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Monday September 16, 2019

September 21: Houston, TX
Houston Fall Tournament
Paul Howard paulrhowardtx@gmail.com 832-876-6511
Michael Bloom mfbloom12@gmail.com

September 21-22: Portland, OR
2019 Oregon State Go Championship
Roy Schmidt rcschmidt76@gmail.com 309-360-9473

September 28: Vienna, VA
2019 Virginia Open/State Championship Qualifier
Edward Zhang agatd1@gmail.com

September 29: San Diego, CA
2019 San Diego Back-to-School Go Championship
Ted Terpstra ted.terpstra@gmail.com 619-384-3454

September 29 – December 8: San Diego, CA
Yilun Yang (7P) Sunday Afternoon Go Classes
Ted Terpstra ted.terpstra@gmail.com 619-384-3454

 

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Seeking pro or amateur representative for Bingsheng Cup

Monday September 16, 2019

The 10th Suzhou Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup, a women’s weiqi tournament, is seeking a representative from North America. The tournament will be held October 29th through Novermber 4th in Suzhou, China. Interested professional and amateur (4D+) women residing in North America are asked to please e-mail tournaments@usgo.org no later than Friday, September 20th so that we may run a preliminary tournament among the interested players.

Collegiate players wanted for the World Students Pair Go Championship in Japan

Monday September 16, 2019

The AGA is looking for one male player and one female player to play as a pair in the 6th World Students Pair Go Championship in Tokyo, Japan from December 6 to 11. Players must be either American or Canadian citizens, under the age of 30, and currently enrolled in any higher education institution as students. Room and board are provided by the tournament as well as 50% of airfare, with players expected to bear 50% of airfare and other travel costs.

Eligible interested players should contact the AGA Pair Go Coordinator, Hajin Lee, at hajin.lee@usgo.org no later than September 24.

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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Jeff Newmiller, David Baran win Davis/Sacramento Fall Quarterly

Friday September 13, 2019

On August 31st, the Davis/Sacramento Go Club held its Fall Quarterly. There were 14 players, “Which was the largest field in some time,” reports Willard Haynes. Four of the players were playing in their first AGA event. The winner of Division 1 was Jeff Newmiller 2k with a 3-1 record. David Baran 7k won Division 2 with a perfect 4-0 result.
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Registration for Season 9 of Collegiate Go League Open

Thursday September 12, 2019

Registration for Season 9 (2019-2020) of the Collegiate Go League is now open. Colleges and universities across North America with at least three interested student players can form a team to compete online against other schools. Matches are 3 vs 3 and will take place every two weeks in the Collegiate Go League room on the KGS Go Server. There will be 5 rounds in the Fall and 5 rounds in the Spring, which culminate in a championship playoffs for the top schools in April to crown the CGL champion. See if your school has what it takes to defeat perennial powerhouse UCLA, last season’s defending champion.

Registration will close on October 6th for schools who wish to be paired in the first round, which will be on October 12th. However, if you miss the registration deadline and still wish to participate, you can still register at any time and be paired starting in the following round. For more details about the CGL, please read the Rules.

18th World Students Go Oza Championship

Wednesday September 11, 2019

Pandanet is holding the 18th World Students Go Oza Championship from February 17-21, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, where sixteen students from around the world will gather to determine the world’s top student player.

To select the finalists, there will be an online preliminary round on Pandanet; check out the tournament page for details. University/college students under the age of 30 are eligible to participate in the preliminary round (note that students living in China, Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei cannot participate in the prelim). Application deadline is October 20.

Pandanet covers airfare, hotel and meals. For any other questions, email Chika Mochizuki and The All-Japan Students GO Association.

Huang Tops 1st U20 Eastern Youth Go Open

Tuesday September 10, 2019

31 young players came out to the New York Institute of Go in Little Neck, NY to compete in the 1st U20 Eastern Youth Go Open on August 31st. The tournament was sponsored by the NYIG and organized by NYIG President Stephanie Yin 1p as part of an initiative to create more opportunities for youth to have face-to-face tournament play. In order to be eligible to play in this tournament, players had to be at least 10 kyu or stronger, which Yin hopes will encourage newer players to improve their playing level. Players came from as far as Chicago and Maryland to play in the tournament, which featured over $1,500 of prizes. In the open section, Willis Huang 6d from New Jersey went undefeated to be crowned the undisputed champion. In a rare turn of events, the other four players in that section defeated each other in a circle, creating an unbreakable tie for second. In the other divisions, Shuhui Lin 2d, Chase Lin 1k, and Xinyu Chen 6k demonstrated their prowess with undefeated 4-0 records.

The NYIG plans for this tournament to be an annual event, and looks forward to more young players competing in the future. Additional tournaments and events for both youth and adult players are also in the works, so stay tuned for future announcements.

Top tables at the 1st U20 Eastern Youth Open



Winner’s list:

Division A (Open)
1st: Willis Huang 6d
2nd (4-way tie): Alex Qi 4d, Sophia Wang 4d, Frederick Bao 5d, Minzhi Wang 5d

Division B
1st: Shuhui Lin 2d
2nd: Jiayang Su 1d
3rd: Niel Ni 1d

Division C
1st: Chase Lin 1k
2nd: Samantha Soo 4k
3rd (tie): Marcos Yang 1k and Jerry Ju 3k

Division D
1st: Xinyu Chen 6k
2nd: Jonathan Chen 9k
3rd: Crystal Yihan Pang 8k

-Report and Photos by Justin Teng

Go Spotting: Game of Stones? Pattern Stones?

Tuesday September 10, 2019

A couple of AGA members have recently told us about references to games with stones in science fiction novels. Could these folks be playing Go?

Peter Freedman points out that in the science fiction trilogy Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne by Brian Staveley, the warriors play “a game of stones” with black and white stones. Unfortunately, we have no more information about this.

Meanwhile, Mike Goerss points out that in Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha Lee, another science fiction trilogy, the characters play a game called “pattern stones” that seems like it could possibly be Go. Few details about this game are provided, but there is a reference to a three-stone handicap, and also the line, “Brezan placed a black stone – naturally he was the weaker player.” (These references appear on pages 152-154 of Raven Stratagem, the second book in the series.)

If you find more clues about what game these characters are playing, or if you spot references to Go in other popular literature, please let us know by dropping us a line at journal@usgo.org.

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Washington Go Festival to include Virginia state championship this month

Sunday September 8, 2019

2018 US Open in Virginia

This month’s Washington Go Festival promises to give players a full day of competition, featuring four tournaments including the three-round Virginia Open, which this year will serve as a qualifying tournament for the first Virginia State Championship tournament. “The top four Virginia resident players will qualify to compete for a final-four state championship,” reports organizer Edward Zhang. “We also want to encourage more youth and women to join us, as there will be prizes for the youth and women’s champion as well!” Three AGA chapters – NOVA Go, Capital Go, and the Korean American Baduk Association – have joined together to host the state championship as part of the AGA’s new State Championship System. The festival will be held Saturday September 28th and also include team tournaments and a free computer-aided tournament during the lunch break. Players can register here.