The Nihon Ki-in has just released an English version of Cho-U’s 4×4 Go Puzzle. Cho-U 9P came up with all of the problems for the program, and has developed a clever system for introducing go to young children. The app is available for iPhone and iPad, and is being offered on the App Store at an introductory rate of just 99 cents, until October 19th, when the price will increase to $2.99. The app introduces a colorful cast of cartoon characters, including Minigo, a black cat, and Diego, a big white dog who is taking over the playground and won’t let the cats into his territory. Children can enter story mode for flash animations that teach the basic principles of go as part of the cat’s quest to get back to the playground. The graphics are terrific, and the stones are cats and dogs. When “stones” are in atari, they shake and shiver (this can be turned off in settings for a bigger challenge). The story is interactive, and kids are asked to help Minigo solve various problems as he confronts various opponents. Players can also go to the free and challenge levels, where they can solve go problems directly. The board size is limited to 4×4, but Cho-U has made very clever puzzles within this limitation. Many of the problems revolve around seki, and you can choose what level to play with, or progress through the levels as you improve. Players can also buy more problems for the program, which come with all new festive graphics. The Snack Pack problem set gets you 100 problems, with chocolate and pink frosted donuts for pieces. The Rainy Pack and the North Pole Pack offer additional cute themes and more complicated problems. I bought the Rainy Pack for .99 and was charmed by frogs and snails playing on a lily pad field; the first problems I tried revolved around snapback. This app is perfect for kids from 5 to 10 years old, and even older kids will enjoy some of the more challenging problems. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Picture courtesy of the Nihon Ki-in.
American Go E-Journal » U.S./North America
Monday October 8, 2012
Sunday October 7, 2012
The Greater Washington Go Club hosted “great turnout and an exciting game” on October 5 when Chinese professional Yang Shuang 2P played a 3-stone exhibition game with Josh Lee. “Josh was leading for most of the game, but then faltered in the endgame when a ko and seki developed, and lost on time,” reports GWGC President Haskell Small. “As it turns out, he would have won by a few points even with the seki. Jie Li 7D also attended the event, joining Ms. Yang in the analysis. “In the analysis, Jie commented that Ms. Yang’s play was too slow, not harsh enough, but Ms. Yang stated she was consciously playing as if it was an even game, not trying too hard,” says Small. Click here for a couple of video clips.
- photos by Edward Zhang; collage by Chris Garlock
Friday October 5, 2012
Thursday October 4, 2012
Chinese professional Yang Shuang 2P is paying a surprise visit to the metro Washington area Friday, October 5. Ms. Yang – who played a simul in DC earlier this year (Yang Shuang 2P Visits DC-Area Go Clubs 4/24/2012) – will play an exhibition game with Josh Lee, one of the Greater Washington Go Club’s strongest members, followed by analysis of the game. There will be no charge for the event, which will start about 8:30p at the GWGC, Cedar Lane Unitarian Church [downstairs room 15], 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda MD. A dinner will be held at the Aji Nippon restaurant in Bethesda starting at 7p; RSVP with Haskell Small by noon on Friday: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday October 1, 2012
This month only, join or rejoin the American Go Association in October and get a free one-month trial subscription to BadukTV, a $50 value. BadukTV is the new online video service from GoGameGuru (GGG), featuring a live 24-video feed from BadukTV in Korea and a growing archive of English translations. “Why are Asian players so good?” asks GGG founder David Ormerod. “Access to better quality information. In Asia, people can watch go 24 hours a day. We want to bring that experience to the English-speaking world. ” This valuable offer is available for a limited time: you must renew or join the AGA in October to receive your free one-month trial subscription. One trial per customer (sorry, not available to current BadukTV subscribers). AGA members also get the Member’s Edition of the American Go E-Journal, which includes game commentaries. Click here to find out more about AGA membership or BadukTV. GGGBadukTV works fine on most mobile devices too; note that the BadukTV iTunes app, a completely separate product, only provides the live feed in Korean, not the English-language features, and is not associated with GGG BadukTV.
Monday October 1, 2012
Eleven players — including Marek Gotkowski from Ireland — participated in the four-round Davis/Sacramento Go Club Fall Quarterly, held at the Arden Library in Sacramento, CA on September 29. Jeff Newmiller led the upper division with three wins; in the lower division there was a tie between Allen Louderback and Cameron Yu, both with three wins.
- Willard Haynes
photo (l-r): Cameron Yu, Jeff Newmiller, Allen Louderback
Monday October 1, 2012
Fox Chapel Elementary School from Germantown, Maryland topped a field of three schools in the First DC Metropolitan Area School Go Tournament on September 29, winning 7 out of 8 games. The DC School Tournament, organized by American Go Honor Society (AGHS) President Justin Teng (back left) and Vice-President Julian Erville (back right), is a youth tournament that promotes strengthening the youth go community between local schools in DC, Virginia, and Maryland. Gary Smith, organizer of the NOVA Go Club, hosted the tournament at George Mason University in Arlington, VA, and provided all of the equipment and pairings that made the tournament possible. Division winners of the tournament were Hank Chen 9k (1st) from Richard Montgomery High School and Ben Withbroe 4k (2nd) from Albert Einstein High School in the upper division, and Eric Zhang 24k (front right) 1st and Mulan Liu 22k (front left) 2nd, both from Fox Chapel Elementary School in the lower division. Player’s ages ranged from 8 to 17; Mulan Liu and Eric Zhang are in 3rd and 4th grade respectively, while Hank Chen and Ben Withbroe are in 11th and 12th grade respectively. “Plans are being made for the second DC Metropolitan Area School Go Tournament in spring 2013, so if you’re a student and in the area, get ready!” say organizers Justin Teng and Julian Erville. photo by Gary Smith
Monday October 1, 2012
A gentle but temperate desert breeze ruffled the results slips as players from northern New Mexico vied for a place in the first Chamisa Flower Go Tournament. Held on Saturday September 22nd at the Aldea Community Center in Santa Fe the tournament brought in players from across northern New Mexico. In the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos mountains where the chamisa (Ericameria nauseosa, left) blooms and the aspens are golden this time of year, the Santa Fe Go Club is working hard to build up the active go-playing community by holding such handicap tournaments and teaching beginners. After the second round, players repaired to the local Cafe Aldea for a hearty lunch. After four rounds, there was a three-way tie for the top places. Doug Sorensen 4d won on the first tiebreaker followed by Conrad Skinner 1k and Robert Cordingley 2k for second and third. “Interestingly, if head-to-head results had been relied on it could have been a problem, because while Sorensen beat Skinner who beat Cordingley, Cordingley beat Sorensen,” Cordingley reported. As well as award certificates and cash the top two winners enjoyed gift certificates generously underwritten by Slate and Shell. Full details including the cross tab and final placings are available to all players and subscribers of GoClubsOnline where the tournament was managed and rounds paired.
Tuesday September 25, 2012
With events on two recent weekends, the Seattle Go Center celebrated 17 years of teaching and sharing the game of go. Hiroshi Yamashiro 9P, the V.P. of the Nihon Ki-in, and Hiroko Shinkai 5P, a former student of Go Center founder Kaoru Iwamato 9P, visited the Go Center from September 13 – 16, playing simultaneous games and giving lectures. They also attended the anniversary party, which featured the koto ensemble “Silk Strings”. At speeches during the party on September 15, which also was attended by Japanese Special Consul Hana and AGA President Andrew Okun, both the Seattle Go Center and Nihon Ki-in “reaffirmed their commitment to Iwamoto-sensei’s vision, and to cooperating over the long term toward achieving that vision together.” More information on the visit by the Nihon Ki-in is posted here.
The SGC Anniversary Tournament attracted 20 players on Sunday, September 23. The Open Section was won by Ho Son, with Edward Kim second and Kum Kang Lee third. The handicapped Section A was won by Chris Kirschner, with Frank Brown second. Section B was won by Gordon Castanza, with Yukiko Miyake second. Tournament Director was Bill Chiles, with assistance from Dan Top, and also from John Hogan, who provided support by phone from his new home in Michigan.
Photo: Hiroshi Yamishiro 9P playing simultaneous games at the SGC. Photo and report by Brian Allen.
Tuesday September 25, 2012
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to head to Korea to play go, the Kim-In Cup could be just the ticket. The 6th Kim-in Cup International Senior Baduk Competition, sponsored by both KBA and KABA, will be November 2-5 in Gangjin, Korea; players must pay their own way to Seoul “but food and accommodation is paid for and if you arrive on the right day, the bus to Gangjin is paid too,” says AGA President Andy Okun, who will head up the U.S. delegation. “They really want a good turnout from overseas,” Okun added. Men have to be 50 or older and women 30 or older to participate. There will be three events: the Men’s Team Tournament (4 players per team), a Women’s Team Tournament (4 players per team) and an Individual Tournament (1~5 Dan). Gangjin is in Jeollanam-do, known as a scenic and less-developed part of Korea, with towering mountains, rugged coastline and numerous islands. The town is the main producer of Korea’s famed celadon pottery, and the food is said to be very good. Deadline for registering is October 19; email email@example.com for more details and entry forms.