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AGHS T-Shirt Contest

Tuesday January 22, 2013

The American Go Honor Society is having a t-shirt design contest. Come up with any fun designs for the front of an AGHS t-shirt and yours could be the one worn by AGHS members throughout the nation. There are a few requirements:
1) The design must include “American Go Honor Society” somewhere.
2) Only use up to two colors.
3) The design should be created electronically, or if drawn should be sent in the form of an electronic copy.
The AGHS officers will vote on the best design, and the winner will be notified and given a free t-shirt of their own design. Send your submission to aghsregister@gmail.com by March 1st to be entered into the contest. -Julian Erville, AGHS Vice President.
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Rising Prodigies Defeat Top Pros in Exhibition Games

Friday January 18, 2013

In a surprising series of upsets, three players, all under 16 and who turned pro earlier this year, have defeated some of the top-rated Korean players.

Byun Sangil 2P (right) was born in 1997 and became a pro in early 2012; he’s currently ranked number 18 in Korea, and recently played in the Bailing and Olleh KT Cups.

Shin Minjoon 1P  (left) and Shin Jinseo 1P (below right) both became pros this July at the “Prodigy Pro Draft qualifier for ‘young talented students under 15.” They were born in 1999 and 2000 respectively.

Top players Lee Changho 9P, Lee Sedol 9P and Choi Cheolhan 9P each agreed to play exhibition matches against the rising stars. Unexpectedly, Lee Changho and Choi lost to their respective opponents, Shin Jinseo and Shin Moonjoon.

Lee began his game with an old-fashioned opening, and took the lead, but had the game reversed through the middle and end games.

“I can’t say that much about Shin after playing only one game,” said Lee afterwards, “but he seems to be very good at making good shape and fighting. He’s already quite strong, so if he keeps studying hard, I’m sure he’ll reach the top in the near future.”

Choi’s style of play is aggressive, and served him well when he defeated Shin in the preliminary rounds of the GS Caltex Cup. However this time Shin was about to seize on an early opportunity and held up through the endgame for a 2.5 point win.

“It’s easy to improve a lot at Shin’s age,” said Choi, “and if he can win some important matches, he’ll become a great player in the future.”

Lee Sedol was the only pro who managed to hold off his opponent, defeating Byun Sangil, his former student, by half a point.

“I was quite surprised to see the results of the other two games. I know the young players are already quite strong, but it’s still very impressive,” said Lee. He added that, “this is kind of event isn’t the same as a real match, so I don’t want the youngsters to become too excited. But they should reflect on this experience and keep going.”

Adapted from a report on Go Game Guru; click for game records and more information. Edited by Ben Williams

Categories: World,Youth
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Players Sought for Brunei Friendship Cup Qualifiers

Thursday January 10, 2013

“This February, the American Go Honor Society (AGHS) is looking to renew its relations with Brunei, Malaysia, and Canada in a reinstallment of the Brunei Friendship Cup,” reports event organizer Andrew Huang 6d. “This tournament, aimed at go players in high school and younger, gives all players, regardless of strength, an opportunity to represent the United States in an international and friendly competition.”  A qualification tournament to pick the national team will be held  on February 9-10, with the Brunei Friendship Cup set to take place on February 16. Players of all ranks and pair go participants are needed. For more information and registration, please visit the AGHS site, to register go here.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo from xinwengolife.wordpress.com.

USYGC Deadline Jan. 13

Wednesday January 9, 2013

There are just  a few days left to register for the US Youth Go Championships, which will be held Jan. 19th on KGS.  All AGA members who are under 18, and live in the US are eligible, and there will be prizes awarded every five ranks.  The top winners in the under 12 and under 18 brackets will receive a free trip to the US Go Congress!  Winners in all bands will receive a beautiful etched glass trophy, 2nd place in each bracket gets a Sai plushie.  Everyone who enters will be eligible for AGF scholarships to either the AGA Go Camp or the US Go Congress, first come first served.  The scholarships are worth $400 at camp, or $200 at congress. You may enter at a rank higher than your official AGA rank, but may not enter at a lower one.  The registration deadline is Sunday, January 13th.  To register, e-mail youth@usgo.org with your name, rank, birthday, AGA ID, KGS ID, and citizenship. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. 

