American Go E-Journal

Go Classified: Inexpensive Go Sets Wanted

Thursday October 18, 2012

Looking for inexpensive go sets to donate at Christmas to various toy drives. Similar to the $1 chess set at the Dollar Tree store, made in China. Btw, , as chess instructions in those cheap chess sets are pretty bad, when I locate a go set, I’ll probably stick a sticker on them with a website address for
instructions; can’t insert “The Way of Go” as the toy drives want new unopened, unwrapped gifts. Yutopian has a laminated paper board for $4 but no stones; Yellow Mountain Imports has a magnetic 13X13 set for $5. If anyone knows of any 19×19 go set, with stones, in one package for close to $1, please email

Categories: Go Classified

John Kerpan Tops MGA Fall Tourney

Wednesday October 17, 2012

John Kerpan 1d took first place in the Massachusetts Go Association’s Fall Tournament on October 14 in Boston, MA. Kerpan topped a field of 30 players. In second place was Mark Nahabedian 13k and in third was Chia Chan 5k; all three players were 4-0. Eva Casey directed. Photo courtesy Eva Casey.

Categories: U.S./North America

Young Lions Tourney Returns

Wednesday October 17, 2012

The popular Young Lions tourney, for school aged youth, is back with a new twist.  Based on the tournaments in Hikaru no Go, where the newest professionals take on the top insei, the Young Lions has become one of the premier youth tourneys online.  This year the winners will get a special treat though, 1st and 2nd place in the top bracket will get a chance to play a game with our very first crop of American pros, Andy Liu 1P and Gansheng Shi 1P.  The event is run by the American Go Honor Society (AGHS) and has developed a reputation for picking some of the top young players in the US. “Returning competitors, are you curious how much you have improved?” asks AGHS Promotion Head Junhee Kim, “new go players, are you up for the challenge? Come sign up for fun, experience, and most importantly because of your love for go!”  The tourney will feature brackets for all levels, with prizes and glory for all skill levels. See for rules and registration. The tournament will be held on KGS in the AGHS Tournaments Room on November 17th and 18th. E-mail for more info. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.


Portland Tournament Promises Epic Weekend Of Go

Monday October 15, 2012

“We want more!” was the demand after last year’s Portland (Oregon) Go Tournament. With that in mind, tournament director Peter Drake is working to cram even more go into this year’s tournament, coming up October 20-21. First, there will be an open division for strong players. “So far four people have signed up for the open,” Drake reports, Solomon Choe (AGA 5.9d), Robert Tirak (6.0d), Guozhong Zhuang (6.4d), and Nicholas Jhirad (6.4d). Second, the number of games in the main handicapped tournament has been increased from five to seven. This means that players will get in more games in two days than in the week-long US Open. “What the heck,” Drake said, “You’re not getting any work done that weekend anyway.” The event will take place at Lewis & Clark College, a hotbed of computer go research that Drake says “is recognized as the second most beautiful campus in the country.” Registrations are still pouring in, but this tournament typically draws several dozen players. Click here for full details. photo: at the 2011 Portland tournament


Categories: U.S./North America

BadukTV Free Trial Offer Extended to Life Members; Offers Going Fast

Wednesday October 10, 2012

The BadukTV free trial offer has just been extended to AGA Life Members, reports AGA president Andy Okun. Any interested Life Member should email him at for details. Meanwhile, the limited number of free one-month trial subscriptions to BadukTV — a $50 value – are going fast; join or rejoin the American Go Association this month to take advantage of the offer. BadukTV is the new online video service from GoGameGuru (GGG), featuring a live 24-video feed from BadukTV in Korea and a growing archive of English translations. AGA members also get the Member’s Edition of the American Go E-Journal, which includes game commentaries. Click here  to find out more about AGA membership or BadukTV.

Categories: U.S./North America

Capital Go Club Hosts Yang Shuang 2P Workshop This Saturday

Wednesday October 10, 2012

The Capital Go Club (CGC) is hosting a workshop with Chinese pro Yang Shuang 2P (at left) this Saturday, October 13 in Fairfax, VA. Space is limited; click here to reserve your seat. Yang won 5th place in the Women’s World Go Championship in 1993, and in recent years has been focusing on teaching. A former go coach in the Nie Weiping Go Dojo in Beijing, Yang has trained many strong players who take the pro test in China. She’s also lectured at the European and U.S. go congresses, anchored go programs on TV in China and taught in Singapore. “A lot of students love her teaching games because she plays as even games without using aggressive trick moves, so that students can use their own tactics instead of being harassed by abnormal tricks,” says organizer Edward Zhang. Click here to pre-registerand see who’s coming. The fee for teaching game and game review is $24.50 for a half-day, $44 for the whole day and $5 for lecture only, with all proceeds benefiting the CGC . The Capital Go Club will also run an AGA-rated tournament Saturday with prizes, and players who travel more than 40 miles will receive a $5 travel subsidy. UPDATE: the location for the morning session has just been confirmed: 8200 Greensboro Drive, Suite 900, McLean VA (free parking). For latest info click here. photo: Yang Shuang at the October 5 GWGC demo game and analysis; photo by Edward Zhang

Categories: U.S./North America

Your Move/Readers Write: Gangnam Style Korean Chess, Not Go

Wednesday October 10, 2012

EJ reader consensus is that the game in the “Gangnam Style” video (Go Spotting: Go Gangnam Style 10/8 EJ) is not go, but changgi, or Korean chess. “The player on the right appears to be contemplating moving a piece, not placing one,” points out Peter Drake. “More significantly, there are no bowls of stones visible.” Xinming Simon Guo notes that the pieces are all the same color, and his close-up screen capture seems to settle the question.



