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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.

NEW GO GAME VIEWER DEVELOPED

Monday October 4, 2010

Neil Moffatt reports that he’s developed an “HTML5 canvas based go game viewer and rudimentary editor.” Says Moffat, Secretary of the Cardiff Go Club in Wales, UK, “It embraces ideas such as access to key moments in games via a list of clickable position descriptions, and a list of alternative move sequences by description.” The site includes games for beginners, josekis, “guess the next move” and game commentaries. In most games, a list of key game positions is presented. Click on ‘Black has now created a large moyo’, for example, and you will be taken you to that exact board position. Moffatt adds that “The site as it stands is in essence a kind of go blog, but it may develop beyond this” and notes that it does not work with Internet Explorer. “It may or may not be palatable to a large audience,” he says, “The user testing to date seem to be relatively happy with it.” Click here to check it out and let Moffatt know what you think at moffatt.neil@gmail.com

WU, KUANG & YANG TOP N.C. TRIANGLE TOURNEY

Monday October 4, 2010

Perennial champion Changlong Wu 7d was joined on the Triangle Memorial Tournament’s winner’s podium by Jeff Kuang 5d and Jimmy Yang 4d as co-winners of the Triangle’s Open section. The tenth annual edition of the Triangle Memorial Tournament was held in Umstead State Park in Cary, North Carolina September 25.  A total of 32 players from North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Maryland spent a summery day playing in the park until sunset, with a picnic lunch provided by the Triangle Go Group.  Following tradition, all the entry fees were returned to the players as prizes, which were augmented by a generous donation of books and certificates for Chinese language and cultural lessons from the Confucius Institute at North Carolina State University. Winner’s Report: Section A (1-2D) was topped by Joseph Contarino and Craig Garrett, both 3-1. The only perfect score of the day was recorded by Andrew Zalesak in Section B (3-6k), followed by Alex Panaccione at 3-1.  Steven Mabe at 3-1 won Section C, and perseverance awards went to Danielle Ward and Alvin Chen in Section D.
- report/photo by Charles Alden, Tournament Director

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MOON CHA MEMORIAL TOURNEY PLANNED

Sunday October 3, 2010

The Moon Cha Memorial Tournament will be held on behalf of the Rockville Sister City Corporation on Saturday, November 13, at the Rockville United Church in Rockville, Maryland (355 Linthicum Street, Rockville, MD). Details/flyers are still being finalized, but organizers report that “the basic plan is will be to conduct an AGA sanctioned tournament — pre-registration required — as well as an informal walk-in workshop for new players and the general public.” To optimize support for these two activities, the planned internet match between Rockville and Jiaxing China will be postponed until next Spring.

The Moon Cha Memorial Go Tournament is being organized by Yuan Zhou and Todd Heidenreich and is held to honor the memory of longtime DC-area go player Moon Cha, who helped establish the Greater Washington Go Club in the 1950′s and who inspired generations of future go/weiqi/baduk players. Moon lived and raised his family in Silver Spring MD, just north of the Beltway and New Hampshire Avenue. He worked as a research physicist at the Naval Surface Weapons Center in White Oak MD. “As a go player,
he reached the level of 6 Dan,” says Yuan Zhou, ” and, if that wasn’t enough, he attained chess expert status (>2000 points) in his spare time. He is fondly remembered and there will be more details to share later about his national and international influence.”

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SMITH SNAGS TOP PRIZE IN CHI FISH AMNESTY TOURNEY

Monday September 27, 2010

Dan Smith 1d (l, in green shirt) took first place in the September 25 Fish Amnesty Tournament in Chicago, IL. Smith topped a field of 26 players. “We were honored to have the entire Central Region Board of Directors at this tournament, Laura Kolb and Lisa Scott,” reports TD Bob Barber. “Lisa has moved to Chicago to study, and plans on a good long stay.  Joining her from the University of Chicago was Shanthanu Bhardwaj, who bicycled the 30 miles to the tournament.  And went on to win half his games.  Perhaps the two of them will be the core of a vibrant go scene on the South Side, something we’ve always lacked.” Thanks to the generosity of Chris Green, Barber adds, “each participant was given a copy of ‘Perceiving the Direction of Play’ from Hinoki Press.  Chris plans to repeat this performance, with different titles, for upcoming tournaments. So, in effect the entrance fee will approach zero.” Barber also noted that “Lisa Scott will also co-direct the 2011 U.S. Go Congress in sunny Santa Barbara, CA.  If half of what she told us is true about the site, it will be fabulous.” Finally, Barber extended thanks to Steffen Kurz, “and indirectly to Mark Rubenstein, for sponsoring the pizza and beer party.” Winner’s Report: 1st Place Dan:  SMITH, Daniel, 1d (undefeated); 1st Place Hi Kyu:  NORMAN, Matthew, 5k; 2nd Place Hi Kyu:  KOLB, Laura, 2k; 1st Place Low Kyu:  WU, Eric, 16k.
photo by Mark Rubenstein

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SHEN AND SU WIN 2010 AGF COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

Monday September 27, 2010

Cherry Shen 6d, and David Su 1d, have been chosen for the 2010 AGF College Scholarship.  The $1,000 awards are presented each year to outstanding youth who have been active go organizers or teachers.  “Although I enjoy the competitiveness of go,” said Shen, “there are other aspects of the game that I enjoy just as much: volunteering, teaching kids, and meeting a diverse group of people bridged by one game.”  Su, an active high school organizer in the San Francisco Bay Area, told the Journal “I started playing Go in 7th grade and then joined my school’s go club in freshmen year, but I did not foresee that I would be leading the club 2 years later.”

