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The Janice Kim Files – What Go Means to Me

Notizie AGA - 12 ore 27 min fa

A special E-J Column by Janice Kim 3P

When I was young I liked to read, and to watch TV, and didn’t go out much, except alone to explore arroyos, watch movies, or go jogging very early in the morning, when the light was still gray.

Going out jogging, it’s right on the surface of my memory how the air tasted, like an apple, and the way the sidewalk curbs looked in that light, gray on gray, appearing out of the mist like phantom tracks. If it had been raining, there’d be sounds, the splish-gerr-splish of some unseen tires driving through a puddle. Back at home we still have an old pinon tree that you could climb up, and then on to the roof.

On weekend afternoons my activity was to ride my bike to the store, and rent a movie to watch at home. My favorites were “Journey to the Center of the Earth” with James Mason, and “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad” with the old Ray Harryhausen monsters. Later the grocery store put a Ms. Pac-Man arcade game in the back storeroom. The nearby 7-Eleven had Tempest (awesome) and Centipede (slightly less awesome), thus in the shopping district of my own small town forming the classic arcade triumvirate that makes me feel truly special because, I was there. I had a long blister on the side of my hand from using it like a blade with the dial controller, gaining precision and more speed than possible just by turning it with my fingers.

Later someone figured out how to pry open the front panel near the Insert Coin slots, so you could click a small red button inside to increase number of games left on the digital counter. Once you could insert your quarter without that delicious frisson of fear — will it be worth it? Will I ride out this quarter, or will it be wasted on some stupid slip on the first alien attack wave? — the fun was spoiled, and once the summer moment was gone and you could play endlessly for free, it was impossible to recall why it was ever fun in the first place.

I loved board games, but had trouble getting anyone to play. My personality seemed dull to myself, and to lack sparkling qualities. I framed my analysis of the structure and meaning of a game in terms of how to win, and didn’t understand the point of playing otherwise. Sometimes I would say something, or examine flowers or things people left in the street, and people would snort or snicker, or look worried or irritated. My sister was popular and had close friends, but I was too much of an accountant, with friendship owed and due, to be very much fun for anyone. Or maybe it was because I was really different than everyone I knew, invisibly at first, then for certain when I lived in as the only girl insei in Korea, without the ability to speak Korean. Even though the purpose of being there was to play a board game, I still couldn’t get anyone to play very often, because I was one of the least skilled there.

But there were moments. Like when I couldn’t go to the summer camp at the Buddhist temple because they didn’t have girls’ accommodations, and when they came back, Yu Chang-hyuk walked into the research room before everyone else and saw me sitting alone and came over and gave me a hug. Later I beat him for the first and only time in my life, and he sat there muttering to himself, “I don’t know how it is that I won every battle, but lost the war.” That’s how a decade later in another moment, I gave a computer program a 25 stone handicap and defeated it at the AAAI conference. I watched Yu Chang-hyuk play a game online sometime after that, and some kibitzers were saying his moves didn’t make sense, and I wrote that he was the very best player in the world. Someone asked “Why do you say that?” and someone else answered, “Because she LOVES him, ha ha.”

We really can do almost anything. I can see how and why, but also where it is all going. We will all lose in the end, and go to the great review in the sky. The other day my son said that they’ve made big steps in plastification and we may be able to live forever, and I’m thinking about that digital counter in the arcade and the air that tastes like apples and the pinon tree and I find myself hoping we both die too soon to be made into plastic. I’m just looking for another summer moment. Seems like go is our best chance.




5° Torneo delle Dolomiti città di Agordo

Home Page sito FIGG - Mer, 01/07/2015 - 20:59
VenetoGo è lieta di annunciare che il 12 Luglio si terrà ad Agordo il 5° torneo di Go delle Dolomiti.
Il torneo è un torneo di classe C di seguito maggiori informazioni

Incontro settimanale: Reggio Emilia

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mar, 30/06/2015 - 09:22

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri incontri di gioco.

Questa settimana l’appuntamento è fissato per giovedì 2 luglio alle ore 21 presso il bar Florida a Reggio Emilia in via Samoggia 12.

