Sunday January 15, 2017
Peter Nelson 5d beat Edward Kim 7d, the dean of Northwest go players, to win the Open Section of the Jin Chen Memorial Tournament at the Seattle Go Center on Jan. 8. The players agreed that Kim played one slack move in the middle of a complicated fight between five unsettled groups, and he said “good job!” to Nelson as he resigned. It was the first time Nelson has beaten Kim in five tournament match-ups. Kim placed second, and Dengda Tang third in the Open Section.
In the Handicapped Sections, John Hogan took first place among the Single Digit Kyu Players. Hogan was visiting from Arizona, where he now lives. It was very nice to see the former Seattle Go Center TD get to play three games without any worries about running the tournam
ent. Michael Fain placed 2nd and Eric Backus 3rd.
In the Double Digit Kyu Player section, Nathan Saritzky placed first, with Carl Anderson 2nd, and Ray Illian 3rd. The Youth Prize went to Maya Altschuler, who had a 2-1 record. The tournament had 29 players.
Photos: (top right) Peter Nelson; (top left) Edward Kim teaching between rounds; (bottom left) Emma playing Yuriko – an even game across an age difference of more than 80 years. Photos/report by Brian Allen
Sunday January 15, 2017
David Cho 4D, Mark Nahabedian 12K and Shawn Moore 13K topped the January Massachusetts Go Association’s Roland Crowl Memorial Handicap Tournament, with perfect 4-win results. They split the $100 prize pool. Twenty three players participated in the tournament, which was held Sunday January 8 at the Boylston Chess Club in Cambridge MA. The TD, James Peters, introduced participants to Fischer Time and the event ended up finishing around 6pm, a half an hour earlier than usual.
- Eva W. Casey
Sunday January 15, 2017
This year, the Portland (OR) Go Club will play its club championship tournament over a period of two months. Each participant plays a minimum of four games against four different opponents, but only one game per day. All games are played at regular meetings of the club (Tuesdays at Powell’s Bookstore and Sundays at the Lucky Lab Pub). It is up to each participant when and where they play their games, subject to agreement with their opponent. An Open section for strong players and handicap sections for all others are available. Non-members of the PGC are welcome to play, but cannot win the championship trophy. Play commences at the end of January and continues to the end of March. More details on the AGA’s calendar.
- Roy Schmidt
Saturday January 14, 2017
Tony Tang 7d won the Open Division in the Young Lions Tourney with a perfect 4-0 record in a field of 6 high dan players. Held by the American Go Honor Society, the Young Lions is open to North American youth in high school, or younger. “I would like to thank the AGHS for holding the tournament,” said Tang, “everyone I played in this tournament was pretty strong, I almost lost some of my games. Fortunately, I came back in the end. It was fun and a good experience.” Bingyun Wang 5d, who lost only to Tang, took second in the Open Division. “This year’s tournament was a huge success,” adds AGHS Promotion Head Albert Yen. “The phenomenal turnout of 52 players, 13 of whom were dan players, yielded an impressive 5 divisions this year.” Top four finishers in each bracket will be receiving prizes including cash, trophies, and AGHS t-shirts. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Tony Tang. Winner’s Report: Open Division (4d+): Tony Tang; Division A (3k-3d): Eden Chen; Division B (9k-4k): Darwin Kim; Division C (12k-9k): Alana Noehrenberg; Division D (30-13k): Jerry Qui. For full results click here.
Friday January 6, 2017
The seventh annual Jin Chen Memorial Tournament will be this Sunday, Jan. 8. at the Seattle Go Center. Registration is on the day of the tournament from 10 – 10:45 am. This is their biggest tournament of the year, a fun challenge for players at all levels, with 3 rounds. The total prize purse is $1050, with $300 for the winner of the Open Section. The fees are $15 general admission/$10 for youth and voting members of the Seattle Go Center. More info is on the Go Center Calendar.
The Go Center will have much improved go boards to play on this year. Nine of their well-used 2 inch table boards have been refinished and relined in Japan. In addition, three excellent table boards, and two gobans have been recently donated. Photo: Unpacking boards refinished in Japan with the help of the Nihon/Ki-in. Photo/Report by Brian Allen.
Thursday January 5, 2017
“Now there are two elementary schools in México City where go is part of the curriculum,” reports Siddhartha Avila, Mexican Youth Go Coordinator. “Pipiolo
elementary has had an active go program since 2008 when Principal Marcela Zepeda first envisioned the educational benefits that go offers at early ages. All the top youth players in México have studied or study at her private K-6 school.” Now Colegio Serapio Rendón
, is adding a program too. “I was contacted by Principals Gloria Pimentel and Dulce Pimentel,” says Avila, “they were looking for an instructor to implement a serious go program at their K-6 private school. We started with one hour a week for all grades, back in September. We ran a successful 13×13 tournament for 3rd to 6th graders on December 6th. The 1st Torneo Escolar de Go
drew 34 students, playing 5 rounds. There was excellent coordination between the directors, teachers and staff; the schedule ran promptly, the students behaved well and played with great concentration.” The school tournament ended with prizes for the top 7 places, as well as a fighting spirit prize. Everybody recieved participation diplomas. “I’m glad we’ve found an activity where we can transmit love for knowledge, this helps kids’ development and critical thinking, their response to the game surpassed our expectations” says Gloria Pimentel.
