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Amy Su & Leon Lei Win 2014 AGF Scholarships, Topping Record Field

Monday February 23, 2015

The 2014 American Go Foundation College Scholarship winners are Amy Su of Bridgewater, New Jersey and Leon Lei of Bardonia, New York, AGF President Terry Benson announced. “We had nine applicants this year, more than ever, and all of them worthy candidates,” Benson said. “For the first time, students included school-related assignments as part of their applications; one winner’s paper was favorably received at a regional competition. Another applicant tried to measure the impact of go instruction on school performance. It’s great to see students exploring the mathematical, psychological and other intricacies of go in their schoolwork.”

The AGF awards two scholarships of $1000 each year to ” high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the Go community,” according to the AGF website. College-bound US citizens are encouraged to apply in the fall by submitting an application form and an essay; the scholarships are awarded in November.

Amy Su 5D of Bridgewater NJ was already an experienced tournament competitor when at age 12 she “decided to change my relationship with go. Instead of playing for my own satisfaction, I chose to devote my time to teaching others about the game, to give them a chance to discover the art, and for me to pass on my enthusiasm for the game. I learned to teach by watching my mother [Feng Yun 9P] teach at her go school.”  After starting go classes in two different Chinese schools, Amy became active in The American Go Honor Society, where she is now serving as Promotion Head. “Teaching Go [has] given me leadership, mentoring, and speaking skills,” Amy wrote in her essay. “It taught me patience, and how to encourage others to learn. As a student, it taught me how to think and use logic. It changed me as a thinker, a dreamer, an artist.”

Leon Lei 10K learned go at the The Huaxia Chinese School in White Plains, NY from Ms. Tang Jie 4D.  After bitterly grieving his early losses, Leon “realized that much more can be gained from a lost game than an excess pile of teardrops,” going on to win his school’s tournament two years in a row. ” When he graduated from Chinese school, which had grown to more than 40 students, he stayed on as an assistant teacher, while also starting a club at his high school.  He also submitted a paper, “Go and Mathematics”, to The Greater New York Math Fair, where it gained entry into the second round of competition. Leon explored the question of how to calculate the number of possible go games, noting that it is far larger than commonly thought.  Many calculations only consider the number of possible arrangements of stones on the board, but he noted that the stones can also appear in any order; any single ending position accounts for thousands of possible games. Leon’s paper and other school-friendly resources are available on the AGF’s Lesson Plan Cooperative.

The AGF College Scholarship recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the Go community. Juniors and seniors who plan to attend college and believe they meet the criteria are encouraged to apply by November 1 of each year. Scholarships may be awarded to one male and one female applicant based on merit. “If we continue receiving so many applications of such high quality, we may need to increase the budget for scholarships,” Benson said. — reprinted from SENSEI: The American Go Foundation Newsletter. Click here to read other issues of Sensei. Subscribe for free at the bottom of this page.

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Hinoki Press Founder Chris Greene Dies

Sunday February 22, 2015

Hinoki Press founder Chris Greene died last Friday. Greene, who had cancer, died at home in Libertyville, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, 2015.02.22_HinokiPressWebsite1Vicky, and his daughters, Melissa and Elizabeth. “I was lucky enough to work with Chris doing a little copy editing on some of Hinoki’s books, and found him to be a gentleman and a friend to the go community,” said AGA president Andy Okun. “The books he published represent a lasting contribution to the game and its enjoyment.”

A long-time go player, Greene started the go book publishing company in 2006 after retiring from his career as a programmer and published 18 go books before selling it late last year to Go Game Guru (Go Game Guru Buys Hinoki Press, Will Keep Titles in Print 11/12/2014 EJ). “Chris made an immense contribution to the body of English language go literature in a relatively short time,” said Go Game Guru’s David Ormerod. “He was incredibly modest about his achievements and stoic about his illness. When I last spoke to him, on Thursday, he was primarily concerned that the material that he’d worked hard to have translated and published in English remain available to future generations of go players. His motto for Hinoki Press was, ‘always carry a go book in your hand.’ We will miss our friend and fellow go player and will do everything we can to honor his wishes.”

Evanston Go Club Bounces Back

Sunday February 22, 2015

After a long period of low attendance, things are looking up for the Evanston Go Club. “The new location has sparked a lot of interest” says club215.02.22_evanston-go-clubpresident Mark Rubenstein. “We started meeting at the new Starbucks in downtown Evanston (IL), and the response has been fantastic. Customers are showing an interest in the game, and we’re teaching more beginners than ever! This week I was setting up a board and stones at an empty table. I went to get my opponent, and when I returned I saw that two college students had sat down at the board and started playing Go Moku. They didn’t even know about the club!” Check out the club’s website for more information.
photo by Mark Rubenstein

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Go and Artificial Intelligence Tech Talk

Sunday February 22, 2015

Tim Kington, a software engineer at Fog Creek Software and 2-dan amateur go player, talks about go, Artificial Intelligence and attempts to 2015.02.22_tech-talkcreate computer programs that can beat human players in “Go and Artificial Intelligence – Tech Talk,” produced for his Fog Creek colleagues. Kington gives an overview of go, explains how to play it and why go AI is hard. He finishes by describing the progress so far with go AI programs and what the future is likely to hold. The post includes a handy guide to the talk’s content and timing so viewers can jump to the area of interest, as well as a written transcript.

