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$12,000 prize pool for U.S. Open Masters

Tuesday May 29, 2018

The premier event at the 2018 US Go Congress is awarding $12,000 in prizes this year, organizers report. The US Open Masters is open to all 7-dan and professional players internationally. The overall winner will receive $5,000, with $2,500 going to second place. The top-placing North American competitor wins $2,000. This exciting 9-round event will be played in historic Williamsburg VA at the 2018 Congress July 21-28.

The discount for early-bird registration ends this week on 5/31. Register now to save and be sure to download the free Congress mobile app for the latest Congress news.

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2018 Cotsen dates announced

Tuesday May 29, 2018

Free massages. Free lunch. Pro analysis. Oh yeah, and one of the best fields in the AGA tournament calendar. Mark your2018.05.29_cotsen2016-IMG_2039 calendar now for this year’s Cotsen Open, which has just confirmed for October 13-14 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Watch this space for registration, which is expected to open soon.

Meanwhile, organizers are looking for volunteers for set up, take down and during the event. Contact Ryan Murray ryan@thelec.com if interested.

Also, the E-Journal will be covering the tournament again this year, and is looking for a few good game recorders for the team. Email journal@usgo.org if interested.

photo: Eric Cotsen (r) and friends at the 2016 Cotsen Open; photo by Chris Garlock

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Eric Lui wins Maryland Open

Sunday May 27, 2018

Eric Lui 1P (right) won the 45th Maryland Open, winning all five rounds on May 26-27 to claim his fifth title at the long-running2018.05.27_MD-Open-Eric-Lui tournament. Fifty-one players participated, Gurujeet Khalsa directed and Todd Heidenreich was Assistant TD. 

Complete results:
Open Section
1st: Eric Lui 1p (5-0)

2nd: Justin Teng 6 dan

A Section
1st – Frederick Bao 4 dan

2nd – Benjamin Armitage 3 dan

B Section
1st – Lee Huynh 2 dan


C Section
1st -  James Funk 1 kyu – Kyu Champion

2nd – Seth Liang  3 kyu
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D Section
1st – Steve Colburn  5 kyu

2nd – James Picket 6 kyu
3rd – Joon Lee 5 kyu

E Section
1st – Julian Turim 15 kyu

2nd – John Christensen  13 kyu

F Section
1st – Alexander Yang 19 kyu (5-0)

2nd – Michael Yang 25 kyu (5-0)

Gregory Lefler Award – Feng Yun Go School
Go Ambassador Award – Yuan Zhou and the XYZ Go Club
photo at left: The last game, waiting for a break in the rain that never came to load the cars 

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Nick Sibicky records 300th YouTube go lecture

Sunday May 27, 2018

Nick Sibicky celebrated his 300th recorded go lecture by playing Andrew Jackson in front of 25 go fans at the Seattle Go Sibicky 300 with crowdCenter on May 21.  Pizza for the jovial crowd was provided by the AGA Chapter Rewards program.  Mr. Sibicky’s first 299 lectures have already been posted at his YouTube pageSibicky 300 with Andrew Go fans who want to attend a free live lecture this summer should come to the Seattle Go center on a Monday evening in June, at 6:30 p.m.  Sibicky will not be lecturing in July or August at the center, but he will be going to the U.S. Go Congress.  “The go community is the most fantastic group of people in the world and I am so happy to be a part of it!” he said. “Thanks to all, see you in Williamsburg!”
- report and photos by Brian Allen

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San Diego Go Club welcomes Dalhoon Paul Ahn 9P

Sunday May 27, 2018

Over 30 people came out on May 20 for the San Diego Go Club May Soiree to welcome 9-dan Korean professional go player 2018.05.27_Ahn-WongDalhoon Paul Ahn.  Mr. Ahn played a simultaneous exhibition against eight players others and then played and analyzed games throughout the afternoon, while others played self-paired games. More than 20 people stayed after 5 p.m. to enjoy free pizza (provided by the AGA Chapter Rewards Program) and socialize.
 
