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VISITOR FROM PARIS LEADS NORCAL MONTHLY

Monday September 20, 2010

Twenty six kids and adults played in the September monthly ratings tournament this past Saturday in Palo Alto, CA. Jean-Baptiste Chaubet 1d (right in photo), visiting from France, led the field of a dozen dan-level players with three wins. In the kyu division, Eric Hoffman 2k, Jay Chan 3k, Roger Schrag 5k, Tom Rike 6k, and Eric Sumner 17k picked up two wins apiece. Next month’s Bay Area Go ratings tournament is scheduled for October 16 in San Francisco.

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LISA SCOTT’S CENTRAL LESSONS

Monday September 20, 2010

Reaching out to the region which just elected her, new American Go Association Central Region Board Director Lisa Scott (l) recently wrapped up a 13-state 7,000-mile tour of more than 30 go clubs. Scott’s goal was to “offer an opportunity for clubs to meet me in person and let me know how the AGA can help them.” Local club organizers from Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Iowa welcomed Scott to their clubs, and were happy to share their thoughts with her about ways in which the AGA could support their efforts. Among Scott’s findings are that “These clubs need assistance in organizing events, and in finding teachers who are strong players.” She also found that most clubs have 6-8 regular attendees, “but at most just two to three AGA members, proving that the region has huge potential for development.” Scott said that while “Some in the Central Region currently feel overlooked, I wanted to show that the AGA does care about this region.” Scott has been directing the Women’s Tournament at the US Go Congress since 2007, and is co-directing the 2011 US Go Congress in Santa Barbara, CA with Andrew Jackson. photo: Scott at this year’s Go Congress; photo by Chris Garlock

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10-GAME RULE DROPPED

Monday September 20, 2010

The American Go Association’s 10-game requirement for international representation has been dropped. In a special meeting Wednesday night, reports AGA President Allan Abramson, the AGA Board voted to drop the rule requiring that potential participants in international events have played at least ten rated games in the preceding year. Pressure to drop the rule had been mounting, most recently by Feng Yun 9P, and the Board had agreed to review its status (AGA Board To Review 10-Game Rule 9/13 EJ). A statement by Board Chairman Andy Okun is expected to be issued soon.

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EJ GETS SERIOUSLY SOCIAL

Monday September 20, 2010

Share it, save it, post it. All E-Journal reports can now easily be emailed, bookmarked or posted to Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Just click “read more” on the story in the EJ and then click on “Share/Save” when it comes up in your web browser. It’s just that easy!

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2010 COTSEN OPEN Photo Album: Sunday Morning, September 19

Sunday September 19, 2010

Clockwise from top right: kids work on solving Yang’s life and death problems; Juyong Koh 7d (l) and Seung Hyun Hong 7d review their Round 3 game; group effort on solving the life and death problems; Yilun Yang 7P plays Yigang Hua 8P from China live online; Congress Directors Lisa Scott & Andrew Jackson discuss the 2011 U.S. Go Congress with local players; young players review their game. Photos by Chris Garlock

2010 COTSEN OPEN Photo Album: Saturday, September 18

Saturday September 18, 2010

photos by Chris Garlock

CATHY LI 1P KNOCKED OUT OF BINGSHEN CUP

Monday September 13, 2010

North American representative Cathy Li 1p was knocked out by Park Jieun (Chieun) 9P in the first round of the Bingsheng Cup, a new international women’s tournament. The Bingsheng Cup is held at Qionglong Mountain in Suzhou, China. Click here for standings, game records and more on the tournament, which wraps up on September 14. Li, of Vancouver, Canada won the right to represent North America in online qualifiers held last month on KGS. The online qualifying matches were dominated by Canadian players, as disputed AGA tournament regulations (AGA’s 10-Game Rule Assailed By Feng Yun 9P 9/6 EJ) and little advance notice for this new event prevented many US women from being eligible to participate.
- Dennis Wheeler

AGA BOARD TO REVIEW 10-GAME RULE

Monday September 13, 2010

In its monthly meeting Sunday, the American Go Association’s Board of Directors had a preliminary discussion of Feng Yun 9P’s objections (AGA’S 10-Game Rule Assailed By Feng Yun 9P 9/6) to the 10-game rule for international eligibility, according to board member and chair-elect Andy Okun. The board agreed to continue the discussion at a special meeting set for this Wednesday, September 15.  “We set the special meeting because we want to have enough time to go in depth into the issues raised by Feng Yun, as well as to the extensive debate her comments sparked on the AGA chapter e-mail list, which we have all been reading,” Okun said. “A number of people want to hear from us on this question and the time we had in the regular meeting wouldn’t have allowed us to do it justice.” Board members have also been following the thread on the topic on Life in 19×19.

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JUSTIN TENG WINS UMD TOURNEY

Monday September 6, 2010

Justin Teng 3d (r) won the 2010 University of Maryland Back to School Go Tournament on Saturday, September 4 in College Park, MD. Twelve players participated in the 3-round tournament. Teng’s only loss was a four-stone handicap game against 8 year-old Yunhuang Zhao (l). Wayne Zhang 20 kyu and Kevin Chin 4 kyu were both undefeated, with three points each. Steve Mount was the Tournament Director. photo by Steve Mount

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AGA’S 10-GAME RULE ASSAILED BY FENG YUN 9P

Monday September 6, 2010

The American Go Association’s 10 rated games requirement is again under fire, this time from Feng Yun 9P. In a lengthy posting to AGA chapters on Friday, Feng Yun – whose go school in New Jersey has trained many of the new generation of top players — said that the rule, which requires that potential participants in international events have played at least ten rated games in the preceding year, excluded her from play in the Bingsheng Cup World Women’s Weiqi Championship, a new international women’s tournament to be held in China. While extending congratulations to Canadian Cathy Li, who won the qualifier, Feng Yun said that “the AGA decision not to allow the top US women to compete is shameful.” There was no official AGA response by press-time Monday night; look for a follow-up report on the AGA website later this week and in next week’s E-Journal.

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