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Redmond to livestream again on Twitch Wednesday night

Tuesday December 10, 2019

Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock will do their second livestream game commentary this week on the AGA’s Twitch channel on Wednesday December 11 at 7P EST. Monday night they streamed an exciting game between Redmond and Otake Hideo 9P, with in-depth commentary and interaction with viewers.

The EJ also plans to livestream from the First Southeast Asia GO Congress, which runs December 15-22 in Singapore. Be sure to follow the AGA’s Twitch channel and get notified of live streams.

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Redmond to livestream on Twitch this week

Sunday December 8, 2019

Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock will livestream game commentaries on the AGA’s Twitch channel on Monday, December 9 and Wednesday, December 11, both at 7P EDT. “The live streaming brings these commentaries to a broader audience and enables fans to interact with us in real time,” said Garlock. The popular Redmond Reviews returned to the AGA’s YouTube channel last Friday with a commentary on AlphaGo vs AlphaGo Game 32, after a 6-month hiatus. ” The wait for this is so freaking long, as if I was waiting for an Avenger movie!!!” commented Nguyen tuan anh. Added Sami Helen, “Yesterday I was just about to go on your previous video in this series and ask if you’re still alive. Guess the telepathic communication works after all.” Be sure to follow the channel and get notified of live streams.

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Billy Maier defends New Mexico State Champion title

Saturday December 7, 2019

Nine players, all kyu level, came together on November 23 from the New Mexican cities of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and White Rock to compete for the NM State Go Championship. Players competed to defeat Billy Maier 3k, the reigning champion from 2018. After winning all three games in this three round tournament, Billy remained undefeated and earned the right to hold the perennial trophy until next year. Other prizes included magnetic go sets and Kiseido gift certificates.

Robert Gilman 6k was awarded second place and Kyle Fenmore 1k took third. Some difficulties arose in determining final winners due to the technical reasons associated with small tournaments, and TD Robert Cordingley is looking forward trying a slightly different GoClubsOnline (goclubs.org) pairing strategy next year.

We were very pleased to welcome Janice Kim, who attended as a spectator from Albuquerque. Our thanks go to Peter Shotwell for the go sets, Kiseido Publishing for the gift certificates, and the AGA for their sponsorship.

report and photos provided by Robert Cordingley

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Evan Lin 7d wins 2019 California State Go Championship

Saturday December 7, 2019

2019 California State Go Champion & Open winner, Evan Lin, accepting his trophies and cash prize from San Diego Go Club President, Ted Terpstra

Go players came to San Diego, last weekend, from all over California: Sacramento, Hayward, San Jose, Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, Irvine, La Jolla, Carpintera, Aruza, Temecula, Corona… 66 players in all, to contest several California State Go Championships.

The California Open had 15 strong dan players including three 7 dans and six 6 dans. The winner of the Open, with the only undefeated record of 5-0, was Evan Lin 7d, the new 2019 California State Go Champion. He was followed by Yifan Yu 6d (4-1) in second, and five players tied for third with a record of 3-2: Bo Luan 6d, Sato Kosuke 5d, Muzhen Ai 7d, Ming Lin 6d and Yi (Michael) Wang 6d.

2019 California Girl’s U16 Go Champion, Aenaelle Acres

First through Third places in the Handicap Divisions:
Division I: James Acres (4-1) 1k, Osman Kibar (4-1) 4k, Zhenxuan Liu (4-1) 1d
Division II: David Baran (4-1) 7k, Viktor Makoviichuk (4-1) 7k, Pasco Kwok (3.5-.5) 11k
Division III: George Spellman (4-1) 22k, Aenaelle Acres (4-1) 23k, 
Wanyu Abigail Chen (3-2) 17k.
13×13 Youth Open: Vincent Zhang (5-0), Preston Shi Wang (4-1), Ji-Na Sun (3-2)

2019 California State Go Champions
Overall: Evan Lin 7d
U16 Girls: Aenaelle Acres
U16 Boys: Sato Kosuke
Girls’ 13×13: Ji-Na Sun
Boys’ 13×13: Vincent Zhang

-photos by Henry You
-report by Ted Terpstra

2019 California Youth 13×13 Go Championship participants getting certificates from Ted Terpstra, Hai Li 5P, and Henry You (SDGC Vice-President)
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AGF invests in KGS

Wednesday December 4, 2019

-Paul Barchilon, AGF Vice President and KGS Liaison

The AGF is instituting a series of changes to the KGS Go Server to make it more available and more useful as a tool for promoting go. As a first step, KGS+ events will now be free with users able to make a donation – not only to support KGS+ but to cover server costs and fund improvements on the software. All of this year’s saved lectures are now also free, and can be viewed under the KGS Plus menu.

For those that haven’t tried it, KGS+ provides lectures and lessons with professionals and very strong amateurs. In the past, sales of KGS+ provided enough income to pay for itself as well as the server costs. However, attendance has dropped in recent years and the server has not been able to meet its costs for quite some time now. The AGF Board hopes that by opening the lessons to everyone, more people will attend, join the community, and support KGS.

