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Yuan Zhou 7D to Represent U.S. at WAGC in China

Monday February 13, 2012

Yuan Zhou 7D, a popular teacher and frequent competitor in top U.S. tournaments, will be the U.S. representative to this year’s World Amateur Go Championship, which will be held in Guanzhou, China in May. “I am excited to represent the U.S. and play in the WAGC,” Zhou (at right) told the E-Journal. “It took me lots of hard work and many tough matches to earn the right to become the U.S. representative. The competition will be very severe. All WAGC players are strong, and there will be no easy matches.”

This is just the third time in the 33-year history of the WAGC that it will be held outside Japan, “signifying a changing international go scene,” reports Thomas Hsiang, the American Go Association’s representative to the International Go Federation, where he’s vice president. “It’s expected at least half of all future WAGC will be sponsored by a non-Japanese city and it’s not out of the question that we may have it in North America one day.” The venue of this year’s WAGC, the Guangzhou Qiyuan, is a “magnificent, huge, board-game center where the mind-sport competitions of the 2010 Asian Games were held,” Hsiang adds.

The E-Journal will provide full onsite coverage of the event, thanks again to generous support from the IGF, providing the AGA membership glimpses of the venue, along with stories and game records of the event.

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AGA Chapters List Returns

Monday February 13, 2012

The American Go Association Chapters List is back up and running, reports Steve Colburn. “Anyone can join and I added all current chapters today,” Colburn said Monday night (2/13). “This is a great new system that will help support chapters in the coming years,” Colburn added. “Please join the list so your message can be promptly posted to the group.” Questions about the list can be sent to lists moderator Arnold Eudell at chapterservices@usgo.org

 

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2012 U.S. Go Congress Update

Friday February 10, 2012

(updated 2/10 11a) Contrary to our previously-published report, registration for the 2012 U.S. Go Congress is NOT YET open, according to Directors Paul Celmer and Peter Armenia.  Please stand by for further updates as they become available. 

The 2012 U.S. Go Congress is set for August 4-12 in Black Mountain, NC. The largest go activity in the United States, the annual Congress happens once a year and spans a full week. Events include the US Open, the largest annual go tournament in the US, professional lectures and game analysis, continuous self paired games, and all kinds of go related activities from morning to midnight. “Come for the go, come for the camaraderie of old friends, come for the relaxing mountain air,” say organizers. “Whatever your reason, we are looking forward to seeing you there!” The 2012 site now includes links to previous Congresses going back to 2006, including links to tourney results, game records and more. photo by Bob Felice

KGS Announces Meijin Tourney

Monday February 6, 2012

Beginning this year, KGS will crown one player as the KGS Meijin annually. January through October, there will be monthly qualifying tournaments on KGS. Each month the qualifiers will be at a different time and will have a different setup, some qualifiers will be open signup, others will require an established rank on KGS. In each tournament, one or more participants will earn eligibility for the Finals.  The Finals will run November through December. The final KGS Meijin winner will receive a cash prize and a special Meijin icon.  The February Qualifier will be held on February 25th & 26th, in American daytime “and we would like to encourage as many AGA members to join,” says KGS admin and Meijin Qualifier TD Akane Negishi (sweety). Click here for tournament details.

 

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Go Photos: At the San Diego Go Soiree

Monday February 6, 2012

The winter 2012 San Diego Go Soiree attracted 23 go players to the home of San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra January 29 for seven hours of informal games. Players ranked from beginners to San Diego’s only go professional, Shirley Lin, attended. Two visiting 7-dans from Japan were honored guests. Several members of the UCSD Go Club also attended, including Tyler Oyakawa, 2 dan, who beat many higher ranked players.
photos: right: Mr. Kohmoto (l, from Japan) and Tyler Oyakama (r, UCSD) overlooking Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean; left: part of the assembled crowd. Photos courtesy Ted Terpstra.

