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AGA Board election update: deadline June 15

Friday June 1, 2018

Nominations have started to come in for the 2018 board seats. Incumbents Lisa Scott, central region and Gurujeet Khalsa, eastern region will be running to retain their seats. Former board member Paul Celmer is running for the at-large position. No nominations for the western position have been made. Nominations, including self-nominations, may be made by full members for the At-Large or for the regional seat in which the member resides and must be received by June 15, 2018. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.
- Arnold Eudell

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U.S. Go Congress and European Go Congress back-to-back in 2018

Thursday May 31, 2018

With an early U.S. Go Congress this year at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, there are just two days of overlap with the European Go Congress in Pisa, Italy.  “For the hard-core go enthusiast, what better way to celebrate 2018.05.31 USGC-logothan a full three weeks of high quality go across two continents!” says USGC Co-Director Diego Pierrottet. This year, the 34th USGC is sponsored by the National Go Center July 21-28 while the 62nd EGC is hosted July 27-August 12 by the Italian Go Association.

Here’s a message from Francesco Potortì, the main organizer of the 2018 EGC:

“The Italian Go Association and its community welcome you to the 62nd annual European Go Congress in the historic city of Pisa! From July 27th until August 12th over 1100 players from 45 countries will be our guests, breaking all records for EGC attendance up to this point. Here is what you can expect from our congress:

The European Go Championship is of course our main event where the very best of Europe will be compe2018.05.31 EGC-logoting for fame and fortune. Alongside however, everyone can take part in the Open European Championship (ten rounds MacMahon over the course of ten days), as well as lots and lots of side tournaments and lectures by accomplished teachers. Aside from the professional players attending as official EGC teachers though, a large amount of high-ranking professionals will also visit as attendees. This continues the trend from last year’s EGC in Oberhof, Germany, when Zhang Tao 6p gave our strongest players a run for their money and won the Open Championship. We look forward to a congress with top quality gameplay in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Outside of playing game itself, we offer afternoon and full-day excursions (on Wednesdays) to the many neighbouring cities in the Tuscany province (e.g. Florence, Lucca, San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra). Of course if you don’t mind spending time on a longer trip, you can catch a flight to any of the nearby cultural hotspots of central Europe. Or if you just want to relax after a hard-fought game, the Mediterranean sea and Pisa’s beaches are within arm’s reach.

Click here for further details, news, results, and more.

The prize pool for winners in all the EGC tournaments combined (incl. vouchers and non-cash prizes) exceeds 35.000 EUR (~40.500 USD). This is made possible by proud sponsorship from the European Go Federation and other generous sponsors. See you in Pisa!”

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New York City Go Club hold first ratings tournament

Wednesday May 30, 2018

The first New York City Go Club ratings tournament was held on May 19. The tournament boasted a full house of 32 players 2018.05.30_New York City Go Club ratings tournament2across four divisions and was sponsored by Pie By The Pound, a restaurant that has been hosting weekly go meet-ups since 2013 and was founded by well-known tournament director Matthew Hershberger.

In addition to entry into the event, registration included all you can eat pizza and drinks during the tournament. Top winner was Peixuan Wang 8d, a former go student from China, who went undefeated for the day. The other division winners were Jason Chimon 1k, Peter Armenia 3k and Jeffrey Losapio 8k.  The tournament even garnered a bit of international attention, with players from Israel and Scotland who were in NYC on holiday were in attendance.

Details for Pie By The Pound’s weekly meetups, as well as other NYC Go clubs and events can be found here.

- report/photo by TD Ying Zhi Qian

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$12,000 prize pool for U.S. Open Masters

Tuesday May 29, 2018

The premier event at the 2018 US Go Congress is awarding $12,000 in prizes this year, organizers report. The US Open Masters is open to all 7-dan and professional players internationally. The overall winner will receive $5,000, with $2,500 going to second place. The top-placing North American competitor wins $2,000. This exciting 9-round event will be played in historic Williamsburg VA at the 2018 Congress July 21-28.

The discount for early-bird registration ends this week on 5/31. Register now to save and be sure to download the free Congress mobile app for the latest Congress news.

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2018 Cotsen dates announced

Tuesday May 29, 2018

Free massages. Free lunch. Pro analysis. Oh yeah, and one of the best fields in the AGA tournament calendar. Mark your2018.05.29_cotsen2016-IMG_2039 calendar now for this year’s Cotsen Open, which has just confirmed for October 13-14 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Watch this space for registration, which is expected to open soon.

