American Go E-Journal

U.S. Go Congress Calendar Posted

Sunday June 2, 2013

Attendees at this year’s US Go Congress can start planning their daily activities now with the Congress’ handy Google Calendar. The the 29th Annual US Go Congress is set for August 3-11 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and the schedule includes the US Open, the largest annual go tournament in the US, professional lectures and game analysis, continuous self paired games, and all kinds of go-related activities from morning to midnight. Congress organizers credit “the talented work of Bart Jacob and Jared Beck” for the first-ever online calendar. “Remember, though, that the calendar is a dynamic production,” notes Gordon Castanza, “so come back to it now and then to see if there are any updates. We will strive to use this valuable tool during the Congress as well. So those with portable devices, laptops, tablets, etc. can see the calendar at any time.”



Mexico City Beats Portland in Youth Team Rematch

Saturday June 1, 2013

Mexico City, Mexico, beat Portland, Oregon 8-0 in a May 25 team match between elementary school players, taking revenge for their 8-4 loss the last time these two teams met up. Four players from Mexico City competed against eight Portland players, with each Portland player playing one game and Mexico City players playing two games in this two-round match. Playing for Mexico City were Leo, Samuel, Dante and Diego. For Portland: Hikaru, Nicholas, Wilson, Aden, Jordan, Noah, Tyler and Cameron. This was the first match for Nicholas and Cameron.
- Peter Freedman; photos by Freedman (left, Portland) and Siddhartha Avila (right, Mexico City)

Scottish Open Goes to Di Wu

Saturday June 1, 2013

Di Wu 4d of Durham, England triumphed over 24 other players in the Scottish Open tournament on May 25-26, winning his games in all six rounds. The runner-up, with five wins, was Scottish Champion David Lee 3d, of Dundee, Scotland. Jurriaan Dijkman 4k, of Skye, Scotland took third place.

Gary Craig 15k of Glasgow, Scotland also won five games and Martin Harvey 5k of Manchester, England, Greg Cox 10k of Dundee, Scotland and Carol Goodheir 11k of Skye all won four.

The tournament originated as the Edinburgh tournament in 1981. The Scottish Open later moved to Glasgow, Aberdeen and then Dundee, before returning to Glasgow this year – 14 years after it was last held there. The event took place at Glasgow University’s Gilchrist Postgraduate Club. Six players who arrived early, on Friday evening, played simultaneous games against Di Wu.

Sadly, Boris Mitrovic 2k*, a resident of Edinburgh, Scotland (although Serbian by birth), was unable to play in the Scottish Open, as he was busy in London, challenging for the British Championship (see E-J of May 28). He said: “I think it’s unfortunate the Scottish Open collided with this tournament, as there are very few go tournaments one can play which are near Edinburgh. If they didn’t collide I’d play in both”.

Ironically, as reported in the E-J of May 10, the Candidates Tournament, from which Mitrovic qualified for the Challengers’ League, was held in his home town in order to encourage more Scottish players to enter for the Championship.

As the Bard of Scotland, Rabbie Burns, put it: “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men/Gang aft a-gley**”

Click here for full results.

-Tony Collman. Compiled from material on the BGA’s website and sources.

* This rating was given after Mitrovic played in mainland Europe (Poland) last year, where there is a discrepancy with British grades. As his performance at the Challengers’ League demonstrates, he is well able to play at least to the standard of his BGA Shodan certificate.
** often go awry

Categories: Europe,Go News

Eric Lui 7D Sweeps 40th Maryland Open

Thursday May 30, 2013

An undefeated Eric Lui 7D won the 2013 Maryland Open and NAMT Qualifier, held May 25-26 in Baltimore, MD. A total of 52 players “enjoyed beautiful weather for the 40th Maryland Open,” reports organizer Keith Arnold. Eight players 4-dan and above competed for NAMT points. Gurujeet Khalsa directed the 5-round event.

