Tuesday March 14, 2017
Patrick Zhao 1k and Josiah Frias 1k topped the 2017 North American Kyu Championships held on KGS on February 4th in the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) divisions respectively. Mateo Nava 11k from Mexico also earned the Fighting Spirit Award with his stellar performance.
42 young kyu players participated in the 4th edition of this tournament across five divisions, with the top Junior and Senior player in each division winning trophies engraved with their names. In addition, all players who completed the tournament earned an AGF scholarship to either the AGA Go Camp or the US Go Congress. For full tournament results, click here.
Sunday March 12, 2017
With work on the new National Go Center in northwest Washington DC “coming along nicely,” the Center is on track for its grand opening the weekend of April 29-30, reports Center executive director Gurujeet Khalsa. “Area go clubs and volunteers have come together with sponsorship from the Iwamoto North America Foundation to make the new Center a reality,” Khalsa (right) told the E-Journal during a tour of the Center on Sunday, March 12. The photo at left shows the main playing space as demolition work concluded just over a week ago; in the photo at right, from March 12, finishing work has progressed rapidly.
Plans for the grand opening include a 4-round AGA-rated tournament, a children’s 12-and-under friendship match over Skype with children from Mexico City, and a performance by composer Haskell Small of composition “A Game of Go,” setting a classic Shusaku game to two pianos and a video.
More events are planned for the NGC’s grand opening but with just over six weeks to go, Khalsa says “volunteers of every stripe are urgently needed,” including carpenters to help build shelving, and anyone willing to donate tables, chairs, go books and equipment. Contact him at email@example.com.
photos by Gurujeet Khalsa (left) and Chris Garlock (right)
Friday March 10, 2017
14 children from Mexico City and Portland, OR. played a two round match on Saturday, February 25, on KGS. Mexico City won the match 8-4. “Our players are from two elementary schools in Mexico City, Escuela de Arte Pipiolo and Colegio Serapio Rendón,” says team leader Siddhartha Avila. Diego, 5 kyu, Bruno, 10 kyu, and Javier, 18 kyu all won both their games. Oliver, 23 kyu, won two games for Portland. Portland and Mexico City have been playing one or more matches a year for the past several years. - Peter Freedman, Portland organizer. Photos by Siddhartha Avila and Peter Freedman: The teams meet via Skype to set up the match.
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 watchers 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.
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 “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.
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
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, Erbach 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.
Saturday February 25, 2017
Thirteen 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.
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 here 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.