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In Memoriam: David Erbach

Sunday February 26, 2017

We just learned that David Erbach has died. A long time go player, and former editor of the publication Computer Go, 2017.02.25_erbachErbach taught Computer Science at Western Kentucky University until his retirement in 2014. “Dave was part of the wave of early computer scientists who made the first tentative attempts to program a computer to represent and then to play go,” says former AGA president Terry Benson. Erbach was previously head of the Computer Science department at Purdue University-Fort Wayne and the Business Computing department at the University of Winnipeg. In addition to go, he loved model airplanes and was, with his father, a competitive member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. He was also a keen pianist. He died of prostate cancer in September 2016, at the age of 69.

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Go and Math Workshop for Elementary School Teachers

Saturday February 25, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 5.51.13 PMThirteen teachers from the National College of Education in Chicago, IL, participated in a 90-minute go workshop on Jan 26. The teachers, and their professor Xue Han,  learned the basic rules of go, experienced a couple of games themselves, and reviewed case studies of students playing go in elementary classrooms.  “After the workshop, one teacher said that she had decided to bring go back to her classroom of more than twenty 3rd graders” reports Xinming Simon Guo, of Go and Math Academy in Chicago. Guo has been providing workshops at schools, conferences and educational institutes in the Chicago area since 2008. The primary audiences for the workshops are teachers, both in-service teachers who have been teaching in the classroom everyday, and pre-service teachers who will start teaching after they graduate from the university. These hands-on workshops are always centered on one topic — go and math. “If you don’t know go, how can you know the relationship between go and math?” ask Guo, “but if you know how to play you will naturally employ  fundamental math skills in the game. It’s just that you won’t necessarily detect that relationship while you’re totally absorbed in the pleasure and pressure of playing.”

According to Guo’s research 55 out of 94 Common Core Math Standards from Grades K to 3 are almost naturally connected to go. “Teachers design many classroom activities. Sometimes they have to design several activities to meet the requirement of only one standard. For one game to cover almost 60% of core standards in the early elementary math curriculum is impressive,” says Guo. “Meanwhile, students learn math without even noticing it. Acquisition of math happens naturally as you play go. That’s the beauty of game-based learning.  Most of these teachers don’t know go, so I introduce it as an educational game, which removes the pressure for competition. Once they start to play, they are able to experience the subtle ways fundamental math skills are at work, and identify many learning opportunities embedded in the game.” For further reading see Northwestern University Exploring Go and Math. (E-J 1/31/17 -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Guo presenting at NCE in Chicago.

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Confucius Institute and Feng Yun Go School to host tourney in New Brunswick

Tuesday February 21, 2017

The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University, together with the Feng Yun Go School, will be hosting a go tournament on Saturday, April 1 at the College Avenue Student Center in New Brunswick, NJ, reports Paul Matthews. Click here2017.02.20_FengYunWeiqi-logo1 for more details. Feng Yun 9P will do game reviews between rounds. There are no registration fees, but you must register online no later than Thursday, March 30 to guarantee your seat.

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Eric Lui 1P tops NOVA Chinese Lunar New Year tourney

Monday February 20, 2017

Eric Lui 1P swept the NOVA Chinese Lunar New Year 10th anniversary tournament, held on Saturday, February 11 at George Mason University Law School in Arlington VA. The four-round tournament attracted 42 players, including 18 dan-level players. “As usual,” reports Allan Abramson, “there also was an afternoon short tournament for beginners.”

Winners Report:
First place: Eric Lui 1P, 4-0; Frederic Bao, 4d and Jack Chong, 4d, tied at 3-1; Julian Erville, 1d, 4-0; Jeroen Meijer, 2k, 4-0; Anderson Barreal, 8k, 4-0; Julian Li, 15k, 4-0; and Andrew Chen, 25k, 4-0
Second place: Yuang Lin, 7d, 3-1; Bob Crites, 7k, and Joon Lee, 10k, tied at 3-1; James Liu, 12k, and Sean Lin, 14k, tied at 3-1; and Antonina Perez-Lopez, 20k, 3-1

13×13 Afternoon Tournament for beginners, six participants:
First place: Derek Hu, 4-1
Second place, Joseph Wang, 4-1

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Tennessee Kids Power Up

Thursday February 16, 2017

image1“I taught two classes  at Whitsitt Elementary school on Power Monday,’ reports Shawn Ray from Tennessee. “Power Monday is an event held once a month to teach kids new subjects or ideas. At the end of both classes, the kids were begging me to come back on the next Power Monday. This is my second time at Whitsitt and both times have gone very well. The picture is of kids playing 2v2 capture go. I only had one hour to teach so I decided to start with capture go and put them in teams (they really enjoy working in teams). I must thank everyone who supports the American Go Foundation! Without the AGF’s grants and equipment, I would not be able to teach in after school programs as much as I do,” adds Ray. - Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Shawn Ray.

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Three School Chess and Go Tourney

Monday February 13, 2017

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Twenty-four children played in Portland’s latest chess and go tournament for kids, held on Jan. 22nd. Six kids played go and 18 played chess. Perennial champ Olin Waxler, 4-0 took first place in go, with Luke Helprin taking second over Emmett Perkins on tie-breaker points, both at 3-1. Top-seeded Brady Yamin took first place in chess, with Ai Rose Solomon beating Ty Holt for 2nd on tie-breaking points. Prizes were gift certificates to Guardian Games, 1st place, $25, 2nd place $15, and 3rd place, $10. - Story and Photo by Peter Freedman

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South Central Go Tournament update

Sunday February 12, 2017

As the South Central Go Tournament draws near (February 18-19, Plano, TX – Dallas area) things look promising for a 2017.02.12_texas-tourney-reportgood event, reports Bob Gilman. “As of February 6, there are 31 players registered — 6 Open Section, ranging from 7d to 3d, and 25 Handicap Section, ranging from 1k to 21k,” says Gilman. Players from eight states have registered: AR (4), CA (1), CO (1), KY (2), MO (1), NM (3), UT (1), and TX (18). “Additionally, there are 22 players who have said they will probably attend or would like to attend but are not sure.” There will be three rounds played each day. On-line registration remains open through February 15. It will also be possible to register at the door.

