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Join the AGHS – officer applications open

Monday August 13, 2018

AGHSLogo2Officer applications for the American Go Honor Society (AGHS) have been released. The AGHS is an organization run primarily by high school students to promote go throughout America, and hosts events such as the Young Lions Tournament, School Teams Tournament, and Youth Go League. The application is due on September 7; all high school go enthusiasts are encouraged to apply! For more information, including officer descriptions, please visit the application form here. 

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Baum prizes a hit at congress

Friday July 27, 2018

20180726_225242“Can you help me find an old person who is around my rank?” and “is that guy really old?” have become popular questions at congress this year as kids compete for the new Baum prizes.  Adults are enjoying the games too, and finding young folk ready and willing to play – all very much in the spirit that Leonard Baum would have wanted to encourage with the endowment in his honor.  Kids must be under 16, and adults at least 40 years older than the kid.  Games must be submitted Saturday afternoon by the end of the Youth Pizza party, results can be left in the box, or given to Paul Barchilon or Neil Ritter. Please remember to circle the winner, many slips have come in without the winner indicated. With 30 games played so far here are the current standings:

The Badger ( Youth under 12 who plays the largest number of adults)
  • 24008 Duc Minh Vo with 7 games
The Grasshopper (Youth age 12 to 15 who plays the largest number of adults)
  •  Maya Boerner with 6 games
  •  Seowoo Wang with 6 games
The Elder Slayer (Young player who beats the largest number of adults)
  •  Duc Minh Vo with 6 games
The Dan Destroyer (Young player who beats the largest number of dan level adults)
  •  Seowoo Wang with 4 victories over dan players
  •  Duc Minh Vo with 4 victories over dan players
The Old Hand (Adult who plays the most games)
  •  Don Karns with 7 games
The Encourager (Adult who loses the most games)
  •  Don Karns with at least 3 losses (4 games with no winner identified!)
The Teacher (Adult who gives the most 9 stone (or higher) teaching games)
  •  Don Karns with 3 nine stone games

Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor: Current leader Duc Minh Vo 1d, age 10, plays former AGA President Mike Lash 4k

 

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Youth Adult Pair Go Big With Families

Wednesday July 25, 2018

20180724_144745Youth Adult Pair Go drew 60 players to the Youth Room at the Go Congress this year.  Attendance was definitely aided by allowing Rengo pairs (same gender), and several father and child teams were able to compete together. Popular teacher Yuan Zhou 7d and his 8 year old son Derek, 19k, were a team; Bo Qiu 4d played with his son Yizu 9k; Robert and Henry Lyman, 24 and 15k respectively; Jin and Davi Chen, both 5d, rounded out the father and son pairs.  Father daughter pairs also participated, and included Andreas and Maya Boerner, 6k and 11k, as well as Yuzhe and Zoey Zhang, 6d and 20k.

At the top table Rengo Pair Aaron Ye and Muzhen Ai, both 7d, last year’s Redmond Cup rivals took first place, while Albert Yang 7d and Yifan Zhang 5d took second. Other table winners were Jin and Davi Chen, Soren Jaffe and Fred Bao (both 4d), Becci Torrey 2d and Sophia Wang 3k, Allan Abramson 2d and Victoria Xie 9k, Yuzhe and Zoey Zhang, Tonya Perez Lopez 20k and Nhat Minh Vo 5d, and Robert and Henry Lyman.

Other events in the Youth Room included 9×9 and 13×13 tourneys on Monday. table winners in the 9×9 were Tianyuan Zhang 5d and Davi Chen 5d; the 13×13 was won by Duy Minh 5d. - Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo: Table winners Zoey and Yuzhe Zhang face off against Samantha Soo 15k and James Bonomo 1k.

 

 

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Redmond Cup Champions Return to Defend Their Titles Against New Challengers

Sunday July 22, 2018

Aaron Ye pictureThe 25th Redmond Cup preliminaries, for the strongest young players in North America, were held on KGS between March and June and ended with both of last year’s champions, Aaron Ye 7d and Ary Cheng 6d sweeping the Senior and Junior divisions respectively. Their challengers this year are Aaron’s longtime rival Jeremy Chiu 7d, and a newcomer to the Finals in the Junior, Frederick Bao 4d. Ye and Chiu competed against each other in the Finals of the Junior Division in 2014, with Ye taking the crown. Both kids have represented the US in international tournaments numerous times, and are the current stars of the North American youth scene. Learn more about the two Senior Division players below:

Aaron Ye (at left) is 16-years old and from Cupertino, California. He started playing go at the age of 6, and won the Junior Division of the US Youth Go Championships for three years in a row from 2010-2012. He went on to represent the US at the World Youth Go Championships three times, where he achieved 4th in 2011 and 6th in 2012 in the Junior Division ,and 3rd place in the 2016 Senior division. In addition, he represented the US in the Liming Cup and the World Amateur Go Championships. To add even further to his list of achievements, he achieved the title of Redmond Meijin in 2017 for winning the Redmond Cup five times–a feat that had only been accomplished by two other players in the history of the tournament. If he can hoist the championship trophy once more this year, he will have won the title more years than anyone else.

