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Collegiate players wanted for the World Students Pair Go Championship in Japan

Monday September 16, 2019

The AGA is looking for one male player and one female player to play as a pair in the 6th World Students Pair Go Championship in Tokyo, Japan from December 6 to 11. Players must be either American or Canadian citizens, under the age of 30, and currently enrolled in any higher education institution as students. Room and board are provided by the tournament as well as 50% of airfare, with players expected to bear 50% of airfare and other travel costs.

Eligible interested players should contact the AGA Pair Go Coordinator, Hajin Lee, at hajin.lee@usgo.org no later than September 24.

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Youth players dominate the North American Pair Go Championship

Friday July 19, 2019

All four pairs at the top table of Thursday evening’s North American Pair Go Championship were youth attendees. Tina Li 3D and Aaron Ye 7D (below left with Hajin Lee 4P) ultimately prevailed, defeating Sophia Wang 4D and Jeremy Chiu 7D in the final game by 2.5 points. As the winning pair, Li and Ye will represent the United States at the 30th International Amateur Pair Go Championship in Tokyo, Japan this December. “We got off to a smooth start,” reports TD Todd Heidenreich, who was able to get the games going by 7:30. “With a larger tournament field of 112 players this year, we only had three boards that needed handicaps.” 

Top table results:
1st place: Tina Li 3d and Aaron Ye 7d
2nd place: Sophia Wang 4d and Jeremy Chiu 7d
3rd place: Melissa Cao 4d and Alan Huang 7d
4th place: Katherine Xie 1d and Willis Huang 6d

-report/photos by Hajin Lee

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Pair Go/Paella Night this Friday at National Go Center

Wednesday March 20, 2019

The National Go Center’s first Pair Go/Paella Friday social last month “was a big hit so we are having it again this month,” 2019.03.20 ngc-paella2019.03.20 ngc-paella2reports the NGC’s Gurujeet Khalsa. The fun, social evening features mixed Pair Go “and a special meal prepared by world-famous chef — and E-Journal editor — Chris Garlock.” This month there will be both vegan and meat paella options; click here to register. “Come with a partner or come yourself and you will be matched with partners as available.” 

Note that the starting time is a bit earlier — 6:30 — to finish before the last Metro. When registering indicate whether you will be having paella ($5 – collected at the door) or just playing Pair Go. If you already have a partner be sure to register them as well.

Address any questions about Pair Go or the event to Haskell Small: haskell@haskellsmall.com or call 202-352-5529.

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College Pair Sought for Pair Go in Tokyo

Sunday September 2, 2018

The 5th World Students Pair Go Championship takes place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 in Tokyo this year, held in parallel with the 29th International Amateur Pair Go Championship. We are seeking one North American pair, one man and one woman, who must be US or Canadian citizens, amateur players, enrolled in college, university, or graduate school, and under the age of 30. All food, accommodation, and air fare is covered and the standard of the experience … food, play, company, tourism … is very high. Standard AGA and CGA eligibility rules apply. Please contact Andy Okun at president@usgo.org as soon as possible, but before Sept. 7. Pairs will be given preference, but often we assemble a pair out of interested individuals.

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Redmond to comment pro Pair Go championship games

Thursday August 16, 2018

Michael Redmond, 9-dan professional, will provide live commentaries on YouTube for the 2018 professional Pair Go World 2018.08.16_pair-go-redmondChampionship, which will be held on August 19 and 20.

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Pandanet Cup registration opens

Thursday June 14, 2018

The 23rd Pandanet Cup, an internet world amateur go tournament, is now accepting registration.  Players will be divided into five classes, depending on their strengths.  In the preliminary round of the tournament, players play self-paired games with 2018.06.14_pandanet-cupothers in the same class from anywhere in the world.  For advancement into the final round, the players’ scores are compared with others in the same geographic regions: Asia and Oceania, the Americas, or Europe and Africa.  The scoring in based on the number of wins and the winning percentage.  Regional winners advance to the final round where single eliminations are held until each class produces a champion.  Generous prizes are provided to winners in all classes.

Free registration for the tournament starts immediately and ends on July 17.  Click here for details.

 

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Rengo rules at Seattle Go Center

Tuesday June 12, 2018

Rengo/Pair Go events are consistently popular at the Seattle Go Center, and last Saturday was no exception. Twenty-eight2018.06.12_seattle-pairgo-round-one-600x450 players — fourteen teams of two — competed in the “Rengo with Pie and Coffee” tournament on June 9, organized by Pair Go stalwart Bill Thompson, who brought the fancy pies (strawberry-rhubarb, coconut, wild cherry, and apple), directed the tournament, and even played in it.

The event was run with the International Pair Go Association rules, but with no restrictions to team composition. Thompson used a spreadsheet from longtime Pair Go tournament director Todd Heidenreich to calculate the teams’ handicaps and komi, averaging the individual ratings of the team members.

Time limits were 45 minutes absolute (no byo-yomi). The players at Table 1 had competitive spirt — one of their games finished with 9 seconds on 2018.06.12_seattle-pairgo-table-winners-600x451the clock for Black, and 6 seconds left for White; and another of their games ended in a tie.

Undefeated after two rounds:
Table 1: Lusha Zhou (9k) and Tzu-Jen Chan (3d) (in back).
Table 2: Yulissa Wu Lu (10k) and Lucas Wu Lu (9k) (front center).
Table 3: Hotaka Ozaki (3k) (at far left) and Abigail Chen (20k) (front far right).
Table 4: Joshua Yang (11k) and Shirley Yang (30k) (not pictured).

