American Go E-Journal

Tacoma Back-To-School Tourney Features Free Pizza

Monday September 19, 2011

Fourteen players competed in the September 18 Tacoma (WA) Go Club’s annual Back-To-School Tournament at the Seattle Go Center. “Players from as far away as Portland, Oregon, braved the I-5 slog to participate,” reports club organizer Gordon Castanza. For this tournament the Tacoma Go Club inaugurated its use of Go Clubs On-Line for pre-registrations, lunch orders, and beta testing of the GCOL pairings program. The Tacoma Go Club provided free lunch pizzas for all the players. Peter Mooyman 2k won three straight games to take first place. Tacoma’s favorite son, Solomon Choe 5d, and Portland’s Chen Yung-Pin 8k both won three games and even after SOS and SODOS tied for second place honors. Bert Hallonquist 6d and Portland’s Peter Drake 6k tied for third place. The Tacoma Go Club will host its annual Veterans’ Day Tournament on Saturday, November 12th at the beautiful Tacoma Art Museum. The TGC will again use Go Clubs On-Line for pre-registration.

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Xuyu Xiang 6d Tops Chicago Tourney

Sunday September 18, 2011

Xuyu Xiang 6d (l) took first place in the September 3 Form Follows Function Tournament in Chicago, IL. “We had some new players and some old players,” reports organizer and TD Bob Barber (at right in photo at left). “In particular, Jeff Pratt took a short break from raising four boys to join in the fun.  And Steven Harris reappeared after a hiatus of fifteen years.  Great to reconnect.”
Winner’s Report: 1st Place Dan:  XIANG, Xuyu, 6d; 1st Place Hi Kyu:  WALL, Philip, 4k; Tie First Place Low Kyu: LIN, Crystal, 17k & LIU, Amy, 20k. 33 players participated.
photos by Dan Smith (wearing his official E-Journal cap)

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Registration Opens for New SportAccord World Mind Games Online Tournament

Sunday September 18, 2011

Want to win a free trip to the SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing this December? Enter the brand-new SportAccord World Mind Games Online Tournament for your chance at the trip! Registration is now open for the tournament, which will be held on the Internet Go Server (IGS) under the auspices of SportAccord, supported by Samsung and Rado and organized by the International Go Federation and Pandanet. The winner of this all-amateur event will be invited to observe the first SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG), scheduled for December 8-17 in Beijing (RANKA online will present reports and up-to-date news from the venue on game results and other items). SportAccord will provide an SAWMG entry ticket, round-trip airfare, local transportation and accommodations. In addition, the Online Tournament winner will be presented with a medal during the SAWMG official banquet. Registrants must be amateurs and members of an association affiliated with the IGF (or recognized by such an association), must be able to communicate in English by email, and must play all tournament games on IGS. The tournament will run from early October to mid November. Click here for application information and forms.

1st WBaduk Intercontinental Team Cup Recruiting Players

Sunday September 18, 2011

The first WBaduk Intercontinental Team Cup — another new online tournament — is now recruiting players from three continents, including the Americas. The Team Cup “is a last-man-standing tournament with five representatives from each participating continent,” Semi Lee of the Cyberkiwon Corps’ WBaduk Team tells the E-Journal. “Each player who wins continues to play opponents from the other two teams, alternating between them, until there are no more opponents left. The last surviving team wins the Cup!” Registration — open through the end of the month — is free, over $10,000 has been budgeted for the tournament and organizers are offering “special prizes.”

Harrisburg Tourney Canceled!

Thursday September 8, 2011

The go tournament scheduled for this Sunday, September 11 in Harrisburg PA has been canceled. “The heavy rainfall has caused flooding in the city,” reports Jason Long, “and that has made our venue unavailable.”

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Joanne Missingham Stands up for Gender Equality in Go

Wednesday September 7, 2011

Go player Joanne Missingham 5P, who plays professionally in Taiwan as Hei Jiajia, is protesting against discrimination in the professional go world. Missingham has been photographed (right) carrying a fan with the words ‘protest gender discrimination’ inscribed on it in Chinese calligraphy. The catalyst for this was the recent Qiandeng Cup. The Taiwanese Go Association decided not to pay female go players the match fee of 2000 Yuan, while the men still received payment for their games. All four of the women involved withdrew from the competition in protest and Joanne can be seen in the photo taking the ‘protest fan’ to games a week later.

You can join the discussion about Joanne Missingham’s protest at Go Game Guru.

- Jingning, based on her original article at Go Game Guru. Photo: Joanne Missingham 5P plays Ding Wei 9P.

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Hoboken Open Canceled

Tuesday September 6, 2011

The Hoboken Open scheduled for September 18 has been canceled, reports organizer Larry Russ.

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International Go Art Contest

Sunday September 4, 2011

The 1st International Children’s Go is Art Painting Contest received submissions from the US, Mexico, Japan, the Philippines and India,” reports Alma G. Juarez, of Mexico City. “We wanted to make go culture flourish among children, and promote it through a creative exchange with the painting contest,” Juarez told the Journal, “there were three categories A, B and C from 6 to 15 years old, and kids were free to use any technique they wanted for their artworks. All the paintings we received were amazing and we could see the creativity and love that these children have for go.”  The submissions are all online, and can be seen here.  “The decision about the finalists was hard for the panel of judges,” said Juarez, “but we can say that the experience was great for everyone. We included a Special Mention for Takumi Shimada, a four-year-old  Japanese boy. Even though his age wasn’t under any category, he submitted a painting showing his love for go and his will to learn. Also we had the finalist submission of Aaron Ye 4d, who recently represented the US at the World Youth Go Championship, he’s not just a strong go player but also a great artist!  For all the children that didn’t have the opportunity to participate in the ‘Go is Art’ Painting Contest, it will be an annual event, so don’t hesitate to send your submissions next year!” -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Quotes translated from the Spanish by Siddhartha Avila.  Photo: Jamia Mei Tolentino’s  “Happiness with Go” An entry from the Philippines.
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Chicago Teens Learn Chinese and Go

Sunday September 4, 2011

“This summer, fifty high school students from the Chicago area attended the Startalk Learn Chinese program, and filled their summer vacation with an intensive college-level Chinese language experience,” reports Xinming Simon Guo, “sure, they were immersed in activities typical of a language program: listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese. What the students did not know they were in for was the use of weiqi (go) to help them understand Chinese culture and thinking. What’s the relationship between Chinese language learning and weiqi? Research from Wellcome Trust showed that Mandarin Chinese speakers use both sides of their brains to understand language, whereas English speakers use just the left hemisphere. Meanwhile in another research study, functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to compare the brain activities of people playing chess as opposed to weiqi. The result indicated that the right hemisphere of the weiqi players worked more actively than that of the chess players during the game. By being exposed to weiqi, Chinese language learners are more likely to tap both sides of the brain and learn Chinese more quickly.”  Guo and other teachers were involved in the project, which was held at Depaul University.  A full report on the program, and more photos, is here.  -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo:

Simons Says Belfast

Saturday September 3, 2011

As August drew to a close, go players descended upon Northern Ireland to do battle. The 2011 Belfast Open once again took place at Belfast Boat Club, with a total of 23 players, and n0 boats taking part. The winner was Andrew ‘Uberdude’ Simons, taking the title with a perfect score. Second place went to 2009 winner Matthew Crosby, while James Hutchinson salvaged some local pride with 3rd place. Winning performance prizes for 4 wins out of 5 were Justyna Kleczar (who had just won the Galway Open), and Marek Gutkowski from Dublin. Click for the Results Table.
- Ian Davis

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