American Go E-Journal

Ki Choi tops Davis/Sacramento Go Club Spring Tournament

Sunday March 18, 2018

The Davis/Sacramento Go Club held its Spring Tournament at the North Highlands-Antelope library on March 3. There was a 2018.03.18_Ki Young Choi-croppedfield of eight players including Valerie Wong, who was playing in her first AGA tournament. Two 2018.03.18_Tyler Moore-croppedpatrons of the library expressed interest, and were given copies of “The Way to Go” and a brief introduction the game. The Upper Division was won by Ki Choi 2d (right), with a 2-2 record and the Lower Division by Tyler Moore 4k (left), with a 3-1 record.
- Willard Haynes

Chicago Math Teachers Learn Go

Saturday March 17, 2018

IMG_20180210_105212038“As an educator, I have been advocating using go as a math manipulative in schools, and dreaming about the day that students in every classroom will learn go,” writes 2015 AGF Teacher of the Year Xinming Simon Guo. At the Metropolitan Mathematics Conference of Workshops, an annual event for math educators in the greater Chicago area, professor Xiuwen Wu and Guo organized a workshop for teachers in February. “Teachers in the workshop had never heard about go. We first showed teachers how to play, and then they explored how the game is related to math standards in schools. After several games on mini boards, I shared the most important conclusion from our prior research — about 60% of math content from kindergarten to third grade can be covered in just one game. I also showed some authentic classroom videos on kids learning and playing go for further discussion.”

“My co-speaker professor Wu shared her experience on how to use go in  teacher preparation methods courses, and shared pre-service teachers’ suggestions on how to integrate go in math instruction. Finally, she highlighted the benefits of this game-based learning method, including student ownership of learning, wide coverage of math standards, low cost and easy maintenance. Classroom teachers, especially in early elementary grades, are in the ideal position to implement this teaching method. We need to raise awareness among educators involved in making decisions about effective math learning tools and materials, including teachers, school administrators, district education directors and superintendents. As educators learn about go, they will come to see the ease with which teachers can use the game to teach every learner a multitude of math concepts and skills,” adds Guo. - Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.  Photo by Xinming Simon Guo

Redmond Reviews: Michael Redmond 9P vs Rin Kaiho 9P

Monday March 12, 2018

As a young player, Michael Redmond was in the legendary Rin Kaiho’s study group –where Rin’s wife served them all a meal 2018.03.11_redmond-rin-goseibefore they commenced playing go –) but in this week’s video game commentary, Redmond faces Rin in a Gosei tournament game, Redmond’s first tournament game of the year. “It was an unusual chance to get to play against such a famous player so early,” says Redmond, “and very special, as well.” Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal hosts; click here for the video.

“It’s amazing how one small mistake in midgame can make the difference between a white collapse and white advantage,” says Keldor314. “Go is just scary that way.”

“Another great review, thanks,” says Ewen Pearson. “Just joined the AGA. Are there SGFs for all of Michael Redmond’s reviews on usgo.org? If so where are they?” Click here for all the Redmond Reviews.

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Jung Hoon Lee wins Colorado Spring Tournament

Sunday March 11, 2018

Jung Hoon Lee 7D won the Colorado Spring Tournament held on March 10th in Denver, CO, topping a field of 29 players. 2018.03.11_CO-spring-tourney

Complete results:
Dan section:
1st: Jung Hoon Lee, 7D
2nd: Kent Evenson, 1D

Single-digit Kyu section:
1st: Lev Marcus, 8K

2nd: Hannah Jung, 9K
Double-digit Kyu section:
1st: Issac Hatfield, 14K
2nd: Levi Goncharov, 27K
reported by Eric Wainwright, Chapter president, Boulder Go Club

S&S news: “Rethinking Opening Strategy” #1 new release; Iwamoto classic returns

Thursday March 8, 2018

Slate & Shell’s new book, “Rethinking Opening Strategy: AlphaGo’s Impact on Pro Play” by Yuan Zhou, was recently the number2018.03.03_rethinking-opening-strategy one new release in board games on Amazon, reports publisher Bill Cobb. “It is selling like hot 2018.03.03_invasion-iwamotocakes” Cobb tells the E-Journal.

In other Slate and Shell news, Iwamoto Kaoru’s classic book “Invasion in Common Go Positions,” is available again. This book was originally published as part of “Keshi and Uchikomi: Reduction and Invasion in Go.” After substantial revision, the “Keshi” section was republished as “Invasions.” This definitive work analyzes both how to invade common situations in go games and how to defend against such invasions. “These are normal situations that regularly occur, making the discussion useful in everyday play,” says Cobb.

 

Historic go at Princeton’s Fine Hall

Thursday March 8, 2018

In the January 10 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly, there is an article by Elyse Graham called “Adventures in Fine Hall: The weirdness of math’s golden age.”  She writes of the hijinks of the great mathematicians of the 1930s gathering in the Princeton 2018.03.03_Math-EinsteinNew_0University Mathematics Department and the Institute of Advanced Studies: Albert Einstein, John von Neumann, Kurt Friedrich Gödel, Hermann Klaus Hugo Weyl.

