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AGA urges tourney/club delays due to Omicron; latest updates

Thursday January 6, 2022

The AGA is asking chapters to delay tournaments and to consider not having club meetings at least for the month of January, until the latest wave of Covid-19, the Omicron variant, has passed. “While the danger to any individual is hard to know, the effect on the overall medical system is significant,” says AGA president Andy Okun. Delaying tournaments and club meeting will “keep members safer and do our part to not risk burdening hospitals with extra cases,” says Okun. “Our Covid advice page will be frequently updated and we will keep our eye on rapidly changing information.”

In a related story, the January 22nd Gotham Go Tournament is being rescheduled “due to the very high rates of Covid-19 in New York City and the surrounding area,” reports organizer Peter Armenia.  The new date is March 26th.

The restart of Friday Night Go at the National Go Center in Washington, DC has been postponed until at least January 14, reports Gurujeet Khalsa, although that’s due to the NGC having its heating serviced, with snowy and chilly weather predicted.

Any other chapter/club and/or tournament updates should be reported to journal@usgo.org and we’ll post updates here.

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Gotham Go to hold tournament January 22nd

Monday December 20, 2021

The Gotham Go Group is sponsoring a 4-round AGA-rated tournament in Flushing, New York on Saturday January 22nd, 2022. “Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, this will be a VACCINATED ONLY event with masks optional,” says organizer Peter Armenia. “You MUST show proof of vaccination to enter and play. Space is limited to 90 players so register early.”  

There will be cash prizes in all sections and an open section for strong dan-level players. AGA membership is required to register and play; to join or renew your membership click here. To register for the tournament and pay the $35 application fee, click here. Full refunds are available should you need to cancel. To see who’s already registered, click here.

Joel Kenny (4D) is the Tournament Director; Assistant TD is Jino (Steven) Choung (1k).

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SDGC resumes meeting, one game to go in 2021 California Rengo Championship

Tuesday July 13, 2021

After a year’s hiatus, the San Diego Go Club has resumed meeting weekly for in-person play.
Because the meeting place for the last 20-years, Twigg’s Coffee House, still is not open in the evenings, SDGC has moved its weekly games to

At Ease Games
8990 Miramar Road
Suite #150
San Diego, CA 92126

Eleven club members showed up Thursday July 1st, with ratings from 7d to double-digit-kyu. All participants were given a back-issue of Go World. All Go players are welcome and free lessons are offered.

The SDGC is wrapping up its fourth online go tournament necessitated by the pandemic: the 2021 California Rengo Championship. Ten teams competed: five in the Open and five in the Handicap Section with a round robin competition in each section.

Team-Zhang – Quingbo Zhang 5d and Zhiyuan Zhang 5d, both from Virgini – went undefeated in the Open. Lucia Moscola 8k and Ted Terpstra 5k, both from San Diego, remain undefeated in the Handicap Section, with one game to go.

-report by Ted Terpstra

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AGA Western Region Board Election Extended

Monday July 12, 2021

Due to a technical glitch, one of the candidates for the Western Region board election was missed.  The candidates for this position are incumbent Chris Kirschner (recently AGA Board Member 2012-present, AGA VP of Planning) and Chris Saenz (AGA Board member 2018-2020).  New ballots will be distributed soon, and the western region election will close on Sunday, August 1, 2021.

The elections for the Central Region and Eastern Region, in which Devin Fraze (AGA Board member 2018-present) and Dan Ritter (AGA Board member 2018-present) both run unopposed, will still close on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

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National Go Center Reopens, INAF Grant Renewed

Sunday June 20, 2021

“Face-to-face Go is returning to the Washington DC area,” reports NGC Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa. “Our NOVA Go satellite met Monday night in Arlington, VA and Wednesday night play resumed at the NGC in DC.” Play at both sites will continue weekly with details available at the NGC website

“It was great to see smiling faces and friends old and new playing their favorite game,” says Khalsa. “We were very happy to welcome back Eli Ferster (below on the left, Larry Kaufman on the right) who recently returned to DC after 2 ½ years in Japan teaching English.”

