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Campionato Italiano di Go 2014

Home Page sito FIGG - Ven, 28/11/2014 - 18:58

Sono aperte le registrazioni per il XXXV Campionato Italiano di Go che si terrà nel centro di Cesena nella splendida cornice della Biblioteca Malatestiana.

Cesena è una città dalla storia antichissima e importante, con un presente dinamico, pronta ad accogliere chi la voglia scoprire e vivere. Accanto alle eccellenze storiche, prima fra tutte la Biblioteca Malatestiana, riconosciuta dall’Unesco “Memoria del mondo”, si offre alla visita con la possente Rocca, la millenaria Abbazia di Santa Maria del Monte, edifici religiosi e civili che testimoniano l’importanza che nei secoli ha avuto la città e, con essa, gli antichi borghi dei comuni limitrofi.
Per maggiori informazioni sulla città e per approfittare della speciale offerta turistica studiata appositamente per il Campionato Italiano, fate riferimento alla pagina sull'accoglienza del sito ufficiale della manifestazione.

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A differenza degli anni precedenti, il Campionato Italiano 2014 si svolgerà nell'arco di 3 giorni da sabato 6 dicembre a lunedì 8 dicembre 2014, approfittando del ponte dell'Immacolata Concezione.

Sul sito ufficiale della manifestazione è presente anche il programma aggiornato con gli orari e il regolamento definitivo.

Ci vediamo a Cesena!

European Youth Go Team Championship 2014, 2 round: Inghilterra vs Italia

Home Page sito FIGG - Ven, 28/11/2014 - 00:14


Il 29 novembre alle ore 14:00 GMT (15:00 CET) la squadra italiana:
Sofia Malatesta (U20), Sara Parton (U16), Matteo Barsanti (U16), Leonardo Tognetti (U12) e Tito Cisbani (U12)
ha il suo primo impegno nel neonato torneo EYGTC ed affronterà l'Inghilterra.
È possibile seguire online le partite di questo secondo round nella stanza "Euro Youth Team" del server KGS.


Nihon Kiin Donates $2M to Iwamoto North America Foundation for Go

Notizie AGA - Mer, 26/11/2014 - 22:22

Nihon Kiin Chairman Wada Norio on November 25 announced a donation of $2M to serve as the seed fund for the new Iwamoto North America Foundation for Go (INAF).

INAF was founded earlier this year (Iwamoto North America Foundation for Go Takes Next Step 8/11/2014 EJ) to support the promotion of go in North America according to the vision and wishes of the late Japanese go master, Iwamoto Kaoru (at right in October, 1970).

“We’re very glad to see that, after nearly two years of effort, the Iwamoto North American Foundation is now ready to move into action,” said Thomas Hsiang, who is serving as Executive Director of INAF. “We thank the Nihon Kiin Board, which gave unanimous consent to the donation. In the coming years, the INAF Board looks forward to restarting an East Coast Go Center and to funding new go promotional and exchange projects.” INAF will seek proposals for these activities; updates will be posted on the official INAF website. Other INAF officials include Norio Wada, President, Andy Okun, Masaki Shusuke, David Weimer and Yamashiro Hiroshi, Directors.

 

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Go Spotting: Go TED Talk

Notizie AGA - Mer, 26/11/2014 - 15:00

In his 2013 “A New Equation For Intelligence” TED Talk, Alex Wissner-Gross uses go to demonstrate his thesis that there is a single equation for intelligence. Drawing on the fact that computer game playing has improved to the point that in 1997 the computer beat the world chess champion and in the last decade computers have made significant progress in playing go, Wissner-Gross postulates that intelligence is a “physical force that resists future confinement.”
- Ted Terpstra, with thanks to Arnold Eudell and Joshua Guarino. We also covered this in a February 8, 2014 post.

