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Grantwriter/Fundraiser Sought

Monday December 20, 2010

The AGA Board of Directors is forming a committee to seek corporate and institutional support for special events and projects. “We are searching for a volunteer with grant-writing and/or fundraising experience to serve on the committee,” reports Andy Okun. If interested, contact Paul Celmer at pcelmer@earthlink.net

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UK TOURNAMENT REPORTS: October 17 – December 4

Monday December 20, 2010

WEST SURREY HANDICAP: December 4. Despite the snow the tournament happened, a small cosy affair with only 13 entrants and 3 power cuts. It was won by Sue Paterson with 4/4; she beat Jonathan Reece (3/4) in the final round. Also on 3 were Philippe Bourrez and Max Bourget, and on 2.5 Dawn Street. The 13*13 was won by Xinyi Lu on 9/9 wins. Pits was won by Sue Paterson and the ‘identify the birds quiz’ by Tony Atkins. After the tournament, 6 of the players had a pleasant and filling meal at a nearby curry restaurant. West Surrey Go club wishes to thank all those who made the effort to attend in the face of the all the snow.
EAST MIDLANDS: November 27. Despite overnight snow, 61 players managed to take part in the East Midlands Tournament at the National Space Centre in Leicester. Top of the list of prize winners was Jon Diamond. The list also contained Helen Harvey, Andre Cockburn, Matei Mandache, Matt Marsh, Ben Haines, Mark Wrangham, Mark Eddy and Andrew Russell. Winners of the 13×13 side competition were Aston’s Hamzah Reta and Ibraheem Mustafa.
BRITISH SMALL BOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Cambridge, November 21. Andrew Simons took the national Small Board Champion’s title and £50 prize at the 17-player tournament in Cambridge, winning 6 out of 8. Prizes for 5 out of 8 went to Anna Griffiths, Pauline Bailey, Steve Bailey, Langdon Truscott and Peran Truscott. There were special prizes for juniors. Top junior was Adan Mordcovich (5kyu Wanstead) winning the £20 prize and second was Roella Smith (Cambridge) winning the £10 prize.
THREE PEAKS: Grange-over-Sands, November 13-14. The Three Peaks Tournament stayed for a second time down by the sea in Grange-over-Sands. 48 players took part and Matthew Cocke topped the results list for a third time in a row. Brian Timmins was the only other player to win all 5 games. Alex Kent and Ben Riddell from Durham, and Adrian Abrahams from Lancaster won 4 games each.
COVENTRY: November 6. Matthew Macfadyen held on to his local title by winning the Coventry Tournament. Andrew Kay was second and Nick Krempel was third. Winning 3/3 were Mike Charles (1 kyu St Albans), Jack Ley (4 kyu Warwick), Ben Falconer (5 kyu Warwick), Jonathan Green (6 kyu Leamington) and James Brownrigg (9 kyu Chester). 44 took part.
WESSEX: October 31. 34 players took part in the 41st Wessex. It was won by Andrew Kay (4 dan Durham). Division 2 was won by Christian Scarff (1 dan Swindon), Division 3 by Helen Harvey (2 kyu Manchester) and Division 4 by Dick Norton (7 kyu Manchester).
SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP: KGS, October 24. David Lee beat Matt Crosby in the 2010 Scottish Championship. The third game was played on KGS on 24th October and a win on time gave David the title 2-1.
LONDON INTERNATIONAL TEAMS (AUTUMN): October 17 Mannami Kana, 4p, helped the Nippon Club team win the Autumn London International Teams. Miss Mannami was in London to help the Nippon Club celebrate its 50th anniversary and was honoured guest at the tournament. As well as helping Mr Tanaka and Mr Nao win the event, she gave a commentary on the previous week’s British Title game two (the first of two wins for Matthew Macfadyen against Vanessa Wong). Winning the new handicap sections were the St Albans team and the South London/City team.
- as reported in the December edition of the British Go Association newsletter;
more information on upcoming UK tournaments is available here.

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GO SPOTTING: Tron: a Legacy of Go

Monday December 20, 2010

Go makes a brief appearance in the new movie Tron: Legacy. “One of the players comments to an observer that her opponent’s patience usually overcomes her more aggressive strategy,” reports reader Alicia Seifrid. “What a great movie to incorporate go into!” The game’s being played on “a nice floor board,” adds Alf Mikula, “it was too quick to get a good grasp of the position, but it did look like a real game in progress.” Thanks to everyone who passed along this sighting!

Are You Smarter Than a Jeopardy Contestant?

Monday December 20, 2010

They knew that go originated in China and that black makes the first move, but the contestants on a recent Jeopardy stumbled on the question of which warrior class emerged in Japan at the same time as go, and all three were stumped by a question any beginning go player would know instantly: “A stone that is threatened with capture is said to be “in” this; the makers of Pong chose it for their company name.” Click here to see how you score on the go-related questions on the December 13 Jeopardy: scroll down to the Double Jeopardy! Round and it’s the last column on the right; answers are revealed by hovering over the amount in the box.

