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1st Tianfu Cup Prelim set for 8/20-24 on KGS

Saturday August 18, 2018

Two professional representatives will be chosen to represent North America in the first Tianfu Cup in China. Eight professionals have signed up, so there will be a five-round double-elimination tournament (without the final round) taking place on KGS at 7 PM, US Eastern time, Monday through Friday, 8/20 – 8/24. “This promises to be an exciting event with four games on Monday and Tuesday, then as needed to complete the brackets,” reports AGA National Tournament Coordinator Jeff Shaevel.  All games will be played on KGS in the AGA Tournaments Room. Participants are: Dalhoon Ahn 9P, Feng Yun 9P, Ming-jiu Jiang 7P, Ryan Li 1P, Andy Liu 1P, Eric Lui 1P, Huiren Yang 1P and Stephanie Yin 1P.
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Join the AGHS – officer applications open

Monday August 13, 2018

AGHSLogo2Officer applications for the American Go Honor Society (AGHS) have been released. The AGHS is an organization run primarily by high school students to promote go throughout America, and hosts events such as the Young Lions Tournament, School Teams Tournament, and Youth Go League. The application is due on September 7; all high school go enthusiasts are encouraged to apply! For more information, including officer descriptions, please visit the application form here. 

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Second Latin American Go Congress set for Oct 12-15

Sunday August 12, 2018

The second Latin American Go Congress has been scheduled for October 12 to 15 in Antigua Guatemala. Last year’s inaugural 2018.08.12_latin-am-congressevent was held in Cancun, Mexico and attracted players and professional teachers from as far away as South Korea and Japan. “The Latin American Go Congress appeals to many go players as it is both inexpensive and short compared to other go congresses,” reports William Luff, who attended last year’s. The Congress begins on Friday and wraps up on Monday. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit World Heritage sites holding Mayan ruins. The Congress includes the second Latin American Youth Go Championship, the third Ibero-American Pair Go Championship, the second Latin American Pandanet Team Championship and the 20th Ibero-American Go Championship, which is being held in memory of Hans Pietsch, the young German professional murdered while on a promotional tour for the Nihon Ki-In in Guatemala in 2003. Anyone who knew Pietsch who would like to contribute to a short tribute video which will be played at the Congress’ opening ceremony should contact Luff at will122166@gmail.com

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US Go Congress updates: videos uploaded; comedy podcast visits; more Open games posted

Friday August 10, 2018

US Go Congress videos uploaded: All the 2018 U.S. Go Congress videos have now been edited and uploaded to the AGA’s 2018.08.10_congress-video-teamYouTube channel; click here to check them out. “All the intermissions/breaks are edited out so people won’t have to skip around,” says Stephen Hu, who directed this year’s video coverage. The 24 videos – watched live on Twitch by audiences of up to 12,000, include US Masters top board commentaries, the Pandanet-AGA City League and Pair Go finals, Redmond Cup finals, the Facebook ELF Open Go event, as well as an interviews with Chinese pro Ding Wei, 2018 Congress Co-Director Nate Eagle, 2019 Congress Director Dave Weimer, and a 2018 Congress re-cap with Hu and producer Chris Garlock. photo: EJ video team in action: (l-r): Joel Cahalan, guest 2018.08.10_comedy-podcastcommentator Eodeokdung (Leo) Lee 2P, Stephen Hu, Nathan Epstein; photo by Chris Garlock

Comedy podcast visits Go Congress: Action Comedy Nerd Show co-host Jerry Jaffe 1d (right) dropped by the 2018 US Go Congress and produced an episode of the podcast, with interviews with Andy Liu, Yuan Zhou, Nate Eagle, and Josh Lee.  Click here  to check out the podcast (also available through iTunes and Stitcher). In the episode, Jaffe also teaches podcast co-host Dan Brown about the game, “as well as schooling him on which movies Will Smith is or is not in.”

More Open games posted: US Open players continue to send us their 2018 sgf game files and it’s not too late to get your games preserved for posterity on the US Open crosstab; email them to us at journal@usgo.org (be sure to make sure all the player info, including result, is completed).

 

 

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Jump on in, the water’s fine: A first timer takes the Congress plunge       

Tuesday August 7, 2018

by Bethany Nyborg 18 kyu2018.08.06 Bedford Club story page1

I attended my first US Go Congress seven years after I first learned to play, and yet I could count on the fingers of one hand how many times I had played against someone who knew what they were doing. Go came to Bedford, Virginia seven years ago when my brother and I watched Hikaru No Go, joined the AGA, and started a go club at the Bedford Public Library, which garnered us some coverage in the local paper (right). We learned very quickly that no one knew about the game. Our only option was to teach as many people to play as we could. As teenagers, we had more success teaching children than adults. I knew I would not live in that area for long, so my goal was to create a pocket of people who had heard of go. When the next person passionate about go came along, I wanted them to find their work already begun.