Ricordiamo che siamo sempre disponibili a spiegare a tutti gli interessati, veniteci a trovare e chiedete pure!

Come sempre fate cosa gradita lasciando un commento a questo post per segnalare la vostra presenza o meno.  A giovedì! Partecipate numerosi!


Lin Wins Happy Cup

Notizie AGA - Mar, 30/06/2015 - 00:40
Fifth-grader Ethan Lin took first place  in the 8th annual Happy Cup Tournament, winning all four of his games, on June 7. “The tournament was hosted by the Santa Clara Youth Go Club at Sunflower Chinese School, where thirty-seven young players competed for trophies and cool prizes,” reports organizer Wenguang Wang, “the players and their parents also got to enjoy an ice cream party after the tournament. I decided to organize this tournament so that more and more children could play go, I wanted to make the tournament as fun as possible so the players would enjoy playing go more.” -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Xiao Xie: First place winner Ethan Lin is at far right in the blue shirt.



Congress Price Goes up July 1

Notizie AGA - Lun, 29/06/2015 - 21:58
“Register now for the Go Congress and save $100,” says Congress Director Josh Larsen, “with events such as the US Open, Lectures, Simuls, Reviews of top matches, the annual lightning tournament and crazy go – this 8 day go event is not to be missed. Check out our new digital schedule online or from your smartphone.” Register and pay by June 30th to avoid the extra charge.  Players can sign up here.



Upcoming Go Events: Seattle, San Diego, Cambridge

Notizie AGA - Lun, 29/06/2015 - 21:57

July 5: Seattle, WA
Monthly Ratings Tournament
Brian Allen 206-632-1122 or 206-545-1424

July 11: San Diego, CA
San Diego Go Club 2015 Summer Soiree
Ted Terpstra 619-384-3454 or 619-881-6386

July 12: Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts Go Association SummerTournament
Eva Casey 617-666-8934
James Peters 617-372-6839

Get the latest go events information.


Guo Named AGF Teacher of the Year

Notizie AGA - Dom, 28/06/2015 - 20:38

Xinming Simon Guo 1d, of Chicago, Illinois, has been named the AGF Teacher of the Year, winning a free trip to the 2015 U.S. Go Congress in St. Paul, Minnesota. Guo has been active in youth go promotion for years, first partnering with the Confucius Institute in Chicago in the fall of 2012 to offer go instruction to Chinese language classrooms. “This program has been very successful,” Guo told the Journal. “Some schools requested more instructional hours, and some schools added go to their after-school program. More teachers joined this program in 2014 and 2015.  One school started a tournament after my introduction courses. Meanwhile, I have started to train teachers to meet the increasing demand for go in Chicago’s schools.”

In 2012, Guo founded the GoAndMath Academy, whose mission is “to use go to help develop students’ math ability, especially number sense.” In 2013 and 2014, Guo organized several workshops, one was to aid Chinese teachers in the Chicago area in bringing go to the classroom as a part of Chinese culture. The other two workshops were directed towards math teachers at ICTM (Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics) in October of 2013 and MMC (Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago) in February of 2014. “During these workshops, I gave a presentation on the link between go and Common Core State Standards,” Guo told the E-Journal. “I taught teachers how to play go and how the game can be integrated into math classrooms. Specifically, the teachers learned ways to incorporate go to help students develop number sense and incorporate three domains in Common Core standards — Counting and Cardinality, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten.” Guo’s approach to integrating go into American school curricula affected about 3,500 students and 50 teachers in 2013, and subsequently 6,500 students in 2014.

“As a licensed math teacher and a go instructor, I will continue to research how go helps develop students’ number sense and other math abilities. Currently, I am designing a go and math curriculum that can be easily used in school settings, especially in math classrooms.” Guo is currently affiliated with over forty schools in the Chicago area, three universities, and three museums and libraries. Guo will give a talk at the US Go Congress on Monday, Aug. 3. “My plan is to let go players know that go can help math and it is correlated with the new Common Core Math Standards. This is a powerful research result to extend go to school programs, and this is what I have done for years. Usually I present this go and math correlation to math teachers and educators in conference. I will adjust it for go players.  I am a go player for math teachers and math teacher for go players,” adds Guo. -EJ special report, by Amy Su. Photo: Guo (standing) teaching kids, from GoandMath Academy’s Facebook page.



