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The Power Report: Kisei: Yamashita evens score, Iyama takes lead again; Fujisawa Rina attains historic goal; World Go Championship preliminaries; Ueno Asami defends Women’s Kisei

Notizie AGA - Mar, 19/02/2019 - 02:18

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Kisei: Yamashita evens score, Iyama takes lead again: The second game of the 43rd Kisei title match was played at Yumeminato Tower in Sakaiminato City, Tottori Prefecture, on January 21 and 22. The name of the tower translates as Dream Port Tower; it is a sightseeing facility with an observation deck (details can be found on the Net under the English or the Japanese name). The key to this game was the opening: Yamashita Keigo (right), who had white, took advantage of a slack move by Iyama Kisei to seize the lead and was able to rebuff Iyama’s attempts to get back into the game. Black resigned after 164 moves. It’s unusual for Iyama, who usually starts slowly and carefully, to fall behind on the first day.
The third game was played at the Olive Bay Hotel in the city of Saikai in Nagasaki Prefecture on February 2 and 3. Taking white, Iyama won by resignation after 252 moves. Iyama seemed to take an edge in the opening; Yamashita attacked aggressively, but Iyama kept control of the game. Yamashita eventually managed to start a large ko, but didn’t have enough ko threats to win it.
The fourth game was played at the Former Tanaka Residence in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture, on February 13 and 14. The venue is a house with a Western wing built in 1921 and a Japanese wing built in 1934. It was designated a cultural treasure in 2006. Taking black, Iyama won by resignation after 183 moves. Yamashita will face his first kadoban in the fifth game, scheduled for February 27 and 28.

Fujisawa Rina attains historic goal: Fujisawa Rina reached a goal that has long been a target for women players. In a game in the first round of the main tournament (a knockout) of the 45th Tengen title, played on January 21, she became the first woman professional to win a game in the final section of a top-seven title. Playing white, she beat Takahashi Masumi 3-dan by resig. Starting with Honda Sachiko in 1979, ten women players had reached the final section, called “the main tournament,” a total of 12 times, but had lost in the first round each time. For Fujisawa, the 13th time was “third time lucky”; she had reached the main tournament in the 43rd and 44th Gosei tournaments. Four more wins and she will be the challenger. Incidentally, the number of seats in the main tournament varies according to the tournament from 16 to “around 32” (which means that some players may be seeded into the second round of the knockout).

World Go Championship preliminaries:  The international preliminaries for the thirdWorld Go Championship were held at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo from January 25 to 29. Eight-nine players vied for the three seats in the eight-player main tournament that were at stake.
The senior preliminary was won by Yu Chang-hyeok 9P of Korea, who beat Yuki Satoshi 9P (Japan) in the final. Incidentally, Jimmy Cha (Cha Minsu) played in this preliminary; as far as I know, this is his first international appearance for some time. The general preliminary was split into two sections, both of which were won by Chinese players: Jiang Weijie 9P and Liao Yuanhe 7P. The eight-player tournament will start on March 18.

Ueno Asami defends Women’s Kisei: As the current women’s number one, Fujisawa Rina looked like a tough challenger for the 17-year-old Ueno Asami (left), but the titleholder had other ideas. The second game of the 22nd Women’s Kisei title match was held in the Ryusei Studio at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo on January 28. Taking black, Ueno forced Fujisawa to resign after 243 moves. The game featured fierce fighting from start to finish, but Ueno showed that her surprise victory in this title last year was no fluke. Xie Yimin is still going strong, so the Japanese women’s go world looks like entering a period of three strong rivals.

Tomorrow: Murakawa to challenge for Judan…

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Introduzione e commento Finale 2018

Home Page sito FIGG - Dom, 17/02/2019 - 18:49
Ecco due video dell'evento "Il futuro dei giochi" all'università La Sapienza, che ha ospitato la finale di campionato 2018:

"Disco Ergo Sum", un seminario del prof. Panconesi sul contibuto dei giochi all'evoluzione dell'informatica.
https://youtu.be/4gSFs91gs7k

Commento Live alla terza partita della finale, di 3 dei giocatori romani più forti:
Giordano D'Obici, Sofia Malatesta, e Ken Federico
https://youtu.be/j5PHjlDI-vk

Buona visione!