Ing Backs Out of USYGC

Saturday January 5, 2013

In a surprise move, the Ing Chang-Ki Goe Foundation, sponsors of the World Youth Goe Championships (WYGC), have decided to hold their own qualification process, instead of accepting the US Youth Champion as their representative to the WYGC. “After a long and serious consideration,” writes Executive Secretary Yang Yu-Chia,  “[we] would like to inform you that the selection process  of  World Youth Goe Championships in North America will be conducted by the Foundation and its liaison office in Menlo Park, California,  with the hope that we can expand our influence of promotions for the youth there in the future.” No further reason was given.  AGA President Andy Okun, in a formal response, stated that “The AGA’s practice is to support nearly all go activities in the US, regardless of who organizes them. For the most part, we welcome the Ing Foundation doing activities on its own. However, regarding international representation, this is one area where we do care who does what in the US. While the Ing Foundation is a private group, and may choose to invite whomever they like to their events, it should be made clear that if the Foundation selects an American player for the WYGC without AGA involvement and endorsement, that player cannot be called the US representative.”  The AGA Board moved swiftly in approving a new set of prizes for the USYGC, which will still be held on Jan. 19th, and will select the AGA’s national champions.  The winner of the top sections, in both age divisions, will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the US Go Congress.  All other brackets will also still receive their national titles, as well as etched crystal trophies.  Everyone who enters will also be eligible for AGF Scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or the US Go Congress, first-come first-serve.. - Paul Barchilon, E.J. Youth Editor.

Kyu Players Wanted – Sign Up for Youth Championships Today

Saturday December 29, 2012

There is still time to register for the US Youth Go Championships, which will be held Jan. 19th on KGS.  All AGA members who are under 18 are eligible, and there will be prizes awarded every five ranks.  Think you might be the best 22 kyu out there? Try your hand in the 21-25 kyu bracket.  All games will be even within rank brackets of roughly five stones.  All dan level games will be further subdivided by age – under 18 and under 12.  Winners will receive a beautiful etched glass trophy, 2nd place in each bracket gets a Sai plushie.  Everyone who enters will be eligible for AGF scholarships to either the AGA Go Camp or the US Go Congress, first come first served.  The scholarships are worth $400 at camp, or $200 at congress. You may enter at a rank higher than your official AGA rank, but may not enter at a lower one.  The registration deadline is Sunday, January 13th.  To register, e-mail youth@usgo.org with your name, rank, birthday, AGA ID, KGS ID, and citizenship. -Story and Photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Young players at the 2010 Go Congress.

Free Lessons for Youth

Saturday December 22, 2012

If you are under 18, there is still time to apply for free teaching lessons from professionals, through the  American Go Foundation.  Yi Lun Yang 7P, Janice Kim 3P, and  Jennie Shen 2P, will offer lessons online to students who qualify.  Applicants must be AGA members, currently in grades K-12, and not had private  professional lessons before (attending a lesson at a previous congress is not a problem).  Applicants will be judged on their demonstrated interest in go, their short essays and any letters of recommendation.   Finalists may be asked to play a game against a strong amateur to confirm their enthusiasm.   Six lessons will be provided to each player selected.  The deadline for applications is January 1 2013. Apply to get stronger today, click here to download the form.   -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.

Help Build the Future of Go in the US

Friday December 21, 2012

The American Go Foundation‘s annual fund-drive is under way. “Every dollar you give is matched by the hundreds of hours AGF board members, mentors and volunteers spend on helping our programs and encouraging others to teach go,” says AGF President Terry Benson. The AGF and AGA worked “more closely than ever to promote go” in 2012, Benson says, and “Now the AGF needs to rebuild our treasury.”

