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Professional slate for U.S. Go Congress shaping up

Ven, 10/05/2019 - 04:35

One of the main attractions of the annual U.S. Go Congress is expert coaching from professional players through game analyses, lectures, simultaneous games, and informal interaction. As in past years, the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean professional associations are all sending representatives to this year’s Congress, set for July 13-20 in Madison, WI. The Chinese Weiqi Association will be sending Tianfeng Fang (8p), Heyang Zhou (9p), and Zhe Li (6p). The Kansai-kiin will be sending Ysuhiro Nakano (9p) “and we expect the Nihon-kiin to send two professionals to lead the Teachers’ Workshop,” says Congress Director Dave Weimer. The Korea Baduk Association is planning on sending two professionals as well.

The AGA expects a number of professional players based in North America to participate, as well. “Renowned teacher Yilun Yang (7p; photo) has already registered, along with our Yoonsung Kim (5p) and Cathy Li (1p) who will be joining us from Canada,” says Weimer.

In-seong Hwang (7d) will again do his four-lecture series. “We also note that the retired but ever popular Hajin Lee (4p) will be attending,” Weimer added.

photo: Yilun Yang at the 2018 US Go Congress; photo by Phil Straus

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Registration open for 46th Maryland Open

Ven, 10/05/2019 - 04:25

The 46th Maryland Open is coming up on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26. The longest running tournament in the nation, many go players use it to prep for the annual U.S. Go Congress, coming up in July. The event – held at the Catonsville Senior Center — includes five rounds, three on Saturday, two on Sunday. “Come for one day or both!” say organizers. So far, 16 players, ranging from 23 kyu to 6 dan have already registered.

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AGF launches professional matching program

Gio, 09/05/2019 - 20:45

The American Go Foundation (AGF) is launching a new matching funds program for visiting professional workshops.  Modeled on a previous, but long defunct AGA program, the new grant encourages established go programs to take advantage of the professional go players residing here in America, both those certified by the AGA and by foreign organizations. The AGF will pay 50% of the cost, up to $1,500 per program, for locations that bring a Pro out to teach. Travel, lodging, and professional fees are all eligible for reimbursement. Each location may request funding up to the $1,500 limit. AGF programs and AGA Chapters are both eligible for this grant. Requests will be considered on a first come first serve basis up to a cap of $15,000 for the year. To view a list of professionals living in the US, visit the AGA Professionals page. To apply for matching, email the AGF at mail@agfgo.org.-Paul Barchilon, AGF Vice President. Photo: Yilun Yang at a 2008 workshop at the Boulder Kids and Teens Go Club.

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The Power Report: Murakawa takes Judan title; Ke Jie wins new tournament; Takao wins 1,000 games

Mer, 08/05/2019 - 03:04

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Murakawa takes Judan title:
The third game of the 57th Judan title match was held at the Kuroyon Royal Hotel in Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture, on April 11. In the second game (March 29), Murakawa had finally put an end to a losing streak of 13 games against Iyama, but the following week Iyama had reasserted his supremacy with a win in the Meijin League (details in our last report), so this was an important game for Murakawa. Early in the game, Murakawa made an oversight, letting Iyama take the lead in territory. However, Iyama also went wrong, making a forcing exchange based on an oversight. He then played aggressively, but for once his policy of always playing the strongest move backfired. The above-mentioned dubious exchange handicapped him in a large-scale fight that broke out, so he had to resign after 151 moves. This is only the second time Murakawa has taken the lead in a title match with Iyama.
The fourth game was played on April 18. Taking white, Murakawa won by resignation after 226 moves, so he won his first Judan title and his second top-seven title (he won the 62nd Oza title in 2014, beating Iyama 3-2). This game was played at the Kansai headquarters of the Nihon Ki-in in Osaka on March 19. There was an interesting start to the game: Iyama played his first move on the 3-3 point and Murakawa immediately did the same in the opposite corner. That did not lead to a territorial contest, however, as the game was marked by continuous fighting. It featured an unresolved ko fight in the opening, that is, a potential ko that neither side could start until they were sure of their ko threats. Murakawa eventually started it on move 100 and ignored Iyama’s ko threat. After hectic middle-game fighting, the outcome was decided by a much bigger ko fight; it was a big white group at stake, but White had good ko threats, so he also won this fight. Black’s compensation was inadequate, so Iyama resigned. Murakawa had turned his losing streak into a winning streak.  “Before when I won a title,” Murakawa said, “I was lazy after that, so this time I’m going to be serious and study to get stronger.” The Judan prize is 7,000,000 yen (about $63,000). It is the last of the top seven open titles. (It used to be ranked fourth when the prize money was 15,000,000 yen. It was reduced as of the 51st term.)
This loss leaves Iyama with “just” four titles: Kisei, Honinbo, Oza, and Tengen. It also puts a third simultaneous grand slam out of reach for some time. Incidentally, this was the last title match of the Heisei era, which yielded to the Reiwa era on May 1.

