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New AGA Chapters for August 2020

Tuesday September 1, 2020

The AGA is regularly asked for new chapters around the country. These are the newly registered chapters from August 2020:

Luther College Go Club – Contact me if you are interested in joining the Luther College Go Club. We’ll start having meetings once I find a location within Luther College and have a few members interested in joining. We will be meeting in person with a social distancing protocol if possible. – Contact Amey Shedinger

Womxn’s Online Go Club – Online. Email us for more information! All are welcome. – Contact Samantha Fede

Members should check their information from time to time. If you are not receiving the EJ make sure your email is up to date. Chapters can always update their current chapter through the AGA Membership Manager if they have changed.

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AGAGD to become official ratings lookup for the AGA

Tuesday September 1, 2020

As reported before the e-Go Congress the Web Team has been working to upgrade the AGAGD to take over for the old Ratings pages. They have been working hard to make sure all of the information has been copied over and enhanced. In the last month we have heard from various Chapter heads and many others with ideas for updates. In addition to the existing features we have added the following recently: Paginated listing for tournaments and all player ratings, header icons to better help sort tables, rating and renewal due for quick searches, tournaments now show date rated. There are still some in-progress upgrades on the system. We are always looking for help, this is an open source project and any interest programmers can contact the volunteer coordinator or webmaster.

The Ratings pages will redirect to the AGAGD starting September 13th.

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2020 e-Go Congress tournament results

Thursday August 13, 2020

After a week of online play between nearly one thousand participants, the results are in! This year’s 2020 e-Go Congress hosted eight tournaments, plus the Bob High Memorial Song and Poetry Contest.

Pandanet AGA City League Tournament and Championship
TD: Steve Colburn
A League Champions: New York City – Ryan Li 1P, Hanchen Zhang 1P, Zhongfan Jian 7d; Runner Up: Bay Area – Mingjiu Jiang 7P, Hajin Lee 4P, Jeremy Chiu 7D; 3rd place: Greater Washington, 4th place: Canwa Vancouver 1, 5th place: Waterloo 1
B League 1st place: Chicago, 2nd place: Waterloo 2, 3rd place: Canwa Vancouver 2
C League 1st place: Los Angeles, 2nd place: Montreal, 3rd place: Atlanta
D League 1st place: Seattle 2, 2nd place: New Mexico, 3rd place: New York City 2

Double Digit Kyu Tournament
TD: Bart Lipofsky; ATDs: Ke Lu, Andrew Zhang
Group 1 (10 kyu) – 1st: Jingfan Feng 10k; 2nd: Tim Cowles 10k; 3rd: Piotr Milian 10k
Group 2 (11-12 kyu) – 1st: Tyle Stelzig 12k; 2nd: Zhihan William Huang 12k; 3rd: Ryan Gustafson 12k
Group 3 (13 kyu) – 1st: Joe Fratianni (Goooplayer) 13k; 2nd: Christina Wang 13k; 3rd: abenthy 13k
Group 4 (14-15 kyu) – 1st: Lucia Moscola 14k; 2nd: Isaac Zhang (Irz112) 15k; 3rd: Murasakino 15k
Group 5 (16 kyu) – 1st: Anna Zhou 16k; 2nd: Elias Tew 16k; 3rd: Nathan Han 16k
Group 6 (17-19 kyu) – 1st: Matthew Wang 18k; 2nd: Jason Li 19k; 3rd: Cody Tang 17k
Group 7 (20-22 kyu) – 1st: Regina Kim 22k; 2nd: Angel Zhou 22k; 3rd: Daniel Luo 21k, Gavin Turner (gturns) 21k
Group 8 (23-30 kyu) – 1st: Zak Li 28k; 2nd: Junxiong Lin (Linnobita) 30k; 3rd: Caleb Tan 28 k

9 X 9 Tournament
TD: Eric Wainwright; ATDs: Ke Lu, Emil Meng, Solomon Smilack
Dan Division – 1st: Jing Huang (game sorry); 2nd: Panpat Sirimongkoi
Single-digit Kyu Division – 1st: Pawel Stepnowski; 2nd: Milos Stojanović
Double-digit kyu Division – 1st: Angel Zhou; 2nd: cdingo

