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MIAMI GO CLUB MARKS “END OF AN ERA”

Monday October 18, 2010

“The Borders bookstore where we have met for the last 15 years or so has closed its doors permanently, another victim of the recession (and the Kindle),” reports Miami go club organizer Joel Sanet. “We are still looking for a replacement site. Stay tuned.”
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NY GO CENTER LAUNCHES LEAGUE

Monday October 18, 2010

The New York Go Center has just announced the New York Go Center League. The League is a month-long competition meant to encourage serious games as well as to push participants to improve. League games will be held every Wednesday and Sunday evenings starting at 5PM and 3PM, respectively. Click here for details.

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U.S. 15TH IN INT’L PAIR GO CHAMPIONSHIPS

Monday October 18, 2010

The US team of Curtis Tang and Wanyu Chen (left) placed 15th — out of 32 — in the the 21st annual International Amateur Pair Go Championships in Tokyo, finishing with a record of 3-2. Canada finished 3-2 in 10th place. Tang and Chen won against Slovakia, Sweden and Thailand, and lost to two strong Japanese pairs. The overall winners were the Korean pair of Song Hong Suk and Lee Yeongju. Second and third went to two Japanese pairs.
- report/photo by Allan Abramson; click here for more photos

SCHUMER TOPS MASS FALL TOURNEY

Monday October 18, 2010

Pete Schumer 2k took first prize in the October 17 Massachusetts Go Association’s Fall Tournament, topping at 26-player field. Second prize to Jed Strohm 8k, and third was Becci Torrey 1d. “Pete and Jed both won all their games,” reports TD Eva Casey, “Becci lost only to Pete.” Players ranged in age from 8 (Kevin Xiong, 9kyu) to over 70. Two 4-dan’s participated (Keith Crews and Micah Feldman), and five women (Becci Torrey, Karen Ogg, Wanda Metcalf, Su Co Chon Duc, and Eva Casey). The Massachusetts Go Association’s next tournament will be held Sunday January 16, 2011.

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YOUNG LIONS TOURNEY REGISTRATION OPENS

Monday October 11, 2010

Registration is now open for the Young Lions Tournament, run by the American Go Honor Society (AGHS). The tourney is scheduled for November 6-7.  Depending on turnout, there will be a qualifying event on October 30. A list of pre-qualified players from the AGHS School Team Tournament is here. Participants must be 18 or younger and have solid, KGS or AGA ranks. To register, email your name, rank, and KGS username to  aghsregister@gmail.com by October 23.   All matches will be played on KGS in the American Go Honor Society room (Room List –> Social –> American Go Honor Society room). Trophies will be awarded to the top four in each division and plaques will be awarded to the winners of each division.  Who knows? Maybe you will be the next leader of the pride. The AGHS also announced  it’s new officers,  Jasmine Yan and Jack Ye are Co-Presidents, Andrew Thacker is the  Secretary, and Tim Savoie is the Treasurer. - by AGHS President Jasmine Yan

GO PHOTO: Facebook Founder a Go Player?

Monday October 11, 2010

Is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg a go player? Paul Barchilon found this evidence in a 2007 photo on the Fast Company website. Zuckerberg has been in the headlines a lot recently, thanks to his less-than-flattering portrayal in David Fincher’s new film, The Social Network and Zuckerberg’s $100 million contribution to Newark schools on September 25. We haven’t checked with the American Go Foundation (AGF), but we’re willing to bet that for a fraction of Zuckerberg’s generous investment in education – say 1% — the AGF would be happy to expand its go-in-the-schools programs. That’s assuming our friends in the chess world haven’t already beaten us to the punch…

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YEARBOOK GOES ALL-ELECTRONIC

