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E-Journal Announces “Spirit of Yoshi Sawada” Award

Monday March 14, 2011

by Chris Garlock, Managing Editor, American Go E-Journal
Like so many of you, I have been mourning the untimely and sudden recent loss of Yoshi Sawada (IN MEMORIAM: Yoshi Sawada 2/28/2011). One of Yoshi’s greatest gifts was his indefatigable cheerfulness and his unbridled enthusiasm about the game of go and everyone who plays it, from the newest beginner to the strongest pro. Yoshi was living, smiling, joking proof that this game is always about the people first and the game itself second. Yoshi had a very special place in the hearts of everyone who met him, but especially those of us on the Go Congress E-Journal team, which made him an official member a few years ago – complete with EJ cap and Congress Staff t-shirt – thanks to his indispensable role as translator, pro wrangler, drinking buddy and all-round fixer. Yoshi made much of our expanded coverage in recent years possible by making the EJ office the unofficial pro hangout and arranging for the translations necessary for game commentaries and interviews. And it was Yoshi who arranged the pro simul with EJ staff at the end of each Congress, often the only game any of the hardworking staff got to play. Although we’re going to miss our dear friend and colleague terribly, it’s become clear to me that Yoshi’s last and greatest gift is that he left so much of his spirit behind. So I’m very pleased to announce that this year the E-Journal will bestow the first annual Spirit of Yoshi Sawada Award on the Congress E-Journal team member who best exemplifies Yoshi’s cheerfulness, generosity and enthusiasm for the people and game of go. To inquire about being on the 2011 Congress EJ team, email me at
photo: Yoshi (far right), with Maeda Ryo 6P (l), Garlock (2nd from l) and Takemiya Masaki 9P (2nd from r); photo by Phil Straus

NOTE: Anyone wishing to send condolences to Yoshi’s wife, Keiko Komura, can mail them to her at 4027 Ionian Sea Lane, Sacramento, Ca 95834.

Categories: U.S. Go Congress

’11 Congress: Early Registrants Get Lower Price

Monday March 7, 2011

“By far we’ve received more questions about the Congress pricing than anything else” say organizers Lisa Scott and Andrew Jackson. “We want to bring unprecedented levels of transparency to Go Congress pricing, and we understand that can make it a bit difficult to budget.  In our ‘worst-case’ scenario, adult registration will be $365.  Students (19-25) will be $315, youth between 13 and 18, $265, and kids under 13 are $215.” As sponsorships, fundraising, and costs finalize in the coming months, Scott and Jackson say, “we will be able to cut these prices, perhaps by as much as $100!  However, only those who register before May 1st will receive these discounts — the sooner we know our numbers the better we can make this for everyone, so register online today!” Comments and feedback are welcome at

Categories: U.S. Go Congress

’11 Go Congress: Register Early, Save More

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Organizers are working to make the 2011 Go Congress “as affordable as possible.” How affordable? That depends on how many sign up. “The sooner we know how many people we’ll have, the cheaper we can make it for everyone,” organizers Andrew Jackson and Lisa Scott tell the E-Journal. “Bottom line: if you register by May 1st, you’ll get the greatest discount.” Click here for more info and to register online.

2011 U.S. Go Congress Registration Launches

Monday January 31, 2011

Registration for the 2011 US Go Congress launched last weekend. The Congress website — where nearly 200 have pre-registered – is now accepting registrations, and a $75 deposit will confirm registration. Pre-registrants have received advanced notification that they may now register, and all others interested in attending the Congress – which runs July 30 – August 7 in Santa Barbara, CA – may also do so as well. “Information on tournaments, events, and room and board prices has also been updated,” reports Congress Co-Director Lisa Scott. “Look for room and board registration later in February!” Information for ensuring the well-being of registered youth (children under 18) is available as well. Email questions about registration to “We look forward to seeing you this summer!” adds Scott.

