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Seattle Report: Playing Go Is Like Making Kimchi

Saturday April 11, 2015

Sakura Con 2015 overall shotThe Seattle Go Center had their own room at Sakura-Con, Seattle’s big festival of Japanese anime, manga and games, which was held last weekend, April 3-5, in the Washington State Convention Center.  One volunteer, John Richards, put in 32 hours of teaching, and several volunteers provided more than 20 hours of instruction.  At peak times, more than 10 volunteers were teaching at once.  The students ranged from complete beginners to single digit kyu players who come by each year to get more instruction.

I enjoyed the observation that Solomon Choe 6d made while playing one of the students on a 19×19: “You know, playing go is like making kimchi.  That group is kind of dead. [And I don't want to add more stones to it right now.] But I want to preserve it. I want to put it in a pot underground and see if something magical happens.”  Report/photo by Brian Allen

 

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Teacher of the Year Nominations Sought

Saturday April 11, 2015

irv-team-vs-mexico-city-1-12-bNominations for the American Go Foundation’s  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 (during the school year) 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 May 15th 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 Peter Freedman, working with kids in Portland.  To read more about Peter’s work, click here.

Nash Shares 2015 Abel Prize

Monday April 6, 2015

The Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2015 to the American mathematicians John F. Nash Jr.2015.04.05_beautiful-mind-go (left)  2015.04.05_Two_Mathematical_Giants_Share_2015_Abel_Prize_mland Louis Nirenberg “for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.” Outside mathematics, Nash is best known for a paper he wrote about game theory, the mathematics of decision-making, which ultimately won him the 1994 Nobel Prize for economics, and which features prominently in the 2001 film about him, A Beautiful Mind. That film included a scene of Nash — played by Russell Crowe (left, in photo at right) —  playing go at Princeton that sparked interest in the game after the film’s release.
- Scientific Computing

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Spaces Available in In-seong Hwang’s American Yunguseng Dojang

Monday April 6, 2015

In-seong Hwang 8D’s American Yunguseng Dojang still has spaces available for students for the online go school’s next session, which starts2015.04.05_In-seong Hwang 8D April 20. Last session there were 40 participants in six leagues, ranging from 12 kyu to 4 dan. A well-known top player in Europe, In-seong Hwang 8D will teach at this year’s U.S Congress. “His enthusiasm is infectious,” says one student, “his energy and his dedication show why he is such a strong go player.” Click here for In-seong Hwang ‘s recent post in Life in 19×19.

Chapter News: Western MA

Monday April 6, 2015

Eric Osman sent in this snapshot from a recent meeting of the Western Massachusetts Go Club. The club meets Thursdays at 7:00 pm at Rao’’s 2015.04.06_Western-MA-clubCoffeehouse in Amherst, MA. “All ages are welcome!” says Osman.

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Snowy Day, Hot Games at Boston Spring Open

Sunday April 5, 2015

Players at the March 28 Boston Spring Open were greeted by a beautiful spring day: bright sun, birds chirping, warm breezes… wait, is that 2015.04.05_Boston-game-snowsnow I see outside? So, players at the Boston Spring Open braved another harsh Boston spring to compete at the Microsoft NERD center overlooking a frozen Charles River. However, the atmosphere inside heated up quickly, as participants battled through four rounds to top their division.

The Boston Open is the first in a new series of tournaments that introduces a new format: players are split into divisions about five ranks wide and play all even games, except for the 6k – 15k range who play with handicap. This led to many competitive games and a few upsets, although this time the highest ranked players won their divisions. Full results are below.

Special thanks to Andrew Hall, who willed the tournament into existence, and Chun Sun, who arranged for space at the NERD center and dealt with much of the logistics. Also, thanks to Kate Baxter for helping to pick up coffee and donuts, as well as Neil Ritter for generously making his boards, stones, and clocks available for general use.
- Walther Chen; photos by Chun Sun 5d and Chanho Park; click here for the complete album.  

2015.04.05_Boston-vertical-tableWinner Report: 47 people participated in the tournament, divided into four divisions, with cash prizes for the top three places in each.

