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Deciding game in Wu Qingyuan Cup Qualifier Thursday on KGS

Gio, 14/03/2019 - 04:34

Gabby Su won on time in Round 2 of the Wu Qingyuan Cup Qualifier, tying things up 1-1 in the best-of-three match against Yinli Wang. The deciding game will be Thursday, 3/14, at 6 PM EDT in the AGA Tournament Room on KGS.
- Jeff Shaevel, Tournament Coordinator

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Go featured in Chicago museum exhibit

Gio, 14/03/2019 - 01:03

“I was invited to the opening ceremony of a new exhibition at the Chinese American Museum of Chicago,” writes Xinming (Simon) Guo. The exhibition, “The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad – The Railroad Helped Build America,” features the history of the 12,000 plus Chinese workers who contributed in the building of the world’s first Transcontinental Railway in United States in mid-19th century.

“I was so astonished when I found a Weiqi game in the exhibition,” says Guo. The introduction says that these Chinese railroad builders worked in inhospitable environment of the American West and gathered to play fan-tan (a gambling game) or Weiqi after more than 10 hours of back-breaking work each day.

This exhibition will last for one year “and it is a perfect opportunity to promote Weiqi (Chinese for Go). I have been working with the museum for many years. We have organized Weiqi workshops, Weiqi courses, and Weiqi culture stations in the museum several times. With the help from local go community, we will work together to start a new add-on service — providing on-site hands-on Weiqi workshop for students visiting the museum on school field trips.”

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Mark Lee wins 2019 Zheng Cup

Gio, 14/03/2019 - 00:45

Mark Lee 7D, once again showcasing his flawless opening technique and middle game fighting strength, defeated all six opponents to win the 2019 Zheng Cup (formally known as Southern California Go Championship) held on Feb. 16-17. Lee defeated all his opponents by resignation and now holds an impressive record of 21 consecutive wins without any losses in this tournament. Tyler Oyakawa was second and Yixian Zhou third.

Other section winners included Kosuke Sato [2 dan to 4 dan Section]; Zhengwen Bi [1 dan to 3K Section]; Kevin Yang [4K to 12K Section]; Ethan Wong [13K to 30K Section].

photo: Mark Lee with sponsor Mr. J Zheng

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A message about the AGA’s membership system

Mer, 13/03/2019 - 15:00

As anyone who’s either a renewing or new AGA member knows, our online enrollment system has had a technical problem in recent months. Folks renewing their memberships or joining the AGA have encountered off-putting messages during the online process. Rest assured that everyone’s memberships are being carefully taken care of, albeit by a time-consuming manual input by our redoubtable membership team, which adds “you may disregard any error messages you receive in the process.” Our technical staff is developing a new, automated system via PayPal that they hope will be operational in the near future. “We have a new system, working software, and a plan,” our teams say. Our apologies for the glitches, our thanks for your patience, and stay tuned for updates!

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Yinli Wang up 1-0 in best-of-3 Wu Qingyuan Cup Qualifier against Gabby Su

Mer, 13/03/2019 - 04:15

In Game 1 of the best-of-three Wu Qingyuan Cup Qualifier between Gabby Su (w) and Yinli Wang (b) on Tuesday night, Yinli won by resignation. The second game will be Wednesday, March 13, at 6 PM EDT in the AGA Tournament Room on KGS, with the third game, if necessary to be played Thursday. The two are competing for the final slot on the North American delegation that includes Feng Yun, Stephanie Yin, and Cathy Li. The second Wu Qingyuan Cup will be played April 26-30 in Fuzhou, China.
- Jeff Shaevel, Tournament Director

This post has been updated with the correct spelling of the Wu Qingyuan Cup. 

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Registration for 2019 AGHS School Team Tournament

Mar, 12/03/2019 - 20:07

“Registration for the 2019 American Go Honor Society (AGHS) School Team Tournament is now open until March 31st,” says Promotion Head Melissa Cao, “This year, the K-12 tournament will be held on Sunday, April 7th and Sunday, April 14th, with two rounds per day (10 AM and 1 PM PST). In order to be eligible, teams must be an educational institution, excluding online schools. Three players are needed per team to participate and an institution is allowed to have at most five teams. Players must be under the age of 20 and cannot have graduated from high school. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams from each division.”

