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Go Spotting: Art Institute of Chicago

Sunday November 12, 2017

by Greg KulevichFour Accomplishments

I have searched high and low for any mention of go at the Art Institute of Chicago, and I’ve finally found one (or two). Go is seen being Immortalsplayed in two Chinese scrolls in the new exhibition “As the Story Unrolls.” It’s interesting to note that the board dimensions in these scenes appear to be 25×17. I’m curious if anyone knows if this was just the artist’s choice, or if this was actually the standard size of the time?

If you want to see the scrolls they are at the Art Institute of Chicago in Gallery 134, but time is running out. They are only on view through December 3, 2017.

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Go Spotting: Daniel Kahneman on go and AI

Friday October 13, 2017

Daniel Kahneman, author of the best-selling book “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” mentions go in a recent “On Being” interview. “On Being” is a2017.10.09_Daniel-Kahneman-bio Peabody Award-winning public radio show and podcast hosted by Krista Tippett. “At about 1:25:30, he is in the midst of talking about artificial intelligence when he mentions my favorite game — the ancient board game of go,” writes Howard Cornett in a blog post. “He talks about how he is fascinated by the fact that a computer program has finally beaten professional humans at a game that is based largely on System 1 thinking, or intuition.”

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Go Spotting: Go sculpture in China

Monday October 2, 2017

“Just saw this in Chinese media,” reports Zhiping You. “These are the first go-related sculpture I have ever seen.” At right are Gu Li (right) and2017.10.02_go-sculpture-Lee-Sedol-Gu-Li Lee Sedol (left); in photo at left, Kong Jie (right) and Choe Cheoi-han (left). The sculpture 2017.10.02_go-sculpture2-kong-jie-choe-cheoi-hanis in China, Hunan Province, Fenghuang county. Every two years, beginning in 2003, this county hosts a fight between the top Chinese player and the top Korean player. So far, eight matches have taken place, Korea has won four, China has won three, and there was one tie, between Chang Hao and Lee Changho. “This year’s fight just finished on September 22,” Zhiping You says. “Ke Jie beat Park Junghwan.”

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Go Spotting: A Whisper of Caladan Seas

Wednesday September 27, 2017

A Whisper of Caladan Seas is a part of the science fiction universe of Dune taking place some ten thousand years in the future, reports Terry2017.09.26_RoadtoDune Benson. The book includes a go-related quote from when the “good guys” are trapped in a cave. Quoting an excerpt from the book, “Squatting on the stone floor off to his left, two sullen soldiers had used their fingertips to trace a grid in the dust. With light and dark stones they played a make-shift game of go – a carryover from ancient Terra.” Benson notes that “(it’s) nice to imagine that our ancient game will still be played and on other worlds.”
- Brian Kirby

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Go Spotting: Pink Floyd exhibition in London

Wednesday September 13, 2017

“A simulated living-room showcase in the Pink Floyd exhibition at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum in London) features a cardboard box2017.09.13_members-only-mornings-the-pink-floyd-exhibition_960 of ‘Go the ancient oriental game’,” reports Rich Philp on Gotalk. Andrew Simons chimes in to report that “Apparently Syd Barrett did play Go, don’t know about the rest of the band; plus by a quirk of fate Charles Matthews (3 dan, Go author/teacher of many Cambridge students, myself included) now lives in the house he was born in. ” Click here for Barrett’s entry in the BGA’s register of go-playing celebrities. The Pink Floyd exhibit is open through October 15.
- Tony Collman

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Catching up: news, want ads & go spotting

Wednesday August 23, 2017

Here’s a round-up of some news, want ads and go spottings sent in over the last few weeks that we missed in the run-up to the recent U.S. Go 2017.08.16_jeff-alexCongress. Keep ‘em coming!

Horn & Malinas win Davis-Sac Summer Tourney: The Davis/Sacramento Go Club held its Summer Tournament on July 29, 2017 at the Rancho Cordova Library in Sacramento. There were twelve players. Jeff Horn 1d (left), won the Upper Division and Alex Malinas 6k (right), won the Lower Division. Both had 3-1 records.
- Willard Haynes

Go art for sale: Six 12×16″ Go-themed original oil paintings on canvas stretched over wood frames, plus one smaller painting. $50 plus shipping from WV for all, payment by Paypal or credit card OK. Email gerratt5@aol.com and I will send you photos, or call 304-820-3167 anytime.
2017.08.16_The NY sun go article April 12, 1914
Promoting U.S. go in 1914: “If we Americans should adopt the game of go, the national game of Japan, it might do us a lot of good,” Lee Foster Hartman told T2017.08.16_caliban's-warhe Sun in an article published in the New York City paper on April 12, 1914. Check it out here.  Thanks to Catherine Fricheteau, who posted this on Facebook.

