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NJ tourney on Saturday offers free registration, pro game reviews

Monday March 27, 2017

The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU), together with the Feng Yun Go School, will host a 3-round 2017.03.27_FengYunWeiqi-logo1tournament in New Brunswick, New Jersey, this Saturday, April 1st. Doors open at 11a. Thanks to support from the CIRU, players of all strengths are welcome to participate free of charge; register online using Eventbrite no later than Thursday, March 30 to guarantee a spot.
Participants winning all three of their games will receive both a Rutgers T-shirt and also a performance rank certificate signed by Feng Yun 9p.
As an added bonus, Feng Yun 9p will provide game reviews between rounds. “Often players win or lose with little understanding of why, and this tournament will provide a teacher to shed some light,” notes tournament director, Paul Matthews. “We think that the combination of competition and instruction is important, and everyone is invited to come see.”
See the tournament webpage for more information.
- Brian Kirby
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School Teams Deadline April 8th

Monday March 27, 2017

STT2017promoRegistration for the AGHS 2017 North American School Team Tournament is open until April 8th. “Grab two friends and represent your high school, club, or language school,” urges AGHS Promotions Head Albert Yen.  “Any non-go institution is eligible to compete, and there is no cap on the number of teams per institution. The tournament will be held on KGS; all participants are eligible for an AGA summer Go camp scholarship. Prizes include cash, trophies/medals, and AGHS custom T-shirts for the winning teams.” For this year’s official STT rules click here. Register by April 8th here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Image by April Ye.

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South Central Go Tournament draws 38 Players from four states

Saturday March 25, 2017

The 2017 South Central Go Tournament was held in Dallas on February 18-19 drew 38 players from four states – 13 in the 2017.03.25_South Central Go TournamentOpen Section and 25 in the Handicap Section. There were six rounds played. In the Open Section, the winner was Bulin Zheng, 6d; second place Muzhen Ai, 7d; third place, Mark Ma, 5d. In the Handicap Section, top band, the winner was Tim Cox, 2k; second place Jeremy Fernandez, 1k; third place Anthony Long, 1k.
- report/photos by Bob Gilman

 

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Ketner and Pitchford Top Davis/Sac Spring tourney

Saturday March 25, 2017

The Davis/ Sacramento Go Club held its Spring Tournament on March 18th at the South Natomas library in Sacramento. 2017.03.25_ketner-pitchfordThere was a good field of eleven players with groups from Reno and the bay area. The Upper Division was won by Jonathan Ketner, 1d (left), with a 3-1 score and Travis Pitchford, 3k (right), also 3-1, lead the Lower Division by a tie break.
- Willard Haynes
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New York pros visit Evanston club

Saturday March 25, 2017

New York City-based professionals Ryan Li 1p and Stephanie Yin 1p paid a visit to the Evanston Go Club on Wednesday night,2017.03.25_evanston-IMG_8144 taking time out from their vacation in Chicago. Turnout at the club was higher than usual, with 14 players attending. Li played 6 simuls and Yin played 4.
2017.03.25_evanston-IMG_8146“I asked Stephanie what was the most number of simultaneous games she ever played,” said club president Mark Rubenstein. “Nothing could have prepared me for the answer: 30! Thanks to Ryan and Stephanie for taking time out from their busy schedule to visit our club! Attendance was great, and we even saw some players who had never come to the club before. Special thanks to Simon Guo for making the arrangements.”
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World Youth Goe Championship – Registration Open

Thursday March 23, 2017

32nd-WYGC-600x400-1The 34th World Youth Goe Championship is open for registration, reports Mingjiu Jiang 7P.  The event is open to US citizens only. The Senior Division is for youth aged 12—15, and the  Junior for kids under 12 by July 23rd, 2017. Players cannot be on the team, in the same age division, more than twice within 3 years. The initial qualifiers will be held on KGS with Ing rules, April 8th and 9th.  The top two players of each group will play final games face to face, place to be determined, on May 20th and 21st. Final winners will represent the US to this year’s World Youth Goe Championship on July 18-23 in Chiangmai, Thailand. Ing’s Goe Foundation and the American Ing’s Goe Foundation will pay round trip airfare and hotel.

Registration is due  by April 3, 2017.  To register, email your name, date of birth, division, rank, KGS id, phone and address to mingjiu7p@hotmail.com.  You may also call Mingjiu at (650-796-1602) Sponsored by: Ing’s Goe Foundation. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Youth competing at a previous WYGC final.

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Peter Drake edges out Daniel Wagner to win Portland handicap championship

Sunday March 19, 2017

The Portland (Oregon) Go Club 2017 Handicap Championship wound up on March 14 after one and a half months of weekly 2017.03.20_portland-peter-drakematches.  Peter Drake took first place on tie-break over Daniel Wagner, both scoring 4-1.  Six players competed.

photo:  Peter Drake (left), with Daniel Wagner standing in the background. photo by Roy Schmidt
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“Surrounding Game” to premiere at Palm Springs docfest

Sunday March 19, 2017

The long-awaited premiere of the go documentary The Surrounding Game is less than a month away, reports 2017.03.14_surrounding-game-Poster_smalldirector/producer Will Lockhart. The world premiere of the film will take place at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, CA, on April 3

AmericanDoc_2016_Laurels“I’m so grateful to the many hundreds of players in the community who have supported this project over the years” Lockhart, who has overseen the project since its inception in 2012, tells the EJ.   “We’re very excited to finally show the finished product, and we encourage anyone in the Los Angeles area who’s free on April 3 to make the trip!” Click here for tickets to the screening.

If you can’t make it to Palm Springs, don’t worry – the film team assures us that many other screenings around the country are currently in the works, including showings at this year’s US Go Congress in San Diego and European Go Congress in Germany. Check here for more screenings to be announced.
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Redmond Cup Deadline Sunday

Friday March 17, 2017

Any last minute players who want to join the Redmond Cup,  registration is due March 19th. Preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2017 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.    For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here.

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Chicago High School Runs First Tourney

Friday March 17, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-17 at 4.40.14 PMDisney II Magnet High School, in Chicago, IL, held their first go tournament on Feb 7th, to celebrate the Spring Festival, or Lunar New Year of 2017. More than 30 students from 7th to 12th grade registered for the 4-week single-elimination tournament. The final four winners were Calvin Huang, Edgar Venegas, Isaac Smith and Alejandro Hernandez, from 9th and 11th grade.

“We bring different cultural activities into our world language classrooms,” reports Ming Laoshi, Chinese teacher and tournament organizer at the school. “I chose this game from Go and Math Academy in 2015, and then my students fell in love with it. Nowadays, I even use go as the classroom activity when I need a substitute teacher.”

“Go can be used to support goals in the Chinese curriculum,” adds Xinming Simon Guo, of Go and Math Academy, “particularly to enhance understanding of Chinese culture and to reinforce learning language skills (numbers, colors, shapes, positions and locations, timing, etc). Research shows that nonlinguistic representation can have a powerful effect on students’ vocabulary development. Go has numerous vocabularies that can be visually represented on the board and playing go can be aligned with the five major language learning standards — Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.”

“Organizing a tournament in the school setting turned out to be really easy,” reports Laoshi, “it started with a small budget. After setting up, all I needed to do was email students a pairing notice every week and enter the results in a Google spreadsheet.” The school plans to organize another  tournament next year, when every student can have an opportunity to play in every round. -Paul Barchilon EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Xinming Guo:Disney II tournament winners and Chinese language teacher Ming.

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