UCLA triumphed this past Saturday in the CGL Season Five Championships, defeating U Toronto to claim first place! They take home $250 to spend on their club. UCLA was unable to overcome Toronto's first board, Ryan Li 1p, but their second and third boards won the day. Cornell University takes 3rd place.
The CGL Season Five Championships finals are upon us! From a starting pool of 8 schools, only two remain: University of Toronto and UCLA. The two will face off on Saturday, April 30, 1pm ET / 10am PT, to determine the 1st and 2nd place winners. UMichigan and Cornell, the semifinals losers, will face off to determine 3rd place.
Get hyped for the Season 5 Championships! Our top 8 schools will be duking it out over the next few weekends for the honor of becoming this year's champions.
If you've ever tried to recruit new members for your Go club, you know that it can be pretty tough. Recruiting can become easier when you understand a little bit about the people you're targeting.
A new ACGA program for university Go clubs
Being short on Go equipment is a common problem for university Go clubs just starting out or trying to expand. Case in point: last year, I started the Wash U Go club with a handful of boards and stones from the Harvard/MIT Go club supply. Unfortunately, a few days ago, our boards were accidentally cleared out by cleaning staff who didn't know whose they were (putting our club temporarily out of business). Over the last couple of years, we've heard from a number of clubs having trouble acquiring enough basic Go equipment to fulfill their needs.
To combat this issue, I'm happy to announce a new equipment grant program for university Go clubs, jointly run by the ACGA and the American Ing Go Center. The program is really simple: if you're a university Go club member (or want to start a club at your university) and need Go equipment to improve your club, the American Ing Go Center will reimburse you for up to $250 in boards, books, and stones, shipped to your club!
Here's how Wash U did it.
University of Maryland wins the CGL Season Four Championships!
On Sunday April 25, 2015, University of Maryland won the CGL Season Four Championships! All three boards were very closely contested. An hour and a half into the championship match, UCLA had won board 2 and UMD had won board 3. The game came down to a nailbitingly close board 1 game in which several groups came magically back alive on both sides.
Gansheng Shi 1p broadcast a live review of the board 1 game on KGS. If you missed it, you can find the review below!
First - Congratulations for UMD and UCLA for defeating their opponents this past Saturday!
Kim Myungwan, Korean 9d professional, dropped by Harvard and MIT's Go clubs this past weekend to scout out the collegiate Go scene. He gave a short review of a game between Evan Cho, a former Korean insei, and Ryan Li, recently minted 1d American professional. During his review, he applied general principles of Go to make comments on the players' moves.
Four Finalists for CGL Championships
Congratulations to University of Minnesota, University of Michigan, UCLA, and University of Maryland for securing positions in the Season Four CGL Championships!
On April 11 and 25, our four schools will face off for a chance to win the championship - and a shiny trophy to go along with the $250 first prize.
Based on results from Season Four, our four finalists are seeded as follows:
- University of Minnesota
- University of Michigan
- University of Maryland
Round 1, April 11:
- 1st seed vs. 4th seed
- 2nd seed vs 3rd seed
Round 2, April 25:
- Winners -> 1st and 2nd place
- Losers -> 3rd and 4th place
Gansheng Shi 1p will be on hand to commentate the top board for each match.
CGL: Season Four by the Numbers
This year's Season Four of the Collegiate Go League was one of our best yet!
We had 14 schools compete this year. Next year, we're hoping for 20+ schools. Help us make that happen by joining the CGL! You only need 3 players each round to play.
72 - 39
Of the 111 games played by our teams this year, 72 games were won by White, and 39 games were won by Black. This is due to our reduced handicap scheme, in which black takes his appropriate number of handicap stones, minus one. The numbers show that this is a fair balance between giving the weaker player a legitimate chance at winning, but without discouraging the strongest players from participating in the CGL.