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Nihon Kiin Urged Not to Sell Seattle Go Center

Sunday March 4, 2012

Calling it “active and successful,” and “a gateway to/from Asia,”  top leadership of the American Go Association on Feb. 27 urged the Nihon Kiin not to sell the Seattle Go Center (SGC), after rumors to that effect began to circulate. “The Center regularly hosts many tournaments, and provides playing space, teaching games, and lessons for both beginners and advanced players,” wrote Allan Abramson, AGA President, Andrew Okun, AGA Board Chairman and Thomas Hsiang, AGA International Vice President in a letter to Otake Hideo, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Nihon Kiin. “In addition, the Center regularly conducts public outreach at festivals and other events, provides teachers for school go clubs, runs special tournaments for young players, and sponsors workshops by visiting professionals.”  The SGC had just celebrated its 16th anniversary last September, and the Jin Chen Memorial Tournament on Jan. 8  attracted 42 players, the largest AGA-rated event at the Seattle Go Center in several years. In the AGA’s letter to the Nihon Kiin, Abramson wrote that he remembered “the first time I walked through the door into the Center. Within five minutes, I felt the energy and spirit of the people working there. Most important, I felt the warmth and spirit of Iwamoto-Sensei, and his desire to promote Go around the world, in one great community.” Adding that “We would consider the loss of the Seattle Go Center to be a major blow to Go in the US, and hurtful to the many volunteers who have worked so hard and so long to make it a success,” Abramson, Okun and Hsiang urged that “In the spirit of Iwamoto-Sensei, we suggest that it would be best to continue to enjoy the success of the Seattle Go Center, rather than sell it.” The Nihon Kiin has not thus far responded to either the 2/27 letter, a subsequent email on Mar. 2 from Abramson, or the E-Journal’s request for comment. photo: at the September 18 Tacoma (WA) Go Club’s annual Back-To-School Tournament at the Seattle Go Center

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Teacher of the Year Nominations

Saturday March 3, 2012

Nominations for the American Go Foundations  Teacher of the Year award are now open. The award is presented each year at the U.S. Go Congress and recognizes an outstanding American teacher. The winner  will receive an all expenses paid trip to the congress.  To be eligible, a teacher must be a member of the AGA, have been teaching go to children for at least two hours a week for two years, have started a go club or organization for youth, and have helped their students enter appropriate tournaments, if possible.  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, including yourself, e-mail mail@agfgo.org.  Nominations are due by April 15 and should include a description of the teacher’s activities,  how long they have been teaching, and how many students attend their program. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Last year’s winner Fritz Balwit, with his son Theo. Photo by Fritz Balwit.

Go Spotting: Go Newsweek

Saturday March 3, 2012

“In the latest issue of Newsweek there is a mention of go,” reports San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra. A sidebar to “Why Stephen Breyer and Other Power Players Love Bridge” lists games that celebs play, including bridge, scrabble backgammon, go and chess. Actor Omar Sharif (right) was so successful a bridge player “that he built a bridge empire, writing a column on the game for the Chicago Tribune and launching the traveling Omar Sharif Bridge Circus,” the article reports. Under go, Newsweek notes that “The ancient Chinese board game ensnared Rod Stewart, Paul Giamatti, and Ursula K. Le Guin.” photo courtesy Central Press-Getty Images

 

New Jersey Open Standings Posted

Wednesday February 29, 2012

A tournament report – including updated ratings and all game results — for the 2012 New Jersey Open (NJO) has been posted online. The final count for the NJO – held February 25-26 at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ — was a record-shattering 131 registered players, including college students from Stony Brook, Cornell, Rutgers, and Princeton. Many current and former students of the Feng Yun Go School participated, including the overall winner, Michael Chen, and runner up, Ricky Zhao. Chen is a recent graduate of Princeton University, where the tournament is held and Zhao has been accepted by Princeton. In addition, the Bob Ryder Memorial Beginner’s Prize, a fine complete go set, was given by random drawing to Daheng Shen 23k. The New Jersey Open was organized by Rick Mott and the Princeton Go Club. The tournament director was Paul Matthews.

