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Post #1 Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:23 am 
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This year's Go Congress at William and Mary University in Williamsburg was a lot of fun.

- 2018 built on the technology advancements made by others (Andrew Jackson, etc.) in earlier years. We got a text message of who our opponent was and at what board 30 minutes before start time. The AGA bought a bunch of nice big flat screen monitors to show videos and scheduling that will be used at future congresses.
- There was a Senior's tournament, available to people over 55. Some of the seniors over 70 complained there should be a "super seniors" category for them. :-)
- "Baum prizes" - named after the late Leonard Baum (http://www.usgo.org/news/2018/06/in-memoriam-leonard-baum/) - were instituted that rewarded youngsters and oldsters (at least 40 year age difference) for playing each other. One of my US Open opponents asked me to sign her Baum slip. I had to inform her that while I look ancient in her eyes, I am only about 30 years older than she is.
- I didn't follow the US Open Masters tournament that closely, but I believe 9Ps Ding Wei and Ahn Dalhoon were defeated by some of our home-grown players.
- 2019 Congress is officially in Madison, Wisconsin (July 13-20, a little earlier than usual). Madison is to the Midwest what Austin is to Texas. So yippee.
- 2020 Congress is unofficially somewhere in Colorado. Again, yippee.


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Post #2 Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:27 am 
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mhlepore wrote:
I didn't follow the US Open Masters tournament that closely, but I believe 9Ps Ding Wei and Ahn Dalhoon were defeated by some of our home-grown players.

They actually lost a total of 5 games between them (of course, one of those games was the one they both played)!

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Post #3 Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:28 pm 
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mhlepore wrote:
...2019 Congress is officially in Madison, Wisconsin (July 13-20...


Thanks for posting this.

mhlepore wrote:
...a little earlier than usual...


For years I have believed that the AGA and the European Go Federation should work together to stagger their meetings so that players could attend both.

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Post #4 Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:02 am 
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Joaz Banbeck wrote:
For years I have believed that the AGA and the European Go Federation should work together to stagger their meetings so that players could attend both.


I suspect time and/or money are not that plentiful for most people.

That said, I saw the Latin American Congress is being held in October (in Guatemala). Might be nice to attend - spaced far out from the others, and can support growth of Go in Latin America.

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I had to inform her that while I look ancient in her eyes, I am only about 30 years older than she is.
5 v. 33. :)


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