Registration is now open for the Young Lions Tournament, run by the American Go Honor Society (AGHS). The tourney is scheduled for November 6-7. Depending on turnout, there will be a qualifying event on October 30. A list of pre-qualified players from the AGHS School Team Tournament is here. Participants must be 18 or younger and have solid, KGS or AGA ranks. To register, email your name, rank, and KGS username to email@example.com by October 23. All matches will be played on KGS in the American Go Honor Society room (Room List –> Social –> American Go Honor Society room). Trophies will be awarded to the top four in each division and plaques will be awarded to the winners of each division. Who knows? Maybe you will be the next leader of the pride. The AGHS also announced it’s new officers, Jasmine Yan and Jack Ye are Co-Presidents, Andrew Thacker is the Secretary, and Tim Savoie is the Treasurer. - by AGHS President Jasmine Yan
American Go E-Journal » Youth
Monday October 11, 2010
Monday September 27, 2010
Cherry Shen 6d, and David Su 1d, have been chosen for the 2010 AGF College Scholarship. The $1,000 awards are presented each year to outstanding youth who have been active go organizers or teachers. “Although I enjoy the competitiveness of go,” said Shen, “there are other aspects of the game that I enjoy just as much: volunteering, teaching kids, and meeting a diverse group of people bridged by one game.” Su, an active high school organizer in the San Francisco Bay Area, told the Journal “I started playing Go in 7th grade and then joined my school’s go club in freshmen year, but I did not foresee that I would be leading the club 2 years later.”
Monday August 16, 2010
Curtis Tang 7d, was named Honorary Redmond Meijin at the final awards banquet at the US Go Congress, Aug. 7th. Tang, now 17 years old, has a long history of success in the Redmond. He took the Junior Division championship in 2001, 03, and 04, and then again in 2006 in the Senior Division. This year marks his fifth win in the Cup, and also the last year he is eligible to play in it. The only other person ever to win five times is Eric Lui, 7d, who won his fifth time in 2001, and was also named Redmond Meijin. The title is honorary, and for life, so both young men are now Honorary Meijin. None Redmond herself presented the Cup to Tang. His winning matches in the finals are available online. Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Curtis Tang.
Monday August 16, 2010
Oliver Wolf 2d, age 11, won the Junior Division of the Redmond Cup at the recently concluded US Go Congress. His opponent, Henry Zhang 1d, also 11, took second place. Wolf won the first round match, held Aug. 2, but Zhang rallied to come from behind in round 2, winning by 3.5 points. The decisive match was held on Aug. 5, with Wolf winning the game, and the title of Redmond Champion. Both boys received a special honor when None Redmond, founder of the Redmond Cup, and tireless youth go advocate for decades, presented the trophies in person at the final awards banquet at the Go Congress. The boys also won $350 for first place, and $250 for second, as well as a free trip to the Go Congress to compete. All three matches were broadcast live on KGS, and the sgf files are available online. Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Ling Shan; from left to right: Oliver Wolf , None Redmond, Henry Zhang.
Friday August 6, 2010
Congress-going youth have had an exciting week in the Youth Room, with pro simuls, mini tournaments and prizes, prizes, and more prizes. Thanks to the generosity of Winston Jen, every kid at the Congress has won a free set of all seventeen volumes of the Hikaru no Go manga. DVD sets of popular series like Hunter x Hunter and Fruits Basket, piles of Hikaru no Go merchandise, Audio Go Lessons from Guo Juan, and donations from Art of Problem Solving.com and Wolfram Mathematica rounded out the prize pool as well. Eight-year-old Aaron Ye 2d (center, in photo at left) enjoyed his game review with Yilun Yang 7p, and so did the crowd that gathered round to watch. Youth also got to play six-on-1 and 8-on-1 simuls with top pros from Korea, China, and Japan. Mini tournaments were held most days, with prizes for 9×9 table winners, 13×13, and Lightning. Youth Adult Pair Go remains one of the most popular events, with 44 youth and adults playing this year, paired as one youth and one adult of opposite genders, with a few same-gender pairs thrown in for good measure. The Youth Team Tournament, modeled after Hikaru no Go, was also popular, with nine teams competing. Top honors went to Keiju Takahara, Oliver Wolf and Takashi Hoshi in the dan division, and Anurag Varma, Albert Hu, and Alvin Hu in the Kyu division. Both teams are playing in the photo at right, while Winston Jen (third from left, standing) observes the match. - Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor, photos by Paul Barchilon (top left) and Chris Garlock (bottom right).
