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Incontro settimanale: Tre Olmi (MO)

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Mer, 24/07/2019 - 08:18

Dopo una piccola pausa, riprendono regolarmente i nostri incontri di studio e gioco.

L’appuntamento è per giovedì 25 luglio 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!


Catch Diana Garnet and Go at Otakon in DC this weekend

Notizie AGA - Mar, 23/07/2019 - 17:17

Go will be featured at this weekend’s Otakon, including a panel with Diana Garnet, who co-hosted the NHK ETV show Igo Focus with several professional players including Michael Redmond 9P. Otakon is an annual convention celebrating Asian pop culture — anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc — and its fandom. Garnet will appear on a special Go panel with the National Go Center on Saturday from 12:35-1:45 pm and then NGC volunteers will host “The Divine Move – an Introduction to Go” workshop Saturday night from 9:30-11:30 pm.

Diana Garnet is a Tokyo-based anime-song singer, bilingual voice actress, and TV personality best known for her performance of Naruto Shippuden ending Spinning World, as well as Meow Meow Japanese History’s Thank You for the Music and Hello Again. She provides the main theme for game Dragon Marked for Death and voices characters for Bomberman, as well as Aura in the Shimajiro and the Island of Magic movie, Joule/Lumen in anime OVA Azure Striker Gunvolt, and various characters in Japanese for Meow Meow Japanese History. She’s currently voicing a variety of characters in both English and Japanese for anime and games, as well as producing new music to be announced soon.

From March 2017 to 2019, she co-hosted NHK ETV show Igo Focus along with several professional players including Redmond 9th dan, bringing the game to a new generation of fans with lessons focused on beginner strategies. This past April, she graduated the program at 3-kyu and has continued to involve herself in go related events as a guest and bilingual MC. She hopes to become a Go ambassador and use her platform to introduce many new people to the game.

The event runs from Friday to Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center; click here for the complete schedule.


Member’s Edition: Gansheng Shi 1P on Masters Pair Go

Notizie AGA - Mar, 23/07/2019 - 07:00

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White: Mi Yuting and Yu Zhiying
Black: Shin Jinseok and Choi Jeong
Commentary: Gansheng Shi 1P
Game editor: Myron Souris
Published in the July 23, 2019 edition of the American Go Journal

Gansheng Shi 1P gives this game introduction, “This is an interesting game from the IMSA Masters Championships this year. The game is from the pair go tournament where China played Korea. Both Choi Jeong and Yu Zhiying are top female players and Shin Jinseok and Mi Yuting are both currently top male players as well.”

The dynamic and flexible fighting sequences are a testament to the talent and creativity of pro players. Yet up to move 90, the game is still even. But then each side makes a mistake consecutively. As the saying goes, “The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.”


Albert Yen 7d on World Amateur Go Championship

Notizie AGA - Lun, 22/07/2019 - 21:45

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White: Albert Yen, 7D
Black: Pal Balogh, 6D
June 5, 2019, in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
Comments by Albert Yen, 7D
Game editors: Kiren Polara, Myron Souris

Albert Yen’s commentary here is from his 7th round win against Hungary’s Pal Balogh. Albert explains a ton of practical material – from strategic midgame ramifications of the Large Avalanche to tactical tesujis. For the game moves, Albert also includes LeelaZero’s (AI) winrates.

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NGC non-profit status approved

Notizie AGA - Lun, 22/07/2019 - 15:00
NGC volunteers at the 2019 Sakura Matsuri festival

Coming back from vacation to find a letter from the IRS can be a little stressful, but “it was just the opposite” reports National Go Center Executive Director Gurujeet Khalsa. “It was an approval letter for our application for 501(c)3 non-profit status.” This means that donors to the National Go Center can now claim deductions under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code, and the NGC is exempt from Federal taxes. “As an all-volunteer organization dependent on grants and donations, this is huge,” says Khalsa. “It also allows us to take advantage of other benefits such as software grants that companies like Microsoft and Google make to non-profits.” The NGC was assisted in making the successful application by a pro bono legal team from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. “They guided us every step of the way and we could not have done it without them.”


U.S. Go Congress tournament results

Notizie AGA - Dom, 21/07/2019 - 06:58
Jim Pickett plays Yoshitomo Nakata and Phil Straus plays Polly Pohl in round 5 of the Senior Tournament

The 35th US Go Congress closed with a celebration of the week’s tournament winners at the awards banquet Saturday evening. Tournament champions received prizes, and all players and Go Congress staff shared in good food, good cheer, and rousing recognition of the hard work put in by all.