US Go Congress Updates: Last week to save on registration; latest list of pros, Girl’s Tourney & Tennis court report

Notizie AGA - Sab, 27/06/2015 - 18:01

This is the last week to save on US Go Congress registration; the Congress price goes up July 1. 

The latest list of professional go players attending this year’s US Go Congress includes Myungwan Kim, Yilun Yang, Hajin Lee, Feng Yun, Jennie Shen, Wang Qun, Cao Youyin, Ryo Maeda, Koyo Hoshikawa (right), Xuefen (Shirley) Lin and Mingjiu Jiang. Inseong Hwang 8d, a longtime go teacher in Europe, has also just confirmed he’ll be attending this year’s US Go Congress.

The top four AGA-rated under-16 girls (as of August 1, 2015) who enter at the Congress will compete in the first-ever Girl’s Tournament.

Tennis-playing go players can bring their racquets; the Congress site has courts and EJ Managing Editor Chris Garlock will take on all comers.



2° Torneo di PairGo di Colleoli 6-7 giugno - risultati

Home Page sito FIGG - Sab, 27/06/2015 - 14:30

Le foto del torneo sono state pubblicate sul sito di Veneto Go.

Pair go Colleoli 2015 - Dopo il Turno 5 # Nome Club Grado MMS 1 2 3 4 5 Punti SOS SOSOS 1 Sofia, Carlo 2 Kyu 4 6+/w9 2-/w6 9+ 5+/w6 4+/w5 4 15 69 2 Alda, Emanuele 10 Kyu 4 15+/w8 1+/b6 5- 10+ 9+/b4 4 12 68 3 Laura, Motoki 5 Dan 4 14+/w9 9+/w6 4+/w9 - - 3 6 42½ 4 Anna, Davide 9 Kyu 3 12+/w7 5+ 3-/b9 6+/w2 1-/b5 3 15½ 52½ 5 Chiara, Maurizio 10 Kyu 3 13+/w8 4- 2+ 1-/b6 11+/w6 3 14½ 57 6 Francesca, Tito 13 Kyu 3 1-/b9 14+ 11+/w3 4-/b2 10+ 3 12 65 7 Irene, Marco 14 Kyu 3 - 10+ - - - 1 2 12 8 Sara, Lorenzo 10 Kyu 3 - - 15+/w8 - - 1 1 11½ 9 Vera, Hayashi 4 Kyu 2 11+/w9 3-/b6 1- 14+/w7 2-/w4 2 15 55½ 10 Irina, Hideki 12 Kyu 2 libero 7- 14+ 2- 6- 2 12 50 11 Cristina, Leonardo 18 Kyu 2 9-/b9 12+ 6-/b3 15+ 5-/b6 2 10½ 58 12 Eleonora, Francesco 18 Kyu 1½ 4-/b7 11- - - - 0 5 26 13 Silvia, Federico 20 Kyu 1½ 5-/b8 15- - - - 0 4 26 14 Federico, Enrico 13 Kyu 1 3-/b9 6- 10- 9-/b7 15+/w5 1 12 56½ 15 Elena, Tommaso 20 Kyu 1 2-/b8 13+ 8-/b8 11- 14-/b5 1 11½ 39½

Ishi Press Archives Releases 4 More Classics

Notizie AGA - Ven, 26/06/2015 - 05:11

Ishi Press Archives recently announced the release of a second group of four out-of-print Ishi Press go books. The reprints are available through Amazon and include The Great Joseki Debates by Honda Kunihisa, The 3-3 point: Modern Opening Theory by by Cho Chikun, All About Life and Death Vol. 1 by Cho Chikun and All About Life and Death Vol. 2 by Cho Chikun.


