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Main Tournaments Get Going at US Go Congress

AGA news - Mon, 03/08/2015 - 04:59

The first day of this year’s US Go Congress on Sunday featured the first round of the US Open — in which 253 players participated — and Rounds 1 and 2 of the US Open Masters, in which 26 top players, including nine professionals this year, are playing for over $7,000 in cash prizes. Click here for the Masters crosstab. Defending Masters champion Mark Lee is off to a good start, notching successive wins over Calvin Sun and Michael Chen.

Go players also had plenty of other activities to choose from during the day, including lectures and simuls with professional go players like Mingjiu Jiang 7P, who was operating on just a few hours of sleep after arriving late Saturday night and then playing in the first round of the Masters Sunday morning (and would go on to play in the second round after lecturing all afternoon).

The 13×13 tournament was held Sunday night; we’ll post results on that and on Saturday’s 9×9 tournament as soon as we get them. Redmond Cup games were also held today; watch a report on those results soon as well.

The E-Journal’s expanded coverage proved a great success as Andrew Jackson anchored live video streams and game commentary on the AGA’s YouTube channel. As usual the EJ team broadcast top-board games on KGS along with pro game commentaries, and photos and updates were posted on the AGA’s Twitter feed — follow us @theaga (#gocongress #congress2015) — and Facebook throughout the day.

Live coverage begins Monday at 9a (CST) on KGS and Facebook.

- report/photo by Chris Garlock

NOTE: email us at journal@usgo.org if there’s anything in particular at the Congress you’d like to see included in our coverage.

 

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US Go Congress Launches in St Paul

AGA news - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 03:12

Hundreds of go players from around the world — including the first-ever delegation from Cuba — gathered Saturday on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota for the 31st annual US Go Congress. Old friends reunited and new ones were made across the go boards that spilled out of the main playing room into the student center’s atrium (photo).

The US Open/Masters tournament begins on Sunday; play is scheduled to begin at 9a (CST); top boards will be broadcast live on KGS (look for usgo accounts) and pro commentary by Jennie Shen will begin at 10a. Other highlights of the Sunday schedule include a live Haylee go match; click here for the complete schedule.

Keep up with all the E-Journal’s Congress reports this week on the AGA website, on Facebook — “American Go Association” — and Twitter — @theaga. New this year: live video broadcasts of games; watch on our YouTube channel (usgoweb).
- report/photo by Chris Garlock

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American Chang Qi Tournament Open for Registration

AGA news - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 23:50

This September, the American Collegiate Go Association (ACGA) will be hosting a Chinese professional tournament on US soil for the first time ever, at Harvard University. While four of the strongest Chinese professionals play the semifinals of the Chang Qi Cup, the ACGA will also be holding a 4-round AGA-rated tournament for amateurs. Thanks to the Ing Foundation’s generous sponsorship, there is more than $10,000 available in cash prizes across the divisions, including a 16-player open section, and registrants will receive free catered lunches. Live commentary, pro simuls, and game reviews are also planned, and the entire event is absolutely free. Register early here for a free goodie bag, and a chance to participate in a simul against Chang Hao 9P. -Julian Erville. Photo: Chang Hao winning the Chunlan Cup.

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US Go Congress Handbook Released

AGA news - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 21:18

With this year’s US Go Congress just a few short days away, organizers have released the Congress Handbook so that attendees can begin planning to make the most of their time at the biggest go event of the year.

The Handbook provides information about the Congress venue – including maps – and the many events that make of the Go Congress, including rated tournaments like the US Open, Die Hard, and Self-Paired, and unrated events like the Lightning Tournament, 13×13 and 9×9 tournaments. In all, ten tournaments are scheduled, along with events with professionals – including simuls and lectures – and youth activities and tournaments.

Also covered in the Handbook are Day Off options, transportation, nearby restaurants and official go rules and guidelines, as well as bios and photos of all the visiting professional players.

