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Young Lions Nov. 22-23

AGA news - Tue, 04/11/2014 - 00:29

The Young Lions Tournament, hosted by the American Go Honor Society (AGHS), will take place on November 22 and 23 in the AGHS Tournaments Room on KGS. The first round will begin at 1 pm EST, and the second round at 4 pm EST. The second day will follow the same schedule. “This tournament is one of the biggest youth go events in America,” says AGHS Promotion Head Amy Su, “young go players will fight tooth and claw to emerge on top, will you be the one to lead the pride this year?” Anyone 18 or under may participate, and there will be prizes for the winners in multiple categories.  Visit the official Young Lions website for more information, to register fill out this form. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor

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Go to Innovation in Berlin

IGF - Mon, 03/11/2014 - 20:06

Go to Innovation is the name of a go tournament that will be held at the Wuhldeheide Innovation Park in southeast Berlin, November 14-16. True to its name, the tournament will feature an innovative eight-round Hahn system, which adds some new twists to the usual McMahon system. There will also be prizes ranging up to a thousand euros for first place, a jackpot for winning eight games, and free draught beer on the 15th.

The list of registered players so far includes over twenty dan-level players (up to 7-dan) and over twenty kyu-level players (down to 18-kyu) with strong representation from Germany and Czechia. Some very strong players are also coming from Great Britain, Sweden, Austria, and Spain.
Further information is available in English here and here.

 

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This Week’s Go Calendar: San Francisco and Burlington

AGA news - Mon, 03/11/2014 - 14:24

November 8: San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Go Fall Tournament
Jay Chan jay@bayareago.org 909-618-8749
Steve Burrall sburrall@comcast.net 916-688-2858

November 9: Burlington, VT
Three Dragons Emerge from the River Go Tournament
David Felcan dfelcan@yahoo.com 802-860-9587

Get the latest go events information.

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Go Spotting: Destiny’s Go Gauntlets

AGA news - Mon, 03/11/2014 - 14:00

In the game Destiny once you hit Level 5 you can buy “Snakeline 4.5 gauntlets,” which are “tough, menacing, and I swear- make you unbeatable at Go.” Thanks to Michael Albert for passing this along, though he doesn’t say whether the gauntlets have actually made his go invincible.

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Kwon Kapyong 8P, Lee Sedol’s Teacher, Visits Feng Yun Go School

AGA news - Sun, 02/11/2014 - 15:12

Students at the Feng Yun Go School got a special treat last month when Kwon Kapyong 8P paid a visit. “Among other accomplishments, Mr. Kwon was Lee Sedol’s teacher,” reports Paul Matthews on the school’s website. “In fact, almost 20% of all Korean professional players were taught in his school.” Matthews reports that Feng Yun 9P “had a long talk with Mr. Kwon, and offered to help in his efforts to promote go in the United States.” They also discussed differences between teaching young students in Korea and in the United States. Parents in east Asian countries are willing to support their child in putting a lot of time into go study because there are more professional career opportunities there, American parents want to use go as an educational tool to train critical and logical thinking, problem solving, concentration, and good learning habits. The October 3 visit included a friendship match between six of Mr. Kwon’s students and the Parsippany students. Accompanying Mr. Kwon were Kim Young Ran, CEO of the Kwonkapyong International Baduk Academy, Joseph Sung, translator, and Kim Dae Yol, a very strong amateur player and go club entrepreneur in New Jersey.
photo: Kwon Kapyong 8p, Feng Yun 9p, and Joseph Shun are standing; Kim Dae Yol and one of Mr. Kwon’s stronger students are seated in the foreground.Click here to see more photos by Paul Matthews

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AGA Pizza Offer Brings Out Players in Long Island

AGA news - Sun, 02/11/2014 - 14:36

The Long Island Go Club on October 12 hosted a pizza party (more photos on our Facebook page) thanks to the AGA’s special October free pizza AGA Chapter Offer. AGA chapters in San Diego and the Twin Cities also hosted AGA pizza parties.

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Go Spotting: US Army War College Quarterly

AGA news - Sun, 02/11/2014 - 14:00

Once again, go is providing insights into US/China diplomacy. In the recent US policy of “rebalancing toward Asia,” Michael Spangler, writing in the Summer 2014 issue of Parameters, the US Army War College quarterly, suggests that “Another way to look at this is to imagine a Chinese game of weiqi, the popular Asian game of black-and-white pieces in which two opposing players strive to surround the other. China’s July 2012 establishment of Sansha City on Paracel Island seized by force from Vietnam in 1974 was the precursor of its new weiqi games with the Philippines and Japan.” In “Rebalancing the Rebalance,” Spangler, a visiting fellow at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA, adds that “It is key that Manila’s talks not give Beijing any preponderant advantage by isolating or leveraging the Philippines against other disputants. In other words, this weiqi-like diplomatic negotiation can be completed as China’s future negotiation partners consult with each other.”
Thanks to Don Travis, a historian at the War College, and a new go player at the Carlisle Go Club.

