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2016 WAGC

South Africa* - Wed, 08/06/2016 - 06:04
Interview with Andrew Davies, South Africa

Interview with Satoshi Hiraoka, Japan

IGF Ranka - Tue, 07/06/2016 - 14:41

Satoshi Hiraoka

This is perhaps my tenth visit to China, but my first to Wuxi. It impresses me as a pretty city, even though we’ve arrived in the middle of the rainy season. I first competed in the World Amateur Go Championship in the early 1990s, when it was always held in Japan. Although I won it on my first try, during the following quarter century, frankly, China and Korea have opened up a clear lead over Japan. The percentage of the population that learns to play go is higher in those countries than in Japan. So Japan has some catching up to do.

One good sign for the future is the new All-Japan Go Association. This is an amateur-based organization started by Yasuro Kikuchi about three years ago with the aims of stimulating go activity and increasing the number of players in Japan. Its main activity so far has been collecting signatures to petition the government to have go incorporated into Japan’s primary school curriculum. The goal was to get ten thousand signatures. The Association also holds about four tournaments a year and rates players according to the results. These are face to face tournaments, played in Tokyo, not online. I happened to win one of them and went right to the top of the rating list. I’m not sure I’m still at the top, however, because some strong younger players are coming in now: high-school students, and young people aiming at pro careers. Not insei, because they’re not supposed to compete in amateur tournaments, but people who are over the insei age limit of 18 but still under the age limit of 25 for becoming a pro. Anyway, we hope to increase participation further and establish a Japanese national rating system. If go regains its popularity in Japan, I expect that we’ll be able draw even with China and Korea again.

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Day Three

IGF Ranka - Tue, 07/06/2016 - 14:29

Following some evening thundershowers and early morning rain, the grounds of the Ramada Plaza Hotel were drenched with moisture but alive with birdsong as the World Amateur Go Championship contestants tramped down to breakfast, then up to the playing venue for the fifth round. Play commenced at 9:00 and finished by 11:30, and for two players in particular it was a good morning. Italy’s Filippo Gorlero scored his first WAGC triumph by overcoming India’s Supravat Pal, and Australia’s 15-year-old Amy Song, whose only win so far had been a bye, scored her first victory on the go board against Slovakia’s silent veteran Miroslav Poliak. Filippo and Amy were visibly delighted by these outcomes.

In the middle section of the field, a pair of young Southeast Asians scored their third wins by downing 5-dan North American opponents: Malaysia’s Fu Kang Chang toppled Canada’s Manuel Valesco, and Vietnam’s Nhat Minh Vo ambushed Mexico’s Emil Garcia. Also scoring his third win was Romania’s Cristian Pop, who was drawn up against German champion Lukas Kraemer and rose to the occasion by beating him. This last result was viewed with some disappointment by Lukas’ bevy of young female admirers in the referee corps.

In the 3-1 group, interest centered on the game between France’s Junfu Dai and Hong Kong’s Chi Hin Chan. Chi Hin has become accustomed to finishing fourth in the WAGC, but that may be difficult this year, for Junfu got the better of him. The players from Chinese Taipei, Japan, Luxembourg, Serbia, and the USA also improved their records from 3-1 to 4-1. In the top group, China’s Baoxiang Bai and Korea’s Kibaek Kim stayed undefeated by ending the two-day winning streaks of the Ukraine’s Andrii Kravets and Indonesia’s Rafif Shidqi Fitrah. That set the stage for a China-Korean showdown in the afternoon.

The sixth round began at 2:30. Both undefeated players arrived early, first Kim, who was scheduled to play black, and then Bai. Kim had the upper seat, and could watch the rest of players as they came in and sat down. Bai watched Kim watching them. When the Bai-Kim game began, black got prior occupation of three corners by allowing one of his corner stones to be pincered. An early ko fight developed in the pincered corner, and this time there was to be no disappointment among the Chinese staff. White won the ko and went on to win the game by resignation.

Left to right, top row Hiraoka, Bai, Hsu. Bottom row: Heiser, Kim, Mitic

Baoxiang Bai’s next opponent will be Satoshi Hiraoka, who defeated France’s Junfu Dai to stay in the group with only one loss. Also remaining in this group were Chinese Taipei’s Chia-Cheng Hsu, who defeated Andrii Kravets; Luxembourg’s Laurent Heiser, who defeated Rafif Shidqi Fitrah; Serbia’s Dusan Mitic, who defeated the USA’s Benjamin Lockhart; and of course Korea’s Kibaek Kim. The pairing algorithm matched Hiraoka against Bai, Hsu against Heiser, and Kim against Mitic in round seven. The one-loss group is still very much in the running for the championship, if at least one of them can defeat Baoxiang Bai tomorrow.

