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Steve Burrall edges Horn to win Davis-Sac Winter tourney

Notizie AGA - Mar, 24/12/2019 - 21:19

Steve Burrall 3D edged out Jeff Horn 1D to win the Davis/Sacramento Go Club’s Winter tournament on Nov. 30. The event was held in the Arden-Dimick Library in Sacramento.

Clockwise from left: Shi, Burrall and Horn.
photo courtesy Willard Haynes

Burrall and Horn tied 2-2 in the upper division, with Burrall the winner on tie breaks. Yangquingwei Shi 3k, won the lower division with a 3-1 record. Mr. Shi was playing in his first AGA event.


Haskell Small tops NGC Winter Warmer

Notizie AGA - Mar, 24/12/2019 - 21:07

The last tournament of NGC’s 2019 calendar — the Winter Warmer Tournament on December 14 — was won by Haskell (Hal) Small 1K, whose 3-1 score topped the field of 19 players. Everyone with at least two wins was able to choose a Go book as a prize, and all were encouraged to study hard and be ready for even fiercer competition at the Lunar New Year tourney in February. Peter Schumer (pictured) came down from Vermont just for the tournament and his first visit to the NGC. “A fun surprise for all who know Peter!” said NGC Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa.

Other winners: Qingbo Zhang 5D, Edward (Zhiyuan) Zhang 5D, Patrick Sun 4K, Barreal Anderson 6K, Derek Zhou 7K, Ed Caldeira 8K, Marion Edey 9K, Garrett Smith 10K, Tonya Perez-Lopez 17K, and Laurie Ensworth 19K.


Convocazione Assemblea FIGG

Home Page sito FIGG - Mar, 24/12/2019 - 11:11

La prossima assemblea dei soci si terrà a Pisa, Stazione Leopolda,
piazza Guerrazzi 2, in prima convocazione il giorno venerdì 24 aprile
2020 alle ore 04.00 e in seconda convocazione il giorno VENERDÌ 24
APRILE 2020 ALLE ORE 20:30.
Ricordiamo che i mandati dell'attuale CF scadranno il 31 dicembre 2020:
per questo motivo l'assemblea sarà anche ELETTIVA. Raccomandiamo
pertanto la massima partecipazione, di persona o in delega.
L'assemblea si terrà in occasione del torneo primaverile di Pisa, per
dettagli vedi

Si invitano tutti i soci che desiderano candidarsi di inviare la loro
candidatura a non oltre domenica 12 aprile 2020.

Di seguito l'ordine del giorno.

1) Apertura dei lavori
     Elezione del segretario d'assemblea che redigerà il verbale
2) Relazione morale-finanziaria
     Presentazione della relazione
     Discussione e votazione
3) Bilancio (presentazioni e votazioni)
     Consuntivo 2019
     Preventivo 2020
4) Quote associative 2021
5) Elezioni
6) Varie ed eventuali

Ricordiamo infine che l'ordine del giorno può essere modificato fino a
14 giorni prima dell'assemblea. Si invitano quindi i soci a inviare
eventuali proposte di aggiunta/modifica all'indirizzo non
oltre il 10 aprile 2020.

Ne approfittiamo per augurare - nuovamente - buone feste a tutti voi!

Per il CF,
Maurizio Parton

Member’s Edition: Yuan Zhou on Changqi Cup Finals

Notizie AGA - Mar, 24/12/2019 - 07:00

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White: Ke Jie 9P
Black: Zhou Ruiyang 9P
Commentary: Yuan Zhou 7d
Game editors: Bill Cobb, Myron Souris
Published in the December 24, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

This 2nd game of the 2019 Chinese Changqi Cup finals is between Ke Jie 9p (White) and Zhou Ruiyang 9p. Ke Jie has already won by a point the 1st of this best of 3 games finals. The Changqi is one of the top Chinese national tournaments.

This game contains some of the most complicated fighting you’ll see, even for a pro game. Yet Yuan Zhou gives an insightful review for amateur players to make sense of this incredible game.

Yuan Zhou gives this summary of the players’ backgrounds: “Ke Jie 9p, currently ranked number one in the world, is famous for his skill at fighting, which this game illustrates well. Ke Jie has been doing better in international events than in national Chinese events. Zhou Ruiyang 9p has won several Chinese titles in recent years.”

