News from the American Go Association

June 8, 2007

Attached file: 2007.06.08 CongressRegistrationBrochure

The annual U.S. Go Congress is North America's biggest and best go event of the year. Eight days of go, this year at Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from July 28 - August 4, feature The US Open, North America's biggest tournament, the continuous and ever-popular Self-Paired Handicap Tournament, professional instruction, special events, private lessons, the North American Ing Cup, the Redmond Cup, great shopping for go stuff and much, much more! Whether you're looking to improve fast, catch up with old (and new) go friends, or enjoy a unique family vacation, the Go Congress has a lot to offer just about everybody.

CONGRESS FEATURES BEST FIELD FOR ALL: Hundreds of go players - 411 at presstime -- from across the country and around the world - from beginners to professionals - are signing up for the 23rd annual U.S. Go Congress. Players of all strengths will find the best field of the year: click here to see who's coming. Check out the Congress website for more information and to register on line. For the full preliminary CONGRESS SCHEDULE, click here

PROFESSIONALLY SPEAKING: Not sure where you went wrong in that last game? Check it out with a top pro at a lecture or lesson! More than a dozen pros are expected, with 11 already confirmed, including a record 6 from the US - Feng Yun 9P, Mingjiu Jiang 7P, Yilun Yang 7P, James Kerwin 1P, Xuefen Lin 1P & Huiren Yang 1P - as well as Ms Isoko Ashida 6P (Kansai Ki-in), Ms Juan Guo 5P (Netherlands), Ryo Maeda 6P (Kansai Ki-in), Yashuhiro Nakano 9P (Kansai Ki-in Representative) and Ping Yu 6P (China).

TOURNEYS FOR EVERYONE: The Go Congress offers a variety of tournaments throughout the week. For the serious tournament player there is the U.S. Open each morning, the North American Ing Cup championship and the Redmond Cup youth championship. Among the most popular is the continuous self-paired tournament where you can play rated or casual games from morning until well past midnight. Plus: 9x9, 13x13, Pair Go, and Lightning tournaments as well as the third annual Midnight Madness tournament, which starts promptly at midnight each night, the East-West Tournament, Women's Tournament, 2nd Annual Chuck Robbins's Challenge and the 2nd Annual Chapter Team Go Tournament. Let the games begin!

NEW AND IMPROVED YOUTH ROOM: Run by Paul Barchilon, the 2006 AGF Teacher of the Year - and EJ Youth Editor -- this year's Youth Room Program will be filled with even more professional instruction and analysis than ever before.

Congress Registration Exclusive: Win a $20 Gift Certificate to Slate & Shell! Register for the 2007 US Go Congress between June 11 - 20 and your name will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of ten $20 gift certificates to Slate & Shell, publisher of "The Fundamental Principles of Go" by Yilun Yang!

FAMILIES WELCOME: In addition to the many kids' go activities, there's plenty for families to do in the Lancaster area, including visits to Hershey Chocolates & HersheyPark Amusement Center, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania & Strasburg Rail Road, Amish Country Tours and more!

EVENTS FOR NON-PLAYERS: For the non-players, the Congress will offer hands-on classes in the Japanese art of ikebana (flower-arranging), a demonstration of the Japanese tea ceremony, and a morning trip to Lancaster's Central Market.

WEDNESDAY OUTINGS: On the traditional day off, choose from the attractions mentioned above, plus Longwood Gardens, the Brandywine River Museum, Knoebel's Amusement Resorts, a Philadelphia Bus Tour and more. Watch the Congress website for updates & details.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Plenty of on-site housing available; choose from dorms, suites or hotel-style rooms, as well as offsite hotel rooms, but register soon, as it's first-come first-served!

GETTING THERE: Lancaster is easily accessible by car, plane (shuttles available from Baltimore, Philadelphia and Harrisburg) and rail, click here for directions & details.

MORE QUESTIONS? Go Congress Contacts: Registrar: Sam Zimmerman; Directors: Chuck Robbins; Peter Nassar

Photo credits: Young players (top right), Mario Moran; US Open (top left), Steve Mount; Mingjiu Jiang (2nd on right), Chris Garlock; Midnight Madness (2nd on left), Chris Garlock; Lightning Go (bottom left), Aria von Elbe.

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