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Go History Lessons on Display at Congress

Friday August 9, 2013

Go’s breadth of history is on display this week in the Vendor’s Room at this year’s U.S. Go Congress. Next to the very latest books about go is an exhibit that features old Japanese go books painstakingly  hand-copied by internee Giichiro Mizuki at the Minidoka Relocation Camp in 1945. On Yutopian’s heavily-laden table are dozens of books about go, just across the room from a hard-cover copy of Arthur Smith’s “The Game of Go,” first published in 1908. Contrast Yutopian’s shiny new go boards with the age-darkened goban and chipped stones that traveled from Japan in the late 1800′s to Austria and then to the United States during World War II and now rests in Chris Kirschner’s living room. Kirschner, who organized this year’s Congress, marvels at the long and improbable link of events and history that connect us with the “kindly Japanese gentleman” who taught Chris’ seafaring great-uncle how to play go in 1898. “I don’t think he had any idea of what he was accomplishing,” Kirschner says. “I know that I have no idea of what I accomplish when I teach someone, and I’m equally certain that you don’t either. But I am absolutely certain that it is good.” The exhibit was organized with the assistance of the Wing Luke Museum and includes material from Brian McDonald’s extensive collection of go books, as well as from Chris Kirschner and Keith Arnold.
- report by Chris Garlock; photos by Phil Straus

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Amy Wang and Justin Ching Win Pair Go Tourney

Friday August 9, 2013

Amy Wang and Justin Ching (at left) won the Pair Go Tournament Thursday night, earning themselves a trip to the International Amateur Pair Go Championship this Fall in Tokyo. They defeated April Ye and Willis Huang (at right) in the first round and beat Wan Chen and Dae Hyuk (Daniel) Ko in the second round. Todd Heidenreich directed, Yuan Zhou assisted, with support by Pair Go Coordinator Rachel Small. The Round 1 game between Wan Chen/Daniel Ko and Julie Burrall/Lionel Zhang and the final round between Chen/Ko and Wang-Ching were broadcast live on Pandanet by the E-Journal’s Dennis Wheeler.

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Takemiya on Teaching

Friday August 9, 2013

“Try to give your students the bigger concept of the game, not small ideas and techniques,” urged Takemiya Masaki 9P Thursday afternoon at a Teachers’ Workshop lecture at the U.S. Go Congress. “It’s very important to keep them enthusiastic about the game.” Takemiya, who had just arrived at the Congress Thursday morning, explained how his father taught him go and then turned over his training to a professional when Takemiya had learned everything his father had to teach him. “My teacher never praised me and that was smart, I think,” Takemiya said. He added that “Teaching is challenging, but sometimes maybe the problem is with the teachers, not the students.” The Teacher’s Workshop is new this year, and has attracted nearly 50 participants, who have been meeting each day to learn new teaching techniques from professionals like Lee Dahye 4P, who has taught Korean soldiers, students and multicultural youth, and is co-author of “Falling in Love with Baduk.” Takemiya said that “technique and tactics are where most players and teachers start but there’s so much more to the game.” Patting his heart, he said “It’s about how you look at the game, how you love it. This is the most important thing. It’s the key to opening the door to go further ahead.” One thing professionals and amateurs have in common, Takemiya said, “is that we both have only one life to live, so we must all make it count!”
- report by Chris Garlock, photo by Phil Straus

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Korean Leaders visit Seattle Go Center

Thursday August 8, 2013

Early Tuesday night was slow at the Seattle Go Center, with only about 20 players, since so many members were at the U.S. Go Congress in nearby Tacoma.   But then a meeting organized by Dae-won Suh, President of the Asian Go Federation, and former Korean Ambassador to the U.N., doubled the attendance, as Suh met with the leadership of the Center, including president Lee Anne Bowie, and local Korean players.  Also attending from the U.S. Go Congress were three Korean professional players, and KBA General Manager Jong-Ryeol Kim.  A reporter from the Korea Times, and staff from the Seattle Korean Consulate also attended.