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Hiraoka Returns to WAGC

IGF - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:57

On the afternoon of September 21, 2014, Hiraoka Satoshi, three times amateur Honinbo and twice world amateur go champion, found himself facing a neurosurgeon. More precisely, he was facing Osawa Shinichiro, a member of the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery in the Graduate School of Medicine at Tohoku University. Between them was a go board, and they were about to play the game that would decide which of them would represent Japan at the 2015 World Amateur Go Championship in Thailand.

Hiraoka had been seeded into the 60-player selection knockout and given a bye in the first round, so he reached the final game by defeating only four opponents: a veteran from Chiba, a middle-school student from Fukuoka, an insei from the Kansai Kiin, and Mori Hironobu, another seeded player, who had played in the WAGC in 2007. Dr. Osawa, the amateur meijin of Miyagi, had entered at the first round and downed five opponents, including a former amateur Honinbo and an insei from Nagoya. Those were in addition to the opponents he had beaten in the Miyagi qualifying tournament. His appearance in the final game was no surprise; he has beaten professional opponents in the Agon Cup. The presence of insei among Hiraoka's and Osawa's opponents was a little unusual -- Japanese insei rarely take part in amateur tournaments -- but in any case, none of the insei reached even the semifinal round.

Instead, all four of the semi-finalists were in their thirties or forties, far past insei age. In contrast, the last eight world amateur go champions have all been in their teens or twenties. And none of them have been Japanese. Japan did rather well in the WAGC in the last decade of the 20th century, taking five championships against three for China and two for Korea, but since 2001 Japan has won the WAGC only once, and after Mori's third place in 2007, no Japanese player has finished higher than fifth.

The job of lifting Japan's sagging fortunes will fall to Hiraoka, for he beat Dr. Osawa by 9.5 points. Hiraoka was in his mid-twenties when he first won the WAGC in 1994, and in his mid-thirties when he won it again in 2006. Can the JR freight railwayman win another world championship in his mid-forties, or can he at least restore Japan to a place among the top four? We'll find out next summer.

- James Davies

 

 

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“Cartography” Puts Go on the Map

AGA news - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 20:45

Cartography is a new map-making, territory claiming, strategy game based on the game of go. Developed by Jon Adams, the game’s map is made up of interlocking triangular tiles, with walls that divide the map, allowing territory to be defended or captured. Players create and claim territory, and capture opponents, in an effort to control the map, which, like go, changes as you play. “Strategy is key and chance doesn’t determine the winner,” says Adams. Like go, “Cartography is easy to learn and challenging to master!” Adams has already raised over $14,000 of his $15,000 Kickstarter campaign to launch the game.
Thanks to Jeff Diamond for passing this along.

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Davis-Sacramento Club Featured on Local Network TV

AGA news - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 19:53

Members of the Davis/Sacramento Go Club were featured on the October 19th edition of the local CBS affiliate’s weekend morning show, Good Day. Willard Haynes (far left) gave host Cody Stark a quick tutorial on the game and Steve (at right) and Matthew Burrall were shown playing, as were club members Julie Burrall, Jeffrey Horn, Laura Holeman and Cameron Yu. Click here to see the 2:46m clip.

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Basaman & Yang Win in Wisonet

AGA news - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 13:14

Michael Basaman and Eric Yang topped a field of 11 at the October 25 Wisonet tournament. The one-day tournament held in the Quakerbridge Learning Center at Lawrenceville, New Jersey and included both “rated and non-rated games, multis, 9×9 and 13×13 games for the youths,” reports assistant director Shen Wan. “Everyone enjoyed the games and the pizza, thanks to AGA’s initiative for free pizza in October,” adds Shen.

Basaman was 3-0 in the dan section and Eric Yang was 4-0 in the kyu section.

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Two College Students From Americas To Get Free Trip To Japan

AGA news - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 01:36

With little competition so far for the two open slots, interested university and college students in the Americas have a good shot at getting to compete in the preliminary for the next World Students Go Oza Championship. Application deadline is Nov 16 and applicants must be under the age of 30. Click here for the entry formClick here to read more (Registration Open for World Students Go Oza Championship 10/22 EJ). 

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La Carboneria 44-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 11:17
Author: Newsbot on 20:15 Tue 28 October 2014

Pavol and Ali at the 11th Sankei tournament in Japan

Euro Go TV - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 11:17
Author: sandmann on 17:10 Mon 27 October 2014

First professional tournament for Pavol 1p and Ali 1p!

Euro Go TV - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 11:17
Author: sandmann on 14:58 Mon 20 October 2014

Exchange Match Japan vs. Europe

Euro Go TV - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 11:17
Author: sandmann on 20:38 Thu 23 October 2014

Silesian Cup 43-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 11:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Wed 22 October 2014

Krasnojarsk Championship 43-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 11:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Wed 22 October 2014

Indis (Inter-District Tournament) 43-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 11:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Wed 22 October 2014

Championship of Samara Region 43-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 11:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Wed 22 October 2014
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