RFPs Wanted for East Coast Go Center

Notizie AGA - Ven, 26/06/2015 - 05:03

At its June 7th board meeting, the Iwamoto North American Foundation for Go approved a request for proposals for the establishment of a Go Center on the East Coast. The foundation is seeking proposals by December 1, 2015.  The RFP can be found on the foundation’s web page.  Please direct any questions to board members Thomas Hsiang (, Andy Okun (, or Dave Weimer (


Vendors Donate for Go Camp

Notizie AGA - Gio, 25/06/2015 - 02:21

“The AGA Go Camp would like to extend a hearty thanks to Kiseido, Slate & Shell, and Yellow Mountain Imports for their generous donations to the 2015 camp,” says camp director Amanda Miller, “in addition to go lessons and outdoor activities, we also run small tournaments and other go-related activities every night. These activities include 13×13, pair go, and team tournaments, and we plan to use these items as prizes in those events. We’ve received some especially generous donations this year, and we have more than enough to go around, so every camper should receive at least one prize!” Donations include books, travel go sets, and other go-related merchandise.

For anyone between the ages of 8 and 18 who wants to join in the fun, there’s still time to register. This year’s camp will take place from July 18th to July 25th at YMCA Camp Kern in Oregonia, Ohio. Directors Amanda Miller and Nano Rivera are excited to have Myungwan Kim 9P as this summer’s professional teacher, and they invite those interested in the camp to apply for need-based scholarships, which are still available. Anyone who participated in the NAKC or the Redmond Cup is eligible for a $400 scholarship. “The camp currently has 15 registered campers from the ages of 8 to 18 and with strengths ranging from 30-kyu to 1-kyu.  Camp should be a lot of fun, regardless of age or rank,” adds Miller. For more information, visit the camp website,  or email Amanda Miller at -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Amanda Miller: Campers showing off their prizes at last year’s camp.


Incontro settimanale: Fiorano Modenese

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mar, 23/06/2015 - 15:16

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri incontri di studio e gioco.

Questa settimana l’appuntamento è fissato per giovedì 25 Giugno alle ore 21 (ma solitamente qualcuno arriva anche prima) di nuovo presso il pub Stonewall a Fiorano Modenese in via del Santuario 3.

Ricordiamo che siamo sempre disponibili a spiegare il gioco a tutti gli interessati, sedetevi con noi e chiedete pure!

Come sempre fate cosa gradita lasciando un commento a questo post per segnalare la vostra presenza o meno.  A giovedì!


The Power Report: Lead changes again in Meijin League; Yamashita picks up first win in Honinbo; Kisei S League & Tokyo perspective on the LG Cup

Notizie AGA - Mar, 23/06/2015 - 01:00

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal

Lead changes again in Meijin League: Things were shaken up again in the sixth round of the 40th Meijin League and Ko resurfaced
with the provisional lead. Three games were played on June 4. Ko Iso 8P (W) beat Kono Rin 9P by resig.; Cho U 9P (W) beat Kanazawa Makoto 7P by 2.5 points; and So Yokoku 8P (W) beat Takao Shinji by resignation. That left three players on two losses: Ko (5-2), Kono (4-2), and Takao (4-2). Kono has the advantage of being the top-ranked player in the league, but Ko has the advantage of having won an extra game. He gets a bye in the next round, then plays Takao in the final round. Incidentally, the above-mentioned loss cost Kanazawa his place in the league.

Mimura Kaori Promoted: With 40 wins in the cumulative-win system, Mimura Kaori earned promotion to 3-dan on June 11 (though the promotion officially took effect on the following day). Mimura was born on July 31, 1981; she is married to Mimura Tomoyasu 9P. Her younger sisters are Mukai Chiaki 5P (born on December 24, 1987, and Nagashima Kozue 2P, born on October 3, 1984.