“The chapter putting on this Congress so ably and devotedly, the Twin Cities Go Club, have been stalwart friends, players and teachers over the last 10 years,” says AGA president Andy Okun in his welcome, “Please join me in giving them gratitude during this rewarding week of play.”

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Uncovering the link between go and education

AGA news - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 15:05

Uncovering the link between go and education Go is a game, a hobby, a profession. It’s a competition, it’s a communication tool and it’s a way of life. But what happens when go enters home and school as an educational tool? Xinming Simon Guo, founder of the Go and Math Academy in Chicago, Illinois, will explore go’s impact in his keynote remarks at this year’s US Go Congress opening ceremonies this Saturday in St. Paul, Minnesota. “Imagine an era in which every student has opportunities to learn math through go and fall in love with both of them,” says Guo.

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UK Go Updates: Alistair Wall Wins at 27th Milton Keynes Go Tournament

AGA news - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 15:05

Alistair Wall Wins at 27th Milton Keynes Go Tournament: 35 players gathered in the sunny Open University Sports Pavilion for the 27th Milton Keynes Go Tournament on June 27. First place went to Alistair Wall 2d and second place to  Ngoc-Trang (Nyoshi) Cao 2d.

Ngoc-Trang Cao wins the Welsh Open: The 23rd Welsh Open was held at the Min-Y-Mor Hotel in Barmouth and organised by Martin and Helen Harvey. Over the two days, 26 players took part. Ngoc-Trang (Nyoshi) Cao 2d  and Mingcan Xu 3d Cardiff finished on 5 wins, but Cao won by tiebreak. Prizes for 4 wins went to Richard Hunter 2d, Roger Huyshe 3k, and David Horan 7k.

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Pandanet AGA City League Finals this Saturday

AGA news - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 03:35

The US Go Congress starts this Saturday August 1, and so do the games. Tune in on Pandanet at 3PM in the AGA City League room. We’ll be showing all three games LIVE for Los Angeles vs Greater Washington. The lineup will be:

Board 1: Mark Lee vs Tim Song

Board 2: Evan Cho vs Eric Lui

Board 3: Daniel Ko vs Yuan Zhou

The winner of this tournament will collect $5000, runner up will win $2500. Look out soon for news for the next year’s City League registration!

- Steve Colburn

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Go Congress Visitors Coming to Seattle

AGA news - Sat, 25/07/2015 - 23:23

Ryo Maeda 6P at the Seattle Go Center in 2014

Seattle will benefit from the upcoming U.S. Go Congress in St. Paul, even though it is 1700 miles away, as visitors stop by before and after the August 1-9 event.  Ryo Maeda 6P and Koyo Hoshikawa 3P from the Kansai Ki-in of Japan will visit the Seattle Go Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28 and 29.  They will play simultaneous games on Tuesday, and Maeda Sensei will give one of his famous lectures for kyu players on Wednesday evening.

The weekend after the Go Congress, August 15 and 16,  Myungwan Kim 9P will conduct a workshop for strong players.  He will be assisted by Mark Lee, winner of the U.S. Open in 2014.  The workshop will feature simultaneous games with the two teachers,  game analysis of student games, analysis of top games from the U.S. Go Congress, and lessons on the Korean style opening.

The next weekend, August 22 and 23, Inseong Hwang of the on-line Go school the “American Yunguseng Dojang“, will teach a workshop for players 15 kyu and stronger.  It will include games between workshop participants, game analysis and lectures. Mr. Hwang says he often explains moves both at the 6-7 kyu level and also at the 1-2 dan level, since that is where people get stuck.  Mr. Hwang is the highest rated Go player in Europe (EGF).  He will also attend the US Go Congress on his trip.
- photo and report by Brian Allen

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Go Spotting: A different kind of go board

AGA news - Sat, 25/07/2015 - 13:00

EJ photographer Phil Straus spotted this unusual go board recently at an airport Marriott in Salt Lake City, Utah.  