Caliban’s War: “It’s like playing go. It’s all about exerting influence. Controlling the board without occupying it.” That’s from James S. A. Corey’s “Caliban’s War (The Expanse Book 2, page 332),” which Garrett Smith says features “A discussion about political influence illustrated with our favorite game. Book series is basis for Expanse TV series on SyFy.”

 

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How would you react if a K-Pop band showed up at your go club?

Sunday August 6, 2017

The video for GFriend’s new single looks like any other bouncy K-Pop video, except that it takes place in a Korean go club populated with the usual cast of old men hunched over go boards. GFriend (여자친구) has a new album coming out called “Parallel,” and the first single is “Love Whisper” (귀를 기울이면). They filmed the video at the Jongno Kiwon baduk salon outside of Seoul, where the baduk players’ reaction to the dancing, singing pop stars alternates between bemusement and obliviousness as they focus on their games. Thanks to fojiaotu posting to Reddit. The full article is on the AllKPop.com website.
- Steve Colburn

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Go Spotting: Frederik Pohl’s “The Boy Who Would Live Forever”

Sunday June 25, 2017

Mark Stinedurf of the Maui Go Club found a reference to go in the last HeeChee novel by Frederik Pohl, “The Boy Who Would Live Forever,” 2017.06.25_The Boy Who Lived Forever2published in 2004. He was 41 pages into the book and what does Pohl throw in there… a go reference. It was about something one of the prospectors found in an old HeeChee tunnel. Apparently even aliens like go.

- reported by Danny Topp, Maui Go Club

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Go Spotting: A doctor’s story of her dying patient, who loved go

Monday June 12, 2017

A heartfelt account of a doctor’s involvement in an elderly go-playing man’s transition to hospice was featured in The Washington Post 2017.06.11_WashPost-NM_Sangarlangkarn_mainrecently reports Gwen Patton.  Dr. Aroonsiri Sangarlangkarn tells the story of the bond she formed with her patient, pointing out the “struggle to provide continuity of care despite multiple hand-offs” that physicians face today.  Through her account, readers come to learn about Dr. Sangarlangkarn’s patient, Roger, “the man who loved go.”  Slowly dying from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Roger was an eccentric man without many friends.  Initially viewing Roger neither as her patient nor as her friend, Dr. Aroonsiri recounts her growing friendship with the man, coming to understand his childhood background, religious views, and his love for the game of go.
As Roger’s condition worsened, Dr. Aroonsiri was faced with the challenge of telling her friend that he was dying.  She came to learn firsthand the importance for today’s healthcare providers to connect with their patients on a “meaningful level”.
In the end, Dr. Aroonsiri expressed her appreciation for establishing a close relationship with her patient.  She explained to her colleague, Ben, that she was grateful to take care of Roger since “He doesn’t really have a friend to advocate for him.”  To which Ben replied, “Well, he does.  You are his friend.”
- Brian Kirby; graphic by Brett Ryder/Health Affairs
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Go Spotting: Billions

Thursday June 8, 2017

The second season of Showtime’s television drama, Billions, features go in its fifth episode, reports Joe Maia (previously reported here). The 2017.06.04_billionsseries, loosely based on a true story, portrays a high-stake legal battle between U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and hedge-fund manager, Bobby Axelrod. In the episode, Rhoades (played by Paul Giamatti) enters a conference room to find one of his lawyers, Brian, and finds him playing one of several active go club games. After Rhoades points out that he had tried calling, Brian replies that they put all of their phones in a basket before they play because “go players didn’t have cellphones in ancient times.” Rhoades gets back to business, telling Brian that he needs to coordinate with the FBI to set up surveillance. He’s about to leave when he remembers, “Oh, I almost forgot…  You’d better block that monkey jump at the bottom.” The series currently airs Sundays on Showtime.

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