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Nihon Kiin Donates $2M to Iwamoto North America Foundation for Go

Wednesday November 26, 2014

Nihon Kiin Chairman Wada Norio on November 25 announced a donation of $2M to serve as the seed fund for the new Iwamoto North America 2014.11.26_Iwamoto-OCT_1970Foundation for Go (INAF).

INAF was founded earlier this year (Iwamoto North America Foundation for Go Takes Next Step 8/11/2014 EJ) to support the promotion of go in North America according to the vision and wishes of the late Japanese go master, Iwamoto Kaoru (at right in October, 1970).

2014.11.26_INAF-Logo2“We’re very glad to see that, after nearly two years of effort, the Iwamoto North American Foundation is now ready to move into action,” said Thomas Hsiang, who is serving as Executive Director of INAF. “We thank the Nihon Kiin Board, which gave unanimous consent to the donation. In the coming years, the INAF Board looks forward to restarting an East Coast Go Center and to funding new go promotional and exchange projects.” INAF will seek proposals for these activities; updates will be posted on the official INAF website. Other INAF officials include Norio Wada, President, Andy Okun, Masaki Shusuke, David Weimer and Yamashiro Hiroshi, Directors.

 

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“Kuma Sensei” Visits Seattle

Tuesday November 25, 2014

Kuma by Thane WilliamsOn November 15th and 16th, the Seattle Go Center welcomed Yu Hou 6 P from the Nihon Ki-in for a workshop event. “Kuma Sensei” provided instruction on a variety of basic go techniques to a group of eager students. As the participants learned about go, Kuma Sensei had the opportunity to practice English, giving everyone a chance to study. For both days, the workshop followed the same routine, with the morning schedule starting at 9:00am. Kuma Sensei began by holding a lecture, followed by review of participant games, and then with everyone going to eat lunch. In the afternoon, after playing simultaneous teaching match with the participants, Kuma Sensei reviewed the games.

Saturday’s lecture on about the Double Approach was truly great, captivating the attention of all of the students. Even though the lecture covered basic techniques, not only beginners, but also dan players thought it was a very interesting lecture. Thanks to Kuma Sensei’s way of speaking and sense of humor, everyone was delighted. Personally, I especially enjoyed the time after the event on Saturday – while eating dinner with Kuma Sensei, we could discuss a variety of cross-cultural topics outside of go. It was truly enjoyable. The workshop, being only two days, really seemed to end too quickly.

Through this workshop, covering a variety of topics ranging from Go Lectures to matches with Kuma Sensei, we “enjoyably” learned a lot. Through this rare opportunity of having a pro come from Japan, participants deepened their interest in go, and could boost their go abilities. The Kuma Sensei Workshop went quite well, so Seattle Go fans hope for events of the same kind to happen in the future.  Report by Brian Kirby/photo by Thane Williams

Students Swell Syracuse Turnout

Tuesday November 25, 2014

A record 35 players participated in the Syracuse Go Club’s Fall Self-Paired Tournament on November 22, “the high count due in no small part to the twelve primary and secondary students who came to play,” reports organizer and TD Richard Moseson. Eight players drove in from outside of Syracuse, including three from the Utica club, three from Cornell University’s club, and two from Rochester.  A wide assortment of free refreshments, some homemade, were available throughout the day, and every player was able to choose a prize to take home at the end of the day. Prizes included new books provided at a discount by Slate and Shell and boxed anime donated by the American Go Foundation. photo (far left): 8th grader Rachel Liu 19k, playing in her first tournament. photos by Richard Moseson

Nihon Ki-in Gives Award to Seattle’s Frank Fukuda

Thursday November 20, 2014

Head shot of Frank smallThe Nihon Ki-in recently celebrated its 90th anniversary in Japan.  As part of the celebration, they sent Frank (Kohya) Fukuda, Director Emeritus of the Seattle Go Center,  an “Appreciation Diploma”, signed by their President Norio Wada.  The text stated in Japanese, “Residing outside of Japan, you have been working hard for introducing and popularizing the game of Go, and you have contributed greatly to make Go prosper in your area.   Through your activity, the success of international friendship was achieved.”  Frank Fukuda is one of the founders of the Seattle Go Center, and he has been helping the Go Center ever since it opened in 1995.  Report and photo by Brian Allen

Portland Grade Schoolers Shine

Thursday November 20, 2014

20141102_132802Eleven children from four different schools attended the first New Stars Youth Go Tournament, in Portland, OR on Nov. 2nd, reports organizer Peter Freedman.  In the round robin upper division three kyu ranked players competed, with adult Bill Corry participating to make the number of players four. Hikaru Sato won first prize, a traveling Go set, with a 2-1 record. Eight children competed in the unranked division, with one child having a rank of KGS 22kyu. The $25 first prize was won by 2nd grader Olin Waxler,  with a record of 3-0. Second place was split between Tommy Flynn, 2-0, and Emmett Mayer, 3-1, winning $12.50 each. “The tournament had a special structure, used last year, that is particularly favorable to new young players,” says Freedman.  “Players had to play at least either 4 9×9 games, 3 13×13 games, 2 19×19 games, or any combination of the above.”