“I want to thank Thomas Hsiang and the Nihon Kiin directors, pros and staff for their support so that I could take part at The North American Go Instructors’ Workshop last October in Tokyo,” says Avila. “The workshop encouraged us to fully implement go as a part of a school curriculum with a long term perspective at Colegio Serapio Rendón. With the connection between the Mexican Go Association, the Iwamoto North American Go Foundation, and the Nihon Kiin, there is a perfect opportunity to build valuable networks and develop further go education projects. Winner’s report Torneo Escolar: 1st place: Saúl Alejo; 2nd place: Valeria González; 3rd place: Alejandro Vera; 4th place: Rodrigo García; 5th place: César Gael Muñoz; 6th place: Shapdi Bernal; 7th place: Ximena Mora; Fighting spirit: Ana Castro. – Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Siddhartha Avila
Tuesday January 3, 2017
The third annual North American Kyu Championships (NAKC) will be held on February 4th this year on KGS. This one-day, 4-round tournament is open to all kyu-level players under the age of 18 from the United States, Canada, or Mexico. The best Junior (under 13) and Senior (under 18) players in each of five divisions will be able to win a fabulous crystal trophy, and the winners of the top division will also be granted entry into the prestigious Redmond Cup, which is traditionally open only to dan-level players. All players who compete in every round of the NAKC will also be eligible to receive either a $400 scholarship to the AGA Summer Go Camp, or a $200 scholarship to the 2017 US Go Congress, courtesy of the American Go Foundation. The deadline to register for the NAKC is January 29th; click here to register and here for the official Rules and Format. For dan players, registration for the 2017 Redmond cup will open in mid to late February.
Sunday January 1, 2017
The American Go Yearbook 2016 Member’s Edition Collection was released on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2017. One of the benefits of membership in the American Go Association is the Member’s Edition of the American Go E-Journal, the largest English language go publication in the world. If you’re not yet a member, this is a great time to join!
The Member’s Edition includes game commentaries and other special content and the annual Yearbook collects it all into one handy online document. The 2016 edition includes game records from this year’s US Open, US Masters and Cotsen tournaments, as well as Globis commentary. Extra content includes Michael Redmond 9Ps Pair Go tsumego problems and his Cho v. Deep Zen commentaries, as well as Stephanie Yin 1Ps Women’s Championship commentary.
Once selected in the online Yearbook, game records or PDFs open up quickly and easily for review or download. We appreciate our member’s support of the AGA and hope that they will find the Yearbook a valuable and useful resource. Click here now to join the AGA and begin receiving the Member’s Edition. Special thanks to the Yearbook Games Editor Myron Souris for pulling all the 2016 material together.
- Chris Garlock, Managing Editor
Friday December 30, 2016
Longtime go teacher and author Yuan Zhou (right) recently celebrated a milestone anniversary, leading his tenth North CarolinaWorkshop December 9-11 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“Members of the Triangle Go Group have benefited from Yuan Zhou’s workshops for 10 years,” reports Bob Bacon, “and we continue to appreciate his expertise and wisdom.” More than just proper play guidelines, Zhou shares insights into the philosophical depths of the ancient game. “As he reviews attendee’s games he tailors his instruction to each individual and clearly shows how correct play leads to good results. Teacher Zhou explains common patterns with easily remembered expressions, such as ‘heroes live a short life’ — describing a foolhardy invasion — and ‘even the demon is afraid,’ after hane at the head of two stones.
Yuan Zhou serves up a rich banquet of information about Chinese language phrases and meanings relating to go, Bacon says. This year, in addition to sharing many new expressions, he examined and explained the Chinese characters 围棋 (wéi qí), including the subtle alteration made to the characters when later adopted by the Japanese.
One of the highlights of the workshop was Lao Shi Zhou’s review of recent professional games played between Ke Jie and Gu Li, and between Ke Jie and Tang Weixing. Attendees received copies of the games prior to the workshop, and Yuan Zhou analysed and explained some interesting new moves.
“As always, the workshop inspired and empowered the lucky listeners, and left us looking forward to his next appearance in the Triangle,” says Bacon. The workshop was sponsored by the Triangle Go Group of North Carolina; read a more detailed report here.
photos courtesy Bob Bacon
Monday December 26, 2016
The AGA and the American Asia Culture Exchange Association have announced a new youth tournament to take place Jan. 21 in Los Angeles. The one-day, four-round event is being sponsored by AACEA and its founder, California go enthusiast Jingwei Zheng, and supported by The Korea Daily newspaper. Children and teen-agers aged 17 and younger on the date of the tournament may play in the rated event. Prizes, including trophies, will be awarded in up to four rank divisions, along with other special prizes such as youngest player; it expected about 30 kids will attend. Please pre-register by sending an e-mail to tournament director Yixian Zhou at email@example.com. The event will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 10am to 6pm at the Korea Daily Education Center, 690 Wilshire Place, Los Angeles.