American Go E-Journal

4th Yuan Zhou Workshop Held in NC

Monday May 9, 2011

“Go is not just a a simple game,” said Yuan Zhou 7d (r) at the 4th Yuan Zhou North Carolina Go Workshop, held May 6-8 in Raleigh, North Carolina. “It is deeply connected to the philosophy of life. That is one reason why parents want their children to learn go. It teaches values and decision making skills that are important.” Fourteen people from the local clubs, Virginia, and Maryland participated in the three-day event. Zhou employed his characteristic combination of humor, philosophy, and rigorous game analysis to help elevate the games of players of all ranks, with particular emphasis on the need to understand the value and efficiency of each move. The workshop was sponsored
by the Triangle Go Group of Durham, North Carolina.
- Paul Celmer, Chapter Head, Triangle Go Group

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YOUR MOVE: Readers Write: More on Have Gun, Will Travel

Sunday May 8, 2011

More on Have Gun, Will Travel: “The screen shot from “Have Gun Will Travel” looks to me to be 5-in-a-row and not go,” wrote Richard Dolen, among others responding to our May 2 “GO SPOTTING: Have Gun (and a go board) – Will Travel” post. “Even though the word “seki” is mentioned in the dialogue; here it probably means that nobody won, but they used a word from go to describe it.” And Jeffry Finer notes that “The Have Gun Will Travel episode was #186, not 171 (episode 30 of season 5). It aired in 1962.”

Chinese Go Leaders to Visit New England

Sunday May 8, 2011

The Ing Foundation, MIT Go Club, and the Massachusetts Go Association are joining forces to co-host an unusual event on May 19 featuring visiting Chinese go leaders working to promote go across the world. “The President of the Chinese Qiyuan (Chess Institution), the Secretary-General of the Shanghai Ing Foundation, and the Former Chinese University Tournament champion will be visiting Boston in May to gain insight into how to promote a thriving New England go community,” reports Walther Chen. On May 19 at MIT in Boston, from 6:30-10p, “there will be a special event to honor our Chinese guests as well as provide opportunities for networking and, of course, playing go,” says Chen. RSVP by May 10 with your rank to help setting up matches: americaninggo@mail.com

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Jimmy Yang 4D Sweeps NOVA May Madness

Sunday May 8, 2011

Jimmy Yang 4D went 4-0 to take the top section at the annual May Madness tourney in Fairfax, VA on May 7. The May Madness event is known for its gift exchange where each player brings a wrapped gift and takes a different one home. A new feature was the Life and Death contest where players received a set of five life and death problems at registration and had until the start of the first round to complete them. Ethan Baldridge 2D took home the prize for Dan level problems, and Kevin Chin 1k, with the only perfect score of five correct, won the prize for kyu level.
The other sectional winners in the tournament were Kelsey Dyer 2K 4-0, Robert Ehrlich 5k 3-1, Alan Chen 11k 3-1, and Yang Tang 28k 3-1. Second place winners were Wesley Wu 3D 2-2, Yukino Takehara 2k 3-1, Joey Phoon 6k 2-2, Jason Long 8k 3-1, and Anderson Barreal 22k 3-1.
- Gurujeet Khalsa, Tournament Director

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Zhang Wins Morning Star Tourney

Sunday May 8, 2011

Fifth-grader Wilson Zhang topped the Fourth Morning Star Happy Cup Youth Go Tournament with five wins on May 7 in Santa Clara, California. “A record number of over forty elementary and middle school kids gathered together on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and played five rounds of 19×19 games,” reports Yanping Zhao, who co-organized the fourth-annual event with Wenguang Wang. To ensure “a really fun experience for every kid,” Zhao reports that players earned prize tickets after each round, “and used these tickets to exchange various fancy prizes.” Each participant was also rewarded with a trophy and at the event’s conclusion, “all the kids and their parents enjoyed a refreshing ice cream party.” Click here for more photos. - photo by Wendou Zhao; Report by Wenguang Wang.
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Lee Sedol Prevails in 5-Match Battle to Win BC Card Cup

Monday May 2, 2011

Lee Sedol 9P has won the 3rd BC Card Cup World Baduk Championship, defending his title against Gu Li 9P, in an exciting five-match showdown.

At press-time last week, the E-Journal reported that the 3rd BC Card Cup final was tied at one all. What an exciting week fans of professional go have had since then!

