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Narumi Osawa 4P to Visit DC April 2

Monday March 25, 2013

Japanese 4-dan professional Narumi Osawa (right) will give a free talk and simul in Washington, DC on April 2. The event, which will run from 7-9:30p, is co-hosted by the Japanese Embassy the Greater Washington Go Club and will be held at the Japan Information and Cultural Center in downtown Washington, at 1150 18th St. NW. Born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan on May 22nd, 1976. Ms. Osawa became professional 1-dan in 1998, was promoted to 2-dan in 1999, 3-dan in 2003, and 4-dan in 2009. She won the Women’s Kakusei title in 1999 and 2003, and the Women’s JAL titlein 2005. She participated in the 16th Asian Tournament as a member of the Japanese National Team. The free event will have two parts: a short talk designed for beginners, then a simultaneous exhibition followed by a short analysis of highlights from these games.

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Free Go Lessons in NorCal a Hit

Sunday March 24, 2013

On March 17th a group of Bay Area Go Players Association volunteers gathered and gave free go lessons to beginners in Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhood (across the bay from San Francisco). More than 35 people of various ages and diverse backgrounds learned to play go at this fourth annual event. Each took home the informative Way to Go booklet and a 9×9 starter go set. Herb Doughty, a veteran go teacher in the local community, recalled his high point of the day: “I spent some time this afternoon teaching four members of one family, spanning three generations.” Event organizer and Bay Area Go board member Jay Chan reports, “It was a lot of fun. We’re planning to do it again later this year – next time in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood.” An AGA ratings tournament was held concurrently with the free lessons, and Argentinian Gabriel Benmergui 6d dominated the dan section with four wins and no losses.
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Former AGA & NY Go Center President Paul Anderson Dies

Saturday March 23, 2013

Paul Anderson, former President of the American Go Association and the New York Go Center, has died. Anderson worked at IBM in New York and Japan for many years, and arranged the IBM-sponsored matches in the late 1980s. He was President of the American Go Association for two years in the late 1960s, leading an AGA delegation to Japan, and President of the New York Go Center from 2005 to 2009. “Paul was a department head in IBM Japan (my memory is that he was head of the printer division for Asia),” writes go journalist John Power, “and he persuaded IBM to sponsor a fast-play tournament — one hour per player plus 30 seconds per move — with limited international participation (two Chinese and two Koreans in a first round of 64). It lasted for three terms from 1988 to 1990.” Power also notes that “Yi Ch’ang-ho made his international debut in the first tournament, but won only one game. An American and a European also played in the qualifying tournament.”

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Game Commentary: Chang Hao 9P – Andy Liu 1P

Saturday March 23, 2013

The exhibition match between Chang Hao 9P and Andy Liu 1P was broadcast live on KGS on March 23. Stephanie Yin 1P and Gansheng Shi 1P provided live commentary; Yi Tong recorded the game and Todd Blatt transcribed the

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commentary.  The match was part of the ACGA Spring Go Expo, a two-day event held jointly at Harvard University and MIT, sponsored by the American Ing Foundation. The Expo also includes simultaneous matches against professional players, a preview of “The Surrounding Game,” the first feature-length documentary on go, presentations by experts in game theory, and Chinese culture, public teaching and demonstrations, a youth go tournament, and cultural performances.

AGA Launches Facebook, Google+ Sites

Friday March 22, 2013

The American Go Association recently launched its official Facebook page. “Like” this page and follow it for information about go and the AGA. There’s also now a Google+ community for the AGA; join the community and follow the latest news there as well. “We will investigate additional uses of both of these social networks and associated tools,” says Bart Jacob, who’s helping coordinate social media for the AGA. Options include using Hang Outs in the Google+ community for live discussions around topics of interest to AGA members and the go community in general. “Post your ideas, suggestions and feedback on both of these sites,” Jacob urges.

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Ing Qualifier Finals This Weekend

Thursday March 21, 2013

The Ing Foundation is holding its final round for the World Youth Goe Qualifier this weekend, in Menlo Park California.  Andrew Lu 6d and Albert Yen 6d will compete in the Senior Division; Jeremy Chiu 5d and Austen Liao 3d will compete in the Junior Division.  Ing coordinator John Kwei also announced that the “Special Representation” position is still open, and interested parties may contact the Ing Foundation.  Download the attached file to apply. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

Thrilling Play in Pandanet-AGA City League

Tuesday March 19, 2013

Play continued last weekend in the Pandanet-AGA City League A and B Leagues, as the top players in the country competed in some thrilling games. All three of the A League Board 2 matches last weekend featured exciting ko fights: Eric Lui (Greater Washington) defeated Daniel Ko (LA), Jie Liang (Boston) beat Edward Kim (Seattle 1), and Zhaonian Chen (NYC) defeated Bill Lin (Vancouver). As it stands, Los Angeles defeated Greater Washington 2-1, Boston downed Seattle 1 2-1, and Vancouver BC vs New York City stands at 1-1. Los Angeles is currently leading the league with 6 points followed by Greater Washington and Boston with 4 points each. Play continues with all Leagues on March 31st starting at 1PM EST, when you can watch live on IGS. All up-to-date results can be found on the City League pages.