Volunteer Slots Available At Go Congress

Monday December 13, 2010

Want to be part of the 2011 U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara? Volunteer positions are now available, from Registration Volunteers to Tournament Directors. Click here now to see what’s available! Nearly 150 attendees are already signed up for the 2011 US Go Congress and the Congress site has updated transportation information, photo credits, and contact information. “Watch for more updates, including pricing information, by the New Year,” promises Congress Co-Director Lisa Scott.


Monday November 29, 2010

To make the 2011 U.S. Go Congress in Santa Barbara, CA easier — and more affordable — for those attending from far away, the Congress has contracted discounts with major airlines. Discounts of 5-10% are now available with American Airlines and United Airlines for anyone flying into Santa Barbara — and in some cases LAX — within three days of the start or end of the July 30-August 7 Congress.  Additionally, rental car discounts of up to 20% are available when booked at the time of flight reservations.  Arrangements have also been made for those interested in flying on Southwest for any groups of 10 or more with the same itinerary.  Look for sign-ups for airports coming soon and check out the 2011 Congress website for more details.
- reported by Lisa Scott, 2011 Go Congress Co-Director


Monday November 1, 2010

The 2011 U.S. Go Congress has just passed its first 100 registrants, including 41 dan and 52 kyu players, ranging from 7-dan to 20-kyu (click here to see who’s coming). The Congress is set for July 30 – August 7, 2011 in Santa Barbara, CA. The U.S. Go Congress is the largest go tournament in the United States, an annual 8-day event. Events include the US Open — the largest annual go tournament in the US – the North American Ing Masters — 32 of the strongest amateur and professional players in North America — the Redmond Youth Cup, pro lectures, simuls and more.


Saturday August 28, 2010

During the August 7 closing banquet at this year’s Go Congress in Colorado Springs, Myung-Wan Kim 9P (r) again donated $500 of his US Open prize winnings to the American Go Foundation (AGF). “The American go community is very fortunate to have Myung-Wan Kim living and teaching here,” said Paul Barchilon, AGF Vice President and Youth Coordinator for the American Go Association (AGA). “And his support of our youth activities is a testament to his commitment to the future of go in this country.” This is the third consecutive year Kim has donated to the AGF, which promotes scholastic and youth go programs in the U.S. “I always want to do something for the go community in the U.S.,” Kim said in 2008 when he made his first contribution at the Go Congress in Portland OR. This year he has a new plan. “I think building the professional system is the most important thing the U.S. go community needs to do. I will work with Hankuk-kiwon (Korea Baduk/Go Association) to make that happen.”
- by Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang; photos by Gen Zhang


Monday August 16, 2010

Curtis Tang 7d,  was named Honorary Redmond Meijin at the final awards banquet at the US Go Congress, Aug. 7th.  Tang, now 17 years old, has a long history of success in the Redmond.  He took the Junior Division championship in 2001, 03, and 04, and then again in 2006 in the Senior Division.  This year marks his fifth win in the Cup, and also the last year he is eligible to play in it.  The only other person ever to win five times is Eric Lui, 7d, who won his fifth time in 2001, and was also named Redmond Meijin.  The title is honorary, and for life, so both young men are now Honorary Meijin.  None Redmond herself presented the Cup to Tang.  His winning matches in the finals are available online. Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Curtis Tang.


Monday August 16, 2010

Oliver Wolf 2d, age 11, won the Junior Division of the Redmond Cup at the recently concluded US Go Congress.  His opponent, Henry Zhang 1d, also 11, took second place.  Wolf won the first round match, held Aug. 2, but Zhang rallied to come from behind in round 2, winning by 3.5 points.  The decisive match was held on Aug. 5, with Wolf winning the game, and the title of Redmond Champion.  Both boys received a special honor when None Redmond, founder of the Redmond Cup, and tireless youth go advocate for decades, presented the trophies in person at the final awards banquet at the Go Congress.   The boys also won $350 for first place, and $250 for second, as well as a free trip to the Go Congress to compete. All three matches were broadcast live on KGS, and the sgf files are available online.  Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Ling Shan; from left to right: Oliver Wolf , None Redmond, Henry Zhang.