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Kids and Teens Invited to Japanese Go Congress

Thursday April 12, 2018

0720152216-600x405Three youth from North America are being invited to Japan, for international friendship matches and the Japanese Go Congress. The sponsors of the trip, Life Sports, are paying all expenses while in Japan, with a small stipend for airfare. Fifty-four players under the age of 16, and at least ten kyu, are being invited from ten countries: Japan, China, Korea, France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Thailand, Canada, and the US. The kids will participate in the Takarazuka Go Congress, and will have opportunities for cultural exchanges as well as for playing go. The AGA will select three players, two from the US and one from Canada, based on participation points earned from attending various AGA events. The Congress will be July 13-16th and AGA Go Camp Director Fernando Rivera will lead the team and act as chaperone for the children. Japanese expenses are paid for the kids, but parents who wish to come will need to pay their own travel and lodging expenses. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the form here. More information on the congress and the event can be found here. Any questions should be addressed to youth@usgo.org-Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Participants at a Life International Go Meeting. The event is sponsored by Life Sports Foundation, and NPO Life Kids Go Club, with the cooperation of the Nihon Ki-in and the Kansai Ki-in.

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2018 Worldwide Iwamoto Awards competition opens

Monday March 5, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Worldwide Iwamoto Awards. Organized by the European Go Cultural Centre2018.03.03_Worldwide Iwamoto Award 2015 winner (EGCC), the Iwamoto Awards is an international contest that rewards promising go projects. Anybody who is actively promoting and spreading go can enter the competition (read the rules here) and submit their project. The top three contenders will win prizes of €1000, €500 and €500. Deadline for submission is May 31.
photo: The 2015 winner, a touchscreen go table designed by Daniel Bösze.

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OpenStudyRoom passes 500-user mark

Sunday March 4, 2018

The OpenStudyRoom (OSR), an online community with a focus on playing, studying and teaching go, now has over 500 users. 2018.03.03_OpenStudyRoomFirst created in February 2017, the community features study lectures, events and league games on a weekly basis. OSR is currently partnered with Guo Juan’s InternetGoSchool, Shawn’s Go Group, Explore Baduk and Alexandre Dinerchtein’s go school.

“It’s a group filled with heart,” writes Angie Scheeler. “Not only do they charge nothing, they also give prizes away to the participants. It’s a testament that go is not dead even after artificial intelligence has changed the playing field.”

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New “Surrounding Game” web store features 9×9 go sets

Thursday March 1, 2018

A new web store associated with The Surrounding Game documentary launched earlier this week. In addition to movie 2018.03.01_Starter Pack DVDmerchandise, the store is introducing custom-made 9×9 go sets, aimed at new players. “A lot of non-players, after watching the film, asked how they could get their hands on a set and try the game out themselves” reports director Will Lockhart. “So we decided to make our own.”

The new 9x9s can be purchased individually, or at a discount together with the film. “We see the movie as a new way to promote the game, and reach people who might not otherwise be interested in go. And now I believe we’ve put together the most complete beginner set out there: a beautiful, laser-engraved cherry wood board, stones, and a new modern rules booklet – our attempt to present the game in the most elegant and beginner-friendly way possible.”

The Go sets and many other web store items are available here.

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“Surrounding Game”/KGS Simul Challenge set for Saturday

Thursday February 22, 2018

A special event will be hitting the KGS Go Server this Saturday, Feb 24. Dubbed the “KGS Simul Challenge”, a slew of strong2018.02.21_kgs-challenge players will assemble to play handicapped simul games against anyone online continuously from 3-9pm EDT. Jointly sponsored by KGS and the “Surrounding Game” documentary, the field will feature many of the film’s stars, including Andy Liu 1p, Gansheng Shi 1p, Mingming Yin 1p, and Myungwan Kim 9p. 

“Do you have what it takes to bring down one of these giants?” asks organizer Michael Fodera. All winners will receive a 1-month KGS membership subscription plus a free digital copy of The Surrounding Game. 

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“The Surrounding Game” launches worldwide

Saturday February 17, 2018

Starting today, “The Surrounding Game” (2017) is now available worldwide on digital streaming, DVD and Blu-ray. The award-winning2018.02.15-surrounding-game-streaming documentary tells the story of go, from the four arts of ancient China to modern-day international competition, to the growth of the game in the West.

“I am so proud of everyone who worked on this project and brought their energy, their creativity, and their passion to it” says director Will Lockhart, “and we are all so excited to be able to finally offer the film for home use!” Click here for a short interview with Lockhart by AGA Broadcast Coordinator Michael Wanek.

In addition to the main feature, the filmmakers are releasing six never-before-seen deleted scenes and interviews. “This is some of our favorite material that didn’t quite make the final cut, and we think you’re gonna like it!” says Lockhart. The extras are included on the new DVD and Blu-ray discs, and are also available separately on digital download and streaming.

To meet the demand of an international audience, the film includes subtitle options in ten languages and counting. “We were blown away by all the requests we received from around the globe for translations” reports producer Cole Pruitt. “On the discs there are subtitles available in English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian – and Italian and Portuguese will be available on streaming as well. We want Go players around the globe to be able to use this film as a new way to spread the game, as we have seen firsthand its ability to connect with people outside of the gaming community.”

Available for streaming and download here, and on DVD and Blu-ray here.

