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CONFERENCE EXPLORES EFFECTS OF GO

Sunday October 31, 2010

Exciting new research on the effect of go in the social sciences were among the presentations at the 7th International Conference on Baduk (ICOB) in South Korea on October 24. “Although there have been numerous academic studies involving baduk in the mathematics, artificial intelligence and computer science fields,” Dr. Ernest Brown (l) told the E-Journal, “this conference presented exciting research in social science, psychological and cognitive areas of study.” The conference is sponsored by the Myong-ji University Department of Baduk Studies and took place concurrently with the 5th Korea Prime Minister’s Cup (below). In recent years, Brown – clinical director of a day treatment program for adolescents in San Francisco, who presented a paper at the conference — reports, “American psychotherapists that play baduk have reported anecdotal data to suggest that baduk is useful in working with therapy clients, particularly troubled/dis-enfranchised adolescents.  However, the research being conducted in Korea and Japan is very promising for American go players who are interested in similar fields and provides an opportunity for research in America.” Brown also reports that “I also heard of a German study that demonstrated improvement in reading ability (text) as a result of playing go. The researchers in that study were looking for improvement in mathematics, but found instead that the students’ reading scores improved.” Cognitive behavioral treatments of aggressive adolescents is currently the most promising and evidence-based treatment of successful rehabilitation, Brown adds. “However, treatments of this sort are also related to the motivation of the client to practice the activities that are suggested.  This study suggests that using activities such as baduk, which students may be easily attracted to and willing to pursue, can be an aide to enhancing their cognitive processes.  Additionally, there is evidence that there is frontal lobe deficiency in aggressive adolescents.  This study is promising in pointing to the use of baduk in improving frontal lobe activity.” During his visit to Korea, Dr. Brown also visited a baduk school for children. “They have developed a sensational curriculum with many materials for teachers, including workbooks, powerpoint and cartoon/interactive video, and a huge data-base of problems and technique instruction that levels up systematically.  Some of this information is already available in English.  The information, in addition to providing a very proficient baduk curriculum, also creates a professional presentation that is would be extremely persuasive for parents.” Click here for more information. photos by Allan Abramson

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STRAIN TOPS IN AUSTIN

Sunday October 31, 2010

Roger Strain topped the field of 16 players, going undefeated 4-0 at the 4th annual Cicadas Sing tournament Saturday, October 30 in Austin, Texas.  Four players tied for 2nd place at 3-1: John Zhang, Tracey Su, John Ruder, Peter Enyeart. Click here for a photo album.
- Andy Olsen; photo by Rob Smith

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JHIRAD TOPS PORTLAND TOURNEY

Tuesday October 26, 2010

Nicholas Jhirad took top honors in the Portland Tournament, held October 23-24 at Lewis & Clark College. 29 players participated in the 5-round tournament, directed by Peter Drake. Winner’s Report: Dan: 1st: Nicholas Jhirad; 2nd: Vincent Zhang; 3rd: Ben Hakala. Single-digit kyu: 1st: Dylan Wiggins (only undefeated player); 2nd: Mike Malveaux; 3rd: R.Q. Yang. Double-digit kyu: 1st: Nick Sylvester; 2nd: Gordon Castanza; 3rd: April Hersey. Youth: Vincent Zhuang; Female: April Hersey.

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XU WINS IN NY; “STEPHANIE” MING-MING YIN IS GO CENTER’S NEW “CLUB PRO”

Sunday October 24, 2010

Dahzi Xu 5D won The NY Go Center’s “Falling Leaves” tournament last Saturday, October 23, directed by Boris Bernadsky. Runners-up were David Shainok 1D and Mohammed Saqif Noor, a 10-year-old 10K with pro aspirations. During a break between rounds, Bernadsky introduced “Stephanie” Ming-Ming Yin (l), a Chinese 1P who is also an Adelphi University freshman business major. Yin, who studied go with Nie -Wei-Ping, is the New York Go Center’s new “club pro,” and says she intends to stay in the New York area at least until finishing her studies and will devote some of her time to teaching at the Center.  For her first event, she will play up to ten simultaneous games there on Saturday, November 13. Write to manager@nygocenter.org to register. Another highlight of the event was a go book sale during the lunch break. About twenty titles were available from a book stand operated by Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore featuring the largest selection of English-language go books in North America. No go player should pass through New York without paying a visit; but first, stop by the Go Center and get a special 10% discount coupon. Kinokuniya plans to continue selling books at future NY Go center events.
- Roy Laird; photos by Joshua Guarino

