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Register for US Go Congress by July 1 & Save; Day-Off Activities Include Stillwater Riverboat Ride and a day at the Uptown Lakes

Wednesday June 17, 2015

If you’re considering attending this year’s US Go Congress, register before July 1 and save $50. That’s when the late registration fee goes up to2015.06.17_St-Paul-riverboat $100. This year’s Congress runs August 1-9 in St Paul, Minneapolis.

In addition to lots of go — tournaments, lectures, pro simuls and more — the Go Congress offers exciting options for the traditional day off on Wednesday. “The votes from our online survey are in: the riverboat ride in Stillwater, MN and spending time in the Uptown region of Minneapolis generated the most interest for day off activities,” reports Aaron Broege.”If you choose to join the group going to Stillwater, this will include time to explore the picturesque downtown Stillwater and, of course, go on a 2.5 hr boat ride on the St. Croix river, complete with food and music. The Stillwater main street is home to numerous bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and antique shops.

2015.06.17_St-Paul-downtownIf you prefer to stick around the city, the Uptown area is a perfect place to spend your day off, Broege says. “The highlight of this region is the chain of four lakes (Cedar, Lake of the Isles, Calhoun, and Harriet), all of which have separate biking and pedestrian paths around them.” Near Lake Calhoun you can rent bikes, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, paddle boats, and more. “Lake Calhoun and Harriet have beaches if you just want to take a dip.” When you’re ready to take a break from the activities, the adjacent area is filled with restaurants, shops, and theaters. Within walking distance from Uptown is the Walker Art Center, which focuses on modern artistic exhibits. The outdoor sculpture garden associated with the Walker, home to the Spoonbridge and Cherry — aka the cherry spoon — is a must-see landmark of the Twin Cities. This area provides a great example of how the Twin Cities beautifully blends urban living with natural beauty.

“For those with other interests, we are going to include recommended outings in the Congress booklet,” Broege adds. “There is so much to explore in the Twin Cities that we want to give individuals the chance to put together their own adventure.” Keep up-to-date on even more news and things to do in the Twin Cities through the 2015 Go Congress Facebook page.
photos: (top right) A riverboat on the St. Croix River passing under the bridge in Stillwater; (bottom left) downtown Minneapolis as seen from Lake Calhoun.

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Slate fixed for 2015 Board Elections

Tuesday June 16, 2015

Incumbents Chris Kirschner and Martin Lebl are running unopposed to retain their seats in the Western and Central regions, respectively while newcomers Diego F. Pierrottet and George Lebovitz will be contesting the Eastern region.

“Chapter reps, please take time to insure your contact information is correct for the both the AGA chapters list and the chapter membership/contact information,” says Arnold Eudell. “You should have already received your preliminary voting rights report. Any further information about the election will come through these sources.” Contact Elections@usgo.org with any questions.

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Your Move/Readers Write: No Japanese Pros?

Tuesday June 16, 2015

No Japanese Pros? “I see the E-Journal is reporting the pros coming to the Go Congress (Top Pros Confirm for US Go Congress 6/8)” writes Bill Chiles.  “I’m a bit shocked there are no Japanese pros coming.  Why is that?!  Maeda Sensei is almost always there at the very least.”
We should have specified that this was a preliminary list; the Nihon Kiin and Kansai Kiin in Japan and KBA in Korea have not yet provided the names of their pros who will be in attendance.

About the Liebniz piece: “Most of this information about Leibniz’s acquaintance with go (Go Spotting: Leibniz calls go “ingenious and quite difficult” 6/11) can be found in The Go Player’s Almanac (2001) in Jaap K. Blom’s essay, Go in the West in the 18th Century, pages 38 to 42,” writes Richard Bozulich from Kiseido.

Go Spotting: Hikaru no Go in Symmetry Plus

Tuesday June 16, 2015

Symmetry Plus, a magazine for young mathematicians in the UK, published an article about Hikaru no Go and math01 in its latest issue. Calin Galeriu, a professor at Becker College, writes that go is a board game with an incredible amount of mathematical content.Young people reading Hikaru learn about area, the coordinate plane, deductive and inductive reasoning, and more. The problem solving techniques Hikaru and his friends use for go problems are similar to those used when solving mathematical problems.

But the manga does even more than introduce mathematical concepts, Galeriu argues. Hikaru no Go promotes a message of hard work and dedicationthat applies to more than learning go. It teaches kids about the values of staying calm, of using intuition, of perseverance, and of working together. Hikaru no Go is an introduction to go and mathematics, but it also offers our youngsters an authentic learning philosophythat lasts for life. Galerius article can be read in full here
- report by Julian Erville. Image from Hikaru no Go © 1998 by Hotta Yumi, Takeshi Obata/Shueisha Inc.

 

Saki Fujita 5D & Yizhi Wang 5D Tie to Top NOVA Congress Tuneup

Sunday June 14, 2015

Saki Fujita 5D and Yizhi Wang 5D tied to top the 2015 NOVA Congress Tuneup tournament on Saturday, June 13 at George Mason Law School in Arlington VA. Twenty-six players participated. “In an unusual situation in the top band, three players finished 3-1, each losing once to one of the others,” reports organizer Allan Abramson. SOS tie-break showed that two tied for first place, with the third alone in second. “In another unusual situation, there were no players at 2,3, or 4 kyu, resulting in a greater number of higher handicap games than normally is the case,” Abramson noted.

