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Go Congress Hosts Sought

Saturday May 14, 2011

With turnout at this year’s U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara heading for a record, the American Go Association is already looking ahead to future Congresses. If your chapter might be interested in hosting a Congress – click here for full details on what’s involved in organizing the AGA’s premier event of the year — contact Chris Kirschner at or 206-579-8071 for more information. The 2012 Congress is set for North Carolina, but from 2013 forward is currently up for grabs.

Categories: U.S. Go Congress

World Amateurs Set for Japan May 26-June 3

Monday May 9, 2011

The 32nd annual World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) will be held later this month in Matsue City in Japan’s Shimane Prefecture. Seventy top amateur players from 70 countries and territories will compete to be the best amateur in the world. The tournament runs Thursday, May 26 May through Friday, June 3, and for the third year the E-Journal and Ranka Online are teaming up to bring you complete coverage of this exciting event, with daily updates including game records, commentary, photos, player profiles and news about the tournament.

AGA Seeking Hosts For NAIM Qualifiers

Monday May 2, 2011

The American Go Association (AGA) is looking for chapters interested in hosting qualifiers for this year’s North American Masters’ Tournament (NAIM). The AGA will sanction as many as eight local NAIM qualifiers – which usually draw large crowd of strong players — and two online events over the next two months. All participants of the qualifiers accumulate points for the NAIM, and the clear winner of each event is guaranteed a place in the main NAIM tournament at the 2011 US Go Congress at Santa Barbara, CA this August. If your chapter is interested in holding a NAIM qualifier during May and June, contact National Tournament Coordinator Edward Zhang at

Congress and Camp Scholarships Available to Young Players

Monday May 2, 2011

The  American Go Foundation (AGF) is again offering youth scholarships to both the AGA Summer Go Camp and the US Go Congress. A limited number of scholarships are available and the application deadline  is  May 30. Up to 15 awardees will be selected by June 1. Applications received after the deadline will be placed in a lottery, along with other applicants who were not selected in the first round. The remaining scholarships will be awarded by chance.  Needs-based scholarships to the Go Camp are also available. To apply for Go Camp, click here.  To apply for Go Congress, click here.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Eight-year-old Aaron Ye, 2d, reviews his US Open game with Yilun Yang 7P, at the 2010 Go Congress in Colorado Springs.

U.S. Go Congress Registration Nears 200 Mark

Monday April 18, 2011

Registration for the 2011 U.S. Go Congress is approaching 200, with 174 registered, including 96 kyu-level players, 57 dan-level players, and 20 non-players. “Initial deposits must be paid by June 1st to ensure the lowest price!” say organizers Lisa Scott and Andrew Jackson. The Congress runs July 30 – August 7 in Santa Barbara, CA, and the registration thus far “suggests that turnout is going to be very high,” say Scott and Jackson, “and also that the discount we’ll be able to offer will be high as well.”  Click here for details and to register.

photos by Gen Zhang & Edward Zhang at the 2010 U.S. Go Congress

2011 US Go Congress Registration Soaring

Monday April 11, 2011

With four months to go, early online registration has already boosted sign-up for this year’s US Go Congress in Santa Barbara, CA — July 30-August 7 — to over 150 people. “Although I’m extremely pleased with registration and the personal attention that we have been able to give to attendees thus far,” Congress Co-Director Lisa Scott told the E-Journal, “I’m still encouraging people to sign up early, since when attendance climbs above 500, we’ll be able to start giving more discounts to all attendees.”

YOUR MOVE: Where’s the WAGC?

Monday March 21, 2011

“When and where will the next WAGC be held?” wonders Joel Sanet. The 2011 World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC) are scheduled to be held May 27 through June 1 in Matsue City in Japan’s Shimane Prefecture. At press-time we don’t have any post-quake updates on the status of plans for the tournament; we’ll keep you posted as we learn more. Eric Lui 7d will be the U.S. rep at the WAGC, where 70 amateur players from 70 countries and territories compete, and which will be covered in the E-Journal again this year with daily reports, photos and game records.
photo: Matsue Castle, built by the first Lord and founding father of Matsue, Yoshiharu Horio in 1611

Feasibility of 2012 Academic Conference on Go Explored

Monday March 14, 2011

Peter Shotwell and Paul Celmer are putting out a preliminary call “for contributors to a conference on the influence of go in international history, art, literature, philosophy, science, education, politics, peace, warfare and more.” The two say they’re “trying to determine the feasibility of an international academic conference at the 2012 Go Congress in North Carolina.” The conference would expand on the highly successful symposium held in Sweden in 2008. “We will be looking for sponsors, but first we need to know how many people would be interested in presenting papers if expenses were fully funded, partially funded or not funded at all except for room and board for the days of the conference. If interested, write and be sure to mention possible topics and estimated travel expenses.

E-Journal Announces “Spirit of Yoshi Sawada” Award

Monday March 14, 2011

by Chris Garlock, Managing Editor, American Go E-Journal
Like so many of you, I have been mourning the untimely and sudden recent loss of Yoshi Sawada (IN MEMORIAM: Yoshi Sawada 2/28/2011). One of Yoshi’s greatest gifts was his indefatigable cheerfulness and his unbridled enthusiasm about the game of go and everyone who plays it, from the newest beginner to the strongest pro. Yoshi was living, smiling, joking proof that this game is always about the people first and the game itself second. Yoshi had a very special place in the hearts of everyone who met him, but especially those of us on the Go Congress E-Journal team, which made him an official member a few years ago – complete with EJ cap and Congress Staff t-shirt – thanks to his indispensable role as translator, pro wrangler, drinking buddy and all-round fixer. Yoshi made much of our expanded coverage in recent years possible by making the EJ office the unofficial pro hangout and arranging for the translations necessary for game commentaries and interviews. And it was Yoshi who arranged the pro simul with EJ staff at the end of each Congress, often the only game any of the hardworking staff got to play. Although we’re going to miss our dear friend and colleague terribly, it’s become clear to me that Yoshi’s last and greatest gift is that he left so much of his spirit behind. So I’m very pleased to announce that this year the E-Journal will bestow the first annual Spirit of Yoshi Sawada Award on the Congress E-Journal team member who best exemplifies Yoshi’s cheerfulness, generosity and enthusiasm for the people and game of go. To inquire about being on the 2011 Congress EJ team, email me at
photo: Yoshi (far right), with Maeda Ryo 6P (l), Garlock (2nd from l) and Takemiya Masaki 9P (2nd from r); photo by Phil Straus

NOTE: Anyone wishing to send condolences to Yoshi’s wife, Keiko Komura, can mail them to her at 4027 Ionian Sea Lane, Sacramento, Ca 95834.

Categories: U.S. Go Congress

’11 Congress: Early Registrants Get Lower Price

Monday March 7, 2011

“By far we’ve received more questions about the Congress pricing than anything else” say organizers Lisa Scott and Andrew Jackson. “We want to bring unprecedented levels of transparency to Go Congress pricing, and we understand that can make it a bit difficult to budget.  In our ‘worst-case’ scenario, adult registration will be $365.  Students (19-25) will be $315, youth between 13 and 18, $265, and kids under 13 are $215.” As sponsorships, fundraising, and costs finalize in the coming months, Scott and Jackson say, “we will be able to cut these prices, perhaps by as much as $100!  However, only those who register before May 1st will receive these discounts — the sooner we know our numbers the better we can make this for everyone, so register online today!” Comments and feedback are welcome at

Categories: U.S. Go Congress