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e-Go Congress Registration Tops 450; Bob High Memorial Song and Poetry Contest open

Notizie AGA - Mar, 21/07/2020 - 15:06

Registration for the e-Go Congress continues to climb, passing 450 registrants on Monday, July 20.  “We just hope everyone can actually attend – it’s so wonderful to be able to bring a solid week of go events to people during this pandemic!” says Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott. Registrants hail from 46 countries, and every age group from toddler to senior.

Registration includes 120 double-digit kyu players – far more than usually make it to the US Go Congress. With such high registration, caps will be put on some tournaments, with new registrants joining a waitlist. The first two tournaments to be capped will be the Double-Digit Kyu Tournament and the Relay Go Tournament. “Relay go is proving more popular than we’d expected!” says Tournament Director Audrey Wang. “To make sure that everyone can participate fully, we will cap the tournament at 100 registrants.” Registration for that tournament is currently at 82 people. The Double-Digit Kyu Tournament will be capped at 120 people, with current registration at 91.

In addition to tournaments, the e-Go Congress will feature some opportunities to “hang out” with Go friends, as well as the Bob High Memorial Song and Poetry Contest.  For more information about the contest, check out the rules and entry form here.  For the first time, e-Go Congress attendees and viewers will be able to vote for the winner from among the finalists!  More information about that to come.

For a complete schedule of events, check out the website here!


Registration open for third NY Go League

Notizie AGA - Mar, 21/07/2020 - 14:56

The NYGHS is proud to announce that registration for the third iteration of the New York Go League is now open. Entry to the league is completely free and the only eligibility requirement is a stable rank with a national association or online go server. Register through our Google Form here, and click here to view our rules and regulations.

Due to a large part of our community taking part in the recently announced e-Go Congress, we have moved our starting date and registration deadline back one week to August 10th and August 8th, respectively, to avoid overlap. We want the community to have as many chances to play and learn as possible, especially during theses challenging times.

The league is a round robin format with around 8-10 people in each division. The prize for winners will be a 50% discount for a NYIG Adult trial class (kids are eligible as well). We believe that this prize corresponds with our motivation of creating this league with the intention of giving people a chance to play competitively and develop their skills in the game. We hope that the community will be able to use this league as a means of playing serious matches.


Undefeated Yixian Zhou wins Ninth Annual San Diego Go Club Championship, California State Championship planned for Thanksgiving weekend

Notizie AGA - Mar, 21/07/2020 - 14:50

The 2020 San Diego Go Championship was conducted on KGS due to the Coronavirus. Twenty-eight players entered and completed the 5-round event over five weeks, playing one game a week. The winner of the Open section of the Ninth Annual SD Go Championship, with an undefeated record of 5-0, was Yixian Zhou 6d. Kevin Yang, a soon-to-be high school student, posted a strong record beating both 4d and 5d players.

Undefeated players with 5-0 records in the Handicap sections were Arunas Rudvalis 6k (winner of the high kyu group), and Anna Zhou 16k (winner of the >15k group). Michael Sanders 7k and Angelina Zhao 8k, tied with 4-1 records in the 7k-14k group.

Kevin Yang was selected as the 2020 San Diego Boys Go Champion.
Angelina Zhao was selected as the 2020 San Diego Girls Go Champion.

The San Diego Go Club is currently hosting the 2020 California Pair Go Championship online. There are 11 pairs of players competing in the Open and Handicap sections. KGS and are both set up to handle Pair Go (Rengo) pairings and play.

The 2020 California State Championship run by San Diego Go Club will be held over Thanksgiving weekend. It will be a 5-round tournament with Open, Handicap, and Youth (13×13) sections. Registration will open November 1 when the determination will be made if it will be a face-to-face or online tournament. The 2019 California State Championship drew 65 players from 7d to beginners, with Evan Lin the champion.


Member’s Edition: Lessons with Kaz: Common Mistakes

Notizie AGA - Mar, 21/07/2020 - 06:00

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Published in the July 21, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

In this game between 1 kyu players, Kaz emphasizes the importance of choosing a correct joseki.

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.


Upcoming annual meetings: AGA Board, AGF, and Chapter General Assembly scheduled for August 8 and 9

Notizie AGA - Lun, 20/07/2020 - 20:53

The AGA board of directors met on June 28th for an ad hoc meeting. The board authorized a Committee for Diversity and Inclusion to create and implement programs to improve representation and equity in the AGA. The board also decided to explore online ratings, discussed changes to membership categories, and reviewed privacy and conflict of interest policy adoption. The meeting was attended by several observers who gave feedback on membership and priority discussions.  You can find the minutes of that meeting here.

