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Updates: East Bay Go Club formed; Australian Go Congress set; Kiseido sale on go books

Monday July 24, 2017

East Bay Go Club formed: The East Bay Go Club has just formed and meets Thursdays from 6:30PM to 9PM “at the beautiful new Games of 2017.07.23_east-bay-clubBerkeley” at 2510 Durant Ave. (near Telegraph Ave), reports Chris Russell. More details on the club’s website.

Australian Go Congress set: The Australian Go Congress is coming up September 28 – October 1 in Sydney. 2017.07.23_australiaThe third such event includes the 2017 Australian National Championships and has an iPhone/iPad-friendly site.

Kiseido sale on go books: Kiseido is having a sale of all English-language go books ordered through their book page. Recent and recommended books include The Basics of Life and Death, Handicap-Go and the Sanrensei Opening and An Encyclopedia of Go Principles. The sale runs through August 31.

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Yang Shuang 2P a hit at Northern VA summer camp

Sunday July 23, 2017

Yang Shuang 2P’s go class has been a big hit among kids attending the Hope Chinese School’s summer camp in Northern Virginia. In the first 2017.07.23_yang-nova-kidsweek of the 10-day program, two dozen students learned the basic s of the game, including liberties, how to capture, snap-backs, ladders, the double-atari, and life and death. Yang’s 2017.07.23_yang-nova-kids-closeinteractive teaching style has been effective at getting all the students involved, said camp director Dinny Li. “I am a bit surprised at how well kids respond to abstract go concepts taught by Ms. Yang,’ Li said. A leader at the Hope Chinese School and an advocate of go, Ms. Li thinks summer camp is a great place for kids to learn go.

Yang cofounded a go school in Shenyang, China over a decade ago. She has taught all levels, and will host a simul this Wednesday, July 26, 8p at the National Go Center in DC. She will also visit the NOVA Go Club next Monday, July 31, 7p in Arlington, VA and will be at the upcoming US Go Congress — August 5-12 — in San Diego.

The Hope Chinese School will continue offer afternoon go classes at the school’s summer camp August 14-25, where other Chinese arts will be offered, including fine art, music, kungfu. Contact 703-371-3414hcscamp.va@gmail.com

- reported by Edward Zhang

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Xu Zao 7d tops Bay Area summer tourney

Wednesday July 19, 2017

The Bay Area Go Players tournament in San Francisco July 8 attracted a record 46 players ranging from 20k to 7d. In the 1d-7d band Xu Zao 7d2017.07.19_bay-area-tourney took first place while Matthew Cheng 5d was second.
Other results:
4k-1k: 1st Xiaofei Long 2k, 2nd Yunyen Lee 2k
8k-5k: 1st Shanthanu Bhardwaj 5k, 2nd Hyun Yong Jin 5k
20k-9k: Tie for 1st between Casey Dahlin 10k and Steven Whitney 15k

photo: An Weiqi 4d (left) is matched against Matthew Cheng 5d (right); report by Steve Burrall; photos by Jay Chan
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Eric Lui 1P Sweeps Summer Sizzler

Monday July 17, 2017

“When we renamed this annual event from Congress Tune-up to Summer Sizzler, we weren’t thinking it would be quite so literal,” reports TD 2017.07.17_summer-sizzler1Gurujeet Khalsa. “However, with one of the two roof AC units going out just previous to the tournament and DC temperatures approaching 100 degrees, not all of the heat was over the Go board. Still, with fans and plenty of bottled water on ice, an enthusiastic crowd of 47 players had a great time and many stayed for the DC premiere of The Surrounding Game in the evening.” Players made the trip from as far as North Carolina and Michigan for the event.

photo (right): watching the live stream of Board 1; photo by Nate Eagle.

2017.07.17_summer-sizzler2Eric Lui 1P, the local AGA pro, continued his unbeaten streak in events at the National Go Center taking overall first place at 4-0. Justin Teng 6D took second place in the top section with a 3-1 record. Other winners were: Gu Zhenying 5D (2-2), Qingbo Zhang 5D (2-2), Yanqing Sun 3D (3-1), Joel Cahalan 2D (3-1), Ryan Hunter 1D (3-1), Nate Eagle 1K (3-1), Adam Bridges 3K (3-1), Austin Robinson 4K (4-0), Tevis Tsai 7K (4-0), Joon Lee 9K (3-1), James Liu 10K (4-0), Deirdre Golash 11K (3-1), and Erik Fagerstrom 27K (3-1).

photo (left): Enjoying The Surrounding Game on Saturday evening; photo by Nate Eagle.

Special thanks to Nathan Epstein who live streamed the games on the top board from the National Go Center’s Facebook page.

 

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Cho, Coplon and Cornett tie to top Skip Ascheim Memorial Go Tournament

Friday July 14, 2017

What do a 5-dan, a 5-kyu and a 12-kyu have in common? They all tied for first at the recent Skip Ascheim Memorial Go Tournament in Boston.2017.07.14_Benjamin_Coplon_David_Cho_Howard_Cornett_all_4-0 David Cho 5D, Benjamin Coplon 5k and Howard Cornett 12k were all 4-0 at the July 9 tournament, organized as usual by the Massachusetts Go Association. “Charles Chapple, the English Teacher from Franklin High School in Franklin NH, who had come with five students to the MGA’s Spring Tournament, was back with student Miriam Fallahi, despite it being summer vacation,” reports TD Eva Casey.
photo (l-r): Coplon, Cho and Cornett. Click here for more photos.