Ke Jie wins new tournament: The first Japan-China-Korea Ryusei tournament was held in the Ryusei Studio, located in the basement of the Nihon Ki-in, from April 11 to 13. This is where the Go and Shogi Channel, which sponsors the Ryusei tournament, makes many of its go programs. The new tournament is for the holders of the Ryusei titles in the above-mentioned three countries and follows the NHK format (30 seconds per move plus ten minutes thinking time to be used in one-minute units) and is an irregular knock-out. Previously it was the China-Japan Ryusei Play-off, but recently a Korean Ryusei tournament was also founded, so it has become a three-way play-off. The tournament started well for Japan, with Ichiriki Ryo 8P defeating Ke Jie 9P of China, who is one of the world’s top two, but Ke survived the play-off with Kim Jiseok 9P of Korea and took revenge on Ichiriki in the final. The tournament proceeded as follows.
Round 1 (April 11). Ichiriki (W) beat Ke by resig.
Round 2 (April 12). Ke (W) beat Kim Jiseok 9P (Korea) by resig.
Round 3 (April 13). Ke (W) beat Ichiriki by resig.
It’s hard for a knock-out among three players to be fair. The players in the first game get two chances, but the player seeded into the second game gets no second chance if he loses.

Takao wins 1,000 games: Takao Shinji 9P scored his 1,000th win on April 18 when he beat Onishi Kenya 3P in Preliminary A of the 75th Honinbo tournament (Takao had white and won by resig.). He is the 26th player to reach this mark. He has 468 losses, two jigo and one no-contest, for a winning record of 67.9%

Tomorrow: Shin Minjun wins 6th Globis Cup; China starts well in 9th Huanglongshi Cup; Nakamura Sumire makes pro debut; Gosei challenger: Ichiriki or Hane

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Member’s Edition: Guo Juan 5P on a High Dan Game

Mar, 07/05/2019 - 06:01

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Black: Amir Fragman 6d
White: Ofer Zivony 5d
Commentary: Guo Juan 5P
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the May 7, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal

Guo Juan 5P describes the background for this recent game between strong amateurs:

“This month I will write a little about the Israel Go Society and review one of their games.

“Many years ago at the World youth championship I met a group of enthusiastic young players from Israel, including Ali Jabarin and Amir Fragman. Ali is the first European pro. Today Ali has reached the 2p level and is becoming a very strong player, also making great results in Asia pro competitions. Although Amir changed his life direction, he stays active and has become a high level player. Ofer Zivony is one of the strongest players in Israel and a very talented player.

“Last year at the Pisa European congress I met them again. They have grown up and I was so happy to see these wonderful young guys! So here I was, visiting the Jerusalem tournament and seeing my little friends.

“The Israel Go society is not big by size, and many players learned go after watching Hikaru no Go. There is no go school, and except for Ali, there are no other pro teachers. But they have very strong players – I admire them.”

