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Rockville Kids Discover Go

Monday October 24, 2011

Two classrooms of kids at Luxmanor Elementary School, in Rockville MD, were recently introduced to go by Edward Zhang 6d, and Justin Teng 4d. Teng, who is 15, created the project for his Eagle Scout Badge (the highest rank possible in the Boy Scouts). As the program is about leadership, Teng himself wasn’t allowed to teach directly, but he organized the demonstration, found a volunteer to teach, secured support from the Greater Washington Go Club, and oversaw all aspects of the program. “The kids walked excitedly into the classroom,” Teng told the Journal, “gazing at the mysterious objects on their desks. Some of them immediately shouted, ‘Oh! I know this game! Chinese Checkers!’ After everyone sat down and calmed down, Zhang began by showing the class a short video, and then spoke briefly about the game internationally, before moving onto basic rules such as liberties and capturing stones. Afterwards, we let the kids play Capture Go for 15 minutes. Walking around the classroom, I could immediately see that some kids picked up the game faster than others. One kid caught my eye in particular: he seemed to be that troublemaker in every class that wouldn’t go more than a few minutes without making some noise or getting out of his seat. However, when I watched him play, he immediately understood everything perfectly as he soundly trounced his opponent sitting across from him. I walked around the room a little more and saw that some kids didn’t realize that stones were taken off the board when captured, and thus there would be a mass of ‘captured’ stones on the board. To these games I declared a tie, much to the kids’ excitement as they hurriedly played another game. 30 minutes into the demo, Zhang paused the class and went over the concept of territory. The kids then played a modified version of 9×9 where each player had three stones in a third-line sanrensei formation. Most kids simply made a wall with their three stones to surround what they already had naturally surrounded on the edge, while others made a big mess filling in their own territories. Some even decided to just continue playing Capture Go as they understood that better. Whatever the case, everyone seemed to be having fun. Near the end of the demo, Edward introduced the students to the AGA website and places they could go to for learning more about go. I also offered them a copy of the Way to Go booklet, an AGA starter CD, and a 9×9 cardboard set that they could take home with them. While I didn’t have enough to give to every kid, almost every kid wanted one, which was enough to clear out pretty much exactly what I had prepared. In the near future I plan to jump start a club at the school and maybe even teach in it,” said Teng. “All of the equipment came from the AGF and was donated by the Greater Washington Go Club, it will stay at the school for use in the club,” notes Teng. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Justin Teng.

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Young Lions Deadline Nov. 1

Monday October 24, 2011

Over 40 players have already signed up for the Young Lions Tourney, according to AGHS VP Justin Teng. Registration closes November 1, so sign up now if you want to play. Participants must be 18 or younger and have solid, KGS or AGA ranks. Prizes will be awarded to the top three players in each of four divisions, and all ranks are welcome. Youth who want to compete should sign up here, more info on the tourney can be found  here. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

High School Students Could Win Free Trip to Japan

Monday October 24, 2011

Japanese American high school students are invited to apply with the Japanese Consulate for a free trip to Japan.  “I would like to introduce an invitation program for Japanese-American students by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to you. This program invites Japanese-American students to Japan, and promotes mutual understanding between younger generations of both countries through 10 days stay in Japan,” Consul Yanagida of the Japanese Consulate in Denver, announced. Five students from all over the United States will be invited from March 9th to 20th, 2012. American high-school students whose ancestral origins are in Japan can apply to this program. For details, see the Consulate webpage.  Residents of any state can apply, but should do so to their local consulates, which are listed here.  The deadline is November 30th. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.

GO CLASSIFIED: Central Mississippi Go Club to Launch 11/1

Monday October 24, 2011

The new Central Mississippi Go Club — an official AGA chapter — will start playing November 1st on Tuesdays in Clinton, MS. The club is just west of Jackson, MS off Springridge Road Exit near the Natchez Trace.

