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Garlock’s Go Congress quiz challenge

Friday June 21, 2019

by Chris Garlock, Managing Editor, The American Go E-Journal

It’s easy enough to find out that there are 389 people registered for this year’s U.S. Go Congress (just click here for the latest list), but how many different states are represented among the attendees? How many countries? How many kyu players and how many dan players? How many players named Chris? (ok, I just put that one in for fun) Send in your best guesses and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a prize TBD.

With just three weeks to go — the Congress runs July 13-20 in Madison, WI –, there’s still plenty of time to register for the biggest and best go event of the year; 8 days of non-stop go in gorgeous Madison, Wisconsin (go Badgers!). Also, for my fellow tennis-playing go players be sure to pack your racquets, as Director Dave Weimer has assured me that courts are available nearby so we’ll definitely be heading there for some off-board action! And as soon as I hear from soccer-meister Terry Benson, I’ll update you on those plans.

Also, we’re looking for a few good game recorders for join the EJ’s Congress team; if you’re interested, drop us a note at journal@usgo.org.

If anyone else has cool pre-Congress news to report, send it my way at the same email address; see you soon in Madison!

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Candidates selected for 2019 AGA Board elections

Friday June 21, 2019

Chris Kirschner is running unopposed in the Western region while new comers Devin Fraze and Ashish Varma  will be challenging incumbent Martin Lebl in the Central region and Dan Ritter is challenging incumbent Steve Colburn in the east. Chapters should check their membership status and member list to receive their correct number of ballots. Preliminary counts will be arriving soon. Election procedures, schedule, and candidate statements(if submitted) are available  here. Questions must be directed to elections@usgo.org.

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2019 Orlando Go Tournament report

Wednesday June 12, 2019

The Orlando Go Tournament was held June 1st and 2nd. Fifteen players and five matches over the two days included lots of re-connecting with old friends, laughter and serious playing. The first day went by too fast, and left everyone wanting more. Second day started off with dad jokes and puns, helping the players relax before their last two matches. In the end, the results were separated into two groups; the first was 6 kyu to 7 dan and the second group was 20kyu to 7kyu.

The results were as follows:

First group winner was Efrain Davila, followed by Brian Olive, Rab Beverly, Alex Blair, Chris Sagner, Xinpeng Du and Yoshio Tanaka.

Second group winner was Heather Crawford, followed by Phillip Brix, Benjamin Potter, Bart Lipofsky, Paul Wiegand, Eric Crawford, Berto Roe, and Emily Scherer.

Overall, everyone had a good time, and we are looking forward to more events later this year!

  • report/photos by Chris Sagner
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Jeff Kuang tops NC Spring tourney

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Two dozen go players enjoyed stimulating competition in the North Carolina Annual Spring tournament on Sunday, May 19th. After four rounds of well-matched games the following winners were noted: in the top band, Jeff Kuang won all of his games and claimed the top prize; second place was a tie between Ji Wen and Haixin Yang, each with a 3-1 record and identical SOS scores. Band 2 was won by Tao Ma with a 3-1 record; Charles Alden placed second with a 2-2 performance and the highest SOS score, edging out the other 2-2 winners in that section, Jim Conyngham and Justin Blank. Russell Herman was the clear winner in Band 3 with the only other perfect 4-0 record of the day, and Will Daland claimed 2nd place as his SOS score placed him slightly higher than the other 2-2 performers, Ganning Xu, Dale Blann and Bhaskar Bharath. John Schollenberger won 3 of 4 games to lead the pack in Band 4, with Sky Wang placing second. The tournament was attended by many supportive parents, and we greatly appreciate their support. Jeff Kuang was the Tournament Director. Lunch was provided onsite by the Triangle Go Group. The beautiful playing area was provided courtesy of Triangle Go Group member Dale Blann. Thank you, Jeff and Dale!
-reported by Jeff Kuang, Tournament Director

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Eric Lui evens score to 3-3 in Transatlantic Team Championship

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Eric Lui 1P defeated Pavol Lisy 2P by 1.5 points in the 6th round of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship played June 9 on OGS.

Lisy (Black) took an early advantage by capturing white’s group on the lower side. When white attempted to reduce black’s moyo on the top, black chose an aggressive strategy, leading to a critical ko in the center. The game seemed clearly in black’s favor when black’s group lived in the upper-left corner. But, pressed by byo-yomi, Lisy didn’t realize his group was already alive, and missed a chance to solidify his advantage. The game became close as white captured a small black group in the center, but black was still leading by a narrow margin. Black’s final mistake was move 217, which allowed white to start an advantageous ko. White gained a few points from this ko fight, and managed to finish the game 1.5 points ahead.

The next round will take place on June 30, starting at 14:00 US Eastern time. Artem Kachanovskyi 2P will challenge Eric Lui. The game will be played on OGS and live-streamed on Twitch.

