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Historic Mexico-Korea baduk match set for Dec. 8

Friday December 7, 2018

Encuentro de Baduk México-Corea 2018,  a cross cultural baduk (go in Korean) tournament is set for December 8th in Mexico 2018.12.07_Mexico-Korea baduk matchCity.  The match will be held in honor of  South Korea’s ambassador to Mexico, the event will take place at the Korean Cultural Center and the opening ceremony will feature its Director, Mr. Kijin Song. The format is a fast-paced, round robin match consisting of 5 team members, on one side Mexican nationals and on the other Korean residents and/or Korean descendants born in Mexico. Philipp Neubert, a german student from Myongji University who is doing  field research for his Ph.D thesis about go in Latin America is invited as an international observer.

The Korean Cultural Center and a Korean newspaper “El Coreano,” both with established headquarters in Mexico City, are organizing the event. “For many years there have been active Korean players with a limited interaction in their own community,” reports organizer Sid Avila,  “perhaps only Kim Chang-Ha,  a gentle friend and strong player has showed up and participated at the successful Mexican Go Congresses organized so far.”

“Since the  Korean Cultural Center opened their baduk workshop two years ago, there has been a steady increase in public interest for go. There have been two Baduk Festivals, workshops at universities, exhibitions and even international events like the recent Pan-american Baduk Championship 2018 where Aaron Ye, from the US claimed the title.  The Korean community seems to be welcoming the exciting idea that there are strong Mexican players who can compete with them. They are also surprised that baduk is taught at elementary schools, and played at universities, and that there are quite well organized events by the Mexican Go Association,” adds Avila. -Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.

 

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Go in the News: Game Enthusiasts Gather Weekly in Brentwood to Play Ancient Board Game; Baduk Drives Success of Nongshim Noodles in China

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Game Enthusiasts Gather Weekly in Brentwood to Play Ancient Board Game: Every weekend, you’ll find a group of people playing an ancient board game called Go at Fulin’s in Brentwood. Shawn Ray, of the Middle TN Go Club, spoke with us about the game and how the Middle TN Go Club came to be. The Club plays at Fulin’s in Brentwood every Saturday from 12p-4p and Sunday 5p-9p. Read more here.

Baduk Drives Success of Nongshim Noodles in China: Instant noodle giant Nongshim has capitalized on the popularity of go to drive sales of $280 million in China this year. In cooperation with the Korea Baduk Association, Nongshim founded a world championship known as the Nongshim Cup when it entered the country in 1999. Nongshim chairman Shin Chun-ho is a go enthusiast and wanted to link local fever for the game to the brand. When the tournament is held in China (the 20th edition was held there last month), fans gather in front of the venue or at large outdoor televisions to watch the match, which further promotes the brand. Read more here and here.

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Calvin Sun 1p wins inaugural California State Go Championship

Monday December 3, 2018

An undefeated Calvin Sun 1p topped a field of 45 players to win the first annual California State Go Championship on 2018.12.03_CA-state-IMG_5605November 24-25. The two-day, 5-round event was sponsored by the San Diego Go Club and held amid the beautiful surroundings of the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park. Players came from as far as the San Francisco Bay area to compete for the title.

Sun not only won the title of 2018 California Go Champion and collected a cash award and an individual trophy but will be the first to have his name engraved on a permanent state go champion plaque. Following him in the Open Section were Yi Wang (6-dan 2018 San Diego Champion) and Yufei Jin 6-dan.

“It was a special treat when American Go Association President Andy Okun, was present to help award the prizes to the winners,” reports organizer Ted Terpstra, president of the San Diego Go Club.

2018.12.03_CA-state-DSCN5583Other Section winners were:

Dan Section: 1st Dan Alvira 3-dan; 2nd Zhihong He 3.3-dan; 3rd Seowoo Wang 2.6-dan
Single-Digit Kyu Section: 1st Paul Margetts 2.4-kyu; 2nd Warren T Andrews 6.7-kyu; 3rd Kevin Charles Yang 7-kyu
Double-Digit Kyu Section: 1st Lucia Moscola 17.9-kyu; 2nd Wade Michael Smith 10.5-kyu; 3rd Alexander Niema Moshiri 11.5 Kyu

In conjunction with the California State Go Championship, a 5-round, 13×13 California Go Championship was held on Sunday, also at the SD 2018.12.03_CA-state-13x13-PlayersChess Club. Competing were 32 players many of whom were from the Hai Li Go School. All players earned a playing certificate with their rating as well as a medal with the logo of the San Diego Go Club on one side and the logo of the California Go Association on the other. Hai Li, a Chinese pro who has recently moved to Southern California, was the tournament director for the 13×13 tournament. He is also the president of the California Go Association which rated the 13×13 tournament.

2018 Girl’s State California Go Champion: Angelina Zhao (4-1)
2018 Boy’s California State Go Champion: Kai Yi; who was the only 5-0 player.