Portland kids again got a chance to compete on Nov. 18, when ten kids in the Beverly Cleary chess and Go club participated in their own tourney. Prizes were award for; most games played; most wins; and most opponents played. Winning players got to put one hand in a jar filled with change, and keep whatever they could grasp. Ms. Kendrick Dahlin dipped three times, once for tie for most wins, once for playing the most different opponents, and once for tie for most games played. Tommy Flynn, Olin Waxler and Beckett Jacobs also dipped for tie with most wins (4), and Spencer Vassal dipped for tie in most games played. Almost all games were played on 9×9 boards. -Paul Barchilon E-J Youth Editor. Photo and reports by Peter Freedman

Go Spotting: Go On His Mind

Wednesday November 19, 2014

San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra has been seeing go everywhere lately. On senet, an Egyptian board game that’s older than go by 3,000 years,2014.11.17_terpstra-collage but lost for millennia before being reborn, “‘GO’ can be seen in a couple of places on the side of the board,” he writes. A recent New Yorker cover “that at first glance seemed to have many white go stones scattered in it,” turned out to be raindrops on a taxi window as it approaches the Empire State Building, which Terpstra points out “is near the 2014 Go Congress site.” The UCSD Go Club combined with the San Diego Go Club to sponsor Go Night at UCSD on Saturday, November 8. Japanese language students turned out to learn go at a Study Abroad event. Twenty student showed up for the beginners class and although it was supposed to end at 8:30 p.m., “the students kept playing until they were thrown out at 10 p.m.,” says Terpstra.

Daniel Chou Tops UMBC Tourney

Monday November 17, 2014

Daniel Chou 6D (below, left) took top honors 3-0 at the UMBC tourney last Sunday. “Some 34 players turned out to enjoy a day of go, friendship, and free 2014.11.17_UMBC-playing2014.11.17_UMBC-winnerpizza,” reports Gurujeet Khalsa. Hosted by the UMBC club there was also a strong showing from neighboring AGA collegiate clubs from Johns Hopkins University and the University of MD, College Park. Other 3-0 winners were: Zhangqi Luo (2D), Julian Erville (1D), Kasidet Hiranniramoi (5K), Brendan Berger (5K) and Hyungwook Lee (13K).
photos: (left) UMBC Club President Nathan Epstein congratulates Daniel Chou; (right) playing scene at the Skylight room UMBC Commons. Photos by Gurujeet Khalsa, TD

 

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Young Lions Tourney Deadline Wednesday

Monday November 17, 2014

Just a few days left to sign up for the Young Lions Tournament, players must register by Wednesday Nov. 19th. The matches will take place on November 22 and 23 in the AGHS Tournaments Room on KGS. The first round will begin at 1 pm EST, and the second round at 4 pm EST. The second day will follow the same schedule. “This tournament is one of the biggest youth go events in America,” says AGHS Promotion Head Amy Su, “young go players will fight tooth and claw to emerge on top, will you be the one to lead the pride this year?” Anyone 18 or under may participate, and there will be prizes for the winners in multiple categories.  Visit the official Young Lions website for more information, to register fill out this form. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

AGA City League Starts this Saturday on IGS

Monday November 17, 2014

Watch your local team play this Sunday in the AGA City League. Games start at 3PM EST Sunday. Make sure to check out the latest GoPanda2 client as well; it has been updated recently and has new features.

Updates: Learn How to Run a Tournament; Cotsen’s New Facebook Page; Using Go to Study Culture; EJ Copy Editor Wanted

Monday November 17, 2014

Learn How to Run a Tournament: Steve Colburn is well-known as a key member of the E-Journal’s Congress team and as the AGA’s 2014.11.16_aga-videossysadmin extraordinaire, but he’s also the chapter head of the Empty Sky Go Club in Rochester, NY. Colburn has now released a few videos on how to administer an AGA chapter, including how to run a tournament with OpenGotha, and how to update a chapter’s details with the AGA Membership Manager. Click here for his videos. Questions about how to update your information, sign up, or use the AGA website? Send them to operations@usgo.org and we’ll make more tutorial videos with your questions.

Cotsen’s New Facebook Page: The Cotsen Open has a new Facebook page. “Like” it and you’ll be the first to hear announcements when the 2015 Cotsen is scheduled as well as updates throughout the year.

Using Go to Study Culture: Bret Beheim, a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Anthropology Department at the University of New Mexico 2014.11.16_Bret Beheim-lectureproposes go as “a model system in the study of cultural evolution” in “Strategic Social Learning and Evolutionary Arms Races in the Game of Go,” a Nov. 20, 2012 presentation of a paper he co-authored with Calvin Thigpen and Richard McElreath. The paper, drawing from “a large archive of Go games spanning the last six decades of professional play,” finds “evidence that changes in the frequencies of particular cultural variants are driven by social learning mechanisms such as frequency-dependence and success bias.”

EJ Copy Editor Wanted: With an increasing number of go news reports from around the world, the E-Journal has an opening for a volunteer copy editor. If interested, email journal@usgo.org

 

 

 

 

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