Lee pulled ahead in Game Three, staging a surprise reversal after Gu led for most of the game. Gu, playing white, made a small overplay in the late middle game, invading black’s position at the top with move 146. Lee met this with unrelenting force and an iron will. He managed to kill all of white’s invading stones, bringing himself back into the game and going on to win by half a point.

Game Four was the most complicated of the series, opening with a new and fiendishly difficult variation in the lower right. The fighting spread from there and didn’t stop for the whole game. Many assumed the game was over and that Lee had won the title when he took a decided advantage at move 134. However, Gu kept fighting and pulled off an even more amazing reversal with his brilliant play from move 173 onwards. Be sure to check out An Younggil 8P’s commentary.

Given the preceding games, there was a lot of excitement around the fifth and final match. The game itself was relatively peaceful and, unfortunately for Gu, Lee took the lead after Gu misjudged a ko around move 70. After this, Lee demonstrated how to win a won game, trading his way around Gu’s strong challenges and leading things into the endgame. Gu resigned after all his opportunities to reverse the game had been eliminated, giving Lee Sedol his second consecutive win in the BC Card Cup. This also resolves the deadlock in the head-to-head record between these players, with the record now tilting in Lee’s favor at 14-13.

- David Ormerod; compiled from the collected reports on the BC Card Cup at Go Game Guru. Photo: (from left) Lee Sedol, Rui Naiwei, Jujo Jiang and Gu Li review Game Four of the final.

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Clock Ticking on Free Go World Offer

Monday May 2, 2011

Nearly 100 go players have already taken advantage of the American Go Association’s special membership offer of as much as 1700 pages of Go World. “Don’t wait until the last day,” urges AGA President Allan Abramson, “join or renew now!” For a limited time – offer expires May 31 — the AGA is offering as many as 27 issues of Go World magazine to those who join, re-join or renew their memberships. Go World, Kiseido’s quarterly publication, is the ultimate source of go knowledge in English, each 64-page issue is packed with extensive review of at least ten major title match games by top professionals as well as problems, instructional articles and series, and coverage of historical, cultural and other aspects of the game. Click here for complete details on how to take advantage of this offer – made possible by the American Go Foundation– plus download a free sample of Go World.

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Nominations Open For 3 AGA Board Seats

Monday May 2, 2011

Three American Go Association (AGA) Board of Director seats are up for election this year, reports Arnold Eudell, who’s coordinating this year’s election process. The terms of three seats – one in each region – expire this September. Nominations are now being accepted and will close on June 15; nominations must be made by email by full members of the AGA. Send to elections@usgo.org Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

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Osman Wins in Western MA

Monday May 2, 2011

Eric Osman 2d (l) edged out a win in the Western Massachusetts Go Club Spring 2011 tournament on April 30. The tournament in Amherst, MA “had a modest turnout of 16 hard-core players not lured away by one of the most beautiful spring New England weekends yet this season,” reports organizer Trevor Morris. Three players went into the final round undefeated “but none were able to convert to 4-0 and we ended up with 7 players at 3-1” and Osman won on tiebreak to claim the top prize on a month membership to the KGS Insei League. Other first place finishers were Richard Buckman 5k and Stan Silver 14k.  Additional 3-1 winners were Micah Feldman, Joseph Chaves, Ralph St. Louis and Ruban Mitchel. “Thanks to the sponsorship of the KGS Insei League, we’ll be donating over $100 in proceeds from the tournament to Japan relief efforts,” adds Morris. Click here for photos.

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Bordeaux to Host ’11 Euro Go Congress

Monday May 2, 2011

If you like world-class wine with your go, this is the year to plan to attend the European Go Congress. The Zhuyeqing Tea 55th European Go Congress is set for July 23rd to August 6th in Bordeaux, France. The EGC will host two major events this year in addition to a 10-round main tournament – which determines the 2011 European champion – the usual side tournaments, workshop and simuls with professional players. The Pandanet Go European Team Championship will hold its finals during the first weekend, and the China Weiqi League will also play a round during the EGC. Sightseeing will be organized during days off during the two-week event, and Bordeaux offers world-famous vineyards, including in the village of St Emilion, architectural sights, an interesting city center as well as many lakes and rivers and the ocean, which are located nearby. There are also plans to organize tours to the famous Pyla sandhill.

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