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Washington Post Plugs Go

Friday November 7, 2014

gameofgo1The Washington Post included an article on go on November 4th, reporting on a tourney held in Arlington, VA. “Frederick Bao studies the yellow board that sits on the table between him and Sarah Crites,” wrote Jennifer Huget in her article. “Clasping a white ‘stone’ between the pad of his middle finger and the nail of his index finger, he makes his move, tapping the stone onto the board. Then he quickly slaps the palm of his hand on one end of a clock that also sits on the table.” The full article is here. NOVA Go Club member Gary Smith notes “while Sarah Crites, 13k and Frederick Bao,1d did not meet in the tournament, the photo in the Post was of a practice game during registration.” -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo and quotes courtesy of The Washington Post.

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Pie in the Empty Sky

Friday November 7, 2014

The Empty Sky Go Club got in just under the wire on the AGA’s free pizza offer with a party on October 30th. “Thanks to the AGA for this 2014.11.06_empty-sky-pizzaawesome offer for October!” says Steve Colburn of the Rochester, NY club. 

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Weiqi Wows in Chicago Public School Cultural Event

Thursday November 6, 2014

Students, parents and educators from across Chicago gathered on November 1 to celebrate the Chicago Public Schools Seal of Bi-literacy 2014.11.06_Chicago-Biliteracyprogram, designed to help students to learn and understand more than one language, culture and art. Volunteers from the local community, the Go and Math Academy and the Confucius Institute in Chicago participated to promote Chinese language and arts. Visitors, especially young kids, were attracted by go, known as weiqi in China. “Some kids stayed at our booth and played weiqi for more than an hour,” reports Xinming “Simon” Guo. “They even called their friends over to learn the game together. Photographers and news video camera crew also circled around our booth and the weiqi board. The event organizer told us that our booth, with the weiqi game introduction and Chinese characters Tattoos activity, was the most popular one among all exhibitors.” photos courtesy Simon Guo; click here for more photos.

Young Lions Nov. 22-23

Monday November 3, 2014

lionThe Young Lions Tournament, hosted by the American Go Honor Society (AGHS), will take place on November 22 and 23 in the AGHS Tournaments Room on KGS. The first round will begin at 1 pm EST, and the second round at 4 pm EST. The second day will follow the same schedule. “This tournament is one of the biggest youth go events in America,” says AGHS Promotion Head Amy Su, “young go players will fight tooth and claw to emerge on top, will you be the one to lead the pride this year?” Anyone 18 or under may participate, and there will be prizes for the winners in multiple categories.  Visit the official Young Lions website for more information, to register fill out this form. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

Kwon Kapyong 8P, Lee Sedol’s Teacher, Visits Feng Yun Go School

Sunday November 2, 2014

Students at the Feng Yun Go School got a special treat last month when Kwon Kapyong 8P paid a visit. “Among other accomplishments, Mr. 2014.011.02_Kwon-Kapyong-visitKwon was Lee Sedol’s teacher,” reports Paul Matthews on the school’s website. “In fact, almost 20% of all Korean professional players were taught in his school.” Matthews reports 32014.011.02_Kwon-Kapyong-visit2that Feng Yun 9P “had a long talk with Mr. Kwon, and offered to help in his efforts to promote go in the United States.” They also discussed differences between teaching young students in Korea and in the United States. Parents in east Asian countries are willing to support their child in putting a lot of time into go study because there are more professional career opportunities there, American parents want to use go as an educational tool to train critical and logical thinking, problem solving, concentration, and good learning habits. The October 3 visit included a friendship match between six of Mr. Kwon’s students and the Parsippany students. Accompanying Mr. Kwon were Kim Young Ran, CEO of the Kwonkapyong International Baduk Academy, Joseph Sung, translator, and Kim Dae Yol, a very strong amateur player and go club entrepreneur in New Jersey.
photo: Kwon Kapyong 8p, Feng Yun 9p, and Joseph Shun are standing; Kim Dae Yol and one of Mr. Kwon’s stronger students are seated in the foreground.Click here to see more photos by Paul Matthews

AGA Pizza Offer Brings Out Players in Long Island

Sunday November 2, 2014

The Long Island Go Club on October 12 hosted a pizza party (more photos on our Facebook page) thanks to the AGA’s special October free pizza 2014.10.12 LIGC pizza party3AGA Chapter Offer. AGA chapters in San Diego and the Twin Cities also hosted AGA pizza parties.

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Go Spotting: US Army War College Quarterly

Sunday November 2, 2014

Once again, go is providing insights into US/China diplomacy. In the recent US policy of “rebalancing toward Asia,” Michael Spangler, writing 2014.11.02_war-college-quarterlyin the Summer 2014 issue of Parameters, the US Army War College quarterly, suggests that “Another way to look at this is to imagine a Chinese game of weiqi, the popular Asian game of black-and-white pieces in which two opposing players strive to surround the other. China’s July 2012 establishment of Sansha City on Paracel Island seized by force from Vietnam in 1974 was the precursor of its new weiqi games with the Philippines and Japan.” In “Rebalancing the Rebalance,” Spangler, a visiting fellow at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA, adds that “It is key that Manila’s talks not give Beijing any preponderant advantage by isolating or leveraging the Philippines against other disputants. In other words, this weiqi-like diplomatic negotiation can be completed as China’s future negotiation partners consult with each other.”
Thanks to Don Travis, a historian at the War College, and a new go player at the Carlisle Go Club.

“Cartography” Puts Go on the Map

Saturday November 1, 2014

Cartography is a new map-making, territory claiming, strategy game based on the game of go. Developed by Jon Adams, the game’s map is made 2014.11.01_cartographyup of interlocking triangular tiles, with walls that divide the map, allowing territory to be defended or captured. Players create and claim territory, and capture opponents, in an effort to control the map, which, like go, changes as you play. “Strategy is key and chance doesn’t determine the winner,” says Adams. Like go, “Cartography is easy to learn and challenging to master!” Adams has already raised over $14,000 of his $15,000 Kickstarter campaign to launch the game.
Thanks to Jeff Diamond for passing this along.

Davis-Sacramento Club Featured on Local Network TV

Saturday November 1, 2014

Members of the Davis/Sacramento Go Club were featured on the October 19th edition of the local CBS affiliate’s weekend morning show, Good2014.11.01_Davis-Sac Go Club on TV Day. Willard Haynes (far left) gave host Cody Stark a quick tutorial on the game and Steve (at right) and Matthew Burrall were shown playing, as were club members Julie Burrall, Jeffrey Horn, Laura Holeman and Cameron Yu. Click here to see the 2:46m clip.

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Basaman & Yang Win in Wisonet

Saturday November 1, 2014

Michael Basaman and Eric Yang topped a field of 11 at the October 25 Wisonet tournament. The one-day tournament held in the Quakerbridge 2014.11.01.wisonet-kids-playing2014.11.01_wisonet-kids-pizzaLearning Center at Lawrenceville, New Jersey and included both “rated and non-rated games, multis, 9×9 and 13×13 games for the youths,” reports assistant director Shen Wan. “Everyone enjoyed the games and the pizza, thanks to AGA’s initiative for free pizza in October,” adds Shen.

Basaman was 3-0 in the dan section and Eric Yang was 4-0 in the kyu section.

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