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UCSB Wins 2017 Collegiate Go League; New Season Starts October 7th

Tuesday September 19, 2017

University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) defeated University of Toronto 2-1 in the championship finals of the 2017 Collegiate Go League to claim their first ever CGL title. Entering the play18946948_1971904743055321_1206006521_ooffs as the 5th seed, UCSB defeated not only defending champions UCLA, but also upset 1st seed UC Berkeley enroute to the championship finals. While UCSB’s team didn’t contain well-known perennial powerhouse players that came up through the North American youth scene, they had one of the most rounded teams in terms of strength, giving them an edge over the competition. Live commentary of the Finals were provided by AGA’s Eric Lui 1p and Justin Teng 6d. In the 3rd/4th place match, University of Maryland defeated UC Berkeley 3-0 to claim 3rd place. This year’s CGL was the most competitive in history, with the average strength of most A-League teams hovering around 5 dan.

This year was also the first year the CGL introduced a B-League for kyu players who also want to get in on the competitive action. Lafayette College prevailed over University of Virginia 2-1, and then over University of Toronto’s B team 2-1 to claim the B-League championship title. In total, 20 teams across both leagues participated in the CGL.

The next season of the CGL begins on October 7th; if you and at least two other university students would like to play in the upcoming CGL season, read the rules and sign up by September 25th to be paired in the first round. New schools can join at any time during the regular season, with the top 6 teams in each league eligible to play in the championship playoffs at the end of the regular season.
- Justin Teng
photo: UCSB’s championship team; (left-to-right) Justin Shieh 5d, Rex Luan 6d, Stephen Hu 6d, and captain/club president Colin Liu 4d.


“Give Me Liberties, or Give Me Death!” New site launched for 2018 Go Congress in Williamsburg, Virginia

Thursday September 14, 2017

The organizers of the upcoming 2018 Go Congress, which will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia at the College of William and Mary from July 212017.09.13_congress-site-launched – 28, have launched the updated Go Congress site for 2018. “There’s one very important thing everyone should do: go to the site now and make sure you’re signed up for the Go Congress newsletter,” says Nate Eagle, co-director of the 2018 Go Congress with Diego Pierrottet. “And check back often: we’re going to be updating the site frequently with new information and features.”

“When the idea of the National Go Center hosting a Congress was suggested, I was quite dubious, because I was worried about keeping focus on the newly opened National Go Center.” says Eagle. “But when Diego showed me the research he’d done into William & Mary as a venue, I changed my mind. William & Mary is a gorgeous location, with brick-lined sidewalks and luxurious shade, and it’s close to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, and a lot of other great attractions. And the excitement of preparing to host Congress has been infectious around the NGC: a ton of people have volunteered to staff important positions and help make the event outstanding.”

Williamsburg, Virginia is convenient to three major airports in Newport News, Norfolk, and Richmond, and is also accessible via Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact either Diego Pierrottet or Nate Eagle.


Evanston tourney draws record crowd

Wednesday September 13, 2017

The Evanston (IL) Go Club hosted its second tournament of the year on September 9, drawing a record attendance of 45 players. There were 2017.09.13_evanstonplayers at every level, from 25k to 7d, and every age from under 10 to over 60.

“It was a great turnout!” said TD and club president Mark Rubenstein. “Typically we have around 30 players. There were only 20 people pre-registered for this one, so I was expecting around 30. But we had 25 walk-ins! Registration was a little overwhelming, but it went quite smoothly.”
2017.09.13_evanston2Players came from six states; Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Minnesota and California. “Special kudos to Steve Burrll for coming all the way from California just for the tournament! If there had been a prize for Most Miles Traveled, he would have won it hands-down.” said Rubenstein. “Twenty of the 45 players were first-time attendees. That’s an unusually high percentage of new players.”
First-place winners (left) were: Cong Chen 1d (4-0), Scott Gerson 6k (4-0), Stephanie Tan 10k (5-0).
Second place winners were: Jim Sun 1d (5-1), tie between Christopher Martin 4k (6-1) and Marcus Bates 3k (6-1), Daniel Lambert 10k (5-1).
“Special thanks to Yellow Mountain for providing awesome prizes!” said Rubenstein.

Shanglv Cup International City Go Tournament in Hangzhou, China

Monday September 11, 2017

The Hangzhou Branch of China Qiyuan is inviting US go players to participate in the Shanglv Cup, to take place between Oct. 27 and Nov. 1. You will need to supply transportation, but they will provide 5-star accommodations at a hotel in Hangzhou. In addition to the main tournament, which features prizes and ranks to players with sufficient standing, there are other side tournaments available: Male Doubles, Female Doubles, Male & Female Mixed Doubles, Family Doubles and Children’s Tournament (below 10 years’ old). Registration deadline is Sept. 30. For more information please e-mail, or the tournament contact, Di Yang at
- Jeff Shaevel, AGA National Tournament Coordinator


Eric Lui 1P Sweeps Moon Cha Memorial

Sunday September 10, 2017

Honoring the memory of Moon Cha, 35 players participated in the Moon Cha Memorial tournament at the National Go Center on September 9. 2017.09.10_moon-cha-tourneyKeith Arnold shared some introductory remarks about the legacy of Moon Cha, one of the first to popularize go throughout the greater Washington DC area.

Eric Lui 1P continued his undefeated sweep of NGC tournaments to take first place. Other division winners were: Joel Cahalan 2D (3-1), Bob Crites 6K (4-0), Joon Lee 9K (3-1), Alvin Pee 15K (4-0), and Qidi Xu 16K (4-0). The annual Pumpkin Classic will be the next tournament at the NGC on October 28.

