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Registration open for World Youth Goe Tourney

Monday March 4, 2019

Screen Shot 2019-03-04 at 4.15.08 PMThe  Ing Foundations annual World Youth Goe Championship will be held in Xian, China, July 22-27, and registration for the preliminaries is now open, reports Mingjiu Jiang 7P.  “The tournament is open to US citizens, resident in the US for at least 6 of the past 12 months; Senior Group (Age 12—15) Junior Group (Age under 12). Players cannot attend in the same group more than twice in 3 years, for instance, if you obtain the seat this year, you cannot join the US team again for 3 years,” says Jiang.
 
The qualifier games will be played on KGS, with Ing rules, 1 hour 3/30 each. Skype video call will be required for all games. “We will pick the top four players of each group,” said Jiang. The final winner of each group will be invited to play this year’s Ing’s World Youth Cup in China.  The qualifier will be  Mar. 23 and 24. At 9:00am PST and 1:00pm PST.  To register email mingjiu7p@hotmail.com or call (650-796-1602) by Mar.17, 2019.  Please include your name, date of birth, rank, KGS ID, phone number and address. – Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo: Last year’s team, Elwin Li, Mingjiu Jiang, and Melissa Cao.  Photo by Mingjiu Jiang.
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Solve weekly go problems for prizes

Monday March 4, 2019

50679378_244541053115103_3218971554767437824_n“Besides playing go games, it is also important for players to solve go problems regularly,” says American Go Honor Society Vice President Jeremy Chiu, “This year, the AGHS has implemented weekly go problems for players to solve on our webpage. This will give players of all levels an opportunity to solve problems and earn prizes as they climb up the leaderboard. The problems include different topics such as life and death, tesuji, and endgame. To participate, first create an account on the AGHS website with your AGA rank. Then, complete the problem that corresponds to your rank and submit a JPG, PNG, or SGF file in the Google Forms link on the AGHS webpage by every Saturday (11:59 pm EST) of the week the problems are posted.” -Lionel Zhang, EJ Youth Correspondent
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International Collegiate Go Tournament deadline approaching

Sunday February 24, 2019

The deadline for the 2019 International Collegiate Go Tournament is fast approaching. Hosted by the Ing Foundation, the tournament will be held at the University of Sydney, in Australia this summer. The event runs July 7-13 and is open to any current, future, or recently graduated college (both undergraduate and graduate) student who will, or has attended school in the year 2019. 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.

Links for more info and to register: Facebookscheduleregulationsregistration form.

Players of all skill levels are welcome to participate. There will be five divisions this year: a high dan, low dan, single digit kyu, double digit kyu and women’s division. “There is currently no deadline for applying, but please apply early as there are a limited number of spots available,” says Mike Fodera, who notes that “The selection process will be on a first come first serve basis.” You can send your registration forms directly to him at mdf116@gmail.com.

 

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Registration Open for the 26th Redmond Cup

Thursday February 14, 2019

51966196_545908055910977_7621509304582930432_nThe 26th edition of the Redmond Cup is open for registration, and strong young players are invited to compete in the most prestigious North American youth tournament of the year.  Online preliminary competition will begin on March 11th, with the top two players in the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) divisions receiving invitations to a best-of-3 finals that will take place between July 13-20 at the  US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin. Finalists win a free trip to the Congress, courtesy of  the American Go Foundation, and all participants who complete the preliminary tournament will also be eligible for a $200 scholarship to congress.

Competitors must have an accredited rank of 1 dan or higher to enter the Redmond Cup, reside in either the US, Canada, or Mexico, and be a member of his or her respective national go association. Registration is open until March 6th; for more details about the tournament, please read the Rules and Regulations. –Story and photo by Justin Teng.  Photo: 2018 Finalists Jeremy Chiu 7d (l) vs. Redmond Meijin Aaron Ye 7d (r).