While no specific events were scheduled at the meeting, Mr. Suh strongly encouraged the group to plan medium-sized events in the future that attract players from all backgrounds, according to local organizer Sonny (Sung-Chul) Cho.   Mr. Suh seemed pleased with the diversity in the Board and in the  membership of the Seattle Go Center.  After the meeting, an official photo was taken, and the group broke into lively discussions of  teaching methods, go equipment, and trips to Korea.  Story and photos by Brian Allen. Top photo: Local business leader Seok-Dong Kang greets Dae-won Suh.  Bottom: Pros Hyunghwan Kim, Dahye Lee,  Myungwan Kim and Go Center organizer/teacher Sonny Cho. 

 

 

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Eric Lui Into Samsung

Thursday August 8, 2013

In the Samsung preliminaries that finished yesterday, U.S. player Eric Lui won against Ben Lockhart, also from the U.S.  In the other 18 groups, China took 11, Korea 6, and Japan 1.  These 19 winners will join the 13 seeded players in the next round, to be held in Shanghai September 3-5.  Other highlights from the preliminaries include the re-emergence of Seo Bongsu and Komatsu Hideki, two popular players from yesteryear. “We’re tremendously proud of both Eric and Ben,” said American Go Association President Andy Okun. “We look forward to following Eric this fall.” Click here for the Lui-Lockhart game record.
- Thomas Hsiang; photo courtesy Cyberoro, which has a full report (in Korean); there’s also a report on newscj.com
NOTE: updated 8/8 9:22a (PST) with new photo and link to Cyberoro 

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Andrew Lu Repeats As Die Hard Winner

Thursday August 8, 2013

For the second year in a row, Andrew Lu 6d was  the overall winner at the Die Hard tournament Wednesday. The tournament on the traditional U.S. Go Congress “day off” drew 65 players.  The other four undefeated players were: Zhini Zhang 1d, Yukino Takehara 2k, Anthony Long 6k, Weitan Liu 15k.  Full results are available online.
- Andy Olsen, Die Hard TD
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Kurebayashi’s Top Youth-Adult Pair Go

Wednesday August 7, 2013

Miein Kurebayashi 2P, and her son Eiryu 1d won the top table at the Youth Adult Pair Go Tourney at the US Go Congress. Twelve pairs competed in the event, and winners received prizes at each table.  AGA Pair Go Coordinator Rachel Small was on hand, with t-shirts, fans, and other goodies from the World Pair Go Association, who have agreed to sponsor next year’s pair go events at the Go Congress.  She also debuted the new international Pair Go Passports, which have places for stamps for each pair go event a player attends.  Rubber stamps were designed for this year’s Youth Adult Pair Go and the North American Pair Go Championship.

Table winners were Miein 2P and Eiryu Kurebalyashi 1d; Kevin Cho 3k and Jesy Felicca 7k; single game winners were: April Ye 1k and Willis Huang 3d, Justin Ching 4d and Wan Chen 4d; Mizuki Masuda 15k and  Kaoru Hidaka 18k; Sarah Amano 20k and Weitan Liu 18k; Yukino Takehara 2k and William Xu 2k;  Rengo winning pairs were Justin Teng 6d and Robert Tirak 5d, and Bob Liu 13k and Samuel Suastegui 18k.  More photos can be seen on the AGA Pair Go Facebook page. -  Story and photos by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Top left: Jay Chan and Yukino Takehara vs. Sammy Zhang and Yunyen Lee; Lower right: Miein and Eiryu Kurebayashi vs. Wan Chen and Hugh Zhang.

