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Registration open for third NY Go League

Tuesday July 21, 2020

The NYGHS is proud to announce that registration for the third iteration of the New York Go League is now open. Entry to the league is completely free and the only eligibility requirement is a stable rank with a national association or online go server. Register through our Google Form here, and click here to view our rules and regulations.

Due to a large part of our community taking part in the recently announced e-Go Congress, we have moved our starting date and registration deadline back one week to August 10th and August 8th, respectively, to avoid overlap. We want the community to have as many chances to play and learn as possible, especially during theses challenging times.

The league is a round robin format with around 8-10 people in each division. The prize for winners will be a 50% discount for a NYIG Adult trial class (kids are eligible as well). We believe that this prize corresponds with our motivation of creating this league with the intention of giving people a chance to play competitively and develop their skills in the game. We hope that the community will be able to use this league as a means of playing serious matches.

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Undefeated Yixian Zhou wins Ninth Annual San Diego Go Club Championship, California State Championship planned for Thanksgiving weekend

Tuesday July 21, 2020

The 2020 San Diego Go Championship was conducted on KGS due to the Coronavirus. Twenty-eight players entered and completed the 5-round event over five weeks, playing one game a week. The winner of the Open section of the Ninth Annual SD Go Championship, with an undefeated record of 5-0, was Yixian Zhou 6d. Kevin Yang, a soon-to-be high school student, posted a strong record beating both 4d and 5d players.

Undefeated players with 5-0 records in the Handicap sections were Arunas Rudvalis 6k (winner of the high kyu group), and Anna Zhou 16k (winner of the >15k group). Michael Sanders 7k and Angelina Zhao 8k, tied with 4-1 records in the 7k-14k group.

Kevin Yang was selected as the 2020 San Diego Boys Go Champion.
Angelina Zhao was selected as the 2020 San Diego Girls Go Champion.

The San Diego Go Club is currently hosting the 2020 California Pair Go Championship online. There are 11 pairs of players competing in the Open and Handicap sections. KGS and GoClubs.org are both set up to handle Pair Go (Rengo) pairings and play.

The 2020 California State Championship run by San Diego Go Club will be held over Thanksgiving weekend. It will be a 5-round tournament with Open, Handicap, and Youth (13×13) sections. Registration will open November 1 when the determination will be made if it will be a face-to-face or online tournament. The 2019 California State Championship drew 65 players from 7d to beginners, with Evan Lin the champion.

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Registration still open for New York Youth Open

Tuesday July 14, 2020

The New York Youth Open is coming up soon and will be held on Saturday July 25th. Players under 18 of all strengths are encouraged to register for this four-round, non-handicapped tournament. Registration is open until July 20th with a fee of $15. Games will begin at 12:00 PM ET, and all players who complete all four rounds will receive a one-month FREE subscription (worth $9.99) for NYIG_Go YouTube class membership. The top three players in each division will also be awarded certificates and trophies. “Young Go players improve their skills and gain experience through participating in NYYO, which prepares them for competing in bigger stages,” says organizer and founder of the New York Institute of Go Stephanie Yin 1P. Click here for tournament rules and registration.

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Triangle Go Group/Cleveland Go Club Online Friendship Match

Monday July 13, 2020

Twenty-two players and a sprinkling of spectators enjoyed two rounds of online Go in the Triangle Go Group/Cleveland Go Club Friendship Match held Sunday, July 5th, in the Triangle Go Group club room on KGS.

It was an exciting event with the Triangle Go Group holding a one game lead after round one, and finishing the day with a total of 12 wins against the Cleveland Go Club’s 10. Players winning both of their games include Chen Yuan, Jerry Jaffe, Tao Ma, Alex Lillie, Manny Jauregui, Justin Su and Christina Wang. Game results are available here.

It was a great way to enjoy the day after the 4th of July. Thank you to the players, to Yuan Zhou for organizing the event, and to team captains Paul Celmer and Jerry Jaffe.

-report and photo by Bob Bacon

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The 2020 New York Youth Open to take place online July 25

Wednesday June 24, 2020

New York Youth Open is taking place online this year. “We are all Go thirsty while staying at home,” says AGA Vice President of Development Stephanie Yin 1 dan professional, “So we want to provide opportunities for Go players to play serious Go games.” This time, all youth players who want to improve their Go skills are welcomed to join!

