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Santa Fe Spring Tournament exceeds expectations

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Crouched: Towa Bear, Jon, Bill – Front row: Hannah, Carolyn, Lew, Zhou, Stewart (seated) – Back row: Robert, Mario, Steven, Nathaniel, Nicolas, Billy, Bob

On May 4th, the Santa Fe Go Club held its first AGA rated tournament in several years. A mixed crowd and some interested watchers attended the Spring Go Tournament with a record 14 players from Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Albuquerque, NM.

As an experiment for the Santa Fe Go Club, the first round was paired as usual, followed by as many self-paired games that could be fitted in. The tournament was held at a private home with outdoor areas that were much enjoyed for game reviews in the beautiful, early, spring weather.

Billy Maier won first place with Mario Espinoza a close second and Jonathan Zingale coming in third. Prizes were awarded to everyone. Robert Cordingley as the tournament director, ran the GoClubsOnLine software (goclubs.org) to pair, record games and determine winners. Many thanks go to Steve Uhl and Lew Geer for donating prizes and our additional sponsor, photographer and host Nancy Dahl.

Steven and Robert review their game

Steven and Robert review their game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn vs Hannah, Zhou vs Bill

Carolyn vs Hannah, Zhou vs Bill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying the outdoors

Enjoying the outdoors

 

Santa Fe Spring Go Tournament

IMG_6600On Saturday March 4 we are holding our Spring tournament. This will be slightly different from past tournaments in that the first round will be paired but subsequent games will be self-paired. As an experiment this promises to be quite exciting. It is an AGA rated tournament so that players can update an existing AGA rating or if unrated get their first AGA rating! As a handicap tournament, all playing strengths are welcome. Prizes will be awarded to deserving players!

Check-in will start at 9:00 am at the home of Nancy Dahl with the first round scheduled to start at 10:00 am. Sandwiches and beverages will be provided for lunch for entrants at no charge. While there are no tournament fees, an AGA Number will be required*. Register online now at GoClubsOnline. Players can either pay any fees via credit card during registration or on the day with cash or checks. Directions are also available in the online details of the tournament.

* If you don’t yet have an AGA Number or wish to join please visit the AGA ahead of time at https://www.usgo.org/members/join. If you need to update your AGA membership please login at https://www.usgo.org/members/login.

More information on our tournaments is also available above under ‘Tournaments’.

Rated Go Games in Albuquerque

alb-pub-libraryBob Gilman reports that a few of us here in Albuquerque will be getting together Saturday, January 14, 12:30 to 3:30 pm to play AGA rated games. We’ll be at the Juan Tabo branch of the Albuquerque public library. If any of you would like to join us then, you’d be very welcome.