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Chicago Kids Compete in First Tourney

Thursday May 21, 2015

IMG_0015Students from Andrew Jackson Language Academy(AJLA), in Chicago, just finished their first go tournament for kids in the Chinese program, reports organizer Xinming Simon Guo.  “Students first played with opponents in the same grade, and then the winners in each grade competed for the school championship, which was won by Winston from, the 7th grade,” said Guo. A year ago, few students at AJLA had ever heard of go (weiqi in Chinese). “We started to introduce this game to our students in March of 2014. The kids loved this game. I still remember that they were chanting ‘Weiqi Weiqi’ while waiting outside of the classroom after the first lesson”, said Christina Xu, the Chinese language teacher at the school, who also ran the  tournament.

The weiqi class is part of the Chinese Artists-In-Residency Program, co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute in Chicago  and Guo’s own GoAndMath Academy. “We support teachers in integrating weiqi into language teaching classrooms,” says Guo, “participating and learning are more important than winning. Weiqi is also an innovative tool for teaching elementary math. Our research shows that there exists a natural connection between weiqi and the Common Core State Standards of math. During the game, students  experience numerous math concepts without even noticing them.”  The school is considering bringing more weiqi classes to the students, and planning to organize a 2nd weiqi tournament next year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Semi-final between 4th and 5th graders at AJLA; photo by Christina Xu 

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AGF Offers Free Pro Lessons for Youth

Monday May 18, 2015

2010.11.15-Andy-LiuCalvinSun2Free lessons, with Andy Liu 1P or Calvin Sun 1P, will soon be available for a few lucky young players. “Thanks to a generous donor, the AGF is making lessons available to High School and College students as a thank you for their efforts promoting go,” reports AGF Board Member Keith Arnold. Candidates will be selected based on their efforts for the community at large. “We are looking for a brief statement describing your efforts running a school go club, as well as any other contributions to the go community,” says Arnold, “we know this is exam time – this will not be graded – we simply want the facts, your submission should be less than a page.” The winners will receive six lessons online, from one of the AGA’s new pros.  To apply for the lessons,  fill out the form here, by June 15th. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photos: Calvin Sun 1P (l); Andy Liu 1P (r).

 

 

 

 

Evanston Go Club teaches scores of Anime Central attendees

Sunday May 17, 2015

The Evanston Go Club taught scores of enthusiastic beginners at Anime Central over the weekend. “This event is a blast!” said EGC president2015.05.17_evanston-anime 2015.05.17_evanston-kosMark Rubenstein. “We taught for 11 hours Friday and 11 hours Saturday. We probably taught a hundred people to play go. Some people stayed and played for hours at a time. One of the most challenging aspects of teaching beginners is trying to explain when the game ends, especially when they insist of creating quadruple kos, like the one pictured!”
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Yang, Shen and Kim to teach at US Go Congress

Sunday May 17, 2015

Among the professionals teaching at this year’s US Go Go Congress in St. Paul, MN, are long-time favorites Myungwan Kim 9P, Yang Yilun 7P 2015.05.17_Cao Youyinand Jennie Shen 2P, according to Congress organizers. Although the Japanese and Korean visitors have not been decided yet, the delegation from the China Qiyuan will be Wang Qun 8P, who came to the 2011 Congress in Santa Barbara, and Cao Youyin 3P (right), who according to GoGameWorld.com was second in the National Women Go Individual in 2003 and won the Women Xinren Wang championship in 2007. Also on the attendance list are Ryan Li 1P, the AGA’s newest in-house certified pro, and Lee Hajin 3P, popular for her “Haylee” game videos on Youtube, in her role as Secretary General of the International Go Federation.
- Andy Okun

AGA Go Camp a Favorite with Kids

Saturday May 16, 2015

Go Camp 2014 (75) “When people ask me, ‘how was your summer,’ I tell them it was wonderful, because of the AGA Go Camp,” writes 14-year-old Elan, “I had an amazing time playing go and hanging out with other kids, learning from our teacher, and enjoying fun summer camp activities.” Go Camp strives to provide young go players a unique experience, allowing them to foster their love of the game in a traditional summer camp setting. “Camp does involve a lot of go,” says Director Amanda Miller, “and campers spend both their mornings, and part of their afternoons, studying, but these lessons include a creative mix of lectures, life and death problems, games, and game reviews to kep things interesting.”

Many campers love the opportunity, and as 8-year-old Yuga remembers, “I learned go from morning to evening and that was my first time studying go so long. I spent time with a great teacher and lots of friends and played go and talked about go with them. It makes me want to play more and want to improve more.”

“Camp is about more than just go, however, “says Miller, “it’s about giving kids the chance to meet and make friends with other kids who love the game just as much as they do. Part of the magic of camp is the wide variety of campers who attend, and in the past few years, the camp has welcomed kids from as far away as Hawaii and Canada.The camp has been growing every year, and we’re always trying to make it better. Last year was one of our best summers yet, because we got to try so many different activities. The kids had a great time with hiking, archery, boating, swimming, and rock climbing in addition to playing go.” Boating was a general favorite, and as Elan remembers, “A mega splashing competition ensued and everyone was soaked wet!Go Camp 2014 (112)

With a mix of lessons, outdoor activities, tournaments, and other go-related activities, the camp is an ideal place for kids to make friends and have fun while also improving their go skills. Perhaps 12-year-old Joe does the best job of summing up everyone’s feelings after a great week at camp: “When I left camp I was sad that I will miss all my new friends, but when I came back home I was happy because I was beating everyone and showing that I improved.”