Winner’s Report: Open Section: Eric Lui 7 dan (undefeated); 2nd Yuan Zhou 7 dan; 3rd Daniel Chou 6 dan
A Section: Justin Ching 4 dan; 2nd Willis Huang 3 dan
B Section: Kelsey Dyer 1 dan; 2nd Ken Koester 2 dan
C Section: Julian Erville 2 kyu and Kyu Champion; 2nd Todd Blatt 1 kyu
D Section: Nathan Epstein 5 kyu (undefeated); 2nd Arnold Eudell 4 kyu
E Section: Andrew Liu 6 kyu; 2nd Frederick Bao, (The Smiling Assassin, 6 years old) 6 kyu
F Section: Bob Crites 10 kyu; 2nd Roberto Andaya 12 kyu
Fighting Spirit Prize – Leslie Lamphere 12 kyu

Categories: U.S./North America

Chapel Hill Chinese School Team & Changlong Wu 7d Top Carolina Spring Go Tournament

Thursday May 30, 2013

The 10th annual Carolina Spring Go Tournament featured a hotly-contested team competition for the youth players. Four teams representing Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language (RACL), Cary Chinese School (CCS) and Chinese School at Chapel Hill (CSCH) competed in the team tournament at the May 18 event, held in Raleigh, North Carolina and organized by the Cary Go Club and the Chinese-American Friendship Association of North Carolina. The tournament attracted 30 go players with ages ranging from 6 to 70 years old.

“The team competition was fierce,” reports organizer Owen Chen. “Young players kept reporting and checking the team scores posted on the wall after each round. In the end, the Chinese School at Chapel Hill team consisting of Justin Zhang, Andrew Huan and their teacher Eric Zhang (right) won the team competition.”

In the individual competition, a new Duke student, Liqun Liu, who was a 5 dan in China, gave long-term North Carolina champion Changlong Wu 7d (left) a fierce challenge. Wu won the close match against Liu and eventually won the open section with a perfect score of 4-0. Liu finished the second place in the open section with his only loss to Wu.

Xiaoping Wu 1d won Section A (1d-2d) with a perfect score of 4-0. John Zhu 9k won Section B (9k-1k) with a score of 3-1. Tom Carlson 10k topped Section C (15k-10k) with a perfect score of 4-0. Justin Zhang 19k, who was a member of the Chinese School at Chapel Hill team that won the team competition, also won the indiviual champion in Section D (25k-16k) with a 4-0 score.
- photos courtesy Owen Chen 

Categories: U.S./North America

Transatlantic Youth Match Sunday June 2

Thursday May 30, 2013

The fifth annual Transatlantic Youth Tournament will take place Sunday on KGS.  Ten young players from Europe will face off against ten from North America, the team with the most wins will be the victor (captain’s game will be the tiebreak if needed).  North America won last year, with an overwhelming 8-2 finish, and the Europeans are itching for paybacks this time around.  Most of the matches will be held Sunday June 3, in the Transatlantic Youth Go room on KGS (under tournaments).  The schedule will be:
13:00 UCT/GMT:
       1. Andrew Huang (donvalley) – Jonas Welticke
15:00 UCT/GMT:
2. Jianing Gan (hkkyeen) – Alexander Vashurov (ALEX575)
         3. Yunxuan Li – Stepan Popov (StepanP)
         4. Aaron Ye (hyperbeam7) – Denis Dobranis
         5. Oliver Wolf (sinsai) – Schayan Hamrach (schayan355)
18:00 UCT/GMT
6. Calvin Sun (kbag)  – Pavol Lisy (cheater)
        7. Bill Lin (billlin) – Lukas Podpera (Lukan)
        8. Lionel Zhang  - Tanguy le Calve (Welvang)
        9. David Lu  - Valeriy Kulishov
4:00 UCT/GMT, Monday, 3rd June
       10. Hugh Zhang (sume) – Mateusz Surma (drakula)

