FYI, here's the announcement for the Cotsen Go Tournament coming up inSeptember.
If you've never been to a Go tournament before, here's anexcerpt from the announcement that you might find encouraging:
"Beginners and children are especially welcome, so don’t be afraidto come and play.
Bring your kids, friends, relatives and acquaintances!!!"
The tournament is completely free (except for the $5/day parking). The way it works is, you pay a $20 deposit when you register, and as longas you play through the tournament, you'll get your money back at theend. You don't even have to pay to be an AGA member. It's a lot of fun, a great event that the Los Angeles Go community(and some of our neighboring communities) look forward to every year. You literally see all ages here. It's really not unusual to see an 8-year-old playing a tournament against a 60-year old at this event. I hope you can make it! Please feel free to e-mail me any questions. -Alf