American Go E-Journal

Go Classified: Gobans, Bowls & Stones from LA’s “Little Tokyo” Club

Monday February 13, 2012

Three boards, all kaya or katsura wood from Japan. “They were acquired in the Little Tokyo in Los Angeles in 1960. Our family played in the Lil Tokyo Go Club for a number of years. There are slight signs of use but overall they are in great shape.” ($500 plus $35 s/h) Also available: go bowls & stones. Email mmdoherty-legends@att.net for complete list.

 

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Go Classified: Go Book Collection

Monday February 13, 2012

An extensive collection of go books, owned by an antiquarian bookman who studied the game, is being offered for sale. “All books are either Very Good or Near Fine…Many are extremely scarce. Others are out-of-print.” The collection, which focuses on titles from the 1960’s and ‘70s, is being offered for sale—in its entirety only—not individually. NO IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE. $350.00 plus shipping and handling. Email mmdoherty-legends@att.net for complete list.

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Jing Yang Tops Tough Field in Win N.A. Chunlan Cup

Monday February 13, 2012

Jing Yang 8D of Winnipeg, Canada has won the North American Chunlan Cup to earn a place in the Chunlan Cup as the North American representative. Yang bested a field of 16 players including two professionals and other strong amateurs to make it to the Feb. 4-5 finals to face Yongfei Ge, also of Canada(see game at right). Yixian Zhou directed the tournament. Jing Yang will represent North America at the 2012 Chunlan Cup, scheduled to take place in Taizhou, in China’s JiangsuProvincein March. The tournament is sponsored by the Chunlan Group.

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- reported by Karoline Burrall, AGA Tournament Coordinator

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Chun-Hong Chen 8D Wins Phoenix Chinese Week Go Open

Monday February 13, 2012

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, Phoenix Chinese Week and the Arizona Go Club jointly sponsored the 2012 Phoenix Chinese Week (PCW) Go Open on January 29.

Twenty two go players ranging in strength from 18k to 8D gathered at the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center to compete in four divisions, Division A (2D and above), Division B (3K to 1D), Division C (8K to 4K) and Division D (9K and below).

After three rounds and nearly six hours of intensive competition, two winners were determined in each division. Chun-Hong Chen 8D demonstrated his superior strength by  sweeping all three games and won 1st place in Division A, while Jeremy Cain 4D won 2nd place. The winners for the other divisions are: Division B: Jonathan Holtrop 1k, 1st place; William Gundberg 1k, 2nd. Division C: Howard Liu 6k, 1st place; Richard Hardy 5k, 2nd place. Division D: Marty Luad 11k, 1st place; Guillermo Molano 11k, 2nd place.

“Another highlight was the outstanding performance of Junior player Howard Liu 6k,” reports local organizer Quan Li. “Liu played solid games and won three straight games to win 1st place in Division C. Two other junior players, Eric Lin 1d, and Jeffrey Luo 3k, also played very well. We also had a senior player, Demir Zoroglu 5k, who played some impressive games. All of us had great time, regardless of winning or losing. We’ll meet again for next year’s Phoenix Chinese Week Go Open.”
photo by Quan Li

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Thawing “The Body Electric” in Chicago

Monday February 13, 2012

“Love was in the air for our Winter tournament,” reports Chicago go organizer Bob Barber, who directed the February 11 “I Sing the Body Electric” tournament. “Three young women playing in the tournament are getting married this year: Laura Kolb, Lisa Scott, and Karoline Burrall. We even got to meet two of the fiances, one of whom, Patrick Allen, also joined in the games.”

The 42-player field was “a record breaking turnout for our new location, the Go Center in Arlington Heights,” Barber told the E-Journal. “For a while, I thought some might have to play outside in the 19 degree weather.  The beauty part, as our pal Chester Zawacki used to say, is that with so many players, the handicaps were small.”

Players attended from Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kentucky and Minnesota. “Those of us who attend the annual U.S. Go Congress were very happy to welcome Karoline Burrall (at left) to Illinois, where she’ll be studying and living for some years at least,” Barber added. “It was also gratifying to note that eight of the forty-two players were female.  Who said that go is an old man’s game?”

 


Results:
1st Place Dan:  ZHOU, Yinan, 5dTie 1st Place High Kyu: PUZAN, Daniel, 1k; SOLBERG, Richard, 2k
Tie 1st Place Mid Kyu:  MUSKOVITZ, David, 7k; BOYLAND, Peter, 8k
Tie 1st Place Low Kyu: ALAWI, Zaid, 10k; ANDERSON, Jennifer, 15k
photos: Daniel Smith (top right, bottom left); Mark Rubenstein (bottom right) 

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LA Go Club Moves to New Location

Monday February 13, 2012

Visitors to the LA Go Club recently might understandably have been worried by the vanished signs and tape over the door. Not to worry. Gary (Gun-ho) Choi’s venerable Koreatown playing location has moved to a new “and nicer” spot, reports local organizer Andy Okun. Although slightly smaller than the old location, the two-story mini-mall housing the club at 1144 S. Western Avenue, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90006, 323-732-7871 — is a much newer building and has more parking available. In addition, the new playing room is non-smoking, Choi says. The regular playing hours are 10a to 9p and the club is “available on request 24 hours.” The club is also available for go events of whatever kind, and is available free for teaching. Until the signage is changed, look for the new club at the one reading “Baby Tomato Photo Studio.”
- photos by Andy Okun

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Upgrades and Book Additions from SmartGo Books

Monday February 13, 2012

More than two dozen – 27, to be exact – go books are now available in SmartGo Books 1.4. “In addition to including the full text and diagrams of the print versions, you can replay the moves directly in the diagrams,” reports author Anders Kierulf. A new feature includes inline diagrams, enabling many seemingly cryptic move sequences mentioned in the text to be tapped to display as a diagram (see image).

Some of the new books offered include “The Games of Fujisawa Shuko” by John Power (Kiseido), which features all 40 games played by Shuko in the Kisei title games, with their Go World commentary. “Tesuji and Anti-Suji of Go” by Sakata Eio (Yutopian): This out-of-print classic explores 61 tesuji models. “Learn to Play Go” by Janice Kim (Good Move Press): The complete five volumes of this series are now available. “Single Digit Kyu Game Commentaries” (volumes 1 and 2) by Yuan Zhou (Slate & Shell): A great look at common kyu-level mistakes in tactics and strategy.

The SmartGo Books app (for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) is a free download, and a sample chapter of each book is free. The full books are available through in-app purchase at a significant discount to the print versions. Click here for more information.

2013 U.S.Go Congress Organizers Sought

Monday February 13, 2012

The American Go Association is looking for volunteers to organize the 2013 US Go Congress. “It’s a big job,” says Chris Kirchner, “but has great rewards for the organizers who step forward to join the elite class of Congress organizers,” like 2012 Congress Directors Paul Celmer and Peter Armenia. If interested, contact Kirschner at development@usgo.org.  “Be aware that the organizing will start right now,” Kirschner warns, “as you will need to determine a site and come up with a preliminary budget to present at the Congress this year.” Click here for details about what’s involved in organizing a Congress.

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Yuan Zhou 7D to Represent U.S. at WAGC in China

Monday February 13, 2012

Yuan Zhou 7D, a popular teacher and frequent competitor in top U.S. tournaments, will be the U.S. representative to this year’s World Amateur Go Championship, which will be held in Guanzhou, China in May. “I am excited to represent the U.S. and play in the WAGC,” Zhou (at right) told the E-Journal. “It took me lots of hard work and many tough matches to earn the right to become the U.S. representative. The competition will be very severe. All WAGC players are strong, and there will be no easy matches.”

This is just the third time in the 33-year history of the WAGC that it will be held outside Japan, “signifying a changing international go scene,” reports Thomas Hsiang, the American Go Association’s representative to the International Go Federation, where he’s vice president. “It’s expected at least half of all future WAGC will be sponsored by a non-Japanese city and it’s not out of the question that we may have it in North America one day.” The venue of this year’s WAGC, the Guangzhou Qiyuan, is a “magnificent, huge, board-game center where the mind-sport competitions of the 2010 Asian Games were held,” Hsiang adds.

The E-Journal will provide full onsite coverage of the event, thanks again to generous support from the IGF, providing the AGA membership glimpses of the venue, along with stories and game records of the event.

AGA Chapters List Returns

Monday February 13, 2012

The American Go Association Chapters List is back up and running, reports Steve Colburn. “Anyone can join and I added all current chapters today,” Colburn said Monday night (2/13). “This is a great new system that will help support chapters in the coming years,” Colburn added. “Please join the list so your message can be promptly posted to the group.” Questions about the list can be sent to lists moderator Arnold Eudell at chapterservices@usgo.org

 

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