The championship may now be out of reach of the fourteen players who ended the day with 4-2 records, but they are still competing for the second to tenth place awards. Among them are four WAGC rookies: Lukas Kraemer, who defeated Turkey’s Emre Polat in round six; Chahine Koleejan (New Zealand), who defeated Macau’s Kei Chon Wan; Nhat Minh Vo, who defeated Norway’s Pal Sannes; and Israel’s Tal Michaeli, who defeated Slovenia’s Gregor Butala.

And what of pair who scored their first wins in the morning? In the afternoon Amy Song succumbed to Finland’s Matti Siivola, but Filippo Gorlero added a second victory to his score. This time his victim was Anastasiya Ilkevich, the electronics engineer from Belarus, who had a bye in round three and will be seeking to add a real victory tomorrow.

Full results here.

– James Davies

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Interview with Junfu Dai, France

IGF Ranka - Tue, 07/06/2016 - 07:01

Junfu Dai

I was born in Shanghai at the end of 1983. In 1988 Shanghai had an outbreak of food poisoning, from seafood, and both of my parents were stricken. During the year-long break they took to recover, they started playing five-in-a row, and I learned to play too. I was only five years old, but I learned well — maybe too well — after a while I was beating everyone in my family. Thinking that I had talent for black-and-white board games like this, my grandfather took me to see a friend of his who ran a local club in our district, and that’s where I learned to play go. So it was purely by accident that I took up the game. My family were under the impression that go was something similar to five-in-a-row.

After that, I had to go to school, but I continued to drop in at the club to play go on weekends, and I was lucky enough to get some good instruction. Within a year or so I had reached 1 kyu. After that I had a private tutor, or rather a series of private tutors, each about four stones above my current rank, who would give me one teaching game per week. That really helped me a lot. Around the age of ten I reached 5 dan without ever having trained at a formal go academy. My tutor then became Liu Jun, who won two world amateur go championships. I took private lessons from him for three or four years, and under his tutoring, I became one of the reigning powers of amateur go in Shanghai. I started playing for Shanghai in national tournaments, sometimes even beating Liu Jun in official competition.

But I continued my scholastic career, graduating from a good high school and passing the entrance exam for Jiaotong University, which was the fourth or fifth ranked university in China. So my scholastic level may not have been as high as my go-playing level, but I was on a proper career path. I didn’t have to sacrifice my academic life to play go.

In 2007 I went entered EM Lyon, a French business school ranked eighth in the world. One reason I chose a school in France was that my father was working there as a diplomat. Another reason was that my father had taught French, and I had lived in France for nine months when I was eleven years old, so I already had a kind of attachment to the country and could speak the language well. Still another reason was that after graduating from Jiaotong University I had gone to work for China Mobile, as a kind of sales representative for business to business service. I was under a lot of pressure in that job, and the salary structure was weak. Everyone told me that if I graduated from a good school in France, I could work there and earn a more comfortable living.

All that has changed, incidentally. Chinese salaries have doubled, and France is in the middle of an economic crisis. But I have a good job as a financial director in the innov8 group, for a wholesale firm that supplies accessories for smartphones.

I don’t play go now as much as I used to. Mainly I play in tournaments near Paris; I don’t have time to travel around. For that reason, even though I have one of the highest ratings in the European rating system, I’m not well known to most European go players. They see me only if they come to Paris.

But I’ve written a couple of French go books, one about strategy in the middle game and one about the endgame. Another ambitious project I have is to introduce people to go by associating go theory with Chinese culture: with I-ching, yin and yang, Sun Tzu’s Art of War, the Thirty-Six Strategies, and so on. I want to do something to help the international go community, and I’d like to promote go in this way, rather than by the Hikaru-no-Go method.

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AGA, AGF, KBA and EGF Share in Google’s AlphaGo Prize Money

AGA news - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 21:27

Making good on their promise to support both go and educational initiatives, the developers of AlphaGo Monday announced the division of the $1 million prize fund they won in March’s historic match with Lee Sedol 9p, including grants to both the American Go Association and the American Go Foundation.

