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Chen Zude 9P Battling Cancer Again

Monday February 21, 2011

The legendary Chen Zude 9P underwent a successful operation for pancreatic cancer last week, reports David Omerod of Go Game Guru. Chen, the current president of the Chinese Weiqi Association, was the first Chinese professional to become 9 dan after the introduction of professional ranks in China. “He is now recovering in hospital, where he has been visited by the Chinese Women’s Weiqi team,” Omerod tells the E-Journal. “He is in high spirits and intends to start playing weiqi again soon.” Credited with popularizing the Chinese fuseki, Chen also wrote a popular autobiography, ‘Beyond Self’, which was inspired by his first battle with cancer 30 years ago.

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Winston Jen Donates 1,000 Hikaru Sets

Monday February 21, 2011

Winston Jen, who previously donated thousands of dollars worth of anime (cartoons) and manga (comics) for AGA youth programs, is now donating 1,000 sets of the Hikaru no Go manga series. At 23 volumes of roughly 200 pages each, this represents 23,000 books.  The series follows the adventures of a 12-year-old boy in Japan, who becomes a professional go player.  Reading the series sparks tremendous interest in playing go among children (and adults too). The AGF is handling distribution of the sets, and is providing them for the cost of shipping to school and public libraries.  The AGF is also using the donation as a springboard for major outreach to libraries, and will be attending the American Library Association’s annual convention this June, in New Orleans.  15,000-20,000 librarians will be attending, and the AGF will staff a booth in the vendor area, where 2009 Teacher of the Year Josh Frye will join AGF board members in teaching librarians about go, and offering them free manga and equipment to launch programs.  Jen discovered go through Hikaru, and wants to share his love of the series with American kids.  Jen lives in Japan, and adds English subtitles to anime series, which are distributed on the internet.  Known as “fansubbing,” thousands of volunteers translate various series that otherwise might not receive an audience outside of Japan.  Hikaru was first translated by fansubbers, and might never have made it to the US if fansubbers hadn’t created a market for it first. “Fansubbing has increased my empathy for other cultures and inspired me to study harder than ever,” Jen told the Journal, “I’m currently in the midst of correcting TokyoPop’s Fruits Basket localization as part of my PhD in applied linguistics.” Jen’s fansub group C1anime, is looking for volunteers.  Current projects include Perrine, from the 19th century novel by Hector Malot, and a translation of the Anne Frank anime movie.  Interested parties should e-mail shannon-nii@hotmail.com.  Those who use Internet Relay Chat (IRC) can find C1 at #c1anime on Rizon.net.  Various C1anime series can be downloaded online.  - Paul Barchilon, E.J. Youth Editor

AGF Upgrades Shipping Services

Monday February 21, 2011

The American Go Foundation (AGF) has moved into a new warehouse in Colorado. With a continuously expanding number of school-based go programs, AGF warehousing and shipping activities were being stretched to the limit at their former location in Pennsylvania. New and inexpensive items from China had become available in quantity, but a loading dock was needed in order to receive these shipments. In mid-December, after months of preparation, a truck rolled up to the loading dock at Key Fulfillment, a Colorado-based order fulfillment specialist, and offloaded fourteen pallets of boards, stones, magazines, and other paraphernalia the AGF uses in it’s educational efforts.  Key has hundreds of customers, and a staff of 40, but provides customized packaging and shipping with a computerized inventory system.  Mail sorting can be seen in the photo above, and hundreds of pallets are stored in giant racks in the rear.  Central to the AGF  move was a need to accommodate an additional 23 pallets of Hikaru no Go Manga, which is being donated by Winston Jen (see Jen Donates in this issue). The AGF would like to publicly acknowledge Marilyn Campbell, their one-woman fulfillment department who has helped supply go teachers and organizers for the past ten years, and Chuck Robbins, who hosted their shipping operation for many years at his business, CT Inc. and arranged to ship their inventory to Colorado.  For more updates on AGF operations, check out their newsletter Sensei.  
- Roy Laird, with Paul Barchilon.  Photo by Paul Barchilon

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Brett Kelly 6d Wins Phoenix Open

Sunday February 20, 2011

Brett Kelly 6d won the Phoenix Chinese Week Go Open held February 13 in Phoenix, AZ. “As part of celebration for Chinese New Year, the Phoenix Chinese Week (PCW) Go Open has been an annual event at Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center for seven years,” reports organizer Quan Li 3d. The event is co-sponsored by Phoenix Chinese Week and the Arizona Go Club. Players ranged in age from 12-70 with ranks ranging from 14k to 6d.
Winners Report: Division A: 1st: Brett Kelly 6d; 2nd: Leon Luo 4d. Division B: 1st: Eric Lin 1k; 2nd: Canh Tsen 3k. Division C: 1st: Jeffrey Luo 8k; 2nd Richard Hardy 5k. Division A: 1st: Howard Liu 13k; 2nd: Charles Polkiewicz 14k. Four junior players — Eric Lin, Canh Tsen, Jeffrey Luo and Howard Liu, all students of Quan Li 3d — won three gold medals and one silver medal. “All the competitors had a very enjoyable day for playing some serious go games and celebrating the Year of Rabbit,” reports Quan Li, noting that the tournament also attracted many spectators.

