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U.S. GO NEWS: Matsumoto Wins Seattle Iwamoto Youth Tournament; Jie Liang Wins Mass. Tourney

Monday November 16, 2009

MATSUMOTO WINS SEATTLE IWAMOTO YOUTH TOURNAMENT: Ken Matsumoto won the Iwamoto Youth 13×13 Tournament (right) at the Seattle Go Center on Sunday, Nov. 15 with a 4-0 record. The handicapped tournament had prizes for all, including go equipment, books and fun little items. An enthusiastic player, Matsumoto has been coming to the Go Center twice a week.  Hardworking Henry Cai, who gave large handicaps to all of his opponents, won the high school division with a 3-1 record.  Isabel Anderson, a frequent competitor, won the middle school section. Michael Larson, who has been training with neighbor and AGA volunteer Dennis Wheeler, won the grade 3-5 section.  Kindergartner Oliver Alt won the K-2 section.
- report/photo by Brian Allen

JIE LIANG WINS MASS. TOURNEY: A few die-hard players braved the rain Saturday to attend out this year’s Western Mass. Go Club Fall tournament at U. Mass. Amherst.  “Jie Liang 7d made the 3-hour trek from New Hampshire to take apart all four of the Amherst residents we threw at him,” reports Trevor Morris. “ Our visiting faculty member from Japan, Hiroyuki Koguchi, rounded out the small winners circle (right) by losing only to Jie.”

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Go School Updates

Monday November 2, 2009

Go teacher Joey Hung 7d is shuttering his Fremont, CA-area school “for a while” he tells the E-Journal, to focus on business opportunities. Meanwhile, Gabriel Benmergui 6d and Ali Jabarin 6d have just started up the online Atsumi Go School, which offers lessons, study groups and free game commentaries of games played between students. Benmergui is a top Argentinian player who has studied in Lee SangHun’s school, at Kim Sung-Rae 4p’s KBC school in Korea and represented Argentina at the World Amateur Go (WAGC) Championships and the World College Go Championship, where he defeated both Korean amateurs. Jabarin, Israeli champion for the last three years, placed 13th in the WAGC and represented Israel in the 2008 World Mind Sports Games, and is the current European Youth Champion.

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US, Euro Player Databases Linked

Monday November 2, 2009

The new AGA Player Database and the European Go Database have now been cross-referenced with links for those players who have competed in events in both Europe and the United States. The new links are shown in the cards of players who are in both databases: a box appears with a link to the same player’s card in the “foreign” database. Currently, more than 300 players appear in both databases; examples include Ian Davis, Horst Sudhoff and Thomas Derz.

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WALDRON STEPS DOWN AS AGA TOURNAMENT COORDINATOR

Tuesday October 20, 2009

Phil Waldron has announced that he’s stepping down as Tournament Coordinator for the American Go Association, effective December 31. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with you over the past year and a bit, and I will miss that in the time to come,” said Waldron in an open letter to other AGA volunteers. “The AGA doesn’t do a great job of supporting its volunteers, so let me say it once from my side: thank you for all of your hard work, both in helping me personally and the nation’s go players.”  Waldron said he’ll “be in this position for a few more months, and even after that I’ll be happy to provide advice to those who care to listen.  I look forward to seeing you all at the next Congress and perhaps a local tournament or two as well.”

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JEN DONATES ANIME FOR YOUTH TOURNAMENTS

Tuesday October 20, 2009

Winston Jen, the same donor who gave the AGA 100 sets of Hikaru no Go, has also donated four popular anime (cartoon) series as prizes for upcoming  tournaments.  Valued at over $225 retail, the Anime Prize Pack contains 28 DVDs and is free for AGA Chapters and at AGHS sponsored tournaments.  Chapters may use these prizes to attract youth to adult events, or for youth specific events.  “Hikaru no Go has contributed so much happiness to my life,” Jen, an Australian anime fan and translator who lives in Hong Kong, told the E-Journal, “I wanted to give something back to as many people as possible.”  100 multi volume sets of Hunter x Hunter, Fruits Basket, Kodocha, and The Girl Who Leapt Through time (both the movie and the graphic novel), were donated.  The AGA is charging $20 to cover shipping and handling, full details are on the Anime Prize Page.  To order, contact Chapter Services.
- Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor

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PRO WORKSHOP A BIG HIT IN NORCAL