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New York City, 1977: black and white in the dark

Thursday July 13, 2017

by Terry Benson2017.07.13_nyc-blackout

Forty years ago today, I was staring down intently at my go board on the second floor of the Zen Oriental Book Store in midtown Manhattan when all the lights snapped off. “The breaker blew,” said a player, intent on his own game.  I looked up from my game, over the board, past my opponent and out the windowed front onto a completely darkened West 57th street. It was the 1977 New York blackout.

Of course, being go players, we kept playing.   Our wonderful waitress/hostess Kazuko calmly brought out candles. The tea was still warm. There were little Japanese cakes and games to play.

Eventually, though, we all headed out into the city. Riding my bike past the rioting and looting on Broadway was surreal, like simultaneously watching and being in a movie. We all made it home safely that night and to this day we remember holding off the world’s chaos  – for a little while anyway – with go.

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Nat’l Go Center hosts Summer Sizzler tourney and “Surrounding Game” this weekend

Tuesday July 11, 2017

The temperature is definitely sizzling in DC. Unless you are enjoying the area beaches, the place to be on July 15 to get out of the heat is at the 2017.07.01_surrounding-game-evanstonSummer Sizzler tournament at the National Go Center. This is a 4-round AGA-rated tournament with prizes for all divisions. Doors open at 8:30 with first round at 9:00 AM. The at-the-door fee is $20/adult and $15/youth, but you can save 20% by pre-registering now online. Pre-register here.

The NGC is hosting the DC Premiere of “The Surrounding Game” at 7:30 PM on July 15, with a second showing at 1 PM on July 16. If you come to the Summer Sizzler tourney on the 15th, there will be time to get dinner at one of the many area restaurants and get back for the showing. and the Center will be open after for those who want to play some more go. No spoilers, but some local luminaries appear in the film as well.

Register for the Saturday night premiere here, or the Sunday afternoon showing here.

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AGA Board election: Important notice for Chapters

Sunday July 9, 2017

All current chapters should have received your chapter vote count via the agachapters list, reports Arnold Eudel. There are many chapters with recently expired chapter memberships that may not have been included. “Please check your chapter status and individual memberships and vote count,” Eudel urges. “Elections are running late so please do so ASAP and inform elections@usgo.org when completed.”
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Slate & Shell to cease distribution of print books; will continue to release e-books

Monday July 3, 2017

Longtime go publisher Slate & Shell has announced that it is ceasing distribution of print books. 2017.07.03_S&S-logo“Our books will continue to be available in either print, through Amazon, or as e-books, through SmartGo,” said publishers Bill Cobb and Laurie Crammond. “There will continue to be new SmartGo e-books, and we will also do on-demand print books that can be ordered from Amazon—including a number of currently out of print books,” Cobb tells the E-Journal. “The next (new e-book) will be Yuan Zhou’s analysis of the AlphaGo-Ke Jie match.” The effective date for ending distribution is August 1. Until then, all of Slate & Shell’s books are marked down at least 50%, “most more, some much more,” added Cobb and Crammond. Orders must be received by August 1. “Please note that if you order several books, it would be wise to request priority shipping as the books have a greater chance of arriving in good condition,” S&S said in their announcement.

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“Surrounding Game” screening updates

Sunday July 2, 2017

The Evanston Go Club has arranged their very own screening of The Surrounding Game. “It was so easy to set up!” said club president Mark 2017.07.01_surrounding-game-evanstonRubenstein. “I just followed the instructions under the film’s Host A Screening section, and the theater accepted our request. The only requirement is that we have to sell at least 73 tickets by July 5, or the screening will be canceled, in which case all tickets will be refunded.” At presstime 59 tickets still need to be sold; click here for tickets. The movie will be shown Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Century 12 Theatre, 1715 Maple Ave. Evanston, IL 60201.

“This is Evanston’s main movie theatre, and it’s really nice; stadium seating, free parking, and they sell beer and wine that you can bring into the theatre if you want to,” says Rubenstein. “Tell your friends and family about this unique event. It’s not just for go players; the film was made in order to reach a wider audience and introduce more people to the game. Remember, it won’t happen without your support, so reserve your tickets now!” said Rubenstein. “And for those of you who don’t live in the Chicagoland area and would like to promote the film, check out the website. It’s not often we have the opportunity to reach a mainstream audience like this, so let’s take advantage of it!” For any questions, please contact Mark Rubenstein at mark@evanstongoclub.org or 847-869-6020.

Update: The Surrounding Game will screen July 18 in Lehi, UT at Adobe from 12pm-1:30pm. The address is 3900 Adobe Way, Lehi, UT 84043. Contact: Devin Flake, dflake@adobe.com.

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