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 . This commentary is typical for Zhou, who has published several books, including such thorough commentaries of pro games at Slate & Shell (


Midwest Open 2020 planned for January 18 & 19 to feature live music and a regional championship

Notizie AGA - Lun, 23/12/2019 - 05:07

The regional state championship for Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia will take place during the Midwest Open January 18th and 19th 2020 just north of Columbus Ohio. “I hope to turn this tournament into a regional staple,” says organizer Devin Fraze. Inspired by the experience of attending the 2019 Cotsen Open, Fraze is aiming to create a truly unique experience for players. The tournament will feature live musical performances, opened by Hal Walker, a local Go player who plays a unique set of instruments. The tournament will also feature pro reviews, and an innovative pairing system to maximize games played. Registration fees will be $30 per day or both days for $10 off at a total of $50.

There will be an overall regional Tournament Champion, with four more champions specific to each state (OH, TN, KY, WV) awarded to the top performing players from their respective states. Find more information about the championship rules here. The website will also be updated to feature some exciting names from the Go community including 8 dan Korean professional Yoonyoung Kim. For more information and registration visit


Joshua Lee declared Virginia State Champion

Notizie AGA - Lun, 23/12/2019 - 04:36
Perpetual trophy

Joshua Lee 6d defeated Qingbo Zhang 5d in the final of the 1st Virginia State Go Championship, held at Korean American Baduk Association in Annandale VA on November 16, 2019. The game was full of battles, but Lee kept a solid lead throughout the game. The Virginia chapters will host the next qualifier for VA Championship in summer of 2020. “We hope for more female and youth players in the next VA State Championship to win the prepared perpetual trophies,” says organizer Edward Zhang. “With AGA’s 50-State Championship program running for multiple years now we’ve been able to follow the progress of players all over the country.” Updated information for the Virginia Go Championships can be found here.

Joshua Lee 6d

Organizers and Volunteers Acknowledgement:
CAFA Inc, Liang Yu, Justin Teng, Gary Smith, James Lee, Gurujeet Khalsa, Weiping Chen, Xinyu Zhang, Anna Liu, Qingbo Zhang, Grace Shan, Yuchen Zhu, Mark Keam, Ge Li, Dinny Li, Xinran Zuo, Huiming Zeng, Jing Zhang, Sihao Li, Jingfei Chen, Yufei Jiang, Shuo Wang, Jingyi Zhang, Kevin Wu, Xi Chen, Zhenying Gu, Kejun Kang.

8thVirginia Open Winners Report on 9/28.
Open Division 1st-4th places: Eric Lui 3-0, Justin Teng 2-1, Qingbo Zhang 2-1, Joshua Lee 2-1.
Women’s 1st-2nd places: Sarah Crites, Ivy Zhang
Expert Division 1st-3rd places: Xuhui Zhang 3-0, Jialong Qing 2-1, Jiayang Su 2-1.
Intermediate Division 1st-3rd places: Derek Zhou 3-0, John Christensen 2-1, Bob Crites 2-1.
Novice Division 1st-2nd places: Adam King 2-1, Evan Moore 2-1.

photos by Liang Yu
report by Edward Zhang


Torneo della Befana 2020

Home Page sito FIGG - Dom, 22/12/2019 - 17:30
Il Torneo della Befana di Milano come ogni anno si terrà durante le feste, e precisamente il 4 gennaio 2020.
Sarà un torneo in un giorno, 4 turni di classe C, presso la Casa dei Giochi.
Di seguito, tutte le info:

Redmond’s Reviews, Episode 15: Michael Redmond 9P vs Ishida Yoshio 9P

Notizie AGA - Sab, 21/12/2019 - 14:58

In this episode, Michael Redmond reviews his game with the legendary Ishida Yoshio 9P. This game started Redmond’s winning streak earlier this year; up to this game Redmond had never won against Ishida.
A student at the legendary Kitani Minoru go school, Ishida’s fellow students included Cho Chikun, Kobayashi Koichi, Kato Masao, and Takemiya Masaki. He joined the dojo at a young age like his fellow students and became a professional in 1963 when he was 15. His dan rank grew quickly because of the Oteai. He would go up the ranks faster than rules allowed after winning the first 14 Oteai games when he was being promoted from 6 to 7 dan. He reached 9 dan in 11 years, faster than most other players. Ishida was given the nickname “The Computer” because his yose play and counting skills were far more accurate than other pros.

Click here to see the video, produced by Stephen Hu, Allen Moy and Andrew Jackson.