Speaking of Fine Hall, the center of mathematics at Princeton, she writes, “To blow off steam, many students got into games, as players and creators both…. During the day, a visitor to the common room might see the nation’s mathematical brain trust absorbed in games of Go, bridge, double solitaire, or chess, played classic or whimsical variants.” She also writes that “A favorite was a double-blind variant of chess called Kriegspiel,” which Terry Benson has adapted for go at his Crazy Go nights each year at the U.S. Go Congress. “The boast went out that Fine Hall ‘could produce a champion in any game that was played sitting down.’”
- Ted Terpstra
photo (l-r): Luther Eisenhart, Albert Einstein and Walther Mayer

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Hongkui Zheng tops Zheng Go Championship

Wednesday March 7, 2018

Hongkui Zheng took top honors in the 5th Zheng Go Championship, formerly known as the Southern California Go 2018.03.07_Zheng CupChampionship. Held March 3 and 4, the Zheng Go Championship took place at the Back Bay Conference Center in Irvine, California.  A record 84 participants came from Southern California as well as travelers from the SF Bay Area, San Diego and Arizona.   Sponsored as in recent years by Jay Zheng, it was organized by Yixian Zhou and directed by Kevin Chao.  Shirley Lin 1p was the resident professional and played simuls with participants after the last round on Saturday.

Results:
High Dan Section
1st Hongkui Zheng; 2nd Hoon-Hee Jo; 3rd Yixian Zhou; 4th Yufei Jin; 5th Chenglie Huang; 6th Xiaocheng Hu
Dan section: 1st Josiah Frias; 2nd Jiale Chen; 3rd Troy Zheng; 4th King Bi; 5th Michael Sato; 6th Yuan Yuancheng
Kyu section 1: 1st Yike Deng; 2nd Ted Terpstra; 3rd Barnett Yang; 4th Darwin Kim
Kyu section 2: 1st Zongren Huang; 2nd Lujia Chen; 3rd William Gundberg; 4th Cody Frias
Kyu section 3: 1st Kevin Yang; 2nd Ethan Wong; 3rd Tony Yang; 4th Andy Zhou

photo by Jack Chao (l-r): TD Kevin Chao, Shirley Lin 1p,  champion Hongkui Zheng, sponsor Jay Zheng, organizer Yixian Zhou.

Executive Summary of January & February AGA Board Meetings

Wednesday March 7, 2018

Executive Summary of AGA Board Meeting 1/21/2018: The board approved a Code of Conduct for AGA events that will now be reviewed at the executive and then chapter levels. Andy Okun, president of the AGA, reported that he intends to hire a part-time staffer to assist with administrative tasks in order to allow AGA leadership to work more quickly and efficiently. Other business included status updates on the ranking system, state championships, and 2018 Go Congress.

Executive Summary of AGA Board Meeting 2/11/2018: The board discussed how to protect the AGA membership and stay in compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation that will soon go into effect. Drafts of the Code of Conduct and bylaws revision are also under review by the board and will be sent to the membership in the next weeks. Other business included updates on Go Congress 2018/2019 organization and a proposal to create a mechanism for volunteers to attend board meetings and report. Members should keep their eyes open for announcements about the 50 States Tournament and 2018 Go Congress, coming soon through the E-Journal.
-Samantha Fede, AGA Secretary

Pennsylvania first to host AGA State Go Championship

Tuesday March 6, 2018

The Penn Go Society has announced the first Pennsylvania State Go Championship, part of the American Go Association’s new system of state championships around the country (click here for details). The Pennsylvania championship will be held April 28-29 in Philadelphia, PA, with five rounds over two days, handicap and open divisions, and over $1000 in prizes.

Pre-registration is required; deadline is April 24th. The tournament will be held on the 8th floor of the Wharton Student Life Center (2401 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103). Email tournaments@penngosociety.org for more info.

The tournament director will be Jason McGibbon; games will be AGA rated and Japanese byo-yomi time setting (45 min main + 5 x 30 byo-yomi). Check-in on Saturday and Sunday will be from 9:30AM-10AM. The first round on both days will begin at 10:15AM. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided, and many restaurants are within easy walking distance of the venue. The official State Championship title is reserved for Pennsylvania residents, but non-PA residents are eligible to play and win prize money.

 

Fifth Annual World Collegiate Go Championship to be held at University of Cambridge

Tuesday March 6, 2018

The Ing Foundation is hosting the 2018 International Collegiate Go Tournament at the University of Cambridge, England this2018.03.03_International Collegiate Go Tournament summer. The event starts on July 9th and will conclude on the 15th. This event is open to any current, future, or recently graduated college (both undergraduate and graduate) student, who will or has attended school in the year 2018. “This is a truly unique experience as the Shanghai Ing Foundation does not spare any expense during the planning of this event,” says Michael Fodera. All costs related to room, board, tours, and travel during the event will be covered by the Ing foundation. The student is responsible for getting to and from the tournament site (both international and domestic travel costs), and for any personal expenses such as souvenirs, and entertainment during the course of the trip. Click here for complete details.

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