Monday September 3, 2012
Hikaru no Go author Hotta Yumi was interviewed on film at the International Go Symposium on August 5th, 2012. For those who missed the live stream, the Tiger’s Mouth website has printed the entire text of the interview. The AGF is currently editing the videos from the symposium, all of which will be available online at a later date. A few choice highlights from the Hotta interview are below, you can read the full article here.
On how the series began, Hotta says “I wanted to learn go, so I paid a go school and started to attend classes once a week with a pro. He was mean, and never let the students win the teaching games. This was frustrating to me, because I was thinking ‘Why am I paying to lose all the time?’ I wished that I had a guardian angel or a ghost that could help me beat him really bad. It was at that moment that Hikaru no Go was born.” When asked about how go has affected her life, Hotta replied: “Honestly, I had no idea that so many kids would want to learn how to play go. Not just in Japan, but all over the world. Especially kids in other countries where there aren’t many teachers or resources for playing go. Nowadays many more kids can play go thanks to the efforts of teachers, professionals, and groups that are helping to bring go to kids around the world. For my own life, Hikaru has made it very hard for me to attend go tournaments. So many people will watch over my shoulder during my games, and I’m not a very strong player so it is very embarrassing!” – Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Translation by Akane Negishi and Solomon Smilack. Photo: Hotta Yumi, by Paul Barchilon.
Monday September 3, 2012
Guo Juan’s Internet Go School is currently accepting new students for group classes for the next term, which begins October 6/7. Group class participants also receive a 20% discount on a year’s membership for Guo Juan’s audio lectures. In addition to Guo Juan 5P, the school’s teaching faculty includes Jennie Shen 2P, Young Sun 8P and Mingjiu Jiang 7P. Click here for details on Guo Juan’s Internet Go School.
Tuesday August 28, 2012
On August 28, Meng Tailing 6P and Tuo Jiaxi 3P met in the final of China’s 4th Quzhou Lanke Cup. Despite a higher ranking, Meng probably entered the final as the underdog, because Tuo recently won the CITIC Bank Cup (previously the CCTV Cup – in July 2012). The game featured some unusual mimicry in the opening, where black and white repeatedly played tenuki (didn’t respond locally) and created identical strongholds across the board from one another. In the end, the result hinged on a decisive ko fight. Tuo won the ko, but lost the game after Meng found adequate compensation elsewhere. Meng Tailing takes home his first domestic Chinese title and 500,000 Chinese RMB (about $80,000).
Jingning; the game record and more photos are available in her original article: Meng Tailing’s breakthrough: Winner of the 4th Quzhou Lanke Cup at Go Game Guru. Photo: Meng Tailing 6P in the final of the 4th Quzhou Lanke Cup.
Sunday August 26, 2012
Go is the first example of “5 things your brain does better than a computer,” a recent post on the Mother Nature Network blog. “There are still a few activities that are too complex for a computer to bash its binary way through,” writes Shea Gunther. “In those realms, humans still reign. But don’t get too comfortable; computers are getting faster and smarter by the year.” Gunther notes that “There are more than 10 times more scenarios in Go than there are atoms in the observable universe. Computers are good at handling big numbers, but that’s just ridiculous. What’s more likely is that humans will get better at designing computer programs that more closely replicate the human brain and its thought processes. But when that happens and the machines take over, I don’t think we’ll be all that concerned about losing a game of Go to a computer.” By the way, the other four things your brain does better than a computer? Solve crossword puzzles, play Starcraft, create art, and write. Thanks to Richard Moseson for passing this article along.
- photo by Marcus Yeagley
Sunday August 26, 2012
Better. Faster. That pretty much sums up the latest version of Alexandr Dinerchtein’s Korean-style insei league on KGS. Dinerchtein is instituting several new concepts and rules changes as of September, including mainly reviewing professional games, rather than insei vs insei league games, as previously. In addition, Dinerchtein says he will “show the way of thinking, while playing,” discussing his moves, the moves of his opponent and his thoughts during the game. Insei vs insei game reviews, which used to take weeks, will now be returned in 24 hours with commentary by Dinerchtein. And beginning in September, “we will have fuseki/joseki lectures and lectures on other subjects, for example: invasions or attacking,” adds Dinerchtein. As before, the league will have simultaneous games with reviews by Dinerchtein and other teachers. Discounts are available for young inseis. New American pro Andy Liu calls the league “the most successful teaching project on KGS, and possibly better than most American and European baduk academies.”
