American Go E-Journal

Go Renaissance in the Big Apple

Monday December 26, 2011

Since the New York Go Center closed in 2010, New York City’s go scene has ironically been experiencing a bit of a go renaissance, reports local organizer Boris Bernadsky. “Perhaps it’s due to people no longer taking having a go club for granted that encouraged the go community to become more active in going out to play,” Bernadsky tells the E-Journal. The most notable addition to New York go is the mostly go club on meetup.com.  “This 2.0 style go club allows people to very easily organize go meetings all over the city, anytime they want,” says Bernadsky. “A lonely go player now needs very little organizing skill or experience to put together a fun day playing go in the park, or in a cafe.” The New York go resurgence was very apparent is mid-December when two tournaments were held on the same weekend. On Friday December 16th there was a “Traditional Drinking Tournament” at the Fat Cat jazz lounge. In this type of tournament, all games are self-paired, and each player has 4 hours to drink and win as many games as they can. Matthew Hershberger (right) out-drank and outplayed the 10-player field, collecting the Orange Juice trophy, “a prize chosen for its healing powers in the morning,” says Bernadsky. On Sunday December 17, 30 players re-gathered at the Fat-Cat for the Thailand Relief Tournament, run by Go Rebuilds., a new organization with the motto “Go tournaments with a cause.” The tournament was run entirely using Goclubs.org, which “helped make the time from ‘Check in’ to ‘Round One’ very short,” Bernadsky says. Over $450 was raised by the New York go community to help Thailand, still suffering from floods last summer. Prizes included a $60 gift certificate to the Rhong Tiam Thai restaurant, one-month membership to Alexander Dinerchtein’s online Insei-league and a private lesson from professional Stephanie Yin. Additionally, all attendees received a $10 coupon to slateandshell.com as well as a free online lesson from Kazunari Furuyama kazsensei.com.  Kerstin Bergstrom 1D, Tawan Newton 4k, David Chow 7k, and Joe Suzuki 10k won all three of their games to tie for first place.

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British Tourney Updates; BGA Print Newsletter to Suspend Publication

Monday December 26, 2011

Edinburgh Christmas Open: Yunlong Liu 3d (Stirling) was the best of the 24 players at the 12/3 tournament. West Surrey Handicap Tournament: Ten years after previously winning, Malcolm Hagan won the West Surrey Handicap Tournament on December 3, probably the last ever such event, with just 13 players turning up. Coventry Tournament: Andrew Kay beat Matthew MacFadyen in their third-round game on November 19, increase Kay’s current titles to five. Three Peaks Tournament: Andrew Kay stopped Matthew Cocke’s run of three titles in a row at the Three Peaks Tournament in Grange-Over-Sands, November 12–13, giving Kay four current titles. East Midlands Tournament: Chong Han 5d from Loughborough was the winner in the November 5 tourney, beating Francis Roads, Jon Diamond and Tony Atkins along the way. Wessex Tournament: Yunlong Liu 3d, a temporary student in Scotland, won the 42nd Wessex Tournament on October 30 in Bath, beating defending champion Andrew Kay by two points in the final.
– excerpted from reports in the December 2011 British Go Association Newsletter, which also reported that due to financial reasons the 30-year-old print publication — which appeared six times each year — will be suspended as of the April 2012 edition. “We are in discussion as to whether it will continue as an electronic publication,” the Newsletter added. Publication of the British Go Journal will continue, and you can keep up to date with British go news on the BGA website.

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EuroGoTV-News: December 9-18

Monday December 26, 2011

Austria: Schayan Hamrah 2d won the Austrian Championship, played 12/9-12 in Vienna, Austria.

Switzerland: In the 12/16-18 Swiss Go Camp League in Montbonvon, Switzerland, Semi Lee 4d took first place.

Hungary: Rita Pocsai 4d (right) won the Hungarian Championship, played 12/17-18 in Budapest, Hungary. In the fifth Nostalgia Cup, held 12/18 in Budapest, Gergely Meszaros 2k won top honors.

Turkey: Ozgur Degirmenci 2d won the 19th Alpar Kilinc Memorial Tournament, played 12/17-18 in ODTU/Ankara, Turkey.

Romania: Sergiu Dan Iugulescu 2d won the 3rd Radu Baciu Grand Prix, played 12/17-18 in Bucuresti, Romania. ( photo at left: Sebastian State 14k , who was 8th in the B-group )

Italy: In the second Torneo Atomo GO Club tournament, played 12/18 in Bologna, Italy Alessandro Pace 2d won first place.

Ukraine: The Ukrainian Meijin Title Match, played 11/6-12/18 in Kyiv, Ukraine, was won by Artem Kachanovskyi 7d (right ) who lost the first of the best-of-5 match to Dmytro Bohatskyi 6d , but by winning the next three games made it clear who was the undisputed Ukraine Meijin 2011.

- Excerpted from reports – including full results — on EuroGoTV

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Go Spotting: Andromeda TV Series

Monday December 26, 2011

A scene featuring 3-dimensional go was spotted in Andromeda, the Canadian-American science fiction television series based on unused material by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry,  which ran from 2000 to 2005. “In the Double Helix  episode there’s a scene where the captain is playing (starting at 5:27), not tri-level chess like Spock and Kirk, but rather tri-level go and they even refer to it as ‘go,’” reports Fr. Mark Lichtenstein of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Camp Hill, PA. “The game (portrayed) doesn’t look like a real game though. Not that tri-level go is a normal variant like 9×9 or 13×13.” There’s a last glimpse of the game in the first seconds of this clip as well.