These days, Aaron doesn’t have much time to study go, but he plays casual games with his friends in his spare time and teaches go at a local Chinese school. For this upcoming match, Aaron told the EJ, “[Jeremy and I] had played many games in the past and through those games, I can tell that Jeremy is a talented player. I respect him a lot and wish him good luck for the game.” Outside of Go, Aaron enjoys playing tennis and watching Chinese dramas, particularly recommending Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms.

Jeremy Chiu pictureJeremy Chiu (at right) is 16-years old and from San Jose, California. He started playing go at the age of 5 through a class at his local Chinese school, and studies under Mingjiu Jiang 7p. While under the shadow of Aaron Ye’s dominance for many years in the US Youth Junior scene, he finally managed to defeat his rival in the Junior Division of the US Youth Go Championships, and placed 5th later that year in the World Youth Go Championships Junior Division. Chiu later represented the US again in the Senior Division of the World Youth Go Championships in 2015, where he placed 6th, as well as in the 2016 Korean Prime Ministers Cup and the 2016 International Amateur Pair Go Championships. Chiu is no stranger to success in the Redmond Cup, having won the Senior Division in 2016. He now has another chance to take down his rival this year.

Aside from taking lessons from Mingjiu Jiang 7p, Jeremy studies go by playing on Tygem and Fox and using AI to assist him with reviewing his games. When tournaments are coming up, he also does some tsumego and watches commentated games from his favorite pro, Meng Tailing 6p, on WeiqiTV. Jeremy credits AI for being an invaluable tool for analyzing positions, and says that it has had a large influence on his tendencies in the opening. He hopes to be able to perform better in tournaments, represent the US more in international tournaments, and one day become a professional Go player. When asked for his thoughts about this match, he said, “Aaron is and has always been a tough but fun opponent to play against; his aggressive style and precise reading often launches our games into intense fights. I’m hoping we’ll play some exciting games!” Outside of go, he participates in math competitions, the Future Business Leaders of America club, and enjoys playing the violin, piano, and video games.

In the Junior Division, 12-year old Ary Cheng 6d from Sunnyvale, California is defending his title for the 4th consecutive year, holding a dominating 6-1 record across his previous Finals matches. His 4th unique opponent, 11-year Frederick Bao 4d from Bethesda, Maryland, will take his first shot at dethroning the current king of the Junior scene.

The first round of the best-of-three Redmond Cup Finals kicks off at the 2018 US Go Congress on 7/22 at 3 pm with live video commentary by Eric Lui 1p and the Honorary Keith Arnold 4d, as well as a live broadcast of both divisions’ Finals games on KGS. Stay tuned to find out whether Aaron Ye can distinguish himself as a legend, or if Jeremy Chiu can close the curtains on Aaron’s reign. -Justin Teng, Redmond TD

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Baum Prizes Launch at US Go Congress

Monday July 16, 2018

20160515B001An all new fund to promote play between kids and adults has been set up through the AGF, the Baum Prizes.  Leonard Baum passed away last August (see EJ 6-19-18) his daughter Stefi wanted to do something to honor her father’s love of go, and approached the AGF about setting up a long term endowment. “Leonard Baum loved playing (and often losing to) young kids,” writes AGF President Terry Benson. “The idea of the Baum Prizes is to encourage play across generations. Grandfathers often are the most successful teachers of go (and other games) to children. Thus, all games considered for these prizes must have a minimum age difference of 40 years.”  Games will all be self paired at the US Go Congress, and any games that meet the criteria are eligible, both rated and non. Kids (and adults) who rack up the most games will win $50 in gift certificates to the go vendors at congress (kids will also get a medal).  The prizes will begin at this year’s congress, and will be held every year.  The full rules can be found in the official Go Congress App, under Special Events on the schedule.  There are eight prize categories:

1) Youth under 12 who plays the largest number of adults – The Badger
2) Youth age 12 to 15 who plays the largest number of adults – The Grasshopper
3) Young player who beats the largest number of adults – The Elder Slayer
4) Young player who beats the largest number of dan level adults – The Dan Destroyer 5) Adult who plays the most games – The Old Hand
6) Adult who loses the most games – The Encourager
7) Adult who gives the most 9 stone (or higher) teaching games – The Teacher
Reach Across the Ages prizes:
8A, 8B, 8C) Three prizes of $20 Go Bucks each ($10 per player) and a medal for the youth player for the three games with the greatest age diference – Reach Across the Ages A, B, & C. -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. 