Yamashita picks up first win in Honinbo title match: After making an awful start, Yamashita Keigo (right) has finally picked up a win in the 70th Honinbo best-of-seven title match. The fourth game was played at the Olive Bay Hotel in Saikai City, Nagasaki Prefecture on June 16 and 17. Iyama had scored convincing wins in the previous two games, putting a lot of pressure on the challenger. However, Yamashita dominated this game right from the start, and Iyama never had a chance. Taking white, Yamashita forced a resignation after just 128 moves. In retrospect, Iyama queried his 23rd move. Yamashita had played a probe with White 22, and Iyama answered it aggressively rather than safely. However, he was taken aback by Yamashita’s next move, an invasion-cum-attack that was a line deeper — and much severer — that he had expected. Although extremely difficult fighting followed, Yamashita held the initiative for the rest of the game. Yamashita is one of the best fighters in Japanese go; Iyama will probably avoid going toe-to-toe with him after this. This is the third time in a row that Yamashita’s first win in a best-of-seven with Iyama has come in the fourth game. In last year’s Kisei title match, he managed to win two games before losing the match. In this year’s Kisei title match, he improved that to three games before dropping the seventh game. If the upward trend holds, however, he should win this match. The fifth game will be played on June 29 and 30. First, however, the two will meet in the first game of the 40th Gosei title match, scheduled for June 26.

Kisei S League: One game in the 40th Kisei S League was played on June 18. Taking black, Takao Shinji Tengen beat Yamashiro Hiroshi 9P by resignation. This game completed the second round. Yoda Norimoto 9P has the sole lead with 2-0. In the A League, Kono Rin 9P has the sole lead with 4-0.

Tokyo perspective on the LG Cup: The E-Journal has already featured a report on the 20th LG Cup, held on June 8 and 10. Here is how the opening rounds looked from Tokyo. The big surprise was that the most junior Japanese representative, Yo Seiki 7P (actually, a Taiwanese member of the Kansai Ki-in), had the best results. While the other players were eliminated in the first round, Yo, who was making his debut in a full-scale international tournament, won his way through to the quarterfinals. He joins four players from Korea and three from China. In the first round, Yo (W) beat Peng Liyao 5P of China by resignation. In the second round (left), he bested Lee Donghun 5P of Korea; again Yo had white. The latter win gave him revenge for his loss to Lee in the Globis Cup. Two years ago, Iyama Yuta and Takao Shinji also made the best eight but were then eliminated. The challenge for Yo will be to go further. He could become a new hero for Japan. The quarterfinals are scheduled for November 16.


US Go Congress Updates: Congress Airport Shuttle; EJ Adds Video Streaming

Notizie AGA - Mar, 23/06/2015 - 00:45

Congress Airport Shuttle: For those finalizing their US Go Congress travel plans, Congress organizers have coordinated with SuperShuttle to provide a quick and easy way for attendees to get from the MSP airport to the University of St. Thomas. Click here to arrange a shuttle that will be ready when your plane lands and takes you directly to St. Thomas. $15 one-way or $26 round trip.

EJ Adds Video Streaming: In addition to the E-Journal’s usual comprehensive coverage of the annual US Go Congress, including daily top-board broadcasts on KGS, updates on the website, Twitter and Facebook and daily E-Journal reports, we’ll also be testing some live-streaming video of top-board games this year. “We’re excited to expand our coverage and hope to develop some innovative approaches,” says Andrew Jackson, who’s coordinating the effort for the E-Journal. “We’ll be streaming the Hajin/Sibicky game as well.” Click here to check out a test stream Jackson conducted recently at the Seattle Go Club.


Yufei Hu & Tai-An Cha Top Davis/Sacramento Summer Tourney

Notizie AGA - Mar, 23/06/2015 - 00:43
The Davis/Sacramento Go Club held its Summer Tournament on June 20 at the Arden-Dimick Library in Sacramento, CA. Seven players from the Bay Area to the foothills attended. The upper division was won by Yufei Hu 3d (right), and Tai-An Cha 5k (left), won the lower division. Both had 4-0 records. - Willard Haynes

Il mistero del goban di Miyajima – parte 3

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Lun, 22/06/2015 - 11:31

La settimana scorsa abbiamo scoperto che la partita raffigurata sulla tavola votiva nel Padiglione dei Mille Tatami a Miyajima è la celeberrima “partita che fece sputar sangue” disputata nel 1835 tra Honinbo Jowa e Akaboshi Intetsu.