Guo Juan 5P is a popular go teacher based in Amsterdam. Check out her online go school, featuring recorded lectures and problems presented in a Spaced Repetition System. Here you will learn and remember correct play. And there’s a one month free trial!

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Member’s Edition: Yilun Yang’s April Easy Life and Death Puzzle

Mar, 07/05/2019 - 06:01

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Black to play. Note that the marked stone has only two liberties.
Published in the May 7, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

Yilun Yang 7P is one of the most popular go teachers in the US. You can reach him at yly_go@yahoo.com.

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Upcoming Go Events: Seattle, Tempe, Chandler, Raleigh, San Diego

Mar, 07/05/2019 - 00:42

May 11: Seattle, WA
Seattle Speed League – May!
Mike Malveaux programs@seattlego.org 206-545-1424

May 14: Tempe, AZ
Arizona AGA Rating Event
Bill Gundberg bill@azgoclub.org 480-831-5567

May 18: Chandler, AZ
Arizona AGA Rating Event
Bill Gundberg bill@azgoclub.org 480-831-5567

May 19: Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Spring Tournament
Bob Bacon bobbacon@earthlink.net 919-732-5184

May 19: San Diego, CA
2019 San Diego 13×13 Youth End-of-School Go Championship
Ted Terpstra ted.terpstra@gmail.com 619-384-3454
Hai Li zgds1102@sina.com

May 19: San DIego, CA
2019 Spring San Diego Go Club Soiree
Ted Terpstra ted.terpstra@gmail.com 619-384-3454

Get the latest go events information.

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Get Involved!

Lun, 06/05/2019 - 15:53

We here at the American Go Association do a lot of work for our members. We love doing it and we want to do more for you. We need your help. The AGA is looking for some good folks to help us out. There are a number of positions that we are currently looking for. If you think you would fit one of these roles please send us an email to volunteer@usgo.org. We’ve got a full list of open positions on our new Volunteer page. Here are two of the positions we’re actively looking for:

AGA Treasurer

Looking for someone with a minimum 2-3 years Accounting/CPA experience. Will assist the organization in day-to-day operations with members and chapters for payment issues. Person will help run reports for various administrators for operations activities. Person will work on tax documents yearly. This position has a two year commitment.

AGAGD Developer
Looking for a developer to assist with AGAGD programming and upgrades. Software is written in Django and CSS. Needs to also know some PHP and MYSQL for integration. Knowledge of docker/containers helpful.

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Hats on, as Justin Teng sweeps NGC Cinco de Mayo

Lun, 06/05/2019 - 00:23

Twenty six players turned out for the Cinco de Mayo/May the 4th Be With You Tournament at the National Go Center on Saturday. Sombrero winners were: High Dan – Justin Teng (6D) 4-0; Low Dan – Raymond Hong (3D) 3-1 (Raymond’s first visit to the NGC, a great showing); Single Digit Kyu – Chizuko Sento (6K) 4-0 (Chizuko was also a winner the night before at Pair Go/Paella night); Double Digit Kyu – Betsy Small (13K) 3-1.

The next tournament at the NGC will be the traditional Congress Tune-up in June, and Pair Go/Paella with Chris Garlock’s delicious paella will resume in September.

– report by Gurujeet Khalsa; photo by Jeff Fitzgerald

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Lake Mendota now ice free; time to register for U.S. Go Congress

Sab, 04/05/2019 - 22:18

Spring has arrived in Madison, Wisconsin, and thoughts turn to …go, reports 2019 U.S. Go Congress Director Dave Weimer. “Chairs are out on the lake-side terrace next to the site of the 2019 U.S. Go Congress, ready for go players to relax after their games,” Weimer tells the EJ. “Be sure to register during May to pay the early registration fee and reserve a ticket for the break day excursion to see the Milwaukee Brewers.” Click here for details.