 

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Kerr Earns PhD Connecting Go Proverbs to Project Management

Monday December 26, 2011

Grant Kerr of Canada recently received a PhD degree by successfully defending his thesis, “Exploring Project Management by Exploiting Analogy with the Game of Go.” Kerr used go to explore and expand project management concepts, receiving a PhD degree from the Skema Business School, one of France’s grandes ecoles. Kerr, who studies go with Yuan Zhou, used 83 go proverbs to create analogies with project management, then developed project management strategies based on these proverbs for dealing with uncertainty, conflict, change, weaknesses, etc. One area of future research will be to gather feedback from other project managers on these ideas; if you would like to participate, contact Kerr at gkerr@cips.ca.
photo: Kerr (at right) receives his PhD

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E-Journal Delivery Restored

Monday December 19, 2011

A technical problem with our mailing lists, which had halted daily and weekly delivery of the American Go E-Journal to members and former members since December 10, has now been resolved. All readers should receive the proper edition of the E-Journal on Tuesday, December 20. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding. Very special thanks to Josh Simmons for his prompt, efficient and hard work fixing the problem.
- Chris Garlock, Managing Editor

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Fujitsu Cup Ends After 24-Year Run

Monday December 19, 2011

After a 24-year run, the Fujitsu Cup has ended. The popular international tournament – won this year by Park Junghwan (right), the youngest 9-dan pro in the world — featured top players from the Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese professional go scene, joined by representatives of North and South America and Europe. “The Fujitsu Cup has been the most important event in promoting international go for the longest time,” said Thomas Hsiang, the American Go Association’s representative to the International Go Federation, where he’s vice president. “I personally was fortunate to have been one of the players.  The world of go owes a profound debt of gratitude to the Nihon Kiin and to Fujitsu for supporting and organizing this event for so many years.” Founded in 1988, the Fujitsu was organized by the Nihon Ki-in, the Kansai Ki-in and the Yomiuri Shimbun and sponsored by Fujitsu Ltd. “Many great games were played and recorded during that time,” said T. Urasoe of the Nihon Kiin. “It is a great shame that it will terminate. But we will continue to seek a chance to hold an international tournament in Japan.”

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US Youth Go Championships Jan. 21

Monday December 19, 2011

Qualifiers for the United States Youth Go Championships will be held Saturday, January 21st, on KGS.   The tourney will determine National Dan, Single Digit Kyu (SDK), and Double Digit Kyu (DDK) Champions. The winners will receive trophies, and prizes will be awarded in the following brackets: 5-7 dan 1-4 dan, 1-4 kyu, 5-9 kyu, 10-15 kyu, 16-20 kyu, 21-25 kyu, 26 and up kyu.  The qualifiers will use several formats for pairing, and all dan level youth will compete in an open section.  The top four youth will then move on to a double elimination final held on January 22nd, and continuing the following weekend. The winners of the dan sections will go on to represent the US at the World Youth Goe Championships, in August.  All expenses will be paid for the representatives to attend the tournament, in whichever country it is to be held (The Czech Republic was likely, but not confirmed, as of press time). Contestants will also be entered into a pool to receive partial scholarships to either the AGA Summer Youth Go Camp, or the US Go Congress, courtesy of the AGF, 16 Scholarships will be awarded. The Junior Division is for youth under 12, the Senior Division is for youth under 16 as of August 1, 2012.  Only US Citizens under 16 may enter the finals, youth who are under 18 may compete in the qualifiers and kyu brackets, and so may residents who are not citizens.  To register, e-mail youth@usgo.org with your name, AGA #, date of birth, AGA rating, KGS ID, and citizenship.  You may enter at a rank higher than your official AGA rank, but may not enter at a lower one.  The registration deadline is Sunday, January 15th.  For more info, see the USYGC page. -Paul Barchilon E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: USYGC Jr. Division Champion Aaron Ye 4d, competing against Russia at the 2011 World Youth Go Championships, in Bucharest, Romania.  Photo by Paul Barchilon.

X-Mas Discounts at Go Shop

Monday December 19, 2011

The Go Shop is offering Christmas discounts on selected go-themed tumblers. The shop also offers tote bags with a go theme and – just in – a go keychain.

Your Move/Readers Write: Best Go Teachers?

Monday December 19, 2011

“Assuming a player is serious and wants to make significant improvement with a dedicated effort, whom are the best teachers to partner with for serious improvement,” wonders Joy. “And where are the very best schools in California for making significant improvement for go for adults?”

It’s impossible to say who’s “best,” as that depends on so many unique variables.  Start by asking around at your local club (click here for clubs in California) to see who’s working with which teachers and what their experiences have been. Next, try some lessons with different teachers to get a sense of the fit between their strengths and your goals. Check out the list of US pros here.  Also, a lot of go students these days work with teachers online; KGS is a great source of information on such teachers as well as lectures and more. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!