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Kirschner Hopes to Stage “Honinbo” at Go Congress

Monday February 15, 2010

Plans are afoot once again to stage the world premiere of “The Honinbo” http://www.usgo.org/resources/downloads/Honinbo.pdf go musical at the 2010 U.S. Go Congress. The full-scale parody of “The Mikado” was penned by former AGA president Bob High, and features a cast of go playing characters singing go-themed songs. “We have obtained cooperation from the UCCS Drama department to get facilities and some student assistance,” reports Chris Kirschner, who’s had a longtime dream of producing the musical. “Our job is to get a cast together and prepare to make good use of them.  Plans are just starting, so we are looking for volunteers to launch this production.  Mainly, we need people willing to get up on stage and play the parts.  There are 10 named roles, and several choruses.  Some musical ability is desirable, but don’t hesitate for lack of a voice of gold.  And we will want some production people back-stage as well.” Contact Kirschner at operations@usgo.org for details.

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U.S. GO NEWS: Feng Yun/Jie Li Win North American Pair Go 1st Round; USYGC Season Opens; Kirby Sweeps N. California Tourney; SmartGo In S. Korea And Coming Soon To Ipad.

Monday February 8, 2010

FENG YUN/JIE LI WIN N.A. PAIR GO 1ST ROUND: Feng Yun and Jie Li defeated Wan Chen and Curtis Tang Sunday night in the first round of the North American World Pair Go Qualifier, played on IGS. “One pair withdrew at the last moment, and one member of another pair did not show up, so two games were not played,” reports Allan Abramson. Feng Yun and Jie Li will have a bye for the second round, and play the final game on Thursday night. Jing Yang and Jin Yu will play White vs Yuan Zhou and Yinli Wang on Tuesday night – also on IGS, in Round Two.

USYGC SEASON OPENS:  The 2010 United States Youth Go Championship is kicking into gear, with qualifiers now scheduled across the country.  First up is the Orange County Go Club, in Los Angeles, on Feb. 21-22.  New Qualifier locations have been added as well, with Boston, New Jersey, Colorado, and San Francisco all hosting events.  There will also be an online qualifier, hosted by the AGHS <http://aghs.cc>.  This year, the AGA is also adding National Single Digit Kyu (SDK) and Double Digit Kyu (DDK) championships to the event.  The winners will receive trophies, and prizes will be awarded in the following brackets: 1-4 kyu, 5-9 kyu, 10-15 kyu, 16-20 kyu, 21-25 kyu, 26 and up kyu.  In the dan brackets, the strongest kids in the country will be competing for the right to represent the US at the World Youth Go Championships this summer.  Low dan youth will have a chance at prizes and trophies too, with prizes for 1-5 dan as well.  The event is sponsored by the AGA and the AGF, and Guo Juan has donated audio go lessons <http://internetgoschool.com/> as bonus prizes for youth in all categories.  For more information, visit the tournament webpage <http://www.usgo.org/tournaments/USYGC/2010/>
-Paul Barchilon; photo: young players study at the 2009 U.S. Go Congress; photo by Chris Garlock

KIRBY SWEEPS NORCAL TOURNEY: Brian Kirby topped February’s monthly ratings tournament in Northern California, February 6 in Menlo Park, CA. There were 25 players, ranging from 25 kyu to 7 dan, and two played in their first tournament ever. The next monthly ratings tournament will be March 6 in Palo Alto, CA. Winners report: Four game winner: Brian Kirby 2k 4-0. Three game winners: Lucas Baker 2d 3-1, Samuel Gross 1d 3-0, Roger Schrag 7k 3-0, Larry Qu 15k 3-1.
- Roger Schrag

SMARTGO IN SOUTH KOREA AND COMING SOON TO IPAD: SmartGo Pro for the iPhone/iPod touch is now available in South Korea under the name “Smartgo Pro Baduk,” http://itunes.apple.com/kr/app/smartgo-pro-baduk/id353159718?mt=8 reports SmartGo author Anders Kierulf. “It comes with over 15,000 professional games and 2,000 problems.” Search for Baduk in the iTunes App Store. Kierulf also tells the EJ that “I’m working on a version of SmartGo optimized for Apple’s upcoming iPad.”

