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Go Spotting: Destiny’s Go Gauntlets

Monday November 3, 2014

In the game Destiny once you hit Level 5 you can buy “Snakeline 4.5 gauntlets,” which are “tough, menacing, and I swear- make you unbeatable 2014.11.02_gauntletsat Go.” Thanks to Michael Albert for passing this along, though he doesn’t say whether the gauntlets have actually made his go invincible.

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Kwon Kapyong 8P, Lee Sedol’s Teacher, Visits Feng Yun Go School

Sunday November 2, 2014

Students at the Feng Yun Go School got a special treat last month when Kwon Kapyong 8P paid a visit. “Among other accomplishments, Mr. 2014.011.02_Kwon-Kapyong-visitKwon was Lee Sedol’s teacher,” reports Paul Matthews on the school’s website. “In fact, almost 20% of all Korean professional players were taught in his school.” Matthews reports 32014.011.02_Kwon-Kapyong-visit2that Feng Yun 9P “had a long talk with Mr. Kwon, and offered to help in his efforts to promote go in the United States.” They also discussed differences between teaching young students in Korea and in the United States. Parents in east Asian countries are willing to support their child in putting a lot of time into go study because there are more professional career opportunities there, American parents want to use go as an educational tool to train critical and logical thinking, problem solving, concentration, and good learning habits. The October 3 visit included a friendship match between six of Mr. Kwon’s students and the Parsippany students. Accompanying Mr. Kwon were Kim Young Ran, CEO of the Kwonkapyong International Baduk Academy, Joseph Sung, translator, and Kim Dae Yol, a very strong amateur player and go club entrepreneur in New Jersey.
photo: Kwon Kapyong 8p, Feng Yun 9p, and Joseph Shun are standing; Kim Dae Yol and one of Mr. Kwon’s stronger students are seated in the foreground.Click here to see more photos by Paul Matthews

AGA Pizza Offer Brings Out Players in Long Island

Sunday November 2, 2014

The Long Island Go Club on October 12 hosted a pizza party (more photos on our Facebook page) thanks to the AGA’s special October free pizza 2014.10.12 LIGC pizza party3AGA Chapter Offer. AGA chapters in San Diego and the Twin Cities also hosted AGA pizza parties.

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Go Spotting: US Army War College Quarterly

Sunday November 2, 2014

Once again, go is providing insights into US/China diplomacy. In the recent US policy of “rebalancing toward Asia,” Michael Spangler, writing 2014.11.02_war-college-quarterlyin the Summer 2014 issue of Parameters, the US Army War College quarterly, suggests that “Another way to look at this is to imagine a Chinese game of weiqi, the popular Asian game of black-and-white pieces in which two opposing players strive to surround the other. China’s July 2012 establishment of Sansha City on Paracel Island seized by force from Vietnam in 1974 was the precursor of its new weiqi games with the Philippines and Japan.” In “Rebalancing the Rebalance,” Spangler, a visiting fellow at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA, adds that “It is key that Manila’s talks not give Beijing any preponderant advantage by isolating or leveraging the Philippines against other disputants. In other words, this weiqi-like diplomatic negotiation can be completed as China’s future negotiation partners consult with each other.”
Thanks to Don Travis, a historian at the War College, and a new go player at the Carlisle Go Club.

“Cartography” Puts Go on the Map

Saturday November 1, 2014

Cartography is a new map-making, territory claiming, strategy game based on the game of go. Developed by Jon Adams, the game’s map is made 2014.11.01_cartographyup of interlocking triangular tiles, with walls that divide the map, allowing territory to be defended or captured. Players create and claim territory, and capture opponents, in an effort to control the map, which, like go, changes as you play. “Strategy is key and chance doesn’t determine the winner,” says Adams. Like go, “Cartography is easy to learn and challenging to master!” Adams has already raised over $14,000 of his $15,000 Kickstarter campaign to launch the game.
Thanks to Jeff Diamond for passing this along.

Davis-Sacramento Club Featured on Local Network TV

Saturday November 1, 2014

Members of the Davis/Sacramento Go Club were featured on the October 19th edition of the local CBS affiliate’s weekend morning show, Good2014.11.01_Davis-Sac Go Club on TV Day. Willard Haynes (far left) gave host Cody Stark a quick tutorial on the game and Steve (at right) and Matthew Burrall were shown playing, as were club members Julie Burrall, Jeffrey Horn, Laura Holeman and Cameron Yu. Click here to see the 2:46m clip.

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Basaman & Yang Win in Wisonet

Saturday November 1, 2014

Michael Basaman and Eric Yang topped a field of 11 at the October 25 Wisonet tournament. The one-day tournament held in the Quakerbridge 2014.11.01.wisonet-kids-playing2014.11.01_wisonet-kids-pizzaLearning Center at Lawrenceville, New Jersey and included both “rated and non-rated games, multis, 9×9 and 13×13 games for the youths,” reports assistant director Shen Wan. “Everyone enjoyed the games and the pizza, thanks to AGA’s initiative for free pizza in October,” adds Shen.

Basaman was 3-0 in the dan section and Eric Yang was 4-0 in the kyu section.

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Two College Students From Americas To Get Free Trip To Japan

Thursday October 30, 2014

With little competition so far for the two open slots, interested university and college students in the Americas have a good shot at getting to compete in the preliminary for the next World Students Go Oza Championship. Application deadline is Nov 16 and applicants must be under the age of 30. Click here for the entry formClick here to read more (Registration Open for World Students Go Oza Championship 10/22 EJ). 

Everyone a Winner at NOVA Pumpkin Classic (Especially Josh Lee)

Tuesday October 28, 2014

At the annual NOVA Pumpkin Classic, players usually compete for prize pumpkins. At this year’s Classic, on Saturday, October 25, 31 players vied “not to lose a pumpkin,” a result of a surfeit of squash due to what Tournament Allan Abramson admitted was “A massive lack of 2014.10.25-NOVA-pumpkincommunication” between him and NOVA Club President Gary Smith that found them both turning up with armfuls of pumpkins. In the end, every attendee, including visitors, left the George Mason Law School in Arlington VA with a grand pumpkin.  Top section winner Josh Lee upped his game to finish 4-0. New visitor Saki Fujita 5 Dan from Japan, now studying at Johns Hopkins, promises to be a tough addition to the local scene.

The winners were:

First Place: Josh Lee, 5D, 4-0; Frederick Bao, 1D, 3-1; Quinn Baranoski, 3K, 3-1; Bob Crites, 7K, 4-0, tied with Gary Smith, 9K, 4-0; and Dierdre Golash, 13K, 4-0

Second Place: Saki Fujita, 5D, 3-1; Victor Kang, 2D, 3-1; Zongying Qiu, 3K, 3-1; Anderson Barreal, 9K, 3-1; and a three-way tie among Ning-Yuan Ernest Wang, 10K, Sarah Crites, 13K, and Keith Crank, 13K, each with two wins

photo by Todd Blatt

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Justin Chiang Tops Austin Fall Classic

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Justin Chiang topped the Austin Fall Classic Go Tournament on Saturday, October 25th at Great Hall Games in Austin, Tx. Fourteen players 2014.10.28-Austinparticipated in the 4 round, handicap tournament, with prizes going to the following players: Justin Chiang 9K  (4-0); Yue (John) Zhyang 4D (3-1), Cye Stoner 2K (3-1).

photo: (l-r): John Zhang, Cye Stoner, Justin Chiang

- report by TD Bart Jacob

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