American Go E-Journal

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.”

Readers Write: Kindle Go Update

Saturday May 14, 2011

“Any plans for a game of go version for Kindle?” wondered Dave Gagne here back in March (Kindle Go? 3/28 EJ). We’ve subsequently had two Kindle go sightings: Cristian sent us a link to Adrian Petrescu’s blog; Petrescu’s most recent post on May 5 says that “KindleGoban (r) and KindleChess will both be released this summer.” And  Mike Yankee reports that “all three volumes of Cho’s Encyclopedia Of Life And Death (as well as other tsumego collections) are downloadable as .pdf files here; these can be viewed directly on the Kindle although the diagrams are small.”
Keep us posted on these and other go news developments at journal@usgo.org

Go Congress Hosts Sought

Saturday May 14, 2011

With turnout at this year’s U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara heading for a record, the American Go Association is already looking ahead to future Congresses. If your chapter might be interested in hosting a Congress – click here for full details on what’s involved in organizing the AGA’s premier event of the year — contact Chris Kirschner at development@usgo.org or 206-579-8071 for more information. The 2012 Congress is set for North Carolina, but from 2013 forward is currently up for grabs.

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8 Top Players to Vie in 1st Wisonet Cup

Saturday May 14, 2011

Andy Liu 7d (l) heads up an 8-player field in the invitation-only Wisonet Cup Go Tournament, which starts Sunday, May 22 at the Quakerbridge Learning Center in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The tournament features a longer playing time – 2 hours per player – and just three rounds played over several months. The second round will be held in June, and the final round may be held in September, says Ronghao Chen, president of Wisonet and tournament organizer. The longer time is intended to permit greater preparation time for the players as well as allowing the audience “to learn and discuss more about the tournament. We hope that we can achieve very interesting games with good quality,” Chen tells the E-Journal. Doors open at 9:30a and tickets for watching the games are $5 each. The pairings for the May 22 round are: Minshan Shou 7d (2011 New Jersey Open Champion) v.s. 12-year-old Forest Song; Xinyu Tu 7d v.s. Xirou Liu 7d; Kevin Huang 7d v.s. Benjamin Lockhart 6d; Andy Liu 7d v.s. Qiyun Zhu.

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