Meanwhile, organizers are looking for volunteers for set up, take down and during the event. Contact Ryan Murray ryan@thelec.com if interested.

Also, the E-Journal will be covering the tournament again this year, and is looking for a few good game recorders for the team. Email journal@usgo.org if interested.

photo: Eric Cotsen (r) and friends at the 2016 Cotsen Open; photo by Chris Garlock

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Eric Lui wins Maryland Open

Sunday May 27, 2018

Eric Lui 1P (right) won the 45th Maryland Open, winning all five rounds on May 26-27 to claim his fifth title at the long-running2018.05.27_MD-Open-Eric-Lui tournament. Fifty-one players participated, Gurujeet Khalsa directed and Todd Heidenreich was Assistant TD. 

Complete results:
Open Section
1st: Eric Lui 1p (5-0)

2nd: Justin Teng 6 dan

A Section
1st – Frederick Bao 4 dan

2nd – Benjamin Armitage 3 dan

B Section
1st – Lee Huynh 2 dan


C Section
1st -  James Funk 1 kyu – Kyu Champion

2nd – Seth Liang  3 kyu
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D Section
1st – Steve Colburn  5 kyu

2nd – James Picket 6 kyu
3rd – Joon Lee 5 kyu

E Section
1st – Julian Turim 15 kyu

2nd – John Christensen  13 kyu

F Section
1st – Alexander Yang 19 kyu (5-0)

2nd – Michael Yang 25 kyu (5-0)

Gregory Lefler Award – Feng Yun Go School
Go Ambassador Award – Yuan Zhou and the XYZ Go Club
photo at left: The last game, waiting for a break in the rain that never came to load the cars 

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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 18: Complicated attack and defense

Sunday May 27, 2018

Game 18 of the AlphaGo self-played series “starts with a big fight on the right side but you won’t be sure which side is 2018.05.25_AG-Game18-thumbnailattacking and which side is defending,” says Michael Redmond 9p in his latest AlphaGo video commentary, hosted by the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock. “It’s very complicated, and about a quarter of the board for each side dies.” “Another absolutely beautiful game and awesome review,” says viewer GerSHAK. “Excellent,” adds hippophile. “The game was surprisingly easy to follow for AG vs AG, good choice!”

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San Diego Go Club welcomes Dalhoon Paul Ahn 9P

Sunday May 27, 2018

Over 30 people came out on May 20 for the San Diego Go Club May Soiree to welcome 9-dan Korean professional go player 2018.05.27_Ahn-WongDalhoon Paul Ahn.  Mr. Ahn played a simultaneous exhibition against eight players others and then played and analyzed games throughout the afternoon, while others played self-paired games. More than 20 people stayed after 5 p.m. to enjoy free pizza (provided by the AGA Chapter Rewards Program) and socialize.
 
The club was honored also to have the European Women’s Champion, Vanessa Wong 7-dan, as a guest. She played in the simul and, playing an even game, beat Paul Ahn.
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“The San Diego Chess Club has graciously offered to allow the go club to use its building for special events,” reports club president Ted Terpstra. “The San Diego Go Club intends to hold the first annual California Go Championship there this fall. The facility seats 150 for competition and has a separate skittles room for post-game analysis.” Details will be forthcoming.
photos: top right: Paul Ahn 9P versus Vanessa Wong 7D, with Seth Cardew, Les Lanphear, and David Saponara (president, San Diego Chess Club); photo by Henry You
bottom left: Henry You 5D Vice-president SDGC, Paul Ahn 9P, Vanessa Wong 7D; photo by Ted Terpstra
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Updating AGA chapter information

Friday May 25, 2018

The AGA would like to encourage all chapters to keep their information up to date. The organization lists all of the current 2018.05.17 aga chapter mapchapters and other clubs on our go clubs map. All of this is pulled directly from our membership database. Follow our easy guide to update your information here. Your information will be directly updated on the go clubs map and will help your club to attract members. Not a chapter or want to be listed on the AGA go clubs map? Sign up to be a chapter today!
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Go Congress “Early Bird” discount ends May 31

Wednesday May 23, 2018

If you haven’t yet registered for the US Go Congress in Williamsburg VA this year, you have until May 31 to take advantage of2018.04.02_go-congress-sign-in the Early Bird registration discount. On June 1 the cost goes up by $50 per person. To get the discount it is necessary to register  and make a minimum payment of $70.

The U.S. Go Congress runs from July 21-28 and features a full week of go-related activities. Register now and reserve your spot in the premier annual event of American go.

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