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Your Move/Readers Write: Going With The Flow

Notizie AGA - Gio, 18/09/2014 - 23:36

“You mention that you’re looking for a January 2002 article about go by Katy Kramer (Go Spotting: Northeastern University Magazine 6/7 EJ),” writes Harald Zellerer. “I really liked that article also and republished it on the website of the Amsterdam Go Club.” Click here to read “Go: With the Flow.”

Bob Joyce also sent us a copy of the article, noting that “featured is Sangit Chatterjee, who authored Cosmic Go, Galactic Go, and provided game commentaries for the book Go! More Than a Game by Peter Shotwell.  He describes the game’s complexity as ‘Go is like six chessboards joined together, with all six games happening at the same time.’” Joyce extended special thanks to Joan Lynch, Managing Editor, Marketing and Communications, Northeastern University,who provided a copy of the article.
Editor’s Note: This terrific article would make an excellent handout for local clubs to beginners or at public events.

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Go Classified: Shell & Slate Stones

Notizie AGA - Gio, 18/09/2014 - 23:36

I’ve got a set of new-in-box, size 34 (9.5mm) Yuki (snow) graded shell & slate stones I’m letting go for $750.  Serious inquiries only please. goishi.san@gmail.com

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Mexico-Chile-Ecuador Youth Tourneys a First

Notizie AGA - Gio, 18/09/2014 - 02:07

 

“Go is getting interesting in Latin America,” reports Mexican organizer Siddhartha Avila, “we’ve been organizing online tournaments for kids with Chile and Ecuador, and they have been a great success. I’ll be at the Iberoamerican Go Tournament in Quito, Ecuador (Oct 9-12) and I hope to meet some of the other organizers in person. We held the very first children’s online match between Chile and Mexico on June 28th, with the participation of twenty children from both countries! We used the OGS Go Server for this match. Go servers like KGS, OGS, IGS are widely used for tournaments or matches between countries in Latin America, and locally, the biggest of them being the Iberoamerican Online Go Tournament organized by Federación Iberoamericana de Go, its 15th edition last year drew more than 100 players.”

For the Chile-Mexico match, there where kids from 5 different schools in Punta Arenas, Chile: Colegio Luterano, Escuela Pedro Pablo Lemaitre, Escuela Juan Williams, Escuela Contardi, Escuela Manuel Bulnes. The match was organized by Club de Go Aonken and their teacher, Sebastián Montiel. On the Mexican side, all the players were from Escuela de Arte Pipiolo and Gimnasio de Go in Mexico City. “It was a great experience, that fills us with joy and enthusiasm to continue sharing go with children of our city, and around the world,” said Montiel

“We’ve had online matches with other schools in the US and Canada before,” said Avila, “especially with Peter Freedman’s students (Portland, OR) and in tourneys like Tiger’s Mouth, the School Team Tournament by the AGHS, or the AGA’s NAKC. We were glad to receive Sebastián’s invitation to play the Chile-Mexico match, and we have in mind inviting more countries where we know there are go programs, or go is taught to children. Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Brasil and Cuba, all come to mind,” adds Avila. Mexico won the matches 8 – 2, full results, and pictures, can be seen here. A report on the first Chile-Ecuador-Mexico match will run in next week’s E-J. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo: kids from Gimnasio de Go enjoy themselves playing against Chile.

 

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Programma Pisa 2014: torneo tappa Figg e campionato italiano 9x9

Home Page sito FIGG - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 22:46


                                                      PROGRAMMA Tappa FIGG                                                    Campionato italiano 9x9
27/9   09:30-11:00 iscrizioni                             28/9   10:00-12:30 quarto turno
         11:00-13:30 primo turno                                                     Pausa pranzo
                           Pausa pranzo                               13:30-16:00 quinto turno
         14:30-17:00 secondo turno                                                 Premiazione
         17:00-19:30 terzo turno                               
                           cena a buffet                               
Sarà ospite durante i giorni del torneo Cho Mikyung 8p (vedi articolo) professionista coreana che gioca e insegna per l'associazione di Singapore. Probabile la presenza anche di un'altra professionista che ancora deve confermare.

Incontro settimanale: Fiorano Modenese

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 10:36

Puntualissimi proseguono i nostri incontri, e come sempre ricordiamo che tutti gli interessati sono i benvenuti, venite a conoscere anche voi il gioco più bello del mondo!

Questa settimana l’incontro è fissato per giovedì 18 settembre alle ore 21 (ma di solito qualcuno arriva anche un po’ prima) presso il pub Stonewall a Fiorano Modenese in via del Santuario 3.

Come sempre fate cosa gradita confermando o meno la vostra presenza, basta un semplice commento a questo post.

A domani! Partecipate numerosi!

