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Do you have what it takes?

Friday November 15, 2019

To put the time in and help this great organization? The AGA is continually looking for new talented leaders to help with our programs. We are a small core group that wears many hats. Our listing of open positions is always growing.

If you are interested please email volunteer@usgo.org for more information

Here are a few of the folks that are on the top of our search list:

AGA Treasurer
Looking for someone with a minimum 2-3 years Accounting/CPA experience. Will assist the organization in day-to-day operations with members and chapters for payment issues. Person will help run reports for various administrators for operations activities. Person will work on tax documents yearly. This position has a two year commitment.

AGA Ratings Officer
Assist current Ratings Officer. Knowledge of how ratings works is advantageous. This person will be communicating with membership and other AGA officers to answer member issues relating to tournaments. Required: programming ability including perl, mysql, version control, and linux. This person will work with our current Ratings Officer and potentially take over the position.

Drupal Developer
Looking for someone to help with our drupal upgrade. Looking to take our install to v9 and make it more efficient. Help drive the look of the AGA’s web presence. Knowledge of Drupal 7/8 needed, Helpful to have include PHP, WordPress, Drupal 8 front end development.

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Last week to register for the Pandanet AGA City League

Tuesday October 29, 2019

This is the last week to register to play in the tournament. Join the strongest players across the US and Canada in this tournament spanning months. The rules for the tournament outline when games are played and any other information. Starting mid-November you can watch many professionals at least five professionals play. Email the Tournament Director to register or find out more at steve.colburn@usgo.org

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Hobnobbing — and studying — at the Nihon Ki-in Summer Go Camp

Sunday October 13, 2019

By Peter Schumer

The Nihon Ki-in Summer Go Camp was held from August 20 – 29 at the Nihon Ki-in headquarters in Ichigaya, Tokyo.  Twelve nations were represented by some thirty participants of all playing levels, with almost a third hailing from the United States and Sweden with four or five players each.  The camp was a great success and each year the organizers pack in more activities and events to add to its appeal.  There are daily league games for both kyu and dan-level players, informative lectures from top pros, pro simuls, and some friendship matches with local amateurs, as well as evening outings to various go salons.  Some of the guest lecturers included Ishida Yoshio, Takemiya Masaki, Antii Tormanen, Kobayashi Chizu, Xie Yimin, and the always popular Michael Redmond. 

One outstanding highlight was watching the finals of the World Pair Go Championships held at a hotel in the lively Shinjuku district of Tokyo where several of us got to rub shoulders with the likes of Iyama Yuta and Cho Chikun.  Another special event was spending a few minutes sitting close to the players in the first game of the Meijin Championship at the stylish Chinzanso Hotel.  The players this year were the defending champion Cho U and the young challenger Shibano Toramaru. 

I should add that the base price for the camp is extremely modest (about $150), but you can pay extra (silver and gold level) which includes some perks such as a special banquet and several additional simuls and lessons.  And despite all the go events, there is actually plenty of time for leisure activities and sightseeing.  The camp has a warm and friendly atmosphere and you can’t help but improve your play at least a little bit.  I highly recommend it.

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AGF College Scholarship

Tuesday October 1, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarshipThe program  recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the go community. To apply, download and complete the application form here.  Applicants should describe their accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants whose enthusiasm and ambition have helped spread go in under-served areas will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award focuses on promoters and organizers who have made substantial contributions during their go career. Applications are due Nov. 5th this year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  

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Pandanet AGA City League Year 8 registration begins

Friday September 13, 2019

Pandanet AGA City League registration begins again for a new year. Registration will be open until Saturday November 2nd.The first round will start on November 17th. Please see the updated rules for the year for any questions. Registration and questions can be sent to steve.colburn@usgo.org. We hope to see your city compete this year!

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The Win or the Way: Finding meaning in the game of Go

Sunday August 25, 2019

by Brian Olive

Regular readers of the American Go Association E-Journal will be well-acquainted with the contributions of William S. Cobb, both as author of The Empty Board, a column published regularly in this journal for many years, as well as the publisher of many excellent go books through his own Slate & Shell publishing company. Through his writings, Cobb has challenged us all to think more deeply about why we love this game so much. Through his publishing – and, by extension, through Slate & Shell’s generous sponsorship of countless go tournaments around the country – he has worked selflessly to spread his own love of the game.

Mining the same veins of thought expressed in The Empty Board, Cobb has published other, deeper musings on the meaning of Go, especially as it relates to the core teachings of Buddhism. One such article (available here) was published in 1999 in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Entitled simply “The Game of Go”, this article explores Go as an aid in the search for enlightenment, an endeavor that, Cobb posits, is on par with other traditional meditative practices such as the tea ceremony and karate. Twenty years later, this essay still shines as exemplary on two fronts: its easy introduction to the game for those not familiar with it, and its deep look into the meaning of the game. It is worthwhile and fresh reading, even for those who have been playing go for years.