photo by Dave Weimer

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Andy Liu and Mingjiu Jiang win 4th MLILY Cup Qualifier

Ven, 03/05/2019 - 05:07
In a 4-person double elimination, 3-round online tournament last weekend, Andy Liu and Mingjiu Jiang prevailed to become the North American representatives to the 4th MLILY Cup. The other players were Huiren Yang and Eric Lui. – Jeff Shaevel, TD
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Round 4 of the Transatlantic Team Championship this Sunday

Ven, 03/05/2019 - 04:56
Eric Lui 1P is challenging Mateusz Surma, who has already defeated three AGA players, in the 4th round of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship. The game will be played on KGS and live broadcast on Twitch on May 5 (Sunday), from 14:00 US Eastern Time. The live-streaming commentator will be Ali Jabarin 2P, one of the EGF team players, with Stephen Hu (a.k.a xhu) as a host.
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Nominations open for 2019 AGA Board elections

Ven, 03/05/2019 - 00:00
This year three American Go Association (AGA) regional Board of Director seats open for the Eastern, Western, Central regions. The current terms of office expire this September. If you know of someone who you believe would offer guidance and service to the AGA consider making a nomination. Nominations, including self-nominations may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides and must be received by June 15, 2019. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.
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New AGA Chapters for April 2019

Mer, 01/05/2019 - 14:53

The AGA is regularly asked for new chapters around the country. These are the newly registered chapters from April 2019:

Northeast Arkansas Go Club – Saturdays 1:30 – 4:00, Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, 315 W Oak, Ave, Jonesboro, AR – Check the Facebook page for up to date information!

 

Chapters can always update their current chapter through the AGA Membership Manager if they have changed.

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Elwyn Berlekamp, game theorist and coding pioneer, dies at 78

Mer, 24/04/2019 - 02:59

Elwyn Berlekamp, a UC Berkeley mathematician and game theorist whose error-correcting codes allowed spacecraft from Voyager to the Hubble Space Telescope to send accurate, detailed and beautiful images back to Earth, died April 9 at his home in Piedmont, California, from complications of pulmonary fibrosis.

A professor emeritus of mathematics and of electrical engineering and computer sciences, Berlekamp was 78.
One of his passions was the Asian game of Go, which he analyzed in the book Mathematical Go — one of the rare books on Go to be translated from English into Japanese, rather than vice versa. He focused on Go’s endgame, said mathematician and colleague David Eisenbud, and once challenged a top Japanese Go master to a series of endgames selected by Berlekamp. He beat the Go master in seven straight games, playing both sides of the board — white and black. “It was mathematics against intuition, and mathematics won,” said Eisenbud, director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI). “It was an impressive demonstration of which he was very proud.”
– excerpted from Berkeley News; read more about Berlekamp here.
photo: Berlekamp playing the game Amazons with Georg Menz in 2015. Menz was that year’s Berlekamp Postdoctoral Fellow at MSRI. (Photo courtesy of David Eisenbud)

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Mateusz Surma defeats William Shi, notching third win for EGF team

Lun, 22/04/2019 - 03:04
Mateusz Surma seems unstoppable. In the third round of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship, played on April 21 on KGS, Surma defeated AGA pro William Shi, extending his winning streak to three games. Surma defeated Calvin Sun 1P in the second round and Andy Liu 1P in the first round. The critical fight in the game with Shi began in the opening on the lower side, as Surma (white) attacked Shi’s weak group in the lower-left corner. Black’ move 51, an attachment at H3, was an intuitive shape point, but a better choice would have been to attach on the other side at K3. This mistake created a weak and heavy black group in the center. White capitalized on attacking this group, and black was unable to recover. The April 14 game with Sun started with a modern joseki in the upper right corner. Surma (black) built thickness towards the center, while Sun claimed some territory. As Sun moved to the lower side to reduce Surma’s influence, Surma started a complicated fight in the lower-left corner. The local fight spread quickly into the center. Surma used his thickness on the right side to attack white’s center groups. With two groups weak and floating, Sun couldn’t hold the territorial balance. He attempted to catch up, but in the process, lost a group and was forced to resign.

