“This summer, fifty high school students from the Chicago area attended the Startalk Learn Chinese program, and filled their summer vacation with an intensive college-level Chinese language experience,” reports Xinming Simon Guo, “sure, they were immersed in activities typical of a language program: listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese. What the students did not know they were in for was the use of weiqi (go) to help them understand Chinese culture and thinking. What’s the relationship between Chinese language learning and weiqi? Research from Wellcome Trust showed that Mandarin Chinese speakers use both sides of their brains to understand language, whereas English speakers use just the left hemisphere. Meanwhile in another research study, functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to compare the brain activities of people playing chess as opposed to weiqi. The result indicated that the right hemisphere of the weiqi players worked more actively than that of the chess players during the game. By being exposed to weiqi, Chinese language learners are more likely to tap both sides of the brain and learn Chinese more quickly.” Guo and other teachers were involved in the project, which was held at Depaul University. A full report on the program, and more photos, is here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo:
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Sunday September 4, 2011
Tuesday August 23, 2011
“When will the ratings be updated?” wonders Andreas. “Looks like the first two rounds of the main Congress tournament are in there, but nothing after Wednesday, none of the Self-Paired.”
In general, tournaments are rated within a week of our receiving the tournament results report from the tournament director. From time to time there are delays as we have to clarify some of the results with the tournament directors…its very easy to transpose a number in a players AGA ID, for instance. Please rest assured that we will rate the tournaments as quickly as possible.
– Jonathan M Bresler, AGA Ratings Coordinator
photo: at the 2011 U.S. Open in Santa Barbara, CA; photo by Chris Garlock
Monday August 22, 2011
Fifteen go players attended the Fifth Annual NC Guo Juan Workshop, held August 12-14, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Almost half of the attendees were young players, and three were new local players, reports local organizer Bob Bacon. “The registration fees for the first six young players were generously paid by an anonymous Triangle Go Group member,” Bacon adds. Guo “gave a number of interesting and helpful lectures and reviewed games,” co-organizer Thomas McCarthy tells the E-Journal. “She also provided us with the opportunity to play against her in a simultaneous format, and treated us to the joys of Survivor Go.” Workshop participant strength ranged from beginner to 3-dan, “and Guo Juan’s instruction and assistance was perfectly adjusted to each person’s strength. Laughter went hand in hand with learning, and everyone came away with a stronger appreciation of this wonderful game,” said Bacon.
photo courtesy Bob Bacon
Monday August 22, 2011
Ting Li 1P visited the Chicago area after the recent U.S. Go Congress and paid a visit to the Schaumburg Go Club. “She wanted to see ‘American go’ played in a coffee shop,” said Lee Hunyh 1d, a club member and Chicago native whom Ting happened to ask at Congress about the local sights. Ting graciously played two simuls — winning all her games, of course — gave a game review, and signed a board. “She speaks Chinese, Japanese, and English, and hence was able to review each simul game in the native language of the club member,” says local organizer Daniel Smith. Many club members had never met a professional player before, and “everyone greatly appreciated the time Ting spent with us,”
Sunday August 21, 2011
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Saturday August 20, 2011
A diverse playing field ranging from 7 dan to 26 kyu gathered in Palo Alto, CA on August 13 for the Bay Area Go Players Association monthly AGA ratings tournament. “I was worried that most of our regular players would still be recovering from the US Go Congress and wouldn’t make it,” admits tournament organizer Roger Schrag. But 29 kids and adults played in the tournament, more than half of them having just returned from the US Go Congress less than a week earlier. “Perhaps the Congress energized these players and reminded them how rewarding face to face go play can be,” Schrag suggests. Tony Xie 5d (playing White on the middle board in the photo) swept the dan division with an impressive 4-0 record. In the kyu division, Raymond Feng 6k and Bryan Tan 13k led with four wins and one loss each. The next monthly AGA ratings tournament in the San Francisco Bay Area will be held September 10 in Palo Alto. Photo by Lisa Schrag; click here for more photos.
Saturday August 20, 2011
Cherry Shen 6d reports on her experiences this summer:
I’ve traveled to China several times before but none of my trips were quite as insightful or fun as this one. On July 22-30, a team of 11 American undergraduates and graduates had the amazing opportunity to attend the 1st U.S.-China Go Camp/College Student Exchange, simultaneously playing go and learning about China’s rich culture and history. The group consisted of 10 students (William Lockhart, Steven Palazola, Cherry Shen, David Glekel, Zachary Winoker, Michael Haskell, Michael Fodera, Dan Koch, Brian Lee, and Cole Pruitt) and one team leader (Walther Chen), most of them hailing from the East Coast . Exploring China with a group of go enthusiasts was hilarious, eye-opening, and extremely memorable. As soon as we landed from the airport, we were showered with generosity and overwhelming hospitality from the members of the Ing foundation, Mrs. Lu, translators, other go players, and everyone else. The university hotels we stayed at were great and the authentic Chinese food was incredible. Aside from the mind-blowing go-themed hotel, go schools, and go lectures hall, I also learned about the many cultural aspects of China during our trips to the Great Wall of China, Yu Garden, Shanghai Financial District, and more. The presence of go in China was so impressive, especially when we were introduced to numerous 4-5 dans who were 7/8 year-olds at the Hangzhou Go School. We also had unique opportunities to receive teaching games from professionals, meet other college go students, and tour go facilities. This journey has been unbelievably amazing and enriching; and I hope we can reciprocate this experience to future visiting Chinese college students. - Special E-J Report by Cherry Shen. Photo: At Fudan University, with various college go players.
