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Garlock’s Go Congress quiz challenge

Notizie AGA - Sab, 22/06/2019 - 05:28

by Chris Garlock, Managing Editor, The American Go E-Journal

It’s easy enough to find out that there are 389 people registered for this year’s U.S. Go Congress (just click here for the latest list), but how many different states are represented among the attendees? How many countries? How many kyu players and how many dan players? How many players named Chris? (ok, I just put that one in for fun) Send in your best guesses and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a prize TBD.

With just three weeks to go — the Congress runs July 13-20 in Madison, WI –, there’s still plenty of time to register for the biggest and best go event of the year; 8 days of non-stop go in gorgeous Madison, Wisconsin (go Badgers!). Also, for my fellow tennis-playing go players be sure to pack your racquets, as Director Dave Weimer has assured me that courts are available nearby so we’ll definitely be heading there for some off-board action! And as soon as I hear from soccer-meister Terry Benson, I’ll update you on those plans.

Also, we’re looking for a few good game recorders for join the EJ’s Congress team; if you’re interested, drop us a note at journal@usgo.org.

If anyone else has cool pre-Congress news to report, send it my way at the same email address; see you soon in Madison!

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Candidates selected for 2019 AGA Board elections

Notizie AGA - Ven, 21/06/2019 - 21:29

Chris Kirschner is running unopposed in the Western region while new comers Devin Fraze and Ashish Varma  will be challenging incumbent Martin Lebl in the Central region and Dan Ritter is challenging incumbent Steve Colburn in the east. Chapters should check their membership status and member list to receive their correct number of ballots. Preliminary counts will be arriving soon. Election procedures, schedule, and candidate statements(if submitted) are available  here. Questions must be directed to elections@usgo.org.

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Risultati WAGC 2019

Home Page sito FIGG - Gio, 20/06/2019 - 14:02

Ottimo risultato al World Amateur Go Championship 2019 per l'Italia, che si posiziona 22° su 59 nazioni, con 5 vittorie su 8 partite del giocatore Alessandro Martinelli.
Qui il link alla classifica finale: https://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/event/amakisen/worldama/40/result.html

E qui alcune foto: https://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/event/amakisen/worldama/40/photo.html

Nuova rubrica di Video-lezioni FIGG

Home Page sito FIGG - Gio, 20/06/2019 - 10:50

Il canale FIGG apre oggi una nuova rubrica di video-lezioni!
Link alla playlist

Le lezioni sono tenute dal giocatore Tiberio Antolini, che ha già alle spalle un ottimo canale di divulgazione

In questa serie di video saranno previste lezioni introduttive, avanzate, review, discussioni di cultura generale e interventi di giocatori Dan.

Se avete proposte per nuovi video scrivete pure nei commenti o a cf[at]figg.org


Iscrivetevi e buona visione!


Incontro settimanale: Tre Olmi (MO)

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mer, 19/06/2019 - 08:29

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri incontri di studio e gioco.

L’appuntamento è per giovedì 20 giugno 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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Member’s Edition: Yuan Zhou on a 2-dan Game

Notizie AGA - Mar, 18/06/2019 - 07:00

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Commentary: Yuan Zhou 7d
Game editors: Bill Cobb, Myron Souris
Published in the June 18, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

In this recent game between two AGA 2-dan players, Yuan Zhou gives a thorough coverage of every aspect, from opening strategy to ko threat tactics near the end of the game.

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 yuan.zhou@zhouyuan.com . This commentary is typical for Zhou, who has published several books, including such thorough commentaries of pro games at Slate & Shell (www.slateandshell.com).

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2019 Orlando Go Tournament report

Notizie AGA - Mer, 12/06/2019 - 18:00

The Orlando Go Tournament was held June 1st and 2nd. Fifteen players and five matches over the two days included lots of re-connecting with old friends, laughter and serious playing. The first day went by too fast, and left everyone wanting more. Second day started off with dad jokes and puns, helping the players relax before their last two matches. In the end, the results were separated into two groups; the first was 6 kyu to 7 dan and the second group was 20kyu to 7kyu.

The results were as follows:

First group winner was Efrain Davila, followed by Brian Olive, Rab Beverly, Alex Blair, Chris Sagner, Xinpeng Du and Yoshio Tanaka.

Second group winner was Heather Crawford, followed by Phillip Brix, Benjamin Potter, Bart Lipofsky, Paul Wiegand, Eric Crawford, Berto Roe, and Emily Scherer.