AGA Board Waives U.S. Youth Go Championship Requirement

Monday February 1, 2010

The AGA Board acted Sunday to waive the 10-game minimum requirement for the annual U.S. Youth Go Championship, converting last year’s one-time exemption into a permanent exemption for this tournament, which leads to the selection of the U.S. representative to the World Youth tournament. Board Chairman Roy Schmidt noted that “This responds to concerns of youth advocates that the AGA should be encouraging maximum participation in this tournament, with reduced requirements.”

Matthews To Retire As AGA Ratings Coordinator

Monday February 1, 2010

“Our ratings coordinator, Paul Matthews, has informed me of his decision to retire from this position to spend more time pursuing other go related interests,” reports AGA President Allan Abramson. “Paul has been one of our AGA heroes,” Abramson told the E-Journal, “having developed the rating system algorithms 20 years ago, and having maintained ratings with regular updates for all this time.” Adding that “I personally hold him in the highest regard, and respect the care he devoted to the quality of ratings.” Abramson also had a request for AGA members, asking them to “Please join me in extending our thanks to Paul for 20 years of extraordinary service.” Abramson also noted that “We are now in the process of integrating new open source rating system programming with our other data systems and web site. This transition may take several months to complete, but in the interim we expect to do a ratings update as soon as possible. I ask for your understanding and patience.”

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U.S. GO NEWS: Hu Wins Chi Tourney; Jujo Tourney Report; World Pair Go Deadline Weds; NAMT Qualifier Host Sites Sought

Monday January 25, 2010

HU WINS CHI TOURNEY: Thomas Hu 6d won the January 23 “The White and the Black” tournament in Chicago, IL. “A smallish tournament, but some great games,” reports TD Bob Barber. “A new player was Young Rhee 7d, who will be teaching at the brand new Go Center in nearby Arlington Heights. If we move the tourney, we may double attendance. Heady times in Chicago.” 26 players participated. Results: 1st Place Dan: HU, Thomas, 6d, 4-0; 1st Place High Kyu: RUBENSTEIN, Mark, 4k, 4-0; 1st Place Low Kyu: ZHANG, Chris, 33k, 4-0.

JUJO TOURNEY REPORT: Mingjiu Jiang 7P won the Jujo Jiang Ing Goe Tournament held January 9-10 in San Francisco, CA. Winner’s Report: 1st place: Mingjiu Jiang 7P (5-0); 2nd: Calvin Sun 7d (4-1); 3rd: Lu Wang 7d (3-2); 4th: Song Li 6d (3-2).
- reported by Chris Burg

WORLD PAIR GO DEADLINE WEDS: This Wednesday, January 27 is the deadline for registering for the World Pair Go qualifiers. “This is a high level competition, with airfare, room and board for one pair from North America at the end of March,” reports American Go Association President Allan Abramson. The qualifiers will include Canadian pairs. Abramson’s recent Members Memo included details; contact him at President@usgo.org

NAMT QUALIFIER HOST SITES SOUGHT: Beginning this year, the qualification tournament to select the 2011 Fujitsu Cup candidate will be the North American Masters tournament. The NAMT final is held at the annual U.S. Go Congress (LINK), which will be held in Colorado Spring, CO July 31-August 8. “We are now looking for clubs and people to host the NAMT qualifier tournaments around the country,” says AGA Tournament Coordinator Boris Bernadsky. Two sites are being sought in the west, two in the east and two in the central states; there will be two online tournaments as well. Anyone interested in hosting an NAMT qualifier can email Bernadsky at badukboris@gmail.com

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U.S. GO NEWS: Peng Wins MGA Winter Tourney; Jujo Games Broadcast Live; AGHS School Teams Tourney; U.S. Congress Site Launched; Seattle Go Center Now Tax-Deductible; AGF Drive Nets Funds For Go Projects

Monday January 11, 2010

PENG WINS MGA WINTER TOURNEY: Haijing Peng 2D won the January 10 Massachusetts Go Association’s Winter Tournament in Somerville. 26 players ranging from 2 dan to 20 kyu participated. Winner’s report: 1st: Haijing Peng 2D; 2nd: Doug Franz 12k; 3rd: Eric Reid 4k. (reported by TD Eva Casey)