Certificates and cash prizes were given to the following winners: New Jersey State Championship ($500/$250/$150): 1st: Zhaonian (Michael) Chen 7d; 2nd: Zhongxia (Ricky) Zhao 7d; 3rd: Minshan Shou 7d. 5 Game Winners ($80): Forest Song 5d; Gyuhyeon (David) Sim 3d; Julian Erville 6k. 4 Game Winners ($50): William Lockhart 5d; Sudhir Vel 4d; Kelsey Dyer 2d; Nathan Borggren 2d; Joshua Guarino 1d; G. Nicholas D’Andrea 2k; David Shin 4k; Ilhee Kim 5k; William Xu 5k; Gurujeet Khalsa 7k; Joyce Hong 9k; Quentin Berthet 10k; Sean Burton 10k; Zeshi Du 11k; Zachary Rudi Schanne 12k; Christopher Cho 17k; Zhi Liu 17k.

Complete tournament standings, including updated ratings and all game results, can be found at the Go Tourney Ratings website. photo: possible future NJO champion Yvette Lapidus, daughter of Carrie & Saul Lapidus, practices her two-handed tesuji Sunday, Feb. 26 at the NJO; photo by John Pinkerton.

The E-Journal broadcast top-board games live on KGS: check account user info for USGO1 & 2 on KGS for game records or download below:
2012.02.25NJOrdbd1: Tu-Huang
2012_02_25_NJOrd2bd1Chang-Chen
2012_02_25_NJOrd2bd2Tu-Guo
2012_02_26_NJOrd4bd1Chen-Liu
2012_02_26_NJOrd4bd2Zhao-Tu
2012_02_26_NJOrd5bd1Tu-Chen
2012_02_26_NJOrd5bd2Zhao-Guo

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YKNOT 2 Kicks Off This Weekend on KGS

Tuesday February 28, 2012

The first three rounds of the second Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YKNOT) will kick off this weekend. A field of 70 players from 16 kyu to professional will vie for nearly $3,000 in prizes sponsored by former US Open Champion Young Kwon. The tournament will provide high-level competition for participants, and the open section will be scored as a North American Ing Masters (NAIM) Qualifier. The player field will include professional players Mingming Yin and last year’s YKNOT champion, Zhanbo Sun, both of New York. Tune into the AGA Tournaments Room on KGS this weekend and next to watch the games. The tournament will be directed by a team including TD for Pairings Chris Kirschner, and online TDs Dennis Wheeler, Tina Zhang, Kevin Hwang, and Karoline Burrall. Tournament schedule and rules can be found at the tournament website.

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Janice Kim Blogs On

Monday February 27, 2012

Teasers from several recent posts on Janice Kim 3P’s Learn To Play Go  blog:

To 3-4, or to starpoint – that is the question
Whether ‘tis better in the endgame to suffer
through gote and komi an outrageous half-point loss
Or to take on a big dragon with only one eye
And by opposing need to resign. To invade, to die…
(The Opening Dilemma; Feb. 6)

Once in a hot pink moon I’ll go on a Go bender, when I throw off the thin, thin, thin mask of normalcy and indulge in ergonomically disastrous, unlimited Go playing and reviewing, a reverse Matrix where I’m plugged into an espresso machine, existential crisis at bay and the good times rolling…
(48 Hours; Jan. 23) 

For the past several days, the immortal lyrics off of They Might Be Giants’ first album have been going through my head: I’ve got two songs in me/And this is/Number three…
(IYDSIYDGI, Jan. 14)

photo courtesy World Poker Tour website

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Zavala, Shakti, Top Mexican Youth Go Championships

