Twenty Turn Out For Twin Cities Tournament

Twenty American Go Association members turned out for the AGA ratings tournament held in the Twin Cities (MN) this past weekend. “We were extremely pleased with the turnout,” reports Tournament Director Aaron Broege. The players ranged in strength from 3 dan to 19k. Leading the tournament with at least three wins each were Michael Albert 14k, Mark Gerads 10k and Nqua Xiong 3k. Players with “notable endurance for playing the most games” were Bo Hessburg 3k, 6 games; Matt Mayer 4k, 5 games and Nqua Xiong 3k, 5 games. photo: Peter Hansmeier 3d playing against Peter Nelson 3d; Hansmeier won by just 1.5 points. photo by Aaron Broege

via American Go E-Journal http://www.usgo.org/news/2013/10/twenty-turn-out-for-twin-cities-tournament/

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AGA On-Line Games Off To A Promising Start

AGA On-Line Games are off to a promising start since opening on October 1. “This program offers players an opportunity to play seriously but with a minimum of formality with a wide range of players of different strengths and styles,” says organizer Bob Gilman. “The simuls with AGA volunteers 4 dan and above offer a chance to test yourself and to see techniques and board vision that you may not ordinarily see in your games.” Registration remains open. For the self-paired tournament, there are 50 players now registered, with the following distributions: 1d-9d: 10; 1k-5k: 20; 6k-10k: 7; 11k+: 10; no tournament rating yet assigned: 3.

Tthrough October 26th, 37 players have participated in simuls with AGA volunteers ranked 4 to 7 dan. The simuls are held in the AGA Community Room on KGS. Upcoming simuls are posted in the AGA events calendar. The full schedule is available here.

via American Go E-Journal http://www.usgo.org/news/2013/10/aga-on-line-games-off-to-a-promising-start/

Upcoming European Tournament: London Open Go Congress

LOGCThe 40th Annual London Open Go Congress will take place December 28-December 31 at the International Student House in London. The top three places will receive cash prizes and additional prizes will be offered to the winners of the Lightning and Pair Go tournaments. For players who register before December 15, the entry fee is 47 GBP. Students receive a 5 GBP discount and juniors (under 18) can play for 27 GBP. Players must register before December 15 to receive these prices as the fees will increase for players who register on or after December 15. Additionally, all players can receive discounted rates should they choose the International Students House for their accommodations. Players who stay at ISH will also receive a continental breakfast voucher and free wifi. To register or for more information including the full schedule, rules, and current registered players, visit the official London Open Go Congress website.
— Annalia Linnan; for complete listings, check out the European Tournament Calendar; photo courtesy of London Open Go Congress

via American Go E-Journal http://www.usgo.org/news/2013/10/upcoming-european-tournament-london-open-go-congress/

Justin Teng Wins NOVA Pumpkin Classic

Justin Teng 6d celebrated his birthday by winning the annual NOVA Pumpkin Classic on October 27 with a 4-0 score. Other divisional winners in the 20-player field were: Nathan Epstein 2k, Edward Lane 7k, Anderson Barreal 10k, and Sarah Crites 19k. Taking second in their divisions were: Ray Hunley 1d, Yukino Takehara 1k, Robert Ehrlich 5k, Garrett Smith 9k, and Bob Crites 9k. All winners took home the traditional pumpkin.
– report/photo by Gurujeet Khalsa, Tournament Director

via American Go E-Journal http://www.usgo.org/news/2013/10/justin-teng-wins-nova-pumpkin-classic/

Evan Cho Wins 2013 Cotsen Open in Thrilling Win Over Andy Liu

Beumgeon (Evan) Cho defeated Zhi Yuan (Andy) Liu in an edge-of-the-seat nailbiting Round 5 victory on Sunday to win the 2013 Cotsen Open. The thrilling last-round contest between the two undefeated players drew a crowd in the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles as well as online where observers watched Myungwan Kim 9P’s live analysis of the game. In third place was Won Sik Lee, Eric Lui took 4th place, Calvin Sun 5th and Andrew Lu 6th. Santa Monica won the $1,000 Club Champion prize, Orange County was second and Tucson third. In other division results, Anders Kierulf won Division A (4d-3d), Daniel Alvira won Division B (2d-1d), Jung Kang won Division C (1-5k), Gary Huang won Division D (6-11k) and Charles Polkiewicz won Division E (12k+). photo: Cho (left) with tournament sponsor Eric Cotsen; report/photo by Chris Garlock

