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Registration Open for the 26th Redmond Cup

Thursday February 14, 2019

51966196_545908055910977_7621509304582930432_nThe 26th edition of the Redmond Cup is open for registration, and strong young players are invited to compete in the most prestigious North American youth tournament of the year.  Online preliminary competition will begin on March 11th, with the top two players in the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) divisions receiving invitations to a best-of-3 finals that will take place between July 13-20 at the  US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin. Finalists win a free trip to the Congress, courtesy of  the American Go Foundation, and all participants who complete the preliminary tournament will also be eligible for a $200 scholarship to congress.

Competitors must have an accredited rank of 1 dan or higher to enter the Redmond Cup, reside in either the US, Canada, or Mexico, and be a member of his or her respective national go association. Registration is open until March 6th; for more details about the tournament, please read the Rules and Regulations. -Story and photo by Justin Teng.  Photo: 2018 Finalists Jeremy Chiu 7d (l) vs. Redmond Meijin Aaron Ye 7d (r).

DC hosts Chinese Lunar New Year Tournament

Wednesday February 13, 2019

This Saturday, February 16 is the annual tournament celebrating the Lunar New Year. “This is always a great event with prizes 2019.02.13_nga-new-yearsponsored by the Chinese cultural community of the DC area,” says the National Go Center’s Gurujeet Khalsa. This will be a 4-round AGA rated event. Doors open at 8:30 AM.

Pre-register now for the Lunar New Year Tournament to guarantee your place and receive the 20% pre-registration discount ($16/adult, $12/youth)

Wang and Polara top record-breaking turnout in North American Kyu Championships

Wednesday February 13, 2019

12-year old Terry Wang 2k and 16-year old Kiren Polara 2k topped a record-breaking field of 84 players from the US, Canada, and Mexico to respectively become the Junior and Senior champions of the 6th North American Kyu Championships, held on February 2nd on KGS. Both champions have also earned the right to play in the 26th Redmond Cup, for which registration will be opening soon. Final tournaments results and the crosstab can be found here. The division winners in each of the 6 brackets received personalized crystal trophies, and all participants are eligible for a $200 scholarship to the 2019 US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin.

Special thanks to Jeremy Chiu for assisting in directing the tournament, as well as to Stephanie Yin from the New York Institute of Go and Sid Avila from the Mexican Go Association for helping the tournament run smoothly. - Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator

Pair Go/Paella Night in DC

Tuesday February 12, 2019

The February 22 edition of the National Go Center’s regular Friday Night Go evening will feature the Center’s first-ever Pair 2019.02.12_pair-go-paellaGo/Paella Night, beginning at 7 PM.

For those not familiar with Pair Go, it is played with partners who make alternating moves but are not allowed to converse and communicate strategy. “We’ll explain all the rules when you come,” says Haskell Small. “Come with a partner, or we can pair you with someone else when you arrive.” Mixed pairs are fine in addition to the traditional M-F pairings.

To make this a festive social occasion, Chris Garlock, Managing Editor of the AGA e-Journal and a former professional chef, has volunteered to make paella for the evening (vegetarian option included). Pictured is Michael Redmond 9P making paella under Chris’s tutelage last year.

Please RSVP by 2/20 to Haskell Small (haskell@haskellsmall.com, 202-244-4764). There will be a $5 donation at the door to cover the cost of the paella.

Pandanet AGA City League Round 4

Tuesday February 12, 2019

2017.10.03_PANDANETThis Sunday is the Pandanet City League Round 4. Follow along with your local team to see them win their league! Watch from many of the AGA and US based Professionals. Games will played LIVE at 3PM on Pandanet in the “AGA City League Room”.

