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Why does it take so long to get a tournament rated?

Monday February 17, 2020

At the 2019 US Open; photo by Chris Garlock

by Steve Colburn
During last year’s U.S. Go Congress I heard the same question more than a few times. “Why does it take so long to get the tournament I last played in rated?” We’re always trying to get ratings updated more quickly but here’s why that’s often a challenge.

At the end of the tournament the Tournament Director (TD) sends a results file to the AGA, which processes the data. Two of the key things are active membership and game result probability.
An active AGA membership gives you many benefits, among the largest of which is being rated in our system. So the first major check is to see if all player’s AGA memberships are up to date, and expired memberships are the largest reason ratings are delayed. The AGA Membership Manager has been working very well since it was fixed in May 2019, and TDs are no longer able to submit tournament results without all players being AGA members.
The second check, which occurs less frequently but can also slow down updated ratings, is when game result probabilities are suspect, like when it’s reported that a significantly lower-ranked player defeated a stronger player. In such a case, we’ll check in with the TD to see if it’s an error, if someone just had a good — or a bad — day.

Once these two hurdles are cleared, the rest of the process moves fairly quickly and the updated ratings can be posted. Our ultimate goal is for every TD to be able to run tournaments with no issues so that we can process and post updated that same weekend.

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San Diego tournament ends with pizza and a YLY lecture

Saturday February 8, 2020

Winners in the various sections: Aaron Jones, Evan Tan, Yixian Zhou, Ted Terpstra (President, SDGC), Angel Zhou (Yixian’s daughter)

On Sunday, January 19, 2020, twenty-six players braved the Southern California sunshine and warmth on a “winter’s day” to compete in the San Diego Go Club / Yellow Mountain Imports Go Rating Tournament. Competitors aged from 4 to 74. Yixian Zhou 6d, who bested the handicapped field with a 3-0 record, won a YMI board, stones and bowls. Aaron Jones 9k, Evan Tan 14k, and Angel Zhou 20, all won magnetic go boards furnished by Yellow Mountain Imports for winning their sections.  

After a break for free pizza, most of the players remained at the San Diego Chess Club to hear well-known go lecturer Yilun Yang 7P give the last of his fall/winter classes for the San Diego Go Club.

report and photos by Ted Terpstra

Competitors in the SDGC Rating Tournament
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Hajin Lee 4P wins 28th Jujo Ing Cup

Saturday February 8, 2020

The 28th Jiang ZhuJiu Ing Cup was held in San Francisco at the Hotel Kabuki on Sunday February 2, the second year the tournament has been held on Super Bowl Sunday – players were able to watch the game between rounds on a large screen display set up in the hotel lounge. Jiang ZhuJiu 9P and Rui Naiwei 9P made the trip from China to host the event, where 63 players competed in 5 divisions for a total of $3,000 in prizes. The tournament was sponsored by the Ing Foundation of California, and Hajin Lee 4P, who won all four rounds in the Open section, won the grand prize. The tournament was directed by Karoline Li and Julie Burrall. Click Complete results can be found online for both the open and handicap sections. Click here for more tournament photos.

photos by C.O. Armistad
report by Ernest Brown

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2020 GLOBIS Cup qualifier set to begin this weekend

Saturday February 8, 2020

The qualifier for the 2020 Globis Cup will take place as a double-elimination tournament over the next two weekends. Spectators can tune in on KGS for the following scheduled rounds:

Round 1: Saturday 2/8, 12 Noon EST
Round 2: Saturday 2/8, 5 PM EST
Round 3: Sunday 2/9, 5 PM EST
Round 4, FINAL #1: Saturday 2/15, 12 Noon EST
If after Round 4 both players have only one loss there is an additional game
Round 5: FINAL #2: Sunday 2/16, 12 Noon EST

The player with no more than one loss after Game #6 or #7 will be selected as the representative to the 7th annual GLOBIS Cup, a U-20 world championship for professional and amateur players under 20 years of age.

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Ing Cup postponed in wake of coronavirus outbreak

Wednesday January 29, 2020

The quadrennial Ing Pro Cup, originally planned to start in Shanghai this April and involving players from all over the world, has been temporarily suspended by the Ing Chang Ki Goe Educational Foundation because of the epidemic being caused by what health officials are calling a novel coronavirus. “The first phase of the event will be postponed, and the exact time will be announced after the epidemic is under control,” the foundation said in a communication to players and other attendees. The disease, which the foundation called “Wuhan pneumonia” after the Chinese metropolis where the epidemic originated, has infected more than 6,000 people and killed at least 132, according to media reports late Tuesday. While most of the victims are in China, 83 cases have been identified in other countries. Several countries have put travel limits in place and the US Centers for Disease Control has recommended avoiding non-essential travel to China. Canadian Ryan Li 1p is scheduled to represent North America in the tournament.

report by Andrew Okun

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Xinlei Liu 7d wins Jin Chen Tournament in Seattle

Thursday January 23, 2020

The Seattle Go Center held the annual Jin Chen tournament on January 5, 2020. There were 41 players – 33 in the Handicap section, and eight in the Open. Nick Wilmes, Seattle’s AGA Chapter Representative, directed the tournament and a pizza lunch from Pudge Bros. was provided for all players, thanks to the generosity of Seattle AGA Chapter and the AGA Chapter Rewards program.

