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

Notizie AGA - Mar, 27/10/2020 - 06:00

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At first glance you might think this game is between weak amateurs, who often start a very early fight that encompasses the entire game until a big group dies. But Albert’s commentary enlightens readers about this highly entertaining game: “This game was taken from an online game between Nakamura Sumire and Ikemoto Ryota, who are both Japanese 1p. The game caught my attention, because the first corner features a complicated variation of the komoku one space high pincer that decides the game. Because I have have discussed the komoku one space high pincer at length before, I want to break down what happened in the first corner of this game. The game variation is one of the most complex joseki in modern go, perhaps only second to the Mi Yuting 3-3 joseki.”

Albert Yen is an 8 dan player from Chicago. He first started playing go at the age of five after watching Hikaru no Go on television, and became 6 dan in Taiwan when he was 7. 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 BS/MD program in Chicago. Outside of go, Albert enjoys running and ping pong.

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Go Spotting: Jeopardy

Notizie AGA - Mar, 27/10/2020 - 01:19

Bart Lipofsky reports that on a recent episode of Jeopardy, aired on October 16, 2020, featured Go about two minutes into the segment. “‘Category: 2 letter words – The name of the game seen here,’ with a nice view of a stone being placed on the board,” says Lipofsky.

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Chalmers repeats as Vermont joins online tourney move

Notizie AGA - Dom, 25/10/2020 - 19:48

“We had a very smooth and successful Stay Home Vermont Go Tournament this weekend,” reports Pete Schumer. “We began with a friendly Zoom get together Friday night, followed by Round 1 on KGS.  Then on Saturday, we played rounds 2, 3, 4 and then had a fun wrap-up gathering on Zoom as well.  There were 15 players mostly from Vermont, but also one from California, one from Japan, one from China, and one from Thailand.  Kudos to the players from East Asia who kept up their good spirits despite the sleep deprivation.” 

The tournament’s winner was Rich Chalmers (1D) who was the only player with a perfect 4-0 record. “In fact, this is a repeat performance for Rich who was already the current state champion,” says Schumer. Second place went to Jack Cary (3k) with a record of 3 -1. “Jack was also very busy helping to promote and set up the tournament and doing all the technical support throughout the weekend.  Very much appreciated!” Dan Deneen (2k) finished third on 3 -1, and fourth place went to Caleb Lesher (6k) who also had a 3 – 1 record. 

“We hope that more clubs will follow our lead, as well as that of the US Go Congress organizers, the Austin Go Club and a few others to continue to host additional tournaments on-line,” says Schumer. “It’s a great way to keep our wonderful community connected!”

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Team Boston wins Xiamen Kōdō Cup International Youth Go Tournament team competition

Notizie AGA - Gio, 22/10/2020 - 04:25

Team Boston, comprised of students from the Newton Chinese Language School (NCLS) and New Legacy Cultural Center (NLCC), was the champion of the Xiamen Kōdō Cup International Youth Go Tournament over the weekend of October 10/11. Players from the USA, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Australia, and New Zealand – 130 in total – competed every weekend of a two months of competition season. The players formed 10 teams for post-season competition; team Boston beat team Melbourne (8:0), Toronto (7:1) and Ninghai (5:3) to win the championship. Team members are Andrew Xu 3d, Jenny Li 2d, Ruihan Cao 4d, Albert Tang 1k, Yao Xiao 1d, Steven Chen 3k, Christopher Huang 3k, and Ernest Lam 6k, coached by Ke Lu 4d. Andrew Xu was named MVP of the post-season. Corey Zhao and Charles Gu participated in the regular season. Youth players interested in participating in the second Kōdō Cup next year should contact Ke Lu at Go.KeLu@gmail.com.

-report and photos provided by Ke Lu

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Registration Open for 2020 Young Lions Tournament

Notizie AGA - Mar, 20/10/2020 - 22:26

“Registration for the American Go Honor Society’s 2020 Young Lions Tournament is now open,” says Promotion Head Jenny Li, “This is one of AGHS’ longest running events and will be held on November 22nd and 29th this year. All eligible participants must be 18 years of age or younger, or currently enrolled in high school, and are citizens/permanent residents of North America. The tournament will be held in the AGHS Tournament Room on KGS. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each division. The registration deadline is November 15th, so be sure not to miss it! If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact aghsregister@gmail.com.”

