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Zavala Wins Mexican Youth Go Championship

Monday May 7, 2012

Lilian Zavala 9k, age 12, defeated Ogam Shakti Rojas 15k, age 11, at the finals for the Mexican Youth Go Championship (MYGC), in Cuautla Morelos, near Mexico City on March 18th.  “A full weekend trip was planned to this beautiful place,” reports organizer Siddhartha Avila, “where kids, parents, teachers and friends could enjoy the natural surroundings and have fun with different activities outdoors. There was intense go activity on Saturday morning, with matches and teaching games, later some of the kids played the first two rounds of the AGHS School Team Tournament online, while on Sunday the MYGC final game was won by Zavala.” More photos are available here
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Siddhartha Avila: Lilian Zavala 9k (l) vs. Ogam Shakti Rojas 15k (r).
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Bay Area High School Tourney May 28

Monday April 30, 2012

Bay Area k-12 schools are invited to compete in a half-day team contest in Cupertino, CA. Spectators are welcome, say organizers Kevin Huang and David Su,  and competition should be strong among the local stars.  Complete info is on the web here.  The tourney will be held Monday May 28, (Memorial Day) from 12pm-6pm, at the ThinkTank Learning Center. Schools that register by Tuesday, May 1st get a reduced rate of $15, the fee is $18 after the 1st.  Teams should contain three people. If a school has a shortage of players, players from different schools may register together as a team. The top 3 teams in each division will receive a prize, and participants will receive a team consolation prize.  Click here to register. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: promo poster by Innod.net, double-click on the image for a full size blow-up.

Jiang to Teach Go Camp

Monday April 23, 2012

Mingjiu Jiang 7P will be returning to teach at this year’s AGA Go Camp, reports camp director Amanda Miller. Jiang is an experienced professional player who has represented the United States in a number of international go tournaments. He has extensive teaching experience, and counts many of the strongest youth in the country among his students.  Camp pricing and details can be found on the 2012 Camp Website here. For the convenience of the campers and their families, payments for the camp can be made online, although some forms must still be mailed directly to the organizers. The camp will take place the week before the Go Congress from July 28 to August 4 and will be held at the same location, the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina.  AGF needs based scholarships are again available for players who can’t afford the full cost, and youth who played in the USYGC are eligible for a $400 scholarship to camp.  More details on AGF scholarships can be found here.  Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Jiang, at right, plays a simul in the Youth Room at the 2011 Go Congress.

Hikaru Author to Attend Congress

Monday April 16, 2012

Hotta Yumi, author of the best selling manga series Hikaru no Go is confirmed for the US Go Congress.  Hotta will meet fans, sign autographs, and answer questions at the Go Symposium on Sunday, and will be a celebrity judge for the official Hikaru no Go Trivia contest in the Youth Room on Monday.  When Hotta was learning to play go, she got frustrated at never being able to beat the professionals who taught her. “So I thought, wouldn’t it be great if I had a strong supernatural ally, maybe then I could beat a pro someday,” she told the E-Journal in an earlier interview. The result was the best-selling manga and anime series Hikaru no Go, which is credited with renewing or sparking interest in go worldwide in recent years. “I had no idea how popular it was outside Japan until I went to the European Go Congress two years ago and met so many people who told me they learned about go through Hikaru No Go,” Hotta said, laughing. -Paul Barchilon with Chris Garlock, photo by John Pinkerton.

Congress Scholarships for Youth Available

Monday April 16, 2012

The American Go Foundation (AGF) is offering $200 youth discounts to this year’s US Go Congress.  Interested youth must write an essay on why they want to go; the application deadline is May 30th. Twenty-Five scholarships are available, and up to 15 awardees will be selected by June 1. Five scholarships are available to residents of Canada or Mexico. Applications received after May 30th will be placed in a lottery with the remaining scholarships  awarded at random from qualifying essays.  The scholarships are available for youth who are under 18.  For more information, and to apply, click here.  - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Youth playing Four Color Go at the 2011 Congress, photo by Paul Barchilon.

