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[Seattle Go Center] Pro Visit from Bian Wenkai

Dear Members,

 

Bian Wenkai, the young pro from the Nihon Ki-in, is now in Seattle.  He was a very friendly and patient teacher at the McDonald Go Club this afternoon. Bian Sensei started playing Go in Shanghai China when he was 5 years old.  His family moved to Japan when he was 8.  Later on, he got serious about Go, and became an insei when he was high school aged.

 

Here is his schedule at the Go Center:

 

Saturday, March 25: simultaneous games at 2 pm. ($10)

Sunday, March 26: Free lecture at 2 pm.  He will review two of his games.  The first game he played many years ago, and he lost by .5 point.  It is burned into his memory.  The second is a recent game from the young professional’s tournament.

Monday, March 27:  Nick’s Class, starting at 6:30.   Free Lecture for DDK players, and players up to 5 kyu, probably on tesuji.

Tuesday, March  28: Simultaneous games at 7. ($10)

 

Cheers,

Brian

 

 

Brian  Allen

General Manager, Seattle Go Center

Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West

700 NE 45th Street

Seattle WA  98105

206 545-1424 (Go Center)

206 370-1069 (Cell Phone)

206 632-1122 (Office at Home)

manager@seattlego.org (e-mail)

www.seattlego.org (website)

 

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[Seattle Go Center] SDK Tonight - Fun night, everyone welcome!

Hi all! Tonight we'll have a grab-bag of sorts: I'll put up the third round of the World Go Championship stream on the projector, and during slow moments between moves, we can go over anything you like - the previous two rounds of the WGC, reviews of your own games, opening/joseki/tesuji questions, life & death problems, whatever!

I'll open the Go Center from about 6:30pm until 9:00pm tonight, half an hour earlier than usual. Feel free to drop by tonight regardless of your strength!

Peter Nelson 5d

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[Seattle Go Center] Lucy Lu Wang elected to Board of Directors

Dear Members,

 

I am pleased to announce that Lucy Lu Wang was elected to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting yesterday.   Lucy has been a great volunteer for the Go Center, as a day manger on Thursday afternoons, at outreach events, and also as a Go teacher with Sonny Cho at the Northwest Chinese School in Bellevue.  In addition, she speaks Chinese, which is very helpful for the Go Center.  She is a graduate of MIT, now working on her PhD at UW.  Please welcome Lucy!

Dengda (Dan) Tang has finished his second three year term as Director of the Go Center, and is retiring from the Board.  We appreciate his steady support of the Go Center, and we hope that we will continue to see him at our tournaments and events.

 

Lee Anne Bowie and Bill Chiles were re-elected to the Board at the Annual Meeting.  At the Board of Directors meeting following the Annual Meeting, the officers were selected.  They are:

Lee Anne Bowie – continuing as President

Bill Chiles – continuing as Vice President

Hikojiro (Hiko) Katsuhisa – continuing as Treasurer.

Lucy Lu Wang - Secretary

 

By the way, the Seattle Go Center is a nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Washington.  Our formal name is the Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West.  We are governed by a 9 member Board of Directors.  Three Directors are elected each year by the yearly and lifetime members.  Our building is owned by a nonprofit in Japan, the Nihon Ki-in.  We have a long term management contract and lease with them for the use of the building.

 

Cheers,

Brian

 

 

Brian  Allen

General Manager, Seattle Go Center

Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West

700 NE 45th Street

Seattle WA  98105

206 545-1424 (Go Center)

206 370-1069 (Cell Phone)

206 632-1122 (Office at Home)

manager@seattlego.org (e-mail)

www.seattlego.org (website)

 

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[Seattle Go Center] Tuesday and World Go Championship

Dear Go Players,

 

We will be watching the 2nd day of the World Go Championship tomorrow evening at the Go Center, in addition to our regular Tuesday events.  The games start at 6:30 p.m. our time.   As I write this at 10:15 pm Monday, the first day games are still being broadcast on youtube.  There are two games.  At times, there is commentary in English by Michael Redmond, 9P and Antti Torman 1P.  At other times, the channel just shows the players of the games, or the boards themselves.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iohS6jbLOoA

 

Cheers,

Brian

 

 

 

Brian  Allen

General Manager, Seattle Go Center

Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West

700 NE 45th Street

Seattle WA  98105

206 545-1424 (Go Center)

206 370-1069 (Cell Phone)

206 632-1122 (Office at Home)

manager@seattlego.org (e-mail)

www.seattlego.org (website)

 

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[Seattle Go Center] DDK Monday: World Go Championship

Hey Everyone!
Tonight will be a special night, as our class meets during the same time as the starting round of the World Go Championship. This championship tournament features only 4 players; 3 of which are human and one AI. They are:

Mi Yuting (who we have spent the last couple classes talking about)
Park Junghwan (#1 Korean Player)
Iyama Yuta (#1 Japanese Player)
DeepZen

Brian Allen will be graciously providing a live feed to Michael Redmond's (9P) commentary on the games. I hope to see you there!

