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Zhao and Frias Top 2017 North American Kyu Championships

Tuesday March 14, 2017

Patrick Zhao 1k and Josiah Frias 1k topped the 2017 North American Kyu Championships held on KGS on February 4th in the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) divisions respectively. Mateo Nava 11k from Mexico also earned the Fighting Spirit Award with his stellar performance.

42 young kyu players participated in the 4th edition of this tournament across five divisions, with the top Junior and Senior player in each division winning trophies engraved with their names. In addition, all players who completed the tournament earned an AGF scholarship to either the AGA Go Camp or the US Go Congress. For full tournament results, click here.

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Mexico City Bests Portland

Friday March 10, 2017

16998114_1440257079341097_2454253918191914373_n14 children from Mexico City and Portland, OR. played a two round match on Saturday, February 25, on KGS.  Mexico City won the match 8-4. “Our players are from two elementary schools in Mexico City,  Escuela de Arte Pipiolo and Colegio Serapio Rendón,” says team leader Siddhartha Avila.  Diego, 5 kyu, Bruno, 10 kyu, and Javier, 18 kyu all won both their games. Oliver, 23 kyu, won two games for Portland.  Portland and Mexico City have been playing one or more matches a year for the past several years. - Peter Freedman, Portland organizer.  Photos by Siddhartha Avila and Peter Freedman: The teams meet via Skype to set up the match.

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School Teams Tourney Registration Opens

Friday March 3, 2017

saibook-53-sThe American Go Honor Society has announced the 2017 School Team Tournament (STT) will be held April 15 and April 22.   Modeled on the team play in Hikaru no Go schools send three representatives to compete against other schools. Any non-go institution (school, Chinese school, other organization) is eligible to compete. There are no limits on the number of teams per institution.  All matches will be played online, and schools from Canada, the US, and Mexico are all invited.  The American Go Foundation is again offering full scholarships (tuition + room/board) to the AGA Summer  Go Camp.  All three members of  the top dan and top kyu team will win the scholarships. Prizes will also be awarded in the other divisions, including both cash and trophies. Due to a series of miscommunications, some prizes from last year were never delivered reports former AGHS President Yunxuan Li. “We would like to sincerely apologize for the mix up. The new treasurer of the AGHS will be sending last year’s prizes to the captains of each team soon. We know it seems a bit late at this point, but we would still like to keep our word about the prizes and make them up for everybody.”

This year’s tournament will be held on April 15 and April 22. To register, fill out the form here.  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Image: Haze Middle School Go Team, from Hikaru no Go © 1998 by Yumi Hotta, Takeshi Obata/Shueisa Inc.

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Redmond Cup Registration Opens

Monday February 27, 2017

IMG_20160731_154429The 24th annual Redmond Cup will begin in April, and registration is due by March 19th. Preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2017 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids 12 and under, and the Senior league for 17 and under. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of  1 dan or higher.    The Junior league has been expanded to include 12 year olds, and both leagues now require a dan rating (kyu players can compete in the North American Kyu Championships instead). Skype will again be required this year.  Players who complete the tournament will be eligible for $400 scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or $200 scholarships to the US Go Congress, on a first come first served basis, courtesy of the AGF. Competitors from Mexico are also invited to the event. The participants must be members of the American Go Association or the Canadian Go Association and either residents of the U.S., Canada or Mexico, or citizens of the United States living anywhere in the world, provided that they are also members of the AGA.  For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here. -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo:  Ary Cheng 4d (r) competes against Luoyi Yang 4d (l)  in the Junior Division finals for the Redmond, at the 2016 US Go Congress in Boston.

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Go and Math Workshop for Elementary School Teachers

Saturday February 25, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 5.51.13 PMThirteen teachers from the National College of Education in Chicago, IL, participated in a 90-minute go workshop on Jan 26. The teachers, and their professor Xue Han,  learned the basic rules of go, experienced a couple of games themselves, and reviewed case studies of students playing go in elementary classrooms.  “After the workshop, one teacher said that she had decided to bring go back to her classroom of more than twenty 3rd graders” reports Xinming Simon Guo, of Go and Math Academy in Chicago. Guo has been providing workshops at schools, conferences and educational institutes in the Chicago area since 2008. The primary audiences for the workshops are teachers, both in-service teachers who have been teaching in the classroom everyday, and pre-service teachers who will start teaching after they graduate from the university. These hands-on workshops are always centered on one topic — go and math. “If you don’t know go, how can you know the relationship between go and math?” ask Guo, “but if you know how to play you will naturally employ  fundamental math skills in the game. It’s just that you won’t necessarily detect that relationship while you’re totally absorbed in the pleasure and pressure of playing.”

According to Guo’s research 55 out of 94 Common Core Math Standards from Grades K to 3 are almost naturally connected to go. “Teachers design many classroom activities. Sometimes they have to design several activities to meet the requirement of only one standard. For one game to cover almost 60% of core standards in the early elementary math curriculum is impressive,” says Guo. “Meanwhile, students learn math without even noticing it. Acquisition of math happens naturally as you play go. That’s the beauty of game-based learning.  Most of these teachers don’t know go, so I introduce it as an educational game, which removes the pressure for competition. Once they start to play, they are able to experience the subtle ways fundamental math skills are at work, and identify many learning opportunities embedded in the game.” For further reading see Northwestern University Exploring Go and Math. (E-J 1/31/17 -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Guo presenting at NCE in Chicago.

