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AGF Offers Youth Scholarships to Congress

Monday May 4, 2015

IMG_3524The American Go Foundation (AGF) is offering $200 youth scholarships to this year’s US Go Congress.  Interested youth must write an essay on why they want to go; the application deadline is May 30th. Twenty-five scholarships are available, and up to 15 awardees will be selected by June 1. Five scholarships are available to residents of Canada or Mexico. Applications received after May 30th will be placed in a lottery with the remaining scholarships  awarded at random from qualifying essays.  The scholarships are available for US youth who are under 18.  For more information, and to apply, click here.  - Story and photo by Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: Youth Adult Pair Go is one of the many activities in the Youth Room at Congress.

 

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Teacher of the Year Nominations Due May 15th

Monday May 4, 2015

school pic 5There is still time to apply for the American Go Foundation’s  Teacher of the Year award. Presented each year at the U.S. Go Congress, the award  recognizes an outstanding American teacher. The winner  will receive an all expenses paid trip to the US Go Congress.  To be eligible, a teacher must be a member of the AGA, have been teaching go to children for at least two hours a week (during the school year) for two years, have started a go club or organization for youth, and have helped their students enter appropriate tournaments, if possible.  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, including yourself, e-mail mail@agfgo.org.  Nominations are due by May 15th and should include a description of the teacher’s activities,  how long they have been teaching, and how many students attend their program. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo:  Go Cheerleaders, from Joshua Frye’s middle school in Florida. Frye was Teacher of the Year in 2009.

Austin Hosts “‘May’ You Win” Tourney

Sunday May 3, 2015

On May 2nd, the Austin Go Club held it’s ” ‘May’ you win ” tournament. Sixteen players participated and were observed by Yi Kou, a former pro 2015.04.03_austinfrom China currently living in Austin, who provided post game discussions.

Two players shared top honors with 4-0 records. They were Banwan Lee 4k and Kelly Braun 9k). Four other players recording 3-1 records were Andy Olsen 3D, Lei Xu 3k, Nathan Hess 14k and Ray Heitmann 5k.
Awards included gift certificates from Great Hall Games, a local game store stocking a variety of  go books and equipment and which hosts the Austin Go Club. Also, Clay Smith generously contributed several items including boards, stones and artwork that were awarded to the winning players.
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Maryland Open Registration Opens

Sunday May 3, 2015

Online registration is now open for the 42nd Maryland Open, scheduled for May 23-24 in Catonsville, Maryland. One of the biggest East Coast 2015.05.02_2012-md-open-DSC_6431tournaments, it will be held at “the same great location, the Catonsville Senior Center,” reports organizer Keith Arnold. Click here to register.
photo: at the 2012 Maryland Open; photo by John Pinkerton

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Jennie Shen Teaches All Ages in Portland, OR

Sunday May 3, 2015

Nearly two dozen players ranging in age from single digits to the 70′s attended Jennie Shen’s weekend workshop in Portland, OR the weekend of2015.05.02_jennie-shen April 18-19, including four children, a high schooler, three college students, and Haskell Small all the way from Washington, DC. Small, who organized the first US Go Congress, was in town for the opening performance of one of his compositions in Portland.  Thanks to Bill Corry, food, Glen Peters, equipment beast of burden, Peter Drake for hosting us at Lewis and Clark College, and most of all, Jennie Shen our excellent teacher and good friend.
- Peter Freedman

 

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Nominations Open For 2015 AGA Board Elections

Sunday May 3, 2015

The three American Go Association (AGA) regional Board of Director seats are up for election this year. The current terms of office expire this September. Nominations, including self-nominations may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides and must be received by June 15, 2015. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

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Eric Lui Tops Revived Hopkins Tournament

Saturday May 2, 2015

The Hopkins Go Club resumed its annual tournament on April 19, after a several-year hiatus. Now called the Blue Jay Spring Cup, the 2015.05.02_Hopkins-tourneytournament drew 16 participants for the 3-round event, which was topped by Eric Lui 8d, who was undefeated. The other three-game winner was Ning-Yuan Ernest Wang 11k.
photo: Eric Lui (left), playing Saki Fujita 5d; photo by Ning-Yuan Ernest Wang

