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National Go Center takes game to DC Sakuri Matsuri festival

Sunday April 21, 2019

Saturday, April 13 “was a beautiful day on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC for the annual Sakuri Matsuri festival.” 2019.04.21 DC Sakura Matsurireports National Go Center Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa. The 15 volunteers from the NGC were busy from the time the gates opened until they closed, teaching and sharing go. Hundreds of festival-goers stopped by to sit and learn the rules and play their first game. The local go community has been teaching at the Sakuri Matsuri for over 15 years. “A big thanks to all our volunteers” says Khalsa, “and we look forward to being back again to enjoy the entertainment, food, culture, and fellowship of this great event.”
photo courtesy Gurujeet Khalsa

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2019 US Go Congress College Scholarship Application Now Open

Friday April 19, 2019

57226489_1325562057596081_3899342546807029760_nUniversity students can apply for a $200 AGF scholarship to the 35th US Go Congress in Wisconsin, Madison held July 13-20. Applicants must be aged 26 or younger and actively enrolled in college (rising students starting in Fall 2019 and recent graduates in Spring 2019 are also eligible). Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply. After filling out the application, applicants should email proof of enrollment to youth@usgo.org and the application will be reviewed within three days. If approved, additional instructions will then be sent on claiming the scholarship. Interested applicants should not register for the US Go Congress until his or her application status has been received. There are a total of 25 scholarships available first-come first-serve with 20 allotted to US students and 5 for Canada/Mexico students, so apply soon to claim one! - Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator.  Photo: University of Maryland Go Club by Jack de la Beaujardiere

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Teacher of the Year nominations due May 7th

Thursday April 18, 2019

DSCN5452 copyNominations for the American Go Foundation’s  Teacher of the Year award are due by May 7th. Presented each year at the U.S. Go Congress, the award  recognizes an outstanding American teacher. The winner  will receive an all expenses paid trip to the US Go Congress.  To be eligible a teacher must be a member of the AGA and have been teaching go to children  for at least one hour a week for two years. There are new eligibility criteria this year, and the award is now open to other kinds of teachers as well.  Click here for more information.  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, including yourself, email mail@agfgo.org.  Nominations are due by May 7th and should include a description of the teacher’s activities,  how long they have been teaching, and how many students attend their program. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo:  2018 AGF Teacher of the Year Ted Terpstra surrounded by a few of his many students.

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The Power Report (2 of 2): Murakawa wins second Judan game; Kono leads Meijin League; Change at top of Nihon Ki-in board

Saturday April 13, 2019

by John Power, Japan Correspondent of the E-Journal2019.04.13_57judan Murakawa

Murakawa wins second Judan game: Game Two of the 57th Judan title match was held in the special playing room, Yugen, at the Tokyo headquarters of the Nihon Ki-in on March 29. The time allowance for this tournament is relatively short, being just three hours per player, so the game was over by 5:23 p.m. (it started at 10 a.m.). Taking white, the challenger Murakawa Daisuke 8P won by resignation after 154 moves, so he evened the score at 1-1. Iyama was a little dissatisfied with his opening, so he tried to make the fighting 2019.04.13_57judan2_1as complicated as possible, with an ambiguous sacrifice of a group that he later was able to save. However, Murakawa found the right timing to simplify a large-scale fight, and this made the difference. The win is quite significant for Murakawa: it put an end to a losing streak to Iyama of 13 games, which was part of a career record of three wins to 18 losses. Those three wins came in the 62nd Oza title match in 2014 when he beat Iyama 3-2. He lost the three other title challenges he made to Iyama. The third game will be played on April 11.

Kono leads Meijin League: There has not been much action in the 44th Meijin League in recent weeks. After the March 2019.04.13 meijin leagueround, Kono Rin, on 4-0, had the sole lead. So far, only one game in the April round has been played. Iyama Yuta recovered to even his score after his bad start, so he is still in the running to win the league, though he will need help from someone else to drag Kono down (he himself plays Kono in the July round).
Recent games:
(March 21) Hane Naoki (W) beat Mutsuura Yuta 7P by resig.
(March 28) Yamashita Keigo (W) beat Suzuki Shinji 7P by 3.5 points.
(April 4) Iyama Yuta (B) beat Murakawa Daisuke 8P by resig.

