“Recognizing our volunteers is so important,” says American Go Association President Allan Abramson. “The AGA is a volunteer organization, and we want to publicly recognize those who contribute so much to everyone’s playing enjoyment.” Nominees thus far include Jonathan Bresler for his work on ratings and James Story and David Drexler, for outreach/promotion. The deadline for nominating volunteers for special recognition is June 30. Please send their name(s) and a nomination statement to email@example.com
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Saturday June 26, 2010
Monday June 21, 2010
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Sunday June 20, 2010
Michael Redmond 9P defeated Cho U 9P by half a point in the first round of the 17th Agon Cup on Friday. Stay tuned for more details as they become available. This week’s Member’s Edition of the American Go E-Journal will include Redmond’s commentary on his May 6 win against Nakano Hironari 9P which got him into the 16-player Agon Cup final. CLICK HERE for the E-Journal’s recent interview with Redmond.
- includes reporting by JustPlayGo
Saturday June 19, 2010
Contested seats in the Eastern and Central regions highlight this year’s AGA Board of Directors election. Andrew Jackson is challenging incumbent Chuck Robbins in the Eastern region while current Central Region board member Roy Schmidt is being challenged by Daniel Smith and Lisa Scott. Andrew Okun is unopposed in the Western Regon, as is At-Large member Jie Li. Current AGA chapters are eligible to vote in the election, weighted by membership; ballots will be sent to each current chapter on June 21 and must be returned by July 30. The votes will be counted at the U.S. Go Congress and the results announced. CLICK HERE for candidate statements (if any; there are none as of press-time), voting procedures and rules. “Chapter representatives should have received their current voting rights,” reports Arnold Eudell. Report any discrepancy or your current contact information to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday June 18, 2010
The opportunity to learn from top professional go players has always been a major attraction of the annual U.S. Go Congress, set this year for July 31 – August 8 in Colorado Springs, CO. This year’s roster of pros includes a very special visit by Yasumasa Hane 9P (right, in blue jacket) well-known as a major contributor in the development of the Chinese fuseki as well as the father of Naoki Hane 9P (far left, in tan jacket), the current Honinbo and a former holder of the Kisei and Tengen titles. Hane’s family — wife Masami 1k (left front), daughter Michiyo Yamamori 1k (back center) daughter-in-law Shigeko Hane 1P (back left, next to husband Naoki), and Shigeko’s daughters Ayaka 1k, Ranka 1k and Rinka 4k (center) — will also be attending and playing in the U.S. Open. “It’s a great honor to host such a famous and impressively strong go family,” says American Go Association President Allan Abramson. “We look forward to learning much from the Hane family.” Also attending the Congress this year are defending U.S. Open champion Myung Wan Kim 9P (US), Seong-yong Kim 9P of Korea, Ming Jiu Jiang 7P US, Yilun Yang 7P (US), Ryo Maeda 6P (Japan), Cheng Xiaoliu 6P (China), Jennie Shen 2P (US), Hui Ren Yang 1P (US), Cathy (Chen Shuo) Li 1P (China), and Qiao Shiyao 1P (China). CLICK HERE for details and to register for the U.S. Go Congress.
- Chris Garlock; photo courtesy the Hane family. Includes reporting by Yuki Shigeno
Monday June 14, 2010
“Register for this year’s 2010 U.S. Go Congress by midnight June 30 and save!” says Congress Director Karen Jordan. Base costs increased $50 after 6/15 and will increase $75 after 6/30 and $100 after 7/17. Registration for the Congress — set for July 31 – August 8 in Colorado Springs, CO — has now passed 300, including 12 professionals, 113 dan players and 138 kyus. Click here for the latest list of attendees. The Congress website is being regularly updated with new Congress information, like the Go Congress group rate for people coming to the Congress site from Denver International Airport. Click here for the website of the Congress shuttle service; the e-mail address is email@example.com. You may sign up and pay online. Questions about the Congress? Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.
Monday June 14, 2010
Zipei Feng 7d took first place in the June 12 Rocky Mountain Spring Go Tournament in Boulder, Colorado. “We had 43 players attend,” reports David Weiss, “including five people who drove all the way from Salt Lake City, and drove back immediately after the tournament was over.” Victor Traibush 3k won 2nd place, Yun Bo Yi 6d was 3rd and Lenny Den 15k won 5 of 6 games in his second tournament to take first place in the handicap section.
Monday June 14, 2010
Tang Wenhua 6d (r) claimed top place in the 2010 Santa Monica Coffee Cup’s Espresso Division last Saturday after a tense final-game win over the Santa Monica Go Club’s own Yixian Zhou 7d, the 2009 US Open 6d Division winner. In addition to a pound of dark roast and the eponymous hand-painted coffee cup — in this year’s theme color of avocado green — Tang was awarded certification as a 6-dan amateur by the Hankuk Kiwon, courtesy of the Kiwon’s go ambassador, Myung-wan Kim 9P (center). Other winners topping the 50-player field were Tyler Oyakawa 2d in the Java (2k-2d) Division, Alex Lee 3k in the Mocha Division (3k-4k), Ezana Berhane 7k in the Arabica Division (5k-9k), David Whiteside 10k in the Cappuccino Division (10k-14k) and Jerry Lu 15k in the Decaf (15k and under) Division. The Espresso Division also served as an NAMT qualifier and eligible players will receive points toward an NAMT invitation for Congress. Joe Cepiel was tournament director. “Fifty players is a lot for the UnUrban Coffeehouse but the cool June weather made it nice and some folks took their equipment outside to play in the open air,” said organizer Andrew Okun (at left in photo at left). Next year’s theme color will be purple, Okun adds.
- photos courtesy Andy Okun
Monday June 14, 2010
Deadline for nominations to the American Go Association’s Board of Directors is Tuesday, June 15. “This is a great opportunity to contribute to the current running and future direction of the AGA,” says President Allan Abramson. Deadline for nominations is June 15. Email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org Nominees must be full AGA members, as must be those who make nominations; CLICK HERE for details on nomination procedures and candidate qualifications.
Monday June 14, 2010
Six young go players have won national titles in the recently-completed U.S. Youth Go Championships, which were held online. Curtis Tang 7d led the High Dan (5-7d) division, narrowly defeating former champion — and current World Youth Representative — Calvin Sun 7d. In the Low Dan (1-4d) division, which had both senior and junior sections, Justin Shieh 4d took top honors in the senior, while seven-year-old Aaron Ye 1d won the junior. Van Tran is the new Single Digit Kyu Champion in the 1-4k range, while Larry Qu won in the 5-9k range. The Double Digit Kyu Champion is Raymond Liu 10k. The new title holders will receive trophy plaques with their name and title, and partial scholarships to the Go Camp or Go Congress. Everyone who entered will also receive free audio go lessons, courtesy of Guo Juan’s Internet Go School. Click here for full standings in each division.
- report/photo by Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor; photo: Boulder youth compete at the USYGC Qualifier in April 2010