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Eric Lui 1p crowned champion of 8th Virginia Open; Finalists set for Virginia State Championship

Notizie AGA - Mar, 08/10/2019 - 06:00
8th Virginia Open Champion Eric Lui 1p

The 8th Virginia Open took place in Vienna, Virginia on September 28th and featured a 26-player field, including nine 5-dan and stronger players in the 10-person Open section. Eric Lui 1p emerged victorious in all three of his games to become the overall champion. Justin Teng 6d took second place after losing to Lui in the final round, while Qingbo Zhang 5d and Joshua Lee 6d took third and fourth place respectively. Among Virginia residents, Qingbo Zhang 5d, Joshua Lee 6d, Yaming Wang 7d, and Ran Zhao 5d qualified for the Finals of the Virginia State Championship, which will take place at a later time. In the Handicap division, Xuhui Zhang 3d, Derek Zhou 7k, and Adam King 15k won first place in their respective sections. All participants received a free Go Book courtesy of Hinoki Press and the Capital Go Club.

Players face off in Round 1 of the 8th Virginia Open Group photo of attendees

The venue also hosted the Jinghua Cup, which was a three vs. three team match between alumni of Peking University and Tsinghua University. Liang Yu 6d and Sihao Li 3d were able to score crucial wins for Peking University to clinch victory with a 2-1 score. Fairfax County Cable TV came to the event mid-day to record some of the action as well as a presentation by Edward Zhang about the cultural aspects of Go in both the West and the East. Virginia House of Delegates member Mark Keam also visited the event to give a brief talk about how he sees Go as a metaphor for global society and a bridge to connect Asian and American culture. More photos from the event can be found in this album compiled by Liang Yu, Hejun Kang, and Anna Liu.

– report by Justin Teng

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Member’s Edition: Guo Juan 5P on 2 SDK Games

Notizie AGA - Mar, 08/10/2019 - 06:00

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Commentary: Guo Juan 5P
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the October 8, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal

Guo Juan comments on 2 games this month. The first covers general direction of play issues. The second covers weighing the start of a ko against the values of ko threats for both sides.

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 October Hard Life and Death Puzzle

Notizie AGA - Mar, 08/10/2019 - 06:00

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Black to play. White has plenty of eye space, but some stones are weak.
Published in the October 8, 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: New York, Rochester, Seattle

Notizie AGA - Lun, 07/10/2019 - 20:55

October 12: New York, NY
NYGA Monthly Tournament
Zhongfan Jian tournaments@ny-go.org 617-921-4105
Stephanie Yin nygo.nyga@gmail.com

October 12: Rochester, NY
15th Annual Greg Lefler Memorial Tournament
Steve Colburn steve@emptysky.org 585-703-3977
Tim Geary president@emptysky.org

October 12: Seattle, WA
24th Anniversary Party
Mike Malveaux programs@seattlego.org 206-545-1424

Get the latest go events information.

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Go Spotting: The inscrutability of artificial intelligence in go… and nuclear warfare

Notizie AGA - Dom, 06/10/2019 - 05:00

In a September 7th article titled “Battle algorithm,” The Economist writes of a “paradox” that may be familiar to readers who analyze their games using Leela Zero and other AIs. “AI might at once penetrate and thicken the fog of war, allowing it to be waged with a speed and complexity that renders it essentially opaque to humans.” The article notes that in AlphaGo’s March 2016 victory over Lee Sedol, the AI “played several highly creative moves that confounded experts,” and this led a workshop at the Chinese Academy of Military Science to conclude that, in the words of one source, “an AI could create tactics and stratagems superior to those of a human player in a game that can be compared to a war-game.”

While the article in The Economist focuses on conventional warfare, the strengths and weaknesses of go-playing AIs also appear in recent publications on nuclear warfare.

In 2017, the American think tank RAND Corporation held a series of workshops on AI and nuclear war, which noted that AlphaGo’s victory “astonished even AI and strategy experts.” “[T]he decisionmaking in Go is far simpler to address than in nuclear war…. but by the year 2040, it does not seem unreasonable to expect that an AI system might be able to play aspects or stages of military wargames or exercises at superhuman levels.” It is “likely that humans making command decisions will treat the AI system’s suggestions as on par with or better than those of human advisers. This potentially unjustified trust presents new risks that must be considered.”