The New York Youth Open (NYYO) is a 4-round open youth tournament hosted by the New York Go Association (NYGA) for all young players at all levels who are under 18 years old. Prizes are awarded in all divisions. Starting in 2017, the NYYO provides easy access to high standard formal tournaments. Young Go players improve their skills and gain experience through participating in NYYO, which prepares them for competing in bigger stages.

The NYYO will take place on Saturday, July 25. There will be four non-handicapped games starting at 12:00 ET. Top three players in each division will receive trophies and certificates, and every player who completes all rounds will receive a one-month FREE subscription (worth $9.99) for NYIG_Go YouTube class membership. More information can be found here: https://www.ny-go.org/youtube-memberships

Registration will be open until July 20, 2020. For registration and more information about the NYYO please visit: https://www.ny-go.org/2020-nyyo

report by Stephanie Yin, Felipo Jian

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Go and Math Academy in Chicago to offer Go Game Based Math Learning online summer program

Friday June 19, 2020

Contact the Go and Math Academy at goandmath@gmail.com with any questions. This online program will be lead by Xinming Guo, AGF Teacher of the Year 2015.

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Register now for Go Game Based Math Learning online workshop on June 24th

Friday June 19, 2020

Xinming Guo, AGF Teacher of the Year in 2015, will be teaching an online workshop on Go and math learning on Wednesday June 24th from 3:30 to 5:30 PM central time. The workshop is sponsored by National Louis University and Guo’s Go and Math Academy.

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AGA Seeks player for 15th Korea Prime Minister’s Cup

Thursday June 18, 2020

With no US Open tournament on which to base eligibility, the AGA will hold an online qualifier to select one representative to the 15th Korea Prime Minister’s Cup, which will be held online this year (Tygem) throughout August. Any AGA amateur member who is a US Citizen and rated 6d+ may participate. Please respond to tournaments@usgo.org no later than Wednesday, June 24 to participate in the event. 

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San Diego Go Club Plays On

Thursday June 18, 2020

The San Diego Go Club has been barred from its coffee house where it has met once a week on Tuesdays, from 7-11 p.m., for more than 25-years due to the Coronavirus, but the go players still compete. Local and more afield go players play on KGS on Tuesdays and simultaneously talk and see each other on the Discord app. The average online attendance is actually more than was showing up at the coffee house.

The Ninth Annual San Diego Go Championship was supposed to occur earlier this year, but when face-to-face competition was impossible, the club decided to have a free 5-round tournament online on KGS, in the San Diego Go Club room. Competition started three-weeks ago by 24-players (7-dan to 22-kyu) – more than half of whom are youth.. They will play one game a week for four weeks. The last round will be face-to-face whenever that is possible. There are no cash prizes, but the winner of the Open will have his name engraved on the club’s permanent plaque and win a trophy. Previous winners include Mark Lee (10-dan), Ari Saito (7-dan), Leran Zou (7-dan) and Yi Wang (6-dan).

After 3-rounds, Yixian Zhou 6d is the only undefeated player. In the Handicap section, four players remain undefeated: Anna Zhou 16k, Angelina Zhao 8k, Michael Sanders 7k, and Arunas Rudvalis 6k.

The San Diego Go Club has petitioned the AGA Board to allow this online competition to have its games AGA rated.The AGA Board is still deciding, but players are happy to have some meaningful competition none-the-less.

The 3rd annual California State Go Championship is still on the SDGC’s schedule, for the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving. If face-to-face playing is not possible by then, the tournament will be held online, so that there will be a 2020 California Go Champion as well as an U16 girl and an U16 boy Champion. Everyone can compete, but only California residents can win the titles.

-report by Ted Terpstra

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AGA seeks players for the 3rd Wu Qingyuan Cup World Women Weiqi Tournament

Friday June 12, 2020

American and Canadian women players 5D and stronger are invited to submit their names by June 19 for a chance to represent North America in the third Wu Qingyuan Cup. In light of the global COVID-19 situation, the event will take place on-line. Dates have yet to be determined, but likely sometime in July or August. North America and Europe have each been invited to send a team of four players, pro or amateur, to the event. The standard AGA and CGA eligibility rules will apply. The tournament will continue with semifinals for the top finishers. Please submit to tournaments@usgo.org with questions or entry.  

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