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Spaces Available in In-seong Hwang’s American Yunguseng Dojang

Monday April 6, 2015

In-seong Hwang 8D’s American Yunguseng Dojang still has spaces available for students for the online go school’s next session, which starts2015.04.05_In-seong Hwang 8D April 20. Last session there were 40 participants in six leagues, ranging from 12 kyu to 4 dan. A well-known top player in Europe, In-seong Hwang 8D will teach at this year’s U.S Congress. “His enthusiasm is infectious,” says one student, “his energy and his dedication show why he is such a strong go player.” Click here for In-seong Hwang ‘s recent post in Life in 19×19.

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Chapter News: Western MA

Monday April 6, 2015

Eric Osman sent in this snapshot from a recent meeting of the Western Massachusetts Go Club. The club meets Thursdays at 7:00 pm at Rao’’s 2015.04.06_Western-MA-clubCoffeehouse in Amherst, MA. “All ages are welcome!” says Osman.

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Snowy Day, Hot Games at Boston Spring Open

Sunday April 5, 2015

Players at the March 28 Boston Spring Open were greeted by a beautiful spring day: bright sun, birds chirping, warm breezes… wait, is that 2015.04.05_Boston-game-snowsnow I see outside? So, players at the Boston Spring Open braved another harsh Boston spring to compete at the Microsoft NERD center overlooking a frozen Charles River. However, the atmosphere inside heated up quickly, as participants battled through four rounds to top their division.

The Boston Open is the first in a new series of tournaments that introduces a new format: players are split into divisions about five ranks wide and play all even games, except for the 6k – 15k range who play with handicap. This led to many competitive games and a few upsets, although this time the highest ranked players won their divisions. Full results are below.

Special thanks to Andrew Hall, who willed the tournament into existence, and Chun Sun, who arranged for space at the NERD center and dealt with much of the logistics. Also, thanks to Kate Baxter for helping to pick up coffee and donuts, as well as Neil Ritter for generously making his boards, stones, and clocks available for general use.
- Walther Chen; photos by Chun Sun 5d and Chanho Park; click here for the complete album.  

2015.04.05_Boston-vertical-tableWinner Report: 47 people participated in the tournament, divided into four divisions, with cash prizes for the top three places in each.

Division 1: 4d and up, even games, 10 players2015.04.05_Justin Ching
1st place: Justin Ching 6d (4-0; photo at right), $160
2nd place: David Cho 5d (3-1), $120
3rd place: Ruoshi Sun 4d (3-1), $80

Division 2: 2k to 3d, even games, 8 players
1st place: Xiaocheng Hu 3d (4-0), $100
2nd place: Brian Lee 2d (3-1), $80
3rd place: Greg Pongraz 2k (3-1), $60

Division 3: 5k to 3k, even games, 14 players
1st place: Mike Sherman 4k (4-0), $60
2nd place: Titi Alailima 5k (3-1), $50
3rd place: Laurent Xu 5k (3-1), $40

Division 4: 15k to 6k, handicap games, 15 players
Tie, 1st place: Chi-Hse Teng 6k (4-0), $45
Tie, 1st place: Andy Wei 15k (4-0), $45
3rd place: Steve Berthiaume 10k (3-1), $30

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Josh Lee Tops NOVA Cherry Blossom 15

Sunday April 5, 2015

Josh Lee 5D topped the March 28 NOVA Cherry Blossom 15 tournament, held at the George Mason University Law School in Arlington VA. Twenty five players participated.The winners were:

First place:  Josh Lee, 5D, 4-0; Quinn Baranoski, 2K, 4-0; Neel Brown, 6K, 3-1; Tonhy Blagrove, 10K, 3-1; and Deirdre Golash, 11K, 2-2
Second place: Keith Arnold, 4D, 2-1; Frederick Bao, 1D, 3-1; Gurujeet Khalsa, 6K, 2-2; Louise Ingram, 9K, 3-0; and Sarah Crites, 13K, tied with Antonia Perez-Lopez, 21K, 2-2.
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Go Camp Registration Opens

Thursday April 2, 2015

Go Camp 2014 (122)Registration for the 2015 AGA Go Camp is now open.  The Go Camp will be held from July 18th to July 25th at YMCA Camp Kern in Oregonia, OH, about half an hour from Cincinnati. Camp directors Amanda Miller and Nano Rivera invite campers of all skill levels, between the ages of 8 and 18 to join them for a week of go-playing and fun. Youth who played in the NAKC or the Redmond Cup are eligible for a $400 scholarship, and need-based scholarships of up to $250 are also available. For more information on the latest camp-related news, and to download the registration forms, please visit the camp website. Any questions can be e-mailed to Amanda Miller at agagocampeast@gmail.com.
- Story and photo by Amanda Miller: Yilun Yang 7P plays a simul at last year’s camp.