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Youth Go Championships

Sunday February 20, 2011

The United States Youth Go Championships will be held March 26 and 27, with finals on the first weekend in April.  The tournament will be held online, and will select the US representatives to the World Youth Goe Championships, in Bucharest, Romania.  The finals will also determine National Dan, Single Digit Kyu (SDK), and Double Digit Kyu (DDK) Champions. The winners will receive trophies, and prizes will be awarded in the following brackets: 5-7 dan 1-4 dan, 1-4 kyu, 5-9 kyu, 10-15 kyu, 16-20 kyu, 21-25 kyu, 26 and up kyu.  Contestants will be entered into a pool to receive $400 scholarships to  this year’s AGA Summer Youth Go Camp, courtesy of the AGF, 16 Scholarships will be awarded. The Junior Division is for youth 11 and under, the Senior Division is for youth under 18 as of August 1, 2011. Only US Citizens may enter the finals, residents may compete in the qualifier; the winners must be able to travel to Romania for the finals, August 12-19 (expenses are covered for the youth players, but not for parents).  To register, e-mail youth@usgo.org with your name, AGA #, date of birth, AGA rating, KGS ID, and citizenship.

“Fun and Games”

Thursday February 17, 2011

Many of you caught the go joke Robert Cordingley spotted in the Go Daddy First Impressions ad, when CEO Bob Parsons (l)catches the flying shirt button and says “Its all fun and games until someone loses an eye.” (One reader also suggested that the sound of Parson catching the button “sounds like a stone hitting a goban pretty hard” which seems like even more of a stretch) While this is a common expression among go players referring to the need for eyes to live, Richard Moseson points out that “if you do a search on this phrase in Google, there are over 100,000 non-go-related hits, some claiming that the expression comes from wrestling matches in Ancient Rome,” leading him to wonder “Is this truly a go-related expression?” Terry Benson says no, sending along a cite that claims it’s an old American proverb and also noting the verse in Don Freed’s 1992  song “You Can’t Be a Pirate”: “Being a pirate is all fun and games/Till somebody loses an eye. btw, no word on whether Parsons is a go player.

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Young Kwon Tourney Winner’s Report

Monday February 14, 2011

Nearly 300 watched 2010 NAIM champion Huiren Yang 1P and newcomer Zhanbo Sun 2P (see our profile elsewhere in this edition) battle it out February 5 in the Young Kwon National Online Tournament February 5 final on KGS. After several complicated battles and unfathomable trades, Sun managed to squeeze a 5.5-point victory to sweep the tournament, while Calvin Sun took second place in the tie-breaker. The tournament’s prize purse was donated by Young Kwon, with dan certificates generously supplied by the Korean Baduk Association, through coordination by Myungwan Kim 9P. KGS-AGA liaison is Akane Negishi; Assistant tournament directors were Binquan Wang, Hua Lin, Xingshuo Liu, Zhenying Gu and Jon Boley. Tournament directors were Chris Kirschner, Yixian Zhou and Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang.  Winners are pictured at right:
UPPER ROW (l-r): Bryan Tan (19-23k), Tengxiao Yang (6d), Gordon Castanza (8-10k), Calvin Sun (6d), Martin Field (5-7k), Tom Xu (4-5d), Dan Bensky (19-23k), Henry Zhang (1-2k)
LOWER ROW (l-r): Ze-Li Dou (1-3d), Zhanbo Sun 7d+), Tommaso Mason (11-13k), Young Kwon, Yunxuan Li (1-3d), Dazhi Xu (4-5d)
COMPLETE WINNER’S LIST: 7d+: Zhanbo Sun, Calvin Sun; 6d: Hugh Zhang (awarded Korean Baduk Association, KBA 6d), Tengxiao Yang; 4-5d: Dazhi Xu, Tom Xu; 1-3d: Ze-Li Dou (awarded KBA 4d), Yunxuan Li; 1-2k: Donald Allison (awarded KBA 1d); Henry Zhang; 3-4k: Larry Qu, Sile Chen; 5-7k: Martin Field, Stephen Allen; 8-10k: Thomas Giles, Gordon Castanza; 11-13k: Julian Erville, Tommaso Mason; 14-18k: Jerry Lu, Tristin Tran; 19-23k: Bryan Tan, Dan Bensky; 23-35k: Jonathon Hu.

