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Nick Sibicky Class Returns to Seattle Go Center

Thu, 25/09/2014 - 18:11

Nick Sibicky will start up the popular Double Digit Kyu Players Class (DDK) on Monday, September 29, at 6:30, at the Seattle Go Center.  The class is open to anybody who can finish a 19×19 game.  The class is free, and a new member’s first 10 visits to the Go Center are also free.

Nick tapes his lectures and posts them on youtube.com.    He has 79 lectures posted now,  and he has gathered a world-wide following.  All his lectures have thousands of views, and youtube lecture #46 has more than 15,000 views.  Nick’s lectures have brought donations from Austria, and visitors from Los Angeles and North Carolina.

This class was started for players in the 25 kyu to 10 kyu range, but stronger players have certainly benefited from these lectures as well.  Dan Top will be the alternate teacher when Nick is not available.  Dan and Nick play a game in youtube lecture #79.

This completes the Fall class lineup at the Seattle Go Center.  The Beginner’s Class with Carlos Encalada is on Thursday Evenings, the DDK class is on Mondays, and the more advanced SDK class with Andrew Jackson is on Wednesdays.  Visitors can also find informal instruction on Tuesday, the most popular day at the Go Center,  and on Saturdays.

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Your Move/Readers Write: Diamond Go Salon Not Just for Women

Thu, 25/09/2014 - 18:00

“In your recent article (Your Move/Readers Write: Where to Play Go in Japan 9/13 EJ), Devin Flake states that the Diamond Go Salon is ‘mainly for women,’” writes” Adam Harding. “I am a long term member of that salon and I would say that DIS (Diamond Igo Salon) is not as much ‘mainly for women,’ but more for young and middle-aged players. The salon owners do run a monthly ‘Igo for women’ session which is for women only.” Harding says that Diamond’s other strong points include “a strong connection to the professional world; the owner runs her program on the Igo/Shogi channel; the atmosphere is that of a high-class wine bar instead of smoky back-room, with drinks and food available and the age range of players is about 20-50 on Wednesdays and Fridays instead of 40-60 as seems to be at most other places.” While Harding says DIS “is most slightly more expensive,” he notes that membership brings the entrance price down to that of other salons.” Click here for DIS lesson and Go Circle information and the club’s instructor listing (all in Japanese).

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Last week to sign up for the Pandanet-AGA City League

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 00:15

This is the last week to sign up your city’s team for the upcoming year of the Pandanet-AGA City League. “We almost have a full roster for this season,” reports League Coordinator Steve Colburn. Any information can be found on the rules page or at steve.colburn@usgo.org.

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Seth Cardew 2D Upset Champion at Triangle Memorial Tourney in North Carolina

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 00:13

A glorious fall day at the Umstead State Park in Cary, North Carolina welcomed the 14th annual Triangle Memorial Go Tournament on September 20. Despite the tranquil surroundings, mental chaos reigned under the picnic shelter as 34 contestants from four states battled through four rounds. The early prediction for a final repeating last year’s showdown between the two 7-dan prior champions, but all expectations changed when the top three players all fell in the first round. Ultimately Seth Cardew (at right, in white shirt) of Tennessee, entered as 2-dan, emerged as the Open champion with a perfect score of 4-0, defeating both 7-dans in the process, including an astonishing kill against many-time champion Changlong Wu in the final round (right), taking just two stones, which secured the $500 top prize. Second place went to Liqun Liu 7D at 3-1.

Other prize winners were Justin Blank at 4-0 followed by Anthony Long, both 4k, in Group A, Alvin Chen 10k scoring 4-0 in Group B, and Dale Blann 14k sweeping section C at 4-0 with Ellen Zeng at 3-1. Following long tradition, all entry fees were returned to the players in prizes, augmented by a gift from the sponsoring Triangle Go Group, and all players were treated to lunch and snacks throughout. The tournament was directed by AGA membership coordinator Charles Alden (left), with logistical assistance from Bob Bacon, Paul Celmer and Adam Bridges.
- report by Charles Alden; photos by Bob Bacon

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Peter Nelson Wins Seattle Pandanet Team Qualifier

Mon, 22/09/2014 - 20:29

Peter Nelson, a recent arrival to Seattle from Minnesota, was selected for the Seattle 1 Pandanet-AGA  City League Team, after winning the Qualifier Tournament at the Seattle Go Center by a narrow margin.  Longtime Northwest player Edward Kim placed second at the tournament, with the same win/loss record, and will also join the team.  Returning first team members are Simon (Ximeng) Yu, and Ho Son.  The Seattle Pandanet-AGA team placed second last August in the A League competition, losing to the team from neighboring Vancouver B.C.  The board order for the teams in the  online tournament is determined by AGA ratings, so Nelson will probably have the alternate position.  Nelson had an AGA rating of 3 dan last month, and has a 4 dan rating at present.  However, he won two even games against a 7 dan at the tournament, plus a game against Xiaowu Li, who is a 5 dan in China, so observers expect his rating to continue to improve.