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Torneo Internazionale di Pisa, Primavera 2020

Home Page sito FIGG - Gio, 19/12/2019 - 22:09
Sono aperte le iscrizioni al prossimo Torneo di Pisa, che si terrà il 24-25-26 aprile 2020, e sarà aperto a livello internazionale!
L'evento ospiterà vari tornei paralleli, ospiti speciali, ed il montepremi del Main Tournament sarà di 750 Euro.
Le quote di iscrizione sono ancora molto basse, non perdete l'occasione!

Partecipate numerosi!

Incontro settimanale rimandato

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Gio, 19/12/2019 - 10:32

Causa festeggiamenti, abbuffate, panettoni, cotechini e impegni familiari (come di solito accade in questo periodo dell’anno), il consueto incontro di gioco questa settimana viene sospeso ma presto riprenderà regolarmente. Buone Feste a tutti!


Member’s Edition: Lessons with Kaz: Common Mistakes

Notizie AGA - Mar, 17/12/2019 - 07:00

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Published in the December 17, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

This game commentary between 2 dan players is a continuation and elaboration on Kaz’s previous commentary. Kaz pays particular attention to effective ways of recognizing and attacking weak groups.

A longtime contributor to the American Go E-Journal, former insei Kazunari Furuyama has returned with his popular EJ column, now in sgf files and re-named “Lessons with Kaz”. Visit his website at, including the advice column, and example problems Kaz also has room for offline teaching,


Livestreams from Southeast Asia GO Congress

Notizie AGA - Mar, 17/12/2019 - 04:49

Tune in to the AGA’s Twitch channel this week for livestreams from the Southeast Asia GO Congress. Here’s the schedule:

Dec 17, 9:30-11:30 AM SG [Dec 16, 8:30-10:30 PM ET] Masters R3 (with Yang Shuang 2p)

Dec 19, 9:30-11:30 AM SG [Dec 18, 8:30-10:30 PM ET] Masters R4 (TBA)
Dec 19, 2:30-4:30 PM SG [Dec 19, 1:30-3:30 AM ET] Special Event: Southeast Asia vs. AI (with Michael Redmond 9p)

Dec 20, 9:30-11:30 AM SG [Dec 19, 8:30-10:30 PM ET] Masters R5 (TBA)
Dec 20, 2:30-4:30 PM SG [Dec 20, 1:30-3:30 AM ET] Special Event: Gals vs. Guys (with Cho Hye-yeon 9p)

Dec 21, 9:30-11:30 AM SG [Dec 20, 8:30-10:30 PM ET] Masters R6 (TBA)
Dec 21, 1-3 PM SG [Dec 21, 12-2 AM ET] Redmond’s SEA Congress Reviews (with Michael Redmond 9p)
Dec 21, 3-5 PM SG [Dec 21, 2-4 AM ET] Special Event: Singaporean 7-dan Title Match, Game 1 (TBA)

Dec 22, 1-5 PM SG [Dec 22, 12-4 AM ET] Special Event: Singaporean 7-dan Title Match, Game 2 & 3 (TBA)


Shirley Lin 1P wins women’s individual championship in China-ASEAN Weiqi International Invitation Tournament

Notizie AGA - Lun, 16/12/2019 - 23:22

The 15th China-ASEAN Weiqi International Invitation Tournament 2019 was held in Nanning, Guangxi from December 8th to 11th 2019. Thirteen teams from ten countries were invited to attend the event including two American teams representing Los Angeles and Las Vegas. After six rounds in the men’s team competition, Kevin Huang 6d and Blake Kang 5d representing Los Angeles won third place with teams from Thailand and Taipei taking first and second respectively. Shirley Lin 1P from Los Angeles played in the women’s individual competition and won the championship. Yangu Yunqi from China and Shu Jingwen from Taiwan took second and third place. Kevin Huang 6d from Los Angeles and Ti Ma 6d from Las Vegas took fifth and sixth places in the men’s individual competition.

report and photos provided by Shirley Lin 1P


Registration open for South Central Go Tournament and Texas state championship Presidents’ Day weekend

Notizie AGA - Lun, 16/12/2019 - 23:04

The fifth South Central Go Tournament will be held Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16 in Dallas, Texas, at the Center for Asian Studies, a venue generously donated by the University of Texas and located on their campus in Richardson. There will be three rounds per day for a total of six; all AGA members are welcome at the tournament in either the Open Section or the Handicap Section and players may register for either. The Texas resident who places highest in the Open Section will become the 2020 Texas State Champion and will receive an engraved trophy.

