American Go E-Journal

National Go Center’s wish list as grand opening approaches

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Construction on the new National Go Center in Washington DC is almost done and plans for the Center’s grand opening April2017.04.04_ngc-measuring 28-30 are underway, reports Center Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa.

“Local volunteers and generous contributors have already stepped up to help make the Center a warm and welcoming place,” says Khalsa. “But there are a lot of items 2017.04.02-Fujisawa Shuko artworkthe NGC could use from supportive donors.” These include office desk(s) and chairs, a sofa and loveseat(s), side tables, kitchen utensils and equipment, coffee maker, framed go-themed pictures and artwork, computers, cameras for broadcasting, monitors, 2- inch table boards, and stones in wooden bowls. Email

Fred Baldwin and Keith Arnold have donated go books and magazines for the Center’s library, which will be housed in teak bookcases donated by former AGA President Allan Abramson. Ron Snyder has donated a beautifully crafted Ing table. And Thomas Hsiang is contributing a special piece of calligraphy (left) by legendary go player Fujisawa Shuko that the Nihon Kiin originally donated to the New York Go Center. photo: measuring space for tables at the NGC; photo by Chris Garlock
Update: This post has been updated to reflect that the Ing table is being donated by Ron Snyder. 

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Nihon Ki-in Pro visits Seattle Go Center

Monday April 3, 2017

Bian Wenkai 2P, a young pro from the Nihon Ki-in, visited the Seattle Go Center from March 23 to March 28.  Originally from Shanghai, Mr. Bian is fluent in Japanese and Chinese, and also speaks some English.  Bian Wenkai at Seattle Go Center - before gamesA friendly and generous teacher, Bian Sensei visited the McDonald International School Go Club, the Zoka Coffeehouse group, and played against a team of players at Nick Sibicky’s  DDK Class at the Seattle Go Center.  He gave a lecture on Sunday afternoon, replaying an old game that he lost by a half point, and a more recent tournament game that he won.  He also played simultaneous games four times at the Go Center. Forty-nine people visited the Go Center during the Tuesday when Bian Wenkai was there.  Report and photo by Brian Allen

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Upcoming Go Events: Boulder, Syracuse, and Cambridge

Monday April 3, 2017

April 8: Boulder, CO
Colorado Spring Go Tournament
Eric Wainwright 303-506-8846

April 8: Syracuse, NY
10th Salt City Go Tournament
Richard Moseson 315-682-7720

April 9: Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts Go Association Spring Handicap Tournament
Eva Casey 617-666-8934
David Kahn 617-571-1421

Get the latest go events information.

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New AlphaGo doc premieres at NYC Tribeca filmfest

Saturday April 1, 2017

Man is pitted against machine as the DeepMind AI takes on go grandmaster Lee Sedol in ALPHAGO, a brand-new 2017.04.01AlphaGo-2017 Tribeca Film Festivaldocumentary that will have its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca film festival in New York City later this month. Director Greg Kohs’ absorbing documentary chronicles Google’s DeepMind team as it prepares to test the limits of its rapidly-evolving AI technology. Kohs and his team were on hand last year in Seoul to document the historic battle with more at stake than the million dollar prize, and the film “reveals as much about the workings of the human mind as it does the future of AI.” ALPHAGO screens April 21, 23, 24 and 26; click here for details and tickets.