We recognize that the software is now almost 20 years old, and we have a very long list of things we want to improve.  Our current all-volunteer model for making those changes and maintaining the server has not kept up.  Those with the necessary skills are far too busy.  As a first step the AGF will be hiring a software engineer to write a web based registration module. This will allow people to register from any device, including phones and tablets, and from any computer whether it is running Java or not. The current requirement for Java has kept the server blocked entirely from many environments (such as public schools in the US and many international locations).

While the AGF is willing to run KGS at a loss as a service to the go community, we would rather a smaller loss or to break even with any added money invested back into KGS. We hope that by switching to a donation model, we will generate the revenue for upgrades, fund more events, and provide a stable platform for play.  Since the AGF is a 501c3 charity, donations to support KGS will be tax deductible.

Although KGS has seen declining attendance in recent years, there are still between 350 and 800 players on at any given moment. We feel that KGS builds community in a way that other servers don’t.  The chat and room functionality allow people to meet new friends, create virtual go clubs, and learn together with what are still some of the best game editing tools available. Our hope is that the community shares our regard for KGS and will contribute to help keep it afloat. If you would like to donate to the server, through Paypal or with your credit card, click here.

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Dial G for Go… and grisly murder: Knives Out opening weekend

Monday December 2, 2019

Cinemark rewards promo featuring a Knives Out travel Go set

The opening of the new movie Knives Out, starring Daniel Craig and heavily featuring Go, was accompanied by a burst of Go promotion, including Knives Out-themed tournaments around the country and a new travel Go set available through Cinemark. Tournaments held included events in Los Angeles, Austin, and a murder-mystery tournament at the Barfly Denver. Jim Conyngham and Bart Jacob volunteered to assist at the Austin event “and the local staff was quite appreciative,” Jacob reports. “All participants received a Knives Out magnetic Go set and movie / popcorn gift certificates were also handed out. Overall it was fun… Handed out some flyers and introduced a few people to the game.”  
Stay tuned for a review of the Go elements in the movie and more Knives Out related Go news.

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Undefeated players get ready for second day of competition in the California State Championship

Monday December 2, 2019

Evan Lin (left) versus Steven Hu in a crucial 3rd-round game won by Lin

After the first day of the 2019 California State Go Championship, Yifan Wu 6d and Evan Lin 7d lead the pack of 14 players in the open division with 3-0 records.  Close behind with 2-1 records are Sato Kosuke 5d, Bo Luan 6d, Yixian Zhou 6d, Ming Lin 6d and Xiaocheng (Steven) Hu 6d. With three 7 dans and six 6 dans, the Open division is the strongest ever in San Diego. The five round tournament will conclude with two games on Sunday when the titles of 2019 California State Champion, along with the Under-16 Boy and Girl State Champion, is awarded.

Thirty-five players are contesting the various sections of the handicapped division. Undefeated at 3-0 after the first day are Tyler Moor, James Acres, Pasco Kwok, and George Spellman. This year is the second year that the San Diego Go Club has hosted this Thanksgiving weekend event.

-report and photo by Ted Terpstra

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Yutopian to close, offering discounts and seeking potential successor

Wednesday November 27, 2019

Yutopian Enterprises is planning to close their doors and are offering all customers an extra 30% discount with the purchase of three or more books until January 2020. Owners and operators Sidney and Katherine Yuan have been fixtures in the vendor room at the US Go Congress for many years, and have consistently supported the American Go community. “Yutopian has donated to the AGF since 2000, and even more importantly they have donated go boards, stones, and bowls which have been auctioned off for many thousands of dollars to support the AGF and US Go,” says AGF President Terry Benson. “We wish them well and thank them for helping grow the game. We will miss them.”

The Yuans are looking for someone willing to continue the business and take over their inventory. Ability to create a new website and about 100-200 square feet of storage space would be required. If you are interested, please call 1-800-988-6463 or send an email to info@yutopian.com.

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Stephanie Yin 1P appointed AGA VP for Development

Tuesday November 26, 2019

Stephanie Yin 1P has been appointed to the new position of Vice President for Development at the American Go Association. Yin, a professional go player and teacher, will focus on fundraising, seeking sponsorships and potential collaborations with other national and local Go organizations, and more broadly on promoting and popularizing Go in the US. She’ll also be seeking to develop exchange programs for Go students and Go studies abroad. “We’re thrilled to have Stephanie aboard and look forward to some exciting developments in the months ahead,” said AGA president Andy Okun. For details on any of these efforts, contact Yin at stephanie.yin@usgo.org.

-photo provided by Stephanie Yin

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Players at South Bay Go Tournament take full advantage of beautiful autumn setting

Friday November 22, 2019

The Mountainview Go Club held its 4th tournament in the South Bay at the Palo Alto downtown library on Saturday November 9th. “Congratulations go to Hajin Lee 4P who won the overall tournament,” says Michael Kokosenski. “We would also like to recognize three other players who won all of their matches, Tyler Moore 4k, Dave Whipp 6k, and David Elliston 9k.”

Players from all over the Bay Area attended and played 3 rounds of AGA rated games in the calm setting of the library, and afterwards enjoyed game reviews out underneath the brilliant fall foliage.

-report and photos by Michael Kokosenski
This post has been updated; Hajin Lee is 4P

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