US Open
Frederick Bao 6d won top prize in the top division of the US Open, edging out Canadian Go Association President James Sedgwick 6d in second place, and Chanseok Oh 6d in third by tie-breaks. See the full list of US Open division winners here.

Senior Tournament AKA “Geezer Go”
Bart Jacob 3k and Moon Oh 1d were both undefeated with five wins.

Women’s Tournament
Yacen Xie 5d, Sarah Crites 6k, and Hung-yao Chang 15k took the top prizes in each of the three divisions.

9×9 Tournament
James Sedgwick 6d took first place in the dan division while Neal Wright 5k won the kyu division.

13×13 Tournament
Kunxuan Li 4d and Sarah Crites 6k won the dan and kyu divisions respectively.

Lightning Tournament
Shixing Li 5d and Ben Gunby 2k won the dan and kyu divisions respectively.

Die Hard Tournament
Stephen (Xiaocheng) Hu 6d ran away with the dan division of the tournament with an undefeated four wins, and Billy Maier 3k won the kyu division, also with four wins.

Self-Paired Tournament
Jeff Horn 1d claimed three titles, “Dedicated” for most total games, “Philanthropist” for most wins given to others, and “Kyu Killer.” Other titles recognized were “Hurricane” for most total wins claimed by Marion Edey 9k, and “Dan Slayer” claimed by James Acres 1k.

-photo by Eva Casey
-report by Karoline Li Tournaments Bureau Chief


U.S. Go Congress Tournaments Recap: Day 7

Notizie AGA - Sab, 20/07/2019 - 16:53

Congress Tournament Schedule: Saturday 7/20
9:00a: US Open, round 6

Stay tuned for US Open and other tournament results coming soon!

photo by Chris Garlock


Nyu Eiko 2p wins 2019 U.S. Masters

Notizie AGA - Sab, 20/07/2019 - 06:10
Nyu Eiko 2p

The 2019 U.S. Masters tournament concluded dramatically Friday night as both Nyu Eiko 2p and Zhongfan Jian 7d killed huge groups in their final-round top-board games against Mark Lee 7d and Eric Lui 1p. Those wins gave Eiko the Masters championship and Jian second place. Click here for the Masters crosstab. Both top boards were broadcast live on the AGA’s Twitch stream, attracting 110,000 unique viewers around the world. For U.S. Open results through Round 5 (Round 6 is being played Saturday morning), click here.


Youth players dominate the North American Pair Go Championship

Notizie AGA - Ven, 19/07/2019 - 20:55

All four pairs at the top table of Thursday evening’s North American Pair Go Championship were youth attendees. Tina Li 3D and Aaron Ye 7D (below left with Hajin Lee 4P) ultimately prevailed, defeating Sophia Wang 4D and Jeremy Chiu 7D in the final game by 2.5 points. As the winning pair, Li and Ye will represent the United States at the 30th International Amateur Pair Go Championship in Tokyo, Japan this December. “We got off to a smooth start,” reports TD Todd Heidenreich, who was able to get the games going by 7:30. “With a larger tournament field of 112 players this year, we only had three boards that needed handicaps.” 

Top table results:
1st place: Tina Li 3d and Aaron Ye 7d
2nd place: Sophia Wang 4d and Jeremy Chiu 7d
3rd place: Melissa Cao 4d and Alan Huang 7d
4th place: Katherine Xie 1d and Willis Huang 6d

-report/photos by Hajin Lee


U.S. Go Congress Tournaments Recap: Day 6

Notizie AGA - Ven, 19/07/2019 - 17:42
Isobel Liang 12k plays Antonina Perez-Lopez 19k in the fourth round

Congress Tournament Schedule: Friday 7/19
9:00a: US Open, round 5; US Open Masters Division, round 6
1:00p: Senior Tournament, round 5
3:00p: Women’s Tournament, round 4
9:00p: Self-Paired Tournament ends – get those results turned in!

Women’s Tournament
Yacen Xie 5d, Lenka Dankova 4k, and Hung-Yao Chang 15k are undefeated with one round to go in this year’s Women’s Tournament with three wins each. The multinational field includes players from Japan, the Czech Republic (Dankova), and Mexico – 12-year-old Paola Ortega 10k is part of a team from Mexico sponsored by the AGF.