Cho-U Go App for Kids now on iPad

Monday October 8, 2012

The Nihon Ki-in has just released an English version of Cho-U’s 4×4 Go Puzzle. Cho-U 9P came up with all of the problems for the program, and has developed a clever system for introducing go to young children.  The app is available for iPhone and iPad, and is being offered on the App Store at an introductory rate of just 99 cents, until October 19th, when the price will increase to $2.99.  The app introduces a colorful cast of cartoon characters, including Minigo, a black cat, and Diego, a big white dog who is taking over the playground and won’t let the cats into his territory.  Children can enter story mode for flash animations that teach the basic principles of go as part of the cat’s quest to get back to the playground.  The graphics are terrific, and the stones are cats and dogs.  When “stones” are in atari, they shake and shiver (this can be turned off in settings for a bigger challenge).  The story is  interactive, and kids are asked to help Minigo solve various problems as he confronts various opponents. Players can also go to the free and challenge levels, where they can solve go problems directly.  The board size is limited to 4×4, but Cho-U has made very clever puzzles within this limitation.  Many of the problems revolve around seki, and you can choose what level to play with, or progress through the levels as you improve.  Players can also buy more problems for the program, which come with all new festive graphics.  The Snack Pack problem set gets you 100 problems, with chocolate and pink frosted donuts for pieces.  The Rainy Pack and the North Pole Pack offer additional cute themes and more complicated problems.  I bought the Rainy Pack for .99 and was charmed by frogs and snails playing on a lily pad field; the first problems I tried revolved around snapback.  This app is perfect for kids from 5 to 10 years old, and even older kids will enjoy some of the more challenging problems. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Picture courtesy of the Nihon Ki-in.

2012 U.S.Go Congress Overview: Reports, Photos, Games & Commentaries

Monday October 8, 2012

Dozens of 2012 U.S. Go Congress games, reports and photos – including galleries of players in top tournaments – are available online; our comprehensive coverage includes crosstabs of the U.S. Open, North American Ing Masters and Strong Players Open. See below for a selection of highlights of our coverage or click here for all our 2012 Go Congress reports.

Congress Updates: Congress Tournament Winners; Congress Credits
Matthew Hu 1P Wins 2012 Ing Masters
Dyer-Zhou Win 2012 U.S.Pair Go Championships
Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell on Go, Pong, Life and Changing the World
Hikaru no Go Creator Hotta Yumi Goes Behind the Manga
Kyu-Killer Keith Arnold Falls to Kyu Players, 19-1
U.S. Go Congress EJ Team Recognition

Congress Tournament Winners (PDF)
• US Open
Crosstab (includes game files)
Game commentaries
• North American Masters Tournament
Crosstab (includes game files)
Player photos & game commentaries
• Strong Players Open
Crosstab (includes game files)
Player photos & game commentaries

Congress Photo Album: Sunday, August 5
Phil’s Portraits: Monday’s Gallery
Go Congress Photo Album: Day Off Activities
Go Congress Photo Album: Crazy Go
Go Congress Photo Album: Pair Go (NEW! Just posted)
Congress Co-Director Peter Armenia’s Photo Album

Gan and Ye Shut Out Rivals in Redmond
Soo, Ganeva, and Ye Top Children’s Art Contest
Liu and Su Top Youth Adult Pair Go
Hikaru Author Hotta Yumi Interviewed

2013 U.S. Go Congress Set for Tacoma, WA
photos, top to bottom: Matthew Hu (by Phil Straus); Nolan Bushnell (by Chris Garlock); Hotta Yumi (by Steve Colburn); Youth-Adult Pair Go (by Paul Barchilon).

Categories: U.S. Go Congress

Go Spotting: Go Gangnam Style

Monday October 8, 2012

Go seems to make an appearance in the “Gangnam Style” video, which has racked up over 28 million hits on YouTube since its release last summer, inspiring parody clips from all corners of the globe. At .52 in the video there’s a 2-second glimpse of two game players behind South Korean singer and rapper PSY; several EJ readers have suggested that it’s go but it’s hard to tell for sure, even on close inspection. However, given go’s huge popularity in Korea, and PSY’s (born Park Jae-sang) attendance at  Boston University and Berklee College of Music in Boston – home to a longtime go club – the appearance of the game is probably not that far-fetched.