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Club Report: Portland, OR

AGA news - Thu, 12/11/2015 - 00:00

The Portland (Oregon) Go Club meets almost every day of the week at various locations, but every Tuesday evening the meeting is at Powell’s City of Books at 10th and Burnside. And every second Tuesday of the month the club hosts a self-paired ratings tournament. Of course, AGA membership is required, but you do not have to be a PGC member to participate — all are welcome to play whether just passing through or driving in from a neighboring city. The photo shows some of the games in progress on November 10. At the front right is the tournament director, Daniel Wagner.
- Roy Schmidt
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Bozulich Brings It All Together in New “Encyclopedia of Go Principles”

AGA news - Tue, 10/11/2015 - 14:00

Kiseido has just released “Mastering the Basics, Volume Nine, An Encyclopedia of Go Principles,” by Richard Bozulich. Bozulich’s purpose is nothing less than “bring(ing) together all the strategic and tactical principles of go,” collecting 100 principles, supplemented with examples. Kiseido has also posted fascinating essays by Bozulich, like “Einstein and Go,” the story of Edward Lasker’s attempt to interest Albert Einstein in go. While you’re at Kiseido’s site, check out their go equipment site as well as their “Luxury Go Equipment Bargains“.

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Match Result

Online League Updates - Tue, 10/11/2015 - 12:00
Match now completed between Billericay Dickies and Warwick in Division 1. The winner of the match was Warwick.

Go Spotting: Vagabond Manga; The Uncommon Series

AGA news - Mon, 09/11/2015 - 17:00

Vagabond Manga: “A favorite coffee barista of mine suggested I read the manga Vagabond, a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue,” writes Devin Fraze. “It portrays a fictionalized account of the life of Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, based on Eiji Yoshikawa’s novel Musashi. In Volume 6, go is being played by the hero’s love interest. Unfortunately more of the game play is not shown as her opponent “accidentally” knocks over the board.

The Uncommon Series: One of the protagonists in The Uncommon Series is an avid go player. “The thriller trilogy follows a pair of entrepreneurs that drop out of college to found a new tech startup and get caught up in an international conspiracy along the way,” author Eliot Peper tells the E-Journal. “James Chen is the protagonist who’s a go enthusiast. He’s Chief Technology Officer of the startup in the book and the brains behind the whole operation. He develops a complex algorithm that identifies fraud in large financial datasets, allow law enforcement to take down money laundering rings, etc. He loves go because it’s all about pattern recognition and is the perfect analog for the breakthrough software he’s developing. He even uses online go players to train the software’s artificial intelligence routines. As the startup in the book skyrockets from garage to IPO, they have to use his technology and their own wits to take down a major cartel that’s in bed with the big banks and government regulators.”
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Andrew Davies wins 2015 Stellenbosch Open

South Africa* - Mon, 09/11/2015 - 13:17
Andrew Davies 3d won the 2015 Stellenbosch Open Detailed results follow Round 1  Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res  1 Scott Sam(3D)  van Niekerk Francois(3K)  2  1-0  2 Welsh Chris(2D)  Davies Andrew(3D, )  0  0-1  3 Wells Gordon(6K)  Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)  0  1-0  4 Moolman Deon(15K)  Rigby Charles(18K)  1  0-1  Round 2  Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res  […]

Lei Xu Wins in Austin; Pizza for All

AGA news - Sun, 08/11/2015 - 22:26

Players traveled from as far away as Houston and Dallas to play in the Austin Go Club’s tournament on Saturday, November 7 in Austin, Texas. Lei Xu 3k, with a 4-0 record, was the overall winner, topping a field of 17. Six other players went 3-1 including John Zhang 4d, Matthew Machado 1d, Stephen Walker 3k, Tracey Su 4k, Ray Heitmann 5k and John Ruder 6k. “We were able to take advantage of the AGA Chapter Rewards Program and supply a pizza lunch to all participants,” reports organizer Bart Jacob.
photo: (l-r) Tracey Su, John Ruder, Ray Heitmann, John Zhang, Matthew Machado, Lei Xu and Stephen Walker; photo by Bart Jacob

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Gotham Go Tourney Filling Up Fast

AGA news - Sun, 08/11/2015 - 22:19

With less than a week to go, there are less than two dozen places left in the upcoming Gotham Go Tournament this Saturday, November 14 in New York City. There are cash prizes in all sections and an open section for strong dan players; click here to register. On Sunday there’s a Pair Go tournament, with $500 in cash prizes from the AGA; click here to register.

