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“Surrounding Game” to premiere at Palm Springs docfest

Sunday March 19, 2017

The long-awaited premiere of the go documentary The Surrounding Game is less than a month away, reports 2017.03.14_surrounding-game-Poster_smalldirector/producer Will Lockhart. The world premiere of the film will take place at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, CA, on April 3

AmericanDoc_2016_Laurels“I’m so grateful to the many hundreds of players in the community who have supported this project over the years” Lockhart, who has overseen the project since its inception in 2012, tells the EJ.   “We’re very excited to finally show the finished product, and we encourage anyone in the Los Angeles area who’s free on April 3 to make the trip!” Click here for tickets to the screening.

If you can’t make it to Palm Springs, don’t worry – the film team assures us that many other screenings around the country are currently in the works, including showings at this year’s US Go Congress in San Diego and European Go Congress in Germany. Check here for more screenings to be announced.
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Redmond Cup Deadline Sunday

Friday March 17, 2017

Any last minute players who want to join the Redmond Cup,  registration is due March 19th. Preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2017 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids 12 and under, and the Senior league for 17 and under. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of  1 dan or higher.    For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here.

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Chicago High School Runs First Tourney

Friday March 17, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-17 at 4.40.14 PMDisney II Magnet High School, in Chicago, IL, held their first go tournament on Feb 7th, to celebrate the Spring Festival, or Lunar New Year of 2017. More than 30 students from 7th to 12th grade registered for the 4-week single-elimination tournament. The final four winners were Calvin Huang, Edgar Venegas, Isaac Smith and Alejandro Hernandez, from 9th and 11th grade.

“We bring different cultural activities into our world language classrooms,” reports Ming Laoshi, Chinese teacher and tournament organizer at the school. “I chose this game from Go and Math Academy in 2015, and then my students fell in love with it. Nowadays, I even use go as the classroom activity when I need a substitute teacher.”

“Go can be used to support goals in the Chinese curriculum,” adds Xinming Simon Guo, of Go and Math Academy, “particularly to enhance understanding of Chinese culture and to reinforce learning language skills (numbers, colors, shapes, positions and locations, timing, etc). Research shows that nonlinguistic representation can have a powerful effect on students’ vocabulary development. Go has numerous vocabularies that can be visually represented on the board and playing go can be aligned with the five major language learning standards — Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.”

“Organizing a tournament in the school setting turned out to be really easy,” reports Laoshi, “it started with a small budget. After setting up, all I needed to do was email students a pairing notice every week and enter the results in a Google spreadsheet.” The school plans to organize another  tournament next year, when every student can have an opportunity to play in every round. -Paul Barchilon EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Xinming Guo:Disney II tournament winners and Chinese language teacher Ming.

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Zhao and Frias Top 2017 North American Kyu Championships

Tuesday March 14, 2017

Patrick Zhao 1k and Josiah Frias 1k topped the 2017 North American Kyu Championships held on KGS on February 4th in the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) divisions respectively. Mateo Nava 11k from Mexico also earned the Fighting Spirit Award with his stellar performance.

42 young kyu players participated in the 4th edition of this tournament across five divisions, with the top Junior and Senior player in each division winning trophies engraved with their names. In addition, all players who completed the tournament earned an AGF scholarship to either the AGA Go Camp or the US Go Congress. For full tournament results, click here.

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National Go Center heading for April 29-30 opening

Sunday March 12, 2017

With work on the new National Go Center in northwest Washington DC “coming along nicely,” the Center is on track for its2017.03.13_NGC-collage grand opening the weekend of April 29-30, reports Center executive director Gurujeet Khalsa. “Area go clubs and volunteers have come together with sponsorship from the Iwamoto North America Foundation to make the new Center a reality,” Khalsa (right) told the E-Journal during a tour of the Center on Sunday, March 12. The photo at left shows the main playing space as demolition work concluded just over a week ago; in the photo at right, from March 12, finishing work has progressed rapidly.

Plans for the grand opening include a 4-round AGA-rated tournament, a children’s 12-and-under friendship match over Skype with children from Mexico City, and a performance by composer Haskell Small of composition “A Game of Go,” setting a classic Shusaku game to two pianos and a video.

More events are planned for the NGC’s grand opening but with just over six weeks to go, Khalsa says “volunteers of every stripe are urgently needed,” including carpenters to help build shelving, and anyone willing to donate tables, chairs, go books and equipment. Contact him at gurujeet.khalsa@nationalgocenter.org.

photos by Gurujeet Khalsa (left) and Chris Garlock (right)

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Mexico City Bests Portland

Friday March 10, 2017

16998114_1440257079341097_2454253918191914373_n14 children from Mexico City and Portland, OR. played a two round match on Saturday, February 25, on KGS.  Mexico City won the match 8-4. “Our players are from two elementary schools in Mexico City,  Escuela de Arte Pipiolo and Colegio Serapio Rendón,” says team leader Siddhartha Avila.  Diego, 5 kyu, Bruno, 10 kyu, and Javier, 18 kyu all won both their games. Oliver, 23 kyu, won two games for Portland.  Portland and Mexico City have been playing one or more matches a year for the past several years. - Peter Freedman, Portland organizer.  Photos by Siddhartha Avila and Peter Freedman: The teams meet via Skype to set up the match.

