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[Seattle Go Center] Strong players coming to the Go Center

Hello fellow Go enthusiasts,

This issue of the Weakly Kibitzer spotlights some of the stronger players who come through the Go Center, and how they "give back" to the Go community.  We have some opportunities for you to learn from strong players in the next few weeks.
Jonathan Cheng, SDK Wednesdays, 6pm
The (newly renamed) Single-Digit Kyu class continues tomorrow, 6pm!  Jonathan Cheng, rated 7 dan on Tygem, will play simuls with all challengers!  Email him at sls19050@gmail.com if you plan to come, so he knows how much sushi to order.  (I'm kidding -- there's no sushi.  It's so he knows what to expect.)
Ono Shingo, Japanese strong amateur, Feb. 29 - Mar. 3
A friend of Chris Scribner's, 小野慎吾 (Ono Shingo), will visit Seattle in a couple of weeks.  He's ranked as a Japanese amateur 7 dan, but in tournaments he plays at a 12d rating.  He's not an accredited pro, but his strength is close to pro 1 dan.  Chris listed a few of Mr. Ono's achievements from his profile page, which I'll put on the Go Center website:
While he's here, Mr. Ono has generously offered to play simuls, with up to 4 players at a time (one session Saturday Feb. 29, and another session Tuesday March 3).  He also will be competing in the monthly AGA ratings tournament on March 1, which is an outstanding opportunity for a challenging game!  Further, he's interested in getting together with other strong players.  If you're interested, please email programs@SeattleGo.org and I'll pass it along to Chris and Mr. Ono.
Mr. Daiki Komatsu, 3P, Mar. 9 - Mar. 13
Japanese 3 Dan pro, Mr. Daiki Komatsu, will visit Seattle Go Center the second week of March.  The Go Center is very lucky to have such support from the Nihon Ki-in!  Here's what's tentatively scheduled -- watch for updates.
Mon. March 9 - 6:30pm - Double Digit Kyu lecture!
Tue. March 10 - 2:30pm - Simuls!
Tue. March 10 - 6:30pm - More simuls!
Wed. March 11 - 6:00pm - Single Digit Kyu lecture!
Self-Paired rated games
With all this coaching, you'll undoubtedly be getting stronger.  You don't have to wait for the monthly tournaments to play a rated game!  You and your opponent at the Go Center can submit your game for ratings, if it meets all of these conditions:
  • Both players, before starting, agree to submit the game for ratings;
  • Both players have current membership in the AGA;
  • Handicap is 9 stones or less;
  • Time limits are at minimum:
    • 30 minutes per player + byo yomi / overtime, or
    • 45 minutes per player absolute / sudden death
    • Time limits can be longer than these -- in fact, there's no maximum time limit.
There are self-paired reporting slips on the reception table.  Fill it out before you start your match.  At the end of your match, circle the winning player's name, and both players initial the slip.  Give the slip to the Day Manager on duty, or put it in the glass jar on the table near the elevator.  That's all there is to it!
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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