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Ke Jie and Shi Yue Proceed to 2015 Samsung Cup Final

AGA news - Sun, 08/11/2015 - 21:58

Ke Jie 9p will face Shi Yue 9p in the 2015 Samsung Cup finals. As previously reported (Ke Jie Wins Samsung Cup Semifinal 11/3 EJ), Ke — thenew #1 in China and ranked #2 in the world in Dr Bai Taeil’s rating system — defeated Lee Sedol 9p 2-0 in the semi-finals last week. Shi Yue 9p — #2 in China — lost the first game in his semi against Tang Weixing 9p but came back to win the next two games. Click here for GoGameGuru’s complete report, including comments by Younggil An 8P, game records and photos.
- photo: Ke Jie 9p (left) and Shi Yue 9p

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Your Move/Readers Write: Facebook’s Go Study Not Deep Enough; More Levels in Go Than Poker?; Excellent Live Streaming

AGA news - Sun, 08/11/2015 - 17:00

Facebook’s Go Study Not Deep Enough: “Only good moves? Did anyone tell Facebook that they will lose their first 1000 games?” wonders Chris Uzal (Facebook Tackles Go With “Deep Learning” AI 11/7 EJ) “This is what happens when you think the world can function great with only a “like” button but the sky is full of frowny faces if you have a “dislike” button. I don’t think Facebook is psychologically equipped to play go let alone research the game. In their world, missclicks and undos are part of the game. The only people who lose are not friends with their friends. They would possibly learn more by studying moral hazard.”

More Levels in Go Than Poker? “Christopher F. Chabris, whom I know from chess, has written an article for the WSJ (Could an Amateur Win the World Series of Poker?) in which he writes ‘In the Asian game of Go, there may be even more levels.’ I thought he should have written ‘…there are even more levels,’ in lieu of ‘may be.’ What say you?”
- Michael Bacon; photo courtesy John Locher/Associated Press

Excellent Live Streaming: “Thank you so much for this live streaming,” Fabio G. Moreno from Bogotá, Colombia, posted on Facebook after last week’s Ke Jie-Lee Sedol streaming on the AGA’s YouTube channel. “Andrew and Myungwan did excellent work. I think is great contribution for the spread of go in the world to make this excellent live streaming in English and open access (to) this level of tournament, like the Samsung Cup, and a game in the semi-finals. Was great.”

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Free Beer at Berlin’s “Go to Innovation”

AGA news - Sun, 08/11/2015 - 14:00

No free massages or tacos (a la the Cotsen Open) but next weekend’s 18th “Go to Innovation” tournament  in Berlin does offer free draught beer in the cafeteria starting at noon on Saturday. Ting Li 1P, Pavol Lisy 1P and Ilya Shikshin are among the players slated to compete for over 3,000€ in prizes including a 500€ Omikron Data Quality GmbH-Prize for the best female gamer and a 500€ Jackpot for 8 wins.
- photo from the 15th Go to Innovation; Jaromir Sir

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Match Result

Online League Updates - Sun, 08/11/2015 - 12:00
Match now completed between Edinburgh 1 and Cornish Rogues in Division 1. The winner of the match was Edinburgh 1.

Facebook Tackles Go With “Deep Learning” AI

AGA news - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 20:48

Researchers at Facebook are now tackling go with an increasingly important form of artificial intelligence known as deep learning, Wired magazine reported earlier this week.

“Facebook is using similar technology to recognize a promising Go move—to visually understand whether it will be successful, kind of like a human would,” writes Cade Metz. “Researchers are feeding images of Go moves into a deep learning neural network so that it can learn what a successful move looks like,” as opposed to using brute computing power to analyze the many possible outcomes of every possible move.

Though this system is only about two or three months old, Facebook CTO Mike “Schrep” Schroepfer told reporters at Facebook’s California headquarters last week, it can already beat systems built solely with more traditional AI techniques. The company’s go work—which Schrep described as “super early”—demonstrates why deep learning is so powerful and how it can continue to push the boundaries of what machines can do, Metz reported.

