American Go E-Journal

Tennessee Kids Power Up

Thursday February 16, 2017

image1“I taught two classes  at Whitsitt Elementary school on Power Monday,’ reports Shawn Ray from Tennessee. “Power Monday is an event held once a month to teach kids new subjects or ideas. At the end of both classes, the kids were begging me to come back on the next Power Monday. This is my second time at Whitsitt and both times have gone very well. The picture is of kids playing 2v2 capture go. I only had one hour to teach so I decided to start with capture go and put them in teams (they really enjoy working in teams). I must thank everyone who supports the American Go Foundation! Without the AGF’s grants and equipment, I would not be able to teach in after school programs as much as I do,” adds Ray. - Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Shawn Ray.


Young North American player sought for 4th Globis Cup; Feb. 20 deadline

Wednesday February 15, 2017

The AGA has received a request to send a young US or Canadian player to Tokyo, Japan for the 4th GLOBIS Cup U-20 World Go Championship, to be held April 20-23, 2017. The event, sponsored by the GLOBIS Corporation and organized by the Nihon Ki-in, will provide meals and accommodations for the players, as well as an accompanying adult if the player is under 18. Air fare will be borne by the player and companion. The player must be under 20 years old as of January 1, 2017, and meet the other AGA or CGA eligibility requirements. Any necessary online play-offs will take place between Feb. 21 and Feb. 27. This is a great opportunity to compete in an international tournament, explore Tokyo, and represent the AGA and CGA. Interested players should respond with their names, best form of contact, and KGS IDs before midnight Feb. 20 to

Categories: Main Page,Youth

Three School Chess and Go Tourney

Monday February 13, 2017


Twenty-four children played in Portland’s latest chess and go tournament for kids, held on Jan. 22nd. Six kids played go and 18 played chess. Perennial champ Olin Waxler, 4-0 took first place in go, with Luke Helprin taking second over Emmett Perkins on tie-breaker points, both at 3-1. Top-seeded Brady Yamin took first place in chess, with Ai Rose Solomon beating Ty Holt for 2nd on tie-breaking points. Prizes were gift certificates to Guardian Games, 1st place, $25, 2nd place $15, and 3rd place, $10. - Story and Photo by Peter Freedman

Upcoming Go Events: Plano and Los Angeles

Monday February 13, 2017

February 18-19: Plano, TX
South Central Go Tournament 2017
Bob Gilman 817-257-6058

February 25-26: Los Angeles, CA
2017 Southern California Go Championship
Kevin Chao 949-616-4423

Get the latest go events information.

Categories: Calendar,Main Page

2017 International Collegiate Go Tournament set for Thailand

Monday February 13, 2017

The Ing Foundation is hosting the 2017 International Collegiate Go Tournament, to be held at Panyapiwat Institute of 2017.02.12_InternationalCollegiateTournamentLogoManagement, Bangkok, Thailand, this summer. The event starts on July 7th and will finish on the 13th. This event is open to any current, future, or recently graduated college (both undergraduate and graduate) student, who will or has attended school in the year 2017. All costs related to room, board, tours, and travel during the event will be covered by the Ing foundation. The student is responsible for getting to and from the tournament site(both international and domestic travel costs), and for any personal expenses such as souvenirs, and entertainment during the course of the trip. Click here for complete details.
- Michael Fodera

Categories: Main Page,Youth

2017 dates set for Maeda’s Osaka Go Camp and Japan Go Congress

Monday February 13, 2017

Ryo Maeda’s annual Osaka Go Camp will be held June 25th to July 13th in Osaka, Japan. This year’s camp will have new 2017.02.12_maeda-campcontent, says Maeda, a 6-dan pro from the Kansai-Kiin who’s been a regular attendee at the US Go Congress for the past 17 years. “We have league games in the mornings and full teaching programs in the afternoons by professional players every day, ” he says. The teaching programs will be in English. “On holidays, we will also organize some day trips to places like downtown Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and a two-day trip to Kyoto, Friendship Tournament with Kyoto Go players and sightseeing.”

The second Japan Go Congress will be held July 14th to July 17th in nearby Takarazuka City, so camp participants can participate in both, if they want.

Register by the end of February and receive a 5,000-yen discount (only available for those who participate in the Osaka Go Camp for the full term).

