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January KGS Computer Go Tournament

Euro Go TV - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 18:17
Author: maproomad on 17:17 Thu 30 January 2014

1st Radu Baciu Kids Cup 05-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 18:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Fri 31 January 2014

National Veteran Championship 05-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 18:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Fri 31 January 2014

Torneo citta di Treviso 2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 18:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Thu 30 January 2014

Dutch Female Championship 05-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 18:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Thu 30 January 2014

Kondor Dragon Cup Group 2 05-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 18:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Thu 30 January 2014

Kondor Dragon Cup Group 1 05-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 18:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Thu 30 January 2014

Dutch Championship 05-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 18:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Thu 30 January 2014

Kondor Dragon Cup Group 3 05-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 18:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Thu 30 January 2014

I Liga interna AGOCA 05-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 18:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Thu 30 January 2014

Kinder- und Jugendturnier, Gruppe 4 05-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 18:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Mon 27 January 2014

Kinder- und Jugendturnier, Gruppe 3 05-2014

Euro Go TV - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 18:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Mon 27 January 2014

Go Spotting: Go Kaizen; CSM’s Good Reads; Go in Shanghai Factor?

AGA news - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 17:07

Go Kaizen: The lifehacker website uses Juha Nieminen’s photo of a go board to illustrate a post on how to “Practice your personal Kaizen”. The Japanese management strategy called Kaizen roughly translates to “continuous slow improvement” and Jason Thomas uses the concept here to as “an ideal approach to improve one’s personal workflow.” Thanks to Lisa Garlock for passing this along.

CSM’s Good Reads: Go is mentioned in the Christian Science Monitor’s January 25 Good Reads column. In the section on “Lessons in an ancient war game,” Managing Editor Marshall Ingwerson says that “Games can be a reflection of how people see the world. If the Western world, reared on chess, wants to understand the Chinese worldview, one way is to understand the strategies of Go.” Thanks to David Saunders for sending this in.

Go in Shanghai Factor? The cover of Charles McCarry’s 2013 espionage thriller “The Shanghai Factor” features a go board, reports Dave Bogie. “I’ve lightly skimmed the book at my library and found no go analogies, references or game descriptions. Maybe other E-Journal readers know more about the story.”

Categories: World news

Research Offers a New Look at Go Players’ Brains

AGA news - Thu, 06/02/2014 - 13:28
A research collaboration in Seoul has revealed new information about the cognitive requirements of playing go and the effects that it may have on the brain. A team compared a group of expert go players with a group of beginners and published the results in the journal “Frontiers in Human Neuroscience”. The work revealed several differences between the brains of the beginner and the expert. The experts had increased volume in certain areas of the brain, decreased volume in others, greater interconnectivity between certain regions and differences in the overall brain structure. A correlation between the magnitude of the effect and the number of years of go training suggests that these differences are not simply the result of a predisposition of these people to continue playing go. Rather, the difference in brain structure can be explained by the the fact that the brain rewires itself to meet new skill requirements. This phenomenon, known as neuroplasticity, has been observed before in chess players. The areas of the brain in which the experts outmatched the novices are associated with visuospatial processing and emotional regulation in decision making, among others. This suggests that these skills are important in go. Thus, it appears that long-term go training can enhance these and other skills and can indeed be used as a tool for brain development. The complete article is available here. The literature search section links to many other fascinating studies as well. There are several related articles. Click here for one that discusses similar specific physical changes in the brain and reaches similar conclusions. The EJ covered this article at length in 2010 here.
- Ben Gale, Korean Correspondent for the E-Journal
Categories: World news

EuroGoTV Update: Romania, Netherlands, Hungary

AGA news - Wed, 05/02/2014 - 14:34

Romania: Constantin Ghioc 5d bested Lucretiu Calota 5d at the National Veteran Championship in Bucuresti on January 26 while Liviu Oprisan 4d placed third. Netherlands: Also on January 26, the Dutch Female Championship finished in Amstelveen with Marika Dubiel 2d (left) in first, Mirjam Visscher 4k in second, and Annemarie de Putter 2k in third. Hungary: Dominik Boviz 4d led group 1 in the Kondor Dragon Cup on January 26 in Budapest. Behind him were Robert Csizmadia 1d and Attila Teby 1k.

– Annalia Linnan,  based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news; photo courtesy of EuroGoTV

Categories: World news

School Teams Tournament Set for March

AGA news - Tue, 04/02/2014 - 19:58

The annual School Teams Tournament is set for March 22 and 29 this year. Run by the American Go Honor Society (AGHS), and co-sponsored by the AGA and the AGF, the event is the largest annual youth competition in North America, drawing players from dozens of schools across the continent.  All K-12 schools and organized learning institutions (such as Chinese language schools) in Canada, the US and Mexico, can register teams consisting of three players. Each school is allowed a maximum of three teams. This year, all teams that complete their matches will also receive an entry prize (regardless of their score in the event).  Teams can choose between a full set of Hikaru no Go manga (23 volumes), two classic go books from Slate and Shell (Fundamental Principles of Go, and Master Play), or a $50 gift certificate to the go vendor of their choice (due to customs fees, not all gifts may be available for Mexico and Canada).  For more details visit the AGHS website. The event is “a good opportunity to see which school club is the best in North America and a chance for young players to communicate,” says AGHS Promotion head Yunxuan Li, “our recent champions in 2012 and 2013 are High Land Park High School and Albert Einstein High School. Will we see the returning of a defending champ or the rise of a new champion?” Rules for the event are here, to register, click here. - Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Double click on the image to enlarge it to full size.

 

Categories: World news

This Week’s Go Calendar: Alhambra, Minneapolis, Simsbury, Tempe

AGA news - Mon, 03/02/2014 - 14:00

February 8-9: Alhambra, CA
Dado 2014 Southern California Go Championship
Kevin Chao ocgoclub@aaace.us ocgoclub@yahoo.com 949-466-1479

February 8: Minneapolis, MN
2014 TCGO Winter Open
Aaron Broege aaron.broege@gmail.com 612-384-8789

February 8: Simsbury, CT
Simsbury Open Scholastic Go Championship
Michael Scudder michael.j.scudder@gmail.com 860-294-1983

February 8: Tempe, AZ
2014 Phoenix Chinese Week Go Open
Quan Li qb081449@gmail.com 602-326-7556
Bill Gundberg bill@azgoclub.org 480-831-5567

Get the latest go events information.

Categories: World news

Andrew wins 1st Quarter Internet Tournament

South Africa* - Mon, 03/02/2014 - 12:36
In the first internet tournament of the year, that took place on Sunday 26 January, 11 players were online to participate. Congratulations to Andrew, who emerged as the overall winner. Results: 1. Andrew Davies 2-4. Chris Welsh, John Leuner, Sam Scott 5-7. Andre Connell, Paul Steyn, Dave Gale 8. Rory Shea 9. Peet Brits 10. [...]

Kinder- und Jugendturnier, Gruppe 1 05-2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 02/02/2014 - 10:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Mon 27 January 2014

Kinder- und Jugendturnier, Gruppe 2 05-2014

Euro Go TV - Sun, 02/02/2014 - 10:17
Author: Newsbot on 00:21 Mon 27 January 2014
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