American Go E-Journal

Nihon Ki-in and INAF Host North American Go Instructors’ Workshop

Wednesday November 2, 2016

By Peter Schumer2016.11.02_japan-go-teachers-1

The North American Go Instructors’ Workshop was held at the Nihon Ki-in and other sites around Tokyo, Japan from October 18-25. Nine highly motivated participants from the United States and Mexico were selected to participate. The cost of travel, housing, most meals, and all the professional instruction fees were generously donated by the Nihon Ki-in and the Iwamoto North American Foundation (INAF). The workshop was a huge success and all the participants feel freshly energized and motivated to build on their new knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching go and sharing go more broadly.

Participants each gave extended lectures on their own local efforts at teaching go and spreading an awareness of the game more widely. We also visited several schools from first grade up to the university level to see go instruction both within the school curriculum as well as an after-school extracurricular activity. We learned about the history of go, go etiquette, the status of go instruction in Japanese schools, as well as the craftsmanship involved in making beautiful go boards, bowls, and stones. One highlight was learning more about the Mizuma method (Toshifumi Mizuma – 7 dan pro) for teaching beginners on small boards (6×6 and 7×7). We also had several opportunities to play simultaneous games with 2016.11.02_japan-go-teachers-2both Toshifumi Mizuma and Michael Redmond 9P. We would also like to thank Michael’s younger daughter Yumi Redmond for her expert and wonderful help with accurate real-time translations of the many lectures.

All the participants learned a huge amount from the Japanese teachers and go professionals as well as from one another. We are all re-dedicating our efforts and plan on making ever greater contributions to educating children and the public at large how to play go as well as its pleasures and importance. We hope there will be similar workshops either in Japan or elsewhere in East Asia or perhaps back home in North America. Thank you Nihon Ki-in and INAF for a wonderul workshop and experience!

photos:
top right: (left to right front): Xinming Guo, Lew Geer, Siddhartha Avilasa, Toshifumi Mizuma (7p), Peter Schumer, Ito Yasunari (manager of Nihon Kiin)
left to right back: Michael Cooley, Daniel Gentry, Ted Terpstra, Ze-li Dou, Gurujeet Khalsa, Tom Urasoe (overseas department of Nihon Kiin)

bottom left: (left to right): Lew Geer, Ted Terpstra, Siddhartha Avilasa, Michael Redmond 9P, Gurujeet Khalsa, Peter Schumer, Zi-Le Dou.

Categories: Japan
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Dairong Xu Squashes Competition at NOVA Pumpkin Classic

Monday October 31, 2016

The NOVA Pumpkin Classic was held last Saturday, October 29, at George Mason Law School in Arlington VA. Over 30 2016.10.31_novapumpparticipated, including 13 dan-level players. As usual, the winners took home fine pumpkins, selected by NOVA President Gary Smith. Of note is top winner Dairong Xu, who marched firmly through his top opposition.
The winners were:
First place: Dairong Xu, 5D, 4-0; Zehua Zhao, 4D, 3-1; Joseph Craig, 4K, 4-0; Gary Smith, 10K, 3-1; Robert Cole, 12K, 3-1 and Qidi Xu, 16K, 3-1 (tied); and Andrew Browning, 25K, 3-1.
Second place: Justin Teng, 6D, 3-1; Yanqing Sun, 3D, 2-2; Ryan Hunter, 1D, 3-1; Bob Crites, 7K, 3-0 and Sarah Crites, 9K, 3-1 (tied!); and Antonina Perez-Lopez, 20K, 2-2.
photo: the happy pumpkin crowd; report/photo by Allan Abramson
Categories: U.S./North America
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U.S. Pros Battle in Sankei Cup

Monday October 31, 2016

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGansheng Shi 1P (l) made it through to the second round of the Sankei CupOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA before losing to Tetsuya Kiyonari 9p. He defeated Yosuke Shintani 1p in the first round. Eric Lui 1P (r) lost to Mika Yoshida 8p in the first round. Click here for complete results.
- photos courtesy the Kansai Kiin