Overall, everyone had a good time, and we are looking forward to more events later this year!

  • report/photos by Chris Sagner
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Incontro settimanale: Tre Olmi (MO)

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mer, 12/06/2019 - 16:53

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri incontri di studio e gioco.

L’appuntamento è per giovedì 13 giugno 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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AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 31: AG’s refutation of the Chinese Opening

Notizie AGA - Mer, 12/06/2019 - 02:35

After a two-month hiatus for travel and other projects, Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock have returned with their latest AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo game commentary, Game 31 of the series. “Black plays the Chinese Opening, which was very popular before AlphaGo,” Redmond says, “but because of a move AlphaGo came up with as White, it’s not as popular now. After that, we get to see Black doing neat attacks, and White ignoring them; business as usual, you could say.”

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Jeff Kuang tops NC Spring tourney

Notizie AGA - Mer, 12/06/2019 - 02:25

Two dozen go players enjoyed stimulating competition in the North Carolina Annual Spring tournament on Sunday, May 19th. After four rounds of well-matched games the following winners were noted: in the top band, Jeff Kuang won all of his games and claimed the top prize; second place was a tie between Ji Wen and Haixin Yang, each with a 3-1 record and identical SOS scores. Band 2 was won by Tao Ma with a 3-1 record; Charles Alden placed second with a 2-2 performance and the highest SOS score, edging out the other 2-2 winners in that section, Jim Conyngham and Justin Blank. Russell Herman was the clear winner in Band 3 with the only other perfect 4-0 record of the day, and Will Daland claimed 2nd place as his SOS score placed him slightly higher than the other 2-2 performers, Ganning Xu, Dale Blann and Bhaskar Bharath. John Schollenberger won 3 of 4 games to lead the pack in Band 4, with Sky Wang placing second. The tournament was attended by many supportive parents, and we greatly appreciate their support. Jeff Kuang was the Tournament Director. Lunch was provided onsite by the Triangle Go Group. The beautiful playing area was provided courtesy of Triangle Go Group member Dale Blann. Thank you, Jeff and Dale!
-reported by Jeff Kuang, Tournament Director

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Eric Lui evens score to 3-3 in Transatlantic Team Championship

Notizie AGA - Mar, 11/06/2019 - 20:14

Eric Lui 1P defeated Pavol Lisy 2P by 1.5 points in the 6th round of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship played June 9 on OGS.

Lisy (Black) took an early advantage by capturing white’s group on the lower side. When white attempted to reduce black’s moyo on the top, black chose an aggressive strategy, leading to a critical ko in the center. The game seemed clearly in black’s favor when black’s group lived in the upper-left corner. But, pressed by byo-yomi, Lisy didn’t realize his group was already alive, and missed a chance to solidify his advantage. The game became close as white captured a small black group in the center, but black was still leading by a narrow margin. Black’s final mistake was move 217, which allowed white to start an advantageous ko. White gained a few points from this ko fight, and managed to finish the game 1.5 points ahead.

The next round will take place on June 30, starting at 14:00 US Eastern time. Artem Kachanovskyi 2P will challenge Eric Lui. The game will be played on OGS and live-streamed on Twitch.

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

Notizie AGA - Mar, 11/06/2019 - 07:00

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Black to play.  Killing all White’s stones isn’t easy, because Black has weak stones.

Published in the June 11, 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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Member’s Edition: Lessons with Kaz: Common Mistakes

Notizie AGA - Mar, 11/06/2019 - 07:00

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Published in the June 11, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

In this game between kyu players, Kaz covers some misunderstandings about new AI moves.  Even strong amateurs can misapply these moves without understanding the whole board ramifications.

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.

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AGA candidates coming forward in all regions

Notizie AGA - Sab, 08/06/2019 - 03:46

Current candidates are Chris Kirschner in the western, Steve Colburn in the eastern, and Devin Fraze in the central region. If you know of someone who you believe would offer guidance and service to the AGA consider making a nomination. Nominations, including self-nominations may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides and must be received by June 15, 2019. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

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China’s half-point victory clinches win in 2019 World Amateur Go Championships; U.S. places 4th, Canada 6th

Notizie AGA - Sab, 08/06/2019 - 03:44

Wang Chen, China’s representative to the 2019 World Amateur Go Championship edged out his Korean rival Lee Jaesong in a tense half-point game to take top honors, while the US player, Albert Yen, and Canadian Wu Qi You scored outstanding results at 4th and 6th place respectively. Along with Hungarian Pal Balogh in 5th and Ukrainian Dmytro Bogatskyi in
7th, half of the top eight finishers were from outside Asia. Third place went to Chan Nai San of Hong Kong and 8th to Kawaguchi Tsubasa of Japan.

