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Gilman to Complete Barber’s Term as AGA Central Region Director

Thursday May 2, 2013

In the uncontested race to complete Bob Barber’s term as AGA Director for the Central Region, “Bob Gilman wins with 100% of the vote,” reports Arnold Eudell. Gilman (left), who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is affiliated with the Santa Fe Go Club. A long time AGA member, Gilman has contributed articles to the E-Journal, edited several pages in the recent update of the AGA web site and organized a trip this past February by a group of US players who traveled to Cuba for friendship games at the Academia Cubana de Go in Havana. “I am interested in encouraging greater active involvement by AGA members in forming and executing AGA development plans,” Gilman says. Reach him at BobGilman.AGA@gmail.com

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More Go — and Pie — in the Big Apple

Wednesday May 1, 2013

“Go is alive and well here in Manhattan!” reports Big Apple organizer Peter Armenia. “We of course have our very regular Gotham Go Group every Tuesday evening at 7 at the Hungarian Pastry Shop. And it looks like there will be Go every Wednesday night at 6 pm at PIE By the Pound (124 4th Ave btw 12th and 13th). Now all we need is a Go Congress in New York City!”

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Online “OWL: Resurrection” Tournament to Launch NAMT Qualifiers

Tuesday April 30, 2013

The sequel to last year’s Oscar Wilde Liberation (OWL) Tournament, “OWL: Resurrection”, will be this year’s first online NAMT qualifier, reports Karoline Burrall, who will direct, with Jasmine Yan. The 4-round tournament will take place the weekend of May 18-19, “the 19th being the 116th anniversary of the great author and playwright Oscar Wilde’s liberation from Reading Gaol Prison in 1897,” Burrall tells the E-Journal. “Participants will have the opportunity to earn points towards the North American Masters Tournament at this year’s Go Congress in August,” Burrall adds. Designed for 16 players, all games will be played on KGS in the AGA Tournament Room. Click here for tournament schedule and rules and here to register by Thursday May 16. Players must be 4D+ and eligible to compete in NAMT (citizen or permanent resident, continuous AGA membership since January 2012, and resident in the US for 6 of the last 12 months). Burrall notes that “should this tournament fall on the same weekend again next year, it will be titled ‘OWL: Apocalypse’”.

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Ye Wins Jujo Jiang Cup – Free Game Review

Tuesday April 30, 2013

Aaron Ye 5d, who has been the Jr. Division US Youth Champion for the past three years, pulled a surprise upset at the Jujo Jiang Youth Cup in Sunnyvale, CA, on March 24th.  Ye, who is just 11, lost his Jr. Division title to Jeremy Chiu 5d in the US Youth Go Championships in February, and was out to settle a score.  Reigning Sr. Division champion Calvin Sun 7d was also unseated by Andrew Lu 6d at the USYGC.  All of these matches were held online, but Ye was determined to even the score when he got the chance to play both Chiu and Lu face to face at the Jujo Cup. Taking white against Chiu, Ye captured a large group on the lower side, and then forced Chiu to resign in just 132 moves.  Ye next took on Andrew Lu, and despite falling behind in the opening, was able to regain his footing, and defeat Lu as well.  As a special bonus for all E-J readers, Feng Yun’s compelling commentary on the game is being provided for free (see below).  Full members of the AGA get exciting commentaries like this every week, and members can compare games like this one with last week’s commentary, where Ye lost to Chiu, and also see an exciting game between Calvin Sun and Andrew Lu from the USYGC.  The game commentaries alone are worth the price of AGA membership.  For youth it is an even better deal, just $10 a year!  The E-J is providing this game as a freebie, full members can also see another game this week, where Guo Juan 5P reviews a game from a 1 dan player, and highlights how to find urgent points in relation to strong and weak groups on the board.  To sign up for the members edition, register with the AGA here.  Winner’s Report: 5-7 dan: 1st Place: Aaron Ye, 2nd place: Andrew Lu, 3rd place: Jeremy Chiu, 4th place: Tianyi Liu; 1-3dan: 1st place: Daniel Liu;  1k – 8k: 1st: Eric Liu; 17k – 29k: Mathew Cheng; 13 x 13 board: Adam Tang.  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Abby Zhang:  A triumphant Aaron Ye holds up his trophy. 

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Janice Kim Workshop Set for NorCal May 4-5; Registration Deadline 5/2

Sunday April 28, 2013

Professional go player and popular teacher Janice Kim 3P will teach a two-day go workshop in Berkeley, CA on May 4 and 5. The class size is being kept very small in order to maximize individual attention and give students the opportunity to ask questions. “A few seats are still available,” reports event organizer Thomas Rike, “but don’t delay.”

Janice Kim 3P is co-author of the award-winning book series Learn to Play Go, and her lectures at the San Francisco Go Club and past workshops have been very popular. One comment from a past workshop student: “Janice is able to get one to focus on those areas of the game where making a conscious effort can completely change the outcome.”

