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Second International Collegiate Go Tournament Set for Summer 2015

Monday March 2, 2015

The Ing Foundation will be hosting the second annual International Collegiate Go Tournament this summer in Taiwan, according to the 2015.02.28_ACGA-tourney2015.02.28_ACGA-2013intl_tourneyAmerican Collegiate Go Association.  The event will begin on July 7th and will conclude on the 13th.  “I was lucky enough to attend last year’s event in Hong Kong as a guest and saw that the kids who were there playing had an amazing time,” said AGA president Andy Okun.  The event is open to any current, future, or recently graduated college student, either undergraduate or graduate, who will attend or has attended school in the year 2015. All costs related to room, board, tours, and travel during the event will be covered by the Ing Foundation.  “Players of all skills levels are welcome to participate and there will be separate divisions this year for high dan, low dan, single digit kyu and double digit kyu,” said ACGA’s Mike Fodera.  You can find out more information on the ACGA’s website. If you have any questions about the event, or would like to find out more about previous events hosted by the Ing Foundation, email Mike Fodera.
photos: (left) courtesy ACGA; (right): courtesy Mike Fodera

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Go Spotting: Popular Science

Monday March 2, 2015

A photo of the robot dog Aibo playing go illustrates In Japan, A Funeral For Robot Dogs, a February 28 Popular Science report. “Robot 2015.03.01_aibo-gocompanions are big in Japan, where they can return hugs, gently smack snorers in the face, perform in plays, and greet Presidents.” And, apparently, play go as well.
- thanks to Jon Stewart-Taylor for passing this along.
The EJ has several volunteer editor positions open for go players who want to be part of the team producing the largest English-language publication in the world; email journal@usgo.org if interested. 

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Pandanet City League Round 3 Results

Sunday March 1, 2015

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A LeagueBoston def San Francisco (2-1), Seattle 1 def Canwa Vancouver (2-1), Los Angeles def Greater Washington (2-1). LA currently leading with 6 points. Greater Washington and Boston just behind them with 4 points each.

B LeaguePrinceton def Bay Area (2-1). Still ongoing: NC Raleigh vs Canwa Vancouver 2, Katy TX 1 vs Washington DC 2

Princeton leading with 6 points, Bay Area trailing with 4 points. Games still ongoing.

C LeagueBoston 2 def Atlanta (2-1), DC Team 3 def New Orleans (2-1), SF Bay Area/Berkeley def Atlanta 1 (2-1). Berkeley leads with 6 points. DC Team 3 in second place with 4 points.
- Steve Colburn

EuroGo TV Update: Smyrna Go Tournament; Kido Cup; Dutch Championship Playoffs

Sunday March 1, 2015

Smyrna Go Tournament: Hataycan Ozgur 1d won the 3rd Smyrna Go Tournament, held Feb 21-22 in Izmir, Turkey. In second was Tugkan2015.03.01_smyrna-ozgur 2015.03.01_dutch-championEren 2d and third was Deniz Ekim Aydin 1d. (photo at right: Gozde Taskin 5k, 17th place)

Kido Cup: The Kido Cup, held 2/21-22 in Moscow, Russia, was won by Andrej Cheburakhov 5d, second was Andrej Kashaev 5d and third was Yoshiteru Matsumura 5d.

Kuin Defends Dutch Championship:  Merlijn Kuin 6d won the decisive third game in the playoffs of the Dutch Championship, a best of 3 match was held between defending champion Kuin (at right in photo at left) and Peter Brouwer 6d. The first two rounds were held on Feb 21. Kuin won the first and Brouwer won the second; the deciding game was played Saturday, February 28.
- edited from reports on EuroGoTV. The EJ is seeking a volunteer EuroGo news editor; if interested email journal@usgo.org.           

 

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NJ Open Turnout Blasts Into Record Territory

Sunday March 1, 2015

With a registered total of 177 players, turnout at this year’s New Jersey Open “exceeded the previous record by 50!” reports Rick Mott. Here are 2015.02.28_NJO1a 2015.02.28_NJO2couple photos from the first day of the event, held this weekend at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ.
photos by Matthew Herschberger

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Tigersmouth Tourneys for Youth

Saturday February 28, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-28 at 5.07.43 PMMonthly tournaments are being held in the Tiger’s Mouth room on KGS, with prizes awarded in three categories. The next tourney will be Saturday, March 14th, at 10 am Pacific (1pm East Coast). Sections will vary depending on registration, but they are roughly 9 kyu + (SDK+Dan), 10-19 kyu (DDK), 20-30k (beginner). The latest tournament thread is  here You must be a registered Tiger’s Mouth member to play. Post in the current thread to register. All ages may play, but prizes will only be awarded to those who are under 18 (or 18, but still in high school). Prizes include a complete 23 volume set of the Hikaru no Go manga, Your choice of any book in the Heart of Go series, or the Anime Prize pack. Players must complete all rounds to be eligible for prizes. - Paul Barchilon E-J Youth Editor

