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AGA City League Starts this Saturday on IGS

Monday November 17, 2014

Watch your local team play this Sunday in the AGA City League. Games start at 3PM EST Sunday. Make sure to check out the latest GoPanda2 client as well; it has been updated recently and has new features.

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Updates: Learn How to Run a Tournament; Cotsen’s New Facebook Page; Using Go to Study Culture; EJ Copy Editor Wanted

Monday November 17, 2014

Learn How to Run a Tournament: Steve Colburn is well-known as a key member of the E-Journal’s Congress team and as the AGA’s 2014.11.16_aga-videossysadmin extraordinaire, but he’s also the chapter head of the Empty Sky Go Club in Rochester, NY. Colburn has now released a few videos on how to administer an AGA chapter, including how to run a tournament with OpenGotha, and how to update a chapter’s details with the AGA Membership Manager. Click here for his videos. Questions about how to update your information, sign up, or use the AGA website? Send them to operations@usgo.org and we’ll make more tutorial videos with your questions.

Cotsen’s New Facebook Page: The Cotsen Open has a new Facebook page. “Like” it and you’ll be the first to hear announcements when the 2015 Cotsen is scheduled as well as updates throughout the year.

Using Go to Study Culture: Bret Beheim, a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Anthropology Department at the University of New Mexico 2014.11.16_Bret Beheim-lectureproposes go as “a model system in the study of cultural evolution” in “Strategic Social Learning and Evolutionary Arms Races in the Game of Go,” a Nov. 20, 2012 presentation of a paper he co-authored with Calvin Thigpen and Richard McElreath. The paper, drawing from “a large archive of Go games spanning the last six decades of professional play,” finds “evidence that changes in the frequencies of particular cultural variants are driven by social learning mechanisms such as frequency-dependence and success bias.”

EJ Copy Editor Wanted: With an increasing number of go news reports from around the world, the E-Journal has an opening for a volunteer copy editor. If interested, email journal@usgo.org

 

 

 

 

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Updates: November 26 Deadline for Australian Go Congress Early Bird Rate; Strong Player Boosts Evanston Go Club; Kiseido Releases Vol.3 of Road Map to Shodan; Kaz’ Special Offer

Sunday November 16, 2014

November 26 Deadline for Australian Go Congress Early Bird Rate: There’s limited space for international competitors at the first-ever Australian Go Congress, set for January 25-31, 2015 in Sydney (First Australian Go Congress set for 2015 in Sydney  7/13/2014 EJ). 2014.11.16_EvanstonThere’s an early bird rate for those who book and pay prior to November 26.

Strong Player Boosts Evanston Go Club: After many months of low attendance, things are picking up at the Evanston Go Club, reports organizer Mark Rubenstein. “We are fortunate to have attracted Bill Lin 7 dan to the club recently, and his presence has been a boost to attendance and interest. If you live in the area and have not been to the club in a while, now is a very good time to learn from the best!” photo courtesy Mark Rubenstein

2014.11.13_basics-life-deathKiseido Releases Vol.3 of Road Map to Shodan: Kiseido has just released The Road Map to Shodan, Volume Three; The Basics of Life and Death by Rob van Zeijst and Richard Bozulich. The third volume of The Road Map to Shodan is a thorough introduction to the topic of life and death. It can be read by players who have just learned the rules, but it is also useful for players up to 1-dan or for any amateur player who needs to review the basics of life and death. Kiseido is also having a special 40% off clearance sale of Hyuga kaya table go boards.

Kaz’ Special Offer: “Buy 10, get 1 free plus more stuff”: Longtime EJ contributor Kazunari Furuyama is running a special teaching offer through December 23 for his Offline Lessons. Prepay for 10 lessons and you’ll get an 11th lesson free, plus you will receive 30 problems per lesson, as opposed to 25 when paying on a lesson-by-lesson basis. You’ll also receive five extra mini-lessons on countering various openings and he will give you another five extra mini-lessons on various themes of your choice.

 

 

 

 

UMBC Fall Tourney Returns This Sunday

Tuesday November 11, 2014

After a several-year hiatus the UMBC Fall tournament returns this Sunday, sponsored by the University of Maryland Baltimore County Go Club. Registration starts at 10 AM on Sunday 11/16. There will be three rounds in sections of eight players. Free pizza and cash prizes. The tournament will be in the Skylight room at the top of the Commons building on the UMBC campus, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville,MD. Free to UMBC students and faculty. Pre-register with Tournament Director, Gurujeet Khalsa, by email at gurujeet@live.com or RSVP on the Meetup event or call 703-626-0777.

