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SASAKI 8P TO GIVE TWO TEACHING EVENTS IN L.A. THIS WEEK

Sunday November 7, 2010

Tadashi Sasaki 8P will give two separate teaching events this week in Los Angeles as part of his West Coast tour. Sasaki, a professional go player from the Nihon Kiin, was a pupil of the late Eio Sakata. Both events will feature simultaneous 3-on-1 games with Sasaki, followed by a game analysis. Players not involved in a teaching game are free to watch, or to play a game with others which will be analyzed later. “Those who have attended Sasaski’s lectures at the annual U.S. Go Congress or at his previous workshops in Washington and Los Angeles will testify to his straightforward answers to questions and his gentle sense of humor,” says organizer Richard Dolen. “His comments are useful for all levels of go strength.”  Come early for the best chance to play Sasaki. The events are organized by Andy Okun, Tom Oki of the New Gardena Hotel, Joe Cepiel of the Santa Monica Go Club and others. For more info, contact Dolen at rdolen@worldnet.att.net

The first LA Sasaki event begins at 7p this Tuesday, November 9th at the Santa Monica Go Club at the Unurban Coffee House (3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA); there’s no charge for club members, and $10 for others (there may be a nominal surcharge for playing Sasaki).

The second event begins at 7p Wednesday, November 10th
, at the basement level of the New Gardena Hotel (1641West Redondo Beach Blvd # 1, Gardena, CA); the charge for attendance is $20 per person and again, there may or may not be a nominal surcharge for playing a teaching game with Sasaki.
photo: Sasaki at the 2009 U.S. Go Congress; photo by Gurujeet Khalsa

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ANDREW LU 6D WINS ING’S CUP YOUTH GOE TOURNAMENT

Sunday November 7, 2010

Andrew Lu 6d won the 13th Ing’s Cup Youth Goe Tournament on Sunday, October 24 in Sunnyvale, Northern California. The tournament — an annual one-day event organized by Mingjiu Jiang 7P (below) and Joe Lee — drew more than 135 young go players under the age of 21, including players from neighboring states and China. Players were divided into ten 19×19 sections and multiple groups for 13×13 play according to player’s rank. Trophies were awarded to the top four winners for each section while each section’s top six winners could pick from prizes including scooters, skating boards, basket balls and more. Andrew Lu 6d, coming all the way from Los Angeles, snapped up the top prize by defeating local Hugh Zhang 6d, placing first out of 13 players in section A. The tournament is sponsored by Ing’s Goe Foundation.
WINNER’S REPORT: 19X19 Section A (6D-3D) 1st place: Andrew Lu; Section B (2D-1D) 1st place: Daniel Liu; Section C (1k-5k) 1st place: April Ye; Section D (6k–13k) 1st place: Alan Hwang; Section E (14k-17k) 1st place: Patrick Wang; Section F (18k-20k) 1st place: Oscar Li; Section G (21k-27k) 1st place: Dyson Ye; Section H (28k-29k) 1st place: Raymond Chen; Section I (29k) 1st place: Jason Chu; Section J (29k) 1st place: Jeffrey Chu. 13X13 Section A, 1st place: Dikaios Wang; Section B, 1st place: Jeffrey Xiong; Section C, 1st place: Andrew Korea; Section D, 1st place: Valerie Kuo.

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YOUR MOVE: READERS WRITE: Accessing Member’s Content I & II

Thursday November 4, 2010

ACCESSING MEMBER’S CONTENT (I): “I became an AGA member yesterday online,” writes Benoît Cordoba. “I think the notice said that I would receive membership credentials in the mail but I was also under the impression that I could browse existing magazine issues online, presumably with a logon credential.  Is there such a logon credential for members.  I am especially interested in reading the article by Michael Redmond that was advertised on the site.” Thanks for your query and thanks also for becoming a member of the American Go Association. We’re currently compiling all our 2010 member content so that it can be easily accessed by our members; currently each week’s material must be separately accessed. The compilation — including the Redmond commentaries — is due to be published soon; we appreciate your patience.
ACCESSING MEMBER’S CONTENT (II) “How do you download the Special Editions?” writes an AGA member. The Yearbook Special Editions are PDFs, so you need to click on the link provided and then when the PDF opens on your computer, you can review it and then save it on your computer for later use.

