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U.S. Go Congress: Day 1 Live Broadcast Schedule

Sunday July 31, 2011

The American Go E-Journal’s live broadcasts on Day One – Sunday, July 31 — of the 2011 U.S. Go Congress include:
- U.S. Open: top boards in Round 1 will be broadcast live on KGS starting around 9a PST (12 noon EST)
- Redmond Cup: the four finalists in the 2011 Redmond Cup will compete live from the U.S. Go Congress in a special E-Journal broadcast at 3p PST (6p EST) Sunday on KGS. The players are Gansheng Shi 7d vs. Calvin Sun 7d and Aaron Ye 4d vs. Sammy Zhang 3d.
- North American Ing Masters: top boards in this 16-player tournament will be broadcast live on KGS starting at 7p PST.
photo: Calvin Sun (l) plays Gangshen Shi in the 9×9 tournament Saturday night; photo by Steve Colburn

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Following the 2011 Go Congress on Twitter, KGS, EJ & Website

Saturday July 30, 2011

Now you can follow all the action at the 2011 U.S. Go Congress — which runs July 31-August 6 in Santa Barbara CA — in a number of ways:
- AGA website: we’ll be posting updates each day throughout the week, including news, photos and games
- E-Journal: daily reports drawn from the previous day’s website posts
- Twitter: follow us @gocongress for updates by the EJ’s Steve Colburn
- KGS: top boards at the U.S. Open every morning and top boards at the Ing Masters every night
Photo: American Go Association President Allan Abramson (r) enjoys a casual game Saturday morning as the 2011 U.S. Congress gets started on the UCSB campus in Santa Barbara, CA. photo by Steve Calburn.

Party Starts Early for 2011 U.S. Congress

Friday July 29, 2011

The 2011 US Go Congress begins Saturday in Santa Barbara, CA, but attendees are already arriving from around the world.  “This year, many attendees have opted to arrive early and enjoy the air, the beach, and the other go players before anything official starts,” says Congress Co-Director Andrew Jackson (at left, playing the UK’s Francis Roads on Friday night).  “They are as excited as we are to greet the 20 attending professionals and nearly 500 fellow go enthusiasts who will be coming to Santa Barbara this year.” Not signed up yet? It’s not too late; click here for details and to register.
- photo by Chris Garlock

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Go Congress Joseki: Congress at a Glance

Wednesday July 27, 2011

Click here to see all the 2011 U.S. Go Congress reports, including recent tips on Checking In/Registering, Other Games, Transportation & Parking, Arrival/Registration, Sign Up Online for Congress Pair Go and more.

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Go Congress Joseki: Checking In/Registering

Wednesday July 27, 2011

How can I make my registration go quickly and smoothly?
The easiest way to speed up the registration process is to register for tournaments and events, turn in any paperwork, and pay your remaining balance before you arrive.  You will be able to make changes once you arrive, but registration will go much more quickly if your changes are already made.

Where is registration?
Registration will be in Corwin Pavilion (r), the Congress’ main playing area.

What time does registration start?
Registration will officially open at 10am on Saturday, July 30.  If anyone plans to arrive before that time and would like to check in, please email registrar@gocongress.org or call 805-769-USGO to make arrangements ahead of time.

Where can I pick up my keys?
After you receive your room assignment, you may pick up your keys at your residence hall.  Volunteers will be available with maps to answer any questions that you may have.

In addition to our regular ongoing go news and updates, the E-Journal is publishing a special series of updates this week on the 2011 U.S. Go Congress, which begins next Saturday, July 30 in Santa Barbara, CA. If you have any questions about the  Congress, email Lisa Scott at lisa.scott@gocongress.org and watch the E-Journal this week. If you prefer the weekly EJ to more regular updates, you can always change the preference in the “UPDATE YOUR PROFILE” link at the bottom of every EJ.

