World Go News from the American Go Association

March 17, 2007
Volume 8, #22

For many go players around the world, the annual US and European Go Congresses are go heaven. Featuring near round-the-clock go (the Midnight Madness tournament returns to the US this year!), from tournaments to pro lectures, lessons, simuls and more, these events are a unique, memorable and fun way to immerse yourself in the wonderful world of go. The American Go E-Journal will be providing complete onsite coverage of both events this year, and we'll keep you up-to-the-minute on special offers and developments at both venues over the next few months. top right photo of 2006 US Go Congress main playing area by Mario Moran

US GO CONGRESS LAUNCHES WEBSITE: The 23rd Annual US Go Congress, scheduled for July 28 - August 4 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, today launched the Congress website. "Register before June 1 and receive a $100 discount off the registration fee!" says Congress Co-Director Chuck Robbins. There's something for everyone at the 8-day event, from beginning go players to the top players in the country, with free lectures by US and foreign professionals, to tournaments including the US Open (open to all), the Redmond Cup (invitational for young players) and the ever-popular Self-Paired (open to all, play anytime, handicap tournament). There's a lot more, too, including private lessons with professionals, professional game review and analysis, a Lightning Go Tournament and Pair Go, as well as lots of onsite go publications, equipment and materials. Click here to check it all out and register!

EURO CONGRESS TOPS 300: More than 300 have already registered for this year's 51st European Go Congress, which runs July 14-28 in Villach, Austria. The 14-day event features a main tournament, the European Masters Tournament, a weekend tournament and plenty of side go tournaments, as well as lectures and simuls by pros and more, all in Austria's Carinthian lake district. Villach, in addition to being the cultural center of southern Austria, boasts hiking trails, castles, ruins, excellent gastronomy, spas, and a classical music festival that's running at the same time as the Congress. Organizer Simon Gemel welcomes US visitors and promises "fun with a lot of nice people at our social evenings and our special 'random pairing rengo' variant - regardless of whether you're a top player, beginner or guest." Click here for more details and to register.

NON-PLAYERS WELCOME! Both Congresses welcome and have made arrangements for non-go players, with both on and off-site activities and opportunities for travel to nearby attractions, including Gettysburg, Longwood Gardens, the Wyeth Gallery, Brandywine Valley and Amish country (US) and the Doll and vehicle museums in Villach, the Burg Landskron castle, Monkey's Mountain Landskron, and a spa and health resort, as well as a Bodypainting festival. Check the websites for details.

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