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Member’s Edition: Albert Yen 7d on The Tenuki Strategy

Notizie AGA - Mar, 31/03/2020 - 07:00

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Commentary: Albert Yen 7d
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the March 31, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

In this commentary, Albert describes numerous concrete examples of how stronger players choose where to play in tactical situations. More importantly, these methods are practical for weaker players to use for immediate benefit.

Albert gives this overiew, “I believe that most high dan players don’t really think faster than weaker players. Instead, we just have more efficient search algorithms. From personal experience, we only seriously consider 3-5 choices before ultimately deciding where to play, so having a better selection of 3-5 moves is key to improving our play.”

Albert goes on to say, “I am sharing a general strategy to find vital points in tsumego and semeai problems. I tried to explain that strategy in my local go club and most people seemed confused, so I am going to flush out the full approach here. I suspect that most strong players already do something similar, but not everyone is aware of it. Obviously, this method doesn’t work every time, but is applicable to many situations. If you cannot see the answer to a problem within 10 seconds, I recommend that you try the tenuki strategy to eliminate possibilities, which is what I do personally.”

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.


Posticipazione Tappe FIGG e WAGC

Home Page sito FIGG - Lun, 30/03/2020 - 12:33
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

Players use Zoom to give online Go an in-person feel

Notizie AGA - Dom, 29/03/2020 - 06:31

For many players, online play can lack a sense of ownership and connection, but a group of east coast players led by Haskell Small (right) is testing the limits of Zoom’s ability to bring groups together by making online play feel as ‘in-person’ as possible. By creatively positioning computer cameras, players were able to play on real boards with real stones in the first of a recurring Friday night ‘REAL Go’ club.

The camera feed was not a perfect solution for board sharing; “The board is distorted near the ends and we couldn’t see each others’ faces without leaning over, “admits Small, “but except for a few moves near the edges that needed to be clarified, this arrangement sufficed for being able to play the game without needing to relay moves aurally.” 

“We limited it this time to only 4 players at a time,” says Small. “More than this might be difficult to manage, but I think doable by selecting individual participants’ video and muting others.” Here are a few tips from Haskell Small to simplify this approach:

  • Look only at your opponent’s screen and your own physical board without looking at your own camera screen; the orientation will be the same and it will be easier to keep the game flowing.
  • Use Zoom’s ‘gallery view’ to see all the boards through each camera view, and make any one of them larger.
  • A problem came up a few times when one of us neglected to keep up with our opponent’s moves on our physical board – this was easily cleared up once discovered. 

Small encourages other clubs who enjoy the tactile experience of playing with real equipment to attempt this approach and share feedback. “Of course this is still not as good as playing in person,” admits Small, “but for those of us who find playing online impersonal and prefer playing on a physical board, this was great! The games flowed easily and conversation was fluent, and perhaps that is the main advantage of this paradigm – we didn’t have to sacrifice the party atmosphere of a club environment.  I had a blast (and won both of my games)!”

-photo by Betsy Small


Redmond on AlphaGo Game 39 Sunday night on Twitch

Notizie AGA - Sab, 28/03/2020 - 22:44

Tune in to the AGA’s Twitch channel Sunday night at 7p EDT to catch Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock with their latest live game commentary on the AlphaGo vs AlphaGo series. “Michael Redmond always makes sense no matter how hard he tries to deal with the impossible and I love him for that,” says Thumper. Tune in at 7p EDT on Sunday, March 29; viewers will be able to ask Redmond and Garlock questions during the live commentary.


How we’re coping: the Walla Walla Go Club makes connections

Notizie AGA - Sab, 28/03/2020 - 07:32

“We have used this pandemic as an opportunity to make connections between our Go club and other regional clubs,” reports Stephan Tanner of the Walla Walla Go Club. “Last week, in place of our usual in-person gatherings, the Walla Walla Go Club of Walla Walla, Washington and the Grande Ronde Go Club of La Grande, Oregon met online for a ‘Social Isolation Swiss’ tournament on OGS. Next week we plan to do the same and invite the Idaho Go Club of Boise, Idaho to join us as well.”