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“Learn Go Week” rolling in 21 countries with 60+ events; still time to join in!

Notizie AGA - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 03:49

Learn Go Week started last weekend, with go players all around the world — 60 events in 21 countries  – running teaching events in their local communities. The first-ever event runs through this coming weekend, so if you want to get involved, you can still run a beginners’ night at your local go club this week; click here to let Go Game Guru know about it. This weekend, on September 21, 1004 go players in Korea will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous games of Go in one place, the headline event at Seoul’s Street Without Cars festival. Last Saturday, the San Diego Go Club sponsored a go demonstration and teaching event at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park in San Diego. “Dozens of people touring the garden stopped by the koi pond site to play a game or learn the basics of go,” reports club president Ted Terpstra. And in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Triangle Go Club of hosted Yuan Zhou to come from Maryland for a public outreach event (right) on September 13 in the community room of the Earth Fare grocery store. Zhou gave a lecture on the history and cultural aspects of go in China, and also played a simultaneous exhibition match against eight local players. “Triangle Go Club members and Zhou also chatted with onlookers about the game, played friendly demonstration games outdoors, and distributed Way To Go’ booklets,” reports local organizer Paul Celmer. Click here for Go Game Guru’s report on Learn Go Week activities thus far, including lots of cool photos of events in places like Canberra, Australia (left).

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Your Move/Readers Write: More Thoughts on the High/Low Brow Matrix

Notizie AGA - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 02:00

History is Not Offensive: “Regarding the ‘offensive’ qualities of the ‘Highbrow’ item (Your Move/Readers Write: High/Low Brow Matrix Offensive 9/14 EJ), I’d like to rebut on behalf of the long-gone authors,” writes Peter St. John. “The thesis, which I believe was new in that era, is that appreciation of, and interest in, higher levels of abstraction is ‘high-brow’.  Go is more abstract than chess in the sense of being a level further removed from physical combat, the way Eisenhower immersed in logistics was a level removed from George Patton deploying tanks, who was several levels removed from the gunner pulling a trigger.” St. John also notes that “At the time of the article [1949] the only places to find go in America would be in the math and physics departments of universities. My dad learned, around that time, in a science laboratory from a mimeograph of a German article, because German scholars collaborated with Japanese scholars after the Russo-Japanese war. I urge people not to be offended by history. We can learn from it, not in the sense of learning from an Authority but in the sense of learning from an Experience. The grid is a bit of history.”

Celebrating Progress: Noah Doss agrees, saying that the matrix “simply records historically the type of people who, in the time period observed in the matrix, were most fascinated with go.” He goes on to say that “Nowadays, go is not, in America, a game of the elite, but just because modern man has made some progress in quashing these societal imbalances in some respects doesn’t mean we need be offended by the fact that they once existed. I truly believe go is for everyone and, to be honest, if it was the way of polo or lacrosse in that everyone I met playing go had a trust fund, I would probably not love it so much, coming from a dirty farm town and an undersized stucco house. At a point in time, go was ‘highbrow’ but I think we should honor the fact that it used to be ‘highbrow’ and now we, as a society, have fixed that problem.”

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Parte la nona edizione del KPMC

Home Page sito FIGG - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 00:14
Dal 17 al 22 settembre si svolgerà la nona edizione della Korean Prime Minister Cup.
Il rappresentante italiano è Stefano (Zi Chih) You.

This Week’s Go Calendar: Arlington and Raleigh

Notizie AGA - Mar, 16/09/2014 - 03:00

September 20: Arlington, VA
NOVA Back to School Special
Gary Smith gary@novagoclub.org 703-254-6429

September 20: Raleigh, NC
Triangle Memorial Tournament
Bob Bacon bobbacon@earthlink.net 919-732-5184
Paul Celmer pcelmer@earthlink.net

Get the latest go events information.

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Updates: Turn-Based INGO Server Growing; Vancouver Go Group Meets Saturdays

Notizie AGA - Lun, 15/09/2014 - 17:39

Turn-Based INGO Server Growing: The International Network Go Organization (INGO) now has about 606 registered members from 24 regions playing nearly 2,000 games. The turn-based server was established in May 2011 and expanded to the US in 2012 (New Turn-Based Go Server Comes to U.S. 9/17/2012 EJ). Links to INGO and other TBG servers – as well as real-time servers – can be found on the AGA’s Internet Go page.

Vancouver Go Group Meets Saturdays: Austin Freeman has started up a small go group in Vancouver, Washington to teach people interested in learning go. The group meets Saturdays at the Cascade Park Library (next to Firstenburg Center) on Mill Plain and 136th/137th in Vancouver from 4-6pm (though Freeman’s often there as early as 1 or 2p). Reach Freeman at austinjfreeman@live.com.

