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e-Go Congress Registration Tops 450; Bob High Memorial Song and Poetry Contest open

Tuesday July 21, 2020

Registration for the e-Go Congress continues to climb, passing 450 registrants on Monday, July 20.  “We just hope everyone can actually attend – it’s so wonderful to be able to bring a solid week of go events to people during this pandemic!” says Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott. Registrants hail from 46 countries, and every age group from toddler to senior.

Registration includes 120 double-digit kyu players – far more than usually make it to the US Go Congress. With such high registration, caps will be put on some tournaments, with new registrants joining a waitlist. The first two tournaments to be capped will be the Double-Digit Kyu Tournament and the Relay Go Tournament. “Relay go is proving more popular than we’d expected!” says Tournament Director Audrey Wang. “To make sure that everyone can participate fully, we will cap the tournament at 100 registrants.” Registration for that tournament is currently at 82 people. The Double-Digit Kyu Tournament will be capped at 120 people, with current registration at 91.

In addition to tournaments, the e-Go Congress will feature some opportunities to “hang out” with Go friends, as well as the Bob High Memorial Song and Poetry Contest.  For more information about the contest, check out the rules and entry form here.  For the first time, e-Go Congress attendees and viewers will be able to vote for the winner from among the finalists!  More information about that to come.

For a complete schedule of events, check out the website here!

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e-Go Congress registration soars; AGA meetings announced

Thursday July 16, 2020

Just days after registration opened for the 2020 e-Go Congress, more than 300 have already signed up. In addition to Americans and Canadians, players from 31 other countries have registered. “I’m floored by how this event really seems to have struck a chord with people around the world,” said Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott. “It’s wonderful to see how well this event has come together”


And for those interested in finding out more about the American Go Association and other ways to participate in the go community, a full schedule of informational, business, and training meetings have been scheduled for the following week (see schedule).

If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the e-Go Congress, want to help put on TD or Teacher Workshops – or have other ideas for online events you’d like to help the AGA put on – contact the Congress Coordinator at lisa.scott@usgo.org. “The AGA would love to run more online events over the coming months, all we need is you to volunteer!” said Scott.

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Registration is Open for the 2020 e-Go Congress

Monday July 13, 2020

You can now register here for the 2020 e-Go Congress, taking place online August 1-9, 2020.

Although work continues on the 2020 e-Go Congress website, you can find updated information about the e-Go Congress schedule here. “We are so excited about how well this is coming together!” says AGA Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott. “There has been so much interest from volunteers and players, as well as professionals interested in teaching – we can’t wait to bring this ‘mini-congress’ to Go players!”

Look for more updates – including more events with professionals – in the coming days.

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“Why We Play” videos wanted

Wednesday July 8, 2020

The E-Journal team will be covering the upcoming e-Congress in the E-Journal and on our Twitch channel; watch for a program schedule soon. In addition to covering some of the e-Congress events, we want to hear from you, our readers and viewers. Why do you play go? What’s your most memorable go experience? Share your story with us – just record a brief video on your phone or webcam – and we’ll share it with the world during the e-Congress! Videos must include your name, where you’re from, how long you’ve been playing go, and should be no longer than 3 minutes; send them to journal@usgo.org

2020 e-Go Congress schedule released (7/4)

2020 e-Go Congress announced (6/30)

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2020 e-Go Congress schedule released

Saturday July 4, 2020

Following hard on the heels of the announcement earlier this week (2020 e-Go Congress announced) of the online 2020 e-Go Congress August 1-9, organizers have now released a preliminary schedule of events. “While a few events may still be added, you can plan on attending any of the events below,” says AGA Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott. Keep an eye on the Congress website for the schedule and updates as details are finalized. Events will be held on OGS, KGS, and Pandanet.

Saturday, August 1
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Opening Ceremony
4pm-7pm EDT/1pm-4pm PDT e-Go Congress Open Round 1
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT 9×9 Tournament

Sunday, August 2
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT e-Go Congress Open Round 2
4pm-6pm EDT/1pm-3pm PDT Game Review
7pm-10pm EDT/4pm-7pm PDT e-Go Congress Open Round 3
10pm-11pm EDT/7pm-8pm PDT Hangouts

Monday, August 3
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Blitz Tournament Round 1
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT City League Championships Game 1
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Beginner Drop in Teaching

Tuesday, August 4
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Blitz Tournament Round 2
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Beginner Official Teaching Event
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Double-Digit Kyu Tournament Day 1

Wednesday, August 5
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Youth Event
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT City League Championships Game 2
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Double-Digit Kyu Tournament Day 2

Thursday, August 6
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Blitz Tournament Round 3
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Pair Go Tournament

Friday, August 7
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Blitz Tournament Round 4
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT City League Championships Game 3

Saturday, August 8
1pm-3pm EDT/10am-12pm PDT e-Go Congress Open Round 4
6pm-9pm EDT/3pm-6pm PDT Game Review
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT TBD Broadcast Event

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2020 e-Go Congress announced

Tuesday June 30, 2020

If you’re disappointed that this year’s US Go Congress has been canceled, mark  your calendar for the 2020 e-Go Congress. Scheduled for August 1-9, the e-Go Congress will be held online and includes a weekend “Open” tournament, a weekday daytime “blitz” tournament, evening 9×9, Pair Go, Double-Digit Kyu tournaments, professional events, a daytime youth event and the City League Tournament Championships. 