“I’d encourage other clubs to see this as an opportunity!” Tanner continues. “Contact another club in your area or in the next state over and arrange to meet online. Use this as a way to strengthen the connections in regional Go communities.”

How are you coping with the COVID-19 pandemic? Playing more online go? Studying more? Producing online go content? We’d especially like to hear if you’re streaming on Twitch or posting videos to YouTube. Email us today at We’ll share the best tips and ideas with your fellow go players!


WAGC postponed until 2021

Notizie AGA - Sab, 28/03/2020 - 07:27

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Go Federation has postponed the 41st annual World Amateur Go Championship – originally scheduled to be held in June in Vladisvostok, Russia – until the summer of 2021. “We kindly ask you to understand this critical decision and hope to meet with players from all over the world in Vladivostok in 2021,” said Russian Go Federation Vice President Natalia Kovaleva in an announcement. The pandemic, still growing rapidly around the world with near 600,000 confirmed cases and 27,000 deaths, has brought a near complete halt to most face-to-face activity in the world of mind games. Tournaments scheduled for spring and early summer in Chess, Bridge, Draughts, and Go have been postponed or cancelled outright in many countries. The AGA has urged its chapters not to hold meetings or tournaments for the time being, and while the US Go Congress is still being prepared for August in Estes Park, CO, AGA and Congress staff are monitoring the situation and will issue an update in April. Organizers of the European Go Congress 2020, set for Kamyanets-Podilski, in the Ukraine, have put their preparations on hold. “A decision will be made by mid-May whether EGC will be postponed or held as planned,” according to the EGC website.

-report by AGA President Andrew Okun


Corona Cup 2020 brings over 350 players across Europe together on KGS

Notizie AGA - Ven, 27/03/2020 - 06:52

“On Thursday 12th March I was working in the garden for many hours and I knew my country was going to be in a quarantine soon,” says tournament founder and organizer Lukas Podpera, setting the scene for the tournament’s inception. “Many live tournaments had already been cancelled, therefore I started to think about ideas, what could I do for the Go community. And one of the ideas was to run an online tournament, originally planned only for Czechia, maybe Central Europe.” Originally hoping to gather about 100 participants, news of the tournament spread through international Facebook groups, prompting Podpera to send invitations to all EGF associations. “Corona Cup is an online tournament in the times of coronavirus crisis, when tournaments are cancelled around Europe and most of the Go clubs are not meeting. I’m trying to make it look as much as a live tournament as possible.”

Podpera and his team are using Google Docs to post pairings and disseminate information. The tournament will be a total of six rounds over the next three months, with paired players given a week to meet on their own time to play in the Corona Cup 2020 room on KGS and report results. The tournament is sponsored by Jena International Go School and supported by the Czech association who will also publish registration and results. Over 350 players have registered so far, including three professionals. “You can see that many European top players are participating,” says Podpera, “but I hope I can get a good result myself even in this kind of competition!”


How AI study helped improve my go

Notizie AGA - Gio, 26/03/2020 - 02:05

by Benjamin Teuber 6d (Germany)

For many years, I was considered the “eternal second” of the German championship. I finished as runner-up nine times – while never winning the title. No matter how well I did, I always managed to lose the decisive game.

Until November of last year, when, to my own and everyone else’s big surprise, I finally became German Champion with a perfect 7-0 record. After the tournament, I got a lot of comments like “you clearly improved” or “you must have studied a lot” from people. But, to be honest, I didn’t prepare much for this tournament. I did no go problems at all, I didn’t play many tournaments, I didn’t take any pro lessons. Please don’t get me wrong, I highly recommend these measures and have used them a lot in the past; that’s how I became 6 Dan, after all. They just can’t be responsible for my recent improvement.