2013.10.27_CotsenRd4Bd1_WonSikLee-BeomgeunCho-HajinCommentary
2013.10.27_CotsenRd4Bd2_AndyLiu-EricLui
2013.10.27_CotsenRd4Bd3_DeukChang-RuiWang

2013.10.27_CotsenRd5Bd1_BeomgeunCho-AndyLiu-MyungwanKimCommentary
2013.10.27_CotsenRd5Bd2_JuyongKo-WonSikLee
2013.10.27_CotsenRd5Bd3_EricLui-AriSaito

2013.10.27_Cotsen-pro-pro_WangQun-YilunYang

 

via American Go E-Journal http://www.usgo.org/news/2013/10/evan-cho-wins-2013-cotsen-open-in-thrilling-win-over-andy-liu/

Cotsen Guaranteed Through 2017; Korean Baduk Cup Planned for 2014; Cotsen Top-Board Game Records

Before a single stone had been played at this weekend’s Cotsen Open in Los Angeles, two announcements drew sustained and resounding applause from the 140 gathered players. First was tournament sponsor Eric Cotsen’s confirmation that “funding has been secured for the next four Cotsen Opens,” guaranteeing the return of the popular annual event through 2017. The second was Asian Go Federation (AGF) President Dae-won Suh’s announcement that plans are in the works for a Korean Baduk Cup in spring 2014, to be held, like the Cotsen, at the Korean Cultural Center. “I wish you all the best of luck,” said a beaming Suh. “Now let’s play baduk!” And with that, a day of fierce competition commenced over three hotly-contested rounds, broken only by a lunch break for free tacos from the food truck conveniently parked in the KCC parking lot, enabling players to enjoy a tasty lunch beneath clear Southern California skies before returning to the boards inside. Hundreds who could not attend the tournament followed the action live on KGS where the E-Journal team broadcast top boards, with pro commentaries on selected games (see below for game records). The tournament continues Sunday with a pro-pro game on KGS starting at 8a PST between Yilun Yang 7p and Wang Qun 8p, followed by the final two rounds of the Cotsen. photo collage: top right: Haijin Lee 3p reviews a player’s game; bottom right: spectators gather around one of the top boards; bottom left: two masseuses — one of the Cotsen’s unique features — work their way through the field; top left: longtime go author Richard Bozulich (at left, talking to AGA President Andy Okun) dropped by for a brief visit Saturday morning while in town from Japan on a business trip. photo at left: Cotsen staff play a casual game.
Report, photos & collage by Chris Garlock

Game Records
Round 1
2013.10.26_CotsenRd1Bd1_Beomgeun Cho-Yixian Zhou
2013.10.26_CotsenRd1Bd2_Andy Liu-Wayne Cheng-Haijin Lee Commentary
2013.10.26_CotsenRd1Bd3_Won Sik Lee-Izuki Matsuba

Round 2
2013.10.26_CotsenRd2Bd1_Beomgeun Cho-Ari Saito-Yilun Yang Commentary
2013.10.26_CotsenRd2Bd2_Andy Liu-Gus Price
2013.10.26_CotsenRd2Bd3_Won Sik Lee-Rui Wang

Round 3
2013.10.26_CotsenRd3Bd2_Andy Liu-Juyong Ko
2013.10.26_CotsenRd3Bd3_Yunxuan Li-Won Sik Lee 

via American Go E-Journal http://www.usgo.org/news/2013/10/cotsen-guaranteed-through-2017-korean-baduk-cup-planned-for-2014/

KABA Opens First Overseas Branch at Korean Go Club in LA

It takes a lot to get the guys at the Korean Go Club in Los Angeles to stop playing. Their moves are fierce and the concentration is total. But on Friday, they put down their stones and looked up from their boards as Dae-won Suh, President of the Asian Go Federation (AGF) and Vice President of the Korean Amateur Baduk Association (KABA) and Dalsoo Kim, Secretary General of the AGF announced that the club — an AGA chapter — will be the first overseas branch of KABA.

