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Member’s Edition: Guo Juan 5P on a High Dan Game

Notizie AGA - Mar, 07/05/2019 - 06:01

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Black: Amir Fragman 6d
White: Ofer Zivony 5d
Commentary: Guo Juan 5P
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the May 7, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal

Guo Juan 5P describes the background for this recent game between strong amateurs:

“This month I will write a little about the Israel Go Society and review one of their games.

“Many years ago at the World youth championship I met a group of enthusiastic young players from Israel, including Ali Jabarin and Amir Fragman. Ali is the first European pro. Today Ali has reached the 2p level and is becoming a very strong player, also making great results in Asia pro competitions. Although Amir changed his life direction, he stays active and has become a high level player. Ofer Zivony is one of the strongest players in Israel and a very talented player.

“Last year at the Pisa European congress I met them again. They have grown up and I was so happy to see these wonderful young guys! So here I was, visiting the Jerusalem tournament and seeing my little friends.

“The Israel Go society is not big by size, and many players learned go after watching Hikaru no Go. There is no go school, and except for Ali, there are no other pro teachers. But they have very strong players – I admire them.”

Guo Juan 5P is a popular go teacher based in Amsterdam. Check out her online go school, featuring recorded lectures and problems presented in a Spaced Repetition System. Here you will learn and remember correct play. And there’s a one month free trial!

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Member’s Edition: Yilun Yang’s April Easy Life and Death Puzzle

Notizie AGA - Mar, 07/05/2019 - 06:01

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Black to play. Note that the marked stone has only two liberties.
Published in the May 7, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

Yilun Yang 7P is one of the most popular go teachers in the US. You can reach him at yly_go@yahoo.com.

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Upcoming Go Events: Seattle, Tempe, Chandler, Raleigh, San Diego

Notizie AGA - Mar, 07/05/2019 - 00:42

May 11: Seattle, WA
Seattle Speed League – May!
Mike Malveaux programs@seattlego.org 206-545-1424

May 14: Tempe, AZ
Arizona AGA Rating Event
Bill Gundberg bill@azgoclub.org 480-831-5567

May 18: Chandler, AZ
Arizona AGA Rating Event
Bill Gundberg bill@azgoclub.org 480-831-5567

May 19: Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Spring Tournament
Bob Bacon bobbacon@earthlink.net 919-732-5184

May 19: San Diego, CA
2019 San Diego 13×13 Youth End-of-School Go Championship
Ted Terpstra ted.terpstra@gmail.com 619-384-3454
Hai Li zgds1102@sina.com

May 19: San DIego, CA
2019 Spring San Diego Go Club Soiree
Ted Terpstra ted.terpstra@gmail.com 619-384-3454

Get the latest go events information.

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Get Involved!

Notizie AGA - Lun, 06/05/2019 - 15:53

We here at the American Go Association do a lot of work for our members. We love doing it and we want to do more for you. We need your help. The AGA is looking for some good folks to help us out. There are a number of positions that we are currently looking for. If you think you would fit one of these roles please send us an email to volunteer@usgo.org. We’ve got a full list of open positions on our new Volunteer page. Here are two of the positions we’re actively looking for:

AGA Treasurer

Looking for someone with a minimum 2-3 years Accounting/CPA experience. Will assist the organization in day-to-day operations with members and chapters for payment issues. Person will help run reports for various administrators for operations activities. Person will work on tax documents yearly. This position has a two year commitment.

AGAGD Developer
Looking for a developer to assist with AGAGD programming and upgrades. Software is written in Django and CSS. Needs to also know some PHP and MYSQL for integration. Knowledge of docker/containers helpful.

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Hats on, as Justin Teng sweeps NGC Cinco de Mayo

Notizie AGA - Lun, 06/05/2019 - 00:23

Twenty six players turned out for the Cinco de Mayo/May the 4th Be With You Tournament at the National Go Center on Saturday. Sombrero winners were: High Dan – Justin Teng (6D) 4-0; Low Dan – Raymond Hong (3D) 3-1 (Raymond’s first visit to the NGC, a great showing); Single Digit Kyu – Chizuko Sento (6K) 4-0 (Chizuko was also a winner the night before at Pair Go/Paella night); Double Digit Kyu – Betsy Small (13K) 3-1.

The next tournament at the NGC will be the traditional Congress Tune-up in June, and Pair Go/Paella with Chris Garlock’s delicious paella will resume in September.

