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Go Clubs: Walla Walla takes it to the street

Monday October 9, 2017

The go club in Walla Walla, Washington is small, says Steve Tanner, “but dedicated.” The club, an AGA chapter, has been in continuous2017.10.09_walla-walla-club existence for several years and local go players gather in a local pizza shop every Wednesday evening. “In an effort to get some new publicity and attention for the club, two of the members decided to set up their goban on the Walla Walla Main Street sidewalk and play a game,” Tanner reports. “The goban gets people looking,” the club reported on its Facebook page, where they posted some shots. They plan to do a similar setup in other public locations around town in the future.

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AGF College Scholarship Open

Friday October 6, 2017

AGF-logo-smallApplications 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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Ursiny wins Everything Must Go Tournament

Monday October 2, 2017

Go players from Vermont, New York, and Montreal gathered together for four rounds of fun at the Everything Must Go Tournament last 2017.10.02_Remi Compagnie playing Robert UrsinySaturday, September 30th in Middlebury, Vermont, reports Peter Schumer. The top three players all went 3-1, with Robert Ursiny 4k (right) winning the tournament. Second place went to Remi Compagnie 7d (left), with Peter Schumer 2k coming in third. True to the tournament’s name, everyone received a prize from a collection of books, magazines, fans and mugs.
- Brian Kirby; photo by Peter Schumer

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Evanston go club featured in magazine

Sunday October 1, 2017

The Evanston Go Club is featured in a feature article in the September issue of Chicagoly Magazine. “I’ve known the author, Alan Henry, for 2017.10.01_evanston-gomany years.” said club president Mark Rubenstein. “He’s always wanted to do an article about go, and he hit a home run with this one!”
Henry interviewed Rubenstein and other club members for the article, which covers everything from the history of the game all the way up through AlphaGo.
“If you can get your hands on a physical copy, it’s worth it.” said Rubenstein. “It looks even better on the printed page, and there are some things that aren’t in the online version. Kudos to Alan and everyone at Chicagoly Magazine for putting together one of the best articles about go I’ve ever read!”
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Clock ticking on Cotsen Open registration

Sunday September 24, 2017

The pre-registration deadline for this year’s Cotsen Open is now less than a month away. Pre-register here by October 19 for one of the go 2017.09.24_cotsen-2016-IMG_2036calendar’s biggest and most popular events. In addition to the 2-day, 5-round tournament October 21-22 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, this year’s event features a screening of The Surrounding Game, food trucks (free lunch for pre-registered players), the ever-popular masseuses and the Sunday game between Yilun Yang 7P and Qun Yang 8P.

Cotsen organizers are looking for volunteers to help with set-up, check-in and and take-down; email cotsenopen@gmail.com if interested. As usual, the E-Journal will broadcast top-board games; if interested in being on the recording team, email journal@usgo.org (must have laptop with KGS).

photo: Tournament sponsor Eric Cotsen (second from right) considers a move at the 2016 Cotsen Open as Yilun Yang (far right) looks on); photo by Chris Garlock

 

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Seattle shows off American Go Honor Society awards

Saturday September 23, 2017

Coach Sonny (Sung-Chul) Cho distributed American Go Honor Society first place awards to two teams from the Northwest Chinese School onCoach Sonny Cho with American Go Honor Society Winners- lighter September 5 at the Seattle Go Center.  The “A” team of Xinlei Liu, Chansseok Oh and Steve Ling won the Open Section of the online School Team Simul Games with Hai Li -2Tournament, which was held in April 2017.  The “B” team of the Northwest Chinese School won the Kyu Section of the tournament, playing against 10 other school teams.   They are Yulissa Wu Lu, Tian Yi Wang and Emma Huang.   The principal of the Northwest Chinese School is Dong Ma 6d, a long time supporter of the Seattle Go Center.  The teams celebrated by having pizza and ice cream, and by playing simultaneous games with Chinese pro Hai Li, who was visiting Seattle with his family after attending the San Diego Go Congress.  Report and photos by Brian Allen.

 

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AlphaGo movie screening worldwide

Saturday September 23, 2017

“AlphaGo,” the dramatic documentary about the 2016 showdown between Lee Sedol 9P and the DeepMind AI, is now screening at festivals across the country and around the world. The updated AlphaGo website  has 2017.09.23_alphago-movie-gallery-11details about screenings, including a run in New York City Sept 29-Oct 5, and screenings in October in Milwaukee, Mill Valley (CA), Hot Springs (AR), Bellingham (WA), Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Easton (MD) and Washington, DC. Check out the film’s new trailer here.