The United States was chosen because of the ongoing collaboration between the Korean and American go communities, especially last year’s inauguration of the US pro system through the Tygem-AGA Pro Tournament. “This is just the fifth professional go system in the world,” said an obviously proud Suh, who’s also a former Korean Ambassador. “We very much hope it will prosper.” And Los Angeles was selected because “it has the largest Korean population outside of our country,” he added. Another connection is the Korean Cultural Center, which this weekend is hosting the Cotsen Open for the second year. “We’re very glad that the KCC can host this tournament again this year and hope that it will help discover new talents,” Suh said.

Ambassador Suh also noted that “there were lots of Korean professionals at this year’s U.S. Go Congress,” adding that the Korean Baduk Association (the professional player’s association in Korea) and KABA “have committed to supporting the U.S. go scene,” including training like that offered by Myung-wan Kim 9P, who beamed quietly in the back of the Korean Go Club as the officials made their remarks. “All of this, we hope, will help promote go in the United States,” said Suh.

AGA President Andy Okun welcomed the move and called KGC organizer Gary Choi “a real friend to the go community and the AGA for a very long time,” and thanked the club’s players “for being so welcoming when we come here and for supporting AGA events like the Cotsen.” Okun also extended an enthusiastic welcome and congratulations to KABA’s new branch, saying that “LA is the right place” for this step.

Korean Consul General Yeonsung Shin closed the brief ceremony — which was also attended by Hajin Lee 3p, Chosun Daily reporter Hongryal Lee, Cyberoro reporter Kim Soo Kwang, KABA staffer Jong-geun Lee and 2015 Go Congress organizer Josh Larson — by announcing that he and Ambassador Suh are interested in working with the AGA to organize a Consul’s Cup and Shin, Suh and Okun could later be seen discussing plans. But first Okun was invited to take on Kim Younghwan 9p — the “Younghwan Wizard” — who quickly demonstrated his ability to give more handicap stones to amateur players than any other pro, and still win.
– report/photos by Chris Garlock

via American Go E-Journal http://www.usgo.org/news/2013/10/kaba-opens-first-overseas-branch-at-korean-go-club-in-la/

Reader feedback on “Capture Go”

In last week’s EJ, Memphis organizer Jay Jayaraman described his use of “Capture Go” as a standalone in his teaching program, rather than as a “gateway to go.” He calls the game he teaches “go,” a practice that veteran organizer Jean DeMaiffe, a graduate of Yasuda Sensei’s International Go Teacher Certification Program,  questions:

“I am wondering if there is a typographical error in  last week’s ‘Capture Go’ story, when Mr. Jayaraman says, ‘We call the game we teach go, not Capture Go.’ Surely the organizers are going to call their game ‘Capture Go’ or better still, as Yasuda-sensei calls it, ‘The Capture Game’.  I have taught ‘The Capture Game’ as part of my Go curriculum for years and can readily attest to the importance of clearly differentiating between the goals of the two games.  After learning to play capture, most of my students consistently need to be refocused on capturing territory, rather than just stones.Thanks for your help in setting one or more of us straight on this issue.”
Jayaraman responds:

“Our curriculum is meant to serve less as an introduction to regulation go than as an in-depth introduction to the underlying principles of the game. These include the basic rules of stone placement, liberties (which we call ‘escape routes”‘, and capturing, as well as the traditions of the game like etiquette, problem study, and history. Capture Go is especially  well-suited for this purpose. Capture Go is an accessible and engaging short-form version of go, anyone can learn its simple rule-set, and it has enough innate complexity to be challenging to any age group.

