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U.S. Go Congress registration opens

Sunday April 9, 2017

Registration for the 2017 U.S. Go Congress 2017.04.08_town-country-resortin San Diego is now open. The largest annual go activity in the United States — last year 650 attended in Boston — the Congress runs August 5-12 this year. Events include the US Open, the largest annual go tournament in the US, professional lectures and game analysis, continuous self-paired games, and all kinds of go-related activities from morning to midnight.

The 2017 Congress will be held at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, California, which is right in the center of town. “The venue for go tournaments, lectures and game analyses, as well as hotel rooms and meals are all within a short walk of each other, no streets to cross,” says Congress Director Ted Terpstra.

Lodging reservations most be done through the Town and Country Resort hotel via a link on the AGA page, not through the AGA. A special rate is available that 2017.04.08_town-country-resortway and is good for three days before and after the Congress for those who want to extend their stay in San Diego. Details on Congress costs are here.

For those who select one of the meal packages, their food will be served on-site at the convention center under the supervision of the executive chef. Meal plan details are here.

The Town and Country Resort is an 46-acre oasis near most of the tourist attractions in town. It is a quick ten-minute drive from downtown, the airport, the Pacific Ocean beaches, Seaworld, the zoo, Balboa Park and many other sights. People staying there have use of the three swimming pools and the gym. The Town and Country Resort has its own trolley stop and is contiguous to a bus terminal, an upscale mall and a golf course.

“The San Diego Go Club is happy to welcome everyone and look forward to hosting a great US Go Congress,” says Terpstra.

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AGA Master Review Series: Game 15; Master vs. Park Jungwhan 9P

Thursday April 6, 2017

In the latest video commentary in the AGA’s Master Review series, Michael Redmond 9P, hosted by Chris Garlock, takes a 2017.04.06_AGA Master Review Series, Game 15look at a game between Master and Park Jungwhan.

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The top Korean player is usually placed second to Ke Jie in the world ranking systems. “In this game Master shows some very strong fighting on the lower side,” says Redmond.

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Chiang Tops Enlighten Tourney

Thursday April 6, 2017

17309197_118437642024158_2315142002940725631_nAnthony Chiang 6d took top honors at the Enlighten Youth Go Tournament on March 20th in San Jose, CA. The tournament attracted more than 80 young players and is the largest youth go tournament in the Bay Area. Players were separated into 14 groups according to their level, and Chiang took first place in group A with 3 wins. Winners got trophies and various prizes. Every player in the 13×13 board section won trophies as well. Complete results are here, photos are available here. -Report by tournament organizer Wenguang Wang. Photo by Yu Hsiu Chiou.
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Sedgwick Kids Discover Go

Wednesday April 5, 2017

17499502_10212273359852978_3716404628605044121_nThe VMware Go Club and Santa Clara Youth Go Club presented a  “Learn to Play Go” session for 120+ third-graders at Sedgwick Elementary School in Cupertino, CA, on March 28th, reports organizer Wenguang Wang. “As in previous years, the school invited many presenters to teach kids various kinds of fun activities, such as fencing, YoYo, robots, and yoga. Volunteers Hongya Qu, Yi Luo, and myself presented the go lesson. Students learned the rules and played a few games on 9×9 boards. They enjoyed the session, especially those who won,” reports Wang. -Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Wenguang Wang.

 

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National Go Center’s wish list as grand opening approaches

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Construction on the new National Go Center in Washington DC is almost done and plans for the Center’s grand opening April2017.04.04_ngc-measuring 28-30 are underway, reports Center Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa.

“Local volunteers and generous contributors have already stepped up to help make the Center a warm and welcoming place,” says Khalsa. “But there are a lot of items 2017.04.02-Fujisawa Shuko artworkthe NGC could use from supportive donors.” These include office desk(s) and chairs, a sofa and loveseat(s), side tables, kitchen utensils and equipment, coffee maker, framed go-themed pictures and artwork, computers, cameras for broadcasting, monitors, 2- inch table boards, and stones in wooden bowls. Email gurujeet.khalsa@nationalgocenter.org

Fred Baldwin and Keith Arnold have donated go books and magazines for the Center’s library, which will be housed in teak bookcases donated by former AGA President Allan Abramson. Ron Snyder has donated a beautifully crafted Ing table. And Thomas Hsiang is contributing a special piece of calligraphy (left) by legendary go player Fujisawa Shuko that the Nihon Kiin originally donated to the New York Go Center. photo: measuring space for tables at the NGC; photo by Chris Garlock
Update: This post has been updated to reflect that the Ing table is being donated by Ron Snyder. 