Click here for registration

Click here for detailed rules

-Story by Lionel Zhang, EJ Youth Correspondent.  Artwork by Melissa Cao, AGHS Promotion Head

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2nd AGA Girls Cup Registration Now Open

Mar, 12/03/2019 - 19:36

Registration for the 2nd AGA Girls Cup is now open. Modeled after the Redmond Cup, the AGA Girls Cup strives to promote go among girls and recognize the top young female players in North America. Competitors must be female, 15 or under, have an accredited rank of 10 kyu or higher, reside in the US, Canada, or Mexico, and be members of their respective national go association. The top two finishers of the online preliminary tournament will win a free trip to the 35th US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin to play in a best-of-three finals, courtesy of the American Go Foundation. All other competitors who complete the preliminary tournament will be eligible for a $200 scholarship to the 35th US Go Congress.

Registration is open until March 30th and the tournament will begin on April 1st. For more information about the tournament and other rules, please read the Rules and Regulations. -Story and photo by Justing Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator. Photo: Tianyi Tina Li (l) plays Melissa Cao (r) at the Girls Cup Finals in Williamsburg VA last year.

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Pair Go and paella return to NGC, plus first-ever 2-day tourney

Mar, 12/03/2019 - 16:02

“Our first Pair Go and Paella night was a big hit with 30 attendees,” reports Gurujeet Khalsa at the National Go Center. “We are doing it again on Friday March 22 at 6:30 PM (earlier start time so we can finish before last Metro).” RSVP and pre-register here.  “You can register just yourself or a partner’s name as well if you already have a Pair Go partner. We’ll pair you when you come if you don’t have a partner. Mixed pairs as well as traditional M-F pairs are welcome.”

“Chris Garlock will again be making his delicious paella,” Khalsa adds. There is a $5 donation at the door to cover the food costs. “Don’t miss this fun social night!”

Registration is also open for the NGC’s first ever 2-day tournament, the Cherry Blossom on March 30-31.

photo: at last month’s first Pair Go/Paella Night; photo by Chris Garlock

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Zhau Zhixun named 2019 Texas State Champion

Sab, 09/03/2019 - 23:32

Zhau (Troy) Zhixun 7d was named 2019 Texas State Champion after his victory in the South Central Go Tournament in Dallas on February 15th and 16th.

Among other prizes for winning the tournament, Troy received the 2019 Texas State Championship trophy and his name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque that will include the names of Texas State Champions for each year.

Troy lives in Austin, where he’s helped develop interest in the game of go, including the founding of the Austin Go Center for teaching go to area children.

 

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Soren Jaffe tops 5th annual Lake Erie Go Tournament

Sab, 09/03/2019 - 23:26

Soren Jaffe topped the March 2 Lake Erie Go Tournament. Nineteen players gathered on the Lake Erie College campus to play in the four-round tournament. Players’ skills ranged from 5 dan to 25 kyu. The tournament was co-directed by Soren Jaffe and Catherine Swank.

Dan Division: 1st: Soren Jaffe; 2nd: Michael Stevenson; 3rd: Devin Fraze
Kyu Division: 1st: Manny Jauregui; 2nd: David Rohlfing; 3rd: John Bacon

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Stephanie and Ryan’s YouTube channel marks milestone, offers challenge

Sab, 09/03/2019 - 23:21

Launched almost a year ago, Stephanie Yin 1P and Ryan Li’s YouTube channel, NYIG_Go, has now passed the 2,000 subscriber mark. To celebrate that milestone, as well as the approach of the channel’s launch anniversary, they’ll be offering free teaching games on as soon as they reach their goal of 5,000 subscribers. The popular duo, who run the New York Institute of Go, recently doubled their output to two videos each week. The videos cover a wide range of topics, from 30k-7d “Common Joseki” to “Best Moves and Monthly Mistakes” to “Go Fighting Strategies #1”. “We’d like to thank everyone for being so supportive,” said Yin. “To celebrate, we decided to offer ten free teaching games to our viewers if we reach our goal. Leave us a comment or question to any video to enter the draw!”

