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BUDDHIST NUN MARJORIE “SU CO” HEY NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Thursday July 22, 2010

Marjorie “Su Co” Hey has been chosen as the AGF’s Teacher of the Year.  An ordained Buddhist nun, she is in good company, joining Honinbo Sansa, the 16th century founder of the Honinbo House, among notable go playing Buddhists.  Hey, who lives in Medford, MA, has been a dedicated go teacher for the past seven years, with go programs at elementary schools, libraries, and Boys and Girls Clubs, often running five or six separate clubs each week.  “For those people who are afraid I am teaching their kids Buddhism, I point out that go was being played at least a thousand years before Buddhism or Christianity were established,” Hey told the E-Journal, “go teaches us to do our best, treat our opponents with respect and to avoid being greedy (the surest way to lose).”   Hey seems never to have been worried about the competitive aspects of the game, and instead delights in teaching and helping beginners.  She is not a strong player herself, with an AGA rank of 18 kyu, but she possesses a special gift – the ability to fascinate and delight children.  Her main interest is in helping her students, and she enjoys seeing their progress. “Ralph St. Louis (age 14) and I played to see if he would be eligible to play in the Massachusetts Go Association (MGA) tournament. Playing even, he won by a half point,’ said Hey.  “The next morning I loaned him my 10 volume set of Level Up and he set to studying it before the Sunday tournament. I entered him as a 20 kyu. He played me the first game and mowed me down. He went on to play a 6 kyu and won and then lost to a 4 kyu. I only won two and lost two. Last night I checked the new ratings and I had gone from 19+ kyu to 18.9 kyu but Ralph went from 20 kyu to 16.6 kyu. WOW!!!! Ralph is more than 2 kyu stronger than me.”  Tom Bahun, a teenaged 2 dan, tells a similar story:  “the first tournament I went to at the MGA was dull and boring, but the next one was run by Su Co, and we had tons of fun.  All the kids had huge smiles on their faces they were  so happy, including me, even though I had lost.  She is all around a great person and a great teacher of go to children.” The Teacher of the Year Award has become quite competitive in recent years, and many excellent teachers are finding themselves on a waiting list for the honor, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip the annual US Go Congress.  Honorable mention goes to Portland go teacher Fritz Balwit, and Colorado teacher David Weiss, who were also nominated for the award this year. Hey will hold a round-table discussion — for those who teach and those who would like to — at the Congress, on Monday Aug. 2 at 5pm.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Hey, at center, teaching children at Brooks Elementary School in Medford MA.

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OUR YOUNGEST MEMBER

Friday July 16, 2010

The American Go Association’s youngest member, 8-month-old Madelyn Terpstra — AGA #18087 – tries out her new go set, a birthday present from proud grandfather Ted Terpstra (AGA #754). Click here for membership info; send your membership stories to us at journal@usgo.org

COTSEN TOURNEY SET FOR SEPTEMBER 18-19 IN L.A.

Thursday July 15, 2010

Dates for the annual Cotsen Go Tournament – which features over $5,000 in prizes – have just been announced. The tournament, sponsored by Lloyd Eric Cotsen (r) with the American Go Association, will be held September 18-19 at the Los Angeles Center Studios. The tournament also features a the popular go club competition, free buffet lunch both days, game commentary by Yilun Yang 7P, and – unique among tournaments anywhere else in the world – free shoulder massages by professional masseuses. Plus, all entry fees are fully refunded Sunday afternoon, for those who pre-register. Email GoTournament@thelec.com for more info. photo by Chris Garlock

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JIANPING WANG WINS ASCHEIM MEMORIAL

Monday July 12, 2010

Jianping Wang 3D (r, with son) took first place in the July 11th Skip Ascheim Memorial Tournament at the Massachusetts Go Association in Somerville, MA. In second was Graham Higgins 6k, also with 4-0 and Pete Martin 4k and Brian Lee 1k tied for third, both with 3-1. There were 26 players, including TD Eva Casey and Mary Powers, who played one game apiece to fill in for late arrivals or early departures, so that no one would have to take a bye. photo courtesy Eva Casey

