After several months of filming, AGA members making a new documentary about the game of go have just released a trailer and are raising funds to complete the feature-length film. “This film will cover all aspects of go and go culture, and we hope it will have a large impact in spreading awareness and interest in the game,” says Will Lockhart 5D (at left in photo), who’s co-directing the film with Cole Pruitt 2k (at right). “The Surrounding Game” uses this year’s launch of the American professional system to explore the game and world of go. Lockhart, who co-founded the Brown University Go club, and Pruitt — a Brown alum — and their team have already filmed extensively at the 2012 Cotsen Open and Maryland Open, and will be shooting more footage at the upcoming Canadian Open, US Go Congress, and Pro Certification Tournament, before traveling to Asia in the fall. “Despite being the most compelling and fulfilling of all games, go remains almost completely unknown in the West,” the team notes. “By exploring the roots of go in Asia and the intensity of international competition, we want to give a taste of the beauty of go to everyone. From rules that a child can understand, to dazzling complexities too difficult for supercomputers that only the human mind can unravel, go has potential to take the Western world by storm.” The team must raise at least $15,000 in pledges by July 7 to collect funding for the doc through Kickstarter, and is offering a wide range of rewards for contributors, from DVDs to limited-edition t-shirts, mugs, boards signed by top professionals and more. “I think this film will tell an exceptional story about an exceptional game,” says AGA President Allan Abramson. “Your help is critical to getting ‘The Surrounding Game’ onto the silver screen!”
American Go E-Journal » U.S./North America
Tuesday June 12, 2012
Monday June 11, 2012
Just a few days remaining before the deadline for nominations in the 2012 AGA Board of Directors election. Nominations are being accepted through June 15; email to email@example.com. Nominated thus far are Lisa Scott in the central region, Gurujeet Khalsa and Zhiyuan [Edward] Zhang in the eastern region, Jie Li and Chuck Robbins for the at-large seat, and Chris Kirschner and Joe Walters for the west. Details on qualifications and procedures are available here.
Monday June 11, 2012
Top players from the US and Canada scored an impressive 8-2 victory against their counterparts in Europe, in the 4th annual Transatlantic Youth Team Tourney, held on KGS June 3rd. Ironically, USYGC champions Calvin Sun 7d and Vincent Zhuang 6d were the only North American players who didn’t win, losing out to Pavol Lisy 5d and Mihai Serban 5d respectively. The other players from the Americas dominated though, for a convincing finish, with the top board drawing over 300 spectators. Europe won last year, but North America won the two years prior. The event was organized and run by Lawrence Ku. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.
Winners Report: (first player listed is from North America; second is from Europe); (W) Hugh ZHANG d. (B) Alexander VASHUROV; (B) Andrew LU d. (W) Stepan POPOV; (W) Peter ZHANG d. (B) Alexandru PITROP; (B) Aaron YE d. (W) Silvestru STATE; (W) Andrew ZHOU d. (B) Valerii KRUSHELNYTSKYI; (B) Calvin SUN lost to (W) Pavol LISY; (W) Bill LIN d. (B) Lukas PODPERA; (B) Jianing GAN d. (W) Mateusz SURMA; (W) Vincent ZHUANG lost to (B) Mihai SERBAN; (B) Andrew HUANG d. (W) Yurii MYKHALIUK.
Monday June 11, 2012
The second International Children’s Go Art Contest is still accepting submissions. Organizer Siddhartha Avila urges kids to send their paintings as soon as possible. “Last year, almost all the entries arrived on the last days, making organization harder…we have received entries from Singapore, Argentina, Japan, and Mexico so far,” reports Avila. The pieces will be exhibited at the U.S. Go Congress in North Carolina this summer. The event is sponsored by the Mexican Youth Go Community and the AGA, in honor of the International Go Symposium. Organizer Siddhartha Avila says “the contest will feature children’s artwork, in which they will be free to express their visions, emotions and ideas about go through painting. Its purpose is to make go culture flourish among children, and promote it through a creative exchange.” Last year’s contest drew submissions from Japan, the Phillipines, India, the US and Mexico. Submissions must be received in Mexico City by July 13th. Complete information, including the submission forms and event details, can be found on the Go Symposium site. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor
Monday June 11, 2012
There’s still time to register for this year’s AGA Summer Go Camp. Camp directors Nano Rivera and Amanda Miller welcome all campers from the ages of 8 to 18 to join them for a week of go-playing and fun. This year’s professional teacher is Mingjiu Jiang 7P, who will be giving group lessons on a daily basis throughout the week. The camp also offers many other go-related activities, such as camp tournaments, and this year’s unique location will afford the camp with access to hiking trails and open outdoor areas for playing games, so everyone will be getting lots of fresh air! Currently, the camp has registered campers between the ages of 6 and 18 and within a strength range of 22-kyu to 1-dan. Need-based scholarships are still available, and parents are even welcome to attend with their children, if they’re not comfortable sending them alone. The camp will take place the week before the U.S. Go Congress from July 28 to August 4 and will be held at the same location at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina. For more information, you can visit the camp website or e-mail the camp directors at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Story and photo by Amanda Miller, Go Camp Director.