JUJO GAMES BROADCAST LIVE: The EJ team partnered with KGS to broadcast from last weekend’s Jujo Jiang Tournament in San Francisco, CA. “The top games of the Jujo tourney attracted hundreds of observers from all over the world,” reports KGS Senior Administrator Akane Negishi. “The last round got over 480 observers at one point, overall it was a great turn out! The EJ’s Chris Burg did a wonderful job as a recorder, keeping the audience excited and curious, and everything went very smoothly. Here at KGS we were very happy to see that many people enjoyed and appreciated the broadcasts.” See attached for the game record of the tournament’s top-board final round: look for more game records to be posted online soon.

AGHS SCHOOL TEAMS TOURNEY: Registration is now open for the American Go Honor Society (AGHS) School Team Tournament. Modeled on the team tournaments featured in Hikaru no Go, the popular event is now in its 9th year; over 200 youth, from 70 different schools, entered last year. All games will be played on the KGS Go Server, and the deadline to enter is Feb. 2. The AGA and the AGF are providing $3,000 in gift certificates distributed among every team that completes the tournament, with extra prizes for the winners in several different brackets. Teams can be formed by any school with at least three go players, and by home-schooled kids who want to play together. Youth go clubs in alternative schools or part time schools are also allowed, as are teams from youth at public library clubs. The competition begins on the first weekend of March and continues for 8 weeks afterwards. Rounds lasts for two weeks, during which time each player on a team must complete one game against their assigned opponent. For more information, and to register, go to the AGHS website.

U.S. CONGRESS SITE LAUNCHED: The website for the 2010 U.S. Go Congress has been launched, reports AGA webmaster Steve Colburn. This year’s U.S. Go Congress runs July 31 – August 8, 2010 in Colorado Springs, CO at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

SEATTLE GO CENTER NOW TAX-DEDUCTIBLE: After a three-year effort by the Seattle Go Center board and staff, the Seattle Go Center can now receive tax deductible contributions. “Just before the holidays, the Center received notification that IRS had approved a status change to a 501(c)(3) public charity,” reports Go Center organizer Deborah Niedermeyer. “At a celebratory year-end fundraiser, the Go Center raised $2800 in donations. An additional $2100 will come from matching grants by donors’ employers.” photo: Deborah Niedermeyer with Board member John Hudson. report/photo by Brian Allen.

AGF DRIVE NETS FUNDS FOR GO PROJECTS: The American Go Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign is in high gear. “Seventy three donors have answered the call,” says AGF President Terry Benson. “We’re especially grateful to the sixteen current and former AGA members who gave for the first time during such challenging economic times.” The funds are needed to support an increased level of activity: the AGF sent more than 120 free Classroom Starter Sets to new youth programs in schools, libraries, after-school programs, 30% more than last year. Business is also picking up in The AGF Teacher Store, which opened last year with a $20,000 inventory; traffic has been so brisk that another shipment is on the way. More new programs mean greater use of matching funds, equipment grants and other resources, so the AGF is counting on more donations before the drive is over. “We’re trying to fill the gap caused by the loss of funding from the Ing Foundation. We need support to keep building the American community and maybe even find the next Michael Redmond,” Benson said. “The web makes it easy to help.”

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WORLD GO NEWS: Korean Teen Park Junghwan Wins Third Title Match; Iyama Yuta Takes Clear Lead In Honinbo League

Monday January 11, 2010

KOREAN TEEN PARK JUNGHWAN WINS THIRD TITLE MATCH: Park Junghwan 5P (l) won’t be twenty until 2013, but he is already becoming a major player. Last year he won two Korean titles, the Siptan (Judan) Cup and the Chunwon (Tengen), and he has just successfully defended the Sibdang against challenger Lee Changho 9P with a score of 2-1. Lee won the first game of the match, but Park took the other two on January 9th and 10th. In the unusual structure of the Siptan, as last year’s winner, Park was seeded into the third round, so he had to win two games just to get into the title match.

