Monday May 7, 2012
Edward Kim (r) won all five of his games to win the first AGA-Tygem Seattle Pro Prelim, held May 5-6 at the Seattle Go Center. Ten players competed for the opportunity to go to the AGA-Tygem Pro Final in North Carolina, which will be from July 28th to August 4th. Second place was earned by Yixian Zhou 6d, who had a 4-1 record. Third went to David (Dong) Ma 6d, fourth (on a tie breaker) to young Vincent Zhuang 6d and fifth to Nicholas Jhirad 6d. The second band, which was not competing for the pro position, had six dan level players. Kum Kang Lee 4d placed first, Job Betcher 2nd and Louie Liu 3rd. The tournament also generated points for the 2012 World Mind Sports selection process.
The Seattle Go Center expressed “special thanks” to Tournament Director John Hogan, “who did a great job starting a new tournament tradition.” Bill Chiles was Asst. TD, while Dennis Wheeler, Oren Laskin, Bill Camp, and Bill Thompson recorded games from the top two boards. The games are available here.
- photo by Brian Allen
Sunday May 6, 2012
Call it the Joseph Yao tesuji. The ripple effects of his recent donation of his collection of 300 go books to the AGA make Yao’s move a tremendously skillful move, maximizing the use of his books on both a local and global level. A Boeing Jet Propulsion Laboratory retiree who lives in Los Angeles, Yao was a lifelong devotee of go, buying hundreds of books. “Since it was hard to get go books in the US, he sent $100 or more a month to Japan to buy the newest go books,” Andy Okun tells the E-Journal. “He studied the books assiduously, even after having a stroke, but further declines in his health means he can no longer use them, according to his wife, Hong-Dan Zheng, so they made this arrangement with the AGA to get the books into the hands of people who could use them.” The Rochester (NY) -based Empty Sky Go Club (l) was the high bidder in an online auction of the books in April, and the club promptly donated the entire collection to the Greg Lefler Wing of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Library, where over 100 go books are already available via the WorldCat inter-library system. “We hope this extensive collection will be utilized by go players not only around the country, but around the world,” said the Empty Sky’s Steve Colburn. The $2,200 raised by the auction will fund a small go-and-mathematics college scholarship, Okun reports
Friday May 4, 2012
Go players looking for competition will find it every weekend this month, from coast to coast, and plenty of places in-between. From Seattle, WA to Santa Fe, NM and Chicago, IL to Baltimore, MD, no less than nine tournaments are being held, including several at which the top-finishing player with qualifying citizenship will earn the right to compete for pro certification this summer in North Carolina the week before the US Go Congress. Here’s a quick overview of the line-up:
May 5, Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe Spring Tournament
May 5, Stony Brook, NY: Stony Brook Sakura Matsuri Go Tournament
May 5-6, Seattle, WA: 1st AGA-Tygem Seattle Pro Prelim
May 12, San Francisco, CA: Bay Area Go Players Association Monthly AGA Ratings Tournament
May 12, Boulder, CO: Rocky Mountain Spring Go Tournament
May 12, Chicago, IL: It Was 20 Years Ago Today
May 20, Seattle, WA: Iwamoto Youth 19×19 Tournament
May 26-27, Baltimore, MD: 39th Maryland Open/TYGEMGO Pro Prelim
May 28, Cupertino, CA: Bay Area High School Go Tournament 2012
Check the AGA Tournament Calendar for latest postings
photo: at the April 28-29 Cotsen AGA-TygemGo Pro Prelim; photo by Chris Garlock
Friday May 4, 2012
For those interested in traveling north of the border, there are several events coming up in Canada. The Golden Key Cultural Centeris hosting the 2012 GTA Go Open Tournament May 19 at 2330 Midland Ave.,Toronto, On. With a resurgence of membership in the last year, the Toronto Go Club is celebrating by hosting its first tournament since 2008. The 1-day 4-round tournament will be held June 2 in Room 106 of the 519 Community Centre in Toronto, Canada. And organizers of this year’s Canadian Open, set for June 29-July 2 in Gatineau, Quebec (near Ottawa) are “hoping to draw many American players,” reports Marc St-Onge of the Outaouais Go Club. With nearly $2,000 in top cash prizes, a large field of strong players is expected, along with many players of all strengths. The Korean Baduk Association has tentatively announced the presence of Seung-Hyun Park 7P at the event , and Guo Juan 5P will be doing lessons, reviews and simultaneous games. Prizes will be awarded in all divisions and the event also includes a Pair Go Tournament. Organizers have negotiated lower rates for accommodations at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. “These apartments are fully furnished, air conditioned and include free wireless internet access,” says St-Onge. “There is a kitchen with everything you need to prepare your meals,” he says, but as these accommodations are limited, those interested should reserve early. For those interested, organizers will also plan for affordable transportation to and from Parliament Hill for the Canada Day Celebrations on July 1st, including concert and fireworks. Click here to register or email St-Onge at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Friday May 4, 2012
Four American Go Association (AGA) Board of Director seats are up for election this year, The terms of four seats, one in each region and the at-large position, expire this September. Nominations are now being accepted and will close on June 15. Nominations must be made by email by full members of the AGA. Send to email@example.com. For the regional positions members must reside in that region; click here for complete election information and qualifications.