The deadline to sign up for the workshop is Thursday, May 2. More information and a registration link are available on the Bay Area Go workshop page.

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Yilun Yang 7P Joins Teaching Staff at Go Camp

Sunday April 28, 2013

“The AGA Go Camp is excited to announce that Yilun Yang 7P will be joining us for camp this year,” reports Camp Director Amanda Miller.  Yang became a professional at the age of 14, in 1973. He has trained many notable players, including Rui Naiwei 9P, Chang Hao 9P, and Hua Zueming 7P. An  experienced teacher, Yang has been teaching in the United States since 1986. He’s also the author of many popular go books, such as Fundamental Principles of GoLife and Death by the Numbers, and Life and Death in Chinese Characters.  ”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, the AGA East Go Camp is for you,” says Miller. Anyone who played in the US Youth Go Championships is eligible for a $400 AGF scholarship to the camp.  Kids who didn’t play, but need financial help to attend, can apply for a needs-based scholarship here.  Visit the camp website for general information, pictures from past camps, and news regarding this year’s upcoming Go Camp. Questions about camp can be addressed to Miller at  agagocampeast@gmail.com -Story/photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Yilun Yang teaching a children’s workshop in Boulder, Co.

Korean Pros to Attend Teacher’s Workshop at U.S. Go Congress

Sunday April 28, 2013

The Teachers Workshop planned for this year’s U.S. Go Congress has attracted the attention of the Korean Baduk Association,  which is sending two Korean pros who are recognized experts in teaching techniques, to add to the program. “They are very enthusiastic about supporting go education in America,” says Myungwan Kim 9P, whose diplomacy made the visit possible.  The Koreans are particularly interested in sharing their techniques for bringing youth players into the low single-digit kyu level within a year or two. “Our curriculum this year is aimed at those teaching absolute beginners,” says workshop coordinator Bill Camp. “The Korean expert teachers will allow us to expand the program to include those who want to teach at a higher level.”  Enthusiasm for the workshop is much higher than expected, according to Congress co-director Chris Kirschner, who reports that “16% of Congress attendees thus far have registered for the workshop. We aren’t planning on turning anyone away, but we do want people to sign up early so we can plan the workshop sessions to fit the number and types of people attending.” – Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

Daniel Chou Tops NOVA Cherry Blossom

Saturday April 27, 2013

Daniel Chou 6D topped the April 20 NOVA Cherry Blossom tournament in Arlington, VA, which attracted 26 players. Gary Smith organized the event, and Allan Abramson was the tournament director. The winners were: First Place: Daniel Chou 6D (4-0); Theodore van Dyke 1k (3-1); Dan Hiltgen, 5k (3-1); Raymond Yeh 6k (3-1); Ayoub Benguedouar 12k, (4-0); and Sarah Crites 21k, (3-1). Second Place: Yuan Zhou 7d (3-1); Nathan Epstein 5k and David Reed 5k, (2-1), (tie); Srikasem Suraporn 8k, and Lane Edward James 9k, (2-2), (tie); and Bob Crites 10k and Kori Fisk 10k, (2-2), (tie).

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$200 Congress Scholarships Offered for Youth

Saturday April 27, 2013

The American Go Foundation (AGF) is offering $200 youth discounts to this year’s US Go Congress.  Interested youth must write an essay on why they want to go; the application deadline is May 30th. Twenty-Five scholarships are available, and up to 15 awardees will be selected by June 1. Five scholarships are available to residents of Canada or Mexico. Applications received after May 30th will be placed in a lottery with the remaining scholarships  awarded at random from qualifying essays.  The scholarships are available for youth who are under 18.  For more information, and to apply, click here.  - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: In the Youth Room at the  2012 Congress, photo by Paul Barchilon.

Your Move/Readers Write: Promoting Manga Piracy?

Saturday April 27, 2013

“Your article (New Go Manga Fansubbed 4/9/2013) shocked me that an organization I respect as much as the AGA would promote reading scanlations and/or watching fansubs,” writes John Koniges. “This is a serious issue that is killing the American Manga and Anime industry…While your intentions are to show information about a new Manga that is promoting go, you should write articles that do not encourage piracy…Whether or not someone in the United States has purchased those rights, it is still protected under copyright. Just because the Japanese companies don’t often directly sue US fansubbers doesn’t make it ok. This article clearly outlines these legal gray areas.”
Editor’s Note: The E-Journal is committed to reporting go-related news. The story notes clearly that “Pandascans reminds readers that they do not own the rights to this manga, and ask that people support the author and the publisher by purchasing the manga when/if it becomes available in the US.” and “As with Hikaru no Go, this can help build a market for a series that might not otherwise get translated.” The E-Journal similarly reported on fansubs of Hikaru no Go before it was translated, and it was a letter-writing campaign from AGA members that helped convince Shonen Jump to translate Hikaru (it was not originally going to be included in the US Shonen Jump).