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18 WIN THROUGH TO WORLD YOUTH QUALIFIER FINALS

Saturday April 10, 2010

Sixteen young players won entry into next week’s World Youth Go Championship (WYGC) Qualifier finals, where they will join Calvin Sun 7d and Ben Lockhart 5d for an 18-player single-elimination tournament. Thirty two youth competed in the online WYGC Qualifier last weekend, with competition fierce in all brackets.  In the junior division, Aaron Ye 1d led the field with four wins.  The senior division was dominated by Curtis Tang 8d, and Zhongxia Zhao 7d, who won all four games.  Several kyu players entered for the chance to play top ranked youth, and dan players gave their kyu opponents game reviews after each match.  The finals will be held on April 10-11 in the KGS AGA Tournaments room, with matches at 9a and 1p Pacific time. Click here for full Qualifier results.
- Paul Barchilon, E-Journal Youth Editor

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AGA GO CAMP UPDATES

Saturday April 10, 2010

The East Coast summer go camp is set for July 17-25, in Somerset, New Jersey, while the West Coast Go Camp is still seeking a Director. Feng Yun 9P will again be the primary teacher at the East Coast camp, with John Mangual taking over as camp director. “The camps have been popular with young players on both Coasts,” said AGA President Allan Abramson, “and we’re looking for someone to organize and run this year’s camp on the West Coast.” Those interested can contact Abramson at President@usgo.org. The AGF is offering partial scholarships to the camps, and USYGC finalists are eligible for a pool of 16 camp scholarships as well.  Click here for  more information and an application.

TOP YOUTH SET FOR 2ND TRANSATLANTIC MATCH

Saturday April 10, 2010

Youth teams from North America and Europe are set to play a friendship match featuring ten of the strongest youth players from each continent. The North American team took a 6-4 victory in last year’s inaugural event, “but the Europeans have a strong team this year!” says organizer Lawrence Ku. The match, which will be held Sunday April 18 on the KGS go server, will be split into two sessions at 1500 GMT (8a PST, 11a EST) and 1800 GMT. Team Europe features former European youth champions Ali Jabarin and Artem Kachanovskyj, while the North American team is anchored by several US and Canadian WYGC representatives: Curtis Tang, Calvin Sun, Gansheng Shi, and Andrew Huang. Click here for full details.

WORLD YOUTH DEADLINE MARCH 30

Monday March 29, 2010

The deadline for the World Youth Goe Championships (WYGC) qualifier is now March 30th.  The qualifier will be held on April 3rd, and the finals on April 10th and 11th.  The winners in each bracket will go on to compete at the WYGC in Taiwan, July 22-28.  For more information click here.

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Big Tourney Weekend Coming Up

Monday February 15, 2010

Well over 100 players are expected at the New Jersey Open this weekend in Princeton, NJ. The 51st annual tournament is one of six events this weekend across the country, including the triple-threat Southern Cal Championship, US Youth Qualifier and NAMT/FUJITSU Qualifier in Alhambra, CA, the Chinese Spring Festival tournament in Columbus, OH and the John Groesch Memorial tourney in College Park, MD. “Princeton’s own Zhaonian (Michael) Chen ’11, who missed last year’s 50th anniversary NJO due to a schedule conflict, will play this year,” says NJO TD Rick Mott. “He has won in the past and it should be a great group of strong players contending for the title.” Also, Mott reports, “Feng Yun 9P has cancelled her classes for this weekend in order to allow her students to attend, so the expected total over both days is around 120 players.” Look for top boards to be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal. Look for top boards to be broadcast live on KGS by the E-Journal. Photo: young players review game at 2009 NJO; photo by John Pinkerton

AGA Board Waives U.S. Youth Go Championship Requirement

Monday February 1, 2010

The AGA Board acted Sunday to waive the 10-game minimum requirement for the annual U.S. Youth Go Championship, converting last year’s one-time exemption into a permanent exemption for this tournament, which leads to the selection of the U.S. representative to the World Youth tournament. Board Chairman Roy Schmidt noted that “This responds to concerns of youth advocates that the AGA should be encouraging maximum participation in this tournament, with reduced requirements.”

JEN DONATES ANIME FOR YOUTH TOURNAMENTS

Tuesday October 20, 2009

Winston Jen, the same donor who gave the AGA 100 sets of Hikaru no Go, has also donated four popular anime (cartoon) series as prizes for upcoming  tournaments.  Valued at over $225 retail, the Anime Prize Pack contains 28 DVDs and is free for AGA Chapters and at AGHS sponsored tournaments.  Chapters may use these prizes to attract youth to adult events, or for youth specific events.  “Hikaru no Go has contributed so much happiness to my life,” Jen, an Australian anime fan and translator who lives in Hong Kong, told the E-Journal, “I wanted to give something back to as many people as possible.”  100 multi volume sets of Hunter x Hunter, Fruits Basket, Kodocha, and The Girl Who Leapt Through time (both the movie and the graphic novel), were donated.  The AGA is charging $20 to cover shipping and handling, full details are on the Anime Prize Page.  To order, contact Chapter Services.
- Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor

AGF Fund Drive Looks to Grow Go

Monday December 22, 2008

The American Go Foundation is conducting its annual fundraising appeal, asking players who love go to support the growth of the game. “We’re doing more than ever to bring in a new generation of players,” says AGF President Terry Benson, “and we’re doing it with generous donations from American players, not with foundation or government help. The AGF is a 501(c)3 charity, so US donors can deduct their contribution from their taxes.” The AGF has many new offerings, Benson explained. “This fall we added the newsletter for teachers, a Teacher Store, a lesson plan cooperative for teachers, more types of teaching equipment, and we are working on a college scholarship program,” Benson said. “We can now accept credit card payments and donations. In today’s financial climate, we need all the help we can get. Even small amounts matter. Whether someone contributes to the AGF General Fund, to help go education and outreach like the tigersmouth.org website, or to the Summer Go Camp Scholarship Fund, they’ll join hundreds of others who make AGF work possible .” To contribute, download this form and fax with your credit card info or mail with a check. See the AGF’s appeal on godiscussions.com for more information about AGF programs.

Korean Pro Launches English Blog

Monday December 15, 2008

With few Asian professional go players blogging in English, Lee Hajin (right) 3P new blog about her go career is notable. Assisted by her father, Hajin includes her personal diaries and essays, as well as photos on the blog. “It is very cool how members can comment and participate in the discussion, and I have personally signed up and spoken with Hajin; I find her to be very kind,” reports Tigersmouth news editor Tom Bahun. “The site is set up well and very easy to use; the news section is great because you get the latest articles before anywhere else. Who better to report them, than someone who is right there?” adds Bahun. For updates on go news by teenagers, check out the new Tigersmouth News section

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Youth Champ Qualifier Hosts Wanted

Monday December 8, 2008

US Youth Go Championship (USYGC) organizers are looking for chapters interested in hosting one of next year’s regional qualifying events. “This is a great opportunity to encourage many children and youth players to become stronger,” says Coordinator Daniel Short. “It’s also a way to give local players a chance to compete for a national championship.” Eight qualifiers will be held across the country, with regional winners being flown to the national championship tournament in San Francisco, where the final champions — junior and senior — will be selected as the AGA’s representatives to the World Youth Go Championship in August. To find out more about how your chapter can host a USYGC qualifier, email usygc@usgo.org.