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PRO WORKSHOP HELPS CURE “STONE CAPTURING DISEASE” IN NORCAL

Friday July 30, 2010

Janice Kim 3PProfessional player Janice Kim 3P addressed “stone capturing disease” and other go problems at a weekend go workshop in San Francisco, CA  July 24-25. Students provided game records in advance so that Kim could prepare material geared to the specific needs of the students. Based on the records, Kim discussed blunders (such as losing the game when you are ahead), self-defeating moves (sente moves with obvious responses that don’t provide significant benefit), and “stone capturing disease”. Kim co-authored the popular book series Learn to Play Go, and is one of only a few western women to be recognized as a professional by the Korea Baduk Association. The workshop was organized by Bay Area Go Players Association, which puts on monthly rated tournaments and periodic pro workshops in Northern California.
- Roger Schrag

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OLDSTER IS A GAME CHOMP-ION

Thursday July 29, 2010

An elderly man bit the thumb off a 71-year-old foe during a fight over a board game at a Queens senior center, authorities said yesterday. Bok Jin Kim, 74, allegedly began taunting his victim, Sang Lee, as Lee was playing Go — a Chinese game of strategy — with a pal at the Korean American Senior Center in Corona the afternoon of July 15. “Why did you make that move?” Kim allegedly snipped at Lee. “You’re going to lose!” Lee angrily responded, “It’s none of your business,” and the pair started heatedly arguing, law-enforcement sources said. Kim then allegedly grabbed Lee by the shirt, leaned over and chomped down on his victim’s thumb so hard that the tip, including the thumbnail, was severed, the sources said. Lee was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors were unable to reattach the piece of thumb, according to the police report. Kim was charged with assault.
- reported by Jessica Simeone in the July 28 edition of The New York Post

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GRESS, YEO & HUYNH TOP CHI TUNE-UP

Wednesday July 28, 2010

Brandon Gress 5d, Sung Yeo 4d and Lee Huynh 1d shared top honors at the July 24 Congress Tune-Up in Chicago, Illinois. There were 29 players, half of whom “came out for pizza, setting a new record,” reports TD Bob Barber. “And some got to show off their I-Pads,” adds Barber.  Results: First Place Dan: GRESS, Brandon 5d, YEO, Sung 4d, HUYNH, Lee 1d; First Place High Kyu: NORMAN, Matthew 9k; First Place Low Kyu:  SEIFRID, Alicia 16k.

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CA STATE SENATE AWARDS CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION TO ING FOUNDATION

Monday July 26, 2010

California Sate Senator – and Speaker Pro Tem — Leland Yee came to the San Francisco Go Club on Sunday, July 18th to present Mingjiu Jiang 7P with a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate in honor of the Ing Chang-Ki Goe Foundation and their continued sponsorship of the World Youth Goe Championship.  This year’s contestants are both students of Jiang and he will accompany them to Peng Hu, China for the tournament along with Paul Barchilon.  There Jiang will present the Certificate to Ing Ming Hao and Yang Yu Chia of the Ing Foundation at the opening ceremonies of the tournament.
Pictured l-r: Dr. Alfred Lee, Vice-President San Francisco Go Club, Senator Leland Yee, Ph.D., and Mingjiu Jiang 7P; report/photo by Ernest Brown

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YUSUKE OEDA 9P: 1935-2010

Monday July 26, 2010

Yusuke Oeda 9P has died. Born in 1935, he was a student of Nobuaki Maeda, and was Michael Redmond 9P’s dojo mentor. “In addition to his work with young players, he was a prime mover in international go,” says Barbara Calhoun, former director for the International Go Federation. “Through his efforts, the Meijin Tournament came to New York City for the first time, in 1987, and many other such exchanges have followed.” Oeda was a major organizer of the annual World Amateur Go Championship, as well as the IGF. “Mr Oeda was a skilled teacher of professional students,” Michael Redmond tells the E-Journal. “He created a strict and go-centered environment that pushed his students to professional strength. In my case, my years spent living in his house were vital for my future success as a go player. Mr Oeda was also generous with his knowledge of the fine points of Japanese language and culture, and he gave me a basic understanding of the country that I live in.” Adds Calhoun, “He was an emotional man who could relate to and communicate with people culturally different from him. He seemed to thrive on traveling and networking. A natural for the work he was doing.”
- Chris Garlock; photo courtesy Sensei’s Library

Mr Oeda was a skilled teacher of professional students,” Michael Redmond tells the E-Journal. “He created a strict 

and go-centered environment that pushed his students to professional strength. In my case, my years spent living in his house were vital for my future success as a go player. Mr Oeda was also generous with his knowledge of the fine points of Japanese language and culture, and he gave me a basic understanding of the country that I live in.” Adds Calhoun, “He was an emotional man who could relate to and communicate with people culturally different from him. He seemed to thrive on traveling and networking. A natural for the work he was doing.”

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NEW EMPTY SKY T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE

Monday July 26, 2010

The new Empty Sky Go Club t-shirts are now available. “This was designed by our very own Becky and it looks great,” reports club president Steve Colburn. The Hanes Tagless t-shirts in Kelly Green can be pre-ordered now; orders will ship by the end of the September, “just in time for the go tournament season!” adds Colburn. CLICK HERE to order.

