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US Go Congress registrations soar

Saturday April 14, 2018

After opening registration on March 31st, the attendee count for the 34th U.S. Go Congress, to be held this July in Williamsburg,2018.04.14_congress-pineapple Virginia, has steadily climbed. “We marched past 100 like a fife and drum brigade!” said Gary Smith, the Go Congress registrar. “128 and counting!”

“Gary [Smith], Diego [Pierrottet], and I are getting tons of emails, and making changes every day,” said Nate Eagle, who, with Pierrottet, is directing this year’s Congress. “I’ve been really grateful for some of the early registrants who’ve written to us about suggestions for the site, or information they need. Everyone who lets us know about something to improve helps hundreds of other users.”

“We’ve made a lot of updates,” Eagle continued. “We’ve added the ability to add on Friday-night accommodations for anyone who needs to travel to Williamsburg the day before. We’ve launched the official Go Congress mobile app with a download button on the main page. We’ve moved the Congress site to SSL to ensure the security of people’s login information. And I’m continuing to work with Rex Cristal, who’s provided invaluable support for the Congress site for years, and Joel Cahalan to make steady improvements to the Congress website to make it more mobile-friendly and easier to use.”

“We’ve also added a Frequently Asked Questions page,” Eagle says. “If you’ve got a question, or have information that you think would be useful to other people interested in or attending Go Congress, please let me know! The more information we can provide, the better.”

Pineapples were an important symbol of hospitality in Colonial Williamsburg. Congress Co-director Nate Eagle wanted to use a pineapple in the Congress logo, but everybody thought the reference was too obscure.

 

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Eric Lui wins NGC Cherry Blossom, continues winning streak

Saturday April 14, 2018

The cherry blossoms were in full bloom in the nation’s capitol as Eric Lui 1P swept the annual Cherry Blossom Festival 2018.04.14_ngc-cherry-blossom-eric-justin-croppedtournament 4-0 at the National Go Center on April 7. Lui continued his undefeated streak in tournaments at the NGC in a field of 57 players including 12 from the Stonybrook club in New York and four from the Middle Tennessee Go Club. “The out-of-state visitors were most welcome and took home their fair share of trophies and NGC t-shirts,” says TD Gurujeet Khalsa.

This year’s 1st and 2nd place winners:
6D – 7D: Eric Lui (1P), James Park (6D)
5D: Qingbo Zhang (5D), Lei Sun (6D)
2D – 4D: Yanqing Sun (3D), Ben Armitage (2D)
1D – 1K: Anthony Long (1K), Andrew McGowan (1D)
2K – 4K: Moonhun Oh (2K), Darren Bias (2K)
5K: Patrick Sun (5K), James Funk (5K)
6K – 9K: Eli Ferster (6K), Edward Caldeira (8K)
11K – 13K: Jeffery Yeh (11K), Daniel Batti (12K)
15K – 18K: Jozef Bodnar (15K), John Christensen (13K)
23K – 30K: Derek Zhou (30K), Onshore Paik (26K)

photo: Eric Lui (1P) playing Justin Teng (6D); photo by Gurujeet Khalsa, Tournament Director

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AlphaGo Zero vs. Master with Michael Redmond 9p: Game 8

Saturday April 14, 2018

Michael Redmond 9p, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock, reviews the eighth game of the new AlphaGo Zero vs. 2018.04.14_AG Zero-Master8Master series.

“Zero just doesn’t care about its opponent’s moyo,” says Redmond. “It can do anything inside the moyo. Human pros who have tried to emulate this strategy have just crashed almost every time. Miserably. But Zero has no trouble dealing with its weak groups, so in this game we’re going to see a lot of dancing around inside Master’s moyo. Plus a really weird endgame.” Redmond also has some interesting observations about the similarities — and differences — between top human players and AI players.

