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“Surrounding Game” doc coming to Netflix

Tuesday August 7, 2018

“The Surrounding Game” — the award-winning documentary about go — is coming to Netflix starting on August 30. Anyone with a Netflix2018.08.06_surrounding-game-netflix_graphic account will be able to watch for free in the US, as well as in English-speaking territories, South Korea, and Japan. “To celebrate the Netflix release, we’ll also be rolling out some special discounts on our web store” says co-director Cole Pruitt. “We’re excited to share the film with new audiences!”

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Havana to host international go tournament in September

Monday August 6, 2018

The Academia Cubana de Go will host an international go tournament in Havana September 14-16 and are encouraging US2018.08.06_cuba-tourney players to attend. Click here for details. I–Dared Travels, a provider of US to Cuba trip arrangements, has put together a travel package for this trip, which includes three days of mental challenge and cameraderie, as well as exploring Havana and its outskirts, including a visit to Finca Vijia, home of Ernest Hemingway. Participants will take part in five rounds of WGAC regulation games, and lodging will be provided by the Hotel Palco, an extension of the Convention Center of Havana.  Registration closes August 31. Those interested should be sure to review US regulations governing travel to Cuba; Federal regulations are at 31 CFR 515.567.

“I have now played go in Cuba three times since 2013 and have enjoyed each trip,” says Bob Gilman. “Cubans have put a lot of energy into developing the game there and are very happy to have visitors from other countries. If anyone has questions about my experience traveling to Cuba, you may write me at bobgilman.aga@gmail.com.”

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Pandanet Cup registration ending soon

Saturday July 7, 2018

The 23rd Pandanet Cup, a long-standing internet world amateur go tournament, will continue to accept registration (free) until July 17.  Players are divided into five bands, depending on their strengths.  In the preliminary round of the tournament, players play self-paired games with others in the same band from anywhere in the world.  For advancement onto the second stage, players’ scores are compared with only those in the same band and in the same geographic region: Asia and Oceania, Americas, or Europe and Africa.  The scoring is based on the number of wins and the winning percentage.  In the second stage, regional winners play others in the same band in a knock-out tournament until a band champion is produced.  Generous prizes are provided to all winners.

Free registration is ongoing and ends on July 17.  For details, click here.

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WAGC Update: Undefeated Taipei leads

Sunday May 6, 2018

Taipei’s Yi-Tien Chan leads the 2018 World Amateur Go Championships, with a 6-0 record and just two rounds to go. China’s 2018.05.06-39wagc-Aaron-YEChen Wang, Korea’s Sangcheon Kim, Singapore’s Jie Hui Kwa, Hungary’s Csaba Mero and Poland’s Stanislaw Frejlak all have five wins each. Aaron Ye (right) of the U.S. is now ranked 23rd at 3-3, while Mexico’s Jose Abraham Florencia Islas is 4-2 and Canada’s Yongfei Ge is also 4-2. Latest reports and scores are on Ranka Online, including interviews with Thiago Shinji Shimada Ramos of Brazil, Torben Pedersen of Denmark and Ólafur Sigurðarson of Iceland.

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Ing World Youth Qualifier May 6

Tuesday May 1, 2018

IMG_0005The 35th World Youth Goe Champion will be held in Germany, at Stahleck Castle in Bacharach, from July 18 to 23.  Food and lodging will be covered by the organizers, and Ing’s Goe Foundation will provide $1500 for the air ticket.  The qualifying tournament is this Sunday, May 6th, and players must register by Thursday, May 3rd. Games will be played on KGS, with Ing rules, 1hour 3/30 each. Skype video will be required for all games. The top four players in each group will then play a single elimination tournament. The winner will represent the US at the Ing World Youth Cup in Germany. 

Eligibility: US Citizens, Resident of the US for at least 6 months for the past 12 months; Senior Group (Age 12—15) Junior Group (Age under 12). Players cannot be part of the the US team in the same group more than twice within 3 years.

Registration: By email or phone mingjiu7p@hotmail.com (650-796-1602) by May 3, 2018

 

 

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“Twitch Plays Go” broadcast introduces the game to thousands 

Monday April 30, 2018

Streaming giant Twitch.tv’s all-day livestream about go attracted nearly 20,000 viewers last Saturday. “Being able to introduce so many people to the game in such a unique way was a thrill,” said Hajin Lee, the former professional player2018.04.30 Twitch_Plays_Go-IMG_1229 and popular commentator.