Tuesday October 20, 2009

PRO WORKSHOP A BIG HIT IN NORCAL: “We’re going to emphasize the ‘work’ in workshop,” Janice Kim 3P proclaimed at the start of her October 10-11 workshop with professional go players Seung-jun Kim 9P and Diana Koszegi 1P. Kim proceeded to hand out packets of problems specifically geared to each student’s individual level, and students spent time in class and at home solving go problems that were then graded by the pros. Seung-jun Kim and Diana Koszegi traveled from Korea for thre workshop, which was attended by twenty eight students, who participated in lectures, game reviews, team matches, simultaneous play, as well as go problems and homework. Seung-jun Kim and Diana Koszegi then headed to Las Vegas for some fun and games before continuing on to New York to teach another workshop. The Oakland workshop was co-sponsored by the Bay Area Go Players Association and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
- Roger Schrag; photo by Ming Liao

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U.S. GO NEWS: Huang Tops Portland; Chamberlain Wins MGA Fall Tourney; Odhner & Wong Win In Pittsburgh

Tuesday October 20, 2009

HUANG TOPS PORTLAND: Vincent Zhuang took top honors in the Portland Tournament October 17-18. Thirty-three players participated. Winners were: Dan division: Vincent Zhuang (5-0), Jim Levenick (4-1), Zhuang Guozhong (2-3). Single-digit kyu division: Ben Sharvy (4-1), Jeremy Nelson (4-1), James Moore (3-2). Double-digit kyu division: Gordon Castanza (5-0), Jim Johnson (3-2), David Tweet (3-2). Youth: Vincent Zhuang (5-0). New AGA member: James Moore (3-2); Female: Cynthia Gaty (2-3).
- Peter Drake

CHAMBERLAIN WINS MGA FALL TOURNEY: John Chamberlain 1d won the Massachusetts Go Association’s Fall Tournament on October 18th, topping 24 players with a 4-0 record. David Saxner and Pete Schumer came in second and third, entering at 1-dan and 2-kyu respectively.
-Eva Casey, Tournament Director

ODHNER & WONG WIN IN PITTSBRGH: Josiah Odhner 11k and Mark Wong 1k both went 3-0 to win their respective divisions in the October 19 Pittsburgh Fall tournament. The field of eight players ranging from 17 kyu to 1 dan was split into a double-digit kyu division and a single-digit kyu / dan division, and each group played a 3-round round robin.
- Kim Warzinski

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Jennie Shen Teaches Fighting

Monday December 22, 2008

Look out for more fighting from attendees of the recent Jennie Shen workshop. The Penn Go Society organized a 3-day workshop with the Santa Barbara, CA-based 2-dan professional on December 12-14 at the University of PA. “She was a wonderful teacher full of wisdom and lighthearted humor,” organizer Matt Bengtson tells the E-Journal, “with special excellence in the area of the middle game, where she encouraged everyone to fight more.” The workshop was attended by about 20 participants ranging from 20k to 5d, with a focus on game review over the course of the workshop. “We are very grateful to the Ing Foundation Professional Teaching Program for their generous grant, which has made the event possible and affordable for all,” Bengtson added. Click here for event photos. photo courtesy of the Penn Go Society

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Jennie Shen Teaches Fighting

Monday December 22, 2008

Look out for more fighting from attendees of the recent Jennie Shen workshop. The Penn Go Society organized a 3-day workshop with the  Santa Barbara, CA-based 2-dan professional on December 12-14 at the University of PA. “She was a wonderful teacher full of wisdom and lighthearted humor,” organizer Matt Bengtson tells the E-Journal, “with special excellence in the area of the middle game, where she encouraged everyone to fight more.” The workshop was attended by about 20 participants ranging from 20k to 5d, with a focus on game review over the course of the workshop. “We are very grateful to the Ing Foundation Professional Teaching Program for their generous grant, which has made the event possible and affordable for all,” Bengtson added. Click here for event photos. photo courtesy of the Penn Go Society

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AGF Fund Drive Looks To Grow Go

Monday December 22, 2008

The American Go Foundation  is conducting its annual fundraising appeal, asking players who love go to support the growth of the game. “We’re doing more than ever to bring in a new generation of players,” says AGF President Terry Benson, “and we’re doing it with generous donations from American players, not with foundation or government help. The AGF is a 501(c)3 charity, so US donors can deduct their contribution from their taxes.” The AGF has many new offerings, Benson explained. “This fall we added the newsletter for teachers, a Teacher Store, a lesson plan cooperative for teachers , more types of teaching equipment, and we are working on a college scholarship program,” Benson said. “We can now accept credit card payments and donations.  In today’s financial climate, we need all the help we can get. Even small amounts matter. Whether someone contributes to the AGF General Fund, to help go education and outreach like the tigersmouth.org website, or to the Summer Go Camp Scholarship Fund, they’ll join hundreds of others who make AGF work possible .” To contribute, download this form  and fax with your credit card info or mail with a check. See the AGF’s appeal ongodiscussions.com for more information about AGF programs.

 

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