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Evanston Go Club Bounces Back

Sunday February 22, 2015

After a long period of low attendance, things are looking up for the Evanston Go Club. “The new location has sparked a lot of interest” says club215.02.22_evanston-go-clubpresident Mark Rubenstein. “We started meeting at the new Starbucks in downtown Evanston (IL), and the response has been fantastic. Customers are showing an interest in the game, and we’re teaching more beginners than ever! This week I was setting up a board and stones at an empty table. I went to get my opponent, and when I returned I saw that two college students had sat down at the board and started playing Go Moku. They didn’t even know about the club!” Check out the club’s website for more information.
photo by Mark Rubenstein

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Go and Artificial Intelligence Tech Talk

Sunday February 22, 2015

Tim Kington, a software engineer at Fog Creek Software and 2-dan amateur go player, talks about go, Artificial Intelligence and attempts to 2015.02.22_tech-talkcreate computer programs that can beat human players in “Go and Artificial Intelligence – Tech Talk,” produced for his Fog Creek colleagues. Kington gives an overview of go, explains how to play it and why go AI is hard. He finishes by describing the progress so far with go AI programs and what the future is likely to hold. The post includes a handy guide to the talk’s content and timing so viewers can jump to the area of interest, as well as a written transcript.

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Your Move/Readers Write: 1st US Go Congress, Not

Thursday February 19, 2015

1st US Go Congress, Not:The group photo said to be of the 1st Go Congress in 1985 is not (Go Filmmakers Looking for US Go Congress 2015.02.16_US-Go-Congress-surrounding-gamePhotos, Videos 2/16),” writes Michael Bull. “That photo predates the Congress and was taken in San Francisco, CA at one of the last of the East Coast/West Coast championships. The long time manager of the SF Go Club Shinji Dote is seated in the front and he never attended a US Go Congress, (he was unable to attend the 1999 Congress in SF because of poor health). The photo was taken by a SF Go Club regular known only as St. Clair.”

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School Teams Tournament Open for Registration

Thursday February 19, 2015

10897132_10203170372235844_5171983283782933950_nThe American Go Honor Society has announced the 2015 School Team Tournament (STT) will be held March 28 and April 4.   “The STT is our annual flagship tournament, played in the classic Hikaru no Go team style where each school sends three representatives to compete against other schools,” said AGHS Co-President Hugh Zhang.  All matches will be played online, and schools from Canada, the US, and Mexico are all invited.  As a new top prize this year, the American Go Foundation is offering full scholarships (tuition + room/board) to the AGA Summer  Go Camp.  All three members of  the top dan and top kyu team will win the scholarships. Prizes will also be awarded in the other divisions, including $75 cash for first place, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd, as well as medals, and the stylish new AGHS T-Shirt pictured at right.  This year’s tournament will be held on March 28 and April 4. To register, fill out the form here, by March 20. More information may be found on the AGHS website. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.

2015 US Go Congress Registration Launches

Monday February 16, 2015

Registration has just launched for the 2015 US Go Congress, the biggest go event of the year. The Go Congress will take2015.01.31_St Thomas Campus place August 1-9 at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota in the Anderson Student Center. “St. Thomas is nestled along the Mississippi River, with easy access to both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul,” reports Congress Co-Organizer Aaron Broege. “At St. Thomas, you’ll be just two blocks away from over 100 miles of bike and running paths that run along the river, through the cities, and around the region’s urban lakes, which are bustling with activity during the summer.”

Click here to register or follow @tcgocongress for latest updates.

2015.01.31_Anderson Student Center AtriumThe Anderson Student Center (left) is a state-of-the-art facility, opened in 2012, “with beautiful rooms for competitive play, professional lectures, and other Congress activities,” Broege adds. The main playing room in the Woulfe Alumni Hall, with carpeted flooring and natural lighting, “will provide a great environment for competitive play in the U.S. Open Tournament.” The three-floor structure houses the cafeteria where attendees will take their meals, as well as numerous locations throughout the building for socializing andA four person suite in Selby Residence Hall is shown August 30, 2005. enjoying time with friends. For housing, attendees can choose between standard dorm rooms or suite-styled (pictured) housing on campus.

“When you are taking a break from playing go, the Twin Cities offer many activities for enjoyment and relaxation,” says Broege. “Minneapolis and St. Paul boast an attractive balance between urban living and the joys of nature. The easy-to-use Nice Ride bike sharing system will allow you to easily jump on a bike and see the beauty of the Twin Cities. Catch a Twin’s game at Target Stadium. Take the light rail down to the Mall of America and enjoy a rollercoaster ride at Nickelodeon Universe. Check out the great theater, music, and art that the Twin Cities has to offer. There is so much to experience that is easily within reach from our home base at St. Thomas University.”

