American Go E-Journal

Go Photos: At the San Diego Go Soiree

Monday February 6, 2012

The winter 2012 San Diego Go Soiree attracted 23 go players to the home of San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra January 29 for seven hours of informal games. Players ranked from beginners to San Diego’s only go professional, Shirley Lin, attended. Two visiting 7-dans from Japan were honored guests. Several members of the UCSD Go Club also attended, including Tyler Oyakawa, 2 dan, who beat many higher ranked players.
photos: right: Mr. Kohmoto (l, from Japan) and Tyler Oyakama (r, UCSD) overlooking Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean; left: part of the assembled crowd. Photos courtesy Ted Terpstra.

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Mexico Schools Portland

Monday February 6, 2012

Four teams of elementary school kids in Portland OR and Mexico City, competed against each other in a friendly inter-school match on KGS, Jan. 21st. The kids from Mexico attend Pipiolo Art Institute, and are taught by Siddhartha Avila, who is building a vital Mexican Go community  around his youth programs. In Portland, Peter Freedman is workingwith kids at the Irvington School Chess and Go Club. Each school fielded two teams of three kids, the youngest player was 6 years old.  The Mexican kids have been playing longer, and won an impressive 10 out of 12 games. “The kids on both sides were really, really, excited,” reports Freedman. “They chatted nicely with each other as they played: ‘How old are you?’ ‘You won. You are better than me.’…We Skyped at the same time, so the kids could see each other. We made introductions, saw Sid’s classroom…it was very, very cool,” added Freedman.
- Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.  Photos: top: Peter Freedman and the Irvington School kids; bottom: Siddhartha Avila with the Pipolo students

Redmond Cup Open for Registration

Monday February 6, 2012

Young American go players can now sign up for the 19th annual Redmond Cup Tournament. Preliminary games will be played on the Internet, courtesy of IGS-PandaNet, and the four finalists will be invited to the 2012 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids under 12 years old, and the Senior league for those under 18, on August 1st 2012. Competitors in the Senior League must have an AGA rank of  1 dan or higher, in the Junior 5 kyu or stronger. The participants must be members of the American Go Association or the Canadian Go Association and either residents of the U.S., Canada or Mexico, or citizens of the United States living anywhere in the world, provided that they are also members of the AGA. The tournament director for the Redmond Cup is Michael Bull; Ing rules of Goe for all games. To register e-mail youth@usgo.org with your name, phone #, date of birth, AGA rating, IGS ID, and citizenship. The registration deadline is March 8, 2012. The Cup is sponsored by Michael Redmond 9P and his family, the American Go Association and the American Go Foundation. Photo: 2011 finalists, Aaron Ye 4d (l),  and Sammy Zhang 3d(r) compete at the US Go Congres in Santa Barbara. – Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor.


CGA Re-Issues KGS Leagues Invite

Monday February 6, 2012

A second invitation to play in the Canadian Go Association KGS Leagues has been issued to AGA players before the start of the next round on February 15th. “We have about 20 American go players so far from beginner to 8+ dan for a total of about 75,” reports Chuck Elliot. “We would welcome more.” The League games provide an excellent opportunity for players to play serious games year-round, meet friends, and get stronger. Last year’s prizes totaled $450, which Elliot hopes will grow to $2000 in 2012. Visit the League website for more information, and to see the posted rounds. Click on Current Round to see the previous round; click on Annual League Schedule to see all. When you register, send an email saying “Chuck, I’m in” to Elliot at ChuckBrenda@shaw.ca. This offer will be open all year.
- Karoline Burrall, AGA Tournaments Coordinator

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“So You Want to Play Go?” Released

Monday February 6, 2012

Jonathan Hop’s “So You Want to Play Go?” is now out. Targeted at single digit dan players, the new publication – the fourth in Hop’s series — contains sections on joseki, positional judgment, and professional games, “and simulates my time studying at a professional dojo in Korea.”  The book has been reviewed by Alexandre Dinerchtein and contains information about his insei league on KGS. Available on the Kindle and on Hop’s Sunday Go Lessons website. Click here for a free sample.

