Thursday October 6, 2016
Hurricane Cancels Space Coast Tourney: The Space Coast Go Tournament scheduled for October 8 in Rockledge, FL is cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew. “We’ll try to reschedule,” says TD Bart Lipofsky. “We had 24 signed up including four 4 Dan players.”
Go Congress Water Bottle Mystery Solved: Thanks to the many EJ readers who wrote in to solve the mystery of the water bottle reading “My God! It’s full of water” at the 2010 Go Congress. “I assumed that it was a reference to a line in the film ’2010: The Year We Make Contact’ (since it was the 2010 Go Congress),” wrote Ken Crumpler. “I believe the line was ‘Oh my god. It’s full of stars!’ But since this was a water bottle rather than a monolith, the quote was changed from ‘stars’ to ‘water.’ I have not been to a Go Congress in awhile,” Crumpler continues, “but of the myriad of things I used to enjoy about Congresses was the clever ‘themes,’ such as the James Bond theme at the 2007 Congress.” Zaid Alawi at the Chicago Go Club notes that “Originally a line from Arthur C. Clarke’s ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ novel, it later appeared in the sequel film ’2010′ and subsequently became a minor Internet meme.” Marcel suggests “Maybe it’s a pun on someone’s reaction to a nine-stone handicap game, where are all the star points are occupied by Black stones.” And Bram Vandenbon says that “the only time that I ever heard somebody refer to water in the context of Go” was Janice Kim in a proverb in one of her books about “The river runs out” which he says “refers to a situation where you have tried to defend your territory by creating a wall. Unfortunately the shape is too weak and the opponent is able to push through your wall. Janice Kim compares this situation to a dam that is breaking, “and then the river runs out.’”
Tuesday October 4, 2016
Catching up on a bunch of go reports and updates; here goes…
Peters Talks Go on Podcast: Glenn Peters appeared on the “Giving The Mic to the Wrong Person” podcast recently, discussing go, its history, appearances in American pop culture and significant games.
Go on “No Such Thing as a Fish”: The podcast No Such Thing as a Fish run by the QI elves is a general trivia podcast, reports Steve Colburn. “QI may resonate more with our British friends who love panel shows, but some of us in the US love them too. Their 128th episode’s last fact is about go. They mention a few famous games from the past and a bit of AlphaGo. Skip forward to 27m 55sec to hear the facts about go.”
Shawn Ray’s “How to Play Go” Series: Shawn Ray’s free “How to Play Go” series is now available. The 14 brief videos cover all the basics, from liberties to false eyes, ko and how to count the game. Ray says the videos can be shared widely “since these videos are aimed at helping spread Go. However, I must state that these videos cannot be sold or profited from. They are free and should remain free.”
Kiseido’s Go Book Sale: Kiseido is having a sale of all English-language go books; order 1 or 2 books and get free shipping, 3 to 9 books gets you 10% off with free shipping and 10 books or more are 15% off with free shipping. The sale runs through December 1, 2016.
Monday October 3, 2016
New York Institute of Go’s Flushing Team 1 swept the first New York Youth Team Go Championship on September 24. The champions topped a field of ten teams facing off in the five-round event organized by the New York Go Association and held at Queens Library in Flushing, NY. The teams, with three players on each team, represented different regions competing in the tournament.
“It was a great start for the youth go community in New York,” reports organizer Stephanie Yin 1P. “The main purpose of the event was to stimulate and motivate more young players to participate. Some of the parents mentioned after the tournament that ‘the kids seem to like playing go more and they want to win the prize next time.’”
Yin promises “There will be more tournaments coming up,” including similar youth tournaments and others oriented for a wider audience. “It makes me happy to see more people getting inspired and become passionate about go.”
photos courtesy New York Institute of Go coach Stephanie Yin 1p (at right in photo, above left)
Friday September 30, 2016
Mark your calendars, the 2017 US Go Congress dates and location have been confirmed as August 5-12 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego. Centrally located in San Diego’s Mission Valley, the Town and Country Resort will offer newly remodeled tower rooms or less expensive garden rooms, “all virtually next door to the ballroom, where the US Go Open will be played, and the classroom space, where the pros will give lectures and analysis,” reports Ted Terpstra, who will co-direct the Congress with Les Lanphear, both of the San Diego Go Club, which is hosting the Congress.
