American Go E-Journal

Game recorders wanted

Wednesday July 11, 2018

The American Go E-Journal has a few openings on its 2018 US Go Congress team. Anyone interested in helping 2018.07.11_2016Congress-IMG_0359record/broadcast top-board games at the US Open/Masters should email journal@usgo.org. Prior experience is useful but not absolutely necessary. You must be available either mornings (Sun-Sat) or evenings (Sunday, Monday, or Friday). “We also need a couple recorders for the Pandanet City League Finals at 3pm on Saturday (July 21) afternoon,” says E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. “This is a great chance to get an up—close look at top-board games at a major tournament and be a part of the team bringing this event to the world.”
photo: Board 1 at the 2016 US Go Congress

Andy Liu and Ryan Li to team up with Facebook’s ELF OpenGo in Pair Go exhibition

Wednesday July 11, 2018

Facebook’s OpenGo, which defeated top-30 professional players 14-0 before its debut in May, will join forces with humanity in 2018.07.11 andy-ryanan Andy+OpenGo vs. Ryan+OpenGo Pair Go Match at the upcoming U.S. Go Congress. Liu and Li will be competing for a substantial $3000 prize. American players will be familiar with both players, who have provided spectacular matches at major North American tournaments and U.S. Go 2018.07.11_open-goCongresses for years, even before they became professionals and distinguished themselves in international tournaments. This event will provide a fascinating window into how each of them adapts to playing alongside OpenGo. The match will take place at the Go Congress on Tuesday, July 24th, at 7 PM in the Commonwealth auditorium in the Sadler Center. There will be plenty of seats available. The match will be covered by a commentary team of Chris Garlock partnered with a to-be-determined pro.

Terpstra Named Teacher of the Year

Monday July 9, 2018

Mt.Everest.GoTed Terpstra has been named the American Go Foundation’s Teacher of the Year in recognition of his work with children in the San Diego, CA area.  Terpstra has been actively coordinating programs for kids, in as many as six different locations, for several years. “There is great joy in teaching someone to play go, especially a youth,” says Terpstra, “and there is no greater reward in teaching the game than to see the enthusiasm of a student as he or she learns and finally becomes better than the teacher.”  Terpstra’s most recent program, held for the sixth year, was at the Jing Institute of Chinese Martial Arts and Culture, where members of the San Diego Go Club came to teach go to the summer day campers. “Thirty youngsters, from kindergarten to sixth-grade, listened attentively as I explained the game,” said Terpstra. “They then grabbed boards and stones to spread out over the floor to play. Several of the students had attended the go class in previous summers and helped the new players learn the game.  Hikaru No Go books had already been read by many of the students, as the American Go Foundation had provided them to the school several years ago.” Terpstra has also run programs at a K-12 school, a high school, a Chinese language school, and a public library.

DSCN5449Terpstra is coordinating the Go Teachers’ Workshop at the 2018 U.S. Go Congress in Williamsburg, Virgina in July. Prospective go teachers can be certified by the American Go Association if they attend eight-hours of instruction at the Congress. Several go professionals as well as other seasoned go teachers have agreed to teach the classes.  Sign-up for the Workshop can be done at Congress registration on July 21. Terpstra will also hold a special session entitled “How I Started Teaching Go,” on July 23rd, at 4 pm, which will be open to everyone. -Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.  Photos by Ted Terpstra: Top: Terpstra teaching 4th graders how to play; Bottom:  Go Class at the 2018 Jing Martial Arts School Summer Camp

AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 20: A new move and an old joseki

Sunday July 8, 2018

AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo Game 20 starts off with an “AlphaGo move,” one of the moves the AI originated that has since become 2018.07.07_AG-selfplay-20popular among human players. That’s followed by a joseki that’s been around for hundreds of years, giving Michael Redmond 9P “a chance to compare it with play by the great masters from the Golden Age of go” in his latest AlphaGo video commentary, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock. Things are fairly peaceful until the middle game, “when things get a bit confusing,” Redmond says, “and it gets exciting at the end.” Plus, this game is a very rare example of the result being different depending on which rule-set you use.

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Pandanet Cup registration ending soon

Saturday July 7, 2018

The 23rd Pandanet Cup, a long-standing internet world amateur go tournament, will continue to accept registration (free) until July 17.  Players are divided into five bands, depending on their strengths.  In the preliminary round of the tournament, players play self-paired games with others in the same band from anywhere in the world.  For advancement onto the second stage, players’ scores are compared with only those in the same band and in the same geographic region: Asia and Oceania, Americas, or Europe and Africa.  The scoring is based on the number of wins and the winning percentage.  In the second stage, regional winners play others in the same band in a knock-out tournament until a band champion is produced.  Generous prizes are provided to all winners.

