American Go E-Journal

November AGA Board Meeting minutes posted

Wednesday March 4, 2020

The AGA board minutes from their November meeting were approved at the meeting on February 23rd, and are now available online here. A summary of the meeting was first published here on January 19th. Do you have questions or comments about what you see in the minutes? Feel free to submit them here.

2019 Annual Summary of Go in New York

Wednesday March 4, 2020

by Stephanie Yin and Felipo Jian

The New York Institute of Go (NYIG) and the New York Go Association (NYGA) are happy to bring you our annual summary of achievements.  We concluded the year 2019 with lots of prides and great memories, through which all Go players in our community were bounded closely.

Tournament Achievements (Adult) Our two prominent professional players, Ryan Li 1P and Stephanie Yin 1P, continued to be among the top Go players on the North American Continent. Ryan Li competed in the 3rd International Elite Mind Games, and Stephanie Yin 1P participated in the 10th Qionglong Bingsheng Cup and 3rd Go Seigen Cup World Women’s Championship. The AGA City League New York team, consisting of Ryan Li, Hancheng Zhang and Stephanie Yin, won the 2019 Pandanet-AGA City League again.

Tournament Achievements (Youth) The youth training section has always been our focus. Through various Go classes and after-school programs offered by New York Institute of Go (NYIG), our students improved significantly and won numerous achievements nationwide.

The 6th North America Kyu Championship (NYKC), February 2019
Division B: 1st Place Toranosuke Ozawa 3k
Division E: 1st Place Alan Yang 17k
Division F: 1st Place Jeremy Wong 21k; 2nd Place Jason Yang 21k

2019 North American School Team Tournament, April 2019
Top Division: 
– 2nd Place New York Institute of Go Team 2: Chase Lin 1k, Cathy Liao 3k, Alex Huang 4k
– 3rd Place New York Institute of Go Team 1: Patrick Zhao 3d, Sophie Lin 2d, Marcos Yang 1d
Division 2: 
– 1st Place New York Institute of Go Team 6: Jack Zhang 9k, Brandon Zhu 12k, Alan Yang 13k
– 2nd Place New York Institute of Go Team 4: Jason Long 10k, Jonathan Chen 11k, Lillian Wu 12k

The 1st U20 Eastern Youth Open, August 2019
Division B: 1st Place Sophie Lin 2d
Division C: 1st Place Chase Lin 1k, 2nd Place Samantha Soo 4k, 3rd Place Jerry Ju 3k
Division D: 1st Place Xinyu Chen 6k; 2nd Place Jonathan Chen 9k; 3rd Place Crystal Pang 8k 

2019 North American Young Lions Tournament, December 2019
Division A: 1st Place Toranosuke Ozawa 2d; 2nd Place Sophie Lin 2d; 3rd Place Chase Lin 1d
Division B: 3rd Place Samantha Soo 1k
Division D: 2nd Place Joshua Wong 10k
Division F: 1st Place Noah Carrafa 21k, 2nd Place Enzo Aozono-Araldi 23k, 3rd Place Roger Eckner 25k

Go Promotion By holding various go tournaments and events in 2019, the NYGA promote the interests, activity and outreach of go players within the New York City and Tri-state community. 

New York Go Honor Society The New York Go Honor Society is a non-profit chapter supported by the New York Go Association (NYGA). The NYGHS executive team includes multiple honorary members from Harvard, Yale, MIT, and Princeton. The board members, such as the chairman and board of directors, will be selected in a self-recommended fashion, by NYGA officers and honorary presidents. 

The mission of the NYGHS is to learn the philosophical ideas that have been embedded in Go for thousands of years. It is a platform that provides young Go players an environment to enrich their Go experience, improve their organizational skills, and broaden their horizons. Specifically, through the NYGHS, our Go players will work together to hone their leadership, logical reasoning, and problem-solving abilities. They will also communicate and cooperate with students from top American colleges to expand social skills and enrich personal accomplishment.

Tournament Organization
– 4th, 5th and 6th US Go Ranking Competition, New York Division
– The 1st U20 Eastern Youth Open, August 2019
– NYGA Monthly Tournaments

Classes We offered a series of go classes to both youth and adult players from beginner to dan-level.  

After-school Programs
– St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School
– PS 77 Lower Lab School

Social Media Our official Youtube Channel “nyig_go” reached 7000 subscribers in November.

We appreciate everyone who has participated in our Go activities in 2019. We shall continue to bring you more exciting events in the upcoming year 2020. More information can be found here: www.ny-go.org

photos provided by Stephanie Yin

Upcoming Go Events: Little Neck and Seattle

Monday March 2, 2020

March 7: Little Neck, NY
NYGA Monthly Tournament March
Zhongfan Jian tournaments@ny-go.org 617-921-4105
Stephanie Yin info@ny-go.org

March 9: Seattle, WA
Mr. Daiki Komatsu 3P at Seattle Go Center
Mike Malveaux programs@seattlego.org 206-545-1424 or 253-906-0095

Get the latest go events information.

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AGA players invited to the Canadian Go Association summer camp

Sunday March 1, 2020

The Canadian Go Association summer camp is ready to welcome you! Running August 23-28 at Jouvence resort inside Mount Orford National park (near Montreal Quebec), it will combine a sojourn in nature with top-notch Go instruction, luxury meals, and great company. Since the resort is a non-profit, all of this is at a great price! See our web site for full details, and please reach out if you have any questions.

report by Canadian Go Association President James Sedgwick

New 3D tsumego app BadukPop launches

Sunday March 1, 2020

BadukPop is a new mobile app that provides Go problems with fun visuals and game mechanics featuring a 3D-animated Go board, a curated library of Go problems for all levels, and a global leaderboard. Players start at Level 1, low double-digit kyu, and can progress up to Level 6, the high-dan to professional category.

