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IMSA World Masters Championship report

Sunday May 19, 2019

The 2019 IMSA World Masters Championship was held in Hengshui, China, from May 13 to 18. The Championship included five sports, Go, Chess, Bridge, Draughts, and Xiangqi, which in total offered 99 medals in 17 disciplines, with 170 players from 47 countries participating.
In Go, Men’s team (round-robin), Women’s team (round-robin), and Pair Go (bracket-tournament) competitions took place. Players were invited from six regions – China, Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Europe, and North America. North America was represented by Ryan Li 1P, William Shi 1P, and Eric Lui 1P in Men’s, Shirley Lin 1P and Gabriella Su 6D in Women’s, and Eric Lui 1P and Shirley Lin 1P in Pair Go. 
The competition results are as follows:
Men’s Team
1st: China; 2nd: Korea; 3rd: Japan; 4th: Chinese Taipei; 5th: Europe; 6th: North America
Women’s Team: 1st: Korea; 2nd: China; 3rd: Japan; 4th: Chinese Taipei; 5th: North America; 6th: Europe
Pair Go (6 pairs from each region plus 2 wildcard pairs selected by drawing): 1st: Korea (Choi Jeong & Shin Jinseo); 2nd: Chinese Taipei – wildcard (Pai Hsin Hui & Lin Li Hsiang); 3rd: Chinese Taipei (Jiajia Missingham Joanne & Wang Yuan Jyun); 4th: Europe (Natalia Kovaleva & Ilya Shikshin); 5th: China (Yu Zhiying & Mi Yuting)6th: Europe – wildcard (Ariane Ougier & Pavol Lisy); 7th: Japan (Eiko Nyu & Daisuke Murakawa); 8th: North America (Shirley Lin & Eric Lui).
– Hajin Lee

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Web server upgrade update

Wednesday May 15, 2019

This week the AGA IT team upgraded the web server for the organization. The migration went smoothly and has resolved many issues. We focused on tightening up some security and fixing some long broken issues. Members will now see that the Membership Manager will automatically accept your payments again. This is great news for players and tournament directors everywhere. If there are any issues please report them to webmaster@usgo.org so we can take care of them. 
– Steve Colburn

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Seeking players for Samsung Fire & Marines Insurance World Masters Baduk Masters

Wednesday May 15, 2019

The 2019 Samsung Fire & Marines Insurance World Masters Baduk Masters tournament is inviting three players from North America to participate in their event, which will take place July 2nd through July 5th at the Korea Baduk Association. AGA-certified professionals and 6D+ amateur players are invited to apply. Sponsors will provide $1000 towards travel expenses. Please e-mail tournaments@usgo.org to apply (or ask for additional information) no later than Wednesday, May 22nd. In the event that we need to hold a qualifying event, please note that it will take place the weekend of May 25-26 and evenings of the week following, if necessary.
– Jeff Shaevel

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AGA to update web server May 14

Friday May 10, 2019

The AGA IT Team will be upgrading its web server on Tuesday May 14th starting at 7PM EST/4PM PST. “As we upgrade to the new server we will be placing the them into maintenance mode so no data is lost in the transfer,” says Steve Colburn. “We hope to have the changes completed in a timely manner that night.” The largest changes users will notice are that the site will be fully secure HTTPS and should ensure that there are no errors with the Membership Manager when paying membership fees. The site may take 24-48 hours to fully update.  “We are hoping that most users will be able to access the new site by Wednesday morning, and thank you for your patience during this time,” Colburn added.

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Professional slate for U.S. Go Congress shaping up

Thursday May 9, 2019

One of the main attractions of the annual U.S. Go Congress is expert coaching from professional players through game analyses,087 PStraus 2018 Yang analyzing copy lectures, simultaneous games, and informal interaction. As in past years, the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean professional associations are all sending representatives to this year’s Congress, set for July 13-20 in Madison, WI. The Chinese Weiqi Association will be sending Tianfeng Fang (8p), Heyang Zhou (9p), and Zhe Li (6p). The Kansai-kiin will be sending Ysuhiro Nakano (9p) “and we expect the Nihon-kiin to send two professionals to lead the Teachers’ Workshop,” says Congress Director Dave Weimer. The Korea Baduk Association is planning on sending two professionals as well.