The open tournament was a challenge to both players and Tournament Directors Sonny Cho and Dennis Wheeler.  Due to “circular wins” four players had identical records after four rounds, necessitating a playoff round.  The tournament lasted 9 hours and some players had five games.  In addition to Peter Nelson and Edward Kim, Dong Baek Kim and Xiaowu Li were finalists.  This was the first Seattle event for Xiaowu Li, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington Law School, and former director of the faculty go club at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.  Photo: Simon (Ximeng) Yu watches the game of Peter Nelson and Xiaowu Li.  Report/photo by Brian Allen

 

 

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Atlanta

Mon, 22/09/2014 - 14:00

September 27: Atlanta, GA
4th Annual Emory University GO Tournament
Jeff Kerlagon kerlagon@bellsouth.net 770-992-0308
Johnny Wang wangge.wg@gmail.com

Get the latest go events information.

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1-Day SAWMG Qualifier set for Monday on KGS

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 22:44

The AGA is holding a 1-day tournament on KGS on Monday, September 22 to select the replacement for Gansheng Shi, who was selected to represent North America at the SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG) but could not go. Mingjiu Jiang will play Eric Lui on Monday at 12 noon EDT in the AGA tournament room, and the winner will later play a deciding game with Jie Liang. The time for the second game is yet to be determined, but we’ll try to post it on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Arnold Tops NOVA Back to School Tourney

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 21:00

Keith Arnold 4D took top honors in the NOVA Back to School Special tournament held on Saturday, September at GMU Law School in Arlington VA.

Winner’s Report:
First place: Keith Arnold 4D (at right, in cap), 3-1; Yukino Takehara 1K, 4-0; Bob Ehrlich 5K, 4-0; Bob Crites 8K, 4-0; and Sarah Crites 15K, 4-0. “Bob and Sarah (left) are father and daughter,” reports Allan Abramson, “Sarah is done with 15K and probably will be 12K by the Pumpkin Classic next month!

Second place: Kabe Chin 2D, 3-1; Frederick Bao 1D, Julian Erville 1D, Quinn Baranosky 3K, and Weisong Kong 3K, all tied at 2-2; Diego Pierrottet 5K, 3-1; Keith Krulack 9K and Tevis Tsai 8K, tied at 3-1; and Keith Crank 13K, 2-2.

photos by Gurujeet Khalsa

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Cotsen Open Registration Opens

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 14:23

Registration for this year’s Cotsen Open is now open. The 2-day tournament will be held on October 25-26 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Eric Cotsen (at right), the tournament is one of the biggest on the annual U.S. go calendar and features thousands of dollars in prizes, an extremely competitive Open Division, live KGS commentary on top board games, free masseuses for players, and free food truck lunches to all those who pre-register for both days of the tournament. There will also be a demonstration game between Yilun Yang 7P and Yigang Hua 8P. As usual, everyone who pre-registers and plays in all five of their matches will have their full entry fee refunded; click here to register. Follow the Cotsen on Twitter and Facebook for the latest tournament news.

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Go Takes Over Seoul Streets

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 13:36

Hundreds of people gathered to play Go in Korea’s Gwanghwamun Square, on September 21. The event was part of Seoul’s Street Without Cars Festival and Learn Go Week. Go fans got autographs from players like Lee ChanghoLee Sedol and Kim Hyojeong, president of the Korean Baduk Professionals’ Union. One hundred professional go players played simultaneous games with attendees, including international visitors from the 51 countries participating in the 9th Korean Prime Minister’s Cup. Over 1,000 people attended, including many families with children. However, because not everyone played games, the goal of 1,004 simultaneous games was not achieved, and the Guinness World Record – 1,000 players at Take-machi-dohri and Chuo-cho Shopping Streets, Oita, Japan on June 6, 1999 — remained unbroken this year.
- Younggil An, Go Game Guru; right: 100  " href="https://gogameguru.com/professional-go-players/">professional Go players play simultaneous games in Seoul, Korea; left: Seo Neungwuk plays international visitors, including AGA president Andy Okun (3rd from right) and Andrew Jackson (far right). 

