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Seattle Report: Playing Go Is Like Making Kimchi

AGA news - Sat, 11/04/2015 - 22:20

The Seattle Go Center had their own room at Sakura-Con, Seattle’s big festival of Japanese anime, manga and games, which was held last weekend, April 3-5, in the Washington State Convention Center.  One volunteer, John Richards, put in 32 hours of teaching, and several volunteers provided more than 20 hours of instruction.  At peak times, more than 10 volunteers were teaching at once.  The students ranged from complete beginners to single digit kyu players who come by each year to get more instruction.

I enjoyed the observation that Solomon Choe 6d made while playing one of the students on a 19×19: “You know, playing go is like making kimchi.  That group is kind of dead. [And I don't want to add more stones to it right now.] But I want to preserve it. I want to put it in a pot underground and see if something magical happens.”  Report/photo by Brian Allen

 

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Teacher of the Year Nominations Sought

AGA news - Sat, 11/04/2015 - 22:18

Nominations for the American Go Foundation’s  Teacher of the Year award are now open. The award is presented each year at the U.S. Go Congress and recognizes an outstanding American teacher. The winner  will receive an all expenses paid trip to the 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 15th 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: Last year’s winner Peter Freedman, working with kids in Portland.  To read more about Peter’s work, click here.

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Pandanet AGA City League Round 4 Results

AGA news - Sat, 11/04/2015 - 22:18

The Pandanet AGA City League has been going strong for four rounds now. With a couple more games and one more round to go, at least one league is cutting the top positions close.

In the A League, Greater Washington and Boston are in the lead with 6 points each. As they faced off this past round GW got the better of Boston but they’re holding on from previous wins. Hot on their tails is LA and Seattle 1. LA still has one game left to play and they will most likely be in playoff contention.

The B and C Leagues have pull-away leaders in Princeton and Berkeley. Both teams are new this year with strong players behind them. They lead their leagues with 8 points each. The next team is currently at 4 points each.

A League:
Greater Washington def Boston (3-0), Seattle 1 def San Francisco 1 (3-0), Los Angeles def Canwa Vancouver 1 (3-0)

B League:
Princeton def Katy, TX 1 (3-0), Bay Area def Canwa Vancouver 2 (3-0), NC Raleigh def Washington DC 2 (3-0)

C League:
Boston 2 def New Orleans (2-1), Atlanta 2 def Atlanta 1 (2-1), SF Bay Area/Berkley def DC Team 3 (3-0)

Round 5 will take place on April 26th at 3PM unless otherwise noted on the schedule pages.

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Ilia Shikshin 1p Wins 2015 Grand Slam Berlin

AGA news - Sat, 11/04/2015 - 22:14

Ilia Shikshin 1p (right) of Russia is the 2015 Grand Slam Champion, after defeating Mateusz Surma 1p (left) of Poland in the Grand Slam Berlin tournament, held earlier this week at the Chinese Cultural Center in Berlin, Germany. Ali Jabarin was third, Cristian Pop took fourth and Pavol Lisy was fifth. More reports and photos here and click here for complete results.
- EuroGoTV

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