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Mexico Schools Portland

Monday February 6, 2012

Four teams of elementary school kids in Portland OR and Mexico City, competed against each other in a friendly inter-school match on KGS, Jan. 21st. The kids from Mexico attend Pipiolo Art Institute, and are taught by Siddhartha Avila, who is building a vital Mexican Go community  around his youth programs. In Portland, Peter Freedman is workingwith kids at the Irvington School Chess and Go Club. Each school fielded two teams of three kids, the youngest player was 6 years old.  The Mexican kids have been playing longer, and won an impressive 10 out of 12 games. “The kids on both sides were really, really, excited,” reports Freedman. “They chatted nicely with each other as they played: ‘How old are you?’ ‘You won. You are better than me.’…We Skyped at the same time, so the kids could see each other. We made introductions, saw Sid’s classroom…it was very, very cool,” added Freedman.
- Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.  Photos: top: Peter Freedman and the Irvington School kids; bottom: Siddhartha Avila with the Pipolo students

Redmond Cup Open for Registration

Monday February 6, 2012

Young American go players can now sign up for the 19th annual Redmond Cup Tournament. Preliminary games will be played on the Internet, courtesy of IGS-PandaNet, and the four finalists will be invited to the 2012 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids under 12 years old, and the Senior league for those under 18, on August 1st 2012. Competitors in the Senior League must have an AGA rank of  1 dan or higher, in the Junior 5 kyu or stronger. The participants must be members of the American Go Association or the Canadian Go Association and either residents of the U.S., Canada or Mexico, or citizens of the United States living anywhere in the world, provided that they are also members of the AGA. The tournament director for the Redmond Cup is Michael Bull; Ing rules of Goe for all games. To register e-mail youth@usgo.org with your name, phone #, date of birth, AGA rating, IGS ID, and citizenship. The registration deadline is March 8, 2012. The Cup is sponsored by Michael Redmond 9P and his family, the American Go Association and the American Go Foundation. Photo: 2011 finalists, Aaron Ye 4d (l),  and Sammy Zhang 3d(r) compete at the US Go Congres in Santa Barbara. – Paul Barchilon, Youth Editor.


CGA Re-Issues KGS Leagues Invite

Monday February 6, 2012

A second invitation to play in the Canadian Go Association KGS Leagues has been issued to AGA players before the start of the next round on February 15th. “We have about 20 American go players so far from beginner to 8+ dan for a total of about 75,” reports Chuck Elliot. “We would welcome more.” The League games provide an excellent opportunity for players to play serious games year-round, meet friends, and get stronger. Last year’s prizes totaled $450, which Elliot hopes will grow to $2000 in 2012. Visit the League website for more information, and to see the posted rounds. Click on Current Round to see the previous round; click on Annual League Schedule to see all. When you register, send an email saying “Chuck, I’m in” to Elliot at ChuckBrenda@shaw.ca. This offer will be open all year.
- Karoline Burrall, AGA Tournaments Coordinator

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Chizu Kobayashi 5P Visits Seattle Go Center

Sunday February 5, 2012

Chizu Kobayashi 5P, the charming and enthusiastic Executive Director of the Nihon Ki-in, made a two-day visit to the Seattle area that combined teaching and administration. On Monday, Jan. 23, she visited the Microsoft campus,  gave a lecture,  and then went to the Seattle Go Center to meet with the Directors of the Center. On Tuesday, she toured the veterinary facilities of the Go Center’s new tenant, Companion Pet Care. She then gave lectures in the afternoon and evening at the Go Center. Over 50 people came for her talks, which included her fond memories of the founder of the Seattle Go Center, Iwamoto Kaoru, group go games, and go problems. Photo: Frank Fukuda of the Go Center and Chizu Kobayashi 5P start the evening lecture.  - photo/report by Brian Allen

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AGA-Korea Agreements Posted

Sunday February 5, 2012

The recent agreements signed by the American Go Association with Korea to promote a new professional players’ system in theU.S.have now been posted. Click on our original report — AGA Inks Deals with Korea to Develop U.S. Pro System  (12/26/2011 EJ) – for details on the agreements AGA Board Chairman Andy Okun signed with the Korea Baduk Association and the Korean go server TongYang Online (Tygem) December 19th in Seoul, Korea.