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Wang and Polara top record-breaking turnout in North American Kyu Championships

Wednesday February 13, 2019

12-year old Terry Wang 2k and 16-year old Kiren Polara 2k topped a record-breaking field of 84 players from the US, Canada, and Mexico to respectively become the Junior and Senior champions of the 6th North American Kyu Championships, held on February 2nd on KGS. Both champions have also earned the right to play in the 26th Redmond Cup, for which registration will be opening soon. Final tournaments results and the crosstab can be found here. The division winners in each of the 6 brackets received personalized crystal trophies, and all participants are eligible for a $200 scholarship to the 2019 US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin.

Special thanks to Jeremy Chiu for assisting in directing the tournament, as well as to Stephanie Yin from the New York Institute of Go and Sid Avila from the Mexican Go Association for helping the tournament run smoothly. – Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator

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5th Orion Latin American u18 Team Tournament “A great success”

Saturday February 2, 2019

The fifth edition of the Orion Latin American u18 Team Tournament held December 8/9 on OGS was a great success with 11 2019.02.02_Orion Latin American u18 Team Tournament-3school and academy teams from Mexico to the southern tip of Chile and the Pacific coast (Ecuador) to the Atlantic (Argentina).

2019.02.02_Orion Latin American u18 Team Tournament-1First place in the 6-round event was Team Villa High de México (Sebastián Bañuelos, Bruno Michaca and Paola Ortega),  2nd: British School of Chile (Gustavo Gibbons, Fernando Gallardo and Fernando Cárdenas).  3rd: Dojo de Go de México (Diego Luciano, Omar Zavala and Ruben Hernandez).

The decisive match was Round 5 between Villa High and the British School. Boards 1 and 3 had finished and split one each. It all came down to move 259 when the Chilean, Gallardo, had a winning placement to catch a group of 2019.02.02_Orion Latin American u18 Team Tournament-2Machaca’s – but was off by one intersection.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the American Go Foundation, the players of  the Villa High team of Mexico will represent Latin America at the next US GO Congress next summer in Madison, Wisconsin.

Special thanks go to the board of the Ibero-American Go Federation, to the team coaches: Ernesto Cepeda, Haroldo Brown, Diego Albuja, Siddharta Ávila and Sebastián Montiel, and especially to the 33 youth players who brought tremendous enthusiasm and commitment to the contest.

Cross grid and event photos here.

Terry Benson from a report by Sebastian Montiel of Chile.

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World Collegiate Weichi Championship set for July 7-13 in Australia

Wednesday January 23, 2019

The 2019 International Collegiate Go Tournament, hosted by the Ing Foundation, will be held at the University of Sydney, in 2019.01.20-collegiate-tourneyAustralia this summer. The event runs July 7-13 and is open to any current, future, or recently graduated college (both undergraduate and graduate) student who will, or has attended school in the year 2019. 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.

Links for more info and to register: Facebook; schedule; regulations; registration form.

Players of all skill levels are welcome to participate. There will be five divisions this year: a high dan, low dan, single digit kyu, double digit kyu and women’s division. “There is currently no deadline for applying, but please apply early as there are a limited number of spots available,” says Mike Fodera, who notes that “The selection process will be on a first come first serve basis.” You can send your registration forms directly to him at mdf116@gmail.com.

 

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Japanese girl to become youngest professional go player

Sunday January 6, 2019

Ten-year-old Sumire Nakamura will become the youngest professional go player on April 1. She began playing at the age of three2019.01.06-Sumire Nakamura 10-year-old and was competing in national tournaments in Japan by the time she was seven. The previous record was set by Rina Fujisawa, who was 11 when she became a professional player in 2010. “I’m happy when I win,” the Osaka schoolgirl told a press conference in Tokyo on Saturday. “I want to have a title while being in junior high school.” When Cho U, one 2019.01.06-Sumire-Iyamaof the leading players, faced off against Sumire last month to gauge her skills, the child prodigy stunned association officials by holding the 38-year-old pro to a draw. “She proved to be a lot stronger than I had imagined,” said Cho after the game. “I played with Iyama when he was in elementary school, but I am under the impression that she is better than he was back then.” She is the only child of professional go player Shinya Nakamura 9P, 45, and wife, Miyuki, 38, a former go instructor. When she was 7, her family moved to Seoul for Sumire to undergo go training, traveling back and forth between Japan and South Korea. The Nihon Ki-in announced Jan. 5 that it will accept Sumire, an Osaka fourth-grader, as the first pro under a special program for elementary school go players “with the potential for becoming the world’s No. 1.” After Japanese players had lost world titles by 2005, an alarmed Japan Go Association set up the program to allow extremely gifted children to play as a professional without requiring them to pass a pro test.