Western Mass Go Club Renames Summer Tourney After Teddy Feldman

Tuesday March 19, 2013

The Western Massachusetts Go Club is honoring Teddy Feldman (In Memoriam: Teddy Feldman 3/3 EJ) by renaming their summer tournament The Teddy Feldman and Dolph Rosoff Memorial Tournament. Feldman, 89, a long-time contributor to the American go scene, passed away on March 1. After teaching herself to play go in 1955, she soon became a regular at The Marshall Chess Club in Manhattan, the first go venue in New York City. She and her late husband Dolph Rosoff were very active in helping to develop the early go scene in Washington Park Greenwich Village and the upper west side Nippon Club. She was single-handedly responsible for teaching the game to hundreds of people. Teddy Feldman was granted a Shodan Diploma from Iwamoto Honinbo, making her the first woman amateur shodan outside Asia. She was later granted a 2-Dan diploma by legendary professionalEio Sakata. She was a frequent player at innumerable go meets, Congresses and tournaments, where her joy at playing, spirit of teaching and learning always shone through. She is survived by her sons Micah 5 Dan and David, many grand and great-grandchildren, and a large extended family.A future memorial service is planned. Micah (myfeldman@yahoo.com) 413-530-8040 can be contacted for further information.
- photo: Teddy Feldman at the ’87 US Go Congress; photo courtesy Bill Saltman

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Evanston Go Club Says Goodbye to Arlington Heights Go Club

Tuesday March 19, 2013

The Evanston Go Club’s regular quarterly tournament at the Arlington Heights Go Club on March 16 was its last there. “Sadly, this is the last tournament we will have there, as they are closing next week,” reports local organizer Mark Rubenstein. “Mr. Yong Yu, the owner of the club, has graciously offered us his space for our tournaments for the last three years. His club is the only one in the Chicago area that was open seven days a week. We wish Mr. Yu well, and thank him for his generosity.” This was also the first Chicago tournament that was not directed by the legendary Bob Barber. “Bob has run four tournaments a year for the past 20 years!” says Rubenstein. He has now turned over the reigns to Rubenstein, who directed last weekend’s tournament. “The Chicago go community is indebted to Bob, and we want to publicly thank him for all he has done over the past 20 years,” said Rubenstein. “We intend to keep running tournaments every quarter. The challenge now is to find a venue.” Rubenstein designed and built custom tournament software using FileMaker Pro, and debuted it at this tournament. The software imports the TD list from the AGA, and uses that data to enroll players in the tournament and verify their AGA membership status. “It automatically pairs the first round based on ranks, then enables the TD to quickly and easily pair players in subsequent games, self-paired style,” says Rubenstein. The software keeps track of each player’s availability, sets the proper colors and handicap for each game, calculates each players’ winning percentage, and manages all the financial aspects of the tournament. It also generates a text file of the results, suitable for sending to the AGA for entry into the ratings database. “The database made it so easy to manage the tournament, I was able to be the TD and play four games myself!” said Rubenstein. Winners for the day (each with 4-0 records) were: Albert Yu 6d, Steffen Kurz 3k and Tim Torres 10k.
- photo: Albert Yu 6d plays Bogdan Dobresku 5d; photo by Mark Rubenstein

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AGA Summer Go Camp July 20th

Monday March 18, 2013

The AGA Go Camp is confirmed for this summer, and will be held two weeks before the Go Congress, from July 20 to July 27. Camp directors Nano Rivera and Amanda Miller will return to organize the event, in an all new location - YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles in Rockwood, PA, about two hours outside of Pittsburgh.  Campers from the ages of 8 to 18, of all skill levels, are invited for a week of go-playing and fun. More information regarding the camp will be available on the AGA camp page soon, and registration will open within the next two weeks.  Inquiries can be sent to Amanda Miller at agagocampeast@gmail.com.  All youth who played in the USYGC are eligible for $400 AGF scholarships to camp, and needs based scholarships will also be available. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Shawn Ray:  Campers try their hand at one-color go, with a computer assist, at last year’s go camp.