Our First Chamisa Flower Go Tournament

Aldea Community Center: photo by Robert Cordingley

A gentle but temperate desert breeze ruffled the Results Slips while players from northern New Mexico vied for a place in the first Chamisa Flower Go Tournament. Held on Saturday September 22nd at the Aldea Community Center the tournament brought in players from across northern New Mexico. In the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos mountains where the Chamisa blooms and the Aspens are golden this time of year, the Santa Fe Go Club is working hard to build up the active Go playing community by holding such handicap tournaments and teaching beginners.

After round two we repaired with our Lunch Vouchers in hand to the local Cafe Aldea for a hearty lunch. Rounds three and four brought the tournament to a close and there was a three way tie for the top 3 places. Sorensen (4d) won on the first tiebreaker followed by Skinner (1k) and Cordingley (2k) for 2nd and 3rd respectively. Interestingly, if head-to-head results had been relied on it could have been a problem, because while Sorensen beat Skinner who beat Cordingley, Cordingley beat Sorensen. As well as award certificates and cash the top two enjoyed gift certificates generously underwritten by Slate and Shell, publishers of many Go books. Full details including the cross tab and final placings are available to all players and subscribers of GoClubsOnline ( where the tournament was managed and rounds paired.

(A version of this article was first submitted to the AGA eJournal).

Recent additions to our library

We have three new additions to our club library:

  • The Go Companion – Go in History and Culture – by John Fairbairn and T Mark Hall
  • Brilliance/Power – Jowa’s ‘Ghost Moves’ Destroy Intetsu/Honinbo Shusai Defends the Nihon Ki-in – also by John Fairbairn
  • Modern Masters Vol 1. – Michael Redmond 9 dan comments on Three Pro Games

As a Santa Fe Go Club member you can checkout these books on line via GoClubsOnline ( Not yet a member?  See for more info.

Our thanks go to one of our regular players for donating these books.

The Chamisa Flower Go Tournament

Fall in Santa Fe, NM can be a great time to visit with other Go players. With the aspen trees golden, the chamisas in bloom and mild temperatures it’s just wonderful. In autumn, the bright golden-yellow chamisa flowers can be seen all over town. This hardy native of the Rocky Mountain high desert has the botanical name Ericameria nauseosa.

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding the Chamisa Flower Go Tournament on September 22-23 at the Aldea Community Center, 3 Nuevo Milenio, Santa Fe, NM.  This AGA rated tournament, open to players of all strengths, will allow new players to establish an AGA rating and let seasoned players update any existing rating.  Players are strongly advised to register online at GoClubsOnline before close of day Sept 20.

Lunch is included for online registrants and will be served at the nearby Aldea Cafe. On site registrants will be responsible for their own lunch. Beverages with lunch are extra and include coffee, tea, soda, bottled water, beer and wine.

Plan to arrive between 8 and 8:30 am for onsite check-in on Saturday allowing us to start as promptly as possible.

Then after prizes are awarded on Sunday plan to stay for refreshments and Music on the Plaza sponsored by the local Home Owners Association!

You can register now at GoClubsOnline and see more information.