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Janice Kim Launches New Go Blog

Monday January 2, 2012

Janice is back! American professional Janice Kim 3P (at right), the popular go author, lecturer at many U.S. Go Congresses and former American Go Journal columnist (“Life in B-League”), has just launched a go blog. The idea of the Learn To Play Go blog, hosted by Kim’s  Samarkand.Net website, “is that if AGA members want to have one of their games analyzed and would email it to me in sgf format — along with any questions they have — I will identify it in the grand scheme, incorporate it in a weekly go tutorial blog post, and cast both players as ‘spy vs. spy’ for complete anonymity,” Janice tells the E-Journal. Send your sgf game records – and questions – to jkim@samarkand.net and be sure to put “sgf file” in the subject line and include your AGA membership number.

“Perhaps you are familiar with logic puzzles involving hats,” Janice suggests in the first post, What Hat Are You Wearing?  “No? For example, imagine there are 10 prisoners and 10 hats. Each prisoner is assigned a random hat, either red or blue, but the number of each color hat is not known to the prisoners. The prisoners will be lined up single file where each can see the hats in front of him but not behind. Starting with the prisoner in the back of the line and moving forward, they must each, in turn, say only one word which must be ‘red’ or ‘blue’. If the word matches their hat color they are released, if not, they are killed on the spot. A friendly guard warns them of this test one hour beforehand and tells them that they can formulate a plan together to help them survive within the given parameters. How many prisoners could you guarantee to save? While I was thinking about hats, I thought about how it might relate to go, and outlined in broad strokes my new Hat Theory in the comments of the go game below.”

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AGA Inks Deals with Korea to Develop U.S. Pro System

Monday December 26, 2011

The American Go Association (AGA) in December signed agreements with Korea to promote a new professional players’ system in the U.S. AGA Board Chairman Andy Okun (right) signed the agreements with the Korea Baduk Association and the Korean go server TongYang Online (Tygem) December 19th in Seoul, Korea. “With the generous support of the KBA and Tygem, we are off to a great start,” Okun said. “These partnerships will help grow go in the U.S. and produce players who can win at the international level. This may be a long road, but with our partners’ help it will be a successful finish.” Said KBA Secretary General Yang Jae-Ho, “The KBA wants the AGA to grow, and is hoping to see American professional players who defeat Asian players in an international tournament.” He added that “I hope to see even bigger tournaments than the Samsung and LG Cup in America.” And Tygem CEO Jeong In-Soo (left, in photo) said that “I sincerely hope TongYang Online and the AGA will lead the globalization of baduk through our cooperation.” Tygem agreed to provide $30,000 annually to fund the AGA’s professional certification tournament, which will be broadcast exclusively via Tygem, which recently launched its English language website, and is seeking to expand its player base outside Asia. Under the KBA Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) – which Feng Yun 9P has complained was negotiated without participation by American professionals – KBA, as part of its cultural mission to spread go around the world, has agreed to allow AGA-certified North American professionals to compete in five major Korean tournaments and to provide them with low-cost training. Kim Myung-Wan 9P, the KBA representative to the U.S., will continue to support the AGA’s efforts, and will chair a committee designing the certification system and developing pro activities. Okun credited the two agreements to Kim’s “hard work and perseverance.”  Click here for the Tygem MOU.

Top Players Set to Play in Jujo Jiang Goe Tourney

Monday December 26, 2011

Jujo Jiang 9P (right) and Rui NaiWei 9P are among those planning to play in the upcoming Jujo Jiang Goe Tournament. The first North American Masters’ qualifier of 2012, the tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 7-8 in San Francisco CA. The tournament is sponsored by Ing’s Goe Foundation and the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. Historically well-attended, the tournament will provide the opportunity for many strong players to earn points towards competition in the North American Masters’ Tournament, which will be held at the 2012 Go Congress. Click here for details or to register.

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Go Renaissance in the Big Apple

Monday December 26, 2011

Since the New York Go Center closed in 2010, New York City’s go scene has ironically been experiencing a bit of a go renaissance, reports local organizer Boris Bernadsky. “Perhaps it’s due to people no longer taking having a go club for granted that encouraged the go community to become more active in going out to play,” Bernadsky tells the E-Journal. The most notable addition to New York go is the mostly go club on meetup.com.  “This 2.0 style go club allows people to very easily organize go meetings all over the city, anytime they want,” says Bernadsky. “A lonely go player now needs very little organizing skill or experience to put together a fun day playing go in the park, or in a cafe.” The New York go resurgence was very apparent is mid-December when two tournaments were held on the same weekend. On Friday December 16th there was a “Traditional Drinking Tournament” at the Fat Cat jazz lounge. In this type of tournament, all games are self-paired, and each player has 4 hours to drink and win as many games as they can. Matthew Hershberger (right) out-drank and outplayed the 10-player field, collecting the Orange Juice trophy, “a prize chosen for its healing powers in the morning,” says Bernadsky. On Sunday December 17, 30 players re-gathered at the Fat-Cat for the Thailand Relief Tournament, run by Go Rebuilds., a new organization with the motto “Go tournaments with a cause.” The tournament was run entirely using Goclubs.org, which “helped make the time from ‘Check in’ to ‘Round One’ very short,” Bernadsky says. Over $450 was raised by the New York go community to help Thailand, still suffering from floods last summer. Prizes included a $60 gift certificate to the Rhong Tiam Thai restaurant, one-month membership to Alexander Dinerchtein’s online Insei-league and a private lesson from professional Stephanie Yin. Additionally, all attendees received a $10 coupon to slateandshell.com as well as a free online lesson from Kazunari Furuyama kazsensei.com.  Kerstin Bergstrom 1D, Tawan Newton 4k, David Chow 7k, and Joe Suzuki 10k won all three of their games to tie for first place.

