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1st WBaduk Intercontinental Team Cup Recruiting Players

Sunday September 18, 2011

The first WBaduk Intercontinental Team Cup — another new online tournament — is now recruiting players from three continents, including the Americas. The Team Cup “is a last-man-standing tournament with five representatives from each participating continent,” Semi Lee of the Cyberkiwon Corps’ WBaduk Team tells the E-Journal. “Each player who wins continues to play opponents from the other two teams, alternating between them, until there are no more opponents left. The last surviving team wins the Cup!” Registration — open through the end of the month — is free, over $10,000 has been budgeted for the tournament and organizers are offering “special prizes.”

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Harrisburg Tourney Canceled!

Thursday September 8, 2011

The go tournament scheduled for this Sunday, September 11 in Harrisburg PA has been canceled. “The heavy rainfall has caused flooding in the city,” reports Jason Long, “and that has made our venue unavailable.”

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Hoboken Open Canceled

Tuesday September 6, 2011

The Hoboken Open scheduled for September 18 has been canceled, reports organizer Larry Russ.

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International Go Art Contest

Sunday September 4, 2011

The 1st International Children’s Go is Art Painting Contest received submissions from the US, Mexico, Japan, the Philippines and India,” reports Alma G. Juarez, of Mexico City. “We wanted to make go culture flourish among children, and promote it through a creative exchange with the painting contest,” Juarez told the Journal, “there were three categories A, B and C from 6 to 15 years old, and kids were free to use any technique they wanted for their artworks. All the paintings we received were amazing and we could see the creativity and love that these children have for go.”  The submissions are all online, and can be seen here.  “The decision about the finalists was hard for the panel of judges,” said Juarez, “but we can say that the experience was great for everyone. We included a Special Mention for Takumi Shimada, a four-year-old  Japanese boy. Even though his age wasn’t under any category, he submitted a painting showing his love for go and his will to learn. Also we had the finalist submission of Aaron Ye 4d, who recently represented the US at the World Youth Go Championship, he’s not just a strong go player but also a great artist!  For all the children that didn’t have the opportunity to participate in the ‘Go is Art’ Painting Contest, it will be an annual event, so don’t hesitate to send your submissions next year!” -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Quotes translated from the Spanish by Siddhartha Avila.  Photo: Jamia Mei Tolentino’s  “Happiness with Go” An entry from the Philippines.
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Chicago Teens Learn Chinese and Go

Sunday September 4, 2011

“This summer, fifty high school students from the Chicago area attended the Startalk Learn Chinese program, and filled their summer vacation with an intensive college-level Chinese language experience,” reports Xinming Simon Guo, “sure, they were immersed in activities typical of a language program: listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese. What the students did not know they were in for was the use of weiqi (go) to help them understand Chinese culture and thinking. What’s the relationship between Chinese language learning and weiqi? Research from Wellcome Trust showed that Mandarin Chinese speakers use both sides of their brains to understand language, whereas English speakers use just the left hemisphere. Meanwhile in another research study, functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to compare the brain activities of people playing chess as opposed to weiqi. The result indicated that the right hemisphere of the weiqi players worked more actively than that of the chess players during the game. By being exposed to weiqi, Chinese language learners are more likely to tap both sides of the brain and learn Chinese more quickly.”  Guo and other teachers were involved in the project, which was held at Depaul University.  A full report on the program, and more photos, is here.  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo:

YOUR MOVE: Congress Ratings?

Tuesday August 23, 2011

“When will the ratings be updated?” wonders Andreas. “Looks like the first two rounds of the main Congress tournament are in there, but nothing after Wednesday, none of the Self-Paired.”
In general, tournaments are rated within a week of our receiving the tournament results report from the tournament director.  From time to time there are delays as we have to clarify some of the results with the tournament directors…its very easy to transpose a number in a players AGA ID, for instance.  Please rest assured that we will rate the tournaments as quickly as possible.
– Jonathan M Bresler, AGA Ratings Coordinator
photo: at the 2011 U.S. Open in Santa Barbara, CA; photo by Chris Garlock

Laughter Goes Hand-in-Hand with Learning at Guo Juan Workshop

Monday August 22, 2011

 Fifteen go players attended the Fifth Annual NC Guo Juan Workshop, held August 12-14, in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Almost half of the attendees were young players, and three were new local players, reports local organizer Bob Bacon. “The registration fees for the first six young players were generously paid by an anonymous Triangle Go Group member,” Bacon adds. Guo “gave a number of interesting and helpful lectures and reviewed games,” co-organizer Thomas McCarthy tells the E-Journal. “She also provided us with the opportunity to play against her in a simultaneous format, and treated us to the joys of Survivor Go.” Workshop participant strength ranged from beginner to 3-dan, “and Guo Juan’s instruction and assistance was perfectly adjusted to each person’s strength.  Laughter went hand in hand with learning, and everyone came away with a stronger appreciation of this wonderful game,” said Bacon.
photo courtesy Bob Bacon

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Ting Li 1P Visits the Schaumburg Go Club

Monday August 22, 2011

Ting Li 1P visited the Chicago area after the recent U.S. Go Congress and paid a visit to the Schaumburg Go Club. “She wanted to see ‘American go’ played in a coffee shop,” said Lee Hunyh 1d, a club member and Chicago native whom Ting happened to ask at Congress about the local sights. Ting graciously played two simuls — winning all her games, of course — gave a game review, and signed a board. “She speaks Chinese, Japanese, and English, and hence was able to review each simul game in the native language of the club member,” says local organizer Daniel Smith. Many club members had never met a professional player before, and “everyone greatly appreciated the time Ting spent with us,”
Smith added.

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Updating Your E-Journal Profile

Sunday August 21, 2011

Top tourney results…opportunities to participate in international events…upcoming events…to keep you up-to-date on world go news, the E-Journal now publishes whenever go news breaks. If that works for you, you don’t need to do anything. However, if you prefer the once-a-week compilation of the previous week’s posts, simply click on the “Update Your Profile” link at the bottom of each EJ and click on “Weekly.” In that same screen, you can update your email address, renew your AGA membership, check your rating or start receiving the Members’ Edition of the AGA E-Journal. NOTE: be careful to click on the “Update Profile” button when you’re finished and NOT the “Unsubscribe” button (unless that’s what you want)!

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Never Too Much Go in Bay Area

Saturday August 20, 2011

A diverse playing field ranging from 7 dan to 26 kyu gathered in Palo Alto, CA on August 13 for the Bay Area Go Players Association monthly AGA ratings tournament. “I was worried that most of our regular players would still be recovering from the US Go Congress and wouldn’t make it,” admits tournament organizer Roger Schrag. But 29 kids and adults played in the tournament, more than half of them having just returned from the US Go Congress less than a week earlier. “Perhaps the Congress energized these players and reminded them how rewarding face to face go play can be,” Schrag suggests. Tony Xie 5d (playing White on the middle board in the photo) swept the dan division with an impressive 4-0 record. In the kyu division, Raymond Feng 6k and Bryan Tan 13k led with four wins and one loss each. The next monthly AGA ratings tournament in the San Francisco Bay Area will be held September 10 in Palo Alto. Photo by Lisa Schrag; click here for more photos.

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