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Go Spotting: Hikaru no Go in Symmetry Plus

Tuesday June 16, 2015

Symmetry Plus, a magazine for young mathematicians in the UK, published an article about Hikaru no Go and math01 in its latest issue. Calin Galeriu, a professor at Becker College, writes that go is a board game with an incredible amount of mathematical content.Young people reading Hikaru learn about area, the coordinate plane, deductive and inductive reasoning, and more. The problem solving techniques Hikaru and his friends use for go problems are similar to those used when solving mathematical problems.

But the manga does even more than introduce mathematical concepts, Galeriu argues. Hikaru no Go promotes a message of hard work and dedicationthat applies to more than learning go. It teaches kids about the values of staying calm, of using intuition, of perseverance, and of working together. Hikaru no Go is an introduction to go and mathematics, but it also offers our youngsters an authentic learning philosophythat lasts for life. Galerius article can be read in full here
- report by Julian Erville. Image from Hikaru no Go © 1998 by Hotta Yumi, Takeshi Obata/Shueisha Inc.



Saki Fujita 5D & Yizhi Wang 5D Tie to Top NOVA Congress Tuneup

Sunday June 14, 2015

Saki Fujita 5D and Yizhi Wang 5D tied to top the 2015 NOVA Congress Tuneup tournament on Saturday, June 13 at George Mason Law School in Arlington VA. Twenty-six players participated. “In an unusual situation in the top band, three players finished 3-1, each losing once to one of the others,” reports organizer Allan Abramson. SOS tie-break showed that two tied for first place, with the third alone in second. “In another unusual situation, there were no players at 2,3, or 4 kyu, resulting in a greater number of higher handicap games than normally is the case,” Abramson noted.

Gurujeet Khalsa bade a fond farewell to Ning-Yuan Ernest Wang, saying “We first met him a year ago when he showed up at a NOVA tournament with a band of fellow go players from the revitalized go scene at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. His cheerful presence at go events this past year has been wonderful and we wish him a warm sendoff as he heads back to his native Taiwan.”

Full results:

First place: Saki Fujita 5D and Yizhi Wang 5D, tied; Quinn Baranoski 1K, 3-1; Mike Lash 6K, 4-0; Ning-Yuan Ernest Wang 11K, 4-0; and Sarah Crites 13K, 4-0
Second place: Josh Lee 6D; David Reed 5K, 3-0; Robert Cole 12K and Betsy Small 12K, tied, 3-1; and Antonina Perez-Lopez, 2-2

(6/16) This report has been updated with a correction to the spelling of Ning-Yuan Ernest Wang’s name and the addition of Gurujeet Khalsa’s farewell to Wang. 

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Gotham Go Group’s Steph Oppenheim Dies

Sunday June 14, 2015

Gotham Go Group member Steph Oppenheim died Wednesday, reports Peter Armenia. Oppenheim (right) had been fighting cancer for over two years2015.06.14_Steph Oppenheim “He was always one of our most enthusiastic players and promoters of the game,” says Armenia. “He was always willing to teach beginners, and he spent a good deal of time helping teach go to students in local schools. He will be missed, but we are happy to have watched him beat the predictions of his doctors by over a year. And he made the most of that year.”
There will be a funeral at 11:15 on Monday, June 15 at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 W 76 St, with refreshments and food afterwards.
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Garlock’s Wales Walk Going for $3K

Sunday June 14, 2015

Thanks to the generous contributions of many go players, E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock’s upcoming Wales Walk has already 2015.06.14_garlock-walksurpassed its original goal and is now going for raising $3,000 to support  the American Go Foundation.  “Wow!” said AGF president Terry Benson, “Go’s path is long – and so is Chris and Lisa’s – and the more support we receive, the farther we can go.” The AGF is dedicated to promoting go in the U.S. and has enabled thousands of American children to learn go in hundreds of schools, libraries and community centers across the country. “We also provide scholarships and resources for youth who play go, and we support go in institutional settings such as prisons, and senior centers,” Benson adds. The Garlock’s walk starts at the end of June; click here to contribute to the Walk and support the AGF.
photo: Garlock on a recent training walk; photo by Lisa Garlock

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Top Pros Confirm for US Go Congress

Monday June 8, 2015

Myungwan Kim 9P, Feng Yun 9P (r) and six other professional go players have now been confirmed for this year’s US Go Congress. The pro roster2015.06.08_Feng-Yun-DSC_0027 thus far includes Chinese professionals Wang Qun 8P and Cao Youyin 3P, Korean pro Hajin Lee 3P, Secretary General of the International Go Federation, as well as American professionals Yilun Yang 7P, Mingjiu Jiang 7P and Jennie Shen 2P. The chance to attend lectures by professionals and play in simultaneous games with them is one of the major attractions of the annual Congress for many attendees. This year’s Congress runs August 1-9 in St Paul, MN. Click here for details and to register. photo: Feng Yun 9P at the 2014 US Go Congress; photo by Chris Garlock
Update (6/11): updated to clarify which country each professional represents.

