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Go Spotting: US Army War College Quarterly

Sunday November 2, 2014

Once again, go is providing insights into US/China diplomacy. In the recent US policy of “rebalancing toward Asia,” Michael Spangler, writing 2014.11.02_war-college-quarterlyin the Summer 2014 issue of Parameters, the US Army War College quarterly, suggests that “Another way to look at this is to imagine a Chinese game of weiqi, the popular Asian game of black-and-white pieces in which two opposing players strive to surround the other. China’s July 2012 establishment of Sansha City on Paracel Island seized by force from Vietnam in 1974 was the precursor of its new weiqi games with the Philippines and Japan.” In “Rebalancing the Rebalance,” Spangler, a visiting fellow at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA, adds that “It is key that Manila’s talks not give Beijing any preponderant advantage by isolating or leveraging the Philippines against other disputants. In other words, this weiqi-like diplomatic negotiation can be completed as China’s future negotiation partners consult with each other.”
Thanks to Don Travis, a historian at the War College, and a new go player at the Carlisle Go Club.

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“Cartography” Puts Go on the Map

Saturday November 1, 2014

Cartography is a new map-making, territory claiming, strategy game based on the game of go. Developed by Jon Adams, the game’s map is made 2014.11.01_cartographyup of interlocking triangular tiles, with walls that divide the map, allowing territory to be defended or captured. Players create and claim territory, and capture opponents, in an effort to control the map, which, like go, changes as you play. “Strategy is key and chance doesn’t determine the winner,” says Adams. Like go, “Cartography is easy to learn and challenging to master!” Adams has already raised over $14,000 of his $15,000 Kickstarter campaign to launch the game.
Thanks to Jeff Diamond for passing this along.

Davis-Sacramento Club Featured on Local Network TV

Saturday November 1, 2014

Members of the Davis/Sacramento Go Club were featured on the October 19th edition of the local CBS affiliate’s weekend morning show, Good2014.11.01_Davis-Sac Go Club on TV Day. Willard Haynes (far left) gave host Cody Stark a quick tutorial on the game and Steve (at right) and Matthew Burrall were shown playing, as were club members Julie Burrall, Jeffrey Horn, Laura Holeman and Cameron Yu. Click here to see the 2:46m clip.

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Basaman & Yang Win in Wisonet

Saturday November 1, 2014

Michael Basaman and Eric Yang topped a field of 11 at the October 25 Wisonet tournament. The one-day tournament held in the Quakerbridge 2014.11.01.wisonet-kids-playing2014.11.01_wisonet-kids-pizzaLearning Center at Lawrenceville, New Jersey and included both “rated and non-rated games, multis, 9×9 and 13×13 games for the youths,” reports assistant director Shen Wan. “Everyone enjoyed the games and the pizza, thanks to AGA’s initiative for free pizza in October,” adds Shen.

Basaman was 3-0 in the dan section and Eric Yang was 4-0 in the kyu section.

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Two College Students From Americas To Get Free Trip To Japan

Thursday October 30, 2014

With little competition so far for the two open slots, interested university and college students in the Americas have a good shot at getting to compete in the preliminary for the next World Students Go Oza Championship. Application deadline is Nov 16 and applicants must be under the age of 30. Click here for the entry formClick here to read more (Registration Open for World Students Go Oza Championship 10/22 EJ). 

Everyone a Winner at NOVA Pumpkin Classic (Especially Josh Lee)

Tuesday October 28, 2014

At the annual NOVA Pumpkin Classic, players usually compete for prize pumpkins. At this year’s Classic, on Saturday, October 25, 31 players vied “not to lose a pumpkin,” a result of a surfeit of squash due to what Tournament Allan Abramson admitted was “A massive lack of 2014.10.25-NOVA-pumpkincommunication” between him and NOVA Club President Gary Smith that found them both turning up with armfuls of pumpkins. In the end, every attendee, including visitors, left the George Mason Law School in Arlington VA with a grand pumpkin.  Top section winner Josh Lee upped his game to finish 4-0. New visitor Saki Fujita 5 Dan from Japan, now studying at Johns Hopkins, promises to be a tough addition to the local scene.

The winners were:

First Place: Josh Lee, 5D, 4-0; Frederick Bao, 1D, 3-1; Quinn Baranoski, 3K, 3-1; Bob Crites, 7K, 4-0, tied with Gary Smith, 9K, 4-0; and Dierdre Golash, 13K, 4-0

Second Place: Saki Fujita, 5D, 3-1; Victor Kang, 2D, 3-1; Zongying Qiu, 3K, 3-1; Anderson Barreal, 9K, 3-1; and a three-way tie among Ning-Yuan Ernest Wang, 10K, Sarah Crites, 13K, and Keith Crank, 13K, each with two wins

photo by Todd Blatt

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Justin Chiang Tops Austin Fall Classic

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Justin Chiang topped the Austin Fall Classic Go Tournament on Saturday, October 25th at Great Hall Games in Austin, Tx. Fourteen players 2014.10.28-Austinparticipated in the 4 round, handicap tournament, with prizes going to the following players: Justin Chiang 9K  (4-0); Yue (John) Zhyang 4D (3-1), Cye Stoner 2K (3-1).

photo: (l-r): John Zhang, Cye Stoner, Justin Chiang

- report by TD Bart Jacob

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Twin Cities Go Club (2): Playing & Pizza Build Community

Tuesday October 28, 2014

The October 18 Twin Cities Go Club’s Fall 2014 rated games day took place on the University of Minnesota campus, in a building that sits right2014.10.28_Twin-Cities-pizza on the edge of the Mississippi river. “It was a picturesque autumn day – clear skies and a slightly crisp feeling in the air – the trees at the peak of their color, with bright yellow leaves carpeting streets and walkways around campus,” reports Aaron Broege.

