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Ideas for Adding Buzz to Your Go Club Program

Sunday March 20, 2016

If you’re looking to add some excitement, ‘zip’ or ‘buzz’ to your go club program, GoClubsOnline’s Robert Cordingley has some suggestions. “One 2016.02.20_go-clubs-online-pair-goway is to run face-to-face tournaments in which players compete to win prizes, improve their ratings or just accumulate accolades!” says Cordingley. Another idea is running a Pair Go tournament. A popular feature of the annual US Go Congress, “Pair Go might be a little daunting for a club to run but is now much easier because they are supported in the latest release of GoClubsOnline,” says Cordingley. From registration to forming teams, calculating team ratings and generating pairings, GoClubsOnline gives TDs the tools they need. Click here for details.

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Mark Lee and Michael Chen lead hunt for New Jersey championship

Saturday March 19, 2016

Leading contenders for this year’s New Jersey Open championship are Mark Lee 7d and Michael Chen 7d, both 3-0 after the first day of 2016.03.22_NJO-counting-chineseplay. Eric Lui 1P and Zhengbokang Tang 7d are also in the mix at 2-1. The first round of the Open began promptly at 10a on Saturday, thanks to required online pre-registration. The 154 players got three rounds in by 6p, helped along with Fischer timing, and will return for the two final rounds on Sunday.

Click here for tourney data, including round-by-round pairings/results, and updated player ratings. Click here to see tourney photos on the AGA’s Twitter feed.
report/photo by Chris Garlock; photo: TD Paul Matthews assists with counting Chinese-style

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Matthew Cheng Tops Davis-Sac Spring Tourney

Saturday March 19, 2016

The Davis/Sacramento Go Club held its Spring Tournament at the Arcade library in Sacramento on March 5th. There were 2016.03.22_Matthew Cheng2016.03.22_Tai-An Cha 2eleven players, most from the San Francisco Bay area. Matthew Cheng 2D (right) won Division I, and Tai-An Cha 4K (won Division II for the 12th time in our last 15 tournaments. Both players had 3-1 records.
- Willard Haynes

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Hikaru no Go a Hit With Grade Schoolers

Friday March 18, 2016

IMG_0376“I want to offer a huge thank you the AGF,” writes third grade teacher Ben Ellenwood, from Portland, OR.  “I can’t tell you how into these books the kids are!  There is a sign up list half a page long and one student has already read 4 of them. We will take good care of them and they will be well loved.”  All 23 volumes of Hikaru no Go are available for free, to schools and libraries, from the American Go Foundation.  AGA chapters can also now order the sets as long as they are for club (and not personal) use. More info on Hikaru is here. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Ben Ellenwood.

 

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2016 Go Congress Registration Opens

Friday March 18, 2016

Registration for this year’s US Go Congress — July 30-August 7 in Boston, MA — is now open: click here2016.03.18_go-congress-logo

“The organizers of the Boston Go Congress are very excited to welcome all attendees,” says Director Walther Chen. “We’ll be doing our best to provide lots of fun go activities and an overall great experience.”

Check back regularly for more updates on tournaments, activities, attending pros, and more.

Important: this year, the policy for minors is more stringent, please contact the registrar directly at registrar2016@gocongress.org to make sure that you have completed all procedures before Go Congress.

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New Jersey Open This Weekend; Pre-Registration Required

Wednesday March 16, 2016

The New Jersey Open will be held this weekend in Princeton, New Jersey in the Frist Campus Center. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required this year: register here by Thursday, March 17. When you arrive, there will be a check-in sheet at the registration desk and initial pairings will be posted. Check your name off on the list. DO NOT START PLAY until the designated start time of 10 AM. Announcements and attendance check will begin at 9:50. If you are not there, you will be removed from the first round. Cell phones don’t work at the site, but if you’re lost or late, call 609-851-6351 during the last half hour of check-in. Trains from NY/Phila arrive at 9:36. We suggest a taxi to Frist in order to arrive on time.
- Rick Mott, Princeton Go Club
NOTE: top boards will be broadcast on KGS by Chris Garlock (just returned from the Lee Sedol-AlphaGo match in Seoul) and John Pinkerton

