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Nominations to AGA Board closing soon

Sunday June 11, 2017

Chris Kirschner and Martin Lebl have been nominated to the Western and Central regions respectively. A competitive election is expected in the east with Steve Colburn running against incumbent Diego Pierrottet.  Nominations, including self-nominations, may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides by June 15. Chapters should check their membership roles for recent and upcoming expirations which may affect their vote count. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Election information and qualification info are available at AGA Board Elections | American Go Association
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Players needed to test online go and chess tournament site

Monday June 5, 2017

The Mindsports Academy is seeking play-testers for their online playing program. The Academy was created in 2013 by Mindsports 2017.06.03_Mindsports Academy MindsportsInternational in an effort to respond to growing demand for organized Mindsports events. The Mindsports Academy membership gives individuals and clubs the opportunity to become part of a worldwide network of players participating both online and in live evens. The Mindsports program includes games like chess, Scrabble, Magic: The Gathering, and, of course, go.
As part of their program, Go and Chess Tournaments are now running online, and they’re looking for players to help test the site. In return for playing and giving feedback to the developers, players will be given free “shields,” an item needed to play in the sportsroom. Feedback should be sent to jgeeser@mindsportsinternational.com along with your screen name so as to be credited with rewards for participation.
- edited by Noah Doss
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Memory and DNA study seeks go-playing volunteers

Saturday June 3, 2017

Researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute and Harvard’s Personal Genome Project (PGP) are partnering with Luminosity to better 2017.06.03_harvard-studyunderstand the relationship between memory and DNA.  The goal of the study is to identify genetic factors that can help in developing treatment for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, by identifying individuals having exceptional memory, attention, and reaction speed.
Yingleong Chan, PhD, postdoctoral fellow of George Church’s lab at Harvard Medical School, has reached out to the American Go Association to find go players who are interested in participating in being participants of the PGP and participating in this PGP-Lumositygenomics research study.  Participants will be asked to complete six games aimed at evaluating memory, attention, and reaction speed.  Participant test scores will then be grouped to identify exceptional performers.  People that perform well on the games will have the opportunity to identify their genome sequence in order to construct experimental models to form new hypotheses related to the characteristics of neurodegenerative disorders.  Through this study, the PGP hopes to better understand efficient memory functions in order to further research Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.
Click here for more information, including instructions on how to enroll in the study.
- edited by Brian Kirby
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Early-bird Congress registration extended

Wednesday May 31, 2017

Due to the excitement surrounding the recent AlphaGo – Ke Jie match and the Memorial Day weekend, the Directors of the 2017 US Go Congress – San Diego have decided to extend the end of the early-bird Congress registration from June 1 to2017.05.31_Town.Country.Resort Monday, June 5. “This will enable registrants to still take advantage of the $50 saving for Congress registration and the subsidized  meals packages through Sunday, June 4,” says Ted Terpstra. 
The Congress will be held at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego from August 5 to August 13. Discounted hotel reservations can be made through the Congress web site.

Nearly 400 have already signed up to attend the 2017 Congress, including delegations of players from China, Japan, and South Korea. Teachers and pros from around the world will be at the Congress to lecture, play simultaneous exhibitions and analyze games in the afternoons and evenings. A round of the US Open will be played every morning except Wednesday, which is a rest day to take in the sights of San Diego.

- photograph of the Town and Country Resort taken by Ted Terpstra

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Evanston go club continues teaching tradition at Anime Central

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Following a 10-year long tradition, the Evanston Go Club recently introduced go and taught to new players for more than twenty hours over two days 2017.05.30_evanston.animeat Anime Central in Rosemont, Illinois, reports club president Mark Rubenstein. Begun in 1998, Anime Central is an annual convention dedicated to the “appreciation, recognition, and enjoyment of Japanese tradition and culture.”  This year’s event was held May 19th-21st in the Hyatt O’Hare and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  “We are confident that we have kindled the interest in go for many newcomers,” writes Mark, noting that it was now time “to get some sleep.”

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Zhaonian Chen wins Maryland Open, 5-0

Monday May 29, 2017

Zhaonian Chen 7d (left) won the Maryland Open last weekend, going undefeated — including wins over pros Eric Lui and Calvin Sun (right) — in the 2-2017.05.29_md-open-chenday, 5-round tournament in Baltimore Maryland. The 44th edition of the tournament attracted 70 players and was directed by Gurujeet Khalsa, assisted by Todd Heidenreich. Full results below.