Go Camp will be held July 18-25, at YMCA Camp Kern in Oregonia, OH, with Myungwan Kim 9P as this summer’s professional teacher. Camp directors Amanda Miller and Nano Rivera invite campers of all skill levels, between the ages of 8 and 18 to join them for a week of go-playing and fun. Youth who played in the NAKC or the Redmond Cup are eligible for a $400 scholarship, and need-based scholarships of up to $250 are also available courtesy of the American Go Foundation.

For more information on the latest camp-related news, and to download the registration forms, visit the camp website at  or e-mail Amanda Miller at agagocampeast@gmail.com. -Paul Barchilon with Amanda Miller. 

E-Journal Editor’s 200-mi Wales Walk to Raise Funds for AGF

Saturday May 16, 2015

American Go E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock and his wife Lisa are walking 200 miles along the coast of Wales this July to celebrate 2015.05.16 Garlock Rock Creek walktheir 32nd wedding anniversary and raise funds for the American Go Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting go in the U.S. With the AGF’s support, thousands of American children have learned go in hundreds of schools, libraries and community centers across the country, as well as at the annual Go Camp (AGA Go Camp a Favorite with Kids 5/16 EJ). The AGF also provide scholarships and resources for youth who play go, and supports go in institutional settings such as prisons, and senior centers. Click here to donate what you can: .25/mile = $50; .50/mi = $100; $1/mi = $200; or whatever amount you like, it’ll go to help promote go across the United States. “Chris likes sitting still a long time and also walking a long way,” says AGF President Terry Benson. “We hope players will encourage him and help go by going as far as they can to help us spread the game.”
photo: Garlock on a training walk earlier this year; photo by Lisa Garlock

Fishing for Discounts at US Go Congress

Thursday May 14, 2015

“Minnesota, home of the 2015 US Go Congress, celebrated its’ annual fishing opener over the weekend,” reports Congress Director Josh Larson. 200226519-001A guided fishing tour is among the traditional day-off options for this year’s Go Congress.  Discounted Go Congress registrations will expire June 1st.  Click here to register and pay now to take advantage of early bird rates “and while you’re there, vote for your favorite day-off activities,” Larson urges.
photo courtesy Pioneer Press Archives

New Girls Tourney at Congress

Monday May 11, 2015

girls.playing.goA new girls tournament  is planned for the 2015 Go Congress in St. Paul.  Since this is the first year, the tournament will be open to the four girls who have the highest AGA ratings and wish to participate, they must still be 15 on August 1 in order to qualify. Registration will be done at the check-in for the Congress. The format will be two rounds, tentatively set for semifinals on Sunday afternoon with the winners meeting on Thursday afternoon for the finals and the losers playing for third and fourth places. Cash prizes will be awarded to the players ($100, $75, $50 and $25) as well as the title of 2015 AGA Under 16 Girls’ Champion for the winner. “The intent of the tournament is to inspire younger girls to get out to tournaments and play rated games,” says organizer Ted Terpstra.  For more details, contact Terpstra by e-mail. Photo by Peggy Yang: Two girls trying to raise their ratings at the 2015 San Diego Go Championship. Tournament Director, Evan Cho, 9-dan, is an interested observer.

Life International Invites AGA Kids to Japan

Thursday May 7, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 5.39.17 PMThree children from North America are being invited to Japan, for international friendship matches.  The sponsors of the trip are paying all expenses, including airfare, from the west coast of the US to Osaka, Japan. Forty Two children under the age of 13, and at least single digit kyu, are being invited from nine countries: Japan, China, Korea, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Thailand, Canada, and the US. The kids will stay at the Maisima Lodge, in Osaka Bay, and will have opportunities for cultural exchanges as well as for playing go.  The AGA will select three kids, two from the US and one from Canada, based on participation points earned from attending various AGA events.  The matches will be held July 20th-23rd, and AGA Youth Coordinator Paul Barchilon will lead the team.  All expenses are paid for the kids, but parents who wish to come will need to pay their own travel and lodging expenses.  If you are interested in attending, please fill out the form here.  Any questions should be addressed to youth@usgo.org.  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Participants at last year’s Life International Go Meeting. The event is sponsored by Life Sports Foundation, and NPO Life Kids Go Club, with the cooperation of the Nihon Ki-in and the Kansai Ki-in.

AGA Tournament Listings Expanded

Thursday May 7, 2015

In response to recent requests by some tournament directors and local organizers, the E-Journal is expanding its weekly go event calendar to include events two weeks ahead. The weekly listings already include a link to the online calendar of events (click here to make sure your event is listed), enabling those interested to easily see what’s coming up. The E-Journal also routinely promotes major events — such as the May 23-24 Maryland Open or US Go Congress August 1-9 — farther ahead of time, especially when early registration is required, and will continue to do so.

Another key to effective promotion is making sure that as many local go players as possible are E-Journal subscribers, either as AGA members or non-members. Please encourage go players you know to either join here or sign up for the non-member EJ here.

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