American Go E-Journal

Clossius in the Land of Baduk: Vacation Lessons

Monday August 25, 2014

By Shawn Ray, Special Correspondent to the E-Journal2014.08.24_BIBA-by-waterfall

When you think of a go school you probably imagine us holed up inside for endless hours of study, practice and play. So you would have been surprised to see the Blackie’s International Baduk Academy (BIBA) students recently when we went camping and hit the beach.

After a three-hour drive, we arrived at a cabin on the side of a spectacular mountain; shades of summer camp back in the States. Except that in this cabin there was a very nice go board and bowls of stones waiting for us, and less than ten minutes after we arrived, we were playing go. After losing a couple of games to fellow students, I decided to try my luck on the tennis court just outside the cabin. Tennis is my favorite physical sport, so I jumped at the chance to finally get outside and play and we had time for two matches before lunch.

After lunch, we hiked to a waterfall. It was a bit more strenuous getting there than I’d anticipated but well worth it for the refreshing plunge into the icy waters. When another student dove under the waterfall to try and get a rock from beneath the crashing waters, I had to take the challenge on as well. Just like go, however, it proved to be far more difficult than I had realized. Diving under a waterfall and fighting the current to get to the bottom was very hard! I persevered, however, and was finally able to get a rock as well. Here we are at the side of the waterfall getting ready to take the plunge.

After our trip to the waterfall, we all went back to the camp to play more go and tennis, including doubles and Pair Go. My score for the day: seven games of go, seven tennis matches, and one rock from the waterfall. I slept very well that night but the next day I 2014.08.24_BIBA-go-playerswas really sore! No pain, no gain, right?

A few days after our camping trip, it was time for the yearly trip to the beach. The first day was a bit of a disappointment since the waves were too large and beach security wouldn’t let anyone in. No problem for go players: we went back to the hotel and played go. The second day was far more exciting, still with big waves, but safe enough for us to go in. Again like go, though, appearances were deceptive. After riding the waves a good few times, I was pushed into the beach where I was knocked over and dragged back into the water only to be hit by the next wave. This repeated about four times before I was able to stand up and get out of the current. I probably should have resigned there but no, back in I went. Riding the waves more carefully this time around, I was really enjoying myself, until, a really big wave lifted me and my float ring up,  completely flipped me over and threw me into the beach face first. With a bloody nose and sore shoulder, I was 0-2 but not ready to resign just yet and went right back into the water for a few more hours of fun.

Getting good at go is hard work but it’s important to remember to have fun. The BIBA students managed to find challenges on our mountain and beach vacation but most of all we had a lot of fun and welcomed the respite from the continuous study schedule we’re accustomed to. I look forward to our next outing, but now it’s back to work!

Shawn Ray, known as Clossius to his YouTube and KGS fans, recently moved to Korea to do a series of lessons on BadukTV. photos courtesy Ray.

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Wei Zhou 7D Wins Australian Korean Ambassador’s Cup

Monday August 25, 2014

Wei Zhou 7D won the 2014 Korean Ambassador’s Cup, held August 17 in Sydney, New South Wales. Zenglin Wang 5D won the B Division and Florian Max 5K won Division C. The first Sydney Spring Tournament is set for Sunday October 19 in Surry Hills, New South Wales. Click here for the Australian Go Association’s tournament and event calendar. To receive the Australian go news email newsletter, email horatio@go.org.au.
- Horatio Davis, Special Correspondent

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US Open & Masters Division Crosstabs Updated; Game Records Still Wanted

Monday August 25, 2014

The 2014 US Open crosstab has been updated with nearly 60 game records sent in by players. Deadline for submitting 2014.08.24_Dahye-Lee-US-Open-photogame records is this Friday, August 29; email them to journal@usgo.org. Games must be in sgf format with all game info complete, including both players’ full names, and the round number(s); also be sure to name the file in this format: US-Open_Rd1-Su-Kierulf (white player first). The US Open Masters Division crosstab has also been updated with game records of the top-board games.
photo: at the US Open; photo by Dahye Lee

Pair Go Photo Album Posted

Sunday August 24, 2014

Photographer Sarah Small’s album of 31 images of the 2014 US Pair Go Championships is now posted on the AGA’s Facebook page. 2014.08.24_PairGo-Small_0107Small brings an original and creative eye to the highly popular go variant first introduced in 1990.
photo by Sarah Small  