TANG TO PLAY IN REDMOND CUP

Monday July 26, 2010

Curtis Tang 7d (r) will be competing in the Redmond Cup at the upcoming U.S. Go Congress.  Gansheng Shi 7d was slated to play, but was unable to attend Congress.  Tang, who placed third in the finals, will face Jianing Gan 6d in a best-of-three match in the Senior Division.  In the Junior, eleven-year-olds Oliver Wolf 2d and Henry Zhang 1d will square off.  All Redmond games will be broadcast live on KGS in the AGA Tournaments room.  The action starts Sunday August 1 at 3p MTN time, with additional matches on Monday at 3p, Tuesday at 7p, and Thursday at 3p.
- Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor

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WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP: July 16-25

Sunday July 25, 2010

Gu Li Stays Alive in Super Meijin (7/25): In the second round of the Super Meijin Tournament, Gu Li defeated Iyama Yuta by 4.5 points. The third and deciding round will pit Gu Li against Lee Changho on July 27th. Lee Changho defeats Gu Li in Super Meijin First Round (7/24): In the first game of the new Super Meijin Tournament, Lee Changho defeated Gu Li by resignation. Kang Dongyun Advances to Myeongin Semifinals (7/23): In League A of the 38th Myeongin, Kang Dongyun 9p pulled off a coup by defeating Lee Sedol 9p in their second-to-last league game. Third Round Results in Caltex Cup (7/21): In third-round play of the 15th GS Caltex Cup tournament, Won Sungjin (9d) advanced to the semifinals by defeating An Choyeong (9d) by resignation. Cho U takes 2-1 lead in 35th Gosei (7/20): Cho U 9p is one game away from winning the Gosei for the fifth year in a row. He defeated Sakai Hideyuki 7p by resignation in the third round. The fourth round will be played on August 19th. Mannami Kana Wins Daiwa Ladies Cup (7/18): Mannami Kana (4d) defeated Okuda Aya (2d) by 6.5 points to win the 4th Diawa Ladies Cup title. Price Information Cup Final Begins (7/18): Lee Changho and Won Sungjin both won their respective first round matches in the 6th Price Information Cup. Chen Shiyuan Wins 2nd Round In Qiwang (7/16): In the second round of Taiwan’s 3rd Qiwang title match, the defending champion Chen Shiyuan (8d) defeated Lin Zhihan (9d) by resignation.
- JustPlayGo for full reports, photos and game records

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BUDDHIST NUN MARJORIE “SU CO” HEY NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Thursday July 22, 2010

Marjorie “Su Co” Hey has been chosen as the AGF’s Teacher of the Year.  An ordained Buddhist nun, she is in good company, joining Honinbo Sansa, the 16th century founder of the Honinbo House, among notable go playing Buddhists.  Hey, who lives in Medford, MA, has been a dedicated go teacher for the past seven years, with go programs at elementary schools, libraries, and Boys and Girls Clubs, often running five or six separate clubs each week.  “For those people who are afraid I am teaching their kids Buddhism, I point out that go was being played at least a thousand years before Buddhism or Christianity were established,” Hey told the E-Journal, “go teaches us to do our best, treat our opponents with respect and to avoid being greedy (the surest way to lose).”   Hey seems never to have been worried about the competitive aspects of the game, and instead delights in teaching and helping beginners.  She is not a strong player herself, with an AGA rank of 18 kyu, but she possesses a special gift – the ability to fascinate and delight children.  Her main interest is in helping her students, and she enjoys seeing their progress. “Ralph St. Louis (age 14) and I played to see if he would be eligible to play in the Massachusetts Go Association (MGA) tournament. Playing even, he won by a half point,’ said Hey.  “The next morning I loaned him my 10 volume set of Level Up and he set to studying it before the Sunday tournament. I entered him as a 20 kyu. He played me the first game and mowed me down. He went on to play a 6 kyu and won and then lost to a 4 kyu. I only won two and lost two. Last night I checked the new ratings and I had gone from 19+ kyu to 18.9 kyu but Ralph went from 20 kyu to 16.6 kyu. WOW!!!! Ralph is more than 2 kyu stronger than me.”  Tom Bahun, a teenaged 2 dan, tells a similar story:  “the first tournament I went to at the MGA was dull and boring, but the next one was run by Su Co, and we had tons of fun.  All the kids had huge smiles on their faces they were  so happy, including me, even though I had lost.  She is all around a great person and a great teacher of go to children.” The Teacher of the Year Award has become quite competitive in recent years, and many excellent teachers are finding themselves on a waiting list for the honor, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip the annual US Go Congress.  Honorable mention goes to Portland go teacher Fritz Balwit, and Colorado teacher David Weiss, who were also nominated for the award this year. Hey will hold a round-table discussion — for those who teach and those who would like to — at the Congress, on Monday Aug. 2 at 5pm.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Hey, at center, teaching children at Brooks Elementary School in Medford MA.

OUR YOUNGEST MEMBER

Friday July 16, 2010

The American Go Association’s youngest member, 8-month-old Madelyn Terpstra — AGA #18087 – tries out her new go set, a birthday present from proud grandfather Ted Terpstra (AGA #754). Click here for membership info; send your membership stories to us at journal@usgo.org