Hajin Lee, a former professional Go player and creator of “Haylee’s World of Go” on YouTube, participated in the design and development of BadukPop. “Many Go players are too busy to play a full game every day. Playing BadukPop can be helpful practice – it’s quick, fun, and trains your intuition, pattern recognition, and reading skills,” Lee says.

The app is currently available in English, Korean, and Chinese, and is compatible with all recent Android and iOS phones and tablets. It can be downloaded for free on both Google Play (Android) and the App Store (iOS). Visit https://badukpop.com for details.

Redmond’s Reviews, Episode 20: Michael Redmond 9P vs Shiraishi Yuichi 7P

Friday February 28, 2020

Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock present their latest Redmond’s Review, Episode 20, posted on the AGA’s YouTube Channel.

In this game — from the B section of the Judan tournament — Redmond takes on Shiraishi Yuichi 7P, a player in his 30’s who’s very active on social media and also puts out video commentaries, like Redmond. He’s also one of the players who’s been adopting the computer style of play. “This is the game I said would involve a lot of dead groups,” Redmond says, and in it he makes a series of increasingly bigger sacrifices. “Some of them you might say were captured by my opponent, so perhaps not really valid sacrifices,” he admits. “Some of them worked, and some of them were not working.”

The commentary was originally streamed live on Twitch, which gave viewers a chance to interact with Redmond and Garlock; follow the channel to get notified of live streams.

Video produced by Stephen Hu, Allen Moy, Chris Garlock and Andrew Jackson.

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Learn to Play Go series now available as ePub

Monday February 24, 2020

The five volumes of Janice Kim’s popular Learn to Play Go series are now available as ePubs from SmartGo Books, which opens them up to readers on Android and Windows. “Janice Kim’s award-winning series takes the complete beginner step-by-step all the way to playing real go,” says SmartGo’s Anders Kierulf.

Minghan Jiang wins WMGC winter tournament with a perfect record

Sunday February 23, 2020

Weiqiu (Rachel) You 2k, 3-1; Neil Ni 2d, 3-1; Minghan Jiang 1d, 4-0; Joel Kenny 4d, 3-1; Stephen J. Choung 2k, 3-1

The Western Massachusetts Go Club had a respectable turnout of 18 players for the winter tournament, held on February 22 and hosted by Springfield College. There were 3 double-digit kyu players, with the remaining players from 3k to 5d. Players traveled from throughout New England – 200+ mi from Vermont, by Uber and bus from Boston, and from New York City.

Minghan Jiang 1d was the only undefeated player with a 4-0 record. Four other players had 3-1 results (right), and David Richardson 14k won the DDK division. Click here for full results, and here for more photos of the event.

report and photo provided by Trevor Morris.

4th Latin American Go Congress set for Buenos Aires in October

Sunday February 23, 2020

The fourth Latin American Go Congress will be held October 3-12 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. European pro Mateusz Surma 2P has been confirmed for both a weekend workshop October 3-4 and the boot camp October 5-9. “Mateusz will also be present during the tournament days offering game reviews, etc,” reports Congress Coordinator Haroldo Brown. “We welcome players from all over the world to the biggest go party in Latin America!” Brown adds.

The bird in the Congress logo is the “hornero,” or ovenbird, native to South America. The “hornero” is known for building mud nests that resemble old wood-fired ovens. The other protagonist of the logo is the “tatú carreta,” the largest living species of armadillo, found in most Latin American countries and considered vulnerable to extinction.

For more info on the Congress, email latino2020@go.org.ar

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50 years aGO – February 1970

Saturday February 22, 2020

by Keith L. Arnold, hka, with Patrick Bannister

Humbled by drafting this column in the midst of John Power’s latest excellent reports from Japan, we bring you a slightly less up-to-date view of the Honinbo and Meijin leagues. Fifty years ago, Fujisawa Shuko 9 dan and Kajiwara Takeo 9 dan led the Meijin league and Sakata Eio 9 dan led the Honinbo League. 

In this photo (right) of the competition in the Honinbo league from February 4, we see Kato Masao 6 dan in the foreground against Kano Yoshinori 9 dan.  Kato, of course, is well-known in the West, and Kano has a place as well, as author of the 4-volume graded go problems for beginners.  Behind in the center we see the first tournament 9 dan, Fujisawa Hosai, taking on Hisai Keishi 6 dan.  Finally, in the game on the right, Takagawa Kaku 9 dan takes on Fujisawa Shuko 9 dan.  Takagawa had already held the title for nine straight years and published two English texts – How to Play Go, and Vital Points of Go.  Game records can be found here: Katō v Kano; Takagawa v Shuzo; Hōsai v Hisai.

We can’t leave my favorite player Shuko without comment.  In the photo at left, we see him winning by half a point in the first game of the first All Japan First Place Tournament, which would later become the Gosei.  Shuko had a penchant for making the finals of tournaments in their first year, and usually won them. His opponent is Otake Hideo, who, as the current Judan, we will call 10 dan. The game record is here.

photos courtesy Igo Club