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US Go Congress Player Profiles: Wu and Zhou

AGA news - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 02:30

The American Go E-Journal will be broadcasting top-board US Go Congress games live on KGS beginning this Sunday, August 10. This week we’re profiling some of the top players who will be competing at the Congress. The US Go Congress is the largest go activity in the United States. It happens once a year and spans one week. Events include the US Open, the largest annual go tournament in the US, professional lectures and game analysis, continuous self-paired games, and all kinds of go-related activities from morning to midnight. “Come for the go, come for the camaraderie of old friends, come for the thrill of the big city!” say organizers. “Whatever your reason, we are looking forward to seeing you there.” Also, AGA members, please note that voting for 2014 board elections closes on August 8.

Changlong Wu 7D is a 40year-old environmental engineer in Chapel Hill, NC. He’s been playing for 25 years and has won the Triangle Memorial Go Tournament eight times (2004, 2006-2012). His favorite thing about go is its “Competitiveness. I am always excited and thrilled playing a tournament, big or small.” Hobbies include hiking, music, and movies. He’s married, with two children, 6 and 1.

Yuan Zhou 7D is a 39-year-old consultant and go teacher from Germantown. MD who’s been playing since the age of six. He’s won 30 US Go titles from 1990 through 2012 (see www.zhouyuan.com for detailed info). His favorite thing about go is that “Go is very similar to life. It combines skills, cultures, knowledge and psychology together.” Hobbies include movies and reading.

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Go Spotting: Kore-eda’s Hana yori mo Naho

AGA news - Thu, 07/08/2014 - 23:00

“In Kore-eda Hirokazu’s 2006 mock- or anti-samurai film Hana yori mo Naho (花よりもなほ, Hana – the Tale of a Reluctant Samurai), go has a small but very important place as the link between the main character and his deceased father,” writes Richard Neer. “The characters are impoverished and play with shabby equipment and although it’s a minor film, Kore-eda is one of the best known and most important Japanese film makers working today.” Click here for a trailer (in Japanese).

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Follow Us on Twitter & Facebook

AGA news - Thu, 07/08/2014 - 17:00

Now you can catch breaking go news by following us on Twitter @theaga and Facebook at American Go Association. This will be especially handy during the upcoming US Go Congress  - which starts this Saturday, August 9 — when we’ll be posting ongoing real-time updates, including latest US Open and other Congress tournament results.

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Your Move/Readers Write: Congress Player Profiles a Big Help; More Clossius!

AGA news - Wed, 06/08/2014 - 21:59

Congress Player Profiles a Big Help: “I have really been enjoying reading the go player profiles (US Go Congress Player Profiles: Chen, Liang, Lee & Chiu 8/4 EJ, & US Go Congress Player Profiles: Sun, Ko, Koh, Lin, Teng & Ye 8/5 EJ) for the upcoming Go Congress,” writes Dennis Wheeler. “It’s really going to help me get a better idea of who these top level US players are as I watch their games.”
It’s going to help him as a Congress game recorder for the EJ, too; watch for our live broadcasts starting Saturday afternoon with the Pandanet-AGA City League Finals and then the US Open starting Sunday morning. 

More Clossius! “The Clossius commentary (Clossius in the Land of Baduk: At Home Abroad 8/5 EJ) was great,” writes Chris Uzal. “I hope that is not the last one.”
We’re pleased to welcome Shawn Ray as a regular EJ contributor; look for his next column soon!

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Go Classified: Teacher Wanted in San Jose

AGA news - Wed, 06/08/2014 - 16:06

I have been teaching at the Berryessa Chinese School for 14 years now and am honored to have had this opportunity,” writes Jean deMaiffe.  “Because of my rewarding relationship with BCS, I am hoping to help them find other (preferably English-fluent) regular and substitute go teachers for their culture program. BCS has three campuses in the Berryessa neighborhood of San Jose, California.  One is for ‘the little kids’, one for the middle range (roughly eight through twelve years old) and one for high schoolers.  My venue has been the middle range school, which I have very much enjoyed. Currently, BCS needs a teacher for the high school, may need one for the little kids, and may also need one for my school this coming year or the year after (negotiable) when I plan to retire.  Clearly, if a teacher does well with the BCS school students, the teaching relationship can continue indefinitely.  The middle school has its own equipment and a set of problem books.  BCS has been willing to acquire classroom materials as necessary for my class.  Interested teachers can contact BCS directly through their website, and may contact me via email at jean@dougandjean.com

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US Go Congress Player Profiles: Sun, Ko, Koh, Lin, Teng & Ye

AGA news - Wed, 06/08/2014 - 02:44

The American Go E-Journal will be broadcasting top-board US Go Congress games live on KGS beginning this Sunday, August 10. This week we’re profiling some of the top players who will be competing at the Congress.