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“Kuma Sensei” Visits Seattle

Notizie AGA - Mer, 26/11/2014 - 00:32

On November 15th and 16th, the Seattle Go Center welcomed Yu Hou 6 P from the Nihon Ki-in for a workshop event. “Kuma Sensei” provided instruction on a variety of basic go techniques to a group of eager students. As the participants learned about go, Kuma Sensei had the opportunity to practice English, giving everyone a chance to study. For both days, the workshop followed the same routine, with the morning schedule starting at 9:00am. Kuma Sensei began by holding a lecture, followed by review of participant games, and then with everyone going to eat lunch. In the afternoon, after playing simultaneous teaching match with the participants, Kuma Sensei reviewed the games.

Saturday’s lecture on about the Double Approach was truly great, captivating the attention of all of the students. Even though the lecture covered basic techniques, not only beginners, but also dan players thought it was a very interesting lecture. Thanks to Kuma Sensei’s way of speaking and sense of humor, everyone was delighted. Personally, I especially enjoyed the time after the event on Saturday – while eating dinner with Kuma Sensei, we could discuss a variety of cross-cultural topics outside of go. It was truly enjoyable. The workshop, being only two days, really seemed to end too quickly.

Through this workshop, covering a variety of topics ranging from Go Lectures to matches with Kuma Sensei, we “enjoyably” learned a lot. Through this rare opportunity of having a pro come from Japan, participants deepened their interest in go, and could boost their go abilities. The Kuma Sensei Workshop went quite well, so Seattle Go fans hope for events of the same kind to happen in the future.  Report by Brian Kirby/photo by Thane Williams

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Risultati Campionato Italiano Blitz 2014

Home Page sito FIGG - Mar, 25/11/2014 - 18:58
Classifica finale Campionato Italiano Blitz 2014

Students Swell Syracuse Turnout

Notizie AGA - Mar, 25/11/2014 - 16:18

A record 35 players participated in the Syracuse Go Club’s Fall Self-Paired Tournament on November 22, “the high count due in no small part to the twelve primary and secondary students who came to play,” reports organizer and TD Richard Moseson. Eight players drove in from outside of Syracuse, including three from the Utica club, three from Cornell University’s club, and two from Rochester.  A wide assortment of free refreshments, some homemade, were available throughout the day, and every player was able to choose a prize to take home at the end of the day. Prizes included new books provided at a discount by Slate and Shell and boxed anime donated by the American Go Foundation. photo (far left): 8th grader Rachel Liu 19k, playing in her first tournament. photos by Richard Moseson

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Chimin Oh Wins 15th “Go to Innovation”

Notizie AGA - Mar, 25/11/2014 - 14:31

Chimin Oh 7D, a former go instructor from Korea who now lives in England, won the €1000 first place prize in the November 14-16 “Go to Innovation” tournament which drew fifty-five players from around the world to Berlin, Germany.  Viktor Lin (5-dan, Austria) came in second and won €500 and Zebin Du (6-dan, China) won €250 for third place. Rita Pocsai (4-dan, Hungary) won  €500 from Omikron Data Quality GmbH, for best performance by a female player. She also won the €100 prize for her 10th place finish. No one won the jackpot prize for winning eight games. In fact no one managed to win seven games. Click here for complete results and a photo gallery.

There were eight rounds and the Hahn Pointing system, developed by Professor Sang-Dae Hahn of Myongji University, was used to determine tournament winners. Instead of assigning 1 or 0  for a win or loss , the Hahn system awards points from 0 to 100 based on the difference in game counts. Close games with a  difference between .5 to 10 points in game counts results in the winner receiving 60 points and the loser 40 points, but a decisive win with a difference of 40 points or more  results in the winner receiving all 100 points and the loser receiving nothing. This encourages fighting, aggressive games.

– Larry Eclipse, based on a report by James Davies on the IGF News Feed; photos by Jaromir Sir

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Incontro settimanale: Fiorano Modenese

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mar, 25/11/2014 - 11:09

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri incontri di studio e gioco.

Questa settimana l’appuntamento è fissato per giovedì 27 novembre alle ore 21 (ma solitamente qualcuno arriva anche prima) 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.

