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Tang leads after 1st weekend in Virginia Open

Saturday October 16, 2021

Over forty AGA members competed in the first weekend of the 10th Virginia Open, held on OGS October 9-10. Former Maryland Open and Salt City champion Zhengbokang Tang 8D (3-0) edged Li Yi 7D (2-1), the newly minted NC State Champion in in their Round 3 match, a ‘high note’ to conclude the first weekend of the online tournament directed by Devin Fraze and Jeff Zhang.

The board 1 game remained close throughout the long game, yet Tang steadily kept a half-point lead in the final 80 moves. Shuaiheng Tao 7D and Jimmy Creeks 6D are also contenders for the title with 2-1 records.

An additional 150 players watched the tournament online, where all 70 games are listed on one webpage.

VA Open’s final rounds resumed this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 16 (12p ET and 7p ET) and Sunday, Oct. 17 (12p ET)

Here are the division leaders after 3 rounds.

Open: Zhengbokang Tang 8D (3-0), Li Yi 7D (2-1)

Expert (1-4D): Evan Tan 3D (2-1), Cheuk To Tsui 4D (2-1)

Proficient(1-4K): Derek Zhou 1K (3-0), Massa Jin 3K (3-0)

Intermediate(5-9K): Jim Sandy 6K (2-1), Anna Zhou 9K (2-0)

Novice(10-19K): Chenchen Xiong 10K (2-1), Lucia Moscola 10K (2-1)

Report by the Capital Go Club.

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Registration open for the Canadian Open Online 2021

Thursday October 14, 2021

The Canadian Go Association’s annual Canadian Open tournament will be held online from October 23-31st. Interested players of all levels worldwide are welcome to participate. “I hope to see many of our AGA friends join the tournament!” says TD Ron Mackenzie. All of the tournament information is available on the CGA website.

The tournament will feature an open division for 5d+ players with cash prizes. Other divisions will feature other prizes including those donated by sponsors. There will be six rounds run over 4 days, with rounds at 1PM and 5PM EST each day:
Saturday, Oct 23: Rounds 1 and 2
Sunday, Oct 24: Rounds 3 and 4
Saturday, Oct 30: Rounds 5 and 6
Sunday, Oct 31: Open division playoffs, Pair Go, and Blitz tournaments

Yoonyoung Kim 8p will provide two review periods for players to share their games with her for analysis, which will be broadcast on her twitch stream. Interested players may join the review sessions regardless of whether or not they are playing in the tournament. Ryan Li 3p will also be offering a lecture on the New York Institute of Go Youtube channel on October 23rd at 7:30PM EST, the topic of which will be a review of one of the games from the open division. 

The tournament will be run on OGS and use Baduk Club for coordinating matches. Specific details will updated on the tournament site and sent out to players a week in advance of the event. There have been a number of prizes donated by generous sponsors: the European Go Journal, Awesome Baduk, BenKyo Tutoring, Stoned on the Goban, Go Magic, the New York Institute of Go, and We-Go.

Regular registration is $20 and will close on October 17th. Registration between October 17th and October 22nd will be $25. Any questions after not answered on the tournament page may be sent to TD Ron Mackenzie at ronm.cga@fastmail.com.

-report by Ron Mackenzie

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AGF College Scholarship Open

Tuesday October 12, 2021

Applications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarshipThe program  recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the go community. To apply, download and complete the application form here.  Applicants should describe their accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants whose enthusiasm and ambition have helped spread go in under-served areas will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award focuses on promoters and organizers who have made substantial contributions during their go career. Applications are due Nov. 5th this year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  

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Registration Open for 2021 Youth League

Monday October 11, 2021

“Registration for the annual American Go Honor Society Youth League is now open,” says AGHS Vice President Katherine Xie, “We welcome all players who are citizens of the US, Canada, or Mexico and under the age of 18 to participate. Every month will consist of four to five rounds and players will be paired with opponents of similar strength using a ladder system. All games will be played in the AGHS Tournament room on KGS. Top players of each division will receive awards at the end of each monthly league.”

The registration and dropout deadline is November 1st, 2021, at 11:59 pm PT. The first round will start on November 6th. If you have any questions, feel free to email aghsregister@gmail.com.

For rules and regulations, click here.
To register, click here.

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North Carolina State Championship and Memorial Go Tournament

Sunday October 3, 2021

The North Carolina State Championship and 20th Annual Memorial Go Tournament was held on September 25 and 26, 2021, at Umstead State Park in North Raleigh. A total of 42 Go enthusiasts from North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Illinois participated. “We were especially impressed by and appreciated the presence of Richard Hugh, a 93 year young Go player who played well and lifted everyone’s spirits,” says Bob Bacon. “He was the unofficial champion of the tournament.”

The games took place in an open air shelter in a beautiful park setting. Masks and hand sanitizer were provided and their use encouraged. All participants were required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Lunch was provided both days courtesy of the Triangle Go Group. Jeff Kuang directed, and trophies and cash prizes were awarded in five sections, topped by a very competitive open section. “The previous NC State Champion, Chen An, was unable to compete due to academic demands,” says Bacon, “but he visited Sunday and played an exciting game against the new State Champion. Well over half of the participants were dan level, which was unusual for our gatherings but extremely enjoyable!”