Calvin Sun 1P (right) is a 17-year-old student in Cerritos, CA. He learned go when he was 6 and won the 2012 Cotsen and 2014 Pro Qualifier. His favorite thing about go is that it “forces me to concentrate” and his favorite hobby is “sleep.”

Dae Hyuk “Danny” Ko 7D (left) is 38 and works in finance in Southern California. He’s been playing since the age of 6 and won the 2009 Samsung Qualifier, 2010 Cotsen Cup, 2013 World Mind Sports Qualifier, and is a 4-time Santa Monica Coffee Cup winner (2008, 2011, 2013, 2014). His favorite thing about the game is making friends.

Juyong Koh 7D (right) is a 34-year-old insurance broker from Vancouver, BC. He’s been playing since the age of 10, winning the 2002 and 2008 Canadian Open, as well as many local tournaments. His favorite thing about go is “The game is exciting and you can try anything you like on the board unlike real life. I love to express my imagination on the go board.” Hobbies include weight training and choir practice.

Bill Lin 7D (left) is a 17-year-old university student in Vancouver, BC who’s been playing go for 11 years. He was the 2013 Canadian Open Champion, took 5th place in the 2013 US Open, 3rd in the 2013 NA Masters, 3rd in the 2013 Prime Minister Cup World Amateur and 2nd in the 2014 Canadian Open. His favorite thing about go is “The complexity, the countless number of variations, and the serenity I feel when I play the game.” Hobbies include swimming, running, triathlons, and movies.

Justin Teng 7D (right) is an 18-year-old undergraduate student at the University of Maryland–College Park. He started playing go at 12 and played in the 2012 AGA-Tygem pro finals qualifier and 2012 WMSG. His favorite thing about the game of go is “meeting and making all kinds of diverse friends, and challenging myself to become stronger.” Hobbies include “piano and chatting with friends.”

Aaron Ye 6D (left) is a 12-year-old student in Cupertino, CA. He’s been playing since the age of 5, and was the US Redmond Cup Junior division Champion three straight years (2011-2013), the US Youth Go Junior division Champion 2010, 2011 & 2012, and US representative for World Youth Go Junior division in 2011 and 2012. His favorite thing about go is “The challenges you constantly face.” Ye is on the School Math Count team, representing his middle school competing in the Silicon Valley Chapter for math count. His hobbies include tennis and programming robots.

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IGF Launches Facebook Page

AGA news - Wed, 06/08/2014 - 00:55

The International Go Federation has launched a Facebook page and is urging go players worldwide to check it out and “like” the page. Recent posts include photos and updates from the European Go Congress in Sibiu, Romania as well as promoting the upcoming US Go Congress, which starts this Saturday in New York City.

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Clossius in the Land of Baduk: At Home Abroad

AGA news - Tue, 05/08/2014 - 23:00

By Shawn Ray, Special Correspondent to the E-Journal

Since arriving in Korea, I have learned about much more than baduk, as go is known here. Here, for example, it’s customary to bow to your elders, but back home in America if you bowed down to someone they would give you a funny look.

Though I’ve only been here since the end of May, it didn’t take long to feel a bit homesick. So when Cho Hyeyeon 9P asked if I wanted to help her teach baduk to soldiers on the US military base, I agreed immediately. Arriving on base it was if I’d somehow been instantly transported back to America. The roads, sidewalks, and even the houses are all in the American style and the stores and soda machines take American dollars and have American snacks. It turns out that the base is actually owned by the United States, so technically, I was literally back in United States territory.

After a trip to Burger King, we went to the building where we would teach the Baduk class. The students — who are either soldiers, their wives or kids — arrived shortly after we did; they were all complete beginners of course, and it was nice to teach them and play without the pressure of having to thoroughly think through each and every one of my moves. They all took it in very quickly and played very intriguing moves. My new friend Chris, who now enthusiastically plays the game on KGS when he can, quickly learned how to play the opening on the full board and how to make and take two eyes.

