American Go E-Journal

Amsterdam Tourney Includes Speed Go on a Boat

Tuesday April 24, 2012

This year’s edition of the Amsterdam International Go Tournament includes a Rapid (Speed Go) Tournament that will be played on a boat that travels through/around the city of Amsterdam. The tournament – the 41st edition – runs Thursday, May 17th – Sunday, May 20th and is being presented by The Amsterdam Go Club, in cooperation with the European Go Centre – celebrating it’s 20th anniversary — the Dutch Go Association, the EGF and EuroGoTV. This year’s tournament is part of the European Cup, level 5, the highest level, allowing top European finishers to earn points for the European Cup system. A large field is expected, with many players already pre-registered, including players from Belgium,  Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Korea, Poland,  Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. In case of sufficient participants and interest commentary on the top  games will be given by Cho Seokbin 7P from Korea. Discount for online pre-registration before May 1. Free and cheap lodging is available; for details see the tournament site and click here for photos from previous tournaments. photo: at the 2008 Amsterdam Tournament; photo by Judith van Dam

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2012 AGA Board Minutes Posted Online

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Minutes of the American Go Association Board of Director’s 2012 meetings – including the January 21 special meeting to discuss the proposed “tap” on foreign prize winnings – have now been posted online. Click here for all Board minutes 2003-2012 or here for January 4January 21 and February 27 minutes.

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Brooklyn Go Club at Sakura Matsuri Festival

Tuesday April 24, 2012

The Brooklyn Go Club will be staffing go tables at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens’ Sakura Matsuri Festival again this year on April 28-29. “Go doesn’t technically doesn’t start until 1pm, but BGC members can show up at noon at 1000 Washington Ave and help set up,” reports Marc Palmer.

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Cotsen Open Set for this Weekend in L.A.

Monday April 23, 2012

The Cotsen Open in Los Angeles this weekend just added another draw: special fans signed by all three attending professionals, Cho Hun-Hyun 9P, Yoo Chang-hyuk 9P and KBA Secretary General Yang Jae-ho 9P, who will be commenting, teaching and observing the opening phase of US pro certification process. That’s in addition to the free food, shoulder massages, six Korea Baduk Association (KBA) rank certificates, sunny weather and field of hundreds of players at the Cotsen this Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29. The Cotsen, one of the biggest tournaments on the American go calendar, is being hosted by the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and this year includes the AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim, which will select two candidates for the AGA’s first-ever professional certification tournament at the U.S. Go Congress in North Carolina this summer. Click here to register now!

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Kevin Huang Wins Somerset NAIM Qualifier

Monday April 23, 2012

Kevin Huang 7D took first place in the April 21-22 North American Ing Masters (NAIM) Qualifier Tournament in Somerset, New Jersey. Huang’s win qualified him to participate in the NAIM at the 20120 U.S. Go Congress. The second place winner was Xinyu Tu 7D, who received qualifier points to NAIM and the 2012 World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) in France, and third place winner Lionel Zhang 6D also collected qualifier points to the WMSG. The final game to determine the first place winner was appropriately dramatic, reports tournament organizer Ronghao Chen. “Xinyu Tu put his 47th move at the center of the board and made a big moyo. Kevin Huang immediately invaded, attempting to make his group live and reduce Tu’s terRitory. Kevin spent a lot of time trying to solve this very difficult problem, and at the end of his game he only had 31 seconds remaining. Xinyu made big mistakes and retreated several times as Kevin finally broke Tu’s defense line, killed Tu’s 30 more stones and won the game and the tournament.”
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U.S. Go Congress Registration Booming; 4/25 Deadline for Free Mealplan Drawing

Monday April 23, 2012

Registrations for the 2012 U.S. Go Congress in Black Mountain, North Carolina, are coming in at a record setting pace, reports Congress Liason Chris Kirschner, with nearly 200 signed up thus far. “This is not surprising,” Kirschner says, “given that the Black Mountain site has many unique aspects, including stunning natural beauty, proximity to Asheville’s craft breweries and vibrant arts scene, relatively modest costs, and numerous recreational opportunities as well as traditional summer camp activities.” In addition, the Congress is hosting the International Go Symposium, an academic conference investigating the educational, cultural, scientific, and literary aspects of the game of go. Given the high demand, Congress Co-Directors Paul Celmer and Peter Armenia warn that “to ensure that you will receive your first choice of accommodation, you must register and pay your Congress balance. Your rooms are not reserved until we receive payment.” They also reminded E-Journal readers that midnight on Wednesday, April 25 is the deadline for the drawing for a free 2012 Congress meal plan, a $225 value, and with just 12 entries so far, “The odds are in your favor!” Click here for details on how to enter the drawing.

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Los Angeles and Seattle

Monday April 23, 2012

 

April 28-29: Los Angeles, CA
2012 Cotsen Go Open with 1st AGA-Tygem Pro Prelim
Jenna Stewart creativemindevents@me.com 818.974.9418

April 29: Seattle, WA
Monthly Ratings Tournament
Brian Allen manager@seattlego.org 206.545.1424

Get the very latest tournament information.

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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.

Go Photo: Cool Game

Sunday April 22, 2012

We came across this great photo posted 11/7/2011 on the V = I·R blog. Titled “Playing Go In Russia,” the blogger finds some appropriate ice floe references in James Davies’ Elementary Go Series, Volume 3: Tesuji: “A good player tries to read out [ahead] in his head before he puts the stones on the board. He looks before he leaps. Frequently he does not leap at all; many of the sequences his reading uncovers are stored away for future reference, and in the end never carried out. This is especially true in a professional game, where the two hundred or so moves played are only the visible part of an iceberg of implied threats and possibilities, most of which stays submerged.”
If you have more info on this photo or the blogger — or want to send in your own go-related photo — email us at journal@usgo.org

5/7/2012 Update: “I could be mistaken, but the men in that photograph look like Igor Grishin (left) and Maksim Tikhomirov (right) from the Russian Go Federation,” writes Nikolas. “ Alexandre Dinerchtein sent me more photos of them” on the All About Go blog.

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Steven Wu 3D Wins MGA Spring Tourney

Sunday April 22, 2012

Twenty-two players turned out for the April 15 Massachusetts Go Association’s Spring tournament in Somerville MA. Steven Wu 3D took first, Eric Osman 2D was 2nd and 3rd was split between Eva Casey  4K and Ralph St. Louis 8K. “Good turn out for a warm spring day,” reports TD Wanda Metcalf.

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