What I have been doing though, was creating my own go study website, It allows you to upload your games and quickly get them analyzed by very strong AI. I believe the key feature of this tool is the focus on big mistakes; that way you can work on your biggest weaknesses instead of getting lost in minor details. So while I didn’t spend as much time studying as I had previously, I did use AI Sensei to review every one of my games and find my biggest mistakes. I would also check an old game every now and then to review my past mistakes. Looking back, I believe this was a very efficient way to spend the limited time I had to study, and it might well be the biggest factor of my recent improvements.

So here’s my advice to anyone using go AI to study:
Focus on your biggest mistakes in each game
Don’t waste time exploring all the variations
Think about the AI recommendations in terms of shape, direction, and strength of groups
Revisit your past mistakes

I invite you to try out AI Sensei yourself; it can be used for free. But whatever tool or AI you are using, I think you’ll find these recommendations useful.


NY Institute of Go launches new “Epic Battle” series on YouTube

Notizie AGA - Gio, 26/03/2020 - 02:00

NYIG_Go, the YouTube channel of the New York Institute of Go and the New York Go Association, launched a brand-new series, ‘Epic Battle,’ earlier this week on March 22. This series, produced, directed, and edited by Allen Moy, features professional 1-dan players Stephanie Yin and Ryan Li facing off one another while proving viewers with both players’ perspectives and commentaries; similar to the successful New Year’s special video. Following each game, Stephanie and Ryan will give their reviews of the entire match and their strategies, as well as adding some entertainment and chemistry to the video. Videos are expected to be posted on Mondays and Fridays.


How we’re coping: WMGC & SiliValley

Notizie AGA - Lun, 23/03/2020 - 21:34

“The WMGC (Western MA Go Club) held it’s usual Thursday night meeting via Zoom last week,” reports Trevor Morris. “Ten of us showed up on-line. At times, it was a bit chaotic, with three different conversations going on simultaneously! Several of us used OGS for the first time. I signed up as a supporter there; I really like the AI analysis.” The club is hoping for an even bigger turn-out this Thursday. “Perhaps some out-of-town friends would like to join us?” Trevor wonders. “I’m hoping that Zoom’s breakout rooms with cut down on the chaos.” Reach him at

“The SiliValley Go Group is, of course not meeting,” says David Doshay. “I am playing correspondence go both via OGS and email, sending coordinates back and forth. I am trying to help some of our folks who are not computer savvy to get set up on OGS, and last night I was setting up Zoom sessions so that I can continue teaching the child of a friend how to play. We will try the first lesson tonight. I am not playing any games in real time via go servers. Other than that we are well stocked with food and are watching streaming content, avoiding zombie-pandemic movies.”

How are you coping with the COVID-19 pandemic? Playing more online go? Studying more? Producing online go content? We’d especially like to hear if you’re streaming on Twitch or posting videos to YouTube. Email us today at We’ll share the best tips and ideas with your fellow go players!


AlphaGo vs. AlphaGo; Game 37: Into thin air

Notizie AGA - Lun, 23/03/2020 - 01:42

In this game, “the attacking side suddenly abandons the attack and sacrifices some stones,” says Michael Redmond 9P in his latest AlphaGo game commentary with Chris Garlock. “The attack sort of disappears into thin air.” At the same time, the defending side is trying to sacrifice some stones as well, “so it’s a very unusual fight,” Redmond says, “it wouldn’t happen among human players, I don’t think.” Oh, “And the endgame gets a bit exciting, too.”

The commentary originally streamed live on the AGA’s Twitch channel; follow it to get notified of upcoming live streams.

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How’re you coping with the crisis?

Notizie AGA - Lun, 23/03/2020 - 01:15

Playing more online go? Studying more? Producing online go content? We’d like to hear about how go players around the world are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Email us today at We’ll share the best tips and ideas with your fellow go players!


50 years aGO – March 1970

Notizie AGA - Lun, 23/03/2020 - 00:23

by Keith Arnold, hka with Patrick Bannister

The Third British Go Congress took place on March 21 and 22. A visiting Japanese 4 dan, a Mr. Akiyama, won the British Open Championship, narrowly defeating John Diamond 3 dan who was declared British National Champion. Mr. Diamond would go on to serve as BGA President and win the British Championship 8 times.

