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Scene from the February, 2014 Winter Go Tournament Bay Area Go Winter Tournament - February 22, 2014: Forty four kids and adults came to Berkeley on February 22nd to play in the Winter Go Tournament organized by Bay Area Go Players Association. Jeremy Chiu 6d, winner of the 2013 US Youth Go Championship junior division, led the open section with a 4-0 record. He faced a strong field, however, including 2012 European Women's Go Championship winner Vanessa Wong 7d, three-time Redmond Cup champion Aaron Ye 6d, and 2012 Korea Prime Minister Cup contestant Matthew Burrall 7d. Bay Area Go promoted the tournament as appropriate for players of all levels, and in fact a wide range of players participated. Three handicap sections in addition to the open section ensured that all players had a good shot at winning prizes. "It is nice that the really strong players had stiff competition in the open section," says organizer Roger Schrag, "But I am especially glad that the kyu players, double-digit kyus, and even 20+ kyu players all had people at their level to play." Photos by Zhihong Ma and Jay Chan
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Scene from the August, 2013 Summer Go Tournament Bay Area Go Summer Tournament - August 17, 2013: Forty six kids and adults came out to San Francisco's Japantown Center for this Summer Go Tournament. Players ranged in strength from 7 dan to 21 kyu. Thirteen people joined or renewed their American Go Association memberships in order to play in the event, and several were playing in their first tournament ever. Naoyuki Kai 7d led the pack with an impressive 4-0 record. "Some folks traveled three hours or more to get here, so I'm glad we could offer them a full day of competitive face-to-face go," said Tournament Director Steve Burrall. Reports event organizer Roger Schrag, "Longtime local go leader and past US Go Congress co-director Ernest Brown took lots of pictures and made a beautiful slide show. I hope people who haven't yet experienced playing in a go tournament will watch it to get an idea of how rewarding, fun, and social it is to play go over a physical board with dozens of other go players all around you." Photos by Ernest Brown
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Scene from the August, 2012 monthly ratings tournament Monthly Ratings Tournament - August 18, 2012: Twenty seven players from age eight to 72 came out to play in this tournament held in Palo Alto. Ranks ranged from 20 kyu to 6 dan, with six players entering at a rank of 4 dan or above. Justin Shieh 5d and Lucas Baker 4d led the Dan division with four wins apiece, while Jay Chan 1k led the Kyu division also with four wins. Four game winners and those playing in their first tournament ever got to take home a go book of their choosing, and Herb Doughty gave beginner go lessons in the courtyard just outside the tournament hall. Photos by Lisa Schrag
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Scene from the July, 2012 monthly ratings tournament Monthly Ratings Tournament - July 14, 2012: This tournament was held in San Francisco's Japantown Center, and featured a field of 39 players ranging from 18 kyu to 7 dan. Linden Chiu 2d, who was awarded an honorary dan-level certificate from the Korean Baduk Association at last year's US Go Congress, swept the dan division with a 4-0 record. In the kyu division, Jay Chan 1k, Allen Louderback 4k, Cameron Yu 7k, and Ciaran Fitzgerald 18k all led with 3-1 records. Photos by Karoline Burrall.
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Scene from the March, 2012 Go Expo Day Go Expo Day - March 11, 2012: The third annual Go Expo Day was a big success. Over 50 people from diverse backgrounds converged on the Oakland Asian Cultural Center to learn how to play go, pick up a free 9x9 go set and Way to Go booklet, and watch games in the monthly ratings tournament taking place in the room next door. "We need more teachers!" joyfully exclaimed Jay Chan, Go Expo Day co-organizer, as inquisitive adults and children poured into the room and filled all available seats. A few tournament players heeded the call for help, generously pausing their games and stepping in to teach until more go instructors could be brought in. Teacher Ernest Brown summed the day up nicely when he commented, "It was just so great to see so much interest and enthusiasm for go." Based on the success of this and previous outreach events, we will hold the next Go Expo Day during the September monthly ratings tournament instead of waiting until 2013. Photos by Steve Burrall and Roger Schrag.
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Scene from the February, 2012 monthly ratings tournament Monthly Ratings Tournament - February 11, 2012: Twenty one kids and adults came out to play face-to-face go in this monthly ratings tournament held at the home of the Palo Alto Go Club in Menlo Park. Players ranged in strength from 20 kyu to 5 dan, and five players either joined or renewed membership in the American Go Association in order to play in this tournament. In the dan division, Richard Malcolm 3d and Yue Fang 1d went undefeated with two wins apiece. In the kyu division, Bryan Tan 13k, Cieran Fitzgerald 19k, and Ben-Ami Lipkind 20k each won four games. Photos by Lisa Schrag.
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Scene from the September, 2011 monthly ratings tournament Monthly Ratings Tournament - September 10, 2011: A total of 32 adults and children came out to play in this tournament, ranging in rank from 5 dan to 19 kyu. In the dan division Li Zhang 5d, Aaron Ye 5d, Sammy Zhang 4d, Lucas Baker 3d, Richard Malcolm 2d, Linden Chiu 2d, and Kfir Dolev 1d each won two games. Meanwhile, in the kyu division Leon Hsieh 8k and Sybil Fu 16k won four games apiece.
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Scene from the August, 2011 monthly ratings tournament Monthly Ratings Tournament - August 13, 2011: "I was worried that most of our regular players would still be recovering from the US Go Congress and wouldn't make it," admitted tournament organizer Roger Schrag. But 29 kids and adults played in this tournament, more than half of them having just returned from the US Go Congress held in Santa Barbara less than a week earlier. Perhaps the Congress energized these players and reminded them how rewarding face to face go play can be? Tony Xie 5d swept the dan division with an impressive 4-0 record. In the kyu division, Raymond Feng 6k and Bryan Tan 13k led with four wins and one loss each. Photos by Lisa Schrag.
