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Sedgwick Kids Learn Go

Monday April 9, 2012

“I presented the game of go to almost 100 elementary students in Sedgwick’s Annual Discovery Day event,” writes Wenguang Wang.  ”The kids seemed to enjoy the fun go facts and the several games they played.”  Sedgwick Elementary  School is in Cupertino, CA; Wang brought his “Let’s Play Go” event to four sessions of third-grade students on April 3rd.  ”In each of the half-hour session, the students learned some fun facts about go, the basic rules, and had a chance to play several games on 9×9 boards,” adds Wang. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Karen Hersh: Wang, at right, instructs a table of students.

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Daniel Chou 6D Leads Field at NOVA Cherry Blossom

Sunday April 8, 2012

Daniel Chou 6D led a field of 43 at the NOVA Cherry Blossom tournament on Saturday, March 31 in Arlington, VA. Tournament Director Allan Abramson tested OpenGotha and reports that “The pairing software worked without a hitch” and urges other TDs to “try it for yourselves,” and send any comments to him at allango1@verizon.net.

Winners Report: First place: Daniel Chou, 6D, (4-0); Craig Nelson, 3D; Ray Hunley, 1D; Joseph Lee, 4K; Baifu Li, 5K; Bob Bacon, 6K and Raymond Yeh, 6K (tied); Gary Smith, 10K, (4-0); Seung Yoon Oh, 18K (4-0); and Ash Abbas, 20K. Second place: Andrew Jackson, 4D; Hongchun Liu, 3D; Kevin Chin, 1K and Pascal Platteborse, 1D (tied); Joey Phoon, 4K; John Gipson, 5K, and Sam Zimmerman, 5K (tied); Mohan Sud, 8K (4-0); Anderson Barreal, 13K and Tariq Khan, 17K (tied); and Stephen Preston, 20K

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North America & Europe Among Early Outs at Chunlan Cup

Wednesday April 4, 2012

North American representative Jing Yang 8D and European representative Alexandre Dinerchstein 3P were among the 16 players eliminated in the first two rounds of the 9th Chunlan Cup, which wrapped up on April 30. Now only 8 players remain. In Round One, Yang drew Choi Cheolhan 9P, a top Korean pro known as the ‘venomous snake’ because of his aggressive fighting style. Yang fought hard and gave Choi a difficult game, but eventually resigned in the early endgame (see game below). The Chunlan Cup is an invitational Go tournament for 24 top players from around the world, which uses a knockout format. Yang qualified as the North American representative in February this year. The quarter-finals will be held in late 2012, with no specific date set yet.
- David Ormerod; based on his original article: Just 8 players left in 9th Chunlan Cup at Go Game Guru. Photo: Jing Yang (left) plays Choi Cheolhan.

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Jared Beck 2D Wins Salt CityTourney

Monday April 2, 2012

With 27 players participating in this year’s 5th annual Salt City Go Tournament in Syracuse, NY, Jared Beck 2D of Ithaca captured the top A division prize of $100 and SUNY Upstate student Chang Kim 3D took the $75 second place prize in that division.  Peter Wynn 4K and Eric Hookway 18k, both ofSyracuse, won the B and C divisions respectively, both finishing with 4-0 records.  Fifteen prizes, most of them books from Slate and Shell, were presented to the top game winners.  Jim Gonnella won the coveted – and tasty — cake problem prize.
Photo: Beck (r) and Kim (l); photo by Richard Moseson

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Direct Donation Button Added for U.S. WMSG Team Contributions

Monday April 2, 2012

Supporters of the U.S. team at the upcoming World Mind Sports Games (2nd World Mind Sports Games to be held in France; AGA Seeks Donations for U.S. Team 3/24 EJ) can now donate directly by clicking on the Mind Sports Games 2012 donate button. “Every donation helps and every contribution is appreciated,” says American Go Association President Allan Abramson.

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Hope Wins Tri-School Tourney

Monday April 2, 2012

The Hope School, in Portland OR, bested Irvington Elementary School and Sunstone Montessori in a three team, two game match on April 1st.  Hope won 6 games, Montesorri 5, and Irvington 1 – saved from a sweep by its top player, McCaleb Nessler-Cass 15k.  ”One game was jigo on the board, so white won with a half point komi,” reports organizer Peter Freedman.  “I didn’t think one stone was very important,”  said a disappointed Ben Snead 20k, the player who lost.  “There’s a good lesson for a new player,” adds Freedman.  The Hope team was led by Louie Liu 1d, and included Edward Yu 16k, and Ethan Zhuang, all of whom won both games.  Vincent Zhuang 6d played teaching games with the odd man out. Winner’s Report: 1st place: Hope School; 2nd place: Sunstone Montessori; 3rd place: Irvington Elementary. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.

Second International Children’s Art Contest Accepting Submissions

Monday April 2, 2012

The second International Children’s Go Art Contest is now accepting submissions, and will culminate in an exhibit of the pieces at the U.S. Go Congress in North Carolina this summer.  The event is sponsored by the Mexican Youth Go Community and the AGA, in honor of the International Go Symposium.  Organizer Siddhartha Avila says “the contest will feature children’s artwork, in which they will be free to express their visions, emotions and ideas about go through painting. Its purpose is to make go culture flourish among children, and promote it through a creative exchange.”  Last year’s contest drew submissions from Japan, the Phillipines, India, the US and Mexico.  Submissions must be received in Mexico City by July 13th.  Complete information, including the submission forms and event details, can be found on the Go Symposium site. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

AGA Seeks Secretary

Monday April 2, 2012

The American Go Association is seeking a secretary. The secretary mainly takes minutes at AGA board meetings and schedules the occasional special meeting. “This is something you can do from the comfort of your own home while listening to the mellifluous sounds of the Board members’ voices as we exercise our brilliant rhetorical skills,” joked Board Member Daniel Smith. The volunteer position require a time commitment of about 2-5 hours per month, plus a couple of hours at the US Go Congress if the secretary attends. To apply or inquire about the position, email agaboard@usgo.org.

 

 

 

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Charles Su 4k Wins Davis/Sac Spring Quarterly

Sunday April 1, 2012

Charles Su 1k (left) won the Davis/Sacramento Go Club Spring Quarterly Tournament, held at the Arcade Library in Sacramento on March 31. “Despite the rain, there was a field of ten players from 4 dan to 15 kyu,” reports organizer Willard Haynes. Su won the Upper Division, while the Lower Division winner was Allan Louderback (right), 4 kyu. Both had 3 wins and 1 loss.

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ACGA Sponsors Boston Workshop

Sunday April 1, 2012

The American Collegiate Go Association (ACGA) is holding its first Spring Open event in Boston on April 7 and 8, at MIT’s Whittaker Building, beginning at 10 AM. On April 7, Chinese 1p Stephanie Mingming Yin will lead an all-day workshop and review session, free for college students, and $20 for anyone else who attends – lunch will be provided, as well as the chance for questions and personalized review. On April 8, a sit-down tournament ($15, free for college students) will be held at the same location, complete with prizes and a chance to apply the learning from the previous day. “We strongly encourage any interested players in the New England area to attend,” says ACGA organizer Cole Pruitt, “especially college students, for whom everything will be free.”  For more information on the event, check out the ACGA website. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.