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New 10-Week Beginner Class at SF Go Club

Tuesday March 15, 2016

The SF Go Club is starting a new 10-week beginner’s course this Sunday, March 20th, club president Mishal Awadah told the EJ. “This is a new approach to teaching and we hope to have a great class of beginners’ learn the basics of the game together.” More information about the course as well as a flyer for distribution can be found at http://sfgoclub.com/go-for-beginners/. Topics include the rules, capturing stones, eyes and living groups, shape, ladders, ko, seki and sente vs. gote. The lessons run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. each week.

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School Teams Tourney Deadline March 23

Monday March 14, 2016

SchoolTeamTournamentThe registration deadline for the School Team Tournament (STT) is right around the corner. “The STT is one of the most interactive and competitive tournaments for students in high school or below,” says American Go Honor Society President Yunxuan Li. “It draws many schools every year and has always been enjoyed by young players. All you need to do is gather 3 players from your school and sign up to compete!” To register, click here.

Registration will end March 23, and the tournament will take place on KGS on April 2 & 3. The 1st round starts at 9am PST, and the 2nd  at 1pm. Rounds 3 and 4 follow the same schedule the next day. Time settings are 45 minutes main time and 30 seconds of byo-yomi 5 times. Please remember to indicate your accurate AGA rank or your KGS rank. If you register with your KGS rank, please make sure you have at least 10 games on your account before the tournament. “Which team will be the next to win top honor for their school this year? We will find out soon,” adds Li.

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AlphaGo – Sedol Watch Parties Popular at Seattle Go Center

Friday March 11, 2016

Over 60 people watched the broadcast of the first game between Lee Sedol and the Google Deepmind AlphaGo program at the Seattle Go Center.  They enjoyed pizza, fresh bread baked by Chris Kirschner, and some Korean take-out food.  About 25 people stayed until Lee Sedol resigned at 11:30 pm local time.  The second game attracted a smaller group — they only had two pizzas, compared to the six ordered the night before.

The watch parties attracted a few new players, most of whom were invited by go playing friends.  More noticeable were the old friends from the Eastside of Lake Washington, where the Microsoft campus is.  Rush hour traffic often makes it hard for Eastside residents to come to the Go Center for the evening, but since these games started later, at 8 pm, it was easier for them to drive.

The Seattle will have watch parties for all of the remaining games, with Dennis Wheeler as host.   “There will be three more, as Lee Sedol has committed to play the entire five-game match,” noted Go Center Manager Brian Allen.  The schedule will be posted on the Go Center Google CalendarPhotos: Left: Finishing a game on a goban as the first AlphaGo game starts, Right: Exploring variations during the 2nd game.  Photos/report by Brian Allen.

Sedol AlphaGo first game at SGC adj
AlphaGo 2nd game

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Evanston Go Club watches historic AlphaGo-Lee Sedol match

Wednesday March 9, 2016

The Evanston Go Club hosted a watch party for the first Alpha Go-Lee Sedol game at the home of club president Mark 2016.03.10_evanston-watch-partyRubenstein on Tuesday night. “We all feel like we’ve been part of go history tonight,” said Rubenstein. “It’s an incredible achievement, one which most of us thought was many years away, if at all. I’m stunned, and a little sad. I always liked being able to say that computers couldn’t beat the strongest humans. It’s a new world!” Watching the game were Nathan Chan, Jeff Pratt, Moon Ki Cho, and Scott Ogawa.
- photo by Mark Rubenstein

The second game in the Lee Sedol-AlphaGo match will be Wednesday, March 9, 8p PST (11p EST). The match will be livestreamed on DeepMind’s YouTube channel with English commentary by Michael Redmond 9p with American Go E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock.

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