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AGA Chapter Offer: Play Go, Get Free Pizza!

Friday October 3, 2014

To encourage chapters of the American Go Association to keep the momentum from “Learn Go” week going, the AGA is offering a special deal 2014.10.03_pizzaduring the month of October. Chapters that meet in October, play at least one rated game, order pizza and send in a photo of the festivities — and the receipt– and you’ll have the cost of the pizza reimbursed. “We appreciate the great work our chapters are doing and this is a fun way for them to reach their members” says Andrew Jackson, AGA VP of Operations. This offer only valid for AGA chapters; if your club is not a chapter, click here to sign up as a chapter today. Send your receipts to operations@usgo.org.

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Tacoma Go Club “Back in Business”

Thursday October 2, 2014

The Tacoma Go Club is getting back into the go business after “a little hiatus, reports club president Gordon Castanza. The TGC sponsored three2014.09.22_TGC's Learn Go Week at Bluebeards events during Learn Go Week” last week and is meeting at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409 every Monday from 3 – 6p. The club also meets at Bluebeard’s Café, 2201 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98403 (by prior arrangement. Call or e-mail Gordon or Tom), and Starbuck’s, 34024 Hoyt Rd. SW (340th and Hoyt next to Walgreen’s), Federal Way, WA 98023 (by prior arrangement. Call or e-mail Gordon or Tom).  During the Tacoma Go Club’s third “Learn Go Week” event last Saturday, “two new players appeared at the Bluebeard Coffee Shop in Tacoma to learn the fine points of both high handicap games and the subtleties of the territory-destroying ‘monkey jump,’” says Castanza. Players from left to right were Mike Malveaux, Tom Cruver, and Mark Mattson, who was playing Castanza, who doubled as official photographer.

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Your Move/Readers Write: Bender Case Covered by “48 Hours”

Thursday October 2, 2014

The mysterious death of John Bender, the Philadelphia go player who died under suspicious circumstances in 2010 (In Memoriam 10/10/2013)2014.10.02_John-Bender was the subject of the September 27 edition of “48 Hours,” reports Phil Straus, who taught Bender to play go in the mid-1980’s. In “Paradise Lost” correspondent Susan Spencer investigates “How did a Wall Street millionaire end up shot dead in his bedroom?” Bender’s go-playing is not mentioned, although his prowess at poker is.
photo: John Bender, lecturing on the importance of plans and ideas, and how unimportant details and final results are, at the 1987 US Go Congress, Mt. Holyoke College, Massachusetts. photo by Phil Straus

19x19x19 Tournament at Seattle Go Center This Sunday

Thursday October 2, 2014

The Seattle Go Center is celebrating its 19th anniversary  with a tournament this Sunday, Oct. 5.  Titled “19×19x19“, the AGA event will have an open section and several handicapped sections.  Registration is from 10:00- 10:30 at the Go Center, and the total purse for prizes will be $500.  Last year they had 24 players, with six players who were 5 dan or stronger.  Anniv TournMore information is available at the Go Center website.    Photo: Dong Ma 6d plays Edward Kim 7d at the 17th Anniversary Tournament in 2012, with Dennis Wheeler recording the game.  Photo/Report by Brian Allen.

US Go Congress Tournament Ratings Expected to be Posted Soon

Monday September 29, 2014

The 2014 US Open Masters tournament has now been rated, and the other Congress tournaments are expected to follow suit soon. “We are2014.09.29_US-Open-2014-DSC_0095
cleaning up the last few membership issues and glitches in the data,” said AGA President Andy Okun.  “I hope to have the games from the US Open rated within the coming week, with the Die Hard, Self-Paired and Midnight Madness very close behind.  I am grateful for everyone’s patience.” Okun said that the kinds of issues that sometimes delay ratings “…errant digits in AGA ids, getting everyone’s renewals and new memberships processed, handling overseas guests and the like…” are amplified in a tournament with more than 300 players like the US Open. Watch the EJ for news about Congress ratings.
photo of the 2014 US Open main playing area by Chris Garlock

 

Ge “Johnny” Wang Tops Emory University Chinese Student/Scholar Tournament

Monday September 29, 2014

Ge “Johnny” Wang took the high-dan first place honors at the fourth annual Emory University Chinese Student/Scholar Go 2014.09.29_Emory Children GroupTournament on September 27 in Atlanta, GA. “Johnny has attended the tournament every 2014.09.29_Emory High Dan Division Winners and othersyear and this was his year to shine,” said TD Jeff Kerlagon. “This is a great event at a wonderful location,” Kerlagon added. “The Atlanta Go Club is very appreciative for Emory University for hosting us for the fourth year.”  

