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The Power Report: Kido Prize winners announced; Top prize-money winners in 2018; Iyama wins 56th Shusai Prize, Ishida wins Okura Prize

Notizie AGA - Lun, 18/03/2019 - 05:54

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Kido Prize winners announced
The 52nd Kido Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony scheduled for March 26. They are awarded to the top Nihon Ki-in performers of 2018 in various categories and are named after the predecessor of the magazine “Monthly Go World.” They were selected by a committee of go journalists on February 5.
Most outstanding player: Iyama Yuta, quintuple crown. Iyama has now won this prize for seven years in a row.
Outstanding players: Cho U (won the Meijin title), Kyo Kagen (won the Gosei title)
New Star: Ueno Asami (won a women’s title in her second year as a pro)
Women’s Prize: Fujisawa Rina (won three women’s titles)
International prize: Shibano Toramaru (for beating Ke Jie in the Japan-China Ryusei play-off)
Most wins: Shibano Toramaru (46-23)
Best winning percentage: Fujita Akihiko (83.67%)
Most successive wins: Koike Yoshihiro (19)
Most games played: Shibano Toramaru (69)

Top prize-money winners in 2018
As usual, Iyama was far ahead of anyone else. His income dropped by ¥13,000,000 from last year owing to his loss of two titles from his septuple crown, but it’s considered a major achievement to top one hundred million yen. There’s a big drop to the next player in the list, but Ichiriki is doing well when you consider he’s also a university student. This year only one woman player made the top ten compared to two last year.
1. Iyama Yuta: ¥146,960,000 (about $1.3 million) (top for the eighth year in a row, clearing one hundred million yen for the seventh year in a row)
2. Ichiriki Ryo 8P: ¥51,617,199 (2nd for second year in a row)
3. Cho U: ¥41,519,000
4. Yamashita Keigo: ¥32,838,813
5. Shibano Toramaru: ¥22,266,400
6. Fujisawa Rina: ¥21,897,900
7. Kyo Kagen: ¥20,288,300
8. Kono Rin: ¥18,696,277
9. Hane Naoki: ¥12,746,400
10. Motoki Katsuya: ¥12,485,000

Iyama wins 56th Shusai Prize, Ishida wins Okura Prize
Both these prizes were decided on February 12. The Shusai Prize is awarded to a player with outstanding results in the previous year and who has a promising future. For the seventh year in a row, it went to Iyama Yuta, which is a new record.
The 48th Okura Kishichiro Prizes were awarded to three amateur players who have played a prominent role in spreading go and to Ishida Yoshio, otherwise known as 24th Honinbo Shuho.

Tomorrow: Another Ueno makes pro; Yang wins LG Cup; China’s overwhelming win in Nong Shim Cup

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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 29: It’s personal for Michael

Notizie AGA - Dom, 17/03/2019 - 23:07

This game features AlphaGo’s version of the double karari against a starpoint. “That’s one I like and have been using in my own games, so it’s sort of personal for me,” says Michael Redmond 9p in the latest video with the AGA E-Journal’s Chris Garlock. “Then black makes a big moyo and we’ll see how AlphaGo deals with that.”

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

Video produced by Michael Wanek & Andrew Jackson.

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Janice Kim to have brain tumor removed

Notizie AGA - Sab, 16/03/2019 - 04:13

Janice Kim was scheduled to undergo surgery Friday to remove “a tennis-ball sized brain tumor in my frontal lobe,” she reported recently on Facebook. “Will probably be off Facebook for a long time, but I should be okay,” she said. The popular go professional and teacher is a co-author, with Jeong Soo-hyun 9 dan, of the Learn To Play Go Series and she’s been a columnist for the U.S. Shonen Jump and the American Go E-Journal. She also ventured into the poker world, placing 4th in the World Poker Tour Ladies Championship in 2008.

