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Nyu and Lui 4-0 in U.S. Masters

Wednesday July 17, 2019

And then there were two. Four-game winners, that is. Japanese pro Eiko Nyu notched a comfortable win over Aaron Ye 6d on Board 1 in the fourth round of the 2019 U.S. Masters on Tuesday, while Eric Lui eked out a 1.5 win over Alan Huang. Complete Masters results here, and U.S. Open results here. Check out the video of Mingjiu Jiang’s commentary on the Nyu-Ye game on the AGA Twitch stream here. Round 5 will be broadcast starting at 10a EDT on Thursday.
– report by Chris Garlock, photo by Todd Heidenreich

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Annual Teacher’s Workshop wraps at Go Congress

Wednesday July 17, 2019

The 2019 Teacher’s Workshop concluded its third day at this year’s U.S. Go Congress on Tuesday afternoon. Attendees had been taught the Mizuma Method in the previous two sessions, and were given the opportunity to try their newfound teaching skills on actual beginners who had never played go before. “Teaching this way was way more fun than I imagined it could be!” said attendee Terri Schurter. Everyone agreed that this approach was very effective and lots of fun for both teacher and student. Several attendees will receive $200 stipends as first-time attendees of a teacher’s workshop. The AGA is grateful to the Iwamoto North American Foundation for Go for subsidizing this workshop. “Special thanks to Toshifumi Mizuma, Tajiri Yuto and Tomotaka Urasoe for sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with us!” said Mark Rubenstein.

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Eric Lui, Aaron Ye and Nyu Eiko leading in U.S. Masters

Monday July 15, 2019

Yongfei Ge 7d, who beat Mark Lee Sunday night in the U.S. Masters tournament, fell to Eric Lui 1P on Monday morning on Board 1. That leaves just Lui, Aaron Ye 7d and Japanese pro Nyu Eiko as the only undefeated players so far. The Round 3 game drew another huge Twitch audience, averaging over 9,300 viewers and generating 140,000 unique views. Ryan Li 1p again provided the commentary, hosted by E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock. Stephen Hu produced the stream. Round 4 will be broadcast Tuesday morning starting at 10a EDT on the AGA Twitch stream. Latest Masters results are posted here; latest U.S. Open ratings are posted here.
photo by Todd Heidenreich

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Why We Play: Adam Chase 6k

Monday July 15, 2019

Age: 28

Lives in: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Home Club: Madison Go Club

Years playing go: Since freshman year of high school

Favorite thing about go: “Moments of inspiration, complicated problems. Sometimes I’m very lucky and I can think out a 40 move sequence and my opponent acts exactly how I want them to and I somehow kill a whole group and change the entire board from being even to 100 points in my favor.” This is Adam’s first Go Congress.
– Samantha Fede

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Yongfei Ge edges out Mark Lee in Masters before huge Twitch audience

Sunday July 14, 2019

In a dramatic game that drew over 90,000 views on the AGA’s Twitch stream — and an average of over 7,400 viewers — Yongfei Ge (left) edged out Mark Lee by 1.5 points in Round 2 of the Masters Tournament at the 2019 U.S. Go Congress on Sunday night. Lee, whose U.S. tournament record is 75-5, was heavily favored in the championship, and had come from behind to win his first-round game against Jeremy Chiu. But he got in trouble again in his game against Ge, with a floating eyeless group that seemed to have nowhere to run. Lee fought back steadily, saving half the group and catching up slowly but surely, however, Ge kept the pressure on just as steadily and in the end Lee came up just short. Ryan Li 1P, who provided the game commentary with host Julie Burrall, said that Lee’s upset opens up the field, potentially making this year’s Masters one of the most interesting yet. Round 3 is Monday at 10a EDT, with live commentary on the AGA’s Twitch stream.
2-0 winners: Eric Lui, Yongfei Ge, Aaron Ye, An Chen and Nyu Eiko.
– report/photos by Chris Garlock