Pair Go Tournament
TD: Andrew Zhang; ATD: Kevin Hwang
Table winners: Joanne Leung and Wei Zhou, Seowoo Wang and Justin Teng, Yingzhi Qian and Will Lockhart , Katherine Xie and Willis Huang, Elizaveta Plyugina and Kanno Hiroki, Marianna Szychowiak and Steve Zhang, Brian Dai and Harvey Bai, Elizaveta Antonova and Jonathan Fisher, Cody Frias and Josiah Frias, David Wallach and Shai Simonson, Valeria Sánchez Aguilar and Felipe Herman van Riemsdijk, Eva-Dee Beech & Trevor Morris, Romain Guimard & Jason Liu, Joanna Li and Tao Li, Jingfan Feng and Staysee Yod Teague, Angel Zhou and Yixian Zhou, Bijan Betel Miri and Ryan Woolgar, Rachel Small and Joshua Johnson, Joe Fratianni and Daniel Luo, Paola Sarmiento and Alan Yeray Cortés, Jaedon Ruan and Jerry Ruan, Theo Waitkus and Nikolas Heintz, Timothy Chen and Justin L. Wang

Youth Relay Go
TD: Devin Fraze; ATDs: Justin Teng, Lionel Zhang
All of the 63 youth participants from will receive a prize! Players ranged from 30k to 6d. Winning teams: 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 11

Team Relay Go
TD: Audrey Wang; ATD: William Luff; Top Board Coaches: Michael Chen, Eric Lui; Coaches: Michel Fodera, Sichen Zhong
Winners by Team – Michael Chen’s Team: N. A. Doss, Seowoo Wang, Steve Zhang, Xinzhou Song; Eric Lui’s Team: Guanyu Song, Justin Teng, Brandon Zhou, Joshua Guarino; Michael Fodera’s Team A: Jiayang Su, Colin Williams, Christopher Morse, Alan Yang; Michael Fodera’s Team B: David Kahn, David Rohlfing, James Putnam, Stegan Weissner; Sichen Zhong’s Team A: Laurence Ip, Joseph Chaves, Serena Tu, Francois Wolf; Sichen Zhong’s Team B: Marc Sarrel, Kenny Glekel Qian, Jason Yang, Peter Vander Valk

Blitz Tournament
TD: Jon Boley, ATDs: Orion Campbell, Katherine Xie
Group 1 (7 dan) – 1st: Xinyu Tu 7d; 2nd: Shuaiheng Tao 7d; 3rd: Yilin Xu 7d
Group 2 (4-6 dan) – 1st: Soren Jaffe (trickyruin) 5d; 2nd: Quentin Turlot 4d; 3rd: Blake Kang 5d
Group 3 (1-3 dan) – 1st: Jerry C. Jaffe 1d; 2nd: vegmandu 3d; 3rd: Helcio Alexandre Pacheco 2d, Jared Nishikawa 2d
Group 4 (1-3 kyu) – 1st: Alan Yang (Silent123) 3k; 2nd: Alvin Chia (RiftMix) 1k, Eliot Yoon 1k, Andrew McGowen (dangerdoom) 1k
Group 5 (4-7 kyu) – 1st: Stephanie Tan 4k; 2nd: Tevis Tsai 6k; 3rd: Jason Liu 4k, Jason Yang (JY0034) 4k
Group 6 (8-14 kyu) – 1st: Zhiyong Huang 8k; 2nd: Zhihan William Huang 12k; 3rd: Piotr Milian 10k
Group 7 (15-30 kyu) – 1st: Angel Zhou 22k; 2nd: Roxin Cao 15k; 3rd: Wilton B. 18k