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EuroGoTV Update: Hungary, Luxembourg, Croatia

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 13:00

Hungary: Pavol Lisy 1p took the Hungarian Open Go Championship on September 14 in Budapest while Pal Balogh 6d was second and Viktor Lin 6d placed third. Luxembourg: Also on September 14, Yaqi Fu 6d (left) bested Jonas Welticke 5d at the 7th Luxembourg Go Tournament in Hollenfels. Andreas Goetzfried 4k came in third. Croatia: The 491st Velika Gorica weekend go tournament finished on September 13 with Mladen Smud 1 in first, Marko Popovic 7k in second, and Filip Galekovic 20k in third.
– Annalia Linnan, based on reports from 
EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

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Korea’s Wei TaeWoong Sweeps Korean World Amateur Championship, Besting U.S. in Final

Sat, 20/09/2014 - 15:37

Korea’s Wei TaeWoong (right) swept the 9th Korean World Amateur Championships (KPMC), winning all six games on September 19-20 in Seoul. US representative Ben Lockhart scored an impressive 5-1 record, losing only to Wei in the final round (photo). China came in second, followed by Taiwan, Japan, the US, Mexico and Russia. The key game was Wei’s fifth-round match against Hu YuChing from China; Hu led slightly from the beginning, but Wei hung in and succeeded in turning the game around. “I am very happy to win the KPMC,” said Wei, “and I will prepare with my best for next year’s pro qualification tournaments.”
- wbaduk.com

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Your Move/Readers Write: Going With The Flow

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 22:36

“You mention that you’re looking for a January 2002 article about go by Katy Kramer (Go Spotting: Northeastern University Magazine 6/7 EJ),” writes Harald Zellerer. “I really liked that article also and republished it on the website of the Amsterdam Go Club.” Click here to read “Go: With the Flow.”

Bob Joyce also sent us a copy of the article, noting that “featured is Sangit Chatterjee, who authored Cosmic Go, Galactic Go, and provided game commentaries for the book Go! More Than a Game by Peter Shotwell.  He describes the game’s complexity as ‘Go is like six chessboards joined together, with all six games happening at the same time.’” Joyce extended special thanks to Joan Lynch, Managing Editor, Marketing and Communications, Northeastern University,who provided a copy of the article.
Editor’s Note: This terrific article would make an excellent handout for local clubs to beginners or at public events.

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Go Classified: Shell & Slate Stones

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 22:36

I’ve got a set of new-in-box, size 34 (9.5mm) Yuki (snow) graded shell & slate stones I’m letting go for $750.  Serious inquiries only please. goishi.san@gmail.com

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Mexico-Chile-Ecuador Youth Tourneys a First

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 01:07

 

“Go is getting interesting in Latin America,” reports Mexican organizer Siddhartha Avila, “we’ve been organizing online tournaments for kids with Chile and Ecuador, and they have been a great success. I’ll be at the Iberoamerican Go Tournament in Quito, Ecuador (Oct 9-12) and I hope to meet some of the other organizers in person. We held the very first children’s online match between Chile and Mexico on June 28th, with the participation of twenty children from both countries! We used the OGS Go Server for this match. Go servers like KGS, OGS, IGS are widely used for tournaments or matches between countries in Latin America, and locally, the biggest of them being the Iberoamerican Online Go Tournament organized by Federación Iberoamericana de Go, its 15th edition last year drew more than 100 players.”

For the Chile-Mexico match, there where kids from 5 different schools in Punta Arenas, Chile: Colegio Luterano, Escuela Pedro Pablo Lemaitre, Escuela Juan Williams, Escuela Contardi, Escuela Manuel Bulnes. The match was organized by Club de Go Aonken and their teacher, Sebastián Montiel. On the Mexican side, all the players were from Escuela de Arte Pipiolo and Gimnasio de Go in Mexico City. “It was a great experience, that fills us with joy and enthusiasm to continue sharing go with children of our city, and around the world,” said Montiel

“We’ve had online matches with other schools in the US and Canada before,” said Avila, “especially with Peter Freedman’s students (Portland, OR) and in tourneys like Tiger’s Mouth, the School Team Tournament by the AGHS, or the AGA’s NAKC. We were glad to receive Sebastián’s invitation to play the Chile-Mexico match, and we have in mind inviting more countries where we know there are go programs, or go is taught to children. Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Brasil and Cuba, all come to mind,” adds Avila. Mexico won the matches 8 – 2, full results, and pictures, can be seen here. A report on the first Chile-Ecuador-Mexico match will run in next week’s E-J. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: kids from Gimnasio de Go enjoy themselves playing against Chile.

 

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“Learn Go Week” rolling in 21 countries with 60+ events; still time to join in!