Monday February 27, 2012

Lillian Zavala 9k and Ogam Shakti 15k led the top division of the Mexican Youth Go Championships, held Feb. 11 in Mexico City.  44 kids attended the event, which was limited to those under the age of 12. “We had the support of some of the pioneer go players in Mexico,” reports Mexican Youth Coordinator Siddhartha Avila.  “Dr. Marcos Arámbula  helped organize, and Dr. Ricardo Quintero was the referee, both were active  in the 80′s, when the game was almost unknown in Mexico. The kids had a great time at Ekoji Buddhist Temple where the tournament took place, a special thanks goes to Rev. Todaka and the Temple’s staff for kindly hosting the event. Before the tournament we saw kendokas training at their dojo, with them, the garden, the altar, the statues, tatami rooms, go boards, bowls and stones, the atmosphere took us for a moment on a trip to ancient Japan where  Igo  has been practiced for so long. Santiago Dimayuga, a 6 year old child with autism played in Section C, reaching 4th place.  He has been playing for just a couple months, with the support of his Teacher Ana María who taught him the basics;  this is a great achievement, he seems to like go very much. This proves once again the inclusive nature of go, and how we can break barriers through its practice. This experience broadened our vision about teaching, and there are talks about  making a deeper approach in the field of go and autism. In Section A there was a tie between Lilian Zavala 9k and Ogam Shakti 15k each with 4-0 records, the final will be played soon, Vicente A. Cortez 14k came in third place. Omar Zavala 13k won Section B, followed by Hans Torres 20k and Fernando López 20k. Section C was topped by Leonardo Pineda 24k, second place went to E. Amélie Zdeinert 24k and third place to Ximena Tejada 25k.  We would like to thank all the teachers, parents and volunteers for their support in making this event possible, as well as the American Go Association for their prize sponsorship –  the winners had nice sets of Yunzi stones as prizes,” writes Avila.  Full Results are here, a photo gallery is here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo and report by Siddhartha Avila.

ZhaoNian Chen Wins New Jersey Open

Sunday February 26, 2012

ZhaoNian Chen 7d (left) swept the 2012 New Jersey Open on Feb 25-26, winning all five games. The 53rd-annual event attracted a record 125 players to Princeton, New Jersey. See below for the 5th-round game between Chen and Xinyu Tu. photo by John Pinkerton

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Collegiate Go League Forms

Sunday February 26, 2012

The Collegiate Go League, a new competitive league for university go clubs, is attracting new schools and players. Funded by the Ing Foundation, the group was created by  eleven college students from the US, who attended the first ever Shanghai Ing Foundation China Summer Go Camp. The team experienced Chinese culture first-hand and played friendly matches with students at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Beijing Normal University, and Fudan University.   “We organized our US league to create a stronger network of school-based go clubs,” writes Brian Lee.  “We’ve successfully held two rounds of matches, with 4, then 6 schools. We’re in the process of inviting more schools, and we’ve got at least 8 teams slated for our next match on March 3rd.”  Matches are held on the KGS Go Server, in the “Collegiate Go League” club room. Every other week on Saturdays at 1pm EST / 10am PST, school go clubs field a team of five players. “Games are handicapped, and after the matches, strong players will be available to review games, giving a chance for kyu and dan-level players alike to improve and meet other players in the collegiate go community. Current participating schools include: Brown, Brandeis, MIT, Northeastern, Cornell, Princeton, U-Michigan, and U-Maryland.  We are looking to add more teams, and would love for you to join us,” adds Lee.  The next match is March 3rd, more details are  here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.

53rd New Jersey Open Draws Record Crowd

Saturday February 25, 2012

The 2012 New Jersey Open entered Day 2 on Sunday, Feb. 26, with an all-time record 125

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players participating in the longtime tournament, held at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ. Undefeated after the first three rounds are Xinyu Tu and Zhaonian Chen; top players with 2-1 records are Andy Liu, Minshgan Shou and Ricky Zhao.
Top Player results thru Round 3: A Liu: + H Chang; + K Huang, – X Tu; Z Chen: + J Guo; + H Chang; + Z Zhao; X Tu: + K Huang; + J Guo; + A Liu; M Shou: – Z Zhao; + J Wang; + K Huang; K Huang: – X Tu; – A Liu; – M Shou; J Guo: – Z Chen; – X Tu; + H Chang; Z Zhao: + M Shou; + B Lockhart; – Z Chen; B Lockhart: + C Tseng; – Z Zhao; + J Wang; J Wang: + G Shou; – M Shou; – B Lockhart; G Shou: – J Wang; + L Smith; + C Tseng; R Zhang: + J Teng; – C Tseng; + L Smith; C Tseng: – B Lockhart; + R Zhang; – G Shou.
Top boards are being broadcast live on KGS; Round 3 is expected to begin around 10:30a EST on Sunday, Feb. 26. Game records are available on KGS; look under USGO1 and USGO2. 
Here’s the Round 1, Board 1 game between Xinyu Tu (Jimmy Creeks) and Kevin Huang.

 

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