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Michael Zhou named Head Coach of Capital Go Club

Sunday September 25, 2022

Michael Zhou poses for a photo with his family at the 2022 Go Congress

Michael Zhou has been named head coach of the  Capital Go Club. In his new role, Coach Zhou will mentor club members and assist in organizing future club events and workshops such as an upcoming in-person tournament in Virginia on November 26. .

“Coach Zhou has been a very strong player on the North American go scene, and has won several tournaments in California,” says club organizer Edward Zhang 7D. “He is very kind and patient with young players and mentored a lot of rising youth stars including Alex Qi 1P and Blake Kang 6D. In his lessons, Coach Zhou always stresses ethics, integrity, and manners, seeking to provide valuable life lessons for teens.”

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SDGC meets Hong Kong Go Challenge

Sunday August 21, 2022

The San Diego Go Club (SDGC) was recently challenged to an online Vanguard Go tournament by GoLegend, a go school in Hong Kong, China. Three youth players from each club and an instructor (exhibition) were matched against each other, where each game was against someone of the same rating. Representing the SDGC were Evan Tan (4d and the 2022 Redmond Cup junior champion), Elias Klingbeil 2d, Andy Zhou 1d, and Michael Zhou (6d, instructor). Elias and Michael won their games. All were spirited contests, with GoLegend arranging a Zoom connection for the players, a Twitch channel for spectators, and a go pro to do commentary. For the benefit of the American side, the communications were done in English. SDGC players now have a taste of international competition. GoLegend is interested in developing more go contacts with chapters in the AGA.

Registration is now open for two go tournaments the SDGC is hosting on Sunday, September 25, 2022: The 2022 U16 Girls and U16 Boys California State Go Championships and the End-of-Summer-Go-Tournament (for the non-youth). The competition is held at the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park. There is a $10 entry fee. CLICK HERE for registration and further information.

  • Ted Terpstra, San Diego Go Club
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Eric Lee 6D wins SF Go Club – ING Foundation Tournament

Tuesday May 24, 2022

Thirty players from across the country competed for $500 in prizes at the May 21 SF Go Club – ING Foundation Tournament.  The 3-round event, organized in recognition of the club’s longstanding support from the ING Foundation, was held at the San Francisco Go Club’s dojo in San Francisco’s Japantown.
Eric Lee (6D) came out victorious in Division 1 of the tournament, with Chao Xie (6D) and Christopher Kim (5D) in second and third place, respectively. In Division 2 the winner was Hyun Yong Jin (5 kyu) with Qilu Chen (1D) taking second and David Baran (6 kyu) taking third. And, from Division 3 Casey Dahlin (9 kyu) placed first with Adam Anaya (13 kyu) coming in second and Shuoyuan He (18 kyu) in third. All tournament attendees received a limited edition San Francisco Go Club mousepad.

The San Francisco Go Club will be hosting its next tournament on Saturday June 18th: register here

Report/photos by Matthew Barcus, SFGO Vice President.

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San Diego Go Championship coming up Sunday

Tuesday May 10, 2022

2021 San Diego Go Championship

Over fifty players with ratings from 7-dan to 25-kyu are already registered for the 11th annual San Diego Go Championship coming up this Sunday, May 15 at the SD Chess Club in Balboa Park, CA; click here for details and to register.

The tournament is hosted by the San Diego Go Club; players must register by 11:59 pm this Friday, May 13 to play in the first round. On-site registration for rounds 2-4 is allowed. The Open is 3-rounds, 45-min/player plus byo-yomi while the Handicap section is 4-rounds, 30-min/player plus byo-yomi.

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Burning Board Go Festival set for June 16-19 in NC

Monday May 9, 2022

The Triangle Go Group has announced one of their “most ambitious and unique events to date”, the Burning Board Go Festival. The four-day event will consist of tournament games and workshops and will take place June 16-19 in Umstead State Park near Raleigh, North Carolina. The event features the option of low-cost, on-site accommodations in primitive cabins. Tent camping and nearby hotels also available.

“This is a great spot for those who love hiking, mountain biking, lake swimming, or just being out in the beauty of Nature,” says Co-Director Paul Celmer. The site is 10 minutes from RDU international airport, and twenty minutes from the Cary Amtrack station. “We already have a significant number of registrants from out of state,” reports Co-Director Bob Bacon. The site is limited to 120 participants, click here for registration details.

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Evanston Go Club’s 2022 Chicago Open to be biggest yet 

Tuesday April 26, 2022

The Evanston Go Club’s largest tournament yet, the 2022 Chicago Open, is set for Saturday, May 14. “With three divisions, cash prizes, medals, live streaming, donuts and a day filled with enjoyable go-goodness, there will be something here for everyone to appreciate,” say organizers. 

The tournament, which will be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Evanston, “will be a big upgrade from our previous biennial tournaments,” writes Albert Yen 8-Dan. “Our event will include the familiar Chicago-style handicap divisions and a free beginner section, as well as a new Open championship for high-Dan players.”

The champion of the inaugural Open section will go home with a cash prize and the 2022 Chicago Open Trophy. Those who come out on top in the classic self-paired Main divisions will receive medals and their pick of the prizes provided by the Evanston Go Club and Yellow Mountain Imports. The top boards will be broadcast on the AGA Twitch channel.

For more information about the tournament format and registration details, visit chicagobaduk.com. “We would love to see players from all over come out to visit Chicago to enjoy this event with us,” add organizers. “Be sure to sign up by April 30th for early-bird pricing and commemorative name tags!” 

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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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