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Gotham & Brooklyn Unite at Cherry Blossom Fest This Weekend

Thursday April 23, 2015

Members of the Brooklyn Go Club will be teaching go from 1:00–5:00p this Saturday and Sunday in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Osborn 2015.04.21_Brooklyn-cherry-blossom2014Garden at this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival, or Sakura Matsuri. They’ll be joined by the Gotham Go Group and anyone interested is welcome to join; check out the event posting on Facebook. And check out the 2014 festival video here.
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San Diego Club First to Redeem Chapter Reward Points

Thursday April 23, 2015

The San Diego Go Club was the first to redeem Chapter Rewards points, getting reimbursed $34.50 for pizza at their Winter Soiree. “The new 2015.04.19_San-Diego-mr-naAGA club rewards program helped pay for pizzas for the 30 plus players who came to our go party,” Ted Terpstra reports from San Diego. “The San Diego Go Club earned points through club members playing rated games and signing up for or renewing AGA memberships. The pizzas provided a pleasant social hour after the games were completed.”

Click here to see the totals for rewards points earned through February. Click here for details on how the new program works. Address any questions to rewards@usgo.org.
photo: Mr. Na, 7P, playing a simultaneous exhibition against club players at the San Diego Winter Soiree; photo courtesy Ted Terpstra

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Lee & Jankowski Split Top Honors in Syracuse

Wednesday April 22, 2015

A record 38 players, including 16 students high school age or younger, participated in this year’s Salt City Tournament in Syracuse, New York 2015.04.21_Syracuse-Beckheld on Saturday, April 11. In the A division, Yeunggeul Lee 2d (at right in photo) and Scott Jankowski 1k both 2015.04.21_Syracuse-cakefinished with 3-1 records and split the top prize money, and Jared Beck 3d (at left) took the cash prize for 3rd place. High school student Jake Game 5k swept all four of his games in the B division, with RIT student Kyle Cutler 9k and third grader Liya Luk 11k taking the next two places, both with 3-1 records. Eric Li 22k won the C division with a 4-0 record, and Casey Beach 19k and Rachel Liu 20k both went 3-1 to finish in 2nd and 3rd place.

Every player was able to select a nice prize at the tournament this year thanks to the greatly discounted books provided by Slate and Shell. And the wife of tournament organizer Richard Moseson again baked and decorated the problem cake, shown here just before the problem portion was consumed (black to play). See lots more photos on the club’s Facebook page.

Correction: Scott Jankowski’s name was misspelled in our original post; we apologize for the error.

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Myungwan Kim 9P to Teach at Go Camp

Monday April 20, 2015

2012.12.08_MyungwanKim_DSC_0373The AGA East Coast Go Camp has announced Myungwan Kim as the teacher for this year’s camp.  Kim is a 9-dan professional, and the only player dispatched to the United States by the Korean Baduk Association since 2008. Kim has more than 10 years of teaching experience, and his students include several US Youth representatives, such as Aaron Ye, Andrew Lu, and Brandon Zhou. He is also three-time US Go Congress Open division winner and currently holds the highest player ranking in the AGA.

Camp directors Amanda Miller and Nano Rivera welcome all campers to join them for a week of go-playing and fun. “If you’re a go player between the ages of 8 and 18 and would like an opportunity to study go for a week with a professional teacher, then the AGA Go Camp is for you,” says Miller.

Go Camp 2014 (51) copyAnyone who participated in the North American Kyu Championships or the Redmond Cup is eligible to receive $400 off the price of the Go Camp, courtesy of the American Go Foundation. Youth who did not participate in either tournament, but still need financial assistance, are eligible for need-based scholarships here.  Visit the camp website  for general information, pictures from past camps, and news regarding this year’s upcoming Go Camp.  Any questions about camp should be addressed to  agagocampeast@gmail.com. -story by Fernando Rivera. Pictures: top: Myungwan Kim live commenting a tourney match, bottom: campers practice their archery skills at last years camp. Picture by Amanda Miller

DC Cherry Blossom Festival

Monday April 13, 2015

One of the DC Cherry Blossom princesses checks out go at the DC Cherry Blossom Festival last Saturday in the nation’s capital; check out more of Gurujeet Khalsa’s great photos on his Facebook pagecherry blossom queen

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Seattle Report: Playing Go Is Like Making Kimchi

Saturday April 11, 2015

Sakura Con 2015 overall shotThe Seattle Go Center had their own room at Sakura-Con, Seattle’s big festival of Japanese anime, manga and games, which was held last weekend, April 3-5, in the Washington State Convention Center.  One volunteer, John Richards, put in 32 hours of teaching, and several volunteers provided more than 20 hours of instruction.  At peak times, more than 10 volunteers were teaching at once.  The students ranged from complete beginners to single digit kyu players who come by each year to get more instruction.

I enjoyed the observation that Solomon Choe 6d made while playing one of the students on a 19×19: “You know, playing go is like making kimchi.  That group is kind of dead. [And I don't want to add more stones to it right now.] But I want to preserve it. I want to put it in a pot underground and see if something magical happens.”  Report/photo by Brian Allen

 

Teacher of the Year Nominations Sought

Saturday April 11, 2015

irv-team-vs-mexico-city-1-12-bNominations for the American Go Foundation’s  Teacher of the Year award are now open. The award is presented each year at the U.S. Go Congress and recognizes an outstanding American teacher. The winner  will receive an all expenses paid trip to the congress.  To be eligible, a teacher must be a member of the AGA, have been teaching go to children for at least two hours a week (during the school year) for two years, have started a go club or organization for youth, and have helped their students enter appropriate tournaments, if possible.  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, including yourself, e-mail mail@agfgo.org.  Nominations are due by May 15th and should include a description of the teacher’s activities,  how long they have been teaching, and how many students attend their program. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Last year’s winner Peter Freedman, working with kids in Portland.  To read more about Peter’s work, click here.

Nash Shares 2015 Abel Prize

Monday April 6, 2015

The Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2015 to the American mathematicians John F. Nash Jr.2015.04.05_beautiful-mind-go (left)  2015.04.05_Two_Mathematical_Giants_Share_2015_Abel_Prize_mland Louis Nirenberg “for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.” Outside mathematics, Nash is best known for a paper he wrote about game theory, the mathematics of decision-making, which ultimately won him the 1994 Nobel Prize for economics, and which features prominently in the 2001 film about him, A Beautiful Mind. That film included a scene of Nash — played by Russell Crowe (left, in photo at right) —  playing go at Princeton that sparked interest in the game after the film’s release.
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Spaces Available in In-seong Hwang’s American Yunguseng Dojang

Monday April 6, 2015

In-seong Hwang 8D’s American Yunguseng Dojang still has spaces available for students for the online go school’s next session, which starts2015.04.05_In-seong Hwang 8D April 20. Last session there were 40 participants in six leagues, ranging from 12 kyu to 4 dan. A well-known top player in Europe, In-seong Hwang 8D will teach at this year’s U.S Congress. “His enthusiasm is infectious,” says one student, “his energy and his dedication show why he is such a strong go player.” Click here for In-seong Hwang ‘s recent post in Life in 19×19.

Chapter News: Western MA

Monday April 6, 2015

Eric Osman sent in this snapshot from a recent meeting of the Western Massachusetts Go Club. The club meets Thursdays at 7:00 pm at Rao’’s 2015.04.06_Western-MA-clubCoffeehouse in Amherst, MA. “All ages are welcome!” says Osman.

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