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 AGA’s YouTube Channel Takes Off

AGA news - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 20:28

If you missed Myungwan Kim 9P’s livestream commentaries earlier this week on the two semi-final Samsung Cup games between Lee Sedol and Ke Jie, you can now watch them at your leisure on the AGA’s YouTube Channel. With nearly 2,000 subscribers, the channel has really taken off this year, broadcasting live from the US Go Congress, the Chang Qi Cup and the Cotsen Open, attracting thousands of viewers who either watched live or later at their convenience. The channel has also become the place to find go players on YouTube, from gamer Dwyrin — whose videos have been viewed more than 5 million times — to Haylee (professional Hajin Lee), Nick Sibicky, Shawn Ray, Andrew Jackson and more, each of whom have been developing their own styles and attracting fans and subscribers. “I love your extremely positive personality!” one viewer told Haylee. “It makes your videos really enjoyable. Thank you for these amazing videos.”


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Go Growing in Russia as Organizers Prepare to Host European Go Congress

AGA news - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 19:21

With go growing more and more popular in Russia, game organizers held a press conference October 22 in Moscow on the eve of the 21st edition of the Cup of the Ambassador of Japan, the oldest go tournament in the country. New clubs are opening up, the number of players is increasing and notable international competitions are taking place, the organizers reported. Russia will host the 60th Polymetal European Go Congress next year in Saint-Petersburg.

In another major development, the National non-Olympic Sports Committee and the Russian Go Federation signed an official contract assuring the Committee’s support for developing this intellectual sport in Russia. Moreover, go is officially included in the list of sports by the Ministry of Sports of Russian Federation.

“The number of Russian athletes taking part in international go competitions grew by 70% since 2012,” said Boris Grishin, deputy director for the Summer Athletics Development department at the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation. “Go is successfully developing in Russia and the results of which are noted by our European colleagues,” said Maxim Volkov, the president of the Russian Go Federation.
- Ludmila Nemchinova

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The 2nd Zhu Gang Cup in Guangzhou

European Go Federation - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 12:04
The second Jin LONG CHENG Cup World Team Go Championship (Zhu Gang Cup) will be held from the 15th of December until the 23rd of December 2015. The venue will be Bai Yun Hotel, Guangzhou, China. The registration is open for every country. Each country can nominate one team that consists of three players. Chinese rules are applied for the competition. The total amount of prizes will be 5.000.000 RMB. The registration is until 30th of November.
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Player Sought for Li Min Cup Selection Tournament

AGA news - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 03:12

The American Go Association will hold online playoffs for a North American rep to the 2015 Li Min Cup.  The playoffs will be held the weekend of November 14-15; the Li Min Cup will be held from November 27th to December 3rd in Hangzhou, China. The American Go Association is looking for one player to represent North America. The Li Min tournament will be a single-knockout format; food and accommodation will be provided and players will also be provided with 10,000 RMB as travel allowance.

Online playoff eligibility: Players must be born after January 1, 1992 and have US or Canadian citizenship. US players must have 1 year continuous membership in AGA and have been resident in the US for 6 of the last 12 months. Players must be able to play in the online selection games.

Due to the last minute nature of this invitation, players must either have China visa already or be able to obtain one in time to play in the tournament on November 27.

Interested players must email by this coming Monday, November 9th.

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2015 Stellenbosch Open Announced

South Africa* - Thu, 05/11/2015 - 09:45
The 2015 Stellenbosch Open Go Tournament will be held on Sat 7 November. Venue: LaunchLab, Hammandshand Road, Stellenbosch Google Maps:Directions Schedule: 09:00 Registration 09:30 Round 1 11:45 Round 2 14:00 Lunch 15:00 Round 3 Format: The tournament will be a 3 round MacMahon tournament, with the bar set at an appropriate level. Time limits: 30 […]

Ke Jie Wins Samsung Cup Semifinal

AGA news - Wed, 04/11/2015 - 04:58

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Ke Jie 9p beat Lee Sedol 9p by resignation, a second win in two days to win the 2015 Samsung Cup semifinal.  The much anticipated contest between the young Chinese star, #2 in the world, and Korean great Lee, secures for Ke a spot in the Samsung final match with its prize of approximately $300,000 first prize.