Town and Country is a ten-minute drive from many of San Diego’s major attractions, including beaches on the Pacific Ocean, Seaworld, San Diego’s world-famous zoo and Balboa Park, with its nine museums.
Congress registration is expected to open soon. Meanwhile, be sure to take the brief Go Congress survey to weigh in on your favorite Congress activities as San Diego organizers begin planning for 2017!
Wednesday September 28, 2016
Pre-registration for this year’s Cotsen Open — October 22nd-23rd in Los Angeles — closes on Tuesday, October 20th. Players who pre-register get a discounted $20 entry fee, free food truck lunch on both days and a full refund of the entry fee if they play in all five games; click here to register. Day-of registration will also be available for $25. The Cotsen Open features thousands of dollars in prizes, an extremely competitive Open Division, free masseuses to massage players during their games, and a demonstration game between Yilun Yang 7p and Guiyong Liao 9P. The EJ will provide live KGS commentary on top board games as well as streaming coverage on the AGA’s YouTube channel.
photo: Eric Cotsen (left) at the 2015 Cotsen Open with Yilun Yang 7P (in E-Journal cap); photo by Chris Garlock
Monday September 26, 2016
Several strong players from Kwon Gap Yong International Baduk Academy (KIBA) will be visiting the metro New York City area in October and intend to visit the two Go meetups, at the Hungarian Pastry Shop (10/11) and Pie by the Pound (10/12). On October 12 they will be playing a friendship match against strong players living in the area. “We are currently recruiting a team, with a few slots remaining,” reports Boris Bernadsky. If you are 4 dan or stronger and would like to participate, contact Badukboris@gmail.com.
Sunday September 25, 2016
The Davis/Sacramento Go Club held their Fall Tournament on September 17 at the Arcade Library in Sacramento. There was a very small field of six players ranging from 1kyu to 7dan. It was won by Matthew Burrall, 7d, with a perfect 4-0 score.
- Willard Haynes
Thursday September 22, 2016
, the first New York Youth Team Go Championship will be held, reports Stephanie Yin. “This should be a
regular yearly tournament for kids,” says Yin. This year, there were 15 teams that wanted to register, “however, we couldn’t fit them all so that I had to select ten stronger teams instead. Next year, I will definitely look for a bigger place.”The tournament is being hosted by the New York Institute of Go, “which is my go school,” says Yin, and is co-sponsored by the Queens Library, which is providing the space, and the Peking University Alumni Association of Greater New York, which provided the flyers.
“I hope this will help the youth go community in the US,” says Yin, adding that she hopes to hold some more tournaments in New York areas “in order to motivate people to play more go.”
Thursday September 22, 2016
“About 3000 students in the Chicago Public Schools, and another 2,500 students from suburban districts, learned weiqi (go) during the last school year,” reports Xinming Simon Guo, 2015 AGF Teacher of the Year and founder of Go and Math Academy in Illinois. “Weiqi is not only an educational manipulative in the math classroom, but also a new way to extend the horizon of students in the language classroom,” adds Guo. September 17th was an Artist In Residence workshop day for Chinese language teachers in the Chicago schools. “We organize this annual workshop at the beginning of every new school year, to bring culture into Chinese language classrooms, and enhance language teaching and learning, ” says Jane Lu, director of the Confucius Institute in Chicago and the coordinator of the CPS Chinese World Language Program. Local artists are invited to present and demonstrate different types of Chinese cultural activities, including Kung Fu, Chinese folk dancing, Chinese painting, paper cutting, and weiqi. Teachers in the workshop can apply to introduce these cultural and art activities to their classrooms if they want to. “Weiqi has been the most popular project among Chinese teachers in Chicago Public Schools since its debut in 2013,” says Guo, “during the last three years, about half of the Chinese teachers have chosen weiqi for their students. After the latest workshop, several new teachers also showed great interest and planned to apply for more classroom instruction.” -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor Photo by Xinming Simon Guo: students in Arlington Heights learn go.