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

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4th SportAccord World Mind Games

Notizie IGF - Lun, 24/11/2014 - 03:56

The 4th SportAccord World Mind Games (chess, contract bridge, draughts, go, xiangqi) will be held in Beijing December 11-17. The go competition will follow the same format as last year: 18 men representing China, Chinese Taipei, Europe, Japan, Korea, and North America will vie in a three-man team round-robin; 12 women from the same areas will compete as individuals in a double knockout; and 16 of these players will also compete in a single knockout mixed pair tournament. Click here for player lists and photos.

Last year the Chinese and Korean men's teams staged a riveting fight for the gold medal, which went to the Korean team when their third player beat his Chinese opponent by a fraction of a point. China will try to even the score this year with a team of three young world title-holders. Korea will counter with a team consisting of two of its medalists from 2012 and 2013 and a young player named Na who recently won the Korean Prices Information Cup. Japan, after going home empty-handed last year, will field an all new team drawn from Nagoya and Osaka. Their first assignment will be to avenge last year's defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei.

 

The fight for the women's medals will be very tough. Judging from recent international competition, the field includes the world's current top three women, or at least three of the top four, all Chinese or Korean. Players from the other areas will be trying to break the Chinese-Korean medal monopoly of previous years.

 

In pair competition, China, Japan, and Korea will enter five teenaged players and one (Na) who is just twenty. Chinese Taipei, whose teenaged pair took the silver medal last year, will let a new and older pair to try to match or better that feat. Europe is entering three pairs and North America one; it should be a lively three rounds.

 

Tuo Jiaxi from the Chinese men's team and Lee Hajin, secretary general of the International Go Federation, will also act as go ambassadors. They and the ambassadors from the other four disciplines will take part in various social and publicity events.

 

Ranka will once again provide daily reports and commentaries.

 

EGC 2013 Main Tournament - 10 kifu

Home Page sito FIGG - Dom, 23/11/2014 - 23:05
In Area File - Sgf per articoli sono disponibili le trascrizioni delle dieci partite giocate da Carlo Metta durante il main tournament del Congresso Europeo di GO del 2013 (1st week e 2nd week). Ringraziamo Carlo per averci concesso i suoi kifu.

UK Go News Updates: Gerry Gavigan Takes Second Place in Cork;President Closes Out the Spanish Inquisition; 12 Tapped for European Youth Online Team Tourney;Fun and Games at Letchworth Rapid Play; Matthew Cocke Regains Three Peaks Title

Notizie AGA - Dom, 23/11/2014 - 00:37

Gerry Gavigan Takes Second Place in Cork: Gerry Gavigan 13k from South London took second place in the 2014 UCC Tournament, held in the Mardyke Pavillion of University College Cork.

President Closes Out the Spanish Inquisition: In the Pandanet Go European Team Championship, the UK’s match against Spain on 18th November was split 1-1, so Board 1 was played a day later, with BGA President Jon Diamond winning to give the UK it’s third win of the season and second place in the C-League behind Bulgaria.

12 Tapped for European Youth Online Team Tourney: A dozen young players have been selected to represent the UK at the first European Youth Go Team Tournament on KGS. They played their first match against Romania on 15th November, posting a 1-4 loss. The second match is against Italy on 29th November.

Fun and Games at Letchworth Rapid Play: 26 players attended the first Letchworth Rapid Play event held at the Central Methodist Church in Letchworth Garden City. Tim Hunt 2d took first with six wins in the Open Section, the Major Section was won by Ben Ellis 3k, Minor Section winner was John Collins 10k, Junior Section winner was Melchior Chui 9k, and Greg Briscoe won the Novices Tournament. photo: Paul Smith losing to Tim Hunt

Matthew Cocke Regains Three Peaks Title: Matthew Cocke won the Three Peaks title for the fifth time, sweeping all five games at the Commodore Inn in Grange-over-Sands. Runners-ups were Roger Huyshe 4k and David Cantrell 6k, each with four wins. 31 players took part, including organizer Bob Bagot.
- compiled/edited by Amy Su, based on reports on the BGA website 