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DIVERSE PLAYING FIELD IN NORCAL

Monday July 12, 2010

Thirty five players came out for the Bay Area Go monthly ratings tournament in Palo Alto, CA on July 10. Lucas Baker 3d topped the Dan division with three wins, while Larry Qu 5k and Eric Sumner 17k led the Kyu division with three wins apiece. “Players ranged from seven years old to 72, and from 7d to 30k,” reports Tournament Organizer Roger Schrag, “making for quite a diverse playing field.” The next Bay Area Go monthly ratings tournament is scheduled for August 14 again in Palo Alto. photo by Rene Griffith

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WALDRON WINS “GO FOR ALL” GAME SUMMIT

Monday July 12, 2010

Phil Waldron 6d (r) won the 2010 GO for All Game Summit Open tournament, which drew a diverse field of players triple the size of last year’s event. The event – held amid a gaming convention — was held in Ottawa, Canada on June 13. Waldron withstood fierce challenges from “Summer” Xià 5d of China – who took second place — along with Howard Chang 4d (3rd place), Grigory Poselentsev, a 2-dan from Russia, and Benson Lai 2-dan. Slate & Shell Publishing sponsored the event and provided prizes. “After studying the texts, the competition is sure to be even more fierce next year!” reports Tyler Reynolds of GO for All and Vice-President of the Canadian Go Association  (Grants & Youth).

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SLATE & SHELL ISSUES SPANISH TRANSLATION OF “HOW NOT TO PLAY GO”

Monday July 12, 2010

“Uno de los atractivos de ser un jugador kyu es la facilidad con que puede mejorar su juego—algo mucho más difícil para jugadores dan,” says Yuan Zhou in Como No Jugar al Go, a just-issued Spanish translation of Zhou’s popular How Not to Play Go in which he clarifies the common kyu level misunderstandings of how to play which hold kyu players back from reaching dan level. Brian J. Olive of Orlando, Florida did the translation and Slate & Shell publisher Bill Cobb reports that “there are also plans to translate How Not to Play Go into other languages.”

AGA ISSUES NEW MEMBERSHIP CARDS

Saturday July 10, 2010

New permanent membership cards are now in the mail to members of the American Go Association. “These cards will replace the old paper cards we have all received over the years,” says AGA membership staffer Sam Zimmerman. “The new card will be issued only once for each member, so please, hang onto it.” Because the new cards are permanent, they no longer include the player’s rating or membership expiration date. To find your AGA rating and/or the date of your membership expiration, click on the AGA’s rating page. If you have comments or questions, contact Zimmerman at  szimmerman@ctipc.com

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AGA BOARD ELECTIONS UNDERWAY

Monday July 5, 2010

Voting is now under way in the 2010 AGA Board elections, reports Election Coordinator Arnold Eudell. “All chapters and eligible members should have received their Ballotbin voting codes through email,” says Eudell.  Anyone who has not received their ballot should contact elections@usg.org

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WANTED: MEMORIES OF NAKAYAMA

Sunday July 4, 2010

U.S. Go Congress organizers are putting together a special memorial ceremony in honor of Nakamaya Noriyuki 7P at this year’s Congress. “Many have special memories of Nakayama’s love of go and he will be sorely missed,” says Director Karen Jordan. Send your Nakayama photos, stories, articles and remembrances (max 200 words) to Jordan at  Director@gocongress.org with Nakayama Memories in the subject line. Deadline is July 10 for inclusion in the Nakayama scrapbook. The memorial ceremony is scheduled for the Go Congress on Sunday, August 1 at 3p. “The scrapbook will be available for viewing all week and will be presented as a gift for the Nihon Kiin at the Saturday Awards Banquet,” says Jordan.
photo by Phil Straus