 

Chizu Kobayashi 5P Visits Seattle Go Center

Sunday February 5, 2012

Chizu Kobayashi 5P, the charming and enthusiastic Executive Director of the Nihon Ki-in, made a two-day visit to the Seattle area that combined teaching and administration. On Monday, Jan. 23, she visited the Microsoft campus,  gave a lecture,  and then went to the Seattle Go Center to meet with the Directors of the Center. On Tuesday, she toured the veterinary facilities of the Go Center’s new tenant, Companion Pet Care. She then gave lectures in the afternoon and evening at the Go Center. Over 50 people came for her talks, which included her fond memories of the founder of the Seattle Go Center, Iwamoto Kaoru, group go games, and go problems. Photo: Frank Fukuda of the Go Center and Chizu Kobayashi 5P start the evening lecture.  - photo/report by Brian Allen

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AGA-Korea Agreements Posted

Sunday February 5, 2012

The recent agreements signed by the American Go Association with Korea to promote a new professional players’ system in theU.S.have now been posted. Click on our original report — AGA Inks Deals with Korea to Develop U.S. Pro System  (12/26/2011 EJ) – for details on the agreements AGA Board Chairman Andy Okun signed with the Korea Baduk Association and the Korean go server TongYang Online (Tygem) December 19th in Seoul, Korea.

Registration Opens for 2nd YKNOT Tourney; $3,000 in Prizes

Friday February 3, 2012

The second Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YKNOT) is set for March 3, 4, and 10. Registration is free. YKNOT is sponsored by Young Kwon, a former US Open champion dedicated to promoting go in the US (see “The Man Behind the YKNOT Tournament”  12/20/2010 EJ). Players will compete for a total prize purse of nearly $3,000 in one of the largest Western online go tournaments. U.S. players of any strength are eligible for free registration, as long as they are AGA members and have resided in the United States for six of the last 12 months. The tournament will take place on the KGS Go Server. Click here for the YKNOT schedule, tournament rules, and TD contact. Registration closes on Friday February 24th. Players new to KGS are strongly encouraged to review the AGA’s KGS Tutorial and to play a few games on KGS prior to the tournament. THIS JUST IN: The open section of the YKNOT 2 will be scored as the first online North American Ing Masters Qualifier, the players in that section will be able to earn points towards playing in the North American Ing Masters Tournament in Black Mountain, NC in August.
- Karoline Burrall, AGA Tournament Coordinator

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Feb. 25 Atlanta Tourney First Ing Qualifier in Eastern U.S.

Friday February 3, 2012

The February 25 Year of the Dragon Winter Go Tournament in Atlanta, GA will be the first North American Ing Masters qualifying tournament of the year to be held in the East. The tournament starts at 9a at the Peachtree Executive Office Park. Be sure to register at least 4 days in advance; there’s a $15 entry fee, and prizes will be awarded in all divisions. The players of the high dan division are eligible to win points toward competing in the North American Ing Masters Tournament at the 2012 US Go Congress in Black Mountain, NC. See the Atlanta Go Club’s Facebook page, GT Go Club@Atlanta for more details.
- Karoline Burrall, AGA Tournament Coordinator

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Your Move/Readers Write: Cuban Go?

Wednesday February 1, 2012

“Do you have any contact information for Cuban go players?” wonders Phil. “I’ll arrive in Havana on Saturday, Feb. 4. I did play at the Havana club in 2003, but perhaps someone has more up-to-date information.” Email us at journal@usgo.org with any info/contacts, and muy gracias!
“We have an Go Academy,” reports Rafael Torres Miranda; the address is: Academia Cubana de Go (Cuban Go Academy),Centro Deportivo ( Sport Center) Eduardo Saborti; 5ta Ave y 120. Playa.  email: academiacubanadego@yahoo.com Contact: Rafael Torres Miranda ( 57 5 2850452 ); rafael@supplyinbond.co.cu