“Pleased to confirm the recipients of the #AlphaGo $1m prize! @UNICEF_uk, @CodeClub, and the American, European and Korean Go associations,” tweeted DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis. “@theaga, EGF and KBA will use the #AlphaGo donation to raise awareness of Go worldwide and encourage participation especially at youth level.”

The biggest recipient, UNICEF UK, will receive $450,000 to support global education work including girls’ education and gender equality, while $100,000 will be granted to Code Club UK for the creation of more clubs around the world for children to learn to program. The go community grant is $150,000 each to European Go Federation, the Korea Baduk Association and the American go entities. The AGF will receive $60,000 and the AGA $90,000, DeepMind said.

“It has become clear that the AlphaGo match was the biggest promotional boost the game of go has received in many years, and most of the credit for that is due to DeepMind’s people and how hard they worked from the start to make sure the match gave the widest and most positive exposure possible to the game,” said AGA President Andy Okun. “The announcement of these grants shows they are continuing that good work. I am happy to express to them the thanks of our whole North American go community for the love and respect they have shown for the game.”

“Go is good for kids and the Google grant will help us reach and teach more of them. Broaden the base!” said AGF President Terry Benson.

AGA’s proposal to DeepMind was to use the AGA grant as the basis of a North American pro championship tournament over six years, and for AGF to use the grant to explore methods of more effectively spreading go in schools, said Okun.

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Day Two

IGF Ranka - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 13:52

Amy Song

For a third straight day, players with rooms on the north side of the Ramada Plaza Hotel were awakened by a cock crowing at 4:00 a.m., but today, for the first time, this call to action was followed by a sunrise and patches of blue sky. After breakfast, the excitement and upsets that had marked the first two rounds gave way to a relatively clear and calm third round, punctuated by only a few minor upsets. In the undefeated group, Turkey’s Emre Polat (4 dan) downed Singapore’s Yi Fei Yue (5 dan). In the middle group, Hong Kong’s Chi Hin Chan (6 dan) made up for his second-round loss to Andrii Kravets by beating Romania’s Christian Pop (7 dan). And in the winless group, 3-dan David Pollitzer (Argentina) bested 4-dan Amy Song (Australia) while 5-kyu John Gibson (Ireland) upended 1-dan Supravat Pal (India). At the end pf the round, the winless group had been whittled down to just seven players, representing China, Chinese Taipei, Korea, France, Indonesia, Turkey, and the Ukraine.

In the fourth round the host country’s Baoxiang Bai faced his first serious challenge. He was paired against France’s Junfu Dai, a former star of amateur go in Shanghai. The two had not played each other before. ‘If you count five years as one generation,’ Junfu said, ‘he’s two generations after me.’ Victory in their inter-generational encounter went to the Chinese player, by resignation. ‘I didn’t feel that I even came close,’ added his somewhat crestfallen opponent.

Baoxiang Bai

While Bai was dealing with Dai, Korea’s Kibaek Kim also faced a serious challenge: his opponent was Chinese Taipei’s Chia-Cheng Hsu. Victory in this game went to the Korean. In the fifth round tomorrow Kim will take on Indonesian wonder boy Rafif Shidqi Fitrah, who defeated Turkey’s Emre Polat in round 4, while Bai plays the Ukraine’s Andrii Kravets, who was drawn down and defeated Singapore’s Yi Fei Yue. If Bai and Kim win these two games, which does not seem unlikely, the crunch will come when they lock horns in round six.

In the meantime, midway through the tournament, players from seventeen countries and territories have posted winning records: seven each from Asia and Europe, one from North America (the USA’s Bob Lockhart), and two from the Middle East (Turkey’s Emre Polat and Israel’s surprising 3-dan Tal Michaeli, who dispatched a 5-dan Canadian in round 4). The traditional Asian go powers may come out on top in the end, as they did last year, but that remains to be seen. The rest of the world is clearly closing the gap.

Full results here.

– James Davies

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Google DeepMind announced the non profit recipients of the $1 million prize fund today!

