American Go E-Journal

SmartGo Books 2.0 Released

Tuesday July 3, 2012

If you have an iPad or iPhone, reading go books just got even better. “SmartGo  Books 2.0 improves the reading experience by moving the controls more out of the way, always showing the chapter title (iPad) and page number (iPhone), and speeding up navigation,” reports SmartGo author Anders Kierulf. Three new books bring the total number of SmartGo book to 35, and Kierulf says he hopes to have five more books before the upcoming U.S.Go Congress.

The three new books:

  • “Get Strong at Life and Death” by Richard Bozulich ($8.99): Fundamentals of life & death, with 230 problems (Kiseido).
  • “More Go by Example” by Neil Moffatt ($6.99): Explore the thinking required to break through the kyu-dan barrier (Learn Go Press).
  • “Correct Joseki” by Mingjiu Jiang and Guo Juan ($7.99): Dealing with joseki mistakes, and how to select joseki for particular game situations (Slate & Shell; published in print as “All About Joseki”).

SmartGo Books is a free app you can download from the App Store, with books available as in-app purchases. Click here for more information.

 

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AGHS Seeks New Officers

Monday July 2, 2012

“Are you a good leader, and  do you want to contribute to the future of youth go?” asks Justing Teng, Co Vice-President of the American Go Honor Society (AGHS), who run the popular School Teams Tournament every year. Applications are open for officer positions for the 2012-2013 school year including Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Promotion Head, Tournament Organizer, and Webmaster. These positions are limited to Go enthusiasts under the age of 18 and in grades 6-12. The window for applications closes on August 15. More information as well as the application itself can be found at the AGHS website (http://www.aghs.cc). “Feel free to email any questions to AGHSpresident@gmail.com,” adds Teng. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.

AGF Twitter Feed

Monday July 2, 2012

Part of the new AGF website is a Twitter feed, which drew the attention of  #Engage365 for an interview with AGF VP Paul Barchilon last week.  Learn more about the redesign, and the AGF’s goals in the transcript of the interview here.  The AGF hopes to build a voice on Twitter, by sharing information about new Go clubs and resources nationwide.  Interested readers can follow the AGF at AGFgo on Twitter.

 

AGA Launches Revamped Website

Sunday July 1, 2012

The American Go Association’s new website launched on Saturday, June 30. While most of the new site’s changes are behind the scenes and will provide a more up-to-date, robust and flexible structure for the site, users will also notice a cleaner and more streamlined visual design.

Most of the old site’s content has been retained, as well as cleaned up and updated where necessary, and is accessible via nested navigation bars along the left-hand side. Three popular areas — Upcoming Events, Ratings and Latest Go News — are quickly accessible via the navbar across the top of the page, while the center of the home page continues to feature news stories which are updated daily.

Well over a year of work has gone into developing and implementing the new site. “We owe a huge debt of thanks and appreciation to the dedicated team of volunteers — Chris Garlock, Roger Schrag Steve Colburn, Joshua Simmons, Justin Kramer, Jason Preuss, Jonathan Bresler, Roy Laird, Phil Waldron, Sam Zimmerman, David Arteche and Bob Gilman — who put so much of their time and energy into this project,” said AGA President Allan Abramson. “This updated and upgraded site will enable the AGA to continue to provide the go community here and around the world with high quality information about the world of go. It’ll also enable new go players to quickly and easily access that world.”

Comments and suggestions on the new site are welcome: email them to journal@usgo.org

$8,000 Needed to Get U.S. Team to Mind Sports Games

Sunday July 1, 2012

With less than a week to go, the fundraising goal for the U.S. Mind Sports team is $8,000 short, reports American Go Association President Allan Abramson. The U.S. has been invited to compete in five tournaments at the 2012 World Mind Sports Games in Lille, France. “This is a great opportunity for our players to participate in such a high-profile event, but we need your support to get our team there. Please donate online.”

Go Congress Offers Incentives for Registration

Thursday June 28, 2012

The 2012 U.S. Go Congress is running a special registration promotion from now until July 15th.  If you register and pay your bill by July 7th, you will receive your choice of either one hour of private game review and/or a lesson with a pro, or a Congress certificate for one book of your choice from Slate and Shell (up to $30 dollars in value).  Each registrant should also send an email to the registrar at arlene@gocongress12.org indicating they are using the promotion and what reward they are choosing.

And don’t forget to check out the exciting trailer for “The Surrounding Game” documentary that will be filming at Black Mountain as well!

“Thanks again, and hope to see you soon at the Congress!” say Co-Directors Peter Armenia and Paul Celmer.
NOTE: this offer good only for those who registered after 7/1/2012. 

Categories: U.S. Go Congress
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TygemGo Online Pro Prelim Down to Final 21

Wednesday June 27, 2012

The field in the TygemGo Online Pro Prelim has been narrowed down to the final 21 players, six of whom are Canadians. The tournament’s last round will be this weekend, with the last seven players qualifying to go to North Carolina in late July for the ‘face to face’ final rounds with the other nine finalists. The top two winners in North Carolina will be the first American-certified pros. Myung-wan Kim 9P will provide live commentary on Tygem on Saturday and Sunday starting at 12:30p EST at Korea1 server. “I think observers will see very interesting games in this final round since the competition is getting tougher,” Kim tells the E-Journal. “I really enjoy the interactive live commentary with observers. If you come to my commentary, be sure to vote for the next move. It’s not only fun but also the better way to learn from my commentary. And of course, questions are always welcome.”

The final 21 players:
U.S.: Matthew Burrall, Wei Chen, Daniel Chou, Bert Hallonquist, Kevin Hong, Dae Kim, Sooil Kim, Ben Lockhart, Andrew Lu, Eric Lui, Daniel Puzan, Cherry Shen, Justin Teng, Aaron Ye, , Vincent Zhuang.
Canada: Will Gan, Juyong Ko, Bill Lin, David Lu, Jing Yang, Oliver Wolf.

Baduk TV Comes to Your Smartphone

Monday June 25, 2012

Go junkies rejoice: Baduk TV is now available on your smart phone. That’s right, you can now watch the same program Korean baduk (the Korean word for go) players watch 24 hours a day. The free Baduk TV app is available in Apple’s App Store and Google Play. Though currently only available in Korean, Myungwan Kim 9P says there may be an English translation version of the program available as early as the end of this year. “Many Korean go players first met go through Baduk TV,” says Kim, “The biggest reason prize money in Korean tournament has been rising for the last 10 years or so is because Baduk TV created so many fans and attracted commercial sponsors. I think it could make a huge difference to the go community here, as well.” For now, the service is free, though Kim says that may change later this year, and the rates will depend on how many users there are.

Jeff Horn Tops Davis/Sacramento Tourney

Monday June 25, 2012

Jeff Horn 1D won the Upper Division of the Davis/Sacramento Go Club’s Summer Quarterly Tournament, held at the Arcade Library in Sacramento on June 23. The Lower Division winner was Jeff Murphy, 4k. Both had 2 wins.
- Willard Haynes

Categories: U.S./North America
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Go Classified: Go Players in Marquette, MI

Monday June 25, 2012

3k seeks other players in Marquette, MI; will be visiting July 5- 20. Reply to roylaird@gmail.com. I hope to see you this summer!

Categories: Go Classified
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