Saturday January 28, 2017
The second split of the Collegiate Go League (CGL) begins today. The CGL is a competitive league for college go clubs, now running for its sixth season. Fifteen universities from across the US and Canada are competing in the CGL’s regular season with 10 rounds and playoffs in April to determine the champion.
After 5 rounds of competition, University of Maryland-College Park leads the A League, while Lafayette College leads the B League. Among the fierce competitors are former stars of the North American youth scene, such as Yunxuan Li 7d for Cornell University, Lionel Zhang 6d for UCLA, and Calvin Sun 1p for UC Berkeley.
“Tune in on KGS to see your favorite players face off!” says Justin Teng. Click here for schedules and details.
Wednesday January 25, 2017
Registration for the 2017 North American Kyu Championship (NAKC) closes on January 29th. Kyu players that are under the age of 18 and members of either the AGA, CGA, Gimnasio de Go, or MGA are eligible to compete across 5 divisions down to double-digit kyu in Junior (under 13) or Senior (under 18) sections for beautiful crystal trophies. In addition, players who participate in all 4 rounds are eligible for either a $200 scholarship to the 2017 US Go Congress in San Diego, CA, or a $400 to the 2017 AGA Summer Go Camp, courtesy of the American Go Foundation. The tournament will be held on KGS on February 4th; for official rules and format, click here. To register, click here.
Saturday January 14, 2017
Tony Tang 7d won the Open Division in the Young Lions Tourney with a perfect 4-0 record in a field of 6 high dan players. Held by the American Go Honor Society, the Young Lions is open to North American youth in high school, or younger. “I would like to thank the AGHS for holding the tournament,” said Tang, “everyone I played in this tournament was pretty strong, I almost lost some of my games. Fortunately, I came back in the end. It was fun and a good experience.” Bingyun Wang 5d, who lost only to Tang, took second in the Open Division. “This year’s tournament was a huge success,” adds AGHS Promotion Head Albert Yen. “The phenomenal turnout of 52 players, 13 of whom were dan players, yielded an impressive 5 divisions this year.” Top four finishers in each bracket will be receiving prizes including cash, trophies, and AGHS t-shirts. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Tony Tang. Winner’s Report: Open Division (4d+): Tony Tang; Division A (3k-3d): Eden Chen; Division B (9k-4k): Darwin Kim; Division C (12k-9k): Alana Noehrenberg; Division D (30-13k): Jerry Qui. For full results click here.
Thursday January 5, 2017
“Now there are two elementary schools in México City where go is part of the curriculum,” reports Siddhartha Avila, Mexican Youth Go Coordinator. “Pipiolo
elementary has had an active go program since 2008 when Principal Marcela Zepeda first envisioned the educational benefits that go offers at early ages. All the top youth players in México have studied or study at her private K-6 school.” Now Colegio Serapio Rendón
, is adding a program too. “I was contacted by Principals Gloria Pimentel and Dulce Pimentel,” says Avila, “they were looking for an instructor to implement a serious go program at their K-6 private school. We started with one hour a week for all grades, back in September. We ran a successful 13×13 tournament for 3rd to 6th graders on December 6th. The 1st Torneo Escolar de Go
drew 34 students, playing 5 rounds. There was excellent coordination between the directors, teachers and staff; the schedule ran promptly, the students behaved well and played with great concentration.” The school tournament ended with prizes for the top 7 places, as well as a fighting spirit prize. Everybody recieved participation diplomas. “I’m glad we’ve found an activity where we can transmit love for knowledge, this helps kids’ development and critical thinking, their response to the game surpassed our expectations” says Gloria Pimentel.
“I want to thank Thomas Hsiang and the Nihon Kiin directors, pros and staff for their support so that I could take part at The North American Go Instructors’ Workshop last October in Tokyo,” says Avila. “The workshop encouraged us to fully implement go as a part of a school curriculum with a long term perspective at Colegio Serapio Rendón. With the connection between the Mexican Go Association, the Iwamoto North American Go Foundation, and the Nihon Kiin, there is a perfect opportunity to build valuable networks and develop further go education projects. Winner’s report Torneo Escolar: 1st place: Saúl Alejo; 2nd place: Valeria González; 3rd place: Alejandro Vera; 4th place: Rodrigo García; 5th place: César Gael Muñoz; 6th place: Shapdi Bernal; 7th place: Ximena Mora; Fighting spirit: Ana Castro. – Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Siddhartha Avila
Tuesday January 3, 2017
The third annual North American Kyu Championships (NAKC) will be held on February 4th this year on KGS. This one-day, 4-round tournament is open to all kyu-level players under the age of 18 from the United States, Canada, or Mexico. The best Junior (under 13) and Senior (under 18) players in each of five divisions will be able to win a fabulous crystal trophy, and the winners of the top division will also be granted entry into the prestigious Redmond Cup, which is traditionally open only to dan-level players. All players who compete in every round of the NAKC will also be eligible to receive either a $400 scholarship to the AGA Summer Go Camp, or a $200 scholarship to the 2017 US Go Congress, courtesy of the American Go Foundation. The deadline to register for the NAKC is January 29th; click here to register and here for the official Rules and Format. For dan players, registration for the 2017 Redmond cup will open in mid to late February.