– report by Gurujeet Khalsa; photo by Jeff Fitzgerald

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Lake Mendota now ice free; time to register for U.S. Go Congress

Notizie AGA - Sab, 04/05/2019 - 22:18

Spring has arrived in Madison, Wisconsin, and thoughts turn to …go, reports 2019 U.S. Go Congress Director Dave Weimer. “Chairs are out on the lake-side terrace next to the site of the 2019 U.S. Go Congress, ready for go players to relax after their games,” Weimer tells the EJ. “Be sure to register during May to pay the early registration fee and reserve a ticket for the break day excursion to see the Milwaukee Brewers.” Click here for details.

photo by Dave Weimer

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Andy Liu and Mingjiu Jiang win 4th MLILY Cup Qualifier

Notizie AGA - Ven, 03/05/2019 - 05:07
In a 4-person double elimination, 3-round online tournament last weekend, Andy Liu and Mingjiu Jiang prevailed to become the North American representatives to the 4th MLILY Cup. The other players were Huiren Yang and Eric Lui. – Jeff Shaevel, TD
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Round 4 of the Transatlantic Team Championship this Sunday

Notizie AGA - Ven, 03/05/2019 - 04:56
Eric Lui 1P is challenging Mateusz Surma, who has already defeated three AGA players, in the 4th round of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship. The game will be played on KGS and live broadcast on Twitch on May 5 (Sunday), from 14:00 US Eastern Time. The live-streaming commentator will be Ali Jabarin 2P, one of the EGF team players, with Stephen Hu (a.k.a xhu) as a host.
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Nominations open for 2019 AGA Board elections

Notizie AGA - Ven, 03/05/2019 - 00:00
This year three American Go Association (AGA) regional Board of Director seats open for the Eastern, Western, Central regions. The current terms of office expire this September. If you know of someone who you believe would offer guidance and service to the AGA consider making a nomination. Nominations, including self-nominations may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides and must be received by June 15, 2019. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.
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New AGA Chapters for April 2019

Notizie AGA - Mer, 01/05/2019 - 14:53

The AGA is regularly asked for new chapters around the country. These are the newly registered chapters from April 2019:

Northeast Arkansas Go Club – Saturdays 1:30 – 4:00, Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, 315 W Oak, Ave, Jonesboro, AR – Check the Facebook page for up to date information!

 

Chapters can always update their current chapter through the AGA Membership Manager if they have changed.

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Incontro settimanale: Tre Olmi (MO)

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mar, 30/04/2019 - 18:09

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri incontri di studio e gioco.

L’appuntamento è per giovedì 2 maggio alle ore 20:30 presso la birreria Keller in località Tre Olmi a Modena in strada Barchetta 411/A.

Trovate la posizione sulla cartina cliccando qui.

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!

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Incontro settimanale: Tre Olmi (MO)

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mer, 24/04/2019 - 16:12

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri incontri di studio e gioco.

L’appuntamento è per giovedì 25 aprile alle ore 20:30 presso la birreria Keller in località Tre Olmi a Modena in strada Barchetta 411/A.

Trovate la posizione sulla cartina cliccando qui.

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!

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Elwyn Berlekamp, game theorist and coding pioneer, dies at 78

Notizie AGA - Mer, 24/04/2019 - 02:59

Elwyn Berlekamp, a UC Berkeley mathematician and game theorist whose error-correcting codes allowed spacecraft from Voyager to the Hubble Space Telescope to send accurate, detailed and beautiful images back to Earth, died April 9 at his home in Piedmont, California, from complications of pulmonary fibrosis.

A professor emeritus of mathematics and of electrical engineering and computer sciences, Berlekamp was 78.
One of his passions was the Asian game of Go, which he analyzed in the book Mathematical Go — one of the rare books on Go to be translated from English into Japanese, rather than vice versa. He focused on Go’s endgame, said mathematician and colleague David Eisenbud, and once challenged a top Japanese Go master to a series of endgames selected by Berlekamp. He beat the Go master in seven straight games, playing both sides of the board — white and black. “It was mathematics against intuition, and mathematics won,” said Eisenbud, director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI). “It was an impressive demonstration of which he was very proud.”
– excerpted from Berkeley News; read more about Berlekamp here.
photo: Berlekamp playing the game Amazons with Georg Menz in 2015. Menz was that year’s Berlekamp Postdoctoral Fellow at MSRI. (Photo courtesy of David Eisenbud)

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Mateusz Surma defeats William Shi, notching third win for EGF team

Notizie AGA - Lun, 22/04/2019 - 03:04
Mateusz Surma seems unstoppable. In the third round of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship, played on April 21 on KGS, Surma defeated AGA pro William Shi, extending his winning streak to three games. Surma defeated Calvin Sun 1P in the second round and Andy Liu 1P in the first round. The critical fight in the game with Shi began in the opening on the lower side, as Surma (white) attacked Shi’s weak group in the lower-left corner. Black’ move 51, an attachment at H3, was an intuitive shape point, but a better choice would have been to attach on the other side at K3. This mistake created a weak and heavy black group in the center. White capitalized on attacking this group, and black was unable to recover. The April 14 game with Sun started with a modern joseki in the upper right corner. Surma (black) built thickness towards the center, while Sun claimed some territory. As Sun moved to the lower side to reduce Surma’s influence, Surma started a complicated fight in the lower-left corner. The local fight spread quickly into the center. Surma used his thickness on the right side to attack white’s center groups. With two groups weak and floating, Sun couldn’t hold the territorial balance. He attempted to catch up, but in the process, lost a group and was forced to resign.

