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North American Masters: Player Photo Gallery

Monday August 1, 2011

The North American Ing Masters (NAIM) Championship is the North American continental championship. Featured in a variety of formats over the years, this year’s tournament — which kicked off Sunday night at the U.S. Go Congress — is a 16-person, 4-round Swiss tournament that will determine the North American Masters Champion. This tournament is invitation only, and participants are determined by qualification tournaments played over the six months before Congress begins.

Qualification: All players must be rated 4 dan or higher, be eligible to represent the US internationally, and have earned enough points through qualifier competitions to be listed in the top 16 eligible, interested players.

Top row: Mingjiu Jiang 7P; Zi Yang Hu 1P; Huiren Yang 1P; Calvin Sun 7d
2nd row: Daniel Chou 7d; Dae Hyuk Ko 7d; Yongfei Ge 7d; Guozhong Zhuang 6d
3rd row: Kuo-Ruey Han 6d; Vincent Zhuang 6d; Zhaonian Chen 7d; Juyong Koh 7d
4th row: Curtis Tang 7d; Kevin Chao 5d; Philip London 4d; Yuan Zhou 7d
photos by Steve Colburn; collage by Chris Garlock


Sun and Ye Leading in Redmond Cup

Monday August 1, 2011

Calvin Sun 7d and Aaron Ye 4d both won their first round matches in the Redmond Cup this afternoon.  Sun, who is 14,  battled Gansheng Shi 7d, age 17, in the senior division, while Ye (at left above) squared off against Sammy Zhang 4d (at right) in the Junior Division.  Ye, who is only 9 years old, took his afternoon nap before the 3 pm match against Zhang, who is 11.   The games were broadcast live on KGS, and Redmond Meijin Curtis Tang 7d, provided live commentary.  Tang, who has won the Redmond Cup five times, has competed against both Sun and Shi, and knows their styles well.  Hundreds of observers checked out the action in the English Game Room, where E-J staff broadcast the games on USGO1, 2, and 3.  Tangs commentary is attached in this game, the Jr. Division match is up on the congress crosstab.  Round 2 will be at 3 pm PST on Tuesday, Aug. 2, again with commentary by Tang, the third round will be on Thursday the 4th, at 3 pm. – Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Aaron Ye 4d 9 (l) vs. Sammy Zhang (r) while Redmond Cup founder None Redmond looks on.  


Phil’s Portraits: Sunday, July 31

Sunday July 31, 2011

E-Journal photographer Phil Straus will be posting portraits of go players each day this week; here’s his first collection:

2011 U.S. Open Underway

Sunday July 31, 2011

(7/31/2011; 10a PST) The first round of the 2011 U.S. Open is now underway at the U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara, CA, with the top three boards being broadcast live on KGS every morning starting around 9a PST. Pairings and game records — including game commentaries — can be found online. Check back for updated pairings, results and game records throughout the week!

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

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 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 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 if you have details on this or any other such activities Congress-goers should be aware of.

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