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Remembering John Goodell, American Go Pioneer

AGA news - Fri, 07/08/2015 - 20:48

Curious to see how go might be played without a center point, John Goodell didn’t just theorize about it; he produced 3,000 go sets sans center point. They didn’t catch on, but Goodell’s lifetime of promoting the game earned him the American Go Association’s first Edward Lasker Distinguished Service Award in 2002; he died in 2004 at the age of 94. A longtime St Paul resident, he’s been honored this week at the US Go Congress with a prominent display of memorabilia celebrating his life as a go player and promoter.

Goodell (second from right) learned the game in the mid-1950′s while doing customer research for a department store. His idea was to see if board games would help elicit more reliable information from customers. Although that didn’t work, he became deeply involved with go, leading the US team to the second World Amateur Go Championships in Japan in 1964, as well as serving as president of the AGA from 1962 to 1964. Perhaps most famously, he once imported two tons of go stones and distributed them across the country.

John Goodell said that go is “almost like meditation. When you play go, the world goes away.” And though he played the game for more than half a century, he never entered a tournament, where “You play to win; but winning and losing is of almost no consequence.”

A St Paul documentary filmmaker, Goodell was nominated for an Academy Award in 1974 for “Always a New Beginning.”

Click here for more information about the history of the American Go Association.

Categories: World news

Congress Videos Posted, Drawing Viewers

AGA news - Fri, 07/08/2015 - 18:21

Nearly twenty videos from the US Go Congress have been posted so far on the AGA’s YouTube channel as part of the E-Journal’s expanded coverage this year. They include Crazy Go, Lightning Tournament, US Open Masters Rd6: Tong Yulin 4p vs Mark Lee 7d, US Open Masters Rd 5: Cao Youyin 3p vs Tong Yulin 4p live commentary by Cho Hyeyeon 9p, and USGC 2015 – Wang Chen 7d interviewed by Kevin Hwang. The videos have been extremely popular, usually with well over 100 viewers for the live streams and some of the videos have now been viewed over 2,000 times.

Categories: World news

New shodan, new players at Cape Town Go club

South Africa* - Wed, 05/08/2015 - 06:48
Congratulations to Lloyd Rubidge, who was recently promoted to 1d after good results in the 2015 Winter League tournament. The Cape Town club also welcomes a bunch new players (some old, some visiting): Charles Rigby 20k Gareth Priede 6k Michael Rapson 10k Magnus Lordan 2k (a visitor from Germany) Matthew Cherry 19k

2015 Samsung Cup World Division Draw

South Africa* - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 12:31
The draw for the world division has been published. Victor Chow has received a bye into round two
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