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Kyu Players Wanted – Sign Up for Youth Championships Today

Saturday December 29, 2012

There is still time to register for the US Youth Go Championships, which will be held Jan. 19th on KGS.  All AGA members who are under 18 are eligible, and there will be prizes awarded every five ranks.  Think you might be the best 22 kyu out there? Try your hand in the 21-25 kyu bracket.  All games will be even within rank brackets of roughly five stones.  All dan level games will be further subdivided by age – under 18 and under 12.  Winners will receive a beautiful etched glass trophy, 2nd place in each bracket gets a Sai plushie.  Everyone who enters will be eligible for AGF scholarships to either the AGA Go Camp or the US Go Congress, first come first served.  The scholarships are worth $400 at camp, or $200 at congress. You may enter at a rank higher than your official AGA rank, but may not enter at a lower one.  The registration deadline is Sunday, January 13th.  To register, e-mail youth@usgo.org with your name, rank, birthday, AGA ID, KGS ID, and citizenship. -Story and Photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Young players at the 2010 Go Congress.

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Free Lessons for Youth

Saturday December 22, 2012

If you are under 18, there is still time to apply for free teaching lessons from professionals, through the  American Go Foundation.  Yi Lun Yang 7P, Janice Kim 3P, and  Jennie Shen 2P, will offer lessons online to students who qualify.  Applicants must be AGA members, currently in grades K-12, and not had private  professional lessons before (attending a lesson at a previous congress is not a problem).  Applicants will be judged on their demonstrated interest in go, their short essays and any letters of recommendation.   Finalists may be asked to play a game against a strong amateur to confirm their enthusiasm.   Six lessons will be provided to each player selected.  The deadline for applications is January 1 2013. Apply to get stronger today, click here to download the form.   -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.

Help Build the Future of Go in the US

Friday December 21, 2012

The American Go Foundation‘s annual fund-drive is under way. “Every dollar you give is matched by the hundreds of hours AGF board members, mentors and volunteers spend on helping our programs and encouraging others to teach go,” says AGF President Terry Benson. The AGF and AGA worked “more closely than ever to promote go” in 2012, Benson says, and “Now the AGF needs to rebuild our treasury.”

The AGF Store, previously available only to approved AGF programs, is now open to college clubs and AGA chapters, while continuing to serve schoolslibraries and community programs. The AGA has renewed its matching grant program for college clubs to help them purchase playing equipment from the AGF Store for club use.  The AGF had a booth at the American Library Association convention again this year to encourage libraries to order the Hikaru no Go manga for only $20.  ”These sets are the seeds for the future of go which we’ve planted in hundreds of communities around the country,” says Benson, “often with the assistance of local volunteers working with their community’s youth librarians. The library clubs are nurtured with the equipment made possible by generous go players.”

The AGF provided most of the funding to broadcast and archive the sessions at the 2012 International Go Symposium and the AGF also provided $11,000 in scholarships for kids to attend this year’s US Go Congress and US Go Camp, as well as $1,000 for new go comics on the TigersMouth website. The $1,000 AGF College Scholarships reward college bound organizers and “We just received a shipment of $15,000 worth of boards, stones, and bowls to replenish our supplies for youth programs.”

“If you have helped the AGF before,” urges Benson, “please renew your support. If you haven’t, please start now.”

 

Luo Tops Boulder Go Tourney

Thursday December 20, 2012

Thirty players attended the Rocky Mtn. Winter Go Tourney, held Dec. 15 in Boulder, CO.  Ten of the players were youth, and prizes were given in three brackets.  Xian Wu Luo 2d topped the dan division with four wins, while Laurie Linz 8k was undefeated in the Single Digit Kyu Bracket, and Dave Thomas 14k won the double digit kyu bracket with three wins.  Alex Tsalyuk 26k won the newcomers section, for players in the 20-30kyu range, which included both 19×19 and 13×13 games; Tsalyuk won a free go set as his prize.  Winners Report: Dan Division: 1st place: Xian Wu Luo 2d; 2nd place: Yi Yun-Bo 6d; SDK Division: 1st place: Laurie Linz 8k, 2nd place: Kent Evenson 1k; DDK Division: 1st place: Dave Thomas 14k, 2nd place: Akrom Amanov 16k; Newcomers: 1st place Alex Tsalyuk 26k, 2nd place Jimmy Mason 30k.  The TDs were Eric Moakley and Paul Barchilon -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon E-J Youth editor.

Sun Bests Irvington in Portland

Thursday December 6, 2012

Sun Montesorri School beat Irvington Elementary School in a five person, three round, two team match, 11 wins to 4, on Sunday, Dec. 2nd. Peter Freedman and Fritz Balwit, Irvington and Sun Montesorri’s coaches, respectively, co-directed the tournament. Irvington School Chess and Go Club Parent Coordinator Jessica Nesseler-Cass transported four of the Irvington players, and Ellis’ mom contributed a loaf of banana bread.  Leading the way for Sun Montesorri with three wins was Amos, with Holden and Hansen winning twice. Rakan, Hikaru, and Tessa played in a tournament for the first time.  Rakan and Hikaru are both brand new to the game, and Tessa just began playing this summer.  Hikaru’s dad is very into Manga, which is where Hikaru found Hikaru no Go and wanted to learn the game. The venue was Mt. Tabor Church’s Taborspace, where the church generously lets us play for free on Sunday afternoons.  Full results: Round 1: Amos b. McCaleb, Hansen b. Ellis, Holden b Noah, Niko l. to Sam, Dylan b. Rakan (1st player is Montesorri, 2nd, Irvington; Round 2: Amos b. Ellis, Hansen b. McCaleb, Holden b. Sam, Nick b Noah, Hikaru (YES! A local Go player named Hikaru!) b. Rakan; Round 3: Holden l. to McCaleb, Dylan l. to Ellis, Hansen l. to Tessa, Amos b. Sam, Niko b. Hikaru. -Tourney report by Peter Freedman