Highland Park Tops School Teams Tourney

Monday April 9, 2012

The American Go Honor Society’s 13th annual School Team Tournament (STT) concluded on KGS last month.  Over 150 avid go players duked it out in 54 teams from 40 schools in the US, Canada, and Mexico.  Teams were sorted by their average rank, in four divisions, and played four rounds. Co-sponsored by the AGA and the AGF, the STT has become the largest national youth tournaments in the US.  Leading the pack in the Varsity Division was Highland Park High School (NJ), who were undefeated.  The school has participated in several past tournaments. “We finally achieved good results this year,” said team captain Yang Xu 5d, “we’ve played in the tournament a few times in the past but lacked a consistent team.” Xu, who is also a part of the AGHS’s Future Leaders Immersion Program (FLIP), describes his school’s victory largely as a culmination of hard work and dedication, adding “this year, we were able to play with an overall higher average rank and I think that helped us a lot….hope to be able to participate in this again next year!”  Following up in 2nd and 3rd place  were Neo Fineart Learning Center and Joaquin Miller Middle School, both from CA. In the Junior Division, Tzu Chi Chinese School (CA) took 1st place with Richard Montgomery High School (MD) and Manlius Pebble Hill School (NY) following in 2nd and 3rd. Albert Einstein High School (MD) took 1st place in the Intermediate division, with Richard Montgomery High School (MD) taking second once again and Cary Chinese School (NC) taking third. In the novice division another team from Cary Chinese School, one of the major go playing schools in the country, took first place. Molalla High School (OR) came in 2nd and Manlius Pebble Hill School (NY) was a close 3rd. Prizes ranging from plaques to equipment were given out, with schools that had good participation also receiving rewards. AGHS Co-Vice President, Justin Teng says “a big thanks to everyone who participated, and to the volunteers, including Hugh Zhang, Monsoon Shrestha, and the AGHS officers who helped make this tournament a huge success. We hope everyone had fun and is looking forward to growing their clubs for next year’s tournament!” The next AGHS event will be a casual gathering on KGS on April 22nd at 4pm ET for pair-go. Keep up with the AGHS on their website. -Eric Chen, AGHS Co-Vice President, with Paul Barchilon.


AGA Go Camp Registration Open

Monday April 9, 2012

Registration for the AGA East Coast Go Camp is now open. Pricing and details can be found on the 2012 Camp Website here. For the convenience of the campers and their families, payments for the camp can be made online, although some forms must still be mailed directly to the organizers. The camp will take place the week before the Go Congress from July 28 to August 4 and will be held at the same location, the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina. “The AGA Summer Go Camp welcomes campers from the ages of 8 to 18 to attend for a week of go-playing and fun,” says director Amanda Miller.  AGF needs based scholarships are again available for players who can’t afford the full cost, and youth who played in the USYGC are eligible for a $400 scholarship to camp.  More details on AGF scholarships can be found here. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Amanda Miller: Campers playing relay go.

Sedgwick Kids Learn Go

Monday April 9, 2012

“I presented the game of go to almost 100 elementary students in Sedgwick’s Annual Discovery Day event,” writes Wenguang Wang.  “The kids seemed to enjoy the fun go facts and the several games they played.”  Sedgwick Elementary  School is in Cupertino, CA; Wang brought his “Let’s Play Go” event to four sessions of third-grade students on April 3rd.  “In each of the half-hour session, the students learned some fun facts about go, the basic rules, and had a chance to play several games on 9×9 boards,” adds Wang. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Karen Hersh: Wang, at right, instructs a table of students.

Hope Wins Tri-School Tourney

Monday April 2, 2012

The Hope School, in Portland OR, bested Irvington Elementary School and Sunstone Montessori in a three team, two game match on April 1st.  Hope won 6 games, Montesorri 5, and Irvington 1 – saved from a sweep by its top player, McCaleb Nessler-Cass 15k.  “One game was jigo on the board, so white won with a half point komi,” reports organizer Peter Freedman.  “I didn’t think one stone was very important,”  said a disappointed Ben Snead 20k, the player who lost.  “There’s a good lesson for a new player,” adds Freedman.  The Hope team was led by Louie Liu 1d, and included Edward Yu 16k, and Ethan Zhuang, all of whom won both games.  Vincent Zhuang 6d played teaching games with the odd man out. Winner’s Report: 1st place: Hope School; 2nd place: Sunstone Montessori; 3rd place: Irvington Elementary. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.

Second International Children’s Art Contest Accepting Submissions

Monday April 2, 2012

The second International Children’s Go Art Contest is now accepting submissions, and will culminate in an exhibit of the pieces at the U.S. Go Congress in North Carolina this summer.  The event is sponsored by the Mexican Youth Go Community and the AGA, in honor of the International Go Symposium.  Organizer Siddhartha Avila says “the contest will feature children’s artwork, in which they will be free to express their visions, emotions and ideas about go through painting. Its purpose is to make go culture flourish among children, and promote it through a creative exchange.”  Last year’s contest drew submissions from Japan, the Phillipines, India, the US and Mexico.  Submissions must be received in Mexico City by July 13th.  Complete information, including the submission forms and event details, can be found on the Go Symposium site. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor