American Go E-Journal

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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Go In the News: Syracuse’s Salt City Tournament

Sunday April 22, 2012

“It’s a very deep game, easy to learn how to play, but very hard to get good at,” Syracuse Go Club president Richard Moseson told the Eagle News in a April 6 report  on the recent Salt City Tournament . photo: 94-year-old Milton Sack of Fayetteville was playing in his second-ever go tournament.  He’s pictured playing Syracuse resident Peter Day, who drove up from Columbia University.

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Seattle Go Center Sues Nihon Ki-in

Thursday April 19, 2012

The Seattle Go Center filed suit against the Nihon Ki-in on April 19 in King County Superior Court. The suit charges the Nihon Ki-in with breach of contract and fraud in connection with the Nihon Ki-in’s recent decision to sell the Seattle Go Center building “in order to redirect these resources to the New York Go Center,” said the Center in a press release. The Nihon Ki-in closed the New York Go Center in November 2010, though it still owns the building it was housed in. “The Seattle Go Center deeply regrets that we have been forced to take this action,” the Center’s press release continued. “We are very disappointed that despite more than a month of urging the Nihon Ki-in to enter into negotiations with us, the Nihon Ki-in has not yet done so.  The cloud of uncertainty hanging over Seattle Go Center’s future has severely impaired our ability to conduct fundraising.” The Nihon Ki-in has not thus far given any reason for its apparent decision to revive the New York Go Center at the expense of Seattle’s, either publicly, to Seattle Go Center Directors or to the American Go Association’s (AGA) Board. “While I would have preferred a negotiated settlement,” said AGA President Allan Abramson, “given that the Nihon Ki-in has thus far ignored the AGA’s two letters seeking information on the basis for their decision, we certainly understand why the Seattle Go Center felt it had to take action. The AGA will continue to support the Center, which has been such a success.”  The Seattle Go Center, which opened in 1995 and is now self-supporting, is one of those founded by Kaoru Iwamoto 9P, whose famous atomic bomb go game against Hashimoto Utaro is depicted on the outside of the Seattle Center (above right) and who traveled extensively throughout the West with the aim of spreading go to promote peace, founding go centers in São PauloNew YorkSeattle and Amsterdam. “Iwamoto-Sensei wanted to promote international friendship by providing a place where people of all backgrounds and ethnicities could enjoy learning and playing go together,” said the Seattle Go Center. “We think we are doing a great job of fulfilling that vision.”
photo: at this year’s Jin Chen Memorial Tournament; photo by Brian Allen

 

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Cho Hun-Hyun 9P ‘s Message to American Go Players

Thursday April 19, 2012

With just over a week to go before he attends the April 28-29 Cotsen Open in Los Angeles, Cho Hun-Hyun 9P – considered one of the greatest players of all time – has sent the American go community his congratulations “on starting your professional system and hosting the Cotsen Open,“ adding that “I hope the American go community develops further through this tournament and that many will enjoy go as a mind sport.” Adds Yoo Chang-hyuk 9P, who will also be at the Cotsen, “I can’t wait to see the first American professionals. Even though they may not as strong as Korean professionals at first, Americans can catch up pretty fast by having many opportunities to compete in tournaments.” He also says that he looks forward to “having even more baduk cultural exchanges with Korea.” Finally, KBA Secretary General Yang Jae-ho 9P, who will accompany Cho and Yoo, says that “Having talented kids is critical to developing the baduk community. That’s why we adopted pro qualification for talented kids. Likewise, America can be one of the strongest baduk countries in the world if kids are enthusiastic about baduk. I’d like to give those kids a chance to play with the top professionals from Korea and hopefully they will have a good experience. If those kids become a professional, I look forward to them coming to Korea to participate in tournaments, honor America, and establish baduk friendship between America and Korea. Best wishes for the success of the tournament!” Remember: you must register by April 23rd to be eligible for the free lunch and full registration refund. photo courtesy Go’s Everywhere