American Go E-Journal

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

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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.

Categories: U.S. Go Congress
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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.

Categories: U.S./North America
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GO SPOTTING: Go on the History Channel

Friday May 13, 2011

GO SPOTTING: Go on the History Channel: Reader Drew Chuppe recently caught a go reference on a History Channel program called “The Art of War.” “They were talking about how the teaching of Sun Tzu could have helped Robert E. Lee win the Civil War,” Chuppe writes. “To my surprise, the narrator remarked that on the final day at Gettysburg, ‘Lee abandoned his go strategy and reverted to chess strategy’ and stated that the charge up Cemetery Ridge was dictated by chess strategy.” Go “teaches us to stay away from the opponent’s thickness and look for weaknesses in his position,” says Chuppe, noting that “Ordering a charge across a broad, open field into cannon fire is the battlefield expression of placing a stone next to your opponent’s strong wall. As an aside, I have read The Art of War but I do not recall any overt reference to go (though) there are a few strategic statements that could apply.” In a related go connection, graphic designer and longtime American go community contributor Mike Samuel – who designed many of the annual U.S. Go Congress logos — designed the History Channel’s iconic logo.

Congress registration passes 220: Only 3 weeks left for discounted price!

Monday May 9, 2011

“The 2011 congress has blown past 200 registered attendees, on a record setting pace!” say organizers Lisa Scott and Andrew Jackson. “We’re really looking forward to giving discounts to our early registrants, so be sure to register before June 1 to be eligible for the discount!”  Professional go players who have confirmed their attendance so far include Michael Redmond 9P, Feng Yun 9P, Mingjiu Jiang 7P, Guo Juan 5P, and Jennie Shen 3P, say the organizers, “but keep an eye on the Congress website to see if your favorite pros have registered yet!” Click here to register online.

Categories: U.S./North America
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2011 EJ Game Collection Editor Wanted

Monday May 9, 2011

The E-Journal is seeking a volunteer to help post the 2011 collection of game commentaries online as part of the 2011 American Go Yearbook. No coding involved; all the files have already been uploaded, and you’ll be working with 2010 collection editor Brian Kirby and Yearbook Managing Editor Chris Garlock. This is a great opportunity to provide a great service to the go community with a small investment of time. If interested, send us a note at journal@usgo.org

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GO SPOTTING: ‘The Archaeology of Internment’

Monday May 9, 2011

“Readers may be interested in the current May/June issue of Archaeology magazine,” reports Janice Kim. “There is an article ‘Archaeology of World War II’ that includes a section ‘The Archaeology of Internment’ that describes some findings at the Kooskia camp in Idaho, where American citizens of Japanese ancestry were interned during World War II. It notes that archaeologists ‘… are uncovering evidence that people not only survived, but also struggled to maintain their identity and dignity even in the most restrictive and dehumanizing environments’, with a picture of go stones discovered at the site. In light of recent events I think it’s important to reflect on this chapter in our history, and I was heartened by the Journal’s reporting of fundraising events for Japan by the US go community.”
- photo: go players in the Wyoming Heart Mountain internment camp in 1943; photo by Tom Parker, The War Authority via The National Archives

Yuanbo Liu Wins Prague Korean Ambassador Cup

Monday May 9, 2011

As in Paris, the 40th Prague Tournament was easy prey for Yuanbo Liu 2P (r), better known as MilaMilan, who swept again with a 100% score. Best of the West was Ondrej Silt 6d, losing only to Liu. This year’s European Youth Champion under 20, Pavol Lisy 5d, only lost to Yuanbo and came in third. Young talents Lukas Podpera 4d, 2010-2011 European Youth Champion under 16 Mateusz Surma 5d and Jan Prokop 4d came in 4th, 5th and 6th in this 101-player field.
- EuroGoTV

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World Amateurs Set for Japan May 26-June 3

Monday May 9, 2011

The 32nd annual World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) will be held later this month in Matsue City in Japan’s Shimane Prefecture. Seventy top amateur players from 70 countries and territories will compete to be the best amateur in the world. The tournament runs Thursday, May 26 May through Friday, June 3, and for the third year the E-Journal and Ranka Online are teaming up to bring you complete coverage of this exciting event, with daily updates including game records, commentary, photos, player profiles and news about the tournament.

Go Game Guru Interviews SmartGo Author Anders Kierulf

Monday May 9, 2011

Anders Kierulf is fairly well-known in the go community as the author of SmartGo, but he also invented the widely-used sgf format, was the U.S. Othello champion in 1992 and is also an avid joggler. Go Game Guru recently published an extensive interview with Kierulf, who last month  launched SmartGo Books for iPad and iPhone.