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San Diego club promotes go at Cherry Blossom Festival

Sunday March 18, 2018

For the seventh year in a row, the San Diego Go Club had several tables for demonstrating and teaching go during the annual 2018.03.18_san-diego-cherry-blossomCherry Blossom Festival this weekend at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. This year the festival stretched over three days: Friday – Sunday. The club was given a choice spot, just inside the entrance, right next to a crowd favorite: the large well-stocked koi pond. Thousands of people streamed through the garden, even coming through a light rain on Saturday (Note: plastic go stones do not float on wet vinyl go boards.)

Club members played demonstration games against go playing visitors as well as taught go to people who had heard of the game but never played. Dozens of copies of “A Way to Go,” the go pamphlet given to AGA chapters every year by the AGF, were distributed. The club added several new potential players to its email list.

- photo: Long-time AGA member (AGA #439)  Les Lanphear III (right) playing a serious game with a visitor from Minnesota; report/photos by Ted Terpstra, President, San Diego Go Club


Ki Choi tops Davis/Sacramento Go Club Spring Tournament

Sunday March 18, 2018

The Davis/Sacramento Go Club held its Spring Tournament at the North Highlands-Antelope library on March 3. There was a 2018.03.18_Ki Young Choi-croppedfield of eight players including Valerie Wong, who was playing in her first AGA tournament. Two 2018.03.18_Tyler Moore-croppedpatrons of the library expressed interest, and were given copies of “The Way to Go” and a brief introduction the game. The Upper Division was won by Ki Choi 2d (right), with a 2-2 record and the Lower Division by Tyler Moore 4k (left), with a 3-1 record.
- Willard Haynes


Chicago Math Teachers Learn Go

Saturday March 17, 2018

IMG_20180210_105212038“As an educator, I have been advocating using go as a math manipulative in schools, and dreaming about the day that students in every classroom will learn go,” writes 2015 AGF Teacher of the Year Xinming Simon Guo. At the Metropolitan Mathematics Conference of Workshops, an annual event for math educators in the greater Chicago area, professor Xiuwen Wu and Guo organized a workshop for teachers in February. “Teachers in the workshop had never heard about go. We first showed teachers how to play, and then they explored how the game is related to math standards in schools. After several games on mini boards, I shared the most important conclusion from our prior research — about 60% of math content from kindergarten to third grade can be covered in just one game. I also showed some authentic classroom videos on kids learning and playing go for further discussion.”

“My co-speaker professor Wu shared her experience on how to use go in  teacher preparation methods courses, and shared pre-service teachers’ suggestions on how to integrate go in math instruction. Finally, she highlighted the benefits of this game-based learning method, including student ownership of learning, wide coverage of math standards, low cost and easy maintenance. Classroom teachers, especially in early elementary grades, are in the ideal position to implement this teaching method. We need to raise awareness among educators involved in making decisions about effective math learning tools and materials, including teachers, school administrators, district education directors and superintendents. As educators learn about go, they will come to see the ease with which teachers can use the game to teach every learner a multitude of math concepts and skills,” adds Guo. - Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.  Photo by Xinming Simon Guo


Jung Hoon Lee wins Colorado Spring Tournament

Sunday March 11, 2018

Jung Hoon Lee 7D won the Colorado Spring Tournament held on March 10th in Denver, CO, topping a field of 29 players. 2018.03.11_CO-spring-tourney

Complete results:
Dan section:
1st: Jung Hoon Lee, 7D
2nd: Kent Evenson, 1D

Single-digit Kyu section:
1st: Lev Marcus, 8K

2nd: Hannah Jung, 9K
Double-digit Kyu section:
1st: Issac Hatfield, 14K
2nd: Levi Goncharov, 27K
reported by Eric Wainwright, Chapter president, Boulder Go Club

Hongkui Zheng tops Zheng Go Championship

Wednesday March 7, 2018

Hongkui Zheng took top honors in the 5th Zheng Go Championship, formerly known as the Southern California Go 2018.03.07_Zheng CupChampionship. Held March 3 and 4, the Zheng Go Championship took place at the Back Bay Conference Center in Irvine, California.  A record 84 participants came from Southern California as well as travelers from the SF Bay Area, San Diego and Arizona.   Sponsored as in recent years by Jay Zheng, it was organized by Yixian Zhou and directed by Kevin Chao.  Shirley Lin 1p was the resident professional and played simuls with participants after the last round on Saturday.

High Dan Section
1st Hongkui Zheng; 2nd Hoon-Hee Jo; 3rd Yixian Zhou; 4th Yufei Jin; 5th Chenglie Huang; 6th Xiaocheng Hu
Dan section: 1st Josiah Frias; 2nd Jiale Chen; 3rd Troy Zheng; 4th King Bi; 5th Michael Sato; 6th Yuan Yuancheng
Kyu section 1: 1st Yike Deng; 2nd Ted Terpstra; 3rd Barnett Yang; 4th Darwin Kim
Kyu section 2: 1st Zongren Huang; 2nd Lujia Chen; 3rd William Gundberg; 4th Cody Frias
Kyu section 3: 1st Kevin Yang; 2nd Ethan Wong; 3rd Tony Yang; 4th Andy Zhou

photo by Jack Chao (l-r): TD Kevin Chao, Shirley Lin 1p,  champion Hongkui Zheng, sponsor Jay Zheng, organizer Yixian Zhou.