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Go tourney blooms again in Santa Fe

Thursday March 9, 2017

On March 4th, the Santa Fe Go Club held its first AGA-rated tournament in several years. A mixed crowd and some interested 2017.03.09_santa-fe-IMG_5295watchers attended the Spring Go Tournament with 14 players from Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Albuquerque, NM.

As an experiment for the Santa Fe Go Club, the first round was paired as usual, followed by as many self-paired games that could be fitted in. The tournament was held at a private home with outdoor areas that were much enjoyed for game reviews in the beautiful, early spring weather.

Billy Maier won first place with Mario Espinoza a close second and Jonathan Zingale coming in third. Prizes were awarded to everyone. Robert Cordingley as the tournament director, ran the GoClubsOnLine software (goclubs.org) to pair, record games and determine winners. Many thanks go to Steve Uhl and Lew Geer for donating prizes and our additional sponsor and host Nancy Dahl.
- report/photo by Lewis Geer
Note, this post has been updated; the tournament was held March 4th, not May 4th.

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School Teams Tourney Registration Opens

Friday March 3, 2017

saibook-53-sThe American Go Honor Society has announced the 2017 School Team Tournament (STT) will be held April 15 and April 22.   Modeled on the team play in Hikaru no Go schools send three representatives to compete against other schools. Any non-go institution (school, Chinese school, other organization) is eligible to compete. There are no limits on the number of teams per institution.  All matches will be played online, and schools from Canada, the US, and Mexico are all invited.  The American Go Foundation is again offering full scholarships (tuition + room/board) to the AGA Summer  Go Camp.  All three members of  the top dan and top kyu team will win the scholarships. Prizes will also be awarded in the other divisions, including both cash and trophies. Due to a series of miscommunications, some prizes from last year were never delivered reports former AGHS President Yunxuan Li. “We would like to sincerely apologize for the mix up. The new treasurer of the AGHS will be sending last year’s prizes to the captains of each team soon. We know it seems a bit late at this point, but we would still like to keep our word about the prizes and make them up for everybody.”

This year’s tournament will be held on April 15 and April 22. To register, fill out the form here.  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Image: Haze Middle School Go Team, from Hikaru no Go © 1998 by Yumi Hotta, Takeshi Obata/Shueisa Inc.

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Mark Lee wins 4th annual SoCal tournament

Thursday March 2, 2017

Mark Lee won the SoCal Go Tournament held last weekend in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Jay Zheng (showing off a special 2017.03.03_so-cal-tourney“Thank you” trophy at right) and his Dadao Culture Association, the fourth annual tournament took place at Korea Daily Newspaper building and attracted a field of 68.

Tournament results
Open section: 1st Mark Lee; 2nd Yuefeng Zhou; 3rd Xiaocheng Hu; 4th Danny Ko
Dan section 1: Seth Cardew 2. Yifan Zhang 3. Shangze Bi 4. Tyler Oyakawa; tie at 6th Yuelun Yang and Daniel Alvira
Strong kyu Section 1: Yike Deng 2. David Baran 3. Paul Margetts;
Mid kyu Section 1: Jungho Lee 2. Shawn Lee 3. Elias Klingbeil;
Low kyu Section 1: Nathan Han 2. Jiuhao LAN 3. Zongren Huang
Tournament Director Kevin Chao
- reported by Kevin Chao

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Redmond Cup Registration Opens

Monday February 27, 2017

IMG_20160731_154429The 24th annual Redmond Cup will begin in April, and registration is due by March 19th. Preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2017 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids 12 and under, and the Senior league for 17 and under. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of  1 dan or higher.    The Junior league has been expanded to include 12 year olds, and both leagues now require a dan rating (kyu players can compete in the North American Kyu Championships instead). Skype will again be required this year.  Players who complete the tournament will be eligible for $400 scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or $200 scholarships to the US Go Congress, on a first come first served basis, courtesy of the AGF. Competitors from Mexico are also invited to the event. The participants must be members of the American Go Association or the Canadian Go Association and either residents of the U.S., Canada or Mexico, or citizens of the United States living anywhere in the world, provided that they are also members of the AGA.  For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here. -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo:  Ary Cheng 4d (r) competes against Luoyi Yang 4d (l)  in the Junior Division finals for the Redmond, at the 2016 US Go Congress in Boston.

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