Free Teaching Workshop with Yang Yu Chia Dec. 15

Wednesday December 5, 2012

Yang Yu Chia, general secretary of the Ing Chang Ki Goe Foundation, will introduce his innovative method of teaching go to children and beginners on Saturday Dec. 15, 2012 at the American Ing Goe Center in Menlo Park, CA. Yang has years of experience with teaching kids, and organizes and supervises the World Youth Go Championships every year. The seminar is free and open to anyone teaching or interested in teaching go, and begins at 2:00 pm.  The American Ing Goe Center is at 887 Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park, CA.

US Youth Championship Jan. 19

Tuesday December 4, 2012

The United States Youth Go Championships will be held Saturday, January 19th, on KGS.   The tourney 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 -30 kyu (depending on number of registrants).  The qualifiers will use several formats for pairing, and all dan level youth will compete in an open section.  The top four eligible youth will then move on to a double elimination final held on January 20th, and continuing the following weekend. Contestants will also be entered into a pool to receive partial scholarships to either the AGA Summer Youth Go Camp, or the US Go Congress, courtesy of the AGF, 16 Scholarships will be awarded.

The Junior Division is for youth under 12, the Senior Division is for youth under 16 as of August 15, 2013.  Only US Citizens under 16 may enter the finals, youth who are under 18 may compete in the qualifiers and kyu brackets, and so may residents who are not citizens.  To register, e-mail youth@usgo.org with your name, AGA #, date of birth, AGA rating, KGS ID, and citizenship.  You may enter at a rank higher than your official AGA rank, but may not enter at a lower one.  The registration deadline is Sunday, January 13th.  For more info, see the USYGC page. -Paul Barchilon E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: USYGC Sr. Division Champion Calvin Sun 7d, (at left) competing against Alexandru-Petre Pitrop, of Romaniam at the 2012 World Youth Go Championships, in Luoyang, China.  Photo by Abby Zhang.

Li Wins Young Lions Tourney, Again

Wednesday November 28, 2012

Fifteen-year-old Yunxuan Li 5d once again led the pack of youth go players, with a convincing 4-0 record,  in the annual Young Lions Tournament, held November 17th on KGS. “The final round of the tournament, with Li facing off against USYGC Champion Aaron Ye 5d, was especially breathtaking, with Li playing an exquisite tesuji combo while under time pressure to save his group from death and clinch the game,” reports tourney organizer Hugh Zhang 7d. The tournament, hosted by the American Go Honors Society (AGHS), is one of the premier youth competitions in the US. “I think the AGHS did a great job with this tournament,” Li comments, “they kept the tournament organized and fun,  and made a good opportunity to play against youth players in America.” Li, as well as second place finishers Aaron Ye and Eric Su 4d, will receive as one of their prizes a free teaching game from newly minted go professionals Andy Liu 1P and Gansheng Shi 1P. Willis Huang 1d, another strong contender in the open division added that “I think the Young Lion’s Tourney was intriguing. It shows the potential younger players [like me] have.” Winners of the Young Lions tournament usually go on to do extremely well in the United States Youth Go Championship. Vincent Zhuang 6d, the 2011 winner went on to win the USYGC, while last year Yunxuan Li nearly made the finals. This year, Li is one of the top contenders and has a strong chance of winning the USYGC and representing the US at the world championships. The American Go Honors Society also hosts the School Team Tournament, in which schools each send teams of at least three players, and fight for the title of North America’s strongest school, more info here. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor, with Hugh Zhang. Photo: A crowd gathers to watch Yunxuan Li 5d, at left, in a match with Yoo Changhyuk 9P, at right, at a simul in LA last April.  Photo by Wenguang Wu.

AGA Funds College Go Programs

Monday November 19, 2012

The AGA Board voted to approve funding for the College Matching Program at its October meeting.  Originally launched by former AGA President Mike Lash, the program allowed college clubs to receive financial support for starting go clubs.  The program was canceled when the AGA lost Ing funding several years ago, but has now been re-approved.  Colleges can apply to be AGF programs, which gains them access to go equipment from the AGF store.  Although no equipment is provided free, the AGA will pay for half of any purchases, up to $50, or up to $100 if the program is also an AGA Chapter. As the AGF store is a non-profit, full board sets can be purchased for just $10.  Equipment can only be used for in club play though, not for any specific individuals, and may not be resold.  Colleges also gain access to items like Hikaru no Go for the library, go books, and a host of AGF resources for supporting clubs.  More information can be found on the new AGF page for the program here. -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. 

AGF Sponsors Pro Teaching Program

Monday November 12, 2012

Thanks to a generous donor, the American Go Foundation is able to grant a select number of young players the opportunity to have a series of  professional lessons online.  Yi Lun Yang 7P, Janice Kim 3P, and  Jennie Shen 2P, have generously agreed to support the program.  Applicants must be AGA members, currently in grades K-12, and have never had a professional lesson before.  Applicants will be judged on their demonstrated interest in go, their short essays and any letters of recommendation.   Finalists may be asked to play a game against a strong amateur to confirm their enthusiasm.   Six lessons will be provided to each player selected.  The deadline for applications is January 1 2013. Apply to get stronger today, click here to download the form.   -Report by Keith Arnold, Photo by Paul Barchilon: Yilun Yang teaching kids at the 2010 Go Congress.