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AGA seeking volunteers

Wednesday February 28, 2018

If you appreciate all the great go content brought to you by the American Go Association and want to help grow the go community even more, we’re looking for a few good volunteers for some key positions:

Social Media Coordinator – Experience with Facebook groups, Google Groups, Twitter. Person will manage our social media pages and work with people who have questions; help grow our platforms, gain users, and turn those into AGA members, and will provide assistance for the Streaming team when necessary.

Webmaster – Assist with updating webpages, answer emails sent to webmaster@usgo.org and respond or forward to the appropriate person, and assist with publishing events to the website calendar.

Server Admin – Assist with Server admin duties. Experience with Linux necessary. Helpful to know Apache, Drupal, WordPress, bash scripting.

To find out more and/or volunteer, email steve.colburn@usgo.org.

 

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Go Quiz: Running go players

Saturday February 24, 2018

E-Journal photographer Phil Straus recently found this photo in his archives. If you can name the go players and the year and location of 2018.02.24_running-go-playersthe U.S. Congress, click here.

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Registration Open for Youth Go League

Thursday February 22, 2018

aghs logo“The American Go Honor Society (AGHS) is holding its first online go league, and invites all U.S. youth players under the age of 18 to participate,” says Promotion Head Gabby Su.  “Participants will play ​3-4 games​ each month​ in a round robin ​system​. ​The league is divided into several divisions and works similarly to a ladder. At the end of ​a round​, players will get the chance to move up or down the ladder​ depending on how many points they earned​. The Youth Go League is a great opportunity to meet and play against other youth players from all over the United States. It is also a great way to practice playing more serious online games.​”

​For more details, click here. To register, click here.

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Hajin Lee wins 2018 Jujo Ing Cup

Wednesday February 21, 2018

Hajin Lee 4P (right) took top honors in the 26th Jiang Zhu Jiu Ing Cup, held February 18 in San Francisco, CA. A total of 76 players 2018.02.21_Hajin Leecompeted for $3,000 in prizes at the Cup, which is sponsored annually by Ing’s Goe Foundation of California. This year’s event was held at the Google Community Space in San Francisco. The event was an exhibition of Mindfulness, hosted by Mindful Schools and included lectures on 2018.02.21_JiangZhuJiuusing go as a tool for Social Emotional Learning in K-8 classrooms. Robert Thomas (Executive Director of Mindful Schools) spoke on the importance of mindfulness for young students and the use of games such as go to foster well being. He was presented with a go set by Jiang Zhu Jiu at the award ceremony.

Players competed for four rounds in five sections with Hajin Lee winning the top “pro” section. Prizes in each section were given to 4th place. Section winners were Shia Zu (High Dan); Brian Yang (Expert); Ryan Lear (Intermediate); Xuan Wu (Novice). Click here for results.

Players in attendance came from China, the Netherlands, Alabama and southern California in addition to local San Francisco Bay Area contestants.

The day prior was the birthday of Jiang Zhu Jiu (above left) and the contestants gave a heart-pounding rendition of Happy Birthday at the award ceremony.

- report/photos by Ernest Brown

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In Memoriam: Roger P. Hjulstrom

Tuesday February 20, 2018

Roger P. Hjulstrom passed away on February 13 after a brief illness. He was 62. A self-taught go player and early AGA member,2018.02.19_Roger P. Hjulstrom Hjulstrom (right) enjoyed sharing his love of the game, and taught hundreds of people how to play over the course of decades. He kept the score sheets of tournaments that he organized on a shelf next to the dining table, along with many go books. He also kept a stash of extra chairs to provide additional seating for go gatherings at his house.

In the early days of computer go, Hjulstrom wrote his own go-playing program, and his interest in go was only heightened by the AlphaGo phenomenon. He continued to play in person weekly, and online against computers, improving his playing strength.

He once told a story about how he had invited several Chinese go players from nearby Virginia Tech, for one of the many go get-togethers in his home in Blacksburg, Virginia. The players were from different parts of China, and at one point began discussing the correct way to make dumplings. Soon, Roger’s kitchen was filled with flying flour and excited people sharing their own methods for the ancient arts, translated to a distinctly human, and warm meeting of minds and hearts.

The family will have a service in Massachusetts near his childhood home.

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Yuan Zhou sweeps DC Chinese Lunar New Year tourney

Monday February 19, 2018

Forty five players participated in the 11th annual Chinese Lunar New Year tournament on February 10th. The event was held2018.02.19_Ching-Sung Chin(l)-yuan-zhou-khalsa-clny for the first time at the National Go Center in Washington DC with 2018.02.19_dc-screenshot_stream_room_camoverall first place going to Yuan Zhou 7D with a 4-0 record. Josh Lee 6D was second at 3-1.

Nathan Epstein has been building up the broadcasting capabilities at the National Go Center and was joined in the broadcast room by local AGA Pro, Eric Lui 1P, for live streaming of all rounds on Twitch. They were joined with remote live commentary by Sichen Zhong, Michael Fodera, Stephen Hu, and Robert Tirak.

