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JIANPING WANG WINS ASCHEIM MEMORIAL

Monday July 12, 2010

Jianping Wang 3D (r, with son) took first place in the July 11th Skip Ascheim Memorial Tournament at the Massachusetts Go Association in Somerville, MA. In second was Graham Higgins 6k, also with 4-0 and Pete Martin 4k and Brian Lee 1k tied for third, both with 3-1. There were 26 players, including TD Eva Casey and Mary Powers, who played one game apiece to fill in for late arrivals or early departures, so that no one would have to take a bye. photo courtesy Eva Casey

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DIVERSE PLAYING FIELD IN NORCAL

Monday July 12, 2010

Thirty five players came out for the Bay Area Go monthly ratings tournament in Palo Alto, CA on July 10. Lucas Baker 3d topped the Dan division with three wins, while Larry Qu 5k and Eric Sumner 17k led the Kyu division with three wins apiece. “Players ranged from seven years old to 72, and from 7d to 30k,” reports Tournament Organizer Roger Schrag, “making for quite a diverse playing field.” The next Bay Area Go monthly ratings tournament is scheduled for August 14 again in Palo Alto. photo by Rene Griffith

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WALDRON WINS “GO FOR ALL” GAME SUMMIT

Monday July 12, 2010

Phil Waldron 6d (r) won the 2010 GO for All Game Summit Open tournament, which drew a diverse field of players triple the size of last year’s event. The event – held amid a gaming convention — was held in Ottawa, Canada on June 13. Waldron withstood fierce challenges from “Summer” Xià 5d of China – who took second place — along with Howard Chang 4d (3rd place), Grigory Poselentsev, a 2-dan from Russia, and Benson Lai 2-dan. Slate & Shell Publishing sponsored the event and provided prizes. “After studying the texts, the competition is sure to be even more fierce next year!” reports Tyler Reynolds of GO for All and Vice-President of the Canadian Go Association  (Grants & Youth).

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SLATE & SHELL ISSUES SPANISH TRANSLATION OF “HOW NOT TO PLAY GO”

Monday July 12, 2010

“Uno de los atractivos de ser un jugador kyu es la facilidad con que puede mejorar su juego—algo mucho más difícil para jugadores dan,” says Yuan Zhou in Como No Jugar al Go, a just-issued Spanish translation of Zhou’s popular How Not to Play Go in which he clarifies the common kyu level misunderstandings of how to play which hold kyu players back from reaching dan level. Brian J. Olive of Orlando, Florida did the translation and Slate & Shell publisher Bill Cobb reports that “there are also plans to translate How Not to Play Go into other languages.”

AGA ISSUES NEW MEMBERSHIP CARDS

Saturday July 10, 2010

New permanent membership cards are now in the mail to members of the American Go Association. “These cards will replace the old paper cards we have all received over the years,” says AGA membership staffer Sam Zimmerman. “The new card will be issued only once for each member, so please, hang onto it.” Because the new cards are permanent, they no longer include the player’s rating or membership expiration date. To find your AGA rating and/or the date of your membership expiration, click on the AGA’s rating page. If you have comments or questions, contact Zimmerman at  szimmerman@ctipc.com

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AGA BOARD ELECTIONS UNDERWAY

Monday July 5, 2010

Voting is now under way in the 2010 AGA Board elections, reports Election Coordinator Arnold Eudell. “All chapters and eligible members should have received their Ballotbin voting codes through email,” says Eudell.  Anyone who has not received their ballot should contact elections@usg.org

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WANTED: MEMORIES OF NAKAYAMA

Sunday July 4, 2010

U.S. Go Congress organizers are putting together a special memorial ceremony in honor of Nakamaya Noriyuki 7P at this year’s Congress. “Many have special memories of Nakayama’s love of go and he will be sorely missed,” says Director Karen Jordan. Send your Nakayama photos, stories, articles and remembrances (max 200 words) to Jordan at  Director@gocongress.org with Nakayama Memories in the subject line. Deadline is July 10 for inclusion in the Nakayama scrapbook. The memorial ceremony is scheduled for the Go Congress on Sunday, August 1 at 3p. “The scrapbook will be available for viewing all week and will be presented as a gift for the Nihon Kiin at the Saturday Awards Banquet,” says Jordan.
photo by Phil Straus