This year, an August 16 commentary by two American researchers also cites AlphaGo. The commentary notes that AlphaGo Zero “learned through an iterative process”; “in nuclear conflict there is no iterative learning process.” “The laws of war require a series of judgments…. Software that cannot explain why a target was chosen probably cannot abide by those laws. Even if it can, humans might mistrust a decision aid that could outwardly resemble a Magic 8-Ball.” Nonetheless, the commentary argues for having AI take more control over US nuclear weapons.

Thanks to Fred Baldwin for once again spotting go, this time in “Battle algorithm.”

-edited by Joe Cua

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Players win cash and pumpkins at San Diego Go Club Back-to-School tournaments

Notizie AGA - Sab, 05/10/2019 - 20:03

The San Diego Go Club scheduled on Sunday, September 29, at the San Diego Chess Club in Beautiful Balboa Park, two Back-to-School tournaments – one 19×19 and a 13×13 for youth players – plus a pizza party, and professional instruction by Yilun Yang 7P. Over 50 players competed for pumpkins, vintage Go Worlds, and cash.

In the Open, Tyler Oyakawa 6d went 3-0 to win a giant pumpkin and an envelope of money. Taking second, with a 2-1 record, was Michael Zhou 6d. In the handicap section, the top three finishers were James Acres 1k, 3-0 and the brothers Yang, Tony and Kevin, both 1 dan with 2-1 records. In the 5k-19k section, Arunas Rudvalis 6k, Addison Lee 19k, and Aaron Jones 10k, all went 3-0 with Arunas winning the pumpkin after tiebreakers. In the 20k-35k section, Chloe Li 23k, 3-0, George Spellman 22k, 2-1, and Aenaelle Acres 23k (daughter of James), 2-1, beat the rest of the field.

Concurrently, Hai Li 5P ran a 13×13 youth tournament for 16 kids. He was the tournament director, adjudicator, and teacher for the 4-round competition. The boy and girl winners in the 13×13 Open competition were Johnny Wu 35k, and Jolina Jian 24k respectively. Several of Hai Li’s 13×13 students graduated to the 19×19 tournament this Sunday and did well.

A free pizza break took place after the two tournaments and then Yilun Yang entertained a standing room only group for 2.5 hours with a clear and concise lecture. Matching funds from the American Go Foundation made it possible to have professional go expertise at this event.

-photos by Henry You
-report by Ted Terpstra

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Gotham Go Tournament set for November 2nd

Notizie AGA - Sab, 05/10/2019 - 19:51

GOTHAM GO TOURNAMENT
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
AT
Hostelling International New York
891 Amsterdam Ave (btw 103rd & 104th)
Tournament Director: David Glekel 3d Assistant TD: Jino (Steven) Choung (1k) Organizer: Peter Armenia
Players of all strengths welcome!
Breakfast bagels, snacks, coffee and goodies provided!
click here to register early – space limited to 90 players!

WHAT?
GOTHAM GO TOURNAMENT
4 rounds, AGA rated – cash prizes in all sections – open section for strong dans
$30 entrance fee

WHEN?
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Check in 10:00, first round starts at 11:00 sharp! (Yes, it’s a little later start, but now there are no excuses for a late arrival.)

WHERE?
Hostelling International New York – 891 Amsterdam Ave (btw 103rd & 104th) Subway 1 to 103rd, walk one block east or C, B to 103rd and walk 3 blocks west
Room location – The Ballroom (NOTE: This is upstairs from our usual room)

WHAT ELSE?
Space is limited to 90 players so register earlyPlease pay online to registerWe’re nice – full refunds if you have to cancel!AGA membership required. Click here to become an AGA member.

WHY?
Because we love Go!
Click here toREGISTER NOW

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Go & Ski International Winter Camp in Vaujany, France

Notizie AGA - Sab, 05/10/2019 - 19:42

If you like mountains, snow, skiing, and (of course) go, you might want to check into this unique opportunity to mix them all together in the French Alps this winter. The Grenoble Go Club and the French Go Federation are teaming up to organize the Go & Ski International Winter Camp January 25th through February 1st, 2020.

The camp will be held in the resort village of Vaujany, France, directly adjacent to the splendid ski area of the Alpe d’Huez. Inseong Hwang 8d, Tanguy Le Calvé 1P, and others will be on hand to teach go and make this go-ski camp an unforgettable experience. More information about the Go & Ski International Winter Camp can be found at http://stage-go-ski.jeudego.org/en/.

