Peter Freedman (at far right), Hikaru Saito, Glenn Peters, Jessie Jenkins and Jessie’s friend, Austin, taught at least 50 people to play go at Portland’s Mochitsuki Festival on Sunday January 25th. Held at Portland State University from 10 to 4 , thousands came to celebrate the new year, eat traditional food and experience traditional Japanese culture. -Photo and story courtesy Peter Freedman
American Go E-Journal » U.S./North America
Thursday January 29, 2015
Wednesday January 28, 2015
The Open Section of the Jin Chen Memorial Tournament at the Seattle Go Center drew twelve players, including two 7 dans and three 6 dans. Since the Jan. 4 tournament had only three rounds, there was a tie for first place between Boyang Chen 6d from Oregon, and Chan Chung 5d from the Seattle area. Edward Kim placed 3rd, after losing one game on time.
Go Center members were intrigued to meet the teacher of Edward Kim 7d, since Edward has taught many of the strong players in the Northwest. Years ago, Edward’s teacher was his older brother Hong Kim, who also lives in the Seattle area. This was the first time Hong played in an AGA rated tournament. He won the handicapped section for players 2 kyu and stronger, playing as a 2d. Second place went to young Chanseok Oh. The 3 kyu to 9 kyu band was won by local Frank Brown, with new player Ben Resnick placing second. The double digit kyu player’s section was won by Elan Ma, with second to California visitor Barry Stiefel. Elan also won the children’s prize. There were 30 players at the tournament, which is held on the first Sunday in January every year to mark the birthday of our old friend Jin Chen. Report and photo illustration by Brian Allen
Monday January 26, 2015
The deadline for young kyu players who want to compete in the North American Kyu Championships is Feb. 3rd, with the tourney itself held Feb. 7th, on KGS. Kids and teens (under the age of 18) who are members of the AGA, CGA, Gimnasio de Go, or MGA, may all enter in the event. With thousands of dollars in scholarships available, to both the AGA Go Camp, and US Go Congress, kyu players of any rank should enter. Prizes will be awarded roughly every five ranks, starting at 25 kyu, and working up to 1 kyu. The registration form is here, more information is available here.
Saturday January 24, 2015
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015, the Atlanta Go Club and the Atlanta Chinese Go Association organized a hike up Stone Mountain, in memory of Dr. King, who referred to the mountain in his I Have a Dream speech — “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.” Feijun (Frank) Luo 7d, led young kids to play go at both the shelter in the middle of the mountain, and the pavilion on the top of the mountain. “The kids greatly enjoyed mountain climbing, playing go during the trip, and the spectacular view on top of Stone Mountain,” said Luo. Brandon Zhou 4d, who won the Ing Foundation’s World Youth Goe Qualifier in the U.S. junior division in 2014, was among the participants. “Playing go on Stone Mountain is a good way to pay tribute to Dr. King,” said Luo, “go is a board game that best displays equality and freedom — it represents equality because every stone has an equal value by itself, and it expresses freedom because playing styles are unrestricted and free.” -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Frank Luo: Clockwise: Ryan Dong, Edwin Lin, Brian Zhou, Ryan Li, Brandon Zhou, Feijun (Frank) Luo, Daniel Luo, and Ethan Zhou. Kids not pictured above: Alex Lin, Vicki Gu, Eileen Chen, and Jerry Chen.
Wednesday January 21, 2015
Just because the Gotham Go Group at the Hungarian Pastry Shop on Tuesday evenings 7-11p - 1030 Amsterdam Ave - between 110th and 111th – “is the hottest go scene in New York City does not mean it’s the only option,” reports local organizer Peter Armenia. Here are four other places to play go in the Big Apple, along with Armenia’s pithy descriptions:
Go at Pie by the Pound - Wednesday evenings 6:00 - 124 4th Avenue between 12th and 13th St. “The healthy alternative.”
Go at the Fat Cat - Sunday afternoons 12:30 - 75 Christopher St, at 7th Ave. “The jazzy afternoon bar option.”
Brooklyn Go Club - Intermittent Fridays (email Jean-Claude Chetrit (firstname.lastname@example.org) for time and location. “The social club of NYC go lore in someone’s home. Good food, good conversation, and maybe even some go.”