“With almost 80 go players competing, the 2018 California Go Championship was a huge success,” said Terpstra. To encourage participation, the San Diego Go Club paid all entry fees and cash prizes out of the profits from the 2017 U.S. Go Congress, which it hosted.

photos: (top right, l-r): Okun, Sun and Terpstra; (bottom right) 13×13 players; photos by Bochen Li and Henry You

Correction: Calvin Sun’s rank has been updated to 1p; the AGA’s top amateur rank is 7d.

 

 

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Traveling Go Board: Montreal, Canada

Thursday November 29, 2018

by Peter Schumer2018.11.26_montreal go boards1

Montreal is just north of the border for go players in New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. They have a thriving go community and a full time place to play go and enjoy some quality tea, baked goods, soups, and sandwiches at Senthe Tea House located at 6547 Saint-Hubert. They also hosted the 41st Canadian Open at College Jean-de-Brebeuf in early September. I often play in their tournaments; Americans are warmly welcomed!

But I recently discovered an interesting place to play go that the folks in Montreal might not even be aware of. While walking around Old Montreal I found a restaurant, The Keg Steak House and Bar, located at the corner of Saint Paul and Saint Jean-Baptiste that has an outdoor terrace with chairs and tables with full-sized go boards inscribed on them! This is probably unknown to the proprietors as well.

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Billy Maier 3k wins NM State Championship in upset victory

Monday November 26, 2018

Ten players from across the state met at the Aldea Community Center in Santa Fe, NM on November 3 to compete in the 2018 2018.11.26_NM-1New Mexico State Go Championship. In the three-round Open Section, four players vied to be champion in a round-robin. With even games, 2018.11.26_NM-2expectations were high that the strongest player, Steve Uhl (1.2d), would dispatch the other hopeful kyu players with ease. But Billy Maier (3.2k) from Albuquerque, the next strongest player, had other ideas, winning all his games to become Champion.

“We were pleased to present him with his personal trophy and award him the State Championship trophy,” reports TD
Robert Cordingley. “Billy is expected to defend his title next year.” In the Handicap Section, up-and-coming Kyle Fenimore (9k) from White Rock, NM won all his games to take first place, beating Stewart Kane, who placed second and Bob Gilman, who took third place.  “Our thanks go to local go player Lewis Geer and the AGA for their generous sponsorship of this tournament,” Cordingley added.
photos: (right) Maier (at left) and Uhl; (left) TD Robert Cordingley presents Billy Maier with his trophy.

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NY Institute of Go YouTube channel hits 1,000 subscribers

Monday November 26, 2018

The New York Institute of Go’s (NYIG) official YouTube channel (NYIG_Go) recently achieved a significant milestone, reaching2018.11.26_NYGI-YouTube-1 the 1,000 subscribers mark. “I was surprised by how quickly the numbers are climbing, since our videos are so short and simple,” says Stephanie Yin 1p, NYIG president. “Our goal is to present the English-speaking go community with kick-start knowledge on all aspects of the game,” added Ryan Li 1p. Current active series on the channel include “Mistakes of the Month” and “Joseki Lessons.” “Stay tuned for the weekly uploads!” Yin said. 

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Ye, Velasco, Trujillo top Pan-American Championship

Saturday November 24, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-11-24 at 3.21.40 PMAaron Ye 7d of the US took first place in the Pan-American Championship in Mexico City on November 10th.  Canadian Player Manuel Velasco came in second and Cuban player Orlando Trujillo placed third.  Mr. Kijin Song, the director of the Korean Cultural Center in Mexico presented the winners with certificates and cash prizes of $30,000, $20,000, and $10,000 Mexican pesos for their respective placings in the tournament. The online qualifiers drew players from Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, Cuba, the USA, and Canada. The finals were held at the Museo Nacional de las Culturas, within walking distance of the Zocalo Plaza in Mexico City. The event drew a large audience from the local go community. “The 2nd Baduk Festival in Mexico was held at the same time,” reports organizer Sid Avila, “we had free games amongst the public participants, the majority of them being children; 2 raffles were held so that 18 people could play simultaneous games with Soohang Ryu 7P, from the Korean Baduk Association.Later prizes were raffled for the public, and we had a baduk book exhibition and a photographic exhibit as well.”

Online preliminaries were held in August, and determined the top five players from different countries. They were invited to Mexico City, with all expenses paid, to compete in the final stage. In addition to Ye and Velasco,  Fernando Aguilar of Argentina (who had to cancel due to family complications), Alfonso Artique of Uruguay, Abner Turkieltaub Melo of Chile, and Orlando Trujillo of Cuba (by invitation) were the finalists.  As the host country, Mexico was excluded from the online qualifier and received a seeded seat into the finals.  The Korean Cultural Center in Mexico held a separate online qualifier for Mexican players, which was won by Abraham Florencia, a high-dan  player who placed 8th at the World Amateur Go Championships earlier in the year.

