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Amberly Elementary Gets Go

Sunday March 6, 2011

Kids at Amberly Elementary School, in Portage MI,  learned about go this year. “Each year Amberly offers an opportunity for parents and members of the community to teach classes for an after school enrichment program,” writes Jason Preuss, whose daughter attends the school. “I decided it would be a great opportunity to introduce go.  The class met once a week for six weeks and had six students ranging from 1st to 5th grade.  It was enough time to cover the material in the first Level Up book.  The students enjoyed the class and the parents gave positive feedback. For my first time out I was pleased with how the class went. I would like to thank the AGF for their support, in particular the classroom start up kit.”
- EJ Youth Editor Paul Barchilon.  Photo by Jason Preuss
photo (l to r): Jason Preuss, Deidra Preuss, Alyson Koh, Jonathan Koh, Jonathan Ballard, Jacob Ballard. Not pictured: Zyad Wallace.
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USYGC and World Youth Updates

Sunday March 6, 2011

The United States Youth Go Championships will be held March 26, with finals on the first weekend in April. The tournament will be held online, and will select the US representatives to the World Youth Goe Championships, in Bucharest, Romania.  The Ing Foundation has just announced that the Senior Division will be limited to under 16, not under 18, as has been the case in the past.  The USYGC will still allow youth under 18 to compete for the US titles, and will determine National Dan, Single Digit Kyu (SDK), and Double Digit Kyu (DDK) Champions. The winners will receive trophies, and prizes will be awarded in the following brackets: 5-7 dan 1-4 dan, 1-4 kyu, 5-9 kyu, 10-15 kyu, 16-20 kyu, 21-25 kyu, 26 and up kyu.  Contestants will be entered into a pool to receive $400 scholarships to  this year’s AGA Summer Youth Go Camp, courtesy of the AGF, 16 Scholarships will be awarded. The Junior Division is for youth 11 and under, the Senior Division is for youth under 16 as of August 17, 2011. Only US Citizens may enter the finals, residents may compete in the qualifier; the winners must be able to travel to Romania for the finals, August 12-19 (expenses are covered for the youth players, but not for parents).  To register, e-mail youth@usgo.org with your name, AGA #, date of birth, AGA rating, KGS ID, and citizenship.
- Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor

AGF College Scholarship Apps Being Accepted

Sunday March 6, 2011

Applications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarship. 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. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants whose enthusiasm and ambition have helped spread go in under-served areas will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award focuses on promoters and organizers who have made substantial contributions during their go career.  To read about former winners, check out Sensei #6.
- EJ Youth Editor Paul Barchilon.  Photo: 2010 scholarship recipient Cherry Shen.

IN MEMORIAM: Yoshi Sawada

Monday February 28, 2011

Yoshi Sawada (l) passed away last Friday after a brief and unexpected illness. “Many Go Congress participants will remember Yoshi best for the extremely popular lecture series he gave every year with Maeda Ryo 6P (r),” says Steve Burrall. “The lectures were on ‘The Maeda Method,’ and the term ‘translator’ does not begin to describe the way in which Yoshi brought the concepts to life for the audience. Those of us who were blessed to have him as a close part our lives know that his constant desire was to help people and make them happy, and he was amazing at it.” American Go Association President Allan Abramson called Sawada an “invaluable asset, working behind the scenes to avoid and to smooth over many problems. His honesty was unparalleled. His willingness to help unexcelled. His laughter a delight. This is both a personal loss and a great loss for the go community.” Sawada is survived here by his wife Keiko, two sisters and nieces and nephews back in Japan. “Bring your favorite pictures of and stories about Yoshi to the Santa Barbara Congress,” adds Burrall, “and we will have a time and place to share them.”
- photo by Jake Edge

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Minshan Shou 7d Wins NJ Open

Monday February 28, 2011

Minshan Shou 7d is this year’s New Jersey Open champion, topping a field of 109 players competing for $1,600 in prizes last weekend in Princeton, New Jersey. Xiruo Liu 7d took second place and Andy Liu 7d was third. Click here for the complete list of winners.
photo: Xiruo Liu (l) and Minshan Shou (r) were the only players with 4-1 records going in to the last round.  Zhaonian (Michael) Chen has white on Board 2 (center), playing Kevin Huang (not visible, at right, behind Minshan Shou). Both are former New Jersey State champions, as is Andy Liu on board 3 (to Chen’s right, behind water jug). Photo courtesy Rick Mott