I was very impressed with how quickly the students learned things and I had a lot of fun teaching them. I also got to remember how it felt to be a beginner and just to enjoy playing. Lately, between my teaching work for BadukTV and my own studies, it seems as though I have become so serious that I must make every move as effective as possible. So it is a nice change of pace to be able to play beginners and have fun with the game rather than having the pressure to make every move worthwhile.

It was a good reminder that baduk is as difficult as we make it.

Shawn Ray, known as Clossius to his YouTube and KGS fans, recently moved to Korea to do a series of lessons on BadukTV. photo: Ray (front), with students from the US military base,

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Redmond on Suzuki-Redmond — Free Game Review

AGA news - Tue, 05/08/2014 - 05:01

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As a special free bonus for all E-Journal readers, Michael Redmond’s recent Meijin Tournament game commentary appears here.  Full AGA members get exciting commentaries like this every week.  The game commentaries alone are worth the price of AGA membership.  For youth memberships the deal is even better, just $10 a year!  To sign up for the members edition, register with the AGA here.

Meijin Tournament, A Section
White:  Suzuki Yoshimichi 7P
Black:  Michael Redmond 9P
Commentary:  Michael Redmond 9P
Published in the August 5, 2014 edition of the American Go E-Journal

Suzuki Yoshimichi is a fighting player who likes to attack or to build thickness.  In this game he started with star points and high kakaris.  This game was played on July 3rd, and was the first round of the Meijin tournament, section A.  In the 2nd round I will play the winner of Cho Chikun vs. O Meien.

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Eric Lui and Zhaonian Chen Battle for Spot in Samsung Prelims

AGA news - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 20:17

Eric Lui and Zhaonian Chen play each other tonight in the semifinals of the Samsung Cup World Preliminaries. The winner plays the winner of Xiang Zhang vs Jan Hora match for the spot in the main tournament. Lui, Chen and Seung Hyun (Kevin) Hong are participating in the World Preliminaries of the Samsung Cup this week in Korea. The 2014 Samsung Cup World Baduk Masters expanded the World Division to provide more opportunities to international amateur players. A dozen players were invited: three from North America, one from South America, four from Europe, up to three from Asia (Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan excluded) and up to two from Africa. The winner of the World Division will be invited to participate in the final 32 of the Samsung Cup, with total prize money of $800,000 USD.
- Thanks to Oren Laskin for translation assistance

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Pandanet-AGA City League Finals Set for Saturday

AGA news - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 19:54

The final round in the 2014 Pandanet-AGA City League is to be played at the US Go Congress in New York City. The round will be played this Saturday August 9th at 3p. Games will be played in Penn Top, the same room that the Congress top boards will be played. Watch for the LIVE simulcast in the AGA City League room on Pandanet-IGS.

Pairings:
Board 1 – Bill Lin vs Ximeng Yu
Board 2 – Ho Son vs Juyong Koh
Board 3 – Ryan Li vsMomoko Tsutsui

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US Go Congress Player Profiles: Chen, Liang, Lee & Chiu

AGA news - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 19:30

The American Go E-Journal will be broadcasting top-board US Go Congress games live on KGS beginning this Sunday, August 10. This week we’re profiling some of the top players who will be competing at the Congress.

Michael Chen 7D (top right) is a 25-year-old financial analyst from Princeton, NJ who’s been playing go since he was 7 years old. Titles include the 2006 North America Ing Cup, 2009 Canadian Open, and he took second place in both the 2009 and 2011 US Opens. His favorite thing about go is “winning” and hobbies include soccer and Starcraft.

Jie Liang 7D (top left) is a 42-year-old software engineer from Nashua, NH who’s been playing go for 29 years. His favorite thing about go is that it’s a “brain game” and he loves its competiveness. Married, with one child, Liang’s hobbies include photography and deep sea fishing.

Joshua Lee 5D (bottom right) is a 27-year-old IT consultant from Arlington, VA who’s been playing just 7 years. His favorite thing about go is the game’s “infinite strategy” and that “there are world-class players with entirely different styles from one another.” Lee enjoys scuba diving, Texas Holdem, tennis and playing the guitar.

Jeremy Chiu 6D (bottom left) is a 12-year-old student who’s been playing since he was 5. “I like the complexity of the game and how it allows you to play the game however you want,” he says. He won the United States Youth Go Championship junior division in 2013 and was the Under-12 US representative to the World Youth Go Championship in 2013. Hailing from San Jose, CA, Chiu’s hobbies include playing music and video games.

