The American Go Honor Society (AGHS) announced their new officers for the 2012-13 school year on their Facebook Page. Run mainly by high school students, the AGHS organizes the School Teams Tourney and other events every year. The new officers are: Co-Presidents: Justin Teng and Eric Chen; Vice Presidents: Hugh Zhang and Julian Erville; Promotion Head: Junhee Kim; Tournament Organizer: Andrew Huang; Secretary: Viral Kotecha; Officer: Asa Euster. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor
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Saturday September 8, 2012
Monday September 3, 2012
Hikaru no Go author Hotta Yumi was interviewed on film at the International Go Symposium on August 5th, 2012. For those who missed the live stream, the Tiger’s Mouth website has printed the entire text of the interview. The AGF is currently editing the videos from the symposium, all of which will be available online at a later date. A few choice highlights from the Hotta interview are below, you can read the full article here.
On how the series began, Hotta says “I wanted to learn go, so I paid a go school and started to attend classes once a week with a pro. He was mean, and never let the students win the teaching games. This was frustrating to me, because I was thinking ‘Why am I paying to lose all the time?’ I wished that I had a guardian angel or a ghost that could help me beat him really bad. It was at that moment that Hikaru no Go was born.” When asked about how go has affected her life, Hotta replied: “Honestly, I had no idea that so many kids would want to learn how to play go. Not just in Japan, but all over the world. Especially kids in other countries where there aren’t many teachers or resources for playing go. Nowadays many more kids can play go thanks to the efforts of teachers, professionals, and groups that are helping to bring go to kids around the world. For my own life, Hikaru has made it very hard for me to attend go tournaments. So many people will watch over my shoulder during my games, and I’m not a very strong player so it is very embarrassing!” – Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Translation by Akane Negishi and Solomon Smilack. Photo: Hotta Yumi, by Paul Barchilon.
Monday September 3, 2012
Thirteen readers submitted answers to the E-J Hikaru no Go trivia contests, published on Aug. 6, but only four readers got all the answers right. The winners are Hena Garcia, Linden Chiu, Elizibeth Comer, and “Jeffrey” who did not provide a last name. All four win a free month of KGS+. The questions and answers are below. Q:Who drank his coffee black, even when he was in middle school? A: Kishimoto. Q: Who was Isumi’s roommate in China? A: Yang Hai. Q: What is Akira’s mother named? A: Akiko (best wrong answers: Mrs. Touya and Sue Me). Q: How is Hikaru able to take the Insei test, even though he missed the deadline? A: Ogata vouches for him. Q: On what day does Sai disappear, and how can you tell? A: Children’s day, May 5th. You can tell because of the carp streamers in the window. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Questions by Paul Barchilon and Justin Teng.
Monday September 3, 2012
Twelve-year-old Albert Yen 6d (at right in top photo, playing Changyu Han) took top honors in the September 1 “Me Tarzan” tournament in Chicago, IL, undefeated in the Dan division. “Congress attendees will remember High Kyu division winner Zihang Yin (below left), who is even younger,” says TD Bob Barber. “He swept all before him as 3k then, and repeated as 2k in Chicago. In his spare time, I saw him multiplying and dividing square roots on his I-pad.” Thirty-four players participated in the Labor Day weekend tournament.
“We had many new players, including Deke and Marcus Gould, father and son in from Moline, IL,” notes Barber. “And your humble TD was especially happy to have John Hogan join us. We haven’t seen each other in years, and I recall fondly all the work John did for us during the 2002 Chicago Congress.”
Winner’s Report: 1st Place Dan: YEN, Albert, 6d; 1st Place High Kyu: YIN, Zihang, 2k; 1st Place Mid Kyu: DAVID, Brian, 7k; Tie 1st Place Low Kyu: LIN, Crystal, 16k & SONG, Kevin, 18k.
photos by Mark Rubenstein
Sunday September 2, 2012
Frank Luo won the Atlanta tournament August 25 when the Atlanta Go Club and the Chinese Go Association teamed up with a local Korean Baduk salon for a weekend one-day tournament. The tournament featured two divisions, a High Dan Division consisting of players 4-dan or greater and a Dan/Kyu Division consisting of players 3-dan or less to about 5 kyu.
“Although this was not an AGA-rated event the 19 participants had a great time,” reports local organizer Jeffery Kerlagon. Each division played three rounds. “Luo’s final win in the High Dan division featured an exciting tesuji that captured his opponent’s corner,” reports Kerlagon.
“We really wish to thank Mr. Song Kim, owner of Oriental Chess,” says Kerlagon. “Mr. Kim’s establishment — 3182 Steve Reynolds Blvd. Suite 101 Duluth, GA 30096 678-508-6578 — features 10 go boards in half of the building and several poker tables in another part of the building for Texas Hold Em. The Atlanta Go Club encourages any AGA member to visit Mr. Kim. He is 4 Dan and welcomes all players. The entrance fee is $5 to play all day and hours of operation are from 11 AM until after midnight, 7 days a week.”
Winner’s Report: High Dan: 1st: Frank Luo; 2nd: Yaofeng Wang; 3rd: Neirong “Neil” Xiao. Dan/Kyu: 1st: Hunq Y Lee & Darrell Spence; 2nd: Dalan Robertson; 3rd: Youn Lee.
Photo from left to right: Yaofeng Wang, Lixian Liu, Junfeng Gu, Vladimir Rerikh, Yongming Zhuang, Jeff Kerlagon, Huan Tan, Song Kim, Youn Lee (in front of Mr. Kim’s Baduk Salon)
Saturday September 1, 2012
The American Go E-Journal’s comprehensive coverage of the recently-concluded annual U.S. Go Congress has become such a part of the fabric of the event that the extraordinary amount of work that goes into broadcasting dozens of top games, commentaries, reports and photos is now routine and taken for granted. Our work is highly visible, while the workers themselves are largely invisible. Which is how we want it: the focus should always be on the players and the game we all love so deeply. Click here for pro game commentaries (scroll down to Game Review) and here for final results in the NAIM, US Open and Strong Player’s Open.
So it’s a real honor and pleasure for me to recognize here those individuals who contributed so much of their time, effort and talent to help bring this year’s U.S. Go Congress – as well as the first-ever Tygem Pro Tournament immediately preceding the Congress – to our global audience.
First and foremost, deepest thanks, gratitude and kudos to the crack core team of Todd Heidenreich (E-Journal/Broadcast Coordinator), Steve Colburn (EJ IT/Website Coordinator/Video Feed) and Dennis Wheeler (EJ Broadcast Room Manager), without whom our coverage could not happen. They’re talented, dedicated, fun to hang out with, and they love bacon, too.
Our lovely and unflappable KGS Admin team of Akane Negishi and Dan Short was joined this year by Mr. KGS himself, the inimitable William Shubert; we enjoyed having Bill on board and look forward to seeing some great new tweaks to the system soon!
Karoline Burrall, the fierce but fun-loving TD for the US Open, NAIM and SPO, was a full partner with the EJ team, this year enabling us to post pairings sometimes as early as the night before, a great service for players as well as for the EJ team. Karoline was ably assisted by Assistant TDs Steve Burrall and Bob Bacon.
Our game recording team was a wonderful mix of experienced hands, including the amazing Richard Dolen, indispensable Gordon Castanza and, doing double-duty, KGS admin Dan Short. Other returning recorders were Andrew Jackson who did wonderful work on Board 1, Myron Souris (moonlighting from his usual job as EJ Games Editor) and Dave Weimer. Newbies Patrick Allen, Calvin Clark, Pete Gousious, Greg Pongracz and Marshall Quander fit right into the team, especially Allen, who handled a couple of extraordinarily long games with aplomb.
Todd Blatt was better than ever as our nimble-fingered Game Commentary Broadcaster, transcribing pro game commentaries live at the speed of light, and EJ photographer Phil Straus always managed to get an even better shot than we asked for.
EJ Youth Editor Paul Barchilon managed our youth coverage while also running numerous youth events at the Congress; aspiring young go journalists should be sure to volunteer to help out next year. Better yet, get started now by emailing Paul c/o email@example.com Paul’s EJ Youth Game Recording team included Justin Teng, Tom Bahun, and Yunxuan Li.
Last but definitely not least are our Honorary EJ Team Members, 2012 Congress Directors Paul Celmer and Peter Armenia, who not only pulled together a memorable and fun Congress, but who made sure that the EJ team had whatever we needed to bring the Congress to you.