Even though my dad’s new job was in Northern Virginia, I realized my obstacles had not decreased: I had just started going to college full time, and I didn’t have a driver’s license or a car. Go was put on the back burner for the next four years, but I always listed it in my top three favorite hobbies. Then I saw that the 2018 Go Congress would be at William and Mary College in nearby Williamsburg. With the support and blessing of my new husband (and a scholarship from the AGF), I decided to make this year’s US Go Congress my first AGA event.

On the way to the Congress my nerves tensed as I wondered what people would think of my inexperienced, self-taught go. I rarely played online because I was afraid p2018.08.06 Bethany Nyborgeople would think I was wasting their time by playing such bad moves. Still, I had positive experiences the three times I had been to an AGA go club, and I had high hopes for the Go Congress.

Starting at registration, I met people who were as excited about go as I am and by the end of the first evening’s 9×9 tournament my fears had evaporated. I found that years of studying go problems on my own had given me important skills, and through the tutelage of good players I was able to improve my game in the areas that had intimidated me before. It did not matter that my game was lopsided going in, I was there to learn and improve. Much to my surprise, I came away with two medals, winning the 9×9 kyu championship and coming in second in my division at the Women’s Tournament. Every day I reveled in being surrounded by people talking about go and playing morning, afternoon, and evening. I achieved all my goals, made new friends and, armed with my AGA teaching certificate, I look forward to jumping back into promoting go in my community and creating new spaces for people to play.

 

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Kirschner sweeps Vino Invitational

Tuesday August 7, 2018

Chris Kirschner shares the fruits of his labor on the go board at Sunday’s Straus Vino Invitational, an unrated mini-tournament2018.08.06 Kirschner-vino among houseguests visiting former AGA president Phil Straus, including Kirschner – longtime Seattle Go Club organizer – E-Journal editor Chris Garlock and Bruce Katz, the only other go-playing member at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. The prize for the winner of the two-round knock-out tourney was a bottle of Oregon pinot noir, which Kirschner – who swept the field – generously shared with his wife Marianne (2nd from left) and hosts Phil Straus and Margaret Harris (at right). Runner-up Garlock received a signed copy of Kirschner’s autobiography “Echoes and Shadows.”
photo by Phil Straus

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“Surrounding Game” doc coming to Netflix

Tuesday August 7, 2018

“The Surrounding Game” — the award-winning documentary about go — is coming to Netflix starting on August 30. Anyone with a Netflix2018.08.06_surrounding-game-netflix_graphic account will be able to watch for free in the US, as well as in English-speaking territories, South Korea, and Japan. “To celebrate the Netflix release, we’ll also be rolling out some special discounts on our web store” says co-director Cole Pruitt. “We’re excited to share the film with new audiences!”

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North American professionals wanted for first Tianfu Cup World Professional Weiqi Championship

Monday August 6, 2018

The first Tianfu Cup World Professional Weiqi Championship has requested participation by two North American professionals. The first round will be held September 20-27 in Beijing with a second session from December 20-27 in Tianfu, Sichuan. Airfare, accommodation, and meals will be covered by the event organizers. Prizes start at 30,000 RMB (~4300 USD) for losing the first round. If interested, or for more details, please contact tournaments@usgo.org no later than Sunday, August 12. Depending on the number of responses, there will be a preliminary tournament to select representatives.
- Jeff Shaevel, AGA National Tournament Coordinator

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Havana to host international go tournament in September

Monday August 6, 2018

The Academia Cubana de Go will host an international go tournament in Havana September 14-16 and are encouraging US2018.08.06_cuba-tourney players to attend. Click here for details. I–Dared Travels, a provider of US to Cuba trip arrangements, has put together a travel package for this trip, which includes three days of mental challenge and cameraderie, as well as exploring Havana and its outskirts, including a visit to Finca Vijia, home of Ernest Hemingway. Participants will take part in five rounds of WGAC regulation games, and lodging will be provided by the Hotel Palco, an extension of the Convention Center of Havana.  Registration closes August 31. Those interested should be sure to review US regulations governing travel to Cuba; Federal regulations are at 31 CFR 515.567.

“I have now played go in Cuba three times since 2013 and have enjoyed each trip,” says Bob Gilman. “Cubans have put a lot of energy into developing the game there and are very happy to have visitors from other countries. If anyone has questions about my experience traveling to Cuba, you may write me at bobgilman.aga@gmail.com.”

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Cotsen tourney registration opens

Wednesday August 1, 2018

With the annual US Go Congress just wrapped up, go fans looking for their next big go event can mark their calendars for the 2018.08.01-cotsen-open2018 Cotsen Open, set for Oct 13-14 in Los Angeles. Registration has just opened; click here to sign up. As always, pre-registration ($20) will allow attendees to get their money back on Sunday after competing in ALL five matches, AND a free food voucher for Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise pay $25 at the door and get no refund.  Organizers encourage using the PayPal system “to allow us to have a more accurate count of who is competing this year, which helps cut down the pairing time delay and speeds up the tournament starting on time.” If you have any questions please feel free to email Tournament Organizer Christopher Saenz cotsenopen@gmail.com. “We look forward to seeing you all again in October,” say Cotsen organizers.

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