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Go tourney blooms again in Santa Fe

Thursday March 9, 2017

On March 4th, the Santa Fe Go Club held its first AGA-rated tournament in several years. A mixed crowd and some interested 2017.03.09_santa-fe-IMG_5295watchers attended the Spring Go Tournament with 14 players from Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Albuquerque, NM.

As an experiment for the Santa Fe Go Club, the first round was paired as usual, followed by as many self-paired games that could be fitted in. The tournament was held at a private home with outdoor areas that were much enjoyed for game reviews in the beautiful, early spring weather.

Billy Maier won first place with Mario Espinoza a close second and Jonathan Zingale coming in third. Prizes were awarded to everyone. Robert Cordingley as the tournament director, ran the GoClubsOnLine software (goclubs.org) to pair, record games and determine winners. Many thanks go to Steve Uhl and Lew Geer for donating prizes and our additional sponsor and host Nancy Dahl.
- report/photo by Lewis Geer
Note, this post has been updated; the tournament was held March 4th, not May 4th.

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School Teams Tourney Registration Opens

Friday March 3, 2017

saibook-53-sThe American Go Honor Society has announced the 2017 School Team Tournament (STT) will be held April 15 and April 22.   Modeled on the team play in Hikaru no Go schools send three representatives to compete against other schools. Any non-go institution (school, Chinese school, other organization) is eligible to compete. There are no limits on the number of teams per institution.  All matches will be played online, and schools from Canada, the US, and Mexico are all invited.  The American Go Foundation is again offering full scholarships (tuition + room/board) to the AGA Summer  Go Camp.  All three members of  the top dan and top kyu team will win the scholarships. Prizes will also be awarded in the other divisions, including both cash and trophies. Due to a series of miscommunications, some prizes from last year were never delivered reports former AGHS President Yunxuan Li. “We would like to sincerely apologize for the mix up. The new treasurer of the AGHS will be sending last year’s prizes to the captains of each team soon. We know it seems a bit late at this point, but we would still like to keep our word about the prizes and make them up for everybody.”

This year’s tournament will be held on April 15 and April 22. To register, fill out the form here.  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Image: Haze Middle School Go Team, from Hikaru no Go © 1998 by Yumi Hotta, Takeshi Obata/Shueisa Inc.

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Mark Lee wins 4th annual SoCal tournament

Thursday March 2, 2017

Mark Lee won the SoCal Go Tournament held last weekend in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Jay Zheng (showing off a special 2017.03.03_so-cal-tourney“Thank you” trophy at right) and his Dadao Culture Association, the fourth annual tournament took place at Korea Daily Newspaper building and attracted a field of 68.

Tournament results
Open section: 1st Mark Lee; 2nd Yuefeng Zhou; 3rd Xiaocheng Hu; 4th Danny Ko
Dan section 1: Seth Cardew 2. Yifan Zhang 3. Shangze Bi 4. Tyler Oyakawa; tie at 6th Yuelun Yang and Daniel Alvira
Strong kyu Section 1: Yike Deng 2. David Baran 3. Paul Margetts;
Mid kyu Section 1: Jungho Lee 2. Shawn Lee 3. Elias Klingbeil;
Low kyu Section 1: Nathan Han 2. Jiuhao LAN 3. Zongren Huang
Tournament Director Kevin Chao
- reported by Kevin Chao

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Redmond Cup Registration Opens

Monday February 27, 2017

IMG_20160731_154429The 24th annual Redmond Cup will begin in April, and registration is due by March 19th. Preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2017 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids 12 and under, and the Senior league for 17 and under. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of  1 dan or higher.    The Junior league has been expanded to include 12 year olds, and both leagues now require a dan rating (kyu players can compete in the North American Kyu Championships instead). Skype will again be required this year.  Players who complete the tournament will be eligible for $400 scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or $200 scholarships to the US Go Congress, on a first come first served basis, courtesy of the AGF. Competitors from Mexico are also invited to the event. The participants must be members of the American Go Association or the Canadian Go Association and either residents of the U.S., Canada or Mexico, or citizens of the United States living anywhere in the world, provided that they are also members of the AGA.  For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here. -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo:  Ary Cheng 4d (r) competes against Luoyi Yang 4d (l)  in the Junior Division finals for the Redmond, at the 2016 US Go Congress in Boston.

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In Memoriam: David Erbach

Sunday February 26, 2017

We just learned that David Erbach has died. A long time go player, and former editor of the publication Computer Go, 2017.02.25_erbachErbach taught Computer Science at Western Kentucky University until his retirement in 2014. “Dave was part of the wave of early computer scientists who made the first tentative attempts to program a computer to represent and then to play go,” says former AGA president Terry Benson. Erbach was previously head of the Computer Science department at Purdue University-Fort Wayne and the Business Computing department at the University of Winnipeg. In addition to go, he loved model airplanes and was, with his father, a competitive member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. He was also a keen pianist. He died of prostate cancer in September 2016, at the age of 69.

