Monday September 3, 2012
Hikaru no Go author Hotta Yumi was interviewed on film at the International Go Symposium on August 5th, 2012. For those who missed the live stream, the Tiger’s Mouth website has printed the entire text of the interview. The AGF is currently editing the videos from the symposium, all of which will be available online at a later date. A few choice highlights from the Hotta interview are below, you can read the full article here.
On how the series began, Hotta says “I wanted to learn go, so I paid a go school and started to attend classes once a week with a pro. He was mean, and never let the students win the teaching games. This was frustrating to me, because I was thinking ‘Why am I paying to lose all the time?’ I wished that I had a guardian angel or a ghost that could help me beat him really bad. It was at that moment that Hikaru no Go was born.” When asked about how go has affected her life, Hotta replied: “Honestly, I had no idea that so many kids would want to learn how to play go. Not just in Japan, but all over the world. Especially kids in other countries where there aren’t many teachers or resources for playing go. Nowadays many more kids can play go thanks to the efforts of teachers, professionals, and groups that are helping to bring go to kids around the world. For my own life, Hikaru has made it very hard for me to attend go tournaments. So many people will watch over my shoulder during my games, and I’m not a very strong player so it is very embarrassing!” – Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Translation by Akane Negishi and Solomon Smilack. Photo: Hotta Yumi, by Paul Barchilon.
Monday September 3, 2012
Thirteen readers submitted answers to the E-J Hikaru no Go trivia contests, published on Aug. 6, but only four readers got all the answers right. The winners are Hena Garcia, Linden Chiu, Elizibeth Comer, and “Jeffrey” who did not provide a last name. All four win a free month of KGS+. The questions and answers are below. Q:Who drank his coffee black, even when he was in middle school? A: Kishimoto. Q: Who was Isumi’s roommate in China? A: Yang Hai. Q: What is Akira’s mother named? A: Akiko (best wrong answers: Mrs. Touya and Sue Me). Q: How is Hikaru able to take the Insei test, even though he missed the deadline? A: Ogata vouches for him. Q: On what day does Sai disappear, and how can you tell? A: Children’s day, May 5th. You can tell because of the carp streamers in the window. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Questions by Paul Barchilon and Justin Teng.
Wednesday August 8, 2012
Amy Su 4d and Ge Liu 6d won the top table of Youth Adult Pair Go at the US Go Congress on Tuesday afternoon. Su is the daughter of Feng Yun 9P, and looks like she is becoming a strong player in her own right. Thirty-two players competed in the event this year, which included a few male/male pairs as well. The event often serves as a warm up for the regular Pair Go tourney on Thursday night, where pairs will compete for the right to represent the US at the World Pair Go Championships. Youth Adult Pair Go is one of many events in the Youth Room, which features daily prize tourneys. Thursday’s events are relay Go and a 13×13 tourney, the Youth Team Tourney will be on Friday. Congress youth attendance has been increasing steadily, and 100 kids and teens are attending this year – almost a full quarter of registrations. Other Pair Go winers included: Kelsey Dyer 1d and Sam Zimmerman 5k; Melissa Zhang 1d and Jeff Horn 1d; Peter Zhang 5d and Julie Burrall 6k; Ethan Frank 6k and William Xu 4k; Jia Jia 7k and Winston Jen 8k, Erandi Lozano 15k and Phillip Brix 6k. Story/photo: Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Sathya Anand 2k attributes the divine move to his partner Kalinda Fraser 8k, their opponents Ethan Frank 6k (front) and William Xu 4k (rear) were nonplussed and went on to win the game.
Tuesday August 7, 2012
Jianing Gan 7d and Aaron Ye 5d swept their divisions in the 2012 Redmond Cup. Fifteen-year-old Jianing Gan 7d, from Canada, placed first in the Cup’s online qualifiers and proved unstoppable, with a perfect record. His opponent in the finals at the US Go Congress was defending champion Calvin Sun, 7d, age 15, who has won the Redmond three times. Both boys also competed in the AGA Tygem professional tourney, last week, and Gan proved exceptionally strong, placing third in the event. His opponent, and new American pro, Ganshing Shi 1P provides commentary on the exciting final match in the game record below. In the Redmond Junior Division ten-year-olds Aaron Ye 5d and Austen Liao 2d duked it out. Ye, who is also the reigning US Youth Champion in the under-12 division, played solidly in both rounds, winning by convincing double-digit margins. Liao, competing in the Redmond for the first time, did his best, but was overwhelmed by the defending champion. -Report/photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Jianing Gan 7d (l) vs. Calvin Sun 7d (r).
