The Greater Austin Go League meets each week for Go games and chat about 7:00 pm Tuesdays at Great Hall Games (located in Dobie Mall, South of the University of Texas in Austin).
Arriving in 1992 to Austin, I found a viable Go gathering. They met at Les Amis, a coffee dive West of campus. Salads were 3.71$ -- a seemingly strange figure, till the bill arrives at 4.00$ including tax. The food was tasty; the background music, jazz, was not. Except for the particularly coldest days, we met at the big table under the patio awning facing 24th Street. Weekly gatherings attracted close to a half dozen boards at the peak of the evening. By 1995, the rocketing land prices and strong economy motivated Starbucks to buy up the property, burying this Austin treasure in their Starbucks way. Our strong man in the Club was Lianzhou Yu, a Physics Student at the University. Arriving to Austin shortly after winning the Beijing University Weiqi Championship, He is certainly one of the strongest Go players in the USA.
Briefly, the Club met in Dobie Mall after the fall of Les Amis to the enrichment of both Dobie Mall Food Court owners and the Club. At that time, ShoJiro Doi, arrived in Austin after placing in the All High School Championship of Japan. Stone sharpens stone, and so it was for Sho and Lianzhou. Then to nearly everyone's surprise, the Club moved to an overcrowded, expensive (odd, where Go players are frugal almost by design) coffee just North of Tower Records on Guadalupe. Within a short time, that coffee house bellied up, and the Club returned to Dobie Mall's Food Court. Sometime around 1999, both Sho and Lianzhou left town, and without the spiritual center of the Club, fewer and fewer board were opened on Tuesdays. Great Hall games arrived on the scene with a new spirit. By 2002, the Club saw its first dozen board playing night.
The earliest news of Go in Austin came from Ed Buffalo, who spoke (in 1994) of a Club meeting in a city park building on or near Zilker Park sometime in the late 1970's. Just 15 more years to reach a half century of Go in Austin.
|Various Go Names|
|weiqi||Chinese formal name for Go. Antiquated romanizations are weichi and weiki.|
|baduk||Korean for Go. Another spelling is Paduk.|
|i-go||Japanese formal name for Go.|
|goh||Old British spelling of Go.|
|goe||Ing ChangKi's spelling of Go. Ing tried to unify both rules and name of Go.|
|Go||Western for weiqi.|
|mig mang||Tibetan for Go. Literally many eyes.|
|shudan||Japanese informal name for Go. Literally hand talk, meaning conversation with hands.|
|zuoyin||Chinese for shudan.|
|lanke||Chinese literary name for Go. Literally Rotting Ax Handle. A folk tale pictures a woodsman. Happening across a game of GO being played by 2 Eternals, the woodsman observe the game. When the game is finished, such a long time has elapsed, the woodsman's axe handle has rotted.|
|ranka||Japanese for lanke.|
|co vay||Vietnamese for Go. Literally chess encirclement.|
|rengo||Japanese for team Go. 2 or more players on a side.|
|pair Go||Western for mixed doubles team Go.|
|Boyu||A Japanese informal reference to Go. Literally Forgetting Melancholy|
|Yugen||A Japanese informal reference to Go. Literally Subtle Profundity|
|Uro||Japanese -- a vailed reference to Go. Literally Crows and Herons, referencing black and white. Seemingly infrequently seen.|
|others names||Please email me additional Go names.|
Various Go Links
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