Thursday August 5, 2010
Thirteen-year-old 7 dan Calvin Sun (at right in his match against Korea) placed fourth in the recent World Youth Go Championships, representing the U.S. Nine-year-old Kevin Fang 1d was the Junior Representative, placing eighth. ”I am happy to have this opportunity to be in the exciting WYGC tournament,” Fang told the E-Journal, ”I got to play with the top junior players in the world. I did not reach my goal this time, and ended up with the youngest player award. I hope I will do better next time.” The boys won a free trip to Penghu, Taiwan, to compete at the finals, July 22 – 28. Mingjiu Jiang 7p went as team coach (see below for his commentary on Sun’s critical Round 4 match against Czechia). ”This was my sixth time representing USA in the WYGC,” writes Sun, “I placed fourth in the senior division this year and Kevin tied for eighth in the junior division–which is a very good outcome considering he was the youngest player participating in the competition. He also got the award for ‘Youngest Player’. Other than the players from China, Korea, Japan and Taipei, the European Go players were also very strong. My most important game was the fourth round against Czech Republic’s representative, Lukas Podpera, 15. The winner would advance to the finals. Before the game, Mingjiu Jiang 7P helped me study all of Podpera’s games, and I played a fuseki he was not used to, thus leading throughout the game and winning by 17 points. In the Senior Division, Korea’s Insei Han Seung Joo placed first,
China’s Baolong Zhao 2P placed second, Chinese Taipei’s Jiayuan Xu 6d placed third, and I placed fourth. In the Junior Division, China Qicheng Li 1P placed first, Korea’s Insei Min-Jun Shin placed second, Chinese Taipei’s Zhengxun Cheng placed third, and Singapore’s Yifei Yue placed fourth. Penghu is an archipelago made up of 64 small islands west of Taiwan. The tournament took place on Penghu’s largest island, Magog. The last day we went to another small island and went swimming and crab catching . Unfortunately, it was raining that day so many activities such as snorkeling and fishing were canceled. For dinner, we ate the crabs we caught that afternoon,” said Sun.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor, Photos by Yanchen Sun. From left, at left, Mingjiu Jiang 7p, Kevin Fang 1d, Calvin Sun 7d
Thursday August 5, 2010
Twin brothers Matthew and Nathan Harwit finish each other’s sentences, are virtually the same strength and are hardly ever seen apart but they’re quick to tell you that Matthew’s the older one. “Two minutes,” the twelve-year-olds say together. Matthew’s 4d and Nathan is 3d but they both agree they’re very close in strength and indeed Nathan won when the two were paired in Tuesday’s third round of the North American Ing Masters tournament. They’ve only been playing a couple years, learning the game after seeing it played at a chess tournament at their elementary school in Boulder, Colorado. “We thought it was cool,” says Matthew, “and the go players were friends of our mother,” adds Nathan. The boys are regulars at the Boulder Kids and Teens Go Club, run by Paul Barchilon and David Weiss. The club boasts four dan-level children, all of whom are at the Congress. The fraternal twins are fiercely competitive with each other, of course, and play at least one game every day, in addition to taking on other players on KGS. They cheerfully admit to having been caught playing go by flashlight under the covers after bedtime, and are thrilled to be playing in the Ing this year. “It’s great to get your butt kicked by 8-dans,” says Nathan, “yeah, we learn a lot and it’s fun,” adds Matthew.