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CARSON TU & KEVIN HUANG TIE FOR TOPS IN HOBOKEN

Sunday September 26, 2010

The top section of the September 19 Hoboken Open turned into a struggle for the $400 first prize among perennial stars Kevin Huang and Carson Tu, youngsters Lionel Zhang and Andrew Huang, and newcomer Xiruo Liu. In the third round (r), Zhang outfought Kevin Huang in a tense mid-board capturing race setting up a climactic final round. Kevin Huang beat Carson Tu to tie for first with three wins, while Andrew Huang spoiled Zhang’s chance to get a third win. 47 players participated, with all 3-game and 4-game winners receiving a cash prize plus a book. The tournament was played on the campus of Stevens Institute in Hoboken NJ, against a stunning backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. Organized by Larry Russ, directed by Steve Bretherick. Special thanks to Slate and Shell for sponsoring book prizes and to Paul Matthews for Accelrat technical support.

Winners: Top section: 1st (tie) – Carson Tu 7d, Kevin Huang 8d; 3rd (tie) – Lionel Zhang 6d, Andrew Huang 6d, Xiruo Liu 6d; 4-game winners: Marc Palmer 1d; 3-game winners: David Byrne 1d, Justin Ching 1k, Afa Zhou 2k, Masaaki Hamaguchi 2k, Eric Wu 2k, Barbara Huang 8k, Jessica Huang 22k, Joanne Huang 19k, Sean, Huang 27k, Diana Huang 25k, Leo Huang 26k.
photo: top boards play Round 3: L-R, Andrew Huang, Lionel Zhang, Carson Tu and Kevin Huang; photo courtesy Larry Russ. Click here for more photos.

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GU, HOKIES & TEAM TOURNEY HIGHLIGHT NOVA TOURNEY

Monday September 20, 2010

The September 18 NOVA Go Club Back to School Tournament drew 33 players, including “a whole carload of Hokies who came all the way from Virginia Tech and joined the AGA for the first time,” reports organizer Gary Smith. Zhenying Gu 5d was undefeated in the 4-round tourney in Arlington, VA and won place first in the upper dan division. Tournament Director Edward Zhang again organized a team tournament, with the Capital Go Club walked away with the prize money, while  NOVA and nOObpunzors tied for second. RESULTS: 1st: Zhenying Gu 5d; 2nd: Binquan Wang 5d. Lower Dan Division; 1st: Jian  Liu 1d; 2nd: Jimmy Yang 4d.  1-2 Kyu Division: 1st: Hua Lin 1k (undefeated); 2nd: Greg Pongracz 2k.  3-5 Kyu Division: 1st: Kevin Chin 3k; 2nd: Sam Zimmerman 5k.  6-12 Kyu Division: 1st: Mike Lash 6k (undefeated); 2nd: Garrett Smith 11k. 13-30 Kyu Division: 1st: Tariq Khan 29k; 2nd (tie), Tristan Tran 17k; 2nd (tie), Christopher Tolley 18k.
photo collage by Edward (Zhiyuan) Zhang: left top, Capital Go Club, left to right, Hua Lin 1k, Zhiyuan Zhang 6d (Tournament Director), Binquan Wang 5d, Garrett Smith (NOVA President), Zhenying Gu 5d, Tao Wang 5d, Jian Liu 1d. left middle: Jimmy Yang 4d, Allan Abramson 3d, Greg Pongracz 2k. left bottom: the Virginia Tech Team, who drove 4 hrs to attend.

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IN MEMORIAM: Milton Bradley, “An unstoppage passion for go”

Monday September 20, 2010

Longtime go organizer, author and teacher Milton Bradley passed away Saturday after a long illness. “Milt’s passion for go was unstoppable,” said American Go Association President Allan Abramson, who had played a weekly game online with Bradley over the last year. “We hope that the enormous amount of energy he put into encouraging go players is inspiring to a whole new generation of teachers. Milt will be missed.” An avid chess player, Bradley’s interest in go was sparked “after I read the first few issues of the American Go Journal at the Marshall Chess Club in 1950,” Bradley told the EJ earlier this year. “At that point I immediately  — instinctively, it seems — grasped go’s depth and profundity,  as well as its great superiority to chess, which until then had seemed to me to be the perfect game.” One of the AGA’s earliest members – he was AGA member 157 – Bradley’s 60-year go career highlights included playing Edward Lasker in 1952, and Honinbo Kaoru Iwamoto 9P several times in his simuls at the NY Go Club in the late 1950′s. Bradley – a mechanical/industrial/quality control engineer – had “a passion to make go both more popular and accessible,” and his efforts not only included teaching over 1,000 beginners, but unique promotional ventures like “playing go in the front window of the Takashimaya Department store on New York’s prestigious Fifth Avenue,” (he’s at left in the photo) and several years penning a go column for the national Mensa Bulletin. He was also a prolific author, whose titles included Go For Kids, New Go Proverbs Illustrated and his free online Improve Fast In Go. Click here for more on Bradley’s long and fascinating career, including photos and links to his publications.

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