American Go E-Journal

Evanston Go Club Gets Animated

Monday May 23, 2011

The Evanston Go Club taught over 100 people to play go May 21-22 at Anime Central at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. Anime Central (ACen) is Chicago’s and the Midwest’s largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention. Last year it attracted over 15,000 attendees. “This is our favorite event of the year!” said club president Mark Rubenstein. “We teach beginners on 9×9 boards, while more experienced players play 13×13 or 19×19. We even have a 9×9 tournament at the end of the day. Some of the kids love it so much, they stay for hours.” The Evanston Go Club has been teaching Go at ACEN for the past 5 years, and also teaches at local Japanese festivals and schools.

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Kids Get Ready For Go Camp

Monday May 23, 2011

As summer beckons, young go players across the country are looking forward to the annual Youth East Coast Go Camp. AGF Scholarships to the Camp are still available.  ”If I get really strong at go camp I might be able to place in Go Congress… maybe even be an insei and then a pro.  Who knows? I also want to meet old friends, and make new ones,” wrote Chance Reimer in a previous scholarship essay.  ”It was a great experience being around players as interested in go as I am,” wrote Matt Palumbo, “It was great to meet a pro too!  I liked all the people there, and made a new friend who I continue to keep in touch with.”  Parents like camp too: “The happiness he brought back from camp was radiating all over as soon as we picked him up from the airport, and his happiness is our happiness too,” wrote one parent after the event.   The AGA East Coast Go Camp will be held at the Madison Suites Hotel in Somerset, New Jersey, July 23-30. Mingjiu Jiang 7p and Yuan Zhou 7d will be the primary teachers.  For more information, visit the camp page here, or e-mail Mangual at agagocampeast@usgo.org.
-Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.  Photo: Campers and staff at the 2009 Go Camp.

Iyama Yuta Wins Bosai Cup for Japan

Wednesday May 18, 2011

Iyama Yuta 9P has surprised many in the Go world, defeating first Lee Sedol 9P and then Gu Li 9P, to bring the Bosai Cup home for Japan.

The 1st Bosai Cup was an invitational even held in Chongqing, China. The format is similar to the Super Meijin, with one player from each of China, Japan and Korea being invited. Three matches were played to determine the winner.

In the first match, Iyama beat Lee in 205 moves, to take his place in the final. Gu then knocked Lee out of the competition and challenged Iyama. On May 18, Iyama continued his good form, winning the tournament in 208 moves.

Is this the final step in Iyama Yuta’s rise to the top? Japanese go players and Iyama’s fans around the world certainly have something to celebrate today. Congratulations Iyama Yuta!

For more details, visit: Iyama Yuta defeats Gu Li, Japan wins Bosai Cup at Go Game Guru.

- David Ormerod; compiled from the reports on Go Game Guru. Photo: Iyama Yuta 9P on top of the world, receives the Bosai Cup.

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Local Attractions Draw Families & Non-Players to U.S. Go Congress

Monday May 16, 2011

This year’s U.S. Go Congress at beautiful beach-side UC Santa Barbara has attracted many families with events for non-players and families, as well as players who want an afternoon off from the go board. Events for this year’s Congress – July 30-August 7 — include local Santa Barbara attractions, such as a golf excursion on Monday and buses to the local art fair, as well as trips to LA attractions like the La Brea Tar Pits and tours of Hollywood.  “Santa Barbara is such an attractive vacation spot, we really wanted to give families a reason to come and enjoy themselves!” say Congress Organizers Lisa Scott and Andrew Jackson, “Of course, everyone will benefit more from future price discounts prices if they register early, so we are encouraging people to register before June 1 for the best price.”

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2011 NAIM Online Qualifiers Scheduled

Monday May 16, 2011

Two online qualifying tournaments for the North American Ing Masters have been set for June 4-5 and June 25-26. “The event will be similar to previous ones,” says National Tournament Coordinator Edward Zhang, noting that this year players will be required to use a web camera. Email tournaments@usgo.org to register. Similar to local qualifiers — Andy Liu 7d and Curtis Tang 7d have won two local qualifiers in Boston, MA and Alhambra, CA — the online qualifier winners will each be guaranteed a place in the NAIM main event. “Professional players in U.S. and Canada should also email tournaments@usgo.org to let us know your playing status in the 2011 NAIM,” Zhang added.

Blacksburg Go Club Hosts 1st Tournament

Monday May 16, 2011

The Blacksburg (VA) Go Club held its first tournament on April 23, attracting a field of 13. Jimmy Yang 4d took first place in the top bracket and Robert Meyer 7k was first in the second bracket. Keenan Moukarzel 3k took second place in the top bracket and Caleb Vickers 7k was second in the second bracket. “Because of this success, the Blacksburg Go club looks forward to hosting the tournament again next year,” said organizer Dan Monahan.  “We thank Jimmy, Xinlin and their family for coming all the way from Charlottesville to play in our tournament. We expect to have even more people and fun next year.”
photo courtesy Dan Monahan

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Go Expo Day a Hit in NorCal

Monday May 16, 2011

Nearly 100 people of all ages came out to the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on May 14 for the second annual Go Expo Day. The event, organized by Bay Area Go Players Association, is really two go events under one roof. “Go Expo Day is a monthly ratings tournament coupled with our biggest go outreach event of the year,” explains organizer Roger Schrag. Nineteen players arrived in the morning for the all-day AGA-rated tournament. “Players ranged in rank from 30 kyu to 5 dan, and in age from under ten to over 70,” reports tournament director Steven Burrall. Patrick Wang 12k won the most games with a 4-1 record, and six people played in their first tournament ever. Excitement and energy levels rose sharply in the afternoon when the free go lessons began. About 75 eager students of all ages came to learn how to play go and to pick up a free starter go set and copy of The Way to Go. Volunteers talked about go’s rich cultural history and taught the enthusiastic crowd how to play our favorite board game–going over the rules, teaching basic strategy, and playing games one-on-one and in simuls. A good time was had by all, and perhaps our go community just got a little bit larger. Click here to see more photos. The next monthly ratings tournament in Northern California is scheduled for June 11 in San Francisco.

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Seattle Go Center Goes for Pets

Monday May 16, 2011

After ten months without a tenant, the Seattle Go Center has leased the downstairs of their building to Companion Pet Clinic – UDistrict. “This deal does not solve our financial needs by itself,” says SGC Manager Brian Allen, “but it makes our situation a whole lot better, and much more predictable.” Allen adds that with continued support through memberships, donations and volunteering “we will be able to increase our hours and expand our outreach from current levels.”  The veterinary group will be renovating their space this summer and moving in late this fall. The Go Center will be doing outreach at the UDistrict Street Fair this weekend — the third festival that it has attended this spring.
- photo: Tuesday night at the Seattle Go Center; photo by Brian Allen

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Iyama Yuta defeats Lee Sedol

Monday May 16, 2011

This year’s Chongqing International Golden Buddha Mountain Tourism and Cultural Festival (in China) features a three-way invitational tournament between the world’s top pros. The tournament is being called the Bosai Cup and Korea’s Lee Sedol 9P, China’s Gu Li 9P and Japan’s Iyama Yuta 9P are competing. These three are facing one another in a series of three exhibition games. Gu drew a bye in the first round, so Lee and Iyama played today (May 16 2011).

Iyama beat Lee by resignation and took the first spot in the final. In a rematch of last month’s 3rd BC Card, Gu will play Lee for the second spot in the final. The match starts at 1:00pm, May 17, Beijing time (1:00am US Eastern Time) and will be replayed live on Cyberoro. The May 18 match will be replayed the following day, also starting at 1:00pm Beijing time.

Can Iyama Yuta bring a win home for Japan?

- Jingning; based on her report Lee Sedol, Iyama Yuta and Gu Li go head-to-head at Go Game Guru, which includes the game record. Photo: (from left) Lee Sedol, Gu Li and Iyama Yuta.

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Go Spotting: Don Winslow’s Novel “Satori”

Saturday May 14, 2011

Don Winslow’s Satori is based on Trevanian’s Shibumi so it’s not surprising that the novel has go references. “The whole book uses references to go for all its plot twists and turns,” reports Rusty Brown. “The author learned go in college, but said he wasn’t proficient at the game.” A sample from the novel: “When the immediate situation is untenable, Nikko, what do you play for? Time, Otake-sama. Play for the long game.”