Division 1: 4d and up, even games, 10 players2015.04.05_Justin Ching
1st place: Justin Ching 6d (4-0; photo at right), $160
2nd place: David Cho 5d (3-1), $120
3rd place: Ruoshi Sun 4d (3-1), $80

Division 2: 2k to 3d, even games, 8 players
1st place: Xiaocheng Hu 3d (4-0), $100
2nd place: Brian Lee 2d (3-1), $80
3rd place: Greg Pongraz 2k (3-1), $60

Division 3: 5k to 3k, even games, 14 players
1st place: Mike Sherman 4k (4-0), $60
2nd place: Titi Alailima 5k (3-1), $50
3rd place: Laurent Xu 5k (3-1), $40

Division 4: 15k to 6k, handicap games, 15 players
Tie, 1st place: Chi-Hse Teng 6k (4-0), $45
Tie, 1st place: Andy Wei 15k (4-0), $45
3rd place: Steve Berthiaume 10k (3-1), $30

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Josh Lee Tops NOVA Cherry Blossom 15

Sunday April 5, 2015

Josh Lee 5D topped the March 28 NOVA Cherry Blossom 15 tournament, held at the George Mason University Law School in Arlington VA. Twenty five players participated.The winners were:

First place:  Josh Lee, 5D, 4-0; Quinn Baranoski, 2K, 4-0; Neel Brown, 6K, 3-1; Tonhy Blagrove, 10K, 3-1; and Deirdre Golash, 11K, 2-2
Second place: Keith Arnold, 4D, 2-1; Frederick Bao, 1D, 3-1; Gurujeet Khalsa, 6K, 2-2; Louise Ingram, 9K, 3-0; and Sarah Crites, 13K, tied with Antonia Perez-Lopez, 21K, 2-2.
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Go Camp Registration Opens

Thursday April 2, 2015

Go Camp 2014 (122)Registration for the 2015 AGA Go Camp is now open.  The Go Camp will be held from July 18th to July 25th at YMCA Camp Kern in Oregonia, OH, about half an hour from Cincinnati. Camp directors Amanda Miller and Nano Rivera invite campers of all skill levels, between the ages of 8 and 18 to join them for a week of go-playing and fun. Youth who played in the NAKC or the Redmond Cup are eligible for a $400 scholarship, and need-based scholarships of up to $250 are also available. For more information on the latest camp-related news, and to download the registration forms, please visit the camp website. Any questions can be e-mailed to Amanda Miller at agagocampeast@gmail.com.
- Story and photo by Amanda Miller: Yilun Yang 7P plays a simul at last year’s camp.

Pelrine Tops Denver Tourney

Monday March 30, 2015

05-DSC01681Kellin Pelrine 6d took top honors at the Colorado All-State Go tournament, held March 21st, in Denver.  “The inaugural tournament conducted by the Littleton Go Club was a huge success,” said TD Stuart Horowitz. “Thirty players participated in the event, which was sponsored by the Confucius Institute, who graciously provided a lovely venue along with a catered Chinese lunch.” Winner’s report: Dan Section: 1st place Kellin Pelrine (4-0); 2nd place Eric Wainwright (3-1); Upper Kyu Section: 1st place Stanisslav Irisov (4-0); 2nd place tie Kent Evenson (3-1), Christopher Annanie (3-1); Mid/Lower Kyu Section: 1st place Tae Kim (3-0); 2nd place tie Rich Newman (3-1), Akron Amanov (3-1). All winners received go books. -Paul Barchilon. Photo by Laurie Linz.

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Nihon Ki-in Summer Camp Offers Discount & Special Programs

Saturday March 28, 2015

Students under the age of 25 who register for the Nihon Ki-in Summer Go Camp before May 31 will get 10% off the program fee. The intensive2015.03.28_NHK-camp-group training program for non-Japanese go players who want to raise their level and improve their go skills will receive “excellent lectures and workshops every day by highly-selected and richly-experienced professionals of the Nihon Ki-in.” The camp runs August 21 through September 3 at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo. In includes a special training program on August 27 at ‘Sugi no yado’ where the legendary Fujisawa Shuko hosted his famous ‘Shuko training camp’ each year with promising young professionals.