European Go Federation - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 13:35
Google DeepMind announced the non profit recipients of the $1 million prize fund from the AlphaGo vs Lee Sedol tournament today. The fund will be split between UNICEF UK, Raspberry Pi/Code Club, the American Go Association, the European Go Federation and the Korean Baduk (Go) Association.
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Interview with Leon Rios, Peru

IGF Ranka - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 08:19

Leon Rios

My first World Amateur Go Championship was in Hangzhou in 2010. At the time I was about to finish my university studies, majoring in economics, and I had decided to move to Taiwan to work and study Chinese. Work and study and, as it turned out, meet some go players. I made the move in July 2011.

After three years in Taiwan I had learned the language well enough to open a Peruvian restaurant, which was the only way for me to get my native cuisine there. It’s been a nice experience, and it’s given me a place of my own at which to play go. Starting three months ago, a group of us have been playing go every Tuesday at my restaurant. This has created opportunities for me to encounter local players, improve my game, and play with foreigners as well. One of them is a Spanish go friend I had made before coming to Taiwan. He had been interested in my plans to move to Taiwan, and later he came over himself, so now we have two Spanish-speaking go players in Taiwan, which is pretty remarkable.

Five years after Hangzhou, I had the chance to represent Peru at the WAGC again, this time in Thailand. It was a really, really nice tournament. They introduced a new pairing system, the McMahon system, at that WAGC. The pairings were weighted according to the players’ strength, which gave people like me a chance to score more wins. It was also the first time the WAGC was held outside Japan, China, and Korea. The organization of the whole tournament was simply spectacular, from the moment we arrived at the airport up to the very end. Thai go players are quite good, and they excel in their will to make improvements in go in their country. Their expectations from the WAGC were very high, and they treated us wonderfully. The tournament atmosphere was excellent. There were always strong Thai players in the playing room. After the rounds they let us hang out with them and play against them, which was very nice.

Taipei, which is where I live in Taiwan, is a fascinating city. It presents a mixture of Chinese and Japanese culture, and the people are very warm-hearted, just like Latin Americans. It was this combination of things that made me choose to live there. Now I have a wife, who is Taiwanese, and a four-month-old daughter. I’m really happy.

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Interview with Andrii Kravets, Ukraine

IGF Ranka - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 07:11

Andrii Kravets

I grew up in Rivne, a small city in the western part of the Ukraine, where about 85% of the population speaks the Ukrainian language instead of Russian. I started to play go at the age of seven, so I’ve already been playing for nineteen years. There was a go club in Rivne headed by a man named Viktor Shevchuk. He taught a group of young players that included me, Artem Kachanovskyi, and a few others. None of us were very strong, but we all grew up together, pushing ourselves to gradually higher levels. When I was sixteen I went to Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine, and I’ve lived there since then. In Kiev there were high dan players, and in one year I had reached the 5 dan level. But then complications set in: I needed to get a job to earn some money. So for three or four years I stopped playing actively and worked as an appraiser, calculating the prices of houses and cars. But then I got the opportunity to go to China and study go there, so I went — twice, in fact. My ambition was now to become a European pro. Last year I reached the finals of the European pro qualification tournament, but I lost to Artem, so my current goal is to become pro next year.

Playing go has become my full time occupation. I’ve been playing go for practically my whole life, so I don’t see any point in doing anything else. The economic situation in the Ukraine is difficult; it’s hard to find a good job. For the money that people are willing to pay you, it’s really not worth working. I decided that it would be better just to play go and see what happens. People who have jobs, like Artem now, for example, are always thinking about what they have to do at work the next day. If you’re not working, you spend your time thinking about go: the mistakes you made in your last game and how to correct them.

So how do I feed myself? Although salaries are extremely small in the Ukraine, so is the cost of living. Prices are very low. If you can get a few hundred euros per month, that’s enough to live on. In my case, I still have money that I saved while I was working regularly, so I’ll be able to live without working at all for a few more years. In addition, there are some go tournaments with good prize funds, like the European Grand Slam: ten thousand euros for first place! In the future I plan to make a real career out of go, playing and, who knows, perhaps teaching. I’m not sure I’ll succeed, but at least now I have lots of free time.

When I was in China I was studying go ten hours a day. When I got back from China, I decided not to study there again. The environment was too different. But still, it was a good experience, because while I was there I learned to study on my own. Of course in China you have good professional teachers who can explain things to you, but the rest is the same wherever you are. You can study at home by doing tsume-go probems and playing through professional games. You can also play online on Tygem against professional and other very strong opponents. I play perhaps fifty to a hundred fifty games a month online, and there are some professionals living in Europe now, so when I have questions, I can ask them. Studying go in the Ukraine is basically just like studying in China, but not as strict. I try to train daily. And here at the WAGC, I don’t feel any pressure to win the championship — after all, there’s no prize money — but I’m trying to win each game I play, just taking them one at a time.

