Monday December 19, 2016
European Go Congress 2017: The 2017 European Go Congress has been moved from Turkey to Sochi, Russia (Sochi). More details here.
Australian Go Congress: The Australian Go Association, Sydney Go Club and Sydney University Go Club have announced that the 2017 Australian Go Congress – the third such Congress — will be held at Sydney University between September 28th and October 1st 2017. Further details will be released in the coming year.
Canadian Open 2017: After two years in eastern Canada, the Canadian Open is tentatively scheduled for Vancouver on the July 1st to 3rd weekend. Once the venue is confirmed the Canadian Go Association will post more details.
Osaka Go Camp/Japan Go Congress: The Kansai Kiin will host the 5th annual Osaka Go Camp June 25th to July 13th, 2017. The second Japan Go Congress will be held from July 14th to 17th. Registration is now open; click here for details on both. This year more than 80 participated in the camp and 300 attended the congress.
US Go Congress: And while we’re at it, just a reminder that the US Go Congress will be held August 5-8 in San Diego, California. Read the latest news here.
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Saturday December 17, 2016
Sixteen players took part in the annual NOVA Slate&Shell Open last Saturday, December 10. Josh Lee 6d was the overall winner with a 3-1 score. Other first place winners in their divisions were: Joel Cahalan 1d, Patrick Sun 5k, Anderson Barreal 8k, Robert Cole 12k, and David Palmer 16k. Second place finishers were Gary Smith 9k, Tony Blagrove 11k, Betsy Small
13k and Tonya Perez-Lopez 20k. Prize winners are shown here with books donated by Slate & Shell.
- report/photo by Gurujeet Khalsa, tournament director.
Tuesday December 13, 2016
On December 4, the San Diego Go Club kicked off its organizational campaign to host the 2017 U.S. Go Congress next August 5-12, by sponsoring a go-pizza party for local Congress volunteers at the club president’s home. Some two dozen people showed up to play go, eat pizza and hear about jobs that need to be done over the next eight months. From moving more than 2,000 pounds of Congress equipment — including boards, stones, easels, etc — to the Congress site at the Town and Country Resort, to scheduling the lectures, game analyses and simultaneous exhibitions for the professional go players coming from Japan, China and Korea, many tasks have to be coordinated. Co-Directors for the Congress, Les Lanphear III and Ted Terpstra say they’re confident that the team of workers will be up to the challenges as many past Congress volunteers have already stepped up for 2017. “New volunteers are always welcome, especially for Check-in Day on Saturday, August 5,” says Terpstra. Anyone interested in helping at the 2017 Congress should email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2017 Congress web site is not quite ready, but should be shortly. “People will be able to register for the Congress, choose a dining package and book a room with a special negotiated price,” says Terpstra. The Town and Country Resort is a 46-acre enclave in the heart of the San Diego tourist area. The zoo, museums in Balboa Park, the airport, Seaworld, the beaches and downtown are all within a 10-minute drive. All Congress events and meals are a short walk from the rooms. “No streets need to be crossed in going from the rooms to the playing area,” Terpstra promises.
- photos by Ted Terpstra; Congress logo by Emily Shedlock
Monday December 12, 2016
The National Go Center in Washington DC last week launched it’s updated website. The site features a news feed, resources section, contact page and links to the forum. The Center also has a Facebook page and Twitter account. “Please like/follow us!” urges Nate Eagle. “If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or critiques related to any of our nascent efforts for the NGC’s internet face, please head over to the forum and let us know.”
Monday December 12, 2016
“There is no losing in go,” says Ben Lockhart in the December edition of Games World of Puzzles magazine, now on newsstands. Lockhart represents go in “Perspectives on Play in 2016,” in which Games “polled everyone from top-flight game players to serious scholars who ponder the role of play in our lives to bring you their perspective on the state of games and play in 2016.” The proverb, says Lockhart, “refers to the feeling that you play your best and any mistakes you made you now have the privilege of being able to think about and correct, thus improving.” Lockhart also surveys the current state of competitive go, including this year’s stunning win by AlphaGo over Lee Sedol.