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Congress at Sunset

Sunday July 14, 2019

by Samantha Fede
You’ve read about the exciting tournament action. You’ve watched the top boards and streamed the commentary. You’ve heard of the simuls and game commentaries and lectures. But Go Congress is about more than just the game. It’s a place to make new friends and see old ones. That may sound corny, but it’s the reason that I come back year after year. This year is shaping up to be a particularly relaxing experience. Congress Director Dave Weimer did an excellent job selecting an amazing lake-front venue. The first floor of the Memorial Union, where most of the Congress activities take place, includes Der Rathskeller (German for “basement of a town hall”). Decorated like a German beer hall, this sprawling venue spills out onto a terrace overlooking sparkling Lake Mendota . After the opening ceremony Saturday night, many attendees joined the crowd of locals to cluster around tables and pitchers of local beer. I sat with some old friends, like Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott and Brady Daniels of “Brady’s Blunders,” as well as new friends like Congress IT volunteer Greg Steltenpohl and first-time attendee Max Peterson. We watched the spectacular sunset turn the sky pink and purple while live music played on the waterfront stage. As it got dark, Jennie Shen 2p observed fireflies flicker around the trees and friends finishing the 9×9 tournament pulled up chairs. The day had been hot, but a cool breeze off the water made us forget any lingering worries. Every year, each Congress location has its charms; this year is downright magical.

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2019 U.S. Go Congress: Day 1

Sunday July 14, 2019

The 2019 U.S. Go Congress got underway Saturday in Madison, WI as hundreds of go players registered and immediately began gathering around go boards in the main playing area for unofficial games (the U.S. Open begins Sunday morning). The annual City League finals were held Saturday afternoon (look for a full report soon) and broadcast live on OGS and Twitch. Follow all the Masters top-board action on Twitch starting at 9a Sunday, plus updates on the Congress on Twitter and Facebook.
– report/photos/collage by Chris Garlock

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Pandanet AGA City League Finals and Winners

Monday July 8, 2019

This Saturday will feature the Pandanet AGA City League Finals between New York City and Greater Washington. They will be playing LIVE from the US Go Congress in Madison,Wisconsin at 3pm CST. Find the game on Pandanet in the AGA City League rooms under the accounts AGACL1-3.

There will be a Pandanet AGA City League Meeting during Go Congress on July 18 from 5-6PM in the Humanities 1641 room.

The full list of winners for the City League are
A League:
Winner =  TBD
Second = TBD
Third =  Waterloo 1 
Fourth = Boston 
Fifth = Toronto 
B League:
Winner = Bay Area 
Second = Raleigh 
Third = Seattle 1 
Fourth = Waterloo 2 
C League:
Winner = Cincinati 
Second = New York City 2 

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2019 US Go Congress handbook posted

Saturday July 6, 2019

“Since I first moved to Madison, I have thought that Memorial Union (right), on the shore of Lake Mendota, would be a wonderful venue for a Congress,” says 2019 U.S. Go Congress Director Dave Weimer in the just-released Congress handbook (see link below). “During the Congress, you are a member of the Union. Enjoy typical Wisconsin fare on the Terrace as you relax after your games. Enjoy walks along the many miles of trails along the lakeshore that begin at Memorial Union. Have some ice cream at the Daily Scoop made on campus by our Dairy School.” And of course the annual Go Congress — coming up July 13-20 in Madison, WI — is all about the game of go. “The Congress gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonderful game that brings us together as a community,” says Weimer. “In addition to the tournaments that test your skills and the professional events that help you improve them, you will have an opportunity see old friends and make new ones.”
If you’re already registered for the Congress, this is a great sneak preview of the exciting week coming up. If not, there’s still time: click here for details on how to sign up.

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Bob High Memorial Song & Poetry Contest planned for U.S. Go Congress

Thursday June 27, 2019

A studious player named Jones
Tried capturing a group of stones
His opponent gave them
He just didn’t save them
And from the observers came groans.

A fearless young player named Joe
Was trying to stir up some woe
He made a big cut
His opponent said “What?!”
As calmly he retook the ko.

They call it Go in Japanese
In China they call it Wei Chi
The Korean books
All call it Baduk
But call it whatever you please.

The limericks above are meant to demonstrate how easy it is to create submissions for the 2019 US Go Congress’ Bob High Memorial Song & Poetry Contest. For those who keenly felt the contest’s absence last year, Frank Brown has picked up the gauntlet and will be herding bards and judges at this year’s gathering in Madison (July 13-20; click here for details).

Rules and entry forms will be available at the Congress beginning Sunday afternoon. “So prepare to pick up your writing devices, plunk down some verses, fill out an official entry form and drop them in the submission box,” says Brown. “You too could be a winner!”
NOTE: AGA members unable to attend this year’s Congress may submit entries in absentia by emailing them to fcnzyo@protonmail.ch — please use ‘2019 Song & Poetry Contest’ in the subject field.”

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