The broadcast was hosted by Lee, Twitch streamer Stephen Hu, and directors of the “Surrounding Game” documentary Will Lockhart and Cole Pruitt, and featured a variety of go content for beginners as well as more experienced players.

2018.04.30 Twitch_Plays_Go-screenshotLockhart and Pruitt kicked off the broadcast with a segment on the rules of go (left). Next viewers enjoyed a special showing of The Surrounding Game, during which the twitch chat-room was abuzz with comments. “It was so much fun to follow the chat as the movie played” says Lockhart. “Part-way through, we were elevated to the featured video on Twitch’s front page, and all of a sudden the number of live viewers jumped to over 15 thousand!” Viewership hit a high of 17,500 during the livestream.

After the film, Lockhart hosted an interactive 9×9 game between the Twitch audience and Hajin Lee 4p (Haylee), in which viewers could vote between move options. With just a 2-stone handicap, the audience fought valiantly, but in the end the pro prevailed. “Although most of the audience was new to go, the chat consistently chose better options,” said Lee. “I think this interactive group play format has a great potential as a beginner class tool.”

2018.04.30 Twitch_Plays_Go-teamThe broadcast continued with live commentary on back-to-back high-level tournament games.  Stephen Hu 6d joined Haylee to cast the semi-finals of the 2018 Creator’s Invitational Tournament between Justin Teng 6d (USA) and Peter Marko (Hungary). In the end Marko eked out a 0.5-point win, advancing to face winner Norman Tsai and Stephen Hu himself in the CIT finals next week.

Pruitt returned to host the final segment: the Collegiate Go League Championship. The strength of the West Coast was in full display, with UCLA and UC Irvine competing in the finals. In an exciting and dramatic result, with boards 2 and 3 split, the championship was decided by the board 1 result with another 0.5-point game. Shengjie Zhou 6d of UC Irvine escaped with the narrowest of victories over UCLA’s Cheng-Yi Huang 3p to notch Irvine’s first CGL championship.

“This was a tremendous opportunity to promote go,” said Hu. “Thanks to everyone who participated, and to BattsGo, the National Go Center, CatsPlayGo, and many more for providing entertaining promos for their channels.”

If you missed the livestream, an archived version of the “learn to play” segment is here and the rest of the stream is here.

 

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World Amateur Go Championships return to Japan this week

Sunday April 29, 2018

The World Amateur Go Championship returns to Tokyo this week, after a nine-year hiatus. Sixty three players from around the 2018.04.29_39wagc_USA_YEglobe will compete in the 39th edition – known as the Gurunavi Cup – World Amateur Go Championship — May 4-7 at the Nihon Ki-in. Click here to see the full list of players. Fifteen-year-old Aaron Ye (right) will represent the U.S., while veteran player Yongfei Ge will play for Canada and Jose Abraham Florencia Islas will represent Mexico. Starting May 4, Ranka online will provide full coverage of the championship.

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“Twitch Plays Go” this Saturday

Wednesday April 25, 2018

This Saturday April 28, The Surrounding Game documentary and Open Study Room are teaming up with Twitch.tv to host what2018.04.24_Twitch_plays_GO_social_v02 Will Lockhart — with some justifiable hyperbole — calls “the biggest introduction to Go in history!” Twitch is the #1 online gaming platform in the world, with an estimated 100 million users per month. Their first special program on go, “Twitch Plays Go,” will be broadcast live on the main channel - twitch.tv/twitch - starting at 11am PSTApril 28. Twitch’s introduction to go for the greater gaming community will feature a tutorial on the rules of the game, a special showing of The Surrounding Game documentary with Q&A, the first-ever massively-multiplayer online go game, and live commentary on the 2018 Creator’s Invitational tournament and College Go League Championship with organizer Stephen Hu and pro player/Go streamer Hajin Lee.

“We’ll be live in the studio to answer questions from the chat during the show and give commentary afterward on the making of the film,” Lockhart tells the E-Journal. “This is sure to be our biggest screening ever, and an opportunity to expose thousands of new players to the game. We hope to see you there!”

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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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