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Phil Straus Wins OGS SDK Tourney

Notizie AGA - Lun, 15/09/2014 - 00:27

Phil Straus won the Online-Go.com SDK Round Robin tournament that ran February 3 through September 1. Straus, 3k on OGS, swept the 8-player field with seven wins and 21 points. Mpopovic 12k was second with 5 wins and 14 points. OGS allows both turn-based and real time play; this was a turn-based tournament. In turn-based play, players make a move, opponents are notified via email and have a set time in which they must respond. This tournament had time limits of about  one day per move. Click here for info on other OGS tournaments.

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La squadra italiana all'European Youth Go Team Championship 2014

Home Page sito FIGG - Lun, 15/09/2014 - 00:14


L'Italia (FIGG), come membro dell'European GO Federation, ha aderito al primo European Youth Go Team Championship (EYGTC) organizzato proprio dall'EGF.

La squadra italiana attuale è così composta: Matteo Bonaudo (U20), Alberto Bullo (U??), Sofia Malatesta (U20), Federico Bonaudo (U1), Sara Parton (U16), Leonardo Tognetti (U12), Vera Cisbani (U12) e Tito Cisbani (U12).


Per maggiorni informazioni sul torneo o per candidati a far parte del team Italia (max 12 giocatori) scrivi una mail al CF indicando nome, cognome, data di nascita e livello. La squadra italiana sarà ufficializzata il 14 ottobre 2014.

“Invincible” Re-Issued & Cool Go Stamps

Notizie AGA - Dom, 14/09/2014 - 23:35

In cooperation with Kiseido, GoShopkeima.com has just issued the fourth printing of John Power’s classic “Invincible: The Games of Shusaku.” “We still believe that all serious go players eventually want to have this book as a real book,” says GoShopkeima.com’s Peter Zandveld. There’s lots more cool go stuff at the site, including go stamps he designed. Though they can only be used for mail sent within The Netherlands, we’re pretty sure go players can come with other creative uses for them. Zandfeld developed the site with Marianne Diederen and Kim Ouweleen. 

 

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Your Move/Readers Write: High/Low Brow Matrix Offensive

Notizie AGA - Dom, 14/09/2014 - 22:01

“I am probably in a very small minority on this topic, but I found the ‘High Brow – Low Brow’ matrix (Go Spotting: A “Highbrow” Game in 1949  9/6/2014 EJ) extremely offensive,” writes Gordon Castanza. “As with almost all pseudo sociology that passes as junk science, this crap is another example. Go, if anything is classless, colorblind, and non-age-specific. Besides, the entire matrix applies to any number of people at any given time. Glenmorangie Taghta can be enjoyed by anyone (of legal drinking age); it also knows no class, income level, working condition, color of one’s skin, or country of origin. I know you’re trying to show go in the most positive light possible, and I’ve enjoyed the ‘Go Spotting’ feature in the past. However, to have some C-grade sociologist put go, or any other human endeavor, into a hierarchical range is just plain stupid and intellectually dishonest.”

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Pisa: torneo 9x9 in contemporanea alla Tappa FIGG

Home Page sito FIGG - Dom, 14/09/2014 - 20:05

In contemporanea al torneo Tappa FIGG (27-28 settembre) il GO Club di Pisa, negli stessi giorni, organizza un torneo di go 9x9.

Per informazioni aggiuntive leggere le news sul sito ToscanaGo.

Your Move/Readers Write: Where to Play Go in Japan

Notizie AGA - Dom, 14/09/2014 - 00:17

A number of readers responded to Ben Bernstein’s request for information on where to play go in Japan (Looking for Japan Go Tips 9/4 EJ). Be sure to check ahead whenever possible, as clubs often move or close (email journal@usgo.org with updated info). Here’s a run-down:

Click here for Sensei’s Library’s listings of “Places to visit when in Japan, related to Go. Shopping, bookstores, clubs, restaurants, historical places, events, cemeteries, shrines, transport etc. Thanks to Bob McGuigan for the tip.

Nihon Ki-in; email for a tour. “Also ask about the English go class they have,” suggests Devin Flake. “I was able to meet professional players and have them review my games, all so they could practice their English!” photo: the Nihon Ki-in’s top playing room 

7-2 Gobancho Chiyoda-Ku Tokyo Japan – at Ichigaya station — 1st Go Salon inside of Nihon Ki-in

1-7-20 -9F, Yaesu Chuo-Ku Tokyo Japan – at Tokyo station — 2nd Go Salon of Nihon Ki-in

Sunshine City Go Salon 8th or 9th floor

Ueno Go Center; literally a stone’s throw from Ueno Station; the address is Tokyo-to, Taito-ku, Ueno Koen 1-54; phone 03-3831-3137. Look for the big Shouchiku Department Store sign; you’ll be able to see go players in the third-floor windows of the club.

