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Less than a month to the 2022 U.S. Go Congress

Wednesday July 6, 2022

“T minus 25 days and counting,” reports 2022 U.S. Go Congress Co-Director Eric Wainwright. Nearly 400 have signed up for the first in-person Go Congress since 2019, set for July 30 through August 7 in the scenic Rocky Mountains in Estes Park, Colorado. In addition to both rated and unrated tournaments, the Congress features 85 sessions with professional go players, including lectures, game analysis, and simuls. “On-site lodging is full,” Wainwright reports, “but we’re seeing a few random cancellations. The waitlist is near empty, so get your name added here.” Some off-day tours are still available, including Rocky Mountain National Park, horseback riding, and town tour.

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AGA Board candidate update

Saturday June 25, 2022

Candidates for 2022 board elections will be Stephanie Yin and Paul Celmer in the Eastern region . The other regions and at-large seats are Bradley Rose in the Central region, Ted Terpstra in the West and Justin Teng for the At-Large seat.

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Best of three Virginia Open final November 6 and 17

Monday November 1, 2021

The 3rd Virginia State Go Championship has adopted a best-of-three format for the final rounds. After a strong Open Elite division competed at the 10th Virginia Open in October, finalists from five cities will gather at the Korean American Baduk Association in Annandale on Saturday November 6th. The final will be held at the National Go Center on Wednesday 11/17 and 12/1 if necessary. Game records and results will be updated promptly on the Capital Go Club site.

Seeds:

  1. Qingbo Zhang (from Fairfax)
  2. Zhiyuan Zhang (Vienna)
  3. Yaming Wang (McLean)
  4. Ruoshi Sun (Charlottesville)
  5. Irvin Pajarillo (Fredericksburg)

Semi-final games: 11am and 3:30pm ET on 11/6
Final: 5pm and 8:30pm ET on 11/17

-report and photo by Capital Go Club

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King Bi 4d wins first Dapu Cup North America Go Open

Monday November 1, 2021

Thirty-six go players trekked to Temecula in Southern California to contest the 3-round first Dapu Cup North America Go Open. The tournament was organized by Kevin Yang and directed by the San Diego Go Club.

In a strong Open section – which included two 7 dans and two 6 dans – King Bi 4d topped the field with a perfect record. Open players who tied for second with 2-1 records were Kevin Yang, Seth Cardew, Xingshou Liu, and Yixian Zhou.

In the handicap section, Tommy Liu 1d went 3-0 to top the strongest band (all dan players). Roxin Cao 1k, Nick Liddington 11k, and Donavan Chen 26k were all 3-0 in the other handicap bands.

-report by Ted Terpstra

      

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Registration Open for 2021 Youth League

Monday October 11, 2021

“Registration for the annual American Go Honor Society Youth League is now open,” says AGHS Vice President Katherine Xie, “We welcome all players who are citizens of the US, Canada, or Mexico and under the age of 18 to participate. Every month will consist of four to five rounds and players will be paired with opponents of similar strength using a ladder system. All games will be played in the AGHS Tournament room on KGS. Top players of each division will receive awards at the end of each monthly league.”

The registration and dropout deadline is November 1st, 2021, at 11:59 pm PT. The first round will start on November 6th. If you have any questions, feel free to email aghsregister@gmail.com.

For rules and regulations, click here.
To register, click here.

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Last Call for American Go Honor Society Officer Applications 2021-2022

Saturday September 4, 2021

Applications for the 2021-2022 American Go Honor Society (AGHS) officer team are closing soon. The American Go Honor Society is an organization driven primarily by high school students to promote go among young players throughout America. Tournaments, leagues, and other go events catered towards youth are hosted throughout the school year by the AGHS.

Please fill out this form to apply.

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, September 10, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.

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Go Spotting: “As borders closed, I became trapped in my Americanness”

Monday June 28, 2021

“In my memory 爷爷 (grandfather) was always alone in his room, playing cards. In the afternoons he played go; in the evening, mahjong.” In “As borders closed, I became trapped in my Americanness’: China, the US and me” Angela Qian explores the distances — physical, cultural and generational — between her and relatives back in China. “I’ve long nursed vague plans of moving back to China for a few years, to solidify my place there,” she writes, “But with each year that passes in the US, such a move gets harder and harder to make.”