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Your Move/Readers Write: 1st US Go Congress, Not

Thursday February 19, 2015

1st US Go Congress, Not:The group photo said to be of the 1st Go Congress in 1985 is not (Go Filmmakers Looking for US Go Congress 2015.02.16_US-Go-Congress-surrounding-gamePhotos, Videos 2/16),” writes Michael Bull. “That photo predates the Congress and was taken in San Francisco, CA at one of the last of the East Coast/West Coast championships. The long time manager of the SF Go Club Shinji Dote is seated in the front and he never attended a US Go Congress, (he was unable to attend the 1999 Congress in SF because of poor health). The photo was taken by a SF Go Club regular known only as St. Clair.”

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School Teams Tournament Open for Registration

Thursday February 19, 2015

10897132_10203170372235844_5171983283782933950_nThe American Go Honor Society has announced the 2015 School Team Tournament (STT) will be held March 28 and April 4.   “The STT is our annual flagship tournament, played in the classic Hikaru no Go team style where each school sends three representatives to compete against other schools,” said AGHS Co-President Hugh Zhang.  All matches will be played online, and schools from Canada, the US, and Mexico are all invited.  As a new top prize this year, the American Go Foundation is 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 $75 cash for first place, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd, as well as medals, and the stylish new AGHS T-Shirt pictured at right.  This year’s tournament will be held on March 28 and April 4. To register, fill out the form here, by March 20. More information may be found on the AGHS website. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.

2015 US Go Congress Registration Launches

Monday February 16, 2015

Registration has just launched for the 2015 US Go Congress, the biggest go event of the year. The Go Congress will take2015.01.31_St Thomas Campus place August 1-9 at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota in the Anderson Student Center. “St. Thomas is nestled along the Mississippi River, with easy access to both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul,” reports Congress Co-Organizer Aaron Broege. “At St. Thomas, you’ll be just two blocks away from over 100 miles of bike and running paths that run along the river, through the cities, and around the region’s urban lakes, which are bustling with activity during the summer.”

Click here to register or follow @tcgocongress for latest updates.

2015.01.31_Anderson Student Center AtriumThe Anderson Student Center (left) is a state-of-the-art facility, opened in 2012, “with beautiful rooms for competitive play, professional lectures, and other Congress activities,” Broege adds. The main playing room in the Woulfe Alumni Hall, with carpeted flooring and natural lighting, “will provide a great environment for competitive play in the U.S. Open Tournament.” The three-floor structure houses the cafeteria where attendees will take their meals, as well as numerous locations throughout the building for socializing andA four person suite in Selby Residence Hall is shown August 30, 2005. enjoying time with friends. For housing, attendees can choose between standard dorm rooms or suite-styled (pictured) housing on campus.

“When you are taking a break from playing go, the Twin Cities offer many activities for enjoyment and relaxation,” says Broege. “Minneapolis and St. Paul boast an attractive balance between urban living and the joys of nature. The easy-to-use Nice Ride bike sharing system will allow you to easily jump on a bike and see the beauty of the Twin Cities. Catch a Twin’s game at Target Stadium. Take the light rail down to the Mall of America and enjoy a rollercoaster ride at Nickelodeon Universe. Check out the great theater, music, and art that the Twin Cities has to offer. There is so much to experience that is easily within reach from our home base at St. Thomas University.”

 

 

 

Go Filmmakers Looking for US Go Congress Photos, Videos

Monday February 16, 2015

“The Surrounding Game” filmmakers are looking for old photos of the annual U.S. Go Congress. “The story of American go is a central element 2015.02.16_US-Go-Congress-surrounding-gameof the film,” co-director Cole Pruitt tells the E-Journal. “We’ve accumulated archival photos from the AGA archives, courtesy of David Doshay, but we want to petition the American go community to send us old media — physical photos, digitized photos, videos and cassettes — from any of the Congresses. The best stuff would be wide shots of playing halls or crowds, or top AGA officials in attendance at the Congress.”

The filmmakers are on the final stretch of editing and are “on track to complete narrative editing by the end of the summer, followed by film festival submissions starting in the fall,” says Pruitt. “We’re working with an LA-based animator and NY-based composer on animated sequences and the score for the film and are incorporating them into current cuts.”
photo: at the first US Go Congress in 1985; photographer unknown

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Tacoma Go Club Tables at Year of the Ram Celebration

Monday February 16, 2015

The Tacoma Go Club promoted go at the 17th Annual Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s New Year’s Celebration of the Year of the Ram, on Saturday, 2015.02.16_TGC Table with GEC at the APCC 2015 New Year's Celebration with Li YiFebruary 14. “The table was on a high traffic corner past which walked hundreds of people observing various activities such as Korean, Japanese, and Chinese martial arts,” reported TGC president Gordon Castanza (wearing hat in photo). “Many stopped by the table to inquire about the game.” Castanza said the event “was a successful opportunity for demonstrating go to hundreds of people” and adds that the club generated a dozen or more sign-ups.
photo by Lin Young.

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Redmond Cup Registration Opens

Friday February 13, 2015

IMG_3470The 22nd annual Redmond Cup will begin in April, and registration is due by March 15th. Preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2015 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).  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: Bill Lin 7d (l) vs. Jianing Gan 7d (r), in the foreground, while the Jr. League players compete in the background, at the 2014 US Go Congress in New York..