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Ke Jie Wins Samsung Cup

Thursday December 8, 2016

Ke Jie 9P defeated Tuo Jiaxi 9P in a dramatic Game 3 Wednesday night to capture the 2016 Samsung Cup. The game featured fighting from the very beginning; you can watch Stephanie Yin 1P’s commentary on the AGA’s YouTube stream here. 2016.12.05_samsung-finalMyungwan Kim 9Ps Game 2 commentary and Yin’s Game 1 commentary are also posted.

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Ke Jie 9P Evens Score Against Tuo Jiaxi 9P in Samsung Final; Game 3 Decider Wednesday at 8p PST

Wednesday December 7, 2016

Ke Jie 9P evened the score in the Samsung Cup final Tuesday, defeating Tuo Jiaxi 9p to take the match to a Game 3 decider Wednesday night. Stephanie Yin 1P will be commenting the game, starting at 8p PST on the AGA’s YouTube and 2016.12.07_samsung-game2Twitch channels. Myungwan Kim 9p’s AGA YouTube commentary on Game 2 has been posted.

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Samsung Cup Finals on AGA’s YouTube This Week

Monday December 5, 2016

The AGA’s YouTube and Twitch channels will cover the Samsung Cup finals this week. Coverage of the match between world2016.12.05_samsung-final #1 Ke Jie 9p and Tuo Jiaxi 9p will start at 8p PST, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Dec. 5-7th). This week a new professional will join the AGA team: Stephanie Yin 1p. Yin will comment on the first game on Monday and the final game on Wednesday (if the match goes all three games). Myungwan Kim 9p will be providing commentary on the second game on Tuesday.

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Ryan Li 1P to Comment Live on LG Cup Semifinals

Monday November 14, 2016

US pro Ryan Li 1P will provide live commentary for the LG Cup semifinals on Tuesday, November 15th. Hosted by Andrew Jackson, Li 1P’s commentary will begin at 7PM PST. The players have not yet been determined, but follow along on the AGA’s homepage and social media accounts for the latest updates.
- Michael Wanek

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Lee Sedol 9P taking on Ke Jie 9P in Samsung Reprise; Live Commentary Sunday Night

Saturday October 29, 2016

Lee Sedol 9p will take on Ke Jie 9p in the Samsung Cup semifinals, in a reprise of last year’s match, when they also met in the2016.10.28-lee-sedol-ke-jie semis. The match starts this Sunday, and Myungwan Kim 9p will provide commentary on the three-game series live on the AGA’s YouTube and Twitch channels, starting at 9p Pacific time on Sunday, October 30 (PDT, UTC-7).  Game 2′s commentary will begin at 9p PST on Monday, 10/31, and if necessary, Game 3′s commentary will start at 9p PST on 11/1. 

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AGA Broadcast Sunday Night: Ing Cup Finals, Park Junghwan 9p v. Tang Weixing 9p

Sunday October 23, 2016

Myungwan Kim 9p, hosted by badatbaduk, will give live commentary on the action as the 8th Ing Pro Cup finals draw to their conclusion. Park Junghwan 9p and Tang Weixing 9p play the fourth match of the best of five series on Sunday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. PDT. Park currently leads by 2-1. The commentary will start at 11 p.m. PDT on the AGA’s YouTube and Twitch channels.

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Myungwan Kim 9P’s Commentary on Samsung Cup Quarters: Lee Sedol 9p vs Tang Weixing 9p

Monday October 10, 2016

In a reprise of the Ing Cup Finals, Lee Sedol 9p took on Tang Weixing 9p in the quarterfinals of the Samsung Cup last week. 2016.10.10_Samsung Cup Quarters-AGA-YouTubeCheck out Myungwan Kim 9p’s commentary on the AGA’s YouTube Channel.

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Myungwan Kim to Broadcast on Ing Pro Finals

Tuesday August 9, 2016

Tonight (Aug. 9) and Thursday (Aug. 11), Myungwan Kim 9p will provide live commentary on the finals of the 8th Ing Pro Cup between Park Junghwan 9p and Tang Weixing 9p. The broadcasts will start each evening at 11 p.m. on the East Coast, 8 p.m. Pacific, on the AGA’s YouTube channel. Broadcasting with Myungwan will be our newest host, badatbaduk, a Twitch broadcaster and AGA 4d. Please tune in!

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2016 Samsung Cup Prelim: World Division More Diverse and Competitive

Sunday July 24, 2016

Twelve players from 11 countries competed in the Samsung Cup’s World Division among the 19-division preliminary in 2016.07.24_SamsungCupPrelimSeoul, Korea on July 20. Israel’s Ali Jabarin 1P defeated Slovakia’s Pavol Lisy 1P to earn a seat at the upcoming 21st edition of the Samsung. The first round, officially known as the Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance World Masters Baduk Championship, will be on September 6-8 in a double-elimination format. North America’s Eric Lui 1P (US) and Manuel Velasco 6D (Canada) both lost in the first round. See chart at right for the World Division’s full results.

In the division semi-final on July 19, China won 19 of 22 critical matchups against Korea, and accordingly became a huge winner with 14 spots from the prelim. Complete prelim winners: Byun Sangil, Kang Seungmin, Cheong Tae-sang (Korea); Tan Xiao, Tong Mengcheng, Li Qincheng, Guo Wenchao, Fan Tingyu, Liao Xingwen, Xia Chenkun, Fan Yunruo, Cai Jing, Huang Yunsong, Tuo Jiaxi, Yu Bin (‘Senior Division’), Lu Jia, Rui Naiwei (‘Women Division’) (China); Ida Atsushi (Japan); Ali Jabarin (Israel).
by Edward Zhang 

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

Monday June 6, 2016

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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