TENG TOPS IN NOVA PUMPKIN CLASSIC

Wednesday November 3, 2010

The competition was fierce for large orange vegetables as a field of 43 competed at the NOVA Pumpkin Classic in Arlington, Virginia on October 30. Justin Teng 4d (r) won the dan division with a 4-1 record, while the 2009 winner, Jing Guo 7d, came in second.  First places in the kyu divisions included an undefeated Kelsey Dyer 2k, David Reed 6k (also undefeated), Joey Phoon 7k, Kenny Huynh 10k, Joseph Lee 15k (undefeated), Tristan Tran 17k (undefeated), and Tariq Khan 26k (undefeated).  Second places in the kyu divisions included Kevin Chin 3k, Robert Ehrlich 5k, Daniel Monahan 8k, Julian Erville 11k, Jake Altizer 14k, and Jordan Howar 17k. The popular Team Tourney was back and Team Phoooon (below) decimated the competition by winning 15 out of their 16 games. NOVA organizer Gary Smith was “delighted that we signed up 10 new AGA youth members at the event.” Tournament Director Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang managed to schedule five rounds for players interested, adding an option for fast players to enjoy more go and have more fun. The final score is calculated by winning percentage, with is uniform for traditional four-round players (i.e. 4-1 record is better than 3-1; 3-1 better than 3-2). This new approach not only reduced wait time for some players, but also encouraged a competitive spirit of going the extra mile by playing a fifth game to be the clear winner instead of settling on a tie-breaker.
- Garrett Smith; photos by Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang

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’11 CONGRESS PASSES 100 MARK

Monday November 1, 2010

The 2011 U.S. Go Congress has just passed its first 100 registrants, including 41 dan and 52 kyu players, ranging from 7-dan to 20-kyu (click here to see who’s coming). The Congress is set for July 30 – August 7, 2011 in Santa Barbara, CA. The U.S. Go Congress is the largest go tournament in the United States, an annual 8-day event. Events include the US Open — the largest annual go tournament in the US – the North American Ing Masters — 32 of the strongest amateur and professional players in North America — the Redmond Youth Cup, pro lectures, simuls and more.

WORLD GO NEWS ROUND-UP October 25-29: Yuki Satoshi Wins First Round in Tengen; Tuo Jiaxi New Changqi Cup Champion; Won Sungjin Takes Lead in Myeongin; Lee Changho Weds

Monday November 1, 2010

Yuki Satoshi Wins First Round in Tengen: Yuki Satoshi 9P defeated defending title holder Yamashita Keigo 9P by resignation in last Friday’s first round of the 36th Tengen. This is the first Tengen title match for Yuki and the seventh for Yamashita, who has won it twice. The second round will be played on November 9th. Tuo Jiaxi New Changqi Cup Champion: In his first national title win Tuo Jiaxi 3P defeated Zhou Ruiyang 5P – who was charged with a penalty — in the third and final round of the 7th Changqi Cup title match by three points last Friday, October 29, winning the title match 2-1. Won Sungjin Takes Lead in Myeongin: Won Sungjin 9P defeated Park Yeonghun 9P by resignation last Wednesday, October 27in the in the 38th Myeongin title match third round of play, giving him a 2-1 lead. The fourth round will be played on November 9th. Lee Changho Weds: Lee Chango 9P married Cyberoro reporter Yi Doyun last Friday, October 29.
- JustPlayGo

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KUPON REAPS VICTORY IN HEARTLAND HARVEST