Sunday December 11, 2016
Tia-an Cha 4k (right) bested Willard Haynes 1k to win the Davis/Sacramento Go Club Winter Quarterly tournament on November 19th at the Arcade library in Sacramento. “The field was small, only six players, but the games were good,” Haynes reports. Tai-An Cha and Haynes both had 3-1 records and Tia-an Cha won on tie breaks.
Sunday December 11, 2016
The second South Central Go Tournament, February 18 and 19, 2017 in Dallas, is now open for on-line registration here. In the 2016 tournament (right) 46 players from five states registered with strengths ranging all the way from 7d to 2d (Open Section) and 1k to 20k (Handicap Section). “It was enjoyed by all,” says Robert Gilman. For more information about the tournament visit South Central’s Facebook page or email email@example.com. “We are targeting players from the south central part of the US, but all are welcome,” says Gilman.
Wednesday December 7, 2016
Abel Perez, of Venezuela, took top honors in the Liga youth tourney, held on OGS. The event is an annual tournament league for players under the age of 18 from all over Latin America. Liga started this year in April and concluded in November; 7 rounds were played each month. There were 24 players from Venezuela, México, Chile and Ecuador. Some games were reviewed by Ignacio Iglesis, a 2 dan go streamer for the Spanish speaking community, on his youtube channel Estudiando Go con Ini. The final matches in round 7 were very competitive as 4 countries had at least one player at the top boards, the winners were: 1st place- Abel Pérez, Venezuela; 2nd place: Leonardo Valdovinos, México; 3rd place: Benjamín Mimiza, Chile; 4th place: Joaquín Proaño, Ecuador; 5th place: Lilian Zavala, México. See full results here.
“The dedication and motivation of the 3 chilean players that took part at the league inspired other kids to become more engaged with go, and it’s very likely that we will have 10 players for next years’ league,” says Sebastián Montiel, Chilean go teacher at Club de Go Aonken. “This was the first time that we organized a tournament as a league system for Latin American youth, and it was quite a great success.” Co- organizer Diego Albuja, Ecuadorian go teacher at Academia de Go, told the Journal: ” I’m delighted that the league tournament concluded so satisfyingly, it depended not only on the guidance of the go instructors, but also on the commitment and will to participate of the young players, this indicates to us as organizers that there is great potential for the youth go scene in Latin America. With this league tournament a very active player in Ecuador, Joaquín Proaño leaves the youth division as he turned 18, and we are glad to see he will continue his path at go as an amateur player.”
“All our players had a rich and fun experience making connections with opponents from the Latin American region,” says Siddhartha Avila, Mexican Go teacher at Dojo de Go
. “Leonardo Valdovinos played the game for the top place, even though it was intense and he came in 2nd, he learned a lot from it. Another highlight was Lilian Zavala, as there are few female players we are proud to see that she continues getting to the top places in local and regional tournaments. These kinds of online tournaments for youth are relatively new for the countries in our region, but play a key role for the development of go. Our event joins the efforts of other Latin American tournaments, like the recent 1st Pandanet Go Latin American Team Championship
which kicked off with 10 teams on November 20th, or the annual online tournament “Torneo Iberoamericano de Go por Internet” which was held for the 18th time this year, with a total of 92 registered players between almost all the countries affiliated with the Iberoamerican Go Federation
. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor, with Siddhartha Avila. Photo: Club members of Chile’s Club de Go Aonken, in the computer lab at Escuela Juan Williams.
Wednesday December 7, 2016
Every Friday night at around 7pm EST, Skatmaker invites some friends from the local go community to his apartment to stream on a real board to Twitch.tv. The recurring cast on stream includes Skatmaker (40k), Devin Fraze (1D), and Thomas Cummings (~15k).
As of November, Skatmaker has been a participant in a charity event known as Extra-Life, which aims to bring together people and their love of games in order to raise money to help children facing life-threatening illnesses. “With the proceeds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, these kids can get the medical care and attention they need at little to no cost to their families,” says Skatmaker.
Skatmaker and company have raised nearly $300 so far. The charity streams will continue throughout December, until Extra-Life 2016 ends.
Skatmaker’s Twitch channel ; Skatmaker’s Extra-Life page
photo from the Extra Life “Play Games. Heal Kids.” video