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AGA Archives Welcomes Berkeley Go Club Donation

AGA news - Sat, 02/08/2014 - 18:35

“Thanks to the Berkeley Go Club for 20 boxes of go material they recently donated to the American Go Association’s Archives,” writes AGA Archivist David G Doshay. Among the collection’s gems are a large number of video tapes of go lectures by Jujo Jiang. Contributions to the archive are always welcome; contact Doshay at ddoshay@mac.com

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Go Classified: Goban For Sale

AGA news - Sat, 02/08/2014 - 18:27

Goban For Sale: I have a 2.1-inch Japanese board with legs, handmade by keiji miwa.  NIB, never used, $220.  I also have a set of NIB shell and slate japanese stones, size 35 (9.8mm) for $390.  Buyer pays for shipping.  goishi.san@gmail.com, text 479-856-8793

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Your Move/Readers Write: Adding the Congress Schedule to Your Google Calendar; How to Update Your Email Address

AGA news - Sat, 02/08/2014 - 18:25

Adding the Congress Schedule to Your Google Calendar: “I put the Congress schedule in my calendar with about two clicks,” writes Phil Straus. “Very cool.” To add the Congress calendar to your Google calendar, click on “Schedule”, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “+Google Calendar” icon on the bottom right.

How to Update Your Email Address: “How do I change my email address for the Journal, or, do you do that?” asks Lee Freedman.
At the very bottom of the E-Journal, click on “Update your profile” and you can update your email address, as well as the desired edition of the E-Journal (daily or weekly) and your preferred format (HTML or plain text). Be careful to click on “Update Profile” after you make your changes, and not “Unsubscribe” (unless that’s your wish). If you accidentally unsubscribe, email us at journal@usgo.org so we can get you re-signed up.

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US Go Congress A Week Away

AGA news - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 23:46

Eight days of go in the city that never sleeps is just over a week away at the upcoming US Go Congress at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. There’s still time to register for the biggest go event in North American, which starts on Saturday, August 9, with nearly 500 already signed up. The schedule includes both rated – such as the US Open and continuous Self-Paired — and unrated (9×9, 13×13, Lightning, etc) tournaments, lectures and simuls with professional go players and more. Click here for the latest day-by-day schedule. “We now offer an optional meal plan in the form of vouchers to use at the nearby Café R,” reports Congress Director Matthew Hershberger. “Each voucher is worth $11 and we sell them in groups of 3 for $31.” Click here for more details on these and other costs.

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Euro Go Congress Updates

AGA news - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 23:00

Ilya Shikshin, the only European with a perfect score after the first three rounds of the 58th MLily-WeiqiTV European Go Congress Main Event, lost to Chen Wang in the fourth round. Wang and Yulin Tong top the field with four wins each. Click here for latest results  and here for game records.

In other EGC news, the complete European Go Federation board was re-elected during the EGF General Meeting. “During the meeting Catalin Taranu stepped back from his candidacy for president, so no election was necessary/possible because of no alternatives,” reports EGF President Martin Stiassny. Guests at the meeting included Mr. Yamashiro 9P, Nihon Kiin VP, Yuki Shigeno 2P, IGF Advisor in Tokyo and Hajin Lee 3P, IGF General Secretary. At the 6-hour meeting, delegates from 29 countries granted observer status for Iceland and South Africa and made “some important constitutional changes,” Stiassny said. No decision was reached on the 2018 European Congress.

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The Power Report: Cho Chikun Wins 73rd Title; Meijin League; Kono’s Winning Streak Ends At 19; Iyama Catches Up In Gosei Title Match; Kisei Leagues; Obituary: Sasaki Tadashi

AGA news - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 21:53

by John Power, EJ Japan Correspondent

Cho Chikun Wins 73rd Title:
The final of the fourth Igo Masters Cup was held at the Nihon Ki-in in Ichigaya, Tokyo, on July 12. Taking black, 25th Honinbo Cho Chikun (right) defeated Kobayashi Satoru 9P by 6.5 points to win this title for the second time. This is Cho’s 73rd title, so he extends his Japanese record. Incidentally, this was the 59th game between these two; Cho now has a lead of one over Kobayashi.

Meijin League: Kono Rin (left) won his seventh-round game, so he stays in a tie for second with Cho U 9P. Kono and Cho play each other in the final round, so, if Yamashita loses, the winner will meet him in a play-off to decide the challenger.
(July 11) Kono Rin 9P (B) beat Ryu Shikun 9P by resig.; Murakawa Daisuke 7P (W) beat Yuki Satoshi 9P by resignation.