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GO IN THE NEWS: Go Kinect, TechCrunching Go, Go Q&A, Augmented Reality Go, Zatoichi & The Two Blind Go Players

Sunday October 24, 2010

Go Kinect: A mini go board and stones appears in the very first scene of the October 19 TV ad launching Kinect for Xbox 360  (Paul Barchilon) TechCrunching Go: The major tech blog TechCrunch recently featured a website called Go vs Go in an article about RoR development; CLICK HERE to check it out. (Jonathan Tien) Go Q&A: A new Go Q&A stack exchange site is looking for critical mass to get started.  (Nicholas Roussos) Augmented Reality Go: An MIT conference featured two go systems similar to that reported on at the recent Digital Contents Expo 2010 in Tokyo (GO IN THE NEWS: Playing Lightly 10/14 EJ): Augmented Reality Go game version 2 for TEI’10 demo and ARGO: Go augmentation for beginner’s training support (Ramon Mercado) Zatoichi & The Two Blind Go Players: “Last night we were watching the pulp samurai flick, Zatoichi and the Festival of Fire (1970, directed by Kenji Misumi), and there was a short but amusing go scene towards the end between two blind contestants.” reports Mark Gilston

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Sunday October 24, 2010

Are you just finding out that ‘Killer Of Go” Sakata Eio died last Thursday? Or that there’s still time to sign up for the upcoming workshops with Tadashi Sasaki 8P? Switch your E-Journal subscription to get the EJ whenever news is posted! Just click on “Update your profile” at the bottom of the E-Journal and you can choose either the daily (much shorter updates several times a week) or weekly editions, as well as your preferred format. That way you’ll be the first to know when U.S. REP JIE LIANG 7D TAKES FOURTH IN KOREAN P.M. CUP or XIE HE 7P GIVES CHINA 1ST STAGE IN NONGSHIM CUP (both reported in yesterday’s EJ). PLUS: Member’s Edition content is often published several days ahead of the weekly EJ, and you’ll get that early as well.

MIAMI GO CLUB MIGRATES A MILE

Sunday October 24, 2010

The Miami Go Club has migrated down the street to the café of the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Loehman’s Plaza in North Miami. The club was displaced when its former home at Borders closed (MIAMI GO CLUB MARKS “END OF AN ERA 10/18). “For those in the know, it’s about one mile south of the old location off Biscayne Blvd,” reports organizer Joel Sanet.

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U.S. REP JIE LIANG 7D TAKES 4TH IN KOREAN P.M. CUP

Sunday October 24, 2010

Jie Liang 7D (r), the U.S. representative to the Korean Prime Minister’s Cup, finished in fourth place with a 6-1 record, reported American Go Association President Allan Abramson on Sunday, October 24. Liang defeated Italy, Hungary, Serbia, Indonesia, Israel, and Slovakia, losing to 18-year-old Artem Kachanovskyy of the Ukraine in the sixth round. Artem played for the championship, but lost to the undefeated champion, Sang-Hun Lee of Korea. Yoshiyuki Tschimune of Japan took second, and Yuqing Hu of China took third, both also with 6-1 records. Kachanovskyy was fifth, followed by 13-year-old Hung Yuan Yeh of Tapei in sixth, 16-year-old Ryan Li of Canada in seventh, Guyu Liu of Australia in eighth, Juri Kuronen of Finland in ninth, and Ondrej Silt of the Czech Republic in tenth place. This year, the 72-player KPMG took place in Changwon, near the South Coast of South Korea. It is a “new” town of about a million, with a governmental focus on industry and green policies. “About 400 other players participated in a one-day district tournament,” Abramson adds, “including many children, and a women’s section. The Korean press was much in evidence.” Click here for official news and results and here for Abramson’s photos. photo: Jie Liang (r) plays Italy’s Allessandro Scolavino in the first round

STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR NORCAL WORKSHOPS WITH TADASHI SASAKI 8P

Saturday October 23, 2010

What if you had the chance to play tennis with Andy Roddick? Or have Lebron James critique your basketball game? Go players in Northern California will have such an opportunity the first weekend of November when Tadashi Sasaki 8P of the Nihon Ki-in comes to San Francisco for the first time in 20 years to teach two one-day workshops. “I would have thought we would have sold out by now,” reports organizer Roger Schrag, “but we still have some seats available.” The workshops take place Saturday, November 6 in Menlo Park and Sunday, November 7 in San Francisco. Students can sign up for one day or both days. The earlybird registration pricing has been extended through October 24. More information is available here.

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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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