-photo by Samantha Fede
-report by Karoline Li, Tournaments Bureau Chief


Eiko Nyu 2P leads Masters; final Friday night

Notizie AGA - Ven, 19/07/2019 - 06:10

Japanese pro Eiko Nyu 2P is leading the 2019 Masters tournament with a 5-0 record going into the last two rounds on Friday. Eric Lui, Mark Lee and Zhongfan Jian are all 4-1. Rounds 6 and 7 will be broadcast live on OGS and the AGA’s Twitch stream Friday; Round 6 starting at 10a EDT and Round 7 at 8p EDT (and streamed live in the Great Hall), with commentary by Yilun Yang 7p and Jennie Shen 2P, hosted by Julie Burrall 1d, Samantha Fede 5k, Tyler Oyakawa 5d and Nick Sibicki 4d. Complete tourney results posted here. U.S. Open results here.

U.S. Open Round 4 in the Great Hall Thursday, July 18; photo by Chris Garlock

U.S. Go Congress Tournaments Recap: Day 5

Notizie AGA - Gio, 18/07/2019 - 06:21
One Color Knights Move Go

US Go Congress Tournament Schedule: Thursday 7/18
9:00a: US Open, round 4; US Open Masters Division, round 5
1:00p: Senior Tournament, round 4
3:00p: Women’s Tournament, round 3
7:00p: Pair Go

Crazy Go!
“Crazy Go was its usual laughter and insanity” reports Terry Benson, who directs the “tournament” every year. “Well over 100 congress attendees ‘played,’ but watching was at least as common.” Benson also reports that a new variant was created this year by three of the kids: One Color Knights Move Go (right), played between two players and a third to record the game and referee.

-photos by Terry Benson
-report by Karoline Li, Tournaments Bureau Chief

Maximo and Charles Boley play U.S. Go on a board shaped like the United States

Xiaocheng Hu 6d wins Die Hard tourney

Notizie AGA - Gio, 18/07/2019 - 06:18

This year’s Die Hard tournament at the U.S. Go Congress had 96 players, “exactly one more than last year,” reports TD Andy Olsen. “Let’s try to break 100 next year.”

Upper section of the Die Hard tournament. photo by Andy Olsen

Xiaocheng Hu 6d won the top section with a perfect 4-0. Billy Maier 3k also scored a perfect 4-0. Full results will be posted soon here.


Albert Yen 7d on World Amateur Go Championship

Notizie AGA - Gio, 18/07/2019 - 04:00

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White: Albert Yen, 7D
Black: Xie Kai Kun, 7D
June 4, 2019, in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
Comments by Albert Yen, 7D
Game editors: Kiren Polara, Myron Souris

Albert Yen’s next commentary here is from his 6th round win against New Zealand’s Xie Kai Kun. Albert gives us another peek at how games can develop from his favorite pincer opening. For the game moves, Albert also includes LeelaZero’s (AI) winrates.

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U.S. Go Congress Tournaments Recap: Day 4

Notizie AGA - Gio, 18/07/2019 - 00:43
Haskell “Hal” Small – organizer of the very first US Go Congress in 1985 – plays Vladimir Danek in the Senior Tournament.

US Go Congress Tournament Schedule: Wednesday 7/17
9:00a: Die Hard Tournament
That’s all for today, folks!

Senior Tournament
One of the youngest annual Go Congress tournaments, and quickly becoming one of the most popular, is reserved for players 55 and older. Now in its fourth year, the Senior Tournament is a favorite of long-time congress attendees and is directed this year by Eva Casey, herself a returning player and current Tournament Coordinator for the Massachusetts Go Association. “[In the next round] three of the Senior Tournament games will be between 3-0 contestants,” reports Casey. The six undefeated players so far are Frank Brown 5k, Jim Conyngham 4k, Bart Jacob 3k, Paul Magretts 2k, Moon Oh 1d, and David Cho 5d. Tune in for more results as the Senior Tournament progresses!

photos by Eva Casey
-report by Karoline Li, Tournaments Bureau Chief

Senior Tournament players Rich Brown and Stefen Kurz are descending the staircase. Mark Nahabedian is playing Bart Lipofsky. Wanda Metcalf has a proprietary arm on Mark.

