Saturday April 15, 2017
Thirty players came from as far away as Buffalo, New York City, Boston, and Mechanicsburg, PA to play in the Syracuse Go Club’s 10th annual Salt City Tournament on Saturday, April 8. Yunhan Li 2d (right), Dan Kwan 2d, and Wayne Nelson 1k took home the A division’s cash prizes of $100, $60, and $40, respectively. Liya Luk 8k, after self-promoting to 6 kyu for the tournament, proceeded to sweep all four of her games in the B division, and Stefan Wang 20k went 4-0 in the C division.
Longtime Syracuse Go Club member Milton Sack 15k pre-celebrated his 100th birthday four months early by winning the one game he played (he drove to the tournament himself and then left after one round to attend a memorial service).
Each player was able to select a new go book to take home at the end of the day, all provided to the tournament at a discount by Slate and Shell. Allen Noe once again served as tournament director, and organizer Richard Moseson’s wife Chris made the tournament’s traditional problem cake (black to play).
- report/photos by Richard Moseson
Wednesday April 12, 2017
The AGA E-Journal’s broadcasting team has just released a video update for our YouTube subscribers. Join Broadcast Coordinator Michael Wanek, and Andrew Jackson, VP of Operations, as they cover recent AGA news, including US Go Congress registration, news on the Master (AlphaGo) Video Reviews, AGA volunteer opportunities and more. Click here to check out the 10-minute update.
Sunday April 9, 2017
Registration for the 2017 U.S. Go Congress in San Diego is now open. The largest annual go activity in the United States — last year 650 attended in Boston — the Congress runs August 5-12 this year. Events include the US Open, the largest annual go tournament in the US, professional lectures and game analysis, continuous self-paired games, and all kinds of go-related activities from morning to midnight.
The 2017 Congress will be held at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, California, which is right in the center of town. “The venue for go tournaments, lectures and game analyses, as well as hotel rooms and meals are all within a short walk of each other, no streets to cross,” says Congress Director Ted Terpstra.
Lodging reservations most be done through the Town and Country Resort hotel via a link on the AGA page, not through the AGA. A special rate is available that way and is good for three days before and after the Congress for those who want to extend their stay in San Diego. Details on Congress costs are here.
For those who select one of the meal packages, their food will be served on-site at the convention center under the supervision of the executive chef. Meal plan details are here.
The Town and Country Resort is an 46-acre oasis near most of the tourist attractions in town. It is a quick ten-minute drive from downtown, the airport, the Pacific Ocean beaches, Seaworld, the zoo, Balboa Park and many other sights. People staying there have use of the three swimming pools and the gym. The Town and Country Resort has its own trolley stop and is contiguous to a bus terminal, an upscale mall and a golf course.
“The San Diego Go Club is happy to welcome everyone and look forward to hosting a great US Go Congress,” says Terpstra.
Wednesday April 5, 2017
The VMware Go Club and Santa Clara Youth Go Club presented a “Learn to Play Go” session for 120+ third-graders at Sedgwick Elementary School in Cupertino, CA, on March 28th, reports organizer Wenguang Wang. “As in previous years, the school invited many presenters to teach kids various kinds of fun activities, such as fencing, YoYo, robots, and yoga. Volunteers Hongya Qu, Yi Luo, and myself presented the go lesson. Students learned the rules and played a few games on 9×9 boards. They enjoyed the session, especially those who won,” reports Wang. -Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Wenguang Wang.
Wednesday April 5, 2017
Construction on the new National Go Center in Washington DC is almost done and plans for the Center’s grand opening April 28-30 are underway, reports Center Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa.
“Local volunteers and generous contributors have already stepped up to help make the Center a warm and welcoming place,” says Khalsa. “But there are a lot of items the NGC could use from supportive donors.” These include office desk(s) and chairs, a sofa and loveseat(s), side tables, kitchen utensils and equipment, coffee maker, framed go-themed pictures and artwork, computers, cameras for broadcasting, monitors, 2- inch table boards, and stones in wooden bowls. Email email@example.com
Fred Baldwin and Keith Arnold have donated go books and magazines for the Center’s library, which will be housed in teak bookcases donated by former AGA President Allan Abramson. Ron Snyder has donated a beautifully crafted Ing table. And Thomas Hsiang is contributing a special piece of calligraphy (left) by legendary go player Fujisawa Shuko that the Nihon Kiin originally donated to the New York Go Center. photo: measuring space for tables at the NGC; photo by Chris Garlock
Update: This post has been updated to reflect that the Ing table is being donated by Ron Snyder.
Monday April 3, 2017
Bian Wenkai 2P, a young pro from the Nihon Ki-in, visited the Seattle Go Center from March 23 to March 28. Originally from Shanghai, Mr. Bian is fluent in Japanese and Chinese, and also speaks some English. A friendly and generous teacher, Bian Sensei visited the McDonald International School Go Club, the Zoka Coffeehouse group, and played against a team of players at Nick Sibicky’s DDK Class at the Seattle Go Center. He gave a lecture on Sunday afternoon, replaying an old game that he lost by a half point, and a more recent tournament game that he won. He also played simultaneous games four times at the Go Center. Forty-nine people visited the Go Center during the Tuesday when Bian Wenkai was there. Report and photo by Brian Allen
Thursday March 30, 2017
The AGA Go Camp is moving west this year, and will be held at Schoepe Scout Camp at Lost Valley, just outside of San Diego, from July 30th to August 5th. Myungwan Kim 9P will return as the instructor, and Fernando Rivera, Wenguang Wang, and Yanping Zhao will be camp directors. The location, in the mountains above Anza-Borrego State Park, and surrounded by 1,500 acres of national forest, will give kids a taste of the outdoors. The camp features many activities, including high-wire walking, hiking trails, horse-back riding, two swimming pools, boating, and shooting ranges. “During our drive around the camp, I saw herds of deer wandering about. Birds, and other critters are frequent visitors of the camp also,” reports Congress Director Ted Terpstra. “There are native American artifacts on site including rocks where they ground the grain into flour. This is the flagship camp of the Boy Scouts in southern California. I was impressed with the care that has gone into the maintenance of the facilities. It certainly gives an entirely different feeling compared to the packed freeways of southern California.” Camp will be the week before the US Go Congress, and a two hour drive from the site. Youth of all ranks can come and learn from a pro, improve their skills, and then come to compete in the US Open the following week. Airport pick up is available in San Diego for unaccompanied minors. The AGF is again offering a range of scholarships. Youth who played in either the Redmond Cup or the NAKC are eligible for $400 scholarships, and the winning teams in the School Teams Tournament will also receive full scholarships to camp. For more info about the location click here, for pricing and registration info, click here. - Paul Barchilon EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Ted Terpstra.
Monday March 27, 2017
The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU), together with the Feng Yun Go School, will host a 3-round
tournament in New Brunswick, New Jersey, this Saturday, April 1st
. Doors open at 11a
. Thanks to support from the CIRU, players of all strengths are welcome to participate free of charge; register online using Eventbrite
no later than Thursday, March 30
to guarantee a spot.
Participants winning all three of their games will receive both a Rutgers T-shirt and also a performance rank certificate signed by Feng Yun 9p.
As an added bonus, Feng Yun 9p will provide game reviews between rounds. “Often players win or lose with little understanding of why, and this tournament will provide a teacher to shed some light,” notes tournament director, Paul Matthews. “We think that the combination of competition and instruction is important, and everyone is invited to come see.”