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Baum Prizes Launch at US Go Congress

Monday July 16, 2018

20160515B001An all new fund to promote play between kids and adults has been set up through the AGF, the Baum Prizes.  Leonard Baum passed away last August (see EJ 6-19-18) his daughter Stefi wanted to do something to honor her father’s love of go, and approached the AGF about setting up a long term endowment. “Leonard Baum loved playing (and often losing to) young kids,” writes AGF President Terry Benson. “The idea of the Baum Prizes is to encourage play across generations. Grandfathers often are the most successful teachers of go (and other games) to children. Thus, all games considered for these prizes must have a minimum age difference of 40 years.”  Games will all be self paired at the US Go Congress, and any games that meet the criteria are eligible, both rated and non. Kids (and adults) who rack up the most games will win $50 in gift certificates to the go vendors at congress (kids will also get a medal).  The prizes will begin at this year’s congress, and will be held every year.  The full rules can be found in the official Go Congress App, under Special Events on the schedule.  There are eight prize categories:

1) Youth under 12 who plays the largest number of adults – The Badger
2) Youth age 12 to 15 who plays the largest number of adults – The Grasshopper
3) Young player who beats the largest number of adults – The Elder Slayer
4) Young player who beats the largest number of dan level adults – The Dan Destroyer 5) Adult who plays the most games – The Old Hand
6) Adult who loses the most games – The Encourager
7) Adult who gives the most 9 stone (or higher) teaching games – The Teacher
Reach Across the Ages prizes:
8A, 8B, 8C) Three prizes of $20 Go Bucks each ($10 per player) and a medal for the youth player for the three games with the greatest age diference – Reach Across the Ages A, B, & C. -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. 

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Mr. and Mrs. Clossius, officially

Monday July 16, 2018

Shawn Ray and Kara Whitney – AKA Mr. and Mrs. Clossius online – officially tied the 2018.07.11_ray-wedding-cakeknot on June 16. “We had a go-themed 2018.07.16_mr-mrs-clossiuswedding, including a black and white go stone cake with cherry blossoms,” Shawn — a popular YouTube teacher — tells the E-Journal. “We picked it because go has been such a major part of my life.”

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Game recorders wanted

Wednesday July 11, 2018

The American Go E-Journal has a few openings on its 2018 US Go Congress team. Anyone interested in helping 2018.07.11_2016Congress-IMG_0359record/broadcast top-board games at the US Open/Masters should email journal@usgo.org. Prior experience is useful but not absolutely necessary. You must be available either mornings (Sun-Sat) or evenings (Sunday, Monday, or Friday). “We also need a couple recorders for the Pandanet City League Finals at 3pm on Saturday (July 21) afternoon,” says E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. “This is a great chance to get an up—close look at top-board games at a major tournament and be a part of the team bringing this event to the world.”
photo: Board 1 at the 2016 US Go Congress

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Terpstra Named Teacher of the Year

Monday July 9, 2018

Mt.Everest.GoTed Terpstra has been named the American Go Foundation’s Teacher of the Year in recognition of his work with children in the San Diego, CA area.  Terpstra has been actively coordinating programs for kids, in as many as six different locations, for several years. “There is great joy in teaching someone to play go, especially a youth,” says Terpstra, “and there is no greater reward in teaching the game than to see the enthusiasm of a student as he or she learns and finally becomes better than the teacher.”  Terpstra’s most recent program, held for the sixth year, was at the Jing Institute of Chinese Martial Arts and Culture, where members of the San Diego Go Club came to teach go to the summer day campers. “Thirty youngsters, from kindergarten to sixth-grade, listened attentively as I explained the game,” said Terpstra. “They then grabbed boards and stones to spread out over the floor to play. Several of the students had attended the go class in previous summers and helped the new players learn the game.  Hikaru No Go books had already been read by many of the students, as the American Go Foundation had provided them to the school several years ago.” Terpstra has also run programs at a K-12 school, a high school, a Chinese language school, and a public library.

DSCN5449Terpstra is coordinating the Go Teachers’ Workshop at the 2018 U.S. Go Congress in Williamsburg, Virgina in July. Prospective go teachers can be certified by the American Go Association if they attend eight-hours of instruction at the Congress. Several go professionals as well as other seasoned go teachers have agreed to teach the classes.  Sign-up for the Workshop can be done at Congress registration on July 21. Terpstra will also hold a special session entitled “How I Started Teaching Go,” on July 23rd, at 4 pm, which will be open to everyone. -Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.  Photos by Ted Terpstra: Top: Terpstra teaching 4th graders how to play; Bottom:  Go Class at the 2018 Jing Martial Arts School Summer Camp

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Timothy Bell tops Davis-Sac Summer tourney

Saturday July 7, 2018

On June 30, the Davis/Sacramento Go Club held its Summer Tournament at the Arcade Library in Sacramento. There was a field2018.07.07_Davis-Sac tournament photo of thirteen players from 3 dan to 26 kyu. Nine players were from the SF Bay area. Timothy Bell, 1d, won the upper division with a 4-0 record. Roger Schrag, 4k, won the lower division with a 3-1 record.