European Horst Mueller, 3 dan, played a televised game with Iwamoto 9 dan on March 26th. Iwamoto praised the visitor for his efforts, losing by 3 points in the 5 stone game. Perhaps Mr. Mueller was already working on the German translations included in the “GO; International Handbook and Dictionary” written by John Tilley and first published in the summer of 1970.

Finally we feature this glorious photo of two top Japanese matches. In the foreground, Hashimoto Shoji holds the white stones against Ishida Yoshio in the All Japan Pro Best 10. In the background, Sakata Eio defends the challenge of Ishida’s fellow Kitani disciple, Kato Masao, who takes black in one of the final games of the 25th Honinbo League. The games were played on March 4, I could only find the record of the Honinbo League match (below).

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Redmond on AG-AG Game 38 Saturday night on Twitch

Notizie AGA - Sab, 21/03/2020 - 00:46

Tune in to the AGA’s Twitch channel Saturday night at 8p EDT to catch Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock with their latest live game commentary on the AlphaGo vs AlphaGo series. “I see you guys are having new teaching tools!,” said Nat Cole, referring to Redmond’s ability to draw on the board using OGS. “It’s much more effective than when we had to go off on the a, b, c, d, e points. Thank you for doing that!” “Great stuff!” added Ian Eccleston. “I renewed my AGA membership to help support this content.” Tune in at 8p on Saturday, March 21; viewers will be able to ask Redmond and Garlock questions during the live commentary.


The Power Report: Sumire’s results; Kido Prizes; Shibano wins Shusai Prize; Postponements; Promotion; Obituary: Kubouchi Shuchi 9P

Notizie AGA - Mer, 18/03/2020 - 18:00

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Sumire’s results
This year Nakamura Sumire 1P is finding things a bit tougher than last year. Since my previous report, she has suffered two losses, so her record this year is 4-6. Her birthday was on March 2, so the first game below was her last as a ten-year-old.

On Feb. 24, Sumire (B) lost by resig. to Sakaguchi Ryuzo 9P after 176 moves (Prelim. C, 27th Agon Kiriyama Cup, played at the Nihon Ki-in Kansai HQ).

 On March 5, Sumire (W) lost to Horimoto Mitsunari 4P by resig. after 197 moves (Prelim. C, 46th Meijin tournament, same venue as above).

Kido Prizes
The 53rd Kido Prizes were chosen by a committee of representatives from the go media on February 17. As the list following shows, there were few surprises.

Most Outstanding Player: Iyama Yuta
Outstanding Player: Shibano Toramaru
New Star: Son Makoto, King of the New Stars
Women’s Prize: Ueno Asami
International Prize: Not awarded
Most Wins: Shibano Toramaru (52)
Best Winning Percentage: Ichiriki Ryo (77.05%)
Most Successive Wins: Ichiriki & Fujita Akihiko (16)
Most Games Played: Shibano Toramaru (70)

Shibano wins Shusai Prize
On February 12, Shibano Toramaru was chosen as the recipient of the 57th Shusai Prize. This prize is awarded to an outstanding player with good future potential.

The corona virus is continuing to affect go tournaments and not just international ones. Among the tournaments that have been postponed are: the 3rd World Go Championship (sponsored by the Nihon Ki-in), the 7th Globis Cup, and the 9th Ing Cup. The international preliminary for the LG Cup, which was scheduled for Seoul in April and which usually attracts about 300 players, has been cancelled; instead, the seats in the main tournament that were at stake were allocated to participating countries based on their past results, with the method of selection being left up to each country. This measure indicates that the organizers are still hopeful of being able to hold the main tournament later this year.