e-Go Congress Open
TD: Dan Ritter, ATDs: Cat Mai, Milan Mladenovic, Neil Ritter
7d+ Division – 1st Xinyu Tu 7d; 2nd: Zhaonian (Michael) Chen 7d; 3rd: Kanno Hiroki (Myosu) 7d
6d Division – 1st: Guanyu Song 6d; 2nd: Tony Zhao 6d; 3rd: Willis Huang (Kaihua) 6d
5d Divsion – 1st: Atlbrandon 5d; 2nd: Toranosuke Ozawa 5d; 3rd: Robert Tirak 5d
4d Division – 1st: Ke Lu 4d; 2nd: Chanho Park (Ewak) 4d; 3rd: Quentin Turlot 4d
3d Division – 1st: Patrick Zhou 3d; 2nd: Juanshu Lan 3d; 3rd: Zhihong Yao 3d
2d Division – 1st: Eyz 2d; 2nd: Sathya Singh 2d; 3rd: Vladimir Nesterov (Vladgen) 2D
1d Division – 1st: Juraj 1d; 2nd: Tao Li 1d; 3rd: chownwil 1d
1k Division – 1st: The Amazing Jerboa 1k; 2nd: Benjamin Gunby 1k; 2rd: Howard Wong 1k
2k Division – 1st: Torr 2k; 2nd: George Beck 2k; 3rd: Richard Solburg 2k
3k Divison – 1st: Derek Zhou 3k; 2nd: Slb_ 3k; 3rd: Alan Yang (Scythe1798) 3k
4k Division – 1st: Patrick Sun 4k; 2nd: Stephanie Tan 4k; 3rd: Jason Yang (Driftlikelightning) 4k
5k Division – 1st: He Who Walks In Shadows 5k; 2nd: Seanp 5k; 3rd: Alex Mitrani 5k
6k Division – 1st: Badukadunk 6k; 2nd: Anderson Barreal (Tobi_4) 6k; 3rd: Squidmd 6k
7k Division – 1st: Mario Espinoza (Chrysalis) 7k; 2nd: Eric Mao 7k; 3rd: Mark Fraser 7k
8k Division – 1st: Zhiyong Huang 8k; 2nd: Alexander Trotter 8k; 3rd: Robert Qi 8k
9k Division – 1st: Esther 9k; 2nd: Benoit Cordoba 9k; 3rd: David Rohlfing 9k
10k Division – 1st: Drsparkle713 10k; 2nd: Paul Landers 10k; 3rd: Tim Cowles 10k
11k – 12k Division – 1st: Eva-Dee Beach 11k; 2nd: Zhihan William Huang 12k; 3rd: Joanna Li (quantumjo) 12k
13k – 14k Division – 1st: Christopher Graham (chgraham) 13k; 2nd: Joe Fratianni (Goandchessplayer) 13k; 3rd: Steve Zilber 13k
15k – 16k Division – 1st: Isaac Zhang (Hypernova) 15k; 2nd: Roxin Cao 15k; 3rd: Vaughn Hannon 16k
17k – 21k Division – 1st: Cody Tang 17k; 2nd: Eric Beach (ebeach) 18k; 3rd Felix Tee 20k
22k+ Division – 1st: Angel Zhou 22k; 2nd: Mari Oshima 29k; 3rd: Junxiong Lin (Linnobita) 30k

Bob High Memorial Song and Poetry Contest
Organizers: Terry Benson, Chris Kirschner; Judges: Brady Daniels, Mike Lash, Hajin Lee 4P, Audrey Wang
Poetry – Winner: Confinement with Go by François Wolf; Runner Up: The Machine by Jonathan Fisher
Song – Winner: Komi on Your Side by Todd Blatt; Runners Up: I’ve Played Every Shape Man by Hector Lampert-Bates and Song to Terry by Roy Laird
Youth and 1st Time Entry Category Winner: I’ve Played Every Shape Man by Hector Lampert-Bates

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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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Registration still open for New York Youth Open

Tuesday July 14, 2020

The New York Youth Open is coming up soon and will be held on Saturday July 25th. Players under 18 of all strengths are encouraged to register for this four-round, non-handicapped tournament. Registration is open until July 20th with a fee of $15. Games will begin at 12:00 PM ET, and all players who complete all four rounds will receive a one-month FREE subscription (worth $9.99) for NYIG_Go YouTube class membership. The top three players in each division will also be awarded certificates and trophies. “Young Go players improve their skills and gain experience through participating in NYYO, which prepares them for competing in bigger stages,” says organizer and founder of the New York Institute of Go Stephanie Yin 1P. Click here for tournament rules and registration.

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Go Spotting: Distinguishing humans from computers in the game of go: A complex network approach

Monday July 13, 2020

EJournal reader Mel reports that other readers may be interested in an article from the October issue of EPL (Europhysics Letters) focusing on telling the difference between human and computer players. He notes that the article is not free to read, but the abstract is available.