This “taste of” Congress event “will hopefully give you a chance play a little go and reconnect with old friends —or make new ones—while you eagerly await the more immersive experience of the 2021 US Go Congress, which will have even more tournaments, events, lessons, and youth activities!“ says AGA Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott. More details — including a schedule of events — are expected to be announced soon.

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Survey: planning for online AGA activities

Sunday May 24, 2020

While we all continue to take precautions for the health and safety of ourselves and our communities, the AGA wants to encourage people to continue to play Go and to socialize virtually with other people in the Go community.

The AGA is planning to put on some limited online programming during the first week of August to bring the AGA Go community together during the time in-person Go Congress has traditionally been held. We are still figuring out the details, and that’s where you all come in! If you are interested in participating, please take a minute to fill out this survey and help us plan a better event for you!

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2020 US Go Congress cancelled due to coronavirus

Friday April 17, 2020

The 2020 U.S. Go Congress has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The following statement was released on April 17 by the American Go Association Board of Directors:

At a Special Board Meeting held on April 15th, the AGA board, with the agreement of the Go Congress organizers in Colorado, voted to postpone the 2020 US Go Congress in Estes Park to a future year, meaning that there will be no US Go Congress in 2020. 

Over the next few weeks, the AGA and the US Go Congress will continue with the cancellation process, including refunding registration fees that were already paid. We expect these refunds to happen over the next month or so; you do not need to reach out to the Congress team to get your refund.

Given the seriousness of the Coronavirus epidemic, the AGA cannot in good conscience bring together our customary crowd from around the country and the world.  The AGA does not take this decision lightly, and plans to resume our annual US Go Congress in 2021, with as much play (both fun and serious) as always.

At this time, the AGA is recommending cancelling all in-person go events (both club meetings and tournaments) through the end of May, but feels that it is too soon to make recommendations about summer events, given that local conditions may vary.

Please stay safe and healthy

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AGA Encourages Players to Stay Home

Saturday March 14, 2020

The following statement has been released by the American Go Association’s Board of Directors.

“Generally, the AGA considers promoting face-to-face go to be one of it’s biggest priorities. As COVID-19 has progressed, however, it has become clear that practicing social distancing is something that everyone needs to do for their health and the health of those around them.

With that in mind, the AGA is encouraging folks to cancel or postpone all planned club and tournament events in March and April. This is a developing situation that is changing weekly (and lately daily), and we hope that we will be able to resume in-person play soon – once the pandemic has subsided.

The Seattle Go Center in Seattle and the National Go Center in Washington, DC have both suspended tournaments and face-to-face play and are closely monitoring the situation. Updates are at seattlego.org and nationalgocenter.org.

At this time, the AGA is making no recommendations about events in May or any time after that. Preparations for the US Go Congress in Estes Park at the beginning of August are continuing, even as we develop contingency plans in case the effects of the pandemic continue into the summer. Congress staff are working closely with the YMCA and monitoring recommendations from public officials. Colorado has declared a state of emergency and recommended postponing gatherings of 250 or more for the time being.

Stay safe – and maybe take this opportunity to rediscover online go playing, read some go books, and watch some of the many videos available on Twitch and YouTube!”

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Why does it take so long to get a tournament rated?

Monday February 17, 2020

At the 2019 US Open; photo by Chris Garlock

by Steve Colburn
During last year’s U.S. Go Congress I heard the same question more than a few times. “Why does it take so long to get the tournament I last played in rated?” We’re always trying to get ratings updated more quickly but here’s why that’s often a challenge.

At the end of the tournament the Tournament Director (TD) sends a results file to the AGA, which processes the data. Two of the key things are active membership and game result probability.
An active AGA membership gives you many benefits, among the largest of which is being rated in our system. So the first major check is to see if all player’s AGA memberships are up to date, and expired memberships are the largest reason ratings are delayed. The AGA Membership Manager has been working very well since it was fixed in May 2019, and TDs are no longer able to submit tournament results without all players being AGA members.
The second check, which occurs less frequently but can also slow down updated ratings, is when game result probabilities are suspect, like when it’s reported that a significantly lower-ranked player defeated a stronger player. In such a case, we’ll check in with the TD to see if it’s an error, if someone just had a good — or a bad — day.

Once these two hurdles are cleared, the rest of the process moves fairly quickly and the updated ratings can be posted. Our ultimate goal is for every TD to be able to run tournaments with no issues so that we can process and post updated that same weekend.

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