To 8-dan: Shuto Shun (150 wins, as of Feb. 25)

Obituary: Kubouchi Shuchi 9P
Kubouchi Shuchi died of old age on January 21, 2020. He was born on January 25, 1920, so he was just four days short of his 100th birthday. A native of Osaka, he became a disciple of Kubomatsu Katsukiyo, hon. 9-dan. He qualified as 1-dan in 1935 and reached 9-dan in 1960. He was one of the leading members of the Kansai Ki-in. He played in four Meijin Leagues and three Honinbo Leagues. My memory may not be reliable, but I seem to recall that in his heyday Kubouchi was fond of playing the 5-4 point, which usually led to exciting games.


Posticipazione del Torneo di Pisa e dell'Assemblea FIGG

Home Page sito FIGG - Mer, 18/03/2020 - 17:01
A causa del CO-VID19, il Torneo Internazionale di Pisa previsto per il 24-26 aprile 2020 è posticipato a data da destinarsi.
Con esso, viene spostata anche l'Assemblea FIGG.
Chi aveva pagato anticipatamente l'iscrizione al torneo verrà rimborsato facendone richiesta.
Di seguito il link al sito:

Risultati CI Online 2019-2020

Home Page sito FIGG - Mar, 17/03/2020 - 13:07
Si conclude anche questa stagione di Campionato Online, che vede vincitore il pluricampione Alessandro Pace! Congratulazioni!
A seguire lo sfidante Alessandro Martinelli, e terzo classificato Ramon Soletti.
La classifica totale sarà presto pubblicata su
Le partite di finale, commentate da Pace, sono visibili sul canale twitch e presto saranno caricate sul suo canale Youtube.
In premio i giocatori sul podio riceveranno vari buoni per lezioni online, delle scuole Polgote e Guo Juan Go School.

Vi aspettiamo alla prossima edizione!

11/11/2012 - candidature assemblea elettiva

Notizie FIGG - Lun, 10/12/2012 - 22:04
Il giorno 8 dicembre 2012 si terrà l'assemblea elettiva a Firenze. Durante tale assemblea si voterà per le cariche del consiglio federale (CF), del collegio dei probi viri (CdP) e, se così deciso dall'assemblea, anche per le cariche del collegio dei revisori dei conti (CdR) (vedi OdG). All'interno del nuovo sito è stata pubblicata la procedura da seguire per candidarsi ad una delle cariche. Ricordiamo che le candidature devono essere spedite entro il 18 novembre

22/10/2012 - convocazione assemblea elettiva

Notizie FIGG - Lun, 10/12/2012 - 22:04
Assemblea Generale Elettiva convocata in sessione straordinaria
Prima convocazione: Sabato 8 Dicembre ore 21:00 in Via dello Steccuto 19a, Firenze
Seconda convocazione: Sabato 8 Dicembre ore 21:30 in Via dello Steccuto 19a, Firenze
Ordine del giorno:
1) Elezione del segretario dell'Assemblea (che redigerà il verbale)
2) Discussione e votazione sulle proposte di modifica al Regolamento Organico
3) Discussione e votazione se istituire il Collegio dei Revisori dei Conti
4) Operazioni elettorali per il Consiglio Federale: interventi dei candidati, votazioni, scrutinio e proclamazione dei risultati
5) Operazioni elettorali per il Collegio dei Probi Viri: interventi dei candidati, votazioni, scrutinio e proclamazione dei risultati
6) Operazioni elettorali, nel caso di istituzione dell'Organo, per il Collegio dei Revisori dei Conti: interventi candidati, votazioni, scrutinio e proclamazione dei risultati
7) Varie ed eventuali

15/09/2012 - Approvazione del nuovo statuto

Notizie FIGG - Lun, 10/12/2012 - 22:04
Nel corso dell'assemblea straordinaria che si è tenuta l'8 settembre a Pisa è stato approvato il nuovo statuto.
Sono state approvate delle varianti rispetto al testo base che prevedono l'obbligo di compilare i moduli della privacy per i soci e l'obbligo di compilare i moduli per poter partecipare alle assemblee dei soci.
Oltre al nuovo statuto è stato approvato anche il nuovo regolamento.

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