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[Seattle Go Center] Closed Nov. 11; Please volunteer; Pair Go Dec. 7; Nov. 3 tournament results.

Hello fellow Go enthusiasts,

Here's what's going on at the Go Center.

Closed Veterans' Day
The Go Center will be closed, and the Double Digit Kyu canceled for the day, on Monday, November 11, for the Armistice Day / Veterans' Day holiday.

Volunteers Needed: Day Managers
The Go Center would like to expand our volunteer Day Manager corps. The work is easy -- empty the dishwasher, take out the trash, greet visitors and show them around, and teach the rules to new players. In return, you get the satisfaction of helping the community of Go players, and helping grow our game in the Puget Sound region. We have a few different schedule slots we'd like help staffing, including the occasional substitute; so please help pitch in.

Volunteers Needed: Outreach
We're also looking for a few people to help with outreach at schools near the Go Center. If you're ever free on Wednesdays around 12:00 to 3:00, the next generation of Go players is waiting to be inspired by you! Let Mike know at programs@SeattleGo.org
Also Wednesdays at Uwajimaya, 6:00-8:00 -- help keep our long-running outreach program there going! If we have a couple of folks who can substitute once in a while, that'll really help Kyle and Dennis. Our equipment is stored on-site for us, so there's no lugging Go sets around. Volunteering is easy and fun, so help us keep it GOing.

Pair Go dolls sighted
Go Center President Anne Thompson and Operations Manager Brian Allen were sighted playing with dolls in the tatami room. That can mean only one thing: It's almost time for another GALA NIGHT of PAIR GO! With dessert, of course. Save the date: Saturday, December 7, 5PM-10PM.

Tournament report Nov. 3
Sunday, 14 players (including 4 youth) competed in the free monthly AGA ratings tournament. Strengths ranged from 9 kyu to 4 dan, and all but one game had handicap 3 or less. Thanks to Peter Kron for handling the TD duties!
Three-games winners were: Xiangnan (Frank) Chen (2d), Jung Gone Lee (2k), and Alejandro Jimenez (8k).
There was some controversy about consistency in self-promotion. I was going to write a whole explanation, so I started reading up on the ratings system at https://www.usgo.org/ratings (the PDF files at the bottom), and I learned that it's more complicated than I'd remembered, with expert advice that seems potentially inconsistent. So, checking the most recent file, it says:
"Self promotion is a necessary part of the AGA ratings. It allows the system to adapt to rapidly improving players and compensates for inactive players returning to rated play after having improved markedly in their absence."
Of course, there also are problems with self-promotion. If players who are eager for a higher rating self-promote too much or too soon, it doesn't help; and if too many players self-promote at the same time, then it's as if nobody self-promoted.
Anyway, the policy is "A player may, after consultation with the TD, elect to play at a higher rank, which is at the discretion of the TD" (see https://www.usgo.org/sites/default/files/pdf/AGATournamentRegulations2014.pdf VI.A.1.d. on page 5). If you can explain why your official AGA rating is no longer accurate, then the TD is likely to grant at least some self-promotion for pairings purposes. If you have questions or concerns about this, please email programs@SeattleGo.org or talk to Mike on a Tuesday.

See you soon at the Go Center,

Mike Malveaux
Seattle Go Center Programs Manager

email: programs@SeattleGo.org
web: www.SeattleGo.org
Go Center phone: 206-545-1424

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