US Pros Eric Lui & Gangshen Shi Playing in Sankei Cup

Sunday October 30, 2016

2016.10.30_gangshen-shiAmerican pros Eric Lui (r) and Gansheng Shi (l) are playing in the Sankei Cup. The broadcast will start at 10a (local time in Japan)2016.10.30_ericLui on Monday, October 31st. Click here for details. The matches are Eric Lui vs Mika Yoshida 8p, and Gansheng Shi vs Yosuke Shintani 1p.
Categories: Japan
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Lee Sedol 9P taking on Ke Jie 9P in Samsung Reprise; Live Commentary Sunday Night

Saturday October 29, 2016

Lee Sedol 9p will take on Ke Jie 9p in the Samsung Cup semifinals, in a reprise of last year’s match, when they also met in the2016.10.28-lee-sedol-ke-jie semis. The match starts this Sunday, and Myungwan Kim 9p will provide commentary on the three-game series live on the AGA’s YouTube and Twitch channels, starting at 9p Pacific time on Sunday, October 30 (PDT, UTC-7).  Game 2′s commentary will begin at 9p PST on Monday, 10/31, and if necessary, Game 3′s commentary will start at 9p PST on 11/1. 

Categories: Korea
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Nihon Ki-in Chairman Participates in Nick Sibicky YouTube

Thursday October 27, 2016

Mr. Hiroaki Dan gives a greeting to YouTube audienceThe Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nihon Ki-in, Mr. Hiroaki Dan, gives a greeting in Japanese at the beginning of Nick Sibicky’s latest YouTube lecture.  Mr. Dan was in the United States on personal business, and he had a one day layover in Seattle.  He spent the afternoon and evening with Seattle Go Center board members, and attended the beginning of Nick Sibicky’s class, which was on Go Seigen (Lecture #223).  Later, while enjoying Dungeness crab, he said he was impressed with the quality and amount of teaching done by volunteers at the Seattle Go Center.  report/photo by Brian Allen.

AGA Live Commentary: Park, Tang Down to Last Game of Ing Pro Final

Tuesday October 25, 2016

Myungwan Kim 9p will give live commentary on exciting final round of the 8th Ing Pro Cup finals. Park Junghwan 9p and Tang Weixing 9p play the fifth and final match of the best of five series on Tuesday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. PDT. The players are tied 2-2 and the winner of this round will take home the grand prize of $400,000. The commentary will start at 11 p.m. PDT on the AGA’s YouTube and Twitch channels.2014.10.24_Tang+Weixing2015.02.12_Park-Junghwan-19th-LG-Cup-300x448

Mark Lee Wins Cotsen Open, Sweeping 5-0

Sunday October 23, 2016

Mark Lee won the 2016 Cotsen Open, scoring a decisive 5-0 sweep in which the only real threat came in Round 3 when he2016.10.23_mark-lee-trophy faced “a very hard situation” against Dae Hyuk “Danny” Ko. In the end he prevailed against Ko by resignation, a similar end for most of the rest of his games, earning a second straight Cotsen title. Lee (center) missed this year’s US Open and says he’s been hard at work studying, but not go. He’s a freshman in college now, where he says his favorite subject is geography. “I like it, but it’s not nearly as much fun as go,” he laughed.

In addition to tournament sponsor Eric Cotsen (right), AGA president Andy Okun (left) thanked Ambassador Lee Key Cheol, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles for his strong support for the Cotsen Open. He also thanked Kim Nakjung, Director of the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and Seunghoan Roh, General Manager of the KCCLA, which hosted the Cotsen Open this year. “We really appreciate the longstanding support, not just for this great event, but for promoting go throughout the United States,” said Okun. Cotsen, in addition to thanking all the players for showing up, expressed special appreciation to his  tournament team, “who handled this year’s challenges incredibly well.”

See below for the Cotsen winner report. Click here for the 2016 Cotsen crosstab, where we’ll be posting the top-board games broadcast this weekend on KGS. If you’d like your game record included, please email it to us at journal@usgo.org; be sure to complete all the game information.