Samsung Cup Selection Tournament Planned for North American Players

Saturday June 6, 2015

The AGA is selecting three players to represent North America in the 2015 Samsung Cup World Baduk Masters World Division. The 12-player World Division will be played August 2nd – 5th in Seoul, Korea. Interested players should be available to play in the online selection tournament on the third and fourth weekend of June. Eligibility: AGA/CGA member and US/Canada citizenship, AGA 6.0 minimum rating required, amateur or certified professional by the AGA; US players must meet the AGA overseas eligibility criteria. The selection tournament will be held on KGS Go Server. Interested players should send their names, AGA number and rating and country of citizenship to by midnight, Sunday, June 14th. Note that the format of the tournament is single elimination so players may be out earlier than August 5.

The three selected players will each receive a $1,000 stipend toward their expenses traveling to Korea, but must arrange their own air travel and lodging. The World Division winner will play in the Main Round of the Samsung Cup, so there is a chance that players will go back to Korea in the second week of September. The winning player will also receive approximately $5,000 in Main Round prize money. Note that AGA professionals can participate in the Samsung Cup General Division at the end of July although there are no monetary subsidies. Interested AGA professional players should email Cherry Shen for Main Division details.

New AGA Chapter Rep — and Name — for Seattle

Thursday June 4, 2015

The local chapter of the American Go Association met at the Seattle Go Center on Tuesday, May 26, and unanimously Peter Nelson headshotelected Peter Nelson 5d (right) as the new Chapter Representative.  They also changed the name of their chapter to “Seattle AGA Chapter” from “Seattle Go Center”.  The Seattle AGA Chapter is organizationally distinct from the nonprofit that runs the Seattle Go Center, although many local players are members of both groups.  The name change was intended to reduce confusion between the two groups.  The Seattle AGA Chapter sponsored the Tacoma Go Congress in 2013.

Nelson will be attending the U.S. Go Congress in Minnesota this August, and the Annual Meeting of Chapter Representatives.  He has been a regular at the Go Center  since moving to Seattle from Minnesota in 2014.  He has given many teaching games at the Go Center, and he also teaches online as longstridebaduk.  Nelson has done well in local tournaments, winning the Seattle Pandanet Team Qualifier in September of 2014, and placing second in the Open Section of the 2015 Spring Tournament, losing only to Edward Kim 7d.  He may be contacted by email.
- Brian Allen


Apply for Free Pro Lessons by June 15th

Thursday June 4, 2015

There is still time for AGA members to apply for free lessons, with Andy Liu 1P or Calvin Sun 1P. “Thanks to a generous donor, the AGF is making lessons available to High School and College students as a thank you for their efforts promoting go,” reports AGF Board Member Keith Arnold. Candidates will be selected based on their efforts for the community at large. “We are looking for a brief statement describing your efforts running a school go club, as well as any other contributions to the go community,” says Arnold, “we know this is exam time – this will not be graded – we simply want the facts, your submission should be less than a page.” The winners will receive six lessons online, from one of the AGA’s new pros.  To apply for the lessons,  fill out the form here, by June 15th. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photos: Calvin Sun 1P (l); Andy Liu 1P (r).


Cuban Guests to Participate in St. Paul Go Congress: AGF Raising Funds for Visit

Wednesday June 3, 2015

The AGA, together with the American Go Foundation (AGF), will bring two Cuban players to the US Go Congress in St. Paul this August and is raising funds to support the effort . “Cuba has a very active go community,” says AGA Director Bob Gilman, who has taken the lead in organizing this visit, “Bringing these Cubans to the Go Congress will help build links with players in the United States and is very timely as relationships between the US and Cuban governments continue to improve.”

The players are Rafael Torres Miranda, President of the Academia Cubana de Go, Cuban 2 dan, and Professor Lazaro Bueno Perez from the province of Camaguey, Cuban 8 kyu. Professor Bueno has been active in teaching the game in his home province. Because the Cuban players cannot afford the trip on their own, the AGF is conducting an independent fund-raising campaign to bring them to the Congress. For more on how to support the effort, see the additional information here.

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Youwhan Kim Drinks Deep at Santa Monica Coffee Cup

Monday June 1, 2015

Youwhan Kim 7d, former Korean insei and winner of last year’s Cotsen Open (10/26 EJ), will be sipping his coffee from the 9th annual Santa 2015.06.01_Youwhan Kim2015.06_Okun-Kim-Oliver WilliamsMonica Coffee Cup.  Kim (right) took top honors by going 3-0 in the one-day tournament, beating fellow Korean visitor Seunghee Ryu 7d in the final.  Ryu and Kim were the strongest of a strong “Espresso” section; eight of the 48 competitors were 5d or stronger.   Other 3-0 winners were Tyler Oyakawa 3d in the Java Section, Jeff McLellan 4k in the Mocha Section, Greg Kulevich 8k in the Latte Section and Jeremy Cook 17k and Ryan Kim 23k in the Decaf section.  In addition to hand-painted mugs and tiles for first through fourth place, winners and placers got bags of organic Peruvian light-roast coffee ground and packed by owner Pam Stollings of the UnUrban Coffeehouse.   Players with no wins received a portable go board courtesy of the Korean Baduk Association as a consolation prize.  TD Joe Cepiel also awarded one of the KBA boards to the youngest player attending, six-year-old Oliver Williams (at left, with Andy Okun and Myungwan Kim 9p), who completed a game in good form.  The turnout, close to the Coffee Cup’s highest, was boosted not only by visitors from Korea, but by large contingents from San Diego and Arizona and a player from Hamburg, as well as the cool, sunny weather.
- report/photos courtesy Andy Okun

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