Ma come mai proprio questa partita è stata offerta al tempio? Il mistero pareva insolubile fino a quando in questo blog giapponese ho trovato il bandolo della matassa. osservando bene la tavola si vede come nella parte inferiore sono riportati i nomi dei committenti in un lungo elenco. Tra questi c’è anche il nome di Ishigaya Kosaku. A molti questo nome non dirà nulla, ma cercando qualcosa di più sul suo conto si scopre che fu allievo di Shusaku Honinbo. Sì, proprio quel Shusaku che da molti viene considerato uno dei più forti, se non addirittura il più forte giocatore di Go di tutti i tempi.

Ishigaya era originario di Nomi, nella prefettura di Hiroshima, e a partire dall’epoca Meiji si occupò di dare risalto e prestigio all’operato del suo maestro, ad esempio curando e pubblicando nel 1900 una raccolta di sue partite dal titolo “Kogyoku Yoin”. Si può senz’altro dire che la fama di Shusaku fu dovuta, oltre che alla su indubbia bravura, anche all’opera di Ishigaya. Nel 1904 uscì alle stampe per la prima volta anche il libro ‘Zain Danso’, una storia dettagliata del go nell’epoca Edo, nel quale erano svelati i retroscena di intrigo politico che avevano coinvolto anche Jowa, e lentamente il ‘santo del go’ divenne Shusaku.

Non posso dirlo con certezza, ma la mia opinione dopo questa scoperta è che la tavola misteriosa sia un ringraziamento per la supremazia della scuola Honinbo sulla rivale Inoue.

A proposito di Shusaku e di Gennan Inseki, forse avrete sentito parlare della loro partita “delle orecchie rosse”, praticamente la più famosa nella storia del go, in cui Shusaku riuscì a recuperare da una situazione di svantaggio iniziale e a vincere contro Gennan.

C’è un curioso seguito alla storia della rivalità tra le scuole Honinbo e Inoue, infatti nel 1861, Honinbo Shuwa stava lottando per ottenere il posto di Meijin Godokoro e subì una sconfitta cruciale ad opera di Inoue Matsumoto Inseki. La cosa curiosa è che Matsumoto era certamente inferiore a Shuwa come giocatore, ma in quella occasione partì in vantaggio e non commise il minimo errore sino alla fine, vincendo di un solo punto. Matsumoto giocò talmente al di sopra del suo solito che si cercò una spiegazione soprannaturale: doveva essere stato posseduto dallo spirito di Gennan (morto nel 1859) desideroso di vendicarsi degli Honinbo.

Come vedete ci sono parecchie storie di fantasmi nel mondo del go!

Il Senjōkaku ha però un’altra pagina di storia del go da raccontare: direttamente di fronte alla famosa tavola votiva con la partita, appesa al soffitto c’è una calligrafia del Grande Maestro ‘santo del Go’ (Kisei) Fujisawa Shuko, recentemente scomparso.

Pare sia una tavola donata al tempio durante l’apertura del torneo di Go organizzato nel 1996 per celebrare i 1400 anni di consacrazione del santuario di Itsukushima. Nella calligrafia spiccano due grandi ideogrammi: 磊磊 (rairai) dal significato difficile da tradurre ma che si può rendere come: “Quando si accumulano le pietre, mantenere il cuore aperto e non preoccuparsi delle questioni minori”.

E con questo consiglio da parte di un grande maestro, termina questo viaggio in tre puntate sul misterioso goban di Miyajima, che ci ha raccontato una parte di storia del Giappone e del Go.

Spero abbiate gradito, io certamente mi sono divertito molto!


More Go Players Streaming

Notizie AGA - Ven, 19/06/2015 - 01:57

More go players and teachers are starting to stream their games on Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. More than 45 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast, watch and chat about gaming. Several go players are getting in on the action, including Shawn Ray 4d, who reviews games and holds lectures; Battousai 5d, who teaches and has  lectures using different go servers; and Xiaocheng-Stephen Hu 3d, who goes over many go concepts.