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AGA candidates coming forward in all regions

Friday June 7, 2019

Current candidates are Chris Kirschner in the western, Steve Colburn in the eastern, and Devin Fraze in the central region. If you know of someone who you believe would offer guidance and service to the AGA consider making a nomination. Nominations, including self-nominations may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides and must be received by June 15, 2019. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

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Eric Lui scores second win in Transatlantic Team Championship

Sunday June 2, 2019

In round five of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship, played on June 2, Eric Lui 1P defeated EGF pro Ali Jabarin 2P. The game was followed live by over 300 players on OGS and 4,000 viewers on Twitch.
The game intensified as Ali (white) invaded black’s large moyo on the right side. A white group on the right appeared dead for some time, leading viewers to believe the game would be over soon. Yet, to everyone’s surprise, including main commentator Inseong Hwang, Ali magically found a way to save the group. However, in the process, white had to leave the center undefended, and black’s center territory became too large for white to match. At the final count, black won by 24.5 points.

The next round will take place on June 9, starting at 14:00 US Eastern time. Eric Lui will face Pavol Lisy 2P. The game will be played on OGS and live-streamed on Twitch.
– Hajin Lee

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2019 U.S. Go Congress re-cap

Wednesday May 29, 2019

The 35th annual U.S. Go Congress will be held July 13–20 in Madison, Wisconsin. The playing site, Memorial Union on the UW–2019.03.23 UW-Madison campus, is on the shore of Lake Mendota within walking distance of many restaurants and attractions. Click here for detailed information about the Congress.

Here’s a quick re-cap of our pre-Congress coverage so far:

Registration opens for 2019 U.S. Go Congress
Lake Mendota now ice free; time to register for U.S. Go Congress
Congress to host Teachers’ Workshop
2019 US Go Congress College Scholarship Application Now Open
Nick Sibicky named AGF Teacher of the Year
Professional slate for U.S. Go Congress shaping up


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Help Wanted: KGS Go Server

Wednesday May 29, 2019

-by Paul Barchilon, AGF Vice President, KGS Liaison

As many of our readers are aware, the American Go Foundation (AGF) agreed to take on ownership of the KGS Go Server in 2017.  Our goal was to stabilize and grow the server, and also provide a financial buffer for the service after its creator, Bill Shubert, no longer wanted to run it.  We think KGS is the best place for reviewing games online, with unparalleled game review tools, and terrific chat features that allow people to build real community.  Although there are many other go servers out there, including Asian ones with beautiful graphic design and strong players, we think KGS is still a unique and valuable server.  A common complaint has been that many high level dan players have moved to other servers. The AGF’s mission focuses on education and learning, and we think KGS is the perfect place for beginners and more advanced kyu players to learn and grow.  Dan players are important too, but we think the server can grow more of them, and that more strong players will come back to the server if we can revitalize it.

We had hoped that by providing financial security for the server, it would be able to survive and grow on its own.  However, as time has passed, it has become clear that we need more support from the community to make that a reality.  Our team of programmers (all volunteers) have busy day jobs, and although they do their best, there is too much work to be done. Our admin team has also become smaller, and is greatly in need of an infusion of volunteers.  

The go community should have lots of programmers out there who can help.  We should also have lots of people who are willing to be admins. If you are interested in volunteering to help make KGS the best possible server it can be, please email me at kgs@agfgo.org.  

On the programming level, we need people who can code in Java and Javascript.  The code for ShinKGS is actually open source. Skilled coders could help us bring more features to the web compatible version of KGS and – most urgently  – to create a registration module that can run from any web-browser and doesn’t require Java. If you are willing to help us with our task list, email kgs@agfgo.org.

On the Admin side, we need team players who have a helpful, forthcoming attitude, can stay calm under pressure, and are able to properly judge if, when, and how to intervene in public chats, deal with complaints and enforce KGS policies on escaping. A community only thrives with the support of those in it. The more people maintaining the spirit of KGS, the easier for all.

Admins need enough spare time to be on several times a week and should be able to keep an idle window open on the server. They should be quick to step in when needed.  We also need admins in many languages and time zones, and would like to have at least one admin on at any given time.

While the AGF owns KGS and, with the help of many donors, provides the basic financial support, KGS really belongs to all of us. If the server is to move forward, we need help from the community. 

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AGA video updates

Wednesday May 29, 2019

Round 2 of the Transatlantic Professional Go TeamChampionship — Calvin Sun 1p vs. Mateusz Surma 2p — has been posted on the AGA’s YouTube page. Game 3 is scheduled to be posted on May 29 and Game 4 on June 1. Game 1 is posted here. Plus, Michael Redmond and Chris Garlock’s AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo commentaries will resume this Friday;  check out the 30-game playlist here.

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