Saturday December 17, 2011
If you – or someone you know — works in a high tech company or a company with business interests in Asia, the American Go Association’s National Fundraising Committee is looking for you. The Fundraising Committee wants to approach such companies with sponsorship proposals to energize the go community in the United States. “While our mandate is to raise funds,” says Committee Chair Peter Freedman, “our underlying goal is transforming the place of go in the American cultural landscape. You should be able to walk down the street, ask a stranger of they have heard about the game of go, and have them respond ‘Sure, it’s that ancient Asian strategy game.’” To help raise the public profile of go, the Committee is also seeking for contacts within the media that can help get Hikaru No Go on the air. And finally, they’re looking for contacts for Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Larry Ellison at Oracle, and Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page, all of whom have played go and may be willing to help promote the game.
Click here for the full text of Freedman’s “A Go Transformation in the U.S.” or reach Freedman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday December 13, 2011
Thanks to Gayla Halbrecht of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Triangle Go Group has a new batch of go equipment to continue their outreach efforts in local middle schools and at their club locations. Halbrecht (at right in photo) donated her late husband Herbert’s equipment to the Go Group. Herbert Halbrecht (at left), who took up the challenge of learning go in his ‘80s and wished to bring the game to his fellow seniors, “was an amazing, enthusiastic guy who was always looking for ways to stretch the conventional wisdom about the aging brain,” Paul Celmer tells the E-Journal. “He was an inspiration and it was a privilege to have met him.” American Go Association President Allan Abramson added that “People like Herbert are what keep us working hard to spread go.”
Monday December 12, 2011
The future of North American go was on full display this past Sunday at the 4th US-Canada Youth Friendship Match, held on KGS and viewed by over 250 go fans. With many exciting matches featuring intense middle games, the Canadians managed to pull away for the third year in a row, posting a 4-1 victory over the U.S. In a rematch of last year’s top board, Ryan Li, the runner up to the 2010 and 2011 Canadian Opens, once again managed to best Calvin Sun in a close match featuring a territory versus influence battle. Intense fighting was the theme of the next few boards, with Gansheng Shi, Jianing Gan, and Andrew Huang of Canada posting victories for Canada, and the lone American win from USYGC Champion Vincent Zhuang. With such a strong showing overall, the North American team has a chance to reclaim victory against the European youth in the Transatlantic Match that will be played next spring. Full results can be seen here. -Special report by Lawrence Ku
Sunday December 11, 2011
Many employers have matching programs, where an employee’s gift to a charity is matched by the company. The Seattle Go Center’s relationship with generous go players at Microsoft, for example, is an important part of their funding base through the matching gift program. “With annual giving campaigns going on now, if your company has such a program, please consider a gift to the AGA or the AGF,” urges American Go Association’s National Fundraising Committee Chair Peter Freedman. Freedman notes that only the AGF is a 501c3 organization eligible for tax deductible donations; the AGA is a 501c4, and donations to it are not tax deductible. If your company needs an EIN number, the EIN for the American Go Association is 133643868 and for the United States Go Foundation the EIN is 133621764.
Saturday December 10, 2011
Chapters and tournament directors are being sought to host qualifiers for the 2012 North American Masters’ Tournament (NAMT), which will take place at the 2012 Go Congress in Black Mountain, North Carolina. “Up to eight qualifying tournaments will be sanctioned,” reports AGA Tournament Coordinator Karoline Burrall, two in each region — East, West, and Central — and two online tournaments. “Because go players are so spread out across the country, hosting these qualifiers is essential to allow as many eligible players as possible to compete and accumulate points,” Burrall adds. Any chapter holding a tournament and interested in turning it into a NAMT qualifier can email Burrall at email@example.com.
Tuesday December 6, 2011
The first TRENDnet Southern California Go Championship was held December 3-4 in Alhambra, CA, under clear skies and cold dry Santa Ana winds. Inside the Southern California Chinese Broadcasting building, the atmosphere was warmer as about 50 players of all ages gathered for five rounds of go. The open section – and $500 top prize — was won by Won Lee 7d. Lee, a veteran SoCal strong player not so active in recent years, put on a strong showing by edging out local strong youths Curtis Tang 7d and Andrew Lu 6d, according to tournament organizer Kevin Chao. Other section winners were Yunxuan Li 3d in the dan section, Vincent Ma 3k in the high kyu section, Raymond Liu 7k in the mid kyu section, and Gary Huang 10k in the low kyu section. The tournament featured a $2,000 prize pool and was sponsored by TRENDNet, a Torrance, CA-based supplier of home and small business networking equipment.