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Interactive go books now available on Android and Windows

Notizie AGA - Sab, 16/03/2019 - 02:00

Reading interactive go books used to be limited to iPad, iPhone, and Mac. “Not any more,” says SmartGo publisher Anders Kierulf. “Most of the 134 books at gobooks.com are now available as ePub, so you can also read them on Android and Windows.” Diagrams and problems in the ePubs are interactive. “The DRM-free ePubs let you read your books on different devices, and future-proof your investment in books.” Click here for more information.

Go Books now contains 134 books about go, and includes new books by Richard Bozulich on “Attacking and Defending Weak Groups” as well as “Sabaki – The Art of Settling Stones”.  The GoGoD game collection now contains over 102,000 pro games, and is part of SmartGo KifuSmartGo for Windows, and SmartGo for Macintosh. To stay up-to-date, follow @smartgo on Twitter or SmartGo on Facebook.

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Pandanet AGA City League Round 5

Notizie AGA - Ven, 15/03/2019 - 06:10

Sunday starts the fifth round of the Pandanet AGA City League. Watch Sunday as most games will be played starting at 3PM EST in the AGA City League and AGA City League[Manual] Rooms. Check the league schedules to find the times to watch your favorite players.  New York City and Greater Washington are in the top spots in the A League. They faced off in the finals last year and are the top teams to watch for. Waterloo and Toronto 1 are at their heels down one match each. The B League has the Bay Area and Raleigh teams  apart one GP in the standings. Both of these teams are facing off this weekend which should make for  exciting games. The C League is led by the New York 2  team. Followed closely behind are the Baltimore, Columbus, and Cincinnati teams. The Columbus team will be live streaming their games on Twitch. The Captain Devin Fraze will be reviewing his team’s games live  at 7:30PM EST. You can connect with all of help of a Pandanet Client.

TD Steve Colburn

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Gabby Su wins Wu Qingyuan Cup Qualifier

Notizie AGA - Ven, 15/03/2019 - 03:06

In the third round of the 2nd Wu Qingyuan Cup Qualifier, Gabby Su (playing black) beat Yinli Wang by 9.5 points to join Feng Yun, Stephanie Yin and Cathy Li at the 2nd Wu Qingyuan Cup, which will be played April 26-30 in Fuzhou, China.
- Jeff Shaevel, Tournament Director

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Pasadena Go Club celebrates 1-year anniversary

Notizie AGA - Gio, 14/03/2019 - 20:00
The Pasadena Go Club recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. It currently has a consistent 13 to 15 players of all ranks attending weekly. Also notable is that the club has a number of 10-15k players that have recently begun playing at the club, so most players who show up should be able to get a good game. “We are especially grateful to Shirley Lin, Andy Okun, and Mark Lee for providing their support to the club over this past year,” says Kevin Hwang.

You can find news and information about the club at Twitter.com/pasadenago

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Review: Deep Learning and the Game of Go

Notizie AGA - Gio, 14/03/2019 - 18:00

Deep Learning and the Game of Go  by Max Pumperla and Kevin Ferguson, teaches all the aspects of deep learning that went into Alpha Go. It is complete with code in Python3, with all code based upon building a go-playing program starting with code for the board structures/objects. It does not teach Python and does not assume you know anything about learning algorithms. I am only in the 4th chapter and so far I find the text very readable and the explanations clear. By the end of the book you can have a complete Go bot for playing or experimenting. One very nice thing that Manning does is that all the code is available for downloading, and buying the paper book allows you to signup for electronic versions in a variety of formats, so you can copy/paste the examples if you don’t want to type them and you can search the text electronically rather than paging through the book. About the only thing not covered in the book is parallelization for multiple GPU/CPUs.
- David Doshay

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Deciding game in Wu Qingyuan Cup Qualifier Thursday on KGS

Notizie AGA - Gio, 14/03/2019 - 04:34

Gabby Su won on time in Round 2 of the Wu Qingyuan Cup Qualifier, tying things up 1-1 in the best-of-three match against Yinli Wang. The deciding game will be Thursday, 3/14, at 6 PM EDT in the AGA Tournament Room on KGS.
- Jeff Shaevel, Tournament Coordinator

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Go featured in Chicago museum exhibit

Notizie AGA - Gio, 14/03/2019 - 01:03

“I was invited to the opening ceremony of a new exhibition at the Chinese American Museum of Chicago,” writes Xinming (Simon) Guo. The exhibition, “The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad – The Railroad Helped Build America,” features the history of the 12,000 plus Chinese workers who contributed in the building of the world’s first Transcontinental Railway in United States in mid-19th century.