Saturday August 25, 2012
China won both divisions of the 29th World Youth Go Championship, repeating their victories in this event from last year. The week-long tourney wrapped up on August 21, and was sponsored by the Ing Foundation. Twenty-two young players came from all over the world to vie for the top slot in the Junior (under 12) and Senior (under 16) divisions. The tournament was held in Luoyang, China, a city with more than 3,000 years of history. The US sent Calvin Sun 7d in the Sr. and Aaron Ye 5d in the Jr. along with Team Leader Mingjiu Jiang 7P. “China, Korea, and Taiwan sent out top youth professional players, all with great expectations of winning the tournament,” reports Calvin Sun, “through the intense competition, a bit of luck, and the guidance of the USA team leader, Mingjiu Jiang 7p, I got into the Semi-Finals with just one more SOS point than Korea’s representative. Everyone was shocked that Korea’s new female professional did not advance into the Semi-Finals. Japan’s representative, however, fiercely fought into the top four, defeating both Korea and Taiwan in the preliminaries and defeating Taiwan again in the Semi-Finals. We went sightseeing on the third day of the competition, going to places such as the White Horse Temple, which was the first Buddhist temple in China, and the Shaolin Temple, where monks demonstrated their boundless skills of Chinese kungfu.” Winner’s Report: Senior Division: 1st: China, Li Qin Cheng; 2nd: Japan, Koyama Kuya; 3rd: Taiwan, Cheng-Hsun Chen; 4th: USA, Calvin Sun. Junior Division: 1st: China, Wang Shiyi; 2nd: Korea, I-Hyeon Chae; 3rd: Japan, Ueno Asami; 4th: Taiwan, Huang Shi-Yuan; 6th: USA, Aaron Ye. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Yanchen Sun: Calvin Sun 7d(l) vs. Li Qin Cheng
Friday August 24, 2012
Here’s a chance to win a free trip to the SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing. The International Go Federation is organizing the SportAccord World Mind Games Online Tournament September 16 through October 26, in cooperation with Pandanet and SportAccord. The winner will be invited to the World Mind Games, being held in Beijing this December, with travel and accommodations provided. There are also generous prizes for sectional winners, as well iPAD’s as lottery prizes for anyone who finished the preliminary round. Registration for the SportAccord World Mind Games Online Tournament is free but you must register by September 12; click here to register.
Sunday August 19, 2012
Chinese Taipei is dominating the World Mind Sports Games, winning six of the 9 medals awarded thus far, including gold, silver and bronze in the Men’s Individual, gold and silver in the Team, and gold in the Women’s Individual.Japan took silver in the Women’s,Canada took bronze in the Women’s, andSingapore took bronze in the Team.
U.S. results in the Men’s Individual: 17th: Zhao, Zhongxia; 28th: Song, Forest; 52nd: Ching, Justin; 57th Xu, Yang.
U.S. results in the Women’s Individual: 14th: Wang, Yinli; 15th: Shen, Cherry; 18th: Zhang, Yan (Tina).
U.S. results in the Team: USA1 was 10th in Group A and USA 2 was 12th in Group B.
Click here for latest WMSG results, medals, players & more. Harry van der Krogt’s album of WMSG photos is posted here.
photo: group shot of 2012 WMSG participants
Sunday August 19, 2012
After 7 months of intensive development, the Kaya Go Server (Kaya Go Server Aims at Online Audience 9/19/2011) programmers are releasing the beta version. “Kaya has been growing a lot technically in the past six months,” reports lead developer Gabriel Benmergui. “We have made weekly releases improving and adding features, including automatic professional relay games, variation sharing and voiced countdowns, Fischer time system and many more since we came out on Christmas 2011.” The server can now broadcast simultaneous game video and commentary and the system’s been field-tested at several tournaments, with Guo Juan 5P using it for a lecture at this year’s Canadian Open, which was broadcast on Kaya, courtesy of the Quebec Go Association. In addition, “OpenKaya, the open-source side of the project, has had collaboration by many people and contains hundreds of hours of work,” Benmergui adds. Over $13,000 in donations thus far have enabled the team to develop the project full time. “Kaya works in all devices,” Benmergui notes. “Although it’s not optimized yet for Android and iPad, it is usable in those devices, without the need to download anything.”