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Holiday Pair Go in Seattle

Tuesday January 2, 2018

The 5th Annual Gala Pair Go Tournament, held Saturday Dec. 16 in Seattle, had lots of laughter, and stronger players than 2016. Cullen-Lucy-Nick-CatAlthough the 2017 group was a little bit smaller than the previous year, with 11 teams, they managed to eat almost all the cake, and to polish off the raspberries and cream. The first table was won by Lusha Zhou and Tzu-Jen Chan. The second table was won by Cat Mai and Nick Wilmes, while the third table was won by Anne Thompson and Bill Thompson. Winners The games inspired much discussion, and pairs were still replaying their games an hour after the awards ceremony.  photos: (right) Cullen Mott and Lucy Wang in rabbit ears; (left): first table winners on left, second table winners on right, third table winners in center front. Photos and report by Brian Allen.

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2017 American Go Yearbook set to release on January 1

Thursday December 28, 2017

The annual American Go Yearbook is the perfect holiday gift to yourself or your favorite go player and all you have to do is join 2017.12.28_2017Yearbookthe American Go Association!

The online compilation of all the Member’s Edition material published in the E-Journal during the year, the Yearbook enables you to quickly find the material you’re looking for on a month-by-month list. Once selected, game records or PDFs open up quickly and easily for your review or download. 2017.12.17_ag-ag-zero-master-4The Yearbook collection also includes bonus files not originally included in the E-Journal. As a special bonus in the 2017 edition, we’ve bundled all of Michael Redmond’s game commentaries on the amazing AlphaGo games released this year.

The Yearbook will be released on January 1 so join now and get your year off to a great start! The Yearbook also brings together previously-published Special Edition reports on events like the US Go Congress, the World Amateur Go Championship and the Cotsen with other features – also previously released – such as the Member’s Edition Collection Of Games, Commentaries & More, The Year in Headlines, Games & Commentaries, Instruction, The Go Player’s Guide to the World, Go Spotting and Youth reports.

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An efficient move, before January 1

Thursday December 28, 2017

In go, we’re always searching for efficient moves, which accomplish multiple goals. You can help build American go and get a tax deduction by donating now to the American Go Foundation. The vast majority — 98% — of the donations to the American Go Foundation come from individuals like you. Here’s another way: last year the Syracuse Go Club collected from each member and added their support. AGF Teacher of the Year Richard Moseson led his club to give and hopes that “other clubs will consider doing the same.”  “I couldn’t agree more” says Terry Benson, AGF President.  “If go is going to grow, we need every player to help. Pooling donations and using company matching grants are great multipliers for community support of go.” Click here to donate now.

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Pasadena go club launching in 2018

Thursday December 28, 2017

A new go club is coming to Los Angeles, reports Kevin Hwang. “Located in Pasadena, we are planning on meeting every Sunday from 12pm-4pm at the first floor public area of Whole Foods (465 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105). Parking is free and boards will be provided, although we encourage vistors to bring their own. Meetings will begin in 2018, so 1/7/18 will be our first meeting.”
For further questions e-mail pasadenago@gmail.com
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Ki Young Choi tops Sacramento/Davis Go Club Winter Quarterly

Thursday December 21, 2017

Ki Young Choi topped the Sacramento/Davis Go Club Winter Quarterly tournament on December 16 at the Arden-Dimick 2017.12.21_Ki Young ChoiLibrary in Sacramento. There were eight players including some from the Bay Area and the Grass Valley/Nevada City area. Tai-An Cha, 4k, won the lower division; both won with 3-1 scores.
- Willard Haynes
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AGA Board Meeting 12/17/2017 Executive Summary

Thursday December 21, 2017

The board discussed the upcoming state championship system (you can now contact the organizers at 50state@usgo.org) and how to ensure that the upcoming US Go Congress is as affordable and accessible as possible. The president’s report included a discussion of developing a policy to ensure inclusion of transgendered individuals in gender-specific tournaments and about rank certifications for 18 kyu players and below. Other business included a status update on the ranking system and code of conduct development.
-Samantha Fede, AGA Secretary

This post has been updated; the email address is 50state@usgo.org

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Wainwright edges Evenson in Inaugural Danger Monkey Go Club tourney

Monday December 18, 2017

The inaugural Danger Monkey Go Club AGA-rated tournament in Denver was very successful, reports Stu Horowitz. Eleven players were split into two sections. First place in the dan section went to Eric Wainwright, 1 dan, in a tiebreak over Kent Evenson, 1 dan, both with 2-1 records. The winner in the kyu section with a perfect 3-0 record was Mune Ganbaatar, 12kyu. Mune and her older brother, Billy, 3kyu, are  students in the Boulder Kids and Teens program at the Boulder Public Library.

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Evanston Go Club’s “Rated Games Night” gets underway

Thursday December 14, 2017

The Evanston Go Club had its second Rated Games Night last week. “The first Wednesday of every month will be Rated Games2017.12.14_evanston Night”, said club president Mark Rubenstein. “Some of our members have recently joined the AGA, and they’re highly motivated to improve their rating. It’s also an opportunity for those members who can’t make it to our tournaments to get some rated games in, and push themselves to get stronger.”

Although only one rated game was played last week, Rubenstein is optimistic about the program. “We are purposefully keeping the structure very open. You can play any number of rated or un-rated games; there’s no pressure to play rated games, it’s just an option. We have clocks for those who want to use one, and signs letting onlookers know that a rated game is in progress. It lends a slightly more serious tone to the evening, which is a nice change of pace.”
Last week’s game was between Scott Gerson (5k) and David Rockwell (5k), pictured here; Scott took black and won. Scott has light-heartedly suggested that the second Wednesday of every month should be Trash-Talk night… but Rubenstein needs some convincing.
photo by Mark Rubenstein
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Seattle prepares for Pair Go Night this Saturday

Wednesday December 13, 2017

The fifth annual Seattle Pair Go Gala will be held this Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Seattle Go Center.   2017 Pair Go Flyer_finalRegistration is at the beginning of the tournament, from 6-6:30 pm. The gala will follow International Pair Go Rules, so teams must have both a female and male player. Last year’s tournament had 24 players, and lots of cake. Photo by Anne Thompson, https://tenukihandcrafts.com/, report by Brian Allen.

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Yong Chen wins Slate and Shell tourney at NGC

Tuesday December 12, 2017

The annual Slate and Shell tournament was held at the National Go Center on December 9 with 26 players competing. The2017.12.12_slateshell winners winner in the Dan division was Yong Chen (1D). Runner-up among the Dan players was Ran Zhao (5D). Mike Lash (6K) had the only perfect 4-0 score to score first in the high single-digit Kyu players followed by James Funk (5K). In the lower single-digit Kyu section, Anderson Barreal (7K) and Daniel Acheson (7K) took first and second respectively. Betsy Small (12K) won the double-digit Kyu section followed by Julian Turim (15K).
photo of winners with TDs Gurujeet Khalsa and Gary Smith taken by Jason Turim.

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