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP February 8-14: Choi Cheolhan wins the Kuksu; Did Lee Changho resign too early?; Cho U and Yamashita Keigo advance to NEC Cup final

Monday February 14, 2011

Choi Cheolhan wins the Kuksu. Choi Cheolhan 9P (l in photo) added yet another title to his growing list this year by defeating Lee Changho 9P (r) by resignation in the fourth round of the 54th Kuksu on February 14. Choi won the series 3-1. This also marks an unfortunate milestone for Lee Changho, who is currently without a title. It’s the first time since the late 1980s that Lee has not held a single title. Did Lee Changho resign too early? In the 24th Fujitsu Cup preliminaries on Februrary 9, Lee Changho 9P lost to Won Sungjin 9P by resignation in the first round of play, thus eliminating him from the main tournament. This will be the first time since 1994 that Lee Changho has not participated in the main tournament. The controversy surrounding this particular game is the question of whether Lee resigned too early. Cyberoro is reporting that pros who have analyzed the game believe that Lee should not have resigned and are puzzled with his decision. Others cite Lee’s precipitous slide in performance over the past year, among other things like his recent marriage, as an explanation. For further updates on the controversy, see the discussion at Life in 19×19. Cho U and Yamashita Keigo advance to NEC Cup final. In the 30th NEC Cup semifinals, Cho U 9P and Yamashita Keigo 9P both won their respective matches against Kono Rin 9P, current NEC title holder, and O Meien 9P. Cho and Yamashita will now face one another in the final (date TBA). While Cho has participated in the NEC Cup title match three times and won it twice, in 2004 and 2007, this will be Yamashita’s first.
- JustPlayGo; edited by Jake Edge

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How to Sponsor a Pro at the 2011 US Go Congress

Monday February 14, 2011

This year’s U.S. Go Congress organizers are – for the first time – accepting contributions to support the attendance of professional go players. “Show your appreciation for the professionals who attend Congress by donating to support their attendance and hard work!” urge 2011 Congress Directors Andrew Jackson and Lisa Scott. Those who donate $2500 or more will receive two tickets to attend the Pro Dinner, as well as a complimentary lesson with an attending professional. Donations may also be made by a group of people; anyone who donates at least $200 will receive a mention in the 2011 US Go Congress Handbook. Targeted donations can also be made towards the support of specific attending professionals. For complete details, email andrew.jackson@gocongress.org
photo: Japanese pro Ryo Maeda 6P at the 2010 U.S. Go Congress; photo by Jake Edge

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Frank Luo 5d Hops to Win in Atlanta Rabbit Tourney

Monday February 14, 2011

Feijun (Frank) Luo 5d (r) topped a record field of 38 players who turned out for the February 5 Year of the Rabbit Go Tournament in Atlanta, GA. Players aged seven to over sixty competed over four round in three divisions. The tournament was held in the new office building of the Atlanta Contemporary Chinese Academy (ACCA), with Zhiqiang Liu, Board Chairman of the ACCA welcoming all go players to the event. Liu praised go as “the most interesting and intellectually challenging board game” and encouraged further collaboration among the Atlanta Go Club, Atlanta Chinese Go Association and ACCA. The one-day, four-round tournament generated a number of intense games, including the championship game in Division I (4d-5d) between Feijun (Frank) Luo 5d and Geng (Eric) Wang 5d, who each won a go tournament championship in Atlanta in 2010.  Luo managed to defeat Wang by just 2.5 points after playing catch-up for most of the game.  Yongming (Michael) Zhuang secured the Division II (3d-4d) championship after winning all 4 rounds.  Jicheng (Kevin) Tang, Likang Xu, Xiaodong Sun, and Fengli Cao tied in the second place.  In Division III (1d and below), Kun Chen and Alex Hartsell both captured a championship title, and Brandon Zhou and Kyle Cavin had a tie for second place. Notably, four youth players — Kun Chen 14, Zhangzheng Xu 14, Peiyu Tang 13, and Brandon Zhou 7 – performed well at the tournament, and Zhou, the youngest player, is now a 4k player after learning go just 7 months ago. Local organizers plan to host more tournaments in Atlanta in the future, and welcome all players, “regardless of their levels.”

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