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Post #1 Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:22 am 
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Are there any plans to allow more AGA players to become professionals?

Also, what are the rules for promotion? The EGf announced their promotion rules in 2017.

I saw somewhere that Ryan Li was listed 2p. Does anybody know when he became 2p and why?

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Post #2 Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:56 am 
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There isn't a lot on this at the main AGA page: http://www.usgo.org/aga-professional-system.

It does say that the tournament is held annually, which doesn't seem correct, but maybe I'm just not paying close attention.

I may ping them for an update.

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Post #3 Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:40 am 
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I saw that page, but as you can see the process seems to have died in 2014...

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Post #4 Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:21 am 
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I´m curious, if you have plans in AGA for more professionals. The last came in 2015, thats 4 years ago. Did the contract with Korean Assoication end(if I remember right, the AGA worked with them together for it). Or is it about changing the system?

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Post #5 Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:37 pm 
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Tonight I was talking to one of my friends and he told me that the AGA had "lost its authority" to issue further pro qualifications under threat of a lawsuit. I did not get more info than that and the ones threatening a lawsuit are associated with someone who offered his legal services to the AGA only to be turned away AFAIK.

I propose that the AGA hold a nationwide annual or triannual (every 3 years) tournament, in which the best players in each of the 50 states play in a knockout tournament to determine who will be the national champion. This might currently be more feasible than a pro ranking system.


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Post #6 Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:06 am 
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The AGA doesn't always communicate things that effectively, so I can't rule out that this happened and no one has said anything.

But that's a big story to accept on hearsay.

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Post #7 Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:49 am 
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That does sound like a wild rumor. The AGA is still able to hold professional tournaments. Something like that would be brought up with the Board and has not for the last two years at least. I briefly checked with someone involved with the AGA Professional Program and he has not heard that.

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Post #8 Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:37 pm 
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Either way, it's not a good idea to have pro tournaments too often, because we don't have enough strong players that are active in the AGA. I don't know what the perfect formula is, but having tournaments too often will lower the bar.

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