“I was so astonished when I found a Weiqi game in the exhibition,” says Guo. The introduction says that these Chinese railroad builders worked in inhospitable environment of the American West and gathered to play fan-tan (a gambling game) or Weiqi after more than 10 hours of back-breaking work each day.

This exhibition will last for one year “and it is a perfect opportunity to promote Weiqi (Chinese for Go). I have been working with the museum for many years. We have organized Weiqi workshops, Weiqi courses, and Weiqi culture stations in the museum several times. With the help from local go community, we will work together to start a new add-on service — providing on-site hands-on Weiqi workshop for students visiting the museum on school field trips.”

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Mark Lee wins 2019 Zheng Cup

Notizie AGA - Gio, 14/03/2019 - 00:45

Mark Lee 7D, once again showcasing his flawless opening technique and middle game fighting strength, defeated all six opponents to win the 2019 Zheng Cup (formally known as Southern California Go Championship) held on Feb. 16-17. Lee defeated all his opponents by resignation and now holds an impressive record of 21 consecutive wins without any losses in this tournament. Tyler Oyakawa was second and Yixian Zhou third.

Other section winners included Kosuke Sato [2 dan to 4 dan Section]; Zhengwen Bi [1 dan to 3K Section]; Kevin Yang [4K to 12K Section]; Ethan Wong [13K to 30K Section].

photo: Mark Lee with sponsor Mr. J Zheng

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A message about the AGA’s membership system

Notizie AGA - Mer, 13/03/2019 - 15:00

As anyone who’s either a renewing or new AGA member knows, our online enrollment system has had a technical problem in recent months. Folks renewing their memberships or joining the AGA have encountered off-putting messages during the online process. Rest assured that everyone’s memberships are being carefully taken care of, albeit by a time-consuming manual input by our redoubtable membership team, which adds “you may disregard any error messages you receive in the process.” Our technical staff is developing a new, automated system via PayPal that they hope will be operational in the near future. “We have a new system, working software, and a plan,” our teams say. Our apologies for the glitches, our thanks for your patience, and stay tuned for updates!

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Yinli Wang up 1-0 in best-of-3 Wu Qingyuan Cup Qualifier against Gabby Su

Notizie AGA - Mer, 13/03/2019 - 04:15

In Game 1 of the best-of-three Wu Qingyuan Cup Qualifier between Gabby Su (w) and Yinli Wang (b) on Tuesday night, Yinli won by resignation. The second game will be Wednesday, March 13, at 6 PM EDT in the AGA Tournament Room on KGS, with the third game, if necessary to be played Thursday. The two are competing for the final slot on the North American delegation that includes Feng Yun, Stephanie Yin, and Cathy Li. The second Wu Qingyuan Cup will be played April 26-30 in Fuzhou, China.
- Jeff Shaevel, Tournament Director

This post has been updated with the correct spelling of the Wu Qingyuan Cup. 

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Registration for 2019 AGHS School Team Tournament

Notizie AGA - Mar, 12/03/2019 - 20:07

“Registration for the 2019 American Go Honor Society (AGHS) School Team Tournament is now open until March 31st,” says Promotion Head Melissa Cao, “This year, the K-12 tournament will be held on Sunday, April 7th and Sunday, April 14th, with two rounds per day (10 AM and 1 PM PST). In order to be eligible, teams must be an educational institution, excluding online schools. Three players are needed per team to participate and an institution is allowed to have at most five teams. Players must be under the age of 20 and cannot have graduated from high school. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams from each division.”