- report/photo by Chris Garlock
Monday August 2, 2010
Curtis Tang 7d (r) won both Redmond Cup games, shutting out Jianing Gan 7d in the Senior Division. Gan had been favored to win, placing first in the qualifiers, while Tang placed third, and was only selected to play when second place finalist Gansheng Shi was unable to attend the Congress. Tang, now 17 years old, has a long history of success in the Redmond. He took the Junior Division championship in 2001, 03, and 04, and then again in 2006 in the Senior Division. Both finalists won a free trip to the US Go Congress to compete, and will receive cash prizes as well, and this year None Redmond herself will present the Redmond Cup at the awards banquet. Click here for both game records (under Redmond Cup Senior Division).
- Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor
Monday July 26, 2010
Curtis Tang 7d (r) will be competing in the Redmond Cup at the upcoming U.S. Go Congress. Gansheng Shi 7d was slated to play, but was unable to attend Congress. Tang, who placed third in the finals, will face Jianing Gan 6d in a best-of-three match in the Senior Division. In the Junior, eleven-year-olds Oliver Wolf 2d and Henry Zhang 1d will square off. All Redmond games will be broadcast live on KGS in the AGA Tournaments room. The action starts Sunday August 1 at 3p MTN time, with additional matches on Monday at 3p, Tuesday at 7p, and Thursday at 3p.
- Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor
Thursday July 22, 2010
Marjorie “Su Co” Hey has been chosen as the AGF’s Teacher of the Year. An ordained Buddhist nun, she is in good company, joining Honinbo Sansa, the 16th century founder of the Honinbo House, among notable go playing Buddhists. Hey, who lives in Medford, MA, has been a dedicated go teacher for the past seven years, with go programs at elementary schools, libraries, and Boys and Girls Clubs, often running five or six separate clubs each week. “For those people who are afraid I am teaching their kids Buddhism, I point out that go was being played at least a thousand years before Buddhism or Christianity were established,” Hey told the E-Journal, “go teaches us to do our best, treat our opponents with respect and to avoid being greedy (the surest way to lose).” Hey seems never to have been worried about the competitive aspects of the game, and instead delights in teaching and helping beginners. She is not a strong player herself, with an AGA rank of 18 kyu, but she possesses a special gift – the ability to fascinate and delight children. Her main interest is in helping her students, and she enjoys seeing their progress. “Ralph St. Louis (age 14) and I played to see if he would be eligible to play in the Massachusetts Go Association (MGA) tournament. Playing even, he won by a half point,’ said Hey. “The next morning I loaned him my 10 volume set of Level Up and he set to studying it before the Sunday tournament. I entered him as a 20 kyu. He played me the first game and mowed me down. He went on to play a 6 kyu and won and then lost to a 4 kyu. I only won two and lost two. Last night I checked the new ratings and I had gone from 19+ kyu to 18.9 kyu but Ralph went from 20 kyu to 16.6 kyu. WOW!!!! Ralph is more than 2 kyu stronger than me.” Tom Bahun, a teenaged 2 dan, tells a similar story: “the first tournament I went to at the MGA was dull and boring, but the next one was run by Su Co, and we had tons of fun. All the kids had huge smiles on their faces they were so happy, including me, even though I had lost. She is all around a great person and a great teacher of go to children.” The Teacher of the Year Award has become quite competitive in recent years, and many excellent teachers are finding themselves on a waiting list for the honor, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip the annual US Go Congress. Honorable mention goes to Portland go teacher Fritz Balwit, and Colorado teacher David Weiss, who were also nominated for the award this year. Hey will hold a round-table discussion — for those who teach and those who would like to — at the Congress, on Monday Aug. 2 at 5pm.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Hey, at center, teaching children at Brooks Elementary School in Medford MA.