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Terpstra Named Teacher of the Year

Monday July 9, 2018

Mt.Everest.GoTed Terpstra has been named the American Go Foundation’s Teacher of the Year in recognition of his work with children in the San Diego, CA area.  Terpstra has been actively coordinating programs for kids, in as many as six different locations, for several years. “There is great joy in teaching someone to play go, especially a youth,” says Terpstra, “and there is no greater reward in teaching the game than to see the enthusiasm of a student as he or she learns and finally becomes better than the teacher.”  Terpstra’s most recent program, held for the sixth year, was at the Jing Institute of Chinese Martial Arts and Culture, where members of the San Diego Go Club came to teach go to the summer day campers. “Thirty youngsters, from kindergarten to sixth-grade, listened attentively as I explained the game,” said Terpstra. “They then grabbed boards and stones to spread out over the floor to play. Several of the students had attended the go class in previous summers and helped the new players learn the game.  Hikaru No Go books had already been read by many of the students, as the American Go Foundation had provided them to the school several years ago.” Terpstra has also run programs at a K-12 school, a high school, a Chinese language school, and a public library.

DSCN5449Terpstra is coordinating the Go Teachers’ Workshop at the 2018 U.S. Go Congress in Williamsburg, Virgina in July. Prospective go teachers can be certified by the American Go Association if they attend eight-hours of instruction at the Congress. Several go professionals as well as other seasoned go teachers have agreed to teach the classes.  Sign-up for the Workshop can be done at Congress registration on July 21. Terpstra will also hold a special session entitled “How I Started Teaching Go,” on July 23rd, at 4 pm, which will be open to everyone. -Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.  Photos by Ted Terpstra: Top: Terpstra teaching 4th graders how to play; Bottom:  Go Class at the 2018 Jing Martial Arts School Summer Camp

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New York Institute of Go Wins 2018 School Team Tournament

Monday June 25, 2018

STT_graphicThe New York Institute of Go took top honors in the 2018 American Go Honor Society (AGHS) School Team Tournament, which took place on KGS over the weekends of May 19 and May 26. The winning team consisted of Sophie Lin 2k, Patrick Zhao 3k, and Marcos Yang 3k. Second and third place went to Northwest Chinese School Team 1 and Team 2. In Division II, Northwood High School took first place with an impressive undefeated record, CNY Chinese School took second, and Northwest Chinese School Team 3 took third.​ ​This year, around 50 students participated in the annual youth team tournament, with prizes including trophies, plaques, and t-shirts. Jeremy Chiu, AGHS Tournament Director, says, “This tournament drew teams from all kinds of educational institutions from all parts of the country. Players of all skill levels competed in the competitive yet friendly environment, giving viewers fierce and exciting games.” -Lionel Zhang

Winner’s Report: Division I: 1st: New York Institute of Go Team 1, 2nd: Northwest Chinese School Team 1, 3rd: Northwest Chinese School Team 2; Division II: 1st: Northwood High School, 2nd: CNY Chinese School, 3rd: Northwest Chinese School Team 3.

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Fu, Xu and Ou top first Boston Youth Go Tournament

Monday June 18, 2018

Sixteen kids participated the first Boston Youth Go Tournament at the Neo Millennium Go Club on May 28th.
The top three players of the senior division were Chase (Bin) Fu, Andrew (Hancheng) Xu and Hanchi Ou. Top four players of junior division were Hantong Li, Yuheng Xue, Jin Greene and Jate Greene.
- Ke Lu

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First Boston Youth Go Tournament held

Friday June 1, 2018

Sixteen kids participated the first Boston Youth Go Tournament in Neo Millennium Go Club on May 28th.  The top three players2018.06.01_Boston Youth Group 2018.06.01_Boston youthof senior division were Chase (Bin) Fu, Andrew (Hancheng) Xu and Hanchi Ou. Top four players of junior division were Hantong Li, Yuheng Xue, Jin Greene and Jate Greene.
 
photo: (left) From left: Back row: Chengyou (Charlie) Zhong, Yuheng Xue, Xinran Shu, Jiayong (Justin) Liu, Wai Fong Loh, Ke Lu and Hantong Li; Front row: Jate Greene, Jin Greene

- reported by Ke Lu

 
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AGF Increases Congress Scholarships – Includes College Students

Monday May 14, 2018

AGF-logo-smallThe American Go Foundation (AGF) is increasing funding for young people attending the US Go Congress, and is also creating a new set of scholarships for college students. Traditional amounts for kids and teens under 18 were $200 for participating in any of the main AGA online youth events (Redmond Cup, National Kyu Championship, Girls Tournament), and an additional $200 for writing an essay.  This year, as there is no Go Camp, the board decided to increase the essay scholarship to $300.  To apply for the  scholarship, read the information here, and then send your essay in by email. If you played in the youth events, and want your participation scholarship, email your request to youth@usgo.org.  For the new college scholarships, participants must be 26 or younger, and actively enrolled in college.  Graduate and under graduate students are both eligible, click here to apply.  All scholarships are first come first serve, with 20 allotted for the US, and 5 allotted to be split between Canada and Mexico. – Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.

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