Click here for registration

Click here for detailed rules

-Story by Lionel Zhang, EJ Youth Correspondent.  Artwork by Melissa Cao, AGHS Promotion Head

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2nd AGA Girls Cup Registration Now Open

Notizie AGA - Mar, 12/03/2019 - 19:36

Registration for the 2nd AGA Girls Cup is now open. Modeled after the Redmond Cup, the AGA Girls Cup strives to promote go among girls and recognize the top young female players in North America. Competitors must be female, 15 or under, have an accredited rank of 10 kyu or higher, reside in the US, Canada, or Mexico, and be members of their respective national go association. The top two finishers of the online preliminary tournament will win a free trip to the 35th US Go Congress in Madison, Wisconsin to play in a best-of-three finals, courtesy of the American Go Foundation. All other competitors who complete the preliminary tournament will be eligible for a $200 scholarship to the 35th US Go Congress.

Registration is open until March 30th and the tournament will begin on April 1st. For more information about the tournament and other rules, please read the Rules and Regulations. -Story and photo by Justing Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator. Photo: Tianyi Tina Li (l) plays Melissa Cao (r) at the Girls Cup Finals in Williamsburg VA last year.

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Pair Go and paella return to NGC, plus first-ever 2-day tourney

Notizie AGA - Mar, 12/03/2019 - 16:02

“Our first Pair Go and Paella night was a big hit with 30 attendees,” reports Gurujeet Khalsa at the National Go Center. “We are doing it again on Friday March 22 at 6:30 PM (earlier start time so we can finish before last Metro).” RSVP and pre-register here.  “You can register just yourself or a partner’s name as well if you already have a Pair Go partner. We’ll pair you when you come if you don’t have a partner. Mixed pairs as well as traditional M-F pairs are welcome.”

“Chris Garlock will again be making his delicious paella,” Khalsa adds. There is a $5 donation at the door to cover the food costs. “Don’t miss this fun social night!”

Registration is also open for the NGC’s first ever 2-day tournament, the Cherry Blossom on March 30-31.

photo: at last month’s first Pair Go/Paella Night; photo by Chris Garlock

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Incontro settimanale: Tre Olmi (MO)

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mar, 12/03/2019 - 12:27

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri incontri di studio e gioco.

L’appuntamento è per giovedì 14 marzo 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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Torneo Internazionale di Parigi

Home Page sito FIGG - Mar, 12/03/2019 - 11:28

Come è ormai usanza da qualche anno, vari giocatori italiani parteciperanno al Torneo di Parigi che cade nelle vacanze di Pasqua.
Quest'anno quindi sarà il 20-21-22 aprile, presso la prestigiosa Normale di Parigi, vicino al Pantheon.

Di seguito il sito: http://tournoi-de-paris.jeudego.org/en/

Già molti giocatori forti si sono iscritti, e le registrazioni sono limitate a 300 posti!

Non mancate!

Zhau Zhixun named 2019 Texas State Champion

Notizie AGA - Sab, 09/03/2019 - 23:32

Zhau (Troy) Zhixun 7d was named 2019 Texas State Champion after his victory in the South Central Go Tournament in Dallas on February 15th and 16th.

Among other prizes for winning the tournament, Troy received the 2019 Texas State Championship trophy and his name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque that will include the names of Texas State Champions for each year.

Troy lives in Austin, where he’s helped develop interest in the game of go, including the founding of the Austin Go Center for teaching go to area children.

 

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Soren Jaffe tops 5th annual Lake Erie Go Tournament

Notizie AGA - Sab, 09/03/2019 - 23:26

Soren Jaffe topped the March 2 Lake Erie Go Tournament. Nineteen players gathered on the Lake Erie College campus to play in the four-round tournament. Players’ skills ranged from 5 dan to 25 kyu. The tournament was co-directed by Soren Jaffe and Catherine Swank.

Dan Division: 1st: Soren Jaffe; 2nd: Michael Stevenson; 3rd: Devin Fraze
Kyu Division: 1st: Manny Jauregui; 2nd: David Rohlfing; 3rd: John Bacon

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