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Hoboken Open Canceled

Tuesday September 6, 2011

The Hoboken Open scheduled for September 18 has been canceled, reports organizer Larry Russ.

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International Go Art Contest

Sunday September 4, 2011

The 1st International Children’s Go is Art Painting Contest received submissions from the US, Mexico, Japan, the Philippines and India,” reports Alma G. Juarez, of Mexico City. “We wanted to make go culture flourish among children, and promote it through a creative exchange with the painting contest,” Juarez told the Journal, “there were three categories A, B and C from 6 to 15 years old, and kids were free to use any technique they wanted for their artworks. All the paintings we received were amazing and we could see the creativity and love that these children have for go.”  The submissions are all online, and can be seen here.  “The decision about the finalists was hard for the panel of judges,” said Juarez, “but we can say that the experience was great for everyone. We included a Special Mention for Takumi Shimada, a four-year-old  Japanese boy. Even though his age wasn’t under any category, he submitted a painting showing his love for go and his will to learn. Also we had the finalist submission of Aaron Ye 4d, who recently represented the US at the World Youth Go Championship, he’s not just a strong go player but also a great artist!  For all the children that didn’t have the opportunity to participate in the ‘Go is Art’ Painting Contest, it will be an annual event, so don’t hesitate to send your submissions next year!” -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Quotes translated from the Spanish by Siddhartha Avila.  Photo: Jamia Mei Tolentino’s  “Happiness with Go” An entry from the Philippines.
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Chicago Teens Learn Chinese and Go

Sunday September 4, 2011

“This summer, fifty high school students from the Chicago area attended the Startalk Learn Chinese program, and filled their summer vacation with an intensive college-level Chinese language experience,” reports Xinming Simon Guo, “sure, they were immersed in activities typical of a language program: listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese. What the students did not know they were in for was the use of weiqi (go) to help them understand Chinese culture and thinking. What’s the relationship between Chinese language learning and weiqi? Research from Wellcome Trust showed that Mandarin Chinese speakers use both sides of their brains to understand language, whereas English speakers use just the left hemisphere. Meanwhile in another research study, functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to compare the brain activities of people playing chess as opposed to weiqi. The result indicated that the right hemisphere of the weiqi players worked more actively than that of the chess players during the game. By being exposed to weiqi, Chinese language learners are more likely to tap both sides of the brain and learn Chinese more quickly.”  Guo and other teachers were involved in the project, which was held at Depaul University.  A full report on the program, and more photos, is here.  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo:

Simons Says Belfast

Saturday September 3, 2011

As August drew to a close, go players descended upon Northern Ireland to do battle. The 2011 Belfast Open once again took place at Belfast Boat Club, with a total of 23 players, and n0 boats taking part. The winner was Andrew ‘Uberdude’ Simons, taking the title with a perfect score. Second place went to 2009 winner Matthew Crosby, while James Hutchinson salvaged some local pride with 3rd place. Winning performance prizes for 4 wins out of 5 were Justyna Kleczar (who had just won the Galway Open), and Marek Gutkowski from Dublin. Click for the Results Table.
- Ian Davis

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The SportAccord World Mind Games

Saturday September 3, 2011

Preparation for the First Sport Accord World Mind Games is proceeding rapidly.  This event, to be held December 8-17 in Beijing, features six top international teams made up of four men and one woman each from China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea, the European Union, and the U.S.  Two medals items will be played: team and pair go.  The U.S. team has been formed and is made up of Jie Li, Andy Liu, Mingjiu Jiang, Kevin Huang, and Yun Feng.  Yun Feng and Jie Li will also represent the U.S. in the pair-go tourney.  Several exciting side events to promote the main tournament will be held in the next two to three months.  Details should be forthcoming soon.
– reported by Thomas Hsiang

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Go to Join Int’l University Sports Federation

