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Registration open for South Central Go Tournament and Texas state championship Presidents’ Day weekend

Monday December 16, 2019

The fifth South Central Go Tournament will be held Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16 in Dallas, Texas, at the Center for Asian Studies, a venue generously donated by the University of Texas and located on their campus in Richardson. There will be three rounds per day for a total of six; all AGA members are welcome at the tournament in either the Open Section or the Handicap Section and players may register for either. The Texas resident who places highest in the Open Section will become the 2020 Texas State Champion and will receive an engraved trophy.

Prior tournaments have drawn around 40 players altogether. All will receive a certificate of participation for competing; first, second, and third place finishers in the Open Section will get certificates acknowledging this achievement, and in the Handicap Section, first, second, and third place finishers in each band will also be awarded certificates. Further prizes are under consideration.

On-line registration is open at www.GoClubs.org, and you can find updated tournament details on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southcentralgotournament. Send questions about the Texas State Championship to Bart Jacob at bart.jacob@gmail.com, or general questions to Bob Gilman at bobgilman.aga@gmail.com

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EJ Mailbag: Joseki guide for kyu players; Don’t mourn, organize; Columbus discovers Go; Gameboy Go?

Sunday December 15, 2019

Columbus discovers Go: “Devin Fraze can teach you how to play Go in about two minutes.” That’s the lead in the “It’s always Go time for enthusiast of ancient game” report last month in ThisWeek Community News, about the Columbus Go Club in Ohio. “To try and teach yourself the game can be confusing and frustrating, but to sit down across the board from an experienced player is a great way to learn,” Fraze said.

Joseki guide for kyu players: Learn Go Joseki for kyu players is a new way to view common joseki for kyu players designed, coded and populated by Neil Moffatt. They’re drawn from the 21st Century Dictionary of Basic Joseki volumes one and two, with a few exceptions.

Don’t mourn, organize: “I am saddened by Bill Cobb’s article,” writes Jean de Maiffe. “I find internet play soulless and am grateful to live where I have been able to start two different Go clubs in my town, at different times in my life. My heart goes out to Bill for his isolation. I started my first Sunnyvale CA club about a year after my husband and I moved here. When I turned that first club over to someone else, I learned that while I didn’t need to drive for an hour to attend, I did have to drive a narrow, twisty, dirt road in the Coastal Range to get there. During the rainy season, when the sun retires early, I found it terrifying to drive to and from there. Hence my starting a second club in our nearby Senior Center, which is within walking distance and which is open during the day only, a blessing for me in my 70s. Best wishes to Bill on finding a new GO home in the Arkansas mountains or nearby.”

Gameboy Go?: “I’m very interested in Go and used to own a portable chess game similar to the Gameboy,” writes a usgo.org visitor. “Do you know of any electronic go handheld games available today? I have tried for hours to find something that’s not on the app store.” Email journal@usgo.org with suggestions.

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Redmond to livestream again on Twitch Wednesday night

Tuesday December 10, 2019

Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock will do their second livestream game commentary this week on the AGA’s Twitch channel on Wednesday December 11 at 7P EST. Monday night they streamed an exciting game between Redmond and Otake Hideo 9P, with in-depth commentary and interaction with viewers.

The EJ also plans to livestream from the First Southeast Asia GO Congress, which runs December 15-22 in Singapore. Be sure to follow the AGA’s Twitch channel and get notified of live streams.

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Redmond to livestream on Twitch this week

Sunday December 8, 2019

Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock will livestream game commentaries on the AGA’s Twitch channel on Monday, December 9 and Wednesday, December 11, both at 7P EDT. “The live streaming brings these commentaries to a broader audience and enables fans to interact with us in real time,” said Garlock. The popular Redmond Reviews returned to the AGA’s YouTube channel last Friday with a commentary on AlphaGo vs AlphaGo Game 32, after a 6-month hiatus. ” The wait for this is so freaking long, as if I was waiting for an Avenger movie!!!” commented Nguyen tuan anh. Added Sami Helen, “Yesterday I was just about to go on your previous video in this series and ask if you’re still alive. Guess the telepathic communication works after all.” Be sure to follow the channel and get notified of live streams.

