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ACGA & Shanghai Ing Foundation to Host Chang Qi Cup Semi-Finals, American Chang Qi Tournament

Monday June 1, 2015

The first American Chang Qi tournament will be held this fall in conjunction with the semi-finals of the 2015 Chang Qi Cup, which will be held in the US in September, the first time a professional go tournament semi-final will be held in North America. A major Chinese go tournament, the Chang Qi Cup semis will feature four of the world’s top go professionals, live review and commentary from the legendary Chang Hao 9P and a major American amateur tournament, all held at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, September 26-28.2015.05.26_10thChangQiCup_GoGameGuru

“This tournament is a great opportunity to see top pros battling it out in person,” says local organizer Cole Pruitt. “We expect to draw many of the strongest players in North America to compete” in the inaugural American Chang Qi tournament which  will offer a total prize pool of at least $15,000 distributed across several divisions. “Every part of the event is free for the public and online registration is coming soon!”

Supported by the Shanghai Ing Foundation, the event is organized by the American Collegiate Go Association. the tournament will be AGA-rated and will be jointly hosted with the American Go Association. The American Chang Qi tournament will include a special ‘university showdown’ where students can win prize money for having the best turnout from their school, the best record during the tournament, and more. “On Saturday night, we’re planning a special ‘Students and Professionals’ night out, where students at the event can hang out with and get to know professional players visiting from China,” adds Pruitt.

“As we gear up for the event, we want to bring on university students to help us organize it and make it an incredible event. We encourage all interested students to apply to be an organizer. In exchange for helping us run the event, we’ll cover your travel, room, and board in Boston during the event and you’ll get behind-the-scenes access, wine-and-dine the visiting pros from China, and more.”

photo: Chang Hao 9p competes at the 10th Chang Qi Cup back in 2013 (credit: Go Game Guru)

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Act Now to Get Discount on US Go Congress Registration

Saturday May 30, 2015

“There’s still time to take advantage of the early registration discount for this year’s US Go Congress,” says Congress Director Josh Larson. “Prices go up June 1st, so sign up and pay to take advantage of the discount.” Click here for details on the biggest annual US go event, which runs August 1-9 in St Paul, Minnesota. “We’ve got a great Congress planned this year!”

 

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No Nominees Yet For 2015 AGA Board Elections

Tuesday May 26, 2015

The three American Go Association (AGA) regional Board of Director seats are up for election and with just over two weeks to go, no candidates have been nominated. The current terms of office expire this September. Nominations, including self-nominations may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides and must be received by June 15, 2015. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

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YouTube’s Haylee to Play Live Against Nick Sibicky at US Go Congress

Tuesday May 26, 2015

Lee Hajin 3p, popularly known on YouTube as Haylee, will record one of her signature play-and-explain games at the US Go Congress, the AGA announced.  Though the exact format is still to be determined, her opposition will include fellow YouTube broadcaster Nick Sibicky, possibly as part of a team, said AGA VP of Operations Andrew Jackson. “The idea is we stream Hajin in one room telling us about her game while the 2015.05.26_HajinLee-Hayleeopponents are debating their fate in another room, probably also recorded.  We’ll edit the two videos together later to put on YouTube.” This year’s Congress runs August 1-9 in St Paul, MN.

In her videos, Hajin records as she plays a random player on Tygem, explaining her moves and thinking as she goes along.  In Haylee’s gentle but disciplined playing style, games usually proceed rather quietly until her opponent — generally a very strong player — makes a modest mistake and their game disintegrates like an airplane whose rivets turn out to have been made of putty. Lee, a frequent Go Congress attendee, does the Haylee videos as a sideline to her current job as Secretary General of the International Go Federation.  She has more than 2,800 subscribers and 214,000 views for her 90 videos.  Nick Sibicky started his YouTube channel with recordings of his DDK lessons at the Seattle Go Center, and they have grown in popularity, reaching nearly 9,000 subscribers with more than three quarters of a million views.
- Andy Okun

 

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Maryland Open, Played Memorial Day Weekend, Rated Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday May 26, 2015

The 42nd annual Maryland Open, which was played last Saturday and Sunday, was entered into the ratings system the next day and ratings2015.05.25_md-open-keith updated before the players returned to work Tuesday morning, report American Go Association staff.  “Our compliments to organizer Keith Arnold, TD Todd Heidenreich and the other volunteers who manage the event every year,” said AGA president Andy Okun.  “We received an error-free ratings report on Sunday night and quickly confirmed that all the players had memberships.  You can’t ask for better than that.  We should all take inspiration from their example.” photo: Arnold (right) at the MD Open; photo by Steve Colburn

 

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Mexico Bests Portland in School Match