Wednesday August 17, 2011
Thirteen-year-old Ki Jie 2p and his compatriot, ten-year-old Liao Yuanpei have conquered the World Youth Go Championships, shutting out 11 other nations who sent representatives to Bucharest, Romania, to compete. The semi finals, held this morning, August 17th, saw Ke take down Chen Cheng-Hsung 7d of Chinese Taipei in a pay-back match. Chen was the only player to beat Jie in the previous rounds, but couldn’t do it a second time. Meanwhile, Korea’s Song Sang-Hun knocked out Japan’s Koyama Kuya, setting the stage for the final showdown this afternoon. Song (at left above), was overwhelmed by Jie (at right), and forced to resign in just 102 moves. In the Junior Division US champ Aaron Ye 4d did his best against China’s Liao Yuanpei 5d, but had to resign when the situation became hopeless. Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chi-Jui 6d rose to the occasion to defeat Korea’s Lee Ye-Chan 4d, and then went on to face Liao again in the finals. Chen drew black and opened with the Low Chinese, fitting in a game with two Chinese boys under 4.5 feet tall, and seemed to be getting everything he wanted. Liao seemed perfectly happy to crawl on the second line in his own moyo, perhaps planning on demolishing Chen’s third line stones even then, ultimately forcing him to resign. SGF game records of all of these matches are available on EuroGoTV. With all the fighting on the go board, the kid’s all got a chance to have some fun on yesterday’s sightseeing tour. Everyone was delighted with Peles and Bran Castles, and the kids found time to blow of some steam playing soccer as well . New friends have been made all across the globe now, and international barriers seem small when kids like this can come together from all over the world. No one seemed happier than Yang Yu-Chia of the Ing Foundation himself, who jumped right in to play soccer with the kids even after a long day of sightseeing. The Ing Foundation has sponsored the WYGC for the past 28 years, and has made it possible for strong children to compete live internationally. Winners Report: Junior Division: 1st: Liao Yuanpei (China), 2nd: Chen Chi-Jui (Chinese Taipei), 3rd: Lee Ye-Chan (Korea), 4th: Aaron Ye (US); Senior Division: 1st: Ke Jie (China), 2nd: Song Sang-Hun (Korea), 3rd: Chen Cheng-Hsun (Chinese Taipei), 4th: Koyama Kuya (Japan). Story and photos by E-J Youth Editor Paul Barchilon, who is covering the event from Romania. Photos: Top: Song Sang-Hun 4d, Korea (l) vs. Ke Jie 2P, China (r); bottom: Liao Yuanpei 5d, China, waves to the camera while visiting Bran Castle on the day off.
Monday August 15, 2011
Saturday August 13, 2011
E-J Youth Editor Paul Barchilon reports live from Romania.
Some of the strongest kids in the world have gathered here in Bucharest, Romania, for the 28th annual World Youth Go Championship, which began this morning August 13. 22 children, from 13 different countries, have all come to the beautiful Parcul Herestrau, Bucharest’s equivalent of Central Park, with the sponsorship of the Ing Goe Foundation. Players arrived from all over the world on Friday, some as late as midnight local time. Activities began with a Team Leader meeting in the morning, where first round opponents were selected by lottery, this was followed by a presentation on the Ing Rules from Yang Yu-Chia. The first round began at 3 pm, and was broadcast live on both KGS and EuroGoTV. The opening ceremonies were held after the first round, and organizer Catalan Taranu has set a new standard by which to measure the event. Three different Romanian dance troupes performed, ranging from break dance to traditional folk dancing, and representatives from the Chinese, Korean, and Canadian Embassies were all on hand to show their support for Romanian go. Romania is at GMT +2, which makes the start time 11 pm PST in the US, but game records are available on EuroGoTV. We will be broadcasting both rounds daily (look for EuroGo TV in the English Game Room) 2 and 3 are Aug. 14, 4 & 5 will be on the 15th, and the finals will be on the 17th. I will be updating daily, with commented game records whenever possible. US Junior Champion Aaron Ye 4d, age 9, drew Liao Yunpei 5d, age 10, of China for the first match, while Senior Champion Vincent Zhuang 6d, age 15 drew Vanessa Wong 5d, also 15, of the UK. Both US players lost their first match, but spirits remain high. The Chinese team leader, Huang Yizhong 7p, was kind enough to comment both game records for the E-J – which are included here as a freebie. To get great benefits like this, join the AGA for weekly game records, a steal at only $10 for a youth membership. Photo: Liao Yuanpei 5d, China (l) vs. Aaron Ye 4d, US (r), by Paul Barchilon.