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Billy Maier defends New Mexico State Champion title

Saturday December 7, 2019

Nine players, all kyu level, came together on November 23 from the New Mexican cities of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and White Rock to compete for the NM State Go Championship. Players competed to defeat Billy Maier 3k, the reigning champion from 2018. After winning all three games in this three round tournament, Billy remained undefeated and earned the right to hold the perennial trophy until next year. Other prizes included magnetic go sets and Kiseido gift certificates.

Robert Gilman 6k was awarded second place and Kyle Fenmore 1k took third. Some difficulties arose in determining final winners due to the technical reasons associated with small tournaments, and TD Robert Cordingley is looking forward trying a slightly different GoClubsOnline (goclubs.org) pairing strategy next year.

We were very pleased to welcome Janice Kim, who attended as a spectator from Albuquerque. Our thanks go to Peter Shotwell for the go sets, Kiseido Publishing for the gift certificates, and the AGA for their sponsorship.

report and photos provided by Robert Cordingley

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Evan Lin 7d wins 2019 California State Go Championship

Saturday December 7, 2019

2019 California State Go Champion & Open winner, Evan Lin, accepting his trophies and cash prize from San Diego Go Club President, Ted Terpstra

Go players came to San Diego, last weekend, from all over California: Sacramento, Hayward, San Jose, Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, Irvine, La Jolla, Carpintera, Aruza, Temecula, Corona… 66 players in all, to contest several California State Go Championships.

The California Open had 15 strong dan players including three 7 dans and six 6 dans. The winner of the Open, with the only undefeated record of 5-0, was Evan Lin 7d, the new 2019 California State Go Champion. He was followed by Yifan Yu 6d (4-1) in second, and five players tied for third with a record of 3-2: Bo Luan 6d, Sato Kosuke 5d, Muzhen Ai 7d, Ming Lin 6d and Yi (Michael) Wang 6d.

2019 California Girl’s U16 Go Champion, Aenaelle Acres

First through Third places in the Handicap Divisions:
Division I: James Acres (4-1) 1k, Osman Kibar (4-1) 4k, Zhenxuan Liu (4-1) 1d
Division II: David Baran (4-1) 7k, Viktor Makoviichuk (4-1) 7k, Pasco Kwok (3.5-.5) 11k
Division III: George Spellman (4-1) 22k, Aenaelle Acres (4-1) 23k, 
Wanyu Abigail Chen (3-2) 17k.
13×13 Youth Open: Vincent Zhang (5-0), Preston Shi Wang (4-1), Ji-Na Sun (3-2)

2019 California State Go Champions
Overall: Evan Lin 7d
U16 Girls: Aenaelle Acres
U16 Boys: Sato Kosuke
Girls’ 13×13: Ji-Na Sun
Boys’ 13×13: Vincent Zhang

-photos by Henry You
-report by Ted Terpstra

2019 California Youth 13×13 Go Championship participants getting certificates from Ted Terpstra, Hai Li 5P, and Henry You (SDGC Vice-President)
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AGF invests in KGS

Wednesday December 4, 2019

-Paul Barchilon, AGF Vice President and KGS Liaison

The AGF is instituting a series of changes to the KGS Go Server to make it more available and more useful as a tool for promoting go. As a first step, KGS+ events will now be free with users able to make a donation – not only to support KGS+ but to cover server costs and fund improvements on the software. All of this year’s saved lectures are now also free, and can be viewed under the KGS Plus menu.

For those that haven’t tried it, KGS+ provides lectures and lessons with professionals and very strong amateurs. In the past, sales of KGS+ provided enough income to pay for itself as well as the server costs. However, attendance has dropped in recent years and the server has not been able to meet its costs for quite some time now. The AGF Board hopes that by opening the lessons to everyone, more people will attend, join the community, and support KGS.