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UCSB Wins 2017 Collegiate Go League; New Season Starts October 7th

Tuesday September 19, 2017

University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) defeated University of Toronto 2-1 in the championship finals of the 2017 Collegiate Go League to claim their first ever CGL title. Entering the play18946948_1971904743055321_1206006521_ooffs as the 5th seed, UCSB defeated not only defending champions UCLA, but also upset 1st seed UC Berkeley enroute to the championship finals. While UCSB’s team didn’t contain well-known perennial powerhouse players that came up through the North American youth scene, they had one of the most rounded teams in terms of strength, giving them an edge over the competition. Live commentary of the Finals were provided by AGA’s Eric Lui 1p and Justin Teng 6d. In the 3rd/4th place match, University of Maryland defeated UC Berkeley 3-0 to claim 3rd place. This year’s CGL was the most competitive in history, with the average strength of most A-League teams hovering around 5 dan.

This year was also the first year the CGL introduced a B-League for kyu players who also want to get in on the competitive action. Lafayette College prevailed over University of Virginia 2-1, and then over University of Toronto’s B team 2-1 to claim the B-League championship title. In total, 20 teams across both leagues participated in the CGL.

The next season of the CGL begins on October 7th; if you and at least two other university students would like to play in the upcoming CGL season, read the rules and sign up by September 25th to be paired in the first round. New schools can join at any time during the regular season, with the top 6 teams in each league eligible to play in the championship playoffs at the end of the regular season.
- Justin Teng
photo: UCSB’s championship team; (left-to-right) Justin Shieh 5d, Rex Luan 6d, Stephen Hu 6d, and captain/club president Colin Liu 4d.

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“Give Me Liberties, or Give Me Death!” New site launched for 2018 Go Congress in Williamsburg, Virginia

Thursday September 14, 2017

The organizers of the upcoming 2018 Go Congress, which will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia at the College of William and Mary from July 212017.09.13_congress-site-launched – 28, have launched the updated Go Congress site for 2018. “There’s one very important thing everyone should do: go to the site now and make sure you’re signed up for the Go Congress newsletter,” says Nate Eagle, co-director of the 2018 Go Congress with Diego Pierrottet. “And check back often: we’re going to be updating the site frequently with new information and features.”

“When the idea of the National Go Center hosting a Congress was suggested, I was quite dubious, because I was worried about keeping focus on the newly opened National Go Center.” says Eagle. “But when Diego showed me the research he’d done into William & Mary as a venue, I changed my mind. William & Mary is a gorgeous location, with brick-lined sidewalks and luxurious shade, and it’s close to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, and a lot of other great attractions. And the excitement of preparing to host Congress has been infectious around the NGC: a ton of people have volunteered to staff important positions and help make the event outstanding.”

Williamsburg, Virginia is convenient to three major airports in Newport News, Norfolk, and Richmond, and is also accessible via Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact either Diego Pierrottet or Nate Eagle.

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Evanston tourney draws record crowd

Wednesday September 13, 2017

The Evanston (IL) Go Club hosted its second tournament of the year on September 9, drawing a record attendance of 45 players. There were 2017.09.13_evanstonplayers at every level, from 25k to 7d, and every age from under 10 to over 60.

“It was a great turnout!” said TD and club president Mark Rubenstein. “Typically we have around 30 players. There were only 20 people pre-registered for this one, so I was expecting around 30. But we had 25 walk-ins! Registration was a little overwhelming, but it went quite smoothly.”
2017.09.13_evanston2Players came from six states; Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Minnesota and California. “Special kudos to Steve Burrll for coming all the way from California just for the tournament! If there had been a prize for Most Miles Traveled, he would have won it hands-down.” said Rubenstein. “Twenty of the 45 players were first-time attendees. That’s an unusually high percentage of new players.”
First-place winners (left) were: Cong Chen 1d (4-0), Scott Gerson 6k (4-0), Stephanie Tan 10k (5-0).
Second place winners were: Jim Sun 1d (5-1), tie between Christopher Martin 4k (6-1) and Marcus Bates 3k (6-1), Daniel Lambert 10k (5-1).
“Special thanks to Yellow Mountain for providing awesome prizes!” said Rubenstein.
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