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Chimin Oh Wins Go to Innovation

Notizie IGF - Sab, 22/11/2014 - 10:23

Chimin Oh Wins Go to Innovation Was it the lure of the thousand-euro first prize or the chance to play some serious handicap go? Whatever it was, on November 14-16, 2014 the annual Go to Innovation tournament drew fifty-five players from far and wide to Berlin. An eight-round Hahn system was used, which meant that starting scores were assigned according to the players' EGF ratings. Additional points were earned in amounts that depended not only on who won or lost each game but also on how much he or she won or lost by and whether he or she had won in the previous round. All games were played with appropriate handicaps or komi according to the players' current scores.

The highest-rated contestant was former Korean go instructor Chimin Oh, 7-dan, who currently resides in England. His starting score immediately put him in the lead. In his first game he beat German champion Lukas Krämer (6-dan), but then he lost a two-stone handicap game to Austrian champion Viktor Lin (5-dan). Next day he lost to Hungarian champion Pal Balogh (6-dan) and then to Lluis Oh (6-dan, Spain). Following these defeats, however, he rebounded with a string of victories over Nordic champion Yaqi Fu (6-dan, Sweden), Zebin Du (6-dan, China), Jan Hora (6-dan, Czechia, with a two-stone handicap), and Jan Prokop (5-dan, Czechia, with a three-stone handicap). His final Hahn score put him far ahead of Viktor Lin, whose four wins were good enough for the 500-euro second place prize. Zebin Du won six games and finished third (250 euros). The best performance by a female player was turned in by by Rita Pocsai (4-dan, Hungary), who earned a 500-euro prize from Omikron Data Quality in addition to her 100-euro tenth-place prize. Complete results are here.

There was also a jackpot prize for winning eight games, but nobody claimed it. In fact, no one managed to win even seven games. The Hahn system does not give anyone an easy time in any round, and in some sense it rewards the players according to how well they played, regardless of how many games they won. Jan Hora, for example, won only three games, but all his opponents ended among the top ten and he finished seventh. Perhaps next year more 7-dans will try this system out.

 

- James Davies

 

Nihon Ki-in Gives Award to Seattle’s Frank Fukuda

Notizie AGA - Ven, 21/11/2014 - 05:15

The Nihon Ki-in recently celebrated its 90th anniversary in Japan.  As part of the celebration, they sent Frank (Kohya) Fukuda, Director Emeritus of the Seattle Go Center,  an “Appreciation Diploma”, signed by their President Norio Wada.  The text stated in Japanese, “Residing outside of Japan, you have been working hard for introducing and popularizing the game of Go, and you have contributed greatly to make Go prosper in your area.   Through your activity, the success of international friendship was achieved.”  Frank Fukuda is one of the founders of the Seattle Go Center, and he has been helping the Go Center ever since it opened in 1995.  Report and photo by Brian Allen

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Korea Shuts Out China at the 19th LG Cup

Notizie AGA - Ven, 21/11/2014 - 02:59

Four of China and Korea’s best faced off at the 19th LG Cup quarter and semifinals on November 17 through November 19 in Gangwon, Korea. Though they performed poorly last year, team Korea (left) dominated this year’s tournament with each player knocking out their Chinese counterpart including Kim Jiseok 9p’s win against defending champion Tuo Jiaxi 9p. Kim will play good friend Park Junghwan 9p in the finals from February 9 through February 12 at Seoul National University. For more information about the 19th LG Cup including photos, game records, and commentary by An Younggil 8p, please visit Go Game Guru.
–Annalia Linnan, based on a longer article by Go Game Guru; photo courtesy of Go Game Guru

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EuroGoTV Update: Italy, Hungary, Austria

