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It’s ‘Go’ time: Syracuse club draws visitors, locals to annual tourney

94-year-old Milton Sack of Fayetteville was playing in his second-ever Go tournament.  He’s pictured playing Syracuse resident Peter Day, who drove up from Columbia University.

94-year-old Milton Sack of Fayetteville was playing in his second-ever Go tournament.  He’s pictured playing Syracuse resident Peter Day, who drove up from Columbia University. Provided

— Manlius Pebble Hill School is the only school in the area to have its own Go club, which Moseson advises. And as a result, the tournament usually has some younger participants. Gamers in Saturday’s event ranged from ages 12 to 94, Moseson said.

Some Go enthusiasts will regularly travel to play in tournaments, and this tournament included players from as far away as Ottawa.

Steve Colburn, who lives in Rochester, has been playing since 2003 and travels to attend tournaments held by public clubs, like in Syracuse, or by colleges such as Cornell University or Princeton University.

“It’s definitely a community. You see 90 percent of the same people at all these tournaments,” Colburn said.

Though people can make a living playing Go professionally in China, in the U.S. it is still a very small population of people who play the game competitively, Colburn said.

The Syracuse Go Club meets every Monday at 7:15 p.m. in the dining area of the Wegmans grocery store in DeWitt. They are always looking for new players and invite people who have never played before to come and learn the rules. Anyone interested in learning more about the club should contact syracusegoclub@gmail.com.

Joe Genco is an editorial intern with the Eagle Bulletin.

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