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Interview with Sin-Voon Chin, Brunei

IGF Ranka - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 02:55

Sin-Voon Chin

You can call me Ignatius, which is my Christian name. I’m the founder of the Brunei Darussalam Go Association. I learned about the game from watching the Japanese anime Hikaru no Go in 2003. At first I didn’t understand the rules, but then I learned them from a friend, whom I call the co-founder of go in Brunei. He had some go software, but we had no other opponents and no go set, so we used othello (reversi) equipment — the othello board is the same size as a 9 x 9 go board.

When we were studying for our GCE A-level exams at prep school, we started a go club as an extracurricular activity. We got quite a good turnout, and soon we had to procure more othello sets. Later I made contact with the president of the Malaysian Go Association and we started to get proper go equipment through them.

In 2004 or 2005 I was struck by the sight of a team I saw at the beach, wearing jerseys, representing Brunei in some international sports event. At that instant I realized that we should form a Brunei Go Association and get recognition from the government. I had also been reading a book called Things You Never Learned at School. One thing that book said is that when you find yourself wondering why somebody doesn’t do something, that may be a sign that you should do it yourself. This had stuck in my mind, so now I went into action. After we got organized, I contacted Yuki Shigeno at the International Go Federation, and we joined the IGF. Then we started sending players to international tournaments: the Korea Prime Minister Cup, the World Amateur Go Championship, the Asian Go Championship held in China, and so on. I competed in the KPMC four times before leaving Brunei to study architecture at Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Now I’m back in Brunei, working as an architect. I’m also continuing to play go, but the go community in Brunei is still small. There are only about thirty active players, out of a population of 400,000. Because of its gas and oil, Brunei is a wealthy kingdom (yes, it has a king), and the people are very laid back. The main amusements are movies, European board games, trekking, things like that. Most of the go players belong to the 10% Chinese minority. One thing we lack is professional instruction, but even so, we have hopes of introducing go into the school system in Brunei, and one of my ambitions is to get the royal family interested in the game. This may well be possible. Because of Brunei’s small size, our go activities already get good attention in the local media.

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Register Now for the US Go Congress and Save $50

AGA news - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 01:32

Register for the 2016 US Go Congress by midnight Monday and save $50! The $25 registration will increase to $75 Monday, 6 June at 11:59 pm EST. The US Go Congress is the largest go activity in the United States. It happens once a year and runs July 30 – August 7 in Boston, MA this year. Events include the US Open, the largest annual go tournament in the US, professional lectures and game analysis, continuous self-paired games, and all kinds of go-related activities from morning to midnight. “Come for the go. Come for the camaraderie of old friends,” says Congress Director Walther Chen. “Whatever your reason, we are looking forward to seeing you there.”

 

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Interview with Matti Siivola, Finland

IGF Ranka - Sun, 05/06/2016 - 14:30

I last competed in the WAGC in 2005. At the time I was working in computer security at a university. Since then I’ve been working in the same department at the university, but there have been some organizational changes, and now I’m looking for a new job. As for go, we held the European Go Congress in Finland in 2010, which had some importance for me. Mainly, I was involved in bringing it to Finland. I’ve also been playing at my club, and helping to organize some other go tournaments, like the European pair go championship in Helsinki, and I’ve started doing organizing work for my sailing club, in particular for the offshore world championship.

I started sailing as a kid when my father built an Optimist dinghy. Later, when I started to play go, that took up most of my time, but a couple of years ago I thought that go had become rather stable in Finland, and our sailing club had become involved in some European championships and then the offshore world championship, so I decided to get back into sailing. After starting out in the Optimist, which is just a child’s boat — an adult would be too heavy for it — I had sailed a Windmill, which they have in Finland and the United States, and my father had some bigger boats, such as an H boat and a Senorita Helmsman, so in the summer, when I wasn’t playing go, I went sailing again. I partnered with my father in a Windmill in the Finnish championship, and we took third place.