“Our use of the term ‘go’ is also rooted in some practical considerations. Our program is primarily focused on equipping teachers with no prior knowledge of go with the skills, supplies, and support to be able to introduce their students to the game. In many cases these classes may be the only time they ever hear of the game. For those whose interest in regular go is sparked, however, they and their families will be familiar enough with the game to seek out more information about it, and hopefully utilize the existing resources in our community, like the Memphis Go Club or the introductory regulation go workshops the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis offers.  For these students who pursue it, the precise name of the specific rule variation that first set them on the path of go will probably be inconsequential.

“Our curriculum’s primary purpose is to develop the critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative communication skills of the students our instructors reach. Our secondary purpose is introduce go to the widest possible audience, and in doing so instill in these students an experiential understanding of Asian culture. Fostering public interest through Capture Go is important for the go community as a whole, and we hope that our ideas create some ‘aji’ for further discussion and development.”

 

Our curriculum is meant to serve less as an introduction to regulation go than as an in-depth introduction to the underlying principles of the game. These include the basic rules of stone placement, liberties (which we call “escape routes”), and capturing, as well as the traditions of the game like etiquette, problem study, and history. Capture Go is especially  well-suited for this purpose. Capture Go is an accessible and engaging short-form version of go, anyone can learn its simple rule-set, and it has enough innate complexity to be challenging to any age group.

Our use of the term “go” is also rooted in some practical considerations. Our program is primarily focused on equipping teachers with no prior knowledge of go with the skills, supplies, and support to be able to introduce their students to the game. In many cases these classes may be the only time they ever hear of the game. For those whose interest in regular go is sparked, however, they and their families will be familiar enough with the game to seek out more information about it, and hopefully utilize the existing resources in our community, like the Memphis Go Club or the introductory regulation go workshops the CIUM offers.  For these students who pursue it, the precise name of the specific rule variation that first set them on the path of go will probably be inconsequential.

Our curriculum’s primary purpose is to develop the critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative communication skills of the students our instructors reach. Our secondary purpose is introduce go to the widest possible audience, and in doing so instill in these students an experiential understanding of Asian culture. Fostering public interest through Capture Go is important for the go community as a whole, and we hope that our ideas serve as “aji” for further discussion and development.

 

via American Go E-Journal http://www.usgo.org/news/2013/10/reader-feedback-on-capture-go/

Cotsen Open Today in LA; Still Time to Play or Watch Live on KGS

The food truck and masseuses are confirmed, the boards and clocks have been set up and the Koreans professionals await the arrival of players at the 2013 Cotsen Open in Los Angeles, CA today, one of the most competitive tournaments outside the annual U.S. Go Congress. Registration opens at 8a sharp at the Korean Cultural Center (5505 Wilshire Blvd) and walk-ins are welcome to compete for thousands in individual and club prizes. The tournament fee is completely refundable for players attending both days (three rounds Saturday and two rounds Sunday), and the lunches are free both Saturday and Sunday. For those unable to attend, follow the top-board action LIVE on KGS as the American Go E-Journal team broadcasts games on the USGO accounts, and look for updates on the AGA website as well as in daily EJ updates. photo: setting up Friday at the Cotsen; report/photo by Chris Garlock

via American Go E-Journal http://www.usgo.org/news/2013/10/cotsen-open-today-in-la-still-time-to-play-or-watch-live-on-kgs/

Go Spotting: Distinguishing Between Skill and Luck on LinkedIn

“How often do you gamble on behalf of your company?” wonders Bill Pieroni, Global Chief Operating Officer at Marsh in his October 11 post on LinkedIn. “It probably occurs more often than you think. The outcomes of most actions are often dependent on a combination of skill and luck. Skill involves impacting the outcome in a purposeful and measurable way. Luck dominates when an outcome is based on random, uncontrollable factors. It is useful to think about skill and luck on a continuum. For example, Wéiqí, a game of strategy, is dominated by skill, while winning the lottery is based on luck.”

via American Go E-Journal http://www.usgo.org/news/2013/10/go-spotting-distinguishing-between-skill-and-luck-on-linkedin/