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American Chang Qi Tournament Open for Registration

Wednesday July 29, 2015

090623-chunlan-000This September, the American Collegiate Go Association (ACGA) will be hosting a Chinese professional tournament on US soil for the first time ever, at Harvard University. While four of the strongest Chinese professionals play the semifinals of the Chang Qi Cup, the ACGA will also be holding a 4-round AGA-rated tournament for amateurs. Thanks to the Ing Foundation’s generous sponsorship, there is more than $10,000 available in cash prizes across the divisions, including a 16-player open section, and registrants will receive free catered lunches. Live commentary, pro simuls, and game reviews are also planned, and the entire event is absolutely free. Register early here for a free goodie bag, and a chance to participate in a simul against Chang Hao 9P. -Julian Erville. Photo: Chang Hao winning the Chunlan Cup.


US Go Congress Handbook Released

Wednesday July 29, 2015

With this year’s US Go Congress just a few short days away, organizers have released the Congress Handbook so that attendees can begin planning to make the most of their time at the biggest go event of the year.2015.07.29_CongressHandbook-graphic

The Handbook provides information about the Congress venue – including maps – and the many events that make of the Go Congress, including rated tournaments like the US Open, Die Hard, and Self-Paired, and unrated events like the Lightning Tournament, 13×13 and 9×9 tournaments. In all, ten tournaments are scheduled, along with events with professionals – including simuls and lectures – and youth activities and tournaments.

Also covered in the Handbook are Day Off options, transportation, nearby restaurants and official go rules and guidelines, as well as bios and photos of all the visiting professional players.

“The chapter putting on this Congress so ably and devotedly, the Twin Cities Go Club, have been stalwart friends, players and teachers over the last 10 years,” says AGA president Andy Okun in his welcome, “Please join me in giving them gratitude during this rewarding week of play.”


Uncovering the link between go and education

Wednesday July 29, 2015

Uncovering the link between go and education Go is a game, a hobby, a profession. It’s a competition, it’s a communication tool and it’s a way of life. But what happens when go enters home and school as an educational tool? Xinming Simon2015.07.28_simon-guo Guo, founder of the Go and Math Academy in Chicago, Illinois, will explore go’s impact in his keynote remarks at this year’s US Go Congress opening ceremonies this Saturday in St. Paul, Minnesota. “Imagine an era in which every student has opportunities to learn math through go and fall in love with both of them,” says Guo.


Go Congress Visitors Coming to Seattle

Saturday July 25, 2015

Ryo Maeda 6P at the Seattle Go Center in 2014

Ryo Maeda 6P at the Seattle Go Center in 2014

Seattle will benefit from the upcoming U.S. Go Congress in St. Paul, even though it is 1700 miles away, as visitors stop by before and after the August 1-9 event.  Ryo Maeda 6P and Koyo Hoshikawa 3P from the Kansai Ki-in of Japan will visit the Seattle Go Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28 and 29.  They will play simultaneous games on Tuesday, and Maeda Sensei will give one of his famous lectures for kyu players on Wednesday evening.

The weekend after the Go Congress, August 15 and 16,  Myungwan Kim 9P will conduct a workshop for strong players.  He will be assisted by Mark Lee, winner of the U.S. Open in 2014.  The workshop will feature simultaneous games with the two teachers,  game analysis of student games, analysis of top games from the U.S. Go Congress, and lessons on the Korean style opening.

The next weekend, August 22 and 23, Inseong Hwang of the on-line Go school the “American Yunguseng Dojang“, will teach a workshop for players 15 kyu and stronger.  It will include games between workshop participants, game analysis and lectures. Mr. Hwang says he often explains moves both at the 6-7 kyu level and also at the 1-2 dan level, since that is where people get stuck.  Mr. Hwang is the highest rated Go player in Europe (EGF).  He will also attend the US Go Congress on his trip.
- photo and report by Brian Allen


“PopPop” Gets Ready for the Go Congress

Friday July 24, 2015

NOVA Go Club organizer, Garrett Smith (left), also known as PopPop, reports that he is engaged in extensive preparation for the 2015 U.S. Go Congress next month.  He hopes to see a big turnout August 1-9 in St. Paul, MN. If you’re going to the Go 2015.07.24_NoVA-GarrettSmithCongress too — and some 350 are already signed up — let us know how you’re preparing for the biggest go event in the country! Email your reports and/or photos to us at


Jonathan Hop Returns with Translated Pro Game Commentaries and Twitch TV Games

Wednesday July 22, 2015

Go author and blogger Jonathan Hop has launched a project to translate videos of professional games with commentary into English. “It’s all free and available on YouTube for all to see,” he tells the E-Journal. Hop says he’ll “try to do one or 2015.07.21_Hop-translationstwo a week depending on my schedule.” Available so far: Mukai Chiaki vs. Yamada Kimio, Cho Sonjin vs. Yukawa Mitsuhisa in the 63rd NHK Tournament, Takemiya Masaki vs. Goto Shungo and Kanazawa Makoto vs Akiyama Jiro in the 63rd NHK Cup.