In the next round, Eric Lui will attempt to snap Surma’s winning streak; the game is set for May 5, starting at 14:00 US Eastern Time. The game will be played on KGS and live-streamed on Twitch. photo: Round 1 watch party at the Arizona Go Club; photo courtesy William Gundberg
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National Go Center takes game to DC Sakuri Matsuri festival

Notizie AGA - Dom, 21/04/2019 - 18:00

Saturday, April 13 “was a beautiful day on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC for the annual Sakuri Matsuri festival.” reports National Go Center Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa. The 15 volunteers from the NGC were busy from the time the gates opened until they closed, teaching and sharing go. Hundreds of festival-goers stopped by to sit and learn the rules and play their first game. The local go community has been teaching at the Sakuri Matsuri for over 15 years. “A big thanks to all our volunteers” says Khalsa, “and we look forward to being back again to enjoy the entertainment, food, culture, and fellowship of this great event.”
photo courtesy Gurujeet Khalsa

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2019 US Go Congress College Scholarship Application Now Open

Notizie AGA - Ven, 19/04/2019 - 19:15

University students can apply for a $200 AGF scholarship to the 35th US Go Congress in Wisconsin, Madison held July 13-20. Applicants must be aged 26 or younger and actively enrolled in college (rising students starting in Fall 2019 and recent graduates in Spring 2019 are also eligible). Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply. After filling out the application, applicants should email proof of enrollment to youth@usgo.org and the application will be reviewed within three days. If approved, additional instructions will then be sent on claiming the scholarship. Interested applicants should not register for the US Go Congress until his or her application status has been received. There are a total of 25 scholarships available first-come first-serve with 20 allotted to US students and 5 for Canada/Mexico students, so apply soon to claim one! – Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator.  Photo: University of Maryland Go Club by Jack de la Beaujardiere

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Teacher of the Year nominations due May 7th

Notizie AGA - Gio, 18/04/2019 - 22:28

Nominations for the American Go Foundation’s  Teacher of the Year award are due by May 7th. Presented each year at the U.S. Go Congress, the award  recognizes an outstanding American teacher. The winner  will receive an all expenses paid trip to the US Go Congress.  To be eligible a teacher must be a member of the AGA and have been teaching go to children  for at least one hour a week for two years. There are new eligibility criteria this year, and the award is now open to other kinds of teachers as well.  Click here for more information.  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, including yourself, email mail@agfgo.org.  Nominations are due by May 7th and should include a description of the teacher’s activities,  how long they have been teaching, and how many students attend their program. – Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo:  2018 AGF Teacher of the Year Ted Terpstra surrounded by a few of his many students.

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Torneo Internazionale di Praga

Home Page sito FIGG - Mer, 17/04/2019 - 11:13
In concomitanza con altri tornei del periodo di Pasqua, segnaliamo anche il Torneo di Praga, che si terrà il 20-21 aprile 2019.
Info e registrazioni sul sito http://kac.pagoda.cz/

Partecipate numerosi!

Incontro settimanale: Tre Olmi (MO)

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mar, 16/04/2019 - 10:09

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri incontri di studio e gioco.

L’appuntamento è per giovedì 18 aprile alle ore 20:30 presso la birreria Keller in località Tre Olmi a Modena in strada Barchetta 411/A.

Trovate la posizione sulla cartina cliccando qui.

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!

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Member’s Edition: Yuan Zhou on the Bailing Cup Final

Notizie AGA - Mar, 16/04/2019 - 06:01

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White: Ke Jie 9P, China
Black: Shin Jinseo 9P, Korea
Commentary: Yuan Zhou 7d
Game editors: Bill Cobb, Myron Souris
Published in the April 16, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

In this 2nd game of the title match of the 4th international invitational Bailing Cup, both Ke Jie 9p and Shin Jinseo 9p start out peacefully for almost 40 moves. Then the game instantly turns very complicated.

Yuan Zhou gives this background for the players: “In recent times both players have been rated number one in their countries. Shin was still 19 at the time of this game. Ke Jie is 3 years older. Ke Jie won the first game of this best of 3 games match. Ke Jie is particularly talented at playing White.”

Yuan Zhou 7 dan is one of the strongest players in the US. He has won many titles. Zhou is also a popular teacher, lecturer, and author. He lives in Germantown, MD, and can be reached at yuan.zhou@zhouyuan.com . This commentary is typical for Zhou, who has published several books, including such thorough commentaries of pro games at Slate & Shell (www.slateandshell.com).

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