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How To Recruit Players at your Go Club

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 12, 2015 11:25:59 PM / by Brian Lee posted in CGL

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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.

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UMD wins CGL S4! Game review by Gansheng Shi 1p

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 26, 2015 8:59:00 AM / by Brian Lee posted in Game review, CGL

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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! 

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Game Reviews: UMD vs UMinnesota and UMichigan vs. UCLA

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 12, 2015 2:20:00 PM / by Brian Lee posted in Game review, CGL

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First - Congratulations for UMD and UCLA for defeating their opponents this past Saturday! 

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Kim Myungwan's Principles of Go

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 9, 2015 1:20:36 AM / by Brian Lee posted in Game review, Go Lesson

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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. 


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CGL Season Four Championship

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 24, 2015 9:57:00 PM / by Brian Lee

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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:

  1. University of Minnesota
  2. University of Michigan
  3. UCLA
  4. 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.

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CGL Season Four: By The Numbers

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 12, 2015 9:55:33 PM / by Brian Lee posted in CGL

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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.

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How to Run a Small Go Tournament

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2015 10:46:52 PM / by Brian Lee posted in running a go club

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a small Go tournament? Running a Go tournament can be a lot of fun for everyone involved - both you, the organizer, and for the players. They're a great way to energize your club and entice strong players to come and play at your club.

I've run several tournaments with the MIT Go Club. I've found that the big difficulty in running a tournament is the constant worry that you are either forgetting something or messing something up. 

In this post, I'll take you through the steps involved in planning, advertising, and actually running a tournament. With this step-by-step guide, you can rest assured that your tournament will be a blast!

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Collegiate Go League starts again this Saturday

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 23, 2015 12:02:45 AM / by Brian Lee posted in CGL

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The CGL is beginning again after a short winter break! Join us in cheering on your favorite schools this Saturday, Jan 24th at 1PM EST!

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UCLA vs University of Michigan: Game Review

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 28, 2014 12:48:00 PM / by Brian Lee posted in Game review

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On 2014/11/15, UCLA played their inaugural match against last year's CGL championship runner-up, University of Michigan.

UCLA's team captain kindly took the time to give us a quick game review of the three games, of which they won the second and third boards to win their first match in the CGL!

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Playing Go in Public

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 28, 2014 11:37:24 AM / by Brian Lee

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Recently, the Massachusetts Go Association started playing Go in the Harvard University Science Center plaza, where many tourists and students walk to and fro. They got a lot of attention from students and visitors alike, as well as approving nods from Chinese tour groups! Harvard's Go club also stopped by to play a few games. The weather was beautiful, so it's a pity that winter will be upon us so soon.

In light of their success, I encourage everyone to try holding their meetings in a public, widely trafficked area! You'll be sure to gather a lot of attention, and it's a great way to drum up student interest at the start of the school year.

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