Change at top of Nihon Ki-in board: Dan Hiroaki, chairman of the board of directors of the Nihon Ki-in, announced that2019.04.13_Kobayashi Satoru he would resign his post as of March 31 to take responsibility for a deterioration in the finances of the Nihon Ki-in, though he planned to serve as a director until the end of his term in June 2020. At a special meeting of the board on April 2, Kobayashi Satoru 9P, the vice chairman of the board, was chosen to replace him. He will serve out the remainder of Dan’s term. He has not (yet) been replaced as vice chairman. In its 2018 budget, the Ki-in anticipated a loss of 30,000,000 yen but the actual deficit turned out to be 70,000,000 (around $600,000). I’m afraid I have no information about how serious the Nihon Ki-in’s financial troubles are. Incidentally, one of Kobayashi’s first tasks in his new post was the pleasant one of welcoming a delegation of Chinese monks on a courtesy call to the Nihon Ki-in. There were four monks from the Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou and one monk from the Shaolin Temple and they were accompanied by Wang Runan 9P of the Chinese Weiqi Association and two woman professionals. The Lingyin temple was founded during the Sung dynasty (960~1279) by the monk Ji Gong, who was a go player and has maintained a go connection. In 2009, it founded a Buddhism and Weiqi Cultural Exchange Center. It holds tournaments and is active in spreading go. (There’s lots of information about this temple on the Net, but a quick search didn’t find any mention of its go connections.)

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EGF takes lead in Transatlantic Pro Team championship

Sunday April 7, 2019

Mateusz Surma 2P from the European Go Federation (EGF) defeated Andy Liu 1P in the first round of the 2019 Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship on Sunday, April 7. The game was played live and broadcast by the AGA on Twitch with host Nick Sibicky and commentator Eric Lui 1P. More than 12,000 viewers observed the nail-biting game that lasted more than three hours.

In early mid-game, Surma’s mis-steps in the upper right corner led to Liu’s advantage, building strong shape in the center. However, Surma persisted, collecting points on both the right and left sides, and perfectly timing a deep invasion into Liu’s territory on the lower side. The invasion led to a complex fight when both players were in byoyomi. A series of ko fights created huge exchanges that were much favorable for Surma, and Liu resigned.

The AGA’s next player will be Calvin Sun 1P, and Surma will be playing with Black in the next round, scheduled for April 14, 14:00 EDT on KGS in the Transatlantic Pro Team room, and broadcast live on Twitch. All videos of the live streaming will also be available on YouTube.

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Eric Lui 1P and Justin Teng 6D top NGC Cherry Blossom 2019

Sunday April 7, 2019

The National Go Center held its first ever two-day tournament on March 30-31. Forty two players turned out including 2019.04.07 Eric Lui (1P) and Justin Teng (6D) win NGC Cherry Blossom 2019contingents from Stonybrook University and the Feng Yun Go School. First place at 5-0 — and still undefeated in NGC tournaments – went to Eric Lui 1P, followed by Justin Teng 6D at 4-1.

The cherry blossoms are at peak bloom in DC this week. All 4- and 5-2019.04.07 DC Cherry Blossomgame winners are receiving two tickets for the upcoming Sakura Matsuri  festival on Saturday, April 13th, and 3-game winners are getting one ticket each. Sakura Matsuri is an annual festival on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC and the NGC will carry on the tradition of staffing a booth and teaching go to all comers. All volunteers also receive a free ticket to the event. If interested in volunteering contact NGC Outreach Coordinator, Patrick Sun (patrick.sun@nationalgocenter.org). The NGC is also fundraising by selling tickets to the festival. The tickets are $10 and can be purchased using this link, which will credit the NGC.