Nick Sibicky 4D
Double-Digit Kyu Class
6:30-8:30 PM Mondays
Seattle Go Center

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[Seattle Go Center] Annual Meeting Tomorrow, Sunday March 19 at 2 p.m.

Dear Members,

 

Here is a friendly reminder that the Annual Meeting of the Seattle Go Center will be on Sunday Afternoon, March 19, from 2 - 3 p.m. All members are welcome.  We will have a short slide show, including some images that we will never put on the internet.  There will also be snacks, and reports on the year, and elections to 3 board positions.  Donors to our Go board refinishing project will be asked to sign the backsides of our newly redone boards.

 

If you are a voting member of the Go Center (yearly or lifetime member), and you are not coming to this meeting, please give your proxy to a voting member who is coming to the meeting, so that we can make our quorum – that is, have enough members represented so that the meeting is legal.  You can do this by email.

 

Cheers,

Brian

 

Brian Allen Photo

 

4301 2nd Ave NE

Seattle, WA  98105

 

206 632-1122 (office at home)

206 370-1069 (cell)

 

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www.brianallenphoto.com

 

 

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[Seattle Go Center] Open today, Thursday May 16 2-9 pm

Dear Go Players,

 

The Go Center will be open today, Thursday,  from 2-9 pm as usual.  Dan player Chris Kirschner will be available for teaching games in the afternoon.  Our volunteers lead complicated lives, but I think we will have some other Go instructors there as well in the afternoon.  Larry Eclipse will be teaching beginners and advanced beginners in the evening, starting at 6:30.  Usually these are individual lessons or small group lessons.  This is a great opportunity if you want a regular weekly lesson.  The lessons are free, and your first 10 visits are free as well.

 

Cheers,

Brian

 

 

 

Brian  Allen

General Manager, Seattle Go Center

Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West

700 NE 45th Street

Seattle WA  98105

206 545-1424 (Go Center)

206 370-1069 (Cell Phone)

206 632-1122 (Office at Home)

manager@seattlego.org (e-mail)

www.seattlego.org (website)

 

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[Seattle Go Center] Tuesday Report

Dear Go Players,

 

Last Tuesday, it was very slow at the Go Center in the early afternoon, and it was still slow at 6:30 p.m.  Then everybody came at 6:35 p.m.  We had 35 players total, beginner to 5 dan.  English was the main language spoken but we also had players fluent in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French and German.

 

We will be open today, Tuesday, March 14,  from 1 to 10 p.m.  Chris K. will be baking bread.  Come visit!

 

Best,

Brian

 

 

Brian  Allen

General Manager, Seattle Go Center

Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West

700 NE 45th Street

Seattle WA  98105

206 545-1424 (Go Center)

206 370-1069 (Cell Phone)

206 632-1122 (Office at Home)

manager@seattlego.org (e-mail)

www.seattlego.org (website)

 

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[Seattle Go Center] Hurry Curry a Maybe today March 13

Dear Go Players,

Well another volunteer has been struck down by cold/flu, so I don't know if any host will be at Hurry Curry in South Lake
Union this evening. If you get there and nobody is playing Go, you can ask for the equipment at the register. Wishing
everybody better health....

Regards,
Brian

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[Seattle Go Center] Open tonight! 6:30pm Monday the 13th

Hi there all!

The Go Center will be open tonight for games and study and whathaveyou! I will also be doing game reviews for anyone with a game who is interested. No lecture tonight, Nick is sick and I didn't have enough time to write any new material.

Hope to see you there!


Cullen Mott (garden variety 1-Dan)
Double-Digit Kyu Class
Mondays 6:30-8:30 PM
Seattle Go Center

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[Seattle Go Center] Camping trip with Go, Aug 24 - 27

Dear Members,

 

Deborah and I have reserved a camping spot at Marble Creek Campground in the Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest in the North Cascades for the nights of Thursday Aug 24 – Saturday Aug 26.   We encourage other Go players to come car camp with us at this small Forest Service campground.  It has really big trees, and it is next to the Cascade River, which has nice gravel bars.  This is usually a quiet campground.

 

The campsites do not have potable water.  Water is available in the town of  Marblemount WA, on Rt 20, which is about 8 miles away.  There is a lot of excellent hiking in the area, some of it quite challenging.  Or you can laze about the campsite, and play Go.