Notizie AGA - Ven, 21/11/2014 - 02:58

Italy: Andriy Zakharzhevskyy 1d bested Carlo Metta 2d at the Torneo del Gladiatore on November 16 in Rome while Andrea Mori 1k came in third. Hungary: Also on November 16, Dominik Boviz took the PaGoda Go Cup in Budapest. Gabor Szabics 5d was second and Gyorgy Csizmadia 4d placed third. Austria: The Salzburg 2014 finished on November 9 in HausDerNatur with Lothar Spiegel 5d (left) in first, Schayan Hamrah 5d in second, and Dominik Boviz 4d in third.
– Annalia Linnan, based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

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Portland Grade Schoolers Shine

Notizie AGA - Ven, 21/11/2014 - 01:42

Eleven children from four different schools attended the first New Stars Youth Go Tournament, in Portland, OR on Nov. 2nd, reports organizer Peter Freedman.  In the round robin upper division three kyu ranked players competed, with adult Bill Corry participating to make the number of players four. Hikaru Sato won first prize, a traveling Go set, with a 2-1 record. Eight children competed in the unranked division, with one child having a rank of KGS 22kyu. The $25 first prize was won by 2nd grader Olin Waxler,  with a record of 3-0. Second place was split between Tommy Flynn, 2-0, and Emmett Mayer, 3-1, winning $12.50 each. “The tournament had a special structure, used last year, that is particularly favorable to new young players,” says Freedman.  “Players had to play at least either 4 9×9 games, 3 13×13 games, 2 19×19 games, or any combination of the above.”

Portland kids again got a chance to compete on Nov. 18, when ten kids in the Beverly Cleary chess and Go club participated in their own tourney. Prizes were award for; most games played; most wins; and most opponents played. Winning players got to put one hand in a jar filled with change, and keep whatever they could grasp. Ms. Kendrick Dahlin dipped three times, once for tie for most wins, once for playing the most different opponents, and once for tie for most games played. Tommy Flynn, Olin Waxler and Beckett Jacobs also dipped for tie with most wins (4), and Spencer Vassal dipped for tie in most games played. Almost all games were played on 9×9 boards. -Paul Barchilon E-J Youth Editor. Photo and reports by Peter Freedman

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Go Spotting: Go On His Mind

Notizie AGA - Mer, 19/11/2014 - 15:00

San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra has been seeing go everywhere lately. On senet, an Egyptian board game that’s older than go by 3,000 years, but lost for millennia before being reborn, “‘GO’ can be seen in a couple of places on the side of the board,” he writes. A recent New Yorker cover “that at first glance seemed to have many white go stones scattered in it,” turned out to be raindrops on a taxi window as it approaches the Empire State Building, which Terpstra points out “is near the 2014 Go Congress site.” The UCSD Go Club combined with the San Diego Go Club to sponsor Go Night at UCSD on Saturday, November 8. Japanese language students turned out to learn go at a Study Abroad event. Twenty student showed up for the beginners class and although it was supposed to end at 8:30 p.m., “the students kept playing until they were thrown out at 10 p.m.,” says Terpstra.

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Nuovo Go club a Parma

Home Page sito FIGG - Mer, 19/11/2014 - 00:39
All'Università di Parma si "studia" il Go!!!

Anthony reduce dall'esperienza di Lucca Comics & Games insieme a Gian Marco ci segnalano l'esistenza del Go club dell'Università degli Studi di Parma. Al momento ci sono circa 6-7 giocatori che ci auguriamo in crescita. Esiste anche una mailing list dove viene confermato l'appuntamento settimanale (generalmente il martedì sera).
All'interno dell'università stessa è presente anche un circolo riconosciuto "Circolo di scacchi e Go" con il quale i due intrepidi stanno stabilendo dei contatti: Tesuji!!!

Sulla pagina (Emilia Romagna) dei Go club sono presenti i nuovi riferimenti.

Go Spotting: Cat Go

Notizie AGA - Mar, 18/11/2014 - 15:00

The Internet is filled with cats, so Steve Colburn wasn’t too surprised to come across this piece by Tango that combines cats and go. “The tumblr this came off of has a lot of fun images for simple perspective and jokes,” Colburn adds.

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