American Go E-Journal

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

STRAIN TOPS IN AUSTIN

Sunday October 31, 2010

Roger Strain topped the field of 16 players, going undefeated 4-0 at the 4th annual Cicadas Sing tournament Saturday, October 30 in Austin, Texas.  Four players tied for 2nd place at 3-1: John Zhang, Tracey Su, John Ruder, Peter Enyeart. Click here for a photo album.
- Andy Olsen; photo by Rob Smith

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JHIRAD TOPS PORTLAND TOURNEY

Tuesday October 26, 2010

Nicholas Jhirad took top honors in the Portland Tournament, held October 23-24 at Lewis & Clark College. 29 players participated in the 5-round tournament, directed by Peter Drake. Winner’s Report: Dan: 1st: Nicholas Jhirad; 2nd: Vincent Zhang; 3rd: Ben Hakala. Single-digit kyu: 1st: Dylan Wiggins (only undefeated player); 2nd: Mike Malveaux; 3rd: R.Q. Yang. Double-digit kyu: 1st: Nick Sylvester; 2nd: Gordon Castanza; 3rd: April Hersey. Youth: Vincent Zhuang; Female: April Hersey.

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XU WINS IN NY; “STEPHANIE” MING-MING YIN IS GO CENTER’S NEW “CLUB PRO”

Sunday October 24, 2010

Dahzi Xu 5D won The NY Go Center’s “Falling Leaves” tournament last Saturday, October 23, directed by Boris Bernadsky. Runners-up were David Shainok 1D and Mohammed Saqif Noor, a 10-year-old 10K with pro aspirations. During a break between rounds, Bernadsky introduced “Stephanie” Ming-Ming Yin (l), a Chinese 1P who is also an Adelphi University freshman business major. Yin, who studied go with Nie -Wei-Ping, is the New York Go Center’s new “club pro,” and says she intends to stay in the New York area at least until finishing her studies and will devote some of her time to teaching at the Center.  For her first event, she will play up to ten simultaneous games there on Saturday, November 13. Write to manager@nygocenter.org to register. Another highlight of the event was a go book sale during the lunch break. About twenty titles were available from a book stand operated by Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore featuring the largest selection of English-language go books in North America. No go player should pass through New York without paying a visit; but first, stop by the Go Center and get a special 10% discount coupon. Kinokuniya plans to continue selling books at future NY Go center events.
- Roy Laird; photos by Joshua Guarino

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GOGRINDER FOR IPHONE RELEASED

Sunday October 24, 2010

“As we all know, practicing your reading is one of the best ways to get stronger,” writes programmer Tim Kington. “To that end, the popular program GoGrinder has just been released for iPhone and iPod Touch. Now you can have thousands of go problems in your pocket and fit a little practice in whenever you have a few minutes to kill. GoGrinder uses problems in SGF format, and is the only app that lets you add your own problem sets.” The iPhone and iPod Touch versions of GoGrinder are available in the iTunes store.

MANY FACES RELEASES IPAD APP

Sunday October 24, 2010

The Many Faces of Go iPad app, “Igowin HD” is now available in the iTunes app store.  The app plays with an adjustable AI strength ranging from 18 kyu to the full-strength Many Faces of Go engine of “about 1 dan on 9×9 and about 3 kyu on 19×19,” says author David Fotland. Users can set their strength, or have it adjusted automatically by the app, which plays on 9×9, 13×13, or 19×19 boards.  Handicap and opponent strength can be adjusted or chosen automatically. “It includes an sgf editor that supports variations, comments, and marks, so you can analyze your games when they are finished,” Fotland adds. You can try out a variation and continue the game against the AI from a new position.  Games can be saved and restored, or emailed as attachments.  At any time you can ask for a score estimate or a hint.  This is the seventh mobile app from Smart Games, all under the Igowin brand.  Igowin Tutor is a free introduction to the game.  Igowin 9×9, Igowin 13×13, and Igowin Pro let you play go against the AI.  Igowin life is for practicing solving life and death problems, and Igowin Joseki is for learning Joseki.