- Andrew Okun; photo: Won Lee at left, Kevin Chao at right, Andy Okun in center.
Open Section: Champion Won Lee 7d (4-1); 2nd place Curtis Tang 7d (4-1); 3rd place Andrew Lu 6d (4-1). Dan Section: 1st place Yunxuan Li 3d (5-0); 2nd place Jae Kim 1d (4-1); 3rd place Ming Teh Wu 4d (3-2). High Kyu Section: 1st place Vincent Ma 3k (5-0); 2nd place Kevin Chou 1k (3-2); 3rd place Ted Terpstra 5k (3-2). Mid Kyu Section: 1st place Raymond Liu 7k (4-1); 2nd place Jiayue Li 8K (4-1); 3rd place Michal Lebl (3-2). Low Kyu Section; 1st place Gary Huang 10k (4-1); 2nd place Susanna Pfeffer 12k (4-1); 3rd place Samantha Davis 10k (3-2).
Monday December 5, 2011
Heather Wonder, one of the members of the Mountain Go Club in Hamilton, Ontario, made this go themed cake. “It was made to celebrate the one year anniversary of our growing club,” reports Nick Prince.
Monday December 5, 2011
Jimmy Yang 5d went 3-1 winning the high dan section at the 2011 Slate and Shell Open in Fairfax, VA on a tiebreak with Josh Lee 5d also 3-1. The sponsor, Slate and Shell, donated books which were awarded to the first and second place winners in each section. Kelsey Dyer 1d, playing in her first tournament since achieving a shodan rating, won the second section with a 3-1 score in a tiebreak with Arnold Eudell 4k (3-1). The other sectional winners were Garrett Smith 9k (3-1), and Anderson Barreal 14k (3-1) with second places going to Gurujeet Khalsa 7k (2-1), and Mohan Sud 10k (2-2).
- Gurujeet Khalsa; photo: tournament winners holding their prizes from Slate and Shell
Monday December 5, 2011
The fourth annual US Canada youth friendship matches will be this Sunday, December 11 on KGS. Five of Canada’s strongest will square off against the best young players in the US. The players include Calvin Sun 7d, Hugh Zhang 7d, Andrew Lu 6d, and Vincent Zhuang 6d and Jimmy Yang 5d, for the US side and Ryan Li 7d, Gansheng Shi 7d, Jianing Gan 6d, Daniel Gourdeau 6d, and Andrew Huang 6d, for the Canadian side. Matches will be held in the AGA Tournaments Room on KGS, at 4 pm ET (1 pm PT), and the public is welcome to observe.
- Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor
Monday December 5, 2011
Yunxuan Li 4d topped a field of 51 players in the Young Lions Tournament on KGS last month. The tournament, organized by the American Go Honor Society, featured young players from all over the US, and a few from Canada and Mexico as well. As in previous years, the tourney brought some of North America’s strongest youth together, including current Redmond and USYGC champion Aaron Ye 5d, and Oliver Wolf 4d, former Redmond Champ. “All the games i played were very tough,” Li told the Journal, “Aaron [Ye] has awesome attacking skills and Oliver [Wolf] has a very aggressive and flexible style.” Last year’s winner in this event, Vincent Zhuang 6d, went on to represent the US in the World Youth Go Championships, Li will get a chance to make his mark in the upcoming USYGC in January. Also coming up will be the School Team Tournament, the most popular event hosted by the AGHS, with registration opening around mid-January or February. The Young Lions was directed by AGHS President Jasmine Yan, Vice-Presidents Eric Chen and Justin Teng, Viral Kotecha, Van Tran, Rebecca Cheng, and Keiju Takehara. -Justin Teng, with Paul Barchilon. Photo: Yunxuan Li, at right, in a casual game at Go Congress. AGHS VP Justin Teng is watching the game. Photo by Wenguang Wu.
Winner’s report: Division A: 1st: Yunxuan Li 4d, 2nd: Oliver Wolf 4d, 3rd: Andrei Razvan 2k; Division B: 1st: Larry Qu 2k, 2nd: Raymond Liu 6k, 3rd: Anurag Varma 2k; Division C: 1st: Zachary Peach 8k, 2nd: Benson Jay Merrill 9k, 3rd: Jerry Qiu 10k; Division D: 1st: Joshua Song 16k, 2nd: Vicente A. Cortez-Tinoco 15k, 3rd: Noah Hill 13k; Division E: 1st: Alissa 18k, 2nd: Neal Fatheringham 18k, 3rd: Monsoon Shrestha 24k.