Shawn Ray will have Yoonyoung Kim 4p, a pro from South Korea, in his next lecture this Saturday at 8 pm central time, on June 20th. “This should be a fun event as well as my first professional guest on stream. If it goes well I also plan to do more events like these,” Ray notes. The event can be watched on Ray’s Twitch channel here. He also has a list of teachers that are streaming reviews and teaching games, which can be found here.

Xiaocheng-Stephen Hu, also known as xhu98, is the host of an ongoing tournament between teachers found on OGS and KGS. The schedule and participants can be found here. “I am really enjoying the tournament,” says Triton Perrin, “of course I am not strong enough to get far, but it has inspired me to work just a little bit harder to do my best against other teachers I look up to. To me, it seems like this tournament is helping the go community come together and get more people involved.”  Hu has a lecture every Friday for all ranks, and occasionally has players join him in his lectures.  Times can be found on the spreadsheet link from Shawn Ray above.

Josh Allen, also known as Battousai, has been doing lectures for years, and now puts his videos on his website, as well as Twitch and YouTube. Click here to visit his site. Allen has lectures every Wednesday afternoon from 3pm to 9pm EST. “I love games and problems, but I don’t even play go,’ says username Wreqt, “I stick around because I like you. Your instruction and teaching is fantastic, and it is a blast to hear your commentary on this game. Thanks for such a great channel!”
- Special report by Austin Freeman. Image: Battousi’s cartoon version takes on bots, from




Baltimore Club Uses Chapter Rewards to Pay Dues

Notizie AGA - Gio, 18/06/2015 - 22:00

The Baltimore Go Club was the first to take advantage of paying their annual chapter dues with AGA chapter rewards points. “It was simple. I just sent an email to requesting to renew with points,” club President Keith Arnold said. “They checked that we had the necessary 35,000 points and that was it.” All point totals earned through April can be found here.
- Gurujeet Khalsa


Register for US Go Congress by July 1 & Save; Day-Off Activities Include Stillwater Riverboat Ride and a day at the Uptown Lakes

Notizie AGA - Gio, 18/06/2015 - 03:37

If you’re considering attending this year’s US Go Congress, register before July 1 and save $50. That’s when the late registration fee goes up to $100. This year’s Congress runs August 1-9 in St Paul, Minneapolis.

In addition to lots of go — tournaments, lectures, pro simuls and more — the Go Congress offers exciting options for the traditional day off on Wednesday. “The votes from our online survey are in: the riverboat ride in Stillwater, MN and spending time in the Uptown region of Minneapolis generated the most interest for day off activities,” reports Aaron Broege.”If you choose to join the group going to Stillwater, this will include time to explore the picturesque downtown Stillwater and, of course, go on a 2.5 hr boat ride on the St. Croix river, complete with food and music. The Stillwater main street is home to numerous bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and antique shops.

If you prefer to stick around the city, the Uptown area is a perfect place to spend your day off, Broege says. “The highlight of this region is the chain of four lakes (Cedar, Lake of the Isles, Calhoun, and Harriet), all of which have separate biking and pedestrian paths around them.” Near Lake Calhoun you can rent bikes, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, paddle boats, and more. “Lake Calhoun and Harriet have beaches if you just want to take a dip.” When you’re ready to take a break from the activities, the adjacent area is filled with restaurants, shops, and theaters. Within walking distance from Uptown is the Walker Art Center, which focuses on modern artistic exhibits. The outdoor sculpture garden associated with the Walker, home to the Spoonbridge and Cherry — aka the cherry spoon — is a must-see landmark of the Twin Cities. This area provides a great example of how the Twin Cities beautifully blends urban living with natural beauty.

“For those with other interests, we are going to include recommended outings in the Congress booklet,” Broege adds. “There is so much to explore in the Twin Cities that we want to give individuals the chance to put together their own adventure.” Keep up-to-date on even more news and things to do in the Twin Cities through the 2015 Go Congress Facebook page.
photos: (top right) A riverboat on the St. Croix River passing under the bridge in Stillwater; (bottom left) downtown Minneapolis as seen from Lake Calhoun.


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