For rules and regulations, click here
For registration, click here

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Member’s Edition: Albert Yen 7d on a Fox Server Game

Notizie AGA - Mar, 20/10/2020 - 06:00

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White: Albert Yen
Black: anon 8d
Commentary: Albert Yen 7d
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the October 20, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

This game is from the Fox server, on which Albert Yen as White faces an anonymous 8d opponent. Albert gives this game overview: “Nowadays it’s often discouraging to play online because of the prevalence of bots, but this was a clean and interesting game. Neither side made huge mistakes, but the game was ultimately decided by a slow move in the middle game. This game exemplifies the importance of recognizing when is the proper time to fix bad aji. Because we only get one move per turn in go, we have to find the balance between the most proactive move and one that fixes all our weaknesses.”

Albert Yen is an 8 dan player from Chicago. He first started playing go at the age of five after watching Hikaru no Go on television, and became 6 dan in Taiwan when he was 7. 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 running and ping pong.

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50 years aGo – October 1970

Notizie AGA - Sab, 17/10/2020 - 00:33

by Keith Arnold, ska, with Patrick Bannister

Sad news on October 8, Germany’s Dr. Felix Duebell (left), passed away at age 90. Known as the “German Honinbo,” Dr. Duebell studied under Shusai and was the recipient of the first Okura prize. He was posthumously awarded the rank of 6 dan, back when that was truly strong. His role in organizing Go in Germany and Europe cannot be overstated.

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But the promised main event this month was the culmination of the Meijin title. The big smiling black and white photo of Shuko tells the story. On October 6/7 Shuko took the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead.  Shuko looks content in this picture (right) from early in the game, and who would not be in front of that beautiful kaya board (below). Find the game record here.

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The title was won on October 16/17 as we see a huge crowd gathered at the finish (below). Look closely at the picture, can you find Abe Yoshiteru (but you find him in the back of all of this sort of picture.  Or perhaps to you spot Kato Masao, or Ishida Akira, author of Ishi Press’s “Attack and Defense.” Finally, I think I see a young Cho Hun-hyeon. Let us know if you spot anyone else!

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Go Spotting: Rain Dogs; The Vegetarian

Notizie AGA - Ven, 16/10/2020 - 16:29

Dave Weimer reports that in Adrian McKinty’s novel, Rain Dogs, the protagonist – a Northern Ireland detective investigating a murder – goes to Finland to interview the prime suspect. When he arrives, he finds the suspect playing Go. In a later chapter entitled “Kami no Itte” the suspect cleverly eludes trial.

Weimer further reports that on page 162 of The Vegetarian, by Han Kang (translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith. London: Hogarth, 2016. Winner of the Man Booker International Prize and one of NYT 10 Best Books of 2016), there is the following passage: “There’d been a time when she could spend hours like this weighting up all the variables that might have contributed to determining Yeong-hye’s fate. Of course it was entirely in vain, this act of mentally picking up and counting the paduk stones that had been laid out on the board of her sister’s life.”

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Registration Open for 2020 Youth League

Notizie AGA - Mar, 13/10/2020 - 19:02

“Registration for the annual American Go Honor Society Youth League is now open,” says Promotion Head Jenny Li, “We welcome all players who are citizens of the US, Canada, or Mexico, and under the age of 18 to participate. Each month will consist of four to five rounds. Players will be paired with opponents of similar strength using a ladder system. All games will be played in the AGHS Tournament room on KGS. The top players of each division will receive awards at the end of each monthly league.”

The registration deadline for this event is October 30th, 11:59 PST, and the first round will begin on November 1st. If you have any questions, feel free to email aghsregister@gmail.com.

For rules and regulations, click here.
For registration, click here.

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

Notizie AGA - Mar, 13/10/2020 - 06:00

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Black to play. White has plenty of eye space, but also has open gaps.
Published in the October 13, 2020 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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Member’s Edition: Lessons with Kaz: Common Mistakes

Notizie AGA - Mar, 13/10/2020 - 06:00

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Published in the October 13, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

In this game between 2 kyu (Black) and 1 kyu players, Kaz continues to emphasize the importance of basics, whose mastery is essential to improvement.

WANTED: Kaz is asking his readers for help with his website. See http://kazsensei.com/.
“I’m looking for a go player and a website specialist, who can take care of my website when I need some help. I usually ask for help once a year or two years. I also need to ask him/her to find a server for me, for managing or changing my website easily when needed. In exchange I’ll teach go.”

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 newly improved website, including the advice column and example problems. Kaz also has room for offline teaching.