The AGF Store, previously available only to approved AGF programs, is now open to college clubs and AGA chapters, while continuing to serve schoolslibraries and community programs. The AGA has renewed its matching grant program for college clubs to help them purchase playing equipment from the AGF Store for club use.  The AGF had a booth at the American Library Association convention again this year to encourage libraries to order the Hikaru no Go manga for only $20.  “These sets are the seeds for the future of go which we’ve planted in hundreds of communities around the country,” says Benson, “often with the assistance of local volunteers working with their community’s youth librarians. The library clubs are nurtured with the equipment made possible by generous go players.”

The AGF provided most of the funding to broadcast and archive the sessions at the 2012 International Go Symposium and the AGF also provided $11,000 in scholarships for kids to attend this year’s US Go Congress and US Go Camp, as well as $1,000 for new go comics on the TigersMouth website. The $1,000 AGF College Scholarships reward college bound organizers and “We just received a shipment of $15,000 worth of boards, stones, and bowls to replenish our supplies for youth programs.”

“If you have helped the AGF before,” urges Benson, “please renew your support. If you haven’t, please start now.”

 

Luo Tops Boulder Go Tourney

Thursday December 20, 2012

Thirty players attended the Rocky Mtn. Winter Go Tourney, held Dec. 15 in Boulder, CO.  Ten of the players were youth, and prizes were given in three brackets.  Xian Wu Luo 2d topped the dan division with four wins, while Laurie Linz 8k was undefeated in the Single Digit Kyu Bracket, and Dave Thomas 14k won the double digit kyu bracket with three wins.  Alex Tsalyuk 26k won the newcomers section, for players in the 20-30kyu range, which included both 19×19 and 13×13 games; Tsalyuk won a free go set as his prize.  Winners Report: Dan Division: 1st place: Xian Wu Luo 2d; 2nd place: Yi Yun-Bo 6d; SDK Division: 1st place: Laurie Linz 8k, 2nd place: Kent Evenson 1k; DDK Division: 1st place: Dave Thomas 14k, 2nd place: Akrom Amanov 16k; Newcomers: 1st place Alex Tsalyuk 26k, 2nd place Jimmy Mason 30k.  The TDs were Eric Moakley and Paul Barchilon -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon E-J Youth editor.

Sun Bests Irvington in Portland

Thursday December 6, 2012

Sun Montesorri School beat Irvington Elementary School in a five person, three round, two team match, 11 wins to 4, on Sunday, Dec. 2nd. Peter Freedman and Fritz Balwit, Irvington and Sun Montesorri’s coaches, respectively, co-directed the tournament. Irvington School Chess and Go Club Parent Coordinator Jessica Nesseler-Cass transported four of the Irvington players, and Ellis’ mom contributed a loaf of banana bread.  Leading the way for Sun Montesorri with three wins was Amos, with Holden and Hansen winning twice. Rakan, Hikaru, and Tessa played in a tournament for the first time.  Rakan and Hikaru are both brand new to the game, and Tessa just began playing this summer.  Hikaru’s dad is very into Manga, which is where Hikaru found Hikaru no Go and wanted to learn the game. The venue was Mt. Tabor Church’s Taborspace, where the church generously lets us play for free on Sunday afternoons.  Full results: Round 1: Amos b. McCaleb, Hansen b. Ellis, Holden b Noah, Niko l. to Sam, Dylan b. Rakan (1st player is Montesorri, 2nd, Irvington; Round 2: Amos b. Ellis, Hansen b. McCaleb, Holden b. Sam, Nick b Noah, Hikaru (YES! A local Go player named Hikaru!) b. Rakan; Round 3: Holden l. to McCaleb, Dylan l. to Ellis, Hansen l. to Tessa, Amos b. Sam, Niko b. Hikaru. -Tourney report by Peter Freedman