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[Seattle Go Center] On Line Team Tournament with German Club

While at Maeda Sensei's Osaka Go Camp this summer, Bill Chiles from the Seattle Go Center met a German player, Holger. Holger's go club in Berlin enjoys fun tournaments between go clubs. These are for friendship and cultural sharing, and Holger's folks even hang out at someone's house while a game is being played on line, drink beer, eat food, discuss the game (of course, without helping the person playing the game :-)). We are just beginning to plan such a tournament between Seattle and Holger's go club.


For now we would simply like to gauge interest.  Who would be interested in committing to some online games with this other club?  If you are interested, the first step is to register with the Go Server “OGS” at https://online-go.com

(By the way, this Go Server is easy to use.  It does not require that you download a “client”.)

The second step is to join the group “Seattle-Berlin” within OGS.  Click the “Groups” tab, and then type “Seattle” into the search field. So join this group! (Seattle-Berlin). If there's enough interest, we'll talk to Holger and have some of his folks join this group, and play some test games.


For the tournament, we would likely group people by obvious strength buckets and create pairings. The games would be handicapped. After we play the test games, we will figure out the handicapping (American Go Association vs. European Go Federation). Perhaps everybody will have an OGS rating by then, and we can use that. We can also work out schedules and when games are played so that, for example, if we wanted to have a gathering of people while a game is going on, we can do that too. Because of the time difference, it looks like the best time to play tournaments will be around 10 am or 11 am on the weekends, Pacific Daylight Time.


That's all the info for now, so please join the Seattle-Berlin OGS group at https://online-go.com  if you are interested. While we won't kick off the tournament probably until after the winter holidays, please do sign up in the next couple of weeks so that we can play some informal games to judge our relative strengths.


Brian Allen and Bill Chiles Sept 10, 2016



Brian  Allen

General Manager, Seattle Go Center

Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West

700 NE 45th Street

Seattle WA  98105

206 545-1424 (Go Center)

206 370-1069 (Cell Phone)

206 632-1122 (Office at Home)

manager@seattlego.org (e-mail)

www.seattlego.org (website)


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