Categories: Youth

KBA Names Two Pros for US Go Congress

Wednesday May 29, 2013

The Korea Baduk Association is sending Kim Hyunghwan 6p and Lee Dahye 4p to the US Go Congress in Tacoma this year. Kim Hyunghwan, 27, is a student of famed teacher Kapyong Kwon, whose students include Lee Sedol 9p and Park Junghwan 9p. He distinguished himself as a youth player, and was unbeaten in the 2001 WYGC in Maui, Hawaii, becoming pro the following year. The Maui experience  prompted him to study English. He is also a student of Chinese and teaches go at university clubs. Lee Dahye, 28, aside from representing Korea in international play, is a specialist at teaching beginners, expertise she will be sharing as an instructor at the first ever AGA classroom teaching certification workshop at Congress. Since 2008, Lee has amassed an impressive record broadcasting lessons on Baduk TV, K-Baduk and Cyberoro (you can see some of her lessons on YouTube here).  She has also taught soldiers in Korea’s military, students at university clubs, and multicultural youth. She  edited the Korean edition of Hikaru no go as well. Most relevant for the teaching workshop, she is co-author of the Korean-English go book, Falling in Love with Baduk, which will be distributed to workshop students free in PDF form (it is available for download through the AGF here as well). She graduated Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, majoring in Japanese, and is in graduate school in the same university. -Andy Okun, with assistance from Myungwan Kim 9p. Photo: Lee Dahye 4p

Virtual Go a Labor of Love for Games Programmer

Wednesday May 29, 2013

When Glenn Fiedler first came to go in 2004, he was immediately taken with the aesthetic side of the game, the black and white stones, their biconvex shape, the sound they make hitting a wooden board.  “I especially loved the way go stones wobble and how stone placement becomes irregular as the game progresses, because the go stones are just slightly larger than the grid,” he told the EJ.  Playing on a computer, though, was not the same experience.  “When I play go on a computer it feels like I’m playing on a magnetic board. In real life, I don’t want to play on a magnetic board. I wanted to make a go board that I could play on the computer that felt like I was really playing go.”  The desire led the Australian Fiedler to a career change.  He became a network game programmer with a specialization in physics and started developing methods of synchronizing physics simulations across multiple computers.  “I ended up inventing new techniques and talking at GDC (Game Developers Conference) about how to network physics simulations. And all the techniques I invented were originally thought up because I wanted to network a simulation of a go board and stones!”

Now, after finishing work on his latest project at Sony, “God of War: Ascension,” Fiedler has finally turned his attention to programming go.  The idea is not to provide an AI opponent, but instead provide a beautiful and compelling simulation of an actual 3D goban and stones that other developers could include in existing go software like SmartGo or Many Faces of Go, Fiedler said.  It is a painstaking step-by-step effort he is chronicling in a blog on his website, Gaffer on Games.  The blog lays out the code and the physical reasoning behind it.  Fiedler hopes to make some commercial use of the software eventually, though it will be hard to do.  In the meantime, that’s not what’s on his mind. “I’ve had some time to work on my dream project after almost 10 years. It’s really satisfying.” -Andy Okun.  Diagram of a stone from Fiedler’s blog: Gaffer on Games.

Go Spotting: Go Builds Math Skills

Wednesday May 29, 2013

A recent article on the Business Insider website extols the mathematical benefits of the game of go, which is the 6th of 13 Things That You Can Do To Make Your Child A Genius At Math.

The article asked professional mathematicians what got them started in math. “There is no better way to train your brain, said one respondent, than the game [of] Go.

Can you tell who is ahead in the go position that the article displays?  (Assume Black to play and a komi of 6.5.)  The full article appears here. Thanks to Chris Sira for sending the link.

Categories: Go Spotting

AGA Election Update

Wednesday May 29, 2013

Incumbent Paul Celmer has been nominated to retain his seat as eastern region representative. No nominations for western or central region candidates have been received yet.  Nominations close June 15 and should be sent to Qualifications and procedures are here

Categories: U.S./North America