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Your Move/Readers Write: Life-Lessons of Go; Did Go Save Edward Lasker’s Life?

AGA news - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 13:00

Life-Lessons of Go: “If life is a game of go. I wish I (could) place my first move again.” (Go Spotting: “Go Stone” Tweet 2/22 EJ) “And that is the life-lesson of go,” writes Terry Benson. “We don’t get to play our first stone again. As in sports, we have to ‘suck it up’ and look for the next best move with our mistakes glaringly in full view. Go ‘is’ life.”

Did Go Save Edward Lasker’s Life? “What I find most remarkable about Lasker’s story (Go Spotting: Lasker’s “Chess Secrets I learned from the Masters” 2/23 EJ) is that one can argue that go saved Lasker’s life,” writes Vernon Leighton. “Out of college, Lasker worked for a multinational German corporation. He wanted to be transferred to the Japan unit so that he could study go. His company said that he had to be fluent in English to work in Japan. He got a transfer to England to work on his English. WWI broke out and he was jailed as an enemy national. He was transferred to the United States, where he settled and lived the rest of his life. Had he not been in England, he might have been drafted into the German army and killed in a trench in France. Therefore, go may have saved his life.”
photo from LIFE Magazine 18 May 1942

Categories: World news

Ireland victorious once again

Irish Go Association - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 22:39

Ireland have heroically secured their first victory in the PGETC with a fabulous triumph over Portugal.

Team captain James Hutchinson started the rout with a comfortable win by default, before number 1 board Ian Davis stormed to victory. John Gibson secured the win in a bloody game with many dead groups. Finally, Tiberiu Gociu managed to exploit the aji in his opponent’s large moyo to secure a fabulous 4-0 victory.

Results here

Next up, the mighty Cyprus.

Categories: World news

Vaesteraas Open 2015

Euro Go TV - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 04:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Tue 24 February 2015

Kido Cup 09-2015

Euro Go TV - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 04:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Tue 24 February 2015

Team Championship of Izhevsk 09-2015

Euro Go TV - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 04:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Tue 24 February 2015

36. Bonner Go-Turnier 09-2015

Euro Go TV - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 04:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:14 Mon 23 February 2015

Announcement of the International Iwamoto Awards 2015

Euro Go TV - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 04:17
Author: egcc on 22:37 Sun 22 February 2015

Iwamoto Awards Go Global

AGA news - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 02:00

The 2015 edition of the Iwamoto Awards has gone global. “Thanks to internet and social media, the world has become smaller, so we think it is time to invite people on a global scale to submit go promotion projects,” says Harry van der Krogt of the European Go Centre, which organizes the awards, supported by the European Go Federation and the Nihon Ki-in. “So many people are trying so many things these days,” says AGA president Andy Okun, who’s serving on the awards jury. “I think it is great we are giving them rewards, encouragement and incentives to keep to at it.” Now called the World Wide Iwamoto Awards, the contest – with €2,000 in prizes — is named in honor of Iwamoto Kaoru, who devoted much of his career to promoting go around the world. The goal is to motivate go players “to think about how go can be promoted,” organizers say, so that “through the gathering and exchange of ideas it can lead to a higher quality of popularization of go all over the world.” A top prize of €1,000 will be awarded, and two “encouragement” prizes of €500 each will also be awarded; click here to see examples of previous winners. Deadline for submitting proposals is June 1, 2015; click here for criteria/rules and to apply online.

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Amy Su & Leon Lei Win 2014 AGF Scholarships, Topping Record Field

AGA news - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 01:30

The 2014 American Go Foundation College Scholarship winners are Amy Su of Bridgewater, New Jersey and Leon Lei of Bardonia, New York, AGF President Terry Benson announced. “We had nine applicants this year, more than ever, and all of them worthy candidates,” Benson said. “For the first time, students included school-related assignments as part of their applications; one winner’s paper was favorably received at a regional competition. Another applicant tried to measure the impact of go instruction on school performance. It’s great to see students exploring the mathematical, psychological and other intricacies of go in their schoolwork.”

The AGF awards two scholarships of $1000 each year to ” high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the Go community,” according to the AGF website. College-bound US citizens are encouraged to apply in the fall by submitting an application form and an essay; the scholarships are awarded in November.

Amy Su 5D of Bridgewater NJ was already an experienced tournament competitor when at age 12 she “decided to change my relationship with go. Instead of playing for my own satisfaction, I chose to devote my time to teaching others about the game, to give them a chance to discover the art, and for me to pass on my enthusiasm for the game. I learned to teach by watching my mother [Feng Yun 9P] teach at her go school.”  After starting go classes in two different Chinese schools, Amy became active in The American Go Honor Society, where she is now serving as Promotion Head. “Teaching Go [has] given me leadership, mentoring, and speaking skills,” Amy wrote in her essay. “It taught me patience, and how to encourage others to learn. As a student, it taught me how to think and use logic. It changed me as a thinker, a dreamer, an artist.”

Leon Lei 10K learned go at the The Huaxia Chinese School in White Plains, NY from Ms. Tang Jie 4D.  After bitterly grieving his early losses, Leon “realized that much more can be gained from a lost game than an excess pile of teardrops,” going on to win his school’s tournament two years in a row. ” When he graduated from Chinese school, which had grown to more than 40 students, he stayed on as an assistant teacher, while also starting a club at his high school.  He also submitted a paper, “Go and Mathematics”, to The Greater New York Math Fair, where it gained entry into the second round of competition. Leon explored the question of how to calculate the number of possible go games, noting that it is far larger than commonly thought.  Many calculations only consider the number of possible arrangements of stones on the board, but he noted that the stones can also appear in any order; any single ending position accounts for thousands of possible games. Leon’s paper and other school-friendly resources are available on the AGF’s Lesson Plan Cooperative.

The AGF College Scholarship recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the Go community. Juniors and seniors who plan to attend college and believe they meet the criteria are encouraged to apply by November 1 of each year. Scholarships may be awarded to one male and one female applicant based on merit. “If we continue receiving so many applications of such high quality, we may need to increase the budget for scholarships,” Benson said. — reprinted from SENSEI: The American Go Foundation Newsletter. Click here to read other issues of Sensei. Subscribe for free at the bottom of this page.

Categories: World news

Go Spotting: Lasker’s “Chess Secrets I learned from the Masters”

AGA news - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 01:00

“When I was reading the book ‘Chess Secrets I learned from the Masters,’ Edward Lasker’s semi-autobiographical book, I found that weiqi/go is mentioned in the introduction and in the middle of the book,” writes Xinming Simon Guo. “To my surprise, his go story covers two and half pages in the 6-page introduction.” Lasker and a friend had learned go’s rules from a magazine. “To our amusement, the game was called a ‘competitor’ of chess,” Lasker writes. “But on closer examination we found the statement was well-founded, and we played Go at the slightest provocation.”

Categories: World news

Romanian Go Federation Youth Trophy - final 08-2015

Euro Go TV - Mon, 23/02/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 15:14 Fri 20 February 2015

The Nihon Kiin Summer Training Camp 2015!

Euro Go TV - Mon, 23/02/2015 - 14:17
Author: EuroGoTV-NK on 06:58 Wed 18 February 2015

Youth Moscow Grand-Prix, 1st Stage 08-2015

Euro Go TV - Mon, 23/02/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:23 Tue 17 February 2015

Youth Go Championship of Petrozavodsk 08-2015

Euro Go TV - Mon, 23/02/2015 - 14:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:22 Tue 17 February 2015

This Week’s Go Calendar: Arlington, Minneapolis, Monterey Park, Princeton

AGA news - Mon, 23/02/2015 - 14:04

February 28: Arlington, VA
NOVA Chinese New Year Tournament
Gary Smith gary@novagoclub.org 703-254-6429

February 28: Minneapolis, MN
Twin Cities Go Club Winter Open Tournament
Aaron Broege aaron.broege@gmail.com 612-384-8789

February 28 to March 1: Monterey Park, CA
Southern California Go Championship
Kevin Chao ocgoclub@aaace.us 949-616-4423
Jay Zheng jayzheng@aaace.us

February 28 to March 1: Princeton, NJ
New Jersey Open
Rick Mott rickmott@alumni.princeton.edu 609-466-3306
Paul Matthews paul@accelrat.com

Get the latest go events information.

Categories: World news

Hinoki Press Founder Chris Greene Dies

AGA news - Mon, 23/02/2015 - 02:40

Hinoki Press founder Chris Greene died last Friday. Greene, who had cancer, died at home in Libertyville, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Vicky, and his daughters, Melissa and Elizabeth. “I was lucky enough to work with Chris doing a little copy editing on some of Hinoki’s books, and found him to be a gentleman and a friend to the go community,” said AGA president Andy Okun. “The books he published represent a lasting contribution to the game and its enjoyment.”

A long-time go player, Greene started the go book publishing company in 2006 after retiring from his career as a programmer and published 18 go books before selling it late last year to Go Game Guru (Go Game Guru Buys Hinoki Press, Will Keep Titles in Print 11/12/2014 EJ). “Chris made an immense contribution to the body of English language go literature in a relatively short time,” said Go Game Guru’s David Ormerod. “He was incredibly modest about his achievements and stoic about his illness. When I last spoke to him, on Thursday, he was primarily concerned that the material that he’d worked hard to have translated and published in English remain available to future generations of go players. His motto for Hinoki Press was, ‘always carry a go book in your hand.’ We will miss our friend and fellow go player and will do everything we can to honor his wishes.”

Categories: World news

Announcement of the International Iwamoto Awards 2015

Euro Go TV - Mon, 23/02/2015 - 01:17
Author: egcc on 22:37 Sun 22 February 2015

Istanbul City Tournament 2015/03

Euro Go TV - Mon, 23/02/2015 - 01:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:22 Tue 17 February 2015

2. Lilly rapid open 08-2015

Euro Go TV - Mon, 23/02/2015 - 01:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:22 Tue 17 February 2015

496th Velika Gorica weekend go-tournament 08-2015

Euro Go TV - Mon, 23/02/2015 - 01:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:22 Tue 17 February 2015
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