American Go E-Journal

Phil’s Portraits: Sunday, July 31

Sunday July 31, 2011

E-Journal photographer Phil Straus will be posting portraits of go players each day this week; here’s his first collection:

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2011 U.S. Open Underway

Sunday July 31, 2011

(7/31/2011; 10a PST) The first round of the 2011 U.S. Open is now underway at the U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara, CA, with the top three boards being broadcast live on KGS every morning starting around 9a PST. Pairings and game records — including game commentaries — can be found online. Check back for updated pairings, results and game records throughout the week!

In Memoriam: Ethan Baldridge

Sunday July 31, 2011

The go community lost Ethan Baldridge (l) last week. The Richmond, Virginia native — who passed away after a short illness on July 20 at just 31 — was a quiet and slender presence at East Coast Tournaments and workshops for many years, and attended several Go Congresses, helping out with the E-Journal staff.  Ethan also logged countless volunteer programming hours for the AGA, especially on the mail systems. He’ll be missed.

Though not as well-known as some of the other folks I’ve written about, Ethan was a unique and positive personality.  He truly loved the game of go and was deeply committed to studying and improving.  Yet what made him different is the way this commitment animated his behavior.  He was not the super-serious guy with his nose buried in a book, or craning over some strong players discussing one of their games.  Ethan shared his passion with a shy grin and a quiet laugh, finding something interesting in every game, helping beginners and kyu players as well as learning from strong players.

When you played a tournament game against Ethan, you were always in for a delightful battle.  He seemed to pour himself into every move.  Yet when the game was over, his joy and mirth about the game was amazing.  He was simply delighted to have spent a couple of hours learning with you.

Now if you didn’t know him, and you lost, this could be a bit off-putting: suddenly this young man is giggling and pointing out what you did wrong – in the most friendly manner – but to the more serious amongst us, the reaction might be to get upset. But if you knew Ethan, you knew that he would be no different if he had lost, chortling at his own mistakes and gleefully reviewing the lessons learned.

This is what I will miss most about Ethan, that we can be serious about our game and improving, but still recognize that this particular game was simply an enjoyable milepost along the way, an opportunity to measure and learn, but nothing to get upset about.
Thank you Ethan for all the times you laughed at me, the times I made you laugh at you, and most of all, for the times we laughed together.

- Keith Arnold, hka; photo by Allan Abramson at the recent NoVa tournament

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U.S. Go Congress: Day 1 Live Broadcast Schedule

Sunday July 31, 2011

The American Go E-Journal’s live broadcasts on Day One – Sunday, July 31 — of the 2011 U.S. Go Congress include:
- U.S. Open: top boards in Round 1 will be broadcast live on KGS starting around 9a PST (12 noon EST)
- Redmond Cup: the four finalists in the 2011 Redmond Cup will compete live from the U.S. Go Congress in a special E-Journal broadcast at 3p PST (6p EST) Sunday on KGS. The players are Gansheng Shi 7d vs. Calvin Sun 7d and Aaron Ye 4d vs. Sammy Zhang 3d.
- North American Ing Masters: top boards in this 16-player tournament will be broadcast live on KGS starting at 7p PST.
photo: Calvin Sun (l) plays Gangshen Shi in the 9×9 tournament Saturday night; photo by Steve Colburn

Following the 2011 Go Congress on Twitter, KGS, EJ & Website

Saturday July 30, 2011

Now you can follow all the action at the 2011 U.S. Go Congress — which runs July 31-August 6 in Santa Barbara CA — in a number of ways:
- AGA website: we’ll be posting updates each day throughout the week, including news, photos and games
- E-Journal: daily reports drawn from the previous day’s website posts
- Twitter: follow us @gocongress for updates by the EJ’s Steve Colburn
- KGS: top boards at the U.S. Open every morning and top boards at the Ing Masters every night
Photo: American Go Association President Allan Abramson (r) enjoys a casual game Saturday morning as the 2011 U.S. Congress gets started on the UCSB campus in Santa Barbara, CA. photo by Steve Calburn.

