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AGA Chapters Rewards Program Off to Fast Start

Sunday March 15, 2015

The Manhattan Go Club and Seattle Go Center top the first month of the new AGA Chapter Rewards program, earning 150,000 and 125,000 points, respectively.  AGA chapters earn points when they get new or renewing members or when their members play rated games. Small and medium clubs get an extra multiplier to earn points faster. “We got off to a great start in January with new and renewing memberships” says Rewards Coordinator Gurujeet Khalsa. Seventy one chapters earned a total of 2,412,500 points, “almost $2,500 that chapters can get reimbursement for expenses related to go promotion.” Click here to see chapter-by-chapter results for January, and details on how points are calculated. Activity by members unaffiliated with a chapter still earn points in an AGA pool (see instructions here on how to affiliate with a chapter). To redeem points, take a picture of a receipt with a smartphone and email it to rewards@usgo.org. Put in a one line description of what the go promotional activity was (e.g. “Advertisement for Cherry Blossom tournament”). Also include the chapter name and the name and address for reimbursement. Reimbursement is to the person listed as the chapter organizer or to a club account with the chapter name. Address any questions to rewards@usgo.org.

 

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Mark Lee Wins 2015 SoCal Go Championship

Saturday March 14, 2015

Former Korean insei Mark Lee took home the $700 first-place prize at the 2015 Southern California Go Championship, held the weekend of February 28-March 1 in 2015.03.14_SoCal-winnerMonterey Park, California. Seventy two players from Southern California and as far away as the San Francisco Bay area, Arizona, Oregon and Atlanta, Georgia participated in the tournament, which featured a total prize purse of $3,000 and was organized and directed by Kevin Chao. Thanks to sponsorship by the World Journal and American Asia Culture Exchange Association, the event took place at the spacious headquarters of the Los Angeles division of the World Journal (http://www.worldjournal.com/page-about_us-e/).

Winner’s report:
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Open Section: 1st place Mark Lee (5-0), 2nd place Danny Ko (4-1), 3rd place Youwhan Kim (4-1), 4th place Qipeng Luo (3-2), 5th place two-time defending champion Evan Cho (3-2).
Dan Section: 1st place Tyler Oyakawa (5-0), 2nd place Brandon Zhou (4-1), 3rd place AGA president Andy Okun (4-1), 4th place Ted Drange (4-1), 5th place Hanhua Li (4-1)
Upper Kyu Section: 1st place Suttiat Boonchuen (5-0), 2nd place Julie Burrall (4-1), 3rd place Aijun Song, 4th place Alfred Foung (4-1)
Mid Kyu Section: 1st place Ross Secrest (4-1), 2nd place John Bulcher (4-1), 3rd place Michal Lebl (4-1)
Lower Kyu Section: 1st place Dowson Yang (4-1), 2nd place Derek Su (3-2), 3rd place Vivie Truong (3-2)

Photos: (top right) James Guo, president of World Journal L.A., presents the first place trophy to Mark Lee; tournament playing venue. photo by Kevin Chao.

 

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SRO for San Diego Go Club at Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday March 14, 2015

San Diego Go Club members taught go to all interested and played exhibition games at the Tenth Annual Cherry Blossom Festival at the 2015.03.14_San Diego Cherry BlossomJapanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park in San Diego on March 7 & 8. Thousands came out to the garden in 70 degree weather to see the bursting cherry blossoms on over 150 trees. A new $3,000,000 expansion of the garden, including a tea house next to a water fall and koi pond, is almost compete. Club volunteers were kept busy both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., teaching go to eager parties ranging in age from 5 to 85. So many people were eager to learn go that they had to queue up for lessons. Many copies of “The Way to Go,” donated by the American Go Foundation, were given to those who showed interest in learning the game.
- report/photo by Ted Terpstra, President, San Diego Go Club. Photo: San Diego Go Club member Les Lanphear (right, in hat) explaining the intricacies of go; 

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Updates: China Wins Nongshim Cup; New Osaka Camp Website; CGA League Registration Deadline Tuesday

Saturday March 7, 2015

China Wins Nongshim Cup: Lian Xiao (left) defeated Kim Jiseok in the final round of the 16th Nongshim Cup on March 5. With this victory, 2015.03.07_Lian-Xiao-Kim-Jiseok-16th-Nongshim-Cup-550x367Team China takes the Cup back home for another year. Captain Iyama Yuta, who was the last man standing for Team Japan, played against Mi Yuting in the first game of the final round…
- Go Game Guru

New Osaka Camp Website: Maeda Ryo 6P’s 3-week intensive go camp in Osaka, Japan has a new website http://www.osakago.com/; the camp runs June through July 18.

CGA League Registration Deadline Tuesday: Registration for the second session of the Canadian Go Association’s online league play is now open, and will close Tuesday, March 10. Click here for more details and click the “league” tab.