2016.10.23Myungwan-Mark Lee 7d vs Danny Ko 7dSix more videos have been posted on the AGA’s YouTube channel, including the Day Two preview with Chris Garlock and Andrew Jackson; Myungwan Kim 9P on the Round 3 game between Mark Lee 7d and Danny Ko 7d, Jennie Shen 2P on the Round 4 game between Mark Lee and Luo Qipeng, Yang Yilun 7p on his exhibition 2016.10.23-tourney-shotgame against Liao Guiyong 9p, Jennie Shen 2P on the Round 5 game between Mark Lee and Chang Duek Je and a wrap-up interview with AGA president Andy Okun. You can check out all the Cotsen Open video reports on this handy 2016 Cotsen playlist.

2016 Cotsen Winner Report
Open winners: 1st: Mark Lee; 2nd: Qiping Luo; 3rd: Aaron Ye; 4th: Andrew Lu; 5th: Danny Ko; 6th: Deuk Je Chang.
Division A: 1st: Qi-Hao Zhao; 2nd: Mellisa Xuning Zhang; 3rd: Kevin Chao
Division B: 1st: Tim Chang; 2nd: Jesse Jenskins; 3rd: Seowoo Wang
Division C: 1st: Kevin Blaw; 2nd: Yunjen Lee; 3rd: Angelo Orlando Cafazzo
Division D: 1st: Daniel Su; 2nd: Jung Ho Lee; 3rd: Raghavendra Morthy
Division E: 1st: Zongren Huang; 2nd: Alexander Guru; 3rd: Lucia Moscola
Club winners: 1st: Santa Monica, 2nd: Orange County, 3rd: Bay Area
- report/photos by Chris Garlock

AGA Broadcast Sunday Night: Ing Cup Finals, Park Junghwan 9p v. Tang Weixing 9p

Sunday October 23, 2016

Myungwan Kim 9p, hosted by badatbaduk, will give live commentary on the action as the 8th Ing Pro Cup finals draw to their conclusion. Park Junghwan 9p and Tang Weixing 9p play the fourth match of the best of five series on Sunday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. PDT. Park currently leads by 2-1. The commentary will start at 11 p.m. PDT on the AGA’s YouTube and Twitch channels.

Mark Lee Cruising in Cotsen

Saturday October 22, 2016

Defending champion Mark Lee 7D cruised through the first three rounds of this year’s Cotsen Open on Saturday, putting2016.10.22_mark-lee himself in position to capture the title for the second year in the final two rounds on Sunday. Also undefeated are Qipeng Luo and Andrew Lu. Click here for complete results through Round 3:  2016.10.21_cotsen-tiebreakreport Catch the top-board action live on KGS, starting at 10:30a PST. The E-Journal’s coverage this year includes short videos posted on YouTube, including player interviews, brief pro commentaries and an interview with Eric Cotsen. Photos and videos are also posted on the AGA’s Facebook page and more photos on our Twitter feed. The tournament, one of the largest and most popular on the AGA’s annual calendar, returned to the Los Angeles Korean Cultural Center this year, and attracted a field of 166 players.
- report/photo by Chris Garlock

Cotsen Open Videos2016.10.22_yang-commentary
2016 Cotsen Open – Chris Garlock and Andrew Jackson preview the Open (2:39)
2016 Cotsen Open — Interview with Eric Cotsen (8:59)
2016 Cotsen Open – Rd 1 Bd 1 review! (Yilun Yang 7P on Mark Lee 7d vs Wenyi Wang 6d) (17:50)
2016 Cotsen Open – Rd 2 Bd 1 review! (Yilun Yang 7P on Mark Lee 7d vs Kai Naoyuki 7d) (13:10
“Why We Play Go” at the 2016 Cotsen Open, Samantha Fede with Lisa Scott (1:42)
“Why We Play Go” at the 2016 Cotsen Open, Samantha Fede with Rui Wong (2:21)
“Why We Play Go” at the 2016 Cotsen Open, Samantha Fede with Sam Tregar (1:37)
Videos produced by Chris Garlock; Andrew Jackson, Technical Producer

 10/22 (7:15a PST): This report has been updated to include the other undefeated top players and the PDF of game results.