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Li Wins Young Lions

Monday December 5, 2011

Yunxuan Li 4d topped a field of 51 players in the Young Lions Tournament on KGS last month. The tournament, organized by the American Go Honor Society, featured young players from all over the US, and a few from Canada and Mexico as well. As in previous years, the tourney brought some of North America’s strongest youth together, including current Redmond and USYGC champion Aaron Ye 5d, and Oliver Wolf 4d, former Redmond Champ. “All the games i played were very tough,” Li told the Journal, “Aaron [Ye] has awesome attacking skills and Oliver [Wolf] has a very aggressive and flexible style.” Last year’s winner in this event, Vincent Zhuang 6d, went on to represent the US in the World Youth Go Championships, Li will get a chance to make his mark in the upcoming USYGC in January. Also coming up will be the School Team Tournament, the most popular event hosted by the AGHS, with registration opening around mid-January or February. The Young Lions was directed by AGHS President Jasmine Yan, Vice-Presidents Eric Chen and Justin Teng, Viral Kotecha, Van Tran, Rebecca Cheng, and Keiju Takehara.  -Justin Teng, with Paul Barchilon.  Photo: Yunxuan Li, at right, in a casual game at Go Congress.  AGHS VP Justin Teng is watching the game.  Photo by Wenguang Wu.

Winner’s report: Division A: 1st: Yunxuan Li 4d, 2nd: Oliver Wolf 4d, 3rd: Andrei Razvan 2k; Division B: 1st: Larry Qu 2k, 2nd: Raymond Liu 6k, 3rd: Anurag Varma 2k; Division C: 1st: Zachary Peach 8k, 2nd: Benson Jay Merrill 9k, 3rd: Jerry Qiu 10k; Division D: 1st: Joshua Song 16k, 2nd: Vicente A. Cortez-Tinoco 15k, 3rd: Noah Hill 13k; Division E: 1st: Alissa 18k, 2nd: Neal Fatheringham 18k, 3rd: Monsoon Shrestha 24k.

 

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NYC Tourney to Benefit Thailand Flood Victims

Saturday December 3, 2011

New York City go players have organized a tournament to help victims of the floods in Thailand. Pre-registration is required for the December 18 Thailand Flood Relief Tournament. “The floods that started this summer in Thailand are still being cleaned up,” organizer Boris Bernadsky tells the E-Journal. “As many as 17 provinces of Thailand, including Bangkok are still underwater” after the worst floods in fifty years. Bernadsky organized a similar tournament last spring to help the victims of the Japanese tsunami. Prizes for the 3-round tournament have been donated and include membership in Breakfast’s Insei League, a private lesson with Yin Ming Ming 1P, and gift certificate to local Thai food restaurants. $20 suggested donation; all funds collected will be donated to a charity benefiting the flood victims. Space is limited to 40 players, pre-register at Badukboris@gmail.com

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Zhang New AGA Volunteer Coordinator; Karoline Burrall in as Tournament Coordinator

Monday November 28, 2011

Edward Zhang has agreed to take over the American Go Association’s Volunteer Coordinator’s position, after Nick Jhirad’ s recent resignation, reports AGA President Allan Abramson. Karoline Burrall has agreed to assume the Tournament Coordinator’s position. “Our thanks to Nick for his efforts, and to Edward and Caroline for taking on these new responsibilities,” said Abramson.

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Solomon Choe 6d Tops Revived Tacoma Veteran’s Day Tourney

Wednesday November 23, 2011

The Tacoma Go Club re-instituted its annual Veteran’s Day Tournament this year after a two-year hiatus. Solomon Choe 6d topped the tournament, winning the Dan Division. For the first time, the Tacoma Go Club hosted the tournament, which was held on November 12th, in the Esther and Gene Grant and Ben B. Chaney Foundation Art Room in the Tacoma Art Museum. Relish’s Café provided box lunches for those who had pre-registered. “This was also the second time that the Tacoma Go Club used almost all of the features of the handy Go Clubs On-line, including registration, lunch orders, bookkeeping, pairing and reporting,” reports organizer Gordon Castanza (at left in photo below). Slate and Shell provided the Tacoma Go Club with a wide variety of go boards, stones, and go books to award as prizes.

