American Go E-Journal

2022 Chicago Rapid breaks record before it begins

Sunday November 6, 2022

The 2022 Chicago Rapid Championship scheduled for Nov. 12 will be bigger and better than ever, according to event coordinators.

“It’s happening!” said organizer Albert Yen. “The Chicago Rapid will be bigger, stronger, and better than ever! Early registration has already surpassed the previous record turnout of 84 players, and we still have almost a week to go!” 

The Championship will feature the longstanding arena-style handicap division for players from beginner to mid-dan, as well as a rapid-format Open division for high-dan players. Other features include:

• Downstairs room available for game reviews, kibbitzing, eating, and Youth tournament

• Professional Tim Song (2018 U.S. Open Champion) and Shawn Ray (Clossius) to give instant reviews in the downstairs room 

• Live streaming of the Open section on Twitch by professional commentators

• Free lessons for youth and their parents by Simon Guo

• Prizes include $500 for first place, $300 for second place, equipment from Yellow Mountain, free lessons with professional Alex Qi and top Go teachers in the U.S.

• Special prize raffles for early bird registrants and those who play 4 games

• Dinner party afterwards at the venue

• 10% discount at Tealicous and Yellow Mountain Imports for all attendees 

Visit the tournament website to register. 

“The question is not whether we’ll hit triple digits” said club president Mark Rubenstein. “It’s who will get a special prize for being the first player #100 at any Evanston Go Club tourney!”