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Kerr Earns PhD Connecting Go Proverbs to Project Management

Monday December 26, 2011

Grant Kerr of Canada recently received a PhD degree by successfully defending his thesis, “Exploring Project Management by Exploiting Analogy with the Game of Go.” Kerr used go to explore and expand project management concepts, receiving a PhD degree from the Skema Business School, one of France’s grandes ecoles. Kerr, who studies go with Yuan Zhou, used 83 go proverbs to create analogies with project management, then developed project management strategies based on these proverbs for dealing with uncertainty, conflict, change, weaknesses, etc. One area of future research will be to gather feedback from other project managers on these ideas; if you would like to participate, contact Kerr at gkerr@cips.ca.
photo: Kerr (at right) receives his PhD

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E-Journal Delivery Restored

Monday December 19, 2011

A technical problem with our mailing lists, which had halted daily and weekly delivery of the American Go E-Journal to members and former members since December 10, has now been resolved. All readers should receive the proper edition of the E-Journal on Tuesday, December 20. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding. Very special thanks to Josh Simmons for his prompt, efficient and hard work fixing the problem.
- Chris Garlock, Managing Editor

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US Youth Go Championships Jan. 21

Monday December 19, 2011

Qualifiers for the United States Youth Go Championships will be held Saturday, January 21st, on KGS.   The tourney will determine National Dan, Single Digit Kyu (SDK), and Double Digit Kyu (DDK) Champions. The winners will receive trophies, and prizes will be awarded in the following brackets: 5-7 dan 1-4 dan, 1-4 kyu, 5-9 kyu, 10-15 kyu, 16-20 kyu, 21-25 kyu, 26 and up kyu.  The qualifiers will use several formats for pairing, and all dan level youth will compete in an open section.  The top four youth will then move on to a double elimination final held on January 22nd, and continuing the following weekend. The winners of the dan sections will go on to represent the US at the World Youth Goe Championships, in August.  All expenses will be paid for the representatives to attend the tournament, in whichever country it is to be held (The Czech Republic was likely, but not confirmed, as of press time). Contestants will also be entered into a pool to receive partial scholarships to either the AGA Summer Youth Go Camp, or the US Go Congress, courtesy of the AGF, 16 Scholarships will be awarded. The Junior Division is for youth under 12, the Senior Division is for youth under 16 as of August 1, 2012.  Only US Citizens under 16 may enter the finals, youth who are under 18 may compete in the qualifiers and kyu brackets, and so may residents who are not citizens.  To register, e-mail youth@usgo.org with your name, AGA #, date of birth, AGA rating, KGS ID, and citizenship.  You may enter at a rank higher than your official AGA rank, but may not enter at a lower one.  The registration deadline is Sunday, January 15th.  For more info, see the USYGC page. -Paul Barchilon E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: USYGC Jr. Division Champion Aaron Ye 4d, competing against Russia at the 2011 World Youth Go Championships, in Bucharest, Romania.  Photo by Paul Barchilon.

“Tony” Wen Wins Davis/Sac Tourney

Sunday December 18, 2011

Hang “Tony” Wen 1d (l) took first place at the December 17 Davis/Sacramento Go Club Winter Quarterly Tournament at the Arcade Library in Sacramento, CA.  Nine competitors attended from the San Francisco bay area to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Five players had two wins, with the results determined by tie breaks. Wen 1d placed first, Jeff Horn 1d was second, and Willard Haynes 1d was third.
- Willard Haynes

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20th Jujo Jiang Tourney Jan. 8

Saturday December 17, 2011

Mingjiu Jiang 7P, and the Ing Foundation, are again sponsoring the Jujo Jiang Tournament in San Francisco, CA.  Last year’s event drew 66 competitors, and similar numbers are expected this year.  All levels are welcome, there will be prizes in four divisions: Open, Dan, Kyu, and Novice, this will be an AGA rated tournament..  Jiang Jujo 9P and Rui NaiWei 9P will be in attendance again this year.  To register, and for more information, go to Gomasters.com, or e-mail Indagoe49@yahoo.com.  - Paul Barchilon. Photo: Jujo Jiang (l) plays his brother, Mingjiu Jiang (r) at the 2011 Jujo Tourney.

Paging Bill Gates

Saturday December 17, 2011

If you – or someone you know — works in a high tech company or a company with business interests in Asia, the American Go Association’s National Fundraising Committee is looking for you. The Fundraising Committee wants to approach such companies with sponsorship proposals to energize the go community in the United States. “While our mandate is to raise funds,” says Committee Chair Peter Freedman, “our underlying goal is transforming the place of go in the American cultural landscape.  You should be able to walk down the street, ask a stranger of they have heard about the game of go, and have them respond ‘Sure, it’s that ancient Asian strategy game.’” To help raise the public profile of go, the Committee is also seeking for contacts within the media that can help get Hikaru No Go on the air. And finally, they’re looking for contacts for Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Larry Ellison at Oracle, and Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page, all of whom have played go and may be willing to help promote the game.
Click here for the full text of Freedman’s “A Go Transformation in the U.S.” or reach Freedman at peter.freedman@comcast.net

 

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