The AGF will hold its Annual Meeting on August 8, 2020, at 4pm EDT.  If you are interested in listening in, please contact the AGF President at

The AGA Board will hold its Annual Meeting on August 8, 2020, at 7pm EDT.  The topics of discussion include the Annual Report, updates on various AGA programs and events, online ratings, AGA privacy policies, and long-term goals and priorities.  For more information, you can find the detailed agenda here. Are you an AGA member interested in listening in to the meeting?  Please contact the Chairperson at for call-in information.  Are you interested in commenting on past board meeting minutes?  You can submit your comments here, and they’ll be available to the entire board and relevant officers. Past minutes are available here.

If you are an AGA member interested in watching a live stream of the  AGA Chapter General Assembly meeting, scheduled for August 9, 2020, at 6pm EDT, you can do so here.  The stream will not be available after the meeting.  If you would like to participate, please contact the AGA President at ahead of the meeting for call-in information.


China Shenyang Dongqi Go School defeats California Go Association (Li Hai Go School) in online friendship match

Notizie AGA - Gio, 16/07/2020 - 16:59

The China Shenyang Dongqi Go School faced off against the California Go Association (Li Hai Go School) in a one-round friendship team match on July 10th. Held on the Xinbo Go server, 14 youth players from each team competed against each other, with the first board broadcast on Yikeweiqi. The match concluded in a 13-1 victory for the China Shenyang Dongqi Go School, with Seowoo Wang 5d managing to score the California Go Association team’s sole win against Jin Xitong 5d on the first board.

“The goal of this friendship match was to overcome the difficulties during the pandemic through Go,” said organizer Li Hai 5P. He believes that through these kinds of international friendship matches, young players will significantly improve. Li Hai plans to organize more events in the future and hopes that more youth players will be able to participate.

report by Seowoo Wang


e-Go Congress registration soars; AGA meetings announced

Notizie AGA - Gio, 16/07/2020 - 14:10

Just days after registration opened for the 2020 e-Go Congress, more than 300 have already signed up. In addition to Americans and Canadians, players from 31 other countries have registered. “I’m floored by how this event really seems to have struck a chord with people around the world,” said Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott. “It’s wonderful to see how well this event has come together”

And for those interested in finding out more about the American Go Association and other ways to participate in the go community, a full schedule of informational, business, and training meetings have been scheduled for the following week (see schedule).

If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the e-Go Congress, want to help put on TD or Teacher Workshops – or have other ideas for online events you’d like to help the AGA put on – contact the Congress Coordinator at “The AGA would love to run more online events over the coming months, all we need is you to volunteer!” said Scott.


Registration still open for New York Youth Open

Notizie AGA - Mar, 14/07/2020 - 18:33

The New York Youth Open is coming up soon and will be held on Saturday July 25th. Players under 18 of all strengths are encouraged to register for this four-round, non-handicapped tournament. Registration is open until July 20th with a fee of $15. Games will begin at 12:00 PM ET, and all players who complete all four rounds will receive a one-month FREE subscription (worth $9.99) for NYIG_Go YouTube class membership. The top three players in each division will also be awarded certificates and trophies. “Young Go players improve their skills and gain experience through participating in NYYO, which prepares them for competing in bigger stages,” says organizer and founder of the New York Institute of Go Stephanie Yin 1P. Click here for tournament rules and registration.


Member’s Edition: Guo Juan 5P on an Online Kyu Game

Notizie AGA - Mar, 14/07/2020 - 06:00

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Commentary: Guo Juan 5P
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the July 14, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

In this game between single digit kyu players, Guo Juan 5P covers strategic ideas useful to players of all levels.

Guo Juan gives these player overviews:
“The White player Buzzsaw is Terri Schurter, AGA 9k. I have met Terri in many US Go congresses. Terri is a very active and enthusiastic player. She also makes beautiful quilts. I want to take this opportunity to thank Terri for her help on promoting my website.”

“The Black player Azumi is Laurie Linz, AGA 8k. I met Laurie in Denver Go Congress in 2000. Wow, that was 20 years ago. Denver congress was my first US Go Congress. I remember everybody was telling me to carry water, and drink before you feel thirsty. And I was so impressed by US players enthusiasm which made me so happy to be a go teacher.”

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!


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

Notizie AGA - Mar, 14/07/2020 - 06:00

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Black to play. Choosing the correct direction is important.
Published in the July 14, 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


Go Spotting: Distinguishing humans from computers in the game of go: A complex network approach

Notizie AGA - Lun, 13/07/2020 - 15:48

EJournal reader Mel reports that other readers may be interested in an article from the October issue of EPL (Europhysics Letters) focusing on telling the difference between human and computer players. He notes that the article is not free to read, but the abstract is available.