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YANG AND CHAN LEAD DECEMBER’S BAY AREA MONTHLY

Sunday December 19, 2010

Twenty five players ranging from 20 kyu to 4 dan played in the San Francisco Bay Area’s December 11 monthly ratings tournament. Some just dropped in for a game or two, while others played as many as six AGA-rated games. Zhi Rui Yang 4d led the dan division with five wins, while Jay Chan 3k led the kyu division with four wins. Aaron Ye 3d, Lucas Baker 3d, Herb Doughty 4k, Victor Wang 7k, Joseph Ehrlich 17k, and Bryan Tan 20k won three games apiece. “We won’t be holding a monthly ratings tournament in January,” reports organizer Roger Schrag. “Be sure to check out the Jujo Jiang Goe Tournament instead.” Monthly ratings tournaments in the San Francisco Bay Area will resume February 12. Photos by Lisa Schrag.

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Myung-Wan Kim 9P Added To EJ Roster

Friday December 17, 2010

Now your AGA membership could win you a free pro commentary! Send in your dan-level game record by next Monday and it could be chosen for a commentary by three-time U.S. Open champion Myung-wan Kim 9P (r), the latest addition to the E-Journal’s growing roster of contributing professionals and top players. Kim – whose other titles include the first Strong Player’s Online Tournament (SPOT1) in May 2010 – is a Korean professional (he made the quarterfinals of the 10th Samsung Cup in 2005 and took second place in the 12th BC Card Cup) who now lives and teaches in the Los Angeles area and who’s also widely-known for his 2008 historic demonstration game against MoGo running on an 800 processor supercomputer. Kim’s debut commentary will be on a dan-level game; email your game (sgf file required) to us at journal@usgo.org with “Kim commentary” in the subject line BY MIDNIGHT JANUARY 24. Please be sure to include your AGA number, as this is a member’s-only benefit.
photo by Yixian Zhou

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Young Kwon National Online Tourney Offers $3,000 in Prizes

Thursday December 16, 2010

Registration is now open for the first-ever Young Kwon National Online Tournament, featuring a prize fund of nearly $3,000. The tournament, sponsored by Young Kwon, will be held online beginning January 22, 2011. “The purpose is to promote the game of go in the United States,” Mr. Kwon told the E-Journal. The 5-round tournament is open to all current AGA members, from 35 kyu to professionals, and eligibility rules include at least six months of residence in the U.S. in 2010. Registration deadline: January 7, 2011; Click here to register.
- Edward Zhang, AGA National Tournament Coordinator

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Wheeler & Zhou Join AGA Tourney Team

Thursday December 16, 2010

The AGA Tournament Coordinator team welcomes Dennis Wheeler of Seattle and Yixian Zhou of Los Angeles on board as Assistant National Tournament Coordinators. Wheeler (l) has been actively assisting the AGA for many years, and is a “veteran” director of online qualifiers. Zhou, 7d (r), is both a strong player and a go activist. He assisted in organizing the 2008 Toyota Denso Oza, and co-directed the 2010 N.A. qualifiers of both the Fujitsu Cup and BC Card Cup. Both are active and well-known in their regions. The new Assistant Tournament Coordinators will help bring more tournaments, fun, convenience and value to AGA members.
- Edward Zhang, AGA National Tournament Coordinator

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“Go On The Go” Photo Contest Announced

Thursday December 16, 2010

The Mind Go Club in Israel is sponsoring a “Go on The Go” photo competition. With many go players traveling for the upcoming holidays, organizer Shavit Fragman anticipates plenty of waiting time due to lines, weather delays and so on. “Playing go is a wonderful way to spend such time,” says Fragman, urging go players around the world to snap photos while playing “on the go” and send them in. Prizes will be awarded and a selection of photographs will be posted online during the contest, which runs through February 28, 2011. Email photos to GoOnTheGO@go-mind.com; click here for full contest details. Playing go while traveling “is also a wonderful way to promote go,” notes Fragman.

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Andy Liu 7d Wins N.A. Fujitsu Qualifier

Monday December 13, 2010

The online North American Fujitsu Cup Qualifier featured exciting games and a few surprising upsets last weekend on KGS. In the early rounds, 17-year-old Curtis Tang 7d knocked out Feng Yun 9P in a hard-fought match late Thursday night. Huiren

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Yang 1P ran short on time in byo-yomi to advance Dae Hyuk Ko 7d to the final, and Andy Zhiyuan Liu 7d defeated Jie Li 7d by just 1.5 points to advance to the final. On Sunday, Liu defeated Dae Hyuk Ko to win the right to represent North America in the upcoming 2011 Fujitsu Cup. Edward Zhang and Oren Laskin handled the extensive organizing and scheduling logistics for the event and directed the early rounds. Dennis Wheeler was the director for the weekend rounds with Yixian Yhou assisting. Big thanks, as always, to KGS server admins Akane Negishi, Ian Davis and Daniel Short. Click here for full game results and records.

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