If you like competition, you may also want to keep the momentum going and register for the International Grenoble Go Tournament (TIGGRE – Ellie Cup) which will take place in Grenoble on February 1st and 2nd.

-edited by Roger Schrag

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AGF College Scholarship

Notizie AGA - Mer, 02/10/2019 - 01:12

Applications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarshipThe program  recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the go community. To apply, download and complete the application form here.  Applicants should describe their accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants whose enthusiasm and ambition have helped spread go in under-served areas will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award focuses on promoters and organizers who have made substantial contributions during their go career. Applications are due Nov. 5th this year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  

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Pandanet AGA City League Year 8 registration continues

Notizie AGA - Mar, 01/10/2019 - 21:28

Pandanet AGA City League registration begins again for a new year. Registration will be open until Saturday November 2nd.The first round will start on November 17th. Please see the updated rules for the year for any questions. Registration and questions can be sent to steve.colburn@usgo.org. We hope to see your city compete this year!

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New AGA Chapters for September 2019

Notizie AGA - Mar, 01/10/2019 - 21:24

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

Grande Ronde Go Club – Le Bebe Cakes, 1103 Washington Avenue, La Grande, Oregon – 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursday – Contact Steve Tanner

Members should check their information when logging in. If you are not receiving the EJ make sure your email is up to date. Chapters can always update their current chapter through the AGA Membership Manager if they have changed.

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Member’s Edition: Albert Yen 7d on an Online Game vs 7 Dan

Notizie AGA - Mar, 01/10/2019 - 06:00

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Black: Albert Yen 7d
White: anon 7d (on Fox Server)
Commentary: Albert Yen 7d
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the October 1, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal

Albert’s commentary is on one of his recent online games against a 7 dan on the Fox server. Albert’s summarizes the key points of this game, “I chose to do a commentary on this game, because this game exemplifies how important the opening is. Falling behind without realizing the true board state in the opening is common. On the surface my opponent didn’t play any obvious slack moves or overplays, but I took control of the game after the first joseki, because I knew the shape better. I played a new move in the opening after studying the shape with Leela Zero – the result was very good for me. Main message: You don’t have to kill a group to have a big lead, and vice versa.”

Albert Yen first started playing go at the age of five after watching Hikaru no Go on television. He received 6 dan at the age of 7 in Taiwan. Albert continued to compete in America after he moved to Chicago in fifth grade and studied under Jiang Mingjiu 7p. To date, he has made several showings in national and international tournaments, including winning representation to the World Youth Goe Championship in 2014, 1st place in the Redmond Cup in 2015, and 4th place at the 2019 World Amateur Go Championship. Albert is currently a second year undergraduate student in UIC’s GPPA BA/MD program in Chicago. Outside of go, Albert enjoys sprinting and running.

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

Notizie AGA - Mar, 01/10/2019 - 06:00

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Black to play. Black lacks eye space, and the corner has a gap.
Published in the October 1, 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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Stephanie Yin 1P to represent North America at Bingsheng Cup

Notizie AGA - Mar, 01/10/2019 - 04:37

Last week’s elimination qualifier resulted in a win for Stephanie Yin 1P (at right), who will travel to Suzhou, China and compete in the 10th Suzhou Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup from October 29 to November 4. National Tournaments Coordinator Jeff Shaevel reports that Yin won both games, first defeating Wan Chen 3d, then Yinli Wang 5d in the final round. “Congratulations to Stephanie, and best of luck!”

-photo by Karoline Li

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Oregon State Go Championship crowns new champion Robert Tirak, open section winner Steve Stringfellow

Notizie AGA - Lun, 30/09/2019 - 07:00
Robert Tirak 4d

“The Oregon State Go Championship was played on September 21 and 22 at the beautiful Portland Japanese Garden,” writes tournament director Roy Schmidt. “Due to space limitations, the field was limited to 28 players.  Top honors in the Open section went to Steve Stringfellow 4d, of Tacoma, Washington, with a perfect 5-0 score.  The highest finishing Oregon resident, and thus the new State Champion, was Robert Tirak 5d, with a score of 4-1, losing only to Stringfellow by half a point.

“In the Handicap section, first place was claimed by Tyler Moore, 4k, (5-0) from the Bay area, CA.  Second place was a tie at 4-1 between Andrew Zhang 1k and Stewart Towle 7k.