  • The Guardian, May 6; thanks to David Matson for passing this along.
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The Power Report: Kono to challenge for Kisei; New Meijin League; 22nd Nong Shim Cup

Thursday February 11, 2021

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Kono to challenge for Kisei title

Kono Rin

After the fourth round of the S League in the 45th Kisei tournament, Takao Shinji 9P was in the sole lead, but he slipped up in the final round, losing to Murakawa Daisuke 9P. Kono Rin won his final game, against Cho U, so he ended on 3-2, even with Takao, Murakawa Daisuke, and Ichiriki Ryo. In such a short league, multiple ties are common, but there are no play-offs. The higher-ranked player prevails, and this was Kono, who was number one. However, Takao, as number two, came second and so qualified for the irregular knock-out tournament that decides the challenger. Below are S League results since my last report and details of the knock-out.

(Aug. 20) Cho U 9P (W) beat Murakawa Daisuke 9P by resig.; Kono Rin 9P (B) beat Kyo Kagen 8P by resig.
(Aug. 31) Takao Shinji (B) beat Cho U 9P by half a point.
(Sept. 14) Murakawa (W) beat Ichiriki by 1.5 points.
(Sept. 21) Murakawa (W) beat Takao by 4.5 points.
(Sept. 24) Kono (W) beat Cho U by resig.; Ichiriki (W) beat Kyo Kagen by resig.

The play-off between the winners of the two B Leagues was held on September 19. Shibano (B) beat Mutsuura Yuta 7P by 3.5 points. Results that follow are those in the Tournament to Decide the Challenger, an irregular knock-out.

(Oct. 5) Shibano Toramaru Meijin (B), winner of the B Leagues, beat Hong Akiyoshi 3P (Kansai Ki-in), winner of the C League, by resig.
(Oct. 19) Yamashita Keigo (B), winner of A League, beat Shibano by resig.
(Oct. 30) Takao Shinji 9P (B), second in S League, beat Yamashita by resig.
(Nov. 9) (Best-of-three match to decide the challenger, Game 1). Takao (B) beat Kono, first in S League, by resig.
(Nov. 12) Kono (B) beat Takao by half a point. Kono started this “best-of-three” with a one-game advantage, so he won it 2-1. He is making his second successive challenge to Iyama Kisei.

New Meijin League

   The new players in the 46th Meijin League are Anzai Nobuaki 7P, Motoki Katsuya 8P, and Yo Seiki 8P. Anzai has played in a Honinbo League, but is a debutant in the Meijin League. Motoki has played in three Honinbo leagues and has challenged for the title, but this is his first Meijin League. Yo is playing in his third Meijin League and had made five appearances in the Honinbo League. Only one round was completed by the end of the year. Results follow.

(Dec. 3) Ichiriki Ryo Gosei (B) beat Anzai by resig.
(Dec. 10) Kono Rin 9P (B) beat Yamashita Keigo 9P by resig.
(Dec. 14) Kyo (W) beat Shibano Toramaru Oza by half a point.
(Dec. 17) Yo Seiki 8P (B) beat Motoki by resig.

22nd Nong Shim Cup

   The conclusion of the 21st Nong Shim Spicy Noodles Cup was delayed until August (see the first installment in this report), but the 22nd Cup got off to a start on schedule, though, like the final round of the previous cup, it was played on the net. So far, the first two rounds, that is, nine games have been played. As a tournament, it has been more even than usual, with no one player dominating. In fact, only one player, Gu Jihao of China, has won successive games. China has four wins to Korea’s three and Japan’s two; each country has two players left. The final round is scheduled for February 22 to 26.

Round 1
Game 1 (Oct. 13). Hong Kipyo 9P (Korea) (B) beat Fan Tingyu 9P (China) by resig.
Game 2 (Oct. 14). Kyo Kagen (Xu Jiayuan) 8P (Japan) (W) beat Hong 9P by resig.
Game 3 (Oct. 15). Gu Jihao 9P (China) (W) beat Kyo by resig.
Game 4 (Oct. 16). Gu (W) beat Kang Dongyun 9P (Korea) by resig.

Round 2
Game 5 (Nov. 20). Gu (W) beat Murakawa Daisuke 9P (Japan) by resig.
Game 6 (Nov. 21). Shin Minjun 9P (Korea) (W) beat Gu by half a point.
Game 7 (Nov. 22). Shibano Toramaru 9P (W) beat Shin by resig.
Game 8 (Nov. 23). Tang Weixing 9P (China) (B) beat Shibano by resig.
Game 9 (Nov. 24). Shin Jinseo 9P (Korea) (W) beat Tang by 4.5 points.

Tomorrow: Ichiriki wins Tengen; Shibano defends Oza; Ke Jie wins Samsung Cup

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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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