Other winners this year were:
3D-4D division – Frederick Bao 4D (1st), Bryan Kim 4D and Yangqing Sun 3D (2nd)
1D-2D division – Quinn Baranoski 2D (1st), Ryan Hunter 2D and Chang Choi 1D (2nd)
1K-5K division – Patrick Sun 5K (1st), Kathy Qiu 3K and Mike Lash 4K (2nd)
6K-8K division – Sarah Crites 6K (1s2018.02.19_Ching-Sung Chin(l) Hank Chao (r) IMG_5133t), Bob Crites 6K and Joon Lee 6K (2nd)
9K-12K division – Alvin Pee 12K (1st), Raymond Luo 10K (2nd)
13K-19K division – Qidi Xu 15K (1st), Julian Turim 15K (2nd)
20K+ division – Antonina Perez-Lopez 20K (1st), Ethan Tung 22K and Justin Wang 30K (2nd)

“A special thanks to our sponsors for this tournament who have donated great trophies and prizes each year,” said Gurujeet Khalsa. Dr. Yeni Wong, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), Culture Center of TECRO, and Financial Accounting Tax Specialists, Inc. as well as the organizers: Great Falls Go Club, (Dr. Ching-Sung Chin) and Hai Hua Community Center (Mr. Hank Chao).

photos: bottom left: Ching-Sung Chin (left), Khalsa and Hank Chao (right); top left: Twitch stream room; top right: Ching-Sung Chin, Yuan Zhou and Khalsa. 

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Zhang and Su Victorious in the 5th North American Kyu Championships

Monday February 19, 2018

Crystal TrophyThe 5th North American Kyu Championships was held on February 3rd on KGS, and allowed kyu players from the US, Canada, and Mexico to test their mettle. 13-year old Andrew Zhang 1k and 9-year old Jiayang Su 2k topped the field of 56 young players to win their respective Senior(13-17) and Junior (12 and under) divisions. This victory also granted them an invitation to play in the 25th Redmond Cup (traditionally restricted to only dan-level players), which will be opening for registration very soon. Complete tournament results can be found here.

All division winners in each of 5 brackets will receive crystal trophies with their names engraved into them. In addition, courtesy of the American Go Foundation, all players who completed the tournament received either a $400 scholarship to the 2018 AGA Go Camp (details TBD) or a $200 scholarship to the 2018 US Go Congress in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Silver Anniversary of the Redmond Cup – Registration Now Open

Sunday February 18, 2018

20771547_1491980427527052_1440893765_o-600x3372018 marks the 25th anniversary of the Redmond Cup, which began in 1994. Named after Michael Redmond, the only player of non-Asian descent to ever achieve the rank of professional 9 dan, the Redmond Cup has represented the highest-level of competition for youth players in North America. Four of the five current AGA pros are former Redmond Cup champions, and many former champions have represented the US or Canada in international competition.

Preliminaries will be played on KGS, with the top two players in each the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) division receiving invitations to the finals, which will be held in July at the 2018 US Go Congress in Williamsburg, Virginia. Courtesy of the American Go Association and the American Go Foundation, finalists will also have all basic expenses covered to attend the 2018 US Go Congress, and any participant who completes all rounds of the preliminary tournament will be eligible for a $400 scholarship to the AGA Go Camp (details TBD) or a $200 scholarship to the 2018 US Go Congress.

Players must have an accredited rank of 1 dan or higher, be residents of the US, Canada, or Mexico, and have an active membership with any of aforementioned countries’ Go association to register for the Redmond Cup. Please consult the Rules and Regulations for more information about the tournament. Registration is now open and will close on March 7th. - Story and photo by AGA Youth Coordinator Justin Teng. Photo: 2017 finalists Aaron Ye (l) and Muzhen Ai (r). 

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New York Go Expo set for this weekend in NYC

Monday February 12, 2018

The 2018 New York Go Expo will take place this weekend, February 17-18 in Manhattan at the China Institute (40 Rector St,2018.02.12_ny-go-expo_orig 2FL, New York).

The Go Expo is aimed both at go players and the general public. Aside from the invited team tournament, the Expo will emphasize creativity and collaboration, “especially when go is tied seamlessly with education,” says organizer Stephanie Yin. “Our goal is to pair all interested attendees in a simultaneous game with a strong go player.”

The Expo is free to the general public. A repertoire of events revolving around go will be held, from beginner to advanced, and players of all ages are encouraged to attend. “We’d like to see our participants learn, share, and advance in and outside of go,” says Yin.

Besides the pro activities and other go-related activities, the first Dreamworks School Invitational will take place at the Expo. Mrs. Liao is sponsoring this tournament and wishes to provide an opportunity for the younger generation for youth players in New York to meet current students in esteemed universities such as in the Ivy League Schools. She wishes that participants can learn, share experience, and improve, in and outside of Go. She also encourages go to be introduced into children’s studies.

Teams have been invited from universities including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Chicago, the University of Toronto, as well as the American Collegiate Go Association, and the New York Institute of Go, which will also field a NYIG Wildcard team.

Click here for details.

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AGA becomes certifying organization for Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

Monday February 12, 2018

The AGA has successfully applied to become a certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards, according to2018,02,12_Presidential Volunteer Service Awards AGA President Andy Okun.  “It is a chance for our volunteers to receive recognition from the wider community for the hours they put in,” said Okun.  The award is given based on unpaid hours logged as a volunteer, with bronze medals for 100 or more hours in a calendar year, silver over 250 hours, and gold over 500 hours.  For teens and children the hours are less.  A volunteer who has logged more than 4,000 hours in total qualifies for a lifetime award.  The awards program has existed under several names since the 1980s, and includes a certificate, a signed letter from US president Donald Trump, and the choice of a pin, coin, or medallion.  The first recipient of an award, a bronze medal, will be Wenguang Wang, of Santa Clara, California, who teaches weekly go classes for school children, runs several tournaments, and organized and ran last year’s Go Camp.  Wang was 2017′s AGF Teacher of the Year as well.  AGA volunteers interested in being considered for the award should contact Volunteer Coordinator Bob Gilman at bobgilman.aga@gmail.com or Okun at president@usgo.org.

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