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“The Surrounding Game” announces worldwide release

Thursday February 1, 2018

For everyone that’s been marking time until the general release of The Surrounding Game, your wait is nearly over.2018.01.25_surrounding-game-ReleaseAnnouncement

The documentary team just announced that February 15th will see the film released worldwide on DVD, Blu-ray, and instant digital streaming. Through their new web store (operational now, though with limited items) players will be able to also purchase film posters, 9×9 starter sets, and other film merchandise. As an added bonus the filmmakers will include six never-before-seen deleted scenes on the discs.

“Thanks to volunteers from around the globe, the movie now comes with subtitle options in many languages”, said co-director Cole Pruitt, “including Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian.We’re excited to share this extra material with all of you next month!”

February 24th will see KGS host the stars of the film as they play simultaneously against the online community.  Plans are for AGA commentators, including Michael Wanek, Will Lockhart and Andrew Jackson, to follow the action in a live-stream on the AGA YouTube channel.

The pending world-wide release will not preclude current offerings. For example, clubs or individuals will still be able to purchase the screening pack which, among other benefits, includes an official license to host a public screening of the film as many times as you want, to include including selling tickets.

To keep abreast of all things Surrounding Game, click here.

- edited by Charles “Doc” Sade

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Two new women’s world championships announced

Wednesday December 27, 2017

First is the SENKO CUP, organized by the Nihon Kiin, which will be held March 14-16 2018 in Tokyo.  Eight players are invited, including the top four finishers from the Japanese domestic version of the Senko Cup: Hsieh Yimin, Fujisawa Rina, Mukai Chiaki, and Nyu Eiko; Joanne Missingham (Hei Jia-jia) from Taiwan; and one each from South Korea, China, and Europe.
The second event is the Wu Chingyuan Cup (“Go Seigen” in Japanese pronunciation) to be held in Wu’s birth city Fuzhou of Fujian Province in China.  Twenty eight players will be invited for this late-April event, including possibly six from Europe and two from North America.  This event is sponsored by the Fuzhou city government, with support from Go Seigen’s family who donated the naming right.  In parallel, there will be an exhibition match between world champion Ke Jie and “a top AI program”.
- Thomas Hsiang
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Elite Mind Games wrap-up

Sunday December 17, 2017

The go activities during last two days of the IMSA Elite Mind Games included three medal competitions: pair go, men’s  blitz and2017.12.17_pair go last round - Canada vs EU women’s blitz.  The format for these tournaments were new: the six teams were divided into three tiers, China and Korea, Japan and Taiwan, Europe and America.  Then one team from each tier is drawn to form a group of three teams.  In the first day, each group play within the group to determine the three teams’ position. Then in the second day, the top 2017.12.17_pair-go medalistsfour teams from the two groups play two rounds to determine the top four finishers, while the two third place teams play to decide the 5th and 6th places.  In the end, Ke Jie from China won the men’s blitz, while Korea took the two other gold. Japan won all four bronze medals, a surprisingly good result.  Canadian pair Sarah Yu and Ziyang Hu (at left in photo above right) played hard to narrowly defeat Manja Marz and Mateusz Surma (above right) and took a valuable, lone, 5th place for the American team. Wan Chen lost to Manja Marz of Germany, and Mingjiu Jiang forfeited his game with Ilya Shikshin. For the whole event, Ziyang Hu was the top performer from America’s team, winning two games – one against Surma in team play and one in pair go.
During the closing ceremony, medals were awarded in all five mind sports represented by IMSA. China and Russia were the big winners, followed by Ukraine and Korea.  It was announced that the next chapter of this event will likely be held in mid-November, 2018. It is expected that the final details will be announced in February next year.
- Thomas Hsiang; photo above left: Pair Go finalists
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Elite Mind Games Day 4 report

Wednesday December 13, 2017

The last day of women’s team competition saw plenty of sparks, but the only surprising result was Fujisawa Rina defeating the2017.12.13_Women's team medalists world’s top-ranked female player from China, Yu Zhiying.  Japan was then in a position to tie or defeat China, depending on the outcome of the other game bewteen China’s Lu Minquan and Japan’s Nyu Eiko. In that a game, Nyu played well to be ahead for most of the game, but she slipped in the yose when both players were in byo-yomi.  After 6+ hours of play, the score was an unusual W+1.5 point due to a single-shared-liberty seki.  Another game that could have sent shockwave through the tournament was between Canada’s Sarah Yu and Korea’s Choi Jeong.  Sarah was in a difficult position from the start, but she fought hard and was about to win a large-group semeai with a favorable yose-ko.  Sarah was in byo-yomi 2017.12.13_Men's team medalistsand could not read in out, missing her chance.  She missed a second chance to create a triple ko, which would have tied the game according to the tournament rules. As a result, Korea took first place, China dropped to second, and Japan received a hard-earned bronze medal.
On the men’s side, the games were all lopsided.  Taipei could not follow its previous day’s performance and lost to Korea 0-2. In the end Korea was first, China second, and Taipei third.
Tomorrow the action switches to Pair Go and men’s and women’s blitz go. In two days, there will be three more medals to be won.  For all three tournaments, the first day will be a three-round preliminary.  Participants are divided into two groups.  Preset seedings separate China and Korea, Japan and Taipei, North American and Europe into the two groups.  The groups’ top finishers will meet to determine 1st and 2nd place, etc, in the second day.
- Thomas Hsiang; photos: (right) women’s medalists; (left) men’s medalists
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