Registration Open for the 26th Redmond Cup

Notizie AGA - Ven, 15/02/2019 - 01:55

The 26th edition of the Redmond Cup is open for registration, and strong young players are invited to compete in the most prestigious North American youth tournament of the year.  Online preliminary competition will begin on March 11th, with the top two players in the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) divisions receiving invitations to a best-of-3 finals that will take place between July 13-20 at the  US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin. Finalists win a free trip to the Congress, courtesy of  the American Go Foundation, and all participants who complete the preliminary tournament will also be eligible for a $200 scholarship to congress.

Competitors must have an accredited rank of 1 dan or higher to enter the Redmond Cup, reside in either the US, Canada, or Mexico, and be a member of his or her respective national go association. Registration is open until March 6th; for more details about the tournament, please read the Rules and Regulations. -Story and photo by Justin Teng.  Photo: 2018 Finalists Jeremy Chiu 7d (l) vs. Redmond Meijin Aaron Ye 7d (r).

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DC hosts Chinese Lunar New Year Tournament

Notizie AGA - Gio, 14/02/2019 - 04:08

This Saturday, February 16 is the annual tournament celebrating the Lunar New Year. “This is always a great event with prizes sponsored by the Chinese cultural community of the DC area,” says the National Go Center’s Gurujeet Khalsa. This will be a 4-round AGA rated event. Doors open at 8:30 AM.

Pre-register now for the Lunar New Year Tournament to guarantee your place and receive the 20% pre-registration discount ($16/adult, $12/youth)

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Wang and Polara top record-breaking turnout in North American Kyu Championships

Notizie AGA - Mer, 13/02/2019 - 21:00

12-year old Terry Wang 2k and 16-year old Kiren Polara 2k topped a record-breaking field of 84 players from the US, Canada, and Mexico to respectively become the Junior and Senior champions of the 6th North American Kyu Championships, held on February 2nd on KGS. Both champions have also earned the right to play in the 26th Redmond Cup, for which registration will be opening soon. Final tournaments results and the crosstab can be found here. The division winners in each of the 6 brackets received personalized crystal trophies, and all participants are eligible for a $200 scholarship to the 2019 US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin.

Special thanks to Jeremy Chiu for assisting in directing the tournament, as well as to Stephanie Yin from the New York Institute of Go and Sid Avila from the Mexican Go Association for helping the tournament run smoothly. - Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator

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Pair Go/Paella Night in DC

Notizie AGA - Mer, 13/02/2019 - 05:40

The February 22 edition of the National Go Center’s regular Friday Night Go evening will feature the Center’s first-ever Pair Go/Paella Night, beginning at 7 PM.

For those not familiar with Pair Go, it is played with partners who make alternating moves but are not allowed to converse and communicate strategy. “We’ll explain all the rules when you come,” says Haskell Small. “Come with a partner, or we can pair you with someone else when you arrive.” Mixed pairs are fine in addition to the traditional M-F pairings.

To make this a festive social occasion, Chris Garlock, Managing Editor of the AGA e-Journal and a former professional chef, has volunteered to make paella for the evening (vegetarian option included). Pictured is Michael Redmond 9P making paella under Chris’s tutelage last year.

Please RSVP by 2/20 to Haskell Small (haskell@haskellsmall.com, 202-244-4764). There will be a $5 donation at the door to cover the cost of the paella.

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Incontro settimanale: Tre Olmi (MO)

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mar, 12/02/2019 - 11:38

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri incontri di studio e gioco.

L’appuntamento di questa settimana è anticipato a mercoledì 13 febbraio alle ore 20:30 presso la birreria Keller in località Tre Olmi a Modena in strada Barchetta 411/A.

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Pandanet AGA City League Round 4

Notizie AGA - Mar, 12/02/2019 - 06:19

This Sunday is the Pandanet City League Round 4. Follow along with your local team to see them win their league! Watch from many of the AGA and US based Professionals. Games will played LIVE at 3PM on Pandanet in the “AGA City League Room”.


A League –  B League – C LeagueSteve Colburn, Tournament Director
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Brandon Zhou edges out Willis Huang to win Globis Cup Qualifier

Notizie AGA - Mar, 12/02/2019 - 05:40

In an exciting 1.5 point game, Brandon Zhou (playing black) defeated Willis Huang on KGS Monday night to become the North American representative to the 2019 Globis Cup in Tokyo, Japan, April 18-22.
- Jeff Shaevel, Tournament Director, 2019 Globis Cup Qualifier

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Upcoming Go Events: Chandler, Dallas, Irvine, Montreal

Notizie AGA - Lun, 11/02/2019 - 21:35

February 16: Chandler, AZ
2019 Phoenix Chinese Week Go Tournament Open
Quan Li qb081449@gmail.com 602-326-7556

February 16-17: Dallas, TX
South Central Go Tournament
Bob Gilman bobgilman.aga@gmail.com 505-842-5541

February 16-17: Irvine, CA
2019 Zheng Cup (formerly known as Southern Cal Go Championship)
Yixian Zhou missbear@gmail.com 626-617-5870
Kevin Chao kevingochao@gmail.com 949-616-4423

February 23: Montreal, QC
40th Winter Tournament
Lydia Gallant goaqjg@gmail.com 514-445-3819

Get the latest go events information.