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Nihon Ki-in Pro visits Seattle Go Center

Monday April 3, 2017

Bian Wenkai 2P, a young pro from the Nihon Ki-in, visited the Seattle Go Center from March 23 to March 28.  Originally from Shanghai, Mr. Bian is fluent in Japanese and Chinese, and also speaks some English.  Bian Wenkai at Seattle Go Center - before gamesA friendly and generous teacher, Bian Sensei visited the McDonald International School Go Club, the Zoka Coffeehouse group, and played against a team of players at Nick Sibicky’s  DDK Class at the Seattle Go Center.  He gave a lecture on Sunday afternoon, replaying an old game that he lost by a half point, and a more recent tournament game that he won.  He also played simultaneous games four times at the Go Center. Forty-nine people visited the Go Center during the Tuesday when Bian Wenkai was there.  Report and photo by Brian Allen

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New AlphaGo doc premieres at NYC Tribeca filmfest

Saturday April 1, 2017

Man is pitted against machine as the DeepMind AI takes on go grandmaster Lee Sedol in ALPHAGO, a brand-new 2017.04.01AlphaGo-2017 Tribeca Film Festivaldocumentary that will have its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca film festival in New York City later this month. Director Greg Kohs’ absorbing documentary chronicles Google’s DeepMind team as it prepares to test the limits of its rapidly-evolving AI technology. Kohs and his team were on hand last year in Seoul to document the historic battle with more at stake than the million dollar prize, and the film “reveals as much about the workings of the human mind as it does the future of AI.” ALPHAGO screens April 21, 23, 24 and 26; click here for details and tickets.

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AGA Go Camp Set for Week Before Congress – Outside San Diego

Thursday March 30, 2017

DSCN3691 copyThe AGA Go Camp is moving west this year, and will be held at Schoepe Scout Camp at Lost Valley, just outside of San Diego, from July 30th to August 5th.  Myungwan Kim 9P will return as the instructor, and Fernando Rivera, Wenguang Wang, and Yanping Zhao will be camp directors.  The location, in the mountains above Anza-Borrego State Park, and surrounded by 1,500 acres of national forest, will give kids a taste of the outdoors. The camp features many activities, including high-wire walking, hiking trails, horse-back riding, two swimming pools, boating, and shooting ranges. “During our drive around the camp, I saw herds of deer wandering about. Birds, and other critters are frequent visitors of the camp also,” reports Congress Director Ted Terpstra. “There are native American artifacts on site including rocks where they ground the grain into flour. This is the flagship camp of the Boy Scouts in southern California. I was impressed with the care that has gone into the maintenance of the facilities. It certainly gives an entirely different feeling compared  to the packed freeways of southern California.” Camp will be the week before the US Go Congress, and a two hour drive from the site.  Youth of all ranks can come and learn from a pro, improve their skills, and then come to compete in the US Open the following week.  Airport pick up is available in San Diego for unaccompanied minors. The AGF is again offering a range of scholarships.  Youth who played in either the Redmond Cup or the NAKC are eligible for $400 scholarships, and the winning teams in the School Teams Tournament will also receive full scholarships to camp. For more info about the location click here, for pricing and registration info, click here. - Paul Barchilon EJ Youth Editor.  Photo by Ted Terpstra.

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NJ tourney on Saturday offers free registration, pro game reviews

Monday March 27, 2017

The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU), together with the Feng Yun Go School, will host a 3-round 2017.03.27_FengYunWeiqi-logo1tournament in New Brunswick, New Jersey, this Saturday, April 1st. Doors open at 11a. Thanks to support from the CIRU, players of all strengths are welcome to participate free of charge; register online using Eventbrite no later than Thursday, March 30 to guarantee a spot.
Participants winning all three of their games will receive both a Rutgers T-shirt and also a performance rank certificate signed by Feng Yun 9p.
As an added bonus, Feng Yun 9p will provide game reviews between rounds. “Often players win or lose with little understanding of why, and this tournament will provide a teacher to shed some light,” notes tournament director, Paul Matthews. “We think that the combination of competition and instruction is important, and everyone is invited to come see.”
See the tournament webpage for more information.
- Brian Kirby
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School Teams Deadline April 8th

Monday March 27, 2017

STT2017promoRegistration for the AGHS 2017 North American School Team Tournament is open until April 8th. “Grab two friends and represent your high school, club, or language school,” urges AGHS Promotions Head Albert Yen.  “Any non-go institution is eligible to compete, and there is no cap on the number of teams per institution. The tournament will be held on KGS; all participants are eligible for an AGA summer Go camp scholarship. Prizes include cash, trophies/medals, and AGHS custom T-shirts for the winning teams.” For this year’s official STT rules click here. Register by April 8th here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Image by April Ye.

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