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Phil’s Photos: 2022 U.S. Go Congress

Friday August 19, 2022

Phil Straus, for many years the E-Journal’s official photographer, though mostly retired from those duties, still takes the U.S. Go Congress and EJ staff photos as well as his own snapshots and portraits; here’s a selection from this year’s Congress.  

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New, faster ratings beta interface launched

Thursday August 18, 2022

Tournament players may have noticed in recent weeks that the Ratings listings from the AGAGD database have sometimes been very slow or generating error messages. With support from incoming AGA President Gurujeet Khalsa and incoming AGA Board Member Brad Rose, a beta version of a new interface has just been added to the website. Additional features are still being added, but given the urgency of the problems, the new version is being rolled out now. The existing ratings interface is still live for the time being.

“Developing and maintaining software applications is a classic problem for small non-profits such as the AGA,” Khalsa told the E-Journal. “Hiring even one qualified software developer would cost more than the AGA’s entire annual budget.” The AGA has relied on volunteer support for IT projects “and have received a lot of support over the years from talented and selfless individuals, for which we are hugely appreciative.”

As Khalsa takes over the leadership reins at the AGA in the months ahead, he says that a top priority is “how we can maintain critical services and offer new services to our individual members and chapters.” To that end, he said, “We will still need volunteers of all stripes – developers, project managers, designers, AI experts, business people and more, but we have to use them smartly and assure that our critical services are supported.” One approach, he says, is to use more low code no/code tools such as was done with the beta. “Another is to procure commercially supported software for services that are readily available in the IT marketplace. This will be a priority and one that will be taken up with the new Board at our first meeting in September.”

“This is an exciting time for the AGA and I’m happily seeing some fresh faces stepping forward and volunteering,” said Khalsa. “We need more of you.” For example, “there are important projects on using AI as a learning tool, and for detecting AI cheating that are very challenging and for which there are limited commercial options. I welcome feedback from our members on our direction here.” You can find Khalsa on the AGA Discord channel (user name: gurujeet) or email gurujeet.khalsa@usgo.org.

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Pandanet AGA City League Finals and Winners

Thursday August 18, 2022

This year marks the 10th season of the Pandanet AGA City League. Through the years we have seen the best players in the country and many upcoming strong players. This year was so tough that there is a need for a second set of finals! Thats right, we’re having two sets of finals. These games will be broadcast on Pandanet over the next two weekends.

The A League will see four time winner New York City face off against Chicago. Chicago, new to the A League this season, has faced down almost every team and come out victorius. During the fifth round they faced off against New York City and came out ahead 2-1. Watch their playoff on Sunday August 28th at 3pm EST/12 PST.
Board 1: Tim Song 1p (B) vs Ryan Li 3p (W)
Board 2: Calvin Sun 1p vs Stephanie Yin 1p
Board 3: Albert Yen 8d vs Michael Chen 8d

The most competitive league has been the B League over the last few years. This has been expanded to a larger number of teams over the years to accomodate the number of strong players. This year see’s newcomer Ithaca face off against Canwa Vancouver 2. Vancouver 2 has bounced between the A and B leagues over time. Both teams never faced each other during the season. Ending with the same number of points a playoff had to take place. This will be a tough fight to see who the new challenger to the A League will be next season. These teams will face off Sunday August 21st at 7pm EST/4pm PST.
Board 1: Alan Huang 7d (B) vs Leo Tian 6d (W)
Board 2: Hongkui Zheng 7d vs Nick Jin 5d
Board 3: Aaron Ye 7d vs Kevin Wang 5d

Our other leagues and winners have played really exciting games this season. If you have not checked your cities record see how they did at the Pandanet site. Congratulations to all who played this season!

A League:
Third: Canwa Vancouver 1
Fourth: Toronto
Fifth: Los Angeles

B League:
Third: Raleigh
Fourth: Denver

C League:
Winner: Washington DC 2
Second: Atlanta 1
Third: Los Angeles 4

D League:
Winner: New York City 4
Second: Los Angeles 2

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2022 U.S. Go Congress EJ Team credits

Wednesday August 17, 2022

Front row, l-r: Kevin Chao, Chris Garlock, Devin Fraze, Eva Dee Beech, Keith Arnold; 2nd row Joanna Li, Shawn Ray and Ginger Persolus; back row: Sol Smilack and Jenny Ding. Photo by Phil Straus.

It takes a lot of dedicated, hard-working people, most of them volunteers, to enable the American Go E-Journal to stream U.S. Go Congress coverage to the world. Our deepest thanks and appreciation to every one of them, especially after all the challenges of the pandemic hiatus; here are the folks who did such amazing work this year.

Professional Streaming Commentators:
Michael Redmond 9P, Ryan Li 3P, Eric Lui 2P, Stephanie Yin 1P, Inseong Hwang 8D. Pro Coordinator: Audrey Wang.
Stream Hosts-Local: Devin Fraze, Michael Fodera, Solomon Smilack.
Stream Hosts-Remote: Stephen Hu, Eric Lee, Sathya Singh, TheLovingSun.
Game Recorders-local: Keith Arnold, Ginger Persolus, Joanna Li, Jenny Ding, Solomon Smilack, Dave Weimer.
Game Recorders-remote: Angelo Di Lorenzo, Jamin Kochman, Nikolai Norona.
Producers: EvaDee Beech & Devin Fraze.

Special thanks to Shawn Ray for his help with the Friday night stream and for re-tweeting all our posts; Phil Straus for taking our team photo, and for teaching me go back in 1984 and bringing me into this wonderful community.

Masters TD Kevin Chao, US Open TD Andrew Hall, Die Hard TD Jae Donley, and of course all the 2022 Go Congress organizers and staff: THANK YOU! 

Chris Garlock
Managing Editor, American Go E-Journal & Yearbook

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Upcoming Go Events: San Francisco and Cape Elizabeth

Monday August 15, 2022

August 20: San Francisco, CA
Mountain Day Go Tournament
Matthew Barcus matt@sfgo.club 415-316-2953

August 27: Cape Elizabeth, ME
Maine State Championship and Open
Jonathan Green jonathan.green.dyonn@gmail.com 207-274-4753

Get the latest go events information.

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