Party Starts Early for 2011 U.S. Congress

Friday July 29, 2011

The 2011 US Go Congress begins Saturday in Santa Barbara, CA, but attendees are already arriving from around the world.  “This year, many attendees have opted to arrive early and enjoy the air, the beach, and the other go players before anything official starts,” says Congress Co-Director Andrew Jackson (at left, playing the UK’s Francis Roads on Friday night).  “They are as excited as we are to greet the 20 attending professionals and nearly 500 fellow go enthusiasts who will be coming to Santa Barbara this year.” Not signed up yet? It’s not too late; click here for details and to register.
- photo by Chris Garlock

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Han Tops Milwaukee Tournament

Thursday July 28, 2011

It was a beautiful venue for a go tournament:  the Calatrava extension to the Milwaukee Art Museum, located right on the shore of Lake Michigan, on a gorgeous sunny day. The July 23 Milwaukee Summer Tournament was just part of a big weekend for Chinese culture:  hundreds of folks dressed in lovely clothes, demonstrating traditional arts and crafts.

Having won the 4d section at Congress last year, Changyu Han 5d played at 5d on Saturday, and won four out of four placing first.  David Rohde 4k won all his three — and actually hasn’t lost a tournament game all year — to win 1st in the High Kyu division; luckily for some, he’s taking a pass on this year’s Congress. And Peter Boyland tied for 1st place, low kyu with Isaac Wooden 17k, but Boyland graciously forsook his share of the prize.

Organizer:  Joyce Tang Boyland; Director: Bob Barber
- reported by Bob Barber; photo: demonstrating go at the Art Museum; photo by Joyce Tang Boyland

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GO SPOTTING: Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple & Night Train

Thursday July 28, 2011

“Episode 49 of Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple said a little about go,” reports EJ reader Asa Euster. “Not much,” Euster adds, “the show was just using go as an example of a game of territory.” Kenichi is an anime based on the Japanese manga by Syun Matsuena.

Night Train is “a low-budget thriller about how greed can drive a person to do terrible things, and it features go!” writes Will Lockhart. “The film (starring Danny Glover, Leelee Sobieski and Steve Zahn and available on Netflix) takes place on an overnight train somewhere in Northern Europe. A man commits suicide by overdosing on pills, and when two other passengers and the conductor discover that he has a box containing precious jewels, they hatch a plan to dispose of a dead man’s body and take the box. The film periodically cuts back to two Asian men on the train, playing go, though the game looks like a fairly weak kyu game. Not only is there go in the movie, but its presence actually may be symbolic of the greed that overtakes the train passengers.”

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Go Congress Joseki: Congress at a Glance

Wednesday July 27, 2011

Click here to see all the 2011 U.S. Go Congress reports, including recent tips on Checking In/Registering, Other Games, Transportation & Parking, Arrival/Registration, Sign Up Online for Congress Pair Go and more.

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Go Congress Joseki: Checking In/Registering

Wednesday July 27, 2011

How can I make my registration go quickly and smoothly?
The easiest way to speed up the registration process is to register for tournaments and events, turn in any paperwork, and pay your remaining balance before you arrive.  You will be able to make changes once you arrive, but registration will go much more quickly if your changes are already made.

Where is registration?
Registration will be in Corwin Pavilion (r), the Congress’ main playing area.

What time does registration start?
Registration will officially open at 10am on Saturday, July 30.  If anyone plans to arrive before that time and would like to check in, please email registrar@gocongress.org or call 805-769-USGO to make arrangements ahead of time.

Where can I pick up my keys?
After you receive your room assignment, you may pick up your keys at your residence hall.  Volunteers will be available with maps to answer any questions that you may have.

In addition to our regular ongoing go news and updates, the E-Journal is publishing a special series of updates this week on the 2011 U.S. Go Congress, which begins next Saturday, July 30 in Santa Barbara, CA. If you have any questions about the  Congress, email Lisa Scott at lisa.scott@gocongress.org and watch the E-Journal this week. If you prefer the weekly EJ to more regular updates, you can always change the preference in the “UPDATE YOUR PROFILE” link at the bottom of every EJ.

Categories: U.S. Go Congress
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