Section D, with players 9 kyu and lower was won by Bhaskar Bharath and Russell Herman, who tied for top honors. Justin Su came in second. Section C, 6 kyu to 8 kyu, saw Bob Bacon in first, and Tom Roncoli second. Section B, 1 kyu to 5 kyu, was won by Stephen Choung, followed closely by Robert Qi in second place. Section A, 3 dan to 1 dan, enjoyed great competition and the victory of young Huo Sheng. Second place was a tie between veterans Nianci Gan and Suyoung Yoon.

Finally, in the Open Section, 7 dan to 4 dan, Yi Li, an undergraduate student at Duke University, handily won the section and became the new North Carolina State Champion. Second place was secured by Alexander Qi.

“Thank you to all participants and especially to Adam and Arlene Bridges who coordinated and provided the lunch fares,” continues Bacon. “Another outstanding year!”

-report and photos by Bob Bacon


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10th Virginia Open to be held online next month

Tuesday September 28, 2021

The 10th Virginia Open is scheduled to take place online Oct. 9-10 and Oct. 16-17, with a total cash prize pool of about $600.  Award certificates, participation certificates and cash prizes are offered to six divisions: Open Elite, Open, Expert, Proficient, Intermediate and Novice. Youth and female top performers in various divisions will also be recognized. Non-Virginia players can also play. Click here to register. Click here to view the 2020 VA Open Winners Report. Based on the 10th VA Open standings, the 3rd Virginia State Championship will invite four Virginia players to a knockout tournament later in 2021, and two youth players and two female players to compete for Virginia youth champion and women’s champion. The tournament, hosted by the Virginia chapter clubs of the AGA, will be held in the OGS Baduk Club. Registration fee is $10 for AGA members and $20 for non-members.

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Justin Teng appointed to serve remainder of At-Large Board Member term

Wednesday September 22, 2021

Justin Teng has been appointed to serve the remainder of Ted Terpstra’s term as Board Member At-Large on the AGA’s Board of Directors. Terpstra has resigned his position on the Board, effective September 16th. A current and long-time go organizer in the San Diego area, Terpstra has served in a number of capacities for the AGA over the years, including as AGA Executive Vice President (2012-2014), Western Region Representative to the AGA Board (2014-2016), and most recently as At-Large Member of the AGA Board of Directors. 

Terpstra (2nd from left, in red shirt) and Teng (at left, with mic). photos courtesy Ted Terpstra (l) and Phil Straus.

“Ted has done so much for go in the US, and particularly for go in the San Diego area,” said Board Chair Lisa Scott. “Including organizing the 2017 US Go Congress and inspiring the Girls Championship Tournament.  I look forward to seeing what plans he has for bringing go to southern California in the future!”

With fewer than 12 months remaining in Terpstra’s term, the AGA Board appointed Justin Teng to serve the remainder as Board Member At-Large (through August 31, 2022). “Justin is well known as a strong player and tournament organizer, particularly through his work with youth with the Redmond Cup and Girls Championship,” said Board Chair Lisa Scott. “We are pleased to have him join the AGA Board.”

Questions or comments can be sent to Scott at lisa.scott@usgo.org.

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Friday deadline for North Carolina State Go Championship Tournament

Tuesday September 21, 2021

This Friday is the deadline to register for the North Carolina State Go Championship Tournament, coming up September 25-26 at Umstead State Park in north Raleigh. Sign up by 6p ET 9/24. The AGA-rated tournament will consist of six rounds, with three games each day. Jeff Kuang will be the Tournament Director.

Entry costs are $25 for adults and $15 for youths/students. You may register for one or two days of play; if you limit yourself to one day the entry costs are $15 for adults and $10 for youths/students. There will be generous cash prizes and trophies in all sections, with all entry fees returned as prizes. Participants must attend both days to be eligible for prizes.

Since this is an open-air tournament, COVID risks are reduced. However, organizers will provide masks and hand sanitizer and encourage players to use them. Players older than 12 years old must be vaccinated to participate.

Lunch will be provided onsite on Saturday and Sunday, courtesy of the Triangle Go Group and the AGA.

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AGA Board report

Tuesday September 14, 2021

The AGA Board met at the end of the 2021 e-Go Congress in a meeting that was open to all AGA members.  The board approved minutes of the May meeting and the July special meeting (called to discuss issues of Fair Play in online tournaments and Online Ratings).  The board also approved the final budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.  The board was also updated about the NAGF’s plans to hold a Pro Qualification Tournament in August 2021 (since postponed due to the pandemic), and approved times and dates for meetings for the 2021-2022 term.  These meetings are as follows: 

September 19, 2021 (Fall Board Meeting)
November 7, 2021 (Annual “Retreat” and Planning Meeting)
January 9, 2022 (Special COVID Meeting, if needed)
February 27, 2022 (Winter Board Meeting)
May 1, 2022 (Spring Board Meeting)
June 26, 2022 (Summer Business Meeting, if needed)
August 5, 2022 (Annual “Congress” Meeting)
August 6, 2022 (General Assembly Meeting)

Please contact Chair of the Board Lisa Scott at lisa.scott@usgo.org if you would like to attend any of the future meetings (including the mid-September meeting).

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Last Call for American Go Honor Society Officer Applications 2021-2022

Saturday September 4, 2021

Applications for the 2021-2022 American Go Honor Society (AGHS) officer team are closing soon. The American Go Honor Society is an organization driven primarily by high school students to promote go among young players throughout America. Tournaments, leagues, and other go events catered towards youth are hosted throughout the school year by the AGHS.

Please fill out this form to apply.

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, September 10, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.

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