The event began at 9am and lasted until 4 pm. Fifteen AGA members, ranging from 21k to 4d, participated in the rated games day. “There 2014.10.28_Twin-Cities-gamewere no set rounds or time limits, so players could play rated games at their leisure,” says Broege. “Many of the stronger players enjoyed taking advantage of the lack of time constraints, and some of the more serious games went on for over 2 hours.”

“Around noon we ordered pizza as part of the AGA’s initiative for free pizza in October. We were so happy and fortunate that this offer coincided with our already-scheduled event. Everyone was happy to enjoy pizza while two 2 dan players reviewed their game. We would like to thank the AGA for having this offer. It really made our local club feel more directly connected to the national organization. I think that this sort of initiative helps to build a stronger community between the national and local organizations.”

photo: Onlookers enjoy their pizza, courtesy of the AGA, while Peter Hansmeier (4d) and Yanqing Sun (2d) (at left) review their game.

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Panaccione, Tillberg & Cho Top MGA Go Tourney

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Forty-two players participated in the Massachusetts Go Tournament held in Davis Square, Somerville on October 19, so the tournament was 2014.10.28_MGA-David_Cho_Eric_Tillberg_Alex_Panaccione_winners_of_Section_Adivided into two independent sections with two sets of prizes.  There were twenty players in section A  4 kyu and 2014.10.28_Mass-Tourney_Alexander_Majercik_Gus_Heck_James_Peters_and_Titi_Alailima_William_Luff_and_Eric_Tillberg_Fred_Wardwell_Jasper_Zillerstronger, twenty-two in section B ranging from 5 kyu to 20 kyu.  “Every participant contributed to the success of the tournament. Thanks to each and every one of you!” says TD Eva Casey. “And many thanks to the Boylston Chess Club for lending us their space.”

Section A winners: Alex Panaccione, 1 dan, and Eric Tillberg, 4 kyu, went 4-0, and thus tied for first place. Third place went to David Cho, 3 dan, who only lost to Alex Panaccione.  Honorable mention to the others who went 3-0, Pete Schumer, 2 kyu, Alexander Majercik, 3 kyu (who only lost to Eric Tillberg), and Makio Ogawa, 4 kyu.

Section B winners: Three players went 4-0 and thus the prize money for first second and third was pooled and divided equally. Tied for first were Milan Mladenivic, 6 kyu, Brandan Williams, 18 kyu, and Jacob Zhang, 20 kyu. Honorable Mention to the 3-0 players: Chia Chan 5 kyu, Philip Dreher, 7 kyu, Ralph St. Louis, 7 kyu, and Yuan Yao, 10 kyu.  Chia, Philip, and Ralph all only lost to Milan.

Click here for tournament photos.

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Youwhan Kim Wins 2014 Cotsen Open

Sunday October 26, 2014

Dark horse Youwhan Kim 7D, a former Korean insei, won the 2014 Cotsen Open, upsetting 2014 Masters champion Mark Lee in the second round 2014.10.26_M-Kim-cotsen-champ-DSC_0103and going on to sweep the rest of the tournament, 5-0. Kim’s play was consistently sharp and tough and he was unfazed by the speedy 20-second overtime, which added pressure to some of his opponents. Tournament sponsor Eric Cotsen congratulated the new tournament champion, saying “I like change. Anything that shakes things up at the top, that works for me.” Click here for top-board game records and complete results. Additional photos are on the AGA’s Facebook page.

Kim is part of an informal dojo at Myungwan Kim 9P’s home in Los Angeles, where2014.10.27_myungwan-teaches-DSC_0092 Beomgeun “Evan” Cho and Mark Lee also live. Youwhan Kim arrived three months ago to study English and says Myungwan Kim (no relation) “has been a big help with advice about life in Los Angeles.” Although Youwhan Kim and Mark Lee did not know each other back in Korea — Lee is of a younger generation — the two have played at Myungwan Kim’s, where they split games 1-1. Youwhan Kim was in the second insei league, “close to professional,” says Myungwan Kim, but is now too old to become a professional in Korea. He’s studying go at Myongji University and had many friends in Korea who spoke English, and realized he’d need to learn English too. He has one more semester of study at Myongji and will return to finish up in a few months. His advice to amateur players who want to improve: “Review your own games carefully; this is the best way to get better.”
- report/photos by Chris Garlock