Tuesday May 26, 2015

DSC_0092Mexico City triumphed over Portland, OR in a friendly children’s tourney held May 16th on KGS, reports organizer Peter Freedman. Each city fielded a team of six children, ranked from 10-21k. They participated in a three-round tournament using 19×19 boards and KGS handicaps. “Luke Helprin’s parents hosted the Portland team at their house, and his dad Ted graciously provided snacks and helped with Spanish,” said Freedman.  Portland got off to a good start in round one by winning 4 out of 6 games.  Round two was a tie with each team winning 3 matches, setting the stage for a decisive showdown.  In the third round, Mexico City came up from behind by winning 5 out of 6 matches. -Austin Freeman with Paul Barchilon.  Photo by Siddhartha Avila: Members of the Mexican team Skyping with Portland.  

Winners Report: Overall Wins: Mexico 10, Portland 8; 3 game winner: Luke Helprin 20k; 2 game winners: Hikaru Saito 10k, Diego Ali Manjarrez 14k, Leonardo Valdovinos 14k, Daniela Luciano 22k, Almudena Espinosa 21k.

 

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Women’s Go Training League Launched

Monday May 25, 2015

The Celerity Go League is a brand-new women’s go training league hosted on the KGS Go Server . Founder Peggy Yang had “a light-bulb 2015.05.25_celerity-league-peggyandwhitneymoment” at the recent San Diego Go Championship when it occurred to her that female go players “should all get together to play more games, encourage each other, and spend more time together!” On the first of each month, members will be paired together, encouraged to study go and assigned a mentor teacher for that month. Members and teachers will then gather together at the end of the month to discuss their methods of study, share what they have learned, and talk about how to grow further. Membership is free and female players of all ranks are welcome. “Let’s all have fun and improve together!” says Yang. Celerity, by the way, means “swiftness of movement.” Find the club under Social Rooms on KGS and on Facebook.
photo: Yang (left), with her friend Whitney Cotter 25k

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John F. Nash Jr., Math Genius Defined by a ‘Beautiful Mind,’ Dies at 86

Sunday May 24, 2015

John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared a Nobel Prize in 1994 for work that greatly extended the reach and power of modern economic 2015.05.24_25NASH1-obit-master675theory and whose long descent into severe mental illness and eventual recovery were the subject of a book and a film, both titled “A Beautiful Mind,” was killed, along with his wife, in a car crash on Saturday in New Jersey. He was 86.

2015.05.24_beautiful_mind-movieDr. Nash was widely regarded as one of the great mathematicians of the 20th century, known for the originality of his thinking and for his fearlessness in wrestling down problems so difficult few others dared tackle them.

He invented a game, known as Nash, that became an obsession in the Fine Hall common room at Princeton, where he also played go. He also took on a problem left unsolved by Dr. von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern, the pioneers of game theory, in their now-classic book, “Theory of Games and Economic Behavior.”
Adapted from Erica Good’s obituary in The New York Times. photo (right): John F. Nash Jr. at his Princeton graduation in 1950, when he received his doctorate; (left) Russell Crowe, as Nash, playing go in the 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind”

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Eric Lui Wins Maryland Open

Sunday May 24, 2015

Eric Lui topped a field of 58 players to win the Maryland Open on Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore. Keith Arnold was the event organizer 2015.05.25_md-openand the Tournament Director was Todd Heidenreich. photos by Steve Colburn

2015.05.25_md-open-keithOpen Section
First: Eric Lui 7 dan; 
Second:  Zhaonian Chen 7 dan; Third: Andrew Huang 7 dan; Fourth: Ricky Zhao 7 dan
A Section: First: Michelle Zhang 5 dan; Second  Jacky Chong 4 dan
B Section: First: Eric Lee 3 dan; Second: Victor Kang 3 dan
C Section: First: David Edgar 2 dan; Second  Frederick Bao 1 dan
D Section: First: Isaac Wiener  3 kyu – Kyu Champion; Second: Jeremy Young 4 kyu
E Section: First: Kyle Cutler 6 kyu; Second:  Bob Crites 7 kyu
F Section: First: Antonina Perez-Lopez 21 kyu (undefeated); Second: Sarah Crites 13 kyu; Third: Jin Wu 10 kyu; Fourth: Kilin Tang 11 kyu
Fighting Spirit Prize – Laurie Ensworth  17 kyu
Gregory Lefler Prize – Feng Yun Go School ( 9 players)

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“Divine Move” Comes to Netflix

Sunday May 24, 2015

“The Divine Move,” last year’s Korean action movie about go (Korean Action Go Movie Opens in US & Canada  7/23/2014 EJ), is now on Netflix 2015.05.24_divine-moveunder its Korean name, Sin-ui Hansu, reports Matthew Hershberger. Click here.

 

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