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Congress 2018 Preparation: Get Listed!

Sunday July 1, 2018

At the 2018 US Go Congress coming up later this month in Williamsburg, Virginia there are new social features to help attendees2018.07.01-appSchumer get to know one another and to share their Congress experiences. These are built into the free Congress mobile app for iOS and Android devices. One feature is an ‘Attendees’ page where everyone coming can have a short biography and a picture published.

To get listed just send an email to Gurujeet Khalsa – gurujeet.khalsa@nationalgocenter.org – with a few paragraphs about what you’d like to share about yourself with fellow Congress-goers. Attach a recent picture to the email as well. Take a look at other listings for inspiration by seeing what they have shared. If writing (especially in English) isn’t your strong suit, Congress staff will be happy to edit your posting for grammar and spelling. Your listing can be in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean as well if you send it that way. You can optionally add other Social information including: City, State, Country, Facebook page, personal website, Twitter handle, LinkedIn page, or email.

Congress starts on July 21, so if you have still not registered you should do so now here.

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Zhou family cleans up at Santa Monica tourney

Sunday July 1, 2018

With a small field of 26, this year’s Santa Monica Coffee Cup on June 23 was topped by Yixian Zhou 6d (left, with TD Andy Okun), a long time Southern 2018.07.01_coffee-cup-Anna and Andy-IMG_60702018.07.01_coffee-cup-xixian-IMG_6066California player and organizer.  At the other end of the field, the so-called “Decaf Division,” Yixian’s children, Anna and Andy (at right), each around 30k, came in joint first.  Other winners of the fabled hand painted and lettered mugs, this year colored in a stately “sangue de boeuf,” were Shangze Bi in the low dan section, Les Lanphear and Sangho Wang in the strong kyu section, and Marc Sarrel in the mid-kyu section.  Organizer Andy Okun promised to announce next year’s Coffee Cup much earlier.

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AGA City League Finals and Winners

Thursday June 28, 2018

2017.10.03_PANDANETThe Pandanet AGA City League finished its regular season play recently. Each team fought tough opponents this season. This season saw eight professionals play this year, four of them being AGA Professionals. The finals for the A League will be played in three weeks at the US Go Congress. The College of William & Mary will host Greater Washington vs New York City on Saturday July 21st at 3PM. The games will be broadcast in the AGA City League Room LIVE.

The winners of the league are:
A League:
Third: Canwa Vancouver 1
Fourth: New Jersey
Fifth: Edmonton
B League:
Winner: Ottawa
Second: Toronto 1
Third: Toronto 2
Fourth: Canwa Vancouver 3
C League:
Winner: Boston 3
Second: N Corvallis

Congratulations to all of the teams that played this year.

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Save $50, register for U.S. Go Congress before July 1

Tuesday June 26, 2018

If you’re thinking about attending this year’s U.S. Go Congress, register before this Sunday and save $50. The registration late fee2018.06.27_williamsburg increases $50 on Sunday, July 1st. The biggest U.S. go event of the year includes the U.S. Open, a six-day tournament of epic proportions, the U.S. Masters, where top players compete for $12,000 in prizes, lectures, game reviews, and simuls from American and Asian professionals, youth activities and tournaments including the Redmond Cup, a host of tournaments including the U.S. Women’s tournament, Seniors (55+), 9×9, 13×13, Die Hard, and more!

Plus: great evening activities including Crazy Go and Pair Go, teachers workshops, the first-ever Congress workshop to train Tournament Directors, all in a gorgeous location on the campus of America’s second-oldest institute of higher learning, next to Colonial Williamsburg, one of the most-visited tourist destinations on the East Coast.  “Make memories that will last the rest of your life!” say Congress organizers Nate Eagle and Diego Pierrottet.

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Peter Gao tops Evanston Go Club’s Summer Solstice tournament

Tuesday June 26, 2018

The Evanston Go Club’s Summer Solstice tournament on Saturday drew 21 players ranging from 25 kyu to 4 dan. For some, this 2018.06.27 Evanston Go Club’s Summer Solstice tournamentwas their first tournament ever; others have been coming to the Evanston tournaments for up to 14 years. “We run our tournaments self-paired, so players can play as many games as they want.” said tournament director Mark Rubenstein. “Chase Grange 11k and Thomas Gehrt 6k each played 8 games; that’s a lot of games to play in one day!” Prizes were supplied by Yellow Mountain, and awarded to 6 players; first and second place in each of three bands: dan, single digit kyu, and double digit kyu.”Chase Grange won the double digit kyu band, but unfortunately he had to leave before the prizes were awarded; so Mike O’Day and Mary Skolnik took home the prizes in that band.” said Rubenstein. As is the custom, pizza at Giordano’s capped off the day.
Winners:
#1 Dan: Peter Gao 4d: 4-0
#2 Dan: Daniel Dowell 3d: 3-2
#1 SDK: Satoru Inoue 1k: 3-1
#2 SDK: Laura Moon 2k: 4-2
#1 DDK: Chase Grange 11k: 6-2
#1 DDK: Mike O’Day 15k: 5-2
#2 DDK: Mary Skolnik 19k: 4-2
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