Steve Colburn, Tournament Director

Brandon Zhou edges out Willis Huang to win Globis Cup Qualifier

Monday February 11, 2019

In an exciting 1.5 point game, Brandon Zhou (playing black) defeated Willis Huang on KGS Monday night to become the North American representative to the 2019 Globis Cup in Tokyo, Japan, April 18-22.
- Jeff Shaevel, Tournament Director, 2019 Globis Cup Qualifier

Upcoming Go Events: Chandler, Dallas, Irvine, Montreal

Monday February 11, 2019

February 16: Chandler, AZ
2019 Phoenix Chinese Week Go Tournament Open
Quan Li qb081449@gmail.com 602-326-7556

February 16-17: Dallas, TX
South Central Go Tournament
Bob Gilman bobgilman.aga@gmail.com 505-842-5541

February 16-17: Irvine, CA
2019 Zheng Cup (formerly known as Southern Cal Go Championship)
Yixian Zhou missbear@gmail.com 626-617-5870
Kevin Chao kevingochao@gmail.com 949-616-4423

February 23: Montreal, QC
40th Winter Tournament
Lydia Gallant goaqjg@gmail.com 514-445-3819

Get the latest go events information.

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Huang & Zhou to face off Monday night in Globis Cup Qualifier final 

Sunday February 10, 2019

Willis Huang 6D will play Brandon Zhou 6D Monday at 7p EDT on KGS (AGA Tournament Room) to determine the North American representative to the 2019 Globis Cup in Japan.

Huang defeated Sophia Wang in Round 3 on Sunday, and then Zhou defeated Huang in Round 4, giving them each a single loss in the double-elimination qualifier and setting up a final head-to-head on Monday.

Jeff Shaevel, Tournament Director

 

“Welcome Spring” Cup hosted by Consulate General of China in Chicago

Sunday February 10, 2019

Feb 3 ( Feb 4 in China) is one day away from the Lunar New Year’s eve.  On that date, about 40 people, including three players from Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin, participated in the “Welcome Spring” Cup, a brand new tournament in Chicago. The event was hosted by Consulate General of China in Chicago, and organized by the Go and Math Academy, Evanston Go Club, Confucius Institute in Chicago, and the 2019.02.10_chicago-collageUS-China Cultural Association.

Acting Consul General Liu Jun welcomed all players with a Lunar New Year greeting. The first “Welcome Spring” Cup brings together go lovers from diverse communities and backgrounds. But beyond competition, it  is also a great opportunity for players to make friends and promote understanding through the game. “This year marks as the 40th anniversary of China-U.S. diplomatic relations. I hope this event will not only help build stronger friendship among people, but also strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries,” said Mr. Liu who also participated in the tournament as a 1D player.

This event is a handicap tournament with four divisions, including a youth division. About two-thirds of the participants were casual local players who had never played in tournament in the Chicago area. “It’s really encouraging to see so many new go players from the Great Chicago area come out of hiding to attend this event.” said Tournament Director Xinming Simon Guo, the founder of Go and Math Academy.

Final result:
A Division #1 Yang, Hong 1D 3-1
A Division #2 Amesbury, Jing 5D 3-1
A Division #3 Yang, Yang 4D 2-2

B Division #1 He, Joseph 1D 3-1
B Division #2 Sun, Yingjie 1D 3-1
B Division #3 Collins, Nick 3K 3-1

C Division #1 Kaiser, Mike 8K 4-0
C Division #2 Graper, David 9K 4-0
C Division #3 Tan, Stephanie 5K 3-1

Youth Division #1 Zhang, Sean 4-0
Youth Division #2 Pan, Jaden  2-2

photos: (top right) Acting Consul General Liu Jun 1D (second from the left) with division winners Hong Yang 1D, Mike Kaiser 8K and Joseph He 1D; (bottom right): Jane Lu (Director of Confucius Institute in Chicago) and youth division winner Sean Zhang

report/photos by Xinming (Simon) Guo

 

AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 28 (Part 2): So many possibilities

Saturday February 9, 2019

Michael Redmond 9p and the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock return with the exciting second half of the 28th game  of the 2019.02.08_AG28-thumbnailAlphaGo vs. AlphaGo selfplay games.

2019.02.08_AG28-thumbnail-redmond-garlock“There’s all these possibilities,” says Redmond, teasing Garlock “You’ve probably forgotten all the different variations we looked at.” Viewer crass syzygy says “Really beautiful variations. Mind blowing,” while Philippe Fanaro says that “‘That’s the good side of dying’ is the highlight of this series.”

These videos are made possible by the support of the American Go Association; please consider joining  today!

Video produced by Michael Wanek & Andrew Jackson.

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