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P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">SPECIAL U.S. GO CONGRESS EDITION: Plus, now you can experience a virtual US Go Congress online by checking out our brand-new Congress Updates page at http://www.usgo.org/congress/2005/ Latest news and reports, tournament updates, plus photos and games, are posted throughout each day by the Congress E-Team. Check IGS and KGS as well; some games are being broadcast live.
Volume 5, #69
In This Issue:
LATEST GO NEWS:
CONFESSIONS OF A NEWBIE: Back in the
LATEST GO NEWS
"WE HAVE LOST A GREAT HEART": We are very saddened to report that Greg Lefler, President of the Empty Sky Go Club in
CONGRESS "DAY OFF": Wednesda
y was the traditional "Day Off" at the US Go Congress; some players participated in the Die Hard Tournament while the rest explored the
CONFESSIONS OF A NEWBIE: Back in the
by Solomon Smilack
p; I haven't played much go in the last few months, despite living in
; Not only is this year's Go Congress the largest, but it is also the most diverse. On the shuttle ride from the airport I met people from
It's not only my first Congress, but my first time at a go tournament. As such, I was amazed by how endless the tables seemed, as they ran end to end across the main playing room. It was as if I was viewing a huge goban, where every intersection was marked with an Ing board, clock, and set of stones. The Ing tables are smooth. Very smooth. I was very confused by how the bowls function, but once someone revealed their secrets to me I marveled at their design. When a tournament begins, the loud buzz of conversations disappears, and is replaced with a quiet chorus of Ing clocks beeping away.
Arriving early, I fell instantly into the Continuous Self-Paired tournament. Simply receiving invitations to play made me feel welcomed, as if I was an old friend being asked out for a drink. After several back-to-back games I was so dizzy that I wondered if I had been drinking. After my fifth consecutive game I looked at the clock and rubbed my eyes - the Midnight Madness tournament was about to begi n. Whether by my own skill or my opponent's late-night fatigue, I somehow managed to kill a group in yose for the comeback victory. What makes it all worthwhile is the ability to play against friendly opponents for as long as I like. I went to bed exhaust ed, well past , but woke up eager to hit the board again.
TH E E-TEAM: Chris Garlock, Bill Cobb, Aria von Elbe, Solomon Smilack, Ethan Baldridge, Andrew Briscoe, Chuck Robbins, Michael Samuel, Jeff Boscole.
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