Good evening, all.
If you're reading this, you're known to the Australian Go Association as a tournament player, or you're in one of the many go mailing lists around the country, or we think you might be interested.
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NEXT FIRST CLASS TOURNAMENTS - http://www.australiango.asn.au/Events.php
2014 New Zealand Open, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October, Auckland, New Zealand.
1st Sydney Spring Tournament, Sunday 19th October, Surry Hills, New South Wales
4th Gold Coast Classic, Sunday 26th October, Helensvale, Queensland
37th Australian Championships, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December, Sydney City Go Club, Surry Hills (Sydney), New South Wales
35th Queensland Championships, Saturday 28th February to Sunday 1st March, University of Queensland (Brisbane), Queensland
The Australian tournaments all attract selection points towards qualification for the Australian teams at the various world championships (see below). We aren't just interested in these first-class tournaments; we want to know about all the other tournaments your club runs, and any serious online events. The more information we have, the more precise a rating can be computed. For example, at the moment, updates to the points tables and rankings on the AGA web pages are waiting on incorporating the Golden Aussie results from Melbourne and the Queensland Open results from Brisbane.
The 2014 Australian Capital Territory champion (Canberra, 26 July) is Li Zhiwei 5d, heading a select cohort of players with John Chen 3d in second place and Rhys Davies 2d in third.
The 2014 Korean Ambassador's Cup champion (Sydney, Sunday 17 August) is Wei Zhou 7d, closely followed by Guyu Liu 7d then Weijiang Chen 6d. Division B champions were Shengfang Zhou 4d and Ming Xu 3d, in a dead heat, and Division 3 (kyu) was won by Florian Max 5k. I sense a promotion in Florian's future. 47 competitors, all told.
The 2014 Auckland Open champions are Ken Xie and Doyoung Kim, in a dead heat at four wins each, with Juhau Zhou and David Wu on equal third.
The Australian room on the Online Go Server - http://online-go.com/group/261
- now has 39 members from 22k (silvia.loveza, Western Australia) to 6d (jackguo, Sydney). This server supports regular online go (like KGS) and also correspondence go (for the time-challenged). Join usssss....
The Australian Go Ladder has seven members - second place is Mr Newby (5k) and tzorec (12k), who are in a race to see who takes down the leader.
The Australia Room on the KGS Go Server is also going strong - if you'd like to organise online events there, talk to Matthew Crossman (matjet) the room administrator.
There is an Australian Go Association board on the famous Life In 19x19 go forum. If you want to discuss Australian go (or bag the AGA) this is the place to do it, and people from the AGA reads the forum regularly.
The Queensland vs New South Wales friendly games are back, this time with 6 players from all over New South Wales going up against a mixed bag of Queenslanders, from fifth dan to ninth kyu. Kickoff for the next round is at Sunday 14 September, 3pm AEST. All ranks welcome, but registration is closed for this round; talk to David or Yoko on Facebook or at their clubs to join in the next round. If you can play the game at all, we can find you someone to play with.
email list ([AusGo]) is for announcements to Australian go players. Post anything you think might be interesting - it's moderated to filter out the spam.
The @australiango twitter account has risen from the dead for #LearnGoWeek. Follow it for more real-time news than this monthly newsletter.
CLUBS - http://www.australiango.asn.au/Clubs.php
Southern Cross University Go Club meets in Lismore on the SCU campus. Email Robin Garner (email@example.com
) for more details.
University of Sydney Go Club meets on campus from 1-3pm on Tuesdays in the International Students lounge, level 4 Wentworth building.
University of New South Wales Go Club meets on campus in conference room G37 in Chem Science again from 12:30 - 5:00 on Wednesdays.
Sydney City Go Club is still going strong, with a spring tournament coming up next month.
Zhuo Jia Dai of Sydney has generously sponsored a meetup.com group for Sydney go clubs to advertise their meetings. You have a club? Join in. You want to help? Contact him via any of the above clubs.
Learn Go Week is spawning events all over the world: Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, France, England, United States, Mexico, Canada, Corsica, Colombia, Czech Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Ukraine. If you're nearby and want to teach someone some go, why not drag them along?
The Ing Go Foundation has extended an informal invitation to Australian university students to send a delegation to compete in the 3rd International Collegiate Go Tournament, to be held in Taiwan in 2015. Contact Neville Smythe of the Canberra Go Club if you are interested.
Aaron Chen 2d (Sydney) is provisionally selected as Australia's representative to the 2014 Korean Prime Minister's Cup.
The 2014 World Pair Go championship is next month, October 24 to 28 in Tokyo. The team from Australia are Amy Song 3d (Sydney) and Wei Xu 5d (Melbourne).
The 8th Kim-In Cup International Senior Baduk Competition has invited Australia to send competitors to the men's team event (over 50), women's team event (over 30) and individual tournaments in GangJin City, South Korea, November 7-10 2014. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
if you're interested / want to go over in a group.
....and that's all the news that's fit to print. If you have some, share by return email or hit up @australiango on twitter.