Monday November 1, 2010

An unusually strong field of 30 players entered last weekend’s Heartland Harvest tournament organized by the Bradley Go Association and the Quad Cities Go Club in Peoria, IL.  Austin Kupon 3d went 5-0 in a Dan division headed by two 6-dan players.  Second place went to Xuyu Xiang 6d with a score of 4-1.  In the second division (1-7 kyu), Myron Souris 1k took first on tie-breaks over Ken Crumpler 6k and Stephen Choung 7k, all at 4-1.  David Muskovitz 8k won the third division (8 kyu and below) on tie-break over Matt Mueller 11k, both with a score of 4-1.  Clark Wierda was awarded a special prize of black and orange go stones in jack-o-lantern bowls for traveling the greatest distance for the tournament.  “More than half the field benefited from the generous merchandise prizes provided by Kiseido/Yutopian, Slate and Shell, sundaygolessons.com and Yellow Mountain Imports,” reports TD Roy Schmidt.

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GO PHOTO: Miami Go Club

Monday November 1, 2010

Sky, Joel Sanet, and Alan Salzmann at the Miami Go Club’s new location at Loehman’s Plaza in North Miami. Photo by Alex Feldstein

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR THE N.A. BC CARD CUP

Sunday October 31, 2010

Sunday October 31st is the last day to register the N.A. BC Card Cup. The Cup winner will be fully sponsored to go to Korea and represent the U.S. in the main qualifier event in January 2011. The qualifier tournament will be on KGS during the weekend of Nov. 13-14. BC Card is one of the largest credit card companies in Korea. Click here for more about BC Card Cup World Baduk Champhionship. Thus far a strong group of 17 players has registered, including several former U.S. champions. Click hereto register. The AGA Tournament Coordinator Team has openings for online tournament assistance and tournaments reporting, a great
opportunity to serve the AGA and learn how to run tournaments. If interested, contact National Tournament Coordinator Zhiyuan Zhang at zhiyuanz@gmail.com

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CONFERENCE EXPLORES EFFECTS OF GO

Sunday October 31, 2010

Exciting new research on the effect of go in the social sciences were among the presentations at the 7th International Conference on Baduk (ICOB) in South Korea on October 24. “Although there have been numerous academic studies involving baduk in the mathematics, artificial intelligence and computer science fields,” Dr. Ernest Brown (l) told the E-Journal, “this conference presented exciting research in social science, psychological and cognitive areas of study.” The conference is sponsored by the Myong-ji University Department of Baduk Studies and took place concurrently with the 5th Korea Prime Minister’s Cup (below). In recent years, Brown – clinical director of a day treatment program for adolescents in San Francisco, who presented a paper at the conference — reports, “American psychotherapists that play baduk have reported anecdotal data to suggest that baduk is useful in working with therapy clients, particularly troubled/dis-enfranchised adolescents.  However, the research being conducted in Korea and Japan is very promising for American go players who are interested in similar fields and provides an opportunity for research in America.” Brown also reports that “I also heard of a German study that demonstrated improvement in reading ability (text) as a result of playing go. The researchers in that study were looking for improvement in mathematics, but found instead that the students’ reading scores improved.” Cognitive behavioral treatments of aggressive adolescents is currently the most promising and evidence-based treatment of successful rehabilitation, Brown adds. “However, treatments of this sort are also related to the motivation of the client to practice the activities that are suggested.  This study suggests that using activities such as baduk, which students may be easily attracted to and willing to pursue, can be an aide to enhancing their cognitive processes.  Additionally, there is evidence that there is frontal lobe deficiency in aggressive adolescents.  This study is promising in pointing to the use of baduk in improving frontal lobe activity.” During his visit to Korea, Dr. Brown also visited a baduk school for children. “They have developed a sensational curriculum with many materials for teachers, including workbooks, powerpoint and cartoon/interactive video, and a huge data-base of problems and technique instruction that levels up systematically.  Some of this information is already available in English.  The information, in addition to providing a very proficient baduk curriculum, also creates a professional presentation that is would be extremely persuasive for parents.” Click here for more information. photos by Allan Abramson