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Daniel Chou 6d Tops NOVA Tourney

Monday February 28, 2011

Daniel Chou 6d (l) took top honors in the NOVA Chinese Lunar New Year tournament on on Saturday February 26 at the George Mason campus in Arlington, VA. Over 50 participated, including many youngsters. “As usual, Master Ching-Sung Chin (r) brought out many from the Chinese community,” reports organizer Allan Abramson. Sponsors included the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, AXA Advisors of Falls Church, GEICO, and the Hui Hua Community Center. “Ching-Sung also produced his annual booklet for the tournament,” adds Abramson; email chin8673@yahoo.com for a copy.
Winner’s Report: 1st place: Daniel Chou 6d, 4-0; Odie Hestnes 1d, 4-0; Hong Chun Liu 1k, 4-0; Kevin Chin 3k, 3-1; Robert Ehrlich 5k, 3-0; Daniel Monahan 6k, 3-1; Gary Smith 11k, 4-0; Danny Topp 14k, 3-1; and Julian Li 25k, 4-0.
Second place winners: Gary Li 1d, 2-2; Jacob Levellen 2k, 3-1; Jerry Chen 3k, 3-1; Baifu Li 5k, 3-1; Joey Phoon 6k and Joseph Lee 6k (tie, both 3-1); Alan Chen, 11k, 3-1; Caleb Vickers, 12k and Jake Altizer 12k (tie, both 2-2); Ron Barbaro 21k, 3-1; and Alex Lin 35k, 3-1
- photo courtesy Allan Abramson

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Marketing/PR Experience Sought

Monday February 28, 2011

The AGA’s fundraising committee is looking for a volunteer with marketing or PR experience who can “help us with the design, look and feel of the printed materials we use to seek corporate and institutional support,” reports AGA Board member Andy Okun. If you’re interested or would like to know more, get in touch with Okun at abc@okun.name.

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Feng Yun 9P to Lead Workshop in China

Monday February 28, 2011

Feng Yun 9P is conducting a small-group workshop at the Hangzhou Qi Yuan in China this summer. “This is a great opportunity to study in a beautiful setting, and get stronger just before the U.S. Go Congress,” Feng Yun says. Click here for more details.

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Teacher of the Year Nominations

Sunday February 27, 2011

Nominations for the AGF  Teacher of the Year 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 agf@usgo.org.

Boyi Cui 4d Surprise Winner at Columbus Tourney

Monday February 21, 2011

Boyi Cui 4d upset Karl Wei 5d to win the Chinese New Year Festival Go/Weiqi tournament February 12 in Columbus, OH. Wei had won the dan division the previous two years and was expected to repeat again this year, but in the second round, he came up against Boyi and in a hard-fought game that came down to time, Boyi took the victory and ultimately 1st place in the dan division. This year marked the third year that the Tesuji Go Club of Columbus has partnered with the the Central Ohio Chinese community to organize the Chinese New Year Festival Go/Weiqi tournament. “This is one of the premier go events in Ohio every year and we had a good turnout of 19 players including road warriors Chris and Peter Martin, John Adams, and Asha Nakaiya who all drove 4 hours from Louisville, KY to participate,” reports organizer Corey Sanders. The event was played over four rounds with players competing for trophies in 2 divisions (dan and kyu), including a strong showing of dan players and a very competitive kyu division. “We had a large cluster of players all around the 10k range, which allowed for a lot of even or close to even games,” reports Sanders. Newcomer Rohit Prabhavalkar survived a tight first round game with a .5 point victory over fellow newcomer Jon Berg and was able to ride the momentum to a perfect 4-0 record and 1st place. Other top finishers included Karl Wei 5d in 2nd and Dajiang He 3d in 3rd in the dan division. Asha Nakaiya 5k took 2nd in the kyu division and Justin Giglio 10k took 3rd.

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