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AGA Issues Annual Call for Guest Officials

Monday February 14, 2011

The American Go Association has issued it’s annual call for self-nominations to be guest officials abroad for the AGA, President Allan Abramson announced today. “Each year a few opportunities arise to send people overseas as guest officials,” said Abramson. “An open call for people to nominate themselves is the fair way to go.” Nominations should be sent to president@usgo.org, with a short statement of the contributions to U.S go that would merit selection as a guest official. The deadline this year is Sunday, February 27.

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TYGEM Launches iPad App

Monday February 14, 2011

The Korean Go server TYGEM has just launched their English language go app for the iPad. Search for tygem on iTunes. In addition to free services on TYGEM, sources tell the E-Journal that TYGEM plans to offer go servers on an English website by March.

Seattle Go Center Keeps Lights On and Doors Open

Monday February 14, 2011

Despite reduced hours and a vacant rental space, the doors are still open – and the lights still on – at the Seattle Go Center. “Tuesday nights continue to be very popular at the Go Center, with over 30 players attending,” reports Center manager Brian Allen. “The Yang Yilun workshop this weekend had 20 participants, with a good mix of old friends and new faces.” Although the Center’s downstairs rental space is still empty, income has matched expenses for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which started last July. “We have had a big increase in donations, matching grants from employers, and lifetime memberships,” says Allen. “And we reduced expenses by limiting our hours, and relying more on volunteers.  Of course, we are working hard to get the downstairs rented out, which would give us additional income. We had one negotiation get as far as a letter of intent, but now that deal seems unlikely.”
photo by Brian Allen

Zhanbo Sun 2P Wins First Young Kwon National Online Tournament

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Zhanbo Sun 2P (r) defeated 2010 North America Ing Master champion Huiren Yang 1P last Saturday, February 5 to win the first Young Kwon National Online Tournament (YNOT). Click here for current standings and Round 5 results. “The number of technical issues regarding webcam, Skype or KGS dramatically decreased as over 100 players got more familiar with online tournament through YKNOT,” reports Co-Director Zhiyuan ‘Edward’ Zhang, noting that “online TD’s received few requests for assistance during the second weekend.” Nearly $3,000 in cash prizes is being awarded in YKNOT by former US Open champion Young Kwon 7d from New York. The Hankuk-kiwon (Korean Baduk Association), in coordination of Myungwan Kim 9P, is also awarding three dan-level certificates to winners in the 1-2k, 1-3d and 6d division. “Quite a few new AGA members enjoyed the online tournament, and have inquired and expressed excitement about the upcoming US Go Congress in Santa Barbara, CA,” adds Zhang.

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2/8 E-Journal Delayed

Tuesday February 8, 2011

This week’s edition of the American Go E-Journal, which normally would have been published Tuesday (2/8) morning, was delayed due to technical problems beyond our control. We expect it to appear Wednesday (2/9) morning and apologize for any inconvenience to our readers.
- Chris Garlock, Managing Editor

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’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.

Long Sweeps Lancaster “Bye Week” Tourney

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Jason Long 8k swept the January 30 “Bye Week Tournament” in Harrisburg, PA, winning all five games played. Sponsored by the Harrisburg (PA) Area Go Club and Lancaster Go Club, the tournament attracted seven players, ranging in strength from 12k to 3d. The self-paired format allowed players to play as many games as they could handle, and 8-year-old Willis Huang 9k’s seven games was the record for the event. Huang was also the furthest traveled, coming from New Jersey, with the rest of the players residents of Pennsylvania. The Harrisburg Area Go Club has seven active participants and meets 7-10p Wednesdays at the Borders Bookstore Café, in Camp Hill, PA.

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Harwit Twins Top Colorado Youth Tourney

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Nathan and Matthew Harwit took top honors in the Colorado Youth Go Tournament, held Saturday, February 5 at the Eloise May Public Library in Denver, Colorado. Two dozen youngsters aged 7 – 17 competed, including kids from the Boulder, Highlands Ranch, Denver, and Colorado Springs clubs. Tournament directors were David Weiss and Alex Yavich. Winner’s Report: Dan Division: 1st: Nathan Harwit; 2nd: Matthew Harwit. Kyu Division: 1st: Akrom Amanov; 2nd: Adrian Fisher.
- photo courtesy David Weiss

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AGA Offers Volunteer Assistance

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Recognizing that local chapter organizers may feel like the American Go Association is more focused on ranks, large tournaments and funding than small tournaments and club atmosphere, AGA Volunteer Coordinator Nicholas Jhirad says “We also strive to meet chapter personnel needs” that “may be as simple as a coder to develop a club website, a few people to help with outreach, or those vital extra hands at a tournament. If you have an idea for your chapter and you want a few boots on the ground, let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate and put you in touch with those resources that we have!” Reach Jhirad at volunteer@usgo.org, which is also where go players interested in volunteering should contact him.

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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 registrar@gocongress.org. “We look forward to seeing you this summer!” adds Scott.