Monday August 6, 2012
Hotta Yumi, author of the award winning Hikaru no Go manga, delighted kids and teens in the Youth Room at the U.S. Go Congress on Monday. The second annual Hikaru no Go Trivia Contest was a huge success, with Hotta (seated) serving as the official judge. Fifteen kids competed in teams of three, trying to answer questions that were so difficult even Hotta was often stumped. Reigning Hikaru trivia champion Bijan Saniee (standing, far right, in photo below) led his team to victory, once again showing his profound knowledge of the most obscure bits of detail from the popular manga. Ten-year-old Austin Liao (at far left in photo at right) gave him a run for his money though, popping his hand up repeatedly, and correctly answering some of the most challenging questions of the afternoon. After Team Bijan secured their victory, Hotta Yumi signed autographs and took photos with fans. Winston Jen (at left in photo at left), who donated 1,000 sets of the manga to the AGA, competed on a team as well. A special moment came when Hotta presented Jen with a thank-you gift , an original hand-drawn picture of Sai and Hikaru, dedicated to Jen by name, and signed by both Hotta and Hikaru artist Takeshi Obata. Test your own Hikaru knowledge with this HNG Quiz with some of the questions from the contest: A: Who drank his coffee black, even when he was in middle school? B: Who was Isumi’s roommate in China? C: What is Akira’s mother named? D: How is Hikaru able to take the Insei test, even though he missed the deadline? E: On what day does Sai disappear, and how can you tell? Click here and you could be a winner!
- Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor; photos by Chris Garlock
Saturday August 4, 2012
The Redmond Cup finalists have arrived at the US Go Congress, and the stage is set for a showdown in both divisions. Calvin Sun 7d, age 15, will face off against Jianing Gan 6d, also 15, in the Senior; both boys just played in the first AGA/Tygem Professional certification tourney, and Gan made it all the way to the finals, where he was just one game away from becoming a professional. In the Junior Division ten year old titans Aaron Ye 5d, and Austen Liao 2d, will square off. Liao is a dark horse contender who made the finals by fighting his way up to second place, from a seed at the bottom of the 10 player field, knocking out two players ranked higher than him. Both games will be broadcast live on KGS, in the AGA Tournaments room, at 3pm EDT. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor
Monday July 23, 2012
The second International Children’s Go Art Painting Contest has received almost seventy entries. Submitting countries include Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, The Philippines, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Argentina, Mexico and the United States (including Hawaii). The deadline was July 13th, and the artworks are being exhibited at Espacio Japón, the Japanese embassy in Mexico city’s cultural center. Go workshops, talks and an Ukiyo-e Go prints exhibition are also featured. The panel of judges was composed of members devoted to arts and education, including Fumiko Nakashima, Alma G. Juárez, Yuko Kosaka (Yuro), Daniella Campirano, Miguel A. Ramírez and Lilian R. Romero. The judges made a final decision on three top places and two notable submissions for each category. The results will be announced August 5th at the International Go Symposium in Black Mountain, NC and the artworks will be on display during the U.S. Go Congress. The Mexican Youth Go Players Association would like to thank Japan’s Cultural Attaché in Mexico Miwa Yoshizawa; Ph.D Marcela Zepeda Zaleta, the Principal at the Pipiolo Educational and Artistic Research Center; Israel Rodríguez Nava, President of Asociación Mexicana de Baduk-Igo-Weiqi; A.C. and the volunteers that supported us. Special recognition goes to all the enthusiastic children around the world that expressed their love for go through painting, they have many things to share with us at the International Go Symposium. -Siddhartha Avila, Comunidad Mexicana de Go Infantil y Juvenil. Photo: Art by Aaron Ye 5d, 2nd place winner from last year’s A section.
Monday July 23, 2012
Youngsters in San Diego were treated to go lessons from Ted Terpstra, the new AGA Executive VP, at a summer camp at the Japanese Friendship Garden on July 18th. “This week it was first and second graders, next week is third & fourth graders and then fifth and sixth the week after,” reports Terpstra. “It was the first time that the children had played the game; we started with 5×5 boards so they could get a feel for trying to surround territory and capturing. They had been exposed to go on Monday at camp when a couple of episodes of Hikaru no Go were shown on HULU. I used go sets and accessories from the AGF Class Room Starter set I just received for the La Jolla Library class I am teaching this fall. I also checked out several volumes of Hikaru No Go from the neighborhood library that the children eagerly read while waiting for the class to begin. I had wifi so I put up a game being played on KGS just to give the kids a feel for how a real game developed. It was great to see how quickly these children learned the game and exuded enthusiasm,” said Terpstra. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor, Photo by Ted Terpstra.
Monday July 2, 2012
“Are you a good leader, and do you want to contribute to the future of youth go?” asks Justing Teng, Co Vice-President of the American Go Honor Society (AGHS), who run the popular School Teams Tournament every year. Applications are open for officer positions for the 2012-2013 school year including Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Promotion Head, Tournament Organizer, and Webmaster. These positions are limited to Go enthusiasts under the age of 18 and in grades 6-12. The window for applications closes on August 15. More information as well as the application itself can be found at the AGHS website (http://www.aghs.cc). “Feel free to email any questions to AGHSpresident@gmail.com,” adds Teng. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.