In the next round, Eric Lui will attempt to snap Surma’s winning streak; the game is set for May 5, starting at 14:00 US Eastern Time. The game will be played on KGS and live-streamed on Twitch. photo: Round 1 watch party at the Arizona Go Club; photo courtesy William Gundberg
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National Go Center takes game to DC Sakuri Matsuri festival

Dom, 21/04/2019 - 18:00

Saturday, April 13 “was a beautiful day on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC for the annual Sakuri Matsuri festival.” reports National Go Center Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa. The 15 volunteers from the NGC were busy from the time the gates opened until they closed, teaching and sharing go. Hundreds of festival-goers stopped by to sit and learn the rules and play their first game. The local go community has been teaching at the Sakuri Matsuri for over 15 years. “A big thanks to all our volunteers” says Khalsa, “and we look forward to being back again to enjoy the entertainment, food, culture, and fellowship of this great event.”
photo courtesy Gurujeet Khalsa

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2019 US Go Congress College Scholarship Application Now Open

Ven, 19/04/2019 - 19:15

University students can apply for a $200 AGF scholarship to the 35th US Go Congress in Wisconsin, Madison held July 13-20. Applicants must be aged 26 or younger and actively enrolled in college (rising students starting in Fall 2019 and recent graduates in Spring 2019 are also eligible). Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply. After filling out the application, applicants should email proof of enrollment to youth@usgo.org and the application will be reviewed within three days. If approved, additional instructions will then be sent on claiming the scholarship. Interested applicants should not register for the US Go Congress until his or her application status has been received. There are a total of 25 scholarships available first-come first-serve with 20 allotted to US students and 5 for Canada/Mexico students, so apply soon to claim one! – Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator.  Photo: University of Maryland Go Club by Jack de la Beaujardiere

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Teacher of the Year nominations due May 7th

Gio, 18/04/2019 - 22:28

Nominations for the American Go Foundation’s  Teacher of the Year award are due by May 7th. Presented each year at the U.S. Go Congress, the award  recognizes an outstanding American teacher. The winner  will receive an all expenses paid trip to the US Go Congress.  To be eligible a teacher must be a member of the AGA and have been teaching go to children  for at least one hour a week for two years. There are new eligibility criteria this year, and the award is now open to other kinds of teachers as well.  Click here for more information.  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, including yourself, email mail@agfgo.org.  Nominations are due by May 7th and should include a description of the teacher’s activities,  how long they have been teaching, and how many students attend their program. – Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo:  2018 AGF Teacher of the Year Ted Terpstra surrounded by a few of his many students.

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Member’s Edition: Yuan Zhou on the Bailing Cup Final

Mar, 16/04/2019 - 06:01

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White: Ke Jie 9P, China
Black: Shin Jinseo 9P, Korea
Commentary: Yuan Zhou 7d
Game editors: Bill Cobb, Myron Souris
Published in the April 16, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

In this 2nd game of the title match of the 4th international invitational Bailing Cup, both Ke Jie 9p and Shin Jinseo 9p start out peacefully for almost 40 moves. Then the game instantly turns very complicated.

Yuan Zhou gives this background for the players: “In recent times both players have been rated number one in their countries. Shin was still 19 at the time of this game. Ke Jie is 3 years older. Ke Jie won the first game of this best of 3 games match. Ke Jie is particularly talented at playing White.”

Yuan Zhou 7 dan is one of the strongest players in the US. He has won many titles. Zhou is also a popular teacher, lecturer, and author. He lives in Germantown, MD, and can be reached at yuan.zhou@zhouyuan.com . This commentary is typical for Zhou, who has published several books, including such thorough commentaries of pro games at Slate & Shell (www.slateandshell.com).

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