Seventeen players attended the Emory tournament. Matthew McCawley took 1st place in the Kyu division. “Matthew has been improving all year and he took control for top honors this year,” said Kerlagon. “The real highlight of the tournament was a fine showing of Atlanta youth in the Children’s Group. These young men are the champions of the future. Brandon Zhou is a strong young player. The rest of the group was attended by Ethan Zhou, Edwin Lin, Alex Lin, and Daniel Luo. Currently they are studying with Frank Luo. We look forward to their progress and wish them luck in next year’s tournament.”
photos: right: Emory children’s group (right; bottom left to right,  Alex & Ethan Zhou; top left to right, Edwin Lin & Daniel Luo); left: Emory High Dan Division winners  (Front row, left to right, Edwin Lin & Daniel Luo; Top row left to right, Darrell Speck, 2nd Place Feijun “Frank” Luo, 1st Place Ge “Johnny” Wang, 3rd Place Huan Tan, Tony Cha).

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Chile-Ecuador-Mexico Youth Tourney

Saturday September 27, 2014

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-27 at 6.04.46 PMChile, Ecuador, and Mexico held their first ever three country online tournament for youth on July 27th, reports Chilean organizer Sebastian Montiel. Dubbed “Las Tres Águilas” the matches were held on the OGS go server. Ecuador took first and second places, while Chile finished third. Diego Albuja organizer of “La Piedra en el Lago” Academia de Go reports “go in Latin America has taken shape recently for youth, but it’s imperative to develop a study system. Playing online tournaments is a way for under-18 players to test their skills. ‘Las Tres Águilas’ tournament is the first initiative to match children in Latin American countries in a friendly and competitive spirit. We’re delighted for the success of the tournament, especially because now Ecuador’s players have worthy opponents in other countries. Finding people who share the idea that the future of go is in youth, enhances our go teaching activities.”

Screen Shot 2014-09-27 at 6.05.09 PMThe matches were organized by Sebastien Montiel of Club de Go Aonken (Chile), Siddhartha Ávila of Gimnasio de Go (México), and Diego Albuja of Academia de Go (Ecuador). Winners Report: 1. Joaquín Proaño (Ecuador); 2. Mateo Mena (Ecuador); 3. Benjamín Mimiza (Chile); 4. Matias Nicolás Salinas (Chile); 5. Axel Fematt (México); 6. Dante Zavala (México); 7. Samuel Suástegui (México); 8. Maximiliano Lobos (Chile); 9. Agustín Madrid (Ecuador); 10. Vicente Ignacio LH (Chile); 11. Jorge Luis Girón (Ecuador). -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

 

 

AGF College Scholarship Applications Due Nov. 1st

Saturday September 27, 2014

AGF-logo-smallApplications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarshipThe program  recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the go community . To apply, download and complete the application form here.  Applicants should describe their accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants whose enthusiasm and ambition have helped spread go in under-served areas will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award focuses on promoters and organizers who have made substantial contributions during their go career.  Applications are due Nov. 1st this year, a change from last year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Editor’s note: an earlier version of this story accidentally listed the wrong date, and provided an incorrect link. 

Nick Sibicky Class Returns to Seattle Go Center

Thursday September 25, 2014

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Nick Sibicky will start up the popular Double Digit Kyu Players Class (DDK) on Monday, September 29, at 6:30, at the Seattle Go Center.  The class is open to anybody who can finish a 19×19 game.  The class is free, and a new member’s first 10 visits to the Go Center are also free.

Nick tapes his lectures and posts them on youtube.com.    He has 79 lectures posted now,  and he has gathered a world-wide following.  All his lectures have thousands of views, and youtube lecture #46 has more than 15,000 views.  Nick’s lectures have brought donations from Austria, and visitors from Los Angeles and North Carolina.

This class was started for players in the 25 kyu to 10 kyu range, but stronger players have certainly benefited from these lectures as well.  Dan Top will be the alternate teacher when Nick is not available.  Dan and Nick play a game in youtube lecture #79.

This completes the Fall class lineup at the Seattle Go Center.  The Beginner’s Class with Carlos Encalada is on Thursday Evenings, the DDK class is on Mondays, and the more advanced SDK class with Andrew Jackson is on Wednesdays.  Visitors can also find informal instruction on Tuesday, the most popular day at the Go Center,  and on Saturdays.

Last week to sign up for the Pandanet-AGA City League

Monday September 22, 2014

pandalogo-4885cf7392ac5bc75a68d553b7287b04This is the last week to sign up your city’s team for the upcoming year of the Pandanet-AGA City League. “We almost have a full roster for this season,” reports League Coordinator Steve Colburn. Any information can be found on the rules page or at steve.colburn@usgo.org.