 

 

 

Go Filmmakers Looking for US Go Congress Photos, Videos

Monday February 16, 2015

“The Surrounding Game” filmmakers are looking for old photos of the annual U.S. Go Congress. “The story of American go is a central element 2015.02.16_US-Go-Congress-surrounding-gameof the film,” co-director Cole Pruitt tells the E-Journal. “We’ve accumulated archival photos from the AGA archives, courtesy of David Doshay, but we want to petition the American go community to send us old media — physical photos, digitized photos, videos and cassettes — from any of the Congresses. The best stuff would be wide shots of playing halls or crowds, or top AGA officials in attendance at the Congress.”

The filmmakers are on the final stretch of editing and are “on track to complete narrative editing by the end of the summer, followed by film festival submissions starting in the fall,” says Pruitt. “We’re working with an LA-based animator and NY-based composer on animated sequences and the score for the film and are incorporating them into current cuts.”
photo: at the first US Go Congress in 1985; photographer unknown

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Tacoma Go Club Tables at Year of the Ram Celebration

Monday February 16, 2015

The Tacoma Go Club promoted go at the 17th Annual Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s New Year’s Celebration of the Year of the Ram, on Saturday, 2015.02.16_TGC Table with GEC at the APCC 2015 New Year's Celebration with Li YiFebruary 14. “The table was on a high traffic corner past which walked hundreds of people observing various activities such as Korean, Japanese, and Chinese martial arts,” reported TGC president Gordon Castanza (wearing hat in photo). “Many stopped by the table to inquire about the game.” Castanza said the event “was a successful opportunity for demonstrating go to hundreds of people” and adds that the club generated a dozen or more sign-ups.
photo by Lin Young.

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Redmond Cup Registration Opens

Friday February 13, 2015

IMG_3470The 22nd annual Redmond Cup will begin in April, and registration is due by March 15th. Preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2015 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids 12 and under, and the Senior league for 17 and under. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of  1 dan or higher.    The Junior league has been expanded to include 12 year olds, and both leagues now require a dan rating (kyu players can compete in the North American Kyu Championships instead).  Players who complete the tournament will be eligible for $400 scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or $200 scholarships to the US Go Congress, on a first come first served basis, courtesy of the AGF. Competitors from Mexico are also invited to the event. The participants must be members of the American Go Association or the Canadian Go Association and either residents of the U.S., Canada or Mexico, or citizens of the United States living anywhere in the world, provided that they are also members of the AGA.  For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here. -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Bill Lin 7d (l) vs. Jianing Gan 7d (r), in the foreground, while the Jr. League players compete in the background, at the 2014 US Go Congress in New York..

Ho and Cheng Top Youth Kyu Tourney

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Crystal-trophyBrandon Ho 2k, age 13, and Matthew Cheng 2k, age 8, won the top division of the North American Kyu Championships, held Feb. 7th, on KGS.  41 kids and teens, including 8 from Mexico, and one from Canada, joined in the event.  First place winners, in all brackets down to 25 kyu, will be receiving engraved crystal trophies, in both Junior (under 13) and Senior (under 18) brackets, and everyone who entered becomes eligible for AGF scholarships to either the AGA Go Camp, or the US Go Congress. Dan players will get their chance to shine in the upcoming Redmond Cup, which will open registration later this week.  For full tournament results click here. - Paul Barchilon, AGA Youth Editor

Check Your Chapter Affiliation

Wednesday February 4, 2015

January was the first month of the AGA Chapter Rewards program (AGA Institutes New Chapter Rewards Program 12/31 EJ) in which AGA chapters can earn rewards points from new or renewing memberships or members playing rated games. The points will credit to a chapter only if the member has set that as their affiliated chapter in their member profile.

Don’t know your chapter or want to change it? Here’s how: In the menu on the left of the AGA home page select Member/Chapter Login under the Membership and Chapters section. This will take you to the login page where you can login by email address or AGA number. There are links there if you either forgot your password or never set one. Log in and you’ll get to the home page for the Members/Chapters area. From there, click on the link to view or update your membership info. Once you reach that page, scroll down to the section titled Other Info. There is a field there for Chapter with a drop down box that will give you a list of active chapters to choose from. Pick the chapter you would like to be affiliated with and then click on Save at the bottom of the page.

 

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