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Players Sought for 2016 Samsung World Cup

AGA news - Sun, 05/06/2016 - 13:02
The AGA is seeking three representatives for the World Baduk Masters division of the upcoming 2016 Samsung Cup. The “World Division”, which features players from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia, is a preliminary stage of the main Samsung Cup event, one of the largest international go tournaments in the world. The World Division will take place July 17-20 at the Korean Baduk Association in Korea. All World Division participants will be paid $1,000. Travel arrangements and accommodations are the responsibility of the players and will not be paid for by the KBA. There will be an online qualifier on June 11th – 12th to determine our three representatives – participants must be at least AGA 5 dan to participate. Interested players should contact  peter.nelson@usgo.org and cherry.shen@usgo.org, or president@usgo.org immediately. The winner of the World Division will go on to to participate in the Main Division of the Samsung Cup (also in Korea), which is a knockout event beginning on September 5th and running until early December. The Main Division features substantially greater prizes, up to the 300,000,000 Korean won first prize (roughly $250,000 in US dollars). To be eligible to participate, a player must hold a North American passport, meet the other eligibility requirements for international representation of AGA or CGA, and not be a member of an Asian professional go association. AGA certified pros are eligible.
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3rd Silk Road Tournament in Urumqi 1-6 Sep

European Go Federation - Sat, 04/06/2016 - 20:08
The 3rd edition of the Silk Road International City Weiqi International Tournament will be held in Urumqi, China, from 1 to 6 September. In order to commemorate the historic trading route, the Silk Road, this tournament invites up to 30 European players (3 dan and stronger) as well as Chinese amateur players.
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More than 200 set record at historic simul in Saint Petersburg

AGA news - Sat, 04/06/2016 - 04:55

Henceforth, May 21 will be a memorable date in the history of Russian go. On that date, more than 200 go fans gathered in Saint Petersburg, Russia, for a massive simultaneous go game. The event took place on the street near architectural masterpiece the Kazan Cathedral. Even cold wind and drizzling rain did not deter players who turned out to challenge their country’s strongest go masters, including Alexander Dinerchtein 3P, Ilya Shikshin 1P and Natalia Kovaleva, who’s been European Female Champion. Some passersby got intrigued and played go for the very first time in their life, adding to the game’s fanbase. Every participant got a memorable souvenir and anyone who could defeat a master got an additional prize. Overall 218 people played on 191 boards, setting a national record. Click here for a video of the event (added 6/9).
- report by Daria Koshkina; photos by Mikail Krylov

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AGA Board Nominations Coming In; Close on June 15

AGA news - Sat, 04/06/2016 - 04:51

Candidates have come forward for each of the four available seats on the AGA board. Current candidates are: Eastern – Gurujeet Khalsa, Central – Doc Sade, Western – Andrew Jackson, At-Large – Ed Zhang, Steve Colburn.  Nominations, including self-nominations, may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides or nationwide for the At-Large seat and must be received by June 15. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

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Garlock’s Mother Passes

AGA news - Sat, 04/06/2016 - 04:47
E-Journal Managing Editor Chris Garlock’s mother passed away on Tuesday in Pueblo, CO. “Tetsuko of Cold Mountain, formerly Susan Garlock, passed peacefully, surrounded by loving family and friends,” Garlock reports. “Thanks so much to everyone who’s reached out to express their support.” You can read more, and send condolences, on Garlock’s Facebook page.
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The biggest simultaneous Go game in Europe

European Go Federation - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 15:20
On May 21th a great record was made in St. Petersburg – more than 200 people played Go in the city center. This day, the simultaneous games took place: 27 strongest Go players from all over country were fighting with 191 participants.
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Mitic to Lecture on Direction of Attack in KGS Advanced Study Room

AGA news - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 03:29

On June 5, at 9 am EST, Nikola Mitic of the Nordic Go Academy, currently a class A insei at the Nihon-Kiin, will give a lecture on the direction of attack in the early game. The lecture will take place in the Advanced Study Room of KGS and it is free to attend.  Mitic, whose user name on KGS is nidza92, can be reached at mitic375@gmail.com.  The Advanced Study Room can be found under the heading “lessons” in the room list on KGS.

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German Youth Go Championship 2016 in Darmstadt

European Go Federation - Tue, 31/05/2016 - 05:46
40 kids from all over Germany took part in this year's championship – a new record! The tournament was integrated into the Darmstadt Go-days, which meant four days of Go activities, including a whole day of Go lectures, excursions, BBQ, rapid Go and lightning Go tournaments.
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