Distinguishing humans from computers in the game of go: A complex network approach
We compare complex networks built from the game of go and obtained
from databases of human-played games with those obtained from
computer-played games. Our investigations show that statistical
features of the human-based networks and the computer-based networks
differ, and that these differences can be statistically significant
on a relatively small number of games using specific estimators. We
show that the deterministic or stochastic nature of the computer
algorithm playing the game can also be distinguished from these
quantities. This can be seen as a tool to implement a Turing-like
test for go simulators.


Registration is Open for the 2020 e-Go Congress

Notizie AGA - Lun, 13/07/2020 - 14:40

You can now register here for the 2020 e-Go Congress, taking place online August 1-9, 2020.

Although work continues on the 2020 e-Go Congress website, you can find updated information about the e-Go Congress schedule here. “We are so excited about how well this is coming together!” says AGA Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott. “There has been so much interest from volunteers and players, as well as professionals interested in teaching – we can’t wait to bring this ‘mini-congress’ to Go players!”

Look for more updates – including more events with professionals – in the coming days.


Triangle Go Group/Cleveland Go Club Online Friendship Match

Notizie AGA - Lun, 13/07/2020 - 14:19

Twenty-two players and a sprinkling of spectators enjoyed two rounds of online Go in the Triangle Go Group/Cleveland Go Club Friendship Match held Sunday, July 5th, in the Triangle Go Group club room on KGS.

It was an exciting event with the Triangle Go Group holding a one game lead after round one, and finishing the day with a total of 12 wins against the Cleveland Go Club’s 10. Players winning both of their games include Chen Yuan, Jerry Jaffe, Tao Ma, Alex Lillie, Manny Jauregui, Justin Su and Christina Wang. Game results are available here.

It was a great way to enjoy the day after the 4th of July. Thank you to the players, to Yuan Zhou for organizing the event, and to team captains Paul Celmer and Jerry Jaffe.

-report and photo by Bob Bacon


50 years aGO: July 1970

Notizie AGA - Lun, 13/07/2020 - 00:36

Keith Arnold, hka, with Patrick Bannister

Our feature photo this month was originally captioned “Clash of the Titans: Takagawa vs. Go Seigen in the 18th Ōza Tournament,” 9 July 1970.  Takagawa (left, in photo at right)  was by this time one of the elder statesmen of the game,   His greatest achievement was holding the Honinbo title for nine consecutive years.  His “simple,” solid style has long been prized as one amateur players should emulate as they get stronger.  Two of the early go books in English – How to Play Go and Vital Points of Go – were published by the Nihon Kiin.

Go Seigen, of course, needs no introduction, arguably the greatest go player of all time.  At his peak, it is fair to say that he was at least a stone better than the entire world.  Game record here.

The quizmaster, stumped: While I rely on my collaborator Mr. Bannister for dates and competitions on these old photos, I invariably know the player’s names, since these were the greats when I was beginning to play. Embarrassingly, however, I was stumped by the gentleman in this photo (left).  We will share why he is pictured next month, but for now – who is he?  Bonus questions/hints – Which US Go Congress did he attend, and what Ishi Press go book did he author? Send your answers to us c/o


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:

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.

Match amichevole Italia-Argentina 2020

Home Page sito FIGG - Sab, 04/04/2020 - 15:36

Questo incontro amichevole Argentina-Italia si gioca nel contesto della pandemia del COVID-19, per essere uniti nell’affrontare le terribili conseguenze della stessa.

Dedicato alla memoria di Angelo Grazzini, giocatore di go italiano venuto a mancare per causa del virus.

Data: sabato 4 Aprile 2020
Orario: 3pm Argentina / 8pm Italia
Dove: KGS

Iscrizione e lista dei partecipanti.

Posticipazione Tappe FIGG e WAGC

Home Page sito FIGG - Lun, 30/03/2020 - 11:33
Causa CO-VID19, le varie federazioni devono posticipare tutti i prossimi eventi dal vivo.
Il WAGC 2020 è posticipato al 2021, e rimarrà Mirco Fanti il rappresentante selezionato.
Le Tappe FIGG ed eventuali altri tornei di Go sono posticipati fino a data da destinarsi, in base ai decreti ministeriali.
Cercheremo comunque di inserire tutte le Tappe nel tempo disponibile, ma se nel 2020 non si riuscisse a distribuire tutti i Punti Tappa, la quantità sarà ridimensionata in proporzione agli eventi dell'anno.

Federazione Italiana Gioco Go

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