Prize winners:
1. Dan division – first place – Solomon Choe 6d
2. Dan division – second place – Ju Zhao 6d
3. Single digit kyu – first place – George Wu 5k
4. Single digit kyu – second place – Eric Feiveson 3k
5. Double digit kyu – first place – Kevin Burton 13k
6. Double digit kyu – second place – Mark Nieman 24k
7. Beginner’s division – first place – Cooper Stevenson 29k
Photos: Mike Malveaux, who was also the TD for the tournament.

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Kohrt & Rohde Tie for Tops in Chi’s “Fan Mail from Flounders” Tourney

Wednesday November 23, 2011

Elijah Kohrt 3k and David Rohde 5k tied for first place in the High Kyu division of the Fan Mail from Flounders tournament, held November 19 in Chicago, IL. David Muskovitz 8k took first place in the Mid Kyu division, while Crystal Lin 17k won first in the Low Kyu division. “All four of these players won all four of their games,” reports TD Bob Barber, topping a field of 26 players. “Two of them are students of our local professional, Ms. Liping Huang. Lisa Scott brought a group from the under-appreciated South Side of Chicago.  The highlight of the day was when Lisa’s Mom, Laura Stith, joined us for pizza and soft drinks.  She is a real gem, and her presence allowed us to talk about something other than go for a change.  We’ve invited her back for the next tournament.”

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Everyone a Winner at Syracuse Self-Paired

Wednesday November 23, 2011

All 15 players at the November 19 Syracuse Self-Paired Tourney earned prizes for participating in the annual self-paired tournament, reports organizer Richard Moseson. The tournament was held at the Betts Branch Library in Syracuse, NY, and prizes included several books from Slate and Shell.
photo: Leslie Lamphere (l) plays Jim Gonnella

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Bruno Witte, 92, Passes

Monday November 14, 2011

“While Bruno Witte (AGA # 3885) did not play in AGA tournaments, I think he was the oldest active registered go player in the AGA” when he died recently at 92, reports Ted Terpstra. “He was a member of the San Diego Go Club for many years and I had a Thursday afternoon game scheduled with him for the last several years. He regularly beat me (5 kyu) with a three stone handicap.” Witte was a retired mathematician.

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AGF Scholarship Applications Due Nov. 20

Monday November 14, 2011

Applications  for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarship are due November 20th. The program recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the go community. To apply, download and complete the application form here. Applicants should describe their accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Read about this year’s winners, Jasmine Yan and D’Mitri Moore here.

 

Go Spotting: Neal Stephenson’s Novel “Reamde”

Sunday November 13, 2011

Neal Stephenson’s new novel Reamde has a reference to go, reports Ken Parel-Sewell. “On an iPad in portrait mode, the reference starts on page 271. The section starts with the words ‘Like any Russian, Sokolov enjoyed a game of chess.’ The next paragraph then starts talking about go. ‘He had heard somewhere, though, that mathematically speaking, the game of Go was more difficult than chess…’ It goes on to use go as a metaphor for a particularly difficult situation this character has found himself in. It goes on for a few paragraphs. Check it out.” Stephenson’s speculative fiction novel, set in the present day, centers on the plight of a hostage and the ensuing efforts of family and new acquaintances to rescue her as various captors drag her about the globe. Topics covered range from online activities including gold farming and social networking to the criminal methods of the Russian Mafia and Islamic terrorists, according to Wikipedia’s post.

Sempais Leading the Way in WV

Sunday November 13, 2011

“In Glen Dale, West Virginia, an unlikely new program has attained a huge following at John Marshall High School: Go Club.  With a membership of nearly 100 students, the club has grown by massive leaps and bounds in a way that no one thought possible. Go Club started two years ago with a handful of students in my study hall,” writes school teacher David Will.  “I had brought a board and a book of go problems with me to study hall one day to give me something to do while my students worked on homework.  Three students approached my desk and inquired about the game, something that they had never seen before.  Two of those students would go on to important roles in the club. In years past, I have always taken two or three days to teach the basics of go to my World History classes to close the chapter on ancient Chinese history.  For the rest of the year, many of the students would play the game, but it had not gone beyond a diversion for after the completion of worksheets and tests.  Now, I had an interesting opportunity.  These students and I played go daily for months, honing their skills to where they were competition for me, and one even finally defeated me. Continue reading…)