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Go Spotting: Go in John Green’s Crash Course World History; China’s News Silk Road Strategy & Go

Thursday July 23, 2015

Go in John Green’s Crash Course World History: “Hey, I was watching John Green’s Crash Course World History 2 series and spotted both a depiction of and mention of go,” writes Evan Hale of the Columbus Tesuji Go Club. “In the episode, Green covers the Heian 2015.07.21_Go Spotting - Crash Course World History 227Period of Japan and mentions go when talking about how the elite, upper class spent their leisure time. The mention is a little bit after 7:00 in the video.”

China’s News Silk Road Strategy & Go: In Weiqi Versus Chess (Huffington Post 4/3/2015), David Gosset says that “China’s New Silk Road strategy certainly integrates the importance of Eurasia but it also neutralizes the US pivot to Asia by enveloping it in a move which is broader both in space and in time: an approach inspired by the intelligence of Weiqi has outwitted the calculation of a chess player.” Thanks to reader Ted Joe for passing this along.

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Jonathan Hop Returns with Translated Pro Game Commentaries and Twitch TV Games

Wednesday July 22, 2015

Go author and blogger Jonathan Hop has launched a project to translate videos of professional games with commentary into English. “It’s all free and available on YouTube for all to see,” he tells the E-Journal. Hop says he’ll “try to do one or 2015.07.21_Hop-translationstwo a week depending on my schedule.” Available so far: Mukai Chiaki vs. Yamada Kimio, Cho Sonjin vs. Yukawa Mitsuhisa in the 63rd NHK Tournament, Takemiya Masaki vs. Goto Shungo and Kanazawa Makoto vs Akiyama Jiro in the 63rd NHK Cup.

2015.07.21_hop-twitchHop is back teaching and playing go after a long hiatus. After going to Korea, studying at a professional dojo and writing four books on go, he realized he didn’t want to be a professional go player, “So when the game felt like a chore, when studying was no longer exciting, I just plain stopped,” he writes on his blog. But now he’s heading to China next month and says “There’s no way I’m going to be in China and not play. So I decided I needed to get back in shape before I go.”

In addition to the pro game translations, Hop is playing on Twitch TV and archiving the games on YouTube. He’s also offering to review kyu level games or low level dan games for free and make videos of the review available on Youtube; send games to sundaygolessons@gmail.com. He’s also planning a go-playing marathon when he reaches 1,000 subscribers, and says that “I think I’m at 997 which is close enough for me to schedule it.  Sunday August 2nd, 12 straight hours of go beginning around 11 a.m.”

Photos: (right) Cho Chikun commenting the Mukai Chiaki vs. Yamada Kimio game; (left) Hop playing on Twitch.TV

US Open Master’s Division to offer $5,000 top prize

Tuesday July 21, 2015

The US Open Master’s Division will again be a 9-round event with a top prize of $5,000. This section is open to all professionals and 7 Dan players. Additionally, players below 7-dan who earned points in AGA qualifier tournaments will be 2015.07.21_2014-masters-DSC_0087
eligible to compete in this section. As was done last year, the top three North American finishers in this section will get prizes with a top award of $2,000.

The regular 6-round event will continue as before, open to everyone. Players who qualify for the Master’s Division but do not wish to play 9 games can sign up for the 6-round Open event instead. However, there is no crossover between sections once play begins, and players in the Master’s Division are expected to commit to play the full 9 rounds. Jon Boley is the Tournament Director for the Master’s Division this year.
photo: top-board action at the 2014 US Open Masters Division; photo by Chris Garlock

EJ Congress Team Seeks Game Recorders; Bring Your Racquets!

Tuesday July 21, 2015

The American Go E-Journal has a few openings on its US Go Congress team. Anyone interested in helping record/broadcast top-board games at the US Open should email journal@usgo.org. Prior experience is useful but not absolutely 2015.07.21_2014Masters-DSC_0084necessary. You must be available either mornings (Sun-Sat) or evenings (Sunday, Tuesday, or Friday). “This is a terrific opportunity 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,” says E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. “Plus, it’ll improve your own go!”