Gurujeet Khalsa bade a fond farewell to Ning-Yuan Ernest Wang, saying “We first met him a year ago when he showed up at a NOVA tournament with a band of fellow go players from the revitalized go scene at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. His cheerful presence at go events this past year has been wonderful and we wish him a warm sendoff as he heads back to his native Taiwan.”

Full results:

First place: Saki Fujita 5D and Yizhi Wang 5D, tied; Quinn Baranoski 1K, 3-1; Mike Lash 6K, 4-0; Ning-Yuan Ernest Wang 11K, 4-0; and Sarah Crites 13K, 4-0
Second place: Josh Lee 6D; David Reed 5K, 3-0; Robert Cole 12K and Betsy Small 12K, tied, 3-1; and Antonina Perez-Lopez, 2-2

(6/16) This report has been updated with a correction to the spelling of Ning-Yuan Ernest Wang’s name and the addition of Gurujeet Khalsa’s farewell to Wang. 

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Gotham Go Group’s Steph Oppenheim Dies

Sunday June 14, 2015

Gotham Go Group member Steph Oppenheim died Wednesday, reports Peter Armenia. Oppenheim (right) had been fighting cancer for over two years2015.06.14_Steph Oppenheim “He was always one of our most enthusiastic players and promoters of the game,” says Armenia. “He was always willing to teach beginners, and he spent a good deal of time helping teach go to students in local schools. He will be missed, but we are happy to have watched him beat the predictions of his doctors by over a year. And he made the most of that year.”
There will be a funeral at 11:15 on Monday, June 15 at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 W 76 St, with refreshments and food afterwards.
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Garlock’s Wales Walk Going for $3K

Sunday June 14, 2015

Thanks to the generous contributions of many go players, E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock’s upcoming Wales Walk has already 2015.06.14_garlock-walksurpassed its original goal and is now going for raising $3,000 to support  the American Go Foundation.  “Wow!” said AGF president Terry Benson, “Go’s path is long – and so is Chris and Lisa’s – and the more support we receive, the farther we can go.” The AGF is dedicated to promoting go in the U.S. and has enabled thousands of American children to learn go in hundreds of schools, libraries and community centers across the country. “We also provide scholarships and resources for youth who play go, and we support go in institutional settings such as prisons, and senior centers,” Benson adds. The Garlock’s walk starts at the end of June; click here to contribute to the Walk and support the AGF.
photo: Garlock on a recent training walk; photo by Lisa Garlock

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Top Pros Confirm for US Go Congress

Monday June 8, 2015

Myungwan Kim 9P, Feng Yun 9P (r) and six other professional go players have now been confirmed for this year’s US Go Congress. The pro roster2015.06.08_Feng-Yun-DSC_0027 thus far includes Chinese professionals Wang Qun 8P and Cao Youyin 3P, Korean pro Hajin Lee 3P, Secretary General of the International Go Federation, as well as American professionals Yilun Yang 7P, Mingjiu Jiang 7P and Jennie Shen 2P. The chance to attend lectures by professionals and play in simultaneous games with them is one of the major attractions of the annual Congress for many attendees. This year’s Congress runs August 1-9 in St Paul, MN. Click here for details and to register. photo: Feng Yun 9P at the 2014 US Go Congress; photo by Chris Garlock
Update (6/11): updated to clarify which country each professional represents.

Samsung Cup Selection Tournament Planned for North American Players

Saturday June 6, 2015

The AGA is selecting three players to represent North America in the 2015 Samsung Cup World Baduk Masters World Division. The 12-player World Division will be played August 2nd – 5th in Seoul, Korea. Interested players should be available to play in the online selection tournament on the third and fourth weekend of June. Eligibility: AGA/CGA member and US/Canada citizenship, AGA 6.0 minimum rating required, amateur or certified professional by the AGA; US players must meet the AGA overseas eligibility criteria. The selection tournament will be held on KGS Go Server. Interested players should send their names, AGA number and rating and country of citizenship to cherry.shen@usgo.org by midnight, Sunday, June 14th. Note that the format of the tournament is single elimination so players may be out earlier than August 5.

The three selected players will each receive a $1,000 stipend toward their expenses traveling to Korea, but must arrange their own air travel and lodging. The World Division winner will play in the Main Round of the Samsung Cup, so there is a chance that players will go back to Korea in the second week of September. The winning player will also receive approximately $5,000 in Main Round prize money. Note that AGA professionals can participate in the Samsung Cup General Division at the end of July although there are no monetary subsidies. Interested AGA professional players should email Cherry Shen for Main Division details.

New AGA Chapter Rep — and Name — for Seattle

Thursday June 4, 2015

The local chapter of the American Go Association met at the Seattle Go Center on Tuesday, May 26, and unanimously Peter Nelson headshotelected Peter Nelson 5d (right) as the new Chapter Representative.  They also changed the name of their chapter to “Seattle AGA Chapter” from “Seattle Go Center”.  The Seattle AGA Chapter is organizationally distinct from the nonprofit that runs the Seattle Go Center, although many local players are members of both groups.  The name change was intended to reduce confusion between the two groups.  The Seattle AGA Chapter sponsored the Tacoma Go Congress in 2013.

Nelson will be attending the U.S. Go Congress in Minnesota this August, and the Annual Meeting of Chapter Representatives.  He has been a regular at the Go Center  since moving to Seattle from Minnesota in 2014.  He has given many teaching games at the Go Center, and he also teaches online as longstridebaduk.  Nelson has done well in local tournaments, winning the Seattle Pandanet Team Qualifier in September of 2014, and placing second in the Open Section of the 2015 Spring Tournament, losing only to Edward Kim 7d.  He may be contacted by email.
- Brian Allen