Kono’s Winning Streak Ends At 19: A loss, to Murakawa Daisuke 7P, in the quarterfinals of the 62nd Oza tournament on July 17 was Kono Rin’s first since mid-April. His record of 19 successive wins is the best winning streak so far this year.

Iyama Catches Up In Gosei Title Match: In the second game of the 39th Gosei title match, played in the Hokkoku Newspaper Hall in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, on 20 July, Iyama Yuta (B) defeated Kono Rin 9P by resignation after 151 moves. This gave him revenge for his loss of the first game in 129 moves. Kono perhaps lost the game because of pessimistic positional judgement:  he believed that the result of the first big fight was unfavorable for him — the players following the game disagreed — so he made a deeper invasion than he would have otherwise. Iyama attacked aggressively and killed a large group. The third game will be played on August 11.
By the way, I need to correct a mistake I made in my report on the first game. I wrote that Kono suffered straight losses last year, but I was confusing this title match with the 2012 Tengen title match, which Kono did lose 0-3. In the 2013 Gosei, he won the first two games, then lost the next three.

Kisei Leagues: The first third-round game in the A League was played on July 11. Hane Naoki 9P (W) beat Ichiriki Ryo 7P by resig. This was Hane’s first win after two losses. Ichiriki drops to 0-3; he is having a tough initiation in league play. On July 17, Yamashiro Hiroshi 9P (W) beat Takao Shinji Judan by resignation. More games played on July 24 clarified the lead. In the A League, Yamashita Keigo 9P (W) beat Kono Rin 9P by resignation. Kono (2-1) suffered his first loss, so Yamashita (3-0) is the sole undefeated player. In the B League, Murakawa Daisuke 7P (B) beat Yuki Satoshi by resignation. Yoda Norimoto 9P (B) (2-1) beat Kobayashi Satoru 9P (2-1) by 1.5 points, so Murakawa (3-0) is the sole undefeated player. It looks as if we might see a replay of last year’s play-off between Yamashita and Murakawa. The latter’s continued success shows that he is close to joining the top group of tournament players in Japan.

Obituary: Sasaki Tadashi
Sasaki Tadashi 8P died of acute leukemia on July 20. Born on May 28, 1963, Sasaki (right) was a disciple of Sakata Eio, 23rd Honinbo. He became 1-dan in 1980 and reached 8-dan in 2001. Sasaki was very active as a teacher and was well known in Japan. He was also working on a biography of his teacher. According to an obituary article in Go Weekly by his friend the go journalist Akiyama Kenji, Sasaki had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage two years ago; ironically, he was visiting a hospital at the time, so he got prompt treatment. Recently he held a party to celebrate his complete recovery. At such parties, guests are usually given a little present, and Sasaki’s showed his sense of humor, being a hand towel with a picture of a spider’s web on it. He was planning to take a group of disciples to the US Go Congress this year. Akiyama wrote that he first met Sasaki 40 years ago when he was in elementary school. Sasaki introduced himself by handing over a name card detailing his position as an insei. Akiyama thought that this was a bit over the top for an elementary-school pupil, but there was a good reason for it. When returning home late from insei games or watching professional games, Sasaki would often be stopped by policemen and scolded for being out so late, so the name card was his defense. photo by Brian Allen

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What Do You Think?

AGA news - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 19:56

An education program for middle level players…an educational library on the web site for members only… a rewards program. These are some of the ideas Central Region Director Bob Gilman is looking for feedback on in preparation for a special session at the upcoming US Go Congress to discuss ideas for overall development of the organization. Read more about these ideas and comment here.

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David Cho 2D Wins MGA Tourney

AGA news - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 02:02

David Cho 2D topped a field of 30 players at the Massachusetts Go Association’s annual Skip Ascheim Memorial Go Tournament on July 13th. The winners were David Cho 2D (at right in photo at left), who took first place with a 4-0 record; Pete Schumer 2k (at left in photo at left) was second, also scoring 4-0; Brandan Williams 20k (at left in photo at right), and Alex Linden 11k, both 4-0, tied for third. “Wang Ma 7D said he would be glad to play games online with fellow members of the Massachusetts Go Association,” says Tournament Director Eva Casey.  Reach him at doctormawang@126.com. photos by Eva Casey; click here for tourney photos.

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