American Go E-Journal

Mark Lee wins 2019 Zheng Cup

Wednesday March 13, 2019

Mark Lee 7D, once again showcasing his flawless opening technique and middle game fighting strength, defeated all six2019.03.13_Zheng Cup-mark-lee opponents to win the 2019 Zheng Cup (formally known as Southern California Go Championship) held on Feb. 16-17. Lee defeated all his opponents by resignation and now holds an impressive record of 21 consecutive wins without any losses in this tournament. Tyler Oyakawa was second and Yixian Zhou third.

Other section winners included Kosuke Sato [2 dan to 4 dan Section]; Zhengwen Bi [1 dan to 3K Section]; Kevin Yang [4K to 12K Section]; Ethan Wong [13K to 30K Section].

photo: Mark Lee with sponsor Mr. J Zheng

A message about the AGA’s membership system

Wednesday March 13, 2019

As anyone who’s either a renewing or new AGA member knows, our online enrollment system has had a technical problem in recent months. Folks renewing their memberships or joining the AGA have encountered off-putting messages during the online process. Rest assured that everyone’s memberships are being carefully taken care of, albeit by a time-consuming manual input by our redoubtable membership team, which adds “you may disregard any error messages you receive in the process.” Our technical staff is developing a new, automated system via PayPal that they hope will be operational in the near future. “We have a new system, working software, and a plan,” our teams say. Our apologies for the glitches, our thanks for your patience, and stay tuned for updates!

Yinli Wang up 1-0 in best-of-3 Wu Qingyuan Cup Qualifier against Gabby Su

Tuesday March 12, 2019

In Game 1 of the best-of-three Wu Qingyuan Cup Qualifier between Gabby Su (w) and Yinli Wang (b) on Tuesday night, Yinli won by resignation. The second game will be Wednesday, March 13, at 6 PM EDT in the AGA Tournament Room on KGS, with the third game, if necessary to be played Thursday. The two are competing for the final slot on the North American delegation that includes Feng Yun, Stephanie Yin, and Cathy Li. The second Wu Qingyuan Cup will be played April 26-30 in Fuzhou, China.
- Jeff Shaevel, Tournament Director

This post has been updated with the correct spelling of the Wu Qingyuan Cup. 

Registration for 2019 AGHS School Team Tournament

Tuesday March 12, 2019

STT_poster“Registration for the 2019 American Go Honor Society (AGHS) School Team Tournament is now open until March 31st,” says Promotion Head Melissa Cao, “This year, the K-12 tournament will be held on Sunday, April 7th and Sunday, April 14th, with two rounds per day (10 AM and 1 PM PST). In order to be eligible, teams must be an educational institution, excluding online schools. Three players are needed per team to participate and an institution is allowed to have at most five teams. Players must be under the age of 20 and cannot have graduated from high school. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams from each division.”

Click here for registration

Click here for detailed rules

-Story by Lionel Zhang, EJ Youth Correspondent.  Artwork by Melissa Cao, AGHS Promotion Head

2nd AGA Girls Cup Registration Now Open

Tuesday March 12, 2019

54175240_559490127904720_497433693359439872_nRegistration for the 2nd AGA Girls Cup is now open. Modeled after the Redmond Cup, the AGA Girls Cup strives to promote go among girls and recognize the top young female players in North America. Competitors must be female, 15 or under, have an accredited rank of 10 kyu or higher, reside in the US, Canada, or Mexico, and be members of their respective national go association. The top two finishers of the online preliminary tournament will win a free trip to the 35th US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin to play in a best-of-three finals, courtesy of the American Go Foundation. All other competitors who complete the preliminary tournament will be eligible for a $200 scholarship to the 35th US Go Congress.

Registration is open until March 30th and the tournament will begin on April 1st. For more information about the tournament and other rules, please read the Rules and Regulations. -Story and photo by Justing Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator. Photo: Tianyi Tina Li (l) plays Melissa Cao (r) at the Girls Cup Finals in Williamsburg VA last year.

Pair Go and paella return to NGC, plus first-ever 2-day tourney

Tuesday March 12, 2019

“Our first Pair Go and Paella night was a big hit with 30 attendees,” reports Gurujeet Khalsa at the National Go Center. “We are 2019.02.26-ngc-paelladoing it again on Friday March 22 at 6:30 PM (earlier start time so we can finish before last Metro).” RSVP and pre-register here.  “You can register just yourself or a partner’s name as well if you already have a Pair Go partner. We’ll pair you when you come if you don’t have a partner. Mixed pairs as well as traditional M-F pairs are welcome.”

“Chris Garlock will again be making his delicious paella,” Khalsa adds. There is a $5 donation at the door to cover the food costs. “Don’t miss this fun social night!”

Registration is also open for the NGC’s first ever 2-day tournament, the Cherry Blossom on March 30-31.

photo: at last month’s first Pair Go/Paella Night; photo by Chris Garlock

Zhau Zhixun named 2019 Texas State Champion

Saturday March 9, 2019

Zhau (Troy) Zhixun 7d was named 2019 Texas State Champion after his victory in the South Central Go Tournament in Dallas on2019.03.09_Texas-champion-ZHAU ZHIXUN February 15th and 16th.

Among other prizes for winning the tournament, Troy received the 2019 Texas State Championship trophy and his name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque that will include the names of Texas State Champions for each year.

Troy lives in Austin, where he’s helped develop interest in the game of go, including the founding of the Austin Go Center for teaching go to area children.

 

Soren Jaffe tops 5th annual Lake Erie Go Tournament

Saturday March 9, 2019

Soren Jaffe topped the March 2 Lake Erie Go Tournament. Nineteen players gathered on the Lake Erie College campus to play in2019.03.09_lake-erie-photo0_02 the four-round tournament. Players’ skills ranged from 5 dan to 25 kyu. The tournament was co-directed by Soren Jaffe and Catherine Swank.

Dan Division: 1st: Soren Jaffe; 2nd: Michael Stevenson; 3rd: Devin Fraze
Kyu Division: 1st: Manny Jauregui; 2nd: David Rohlfing; 3rd: John Bacon

Stephanie and Ryan’s YouTube channel marks milestone, offers challenge

Saturday March 9, 2019

Launched almost a year ago, Stephanie Yin 1P and Ryan Li’s YouTube channel, NYIG_Go, has now passed the 2,000 subscriber2019.03.09 Stephanie Yin mark. To celebrate that milestone, as well as the approach of the channel’s launch anniversary, they’ll be offering free teaching games on as soon as 2019.03.09 Ryanthey reach their goal of 5,000 subscribers. The popular duo, who run the New York Institute of Go, recently doubled their output to two videos each week. The videos cover a wide range of topics, from 30k-7d “Common Joseki” to “Best Moves and Monthly Mistakes” to “Go Fighting Strategies #1”. “We’d like to thank everyone for being so supportive,” said Yin. “To celebrate, we decided to offer ten free teaching games to our viewers if we reach our goal. Leave us a comment or question to any video to enter the draw!”

 

 

Team of four North American women players needed for Wu Qingyuan Cup

Monday March 4, 2019

American and Canadian women players 5D and stronger are invited to submit their names by March 5 for a chance to represent North America in the second Wu Qingyuan Cup, to be played April 26-30 in Fuzhou, China. North America and Europe have each been invited to send a team of four players, pro or amateur, to the event. The standard AGA and CGA eligibility rules will apply. The tournament will continue with semifinals in November for the top finishers. Please submit to tournaments@usgo.org with questions or your entry.