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AGA to hold “Go Symposium” at 2012 Go Congress

Monday October 24, 2011

The American Go Association is sponsoring the 2012 International Go Symposium, a scholarly conference to explore go’s rich educational, cultural, historical, literary, artistic and scientific dimensions. Papers are now being accepted for presentation during next year’s U.S. Go Congress in Black Mountain, NC. Selected papers will be presented by their authors in 30-minute presentations, followed by interaction with the audience. The organizers are working on a way for authors to present remotely via Skype. Anyone can submit a paper for consideration. If you are interested in submitting a paper, contact Peter Shotwell, the well-known go author who is organizing this event, at pshotwell@gmail.com. Financial sponsorship is limited, although the organizers would welcome support for this effort to improve the understanding of go through study and discourse. The 2012 IGS joins an academic tradition of go study that began in 2001, with the First International Conference on Baduk, organized by the Department of Baduk Studies at Myong-ji University. To get an idea of what’s been presented at other conferences — and perhaps be inspired to submit your own paper — the 3rd ICOB,and the 2008 Symposium on the History of Go and the Representation of Go in Art and Literature have listed their programs online, although the presentations themselves are not available. For further information contact Shotwell at pshotwell@gmail.com.
- Roy Laird

Horn Sweeps Davis-Sac Fall Tourney

Sunday October 23, 2011

Jeff Horn 1d (right) swept the October 15th Davis/Sacramento Go Club’s Fall Quarterly tournament, winning all four games. The 10-player field included first-timers Vlad Lopes-Campbell-Forbes, Zack Peach, and Shiloh Pfeifer.
- report/photo by Willard Haynes

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10-Kyu Tops MGA Fall Tourney

Sunday October 23, 2011

Ralph St. Louis 10k (right) took first place in the October 16 Massachusetts Go Association Fall Tournament, held at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville MA. St. St. Louis edged out fellow 4-0 winner Steven Wu 2d (left) to top the 28-player field. Third place went to Jason McGibbon, 4-kyu. photo by Tournament Director Eva Casey

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SmartGo Books Releases Sakata’s “Killer of Go” and “Single Digit Kyu Game Commentaries” by Yuan Zhou

Sunday October 23, 2011

The out-of-print Killer of Go: Technique and Preventative Measures by Sakata Eio (published by Yutopian) is now back to life in SmartGo Books. “It’s a classic text on the theme of killing stones, featuring advice, game analysis, killing techniques, as well as shape and tewari analysis,” says SmartGo’s Anders Kierulf. The SmartGo Books edition “makes it easy to replay the moves in the diagrams,” Kierulf adds. “Moreover, twenty-seven additional diagrams replace long sequences of letters that were hard to follow in the original text.” SmartGo Books also recently released Single Digit Kyu Game Commentaries by Yuan Zhou. Earlier versions of these six commentaries were originally published in the E-Journal, but the commentaries have been significantly expanded for inclusion in SmartGo Books.

Go Spotting: The Mystery of Detective Dee and the Go Board

Saturday October 22, 2011

Les Lanphear reports that he spotted go in the 2010 China-Hong Hong epic mystery film “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.” “Toward the end of the movie there is a go board that seems to have 19 lines and colored pieces on the board,” says Lanphear. “The colored pieces seemed to be in the shape of chocolate kisses and in a translucent colored substance.  One of the general’s was playing with someone.  It was too short to determine if the setup was real or not.” Tsui Hark directed the fictional account of Di Renjie, one of the most celebrated officials of the Tang Dynasty and the basis for the character of Judge Dee, made famous in the West by Robert van Gulik, who wrote 17 new Judge Dee mysteries between 1946 and 1967.

Korean Pro Visits Mexico

Monday October 17, 2011

The Hankuk Kiwon (Korean Go Association) sent Chun Poong Jho 9P to Mexico this month, in honor of the XIII Iberoamerican Go Tournament. Chun has promoted go internationally for decades, and speaks several languages. Local organizer Siddhartha Avila reports: “Mr. Chun visited the Pipiolo Art School and was received by teachers, parents and students. During the day the kids presented a Mexican song performance, and we had a visit from the Public Education Zone Supervisor as well, who learned about the great benefits of teaching go in kindergarden and elementary schools.  We reported on our participation  in the AGHS School Team Tournament,  and we had the National Youth Go Tournament award ceremony, as well as a conference, lectures, and simultaneous games given by Mr. Chun to the children from first grade to sixth grade.  Mr. Chun  emphasized studying harder and said we should continue working to improve the playing level of Mexican youth, so that our top players can be invited to play at international youth tournaments. There was a rich cultural experience through a session of questions and answers about Korean and Mexican culture and of course about Baduk culture. Finally we wrapped up the event with a dinner at a typical Mexican restaurant with teachers, friends and family.” More pictures from the event are here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo:  Chun Phoong Jho 9P inspiring youngsters in Mexico City.  Photo by Siddhartha Avila.