 2011

The American Go Association will host a qualifier on KGS this weekend for the Second Qiong-Long-Shan World Women Championship. China is hosting the Qiong-Long-Shan Championship October 8-14. Sixteen strongest female players throughout the world are being invited to attend in Suzhou China. Top prize is RMB 200,000 (about $30,000). Prize per game is RMB 6,000.

The AGA will host a qualifier on KGS this weekend. All female players with ratings above 5.0 are welcome. AGA membership and US citizenship are required (UPDATE: green card holders are now eligible!) except for CGA representatives. Web camera and KGS accounts are required. The tournament will be during September 25-28 with flexible schedule as long as both players agree, otherwise players must be available to play 3 rounds on 8 PM ET/5 PT on 9/26, 9/27 and 9/28. Basic time is 1 hour. Overtime is 5 periods of 1 minute.

Please write to tournaments@usgo.org to register by 8 PM ET on Saturday 9/24.

 

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