The deadline for the AGF College Scholarship essay has been extended to June 15th. “The $1,000 award honors students whose enthusiasm and dedication have contributed to the go community,” reports AGF Board Member Matthew Mallory. “All youth organizers and promoters that are in their junior or senior year of high school should apply as soon as possible,” Mallory urges. CLICK HERE for more information and the application.
American Go E-Journal » Youth
Tuesday June 1, 2010
Tuesday June 1, 2010
The U. S. Youth Go Championships (USYGC) finals are set for June 5 and 6 on KGS. Although Calvin Sun 7d, and Kevin Fang 1d, have already been chosen as the representatives to the World Youth Championships, the USYGC will give kids of all ranks a chance to play for a national title. Best double-digit kyu and single-digit kyu players will vie for the top slots, and dan level kids will also be competing in two separate brackets. CLICK HERE for full standings, which will be updated after each round.
- Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor
Tuesday May 25, 2010
Thomas Debarre 5d (r) won the French Youth Championship, held May 8-9 in Cachan, France. Debarre — who will represent France in this week’s World Amateur Go Championships in Hangzhou, China — edged out three other players with only one loss in the under-18 group. Debarre lost to Benjamin Dréan-Guénaïzia 4d, who lost to Paul Bivas 3d, who lost to Debarre. David Horowitz 1d came in second, while Dréan-Guénaïzia and Bivas came in third and fourth. In the under-15 group, Tanguy Le Calvé 1d took first for the second year in a row, Florian Melcer 2d was second, and Osmin Lacombe 1k finished third. For the youngest, under-12, group, Hector de Framond 14k took his first title after coming in second last year, Guillaume Ougier 20k, and Anais Khenniche 17k were second and third.
Sunday May 23, 2010
Mission San Jose won the Bay Area High School Go Tournament, held April 25th in Cupertino, CA, which attracted five schools and 24 players. Organized as a team tourney, Saratoga High was favored to sweep the A division with a 3-dan and two 1-dans competing. However, Mission San Jose narrowly claimed victory when their 1st and 2nd boards slipped by with single digit margins of victory, in a heated Round 3 match against their Saratoga rivals. The tourney debuted this year as a collaborative effort of the AGF, the Bay Area Go Players Association (BAGPA), and several high school organizers. The tourney was organized by David Su, and directed by Steve Burrall. Winners Report: A Division: Mission San Jose; B Division: Monta Vista; C Division: Saratoga High. Photo: Mission San Jose (left) defeats Saratoga (right) in the deciding match.
- Paul Barchilon; photo by David Su
Friday May 21, 2010
Omer Kazanc 1k defeated his main rival Selman Kilic 1d in the final fifth round of the Turkish Youth Championship, held in Istanbul May 15-16. Kazanc swept the tourney. Kilic took silver, while Muhammet Emin Kucuk 16k won bronze. 20 players took part in the tournament.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European correspondent
Monday May 17, 2010
The American Go Foundation (AGF) will be using the Gregory Lefler Memorial Fund to help college students attending U.S. Go Congress this year, reports AGF board member Keith Arnold. “Any student attending college full time this fall can apply for a $50 discount on their registration fees; we have limited funds, so graduating seniors or graduate students will only be considered if funds remain,” Arnold said. To request the discount, send an e-mail with your name, AGA number, name of school, and your fall status (freshman, sophmore etc.) to email@example.com. “We expect available funds to be exhausted so please send your information now, first come, first served,” added Arnold.
Monday May 17, 2010
Barring an upset win by Jianing Gan 6d, Saturday’s 1p (EST) game could be the final round in the Strong Players Online Tournament (SPOT1), as Myungwan Kim 9P looks to sweep the tournament finals 2-0. Kim is on an 18-game winning streak in AGA tournaments. The game will be broadcast live on KGS. Earlier Saturday, Eric Lui 7d will play Michael Chen 7d at 10a (EST) — also on KGS — in the battle for third place. Lui leads 1-0. Kim 9P has defeated Hugh Zhang 6d, Daniel Gourdeau 6d, Yongfei Ge 7d, Yue Zhang 7d and Michael Chen 7d. Thiteen-year-old Gan 6D has defeated Patrick Lung 6D, Mengmeng Chen 5D, Yongfei Ge 7D, Hugh Zhang 6D, Sarah Yu 6D, and Eric Lui 7D.
- Edward (Zhiyuan) Zhang, TD
Monday May 10, 2010
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 scholarships are available, and up to 15 awardees will be selected by June 1. 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 Room at the 2009 Congress, photo by Paul Barchilon
Monday May 10, 2010
Second-grader Jeremy Chiu 1d topped the MorningStar Happy Cup Youth Go Tournament with six wins last Saturday, May 8 in Santa Clara, California. “Thirty-four elementary and middle school kids gathered together on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and played six rounds of 19×19 games,” says Yanping Zhao, who co-organized the third-annual event with Wenguang Wang. To ensure “a really fun experience for every kid,” Zhao reports that players earned prize tickets after each round, “and used these tickets to exchange various fancy prizes.” Each participant was also rewarded with a trophy and at the event’s conclusion, “all the kids and their parents enjoyed a refreshing ice cream party.”
- photo by Wenguang Wang; click here and here for more photos
Wednesday May 5, 2010
Eight-year-old Rada Kamysheva 5k, along with partner Oleg Mezhov 6d, came in third at the recent European Pair Go Championship April 23-25 in St. Petersburg. “Rada began taking lessons from me on KGS shortly after learning the rules of go” two years ago, reports Svetlana Shikshina 3p. Kamysheva was unranked at the time and had never played a game on KGS. “Her only experiences of go came from playing against the computer or against her parents, who were also beginners. Fast-forward two years and she is now ranked 5 kyu on KGS and starting to show signs of real potential,” Shikshina said.
- Peter Dijkema, EJ European Correspondent, reporting on EuroGoTV.