U.S. PAIR GO PLAYERS WANTED

Monday June 28, 2010

“Once again, the AGA is looking for eight pairs to play in a knockout tournament, for the right to play at the International Amateur Pair Go Championships in Tokyo, October 14-19,” Pair Go Coordinator Allan Abramson announced today. The knockout would start with two Sunday online rounds, July 18th and 25th. The final match would take place at the Go Congress in Colorado Springs. Pairs must meet the AGA’s requirements (see below), and the finalists must attend this year’s U.S. Go Congress. Interested pairs should register with tournaments@usgo.org, giving names, AGA member ID’s, telephone numbers, and IGS nicknames, by 11 July. Requirements for International Competitors include: US citizenship ONLY (not or permanent residency, or “Green Card” status, as previously announced); US physical residency of at least six of the last 12 months; Full or youth membership for all candidates, for the entire year prior to the qualifier event or series of events in the US that serve as the selection procedure for the representative; Compliance with all foreign host or sponsor-specific requirements; At least ten rated games, excluding losses by forfeit, over the past 12 months. photo: Pair Go at the 2009 US Go Congress; photo by John Pinkerton

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SEVENTH-GRADER ON QUEST FOR GO CREDIT

Monday June 28, 2010

Will Hamilton, a 7th grader at Crane School in, Montecito, CA, scored big with go this year.  Students were assigned a Quests Explorations Discoveries (QED) project,  which is an “opportunity to explore an interest, embrace a challenge, make a ‘quest’ into a new area of interest, or work toward a personal goal,” according to the school’s website. Will contacted Ed Lee of the Santa Barbara Go club, who agreed to act as his mentor, and the two met weekly for five months.  ”Early on, like many others who first discovered Hikaru no Go, Will was very enthusiastic,” reports Lee, ”Then, little by little, like many other teenagers before him, he found out for himself that go is deep and the journey is very long and that it takes tremendous hard work to improve.”  Hamilton persevered though, and continued his studies. ”I explained to Will that studying go in many ways is like studying a musical instrument  or a foreign language: just as a 3-hour intense Spanish lesson once every Sunday is not as good as a daily 30-minute class from Monday to Saturday, a little bit of go every day is better than cramming all on Saturday,” Lee said.  Crane School held a ceremony for all the QED students to share their projects on June 1, and Hamilton and Lee scored an extra bonus by bringing Jennie Shen 2P along.  Shen wrote about the project on her blog,  it is in Chinese, but can be translated roughly by going here.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor;  Photo by Ed Lee (l-r):  Jennie Shen, Will’s parents, Will Hamilton, Ed Lee

JIAN LIU 1D & GREAT FALLS GO CLUB WIN NOVA CONGRESS TUNE-UP

Monday June 28, 2010

Jian Liu 1d (r) topped the NOVA Congress Tune-up Team Competition in Arlington, VA on June 26. The Great Falls Go Club C Team — Ching-Sung Chin 3k, Jerry Chen 4k and Ethan Hsiao 33k — won the team competition, a new feature of the quarterly 4-round handicap tournament in which 3-6 players can form a team and the team with the most wins per player wins $100 cash prize. The team competition — sponsored by NGOL.US — inspired players to check team scores frequently and come up creative team names like Muse, Richmond Rogues and Bamfs. The NOVA and GFGC-A Team were close behind with seven wins each. Click here for more photos.  Winners were awarded a NOVA trophy and/or five hours of Guo Juan 5P’s audio go lessons. After serving as a Tournament Director for nearly 20 years, Allan Abramson retired as an TD earlier this year, but coached Garrett Smith, NOVA Go Club president and Edward Zhang to run this NOVA tourney. New Asia Market catered lunch from Rockville, MD, and players liked the combo of lunch box and bubble tea.
Winners Report: 1-6D, 1st: Jian Liu 1d, 2nd: Daniel Chou 6d and Ray Hunley 1d; 2-3K, 1st: Hua Lin, 2nd: Ching-Sung Chin 3k; 4K, 1st: Kevin Chin, 2nd: Jerry Chen; 7-12K, 1st: Gurujeet Khalsa 9k, 2nd: Joey Phoon 7k and Garrett Smith 12k; 15-20K, 1st: Marcus Phoon 17k, 2nd: Tristan Tran 17k; 21K+, 1st: Ethan Hsiao 33k.
- Report/photo by Tournament Director Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang