American Go E-Journal

Expanding Online Efforts, AGA Launches On-Line Self-Paired Tourney On KGS

Sunday September 22, 2013

The American Go Association is launching a beta program, AGA On-Line Games, on KGS on October 1. “Playing with a good selection of opponents of different styles and strengths is key for player development and satisfaction,” says organizer Bob Gilman, “and many find this difficult to find locally.” The program has two parts, a Self-Paired Tournament, a handicap tournament patterned on the popular tournament of the same name at the annual U.S. Go Congress, and a schedule of simultaneous games given by players AGA 4 dan and stronger.

Click here for self-paired tournament details, and here to register. The AGA On-Line Self-Paired Tournament is open to all current AGA members and will run through the end of December. Players must be members to participate. Prizes will be awarded in eight categories. “Generally, participants will be rewarded for playing a large number of games against a variety of opponents with different ratings,” says Gilman, “and of course, their results in those games.” For this beta tournament, the tournament games will not be AGA-rated. “There are plans underway to set up a parallel AGA rating system for on-line games,” Gilman says, “and, when this is in place, these games may count toward an AGA on-line rating.”

The simultaneous games will be played in a new AGA Community Room on KGS, a private room which will be open to all current AGA members. For admission to this room, contact bobgilman.aga@gmail.com. You will need to give your name, AGA ID, and your KGS user name. In general the simuls will be weekly at dates and times selected by the volunteers offering them.

“We also hope that the AGA On-Line Games playing experience and the relationships it develops will whet players’ appetites to seek out more opportunities for in-person play,” Gilman adds. “The program is the first step in enhancing the AGA’s online presence. The experience we gain from this KGS beta will put us in a position to test with additional servers for a comprehensive program of AGA-rated games, tournaments, prizes, simultaneous games, and more, enabling members to meet and connect with other members.”

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Winning Club at Cotsen to Win $1,000

Sunday September 22, 2013

The winning go club at the upcoming Cotsen Open takes home a $1,000 prize. Points are awarded based on how well each club’s members do in the popular event, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. “So make sure your club is well-represented!” says registrar Samantha Davis. Click here for details and to register. The 5-round tournament also features game commentaries by Myung-wan Kim 9P and Yilun Yang 7P, free lunch both days and free shoulder massages while you play. photo: Myungwan Kim commenting a game at the 2012 Cotsen; photo by Chris Garlock

Chapter News: Sunnyvale, CA

Sunday September 22, 2013

The Sunnyvale, California Go Club is still alive and kicking, reports founder and organizer Jean de Maiffe. “Several years ago our greatest number of players at any one meeting had been set at 20. This past August we broke that record with 23 players at one meeting. Everyone played at least one game, most played at least two. Strengths ranged from unrated beginner to 6D. Ages ranged from roughly 6 years old to definitely over 60 years old. Congratulations to us all.”
- photo by Jean de Maiffe

 

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Chapter News: Seattle Fall Classes

Saturday September 21, 2013

“Get Ready! Fall Classes start up next week!” reports the Seattle Go Club. “Including Nick Sibicky on Monday Nights, Andrew J on Wednesday Nights, and Classes for Beginners on Thursday Nights. Photo of Sibicky by Brian Allen.

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Go Spotting: The Key to Nintendo’s Success?

Saturday September 21, 2013

Hiroshi Yamauchi transformed Nintendo from a small maker of traditional Japanese playing cards into to a manufacturer of gaming consoles and software that delivered Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong into living rooms around the world.Yet “For all his success in popularizing computer games,” reported the Wall Street Journal, Yamauchi — who died on September 19 at age 85 — “didn’t play them much. He preferred the decidedly classical board game of Go, in which a player seeks to outwit and encircle his opponent.” Thanks to Fred Baldwin for passing this along. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images photo courtesy WSJ

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EuroGoTV Update: Finland, Italy, Russia

Saturday September 21, 2013

torneo di pisa 2013Finland: The Nuorten SM 2013 finished September 15 in Helsinki with Bean Yang 4d in first, Jerry Savo 1k in second, and Samuel Laire 3k in third. Italy: Also on September 15, Carlo Metta 3d (left) took the Torneo di Pisa while Alessandro Pace 2d placed second and Alberto Zingoni 1d came in third. Russia: At the Russian Female Championship in Moscow on September 8, Dina Burdakova 5d bested Natalia Kovaleva 5d and Daria Koshkina 3k was third.
- Annalia Linnan, based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news

Gotham Go Tournament & East Coast AGA Pro-Select Qualifier Set for October 12

Tuesday September 17, 2013

The second Gotham Go Tournament, scheduled for October 12th in New York City, will also be the East Coast AGA Pro-Select Qualifier. The tournament will be at the same place as the last one in January, the Hostelling International New York (891 Amsterdam Ave, btw 103rd & 104th in Manhattan). Click here for details and to register. photo: January 2013 Gotham Tournament; photo by John Pinkerton

 

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Wang Chenxing Takes First International Title With Bingsheng Cup Win

Tuesday September 17, 2013

4th Bingsheng CupWang Chenxing 5P (left) secured her first major international title when she defeated Yu Zhiying 5p in the 4th Bingsheng Cup on September 12. On her journey to the final round, Wang defeated last year’s winner Rui Naiwei 9P, Xie Yimin 6P, and Li He 3P.

However, 15-year-old Yu deserves recognition in her own right. If she had defeated Wang, she would have broken the world record for youngest international title holder in the go world. The current record is held by Lee Changho 9p for his win at the 3rd Tongyang Securities Cup in 1992 when he was 16 years and 6 months. At 15 years and 10 months, Yu’s triumph would have shattered Lee’s 20-year streak.

First played in 2010, the Bingsheng Cup remains the only women’s individual international go tournament. It draws the top 16 players from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, North America, and Oceania. Named after Sun Zi (aka Sun Tzu), the author of The Art Of War, the Bingsheng Cup is held annually at the Sun Wu Memorial Hall on Qionglong Mountain in Suzhou, China. For more information about the 4th Bingsheng Cup including photos, a post-game interview with Wang, and game records, visit Go Game Guru.
­- Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article by Go Game Guru; photo courtesy of Go Game Guru

Cotsen Registration Opens

Sunday September 15, 2013

Free lunch, shoulder massages and pro game commentaries…registration is now open for the Cotsen Open, one of the most unique and popular go events on the annual North American go calendar. The tournament is set for Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. Myung-wan 9P, one of the organizers of the US pro system, will also be on hand to teach and play simultaneous games, while local Southern California favorite and renowned US teacher Yi-Lun Yang 7P will also teach and provide game commentary. Registration and lunch are free but only for those who pre-register (and who play both days), “so sign up now!” say organizers. photo: 2012 Cotsen Open players line up for their free lunch at the Korean lunch truck; photo by Chris Garlock

Jeff Horn Wins Davis-Sac Fall Tourney

Sunday September 15, 2013

Jeff Horn 1d won the Davis/Sacramento Go Club Fall Quarterly Tournament, held September 7 at the Arden-Dimick library in Sacramento. Horn (right) topped a field of seven players ranging in strength from 1 dan to 14 kyu.
- Willard Haynes
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