In a surprise move, the Ing Chang-Ki Goe Foundation, sponsors of the World Youth Goe Championships (WYGC), have decided to hold their own qualification process, instead of accepting the US Youth Champion as their representative to the WYGC. “After a long and serious consideration,” writes Executive Secretary Yang Yu-Chia, “[we] would like to inform you that the selection process of World Youth Goe Championships in North America will be conducted by the Foundation and its liaison office in Menlo Park, California, with the hope that we can expand our influence of promotions for the youth there in the future.” No further reason was given. AGA President Andy Okun, in a formal response, stated that “The AGA’s practice is to support nearly all go activities in the US, regardless of who organizes them. For the most part, we welcome the Ing Foundation doing activities on its own. However, regarding international representation, this is one area where we do care who does what in the US. While the Ing Foundation is a private group, and may choose to invite whomever they like to their events, it should be made clear that if the Foundation selects an American player for the WYGC without AGA involvement and endorsement, that player cannot be called the US representative.” The AGA Board moved swiftly in approving a new set of prizes for the USYGC, which will still be held on Jan. 19th, and will select the AGA’s national champions. The winner of the top sections, in both age divisions, will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the US Go Congress. All other brackets will also still receive their national titles, as well as etched crystal trophies. Everyone who enters will also be eligible for AGF Scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or the US Go Congress, first-come first-serve.. - Paul Barchilon, E.J. Youth Editor.
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Saturday January 5, 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 schools, libraries and c
“If you have helped the AGF before,” urges Benson, “please renew your support. If you haven’t, please start now.”
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.