NGC Cherry Blossom 2019 results:
5-game winners: Eric Lui (1P); Laurie Ensworth (18K)
4-game winners: Justin Teng (6D); Taewon Kim (1D); James Funk (1K); John Christensen (8K); Julian Turim (13K)
3-game winners: Joey Phoon (2K); Fengqi Wen (2K); Jack de la Beaujardiere (6K); Gurujeet Khalsa (7K); Noah Mullinax (7K); Amber Boyden (15K).

photo by Garrett Smith

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Sedgwick third-graders learn go

Friday April 5, 2019

UFiwE0q0Third graders at Sedgwick Elementary School, in Cupertino, CA, learned how to play go at their school’s annual Discovery Day on March 26th.  As in previous years, the school invited many presenters to teach various kinds of fun activities, such as fencing, YoYo, and robotics. Wenguang Wang, Hongya Qu, and Yi Luo, from The VMware Go Club and Santa Clara Youth Go Club, volunteered as presenters and hosted the “Learn to Play Go” session for about 100 third-graders. The same session was presented to the entire third grade (4 classes of students).  Students learned the rules of go and played a few games on 9×9 boards. They enjoyed the session, especially those who won!  Story and Photo by Wenguang Wang.

 

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“AlphaGo” screens Thursday at American Film Institute; volunteers wanted

Tuesday April 2, 2019

Members of the National Go Center will provide a go demonstration at this Thursday’s screening of “AlphaGo” at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. The demo starts at 6:15p, and the screening begins at 7:15p. If you’re interested in 2019.04.02 AlphaGo movie posterparticipating in the demo, contact Outreach Coordinator Patrick Sun; all volunteers receive a free pass to the movie. Dr. Benjamin Bengfort, data scientist at PingThings will introduce the absorbing documentary, which chronicles Google’s DeepMind team as it prepares to test the limits of its rapidly evolving AI technology against one of the top professional go players in the world.

 

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New AGA Chapters for March 2019

Tuesday April 2, 2019

The AGA is regularly asked for new chapters around the country. These are the newly registered chapters from March 2019:

Amarillo Go Club – Amarillo, TX, Meets at GameQuest on 6th Street on Saturdays from 2-4

Sharing Go Miami – Miami, FL, Sharing Go is a project underdevelopment. I project we will be up and running July 2019. Please look at our website for dates & locations where we are meeting. goclubmiami.com

Bakersfield Go Club – Bakersfield, CA, Temblor Brewing Company, Mondays 6:30-9:00pm

Members can always update their current chapter through the AGA Membership Manager if they have moved.

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Laoshi Zhou and the southern part of heaven

Monday April 1, 2019

by Bob Bacon2019.04.01 Yuan Zhou NC workshop

Raleigh, North Carolina is often called the southern part of heaven.  We’re blessed with a comfortable climate, beautiful natural scenery, honest hard-working natives, outstanding universities, progressive businesses, lots of wonderful immigrants, healthcare workers, scientists, writers, and a sprinkling of Go players.  We’re also fortunate to be within traveling range of Maryland based Yuan Zhou, one of the nation’s leading Go teachers. Laoshi (teacher) Zhou conducted another of his invaluable workshops for us last weekend, and attendees were happily educated in this finest of arts.

In addition to the usual game reviews, which were very beneficial in themselves, teacher Zhou presented two lectures on games from the recently concluded 2019 LG Cup.  Describing the young players Yang Dingxin and Shi Yue as “Dragon 2019.04.01 Yuan Zhou NC workshop2Hunter” and “Tank Driver” helped us understand the styles of play each player employed, and some of the deeper foundations of the game.  Both games were very interesting and shifu Zhou’s explanations were enlightening.

Laoshi Zhou provided much helpful advice throughout the workshop, often presenting concepts in the guise of folk stories, making them easier to remember, such as the bear and the cornfield, and dragon lover Gong Ye.

Yuan Zhou also provided an very helpful review of the 3 3 point invasion, explaining the benefits, consequences and history of this trendy move.  A prolific Go author, laoshi Zhou has written a number of books on Alpha Go, Go Seigen and the 3 3 invasion, published by Slate and Shell.

We were taught much, learned as much as we could, ate well, slept just enough and enjoyed the modern meeting facility arranged by Dale Blann, one of our club members.  I can’t wait until we do it again!

 

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