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Stephanie and Ryan’s YouTube channel marks milestone, offers challenge

Saturday March 9, 2019

Launched almost a year ago, Stephanie Yin 1P and Ryan Li’s YouTube channel, NYIG_Go, has now passed the 2,000 subscriber2019.03.09 Stephanie Yin mark. To celebrate that milestone, as well as the approach of the channel’s launch anniversary, they’ll be offering free teaching games on as soon as 2019.03.09 Ryanthey reach their goal of 5,000 subscribers. The popular duo, who run the New York Institute of Go, recently doubled their output to two videos each week. The videos cover a wide range of topics, from 30k-7d “Common Joseki” to “Best Moves and Monthly Mistakes” to “Go Fighting Strategies #1”. “We’d like to thank everyone for being so supportive,” said Yin. “To celebrate, we decided to offer ten free teaching games to our viewers if we reach our goal. Leave us a comment or question to any video to enter the draw!”

 

 

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Team of four North American women players needed for Wu Qingyuan Cup

Monday March 4, 2019

American and Canadian women players 5D and stronger are invited to submit their names by March 5 for a chance to represent North America in the second Wu Qingyuan Cup, to be played April 26-30 in Fuzhou, China. North America and Europe have each been invited to send a team of four players, pro or amateur, to the event. The standard AGA and CGA eligibility rules will apply. The tournament will continue with semifinals in November for the top finishers. Please submit to tournaments@usgo.org with questions or your entry.

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Registration open for World Youth Goe Tourney

Monday March 4, 2019

Screen Shot 2019-03-04 at 4.15.08 PMThe  Ing Foundations annual World Youth Goe Championship will be held in Xian, China, July 22-27, and registration for the preliminaries is now open, reports Mingjiu Jiang 7P.  “The tournament is open to US citizens, resident in the US for at least 6 of the past 12 months; Senior Group (Age 12—15) Junior Group (Age under 12). Players cannot attend in the same group more than twice in 3 years, for instance, if you obtain the seat this year, you cannot join the US team again for 3 years,” says Jiang.
 
The qualifier games will be played on KGS, with Ing rules, 1 hour 3/30 each. Skype video call will be required for all games. “We will pick the top four players of each group,” said Jiang. The final winner of each group will be invited to play this year’s Ing’s World Youth Cup in China.  The qualifier will be  Mar. 23 and 24. At 9:00am PST and 1:00pm PST.  To register email mingjiu7p@hotmail.com or call (650-796-1602) by Mar.17, 2019.  Please include your name, date of birth, rank, KGS ID, phone number and address. - Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo: Last year’s team, Elwin Li, Mingjiu Jiang, and Melissa Cao.  Photo by Mingjiu Jiang.
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Solve weekly go problems for prizes

Monday March 4, 2019

50679378_244541053115103_3218971554767437824_n“Besides playing go games, it is also important for players to solve go problems regularly,” says American Go Honor Society Vice President Jeremy Chiu, “This year, the AGHS has implemented weekly go problems for players to solve on our webpage. This will give players of all levels an opportunity to solve problems and earn prizes as they climb up the leaderboard. The problems include different topics such as life and death, tesuji, and endgame. To participate, first create an account on the AGHS website with your AGA rank. Then, complete the problem that corresponds to your rank and submit a JPG, PNG, or SGF file in the Google Forms link on the AGHS webpage by every Saturday (11:59 pm EST) of the week the problems are posted.” -Lionel Zhang, EJ Youth Correspondent
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NGC’s Pair Go/Paella Night a big hit

Tuesday February 26, 2019

The National Go Center’s first ever Pair Go and Paella Night last Friday was a big hit. Nearly 30 turned out to sample E-Journal 2019.02.26-ngc-paellaManaging Editor Chris Garlock’s vegetable paella with garlic sauce and then thirteen 2019.02.26-ngc-pair-gopairs competed with strong contingents from University of MD and the Baltimore Go Club, including the undefeated pair of Blair Chisholm and Keith Arnold. Organizer and TD Hal Small also went undefeated with his wife Betsy.

“There was a strong sentiment for a monthly Friday night social with interest in either Pair Go or a Lightning Tourney – and of course paella!” reports organizer Haskell Small.

In other NGC news, last week’s snowed-out Community Meeting will be held this Wednesday. “This month we’ll be discussing social media and promotion to get the word out about the NGC,” says Gurujeet Khalsa. “We’ll talk about our first 2-day Cherry Blossom tournament coming up on 3/30-3/31 as well.” The meeting starts at 7p on Wednesday Feb. 27; “bring your best ideas, then stay and play some Go.” Pizza will be served.
photos by Chris Garlock

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Fang Jia Hsu wins 2019 Jujo Ing Cup

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Fang Jia Hsu topped a field of 62 players competing for $3,000 in prizes at the 27th Jiang Zhu Jiu Ing Cup on February 10 in San Francisco, California.  The annual event is sponsored by Ing’s Goe Foundation of California.  Players competed for four rounds in five sections with Fang Jia Hsu winning the top section. Prizes in each section were given to fourth place.2019.02.19_JujoCup-collage-updated

Once again several players came from China for the tournament, including the family of Rui Naijian, the brother of Rui Nai Wei 9P. You can find the complete tournament summary here.