 

Last I checked, there were two more campsites available for reservations.  They are $14/night, plus the cost of a pass that is good for Forest Service facilities.  Other sites will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Here is the link:

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/marble-creek-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73773

 

Come join us!

 

Brian

 

 

Brian  Allen

General Manager, Seattle Go Center

Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West

700 NE 45th Street

Seattle WA  98105

206 545-1424 (Go Center)

206 370-1069 (Cell Phone)

206 632-1122 (Office at Home)

manager@seattlego.org (e-mail)

www.seattlego.org (website)

 

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[Seattle Go Center] Pro Visit Events - March 23 - March 28.

Dear Members,

 

Let me remind you that Bian Wenkai, a young Nihon Ki-in pro who is fluent in both Chinese and Japanese, will be visiting Seattle March 23-28.   This trip has been generously sponsored by the Nihon Ki-in (of Japan).

 

We have scheduled a number of events for Mr. Bian.  All lectures will be in English, or they will be translated to English, and they will be free.  All simultaneous games will be $10.

 

Thursday, March 23.  Visit to McDonald Go Club

Saturday, March 25, 2:00 p.m., Simultaneous Games at Go Center

Sunday, March 26, 2:00 p.m., Lecture at Go Center (Topic to be announced.)

Monday, March 27, 6:30 p.m., Lecture to DDK class

Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m., Simultaneous Games at Go Center

 

As usual, these events are posted on our Google Calendar at:

http://www.seattlego.org/events/

 

Cheers,

Brian

 

 

Brian  Allen

General Manager, Seattle Go Center

Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West

700 NE 45th Street

Seattle WA  98105

206 545-1424 (Go Center)

206 370-1069 (Cell Phone)

206 632-1122 (Office at Home)

manager@seattlego.org (e-mail)

www.seattlego.org (website)

 

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Re: [ORE] House Guideline: Booster and Attacks

A Useful TK can still lift an aircraft carrier and drop it on an enemy, drop them from a great height, collapse a building on them, etc. and allow the normal rules for environmental damage, collisions, etc. to follow their natural course.

It doesn't have the instantaneous effect of straight Attacks damage, and may run afoul of Immunity powers or similar, but it's always an option. Summoning lava around someone may not be an Attacks set, but they still have to deal with lava pouring down around them.

IIRC there's a sidebar about "dangerously Useful" powers, but I don't have my book handy.

On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 10:35 AM, Wade Lahoda <wade.lahoda@gmail.com> wrote:
I'll find, left to their own devices, players will load up on a bunch of Booster for a power like telekinesis. Because it feels awesome to be able to lift an aircraft carrier, don't it?

And then they'll go to smash someone with their often telekenitic might and......be totally underwhelmed when they do as much damage as some dude with a pistol. "It makes no sense!", they'll say, "That I can lift a million tons but I can't squish a normal human without getting lucky on my roll!"

So I usually advice people - for every level of Booster you take for the Useful quality of a power, if it also has an Attacks quality, throw on a level of Attacks as well. Same for stuff like Hyperbody and Booster, too.

Makes things feel a lot less wonky.

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[Seattle Go Center] Childrens Tournament this Sunday March 12

Dear Parents and Players,

 

The Spring Children’s Tournament will be this Sunday, March 12, starting at 10:30 a.m.  All players  14 and under are welcome. There will be prizes – including trophies, medals, books and equipment.  There will also be free pizza!

 

Please note that this will be the first day of Daylight Savings Time, so 10:30 a.m. comes an hour earlier.

 

This tournament will have three sections, so that players at all levels can participate.  There will be 19×19 games for older players; 19×19 games for younger players, and 13×13 games for all ages.  We expect to finish around 4 p.m., but the 13x13 groups may finish earlier.  The 13x13 tournament will also be more informal – good for players who can’t stay the whole time.

 

This is not a rated tournament, so children do not have to be  AGA members to participate.

 

There is no charge for this event; registration is at the beginning of the day.  However, if you think your family is coming, it would be helpful if you sent me an email in advance.

 

Cheers,

Brian Allen

manager@seattlego.org

 

Brian  Allen

General Manager, Seattle Go Center

Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West

700 NE 45th Street

Seattle WA  98105

206 545-1424 (Go Center)

206 370-1069 (Cell Phone)

206 632-1122 (Office at Home)

manager@seattlego.org (e-mail)

www.seattlego.org (website)

 

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[Seattle Go Center] SDK Tonight - 3-space Invasions

Hi all! Tonight we're going to look at how to invade areas where your opponent's stones (on the 3rd and/or 4th line) are separated by precisely 3 spaces. When is the right time to invade? What should I consider before placing that first invasion stone? What are the common sequences and their results? We'll cover it all! (or at least a decent chunk of it).