Nyu and Lui 4-0 in U.S. Masters

Notizie AGA - Mer, 17/07/2019 - 06:20

And then there were two. Four-game winners, that is. Japanese pro Eiko Nyu notched a comfortable win over Aaron Ye 6d on Board 1 in the fourth round of the 2019 U.S. Masters on Tuesday, while Eric Lui eked out a 1.5 win over Alan Huang. Complete Masters results here, and U.S. Open results here. Check out the video of Mingjiu Jiang’s commentary on the Nyu-Ye game on the AGA Twitch stream here. Round 5 will be broadcast starting at 10a EDT on Thursday.
– report by Chris Garlock, photo by Todd Heidenreich


Annual Teacher’s Workshop wraps at Go Congress

Notizie AGA - Mer, 17/07/2019 - 06:01

The 2019 Teacher’s Workshop concluded its third day at this year’s U.S. Go Congress on Tuesday afternoon. Attendees had been taught the Mizuma Method in the previous two sessions, and were given the opportunity to try their newfound teaching skills on actual beginners who had never played go before. “Teaching this way was way more fun than I imagined it could be!” said attendee Terri Schurter. Everyone agreed that this approach was very effective and lots of fun for both teacher and student. Several attendees will receive $200 stipends as first-time attendees of a teacher’s workshop. The AGA is grateful to the Iwamoto North American Foundation for Go for subsidizing this workshop. “Special thanks to Toshifumi Mizuma, Tajiri Yuto and Tomotaka Urasoe for sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with us!” said Mark Rubenstein.


Return of a go congress tradition

Notizie AGA - Mer, 17/07/2019 - 05:20

After a several-year hiatus, afternoon soccer has returned! A large group of players ranging in age from kids to adults gathered Monday afternoon to enjoy the beautiful weather and share in some physical competition. “It’s important to exercise the muscles, give the mind a break, and get some fresh air”, says Terry Benson, who provided the equipment.

-photos by Terry Benson
-report by Karoline Li, Tournaments Bureau Chief


U.S. Go Congress Tournaments Recap: Day 3

Notizie AGA - Mar, 16/07/2019 - 21:14

US Go Congress Tournament Schedule: Tuesday 7/16
9:00a: US Open, round 3; US Open Masters Division, round 4
1:00p: Senior Tournament, round 3
7:00p: Crazy Go!

13×13 Tournament
Players gathered to duke it out on not-quite-as-tiny boards Monday evening to produce 10 table winners. Playoffs will continue throughout the week to produce the overall 13×13 champion.
Table winners: Dallas Amunrud 18k, Phil Marshall 12k, Mario Espinoza 7k, Sarah Crites 6k, Paul Margetts 2k, Jonathan Crew 2k, Chen Cong 1d, Mingjian Li 2d, Kunxuan Li 4d, James Sedgwick 6d.

-report by Karoline Li, Tournaments Bureau Chief


Dan Avira wins San Diego Summer tourney

Notizie AGA - Mar, 16/07/2019 - 16:04

Local San Diego Go players turned out in force for the San Diego Go Club’s Summer Handicap Tournament. Twenty-seven go players, including ten youth, turned out for the 3-round event, which took place in the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park on Sunday, July 7. “The perfect 72-degree and sunny summer day did not discourage anyone from participating,” reports club president Ted Terpstra. “A fried chicken lunch was served to all attending.”

This was the first handicapped tournament for dan players in San Diego in several years so the couple of 6-dan players were severely challenged. Dan Avira 3d prevailed over Bo Luan 6d in the game that decided first and second in the 8-player dan section. “Dan is moving to Irvine, California and will be missed at the normal Tuesday night go gathering,” said Terpstra. Christophe Humbert 3d, with a 2-1 record, edged Tyler Oyakawa 6d by a tie-breaker to take third place.
Paul Margetts 2k won the 8-player single-digit kyu title with a perfect 3-0 score. Arunas Rudvalis 6k edged out teenage-newcomer to San Diego Seth Babauta by a tiebreaker for second place.

Dr. George Spellman, Jr 22k finished 3-0 in the double-digit kyu field. He was followed by the President of the San Diego Chess Club, David Saponara 24k and Jolina Jian who both went 2-1.
The San Diego Go Club will be hosting the Second Annual California State Go Championship on the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving. There will be over $1,000 in prize money over several sections. The winner of the Open section will be crowned the 2019 California Go Champion. Calvin Sun 1P is the defending champion and first on the permanent plaque. 


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