Tennis Alert: Tennis players be sure to pack your racquets, as there are courts available at this year’s Congress site and E-Journal editor Chris Garlock will be organizing games throughout the week. Email journal@usgo.org if interested in participating.
photo: The EJ’s Dennis Wheeler records a 2014 US Open Masters game; photo by Chris Garlock

 

AGA YouTube Channel Features Haylee-Sibicky Pair Go Game Tonight

Saturday July 18, 2015

Hajin Lee 3P and her European Go Federation pair-go partner Fabien will play Andrew Jackson 4D and fellow Seattle Go Center teacher Nick Sibicky 4D in a pair go game on the AGA Youtube channel tonight, July 18, starting at 11p PST (2a Sunday EST).
“The AGA’s official Youtube channel has been revamped in advance of the upcoming 2015 US Go Congress, and we’d like to re-introduce it to members with a pair go match between a few well known YouTube go players” says Jackson, the American Go Association’s VP of Operations.  “Hajin will also be recording her comments for her 100th video on her channel, so this should be quite a celebratory evening”

The game will be broadcast live on the 
AGA Youtube channel, and “all the video content from the 2015 US Go Congress will be posted there, so please subscribe!” urges Jackson. More details on the format can be found in Jackson’s announcement video.

Cho Hye-yeon to Attend Congress; Change in Taiwan Delegation

Saturday July 18, 2015

hsi Word comes to the E-Journal of two last minute changes in the ranks of the professionals visiting the US Go Congress in Minneapolis-St. Paul.  One is that the Korea Amate031216-chohy01[1]ur Baduk Association will be sending Cho Hyeyeon 9p, a star player and active promoter of the game.  Cho, who also attended the 2008 Congress in Portland, works, teaches and plays tirelessly, among other ventures running a go club at the US Army base at Yongsan in Seoul.  Meanwhile, difficulties of making last minute travel arrangements have caused the Taiwan Chiyuan to substitute Ms. Tang Hsi Yun 2p, also known as Debbie Tang, for the earlier announced Wang Yuanjun 7p.  Like Cho, Tang speaks English.  She has been pro since 2004 and taught at the European Go Congress in 2012.
Update (7/21): The spelling of Ms. Tang’s name has been corrected.

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RFP for East Coast Go Center

Wednesday July 15, 2015

 

At its June 7th board meeting, the Iwamoto North American Foundation for Go approved a request for proposals for the establishment of a Go Center on the East Coast. The foundation is seeking proposals by December 1, 2015.  The RFP can be found on the foundation’s web page: http://www.inaf-go.org/.  Please direct any questions to board members Thomas Hsiang (thsiang@UR.Rochester.edu), Andy Okun (andy@okun.name), or Dave Weimer (weimer@lafollette.wisc.edu).

 

 

 

 

 

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21 Pros to Attend Congress; Unrivalled Chance for High Quality Go Instruction

Wednesday July 15, 2015

With the 2015 US Go Congress less than a month away, it is on track to be a great event with over 350 attendees, says Congress Director Josh Larson. For players of all levels a major draw to attend the Congress is the chance to meet, play and learn from professional players from all over the world. So far, 21 pros are expected at this year’s Congress!

The pros are involved in many activities through the week. You can attend professional lectures during the afternoon and evening, play against a professional during one of the many simultaneous games in the afternoon after the US Open rounds, have your game reviewed in a small group session or hang around and chat with pros at mealtime. A few have been known to turn up at late night card games. Pros will also be involved in special events, like commenting on a key final game or, new this year, playing a demonstration game against an amateur.

A highlight for players of all levels is the review of your tournament games by a professional. These reviews are divided up by rank, so if you are a dan player, the professionals will focus on advanced topics while for kyu players, they will target the basics. You can watch and learn from another reviewee’s pride or pain before going up to the demo board yourself and finding out what actually happened to your stones during your own game. Larson encourages attendees to not be shy about approaching pros. “If you have a question, and see a professional player, ask! They often will just grab a board and give you an answer.” While some attendees will pay for group or individual lessons, all of the above activities are included in the cost of your registration. The US Go Congress is one of a very few events in the go world with so much pro training opportunity.

