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“Introduction to Applied Go Studies” brings together music, art, improvisation, and philosophy Sunday in Philly

Thursday June 9, 2016

Philadelphia-area go players will want to check out the interesting and unusual go and music event scheduled for this Sunday,2016.06.10_GRU Introduction to Applied Go Studies June 12. “Introduction to Applied Go Studies” is a day-long workshop in which participants will learn how to play the game, “and we will ask if music, art, improvisation, or philosophy has anything to learn from Go,” say organizers. “What bridges can be built? And which models will we smuggle across?”

The event runs from 12-8pm at the University Arts League, 4226 Spruce Street, and is being put together by Penn Go Society  club member Quinn Dougherty. RSVP on Facebook here or to sothis.ensemble@gmail.com. Dougherty can be reached for further inquiries at quinndoughtertymusic@gmail.com or 484 883 9487.

 

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Huaxia Chinese School Hosts Tri-State Area Go Tournament

Thursday June 9, 2016

More than 30 participants turned out for the June 5 tournament sponsored by the Huaxia Chinese School of Greater New 2016.06.09_tri-state-collageYork held at White Plains High School, NY. Go players came from various cities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for the first AGA-rated tournament organized by Leon Lei and Jie Tang. Attendees included children 6-12 and go students from the Chinese school who competed in a casual round-robin tournament while adults (AGA members) played in rated games.

The tournament featured a special guest, Matthew Hu 2P from California. Along with Yingshyan Ku 3k, the two of them gave a presentation on the highlights of the Lee Sedol v. Alpha Go games. Hu also played simultaneous games with students of the Huaxia Chinese School.

“The tournament was a great success, and there are plans to host another tournament in the Tri-State Area next year,” reports organizer Leon Lei. “The attendees provided positive feedback on their experiences and appreciated the opportunity to play go at this convenient location.”

photos courtesy Leon Lei

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AGA, AGF, KBA and EGF Share in Google’s AlphaGo Prize Money

Monday June 6, 2016

Making good on their promise to support both go and educational initiatives, the developers of AlphaGo Monday announced the division of the $1 million prize fund they won in March’s historic match with Lee Sedol 9p, including grants to both the American Go Association and the American Go Foundation.

“Pleased to confirm the recipients of the #AlphaGo $1m prize! @UNICEF_uk, @CodeClub, and the American, European and Korean Go associations,” tweeted DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis. “@theaga, EGF and KBA will use the #AlphaGo donation to raise awareness of Go worldwide and encourage participation especially at youth level.”

The biggest recipient, UNICEF UK, will receive $450,000 to support global education work including girls’ education and gender equality, while $100,000 will be granted to Code Club UK for the creation of more clubs around the world for children to learn to program. The go community grant is $150,000 each to European Go Federation, the Korea Baduk Association and the American go entities. The AGF will receive $60,000 and the AGA $90,000, DeepMind said.

“It has become clear that the AlphaGo match was the biggest promotional boost the game of go has received in many years, and most of the credit for that is due to DeepMind’s people and how hard they worked from the start to make sure the match gave the widest and most positive exposure possible to the game,” said AGA President Andy Okun. “The announcement of these grants shows they are continuing that good work. I am happy to express to them the thanks of our whole North American go community for the love and respect they have shown for the game.”

“Go is good for kids and the Google grant will help us reach and teach more of them. Broaden the base!” said AGF President Terry Benson.

AGA’s proposal to DeepMind was to use the AGA grant as the basis of a North American pro championship tournament over six years, and for AGF to use the grant to explore methods of more effectively spreading go in schools, said Okun.

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Register Now for the US Go Congress and Save $50

Sunday June 5, 2016

Register for the 2016 US Go Congress by midnight Monday and save $50! The $25 registration will increase to $75 Monday, 2016.06.05.congress-logo6 June at 11:59 pm EST. The US Go Congress is the largest go activity in the United States. It happens once a year and runs July 30 – August 7 in Boston, MA this year. Events include the US Open, the largest annual go tournament in the US, professional lectures and game analysis, continuous self-paired games, and all kinds of go-related activities from morning to midnight. “Come for the go. Come for the camaraderie of old friends,” says Congress Director Walther Chen. “Whatever your reason, we are looking forward to seeing you there.”