Korea Baduk Club - Daily 11AM-12 Midnight - 36-18 Union Street (Flushing) – Call Sammy Park (718-353-4646) for more info. “The seriously smoky, less healthy option. English sporadically spoken, strong players routinely humbled.”
photo: at the Gotham Go Group, November 2014; photo by Chris Garlock
Monday January 19, 2015
Ten children played go and 15 chess in a four round Swiss-McMahon tournament, at Taborspace, in Portland, OR, Jan. 18th, reports organizer Peter Freedman. “All the children were in the chess and Go clubs at Irvington, Richmond and Beverly Cleary schools. Sam Wonciewicz, of Irvington, took first place in go with a perfect record of 4-0. Tied at 3-1, Grant McFeeters-Krone and Luke Helprin, both from Irvington, had a play-off match to determine 2nd and 3rd place. Grant won in a tightly contested game that featured a possible seki which would have led to the death of a neighboring group, and his defeat. Four children finished with 2-2 records, two with 1-3 records, and 1 with a 0-4 record,” said Freedman.
Leo Frankunas, Irvington, topped the chess tournament with a 4-0 record, followed in second place by Mason Buchanan, Irvington at 3 ½, and third place, Benjamin Cicilian, Richmond, at 3-1. Trophies were award for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for both chess and go. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Peter Freedman
Friday January 16, 2015
The players in last week’s AGA Pro Qualification Tournament were of course the stars of the event – click here for the final results and game records — but there was an entire team of volunteers who made it possible for the tournament to happen and for it to be broadcast around the world.
AGA President Andy Okun coordinated with local Boston-area organizers including David Kahn of the Massachusetts Go Association to put on the event at the Nantasket Beach Resort. TD Jeff Shaevel not only devised the tournament’s format, which proved popular with players and viewers alike, but made sure the event ran smoothly and on time. Myungwan Kim 9P worked with Okun and Shaevel and also provided live game commentary on KGS.
The E-Journal team included game recorders Andrew Jackson, William Luff, Daniel Steinbrook, Andrew Hall and Brian Lee, as well as AGA president Andy Okun and former Korean insei Mark Lee, who generously pitched in to help out. Akane Negishi and her team of KGS admins helped bring the games to the world, and Dennis Wheeler and Steve Colburn kept the results page updated, including posting each round’s game records. In addition to coordinating the recording team, E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock took his turn at game recording and provided comprehensive daily coverage, including updates on Facebook, Twitter and the AGA’s website.
Volunteers are needed at a number of such events around the country during the course of the year; if you’d like to be considered, email email@example.com.
photos: (left): TD Jeff Shaevel (in suit) observes game counting; (top right): Game recorder William Luff (right) enjoys one of the perks of game recording; a casual game with pro tournament player Daniel Gourdeau; photos by Chris Garlock
Wednesday January 14, 2015
Young players, in the US, Canada, and Mexico have until Feb. 3rd to register for the North American Kyu Championships (NAKC). The tourney will be held on KGS, on Saturday Feb. 7th. Brackets in the NAKC will be divided by rank, with a new bracket formed approximately every 5 ranks or so depending on the range of participants. Within brackets, all games will be played even. Dan level players will be able to compete in the Redmond Cup (including players from Canada and Mexico). Youth who compete in either event will also be eligible for $400 scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or $200 scholarships to the US Go Congress, courtesy of the AGF, on a first come first served basis. Registration is now open for both the NAKC and the Redmond Cup, and more information can be found on the AGA webpage for youth events. The deadline for the NAKC is Feb. 3rd to register, click here. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.
Tuesday January 13, 2015
The San Diego Go Club started out the New Year with more than 30 players gathering on January 3 at its Winter Go Soiree at club president Ted Terpstra’s home. The event featured an 8-player simultaneous exhibition with Jong-Hoon Na, a 7-dan professional from the Korean Baduk Association. “Those not fortunate enough to get to play the pro played AGA-rated games,” Terpstra reports. Pizza and beverages were served after the simul for those interested in socializing. “It was a wonderful mix of players from beginners to 5-dans, from 10-year-olds to 70+-year-old, all enjoying the world’s oldest continuously played game,” said Terpstra. This was one of the first events to occur under the new AGA chapter rewards program (AGA Institutes New Chapter Rewards Program 12/31/14), in which chapters will be rewarded with points for new members and rated games played.
photo by Ted Terpstra
Sunday January 11, 2015
The special offer of two months of free access to BadukTV English has just been extended through January 31. Anyone who joins, renews or extends their membership with the AGA between now and then will receive two months of free access to BadukTV English thanks to a joint effort of the AGA, GoGameGuru and BadukTV. Baduk TV English takes the best of the 24-hour Korean cable channel Baduk TV, with lessons, game commentary and problems analyzed by professionals, and adds English subtitles. There are several hundred hours of material in the library already and new material all the time. After joining or renewing, click here to take advantage of the offer.