A great amount of attention was focused on the game between Ye (black) and Velasco (white).  Velasco had a strong opening and held a large territorial lead until a detrimental mistake in the middle-game. Ye successfully seized the opportunity and killed a large group, ultimately securing a win-by-resignation.  After the tournament, the game was displayed on a projector in the background and was reviewed by Ryu.

Ye reports ” I was glad to have the opportunity to attend the event and make new go friends from Latin American countries. Organizing a Pan-American tournament was a creative and innovative idea to connect go players from North and South America. After all, an important part of the game is connecting with the community. I was surprised but excited to see the event attract quite a lot of local Mexican go players. The experience was very unique and memorable and I hope to continue to promote go on the continent in the future.”

The event was sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Cultural Center in Mexico, with the valuable support of the National Museum of World Cultures, the Korean Baduk Association, the Tygem Go Server, the Korean Sports Promotion Organization, and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. For more pictures, click here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Korean Cultural Center in Mexico photographer Seol Ha Kim.

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Seattle hosts annual Fall Youth Tournament

Friday November 23, 2018

On Sunday, November 18, as part its ongoing Youth programs, the Seattle Go Center hosted its annual fall tournament for go 2018.11 23-Seattle-Youth Tournament 181118-020players age 17 and younger.  It was a just-for-fun event where the kids could choose to play their games on 19×19 or 13×13.  Eight kids played three rounds in the 19×19 group, and thirteen played four rounds in the 13×13 group.

2018.11 23-Seattle-Youth Tournament Prize 181118-026Players ranged from pre-school through 7th grade. For most of them, it was their first tournament ever.  About 24% of the players came from one of the Go Center’s school outreach programs, another 38% from the Northwest Chinese School Weiqi Club headed by Sonny Cho, and the remaining 38% didn’t declare a program affiliation.

Halfway through the event, light snacks were devoured by the growing young go players and their support crews (a.k.a. families).  At the end, all players got to choose a prize, in order of win-loss record.  Donated prizes of go equipment were very popular.  Other prizes included folding fans, sketchbooks, erasers shaped like dinosaurs, etc.

Thanks go to the families who brought the young players, and to the volunteers (Peter Kron, Sonny Cho, and Brian Allen) who helped it all run smoothly.  Seattle Go Center’s next Youth event will be on a Sunday in March 2019 — exact date to be announced soon.
- report by Mike Malveaux, photos by Brian Allen

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Feifan Jia 5d tops Lake Erie Go Tournament

Friday November 23, 2018

Feifan Jia 5D took top honors at the 4th Lake Erie Go Tournament,  held November 18 on the campus of Lake Erie College. 2018.11.23_lake-erie-report1 Twenty players competed in the four round, handicap tournament, and player ranks ranged from 5d to 25k. The tournament was co-directed by Soren Jaffe and Catherine Swank.

2018.11.23_lake-erie-report2Dan division (2kyu and up) winners:
1st place: Feifan Jia 5D
2nd place: Soren Jaffe 5D
3rd place: Devin Fraze 2K

Kyu division (3kyu and below) winners:
1st place: Joe Kaplan 6K
2nd place: Ian Hogan 7K
3rd place: Manny Jauregi 14K

photos: (right) Tournament director Soren Jaffe (left) with Kyu division winner Joe Kaplan; (Left) Tournament director Catherine Swank (left) with Dan division winner Feifan Jia.

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11-year-old Sophie Lin 2d wins 2018 New York Youth Go Open

Friday November 23, 2018

The 2018 New York Youth Go Open was hosted on November 17 at the New York Institute of Go in Little Neck, NY. The 2018.11.23-NYIG-youth-tourney-IMG_1296Institute’s first youth AGA-rated face to face tournament with both trophies and cash prizes attracted 45 young players from the minimum age of 4  to 10th graders. Eleven-year-old Sophie Lin 2d won the top division with a four-game winning streak.

“We will continue working harder to hold more tournaments, and encourage and provide more opportunity to young players in New York!” said Institute president Stephanie Yin 1p. Every year, the New York Go Association and New York Institute of Go holds anywhere from 5-10 tournaments, with at least five of them youth competitions. Stephanie Yin has now taught nearly 400 youth players in New York, steadily growing the community of young go players. Click here for more on the Institute, including local tournaments, the Institute’s go club, and their YouTube channel.

Winner’s Report
Open Division (2dan-7kyu, No handicap): Sophie Lin, Chase Lin, Boyang Liu
Kyu Division: 8kyu-17kyu
Senior Division (grades 6-10): Brandon Zhu; Lillian Wu; David Wu
Junior Division (grades 3-5): Jack Zhang; Alex Fan-Cui; Gary Ning
Kyu Division: 18kyu-26kyu
Senior Division (grades 6-10): Alan Yang; Joyce Shen; Darian Pan
Junior Division (grades 3-5): Fangyi Yu; Fangwu Yu; Ava Gao
Elementary Division (K- grade 2): George Ning; Chenxi Du; Daniel Deng

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