As always, we'll have time at the end for game reviews - feel free to email me the game record ahead of time ( peternelson815@gmail.com ) or just bring it to class.

Hope to see you tonight at 7pm!
Peter Nelson 5d

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[Seattle Go Center] Annual Meeting Sunday March 19 at 2 PM

Dear Members,

The Annual Meeting of the Seattle Go Center will be on Sunday Afternoon, March 19, from 2 - 3 p.m. All members are
welcome. We will have a short slide show, snacks, and reports on the year. Donors to our Go board refinishing project
will be asked to sign the backside of our newly redone boards.

There will be elections for three positions on our 9 person nonprofit Board of Directors. The positions are currently held
by Bill Chiles, Lee Anne Bowie, and Dengda (Dan) Tang. Lifetime, Yearly and Quarterly members have voting rights in the
election. (In other words, they are "voting members".) If you are a voting member, please come to this meeting, or find
another voting member to take your proxy for the election.

After the Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors will meet. If you have not been elected to the Board, this is a good time
to get in a game or two.

Cheers,
Brian

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[Seattle Go Center] Salmon Bay Pi Night - Tues March 14

Dear Teachers,

 

We are looking for an outreach volunteer or volunteers to teach Go for one session at Salmon Bay Elementary in Ballard.  This is for Pi Night: an evening of math games and pie, which runs from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  I had a lot of fun there last year, and two kinds of pie.

 

Cheers,

Brian

 

Brian  Allen

General Manager, Seattle Go Center

Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West

700 NE 45th Street

Seattle WA  98105

206 545-1424 (Go Center)

206 370-1069 (Cell Phone)

206 632-1122 (Office at Home)

manager@seattlego.org (e-mail)

www.seattlego.org (website)

 

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[Seattle Go Center] Hurry Curry Meetup continues on Mondays

Dear Players,

 

The Hurry Curry meetup in South Lake Union is continuing, so come on by, and get dinner at happy hour prices, and also have a game of Go, or some informal instruction.  Look for Michael Zhang the next two weeks; after that, the lead volunteer will be Dan Top.

 

They will meet tonight on

Monday, March 6, 2017

5:30 – 8:00 PM

Hurry Curry of Tokyo

825 Harrison St, Seattle

Seattle, WA

 

 

Cheers,

 

Brian  Allen

General Manager, Seattle Go Center

Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West

700 NE 45th Street

Seattle WA  98105

206 545-1424 (Go Center)

206 370-1069 (Cell Phone)

206 632-1122 (Office at Home)

manager@seattlego.org (e-mail)

www.seattlego.org (website)

 

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[Seattle Go Center] DDK Monday: MORE Mi Yuting

Hey Go Friends-
Last week we looked at a recent tournament game by Mi Yuting, the young chinese phenom go player (who is probably the person to come closest to beating the latest version of Alpha Go). Mi Yuting's style is a bit....uncompromising, and reading through his game last week we were all kept on the edge of our seats.

This week, I want to look at another recent Mi Yuting tournament game, in which he goes up against Huang Yunsong; another very young Chinese phenom. You won't want to miss out!

Nick Sibicky 4D
Double-Digit Kyu Class
Mondays 6:30-8:30 pm
Seattle Go Center

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[Seattle Go Center] Monthly Ratings Tournament this Sunday, March 5

Do Go Players,

The Monthly Ratings Tournament will be this Sunday, March 5, with registration from 10 to 10:45. You should make the
best of a rainy day, and come on over to the Go Center.

More info at www.seattlego.org/events

Cheers,
Brian

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[Seattle Go Center] Outreach volunteers needed for March 10 and March 24

Dear Go Teachers,

 

We need  second volunteers for two Friday evening outreach events.

 

On Friday, March 10, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Dan Top will be the lead volunteer at Japan Night at John Stanford International School.  We will be teaching Capture Go, and playing 9x9 games with students who already know the game.  We often have a Go Club at this nearby elementary school, and we hope to get it running again next fall.

 

On Friday, March 24, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., Dennis Wheeler will be teaching at the Cherry Blossom Festival at Kentlake High School, down in Kent.  Set-up is around 4:30.  It would be great if you could help will all or part of this event.

 

Please contact me at manager@seattlego.org if you are interested in helping out.

 

Cheers,

Brian

 

 

 

Brian  Allen

General Manager, Seattle Go Center

Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West

700 NE 45th Street

Seattle WA  98105

206 545-1424 (Go Center)

206 370-1069 (Cell Phone)

206 632-1122 (Office at Home)

manager@seattlego.org (e-mail)

www.seattlego.org (website)

 

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