Redmond Cup and School Teams Deadlines

Friday March 6, 2015

10576963_800302786669866_3812810001590467578_nThere is still time to sign up for two of the major youth events of the year: the Redmond Cup and the School Teams Tournament.  Registration for the Redmond is due by March 15th, School Teams by March 20th.In the Redmond,  preliminary games will be played online and the four finalists will be invited to the 2015 US Go Congress to play the final games. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for kids 12 and under, and the Senior league for 17 and under. Competitors in both leagues must have an AGA or CGA rank of  1 dan or higher.   Players who complete the tournament will be eligible for $400 scholarships to the AGA Go Camp, or $200 scholarships to the US Go Congress, on a first come first served basis, courtesy of the AGF.  For more information on the event, read the rules document here. To register click here.

The 2015 School Team Tournament (STT) will be held March 28 and April 4.  All matches will be played online, and schools from Canada, the US, and Mexico are all invited.  As a new top prize this year, the American Go Foundation is offering full scholarships (tuition + room/board) to the AGA Summer  Go Camp.  All three members of  the top dan and top kyu team will win the scholarships. Prizes will also be awarded in the other divisions, including $75 cash for first place, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd, as well as medals, and the stylish new AGHS T-Shirt.   To register, fill out the form here, by March 20. More information may be found on the AGHS website-Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Siddhartha Avila: Mexican youth compete in a team tourney.

Sharon Go Club Blitzes Panda Express

Thursday March 5, 2015

The Sharon Go Club, which usually meets Monday nights at the Barnes and Noble in Walpole, Massachusetts, met this week at the Panda 2015.03.05_sharon-go-clubExpress, where local organizer William Luff 4D works. “We had a nice small gathering,” says Luff. Shai Simonson 3D, Julian Sirkin 6K and Joe Chaves 6K joined Luff, and Chun Sun 5D made a surprise appearance as well. “A few games were played and good conversations were shared,” says Luff. “I was working so I could only play a quick blitz game during my 30 minute break. But I was happy to host the club. Everyone enjoyed the food.”

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Andy Liu Wins New Jersey Open

Monday March 2, 2015

Andy Liu 1P won the 2015 New Jersey Open last weekend, with Mengchen Zhang 7d taking 2nd place, Michael Zhaonian Chen 7d in 3rd and 2015.03.02_NJO-Bd1-Rd5Eric Lui 7d in 4th. First place prize was $700, second $500, and third and fourth $200 each. Click here for complete results and rating and pairing details.

Although some of the players pre-registered for Sunday didn’t show up, “probably due to weather concerns,” tournament organizer Rick Mott reports that the final turnout for the 2-day tournament was 170, “still about 40 players above our previous record.”

Five game winners ($90 prize) are Meng Zhiyong (5d), Adam Connell (2k), Kasidet Hiranniramol (3k), Monsoon Shrestha (4k), Wan Shen (5k), Richard Cronin (8k) and Eric Swain (16k).

photo: Liu (r) and Zhang review their Round 5 game; photo by Rick Mott. For more photos check out Yingzhi Qian’s album on Facebook.

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Daniel Chou Tops NOVA Chinese New Year Tourney

Monday March 2, 2015

Daniel Chou 6D took top honors at the NOVA Chinese Lunar New Year tournament held on Saturday, February 28, at George Mason Law School in Arlington VA. Twenty-nine players participated in the eighth edition of this annual event. “As usual, the Chinese community provided trophies and prizes for all winners,” reports organizer Allan Abramson. “Ching-Sung Chin, Yeena Liu, and Hank Chau were thanked for their outstanding support of this event.”

The winners were: First place: Daniel Chou, 6D, 3-1; Yunlong Zhang, 1D, 4-0; Zhao Zhao, 5K, 3-1; Gary Smith, 9K, 3-1; Marion Edey, 10K, 3-0; Sean Lin, 23K, 4-0. Second place: Yuan Wang, 3D, 2-2; Mohan Sud, 1D, 2-2; Zongying Qiu, 3K, 3-1; Mike Lash, 6K, 3-1; Steven Manning, 10K, 2-2; Ethan Tung, 30K, 2-2.

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Pandanet City League Round 3 Results

Sunday March 1, 2015

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A LeagueBoston def San Francisco (2-1), Seattle 1 def Canwa Vancouver (2-1), Los Angeles def Greater Washington (2-1). LA currently leading with 6 points. Greater Washington and Boston just behind them with 4 points each.

B LeaguePrinceton def Bay Area (2-1). Still ongoing: NC Raleigh vs Canwa Vancouver 2, Katy TX 1 vs Washington DC 2

Princeton leading with 6 points, Bay Area trailing with 4 points. Games still ongoing.

C LeagueBoston 2 def Atlanta (2-1), DC Team 3 def New Orleans (2-1), SF Bay Area/Berkeley def Atlanta 1 (2-1). Berkeley leads with 6 points. DC Team 3 in second place with 4 points.
- Steve Colburn

NJ Open Turnout Blasts Into Record Territory

Sunday March 1, 2015

With a registered total of 177 players, turnout at this year’s New Jersey Open “exceeded the previous record by 50!” reports Rick Mott. Here are 2015.02.28_NJO1a 2015.02.28_NJO2couple photos from the first day of the event, held this weekend at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ.
photos by Matthew Herschberger

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