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AGA Caps Amateur Ranks At 7D

Monday November 17, 2008

The American Go Association Board of Directors last week approved a policy capping top ranks for amateurs at 7 dan, “with exception for rare honors for a small number of players with outstanding achievement, such as winning the U.S. Open twice.” The new policy also notes that “Exceptions will be granted by the AGA President, under criteria developed through a public process, and approved by the President.” The policy is a response to concerns about top amateur American ranks in relation to other countries at international events. Ranks are distinct from AGA ratings; click here for AGA Ratings Statistician Paul Matthews’ article Inside The AGA Ratings System.

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US Go News: N.A. Fujitsu Players Finalized

Monday November 10, 2008

Sixteen of the continent’s top players, led by Mingjiu Jiang (right) and Jie Li, have been selected to compete for the right to represent North America at the Fujitsu World Go Championship, reports Tournament Coordinator Philip Waldron. The N.A. Fujitsu will be held on the KGS Go Server on November 22-23; the winner of the four-round elimination event will represent North American at the Fujitsu in Japan. Additional notable names in the tournament include professional Huiren Yang, 2009 WAGC representative Eric Lui, past champion and 2008 KPMC representative Thomas Hsiang and 2008 Redmond Cup champion Gan Sheng Shi of Canada. Click here for a full list of players and tournament information.

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Wheeler’s Contributions Recognized

Monday November 10, 2008

Noting that Dennis Wheeler “has served the AGA with distinction in the capacity as online tournament director,” the American Go Association’s Board of Directors issued a special commendation to Wheeler last week, thanking him “on behalf of the nation’s go players.” Wheeler is retiring from his post as the AGA’s main online tournament director after several years on the job. The Board also issued Wheeler complimentary year’s membership in the AGA for his service.

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Jennie Shen to Teach in Philly

Monday November 10, 2008

There’s still time to sign up for the upcoming Jennie Shen (left) 2P workshop in Philadelphia. The workshop – which includes lectures and game December 12 and runs through the afternoon of December 14. Cost is $100 for the whole session, or $50 for youth or Penn Go Society members. Check out the Penn Go Society website for details; contact Matt Bengtson(matt@mattbengtson.com, 215-704-4600) or Peter Nassar (pnassar@vet.upenn.edu, 215-898-6271) for more info. photo by Glenn Peters of the Portland (OR) Go Club; click here for more of his go photos.

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Joey’s Go School Back in Biz

Monday November 10, 2008

AGA 8 dan Joey Hung has re-opened his go school in Fremont, California. Joey’s Go School – which shut down in August 2006 when Hung decided to focus on his MBA and investing – is located at 114 Yucca Court in Fremont and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30-5P. Contact him at egogames@yahoo.com or call 510-659-8220. 

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Jie Li Wins N.A. Student Oza; Saul Lapidus Tops Rochester Tourney; Zhang Repeats At Ing Youth Cup

Monday November 3, 2008

JIE LI WINS N.A. STUDENT OZA: Jie Li swept to victory in this weekend’s North American Student Oza online qualifier on KGS, winning all four rounds and the opportunity to represent North America in the upcoming 2009 World Oza in Japan. Yue Zhang (2-2) was the runner-up, losing to Li and Jeffery Fung (1-3) of Canada. And in a nail-biting battle for third place, Kwo-Ping Ho (2-2) forced Xingshuo Liu (1-3) to resign in Sunday’s final round. “Many thanks to Phil Waldron, the AGA’s new Tournament Coordinator for organizing this event,” says online Tournament Director Dennis Wheeler, “and a terrific job by newly-installed Online Tournament Directors Daniel Short, Oren Laskin and Lawrence Ku, as well as our favorite KGS admin, Akane Negishi.”

SAUL LAPIDUS TOPS ROCHESTER TOURNEY: Saul Lapidus 1D topped the fourth annual Greg Lefler Memorial Tournament , held October 25-26 in Rochester, NY. Thirty-three players from five states and Canada gathered at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus. “Two of the winners were deaf players,” notes TD Steve Colburn. Winner’s Report: Dan Division: 1st: Saul Lapidus 1D, 2nd: Phil Waldron 6D, 3rd: Dan Short 3D. Single Digit Kyu Division: 1st: Carrie Lapidus 6K, 2nd: Victor Kostyuk, 3rd: Peter Wynn 5K. Double Digit Kyu Division: 1st: Jesy Felecia, 2nd: Kevin King, 3rd: Brandon Chan.

ZHANG REPEATS AT ING YOUTH CUP: Hugh Zhang 6D repeated as champion of the Ing’s Cup Youth Go Tournament on October 26. The 11th annual event attracted 110 kids — including 36 first-time tourney players — to the Chinese Cultural Center of Sunnyvale, CA, where youth ranging from 6D to 30K vied for prizes and trophies. This year, tournament organizers Mingjiu Jiang 7P and Reid Augustin 5D decided to combine all of the 13×13 players into one large division, which Darren Huang won, sweeping all five of his games. Winner’s Report: Division A (Open): 1st: Hugh Zhang, 2nd: Justin Shieh, 3rd: Albert Chen. Division B: 1st: Anthony Su, 2nd: Brandon Lin, 3rd: David Su. Division C: 1st: Daniel Liu. Division D: 1st: Binjih Lin. Division E: 1st: Alex Zhu. Division F: 1st: Matthew Fu. Division G: 1st: Aaron Ye. Division H: 1st: Alan Hwang. Division I: 1st: Kevin Hung.

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