Monday October 11, 2010

Beginning with the 2010 edition, the American Go Yearbook will be published as a full-color PDF with clickable links, rather than the hard-copy edition as previously. The American Go Association Board of Directors recently approved the change as a cost-saving move. “The AGA’s budget  has been under severe strain because of the twin financial impacts of declining membership and the loss of the longtime and generous Ing support for go in the U.S.” said AGA President Allan Abramson. “Without the significant budget savings realized by eliminating the Yearbook printing and postage costs – which constitute the majority of the $14,000 in annual Yearbook expenses, we would be faced with drastic – and unacceptable — cuts in support for key events at the annual Congress as well as a range of go activities across the country,”said Abramson. “Yearbook and E-Journal Editor Chris Garlock has impressively demonstrated the advantages of new electronic publishing platforms, providing greater flexibility, active links, and faster publishing times,” as demonstrated with last week’s full-color PDF Special Report on this year’s U.S. Go Congress as well as the similar WAGC Special Report earlier this year. Garlock noted that the Yearbook printing/postage savings with enable the AGA to continue financing quality Yearbook and EJ content for members, including new features like top professional Michael Redmond’s game commentaries. The E-Journal also launched an RSS feed and daily short edition of the E-Journal several months ago that’s been gaining in popularity with readers who want to stay on top of breaking go news from around the world. “At the same time, the AGA is looking into a ‘print-on-demand’ option for those members who prefer a hard copy of the Yearbook,” Abramson said.

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THE TRAVELING GO BOARD: Central Park, New York City

Sunday October 10, 2010

New York’s Central Park, the most-visited city park in the U.S., seems to have everything — meadows, ball fields, tennis courts, three theaters, two lakes, a reservoir, a skating rink, a carousel, a zoo, even a castle. Frederick Law Olmsted called his creation “a democratic development of the highest significance” because it had something for everyone. As a longtime New Yorker, after decades of exploring the park, I thought I had seen everything. But recently I happened upon The Chess and Checkers House, a gaming pavilion donated in 1952 by Bernard Baruch. It stands atop a rock outcropping known as the Kinderberg, near the southeast corner of the park. Walk north from 59th street or south from 72nd street along the eastern park drive and you will see signs. With indoor and outdoor seating and views of the rink, the carousel and the dairy, it’s an ideal place to while away a pleasant afternoon. I was disappointed to learn that only one go set was available, a small, poorly-made item that they kept in the store room. When I found that manager Catherine King is eager to promote any game, I returned with two full-sized sets, leftovers from early shipments of Ing equipment. King immediately set up a prominent display in the main playing area, along with a handout I provided, directing interested players to The New York Go Center and various online go resources, as well as several copies of The Way To Go.  The Chess and Checkers House is open Wed-Sun from 10a to 5p. Anyone can use the equipment inside, or take it outside by leaving a $20 deposit or form of ID. No permit is required. At this point, to be sure of a game, it’s BYOO (Bring Your Own Opponent), but it’s the perfect place to take a break while exploring, or to meet a friend for a lunchtime game.
- Roy Laird

JOHN LEE’S GO PLAYER SURVEY

Monday October 4, 2010

Former U.S. Champion John Lee is looking for participants in a survey of go players. “I am currently conducting a study about the relationship of go with other mind sports,” Lee tells the E-Journal. Lee was an active US go player “until changes in life took me away from the scene. I learned go in Chicago when I was 12 and became the US Champion when I was 16. I represented the US in many international tournaments including the World Amateurs, World Pairs tournaments, the Fujitsu cup and was invited to the European Ing Cup as the US Ing Cup Champion.” Lee’s survey takes about 2~3 minutes to complete, “and I’m hoping to collect completed surveys from 1,000 go players,” so he urges go players to also pass it out to their go-playing friends. “Thank you very much and I hope to see you all again back in the go scene sometime soon.”

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COMPUTER GAME OLYMPICS HELD IN JAPAN

Monday October 4, 2010

The International Conference on Computers and Games (ICGA) Computer Game Olympics, which included a computer go championship, were just held in Kanazawa, Japan. There were 9×9, 13×13, and 19×19 tournaments, with professional commentary and an exhibition match against a pro on Saturday, the last day of the conference. Many Faces of Go won the 13×13 tournament; stay tuned for results of the 9×9 and 19×19.