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Redmond’s Reviews, Episode 10: Redmond 9p v. Mizokami 9p

Friday April 13, 2018

Join Chris Garlock and Michael Redmond 9p for Episode 10 of Redmond’s Reviews. In this game, Michael plays against 2018.04.07_redmond-mizokamiMizokami 9p in the Kisei – First Tournament. “Mizokami is a very tenacious, steady player who I’ve had no success against in the past,” says Redmond, “but my new style works better this time.” Viewer Dontbtme calls it a “very interesting and inspiring game, showing (once again) how go is a game so deep it’s got room enough for even pros to make many mistakes and then recover.”

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Cupertino Kids Learn Go

Friday April 13, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-04-12 at 2.15.53 PM2017 AGF Teacher of the Year Wenguang Wang hosted a “Learn to Play Go” event for over 120 kids at Sedgwick Elementary’s annual Discovery Day, on March 27th,  in Cupertino, CA. “Like previous years, the school invited many presenters to teach kids various kind of fun activities, such as fencing, YoYo, robots, and yoga,” reports Wang. ” Yi Luo, from The VMware Go Club, and myself were the presenters, and we worked with the third grade. Students learned the rules of go and played a few games on 9×9 boards. They enjoyed the session, especially those who won!” -Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.  Photo by Wenguang Wang

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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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First-ever U.S. Go Congress mobile app released

Tuesday April 10, 2018

With registration for the 2018 US Go Congress in Williamsburg, VA now open, the Congress team has just released a companion 2018.04.10_congress-appscreenapp for either iOS or Android devices. The app complements the information found on the Congress website with pages for scheduling, travel information, staff contacts, social and much more. Click here now to download.

The app will be continually updated with new pages such as pro biographies and information between now and the Congress, and will be a source of live information at the Congress. You can see what the overall 2018 Congress schedule looks like in the app today with placeholders for events and lectures that will be filled in as they are confirmed. Once the schedule is finalized, a My Schedule feature will be turned on that allows each attendee to build their personal Congress schedule of events.

“This is a step we are taking towards a paperless, digitally enabled Congress,” says Congress Co-Director Diego Pierottet. “We are also planning large display screens to be prominently located to post the latest news and information. We are looking to enhance the Congress experience for everyone and would appreciate suggestions on the app and what other sorts of information we should add.”

Please download the app, especially if you are considering coming to the US Go Congress this year. Your feedback can be sent to Gurujeet Khalsa (gurujeet.khalsa@nationalgocenter.org) “and is greatly appreciated.”

 

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Teacher of the Year Nominations Due May 13

Sunday April 8, 2018

IMG_4772Nominations for the American Go Foundation’s  Teacher of the Year award are due by May 13th. Presented each year at the U.S. Go Congress, the award  recognizes an outstanding American teacher. The winner  will receive an all expenses paid trip to the US Go Congress.  To be eligible, a teacher must be a member of the AGA, have been teaching go to children for at least two hours a week (during the school year) for two years, have started a go club or organization for youth, and have helped their students enter appropriate tournaments, if possible.  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, including yourself, e-mail mail@agfgo.org.  Nominations are due by May 13th and should include a description of the teacher’s activities,  how long they have been teaching, and how many students attend their program. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo:  2017 AGF Teacher of the Year Wenguang Wang playing with one of his students in Santa Clara, CA.

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Calling go-playing Rotarians

Saturday April 7, 2018

Are you a member of the Rotary Club in US or Canada?  If so, would you be interested in playing go with other Rotarians for 2018.04.08_rotaryinternational friendship?  A new group, Go Playing Friendship of Rotarians or GPFR, has been formed and officially recognized by Rotary International to encourage using go as a vehicle of friendship.  It has held annual meets in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.  GPFR’s president, Takuhei Kanazawa, welcomes US and Canadian Go-playing Rotarians to join in to make his group an intercontinental one.  Irrespective of your playing strength, if you are interested, contact AGA VP-International Thomas Hsiang at igf@usgo.org.

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Your Move/Readers Write: Tehran go club?

Saturday April 7, 2018

Tehran go club? Does anyone know of any go club activity in Tehran, Iran? Email Phil@Strausphoto.com

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