With less than two days to go, The Surrounding Game go documentary is within $4,000 of their fundraising goal. “We’re in the final stretch,” filmmaker Will Lockhart tells the E-Journal. The project, which is raising funding through Kickstarter, quickly achieved its initial goal (Go Documentary Expands Goals, Outreach 6/21 EJ) and with nearly 400 backers pledging over $21,000, is now tantalizingly close to the overall goal of $25,000, facing a deadline of 5:04 pm (EDT) this Saturday, July 7. “Thanks so much to everyone who’s stepped up to help out,” Lockhart adds, “With this final push we’re confident the go community will put us over the top!”
American Go E-Journal
Thursday July 5, 2012
Thursday July 5, 2012
“All of a sudden, I can’t get Java to work for me with CGoban,” writes Ray. “The message I get is ‘unable to launch application’. Can you help?”
Sounds like there’s a problem with your KGS. We’ve seen this at the U.S. Go Congress when the network drops and we have no connection. Here are the steps we recommend to solve the issue: Uninstall KGS; Update Java to the latest version at www.java.com; Reinstall KGS from www.gokgs.com/download.jsp; Try to download and run the SGF file from usgo.org; If the above steps do not solve the issue then you should download the CGoban 3 without file extension and this will need to open cgoban first then load the sgf file.
“Works like a charm!” Ray reported. “I had removed and reinstalled JAVA to try to fix but totally forgot that KGS was integral too.
I definitely owe you a tall, cool one!”
Wednesday July 4, 2012
Ultimate authority at the American Go Association resides with an elected Board of Directors, who select the President. Four of the AGA’s seven directors are up for election this year for two year terms. Ten candidates are running, Gurujeet Khalsa (top row, far left) and Feng Yun (top row, second from left) in the Eastern region, Bob Barber (top row, middle) and Lisa Scott (top row, second from right) in the Central region, Steven Burrall (top row, far right), Jeff Horn (bottom row, far left) and Chris Kirschner (bottom row, second from left) in the Western region and Jie Li (bottom row, middle), Chuck Robbins (bottom row, second from right) and Zhiyuan Zhang (bottom row, far right) for the At Large seat (Note: Thomas Hsiang has withdrawn his candidacy for the At-Large seat).
The E-Journal asked all candidates to explain “Why I’m running for the AGA Board” in 140 characters (the length of a tweet); the results are below. Complete candidate statements are posted on the AGA website. We hope to do follow-up questions later in July.
All AGA chapters with two or more members can vote for the director in their region in this election. Chapters with 2-4 members get one vote; 5-9 members gain an additional vote; and larger chapters get an additional vote for each ten additional members. Ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters in early July, the results will be tallied and announced at the US Go Congress in Black Mountain, NC, during the first week of August. All full AGA members may vote for the At-Large Director. All ballots must be received by August 3.
“Why I’m running for the AGA Board”:
Gurujeet Khalsa: AGA membership is shrinking. I want to see go as a premier US mind sports game. My top priority is growth by removing the barriers to entry.
Feng Yun: “I have a wealth of experience worldwide, and will serve to promote go in this country for everyone, not just an AGA privileged few.”
Bob Barber: Since I no longer make it to every Go Congress, serving on the Board will keep me in the loop while helping the AGA.
Jie Li: My goal is to make the AGA an open, strong, and professional organization for go players.
Zhiyuan Zhang: I want to ensure that the AGA Board benefits everyone, not just strong players, & bring my financial expertise to help ensure a viable AGA.
Wednesday July 4, 2012
“I just returned from a couple weeks in Japan and though I didn’t have an opportunity to play go, I did see some terrific traditional sets at various specialty shops in Kyoto and in Nagano, plus a nice one at the Edo Tokyo Museum,” reports Peter Schumer. “But the best go sighting for me was at Matsumoto Castle in the pretty town of Matsumoto in the Japanese Alps. Not nearly as famous as the White Heron Castle in Himeji, the old and distinguished Blackbird Castle of Matsumoto is still well worth a visit. The moat and surrounding walls date back to 1509 and the castle itself is nearly as old. Inside the castle, there are some displays of various samurai artifacts including suits of armor and beautiful swords. But what really caught my eye was this simple goban and stones, though they are a bit non-standard by modern standards of course. It looks like the stones have been through a great many more battles than the soldiers who played with them.”