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“PopPop” Gets Ready for the Go Congress

AGA news - Fri, 24/07/2015 - 17:57

NOVA Go Club organizer, Garrett Smith (left), also known as PopPop, reports that he is engaged in extensive preparation for the 2015 U.S. Go Congress next month.  He hopes to see a big turnout August 1-9 in St. Paul, MN. If you’re going to the Go Congress too — and some 350 are already signed up — let us know how you’re preparing for the biggest go event in the country! Email your reports and/or photos to us at journal@usgo.org

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Go Spotting: Patterson’s NYPD Red 2

AGA news - Fri, 24/07/2015 - 13:00

Patterson’s NYPD Red 2: In James Patterson’s “NYPD Red 2,” one of the NYPD’s detectives is searching for witnesses to an abduction near a park in a Chinese community, reports AGA Life Member David Kent. “The detective, a Caucasian, approaches a go game being played in the park, and challenges the local champion to a game, betting $100. After a hard-fought hour the detective intentionally makes a mistake, throwing the game, which only the champion, an old man, recognizes,” says Kent. “This soon pays off with the old man coming to the aid of the detectives, leading to a witness. The detective plans to give the old man a kaya board from a 700 year old tree instead of the hand-made plywood board he has been using.”

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Go Spotting: Go in John Green’s Crash Course World History; China’s News Silk Road Strategy & Go

AGA news - Thu, 23/07/2015 - 14:00

Go in John Green’s Crash Course World History: “Hey, I was watching John Green’s Crash Course World History 2 series and spotted both a depiction of and mention of go,” writes Evan Hale of the Columbus Tesuji Go Club. “In the episode, Green covers the Heian Period of Japan and mentions go when talking about how the elite, upper class spent their leisure time. The mention is a little bit after 7:00 in the video.”

China’s News Silk Road Strategy & Go: In Weiqi Versus Chess (Huffington Post 4/3/2015), David Gosset says that “China’s New Silk Road strategy certainly integrates the importance of Eurasia but it also neutralizes the US pivot to Asia by enveloping it in a move which is broader both in space and in time: an approach inspired by the intelligence of Weiqi has outwitted the calculation of a chess player.” Thanks to reader Ted Joe for passing this along.

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Jonathan Hop Returns with Translated Pro Game Commentaries and Twitch TV Games

AGA news - Wed, 22/07/2015 - 13:00

Go author and blogger Jonathan Hop has launched a project to translate videos of professional games with commentary into English. “It’s all free and available on YouTube for all to see,” he tells the E-Journal. Hop says he’ll “try to do one or two a week depending on my schedule.” Available so far: Mukai Chiaki vs. Yamada Kimio, Cho Sonjin vs. Yukawa Mitsuhisa in the 63rd NHK Tournament, Takemiya Masaki vs. Goto Shungo and Kanazawa Makoto vs Akiyama Jiro in the 63rd NHK Cup.

Hop is back teaching and playing go after a long hiatus. After going to Korea, studying at a professional dojo and writing four books on go, he realized he didn’t want to be a professional go player, “So when the game felt like a chore, when studying was no longer exciting, I just plain stopped,” he writes on his blog. But now he’s heading to China next month and says “There’s no way I’m going to be in China and not play. So I decided I needed to get back in shape before I go.”

In addition to the pro game translations, Hop is playing on Twitch TV and archiving the games on YouTube. He’s also offering to review kyu level games or low level dan games for free and make videos of the review available on Youtube; send games to sundaygolessons@gmail.com. He’s also planning a go-playing marathon when he reaches 1,000 subscribers, and says that “I think I’m at 997 which is close enough for me to schedule it.  Sunday August 2nd, 12 straight hours of go beginning around 11 a.m.”

Photos: (right) Cho Chikun commenting the Mukai Chiaki vs. Yamada Kimio game; (left) Hop playing on Twitch.TV

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US Open Master’s Division to offer $5,000 top prize

AGA news - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 21:03

The US Open Master’s Division will again be a 9-round event with a top prize of $5,000. This section is open to all professionals and 7 Dan players. Additionally, players below 7-dan who earned points in AGA qualifier tournaments will be
eligible to compete in this section. As was done last year, the top three North American finishers in this section will get prizes with a top award of $2,000.