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Go Congress Joseki: Other Games

Tuesday July 26, 2011

Shocking as it seems, there are apparently a few games other than go that get played at the annual U.S. Go Congress which starts this Saturday in Santa Barbara, CA.
Soccer: Longtime Congress soccer organizer Terry Benson reports that there will be soccer “Every afternoon except the first Saturday and Wednesday” most likely at 4:15, at a site to be determined. “Come one, come all!” Benson urges.
Tennis: Chris Garlock and Lisa Schrag are also planning to organize tennis around the same time; watch for updates as details get nailed down this Saturday. Bring your racquets or rent them at the College.
Poker: No details have surfaced yet but it’s a sure bet that poker will be played at the Congress, most likely in the usual late-night sessions; email us at journal@usgo.org if you have details on this or any other such activities Congress-goers should be aware of.

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Go Congress Joseki: Transportation & Parking

Sunday July 24, 2011

How do I get from the Santa Barbara Airport to the Congress?
UCSB will provide a free shuttle to and from the Santa Barbara Airport for Congress attendees. Call 805-893-2772 when you arrive, and the shuttle will pick you up shortly.  Attendees arriving on Friday, July 29 may also use this shuttle service.  Depending on the number of attendees needing these shuttles, shuttles may be available on other days as well.  This shuttle will only drop off at the Santa Rosa Residence Hall, steps from registration.

How do I get from the Goleta Amtrak station to the Congress?

We recommend taking a taxi.  Using public transportation includes a one mile walk that most attendees will probably want to avoid.

How do I get from LAX to the Congress?
The Congress has arranged with Santa Barbara Airbus for group transportation on their regular shuttles. Mention the US Go Congress to receive the lowest price: $28 per person one-way.  Santa Barbara Airbus will add a stop at UCSB, but will not make additional pick ups or drop offs.

Do I need a parking permit?
YES. All Congress attendees will receive an Unloading Permit in their email.  If you do not receive an unloading permit, please contact lisa.scott@gocongress.org for a second permit.

In addition to our regular ongoing go news and updates, the E-Journal is publishing a special series of updates this week on the 2011 U.S. Go Congress, which begins next Saturday, July 30 in Santa Barbara, CA. If you have any questions about the  Congress, email Lisa Scott at lisa.scott@gocongress.org and watch the E-Journal this week. If you prefer the weekly EJ to more regular updates, you can always change the preference in the “UPDATE YOUR PROFILE” link at the bottom of every EJ.

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Go Congress Joseki: Arrival/Registration

Saturday July 23, 2011

The E-Journal will publish a special series of updates this week on the 2011 U.S. Go Congress, which begins next Saturday, July 30 in Santa Barbara, CA. If you have any questions about the  Congress, email Lisa Scott at lisa.scott@gocongress.org and watch the E-Journal this week.

Congress registration will not officially open until 10a on Saturday morning, but anyone arriving on Friday, July 29 should check in to get their key when they arrive. “You can find us in the Corwin Pavilion before 5p, and the Santa Rosa Entry Hall after 5p,” says Congress Director Lisa Scott. “Anyone arriving early should call the Congress phone number — 805-769-USGO — to let us know that you have arrived.”


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Sign Up Online for Congress Pair Go!

Thursday July 21, 2011

The North American Pair Go Championship is not only a great opportunity for people to have fun and play Pair Go, but also a chance for top pairs to compete to represent North America internationally. The top eight pairs will compete to earn a trip to the International Amateur Pair Go tournament in Tokyo from November 18-22. Winners will receive complimentary hotel and meals while there, and must cover only a small portion of their airfare.

Anyone interested in playing in the Pair Go Tournament can sign up online.  Pairs interested in competing for the trip to Japan should also email tournaments@usgo.org to express their interest.  The eight top-rated pairs will play on Tuesday night, during the open Pair Go Tournament, with a final round played later in the week.
photo: U.S. team (l) at the 2010 International Amateur Pair Go tournament in Tokyo

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Excitement Building for Upcoming U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara, CA

Tuesday July 19, 2011

With just twelve days left before the year’s biggest go event on the continent, there’s still time to register for the 2011 U.S. Go Congress July 30-August 7 in Santa Barbara, CA – and to sign up online for Congress tournaments and events! “This year’s Congress is proving truly exciting,” says Congress Director Lisa Scott. “Between tour groups from three countries, new tournaments, tons of trips to local attractions, and nearly 20 pros, we’re beyond pumped!”
- photo of the University of California, Santa Barbara, site of the 2011 U.S. Go Congress