 

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Players Sought for 2016 Samsung World Cup

Sunday June 5, 2016

The AGA is seeking three representatives for the World Baduk Masters division of the upcoming 2016 Samsung Cup. The “World Division”, which features players from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia, is a preliminary stage of the main Samsung Cup event, one of the largest international go tournaments in the world. The World Division will take place July 17-20 at the Korean Baduk Association in Korea. All World Division participants will be paid $1,000. Travel arrangements and accommodations are the responsibility of the players and will not be paid for by the KBA.
There will be an online qualifier on June 11th – 12th to determine our three representatives – participants must be at least AGA 5 dan to participate. Interested players should contact  peter.nelson@usgo.org and cherry.shen@usgo.org, or president@usgo.org immediately.
The winner of the World Division will go on to to participate in the Main Division of the Samsung Cup (also in Korea), which is a knockout event beginning on September 5th and running until early December. The Main Division features substantially greater prizes, up to the 300,000,000 Korean won first prize (roughly $250,000 in US dollars).
To be eligible to participate, a player must hold a North American passport, meet the other eligibility requirements for international representation of AGA or CGA, and not be a member of an Asian professional go association. AGA certified pros are eligible.
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AGA Board Nominations Coming In; Close on June 15

Friday June 3, 2016

Candidates have come forward for each of the four available seats on the AGA board. Current candidates are: Eastern – Gurujeet Khalsa, Central – Doc Sade, Western – Andrew Jackson, At-Large – Ed Zhang, Steve Colburn.  Nominations, including self-nominations, may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides or nationwide for the At-Large seat and must be received by June 15. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

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Garlock’s Mother Passes

Friday June 3, 2016

E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock’s mother passed away on Tuesday in Pueblo, CO. “Tetsuko of Cold Mountain, formerly Susan Garlock, passed peacefully, Tetsuko bio photosurrounded by loving family and friends,” Garlock reports. “Thanks so much to everyone who’s reached out to express their support.” You can read more, and send condolences, on Garlock’s Facebook page.
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Mitic to Lecture on Direction of Attack in KGS Advanced Study Room

Tuesday May 31, 2016

On June 5, at 9 am EST, Nikola Mitic of the Nordic Go Academy, currently a class A insei at the Nihon-Kiin, will give a lecture on the direction of attack in the early game. The lecture will take place in the Advanced Study Room of KGS and it is free to attend.  Mitic, whose user name on KGS is nidza92, can be reached at mitic375@gmail.com.  The Advanced Study Room can be found under the heading “lessons” in the room list on KGS.

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Mexican Go Congress Hosts US Pro Teachers

Monday May 30, 2016

The Mexican Go Association’s 3rd Annual Go Congress in Mexico City will be host to three professional teachers, including one each from the US and Canada.  With the aid of AGA, Stephanie (Mingming) Yin 1p from NY and William (Gansheng) Shi 1p from Vancouver will be visiting Mexico, and with the support of the Korea Amateur Baduk Association, Cho Hye-yeon 9p from Seoul will teach as well.  This is the first time a Mexican Congress will have this many pros.

310-270x180“Western go is developing in a tremendous way. While America and Europe already have pro systems, in Latin America we don’t even have a Congress type of event.  We can’t lag behind compared to other regions,” said Emil García, Mexican Go Association president. “The main purpose of the event is letting the local players grasp some of the deep insight pros have and for them to teach us through lectures, game reviews and simul games.”

Airfare for the two North American players is courtesy of the American Go Foundation, said AGA president Andy Okun. “When we received an invitation from the Mexican Go Association for pro teachers for their event,” said Okun, “I thought about the projects on which we’ve cooperated with Mexico and their success in promoting the game to kids.  I also thought about the many years of generous support we have received from the go associations in Asia and thought this would be a chance for us to ‘pay it forward’ for the good of the game.”

The three-day event will also hold the 3rd Mexican Go Open with a prize pool near $1,000 US and will take place in the Tlatelolco University Cultural Center, Mexico City, Mexico. You can check more info about this event in its webpage.

 

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AGA Summer Go Camp: Serious Kids Play

Monday May 30, 2016

Go Camp 2015 (12) (1)The AGA Summer Go Camp includes a week of go learning in a friendly kid’s summer camp setting,” says Co-Director Fernando Rivera. “Campers enjoy morning and evening go lessons with a professional teacher throughout the week, and outside of the daily lessons enjoy more traditional summer camp activities.” Matthew Qiu writes “at go camp [last] year I made a lot of good friends, and played a lot of go. Go camp is a fun way to meet new people, and improve your game.” With a mix of lessons, outdoor activities, tournaments, and other Go related activities, the camp is an ideal place for kids to make friends and have fun while also improving their go skills. “Outside of the go classroom, we did many fun-filled outdoor activities,” writes camper Leon Chang, “we went canoeing in the lake, shot arrows at the archery range, climbed ropes courses, and much more!”

Go Camp 2015 (97)Perhaps 12-year-old Joe does the best job of summing up everyone’s feelings after a great week at camp: “When I left camp I was sad that I will miss all my new friends, but when I came back home I was happy because I was beating everyone and showing that I improved.” Go Camp will take place from July 3-9 at YMCA Camp Campbell Gard in Hamilton, Ohio. The camp will be run by Nano Rivera and Frank Luo. Youth who played in the NAKC or the Redmond Cup are eligible for a $400 scholarship, and need-based scholarships of up to $250 are also available courtesy of the American Go Foundation. For more information on the latest camp-related news, and to download the registration forms, visit the camp website, or e-mail Nano Rivera at agagocampeast@gmail.com. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Quotes and photos by Nano Rivera.

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