Full results are here. Wang went undefeated in the eight-round, four-day event in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, Japan, securing the win at the end of the day three when he beat Lee. It was Lee’s only defeat.

Both players started the game very steadily, taking few risks, and in fact there was very little fighting at any point in the game. When white played the shoulder hit of 60, black opted to link his stones on the upper side with 61, but then white’s capture of 62–68 gave white a locally favorable result. Following that, white kept the game in his grip, and even with the successful invasion of black 121, etc., white was favored for the win. The decisive fight broke out with black 145. White’s defense was solid and, up to 175, he still held the lead. However, white 180 let black complicate the situation, when a jump at around f10 would have been good enough. White 186 is probably the losing move: black 187 captured six stones in the center, and although white could then return to capture four black stones with 194, black had profited slightly from the whole exchange. The rest of the endgame was played precisely by both sides, and it does not look like there was a way for white to avoid a half-point loss.

Among the players who won six of their eight games, the Hong Kong player benefited from having played the top four starters and defeating two of them, while Albert Yen lost only to China and Korea.

The Asada Shizuo Fighting Spirit special prize, awarded to the player who best shows good manners and sportsmanlike conduct, was given to Singaporean Kwa Jie Hui, who placed ninth. While Kwa’s award may have been given for his generous response to a clock mishap in his game with Japan, discussion at the playing site also noted his patient demeanor in the face of fearsome pairings. Kwa played against all of the top six starters, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, a French 7-dan, and a German 6-dan, and still came in 5–3. He also represented Singapore in 2018 and played against China, Korea, Taiwan, and strong players from Russia,
Canada, and Finland, similarly scoring 5–3.
– reported by Andy Okun; commentary by Antti Törmänen

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Incontro settimanale: Tre Olmi (MO)

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mer, 05/06/2019 - 16:33

Proseguono regolarmente i nostri incontri di studio e gioco.

L’appuntamento è per giovedì 6 giugno 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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Member’s Edition: Guo Juan 5P on a 1 Kyu Game

Notizie AGA - Mar, 04/06/2019 - 07:00

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Commentary: Guo Juan 5P
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the June 4, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal

In this game between 1 kyu players, Guo Juan 5P covers an issue that may come up in half or even more of kyu level games. Black steadily builds a moyo, while White waits too long to invade or reduce. When White finally addresses the moyo, Black does not effectively use the moyo’s power to keep the advantage. Guo Juan adeptly covers all the angles.

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 June Easy Life and Death Puzzle

Notizie AGA - Mar, 04/06/2019 - 07:00

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Black to play.  To attack White’s corner, the first move is crucial.

Published in the June 4, 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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Eric Lui scores second win in Transatlantic Team Championship

Notizie AGA - Lun, 03/06/2019 - 03:05

In round five of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship, played on June 2, Eric Lui 1P defeated EGF pro Ali Jabarin 2P. The game was followed live by over 300 players on OGS and 4,000 viewers on Twitch.
The game intensified as Ali (white) invaded black’s large moyo on the right side. A white group on the right appeared dead for some time, leading viewers to believe the game would be over soon. Yet, to everyone’s surprise, including main commentator Inseong Hwang, Ali magically found a way to save the group. However, in the process, white had to leave the center undefended, and black’s center territory became too large for white to match. At the final count, black won by 24.5 points.

The next round will take place on June 9, starting at 14:00 US Eastern time. Eric Lui will face Pavol Lisy 2P. The game will be played on OGS and live-streamed on Twitch.
– Hajin Lee

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2019 U.S. Go Congress re-cap

Notizie AGA - Mer, 29/05/2019 - 23:58

The 35th annual U.S. Go Congress will be held July 13–20 in Madison, Wisconsin. The playing site, Memorial Union on the UW–2019.03.23 UW-Madison campus, is on the shore of Lake Mendota within walking distance of many restaurants and attractions. Click here for detailed information about the Congress.

Here’s a quick re-cap of our pre-Congress coverage so far:

Registration opens for 2019 U.S. Go Congress
Lake Mendota now ice free; time to register for U.S. Go Congress
Congress to host Teachers’ Workshop
2019 US Go Congress College Scholarship Application Now Open
Nick Sibicky named AGF Teacher of the Year
Professional slate for U.S. Go Congress shaping up


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