The club was honored also to have the European Women’s Champion, Vanessa Wong 7-dan, as a guest. She played in the simul and, playing an even game, beat Paul Ahn.
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“The San Diego Chess Club has graciously offered to allow the go club to use its building for special events,” reports club president Ted Terpstra. “The San Diego Go Club intends to hold the first annual California Go Championship there this fall. The facility seats 150 for competition and has a separate skittles room for post-game analysis.” Details will be forthcoming.
photos: top right: Paul Ahn 9P versus Vanessa Wong 7D, with Seth Cardew, Les Lanphear, and David Saponara (president, San Diego Chess Club); photo by Henry You
bottom left: Henry You 5D Vice-president SDGC, Paul Ahn 9P, Vanessa Wong 7D; photo by Ted Terpstra
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Updating AGA chapter information

Friday May 25, 2018

The AGA would like to encourage all chapters to keep their information up to date. The organization lists all of the current 2018.05.17 aga chapter mapchapters and other clubs on our go clubs map. All of this is pulled directly from our membership database. Follow our easy guide to update your information here. Your information will be directly updated on the go clubs map and will help your club to attract members. Not a chapter or want to be listed on the AGA go clubs map? Sign up to be a chapter today!
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Go Congress “Early Bird” discount ends May 31

Wednesday May 23, 2018

If you haven’t yet registered for the US Go Congress in Williamsburg VA this year, you have until May 31 to take advantage of2018.04.02_go-congress-sign-in the Early Bird registration discount. On June 1 the cost goes up by $50 per person. To get the discount it is necessary to register  and make a minimum payment of $70.

The U.S. Go Congress runs from July 21-28 and features a full week of go-related activities. Register now and reserve your spot in the premier annual event of American go.

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South Sound Go Club holds first tournament

Wednesday May 23, 2018

South Sound Go Club held its first AGA-rated tournament on Sunday, May 20, at Terracrux Games. Ten players 2018.05.23_South Sound Go Clubparticipated, including two new to the AGA. Mike Malveaux directed.

TerraCrux Games  is an independent games store located at 760 Commerce Street in Tacoma, WA,” Malveaux reports. “They do a brisk trade in games like Magic The Gathering, Warhammer, X-Wing, and many other games; and the owner, Doug, lets SSGC use the playing area as a weekly meeting spot.”

There were three rounds, and nobody won all three. Three players won 2 out of 3 games, creating a three-way tie for first place. “Since there were no prizes or trophies, we didn’t need to declare a singular winner.”

Winning two games: Steve Zhang (5k), Joel Simpson (8k), Katherine Harmon (20k).

2018.05.23_Andrew Zhang and Steve StringfellowFurthest travelers: Andrew Zhang (1k) and Steve Zhang (5k) drove over 200 miles from Corvallis, OR.

Newest AGA members: Kathleen Dorsett (20k) and John Evans (12k).

The most common player name was Steve (30%); the second most common player name was Kate (20%).

Closest game: In the 2nd round, Steve Stringfellow 5d played Andrew Zhang 1k at 5 stones handicap. Both players were deep into byo-yomi before the dame were filled. When the counting was done, Steve had squeaked out a 1.5 point victory.

South Sound Go Club is hoping to make this a quarterly event, and planning is underway for a tournament in August.

photo (top right): Left: Steve Jones from Olympia, WA, vs. Joel Simpson from Everett, WA; Left background:  Steve Zhang vs. Andrew Zhang (both from Corvallis, OR); Center foreground: Katherine Harmon vs. Kathleen Dorsett (both from Tacoma, WA); Right background: John Evans (formerly Tacoma, now from Portland, OR) vs. Tom Cruver (Tacoma; president of SSGC).
photo (bottom left): Andrew Zhang and Steve Stringfellow
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AGA Chapter Email List reminder

Friday May 18, 2018

The AGA would like to remind chapters about its Chapter Email List. This is an open list for all chapter leaders and any members2018.05.17 chapterlist who would like to discuss topics relating to AGA Chapters. Sign up anytime using the link or from the left menu. You can see recent topics such as: 50 state championships, AGA Bylaws updates, and the previous election.
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U.S. Congress app has international appeal

Thursday May 17, 2018

很荣幸能在这里欢迎各位来到第 34 届围棋大会。第34回USコングレスへようこそ。This is the opening line in US Go Congress Co-Director Diego Pierrottet’s welcome message, which, for those who don’t read Chinese or Japanese, is “It’s my pleasure to 2018.05.17_congress-app-multi-languagewelcome you to the 34th Annual US Go Congress.” The wealth of information available each year in the Congress attendee booklet has been a challenge for those who do not read English, but with the new Congress mobile app — available on both iOS and Android devices — not only will more information be available, it’s now being provided in multiple languages.

“As more textual material is added, the intent is to translate that as well,” adds app developer Gurujeet Khalsa. “This is our first effort at internationalization using volunteer translators. We think this will make it a more inviting experience for our overseas visitors, and would welcome volunteers who can translate into other Asian and European languages. We would like to thank translators Chiemi Mori, Shigeru Takehara, Daniel Chou, and Yanqing Sun for getting this effort started.”

The Congress app can be downloaded here. Congress registration  is ongoing and still available at the Early Bird Discount price. The 2018 Congress will be held in historic Williamsburg, VA from July 21-28.

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