Wed, 17/09/2014 - 02:49

Learn Go Week started last weekend, with go players all around the world — 60 events in 21 countries  – running teaching events in their local communities. The first-ever event runs through this coming weekend, so if you want to get involved, you can still run a beginners’ night at your local go club this week; click here to let Go Game Guru know about it. This weekend, on September 21, 1004 go players in Korea will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous games of Go in one place, the headline event at Seoul’s Street Without Cars festival. Last Saturday, the San Diego Go Club sponsored a go demonstration and teaching event at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park in San Diego. “Dozens of people touring the garden stopped by the koi pond site to play a game or learn the basics of go,” reports club president Ted Terpstra. And in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Triangle Go Club of hosted Yuan Zhou to come from Maryland for a public outreach event (right) on September 13 in the community room of the Earth Fare grocery store. Zhou gave a lecture on the history and cultural aspects of go in China, and also played a simultaneous exhibition match against eight local players. “Triangle Go Club members and Zhou also chatted with onlookers about the game, played friendly demonstration games outdoors, and distributed Way To Go’ booklets,” reports local organizer Paul Celmer. Click here for Go Game Guru’s report on Learn Go Week activities thus far, including lots of cool photos of events in places like Canberra, Australia (left).

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Your Move/Readers Write: More Thoughts on the High/Low Brow Matrix

Wed, 17/09/2014 - 01:00

History is Not Offensive: “Regarding the ‘offensive’ qualities of the ‘Highbrow’ item (Your Move/Readers Write: High/Low Brow Matrix Offensive 9/14 EJ), I’d like to rebut on behalf of the long-gone authors,” writes Peter St. John. “The thesis, which I believe was new in that era, is that appreciation of, and interest in, higher levels of abstraction is ‘high-brow’.  Go is more abstract than chess in the sense of being a level further removed from physical combat, the way Eisenhower immersed in logistics was a level removed from George Patton deploying tanks, who was several levels removed from the gunner pulling a trigger.” St. John also notes that “At the time of the article [1949] the only places to find go in America would be in the math and physics departments of universities. My dad learned, around that time, in a science laboratory from a mimeograph of a German article, because German scholars collaborated with Japanese scholars after the Russo-Japanese war. I urge people not to be offended by history. We can learn from it, not in the sense of learning from an Authority but in the sense of learning from an Experience. The grid is a bit of history.”

Celebrating Progress: Noah Doss agrees, saying that the matrix “simply records historically the type of people who, in the time period observed in the matrix, were most fascinated with go.” He goes on to say that “Nowadays, go is not, in America, a game of the elite, but just because modern man has made some progress in quashing these societal imbalances in some respects doesn’t mean we need be offended by the fact that they once existed. I truly believe go is for everyone and, to be honest, if it was the way of polo or lacrosse in that everyone I met playing go had a trust fund, I would probably not love it so much, coming from a dirty farm town and an undersized stucco house. At a point in time, go was ‘highbrow’ but I think we should honor the fact that it used to be ‘highbrow’ and now we, as a society, have fixed that problem.”

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Arlington and Raleigh

Tue, 16/09/2014 - 02:00

September 20: Arlington, VA
NOVA Back to School Special
Gary Smith gary@novagoclub.org 703-254-6429

September 20: Raleigh, NC
Triangle Memorial Tournament
Bob Bacon bobbacon@earthlink.net 919-732-5184
Paul Celmer pcelmer@earthlink.net

Get the latest go events information.

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Updates: Turn-Based INGO Server Growing; Vancouver Go Group Meets Saturdays

Mon, 15/09/2014 - 16:39

Turn-Based INGO Server Growing: The International Network Go Organization (INGO) now has about 606 registered members from 24 regions playing nearly 2,000 games. The turn-based server was established in May 2011 and expanded to the US in 2012 (New Turn-Based Go Server Comes to U.S. 9/17/2012 EJ). Links to INGO and other TBG servers – as well as real-time servers – can be found on the AGA’s Internet Go page.

Vancouver Go Group Meets Saturdays: Austin Freeman has started up a small go group in Vancouver, Washington to teach people interested in learning go. The group meets Saturdays at the Cascade Park Library (next to Firstenburg Center) on Mill Plain and 136th/137th in Vancouver from 4-6pm (though Freeman’s often there as early as 1 or 2p). Reach Freeman at austinjfreeman@live.com.

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Phil Straus Wins OGS SDK Tourney

Sun, 14/09/2014 - 23:27

Phil Straus won the Online-Go.com SDK Round Robin tournament that ran February 3 through September 1. Straus, 3k on OGS, swept the 8-player field with seven wins and 21 points. Mpopovic 12k was second with 5 wins and 14 points. OGS allows both turn-based and real time play; this was a turn-based tournament. In turn-based play, players make a move, opponents are notified via email and have a set time in which they must respond. This tournament had time limits of about  one day per move. Click here for info on other OGS tournaments.

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