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UMD Wins Collegiate Go League Championship

Saturday May 2, 2015

The University of Maryland has won the Collegiate Go League championship, with UCLA coming in second.  The University of Minnesota came2015.05.02_ACGA_Logo in third. Click here for complete results. Gansheng Shi 1p commentated the top board from several of the matches, and the reviews are available on the ACGA blog.
- Brian Lee

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AGA Membership Go World Bonus

Wednesday April 29, 2015

goworld73Join the AGA for the first time, or renew your  membership,  and get free issues of Go World magazine, courtesy of the American Go Foundation (click here to take advantage of this offer).  The more years you choose, the more issues you get.  One year gets you two issues, two years gets five, three gets ten, four gets fifteen, and five years or more gives you twenty issues, and access to the rare issues that we have only limited supplies of.

With analysis of important games by top pros, instructional material for all levels, news and other features Go World Magazine is the ultimate resource for the serious player. The AGF has acquired the entire remaining inventory of this wonderful magazine. Some are quite plentiful — we have more than 600 copies of some issues — other rarer issues we have only a few of. When they’re gone, they’re gone!  Click here to view the contents of each issue. Click here to make your choices and submit them online.  Note: please renew your AGA membership first, and then fill out the form. We are offering this special through June.

 

Zhang & Cary Chinese School Top Carolina Tourney

Sunday April 26, 2015

Cary Chinese School won the team competition and Eric Zhang 5d (right) topped the individual competition in the 2015 Carolina Spring Go 2015.04.26_Carolina-Eric_ZhangTournament. The 12th annual tournament Carolina Spring Go Tournament, held in Raleigh on April 19th, co-organized by the Chinese American Friendship Association of North Carolina (CAFA), Confucius Institute at NC State, and the Cary Go Club, attracted 28 go players with a wide range of ages and go experience but with an equal amount of love for go.

2015.04.26_Carolina-team_winnersNine young players from Cary Chinese School’s go classes formed three teams to compete in the team competition. As expected, the team competition generated a lot of excitement, with young players eagerly reporting and checking the scoreboard during the breaks between rounds. CCS Team 1 of Alvin Chen, Alex Kuang and Ellen Zeng, and CCS Team 2 of Andy Chen, Jasmine Ye and Ethan Wan scored the same 9 wins (out of 12 games), thus tied as the winners of the team competition (photo at left).

In the individual competition, Eric Zhang 5d, of Chapel Hill, won the open section championship with a score of 3-1.  Andrew Zalesak, 1d, of Cary High School, won Section A with a perfect score of 4-0, including an impressive win over a 3-dan player on a non-handicapped game with no komi.   One of the youngest players, Ethan Wan of Cary Chinese School won Section D with a perfect score of 4-0.   Alvin Chen won Section B with a score of 3-1 while Ellen Zeng and Alex Kuang tied for the first place finish in Section C with the same score of 3-1.  Below is the complete list of winners.

Individual Competition Winners:
Section: open (3d-5d) winner: Eric Zhang, 5d. Final score: 3-1
Section: A (3k-2d) winner: Andrew Zalesak, 1d. Final score: 4-0
Section: B (10k-4k) winner: Alvin Chen, 10k. Final score: 3-1
Section: C (11k-20k) winners(tied): Ellen Zeng, 14k, and Alex Kuang 16k and both with a final score of 3-1.
Section: D (30k-21k) winner:Ethan Wan, 28k, final score: 4-0

Team Competition Winners (tied):
Cary Chinese School Team 1: Alvin Chen, Alex Kuang and Ellen Zeng
Cary Chinese School Team 2: Andy Chen, Jasmine Ye and Ethan Wan
- report by Tournament Director Owen Chen; photos by Jeff Kuang

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