 

 

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Team of four North American women players needed for Wu Qingyuan Cup

Mar, 05/03/2019 - 06:57

American and Canadian women players 5D and stronger are invited to submit their names by March 5 for a chance to represent North America in the second Wu Qingyuan Cup, to be played April 26-30 in Fuzhou, China. North America and Europe have each been invited to send a team of four players, pro or amateur, to the event. The standard AGA and CGA eligibility rules will apply. The tournament will continue with semifinals in November for the top finishers. Please submit to tournaments@usgo.org with questions or your entry.

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Registration open for World Youth Goe Tourney

Mar, 05/03/2019 - 01:18
The  Ing Foundations annual World Youth Goe Championship will be held in Xian, China, July 22-27, and registration for the preliminaries is now open, reports Mingjiu Jiang 7P.  “The tournament is open to US citizens, resident in the US for at least 6 of the past 12 months; Senior Group (Age 12—15) Junior Group (Age under 12). Players cannot attend in the same group more than twice in 3 years, for instance, if you obtain the seat this year, you cannot join the US team again for 3 years,” says Jiang.
 
The qualifier games will be played on KGS, with Ing rules, 1 hour 3/30 each. Skype video call will be required for all games. “We will pick the top four players of each group,” said Jiang. The final winner of each group will be invited to play this year’s Ing’s World Youth Cup in China.  The qualifier will be  Mar. 23 and 24. At 9:00am PST and 1:00pm PST.  To register email mingjiu7p@hotmail.com or call (650-796-1602) by Mar.17, 2019.  Please include your name, date of birth, rank, KGS ID, phone number and address. - Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo: Last year’s team, Elwin Li, Mingjiu Jiang, and Melissa Cao.  Photo by Mingjiu Jiang.
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Solve weekly go problems for prizes

Mar, 05/03/2019 - 00:40
“Besides playing go games, it is also important for players to solve go problems regularly,” says American Go Honor Society Vice President Jeremy Chiu, “This year, the AGHS has implemented weekly go problems for players to solve on our webpage. This will give players of all levels an opportunity to solve problems and earn prizes as they climb up the leaderboard. The problems include different topics such as life and death, tesuji, and endgame. To participate, first create an account on the AGHS website with your AGA rank. Then, complete the problem that corresponds to your rank and submit a JPG, PNG, or SGF file in the Google Forms link on the AGHS webpage by every Saturday (11:59 pm EST) of the week the problems are posted.” -Lionel Zhang, EJ Youth Correspondent
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Upcoming Go Events: Seattle

Lun, 04/03/2019 - 22:43

March 5: Seattle, WA
Pro Simuls – Mr. Tajiri 5 Dan
Mike Malveaux programs@seattlego.org 206-545-1424

March 7: Seattle, WA
Pro Lecture with Mr. Yuto Tajiri, 5P
Mike Malveaux programs@seattlego.org 206-545-1424

March 9: Seattle, WA
Seattle Speed League – March!
Mike Malveaux programs@seattlego.org 206-545-1424

Get the latest go events information.

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NGC’s Pair Go/Paella Night a big hit

Mer, 27/02/2019 - 06:29

The National Go Center’s first ever Pair Go and Paella Night last Friday was a big hit. Nearly 30 turned out to sample E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock’s vegetable paella with garlic sauce and then thirteen pairs competed with strong contingents from University of MD and the Baltimore Go Club, including the undefeated pair of Blair Chisholm and Keith Arnold. Organizer and TD Hal Small also went undefeated with his wife Betsy.

“There was a strong sentiment for a monthly Friday night social with interest in either Pair Go or a Lightning Tourney – and of course paella!” reports organizer Haskell Small.

In other NGC news, last week’s snowed-out Community Meeting will be held this Wednesday. “This month we’ll be discussing social media and promotion to get the word out about the NGC,” says Gurujeet Khalsa. “We’ll talk about our first 2-day Cherry Blossom tournament coming up on 3/30-3/31 as well.” The meeting starts at 7p on Wednesday Feb. 27; “bring your best ideas, then stay and play some Go.” Pizza will be served.
photos by Chris Garlock

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