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The Budget-Conscious Go Player’s Guide to the 2011 U.S. Go Congress

Monday May 30, 2011

How did 2011 U.S. Go Congress co-director Lisa Scott attend last year’s Congress for less than $600, including travel? Here are some of her tips on how to save money on this year’s Congress, set for July 30 – August 7 in Santa Barbara, CA. “Registering early to get the full discount is a must,” Scott notes. This year, that means registering by June 1. “Next, I usually find a cheap way to stay offsite, staying with a friend who lives nearby or with friends in a nearby hotel. Last year, I stayed with three friends in an extended-stay hotel, so we had a kitchen, which made meals cheaper.” And travel? “Last year I also drove to Colorado Springs with my sister, which saved a ton on airplane tickets. And in 2008, I turned the trip into a longer vacation by taking a week to visit national parks on the way, which made the trip even more unforgettable!”

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Last Week for Full Discount at Go Congress

Monday May 23, 2011

This is the LAST WEEK to receive the full discount for the 2011 US Go Congress!  Sign up by June 1 at!

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Local Attractions Draw Families & Non-Players to U.S. Go Congress

Monday May 16, 2011

This year’s U.S. Go Congress at beautiful beach-side UC Santa Barbara has attracted many families with events for non-players and families, as well as players who want an afternoon off from the go board. Events for this year’s Congress – July 30-August 7 — include local Santa Barbara attractions, such as a golf excursion on Monday and buses to the local art fair, as well as trips to LA attractions like the La Brea Tar Pits and tours of Hollywood.  “Santa Barbara is such an attractive vacation spot, we really wanted to give families a reason to come and enjoy themselves!” say Congress Organizers Lisa Scott and Andrew Jackson, “Of course, everyone will benefit more from future price discounts prices if they register early, so we are encouraging people to register before June 1 for the best price.”

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2011 NAIM Online Qualifiers Scheduled

Monday May 16, 2011

Two online qualifying tournaments for the North American Ing Masters have been set for June 4-5 and June 25-26. “The event will be similar to previous ones,” says National Tournament Coordinator Edward Zhang, noting that this year players will be required to use a web camera. Email to register. Similar to local qualifiers — Andy Liu 7d and Curtis Tang 7d have won two local qualifiers in Boston, MA and Alhambra, CA — the online qualifier winners will each be guaranteed a place in the NAIM main event. “Professional players in U.S. and Canada should also email to let us know your playing status in the 2011 NAIM,” Zhang added.

Go Congress Hosts Sought

Saturday May 14, 2011

With turnout at this year’s U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara heading for a record, the American Go Association is already looking ahead to future Congresses. If your chapter might be interested in hosting a Congress – click here for full details on what’s involved in organizing the AGA’s premier event of the year — contact Chris Kirschner at or 206-579-8071 for more information. The 2012 Congress is set for North Carolina, but from 2013 forward is currently up for grabs.

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AGA Seeking Hosts For NAIM Qualifiers

Monday May 2, 2011

The American Go Association (AGA) is looking for chapters interested in hosting qualifiers for this year’s North American Masters’ Tournament (NAIM). The AGA will sanction as many as eight local NAIM qualifiers – which usually draw large crowd of strong players — and two online events over the next two months. All participants of the qualifiers accumulate points for the NAIM, and the clear winner of each event is guaranteed a place in the main NAIM tournament at the 2011 US Go Congress at Santa Barbara, CA this August. If your chapter is interested in holding a NAIM qualifier during May and June, contact National Tournament Coordinator Edward Zhang at

Congress and Camp Scholarships Available to Young Players

Monday May 2, 2011

The  American Go Foundation (AGF) is again offering youth scholarships to both the AGA Summer Go Camp and the US Go Congress. A limited number of scholarships are available and the application deadline  is  May 30. Up to 15 awardees will be selected by June 1. Applications received after the deadline will be placed in a lottery, along with other applicants who were not selected in the first round. The remaining scholarships will be awarded by chance.  Needs-based scholarships to the Go Camp are also available. To apply for Go Camp, click here.  To apply for Go Congress, click here.
- Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: Eight-year-old Aaron Ye, 2d, reviews his US Open game with Yilun Yang 7P, at the 2010 Go Congress in Colorado Springs.

U.S. Go Congress Registration Nears 200 Mark

Monday April 18, 2011

Registration for the 2011 U.S. Go Congress is approaching 200, with 174 registered, including 96 kyu-level players, 57 dan-level players, and 20 non-players. “Initial deposits must be paid by June 1st to ensure the lowest price!” say organizers Lisa Scott and Andrew Jackson. The Congress runs July 30 – August 7 in Santa Barbara, CA, and the registration thus far “suggests that turnout is going to be very high,” say Scott and Jackson, “and also that the discount we’ll be able to offer will be high as well.”  Click here for details and to register.

photos by Gen Zhang & Edward Zhang at the 2010 U.S. Go Congress

2011 US Go Congress Registration Soaring

Monday April 11, 2011

With four months to go, early online registration has already boosted sign-up for this year’s US Go Congress in Santa Barbara, CA — July 30-August 7 — to over 150 people. “Although I’m extremely pleased with registration and the personal attention that we have been able to give to attendees thus far,” Congress Co-Director Lisa Scott told the E-Journal, “I’m still encouraging people to sign up early, since when attendance climbs above 500, we’ll be able to start giving more discounts to all attendees.”

Feasibility of 2012 Academic Conference on Go Explored

Monday March 14, 2011

Peter Shotwell and Paul Celmer are putting out a preliminary call “for contributors to a conference on the influence of go in international history, art, literature, philosophy, science, education, politics, peace, warfare and more.” The two say they’re “trying to determine the feasibility of an international academic conference at the 2012 Go Congress in North Carolina.” The conference would expand on the highly successful symposium held in Sweden in 2008. “We will be looking for sponsors, but first we need to know how many people would be interested in presenting papers if expenses were fully funded, partially funded or not funded at all except for room and board for the days of the conference. If interested, write and be sure to mention possible topics and estimated travel expenses.