“I promise that everyone can improve quite a lot through the Camp and the Congress and will have a lot of fun!” adds Maeda.

Categories: Japan,Main Page

European Go Congress Early Bird rates good thru 2/15

Monday February 13, 2017

Early bird rates for this year’s European Go Congress  apply until February 15. “This year it does not clash with the US 2017.02.12_EGC-videoCongress, so you can actually enjoy both!” says Michael Marz, President of the German Go Federation. The EGC will be held in Oberhof, Germany July 22-August 6; check out a brief video here. Marz also reports that the makers of ‘Go — The Surrounding Game’  will show their movie in the EGC Cinema as a European premiere.

Categories: Europe,Main Page

Ilya Shikshin wins European Professional Go Championship

Sunday February 12, 2017

Six European professionals fought for the title of a European Professional Go Champion February 8-10th in Saint-2017.02.12_euro-pros-Mateusz vs IlyaPetersburg, Russia. In the end, Ilya Shikshin (Russia, 1p) won the second European Professional Go Championship. Shikshin currently holds both European Champion titles (Open and Professional). In second was Mateusz Surma (Poland, 1p), while Pavol Lisy (Slovakia, 1p) was third. Fourth through sixth places were Alexandre Dinerchtein (Russia, 3p Korea), Ali Jabarin (Israel, 1p) and Artem Kachanovskyi (Ukraine, 1p). Click here for Marika Dubiel’s detailed report, which includes round-by-round reports, photos and game records.

photo: Ilya Shikshin (left) getting a bird’s eye view of his game with Mateusz Surma (right); photo by Mikhail Krylov

Categories: Europe,Main Page

South Central Go Tournament update

Sunday February 12, 2017

As the South Central Go Tournament draws near (February 18-19, Plano, TX – Dallas area) things look promising for a 2017.02.12_texas-tourney-reportgood event, reports Bob Gilman. “As of February 6, there are 31 players registered — 6 Open Section, ranging from 7d to 3d, and 25 Handicap Section, ranging from 1k to 21k,” says Gilman. Players from eight states have registered: AR (4), CA (1), CO (1), KY (2), MO (1), NM (3), UT (1), and TX (18). “Additionally, there are 22 players who have said they will probably attend or would like to attend but are not sure.” There will be three rounds played each day. On-line registration remains open through February 15. It will also be possible to register at the door.

This is an AGA rated tournament which means players will need to be current AGA members to compete. If you decide to come, you can check your AGA membership status, find out about the different types of membership, and join or renew on-line here.

There is more information about the tournament and a registration link on Facebook.

Stephen Hu wins 25th annual Jujo Jiang Goe tournament

Tuesday February 7, 2017

Stephen Hu topped the 25th annual Jujo Jiang Goe Tournament last weekend. Sponsored by Ing’s Go Foundation of 2017.02.07_jujo-tourney-collageCalifornia, the tournament was held on February 4 and 5th at the Kabuki Hotel in San Francisco. Donna Casey presented Jujo Jiang with a Certificate of Honor from Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco for 25 years of service to American go players.

Stephen Hu won the open section with a perfect score of five wins. $3000 in prizes were handed out across five divisions: Open, Dan, Expert, Intermediate and Novice. Non-cash prizes were also given to each player who played all five rounds without a victory.

Results by section:
Open: 1st: Stephen Hu; 2nd: Yuefeng Zhang; 3rd: Ary Cheng; 4th: Yufei Hu
Dan: 1st: Linden Chiu; 2nd: James Chiu; 3rd: Steven Burrall; 4th: Jason Won
Expert: 1st: Hojin Lee; 2nd: Jay Chan; 3rd: Nan Zhong; 4th: K Kim
Intermediate: 1st: Chao Zhang; 2nd: Tai-An Cha; 3rd: Elwin Li; 4th: Yunyen Jin
Novice: 1st: David Baran; 2nd: Dahlin Casey; 3rd: Nathan Bouscal; 4th: Bruce Bailey

photos (clockwise, from top left): Various attendees with Jujo and MingJiu; tournament playing area; Elwyn Berlekamp, Karoline Burrall, Steve Burrall; Jujo, Donna Casey, C.O. Armistad; Open Winner Stephen Hu; photos by Ernest Brown