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IN MEMORIAM: Tim Huang

Monday June 20, 2011

Tim Huang, longtime member of the Vermont Go Club and a tireless promoter of the game of go passed away June 14 after a long battle with leukemia and its after-effects. Tim attended several U.S. Go Congresses and included many of his students – he was a Associate Professor of Computer Science at Middlebury College — in AI studies of the game. His contributions to AI research helped lead to many of the critical developments in computer science and artificial intelligence, according to Middlebury President Ron Liebowitz. Huang is survived by his wife, Chae Sim Huang, and daughter, Lydia; his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Charles and Karen Huang; two sisters, Judy Huang and Jennifer (Huang) Stiller; and eight nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on June 18 at Mead Memorial Chapel. “Here in Vermont we are mourning of our colleague and friend,” reports Pete Schumer.

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Go Camp Discounts Offered

Monday June 20, 2011

The AGA East Coast Go Camp is still on, but time is running out for kids to register. With the AGF needs-based scholarships, kids can attend camp for as little as $500. Every summer since 1998, kids from 8 to 18 from all over the US and abroad, have met for a week to study and have fun at the AGA Go Camp. Play and instruction are supplemented by many typical camp activities. Experienced camp organizers are in charge, so the children who attend camp are safe and well cared for. Everything is organized to the last detail, beginning from the pickup at the airport to the last moment when staff take kids to the home-bound flight.  This year’s camp will be held at the Madison Suites Hotel in Somerset, New Jersey, July 23-30. Mingjiu Jiang 7p and Yuan Zhou 7d will be the primary teachers.   “The camp is an exciting chance to play go face to face, instead of just online,” says camp director John Mangual. For more information, visit the camp page here, or e-mail Mangual at agagocampeast@usgo.org -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

Malcolm and Tang Lead NorCal Monthly

Thursday June 16, 2011

Twenty-six adults and children came out to San Francisco’s Japantown Center to play in the monthly ratings tournament held June 11. Players ranged in rank from 20 kyu to 5 dan. Richard Malcolm 2d (right in photo) led the dan players with a 4-0 record, and Ryan Tang led the kyu players with a 5-0 record. Three people played in their first tournament, and six joined or renewed their membership in the American Go Association at the event. The July monthly ratings tournament in Northern California is scheduled for July 9 in Palo Alto, CA. Photo by Roger Schrag

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U.S. Go Congress Offers Plenty for Non-Players

Tuesday June 14, 2011

From the Hollywood Hop On Hop Off Tour to the La Brea Tar Pits (r), Deep-Sea Fishing, Whale Watching and Tandem Skydiving, this year’s U.S. Go Congress has a record number of local activities planned for non-players. Click here for the complete line-up. “We are really excited to have so many events that will help our attendees explore southern California!” says Congress Director Lisa Scott. The Congress will be held July 30 through August 7 in Santa Barbara, CA. “We are particularly excited to have arranged for golf events at the Santa Barbara Golf Club,” Scott added. Those interested can contact Steve Colburn at steve.colburn@usgo.org with name, preference for 18 holes (the AM event) or 9 holes (the PM event).

Frank Luo Wins Record Atlanta Tourney

Tuesday June 14, 2011

In the biggest turnout in Atlanta go tournament history, 46 players participated in the June 11 Emory University Chinese Student & Scholar Union Go tournament. Feijun (Frank) Luo 6d topped the field, and, in a touching moment at the end of the award presentations, Luo and Junfeng (Mark) Gu presented Jeffery Kerlagon (below, in shorts) with an “Outstanding Service Award” in recognition of his 15 years of promoting go in metro Atlanta. The audience roundly applauded Kerlagon, who was deeply moved by the gesture.   Jingzhi Wang, President of Emory University’s Chinese Student & Scholar Union, gave a warm welcome to all players — who came from Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas — at the beginning of the tournament, and expressed an interest in hosting such a tournament at Emory University on an annual basis.
Winner’s Report:
Open Dan Division: 1st: Feijun (Frank) Luo 6d; 2nd: Ge (Johnny) Wang 5d; 3rd: Geng (Eric) Wang 6d Dan Division: 1st: James Shi 3d; 2nd (tie): Peiyu Tang 3d, Shawn Ray, and Ge Wang
Kyu Division: 1st (tie): Matt McCawley and William Ott; 2nd (tie): Alexandros Salazar, Brandon Zhou, Yiping Wang, and Alex Panaccione
Notably, youth players Peiyu Tang (13 years old) and Brandon Zhou (8) won the second place in the Dan and Kyu divisions, respectively.  Peiyu Tang started learning go at the age of 5 and became a 2d player at the age of 9 in China; Brandon Zhou has learned go for less than one year and already leaped to 2k.

