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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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2020 International Collegiate Go Tournament registration opens

Friday January 3, 2020

The Shanghai Ing Foundation will be hosting the 2020 International Collegiate Go Tournament in Shenzhen, China this summer. The tournament starts on July 7th and will conclude on the 13th. This event is open to any current undergraduate or graduate level college student. All costs related to room, board, and tours during the event will be covered by the tournament organizer.

“This is a truly unique experience as the Shanghai Ing Foundation does not spare any expense during the planning of this event,” says Mike Fodera. To find out more about this program, check out the schedule and regulations as well as additional information on the Shanghai Ing Foundation’s website.
While play is competitive, players of all skill levels are welcome to participate. There will be five divisions: a high dan, low dan, single digit kyu, double digit kyu, and women’s division. The deadline for applying is March 15th. Please send all registration forms directly to Mike Fodera – mdf116@gmail.com.
If you have any questions about the event, or would like to find out more about previous events hosted by the Ing Foundation, email Mike Fodera.  

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Shirley Lin 1P wins women’s individual championship in China-ASEAN Weiqi International Invitation Tournament

Monday December 16, 2019

The 15th China-ASEAN Weiqi International Invitation Tournament 2019 was held in Nanning, Guangxi from December 8th to 11th 2019. Thirteen teams from ten countries were invited to attend the event including two American teams representing Los Angeles and Las Vegas. After six rounds in the men’s team competition, Kevin Huang 6d and Blake Kang 5d representing Los Angeles won third place with teams from Thailand and Taipei taking first and second respectively. Shirley Lin 1P from Los Angeles played in the women’s individual competition and won the championship. Yangu Yunqi from China and Shu Jingwen from Taiwan took second and third place. Kevin Huang 6d from Los Angeles and Ti Ma 6d from Las Vegas took fifth and sixth places in the men’s individual competition.

report and photos provided by Shirley Lin 1P

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Stephanie Yin 1P to represent North America at Bingsheng Cup

Monday September 30, 2019

Last week’s elimination qualifier resulted in a win for Stephanie Yin 1P (at right), who will travel to Suzhou, China and compete in the 10th Suzhou Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup from October 29 to November 4. National Tournaments Coordinator Jeff Shaevel reports that Yin won both games, first defeating Wan Chen 3d, then Yinli Wang 5d in the final round. “Congratulations to Stephanie, and best of luck!”

-photo by Karoline Li

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LIVE THIS WEEK: AGA to broadcast commentaries on 2019 China Securities Cup World AI Open on Twitch

Wednesday August 21, 2019

The AGA will broadcast the 2019 China Securities Cup World AI Go Open live from the Chinese Weiqi Congress in Shandong, China this week. “This is a brand-new challenge for us as we take our production to Asia for the first time, and we will do our best to entertain you and provide you with some fresh perspectives on the AI games,” says the E-Journal’s Stephen Hu.

The broadcasts will take place on the official AGA Twitch channel, hosted by Stephen Hu (@xhu98) and joined by various commentators from China TBD. The following schedule* will be promoted on the Twitch front page:

*all times converted to UTC; actual start times might be subject to delays at the venue, although we try our best to start commentary at the earliest availability. Note: We will not be commentating on the preliminary rounds – however, feel free to follow the games on Yike Weiqi. In the semifinals and finals, all the games will be played out regardless of the series outcome.

August 22, ca. 01:30-03:30(China Securities Cup) Quarterfinals
ca. 05:00-06:30Human + AI Pair Go Exhibition, QF
ca. 07:30-09:00Human + AI Pair Go Exhibition, SF
ca. 10:00-11:30Human + AI Pair Go Exhibition, Final
August 23, ca. 01:30-03:30Semifinals, Game 1
ca. 04:30-06:30Semifinals, Game 2
ca. 07:30-09:30Semifinals, Game 3
August 24, ca. 03:00-05:00Final, Game 1
ca. 06:00-07:30Final, Game 2
ca. 09:30-11:00Final, Game 3
August 25, ca. 01:30-03:00Final, Game 4
04:30-06:00Final, Game 5
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LA goes 2-1 in Chinese city league