2015.07.21_hop-twitchHop is back teaching and playing go after a long hiatus. After going to Korea, studying at a professional dojo and writing four books on go, he realized he didn’t want to be a professional go player, “So when the game felt like a chore, when studying was no longer exciting, I just plain stopped,” he writes on his blog. But now he’s heading to China next month and says “There’s no way I’m going to be in China and not play. So I decided I needed to get back in shape before I go.”

In addition to the pro game translations, Hop is playing on Twitch TV and archiving the games on YouTube. He’s also offering to review kyu level games or low level dan games for free and make videos of the review available on Youtube; send games to He’s also planning a go-playing marathon when he reaches 1,000 subscribers, and says that “I think I’m at 997 which is close enough for me to schedule it.  Sunday August 2nd, 12 straight hours of go beginning around 11 a.m.”

Photos: (right) Cho Chikun commenting the Mukai Chiaki vs. Yamada Kimio game; (left) Hop playing on Twitch.TV


US Open Master’s Division to offer $5,000 top prize

Tuesday July 21, 2015

The US Open Master’s Division will again be a 9-round event with a top prize of $5,000. This section is open to all professionals and 7 Dan players. Additionally, players below 7-dan who earned points in AGA qualifier tournaments will be 2015.07.21_2014-masters-DSC_0087
eligible to compete in this section. As was done last year, the top three North American finishers in this section will get prizes with a top award of $2,000.

The regular 6-round event will continue as before, open to everyone. Players who qualify for the Master’s Division but do not wish to play 9 games can sign up for the 6-round Open event instead. However, there is no crossover between sections once play begins, and players in the Master’s Division are expected to commit to play the full 9 rounds. Jon Boley is the Tournament Director for the Master’s Division this year.
photo: top-board action at the 2014 US Open Masters Division; photo by Chris Garlock


EJ Congress Team Seeks Game Recorders; Bring Your Racquets!

Tuesday July 21, 2015

The American Go E-Journal has a few openings on its US Go Congress team. Anyone interested in helping record/broadcast top-board games at the US Open should email Prior experience is useful but not absolutely 2015.07.21_2014Masters-DSC_0084necessary. You must be available either mornings (Sun-Sat) or evenings (Sunday, Tuesday, or Friday). “This is a terrific opportunity to get an up—close look at top-board games at a major tournament and be a part of the team bringing this event to the world,” says E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. “Plus, it’ll improve your own go!”

Tennis Alert: Tennis players be sure to pack your racquets, as there are courts available at this year’s Congress site and E-Journal editor Chris Garlock will be organizing games throughout the week. Email if interested in participating.
photo: The EJ’s Dennis Wheeler records a 2014 US Open Masters game; photo by Chris Garlock



AGA YouTube Channel Features Haylee-Sibicky Pair Go Game Tonight

Saturday July 18, 2015

Hajin Lee 3P and her European Go Federation pair-go partner Fabien will play Andrew Jackson 4D and fellow Seattle Go Center teacher Nick Sibicky 4D in a pair go game on the AGA Youtube channel tonight, July 18, starting at 11p PST (2a Sunday EST).
“The AGA’s official Youtube channel has been revamped in advance of the upcoming 2015 US Go Congress, and we’d like to re-introduce it to members with a pair go match between a few well known YouTube go players” says Jackson, the American Go Association’s VP of Operations.  “Hajin will also be recording her comments for her 100th video on her channel, so this should be quite a celebratory evening”

The game will be broadcast live on the 
AGA Youtube channel, and “all the video content from the 2015 US Go Congress will be posted there, so please subscribe!” urges Jackson. More details on the format can be found in Jackson’s announcement video.

RFP for East Coast Go Center

Wednesday July 15, 2015


At its June 7th board meeting, the Iwamoto North American Foundation for Go approved a request for proposals for the establishment of a Go Center on the East Coast. The foundation is seeking proposals by December 1, 2015.  The RFP can be found on the foundation’s web page:  Please direct any questions to board members Thomas Hsiang (, Andy Okun (, or Dave Weimer (






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