Distinguishing humans from computers in the game of go: A complex network approach
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1209/0295-5075/119/48001
Abstact:
We compare complex networks built from the game of go and obtained
from databases of human-played games with those obtained from
computer-played games. Our investigations show that statistical
features of the human-based networks and the computer-based networks
differ, and that these differences can be statistically significant
on a relatively small number of games using specific estimators. We
show that the deterministic or stochastic nature of the computer
algorithm playing the game can also be distinguished from these
quantities. This can be seen as a tool to implement a Turing-like
test for go simulators.

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Triangle Go Group/Cleveland Go Club Online Friendship Match

Monday July 13, 2020

Twenty-two players and a sprinkling of spectators enjoyed two rounds of online Go in the Triangle Go Group/Cleveland Go Club Friendship Match held Sunday, July 5th, in the Triangle Go Group club room on KGS.

It was an exciting event with the Triangle Go Group holding a one game lead after round one, and finishing the day with a total of 12 wins against the Cleveland Go Club’s 10. Players winning both of their games include Chen Yuan, Jerry Jaffe, Tao Ma, Alex Lillie, Manny Jauregui, Justin Su and Christina Wang. Game results are available here.

It was a great way to enjoy the day after the 4th of July. Thank you to the players, to Yuan Zhou for organizing the event, and to team captains Paul Celmer and Jerry Jaffe.

-report and photo by Bob Bacon

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Durham and Cleveland face off in online Friendship match Sunday

Friday July 3, 2020

With many traditional July 4th activities — attending professional sports events and traveling, for example — restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic, longtime Go teacher Yuan Zhou is coordinating a Friendship Team Go tournament between the Triangle Go Group (Durham, NC) and the Cleveland Go Club this Sunday, July 5. “Let this be Go players’ way to celebrate our Independence Day!” says Zhou. The tournament will take place on KGS starting at 10a EDT; pairings and more info is posted here. “You all are welcome to observe the team matches and kibitz in the games!” says Zhou, adding “Hopefully there will be more online events like this!”

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Register now for Go Game Based Math Learning online workshop on June 24th

Friday June 19, 2020

Xinming Guo, AGF Teacher of the Year in 2015, will be teaching an online workshop on Go and math learning on Wednesday June 24th from 3:30 to 5:30 PM central time. The workshop is sponsored by National Louis University and Guo’s Go and Math Academy.

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San Diego Go Club Plays On

Thursday June 18, 2020

The San Diego Go Club has been barred from its coffee house where it has met once a week on Tuesdays, from 7-11 p.m., for more than 25-years due to the Coronavirus, but the go players still compete. Local and more afield go players play on KGS on Tuesdays and simultaneously talk and see each other on the Discord app. The average online attendance is actually more than was showing up at the coffee house.

The Ninth Annual San Diego Go Championship was supposed to occur earlier this year, but when face-to-face competition was impossible, the club decided to have a free 5-round tournament online on KGS, in the San Diego Go Club room. Competition started three-weeks ago by 24-players (7-dan to 22-kyu) – more than half of whom are youth.. They will play one game a week for four weeks. The last round will be face-to-face whenever that is possible. There are no cash prizes, but the winner of the Open will have his name engraved on the club’s permanent plaque and win a trophy. Previous winners include Mark Lee (10-dan), Ari Saito (7-dan), Leran Zou (7-dan) and Yi Wang (6-dan).

After 3-rounds, Yixian Zhou 6d is the only undefeated player. In the Handicap section, four players remain undefeated: Anna Zhou 16k, Angelina Zhao 8k, Michael Sanders 7k, and Arunas Rudvalis 6k.

The San Diego Go Club has petitioned the AGA Board to allow this online competition to have its games AGA rated.The AGA Board is still deciding, but players are happy to have some meaningful competition none-the-less.

The 3rd annual California State Go Championship is still on the SDGC’s schedule, for the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving. If face-to-face playing is not possible by then, the tournament will be held online, so that there will be a 2020 California Go Champion as well as an U16 girl and an U16 boy Champion. Everyone can compete, but only California residents can win the titles.

-report by Ted Terpstra

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