The match was the subject of a live streaming commentary Tuesday night by Myungwan Kim 9p. Kim’s in-depth analysis of the game, anchored by E-Journal broadcaster Andrew Jackson 4d, was followed by nearly 150 players on the AGA’s YouTube channel despite extending beyond midnight on the East Coast. “I love the sound the commentary makes as it sails way over my head,” said Cement12293. “We’re living in the future: live pro go commentary in English!” said joby morey. The game was also broadcast on KGS.

In addition to Myungwan Kim in Los Angeles and Andrew Jackson in Seattle, the AGA’s E-Journal broadcast team included Dennis Wheeler (also in Seattle) and Steve Colburn in Rochester, New York. Xiaocheng Hu did the graphics for the video stream.
- Chris Garlock

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Ichiriki Ryo Wins First Three Games at 17th Nongshim Cup

AGA news - Wed, 04/11/2015 - 04:03

Ichiriki Ryo 7p, the first player from team Japan, won three games in the first round of the 17th Nongshim Cup, played October 20-23 in Chongqing, China. Ichiriki Ryo defeated Baek Chanhee 1p, Fan Yunruo 4p and Min Sangyoun 4p consecutively, an impressive performance and hopeful news for team Japan. Even though Ichiriki (right) lost to Wu Guangya 6p in the fourth game, he’s already done very well for Japan. Ichiriki was also the first player to step up to the plate at the 16th Nongshim Cup in 2014, where he defeated Byun Sangil 4p and lost to Tuo Jiaxi 9p. Over the last decade or so, Team Japan sometimes struggled in the Nongshim Cup. However, they’re off to an excellent start this year, due to Ichiriki’s excellent performance.
- Go Game Guru; click here for their complete report

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Grenoble 1 Retains French Team Championship

AGA news - Wed, 04/11/2015 - 03:57
The French Team Championships took place October 24-25 in Lans-en Vercors, near Grenoble, France. Would the defending champions, Grenoble 1, maintain their title by defeating the 13 challengers? Grenoble 1 had added Motoki Noguchi — who was unavailable last year — to their squad as a replacement for Denis Karadaban, who is studying in Korea. Logically they were in an excellent position to keep their title, their mean rank of 6 dan being three ranks above their nearest rivals. We note however, the increase in the number of teams with a mean rank of 2 to 3 dan, presented serious challengers for the podium places in Rennes, Lyon, Jussieu, Grenoble 2 and 3. The first round passed without surprise for the strongest teams. In the closest matches Lyon bested La Rochelle and Toulouse beat Antony. In the second round, the surprises began. Suddenly, Grenoble 1 lost on boards 3 and 4, Toru Imamura-Cornuejols (4d) and Simon Billouet (4d) lost respectively to Louis Meckes (1d) and Robin Chauvin (1k), so  Lyon grabbed a draw. Similarly between Toulouse 1 and Rennes 1, Benjamin Papazoglou (5d) lost to Li Haohan (3d) and Fabien Masson (1d) to Xavier Bonnefond (1k). Thus the top 2 seeds, the reigning champions and vice champions, got off to a rotten start. It was Grenoble 2 who took the lead in as they disposed of Jussieu – would they manage to upstage their club mates Grenoble 1?  On Sunday morning, Grenoble 1 regained their form with a 4-0 whitewash Toulouse 1. Rennes 1 overcame the obstacle of Jussieu with a 3-1 victory. Once again Lyon grabbed a draw, but this time with Grenoble 2. Before the last round then, the battle for the title was unclear: three teams had 5 points (Rennes 1, Grenoble 1 and 2), and none had played the other. Would we see a tie? The draw for the final round set Grenoble 1 against Grenoble 2 and Rennes 1 against Grenoble 3. Rennes 1 won 3-1 (Thibaud Naegele dropping a point against Chen Longteng) while Grenoble 1 also won 3-1 (Toru dropping the point to Xiao Chunyang). Grenoble 1 and Rennes 1 were then tied for first place with 7 points; but the title stays with Grenoble 1 though, because they had 1 extra board win (13 to Rennes’s 12). Picking up third spot were the brave team from Lyon. Full results can be seen for team and individual games. - Ian Davis, based on an original article in Revue Française de Go by Simon Billouet; photo by Olivier Dulac; artwork by Zoé Constans T
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