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Pasadena Go Club: A Strong Opening

Tuesday January 9, 2018

The first meeting of the Pasadena Go Club on Sunday, January 7 was well attended with eight people showing up with ranks 2018.01.09-pasadena-clubranging from 15k to 7d. “Mark Lee 7d is planning on attending as much as possible, and helping attendees get stronger,” reports Kevin Hwang (at right in photo). “There is also a good spread of kyu ranked players looking for games.” The club plans to continue meeting weekly on Sundays from 12-4p at the Whole Foods in Pasadena (465 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105). Look for the club in the public area on the first floor. Parking is free and boards will be provided, although visitors are encouraged to bring their own sets. For more information, you can e-mail pasadenago@gmail.com
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Yuan Zhou returns for 11th North Carolina Workshop

Monday January 8, 2018

“These Yuan Zhou Workshops just keep getting better and better,” says Bob Bacon. The Eleventh North Carolina Workshop2018.01.07_yuan-zhou-workshop with Yuan Zhou — a popular teacher and lecturer who continues to compete — was held December 8-10, 2017, in Raleigh, North Carolina. A highlight of this year’s workshop, hosted by the Triangle Go Group, was Zhou’s review of a game from this year’s CCTV Cup, between professional 9 dan Tang Weixing and 5 dan Peng Liyao. Many current professional games are already exhibiting moves favored by Go Seigen and popularized by AlphaGo, and Yuan Zhou explained the meaning and utility of these moves. Zhou also excels at explaining Chinese language phrases and meanings relating to go, and this year, in addition to sharing many new expressions, he shared some of the meaning of professional 9 dan Tang Weixing’s name (唐 韦星), tracing the surname Tang back to the seventh century A.D. Dynasty, and the meaning of xing as a celestial star. Read Bacon’s complete report here.

photo by Bob Bacon

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Your Move/Readers Write: Ukiyo-e at Shizuoka

Monday January 8, 2018

“I read your article about the Tokugawa Memorial Go Congress set for February 2017 in Shizuoka,” writes Erwin 2018.01.07_Ukiyo-eGerstorfer. “One additional bit of information that might be interesting to the readers of the American Go E-Journal is an exhibition of go-related Ukiyo-e — woodblock prints and paintings — in the Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum of Shizuoka that will take place from February 6th to April 1st, 2018. There was a go related Ukiyo-e exhibition in Villach, Austria in 2007 in conjunction with the European Go Congress but this one will be bigger and more exciting and taking place in a dedicated Ukiyo-e museum.”

“I have met one of the Japanese organizers of the go festival at the European Go Congress in Oberhof last summer and my impression is that this event is well worth a visit. They are very dedicated to that event and especially interested in international participation. You can reach Shizuoka from Tokyo by train (Shinkansen) in about 90 min and there are several trains a day.”

Image: Kubo Shunman’s “Outfit for the Go Game” 

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EJ seeks news editors

Sunday January 7, 2018

The E-Journal team has immediate openings for news editors. Anyone interested should email journal@usgo.org; no experience necessary but enthusiasm and a good sense of humor helpful. These are volunteer positions and the time commitment depends on availability.  The American Go E-Journal is the most widely-read English-language go publication in the world. 

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South Central Go Tournament registration open

Sunday January 7, 2018

Registration is now open for the South Central Go Tournament, coming up February 17-18, in Plano, TX (Dallas area). “The 2018.01.07_south central tourneypreceding two tournaments have been well attended and provided 6 rounds of exciting play for competitors,” reports Bob Gilman. “The prior tournaments have attracted players from around Texas and from other states as well. There will be both an Open Section (no handicaps), and a Handicap Section. It will be a good chance to meet and play with people from outside your local community.”

The tournament will be an American Go Association (AGA) rated tournament, so players must be current AGA members at the time of the tournament. AGA membership must be taken care of in advance of the tournament.

On-line registration is available here. You can find AGA membership information and join or renew on-line here. Full information (and a link to registration) is available on the event Facebook page.

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New York Youth Team Go Championship training new generation of players

Saturday January 6, 2018

A dozen teams faced off just before Christmas in the New York Youth Team Go Championship, hosted by the New York 2018.01.04_NYTC 2Institute of Go.  The five-round event, held December 22-23, was organized by the New York Go Association and held at The New York Institute of Go in Queens, NY.

The Institute’s focus is on popularizing the game, especially among a younger generation of players. This year’s Championship was the second annual competition, providing an opportunity for youth players in the New York City area to meet current students from universities including prominent Ivy League schools.

The teams, with three players each, had players from different regions. The MustWin team (1st table: Cathy Liao, 2nd table: Chenghan Du, 3rd 2018.01.04_NYTCtable: Jason Long) swept the 2017 Championship, with The Go Ninga Masters taking second and the Dark Go team in third. The World Champions team won the Best Fighter award. Almost of the players have been learning go for just one to two years, and some had met and played in the first team championship in 2016.

“How did you improve so fast since the last Rating Competition” an 18-kyu player asked another player, who’s now 15-kyu.  “I must practice go more often now.” The MustWin team’s eight-year-old Chenghan Du said “I have to get up early tomorrow morning to study a pro game before tournament, I promised Mrs. Yin to study at least one game per day.”