Executive Summary of January & February AGA Board Meetings

Wednesday March 7, 2018

Executive Summary of AGA Board Meeting 1/21/2018: The board approved a Code of Conduct for AGA events that will now be reviewed at the executive and then chapter levels. Andy Okun, president of the AGA, reported that he intends to hire a part-time staffer to assist with administrative tasks in order to allow AGA leadership to work more quickly and efficiently. Other business included status updates on the ranking system, state championships, and 2018 Go Congress.

Executive Summary of AGA Board Meeting 2/11/2018: The board discussed how to protect the AGA membership and stay in compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation that will soon go into effect. Drafts of the Code of Conduct and bylaws revision are also under review by the board and will be sent to the membership in the next weeks. Other business included updates on Go Congress 2018/2019 organization and a proposal to create a mechanism for volunteers to attend board meetings and report. Members should keep their eyes open for announcements about the 50 States Tournament and 2018 Go Congress, coming soon through the E-Journal.
-Samantha Fede, AGA Secretary


Pennsylvania first to host AGA State Go Championship

Tuesday March 6, 2018

The Penn Go Society has announced the first Pennsylvania State Go Championship, part of the American Go Association’s new system of state championships around the country (click here for details). The Pennsylvania championship will be held April 28-29 in Philadelphia, PA, with five rounds over two days, handicap and open divisions, and over $1000 in prizes.

Pre-registration is required; deadline is April 24th. The tournament will be held on the 8th floor of the Wharton Student Life Center (2401 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103). Email for more info.

The tournament director will be Jason McGibbon; games will be AGA rated and Japanese byo-yomi time setting (45 min main + 5 x 30 byo-yomi). Check-in on Saturday and Sunday will be from 9:30AM-10AM. The first round on both days will begin at 10:15AM. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided, and many restaurants are within easy walking distance of the venue. The official State Championship title is reserved for Pennsylvania residents, but non-PA residents are eligible to play and win prize money.



2018 U.S. Go Congress website launched

Sunday March 4, 2018

Organizers of this year’s US Go Congress recently launched a new design for the Congress website, where you can subscribe to2018.03.03-2018-congress-website the Congress mailing list to stay up to date on Congress news and be among 2018.03.03_2018-congress-sitethe first to know when registration opens. The 2018 Congress runs July 21 – 28 at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. “If you’ve never been to Williamsburg, you’re in for a treat,” reports Congress Co-Director Nate Eagle. “The beautiful, tree-lined campus of William & Mary is directly next to Colonial Williamsburg, where you can step directly into a recreation of 18th-century American life. I spent a couple weekends down there in the Fall and am looking forward immensely to seeing some of those beautiful grass lawns filled with go boards and sprawling go players, locked in combat.” Registration is expected to open later this month.

photo (l-r): Congress directors Diego Pierrottet and Nate Eagle “duking it out while Lord Bortetourt suppresses his urge to kibitz.”


AGA to launch state championships across U.S.

Sunday March 4, 2018

The American Go Association is preparing to launch a brand-new system of state championships around the country and is seeking interest from AGA chapters in the various states.

“Our goals are to promote high-level competition in local areas, develop state level organization, and to provide more direct assistance to local chapters,” said AGA President Andy Okun. The championships will be run by the individual states according to AGA guidelines detailed here: Coordinator Selection, Application, and Summary. AGA chapters within each state will pick a State Championship Coordinator, who will be the point of contact between that state and the AGA State Championship Coordinator Paul Ohmart, who can be reached at

“The AGA recognizes that different states will have different issues in organizing a statewide event and will need to have different approaches; we will work to find the best approach,” said Ohmart. The AGA will also provide two types of trophies to each participating state, an individual trophy for the winner and a perpetual trophy to be held by the winner until the next championship. Chapter leaders will be contacted individually to help get the programs rolling.



Redmond Deadline Wednesday

Saturday March 3, 2018

The deadline to register for the Redmond Cup is March 7th. Preliminaries will be played on KGS, with the top two players in each the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) division receiving invitations to the finals, which will be held in July at the 2018 US Go Congress in Williamsburg, Virginia. Courtesy of the American Go Association and the American Go Foundation, finalists will also have all basic expenses covered to attend the 2018 US Go Congress, and any participant who completes all rounds of the preliminary tournament will be eligible for a $400 scholarship to the AGA Go Camp (details TBD) or a $200 scholarship to the 2018 US Go Congress.

Players must have an accredited rank of 1 dan or higher, be residents of the US, Canada, or Mexico, and have an active membership with any of aforementioned countries’ go association to register for the Redmond Cup. Please consult the Rules and Regulations for more information about the tournament. Registration is now open and will close on March 7th.