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Tang leads after 1st weekend in Virginia Open

Saturday October 16, 2021

Over forty AGA members competed in the first weekend of the 10th Virginia Open, held on OGS October 9-10. Former Maryland Open and Salt City champion Zhengbokang Tang 8D (3-0) edged Li Yi 7D (2-1), the newly minted NC State Champion in in their Round 3 match, a ‘high note’ to conclude the first weekend of the online tournament directed by Devin Fraze and Jeff Zhang.

The board 1 game remained close throughout the long game, yet Tang steadily kept a half-point lead in the final 80 moves. Shuaiheng Tao 7D and Jimmy Creeks 6D are also contenders for the title with 2-1 records.

An additional 150 players watched the tournament online, where all 70 games are listed on one webpage.

VA Open’s final rounds resumed this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 16 (12p ET and 7p ET) and Sunday, Oct. 17 (12p ET)

Here are the division leaders after 3 rounds.

Open: Zhengbokang Tang 8D (3-0), Li Yi 7D (2-1)

Expert (1-4D): Evan Tan 3D (2-1), Cheuk To Tsui 4D (2-1)

Proficient(1-4K): Derek Zhou 1K (3-0), Massa Jin 3K (3-0)

Intermediate(5-9K): Jim Sandy 6K (2-1), Anna Zhou 9K (2-0)

Novice(10-19K): Chenchen Xiong 10K (2-1), Lucia Moscola 10K (2-1)

Report by the Capital Go Club.

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Redmond on another historic game this Sunday

Saturday October 16, 2021

Tune in to the AGA’s Twitch channel at 8p ET Sunday night for Michael Redmond 9Ps latest live game commentary.
This week he’ll review a historical game between Honinbo Shuei (right) and Tamura Yasuhisa, who later was Honinbo Shusai (left), the last in the Iemoto system.
That’s 8p ET this Sunday, October 17 on the AGA’s Twitch channel.

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Registration open for the Canadian Open Online 2021

Thursday October 14, 2021

The Canadian Go Association’s annual Canadian Open tournament will be held online from October 23-31st. Interested players of all levels worldwide are welcome to participate. “I hope to see many of our AGA friends join the tournament!” says TD Ron Mackenzie. All of the tournament information is available on the CGA website.

The tournament will feature an open division for 5d+ players with cash prizes. Other divisions will feature other prizes including those donated by sponsors. There will be six rounds run over 4 days, with rounds at 1PM and 5PM EST each day:
Saturday, Oct 23: Rounds 1 and 2
Sunday, Oct 24: Rounds 3 and 4
Saturday, Oct 30: Rounds 5 and 6
Sunday, Oct 31: Open division playoffs, Pair Go, and Blitz tournaments

Yoonyoung Kim 8p will provide two review periods for players to share their games with her for analysis, which will be broadcast on her twitch stream. Interested players may join the review sessions regardless of whether or not they are playing in the tournament. Ryan Li 3p will also be offering a lecture on the New York Institute of Go Youtube channel on October 23rd at 7:30PM EST, the topic of which will be a review of one of the games from the open division. 

The tournament will be run on OGS and use Baduk Club for coordinating matches. Specific details will updated on the tournament site and sent out to players a week in advance of the event. There have been a number of prizes donated by generous sponsors: the European Go Journal, Awesome Baduk, BenKyo Tutoring, Stoned on the Goban, Go Magic, the New York Institute of Go, and We-Go.

Regular registration is $20 and will close on October 17th. Registration between October 17th and October 22nd will be $25. Any questions after not answered on the tournament page may be sent to TD Ron Mackenzie at ronm.cga@fastmail.com.

-report by Ron Mackenzie

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AGF College Scholarship Open

Tuesday October 12, 2021

Applications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarshipThe program  recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the go community. To apply, download and complete the application form here.  Applicants should describe their accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants whose enthusiasm and ambition have helped spread go in under-served areas will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award focuses on promoters and organizers who have made substantial contributions during their go career. Applications are due Nov. 5th this year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  

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Registration Open for 2021 Youth League

Monday October 11, 2021

“Registration for the annual American Go Honor Society Youth League is now open,” says AGHS Vice President Katherine Xie, “We welcome all players who are citizens of the US, Canada, or Mexico and under the age of 18 to participate. Every month will consist of four to five rounds and players will be paired with opponents of similar strength using a ladder system. All games will be played in the AGHS Tournament room on KGS. Top players of each division will receive awards at the end of each monthly league.”

The registration and dropout deadline is November 1st, 2021, at 11:59 pm PT. The first round will start on November 6th. If you have any questions, feel free to email aghsregister@gmail.com.

For rules and regulations, click here.
To register, click here.

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