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Huang & Zhou to face off Monday night in Globis Cup Qualifier final 

Notizie AGA - Lun, 11/02/2019 - 05:41

Willis Huang 6D will play Brandon Zhou 6D Monday at 7p EDT on KGS (AGA Tournament Room) to determine the North American representative to the 2019 Globis Cup in Japan.

Huang defeated Sophia Wang in Round 3 on Sunday, and then Zhou defeated Huang in Round 4, giving them each a single loss in the double-elimination qualifier and setting up a final head-to-head on Monday.

Jeff Shaevel, Tournament Director

 

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“Welcome Spring” Cup hosted by Consulate General of China in Chicago

Notizie AGA - Lun, 11/02/2019 - 05:40

Feb 3 ( Feb 4 in China) is one day away from the Lunar New Year’s eve.  On that date, about 40 people, including three players from Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin, participated in the “Welcome Spring” Cup, a brand new tournament in Chicago. The event was hosted by Consulate General of China in Chicago, and organized by the Go and Math Academy, Evanston Go Club, Confucius Institute in Chicago, and the US-China Cultural Association.

Acting Consul General Liu Jun welcomed all players with a Lunar New Year greeting. The first “Welcome Spring” Cup brings together go lovers from diverse communities and backgrounds. But beyond competition, it  is also a great opportunity for players to make friends and promote understanding through the game. “This year marks as the 40th anniversary of China-U.S. diplomatic relations. I hope this event will not only help build stronger friendship among people, but also strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries,” said Mr. Liu who also participated in the tournament as a 1D player.

This event is a handicap tournament with four divisions, including a youth division. About two-thirds of the participants were casual local players who had never played in tournament in the Chicago area. “It’s really encouraging to see so many new go players from the Great Chicago area come out of hiding to attend this event.” said Tournament Director Xinming Simon Guo, the founder of Go and Math Academy.

Final result:
A Division #1 Yang, Hong 1D 3-1
A Division #2 Amesbury, Jing 5D 3-1
A Division #3 Yang, Yang 4D 2-2

B Division #1 He, Joseph 1D 3-1
B Division #2 Sun, Yingjie 1D 3-1
B Division #3 Collins, Nick 3K 3-1

C Division #1 Kaiser, Mike 8K 4-0
C Division #2 Graper, David 9K 4-0
C Division #3 Tan, Stephanie 5K 3-1

Youth Division #1 Zhang, Sean 4-0
Youth Division #2 Pan, Jaden  2-2

photos: (top right) Acting Consul General Liu Jun 1D (second from the left) with division winners Hong Yang 1D, Mike Kaiser 8K and Joseph He 1D; (bottom right): Jane Lu (Director of Confucius Institute in Chicago) and youth division winner Sean Zhang

report/photos by Xinming (Simon) Guo

 

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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 28 (Part 2): So many possibilities

Notizie AGA - Dom, 10/02/2019 - 03:36

Michael Redmond 9p and the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock return with the exciting second half of the 28th game  of the AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo selfplay games.

“There’s all these possibilities,” says Redmond, teasing Garlock “You’ve probably forgotten all the different variations we looked at.” Viewer crass syzygy says “Really beautiful variations. Mind blowing,” while Philippe Fanaro says that “‘That’s the good side of dying’ is the highlight of this series.”

These videos are made possible by the support of the American Go Association; please consider joining  today!

Video produced by Michael Wanek & Andrew Jackson.

download SGF file

 

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Globis Cup Qualifier results: Rounds 1 & 2

Notizie AGA - Sab, 09/02/2019 - 23:56

The first two rounds in the Globis Cup Qualifier  were held online on Saturday, February 9 (see below for results).