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Pandanet AGA City League Year 9 Registration Begins

Notizie AGA - Ven, 09/10/2020 - 00:54

Pandanet AGA City League registration begins again for a new year. Registration will be open until Saturday November 15th. The first round will start on December 6th. 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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AGF College Scholarship

Notizie AGA - Gio, 08/10/2020 - 18:19

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

Notizie AGA - Mar, 06/10/2020 - 06:00

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White: Pete Schumer 4k
Black: anon 4k
Commentary: Guo Juan 5P
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the October 6, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

Guo Juan gives this background for the player with White in this game: “Pete Schumer is a well known go player in USA. I felt his love for go right away when I met him for the first time. Normally, I remember go players by their faces, because there are so many go players and the western names are too difficult for me to remember. Pete has a face with a sweet smile, all the time, which makes it easy for me to remember him :)”

A student of Guo Juan, Rich Chalmers, has more words about Pete: “Pete Schumer is a professor of mathematics at Middlebury College in Middlebury VT, where he also teaches a class on go. He is active in the AGA and the local Vermont go scene, a frequent club attendee and organizer of Vermont go tournaments. An avid traveler to Japan, Pete has attended both the Nihon Ki-in and Osaka Go Camps. He has had sabbaticals in Tokyo and Kyoto, travels throughout the country, and contributes cultural go-related articles to the AGA E-journal. Pete is an incredibly kind, considerate, and positive person. It is always a pleasure spending time with him.”

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 Easy Life and Death Puzzle

Notizie AGA - Mar, 06/10/2020 - 06:00

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Black to play. To attack, use the inside stones properly.
Published in the October 6, 2020 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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Ilya Shikshin 3P wins 5th European Pro Championship

Notizie AGA - Mer, 30/09/2020 - 16:07

After seven rounds, Ilya Shikshin 3P finished with a 6:1 score to win the 5th European Pro Championship played September 24th to 27th and sponsored by Pandanet. Eight players participated and games were streamed with commentary on the EuropeanGoFederation Twitch channel; Antti Törmänen, a European Pro living in Japan, provided some of the commentary.

The 7th round of the tournament featured a true final between Andrii Kravets and Ilya Shikshin. Ilya’s score after round 6 was 5:1 while Andrii had a 4:2 score. “Because of the face-to-face tie-break rule, Andrii would have been champion if he won this match against Ilya, but he lost with 1.5 points,” says European Go Federation President Martin Stiassny. “This was the deciding game of the championship!” 

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The players were pleased with their first serious online tournament for single players. The second one, the 2020 European Championship, is currently ongoing on OGS and will run until late October.

Results:
Champion: Ilya Shikshin 3p with a 6:1 score
Runner-Ups: Mateusz Surma 2p, Ali Jabarin 2p, and Andrii Kravets 1p all with a 4:3 score. 
5th place: Alexandr Dinershteyn 3p with a score of 3:4
6th place: Pavol Lisy 2p with a score of 3:4
7th place: Tanguy Le Calve 1p with a score of 2:5
8th place: Artem Kachanovskyi 2p with a score of 2:5 

-report by Martin Stiassny

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Spareggio Italia - Israele

Home Page sito FIGG - Gio, 21/05/2020 - 18:06
Si conclude questa stagione del Pandanet European Team Go Championship, e l'Italia si classifica seconda della Serie B, guadagnando lo spareggio con Israele per tornare in Serie A!
Il match si terrà il 16 giugno 2020, sempre su Pandanet, non perdetelo!
Forza Italia!

Torneo di Primavera 2020

Home Page sito FIGG - Lun, 18/05/2020 - 08:24
Salve giocatori,

considerando il protrarsi della quarantena, vi proponiamo per questo 24 maggio il primo appuntamento di una serie di eventi online che ci accompagneranno quest'anno, in sostituzione di quelli dal vivo.
Il Torneo di Primavera, organizzato dal ToscanaGo, sarà quindi ufficiale (classe D) e si terrà questa domenica in 3 turni da 40 minuti, con vari premi in palio.
Come tutti i tornei ufficiali FIGG viene richiesta l'iscrizione alla federazione, che eccezionalmente in questo 2020 varrà per due anni al prezzo di uno. Cogliete l'occasione!

Per pre-iscriversi, e tutte le info, questo è il link: https://toscanago.wordpress.com/2020/04/26/torneo-di-primavera/

Partecipate numerosi!

Posticipazione scadenza delle Associazioni

Home Page sito FIGG - Ven, 01/05/2020 - 12:08

Considerato che a causa dell'emergenza Covid molti tornei dal vivo non si terranno, abbiamo deciso che la validità di tutte le quote associative viene automaticamente prorogata di un anno. Quindi, i soci FIGG 2020 sono automaticamente soci anche per il 2021, e così via.

Si precisa che anche le nuove quote associative verranno automaticamente prorogate di un anno.

Sperando di rivederci presto per giocare,
Federazione Italiana Gioco Go

Posticipazione Pair Go 2021

Home Page sito FIGG - Mer, 08/04/2020 - 18:55
Come molti altri eventi internazionali, anche il Torneo Internazionale di Pair Go 2020 è stato posticipato al 2021, dunque le selezioni italiane si riapriranno tra un anno circa.

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