Section summary of prize winners:

Open Section
1.    Hsu, Fang Jia
2.    Tao, Shuaiheng
3.    Xie, Chao
4.    Rui, Naijian

Dan Section
1.    Steven Chen
2.    Jin Yao
3.    Christopher
4.    Linden Chiu

Expert Section
1.    Nan Zhong
2.    Ke Yan Rui
3.    Jay Chan
4.    Hojin Lee

Intermediate Section
1.    Tai-An Cha
2.    Ryan Lear
3.    Ke Xin Rui
4.    Tyler Moore

Novice Section
1.    Eric Yang
2.    David Baran
3.    Steven Scher
4.    Michal sawicki-ciuk

report/photos by Ernest Brown; collage by Chris Garlock

 

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Eric Lui (1P) sweeps Chinese Lunar New Year tourney in DC

Monday February 18, 2019

Forty four players turned out for the annual Chinese Lunar New Year Tournament at the National Go Center last weekend, which Eric Lui 1P (left) swept 4-0. There was continued great support and prizes from the local Chinese community and organization by 2019.02.18_NGC-Chinese-New-Year-Eric-LuiChing-Sung Chin including an additional beginner’s tourney for children in the afternoon.

The National Go Center is planning its first ever 2-day tournament on March 30-31. This 5-round event will be an annual Cherry Blossom celebration and an AGA State Championship for the Greater DC Area.

The prize winners were:
5D-8D – 1st Eric Lui (1P), 2nd Justin Teng (6D)
1D-4D – 1st Shane Tellier (1D), 2nd Alexander Qi (3D)
1K-2K – 1st Jacob Lewellen (1K), 2nd Yizhan Ao (1K)
3K-5K – 1st Stephanie Zhou (5K), 2nd Erik Rodriguez (5K)
7K-9K – 1st Barreal Anderson (7K), 2nd Jack de la Beaudarjiere (7K)
11K-14K – 1st Qidi Xu (14K), 2nd Julian Turim (14K)
15K-19K – 1st Antonina Perez-Lopez (19K), 2nd Amber Boyden (15K)
20K+ – Justin Wang (29K), 2nd Ethan Li (28K)
In the children’s beginner tourney – 1st Adrian Yang, 2nd William Lu

- reported by Gurujeet Khalsa

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Registration Open for the 26th Redmond Cup

Thursday February 14, 2019

51966196_545908055910977_7621509304582930432_nThe 26th edition of the Redmond Cup is open for registration, and strong young players are invited to compete in the most prestigious North American youth tournament of the year.  Online preliminary competition will begin on March 11th, with the top two players in the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) divisions receiving invitations to a best-of-3 finals that will take place between July 13-20 at the  US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin. Finalists win a free trip to the Congress, courtesy of  the American Go Foundation, and all participants who complete the preliminary tournament will also be eligible for a $200 scholarship to congress.

Competitors must have an accredited rank of 1 dan or higher to enter the Redmond Cup, reside in either the US, Canada, or Mexico, and be a member of his or her respective national go association. Registration is open until March 6th; for more details about the tournament, please read the Rules and Regulations. -Story and photo by Justin Teng.  Photo: 2018 Finalists Jeremy Chiu 7d (l) vs. Redmond Meijin Aaron Ye 7d (r).

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DC hosts Chinese Lunar New Year Tournament

Wednesday February 13, 2019

This Saturday, February 16 is the annual tournament celebrating the Lunar New Year. “This is always a great event with prizes 2019.02.13_nga-new-yearsponsored by the Chinese cultural community of the DC area,” says the National Go Center’s Gurujeet Khalsa. This will be a 4-round AGA rated event. Doors open at 8:30 AM.

Pre-register now for the Lunar New Year Tournament to guarantee your place and receive the 20% pre-registration discount ($16/adult, $12/youth)

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Wang and Polara top record-breaking turnout in North American Kyu Championships

Wednesday February 13, 2019

12-year old Terry Wang 2k and 16-year old Kiren Polara 2k topped a record-breaking field of 84 players from the US, Canada, and Mexico to respectively become the Junior and Senior champions of the 6th North American Kyu Championships, held on February 2nd on KGS. Both champions have also earned the right to play in the 26th Redmond Cup, for which registration will be opening soon. Final tournaments results and the crosstab can be found here. The division winners in each of the 6 brackets received personalized crystal trophies, and all participants are eligible for a $200 scholarship to the 2019 US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin.

Special thanks to Jeremy Chiu for assisting in directing the tournament, as well as to Stephanie Yin from the New York Institute of Go and Sid Avila from the Mexican Go Association for helping the tournament run smoothly. - Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator

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