Tuesday September 20, 2016
Nearly two dozen game records have now been added to the 2016 US Open crosstab and the AGA is conducting its annual Go Congress survey. The Open is held at the US Go Congress, the single biggest go event in North America each year, drawing hundreds of go players from across the country for a week of go events. Whether you’ve attended a Congress or not, the AGA would like your opinions on a few basic questions “so that we can make the Congress an even better annual event,” says AGA president Andy Okun. Click here now; survey participants will be eligible for cool go prizes.
If you’d like your 2016 US Open game records added to the crosstab, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure that all the game info is completely filled out. Thanks to Steve Colburn and Dennis Wheeler for posting the records.
Friday September 16, 2016
The American Go Honor Society (AGHS) is looking for volunteers. “For all you high school students out there: Are you looking for ways to promote go?” asks new Co-President Brandon Ho. “The AGHS is still looking for applicants, and you’re free to join. The AGHS runs youth tournaments like the School Team Tournament and Young Lions, and by joining, you can help us run them.” Fill out the application here 2016AGHSOfficerApp (3) and email it to email@example.com. Applications are due by September 19 and officers will be selected by September 26.
Thursday September 15, 2016
The American Go E-Journal has several openings for game recorders for the upcoming Cotsen Open, the annual go tournament sponsored by go-lover Eric Cotsen, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA October 22-23 at the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles. Game recorders will get a chance to broadcast top boards on KGS — an excellent learning opportunity — and each will receive an E-Journal cap. Experience not required but helpful; volunteers with their own laptops (with KGS already installed) preferred. Email Chris Garlock at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
photo: at the 2015 Cotsen; photo by Chris Garlock
Wednesday September 14, 2016
The theme of the day at the sixth Annual Emory University Chinese Student/Scholar GO Tournament had to be “Youth hands the Old Guard walking papers.”
Zhongfan Jian defeated Sooil Kim for top honors in the high Dan Division and Brandon Zhou had a strong showing defeating long time favorite Frank Luo for 3rd place. In this division Sooil Kim, Frank Luo and Eric Wang are the usual favorites but only Sooil got to the top three.
Held on Saturday, September 10 at Emory University, “It was a beautiful end-of-summer day” for the tournament, reports organizer Jeff Kerlagon. “Emory hosts a wonderful venue, and the Atlanta GO players are grateful for such a grand facility,” Kerlagon added.
In other results, Walter Langendorf topped the Kyu/Dan Division with an undefeated afternoon of 3-0 and Darrell Speck grabbed second place.
Monday September 12, 2016
Qingbo Zhang 5D topped the NOVA Back-to-School tournament, which was held on Saturday, September 10 at George
Mason Law School in Arlington VA. Twenty players participated.
The winners were: First place: Qingbo Zhang, 5D, 4-0; Diego Pierrottot, 4K, 3-1 and John Launchbury, 4K, 3-1 (tied); Patrick Sun, 5K, 3-1; Sarah Crites, 10K, 4-0; and Betsy Small, 12K, 4-0.
Second place: Frederick Bao, 4D, 2-2; Zhao Zhao, 5K, 2-2; Anderson Barreal, 8K, 2-2; and Robert Cole, 12K, 2-2.
photo: the three 4-0 winners (l-r): Qingbo Zhang, Betsy Small, and Sarah Crites.
- report/photo by Allan Abramson
Wednesday September 7, 2016
The AGA is seeking a student pair to represent the USA and Canada in the 3rd World Students Pair Go Championship. This event, which features exclusively college/university/graduate students, will be hosted in Japan at the same time as the International Amateur Pair Go Championship from December 2nd to December 7th of this year. To be eligible to compete, a pair of players must meet the following requirements: One male, one female player per pair; Must be current college/university/graduate students (no high school students); Under the age of 30; Must not be a student in a professional go organization (i.e. no insei); Must be an American / Canadian citizen. Note – the players will be responsible for paying 50% of the cost of round-trip airfare to and from Tokyo, Japan. The rest of the costs (lodging and meals) will be provided by the Japan Pair Go Association. There will be an online qualifier to determine the North American representatives on September 17th. Interested players should contact email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com immediately.
Wednesday September 7, 2016
Manassas VA players wanted: Beginning player looking for others to learn from and to play with in the Manassas VA area. Please contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Delaware Go Players Wanted: Southern Delaware area; email email@example.com
Players Wanted — Northeast Tennessee: I am looking for people to play in person in northeast Tenn. My rank is 5 kyu on KGS, and I live in Johnson City. I might be open to teaching someone new but would prefer someone close to my rank. Please contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can play on a weeknight or on weekends at a cafe or restaurant.
Monday August 29, 2016
The Bay Area Go Players Association held its quarterly tournament at the Japan Center in San Francisco on July 23. Thirty-three players from 7d to 24k competed in four divisions.
Division 1: 1st- Linden Chiu 3d; 2nd- Eric Lee 6d
Division 2: 1st- Tai-An Cha 4k; 2nd- Eric Branlund 1k
Division 3: 1st- Steven Chen 7k; 2nd- Srjdan Krstic 6k
Division 4: 1st- James Bennett 18k; 2nd- B Byrne 13k
- report/photos by Steven Burrall
Sunday August 28, 2016
Attachments and how to improve will be the main topics at the September 10 go seminar in Littleton, Colorado, led by Kellin Pelrine 7 Dan (right). The first half of the seminar — which runs 2-4:30 at the Columbine library — will discuss attachments, particularly isolated ones used in the opening and early middle game to create forcing moves and toeholds in new areas rather than ones that defend or expand from existing stones. The second half — after a brief pizza break — will be about ideas on how to improve, illustrated in the context of a game review, and the seminar will conclude with a Q&A. There’s no charge to attend, but please RSVP to email@example.com. “I look forward to seeing you there!” says Pelrine.
Saturday August 27, 2016
Final tournament winner reports for the 2016 US Go Congress are now available online. Reported tournaments include the US Open, US Open Masters Division, NAMT and Evening League, as well as the Senior Cup, Women’s Tournament, Lightning Tournament, Die Hard, Redmond Cup, Under 16 Girls’ Championship, and Adult/Youth Pair Go. Note that these are winner report, not crosstabs. Click here for the US Open crosstab and the US Open Masters Division crosstab. If you’d like your sgf game record(s) added to the crosstab, send to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
photo: 2016 US Open; photo by Chris Garlock