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Tennessee Kids Power Up

Thursday February 16, 2017

image1“I taught two classes  at Whitsitt Elementary school on Power Monday,’ reports Shawn Ray from Tennessee. “Power Monday is an event held once a month to teach kids new subjects or ideas. At the end of both classes, the kids were begging me to come back on the next Power Monday. This is my second time at Whitsitt and both times have gone very well. The picture is of kids playing 2v2 capture go. I only had one hour to teach so I decided to start with capture go and put them in teams (they really enjoy working in teams). I must thank everyone who supports the American Go Foundation! Without the AGF’s grants and equipment, I would not be able to teach in after school programs as much as I do,” adds Ray. - Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Shawn Ray.

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Young North American player sought for 4th Globis Cup; Feb. 20 deadline

Wednesday February 15, 2017

The AGA has received a request to send a young US or Canadian player to Tokyo, Japan for the 4th GLOBIS Cup U-20 World Go Championship, to be held April 20-23, 2017. The event, sponsored by the GLOBIS Corporation and organized by the Nihon Ki-in, will provide meals and accommodations for the players, as well as an accompanying adult if the player is under 18. Air fare will be borne by the player and companion. The player must be under 20 years old as of January 1, 2017, and meet the other AGA or CGA eligibility requirements. Any necessary online play-offs will take place between Feb. 21 and Feb. 27. This is a great opportunity to compete in an international tournament, explore Tokyo, and represent the AGA and CGA. Interested players should respond with their names, best form of contact, and KGS IDs before midnight Feb. 20 to president@usgo.org.

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Three School Chess and Go Tourney

Monday February 13, 2017

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Twenty-four children played in Portland’s latest chess and go tournament for kids, held on Jan. 22nd. Six kids played go and 18 played chess. Perennial champ Olin Waxler, 4-0 took first place in go, with Luke Helprin taking second over Emmett Perkins on tie-breaker points, both at 3-1. Top-seeded Brady Yamin took first place in chess, with Ai Rose Solomon beating Ty Holt for 2nd on tie-breaking points. Prizes were gift certificates to Guardian Games, 1st place, $25, 2nd place $15, and 3rd place, $10. - Story and Photo by Peter Freedman

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2017 International Collegiate Go Tournament set for Thailand

Monday February 13, 2017

The Ing Foundation is hosting the 2017 International Collegiate Go Tournament, to be held at Panyapiwat Institute of 2017.02.12_InternationalCollegiateTournamentLogoManagement, Bangkok, Thailand, this summer. The event starts on July 7th and will finish on the 13th. This event is open to any current, future, or recently graduated college (both undergraduate and graduate) student, who will or has attended school in the year 2017. All costs related to room, board, tours, and travel during the event will be covered by the Ing foundation. The student is responsible for getting to and from the tournament site(both international and domestic travel costs), and for any personal expenses such as souvenirs, and entertainment during the course of the trip. Click here for complete details.
- Michael Fodera

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Northwestern University Exploring Go and Math

Tuesday January 31, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 4.56.26 PMNorthwestern University in Illinois offered a new course on go last semester. The course was designed to help students build number sense, understand math concepts, and practice mathematical thinking, and was offered through the Center for Talent Development. The course evolved from a joint research project set up in November, 2015, by Xinming Guo, founder of Go and Math Academy, and David Uttal, a professor of Psychology and Education at Northwestern University. Guo has been advocating go for years, integrating the game as a math manipulative in the classroom. Each year thousands of students in Chicago and its suburbs have opportunities to make their first contact with go. After a demonstration of go and its connections to math education, Professor Uttal suggested Guo develop a course on go and math for the CTD program at Northwestern University. The new course was offered to students for the first time this past fall.

Professor Uttal leads a research laboratory of undergraduate, graduate students, and post-docs investigating spatial cognition and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) education. With the help of Professor Uttal and his lab, the research now focuses not only on go and elementary math education, but also on go and spatial thinking. The project team is comprised of Professor Uttal, his doctoral student Yanning Yu, and Guo. “Once we have more research results, we are hopeful that a link can be established between go and fundamental cognitive skills of human beings,” says Guo.

“The course and research have generated rich data so far. Doctoral student Yu and another research assistant, who recorded the entire 8-week course, have made many surprising discoveries after just a preliminary analysis,” says Guo. Deeper analysis is continuing and will provide more supporting materials for the 2nd phase of the research. “Go is a gold mine for future researches, no, a diamond mine,” said Professor Uttal.

Guo shared his vision of bringing go to every school in his keynote speech at the US Go Congress in 2015. He continues to develop elementary go and math curricula to help students build solid math foundations, and also runs professional development seminars for teachers. “I hope that our research on the relationship between go and math can also make contributions to the history of go in the whole world,” said Guo. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Xinming Guo: Professor Uttal (l) and Xinming Guo (r) with the Northwestern CTD Catalog, fall 2016, which lists their go course under the math category.

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