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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.

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Collegiate Go Tournament Deadline Extended

Sunday April 5, 2015

The deadline to apply for the 2015 Collegiate Go Tournament being held in Taiwan this summer has been extended to May 1st. This event is openOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAto any current, future, or recently graduated college(both undergraduate and graduate) student, who will or has attended school in the year 2015. All costs related to room, board, tours, and travel during the event will be covered by the Ing foundation. Organizer Mike Fodera says that the event is meant for students of any playing strength to participate, and will have four divisions so that everyone will be able to play someone around their rank. Find out more information about the tournament — and the forms to register — on the ACGA’s website.

 

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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.

Su Guangyue Captures 13th Students Oza Championship

Monday March 30, 2015

Su Guangyue, a fourth-year law student who had been runner-up in 2013, won the 13th World Students Go Oza Championship, held February 2015.03.29_World Students Oza winner24-25 at the Ginza Internet Forum in Tokyo. The contestants were sixteen university students: ten from the Far East, three from Europe, two from the Americas, and one from Oceania. For the eighth time, the winner was Chinese. The event was organized by the All-Japan Students Go Association, Nikkei Inc., and Pandanet, with the cooperation of the Nihon Kiin and the International Go Federation.
- based on James Davies report in Ranka; photo courtesy of the Nihon-Kin

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Kids Win Big in Portland

Friday March 27, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 12.38.42 PMTwenty-seven children, ranging from  preschool to 4th grade, played in a chess and go tournament at Taborspace in Portland, OR, on Sunday, March 15th, reports Peter Freedman. “This winds up the tournament season for players from the three schools where Fritz Balwit and I  teach afterschool chess and go clubs. Kahlial Lofquist is pictured holding  the school  Mind Sports Championship  trophy, awarded  to  the  school  with  the  highest  win/loss  percentage  for  chess  and  go  combined, which went to Irvington Elementary.” Go winners: 1st:  Tommy  Boyd, 4-0, Beverly Cleary; 2nd: Kahlial Lofquist  3 1/2 -0 (one bye), Irvington; 3rd: Olin Waxler, 3-1,  Beverly  Cleary. Also finishing  at 3-1, but  playing  weaker  opponents: Emmet Mayer and Mason Bonner. Chess winners: 1st: Leo Frankunas, Irvington; 2nd: Dylan Nakaji, Richmond; 3rd: Edwin  Chen, Ainsworth . Mind Sports records: First: Irvington, 24-20; 2nd: Beverly  Cleary, 13-12; 3rd: Richmond, 9-9. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Peter Freedman.

 

Workbooks Popular in Seattle School Go Clubs

Wednesday March 25, 2015

WorkbooksAfter-school go club teachers in Seattle have often used handouts with go problems, but this year they have started giving each student their own workbook with their name on it.  The results were surprising: the beginners really liked the books, sometimes more than playing.  One student told me he was going to sign up for the spring session just so that he could finish his workbook!  The go clubs are in local elementary schools, and most of the students are in grades 1-3.  The Center is mostly using English translations of the “Level Up” books by Lee Jae-Hwan, with some of the “Speed Baduk” workbooks by Kim Sung-Rae as well.

The workbooks have been an education for the teachers as well.  The books use a lot of repetition, and progress much more slowly than the typical introductory class at the Seattle Go Center.  “Level Up” doesn’t introduce the concept of “two eyes” until the end of the 2nd volume.  Apparently, the students like the repetition, as it makes the problems seem easy.  But over time, they get a thorough grounding in the fundamentals.  The “Level Up” series has 10 volumes; the “Jump Level Up” series follows that.

Finding the beginning volumes of either series in the U.S. can be hard, but the “Level Up” books can be ordered directly from Korea.  They are shipped by international surface mail, so it takes a while for them to arrive.  One order took about 2 weeks, another order, about 8 weeks.  To order books, contact Baduktopia at info@baduktopia.co.kr.  More information on Baduktopia can be found on FacebookPhoto/Report by Brian Allen

AGA Go Camp Set for July

Monday March 23, 2015

Go Camp 2014 (150) copyThe AGA Go Camp will take place from July 18th through July 25th at YMCA Camp Kern in Oregonia, Ohio (just 40 minutes from Cincinatti). Directors Amanda Miller and Nano Rivera return to organize the event, and they invite campers of all skill levels, between the ages of 8 and 18, to join them for a week of go-playing and fun.  More information regarding the camp will be available soon, and registration should open within the next two weeks,  keep your eyes out for future announcements in the E-J. Potential campers who participated in the NAKC or Redmond Cup are eligible for a $400 scholarship, and need-based scholarships will also be available. Any questions can be e-mailed to Amanda Miller at agagocampeast@gmail.com. -Story and Photo by Amanda Miller.

School Teams Deadline Extended to 3-25

Monday March 23, 2015

The School Teams Tournament has extended their registration deadline to this Wednesday, to catch any last minute teams that didn’t have time to sign up.  The tourney starts this Saturday. All matches will be played online, and schools from Canada, the US, and Mexico are all invited.  Scholarship and cash prizes will both be distributed.   To register, fill out the form here, by March 25. More information may be found on the AGHS website

Redmond Cup and School Teams Deadlines

Friday March 6, 2015

10576963_800302786669866_3812810001590467578_nThere is still time to sign up for two of the major youth events of the year: the Redmond Cup and the School Teams Tournament.  Registration for the Redmond is due by March 15th, School Teams by March 20th.In the Redmond,  preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2015 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids 12 and under, and the Senior league for 17 and under. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of  1 dan or higher.   Players who complete the tournament will be eligible for $400 scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or $200 scholarships to the US Go Congress, on a first come first served basis, courtesy of the AGF.  For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here.

The 2015 School Team Tournament (STT) will be held March 28 and April 4.  All matches will be played online, and schools from Canada, the US, and Mexico are all invited.  As a new top prize this year, the American Go Foundation is offering full scholarships (tuition + room/board) to the AGA Summer  Go Camp.  All three members of  the top dan and top kyu team will win the scholarships. Prizes will also be awarded in the other divisions, including $75 cash for first place, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd, as well as medals, and the stylish new AGHS T-Shirt.   To register, fill out the form here, by March 20. More information may be found on the AGHS website-Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Siddhartha Avila: Mexican youth compete in a team tourney.

Second International Collegiate Go Tournament Set for Summer 2015

Monday March 2, 2015

The Ing Foundation will be hosting the second annual International Collegiate Go Tournament this summer in Taiwan, according to the 2015.02.28_ACGA-tourney2015.02.28_ACGA-2013intl_tourneyAmerican Collegiate Go Association.  The event will begin on July 7th and will conclude on the 13th.  “I was lucky enough to attend last year’s event in Hong Kong as a guest and saw that the kids who were there playing had an amazing time,” said AGA president Andy Okun.  The event is open to any current, future, or recently graduated college student, either undergraduate or graduate, who will attend or has attended school in the year 2015. All costs related to room, board, tours, and travel during the event will be covered by the Ing Foundation.  “Players of all skills levels are welcome to participate and there will be separate divisions this year for high dan, low dan, single digit kyu and double digit kyu,” said ACGA’s Mike Fodera.  You can find out more information on the ACGA’s website. If you have any questions about the event, or would like to find out more about previous events hosted by the Ing Foundation, email Mike Fodera.
photos: (left) courtesy ACGA; (right): courtesy Mike Fodera

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