This is an AGA rated tournament which means players will need to be current AGA members to compete. If you decide to come, you can check your AGA membership status, find out about the different types of membership, and join or renew on-line here.

There is more information about the tournament and a registration link on Facebook.

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Stephen Hu wins 25th annual Jujo Jiang Goe tournament

Tuesday February 7, 2017

Stephen Hu topped the 25th annual Jujo Jiang Goe Tournament last weekend. Sponsored by Ing’s Go Foundation of 2017.02.07_jujo-tourney-collageCalifornia, the tournament was held on February 4 and 5th at the Kabuki Hotel in San Francisco. Donna Casey presented Jujo Jiang with a Certificate of Honor from Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco for 25 years of service to American go players.

Stephen Hu won the open section with a perfect score of five wins. $3000 in prizes were handed out across five divisions: Open, Dan, Expert, Intermediate and Novice. Non-cash prizes were also given to each player who played all five rounds without a victory.

Results by section:
Open: 1st: Stephen Hu; 2nd: Yuefeng Zhang; 3rd: Ary Cheng; 4th: Yufei Hu
Dan: 1st: Linden Chiu; 2nd: James Chiu; 3rd: Steven Burrall; 4th: Jason Won
Expert: 1st: Hojin Lee; 2nd: Jay Chan; 3rd: Nan Zhong; 4th: K Kim
Intermediate: 1st: Chao Zhang; 2nd: Tai-An Cha; 3rd: Elwin Li; 4th: Yunyen Jin
Novice: 1st: David Baran; 2nd: Dahlin Casey; 3rd: Nathan Bouscal; 4th: Bruce Bailey

photos (clockwise, from top left): Various attendees with Jujo and MingJiu; tournament playing area; Elwyn Berlekamp, Karoline Burrall, Steve Burrall; Jujo, Donna Casey, C.O. Armistad; Open Winner Stephen Hu; photos by Ernest Brown 

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Instant replay saves the day in Evanston

Tuesday February 7, 2017

The Evanston Go Club hosted its Winter Wonderland tournament on Saturday, Feb 4. Turnout was excellent, with 34 players2017.02.07_evanston-counting attending, ranging in rank from 5d to 20k

“Special thanks go to Xinming Simon Guo for catching a counting error that changed the result of a game,” said TD Mark Rubenstein. Guo, the 2015 AGF Teacher of the Year and founder of the Go And Math Academy in Chicago, was video-ing the counting stage of the games. He planned to use the videos in his classes to demonstrate math concepts in the game of go.

One of the games ended with black winning by half a point. However, after the result had been entered by the TD, Guo was reviewing the 2017.02.07_evanston-playing-areavideo and noticed that there were seven black stones lined up on a row that was only six points long. “One of those stones didn’t belong there, it should have been put inside black’s territory. This is the first time I have ever seen a game result overturned based on an instant replay!” said Rubenstein.

Winners were: Na (Nicole) Pan 5d: 3-1, Daniel Puzan 2d: 5-0, William Torres Amesty 3k: 4-0, Scott Gerson 8k: 4-0, Crystal Lin 14k: 4-0, and a prize for most games played to David Rohde with 8 games. “Thanks to Yellow Mountain for providing awesome prizes!” says Rubenstein.

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The Power Report (2 of 3): Xie starts well in Women’s Kisei, Nyu catches up; Cho U wins 900th game

Sunday February 5, 2017

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal2017.02.05_Xie wins #1 Womens Kisei

Xie starts well in Women’s Kisei, Nyu catches up: The first game of the 20th Docomo Cup Women’s Kisei title match, a best-of-three, was played at the Hotel Sunrise Garden in Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture on January 19. This year the 2017.02.05_Nyu (L) loses first gamechallenger is the 17-year-old Nyu Eiko (left). A disciple of Michael Redmond, who is her mother’s brother-in-law, she became a professional at the Nagoya branch of the Nihon Ki-in last year. Nyu quickly showed promise and has already represented Japan several times in team tournaments. In the opening game of the title match, Xie Yimin (White, at right), the defending champion, showed the benefit of greater experience and forced a resignation after 154 moves. However, Nyu fought back in the second game, played in the Ryusei Studio in the basement of the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo on January 30. Taking white, Nyu forced a resignation after 186 moves. The fate of the title will be decided on February 6.2017.01.05_Cho U

Cho U wins 900th game: Cho U (right) has become the 25th Nihon Ki-in player to reach the benchmark of 900 wins. In a game in Preliminary C of the 43rd Gosei tournament, played on January 19, Cho (black) beat Kim En 4P by resig. This took his record to 900 wins, 388 losses, 2 jigo, and 1 no-result. At 36 years 11 month, Cho is the youngest player to win 900 games (putting Yamashita Keigo, at 37 years two months, into 2nd place); at 22 years nine months, he is the 2nd fastest (top is Yamashita at 22 years seven months); his winning percentage of 69.9 is the 2nd highest (top is Takao with 70%).

Tomorrow: Yo to challenge for Judan;  Honinbo League; Meijin League

 

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