Garden visitors were guided through an observation area, where they could watch the games in progress. 

Peter Freedman adds, “Doug Cable and I spent Saturday and Sunday teaching people to play Go in the Japanese Garden. The place was packed on sunny Saturday, but not so much on rainy Sunday.  Still, we must have taught 50 people how to play, and probably 20 got to hear my talk on Go history and its cultural relevance to Japan.”

– photos by Neal Wright
edited by Nate Eagle

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New York Go Association monthly tournament series begins October 12

Notizie AGA - Ven, 27/09/2019 - 21:14

Cash prizes will be available for all sections of the NYGA new monthly tournament series, beginning Saturday October 12. Each tournament will be four rounds played in a single day, with light snacks provided and a several hundred dollar total prize pool based on registration. All tournaments will be located at the New York Institute of Go founded by Stephanie Yin 1P, who is excited about the start of a regular tournament series. “It’s a great opportunity to practice and learn Go on a regular basis, network with other go players and have fun!” Click here for all the details and to register. Confirmed tournament dates for the remainder of the year are October 12, November 9, December 14.

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Players and volunteers welcome at the Washington Go Festival this weekend

Notizie AGA - Ven, 27/09/2019 - 17:36

A strong field is shaping up to compete for the Virginia State Championship at this year’s Washington Go Festival Saturday 9/28. On top of strong returning players, “we have over a dozen new players registered!” reports organizer Edward Zhang. Volunteer spots are still open for the event, including a liaison with Fairfax County TV, who will be shooting at the festival. Other positions include a TD for the AI-assisted tournament, assistant TD for the Virginia Open, an emcee for the awards ceremony, and volunteers to help take down at the end of the day. Send an email to agatd1@gmail.com if you’re interested in helping out. All players are encouraged to come and compete, and Virginia residents have the chance to compete for the Virginia State, Women’s, and Youth championship!

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Cotsen Open game recorders wanted

Notizie AGA - Gio, 26/09/2019 - 20:29

The E-Journal is looking for game recorders to cover top-board games at next month’s Cotsen Open. “This is a great opportunity to learn from some our top players and to be part of the team broadcasting the Open,” said Managing Editor Chris Garlock. The Cotsen will be held October 26-27 in Los Angeles. Applicants must have their own laptops; some recording experience is helpful but not necessary. Preference will be given those available for one or both days, but those available for just one round will be considered as well. Game recorders receive official credit in the game record and online recognition, as well as an EJ cap and $25 per game. Please email journal@usgo.org.
photo: game recorder Dave Weimer in action at the 2019 US Go Congress; photo by Chris Garlock

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Tappa FIGG a Milano e torneo beer and go!

Home Page sito FIGG - Mar, 24/09/2019 - 12:20

Il 9-10 novembre si terrà a Milano, presso la Biblioteca Valvassori Peroni un torneo (classe A) valido come tappa del circuito FIGG 2019.

La sera di sabato 9 novembre, presso il ristorante “Al tempio d’oro” si terrà il primo torneo italiano di Beer and go!

Per maggiori informazioni e per le iscrizioni: sito milanonogo

Non mancate!

 

Elenco dei partecipanti


Member’s Edition: Gansheng Shi 1P on 24th Samsung Cup

Notizie AGA - Mar, 24/09/2019 - 06:00

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White: Park Junghwan 9P
Black: Tang Weixing 9P
Commentary: Gansheng Shi 1P
Game editor: Myron Souris
Published in the September 25, 2019 edition of the American Go Journal

This hard fought game is from the 24th Samsung Cup. Shi gives this background for one of the players, “Tang Weixing’s results in the past year has not been so great, and Tang has fallen greatly in global rankings. However, Tang has a history of consistent performance in top tournaments, such as the Ing, Samsung, and LG. He hopes to regain his form in the Samsung this year.”

Already 7-dan at the age of 14, Gansheng Shi won the right to represent Canada at the 2008 World Youth Go Championships, where he competed in Guiyang China. In 2012 Shi fought well in the first AGA/Tygem professional certification tourney, earning promotion to Professional One Dan, along with Andy Liu 1P. Shi is now at the University of Toronto studying Immunology. The E-Journal is delighted to have him doing commentary, and we know our readers will enjoy his insights.

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