Monday May 27, 2019

In round one of the Chinese city league Saturday morning in Liuzhou, Los Angeles defeated the team from Jingdezhen. This was a major victory since the opponents were last year’s city league runner-up. In Saturday night’s round two, L.A. lost by five points to last year‘s city league champion, Nanjing. Sunday morning in round three, L.A. was again victorious, this time over the city of Tianjin. In the photo, Captain O Rissei is about to convert what appears to be a massive seki into a kill for black.
Los Angeles will play four more games at the end of August, and if they are able to win at least two of them, they will proceed to the finals.
– reported by Steve Burrall

See also Los Angeles team joins Chinese city league; report from Liuzhou

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Los Angeles team joins Chinese city league; report from Liuzhou

Sunday May 26, 2019

A team from Los Angeles has joined the Chinese city league for the 2019 season,reports Steve Burrall from China. “The expense of fielding a team has historically been prohibitive for most non-Asian countries, but team leader Peter Chang has stepped up with funding for the first-ever team from the US to participate.” There are 32 teams including 24 from Chinese cities and eight international cities. Teams can have up to 12 players, but for each match, teams can be 3 to 6 players who confer on strategy during the match while each takes a turn playing a series of moves against the other team; international teams must include one native player, one female player and one amateur player.“Mr. Chang has filled these slots with Michael Redmond 9P, Shirley Lin 1P and amateurs Cheng C C 7d, Wang Yi Hsin 7d and Luo Qi Peng 7d.  Completing the team are Captain O Rissei, Hsu Chia Yuan 8p and Liu Dhin Shin 3p,” Burrall reports. The first series of matches is currently underway in the city of Liuzhou. Los Angeles is 1-1 as of Saturday night May 25.

photo: team members discuss strategy while one player is playing on a board off to the right. Captain O Rissei 9p is in the center, seated at the board next to Michael Redmond 9p. photo by Steve Burrall
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Hengshui to host Mind Sports event in May

Friday March 29, 2019

An international Mind Sports event will be held May 13-18 in Hengshui, China. The event, announced March 26, will feature five2019.03.29 MindSport-Nie sports, Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go, and Xiangqi and 17 disciplines and will have a total of 99 medals in gold, silver and bronze. More than 200 players from over 40 countries and regions will gather in Hengshui and fight for the title. Representing North America are three male AGA pros: Ryan Li, Eric Lui, and Gansheng Shi, plus two Asia-certified female pros: Shirley Lin and Svetlana Shikshina.
Nie Weiping was appointed event promotion ambassador and Ke Jie will serve event charity ambassador. At the launch press conference, Nie Weiping said that mind sports have added new meaning to competitive sports while there is still room for improvement. He also noted that he was especially pleased the event is being held in his hometown of Hengshui.
An “Artificial Intelligence Summit Forum” will be held during the event, featuring well-known experts and representatives of relevant enterprises from the field of artificial intelligence to discuss how artificial intelligence can be better used for board and card game education and promotion.

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Kuksu and X’ian International youth go tournaments

Monday March 25, 2019

Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 2.04.15 PM “We have been invited to send teams to two youth tournaments in Asia,”  reports AGA President Andy Okun. “With all expenses paid for kids once they arrive, this is an  an incredible go-related cultural experience for the price of round trip air fare.”  The Kuksu Mountain tournament will be held August 2-7, in scenic Jeollanamdo Province, South Korea.  Youth teams will be attending from all over the world, and participants will compete in multiple tournaments, with prizes in various rank brackets.  Go related side events and local tourism are part of the program as well.  Organized by the Korean Baduk Association, the popular event will be held for the sixth time this summer.  Any AGA youth 18 and under are eligible to attend, and a team leader is also sought.  Accompanying adults are welcome as well, but are asked to pay a $270 fee to help cover costs (as is the team leader). If you are interested in the event, or would like more information, fill out the application form here.

IMG_0704The X’ian Education Bureau is organizing an international tournament as well, for youth aged 13-18.  A four person team will be selected for this event.  The date is not set yet, but it is expected to be in mid-late August.  X’ian was the former capital of China and is rich in history and culture, and the famed terracotta army is nearby as well.  The event will include three days of competition and two of sightseeing and cultural exchange.  12-14 teams are expected to participate.   As with the Kuksu participants must pay their own airfare.  There is a $200 charge per person as well, and then all other expenses are covered.  The application form is here-Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.  Photos: Top: 2018 Kuksu tournament; Bottom: A few members of the life-size Terracotta Army, of which there are 8,000. Photo by Paul Barchilon.

 

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