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Missing EJ? Check Googlemail

Wednesday August 7, 2013

Several readers have written to say that Google’s new inbox format can place the E-Journal in a different category that does not automatically show in your inbox without clicking another button.  The E-Journal is now apparently appearing in the “promotions” category of some people’s gmail accounts.  “Promotions” is one of the new categories that gmail is being separated into when it comes in to your inbox.  If you do not want to have your mail pre-sorted like this, this can easily be fixed by going into your settings. Click on the gear symbol in the upper right part of your screen when you are in your inbox and then click on “settings.”  Once you are in your settings, choose “inbox” from the categories offered.  One of the first options available to you will be the “categories” section.  You can add more categories or reduce the categories that you currently have.  If you delete all of the categories except one, your email will come to you as before – unsorted. The Google Mail help page can help you with more advanced answers.
- Craig Brown and Steve Colburn 

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U.S. Go Congress Scrapbook: Tuesday, August 6

Wednesday August 7, 2013

Tuesday night is Crazy Go night at the U.S. Go Congress, and the main playing area was filled with players trying out variations, including 3D Go (top right); Galactic Go (middle right); 4-color go (bottom right); Joker Go (bottom left); Rengo Kriegspiel (middle left) and Hex Go (top left). photos by Chris Garlock, except for 4-color go, by Phil Straus
Click here for Phil Straus’ complete photo album of the day. 

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Auto Exec Turns His Sights on Popularizing Go

Wednesday August 7, 2013

Tadaaki Jagawa has built a very successful career selling cars around the world. Now the Toyota executive is hoping to apply some of the same principles to making the game of go more popular around the world. Jagawa, Vice-Chairman of the Nihon-Kiin’s Board of Directors, is visiting the U.S. Go Congress this week. “I think it’s very important to meet the U.S. go community in person,” Jagawa told the E-Journal on Tuesday, in an interview translated by Frank Fukuda of the Seattle Go Center. “The Nihon Ki-in is in critical condition and really needed people with management skills,” Jagawa said. “It’s my goal that our professional go players be able to play go as much as possible, instead of spending their time managing the Ni-hon Ki-in.” As Vice-President of Toyota, Jagawa has been responsible for opening most of the company’s overseas factories in the U.S. Europe, Africa and the Mideast. As a manager used to being on the ground, Jagawa – who joined the Nihon Kiin leadership team in 2012” – says that a visit to the U.S. was “Number one, most important” to underline and explore the Ki-in’s commitment to supporting go in the United States. The immediate idea is for the Ki-in to send a stream of young professionals to the United States to teach and lecture as part of the AGA’s continuing outreach programs in places like the Seattle Go Center. Discussions with the AGA and local organizers are underway about a location on the East Coast. “It’s going to be very important to the success of this plan that ghe Nihon Ki-in be in more regular and frequent official contact with the AGA,” Jagawa said, obliquely alluding to the now-resolved tensions over the future of the Seattle and New York Go Centers. The hope is to have the plan for a new East Coast go center in place by March, 2014. Discussions are also underway with the European go community — and in fact, the other Nihon Ki-in vice chairman, Mr. Yamashiro, is visiting the European Go Congress this week — but the timeline there is expected to be somewhat longer. “Building the base is key to success,” Jagawa said. “You must sell the product through the base. In this case the product is go, which is very different than, say, a car, but perhaps there are some similarities after all.” Localizing is important, he stressed. Toyota became a global success in part by localizing its vehicles for each market. Applying this to go, Jagawa suggested, means adapting the Nihon Ki-in’s support to whatever makes the most sense in each community, rather than trying to impose a “one size fits all” model. “It must be fit to the needs of the people,” he said. Asked what his favorite thing is about the game of go, Jagawa chuckled. “Sometimes, in seeking the truth on the board, however deep you go, you can’t see the bottom. That’s very attractive.” Clearly, this is a man who relishes a challenge, wherever he finds it.
- report/photos by Chris Garlock: top left: Jagawa plays at the Go Congress; bottom right: Thomas Hsiang and Frank Fukuda present Jagawa with a 2013 U.S. Go Congress t-shirt.

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