Pelrine Tops Denver Tourney

Monday March 30, 2015

05-DSC01681Kellin Pelrine 6d took top honors at the Colorado All-State Go tournament, held March 21st, in Denver.  “The inaugural tournament conducted by the Littleton Go Club was a huge success,” said TD Stuart Horowitz. “Thirty players participated in the event, which was sponsored by the Confucius Institute, who graciously provided a lovely venue along with a catered Chinese lunch.” Winner’s report: Dan Section: 1st place Kellin Pelrine (4-0); 2nd place Eric Wainwright (3-1); Upper Kyu Section: 1st place Stanisslav Irisov (4-0); 2nd place tie Kent Evenson (3-1), Christopher Annanie (3-1); Mid/Lower Kyu Section: 1st place Tae Kim (3-0); 2nd place tie Rich Newman (3-1), Akron Amanov (3-1). All winners received go books. -Paul Barchilon. Photo by Laurie Linz.

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Nihon Ki-in Summer Camp Offers Discount & Special Programs

Saturday March 28, 2015

Students under the age of 25 who register for the Nihon Ki-in Summer Go Camp before May 31 will get 10% off the program fee. The intensive2015.03.28_NHK-camp-group training program for non-Japanese go players who want to raise their level and improve their go skills will receive “excellent lectures and workshops every day by highly-selected and richly-experienced professionals of the Nihon Ki-in.” The camp runs August 21 through September 3 at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo. In includes a special training program on August 27 at ‘Sugi no yado’ where the legendary Fujisawa Shuko hosted his famous ‘Shuko training camp’ each year with promising young professionals.

Kids Win Big in Portland

Friday March 27, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 12.38.42 PMTwenty-seven children, ranging from  preschool to 4th grade, played in a chess and go tournament at Taborspace in Portland, OR, on Sunday, March 15th, reports Peter Freedman. “This winds up the tournament season for players from the three schools where Fritz Balwit and I  teach afterschool chess and go clubs. Kahlial Lofquist is pictured holding  the school  Mind Sports Championship  trophy, awarded  to  the  school  with  the  highest  win/loss  percentage  for  chess  and  go  combined, which went to Irvington Elementary.” Go winners: 1st:  Tommy  Boyd, 4-0, Beverly Cleary; 2nd: Kahlial Lofquist  3 1/2 -0 (one bye), Irvington; 3rd: Olin Waxler, 3-1,  Beverly  Cleary. Also finishing  at 3-1, but  playing  weaker  opponents: Emmet Mayer and Mason Bonner. Chess winners: 1st: Leo Frankunas, Irvington; 2nd: Dylan Nakaji, Richmond; 3rd: Edwin  Chen, Ainsworth . Mind Sports records: First: Irvington, 24-20; 2nd: Beverly  Cleary, 13-12; 3rd: Richmond, 9-9. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Peter Freedman.

 

Burrall Hands Off Tournaments Post To Shen

Thursday March 26, 2015

Karoline Burrall (right) has exchanged her role as AGA Tournament Coordinator for work as a Congress correspondent for the AGA E-Journal. “We 2015.03.23_Karoline-Burrall-Liowe Karoline a huge debt for the tireless work she put in and the extremely professional and skilled job she did in the tournament coordinator position,” said AGA President Andy Okun. 2015.03.25_cherry-shen“We couldn’t have gotten by without her tremendous effort.” Longtime Southern California player Cherry Shen (left) has taken on the Tournament Coordinator title and the bulk of the job, including managing foreign representative selection. Like Burrall, Shen comes from a family of go players including father Gary Shen, a frequent Congress volunteer and So Cal regular. “Cherry has long shown willingness to help out in many go events and I’m grateful to her for volunteering again,” said Okun. Among other things, Shen won an AGF college scholarship in 2010, represented the US at the World Mind Games in Lille, volunteered for the American Collegiate Go Association, taught go in an elementary school and served as translator for “The Surrounding Game” team. She lives and works in New York, where her day job is in finance, Okun said.

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Workbooks Popular in Seattle School Go Clubs

Wednesday March 25, 2015

WorkbooksAfter-school go club teachers in Seattle have often used handouts with go problems, but this year they have started giving each student their own workbook with their name on it.  The results were surprising: the beginners really liked the books, sometimes more than playing.  One student told me he was going to sign up for the spring session just so that he could finish his workbook!  The go clubs are in local elementary schools, and most of the students are in grades 1-3.  The Center is mostly using English translations of the “Level Up” books by Lee Jae-Hwan, with some of the “Speed Baduk” workbooks by Kim Sung-Rae as well.

The workbooks have been an education for the teachers as well.  The books use a lot of repetition, and progress much more slowly than the typical introductory class at the Seattle Go Center.  “Level Up” doesn’t introduce the concept of “two eyes” until the end of the 2nd volume.  Apparently, the students like the repetition, as it makes the problems seem easy.  But over time, they get a thorough grounding in the fundamentals.  The “Level Up” series has 10 volumes; the “Jump Level Up” series follows that.

Finding the beginning volumes of either series in the U.S. can be hard, but the “Level Up” books can be ordered directly from Korea.  They are shipped by international surface mail, so it takes a while for them to arrive.  One order took about 2 weeks, another order, about 8 weeks.  To order books, contact Baduktopia at info@baduktopia.co.kr.  More information on Baduktopia can be found on FacebookPhoto/Report by Brian Allen