World Journal, AACEA Supporting Southern California Tournament This Weekend, $3k Prize Pool

Friday February 27, 2015

This weekend’s 2015 Southern California Go Championship will boast support from the largest Chinese language newspaper in the US as 2015.02.27_SoCal-Tourneywell as a cultural non-profit, it was announced at a press conference Tuesday.  “The promotion of go is in line with goals of the World Journal,” said World Journal President James J. L. Guo.  “We want to support Chinese culture, and also promote a game that stimulates the potential of children and sustains the character of adults.  As Chinese media in North America, we are happy to see the growth of the go community here.” The 2015.02.27_SoCal-Tourney-Okun-Lintournament is being held in a spacious room in the World Journal’s Monterey Park offices, according to tournament organizer Kevin Chao of the host chapter, Orange County Go Club.  The tri-lingual press conference held by Guo, Chao, AGA President Andy Okun and Los Angeles resident pro Kim Myungwan 9p was reported in, among other media outlets, the World Journal itself and a local Korean TV news show.  “Shirley Lin 1p and strong player/teacher Evan Cho were also in attendance,” Okun told the EJ. “The history of newspaper support for go tournaments is a long and wonderful one, so we are delighted and heartened by the World Journal’s participation.”   The two-day, five-round tournament is also receiving significant support from the American Asia Culture Exchange Association and its president, Jay Zheng, a long-time go player and businessman and recently an AGA volunteer.  The prize pool is $3,000 with a prize of $700 for first place in the open section, and NAMT qualifying points for top finishers.  Click here for more information. photos courtesy the World Journal.

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NJ Open Set for This Weekend in Princeton

Thursday February 26, 2015

One of the biggest go tournaments on the East Coast is taking place this weekend. The New Jersey Open will be held in Princeton, NJ Saturday 2015.02.26_NJO-2014-DSC_0360February 28 and Sunday March 1st. Registration run from 9-10a at the Frist Campus Center, Princeton University, located at the corner of Washington Road and Ivy Lane. You must be there by 10a to be paired in the first round. $38 for full tournament; $28 youth rate under age 23; $25 Sat. only / $20 Sun. only ($20/$15 under-23). Free to Princeton University students with ID. Cell phones don’t work at the site, but if you’re lost or late, call 609-851-6351 during the last half hour of registration. Info: rickmott@princetongoclub.org.
photo: TD Paul Matthews at the 2014 NJO; photo by John Pinkerton

 

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Yilun Yang Visits Sunny Seattle

Thursday February 26, 2015

Yang Workshop with StevenYilun Yang came to the Seattle Go Center for his yearly workshop last weekend, Feb. 21 and 22.  There were 13 participants, ranging from 12 kyu to 2 dan; a mixture of new students and old friends.  Mr. Yang has been teaching these workshops in Seattle since 2001, and he has fine-tuned his mixture of lectures on theory, reviews of games played by students, and go problems.  He recommends that kyu players do go problems to improve, rather than studying professional games.  This year, students worked on his go problems throughout the workshop, but still  there were very few perfect scores at the end of Sunday.

We had beautiful sunny spring weather during the workshop, with early flowers in full bloom, and we were glad to show Mr. Yang that Seattle is not always cloudy in February.  Photo caption: Now that the young man is playing white, it is harder to make territory. – - photo/report by Brian Allen

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Chess and Go Tourney Pays in Candy

Wednesday February 25, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 4.32.22 PMKids in Portland, OR, competed for candy in a Chess and Go Tourney, held at Taborspace, on Feb. 22nd, reports Peter Freedman.  Four elementary schools, Roseland Heights, Richmond, Irvington, and Beverly Cleary, sent a total of 24 kids.  Tommy Boyd Flynn, of Beverly Cleary took the first place trophy in the Go tournament, winning all four games.  In a play-off for second place, Olin Waxler, also from Beverly Cleary, defeated Kieran Cronin, of Irvington.  Both had 3-1 records.  Fourth place was taken by Emmett Mayer with a 3-1 record, one of his wins being a bye.  Games were played on 13×13 boards.  “All the children were either unranked or double digit kyu players,’ adds Freedman, “kudos to Elsa Warner, the only female go player, and to Ai Rose Solomon, the only female chess player.” The top three places in the chess tournament were all taken by Irvington players: Ansel Wallace, 1st, Mason Buchanan, 2nd, and Leo Frankunas, 3rd. Each Go player received a packet of black and white M&M’s, and each chess player received a chocolate king or queen. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor