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AGA Accepting Applications for President

Thursday March 29, 2012

The American Go Association Board of Directors has announced that it’s now accepting applications from members of the American go community willing to be considered for the post of President. “The position involves a lot of work and a lot of responsibility,” says Board Chair Andy Okun, “but also the opportunity to join with the board, the chapters and the members of the AGA to build a remarkable future for our game and our organization.” Interested members should email a statement of candidacy to the AGA Board at agaboard@usgo.org by May 7. The Board hopes to make its appointment of the next AGA President by June 15.  The applicants for President will be considered at the same time for Executive Vice President, a post intended to back up the President and share the workload. As with all AGA leadership positions, both posts are voluntary.

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AGA East Go Camp Is a Go

Monday March 26, 2012

The AGA East Go Camp has been  confirmed for the summer of 2012. The camp will take place the week before the U.S. Go Congress from July 28 to August 4 and will be held at the same location – the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Camp directors Nano Rivera and Amanda Miller welcome all campers from the ages of 8 to 18 to join them for a week of go-playing and fun. More information regarding the camp will be available on the AGA website, and registration will open within the next two weeks, so be sure to check back soon. – Story and photo by Amanda Miller, Camp Director.  Photo: the 2011 Go Camp.

Salt City Tourney Takes the Cake

Monday March 26, 2012

A special attraction of the annual Salt City Go Tournament – scheduled for this Saturday, March 31 in Syracuse, NY — is the “go problem” cake baked by local go organizer Richard Moseson’s wife Chris. “Competitors are invited to fill out an entry form supplying what they believe should be black’s first move” to solve the life and death problem icing the cake, reports Moseson, and “a prize is given for one of the winning submissions at the end of the tournament,” although the cake itself is consumed at the conclusion of lunch. “We do give out 15 other prizes to game winners too, mostly books from Slate and Shell,” adds Moseson. The tournament derives its name from Syracuse’s history as the principle salt resource in the United States until 1900.
photo: 2011 tournament winner Phil Waldron (r) observes the cake preparation by Chris Moseson; photo by Richard Moseson

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Computer Game Tycoon to Keynote First US International Go Symposium

Saturday March 24, 2012

The father of the computer gaming revolution, Nolan Bushnell, will be the keynote speaker at the first US International Go Symposium, on August 4-5, 2012. The Symposium will bring together go scholars from around the world to explore  educational, cultural, historical, literary, artistic, scientific and technological aspects of the game. Bushnell has called go a “wonderfully rich and powerful game” and his “favorite game of all time.”

When he founded a pioneering computer company in 1972, Bushnell selected a go term, atari, for the company’s name. Atari’s game Pong became the first commercially successful computer game, opening the door to modern computer gaming. Organized by Peter Shotwell, noted go scholar and author, the symposium will take place on August 3rd and 4th during the first weekend of the American Go Association’s (AGA’s) 28th US Go Congress in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The International Go Federation is providing seed funding for the symposium. For more information about the Symposium, or to submit papers or proposals, contact Peter Shotwell at pshotwell@gmail.com

2nd World Mind Sports Games to be held in France; AGA Seeks Donations for U.S. Team

Saturday March 24, 2012

The International Mind Sports Association has announced that the second World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) will be held August 9-23 at the Lille Palais in Lille, France.  International Go Federation (IGF) vice president Thomas Hsiang reports that the second WMSG will be an all-amateur event. “Once again, we will be depending upon donations to support sending our U.S. team to this prestigious competition,” says American Go Association President Allan Abramson. Due to the lateness in confirming the event site, the IGF will not be participating on as large a scale as in the first WMSG.  The European Go Federation has been asked to organize the event. Supporters donated about $15,000 to send the U.S. team to the first Mind Games in China in 2008. “Can we ask you to match or exceed this amount for this Summer’s games?” asks Abramson. Use the “donate” button on the AGA website, to contribute or get and use the AGA credit card.

 

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Go Expo Day a Big Hit in NorCal

Saturday March 24, 2012

Bay Area Go Players Association held the third annual Go Expo Day on March 11 in Oakland, CA, and once again it was a big success. Over 50 people from diverse backgrounds converged on the Oakland Asian Cultural Center to learn how to play go, pick up a free 9×9 go set and Way to Go booklet, and watch games in the monthly AGA ratings tournament taking place in the room next door.

“We need more teachers!” exclaimed Jay Chan, Go Expo Day co-organizer, as inquisitive adults and children poured into the room and filled all available seats. A few tournament players heeded the call for help, generously pausing their rated games and stepping in to teach until more go instructors could be brought in.

Teacher Ernest Brown summed the day up nicely when he commented, “It was just so great to see so much interest and enthusiasm for go.” Based on the success of this and previous outreach events, Bay Area Go Players Association will hold the next Go Expo Day during the September monthly AGA ratings tournament instead of waiting until 2013. “The great teaching supplies available from the American Go Foundation store make it a lot easier to teach go to beginners at our regular monthly tournaments,” explained co-organizer Roger Schrag. Photos by Steve Burrall and Roger Schrag.

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Enrollment Opens for New Term at Guo Juan’s Internet Go School

Monday March 19, 2012

Guo Juan’s Internet Go School is currently accepting enrollment for group classes for the 2012 second   term, which begins April 28/29. “The group class participants will also receive a 20% discount on our Audio Lectures membership,” says Guo Juan. The school’s teaching faculty includes Guo Juan 5P, Jennie Shen 2P and Young Sun 8P and Mingjiu Jiang 7P.

 

Matthew Harwit 4D Tops Colorado Youth Tournament

Sunday March 18, 2012

Eighteen youngsters competed in the March 3 Colorado Youth Go Tournament at the Eloise May library in Denver. Playing strengths ranged from 4-dan to 40-kyu and ages from 5 – 14. Matthew Harwit 4D won the dan section, Tim Chang 20k won the kyu section and Andrew Huang won the majority of his games, and was the 5-and-under Colorado state champion. David Weiss and Alex Yavich were the TDs.

Nihon Ki-in Representative To Seattle Go Center Resigns

Tuesday March 13, 2012

Frank Fukuda has tendered his resignation, effective immediately, as the Nihon Ki-in’s representative to the Seattle Go Center, a responsibility he accepted in 1995 as a condition for the Nihon Ki-in to create the Go Center.  Mr. Fukuda’s resignation comes on the heels of an official letter from the Nihon Ki-in to the Seattle Go Center indicating their intention to sell the Go Center premises in the near future.  The Seattle Go Center Board of Directors is currently determining how to respond to this notice.

 Andrew Gross, Chairman of the Board of the Go Center, said “The Board of Directors wishes to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Fukuda, whose name is synonymous not only with the Seattle Go Center, but with the broader Seattle area Go community.  His dedication and commitment to spreading the joy of Go through teaching, community outreach, and organized competitive play has laid an unshakable foundation which will support the Seattle Go Center into the next decade and beyond.  We are grateful that Mr. Fukuda has indicated that his resigning as representative of the Nihon Ki-in will not prevent his continued involvement with the Go Center.”   photo by Brian Allen: Frank Fukuda at Bunka no Hi Culture Day, Seattle

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Mingming Yin 1P Sweeps 2012 YKNOT

Tuesday March 13, 2012

After two weekends of fierce competition, Mingming Yin 1P of New York emerged as the champion of the Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YKNOT). Mingming Yin was the only player to win all five rounds in the tournament, which was hosted on KGS. Andy Liu 7D took second place, with third place going to last year’s YKNOT champion Zhanbo Sun, both with 4 wins. Other division winners included Nick Jhirad 6D, Meng Lu 4D, Louie Liu 1k, Stephen Allen 6k, and Julian Erville 8k. TDs were Karoline Burrall, Chris Kirschner, Dennis Wheeler, Tina Zhang, and Kevin Hwang. “Thanks very much to Young Kwon of Pearl River, NY for sponsoring a successful tournament, and also to KGS for hosting and KGS admins for announcements and providing tournament support!” says Burrall. photo from the Strong Player’s Open at the 2011 U.S. Go Congress, which Lin won.

GAME RECORDS (click to download sgf file):
Round 3: Andy Liu vs. Mingming Yin
Round 4 Andy Liu vs. Zhanbo Sun
Round 5: Mingming Yin vs. Lie Liang

 

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