Diamond Go Salon; “This one was a little expensive and its mainly for women but it was still fun to try out!” says Devin Flake.
4 floor building Kojimachi Scripture 3-4-7, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083 〒 03-3263-0620 TEL/Fax directly. Exit 3 “Kojimachi station” ○ Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, Hanzomon “○ Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line “5-minute walk from the train station 7 minutes walk from the “Yotsuya Station ○ JR, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Nanboku”

Email E-Journal contributor Kazunari Furuyama cickazu@gmail.com “He was very good to me and introduced me to the Sunshine City Go Salon,” says Flake. “He even reviewed my games and took me out for lunch and dinner – great guy!” photo: Kaz (left) with the Bay Area Go Players Association’s Roger Schrag at the Sunshine Club; photo by Lisa Schrag

“Many train stations have go clubs nearby,” says Lee Freedman. “Look for the kanji for IGo.” He adds that “Westerners frequent a go club near the Takadananobaba train station in Tokyo.” He also reports that “There is a go club in Shinjuku open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.” That’s confirmed by Bob Barber, who just returned from Tokyo. “It’s across the street from the Shinjuku Prince Hotel (in Shinjuku, of course). On the 4th (or 6th) floor. In any case, you can see the kanji for Go from street level. The Japanese have a word for it: shibui. Well-worn tables, perhaps a dozen. Probably not smoke free.”

Freedman says that senior centers often have go clubs. “Expect to pay a fee at clubs, to be asked your playing rank, and to be flooded with requests for games, especially if your rating is shodan or higher. If you want to be fair, inflate your US rating one stone.”

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2014 SportAccord-Pandanet Cup Online Go Tournament

Home Page sito FIGG - Sab, 13/09/2014 - 20:42
Questo torneo online, supportato da SportAccord e Pandanet, è organizzato da IGF (International Go Federation) con Pandanet. InoItre è valido come 19th Pandanet Cup Internet World Amateur Go Tournament.

London Open 2014

Home Page sito FIGG - Sab, 13/09/2014 - 15:18
                                                        
Sono aperte le registrazioni per il London Open, che si terrà all'International Students House (ISH) dal 28 al 31 dicembre.

Previsto un premio per il miglio r classificato di £400 (approssimativamente € 500).Grazie alla generosità del Central London Go Club ci saranno premi anche pe ril primo e il secondo classificato fuori dalla top bar di £150 e £75. Inoltre, all'inizio del torneo, City of London Go Club, tra tutti i giocatori con grado minore 10 kyu, darà un premio di £50 al giocatore con il GoR più alto.

Per ulteriori informazioni vistai dal pagina del London Open.

Incontro settimanale: Reggio Emilia

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Gio, 11/09/2014 - 08:29

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri appuntamento con gioco e studio, questa settimana è il turno del bar Florida a Reggio Emilia in via Samoggia 12.

Ci si troverà lì questa sera, giovedì 11 settembre dalle ore 21. Partecipate numerosi!

Ricordiamo a tutti gli interessati che siamo sempre a disposizione per spiegazioni e prove.

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

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Sportaccord Set To Launch Biggest-Yet World Mind Games Online Tournament

Notizie AGA - Gio, 11/09/2014 - 03:02

Registration for the 2014 SportAccord World Mind Games – Pandanet Online Tournament continues through September 30.The winner will participate in the 4th edition of the SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG), scheduled for December 11-17 in Beijing. Following last year’s success with participation in the SAWMG reaching 700,000 players worldwide, SportAccord — in partnership with RSportz, the community-based global sports network, and online platforms Bridge Base Online, Chess.com and Pandanet — is launching the World Mind Games Online Tournament Portal, a community-based destination for all participants featuring information on the online games’ rules, mind sports’ news and tournaments’ results. Follow the games on Twitter at WorldMindGames, hashtag #mindgames2014

The Bridge, Chess and Go online games will be operated and hosted by platform partners Bridge Base Online, Chess.com and Pandanet respectively. Registration is open for players from all levels, advanced to beginner. All participants get a chance to win prizes including Samsung TVs, tablets, Rado watches, and more. 12 000$ prize money will be shared among the winners of the tournaments. The tournaments will start from September 15 on all platforms.

SportAccord, the Union of International Sports Federations, operates four Multi-Sports Games, the World Combat Games, the World Beach Games, the World Urban Games and the World Mind Games. The 4th edition of the SportAccord World Mind Games will once again feature bridge, chess, draughts, go and xiangqi (Chinese Chess) in cooperation with the respective International Sports Federations. “The SportAccord World Mind Games reunites the world’s best players who compete for glory and prize money,” said SportAccord. “SportAccord is constantly looking to engage more people in mind sports in a fun and exciting way through cultural programs and online games.”

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