- photos by Peter Schumer
Tuesday July 3, 2012
If you have an iPad or iPhone, reading go books just got even better. “SmartGo Books 2.0 improves the reading experience by moving the controls more out of the way, always showing the chapter title (iPad) and page number (iPhone), and speeding up navigation,” reports SmartGo author Anders Kierulf. Three new books bring the total number of SmartGo book to 35, and Kierulf says he hopes to have five more books before the upcoming U.S.Go Congress.
The three new books:
- “Get Strong at Life and Death” by Richard Bozulich ($8.99): Fundamentals of life & death, with 230 problems (Kiseido).
- “More Go by Example” by Neil Moffatt ($6.99): Explore the thinking required to break through the kyu-dan barrier (Learn Go Press).
- “Correct Joseki” by Mingjiu Jiang and Guo Juan ($7.99): Dealing with joseki mistakes, and how to select joseki for particular game situations (Slate & Shell; published in print as “All About Joseki”).
SmartGo Books is a free app you can download from the App Store, with books available as in-app purchases. Click here for more information.
Monday July 2, 2012
“Are you a good leader, and do you want to contribute to the future of youth go?” asks Justing Teng, Co Vice-President of the American Go Honor Society (AGHS), who run the popular School Teams Tournament every year. Applications are open for officer positions for the 2012-2013 school year including Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Promotion Head, Tournament Organizer, and Webmaster. These positions are limited to Go enthusiasts under the age of 18 and in grades 6-12. The window for applications closes on August 15. More information as well as the application itself can be found at the AGHS website (http://www.aghs.cc). “Feel free to email any questions to AGHSpresident@gmail.com,” adds Teng. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.
Monday July 2, 2012
Part of the new AGF website is a Twitter feed, which drew the attention of #Engage365 for an interview with AGF VP Paul Barchilon last week. Learn more about the redesign, and the AGF’s goals in the transcript of the interview here. The AGF hopes to build a voice on Twitter, by sharing information about new Go clubs and resources nationwide. Interested readers can follow the AGF at AGFgo on Twitter.
Sunday July 1, 2012
The American Go Association’s new website launched on Saturday, June 30. While most of the new site’s changes are behind the scenes and will provide a more up-to-date, robust and flexible structure for the site, users will also notice a cleaner and more streamlined visual design.
Most of the old site’s content has been retained, as well as cleaned up and updated where necessary, and is accessible via nested navigation bars along the left-hand side. Three popular areas — Upcoming Events, Ratings and Latest Go News — are quickly accessible via the navbar across the top of the page, while the center of the home page continues to feature news stories which are updated daily.
Well over a year of work has gone into developing and implementing the new site. “We owe a huge debt of thanks and appreciation to the dedicated team of volunteers — Chris Garlock, Roger Schrag Steve Colburn, Joshua Simmons, Justin Kramer, Jason Preuss, Jonathan Bresler, Roy Laird, Phil Waldron, Sam Zimmerman, David Arteche and Bob Gilman — who put so much of their time and energy into this project,” said AGA President Allan Abramson. “This updated and upgraded site will enable the AGA to continue to provide the go community here and around the world with high quality information about the world of go. It’ll also enable new go players to quickly and easily access that world.”
Comments and suggestions on the new site are welcome: email them to email@example.com
Sunday July 1, 2012
With less than a week to go, the fundraising goal for the U.S. Mind Sports team is $8,000 short, reports American Go Association President Allan Abramson. The U.S. has been invited to compete in five tournaments at the 2012 World Mind Sports Games in Lille, France. “This is a great opportunity for our players to participate in such a high-profile event, but we need your support to get our team there. Please donate online.”
Thursday June 28, 2012
The 2012 U.S. Go Congress is running a special registration promotion from now until July 15th. If you register and pay your bill by July 7th, you will receive your choice of either one hour of private game review and/or a lesson with a pro, or a Congress certificate for one book of your choice from Slate and Shell (up to $30 dollars in value). Each registrant should also send an email to the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating they are using the promotion and what reward they are choosing.
And don’t forget to check out the exciting trailer for “The Surrounding Game” documentary that will be filming at Black Mountain as well!
“Thanks again, and hope to see you soon at the Congress!” say Co-Directors Peter Armenia and Paul Celmer.
NOTE: this offer good only for those who registered after 7/1/2012.