Saturday September 3, 2011

The International Go Federation (IGF) is in the process of applying for membership in the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The decision was made at the IGF’s annual general meeting in May of this year. Preparations are proceeding well and the IGF expects to participate in the 2015 Summer Universiade event in Gwangju, Korea.
– reported by Thomas Hsiang

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International Seniors’ Tournament Invites Players

Saturday September 3, 2011

The Korean Amateur Baduk Association (KABA) is inviting international participants to the 5th Kim-In Cup International Senior Baduk Competition, to be held November 4-7 in Gang Jin City, Korea.  Dan players (male – born before 12/31/1961, female – born before 12/31/1981) are welcome to form teams of four to enter.  They may also enter as individuals.  Cash prizes will be given.  Players are responsible for their own air tickets to and from Seoul, Korea; all other expenses are borne by the sponsors. Contact Thomas Hsiang, AGA Vice President for International Affairs at igf@usgo.org if you’re interested.

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Strong Field Expected in New Insei League

Saturday September 3, 2011

More than 60 go players have already registered for the next Insei League. “Our September League will be even stronger than usual,” reports Alexandre Dinerchtein. “We will have Fernando Aguilar (aguilar on KGS) and Pavol Lisy (cheater on KGS) fighting for first place in our supergroup.” Prizes in the League’s five groups total $750 (USD) with a special prize for the most active insei: Japanese green tea set with free shipping from Japan. Insei League teachers include An Younggil, Cristian Pop, Alexandr Dinerchtein, Andy Lui, Hwang Inseong and many 5-6d amateurs. There are a few spaces remaining in the League; click here for details.

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Samsung Cup Group Stage Results

Monday August 29, 2011

The group stage of the 16th Samsung Cup finished on August 26. Unlike other go tournaments, the Samsung Cup doesn’t use a straight knockout in the round of 32. Instead, the players compete in groups of four, with two players advancing from each group. Go Game Guru has a more detailed explanation of how the Samsung Cup round of 32 works. Lee Changho 9P made it through to the next round after receiving a wildcard qualification for the group stage, which he initially expressed reservations about accepting. Unfortunately for Park Junghwan 9P (recent winner of the 24th Fujitsu Cup) and Piao Wenyao 9P (who won the 15th LG Cup in February 2011), luck was not on their side and they’ve both been eliminated. Park and Piao faced very strong competition in a group with Chen Yaoye 9P and Li Zhe 6P. Soccer fans would call this the ‘Group of Death’. The Chinese tiger cub generation are making their presence felt, as are young pros from Korea. In particular Li Xuanhao 3P and Na Hyun 1P are both only 16 years old! This promises to be a very exciting tournament. Here’s the draw for the round of 16, which will be played in Korea starting on October 4 (that’s October 3, US time).

Lee Changho 9P vs Gu Li 9P
Lee Sedol 9P vs Kong Jie 9P
Kim Junghyun 3P vs Chen Yaoye 9P
Kim Jiseok 7P vs Li Zhe 6P
Won Seongjin 9P vs Li Xuanhao 3P
Na Hyun 1P vs Peng Liyao 5P
Lee Younggu 8P vs Tan Xiao 5P
Park Younghun 9P vs Guo Wenchao 5P

- Jingning; based on her Samsung Cup reports at Go Game Guru. Photo: Li Zhe 6P (left) plays Park Junghwan 9P.

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YOUR MOVE: Congress Ratings?

Tuesday August 23, 2011

“When will the ratings be updated?” wonders Andreas. “Looks like the first two rounds of the main Congress tournament are in there, but nothing after Wednesday, none of the Self-Paired.”
In general, tournaments are rated within a week of our receiving the tournament results report from the tournament director.  From time to time there are delays as we have to clarify some of the results with the tournament directors…its very easy to transpose a number in a players AGA ID, for instance.  Please rest assured that we will rate the tournaments as quickly as possible.
– Jonathan M Bresler, AGA Ratings Coordinator
photo: at the 2011 U.S. Open in Santa Barbara, CA; photo by Chris Garlock