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Scene from the July, 2011 monthly ratings tournament Monthly Ratings Tournament - July 9, 2011: This month's tournament was held in Palo Alto. The playing field consisted of twenty four kids and adults ranging from 20 kyu to 4 dan. Tournament organizer Roger Schrag estimates that at least half of the players will be heading to Santa Barbara in a few weeks to play in the US Go Congress, the biggest go event held in this country. Kaiyang Liu 1d led the dan division with four wins, and Cieran Fitzgerald 20k led the kyu division also with four wins. Photos by Lisa Schrag.
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Scene from the June, 2011 workshop with Yilun Yang 7P Yilun Yang 7P Workshop - June 25-26, 2011: Twenty three adults and children ranging from 7 dan to 22 kyu came to Berkeley the last weekend of June to learn from this very popular teacher in his first weekend workshop ever held in the Bay Area. Each day was packed full of carefully prepared lectures, opportunities to try out the new techniques that were taught, game analysis, and question and answer sessions. There was a lot of positive feedback from the students, and Mr. Yang thought the workshop went really well also. Photos by Lisa Schrag.
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Scene from the June, 2011 monthly ratings tournament Monthly Ratings Tournament - June 11, 2011: Twenty-six adults and children came out to San Francisco's Japantown Center to play in this tournament. Players ranged in rank from 20 kyu to 5 dan. Richard Malcolm 2d led the dan players with a 4-0 record, and Ryan Tang led the kyu players with a 5-0 record. Three people played in their first tournament. Photos by Roger Schrag.
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Scene from the May, 2011 monthly ratings tournament Monthly Ratings Tournament and Annual Go Expo Day - May 14, 2011: Nearly 100 people of all ages came out to the Oakland Asian Cultural Center for a fun day of go and learning. Nineteen played in the all-day tournament rated by the American Go Association. Players ranged in rank from 30 kyu to 5 dan, and in age from under ten to over 70. Patrick Wang 12k won the most games with a 4-1 record, and six people played in their first tournament ever. Excitement and energy levels rose sharply in the afternoon when the free go lessons began. About 75 eager students of all ages came to learn how to play go and to pick up a free instruction book and starter go set. Volunteers talked about go's rich cultural history and taught the enthusiastic crowd how to play the world's oldest board game--going over the rules, teaching basic strategy, and playing games one-on-one and in small groups. Photos by Roger Schrag.
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Scene from the March, 2011 monthly ratings tournament Monthly Ratings Tournament - March 19, 2011: Twenty five adults and kids escaped the pouring rain to play in this monthly ratings tournament, held at the Ing Goe Center in Menlo Park. The tournament drew players ranging from 7 dan to 20 kyu. Four played in a rated tournament for the very first time. The young ones ruled the day, with six of the eight top game winners under the age of 12. In the dan division, Zhirui Yang 6d and Richard Malcolm 2d each won three games. In the kyu division, Larry Qu 3k and Ciaran Fitzgerald 20k won four games apiece. Photos by Roger Schrag.
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Scene from the February, 2011 monthly ratings tournament Monthly Ratings Tournament - February 12, 2011: Two dozen go players ranging from 19 kyu to 7 dan met up in Palo Alto for a relaxed but serious tournament. Continuous pairing is used so that players can play as many or as few games as they want, without having to wait around for slower players to finish their games before the next round can begin. Henry Zhang 1d and Linden Chiu 1d led the dan division with three wins apiece, while Larry Qu 4k swept in the kyu division with a 4-0 record. Photos by Lisa Schrag.
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Scene from the December, 2010 monthly ratings tournament Monthly Ratings Tournament - December 11, 2010: Twenty five players, ranging from 20 kyu to 4 dan, came in out of the rain for some challenging games of go. Some just dropped in for a game or two, while others played as many as six serious games. Zhi Rui Yang 4d led the dan division with five wins, while Jay Chan 3k led the kyu division with four wins. Aaron Ye 3d, Lucas Baker 3d, Herb Doughty 4k, Victor Wang 7k, Joseph Ehrlich 17k, and Bryan Tan 20k won three games apiece. Photos by Lisa Schrag.
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Scene from the November, 2010 monthly ratings tournament Monthly Ratings Tournament - November 13, 2010: Twenty nine players came out for a day of face-to-face go. The highest ranked player was a ten year old boy, a 5 dan visiting from China. Aaron Ye 3d led the dan division with four wins, and Larry Qu 5k led the kyu division also with four wins. Justin Shieh 4d, Kersam Liu 2d, Jay Chan 3k, Kfir Dolev 3k, Sile Chen 4k, Roger Schrag 5k, Eric Tran 7k, and Ciaran Fitzgerald 19k each picked up three wins apiece. Photos by Lisa Schrag.
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Scene from the November, 2010 workshops with Tadashi Sasaki Tadashi Sasaki Workshops - November 6 and 7, 2010: A total of 19 go players ranging in strength from 17 kyu to 2 dan attended a pair of one day workshops with Tadashi Sasaki, 8 dan professional. This was Sasaki's first visit to Northern California in over 20 years, and he was very pleased to finally get to ride the San Francisco cable cars. (His last visit was shortly after the 1989 earthquake and the cable cars were not running.) Each student got to play a teaching game with the Sensei, including review and analysis. The small class size each day allowed students to ask lots of questions and get individual attention. And what does the Sensei enjoy doing when he isn't playing go? "Teach go, of course," he says with a laugh. Photos by Paul Goodman, Roger Schrag, and David Su.
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