Gary Smith reported from NOVA Go that despite a first night glitch getting the church unlocked where they play, an intrepid crew stayed and played outside (below). “We expect to be smoothly running inside the next week” says Smith. With continued good progress against Covid in the area an expanded schedule of activities will be announced in the coming weeks. Watch for the return of Pair Go/Paella night with Chris Garlock’s famous paella. Both sites are requiring vaccinations for adults for the time being and will be following local guidance on relaxing restrictions. Masks are required at NOVA Go inside the church there.

“We had another piece of great news recently,” reports Khalsa. “Our grant from the Iwamoto North America Foundation (INAF) was renewed for another 5 years. We are very grateful to INAF for their continued confidence in us and are excited about getting back out in the community and teaching Go as things open back up.”

-report and photos by Gurjeet Khalsa

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New AGA Chapters for May 2021

Sunday June 20, 2021

The AGA is regularly asked for new chapters around the country. These are the newly registered chapters from May 2021:

Ghost City Go – Fridays @ 6pm : Black Mountain Cafe – ghostcitygo@gmail.com || 212.461.0343

Members should check their information from time to time. If you are not receiving the EJ make sure your email is up to date. Chapters can always update their current chapter through the AGA Membership Manager if they have changed.

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Seattle Go Center Softly Reopens

Sunday June 20, 2021

After being closed for almost 15 months because of COVID-19 precautions, the Seattle Go Center has reopened on Tuesdays and Saturdays for in-person play. Only vaccinated players are invited, and masks are required at all times when people are indoors, except when sipping drinks. Food may only be eaten on the front roof deck, where masks are not required. All players are required to update their membership forms, and to acknowledge the new COVID precautions.

All the windows are kept open, which gives the large playing room good cross ventilation. “This works well in June, when we have mild weather, but we hope that the vaccination campaigns are successful, and the COVID risk is greatly reduced, so that we can close the windows by November”, Operations Manager Brian Allen notes.

The reopening was quietly publicized through the Seattle Go Center email list. Tuesdays have 16-20 players, and Saturdays 10-12. The current schedule can be found on the Go Center home page. Families are not coming yet, because young players cannot get vaccinated. For some adult players who do not play online, this was their first opportunity to play a game in more than a year. Another group recently learned the game online, and needed instruction on how to hold a stone, and to score a game when finished. “It was surprisingly hard to match faces known from Zoom sessions with the people with masks who showed up at the Go Center,” says Allen. “In general, there was less chatter than in the old days, because the masks make it harder to be understood, and the open windows let in street noise. Still, it was great to see old friends, and to make new ones.”

Report and photo by Brian Allen.

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New AGA Chapters for February 2021

Monday March 1, 2021

The AGA is regularly asked for new chapters around the country. These are the newly registered chapters from February 2021:


Midway Go Club – We are located in Chicago with meetings upcoming. They are Online for now. Will be at the Japanese Culture Center at 1016 W BELMONT AVE – CHICAGO, IL 60657 – Contact William Shehan

Members should check their information from time to time. If you are not receiving the EJ make sure your email is up to date. Chapters can always update their current chapter through the AGA Membership Manager if they have changed.

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Stay in touch!

Monday February 15, 2021

Have you moved this year? Changed your email address? Make sure you’ve updated your contact information in the AGA’s membership database. There are few tournaments going on and our TDs love to have accurate info. Tournaments have different residency requirements which we check. We have video guides for your Member account and Chapter account. Chapters info is published on our Where to Play Go map and the AGAGD.

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New AGA Chapters for January 2021

Monday February 1, 2021

The AGA is regularly asked for new chapters around the country. These are the newly registered chapters from January 2021:

Appalachian Go Club – Open to Go enthusiasts from East Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and west N Carolina. Come join our Appalachian Go Club group on Facebook to connect with local players, learn about the game, or follow in-person and online Go events in the area. – Contact Frank Z

Members should check their information from time to time. If you are not receiving the EJ make sure your email is up to date. Chapters can always update their current chapter through the AGA Membership Manager if they have changed.

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