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Go and Math Workshop for Elementary School Teachers

Saturday February 25, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 5.51.13 PMThirteen teachers from the National College of Education in Chicago, IL, participated in a 90-minute go workshop on Jan 26. The teachers, and their professor Xue Han,  learned the basic rules of go, experienced a couple of games themselves, and reviewed case studies of students playing go in elementary classrooms.  “After the workshop, one teacher said that she had decided to bring go back to her classroom of more than twenty 3rd graders” reports Xinming Simon Guo, of Go and Math Academy in Chicago. Guo has been providing workshops at schools, conferences and educational institutes in the Chicago area since 2008. The primary audiences for the workshops are teachers, both in-service teachers who have been teaching in the classroom everyday, and pre-service teachers who will start teaching after they graduate from the university. These hands-on workshops are always centered on one topic — go and math. “If you don’t know go, how can you know the relationship between go and math?” ask Guo, “but if you know how to play you will naturally employ  fundamental math skills in the game. It’s just that you won’t necessarily detect that relationship while you’re totally absorbed in the pleasure and pressure of playing.”

According to Guo’s research 55 out of 94 Common Core Math Standards from Grades K to 3 are almost naturally connected to go. “Teachers design many classroom activities. Sometimes they have to design several activities to meet the requirement of only one standard. For one game to cover almost 60% of core standards in the early elementary math curriculum is impressive,” says Guo. “Meanwhile, students learn math without even noticing it. Acquisition of math happens naturally as you play go. That’s the beauty of game-based learning.  Most of these teachers don’t know go, so I introduce it as an educational game, which removes the pressure for competition. Once they start to play, they are able to experience the subtle ways fundamental math skills are at work, and identify many learning opportunities embedded in the game.” For further reading see Northwestern University Exploring Go and Math. (E-J 1/31/17 -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Guo presenting at NCE in Chicago.

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Confucius Institute and Feng Yun Go School to host tourney in New Brunswick

Tuesday February 21, 2017

The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University, together with the Feng Yun Go School, will be hosting a go tournament on Saturday, April 1 at the College Avenue Student Center in New Brunswick, NJ, reports Paul Matthews. Click here2017.02.20_FengYunWeiqi-logo1 for more details. Feng Yun 9P will do game reviews between rounds. There are no registration fees, but you must register online no later than Thursday, March 30 to guarantee your seat.

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Eric Lui 1P tops NOVA Chinese Lunar New Year tourney

Monday February 20, 2017

Eric Lui 1P swept the NOVA Chinese Lunar New Year 10th anniversary tournament, held on Saturday, February 11 at George Mason University Law School in Arlington VA. The four-round tournament attracted 42 players, including 18 dan-level players. “As usual,” reports Allan Abramson, “there also was an afternoon short tournament for beginners.”

Winners Report:
First place: Eric Lui 1P, 4-0; Frederic Bao, 4d and Jack Chong, 4d, tied at 3-1; Julian Erville, 1d, 4-0; Jeroen Meijer, 2k, 4-0; Anderson Barreal, 8k, 4-0; Julian Li, 15k, 4-0; and Andrew Chen, 25k, 4-0
Second place: Yuang Lin, 7d, 3-1; Bob Crites, 7k, and Joon Lee, 10k, tied at 3-1; James Liu, 12k, and Sean Lin, 14k, tied at 3-1; and Antonina Perez-Lopez, 20k, 3-1

13×13 Afternoon Tournament for beginners, six participants:
First place: Derek Hu, 4-1
Second place, Joseph Wang, 4-1

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Tennessee Kids Power Up

Thursday February 16, 2017

image1“I taught two classes  at Whitsitt Elementary school on Power Monday,’ reports Shawn Ray from Tennessee. “Power Monday is an event held once a month to teach kids new subjects or ideas. At the end of both classes, the kids were begging me to come back on the next Power Monday. This is my second time at Whitsitt and both times have gone very well. The picture is of kids playing 2v2 capture go. I only had one hour to teach so I decided to start with capture go and put them in teams (they really enjoy working in teams). I must thank everyone who supports the American Go Foundation! Without the AGF’s grants and equipment, I would not be able to teach in after school programs as much as I do,” adds Ray. - Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Shawn Ray.

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Three School Chess and Go Tourney

Monday February 13, 2017

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Twenty-four children played in Portland’s latest chess and go tournament for kids, held on Jan. 22nd. Six kids played go and 18 played chess. Perennial champ Olin Waxler, 4-0 took first place in go, with Luke Helprin taking second over Emmett Perkins on tie-breaker points, both at 3-1. Top-seeded Brady Yamin took first place in chess, with Ai Rose Solomon beating Ty Holt for 2nd on tie-breaking points. Prizes were gift certificates to Guardian Games, 1st place, $25, 2nd place $15, and 3rd place, $10. - Story and Photo by Peter Freedman

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