IYAMA YUTA TAKES CLEAR LEAD IN HONINBO LEAGUE: In the eight-player round robin league to decide the next challenger for the Honinbo title in Japan, Meijin Iyama Yuta 9P has a 4-0 record with three games to go. Everyone else has at least one defeat. The closest competitor at this point is Yamashita Keigo 9P with a 3-1 record. He and Iyama have not yet met in the league. Yamashita currently holds both the Kisei and the Tengen titles. Iyama is Meijin and also won the Ryusei last year.
- Bill Cobb, from Go News, GoGameWorld, Sensei’s Library

US Go News: 2010 U.S. Go Congress Dates & Location Set; Portland Yang Workshop Set For March; Redmond Cup Registration Opens; Maiden U.S.-Canada Women’s Team Tourney Launched

Sunday January 3, 2010

2010 U.S. GO CONGRESS DATES & LOCATION SET: This year’s U.S. Go Congress dates have now been finalized for July 31 – August 8, 2010 in Colorado Springs, CO at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. More details are available on the AGA’s GoDiscussion website. Karen Jordan is this year’s Congress Director and the event is hosted by the Springs Go Club, reports club president Jim Michali.

PORTLAND YANG WORKSHOP SET FOR MARCH: The Portland Go Club and Reed College are hosting a workshop with longtime teacher Yilun Yang 7P March 5-7.  To register send a check payable to the Portland Go Club to Peter Freedman, 1710 SW Harbor Way #303, Portland, OR 97201 (note on the check ‘Yi Lun Yang’): $100 for the full weekend; $40/day; 50% off for college students; 75% off for youth/child.

REDMOND CUP REGISTRATION OPENS: Young American go players can now sign up for the 17th edition of the Redmond Cup Tournament. Preliminary games will be played on the Internet, courtesy of IGS-PandaNet, and the four finalists will be invited to the 2010 US Go Congress to play the three final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for those aged less than 12 years and the Senior league for those 12 and older, but younger than 18, on August 1st 2010.  Competitors in the Senior League must be playing at dan strength, in the Junior 5 kyu or stronger. 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. The tournament director for the Redmond Cup is Michael Bull; Ing rules of Goe for all games. To register e-mail youth@usgo.org with your name, address, phone #, date of birth, email address, AGA rating, citizenship, and go club. The registration deadline is January 31st 2010 The Cup is sponsored by Michael Redmond 9P and his family, the American Go Association and the American Go Foundation.
Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor

MAIDEN U.S.-CANADA WOMEN’S TEAM TOURNEY LAUNCHED: The score is even in the first U.S.-Canada Women Team Go Tournament, an online event that kicked off last week and runs through January. Sarah Yu from Canada defeated Xingshuo Liu from US in the first round but Yinli Wang collected the first victory for team USA by beating Amira Song to even the score. Colin Zheng, Lisa Scott and Yixian Zhou are helping coordinate this event.
reported by Ke Lu; photo: Xingshuo Liu and Yinli Wang with Yongfei Ge at the 2009 U.S. Go Congress

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GO IN THE NEWS: Carrboro Carpenter Crafts Go Board for Obama Gift

Monday December 14, 2009

“A game struggling for United States recognition made the national stage when President Barack Obama presented China Premier Hu Jintao with a go game set as a diplomatic gift in early November,” reported Erin Wiltgen in the Durham (NC) Herald Sun last week. “Frank Salantrie, a Carrboro carpenter, crafted the board that set the go community abuzz,” the article continues. “’The go community is crazy over this,” said Paul Celmer, chapter head of the Triangle Go Club and a member of the American Go Association’s board of directors. ‘This is the biggest thing that’s happened to us in years. We’re excited the president saw enough respect for our game, whereas most people haven’t even heard of the game.’” Update: the two stories are now in the Sun’s archives: “Local carpenter whips up a presidential gift Obama presents go board to Chinese Premier Hu Jintao” and “Game of go gets exposure” available (for a fee) here.

 

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CORRECTIONS: Tetsuki Update

Monday December 14, 2009

CORRECTIONS: Tetsuki allows players to connect to IGS, not KGS (Iphone/Ipod Apps, 12/7 EJ); apparently there’s no way, yet, to connect to KGS via the iPhone. However, for Android cellphone users, “there may be hope to connect to KGS, as per a thread on GoDiscussions.com,” reports Brian Kirby.