In other Board news, Daniel Smith reports that at the April 22 board meeting, “the Board spent most of its time discussing the fiscal year 2013 budget, which was approved. The Board also heard that the presidential search committee has identified some candidates and hopes to select the next AGA president at the June 3 board meeting.”
Wednesday May 2, 2012
The Board of Directors of Nihon Ki-in America (NKA) and the New York Go Center (NYGC) have announced their support for the Seattle Go Center, which has sued the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo to prevent the sale of the SGC building in Seattle, WA. “From its founding, the Seattle Go Center has been particularly successful in uniting players from all cultural backgrounds and in drawing broad support from the go community,” they said in a press release on April 28. “In that sense, the Seattle Go Center has been the most successful of Iwamoto-sensei’s four go centers.” Saying that “The NYGC Board was not consulted or informed of Nihon Ki-in Japan’s plan to close the Seattle Go Center,” the NKA (the non-profit entity created to run the NYGC) and NYGC – which was formally closed in 2010 when the Nihon Ki-in shuttered the building on East 52nd Street in Manhattan but continues to exist organizationally – warned that unilateral decisions like closing the Seattle Center will “seriously damage the relationship between Japanese Go and the American go community.” “We never suggested that Seattle be sold to fund New York,” they added. “While we appreciate Nihon Ki-inJapan’s interest in re-establishing the New York Go Center, we strongly disapprove of doing so at the expense of the Seattle Go Center.” Noting that “The Nihon Ki-in has generously supported international go for decades with the creation of overseas chapters, establishment of the World Amateur Championships and the International Go Foundation, invitations for overseas teachers, the visits of hundreds of professionals,” the NKA and NYGC called on the Nihon Ki-in “to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement with the American Go Association, the Seattle Go Center and the New York Go Center to make the best use of Iwamoto-sensei’s generous endowment to go in the United States.” photo of sign outside former site of the New York Go Center by d_run on flickr
Monday April 30, 2012
Bay Area k-12 schools are invited to compete in a half-day team contest in Cupertino, CA. Spectators are welcome, say organizers Kevin Huang and David Su, and competition should be strong among the local stars. Complete info is on the web here. The tourney will be held Monday May 28, (Memorial Day) from 12pm-6pm, at the ThinkTank Learning Center. Schools that register by Tuesday, May 1st get a reduced rate of $15, the fee is $18 after the 1st. Teams should contain three people. If a school has a shortage of players, players from different schools may register together as a team. The top 3 teams in each division will receive a prize, and participants will receive a team consolation prize. Click here to register. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: promo poster by Innod.net, double-click on the image for a full size blow-up.
Monday April 30, 2012
The Oscar Wilde Liberation Tournament NAIM/WMSG Qualifier is set for May 19-20 in the AGA Tournament Room on KGS. This second online tournament will afford players another chance to win points towards the North American Ing Masters (NAIM) Tournament and the upcoming 2012 World Mind Sports Games. The tournament is designed for 16 players, with four rounds over two days. Yixian Zhou will direct, and points will be awarded separately for players based on whether they are eligible for NAIM or WMSG points. Click here by Tuesday, May 15 to register. Click here for tournament schedule and details. All players must be either eligible for the North American Ing Masters Tournament or the World Mind Sports Games, both scheduled for August 2012. The NAIM will be during the US Go Congress, August 4-12 in Black Mountain, NC, while the World Mind Sports Games will take place in Lille, France August 9-23. The second WMSG will be an all-amateur event this year, but further details of the tournaments have not yet been released (How to Earn Qualie Points for 2012 World Mind Sports Games in France article). Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde (photo above) wrote many successful works including The Importance of Being Ernest and The Picture of Dorian Grey. May 19 marks the 115th anniversary of Wilde’s release from Reading Gaol Prison in 1897.
- Karoline Burrall, AGA Tournaments Coordinator
Sunday April 29, 2012
Calvin Sun won the 2012 Cotsen Open, sweeping all five rounds and earning an invitation to the AGA’s first-ever professional certification tournament, which will be held at the US Go Congress this summer in Black Mountain, NC. Runner-up Curtis Tang also collected an invite to the pro certification tournament. Click here for the tournament crosstab with links to top-board game records.
Other top Cotsen winners in the Open section were Chun-hong Chen (3rd), Deuk Je Chang (4th), Daniel (Dae Hyuk) Ko (5th) and Joey Hung (6th). The Santa Monica Go Club won the team prize, collecting the $1,000 prize. Other winners: Section A: 1st: Sang-suk Kim; 2nd: Anthony Chen; 3rd: Gary Shen. Section B: 1st: Yunxuan Li; 2nd: Ho-byun Young; 3rd: Jeremy Chiu. Section C: 1st: Jinming Pan; 2nd: Michael Wanek; 3rd: Daniel Liu. Section D: 1st: Jack Cai; 2nd: April Ye; 3rd: Wait-to Char. Section E: 1st: Sang-chul Lee; 2nd: Sum Kim; 3rd: In-soo Hwang. Section F: 1st: Jiayue Li; 2nd: Gary Huang; 3rd: Yongqiang Chen. Section G: 1st: John Ye; 2nd: Hong L Bach; 3rd: Scott Nichols. photo: Cotsen winner Calvin Sun (2nd from right) with tournament sponsor Eric Cotsen (far left), AGA Board Chair Andy Okun (2nd from left) and AGA President Allan Abramson (far right). photo by Chris Garlock.