Open Section
1st Zhaonian Chen 7 dan, 5-0
2nd Eric Lui Pro 1 dan
3rd Calvin Sun Pro 1 dan

A Section
1st Chen An 6 dan
2nd Huang Qi 6 dan
3rd Hu Xiaocheng 6 dan

B Section
1st Zehua Zhao 4 dan
2nd Zhenying Gu 4 dan
3rd Ashish Varma 4 dan

C Section
1st Lee Hunyh 2 dan
2nd Brian Jiang 2 dan

D Section
1st Isaac Wiener 2 kyu – Kyu Champion
2nd Greg Lysack 1 kyu

2017.05.29_md-open-sun-luiE Section
1st Arnold Eudell 4 kyu
2nd Bob Crites 6 kyu

F Section
1st Joon Lee 10 kyu, 5-0
2nd James Funk 7 kyu

G Section
1st Alan Yang 16 kyu
2nd Brian Ye 20 kyu

Greg Lefler Award – Feng Yun Go Club

Fighting Spirit Prize – Patrick Bannister 16 kyu
bottom left photo: Sun and Lui review their game; photos by Keith Arnold

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AlphaGo-Ke Jie watch parties help build AGA chapter “strength, longevity and cohesiveness”

Saturday May 27, 2017

AlphaGo-Ke-Jie surprising move copyChapters of the American Go Association held watch parties across the country for the historic AlphaGo-Ke Jie match this week. Here are a couple of reports and photos.

At the Seattle Go Center (right), 30 people came for Nick Sibicky’s lecture on a previous game by Ke Jie, and more than 40 were in the room for the first AlphaGo/Ke Jie game.

durham-sm_1970A dozen go aficionados gathered in Durham Wednesday night (left), to review and discuss Game One. A surprise guest was Cole Pruitt, the co-director and producer of “The Surrounding Game.” Says Bob Bacon, “We devoured pizza generously provided by the AGA as we witnessed another milestone in the history of go. Events like this help add to the strength, longevity and cohesiveness of the chapters and the AGA as a whole.”

photos by Brian Allen (right) and Bob Bacon (left)

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Familiar faces running for AGA board seats

Friday May 26, 2017

Incumbent Eastern, Western and Central board members Diego Pierrottet, Chris Kirschner and Martin Lebl have been nominated to retain their seats. Nominations, including self-nominations, may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides by June 15. Chapters should check their membership roles for recent and upcoming expirations which may affect their vote count. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.
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AlphaGo-Ke Jie viewing parties update

Tuesday May 23, 2017

AlphaGo-Ke Jie viewing parties continue this week at the National Go Center in Washington DC (Center opens at 7p Wednesday; match at2017.05.23_dc-alphago 10:30pm EDT); the Seattle Go Center will be open late again Wednesday night as well (schedule is on their calendar), and the Triangle Go Group will host an AlphaGo viewing party on Wednesday evening at the EcoLounge at Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Rd, in Durham.

New events include:
The UCLA Go Club in Los Angeles is hosting a viewing party this Friday, May 26 at UCLA, Dodd Hall, room 175 (315 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095). “Anyone is welcome to join,” says Isaac Deutsch. “We are hoping to have some lively discussions during the final game!”
The Boulder Go Center will host an AlphaGo Viewing Party on May 27 in Denver, CO. Contact Stu Horowitz at stuart590@earthlink.net 720-289-6927 for details.

Myungwan Kim will stream live game commentary Thursday night on the AGA’s YouTube channel, starting at 11PM PST.

Got party? Email us at journal@usgo,org!

photo: at the National Go Center Monday night; photo by Chris Garlock

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2017 US Go Congress update video; early registration ends soon

Friday May 19, 2017

Andrew Jackson and Michael Wanek are back with another video update on this year’s US Go Congress, th2017.05.19_congress-updateis time with Congress directors Les Lanphear and Ted Terpstra. Lanphear and Terpstra talk about some of the highlights of this year’s Congress and remind those thinking about attending that Early Registration ends June 1st, when registration price and meal plan prices increase. Also, they note, after June 1st, the rooms at the hotel — “And it is an amazing venue!” says Wanek, who just did a site visit last week — will not be guaranteed.

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