Still Time to Register for Next American Yunguseng Dojang Session

Sunday August 24, 2014

The next session of In-seong Hwang 7D’s online go school starts next week but there’s still time to sign up for the American Yunguseng 2014.08.24_hwang_in-seong_cropDojang. A well-known top player in Europe, Hwang Inseong 7D has participated in major European tournaments since 2005 and is currently the top-rated player in the European Go Ratings. He trained at the Korean Yunguseng Academy, studied Go in Myong-ji University and worked for a baduk TV channel as commentator. The program consists of interactive online lectures, student league-play and game reviews on KGS. Students have access to all past lectures and reviews, including those from the European sister-school, as well as “personal go reports” to help students assess the progress they are making and the areas which need most work. “Great teacher, great sense of humor, and a penchant for understanding how people think,” says one student. “I feel myself getting stronger every day.” Click here for details on the program, schedule and pricing.

Your Move/Readers Write: Where’s the 2015 Go Congress?

Sunday August 24, 2014

Where’s the 2015 Go Congress? “I’ve heard that the next Congress will be in Seattle or in Minneapolis,” writes Wayne Nelson. “Which is it?”
St Paul/Minneapolis, AKA the Twin Cities: see 2015 Congress Website Launches 8/14 EJ.

Zhang Co-President of AGHS; Officer Positions Open

Saturday August 23, 2014

profileHugh Zhang 7d will be serving a second term as co-president of the American Go Honor Society (AGHS), alongside Calvin Sun 1P, who will be serving his first term.  The organization, run entirely by high school students, has opted for two presidents several times before.  “It’s great to see a lot of new faces joining the AGHS. I’m excited for the coming year and hope it will be our most successful yet!” Zhang told the E-Journal. “A lot of new ideas were suggested by various members this year, and we hope to implement some of them in the coming year.” Officer positions are still open, and the AGHS has extended the deadline until August 28th. Sign up today and help build the future of American go.  Details and the application are available on the AGHS website-Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Hugh Zhang 7d competing in the 2013 Korean Prime Minister’s Tournament. 

 

SAWMG/Pandanet Online Tournament Registration Opens

Saturday August 23, 2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 SportAccord World Mind Games – Pandanet Online Tournament. This year’s go tournament, 2014.08.23_wmg online tournament_all_platforms_v2held jointly with Chess.com and BridgeBase.com, includes different bands and multiple winners in each band.  Generous cash prizes will be awarded, along with other prizes such as tablet computers, Swatches, digital cameras, etc.  In addition, SportAccord will provide weekly lottery prizes for all players who played in any given week, including computers, TV’s, etc.  Click here for details.

Deadline Extended for Submitting US Open Game Records

Friday August 22, 2014

Response to our request for US Open (or Masters Division) game records from last week’s US Go Congress has been so enthusiastic that we’re extending the deadline 2014.08.22_US-Open-players-Nate-Eagleone week. Over 50 games have already been sent in for posting to the official US Open crosstab, so you can check out how your friends (and/or opponents) played (sometimes with variations and comments from pros at the Congress). Games must be in sgf format with all game info complete, including both players’ full names, and the round number(s); also be sure to name the file in this format: US-Open_Rd1-Su-Kierulf (white player first). Email game records by midnight next Friday, August 29 to journal@usgo.org.
- photo by Nate Eagle

Volunteers Wanted for Chicago GoFest

Friday August 22, 2014

The Go and Math Academy in Chicago is looking for volunteers to help to promote go/weiqi at a Chinese cultural festival on 2014.08.22_Go-and-math-chicagoSeptember 27. About 1,500 students are expected to attend the daylong festival. “We need volunteers to prepare some activities and interact with visitors,” says local organizer Xinming Simon Guo 2d. “Because we have promoted go in Chicago schools for many years (McCormick Elementary Students Learn Go (And Math))  7/29 EJ), probably some visitors already know the basic rules.” Contact Guo at simonguoxm@gmail.com for details on how to volunteer.
photo: Guo teaching at the LaSalle Language Academy

Categories: U.S./North America
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