Includes reporting by the BBC and Japan News 

 

 

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Registration Open for the 6th North American Kyu Championships

Saturday January 5, 2019

Crystal-trophy“You may have just made your resolutions for the new year, but young kyu players under the age of 18 from North America will not have to wait long to vie for glory in the 6th North American Kyu Championships (NAKC) on February 2nd,” says Youth Coordinator Justin Teng. “This one-day, four-round tournament will be hosted on KGS, where the top Junior (under 13) and Senior (under 18) players in each of 5 divisions can win a marvelous crystal trophy engraved with his or her name.” The champions of the top division will also be granted entry into this year’s Redmond Cup, a tournament traditionally open only to dan-level players. In addition, courtesy of the American Go Foundation, players who participate in all rounds of the tournament are eligible for a $200 scholarship to the 2019 US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin. Register for the NAKC by January 27th, and read more about the rules and format here. – Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor

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Ye, Velasco, Trujillo top Pan-American Championship

Saturday November 24, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-11-24 at 3.21.40 PMAaron Ye 7d of the US took first place in the Pan-American Championship in Mexico City on November 10th.  Canadian Player Manuel Velasco came in second and Cuban player Orlando Trujillo placed third.  Mr. Kijin Song, the director of the Korean Cultural Center in Mexico presented the winners with certificates and cash prizes of $30,000, $20,000, and $10,000 Mexican pesos for their respective placings in the tournament. The online qualifiers drew players from Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, Cuba, the USA, and Canada. The finals were held at the Museo Nacional de las Culturas, within walking distance of the Zocalo Plaza in Mexico City. The event drew a large audience from the local go community. “The 2nd Baduk Festival in Mexico was held at the same time,” reports organizer Sid Avila, “we had free games amongst the public participants, the majority of them being children; 2 raffles were held so that 18 people could play simultaneous games with Soohang Ryu 7P, from the Korean Baduk Association.Later prizes were raffled for the public, and we had a baduk book exhibition and a photographic exhibit as well.”

Online preliminaries were held in August, and determined the top five players from different countries. They were invited to Mexico City, with all expenses paid, to compete in the final stage. In addition to Ye and Velasco,  Fernando Aguilar of Argentina (who had to cancel due to family complications), Alfonso Artique of Uruguay, Abner Turkieltaub Melo of Chile, and Orlando Trujillo of Cuba (by invitation) were the finalists.  As the host country, Mexico was excluded from the online qualifier and received a seeded seat into the finals.  The Korean Cultural Center in Mexico held a separate online qualifier for Mexican players, which was won by Abraham Florencia, a high-dan  player who placed 8th at the World Amateur Go Championships earlier in the year.

A great amount of attention was focused on the game between Ye (black) and Velasco (white).  Velasco had a strong opening and held a large territorial lead until a detrimental mistake in the middle-game. Ye successfully seized the opportunity and killed a large group, ultimately securing a win-by-resignation.  After the tournament, the game was displayed on a projector in the background and was reviewed by Ryu.

Ye reports ” I was glad to have the opportunity to attend the event and make new go friends from Latin American countries. Organizing a Pan-American tournament was a creative and innovative idea to connect go players from North and South America. After all, an important part of the game is connecting with the community. I was surprised but excited to see the event attract quite a lot of local Mexican go players. The experience was very unique and memorable and I hope to continue to promote go on the continent in the future.”

The event was sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Cultural Center in Mexico, with the valuable support of the National Museum of World Cultures, the Korean Baduk Association, the Tygem Go Server, the Korean Sports Promotion Organization, and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. For more pictures, click here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Korean Cultural Center in Mexico photographer Seol Ha Kim.

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