The AGA expects a number of professional players based in North America to participate, as well. “Renowned teacher Yilun Yang (7p; photo) has already registered, along with our Yoonsung Kim (5p) and Cathy Li (1p) who will be joining us from Canada,” says Weimer.

In-seong Hwang (7d) will again do his four-lecture series. “We also note that the retired but ever popular Hajin Lee (4p) will be attending,” Weimer added.

photo: Yilun Yang at the 2018 US Go Congress; photo by Phil Straus

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Registration open for 46th Maryland Open

Thursday May 9, 2019

The 46th Maryland Open is coming up on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26. The longest running tournament in the nation, many go players use it to prep for the annual U.S. Go Congress, coming up in July. The event – held at the Catonsville Senior Center — includes five rounds, three on Saturday, two on Sunday. “Come for one day or both!” say organizers. So far, 16 players, ranging from 23 kyu to 6 dan have already registered.

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AGF launches professional matching program

Thursday May 9, 2019

IMG_2242.JPG - Version 2The American Go Foundation (AGF) is launching a new matching funds program for visiting professional workshops.  Modeled on a previous, but long defunct AGA program, the new grant encourages established go programs to take advantage of the professional go players residing here in America, both those certified by the AGA and by foreign organizations. The AGF will pay 50% of the cost, up to $1,500 per program, for locations that bring a Pro out to teach. Travel, lodging, and professional fees are all eligible for reimbursement. Each location may request funding up to the $1,500 limit. AGF programs and AGA Chapters are both eligible for this grant. Requests will be considered on a first come first serve basis up to a cap of $15,000 for the year. To view a list of professionals living in the US, visit the AGA Professionals page. To apply for matching, email the AGF at mail@agfgo.org.-Paul Barchilon, AGF Vice President. Photo: Yilun Yang at a 2008 workshop at the Boulder Kids and Teens Go Club.

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Hats on, as Justin Teng sweeps NGC Cinco de Mayo

Sunday May 5, 2019

Twenty six players turned out for the Cinco de Mayo/May the 4th Be With You Tournament at the National Go Center on2019.05.04 NGC cinco de mayo Saturday. Sombrero winners were: High Dan – Justin Teng (6D) 4-0; Low Dan – Raymond Hong (3D) 3-1 (Raymond’s first visit to the NGC, a great showing); Single Digit Kyu – Chizuko Sento (6K) 4-0 (Chizuko was also a winner the night before at Pair Go/Paella night); Double Digit Kyu – Betsy Small (13K) 3-1.

The next tournament at the NGC will be the traditional Congress Tune-up in June, and Pair Go/Paella with Chris Garlock’s delicious paella will resume in September.

– report by Gurujeet Khalsa; photo by Jeff Fitzgerald

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Lake Mendota now ice free; time to register for U.S. Go Congress

Saturday May 4, 2019

Spring has arrived in Madison, Wisconsin, and thoughts turn to …go, reports 2019 U.S. Go Congress Director Dave Weimer. 2019.05.04 Madison-springtime“Chairs are out on the lake-side terrace next to the site of the 2019 U.S. Go Congress, ready for go players to relax after their games,” Weimer tells the EJ. “Be sure to register during May to pay the early registration fee and reserve a ticket for the break day excursion to see the Milwaukee Brewers.” Click here for details.

photo by Dave Weimer

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Andy Liu and Mingjiu Jiang win 4th MLILY Cup Qualifier

Thursday May 2, 2019

In a 4-person double elimination, 3-round online tournament last weekend, Andy Liu and Mingjiu Jiang prevailed to become the North American representatives to the 4th MLILY Cup. The other players were Huiren Yang and Eric Lui.
– Jeff Shaevel, TD
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