The regular 6-round event will continue as before, open to everyone. Players who qualify for the Master’s Division but do not wish to play 9 games can sign up for the 6-round Open event instead. However, there is no crossover between sections once play begins, and players in the Master’s Division are expected to commit to play the full 9 rounds. Jon Boley is the Tournament Director for the Master’s Division this year.
photo: top-board action at the 2014 US Open Masters Division; photo by Chris Garlock

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EJ Congress Team Seeks Game Recorders; Bring Your Racquets!

AGA news - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 14:00

The American Go E-Journal has a few openings on its US Go Congress team. Anyone interested in helping record/broadcast top-board games at the US Open should email journal@usgo.org. Prior experience is useful but not absolutely necessary. You must be available either mornings (Sun-Sat) or evenings (Sunday, Tuesday, or Friday). “This is a terrific opportunity to get an up—close look at top-board games at a major tournament and be a part of the team bringing this event to the world,” says E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. “Plus, it’ll improve your own go!”

Tennis Alert: Tennis players be sure to pack your racquets, as there are courts available at this year’s Congress site and E-Journal editor Chris Garlock will be organizing games throughout the week. Email journal@usgo.org if interested in participating.
photo: The EJ’s Dennis Wheeler records a 2014 US Open Masters game; photo by Chris Garlock

 

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2015 Samsung Cup World Division Draw

South Africa* - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 13:31
The draw for the world division has been published. Victor Chow has received a bye into round two

AGA YouTube Channel Features Haylee-Sibicky Pair Go Game Tonight

AGA news - Sat, 18/07/2015 - 19:54
Hajin Lee 3P and her European Go Federation pair-go partner Fabien will play Andrew Jackson 4D and fellow Seattle Go Center teacher Nick Sibicky 4D in a pair go game on the AGA Youtube channel tonight, July 18, starting at 11p PST (2a Sunday EST). “The AGA’s official Youtube channel has been revamped in advance of the upcoming 2015 US Go Congress, and we’d like to re-introduce it to members with a pair go match between a few well known YouTube go players” says Jackson, the American Go Association’s VP of Operations.  “Hajin will also be recording her comments for her 100th video on her channel, so this should be quite a celebratory evening”
The game will be broadcast live on the AGA Youtube channel, and “all the video content from the 2015 US Go Congress will be posted there, so please subscribe!” urges Jackson. More details on the format can be found in Jackson’s announcement video.
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Cho Hye-yeon to Attend Congress; Change in Taiwan Delegation

AGA news - Sat, 18/07/2015 - 19:33

 Word comes to the E-Journal of two last minute changes in the ranks of the professionals visiting the US Go Congress in Minneapolis-St. Paul.  One is that the Korea Amateur Baduk Association will be sending Cho Hyeyeon 9p, a star player and active promoter of the game.  Cho, who also attended the 2008 Congress in Portland, works, teaches and plays tirelessly, among other ventures running a go club at the US Army base at Yongsan in Seoul.  Meanwhile, difficulties of making last minute travel arrangements have caused the Taiwan Chiyuan to substitute Ms. Tang Hsi Yun 2p, also known as Debbie Tang, for the earlier announced Wang Yuanjun 7p.  Like Cho, Tang speaks English.  She has been pro since 2004 and taught at the European Go Congress in 2012.
Update (7/21): The spelling of Ms. Tang’s name has been corrected.

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Match Result

Online League Updates - Sat, 18/07/2015 - 13:00
Match now completed between Cornish Rogues and Warwick in Division 1. The winner of the match was Warwick.

2015 Contenders date and location finalized

South Africa* - Thu, 16/07/2015 - 17:16
The contenders stage of the 2015 SA Closed will take place on the weekend of 23-25 October in Johannesburg. A specific venue is still to be decided. The first round match will be on the evening of Friday 23 October, with three matches each on Saturday and Sunday. The contenders are Victor Chow Andre Connell […]
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