Monday June 11, 2012
The American Go Association is looking for women who are interested in representing the USin the 2012 World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) in Lille, France, reports Tournament Coordinator Karoline Burrall. The WMSG’s go competition will begin August 13 and end August 23rd, and will not overlap with this year’s US Go Congress. Travel and accommodation expenses will not be provided by the WMSG or the host country. Players must have been continuous AGA members (full or youth) since January of 2011 and be US citizens to be eligible to participate. “At this point, there are still at least two seats specifically open for women,” Burrall tells the E-Journal. Anyone interested must email email@example.com by Tuesday, June 18. “Should more players express interest than we have open seats, playoff games will be organized to select the representatives.” If you’re not interested or eligible, but know a female player who might be, Burrall urges you to pass this along to her.
Sunday June 10, 2012
Sunday June 10, 2012
“It’s been an exciting year for American go and you can help make the next one even bigger,” says Edward Zhang, Volunteer Coordinator for the American Go Association (AGA). “We currently have some key volunteer positions open and invite you to join us and serve our community.” Highlights of the past year include the new professional system, more online tournaments and a greater variety of services to members of the AGA. “As little as a couple hours a week can make a huge difference,” says Zhang. If you have skills or interests in any of the following areas, click here and Zhang will follow up to match your skills and available time to the organization’s needs: public relations, assistant tournament director, website, news writer, photography, translation, ratings, accounting, chapter services, awards. In addition to being part of helping improve the national go organization, volunteers receive rewards for contributing their time and energy.
Saturday June 9, 2012
The 2012 Cotsen Open/AGA-Tygem Pro Qualifier was held April 28-29 in Los Angeles, CA. One of the major tournaments on the American Go Association’s annual calendar, the event is sponsored by Eric Cotsen and this year major organizational support was provided by Myung-wan Kim 9P and Andy Okun; Chris Sira was the Tournament Director. Cho Hunhyun 9P topped an impressive list of professional go players in attendance, and top boards were broadcast by the American Go E-Journal (see “In Appreciation” below for complete credits).
Calvin Sun Wins ’12 Cotsen
2012 Cotsen Open Crosstab (includes top-board game records; see below for commentaries)
Pro System Launch “Monumental Moment” for U.S. Go, says Cho Hunhyun 9P
Cotsen Open Day 1
In Appreciation: The 2012 Cotsen Open Team
Two Kims Add to Cotsen Pro Line-Up
Cotsen Drawing Record Crowd in L.A.
Cotsen Open Set for this Weekend in L.A.
Cho Hun-Hyun 9P ‘s Message to American Go Players
Cotsen Open Registration Nearing Triple Digits
KBA to Award Certificates to Dan Players at Cotsen
Cotsen Open to Feature Legendary Cho Hun-hyun 9P & Other Top Pros
Game Commentaries (downloadable sgf files)
Exhibition: Cho Hun-hyun 9P vs. Yilun Yang 7P Commentary by Yoo Chang-hyuk 9P
Round 1 Board 1 Commentary by Kim Myung-wan 9P
Round 1 Board 2 Commentary by Kim Myung-wan 9P
Round 2 Board 1 Commentary by Yilun Yang 7P
Round 4 Board 1 Commentary by Yilun Yang 7P
Round 5 Board 1 Commentary by Kim Myung-wan 9P and Janice Kim 3P
photos by Chris Garlock
Wednesday June 6, 2012
West Coast go organizer Andy Okun (left) was appointed President of the American Go Association (AGA) by the AGA Board of Directors at its June 3 meeting. Ted Terpstra (right) of San Diego was appointed Executive Vice President. Their two-year term will begin on September 3rd. “Andy will be a great President,” said outgoing AGA President Allan Abramson, “and Ted is a welcome addition as EVP.” Okun has chaired the Board since 2010 and is a longtime organizer in the Los Angeles area. “In the decade since I took up this wonderful game, the American go community and the new friends I’ve made have enriched my life tremendously,” Okun told the E-Journal. “This is a chance for me to give back a little. My thanks to my fellow board members for their confidence.” Ted Terpstra, president of the San Diego Go Club for the last five years, has been playing off and on since learning the game in the early 1970s and has taught many people to play in schools, after-school programs and even a Buddhist temple. He has been a NOAA meteorologist and worked in plasma physics research at Princeton and then General Atomics.