As a tip of our collective hat to Cobb’s contributions, what follows is a brief recap of some of the key ideas that emerge from his article in Tricycle. Although this comes at the risk of losing some context, or inadvertently reinterpreting Cobb’s views, the hope is that something said here will encourage you to both read the article for yourself and to think deeply about the meaning of Go. What does the game mean to you? Is Go all about ‘the win’? Or, perhaps, can this millennial endeavor be a way to enlightenment? Feel free to share your thoughts. Here are some of Bill’s:

Go fosters humane attitudes

Cobb rests squarely on the history and tradition of Go to support this claim. From the days of buddhist monks teaching go to samurai, to the continued popularity of the game in Asia and its growing presence in Europe and America, Go has been used as a means to “instill the virtues of overcoming fear, greed and anger”. Any Go player who has played – and lost – any significant number of games can feel the sweet pain of truth in this idea. We’ve all suffered from our greed mid-game, and we’ve all won games based on mustering up sufficient patience and balance of play. Go teaches us these things.

When played properly, you lose about half of your games

On the surface, this statement speaks to Cobb’s full embrace of the handicap system in Go. In theory, when playing with a handicap, we should win about half of the time. If we are improving, and therefore winning more times than not, then we adjust the handicap and get back to winning just half of the time. Most see this as a way to give other, weaker players, a fair chance. This is perhaps true, but Cobb takes it further: this is how go should be. We are, in his opinion, better off when constrained to both winning and losing. Equally. Put another way…

It cannot be good to win in go, because it is not bad to lose

Tightly woven into this surprising idea are the core threads of Cobb’s idea of Go as kido or, the Way. Many play with the singular motivation of winning. For many, it’s all about ‘the win’. We watch go videos, read go books, attend go lectures, all to improve our play and win games. We track our rating, with our sights set on ranking up. Cobb, on the other hand, proposes that the point of playing is to open oneself to the initial emptiness of the go board, to explore the interconnectedness of the stones, to appreciate the impermanence of value and structure, good and bad on the go board, and to lose oneself (i.e. experience no-self) in this act of creativity. Much of the article expounds on these key ideas, which happen to represent the four fundamental Buddhist principles.

In case you missed it, find the article here. photo by Phil Straus.

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Catch Diana Garnet and Go at Otakon in DC this weekend

Tuesday July 23, 2019

Go will be featured at this weekend’s Otakon, including a panel with Diana Garnet, who co-hosted the NHK ETV show Igo Focus with several professional players including Michael Redmond 9P. Otakon is an annual convention celebrating Asian pop culture — anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc — and its fandom. Garnet will appear on a special Go panel with the National Go Center on Saturday from 12:35-1:45 pm and then NGC volunteers will host “The Divine Move – an Introduction to Go” workshop Saturday night from 9:30-11:30 pm.

Diana Garnet is a Tokyo-based anime-song singer, bilingual voice actress, and TV personality best known for her performance of Naruto Shippuden ending Spinning World, as well as Meow Meow Japanese History’s Thank You for the Music and Hello Again. She provides the main theme for game Dragon Marked for Death and voices characters for Bomberman, as well as Aura in the Shimajiro and the Island of Magic movie, Joule/Lumen in anime OVA Azure Striker Gunvolt, and various characters in Japanese for Meow Meow Japanese History. She’s currently voicing a variety of characters in both English and Japanese for anime and games, as well as producing new music to be announced soon.

From March 2017 to 2019, she co-hosted NHK ETV show Igo Focus along with several professional players including Redmond 9th dan, bringing the game to a new generation of fans with lessons focused on beginner strategies. This past April, she graduated the program at 3-kyu and has continued to involve herself in go related events as a guest and bilingual MC. She hopes to become a Go ambassador and use her platform to introduce many new people to the game.

The event runs from Friday to Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center; click here for the complete schedule.

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U.S. Go Congress Tournaments Recap: Day 3

Tuesday July 16, 2019

US Go Congress Tournament Schedule: Tuesday 7/16
9:00a: US Open, round 3; US Open Masters Division, round 4
1:00p: Senior Tournament, round 3
7:00p: Crazy Go!

13×13 Tournament
Players gathered to duke it out on not-quite-as-tiny boards Monday evening to produce 10 table winners. Playoffs will continue throughout the week to produce the overall 13×13 champion.
Table winners: Dallas Amunrud 18k, Phil Marshall 12k, Mario Espinoza 7k, Sarah Crites 6k, Paul Margetts 2k, Jonathan Crew 2k, Chen Cong 1d, Mingjian Li 2d, Kunxuan Li 4d, James Sedgwick 6d.

-report by Karoline Li, Tournaments Bureau Chief

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AGA Membership Manager fully operational

Monday July 8, 2019

Earlier this year the AGA IT team made sure that the AGA Membership Manager is fully working again. The organization wants our membership to know that our membership software is fully working to accept your payments. We have worked hard over the past months to cut down on issues and problems that have been reported to us. You can follow the two video guides below to help update your member and chapter information.

Members should check their information when logging in. 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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Pandanet AGA City League Finals and Winners

Monday July 8, 2019

This Saturday will feature the Pandanet AGA City League Finals between New York City and Greater Washington. They will be playing LIVE from the US Go Congress in Madison,Wisconsin at 3pm CST. Find the game on Pandanet in the AGA City League rooms under the accounts AGACL1-3.

There will be a Pandanet AGA City League Meeting during Go Congress on July 18 from 5-6PM in the Humanities 1641 room.

The full list of winners for the City League are
A League:
Winner =  TBD
Second = TBD
Third =  Waterloo 1 
Fourth = Boston 
Fifth = Toronto 
B League:
Winner = Bay Area 
Second = Raleigh 
Third = Seattle 1 
Fourth = Waterloo 2 
C League:
Winner = Cincinati 
Second = New York City 2 

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