We recognize that the software is now almost 20 years old, and we have a very long list of things we want to improve.  Our current all-volunteer model for making those changes and maintaining the server has not kept up.  Those with the necessary skills are far too busy.  As a first step the AGF will be hiring a software engineer to write a web based registration module. This will allow people to register from any device, including phones and tablets, and from any computer whether it is running Java or not. The current requirement for Java has kept the server blocked entirely from many environments (such as public schools in the US and many international locations).

While the AGF is willing to run KGS at a loss as a service to the go community, we would rather a smaller loss or to break even with any added money invested back into KGS. We hope that by switching to a donation model, we will generate the revenue for upgrades, fund more events, and provide a stable platform for play.  Since the AGF is a 501c3 charity, donations to support KGS will be tax deductible.

Although KGS has seen declining attendance in recent years, there are still between 350 and 800 players on at any given moment. We feel that KGS builds community in a way that other servers don’t.  The chat and room functionality allow people to meet new friends, create virtual go clubs, and learn together with what are still some of the best game editing tools available. Our hope is that the community shares our regard for KGS and will contribute to help keep it afloat. If you would like to donate to the server, through Paypal or with your credit card, click here.

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Dial G for Go… and grisly murder: Knives Out opening weekend

Monday December 2, 2019

Cinemark rewards promo featuring a Knives Out travel Go set

The opening of the new movie Knives Out, starring Daniel Craig and heavily featuring Go, was accompanied by a burst of Go promotion, including Knives Out-themed tournaments around the country and a new travel Go set available through Cinemark. Tournaments held included events in Los Angeles, Austin, and a murder-mystery tournament at the Barfly Denver. Jim Conyngham and Bart Jacob volunteered to assist at the Austin event “and the local staff was quite appreciative,” Jacob reports. “All participants received a Knives Out magnetic Go set and movie / popcorn gift certificates were also handed out. Overall it was fun… Handed out some flyers and introduced a few people to the game.”  
Stay tuned for a review of the Go elements in the movie and more Knives Out related Go news.

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Undefeated players get ready for second day of competition in the California State Championship

Monday December 2, 2019

Evan Lin (left) versus Steven Hu in a crucial 3rd-round game won by Lin

After the first day of the 2019 California State Go Championship, Yifan Wu 6d and Evan Lin 7d lead the pack of 14 players in the open division with 3-0 records.  Close behind with 2-1 records are Sato Kosuke 5d, Bo Luan 6d, Yixian Zhou 6d, Ming Lin 6d and Xiaocheng (Steven) Hu 6d. With three 7 dans and six 6 dans, the Open division is the strongest ever in San Diego. The five round tournament will conclude with two games on Sunday when the titles of 2019 California State Champion, along with the Under-16 Boy and Girl State Champion, is awarded.

Thirty-five players are contesting the various sections of the handicapped division. Undefeated at 3-0 after the first day are Tyler Moor, James Acres, Pasco Kwok, and George Spellman. This year is the second year that the San Diego Go Club has hosted this Thanksgiving weekend event.

-report and photo by Ted Terpstra

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Yutopian to close, offering discounts and seeking potential successor

Wednesday November 27, 2019

Yutopian Enterprises is planning to close their doors and are offering all customers an extra 30% discount with the purchase of three or more books until January 2020. Owners and operators Sidney and Katherine Yuan have been fixtures in the vendor room at the US Go Congress for many years, and have consistently supported the American Go community. “Yutopian has donated to the AGF since 2000, and even more importantly they have donated go boards, stones, and bowls which have been auctioned off for many thousands of dollars to support the AGF and US Go,” says AGF President Terry Benson. “We wish them well and thank them for helping grow the game. We will miss them.”

The Yuans are looking for someone willing to continue the business and take over their inventory. Ability to create a new website and about 100-200 square feet of storage space would be required. If you are interested, please call 1-800-988-6463 or send an email to info@yutopian.com.

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