More pictures will be posted soon on the SeattleGo website.

– report/photos by Mike Malveaux, Seattle Go Center Programs Manager

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Holiday Pair Go in Seattle

Tuesday January 2, 2018

The 5th Annual Gala Pair Go Tournament, held Saturday Dec. 16 in Seattle, had lots of laughter, and stronger players than 2016. Cullen-Lucy-Nick-CatAlthough the 2017 group was a little bit smaller than the previous year, with 11 teams, they managed to eat almost all the cake, and to polish off the raspberries and cream. The first table was won by Lusha Zhou and Tzu-Jen Chan. The second table was won by Cat Mai and Nick Wilmes, while the third table was won by Anne Thompson and Bill Thompson. Winners The games inspired much discussion, and pairs were still replaying their games an hour after the awards ceremony.  photos: (right) Cullen Mott and Lucy Wang in rabbit ears; (left): first table winners on left, second table winners on right, third table winners in center front. Photos and report by Brian Allen.

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AI goodwill match featuring top players and DeepZenGo to stream live Thursday night

Tuesday October 3, 2017

Two world-class pair-go events will be streamed live on Youtube starting Wednesday, October 4 at 9p EDT.  The first is a human pair/DeepZenGo event, pitting 2017 World Pair Go Champion pair Hsieh Yimin/Iyama Yuta teaming up with 2017.10.03_PANDANET2017.10.03_deepzengoDeepZenGo against 2016 World Pair Go Champion Yu Zhiying/Ke Jie, also paired up with DeepZenGo.  The rules are new: on each side, the human pair and the AI alternate moves, with consultation between the two humans allowed.  This competition will start at 9p EDT on Wednesday, October 4 here.  See this page for details.  In the second event, the Hsieh/Iyama pair will compete with Yu/Ke for a special “Masters’ PairGo Match” here.  See this page for details.  For both events, Michael Redmond 9P will provide live commentary for both.
– Thomas Hsiang

NOTE: the starting time for this event has been updated; it’s 9p EDT, not 11p as originally reported.

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U.S. Go Congress Tournaments Recap: Day Seven

Saturday August 12, 2017

fullsizeoutput_aafUS Go Congress Tournament Schedule: Saturday 8/12
9:00a: US Open, round 6; US Open Masters Division, round 9
6:00p: Awards Banquet
That’s all, folks.

US Open Masters Division
Wu Hao has won all eight games so far and is going into the final round of the tournament undefeated. Ryan Li 1P who had the second-best record coming out of round seven also won his eighth round against Bao Yun. Stay tuned for the final results for both the US Open and US Open Masters Division tomorrow. Matthew Hershberger, one of the hardest working volunteers at this year’s Go Congress with over 300 players to wrangle, directed both the US Open and the US Open Masters Division for the second time. Check out our Behind the Scenes profile on Matthew from last year’s Go Congress.

Seniors’ Tournament
Shunichi Hyodo and David Baran prevailed in the dan and kyu divisions respectively in this year’s Seniors’ Tournament. Both won all five games. In the kyu division Nick Maffeo took second place with Dave Frankel in third, and in the dan division Masahiro Kawaguchi took second place with Jeff Rohlfs in third. Long-time go player George Schmitten was awarded a special mention by TD Greg Kulevich for sportsmanship.

Women’s Tournament
The final round of the Women’s Tournament took place this afternoon; stay tuned for the final winners report tomorrow. Long-time Women’s Tournament TD and US Go Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott returned to the director’s chair again for this year’s tournament. Check out our Behind The Scenes profile about Lisa from last year’s Go Congress.

North American Pair Go Championship
Gabriella Su 6d and Aaron Ye 7d are headed to Japan after winning the top table at Thursday night’s Pair Go tournament. They first defeated Jessica Wu 3d and Justin Teng 6d to move to the championship match, and then had a whirlwind endgame finish against Sophia Wang 3d and Lionel Zhang 7d to clinch the championship. Su and Ye will represent the U.S. at the International Amateur Pair Go Championships in Tokyo in December. TD Todd Heidenreich would like to thank his assistant TD Patrick Ferl for his help managing the tournament, as well as Steve Colburn and Dennis Wheeler for managing the top table in the strong players room.
Table winners: Yuankun Li 1P and Ziyang Hu 2P, Yuanjing Dong 5d and Quan Sun 7d, Julie Burrall 2d and Matthew Burrall 7d, Yidong Wang 3d and Matthew Hershberger 3d, Jiao Li 5d and Noah Doss 1k, Weiqiu You 5k and Yifei Gal 7d, Youqi Fan 1d and Jaile Chen 2k, Feng Yun 9P and John Crossman 16k, Laura Sparks 10k and Brady Daniels 3d, Liya Luk 6k and Brian Ye 7k, Vivie Truong 7k and Ricky Harper 8k, Isabella Leong 22k and Yiyang Liu 2d, Antonina Perez-Lopez 20k and Tevis Tsai 7k, Lucia Moscola 24k and Ted Terpstra 5k.
-photo (right): Lee Anne Bowie of Seattle managed to play in both the Women’s Tournament and the Seniors Tournament.
-report/photo by Karoline Li, Tournaments Bureau Chief

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