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Your Move/Readers Write: Where to Play Go in Japan

Saturday September 13, 2014

A number of readers responded to Ben Bernstein’s request for information on where to play go in Japan (Looking for Japan Go Tips 9/4 EJ). Be sure to check ahead whenever possible, as clubs often move or close (email journal@usgo.org with updated info). Here’s a run-down:

Click here for Sensei’s Library’s listings of “Places to visit when in Japan, related to Go. Shopping, bookstores, clubs, restaurants, historical 2014.09.13_nihonkiin2places, events, cemeteries, shrines, transport etc. Thanks to Bob McGuigan for the tip.

Nihon Ki-in; email for a tour. “Also ask about the English go class they have,” suggests Devin Flake. “I was able to meet professional players and have them review my games, all so they could practice their English!” photo: the Nihon Ki-in’s top playing room 

7-2 Gobancho Chiyoda-Ku Tokyo Japan – at Ichigaya station — 1st Go Salon inside of Nihon Ki-in

1-7-20 -9F, Yaesu Chuo-Ku Tokyo Japan – at Tokyo station — 2nd Go Salon of Nihon Ki-in

Sunshine City Go Salon 8th or 9th floor

Ueno Go Center; literally a stone’s throw from Ueno Station; the address is Tokyo-to, Taito-ku, Ueno Koen 1-54; phone 03-3831-3137. Look for the big Shouchiku Department Store sign; you’ll be able to see go players in the third-floor windows of the club.

Diamond Go Salon; “This one was a little expensive and its mainly for women but it was still fun to try out!” says Devin Flake.
4 floor building Kojimachi Scripture 3-4-7, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083 〒 03-3263-0620 TEL/Fax directly. Exit 3 “Kojimachi station” ○ 2014.09.13_kaz-roger-sunshineTokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, Hanzomon “○ Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line “5-minute walk from the train station 7 minutes walk from the “Yotsuya Station ○ JR, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Nanboku”

Email E-Journal contributor Kazunari Furuyama cickazu@gmail.com “He was very good to me and introduced me to the Sunshine City Go Salon,” says Flake. “He even reviewed my games and took me out for lunch and dinner – great guy!” photo: Kaz (left) with the Bay Area Go Players Association’s Roger Schrag at the Sunshine Club; photo by Lisa Schrag

“Many train stations have go clubs nearby,” says Lee Freedman. “Look for the kanji for IGo.” He adds that “Westerners frequent a go club near the Takadananobaba train station in Tokyo.” He also reports that “There is a go club in Shinjuku open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.” That’s confirmed by Bob Barber, who just returned from Tokyo. “It’s across the street from the Shinjuku Prince Hotel (in Shinjuku, of course). On the 4th (or 6th) floor. In any case, you can see the kanji for Go from street level. The Japanese have a word for it: shibui. Well-worn tables, perhaps a dozen. Probably not smoke free.”

Freedman says that senior centers often have go clubs. “Expect to pay a fee at clubs, to be asked your playing rank, and to be flooded with requests for games, especially if your rating is shodan or higher. If you want to be fair, inflate your US rating one stone.”

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Pandanet-AGA City League Registration Continues

Tuesday September 9, 2014

Registration continues for the 2014-2015 Pandanet-AGA City League. “We’re looking for more teams” in expanded A and B Leagues, reports TD Steve Colburn. Those leagues are expanding to eight teams each. Teams have until Sunday September 28th to send in registrations. Colburn is also looking for a League Manager to help during the year. All teams should contact Steve.Colburn@usgo.org for more information.

China Wins World Youth; US Places 6th, and 8th

Monday September 8, 2014

DSC01926_800x533Xu Jiayang 2P and Huang Mingyu 5d, both of China, won the 31st World Youth Goe Championship, held in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia from August 13th to 19th. The US players were chosen by the Ing Foundation, and included Albert Yen 6d in the senior division (under 16 years old) and Brandon Zhou 4d in the junior division (under 12 years old). Eric Liu 1d was also invited to compete as a special representative. “I have learned a lot from this tournament,” Yen told the E-Journal, “especially from the games in which I was defeated. I lost to Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. Fortunately, our team leader, Mingjiu Jiang 7p reviewed several of my games so I could learn from my mistakes. Although I wanted to do better than 8th place, I have tried my best. Overall, the 31st World Youth Goe Championship gave me an opportunity to make friends and compete with the top youth players in the world.” Fourteen countries participated, with twelve players in each division. Yen placed 8th in the Senior, while Zhou and Liu placed 6th and 8th in the Junior. The runner up of the Senior was Lee Eodeokdung 5d from Korea, and the runner up in the Junior was Shih Ching Yao 6d from Taiwan.  Complete results, plus photos of the event can be found on the 31st WYGC website-Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor, with Albert Yen. Photo: Albert Yen (l) of the US vs. Low Rea Qiu of Malaysia.