Institute founder and lead teacher Stephanie Yin called the Championship “a great opportunity for young players to learn from each other, share experience, and improve in and outside go. The success of consecutive youth tournaments led us to encourage the passion of go to prosper.” Starting this year, New York Go Association will offer scholarships to youth players; stay tuned for details. The New York Go Expo and 2017 Dreamworks School Invitational is free event and will be hold on Feb 17-18, 2018 in New York. The event includes pro activities, free rated games, and etc. Details to follow.

 - includes reporting by Stephanie Yin, with help from Aaron Julian; photos by Stephanie Yin

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5th North American Kyu Championship Registration Open

Thursday January 4, 2018

20170811_141158(0)“With the ringing in of 2018 a new year of youth go tournaments begins,” says AGA Youth Coordinator Justin Teng. “Starting with the fifth edition of the North American Kyu Championships (NAKC) on February 3rd, kyu players under the age of 18 from the United States, Canada, and Mexico can test their mettle in a one-day, four round tournament hosted on KGS. Stupendous crystal trophies will be awarded to the top Junior (under 13) and Senior (under 18) players in each of 5 divisions, and entry into the esteemed 25th Redmond Cup will be granted to the champions of the top division.”  The American Go Foundation will again offer players their choice of a $400 scholarship to the AGA Summer Go Camp or a $200 scholarship to the 2018 US Go Congress in Williamsburg, Virginia. Find out more about this year’s NAKC and register here by January 28th. “Dan players will not have to wait long to enter the fray themselves, as registration for the 25th Redmond Cup will open in early February with the preliminaries beginning in March,” adds Teng. -Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor Photo: Young go players competing at congress.

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AlphaGo doc live now on Netflix; both go docs coming to Portland

Thursday January 4, 2018

“AlphaGo”  — the 2017 documentary about the 2016 showdown between the AlphaGo AI and Lee Sedol, is now streaming on 2018.01.04_alphago-movieNetflix. Directed by Greg Kohs with an original score by Academy Award nominee, Hauschka, AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the halls of Oxford, through the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of Google DeepMind in London, and ultimately, to the seven-day tournament in Seoul. As the drama unfolds, more questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What can it teach us about humanity?

Both “AlphaGo” and “The Surrounding Game” – which follows the lives of three young Americans vying to become the first-ever Western professional players — will screen later this month in Portland, OR. The Surrounding Game screens on Jan. 13th at 7:30 and AlphaGo on Jan. 14th at 7:30, both at the Documentary Film Center (corner of NE Williams and Tillamook). “We’re also going to hold a small teaching session at 6PM on the 14th for new players to learn how to play the game. Players can sign up on the 13th for the free teaching session,” reports Peter Freedman.

“We’ll be selling tickets for $8 per night or $14 for both nights,” Freedman adds; email him at pleefreedman1@comcast.net. Raffle tickets will be a dollar and will be sold at the Surrounding Game screening. The raffle drawing will occur at the end of the screening. “We’ll have some popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages for free and beer for sale on both nights.”

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Holiday Pair Go in Seattle

Tuesday January 2, 2018

The 5th Annual Gala Pair Go Tournament, held Saturday Dec. 16 in Seattle, had lots of laughter, and stronger players than 2016. Cullen-Lucy-Nick-CatAlthough the 2017 group was a little bit smaller than the previous year, with 11 teams, they managed to eat almost all the cake, and to polish off the raspberries and cream. The first table was won by Lusha Zhou and Tzu-Jen Chan. The second table was won by Cat Mai and Nick Wilmes, while the third table was won by Anne Thompson and Bill Thompson. Winners The games inspired much discussion, and pairs were still replaying their games an hour after the awards ceremony.  photos: (right) Cullen Mott and Lucy Wang in rabbit ears; (left): first table winners on left, second table winners on right, third table winners in center front. Photos and report by Brian Allen.

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2017 American Go Yearbook set to release on January 1

Thursday December 28, 2017

The annual American Go Yearbook is the perfect holiday gift to yourself or your favorite go player and all you have to do is join 2017.12.28_2017Yearbookthe American Go Association!

The online compilation of all the Member’s Edition material published in the E-Journal during the year, the Yearbook enables you to quickly find the material you’re looking for on a month-by-month list. Once selected, game records or PDFs open up quickly and easily for your review or download. 2017.12.17_ag-ag-zero-master-4The Yearbook collection also includes bonus files not originally included in the E-Journal. As a special bonus in the 2017 edition, we’ve bundled all of Michael Redmond’s game commentaries on the amazing AlphaGo games released this year.

The Yearbook will be released on January 1 so join now and get your year off to a great start! The Yearbook also brings together previously-published Special Edition reports on events like the US Go Congress, the World Amateur Go Championship and the Cotsen with other features – also previously released – such as the Member’s Edition Collection Of Games, Commentaries & More, The Year in Headlines, Games & Commentaries, Instruction, The Go Player’s Guide to the World, Go Spotting and Youth reports.

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