- report by Gurujeet Khalsa, photo by Nate Eagle


Categories: U.S./North America

Seeking pro or amateur US rep for Bingsheng Cup

Sunday September 10, 2017

The 8th Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup, a women’s weiqi tournament, is seeking a representative from the US. The tournament will be held November 5-11 in Suzhou, China. Professional and amateur women interested in representing the US in this event should send an e-mail to Please reply no later than Friday, September 22nd so that we may run a preliminary tournament among the interested players.
- Jeff Shaevel, AGA National Tournament Coordinator

2017 Cincy/Tristate Go Tournament held in Mason, OH

Tuesday September 5, 2017

On August 26, go players gathered in Mason, Ohio, for the 3rd annual Cincy/Tri-state go tournament. The tournament, generously sponsored 2017.09.05-CincyGoTournamentby the Asian Pacific American Forum of General Electric and the Confucius institute of Miami University attracted about 40 players from major cities of Ohio and neighboring states including Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. Also on hand was a graduate student from George Washington University who traveled all the way from DC to southwest Ohio just to enjoy meeting new friends while playing go.

Eight-year-old Stephanie Tan from Indiana swept with an impressive four wins and was placed top youth in Division C. College student Soren Jaffe of Cleveland Ohio, defeated University of Cincinnati exchange student Feifan Jia (5D) of China in the fourth round (de facto the final game). Other winners of the tournament include: Haoze Zou (5D, youth division A) from Mason, Ohio; Chris Martin (4K, adult Division B) from Louisville, Kentucky; Jonathan Luo (8K, youth Division B) from Mason, Ohio; and Dave Olnhausen (15K, adult Division C) from Toledo, Ohio.

Mason is located in the northeast corner of greater Cincinnati area. Mason was named one of the best places to live in the United States several times by Money magazine and CNN. Mason is home to Kings Island amusement park and home of the Western & Southern Open, one of the world’s top tennis tournaments. It’s the third year the go tournament was hosted here by Mason Go Club and Huaxia Chinese School at Mason.
- report/photos by Frank Luo

Categories: U.S./North America

Join the AGHS; Zhang and Ho New Presidents

Tuesday September 5, 2017

aghs logo“Join us now if you want to take on a leadership role in nurturing the next generation of go players in America,” says new American Go Honor Society (AGHS) Co-President Sammy Zhang.  “Our mission is to spread and promote the game of go among youth in the US.” The AGHS runs the School Team Tournament and the Young Lions, two of the largest youth tourneys in North America. Zhang and Brandon Ho are the new Co-Presidents, while Terry Luo will serve as Vice-President. All of the other officer positions are available.  Fill out the application here  and email it to aghspresident@gmail.comApplications are due by September 17th and officers will be selected by the end of the month.



Moon Cha Memorial Tournament set for Sept 9 at Nat’l Go Center

Thursday August 31, 2017

The next tournament at the NGC will be on Saturday, September 9th. It will be a 4-round AGA rated tournament. Online pre-registration is available here at a 20% discount from registering at the tournament. The tournament memorializes Moon Cha, a key figure in popularizing go in the national capitol area. “That we are fortunate to have a National Go Center in DC today can be traced back in many ways to his efforts and those he inspired,” reported the NGC in its latest newsletter.

“Moon was amongst the first wave of strong Asian players who dominated an increasingly active tournament scene on the East Coast in the 1960s and ’70s,” wrote Keith Arnold in the EJ in September 2005 when the first Moon Cha Memorial Tournament was held, two years after Moon Cha’s death. “Along with Matsuda, Kwon, Horiguchi and Shen in New York, Ishikawa in Philadelphia and Kang in Baltimore, he was one of the stalwarts of the “pre Ing Cup” generation – challenging for the U.S. Championship in 1965 and 1966.” 

Categories: U.S./North America

“Invisible” available online; Yuan Zhou’s “AlphaGo vs. Ke Jie 9P”; Go World/AGJ issues available; Dino Pair Go

Sunday August 27, 2017

“Invisible” available online: “Invisible: The Games of AlphaGo” is now available online. ‘It’s a fascinating account,” says John Power, author of “Invincible: The Games of Shūsaku.” “I strongly recommend Invisible to any go player interested in the present and the future 2017.08.27_alphago-vs-ke-jieof go.”

Yuan Zhou’s “AlphaGo vs. Ke Jie 9P”: Also just out is Yuan Zhou’s “AlphaGo vs. Ke Jie 9P” from Slate & Shell and available through Amazon. Despite losing all three games,2017.08.27_pair-go-dinos Ke Jie did better than any one else had, and Yuan Zhou gives a thorough and insightful analysis of the match and reflects on the significance of AlphaGo for the go community.

Go World/AGJ issues available: You recently published a letter about the donation of go books to libraries (which I have already done) but I have heard nothing about libraries housing go magazines,” writes Joel Sanet. “I have a complete set of Go Worlds and the print version of the American Go Journal (there might be one issue missing) that I am willing to donate for the cost of reimbursement of  shipping which I estimate to be in the range of $40 each. Any library that is interested can contact me at BTW I have not see the NY Times crossword puzzle reported by Roy Schmidt but I suspect the answer to the clue “Travel edition of a classic board game?” is “on the go go.”

photo: a particularly intimidating couple at the Pair Go Tournament at the recent U.S. Go Congress; photo by Eric Wainwright