Horn & Schrag Win in Davis/Sacramento Fall Tourney

Monday September 8, 2014

An even dozen players participated in the Davis/Sacramento Go Club’s Fall Tournament, held at the Arden-Dimick Library in Sacramento on2014.09.08_Jeff_Horn2014.09.08_Roger_Schrag September 6th. Jeff Horn 1D (right) won the upper division on tie breaks, while Roger Schrag 4K (left) won the lower division with a perfect four wins.
- Willard Haynes, TD

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West America Student Go Championship Launches

Monday September 1, 2014

A new tournament for California students, the West America Student Go Championship, is being organized by Clement Wong of the Riverside Go Club, and Yunxuan Li of the Diamond Bar High School Go Club. The tournament will be held on September 27, from 11 AM to 8 PM at the University of California, Riverside. “We sincerely hope students of all age can come and compete with each other and develop a friendly bond,” says Li “There will be many great prizes, such as trophies for winners, and other awards, and pizza for lunch, at a small fee, along with other refreshments. We really hope this will be a competitive and fun event for young people to enjoy”. The registration form is here, and there is no fee to participate. Direct any questions to Yunxuan Li at YunxuanL@Live.cn.

Rui Naiwei Joins Lee Sedol, Park Junghwan & 13 Others for Samsung Knockout Round

Sunday August 31, 2014

Xiao Zhenghao 8P and Rui Naiwei 9PPlayers from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the U.S. gathered in Qingdao, China on August 26-28 for the group2014.08.31_Round-of-16-players-19th-Samsung-Cup stage of the 19th Samsung Cup. However, the stand-out competitor was Chinese player Rui Naiwei 9p (left), the only female player make it through to the next, or knockout, stage. Rui is one of only two women to ever make it to the knockout phase of the Samsung; she’s not only done so seven times, but made it to the quarter finals in the 5th and 6th Samsung Cups. This year, she is already off to a good start with two wins against Taiwan’s Xiao Zhenghao 8p (left). Rui will join Park Junghwan 9p, Lee Sedol 9p, and the 13 other knockout finalists in Daejeon, Korea on October 14-16 to compete for this year’s quarter finals. For more information on this year’s Samsung Cup including photos, game records, and pairings for the next round, visit Go Game Guru.
–Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article by Go Game Guru; photos courtesy Go Game Guru

SF Organizers Get a Jump on “Learn Go Week”

Sunday August 31, 2014

The Bay Area Go Players Association and the San Francisco Go Club got a jump on Learn Go Week at the August 22-24 Japan Expo, 2014.08.31_SF-Japan-Expowhich attracted thousands of fans of Japanese culture to San Mateo, California. The BAGPA and SFGC were on hand to teach the constant stream of attendees who wanted to learn to play go.

report/photo by Steve Burrall; photo: (front to back on the right): Matthew Burrall, BAGPA president Jay Chan and SF Go Club VP Eric Branlun, all teaching beginners.

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Improving, One Stitch at a Time

Wednesday August 27, 2014

Terri Schurter 9K posted her best-ever US Go Congress tournament results this year, taking second place in the 9K division. The2014.08.25_Schurter-artwork 2014.08.25_Terri-Schurter-DSC_0091retired high school art teacher (at left) from Ewing, New Jersey, is a longtime go player who’s taken up fiber arts in retirement and could be seen calmly stitching together hexagonal pieces of fabric throughout the weeklong Congress. “I decided to document my stitching by photographing my progress each day on a go board,” she writes on her Hexy Lady blog. “I think that stitching throughout the week calmed my nerves,” Schurter told the E-Journal. “I find it to be a form of meditation, so it may have helped me to maintain a calm mind.  Stitching during games is of questionable value, though sometimes I could not resist the urge with adequate time on my clock.”
photos by Chris Garlock (left) and Terri Schurter

AGF Offers Chapters Go Supplies for Learn Go Week

Tuesday August 26, 2014

AGA chapters planning to participate in the upcoming Learn Go Week (September 13-20) can not only take advantage of special deals2014.08.25_wonder-go on go supplies and equipment available to them from the American Go Foundation, but the first 20 clubs to apply will receive up to a $100 subsidy from the AGA towards AGF purchases or other expenses of Learn Go Week events. Email president@usgo.org for questions about the subsidy. Chapters can order up to 90 free copies of The Way To Go, for example, as well as up to 20 copies of The AGA Starter CD. Chapters can also order exclusive supplies at nominal cost from certain sections of the AGF Store, including Teaching EquipmentPromotional MaterialsPrizes, and Go World. “From beginners kits,  to demonstration boards and a whole lot more, we’ve got what you need to make Learn Go Week a success in your community” promises AGF President Terry Benson.
photo: Wonder Go, a set designed especially for younger learners that features hollow stones that you can fill with prizes like candy, stickers, and small toys.

US Open & Masters Division Crosstabs Updated; Game Records Still Wanted

Monday August 25, 2014

The 2014 US Open crosstab has been updated with nearly 60 game records sent in by players. Deadline for submitting 2014.08.24_Dahye-Lee-US-Open-photogame records is this Friday, August 29; email them to journal@usgo.org. Games must be in sgf format with all game info complete, including both players’ full names, and the round number(s); also be sure to name the file in this format: US-Open_Rd1-Su-Kierulf (white player first). The US Open Masters Division crosstab has also been updated with game records of the top-board games.
photo: at the US Open; photo by Dahye Lee