Thanks again to each and every one of these terrific volunteers. And if you’re interested in being on the team next year in Seattle, just drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Chris Garlock, EJ/Broadcast Managing Editor
photo by Phil Straus & Lisa Garlock
Monday August 27, 2012
Jan Simara Surprise Winner at Euro Championship; The Red Dress Tesuji; U.S. Women’s Tournament Crosstab
Sunday August 26, 2012
Jan Simara Surprise Winner at Euro Championship: Jan Simara 6D was the surprise winner of this year’s European Championship title when he won the deciding game against Ilya Shikshin (click here for the game) at the recent European Go Congress. Simara lives in Zlin in the Czech Republic and just finished university, where he majored in teaching IT. He learned go in chess camp when he was 14 – he’d been playing chess since the age of six — and about two years later quit chess and started to play go. “I studied seriously only once about six years ago for an year when I was about 1-dan,” Simara said, “Mostly reading the Shusaku book Invincible. otherwise I sometimes replay top pro games and do tsumego when I’m in a train going to a tournament.” In an interview with EuroGoTV, Simara’s advice for new players was “Play mainly for joy, never be stressed about results.” Click here for pairings and game records. Final standings for the 2012 European Championship: 1st: Jan Simara; 2nd: Ilya Shikshin; 3rd: Pavol Lisy; 4th: Thomas Debarre; 5th: Ondrej Silt; 6th: Antti Tormanen; 7th: Mateusz Surma; 8th: Gheorghe Cornel Burzo.
- Alain Cano, special European correspondent for the E-Journal; photo by Olivier Dulac
The Red Dress Tesuji: A very stylish and hip 60-second video promoting the upcoming European Women’s Go Championship has been released. The Women’s Go Championship and a side tournament are being organized as part of the 2012 European Go Cup Brno, which is being held September 7-9 in Brno, South Moravia in the Czech Republic.
U.S. Women’s Tournament Crosstab: Tournament Director Lisa Scott has just sent in the crosstab for the recent Women’s Tournament at the U.S. Open, which was won by Kelsey Dyer 1D.
Sunday August 26, 2012
Ron Paul, the libertarian politician who ran unsuccessfully for this year’s Republican Presidential nomination, will have a disproportionate influence at the GOP’s convention this week thanks to his employment of shi (pronounced “sure”), “a strategy expounded and employed by Chinese philosophers and military strategists for thousands of years,” according to “The Grand Shi Strategy of Ron Paul,” a guest column in Forbes by Mark Spitznagel. “Throughout history, perhaps the clearest and most pedagogical example of shi at work has been in the Chinese board game weiqi,” writes Spitznagel, who uses the board position here to show that while “White is far ahead in terms of tangible territory right now…black has established a strategic advantage and intangible edge by moving into the center to command the rest of the board.” Spitznagel sees Ron Paul’s shi strategy “in the great patience and nonaggression that favors the slow buildup of influence and strategic advantage over the decisive all-or-nothing clash,” arguing that the strategy’s success is exemplified by “Mitt Romney’s support of Paul’s current ‘Audit The Fed’ bill, as well as his recent position on the inefficacy of further (as well as past) Fed quantitative easing; it remains only a question of degree with Romney, but a position that nonetheless would have been unlikely without the pressure from the Paul campaign—especially given Romney’s otherwise very simplistic Keynesian-leaning views.”
Thanks to Jim Hlavka for passing this along.
Saturday August 25, 2012
China won both divisions of the 29th World Youth Go Championship, repeating their victories in this event from last year. The week-long tourney wrapped up on August 21, and was sponsored by the Ing Foundation. Twenty-two young players came from all over the world to vie for the top slot in the Junior (under 12) and Senior (under 16) divisions. The tournament was held in Luoyang, China, a city with more than 3,000 years of history. The US sent Calvin Sun 7d in the Sr. and Aaron Ye 5d in the Jr. along with Team Leader Mingjiu Jiang 7P. “China, Korea, and Taiwan sent out top youth professional players, all with great expectations of winning the tournament,” reports Calvin Sun, “through the intense competition, a bit of luck, and the guidance of the USA team leader, Mingjiu Jiang 7p, I got into the Semi-Finals with just one more SOS point than Korea’s representative. Everyone was shocked that Korea’s new female professional did not advance into the Semi-Finals. Japan’s representative, however, fiercely fought into the top four, defeating both Korea and Taiwan in the preliminaries and defeating Taiwan again in the Semi-Finals. We went sightseeing on the third day of the competition, going to places such as the White Horse Temple, which was the first Buddhist temple in China, and the Shaolin Temple, where monks demonstrated their boundless skills of Chinese kungfu.” Winner’s Report: Senior Division: 1st: China, Li Qin Cheng; 2nd: Japan, Koyama Kuya; 3rd: Taiwan, Cheng-Hsun Chen; 4th: USA, Calvin Sun. Junior Division: 1st: China, Wang Shiyi; 2nd: Korea, I-Hyeon Chae; 3rd: Japan, Ueno Asami; 4th: Taiwan, Huang Shi-Yuan; 6th: USA, Aaron Ye. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Yanchen Sun: Calvin Sun 7d(l) vs. Li Qin Cheng