Round 3 will be held Sunday 2/10 at 11A EDT: Willis Huang (KGS: whuang) vs. Sophia Wang (sophia)

Round 1 result:
Game 1: Willis Huang (whuang), B vs. Sophia Wang (sophia), W (Willis wins by resignation)
Game 2: Nate Morse (PassPeer), B vs. Brandon Zhou (atlbrandon), W (Brandon wins by resignation)

Round 2 results:
Game 3: Willis Huang (KGS: whuang), W vs. Brandon Zhou (atlbrandon), B (Brandon wins by resignation)
Game 4: Sophia Wang (sophia), B vs. Nate Morse (PassPeer), W  (Sophia wins by resignation)

Jeff Shaevel, TD

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Globis Cup Qualifier schedule set for this weekend

Notizie AGA - Ven, 08/02/2019 - 05:45

The schedule for the Globis Cup Qualifier is now set for this weekend, February 9-10, with an additional game on Monday evening, if necessary. The format will be a double-elimination between the four top entrants: Willis Huang, 6D (16); Brandon Zhou, 6D (15); Nate Morse, 4D (19); Sophia Wang, 3D (14).

All games will be played on KGS in the AGA Tournaments Room. AGA rules will be used, 7.5 komi, 1 hour basic time with 5 periods of 30 seconds byo-yomi.

The games will begin at 11 AM and 3PM EDT.

Round 1 (Saturday 2/9, 11A EDT):
Game 1: Willis Huang (KGS: whuang) vs. Sophia Wang (sophia)
Game 2: Brandon Zhou (atlbrandon) vs. Nate Morse (PassPeer)

Round 2 (Saturday 2/9, 3P EDT):
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Round 3 (Sunday 2/10, 11A EDT)
Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3

Round 4 (Sunday 2/10, 3P EDT)
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

In the event that after Game 6 both players have a 1-1 record, a final game will be played Monday, 6P EDT to determine the championship and the North American representative to the 2019 Globis Cup in Japan.

- Jeff Shaevel, AGA National Tournament Coordinator

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Calendario FIGG 2019

Home Page sito FIGG - Mer, 06/02/2019 - 11:42
Ecco la prima parte degli eventi goistici più rilevanti del 2019, per i giocatori italiani.
Partecipate numerosi!

The Traveling Board: Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur

Notizie AGA - Mer, 06/02/2019 - 04:00

Max Dohme of Berlin, Germany recently completed a swing through Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur, managing to find and make new go friends at each stop, “including a go lesson from Jimmy Cheng, secretary of the Malaysia Weiqi Association!” During the trip, Max — who started out as a 2-kyu — was promoted to Singapore 1-dan by Yang Jinhua 6p. He also kept records of his games and got them analyzed online by an AI:
Game 1
Game 2
Game 3

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Your Move/Readers Write: Even the Gray Lady and her pundits know about Go

Notizie AGA - Mer, 06/02/2019 - 03:15

by Terry Benson

In an Op-Ed in The New York Times on Wednesday Jan 30th, columnist Thomas Friedman noted the success of AlphaGo and correctly reported on AlphaZero learning from itself in declaring that the word for the year should be “deep.”  Computers are taking us “deep” and in Friedman’s opinion our institutions are not prepared for it.

Go players were shocked by AlphaGo’s success – we were toppled off the mountain – and we are trying to process what we’ve learned about Go.  What happens when machines can run – not faster – but longer processing years of experience in hours and finding deep patterns – one thing we’ve always considered the essence of being human and of our very human game?

For Friedman, the power of AI machines in the hands of “bad actors” (as he characterizes some whole governments) by going “deep” is scary.

Go players know to look at the whole board and see the flow of the stones. We lose if we get caught paying attention only to our own corner or blindly following our opponent – a crafty machine – around the board.  How can we go as deep?  How can we see what the machines cannot? In game terms, how can we keep control of the evaluating function: our right to decide what is important for people, what should be known, what should be shared, and who will be in control of the machines.

It’s too late to pull the pull.  It’s not possible to put this new genie back in the bottle.  The ancient warning is the same: be careful what you wish for.

Benson, president of the American Go Foundation, is a former president of the American Go Association and former editor of the American Go Journal.
The E-Journal welcomes your thoughts and comments about the game of go and all things related. Email us at journal@usgo.org

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Selezione WAGC

Home Page sito FIGG - Mar, 05/02/2019 - 17:33
Il rappresentante italiano di quest'anno al World Amateur Go Championship sarà Alessandro Martinelli, con riserva Mirco Fanti.
Il torneo si terrà a Matsue, in Giappone, dal 1 al 4 giugno 2019.
Forza Italia!

Incontro settimanale: Tre Olmi (MO)

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mar, 05/02/2019 - 08:40

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri incontri di studio e gioco.

L’appuntamento è per giovedì 7 febbraio 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!

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