Prior tournaments have drawn around 40 players altogether. All will receive a certificate of participation for competing; first, second, and third place finishers in the Open Section will get certificates acknowledging this achievement, and in the Handicap Section, first, second, and third place finishers in each band will also be awarded certificates. Further prizes are under consideration.

On-line registration is open at, and you can find updated tournament details on our Facebook page at Send questions about the Texas State Championship to Bart Jacob at, or general questions to Bob Gilman at


EJ Mailbag: Joseki guide for kyu players; Don’t mourn, organize; Columbus discovers Go; Gameboy Go?

Notizie AGA - Lun, 16/12/2019 - 04:36

Columbus discovers Go: “Devin Fraze can teach you how to play Go in about two minutes.” That’s the lead in the “It’s always Go time for enthusiast of ancient game” report last month in ThisWeek Community News, about the Columbus Go Club in Ohio. “To try and teach yourself the game can be confusing and frustrating, but to sit down across the board from an experienced player is a great way to learn,” Fraze said.

Joseki guide for kyu players: Learn Go Joseki for kyu players is a new way to view common joseki for kyu players designed, coded and populated by Neil Moffatt. They’re drawn from the 21st Century Dictionary of Basic Joseki volumes one and two, with a few exceptions.

Don’t mourn, organize: “I am saddened by Bill Cobb’s article,” writes Jean de Maiffe. “I find internet play soulless and am grateful to live where I have been able to start two different Go clubs in my town, at different times in my life. My heart goes out to Bill for his isolation. I started my first Sunnyvale CA club about a year after my husband and I moved here. When I turned that first club over to someone else, I learned that while I didn’t need to drive for an hour to attend, I did have to drive a narrow, twisty, dirt road in the Coastal Range to get there. During the rainy season, when the sun retires early, I found it terrifying to drive to and from there. Hence my starting a second club in our nearby Senior Center, which is within walking distance and which is open during the day only, a blessing for me in my 70s. Best wishes to Bill on finding a new GO home in the Arkansas mountains or nearby.”

Gameboy Go?: “I’m very interested in Go and used to own a portable chess game similar to the Gameboy,” writes a visitor. “Do you know of any electronic go handheld games available today? I have tried for hours to find something that’s not on the app store.” Email with suggestions.


AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 33: Slightly unusual josekis

Notizie AGA - Sab, 14/12/2019 - 19:14

The latest AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo game commentary — Game 33 — from Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock. The popular series resumed last week after a 6-month hiatus. “This time we’re going to be seeing some slightly unusual josekis,” says Redmond, “including some of the fighting follow-ups to the 3-3 invasion. And, unlike the crash we saw in #32, this is another of those long, close games.”

NOTE: The EJ plans to livestream from the First Southeast Asia GO Congress, which runs December 15-22 in Singapore. Be sure to follow the AGA’s Twitch channel and get notified of live streams.

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Redmond to livestream again on Twitch Wednesday night

Notizie AGA - Mer, 11/12/2019 - 02:17

Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock will do their second livestream game commentary this week on the AGA’s Twitch channel on Wednesday December 11 at 7P EST. Monday night they streamed an exciting game between Redmond and Otake Hideo 9P, with in-depth commentary and interaction with viewers.

The EJ also plans to livestream from the First Southeast Asia GO Congress, which runs December 15-22 in Singapore. Be sure to follow the AGA’s Twitch channel and get notified of live streams.


The goban, elevated

Notizie AGA - Mer, 11/12/2019 - 01:00

Playing go on a traditional goban is one of the joys of the game. But aging knees pose a painful obstacle. Former AGA president Phil Straus elegantly solved the problem with help from fine woodworker Sylas Navar. The table he designed for Straus allows the traditional go board to be used while sitting in chairs. It’s made of hickory and flame maple with walnut inlay, which complements and extends the aesthetics of the goban, where the grain and glow of the wood are an integral part of the game. If you’re interested in such a table, contact Sylas at  or check out his website.


Member’s Edition: Yilun Yang’s December Hard Life and Death Puzzle

Notizie AGA - Mar, 10/12/2019 - 07:00

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Black to play. White has plenty of eye space, but some stones are short of liberties.
Published in the December 10, 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


Member’s Edition: Guo Juan 5P on a Mid-kyu Game

Notizie AGA - Mar, 10/12/2019 - 07:00

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Commentary: Guo Juan 5P
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the December 10, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal

In this mid-kyu game, Guo Juan covers many aspects of attack and defense that arise in every game. And her variations reinforce the concepts with explanations of correct or incorrect play.

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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