Below is a list of the professionals who have currently confirmed to attend the 2015 Us Go Congress.

Among pros currently based in the US we have:

Former women’s world champion and leading teacher, Feng Yun 9P.

The Korea Baduk Association’s Go Ambassador to the US, Myungwan Kim 9P.

Mingjiu Jiang 7P, who has been the North American representative in multiple international tournaments and teacher in the Bay Area for more than 25 years.

Yilun Yang 7P, author of many books, including “Fundamental Principles of Go,” and a revered teacher who does annual workshops across the country.

Jennie Shen 2P from Santa Barbara, gives individual lectures, group lessons, and audio lectures on KGS.

Stephanie Yin 1P studied under Nie Weiping 9P and Yu Bing 9P and has placed first in multiple tournaments.

Andy Liu 1P is one of the first AGA professionals.

Shirley Lin 1P taught Go at Nanjing University and is a previous US Open Champion.

Cathy Li 1P coached the Canadian team in the 1st World Mind Sports Games.

Professional delegates from foreign go organizations include:

Wang Qun 8P (China)

Wang Yuanjyun 7P (Taiwan)

Na Jonghoon 7P (Korea)

Maeda Ryo 6P (Japan)has been a popular lecturer at previous US Go Congresses.

Hajin Lee 3P (Korea) well-known for her go videos on YouTube and currently secretary general of the International Go Federation.

Murakami Akihide 3P (Japan)

Koyo Hoshikawa 3P (Japan)

Cao Youyin 3P (China) 

A handful of professionals with also be participating in the 2015 US Open and other tournaments, including: 2014.08.14_FengYun-DSC_0027Calvin Sun 1P, Ryan Li 1P, YuLin Tong 4P, and Zirui Song 1P.

Feng Yun 9p teaching at the 2014 Go Congress

Update: Wang Qun 8P ‘s name has been corrected (our original post had it as Wan Qun 8P).

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Garlock Wales Walk Closing in on Goal

Monday July 13, 2015

imageWith less than 50 miles to go to complete his 200-mile walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in Wales, E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock reports “there’s just $139 left to go to raise $2,500 for the fabulous work of the American Go Foundation!” Click here to support the AGF, and check out Garlock’s Facebook page (Christopher Garlock) for daily posts about the walk. “It’s been a great adventure made even better knowing so many folks are helping grow go in the U.S.,” says Garlock. “Thanks so much!” Garlock braving the Welsh rain on the Path late last week; photo by Lisa Garlock

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The Janice Kim Files – Game On

Monday July 13, 2015

(or what I learned during my two-year vacation from playing games) by Janice Kim 3P

PastedGraphic-1For me go and poker are the same. As they are like two sides of my same coin, I find the optimal strategy in go is to know everything, and in poker, to be random.

Humans are not randomizers, they require computers, or cards, and even those require perfect input for true randomization. A good watch with a sweeping second hand can take care of a lot in poker. If you develop the strategy of eyes going to your watch, as if you’re the smartest Princess Bride in the world poisoning a cup, basing your actions entirely on the position of a watch hand on the dial, you will be about as random as humans get. I look pretty much like Lee Chang-ho would playing poker, a Stone Buddha in a skirt and heels, a non-sentient target no more than a table’s-length away, which is why it is oh-so-perfect.

Of course this is only truly useful if you are not looking at your cards at all, so as not to introduce the possibility of fear in yourself, and playing against the best cash players in the world, and aren’t an actual threat to the way of life to wealthy and powerful, testosterone-enhanced, actively aggressive people. And then you have to have enough chips neatly stacked in front of you, or maybe with one almost toppling over, to enrage enough or entice enough to engage enough to get any play. The buy-in on such where-are-you-on-the-guest-list events is steep if you aren’t backed.  Continue reading…)

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