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Jung Hoon Lee Wins Boulder NAIM Qualifier

Monday June 13, 2011

Jung Hoon Lee won the North American Ing Masters qualifier last Saturday, June 11 at the Rocky Mountain Spring Go Tournament in Boulder, CO. Eric Moakley took first place in the main section of the tournament and Anthony Zhang was first in the double-digit kyu section. Forty players ranging from 7 dan to 31 kyu participated.
Winner’s Report:

NAIM qualifier: 1st: Jung Hoon Lee; 2nd: Yun Bo Yi; 3rd: Philip London
Main Section: 1st: Eric Moakley; 2nd: Bob Sorenson; 3rd: Xian Wu Luo
DDK Section: 1st: Anthony Zhang; 2nd: Akrom Amanov; 3rd: Tim Chang

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Shen/Tang to play Lu/Zhang Saturday for Online Pair Go Championship

Monday June 13, 2011

Cherry Shen (cherrysaur on KGS) and Curtis Tang (cjheaven) will play Lin Lu (crazybbbb) and Edward Zhang (feamed) for the 2011

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Online Pair Go Tournament championship next Saturday on KGS , June

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18 at 8p (EDT) on KGS. In rounds last weekend, Lu/Zhang defeated Yinli Wang (Fairy2009) and Yuan Zhou (GMD; see game at left) and Shen/Tang beat Wang/Zhou in an impressive comeback win (see game at right).

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June 19 Wisonet Cup Offers Chance to Play & Watch Top Games

Monday June 13, 2011

East Coast go fans will be able to watch top players compete — as well as play themselves –  in the June 19 Wisonet Cup semi-final in Somerset, NJ. A 1-round morning game for all players (see below for details) will be followed by two semi-finals in the afternoon. In one semi, Andy Liu 7d (l) will play Kevin Huang 7d (r). Liu, an 18-year-old college student, is a top American amateur go player whose playing style is “steady and moderate,” reports Wisonet Go Club founder Ronghao Chen. Huang — who recently won the Maryland Open and is a three-time New Jersey Open titleholder — likes to fight against  his opponent in the early stages of the game. The two will play a slow game –  2 hours BT, 60 seconds OT — at the Wisonet Cup Go Tournament semi-final on Sunday, June 19 at 1p at the Madison Suite Hotel, 11 Cenda Grove Lane, in Somerset. Click here for directions. Minshan Shou will play Xinyu Tu in the other semi-final game at the same time and place. The entry fee to watch the games is $5, but those who play a fast game in the morning (9:30a-12:30p) can watch for free; registration for this rated game is $10. Registration starts at 8:30a.
- photos courtesy Ronghao Chen

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GO SPOTTING: The Origin of Atari

Monday June 13, 2011

Many go players know that video game pioneer Atari was named after the go term, but how many know that this was actually the second choice for the company’s name? “Sente” was the first choice by Nolan Bushnell (r) and his partner Ted Dabney, according to By Any Other Name: The Origin of Atari on the CHEGheads Blog by Shannon Symonds, Acquisitions Cataloger for the International Center for the History of Electronic Games. “Both in print and on camera, Bushnell cited the strategy game Go as his favorite game of all time,” Symonds notes. After their original choice, Syzygy, turned out to already be trademarked, “Bushnell provided the state with three new names from which to choose: Sente, Atari, and Hanne. All three reference moves in Go.” Symonds also reports that “In 1984, Atari created a subsidiary company called Tengen, which translates to “the origin of heaven” and is the very center point on a Go board.”
- thanks to Jeremiah Parry-Hill for spotting this

AGA Board Nominations Deadline June 15

Sunday June 12, 2011

Just days remain before AGA board nominations close this Wednesday, June 15. Gordon Castanza and Daniel Smith are running unopposed in the western and central regions respectively while Paul Celmer and Edward (Zhiyuan) Zhang compete in the eastern region. If you are a full member of the AGA you may nominate, or self-nominate, a candidate in your region by writing or email at elections@usgo.org.  Details of the qualifications for office and election schedule are online.  Chapter representatives  must check there for special instructions due to mailing list problems.
- Arnold Eudell

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