Youth players made a strong showing. Overall, 39% (16 out of 41) of the players were youth, two of whom played in the Open section including Xinlei Liu 7d, who walked away with the $300 grand prize.

2020 Seattle Jin Chen Tournament- Round 1 underway

One advantage to having a relatively large field in the Handicap section is that most games were played even or at a low handicap,” says Programs Manager Mike Malveaux. “Out of a total of 88 games played, all but three had a handicap of three stones or less!”

2020 Seattle Jin Chen Tournament – Winners of all 3 of their games

Winners of all three tournament games:
Xinlei Liu, 7d
Chris Scribner, 1d
Alex Hu, 2k
Yulissa Wu Lu, 7k
Brian Allen, 9k and the Seattle Go Center’s Operations Manger
Quincy Costello, 19k

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Pandanet AGA City League Round 3 this Sunday

Thursday January 16, 2020

Do you have a need to watch high level go? Join us this Sunday January 19th at 3PM EST for the start of the third round. Follow your favorite local teams and players as they battle it out this season. Games can be found using the GoPanda2 client in the AGA City League rooms. Check the schedules for each league for detailed information for each game; A LeagueB LeagueC LeagueD League.

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Registration open for 2020 U.S. Go Congress

Monday January 13, 2020

Registration is now open for the 36th annual U.S. Go Congress, which will be held August 1-9 at the YMCA camp near Estes Park, CO.  Click here for details on registering.

The main playing site is Assembly Hall in the center of camp, which is surrounded by many indoor and outdoor amenities, plus the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains.  “It’s the perfect setting for both players and non-players alike, an ideal vacation destination for the whole family!” say Congress organizers.

The camp is just outside Estes Park, just under two hours from Denver International Airport (DIA).  You can sign up for the airport shuttle during registration, or rent a car at the airport.  The Congress has plenty of rooms reserved on-site, or you can choose from many off-site locations (but act soon as summer fills up quickly).  Click here for detailed information about the Congress.

The Start Here tab on the Congress website allows you to register and sign up for lodging and meal plans, the banquet, and the day-off activities. 

“There are official tours to please almost everyone, from open-air trollies servicing Rocky Mountain National Park, ghost tours at the historic Stanley Hotel, cable-car rides to the top of Prospect mountain, and horseback riding,” says Congress Co-Director Eric Wainwright. “If any of these don’t fit the bill, there’s an abundance of informal tours and other activities as well.”  Click here to see the full list.

“We hope to make this the best congress yet!”

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February 8 NYIG Open to feature a Night With the Pros

Tuesday January 7, 2020

The New York Go Association will be hosting the 2020 NYIG Open in Little Neck, NY on February 8, 2020. The NYIG Open is a 4-round, AGA-rated tournament from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Fancy spending the evening with a Go World Champion after the tournament? This year’s special NYIG Open will be joined by two esteemed professional players from China, Gu Zihao 9P (right) and Wang Xiangyun 3P (below), who will teach and interact with our Go fans in the “Night With the Pros” event. After a Go lecture by World Champion Gu Zihao 9P and pizza, you get to ask your own questions during “Ask the Pros” with Gu Zihao 9P, Wang Xiangyun 3P, Stephanie Yin 1P, and Ryan Li 1P. 

For more details, please visit https://www.ny-go.org/2020-nyig-open or contact info@ny-go.org
-report and photos provided by Ryan Li

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Midwest Open 2020 planned for January 18 & 19 to feature live music and a regional championship

Sunday December 22, 2019

The regional state championship for Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia will take place during the Midwest Open January 18th and 19th 2020 just north of Columbus Ohio. “I hope to turn this tournament into a regional staple,” says organizer Devin Fraze. Inspired by the experience of attending the 2019 Cotsen Open, Fraze is aiming to create a truly unique experience for players. The tournament will feature live musical performances, opened by Hal Walker, a local Go player who plays a unique set of instruments. The tournament will also feature pro reviews, and an innovative pairing system to maximize games played. Registration fees will be $30 per day or both days for $10 off at a total of $50.

There will be an overall regional Tournament Champion, with four more champions specific to each state (OH, TN, KY, WV) awarded to the top performing players from their respective states. Find more information about the championship rules here. The website will also be updated to feature some exciting names from the Go community including 8 dan Korean professional Yoonyoung Kim. For more information and registration visit gohio.org.


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