Free registration is ongoing and ends on July 17.  For details, click here.

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Timothy Bell tops Davis-Sac Summer tourney

Saturday July 7, 2018

On June 30, the Davis/Sacramento Go Club held its Summer Tournament at the Arcade Library in Sacramento. There was a field2018.07.07_Davis-Sac tournament photo of thirteen players from 3 dan to 26 kyu. Nine players were from the SF Bay area. Timothy Bell, 1d, won the upper division with a 4-0 record. Roger Schrag, 4k, won the lower division with a 3-1 record.

Applications now being accepted for second INAF-NK Go Teachers’ Workshop

Saturday July 7, 2018

The Iwamoto North American Foundation (INAF) and the Nihon Kiin (NK) has announced that the Second Go Teachers’ Workshop will be held in Tokyo from October 29 through November 4 this year.  The workshop is conducted in English and is intended for people with interest in facilitating the implementation of go teaching into school or university curriculum.  The sponsors will cover all of the workshop and living expenses for the attendees, plus a $1,000 international travel subsidy.  Content of the weeklong workshop includes training sessions on go instruction and organization; visits to Japanese educational institutions that have go established in the curriculum; lectures on Japanese go history and culture; group discussions on implementing go education; and pro teaching games.  Click here for the application form and the detailed schedule.  US, Canadian, Mexican, and Cuban applicants should apply directly to Mr. T. Urasoe urasoe@nihonkiin.or.jp.  Please cc all correspondences to igf@usgo.org.
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Congress 2018 Preparation: Get Listed!

Sunday July 1, 2018

At the 2018 US Go Congress coming up later this month in Williamsburg, Virginia there are new social features to help attendees2018.07.01-appSchumer get to know one another and to share their Congress experiences. These are built into the free Congress mobile app for iOS and Android devices. One feature is an ‘Attendees’ page where everyone coming can have a short biography and a picture published.

To get listed just send an email to Gurujeet Khalsa – gurujeet.khalsa@nationalgocenter.org – with a few paragraphs about what you’d like to share about yourself with fellow Congress-goers. Attach a recent picture to the email as well. Take a look at other listings for inspiration by seeing what they have shared. If writing (especially in English) isn’t your strong suit, Congress staff will be happy to edit your posting for grammar and spelling. Your listing can be in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean as well if you send it that way. You can optionally add other Social information including: City, State, Country, Facebook page, personal website, Twitter handle, LinkedIn page, or email.

Congress starts on July 21, so if you have still not registered you should do so now here.

Zhou family cleans up at Santa Monica tourney

Sunday July 1, 2018

With a small field of 26, this year’s Santa Monica Coffee Cup on June 23 was topped by Yixian Zhou 6d (left, with TD Andy Okun), a long time Southern 2018.07.01_coffee-cup-Anna and Andy-IMG_60702018.07.01_coffee-cup-xixian-IMG_6066California player and organizer.  At the other end of the field, the so-called “Decaf Division,” Yixian’s children, Anna and Andy (at right), each around 30k, came in joint first.  Other winners of the fabled hand painted and lettered mugs, this year colored in a stately “sangue de boeuf,” were Shangze Bi in the low dan section, Les Lanphear and Sangho Wang in the strong kyu section, and Marc Sarrel in the mid-kyu section.  Organizer Andy Okun promised to announce next year’s Coffee Cup much earlier.

AGA City League Finals and Winners

Thursday June 28, 2018

2017.10.03_PANDANETThe Pandanet AGA City League finished its regular season play recently. Each team fought tough opponents this season. This season saw eight professionals play this year, four of them being AGA Professionals. The finals for the A League will be played in three weeks at the US Go Congress. The College of William & Mary will host Greater Washington vs New York City on Saturday July 21st at 3PM. The games will be broadcast in the AGA City League Room LIVE.

The winners of the league are:
A League:
Third: Canwa Vancouver 1
Fourth: New Jersey
Fifth: Edmonton
B League:
Winner: Ottawa
Second: Toronto 1
Third: Toronto 2
Fourth: Canwa Vancouver 3
C League:
Winner: Boston 3
Second: N Corvallis

Congratulations to all of the teams that played this year.