Monday December 26, 2016
The AGA and the American Asia Culture Exchange Association have announced a new youth tournament to take place Jan. 21 in Los Angeles. The one-day, four-round event is being sponsored by AACEA and its founder, California go enthusiast Jingwei Zheng, and supported by The Korea Daily newspaper. Children and teen-agers aged 17 and younger on the date of the tournament may play in the rated event. Prizes, including trophies, will be awarded in up to four rank divisions, along with other special prizes such as youngest player; it expected about 30 kids will attend. Please pre-register by sending an e-mail to tournament director Yixian Zhou at email@example.com. The event will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 10am to 6pm at the Korea Daily Education Center, 690 Wilshire Place, Los Angeles.
Sunday December 18, 2016
When Biblioteca de México La Ciudadela, one of the most iconic public libraries in México City, celebrated its 70th anniversary on November 26, go was part of the festivities. In addition to a go exhibition where the public could get a glimpse of what the game is about — watch a video here – there was a children’s tournament on December 4th, where 28 kids from 4 to 12 years old played on 9×9 boards in a four round tournament. A special thanks goes to Karla Consuegra, Subdirector of Information Services at Biblioteca de México, who has played a great role in supporting implementing go activities at the public library.
Winners report, top 5:
1st- Lia Sánchez; 2nd- Syd Espinosa; 3rd- Livier Sánchez; 4th- Jazhiel Martínez; 5th- Fedra Alcántara
- Siddhartha Avila, Youth Coordinator, Mexican Go Association and Latin American correspondent for the E-Journal
Monday December 12, 2016
Chile won the Latin American ORION U18 Team Tournament for the second consecutive year. The tournament was played on November 26-27 on the Online Go Server and drew 11 teams of three players each from Chile, México, Ecuador and Venezuela. This is the third edition of the annual event.
Results (top three places):
1. CHILE: Benjamín Mimiza, Matías Salinas, Fernando Gallardo
2. MÉXICO: Diego A. Luciano, Mateo Nava, Bruno Michaca
3. VENEZUELA: Abel Pérez, Angel Rengifo, Iverson Rosales
More info here.
- Siddhartha Avila, Latin American correspondent
Wednesday December 7, 2016
Abel Perez, of Venezuela, took top honors in the Liga youth tourney, held on OGS. The event is an annual tournament league for players under the age of 18 from all over Latin America. Liga started this year in April and concluded in November; 7 rounds were played each month. There were 24 players from Venezuela, México, Chile and Ecuador. Some games were reviewed by Ignacio Iglesis, a 2 dan go streamer for the Spanish speaking community, on his youtube channel Estudiando Go con Ini. The final matches in round 7 were very competitive as 4 countries had at least one player at the top boards, the winners were: 1st place- Abel Pérez, Venezuela; 2nd place: Leonardo Valdovinos, México; 3rd place: Benjamín Mimiza, Chile; 4th place: Joaquín Proaño, Ecuador; 5th place: Lilian Zavala, México. See full results here.
“The dedication and motivation of the 3 chilean players that took part at the league inspired other kids to become more engaged with go, and it’s very likely that we will have 10 players for next years’ league,” says Sebastián Montiel, Chilean go teacher at Club de Go Aonken. “This was the first time that we organized a tournament as a league system for Latin American youth, and it was quite a great success.” Co- organizer Diego Albuja, Ecuadorian go teacher at Academia de Go, told the Journal: ” I’m delighted that the league tournament concluded so satisfyingly, it depended not only on the guidance of the go instructors, but also on the commitment and will to participate of the young players, this indicates to us as organizers that there is great potential for the youth go scene in Latin America. With this league tournament a very active player in Ecuador, Joaquín Proaño leaves the youth division as he turned 18, and we are glad to see he will continue his path at go as an amateur player.”
“All our players had a rich and fun experience making connections with opponents from the Latin American region,” says Siddhartha Avila, Mexican Go teacher at Dojo de Go
. “Leonardo Valdovinos played the game for the top place, even though it was intense and he came in 2nd, he learned a lot from it. Another highlight was Lilian Zavala, as there are few female players we are proud to see that she continues getting to the top places in local and regional tournaments. These kinds of online tournaments for youth are relatively new for the countries in our region, but play a key role for the development of go. Our event joins the efforts of other Latin American tournaments, like the recent 1st Pandanet Go Latin American Team Championship
which kicked off with 10 teams on November 20th, or the annual online tournament “Torneo Iberoamericano de Go por Internet” which was held for the 18th time this year, with a total of 92 registered players between almost all the countries affiliated with the Iberoamerican Go Federation
. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor, with Siddhartha Avila. Photo: Club members of Chile’s Club de Go Aonken, in the computer lab at Escuela Juan Williams.