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Washington Post Plugs Go

Friday November 7, 2014

gameofgo1The Washington Post included an article on go on November 4th, reporting on a tourney held in Arlington, VA. “Frederick Bao studies the yellow board that sits on the table between him and Sarah Crites,” wrote Jennifer Huget in her article. “Clasping a white ‘stone’ between the pad of his middle finger and the nail of his index finger, he makes his move, tapping the stone onto the board. Then he quickly slaps the palm of his hand on one end of a clock that also sits on the table.” The full article is here. NOVA Go Club member Gary Smith notes “while Sarah Crites, 13k and Frederick Bao,1d did not meet in the tournament, the photo in the Post was of a practice game during registration.” -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo and quotes courtesy of The Washington Post.

Pie in the Empty Sky

Friday November 7, 2014

The Empty Sky Go Club got in just under the wire on the AGA’s free pizza offer with a party on October 30th. “Thanks to the AGA for this 2014.11.06_empty-sky-pizzaawesome offer for October!” says Steve Colburn of the Rochester, NY club. 

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Weiqi Wows in Chicago Public School Cultural Event

Thursday November 6, 2014

Students, parents and educators from across Chicago gathered on November 1 to celebrate the Chicago Public Schools Seal of Bi-literacy 2014.11.06_Chicago-Biliteracyprogram, designed to help students to learn and understand more than one language, culture and art. Volunteers from the local community, the Go and Math Academy and the Confucius Institute in Chicago participated to promote Chinese language and arts. Visitors, especially young kids, were attracted by go, known as weiqi in China. “Some kids stayed at our booth and played weiqi for more than an hour,” reports Xinming “Simon” Guo. “They even called their friends over to learn the game together. Photographers and news video camera crew also circled around our booth and the weiqi board. The event organizer told us that our booth, with the weiqi game introduction and Chinese characters Tattoos activity, was the most popular one among all exhibitors.” photos courtesy Simon Guo; click here for more photos.

Young Lions Nov. 22-23

Monday November 3, 2014

lionThe Young Lions Tournament, hosted by the American Go Honor Society (AGHS), will take place on November 22 and 23 in the AGHS Tournaments Room on KGS. The first round will begin at 1 pm EST, and the second round at 4 pm EST. The second day will follow the same schedule. “This tournament is one of the biggest youth go events in America,” says AGHS Promotion Head Amy Su, “young go players will fight tooth and claw to emerge on top, will you be the one to lead the pride this year?” Anyone 18 or under may participate, and there will be prizes for the winners in multiple categories.  Visit the official Young Lions website for more information, to register fill out this form. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

Kwon Kapyong 8P, Lee Sedol’s Teacher, Visits Feng Yun Go School

Sunday November 2, 2014

Students at the Feng Yun Go School got a special treat last month when Kwon Kapyong 8P paid a visit. “Among other accomplishments, Mr. 2014.011.02_Kwon-Kapyong-visitKwon was Lee Sedol’s teacher,” reports Paul Matthews on the school’s website. “In fact, almost 20% of all Korean professional players were taught in his school.” Matthews reports 32014.011.02_Kwon-Kapyong-visit2that Feng Yun 9P “had a long talk with Mr. Kwon, and offered to help in his efforts to promote go in the United States.” They also discussed differences between teaching young students in Korea and in the United States. Parents in east Asian countries are willing to support their child in putting a lot of time into go study because there are more professional career opportunities there, American parents want to use go as an educational tool to train critical and logical thinking, problem solving, concentration, and good learning habits. The October 3 visit included a friendship match between six of Mr. Kwon’s students and the Parsippany students. Accompanying Mr. Kwon were Kim Young Ran, CEO of the Kwonkapyong International Baduk Academy, Joseph Sung, translator, and Kim Dae Yol, a very strong amateur player and go club entrepreneur in New Jersey.
photo: Kwon Kapyong 8p, Feng Yun 9p, and Joseph Shun are standing; Kim Dae Yol and one of Mr. Kwon’s stronger students are seated in the foreground.Click here to see more photos by Paul Matthews

AGA Pizza Offer Brings Out Players in Long Island

Sunday November 2, 2014

The Long Island Go Club on October 12 hosted a pizza party (more photos on our Facebook page) thanks to the AGA’s special October free pizza 2014.10.12 LIGC pizza party3AGA Chapter Offer. AGA chapters in San Diego and the Twin Cities also hosted AGA pizza parties.

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