AGA Go Camp Set for Week Before Congress – Outside San Diego

Thursday March 30, 2017

DSCN3691 copyThe AGA Go Camp is moving west this year, and will be held at Schoepe Scout Camp at Lost Valley, just outside of San Diego, from July 30th to August 5th.  Myungwan Kim 9P will return as the instructor, and Fernando Rivera, Wenguang Wang, and Yanping Zhao will be camp directors.  The location, in the mountains above Anza-Borrego State Park, and surrounded by 1,500 acres of national forest, will give kids a taste of the outdoors. The camp features many activities, including high-wire walking, hiking trails, horse-back riding, two swimming pools, boating, and shooting ranges. “During our drive around the camp, I saw herds of deer wandering about. Birds, and other critters are frequent visitors of the camp also,” reports Congress Director Ted Terpstra. “There are native American artifacts on site including rocks where they ground the grain into flour. This is the flagship camp of the Boy Scouts in southern California. I was impressed with the care that has gone into the maintenance of the facilities. It certainly gives an entirely different feeling compared  to the packed freeways of southern California.” Camp will be the week before the US Go Congress, and a two hour drive from the site.  Youth of all ranks can come and learn from a pro, improve their skills, and then come to compete in the US Open the following week.  Airport pick up is available in San Diego for unaccompanied minors. The AGF is again offering a range of scholarships.  Youth who played in either the Redmond Cup or the NAKC are eligible for $400 scholarships, and the winning teams in the School Teams Tournament will also receive full scholarships to camp. For more info about the location click here, for pricing and registration info, click here. - Paul Barchilon EJ Youth Editor.  Photo by Ted Terpstra.

NJ tourney on Saturday offers free registration, pro game reviews

Monday March 27, 2017

The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU), together with the Feng Yun Go School, will host a 3-round 2017.03.27_FengYunWeiqi-logo1tournament in New Brunswick, New Jersey, this Saturday, April 1st. Doors open at 11a. Thanks to support from the CIRU, players of all strengths are welcome to participate free of charge; register online using Eventbrite no later than Thursday, March 30 to guarantee a spot.
Participants winning all three of their games will receive both a Rutgers T-shirt and also a performance rank certificate signed by Feng Yun 9p.
As an added bonus, Feng Yun 9p will provide game reviews between rounds. “Often players win or lose with little understanding of why, and this tournament will provide a teacher to shed some light,” notes tournament director, Paul Matthews. “We think that the combination of competition and instruction is important, and everyone is invited to come see.”
See the tournament webpage for more information.
- Brian Kirby
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School Teams Deadline April 8th

Monday March 27, 2017

STT2017promoRegistration for the AGHS 2017 North American School Team Tournament is open until April 8th. “Grab two friends and represent your high school, club, or language school,” urges AGHS Promotions Head Albert Yen.  “Any non-go institution is eligible to compete, and there is no cap on the number of teams per institution. The tournament will be held on KGS; all participants are eligible for an AGA summer Go camp scholarship. Prizes include cash, trophies/medals, and AGHS custom T-shirts for the winning teams.” For this year’s official STT rules click here. Register by April 8th here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Image by April Ye.

Latest AGA pro videos: Jennie Shen 2P on Master vs Tang Weixing 9P; Michael Redmond 9P on his Kiriyama Cup game vs. Kobayashi Izumi 6P

Monday March 27, 2017

In the latest AGA Master Review Series, Jennie Shen 2P, hosted by Andrew Jackson, translates Meng Tailing 6P’s 2017.03.27_AGA Master Review Series, Game 30commentary and adds her own analysis of Master/AlphaGo’s game against Tang Weixing 9P.

And in the latest Redmond’s Reviews, Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock, American Go E-Journal Managing Editor, review Redmond’s recent Kiriyama Cup match against Kobayashi Izumi 6p. See the game record below for additional comments/variations. Both videos are produced by Andrew Jackson and Michael Wanek


South Central Go Tournament draws 38 Players from four states

Saturday March 25, 2017

The 2017 South Central Go Tournament was held in Dallas on February 18-19 drew 38 players from four states – 13 in the 2017.03.25_South Central Go TournamentOpen Section and 25 in the Handicap Section. There were six rounds played. In the Open Section, the winner was Bulin Zheng, 6d; second place Muzhen Ai, 7d; third place, Mark Ma, 5d. In the Handicap Section, top band, the winner was Tim Cox, 2k; second place Jeremy Fernandez, 1k; third place Anthony Long, 1k.
- report/photos by Bob Gilman


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Ketner and Pitchford Top Davis/Sac Spring tourney

Saturday March 25, 2017

The Davis/ Sacramento Go Club held its Spring Tournament on March 18th at the South Natomas library in Sacramento. 2017.03.25_ketner-pitchfordThere was a good field of eleven players with groups from Reno and the bay area. The Upper Division was won by Jonathan Ketner, 1d (left), with a 3-1 score and Travis Pitchford, 3k (right), also 3-1, lead the Lower Division by a tie break.
- Willard Haynes
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